[Interview] Nick Bonanni Talks Poltergeists, Plague-Era Ghosts and Paranormal School
Born and raised in Rome, Nick Bonanni began hunting ghosts as a teenager in Italy. Last year he moved to Jersey, a small island in the English channel that's chock-full of them. His interest in the paranormal renewed, he resumed his investigations, documenting everything on his Instagram: @nick_hauntediary. In August, Nick began offering online classes on a number of mystical topics ranging from proper Ouija board-use to casting love spells.
Cody - You've said you were introduced to the paranormal at a young age. What happened exactly?
Nick - At a young age, I experienced a spirit attachment that is still with me, but I didn’t want to get rid of him. I allow spirits to still be normal people. When I first met this spirit, he was under the form of a poltergeist as you can see from my videos on Instagram.
Cody - How old were you when this spirit latched onto you? Does this entity have a name?
Nick - I experienced my spirit attachment in high school so I was about fifteen years, something like that. I don't really know the name of the spirit. I've never asked but he's been following me since I was a kid. He's even here, while we are talking. You can see him here throwing things, smashing doors. Whatever he can do to disturb, he will.
Cody - Can you name a location on your investigation bucket list?
Nick - My dream is to investigate Poveglia. The energy there is crazy due its story. The people during the plague were just left there waiting to die and the spirits are still there.
Cody - I decided to do a little research on Poveglia. According to Wikipedia: Poveglia is a small island located between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon of northern Italy.
For more than 100 years beginning in 1776, the island was used as a quarantine station for those suffering the plague and other diseases, and later as a mental hospital. A doctor allegedly experimented on patients with crude lobotomies. According to various reports, most recently by the Travel Channel, the doctor jumped from the bell tower in the 1930s after claiming he had been driven mad by ghosts. Decades later, nearby residents claimed to still hear the bell, although it was removed many years earlier.
Cody - You recently started offering virtual classes covering subjects like tarot and oracle cards, demons, satanism and magic. Does your Paranormal School have a mission?
Nick - To give everyone the chance to work in the paranormal world because there are many talented people out there.
Cody - Can you name some of your instructors?
Nick - Ghost Adventures Alumni Patti Negri, Richard-Lael Lillard, Father Sebastiaan and Bloody Mary.
Cody - On October 24 & 25, you have a 2-day class with renowned intuitives Patti Negri and Richard-Lael Lillard on seances. What's your scariest seance story?
Nick - I do not really have a scary story in terms of seances, however, I cannot forget that once I completely lost control of my emotions.
Cody - What does the Paranormal School have coming up in November?
Nick - In November, I am looking to drive people more into divination, voodoo, vampirism, paranormal & astrology.
Cody - Let's talk about equipment. What are your favorite instruments to use?
Nick - In terms of equipment, I use my body as I believe we are able to control spirits, however, I really enjoy using an EVP Recorder.
Cody - I am a fan of recording devices, too. I did a paranormal investigation aboard the Queen Mary and got some wild EVPs. It seems like a consistently reliable piece of equipment. I believe spirits speak to us often, we just never hear them.
Cody - Where can we find your Paranormal School calendar and register for classes?
Nick - You can find everything on www.hauntediaryevents.com