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Ghost-hunter plunges to death in Toronto

world Updated: Sep 12, 2009 10:44 IST

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In a bizarre incident, a woman fell to her death here while hunting for ghosts in a Toronto building that is said to be haunted.

Police said the 29-year-old woman fell three storeys to her death on Friday morning at a building not far from the city centre while she and a man were hunting for ghosts. She fell while trying to jump from one level to another level in the building in the wee hours.

The 134-year-old building is said to be haunted by ghosts.

Nine years ago, 50-year-old artist and professor David Buller was stabbed to death in his studio in the building. Buller, who was an arts professor at the University of Toronto, was repeatedly stabbed Jan 19, 2001 in his second-floor studio in this Gothic building.

Ghost hunting is very common among thrill seekers in North America.

In fact, the Toronto Ghosts and Hauntings Research Society, which is dedicated to investigating paranormal activities, has listed dozens of buildings in Toronto city which are haunted.

Commenting on the death of the woman, the society said in its blog: "Although we'd heard stories about (the building at) 1 Spadina Crescent, they are mostly about a 'curse'...apparently, the building is considered 'bad luck' to departments housed there... but this is rumour and is not 'ghostly' related.

"Again, we cannot stress that our thoughts and prayers are with the woman's friends and family during this sad time, and again, there is no reason for anyone at any time to trespass, break any laws, or put their safety or the safety of others at risk in pursuit of looking into ghostly lore and legend."