Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Adam Berry from 'Ghost Hunters' confronts school spirits

Adam Berry from Syfy's Ghost Hunters is returning to Boston
Long before Adam Berry snagged top prize as a paranormal investigator-in-training on Syfy's Ghost Hunters Academy, he confronted a school spirit haunting his college dormitory. “I thought that I had a ghost in my dorm room at the Boston Conservatory during my junior year,” Berry said, adding that he felt a presence physically hold him down, a phenomenon known as sleep paralysis.

Berry, featured in the book Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub, will be on assignment with the TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) team in Upstate New York. However, he plans to make the trek to Boston (fingers crossed) in support of the book's launch event 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. Click here for tickets.

“I was freaked out and thought there was something in my room. My mother told me to take some dirt from the front of my dorm and throw it in the cemetery. We did and dumped the dirt in the old cemetery near Emerson [Central Burying Ground] to get rid of the spirit,” he remarked. “After that, I never felt intimidated being in that dorm.”

As far as the ghostlore surrounding campus hauntings, Berry believes it's a rite of passage. “Going to college is like going to summer camp, but with classes,” he mused. “You have stories that are told from generation to generation on a college campus. And universities like Harvard have dorms that are hundreds of years old so it makes sense that these spooky ghost stories continue to be told. Also, seniors love to scare freshmen.”

Berry, who founded the Provincetown Paranormal Research Society (PPRS) in 2006 after graduating from college, said his ghostly encounter in Boston coupled with a supernatural experience in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania helped fuel his interest in the spirit realm. “Boston is one of my favorite cities in the world and obviously has something going on,” the twenty-nine-year-old said. “Because of the history, there are so many interesting places that could be investigated. It was one of the biggest seaports in the country and had tons of activity during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. There must be spirits left behind, mulling about and checking out the status of the community they built way back when.”

During his four-year stint at the Conservatory, the paranormal investigator who was originally from Muscle Shoals, Alabama said he fell in love with the Hub. “Because of Boston's rich history and the singular fact that it was the cornerstone of the American Revolution makes it a city that is truly one of a kind,” he said. “Why would anyone want to leave … even after they're dead?”

Click here to order the book Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub for the complete story.

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