WHO: Henry K. Lennox Jr., Sackets Harbor, a self-described "paranormal viewer." He has recently advertised to help, at no charge, people who believe they have problems with unexplained events caused by ghosts, spirits or other paranormal issues.
WHAT, EXACTLY, ARE THE SERVICES YOU OFFER? "I investigate troubled areas, whether they're in a home or a business. I will identify what the problem is and if it is connected to the residence or connected paranormally. For example, if someone says weird things are happening, doors are slamming, things are flying, they suspect there may be an earthbound problem or a spirit trying to cross over. I can help them identify that."
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? "My whole life, I've felt something was unsettled, like my body was split in two halves. In those days, you didn't talk about things like that with your family. It was taboo. I couldn't describe it, until I survived a lightning strike (in the late 1970s). That's when everything became clear.
"The lightning enhanced my ability. I'd always felt something was there, but it wasn't my primary focus. After I recuperated from that event, obvious things started happening, some very disturbing things."
WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN ENCOUNTER? "It's quite a challenge to understand what it is coming to you, to understand it and try to help others understand it. It's all based on my experience.
"I don't do it for a profit. I do it to help the unsettled that are still here to cross and to help the people that are still here, that believe in the spirit world, to understand. Messages and images come to me in many forms. Some are just pictures; some are pictures and words; some are just words; some are full-apparition development.
"Ninety percent of my time in the day is spent in communicating with the spirit world."
WHAT DO SUPPOSE YOU'RE DEALING WITH? "The ones that I've seen, there's such a wide range there. Some are very close relatives who want to be with their relatives and some are totally lost, attached to a certain area their whole life, and they don't want to leave."
WHAT'S BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE? "I don't want to get into detail. I felt that I wasn't going to survive this event. Ever so much so, that I worked with the police department on it. It was just a very evil residence at this one place. It was a life-threatening experience, but also a learning experience."
YOU'VE RECEIVED RESISTANCE FROM CRITICS, DOUBTERS AND NONBELIEVERS. WHY GO PUBLIC WITH YOUR ABILITIES NOW? "I've learned to deal with all this. The most important thing is to get the truth out and acknowledge that truth. I've weighed a lot of the negatives and the positives, and the positives outweigh the negatives. Every month, I can literally note an increase in my ability. I really want to help the people — if there are people — with troubles. Maybe there's not."
YOU CALL YOURSELF SAMAH. WHERE DOES THAT COME FROM? "That comes from the Ogibwa language." (Mr. Lennox's family has Native American roots.)
"The meaning of that is 'the voice of the go-between,' or spirit-talker. I guess I would call myself a paranormal communicator."
YOU DON'T CHARGE FOR YOUR SERVICES, CORRECT? "I don't fabricate anything and I don't charge anything. That takes away from the quality of what I do. It discredits what I do."
ARE YOUR ABILITIES A CURSE OR A BLESSING? "It's a blessing. Very much so. It's hard to explain the joy that you get when you get confirmation that you helped a troubled spirit cross over. It's just so hard to explain that pleasure."
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