TRURO - Walter Williams has a passion for finding evidence of the paranormal.
Colchester County Paranormal Society founder Walter Williams spends hours reviewing audio data collected from ghost hunts and has become a pro at finding paranormal sounds.
"Remember, it's just knowledge that's hidden from us ... you don't have to fear the dead, it's the living that we have to worry about," said Williams, who recalls hearing those words from his father years ago while growing up in a house he felt was haunted in Birmingham, England.
Williams is a longtime ghost hunter, who along with his wife Julie, founded the Colchester County Paranormal Society about five years ago.
There are about 10 active members in the society, although more than 200 people support the group on Facebook.
The group conducts investigations and makes attempts to capture physical evidence of paranormal activity within historical buildings after obtaining approval from landowners.
"When you think of a haunting, it may not necessarily mean there is a ghost in a building trying to scare you. Basically, what it can be is energy from the past that was captured by the building," said Williams. "You may not be aware of hauntings or hear voices or sounds or see any evidence of them on your own, because these are paranormal phenomena and operate on a higher frequency than humans.
"Today's technology is perfect for the modern ghost-hunter," he added.
Williams has collected tools over the years that help during investigations, including voice recorders, cameras, video recorders, lasers, lights and thermometers. The data collected is stored into a computer where he spends hours reviewing it.
"Hauntings can be similar to memories - we can often have haunting memories of situations or people from our past," said Williams. "They are events that stay with us. For a building to be haunted, it means that the building has picked up a piece of history within in the structure. And that energy stuck there and continues to play over and over in time."
Williams said that form of paranormal activity is known as residual haunting.
The local paranormal society has had countless reports of paranormal activity in the area, however, it hasn't had permission to investigate them all yet. In the future, the group aims to have community support to create something more, such as a ghost walk open to the public with real stories to coincide with it.
Recently, society members toured a small section of the former Diefenbunker in Debert. There was evidence of residual voices picked up through the voice recorders and they were later captured when Williams was reviewing his electronic data from the outing. There is also evidence picked up from photographs of small orbs floating around and other light and energy sources following them around the bunker in complete darkness.
Protection, Williams says, is key on a ghost hunt, and hunters always speak out to the spirits in the area.
"We protect ourselves and say, ‘if there is anyone here with us, you stay here when we leave,'" said Williams. "We also always burn a bit of sage to remove any negative energy from the room."
Group: Colchester County Paranormal Society
Founded by: Walter and Julie Williams
What: Based out of Truro, C.C.P.S investigates historical buildings and locations in Nova Scotia. The group is dedicated to collecting physical evidence of paranormal activities.