McKay Avenue Archives with SHAW TV
EntitySeeker team: Morgan Knudsen, Cathy Knudsen, Jason Selkirk
Additional: Jackie Greenly, Brad
OUTSIDE WITNESSES: Employees, especially nightshift workers
NOTES: Built in 1904, this giant building in the center of Edmonton
originally belonged to the Alberta Legislature in 1906 – 1907 and then was changed to a
historical resource in 1976. A small schoolhouse exists behind it from the 1800’s; restored
in 1982. Our investigation focused on the basement archives, one of the most active places in McKay.
EQUIPMENT USED: 2 Digital IC recorders, EMF meter, digital night shot video camera,
television camera, infrared cam with LCD monitor, 2 digital still cameras
Although this investigation was conducted slightly differently due to the television
show, after interviewing a long time supervisor since 1990, Catherine Luck, we began to become suspicious
of the spirit that supposedly resided in the basement archives. As we were told, the previous caretaker
had begun experimentation with a Ouija board almost a decade previous and eventually came into contact
with an entity that called itself “Peter”. Peter claimed to be a former construction worker that actually
worked on the school years ago but tragically fell to his death from a window while working there.
He stated he remained there because it was both the place of his death and he enjoyed the project when he was alive.
This story did not jive with EntitySeeker for a number of reasons. Firstly, the use of a Ouija
board was a concern for us immediately as it is rare, in our experience, to actually connect with a human entity
using these means and more times than not, results in a demonic infestation.
The second thing that bothered us was that the entity’s behaviour was not consistent with a
peaceful spirit that was trying to be unassuming. Employees would frequently come in to work to find rooms
violently ripped apart, and maps and other archival information strewn on the floor where there is no public access.
Also, many employees reported that they rarely wanted to go to the basement alone and tended to stay away from the archives.
Finally, we discovered quickly that there was, in fact, no Peter that ever worked on or in the school
at the time the entity stated. In fact, no one died while working on the building at all. This deception was a concern
as if ‘Peter’ was indeed who he said he was, he would have no reason to create a story about his identity.