Ghost hunter speaks out on Halloween

PUBLISHED: 12:38 31 October 2013 | UPDATED: 12:38 31 October 2013

Sally Metcalfe

Sally Metcalfe


Ghost hunting may seem like a harrowing pastime, but a Welwyn Garden City paranormal investigator thinks it has brought her family closer together.

Sally Metcalfe runs Verifying the Existence of Entities in Death, or VeXeD for short, with her sons’ help and has been exploring the supernatural for around 10 years.

The 50-year-old said: “It definitely brings us together, we work really well as a team, even though we are a family when we do VeXeD we’re very professional.

“We just get on with our roles and know what needs to be done.”

The Heronswood Place resident acts as the group’s medium, with her three sons acting as para-psychologist, health and safety advisor and camera man.

Sally attributes her ability to her Cherokee Indian heritage, and said she never researches the ‘haunted’ locales before she consults the spirit world – otherwise “there is no point”.

VeXeD’s paranormal quest has taken them to 13 different locations and Sally says she has seen “vortexes” and flickers out of the corner of her eye, but one brush with the afterlife sticks in her mind.

It was in an alleged haunted church in Clophill, Bedfordshire, when she came face-to-face with a ghoul.

She heard snarling, which she initially thought was badgers or foxes.

“We came out where we were standing and we could see this apparition,” she said.

“It was a mixture of fur and limbs, spinning on itself, almost as if it was fighting with itself.”

Although the psychic is unsure what she saw, she is adamant “it wasn’t human”.

Sally hopes VeXeD will one day be allowed to explore Knebworth House and Hatfield House.

However, she has yet to gain permission to set up her electro-magnetic field readers, motion detectors and cameras in the two heritage sites.

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