Midland Town Hall ghosts: US paranormal investigator Ben Hansen’s verdict


Director Paracon Australia Alex Cayas, Shanks Pony Tours director Patty Williams , paranormal investigator Ben Hansen and Access Paranormal director Beth Luscombe. Picture: David Baylis d450685
Director Paracon Australia Alex Cayas, Shanks Pony Tours director Patty Williams , paranormal investigator Ben Hansen and Access Paranormal director Beth Luscombe. Picture: David Baylis d450685

The Californian arrived at Midland Town Hall on Tuesday last week as part of his Australian tour to investigate the 110-year-old building.

Thirty aspiring ghost hunters joined Mr Hansen on the investigation of the building, which has been named as one of the top five most haunted buildings in WA.

The spooky feedback from the tour did not disappoint.

One ghost hunter said she was pushed by something, and a couple of others claimed they were touched as well.

A recorder that was taken on the investigation picked up an EVP, or an electronic voice phenomena, of a man laughing.

Hansen said he felt the hall was “quite an active place”.

“My team had previously heard about this place a lot,” he said.

“It seems to be the hot spot on the west coast to go.”

Despite flying in just hours earlier, Mr Hansen was in good spirits.

“I’m stoked to be here in Perth, in Midland,” he said.

“But I haven’t even been downtown yet, we only got here this morning!”

Hansen is the lead investigator on the SyFy channel’s Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, a series that investigates viral video and photos.

“Someone will send something in and say they think they’ve caught a ghost or UFO on video,” he said.

“So what we do is go out and try and do a myth-busters experiment and investigation to see if we can explain it.

“And if we can’t, we will do a paranormal investigation.”

The former FBI special agent said many people went on investigations to get in touch with a loved one who may have passed away.

“We do these public events because a lot of people want to get into investigating,” he said.

“Some come to see if I can get in touch with a family member or friend who has passed, but I don’t encourage that.

“I’m not a medium, I’m not a psychic, I don’t claim to have any powers or abilities.

“I just investigate paranormal activity.”

Along with Paracon Australia and Access Paranormal, local company Shanks Pony Tours was instrumental in bringing Mr Hansen to Midland.

The award-winning company has been running paranormal investigations at the hall for three years.

Director Patty Williams said she has seen ghosts in the building.

“I’m an elected councillor at the City of Swan,” she said.

“I saw ghosts when I first became a councillor and that’s what got me interested.

“It took me four years to get the research done, but now we run two tours a week and an investigation every two weeks.

“To date, we’ve identified 72 ghosts.”

Mr Hansen said though he had never seen a ghost, he had witnessed some weird experiences.

“People have been scratched and touched while on an investigation,” he said.

“And I’ve heard voices myself, fully audible voices that have spoken in my ear.

“When I fill out forms I have to say ‘yes, I do hear voices in my head!’.”

Hansen and his crew said they would visit Perth again next year.