Vernon Oickle and Crossed Over Paranormal Society spoke to around 100 guests on Oct. 18 as a part of the Fall Fright festival.
The event drew so many people, many were standing in and outside of the Thomas Raddall Research Centre.
This is the second time the Queens County Museum has had an evening of spooky presentations thanks in part to the newly formed Crossed Over Paranormal Society (COPS). The first presentation was over Privateer Days, which drew a similar sized crowd.
Oickle kicked off the evening by reading two of his better known stories, one about the old West house on Main Street and the other on “Eleanor” in Port Medway.
The West house, which was built in the 18th century during the time of Simeon Perkins and other early settlers gave former resident Janet Stuart a few spooks before she moved out. Stuart, who attended the event, conferred with Oickle and pointed out some of the sounds and things she used to hear such as heavy boots walking in the upstairs of the home.
Oickle also asked the audience for some of their own experiences and a few audience members told their own stories. Oickle also addressed forerunners and other Maritime superstitions, most of which, the audience had knowledge of.
Oickle, a former employee at the Queens County Advance, said he believed the Advance’s office is haunted by a former editor.
“It wasn’t too long after I started working there, I started hearing noises,” says Oickle.
Many members of the audience chimed in after about other well known buildings being haunted including White Point Beach Resort even after it was rebuilt after the fire.
After Oickle’s stories, COPS took the podium to explain some of their work. Linda Rafuse and Linda Moulton, investigators in the group of around 10 people, first introduced some of the instruments they use. Some of the instruments included an electromagnetic field detectors and a special light that spreads across the room with many small lights to see movement in a room.
The group also highlighted some of their investigations. One being the Queens County Museum and the others undisclosed locations.
The group presented several sound clips they picked up on recorders. One sound from the Queens County Museum seemed to be of a young woman and an older woman asking each other questions. Another recording sounded like the whisper of a man explaining the deaths of his children.
Rafuse says the museum has many of its own stories on hauntings and says many museum staff around the world believe paranormal beings come into sites attached to artifacts.
“There’s just a lot of things that take place, all of our staff have stories they could tell you,” says Rafuse.
The group has their eyes set on doing investigations other museums and historic sites. Rafuse says their two presentations have been so successful, they may need to have another one at a bigger venue.