826 Paranormal Looking At the Unknown Through A Cop's Eyes

Police Officer Walks The Paranormal Beat

Cop also on the paranormal beat

By AARON LEO Staff writerPosted: Ct Post

11/29/2008 08:35:45 PM EST

Watch Officer Myers' slideshow

After patrolling Bridgeport for 11 years, Police Officer James Myers has found another calling: the spiritual realm. Break-ins at the downtown complex of the shuttered Savoy Hotel and the Poli Palace/Majestic theaters got him inside the rundown buildings, where he took photos, an old hobby for the 38-year-old father of three.But these photos were different from other abandoned buildings he's shot."Things started to show up on my camera," he said.Not just anything: orbs, which indicate the presence of spiritual energy. And lots them.

Then a chance meeting in Bridgeport Hospital with famed psychic and Monroe resident Lorraine Warren set him on the path to becoming a paranormal researcher. While working there, he heard Warren, 81, was a patient and approached her. She knew his name before he introduced himself. As Myers recalled: "She said, 'Jimmy, how are you?'"Since then, in his spare time, Myers has been assisting Warren and her son-in-law, Tony Spera, with investigations for the A&E network's show "Paranormal State." He helps interview people and collect data with recording equipment."They are pretty much calling me their psychic photographer," Myers said. "[Warren] says I draw the energy." He's not sure of that, but supernatural things seem to like his camera. While taking Warren and Tony and Judy Spera on a tour of the theater complex on Sept. 7, he took photos covered with orbs. They also appeared in photos he took of the Colonial Theater on Boston Avenue, where the Warrens had dates.

Sept. 7 is the birthday of Warren's late husband, Ed Warren, the famed demonologist. He died on Aug. 29, 2006, and worked at the Poli as a teenager where they sometimes saw movies, Warren said. Myers assembled his photos into a slide show dedicated to the Warrens, and Lorraine Warren is showing it during her lectures all over the United States.

He goes by the handle 826 Paranormal and says he is "looking at the unknown through a cop's eyes." He said considers himself "open-minded but skeptical."

"I go in with the same attitude as at work. It's just doing another form of investigation," Myers said.

It's also a hobby and stress reliever that has proven a little creepy sometimes. While he's never seen anything with his naked eyes, he's definitely felt things."The only time I ever felt something [in the Poli] was in the Savoy at the main desk," he said. "It felt very, very cold, like an ice chill down my back." Warren said she thinks there may have been two homicides there in the 1940s. The team checked for drafts but found nothing. Before he met Warren, he took photos at the former Norwich Psychiatric Hospital, where he experienced the most disturbing thing to date."It felt like ice water being poured down the back of my shirt," he said. He also got blurred photographs at a house in Monroe he believed to be haunted. That house has since burned down.But, he added, "I've been disappointed on many cases."

Warren, who said she can see auras and can learn about a person from them, felt something special for Myers immediately upon their meeting. "I was very impressed by him. He seemed very sincere. I could see a man who had a really deep interest," she said. His job as a police officer makes him disciplined, a requirement for any paranormal researcher, according to Warren.Myers is also wary, but not scared, in paranormal situations."He's a guy that isn't afraid," she said, adding, "You've got to be leery. It's stupid not to be leery" in haunted areas. And the Savoy complex is still occupied. Warren said she had a vision of the past during a tour: a couple watching a movie in the Poli, as if time had stopped for them.

In Myers' photos of her sitting in the theaters, Warren is surrounded by orbs. They float about the ceiling. They represent people attached to the building, some possibly actors who gave up family and personal lives to perform there, she said. Still, Myers' big test came Mischief Night, Oct. 30, when he and a Stamford police officer, who has been helping the Warrens for years, stayed overnight in the Occult Museum in the ghost hunters' Monroe home. People who try to stay there overnight have fled in fear, Warren said. It contains artifacts from their investigations, some famous for reportedly leading to the death of anyone who touched them.

Myers didn't touch, but looking through a video camera, he saw a moving orb. "It looked like there was a ping-pong ball bouncing around my camera," Myers said. Working with Lorraine and the Speras, visions like that could become a regular sight for the officer. But he maintains a professional attitude in his work."He's taking photos, he's taking recordings, he's gaining knowledge," Warren said. "He's a good listener. He doesn't go foolhardy into anything. He's not in everybody's face." "All in all, he's really proven himself to us," she said.

Look at 826 Paranormal's web pag

www.826paranormal.webs.com

826 Paranormal photos

A look at the urban decay in Bridgeport Connecticut
A look at the urban decay in Bridgeport Connecticut
A look  at the main stair case in the Loews Poli Palace Theater, Bridgeport, Ct. (see the orbs)
A look at the main stair case in the Loews Poli Palace Theater, Bridgeport, Ct. (see the orbs)
New England Society for Psychic Research, James Myers,Lorraine Warren, and Tony Spera
New England Society for Psychic Research, James Myers,Lorraine Warren, and Tony Spera
Spirit image ,taken in the attic of Saint Vincent's Hospital Nursing College. This building was a former funeral home. Bridgeport, Ct.
Spirit image ,taken in the attic of Saint Vincent's Hospital Nursing College. This building was a former funeral home. Bridgeport, Ct.
The rear view of a very active 59 Park Ave . Bridgeport, Ct. University of Bridgeport
The rear view of a very active 59 Park Ave . Bridgeport, Ct. University of Bridgeport
Vail image at Saint Mary's Cemetery Milford Ct
Vail image at Saint Mary's Cemetery Milford Ct
Spirit image taken on Long Beach Island , New Jersey
Spirit image taken on Long Beach Island , New Jersey
Spirit image taken on Long Beach Island , New Jersey
Spirit image taken on Long Beach Island , New Jersey
window image  at 211 Main Street Monroe, What do you see... Please reply
window image at 211 Main Street Monroe, What do you see... Please reply
Vermont cemetery
Vermont cemetery
Vermont cemetery
Vermont cemetery
Stratford cemetery
Stratford cemetery
Spirit image walking down the stairs of the Loews Poli Palace Theater Bridgeport , Ct.
Spirit image walking down the stairs of the Loews Poli Palace Theater Bridgeport , Ct.
The world famous Lindley Street Poltergeist
The world famous Lindley Street Poltergeist
cover of the book
cover of the book
Remington arms Bridgeport ct
Remington arms Bridgeport ct
Fairfield Hills State Hospital
Fairfield Hills State Hospital
Fairfield Hills State Hospital
Fairfield Hills State Hospital
Lorraine Warren , and James Myers out side The Savoy Hotel , Majestic theater, and the Poli Palace theater Bridgeport Ct.
Lorraine Warren , and James Myers out side The Savoy Hotel , Majestic theater, and the Poli Palace theater Bridgeport Ct.
One of the logos
One of the logos

Comments 4 comments

N.Iwasczyszyn 7 years ago

GOT SOME GREAT PHOTO TO EVP COLABORATIVE EVIDENCE FROM STRATFORD'S BOOTH MEMORIAL PARK, THAT I'M SURE YOU'D LOVE 2SEE..


David B 7 years ago

Hi,

I am the lead Investigator for a team of 4 guys including myself for the G.H.O.C. which is the Ghost Hunters Of Connecticut. We are interested in venturing through bridgeport doing some research on paranormal and supernatural activities. I am asking for your premission to go into some of bidgeport and do a Video Recording session and a Digital Voice Recording Session. We are professionals and we will keep our finds confidential and will not discuss anything to noone. Our hours of operations are from 9pm to 3am on the weekends only. We would also like to do some Video Recording session and a Digital Voice Recording Session at some of the cemeteries.

Please feel free to contact me at 203-217-6630 or email me back at ghosthuntersOC@yahoo.com.

Thank you.

Lead Investigator,

Dave B.


826 Paranormal 5 years ago

826 Paranormal Haunted tour 2010

On October 22nd 2010 the city of Bridgeport welcomes the second annual 826 Paranormal Haunted tour 2010. Come and see what happens when the police come face to face with the supernatural. Hear stories about 13 of the most haunted locations in Fairfield County. You will have a chance to see the famous Remington Arms factory. Hear what it was like to film with the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventure TV show. The lecture staff will be 826 Paranormal Sergeant James Myers, and Police officer Sarah Nestlen an administrator for the East Coast Paranormal Police. The buses will leave from Housatonic Ave grass lot directly across from Bridgeport Fire dept head quarters. Tours will be at 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm. You will then have an opportunity to walk through the very haunted Poli Palace Theater. Tour tickets $35.00 per person, $45.00 per person including an event t-shirt, $20.00 per person with groups of 20 or more people. Children 12 and under $20.00 per person. There will be a souvenir stand set up at the Poli Palace Theater. There you can get event t-shirts, East Coast Paranormal Police shirts, and 826 Paranormal looking at the unknown through a cops eyes shirts. Portions of the proceeds will go to the Leukemia Society, and the newly formed Bridgeport Police Explorer program. Remember last year’s tours sold out quick, so make sure you get your tickets before Oct. 20th at www.826paranormal.net

If you need more information or have any questions about the tour Email 826paranormal@optimum.net

Words From 826 Paranormal “ I am not a paranormal investigator, I am a police officer that investigates the supernatural by looking at the unknown through a cop’s eyes.” Do not miss out ,this may be the last opportunity to see the Remington Arms plant and the Poli Palace Theater. We look forward to seeing you all.


bunnyetoes 5 years ago

Just heard that our illustrious Mayor pulled the plug on the fundraiser event friday evening??

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