Paranormal Researchers Visit Northfield

Paranormal Researchers Visit Northfield

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By Devin Loring

Ghosts are taboo. For some, entertaining the idea of a sharing a space with a ghost might be difficult to stomach, and even more so if you call a paranormal group for help and a group of teenagers knocks on your door.
The Teen Paranormal Society, facilitated by the founder of Great Northeastern Paranormal Research and mentored by the founder of Cumberland County Paranormal, is made up of a group of teenagers who are gearing up to be the next generation of paranormal researchers.

“Quite frankly, I’m getting too old for this,” said Clayton Borneman, founder of Cumberland County Paranormal.

“We’re creating the next generation,” said Great Northeastern Paranormal Research founder John Pacelli Jr.

Both founders and the active members of the Teen Paranormal Society met at the Otto Bruyns Public Library in Northfield to give a presentation Oct. 21 about the processes involved in paranormal research and of the groups’ findings.

Cumberland County Paranormal, Borneman said, evaluates first environmental, then behavioral, and finally paranormal circumstances when researching a reportedly haunted location.

“The last thing that we’re doing is paranormal research,” Borneman said. “And 5 percent of 100 situations are paranormal.”

Lilly Ives, 17, of Milmay, came to watch the presentation at the library with her best friend, whose mother is involved in Cumberland County Paranormal.

“I’m interested in hearing what they have to say,” Ives said. “It’s a learning experience. You get an open mind.”
Pacelli said he wanted to put together a teen paranormal group to “do something different” locally.

He asked his niece, Hailey Friedley, if she had any friends interested in joining a paranormal group, and she came back with a group of curious teenagers.

Since then, the Teen Paranormal Society has actively gone on investigations that include the Wildwood Historical Society museum.

Team member Jon Wekel, 17, of Atco, said that he smelled decay and cherry tobacco, and had papers thrown at him in the museum.

During a different research project at a private residence, Freidley said she found herself alone in the client’s home.

“I saw a head pop out from a hallway and look at me,” she said.

The groups’ members are called “researchers” instead of “investigators” because, Borneman said, in order to be dubbed any type of investigator, you must be licensed. So when the group attempts to collect data in a location that is reported haunted, they conduct “research projects.”

“We take precautions not to provoke, not to anger, and we have religious medallions, just in case,” Pacelli said. “We practice safety while we’re out there.”

Kim Wingate, 17, of Williamstown, said she could see how it might be difficult, from an adult’s perspective, to trust a group of teenagers to professionally research their homes.

However, Borneman vouches for the young researchers’ credibility.

“Pretty much off the clock they’re typical teenagers,” Borneman said. “But when the time comes, they’re really mature.”

“This group is really to educate not only other people but ourselves,” said Alexis Strahan, 17, of Atco.
Sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Borneman said, the groups plan to launch live webcasts and audio of research projects.

“Then, pretty much anyone can contribute to the research projects,” he said.

This article was featured in September’s edition of “Kirs Sedersten’s Favorite Paranormal Stories” in Paranormal Galaxy Magazine. This article was originally published on Read the original article at

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