Niagara Gazette — The woman talked with her priest and he told her to try and learn more about the house. “He told her, ‘you need to have some knowledge. (The spirits) are not always bad.’ “
The woman has since had an exorcism done and the noises and sights have ceased. But the house is up for sale.
“She’s just afraid of the unknown,” said Kratts. “you get to a point and you just don’t know what world you’re in any more.”
Kratts says she often feels like a bridge between two worlds. “In a way I’m kind of a medium between the living and the dead, not in a psychic way, but I’m in between the two worlds,” she said.
The mother of three is also an active volunteer for Oakwood Cemetery and very often her research work begins at the last resting place of more than 20,000 dead, including some of the most important people in the area’s history.
She details the stories of her research on her blog at the cemetery’s website, www.myoakwoodcemetery.com and she hopes to write soon about Cayuga Island, where many ghost stories have been reported.
“I want to do a story called ‘The Island of Lost Souls’ because that’s what I think Cayuga Island is. There have been drownings, murders, boats overturned and weird stories of people hearing cries for help at night from the river, but when they check, there’s no one there.”
Kratts, who recently moved to a house in LaSalle, is anxious to see if she has spirits of her own, as the 100-year-old home is rich with stories about those that lived there before her. In the early ’20s, a former young male resident died in a canoeing expedition after having survived an electrocution the year before. His grandfather, a beekeeper, was driving downtown and drove right into a train.