WILKES-BARRE — Down to its battered, pale-green exterior, the house at 46 S. Welles St. has all the symptoms of a haunted house.
With reports of blood leaking from the floors and walls, disembodied voices and a phantom stench of decay in the kitchen, it’s been labeled Pennsylvania’s own “Amityville Horror.”
Late last year, the house attracted the attention of Tim Wood, a paranormal investigator from California’s San Francisco Bay Area.
“I don’t know if it’s fate or whatever, but I came across the listing and had to check it out,” he said.
The listing in question advertised an “authentic haunted house” for sale.
Wood said he spent all of October living in the house to verify the ad’s claims before deciding to purchase it in December.
This weekend, the web-based broadcasting service livescifi.tv, co-founded by Wood (who is also the creative director and lead investigator), will be live-streaming an investigation from the Wilkes-Barre property on its YouTube channel beginning at 9 tonight.
Wood said he and another paranormal researcher will be actively investigating until 4 a.m., but will keep the cameras rolling afterward to catch any later occurrences.
Viewers are encouraged to participate in the ghost hunt by tweeting their own sightings and observations at the investigators’ Twitter handle @livescifi.
During the group’s previous stint at the house, Wood said a viewer pointed out via Twitter when an unseen force seemed to grab at his shirt while a recording of an exorcism prayer was playing. A clip of the event is available to view online.
Wood, a paranormal researcher of nearly 15 years, said he believes the property contains several human spirits as well as a more sinister, demonic entity.
“It’s one of the most haunted places I’ve ever investigated,” he said.
He said his group attempts a scientific approach to its investigations, using EMF detectors and Geiger counters to measure paranormal activity through otherwise imperceptible environmental changes.
Still, they try to remain open to alternative methods. “We used a Ouija board at the house,” Wood said with a laugh.
Perhaps, he said, the story of the home is rich enough to someday become a documentary. He believes it’s a story that needs to be told. Until then, he’ll be “researching the heck out of it.”
But Wood’s efforts are almost as much educational as they are, in a way, humanitarian.
Ultimately, he said, “I hope to help out the spirits trapped in the house.”
The live-stream can be viewed for free at www.youtube.com/livescifi.