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Kinetic Energy: Powering the Paranormal? by Will Crawford

Kinetic Energy:

Powering the Paranormal?

 

It was February 15th 2009 when I witnessed my first manifestation while setting up for a residential investigation. There were just the two of us in the old days so that meant a lot of time with camera and wire placement. It was a lot of work for just a couple of guys but we were eager to see what we could find. Working on the bottom floor of a converted 19th century hardware store something caught my attention out of my peripheral vision. Flipping my head around I observed a white, wispy fog-like figure, what many would call a female entity or ghost, ascending the stairs.

“Was that you I just saw on the stairs?” I asked.

But of course I did not hear a reply. It was my first sighting, and I felt I wouldn’t be my last. There was so much excitement and doubt all crammed into a half second of confusion and unknown possibilities. I left that morning wondering what really occurred. Later that year I was enjoying a TAPS episode involving an intriguing investigation at the St. Augustine Lighthouse (aired Sept 19th 2009) when I had a revelation. Numerous TAPS members were pursuing and investigating a probable manifesting entity up and down the spiral stairway with spectacular video captured. This led me to start asking the question:  Why is paranormal activity drawn to staircases and spiral stair cases in particular? Was there a possible scientific explanation for the un-explainable?

For years, the realm of paranormal study has long ascertained that Bio and Electrical energy were often borrowed or drained by entities to allow manifestation.  These claims have been rightful and sometimes fraudulently exaggerated by investigators noting their fresh new batteries have just died in a favorite ghost hunting instrument. However, there are numerous other forms of energy that could be drawn upon. These are not limited to: chemical, thermal, electromagnetic, gravitational, electric, nuclear, rest and the often forgotten Kinetic Energy. Loosely defined as energy an object possesses due to motion, could Kinetic energy provide enough power for a manifestation? A basic principle and often overlooked fact is the ability of Kinetic energy to be passed from one object to another (for example: one billiard ball striking another). Consider the constant work a human body exudes to climb or descend a stairway. Each step, each impact is the transformation of Kinetic energy. Essentially this simple act is charging the battery-a favorite term of my aikido sensei long ago. Often we would discuss converting an impact strike of an attacker into a seamless redirection of the energy. The attackers blow and the flow of my own body to not move directly against this energy, but with it, was the charging. The direct physical attack would often result in a devastating redirection simply by working with the energy. Could countless ascending and descending a stairway provide fuel (kinetic energy) for a paranormal manifestation?

Consider a few points of interest. The First Law of Thermodynamics states energy can neither by created or destroyed only transformed. It’s a basic law of Physics but one that is often dismissed. Ascending and descending a stairway is constantly creating energy. Each step upward in combination with work (chemical energy) and each step down in combination of work and gravitational energy. While most would advocate that all of this kinetic energy would dissipate over time there are some who do not subscribe to this theory. Consider the Model of the Paranormal Manifestation by Brian Schill .If we work inside his theory and apply that an entity or event, trapped in Bioelectric Stasis on a stairway has a Trigger Mechanism (anniversary date or time of the event, well organized re-enactment or a paranormal investigators careful wording) the stored Kinetic energy localized in the immediate environment could be tapped into and result in a manifestation.

Another concept to consider is the nature of the material used in construction of a stairway with the most notable being metal and iron used for spiral staircases. Used primarily in lighthouses since the 1700’s these metal structures were constructed to allow caretakers to ascend nearly 200 feet to keep lights blazing for nautical vessels at sea. In recent years, spiral staircases have been adapted for use in close quarter locations were a full stairwell is not possible from space constraints or economics.  The metal used for their construction may contain specific characteristics for the generation and the retention of energy fields. While any ascension or descension may in affect charge the battery it seems most probable that stairways made of metal would have a higher retention of the kinetic energy. Spiral staircases may generate even greater retention of the energy field since kinetic energy is also stored in rotational kinetic energy which is the rotation around a fixed axis of a rigid body. This exaggerated energy retention may result in stronger and /or more frequent manifestations at locations where paranormal activity is abundant. While this all sounds interesting and purely speculative is there any separate example of Kinetic energy, possibly with metal involved that we might use for comparison?

Let’s look at the early Lifeline of America: Railways and Railroads. Behemoth railway cars and locomotives running on metal track (containing specific characteristics for the generation and the retention of energy fields), may be a perfect example. Ghost stories revolving around the railroads have been around since their creation. The lack of basic safety features during the construction, the numerous Train accidents in recorded history and the location of some track across old cemetery or Indian burial grounds could provide the Bioelectric Stasis needed. But where does the energy come from? Railroad Tracks aren’t run on electric current (unlike subways) and battery’s are few and far between in most rural areas which are where the bulk of track is laid. Does the possibility of kinetic energy provide the fuel for possible paranormal activity in these circumstances? Consider a locomotive, while immense and powerful, only has enough energy to pull 1-2 railway cars at a time. Instead, the gaps in between each cars coupling allows just enough momentum and energy transfer to allow the combined weight of the locomotive and 2 cars to pull the third and then the locomotive and 3 cars to generate enough energy to pull the fourth and so on until the entire length of the train is in motion. Once again, this act of moving the cars, the impact between couplings during this period combined with the natural turning of the wheels results in Kinetic energy and Thermal energy. While the Thermal dissipates the Kinetic energy may still be present in the metal railways, available for manifestation if a Bioelectric Stasis and Trigger are present somewhere along the track.

 

Finally, recognize the kinetic energy of an object depends on the relationship between the object and the observer’s frame of reference. For example, an archer pulls his bow and releases an arrow that soars by you (the observer) which you observe as moving faster because the arrow has kinetic energy in relation to yourself standing still. Let’s say you were capable of moving at the exact same speed as the arrow and matched the speed of the arrow once fired from the bow.  The same arrow would be stationary from your point of view (as the observer) since you are moving at the same velocity as the arrow, and so has no kinetic energy. If you hold this point of substantiated science and physics to be true and a paranormal manifestation occurs perhaps it is merely the tapping into and removal of the kinetic energy via the manifesting entity that allows you (the observer) and the entity to briefly be able to view one or each other. This could only occur when the kinetic energy was at a constant (essentially no kinetic energy traveling at the same speed) between the two: the observer and the manifesting entity. This could explain the elusive encounters, their short time frame and distorted observations during a manifestation. The very act of tapping into and utilization of the Kinetic energy could allow the manifestation to be observable from our human perspective.

While these viewpoints are unproven they do point out intriguing and possible explanations. During the research for this topic I did uncover a few other tidbits of truly interesting note. The principal in classic mechanics E mc2 was first developed by Gottfried Leibniz and Johann Bernoulli who described kinetic energy as vis viva – or the living force. Something I’m sure my old sensei would have liked.  The second point is for nearly every mathematical formula for computing Kinetic energy there is always an M for Mass. Which poses a very interesting question does a paranormal manifestation have mass itself? If it does not, and Kinetic energy is being stored and tapped into for paranormal manifestation we have to rewrite the current understanding of Kinetic energy and basic Physics. Either way the field of paranormal research will continue to try and explain the unknown with Science. Placing a fixed measurement on that which cannot be measured will be the goal and angst of paranormal researchers and scientist alike. Sometimes, I think back to that late night in February and that first manifestation I witnessed. I always wished I could have heard a reply that evening to my question “Was that you I just saw on the stairs?”  Perhaps if I had heard a reply that evening it would have helped me with these and other questions that have been mounting ever since. Then again, the feminine voice I discovered captured on my audio recorder with the evp reply of “…yesss…” may have been just enough to satisfy my curiosity.

Colorado Ghosts – Part 4 by Deb Anderson

We have all wanted to make a wish list of haunted places we would like to investigate and Colorado has enough to keep us busy for the next few years, when we’re not doing residential investigations.

Some of Colorado’s haunted places are famous and you probably already know about them, but I will touch on them and we will then move on to local places that we can get to in one weekend,

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is one of them; it is haunted by its owner and his wife, F.O. Stanley, inventor of the Stanley steamer and his wife Laura.  A little-known haunt of the Stanley, is Lord Dunraven, who actually built the hotel. He may be encountered at room 407, where he stands in the corner of the room near the bathroom door. Witnesses have reported that a light in the corner turns on and off and the elevator is heard operating even though it is not running at the time.

Other rooms that are haunted our 217 and 401, and children are apparently seen in room 418 and leave impressions on the bed when no one is staying in the room. Guests who stay in room 418 complained of children playing in the hallway at night even when there are no children registered at the hotel.

Another famous Colorado haunt is Cheesman Park in Denver, which began in 1858 as Mount Prospect Cemetery and became Boot Hill.  In 1873 the cemetery was renamed City Cemetery and buried only criminals, transients and epidemic victims there.

In 1893 the city gave notice all bodies must be removed in 90 days. The city hired a local undertaker to dig up the 6,000 to 10,000 remaining bodies not claimed by family, put them in 1′ x 3.5′ pine boxes and deliver them to the Riverside Cemetery.

Workers hired by the undertaker broke corpses into pieces to get them to fit into this miniature caskets, unrelated bones were thrown together and many of the graves were looted.

Spiritualists at the time warned workers that the dead would return unless a short prayer was uttered for each casket, but no one listened to them. One worker removing valuable brass coffin handles ran hysterically from the graveyard saying that a ghost jumped on his back. People in neighboring houses and apartments reported confused spirits wandering through their homes and appearing in mirrors.

A huge scandal erupted and Mayor Platt Rogers ordered all work halted for an investigation. No one was able to sort the mess out, so the remaining bodies were plowed under and grass and trees were planted over them.

As you walk through the park is said that you can still feel a sadness and confusion at the site and some say you can hear a low moaning sound coming from under the ground.

Denver International Airport was built on land considered sacred by the Native Americans and opened later than expected due to all sorts of unforeseen problems. This was confirmed by experts in Feng Shui when they surveyed the airport said the site was “full of images of death and grief”. In spring 1995 Colorado Indian tribes held a ceremony to put their ancestor’s spirits to rest.

Molly Brown house also in Denver was built in 1889 by Molly and her husband James Joseph Brown in 1894. Molly had survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and become a national heroine. Her ghost and that of her husband have been detected in the gray brick mansion since then. Ghost lectures are held in the house in October and tours are given daily.

Union Depot on 22nd St. in downtown Denver has the ghost of a man called the soldier by employees who since the unmistakable presence of a military officer in the great Hall. In the 1930s a shadowy operation was reported several times in the station, but the confuse ghost which seem to be seeking a way out of the building eventually found his way out. Union Depot replaced the original Denver Depot in 1880 which was torn down because of the dozens of apparitions reported by telegraph operators and agents who worked there. Among the ghost at the Denver Depot was a three fingered hobo who harassed agents by tapping on the glass petitions at ticket counters. He was seen scores of times over a ten-year period at around 2 AM and would appear on train platforms, in the lobby, and inside the offices of the Denver Depot. Several agents quit rather than work with the ghost.

Also in Estes Park, the Baldpate Inn a 12 room, log cabin lodge is haunted by the couple who built it 1917. The ghosts of Ethel and Gordon Mace walk the hallways of this inn and have been seen by both guests and employees. Ethel is seen mostly in her old bedroom and a small stateroom called the Key Room which houses the largest collection of keys in the world. The collection was begun in 1923 when Clarence Darrow donated one of his keys. The collection of celebrity keys has grown to over 12,000 and includes Edgar Allen Poe’s dorm room key (number 13) and Stephen King’s key to the hotel room where he wrote The Shining.

Mesa Verde National Park in Cortez houses the ghosts of the Anasazi Indians, the mysterious “ancient ones” who suddenly disappeared around A.D. 1500. They are seen among the ruins of their 220 room dwelling known as Cliff Palace. The apparitions are encountered most frequently near the 23 pit houses or kivas, on the floor of the canyon. Each of these ceremonial buildings has a hole in the floor that serves as a spirit gateway or “Earth Naval”. In one building known as the Sun Temple, there is a great sunflower carved in stone. Called the “Sun Shrine”, the 2 foot diameter stone flower is mounted on an altar. Geologists say it was not carved by human hands, but was formed by the natural erosion of a sandstone boulder. The sacred symbol is painted on the walls of pueblos throughout the Southwest. In all of their architecture, the Anasazi express their belief in spiritual links that connected all things. Perfectly straight roads link Mesa Verde with its sister city in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

Silver Cliff Cemetery near Rosita, in south-central Colorado, is said to have the ghosts of deceased pioneers showing up as shimmering blue lights that hover over the graves in this old cemetery. The haunting lights were first reported by silver miners in 1882 and are still seen to this day. It is believed the lights are the dancing blue spirits of sacred hilltop that are spoken of in Indian legends.

A 1967 article in the New York Times caused the site to become a tourist attraction and hundreds of people reported seeing a strange floating lights. Edward Linehan of National Geographic, investigated the site in 1969 and observed “round spots of blue white light” glowing over the graves. When he approached one, it disappeared and slowly then reappeared in a different area. The lights are not reflections of car, train, or airplane lights as they appeared long before these inventions were in wide use. A Geiger counter survey revealed no radioactivity in the area.

One last haunting you may not be aware of in Grand Junction takes place on the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad tracks that run between Grand Junction and Gunnison. The phantom of the old steam locomotive, Engine 107, haunts these tracks with a ghostly whistle.

At the turn-of-the-century, engineers avoided the unlucky locomotive, dubbed Dread 107. This steam engine was the instrument of death for scores of people. On one of its first runs the train went off a trestle, killing several trainmen and many passengers. The engine was restored to the line and rebuilt and then struck a massive boulder, tossing passengers from their seats like dolls. Dozens of people were killed or injured. Repaired once again, Dread 107 hit a snow slide in the Black Canyon which claimed more lives. The railroad finally scrapped the cursed locomotive in 1909 after several more accidents which claimed even more lives. The phantom train or rather its ghostly whistle, are still seen and heard along the tracks that run between Grand Junction and Gunnison. It is most often encountered near the Gunnison River and Crystal Creek.

What Is Wicca and What Is Not

What Is Wicca And What Is Not

 

Many people these days have a rather skewed view of what Wicca is and what it entails overall. Most people have grown up seeing all kinds of movies and television shows about witches where they may show symbols or material found in the Wiccan religion and mention Wicca as pertaining to the plot. However most people do not truly know what Wicca is! This unfortunately has created an atmosphere in which many people misunderstand who Wiccans are and thus treat them as either having an over active imagination, slightly crazy, or just trying to be rebellious against social norms. Thankfully in today’s time Wicca is becoming more and more socially acceptable as people are being taught more and more about the religion. The goal of this article is to attempt to teach the read a little bit more about Wicca and attempt to dispel some common misconceptions about the religion and those who follow it.

What is Wicca?

Wicca is an earth based religion that believes in a God or Goddess. Some traditions believe that there is one supreme being called the All or One which splits itself in two, a God and Goddess. Some traditions worship an entire pantheon of Gods and Goddesses as distinct separate beings. Others simply see each deity as a different aspect of the God or Goddess. Wicca as practiced in today’s time is a reconstructed religion based upon ancient Pagan beliefs that our ancestors followed. This religion was reconstructed by Gerald Gardner a British anthropologist who studied witchcraft for many years as part of a hidden coven in England. In 1951 when the last witchcraft law in England was done away with, Gerald came out with Wicca, re-introducing beliefs in modern society, that many people had thought died out. From Gardner’s tradition of Wicca many more traditions sprang up as people with different beliefs or opinions regarding the Divine and magick formed their own traditions. Eventually Wicca made its way to America where people such as Raymond Buckland, Alex Sanders, Maxine Sanders, Gavin Frost, and Yvonne Frost began to teach it through their own traditions of Wicca. Eventually in 1981 Wicca had become so popular and the demand for its recognition so great, that the Supreme Court ratified it as an official religion of the United States of America, where it became protected under the First Amendment. It was also added to the Armed Forces Chaplain Handbook so that military members and family members could enjoy their religious rights while serving their country.

Wicca is a religion that incorporates a system of magick called witchcraft. Witchcraft by itself is not a religion, rather its a system of magick that focus heavily on what is called folk magick or low magick. It is important to understand that not all Wiccans are witch’s and not all witch’s are Wiccans. Wicca is a religion and those who follow Wicca can practice any system of magick they choose too. Wicca has no governing body, no president or council in charge. Rather each coven or tradition is autonomous with its own inner ruling system. Often there is a High Priest and High Priestess that are in charge of leading the Coven and teaching the new initiates alongside what are called Elders. Wicca does not feature a belief in a Hell or any place similar to that. Wicca instead teaches that Karma will return the consequences of your actions back to you, whether good or bad, times three. So for example if you push some one in anger and they break a leg, Karma (called the Law of Three, Law of Threefold Return, ect) will come back upon you and some thing will happen to you, that you consider three times worse then breaking a leg. However if you do some thing positive such as give a homeless man your jacket in the winter, some thing you consider three times as good will return to you. Some Wiccan traditions also go by the Witches Rede (or Wiccan’s Rede) which will be discussed in a feature article. It is important to note that Wicca does not have any thing like the ten commandments, sins, or laws to govern it. The Wiccan’s Rede is often seen as a guide line instead on ethical behavior. Not all Wiccan’s follow this but a lot do. You’ll also discover that not all Wiccan’s agree on the interpretation of the Rede. The most central belief in Wicca is the following of a part of the Rede which says, “An it harm none, do what ye will”. Many traditions disagree on the exact definition of this statement.

Wiccan’s believe in an afterlife called the Summerlands though the name for this paradise varies from tradition to tradition. Some call it the Otherworld, Valhalla, ect. Wiccan’s do not believe in a Hell as I stated earlier, rather we believe in learning lessons and reincarnation. Wiccan’s have 8 holidays called Sabbat’s a year. These holidays are referred to as the Wheel of The Year in which the Wiccan year starts at Samhain (pronounced Sow-en) and ends at Samhain. In the Wheel of The Year the belief in reincarnation is seen through a symbolic journey of the God and Goddess as the God dies at Lughnasadha and is reborn at Yule. This embodies a rather sacred view of Life, Death, and Rebirth. Some Wiccan traditions also believe in a Holly King and Oak which are two aspects of the God that rule over separate halves of the year. Wiccan’s do not believe in demons from a Christian perspective though some do believe in a type of spirit called a daemon. Daemons are spiritual beings that acted as messengers between the Greek gods and mankind. In modern time we refer to these beings as demons and angels (bad daemons are demons and good daemons are angels) though the Christian’s have a very different view on the nature of these beings as well as their origins. We do not believe in a Satan or a Prince of Evil, however some traditions believe that all of nature has a dark side and a light side. The God and Goddess can be loving or destructive depending on the situation. Some traditions however do believe in the existence of evil though they often do not believe in any sort of evil hierarchy.

What Wiccan’s Do Not Do Or Believe

Wiccan’s do not believe in a Satan nor do they worship any evil or negative spirit/entity. Wiccan’s do not sacrifice animals or humans in order to work magick. We do not use hallucinogenic drugs in order to hold rituals. We do not call up demons or any other negative spirit to work magick. We do not seek to harm any one using magick (though some traditions do believe in self defense of ones self or others) nor do we try to kill people with magick. Wiccan’s do not eat human flesh or consume anything you wouldn’t. We do not dabble in what you would call the Dark Arts nor do we use “love” magick to control your mind. There is no white or black witch as magick is a neutral force that is colorless. It is instead the intentions of the one using the magick that are labeled though many traditions use the terms white magick, black magick, or grey magick to describe what they do. Not all Wiccan’s are Gothic or partake in any kind of Satanic fashion or belief system. We do not all have tattoos, play dungeons and dragons, or wear body jewlery. We are not all hippies, vegetarians (I for one love meat), or tree huggers. We are not pot heads, crack addicts, lunatics, rebellious adolescents, or people looking to induce “shock value” into our lives. We are average people all over the world who seek an alternative spirituality that is separate from the Patriarchal religions of today’s time.

Conclusion

I hope that this article gives you a basic understanding of what Wicca is and helps to dispel some of the crazy notions people have about us. We really are not that different from you or any one else. We hold the same jobs, shop at the same stores, eat the same kinds of food, watch the same kinds of shows, ect. We are simply different in our belief systems. Hopefully this helps you the readers learn a little bit more about the religion of Wicca and perhaps through reading this article you too can educate other people on what Wicca truly is.

About the Author: Alexander LaFountain (known in the Pagan community as Merlinnus Starhawk or Merlinnus Nighthawk) is the founder of the Northern Woods Tradition of Wicca as well as the High Priest of the Oak Coven (main coven of the Northern Woods), Ghosts of Avalon (Coven inside the National Paranormal Society), and the Distinctive Faith Group Leader of the Circle of Avalon (Sacred Well Congregation) which is an Open Circle for military Pagans in Georgia, USA. He has over 7 years of experience as a Wiccan and is a student of the Grey School of Wizardry. He is an avid paranormal investigator with Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations Georgia and a Representative in NPS. He enjoys writing, reading, and thunderstorms. haneadinNativeRepatcher

 

Colorado Ghosts – Part 3 by Deb Anderson

Denver- Belle Worden’s House- The ghost of John  Fitzgerald haunts the whorehouse where he was murdered. 

On March 19, 1884, he was stabbed to death as he lay  sleeping in the bed of a prostitute.

His lifeless body was thrown into cherry Creek and found  by a group of boys two months later.  Madame Bell Worden and two of her employees were sent to jail for the  murder robbery.  The phantom of  Fitzgerald has returned to make sure the place would never again be a house of  ill-repute. The house is a private residence at 578 Holiday Street.

 

Bombay Club-Owner Greg McAllister says he serves cowboy  ghosts as well as living guests in the 1895 saloon.  The Bombay Club is located at 1128 Grant  Street.

 

Bradmar-The haunting of this Tudor mansion began when a  ceiling beam was split by a ghost.  The mansion was built in 1920 by George Gano, when he died; Hubert Work  bought the house and married Gano’s widow Ethyl.

Many years before her death, Ethyl told friends and  relatives that when she died she wished to lie in state before the  fireplace.  She promised that on  that night she would split a certain beam on the ceiling above her coffin.  The beam split just as she had  promised.

After the Works died, no one lived in the house until  1962, when it was purchased by Dr. Robert Bradley and soon after moving in; the  Bradleys experienced ghostly presences, levitating objects, odors, and moaning  sounds.

Dr. Bradley consulted renowned psychic Arthur Ford who  identified the spirits as Ethyl and Hubert Work.  Bradley wrote a book about the  experiences and finally the house was sold in 1980.  The people who bought it couldn’t stand  the paranormal activity and moved out shortly after.  It is still a private residence at 4100  South University Blvd.

 

Croke-Patterson-Campbell Mansion-The haunting began in  1970 when tenant’s offices were remodeled.  The often heard typing in the building at night and when they brought in  two Dobermans to guard the place, the found them the next morning dead on the  sidewalk, the animals had been so frightened of something they jumped from a  third floor window.

In the same year, a baby died in the third floor nursery  and the distraught mother committed suicide.  The mansion was then turned into a  museum at 428 East 11th Street.

 

Denver Courthouse-In 1900, every night for a week at 3:00  AM, the ghosts of departed souls walked the hallways accompanied by the stench  of brimstone.  Not one but dozens of  spirits were reported by night watchmen and janitors and one of the ghosts was  the courthouse elevator operator who had fallen to their death down the elevator  shaft.

The courthouse is located on the corner of 16th  Street and Tremont  Avenue.

 

Grant-Humphreys Mansion-This old house is said to be  haunted by five ghosts, one the former owner, A.E. Humphreys.  Humphreys died on May 8, 1927 from a  suspicious gun accident despite being an excellent marksman. 

A séance sponsored by radio station KNUS contacted  several ghosts.  The Grant-Humphreys  Mansion is located in the Cheesman Park area and ghost lectures are held in  October.

 

Littleton Town Hall Arts Center-Ghostly laughter and  music have been heard coming from this community theater building late at  night.  The ghost also likes to mess  up workers desks and move their personal belongings. 

 

Molly Brown House-The ghost of Molly Brown wanders her  former home, which was built in 1889.  Molly survived the sinking of the Titanic and died in 1932.  Her husband James Joseph Brown’s ghost  has also been detected in the home as visitors sometimes smell cigar smoke in  his study.

Molly Brown House Museum is located at 1340 Pennsylvania  Avenue.

 

Peabody Mansion-This house was built by Colorado Governor  James Peabody at the turn of the century and haunted by later residents.  It is rumored a woman was brutally raped  in the basement and that someone committed suicide in the bathroom.

Whatever the cause of the disturbances, many people feel  bad vibes here.

 

Reynolds Cottage-This historic house is haunted by Madge  Reynolds who had an adulterous affair with Denver Post owner Fred Bonfils.  She collapsed and died in her bedroom  after a horseback ride with Bonfils.  Ever since, her ghost has been seen roaming in the rooms on the north  side of the house.  The house is a  private residence on Logan Street in the Capital Hill area of Denver.

 

Fairplay-Buckskin Cemetery-J. Dawson Hidgepath came to  Fairplay to find gold and a wife, but only found tragedy in 1865.  His broken, lifeless body was found at  the bottom of the West side of Mount Boss where he had apparently fallen while  trying to prospect the mountainside. 

Soon after, the bones of the wandering lothario were  found in the bed of a dance hall girl in the town of Alma.

Believing some prank had occurred, the citizens of  Fairplay reburied the bones in the Buckskin Cemetery. Time and time again, the bones would find  their way to the house of some fair lady. 

By 1872, Dawson’ bones were the talk of the territory,  and in a last attempt to rid themselves of the wandering bones; someone threw  them into an outhouse where they seemed to have stayed. 

Alma is two miles east of Buckskin Cemetery though not  much is left of the town.  Buckskin  Cemetery is in the town of Laurette eight miles northwest of  Fairplay.

Colorado Ghosts – Part 2 by Deb Anderson

Alamosa-the  Luther Bean Museum is the site of a UFO sighting that left a horse named Snippy  dead with unusual holes in the ground around the  body. On September 9,1967, the three year old gelding was found  with all the flesh on its neck and shoulder carefully removed and the  internal organs were missing, yet the rest of the carcass was intact.  The  hoof prints of two other worse is turned away from Snippy’s tracks, and headed  back toward the ranch house.  No other tracks were found around the  carcass.
Brown’s Park-Brown’s Hole-the ruin of Butch Cassidy’s cabin  where he and the wild Bunch hit out is rumored to give visitors.   Sensations of being drawn back in time by the powerful emotions of the  individuals who rode through this Valley.  Brown’s Park is in the extreme  northwest corner of Colorado in Moffat County, near Maybell,  Colorado.

 

Central  city-the Masonic cemetery is said to harbor the ghost of a lady in black  satin dress that has been seen placing blue Columbine flowers on the grave of  John Edward Cameron.  Cameron died of “heart paralysis” on November 1, 1887  at the age of 28.  A beautiful woman in black attended the funeral and  reappears every April 5 and November 1 to put flowers on his grave.  No one  knows who she is, but she is rumored to be a  ghost of a former lover who  committed suicide after Cameron wed another woman.  On November 1 (no year  given), over a dozen people gathered at the grave hoping to get to glimpse of  the ghost.  Then at sundown, she appeared and lay flowers on the grave as  two men tried to grab her, she vanished over the top of the hill.  Ever  since people been trying to catch the faithful wraith on Cameron  Monument.
Chivington-Sand Creek-After fierce fighting here on November  29, 1864, the phantom of the gray wolf appeared to Cheyenne women and children  to lead them to safety.  Colonel John Chivington led the Third Colorado  Regiment in the bloody attack on Chief Black Kettles camp at Sand Creek.   The mysterious animal escorted the few survivors all the way to another  Cheyenne camp near the forks of the Smoky Hill and Republican rivers.  Sand  Creek is also rumored to have a phantom teepees and the sounds of children  and women that appear in the fall near November 29.  Chivington is 28 miles  north of Lamar in Kiowa County.

 

Colorado Springs-Black  Forest hauntings-Paranormal activity in a two-story log cabin began  when Stephen Lee purchased it in 1992.  Lights flashed through it  sounded like people stomping across the roof and they would hear chains  rattling.  One night they awoke and heard orchestra music.   Strange things started happening every day.  Their two boys complained of  weird lights and shadows in their rooms.  Lights and appliances started  turning off and on by themselves and pungent odors burned family members eyes  and throats.  The sheriff stopped responding to their pleas for help so the  leaves hired private investigators to try to find out what was going on.   They noticed that photographs and videotape taken in certain locations of the  property had strange light streaks running through them and sometimes  translucent faces appeared on the film.  To this day red, yellow, and white  forms are seen and recorded as well as apparitions of an old lady, a little  girl, a burly man dressed in 1800s clothing, and a “flying dog” not to mention  hundreds of forlorn faces seen floating in the mirrors of the house.  So  far, there are 4000 photographs and 400 videotapes supporting the validity of  this case.  The Black Forest area is directly east of the Air Force  Academy, the haunted property is in El Paso County 15 miles north east of  Colorado Springs. ( Www.haunted-places.com)

 

Dead Man’s  Canyon-Colorado Springs-this can it is haunted by the ghoulish Phantom of a man  with an ax in his four head.  The ghost of William Harkins has haunted the  area since 1863 when he was murdered by a gang of Mexican religious  fanatics.  Over the years dozens of people have reported being chased by  the angry phantom near his cabin on Little Fountain Creek.  Some have  fired bullets at his ghastly shade and one mother struck him in the ear for  scaring her son.  It took a few seconds before she realized the man with an  ax in his head was a ghost.  Dead Man’s Canyon is 10 miles south of  Colorado Springs, follow Highway 115 through the canyon toward Canon  City.

 

Cripple Creek-the  Dunn  Building-This building is to be a funeral parlor, but Mrs. T. F.  Dunn turned it into a boarding house.  Her presence is still felt in the 11  original rental rooms and her footsteps are often heard scurrying about as  she attempts to clean them up.  Legend says another spirit in the building  is a miner killed in an explosion at the Mamie R Mine.  Late one night,  while the undertaker was preparing the body, the dead miner began to moan in  pain.  Not wanting to delay his job or cancel preparations, the mortician  injected morphine to quiet the man and continued his work.
Fairley  Brothers and Lampman Building-this block square building is home to a ghost  locals call Maggie, who wears a white shirt waist with a long brown dress and  high heeled boots.  Witnesses say Maggie appears to be in her late 20’s and  keeps her shoulder length brunette near hair pinned up.  Contractors,  employees, and visitors have all detected Maggie’s ghost walking in the second  floor corridor or dancing in the third floor ballroom.  The red brick  building is on the corner of Third Street and Bennett Avenue in  Victor.

 

The Mamie R. Mine-The  ghosts of three minors haunted the depths of this gold mine for several  years.  The men all died in separate accidents in 1894.  Minors  reported encountering their phantoms in the main shaft, at the 375 foot level  and in the isolated dress in the deeper recesses of the mine.  One ghost  carries his severed arm over her shoulder and another like to write in the or  buckets.  It was said the mine was also possessed by mischievous sprites  called Tommy Knockers.  The Earth spirits cause beams to give way and  explosions go off prematurely.  After several unexplained accidents  and ghost sightings, the mine shutdown in 1895.  It is located on Raven  Hill in Cripple Creek.

 

Palace Hotel-this old  hotel is haunted by the presence of one of the original owners, Mrs. Kitty  Chambers who likes to keep candles lit and placed in certain spots, just as they  were when the Palace Hotel first opened.  Mrs. Chambers died in room three  of the hotel in 1908 and is said to haunt the room.  That doesn’t stop her  from turning up all over the hotel and she may be responsible for turning down  beds in other rooms and stealing all the keys to room nine as well.  The  Palace Hotel and Casino is located at 172 Bennett Ave., Creek.  Www.palacehotelcasino.com

Colorado Ghosts – Part 1 by Deb Anderson

            We have all wanted to make a wish list of haunted places we would like to  investigate and Colorado has enough to keep us busy for the next few years, when  we’re not doing residential investigations.

            Some of Colorado’s haunted places are famous and you probably already  know about them, but I will touch on them and we will then move on to local  places that we can get to in one weekend,

            The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is one of them; it is haunted by its owner and his  wife, F.O. Stanley, inventor of the Stanley steamer and his wife Laura.  A little-known haunt of the Stanley, is  Lord Dunraven, who actually built the hotel. He may be encountered at room 407,  where he stands in the corner of the room near the bathroom door. Witnesses have  reported that a light in the corner turns on and off and the elevator is heard  operating even though it is not running at the time.

            Other rooms that are haunted our 217 and 401, and children are apparently  seen in room 418 and leave impressions on the bed when no one is staying in the  room. Guests who stay in room 418 complained of children playing in the hallway  at night even when there are no children registered at the  hotel.

            Another famous Colorado haunt is Cheesman Park in Denver, which began in 1858 as Mount  Prospect Cemetery and became Boot Hill.  In 1873 the cemetery was renamed City Cemetery and buried only criminals,  transients and epidemic victims there.

            In 1893 the city gave notice all bodies must be removed in 90 days. The  city hired a local undertaker to dig up the 6,000 to 10,000 remaining bodies not  claimed by family, put them in 1′ x 3.5′ pine boxes and deliver them to the  Riverside Cemetery.

            Workers hired by the undertaker broke corpses into pieces to get them to  fit into this miniature caskets, unrelated bones were thrown together and many  of the graves were looted.

            Spiritualists at the time warned workers that the dead would return  unless a short prayer was uttered for each casket, but no one listened to them.  One worker removing valuable brass coffin handles ran hysterically from the  graveyard saying that a ghost jumped on his back. People in neighboring houses  and apartments reported confused spirits wandering through their homes and  appearing in mirrors.

            A huge scandal erupted and Mayor Platt Rogers ordered all work halted for  an investigation. No one was able to sort the mess out, so the remaining bodies  were plowed under and grass and trees were planted over them.

            As you walk through the park is said that you can still feel a sadness  and confusion at the site and some say you can hear a low moaning sound coming  from under the ground.

            Denver International Airport was built on land considered sacred by the  Native Americans and opened later than expected due to all sorts of unforeseen  problems. This was confirmed by experts in Feng Shui when they surveyed the airport said the site  was “full of images of death and grief”. In spring 1995 Colorado Indian tribes  held a ceremony to put their ancestor’s spirits to rest.

            Molly Brown house also in Denver was built in 1889 by Molly and her  husband James Joseph Brown in 1894. Molly had survived the sinking of the  Titanic in 1912 and become a national heroine. Her ghost and that of her husband  have been detected in the gray brick mansion since then. Ghost lectures are held  in the house in October and tours are given daily.

            Union Depot on 22nd St. in downtown Denver has the ghost of a man called  the soldier by employees who since the unmistakable presence of a military  officer in the great Hall. In the 1930s a shadowy operation was reported several  times in the station, but the confuse ghost which seem to be seeking a way out  of the building eventually found his way out. Union Depot replaced the original  Denver Depot in 1880 which was torn down because of the dozens of apparitions  reported by telegraph operators and agents who worked there. Among the ghost at  the Denver Depot was a three fingered hobo who harassed agents by tapping on the  glass petitions at ticket counters. He was seen scores of times over a ten-year  period at around 2 AM and would appear on train platforms, in the lobby, and  inside the offices of the Denver Depot. Several agents quit rather than work  with the ghost.

            Also in Estes Park, the Baldpate Inn a 12 room, log cabin lodge is  haunted by the couple who built it 1917. The ghosts of Ethel and Gordon Mace  walk the hallways of this inn and have been seen by both guests and employees.  Ethel is seen mostly in her old bedroom and a small stateroom called the Key  Room which houses the largest collection of keys in the world. The collection  was begun in 1923 when Clarence Darrow donated one of his keys. The collection of celebrity keys  has grown to over 12,000 and includes Edgar Allen Poe’s dorm room key (number  13) and Stephen King’s key to the hotel room where he wrote The  Shining.

            Mesa Verde National Park in Cortez houses the ghosts of the Anasazi Indians, the mysterious “ancient ones” who suddenly disappeared around A.D. 1500. They are seen among  the ruins of their 220 room dwelling known as Cliff Palace. The apparitions are  encountered most frequently near the 23 pit houses or kivas, on the floor of the canyon. Each of these ceremonial  buildings has a hole in the floor that serves as a spirit gateway or “Earth  Naval”. In one building known as the Sun Temple, there is a great sunflower  carved in stone. Called the “Sun Shrine”, the 2 foot diameter stone flower is  mounted on an altar. Geologists say it was not carved by human hands, but was  formed by the natural erosion of a sandstone boulder. The sacred symbol is  painted on the walls of pueblos throughout the Southwest. In all of their  architecture, the Anasazi express their belief in spiritual links that connected  all things. Perfectly straight roads link Mesa Verde with its sister city in  Chaco Canyon, New  Mexico.

            Silver Cliff Cemetery near Rosita, in south-central Colorado, is said to have the  ghosts of deceased pioneers showing up as shimmering blue lights that hover over  the graves in this old cemetery. The haunting lights were first reported by  silver miners in 1882 and are still seen to this day. It is believed the lights  are the dancing blue spirits of sacred hilltop that are spoken of in Indian  legends.

A 1967 article in the New York Times caused the site to  become a tourist attraction and hundreds of people reported seeing a strange  floating lights. Edward Linehan of  National Geographic, investigated the site in 1969 and observed “round spots of  blue white light” glowing over the graves. When he approached one, it  disappeared and slowly then reappeared in a different area. The lights are not  reflections of car, train, or airplane lights as they appeared long before these  inventions were in wide use. A Geiger counter survey revealed no radioactivity  in the area.

            One last haunting you may not be aware of in Grand Junction takes place  on the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad tracks that run between Grand Junction and  Gunnison.The phantom of  the old steam locomotive, Engine 107, haunts these tracks with a ghostly  whistle.

            At the turn-of-the-century, engineers avoided the unlucky locomotive,  dubbed Dread 107. This steam engine was the instrument of death for scores of  people. On one of its first runs the train went off a trestle, killing several  trainmen and many passengers. The engine was restored to the line and rebuilt  and then struck a massive boulder, tossing passengers from their seats like  dolls. Dozens of people were killed or injured. Repaired once again, Dread 107  hit a snow slide in the Black Canyon which claimed more lives. The railroad  finally scrapped the cursed locomotive in 1909 after several more accidents  which claimed even more lives. The phantom train or rather its ghostly whistle,  are still seen and heard along the tracks that run between Grand Junction and  Gunnison. It is  most often encountered near the Gunnison River and Crystal  Creek.

Instrumental Transcommunication

 

 

ITC – The Basics

 

Submitted by Mitchell Goth

 

ITC, it stands for Instrumental Transcommunication, and it’s safe to say that just about every paranormal investigator out there has used it, but not many know the meaning of ITC, and some still haven’t even heard the term before. ITC is a rather broad term of electronic spirit communication as opposed to EVP which just includes voice recorder communication, although EVP is a sub-category of ITC.
In reality, if you’re communicating electronically in any way shape or form with spirits, it’s ITC. The most common devices used for ITC are digital/analog recorders (for EVP of course), ghost/spirit boxes like the Shack-Hacks and the P-SB7, and even EMF detectors. EMF detectors can only be considered ITC tools if you use them for communication rather than for diagnostics and searching for random EMF spikes. Along with all of these you can also find specialized ITC devices such as the Ovilus. For those who are unfamiliar with that the device, the Ovilus is an ITC tool that contains an internal electronic dictionary that is powered by environmental sensors. The theory behind the Ovilus is that spirits can manipulate the environment to choose their words from the dictionary to speak.
While those are the most common methods of ITC, there are many other smaller sub-category’s. Television communication was a very popular means of ITC back in the 80’s. It was used mostly to capture visual evidence through blank channels, but was utilized later on as a means of audio communication/white noise generation (a lot like the TV from the movie Poltergeist, but on a less dramatic scale). Other forms of ITC include people using phones, cameras/camcorders, bionic ears, and even fax machines to communicate with the dead.
Since the 1970’s ITC has been a staple of the paranormal investigation community. But, it seems that it has become so common, people have all but forgotten that it’s still a term at all. But, remembered or not, ITC is used by every paranormal investigator who utilizes any of the above techniques, or any other kind of electronic communication, it’s really any type of way to achieve intelligent ghostly communication with electronics, be the result audio or visual evidence. So, as long as you don’t entirely rely on metaphysical means of investigation, you use ITC on your paranormal investigations.

 

 

Mitchell Goth is the Wisconsin State Representative for the NPS, and a passionate researcher in the paranormal field.  He can be reached via email at mitchell.goth@yahoo.com

 

 

 

NPS Members TTF-PARA Conducting EVP Experiment

 

 

 

NPS Members TTF-PARA Conducting EVP Experiment

Submitted by

Tony Fauglid
Admin TTF-PARA / MNPARA

 

 

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In 2011, TTF-PARA © ™, began experimenting with the usage of a pre-recorded synthetic voice MP3 files to ask questions during our EVP sessions. The premise being to reduce the sounds of breathing and other organic events associated with human speech that can be mistaken for paranormal phenomena. Also to use the multi EMF / acoustic energy output of speaker systems to broadcast messages. Having gathered some interesting results… It is time to conduct a more widespread experiment.
We are asking for help from the paranormal community to assist us with a little research. What we are asking is for investigators and paranormal groups across the world to conduct EVP sessions using our synthetic voice question files, which are located on you tube. Then let us know if you capture anything significant. These files can be played on site using either WIFI Access or Mobile Data on your laptop, netbook, tablet or smartphone. If you are interested please come over to our page for more information. Thanks for your consideration!
CHECK US OUT AT: www.minnesotapara.wordpress.com
Find our experiment under the “assist us” page.”
The direct page link for the experiment is at:

minnesotapara.wordpress.com/assist-us-with-an-experiment/

 

 

TTF-PARA is a valued member of The National Paranormal Society, and we are proud to help them expand the call for research assistance. 

 

 

 

 

National Paranormal Society’s Documentary: Alone

 

National Paranormal Society founder, Erik Hutson has been traveling across the country, investigating with teams and individuals in a quest to discover new technology and techniques that may bring us closer to answering the question:

 

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Below is a trailer for the upcoming documentary, based on the experiences of the investigators who have joined the National Paranormal Society to work on this project.

 

 

 

 

Filming is still ongoing, as Erik and his team meet with more and more paranormal investigators to find out what is working in the field.

 

 

Stay tuned for updates!

 

 

Investigators Tool Box

Investigators Tool Box: Where Do You Start?

 

Submitted by Belinda Clark-Ache

 

There are about a billion different tools and gadgets that can be used when investigating the paranormal. I’ve included a list at the end of this that I’ve culled from numerous web sites but I thought I would start with the basics. Here are a few things I think are valuable when you are just starting out.

A cell phone, working time piece, flash lights, a camera (35mm, digital 5.0 or higher megapixel or both) a compass, pencil, markers, paper, a audio recorder, common sense and a buddy who shares your interest. Everything else can be picked up along the way as you determine how much money you want to spend on your new pass time.

Where do you find items to buy? Hardware stores, Wal-Mart, Walgreen’s, Lowe’s, Radio Shack or online: Google ghost hunting tools or investigators tool kits or go to almost any paranormal groups website and find their tool/equipment lists. Beware of your online safety and the safety of your financial assets when making any purchases online.

After these bare bone items what would I suggest are your next purchases? My Top 10

1. Tripods for all cameras

2. External microphone for all devises that record sound. Spend the money on QUALITY. Ask someones advice in the recording business or do your research.

3. A closed circuit security television system. The basic one is under $80.00

4. Video Recorder, DVR burning soft-wear, Write-able DVD’s

3. Two way radio’s*

4. Thermometers

5. EMF meters

6. Black light

7. Motion detectors

8. Radio Base

9. Personal recording devices

10. Thermal imaging camera’s, monitors

 

In addition these things can be added:

*Geiger counter

*Divining rods

*GPS

*Night scope

*Closed circuit television security system

*DVR/burner

*Laptop

*Motion detectors/sensors

*Black light

*Pendulum

*Note pads, automatic pencils, clipboard, and markers

*Time pieces/wrist watches: yes. Synchronize the times settings

Carrying cases for equipment

*Tape: scotch tape, duct tape

*Wire ties or plastic ties

Choice of equipment and how you use it is going to tell people a lot about how seriously you take paranormal research, but should not be the reason you invest in the high ticket items. You are going to find that in most cases less is more and the time to figure that out would best be before you sink your hard earned money into electronics.  I want to advise you to build and add the more expensive pieces later. It may save a big expense!

 

 

Belinda Clark-Ache began investigating the paranormal in Pomona California, with family members, during the late 1960’s, letting experience be her teacher. 2003 a friend, founder of one of the pioneering online investigating teams, The Ghoststalkers of West Tennessee invited her to go out with them. She has experience in residential investigations, historical locations, battlefields, demon presences, malevolent spirits, spirit cleansing & cross over. Her favorite investigations are the ones that are validated by historical research. These days she works with teams by invitation as a consultant and/or guest spending her time providing referral services to those searching for help and promoting National Paranormal Society.

 

 

Haunting Journal

 

Haunting Journal, What is it and why should you advise clients to have one?

 

Submitted by Belinda Clark-Ache

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Where do you start an investigation?

 

 

In my experience the investigation starts with the client, resident, owner or occupant of the allegedly haunted location, obviously. They live through some thing they can not easily explain, then, at some point after initial contact with the unexplained they will reach out for advice. My advice to anyone contacting me for the first time is for them to immediately start keeping a journal of the seemingly paranormal events.

 

Initially, if there is no emergency situation, we ask clients to check with their physicians to rule out physical or mental conditions. We also may ask that they have their property checked for structural integrity, electrical, pest/wildlife or plumbing problems while we evaluate the situation with them and decide on a course of action. This is the time frame during which keeping the journal can be encouraged.

 

The journal serves multiple purposes. First, when an investigation is planned the journal is priceless information to the investigator. It gives details that no mere memory is capable of recalling when telling the story at a later date. It is the facts of the events as they occur. There is no better “eye witness” report. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, the very act of recording in the journal can have a calming, soothing effect on those experiencing paranormal happenings. It somehow normalizes the situation for them. Once they are in the habit of documenting their experiences they may be less likely to panic, their fear may not escalate to a point where an entity may feed off of their excess emotions, and it can be very stabilizing. When some thing supernatural happens the clients first thought will be getting all the pertinent facts down correctly in the journal, which leaves less time for fear, anxiety and hysterics. It can help a family that is having incidences to soothe younger members, by making it a family endeavor, a project to do together after an upsetting event that will help disperse the feelings of isolation and foster a safe place to talk about the experiences.
Last, but not least; asking new clients to keep a journal is an effective way to gauge the clients sincerity in asking for your help. If they are serious enough about finding answers to invest their time and energy into the project, it naturally helps to weed out those who are merely curious from those who are experiencing legitimate activity to those who may be more in need of attention than in help.

 

What should be included in the journal? Day, date, time of the occurrence, weather: temperature, humidity, dew point, heat index, wind chill, moon phase, allergy index, witnesses (name and contact information necessary), anything else you can think of at the time. Who was there? Where were they? What were they doing? Who noticed the occurrence? Did everyone there have the same experience? Ideally anyone who was there would write their experiences down and that would be added to the journal. An average entry may be as simple as:

 

[important]Monday, May 16, 2 pm, heard footsteps while home alone. 82 degrees, full sun, humidity 30%. [/important]

 

In conclusion, asking a client to keep a journal can help you determine how serious they are in searching for answers and it is the easiest, quickest way to help them control the raging panic and hysterics that those dealing with a haunting for the first time can go through. When they do decide to have an investigation the journal can be used as valuable eye-witness accounts. For the researcher it can establish patterns that will help decide if a spirit is residual or cognizant. It will show cycles that might help you in historical research, it may also help identify if there is a living catalyst for the haunting. Keeping a journal if you are experiencing a haunting is, in my opinion the single most important thing you can ask you client to do.

 

Belinda Clark-Ache co-founded Haunted Missouri Paranormal Studies in 2005, with Tonya L. Clark. HauntedMo ™ continues to consult and investigate by referral and works with some of the most respected investigators in the field. She is proud to be associated with Southwest Ghostfinders, Dr. Timothy Harte, The Willard Library Ghost Chatters, to name a few. Belinda is author of a Facebook page Ghost Stories from HauntedMo(tm) that features submitted stories of all genres, and her original work fiction and non fiction alike. She lives in the Missouri boot heel with her husband of 35 years, Stan, and a 4 year old Great White Pyrenees named Lucy.

 

 

 

 

Attending Conferences

Paranormal Conferences – Learning with Others

Submitted by Gayle Tiqui

 

Gayle Tiqui, has been attending paranormal conferences and speaking engagements for several years, in an effort to expand her knowledge base in the field. Here, she shares some of her insights on a few of the speakers she has seen at past conferences.

 

 

 

 

Brad and Barry Klinge

 

Brad and Barry’s group is called Everyday Paranormal and they are out of Texas. I met Brad and Barry almost 4 years ago when the group I belonged to was chosen to be their Maryland affiliate making us a part of the Everyday paranormal Family. Talking to them you could see their enthusiasm in the paranormal field and anxiousness to try something new and different! They were offered a show on the Discovery Channel called Ghost Lab. Their mission was to visit the most haunted locations and experiment with new techniques and equipment using the fringe scientific approach. You will never meet friendlier and informative researchers!

They appeared at a couple of the conferences I attended and even though their show was canceled, I don’t believe it will be the last you will see of them on TV.

They are doing a lot of conferences so just keep your eyes open

 

 

 

 

 

John Zaffis

I have had the opportunity to see John at three conferences so far. He is a wealth of information on the paranormal and haunted items. His paranormal team is called Paranormal Demonology Research Society of New England.

John is a Nephew of one of the biggest names in demonology Ed and Lorraine Warren, and studied under them for years.

John has been in the “business” for over 37 years and considered one of the top demonologist in the world. His number is listed is on speed dial with many paranormal groups and lectures all over at numerous conferences every year. You will always come away with so much knowledge after listening to him either on or off the stage!

His show “Haunted Collector” on SyFy channel is entering its second season. Along with John, Brian Cano , of Scared from NY, stars with him as one of his investigators.

 

 

 

 

Chip Coffey

I have seen Chip at conferences three times and can never grow tired of him. He is an internationally acclaimed psychic, medium, writer, speaker and paranormal investigator. He is compared to other medium and psychics such as John Edwards in accuracy with a “tell it as it is” demeanor of Dr Phil.

 He has made appearances on numerous TV shows from CNN, Larry King to over 30 episodes on Paranormal State to mention a few. He is about to release a book this year and has become ever more present in the paranormal lecture community. His background is interesting as well. He is a Great Grandson of famed Native American medicine woman Minnie Sue Morrow Foster.

He usually has a gallery reading which is “extra”( not included with your conference ticket) which I have attended a few times. I have to warn people however, always bring a tissue, even grown men seem to weep after specific messages from beyond.

Paranormal Conferences abound across the nation, and more are cropping up every day.  Attending conferences and lectures can give you the opportunity to see how other investigators are doing things, and perhaps spark ideas for new experiments to try in the field.  It is worth checking to see if there are any in your area.

Gayle Tiqui is the Maryland State Representative of the NPS and founder of S.I.G.N.S. Paranormal. 

 

The NPS Goes Live

 

The National Paranormal Society Goes Live

Editorial submitted by Jennifer Oberski

 

 

 

It has been a busy week, here behind the scenes of the NPS.  Seven days ago the website you are visiting right now was secured, and design and data entry began as soon as the server was ready.  Kevin provided some of the graphics, and NPS members from Facebook began sending in their contact information.

 

Now that the site is up and running, it will be even easier for you to add your team, location, or specialty service to the directory by visiting the Submit Your Information page and filling out the form directly on the site.  We’ll keep up on the regular database updates on our end, so you keep adding to it.

 

I’m excited to have completed the groundwork for this site, and I think it is already on its way to becoming a valuable resource for all of us in the paranormal community.  This is a place to publish your research for peer review, and articles on new equipment, or editorials about your experiences; as well as a directory covering not just investigative groups, but events, independent researchers, haunted locations, and any other paranormal service or industry individual, that will be constantly growing and evolving.

 

The other state representatives you’ll find listed on this site and I have had our heads together, working to provide a quality location that can meet the needs of the membership.  And with over TWO THOUSAND members, that seemed like a tall order, but I think things turned out just fine.

 

We will always welcome your comments, so feel free to drop a line!

 

 

 

Jennifer Oberski a member of the Troy Truth Seekers, from Troy, Ohio.

 

 

 

 

Alien Abduction Leads to a Lifetime of Research

My Visitations

Submitted by David Garrison

 

I have been what you would call a life long abductee since the age of 4, in 1948.  As a child I was terrified of the dark, I saw “things” and “moving shadows”.  I had dreams of being taken into strange rooms, and doctor’s offices.  It was because of my Father’s interest in all things “UFO”, and my own “dreams”,  that I too developed a life-long interest in UFO’s and Science Fiction.

From the mid-sixties on, I began attending every UFO conference I could go to.  I also began interviewing abductees to make some sense of the dreams I was still having.  It wasn’t until I had undergone hypnotic regression therapy that it all came flooding to the front of my mind, and I saw it all very clearly.  I had been seeing “Grays” and “Shadow People”.

In the mid-70’s, I was in a car accident, and after the x-rays, the doctors asked me when I had been shot. I said, “Never”, yet they insisted I had two distinct bullet wound scars that still had minute traces of metal deep within the scars, one on my neck, and one on my shoulder.

In the Summer of 1976, I came upon a man standing in my front room, and I felt no fear what-so-ever.  He was about my height, 6’3″, trim, maybe 170 lbs.  He had neatly trimmed fairly short hair, with a silver look to it.  He calmly told me that he was here to answer some of my questions.  When I asked him his name, he said the closest pronunciation he could come up with that I could pronounce was “Ralph”.

Now “Ralph” took me on many trips over the years.  Were they in my mind, or physical, you ask?  Well, he would reach over and take my hand, and the next thing I knew we were some place else; walking down a long stainless steel type hallway, into a large cylindrical room with what looked like several large flat TV screens.  Over the years, it has been on those screens that I have been introduced to any number of ‘alien’ species.

As it was explained to me, there are many different races living in many different ‘realities’.  Some races do indeed come from space, and have for centuries, some come from another time or place, other dimensions, some from our very own future, or possible future.  I have been shown many different possible futures for the human race.  The past is done with, and can not be altered, the future is yet to come, and some things can be changed.

Is “Ralph” a physical being?  Very much so, he has been seen coming and going by my friends, family and neighbors. Even by doctors and nurses in hospitals. It isn’t as though he just pops into view, he will walk around a corner, or come through a door and be there.

Over the years he has made it known that it was all right for me to interview most abductees, but there were some he flat out told me not to go and see. His explanations were no more vague then when I was approached by our own Government men and told to tone down my speeches that I was giving.

As the years have passed, the Government has concluded I am just another harmless old fool, and left me alone. But then, my health has kept me from traveling as much as I used to. At one time I actually lived with an Amish family in their little community in Sterling, Kansas to interview three generations in one family that had been, and still were being, abducted.
“Ralph” continues to visit, and I have rarely, if ever, gone more than three months without some type of visit from him.  His “visits” through the last few years, though never expected, would sometimes be on an almost weekly basis, even if they lasted just long enough to exchange pleasantries, as if he were just passing thru and stopped to say hello.

There ARE other species who have been here, and there are certain people in our very own Government who are, and have been, aware of most of them for years.

They don’t all have our best interests at heart, but as yet, there has been no sign of some evil take-over of our entire planet.

 

 

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David Garrison is a member of the National Paranormal Society, and is based in California.  He maintains the Phenomenon Facebook page, a collection of ongoing research collation and support for people seeking answers.  He continues his work in the paranormal, and welcomes inquiries to Dgarrison722@aol.com

 

 

Finding Places to Investigate

The MOST Frequently Ask Question in the Paranormal Field

 

Submitted by Belinda Clark-Ache

 

Many groups have different goals in the paranormal field. My goal—our goal—at Haunted Missouri Paranormal Research (after helping if some one is in distress) is data collection. Those with other goals may have other answers. For our purposes it is as important to collect data at locations that have no history of haunting as it is to collect data at reportedly haunted locations. Why? To compare your findings. How do you know what is “paranormal” if you don’t know what is “normal”? If you have pages of temp readings and EMF readings from both types of locations it should be readily and immediately obvious when those readings are abnormal. In the locations where the readings were high, the other corresponding pieces of evidence would take on more significance. The more documented evidence that you collect at the same location; the easier it is to call it haunted.

Because we collect data in both types of locations we have twice the opportunities to investigate. Some of our favorite investigations are at historic hotels, B&B’s and businesses in historic buildings. These are always worth what you pay for your room rent (especially when you rent all the rooms and divide it among a group. That brings most of the historic places within financial reach for most investigators.) You get the history, the ambiance, the fabulous locations, normally at least one good meal and 6 to 10 hours of data.

I can almost see some of you who are new to the field sitting staring at the screen with a confused look on your face and wondering if it isn’t a waste of time to investigate at places that do not claim to be haunted. No it is not a waste of time. These places have history. Un-haunted historic places are as fascinating because they have literally all the earmarks that should create a haunting, so why isn’t there one there? We have actually gotten evidence of haunting in locations that we were able to authenticate in historical records that the owners were not even aware of!

These places are excellent for training trips and for “Junior” ghost hunting trips to help train young people who want to get into the real thing when they are older, but beware; some places have no reputation but that doesn’t mean they aren’t haunted! We have several perfect historical locations we can take our trainee’s or juniors that give them plenty of practice in a safe environment.

Okay, whether or not you agree with that approach there are other places as well. Many people love to investigate cemeteries. I go on these and have had some terrific experiences and gathered compelling data. They are not my favorite because the outdoors will never rival a restored historical B&B for me.

Battlefields! These history soaked acres are an amazing experience and I recommend spending as much time as you can in them collecting data. These are a thrill to do. Most are National Parks so you have to follow the rules and some do not want any equipment besides camera’s, audio and video. Who cares? They are well worth whatever you have to do to get to them. Look them up and try going on the anniversary of their battles. Play period music while there and be prepared to be awed with an almost religious experience.

There are also public locations that have fabulous histories. Historical landmarks, City and town parks where legendary lectures or political rallies took place, some where tragedies played out, where entire villages used to stand… numerous and varied human experiences that could very well fall into the category of place where strong emotional ties could herald a haunting. Remember it is not only horrible experiences that can leave an imprint on a location and render it haunted. Where great joy, relief, love, excitement and a full range of physically powerful occurrences happen that would make the perfect circumstance under which a haunting could occur.

Your Chamber of Commerce should have a list of rules as to what is allowed in these locations but it is my experience that if you are not invasive and do not offend the public they are going to leave you alone. Please obey the rules if a location closes at a certain time. Request permission from City Hall to be there late using some form of inquiry, I prefer either in person or by snail mail. For neighboring towns and communities the Chamber of Commerce is almost as good a resource as the local historical society!

When it comes to people’s homes, they have to invite you unless you’re going to chase hearses and contact the families out of the obituaries to try to hawk your services and please, don’t do that! You are going to have to establish yourself online and in your community in order to have those requests coming in to you. Positive word of mouth and patience are your best bet where this is concerned.

Try placing ads in your local free paper or press. Something like “Local researcher seeks true ghost stories, legend or lore for possible investigation or authentication.” Use your newspapers Community Calendar to announce open meetings in public locations. Local radio stations might also have a service where they announce local items of interest like this. Again, try making small donations to local charities in your teams’ name, or donate T-Shirts or some other item to local groups for raffles and fund raisers. Contact the local Eagles, Elks, VFW for instance; they are always looking for donations for fund raisers! Many are also located in historic old buildings as well. It’s all about a positive community impression both locally and in the online paranormal community!

A favorite tip is to spend your money in your hometown. Having business cards made? T-shirts printed? Flyers? Do it locally. Everyone knows someone with a personal ghost story, when they see your team name they will mention it to others. Consider contacting local “Spiritualist” churches. Send your card or place flyers with local psychics, mediums, palm readers, new age shops, etc. Leave business cards neatly in public seating areas like waiting rooms; add with tips at the hairdressers or pub. If you have read about a location in your town that has been investigated contact them and ask if they were satisfied with the experience and why or why not. This may not lead to an investigation but could be invaluable information on what not to do!

Consider getting a toll free number and spend the money on a yellow page ad. I haven’t done this yet but it is on my agenda to do so. Offer to give a speech/lecture at your local community center, college, drama club, theatrical group or library during the Halloween season when interest is high. Hang flyers in laundry mats, on bulletin boards in grocery and retail stores, hotels & B&B, submit your business cards to those restaurant free lunch drawings, and put a flyer or business card in every piece of outgoing mail: someone opens those bills to get the checks out.

Pluck investigation opportunities from your friends, family and co-workers. Do you know someone who just built a new house on a piece of land that was never cleared before? The data collected from that location would be great for establishing your baseline readings. Know someone in a 30 year old trailer? Living in an RV at the KOA? Staying in an efficiency motel room? Buying a Victorian to rehab? Working in a theater? Renting a condo? Ask them about allowing you to collect data in these locations. Hey, they’re your friends and family: ask them!

Businesses are another story. Rather they embrace their ghost story or not they are in business and if it will benefit their bottom line most (unless they are morally opposed) will make arrangements for you to investigate if it doesn’t disrupt their daily operation and you pay your own way. I’m sorry if this disillusions you, but money talks and bullcrap walks. You can always offer to make a contribution to their favorite charity in their businesses name as well. Again; query in person or by mail for best results.

There are, of course abandoned locations but I want to caution you on several levels. First abandoned locations are not necessarily public domain. They have owners– on that you can almost bet. To find the owners of an abandoned location take the address to City Hall to the hall of records or recorder of deeds and use the address to look up who pays (or owes) the taxes on that lot. Trust me someone either pays it or owes it and that name is public record and this is usually free.

Be prepared to offer to sign away all of your rights to sue the owner for accident or injury to gain permission to these locations. In fact you would be smart to mention in your inquiry that you would remove any liability from the property owner if they allowed you entrée and some harm did befall you. One other thing: if you are going to do this do not go into them for the first time in the dark. At least go in before hand in the daylight and mark any unstable or questionably safe areas with those glow sticks you can get at the dollar store so after dark you are safe in the locations. Don’t go alone those places can harbor not only homeless, harmless or not but also criminals. Also be sure your cell phones work and you have proper ID.

For years before I began to ghost hunt I would take my clueless (about ghosts) hubby on trips to places I had read were haunted. I learned a fabulous fact then that is one of my favorite tips to hand out. If you want to know the haunted history of an area, find a well established club, tavern, bar, diner or grill; cozy up to the bar, share a nice social cocktail (well in advance of your investigation or even on another preliminary visit) and talk to the bartender. Food service workers like bartenders, waitresses and caterers are a fabulous resources most people over look. Just don’t try to pin them down during a rush and remember they work for tips. Try handing over a nice five spot when you pay for your Shirley Temple and see how attentive they can be.

You don’t need a public relations or media person unless you have an agent or some one representing you to the lecture venue so get over yourself and get real in your communities. It’s your name and team name so use it frequently in your home town. If you are honest you will build a positive reputation and that can not be begged, borrowed or stolen!

 

 

Belinda Clark-Ache co-founded Haunted Missouri Paranormal Studies in 2005, with Tonya L. Clark.  HauntedMo ™ continues to consult and investigate by referral and works with some of the most respected investigators in the field. She is proud to be associated with Southwest Ghostfinders, Dr. Timothy Harte, The Willard Library Ghost Chatters, to name a few. Belinda is author of a Facebook page Ghost Stories from HauntedMo(tm) that features submitted stories of all genres, and her original work fiction and non fiction alike. She lives in the Missouri boot heel with her husband of 35 years, Stan, and a 4 year old Great White Pyrenees named Lucy. You can find Belinda on Facebook  and read more of her writing on her HauntedMo(tm) group page.

 

 


 

 

Pareidolia – An Example

Photography – Is it paranormal? An example of Pareidolia

Submitted by Jennifer Oberski

 

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One of the things that you have to be very careful of as a paranormal investigator is being too quick to call something ghostly, or paranormal, before sitting down to take a closer look at what you may actually have in front of you.

 

Troy Truth Seekers offers an Introduction to Paranormal Investigation course in partnership with the local cultural center, and we took the last attendees to an investigation at the Overfield Tavern Museum here in Troy, Ohio.  There haven’t been any specific claims of haunting or paranormal activity at the Overfield, and that, coupled with its well documented history and layout, make it the perfect place to run through an investigation for the first time.

 

One of my favorite pieces at the Overfield is an antique mirror that hangs in the hallway on the first floor.  You can see it above, the picture was taken by one of the Intro to Para-Investigation attendees on our last mock investigation.

 

Wikipedia has a great article on Pareidolia, and this is a perfect example.  As the mirror in the picture above aged, the silver backing had become damaged, and the shape just happens to be vaguely human, especially when viewed on a three inch lcd screen on the back of a digital camera.

The lesson to take away from this example is to always be aware of your surroundings, take multiple shots of the same area, and don’t be afraid to look at something with your own eyes, instead of from behind the lens.

 

 

Jennifer Oberski a member of the Troy Truth Seekers, from Troy, Ohio.

Ghost Interview

Ghost Interview; 50 Questions to use when recording for Electronic Voice Phenomenon

Submitted by Belinda Clark-Ache

 

 

A few years ago I was given W. Haden Blackman’s “A Field Guide to North American Hauntings” and enjoyed it very much. His “Sample Questionnaire for Ghosts” (Appendix B) was the basis for these interview questions.

Whenever I do EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) recordings I am usually stumped as for what to ask. I watch the ghost hunting programs on television and always wonder how the answers to the questions they ask would further their research even if the spirits replied. These questions are designed first in such a way as to gain information that might be verifiable through historical research.

If you get any replies from the spirit these should be used to conduct independent research. They are designed to provide answers that could be historically validated. You will (of course) need to ask the question and sit quietly, leaving space on the recording for an answer to be recorded.

PLEASE, investigators do not ask leading questions! Just because the “reports” say this is Aunt Suzy’s ghost you need to leave room for the contingency that the spirit may be misidentified. So leave those preconceived notions at the door! For instance; if recording for EVP at The Lemp Mansion do not ask all your questions as if it is William Lemp who will answer. You could lose the opportunity to hear from a spirit who is not that one. That’s why none of these questions are “Is this Aunt Suzy?”

Trying to ID the spirit

1. What is your name? Do you have a nick-name? Were you named after some one? Who?

2. How old are you? What is your birth date?

3. Do you have any relatives? What are their names? You may want to simplify this further by saying what was your father’s name, your mother’s name? Etc.  Did your family move to this country from another country? If so where and do you know what year that was?

4. Are you married? What is your spouse’s name? Were you married more than once? Do you remember your anniversary/anniversaries? Do you have children? What are their names and ages? Where and when were they born?

5. Where do you live? Do you own the place you live? Who did you buy it from? If you rent, what is your land lord’s name? Did you build your own home? If so where did you get supplies? If not do you know who built it?

6. Where do you go to church? What is the pastor/fathers name?

7. Where do you work (or go to school)? What do you do to support yourself or what does your husband/father do to earn a living? Do they own the business or have an employer. Who is the employer?

8. What are your hobbies or favorite pastimes? Who is your favorite author? Politician? Performer?

9. Do you belong to any organizations such as The Masons, Knights of Columbus, or DAR?

10. Who are your close friends?

11. Where do you most like to visit? What stores do you buy your staples from? Where do you buy your clothing?

12. Where were you born? Was there a physician at your birth? A midwife or relative? Do you know what their names are?

13. Are you attached emotionally to a possession?

14. Have you ever spent any time in an asylum, prison, or military installation or in the armed services, served as a law enforcement officer or held public office?

 

A spirit may or may not know that they are no longer among the living. Many hypothesize that it may be dangerous to tell them they are dead while others believe that is the best way to try to convince the spirit to move on. The next questions will not necessarily be ones that you can research for documentation but many have good luck with spirits replying to queries along these lines.

 

15. How do you feel right now? How do you generally feel? Are you happy or sad? Physically, how do you feel? Are you in pain or emotional distress?

16. Are you ever tired, weak, hungry, or cold?

17. How is your long term and short term memory? Are your memories clear or do they seem confused? What is your strongest memory or experience?

18. Are you alone? Are you lonely?

19. What year is it? Do you know today’s exact date?

20. Where are you?

21. Who is the president of the United States (or king of England, or chief of the local tribe depending upon when and where the ghost died)?

22. Do you ever crave certain foods or beverages?

23. Do you have any violent thoughts?

24. Have you committed any violent actions?

25. Does my manner of speech or dress seem strange to you?

26. Do you have nightmares or daydreams?

27. Do you ever feel trapped, confused, or lost?

28. Do you ever dream that you die?

29. Do you recognize anything around us? Does that seem unusual?

30. Have you ever considered the possibility that you may be a ghost?

31. I believe that you are a ghost. How does that make you feel?

 

The next goal, if you are obtaining replies to your questions would logically be learning about the afterlife. Depending on your individual situation you may decide to ask some of these questions as well.

 

32. Can you fly, move through walls, or become invisible? Or are you aware of traveling from one place to another and how you get there?

33. Do you feel that you have returned from the dead because you have a mission to complete?

34. Do you feel that you have returned from the dead because you are searching for

someone or something?

35. How did you die?

36. [If the ghost was murdered] Who do you think was responsible for your death?

37. [If the ghost was a suicide] Why did you take your own life?

38. [If the ghost died in a tragic accident] Do you know of others who perished with

you?

39. What do you enjoy most about being a ghost?

40. What do you like least about being a ghost?

41. What do you miss most about being alive?

42. Do you know any other ghosts?

43. When you are not visible to me, where do you go?

44. Do you ever remember a moment, per­haps as you died, when you consciously chose to become a ghost?

45. Do you know where your body is buried?

46. Have you visited your old home?

47. Do you enjoy frightening people?

48. Have you ever attacked anyone using your ghostly powers?

49. Why have you allowed me to conduct this interview?

50. Are you tired of being a ghost? Is there anything I can do to help you find peace?

 

 

Belinda Clark-Ache co-founded Haunted Missouri Paranormal Studies in 2005, with Tonya L. Clark.  HauntedMo ™ continues to consult and investigate by referral and works with some of the most respected investigators in the field. She is proud to be associated with Southwest Ghostfinders, Dr. Timothy Harte, The Willard Library Ghost Chatters, to name a few. Belinda is author of a Facebook page Ghost Stories from HauntedMo(tm) that features submitted stories of all genres, and her original work fiction and non fiction alike. She lives in the Missouri boot heel with her husband of 35 years, Stan, and a 4 year old Great White Pyrenees named Lucy. You can find Belinda on Facebook  and read more of her writing on her HauntedMo(tm) group page.