Graber Olive House
The Graber Olive House, Ontario’s oldest existing family owned business since 1894. Owned & operated by a 3rd generation Graber, The Olive house is still actively producing some of the best olives around, using its original 1930’s equipment & family tradition. Claims of paranormal sightings have recently landed the Olive House on the T.V. show “My ghost story”. Claims such as shadow figures have been reported throughout the vat room. The spirit of a boy is said to also haunt the packing room & has reportedly been caught bouncing a ball as if playing. The apparition of a woman named Inez has also been seen, in the front gift shop. It is said that the woman worked for the olive house for over 45 years before she passed. Supposedly Inez has been seen pacing back & forth as if still going about her daily routine. POST conducted an Investigation into these claims in June of 2012. We started off with a tour of the property, identifying all the Paranormal hot spots. We were not allowed access into the gift shop, therefore we could not prove or disprove any claims within that area. We started off by placing Full Spectrum static cameras in the Vat room where the shadow figure (dubbed The creeper) has been photographed. We also placed Full Spectrum static cameras in the old barn area, the main breezeway & Packing room. We placed EMF gauges, motion detectors & E-Field detectors (ambient static electricity detectors) within the view of the cameras. We spent time in each of the locations that reportedly had activity. Throughout each location we utilized EMF gauges, temperature gauges, E-Field detectors, hand held Full Spectrum cameras, high definition audio recorders & a Full Spectrum digital camera. While on location no member of POST reported any personal experiences. After reviewing all the collected data, no anomalies were found, no EVP’s were captured & none of our equipment suggested any paranormal events. This brought me back to step one, reviewing the “paranormal evidence” that brought attention to The Olive House in the first place - The evidence that was displayed in the hit T.V. series “My ghost story”. After being on location & having taken my own photos & getting to know the layout of the property, I believe there were several mistakes or misinterpretations made. The first photo’s in question were of the “creeper”, the shadow figure that appears in the Vat room. Within the vat room there are lots of objects that cast misshapen shadows when a light source is directed on them. After close inspection it is plausible that visual matrixing or Pareidolia is the culprit in the creeper photo’s. The second set of photo’s in question were taken in the packing room, claiming to be a boy bouncing a ball. I believe that Pareidolia & lens flare combined are the cause of this misinterpretation. The “ball” that is bouncing is nothing more then lens flare. Looking at the photos I can see a bright light or reflection to the left. I believe this is the light source causing the lens flare. When the two photos are played back to back on a slide show you can clearly see that they are at slightly different angles. This suggest that the photographer did not use a tripod but rather held the camera in his hands, while snapping a couple of pictures. It is my opinion that the slight movement of the camera is causing the placement of the ball/lens flare to appear in different locations. While investigating the Graber Olive House, I took photos & video of the same location as the ghost boy with the ball. In my video & photos I can make out a dark spot, which appears to be on a door at the back of the room. It is this dark spot that is misidentified as the ghost boy due to Pareidolia. Thus, the combination of lens flare & visual matrixing or Pareidolia is the essence of the ghost boy bouncing a ball. The questionable pictures I mentioned can be seen at ( http://darklandsparanormal.webs.com/ ) In conclusion, due to our Investigation & other presented evidence, it is our belief that the Graber Olive House is not haunted at all. However it is an awesome location with ties to family, history & tradition - Something the Graber Family can be proud of.