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October 18, 2013

'Paranormal Walks' a different way to tour Lockport

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Niagara Gazette — “I didn’t really know what to expect, but I’m happy I went,” Yung said. “Nothing too Earth-shattering, but now I’ll know a lot more next time I come through Lockport.”

Koerner stopped at about 15 different sites and give a brief description of each one's paranormal history, while an assistant chimed in at select sites to explain certain ghost-seeking devices such as an electromagnetic pulse recorder (which detects certain voices that the human ear cannot hear) and a special thermometer.

Koerner has been hosting these tours for two years, in both Lockport and Hamburg. He said he has many guests who take one tour and then feel compelled to take the other, or decide to take the same tour a second time and bring family members.

Koerner said the Lockport tour took about a year to research, and that a new tour in the Canalside district of downtown Buffalo is in the works, for possible introduction next fall. 

He also pointed out the organic nature of his tours, that is, how he is receptive to the introduction of new facts and ideas by tour guests who know a thing or two about the area’s paranormal history. He added the site of the former Friendly’s restaurant due to a tip from a tourist, and also added paranormal-related information about the local Department of Motor Vehicles office after a conversation with a few tour-takers.

As a result, the same tour is never given twice, and new perspectives are added each week, Koerner said.

“I’ve found that people are very willing to share their stories and add them to the walk,” he said. “We also get a lot of photos that are sent in, and a lot of people come back and bring their families for the second time.”

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