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July 2009

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Ask a Ghosthunter page 3

Gadget Corner Audio Amplifier page 3

Who walks the halls of this local historical home? Promont page 5

Haunted Road Trips Theatres page 4

Gravestone Symbolism page 5

Environmental Factors and the Paranormal page 8

What disembodied voices are embedded in these stones? page 6


July 2009

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Notes from the Director’s Desk Welcome to the July edition of Boo’s Bulletin. Thanks to everyone who attended our Anniversary Party. I know parking was a little tight but thanks for sticking it out. Congratulation goes out to all our door prize winners but a special congratulation to Tina Voss the grand prize winner. Tina will be joining CAPER on one of our upcoming investigations.

Welcome aboard to our two newest investigators in training, Jeff & Michael Morris. You may recognize those names; Mike & Jeff are the founders of Miamitown Ghost Tours. You can learn more about Mike & Jeff at our members page.

CAPER is now booking program dates for October. If you would like for us to speak to your group send us an email at help@caper.pararesearch.org or call us at 407-4242 and we will work with you to book a date and select a program to best suit your needs. Dates are filling up fast so book your program now. Do you want to see a review on a piece of equipment or want to know about an Ohio haunted site? Drop us a line at: help@caper.pararesearch.org. Enjoy this edition of the newsletter. Michele Hale and Joy Naylor Directors


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Ask a Ghost Hunter

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Gadget Corner

Why did you want to become a paranormal investigator? Well, each and every investigator has their own numerous reasons for wanting to be in this field. For some, it’s a result of personal experiences. They may have lived in a haunted residence, or had close friends or family who did. The things they experience often leave them wanting answers and instill a curiosity about these matters. For others, it simply fascinates them. They may have read many books, watched TV specials and done research on their own before deciding to join a group. For some people, it may boil down to wanting proof of the existence of an afterlife. They simply want to know what happens after you die. For some, it’s a combination of all of these reasons. For CAPER it’s a collective desire to help people come to terms with the paranormal and the possibly paranormal situations they are experiencing, with a hope that one day, we can find scientific proof of the existence of ghosts. Matt Hoskins Lead Investigator

Audio Amplifier Recently we have begun using an audio amplifier during our investigations. Currently we are using one of the earlier versions of hearing amplifiers that are on the market. This version uses headphones and we are able to hook it up to a recorder so that we have a record of the amplifier sessions. We have had some success with this. The first time we tried it, Michele indicated during an EVP session that she thought she heard “no”. This “no” was captured on another recorder as an EVP. During another investigation, Sarah was wearing the amplifier and Michele asked for whatever was in the room to get close to the amplifier and whisper into it. Shortly after that we experienced strange feedback that we did not experience before or after that point. Does this mean that the amplifier is definitely picking up ghostly voices? Of course not, it only means that we have more experimenting and evidence gathering to do before we determine that the amplifier works. If you want to try this experiment yourself, you can pick up an amplifier just about anywhere. Let us know if you get anything interesting at help@caper.pararesearch.org.


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Haunted Road Trips Haunted Theatres Before there was television, a popular source of entertainment was the theatre. People went to see plays, operas and vaudeville. Theatres were a source of happiness, where a person could go to forget their troubles for a little while. We are going to take a look at a few theatres that are within an hour’s drive of Cincinnati that are said to be haunted. The Sorg Opera House opened on September 12, 1891 by Paul J Sorg. Mr. Sorg was called the “Last of the Robber Barrons” for his role in the tobacco trust. He built the theatre for his wife who had a love of drama and opera. There are reports of Mr. Sorg roaming the halls and the catwalk and the apparitions of two women, one in white and one in red. Also reported is an apparition in the “colored section” that is seen so often that a program is left for him to read. The catwalks are also supposed to haunted by a worker that fell to his death. Some legends say that the man committed suicide. The picture is the opera house in 1895. The 20th Century Theatre in Oakley opened on August 1, 1941 showing “Blood and Sand” as the first movie. It was the first theatre in Cincinnati to have air conditioning and free valet parking. Today it is used for wedding receptions and parties. The theatre is said to be haunted by George the projectionist who died in the projection booth. It is also supposed to be haunted by an elderly woman who attended gatherings at the theatre and did not like children. Rumor is that if children are there and being rowdy, she will show herself. There is a juke box in the upstairs bar area that is supposed to turn on by itself. CAPER had the pleasure of investigating this theatre twice and had some interesting experiences while we were there. The first time we were there we had some very weird radio interference and our Co-Director, Joy, experienced a shadow figure in the woman’s restroom. The second time we were there, we experienced footsteps that we could not find an explanation for and… It is a beautiful place and if you get a chance to visit you should. Check out their website here.

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July 2009

Gravestone Symbolism

Local Haunts

Oak Tree

Promont House

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Promont is an Italianate Victorian home in Milford, Ohio owned and operated by the Milford Historical Society. This home built by William Mergrue in 1865 was purchased by John Pattison, Ohio’s 43rd governor, in 1879.

Much of the symbolism we have comes from the Victorian era. Locally we have Spring Grove Cemetery an Arboretum which was founded in that era. Many of the symbols we review come from this cemetery. This picture which comes from a marker in Spring Grove Cemetery is that of an oak tree. The oak tree itself, represent the tree of life. Note The home has been restored by the society and one of the homes features is its four story tower offering magnificent views of the that the tree has a cut branch; this represents a life cut short. town of Milford. As you tour the home and view the stained glass windows and marble fireplaces tread carefully as you travel the staircases it is said that a hand on the staircase will grab your ankles. With the loft of lavender in the air could it be Aletheia, Pattison's first wife? Workers at the home have said they hear footsteps upstairs when they know there are no workers on the upper floors. Have the Pattison’s stayed around in their home long after their passing. Take a tour for yourself and see what you think? Tours to the general public are conducted on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1:30-4:30pm, see their website for more details. http://www.milfordhistory.net/


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Ghost Encounters at Gettysburg On three hot summer days in July the most famous and most important Civil War Battle occurred in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It began as a skirmish but by its end involved 165,000 Americans, approximately 20,000 of those Americans would loose their lives. We’ll take a look at few of those soldier’s spirits I encounter in my travels at Gettysburg. In March of 1997 I was in training with Dave Oester and was on my first training outing on the Wheatfields. There were two other groups on the fields and we were set up in a triangular pattern on the out skirts of the field. As our group was setting up our equipment, out of the corner of my eye I see what looks like to be a horse galloping toward us. I turn, look full on this galloping shadow to see a solder dismount the horse and move toward me and within a split second a cold hand touches my cheek. Needless to say I hadn’t developed my nerves of steal yet. Well, I freaked and made my group get into the van. As I sat there I realized that this is what all of us was waiting for. All of us pile out of the van and get back to what we were supposed to do, document this event. By that time my apparition had moved on and I had missed my chance. I only have my memory of that event which profoundly affected my paranormal career. The next day when the other groups met to review evidence gathered, both groups had witness my event from opposite sides of the Wheatfield. That was all the proof I needed. My next two encounters I would get my proof. One of which you can listen to today at our website. The EVP on our website was when we were at Devil’s Den. We began by placing a recorder in a small cave area of the rock formations. We completed our usually sweep of the area taking pictures, readings and did some EVP work. We started to pull out and realized we forgot our recorder; we go to retrieve it from its hiding spot and to our surprised we played back this EVP, “can’t get you out”. Maybe one of those soldiers was still living the event when his comrade was trapped by falling rocks.


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My last encounter was at Spangler’s Springs. I was doing an EVP session asking questions about the soldiers missing their loved ones, the EVP I got was back was a question directed to me. “Are you Debbie?” That was one of those times I wish I had the amplifier that we use today and could have heard what the spirit was asking me. It’s a shame that this area has now become a tourist trap with all the ghost tours. All and all I still think that everyone should visit this location at least once in their lifetime. It will change you, I know it did me. On this Fourth of July think about all those men and women who have given their lives for our country. And for all those soldiers who are overseas still fighting and for those MIA our thoughts and payers are with you and your families. May all come home soon. Joy Naylor Director


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Environmental Factors and the Paranormal Last month we focused on building mechanics and how a little knowledge in construction can help you debunk some “paranormal” activity. As promised we’re moving out of the basement and up to the main floors in this edition. When you were in the basement you should have noted what type of heat does the building have. Gas or electric forced air heat sometimes has dampers in the ductwork that can rattle when the air is blowing thru. This can even make floor or ceiling registers rattle. See where the air is moving towards. Moving a curtain or object to make it vibrate? If you’re looking at a hot water heating system the expansion in the pipes to the radiators cause noises at the radiators and all along the pathway of the pipes. Got electric baseboard heating? Those heaters can pop and ping all night. Keep in mind that the electric to these heaters is 220 and can emit high EMF. Dare I mention it again high EMF hyper sensitivity? Look for air currents from the above mention HVAC systems along with the ceiling fans, windows and

fireplaces. All this can mean cold spots, movement of light weight objects i.e., curtain movements. In a darken room curtain movement can cast a shadow across the room that can look like a figure if you’re half asleep. Be mindful of what time of day and time of year the occurrences take place.

functioning chimney. If it’s gas and not operational a good piece of advice is to have the gas pipe cut and capped below the hearth surface. Sometimes antennas or grounding wires have been attached to the chimney. You guest it, your dealing with potential high EMF in a place where you wouldn’t think there to be any.

Looking at the windows are they replacement windows or older wooden windows? If you’re in an older property that have or had those wooden windows, check the seals around the framing of the windows. Knock on the wall next to the framing. Hear a rattle or knock? Could be they didn’t remove the weights from the older windows. If you don’t have good caulking around the outside and the weights are still in there, you’ve got knocking on the walls.

Be mindful of the plumbing. Flush toilets, turn on water, and shower faucets. Have any pipes in the wall that might be banging? Use both hot and cold water. Remember like we mention in our earlier article sometimes a banging pipe only needs a fifty cent bracket to stop that “ghostly” noise.

Moving onto the fireplace, let's check to see if it’s operational. Does the damper work? Does it make a good seal or is it loose, vibrating or letting air come down the chimney. Listen … hear any birds or bats? They can make a home in a non

We have only just begun this interior inspection and there is still more to go over. I’ll let you digest this much information and next month we’ll look, or shall I say listen to all those “footsteps” and take an indepth look at the electrical system and EMF hypersensitivity. Joy Naylor Director


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Haunted Theatres continued from page 4 Victoria Theatre in Dayton opened January 1, 1866. The theatre was destroyed twice by fire and once by flood before the final building was opened in 1919. “Miss Vicki” was a part of a traveling show that came to the theatre during the 19th century. The story is that Miss Vicki went to her dressing room during a performance and was never seen again. Her personal effects were left in her dressing room; however, a black taffeta costume dress was missing. Miss Vicki opens and closes doors, giggles throughout the building. The smell of lilacs and roses, Vicki’s distinctive perfume will sometimes be smelled in the elevators. Some people have also reported hearing the rustling of a taffeta dress. The theatre is also said to be haunted by a man who committed suicide in the theatre and the ghost of a woman who was assaulted in the theatre but did not die there. It is said that if a man sits in the area where she was assaulted the temperature drops suddenly. There have been two reported incidents of men leaving with scratches on their back and finger marks on their face from being slapped. Check out their website here. The Walnut Creek Theatre is the home of the Mariemont Players. The Theatre originally was an old four room school house. It is said that the theatre is haunted by someone who does not like company. A sound man was scared by a voice that whispered in his ear to get out. The ghosts of Indians have also been seen in the theatre. Check out the website for the Mariemont players here.

Cincinnati Music Hall was built in 1878 with private funds and hosted the 1880 Democratic national convention. Music Hall is said to be haunted by the ghosts of those who were buried in a pauper’s cemetery that was located where Music Hall now stands. One of the stories is that a worker was in the building by himself when he heard laughing coming from the direction of the ballroom. Upon entering the ballroom, he found several men and women dressed in 1880’s clothing. Another incident occurred when several women were in the building preparing for a function. Suddenly they heard a woman’s voice singing. They searched the building but did not find anyone. The women reported that they were not afraid because the woman’s voice was so beautiful. A security guard reported hearing voices whispering angrily at him. Get more information here. Michele Hale Director


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There is a dark history in southwest Ohio that some people would much rather forget. Many of these tragedies have begun to fade away, forgotten in dusty books hidden on library shelves. The spirits of those involved in these tragedies, though, are not so easily forgotten. Many of the most popular historic sites and some of the lesser-known and forgotten corners of southwest Ohio are haunted by the spirits of those who lived and died there. Haunted Cincinnati and Southwest Ohio examines the ghostly history of more than 30 such locations. Haunted Cincinnati and Southwest Ohio tells ghost stories and reports historic events from area theaters, cemeteries, museums, parks, roads, railroad tracks and even a castle through more than 200 images. Perhaps the ghosts are history’s way of remembering the past. The authors hope the book will bring some of the lesser-known stories to light, and even educate Cincinnatians about ghosts that may roam in their own backyard! Also, by putting the history into print, they hope that they are able to help save some of the historic sites that are in danger of being torn down. Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Miamitown Ghost Tours at their website.

CAPER would like to thank Froggy’s Sportswear for all their support.

www.froggyssportswear.com 513-868-FROG (3764)

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Boo's Bulletin July 2009 by CAPER  

Learn about local haunts such as: Sorg Opera House, 20th Century Theatre, Promont in Milford. Experiences at Gettysburg. Cemetery Symbolism...

Boo's Bulletin July 2009 by CAPER  

Learn about local haunts such as: Sorg Opera House, 20th Century Theatre, Promont in Milford. Experiences at Gettysburg. Cemetery Symbolism...

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