Ghosts are real and are haunting places youve been to in Westchester. This is the one thing?Yonkers Ghost Investigators are out to prove.
Theres still people out there that deny that ghosts exist, said Jason Medina, a Yonkers resident and team leader of the paranormal pack.
I feel the need to provide enough evidence that you cant deny it. For some people thats not good enough, theyre just too stubborn. But I have no doubt in my mind. Ive seen them, heard them and felt it.
Medina, 44, of Yonkers, who has long been interested in ghosts, formed his squad in 2006 after visiting St. Josephs Cemetery in Yonkers. It was there that he saw the craziest thing he’d ever seen.
Medina scolded his cousins for making fun of the names on the tombstones while he was taking pictures, …and something comes right out of the tombstone and bends in a 90 degree angle and comes towards me.
He and his cousin saw an apparition of a floating women over a tomb in the cemetery.
It was like a mushroom cloud shape that came out of the grave and I saw a face in it, Medina tells Westchester Woman. That was the best and most exciting experience Ive ever had. That was enough inspiration for me to decide to keep doing this.
Since then, the Yonkers Ghost Investigators have gone on more than 300 hunts throughout Westchester County and beyond.
Click here for a list of investigations and findings, including video, photos and EVP recordings?and other cool stuff on their website.
Medina says one of the most haunted places in Westchester is Untermeyer Park. Listen to the recordings below from the Yonkers Ghost Investigators of what Medina says are spirits saying “Mommy” to his ghost hunter wife Jo-Ann.
“Interestingly enough we met someone last year at a funeral, who told us how he used to hang out in the park during the 1980s, while he was a student at Elizabeth Seton,” says Medina.
“He told us one time when he was at the Eagle’s Nest [at Untermeyer Park] he heard a voice say either, ‘Momma’ or ‘Mommy!’ You can imagine our surprise considering we captured the same exact thing!”
There are about 15 members currently on the team from paranormal investigators, EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) specialists, photographers, technical crew and field investigators. All of the members have cool nicknames like Shadow, Rouge and Dream Weaver.
When Yonkers Ghost Investigators gets a call from an individual asking them to check out a building or home, they do so at no charge. Other times the crew will go off and investigate places theyve heard of and are curious about.
Once a site is chosen, the team heads out with their equipment: a spirit box that uses white noise to communicate with ghosts; an EMF meter that measures electromagnetic fields; and a video camera. Only about four team members go out at a time to reduce noise contamination.
Medina, a.k.a. Nightraven, has used his investigations along with research to write two fictional works and his latest book “Ghosts and Legends of Yonkers,” which is non-fiction and delves into the spooky legends about Yonkers.