Boasting more than 200 members, Sturman formed the Meetup last year as part of an ongoing quest to spread awareness on what can be done with farming on a small scale.
Paranormal: Organizer Interview
For those fascinated by bumps in the night, we spoke with Adrienne, the Organizer of the Bay Area Ghost Hunters Meetup Group.
What sparked your interest in ghost hunting?
I have always been intrigued by true ghost stories, ever since I was a child. I’ve also had a tendency to feel the spooky vibes when ghosts were around.
What do you enjoy about ghost hunting?
The stories, actually. I’m much more interested in hearing people’s personal experiences with ghost encounters and digging into the history to figure out why it happens and how. The most provocative encounters always come when they’re least expected.
What sort of equipment does your Group use?
Cameras, tape recorders, EMF readers, psychics and anything else that comes our way.
What was your favorite Meetup and why?
I believe I still enjoy the Meet & Greets we do at haunted restaurants and hotels. It gives me the chance to meet more BAGH members and hear their experiences. When our sensitives come and give us their impressions of the place, it becomes even more intriguing. My most memorable Meetup had to be the one at the Brookdale Lodge, which I had arranged shortly after I took over BAGH.
Tell us a spooky story!
My mother owns an old house in the Willow Glen district of San Jose and has been renting it to the same family for over 40 years. When my father died and my mom had to move into assisted living, I went over there to assess the situation. When the tenants started talking about the ghosts there, they confirmed my previous suspicions. Apparently, they’d seen the shadow of a little girl wandering around the place, and sensed a man who was making noise in the house.
I contacted Irma Slage, a psychic medium I had met through BAGH, to come clear the house. Apparently, the noisy male was a Native American who occupied that land before the European settlers arrived, and still claims that it belongs to him. The little girl was among the first to die in an epidemic during the early 19th century. A third woman, who was once the lady of the house, was also lingering about keeping an eye on things. Irma said the house has always been haunted.
My mother’s family had lived there for over 40 years and it never occurred to them. They always gave the noises they heard rational explanations. Irma successfully cleared the house for the tenants, but my mother and I plan on restoring it, so once the work starts, I expect they’ll be back.
Liz searches for Paranormal Meetup Groups to explain the unexplained.