The Hippo


May 30, 2020








Paul and Ben Eno will talk haunts at the True Paranormal Event in Brookline. Courtesy photo.

True Paranormal Event

Where: Brookline Event Center, 32 Proctor Hill Road, Brookline
When: Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $15

Searching for the truth
Paranormal investigators share stories and theories at Brookline event


 One of the stories Shane Sirois likes to tell is about a man from Woonsocket, Rhode Island, who, Sirois says, was living in a house that was “horribly, horribly active” with paranormal activity. The man had been living in the house for almost six years, while the “haunting,” as Sirois calls it, had only occurred for two, starting about a month after the man had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

“He was a Vietnam vet,” said Sirois, “and so he seemed to be stirring energy with [thoughts of] combat and his friends from Vietnam. I told him to be more positive, don’t let the haunt go to your head. He started doing positive things, and he stopped fearing it, and the haunt settled. His cancer actually went into remission after that.”
His work and interest in paranormal investigation prompted Sirois to organize the True Paranormal Event, taking place on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Brookline Event Center in Brookline. 
The event will include a variety of lecturers in the field who will discuss stories and theories of the paranormal and will offer time for guests — believers and skeptics alike — the chance to meet with the investigators.
Having attended several conferences before, Sirois felt that most of the other gatherings were driven more by sensation than discussing what he believes to be true paranormal situations. 
This event, he says, will provoke more engaging discussions between paranormal enthusiasts and amateurs looking to pursue further information. Sirois said one of the biggest issues that people in his field are faced with is that people are not educated beyond what they see on television.
“Everybody, from people who believe in this stuff to the skeptics, they’re all going to learn something here,” said Sirois.
Sirois brought in speakers like William Hall, author of the recently released The World’s Most Haunted House. The book is about Hall’s research during an alleged poltergeist case in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1974, in which a crowd of a couple thousand people witnessed “jumping furniture, floating refrigerators and attacking entities.” 
Hall will be conducting a Q&A about his research and signing his book.
Also speaking at the event will be Paul and Ben Eno, a father-son duo who have been exploring what they believe are paranormal experiences with ghosts, paranormal “parasites” and UFOs in both America and Europe. 
Paul Eno, the elder, has been working in the field for over 44 years. A journalist and editor by trade, Paul said he studied philosophy and quantum mechanics in order to generate a better understanding of what was really going on beyond this dimension.
“At WOON [a radio station in Woonsocket, Rhode Island], the station manager and I will sometimes talk about the multiverse and how things like this can exist,” he said. “[The paranormal] is sort of like in Charlie Brown, where Linus is always talking about the Great Pumpkin. If such a creature did not exist in some form, Charles Schulz wouldn’t have been able to make it exist.”
Eno said he does not necessarily discredit the word “paranormal” to describe his work, but he believes that working under the term could lead to cases based on assumption rather than fact.
“It’s as good a word as any,” he said. “It’s inclusive in that it involves ghosts UFOs, cryptozoology. … The only thing I’m not comfortable with is ‘para-,’ meaning beyond, and paranormal meaning abnormal, and it’s not abnormal. [Paranormal], to us, is normal; it is something we create.”
Eno, who has written several books on the subject, said he will be explaining how and why he got into the field, as well as showcasing several photographs that attempt to capture some of the experiences that he has faced over the years. 
Eno’s son will follow up with his presentation of his studies in “electronic voice phenomenon.”
Eno believes that what is lacking from the other events that he and Sirois have attended, and what they are attempting to bring to this particular event, is the science that is supposed to back up theories and explanations.
“Conferences … they’re entertainment, not science,” said Eno. “But a conference like this that Shane has organized is a real quest to understand what is actually going on, getting beyond the two-dimensional thinking. You will be entertained, but that’s not the point. [The point is] a search for truth.” 
As seen in the September 18, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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