Home is where the haunt is ...
A StarMetro reporter joins a paranormal investigation and spirited discussions on ghosts
A bright, crackling bonfire is the only light illuminating an unkempt rural property tucked away on the side of a township road in Leduc County. The shells of vintage vehicles litter the front yard, as do appliances forgotten by time and a prominent sign advertising the sale of beef jerky.
A resident is delighted as he notices visitors.
“Hey, is that the ghostbusters?” he says excitedly.
Greg Pocha, a paranormal investigator who has arrived at the property to investigate an alleged haunted house, shivers with annoyance.
“I hate the term ghostbuster.”
For about 20 years, Pocha has led the Eidolon Project, an Alberta outfit that investigates cases of reported hauntings at properties in and around Edmonton, with branches in Calgary and Red Deer. The organization operates pro bono, even though Pocha’s team has spent a small fortune on the voice recorders, video cameras and electromagnetic field detectors that make up their arsenal.
As their founder and director of parapsychology, afterlife and paranormal studies, Pocha takes his role seriously.
“We don’t use gadgets or gimmicks and we’re not searching for false positives,” Pocha says. “We’re out there doing our best to help, to find out what’s actually happening.”
He takes a dim view of socalled “ghost hunters,” saying they’re desperate to find evidence to prove a preconceived belief.
Paul Kingsbury, a geography professor at Simon Fraser University, is conducting a four-year research project where he follows paranormal investigators in Canada, the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom.
He says not only are people more open-minded about the paranormal, but social media and the popularity of “ghost hunter” shows have made them more willing to share experiences. There’s also a thirst to connect with other people who have had brushes with the supernatural.
Omar Mosleh’s experience at thestar.com/edmonton
A Leduc man called the Eidolon Project, a group that looks into paranormal activity, when he heard voices in this house. StarMetro Omar Mosleh joined the investigation.