Mattapoisett Library welcomes the paranormal

Oct 5, 2018

MATTAPOISETT — The Mattapoisett Library always welcomes its patrons, but on Friday night it paid a little extra attention to any paranormal patrons it may have.

S.P.I.R.I.T.S of New England, a group of devoted paranormal hobbyists, gave a lecture about the process of hunting the paranormal and provided residents with the opportunity to try it for themselves.

During the lecture, Jack Kenna spoke about how the group investigates cases, focusing on the tagline, “it’s not always what you think it is.”

He explained that although his team believes in the paranormal, they try to debunk ordinary cases that may only seem paranormal.

He cited a case in which residents believed they were being haunted after they saw flashes of light and their beds started to shake. Upon further investigation, the team uncovered that low-magnitude earthquakes were responsible for the shaking and “earthquake lights,” a geological phenomenon studied by the US Geological Society. 

“People think it’s paranormal, but it’s not, it’s something more natural,” said Kenna. 

He explained that, in the end, it is important to investigate as thoroughly as possible because his reputation could be on the line. 

Kenna has been featured on television shows such as “Paranormal Survivor” but said, “80 to 90 percent of what you see on reality TV shows is true, the rest is for your entertainment.” 

The presentation also featured a highlight reel from the investigations of S.P.I.R.I.T.S, including video of when the team found something they couldn’t explain or captured something on an audio recording. 

Kenna and his teammates Ellen MacNeil, Sarah Campbell, and Sharon Koogler, split a group of about 15 participants in two and showed them some of the tools they use to capture paranormal activity. These include a ghost radar app (yes, there’s an app for that), voice recordings, and divining rods, among other tools.

Participants spent the next few hours trying to contact a paranormal presence that S.P.I.R.I.T.S had detected during a previous visit to the Mattapoisett Library.