One ghost hunter described his hideous “paranormal hangover” caused by an angry ghost who “washed” through him after telling him to “get out” and chasing him through the corridor of a Victorian fortress two weeks before Halloween.
Personal trainer Tony Ferguson 36 visited Fort Widley near Portsmouth, Hampshire – a rumored haunted building that was used in both world wars – on October 16 with his financier Beverley, 46, and a group of ghost-enthusiasts.
There he looked for paranormal activity and ventured into the coal tunnels under the building to face the ghosts alone.
Tony of Lyndhurst, Hampshire said, “I called to the ghosts, ‘Anyone need help? Are you lost? Are you trapped Why are you so angry?’
“This is often what I call to get an answer from the spirits.
“In response, I kept hearing ‘Get out, go!’ I heard both a man’s and a woman’s voice. They really didn’t want anyone there.
“Then suddenly, at the end of the tunnel, I saw a mass of fog shooting down at me. It glowed.
“I started pulling back, ran down the tunnel – and somehow managed to turn around while I was filming.”
Tony had brought an infrared camera and captured the whole amazing episode on film.
“Then I felt a rushing sound as the ghost passed and I could feel it go right through me,” he said.
“After that, I felt completely drained for the next few days. It was like a paranormal hangover. “
But this isn’t the first time Tony has captured a ghostly figure in the movie.
He made headlines in 2016 after capturing the outline of a man sneaking down a corridor and moving through a wall at Bodmin Jail in Cornwall.
“You can see a figure who looks like ‘old world’ with its head down as it walks across the floor of the cells. Basically it’s just going nowhere. “
Preferring not to research the locations before visiting so that he has no prejudice or expectations of what he will find, Tony later discovered that his extraordinary film was shot on the anniversary of William Hampton’s death – who was hanged in prison on 20 January. July 1909.
“They believe this was his last walk before he was hanged as he was the last man to be hanged in Bodmin Prison,” he said.
Being a “magnet” for ghosts has been of use to Tony, who said it helped cement his relationship with Beverley, who also has a long-term interest in everything paranormal.
“When we first met, ghost hunting was already a huge passion of mine, so I took her to events and she noticed the amount of paranormal activity going on around me,” he said.
“I have ADHD and I have higher energy levels than most people.
“I think this helps spirits manifest around me more easily.”
Tony has had spooky sightings for as long as he can remember.
In broad daylight in his grandmother’s London kitchen when he was just three years old, Tony ran into a ghost.
“When I went to see my mom, I used to cry and she thought it was because I didn’t like her,” he laughed.
“She was wrong because I would see this gentleman in the house – a tall figure in a suit.
“He looked like someone from the 1900s and we assume it was my grandfather’s father.
“In the past it often happened when I was alone. My grandmother went away and did something and the figure appeared.
“He went into the room and I started crying because I was scared.
“My grandmother came back into the room and asked, ‘Why are you crying? Why don’t you like it here? ‘ But it wasn’t her fault, it was the ghost. “
He recalls another ghostly encounter when he stayed at his parents’ house on the eve of his grandfather’s funeral in 2005.
“I woke up and looked up to see the silhouette of an old woman in a white dress in her 70s sitting at the end of my bed looking at me,” he said.
“She then went away and went right through the wall.”
When, after some time, he mentioned the apparition to some neighbors, they showed him a photo of a woman who had died in the house – and it was her.
“It was the night of my grandfather’s funeral. She must have come to check on me, ”he said.
“She was described by the neighbors as a” lady who loved the children “and died in the room I lived in.”
Now Tony and his wife are excited to make the most of his “gift” and are conducting a spooky investigation together.
They search for ghosts in abandoned buildings and take part in special “events” like the one at Fort Widley run by Ghost2Ghost – a team that hosts paranormal events.
Tony is a master at capturing ghosts on camera and would like to add it to his spectral video library.
“I always said to myself: ‘This is a passion. I do it for love. I love the buildings, the history, ‘”he said.
“Although it takes time to recover from a paranormal hangover, like someone who enjoys a drop or two, I’ll still be back.”
Tony’s three steps to preparing for a paranormal investigation:
1. Go to the beach or a similar open natural space to “ground your energy”
2. If you have equipment such as an infrared camera, set it up so that it can record any activity. If not, your eyes and ears are the best gear. Take care of them.
3. Don’t wear jeans. While ghosts can be found in any clothing, a pair of shorts can keep your calves open to ghosts even in the dead of winter. He said, “I can tell if it’s getting colder around me and I can feel something that feels like a child’s hand. I can tell whether it’s the hand of a ghost or just an insect. “
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