Mys­tery at the former men­tal asy­lum

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By SARAH ROBERTS

Ghostly fig­ures in pho­to­graphs, bat­ter­ies that die sud­denly and slam­ming doors are just a few of the spooky ac­tiv­i­ties oc­cur­ring at Asy­lum Paint­ball.

Own­ers Vi­taly Mi­heer and An­ton Kli­menko were wor­ried enough to get Haunted Auck­land in for a look at their busi­ness premises in the former Kingseat Hos­pi­tal.

The para­nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tion and re­search group is now mak­ing a doc­u­men­tary on its three-part in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Asy­lum Paint­ball was set up last Novem­ber in the former psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal’s max­i­mum se­cu­rity ward.

Its two two-storey build­ings have 20 rooms and are con­nected by a steel-caged se­cu­rity tun­nel. They were locked up for 20 years be­fore the paint­ball en­thu­si­asts moved in.

Haunted Auck­land’s team mem­bers arm them­selves with elec­tro­mag­netic field me­tres, cam­era and torches to doc­u­ment the para­nor­mal or al­lay peo­ple’s fears by ex­plain­ing the seem­ingly in­ex­pli­ca­ble.

They found ‘‘en­ergy’’ in many ar­eas of the max­i­mum se­cu­rity units at Kingseat. The eastern wing and the caged walk­ways in par­tic­u­lar had lev­els that were un­ex­plain­able.

Haunted Auck­land founder Mark Wall­bank says he was standing out­side one of the cell doors and saw a shadow move quickly across the wall.

‘‘It was roughly the shape of a per­son but I didn’t no­tice any arms or legs mov­ing. It just floated from left to right,’’ he says.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors also recorded some­thing that sounded like a man laugh­ing and a num­ber of other strange sounds.

‘‘It was ev­ery­thing I could’ve hoped for in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion lo­ca­tion – soaked in his­tory, rot and de­cay, signs of the past ev­ery­where, no power, dark cor­ri­dors, creepy stair­wells,’’ Wall­bank says.

He won’t go so far as to say there are ghosts in the build­ing ‘‘but we know some­thing is out there’’.

‘‘We need to learn more about it to un­der­stand and that’s why we do these in­ves­ti­ga­tions.’’

Mean­while, the strange in­ci­dents con­tinue.

‘‘Bat­ter­ies on our cam­eras sud­denly run out of power. Yet away from the build­ing they last for hours,’’ Mi­heer says.

The pair found a key in an old med­i­cal box on the win­dowsill and dis­cov­ered it opened ev­ery door in both build­ings.

Mi­heer says he’s also cap­tured a shadow fig­ure in a pho­to­graph.

‘‘This place may well have some­thing. It cer­tainly has a very spe­cial en­ergy. There is some sort of feel­ing that I just want to stay away.’’

Photo: SARAH ROBERTS

Haunted: Asy­lum Paint­ball own­ers Vi­taly Mi­heer and An­ton Kli­menko have taken up res­i­dency in the former Kingseat Hos­pi­tal max­i­mum se­cu­rity unit.

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