Can spirits attach themselves to an item or location?
Can an object become cursed, possessed or haunted?
How could an object store something like that? If one item can hold an energy / curse / entity (in theory), what happens if a whole room is filled with these items? Would that mean a concentration of energy? A clashing of energies? Would entities interact with each other? What happens when curses come near other curses? Would any of the objects affect any team members in any way? Physically, emotionally, psychologically? Would us being there make any difference? Would anything follow us home afterwards?
Perhaps an item can be cursed using some dark magic ritual?
There are theories and reports from many of those that have encountered such things, that swear that they can and do.
Be it a personal belonging of the deceased, a car, old furniture, portraits and mirrors, Ouija Boards, wedding dresses, a favourite toy (dolls are a common item) or just some random and unassuming household object that appears to hold something unexplainable within, that somehow creates some overwhelming emotion for anyone holding or near it. Cursed and haunted objects have also been blamed for causing mysterious deaths and suicide.
As Paranormal researchers it is something of a duty for us to look into such things. To at least try to filter out the fairy tales from the fact. Claims of allegedly haunted items are a worldwide phenomenon and go back hundreds, even thousands of years. Stories of dolls being possessed by previous owners, walking and talking are common and seem to be a popular form for the spirits to take on as a host. Portraits and people in paintings are said to move; faces appear in mirrors and toys activate on their own; even without batteries.
What we needed were items. Many many items. Items with age; a history. Items of personal significance or historical family importance. Things with memories and a past life. Valued objects and favourite belongings. Ritualist tools and ceremonial wear, medical equipment, family portraits…..deceased estate artefacts that meant something to the deceased prior. We needed a place that was filled with all these things. A room filled from floor to ceiling and from corner to corner that we could immerse ourselves and some equipment in for a night (hoping for more than one!) seems like a good plan for now and will hopefully aid our research somehow. Maybe. Hey, it’s worth a shot and there’s nothing gained by not giving it ago. After all, the field only moves forward with experimentation, observation, research and documentation. Trial and error etc.
What better place tt investigate that is filled with the potential research items we needed, than an antique store. The location was chosen specifically for it having the potential to be more controlled than many of the others we have looked into. Many of the usual annoying audible and visual contaminants that hinder our recordings and footage should (hopefully) now be eliminated, giving us better potential evidence capturing opportunities.
That Antique Store was Molloy’s Mega Antiques Centre, 122 – 124 Anzac St, Takapuna.
I’ve been in many antique stores through the years, here and overseas. This one would have to be the best this country has (in my opinion), if you’re looking for an eclectic mix that embraces the odd, the old and the ”different”, do check out this incredible and fascinating (and very full) store. Totally recommend the visit. Tell them Haunted Auckland sent you!
The team would like to thank the owner, Bernard Molloy for giving us a very generous whole nights access to carry out our research. We really appreciate it.
Team members for this one; Mark, Marlene, Sam and Barbara.
Here’s some random photos taken by the team. Enjoy!