In search of the paranormal

A presentation by Ghost Hunters of Southern Michigan draws a crowd in Allen Park. PHOTO/ALLISON WHITEHEAD

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Paranormal sightings are rare. For Robin Lemkie, such experiences have happened since she was 6.

Lemkie is the founder of the Ghost Hunters of Southern Michigan, a group she formed in 1994 after realizing others could see the same things. There are four members who keep in touch by phone and meet during investigations.

“The more we started capturing physical evidence like pictures and sounds, the more excited we get about it,” Lemkie said.

With more TV shows and movies on the paranormal, conversation has sparked. A 2013 survey concluded that 45 percent of American’s believe in ghosts, according to Huffington Post.

“…studies have also linked belief in ghosts with exposure to paranormal-related TV shows,” an article from The Atlantic said.

Katelyn Yaczik of Allen Park became interested in the paranormal when she would read stories on the internet.

“I think the internet is a gateway for conversations about it,” Yaczik said.

Opening up about these experiences has given people the chance to investigate. Group members go to several places in southern Michigan to try to help those who contact them.

Robin Lemkie

When people call, it’s because they have things happening that they can’t explain or they need clarification on an event. The group meets up for these and to go over pictures. More information can be seen here.

“We were in a house that was very old and coming down the stairs, I said ‘Geez, these stairs are really steep’ and a gentleman behind me said ‘Robin, don’t fall!’ He wasn’t there, of course,” Lemkie said. “But I know [the voice] was there.”

The team went over this many times before displaying it as evidence. During presentations, they play audio of this and other experiences to the audience.

When many think about the paranormal, they think of something evil trying to hurt them. Lemkie thinks otherwise

“We don’t think that spirits can hurt you,” Lemkie said.

People’s fears drive them to want to discuss it, prompting investigations, online forums and groups to form. Personal experience of paranormal activity is just one part of this ghost-hunting phenomenon. Scientific evidence of this hasn’t yet been proven, according to Live Science. These groups exist to try to prove it.

“People fear what they can’t see,” Yaczik said.

The rise of technology increases the possibility of fabrication. However, the group doesn’t use information, video clips or sound bites unless members believe it’s true.

“We had a picture for over a year that was just too good and I knew something wasn’t right, so I didn’t post it,” Lemkie said. “After a year, we found out it wasn’t anything paranormal. It was just an optical illusion.”

Members hope people become interested if they know the paranormal is nothing to fear.

“I think it’s more acceptable to talk about it now, whereas before it was more frowned upon and pushed aside,” said Alanah Harper-Brecht of Lake Orion, who said she has had paranormal experiences herself.

Harper-Brecht and three friends were playing with a Ouija board when weird things started happening. The board spelled her name and seemed to know things about her. She and a friend said they saw a face in the corner.

With more access to resources, people are coming around to the idea of the paranormal. Lemkie contributes the start of discussion to not only the rise of technology, but also TV shows. Although she believes in paranormal and credits TV shows with discussion starting, they sell a false idea.


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