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Ellen Campbell, Sharon Koogler and Terri Jamros during a recent ghost hunting investigation.
Ellen Campbell, Sharon Koogler and Terri Jamros are not afraid of the dark. In fact, when they’re not working at BWH, they spend much of their time in the dark searching for the paranormal.
“It’s not something you hear very everyday from your co-worker,” said Campbell, an administrative assistant in Radiation Oncology. “We love trying to find answers to the unknown. It is something we take seriously and get very excited about.”
Campbell, Koogler, also an administrative assistant in Radiation Oncology, and Jamros, a staff nurse in the PACU, are part of S.P.I.R.I.T.S. (Supernatural, Paranormal, Investigations, Research, Intuitive, Truth Society) of New England, an eight-member paranormal team that investigates houses and locations thought to be haunted.
Since forming last year after meeting on a ghost-hunting online forum, the trio has been busy. Earlier this year, they accompanied the cast and crew of the Sy-Fy Channel’s number one show “Ghost Hunters” on an investigation. Just two weeks ago, the S.P.I.R.I.T.S. team spent a night investigating a 375-year-old Winthrop home. Jamros recently came back from Gettysburg where she and others investigated paranormal activity in former battle fields.
“It’s a serious undertaking,” said Jamros, who says she’s able to sense paranormal activity—a gift she can’t explain.
The group also has added to their resumé the investigation of many private homes where apartment residents or home owners suspect paranormal activities. They do this service free of charge.
“We try to help people who want to know what the unexplained noises in a house might be,” said Campbell, adding that strange or haunting sounds often can be attributed to an old house settling, wiring, unattached pipes, ventilation systems or creaky floors.
“Other times, however, unexplained noises are from the spirit or spirits that need to be understood, not feared,” said Campbell.
Koogler said the group uses scientific techniques and equipment such as voice recorders, camcorders and electromagnetic field detectors to help people find out what paranormal activity is in a home.
“When people encounter these kinds of activities in their home, the first thing they think is, ‘They are crazy!’ But we go there and talk and look, hopefully bringing people some peace of mind,” said Campbell.
Need answers about paranormal activity in your home? Contact Jamros, Campbell and Koogler at spiritsofnewengland.org