Paranormal investigator to appear in Bell TV show
Elmwood resident filmed at the Seven Oaks House Museum
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Paranormal investigator Victor Martin doesn’t believe in ghosts. Or demons. He believes in spirits. When Martin feels cool air on his neck, or when his hand-held electromagnetic field meter flashes red, that’s when he’s in his element.
The 59-year-old Elmwood resident and lead investigator for Victor’s Investigation of Paranormal Inc. was recently filmed in action at the Seven Oaks House Museum for an upcoming Bell Fibe TV show titled Ghost Kitchens. The program, created by production company Folks Films, features several paranormal experts.
Without giving too much away, Martin is currently pouring through hours of audio files he recorded one early October night to isolate what he believes to be the voice of a former occupant of the house — the male patriarch.
“I spent a lot of time in there talking to the spirits,” Martin said, adding that spirits are most active at night. To communicate, move objects and make sounds, they need the electricity that exists more abundantly in humid conditions, Martin said.
Winnipeg is the most haunted city in Canada, Martin said, because it exists in the bed of an ancient lake.
The night at Seven Oaks House Museum was unlike anything Martin had experienced in his time as a professional investigator. His radars and sensors were unusually active. He hopes those who watch Ghost Kitchens will get a clear sense of the work he does and the spirits that drive his passion. The show is set to premiere in the new year.
Daniel Heck is a lead investigator and tech expert for Victor’s Investigation of Paranormal Inc. He was on site for the filming at the historic house. Martin describes Heck as a skeptic when it comes to the existence of spirits. Heck agrees.
“I want to see proof of everything,” Heck said. “I’m not someone who has any sort of abilities, or claims to have any sort of ability to sense anything … I’d like to believe. That’s why I do it. I’d like to one day have something happen that I can’t explain, to have proof there’s life on the other side.”
Heck, who is also in his 50s, joined the group about five years ago. He and Martin believe the show could be a breakthrough for paranormal investigators provincewide.
Back in Elmwood, Victor’s apartment is armed with nearly every paranormal investigation tool one can buy. Tubs of audio and video equipment sit carefully organized and ready to be trucked to a site of interest on short notice. Strategically positioned cameras run 24-7 to catch any activity that might occur.
Martin has footage of a transparent white energy orb that appears to have been floating above his bookshelf for weeks. When Martin holds his EMF reader near the spot, the lights blink from green to orange.
Victor’s Investigation of Paranormal Inc. performs free site investigations throughout Manitoba. He asks that clients cover the cost of fuel. Martin’s goal is to help individuals experiencing spirit activity to better understand what’s happening.
“We try to ease their minds,” Martin said. “They want to know why their house is haunted.”
A haunting can occur for three reasons, according to Martin: a spirit once lived on-site, a spirit is following a loved one, or a spirit has latched onto an object.
“Most people, once they understand what’s going on, they have the power to move (a spirit),” Martin said. “The owners of the house can ask them to leave nicely, and they will leave, but sometimes it can take a while.”
Martin is honest with a client about whether he believes their house is haunted.
Martin, who also works as a security guard and private investigator, has worked hard to keep his group’s reputation clean. Providing a safe and trustworthy experience for clients is top of mind. All four team members are thoroughly vetted and have no criminal records. They must also sign a confidentiality agreement.
“We walk in there with serious faces. This is not a game,” Martin said.
For more information about Martin’s services, or to arrange an investigation, go to www.vipteam1.com
Katlyn Streilein was a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review.