by Martha Jette
A May 1921 Post Card of the Jockey Club from E. C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee Courtesy Sports in Hamilton, Ontario http://www.hamiltonpostcards.com/pages/sports.html
When the Paranormal Hauntingsp,/a> team was called to investigate a haunting at a local Hamilton, Ontario shopping mall, they must have wondered how such a thing could happen. Did someone die there or perhaps he or she was simply a shopaholic, who just couldn’t bear to leave without checking out the sales first.
More likely, the resident ghost was upset because the enclosed mall was about to be demolished to make way for a newly designed lot with separate shops on it. Either way, the team needed to determine why members of the demolition crew refused to work in the Barton Street mall after sundown.
According to Paranormal Hauntings’ founder and lead investigator, when workers were taking down the inside of the mall at night, some of them said they had seen “a woman walk out from the end of the mall and stop in the middle of the mall, and yell at them to stop!”
When this activity continued over the course of a week, the workers had had enough and refused to do their job at night. The Paranormal Hauntings team visited the site twice but could learn little about who the phantom female might be. During their first night inside the darkened mall, Dave said it felt “creepy” but no evidence has been revealed so far. The team still has about five hours of audio to go through, so who knows? Maybe the mystery shopper will make herself known after all.
As with many properties, the Centre Mall site has a long history. Before the mall was built in 1954, the property was the site of the Jockey Club racetrack.
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