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Bangor Ghost Hunters Association

Bangor Ghost Hunters Association
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Not all of the evidence collected by the Bangor Ghost Hunters
Association is fake. During one investigation, the group captured
the striking image of a child’s head coming through a wall.
“It looked like it was a young boy,” Harold said. “The head came
through the wall, looked at the cameraman, and went back through
the wall. The cameraman said he saw something in the viewfinder,
but it was too small. When he brought it up on the big TV monitor
we have here, we saw what he saw. It happened so quickly that we
had to slow it down, but we saw what he saw. The child’s head was
translucent, which really took us by surprise.” This photograph is
also significant because it is the only thing Harold has ever photographed
that he actually saw through a viewfinder.

Bangor Ghost Hunters has a case at a local school that has been
going on for a year. “They have shown us some incredible videos and photographs, but we weren’t there to witness it, like a Pepsi
can flying off the computer desk,’ Harold said. “Being a magician,
I somewhat duplicated it. But I have not found any proof that
they are doing the same thing. They want to keep it confidential.
This does not mean I trust them more, though. During my interview
with the staff, a teacher spoke up and repeated exactly what
the other teacher had experienced, so she is backing up a story she
didn’t experience. This is why I think the power of suggestion is
at work here.” So far, the group has been unable to investigate the
school because one very religious school board member is afraid
that if Harold’s group goes into the school and investigates it, the
wrath of God will come down on everyone connected with the
school. “We respect people’s religious beliefs and we’re not going
to force this one lady to let us go in and do it. We hope the school
board lets us investigate the school, but we are not going to force
the issue,” Harold said.

Of all of Harold’s investigations, two stand out. One of them
was conducted at a bar in Old Town, Maine. Harold was called
in by the owner of the bar at 2 a.m. He went to the bar alone
because he gave his team the night off. Harold was talking to the
owner and the bartender when he felt someone’s hand on his shoulder.
He spun around, and no one was there. “I turned my tri-field
meter on, and it went thermal. I snapped a picture, but I couldn’t
see what I was doing, and I caught a corner of the bar. Whatever it
was disappeared. About ten minutes later, the men heard someone
drop one of the big steel tables in the upper bar. They searched the
bar, but everything seemed to be in place. At the time, the cameras
were running, so the owner asked, ‘What do you see through the
infra-red?’ We brought it down and hooked it up to his TV, and we
picked up a spiritual voice of a woman calling the owner’s name.
This was accompanied by a floating ball of light.” The men did not
see the floating orb with the naked eye, nor had they heard anyone
talking before they listened to the video. In addition, no women
were present. “We could never prove it to be a hoax. The owner
and his father and a few family friends identified it as the voice of
his deceased mother. He got out of the bar, gave the bar back to
his father, went across the street, and opened up a pawn shop,”
Harold said. Harold will always remember this case because it was
his first physical encounter with an entity.

Another memorable one case was held at a cemetery in Codville, Maine. “We were videotaping. We had five members and ten
other people who were family members of the client. Over the first
grave, there was a ‘traveler’ — a ball of light. The camera picked
it up. It’s just going back and forth in a circle. At first we thought
it was a firefly, but it didn’t blink. We checked out the possibility
that it was a car driving by, but there was no dirt road in that section
of the woods or traffic lights. We found out later that it was
a fresh grave. Someone had been buried that day, and we didn’t
know about it. We captured the light on video.” The cameraman
recorded the light for two and a half minutes. Then Harold told
him to stay there for five minutes and take more video, this time to
the right of the grave. The entire time he was filming, the cameraman
did not see the light in the viewfinder. The next day, the group
returned to the cemetery and discovered that they had been filming
over a fresh grave.

During special times of the year, like Halloween, the Bangor
Ghost Hunters Association takes reporters to the Jackson Cemetery
in Myra, Maine. “We take reporters out there because we
have gotten a lot of stuff out there. It’s the most active cemetery
we know of,” Joe says. Even though Harold realizes that “scary
places” and “scary photographs” can garner considerable publicity
for his group, he wants it made clear that so far, his group has
never encountered anything that meant anybody any harm: “Most
of our cases involve children and young lady spirits. They don’t
pose a danger to anybody, except for people who run into walls or
fall down flights of stairs when they see them.”

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