Ghostbusters-obsessed couple turned car into Ecto-1 – and now they hunt spooks
A couple obsessed with Ghostbusters decided to build their own Ecto-1 out of an old Rover – and use it to bust ghosts and hunt down the paranormal.
Katie and Matt started K&M paranormal in December 2019 and are always on the lookout for ghost with the help of six volunteers who investigate some of the UK's most haunted locations.
The Welsh-based couple do public investigations and host charity events with their very own hearse, that has been transformed into the Ectomobile from Ghostbusters.
We spoke to the ghost hunting couple to find out what an average day looks like for them…
Katy said: “A typical day for a ghost hunter usually involves spending hours trawling the Internet for new venues. Sending emails or making phone calls to make enquiries. Contacting our guests booked on our events for their meal choices etc.
“The morning of an investigation involves checking our equipment, charging radios, recorders etc, changing batteries and making sure the equipment is working correctly.
"We head out to the venue a few hours before our guests arrive so we can set up our equipment and have the night's activities planned.”
Typically, their investigations run from 8pm until 2 or 3am, then the team will go home and get some well-deserved sleep.
It’s safe to say that they’ve had their fair share of spooky experiences, from Llanelly House in Llanelli to a creepy museum in Swansea.
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Katy recalled: “At the 1940s museum we had a marble on the table and we were communicating with the spirit of a young girl. We asked if she could move the marble on the table, after a little encouragement sure enough and to everyone's excitement the marble moved across the table!”
At Llanelly House, Katy and Matt had two teams in separate areas across the house. When Katy went out into the hallway, she heard a door bang shut and heavy footsteps.
“I was absolutely convinced a team member or guest was down there. I radioed through to Matt who was leading the other team and he confirmed that all his team were on the third floor above us and no one was downstairs.
“We went down to investigate as we then questioned if we had locked the door after our break time and someone else had come into the building. The door was locked and no one was downstairs!”
For Matt, his strangest experience as a ghostbuster was at The Skirrid Inn, Abergavenny, during one of their public investigations.
He said: “We were on a break and myself and one of our team members were upstairs. The door was open from the room into the hallway and both myself and our team member saw a short, blonde woman walk past the door and into the room next door.
“We didn't think anything of it initially until the woman didn't come back out of the room. We had both assumed it was Katy, but when I went out to check why she hadn't come back out of the room.
“I looked out of the hallway window and saw that Katy was actually stood outside talking to our guests!”
So, why exactly did Katy and Matt choose to get into ghost hunting, and what about the Ecto-1?
Katy said: “For me it's everything. I love exploring the unknown and having experiences that can't be explained through science or any other rational explanation.
“As crazy as it sounds I actually enjoy debunking the activity as well as we then know that when something happens that can't be explained we have experienced true paranormal activity.”
The interest in ghost hunting may not only be due to Matt’s obsession with Ghostbusters, but because he lost his parents at a young age too.
Matt said: “I'm interested in the science behind the search for the paranormal and will always try to find a logical or rational explanation for any experiences we have.
“I lost my parents at a reasonably young age and ever since my interest in the paranormal has peaked, I like the idea that one day I will see them again and every bit of evidence we manage to capture reinforces that for me.”
Although their Ecto-1 is very much still a work in progress, they’re still both very proud of their uniquely converted hearse.
They use the Ecto-1 to help fundraise and feel that it’s a great icebreaker for nervous guests who attend their ghost hunting events.
“Although the car is still a work in progress, we have already taken it to a fundraising event in our local town where we helped raise money for a little boy with Neuroblastoma to receive further treatment in the USA.
"His family has a page on Facebook called Jacob's Fight, they are continuing to raise the money needed to be able to take him back to the USA.
It doesn't just end their though, the pair have got plenty of ghoulish events in store for the rest of the year.
“We’ve got a few events lined up for the remainder of the year including a sleepover at Oxford Castle on the 10th September and a Halloween Ghost Hunt at The National Botanic Garden of Wales.”
Find out more on their website.
From roaming around dark creepy museums until 3am to using a Ouija board, do you think you have what it takes to be a real-life ghostbuster? Have your say in the comments below.
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