Volume 4, Issue 4
Wartime Paranormal Jessica Johns & Allison Williams
Also Inside: • A Banshee Encounter In Ireland • Case Files: MCPRG Versus the Inhuman • How to Talk to People, Both Living & Dead • America’s Psychic Warfare Program Revealed April 2011 • Keith Engle’s New E-Field Detector
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INVESTIGATOR SPOTLIGHT Wartime Paranormal Explores Historic Battlefields
SPECIAL REPORT How to Talk to People: Both Living & Dead
AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT Psi Spies: The True Story of America’s Psychic Warfare Program — By Jim Marrs
CASE FILES OF THE UNKNOWN Cryptids & Mythological Creatures The Banshee
PERSONAL EXPERIENCES Ghost Hunter Case Files: Adventures in Ghost Hunting: MCPRG Versus the Inhuman George: A Ghost Story
DEPARTMENTS Contributors Ghost Hunter Comic Calendar of Events Equipment Update: E-Field Detector
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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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Rick E. Hale A native of Chicago, Rick investigates with the McHenry County
Paranormal Research Group. A paranormal researcher since the age of eight, he is happily married and digs Jazz. Rick 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.
J.D. Harrison J.D. is Paranormal Underground’s science editor. He is a working archaeologist with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and archeology and a minor in history. For the past 30 years, he has studied demonology, spirit manifestation, Cabalistic ritualism, and many other aspects of the paranormal. He has focused his studies on topics like Paganism, Wicca, Druidic, and Celtic practices, and other obscure religious ritualistic beliefs and practices. J.D. is neither a skeptic nor a believer in the paranormal, but instead believes that scientific observation is best served from a place of neither skepticism nor belief.
DJ Kemp Originally born in Yorkshire, England, DJ is both a skeptic and a believer in the paranormal. Regarding the paranormal and afterlife, he is most interested in what happens after mortal death. “Anything involving spirits and ghosts interests me, such as interactive hauntings or experiences, psychic impressions or environmental recordings at locations, what
happens to us between lives, reincarnation, past-lives, EVPs, and visual recordings of apparitions.”
John “Jack” Kenna Jack is a technical specialist and investigator for the paranormal team SPIRITS of New England in Winthrop, Massachusetts. He is also the case manager for the New England Center for the Advancement of Paranormal Science. Jack has had a strong interest in the paranormal since he was a child and has helped his SPIRITS team conduct numerous client investigations over the past two years, including an investigation for the U.S. Navy in 2010. Jack has been a technician and project leader for the Department of the Army for the last 26 years.
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.
Michelle M. Pillow Michelle is an award-winning author writing in many romance fiction genres, including futuristic and paranormal. A skeptical believer, she
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Andrew Selfridge Andy is an investigator with the Oklahoma City Ghost Club. A police officer by trade, he brings more than seven years of law enforcement experience and critical thinking to his investigative approach, with a strong emphasis on the purity of data collection and preservation of evidence. Andy says that a critical approach
to paranormal phenomena is essential, but also believes that a human, compassionate mentality is required when dealing with clients living with anomalous activity. He is also the host of Redshift Radio, Paranormal Tech Talk at http://okcgc.net.
Harry Warren Harry is from Dublin, Ireland and employed as a professional Telecoms Analyst. He has a long and abiding interest in studying the paranormal and photography. Harryâ€™s work, both fiction and non-fiction, has appeared in various magazines and publications, including Fate Magazine, Astronomy Ireland, and The Paranormal Magazine. He is currently investigating many of the haunted locations in Ireland.
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 â€” 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.
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Wartime Paranormal Explores Historic Battlefields
By Cheryl Knight
f you’re looking for the Wartime Paranormal team, you’ll most likely find them on a battlefield or at a historical site, camera and audio recorder in hand. The team’s paranormal investigators, Jessica Johns and Allison Williams, don’t miss an opportunity to search for the unknown at sites like the Chickamauga Battlefield, the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, and the Andersonville Prison Camp. And while Wartime Paranormal celebrated its one-year anniversary (in April 2011), Jessica and Allison share a passion for the unknown unrivaled by even the most tenured researchers. The team celebrated their one-year anniversary this April and joined Paranormal Underground to share their methodologies, beliefs, and evidence collected to date. ***** Q: When did your interest in the paranormal begin? Jessica: My interest was piqued when I was 16 because of a profound experience that I had the night before my grandfather’s funeral. Allison: I grew up listening to ghost stories rather than bedtime stories, so I’ve really always been interested.
Paranormal investigator Jessica Johns likes to research legends like The Mothman, The Bell Witch, and The Jersey Devil. Her interest in the paranormal was piqued after a “profound experience” when she was 16 years old. (Photos by Mike Noa © 2011)
Q: What types of paranormal phenomena interest you the most?
Q: Tell us about any personal paranormal experiences you’ve had.
Jessica: Besides the obvious “ghostly phenomena,” I really like the legends. Stuff like The Mothman, The Bell Witch, and The Jersey Devil are just really cool.
Jessica: It was about noon on a Thursday, and we were investigating Chickamauga Battlefield. I saw an apparition of a Union soldier walk right by me. It was amazing.
Allison: I enjoy hearing stories of demonic hauntings — not the kind you see on TV. I guess I would just like to find out if it’s real.
Allison: When I was in high school, I spent the night at a friend’s house that was supposedly haunted. They had a long crawlspace running
the length of the upstairs hallway. My friend told me that a little girl liked to run up and down the crawlspace at 1 a.m. every night. Needless to say, I didn’t want to stay awake to hear it, but she wouldn’t let me go to sleep. Sure enough, 1 a.m. on the dot, we heard loud footsteps running along the space upstairs. When it stopped, we heard a loud crash and a door slam. We went into her sister’s room (where the crawlspace opened into), and things were knocked off the shelves and the room was a mess.
shooting ideas off of Jessica. Q: What are your primary goals for investigating the paranormal? Jessica and Allison: Basically, we’d like to further the field with our experiments on “peak hours” and really prove to people that ghosts don’t only come out at night. Q: What types of cases have you investigated?
Q: What one personal paranormal experience has impacted you the most? Jessica: Going back to the night before my grandfather’s funeral — I felt his presence in the room, and I wasn’t the only one. We experienced strange lights, heavy breathing, and unexplained cold spots. It was the best possible first paranormal experience one could ask for.
Paranormal investigator Allison Williams grew up listening to ghost stories rather than bedtime stories.
Allison: See above.
based out of Ohio), and Ben Smith from Ghost Hunters Academy.
Q: Talk about the groups you’ve investigated with and what you’re doing now.
Q: What is your primary role while out on an investigation?
Jessica and Allison: We’ve investigated with Norcross Paranormal (based out of Norcross, Georgia) on multiple occasions, and have been able to experiment with our theory on “peak hours.”
Jessica: Well, before an investigation I do a lot of research, and I’m in charge of picking our locations. While at an investigation, the duties are pretty evenly divided between Allison and I.
“We like to keep it simple by using digital audio, a K-II, and a video camera.” Right now, we’re planning a lot this year, including a “retreat” with the guys from Lake Erie Paranormal and Crossover Paranormal (both
Allison: Like Jessica, I do a fair amount of research prior to our investigations, and while in the field I generally bounce technical and
Jessica and Allison: We really don’t do residential cases unless they are located on a battlefield. This isn’t because we don’t enjoy it, but more because we’ve had a lot of issues with people getting back to us to do reveals or even to confirm investigations. We really just stick to battlefields and other historic sites with war ties. Q: What methodologies do you employ during investigations? Jessica and Allison: We like to use the Era Cue method, which is the belief that one can energize spirits through familiar stimuli. This was a theory developed by the Klinge brothers. For example, when we investigated Andersonville, we walked around the hospital site reading the Catholic “Last Rites” that were read by a priest named Father Whelan. Also we tried playing a version of “taps” while walking through the prison camp. Q: What are the most common types of equipment you use on investigations? Jessica and Allison: We like to keep it simple — we have our digital audio, a K-II, and a video camera. That’s really all we need. Q: Whose work in the paranor-
The picture above was taken by Wartime Paranormal at a log cabin church in the Confederate Village in Andersonville, Georgia. Can you spot the shadow figure? (Wartime believes there is a shadow figure of a woman standing by the piano in the bottom right corner of the photo).
mal field do you respect the most and why? Jessica and Allison: Honestly, we respect anyone who is doing more to further this field and trying to get people to have an open mind about what we do. Q: You specialize in investigating battlefields and historical places. How did this focus come about? Jessica and Allison: We really just got tired of private residences not following up, so we decided to do something completely outside the box and headed to a battlefield. The first location was Kennesaw Mountain battlefield. Q: Name some of the battlefields and historical locations you’ve investigated and any paranormal evidence or experi-
ences from these locations. Jessica and Allison: Chickamauga Battlefield: We heard cannon fire on an EVP, heard “the dead” on an EVP, heard “get down” on an EVP, Jess saw a Union soldier apparition, and we had tons of K-II spikes. Also, we were at the Bloody Pond area and heard heavy footsteps coming out of the brush but saw no one. Al-
at the hospital site, as if someone was gasping for air — we were fortunate enough to have caught this on our audio. Also, we caught a still picture of a shadow figure inside of a church. The biggest, of course, was the full-bodied apparition of a prison guard that we saw at dusk. The Parsonage: Allison’s camera was moved from one spot in the room to the back of a closet in the room, the crawlspace door opened and closed numerous times (the first time it opened on its own, it was actually shut and locked), we caught a child laughing on an EVP (this was right after Allison’s camera disappeared), a loud bang came from the other crawlspace in the house, both of us caught an EVP saying, “Dad … dad,” and we caught a ton of unexplained loud footsteps on audio. We investigated the Parsonage both at night and during the daytime, and the activity explained above all took place between 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Kennesaw House: As this was a big event, there were a bunch of people investigating this with us, including Ashley Godwin from Ghost Hunters International. (Everything explained took place in the basement of the Kennesaw House.) We heard a little girl squealing, we heard a demonic voice saying something along the lines of “You don’t scare me,” someone had a
“Daytime investigations really define us.” lison felt like she was being touched when we were at the Gordon-Lee mansion’s slave quarters. Andersonville Prison Camp: We heard “Where does that go?” on an EVP, got a direct response saying “Why not?” on an EVP, and both of us heard an audible breathing while
small washer thrown at them, we caught breathing on our audio, we caught a direct response saying “no,” and the biggest was Allison getting scratched on the back. Q: You conduct daylight inves-
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Investigator Spotlight tigations. Why? Do you ever investigate at night or in the dark? Jessica and Allison: We conduct daylight investigations because we believe that paranormal activity doesn’t just stop because the sun comes out, and really, battles took place during the daytime, so what better time to investigate? In addition, most battlefields are owned and operated by the NPS and close around dusk. We did the Kennesaw House event at night and also the Parsonage. The Parsonage generated less evidence at night than it did during the day. We’ve never investigated the Kennesaw House during the day,
serious, but mostly we just like to have a good time. We’ve had influential guests on the show, such as Aron Houdini, Scotty Roberts, Ben Smith, Brad Klinge, Mark & Debby Constantino, and Phil Summers. It’s on every other Thursday night at 10 p.m. on liveparanormal.com. Q: What case will you remember the most and why? Jessica: Definitely Andersonville for multiple reasons. The place itself is really just humbling, and it’s hard to imagine what it would have looked like when it was teeming with 40,000-
“We’ve found digital audio and K-IIs to be reliable.” so we’re unsure about what we’d get there. We don’t really discriminate though, but we prefer the daytime — it really defines us.
plus soldiers when it was only built to hold 10,000. Also, we generated the most evidence there, and it was all between the early morning and dusk.
Q: Your team got started with the help of the Klinge brothers. How did that come about?
Q: Talk about common misconceptions about the paranormal field you’ve encountered?
Jessica: It all started when I Facebooked Brad Klinge about one year ago, telling him about our team (this was when we were still GHOST Atlanta), and I asked for his advice on how to keep a team together and about investigating battlefields. He then offered to help revamp our team, starting with the name and logo. He laid the foundation for what we do, and we’ve built on it ever since.
Jessica: Obviously that ghosts only come out at night! Also, that K-IIs and digital audio are unreliable.
Q: Tell us about your radio show? Jessica and Allison: It’s really just a chance for us to goof off while talking about our investigations and experiences. Sometimes it’s more
Q: What have been the most significant EVPs you’ve captured during investigations? Jessica: The two most significant were probably the growl we caught at the Kennesaw House right before Allison was scratched, as well as the direct response at Andersonville. We were at the Raider’s graves, and we were just having a normal conversation. I told Allison that our new shirts shrink when you wash them. She said, “What?” I asked, “Have you washed your shirt?” She said, “No.”
It was at this point that we got a direct response asking, “Why not?” Q: What has been your best video and photographic evidence caught to date? Jessica and Allison: The shadow figure we caught at the church in the Confederate village across the street from Andersonville. Q: What would Paranormal Underground’s readers be surprised to find out you? Jessica: I am absolutely obsessed with Britney Spears! I have the tattoos to prove it! Allison: My all-time favorite types of music are classic rock and oldies. Q: What words of wisdom would you offer amateur ghost hunters investigating for the first time? Jessica and Allison: It might be cliché, but really the best wisdom we could impart is to never give up and to always, despite anyone trying to bring you down, always follow your heart. Q: What sites do you have on your wish list to investigate? Jessica and Allison: Gettysburg — hands down. Q: What investigations or events are coming up for you? Jessica and Allison: Our next investigation is Allatoona Pass, and we’re speaking at an event in September. We’ll also be having a oneyear anniversary party for Wartime Paranormal on April 29 at Miller’s Ale House in Alpharetta, Georgia. ***** For more information on Wartime Paranormal, visit http://wartimeparanormal.yolasite.com/.
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How to Talk to People: Both Living & Dead
By John “Jack” Kenna, SPIRITS of New England/The New England Center for the Advancement of Paranormal Science
s an investigator and case manager for two paranormal teams, I field a lot of different questions from various clients and people interested in “ghost hunting.” Their questions are numerous and varied, everything from the typical “Do ghosts really exist?” to “How do I get rid of the demon in my house?” But the most common question I get is “How do I communicate with the ghost(s) in my house?” I find this to be one of the most interesting, complicated, and provocative questions that I am asked. You might ask why I think this is the case? First, it is interesting because the person asking is already assuming or convinced that they have a ghost in their home, or as a potential or new investigator, they have predisposed themselves to believing a spirit is present before they have even investigated. Second, it is complicated because of the first issue. I am about to respond to someone who typically knows nothing or very little about the paranormal or this field of study, but they are already convinced they are dealing with a ghost. Third, it is provocative because of all the questions I receive, this
There is much more to spirit communication than “just talking.” Approach communicating with spirits with the philosophy that “Ghosts are people too.”
one can even set seasoned paranormal investigators at odds with each other on how to communicate with those who have passed on, or even if direct communication should be attempted at all. Given these considerations, the following are my own thoughts and approach on “How to Talk to People, Both Living and Dead.”
Ghosts Are People Too Now, what I just wrote in quotations is exactly how I personally approach the topic of attempting to communicate with those who have died but still linger among us. As an investigator friend of mine once told me when I was starting out in this field, “Ghost were people too.” This statement, with the exception of demons, nature spirits, or other non-human type spirits is very accurate for the majority of human spirits that we may run into as paranormal investigators. These human spirits were just people like you or me that are now deceased. They once had families, jobs, emotions, problems, issues, and baggage just like the rest of us. So why not deal with them and talk to them just like we do living people. For me, this is exactly what I do and what I suggest to others. There is much more to it though than just “talking.” I also believe that body language and voice tone play a big part in talking with the dead just as much as it does with the living. Remember, from what we know so far as investigators, even though we can’t see spirits they seem to see us. The following is my approach and guidelines for attempting com-
munication with potential spirits, and people for that matter: Don’t Be Confrontational 1. Don’t assume there is a spirit in the location you’re investigating. Now this may seem odd or even crazy to some of you (i.e., Then what the heck am I about to try to communicate with?). The point here is, don’t get your expectations up that you are going to get a response or have a two-way conversation. It just doesn’t happen that way, and you’re going to get bored very quickly and give up way too soon if you have high expectations to talk with a ghost. 2. Relax, sit down, lean against a wall, and get comfortable — as if you are about to have a conversation with a friend. 3. Take a non-confrontational posture. Don’t cross your arms tightly or sit hunched over in a ball. These are all postures that indicate you are not open to conversation or any type of interaction and could even be considered defensive postures. If you’re standing, keep your arms loosely at your sides with your hands slightly outwards, or if you do cross them, keep them loosely crossed with your hands showing outside on your elbows. If you’re sitting down, lean back with your hands on top of your legs with your palms up. Both of these postures indicate that you are non-defensive, non-confrontational and open to listening and talking. Also, if you’re sitting, it is okay to lean forward with your arms still out on top of your legs and your palms up. This position actually indicates that you are very interested in hearing what the other person has to say. The most important thing here is to appear as physically non-threatening and as open to conversation as possible. People in general are more likely to engage in conversation with someone they don’t know that appears to be friendly,
open, and outgoing than someone who seems to be crabby, angry, upset, or just plain snobbish. Tone Makes a Difference 4. When speaking, speak in a friendly, calm, quiet, and even happy tone of voice. Don’t start by being demanding or asking demanding type questions, such as “Tell me your name.” Try a more friendly approach, just as with a live person.
Yes, I said feeling and thinking. If you are dealing with a possible intelligent haunting, then you must accept the fact that a spirit involved in an intelligent haunting is capable of emotions and thought. I believe that in these types of hauntings, the spirit or spirits involved still maintain the personalities, feelings, and perhaps even mental state of mind that they had when they were alive. I believe this is at least a good
“Try a more friendly approach, just as with a live person.” Introduce yourself first, “Hello my name is … Can you please tell me your name?” Some investigators believe that it is dangerous to give out your name to spirits, as they believe it can empower the spirit to have an advantage over them. This may or may not be true, but I personally look at it from the perspective that as spirits, if there is one there, they already have a big advantage over me in many ways. I don’t see how trying to be polite and giving them my first name can give them that much more of an advantage. I personally have never had a problem with at least giving out my first name; although just to be on the safe side, I never use my last name. Also, during an investigation good team members are always tagging who is in and/or investigating a room by identifying each member by their first name, so your name is already tossed out there anyway. Again, the point here is to start off by being polite and friendly. Most people you introduce yourself to will then introduce themselves to you. As you carry on your conversation and questioning, be considerate of and think about what this bodiless person may be feeling or thinking.
assumption to go by when attempting to communicate; as with a person you never met before, you just don’t know what type of personality or individual you are dealing with until you have spent some time with them. In the case of dealing with a potential spirit, it is even more of a question as you may not know if you are even talking with someone until after the investigation is done and you review your data (audio and video). Be Patient and Vigilant 5. Be very patient. Patience, especially in this field of work, is a BIG virtue. Even for an experienced investigator, it can literally take hours before getting any type of response that “might” indicate the presence of paranormal activity, let alone the presence of a true intelligent spirit. Most of the time nothing is experienced during the investigation, or only one or two of the team members will experience something out of the ordinary. 6. Be vigilant. Pay close attention to your surroundings. What is there? Also, pay attention to any changes in it. This can make the difference between knowing if something is trying to communicate with you or not. This is also
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It’s good to know at least some of the history of the building or area you are investigating so that you can use it in your attempt to communicate.
very true for paying attention to what your body and senses are telling you. Many paranormal investigators, myself included, believe that “you” are the best piece of investigative equipment that you have. Your body is very sensitive to even small changes in temperature, humidity, air density, gravity, and even electromagnetic fluctuations and fields. Use your senses. When you enter a room, sit down, relax, and “feel” the room. Is it cold, hot, warm, humid, dry; is the air heavy, light, dense, etc.? What sounds are in the room? What light is entering the room? Changes in any of these things could be an indication that something out of the ordinary is happening. But what does this have to do with communication? Since it is much more difficult to talk with someone that you can’t see or hear than it is someone who is sitting right in front of you, you must rely on what you can see, hear, and feel to help you carry on a hopefully interesting and engaging conversation. For instance, since it is likely that any possible spirit you are trying to communicate with lived in or at least is somehow attached to the building or grounds you are investigating, look around to see what is there. Is there
something about the building or area that you can bring up in conversation that they might be interested in or might be important to them? This is why it’s also good to know at least some of the history of the building or area you are investigating so that you can use it in your attempt to communicate. Since it is rare to actually hear a verbal response, listen for noises that seem out of place, or try to sense changes in the area you’re investigating. This could indicate someone is trying to communicate with you or that you hit on a subject matter that perhaps has caught the interest of whomever might be there. Ask Concise and Friendly Questions 7. Ask relevant, concise, lucid and friendly questions. When you’re talking with a friend or stranger, your conversation always follows a specific train of thought in regards to a topic you are discussing. If you ask a question, it is always relevant to the subject being discussed, and your questions are typically short and to the point so that you can hopefully get an answer to your questions. When attempting to contact a spirit, you are typically asking ques-
tions in order to try and obtain a response. In this case, it is very important to maintain a line of questioning (keep to a subject matter), and keep the questions short and clear. The following is an example of a line of questioning I like to use when attempting to talk with a potential spirit: a. “Hello, my name is Jack.” b. “I was invited by the other people who live here to come and try to talk with you. Could you please come close and talk with me?” c. “Can you please tell me your name?” d. “I work for … . Can you tell me what work you do or did?” e. “I love my job. Do or did you like yours?” f. “My job doesn’t make me rich, but it helps me support my family. Do you have a family?” This should at least give you an idea of what I’m getting at here. In the last question you can also see how I use this simple line of questioning to expand the conversation and lead into the new topic of family from the topic of work. The transition is fairly smooth, even though I’m really having a one-sided conversation, but the train of thought still flows evenly and would be very similar to a conversation I might have with a person that I had just met for the first time. What you don’t want to do is jump from one topic to another in a mess of jumbled questions. The following is an example of a poor line of questioning: a. What is your name? b. Why are you here? c. When did you die? d. How did you die? e. Why do you stay here? f. Why do you haunt this place? g. Did you have a family? Although these questions may be clear and concise, they are rude and jumbled. Think of it this way; if
someone you never met before just sat down in your home and started asking you questions like these, how would you react? Personally, I would be offended and would tell them to leave or “Get out!” Maybe that’s why investigators get that EVP so often. When Is Provoking Appropriate? I’m sure you have noticed that I have focused on positive communication here, but many of you may be asking, “What about provoking to get a response?” I do believe that provoking does have its place when investigating, but in my opinion “provoking” does not mean being abusive. Provoking can be as simple as saying something like, “Well, I think it’s pretty rude that I came all this way to talk with you and you won’t respond to me!” or “If you’re not going to talk with me then I’m leaving.”
I do not believe in swearing at or being verbally abusive. Although I do know that some investigators believe that this technique works best, I disagree. Like with living people, when you become verbally abusive to someone, they tend to become negative themselves, and then shut down, so to speak. You may get one quick immediate knee-jerk reaction, but then they take off and don’t speak to you again. If part of our purpose here as paranormal investigators is to try and communicate with those who have passed on, then we should want to try and keep the communication going for as long as possible in order to try and gather as much data as possible to validate the existence of the paranormal. In my opinion, provoking does not help to accomplish this. And in the case where a client is in-
volved, abusive verbal provoking can possibly cause even more problems for the client if they are experiencing a true haunting. Why? Because now the spirit may be very upset and take its anger and frustration out on the client since the investigator is no longer there. Just as any typical living person does when they are angry or upset, we tend to take our frustrations out on others. Again, I encourage you to remember that “Ghosts were people too.” Try talking to them with the same level of respect and compassion that you would any living person. By doing so, you just might find that you not only get potential responses from any spirits that might be present, but you may also find that you have more fun, feel better about your investigations, and that your clients are impressed by the professionalism of you and your team.
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Psi Spies: The True Story of America’s Psychic Warfare Program By Jim Marrs By Michelle Pillow, www.michellepillow.com
im Marrs has led an interesting life. As a journalist, he’s worked as a police reporter and a general assignments reporter covering stories in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. He served with the Fourth Army Intelligence Unit during the Vietnam War, where he became a military and aerospace writer and an investigative reporter. His 1989 book, Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy, met with critical acclaim, becoming a New York Times bestseller, and ultimately was the basis for the Oliver Stone film JFK, where he served as a chief consultant for both the film’s screenplay and production. Since then, Marrs has written Alien Agenda, a book about UFOs, as well as books on secret societies, ancient mysteries, psychic warfare, and 9/11 conspiracies. In 1993, Marrs was awarded Freedom Magazine’s Human Rights Leadership Award. He’s appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, CSPAN, and the Discovery, Learning and History Channels; Good Morning America, Geraldo, Montel Williams, Today, Tech TV, and Larry King Live; and the George Noory and Art Bell radio programs, among others. I had the chance to talk to him about his book, Psi Spies: The True Story of America’s Psychic Warfare Program, and his own personal experiences with remote viewing.
Jim Marrs’ investigation into the secret remote viewing programs conducted by the CIA and U.S. Army is finally revealed in Psi Spies.
***** Q: In your book, Psi Spies, you delve into the world of psychic warfare. What inspired you to write about this? Jim: Following the success of my first book, Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy, I went around the country asking what people thought was the next big secret government cover-up. Almost unanimously, I was told that they wanted to know the truth about UFOs. So I started reestablishing my contacts within the
UFO research community, which had languished since I resigned as a newspaper reporter in 1980. In so doing, I was contacted by a source in the Midwest who sent me a transcript of a speech by a military intelligence officer in early 1992. He was talking quite matter-of-factly about UFOs. I contacted this man and was thus introduced to the thensecret and fascinating world of the military remote viewers. Q: Psi Spies uncovers the true story behind the Army’s re-
mote viewing program, which was hidden under several code names: Grill Flame, Center Lane, Sun Streak, and Star Gate. What is remote viewing as the U.S. Government has practiced it? Jim: Remote Viewing, or RV, is a psychic ability that in the past had been called clairvoyance, prophecy, or soothsaying. Although recorded by all cultures throughout human history, it was believed simply an occult fantasy until scientific studies during the 20th Century confirmed its existence. Very simply put, RV is the ability to perceive people, places, and things at a distance by means other than the normal five senses. The government did not invent or create RV. It is inherent in each of us. The government simply developed techniques to sharpen this ability and call it forth on demand. Q: Why and how long did our government fund the Psi Spies remote viewing unit to spy on other countries? How were the CIA, the U.S. Army, and the Defense Intelligence Agency involved? Jim: RV studies began as a reaction to reports that the former Soviet Union and its Eastern European allies were seriously studying psychic phenomena. The CIA initiated the first studies into remote viewing. When the CIA drew criticism in the 1970s for questionable projects, such as assassinations, the RV program was picked up and used operationally by the U.S. Army. In later years, other agencies — such as the DIA — became involved in both the study and use of remote viewing. Q: How do you know that remote viewing works? Are
you a remote viewer? If so, who trained you and what has been your experience? Jim: I became convinced that remote viewing actually works by noting the historical record, replete with reports of both psychic events and scientific studies. Furthermore, the combined narratives of the Psi Spies,
Mexico architecture. I then saw the floor plan of this office from an overhead, or bird’s eye, perspective. After arriving in Albuquerque, I learned that the viewers were temporarily operating out of a private home, which bore no resemblance to what I had seen. I figured my career as a remote viewer was over and promptly forgot the incident.
“Remote viewing is the ability to perceive people, places, and things at a distance by means other than the normal five senses.” many decorated military intelligence officers, confirmed the reality of this technology. And lastly, I have tried it for myself. In October 1992, I was preparing to travel from my home in Texas to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to meet some military remote viewers. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I already knew it concerned remote viewing. I decided that I would try remote viewing before I left. I had been told that they were planning to build an office, so I thought I would attempt to view their office. Already having some knowledge of meditative techniques, especially transcendental meditation, I just sat quietly in a comfortable chair and closed my eyes, wondering in my mind what the office would look like. I immediately got the image of an office in what appeared to be a strip shopping center or plaza. The corners were higher than the rest of the building, and there was something sticking out near the roof. Not knowing then about the danger of analytical overlay, which is allowing your conscious mind to insert images into the RV, I thought that these jutting objects must be the wood beams so prevalent in New
Then on August 16, 1993, I returned to Albuquerque. There I was informed that because training had become a priority, the viewers had postponed building plans and had rented office space to conduct training. I was reminded of my earlier description of their office and handed back my drawing, which carried a stick-on note reading, “Good job, Jim! Spontaneous AOL sketch.” I was then driven to the new office, and it indeed resembled what I had seen and described almost a year earlier. The office was in a complex that was like a strip shopping center. It was a dark earth tone and the corners were higher than the remainder of the building. But instead of wooden beams near the roof, there were lion heads jutting from each corner. My drawing of the office building’s floor plan matched the building’s printed floor plan 100 percent, hallway for hallway, office for office. I was told this was a case of my looking forward into time rather than viewing the present. It was certainly an eye — and mind — opening experience for me. However, I do not consider myself a remote viewer
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Author Spotlight because I have not been fully trained nor do I practice this ability on a regular basis. But I soaked in all the information from the Psi Spies, obtained some preliminary instruction, and have not only done remote viewing myself but have taught it in several venues. And I have been tested for my remote viewing ability and, surprisingly, found that I am pretty good at it. During one test, I tried to call a halt to it because all I could see was this potted plant in the office where I was being tested. It turned out my target was indeed the potted plant, which I correctly saw as artificial even though I had gone nowhere near it.
Jim: There never was a serious attempt to kill President Reagan with RV. It was a case of the Secret Service becoming concerned that such a thing might be possible. However, they were assured by the Psi Spies that, while enemy psychic spies might be able to look in on the President, it was doubtful that they could harm him physically.
sified government program. But some members such as David Morehouse and Mel Riley felt strongly enough that the remote story needed to be brought to the public that they were willing to talk. Other Psi Spies were willing to talk, but only off the record. Today, most of their information is now available to the public.
Q: How were you able to get interviews for your book with members of the Psi Spies unit
Q: Are the government-trained remote viewers teaching people how to use this psychic technology? Is it still being used for psychic warfare?
Q: Why does our government continue to deny that the RV program was used to penetrate the Kremlin and to help end the Cold War? And how was it used by the Soviet Union against us? Jim: The government used a skewed study in an attempt to disparage RV because they want to keep this ability for themselves. They certainly do not want the civilian population using remote viewing to see through government-generated misinformation and disinformation. The Soviets used their version of the Psi Spies; they called them â€œextrasensorsâ€? to spy on us. This mutual penetration of secrets by both sides may have ended the Cold War, which was based entirely on secrets. Once the secrecy was pierced by both sides, the Cold War collapsed. Q: How has remote viewing helped to prevent espionage and crimes, such as the assassination of President Ronald Reagan?
According to Jim Marrs, the former Psi Spies are using their military remote viewing training to instruct their students in how to control and use this ability. Many still do remote viewing themselves to learn more about themselves and the universe.
and their supervisors and consultants? Jim: It was quite difficult, in fact nearly impossible, to get straight answers to my questions to Psi Spies members back in the early 1990s. This was, after all, a Top-Secret clas-
Jim: Many of the governmenttrained remote viewers are today teaching their techniques to a whole new generation of remote viewers. This should prove to the skeptical that it really works. Why else would these former military intelligence officers continue to work with this technology? No one is willing say for certain if the government is still using remote viewing today. Officially, it has been said that the government no longer has a remote viewing unit, and this appears to be technically correct. However, from my sources, I know that some trained remote viewers are now embedded within certain agencies and military units, such as the Navy SEALS and Army Rangers. Additionally, I know that when government officials want a remote viewing study, they simply contract such with one of the former Psi Spies. This way they get the RV study but can deny that tax money is being spent on maintaining a psychic unit. Q: Have any of the military remote viewers seen UFOs? If so, are viewers continuing UFO research and monitoring?
Jim: While none of the Psi Spies were officially ordered to view UFOs, they nevertheless encountered them while pursuing other targets. This is another reason the government wants to depreciate remote viewing. It can lead to direct knowledge of the reality of nonhuman craft visiting Earth. Some of the former Psi Spies speak openly about this, while others fear the ridicule such talk provokes in some people. But all had encounters with unworldly craft. Each and every Psi Spy, at one time or another, encountered craft interacting with the Earth piloted by non-humans. To the best of my knowledge, there is no organized and coordinated RV study of UFOs being conducted today, which is unfortunate. Q: Does the U.S. government and other governments continue to utilize remote viewers as spies? How are independent viewers now practicing remote viewing for their own purposes? Jim: Officially, the U.S. government is out of the RV business. There is no longer an RV unit or group operating with taxpayer funds. However, within many agencies and military units there is one or more persons trained in remote viewing. In a military operation, for example, how could a commander not want to have someone who can give him some idea of what is over the next hill? The former Psi Spies are using their military RV training to instruct their students in how to control and use this ability. Many still do RV themselves to learn more about themselves and the universe. Q: What is the next big secret government cover-up? Jim: The continued suppression
of extraterrestrial technology, as well as the knowledge regarding the reality of UFOs and their occupants remains certainly the biggest ongoing cover-up of the past 60 years, perhaps in all human history. Q: Why do you think readers, and society in general, are fascinated by the paranormal?
Q: What are your favorite paranormal shows, movies and books? Jim: Since I spend my days dealing with serious subjects — government conspiracies, the collapsing economy, the emerging police state, assassinations, etc. — for relaxation I love to read and watch totally escapist material. I especially enjoy Grade-B horror flicks done creatively and well
“While none of the Psi Spies were officially ordered to view UFOs, they nevertheless encountered them while pursuing other targets.” Jim: I think that each of us down deep knows there is more to life than our three-dimensional physical reality, and we all would like to think there is some meaning and purpose in life. The paranormal, which impinges upon all of us once and awhile, is evidence that some things are going on that we don’t consciously know about or are being reported in the mainstream and conventional corporate mass media news. A study of the paranormal expands one’s worldview and broadens one’s knowledge.
on a low budget. A good recent example of this is a movie entitled I Sell the Dead. I also love the old Frankenstein and Wolfman movies of my childhood, and I read a lot of science fiction. I was reading sci-fi back in the 1940s and 50s, even before it became an established literary genre. And being male, I have always liked the war movies and books. I grew up reading Mad comics and the later magazines, which probably accounts for my sardonic view of the conventional world.
Q: Do you have any paranormal pet projects?
Q: Have you ever had a paranormal or psychic experience?
Jim: I have no particular pet paranormal project or issue. I am interested in just about everything that comes along, from ghost stories and Sasquatch to UFOs and the Chupacabra. When I learn of some new narrative or issue, I place it in what I call my “Huh?” file. I say, “Huh?” and file away the information. Then, over time, as that particular file grows thicker, I usually can decide if the topic has some substance or if it is just a hoax or one person’s idea.
Jim: I have had several experiences that I would have difficulty in finding a conventional explanation for, but nothing that was overtly paranormal. In college, I might have experienced a ghostly apparition, and I have seen some most peculiar lights in the night sky. But mostly, I feel like I have always been a good reporter because I learned to trust my intuition. I could always sense which source was telling me the truth and which was lying to me. In my study of remote viewing,
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Author Spotlight I was taught and tested and found to have good ability at remote viewing. This confirmed my faith in my intuition. Anyone who is sensitive to the energies of the universe can experience the soft, subtle sensations of psychic frequencies, which can act as a good guide on life’s path. Some folks simply know when to put on the seat belt or when to cross to the other side of the street. If one does not think they can sense this energy, they should study and practice until they get it.
She described it as small, with a large head and strange hands that seemed more like mittens. It had large dark eyes. “It was definitely not human,” she added. I immediately thought of the typical small alien ‘gray,’ especially as I was hearing this in Roswell. Others in the center confirmed that there were reports of this short creature dating back to at least the early 1950s. When I checked old maps against new satellite images, I was amazed to find that the site of the “haunted” second-floor
“A study of the paranormal expands one’s worldview and broadens one’s knowledge.” Q: When we were talking earlier, you alluded to an alien ghost in Roswell, New Mexico. Have you been to Area 51? Was there really an alien ghost? Jim: In 2004, I was in Roswell, New Mexico, taping a television documentary at the New Mexico Rehabilitation Center, which, until the base closed in 1967, was the hospital for Walker Air Force Base. The center’s Assistant Director Jacqueline Allen gave me permission to film on an upper floor wing of the facility, but added that the employees did not like to go there because they believed the wing was haunted. Interviews with several of the center’s employees confirmed this fear. Finally, I talked to Josie Morones, a night nurse tech, who said she had actually seen the apparition. “It was kind of shocking,” she said. “And it happened twice. The first time I saw this thing, I didn’t tell anyone because I figured they would think I had gone crazy. But after I saw it a second time, I realized that this was real, so now I don’t mind talking about it.”
wing was on the exact spot of the original wooden hospital at what was then known as the Roswell Army Air Base, the place where alien bodies were taken in 1947 according to reports. So it would seem there is an alien ghost in Roswell, but then, why not? Throughout history there have been reports of ghost people and even animals. In fact, the military Psi Spies reported that the famous Loch Ness Monster might be a dinosaur ghost, since it seemed real to their viewing but could not be traced backward to an originating point or forward to a destination. It just seemed to appear and then disappear. Q: What does the future hold for you? Any new books planned? Jim: My latest book, The TrillionDollar Conspiracy: How the New World Order, Man-Made Diseases and Zombie Banks Are Destroying America, was on sale in June 2010. Paranormal devotees might like to know that my original title was Zombie Nation, because like zombie banks, which have more debts than assets yet still operate, we Americans
are dead broke as a nation (we now owe more than $12 trillion), yet we still go through the motions of life. The publishers changed the title because they felt someone would buy it thinking it was a horror novel. It is indeed a horror story, but, unfortunately, it is not fiction. This book deals not only with the financial collapse but with strange new man-made illnesses, toxic vaccines, a dumbed-down education system, and political corruption that has gone off the chart, as well as the growing police state. But it also offers some ideas on how to remedy the situation. It will be an eye-opener for those people whose world view is caught in the electronic matrix woven by the corporate mass media. Q: You can insert your own question, if there’s a paranormal topic you’d like to talk about that wasn’t asked. Jim: I think this about covers it. My most sincere thanks to both my readers and those folks whose minds are open enough to deal seriously with the paranormal, outlandish though it may seem to those conditioned to think only in certain ways. *****
Thank you for joining us Jim! To learn more about “Psi Spies: The True Story of America’s Psychic Warfare Program,” published by HarperCollins, or Jim Marrs’ newest release, “The Trillion Dollar Conspiracy,” please visit JimMarrs.com. Psi Spies Specs: Paperback: 195 pages Publisher: Alienzoo Inc (December 10, 2000) Language: English # ISBN-10: 9781588790231 # ISBN-13: 978-1588790231
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Case Files of the Unknown: Cryptids & Mythological Creatures
The Banshee By Harry Warren
hat a beautiful late winters day it had been. Motoring along the rugged West Coast of Clare, ink black rain clouds glided over the Atlantic. Laser-like shafts of sunlight penetrated gaps in the clouds and illuminated the white-capped waves that sparkled brilliantly like sea diamonds. Following the hedge-covered road sign, I turned inland and soon found the magnificent Dolman of Poulnabrone. Its giant cap stone, weighing who knows how many tons, standing in mute testimony to the ingenuity of the ancient Gaelic race that built it. This was more than an ancient tomb, it was a place of magic. The early evening rapidly closed in as I took my photographs and quickly surveyed the giant megaliths astronomical alignments for future study. In the winter gloaming, this was a magical landscape, a shadow land of ghosts. The area of Ireland’s West Coast, known as the Burren, was described by Cromwell’s land surveyor, Ludlow, as a “savage land, yielding neither water enough to drown a man, or a tree to hang him, nor soil enough to bury him.” Perhaps he may have come, like me, in winter to this mystical place. Nowhere, though, seemed more haunted that evening than the silent lands of this
“I heard a piercing wail that froze my blood, a macabre cry filled with unearthly sadness ... There was no earthly wind capable of producing such a tortuous cry.” (Photo: © Harry Warren)
magnificent limestone wilderness bereft of trees and grass. Night descends early in spring. Long shadows began to cloak the landscape. The approaching dark was now vampire-like, draining the color from the scenery. It was time to return to my rented cottage as the weather grew stormier. I drove past Fanore’s megalithic tombs — wondrous ancient sites are commonplace here — past mystical Slieve Elva, a 1,200 metre peak,
striding alongside me like the mythical giant Cuchulain on his way to the sea. The undulating road made the lights of the nearby town of Lahinch dance like fairy lights along the bobbing horizon. I arrived at the old cottage, now sympathetically modernized, but cloaked in total darkness — a local power blackout had occurred due to the stormy weather. The cottage was the ancestral home of the Kavanaghs, and they
now rented it to visitors. As their family grew, they moved their home to their new household on the nearby farm. It was pitch dark when I entered inside the welcoming doorway. Thank heavens for my key ring flashlight! Finding some candles in the hallway cupboard, I lit them and settled down with a warming whisky as I listened to Mozart on the, thankfully, batterypowered radio. Candle-lit shadows flickered and danced to the tune of the odd draught about the room. After a long, tiring day, and despite the blustery weather, I fell into a deep sleep. I was soon to be roused from my gentle slumbers. My Encounter With a Banshee It was after midnight when I first heard it, a terrifying unearthly sound. Opening my eyes, I sat bolt upright at the loud piercing wail. The strange cry rose at first and then fell in sympathy with the wind. Then silence, akin to a long pause for breath. I listened intensively with fear, my senses heightened. The fireplace mantel clock’s ticking had come to seem like a hammer and anvil, the prolonged gap between seconds growing ever longer. Was I half dreaming and still in that ethereal place between the real and the imagined? The darkness always teemed with unexplained sounds, especially in a place as atmospheric as this. Then I heard a piercing wail that froze my blood, a macabre cry filled with unearthly sadness, which emanated from close by. Was it the wind somehow twisted into a bloodcurdling howl as it blew through the old ruins at the top of the hill? No, the mournful wail was coming from somewhere off to the left. There was no earthly wind capable of producing such a tortuous cry. I
“My encounter with a Banshee began here at this cottage, rented to me by the Kavanaghs, that resided on Ireland’s West Coast, known as the Burren.” (Photo: © Harry Warren)
wanted to close my eyes and to block my ears from hearing it, but I had to investigate. Opening the cottage door, the flickering candles were quickly extinguished by the breeze. Moonlight escaped through small gaps in the cloud, pouring pale light over the landscape. And then, a terrible cry, both frightening and infinitely sorrowful, drew my attention to the opposite side of a nearby stream, where silently and sparkling, the moon-lit waters flowed gently along. The strong breeze swirled a heavy mist despairingly into the stream. Out of the corner of my eye, for a brief instant, I saw her. Tall and slender, a moonlit face with soulless eyes looked beyond me, her long grey-white hair was fanned out by the breeze as she moaned the most terrifying, almost human, wail I had ever heard, her sinuous hands clasping and unclasping in a torment of sadness. Suddenly her graceful body became as one with the mist, and in the blink of an eye she was gone,
dispersed with the mist as it rolled across the limestone-strewn field. Her sorrow-filled wails were now replaced by the howling wind twisting and tumbling the mist along the way. The Woman of the Mound I slowly became aware of the cold beads of sweat on my shirt and tore myself, now thoroughly frightened, back to the cottage, bolting the door behind me, with only my thumping heartbeat for company. Knowing the meaning of that dreadful wail, fearful thoughts of the future raced through my mind. I wished the morning would never come, and despite the late hour I rang home to check again on my family. What had I heard, but the Banshee, or more correctly in Irish Gaelic, the “Bean Sidhe��� — literally, the “Woman of the Mound.” But what is this spectral wailing creature and why does she cry? Is she one being, or is she many? A Banshee is an Elemental of the
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Case Files of the Unknown: Cryptids & Mythological Creatures There is some debate whether she will lament for those who have married into these families over the centuries, as long as they have some of the original families’ blood in their veins. Distance does not matter to her, and there are reports of hearing her from all areas of the globe wherever the Irish Diaspora has settled. Her lamenting or “keening,” from the Irish Gaelic word “Caoineadh,” has been heard in America, England, and Australia — in fact, wherever the true Irish have settled. But as they have never forgotten their blood ties to their homeland, neither does she.
“Historically, the Banshee has made her mark as well. In 1437, King James 1st of Scotland was visited by a Banshee in human form who foretold his murder at the hands of the Earl of Atholl.” (Photo: © Harry Warren)
Fairy world that is a harbinger, or messenger, of death. Unlike the more familiar image of the dark Angel of Death, Azrael, being a tall skeletal hooded figure, the Banshee appears in human form in the three-fold guise of the Fairy goddess of war and death, The Badhbh, Macha, and Mor-Rioghain. She appears either as the young maiden, the stately matron, or the old hag. She has also been witnessed in animal form as the crow, the weasel, the stoat, and the hare. All of these animals are associated with witchcraft in Ireland. There are as many individual Banshees as there are families of noble Gaelic lineage. She is not a vengeful creature, but cries out of sorrow for the family she is associated with, her wails foretelling the imminent death of a family member. Unusually, it is virtually unknown for the dying person she is
crying for to hear her. The majority of the time, it is a relative being forewarned of the impending death of a family member. The Banshee may be heard lamenting at the ancestral home of one of the family members in Ireland as they lay dying over sea. She may also attend a burial where here presence is heard weeping in the background. When she comes in the form of a crow, she will tap at a window or door three times to foretell a death. Over the centuries, she has appeared to many people, though she is more often heard, and is only occasionally seen by witnesses. She is more frequently heard at night, and her wailing foretells a death of members of certain Irish families of noble Celtic lineage, the Kavanaghs, the O’Connors, the O’Gradys, the O’Neills, and the O’Sullivans, and many others whose surname begin with either “O’” or “Mac.”
Banshee Lore Unfolded Historically, the Banshee has made her mark as well. In 1437, King James 1st of Scotland was visited by a Banshee in human form who foretold his murder at the hands of the Earl of Atholl. The most famous Banshee is Aiobheall. She appeared in human form to the Irish Chieftain O’Hartigan on the 23rd of April 1014, prior to the Battle of Clontarf. A battle whereby the Irish finally beat the Vikings, driving them back into the sea at Clontarf near Dublin, and ending their political rule in Ireland forever. The Banshee Aiobheall, not wishing the ordinary mortal O’Hartigan to die, begged him not to fight in the battle. If he would not fight for a single day, she promised him life and happiness for 200 hundred years. Being the bravest and most loyal of Brian Boru, the High King of Munster’s generals, O’Hartigan refused. Aoibheall then prophesied that O’Hartigan and Brian Boru, along with his son Turlough, would all die in the forthcoming battle. Prior to the battle, she was witnessed
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Case Files of the Unknown: Cryptids & Mythological Creatures at various rivers and streams as a portent of doom washing bloodstained warriors tunics until the water ran red with blood. After the battle, she moved among the slain warriors on the battlefield, wailing her ghostly cries. Aiobheall is the Banshee of the Royal House of Munster, and today there are reports of her being seen and heard above the river Shannon at the southern end of Lough Derg.
said that it sounded as if every Banshee in Ireland was keening. The Banshee can be a terrifying spectral figure because she foretells death, but she is really a caring Elemental of the families she visits. She only becomes more visible when those whom she loves are passing on. Some have conjectured that the Victorian concept of an individualized “Guardian Angel” may have risen from the older Celtic
“A gathering together of a group of Banshees foretells the death of an important personage.” Nearby, there is a low earthworks and a mound of stones that mark the 9th Century fort of Prince Lachtna. Further up on the eastern flank of Lough Derg, there is an ancient well, Tobereevul; it streams forth from beneath a low rock among the ferns. And over to the west side, above a lonely valley, there is a long-forgotten battlefield, called ‘Crag Liath, where shields were cleft,’ noted as a site of one of Brian Boru’s earlier battles with the Vikings. It is here that she walks atop a high crag, called Craganeevul. Are Banshees Malign Beings? A gathering together of a group of Banshees foretells the death of an important personage, and of course they do not like the graves for which they have wept at to be disturbed. There were numerous accounts of a ghastly wailing that occurred in 1938, when the Giants’ Grave in County Limerick, Ireland, a wellknown megalithic passage tomb, was excavated and the human remains were relocated to a nearby castle. The Banshees were heard wailing throughout central Ireland; it was
myths of the Banshee. The Banshee is not a malign being. As the poet, and member of the Order of The Golden Dawn, W.B.Yeats said, “You will with the Banshee chat and will find her good at heart.” After my nocturnal encounter, a sleepless night ensued, followed by the feeble light of sunrise that was cloaked in a misty haze, resulting in the blanking out of the rest of the world. In the cold stillness I packed my things and made my way with a heavy heart, trudging slowly down the country lane to the farmyard gate of the Kavanaghs to pay my bill. The name Kavanagh being one of the ancient Irish dynasties, and after my terrifying nocturnal encounter, I feared the worst. Opening the gate I noted the drawn curtains on the farmhouse, very unusual in a busy farm, but often done as an outward sign of respect in the case of a recent death. Fearing the worst and with a heavy heart, I knocked at the door of a house in silence. The door was opened by her smiling weary-eyed son. I asked for Mrs. Kavanagh. She was still asleep,
he said. They had a “late night” celebrating her daughter’s twenty-first birthday and would I fancy some breakfast? With all being well, my mood lifted, and now being well fortified, I traveled on my long journey home. Was My Encounter With a Banshee Real? Did I have a nightmare about seeing a Banshee? Why had I heard this strange creature of the night? Not being even remotely gifted with any psychic abilities, I wondered. Later at home, and perusing my new photographs, I pulled out an old family album. I have some beautiful turn-of-the-century, sepiatoned prints, and I finally decided to catalogue the portraits. Who could I ask but my elderly aunt, the knowledge base of our family history? Visiting, I asked her who the portrait of the beautiful young girl was in the high-collared dress. “That is Kathleen, your grand aunt, or as I should now say, was a grand aunt of yours on your mother’s side of the family. She immigrated to America in the 40s. She always wanted to come home. A beauty in her day, her maiden name was O’Sullivan until she married your great grand Uncle. She was from the countryside, somewhere in County Clare. In fact, I received a letter from her sister telling me she had passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family a few days ago, God be good to her.” I now understood and was comforted knowing why I had been honored to glimpse the Banshee, this caring Elemental of her beloved mortals. And Kathleen, yes may her God be good to her and all who cared and loved her. Her gentle portrait is now the centerpiece on my bookcase.
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Adventures in Ghost Hunting: MCPRG Versus the Inhuman By Rick E. Hale, McHenry County Paranormal Research Group
hese are the true case files of the McHenry County Paranormal Research Group. Due to confidentiality agreements, the names of clients have been changed and this case is only specified by the county it occurred in.
Seventeen-year-old Jonathan sought to pierce “the veil” and invite an entity into his life for the sheer purpose of seeking revenge. Jonathan eventually got what he wanted, but now the dark being wanted so much more.
***** Demons seem to be making a huge comeback these days. It would appear that Satan and his dark minions are enjoying a renaissance, so to speak. Stories of demons have always been with us since man formed religious groups and came to fear the night. Basically a powerful and righteous supreme being needs his arch enemy to keep tabs on — Yin/Yang, right/wrong, good/bad — the eternal struggle has always been with us. As a rule, I really don’t believe in demons, not in the strictest sense, of course. I don’t buy into the whole red jammies and poking people in the ass with pitchforks just for shits and giggles. However, with that being said, I do believe that there must be an all-pervasive evil energy out there that wants to cause havoc on Earth. Huh, I guess that explains Grey’s Anatomy and its ability to stay on the air. But can this negative energy be personified? Can it be given a shape
and a face? After the investigation that McHenry County Paranormal Research Group (MCPRG) conducted this past weekend, we have come to the conclusion that perhaps, yes, there is something lurking in the dark desiring to make mankind its own personal bitch. Even if you don’t believe in black magic and devil worship, many people actually do believe in it, and they seek to make contact with dark entities that might reside just beyond the veil. Jonathan, a 17-year-old boy
from McHenry County, Illinois, was one such person who sought to pierce that veil and invite an entity into his life for the sheer purpose of seeking revenge. Jonathan eventually got what he wanted, but now the dark being wants so much more. Tony Olszewski, our founder and 30-year retired vet of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, received a call one spring afternoon — a call from a young man who was desperate for help and didn’t have anywhere else to turn. He told
Tony a story of black magic rituals performed in his basement and the calling forth of a demonic entity that appeared before him as a man clothed completely in black. Tony was so struck by the young man’s plea for help, he sent out an e-mail, rallied the troops, and MCPRG was on the case. The Investigation Being sensitive is not something I am comfortable with for two reasons: 1. I’m a guy who loves gadgets. Being the tech guy in the group, I love playing with all the nifty gizmos we have, especially the thermal imager. I feel like Batman, James Bond, and Captain James T. Kirk all rolled into one. 2. I feel I can’t really rely too heavily upon impressions and feelings because it isn’t exactly something you can present to the client as hardcore data. However, when the van pulled up and four people in their late teens to early twenties got out, those feelings became all too real to me. Jonathan, the client, was with them, and after conferring with Victoria, one of our mediums, I could tell this was the real deal and that this entity was not attached to the home, but to the 17-year-old boy who called begging for our help. The environment took on an air of evil. The chase was afoot. When the crew entered the small tract home, which is all too fa-
had my trusty Fluke thermal imager in hand and was ready to rock and roll. Apparently, so was the negative entity haunting young Jonathan. As I pointed the imager down the hallway that led to the bedrooms, I watched as something poked its head out of one of the bedrooms. I immediately snapped a picture. I sent Gracie, one of our investigators to the
“As soon as the door was opened, the room in the basement reeked of negativity.” miliar in McHenry County, a feeling of straight-up evil became so thick that we could cut it with a knife. Usually, at the start of an investigation, we find a staging area to unpack our gear, and after a few moments, I
area to check for anybody who might be trying to get slick with us. Gracie raced down the hall and took a good look around, being mindful of anything, or anyone that could be giving me a false positive.
Nothing and nobody was there. The entity had showed itself and was ready to play — little did I know what was really ahead of us on this particular investigation. On our last investigation, we learned an important lesson, too many cooks can spoil the stew. We are a large group, and our members have a tendency to step on each other, especially when doing EVP sessions. I can’t tell you how many EVPs I’ve had to throw out due to human contamination. So, tonight we would try something different. Each team would have a designated area and after an hour we would rotate, the theory being entities react differently to different people. My first post, along with Jenny and Michelle, would be the creepy basement. Provoking is not really allowed in our group, but hey, I gotta be me. When we entered the basement, all three of us felt the same thing: We were being watched, and the thing watching us did not like our presence. As I panned around the basement with the thermal imager, Michelle took pictures and Jenny held the digital recorder as I asked my questions. Of course, I started off with the usual questions, “Is there anyone here?” and “Can you make your presence known?” After a few moments of this, Jenny said that she felt we should conduct our session behind a closed door we had discovered. And that is when we found the room.
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Personal Experiences: Ghost Hunter Case Files The Room in the Basement I don’t necessarily believe that just because a basement is a basement, or an attic is an attic, makes it any creepier than any other room in a house. After all, if a home is truly spiritually disturbed, a nice, cheery, little girl’s room with pink wall paper and a slew of dollies could be the belly of the beast. However, as soon as the door was opened, this room in the basement just seemed to reek of negativity. After a moment of entering, Jenny, one of newest members blurted out, “Holy shit, this room is just plain bad.” And sure enough, it was. I mean sure, there was no obvious signs to the casual observer that this was anything but a spare bedroom that was being redecorated. But to a person endowed with mediumistic abilities, this room was the belly of the beast. After a few moments of panning the room with the thermal imager and taking a bunch of pictures, I felt that it would be a good time to do an isolated EVP session. As I said earlier, we aren’t really allowed to provoke, but I felt that maybe a little would be called for if only to call the negativity out. We found a box, placed it in the middle of the room, and set a digital voice recorder and K-II Meter on top. Then we began the session. I asked a series of questions that was sure to piss any entity off. “So let me ask you, do you like dressing up like a woman and prancing around in frilly white undies?” Jenny and Michelle laughed, but there was no reaction on the K-II. “Were you invited by the owner of the home, and if so, you know that you could be forced to leave?” Nothing.
“Have you ever felt the sun on your face and the sweet taste of oxygen in your lungs?” No reaction on the K-II, but the air in the room became thicker and seemed to be charged with an energy that was anything but friendly. And then the door began to open. Lucia the Medium As the door opened I yelled, “Who is that opening the door?” Before I could ask another question, Tony, our founder and lead investigator, walked through the door with Lucia, our most talented psychic medium.
After working several cases with Lucia, I had come to believe she was the real McCoy. And I could tell that as soon as she entered the room, she felt the negativity, and it was affecting her in a real way. “I feel that this room was used for some kind of ritual,” Lucia said as she held her hand to her chest. “I see a pentagram, but not the pentagram used as a symbol for the divine feminine. This is an upside down pentagram. The mark of something dark.” Lucia began spinning around
and counting. “This room was used for the worship of darkness.” I could tell right away that Lucia was in pain, not physically but psychically. One of my jobs in the group is to protect the mediums from harm and to remove them, if need be by force, from a hotspot that becomes a little too hot. “Lucia,” I asked, “are you ok?” Before I could ask another question, Lucia turned on me and growled, “Shut your fucking mouth you moron!” I knew that this was not Lucia, but that the negative entity was speaking through her. And damn was it ever pissed at me. Tony once told me that I have a tendency and a talent for pissing spirits off; why this is, I have no idea, but this entity really hated me. Shortly after Lucia’s outburst, she regained her composure and apologized profusely for calling me a moron. I told her that I understood; it was not her talking, but the inhuman entity speaking through her. Lucia also advised us that the room was now dead; whatever had been in the room had departed to another area of the house, and our time was up as another team descended the basement stairs. Jonathan’s Room After an interesting time in the basement, my team and I found our way to our next post, the client’s room. After determining that Jonathan had invited this entity into his home through a black magic ritual, I felt it wise to be on the lookout for any occult trappings in Jonathan’s room. The only thing we could find, amid the posters of scantily clad woman and a poster for a really shitty movie,
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Personal Experiences: Ghost Hunter Case Files was the plaster casting of an arm with the hands making the devil’s horns — you know, that bullshit that everyone waves at a metal concert. Otherwise it was a fairly normal room for a teenage boy. No devils or demons here. Or so we thought. After setting up the K-II Meter and a digital recorder on the bed for another isolated EVP session, I
with you, dear reader. Sometimes I have a little trouble wrapping my mind around the more mystical aspects of paranormal research. You really can’t see a person cast a spell or, in Jonathan’s case, drive an oppressing entity from his body. When I arrived in the bedroom, I found Jonathan sitting in a chair and Lucia standing in front of him holding his hands.
“The inhuman entity was making its presence fully known ...” began to pan around the small room with the thermal imager and quickly received the shock of my life. As I panned, I watched as a white, grotesque face flew away from the wall toward me. Of course I couldn’t see this with the naked eye, but I did get it on the thermal. The only problem is our imager doesn’t take video, only pictures. And this image came at me so fast I didn’t have time to snap a picture. Sorry dear reader. I have no proof of this event — just a personal experience that will forever be etched into my memory. The entity was here. The Cleansing of Jonathan In MCPRG, being the tech guy and being the handler of the thermal imager comes with the price. If the boss calls, I have to run. Before we could start to really get into investigating the activity that occurred in Jonathan’s room, Tony called me over the radio and requested that I come to the back bedroom. Lucia was performing a cleansing ritual on Jonathan, and she wanted the thermal imager present to see if we could get anything on it. Jonathan claimed that the entity was there, and he was pissed. I have to be completely honest
“Why did you bring this being into your life?” Lucia asked. “For revenge,” Jonathan replied, staying perfectly still. “Revenge against who?” “Against everyone,” Jonathan replied, his eyes closed. He was acting as if nothing serious was happening, and he seemed almost completely oblivious to the fact that his immortal soul was at risk. “But I wish I never would have called him.” “Well,” Lucia replied, breathing heavily, “He’s here now.” Tony looked at me and told me to stand behind Lucia. She said she felt a strong hand from behind trying to shove her down. I immediately did as Tony asked, and as I began to focus, my attention was drawn to an open closet two feet behind the oppressed young man. Standing in the doorway was a black, shrouded figure staring directly at me. Yes, I know it seems a little cliché. I could only see this figure in the display of the thermal imager. I was somewhat suspicious of what I was seeing, and I asked Karen, another investigator, if she could go to the closet and make sure that there wasn’t anything there that would give me a false image.
When Karen got to the closet, she said, “Rick, there is nothing here.” The inhuman entity was making its presence fully known, and he was staring me down like a caged animal. As Lucia began her cleansing ritual, the shape that I took continuous pictures of began to do something strange. I watched as it seemed to change in size and shape. One second it would be about two feet shorter and the next it would fill the entire doorway of the closet. Something else struck me as odd. I watched as a shimmering, white light appeared to flow over its body, sometimes revealing a face . . . the same face that flew out of the wall at me in Jonathan’s room. “It is done,” Lucia declared as she let go of Jonathan’s hands. I could tell that the petite woman was spent — her shoulders slumping as if she had just fought a raging battle and won. The Saging In MCPRG, if a negative entity is present and refuses to leave, we will use a Native American method of burning sage to neutralize the negative energy, allowing the positive energy to flow. I used to think that it was new-agey crap, but I’m quickly coming around. As we began to sage the property, a funny thing happened. Jonathan’s friends hauled ass out of the house and stood on the front lawn, refusing to come back into the house. Talking to Tony a few days later, he said that he believed the friends were the members of a satanic sect and the cause of the negative influence in Jonathan’s life. Tony also told me another little tidbit of information. He firmly believed that Jonathan was only half sincere in wanting to get this negative entity out of his life, and believes that one day, Jonathan, in a moment of weakness will invite this thing back into his life. Only time will tell.
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George: A Ghost Story By DJ Kemp
n my 38 years, I have had several notable experiences I cannot satisfactorily explain. I hesitate to call them paranormal or supernatural, as I still cling to a somewhat skeptical position despite persuasive evidence that pulls at me to embrace my experiences as proof (even if only to myself). My first experience of a potentially ghostly nature occurred when I was very young and living in England prior to my move in more recent years to the United States. I’m not sure exactly how old I was, although I suspect I was about seven. One night, I awoke with a sensation of a presence in my room. I lifted my head and looked down the length of my bed, whereupon I saw a figure sitting on the side of it near the bottom. My room was in darkness, although the door was open a few inches, letting in light from the adjoining hall that was left lit at night for my benefit. Enough light entered the room for my night-adjusted eyes to make out the detail of everything in the room. The figure I saw appeared as real and solid as you or me and was a fairly thickset male of advanced years. I’d estimate he was in his mid-60s. He was wearing pressed blue jeans and a predominantly red, black or dark blue and white checked button shirt with a collar. His creamy grey, almost white, hair was in need of a cut, falling below the top of
“I looked at this man for several seconds or more before laying my head down, closing my eyes, and drifting back to sleep ...”
his ears but brushed and parted to the left quite neatly for the length, and his round tanned face was turned to me with a subtle smile. His light-colored eyes and facial expression appeared to be friendly to me and put me at ease. In fact, I categorically remember feeling a wave of warm contentment and safety sweep over me rather than any fear toward this visitor to my room in the dead of night. I looked at this man for several seconds or more before laying my head down, closing my eyes, and drifting back to sleep, while still acutely aware of his presence. I don’t have any memory of the following morning, but I am confident I didn’t mention the previous night’s occurrence to either of my parents or anyone else. *****
Several years later when I was 12 or 13, my father and I were walking across Haworth Moor one bleak Saturday in the drizzle and fog. My parents had divorced as the 1970s ended, and my mother had custody of me, so my father used to see me mostly on the weekends. He often used such weekends to take me on day trips, and one of my favorite places to visit was Haworth — the town the Brontë family lived and died in. We used to ride the historic steam train into town and walk up the steep cobbled hill, visiting many of the old shops and boutiques that lined each side, before visiting the Brontë Parsonage (now a museum of the Brontë family history.) We would then visit the graves of the family in the graveyard adjoining the property before walking beyond the town across the vast moorland.
“Top Withens” is widely regarded as being the inspiration for the house in which Heathcliff and Cathy resided in Emily Brontë’s novel, Wuthering Heights, and we both always enjoyed the long trek across the moors to visit the ruins, passing the beautiful waterfall and enjoying the lush green English scenery as we walked. On the return leg of this particular hike, the weather deteriorated significantly, the clouds came down on us reducing visibility to what seemed like a dozen feet, and we were both soaked by the fine mist of rain. To raise my spirits (and probably because of the conducive environment we found ourselves in), my father started telling me ghost stories as we walked — of which he had plenty of personal experiences to relate to me. One story in particular struck a chord with me and evoked my memory of the man in my room all those years ago. ***** My father told me that back in the 60s, he was in a band that played live often and toured around much of England. A man much older than the band members, called George, managed the group. George became very ill with an aggressive brain tumor. As the disease rapidly progressed, it changed his personality and led him to become bitter and increasingly full of hate and anger. He drove a lot of his friends and family away with hurtful words and actions. As the weeks passed, it became clear that his illness was terminal. As sometimes appears to be the case with terminal illnesses, George appeared to get a brief second wind in the days before his death. His friendly demeanor and personality returned, and he sought to repair the damage done to his relationships. George contacted everyone he could, but unfortunately he died before he was able to contact my father.
As my father and I continued to make our way back to the historic town of Haworth across the moor through the fog and rain, I told my father about the man I had seen all those years ago in my room, half expecting my father to tell me I was being foolish and had dreamt the incident. To my surprise, he listened intently. My father asked me to describe the man I saw, which I did — the memory still as vivid in my mind as it was on that night in my childhood. I described his features, hair, apparent build, clothes, and so on in as much detail as I could. I was shocked when, after I had finished, my father paused for several moments. Looking me straight in the eye, as if to gauge my reaction to his words, he said something to the effect of “I remember that shirt. It was a favorite of his, he wore it often.” So, as I had suspected, since my father was still in the process of telling me this story — the man I saw was George. I’m sure my jaw dropped. A few years after George’s death, my father had moved 150 miles north, met and married my mother. One day while they were visiting my maternal grandparents’ home, one of my mother’s sisters, who also lived there, had the occasion to see George herself. She was walking up the stairs in the house when she passed George walking down the stairs! My mother’s younger sister was immediately hysterical about this experience and utterly inconsolable for several hours. It took her several weeks to fully recover from seeing the apparition. She was very traumatized and slept at night with the light on for some time afterward. My father also has several stories from years much more recent, whereby he has left his home, only to return hours later to find ornaments and even large furniture moved or rearranged in his absence, despite the property being secured and empty
of other people. He also has “felt” a presence on many occasions and isn’t usually the sort of person who would ordinarily spook himself with his imagination. Oddly enough, my father has never directly seen George’s manifestation in the decades since his old friend’s and manager’s death. Despite this, it could be construed that even to this day, since George’s death, he has followed my father wherever he has lived, seeking from beyond the grave to achieve forgiveness or some form of reconciliation with my father before he finally leaves this realm for whatever lies beyond. My father has no idea whether George also visited other people he was unable to reconcile with before his death. Unfortunately, my father has had no contact for several decades with anyone else that knew George in life. ***** I often wish my father had a photograph of George to show me. Perhaps, if I could be shown a photo of George as he was in life, and compare it to my memory of his apparent visitation to me, it would be sufficient to convince me of our continued existence after mortal death. I do dearly want to believe, but despite personal experiences and first-hand accounts from people I trust, I still find I can’t completely ignore my inherent skepticism without my own further proof. I have had another and much more recent potentially supernatural experience,(unrelated to the account detailed above), that I hope to write about in a future issue of Paranormal Underground. If anything, my more recent experience (that occurred only five years ago), offers a great deal more compelling support for the existence of unexplained phenomena. The more I reflect on my memories, the more I feel that the unyielding grip of my skepticism is in danger of being won over.
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Keith Engle E-Field Detector By Andy Selfridge, Oklahoma City Ghost Club
very now and then an innovative product comes along that is so simple and functional in design, it makes me do a textbook face palm with an accompanying, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The E-Field meters from Keith Engle at Spectercam are just such devices. These meters are very simple in design; they have no user selectable controls and adhere to a “keep it simple” standard. Snapping onto the top of a 9-volt battery, the meter’s function is to register changes in static fields via an LED indicator, much like an electroscope. Keith Engle’s E-Field Meter: A Review I was very excited to get my hands on some of these, as there are precious few devices out there for the budget-conscious ghost hunter to measure these types of fields. (The Trifield Natural EM meter starts around $180.00.) These little guys are very sensitive, right down to 200mV. The E-Field meter is sensitive to negative charges, and the sensitivity can be adjusted by adding a length of wire to the antenna stub (four-inch antenna length can yield results from up to eight feet away, depending on humidity and conditions). Unlike most meters out there,
Keith Engle’s E-Field meters come in four packs at a price of $25.00 for the set.
expect a battery life of 15 to 30 hours, according to manufacturer’s specifications. I have put a set of these through the ringer over several days, and after heavy use on cheap Rayovac batteries, they are still going strong. These are not EMF meters in
the traditional sense, but I was able to see the modulation of a strong DC field with a large coil via induction in very close proximity (well, shielded devices do not affect the meters with exception of surface static voltage). The E-Field meters have their
components seated within a thermal compound, insuring the long life of the LED and cool operation over extended periods of usage. They are completely sealed and can operate in humid or damp environments without “shorting out” (although high humidity will decrease the detection area since static fields thrive in dry conditions). Handling Moisture-Resistant Meters Despite the fact that these meters are moisture-resistant, it would be prudent to remember that the batteries that they are attached to won’t fare too well in water. These units are pretty rugged however. Take care not to bend the “antenna,” as repeated bending will cause it to break under stress.
“These devices are the ultimate in simplicity.” The exposed portion of the antenna is roughly one-half inch, allowing for plenty of space to hook an alligator clip and experiment with different lengths of wire (uncoated or stripped). As mentioned earlier in this article, you can increase the sensitivity of the device by adding length to the antenna. The E-Field meters come in four packs at a price of $25.00 for the set (batteries not included of course). These devices are the ultimate in simplicity and ease of deployment. There are not any settings to mess with and no zeroing to baseline levels. Just pop one on a battery and set it up in view of a camera. You can even setup up multiple units in an array and try to catch a
What Is a Static Field? There are two types of static fields: electrical and magnetic. Both are invisible lines of force generated by thunderstorms, the use of electricity, and finally by the earth’s magnetic field. It is when these fields do not vary that they are referred to as static fields. A static electric field is created by the attraction and repulsion of electric charges. This process creates an electric force field, which is fixed in space. A static magnetic field is a force field fixed in space, but one that is created by a steady flow of electricity, or a magnet. One of example of this process is with appliances that use DC, or direct current. A static electric field will cause the hairs on the body to rise, as well as deliver a shock when touching a differently charged object, or what is more commonly known as a spark discharge. A lightning strike is another example of this, though on a grander scale.
traveling field fluctuation. The possibilities are endless. The LED’s built into these units are water clear and red when illuminated, so they show up great in IR light. These devices were built with a
A lightning strike is one example of a static discharge, though on a grand scale.
Static magnetic fields have been known to cause vertigo and even nausea in those moving through areas containing such fields, affects that are sometimes attributed by those investigating the paranormal to the presence of ghosts. –Chad Wilson singular function in mind, and they do it well. A Companion Meter Is on the Horizon As of this writing, Keith is currently prototyping a companion meter that measures positively charged field fluctuations. These will be able to be used in conjunction with the current E-meters to paint a more complete picture regarding static field fluctuations in the environment. There are not any settings to mess with and no zeroing to baseline levels. Just pop one on a battery and set it up in view of a camera.
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