The sisters of spook
The sisters of spook
Mother-daughter team ready to find ghosts in your home
By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH
Valley Breeze Staff Writer
A breeze rustled the leaves in Cumberland's Elder Ballou Cemetery on a fall October afternoon as a mother and her two daughters gathered around a suitcase of equipment used to summon the dead.
Heather Peloquin spoke into a Spirit Box, a device that rapidly scans the span of radio stations, producing only blips of sound that come together to form their own nest of static.
"Are there any spirits who would like to come forward today?" Heather asked.
No response from the machine she called "a telephone to the dead." She tried again, but the static buzzed on.
Then she asked, "Can you tell me your name?"
It came through immediately. Deeper than the static, the name sounded clear and deliberate.
But this apparent contact with "Bertha" seemed to surprise only this admittedly skeptical Breeze reporter.
For Heather, her older sister, Laura Peloquin, and their mother, Deb Vickers, it was just another day on the job.
Heather and Vickers, both of Lincoln, and Laura, who lives in Pawtucket, have founded DLH Paranormal Investigations, offering their services to anyone who seems haunted by spirits.
They, along with friend Rachel Paquette, of Pawtucket, will investigate any home or business, and they'll do it free of charge.
"We want to help people with paranormal activity," Vickers said. "You give people that affirmation that they're not going crazy."
DLH will meet with people beforehand to hear about their claims and conduct a sweep of the house to note electromagnetic fields so they are not thought to be spirits later on.
Vickers and her daughters then do research on the property, and get to work trying to contact the spirits, documenting everything with a video camera and voice recorder, hoping to catch an orb or a light abnormality.
But sometimes, Vickers said, the investigation brings on more questions than answers. Historical research of the place is important, she said, to put pieces together.
"Spirits hang out where they die," Laura explained, which is why homes typically see more activity than cemeteries.
They also seem to hang out around this family.
When they have forgotten to ask spirits to not follow them home after an investigation, an act as routine as the prayer they say to start the session on a note of kindness toward the spirits, they have encountered strange occurrences, from car radios malfunctioning to televisions making noises.
"They flock to you because they want to be heard," Laura said.
The interest in the paranormal started when the girls were teenagers, Vickers said, after Laura got the family into watching ghost-hunting television shows.
Even before they began carrying around a sleek metal suitcase full of tools, they started visiting places that were supposedly haunted.
"It's a fascinating field," Vickers said. "It's just so much fun."
It even got Vickers a job six years ago as a tour guide of the Lizzie Bordon House, a place she said that "is incredibly active."
Vickers also works as a preschool teacher, while Heather and Laura work in retail management. Laura is also a Mary Kay consultant.
Studying the paranormal is far from an exact science. But years of experience immersing themselves in the macabre has given the members of DLH a pretty reliable gut feeling.
"You have to rely on your own senses sometimes," Laura said.
But sometimes, the evidence seems too strong to ignore.
A friend they refer to as "The Skeptic" ended up shaking one night, Vickers said, so shocked from the clarity of one of the recordings.
"He changed his tune a little that night," she said with a smile.