The Haunted School House, 1875 – Pickering
I met with Paul and John; we loaded the equipment into the car and began our journey to the site. The location was an old schoolhouse built in 1875, which was now being used as a community centre near Pickering, Ontario. The centre has had numerous reports of strange occurrences dating back to at least the 1960’s. The Hauntings Research Group, who had invited us to join their continuing investigation, had previously investigated the site. We were all to meet there by 16:00 hours.
The Hauntings Research Group is a group of dedicated professional (paranormal) investigators, who I found on my quest to discover associates with whom to share ideas and theories. I was very impressed with them, as they take nothing for granted. They make no claims and as the majority of their group are true believers, they face each new piece of information they have collected with a balanced skepticism. Based in Peterborough County, I truly believe there isn’t anywhere they would not go to find the proof they, like so many of us, seek. The Group was founded by Dee Freedman and Anita Perron, both of whom conduct investigations and are psychic sensitive. Krystal Leigh, a field investigator, is psychic sensitive as well.
We pulled into the parking area, the rest of the team was already unloading equipment near the front of the building. As I was exiting the car I noticed that John was showing interest in a storage shed. I grabbed my 35mm camera and headed over to where he was standing. As I was walking up to him, I checked the camera’s built in light meter and set the shutter speed and aperture. As soon as I arrived to where John was standing, the camera’s batteries died. These had all just recently been replaced with new batteries. The interesting thing was that not only the meter and control battery, but also the flash and power winder batteries, were dead as well, a total of eight batteries in all. At about the same time Krystal entered the building and was loading the film into her 35mm camera, when her batteries died as well.