By Rick E. Hale
These are the true case files of the McHenry County Paranormal Research Group. Due to confidentiality agreements, names of clients have been changed and cases will only be specified by the counties they occurred in.
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Speaking With the Dead:
The time had come. The general investigation was over, and Tony Olszewski, our founder and fearless leader, felt that it was time to attempt contact with the dead. It was time for Victoria’s sitting.
Victoria felt that the basement would be the best location for the trance-channeling session. She felt that the main spirit, whoever he may be, wanted to make contact with the family. A lawn chair was set up, and Victoria started by closing her eyes.
The team, as well as the family, gathered around Victoria as her head began to swoon. The basement became noticeably cooler, and Victoria, or the spirit speaking through her, demanded, “Who are you people?”
Tony, who usually leads the session asked, “Who are you and why do you bother this family?”
After Tony asked his question, a cocky grin came across Victoria’s face, and the spirit answered through her, “I don’t have to tell you who I am.”
“Well the family wants to know, and they have a right now. What are your intentions?”
“I don’t have to tell you anything,” the entity spat out. “I’m here, and I’ll do whatever I want.”
“It doesn’t work that way,” Tony replied as the tension in the air began to thicken. “You know we can make you leave if you don’t leave of your own free will.”
“You can’t do that,” the entity spoke back, the tone of the voice sounding somewhat nervous.
“What keeps you in the house?” asked Tony.
For a long moment the entity, speaking through Victoria, didn’t reply. Everyone thought that maybe the entity had departed Victoria.
“I was a bad boy,” he answered.
“Why were you a bad boy? What did you do that was so bad?”
“I was just bad. I”ll do whatever I want. You can’t make me leave.”
This exchange between Tony and the entity amazed me. I have never sat in on something like this before, and I was skeptical, and understandably so.
“Will you leave, or do we have to make you?”
There was no answer to Tony’s question.
We watched as Victoria came out of her trance and began looking around like nothing ever happened. Several members asked her if she was OK. Victoria answered yes, but that she was feeling a little light headed. Tony stepped over to her and asked, “Is he going to leave?”
“No,” Victoria answered, with a weird sleepy look in her eye. “He feels that this is his home, and he will do whatever he wants.”
“Well,” Tony said, putting his DVR camera away and pulling a bundle of something from his bag. “I guess we’ll just have to sage the house if he won’t go.”
Then something strange happened. Victoria looked at me and said, “Yeah, whatever.” She still wasn’t herself.
“Vic, are you ok?” I asked. Victoria shook her head yes and the saging began.
This investigation would prove to be my favorite so far. We were able to help a family who was in need. A family terrified by a force they could neither control nor understand. Secondly, we got a lot of really great hardcore evidence from this case. I wish I could share it with you, but due to confidentiality agreements, that is not possible.
And thirdly, in my regular line of work, I work with children who have behavioral and conduct disorders. Over my 10 years there, my Bull-Shit-meter has become finely tuned, and I’ve gotten pretty good at detecting bullshit. And I can tell you this, what happened with Victoria that night was no bullshit.
That night I became a believer in a person’s ability to speak with the dead or have the dead speak through them.
(Tune in for a new “Adventures in Ghost Hunting” to be posted soon.)