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Michael J. Kouri kicks off haunted Huntington Beach tour Friday and
Saturday.HUNTINGTON BEACH – If you listen to Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, you
may have heard of Michael J. Kouri.
The self-described psychic medium has appeared on the radio program, discussing the Ghosts of Orange County previously. He didn't mention Huntington Beach during that broadcast, but has begun exploring the haunts of the local region. He will begin hosting Huntington Beach ghost tours on Friday and Saturday adding to his list of Orange County cities Laguna Beach, Orange, Fullerton and Santa Ana and of course San Juan Capistrano.
Kouri, a parapsychological investigator for 32 years, said he will take guests through 13 – a symbolic number – of the city's most haunted hot spots. The event includes a three-hour walking and driving tour, dinner at a haunted restaurant and psychic-aura reading.
Friday's trip will stop at the Huntington Beach Pier, where the spirit of a fire chief and head lifeguard from the 1920s can sometimes be found, Kouri said. Delbert "Bud" Higgins, who died in the mid 1980s, can occasionally be seen lighting himself on fire and jumping off the pier – a stunt he performed for the city's Fourth of July celebrations more than 70 years ago, he said.
The Saturday tour includes the Newland House, the oldest home in Huntington Beach, where the spirit of Mary Newland resides, Kouri said. The Newlands helped form the Woman's Club, bring Pacific Coast Highway through the city, and finance the city's first newspaper, the Huntington Beach News. Mary Newland died in 1952.
Jerry Person, city historian and tour guide at the Newland House for 26 years, said he resents reports of ghosts in the house. During some Newland House tours, children will begin to cry and refuse to go in because they have been told the home is haunted, he said.
"Give me a break," he said. "I don't think this is the best way of learning history, especially for the kids."
Tour-goers will also visit the site of the long-closed Golden Bear.
Kouri said the spirits are those who did not go to heaven or hell. Instead, they are stuck in an "interim state" where they must make peace with their past and figure out what their heaven is before they can reach a final resting place, he said.
A practicing Catholic, Kouri said he can see and interact with these spirits because of what he calls "a gift from God. I am like a magnet for electro magnetic energy," he said.
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