An ABC documentary crew was on hand when Chris Kaarma tried to find what caused a stubbie to slide off a bar twice, apparently of its own accord.ELAINE COONEY March 19, 2014 4:10am
Paranormal investigators and an ABC documentary crew spent the night at the Rochester Hotel earlier this month.
Shepparton paranormal investigator Chris Kaarma saw Campaspe News’ story along with the hotel’s CCTV footage of a mysterious moving bottle and wanted to prove it was not a hoax.
He thought it was a set-up until he got there and tried 200 ways the bottle could have travelled several centimetres across the counter before falling off, on two occasions.
‘‘I definitely don’t think it’s a set up,’’ he said.
Among their tests they looked into the effects a wet bar would have on a bottle, checked the surface to ensure it was level and checked the footage from different angles.
‘‘We thought a cold bottle might get moisture build up on the bar and cause it to aquaplane,’’ he said.
‘‘We couldn’t get the same thing to happen.’’
He set up two different types of equipment: an electro-magnetic field reader and another called a PSD7.
He said the EMF reader picked up electro-magnetic energy from fridges and power poles, but also human energy.
Mr Kaarma explained when humans died, energy around them could still be detected and there was a lot of electro-magnetic energy in morgues and graveyards.
He described the PSD7 machine, or spirit box, as a ‘modern day ouija board’.
Mr Kaarma said the device scanned radio frequencies quickly and did not pick up any station.
He said the American-made tool was used to broadcast sentences from beings we cannot see.
Mr Kaarma and the crew got a few words from the Rochester Hotel ghosts: one claimed his name was Fergus and in the downstairs bar a man’s voice said ‘‘Hello’’.
Another told the crew to go upstairs.
The upstairs ghost was not as friendly and swore through the spirit box asking them to leave.
The man’s voice said ‘‘f***ing leave’’.
Mr Kaarma said the documentary makers captured the spirit box falling off the balcony and the batteries spilled out.
Electro-magnetic energy was picked up at the bar at 2am and a few times in the same area upstairs.
Mr Kaarma left unsure if he would classify the hotel as haunted but was keen to do further investigations.
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