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Paranormal Volume 2, Issue 12

Underground December 2009

Meet New GHI Investigator Paul Bradford

Also Inside: • The 2012 Doomsday Prophecy: Myth or Reality?

• One Fan’s Inside Look at the Ghost Adventures Live Special

• The Web Bot Project: 2012 Prediction

• Photographing the Dead

• 2009 Paranormal Year in Review • NESPI’s Colleen Quinn-Beltramini

• The Haunted Charlesgate Hotel December 2009 Paranormal Underground 1 • Return to the Old Wheeler Inn


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Inside This Issue

FEATURES INVESTIGATOR SPOTLIGHTS Paul Bradford Joins the Ghost Hunters International Cast Colleen Quinn-Beltramini Investigates With NESPI

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SPECIAL REPORTS Will We All Die in 2012? High-Tech Oracle? The Web Bot Project and 2012 2009 Paranormal Year in Review

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CASE FILES OF THE UNKNOWN Haunted Sites The Charlesgate Hotel


Haunted History Memento Mori: Photographing the Dead


Are We Alone? Why Don’t They Believe Us?


Quantum Musings 2012: Will Neutrinos Be the End of Us?



DEPARTMENTS Contributors


Publisher’s Letter


From the Editor


Diary From a Haunted Hotel


Ghost Hunter Comic


Tales From the Road: Return to the Old Wheeler Inn


Calendar of Events


What Was That? Inside the Live Ghost Adventures Special


Ghost Hunters Academy

Fiction: Featured Author “The Turn of a Friendly Card” by Richard Tingle


PUG Member Profile: David Galvan (PLA)

Reviews of the Month:

Paranormal Fantasy Author Spotlight Denise A. Agnew

TV Watch:


2012 The Fourth Kind

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Contributors Heidi Ann Heidi Ann has been a paranormal enthusiast since childhood when she had her own 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.

Kelly Crigger Kelly is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, a regular contributor to Fight! magazine, and an author of two books on Mixed Martial Arts. He is a newcomer to the paranormal field, but completely infected with the ghost-hunting virus.

Jim Frazier With a background in nuclear engineering, Jim considers himself an open-minded skeptic. He believes that if paranormal phenomena are indeed a reality, the answers lie in quantum physics.

Karen Frazier Karen is the managing editor of Paranormal Underground magazine. After living in a WWIIera 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 currently a partner for Ghost Knight Media (

Dave Galvan Dave is the founder/director of the Paranormal League of America and has been hunting ghosts since 2002. He is an experienced paranormal investigator in Portland, Oregon. He spends his free time playing with his kids and talking to dead people. With the rest of the PLA, Dave will be a guest speaker at the Mount Hood Ghost Conference, April 24-25. He will be speaking about past cases, theories, and all things paranormal. Dave can be contacted at

Terri J. Garofalo Terri is a paranormal investigator, as well as the author and illustrator of Entities-R-Us, a Ghost Hunter Comic. For more information, visit

Rick E. Hale A native of Chicago, Rick is the cofounder of the Greater Illinois Ghost Society. A paranormal researcher since the age of eight, Rick is happily married

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and digs Jazz. He believes in the use of the scientific method in gathering evidence of paranormal claims. Rick can be contacted at

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.

Carolyn M. Hughes As a night manager in a haunted hotel on the Gettysburg battlefield, Carolyn has had ghostly experiences both at work and while on the battlefield. She considers the ghosts of the soldiers that haunt Gettysburg as ‘her boys.’ Carolyn shares her experiences with Paranormal Underground in her column, Diary of a Haunted Hotel.

Cheryl Knight Cheryl is editorin-chief of Paranormal Underground magazine. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 20 years. Cheryl is combining her writing, editing, and design talents — along with a fascination of the

paranormal — to bring you Paranormal Underground each month. Her previous magazine experience includes roles as Senior and Managing Editor for several nichemarket publications. Cheryl is a partner for Ghost Knight Media (www.

John W. Martin John has studied metaphysics for more than 30 years. He was also in military intelligence throughout the Desert Storm era. A resident of Dawson Springs, Kentucky, John spends most of his time studying the paranormal, building Websites, and developing games. He can be reached at his Website,

Michelle M. Pillow Michelle is an award-winning author writing in many romance fiction genre, including futuristic and paranormal. A skeptical believer, she has a fascination with anything paranormal. She’s also a photographer and cohost of Raven Radio. Readers and listeners can contact Michelle through her Website, You can catch her latest three book series, Realm Immortal (King of the Unblessed; Faery Queen; and Stone Queen) in bookstores in January 2010.

Andrew Selfridge Andrew is an investigator with the Central Oklahoma Paranormal Studies. A police officer by trade, Andy

brings 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. Andrew 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.

Richard T. Tingle A real native Floridian for 36 years, Richard loves to write, is a skeptical believer in the paranormal, and works in the insurance field. He is the third place winner of Paranormal Underground’s 2nd Annual Short Story Contest and says he is thrilled to finally be published and “hopes it won’t be the last time.” His writing ranges from “silly soap operas and romance to fanfic for a few different genres to exaggerated bits of fiction and slice of life.”

Paranormal Underground Magazine Is Looking for Volunteer Writers, Photographers, or Graphic Artists

Chad Wilson A writer of articles and fiction, Chad is the publisher of Paranormal Underground and a partner for Ghost Knight Media ( He has parlayed his avid interest in the paranormal into a top-notch publication and Website. Chad has investigated with East Tennessee Paranormal Research Society and counts Waverly Hills, the Villisca Axe Murder House, and private residences among his investigations.


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Publisher’s Letter

Three Years to Doomsday

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ere we are . . . December provides, drifting through life and 2009. Three years away living in a virtual world. Maybe we from the supposed end of are truly in the matrix — a matrix of the world. With the release of the our own design. movie 2012 and a collective buzz So, maybe that is indeed what surrounding various myths and legthe 2012 doomsday prophecy is reends about how humanity will meet ally about. It is our attempt to wake its end in 2012, one wonourselves up, to look ders what the truth is. at what is really imThe way I see it, if portant — our families, we are all headed for ourselves, happiness in annihilation in a mere general, and to positively three years, then there is change the way we are. very little that we can do What would the about it. world be like if we I doubt the world slowed down a bit, spent will end in 2012, but more time with our what if it did? What family and friends, and would you do in the tried to step out of our Chad Wilson, meantime? Me? I normal grind? What Publisher could we all do to make wouldn’t just lie back dwelling in fear and hora difference? To me, 2012 doesn’t signify the ror at the prospect. I wouldn’t die end of the world, but rather a way quietly. I’d live life to the fullest, and with no excuses. to think about life with renewed enthusiasm. In fact, maybe that is the entire point of doomsday scenarios — to So, where do I plan on being December 22, 2012, the day after force ourselves to dig out of the it is all supposed to end? I plan complacency of our everyday lives. on exploring the unexplained and Maybe these prophecies are maniseeking out the answers to the quesfested in humanity as an attempt to force us to wake up from the tions presented to us by paranormal phenomena. slumber of the daily grind we have Where will you be? allowed ourselves to dwell in. Many of us drag through life, Want to give your views on paranoreach day the same as the one before, our only goal to make it to the mal topics? We welcome your comments on our forum at www.paranext paycheck. We pay little heed to our loved ones, caught up in the distractions that today’s technology Please join in on the discussions!

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Editor-in-Chief Cheryl Knight

Managing Editor Karen Frazier

Science Editor J.D. Harrison

Contributing Authors Heidi Ann Kelly Crigger Jim Frazier Karen Frazier Dave Galvan Terri J. Garofalo Rick E. Hale Carolyn M. Hughes Cheryl Knight John W. Martin Michelle M. Pillow Andrew Selfridge Richard T. Tingle Chad Wilson

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n this issue of Paranormal Underground, we look at the looming 2012 doomsday prophecy and review the paranormal events that took center stage during 2009. In Will We All Die in 2012? (see page 22), writer Rick E. Hale asks why the human species seems so obsessed with its destruction. He also discusses the mega hype surrounding the new 2012 movie and how likely we are to meet our maker come 2012. And in High-Tech Oracle? The Web Bot Project and 2012 (page 24), author Karen Frazier talks about The Project, which some claim is a modern-day Internet tool that can predict future events. It also happens to be predicting a worldwide calamity in the year 2012. On page 26, our 2009 Paranormal Year in Review features the hottest paranormal, UFO, and cryptozoological news stories from 2009. From a UFO flying over the presidential inauguration to another Montauk Monster being found to a ghost holding a burglar hostage inside a Malaysian home, 2009 held some intriguing supernatural events. Our Investigator Spotlight this month profiles Paul Bradford (page 14), who recently joined the Ghost Hunters International cast. Paul began building paranormal equipment in 2006 to use while ghost hunting with his own team, Sonoran Paranormal Investigations. His creativity and expertise soon landed him the nickname ‘ParaMacGyver,’ and he

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Artwork joined the GHI team in August 2009. We also shine the spotlight on Colleen Quinn-Beltramini (page 18), case manager and field investigator for the New England Society of Paranormal Investigators — Cape Cod Ghost Hunter. Colleen’s group is dedicated to scientifically investigating, capturing, and documenting the existence of paranormal activity at no charge to clients. This issue’s TV Watch (page 12) covers the new Ghost Hunters spinoff — Ghost Hunters Academy (GHA). The show follows TAPS veterans Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango as they teach five new recruits the ‘art of paranormal investigation.’ And for the recruits who have what it takes, an invitation to investigate on Ghost Hunters or GHI may be waiting for them. You also won’t want to miss articles on The Charlesgate Hotel, Memento Mori Photography, a Return to the Old Wheeler Inn, and a personal experience from within the Ghost Adventures Live TV event this past Halloween. I hope you enjoy this issue. Happy reading!

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Calendar of Events 2009 December 11–13

2010 March 12–13

Southeast Texas Paranormal Convention Beaumont Civic Center, Texas

March 12–14 ParaNooga Paranormal Investigators Convention of Chattanooga The Chattanoogan Hotel Chattanooga, Tennessee

January 8–10

Eastern Paranormal Investigators Co-Op Conference The Cavalier Hotel Virginia Beach, Virginia

March 25–28

Ghosts of Cooperstown Cooperstown, New York terms.html

February 21–27

May 8

Mission Paranormal Convention 1 p.m.–9 p.m. CDT San Marcos, Texas For more information, e-mail

May 15–16

Shadowz Paranormal and Wellness Expo Jackson County Fairgrounds Pascagoula, Missouri

June 25–26

QuatreCon Mare Island Naval Shipyard Solano County Fairgrounds Vallejo, California

January 8–11

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Haunted America Midwest Conference Decatur, Illinois Phenomenology 102 Eisenhower Hotel Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

April 9

Queen City Paranormal Convention Cincinnati, Ohio Historic Music Hall

May 7–8

August 28

Haunted America East Coast Conference Details coming soon Cape Cod

October 9–16

First Annual Paranormal Cruise Norweigan Cruise Line’s Epic Miami, Florida

November 5–7

International UFO Conference Aquarius Casino Resort Laughlin, Nevada

February 26–28

Gulf Coast ParaCon Nix Center Fairhope, Alabama

Indiana Paranormal Convention Danville, Indiana

ScareFest Horror & Paranormal Convention Lexington Center Lexington, Kentucky

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TV Watch

“Ghost Hunters Academy” Trains New Recruits By Heidi Ann


Ghost Hunters Academy follows TAPS veterans Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango as they teach five new recruits the ‘art of paranormal investigation.’

host Hunters took us on the search for the paranormal, Ghost Hunters International took that hunt around the globe, and on the SyFy channel’s latest spin-off of their hit franchise, Ghost Hunters Academy (GHA) lets the TV viewing audience watch as a new generation of paranormal investigators are trained. Meet the Recruits GHA follows TAPS veterans Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango as they teach five new recruits the art of paranormal investigation. Heathyr Hoffman is a 24-year-old medium from Arizona who runs her own paranormal research organization. Chris McCune, a 24-year-old Sacramento State student, has little experience with investigating, while 20-yearold Karl Pfeiffer, a Colorado State University student, recently joined a paranormal group. Susan Slaughter is a 22-year-old empath who has been on many investigations, and Bowling Green State University student Ben Smith is a 20-year-old electronics wiz who has been on a few amateur investigations. Each week the students visit one of the most haunted locations in America, where they learn how to run a proper investigation. From setting up the equipment to conducting an EVP session to learning to debunk to


Pictured at left are trainees Chris McCune, Heathyr Hoffman, Susan Slaughter, Karl Pfeiffer, and Ben Smith.

reviewing the evidence, the recruits experience firsthand every step of the investigative process. The students who can’t cut it will be asked to leave and replaced with a new recruit. For the recruits who have what it takes remains a chance to be invited on an investigation with Ghost Hunters or Ghost Hunters International. Class in Session The GHA recruits started their lessons at Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia, a historic fort that the Ghost Hunters team had previously investigated. While the students learn the mechanics of ghost hunting during their time at the “academy,” they also learn the importance of honesty and trust, the power of suggestion, and the importance of an eye for detail. The recruits then found them-

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selves investigating the WWII vessel the USS North Carolina, where they learned the importance of note-taking after becoming lost in the confusing maze-like ship and had difficulty with set up. They also learned the importance of tagging recordings when all of the evidence was declared suspect because none of it was tagged for ambient noise. The third week found the recruits back in Philadelphia investigating Eastern State Penitentiary. They were introduced to a new recruit, Jane Riley, an experienced New Jersey investigator. But this doesn’t bode well for the recruits as it means someone will be going home. GHA debuted November 11, 2009, and can be seen Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. EST on the SyFy Channel.

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Investigator Spotlight

“ParaMacGyver” Paul Bradford

Joins Ghost Hunters International Cast By Cheryl Knight


hen Paul Bradford began building paranormal equipment in 2006 to use while ghost hunting with his own team, Sonoran Paranormal Investigations, fellow investigators quickly took notice. Soon after, Paul created and began building equipment to order. “Creepy Hollow is a little to no profit project of mine intended to offer paranormal equipment to all paranormal teams and enthusiasts without the high price tag,” Paul said. “It is my opinion that many people see the paranormal field as a way to make money, another way to rip people off, and I stand against that.” Paul has even given equipment away to teams and individuals who are just starting out or have limited resources. In 2006, he began building and selling the Geophone, a device that many U.S. teams now use during investigations. He also developed an IR strobe specifically for paranormal use based on his own theories. Another interesting tool Paul developed was the Multi Terrain Camera — a remote control tank with a 360-degree turret that has a wireless camera mounted on top, allowing investigators to get into places they normally wouldn’t have access to. Originally from England, Paul now lives in Arizona with his wife and kids. And after cofounding his


Paul Bradford, cofounder of Sonoran Paranormal Investigations and founder of Creepy Hollow: Ghost Hunting Gear, joined the Ghost Hunters International cast in August 2009.

own paranormal group and founding Creepy Hollow, he received a call from a television production company who said they were looking for someone with Paul’s background to join a paranormal TV show. After interviewing with the company, Paul joined the SyFy channel’s program Ghost Hunters International (GHI) as a paranormal investigator. Paul can be seen on GHI beginning in January 2010. Read on to find

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out more about Paul’s time with GHI as well as his own investigations. ***** Q: What’s it like to work on GHI? Paul: Being part of GHI is a heck of an experience. I mean, how many people truly get the chance to travel the world in search of paranormal activity? Meeting the people and seeing the locations — it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Q: What do GHI viewers have to look forward to next season? Paul: Next season is (in my opinion) going to be the best season so far. There are some absolutely fantastic locations and some great investigations. We have really pulled out the big guns in ways of new technology. Q: How do you feel programs like GHI positively affect the paranormal field? Paul: Shows like Ghost Hunters and GHI have brought the paranormal forward and have introduced the subject matter to the world, essentially. This has allowed many people to come forward with their own experiences. These people who once would have been apprehensive to speak out can now find someone to turn to. GHI, in particular, brings forward new ideas, new technology, and experiments with the latest ‘paranormal tool’ in an attempt to lead the field in paranormal research. Q: How do you respond to those viewers who claim paranormal investigators on TV shows fake evidence to gain higher ratings? Paul: I’m sure there are shows out there who do embellish upon the truth in an attempt to increase their ratings, but there are those that will not — those who stand by the premise that got them involved in the field in the first place to seek the truth, find answers, and to discover what is really out there. Q: Talk about when and how you first became interested in the paranormal field. Paul: My first recollection was at the age of about eight years old. Every neighborhood has a ‘haunted

Ghost Hunters International 2010 cast includes (from left to right) Paul Bradford, Barry FitzGerald, Brandy Green, Dustin Pari, Robb Demarest, Ashley Godwin, and Joe Chin.

house,’ whether it is a boarded up house or stories of the crazy cat lady. My neighborhood was no exception. We had the boarded up house, and my friends and I would stand in front of the house daring each other to be the first to go inside. Since then, I’ve always had an interest in science fiction and the unknown. Television shows such as Doctor Who and the X-Files have kept my interest and sparked newer interests.

find out what is out there and what happens when we die.

Q: Have you had any personal paranormal experiences prior to becoming an investigator that you’d like to share?

Q: What are the most common types of equipment you use on investigations?

Paul: Unlike many paranormal investigators, I didn’t have some climactic event as a youth or experience something paranormal that put me on this path. It was simply my interest in discovery and my drive to

Q: What are your primary roles while out on an investigation? Paul: With GHI I’m a tech specialist, which basically means I bring forward new technology — be it modification of a tool we already use or something experimental. I build a lot of my own gear but also test the tools of others.

Paul: I generally go in all guns blazing; I have a number of tools I always use and others that I pull out when the opportunity arises. I guess my most used tools are my digital cameras, Mel meters, data loggers, and audio recorders.

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Investigator Spotlight Q: What have been your most exciting cases to date? Paul: I’d have to say that next season’s GHI locations have been some of the most exciting and interesting locations I’ve ever been to. The history, legends, and myths make these some of the best locations ever to have been investigated. Q: What case will you remember the most? Paul: I think I’d have to say that the cases we did in Chili would be my most memorable for the simple reason that this was the first time I worked with the GHI team. Then, what made it even more memora-

ble was the fact I had the sensation of being touched while investigating the basement of the El Basque City Hall. Q: What has been your best video and photographic evidence caught to date? Paul: Some of the best photographic evidence is still to come. During next season’s GHI you’ll see some very interesting pictures being presented — and not only from the full spectrum camera. Q: What interests you the most about the paranormal? Paul: Obviously, I’m interested in

catching some form of evidence of paranormal activity; however, my biggest interest is the technology used. Over the past few years, I’ve been building or modifying various tools in an attempt to capture evidence of spirit activity, as well as using or testing other peoples latest ‘paranormal tool.’ Q: How did you become trained in this area? Paul: I read up on a lot of things; in fact, that’s how I got into building my own kit. I started off as the Tech Manager for my team, Sonoran Paranormal Investigations, but it became very obvious very quickly that equipment is very expensive, especially when you’re on little to no budget. So, I looked into how I’d go about building my own stuff; but in order to learn how, I had to research different ideas and different methods on the Internet. As far as being a trained paranormal investigator, it’s hard to say what’s the right way and what’s the wrong way. In my opinion, field work and experience is the best way to learn — get out there and do it. That’s basically what I did. When I first started out, we had two camcorders (only one was night vision), a couple of audio recorders, and a few digital cameras. We had to rely on documentation, research, and instinct, and just hoped that if something happened it would happen in front of the camera. This also meant that we had to really pay attention to setting up, where the limited equipment would go, and such. Q: Whose work in the paranormal field do you respect the most?

According to new GHI investigator Paul Bradford, next season’s locations are exciting and interesting, and offer viewers episodes steeped in history, legend, and myth.


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Paul: One of my good friends Gary Galka — the inventor of the Mel Meter — and I have spent the last

year discussing new ideas and additions that we could make to the Mel Meter. Some of these you’ll see us using on GHI. Obviously, I respect the work of my teammates Robb, Barry, Dustin, Brandy, Ashley, and Joe. Before joining the show, I really had no idea of what they go through and just how hard they work. It’s not like it is on the TV. Then there are those like Jonathon Wood, Rick Hartley, and Shawn Robison who aren’t bigname celebrities but run their own teams, as well as a community site called MyPara. These are the sorts of people who I respect the most; they dedicate their time and money into projects intended to further the field of paranormal research. It’s people like these who will help the field progress and take that vital step forward. Q: What sites do you have on your wish list to investigate? Paul: As crazy as it may seem, I want to go to England. Even though I am British and spent most of my life there, I never got to investigate until I moved to the U.S. There are hundreds of places that, as a child, I had been to with ghost stories and legends that now I’d love to return to with my arsenal of paranormal equipment.

Pictured above: GHI investigators Paul Bradford (left) and Robb Demarest.

Paul: The best advice I can offer is to read up about the subjects that interest you the most, join a local team, and get some real experience in the field. The only other thing I’d say is to know your equipment. Too many times I’ve been out with other teams and see them running around with their K-IIs or Cell Sensors, claiming they are chasing a ghost with no real knowledge of what they are really detecting.

“Read up about the subjects that interest you the most, join a local team, and get some real experience in the field.” Q: What words of wisdom would you offer amateur ghost hunters investigating for the first time?

Q: What are your favorite paranormal shows? Paul: Being on the road, we don’t

get much chance to really watch TV anymore. And when I’m home, I just want to spend the time I have with my family and friends. Therefore, I don’t really have any favorites. However, before joining GHI, I did always sit down to watch Ghost Hunters and GHI on a Wednesday evening. Q: What plans do you have for the future? Paul: To be honest, I plan to do what I’m doing now. Hopefully I’ll remain part of the GHI team and continue to bring new ideas and new technology to the paranormal field. I intend to continue helping others and continue my personal research into the paranormal. *****

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Investigator Spotlight

Colleen Quinn-Beltramini Investigates With NESPI By Cheryl Knight


s a young child, Colleen Quinn-Beltramini occasionally ‘interacted’ with the spirt of an old woman. The spirit would come and go, appearing on Colleen’s bedroom door as a black shadow. She could clearly see the spirit knitting and rocking. The spirit even chatted with Colleen. “My mom would come into the room and ask who I was speaking to since my sister was asleep,” Colleen said. “When I told her, she would tell me to simmer down and go to sleep!” Her paranormal experiences didn’t stop there, and Colleen eventually decided she needed answers to many of the world’s ‘unknowns.’ Today, she is the case manager and field investigator for the New England Society of Paranormal Investigators — Cape Cod Ghost Hunter (NESPI/ CCGH), a group that is dedicated to scientifically investigate, capture, and document the existence of true paranormal activity at no charge to clients. The group’s experience shows that about 80% of reported activity can be explained away and/or shown to be caused by normal conditions or occurrences. Paranormal Underground recently interviewed Colleen about her investigative experiences and NESPI/ CCGH. Read on to find out more. *****


Q: Please tell us about yourself. Colleen: I am married with two children — a daughter (20) and a son (8). I have been in the insurance industry for more than 20 years. I have worked for such companies as John Hancock, State Farm, and now

spend time with close friends and teammates. Q: What are your favorite paranormal shows? Colleen: I usually will give each new paranormal show a try and watch to see if it’s ‘real’ or ‘drama.’ Some shows are there for the sole purpose of getting ratings, and if that is all they want, more power to them. And then there are the shows that have substance and really are out there trying to prove or disprove the existence of the paranormal. I applaud them. Q: Tell us about your personal paranormal experiences prior to becoming an investigator?

For the past two years, Colleen QuinnBeltramini has investigated with New England Society of Paranormal Investigators.

AFG. I am a commercial general liability underwriting associate, and I work with a great team. I am a paranormal investigator and the case manager for NESPI/ CCGH, which is located in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. I have a rescue puppy, named Denver, and love to

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Colleen: My experiences are what got me interested in the field . . . I needed to find the answers to what I have experienced in my lifetime. I have had a hot breath linger over me in my bed felt, like it was laying right above me just breathing on me. I have had objects ‘sound,’ such as bells and children’s toys. It never scared me; I just figured it was someone that I cared about that passed and was watching over me. And once, when I was a teenager, I even saw a ‘light show’ at a particular residence. The light kept turning up and down as I tried to cross a large room. I told

the home owner when they came back home and was told that a young girl just about my age then had committed suicide at that home. Q: What prompted you to take the next step and go out on investigations? Colleen: I wanted to find answers. Everyone wants to know what the next step in life is after we die. If we can find the answer to that question in my lifetime, that would be awesome. Q: Talk about your paranormal group, NESPI/CCGH, and its mission? Colleen: We are one big bunch of skeptics and debunkers. We approach the paranormal more on the scientific side. We want to try to ‘disprove’ a haunting. And then what we are left with, well there is the true mystery and what keeps us going.

The NESPI investigative team includes (top row at left) Bill Martin, EVP research director/field investigator; Michael Medeiros, vice president/tech manager/lead investigator; (bottom row at left) Michael Astin, president/lead investigator; and Colleen Quinn-Beltramini, case manager/field investigator.

Q: How many investigations have you conducted to date? Colleen: Quite a lot. One or two a month for two years. Q: What is your primary role while out on an investigation? Colleen: We run like a well-oiled machine. We each take roles in the beginning of the investigation and then we switch up teams and equipment too. That way we are always trying to see what works best for us. Q: What different types of locations have you investigated? Colleen: You name it. Private residence, historical locations, haunted cemeteries, abandoned homes and sites, public libraries, and businesses. We are not limited by any means. Q: What are the most common types of equipment you use on investigations?

Colleen: Most of the basics you see on TV: K-II meter, EMF meter, digital camera, digital mics, FLIR camera, thermometer, DVR, camcorders. And never forget lots and lots of batteries. Q: What have been your most exciting cases to date, and what happened on those cases? Colleen: On most cases it’s difficult to know what evidence we’re capturing while we’re investigating. Many times we figure an investigation is a bust until we get to the review process and, OMG, the EVPs we pulled out of a location are unbelievable, making the trip totally worthwhile. Q: What case will you remember the most and why? Colleen: Well, to be honest, it’s not always the ‘good’ ones. We once traveled six to eight hours out of state

to what we thought was going to be an awesome investigation, only to find out that the client faked an incident. Yes, we caught it on camera, and boy was that a long, cold drive back. We were tired, upset, and vowed not to do it again. But you know a true ghost hunter; two weeks later . . . you guessed it . . . we were back doing what we do best — paranormal investigations! One day, we’ll get the ‘holy grail.’ I know it! Q: What have been some of the scarier moments you’ve had while investigating? Colleen: To be honest, I am totally in my element when we investigate. I try to stay focused on the job at hand. But you do sometimes get the creeps from cold, dark basements or attics. But I have yet to be really scared. My excitement for this seems to overrule it all.

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The picture above, which was taken by a NESPI client from Western Massachusetts, sparked a residential investigation. When the picture was taken, the homeowners said they kept hearing someone going up and down the stairs and slamming the door. NESPI believes that the picture shows an apparition on the stairway.

Q: Please tell us about recent investigations and events. Colleen: Fall in New England is a very busy time for us. We just came off a full weekend in Salem, Massachusetts, where we were part of the Salem Haunted Happenings Biz Baz event. It was very fun. We also had a very successful lecture/presentation on the South Shore and for our Halloween Spooktacular Presentation. We have upcoming investigations at historical cemeteries on Cape Cod, a historic home on the South shore of Massachusetts, and a well-known Cape Cod restaurant, where we have captured some of our very best EVPs. Q: What have been the most significant EVPs you’ve captured during investigations?


Colleen: Listen for yourselves on our Website . . . or We seem to capture a lot of Class A EVPs, and we showcase them for the public at our lectures/presentations and on our Website. We work hard to capture them and are proud of the work we have done. Q: What has been your best video and photographic evidence caught to date? Colleen: We have one video that captured a very heavy object that seems to be pushed by unseen hands. The video is also on our Website. Check it out! Q: Whose work in the paranormal field do you respect the most?

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Colleen: I respect any group that goes out there and tries to work more on the ‘scientific reasoning.’ I believe and have to give props where props are due. Jason and Grants from TAPS and Steven G. seem to really have put the paranormal back on the map. There have been a lot of copycat shows, and yes I have watched a lot of them. But J/G/S, thanks for making this what is today. Hats off! I also really enjoyed reading small books that were written by Robert Ellis Cahill. Q: How do you go about becoming trained in this area? Colleen: When you get the chance to go out and investigate, take it. Learn from those you admire. They will be your best asset.

Q: Talk about common misconceptions about the paranormal field that you’ve encountered. Colleen: That if somehow you are in the paranormal field, you are a geek/ freak or one of those fruitcakes. I am so darn tired of that stereotype. We are intelligent, hard-working, open-minded people that believe that there has to be more to life after death. That is not crazy. That is just pure intelligence. Kudos to all of you who do this.


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Q: What words of wisdom would you offer amateur ghost hunters investigating for the first time? Colleen: Learn and keep learning. During your first outing or investigation, you will probably not shine. But each time you do it, you learn and become gifted. Everything will come in time, and you will one day look back and be thankful to those who helped you on this journey. Q: What sites do you have on your wish list to investigate? Colleen: That is like asking me what I want from Santa! Eastern State Penitentiary, some mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, and any place that needs us! The more haunted the location seems to be, the quicker I want to get there. Q: What plans do you have for the future? Colleen: To continue with my team, and to one day see the ‘holy grail’ — the full-bodied apparition. I also would like to communicate with loves ones who have passed on. That would be pretty cool, don’t ya think? *****

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Will We All Die in 2012? By Rick E. Hale, Greater Illinois Ghost Society


et me ask you a question. Why is the human species so obsessed with destruction? Society, in general, tends to dwell on ideas of death, mayhem, and utter annihilation. Sure, mass extinction has occurred in the past, many times in fact. The lizard kings went on to their great reward 65 million years ago. Ice ages came and went, turning entire continents into wastelands of frozen tundra. And I have to address mankind’s ability to completely wipe our happy smiles from the face of the Earth in a rain of nuclear fire. Yep, it’s an interesting time to be alive. ‘End of Days’ Theories Abound Over the course of human history, there have been many theories of how it will all end for mankind, and just let me say, it ain’t pretty. For 2,000 years, the Christian church, in its many sects and incarnations, has patiently waited with bated breath for the judgment of sinners and the second coming of the Son of God. The prevailing theory, according to the Book of Revelation, in the New Testament, and the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament, is this: God is pissed!


Forgive me if I seem a bit irreverent, but sometime in the future, God is going to layith the holy smack down on his creation for all the bad things we have done. The good news: The world will be transformed into a paradise of eternal bliss. The bad news:

All the dirty, rotten, stinking sinners will be hurled into a lake of fire. How to speak Australian: Throw another shrimp on the barbie. Another popular theory is based on the prophecies of Michel

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De Nostredame — or Nostradamus as he is known to his millions of adoring fans. In the 15th Century, the Seer of Provence wrote his prophecies in a series of ‘Quatrains,’ warning the world of terrible natural disasters, wars that would engulf and eventually destroy the human race, and the coming of a series of Antichrists who will stop at nothing to bring the world into enslavement. Nosty was pretty impressive with some of his prophecies; however, his words are so ambiguous they are almost impossible to understand. 2000 Was a Major Letdown . . . for the Paranoid Few Just a mere nine years ago many were terrified that at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2000, the world would be thrust into a new dark age. Many believed, and thanks to a few paranoia-based radio shows, that computers would be unable to understand the numbers 00, and because of this mass chaos would break out. Cars would stop driving, planes would come crashing to the ground, and nukes would launch. Sounds pretty horrible in theory; however, the exact opposite happened. After the year 2000, there was a major

boom in technology that made our lives so much more convenient . . . and nobody died. Cool! Mayan Calendar Leads Us to Our Next Date With Doom In the past 10 ten years, a new theory of the end has gained quite a following. It has come to be believed by some that the Maya, an ancient, yet advanced, civilization south of the border, predicted the end of all things would come December 21, 2012. Those who follow this new theory believe that the Maya laid out a calendar that predicted numerous prophecies over a 5,000-year period, finally ending on the ominous date of December 21, 2012.

that have lasted well beyond a normal building’s lifespan. Does this mean that the prophecy of the end of the world is true? Not necessarily. But hey, who knows? It remains to be seen. Mega Hype Surrounds New 2012 Movie Now there is hype, and then there is super gi-normous mega hype. Not only is there a plethora of books and videos dealing with the subject of the end of the world, but a recently released movie, titled 2012, was released starring John Cusack that will preach the word of the end of the world to the public.

The IHC Selects a Chosen Few to Survive! Skeptics would say what hogwash this is; the Maya didn’t ever possess the wheel. True, but the Maya were well advanced in astronomy, predicting the flight paths of many comets, possessing the mathematical concept of 0, and building breathtaking cities

The film lays out the premise that four days before Christmas 2012, the world will suffer a series of natural disasters that will turn our planet into a smoldering wasteland. But have faith brothers and sisters; the movie’s viral campaign ad does provide an

out for a select few who will be chosen to escape the tumultuous times ahead, and that hope is the Institute for Human Continuity — or the IHC. Recently, I visited the IHC Website, and I wish that I could say how impressed I was with it. But, instead, I laughed my mothertrucking ass off. According to the Website, the IHC will provide a series of arks that will ferry a beleaguered mankind (and animals) through the terrible scenario that will be visited upon our world. The Website further shows a real-time ticker that displays how many folks will be ‘saved’ from the terror ahead. According to the Website, the chosen few have nothing to fear, because the IHC will save the day. Personally, I’m sick of disaster movies, even ones that have a paranormal flair. I have concluded that the only thing these films want to do is scare the bejeezus out of us. Me, on December 21, 2012, I plan on spending a quiet night at home, drinking a beer while reading the latest issue of Mad Magazine. And, oh yeah . . . I can’t wait to open my Christmas presents on the morning of December 25, 2012!

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High-Tech Oracle? The Web Bot Project and 2012 By Karen Frazier


or thousands of years, man has foretold the end of the world. Doomsday prophecies have been around as long as human beings have feared death. Our most current looming doomsday is the granddaddy of them all — December 21, 2012. There are a wide range of opinions about what will happen on that date, and more than one prophecy foretells of a major world-shift happening in 2012 — including a few ancient ones and a surprisingly modern oracle, as well. Some time ago, I became interested in the Web Bot Project. It was created in the 1990s by Clif High as a way predict stock market trends, but now, some people — including High himself — believe it is a modern-day oracle that can also predict other future events. What Is the Web Bot Project? The Web Bot Project involves a large number of Web spiders that crawl the Internet searching keywords. These spiders take a snapshot of the words surrounding those keywords. All of this data is then filtered in order to define its meaning. Essentially, it is a high-tech tool for tapping into the collective ‘consciousness’ of what everyone who is using the Web is thinking, saying, and doing. On his Website,, High describes


The Web Bot Project is predicting a worldwide calamity in the year 2012. “. . . humans will be virtually wiped out, as will most large mammals. Recovery may take the planet several hundreds of years just on the geologic and botanic levels.”

this process, known as the ALTA process as follows: “We employ a technique based on radical linguistics to reduce extracts from readings of dynamic postings on the Internet into an archetypical database. “With this database of archetypal language, we calculate the rate of change of the language. The forecasts of the future are derived from these calculations. Our calculations are based on a system of associations between words and numeric values for emotional responses from those words. “These ‘emotional impact indicators’ are also of our own devising. They are attached to a database of over 300/three hundred thousand words. This database of linked words/phrases and emotions is our lexicon from which the future forecasting is derived.”

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More Than They Bargained For High began to notice that his Internet tool not only accurately predicted the stock market, but it also appeared to be predicting other things, as well. The fact that the project might predict more than stock market trends was, according to High, “Something of a big surprise.” Of that discovery, High said, “The first time I did a complete run with the core software completed, nothing in the results area (of the database) was as anticipated. Oh, sure I got the stock info, but it was totally obscured by all the other ‘chatter’ that was not programmed (sought after) into the software filters, but rather came through as an artifact of how I had assigned emotional values to the words. “As I had begun at a very high level and was working my way

through the whole of my 300,000 word lexicon, it should have been expected that I would see other archetypes than those specifically sought; however, it never even occurred to me that such a possibility would manifest.” High feels that the Web Bot Project accurately predicted the events of September 11, 2001. “The program predicted that a life-altering event would take place within the next 60 to 90 days. An occurrence of such proportion that its effects would be felt worldwide.” The most surprising prediction, according to High, was the prediction of the East Coast power blackout that occurred a few years ago (see sidebar). Of the power outage prediction, High said, “This forecast was made entirely from immediacy data, and was out three weeks before the event, and nailed the MSM linguistic as they appeared at over 89% of forecast language manifesting. The details were striking.” 2012 Predictions Perhaps not surprisingly, the Web Bot Project is also predicting a worldwide calamity in the year 2012. What does High believe will happen in 2012? “(The) planet (is) not in danger, but humans will be virtually wiped out, as will most large mammals. Recovery may take the planet several hundreds of years just on the geologic and botanic levels. Read Patrick Geryl’s book on surviving 2012. His conclusions are correct in my opinion.” In short, High believes that “I, along with everyone I know or have ever known, will perish in a cataclysm.” He goes on to say, “You are dead or not. If not, then the struggles from 2012 onward will be beyond our ability to imagine at this point. Either outcome requires serious

The Language of Web Bot Project Prediction


t is believed that the Web Bot Project has accurately predicted the following: • Hurricanes Katrina and Rita • The 2004 Tsunami • The 2003 East Coast blackouts • VP Cheney shooting his buddy • 9/11 terrorist attack Here is the language predicting the East Coast blackout of 2003: “The [Wahabi] entity is seen as preparing an attack on a site with aspects of (South) with specific references to a place where the (wood) in the (earth) {grows} {upward}. Nearby will be an (energy) {plant} filled with {tremendous} (effort/work). “The target chosen for the entity has associations with a (vertical wall/ ascent) near which is a (low land) or (low lying area) from which there rises (power) and (influence/confluence). This latter may suggest a site where a power plant sits at the base of a cliff preparation now. You have 1,129 days as of the 17th of November, 2009. Very precious commodities, these last days that need to be wisely and completely used.” Accuracy of the Predictions I asked High about the accuracy of the predictions that the Web Bot Project has made. He said prediction accuracy is about twice that of chance, meaning it is still wrong about 50% of the time. “A caveat is necessary, as when we are correct, usually it is very spectacularly so (in about 60% of the forecasts that manifest into reality),” he said. High’s reports from runs of the

or naturally occurring wall that has the power lines rising to it. “Further, there is a form of a (departure) {to the south} close by which suggests some form of transportation hub with a main focus to the south which lies close to the chosen target. Other details suggest that near to the chosen target, is a place where (heaps) of {small things} (rise upward) to some height. The number of both aspects and attributes which related to wood, and woods, and copse, suggest that there is some form of natural woodland setting near to the target. “This woodland is near an area where (rivers) {congregate and the (earth) {waters} (flow together) which suggests an estuarine environment. There are also references indicating a (waste) {flow} or disposal is nearby. This (waste) aspect has the attributes of {dismal} and {abysmal} as well as attributes indicating a {great} (stink/smell).” Web Bot Project, The Shape of Things to Come, are available on his Website, for $10. He warns, however, that the predictions can be rather grim reading. They can also be quite difficult to get through and understand, as the language centers on memes (a cultural unit — an idea, value, or pattern of behavior — that is passed from one person to another by nongenetic means) and other vagaries. When asked how people could best understand the reports, High said, “Perhaps they should . . . eat copious amounts of pies, then nap for a few hours. Yep. That would be best, I think.”

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2009 Paranormal Year in Review By Cheryl Knight


nother year, another batch of amazing paranormal, UFO, and cryptozoological news stories. What were your favorite stories from 2009? From a UFO flying over the presidential inauguration to another Montauk Monster being found to a ghost holding a burglar hostage inside a Malaysian home, here are just a few highlights from the paranormal world that transpired in 2009.

JANUARY Will Obama Release X-Files?

Surprising Survey Results? More people believe in aliens and ghosts than in God, according to a survey completed by a marketing firm in conjunction with the release of an X-Files DVD. The poll of 3,000 people found that 58% believe in the supernatural, including paranormal encounters, while 54% believe God exists. Women were more likely than men to believe in the supernatural and were also more likely to visit a medium, according to Burglar Trapped in Haunted House by Ghost

UFO enthusiasts ask then-President-Elect Barack Obama to release classified documents about sightings of alien spacecraft. In a letter sent to Obama, the Extraterrestrial Phenomenon Political Action Committee (EPPAC) asked that he “end the six-decade truth embargo regarding an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race.”


A 36-year-old burglar in Malaysia claims he was held captive by a “supernatural figure” for three days without food and water after he broke into a house. Police official Abdul Marlik Hakim Johar told The Star newspaper the house’s owners found the 36-year-old man fatigued and dehydrated when they returned from vacation. The property owners called an ambulance to take him to a hospital. The man told police that every time he tried to escape, a “supernatural figure” shoved him to the ground.

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UFO Flies Over Inauguration

Video of what some speculate is a UFO flying over President Obama’s inauguration has circulated over the Internet. The video shows an unknown object flying past the Washington Monument as nearly 2 million people watched the inauguration. While some claim the UFO is actually a bird, others say it can’t be a bird due to its flat appearance, lack of visible wings, and flight speed.

FEBRUARY Tories Would Publish UFO Files Leader of Britain’s conservative Tory Party, David Cameron, vowed to publish any secret files that may exist on UFOs if elected prime minister. Speaking at one of his regular Cameron Direct public meetings, he was asked about recent comments by American astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, sixth man to walk on the moon.

He replied in response to Mitchell’s comments about an American cover-up at Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, that even though he thinks people look for rational explanations in relation to the Roswell incident, that he thinks that people should be as open as possible. He stated that if elected prime minister, he would be frank about the subject of UFOs. Photo of Strange Airborne Animal

Scientists Clone Extinct Ibex For the first time, scientists have succeeded in bringing an extinct species back to life through cloning. However, the newborn Pyrenean ibex, a species that was declared extinct in 2000, died shortly after birth from a lung defect.

MARCH Saturn Awards Announces Nominees

This photo of a strange airborne animal had made the rounds online on Spanish and French paranormal blogs. Visit www.boingboing. net/2009/01/13/photo-of-strange-air. html to read more. Number of Alien Worlds Quantified An Edinburgh scientist claimed that there could be thousands of intelligent civilizations beyond Earth. Research estimates that there are at least 361 intelligent civilizations in our galaxy and possibly as many as 38,000, according to hi/science/nature/7870562.stm. Duncan Forgan, a University of Edinburgh researcher, simulated a galaxy like our own, allowing it to develop solar systems based on what is now known from the existence of exoplanets. These simulated alien worlds were then subjected to a number of different scenarios. The work is reported in the International Journal of Astrobiology.

Recognizing the best in sciencefiction, horror, and fantasy, the Saturn Awards announced its list of nominees. ABC’s LOST was honored with 11 nominations, almost doubling the second-highest total in the television category. Best network television series nominations went to LOST, Heroes, Fringe, Life on Mars, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Supernatural. On cable, Battlestar Galactica, The Closer, Dexter, Leverage, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and True Blood were also nominated. Film nominations went to The Dark Knight, which grabbed 11 nominations, with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Iron Man earning nine and eight nominations, respectively. Secret Danish UFO Archives Opened The Danish Air Force opened its UFO archives, providing information on more than 15,000 reported extraterrestrial sightings to the public. UFO archives were made available to the public, detailing sightings from over the past 30 years, accord-

ing to The Danish Air Force published the archive online because it felt that “there was nothing secret in the files.” The Air Force said that while most of the sightings remained “unidentified,” some of the reports contained enough description to rule out the UFOs as aircraft, weather phenomenon, or paper lanterns.

APRIL Experts Gather to Investigate Ghosts in Edinburgh On April 4, experts from across the globe took part in a series of investigations in Edinburgh to find out if ghosts really do exist. Psychology Professor Richard Wiseman and a host of other experts gathered to examine the science and history of hauntings. This one-day public event formed part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Russian Yeti Expedition Comes Up Empty

A team that set off in March on an expedition in the mountains of Siberia to find the Yeti came up empty after bad weather hampered their progress. The team was led by Yeti specialist Igor Burtsev. The expedition was fueled by reports from local hunters who claimed to have seen human-like creatures in a cave several kilometers long in the Kemerovo Region.

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Study Links “Visions” and “Coffee”

Will Kazakhstan Build UFO Base and Alien Embassy? Local media reports claimed that the Republic of Kazakhstan in Central Asia was in the process of building the world’s first alien embassy. If these reports are true, facilities to be built within the complex will include a guesthouse, theater, and translation service. A UFO landing pad and checkpoint will be attached to the embassy, according to Mystery Creature Attacks SUV

In Lincoln County, North Carolina, a mysterious creature was said to have damaged a vehicle after scratching and biting it. The unknown creature destroyed the brakes. Experts couldn’t say for sure what caused the damage, but the creature was said to have left muddy paw prints — no bigger than tennis balls — on the hood.

People who drink too much coffee could start seeing ghosts or hearing strange voices, according to one UK study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and Medical Research Council. People who drank more than seven cups of instant coffee a day were three times more likely to hallucinate than those who took just one. A Durham University team questioned 200 students about their caffeine intake. However, the findings did not prove a “causal link.”


According to reports, VisionTV’s The White Mountain Abduction documentary features the story of Betty and Barney Hill, the first couple to publicly disclose that they were abducted by aliens. And while filming at the abduction site in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, on the 47th anniversary of the event, filmmakers caught a real UFO on tape. Experts who analyzed the video ruled out any known conventional aircraft or natural astrological phenomena. Tunguska Event: New Theory From Russian Scientist

JUNE Another “Montauk Monster” Is Found

Yowie Spotted in Bush Near Sydney Two backpackers on a year-long trip around Australia spotted Yowie, according to Early one evening, the two women heard the breaking of branches and loud footsteps heading toward them. After shining a flashlight toward the noise, the women claim to have seen what they described as “an American Bigfoot” charge away into the distance. The Yowie is said to have fur and stand about two meters tall.

UFO Caught on Film in Documentary?

Another strange creature washed up on New York’s coast, with some labeling it another “Montauk Monster.” One bystander says the new remains smell like “rotten garbage.” A similar carcass was discovered the year before after appearing near Montauk, New York. Some suggest there might be a link between the creature and the nearby Plum Island Animal Disease Center.

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According to Dr. Yuri Labvin, president of the Tunguska Spatial Phenomenon Foundation, a UFO deliberately crashed into a meteor to save Earth about 100 years ago — on June 30, 1908. The result of the “crash” was the Tunguska event, a massive blast estimated at 15 megatons that downed 80 million trees over nearly 830 square miles. While many scientists think the blast was caused by a meteorite exploding several miles above the surface, Labvin thinks that quartz slabs with strange markings found at the site are remnants of an alien control panel, which fell to the ground after the UFO slammed into the giant rock. The shockwave from the explosion is estimated to have measured 5.0 on the Richter scale.

Ghost Caught on Camera in Museum

A ghostly image was said to be photographed at a museum in Gloucestershire, prompting speculation that the spirit of English scientist Edward Jenner could be haunting his former home. The attic doorway with the ghostly figure is pictured above at left; the right side of the photo is without the phantom image. In the photo, you can see the hazy image of a man sitting on a chair in the attic of the Edward Jenner Museum in Berkeley, Gloucestershire. The picture was taken by BBC photographer Chris Sandys, who said, “I don’t believe in ghosts myself, but this is strange,” according to Yahoo News.

JULY Physicists Say Vampires Could Not Exist Two physicists publish an academic paper where they demonstrate, by virtue of geometric progression, that vampires could not exist, since they would almost immediately deplete their entire food supply in less than two years, according to Physicists Costas Efthimiou and Sohang Gandhi’s published a paper titled “Cinema Fiction vs. Physics Reality.” Efthimiou and Gandhi’s full academic article also discusses the implausibility of ghosts and zombies.

Zimbabweans Say Ancestors Behind Road Accidents A recent string of car accidents in Chivhu, Zimbabwe, is said to be a sign of ancestors’ anger, according to local residents. Such suspicions crop up in the area, especially when an accident kills many people, or prominent ones. Some say the accidents are happening because traditional rituals (such as slaughtering cattle) to appease the dead have not been performed for many years, according to Witnesses claimed to see figures crossing the road at night, dressed in black and walking so slowly that drivers are forced to swerve. Judgment Awarded to Mill Owners for Haunted Claims

The Website Forgotten Ohio was ordered to pay the owners of a mill $125,000 for making public claims it was haunted. According to a report on, mill owners Melissa Duer and her husband sued both Forgotten Ohio and the book Weird Ohio for damages they allegedly incurred in the form of extra security measures to keep away paranormal seekers after the mill was written up in both places as having paranormal activity. While the judge ruled in favor of Weird Ohio, saying that the book hadn’t placed the mill in a false light, a default judgment was entered against Forgotten Ohio when the owner of the site, Andrew Hamilton, failed to show up to defend himself.

Top Secret Aircraft Mistaken as UFO

According to a CIA estimate, more than half of the reported UFO sightings in the 50s and 60s were U-2 and SR-71 spy planes. Many spy and stealth planes are infamous for their bat-shaped wings and triangular silhouettes, long generating UFO sightings. Offers Parapsychological Studies Course begins offering HCH Institute’s Certificate Course on Parapsychological Studies. The Certificate in Parapsychological Studies is a 60-hour course of study comprised of seven separate courses. The course is also available via a distance learning program. Hacker Claiming UFO Knowledge Fights Extradition

Scottish hacker Gary McKinnon begins fighting extradition to the United States in London High Court. According to, McKinnon hacked into 97 United States military and NASA computers in 2001 and 2002, including US Army, US Navy, Department of Defense, and US Air Force computers. The case has been called the biggest government data breach in U.S. history.

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AUGUST Virgin Mary Shows Up in Ireland Tree Stump

The Virgin Mary appeared in a tree stump at the Holy Mary Parish Church in Rathkeale, Ireland, according to a BBC News report. Workmen were cutting down trees at the Parish Church when one noticed the image of the Virgin in the tree. Following the reports on July 10 of the Virgin’s presence, people from Ireland began traveling to see the image. The Catholic Church remains skeptical about the Virgin’s presence in the tree stump. Pennsylvania Driver Nearly Collides With Bigfoot A motorist driving near Uniontown, Pennsylvania, reported that she had nearly collided with Bigfoot. The witness description of the creature is that it was at least six feet tall or slightly taller. It walked upright on two legs, and it had a large, elongated head.


The entire creature was covered with hair. The face was also covered in hair, with an exposed area that was completely white.

Strange Beings Sighted Near Crop Circles in England

Human Body Emits Faint Visible Light Japanese researchers used sensitive cameras to photograph the subtle light emitted by the human body. The study placed healthy male volunteers in front of the cameras in complete darkness for 20 minutes every three hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for three days. The researchers found that the body glow differed at different times during the day, with the least light emission at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is suggestive of the light being related to our metabolic rhythms. Research also showed that the faces of the volunteers glowed more than the rest of the body, which may be related to the increased exposure to sunlight that the face has in comparison to the rest of the body. Scientists Create Sci Fi Material An international team, led by Oxford University scientists, created transparent aluminum — a substance that previously only existed in science fiction. According to www., a pulse from a FLASH laser removed a core electron from every aluminum atom without disrupting the metal’s crystalline structure, rendering the aluminum virtually invisible to extreme ultraviolet radiation. Scientists said that transparent aluminum may ultimately lead to allowing the power of nuclear fusion to be harnessed on Earth. The invisibility of the aluminum lasted only for an extremely short period of time (40 femtoseconds).

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A Wiltshire, England, police Sergeant was driving past a Sidbury Hill crop circle that had appeared a few days earlier, when he saw three exceptionally tall beings who were inspecting the crop circle. According to, each of the beings were well over six feet tall with blonde hair. They were wearing one piece white suits with hoods. The officer shouted at the beings, but was ignored. When he entered the field, however, they noticed him and ran away at “an amazing rate of speed.” The officer said the field crackled with static, and plant movement coincided with the level of sound. He experienced a headache that started in the field and worsened as the day went on.

SEPTEMBER Himalayan Yeti Hair to Undergo DNA Testing A team of Chinese scientists have collected and analyzed strands of hair said to come from a Himalayan Yeti — or Xueguai as it is known in Chinese. Locals along the Nepalese border say that they have not only seen the cryptid, but also collected strands of the hair in question. The team confirmed that the strands do not belong to any known local animal, but say they plan to do further testing on the hair.

Chupacabra in Argentina?

Mermaid Fever Hits Israel

The discovery of mutilated calves in a field near Santo Domingo (Santa Fe, Argentina) caused renewed panic among local residents that a Chupacabra was on the move again. This new case recently occurred near Santo Domingo, where a local farmer came across a mutilated calf. “No traces of blood were evident. It was clean, really clean,” said the experienced farmer, according to “It had perfect, smooth incisions, like someone running a finger along the edge of a plate. It was also missing its intestines, a kidney, its stomach . . .”

After several mermaids were said to have been spotted off the coast of Israel, one town council decided to offer a $1m (£609,000) reward to anyone who could photograph a mermaid in its waters. Kiryat Yam municipality, near Haifa, said dozens of mermaid sightings have been reported to them in the past few months. The council denied that its offer of a reward was a publicity stunt, but did admit that it hoped the mermaid craze would bring in more tourists.

UFO Invades BBC Breakfast

A UFO was recently spotted on BBC breakfast television. Viewers watched as the white, probe-like object appeared on the Look North morning show. UFO expert Nick Pope described the event as “intriguing” and a “genuine mystery.” The UFO was captured via a Webcam as it passed over the Gateshead Millennium Bridge on the River Tyne. Viewers spotted the object when pictures from the weather camera were used as a backdrop on the breakfast show behind presenter Colin Briggs, according to Pope, a former MoD UFO investigator, said, “At first I thought it was a bird, but the slowed down footage seems to rule this out. It’s an intriguing film and a genuine mystery.”

Source of Earth’s ‘Hum’ Discovered

Even though our ears are too insensitive to hear it, Earth is constantly generating a low-frequency humming noise, which was first discovered in 1998. At a frequency of around 10 millihertz, the sound is far outside our hearing range — we can only perceive sounds as low as 20 hertz. Scientists have now determined the source of the humming noise, and also the regions where it can be heard most loudly. Some rumors and conspiracy theories previously claimed some unnatural event may be causing the hum, according to In a study recently published in the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters, a group of researchers

said the noise is created by pressure waves, which are strongest in the Pacific Coast of North America. The investigation used scientific data collected between November 2006 and June 2007. Polish Yeti Caught on Film

While on a walking holiday in Poland’s Tatra Mountains, 27-yearold Piotr Kowalski allegedly filmed a “monstrous, hairy creature.” According to Kowalski, a local to the region, as he began filming a mountain goat, he “saw this huge ape-like form hiding behind the rocks.” Yeti experts with the Nautilus Foundation, which deals with unexplained phenomena and has been given the film for examination, headed to the area, where rumors of a Polish Yeti had been around for centuries. Nautilus Foundation President Robert Bernatowicz said that the film “clearly shows something that moves on two legs and is bigger than a normal man,” according to www. Woman Falls to Death While Ghost Hunting in Toronto A 29-year-old woman on a ghost-hunting mission was killed after falling three stories at a University of Toronto building, according to The duo was hunting for ghosts in the 134-year-old building, which they believed was haunted. The identities of the two have not been released.

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Special Report OCTOBER Children in Panama Claim to Have Killed an Alien

cal guide Sahar said they saw the creature at a distance of around 100 feet as it squatted in a tree. Archer describes it as broad shouldered, with a large head, black skin, and dark brown hair. A line of darker fur was visible on the spine. He also said the coat of the creature was similar to that of a mountain gorilla. UFO Filmed by Chinese Scientists During Solar Eclipse

A creature from another planet, animal, or hoax? Reports out of Cerro Azul, Panama, say an unknown creature was killed by two frightened children, aged between 15 and 16. The children, who saw the creature at a water fall, stoned it to death because they were afraid of being attacked. According to http://momento24. com/en/2009/09/16/panama-youngsters-claim-to-have-killed-an-alien/, the children were playing around on a hill when they spotted a cave entrance and a creature that was approaching them. Explorers Find Sumatran Yeti

Paranormal Activity Movie Is a Breakout Blockbuster Scientists of the Purple Mountain Observatory in Nanjing, China, believe they have filmed 40 minutes of an unidentified flying object (UFO). It happened during this summer’s solar eclipse. And according to, a year-long investigation is under way to find out what the object is. Dozens of students also claimed to have seen the object during a rooftop observation of the July 22 solar eclipse. Nine or more of the students claimed they photographed the UFO. The UFO reportedly changed color and shape. ‘Lost World’ Discovered in Papua New Guinea

British explorers and scientists from the North-Devon-based Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ), a mystery animal research organization, searched the jungles of Sumatra for what locals call the “orang-pendek,” a yeti-like creature, according to During the expedition, CFZ member Dave Archer and lo-


found more than 40 previously unidentified species when they climbed into the kilometer-deep crater of Mount Bosavi. It is believed they are the first team of scientists to do so. The exploration lasted five weeks, during which biologists discovered 16 frogs that have never before been recorded by science, three new fish, a new bat, and a giant rat, which may turn out to be the biggest in the world. Unfortunately, Papua New Guinea’s rainforest is currently being destroyed at the rate of 3.5% a year, the scientists said.

A lost world populated by fanged frogs, grunting fish, and tiny bear-like creatures has been discovered in a remote volcanic crater on the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea, according to Scientists from Britain, the United States, and Papua New Guinea

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After two weeks of nationwide midnight-only sellouts and fan frenzy over the limited release of the movie Paranormal Activity, the hit thriller was released nationwide October 16. The movie follows (in a faux documentary style) a young, middle class couple who moves into what seems like a typical suburban tract house. However, they become increasingly disturbed by a malevolent presence. The movie is said to be the most profitable movie of all time by grossing more than $100 million with a reported production budget of only $15,000. In comparison, The Blair Witch Project, which follows in the same vein as Paranormal Activity, was made for between $500,000 and $750,000, and earned more than $200 million worldwide. First-time director Oren Peli, is also the movie’s writer, editor, and co-producer.

NOVEMBER BAS Official Says Aliens Are Among Us According to a Bulgarian Academy of Science (BAS) scientist, aliens live on Earth and are in constant communication and interaction with humans. Luchezar Filipov, deputy head of the Space Exploration department within the BAS, said, “They are here right now, among us,” according to Why are they here? To conduct surveillance and research on Earth, he said. The scientist said the aliens are friendly and willing to help. He also went on to relay that the aliens are critical of “our immoral behavior and our destruction of the environment.” According to Filipov, his team of scientists was working to create a coherent “strategic plan” pertaining to questions they will ask the extraterrestrials during their next meeting, which is said to be in the spring of 2010. So what do you think? Are aliens really among us and interacting with humans? Maybe time will tell.

Destination Truth Episode Reveals Major Discovery In a November 4, 2009, episode of Destination Truth, titled “The Bhutan Yeti,” show host and adventurer Josh Gates returned to Himalayas, this time to the Kingdom of Bhutan, on another hunt for the Yeti. Hair samples gathered during the investigation revealed DNA from an unknown primate, which

led some to say that we are closer to finding scientific evidence of a Yeti/ Bigfoot. Two years ago, the team discovered a “Yeti footprint.” Gates sent the hairs to a forensics lab in Texas to be examined by Dr. Melba Ketchum, who ran tests and then tried to match the findings against an existing database. The hairs were said to score high on the Human panels, and Ketchum claimed the hairs recovered from Bhutan were from an unknown primate.

Ghost Whisperer Star Reports Paranormal Activity News reports say that Jennifer Love Hewitt thinks her Hollywood house is haunted by two ghosts — the spirits are a classmate she went to high school with who was killed in a car accident and a previous resident of the house. Hewitt is best known for her roles on the TV shows Ghost Whisperer and Party of Five, as well as the movie I Know What You Did Last Summer. TV Show Ghost Hunters Academy Debuts to High Ratings The new TV show Ghost Hunters Academy (GHA) became the SyFy channel’s highest rated ‘reality’ premiere in nearly two years. The show is a spin-off of another SyFy hit show — Ghost Hunters (GH). GHA, which debuted on November 11, delivered 2.07 million total viewers: 1.2 million Adults 18-49 and 1.3 million Adults 25-54, along with a 1.5 HH rating. These were the highest viewership marks for a reality series premiere since the January 2008 debut of another GH spinoff, called Ghost Hunters International.

2012 Entertains Viewers With End-of-World Special Effects The disaster movie 2012 blasted onto big screens across America in November. Starring John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, and Woody Harrelson, the movie’s premise is based on the myth that the Mayan calendar implies the world will end in the year 2012 via a cataclysmic natural disaster on Earth. The movie raked in $65 million on its debut weekend. Derek Acorah Channels Michael Jackson? In November 2009, UK-based medium Derek Acorah attempted to make contact with the spirit of Michael Jackson via two TV specials: once in Michael Jackson: The Live Séance and also in Michael Jackson: The Search for His Spirit. In The Live Séance, Acorah took a group of Michael Jackson fans to a house in Ireland that Jackson had stayed at a few years ago. Once there, he spent 20 minutes channeling Jackson and claimed to be inhabited by the pop icon’s ghost. Nessie Researcher Robert Rines Passes Away American inventor Robert Rines died on November 1 at age 87. Rines was also a cryptozoologist who used some of his inventions to try to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. Nessie researchers used underwater vessels with sonar equipment developed by Rines to search the depths of Loch Ness for proof of the creature, and some say, they succeeded after capturing several compelling images of a huge beast.

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Case Files of the Unknown: Haunted Sites

The Charlesgate Hotel By Rick E. Hale, Greater Illinois Ghost Society


ike prisons, hospitals, and schools, hotels are home to the entire spectrum of human emotion . . . love/hate, joy/depression, and everything in between. Perhaps this is why the Gideon Society saw fit to furnish all hotel rooms with a New Testament, because more often than one may think, hotels are where many desperate people go to end their life. Boston’s Charlesgate Hotel is no different. When considering the Charlesgate Hotel, most researchers believe that the hotel was bad news from the very beginning. The hotel was designed and built by eccentric architect J. Pickering Putnam in the late 1800s. Many believe that when Putnam was designing the building he specifically chose materials that would attract and capture paranormal energies — sort of like the building in the original Ghostbusters movie. And like the designer of that building, Putnam was considered by many to be a person who dabbled in the darker side of magic and religion. The Charlesgate Hotel Attracts Those Dabbling in the Occult When the Charlesgate opened, it was considered to be the most luxurious hotel on the Eastern seaboard. The rich and famous seemed to flock to the new hotel, as did clientele who shared in Putnam’s


The Charlesgate Hotel, built in 1891, is considered one of the most haunted buildings in Boston. Over time, the building has taken on legendary status, making it difficult to separate fact from fiction.

dabbling in the occult. Many reports coming out of the hotel in its first 50 years relay stories of black masses and satanic worship that allegedly included animal and human sacrifice. Although the hotel was considered the jewel of the historic city of Boston, the suicide rate was high, and reports of guests witnessing what appeared to be giant black forms roaming the halls and attacking unsuspecting guests as they attempted to get a good night’s sleep were commonplace. In 1947, the Charlesgate closed

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its doors amid rumors of scandal but reopened as the male dormitory for prestigious Boston University. For 26 years the former hotel played host to young men who were leaving from home possibly for the first time to attend the university. And like its days as a hotel, the male dormitory was the site of many suicides. A Site of Demonic Activity or Just Another Hotel? One such student wrote in his suicide note that he could no longer take the voices he heard in his head

telling him to do wicked and evil deeds, and he would rather end it all before he did something he would regret for the rest of his life. Other students who lived in the dorm claimed to be attacked by large black masses that hovered over their beds as they slept. Whatever had haunted the Charlesgate was now tormenting the young men of Boston University. After many claims of the building being haunted by something evil, Boston University closed the doors of the dormitory, and the building that was considered to be the most exclusive hotel in Boston became nothing more than a haven for drug addicts, the homeless, and those worshipping the Prince of Darkness. One of the most famous hauntings of the building involved a little girl who either fell down or was discarded down an elevator shaft. Many witnesses have reported seeing the apparition of the young girl playing on the sixth floor, while others have claimed to see her spirit fall down the elevator shaft and hear her scream for help. No one is certain who this little girl was; some believe she died when the hotel was in service, while others believe she may have been a victim of the reputed human sacrifices committed at the building.

After serving as a hotel, Charlesgate was used as a dorm for Boston University and then Emerson College. The spirits roaming the Charlesgate were said to include horses in the basement and a little girl who haunts the elevator where she died.

students. Bizarre accidents and suicides were once again commonplace in the building. One desperate student practically severed his own head with a butcher knife in a grisly suicide. Others reported being violently pushed down the stairs by an unseen force. There were many reports of witnesses seeing dark forms rushing in and out of rooms, and the forms gave whoever witnessed them a feeling of deep dread.

The Charlesgate Hotel was said to be home to the occult. Old Hotel Used as Dorms Despite Reported Activity Despite the reports of something weird going on in the building in 1981, Emerson College purchased the building and once again it became home to college

Whatever dark force called the former Charlesgate Hotel home seemed to be there to stay. Activity Dies Down After Hotel Converted to Condos Today, the former luxury hotel

is condominiums, and those who live there still report strange occurrences. But the hauntings seem to have calmed down a bit. Residents mostly report cold breezes when no windows or doors are open and the occasional phantom footsteps on the stairs or in their units. Perhaps whatever dark force calls the building home is laying in wait for the proper time to spring forth and make the tenants lives a living Hell. The former Charlesgate Hotel would seem to play host to all four of the major forms of hauntings: residual, intelligent, poltergeist, and the dreaded in-human (demonic) haunting. So, just what would possess J. Pickering Putnam to design a building that would attract such unwanted attention? Perhaps it was that which possessed him that prompted Putnam to create this monstrosity of consumerism. You see, some say Putnam was believed to be possessed by the devil himself.

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Case Files of the Unknown: Haunted History

Memento Mori:

Photographing the Dead By Michelle M. Pillow,


hese days, when you talk about photographing the dead, most people think about capturing apparitions or orbs. But in the early stages of photography, the concept had an entirely different meaning. With the affordability of new photographic techniques came the practice of memento mori (“remember death”) — or post-mortem photography — in which people hired photographers to photograph the corpses of their loved ones before burial. This sometimes included the remains of deceased pets. Though now seen as a macabre practice and used as otherworldly movie props in such films as The Others to build supernatural suspense, in the mid-1800s photographing the deceased became a culturally accepted practice to help memorialize the dead and help with the grieving process. The Rise of Memento Mori Photography In 1839, portraiture became commonplace, as inventions like the daguerreotype (an early kind of photograph) made it possible for the masses to afford to have


dwindling toward the late 1800s, post-mortem photography persisted well into the 20th Century in some Eastern European cultures. What, by today’s standards, may seem morbid was, in fact, a reflection of the average 19th Century person’s ability to understand and deal with death. These pictures were often included on mantle places, mingled with pictures of the living, or sent to distant relatives who could not make the trip to pay their respects. High mortality rates meant many people didn’t always have the opportunity to get their picture taken when they were alive. Every household was touched by death. According to, “In The practice of memento mori (or post-mortem phothe United States in 1850, the tography) gained popularity in the mid-1800s. It was average life expectancy at birth practiced to help relatives of the deceased memorialwas 38.9 years” and the “infant ize the dead, helping with the grieving process. mortality rate in 1850 was 217.4 per 1,000 births.” It is this high mortality their pictures taken. The shorter rate in children that accounts for the exposure times made sitting for a numerous post-mortem images of portrait not only feasible but more Victorian children. With so much practical than it had been in prevideath, the Victorians were more ous years. adept at dealing with the grieving Hitting the height of its poputh process than we are today, and these larity in the mid-19 Century and

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Photos of the dead sometimes included living relatives posing with or, in the case of a young child, holding the deceased. Children normally were posed on a couch or crib. When they were held by a living parent, they were posed with their eyes closed. Sometimes deceased pets were also photographed.

photographs were an important step in their process. Different Methods of Photographing the Dead Earlier photographs were often close-ups of the adult’s face or full body shots of a child. Loved ones were rarely posed in a coffin. Before the advent of the funeral home, bodies were laid out in at home in a parlor, kept cool by a block of ice. It’s not so unusual then that people would want to remember their loved one in a natural setting. Often, they were laid out on a bed or couch to look as if they slept, or arranged in poses meant to mimic the living. Props, such as toys, religious items, or flowers were added to the scene. In some cases eyes were left open or the photographs were later doctored to paint pupils over the closed eye lids and to add a rosy flush to the cheeks. Sometimes even the living rela-

tives were included in the photograph, posing with or, in the case of a young child, holding the deceased. Children normally were posed on a couch or crib. When they were held by a living parent, they were posed with their eyes closed. Adults were more commonly

Deceased Children Were Normally Posed on a Couch or Crib. pictured sitting up in chairs, braced into place by special frames. It wasn’t until embalming practices improved after the Civil War that people could be preserved long enough to be photographed inside their coffins, which were made to order and not readily available the day of death. By the

time corpses were photographed in coffins, less effort was made to make them appear more lifelike. Other variations of post-mortem photography included mourners holding a photo of the deceased, family members photographed by a shrine dedicated to the passed loved one (including a photo from the deceased’s life), or the funeral goers surrounding the open coffin. Today, Post-Mortem Photos Are Collected Today, post-mortem photograph is more of a strange curiosity to be wondered at and collected. One of the largest collections in the United States is kept by the Burns Archive at Other web sources include Paul Frecker at and at The Thanatos (http://thanatos. net). All three of these sites show a tasteful representation of the subject and are not gory.

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Case Files of the Unknown: Are We Alone?

Why Don’t They Believe Us? By John W. Martin,


t is really not so much the question of “Are we alone?” any more than it is the question believers themselves are posing — namely questions like “Why doesn’t anyone believe me?” Recent polls have uncovered that about 60% of Americans believe in extraterrestrial life (10% more than the amount of Americans that believe in God). With the majority of our populace ‘in the know’ about ethereal beings, what is it that causes hordes of people to group together in defense against anyone’s claims to have experienced the paranormal or seen a flying saucer? With these kinds of percentages, should the majority of the population be openly insensitive to claims of alien involvement? Well, the operative word here is ‘openly.’ People have, in fact, very much awakened to alien existence and hold a common belief that we have been visited by them at one time or another. Public opinion, on the other hand, is a not so much what someone is willing to believe as it is what someone is willing to admit that they believe. Belief in Alien Life Is One Thing, But Admitting it Is Another Even with countless paranormal topics hanging above our heads making themselves into daily household


conversations, it is still something that we do not fully identify with. As long as we continue to not understand it, paranormal topics like extraterrestrial life will continue to be something factual on a more personal level rather than openly. I see many problems with this, notwithstanding the fact that I can relate to it as well. One of the

problems with people defending claims that aliens are nothing more than a figment of people’s active imaginations is that these same people are inadvertently aware of its validity. Science has proven that life on other planets, in one variety or another, is not only possible but unavoid-

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able based on ‘the math.’ It would really do me no good to point out the numbers in support of this because, apparently, looking at the numbers is not enough for some people. The point is that science is proving the prospect of alien life while common sense is telling these people that it doesn’t exist because they have not experienced it for themselves. The most common excuse given by non-believers to date is, “If aliens existed, they would have revealed themselves by now.” What is this supposed to mean? In retrospect, this is the same thing as saying that something that makes an appearance for the first time has never existed prior to doing so. In Our Current State, Are We Ready for Proof? We are still but a primitive species. I do not say this in relation to what aliens may see us as but rather the fact that we are still a new-fangled race to this universe. Regardless of whether you see this from an atheist’s point of view (mankind being hundreds of thousands of years old) or a pious point of view (mankind being approximately six to seven thousand years old), the fact is, we have only been a civilized and sociable species for the past few thousand years. Furthermore, we have only

been technologically approachable for the past 80 years. Can you imagine what purpose aliens would have in attempting to communicate with a caveman-type species? And are we really so civilized after all? With only 80 years worth of technologically advanced inhabitants, many are still considered computer illiterate. Conceivably, the mere awareness of an alien existence is in itself a major factor in them potentially divulging their true existence to us. Either way, the fact is, while we may be independently ready to accept the news of their existence, as long as we are reluctant to admit it openly then what rationale would they have in enlightening us openly? Absence of Evidence Is Not Evidence of Absence Peer pressure is the key here. As long as the media keeps feeding our minds with the impossibilities and improbabilities, we are ready to relate to that in lieu of the public eye as opposed to accepting the truth in spite of the public eye. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. It has been said that if the case for alien existence were to ever appear in the court of law, that the evidence to be presented would overwhelmingly call for immediate judgment for the claims that aliens do exist. This is not a simple case of shoplifting here. Excessive claims require exemplary evidence. I believe that people are winning the lottery but unless you show me a winning ticket, I can hardly believe that it really happened to you. Chances are, the same people who are denying your claims have probably been believers long before you ever were. Just because someone does not believe you, doesn’t mean that they do not believe.

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Quantum Musings

2012: Will neutrinos Be the End of Us? By Jim Frazier


have a confession to make. I spent my own good money to see the movie 2012. What can I say — I love a good disaster movie, and this movie truly was a disaster. The special effects were good, but the plot was idiotic, and the premise was about as plausible as Kevin Federline being the next president of MENSA. But heck, who doesn’t want to see a tsunami take out the Himalayas or an aircraft carrier get dropped on the White House? What Makes This All So Silly . . . The root cause of all this tectonic upchucking is, of course, the upcoming celestial alignment that puts all the planets of our solar system in-line with the center of the galaxy. This causes a giant up swell in solar flare activity, releasing a deadly stream of neutrinos that superheat the Earth’s core over a few years’ time. As the outer mantle liquefies, Old Faithful becomes Mount Saint Helens on steroids, and the tectonic plates are free to pile up in a fashion rarely seen outside a NASCAR track. Billions die, as giant waves crush everything in sight, but somehow of course the plucky canine survives. After all, the thought of losing 99.9%


Neutrinos are the miniscule leftovers of nuclear reactions, providing a means for particles to change and release energy.

of the human race pales in comparison to the thought of living in a world without yappy little lap dogs. What makes this all so silly is the idea that neutrinos would even interact with the Earth’s core, much less superheat it. Neutrinos are the miniscule leftovers of nuclear reactions, providing a means for particles to change and release energy. It’s

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like ‘carrying the ones’ when totaling the national debt. Ignoring neutrinos wouldn’t change the overall outcome, but particle physicists are a pretty anal bunch. The Earth is constantly bombarded by solar neutrinos as it is, with about 400 billion passing through every square inch of the planet every single second. Yet

they interact so weakly and rarely, that even with that huge number of neutrinos, we still have to bury super-sensitive detectors in huge water tanks deep underground to find even a handful of them. Part of the Equation, But Not the Part That Hurts Anything Basically, when it comes to the humongous solar inferno that our dainty little planet circles, the neutrino is like the pin in a hand grenade. It’s technically part of the equation, but not the part that hurts anything. So, in the goofy spirit of cheesy end-of-the-world blockbusters, I’m going to make a list of 2012 Doomsday scenarios that are just about as likely . . . • In an effort to mock new gay marriage initiatives, Rush Limbaugh marries Glenn Beck for the extra tax write-offs. What starts as a bad publicity stunt quickly escalates when Richard Simmons marries Rosie O’Donnell in a jab at “traditional family values.” Soon, liberals and conservatives the world over square off in a ridiculous war of one-upmanship. By 2015 people have completely stopped having children, and in 2067 an epidemic of Hamster Flu takes out the last remaining geezers. • By 2012, the high cost of eating healthy food and the crappy economy have caused Americans to weigh an average of 380 pounds

Will the Large Hadron Collider at CERN create a black hole and be the end of us all? Some think it will.

crust to develop a giant “innie.” This unbalances the planet to the point where its own spin causes it to gutter-hook into Jupiter. At least then Jupiter will have one blue eye to go along with the red one. • The Large Hadron Collider at CERN finally runs long enough to create the much-publicized Higgs Boson. While the world does not collapse into a black hole, a stray cockroach in the ATLAS detector is mutated to the approximate intel-

Does the 2012 Doomsday Talk Have any merit? apiece. The extra downward thrust on the North American plate, coupled with the rising sea levels from global warming, cause the Earth’s

ligence of a local TV news anchor. Quickly realizing that only its kind will survive a nuclear war, it organizes a mass infiltration of the world’s

nuclear weapon stockpiles. The non-mutated cockroaches are happy to volunteer for these suicide missions, as each is promised 72 virgins and dibs on a half-eaten jelly donut. • In an effort to promote green energy jobs, reverse global warming, and reduce dependence on foreign oil, NASA launches gigantic solar collectors into orbit above the Polar Ice Caps. All is well until an unknown bug in the Widows 8 operating system causes one of the space mirrors to randomly circle the globe pointing straight downward. The world ironically ends in a ‘Blue Sky of Death.’ I hope you can all sleep better knowing how ridiculous all of this 2012 doomsday talk is. If not, I know where you can still get a great deal on leftover Y2K bunkers . . .

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Personal Experiences

Diary From a Haunted Hotel By Carolyn M. Hughes


As a hotel employee walked toward the door of the laundry room, he watched as the door began to open and continued to do so until it was fully open. No one else was in the area and an explanation as to how the door opened on its own could not be determined.

hen I began working as a night auditor almost three years ago at Quality Inn at General Lee’s Headquarters, located on the Gettysburg battlefield, I anticipated experiencing nothing more interesting than having some bizarre request from a guest. I never expected my spirit friends to visit so often or to hear so many accounts of activity from unsuspecting guests. I never thought they would alert us to their presence in so many creative ways, or for there to be so much activity involved. I am of the personal belief that spirits only want us to know they are still here and not to forget what happened here, for it is on this ground that they truly gave their “last full measure of devotion.” Here is my ongoing diary of my experiences within the hotel . . .

Wed., Oct. 28 6:47 p.m.: Chris, our new night auditor, approached me at the front desk in a highly agitated and excited state. He told me he had just opened the door leading into the laundry room about one-fourth of the way open and had slipped through it. He explained to me that his reason for going into the laundry room was to retrieve the clean milk containers in preparation for the next morning’s breakfast. As he was returning to the one-fourth-opened door with his arms full of the containers, he stopped in his tracks.


Chris said as he approached the door, it began to open under its own power until it was fully opened for his entry into the breakfast preparation room. His first thought was, “They opened the door for me.” Welcome to Quality Inn at General Lee’s Headquarters, Chris! The boys obviously approve of your joining our little family!

Sat., Oct. 31 4:00 p.m.: When I arrived to work for my all-night shift, the very first thing I noticed was how hot it

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was in the lobby. I walked directly to the thermometer on the wall and saw it was set to 75 degrees. Considering that it was a beautiful day out with the temperature hovering near 70 degrees, I saw no reason to have the heat on and immediately turned it off. Carrie saw what I was doing and approached me. She explained to me that she had turned the heat on an hour previous to my arrival because the area where she was working at the second computer terminal (my terminal) was icy cold. Carrie said she walked all over the lobby,

and the second computer terminal behind the counter was the only area where this icy cold air seemed to be located. When I inquired just how cold it was there, Carrie said that she was surprised that she could not see her breadth. Carrie also commented that, even with the heat on and turned up, that one area remained icy cold for approximately 20 minutes. I walked over to that terminal and the air temperature appeared perfectly normal.

Sat., Oct. 31 5:30 p.m.: I was in the lobby along with my coworker, Barb, standing at my post behind the counter working on the computer. Suddenly, I heard what appeared to be something large hit the front of the building. Immediately following the loud bang, I heard what sounded like a large object bouncing across the front porch. As I raced to the front door, I asked Barb if she heard it. She said yes. When I checked the porch, there was nothing there. There were no marks on the outside of the building at all. We hear large objects hitting the outside of the building at all times of the day and night. However, this was only the second time I heard that object bouncing across the front porch. If the building had been on the property during Day One of the Battle of Gettysburg, the front portion of the building would have been in direct line of any artillery or small arms fire.

Sun., Nov. 1 2:00 a.m.: I received a telephone call from one of the guests staying in our lower wing. The woman was distressed and excited. She explained to me that she had just heard several

Carolyn was in the lobby (pictured above) with her coworker when she heard a loud bang on the front of the building. Immediately following the bang, she heard what sounded like a large object bouncing across the front porch. No explanation could be found for the noises.

very loud booms that reverberated throughout her entire room. She told me she had opened her front door to check for thunder, lightening, and rain, but it wasn’t raining and there was no thunder. She asked if I had heard it? I calmly explained to her that I did not hear any thunder or any loud booms, but that it was not unusual here at our hotel. After I explained that artillery pieces sat on our property and were heavily engaged in Day One of the battle, she actually calmed down. “Awesome, now I have a story to tell my friends about my stay at a genuine haunted hotel.” Yes, ma’am you do. Interestingly, this is the only time in the three years I have been working at the hotel that I have ever heard of a guest in our lower wing hearing cannon fire. We normally hear from guests that stay in our up-

per wing, or I or my coworkers hear it ourselves in the main building.

Tues., Nov. 3 3:12 a.m.: I was outside in the breezeway, which runs along the side of the main building, when I heard what sounded like a gunshot coming from the parking lot in the front of the building. I was only steps away and hurried to the front of the building. As I stood on the front porch, I could still hear the echo of the gunshot all around the parking lot. The hotel sits on Day One battlefield, which is a large, wide, open area. One can literally see for miles in several directions standing on our front porch. There was no one anywhere in the parking area and no cars passing on the road.

Stay Tuned . . .

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Personal Experiences: Tales From the Road — The Hunter Speaks

Return to the Old Wheeler Inn By Dave Galvan, Paranormal League of America


he Paranormal League of America (PLA) previously spent time at the Old Wheeler Inn. Please see the October issue of Paranormal Underground magazine for a recount of that day. After our first trip to the Inn, I spoke to Katie, the Inn owner, who told me that the place felt a little calmer and more inviting since our last investigation. We did want to follow up on some of our previous findings, as well as explore new territory at the Inn, so we got permission to return at our leisure. A date was set, and I gathered the team. I’d wanted to bring Christine and Peter to an investigation for some time. I met them and decided rather quickly that they would work well with PLA, and they both wanted to join us on an investigation. After a few miss-fires and some cancellations, this time we were able to connect and they joined us. Also joining us on this trip was my old friend, Fred, a friend of his named Jamie, and Zoe and Alanna, who were present at our previous investigation of the Inn. After the long trip out to Wheeler, Oregon, Zoe, Alanna, and I set up the equipment and then made our way down to the basement to start unpacking. I then left Zoe and


The Paranormal League of America takes a second look at the Old Wheeler Inn in Wheeler, Oregon.

her daughter Alanna to walk the floor and get a feel for the place. The age of the basement was obvious as I tried to connect camcorders to power outlets that were installed during the Eisenhower era and no longer worked. Hauling out extension cord after extension cord, I eventually found the outlets that still got some juice and finished up just as everyone else arrived. Christine, Peter, Fred, and Jamie were all waiting outside in the designated spot, and I led them

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downstairs to the basement and gave them a tour. It was time to turn the lights off and turn the recorders on. Zoe informed me that the x-ray room, where she thought she had cleared out the spirit of a former x-ray tech during our last investigation, was still active. It appears the tech hid from her the previous time and was still haunting the room. I made a mental note of it and decided to save further investigation of the room until the end.

The Investigation Starts Off in the Pharmaceutical Room We started off in the old pharmaceutical room, which like the rest of the basement is used for storage. Rather early on, it was obvious to me that seven people in one group was a bit much, so after a few minutes I decided to take Jamie and Fred to another part of the basement and let the rest of the group do their thing. We ended up in the old surgery room, where very minor procedures were conducted. During our EVP session, Jamie said, “Oh wow! Did anyone else feel that?” She was referring to a ‘swooshing’ sensation that flew by her. Fred said he felt it too, and they both started to look around in the dark for anything that might explain it. I shined my flashlight toward the ceiling — long enough to see a bat fly by. I laughed hard at this, and we went on with our work. After a while, we ended up at the x-ray room, as I needed to change the tape in the camera. We started heading back to the front of the basement so we could put the used tape in the proper location, when I noticed that Alanna was escorting Christine out of the building. Something major had gone down. I had always described Christine as a ‘sensitive’ in training. She has an ability, but it’s one that she has yet to fully understand. With that said, when we got outside, Christine described to me a situation of being, in her words, ‘bum-rushed’ by emotions and cold. Shortly thereafter, Zoe and Peter left the basement and joined us. Zoe was the investigator who had Christine exit the building during the investigation, which I felt was the proper decision in this case. From what everyone was telling me, an angry ghost was in their location

Pictured from left to right: Paranormal investigators Christine, Zoe, and Alanna watch a ‘show’ that only they can see.

and decided he didn’t like that we were there. It appeared that Christine was chosen for being attacked this way, and she was the one who had to deal with the ramifications. As a side note, Zoe, who is also sensitive, felt that the fireplace chimney, which ran all the way down to the basement, was made of brick that was previously used for a mausoleum. The Team Meets Up With a Spirit Looking for Treasure We all slowly made our way back into the basement, except Zoe and Alanna, who rushed in with an explorer’s excitement. I told everyone else in the group to stay behind the archway where the large double doors used to be that separated the basement from the rest of the clinic. Alas, the spirit that attacked Christine had gone, but another took its place, as Zoe soon be-

gan speaking with the ghost of a woman. Listening to her speak to this lost soul was rather confusing. It was like listening to someone talk on the phone; you can only hear one side of the conversation. The spirit was looking for a locket she lost decades ago. According to Zoe, she had been dead for some time, wasn’t even from Oregon, and didn’t die at the Inn. However, somehow, the spirit thought her locket was located under the Inn. As Zoe was speaking to the spirit, she also dug, with her bare hand, into dirt that was in an exposed part of the basement’s floor. While digging through this dirt, Zoe said, “There is nothing here,” as if trying to convince the spirit that she was not going to find the locket and that she needed to find peace. Zoe confirmed that the spirit left the area when she realized that she

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Personal Experiences: Tales From the Road — The Hunter Speaks wasn’t going to find her long lost item. I still think of this woman and what and how special this locket must be to her not to cross over until she found it. An Emotional Residual Memory Hits a Team Member After this experience, we all walked around for a bit, ending up in the examining rooms. It was in one of these rooms where Zoe claimed she made contact with the spirit of a woman who had been raped decades ago. Earlier in the night, Christine felt nauseated while in this location. However, it was Zoe who was now picking up the spirit’s memories and reliving them. After Zoe’s emotional encounter ended, I decided it was time for a break, and we sat out under the stars of the Oregon coast, talking about our experiences that evening, and what more we wanted to accomplish. We knew that we wanted to keep

the x-ray room for the last part of the evening and do some work in what used to be the morgue, but I figured we would improvise everything else. Our break ended and we went back into the basement. During this time, we investigated in the morgue and a few of the other examining rooms. But the most exciting thing that happened that evening happened after this, as we were about to enter the x-ray room. It was at that time when Christine began feeling nauseated again in a certain spot of the basement (pretty much at the exact center of the building). Zoe and Alanna felt uneasy as well, and they decided to sit in a semicircle to try and find out what was bothering them. What I witnessed then was extremely surreal, and it is something I will not quickly forget. As they sat there with their eyes shut, they spoke to each other as though no one was watching them. What they said was completely

between them, and yet for those of us who were watching, we felt like we were almost watching people describe a TV show that we couldn’t see. Like we were looking in threw a window, unable to view the screen. One of them would say, “They are arguing.” Then another would say, “He hit her!” The third then said, “What’s she grabbing?” “Almost looks like a fireplace poker,” said another person. It was like they were watching a TV show that only they could see, and they were all able to witness the same thing. Zoe, however, was fast forwarding her version. When she saw the end, she pulled the other two out of it. Once it was over, she explained that after the man hit the woman, she grabbed a long metal item and beat him to death. Zoe also said she wouldn’t tell the rest of us what she did with the body. (Note: Zoe later explained to me that the two were

Pictured at left: Zoe has an emotional encounter after reliving a tragic event from decades ago. Pictured at right (from left to right): Investigators Jamie, Fred, and Peter help the Paranormal League of American reinvestigate the Old Wheeler Inn in Wheeler, Oregon.


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At left: Zoe digs threw the dirt in the basement floor looking for a locket that a spirit claims was there. No locket was found. At right: Zoe confronts the spirit of a former x-ray tech . . . again.

married and the man discovered she had been cheating on him. After she killed her husband, she cut up his body and fed it to the dogs. She lived happily ever after with her new lover.) After this experience, the evening was winding down and we decided to finally try and make contact with the x-ray technician, who on our previous investigation had been very angry. Confronting an Angry Spirit Leads to Physical Symptoms Zoe, Alanna, and I went into the small x-ray room, while everyone else was instructed to stay outside and watch through the doorway. I must mention that after we caught the sounds of grumbling and feet shuffling in this room during our last investigation, we were able to rule out that the sounds were caused by any investigators. As we began to investigate the room, Zoe started talking to the male x-ray tech. At one point, an EVP was heard on two digital voice recorders that simply said, “Why?” The voice was not picked up on

the camcorder microphone, even though it was only feet from the digital voice recorders. The camcorder was located in the back of the room, next to the door and was overlooking the entire room. The floor plan was narrow, and the room was currently only being used to store small tools. The action was happening on the opposite side of the room itself, which was only 20 feet away. While Zoe was speaking with this x-ray technician, I noticed that Alanna, who was standing behind her mother, started to bend over a bit, like she was in pain. I grew more concerned about this when Zoe turned around and looked at her. The expression on Alanna’s face was that of hatred and contempt. Zoe then ordered her to leave the room. Alanna is a very thorough and competent investigator, but her abilities come with a price: possession. For whatever reason, the gifts that were graced upon her also have a side effect of spirits being able to control her if they are able to do so.

Alanna left the room, and Zoe returned to work. This time, with the passion and energy of a mother whose child was attacked, she confronted this angry man, sprinkling holy water and reciting words of prayer that she knew would work in forcing him to cross over to the other side. And it did work. After a few minutes, she announced he was gone. The room felt . . . more quiet, like someone turned off a background radio. It warmed up as well. It was at this time that we all vacated the room to start the cleanup process and the long drive home at 3 a.m. After investigating the Old Wheeler Inn twice, I just want to say that it is a beautiful bed and breakfast that sits on the Oregon coast in a town so small you will miss it if you blink. However, if one finds themselves in the area, it is worth visiting, not just for the beautiful view and the warm courtesy of the employees, but also to hear stories of how the more permanent residents like to occasionally play tricks on those who spend the night.

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Personal Experiences

What Was That? By Kelly Crigger,

You good with this?” Zak Bagans asked me as the sun set over the West Virginia hills. “Sure,” I replied with as much false bravado as I could muster. I wasn’t. In fact I was almost in fight or flight mode. Luckily my fight instinct beat the crap out of flight, so I stayed put. Poking around the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum the night before Halloween was never on my bucket list, but when the opportunity arose, I took it. However, standing in front of the most ominous building I’d ever seen since watching The Amityville Horror as a teenager injected a massive dose of regret into me that I had to fight off. But I wasn’t going to let Bagans know that, especially since he pressed my internal panic button. We were dangerously close to kicking off the live seven-hour paranormal investigation on the Travel Channel when Bagans gave me and the other two ‘superfans’ a lesson in how NOT to prepare your guests. “I’m going to be honest with you guys,” he told us just minutes beforehand. “There is a lot of activity in there right now, so you better be prepared. We went in there last night just to see how active the place is and got more than we bargained for.” Great, I thought. I wasn’t scared until now. ‘Superfans’ Join a Live Ghost Adventures Investigation If you saw the most ambitious paranormal event of this Halloween


Superfan Kelly Crigger helped the Ghost Adventures crew investigate the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum this past Halloween.

season, you might have seen me. I was the big galoot framed by two small females that the show’s producers dubbed ‘superfans,’ who were invited to tag along with Bagans and his crew in the Asylum for an hour. It was like the first time I jumped out of an airplane — a great idea on the ground, but a terrifying reality in the air when you’re staring at 2,000 feet of open sky. But for a guy whose life had been dominated by stoic pragmatism, my raging curiosity about the afterlife banished my fear to its room, and for better or worse, I was going to jump out that door.

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First let me set the scene. If you like creeptastic places that dissuade Vlad the Impaler, this was your Valhalla. The Asylum itself is a dilapidated, 150-year-old, sandstone cut and gargoyle adorned fear cage that dominates the small town of Weston. A rusty walking bridge arches over the West Fork of the Susquehanna River (barely more than a brook) that the townsfolk once used to make the daily pilgrimage to work. It harkened to an earlier time of prosperity before the biggest employer in town abruptly closed up shop and left.

A ‘Wave of Weird’ Hits the Live Investigation The chilly night, full moon, and bats just made it all the more horror film-ish, and a strange coincidence just before going live didn’t help. An inventor named Robert Bess brought his homemade Ghostbusting device, called the Parabot, to the Asylum in order to physically capture a spirit. Based on tesla-coil technology, the Parabot carried enough electricity to jumpstart Marty McFly’s car in Back to the Future. As night descended, a light fixture fell from the ceiling and crashed down on the Parabot, sending a wave of weird through the production trailers. The set technicians swore there was no extra weight that would have caused it to break free. Purely coincidence? Possible. Chris Fleming didn’t think so. “It’s hurting them,” the sensitive and former paranormal TV show host said to me in the mess tent. “They want it out of there because every time he turns it on it hurts them.” I wasn’t sure I believed in angry spirits trying to get rid of a homemade toaster oven, but there was no way to ignore it. I kept reminding myself that no physical harm would come to me, but Hollywood convinced me otherwise: that an angst-filled spirit with a chainsaw was determined to make a skin out of my back flesh. Seeing I was tense, a producer named Mickey pulled me aside. “What do you want to get out of this?” she said. “You can focus on the fear and go in there just trying to get through it or you can focus on what you want to get out of this. What questions do you want answered?” Her motherly words were instantly comforting. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m not a ghost hunter and have never been on a paranormal investigation. I’m not a skeptic of the paranormal, but I’m

Kelly Crigger is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, a regular contributor to Fight! magazine, and an author of two books on Mixed Martial Arts. He is a newcomer to the paranormal field, but completely infected with the ghost-hunting virus.

also not a true believer either, so Mickey’s words were a blinding flash of the obvious. I was looking for proof in one direction or the other and needed to go in there with an open mind, ready for anything that would lead me in either direction. I wasn’t unlike professional paranormal investigators; I wanted answers and quickly realized that a paranormal encounter would be a good thing. Were I lucky enough to have one, I should embrace it instead of . . . well, screaming like a cheerleader and running in a panic. I wasn’t ruling that option out though. Entering the Asylum Leads to Strong Emotions At 11:30 p.m., the two other fans and I entered the asylum. Besides the politically incorrect “Lunatic Asylum” sign that hung in the doorway, the first thing that hit me was the incredible temperature change between inside the house and outside. It was easily

20 degrees colder once we passed through the doors, which I quickly debunked as a by-product of the limestone structure that acted as a natural air conditioner. One thing that wasn’t environmental was the sudden desire to pass out. Within minutes of entering the building I felt the urge to curl up in a fetal position and sleep. No reason why. Could have been nerves for all I know, but I felt almost drunk. We ascended the stairs to the third floor and the drunken feeling passed, but that didn’t stop me from making a joke about it. “I kind of wish I was under the influence right now,” I cracked with cameraman Aaron Goodwin. He laughed and I felt okay again. Then we made our way to Ward F — the former home of violent and uncontrollable patients and the sight of more than a few deaths. On the way there, I found myself more curious than scared as my

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Personal Experiences eyes darted into every door, nook, and cranny, sincerely wanting to see an apparition run by. Like I said, I’m not a skeptic or a believer, but I found myself desperate to find irrefutable evidence that they exist rather than go away empty handed with the same questions burning in my mind. Superfans Get a Big Surprise The Ghost Adventures crew took us into a room where a patient had been killed by two others and invited us to ask the spirits that might be there a question. The other two fans must have prepared for this like it was a game show because they asked coherent, relevant questions while I had a sudden case of the dumbass. Instead of contributing to the conversation, I rambled on like Miss South Carolina trying to describe why U.S. Americans need maps to help South Africans and how the Iraq educate themselves. If there were spirits of the departed in the room, they were probably saying, “And WE have mental issues?” Everyone likes to see the look in someone’s eyes when they reveal a surprise. Bagans is no different. “We’re going to use you as trigger objects,” he told us. “We’re going to put you in their isolation cells and see if the spirits will talk to you.” Uh . . . what? Isolation cell? Violent spirits? Trigger object? I’m out! True to his word, just minutes later Bagans placed us in three separate isolation cells, and for dramatic effect, locked the doors, taunted any ghosts that might be in the area a few times, and left. In my life, I’ve never felt so much like a piece of bait as I did standing in that cell waiting for an ethereal being to make contact with me. I was a rib eye dangling from a tree for a tiger to gnaw on. Only the hunters were too far away to shoot the beast when he took it. Bagans


and his crew disappeared — I’m guessing for a smoke break. Okay, I made that up. What happened next could certainly have been a figment of my imagination, or a by-product

there was no doubt about it. We all heard it, and we all stopped to freak out just a bit. Where it came from, though, is open to conjecture. You see, I had a broken window in my cell, and when the scream

“A wave of cold and static electricity that made all the hair on my body stand up engulfed me.” of watching too many paranormal shows, but a wave of cold and static electricity that made all the hair on my body stand up engulfed me. I backed away from it and uttered a profanity (or two), but it persisted for about 10 seconds. Just as quickly as it came, it left, and I was once again alone in a cage with a digital recorder, a camera, and EMF detector (no, it didn’t spike). For the next few seconds I tried to decipher what happened. Was a curious spirit checking me out? Was this the evidence of paranormal activity I sought, or was it just in my head? I finally came to the conclusion that if it was indeed a spirit, then it would be irresponsible of me not to try to make contact with it. I talked like a politician for a half hour. I was nice, then charming, then taunting, and finally confrontational. “Hit me dammit!” was my last ploy. Nothing. A door slammed down the hallway, which could have been anything. Moments later Bagans, Goodwin, and Groff appeared to let us out. That’s when something truly weird finally happened. Did You Hear That? “Did you hear that?” Bagans said. I did. Not only did I hear it, but it was LOUD, clear, and unmistakable. A woman screamed, and

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happened, my head instinctively jerked in its direction. To me, it sounded like it was outside, and one of the other fans said so as well. I instantly thought a real person was screwing with us out on the massive grounds of the Asylum. But everyone else disagreed and swore it was inside the hallway. To this day, no matter how many times I watch the replay on Tivo, I cannot tell where the scream came from, and without being there, it’s a mystery. One thing is for sure — it happened. It gave me the deepest chill of my life, and it was followed up by a massive temperature drop in my cell. I felt like I was standing in a refrigerator, and the cold air was definitely not coming from the broken window. I even crossed the cell to make sure a draft wasn’t coming in. Was a ghost in the cell with me? I don’t know, and maybe I’m not the right guy to ask. One thing I’m fairly certain of is that I’m not a sensitive like Chris Fleming, Zak Bagans, or Jennifer Love Hewitt. I’m just an ordinary guy who wants answers, and my limited time in an allegedly haunted lunatic asylum didn’t provide them. But, I did learn to control my fear of the paranormal and got bitten by the bug to explore more. Anyone need a jumpy guy for a ghost hunt?

Member Profile

David Galvan (PLA) About David

David: I listen to what my wife calls ‘Geriatric Rock’n Roll’: The Who, Queen, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.

Age: 37. Born/Currently resides: Portland, Oregon.

What are your pet peeves?

Status: Married.

David: People who squeeze the toothpaste in the middle of the tube.

Education: High School. Zodiac Sign: Gemini.

What would our readers be surprised to find out about you?

Occupation: Unemployed.

David: I am really a nerd. My favorite TV show is Doctor Who!


Q&A What brought you to Paranormal Underground? David: I actually contacted the editor and offered my services as a writer. Since then, I have written several pieces for this online magazine. I enjoy this e-publication as it is really well thought out and well written. The writers are well versed in what they do and are very knowledgeable. This publication is really written for paranormal researchers by paranormal researchers. What does your member name mean? David: PLA stands for Paranormal League of America, which is a ghost hunting group I run. You can read more about us at

David is both a skeptic and believer who thinks that most paranormal reports are based on some truth.

How would you describe yourself? David: Friendly, good with people, and I enjoy quiet time as much as I do time with my kids. Tell us about your family and what you like to do. David: I have two young girls who really wrap me around their finger. They can get anything out of me!

Are you a skeptic or believer? David: I am both. Not every call we get has ‘real’ activity. However, I do believe that most of the reports out there are based on some truth. What areas of the paranormal interest you the most? David: Ghost hunting, for obvious reasons. Do you have any words of wisdom that you live by? David: Don’t believe everything you see on ‘reality’ TV.

Who are your heroes? David: People like MLK and those who try to make life better for others. Favorite music?

Any exciting plans for the future? David: The PLA has a couple of cool projects currently in the pipeline. I would love to share them with you, but I don’t want to jinx them!

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Fiction: Featured Author

The Turn of a Friendly Card By Richard Tingle (3rd-place winner: 2nd Annual Short Story Contest)


here was silence throughout the convention center’s exhibition hall, despite all the seats being fill by a hundred or so skeptics and a hand full of ‘believers.’ All their eyes were focused on a woman sitting to the side of a table on the main stage. On the other side of the table sat a man in a sports coat, waiting. The woman’s eyes remained closed for several long moments. One hand was over the envelope a few inches, her other arm propped by her elbow on the table, fingers massaging her forehead. Her mouth would open several times, but nothing would come from her lips. She would slightly shake her head, and then nothing again. There was a cough and a soft, “Excuse me.” Then a sneeze. Loudly someone said, this was “a joke.” A murmur started over the


crowd, and it was clear they were getting restless. A bald-headed gentleman, the moderator and head of the Skeptic’s Foundation, held his hand out to signal silence. Though his gray bushy eyebrows, hawk-like nose, and piercing blue-eyed gaze would make one think it was a harsh commanded, it

was clear it was a kind respect and influence he held over the crowd as they became silent once more with a slow motion of his hand to quiet themselves. The woman was simply dressed with a white blouse and blue slacks; she wore no jewelry of any kind. Modest is how one would best

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describe her and not as what one would have called a gypsy, despite her long dark hair and dark eyes. She was not what the Skeptic’s Foundation had expected. Of the 30 years the Foundation had presented their challenge to prove the supernatural — of any kind — there had never been one to accept. Until she had come along. To their amazement, they were surprised she had accepted their challenge to all their conditions. She was confident about her abilities, but didn’t brag. She was disappointed the challenge was set several months in advance, but was appreciative they had paid for her airfare and footed the bill for her stay at the hotel hosting the convention. The Foundation had reason to set the challenge several months ahead of time, other than to make it the date of the convention and one of the main selling points — that some-

one had finally accepted the challenge, and they would witness it live. They took the time to look into the woman, research and background checks amongst other things. Michael Craig, the foundation’s head, found it hard to believe that they couldn’t find any history on the woman. Nothing out of the ordinary. No arrest record. No work of any type relating to her ‘gifts.’ She seemed to be a woman of no special interest, which made her all the more interesting to the Foundation and Michael himself. “The Mysterious Michael” Craig had entertained for more than 40 years as a magician and spent the last 20 as a skeptic debunking psychics and other scam artists of the ilk. While he had plenty of associates, compatriots, allies, and friends, he had made his fair share of enemies as well. Many had been exposed and embarrassed by him personally. While he was no longer able to do so, a select few followed in his Foundation’s name, some magicians and other critical thinkers. He was sure there was an ‘angle’ somewhere with this woman, but he couldn’t find it. The alternative to what he believed was the truth was inconceivable. Across from the woman sat Bernie Bannock, one of the magicians who had joined Michael in the exposure of those who would pull

style magician with a heart — the kind of guy who would pick-pocket your wallet, only to slip it somewhere else on your body. His everpresent smile was gone, however, as he watched over the woman intently, waiting for something, anything, to happen. To the side of the stage and at an angle was a long table, where Michael and the others speaking at the convention sat. A long-standing comedic magician duo sat at the table watching the woman for any funny movements. Next to them sat a critical thinker who had hosted a program from the Science & Discovery Channel. At the end of the table sat an investigative reporter who had been a part of a few staged crackdowns on psychics.

He was known as a flim-flam-style magician with a heart. the wool over another’s eyes. He had become Michael’s right-hand man in the foundation and was often seen as the more lighthearted of the two, quick with a joke and some silly trick. He was known as a flim-flam-

The woman finally opened her eyes and with great certainty said, “3 of Clubs.” A laughter came across the crowd. “I told you it was a joke,” came a voice from deep in the crowd along with some snickers and a laughter.

Looks of confusion were exchanged by the panelists and audience alike. Bernie Bannock looked at the woman as she repeated herself and pointed at the envelope, “3 of Clubs.” A smile came out the side of his face. “OK, if you say so.” He grabbed the three envelopes that were in front of her and started to open the first one. ***** Michael dabbed his bald forehead with a handkerchief. “Well, it’s a good thing the money is safe.” A small chuckle circled amongst the friends gathered in the back dressing room of the convention center. Bernie took off his jacket and hung it on the hanger on the back of the door. On his right forearm was a contraption with an extending appendage. On his left bicep was a black armband with a cord of rubber and a clip attached. From the clip he pulled off three cards and tossed them on the desk. Bernie turned to Michael, “Did you ever really believe she had a chance?” Michael pointed at the contraption on his arm, “Is that a . . .” “A hold out device?” Bernie nodded. “Just like the gambler used back in the day. Well-designed too, to be hidden by the cuffs.”

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Fiction: Featured Author Michael arched an eyebrow, “And?” Bernie pulled the black band off his left arm, “A beanshooter.” “Not one, but two gimmicks. I’m impressed.” Bernie held up his hand and wiggled his ring finger, “Don’t forget this.” On the bottom of the ring’s band was a hook bent to the palm. “3 gimmicks?” Michael laughed, “She honestly didn’t have a chance.” Bernie smiled, “I can palm cards just fine, but this lil’ dandy enables me to use my fingers while palming the card.” “All the same Bernie, you carried out the job flawlessly.” “And what of her now, Michael?” Michael sighed and patted his friend on the back. “Well, she was never in it for the money. We can’t let ourselves feel guilty for denying her the money.” “But . . .” Bernie tried to interrupt. Michael looked Bernie in the eyes and took a moment to put his words together. He wanted to reas-


sure Bernie they had done the right thing. There was no doubt they had in Michael’s mind. “Don’t be foolish Bernie; it’s not about the money. Never has been. Never will be. It’s about a secret.” Bernie shook his head, “Is it possible . . .” “It’s not about being possible.” Michael firmly said. “It’s not. It’s very much about protecting people from themselves.” Looking around the room, Michael waved his hand in a circular motion, signaling the rest of the world, and dismissed it all with a flick of his wrist as he fell into a recliner. “Think about it Bernie,” he said as he pointed to a stack of newspapers on a small round table next to him and to a TV that sat on a counter in front of him. “The commercials on TV and ads in the paper for psychic advice. People who claim they can talk to your departed loved ones. It’s even out in the open, on a corner storefront. People are too susceptible to the frauds out there.” As usual, Michael was right, and Bernie saw the point he was going to make before he even was going to make it. “Now that’s the cheats out there.” Michael paused so that Bernie would let it sink in. “Now imagine if those people knew magic was real, the scammers or the marks.” Bernie nodded. “It’s about protecting people from themselves and others.” Michael nodded and pointed to his head. “In all this time, tricks and devices weren’t made to perform magic. They were made to hide the real magic, the secret.” His fingers tapped the cards on the table. Bernie wondered if there ever would be a time when the truth could be told. His fingertips squared the cards all together and he flipped

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them over and spread them out. They were all the 3 of Clubs. ***** Bernie took the first envelope and sliced it open with an ornate letter opener. With his right hand he held the envelope open. He slowly reached in with his left hand and clipped the card. Without anyone knowing the better, the card slipped out of the envelope and up his sleeve. He shifted his body slightly and straightened out his right arm as he held the envelope in it. Without a sound, the holdout device slid the other card, unseen, partially into the envelope. Bernie took the card out and paused a moment. He laid the card out on top of the envelope. “Ma’am, you predicted this card to be the 3 of Clubs. I’m sorry, this is the 5 of Diamonds.” Two more times he announced her prediction, the 3 of Clubs. He repeated his motions each time as he spirited the selected card up his sleeve, then secreted the other card into the envelope. He would announce the card pulled from the envelope and with a flick of the left wrist and a straightening of the right arm he would keep the secret.

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Paranormal Fantasy Author Spotlight

Denise A. Agnew By Michelle M. Pillow,


enise A. Agnew, fiction author of more than 30 titles, loves to write about a diverse range of subjects, from paranormal to time travel, romantic comedy to romantic suspense, and contemporary to historical. She attributes the fact that she has lived in Colorado, Hawaii, Arizona, and the United Kingdom to giving her a lifetime of ideas. Her newest idea, an erotic paranormal romance/suspense novella, Meltdown, released in e-book form this November from Liquid Silver Books. ***** Q: In your book, Meltdown, you delve into the world of psychic abilities. What inspired you to write about this? Denise: Some of my books, but not all of them, have a grain of psychic truth in them. I’d heard of more than one person who can predict earthquakes because something physical happens to them. In my

story, the heroine works in Earth sciences and seismology, so she’s grounded in science. She has headaches that come a couple of minutes before a quake hits. I wanted to explore the conflict that would create. Her colleagues probably wouldn’t believe her. She doesn’t have enough time to really warn anyone about a quake. She knows it’s going to happen but she’s helpless. How does she react? How would the hero, who is a firefighter, react to this? Q: Why do you think readers, and society in general, are fascinated by the paranormal?

A believer in the supernatural, Denise has one foot in the practical world and one in the supernatural.

Denise: Humans want to explore mysteries or they want answers to

“Humans want to explore mysteries or they want answers to strange things they’ve experienced or read about. Mystery is a part of life.”


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strange things they’ve experienced or read about. Mystery is a part of life. Q: What are your favorite paranormal shows, movies, and books? Denise: Fringe, old X-Files and Millennium episodes, and loved Journeyman. Movies include The Shining, The Exorcist, and so many others. As for books, there are way too many to list. Q: Do you believe in the supernat-

ural? Or are you a skeptic? Denise: I believe in the supernatural. I’ve had things happen to me and other people I know. I have one foot in the practical world and one in the supernatural. I balance healthy skepticism with that belief. Q: Have you ever had a paranormal experience? Denise: My most vivid experience was on New Year’s Eve back in the ’90s. We were in Edinburgh, Scotland, and took a tour of the South Bridge vaults. I’m not claustrophobic but in one room I was instantly terrified. I was sweating, heart going 200, and I wanted out of there. I kept my anxiety to myself. When we left the relief was instant. I was compelled to research the experience and discovered that many other people had the same freak out in the same room. To this day I wonder what happened. When I toured other underground/basement type areas in Britain while I lived there, I never felt that way again. Q: What does the future hold for your paranormal writing? Denise: I’m writing a werewolf trilogy as well as a historical series that has heavy-duty paranormal elements. While I love to write about a variety of things, the paranormal is always going to be there, lurking in the background, ready to jump out. Maybe, if I do my job, I’ll scare the beejeebers out of the reader. It’s what I do. *****

Thanks for joining us, Denise! You can learn more about Denise and her books at her Website, www., or at her publisher,

In her book, Meltdown, Denise delves into the world of psychic abilities.

Sampling of Denise’s Paranormal Titles • Primordial • Dangerous Intentions • Treacherous Wishes • Bridge Through the Mist • Eclipse • Dark Fire • Night Watch • Haunted Souls • Instinct • Clandestine

• Hideaway • Shadows and Ruins Denise has also won several writing awards and accolades, including: • 4 ½ Stars Top Pick RT Magazine for Primordial • EPPIE win for best historical romance in 2001 for Love From The Ashes • TOP PICK from Romantic Times Book Review Magazine

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Reviews of the Month


Movie directed by Roland Emmerich Review by Chad Wilson


saw 2012 on opening day. My initial thoughts before seeing the movie were of what the special effects would look like, as I had seen the previews and, in my opinion, they looked absolutely awesome. Anyway, I was sitting there in the darkened theater with my girlfriend, watching with anticipation as the main plot point played out: Neutrinos from a massive solar flare were causing the temperature of the Earth’s core to increase rapidly, eventually resulting in crustal displacement. What came next was extremely dramatic but thoroughly depressing: major destruction of Earth. Next, our movie’s unlikely hero, played by John Cusack, attempted to save himself and his family (including Amanda Peet playing Cusack’s ex-wife) from destruction. And just when it seemed that all would be lost and humanity would succumb to annihilation, the movie revealed its ultimate message: survival is possible amid mass destruction. And in typical ‘end-of-the-world movie’ fashion, the elite of the world — the government, the rich, the popular — figured out a way to survive, as they bought their way to salvation. No lottery here like in the movie’s viral campaign (see Yes, the world powers pulled together to save themselves, but at the expense of the poor and the less entitled. One aspect of the first part of the movie that I really enjoyed was


2012’s unlikely hero, Jackson Curtis (played by John Cusack), attempts to save himself and his family (including Amanda Peet playing Cusack’s ex-wife) from destruction.

Woody Harrelson’s portrayal of a nutty, conspiracy theory radio show host who just happened to know what was going to happen to the Earth — down to the super top-secret location of man’s salvation. However, the fact that the movie got the information about Charles Hapgood’s Cataclysmic Pole Shift Hypothesis wrong made me writhe in my chair and whisper to my girlfriend, “That’s not right.” But in the end, it was the actions of those in adversity that gave me the feeling of hope, including those decisions of the president of the United States, played by Danny Glover, and Captain Michaels, played by Stephen McHattie. But it was the actions of Cusack’s character, Jackson Curtis, that brought it all home for me.

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I won’t give it all away here, but the movie’s blatant messages of ‘What would humans do in order to survive?’ and ‘Would they be willing to give up their humanity in order to avoid death?’ So, in the end, even though 2012 was a special-effects spectacular with the typical Hollywood flair for the destruction of our planet and a hard-to-buy plotline, the movie turned out to be a morality play of sorts, one that asked some deep questions and displayed the human character for all to see. By the end of the movie, I realized I not only enjoyed this movie, but thought about it for some time afterward. How would I act in the face of adversity and doom? I’d list 2012 as my second favorite movie this year after Star Trek.

The Fourth Kind

Movie directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi Review by Karen Frazier


: When is a “true story” not a true story?

: When Hollywood tells you it is.

It’s shocking really — how blatant the lie is. The movie opens with actress Milla Jovovich walking right up to the screen as herself and telling you that all of the archival footage you are about to see is true. Isn’t the number one rule of acting to never break character? And yet, in this bizarre beginning to a movie, Jovovich does it at the very start, and then again at the end. What follows is wholly unbelievable — and often annoying — ‘archival’ footage interspersed with dramatizations about a sleep study gone awry. What the movie would have you believe is that Dr. Abigail Tyler is real. What the performance of the uncredited actress who plays the ‘real’ Abigail Tyler would tell you is that if she is real, they should have hired a better uncredited actress to play her. A little about the story. Dr. Abby Tyler is struggling to hold it together after the apparent murder of her husband in a brutal stabbing death that Tyler herself witnesses. The two live in Nome, Alaska, with their two children, and are conducting a sleep study for an unspecified government organization when Will Tyler is murdered. Determined to continue with their joint research, Tyler soldiers on, placing patients under hypnosis to discover why they report seeing an owl in

association with their lack of sleep. As she probes further, Tyler comes to believe that what all of her patients have in common is alien abduction. Perhaps it was the blatant lie at the beginning, followed by the ‘real’ archival footage that was so bad it was obviously patently false, that set me off of my game from the start. Perhaps it was the fact that I’d had a kidney stone the night before and just wasn’t feeling well. Actress Milla Jovovich plays Dr. Abigail Tyler in the Maybe I was cranky. movie The Fourth Kind. But the fact remains — I really wanted to like ring — a little fiction woven throughout this movie. I love fictional the movie that I won’t reveal so that I stories. I don’t expect them to be don’t spoil the surprise — and it all just true. Once a story claims to be true left me sort of uninterested. If I could and then the lie has been exposed, sum it up in one word, I would say the however, I tend to not have a lot of movie was “meh.” respect for the finished product. Would I have liked the movie The story in and of itself is minus the archival footage and claims actually pretty interesting. It has an of truth? Maybe. It would have been ending that certainly leaves you open a totally different movie at that point. to speculating about what really hapUnfortunately, I can’t say for sure pened. If only they hadn’t claimed it because that is not the movie I saw. was all true and filmed it ‘documenIn the end, I’m not quite to the tary style with alternating archival point of “that is two hours of my life footage and dramatizations. I can’t I’ll never get back,” but almost. If get past that single, off-putting fact. you want to see a true story, don’t go. How do I know it isn’t true? If you find whiny, wooden delivery Google The Fourth Kind and you’ll annoying, don’t go. If, however, you find a great number of articles ‘outting’ can set aside all of that and focus on a the movie’s gimmick. And one only paranormal story of alien abduction, has to watch the footage to realize it’s then it just might be worth a shot. fake. Add to that the film’s red her-

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