It’s the end of October and you know what that means…it’s almost time for Halloween! The other night I got into the spooky spirit and attended a lecture by my favorite local Long Island historian and award winning author, Kerriann Flanagan Brosky. I met Kerriann through Instagram a while back and love her feed for all things related to the paranormal on Long Island (she’s also a great resource if you want to know where to eat around here). Recently, she attended one of my LOFT shopping events and even came to work out with me at Flex Studios to support Thyroid Cancer Awareness last month. So, I really wanted to see her in her element and attend one of her local library lectures and book signings.
I was glad that the timing worked out with my recent trip and I was back to be able to hear Kerriann and Joe Giaquinto, a medium and paranormal investigator, speak at the Connetquot Public Library. Aside from my travels, I had been looking forward to this lecture all month!
Kerriann started off the Historic Haunts of Long Island lecture by talking about how she got into the paranormal realm after studying photography in college and writing for Newsday, and how she began working with Joe, her ghost hunting partner, as well as describing the difference between a ghost and a spirit (who knew they weren’t one and the same?). She talked about many of the places on Long Island with a haunted past, including Oheka Castle in Cold Spring Hills and popular businesses like Bayport’s Gray Horse Tavern and the Cutchogue Village Green. She also shared how both she and Joe have had interactions with spirits at these various locations.
The most memorable part of the evening—aside from learning about all of these haunted places on Long Island that I now need to visit in real life—was getting to hear the spirits in their own voices through the EVP (electronic voice phenomemon) machine Kerriann and Joe use in their investigations. How’s that for spooky? It was pretty remarkable how audible some of their voices were and I’m almost certain hearing them will turn any skeptic into a believer.
Are you as fascinated with the paranormal as I am? Then you should head to Kerriann’s website to check out when her next local lecture is. Fear not, if you aren’t a Long Island local, you can still see and hear some of Kerriann’s amazing adventures on her website. You can also check out one of Kerriann’s eight published books to learn about everything from Huntington’s Hidden Past to the Ghosts of Long Island. Naturally, the political science and criminology major in me gravitated toward Kerriann’s book, Historic Crimes of Long Island: Misdeeds from the 1600’s to the 1950’s, which she signed for me and I plan to read this weekend.