Photo Credit: Bernie Pettersen
An interview with our resident psychic medium and energy therapist – the paranormal expert who runs our After Dark evenings, Mark Rablin.
You may have read a few of our Meet the Staff posts by now. If not pop to the main Meet the Staff post, where you will find the links to all of the posts in the series.
One person has been noticeable in his absence though. My original questionnaire that I sent around wasn’t suitable for the questions I wanted to ask Mark Rablin. As such a big part of the paranormal side of Bodmin Jail, I really couldn’t miss him out.
Instead I recently interviewed Mark over a delicious lunch in the Governor’s Hall here at the jail. Here is what he had to say about the jail, working here and all things paranormal.
How long have you been working at Bodmin Jail?
Around ten years, I am one of the longest running members of staff. In fact I recently spent my 1000th night here.
What job did you do before starting work at the jail?
I was a long distance lorry driver.
Wow, quite a change in direction career wise then. How did you end up making such a big career change?
I had a minor heart attack at the age of 40, which had me re-evaluating things already. Then I attended a charity event at Bodmin Jail and was just drawn to the place.
My life changed after this and I ended up working at the jail on a self-employed basis. Last November I became employed fully by the jail.
Why do you work here in particular?
Like I said I felt drawn here initially and I just feel that this is where I am meant to be. I feel that I am doing what I am meant to be doing. Bodmin Jail is perfect for the work I now do.
The construction of the building itself, the materials used and the height mean the energy here is amplified. Also being a correction facility in the past, a huge number of people have been through its doors. These people have left behind traces of residual energy.
What I and others do isn’t ghost hunting, it is working with the energy of the building. Bodmin Jail therefore couldn’t be much more perfect for this. So many people are drawn here looking for something, and many like myself find it.
What is your favourite part of working here?
The interaction with the spirits and the sense of belonging to the building itself. Not to mention just being able to be here when I want to, including at night time.
…. and your least favourite part?
I can honestly say nothing. I am where I want to be, where I am meant to be and doing something that I feel makes a difference.
Photo Credit: Bernie Pettersen
You run the After Dark experiences, what actually happens at them?
To start there’s a three course meal for the people to get to know each other and to fuel them for the night ahead. We then start the rest of the evening with a history tour, workshops on bubble bounce, energy projection techniques and on sensing the energy of people. You can find out a bit more on what’s included in the price and how to book on the After Dark page.
We don’t allow anyone who is drunk to stay, for safety reasons and to stop them ruining the evening for everyone else. I don’t go around suggesting what you should feel or putting suggestions in to people’s heads. I just want you to be open to feeling what you want to feel on the night.
There are usually around 10 people on a tour, which keeps it nice and relaxed although we can sometimes do bigger groups. I like to work to the fraudulent mediums act of 1951. There are no guarantees that you will feel or see anything, however I do have a very high success rate.
Any tips for those attending an After Dark event?
Dress sensibly, we have had people turn up in flip-flops before. The jail is cold even in the hottest weather and at night it is even more so, therefore you should wear sensible flat shoes and bring plenty of layers. Most of all though, come with an open mind.
What do you do when you aren’t working?
When I’m not working, I tend to do things like building mannequins for the jail. To me what I do isn’t working, it’s just life.
Tell me a random fact about you?
I am in to the study of instrumental transcommunication. This is an old 70’s technique of communicating with the world of spirits through the use of electronics.
What would you say to the non-believers in the World?
It is not up to me to make up your mind about the world around you. All I can do is offer my perspective and guide you towards experiencing the power in the world around you.
- Bats at the Jail
- Development Diary
- Historical Tales
- Unearthing The Past
- Visiting Bodmin Jail