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Catching Ghosts– or Can You?

Catching Ghosts– or Can You?
Photo found by Lizzie Brunton

The dwelling at the end of the lane has almost been forgotten in time.The fog dances along the walls and seeps through the hardwood floors. There is a small but tidy yard, but the owner’s preoccupation is with his home. He believes the house is haunted. The visitor sets up a video camera at the end of the hallway and places a digital audio recorder on a ledge near the kitchen. Finally, he brings out a device called a Mel Meter, an instrument that measures electromagnetic fields and temperature. These are the tools of a ghost hunter, he says and he is ready to document the disembodied eerie voices.

There are many moving lights and strange floating orbs and none of it can be explained. You have to be open to believing, but you also have to be skeptical as well. You can believe almost anything you want to, but this paranormal investigation is hoping to provide the evidence the owner needs. But are all these noises and sightings real? Who knows, they both say.

The duo started off by visiting the local cemetery down the road, where they say they caught something on tape. The investigator was walking by himself when his camera, but not his digital recorder, picked up a strange voice. It was really weird because the sound of it was really strong, and it was one of the first pieces of evidence that was captured.

Which brings us to the alleged haunted dwelling down the lane. The duo began by moving throughout the house. The owner, who had been renovating the property, says several of his tenants have complained of ghostly activities. One claimed she witnessed her child’s toys moving on their own. She left after a few weeks and wouldn’t stay the night, she admited, claiming she has seen various items fall over by themselves.

Next they turn off the lights and move from room to room. “If you are here, knock like this”, the investigator booms, pounding his fist on the drywall. The answering silence is both a relief and a disappointment. The Mel-Meter tells a different story. The device seems to have picked up a spike of energy. The lights blink on and off wildly before subsiding. When asked what it means, the investigator shrugs as the Mel-Meter isnt an exact science, but for those who are willing to believe, it does make for a creepy encounter.

The Mel-Meter

Next, a Ghost-box, a device that uses radio waves to talk to ghosts. The box sweeps through radio stations at a tenth of a second, he says. The idea is that it may pick up voices and not of the living. After an hour, the Ghostbox hasn’t spoken and the Mel-Meter is no longer registering any energy spikes. The night doesnt feel like a complete loss. The investigator and the owner of the house have hours of video footage to review. You’re lucky to catch what you catch, the investigator says. Ghost hunting is a lot like fishing. You can use the same lures and never catch a thing.

“Only certain ghosts will talk through a Spirit Box when asked a question with your voice. Make sure the lights are off.”

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
24 Jul 1926, Sat  •  Page 26

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The Continuing Curse of William Street in Carleton Place

Ghosts Imagined by Minds Soaked by Too Much Whiskey?

The Ghosts of the Mill of Kintail

Love, Lanark Legends and Ghosts

Walking With Ghosts — The Accidental Addiction

Walking With Ghosts — The Hauntings of Ida Moore

The Devil’s Telephone? The Ouija Board

The Devil’s Telephone? The Ouija Board


You remember the Ouija board, right? If you went to pyjama parties as a kid, you might have played with one. With a few friends,  you would put your fingers on the pointer, and asked  the board many questions. The pointer seemed to move of its own accord as it spelled out answers to your questions. Maybe you thought it was a fun game, or that you were actually speaking to the dead. Maybe you thought more sinister forces were making it move, or simply someone else sitting around the table.

I used to glide the little pointer around like a champ and one night we all scared each other to death.  Now I use it as a decoration.  Some of my friends have tried to get rid of their boards by throwing them in the garbage, but some of the boards kept coming back. When we were cleaning out my Grandmother’s house, we found a Ouija board in the back of a cupboard and I asked my Dad where it came from.  He got white in the face and said my Grandmother had thrown it out when she found her household helper Gladys with one. My Grandmother, the staunch Anglican, would have nothing of the sort– but some how the board came back. That was one for the books.


Clipped from The Winnipeg Tribune,  10 Jul 1920, Sat,  Page 31

It’s widely accepted by scientists that the Ouija board works through the ideomotor effect. The people whose hands hover over the little pointer that glides around the board are actually moving it to spell out the answers, even if they don’t mean to. Ideomotor movements are unconscious gestures we make in response to strong ideas or emotions.

Ouija boards have their roots in 19th century America, and the spiritualist movement. Communicating with the dead was common, it wasn’t seen as bizarre or weird and the movement was led by mediums, who claimed to be intermediaries between the living and the dead. Talking boards were soon established and, in 1891, businessman Elijah Bond decided to turn the board into a toy. Hasbro now owns the patents to Ouija boards.


Did you know that L.M. Montgomery, the creator of Anne of Green Gables, resided in the manse on the grounds of the Presbyterian church at Leaskdale, Ontario? Her husband was its minister from 1911 to 1926. In her diary for 13 April 1919, Montgomery recorded how she and close friends used the Ouija board. Apparently, she found its messages quite comforting.

As early as 1906, Montgomery was performing séances with her friends, and she writes extensively throughout her journal of Ouija boards, spirits and ghosts, fairies, UFOs, and other psychic phenomena. General interest in spiritualism and in the possibility of making contact with the dead increased in the aftermath of the First World War.


Fox Sisters– Leah (1831–1890), Margaret (also called Maggie) (1833–1893) and Kate (also called Catherine) Fox (1837–1892).

Spiritualism caught on in America in 1848 with the Fox sisters. They were young girls from upstate New York who claimed to communicate with a spirit in their house via a series of unexplained rappings. Spiritualism blossomed from there, with as many mediums popping up as there were spirits willing to spill the secrets of the afterlife.

Ouija- it’s only a game right?


 - Says Ouija Board And Cards Cause Of Father's...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  01 Jun 1934, Fri,  Page 18

 - Ouija Board Shooting causes Death of Father SAN...

 - either, two r four , hands, lightly placed oa...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  13 Jan 1919, Mon,  Page 1


The following report was sent to Gold Spot Paranormal Research July 30, 2014:

“We have a family home on the outside of Ottawa in a little town named Osgoode. A long time ago when I was 12 we had this stupid idea to use a ouija board. They sell it at Toys R Us, but seriously it’s not a game. Plus the fact that we did contact with a ghost named “. Read More here:

Personal TRIVIA

This is the Witchboard Ouija board that was given out as a promotion when the first movie came out. They became collectible. At one point I was selling any old vintage Ouija boards I found. Some were even made in Salem. This was one of the rarest boards ever found and went for quite a bit of money. Now all I have left is the one on a bed in my hat room. That’s enough thank you.:)

Ouija Board Cake I had made for the Victorian Seance Night at the old Mississippi Hotel years ago.

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)


My Grandmother was Mother Barnes-The Witch of Plum Hollow

A Bewitched Bed in Odessa

The Witch of Plum Hollow – Carleton Place Grandmother

Different Seasons of Witches in Lanark County

Spooky Night at the Seccaspina Hotel

The Spirits Are Alive and Well

Gypsies Tramps and Thieves

The Witches of Rochester Street

Hocus Pocus –Necromancy at Fitch Bay

The Witch of Plum Hollow – Carleton Place Grandmother

The Witch Hollow of Lanark County

Walking With Ghosts — The Witches of Rochester Street – Zoomer



Walking With Ghosts — The Witches of Rochester Street – Zoomer.

Walking With Ghosts — The Accidental Addiction – Zoomer



Walking With Ghosts — The Accidental Addiction – Zoomer.

Walking With Ghosts — Did Roy Brown Die Before He Killed the Red Baron? – Zoomer



Walking With Ghosts — Did Roy Brown Die Before He Killed the Red Baron? – Zoomer.

Walking With Ghosts — Murders and Mysteries of the Mississippi Hotel – Zoomer



Walking With Ghosts — Murders and Mysteries of the Mississippi Hotel – Zoomer.