A very touching and bittersweet story surfaced of a a grief-stricken electrical engineer who believes he has found a way to communicate with his dead daughter eight years after her death through devices he created himself.
While using his expertise to design and build a series of electromagnetic detection devices, Gary Galka claims to have even recorded his eldest daughter Melissa on the “Spirit Box”, saying, ‘Hi daddy, I love you.’
As one can imagine, Galka was devastated by his daughter’s sudden death from a car accident back in 2004 at the age of 17. It was then though that Galka and his family started to experience unexplained phenomena at their Connecticut home days after the fatal accident according to the Hartford Courant.
"She started doing things like ringing the doorbell, changing TV channels, turning lights on and off," Gary Galka said Monday. "Then one time she came into my room and I felt her sit on the edge of the bed." Now Galka has a thriving trade in paranormal detection devices, launched as a result of those eery events. Galka, an electrical engineer who owns a firm that distributes test instruments, began developing hand-held devices that purportedly can detect unusual vibrations in a room, temperature variations — "hot and cold spots" — and other effects associated with the paranormal.
Galka also created a voice recorder, the “spirit box,” that he says can record responses from any “spirits” that might be present. He said he has sold thousands of the devices, which range in price from $79 to $350. “I’ve created over 30 different products for paranormal research. No one was making products for these people,” Galka said.
This past weekend the family was featured on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures. Through one of the devices, a voice is heard on the show saying, “Hi daddy, I love you.” To watch that full episode of Ghost Adventures, tune in below:
The Galkas insist Melissa’s presence around them is absolutely real, and that Gary Galka’s instruments show it. When she was sitting on the bed, he said, “I felt her lay her head on my chest.”
Galka’s wife, Cindy, and his two daughters, Jennifer and Heather, have also experienced similar phenomena, either seeing Melissa or hearing her voice. “I’ve never seen Melissa,” said Galka, “but my younger daughter Heather has seen her three times.”
The crew of “Ghost Adventures” used several of Galka’s devices in the show, including the Mel-Meter and the SB7 Spirit Box. They also use the devices in other episides.
"With his devices, he’s captured voices of her. His family, even people that aren’t related to him, have seen her at the house," Zak Bagans, the show’s host, said on the Travel channel’s website. "Gary is a very, very talented electrical engineer and he’s helped companies, massive companies, in that aspect in order to do things better."
The father’s most recent invention is a device that he says can detect shadows in the dark. According to Professional Measurement, the Mel meters can pick up electromagnetic field activity and are specifically designed for paranormal investigators. Raised a Catholic, Galka admits he believes in the afterlife and donates one-third of the profits from the sale of his paranormal detectors to bereavement groups.
Addressing anyone who is skeptical about his family’s experiences, Galka hopes that everyone can keep an open mind. “I feel compelled to help other bereaved parents, to show these parents that they can live beyond the grief and the be comforted knowing their child is in a good place, to show them they can have hope.”
To read more of the story and the encounters the family has had with Melissa, check out the Hartford Courant.