...ight, and welcome, to Unexplained Tales. I'm your host, Peter Greene, and tonight we will tell you about one of the most haunted cities in America. It's not New Orleans, it's not Los Angeles, it's New York City. And this ghostly presence isn't dating from the city's tumultuous past, in fact, reports of paranormal activity have increased wildly in just the past few months. Tonight, we talk to Alexander Kanagawa, paranormal researcher, journalist, and personality with his own television show Paranormality. Alexander."
"Great to be here, Peter."
"So Alexander, tell us about the New York hauntings."
"Gladly. So, Peter, the first thing you have to understand is that New York, and indeed most coastal urban centers, is under the grips of a drug epidemic that rivals or surpasses the ravages of the crack cocaine epidemic we saw in the 1980's."
"You mean Pigment, or Black Heroin"
"Right. So this means overdoses, and this means deaths. In addition to this straightforward cause of death, we New Yorkers have recently suffered the senseless loss of more than 200 souls in the New Year's Poisoning."
"A true tragedy."
"The weight of these events is indescribable. So, with all this loss of life, it's inevitable that the spectres of the dead are wandering the city in force. There are literally hundreds of accounts of families being visited or tormented by shades in the past few months, and I'd hazard to say that most of these ghosts are the souls of those who have died in these recent grizzly events."
"So what kinds of haunting events are we seeing?"
"All kinds. A Queens family recently lost their daughter in the poisoning. Since her death, they've reported hearing disembodied whispers or voices throughout their house. A Brooklyn couple reports disturbing dreams of their dead roommate. A woman living in the Bronx, whose husband became involved in the Pigment trade and died, reports that her husband's possessions throughout the house float and move about of their own accord, as if being used. This isn't an anecdote, Peter, I've seen this with my own eyes. I have video!"
"That is astounding."
"Ghosts are real. We as a society can no longer deny this. The Orpheus Group, tawdry and illegal as it was, was right about the afterlife. The real question is 'Why are there so many more ghosts?' And sadly, I don't have an answer for that question."
"A report from the Society of Parapsychology has designated the metro New York area as the most haunted and spiritually active area in the world. Do you agree with that finding?"
"Absolutely. Don't just trust me, though. If a friend or family member reports paranormal activity, investigate it. See for yourself. It's real, it's common, and it's increasing."
"And not all the activity is so benign?"
"No. Possessions and unexplained fires and equipment failures are rampant. These ghosts are lost, Peter. They're lost and scared and they are lashing out. There are many mysterious and unexplained deaths and disappearances accompanying this more harmless ghostly activity. In fact the murder rate in New York is at a 20 year high. Suicides are rampant."
"There's an area in Harlem where they've quadrupled, correct?"
"Absolutely. It's shocking. The area around Lenox Avenue has become an epicenter for these kind of events."
"So, to summarize, Alex, what should people do in these troubling times?"
"To be frank, Peter, worrying about floating dishes and strange voices is the least of our concerns. What we have to accept now--as a species, Peter, as a species--is that the afterlife is real, and it doesn't look like what we expected. How we handle this in our personal lives, and how the churches of the world will handle it, is the real struggle here."
"Thank you, Alex. Next, we discuss New Jersey's famous Clinton Road and the....even...str...
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