Once just a writer who moved to a former plantation in Derwood, Maryland with her family, Laine Crosby had previously lived a relatively normal life. That was until one day when she woke up from a nap and was able to see and communicate with the ghost of a slave who was buried in her backyard.

This first meeting between Jeanette, the slave, and Crosby is the origin story of how an everyday woman realized she was a medium who could speak with the dead. This encounter would lead Crosby to decades of exploration through the “other side”. With her skill, she often accompanies archaeologists to ancient sites to see what kind of long-dead ghosts and stories she could conjure. She said she can literally view the site the way it was hundreds of years ago. Her father himself was a historian so she always had an interest in the mysteries of the past, she just never assumed she’d meet the historical figures she read about in her books face-to-face.

Her first book, Investigative Medium––the Awakening, documents this journey of her navigating her psychic abilities and discovering more about history by talking to the dead. Crosby will discuss her experiences with these paranormal phenomena during a lecture at the Essex Brach Community Libary on Tuesday, February 8.

“I will talk about how this all came to be, how I became a medium, which I didn’t want, and how, suddenly, my world turned upside down and I had to surrender it and accept it.”

She explained “being in awe” of Jeanette when she first saw her. She then researched and uncovered the story of the family that once lived in her home. Unraveling Jeanette’s story and her struggles with love, discrimination, and hardships helped Crosby cope with her own changing life.

“I’ve learned so much from her,” she said.

Following her first meeting with Jeanette, she said the sounds of the spirit world around her house were overwhelming. There were people’s voices, the tapping of footsteps, the shrill laughter of children, that almost deafened her. Now, she has a better grip on her abilities and the ghosts know their place.

“I know them all by now, it’s like I see them and go ‘hey, let’s move on and keep doing our own thing’,” she said with a laugh.

Crosby isn’t a stranger to skeptics. She said there is always “one eye-roller” in the crowd. She fully accepts that for many listeners, her tales might be too fantastical to believe. This is fine, she says, because, at the very least, they will leave the event with some historical knowledge and a great story. Still, she encourages an open mind and said that her experiences have been used to help people cope with loss, much like how Jeanette helped her.

“It’s always fun to learn new things but on the other hand, people can make the analogy that if this person’s still here, then so is my loved one. They’re still there too, and knowing that really helps them,” she explained. “I want them to know that those they love are still with them. I don’t want people to hurt and miss people, people need to hear this.”

For more information on Crosby or to purchase her books, visit Her lecture begins at 7 p.m. at the Essex Library at 1110 Eastern Blvd.

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