March 2011 Paranormal Underground
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Paranormal Volume 4, Issue 3 Underground March 2011 � An American Ghost Hunter Chad Calek Also Inside: � � � � � Messages From the Light: Near-Death Experiences Dr. Lynne Kitei & The Phoenix Lights Effect A Personal Experience at the Devil Tower 's Tales From the Haunted Heathman Hotel March 2011 Paranormal Underground A Proposed Formula for Residual Hauntings 1 My name is Thomas "Mr.T" Perryman I am an Ex-Law Enforcement Officer and Private Investigator that will now concentrate on my examinations of the Paranormal and Crypto Zoology Mysteries. Through my vast experience and resources I am performing field investigations on these subjects to provide a different approach than others. I have great stories from Past Cases and Current Cases to share. My discussions are Entertaining as well as informative. I have written many Books, appeared in Horror films, and host a Radio Show. I am available for Convention Bookings and Appearances. If you have any questions please contact me personally. I look forward to your next Event and we are all on the Quest to find the Answers! Paranormal Underground March 2011 Phone (407) 416-4807 2 E-Mail email@example.com Inside This Issue FEATURES INVESTIGATOR SPOTLIGHT Chad Calek: An American Ghost Hunter 10 ISSUE SNAPSHOT AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT Dave Galvan -- Paranormal League of America Presents: Researching America's Most Haunted Locations 20 SPECIAL REPORT Messages From the Light 22 CASE FILES OF THE UNKNOWN Are We Alone? Dr. Lynne Kitei & the Phoenix Lights Effect 28 PARANORMAL PERSPECTIVE: GUEST EDITORIAL The Einstein/Galvan Bridge: A Proposed Formula for Residual Hauntings 36 DEPARTMENTS Contributors 4 5 6 8 50 51 Ghost Hunter Comic Publisher's Letter Calendar of Events Reader Profile: Jordan Burnes PERSONAL EXPERIENCES Tales From the Haunted Heathman Hotel Devil's Tower 40 42 FICTION: FEATURED AUTHOR The Haunting of Hoffman House 44 Review of the Month: Chasing the Shadows March 2011 Paranormal Underground 3 Contributors Heidi Ann Heidi Ann has been a paranormal enthusiast since childhood when she had her own paranormal encounter. Her personal experience led her to question the world around her. Heidi is a mother of three sons, works as a special education paraprofessional in a middle school, and loves watching television shows and reading books on the paranormal. of paranormal investigation fueled Robb's desire to become involved in the field at an early age. He found it fascinating, he says, because it "was like reading a mystery that had the last page cut out." During his time as the lead investigator of the Ghost Hunters International team, Robb pushed the boundaries of current knowledge in the field and approached paranormal phenomena with open-minded skepticism. With a background in psychology and business administration, Robb has previously worked as an ESL teacher and works as a professional tutor. A practicing martial-artist, he also has a passion for traveling. Rick E. Hale A native of Chicago, Rick investigates with the McHenry County Paranormal Research Group. A paranormal researcher since the age of eight, Rick is happily married and digs Jazz. He believes in the use of the scientific method in gathering evidence of paranormal claims. The first installment of Rick's book series, The Geek's Guide to the Strange and Unusual, will be released soon by Ghost Knight Media. Christophor Coppes Christophor holds a PhD in economics and has worked for many years in the banking industry. His interest in near-death experiences dates to 1979, when he read Raymond Moody's Life After Life. A few years ago, he wrote a book in which he compares the essence of NDEs with those of five world religions. In 2008, he became president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) in the Netherlands, where he lives. Cheryl Knight Cheryl is editorin-chief of Paranormal Underground magazine, director of Publications & Editing Services for Ghost Knight Media, and producer of Paranormal Underground Radio. She has more than 20 years of experience as a professional writer and editor, and has published hundreds of articles on topics ranging from advanced technology to paranormal investigation. Cheryl's previous magazine experience includes roles as senior and managing editor for several business publications. Karen Frazier Karen is the managing editor of Paranormal Underground magazine. After living in a WWII-era apartment 20 years ago where unexplainable things happened, Karen began to search for answers about the paranormal. Now she combines that interest with her professional experience as a copy writer and technical writer to help bring Paranormal Underground to the public. Karen is a partner with Ghost Knight Media. Robb Demarest Robb, a native of Albany, New York, joined the Ghost Hunters International team after three years with Florida Ghost Team, an affiliate of The Atlantic Paranormal Society. Robb's responsibilities on the team ranged from research, technology management, and client relations, to his current position as assistant director. He has also participated in speaking engagements on behalf of the group. The evasive nature Terri J. Garofalo Terri is a paranormal investigator, as well as the artist and writer behind Entities-R-Us, Ghost Hunter Comic. She's a freelance artist, illustrator, and designer in Hyde Park, New York. You can find her work on www.entities-r-us.com, or contact Terri at firstname.lastname@example.org. John Lasker Feared by the Pentagon, despised by space-weapons lobbyists, loathed by corrupt African governments, and stalked by UFO hoaxers. That's life for John, an investigative journalist who's originally from Buffalo, New York, and currently residing in Columbus, Ohio. John has written for Wired, 4 Paranormal Underground March 2011 Ghost Hunter Comic Christian Science Monitor, Fate magazine, and Space News, among others. In 2008, he covered the presidential election from central Ohio for Agence France-Press, the oldest newswire on the planet. Rob St.Helen Rob has been a paranormal investigator for more than five years. He had his first paranormal experience at the age of 11. Rob is a member of West Coast Ghost Hunters, based out of Portland Oregon, where he was born and raised. He currently works the graveyard shift at The Heathman Hotel. He has come to find that the hotel is haunted. Herald, and the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, among similar media outlets. These days Gerry focuses on art projects for personal enjoyment. Chad Wilson A writer of articles and fiction, Chad is the publisher of Paranormal Underground magazine and a partner for Ghost Knight Media. He has parlayed his avid interest in the paranormal into a top-notch publication and Website -- www. ParanormalUnderground.net. Chad has investigated with East Tennessee Paranormal Research Society and counts Waverly Hills, the Villisca Axe Murder House, the Queen Anne Hotel, the Queen Mary, and private residences among his investigations. Michelle M. Pillow Michelle is an award-winning author writing in many romance fiction genres, including futuristic and paranormal. A skeptical believer, she has a fascination with anything paranormal. She has a photography degree, is currently working toward finishing a degree in history, and is the co-owner of www.TheRavenBooks. com. Readers can contact Michelle through her Website, www.michellepillow.com. Gerry Warner In addition to his interest in the paranormal, Gerry manages upscale restaurants. He previously contributed op-ed illustrations and cartoons for the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Providence Journal, the Boston March 2011 Paranormal Underground 5 Publisher's Letter Paranormal Underground� Volume 4, Issue 3 March 2011 www.ParanormalUnderground.net EDITORIAL Publisher Publisher@paranormalunderground.net The Power of Positive Thinking! By Chad Wilson, Publisher Chad Wilson Editor-in-Chief Editor@paranormalunderground.net Cheryl Knight Managing Editor KarenFrazier@paranormalunderground.net I Karen Frazier Science Editor J.D. Harrison Proofreader Heidi Ann Contributors Heidi Ann Christophor Coppes Robb Demarest Dave Galvan Terri J. Garofalo Rick E. Hale John Lasker Michelle M. Pillow Rob St.Helen Gerry Warner Chad Wilson Copyright � 2008-2011 -- Paranormal Underground� is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. As such, Paranormal Underground and its contents are the property of its owners. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. This publication and all content within this publication may not be copied, quoted, distributed, modified, or reprinted without the express written consent of Paranormal Underground magazine. Paranormal Underground magazine is a publication of Ghost Knight Media, LLC. The Power of Positive Thought I wholeheartedly believe we are the sum total of our experiences, and they help shape how we react to the challenges presented to us through life. Sometimes the obstacles we confront might seem insurmountable, but it is how we react to said obThe Struggle to Overcome stacles that show our true character. Some of the greatest struggles in If we let ourselves get mired in the life include trying to overcome the evfrustrations and negativity, then our eryday drudgery, struggling to survive, long-term goals and desires and dealing with the general could be in jeopardy. negativity from the news But there is hope! and those around us. We By approaching life must constantly be vigilant with a positive attitude, against negativity. Unfortusetting forth goals, a direcnately, with the stresses and tion, and a final destinaresponsibilities of everyday tion, we can achieve our life, many of us become dreams. Of course, it's not drawn to the negatives that just THAT easy, but with surround us, letting the Chad Wilson hard work, determination, stresses dictate the path in and the power of positive front of us. thinking, I believe we can achieve From financial, relationship, our dreams. and work issues to the greed and violence of those we either come into contact with or read about in The Great Secret our newspapers or watch on our The big secret is this: We have local news, negativity can sometimes control. Our destinies are within our take over our lives without us even own power. We need to fight against realizing it. complacency and drudgery. StagnaOftentimes, walking a path filled tion is the death of many a dream. with negativity and even aggravation What we think, we can achieve. But can lead us to losing sight of what's once we have our destinations set important to us. Money, social firmly in our minds, we must work status, and even fame will only get us to achieve it. so far. Material possessions do not Stay the course, and you will acdefine us at the core. complish what you seek. fully believe that what we think about is what we become. Our thoughts "go forward," spurring change in our lives as we seek to make reality what we have imagined in our minds. To think it is a big step to making it happen. 6 Paranormal Underground March 2011 Paranormal Underground� Volume 4, Issue 3 March 2011 www.ParanormalUnderground.net ART Art Director Chad Wilson Design and Layout Cheryl Knight On the Cover Chad Calek Promotions Promotions/Marketing KarenFrazier@paranormalunderground.net Karen Frazier Ghost Knight Media � Editing � Writing � Art Design � Book Self-Publishing Management � Conference Publication Creation www.myspace.com/paranormalunderground MySpace Twitter http://twitter.com/ParanormalUG YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/ParanormalUG www.GhostKnightMedia.com 1-714-646-4197 Call Now!!! 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March 2011 Paranormal Underground 7 Calendar of Events March 12 Saint Mary's ParaCon Old Saint Mary's Hospital Virginia City, California www.saintmarysparacon.com March 18�20 1st Annual UFO Reykawvik Summit Liberty Hall Lawrence, Kansas www.ozufo.net March 18�20 The Texas Ghost Show Beaumont Civic Center Beaumont, Texas http://texasghostshow.eventbrite.com/ March 24�27 Phenomenology 103 Eisenhower Hotels Conference Center & Resort Gettysburg, Pennsylvania www.phenomevents.com March 26�27 World War II Battleship North Carolina with Loyd Auerbach, Susan Slaughter, Andy Andrews, and Ashley Godwin Wilmington, North Carolina http://battleshipnc.eventbrite.com/ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania http://screamparanormalresearch. blogspot.com/2011/01/burlingtoncounty-prison-investigation.html Jacksonville, Illinois www.americanspookshows.com/midwest.html April 15�17 Sept. 30�Oct. 2 April 1�2 VaParanormalQuest Holiday Inn Lynchburg, Virginia www.vaparaquest.com 2011 California Ghost Hunters Conference Bidwell Historic State Park Chico, California http://www.ghost-trackers.org/2011_ conference.htm G.H.O.S.T.S. Paranormal & Wellness Conference & Expo Club Heidelberg St. Catharines, Ontario www.ghostsconference.com October 8�9 April 29�30 April 1�3 Haunting for Hope: A Paranormal Gathering Clear Creek Community Club Silverdale, Washington www.blackwolf-paranormal.com/ haunting-for-hope.php Ghost Hunt with the Stars at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Weston, West Virginia http://www.trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com/pc/pc.html Central Texas Paranormal Conference Norris Conference Center Austin, Texas www.ctparacon.com October 28�30 June 3�5 GhoStock Key West http://ghostock.com April 8�9 Scream Paranormal Research investigation at Eastern State Penitentiary June 10�11 The Canadian-American Horror Paranormal Conference The Old Sarnia Jail and Gallows, The Super 8 Motel Sarnia, Ontario, Canada http://www.canamparafest.com Send your calendar event to editor@ paranormalunderground.net! Haunted America Midwest Conference Illinois College 8 Paranormal Underground March 2011 March 2011 Paranormal Underground 9 Investigator Spotlight An American Ghost Hunter By Robb Demarest Chad Calek television special The Ghost Prophecies in 2010. The show chronicled the modern-day investigations of Chad and his American Ghost Hunter team. In 2011, Chad is set to release his second feature-length paranormal documentary, American Ghost Hunter, which Calek directed, edited, and stars in. Self-described as his "paranormal opus," American Ghost Hunter chronicles the Calek family's 20-year battle with intense negative paranormal activity, and A t age 12, Chad Calek heard rumors that his new home was haunted. As a staunch skeptic, he swore he would never accept the existence of "the other side" -- but after an outburst of terrifying paranormal activity threatened to destroy his family (which Calek documented for more than a decade), the quest for answers began and a paranormal investigator was born. Chad is perhaps best know for documenting on film his research of paranormal phenomena across the United States, including the 2007 Internet release of Terror Normal: The Ghosts of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, which led to Steven Spielberg hiring Chad to develop a paranormal-based Internet project. In 2007, Chad began investigating with the A&E show Paranormal State as a guest investigator. His "fear-nothing" approach to investigating quickly made Chad a standout on the show. And then in 2008, he began working behind the camera during season 4 of Paranormal State by directing the hour-long special "Darkness Falls," which instantly became a cult classic among the fans. This success led to Calek becoming the full-time director for Paranormal State, in which he's since directed a total of 18 episodes. Chad appeared as the on-screen lead and director of his own A&E Chad's efforts to finally bring an end to the suffering endured over the course of two decades. I am also proud to call Chad one of my good friends in the paranormal world. I have the utmost respect for Chad and what he has accomplished in the field. And I'm extremely confident that he will accomplish much more in the future. So, with no further kissing up from yours truly ... here is the Paranormal Underground interview with Chad Calek. ***** 10 Paranormal Underground March 2011 Q: You had a very unique entrance and experiences that led you into the paranormal field. Could you tell us about that and how it shaped you as an investigator? Chad: I didn't have my first paranormal experience until I was 12 years old. Up until that point, I was a tried and true atheist. Not because my family lacked any sort of spirituality in our daily routine, but just the opposite. As long as I can remember, my parents were always on a "religion quest," so to speak, in which they were attempting to find what they believed to be the right denomination for our entire family unit. And with every church I visited, I realized that each denomination truly believe that had it all figured out. So knowing that they couldn't all be right at the same time ... I guess I just assumed they were wrong at the same time. All things considered, my parents not only had a hard time convincing me of the other side, but they also struggled to make a believer of my brother, who as a student of nuclear physics at Iowa State University of Science and Technology, wasn't of the ultra-religious ilk either. It wasn't until the age of 10, when my father nearly died in an explosion involving a five-gallon drum of drained oil and gasoline, that I began to consider there may be something else out there. After receiving third-degree burns on over two-thirds of his body, the doctors told us three times that he would not make it through the night. Due to their certainty, three times we said our "goodbyes" to my father, only to have him claim that the power of Jesus was in fact the helping hand that was giving him the strength to live, when doctors had dubbed each breath that he took to be a miracle. After he recovered, we moved to Iowa to be in a cooler climate, since Chad Calek first began experiencing paranormal phenomena at the age of 12 after his family moved into a home that they quickly realized was "haunted." scar tissue doesn't allow for sweating, which caused my father to be at high risk for a heat stroke in hot and humid environments such as southern Texas. In addition, both my parents were from the Omaha, Nebraska area, so having family around was very important in the midst of a time filled with such painful uncertainty. Wanting a quiet and calm lifestyle to raise us in, my parents chose to buy a house in a small Iowa town of 366 people that was oddly called Persia. Shortly after moving into our new home, I began hearing tales at school that my house was haunted, and that the two previous families before us moved out primarily because of the intensity of the paranormal activity they endured. Well, to make a very long and frightening story short, my family began experiencing some incredibly intense paranormal activity, which I did not experience for the first year and a half that I was in the house. Because I was such a non-believ- er in alternate planes of existence at that time, and because I didn't want my family to be "crazy," I used to wait until they would leave and then I would begin some incredibly intense sessions of what paranormal enthusiasts now call "provoking." Needless to say, I eventually got my wish. After experiencing the walls of my house beating unexplainably for several minutes and following my family from room to room as we ran through the house in fear ... let's just say that my belief system was shattered. The following morning, my family and I began picking up the pieces of our understanding as to what is real in this world versus what we previously thought was possible. It's been over 20 years since the walls started beating, and I'm still picking up the pieces. I know that's a long-winded front end of the answer to your question, but it sets up the complete answer, which is to say that my early childhood experiences shaped me as an investigator in every single way possible. My belief systems were redefined, I developed a thirst for answers that would never be quenched, and because I grew up consistently experiencing incredibly intense activity, there's a certain level of comfort that I've gained being around locations ripe with paranormal activity. Because of those childhood experiences, and because I feel as though my personal protection is tried and true (having dealt with the intensity of my family's haunting), I'm very comfortable with "provoking" as a tool of the investigation. Most important to my development as a ghost hunter were my childhood attempts to capture evidence and my quest to understand what had happened. It molded me into an investigator without me even knowing that I was becoming one. And now that I am, the concept of turning back is foreign to me. It's not a choice. It's automatic at this point. March 2011 Paranormal Underground 11 Investigator Spotlight people very nervous. But the way we both viewed it, was that even if it was off formula, if we just swung for the fences, at the very least, it would become one of those bizarre cases that The X-Files made so incredibly famous. The best-case scenario was that this trademarked cinematic new vision would emerge as a new vision for Paranormal State, thus breathing new life into the franchise. A few months later, "Darkness Falls" debuted, and I think everyone held their breath a bit. But thankfully viewers responded in a big way, as countless reviews of "Darkness Falls" came out praising the new direction of the show, while several reviews used such phrases as "cult classic" and "best episode ever" to describe the special. "Darkness Falls" also won several online polls for the best Paranormal State episode ever, and even a few tribute pages began popping up on Facebook in support of the "Darkness Falls" episode itself. To top it off, the online Web traffic numbers for the episode were among the highest in Paranormal State franchise history. Needless to say, it was a sincerely humbling experience, and one that both Ryan and I will never forget. I was then offered the chance to direct the last episode of season 4 in Lexington, Kentucky, which was a traditional Paranormal State formatted case. Everyone seemed to be sold that I could direct huge location episodes like "Darkness Falls" that was tailored to my style, but I think even Ryan wanted to see if he could trust me with a traditional Paranormal State episode as well. I knew what they wanted, so I compromised a bit, inserted just enough of my style to creatively own the episode, and gave them the flash-bang type of Paranormal State episode that they were visually accustomed to. In the end, Chad became the director of the hit TV series Paranormal State in season 4, during which he directed two episodes. The first was an episode called "Darkness Falls," which ended up being a one-hour special that "broke all the rules." Q: Tell us about your involvement with directing the show Paranormal State. What did you want to bring to the series and what do you feel your success level was? Chad: I became the director of Paranormal State in season 4, during which I directed two episodes. The first was an episode called "Darkness Falls," which ended up being a onehour special. This was pretty exciting to me, because outside of "I Am Six" and "I Am Six Part 2," which were both hour-long special demonic cases, the "Darkness Falls" episode was only the third filmed case ever to become a one-hour special in Paranormal State history. Given that success, and given the approach chosen for the project, it was quite an accomplishment for a directorial debut ... both artistically and politically. First and foremost, "Darkness Falls" went against three primary structural elements of Paranormal State that Ryan and I had always argued against, which were: 1.) It should not be mandatory that a Paranormal Research Society (P.R.S.) case has to include a client. 2.) It should not be mandatory that the location of each case is the client's home. 3.) The focus of Paranormal State should not be limited to a client's perspective. I love that the P.R.S. works with clients, but they also do work and research on cases that don't involve clients. And one of the biggest problems that Paranormal State has always been faced with was that whenever the episode focused so closely on the client, quite often Ryan became a talking head, while members of P.R.S. seemed to all but disappear as background noise. And that's not by plan or design, but when you only have 22 minutes to tell a linear story, someone or something is going to get cut. So what was great about "Darkness Falls" is that it had no clients, focused on a never-before-told history of The West Virginia State Penitentiary, and put the spotlight on the lives of Ryan and his P.R.S. staff. We knew the end product would be something so uniquely different. And we knew this made some 12 Paranormal Underground March 2011 the result was a solid document in the traditional style of Paranormal State. I don't want Ryan to get lost in this conversation either. This entire process was about "us" working in tandem. Yes, I was behind the camera, but he really fought for me, stood by me, and worked his ass off as the executive producer on both of those episodes, which is to say that he made sure people stayed out of my way creatively and that I didn't have to deal with any of the above-the-line politics. Now fast forward to season 5. Although I never knew exactly when Ryan was going to walk away, I knew from our private discussions that the chances of a season 6 of Paranormal State, at least with P.R.S. involved, were next to non-existent. So because Ryan was all but sure that he was leaving the show after season 5, his goals became to take Paranormal State in a completely new direction. He wanted the show to be more of a cinematic and personal experience, as well as more of an emotional ride than ever before. And when it came to content, his goals specifically were to push Paranormal State season 5 into uncharted waters. All of the above sounded like a great challenge as a director, as it really wasn't "my vision" completely, but rather a process that would involve the "fusing" of his vision with my support to create something new. I ended up directing three episodes out of the first six episodes of season 5. I must have done something right, because the three episodes I directed were "The Death Room," "They Come Out At Night," and "The Glove II," in which "The Death Room" was the season 5 premier episode, with "They Come Out At Night" airing as the 9:30 premier and "The Glove II" airing as the week two lead-in episode. Shortly after, with the full support of A&E and both production companies, Ryan asked me if I would help him bring his new vision for the show to life by accepting the role of regular series director for season 5. With the goals we set and the stylistic approach we took to get there, and with the additional wisdom and support of Executive Producer Gary Auerbach, I don't think that there's any question that we succeeded beyond anyone's expectations. First and foremost, the cinematic value of the series increased by all accounts, which is one of the most common compliments that we receive. And not only did we yield some incredible evidence, the show also tackled brand new aspects of the paranormal, such as the potential creation of negative paranormal activity through excessive human evil. Boundaries were also consistently pushed as well, as we not only had an episode about modern-day racism and the denial of historic facts on ghosts tours, but also an episode that dared to raise the debate as to whether or not it's even morally okay to ghost hunt for the use of entertainment. Only Paranormal State would be brave enough to question the morality of its own program. We also worked on an active police investigation of a case that a family believe to be a demonic-influenced suicide, which occurred only three and a half weeks before we arrived. And thankfully, through a second visit and extra effort, as well as through capturing breakthrough paranormal evidence strongly suggesting that in certain cases ghosts have the ability to choose only to be heard and seen by women, we finally found a way to bring absolute peace and serenity to a family that was on the verge of collapse. One of the biggest aspects that I'm pleased to have been able to bring to the table for season 5 is that for the first time ever, viewers had a chance to truly see my friends in P.R.S. as they are as people ... not just investigators. Having said that, the true value of this season will be judged when everyone gets the chance to see the final seven episodes of season 5 in the spring/summer of 2011. Ryan tells me that A&E will announce the air dates very soon. As good as the first 13 episodes were, they are absolutely topped by the final seven. Chad formed a creative partnership with Ryan Buell (pictured above at left) on the TV show Paranormal State, as well as on the documentary American Ghost Hunter. March 2011 Paranormal Underground 13 Investigator Spotlight Q: One of the bigger complaints about Paranormal State was that the team thought everything was demonic. It was always my take that P.R.S. was actively seeking out potentially demonic cases. Is that accurate? Do you have a personal preference toward demonic cases? Chad: No. That's not accurate. In fact, I can tell you that from being on a few demonic cases with P.R.S. (including the "I Am Six: Part 2"), the toll that those cases take on your body and mind is truly overwhelming. The last thing that P.R.S. wants to do every week is a new demonic case. Having said that, I don't know what Ryan's personal criteria are in regards to what potential demonic cases he chooses to accept or not, so I don't want to speak out of place. But I can tell you that this season was 20 episodes long. Of those 20 episodes, only three were classified as potential "demonic" cases before we arrived. Out of those three, two of them were dismissed as demonic within 12 hours after the investigation began. So as far as I've seen, P.R.S. definitely spends more time saying "no" and ruling out potential demonic cases than they do saying "yes" and attempting to play the demonic up, so to speak. But you are right about the perception of the show. I joined in season 2, and the first conversation I ever had with Ryan involved me questioning him about why so many of their cases seem so rooted in the darker side of the paranormal, such as the demonic. But after being involved now for so long, I really think what you are referring to is "appearance" versus "actuality." I mean, what is "demonic?" anyways. That's a big, encompassing word with a lot of connotation. I think editors can make anything appear to be so overtly evil that the viewer draws the conclusion that it MUST BE a demon. And since Paranormal State has chosen to do several demonic cases, and quite frankly made its mark in the reality TV world with a demonic case in its first year, called "The Name," I see why people do so closely associate P.R.S. with demonic cases. But if you look at the cases that P.R.S. has done that are demonic since the series began four years ago, what you're looking at is maybe 10 out of the 85 episodes that were either demonic or were thought to be potentially demonic. As far as my preference goes, at the end of the day, I'm an evidence collector. I'm not a demonologist. I'm not an interventionist. This means that I don't seek these cases out. But having said that, if called upon, I'll go to any case that has intense activity, with the goal of capturing and studying evidence, as well as developing new theories that may one day be developed into concrete answers. But again, I've never once went looking for a demon. And if you've ever been to a demonic case, I can tell you that they are absolutely grueling, both physically and mentally. But then again, I don't think researching the paranormal was meant to be safe. Q: What can you tell us about Ryan Buell's departure from Paranormal State? Chad: As far as Ryan's departure from the show, I can't and won't attempt to officially speak for him, but what I can tell you is my opinion. I think time on the road had taken its toll, and I think he wanted to go out on top, which I'm proud to say that he did. He left when the series was alive and well, which says something for his character, I believe. Most people would just burn it out and slowly become caricatures of themselves, which is something none of us should ever do. If not for any reason other than life has too many options to stay anywhere for too Chad's American Ghost Hunter team looks at the paranormal a bit differently than everyone else, especially when it comes to the belief that all paranormal phenomena are tied together. For instance, they don't see the UFO phenomena as completely inseparable from the ghost phenomena. 14 Paranormal Underground March 2011 long. I understand his decision. I can also speak for all of us when I say that we were all ready to move on to the next stage in life. Paranormal State, like any full-time job, just didn't allow a lot of excess time to build other projects and dreams. So now that we don't have the Paranormal State schedule to contend with, we can finally start saying "yes" to the opportunities that have been presented to us ... especially over the last few seasons. But we'll always miss it too. I would be lying if I said that none of us were hurt over our involvement ending. Of course if hurts. And if there's a part of your heart that hurts when you let something go, you probably let it go when the time was right. Paranormal State will always be a beautiful memory. Q: Your team's TV show, The Ghost Prophecies, just did very strong numbers for A&E. What do you feel separates American Ghost Hunter from the numerous other shows out there? Chad: What separates us from all the other ghost shows is simply that ... "us." After investigating the paranormal for 20 years together, there's a certain shorthand that you develop with your best friends over time that can't be duplicated. Nor can our approach to the paranormal be duplicated. We just look at it a bit different than everyone else, especially when it comes to the belief that all paranormal phenomena are tied together. We don't see the UFO phenomena as completely inseparable from the ghost phenomena, and so on. And we also don't shy away from comedy, which is something that Paranormal State consistently wanted us to avoid. We can't help that we laugh and joke a lot, especially when, more often that not, Pictured above are American Ghost Hunter team members Chad Calek, Joe Ansley, and Justin Holstein. laughter is a self-defense mechanism that we often use to combat fear. And we need a combatant. After doing this for 20 years, it takes a lot to get us freaked out, so by the course of natural selection, the cases that we gravitate toward have high stakes and are very intense. Q: With an all-time high interest in paranormal research, what do you see in the future of your work? Chad: As far as the future goes, besides continuing to document the stories that I believe need to be told as a documentary filmmaker, I suppose I'll be involved in television as long as the right opportunities continue to present themselves with what I deem to be "credible" programming. I've been very fortunate in my career thus far as an "on-screen" personality in the world of paranormal reality television. To be honest, that may be the greatest mystery of all time, as I'm not really sure why anyone would want to watch me investigate? LOL! But I'm incredibly thankful that I have the fans that I have, as they've provided more opportunities than I ever thought would have been possible in this world. Especially for someone's who "on-screen" career started quite by accident, as the first time I ever appeared on screen was as the co-host of a documentary I made called Terror Normal: The Ghost of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, in which I was supposed to only direct the project and maybe appear as a non-lead guest investigator that would join the already bulky nine-person cast. But after our intended host struggled with his introduction lines, we were up against the wall with time and money on the line. Eventually, frustrations led to an emergency meeting, as it was obvious we had to have somebody else step into the roll in order to finish production of the film's opening scene. In fact, we intended to shoot the entire opening of the show on site at the Waverly March 2011 Paranormal Underground 15 Investigator Spotlight Hills Sanatorium itself, but we were only able to complete a portion of the introduction before we had to shut down production. This meant that I had to create and shoot the historical background segment in my home studio. By fate, fortune, and luck, it all comes together seamlessly when you watch it. But the truth be told, it was a last second "hail Mary" editing job that was not only caught in the end zone, but the film also became my introduction to Ryan Buell and Steven Spielberg, as both became fans after Terror Normal eventually made its way to their home theaters. With Paranormal State coming to a close, I now have the time to put into the wild and wonderful world of American Ghost Hunter and The Ghost Prophecies. And what's great about both of those projects is that I own them outright with Ryan Buell, so I'm not under contract with anyone, which means I'm free to choose any project that I want to do. I also just signed on as a consulting producer for an amazing paranormal show that just completed its pilot, so we'll know in the next few months if it finds a home or not. But when it comes to the paranormal, I'm more excited about the ancillary market over the primary market right now. I spent three weeks on tour last year giving sold-out presentations at major universities across the country and into Canada as well. The love I received, and genuine excitement these kids have, is something that I truly cherish and will never forget. And so many of them also shared their ideas and concepts on how the Web can further be used in bringing the paranormal field and paranormal investigation into mainstream pop culture. The short answer is that I'm going to continue doing what I do, which is make films, do some TV, build my American Ghost Hunter community, and push as hard as I can to further the field as a whole. Q: You mentioned a connection between ghosts and UFOs and the like. This is something that I, and many other investigators, are studying. Can you give us your take on the possible connection between ghosts, UFOs, and cryptids? Interdimensional portals? Does this make you reconsider the potential origins of ghosts? Chad: My best friend, film production partner and American Ghost Hunter investigator Justin Holstein, would love to answer this question! First and foremost, the term "ghost" casts a very wide net as to what it means to the public at large. Is a ghost a voice on a recorder? Is it a knocking sound? Is it the air being cold? Or is it a full-bodied apparition? Essentially, the word ghost is typically applied to any sort of experience that cannot be explained in which a person believes a deceased person actually created the unexplained act. So the word alone leaves an incredible amount of room for interpretation, as there is no one defined and agreeable term as to what the word means. When I use the term "ghosts," in my head, it means an act of intelligent response not of this physical world, meaning not of the world I can experience with my senses. And if it's not of the world, we're talking about alternate dimensions. When it comes to alternate dimensions existing, mathematics tells us that alternate dimensions are not only possible, but probable. Through advanced mathematics, we also know time and interdimensional travel are likely as well. So could it be possible that some entities visit us from the future in their physical form without the use of a craft? Could some intelligently advanced life form in our physical dimension have figured out and mastered light speed or time travel as well? Is it possible that in certain places, there are sections of alternate dimensions that overlap, meaning you can see past or future versions of the same being and time frame? The answer to all of these ques- Pictured above are The Ghost Prophecies team members Justin Holstein, Joe Ansley, Mary Beth Wylie, and Chad Calek. The show, which first aired on A&E in November 2010, follows the life of filmmaker and paranormal investigator Chad Calek and his investigative team, the American Ghost Hunters. 16 Paranormal Underground March 2011 tions is "Yes." And that's not a "yes" coming from fans of Goonies or Star Trek. The answer is "Yes," according to string theorists, advanced physicists, and the countless specific studies of time as a dimension. But although scientists will agree all of these things are possible, they will never use the term "ghost" simply because on a widespread level mankind as a whole directly links the word "ghosts" to spirituality and religion, which science fundamentally rejects based on the raw amounts of variables associated with the practice and belief in religion. What I find most fascinating is the recent study that "consciousness" may in fact be a dimension, which would completely explain remote viewing, psychic ability, and precognition. What is even more fascinating are the countless cases where UFO sightings occur at the same location during intense hauntings. For example, arguably the most famous paranormal case ever regarding ghosts, possession, and poltergeist activity was the Enfield poltergeist. Although the possession details of the case always gain the most attention from the case files, there were also countless UFO sightings in the area at that exact time as well. And the same can be said for the Skinwalker Ranch in Utah, which reports everything from a large and aggressive cryptid; to mass animal mutilations; to UFO sightings, poltergeist activity, energy vortexes, and even "loss of time" experiences, which many believe to be momentary time travel. I also joined Ryan Buell and Bill Birnes for the only investigation in the history of The Jersey Devil that yielded video evidence that suggest the creature does in fact exist. We filmed "something" on thermal that resembled a small dear-like animal with a horse-shaped faced, but the animal also appeared to have massive wings protruding from its back. Could it simply have been a FLIR camera malfunction or misread? Possibly, even though experts with extensive use of the FLIR camera couldn't positively identify the animal or explain the footage in terms of malfunction or misread. The most important aspect of the more hard research conducted and studied on the paranormal, especially when you combine mathematical possibilities, the more likely it all seems that what we're all referring to when we discuss UFO contact cases, cryptid sightings, or reports of ghostly encounters is really inter- "We don't see the UFO phenomena as completely inseparable from the ghost phenomena." footage to me wasn't the wings at all -- which A&E focused on. The most important aspect of the footage was that the animal in question, at the end of the footage, turned away and began to jump on all fours just before its heat signature completely vanished. So maybe it just stepped behind something, right? Well ... we were at the ground-zero birthplace of The Jersey Devil, which is the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Pine Barrens are very tall and skinny trees, meaning that there are plenty of open areas to walk, and there certainly wasn't anything out there that could hide the entire heat signature of an animal the size of a young dear. It literally just vanishes. My first thought was, "It travels inter-dimensionally." The Jersey Devil has been reported as far west as downtown Philadelphia and as far north as New York. Even more baffling is the fact that there have been more than 6,000 sightings since the 1730s and over 200 in the last year alone ... without ever being documented on video until our evidence capture and submission. Interdimensional travel would make it excessively hard to document, and almost all sightings report that the animal seemed to just "vanish without a sound." So the bottom line is that the dimensional communication with beings from those alternate dimensions that have somehow found a way to breach our dimension. And yes, I know. This all just sounds crazy! Maybe so, but again, all of these things that I discussed, whether they are likely or not, are scientifically and mathematically possible. Q: The American Ghost Hunter was epic! You and I actually met when I approached you to praise the trailer. Can you tell us all about the movie, what it means to you, and when it will be released? Chad: American Ghost Hunter is a feature-length documentary that chronicles a bizarre string of events in 1988 that nearly killed my father, causing my family to move from a suburb in Houston, Texas, to a house in Persia, Iowa (pop. 366) that we later learned was supposedly so haunted that it drove the two previous families before us to sell the house out of fear for their own lives. Eventually, unparalleled negative activity began in our home, causing my parents to reach out to countless third parties, including several priests and a team with ties to the New England Society for Psychic Research, March 2011 Paranormal Underground 17 Investigator Spotlight whose hand-written reports deemed our home to be suffering a "devilstrength diabolical infestation." After all attempts failed to stop the activity, we all fled the house out of desperation. My brother and I went off to college in Ames, Iowa, before I eventually moved to Los Angeles, California. Not having the luxury of excess finances, my parents simply abandoned the home and moved to another nearby city. But our attempt to run from our problems failed, and the activity continued to plague our family. After my wife began consistently having terrifying experiences in out home in California, I had reached a breaking point. That was it. No more. Eventually, my frustration led me to a plan of dual purpose, of which there was absolutely no turning back. The first was that an unprecedented effort needed to be made in order to bring an end to the horrific activity that had been consistently occurring for more than two decades. And secondly, the world needed to see the truth about our family's experiences, and through our suffering and hopefully our resolve, the world would also see that these situations are absolutely real and that there are millions of families exactly like mine that are battling negative paranormal activity, which in many cases (such as one that we investigate with Paranormal State this season), without proper help can lead to mental instability and even suicide. Armed this time with the help of my good friend and paranormal investigator Ryan Buell, as well as my American Ghost Hunter team members and best friends Justin Holstein, Joe Ansley, and Mary Beth Wylie, we returned to Iowa in hopes of ending the activity and finally restoring normalcy to my family. But upon arrival, a string of incredibly intense events occurred that could have never been foreseen. We quickly learned that whatparanormal bullshit programming that makes an absolute mockery of the truth. I like paranormal entertainment as much as the next guy, but some of these new shows that are coming out are beyond ridiculous. And hey ... to each their own. But for every absurd program on the paranormal, I would like to think that there are also shows out there to bring a balance between pure entertainment and the truth. American Ghost Hunter is that truth that is so desperately needed in our field. As far as a release date, it's getting closer and closer. We couldn't really release it over the last year, because I spent nine and half months filming Paranormal State and The Ghost Prophecies. But now with Paranormal State coming to a close, and as we weigh our options with The Ghost Prophecies, I think the time is just about right. My guess would be the end of 2011. But no worries, as in the meantime, we'll be doing a spattering of event screenings throughout the summer as well, so we're at least doing our best to quench the thirst of American Ghost Hunter fans while we work out the perfect deal to release the film. Either way, to this point, the support has been humbling to say the least. I'm floored by all of the fan pages, online reviews, twitter tags for the film, etc. It's incredible that such a negative in my life has been transformed into a positive. And for that, my heart truly goes out to all of you. ***** Paranormal Investigator and former team lead on Ghost Hunters International Robb Demarest catches up with Chad Calek. ever we came back to stop, knew were we coming ... and it had its own plans. What occurred from there is unlike anything any of us have ever come face to face with. Something that has to be seen to be believed. So in a nutshell, this is what American Ghost Hunter is about. As far as what it mean to me? It's hard to put that into words, because this wasn't a "film" that I just made. This was our lives completely open for the world to see. These are the sort of things that become and remain family secrets. But through the strength, bravery, and courage of my family, the world will gain. I've never been more proud of any documentary that I've ever made ... and it's hard to believe that anything I do from here on will ever be as powerful. And since I'm so personally invested, it's hard for me to look at the film professionally. But what I can say is that as a filmmaker, I'm proud of what American Ghost Hunter is, the answer to Halloween-themed To learn more about Chad, visit: � Twitter: @AGHChad � Facebook: http://www.facebook. com/ChadCalek or http://www. facebook.com/AmericanGhostHunter � Official American Ghost Hunter Website: http://www.aghnation.com � MySpace: http://www.myspace. com/anamericanghosthunter 18 Paranormal Underground March 2011 YOUR AD HERE! Advertise in Paranormal Underground, on Our Website, or During our Radio Show! 1-714-646-4197 � � � � � Affordable Rates/Target Audience Long-Term Exposure More than 5,000 readers per issue More than 25,000 Unique Page views per issue Our Website is viewed by 8,335+ visitors per month, with 63% being new traffic � Our podcasts have more than 6,200 iTunes subscribers plus an additional listener base of 5,200 per month. � Magazine available online and "print on demand" For more information, contact email@example.com March 2011 Paranormal Underground 19 Author Spotlight Paranormal League of America Presents: Researching America's Most Haunted Locations; A Paranormal History by Dave Galvan Interview by Michelle M. Pillow, www.michellepillow.com F ounder of the Paranormal League of America (PLA), Dave Galvan has been studying the paranormal since an unseen hand threw a book at him back in 2002. Since day one he's been enthusiastically devouring all he can on the field and furthering his knowledge in pursuit of the truth. Since starting the PLA, he's focused on investigating the paranormal in Oregon where he's battled a demon at the Oregon Coast, faced laughing ghosts in Central Oregon, chased obscure energy signals in a house in Portland, was stalked by a full-figured apparition at a local cemetery, and sat in the mud while waiting for the ghost of a Native American chief. Dave recently released his first book, Paranormal League of America Presents: Researching America's Most Haunted Locations; A Paranormal History, which details the top 20 haunted locations in the United States. It can be purchased on Amazon.com. ***** Q: What inspired you to write your latest book, Paranormal League of America Presents: Researching America's Haunted Locations? Dave: To be honest, I was getting tired of all those Most Haunted Q: What is the Paranormal League of America? Dave: The PLA is a ghost hunting/ paranormal group I co-founded in 2008. Q: Do you believe in the supernatural? Or are you a skeptic? Dave: I walk the fine line between both. What we perceive as the supernatural is all around us all the time. However, just because someone experiences something doesn't mean it belongs in that category. Q: Which of the locations/ stories in your book are your favorites? Can you tempt us with the highlights? Dave: There are a number of places that I find fascinating. I think the Old Slave shack on Hickory Hill really piqued my interest. Here is a place where slavery was illegal, and the owner of the location was running a reverse underground railroad kidnapping humans and selling them into slavery. It is a very sad story that I hadn't heard about until I did some research into it. When one reads up on stories like this, one realizes there are so many stories that people didn't hear about in history class. In his new book, Researching America's Most Haunted Locations, Dave Galvan presents a detailed look at 20 top haunted locations across America. Places in America lists that you see in every newspaper every Halloween. These lists are written by young journalists moving up the ladder who just get their ideas off the Internet. This is similar to me writing a book about heart surgery. I know nothing about heart surgery; why should I write anything about it? It goes the same way with ghost hunting. Why should someone who has never hunted ghosts be writing about the subject? It seems to me that someone who actually has experience in the field should be the one who writes these lists. 20 Paranormal Underground March 2011 Q: The book is dedicated to your wife. Is ghost hunting a family affair? Dave: Not at all. My wife is a supporter of what I do, but is the ultimate skeptic. I consider myself fortunate that I married someone who supports me in such a way that I am able to take time away from my family life to research these things. Q: Why do you think readers, and society in general, are fascinated by the paranormal? Dave: It's the great unknown! Humans are basically explorers. If we are not trying to find answers to what we don't know, then why would we bother living our lives? Q: What are your favorite paranormal shows, movies, and books? Dave: Karen Frazier's book, Avalanche of Spirits: The Ghosts of Wellington, is a fantastic read. I must admit I enjoy reading about anything local to me, like Jefferson Davis' The Haunted Tour Guide to the Pacific Northwest. There are haunted locations all around us, so I do enjoy reading about the ones closest to me. A great book is Will Storr vs. The Supernatural. Q: If given the chance to decide, would you become a ghost? Dave: Of course! The first place I would haunt would be the Playboy Mansion! Q: How would you react if you came face to face with a full bodied apparition? Dave: I have seen one, and what I did was freeze in my tracks, drop my jaw, and stand there for about 15 minutes. Q: What does the future hold for your writing? Dave: I am currently working on my second book, Paranormal league of America Presents: Satan and Demons; A History of the Modern Exorcism. Q: What are your thoughts on the use of sensitives in the field? Dave: I do believe that there are people who have an ability that I don't. On the other hand, I do believe there is a scientific theory and mathematical formula for everything in the Universe. We may not know that formula as of now, but we will. Until then, we call it "supernatural" and "paranormal." ***** Thank you for joining us Dave! To learn more about Dave, the PLA, or his book, visit www.paranormalleagueofamerica.org. March 2011 Paranormal Underground 21 Special Report Messages From the Light By Christophor Coppes, www.christophorcoppes.com T he closest contact with our afterlife is when we have a Near-Death Experience (NDE). An increasing amount of people are reporting such experiences. Why? Because medical science gets better every day. We are more capable to bring back to life a growing number of people who go through a critical medical situation. However, what many don't realize is that a person can experience an NDE without experiencing a critical medical situation. What messages do NDErs get out of their experience? And what messages can non-experiencers get out of it? A lot I can assure you, and these messages are extremely valuable. When we learn to understand them, they can lead to a much better and more rewarding life. NDEs Can Be Overwhelming NDEs are extraordinary experiences. They overwhelm those who have had them, and their lives are completely changed. They are absolutely convinced that these experiences are real. Many even assert that they are more real than everyday life. This is because their awareness grows tremendously. They seem to become awareness themselves. "The Light" that is often encountered during a near-death experience has been described as the center of all unconditional love. NDE experiencers can sense everything there is to sense. All knowledge is freely available to them, and they just need to tap into it. Every question is answered immediately. On top of all this there appear to be no physical limitations, and neither does time form a limitation. It doesn't exist, or rather, it exists all at the same time. The most overwhelming aspect of their experience is that NDErs feel that they are immersed in the most wonderful feeling of peace, acceptance, and unconditional love. Especially the unconditional nature of the love they feel is something that leaves a lasting impression on the NDEr; just think of what this means. Unconditional love means that there are no conditions to be met in order to receive this love. We don't have to do anything specific in order to get it. In addition, the love that is 22 Paranormal Underground March 2011 felt is indescribable due to its completeness and all-embracing aspect. One NDEr described this feeling as follows: "When I would add all the love I had received throughout my life together, it would still be a fraction of what I felt there." Our Birthright Many NDErs feel that what they have experienced is their "Home." They are sure that it is where they originate from, and they know that they belong there. They are also convinced that this home is where we will eventually go back to when we die. This apparently means that the moment we are born we acquire the right to return to this wonderful place. It is our birthright. As a consequence, their fear of death completely disappears. Too Good to Be True All of this seems too good to be true. Actually, there is a slight problem, because NDErs start to thoroughly long to return back to that place again. This is why they often become seriously homesick after their NDE. On average, it takes about seven years for an NDEr to settle with the idea that they are here and not there and that there is a purpose to it. So having the experience has its drawbacks. Except for the good news that there is a wonderful place where we will all go to, there is also a bit of "other" news. It needs to be acknowledged that a non-negligible number of people haven't experienced a completely blissful NDE. Some people have experienced terrifying NDEs. At this moment, it still isn't clear what causes this type of NDE. Apart from the problem we have in defining "bad" and "good," there is no way we can assert that terrifying NDEs are there only for "bad" people, and positive ones only for "good" people. It Is True Are these experiences not just the result of a lack of oxygen or of some chemical reactions and neurological processes in the brains of a dying patient? Good scientific socalled prospective research indicates that this is not the case. In this kind of research, a specific procedure was followed to create an objective pool of people who had experienced a cardiac arrest. A number of people from that pool you want to call it. I have several reasons to believe this. One of them is "The Light" that some NDErs come into contact with. Like everything else in an NDE, The Light is something NDErs find very difficult to describe. It communicates as if it is some kind of intelligent being, but then again there are NDErs who find themselves to be part of this Light. The Light is often described as the center of all unconditional love. Feel What Other Felt Studies report that "a lack of oxygen" is not the cause of NDEs. turned out to have had an NDE. These people could then be compared with the people of the same pool that didn't have one. Differences between both groups would be interesting, because they could give an indication of what causes NDEs. This kind of research was conducted in different countries throughout the world, and in none of these did the researchers find any significant differences between the two groups. For instance, no differences were found with respect to physiological changes in the brain, because people from both groups had a loss of oxygen and had brain cells dying. This means that these factors cannot be the cause for NDEs, something that has often been asserted. In some researches, pharmacological factors (drug treatments during resuscitation) and psychological reactions to approaching death were investigated, but neither could these factors explain NDEs. From a scientific point of view, it is still to be determined what really causes NDEs, but for me it is clear that these experiences truly are the first step into Heaven, or whatever In the presence of The Light, some NDErs have their life review, which to me is a second reason to believe NDEs are true. They see their life as a film, but in fast-forward mode, or they just see pictures. Some describe their life review as a stream of memories. The overall feeling was something like "this is you." Interestingly, the life review can be extremely detailed. The smallest details of our life are still there, and we are able to relive them. Moreover, we can relive these details in a very peculiar way. We can feel our life from our own point of view, but also from the viewpoint of everyone else. It means that we are able to feel what we did to others as if we are those others. In this way we can feel the wonderful things we did to others, but also the less optimal things. The remarkable thing is that there is no judgement. The Light doesn't judge us, nor does anyone else. If there is anyone judging us, it is ourselves. An NDEr said that the life review seems not to be a matter of wrong or right, but a matter of becoming conscious of what happened and how we chose between the many options we face in life. March 2011 Paranormal Underground 23 Special Report Unity Universe This very direct kind of feeling of what others felt is extraordinary and, in a way, unearthly. This can only be possible when there is a profound interconnectedness between all people. Even without life review, NDErs say that they experienced a very deep connection with others, with nature, and even with The Light. This interconnection is so complete that one could even conclude that, in fact, I am you, and you are me, and we are nature. There is dare to dream of. But He wants the best for all of us. He doesn't draw boundaries. God is also freedom. We pose restrictions on ourselves. We make prisons in our own head. We even allow others to make prisons in our own head by accepting the restrictions they impose upon us." Our importance is not only based on us partaking in The Light, but also because we all have an important task to fulfill while here on Earth. As one NDEr put it: "No-one would be here unless we have a task." create. Actually, we create. We have a creative power through what we do and think. One NDEr said: "Everything I do has influence on everything ... Nothing is lost. It is a kind of law of conservation of energy. That is why we shouldn't do to others what we don't want for ourselves. Moreover, what we send, we'll attract. We should also be mindful of our thoughts, because we create with our thoughts." Through our choices we learn about love. From life reviews we know that we always have many options in life. And the more difficulties we have in life, the more interesting the options become that we can choose from. It seems to be very beneficiary when we would choose for those options that bring love and peace. This means that it is best to act in accordance with our inner core, which is our particle of The Light. When we do that, we create positive ripples that travel through the universe. They have a soothing, healing, energizing, and/or inspiring effect somewhere, and it is bound to return to us in some form or another. Much Needed Changes During the past few decades, we used our freedom of choice to pursue only our "short-term selfinterest." We were indifferent to other people's suffering and indifferent to the suffering of nature. By doing that we created an "I don't care about you" society. Our system is primarily focused on our own financial wealth. There is little place for spiritual wealth. Many people have even started to believe that "greed is good," and there are too many who think it is perfectly acceptable to cheat other people with the only intention of benefiting ourselves. We are all interconnected, and we are all important. There are no lesser souls. no difference. NDErs feel that we all have a particle of The Light within us, which actually means that we all participate in The Light. And to briefly come back to people who had a distressing NDE: The Light is also within them, and they will always have the possibility to return home to where The Light is. A full separation from The Light is utterly impossible, because we all are and will always be an indispensable part of it. When we consider this profound interconnection and also remember the other aspects of NDEs, such as a tremendous awareness, limitless, freely available knowledge, and no physical or time constraints, we can only conclude that we are part of one Unity Universe. No Lesser Souls There is more good news. Since we are all interconnected and all carry The Light within us, we are all important. There are no lesser souls. One NDEr said: "No one is more than another. God wants the best for us, more than we can ever The exact task is unknown. NDErs who return to their body are unable to recall what that task is. They are unable to take with them all the knowledge that seemed so freely available during their experience. It simply is too much and too elaborate to hold on to. Moreover, our physical body and brain are inadequate to take it all in. Only a few people were able to remember what their task is, but the majority only know that they are here for a purpose. Creative Power One task that NDErs seem to agree on is to learn about love. We do that in a world limited by time and space where we have to make our choices. Many NDErs will agree that we have a free will and that we are free to choose our way through our world. But since we are part of a Unity Universe, our interconnectedness makes it so that everything we do has an effect somewhere else. All our actions, even the seemingly insignificant ones, ripple through the universe. They have an effect. They do something. They 24 Paranormal Underground March 2011 March 2011 Paranormal Underground 25 Special Report Somehow we have acquired the idea that we are not interconnected and are immune to the consequences of our actions. The negative ripples that we created have backfired at us through the Great Recession, which still affects the United States, Europe, and Japan. We, in fact, created this ourselves. One NDEr explicitly told me that the crisis was based on the combination of greed and indifference. And another NDEr had a clear warning, because she says that our extreme self-interest also has to do with how we treat nature: "The credit crisis is really just the tip of the iceberg. Our greed is bringing disorder to the whole system of Earth." From my many interviews with NDErs, I strongly got the impression that our world is going through a period of much-needed changes. These are crucial times, for we have arrived at a crossroads. One NDEr told me: "At the moment, humanity is going through the struggles of its adolescence. Who am I now? Who do I want to be? Will we choose our soul or our ego?" And another NDEr said: "There is a different way of living and loving that does justice to ourselves, others and the earth. We live on the edge of a number of crises that can give humanity a very rough time." Long-Term "Our-Interest" It is my assumption that the Great Recession is there to remind us that we can't just do something and have the illusion that we can simply walk away from what we did. We can't think that the fallout of our actions would not affect us even if we run away fast. The recession shows that we are interconnected in a profound way. Therefore, it would be better if we were to abandon the flawed idea that we are not interconnected. This "We must realize that we are participating in The Light and that through this Light we are profoundly interconnected with all and everyone." means that we should take the next step in our development. We should expand our short-term self-interest to include everyone else's interest and the interest of nature, and it should be a focus on the longer term. In short: We should start focusing on a long-term "our-interest." This is the most important message that can be derived from NDEs. What does it mean to focus on a long-term "our-interest"? At least it means that we have to develop respect for each other, for the animal world, and nature as a whole. This means to have good intentions; cherish integrity within ourselves and others; be honest, incorruptible, and non-greedy; allow others to have something we would like to have and still be genuinely happy for them; be truly satisfied with the many things we have and to be grateful; and continuously create positive ripples. This list can be extended because it is far from complete, but in short it means that it would be more optimal if we would use our free will to become aligned with The Light. Align With The Light How do we become aligned? Praying and meditating to get closer to the Light is okay, but not everyone wants to pray or is able to meditate. Fortunately, both are not necessary. It can be much easier than praying or meditating. Remember, The Light is very close by. Actually, it is part of us. It is within us. We just have to start realizing that every day. We must realize that we are participating in The Light and that through this Light we are profoundly interconnected with all and everyone. If we can realize that every day, over and over again, then this awareness of our interconnectedness will automatically lead to our alignment with The Light. ***** Christophor's book, "Messages from The Light: True Stories of Near-Death Experiences and Communication from the Other Side," is available from New Page Books (ISBN 978-1-60163-138-1 -- November 2010). This article first appeared in New Dawn Special Issue 14 at www. newdawnmagazine.com. 26 Paranormal Underground March 2011 100 Years After a Devastating Avalanche Took Their Lives, the "Spirits" of Wellington, Washington, Still Remain. Read One Investigator's Account of How She Met . . . "The Ghosts of Wellington." Book Now Available Online at March 2011 Paranormal Underground www.avalancheofspirits.com 27 Case Files of the Unknown: Are We Alone? Dr. Lynne Kitei & the Phoenix Lights Effect F By John Lasker, http://store.theebooksale.com/science-fiction/technoir On March 13, 1997, the greatest mass UFO sighting in the history of the United States took place. On that night, a massive, mile-long, semi-transparent, Vshaped craft was first reported in Nevada at around 7 p.m. (Image source: Phoenix Lights Network) or a select few who have seen a UFO, even for just a few seconds, it becomes the greatest experience of their lifetime. And it doesn't matter if they live in a Mexico City slum, in the suburbs of the Arizona desert, or at the air base near Rendelsham Forest. According to Phoenix Lights expert Dr. Lynne Kitei, some witnesses, "are affected at a very deep, deep level." So much so, they leave their life behind and go in search of what they saw. Dr. Kitei should know, she's one of them -- an incredibly small number of people who swear their UFO experience lit a fire under their very soul. She says these encounters give some witnesses a power to see far beyond their own world. A new compassion -- and passion -- for life. Some, on the other hand, can't deal with it and drop it like a hot dish. Others simply fail to grasp what they see with their own eyes and leave it behind as they continue on through life. "One thing is for sure, while the sighting was going on, most witnesses felt a calmness, a joy, an awe that they were seeing this. That it was a special moment in their lives," she said in regard to witnesses of the infamous Phoenix Lights event of the late-1990s. "Some felt that they were sent a telepathic message to make this a better place. To make this a better world." An Extraterrestrial Encounter Long before thousands of Arizonians witnessed a massive V-shaped craft with amber lights float over their state, Dr. Kitei and her physician husband had several Close Encounters of the First Kind of their own. The year was 1995, it was a typical warm night, and Dr. Kitei was in the backyard of her semi- rural home on the outer edge of the Phoenix metropolis. The sun had set, leaving behind the remnants of a pink and orange Arizona dusk. As it grew darker, that's when Dr. Kitei realized a pyramid formation of amber orbs was hovering not far from her backyard. Surprised, she and her husband began taking photos of the extremely luminous objects. She also captured them on video. These lights, she kept thinking, were stunning, but also peaceful and soothing. One 28 Paranormal Underground March 2011 night she watched the orbs form into a mile-wide V-shaped object. Dr. Kitei continued to see the amber orbs and hasn't stopped looking for them since. "I had no interest in this topic," said the physician from her medical office in Phoenix. But soon enough, she said, "It took over my life." She was so enamored, so possessed to understand, "I pushed my physician life aside." A stellar one indeed: She was chief clinical consultant for the renowned Arizona Heart Institute's Imaging-Prevention-Wellness Center in Phoenix. The Phoenix Lights Appear Two years would pass since that first night in the backyard, and then the truly amazing occurred on March 13, 1997 -- the greatest mass UFO sighting in the history of the United States. On that night, a massive, mile-long, semi-transparent, V-shaped craft was first reported in Nevada at around 7 p.m. For the next three hours, and for 300 miles, the "V" slowly headed to the southeast. It reached Phoenix, where some witnesses said it paused. Then it moved toward Tucson. The last report came from just over the Mexican border. Perhaps the strangest twist in Dr. Kitei's life happened the very night of the mass sighting in the Valley of the Sun. The day before, she was preparing to give her first speech about the amber lights -- her first showing to a local UFO enthusiast group of what she had captured on film. She was scheduled for March 14, 1997. Yet on the day of days -- March 13, 1997 -- this contactee did not see the V. But that didn't stop her from playing a prominent role in the aftermath of the Arizona visitor. Dr. Kitei soon became "Dr. X," the mysterious source who was forwarding the local media videos and photos of the Long before thousands of Arizonians witnessed a massive V-shaped craft with amber lights float over their state, Dr. Lynne Kitei and her physician husband had several Close Encounters of the First Kind of their own. strange lights. The reason she became Dr. X was because she feared that going public might jeopardize her career. However, after seven years of research, which included interviewing scores of witnesses, plus continuing to capture more stunning Phoenix Lights on film, she finally came out of the shadows. She published a book in 2004, The Phoenix Lights ... A Skeptic's Discovery That We Are Not Alone. The book was also turned into a feature-length film that won three "Best of's" for documentary and seven "Official Selections" at film festivals. In 2008, the documentary was picked-up by major rental franchises Hollywood Video and Blockbuster. She said many of her friends and peers now call her "Richard Dreyfuss," but they really mean "Roy Neary" of Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind from 1977. It was this classic UFO film that brought the phenomenon of post-UFO-obsession to the world's attention. Close Encounters is sci-fi, but it's probably based on true events. In the film, Roy Neary, an electrical lineman from Indiana, who, after witnessing a UFO float over his car, is obsessed with trying to understanding what he saw. But it's more than that -- his mind has been planted with images of a mountain that looks like an oversized smoke stack. Unable to resist these calls from visiting extraterrestrials, Neary rendezvous with the visitors at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming to be picked up. Neary's uncontrollable desire to know what the craft was -- and who was inside -- makes you wonder if Steven Spielberg, who wrote and directed Close Encounters, may have met such a person for research on the script. "I wanted to make Close Encounters a very accessible story about the everyday individual who has a sighting that overturns his life and throws it in to complete upheaval as he starts to become more and more obsessed with this experience," Spielberg wrote in the movie's DVD notes. But there is a big difference, besides fiction, between Roy Neary and Dr. Kitei. She refuses to say what exactly the lights are. "I'm not saying what they are, only that they are, and that it is time we get this topic out in March 2011 Paranormal Underground 29 Case Files of the Unknown: Are We Alone? The Phoenix Lights aren't flares or military crafts, according to Dr. Lynne Kitei. (Image source: Channel 2 Eyewitness News) the open -- address it, accept it, and study it -- so we can move forward in our own evolution," she said. What they certainly aren't is military, she said. She calls the explanation given by the US military -- flares connected to miniature parachutes -- laughable. "That's the only explanation they can come up with?" she asks. "Flares drop; they can't keep formation. Plus they leave huge smoke trails." She said they could be otherworldly or time travelers. Maybe they are from another dimension and unseen by the naked eye but inexplicably caught by the power of a camera, she said. The sighting of the V or arrowhead would be confirmed the following morning on radar by air-traffic controllers. The V was also seen by dozens of legitimate witnesses, including doctors, military pilots, police officers and scientists. Phoenix Lights Witnesses Bill Greiner, a truck driver, was hauling cement near Phoenix that night. "I'll never be the same. Before this, if anybody had told me they saw a UFO, I would've said, `Yeah, and I believe in the tooth fairy.' Now I've got a whole new view. I may be just a dumb truck driver, but I've seen something that don't belong here." Another witness described the V as having a wingspan so enormous the craft was capable of carrying several U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers on each of its wings. Many witnesses were interviewed by Dr. Kitei, and they're still coming forward, as if they couldn't take it any more, and had finally broken through some wall of fear and just admitted it. They had to tell someone, anyone, that they had seen something they could explain, and they wanted answers. One example is Fife Symington III, who was the governor of Arizona on that fateful night. At first, Symington mocked the sightings, and UFO enthusiasts are still sore about how Fife made fun of the Phoenix Lights. During Arizona's 1997 summer of UFO fever, he called a press conference saying he had found the source behind the lights. In front of dozens of reporters, out walked his chief of staff -- in an over-sized alien costume. On its surface, the stunt was harmless fun. But to true believers, Phoenix Lights' witnesses, and UFO investigators, the joke stung. Here was a governor poking fun at the hundreds of witnesses who said they saw a space ship. Little did everyone know, Fife had a V-shaped, amberorbed secret. Over a decade later, he went public saying he had seen the V. He regrets the press conference stunt and has told many he was simply trying to ease the public's fear about the strange lights. These days, he's moderating UFO conferences. At the National Press Club in Washington no less, which he did in 2008. That same week, he told Larry King: "I think the United States is not taking this seriously, and they need to." When he speaks of what he saw that night, he sounds more obsessed than Roy Neary. "I saw a wedgeshaped craft of enormous proportions. It was something to behold ... I saw something that defies logic and challenges my reality." He would add, "I witnessed a massive delta-shaped craft silently navigate over Squaw Peak ... [it was] dramatically large, [and had a] very distinctive leading edge with some enormous lights. As a pilot and a former Air Force officer, I can definitively say that this craft did not resemble any man-made object I'd ever seen. And it was certainly not high-altitude flares because flares don't fly in formation." Since then, after years of continuous sightings in Arizona, many people want to see the lights. Realtor polls conducted over the past few years found a high-number of transplantees were hoping to someday see the Phoenix Lights. In an interesting sidebar, Symington was pardoned by President Clinton in 2000, in the last days of his presidency, when most pardons are given by U.S. presidents. Fife had been convicted of bank fraud in 1997 (no less), but was spared prison or some other sanction by appeal. How is this related to the Phoenix Lights? On the night of March 13, 1997, President Clinton allegedly "sprained his ankle" while hanging out with golf great Greg Norman and had to leave his guest unexpectedly. Skep- 30 Paranormal Underground March 2011 TECHNOIR: 13 Investigations From the Darkside of Technology, the US Military and UFOs is loaded with stories the mainstream media are too scared to cover! In "TECHNOIR," author John Lasker investigates the Phoenix Lights, the Lake Erie Lights, the U.S. military's emerging arsenal of Space Weapons, the super fuel that could bring about Battlefield Moon, the Forever War in cyberspace, the rigging of the 2004 Presidential Election, Murder Simulators, the UFO invasion of Halloween 1973, and other stories from the Darkside of Technology. For more information, visit http://store.theebooksale.com/ science-fiction/technoir "Investigative Journalism at its Best!" --Canadian Dimension magazine of the March 2011 Paranormal alternative news press. Underground 31 Case Files of the Unknown: Are We Alone? tics wondered if the Secret Service and the Pentagon, alerted to the huge alien space fortress floating over Arizona, had hijacked the President away to safety just in case this race of beings from another galaxy wanted to take the leader of the United States hostage. The Effects of Witnessing a UFO For now, the strange lights in the sky remain the ultimate mystery. Yet, this phenomenon is very real: In the aftermath of a sighting, some witnesses of the Phoenix Lights told Dr. Kitei they went through a mental metamorphosis, a rebirth, as if their soul had shed a proverbial cocoon. There are skeptics, however, who say seeing a UFO or something that sure as heck looks like one, will undoubtedly twist someone's mind in a way that makes them think they've become the chosen one. There is no psychological disorder for obsessive-compulsiveness post-Close Encounter; professional skeptics, however, are familiar with this behavior, saying it's fairly widespread. They have seen this infatuation in numerous subjects, and not just from those who believe they've seen an extraterrestrial craft from far, far away -- but also from those who claim to have seen ghosts, Bigfoot, or some creature popping his head out of a lake. "If you really believe you have seen a UFO, that is very powerful," said Ben Radford, a paranormal investigator and managing editor of the magazine Skeptical Inquirer. "They feel like they've been selected by a higher power because it is such a rare event and it is very meaningful to them. They feel that the world, or a god, or the aliens have chosen them. They're not liars; they're not crazy. They've experienced something they cannot explain. The problem is, just because that person can't explain it, doesn't mean it is not explainable." That may be true for some cases and some individuals who think they're contactees, according to believers. But there are others who have had experiences, contend believers, where the evidence against Radford's logic is so tantalizing. Messages From Aliens During my interview with Dr. Kitei, I asked her about a sighting that occurred in downtown Cleveland, Ohio -- one that took place during (and over) a peace rally in the spring of 2007 and was caught on video. "That's really interesting," she said. "Besides making their presence known in a gentle way, one of the main reasons I feel that they are coming here is to wake us up to what we're doing to our planet and each other ... before it is too late. Could it just be a coincidence that `they' appeared during a peace gathering?" What is striking about the Cleveland sighting is that it has its own Roy Neary. But the contactee, Sam Phillips, wasn't asked to come on board for a long, long cosmic trip. Instead he was told to save the world. A message many contactees say was given to them as well. Phillips has long been a fixture of Cleveland's local music scene. He's an accomplished drummer and "hand snapper," and once appeared on the Arsenio Hall Show. When interviewed for this article, however, he was homeless and sleeping at the residences of friends and family, which makes even the mildly skeptical wince at the thought that Phillips may be seeking a little celebrity so to sell his story and purchase a warm bed with a roof over it. Nevertheless, when I interviewed him, he seemed like a stand-up, level-headed guy. Nevertheless, it was late into the night during a 24-hour anti-war rally in downtown Cleveland, when Phillips and others around him turned their attention to a clear sky that stretched on for eternity. At first it didn't register. But then it came into focus: A silver orb that appeared to be spinning and hovering above one of the city's tallest building, the Key Bank Tower. In spring 2007, witnesses saw this silver orb appear above one of Cleveland's tallest buildings, the Key Bank Tower. The object appeared to hover and spin above onlookers during a peace rally. 32 Paranormal Underground March 2011 Phillips caught it on video, and his clip appeared on CBS News. And since that night, his life hasn't been the same. He said he's lost half his friends because of "the Cleveland orb." "This is not about me," said Phillips. He admitted he'd become a little nuts over what he saw that night. "There's a pattern here. There's a riddle here. And I want answers. I want an explanation." UFO D�j� Vu Two days before Phillip's sighting, Clevelanders familiar with the local UFO lore were surprised by the number of contrails that were cutting through the skies of northeast Ohio. One local radio personality, Mike Trivisonno of WTAM 1100 AM, even began experiencing UFO d�j� vu. According to the Cleveland Ufology Project (CUP), his talk show was getting phone calls from listeners who said, once again, there was an unusual number of contrails and streaking military jets over the skies of Cleveland. After a rash of UFO sightings two years earlier, these same skies were crisscrossed with jet fighter contrails, and Trivisonno took his radio show outside hoping to see a UFO. Cleveland and Lake Erie have been tagged a UFO hotspot by CUP, which has investigated 40 sightings since 2004. CUP started in 1952 and is the oldest UFO group this side of the northern hemisphere. "That whole week [before his sighting] there were weird chemical trails [contrails] in the sky," said Phillips, who offers an explanation as to why. "They caught something on radar and scrambled some jets." Local Air Force officials refused to answer local media inquiries into the contrails. But there's more: "An earthquake happened in northern Ohio just a few days before," said Phillips, who wondered if the earth- quake occurred when the UFOs entered our atmosphere via some type of space or time portal. Nevertheless, this much is clear -- something had triggered Phillips mind, his very soul, to become addicted to that thing that was glowing and spinning above the peaceniks. But what? Was his own mind playing tricks on him? Maybe it was just a balloon tethered to a tall pole on top of the building. But what about distinct from Roy Neary's obsession. In this case, Isabelle's story, when matched to Hollywood's editorial license, is much closer to the extraterrestrial warning offered in The Day the Earth Stood Still, a film originally from 1951 and remade in 2008. The first movie sent a chill across a Cold War country with a plot that is simple but unique: An extraterrestrial visits Earth to warn us of our impending self-inflicted doom. Phillips believed the spinning orb was trying to send him a message. the "message" he had heard, a message similar to what Dr. Kitei and other contactees have reported? Can a balloon make you feel like you need to save the Earth? These contactees shouldn't be dismissed, because so many of them are repeating the same story: A life form from another world, or perhaps a time traveler born millions of years from now had told them, telepathically, the Earth is in danger and needs the attention of concerned humans. Phillips believed the spinning orb was trying to send him a message -- a warning that the Earth was on the brink. He, like Dr. Kitei, believes it wasn't a coincidence the sighting took place over a peace rally. During the sighting he ironically said our "brothers and sisters are going to come down from the universe and humble our ass." When he got home that night, he slept for three days, he said. A Close Encounter in Africa Another incredible example of someone being "mentally touched" and given an Apocalyptic message by a UFO -- in this case an actual extraterrestrial, apparently -- is the very young "Isabelle" (not her real name). Isabelle's experience, however, is In 1994, in the small rural town of Ruwa, Zimbabwe, the doe-eyed Isabelle and 62 of her grade school classmates, all under 12, allegedly came face-to-face with someone who had "black eyes the size of rugby balls." This Close Encounter of the Third Kind occurred at a time when a wave of UFO sightings swept that part of Africa. During a recess at the Ariel School, the grade-school-aged kids were outside, while the supervising adults were in a conference. What happened next is an astonishing Close Encounter -- a story their teachers, parents, and even the school's strict principal profoundly believed was the truth. As the kids played, they saw three silver orbs buzzing above their school. The orbs disappeared and in an instant reappeared, descending nearby into a rugged field. One child told investigators, it sounded "as if someone was playing a flute" as the craft hovered and descended. One of the beings was then suddenly on top of the craft. Another came out of an open door and was on the ground, and as one child said, he appeared to be "hopping above the grass." The kids ran to him (or her). March 2011 Paranormal Underground 33 Case Files of the Unknown: Are We Alone? never end up being cut, though. His private funding, on the other hand, especially from the likes of Laurence Rockfeller, who gave him tens-ofthousands, was always secure. Mack asked Isabelle to recall what the black-eyed extraterrestrial had told her. "I think to want to know that people are making harm on this world, and we must not get too techknowledged," she said to Mack. Techknowledged? Mack was surprised the child would use such a word. Another child told Mack the reason "they" landed was to "tell us something is going to happen." The Zimbabwe children are an incredibly small number of humans who apparently have been given a warning of some kind by an extraterrestrial. No doubt these apparent aliens from another world or time have been selective in who they contact on this planet. Their choices seemingly not perfect. But perhaps effective. One child from the Ariel School put the visitor's message succinctly: "They were telling us the world was going to end ... [that] We don't look after the planet." She added, "Like all the trees will go down, and there will be no air. People will be dying. Those thoughts came from the man -- the man's eyes." As another student put it, "It just popped up in my head." Which begs to ask another question about the UFO phenomenon. Do these visitors know something -- perhaps an event in time, an event that takes place in our near future -- that tragically ends the human race as we know it? The late Dr. John Mack, a Harvard professor and Ufologist, investigated a 1994 mass UFO sighting in the small rural town of Ruwa, Zimbabwe. Some of the younger kids, as they came closer, started to panic. Others apparently kept their cool. They noticed "he" was wearing a shiny black suit that was skintight. His hair was black and long ... and his eyes. "His eyes looked evil," one of the students reluctantly said. One of the students holding their mental ground was Isabelle. And like two cats separated by a window, Isabelle and the alien starred at each other. "They seemed astonished at what we were," she told investigators. She couldn't look for long, she added. She turned away. The eyes were shocking. Mind bending. What she wouldn't know, at least initially, was that the extraterrestrial may have been trying to reach her through vision or telepathy. If it were the case, she would be one of only a handful of human beings to make eye-to-eye contact with an extraterrestrial from another world. An extraterrestrial who tried, at the very least, to give her a message. Dr. John Mack's Ufology Research Isabelle was later interviewed by Dr. John Mack, a respected professor of Harvard who studied Ufology, focusing mostly on the alien abduction phenomenon. Tragically, in 2004, Mack was struck and killed by a drunk driver in London during a conference. Mack's family was convinced their was no hint of conspiracy or foul play behind the professor's untimely death. Yet one conspiracy suggested the British and U.S. governments, which were secretly exchanging advanced technology with extraterrestrials for abductees, took Mack's life because he was slowly unraveling the galactic arrangement and would soon reveal it to the universe. Nonetheless, Mack's research into Ufology brought respectability to the field. His passing was a tremendous set-back to Ufology. Like many Ufologists he endured a witchhunt to discredit his work, in this case by Harvard. His government funding, while sometimes in jeopardy, would This article is an excerpt from John Lasker's book, "TECHNOIR: 13 Investigations From the Darkside of Technology, the US Military, and UFOs." To read more from John's book, visit http://store.theebooksale. com/science-fiction/technoir. 34 Paranormal Underground March 2011 Ghost Knight Media, LLC Let us help you tell your story . . . � Editing � Writing � Art Design � Conference Publications � Book Self-Publishing Making an impact in the paranormal community. www.GhostKnightMedia.com March 2011 Paranormal Underground 35 Paranormal Perspective: Guest Editorial The Einstein/Galvan Bridge: A Proposed Formula for Residual Hauntings By Dave Galvan, Paranormal League of America W ithin our field, we have several different types of hauntings, though none more common than what we refer to as `residual.' Residual hauntings aren't even technically hauntings. They are just energy replays of events that keep replaying over and over again. I have always thought that we do ourselves a disservice of even using the word `haunting' to describe this type of event. There is nothing `para' about a residual effect. It is a very normal event that happens all around us at all times. Before we start getting into serious scientific discussions about these events, I will need to mention that these theories are nothing more than that -- theories. While my ego is not so large that I claim these theories as fact, you probably noticed that I put my name next to Einstein's in the title of the article, but I digress ... Residual Hauntings: Time Bleeds? What I am proposing is this: Some, most likely not all, effects we experience as being a `residual haunting' are the effects caused by a time bleed. Some people in this field say that natural running water (a stream or a river, for instance) will hold energy, while some people will say that certain types of rocks (like quartz or granite) will hold energy. This sounds way too mystical to me. There is a logical theory (known as The Shimkus Effect) about how water will help with hauntings -- mostly because of the increase of water vapor in the air making it easier for energies to form. The whole idea of rocks storing energy seems so ... mystical to me. I am not saying that it isn't possible. What I am saying is that there has to be scientific properties for anything in this universe to happen. Things just don't happen in this universe without a correct scientific formula to explain it. It may take us a few centuries to get the formula correct, but we eventually will. If the energies that are allegedly stored in items, walls of a house, a book shelf, articles of clothing, are 36 Paranormal Underground March 2011 released to the effect that we know as a residual haunting, then there must be a trigger. This has to be a case of simple cause and effect. In order for something to move, something must make it move. It's basic physics. Well, in this case, it's basic temporal physics. We are able to record and document a residual effect. What we don't know is the cause of said effect. It happens, we know it does. But what is the trigger? What starts the wheels in motion in the first place? How We View Time Einstein theorized in his theory of general relativity that back holes not only exist, but they have an effect on space/time. This is largely due to their mass and spin velocity of the black hole itself. We have been told -- quite accurately I might add -- and largely thanks to Hollywood films and television shows, that black holes swallow everything they can. The gravitational force is so strong, it even `swallows' time itself. That meaning, it is able to manipulate what you and I perceive as time. It will swallow, bend, and ultimately destroy it by shrinking it down to a minute point and swallowing it up. Most people view time as a line with the Big Bang on one end and the Big Crunch on the other, and everything that happens to us in the middle. This is a convenient less enough. However, if you were to shake it up, the oils will move into each other, mixing up like a cocktail of time. This physical ball of time is constantly being added to. In other words, as time goes by, another layer of oil is added to it. It's not like a giant ball that already exists with all the usable time in the universe already existing and we just move threw it as we live our lives. This ball of time is constantly in a state of flux, being added to over and over again. In this type of description, one could actually argue that this physical representation of time is almost alive in a sense. A Proposed Formula for Residual Hauntings We have already established that gravity can effect space/time in the form of black holes and mass (such as planetary objects). We know this as Einstein has said so, and he has yet to be proven wrong about this. With this said, one can actually establish that changes in gravity in relation to the earth might actually effect time as we perceive it. Something must be the trigger in the residual effect. Gravity is that trigger: T x G /X = E The scientific equation is a simple one. T in this case represents time, with G meaning gravity, divided by X (which stands for any and all What type of gravitational field could cause time to bleed into each other? yet over-simplified way of looking at it. There have been many thoughts on how time actually looks, though I prefer to think of time as being layered, like a floating ball of oils. On the surface, it looks harmresidual energy that is stored, whether it is strong enough for us to record or not). From this we get E, or the residual effect that we call a haunting. The gravitational field causes the timeline in the past to be pushed, or pulled, to another point in a separate timeline. A point in the ball of oil is bleeding through to another point. This is the residual effect that we are experiencing and recording. Something has happened, or will happen that is making time bleed cross the timeline to another point in time, or in some cases space/time. This bridge between moments in time I have called The Einstein/Galvan Bridge. So this begs the question: What type of gravitational field could cause time to bleed into each other? Off the top of my head, there are a few that come to mind: 1 -- The Earth's Wobble: The earth doesn't spin perfectly on its axis. It has a slight wobble. Nothing major, but enough that it is measurable with satellites. With this wobble, parts of the earth are actually spinning, at some point and time during the year, with more force than the opposite side of the planet. This very slight increase in gravitational pull on parts of the planet could be the cause of such an event. March 2011 Paranormal Underground 37 Paranormal Perspective: Guest Editorial ural disaster has already happened. The future, well, that hasn't even been decided yet. Nothing has been created to bridge us to the future. Two years ago, a now former member of the Paranormal League of America, the ghost hunting group I cofounded and currently direct, told a potential client that residual energy doesn't hold itself to anything other than the land. This person was very matter of fact about her knowledge, and also considered herself as the `know all, be all' in the field simply because she was Wiccan and a sensitive. I don't believe in experts in this field. I believe that one can have experience, but there are no experts per se. Even then, not all experts in all fields are 100% correct 100% of the time. Sir Isaac Newton was a genius, but even he wasn't right about everything. My former teammate's beliefs are her own; however, I must finish this with a story. Last year, we were filming a pilot for a series that was cancelled before it hardly got out of the editing stage. We were fortunate enough to investigate a property here in Oregon that literally sits on the Oregon Trail. The buildings there are a combination of original buildings, and recreations, save one: the barn. This barn had 2 -- Celestial Objects: At certain points in history, large objects move through our solar system, some of them move dramatically close to Earth. It's fair to say that there are less objects coming close to Earth today than a million years ago, as tons of space debris collides with planets and moons, but these objects have existed. 3 -- Natural Earth Catastrophes: The earthquake that caused the tsunami in Haiti at the end of 2009 is proof that massive natural disasters can dramatically affect our planet. The quake itself was large enough that it shifted the earth's crust and moved magnetic north a few miles. The gravitational shift was hardly enough for people across the world to notice, though some animals on various continents did display odd behavior prior to man even knowing there was a quake. 4 -- Man-Made Disasters: An explosion of a large magnitude, coming from something like a thermal nuclear blast could cause an EMF field that just may tamper with the earth's gravitational field. It should be noted that one of these examples alone may not cause the bridge to occur, but a combination could very well cause the bridge between time. Please remember, in temporal physics, the effect can happen before the cause. The cause of such an event could be happening 100 years or so in our future, causing time to be pulled through ours. Or, it could have happened 500 years ago, causing time to be pushed into ours. Some Questions That Need Answering At this point, one has to ask; "That's all fine and dandy, but why is it that it doesn't work in reverse? Energy cannot be destroyed, but it can be dispersed. Why isn't time from the future bleeding into our present?" The answer to this is actually an easy one; the future hasn't happened yet. Time is not like it's portrayed in Star Trek or Doctor Who. We live in fixed moments in time. In other words, the past cannot be changed. It is done and over with. Everything as mundane as you and I checking the mail, or a major event like a natbeen built in the same era as this village; however, it was constructed on a different property miles away, torn apart, put in storage, and sold to the current owners of this village. When the property owner was telling me stories of the property, he mentioned that people would walk by this barn and hear the sounds of sawing, or even tools moving around. Once, someone heard the 38 Paranormal Underground March 2011 sounds of someone shoeing a horse. This barn was not original to this property, nor is there any proof that a barn once stood in that very spot. These reports didn't start until they put the barn up. This barn, I believe, was a fixed point in time and space where these past events happened and are still being replayed to this day. Many people ask me, "That sounds great Dave, but why don't we ever see the ghosts of dinosaurs or Neanderthals?" This is a very good question to ask, and one with a rather complex answer. Contrary to everything that you just read, it isn't impossible for energy to be stored in simple items such as land or even building material. We are told that energy cannot be destroyed. This is why we have some residual effects in the first place, the energy from what we do is stored somehow in something and is able to get released, and sometimes we can record this residual effect. Energy cannot be destroyed, but it can be dispersed. Electricity travels up our power lines, into our homes, and is there when we need it. Most people don't think about it, but when an electrical outlet isn't used, it is sent back to the power grid to be used elsewhere. The electricity isn't wasted, it's dispersed. If you were to take a lamp, say, six feet tall, plug in a 100-watt light-bulb to an outside electrical outlet, and turn it on, you would see the bulb light up, and now you can sit outside and read. If you stood five miles away from that light and looked in the general direction, you probably wouldn't be able to see that light with the naked eye. Does that mean the energy from the light has been destroyed? No, it only means that the light has been dispersed so much that it is no longer visible with the naked eye. The Spawn Theory This takes me into what I call the Spawn Theory. If you are familiar with the comic book character Spawn, you will know his powers are finite. He has a certain amount of energy, and when he has depleted that energy, then he is done on this planet. He goes back to where he was created. The Spawn Theory in regards to residual hauntings is similar to this. When the energy that is stored is to a point, it is at its apex. The amount of energy that is stored would depend on the material that is holding it, as well as the strength in which the energy is put there. There is not an infinite amount of energy stored. Eventually, it will run out. Like Spawn from the comic books, eventually the energy will be dispersed and be gone. Or, at least be gone enough that we can't sense or measure it. Who's to say that 5,000 years ago there weren't residual hauntings of dinosaurs walking around North America? It could help us understand stories we hear about Native Americans running into monsters or mythical creatures while in the woods. These theories are enough to make one understand that there isn't anything `para' about residual hauntings. They are a very normal effect that happens around us at all times and shouldn't be considered supernatural. March 2011 Paranormal Underground 39 Personal Experiences Tales From The haunTed heaThman hoTel By roB sT.helen, WesT CoasT GhosT hunTers A few weeks ago, I was walking the hallways of the Heathman Hotel delivering newspapers and picking up breakfast orders. When I began on the tenth floor, I noticed that the air was stuffy, and I had that uneasy feeling. Of course, I kept on going. The air got a bit lighter the farther down the hall I got. When I got to the ninth floor, a feeling hit me that I definitely did not like. The second I opened the door to the floor, the hair on the back of my neck stood up, and I instantly got goose bumps on my arms. As I started walking down the ninth floor hall, it sounded as if someone was walking behind me. But when I would turn around, there would be no one there, and I could hear nothing. The air was really thick, and I was having a hard time catching my breath, which I thought was strange. ***** As I continued down the hall, the footsteps behind me continued as well. By this time the hair on the back of my neck was really standing tall. As I turned my head to look around the corner, the room pictured above came into view. I immediately saw a black leg from the knee down, as if it walking into the my heart pumping pretty good. ***** I wanted to also mention something that happened in another room at the hotel that I mentioned in this column a month or two ago. A guests called me up recently at about 11:30 p.m. and said: "Our closet light just started to turn on and off by itself, and we can see the switch going up and down by itself." I immediately set out to investigate. I went up and sat on their bed for a few seconds and quickly witnessed the switch moving to the up position and the light turning on. After a few minutes, I told them about the hotel and the history. They were fine and did not want to change rooms. They actually found it to be rather "fun." I told them to call me if they got nervous; they never called. I saw them the next morning, pulled them aside, and asked them how it went after I had left. They said the phenomenon with the light switch went on for about 10 minutes more until they decided to say, "Were going to bed, please leave the light off now, thanks for the show." Heathman Hotel employee Rob St.Helen witnessed a partial apparition at the end of this hallway. There was no one checked into the room at that time. room, just left of the door. For it to be me, my shadow would have gone around the corner and straightened up so it could "walk" straight into the wall, some five or six feet away. At the time, I didn't know if anyone was in the room or not, so when I completed my job, I went and checked on the computer to see if anyone was checked into room 902 -- there was not. This caught me off guard a bit and got 40 Paranormal Underground March 2011 Paranormal Underground Radio Thursdays @ 9-11 p.m. ET http://ztalk radio.com/ Explore the Unexplained With Paranormal Underground With Hosts Rick Hale & Karen Frazier March 2011 Paranormal Underground 41 Personal Experiences Devil's Tower ECETI's James Gilliland and researcher Gerry Warner. By Gerry Warner A t about 2:30 a.m., before leaving during my last evening at the Enlightened Contact with ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (ECETI) Ranch, I went to the edge of a vortex field where orb and UFO sightings had frequent taken place. Hoping to capture some lastminute orb images for which I had taken many already, I literally said out loud to whichever spirits may have been present, "C'mon you guys. This is my last night at ECETI. Show me some love." Well, love is indeed what I received! The images were taken in succession of three to four minutes after my "invitation," beginning with the red orb (see the top image in the center column). Thinking nothing much of it at the time, as I wanted to cram as many photos in as possible before I left, I kept shooting. Subsequent to the orb photo, there appeared what many refer to as ectoplasm beginning to emerge on my digital Canon 14 mega-pixel screen (see the second image from top of the center column). By the third image, which shows the ectoplasm appearing to manifest into some form, I took another shot before going to my car (see images two and three at the bottom of the center column). In that final image, there appeared what I knew to be something otherworldly, and as I saw it on the screen a split second later, it scared the daylights out of me ... but hey, I asked for it! Bear in mind that there was no fog, rain, smoke, or vapor of any kind on the evening these photos were captured. After sharing the images with James Gilliland and the crew at ECETI, they indicated that given what looks to be a feline face and almost horse-like neck, it was most likely some form of Nature Spirit. As I understand it, this kind of manifestation is very common there, although it is fairly rare to have captured an image with such distinct symmetry, form, and structure. What is also interesting to me is that on the upper left corner of the spirit's head, you can see a spiraling effect that appears to be going to or coming from another dimension. I would be remiss in not mentioning that James Gilliland and the entire ECETI crew were extremely genuine, hospitable, and professional. Everyone was a pure gem! My experiences with them and all of ECETI is beyond evaluation. I cannot recommend more highly those who are considering visiting! For more information about the Enlightened Contact with ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence Ranch, visit http:// www.eceti.org/. 42 Paranormal Underground March 2011 Interested in Having Paranormal Underground Magazine Mailed Directly to You? http://paranormalunderground.magcloud.com/ And Select the Issues You'd Like to Order. March 2011 Paranormal Underground 43 Visit: Fiction: Featured Author The Haunting of Hoffman House By Rick E. Hale " What the Hell was that?" I asked aloud as I woke up from a deep slumber. I lay there, feeling like I had been asleep for what seemed the better part of a decade. Then I heard it again -- a loud bang and what sounded like voices coming from just below me on the first floor. As I wiped the sleep from my eyes, a bizarre realization hit me, instead of waking up on my nice comfy bed, I found myself sprawled out on the hardwood floor of my bedroom. Where was all my stuff? I questioned as I sat up. Something was strange, but I couldn't put my finger on it. As I got up off the floor and brushed off my clothes, I looked around. No dresser, no side table with my cell phone charging, and no rocker sitting in the corner. I questioned whether this was my house. I heard it again, but this time I was able to make out the sound of a child's voice. Kids in my house? I began to feel anger well up inside me. I had to find out what was going on. ***** As I poked my head out into the hall, I heard a little boy say, "No way jerko, this one is mine." "I'm telling mom you little dweeb," a girl's voice yelled back. "Ashley, let your brother have that room," a male voice commanded from the bottom of the stairs. "I don't want arguing on the first day in our new house." Our new house? Was this some kind of a joke? I thought as I began to make my way down the stairs. I knew I was not dreaming because my head ached from the fall I took the day before. When I reached the bottom of the stairs, the anger I felt intensified as a dark-haired boy of about seven came tearing down the stairs, almost knocking me over. "Miles, I told you to stop running around," said a pretty, redhaired woman as she peeked her head around the corner that led to the kitchen. Oh man, this is bullshit, I thought. Time to kick some ass! I was going to find out who these people were and why they were in my house. As I rounded the corner into the kitchen, I found the pretty, red-haired woman standing there. A tall, dark-haired man wearing work clothes was in a tight embrace with her next to the sink, wide smiles crossing both their faces. "Hey, you two, who the Hell are you, and what are you doing in my home?" I screamed at them. The reaction I received was not the one I had been expecting. Nothing, neither of them even so much as looked in my direction. It was if I hadn't said a word. The happy couple separated and the woman asked, "So tell me again; what happened to the guy that used to live here? The realtor said that he died in some kind of accident." As her words hits my ears, I began to think, Accident? What accident? "Well," the man said as he heft- 44 Paranormal Underground March 2011 ed a heavy box labeled `plates' onto the counter, "apparently, he was out back cleaning the gutters when he slipped and fell from his ladder. He was killed on impact. The poor guy was only 36 years old." The red-haired woman let out a gasp and shook her head. "Was he married?" "Um, no, I don't think so," the man said. I stood there listening to the couple. Thirty-six ... unmarried ... cleaning gutters ... It can't be ... can it? My head started to pound as my anger turned to fear. Me, they were talking about me! No. Hell no, I can't be dead! "I'm not dead you assholes, get out of my house," I yelled! But, once again, my words had no impact. They just began sorting through their damn boxes. This was not fair; I was still a young guy. I had so much to do. Those goddamn gutters. As I stood there, the reality of the situation hit me and I cried. I watched as a shiver ran through Red's body. "You okay, Patty?" the man asked, a look of concern on his face. "Yeah I'm fine, Dan, just a little chill," she responded. "I thought I felt something weird just now, as if ..." Dan interrupted his wife, "Patty, please tell me you don't think Sam Hoffman is haunting our new house?" Patty shook her head and went back to work removing plates from the box. ***** After night fell, and the invaders went to bed, I wandered around my house in a fog. Snooping through Dan and Patty's stuff, I wondered how something like this could have happened. Could I really share my house, a place that I worked so hard to restore, with these people and their two kids? The situation was unbelievably unfair; I was so young and had so much left to do. So many places to go, so much left to be seen. And in an instant I became a ghost, walking around what was once mine. I was an unseen force, and worst of all, I was helpless to do anything about it. Bored with my current activity, I decided to go from room to room "Miles, what is it? What's wrong?" He asked his son as he sat next to him on his bed and hugged the little boy as tight as he could. It took a few minutes for Miles to stop crying, the terror starting to fade as his father comforted him. "Daddy," Miles stammered as he continued to look at the door where I had been standing just a few minutes earlier. "I heard a strange noise, and when I woke up I saw a man standing in my doorway watching me." "I saw a man standing in my doorway watching me!" and watch the invaders sleep. Yeah, I knew it was a little bit creepy, but I didn't have anything better to do. I had never been dead before and really didn't know what the dead were supposed to do. The last person I visited was the young boy named Miles. As I looked down on him, all I could think about was how one day I had hoped to have found the right woman, settle down, and maybe have a few kids of my own. That would never happen now. As I stood there watching the little guy sleep, listening to his rhythmic breathing, I let out a long drawnout sigh. It was then that something strange happened; the little boy woke up and looked in my direction. Had he heard me sigh? Was he able to see me standing in his door watching him? As Miles looked around his room, I could feel the terror beginning to build in the little boy. I got the answer to my question when he let out an ear-piercing scream, "Mommy!" In a flash, Miles' father, Dan, ran from his room. I stepped to the side to let him pass. Holy shit! The little dude saw me. I quickly wondered if I could somehow turn this to my own advantage. "Miles, come on buddy," Dan said, holding his son closer. "It was only a dream." "But daddy, it wasn't a dream. I really did see a man standing in my doorway. He was watching me, and when I called out to you he just sort of faded away," Miles said with frustration in his voice. Dan looked down at his son and gave him a reassuring tap on the top of his head. "Miles, it's okay if you thought you saw something in our new house, but it was only a dream." As Dan spoke, I could tell that sleep was regaining its hold on the little boy as his eyes grew heavy and closed. After Miles' dad left the room, Miles fell back into a deep slumber. I pondered on how I could use this to my own advantage. The idea of scaring him even further was out of the question as the last thing I wanted to do was traumatize some little kid and scar him for life. However, his parents were another issue altogether. They were fair game as far as I was concerned. March 2011 Paranormal Underground 45 Fiction: Featured Author Soon Dan and Patty would be gone, taking their kids with them, and this house would be mine again. Even if it meant scaring the living shit out of them. ***** I couldn't be sure, but it felt like it had been a few weeks since the nuclear, pain in the ass, family had taken up residence in my home. As they slept, I wandered around the house trying to learn everything I could about them. I learned that Dan, although he seemed to like sporting workmen's clothes, was actually a chef at a restaurant down in the city. It was a job that kept him out till the wee hours of the morning three days a week. Patty on the other hand was an accountant and stayed at home to take care of the kids, only seeing clients occasionally. Miles was seven and actually a pretty decent kid by all accounts. He never talked back and did everything his parents asked him to do, for the most part. That left Ashley. Ashley was 14 and acted every bit of it. On numerous occasions I watched as mother and daughter got into knock-down, drag-out fights. Not a day would go by without the two going at it like a pair of rabid junk-yard dogs. Ashley could be mean as Hell too. And then it occurred to me. Miles wasn't the key to getting this family out of here, Ashley was. ***** While I was gathering all the information I could about the intruders, I learned a few things about myself as well. Apparently I didn't need a physical body to move stuff. For example, I started off small by pushing Miles' cars around his room when he wasn't around. second thought. I know she felt me, because after she passed I watched as a cold chill ran through her body. The mornings after, when the kids reported the sound of footsteps in the hall at night or the sound of some unseen person walking up and down the stairs, Dan and Patty would usually chalk it up to creaky floorboards. Shit! What the Hell was it going to take to convince these people that they were not alone in their home? Then it hit me. It was time to go big. I had to do something that would send these people fleeing into the night. This would be fun. When I was kid, I vaguely remember watching a movie where some poor innocent family was besieged by some evil, diabolical force that was hell-bent on scaring the bejezus out of them. I remember that what they thought was a demon would sneak into their rooms at night and rip the blankets from their sleeping forms. It seemed to work. So, as I slowly opened the door to Ashley's room, I said to myself, "Self, what better way to begin my reign of terror." I mustered up as much energy as I could and yelled, "Hey!" I then watched with glee as the little princess bolted up as soon as I yelled. I could feel her fear, a fear that mounted up inside of her as she scanned the room looking for the source of the voice. The strange thing about it was that the fear that coursed through her body gave me strength. "Who's there?" she stammered, questioning the darkness that enveloped her. As she peered into the night, I grabbed the blanket at the foot of the bed and began to pull ever so Also, when Dan came home after a long night at the restaurant, he had a habit of emptying the change from his pockets out on top of the night stand next to the bed. As the happy couple slept, I would sneak into the room at night and move the change around. Sometimes it would wake Dan up, but he usually dismissed it as a dream or an optical illusion. I had hoped that watching the coins sliding around the table would cause Dan and Patty to go screaming into the night. Again no luck. I also learned that I had the ability to make noises. Walking about the house proved to be more than just a little bit interesting, not to mention entertaining as well. On many nights, one of the kids would wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of me clomping down the halls. Patty actually brushed past me one night on her way to the bathroom and didn't even give it a 46 Paranormal Underground March 2011 slightly. She watched in horror as the blanket began to move away from her arms. The realization of the blanket being pulled from her bed sent a new wave of terror coursing through her being. As her eyes grew bigger, with one great tug, I ripped the blanket from the bed, and threw it across the room. The desired response was achieved as Ashley let out a blood-curdling scream. I knew then that the game was afoot. I watched from a corner of the room as Dan and Patty burst into their daughter's room, like a couple of stormtroopers, and rushed to the side of Ashley's bed. "My God Ashley, what are you screaming about?" Patty asked as she sat next to the trembling form of her little girl. "Ashley, what is it?" Dan asked. It took a few minutes for Ashley to stop trembling. "I was sleeping, and I heard a voice yell `hey' in my ear." Ashley's tears stilled flowed, and I actually began to regret what I had done. Great, I had scarred her for life, I thought. "Ashley." Dan responded with a groan, his aggravation apparent. "You were dreaming." "I wasn't dreaming." Ashley screeched back, hopping out of bed and grabbing the blanket from the corner where I had tossed it. She held it up to her parents. "What about this? Blankets just don't go flying across the room." She began crying again. As I listened to Dan and Patty's lame excuses for what their daughter had just experienced, I couldn't help but get a little pissed off. What kind of parent doesn't take the word of their kid, especially when that kid was scared out of their wits? I watched and listened as a yelling match began to unfold. I must have looked like some kind of spec- tral caged animal ready to pounce as I began pacing the floor back and forth. When I couldn't take anymore of their arguing, I balled up my fist, punched the wall, and yelled, "Shut the Hell up!" With my outburst all three became silent. Dan stood up from the bed and began looking around the room, a mixture of fear and anger coursing through his body. "Please, tell me you heard that, daddy. Please, tell me you heard it," It's kind of difficult to gauge how long I had been alone in my house after the family went screaming in terror into the cold dark of night. All I can say is that despite everything in the house not being mine, I rather enjoyed the peace and quiet that I had worked so hard to achieve. There were a few strange occurrences over the few days that I had the place to myself. On more than a few occasions, I would peek out one of the windows to see small groups of people gathered outside the house I yelled at the top of my lungs, "GET OUT!" Ashley whispered. Dan continued to wander around the room and then started listening to the walls. This was it, this was what I had been waiting for. "Great." He finally said with an exasperated sigh. "We must have squirrels in the walls." Squirrels? squirrels! Oh Hell no! I'd show them squirrels! Before Dan could start talking again, I made the temperature in the room begin to drop. Don't ask me how, but I just did. I then began running around the room kicking and punching the walls. Squirrels no; pissed off ghost yes. Then I stopped and yelled at the top of my lungs, "Get out!" With that, I watched as Dan, Patty, and Ashley ran out of the room. I then watched as the three older members of the family grabbed little Miles from his bed and ran out of the house in the middle of night, leaving all their things behind. 28 days was all it took; 28 days to get my house back. I relaxed in my satisfaction. ***** carefully scrutinizing it. A few times some of these brave folks gathered up enough courage to wander up to the house and peer through a window. I couldn't help but smile and think that maybe this would keep others from thinking about buying my house. Most importantly, perhaps what I had done to Dan and Patty would keep them away forever. However, little did I know my peace and quiet would soon come to crashing halt. One evening, as I was kicking back in the living room, I was disturbed by the sound of a key unlocking the front door. Stranger yet, I got this sense that one of the people in the group that was about to enter the house was different than any person that I had ever met in the past. The only way I could possibly describe the sensation was like when Darth Vader said that he sensed the presence of Obi-Wan Kenobi on the Death Star in the first Star Wars flick. When the door opened, Dan and Patty entered first. I could feel their reluctance and fear as they March 2011 Paranormal Underground 47 Fiction: Featured Author came back to the home that had so terrified them, terrified them enough to send them away screaming their heads off. Following after them was a large man, holding in his right hand what looked like a video camera and in his left a strange, boxy apparatus with a knob and a gauge on it. "Julia, are you ready to come in?" The large man asked over his shoulder to the person who was standing just outside the door. I watched with suspicion from a man, was I ever going to have fun with them. "Get the fuck out of my house," I yelled. "Sam, do not swear at us," Julia said quietly at the corner I was in, her eyes seeming to stare right at me. What the Hell! This woman knew my name, I thought to myself, now feeling trapped in my little corner. "Yes, I know your name, and I will not tolerate your bad attitude," because they and their children want to invade what I worked so hard for my entire life? "We're haunting his house?" Patty said with a gasp. "But we're not the ones who are dead. We're not the ones trying to scare the living daylights out of him." With Patty's reply, something inside me clicked. They were right. "He agrees with you," Julia said with a smile. Julia turned to me and asked, "Sam, if you are not willing to leave this home, would you be willing to share it with Dan, Patty, and the kids?" Share my home with these people, I thought. Maybe I could. After all, they weren't really that bad. "He's thinking it over," Julia informed them. ***** Like many times since I had died, I couldn't be sure how much time had gone by. It seemed like forever since that strange night when the little woman who could hear and see me arrived at my house. One thing I did know ... sharing my home with Dan and Patty and their kids wasn't really that bad. Whenever they wanted to make a change, they would ask me first, and I would give one knock on the wall for yes and two for no. For the most part, they respected it. They respect my space, and I respect theirs. The only time I intervene with the family's business is when Patty and Ashley have one of their fights. I give Ashley a little reminder that I am always there and make sure she respects her parents' wishes. It was pretty funny the night that she snuck a boy in the house, and I scared the living shit out of him. I snuck into the bathroom while he was in there and gave him a good smack on the ass as he tried taking a pee. "Like many times since I had died, I couldn't be sure how much time had gone by." corner of the room as a small, thin woman dressed in a casual black pant suit came walking through the front door. What struck me most about the woman was a strange light that seemed to radiate from her. This was undoubtedly the person that I had felt. "Do you feel anything?" the large man asked, stepping to the side so the woman could enter. "Oh yes," the woman named Julia responded as she wandered around the room, the light around her becoming stronger and pulsating as she moved. "I can feel a strong male presence in the home. Horace, are you getting anything on EMF?" she asked, as the big man who was obviously Horace began to walk around the room. As he came close to me, the boxy thing in his left hand began to give off a squealing sound as a needle in the gauge jumped. "Strong hit in this corner." When Horace replied, the realization hit me as to who these people were -- ghost hunters, and this woman must be a psychic. Man oh the psychic yelled back and glared in my direction. Could she see me? "Yes, I can see you," she responded. "And you're not going to scare Horace and Ime away as easily as you scared the Smithsons away." "1.5, 2.6, 3.1," Horace said as he read the numbers from his little gizmo. "I think you have his full attention, Julia." "Now then, Sam Hoffman. Why don't you tell me why you felt a need to scare this family from their home?" Julia asked. I thought as I began to pace the room, all the while Julia's eyes followed my every movement. At first I wasn't going to say anything; I mean why should I? I wasn't haunting this house. They were. ***** "He says that you are haunting his house, not the other way around," Julia relayed my message to Dan and Patty. I could tell that what I said troubled Dan and Patty, as well it should. Why should I have to move on just 48 Paranormal Underground March 2011 Irrevocably Evil: A very dark collection of horror stories for young adults Enter a world that is Irrevocably Evil. Within the pages of this book, you will find 13 cutting edge tales of terror. 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Q: What are your favorite books, movies, TV shows, and paranormal shows? Jordan: Books: Blaze by Richard Bachman. Movies: Neverwas and Scarface. TV shows: Malcolm in the Middle. Paranormal Shows: Destination Truth and Ghost Hunters. Jordan is a believer in all things paranormal and is most interested in Cryptozoology and Demonology. Q&A Q: What brought you to Paranormal Underground? Jordan: A man known as Binomookua and my love for cryptozoology. Q: How would you describe yourself? Jordan: I recently decided that I am just going to have fun in life and not worry like I used to. In doing this my life has become really enjoyable despite the hardships, and I have grown to be friendly and laid back. Q: Tell us about your family and what you like to do. Jordan: I live with my parents at the moment, and I have one younger brother who is in high school. I live in a small town, so there is not much to do. But I like to skateboard when possible and take long runs in the late night when no cars are around. I also love to stay up and listen to trains cascade across the railroad tracks. Q: What would our readers be surprised to find out about you? Jordan: Despite my beliefs in every aspect of the paranormal, I am Q: Favorite music? Jordan: A Fine Frenzy. Q: What are your pet peeves? Jordan: I cannot stand when someone doubts my ability to do something. In a way, this makes me strive to do better. Q: What do you think happens to us when we die? Jordan: I believe that we are trapped in an "in-between" until judgment day when we will then be split between the Christian Heaven or Hell. Q: Any words of wisdom? Jordan: Always be true to your principles no matter the consequences, because if you do this you will always be just in your and others eyes. Q: Any exciting plans for the future? Jordan: After I retire from the Marine Corps, I am going to walk across Scotland and then spend five years in on a sailboat trying to look for any proof that mermaids exist. actually a very devout Christian and study in private on my own. Q: Are you a skeptic or believer? Jordan: I am a believer in everything. Q: What areas of the paranormal interest you the most? Jordan: Cryptozoology and Demonology. Q: Talk about any paranormal experiences you've had. Jordan: When I was about seven I was sleeping in my room when I heard my voice being called from a window -- in what I could only describe as a demonic voice. I came to the conclusion that it was Satan for many reasons, but that in no way can be proven. The other incident that happened when I was young was when I saw a UFO on my way to Missouri. It looked like a flying saucer you see in the movies, with purple and green lights way up in the sky. 50 Paranormal Underground March 2011 Review of the Month Chasing the Shadows Documentary By Timothy Schultz, Bullhead Entertainment, LLC Review by Dave Galvan, Paranormal League of America D irector Timothy Schultz always loved using his imagination to entertain people. And film seemed like a natural way for him to do this. So Schultz ultimately combined his passion for filmmaking and his interest in the paranormal to create the recently released documentary, Chasing the Shadows. Schultz describes himself as a fairly spiritual person who has always loved horror movies and paranormal programming. Being naturally curious about how much was real, he decided to find out for himself and make a film while doing it. "I actually don't like the word `paranormal' because it literally references something that is not normal," Schultz said, "I like to think of many so-called paranormal experiences as actually being perfectly normal." Chasing the Shadows is an obviously personal film that chronicle's Schultz's search for some answers. In that search, Schultz came across his own personal quest -- a quest he never got answers to. During the four-year film shoot, the film crew literally crossed the globe, filming Voodoo rituals in Africa to investigating a haunted castle in Italy. Most of the filming takes place in America, where Schultz visits the famed Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana and the Stanley Hotel in Colorado. "If we don't understand it, then it either doesn't exist to us or it becomes something to fear. It draws us in because it is the great unknown!" Schultz explained. The documentary includes paranormal researchers Christopher Moon (left), Timothy Schultz (center), and Jon Zaffis (right). (Photo � 2006 Bullhead Entertainment) The film interviews some interesting characters, from alleged psychics to Demonologist Jon Zaffis. The investigations conducted are fascinating. Schultz's paranormal experiences are not just limited to what he sees in movies. "I've had dreams about things before they have happened, as well as dreams about deceased loved ones who passed away years ago. I've seen, felt, and heard things that could not rationally be explained, which led me to believe in the existence of spirits, the possibility of reincarnation, and life-after-death." He also warns of people jumping to conclusions. "I also believe it's important to think critically and not to jump to conclusions simply because something may appear paranormal on the surface. I try to be skeptically open-minded, and I believe anything is possible." Part way threw the production of this film, Schultz met with his own personal tragedy. A woman who was helping with production of the film decided to move to California to pursue a different career. A few months later, she committed suicide. After the events, the film turns to a psychic who tries to communicate with who on the `other side.' One can't blame Schultz for trying to find some answers to her death. None are convincingly found, however. "It hit very close to home. It's one thing to go to a location that is known to be haunted to try and communicate with the spirits. It's another thing to try and communicate with a close friend or loved one who has died. It takes it to a more serious level." However, overall, Chasing the Shadows is an entertaining, wellmeaning feature that works hard to try to find some answers. Schultz comes off as a well-intended, smart man who just seems within arms length of finding some good, solid evidence to give the viewer. For more information about Chasing the Shadows, visit www. chasingtheshadows.com. 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