[ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Stark held a meter to detect electromagnetic fields, leading the team. Two called themselves empaths, sensitive to energies. The other two were tech-savvy, using devices to pick up energy, voices and movement. We turned our phones to airplane mode and remembered to cough or sneeze with intention. Anything stifled could be misconstrued. Much of the work, Stark said, is trying to prove themselves wrong.
“There’s something about that mirror,” said Marina Spears, 54, who felt headaches, neck pain and cool breezes throughout the night.
“Is this an area where we should try to contact you?” Stark said into the room.
Veva Scott set up an Xbox 360 Kinect camera, which records motion in the form of green stick figures on a screen. We waited. Times photographer Chris Urso snapped photos.
“Stop,” said Scott, 56. “Everybody stop. Right in front of Chris, there’s something really tall in the doorway. Marina, don’t move.”
Chris, a dedicated journalist, asked if he could keep taking photos, even though he might have been trapped in the hallway with a ghost. He moved out of the way, and the figure stayed on the laptop.
At one point, the empaths felt they were being chased by an impish, playful spirit. By the end, they settled on the presence of multiple entities. Stark does not believe any are Earl Gresh, because nothing happened when she pulled out one of his wooden purses or played his record.