|ParaHaunt drums up demons|
want to help local woman with frightening problem|
By Bob Stewart
your typical Rotary Club event.
With a nearly full moon rising over the undulating terrain of the Ambassador Golf Club,
Michigan-based ghost hunters ParaHaunt explained the tools of their trade, discussed their roles as paranormal investigators,
and drummed up a little business for themselves in the form of Brittany—a young LaSalle woman who may be plagued by
All this for an audience of about 55 members of the Rotary Club of LaSalle-Centennial, their guests and the
interested public—believers and skeptics alike.
“I’m all about science,” said Sherri Wheeler,
a skeptic who attended the ParaHaunt seminar with a friend. “If there was a scientific explanation for ghosts, it wouldn’t
‘Old man on the road’
Despite the quiet skepticism of Wheeler,
and even the more vocal skepticism of ParaHaunt team member Bruce Gates—whose jaundiced, calculating eye towards all-things
spectral and netherworldly keeps the team grounded—there were those in attendance who came seeking help from the experienced
ghost hunters and demonologists.
Brittany, a 21-year-old LaSalle woman who only wanted to be identified by her first
name, attended the Oct. 25 seminar with her family. They were looking for help for a disturbing problem that has been terrifying
Brittany since March.
“My sister started complaining over the past several months—every time she’s
driving down the road she’ll scream and say ‘Do you see him, he’s in the middle of the road,’”
one of Brittany’s sisters explained to Gates and and ParaHaunt founder Scott Hattis.
No one else in the family
can see the figure, an old man Brittany has encountered on Todd Lane, Huron Church Road and Normandy Street.
almost been in accidents because he gets right in front the car and I—honestly, I can’t drive anymore,”
a visibly shaken Brittany said.
The problem, she said, began after attending her grandfather’s funeral in March.
Part of the service took place at a local cemetery.
“Have you ever used a Ouija board or attended a seance?”
When Brittany said she had not, Hattis said:
“Something’s definitely going on. We
should talk after.” Those who were there purely for the evening’s entertainment value, laughed heartily at Hattis’s
Rotary Club of LaSalle-Centennial event organizer Raquel Rankin said the event was definitely
something new for Rotary.
“As Rotarians, you usually don’t have have events like that,” she said.
“But I wanted to go a bit outside the usual Rotarian event.”
Rankin heard ParaHaunt being interviewed on
the radio last year and although she’s never had a paranormal experience herself, was intrigued when she heard the ghost
investigators gave seminars and helped with fundraisers.
“It was a good even for Rotary because a lot of people
from the general public turned out,” she said. “An extra thirty people now know the Rotary Club meets at Ambassador
Golf Club every Thursday.”
As for Brittany’s problem, after the seminar, Hattis,
spoke with her and asked if he could place his hand on her forehead.
“I felt a presence,” Hattis said,
removing his hand. “There was an energy coming from her forehead.”
“He scares me when I see him,”
Brittany told Hattis. “And when I see him, I feel sick.”
“Absolutely,” said Hattis. “He’s
trying to scare you.”
The entity, Hattis said, likely followed Brittany from the cemetery and is drawing on her
youthful vitality to generate the tremendous amount of energy required to manifest itself—make itself appear to the
Hattis described a particular gravestone of red marble with black swirls in it—something he picked-up
on while speaking with Brittany—the apparent victim of a “personal haunting.”
“We need to
do something about this,” Hattis told Brittany and her family. “Because if you don’t, your luck’s
going to go to heck, you’re going to start having financial problems and in the long run you’re going to get sick.”
said it’s common for people seeking help to show up at a ParaHaunt seminar. He got into paranormal investigations after
moving into a haunted house in River Rouge, Mich., about 15 years ago and having nowhere to go for help.
to Brittany that regardless of who she contacted for help with her haunting, she should definitely seek help and contact someone
experienced in demonology.
ParaHaunt has extended an invitation to the LaSalle Post to accompany them on a future