By Jonathon Brodie
Hamilton Road is haunted and the Paranormal Knights of London say they can prove it.
Over the last few weeks the spiritual investigation crew visited several sites in the Hamilton Road area to see if they could separate legend from fact, while creating a few of their own haunted stories as well.
Leading the team into each inspection for the Paranormal Knights is energy reader Di Riseborough and psychic medium Angie Aristone.
They opened their inspection at St. Julien Park and immediately Riseborough sensed something wrong.
“On the way to the park this little girl just popped into my head and was saying, ‘hello, hello,’” Riseborough said. “ She wouldn’t leave me alone and she took me to a spot near the river and when I got to a specific spot I saw a lot of images of what had happened at the time.”
Riseborough described the girl as seven years old, wearing a birthday party dress and placed her around the 70s. What scared the South African energy reader most about the situation were the four rugged men she also saw.
Riseborough said, the girl was definitely abducted but has no way of validating her strong feelings.
The Paranormal Knights showed their Hamilton Road investigation findings to about 30 brave souls at the Crouch Library on Thursday (Oct. 27), hoping attendees to the event could help provide explanations to some of their discoveries.
Although most things couldn’t be verified, one person who came to check out the paranormal team at the library had a theory to back up Riseborough’s feelings of massive amounts of bodies floating in the river at the park.
“Local boys got kicking around the cemetery and they reintroduced smallpox,” said the paranormal enthusiast. “City officials hid the fact that there was a smallpox epidemic here in the 1870s, so they dumped the bodies at that location in the river.”
From St. Julien Park the investigation moved to Gore Cemetery, on Trafalgar Street, a place steeped in folklore with legends of secret burials taking place.
The Paranormal Knights, however, found the cemetery calm.
“(Riseborough) got the feeling of family and there’s definitely some family buried there,” said Vicki Purcell, founder of the Paranormal Knights of London. “It’s a nice little peaceful spot.”
Next in the investigation was a house, just off Hamilton Road, that was a lot less relaxing than Gore Cemetery.
Requested by the owners to investigate, the Paranormal Knights came into the home to verify the experiences of the oldest daughter, Arianna Neilson, in the residence.
“I’ve seen a couple things. There was woman with a floral church dress on a couple times just kind of running through the house,” Neilson, 20, said. “My other family members get the feelings but I’m the only one who can communicate.”
It wasn’t a church lady Neilson needed to worry about, said the spiritual investigators. Instead, a man yelling and cursing with the threat of violence concerning the Paranormal Knights most.
“Immediately there was a feeling from both (Aristone) and (Riseborough) of some really dark and heavy negative energy,” Purcell said. “Both (Riseborough) and (Aristone) had to leave the site a couple of times to gather themselves before going back inside because the negative energy became so overwhelming.”
To help ease the anger in the house, the Paranormal Knights recommended the owners smudge the residence regularly. Smudging is a cleansing ritual using smoke to clear areas with a lot of energy.
To prepare for Thursday’s Haunted Hamilton Road presentation, the Paranormal Knights concluded their investigation at the Crouch Library.
“You have ghost here in the library,” Purcell said.
The paranormal figure is described as an overweight lady wearing a housecoat and curlers in her hair and holding a cigarette in her mouth.
“She would have been known to the neighbours in the neighbourhood as the crazy lady,” Purcell said. “She does throws books off the shelves, she will move chairs and other objects and turn the computers on and off.”
For more information about the Paranormal Knights of London or to check out details of some of the team’s past investigations, visit http://www.pklondon.ca/.