Amanda: Firstly welcome back to Australia, you've been out here now three times I think now for a Paracon related event, obviously us Australians love having you here, are you excited to be back?
Ben: I am, I am. It was so fun because I'd gone to some places I'd never been before, top of that was Perth, getting out there was always on my list so it was great to be able to do that.
Amanda: We've been doing the Paracon Road trip again which this year obviously has extended all the way across the country to WA, which I'm very happy about. Can you just give a brief overview of the places that you've been to during this road trip?
Ben: Yeah we started in Melbourne, and we had 1 investigation and sort of a dinner meet 'n' greet night and after you know finishing up there we went out to Perth and investigated the Midland Town Hall. I really like Perth as a city because it reminds me of San Diego. I almost went out to school there when I was in college, so I'd always wanted to see what it was like, so going out there, spending a little time and then doing the investigation .Which turned out to be a really cool location, I think that you guys from what I'm told get overlooked a lot. Entertainment or for whatever it is and so. There was quite a bit of attention from you know the press, Today Tonight filmed some of us for four hours and the local paper. So our goal is to keep building that and building the base of people who go to the local investigations. So that they know they're not forgotten, that there are some great locations. You know the investigation itself has a lot of history in that building and it's funny because I've been to a lot of similar buildings that are sort of like big halls and they always have a stage and it seems like the activity in the back stage behind the curtains. Nearly every theatre has something like that, it seems to be like the place for spirits to hang out
Amanda: Oh I think maybe in the day there's usually a fair bit of 'activity' that happens behind the curtain anyway maybe that's why *laughs*
Ben: *laughs* Well I remember what we had back there was footsteps, kind of responding knocks, EMF activity and I'd really like to camp out there and stay overnight at some point because the council members in the chambers and stuff like that, there's certain chairs that they've said you know like 'we feel that this council member doesn't like you to sit in this chair, that chair'. So those things that people have been experiencing over many years are pretty well established. It seems like you're getting a lot of the same kind of residual activity which is great. It was great to be introduced to all that.
Amanda: It's kind of cool cause some of the things you're talking about I've actually experienced myself there so I'm glad that you got those experiences as well. In the whole tour was there any kind of compelling piece of activity that happened, that you kind of went WOW that's actually really cool?
Ben: There was a lot, there was a lot. Just about every location we went had something really significant. For example in Adelaide we heard, in the Old Adelaide Gaol, there was a woman moaning, you know not just on the audio recording but like in the cell with us, we heard the long moan and then a response. I said thank you for that and it said 'you're welcome' you know so that was really cool. We had at the National Railway Museum, I guess the best word that would describe it would be that one of the attendees sort of 'tranced' out and actually collapsed, nearly hit her head. But this was after being unresponsive, we couldn't snap her out of whatever she was in. That's not we set out to do to our attendees, but sometimes it happens and there was definitely a heavy presence there in that one railway car. Then you know just last night here in Sydney we had some whistling, we eliminated it wasn't anybody, one of our people in the house. So lots of cool stuff. Like I said just about every location had something pretty significant which is unusual because even active locations have periods of absolute quiet and we're just lucky to catch it on the active nights.
Amanda: Well here in Australia we do like to provide for our guests *laughs*
Amanda: Obviously when you were doing Fact or Faked, the whole purpose of the show was to have people present some evidence to you, and to try and debunk it if you could, or work out if it was fake. Was there anything that you found when you were in these locations that had been talked about as a paranormal experience there, that you were actually able to kind of go 'well actually I think it's this'. Were you able to debunk any historical evidence.
Ben: You know, I don't know like historically, it was more so just having a fresh set of eyes look at a few things. You know like for example the Midland Town Hall, it's interesting there's the Rotunda or part of the entrance where they pick up on a lot of energy from what they think are children. We did have EMF meters going off but not constantly which is something I'd look forward to seeing if it was constant you know electrical field. It came in surges which was very interesting, but I did notice around the walls, you get in some of those older buildings, there's a lot of unshielded electrical wiring and I think they need to look a little bit more into where those wires are and see if they can even get the master power switch turned off and to get everyone's cell phones turned off and then see how that affects the responses that they're getting. You know I don't go in there and say 'ah this is not what you think it is' but I just kind of say 'let's try to eliminate some of the other factors and if it's still going on then let's start looking at what this might be'
Amanda: Well we were very excited to have you over at WA, finally somebody's come over here. I've been trying to get Alex to come over for about 5 years now *laughs* so that was a bit exciting
Ben: *laughs* I know every time I've been out here you're like 'you guys gotta come to Perth' so I'm glad we were able to add it
Amanda: Well I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Australia, I'm not sure when you're heading home. But it's been great having you out here again and hopefully we get to see you again next year!
Ben: Well thank you, yeah let's keep on them and for those who are either out there or anywhere else in Australia, the best way to support both the local and everything else is to inform people about stuff like the annual Paracon Australia event. By doing so you end up getting the publicity which will in turn help the local economy, the tourist bureaus and stuff which is good for them but also to preserve history. If it weren't for these walking tours and the ghost tours a lot of these old buildings no one would care about. It's a great way to tell history, add some ghost stories and then you learn also about the history of your own town. I think it really does a service in preserving that and then also the research itself, you know that we're trying to learn. We get access to other locations when people can understand it's not probably what they had in mind with séance's and stuff and conjuring up spirits, we're trying to actually document and use technology to help us. Paracon Australia is great for that and companies like Shanks Pony Tours, it's a great way to support them.
Amanda Moloney is a mum to 2 children and a husband by day and paranormal investigator by night. Amanda's passion is not only finding answers to her questions but also the historical side of a lot of the cases and she is an avid researcher. She also likes to take romantic walks along the beach