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Oak Island

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Screenshot_5The history of Nova Scotia is remarkably rich with pirate folklore. According to the MARITIME MUSEUM OF THE ATLANTIC in Halifax, pirates routinely visited the region, attracted by its hidden coves and large swaths of unsettled land. The notorious Captain Kidd claimed to have hidden treasure in the area, as did pirate Ned Low. In 1795 at age 16, Daniel McGinnis witnessed eerie lights on the island one evening and the next day made his way across to Oak Island on a (supposed) fishing expedition. Once on the island, McGinnis discovered a circular depression at the island’s southeastern end, along with freshly cut trees and what appeared to be a pulley system strung over the soft ground. Rallying his friends Anthony Vaughan and John Smith, they began digging. Just two feet in, their shovels struck flagstone laid across the mouth of the depression. Further down, they uncovered deep pickaxe gouges along the wall of the pit and a layer of timber embedded in clay. Certain they stood over a very valuable secret, the boys removed the logs – they were met with more dirt. Ten feet beyond, they uncovered a second timber shelf; ten feet beyond that, yet another layer. At 30 feet deep, they stopped their excavation.

In 1804, a new group arrived intent on unearthing millions. Dubbed the Onslow Company, the team picked up right where McGinnis left off. And just like McGinnis, they struck upon shelves of timber evenly buried every ten feet. Records indicate that at the 60-foot mark they found coconut fibers scattered amongst the Canadian logs. At 90 feet down, the men made an astonishing discovery: a giant slab of stone, covered in mysterious writing.

The slab seemed to contain a coded inscription. Numerous historians tried to crack the puzzle. One researcher later translated the message to read: “Forty feet below, two million pounds lie buried.”

The pit wall, meanwhile, ruptured soon after the Onslow Company discovered the slab, flooding the site beneath 60 feet of water. Numerous attempts to bail the pit proved futile. It was as if the area were rigged to fill with water. In 1805, the Onslow Company called it a day.

And yet the flooding did nothing to calm hungry treasure hunters. If anything, it intensified their drive. No longer were they hunting for a haversack of loose change or a few pilfered candelabras. This was clearly the work of a highly skilled criminal who had gone to extraordinary lengths in hiding his fortune somewhere beneath Oak Island.

The year 1849 saw the arrival of the Truro Company, and the beginning of a long and troubled history filled with discoveries and bloody demises. In 1861, an excavation by the Oak Island Association caused the total collapse of the pit floor into either a natural cavern or a booby trap beneath. Oak Island also claimed its first victim that year, when a pumping engine burst and killed a man. In 1887, a second worker slipped from the rim of the pit and fell to his death. In 1909, a group of intrepid treasure hunters arrived on the island, including young, future president Franklin Roosevelt. While they found no treasure, Roosevelt followed the Money Pit mystery for the rest of his life. In 1931, numerous tools were unearthed within a new shaft. The discovery included a miner’s pick, a hatchet, and remnants of a seal oil lamp. Unfortunately, the island had been so completely ravaged by excavations and littered with old tools that it was hard to accurately date the discoveries.

In 1965, Oak Island claimed its next victims. Robert Restall, his son, and two other workers died from suffocation when a newly dug shaft released noxious gas. 1965 also saw the publication of a tantalizing article about Oak Island in Readers Digest. A 1979 episode of In Search Of… that examined the deadly Money Pit mystery only amplified interest. More treasure-hungry hunters arrived at the site; more holes were dug and more clues unearthed…

And yet, to this day, no treasure has been found. Critics contend the site is a sinkhole and its mystery blown vastly out of proportion. But a string of incredible theories have surfaced to explain the pit’s origins: It contains Marie Antoinette’s jewels; it’s a ritual site built by Freemasons; it’s the handiwork of Francis Bacon, who used Oak Island to stow away proof that he is the true scribe behind William Shakespeare.

In 2014, the History Channel debuted THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND, a documentary detailing a new excavation and the island’s enduring legacy. In the season finale, workers discover what appears to be an antique Spanish coin. The program has since been renewed for a second season. Clearly, the Money Pit mystery is not over just yet.




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The Rose Prince Pilgrimage In Lejac British Columbia

here Miracles Happen by Virginia Carraway Stark

Lejac British Columbia is now a way station between two very small towns,
Picture of Rose’s Grave during the annual pilgrimage in JulyScreenshot_1

Fraser Lake and Fort Fraser B.C., two towns along the infamous Highway of Tears. Rose Prince was a student at the residential school that used to stand in the field that is now empty of everything except for a graveyard, a shrine and once a year, thousands of people who come from around the world to witness the miracle that takes place outside my front door.

Father Vince James did not initiate the pilgrimages that began with a handful who wanted to come and remember their time with Rose, but he toiled over it and every year he prays for a miracle that will allow him to continue with the arduous job of planning out a gathering of so many people.

Screenshot_2 The Church and the Indigenous community work hard to feed all the pilgrims who come free of charge and provide the hillside as well as their own homes

Father Vince James OMI

for any and all who come to experience the peace and grace and the healing power of this place.

What makes the miracle happen?

Well, that’s all down to Rose. Rose lived an ordinary life. She was a quiet girl who suffered from a hunch in her back and was never physically very strong. She devoted her life to the church and died at a young age in 1949 of tuberculosis. She was buried in the cemetery and nobody really knew how special she was until two years later when the graveyard was being moved to a different location.

Rose’s coffin broke open when they tried to move it and inside they found a perfectly preserved body with even her clothes untouched by any rot.

Bodily incorruptibility is accepted by the Catholic Church as a sign from God of a life of great holiness. This is based off of scripture, “You will not allow your holy one to experience decay” -Acts 13:35

But it is also based off of historical research and avid documentation by the church. Since it’s inception there have only been about 200 cases where the body was preserved in such a way. Just to be clear: this is NOT mummification. The body is not desiccated, it is pristine and looks as though the person could still be alive.

They are sometimes described as being slightly translucent and that is the only thing that distinguishes them from the living.

After people started coming to the pilgrimage the pilgrims started to talk about the miracles they experienced. People’s pain went away, chronic diseases were cured, soon more and more people came, many of them bringing sick or dying friends in the hope that they too would experience a miracle.

People bring oil and water to be blessed during a ceremony at the site and they collect dirt from Rose’s grave to take home with them each year.

The church is still gathering evidence to make Rose a saint. It is an extensive procedure and is not undertaken lightly. Father James is tireless in his protection of the site and in his endless support of Rose.

I myself have attended the pilgrimage for several years and I was also a kind of caretaker for the site as well. I can say that it is one of the special places on this planet and the second weekend of July is even more special.

You can contact Father Vince James OMI at St. Andrews Parish, Box 580, Fraser Lake, B.C. V0J 1S0


New England G.H.O.S.T.

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Location ME, NH, VT, CT, MA, NY, GA, OH, PA, Germany, Ireland & Quebec, CA
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NEG is a non-profit organization founded in 2008. We cover all aspects of a paranormal investigation in both a residential and business setting. NEG is a science based team that also works with psychics and even members of the clergy. We never charge for any of our services.

Projectsiriusckw Paranormal

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Location Cambridge, Ontario
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Energy work based paranormal organization, house clearing, rune reading, mediums, energy healing, remote viewing, finding people, places or things, demonology, protections and barriers, occult and Wicca background, person clearing, attachment removal.

Greater Moncton Paranormal Society

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Location Moncton, New Brunswick Canada
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GMPS is a non-profit group dedicated to investigating, documenting and sharing information about paranormal activity in and around the Greater Moncton Area. Our mission is to offer education and assistance to help others better understand their own and others’ paranormal experiences. We also aim to provide a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment where members can share their paranormal stories.

Vancouver Spooks Paranormal Investigations

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Location Greater Vancouver , BC CANADA
& Sonoma County, California USA
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VSPI is a small investigative team which specializes in the great connection we have with our clients. We are compassionate, trusted and honest. Being a small group has given us a closer relationship with our clients and builds life long friendships. We are non-profit & do not charge any fees for what we do. It’s our passion to look for
and find answers.

Ottawa Paranormal Research and Investigations

Ottawa Paranormal Research & Investigations Contact Name John Moore
Location Ottawa, Canada
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Website www.ottawaparanormal.com/
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Our team deals in extreme negative and demonic cases.  We also consult and are able to help teams in all areas.  We have an orthodox Catholic bishop on our team as well as others able to help any one anywhere suffering from severe paranormal/demonic activity.   Through the bishop we are connected to a large order of exorcists in all areas for those that are suffering and in need of help.  Any individual or team looking for more information or help is welcome to contact us at any

Wellington County Paranormal Investigators (WCPI)

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Location Ontario, Canada
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Paranormal Investigations inc. Hauntings, UFOs, and Cryptoids.

Eerie Shores Paranormal Sevices

 NPS-Default Contact Name Andrew Johnson
Location Blenheim, Ontario, Canada
Phone +1 (519) 359-4765
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Almost complete assortment of investigative equipment. Open minded and  non-judgemental when it comes to investigations. Access to a few other  paranormal teams to draw assistance from when investigating and
reviewing evidence.


Eerie Shores Paranormal Services International

Andrew Johnson: andrewk.johnson@sympatico.ca
Team, organization, or location name: Eerie Shores Paranormal Services
Phone: 519-359-4765
Location: Blenheim Ontario Canada
Almost complete assortment of investigative equipment. Open minded and non-judgmental when it comes to investigations. Access to a few other paranormal teams to draw assistance from when investigating and
reviewing evidence.

Spirit Rescue California

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Spirit Rescue is different than other paranormal teams. Like those other teams, we investigate your home or business which includes taking photos and recording audio and video (if wanted), however the difference is that at the end of the investigation we help the unwanted spirits go through the doorway to the white light that takes them Home To The Other Side. Then we bless your family and property thus removing the negativity that has been plaguing you.

Para Hunt Ontario




Name:  ParaHunt

Location:  Haldimand County, Ontario, Canada

Website:  http://parahunt.com

Email:  claudia@parahunt.com

Phone:  905-537-0646


Chester Area Paranormal Society Canada


Name:  CAPS (Chester Area Paranormal Society)

Location:  Nova Scotia Canada

Email:  c.cook.bent@gmail.com