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Media interviewed (Going Places) of our SPI, Chief of Spiritual, Cultural Beliefs Research and Gadget Department), Mr Kenneth Jee

 

 

Media interviewed (Going Places) of our SPI, Chief Paranormal Investigator ( Spiritual, Cultural Beliefs Research and Gadget Department), Mr Kenneth Jee

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Paranormal connections

Even among Singapore’s planned and compact landscape, pockets of abandoned buildings and places remain. Paranormal investigators give their take on why they still exist.

By Cassandra Yeap     |     12 Nov 2013

 

Paranormal investigator Benjamin Teo used to be scared of ghosts. A visit by what appeared to be his dead great grandmother when he was in primary school, left him with the creeps.

 

But years on, his job as a social worker challenged him to act on advice he often gave the youths he counselled – and to confront his fears.

 

“The more I researched, and with more information, I began to feel differently towards [ghosts]. And that’s when I started to explore to see if I could conquer my fears by going to these places,” he said.

 

Old, isolated and empty places beckon Benjamin. Despite Singapore’s small land area, pockets of untouched properties and swathes of deserted land remain – sometimes inexplicably so. Paranormal investigators like him seek to understand why.

 

According to Benjamin, 34, founder of Ghost Club SG, buildings may be abandoned because they were repossessed or the subject of a property dispute. But occasionally, darker phenomena are at work.

 

“A tragic event could have happened there, and sometimes people don’t want to buy it because of its history. It could also be that certain things that happened there, created situations such that people who stay there, don’t stay there for long.

 

“It could really be some paranormal incidents.”

 

Flagging the supernatural
Benjamin encountered one such incident five years ago at Kent Ridge Park’s parade square, the one-time stomping ground of British soldiers. Arriving after sundown, the daytime serenity of the park had turned to a silence that seemed especially sinister.

 

“That night when we went we could really feel that there was something different, it was especially dark,” he said. Intrigued, he and his club members began a thorough sweep of the area, eventually zeroing in on the parade square’s three flag poles, long disused. A persistent clanging sound abruptly started and went on for a few minutes – the middle pole’s pulley system hitting repeatedly against the pole.

 

There were no animals or birds nearby, and no wind to disturb the pulley, said Benjamin. Meanwhile, the ropes of the two flanking poles did not budge.

 

“We didn’t know what it was. At the end of the day, we deemed it as inconclusive, as an unexplainable thing,” said Benjamin. “That remains a mystery till today.”

 

Fatal attraction
Chief Paranormal Investigator with the Singapore Paranormal Investigators (SPI) Kenneth Jee, 37, believes the histories of abandoned buildings are what draw paranormal activity.

 

“For example, old buildings which had ‘bad happenings’ in them, hospitals with a lot of deaths, and massacre sites,” he said.

 

The fact that the building is abandoned also further draws unnatural presences.

 

“[Ghosts are] just like humans, we don’t like to be disturbed.”

 

Agreeing, Benjamin said conflicting auras make places that are devoid of people, a welcoming place for ghosts.

 

“People actually give off the yang qi, or positive energy, so places that have many people – usually ghosts will not want to be there because they’re considered the yin qi (negative energy), so there’s a clash, he said.

 

Investigators typically use a range of instruments to capture evidence of supernatural activity. These include sensors that measure electromagnetic fields, voice recorders to capture white noise or sounds of lower frequency known as Electric Voice Phenomena, and night vision cameras.

 

Kenneth, who also heads SPI’s Spiritual, Cultural Beliefs Research and Gadget Department, said the group usually brings five or more pieces of equipment, and assesses the likelihood of a haunting based on how many register positive readings.

 

Always spooky
But in Singapore’s fast-changing landscape, even buildings thought by investigators to likely be haunted, are not left untouched for long.

 

Often, signs that forbid trespassing or that mark buildings as state property spring up overnight, said Kenneth, leaving fewer and fewer places for his group to explore.

 

Nonetheless, developing or renovating a building has little effect on its supernatural visitors.

 

“If there is really a haunting there, whether it’s developed or whether there’s a new building, the energies will still remain. These energies do not change when the physical surroundings change; they are still there,” said Benjamin.

 

To remove the area of such “energies”, the investigators suggested complete demolition, excavation to the depth of six feet and leaving the soil exposed for a week.

 

A change of pace
It is not just the physical landscape that is becoming scarcer for abandoned places. To be sensitive to the supernatural implies a respect for the environment that is slowly fading among younger Singaporeans because of their hectic lifestyles, said Kenneth, who runs a chain of new age shops with his cousin.

 

“How many of us actually spend our time taking off our shoes, walking barefoot on the grass? What’s the feeling at that point in time? How many would actually relax, breathe?” he asked.

 

“Because when you talk about the paranormal, it’s no different from other things, like a connection to nature. A person who is connected to nature will be spiritual and a person who is spiritual will be sensitive to the paranormal,” he said.

 

To Benjamin, gaining insight into the paranormal has also been a window for him onto Singapore.

 

“Whether it’s exploring parks or going to these places, when I do my research, there’s tons of information I found that was also educational to me, like what happened in the 1950s or 1800s,” he said. Learning about the varieties of local ghosts also helped him to see other cultures in a different light.

 

“I think vice versa, when [my friends] hear about the seventh month traditions and superstitions, there’s a lot of learning and appreciation of each other’s culture,” he said.

 

Abandoned buildings and places have value as part of Singapore’s heritage and history; while their physical structures may have fallen into disrepair, their stories, even the tragic ones, should be preserved, said Benjamin. To understand Singapore, one needed to go beyond the shopping malls and cinemas, Benjamin added.

 

“I think there’s a lot more to see out there,” he said. And he doesn’t just mean in the physical realm.

Nam Koo Terrace – The Wan Chai Haunted House

Nam Koo Terrace – The Wan Chai Haunted House
Ghosts and Hauntings

November 2003 a group of eight middle school students decided to visit the local areas haunted location. Their plan was to stay the night in the hopes of getting a glimpse of one of the resident spirits.

Their hopes high for a night of mystery, intrigue and a few steps will have no doubt turned to uncertainty as they crossed the threshold into Nam Koo Terrace. It is said a feeling of appalling loneliness that is also confusingly felt along with the feeling of a crowded space hits those who enter the property.

This abandoned house is also known locally as the Wan Chai Haunted House and its legends no doubt grew to infamy as verbal recounts of what happened this night passed from neighbour to neighbour, through the students of the local schools and child to child in the playground located close by.

That night the students set up their small camp in one of the empty rooms and decided to attempt to contact the spirits through their version of a ouija board. It was during this session that three of the girls in the group became agitated, their minds filling with terrible images.

One of the girls then completely flipped and became psychotic.

The students fled the building but as they made it to the gate the girl who had been most affected took on a strange persona and would not step off the property. It was at this stage the other two girls affected during the ouija session heard a male voice calling them to the second floor.

The police were called and when they tried to forcefully remove the girl she snapped and attacked them. It took both police officers to remove the girl and she was sent off to a hospital for psychiatric assessment and treatment, along with two of the other students who were emotionally affected by the nights activities.

The Oriental Daily newspaper ran the story and soon many other papers and media outlets followed suit. The legend of Nam Koo Terrace was now fully lodged in everyone’s psyche but the legends of ghosts and hauntings of this location go back quite a time.

The two story building was built in a period between 1915 and 1921 in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong, China. The land was purchased and leased by prominent Chinese businessman ‘To Chun-man’. The house itself was designed to mimic European style houses while still incorporating facets of feng shui.

In the 1940’s the Japanese invaded and occupied Hong Kong. During this period the Japanese military turned Nam Koo Terrace, along with many other buildings in the district, into a military brothel. It remained as a brothel for four years until 1945.

It was during this period that the legends began starting with tales of local women being taken to the ‘comfort house’ to be repeatedly raped by the Japanese soldiers before being tortured and killed. Many of these women were said to have been decapitated by the soldiers before being dumped to be found by their friends and relatives.

Nam Koo Terrace is also known as a suicide house, a location where people come to end their own lives. As recently as 2010 bodies have been recovered from the rooms of the house or cut down from the branches of the gardens trees. It is not known how many people have ended their lives in the house but estimates put it at higher than 30.

Murder is also said to have taken place on the grounds several times.

Still, even with all the dark history and the hauntings people like to venture to the overgrown building. Urban explorers love to scale the sides of the derelict home or venture into the below ground ‘secret’ entrance.

The hauntings are made up of visions of headless or bloody women, their cries piercing the mind as blocking your ears does not lessen their impact. A man in black has been seen wandering the building and it is thought it was his voice the girls heard on that night in 2003.

‘Spectral fires’ have been reported but these at least can be chalked up to the squatters who have called the building home on and off through the years.

People who have entered the building say there is just something plain wrong with the feel of the place. What it feels like at night they are not quite sure as not many people are brave, or stupid enough, to visit it after the sun goes down.

Nam Koo Terrace is a Grade 1 Historical Building and as such is likely to stay around for a long time to come. Hopewell Holdings who plan to develop the area has stated that they aim to restore the old building and preserve its 90 years of history.

Ashley Hall 2013.

Picture: The front entrance and portico of Nam Koo Terrace
Inset Upper: A view of the left hand structure of the building.
Inset Middle: An interior shot showing the place a stairwell used to be located.
Inset Bottom: From the back porch, a view overlooking the city.

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The Lady in White of Bachelor’s Grove


The Lady in White of Bachelor’s Grove
Paranormal Photos

In 1991, Ghost Research Society (GRS) investigator Jude Huff took many photos of the Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery located in the woods near Midlothian, Illinois. The GRS team had ventured out to the cemetery to explore the claims of paranormal happenings amongst the overgrown graves.

The team members walked through the cemetery in small groups, each holding a map and were told to record any changes in EMF and any psychic/anomalous experiences they may have had. The maps were compared, and several spots that overlapped showed in the comparisons.

The team members returned to those areas and did more in depth investigating, including taking many photographs.

It was upon development of these photos that the ‘Lady in White’ appeared, sitting on a headstone carved with a checker board pattern. No one was in the shot at the time the photos were taken, and no one in GRS was wearing the clothes seen on the figure in the photograph.

The woman can be seen sitting, legs to the front, with her hands in her lap. She has long hair (many believe this to be brown, although it is only a black and white image) and a full length dress. Many believe the dress to be a burial shroud, while others believe it is just an old fashioned light coloured dress.

The loose parts of her dress and areas around her head appear to be semi transparent. Everyone in the team was understandably stunned, as were the media, who soon snapped up the story and put it into print.
It is considered one of the top ten ghost photos of all time.
Who is this mysterious figure and why can she be seen staring off into the cemetery?

Bachelor’s Grove is no stranger to experiences of a potentially paranormal kind. These stories date as far back as the 1950′s, but with a location such as this, it would not be a surprise to find stories going back even further.

The tales take on many forms. The strangest concerns the road that leads to the cemetery itself. To access Bachelor’s Grove you must travel along a dark, long dirt track chocked by trees encroaching along the path, in many places blotting out the sun as the ancient boughs join overhead.

It is apparently quite freaky in the daytime, let alone terrifying at night. Back in the 50′s a story circulated that those who travelled the path would inexplicably see an old white farmhouse between the trunks and branches of the trees. Upon closer inspection, the house will have inexplicably disappeared. It is likely linked to the death of a farmer, who passed while ploughing the lands near the cemetery in 1870. He, his horse and the plough all fell into the nearby lagoon, drowning. Forest rangers have told tales how they have witnessed a farmer ploughing those fields, appearing and disappearing amongst the trees.

More modern stories concern strange lights in the cemetery. For the past forty-odd years it has been a place for adventurous (and no doubt horny) young people, wanting to hang out and ‘try their luck’. It was also no doubt a place to venture on a dare, or just for thrills.

It was these young people who started to report the lights. White flashes have been seen amongst the now overgrown stones, and paths between graves. Stories of robed monks were shared, though these seemed to die out in the mid-80′s.

In more recent times the stories evolved to include physical contact with unseen entities. The contact is always quite sudden and people claim the hands are clammy/sweaty, with the wetness lingering even as the shock of unexplainably being grabbed by an unseen force works its way throughout the body.
However, the most famous ghost is The White Lady. She has been seen amongst the graves of Bachelor’s Grove for decades. Many believe that her name is Mrs Rogers, a lady who buried in the cemetery next to her son. I can not find out why people believe the figure is Mrs Rogers, but the name seemed to have stuck.
The figure is also referred to as the ‘Madonna of Bachelor’s Grove’, no doubt owing to the light coloured nature of her flowing dress.
Since 2004, the woman has been referred to by another name. Mid West Haunts has spent many years investigating the old cemetery, and on one of these occasions they snapped a photo of the lady in white. She is seen standing amongst the trees in the area of a headstone for the grave of Dora Newman. Since that time MWH has been referring to the Lady in White as Dora Newman, hopefully she now has the correct name!
Ashley Hall 2013. All reference material can be made available on request.

Photo: The Lady in White, sometimes referred to as ‘The Madonna’ of Bachelor’s Grove.
Inset upper: The wooded path that leads to the cemetery.
Inset Middle: The headstone the apparition was seen sitting on.
Inset Lower: The gates of Bachelor’s Grove circa 1980

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Bachelor’s Grove Lady in White

The Lady in White of Bachelor’s Grove
Paranormal Photos

In 1991, Ghost Research Society (GRS) investigator Jude Huff took many photos of the Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery located in the woods near Midlothian, Illinois. The GRS team had ventured out to the cemetery to explore the claims of paranormal happenings amongst the overgrown graves.

The team members walked through the cemetery in small groups, each holding a map and were told to record any changes in EMF and any psychic/anomalous experiences they may have had. The maps were compared, and several spots that overlapped showed in the comparisons.

The team members returned to those areas and did more in depth investigating, including taking many photographs.

It was upon development of these photos that the ‘Lady in White’ appeared, sitting on a headstone carved with a checker board pattern. No one was in the shot at the time the photos were taken, and no one in GRS was wearing the clothes seen on the figure in the photograph.

The woman can be seen sitting, legs to the front, with her hands in her lap. She has long hair (many believe this to be brown, although it is only a black and white image) and a full length dress. Many believe the dress to be a burial shroud, while others believe it is just an old fashioned light coloured dress.

The loose parts of her dress and areas around her head appear to be semi transparent. Everyone in the team was understandably stunned, as were the media, who soon snapped up the story and put it into print.

It is considered one of the top ten ghost photos of all time.

Who is this mysterious figure and why can she be seen staring off into the cemetery?

Bachelor’s Grove is no stranger to experiences of a potentially paranormal kind. These stories date as far back as the 1950’s, but with a location such as this, it would not be a surprise to find stories going back even further.

The tales take on many forms. The strangest concerns the road that leads to the cemetery itself. To access Bachelor’s Grove you must travel along a dark, long dirt track chocked by trees encroaching along the path, in many places blotting out the sun as the ancient boughs join overhead.

It is apparently quite freaky in the daytime, let alone terrifying at night. Back in the 50’s a story circulated that those who travelled the path would inexplicably see an old white farmhouse between the trunks and branches of the trees. Upon closer inspection, the house will have inexplicably disappeared. It is likely linked to the death of a farmer, who passed while ploughing the lands near the cemetery in 1870. He, his horse and the plough all fell into the nearby lagoon, drowning. Forest rangers have told tales how they have witnessed a farmer ploughing those fields, appearing and disappearing amongst the trees.

More modern stories concern strange lights in the cemetery. For the past forty-odd years it has been a place for adventurous (and no doubt horny) young people, wanting to hang out and ‘try their luck’. It was also no doubt a place to venture on a dare, or just for thrills.

It was these young people who started to report the lights. White flashes have been seen amongst the now overgrown stones, and paths between graves. Stories of robed monks were shared, though these seemed to die out in the mid-80’s.

In more recent times the stories evolved to include physical contact with unseen entities. The contact is always quite sudden and people claim the hands are clammy/sweaty, with the wetness lingering even as the shock of unexplainably being grabbed by an unseen force works its way throughout the body.

However, the most famous ghost is The White Lady. She has been seen amongst the graves of Bachelor’s Grove for decades. Many believe that her name is Mrs Rogers, a lady who buried in the cemetery next to her son. I can not find out why people believe the figure is Mrs Rogers, but the name seemed to have stuck.

The figure is also referred to as the ‘Madonna of Bachelor’s Grove’, no doubt owing to the light coloured nature of her flowing dress.

Since 2004, the woman has been referred to by another name. Mid West Haunts has spent many years investigating the old cemetery, and on one of these occasions they snapped a photo of the lady in white. She is seen standing amongst the trees in the area of a headstone for the grave of Dora Newman. Since that time MWH has been referring to the Lady in White as Dora Newman, hopefully she now has the correct name!

Ashley Hall 2013. All reference material can be made available on request.

Photo: The Lady in White, sometimes referred to as ‘The Madonna’ of Bachelor’s Grove.
Inset upper: The wooded path that leads to the cemetery.
Inset Middle: The headstone the apparition was seen sitting on.
Inset Lower: The gates of Bachelor’s Grove circa 1980

For more information about all things paranormal, strange, dark and macabre through articles, discussions, podcasts, videos and competitions visit The Paranormal Guide:
www.facebook.com/theparanormalguide

Want even more?
Visit our forums at www.theparanormalguide.net

Note: The Paranormal Guide makes no claims to the authenticity or integrity of this photo. It is simply presented here along with information for you to make up your own mind.

 

Media Influence on Paranormal Perception



Contributed by :

Desmond Wong
Manager
Singapore Paranormal Investigators