Strangled in a church
One of the first investigations Greg Newkirk, a professional paranormal investigator, ever did still haunts him today. “I had taken a documentary film director to an abandoned church long-rumoured to be haunted,” he says. “We’d only been in the building for half an hour before a loud knocking drew our attention to the church’s ten-foot-tall pulpit. For five minutes, we watched a thick, forest green fog manifest on the pulpit’s spiral staircase, before it slowly crept toward us.” That’s when, all of a sudden, the director Newkirk had brought with him began to frantically gasp for air as if he were choking. “Sure enough, he had two bright red hand prints wrapped around his throat. They almost looked like burns.”
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An otherworldly creature
John Tenney, a friend of Newkirk’s and a fellow paranormal investigator, has memories of his own that would keep even the bravest of men awake at night. “The oddest thing I’ve seen happened a couple of years ago,” Tenney begins. “I witnessed a small hairy creature about 11 inches (28 cms) tall with deep inset eyes, large ears, and hooves. As the flash from my camera went off, it jumped backwards into the darkness and vanished. I don’t have any problem with people not believing me because I still don’t know if I believe it… and I saw it.
Tripped into a coffin
It seems as though supernatural creatures are rather attracted to Tenney, host of the spooky podcast, Realm of the Weird, as the hairy being with hooves wasn’t the only one to interact with him. “Once, while investigating an old cemetery, I heard a distinct voice say, ‘Careful,’” he shares. “In my startled state, I immediately began to walk backwards. In doing so, I cracked through the lid of an old coffin and ended up falling into a grave. As I laid in the grave I don’t think I’d ever been more scared.”