I’d wanted to visit a medium for years.  I’d never made a move to do so because I honestly didn’t know how to decipher between a fake and a genuine medium.  One day and strictly by coincidence, I had an appointment with a client who’d recently lost her son.  During our counseling session she confided in me that she had visited a medium.  I asked her to tell me about her experience with the medium.  She explained the content of her visit to him.  She went on to explain how shocked she’d been that he knew things about her son’s death that she hadn’t shared with him.  “In fact” she went on to say, “I hadn’t told him anything about my son’s death yet!”  She still seemed a little shaken by the shock of realizing that the medium had been ‘for real.’ 
I knew instantly that it had been no accident that this client had come to see me; more importantly, I knew that this was the medium with whom I would schedule an appointment!  I asked for this medium’s name and phone number and she graciously obliged.  The following day I scheduled an appointment with him.
If, like myself, you wish to communicate with a loved one on the other side, you will be well advised to 1. Trust that the best way to locate a trustworthy, reliable medium is to ask around. You might be surprised at the large number of people who seek out this type of professional help following the loss of one dear to them! and 2. To do this rather than to try to communicate with any spirit on your own!  Too many doors of an unimaginable, negative nature can be opened trying to do this on one’s own!

The medium I talked about above is Troy Parkinson and he is located in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.  You can gain access to him on my Facebook site, “Jeanie Cooke-Fredlund,” or at my paranormal Facebook site, “Have You Witnessed the Paranormal?”  For anyone not living anywhere near St. Paul:  Ask the individual who is referring you to a medium the question, “Did the medium communicate any information to you from the afterlife that he/she had absolutely NO way of knowing unless it genuinely came from the person with whom you wanted to communicate on the other side?” (This is how I found Troy!)  If you call him, please let him know who referred you to him.

With everything else you’ve been through if you’re considering a visit to a medium, the last thing you need is to be taken-to-the-cleaners!

(Copyright 2019 by Jeanie Cooke-Fredlund)


The movie The Exorcist (w/Linda Blair) was based on a true story; with the exception that the victim of evil was a young boy, not a young girl. He had been using an Ouija Board which had inadvertently opened a door (vortex) to the other side. Through that door, anything evil can (and did) enter. Thus the beginning of his need for an exorcism. When anyone invites spirits into their world using this vehicle (the Ouija Board) or any other vehicle for contacting spirits they place themselves in unimaginable and imminent danger.  In addition to this, evil spirits commonly trick people into believing they (the spirit) are the spirit of a loved one who has passed and who the board user is attempting to contact. 

Copyright 2019 by JC Cooke-Fredlund



  • By Amanda Dyslin
  • Oct 17, 2007

Actor Mike Shoff plays Jon Hyers as a teenager reacting to an incident in his North 3rd Street Actor Mike Shoff plays Jon Hyers as a teenager reacting to an incident in his North 3rd Street home in St. Peter, MN when a mysterious glowing cloud appeared between him and the bathroom mirror.

Submitted photo (not included)
The Free Press, Mankato, MN


A fuse had blown, or so Jon Hyers thought.

But in the dark, century-old basement of the St. Peter home his family was renting, Jon couldn’t see inside the fuse boxes, so he turned to go upstairs and get a flash light. And just as he did, the doors to the fuse boxes slammed shut.

No windows were open. No fans were on. The doors didn’t have springs. He was alone in the basement.

Then 16, all of Jon’s knowledge about physics — from the design of the fuse-box doors to the vibrations of his steps to the draftiness of the old house — all of it rushed through his mind in the span of a couple of

seconds, trying to explain away three metal doors slamming


But he couldn’t. So he ran.

“I was freaked. … When (my brother and I) went back, there was no blown fuse,” said Jon, whose family had just moved to town from Wisconsin and were renting the home on North 3rd Street while their house was being built.

One spooky incident doesn’t make much of a story. Nine months of eerie moments, on the other hand — noises, visions, unexplainable circumstances — that’s something.

Some members of the Hyers family truly believe the house on North 3rd Street is haunted, and they believe they bared witness to the haunting for nine months from 1977-78. Jon, now a filmmaker and media specialist, is one of those believers.

With the evolution of video technology over the past few years, Jon decided to use his filmmaking skills to tell the story of what his family went through.

“The Haunting of North 3rd Street,” which opens Friday at St. Peter Cinema 5, is an independent docu-drama looking back at that time.

Interviews with family members give a firsthand perspective of the incidents they can’t quite explain. Actors take the audience back to the scene of the events, providing a creepy look at what it felt like to be surrounded by ghosts.

“Any of these events could be explained away,” said Jon of St. Paul. “But it’s the sheer number of things that happened.”

Conrad and Gerry Hyers, Jon’s parents, and Dean and Lauri Hyers, Jon’s brother and sister, all experienced things they can’t explain, he said. Thumping noises as loud as a piano tipping over, electricity going out one room at a time with no fuse blown, doors unlocking seemingly by themselves, and the furnace door repeatedly being found open, even spilling fire into the basement room — all of these incidents were reported by members of the family.

But no one ever saw a ghost. Not in human form, anyway.

“I saw one thing,” said Jon, who attended Gustavus Adolphus College. “A cloud of smoke appeared between myself and the bathroom mirror. It was a bright and glowing cloud.”

The boys were scared. Lauri was terrified. And Conrad and Gerry had no explanations to comfort their children. The owners of the house were out of town and couldn’t be reached to ask questions about the house. (As the Hyers learned later, the owners had also experienced strange occurrences. They heard the front door open and someone walk in and up to the second floor. Yet, no one was found.)

The Hyers had so many questions, with the unknown history of the house at the top of the list. Had someone died there? Did a tragedy occur inside the basement where many of the incidents seemed to occur?

Maybe. Conrad, former religion professor at Gustavus, did some research at the historical society, where a historian also was working on researching haunted places. Although no court records or newspaper articles were found to confirm the information, the historian said either the owner or the builder of the home may have been murdered there.

Perhaps the ghost of either the murderer or the victim or both had somehow become trapped in the home.

In nine months, the family moved out, relieved to never have learned the answer to that question. Dean had even been keeping a calendar, crossing out every day until they could finally get away from that house.

Last year, though, Jon set out to try and find out again why the North 3rd Street house may have been haunted. His search in the historical society’s archives came up with little information about the home built in the late 1850s. The house’s abstract also was vague.

He was left only to guess at who or what has a presence there. His film suggests two ghosts haunt the old house: the murderer and his victim.

Jon and his mom believe their experiences were supernatural. The other family members aren’t sure. Logical thinking tells them there are no such things as ghosts. Their memories suggest otherwise.

As word about the film has circulated St. Peter, people have driven down North 3rd Street and guessed at which house may be the haunted former home of the Hyers. To protect the identity of the owners, he’s not telling.

“We’re keeping it cryptic,” he said, much like the ghosts, themselves.

(Featured in the Mankato Free Press, Mankato MN)

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