Volume 4, Issue 12
A Black Mailbox on the
E.T. Highway Meet the Inspired Ghost Trackers of Odenton, MD Cyber-Hugs & Robot Babies: A Brave New World
Also Inside: • Working With Clients: Reviewing Evidence & Reporting Your Findings: Part 2 • Tales From the Haunted Heathman Hotel • Book Watch: Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: UFOs & Aliens December 2011
Inside This Issue
FEATURES ISSUE SNAPSHOT INVESTIGATOR SPOTLIGHT Meet the Inspired Ghost Trackers of Odenton, MD
SPECIAL REPORT Working With Clients: Working With Clients: Reviewing Evidence and Reporting Your Findings: Part 2
CASE FILES OF THE UNKNOWN Cryptids & Mythological Creatures Native American Monsters
A Black Mailbox on the E.T. Highway
Are We Alone?
PERSONAL EXPERIENCES Tales From the Haunted Heathman Hotel A Full-Bodied Apparition
PARANORMAL FANTASY AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT Kristen Painter: Blood Rights
FICTION: FEATURED AUTHOR “Haunted” by Lena Griffin
GUEST EDITORIAL: PARANORMAL PERSPECTIVE Cyber-Hugs and Robot Babies: A Brave New World
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Book Watch: Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: UFOs & Aliens
Contributors Paul Bottini Paul has written several e-books about haunted sites, UFO sightings, and cryptid lore. When not writing, Paul travels the countryside in search of UFOs, hotspots of high strangeness, ethereal beasts, and anything remotely paranormal. Paul also designs Web graphics and animations.
Terri J. Garofalo Terri is a paranormal investigator, as well as the artist and writer behind Entities-R-Us, Ghost Hunter Comic. She’s a freelance artist, illustrator, and designer in Hyde Park, New York. You can find her work on www. entities-r-us.com, or contact Terri at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lena Griffin Lena lives in Portland, Oregon, along with her writer husband Mike and giant cat Fenny. She and her husband own the ambient music label “Hypnos Recordings,” and she is also a musician herself who specializes in creating moody, haunting, dark ambient sounds. Lena has always had a deep interest in all things paranormal and greatly enjoys penning spooky ghost stories. She won second place in Paranormal Underground’s 4th Annual Paranormal Fiction Short Story Contest. Here work is published in this issue. “I did take a few liberties with the ghost-hunting equipment in my story, but I wanted to present it from a unique perspective that I hope you’ll enjoy,” she said. “And
besides, who really knows how the spirits experience these things from their end?” You can visit Lena’s ambient music Website at www.hypnos.com.
Rick E. Hale A Chicago native, Rick has been researching all aspects of the paranormal since the age of eight. A featured writer for Paranormal Underground magazine, Rick also hosts of Paranormal Underground Radio on www.ZTalkRadio.com. He is also the founder of Foundations Psychical Research. Rick is also the author of the soon-to-be-released Geek’s Guide to the Paranormal Book 1: Ghosts, Poltergeists and Demons. As an investigator, Rick considers himself to be a Modern Traditionalist, meaning he believes in melding the new and old schools of psychical research.
J.D. Harrison J.D. is Paranormal Underground’s science editor. He is a working archaeologist with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and archeology and a minor in history. For the past 30 years, he has studied demonology, spirit manifestation, Cabalistic ritualism, and many other aspects of the paranormal. He has focused his studies on topics like Paganism, Wicca, Druidic, and Celtic practices, and other obscure religious ritualistic beliefs and practices. J.D. is neither a skeptic nor a believer in the paranormal, but instead believes that scientific observation is best served from a place of neither skepticism nor belief.
John “Jack” Kenna Jack is a technical specialist and assistance case manager for the paranormal team SPIRITS of New England in Winthrop, Massachusetts. He has had a strong interest in the paranormal since he was a child and has helped his SPIRITS team conduct numerous client investigations, including an investigation for the U.S. Navy in 2010. Jack has been a technician and project leader for the Department of the Army for the past 26 years.
Nigel Kerner Nigel is an author and freelance journalist. He was born in Sri Lanka, his mother from a British planting family and his father an officer in the British Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. This international family base provided the background for an obsessive and serious interest in international human affairs and how these interface with science, religion, and philosophy. His fascination with the puzzling and enigmatic phenomenon of UFOs resulted in his first book, The Song of the Greys, published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1997. His latest book, Grey Aliens and the Harvesting of Souls, is the second in a trilogy about the UFO phenomenon and its social repercussions on humanity.
Cheryl Knight Cheryl is editorin-chief of Paranormal Underground magazine, director of Publications & Editing Services for Ghost Knight Media, and producer
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of Paranormal Underground Radio. She has more than 20 years of experience as a professional writer and editor, and has published hundreds of articles on topics ranging from advanced technology to paranormal investigation. Cheryl’s previous magazine experience includes roles as senior and managing editor for several business publications.
Michelle M. Pillow Michelle is an award-winning author writing in many romance fiction genres, including futuristic and paranormal. A skeptical believer, she has a fascination with anything paranormal. Michelle has a photography degree and is the co-owner of www. TheRavenBooks.com. Contact Michelle at www.michellepillow.com.
Rob St.Helen Rob has been a paranormal investigator for more than five years. He had his first paranormal experience at the age of 11. Rob is a member of West Coast Ghost Hunters, based out of Portland Oregon, where he was born and raised. He currently works the graveyard shift at The Heathman Hotel. He has come to find that the hotel is haunted.
Rusty Leeann Woehrle Rusty’s first paranormal experience was about 15 years ago when she saw the ghost of one of her grandmother’s friends walk through her house. After this encounter, Rusty didn’t have any paranormal experiences for quite awhile, until her cousin
gave Rusty some old family photos. After that, the experiences increased.
Chad Wilson A writer of articles and fiction, Chad is the publisher of Paranormal Underground magazine and a partner for Ghost Knight Media. His interest in the paranormal led to the creation of www.ParanormalUnderground.net. Chad has investigated with East Tennessee Paranormal Research Society and counts Waverly Hills, the Villisca Axe Murder House, the Queen Anne Hotel, the Queen Mary, and private residences among his investigations.
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am a big H. P. Lovecraft freak. on a multitude of writers of horror. I have been since my days in the Much like Poe before him, LoveAir Force where I discovered craft has taken a place in the annals his stories, thanks to Mr. August of fiction as a masterful weaver of Derelith at the base library. tales at the top of his craft. Ever since then I have been on I think in great part I am where a mission to devour anything LoveI am today because of him, with craft, and at last count hopes that the future will had a good six books with lead me to greater things stories by him, plus some yet. Without Lovecraft, I Lumley and various other don’t think I would have authors. I have The Andesired to expand the notated Lovecraft, Books bounds of my knowl1 and 2 by S. T. Joshi in edge, and, subsequently, addition to A Cthulhu my quest for that knowlMythos Bibliography & edge would have never Concordance. I watch happened. movies that are based And it was my quest, Author H. P. Lovecraft upon or inspired by Lovemy thirst, to understand craft’s tales. I even read the world around me the authors who inspired Lovecraft, which led me to do the things I have such as Dunsany, Poe, Machen, done so far, with help of some very Blackwood, and others. I love Lovespecial people of course. Things such craft and hope to one day write with as creating Paranormal Underground at least an ounce of his talent. magazine, Paranormal Underground Radio, personal writing endeavors, and Yes, his stories are what one could term pulp fiction, but the fact the search for those things unknown. was that he did write for the pulp My general attitude of “fortune favors magazines, namely Weird Tales, the bold, so go forth and seek” has back when pulp was a new idea. He been ever present, mainly due to Lovecraft. I thank him for that. also shared his world with other writers, a world much akin to the one we Some day when I am able to live in, albeit a darker one. Writers meet Lovecraft in whatever place would write their own piece of the our spirits go when we die, I want to Mythos, as it came to be called, and shake his hand and ask him to tell me a tale of the Mythos. I am sure in doing so helped it grow beyond the original bounds established by its he has had plenty of time to come master, Howard Philips Lovecraft. up with some good ones since his A sad fact is that Lovecraft died untimely death at the age of 46. never knowing the impact his writing If you get the chance look him up, you will not be sorry that you and his vision would have on many authors. Today, he is recognized as did. Until next month, happy holione of the pre-eminent influences days and happy reading.
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“Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: UFOs & Aliens Is There Anybody Out There?” Book edited by Michael Pye and Kirsten Dalley Review By Chad Wilson
xposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: UFOs and Aliens, edited by Michael Pye and Kirsten Dalley and released in June 2011, is collection of essays from such prominent experts in the field of UFO research as Stanton Friedman, Nick Pope, Erich von Daniken, and Nick Redfern, among others. Filled with a plethora of interesting facts, this is a book any UFO and alien enthusiast would enjoy. It is an interesting read. Some examples of the works inside include an essay from Stanton Friedman, noted insider in the field of UFOs, the government, and the cover-ups they enact to protect data considered “sensitive” by those in charge. He makes some compelling points as he explores compelling government cover-ups. Friedman relates such conspiracy theories as the Roswell Incident to real-world cover-up campaigns, like the U2 Spy Plane being shot down over Russia in 1960. And while some might say the U.S. government has nothing to hide since UFOs aren’t really visiting Earth, Friedman clearly points out the illogical statements that the U.S. government sometimes makes. One example is the ever changing Roswell reports, two as a matter of fact.
Exposed, Uncovered and Declassified: UFOs and Aliens — Is There Anybody Out There? sets out to address the questions: What are UFOs? Why are they here? What is the government not telling us?
The book continues midway through its informative confines with an interesting piece by popular paranormal writer Nick Redfern. Detailing events of an incident referred to as the Kingman Affair, the story deals with a Roswell-type crash outside Kingman, Arizona, in 1953,
and another attempt at a cover up by the government — although the primary witness did change his story from one recounting to the next. The story of the Kingman Affair does raise the interesting question of what do you do when an event has obviously happened but witness testimony is shaky at best? The book concludes with an essay by Erich von Daniken, dealing with hybrids, mummies, and the current interest by scientists in creating human-animal hybrids. Mix in aliens from another planet, and you have the classic Daniken tale of how aliens have visited our planet in the past and had a very big influence on who humans are as a species. Overall, Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: UFOS and Aliens is a good read. It informs, educates, and entertains. I recommend this book to anyone looking to explore the possibilities of alien life and extraterrestrial visitation to Earth — real or imagined. *****
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Paranormal Group Spotlight
Meet the Inspired Ghost Trackers of Odenton, MD
nspired Ghost Tracking (IGT) was established by Margaret Ehrlich in Odenton, Maryland, in October 2008. IGT evolved out of Margaret’s desire to start a paranormal group after she became involved with Inspired Energy Healers. IGT’s operating mission includes investigating, learning, and sharing with others in the field of paranormal activity. “At our inaugural meeting, there were six members present,” Margaret said. “Today, our group has grown to over 130 members, with a core team of investigators.” The group meets twice a month and features a guest speaker and then an investigation. IGT has welcomed many speakers to its meetings, including Michael Varhola, Randall Keller, Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Bill Bean, PRRS, Rob Gutro, GMPS, Rie Sadler, Beverly Litsinger, Russ Noratel, NEPI, and Mike Ricksecker. “All of the speakers have brought a wealth of knowledge to the group for learning, discussion, and downstream application,” Margaret added. IGT members have investigated Patapsco Female Institute, Westminster Catacombs, Landon House, Dr. Mudd’s house, Ramblewood, VFW Post 160, and various Civil War battlefields. The group has
Members of the Inspired Ghost Tracking group investigate, learn, and share knowledge with other paranormal investigators. The team tries to bring peace to both the living and the deceased.
also conducted a number of private investigations. The members of IGT come from very diverse backgrounds and experiences; members range from skeptics to scientists. The core team includes Margaret Ehrlich (IGT’s founder), Julie Leese, Ronda Dixon, Craig Allen, James Collette, and Rob Gutro. While Inspired Ghost Tracking is a young meet-up group, they are growing rapidly. “We will continue to provide quality investigative services to the immediate community and state,” Margaret said. “IGT will provide a
venue for professionals in the paranormal field to come and discuss the field and activities in which they are experts.” IGT operates from the perspective that ghosts are trapped on Earth and need to be freed to cross into the light. One of IGT’s missions is to bring peace to the deceased. “IGT not only tries to bring peace to the living that have a ghost in their house and teach them how to cope with it or cross it over, but we also try and bring peace to the dead by enabling them to go to the final stage of the afterlife,” Margaret said.
TEAM MEMBERS Margaret Ehrlich IGT founder Margaret had several experiences with the paranormal growing up and was very intrigued by these experiences. Living in a haunted home was an adventure for her. “I saw a full-body apparition, the attic door opened and closed on its own, I felt like someone watched me at night while I tried to sleep, and my mother’s door would not stay closed, just to name a few experiences,” Margaret said. Julie Leese Julie is the assistant organizer, senior researcher, and lead investigator for IGT. She is an ordained minister, wedding consultant, Reiki I, mystery shopper, and notary public. Approximately 10 years ago, Julie was a student of medicine with the goal of becoming a health practitioner until she made the decision to pursue the paranormal field.
“Growing up in the 1960s and being an avid reader, I was enthralled with Hans Holtzer and Edgar Cayce,” Julie said. She believes that she inherited what some call “raw psychic abilities,” which have been handed down to her from her mother’s side of the family. Julie continues to try to harness these abilities today. Julie joined IGT while it was still in its infancy. But having been involved in the paranormal field for several years, she was able to provide the group with both expertise and resources. Ronda Dixon Ronda leads the group’s evidence analysis. She is a visual merchandiser for a store in Historic Savage Mills, a location known for being haunted. Ronda’s interest in the paranormal was sparked at a very early age.
As a small child, she saw a figure in the doorway of her parent’s bedroom. “The figure filled the entire doorway; it was huge, dark, and had what looked like a blue energy outlining it,” Ronda said. She thought that if she closed her eyes, the figure would go away. But the figure remained in the same spot when she opened her eyes again. This sparked her curiosity, and approximately 20 years ago, Ronda began visiting Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Initially, she visited as a tourist, but Ronda began to find herself drawn back to Gettysburg more frequently, eventually bringing her camera in the hopes of capturing images of what drew her to the location. Ronda was drawn to Inspired Ghost Tracking after reading an article about the group in the Maryland Gazette.
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Inspired Ghost Tracking’s Meetup Group welcomes paranormal enthusiasts from across Maryland. Guest speakers regularly join the group to share their knowledge about the paranormal.
“I saw this group as a means to resolve many questions and hone my investigation skills,” she said Craig Allen Craig is a lead investigator with IGT. He has worked in manufacturing and education. Craig’s interest in the paranormal was sparked as a child and continued through adulthood. He worked for 17 years in a manufacturing plant in which the presences of past employees were felt and seen by himself and his coworkers. “I have an intense interest in angels and demons and have always had feelings of presences not visually present,” Craig said. Over the past 12 years, he has ventured to locations purported to be haunted, searching for paranormal activity. Making the decision to find a group sharing his interests, Craig learned of IGT. He has been
an active member for over two years. James Collette James is a lead investigator with IGT. Retired from the military, he has been involved in the paranormal for about two years. His interest in the paranormal began with an experience in his own home, which led him to visiting cemeteries alone. Life after death consumed him for years, until he decided that many of the answers he sought could be obtained with a group of experienced paranormal investigators. James joined IGT in August 2010. “IGT members are dedicated professionals who take investigations and new member training seriously,” James said. “I especially like that there is a code of conduct and rules of investigation that members follow to the letter to ensure investigations are conducted professionally and with respect to the non-living and the
Rob Gutro Rob is both a scientist and a medium. Being a scientist (meteorologist) has helped him understand the difference between earth-bound ghosts and spirits (who have crossed over). Rob provides some kind of scientific explanations on the how and why ghosts and spirits exist, as well as how they energize and communicate with the living. He tries to help others with the messages he gets. “I developed an interest in the paranormal at age 13 when my deceased grandfather appeared before me as a full-body apparition,” Rob said. He wrote and published the book Ghosts and Spirits: Insights from a Medium in 2009. Rob’s book explains why towns near water have more activity, his personal experiences on and off ghost tours, and hauntings of historic places. Rob is currently working on his second book that contains lessons he learned from talking with the dead. Rob has been a member of IGT for a couple of years. He contacted the group to talk about his book and instantly wanted to be part of IGT. He viewed the team members as professional, friendly, helpful, and like one big family. “Science is the foundation of knowledge, and the IGT uses scientific equipment to provide proof of ghosts or spirits,” Rob said. As a scientist, Rob applauds the group’s use of technology to provide proof, just as scientists need proof that an experiment works. *****
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Working With Clients:
Reviewing Evidence and Reporting Your Findings: Part 2 By John “Jack” Kenna, SPIRITS of New England
For Part 1 of this article, please see the November 2011 issue of Paranormal Underground magazine.
ow that the audio, video, personal experience, and historical evidence review is completed, and you have a consensus from the team on all of it, you will want to forward your preliminary reports to the person on the team that will be putting together the final report for the client. This person will now have the job of putting all the evidence, personal experiences, and historical information together in a report form that is detailed, organized, and easy to understand. The Investigation Report The individual writing the report will also have the task of identifying and putting together multiple events that occurred during the investigation. What I mean by this is that this person, in writing the report, will need to review all of the evidence and identify any individual events that may have occurred at the same time, e.g.: an EVP is captured at the same moment that an investigator had a personal experience, and at
Your team’s investigation report writer will have the task of identifying and putting together multiple events that occurred during the investigation.
that same time, there was a hit on a K-II unit, or another investigator also had an experience at the same time but in another location. It is this type of multiple activities at the same time that give you the strongest evidence of paranormal activity. These are the type of things that the person preparing the report wants to look for and include in the report. Right now you’re probably think-
ing, OK, this is all great information, but how do I write this report? Is there a format I can or should follow? Good questions. Here is the organizational method for a report that I personally like to use: 1. Investigation Location: Where you investigated, including address. 2. Date of the Investigation: The date of the actual investigation. 3. Report Prepared By: Who
wrote the report and his or her title on the team. 4. Reported To: The client whom the report is being prepared for. 5. Background: Details of the background of the case. Who initially contacted the team? What were the client’s claims of activity? When did the activity begin? What did the client believe caused the activity they experienced? 6. History of the home/business and surrounding area: When was the home or business built? Who was the original owner? Are there any deaths associated with the location? What is the geology of the area? Is there a history of seismic activity? Are there any nearby water sources (rivers, lakes, etc.)? Was there other facts or history found that may be relevant to the case? In this section, you may also want to include photos of the location and maps of the area identifying relevant aspects in relation to the site, such as rivers, lakes, cemeteries, etc. 7. Client Background: This section should include all of the information that the client provided about themselves from the original client information form provided, as well as information from any interviews that were conducted with the client. Information here should include medical history, current medical condition, history of drug and/or alcohol use (if any), religious belief, the clients age, any current medications being taken, details of activity and experiences reported by the client, and any other information that is relevant to the case. 8. Investigation Details and Findings: This section should include the sequence of events and details of the investigation from the night that it took place, including: • What time the team arrived. • Who they were greeted by. • The results of the EMF
sweep of the home or business. This should include details on any problems that were found and the average EMF level of each room. • A room-by-room breakdown of the night’s investigation and what was experienced in each room, including any EVPs that were captured, personal experiences, video evidence, etc.
is anything that the client should be concerned with, or if it is something that just exists in the location but poses no threat or concern to the client. You can also view a copy of one of my team’s actual client investigation reports on our Website at http://www.spiritsofnewengland.org/ uploads/Client_Report_1.pdf. These
“I like to set a deadline of one week to allow the team to review the investigation report.” • This section should also include the details and results of any debunking that was done and what was discovered. • This section may also include any relevant photos showing individual rooms identifying where activity was experienced, in addition to items in the room that may be giving off high EMF levels. • Anything that the team may feel is relevant to the case that will be helpful for the client to see. This section will be the bulk of the report. 9. Conclusions and Recommendations: This section will be where you wrap up the report. You will identify for the client any issues or problems you found with the home that may be causing some or all of the activity that the client is experiencing, including high EMF levels, the existence of rodents in the home or business, issues with mold in the home, issues with chemicals in the home, etc. This section should also include information on the medical effects that these types of things can have on an individual. This section will also include the team’s assessment of any possible paranormal aspects to the case and any recommendations the team has for dealing with the activity, as well as if the paranormal activity
reports do not include any personal information on our clients, but they will give you a very good idea of how to prepare a good, detailed investigation report for a client. Reviewing the Report Now that you have completed the investigation report, it needs to be reviewed by the team for accuracy and final approval, mainly by the team founder(s) before it is presented to the client. The quickest way to do this is to e-mail it to the team or to upload it to the same location or Website on the Internet that you share all of the EVPs and video files with the team. I like to set a deadline of one week to allow the team to review the report. You want to get this done as quickly as possible, as you want to have the reveal with the client and get this information to them as soon as possible. The best way to allow team members to comment on the report is by e-mail. If they notice anything wrong, they can e-mail you their comments, and you can then go back and revise the report. This brings up another issue: revisions to the report. You should always include in the report file name the revision letter of the report. I like to start with revision “New” and then go from there. So the original report
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Special Report You can view a copy of one of SPIRITS of New England’s actual client investigation reports on its Website at http:// www.spiritsofnewengland.org/ uploads/Client_Report_1.pdf. These reports do not include any personal client information, but they will give you a good idea of how to prepare a comprehensive investigation report for a client.
name might be something like: “Client Home Investigation-Rev-New”. Any changes to the original report would then be identified with a new letter designation, such as A, B, C, etc. So, the second revision would be “Client Home Investigation-RevA” and so on. Once you complete the review and get approval for the report, then you’re ready to set up the reveal with the client and hopefully be able to give them the answers they have been searching for. It’s now your team’s case manager’s turn again to contact the client and set up a date and time with the client for the reveal. Prior to this, the team members that will be involved with the reveal, usually only two or three members, should have agreed on two or three dates within the next
two weeks that they are available to do the reveal. The case manager should contact the client with these options and see which date and time is best for them as well. Once this date and time is confirmed, the case manager needs to e-mail the members involved to confirm this. The case manager should also make a follow up call to the client a day or two before the meeting to re-confirm it. At this point, at least two copies of the report should be made, one for the team and one for the client. Also a CD should be made that includes a copy of the report, including any EVPs and video evidence that will be shown to the client during the reveal. This CD can be given to the client for them to keep for their own records.
The Reveal Once the date for the reveal comes, just as with the investigation, be sure to be on time for your appointment with the client. This shows your professionalism and reliability as a team. While doing the reveal with the client, it is very important to keep the client’s feelings and emotional state in mind. I often find that most clients already have it set in their mind that their home is haunted, whether it is or not, and they almost always seem to feel it’s either demonic or a family member that is watching over them. Typically though, what we find as paranormal teams completely contradicts the client’s beliefs. Or in some cases, the client is hoping that there is nothing living in their home or business with them, and you may have to report to them that there is something there. In either case, you have to watch and maintain awareness of how the client is reacting to the information that you are revealing to them and be able to help them cope with it. Yes, you have to help them cope with it. This is your teams’ responsibility to the client. No matter what you have found during the investigation, you have the responsibility to provide the client with assistance to deal with these findings and try to help them resolve these issues by providing them with knowledge and perhaps even some suggestions of where to go next. For instance, if part of your findings is that they have high EMF levels throughout their entire home, you should inform them that this is what may be giving them the feelings of being sick, having headaches, and of being watched. You may also want to give them a recommendation to have an electrician come in and inspect the home for them and perhaps fix the wiring in the home. If you do find that they are
experiencing paranormal activity in their home, and even though you have assured them that it is not harmful, they may still want to have you get rid of the paranormal activity for them. This may be beyond what your team is able to do. So, I recommend having information on hand for a reliable and responsible psychic medium that can do a house cleansing for them. You may find that some of the experiences they are having may be due to the medications they are taking, and in this case you need to suggest that they discuss these side effects with their doctor. By having a printout of the side effects of their medications with you can make it easier for the client to accept the fact that their experiences are not anything paranormal. Again, the point here is to be aware of your client’s feelings and emotions and work with them to help
them resolve the problems or issues you have discovered during your investigation — paranormal or otherwise. Make it clear to them that you are still there to assist them if they need you, even after the reveal is over. I have been doing this for quite awhile and still have some clients that contact me to this day to just to talk about their case and any new things that are going on with them. Remember, your client came to you because they did not understand what they were experiencing and they did not know where else to turn to for help. They may still feel that way months, or even years, after you did the investigation for them, especially if you did find evidence of paranormal activity. Working with clients is a complex and complicated piece of paranormal investigation. It requires a high level of dedication to the field of paranormal research and to the clients involved. It is difficult and
time-consuming work, and it is not for everyone or for every team. For those that choose this path, it can be the most spiritually and rewarding work there is in the field of paranormal research. Closing Remarks I hope you have found this series of articles informative and useful. It has been a pleasure for me to be able to share this information with you and hopefully provide you and your team with some good insight into working with clients in the field of paranormal research. As well as what’s involved and expected of a team that pursues this path. If there is something that I have not touched on here that you are curious about, or if you have more questions regarding working with clients or about the SPIRITS of New England team, please contact me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Case Files of the Unknown: Cryptids & Mythological Creatures
Monsters By Rick E. Hale, Foundations Psychical Research
hen I was a small child, nothing would fill me with such dread and send me into a crying fit faster than a thunderstorm. When the rain fell and the lighting flashed across the sky, the sound of thunder ripping the night in two sent me to cower in a corner, bawling my little green eyes out. That was until my grandmother told me a story that took the fear away and caused me to forever love thunderstorms. One night, when my grandmother found me hiding under a table, she asked me what was I afraid of? When I told her, she smiled and told me that a thunderstorm was nothing more than the Great Bird flying through the sky bringing renewal to the earth. My grandmother, a Cherokee woman, always knew of ways to take the fear of anything away with a story of her people. Of course, many years later, as I delved into the study of cryptozoology, I discovered that this Great Bird my grandma spoke of was nothing more than the Thunderbird, a mythical creature common to the folklore of many of the native peoples of North America. Although this story may seem sweet according to the legends and lore of many of the Native American
tribes, there are monsters out there. Terrible beasts that should be avoided at all costs; otherwise they may not only eat your flesh, but steal your soul. For those of us who make cryptozoology a regular study, some are unfamiliar with some of the most horrible monsters said to haunt the native people of our great country. I have selected five monsters that even the bravest warrior would not dare fight. 1. The Little People of the Hills Many paranormal researchers are well acquainted with the legends and lore of the Little People of the far away Celtic Western European countries. However, it would appear that small fairy-like beings, called the Yunwi Tsunsdi, inhabited the hills of Tennessee and haunted the Cherokee people. For centuries, Cherokee children were raised to stay as far away from the hills and mountains that surrounded their villages for fear of short-statured creatures that lived among the rocky crags. The Yunwi
Tsunsdi were said to jump out and drag children to an underground realm, where they would spend the rest of eternity. Like the fairy folk of European folklore, the Yunwi Tsunsdi are said to be beings no taller than two feet who can appear and disappear at will. Also, like the fairy folk, only people with a certain gift are capable of seeing the little people. Those who have seen the Yunwi Tsunsdi describe them as short creatures with long flowing hair and dressed in white gowns. It is said that medicine men can capture the Yunwi Tsunsdi and enslave them, causing them to not only do menial housework, but carrying out spells.
Many travelers to the hills and mountains of Tennessee have reported seeing the wispy shape of a small human being following them closely and watching their every move. Others have reported being tripped and physically assaulted by the mischievous Yunwi Tsunsdi. And even though the Yunwi Tsunsdi are said to share the language and social structure of the Cherokee people, one cannot help but wonder when considering the parallels with the Celtic little people if, by chance, our country was in fact visited by western Europeans at one time in our distant past. Maybe these early Europeans shared their myths and legends with the Native people. Some that do believe this feel such stories about the Yunwi Tsunsdi is proof positive of that ancient contact centuries before Columbus sailed the ocean blue. 2. Red-Haired Giants of the South West Many historians, when faced with the legends of the Native tribes, feel that the stories of monsters are nothing but myth — especially when they consider the tales of giant, hair-covered monsters roaming the forests of the American Northwest. Mainstream researchers, and their assertions, may have some
merit. That is because many of these legends sound too amazing to be true. But what about the physical evidence that some say proves the existence of these mythological creatures? In 1926, in Lovelock, Nevada, miners made a strange discovery when excavating bat guano. After blasting through many layers of bat feces, they discovered a cave with some strange skeletons that displayed unusual features. The skeletons, measuring in at six-and-a-half to eight feet in length were far too tall to be of Native
These creatures stole Paiute children for food. American origin. It would be easy to dismiss these human remains as nothing more than extra tall natives — until they considered the color of the few strands of hair that clung to the giants’ heads. When researchers inspected the skeletons, they discovered that they possessed a hair color that no local native tribe possessed, red hair. Who were these gigantic people discovered in the Lovelock Caves, and how is it they had a hair color that
only appears in Caucasians? They would soon find out. When the local Paiute Tribe was contacted about who they thought the remains belonged to, the Paiute elders were shocked and terrified. The elders demanded that the skeletons be returned immediately to the place that they were discovered. When asked why, the elders told the researchers an amazing tale of their ancestors and a creature that should live only in myth. The elders told the researchers that when the Paiute came to the region over 15,000 years ago, they discovered that the land was populated by horrible red-haired monsters that lived as animals, did not possess the magic of fire, but walked upright like a man. As soon as the Paiute moved in, these creature, or Si-Te-Cah, began to abduct their women for procreation, as well as steal Paiute children for food. Outraged by these acts of aggression, the Paiute declared war against the red-headed giants and waged battle, until only a few of the red-haired giants were left. The Paiute warriors then drove the Si-Te-Cah into the Lovelock Caves. When the creatures wouldn’t come out at the request of the Paiute, the Paiute trapped the last remaining Si-Te-Cah in the caves
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Case Files of the Unknown: Cryptids & Mythological Creatures and set them on fire. The red-haired giants and their blight upon the land were no more. After telling this tale to the researchers, the Paiute elders warned them that taking these remains from the land would bring about a curse and cause the Si-Te-Cah to once again appear. The researchers must have sensed some merit to the Elder’s story, as they sealed the remains back in the Lovelock Caves. 3. The Inuit Wolfman Monstrous, shape-changing beasts that howl at the moon and are said to stalk the countryside looking for human beings to eat as a late night snack have been a staple of European folklore for centuries. The Werewolf is something that is still feared today in many Eastern European countries; however, it would appear that such a monster appears in Native American folklore from the North American Continent. The Inuit people tell a strange tale of one such creature. The myth goes that many years ago, an Inuit maiden met and mated with a giant redhaired wolf and produced 10 offspring. Five of the pups were cute, little wolf-like creatures, while the other five were monstrous, flesh-eating beasts, called the Adlet. The Adlet are believed to have been born with the attributes of both a wolf and a man. They are said to be covered with fur and to have the ravenous appetite of their wolf father, but are said to walk upright and have the intelligence of their human mother — a dangerous mix indeed. The Inuit people fear the forests and the frozen tundra of North America, believing that the Adlet lies in wait for a person to become lost
in the frigid climate and then pounce upon the unsuspecting human for food. The Inuit, however, do not believe that the Adlet is a shapeshifter like its European Cousin, but rather a monstrous wolf that walks upright like a man, seeking humans to devour. To this day, the Adlet is feared among the many people of the Inuit tribes. 4. Cannibal Being lost and hungry is something that the people of the Algonquin tribes of North America
fear. Such a thing is something to be feared because the spirit of the Wendigo lies in wait to possess the body of its human victim and turn it into a ravenous eater of men. In 1878, in Saskatchewan, Canada, citizens of the land were witness to a strange trial of a terrifying human who committed unspeakable acts of murder and cannibalism. In
the winter of 1878, a Plains Cree trapper, named Swift Runner, surrendered himself to officials claiming that he was possessed by the spirit of the Wendigo. Swift Runner claimed that as the cold winter months set in, he and his family found themselves without food as the winter was unusually cold and snowy and food was very hard to come by. Although they were only 25 miles from the Hudson Bay Company post, Swift Runner brutally attacked and murdered his wife and five children. Upon investigation of his claims, authorities discovered the half eaten remains of the trapper’s family. They quickly executed Swift Runner under the belief that the man was possessed by the spirit of the Wendigo and was a danger to all who came into contact with him. They feared the spirit could leave the trapper’s body and take then over instead, turning them into a terrible, murderous beast. It has always been debated, even among the native Algonquin tribes, just what a Wendigo is. Some believe that the Wendigo is actually a tall, hairy creature much like the Sasquatch. However, many who have come into contact with a Wendigo describe a gaunt, pale-skinned creature that looks and acts like a man, until it pounces on a fellow being for food. Others believe that is an indescribable demon-like spirit that can enter into the body of a person at will, turning them into a murderous cannibal. In the 17th and 18th Centuries, fear of the Wendigo was so strong among the native people that today we have a name, and a diagnosis for the condition of those who are pos-
sessed by the Wendigo, Wendigo Psychosis. According to medical doctors, Wendigo Psychosis can occur when a person becomes lost. It is when they begin to fear they may never be found and run out of food that they succumb to their baser animal instincts and can become feral. A person who believes in the Wendigo spirit truly believes that they have become possessed by the demonic entity and are a danger to anyone who comes into contact with them. It would appear that the Wendigo is less demonic spirit and more the demon of the human mind. 5. The Evil Sorcerer A few years ago, a book was released that told the harrowing tale of a ranching family in Utah that experienced some bizarre activity on their small parcel of land. The family witnessed giant, wolf-like creatures that attacked their cattle, strange UFO like lights in the sky, and things that appeared to be doorways to another realm of existence. The family depicted in the book Hunt for the Skinwalker was told that their ranch stood in the path of the skinwalker, an evil entity found in the folklore of many American Southwest tribes. But what is a skinwalker, and why are the native people so afraid to even mutter its name? To the native people, such as the Apache and Navajo, no creature of nightmare is more feared than the Yee Naaldlooshii, more commonly known as the skinwalker. The skinwalker is not believed to be a creature in the classic sense of the word, but rather a human being that has attained a certain level of magical power through black magic. The skinwalker is considered to be a powerful witch that is capable of not only shape-shifting into whatever
animal it sees fit, but they are also capable of bringing sickness and hunger upon the land. For years we assumed that the witch trials were exclusive only to superstitious, white Europeans who believed that the Devil and his minions were hiding behind rock and
witness even claimed that one of the creatures kept pace with their speeding automobile while trying to gain access to their car and steal their children. It is further believed that the skinwalkers, or practitioners of black magic, can use powerful spells to
The skinwalker is capable of shape-shifting into any animal it sees fit. tree, looking to lead some poor human astray. Nothing could be further from the truth. In the 19th Century, the white settlers of the American Southwest heard a disturbing tale of a marauding Navajo war party that hunted down and burned those who they felt were members of the Witchery Way and were skinwalkers responsible for bringing death and disease, as well as the violence of the White man, upon their land. It is said that over 100 people were rounded up and killed. Many Navajo, as well as nonnative citizens of the Southwest, have claimed to have come into contact with one of these dreaded practitioners of black magic. Witnesses have claimed that poltergeist activity they experienced can be attributed to their run-ins with the skinwalker. One family, while on vacation, claimed that a horrible, man-like creature followed them to their home and proceeded to pound on the walls and make life a living hell for them. This persisted until they visited a medicine man who took the curse away. Police officers in the area claimed to have seen a man-like creature wearing human clothes, attacking their cars as they drove through Navajo country. One
attack and murder their victims. One such suspected skinwalker, when captured, had in his possession human bone beads laced with some kind of mysterious powder that, when launched from a blow gun, could incapacitate or kill the intended victim. Others have been discovered with Voodoo dolls in the likenesses of intended victims. When asked, they stated that they could hold the doll over fire and make the intended victim burst into flames or drive needles through it to cause the intended victim a great deal of pain until they couldn’t take it anymore and took their own lives. The skinwalker is so feared among the Navajo that to speak its name would invite the unwanted attention of the evil magician. The native people of our country live very close to the land and are well acquainted with realms of reality that we could not even imagine. These creatures that you have read about are to be feared and respected. Just because something is considered a myth or a legend doesn’t mean it should be easily dismissed — especially if you respect the native people of our land, or, if you’re like me, have a little bit of their blood flowing through your veins.
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Case Files of the Unknown: Are We Alone?
A Black Mailbox on the E.T. Highway By Paul Bottini
“I’m a pilot, and I know just about every machine that flies. It was bigger than anything that I’ve ever seen. It remains a great mystery. Other people saw it, responsible people. I don’t know why people would ridicule it.” —Former Arizona Governor Fife Symington III
hat do dead, bloated cows, a lack of radio stations, and an absence of telephone poles have in common? These disparate elements can all be found near Area 51, perhaps the most Top Secret military base in the world. During my travels, I learned the deceased bovine I passed in the middle of the extraterrestrial highway was resultant of a free roaming policy, an 18 wheeler, and its groggy operator. A high-speed chase emanating from the above facility, involving a red Hummer and white Bronco, piqued my interest. A photo I shot of an anomalous, aerial craft during my desert sojourn, keeps me pondering to this day. Three minitornadoes, simultaneously skipping across arid caliches, only heightened my experience. For a place in the middle of nowhere, there sure is a lot goin’ on
On the itinerary of any serious Groom Lake explorer is the renowned black mailbox, now updated to the color beige.
near Dreamland, AKA Area 51. On the itinerary of any serious Groom Lake explorer is the renowned black mailbox. Now beige, this postal drop demarcates a spot where UFO hunters, at one point, gathered nightly, searching the skies over Area 51 for enigmatic activity. Located along Route 375, between mile markers 29 and 30, the original mailbox was supplanted with a more contemporary version for
practical reasons. Contrary to misconception, the letter receptacle is not the property of Area 51, but rather belongs to one Steve Medlin, the sole ranch owner in Tikaboo Valley. Prior to changing out the old mailbox, our herdsman friend often discovered tourists rifling through his correspondences, hunting for Top Secret documents. Steve’s letters frequently came delivered sporting fresh bullet holes.
The latest version of the famed mailbox is impervious to gunfire, complete with a lock to deter curious researchers. The original black letter drop was auctioned off for $1,000 in 1996 to a UFO fanatic. A dirt thoroughfare leading south from the landmark is aptly named Mailbox Road, and it intersects after five miles with Groom Lake Road, which leads to the fabled base. Area 51 was the testing facility for the U-2 spy plane, the SR-71 Blackbird, the F-117 Nighthawk, and the Bird of Prey. It’s been surmised Dreamland is also responsible for the development of a Top Secret aircraft known as the Aurora, which purportedly reaches velocities five times the speed of sound. According to tales, the skies above Area 51 were so filled with inexplicable craft during the late-
1980s and early-1990s that UFO hunters were able to view spectacular atmospheric shows, nightly, from the black mailbox. This region became popular after Robert “Bob” Lazar, an alleged physicist, claimed to have
Was Top Secret aircraft developed at Dreamland? been contracted out by the government to reverse engineer extraterrestrial spacecraft. According to Lazar, during his stint at S-4, a site adjacent to Area 51, he’d witnessed alien vessels in flight. In addition, Lazar attested to encountering an extraterrestrial entity at the base. Whether or not Lazar’s assertions are valid is still a hot topic among ufologists. That being said,
Lazar’s declarations drew UFO hunters to the black mailbox. The level land around the postal drop is a good spot for sky watching. During summer months, especially on weekends, one may still encounter UFO seekers there, scanning the heavens after dark. Should you tire of losing your paycheck on progressive slots and hanker to witness unidentified flying objects, point your car north on Interstate 15. Veer left onto Highway 93, and continue until you hit Highway 375. From there, travel northwest. Skip those two-for-one margaritas on the Strip because you’ve got 120 miles of desolate asphalt ahead of you. Keep an eye out for freeroaming cattle, as these livestock may outweigh your car and can often be found crossing the two-laner in the middle of nowhere.
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Tales From the Haunted Heathman Hotel By Rob St.Helen, West Coast Ghost Hunters
his time of the season, the Heathman Hotel is an especially interesting location. Our banquets department is busier than ever, hosting company parties every night. With that being said, and with so many “happy people” around, strange things do happen. Ghost in the Ladies Room I recently had a guest come to me as she was leaving and ask if we had ghosts in the building? I looked at her, trying to read her a bit before I answered, not wanting to scare her. She answered that question when she said, “If you do, that’s awesome. I will have to come back. I love that.” I told her, “We do have strange things that happen around the building. May I ask what you heard or saw?” The woman, who was in her mid-30s, told me that she was in the ladies room by herself, when the stall door opened up on its own. She then heard high heels clicking on the floor, as if someone was walking to the sink area. Next, she heard a female’s voice, as if whoever the person standing there was talking to another person, though she couldn’t make out what was being said. Christmas Ghosts Every year, when the Heathman puts up the decorations for the
Many of the Christmas tree ornaments at the Heathman Hotel meet an untimely demise each year.
holiday season, we wonder which ornament is going to fall and break, and from which location. We have two Christmas trees and a wreath that hangs on the wall in the lobby area. Every year, when they put the tree up, they make sure to really tie down the ornaments to the tree. To make sure that none of them fall off, they will wrap the “hook” of the ornament around the tree limb two or three times, making it secure on the tree. But each year that I have been there, at least one ornament has fallen to the ground. It normally happens after Christmas. So, after two weeks or more of being on the
tree, to all of a sudden have an ornament fall from a spot higher than any person can touch, has us wondering if “someone” is playing with the tree. This year nothing “crazy” has happened ... yet. The best “happening” so far has to deal with the tree upstairs. There is little to no air current. At least not enough to make things move around. Early one morning, around 3 a.m., my coworker and I heard three clicking sounds. We both looked up toward the tree and saw one of the ornaments swinging back and forth, almost as if someone had brought the ornament up and dropped it so it would swing. On a side note, I am working on a video tour of the hotel that I hope to have ready before too long! Happy holidays to all!
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A Full-Bodied Apparition By Rusty Leeann Woehrle
y first experience with the paranormal began years ago. I had a dream about one of my grandmother’s brothers, who was my favorite uncle. In the dream, he was wearing a suit and laying on the sofa at my grandma’s house with his arms folded over his chest. A week later, he died. The dream didn’t freak me out, other than me saying to myself, “Wow, that was weird. I dreamed about Uncle Emerson and I never have before.” And I’ve never dreamed of him since. My First “Ghost” Experience My first experience with a ghost happened about 15 years ago. A good friend of my grandmother’s had passed away. What was really morbid about the whole situation was that Grandma and I had been to visit her just a few hours before she passed. The night of her funeral, my grandma was spending the night with me and my mom at our small, two-bedroom house. When Grandma slept over, she would sleep in my room, and I would sleep in Mom’s room. Everyone was asleep, but me. I was laying in bed watching TV. All
of a sudden, I saw a woman walk past my mom’s bedroom door. Well, there were only three women in the house, and Mom was asleep beside me. It had to be Grandma right? So, I called out, “What ya’ need Grandma?” After getting no answer, I decided I’d better get up and make sure she was okay. So, I got out of bed and walked out of the bedroom
door. A door from which if you looked left, you could see our living room, and if you looked right, you could see the kitchen. No Grandma! No anyone! I checked the bathroom, the hallway, and the bathroom that belonged to the beauty shop that my mom owned, which was attached to our house. The only place I didn’t check was the beauty shop itself. I found NO ONE! I ran back to my mom’s room and literally climbed over her to get back into bed, pulling the covers up over my head. After doing this, I heard a very calm, peaceful-sounding male’s voice say, “It’s just Katherine. She’s come to say goodbye.” After hearing that voice, I was like, “Oh, OK, cool.” I then uncovered my head and went back to watching TV. Katherine was the name of my grandma’s friend who I had visited and had passed away. The apparition that I saw walk by the door that night was full-bodied and in color. That was the start of my love for the paranormal and the beginning of my search for answers about the strange and unknown.
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Paranormal Fantasy Author Spotlight
Kristen Painter Blood Rights
By Michelle M. Pillow, www.MichellePillow.com
Kristen: Mythology in general and from any culture is always inspiring. Doesn’t mean I always use it, but I love reading about it.
hen the characters in Kristen Painter’s head started to take over, there was only one cure. She had to exorcise them onto paper and share her stories with the world. Though she’s worked writing mainly paranormal and steampunk romances, her latest love is urban fantasy. “I love world-building, and few genres give you the kind of license urban fantasy does,” Kristen said. Her newest urban fantasy series, Blood Rights, released in October 2011 and is available in both e-book and print.
Q: Why do you think readers, and society in general, are fascinated by the paranormal? Kristen: What’s not to be fascinated by fantasy when anything can happen? The potential for experiences is unlimited! Q: What are your favorite paranormal shows, movies, and books?
***** Q: In your book, Blood Rights, you delve into the world of vampires and the comarré, a breed of humans who serve them. What inspired you to write about this? Kristen: I’ve actually had the idea of Chrysabelle’s character since college, but she was just an idea — just a girl with killer instincts and a gold tattoo. There wasn’t enough there to make her into a whole book. Once I really got to thinking about the idea of a race of humans bred to serve vampires, it morphed into an entire world. How would these humans think? How would they react to their place in the world? What would happen if one was accused of murdering their vampire patron? The rest, as they say, is history.
“I do believe in the supernatural to the point that I really have no desire to mess with it in real life,” Kristen said.
Q: When world-building, did you base your story off of known myths throughout history? Kristen: I did use some of the generally held beliefs about vampires (no sunlight, silver is bad, etc.), but then tried to enrich some of those beliefs with deeper meanings. Q: What myths or legends inspired you?
Kristen: I used to love Moonlight (the vampire series, not to be confused with the Bruce Willis vehicle, Moonlighting — did I just date myself?), but, like most shows I enjoy, it got canceled. I’m currently a big fan of Doctor Who, Warehouse 13, and Eureka. When it comes to movies, I love the Underworld series. If it’s on TV, I’ll usually start watching no matter what part of the movie comes on. For books, that’s a tough one because I read so much. As a kid, I devoured sci-fi. Asimov, Piers Anthony, Marion Zimmer Bradley. And I was a comic book geek — I say that proudly. Comics rule! Q: Do you believe in the super-
natural? Or are you a skeptic?
Q: How would you react if you came face to face with a shifter?
Kristen: I do believe in the supernatural to the point that I really have no desire to mess with it in real life. Ouija boards and stuff like that spook me. Yes, I am a giant chicken. I freely admit that.
Kristen: If they were a leopard shifter, like my character Doc, I’d ask him or her to shift to their animal state so I could pet them. Q: What does the future hold for the House of Comarré series?
Q: What kind of paranormal creatures do you wish you could meet?
Kristen: There will be five books. I’m currently writing book 4. The most I can tell you is more people die.
Kristen: I’d love to meet a mermaid or a flying horse. Wow, what am I, 12? Seriously, I’m sure you’re all picturing me drawing rainbows and unicorns in my notebook now, but who hasn’t been stuck in traffic and wished they’d had a flying horse? Don’t tell me I’m alone on this. Q: If given the chance, would you become a vampire? Kristen: I’d have to say no. It’s not worth giving up my soul for. Plus, I
Q: Have you ever been abducted by aliens? Kristen: Not that I’m aware of. I do think we’re not alone in this universe. It’s too big a joint for Earth to be the only planet with life on it. really like laying by the pool on lazy afternoons. Kinda’ hard to do if the sun turns you into charcoal. I do dig the pointy teeth, though. Those are hot.
To learn more about Kristen Painter or her series, Blood Rights, visit her on the Web at www.kristenpainter.com.
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Featured Author: Fiction
Haunted By Lena Griffin, Second-Place Paranormal Fiction Contest Winner
n her way to the kitchen, Kathryn’s eye caught an odd shadow in the large mirror on the living room wall. She turned to look fully into the glass and glimpsed a young woman standing behind her, watching her. Their gazes met for a moment, and then the girl simply vanished. Kathryn spun around and searched the empty space behind her. She then turned and squinted back into the glass. The late afternoon sun coming through the window played over her locket and cast bright, shimmering patches onto the mirror’s smooth surface. Kathryn sighed with relief. Just the sun playing tricks with my eyes. She chuckled at her silliness and headed into the kitchen to make a pot of tea. ***** Kathryn sat at the table with her empty cup and looked out into the back yard through the small kitchen window. The sun was nearly gone, and grey dusk stretched over the lawn, creeping slowly across the patio toward the house. She glanced down at the pale skin of her hands, and couldn’t remember the last time she’d been outside. Tomorrow she’d do some gardening, or maybe take a book out and spend the afternoon in the hammock.
It was getting late. Why wasn’t Philip home yet? Probably drinking again, Kathryn worried. She’d better get dinner started anyway, in case he was hungry later on. She stood, but her legs went suddenly weak as she dropped heavily back into the chair. On the wall in front of her, a dark, human shadow had abruptly appeared. It blinked out, and then reappeared again, a little more solid this time. The image flashed in and out, its pace quickening with each passing second, until it flickered and jumped on the wall like a scene from an old, silent movie. The blurry shape resolved, until Kathryn realized with dawning horror that the face was the same one she’d seen earlier in the mirror. The girl’s mouth moved as if
repetitively forming a single word. “Basement,” she seemed to be saying, and then the phantom shape blinked out and was gone. Kathryn jumped up and ran. She stumbled up the stairs into her room, and then slammed and locked the door. Heart pounding, she switched on the bedside lamp and paced the floor, trying to think what to do. Should she tell Philip? Her husband had been under constant stress at his job since all the downsizing and layoffs. The heavy workload and long hours made him miserable, and lately he often headed straight to the neighborhood bar after work. This sullen, short-tempered man wasn’t the Philip she knew, and he scared her. She opened her locket and gazed at Philip’s face inside. No, she definitely couldn’t tell him, couldn’t give him yet another thing to worry about. She’d just have to be brave and handle this on her own. Kathryn recalled how the ghost had kept repeating the word “basement.” Was it trying to give her some kind of message? Did it want her to go to the basement? Kathryn shuddered. That dark, cobwebridden place horrified her. No way, she thought. I can’t go down there, I just can’t … *****
Kathryn lay on the bed, curled into a protective ball beneath the coverlet. She tried to sleep, but only succeeded in tossing and turning to the point where the sheets were twisted in knots about her. She heard a noise from below. Philip’s home! Oh, thank goodness! she thought as she scrambled from the bed and hurried downstairs toward the living room. Only then did her exhaustion-fogged brain register the fact that the house was still dark, still quiet. “Philip?” she called out. “Where are you?” She rounded the corner and froze. The ghost girl was standing directly in front of her, blocking her path. The ghost spoke, her voice sounding as if it came from a great distance and through a static-filled tunnel: “… Basement … Kathryn … basement … basement …” “My God,” Kathryn gasped. She turned and ran for the front door, her shoulder slamming hard into the wood as she twisted the knob frantically, but the door wouldn’t budge. She struggled a moment before remembering her vow to deal with the ghost on her own, and she forced her body to be still. She took a deep, shaky breath in an attempt to calm her wildly racing pulse, and slowly turned. The ghost girl stood a few feet away, watching her. “What do you want?” Kathryn asked in a quavering voice. “How do you know my name?” “Basement … Kathryn …,” the ghost said in a crackling, distorted whisper. Kathryn still hated the idea of
going to the basement. But maybe if she did, she could figure out what the ghost was trying to tell her. Maybe then she’d go away. “OK,” Kathryn sighed, steeling herself. “I’ll go.” *****
“A young woman’s body lay in the shallow grave.” On shaky legs, she wobbled through the kitchen. From the basement door, she peered into the deep blackness below. She tried the switch a few times, but the bulb wouldn’t come on. As her eyes adjusted to the gloom, she made out a glow, like green candlelight emanating from somewhere in the darkness below. You can do this, she told herself and slowly started down the creak-
ing steps. She could see the glow emanating from the very back of the basement as she forced her feet to move in that direction. Carefully, she made her way to where the dim light originated, stepping through something that felt like a thin wall of cobwebs. She gasped audibly as a shock jolted through her body, the room lighting up in a brilliant, white light. Kathryn blinked, raising her hand to shade her eyes, seeing that the light was surrounding a large hole in the dirt floor of the basement, the rusty shovel with which it had been dug sitting next to it. Examining the shovel closer, she realized that at what first she had taken for rust was actually blood, a lot of blood. An ominous feeling hung in the still air. There was something else stuck to it, but she couldn’t bring herself to look any more. With a terrible feeling of dread, she forced her eyes down to the hole at her feet. The light dimming, she saw what the ghost girl had summoned her to see. A young woman’s body lay in the shallow grave, her face and most of her head obliterated by the sharp edges of a shovel wielded with great force. The shovel which now lay on the other side of the grave. Oh, the poor, poor girl, Kathryn thought. How horrible for her. Unable to look for another second, she lowered her gaze to the body’s chest, and that’s when she saw it. A locket, her locket, around the dead woman’s neck. And then she remembered what Philip had done. “Philip,” she sobbed. “Oh, Philip ….” Kathryn reached for her own locket, but it was no longer there.
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She sank to her knees and stretched her fingers out to the one in the hole. The white light grew bright once again and surrounded Kathryn in its blinding glow. Then it began to dim once more, finally fading away to nothing. Kathryn was gone. ***** Laura scanned the basement with her EMF meter. Her business logo, “PPI, Portland Paranormal Investigator,” stood out white against the back of her black work jacket. Mary Lutz, owner of the house, poked her head through the door upstairs. “Did it work? Is she gone?” “Yes, I think so,” Laura replied. “I’m not getting any readings at all now.” She began packing her equipment away in her bag. “Boy, all that stuff you’ve got there sure looks interesting,” said Mrs. Lutz as she came down into the basement with Laura. “What’s it do?” “I was able to establish initial contact with my Harmonic Equalizer, and, after a few attempts, I managed to tune my electromagnetic vibrations to her level so that she could see me.” Looking at Mrs. Lutz, who had a look of confusion
on her face, Laura continued, “I also used my Frequency Sweep ITC device to send my voice to her over radio waves.” Mrs. Lutz stared at Laura blankly for a moment, then laughed. “Oh my, I don’t think I understood a single word!” “The important thing,” Laura continued, “was getting her to pass
“I was able to establish contact with my Harmonic Equalizer.” through the Electro-Laser Grid — that thing with the green lights you saw me set up down here earlier. It administered a shock to her electromagnetic field, which snapped her out of the fantasy world keeping her here. It allowed her to remember what happened to her so that she could move on. I don’t think she’ll be back.” ***** Later upstairs, Mrs. Lutz stood by the front door with Laura while
Mr. Lutz wrote her a check. “I can’t believe she’s finally gone,” Mrs. Lutz said. “She’s been scaring the heck out of the mister and me ever since we moved into this place six months ago.” “Yes, Kathryn’s spirit should be at rest now,” Laura replied. “It really was her, wasn’t it?” Mrs. Lutz said. “I can’t believe how much she looked like her picture.” She pulled a newspaper out of a nearby desk drawer and handed it to Laura. On the front page was a photo of Kathryn, along with a second image of a body bag on a stretcher being loaded into an ambulance. Beneath the headline read: LOCAL MAN KILLS WIFE AND BURIES BODY IN CELLAR. The story revealed how, after Kathryn’s body was found, people surmised that Philip had broken down after losing his job and had fallen into drink, or maybe it was the other way around. Nobody really knew. Laura handed the paper back to Mrs. Lutz and took the check from Mr. Lutz. She then shook both of their hands. She pulled a card from inside her jacket and set it on the desk by the door. “You shouldn’t need my services again, but, just in case, give me a call,” she said, giving them a tight smile. “We will, dear,” said Mrs. Lutz. “Thanks so much for your help!” ***** The Lutzes stood on the porch while Laura loaded her equipment into her shabby van. They waved goodbye as Laura drove off. At the intersection, Laura glanced back for one more look at the house. She thought of poor Kathryn’s trapped, confused spirit and truly hoped she’d been able to help her move on and find peace.
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CYBER-HUGS AND ROBOT BABIES: A BRAVE NEW WORLD By Nigel Kerner
rtificial! Synthetic! Virtual! These are the buzz words of the new millennium — buzz words that describe the brave new world it seems we cannot wait to reach. Every week there are blazing new technological developments toward this end. It seems that even over the past year the momentum has gathered blistering speed. We are all too happy for the natural to be replaced by the artificial. “Sim card man” is truly on the horizon. Recently there were reports that a Tokyo University team developed a robot designed to simulate the development and behavior of a ninemonth-old baby in an effort to better understand how humans grow. Creating a robot that can develop cognition in a way that a human baby does during its growth process should also help in achieving a society where robots and humans can live side by side, according to Professor Yasuo Kuniyoshi. “Our purpose is to build a system that can learn various behaviors and acquire various functionalities as it explores around the environment and interacting with humans,” he said.
Robot babies, digital avatars, lifelike cyperspace ... are scientists trying to develop technology that gives us a way to carry on after physical death?
Noby is a highly accurate model with the sensory and motor functions of a nine-month-old human baby. The body is covered in a soft “skin” with 600 tactile sensors. It is flexible and its joints can move like
those of a human baby. Noby also has two cameras for “seeing” and two microphones for “listening to” the external world. The project is also part of attempts to make more human-like robots.
Professor Kuniyoshi’s team chose a nine-month-old human baby as Noby’s model, as this is the time of rapid development of movement and cognition functions. There are two remarkable assumptions behind this experiment. First it is assumed that human beings will interact with a robot as they would with another human being and provide the robot with the same inputs that would reach a human baby. Second it is assumed that the development, behavior, and cognition of a human baby can be replicated if the same external signals that are received by a human baby are programmed into a robot. Is there a certain something that is being missed here, an ingredient that is non-programmable? What do you think? It all reminds me of the special jackets that were designed some years ago in Japan for children who are away from their parents. The idea was that if the child wears the jacket the parent can give him or her remote “cyber-hugs” through it. If this makes you squirm then ask yourself why? If you feel something is missing from a ‘cyber-hug’ what could that something be? In a recent New Scientist article, entitled “Immortal Avatars: Back Up Your Brain, Never Die,” Linda Geddes reported on the first steps toward creating digital avatars that are, to all intents and purposes, clones of their human sponsors. Huge amounts of information are programmed by an individual into a “mind file” that will form the avatar’s data, likes, dislikes, and mannerisms. A representative from an organization funding research into such avatars said, “If you spent an hour a day answering questions, it would take five years to complete them all, but the further you go, the more
Are online gaming worlds, like Second Life, representative of our future? Are these sites precursors to a future 3D universe in cyberspace that holds virtual representations of our true selves?
accurate a representation of yourself the mind file will become.” She goes on to say that: “Ultimately, however, they aim to create a personalized, conscious avatar embodied in a robot — effectively enabling you, or some semblance of you, to achieve immortality.” According to Nick Mayer of Lifenaut, a U.S. company that is exploring ways to build lifelike avatars, “If you can upload yourself into this digital form, it could live forever. It really is a way of avoiding death.” Would you be happy with that kind of eternal life? Would uploading who you are as a human being into a robotic avatar give you a sense of a future scope and existence after your body dies? Would that robot, to all intents and purposes, be you? If you feel comfortable and somewhat hopeful
about living on in this way, cyberhugs and robot babies should be no problem for you also. Virtual Life vs. Real Life Second Life, an online game offering life in a virtual world, has acquired 5 million subscribers in just five years. Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist, best-selling author, and popularizer of science, envisages that “by 2020 there will be an entire 3D universe in cyberspace with virtual countries and governments, virtual schools and universities, virtual properties and stock markets, and virtual families and friends. “Virtual reality is going to be more and more like real reality. Already more than 20 million people worldwide spend an average of 20 hours a week in virtual worlds, and
What kind of eternal life would you be happy with?
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Guest Editorial: Paranormal Perspective some actually prefer virtual communication to socializing in the real world.” Well if it makes them happy, why not? Why not indeed? Are you feeling a gathering sense of unease about all of this? Are the hairs on the back of your neck standing on end as mine are as I envisage the future that lies in wait for my children? If such is the case, then somewhere inside you, you are sensing that there is something about natural humanity that cannot be digitally mastered and reproduced. If there is such a something, then there must be an ingredient that is not formed of purely physical elements. Anything physical is potentially reproducible with the right technology. The Grey Agenda In my books, including The Song of the Greys and Grey Aliens and the Harvesting of Souls, I suggest that the Grey aliens reported by so many reliable witnesses may well be the final product of a civilization that sought to avoid death with the same kind of technological developments I have just been describing. Could these entities be the epitome of artificial intelligence? Abductees have commented on their blank, emotionless faces as they carry out painful procedures on their human subjects, many of which are centred on the reproductive system. The impression is that we are laboratory rats to them. They seem incapable of any emotion, be it compassion and sympathy at one end of the scale, or cruelty at the other. As such, they cannot, it seems, be understood in anthropomorphic terms. From all accounts, they are more like programmed machines, biological robots perhaps programmed to preserve the identity of their creators for eternity.
Could the Grey aliens be the epitome of artificial intelligence? Are they programmed machines, biological robots perhaps programmed to preserve the identity of their creators for eternity?
This identity could be preserved in more than just a “mind file” or avatar format. These entities could carry the DNA of their creators, clone it, and re-clone it in an attempt to reconstruct the original genetic program. They may have been designed with a view to space travel in order to find new fresh sources of DNA elsewhere in the universe to refresh their cloning process.
Are the Greys experimenting on humans to refine their cloning process? Scientists in the U.S. recently succeeded in developing the first living cell to be controlled entirely by synthetic DNA. The researchers copied an existing bacterial genome.
They sequenced its genetic code and then used “synthesis machines” to chemically construct a copy. They copied this code and chemically constructed a new synthetic chromosome, piecing together blocks of DNA that they then transplanted into a host cell. The resulting microbe then looked and behaved like the species “dictated” by the synthetic DNA. The advance, published in Science, has been hailed as a scientific landmark, but critics say there are dangers posed by synthetic organisms. One of the researchers, Dr. Craig Venter of the J Craig Venter Institute, told BBC News: “We’ve now been able to take our synthetic chromosome and transplant it into a recipient cell — a different organism. As soon as this new software goes into the cell, the cell reads [it] and converts into the species specified in that genetic code.” The new bacteria replicated over a billion times, producing copies that contained and were controlled by the constructed, synthetic DNA. Could the Greys themselves be created by an advanced technology using synthetic DNA. Could our hurtling progress toward technologies such as these mean that we are soon to produce our own type of Grey? Artificial DNA could be modelled on our own DNA pattern and modulated to cope more efficiently with the effects of a physical environment. Are Implants in the Near Future? The implantation of chips in the human body is gaining acceptance, be it for the enhancement of intelligence or memory, or as a type of medical alert bracelet implanted in the hand or wrist so that if you’re found unconscious you can be scanned and your medical history
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Guest Editorial: Paranormal Perspective brought up. Dr. Mark Gasson, of the University of Reading, had a chip inserted in his hand that was then infected with a virus. The device, which enabled him to pass through security doors and activate his mobile phone was able to pass on the computer virus to external control systems. If other implanted chips had then connected to the system, they too would have been corrupted, he said. Professor Rafael Capurro, of the Steinbeis-Transfer-Institute of Information Ethics in Germany, warned that: “If someone can get online access to your implant, it could be serious.” However, Dr. Gasson believes that there will be a demand for these non-essential applications, much as people pay for cosmetic surgery. “If we can find a way of enhancing someone’s memory or their IQ, then there’s a real possibility that people will choose to have this kind of invasive procedure.” What Will Be the End Result? By all accounts, the Grey aliens featured in thousands of abduction reports are obsessed with our reproductive capacity. That they are conducting a hybrid program with humanity has been extensively reported, According to Professor David Jacobs and Budd Hopkins, the world’s leading researchers into the alien abduction premise, the hybrid program has been stepped up manyfold over the past 20 years. To quote Professor Jacobs: “All of these accounts, to put it bluntly, point to a future in which humanlooking hybrids will be here amongst us. The evidence is now so strong I can no longer look at alternative motivations for them. Everything I have learned about this subject in the past 20 years inexorably points to this
conclusion. I cannot escape it.” It is interesting to note that the past 20 years has also seen exponentially greater developments in biotechnology and artificial intelligence than any other time period. Could these developments and the hybrid program be inextricably linked? The DNA reference of the original creators of the Greys is long since likely to have broken down through the dispersive effect of the Second Law of Thermodynamics. So, are they now seeking to refresh that reference through our DNA on our planet, or the DNA of any sophisticated enough natural species
The implantation of chips in the human body continues to gain acceptance in the U.S. and other countries.
they could find in the galaxy? Are they slowly and carefully melding their patterns into ours so that the two can be a viable match and their genetic program can be reproduced? Just as our scientists copy the pattern of bacterial DNA, are the Greys copying our pattern to create synthetic bio-mechanical entities like themselves? In doing so, they would be simply following their program to survive in as advantageous a form as possible in a physical universe. But what if we do have that extra something that is not of that physical universe, that same something that may have made you cringe when I spoke of robot babies and
cyber-hugs. Could they be interfering with that something? Could they be compromising a natural connection to a non-physical state beyond the physical universe? Could that connection that some might term a “soul” be interrupted and delayed by artificial insertions that compromise its ability to translate the non-physical into the physical? Is this the price we pay for embracing the artificial, the synthetic, and the virtual — the loss of the natural and the real? In Closing I don’t wish to seem didactic or preach new meanings to anyone. But a mighty threshold is creeping up on us all. Particularly those of us in developed societies. A threshold that it seems we lose sight of all too often because it creeps up on us inexorably in our everydayness. That threshold is a sight of the importance of the distinction between the natural living aegis of our human condition and that of an artificially created one. The size, range, and potential of the human spirit in its natural harbor to soar to limitless horizons beyond the empirically definable is losing definition. The tendency to run with the impetus that science brings dominates our everyday lives, and we deny ourselves those grand and inspiring perspectives that reach beyond the mundane and the ordinary. We only get rare glimpses of our true natural potential, and these get rarer and rarer as we become more and more hitched up to the artificial reality that is thrown at us. How many cyber-hugs would add up to one real one? How many hours of virtual reality will add up to one moment of actual reality? Why is it that we are rarely, if ever, tempted to ask those questions these days?
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