Volume 6 Issue 2
Psychic Ben Hansen Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files
Programming Your Crystals & Gemstones The Dyatlov Pass
Legend of the
Remote Viewing & The Uninvited The Ghosts of Six Celebrated Hollywood Actresses a Touch of ... Love Magic February 2013 Paranormal Underground Just The Lusca Uncovered: A Caribbean Sea Monster
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Table Of Contents CASE FILES OF THE UNKNOWN 22
The Haunting at Farrar School
Cryptids & Mythological Creatures
The Lusca: Sea Cryptid
Are We Alone?
Death in the Ural Mountains: The Dyatlov Pass Incident
A Hazardous Haunting: Part 2
IN THE SPOTLIGHT 14
Ben Hansen Investigates Unexplained Mysteries
The Ostrich Inn: Third Oldest Pub in the U.K.
James Stein: The Paranormal Equation
Iowa ParaCon 2012
Featured Author: Paranormal Fiction
“The Exchange” by Ryan Tackitt
PERSONAL EXPERIENCES 52
Ghost Hunter Case Files
Historic Fairbanks House, Dedham, MA — Part 2
Tales From the Haunted Heathman Hotel
Repairs Stir up Paranormal Activity
Spirit in White
Religion and the Paranormal
A Q&A With Chris Davis
PARANORMAL INSIGHTS 20
Ghosts of Six Celebrated Hollywood Actresses
Demonology — The Dark Files
Why Do Demons Attack Certain People? Legend of the Exorcist: Part 1
Inside the Psychic Mind
Remote Viewing & Uninvited Visits From the Paranormal Awakening: The Process of Becoming Psychic
Crystals & Herbology
Clearing, Cleansing, and Programming Your Gemstones
Magic & Lore
Just a Touch of >>>>> Love Magic
Paranormal Perspective: Guest Editorial
There Are No Such Things as Ghosts, Right?
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Contributors Calendar of Events Paranormal News Equipment Update
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Publisher’s Letter Ghost Hunter Comic The Paranormal Top 10 List In Memoriam: Philip Coppens
Contributors WILLIAM BECKER
William is a psychic medium and paranormal investigator and researcher, as well as tour guide with Northwest Ghost Tours. William’s interest in the paranormal goes back to his early childhood when he saw his first full apparition. With this interest in the paranormal along with a degree in history, it was only natural that he would jump at the chance to combine the two by giving tours. For more information about William and his work, visit nwghosttours.com and www.paranormalinsights.net. JACKIE CHIN .Jackie is a nationally known paranormalist, author, and spiritual teacher. She uses her gifts to enlighten and encourage those who are seeking solutions. During her life, Jackie has seen many deaths, helped people cross over with Reiki, and counseled clients about these issues. She knows that there is life after death, but she believes that each person has their own idea about what death will be like and this influences their experience of the afterlife. For more information, visit Jackie’s Website, http://psychicconnextions.blogspot.com/. CHRIS CONLON Chris has built a reputation as a well-known paranormal investigator in the Northeastern United States. It all started at the age of 17 years old, when he started getting into the paranormal world and was being oppressed by a demonic force he had to overcome. He has specialized in demonology for the past 12 years. Chris was the cofounder of the team Contact with Bill “Paranorbill” Connelley. Chris recently cofounded Con-Vericht Films and TV, which has many films and documentaries in production, such as Panicked and Gettysburg: Beyond the Battlefield. Also, Con-Vericht Films and TV has been added to the Robby Wells for President 2016 campaign as their official production company. Karen Frazier Karen is a paranormal investigator with South Sound Paranormal Research in Washington State and a frequent contributor to Paranormal Underground. She is also the cohost of “Paranormal Underground Radio” on www. ZtalkRadio.com and the author of Avalanche of Spirits: The Ghosts of Wellington. 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.
Jenny is an investigator with Proximity Paranormal. The mystery surrounding the paranormal field has always interested Jenny. She is on a quest to find more about why spirits are around us. Jenny has investigated Waverly Hills, Bobby Mackey’s, the Villisca Ax Murder House, First Ward School House, Grant House Hotel, and St. Anthony Main. Jenny also has her own radio show on www.ZtalkRadio. com, Paranormal Hotspot, on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET. Rick E. Hale A Chicago native, Rick is a featured writer for Paranormal Underground magazine and cohost of “Paranormal Underground Radio” on www.ZtalkRadio.com. He is the founder of Foundations Psychical Research and the author of the soon-to-be-released Geek’s Guide to the Paranormal: 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, as well as other obscure religious ritualistic beliefs and practices. John “Jack” Kenna Jack is a technical specialist and assistant 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 more than 26 years. Cheryl Knight Cheryl is editor-in-chief of Paranormal Underground magazine, director of Publications & Editing Services for Ghost Knight Media, and producer of Paranormal Underground Radio. She has more than 20 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and has published hundreds of articles on topics ranging from advanced technology to paranormal investigation. Cheryl’s previous magazine experience includes roles as senior and managing editor for several business publications.
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Shannon is currently the Curator of Accessions at Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, and a member of the Galion Historical Society. After 11 years of teaching, she is honored to work at a private academy, ACCA, teaching English Literature. Currently, she is the editor for author and producer Steven A. LaChance and is working on editing his sequel to The Uninvited, called Blessed are the Wicked. One of Shannon’s goals of working in the paranormal field is to bring attention to the importance of preserving historical sites. She has gained respect amongst her peers and colleagues in the field for her dedication and passion for preservation.
Jill is the Topic Editor for Paranormal and Feature Writer for suite101.com. She has studied the paranormal since 1957, when, as a child, she bought her first parapsychology book, The Unknown Guest. In fall 1965, she conducted her first investigation. Jill gives workshops and lectures and writes for selected Internet Websites. Jill’s expertise in the paranormal includes parapsychology, cryptozoology, Fortean phenomena, anomalies, UFOs, aliens and demonic possession, and exorcism. She investigates cases of alleged psi and tests people for ESP, telepathy, and psychokinesis.
Stephen Nakonechny Stephen is a kennel owner by day and ghost hunter by night. “My Alaskan Malamute Big Buck and I are like K9 ghost hunters.” During each investigation, Stephen uses a scientific approach to collect and record data and photographic evidence to back up paranormal claims. Stephen has worked in the aerospace industry and environmental services. His goal as a psychic photographer/paranormal investigator is to prove the existence of spirits through strict scientific applications. Michelle 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. You can contact Michelle at www.michellepillow.com. Michaela Rand (Silvermoon Medicyn) Michaela is a Medicyn Woman. Her life threads are woven between symbiotic psychic vampire and shamanism, working closely with awakening souls looking to balance the dark and light within themselves. Her favorite tools to use are crystals, herbs, and oils. Michaela has been a Universal Life Ordained Minister since the late 90s. She performs many services, including soul retrieval, shamanic extraction, and walking the dead to rest. You can contact Michaela at her Website Silvermoonmedicyn.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.
RYAN TACKITT Ryan is the team leader and founder of Paranormal Investigators of Central Texas. He had his first paranormal experience as a small child, and since then he has had a fascination with the paranormal. While he believes that a lot of encounters can be explained using common sense, logic, and science, some of our encounters cannot be explained this way, leaving us curious for more. Barry Taff, Ph.D. Dr. Taff holds a doctorate in psychophysiology with a minor in biomedical engineering. He is a world-renowned parapsychologist who worked out of UCLA’s former parapsychology laboratory from 1969 through 1978 as a research associate. During his 43-year career, Dr. Taff has investigated more than 4,500 cases of ghosts, hauntings, and poltergeists and conducted extensive studies in telepathy and precognition. For more information about Dr. Taff, visit http://barrytaff.net. JERRY WILLIAMS Jerry is a radio host of Eastside Paranormal Radio and an investigator with Eastside Paranormal Society. He is also a Minister of Ohio, and he has performed exorcisms and house blessings. Jerry has been investigating the paranormal since 1993. He also has mediumistic abilities and tries to help those seeking help. Visit www.eastsideparanormalsociety.webs.com for more information about Jerry and his work. 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, the Hotel Alex Johnson, and private residences among his investigations.
Publisher’s Letter PARANORMAL U N D E R G R O U N D® Volume 6, Issue 2
Is It Worth It? What Do You Think?
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Contributors William Becker Jackie Chin Chris Conlon Karen Frazier Terri J. Garofalo Jenny Gurney Rick E. Hale John “Jack” Kenna Shannon N. Lusk Silvermoon Medicyn Stephen Nakonechny Michelle M. Pillow Rob St.Helen Jill Stefko, Ph.D. Ryan Tackitt Dr. Barry Taff Jerry Williams Send comments and letters to: email@example.com Copyright © 2008-2013 — Paranormal Underground® is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. As such, Paranormal Underground and its contents are the property of its owners. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. This publication and all content within this publication may not be copied, quoted, distributed, modified, or reprinted without the express written consent of Paranormal Underground magazine. Paranormal Underground magazine is a publication of Ghost Knight Media, LLC.
s the work we do, day by day, worth the time and effort we put into it? If I live 70, 80, 90 years even, or less (probably less), and I spend half of that lifetime pursuing answers about the paranormal, is it worth it? I can’t take it with me when I die. Any knowledge I glean from this world stays behind, hopefully living on in the minds of others, in a book, or in a magazine, but I can’t take it with me anymore than I can take wealth with me. So, is it worth my time and effort to contribute to the study of the paranormal? Too many question, too few answers, and way too little time to discern it all. I like to think our magazine and radio show are at least opening the eyes of our audience to the possibilities that exist outside the defined sciences of our world. Just by discussing experiences and theories, we have hopefully planted the seed that will eventually flower into new discoveries and personal beliefs. Personal beliefs are what make us who and what we are, and when it comes to the afterlife, it gives one hope if they have a personal belief that there is more beyond this mortal coil. I no longer fear death. This is because I feel in my heart that when I die, I will continue on in some capacity. I don’t want to die tomorrow, but if it comes, I do look to return someday, as a spirit, or reincarnated as the next great paranor-
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mal investigator, ready to continue where I left off. And that is where I get my answer. Is it worth it? Yes, I think so. Maybe I won’t find the answers we all seek, but by continuing the journey others undertook long ago, I can add my own part to the eternal quest to define life, this life, each individual life, and what it all means. You see, in a sense we are continuing the work of those who came before, the explorers in the field. We are neither the first nor will we be the last to tread this unpaved path. If we can contribute even a small amount of understanding to the greater questions that haunt humanity — believer, non-believer, and skeptic — then we will have done a far greater thing than if we had gone quietly into the afterlife giving nothing of ourselves except our name. Yes, I think it is worth it. I just hope I can do my part.
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Seattle Attorney Says Gov’t Transported Him Through Time
n 2004, Seattle attorney Andrew Basiago went public with his claim that he participated in a secret U.S. government program called Project Pegasus. Basiago says he was an active participant in the program from age seven to 12.
According to The Huffington Post, Basiago says Project Pegasus experimented with teleportation and time travel under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA. “They trained children along with adults so they could test the mental and physical effects of time travel on kids,” Basiago told The Huffington Post. “Also, children had an advantage over adults in terms of adapting to the strains of moving between past, present, and future.” Basiago said he was involved in eight time travel technologies, including teleportation, based on discoveries made by mechanical engineer Nikola Tesla. Basiago also said he traveled to Ford’s Theatre the night of Lincoln’s assassination, not only once, but five or six times. To read the entire Huffington Post article, visit www.huffingtonpost. com/2012/04/28/andrew-basiago-seattleattorney-time-travels_n_1438216.html.
Yeti Resort to Open in Siberia
new “Yeti resort” is set to open in Siberia at the Sheregesh ski resort, according to The Siberian Times. The area is said to have a high number of Bigfoot sightings. The development also comes with a 1 million rouble ($33,000) reward to anyone who can catch a Yeti, as well as prove its existence. Some critics of the Yeti Park think it’s just a ploy to promote tourism. Igor Idimeshev is the man behind “I’ve seen this creature several times,” the Yeti resort. (Source: http://sibesaid Igor Idimeshev, deputy head of riantimes.com) Sheregesh’s local administration and the force behind the new park, as quoted by The Times. “I think it is most likely of the extraterrestrial origin, not from this world. The Yeti might suddenly disappear and re-materialise. Another extraordinary thing is that Yeti’s hair is luminous at night, and also that the Yeti can walk on water.”
Witnesses Say UFOs Hovered Over Eagle Ford Shale
orkers at an Eagle Ford Shale fracturing well reported that they saw unidentified lights in the sky in October 2012, even capturing video evidence, according to the San Antonio Express News. Only three months earlier, a security camera at another well captured an image of what looks like a UFO hovering off the ground (see photo). According to Charles Stansburge, a This photo features what looks like veteran MUFON investigator, the photo a UFO at a well site at the Eagle Ford has been authenticated twice. Shale. (Source: Mutual UFO Network) “If it’s a prank,” Stansburge said, as quoted by Express News, “someone spent a lot of money to stage it. It’s not a doctored photo.” Witnesses say the lights were not from a plane or a helicopter. According to one rancher close to the site, he witnessed 12 to 14 lights flying “all over the sky.” He reported that the lights moved at unbelievable speed, “from horizon to horizon and back.” Making this story even stranger, a witness told MUFON that the owner of the site noticed that crude oil was being siphoned from tanks each night.
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The Paranormal Top 10 List
Top 10 Cryptids I Just Made Up Right Now! ... Or Did I?
By Karen Frazier, South Sound Paranormal Research & Paranormal Underground Radio
et’s face it, anyone can make up anything. And the field of cryptozoology seems to be a place where there’s a number of fantastical creatures that clearly must be a figment of someone’s imagination. For example, the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus. Somebody made that stuff up just to mess with people, and I decided I could do that, too. With that in mind, here are my top 10 cryptids (that I just made up right now). 10. The Monkion What could be more terrifying than a stealthy lion that can sneak up on you without making a sound and then jump and eat you before you even know what hits you? How about the Monkion — a sneaky lion that can also drop down silently from above to eat you. The Monkion may have the fierceness, huge claws, and dangerous jaws of a lion, but he also has the ability to swing through the trees, and that’s some scary crap if you ask me. 9. The Yorksionary If you’re a sucker for adorably tiny dogs like I am, then the Yorksionary is going to scare the crap out of you. Here’s the deal with a Yorksionary. It is a cute, cuddly little tail wagging dog-looking creature, but if your doorbell rings and you find this adorable critter looking up at you with puppy dog eyes — slam the door immediately. He’s paid you a visit on this day to spread the word of his personal savoir, and once you engage the Yorksionary, you’re screwed for several hours. Do yourself a favor. Leave the door shut, and whatever you do ... don’t let it into your house!
8. The Pacific Northwest Outhouse Bat So maybe I’ve beaten this to death, but better beaten to death than bitten to death. The truth is I believe this sucker actually exists. It hides in the loo at your favorite campground, just waiting to unleash it’s vampire teeth on your hind end when you plop it down over the black maw in an outhouse. Do yourself a favor and hold it ’til you’re back in civilization. 7. Scamaroy This deceptive critter may look like the innocent person living next door to you, but once you let Scamaroy into your life you’ll never get rid of her. I met a Scamaroy once — in my college dorm. Once we allowed her access, it was really hard to get rid of her. You see, Scamaroy always wants rides. Or to borrow a cup of sugar. Or to borrow some money until Sunday. Or to gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.
All I know is when anyone enters Scamaroy’s lair, they must wend their way through the carcasses of all Scamaroy has borrowed from her acquaintances. Once you say yes, it’s a lifetime of giving in to Scamaroy’s desires, so do yourself a favor and just avoid saying yes altogether. 6. Racossum Another one I think I probably didn’t make up after all. You see, we live in the woods, and about a year ago my husband, Techie McScienceGeek, heard a ruckus under the house. It turned out to be what he thought was a raccoon fighting with an opossum in a turf war for the
If humans can engineer a spork, certainly the Creator can make a Dogat! relative warmth the underside of our house had to offer from the winter elements. While Techie did, indeed, remove an opossum body from under the house after said scuffle, I’m not so sure fighting is actually what occurred that day. Now I think I’m seeing little masked possums with striped tails all around the neighborhood. 5. Dogat If humans can engineer a spork, certainly the Creator of all things can make a Dogat. Sure, a combination dog cat may not be new, but I do believe I have actually seen one in the wild — away from cartoons. 4. CleanTeen Wishful thinking? Perhaps! Rumored to exist by parents around the world, I have yet to spot one. But, I
A Dogat spotted in the wild! Scary, huh?!?! have hope to someday see this magnificent creature — a teenager who cleans up regularly without being asked (or at all). 3. Touprat I saw one of these once — on an old guy at the swimming pool. It was difficult to tell what type of wild animal lived on the top of his head, but he was passing it off as hair. It was only when he dunked under and came up with a bald spot and a rat tail down the side of his face that I knew what I was seeing was the dreaded Touprat. 2. Hipofly I thought about it, and I realized there’s one thing I’d really find entertaining….a hippopotamus with butterfly wings. Why? I don’t know. I just would. 1. WeirdBatClownovic This creature is the scariest I can imagine. It combines the things I find the creepiest in the world. It has the body of a snake, bat wings, the maniacal grin and googly eyes of Weird Al Yankovic, and clown feet. That, my friends, is the stuff of which nightmares are made.
The dreaded Touprat!
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What Is an E-Pod? By Jack Kenna, S.P.I.R.I.T.S. of New England
-Pods are fairly new to the field of paranormal research and investigation. Although popularized by some paranormal TV shows, in my personal opinion their actual advantages and usefulness to our field is still up for debate. There just hasn’t been enough work done in the paranormal field yet with these devices to determine their true usefulness to our research. Having said that, I do think more research needs to be done with these devices. To determine if this item is something you want to invest in to add to your arsenal of equipment, I think it’s important to understand what exactly the E-Pod does. Thankfully Pro-Measure spells this out in great detail on its Website, http://www.pro-measure. com/E_Pod_Static_Detector_p/021487-e-pod.htm. E-Pod Basics and Benefits Basically, the E-Pod detects high-voltage, electrically charged objects — objects charged with static electricity — at distances of up to two to eight feet away, depending on the strength of the E-field being emitted. The E-Pod’s detection sensitivity is as low as 500mV (millivolts), which makes it a very sensitive device. To give you an idea of just how sensitive this device is, the outlets in your house are 110 volts (V). It takes 1000mV to equal 1V, so it takes 110,000mV to equal 110V. So how is the E-Pod useful in paranormal research? If we accept the current theory that spirits are made up of electromagnetic energy, then they must emit some type of electrical field. The purpose of the E-Pod is to help the paranormal investigator detect the possible presence of a spirit through the electric field being emitted by it, even at a distance, and thus help the investigator know when to try and communicate with a potential spirit, rather than the usual way of walking into a location in the dark and just trying to talk into the emptiness in hopes that there is a spirit there that might communicate back. In my own opinion the real potential advantage of this
device is for paranormal investigation teams who use a DVR system to monitor various areas when investigating a location. By setting up an E-Pod in each area being monitored, this would provide the investigating team with the ability to better monitor each location by having a “visual and audio alarm” in each room being monitored all night on the DVR system. Should one of the E-Pods in a room begin to light up; they also emit a sound as well, but it may or may not be heard by the team member monitoring the DVR. Then
the person monitoring the DVR system can notify the Although air is not the best conductor for electricity, it other team members of the activity and send them there does travel through air, as anyone who has ever witnessed to check it out if they desire. an electrical storm knows. Natural static electricity builds In some respects the E-Pod is in the air when positive and negajust an advanced K-II unit, providing tive charges build up to a point An E-Pod Detects large visual lights output, as well as a where they eventually release the sound alarm to let you know when energy they create. So again, just the E-Field that there is potentially a spirit or ghost because the E-Pod is only affected surrounds Static by electrical energy doesn’t mean within close proximity of the device and/or is potentially trying to comthat when it activates it means a Electricity. municate with you. It is much more ghost is causing it. It could just be sensitive than a K-II unit, but at the the buildup of ionized particles same time it is not an “open” device. It is like the K-II in and the release of that energy into the air. that the E-Pod is only affected by an E-field, as described So, when using the E-Pod how can we tell if we might earlier, and not by cell phone signals, electrical appliances be dealing with a spirit versus something caused by naor equipment, or EMF emitted by home wiring. ture? Just like when using any other device to investigate the paranormal, repeatability is everything when trying to Are There Drawbacks to the E-Pod? determine if you are possibly communicating with a spirit. This device does have its potential uses and advantagAn E-Pod is kind of like working with a K-II. If you’re es for professional/serious investigative teams, but I really asking questions in an area with it and you get multiple don’t think it’s worth the expense for the novice investigaresponses to your questions, you just might have made tor or paranormal enthusiast. contact with an intelligent spirit. If the device lights up and So, you’re probably asking yourselves what are the alarms once or twice when you’re asking questions, then draw backs to this device? And why did I say that the it’s more likely that something non-paranormal is causing advantages and usefulness of the E-Pod are still up for the device to react.
debate? Didn’t I also just say that it is not affected by EMF or electrical devices? That’s correct, it’s not, but it is affected by electricity and, especially, static electricity. What this means is that even though you may set the E-Pod up in a location where you believe there is nothing to set the device off, just because it may suddenly light up and it’s audible alarm goes off doesn’t mean that this was caused by a ghost. To understand why this would be we must understand the nature of electricity and how air can ionize due to weather changes and even due to our own presence in a location.
Again, like with any new device on the market for paranormal research, more field work needs to be done with it before its total usefulness can be determined. As I stated earlier, for now I would only suggest this device for serious paranormal investigators. If you’re new to this field or just an enthusiast, I would recommend spending the extra money to purchase a higher-end digital audio recorder or a Mel Meter. As always, if you have any questions regarding equipment to use for investigating the paranormal or any other paranormal-related questions, feel free to contact me by e-mail at email@example.com.
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Investigates Unexplained Mysteries By Cheryl Knight
he second oldest of six children, Ben Hansen grew up primarily in Utah. Ben’s parents encouraged him to pursue all of his interests, and he quickly developed an affinity for sports, music, fishing, diving, and even paranormal investigation. Inspired by movies like E.T. and TV shows like The X-Files, Ben developed an interest in public service, as well as an insatiable desire to explore the unexplained. “I owe most of my interest in the paranormal to movies, books, and magazines,” Ben explained. “However, when I was a kid I firmly believed that ghosts didn’t exist. Spirits of passed away ancestors and angels, yes, but I didn’t believe in ghosts that stayed in locations to “haunt” them. That was one of the childhood beliefs I thought would never change, but it did.” After graduating college, Ben worked for several private and public agencies, and he eventually attained the position of Special Agent for the FBI. He worked for more than six years investigating a wide range of crimes and national security details. It was during this time that Ben heard about a production company looking to create a paranormal show. He felt compelled to help form a new investigative reality TV show, Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, which airs on the Syfy channel. On the show, Ben leads a team of specialists who travel the world looking for answers to unexplained mysteries. Between filming the show and traveling to events across the U.S., Ben films aerial video and photography with remote control multi-rotor helicopters and teaches basic and advanced firearms courses as an instructor. In his free time, he loves to surf and play basketball. Ben
Ben is a licensed airplane pilot, amateur radio operator, licensed falconer, certified SCUBA diver, hang glider, and Search and Rescue dog handler. He graduated with honors from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, certification in criminology and corrections.
recently talked with Paranormal Underground about Fact or Faked, paranormal investigation, and what’s in store for the future. ***** Q: How did you originally become interested in the paranormal? Ben: Hollywood is what first introduced me to the possibility of life on other worlds and ghost activity. I’ve been interested in paranormal mysteries since I was about five years old and saw the movie E.T. I especially took an interest in the subject of UFOs and space travel, although I was afraid the topics were rather nerdy and I was embarrassed that my friends would find out I studied them. My dad brought me books and newspaper clippings, but I would hide the UFO material when my friends came to visit. I started my first ghost-hunting excursions while I was in college, and about that time I also became really interested in cryptozoology. In being open-minded about various theories and phenomena, I always tell people, “Don’t believe everything you hear, but don’t disbelieve something just because you haven’t heard it before.”
Fact or Faked’s Devin Marble, Ben Hansen, and Lanisha Cole investigate Tombstone, Arizona. (Photo by Lanisha Cole.)
Q: What interests you most about the paranormal? Ben: The field of ufology is my favorite topic, mainly because the questions of “what” are answered for me with ghost hunting. It’s more the “how” that I wonder about with spirits. How does technology record them? How do objects move by their power? In contrast, UFOs, aliens, and abduction scenarios inspire many more questions as to “what” is going on. Q: What led you to create Fact or Faked? Ben: I had heard that a production company as looking to create a paranormal show. W hen I was introduced to
the production, I had a group of friends I’d known for quite a while who had investigated with me as part of a rather informal paranormal group. We all sat down and started discussing ideas of what types of paranormal shows were currently on TV and what types of things we felt were missing from those shows. From those brainstorming sessions, we narrowed our focus on looking at alleged paranormal videos and photos. Our goal was to bring new and cross-over technology to the field in an effort to sift through the merits of a case, utilizing a more methodical process than had been done previously on TV. After about a year from our first meeting, the show was green lit by Syfy and we were filming!
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Investigator Spotlight Q: What was it like working as a Special Agent for the FBI?
Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files began airing on Syfy on July 15, 2010. The show follows a team of investigators, led by former FBI agent Ben Hansen, who review viral videos and photos of alleged paranormal activity. (Pictured above from left to right: investigators Chi-Lan Lieu, Austin Porter, Bill Murphy, Devin Marble, Ben Hansen, and Jael de Pardo.)
Q: Did you have any paranormal experiences before creating Fact or Faked? Ben: Yes, my first EVP was captured on an excursion with my sisters and friends. A voice whispered next to me, “Get brother.” I also witnessed a very fast-moving UFO craft doing “S” turns in the sky about the height of a satellite when I was on a cruise in the Caribbean. At one point as a child, I had a malevolent encounter with a dark presence. It taught me that it’s not something you want to treat lightly. Q: How does your background in criminology help you during paranormal investigations? Ben: My background in criminology and experience as a criminal investigator has helped me put together cases from beginning to finish. When physical evidence is available, I consider it a bonus. I try and focus on the human aspects of the story being told and pay close attention to the signs of deception. Recognizing patterns and what things SHOULD be present in any situation is a skill I had time to practice in my career. There isn’t always a scientific test that can be applied to an investigation, so it’s even more important to be a good observer and draw conclusions from the facts you do have.
Ben: Working for the FBI and being surrounded by people who love their country was an amazing experience. The actual work resembles only some aspects of what you see on TV though. There’s a lot of paperwork and a lot of policy with approvals that need to be obtained to take action. The process can become a bit tedious, but it feels good at the end of the day believing that you made the world a better place in which to live. I’d encourage anyone who is interested in working for a federal agency to apply at the FBI; they’re some of the best the country has to offer (www.fbi.gov). Q: What type of investigative methodologies do you recommend paranormal researchers follow during investigations?
Ben: I always tell people to stick to the basics. Get a really good interview, try to separate witnesses, and get their stories one at a time. Use tools and technology that have some basis in logical theory. Experimental devices can be fun and some may have some merit, but don’t rely on them to draw definitive conclusions. Most of such devices were developed strictly for entertainment purposes, and the power of suggestion is really what’s at play when you believe you’re capturing evidence. Also try and systematically record activity to find patterns, doing so by eliminating spurious relationships and causations. If you start by being a harsh critic of your own evidence, you won’t be easily misled. Q: Which researchers do you admire and why? Ben: In ufology, I admire those who have had courage to present the evidence with little fear of ridicule: J. Allen Hynek, Travis Walton, and George Knapp come to mind. In all fields of research, I appreciate those who invent new technology and theories or adapt “cross-over” technology. Sometimes the best tools we have are those that were already created and someone came along and said, “What if I take this and use it for this?” Very rarely is there any
flood lights on the mast can be almost hidden in the heavy money in the paranormal industry — or at least enough to fog that rolls in. make a living from doing it full-time. Those who devote Our boat even made the same turns and movement a great deal of their life to research deserve applause because the channel-ways in the because very few of academia bay were marked with buoys have taken these fringe subjects for established traffic patterns. seriously. “The Indiana Graveyard Once I saw that, I knew the Caretaker case was the first case was closed. Q: Which cases have been time I witnessed what was a I also was surprised in some your favorite to investigate cases where I feel we satisfactotruly convincing event of on Fact or Faked? rily provided explanation to the object manipulation.” Ben: I have lots of differvideo, like in the Tombstone, ent investigations that are my Arizona, case, but then we favorites for different reasons. found our own shocking evidence of paranormal activity. The most perplexing case is the “UK Disappearing Woman,” which was a video of a woman who seemingly Q: Have you achieved your original vision for disappears from her bed for 13 minutes, almost dissolvFact or Faked? ing into her mattress. Ben: About 60-70% of what I originally envisioned for I also get lots of questions and comments about Fact or Faked is what ended up as the show you see the “Fresno Nightcrawler” case where the video depicts today. I love the spark of experimentation and replication strange creatures walking across a family’s front lawn. that we’ve contributed to paranormal TV. It’s flattering Although I was not with the team on that case, I feel that to see some of these new shows mimic parts of what our if it were hoaxed, the home owner had to be in on it. show introduced. He didn’t seem to fit a typical hoaxer profile. If it wasn’t I would like, however, to see the show delve into the CGI, then the man recorded some extremely bizarre other areas of investigation that I think are equally imphenomena. portant, such as addressing other methods of deception I also have favorite investigations because they were detection and background investigation of the witnesses my first time witnessing a strange event. For example, the when stories don’t jive well. We also have a goal of be“Indiana Graveyard Caretaker” case was the first time I witing the show that introduces the most new technology nessed what was a truly convincing event of object manipulation. I’m still searching for a plausible alternative explanation, but I saw right in front of me a pile of leaves depress in the shape of a footprint. Q: Have there been any Fact or Faked case outcomes that really surprised you? Which ones and why? Ben: The Bodega Bay UFO case was a surprise to me. When I first saw the video of the light object moving silently on the water, I thought there was certainly no way it could be a man-made object. I was kind of let down when our boat experiment worked so well and I saw and heard how boats with
During the May 8, 2012, episode of Fact or Faked, the team travels to Jefferson County, Kentucky, to investigate a possible Bigfoot captured on video and camera.
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Investigator Spotlight a cliff or staring at a ghost in the hallway. I admire those who have taken the challenge and done it successfully. Q: Having grown up in Utah, have you ever visited the Skinwalker Ranch? Ben: I have friends who live out by the ranch, and although I’ve never been to the actual gate, I’ve recorded UFO phenomena in thermal vision cameras in the same area. The subject really fascinates me, and I’m assisting with the release of a new fictional movie loosely based on such paranormal ranches. It could be quite a blockbuster hit. Q: What would our readers be most surprised to find out about you? Ben: People might find it interesting that although I have a TV show and work in television production, I don’t watch TV hardly Investigators Devin Marble, Ben Hansen, and Lanisha Cole take a moment to at all. Apart from the news, I watch about 30 minutes of TV per month. I encourage pose for the camera during a Fact or Faked investigation. people to choose one, maybe two, shows that they call their own. Apart from that small indulgence, it’s my to investigations, so we always encourage inventors and opinion that people should be outside living their own lives. researchers to contact us. Life is far too short to spend watching TV shows, video Q: What’s in store for the next season of Fact or Faked? Ben: Currently, we haven’t received the green light for more episodes of the show. In the mean time, Jael and Devin are continuing with their filming of Haunted Highway with Jack Osbourne. The rest of us are traveling the country appearing at paranormal conferences and prepping new TV shows. We hope the show will continue, because it’s achieved a lot of success. If it gets renewed by the network, we’d like to see more focus in some of the areas I mentioned and more international cases. Q: You are a licensed airplane pilot, amateur radio operator, licensed falconer, certified SCUBA diver, hang glider, Search and Rescue dog handler, and Eagle Scout. Is there any challenge that you wouldn’t take up? Ben: Marriage has always been a scary challenge for me. LOL. I’d like to be a family man soon, but doing so correctly and being willing to take on the responsibilities that come with it can be more frightening than hang gliding off
Ben talks about the Skinwalker Ranch in Utah: “I’ve recorded UFO phenomena in thermal vision cameras in the same area.” games, movies, etc. (especially non-uplifting and non-enlightening content). We all need a form of entertainment, but you won’t find many very successful people — in work or family — who have the time to spend hours in front of a screen. Q: What plans do you have for 2013 and beyond? Ben: I started a production company with my father, called Intel Productions. We have several new reality TV shows in development. I became a spokesperson for Bushnell’s line of night vision equipment. I sell their night vision and thermal imaging products at www.nightvisionops.com. I’m also traveling around the world this year at multiple conferences, lectures, and conventions. The locations where I’ll be appearing can be found at www.benhansen.com.
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Ghosts of Six Celebrated Hollywood Actresses By Jill Stefko, Ph.D., Suite 101 Contributing Writer
elebrity actresses Thelma Todd, Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, and Lucille Ball have something in common other than their stardom. They became ghosts. Todd’s and Monroe’s deaths are still cloaked in mystery — accidental or intentional suicide or murder. Harlow died of kidney failure, and Lombard in an airplane crash. Crawford died from an acute coronary occlusion, and Ball from a ruptured aorta. 1. Actress Thelma Todd’s Ghost and Mysterious Death Todd was featured in hit comedies in the 1930s. During the height of her career, she opened a restaurant with film director and her lover Roland West. The restaurant was called Thelma Todd’s Sidewalk Café. She lived in a sumptuous apartment above it, while she had an affair with mobster Charles “Lucky” Luciano. On December 16, 1935, her body was found in her garaged car. She died from carbon monoxide poisoning. After Todd’s death, there were rumors that, days before her death, Luciano approached her with his idea to use the café as a front for a gambling hall, which she refused. It’s alleged that on the night of Todd’s death, she had a fight with West, who lived next door to her apartment above the restaurant. She left him and went to a party. When she returned home, she found that West had locked her out. She kicked the door and yelled for him to
open it; he ignored her. She went to the garage behind the café, entered her car, started it and passed out. The official report was that she died in the early morning hours of December 15, 1935, from “accidental suicide”; however, people claimed to have seen her until late that night. Today, the building that housed the café on Roosevelt Highway is owned by Paulist Productions. Employees have reported seeing Todd’s ghost walking down the stairs. 2. Actress Jean Harlow’s Ghost and Her Haunted House In 1932, Harlow, the original blonde bombshell, married MGM studio executive Paul Bern, who allegedly beat her brutally. He committed suicide in her bedroom that same year. Harlow later died from kidney failure on June 7, 1937. Harlow’s and Bern’s ghosts have reportedly been seen numerous times in their former mansion. One witness was actress Sharon Tate who encountered Harlow House ghost Paul Bern. Celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring bought Harlow’s house in 1963. He had a romantic relationship with Tate until she fell in love with and married Roman Polanski; however, Sebring and Tate remained close friends. In 1966, Tate was staying alone in Sebring’s house overnight when she saw Bern’s ghost enter the bedroom as she was trying to sleep. He ignored her and roamed around as if he was searching for something.
3. Actress Carole Lombard’s Ghost Lombard was one of Hollywood’s top comedy film stars during the 1930s. She and screen icon actor Clark Gable married in 1939. The couple was said to have one of Hollywood’s ideal marriages. Their union ended on January 16, 1942, when she was killed in an airplane crash while she was returning from a defense bond campaign trip to Indiana. Lombard’s ghost has been sighted near the suite she shared with Gable at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The specters of Gable and Lombard are also said to haunt the Oatman Hotel in Oatman, Arizona, where they spent their honeymoon. 4. Ghost of Actress Marilyn Monroe On August 5, 1962, the body of the “Love Goddess” movie star of the 1950s and early ’60s was found in the bedroom of her Brentwood home. Her official cause of death was “probable suicide.” Like Todd’s death, Monroe’s was surrounded with mystery. She had affairs with U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his brother, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. There were rumors about the brothers’ and/or the Mafia’s involvement with her demise. Some psychics claimed that Monroe’s spirit told them her death was not suicide, but was accidental. Her spirit has been sighted in the lobby’s mirror at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where she often stayed; by her tomb in Westwood Memorial Cemetery, Los Angeles, California; and in her Brentwood home. 5. Actress Joan Crawford’s Ghost and Haunted House In her 40-plus-year career, Crawford was a silent film star and dramatic actress until her May 10, 1977, death. Her former home, the Crawford House, is said to be haunted by her ghost and others. It’s claimed that the house was exorcised many times, but the ghosts refuse to leave.
It’s alleged that Lucille Ball haunts her former home in Beverly Hills, California The Reverend Rosalyn Bruyere of the Healing Light Center said inexplicable spontaneous fires happened. She opined the house was “poisoned” before Crawford moved into it. Apparently, the house was built onto a pre-existing cottage, with additions of rooms and halls. Paranormal authors Brad and Sherry Steiger visited the Crawford House in the early 1990s. The current owners permitted them to film a segment for an HBO special about hauntings in Hollywood. The couple experienced mysterious fires and witnessed a variety of entities in various parts of the house. They said that the small cottage adjoining the swimming pool often seemed to be center of the hauntings. 6. Lucille Ball: Psychic Background and Her Ghost Allegedly, Lucille Ball didn’t want to be the crowned Queen of Comedy or continue doing her I Love Lucy TV shows, until her idol, the late Carole Lombard, visited her in dreams and told her to keep on going. Ball is a distant member the Sprague family, who lived in the Haunted Rhode Island Sprague Mansion. One of the haunters is believed to be a family member. Ball died on April 26, 1989. It’s alleged that she haunts her former home on 100 North Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills, California, and the Haunted Paramount Studio’s Hart Building where DesiLu Studios was located during the filming of I Love Lucy. Her former home’s owners have experienced inexplicable broken windows, hearing loud voices emanating from the empty attic, and furniture and other objects moving in the house.
This article was originally published at http://suite101. com/article/ghosts-of-six-celebrated-hollywood-actressesa399366.
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Case Files Of The Unknown: Haunted Sites
The haunting At Farrar School
By Jenny Gurney, Proximity Paranormal
arrar School is located in Farrar, Iowa, and is known as one of the most haunted locations in the state. The small town of Farrar is home to a meager population of 30. Many paranormal investigators come through the doors of the school each year to experience what people have said is one of the most haunted locations they have ever visited. The school is owned by Jim and Nancy Oliver, who bought the location in December 2006. The Olivers are now in the process of restoring the school house back to its original state. This haunted location has been featured on My Ghost Story twice.
1, 1922. The schoolhouse filled with citizens from miles around. An orchestra played on stage in the auditorium as a banquet served the hundreds in attendance. Not all citizens were behind the new building, with its $100,000 price tag. One citizen refused to attend the celebration calling it a “monument to the arrogance and vanity of the school board,” with its boiler heating, electric lights, and indoor bathroom facilities. The school house was built to incorporate several of the one-room rural school houses in the area. It started out as a high school, until a new separate school was built. It then became an elementary school until it’s closing in
History of the Farrar Schoolhouse The Farrar Schoolhouse got its starts in 1919 when a local man named C.G. Geddes agreed to donate six acres of his farm for a new school. Built in 1922, Farrar Elementary School was built next to a cemetery that is now 150 years old. The only growing population in the town would be at that 150 year-old cemetery across from the schoolhouse. The cornerstone inscribed with the year 1921 was set and the dedication ceremony commenced on April
2002. Built on six acres of rural farmland, its old walls are now beginning to crumble. Within the school, there are 10 classrooms, a theater, and a gym/lunchroom. The building became known as the Washington Incorporated School District. While in operation, the school was a centerpiece of the town where many events were held. The school operated for many years, although enrollment steadily declined with the shrinking of the nearby towns.
Built in 1922, Farrar Elementary School was Constructed next to a cemetery that is now 150 years old.
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Visitors to the Farrar School have told many strange stories about the school, including hearing disembodied voices, phantom footsteps, knocking, tapping and ringing sounds, cries, yells, laughter, and even sightings of full-body apparitions.
There are only a couple of confirmed deaths at the school, one of which was a boy. It is uncertain as to the manner of his death. Later, the school became the subject of vicious rumors of sexual abuses said to have been performed by a former custodian and principal. Their names will be not be given due to family members that are still alive in the area. Many investigators pick up on this energy and feel scared or anxious feelings while investigating certain rooms. Investigators have also been attacked in the school by beParanormal Activity ing choked, thrown to the ground, pushed, slapped, and After sitting empty for five years, Jim and Nancy punched, as well as other violent incidents. There seems to Oliver purchased the crumbling old school with hopes be nice spirits in the old school, but also ones that don’t want of restoring the place and making it their home. It soon others in there and will do what became obvious that they were they can to get them out of there. not in the building alone. ancy was startled Visitors have told many Over the decades, students by the sight of an strange stories about the school, and employees had reported including hearing disembodied hearing voices and slamming apparition of a young boy voices, phantom footsteps, doors, as well as seeing strange knocking, tapping and ringing sounds, cries, yells, laughfigures in the hallways and stairwells. The Olivers put little ter, and even sightings of full-body apparitions. stock in such stories until one day when Nancy became unsteady on some stairs and felt a solid hand on her Will you be adding your own accounts and evidence shoulder that helped her catch her balance. She turned to to the Haunting at the Farrar Schoolhouse? Do you have the nerve to spend the night at this haunted location? thank her husband for help only to find there was no one there! Since that time, the Olivers — and others — have had many other strange experiences. For More Information While walking in the gymnasium one day, Nancy Check out the Farrar School Website at www.hauntingatfarrar.com for information, history, photographs, and was startled by the sight of the apparition of a young boy upcoming events at the School. standing near the top of the steps. The school was later To book an investigation, contact Nancy at (515) visited, out of the blue, by two women, one of whom 577-4213 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you want a claimed to be psychic. After going through the school, guide on your investigations, you can request Seth Alne the woman spoke of several spirits of children that were of C.C.P.I. to join you. Seth has been to the school more still hanging around. She also had recorded the first EVPs than 30 times for investigations. Also psychic Jacqui Carcaptured in the school, which can be heard on the Farrar penter is able to join you on an investigation. school Website (www.hauntingatfarrar.com). The town of Farrar was eventually absorbed into Maxwell, Iowa, and the school was closed down. On May 3, 2002, another grand banquet was held in honor of the school and its alumni, and the schoolhouse closed its doors for the last time. The old school sat empty until December 2006 when the Olivers purchased the property in an attempt to revive the old school to host various events.
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Case Files Of The Unknown: Cryptids & Mythological Creatures
The Lusca: Sea Cryptid By Jill Stefko, Ph.D., Suite 101 Contributing Writer
he Lusca, a half-shark, half-octopus, man-eating cryptid, terrorized people around the Bahamas for decades. Did one’s corpse wash up near St. Augustine? On a November 1896 evening, two men were bicycling along the shore near St. Augustine, Florida, when they saw a huge carcass that was 23 feet long, 18 feet wide, four feet high, and appeared to have multiple appendages. They told Dr. Dewitt Webb, founder of the St. Augustine Historical Society and Institute of Science, about their discovery. He examined the corpse. Was it the legendary cryptid — the Lusca? The Lusca: Sea Cryptid The Bahamian island Andros has an array of what the natives call blue holes, formed during the prehistoric Ice Ages. Researchers discovered that they are an immense network of underwater caves, linking Andros’ lakes with
the Atlantic Ocean. According to legend, the Lusca, a hybrid octopus/shark, lives in and near these holes. These ferocious cryptids are said to be 75 to 200 feet long, have a shark’s sharp teeth, and feature octopus-like tentacles. Some of the eyewitnesses who survived Lusca attacks agree that the aforementioned description is accurate; others insist that this cryptid’s appearance is more like a squid/ eel creature. Witnesses claimed they saw fishermen’s’ boats being sucked beneath the surface by the blue holes and saw flotsam of these damaged boats rise to the surface.
Alleged Lusca’s Corpse Examined Webb photographed the silvery-pink hued creature’s body and procured samples. He noted that the three-anda-half-inch thick skin was axe-proof and estimated that the body weighed about six or seven tons. It took four horses and a team of people to drag it 40 feet from the beach to keep the body safe from the waves. Webb was convinced it was a type of unknown giant octopus, so he sent letters describing the carcass to many prominent scientists, including Professor Verrill at the National Museum, now the Smithsonian, in Washington, D.C. Verrill initially said the creature was a squid. When Webb sent him more information, he said it was an octopus. The professor refused to personally observe the corpse or provide money or resources to help preserve the body. He named the creature after himself, Octopus Giganteous Verrill. He changed his mind again after receiving tissue
sample, saying the body was probably a sperm whale’s head. Webb preserved as many samples of the corpse as he could before the sea washed the body away. Marine Biologists Examine Alleged Lusca’s Samples More than 50 years after the corpse’s discovery, Dr F.G. Wood and Dr. J.F. Gennaro Jr. discovered news items about the St. Augustine sea monster in old newspaper clippings. They were able to obtain samples that
Webb sent to Verrill. When the scientists examined the samples, they were able to deduce that the body was one of an enormous octopus, evidencing Webb was correct. Squid and octopi are cephalopods, a type of predatory mollusks. Tales of giant cephalopods have been told for centuries, but it’s only in the last one that scientific records have been kept. French fishermen recently claimed they were attacked by a many-legged sea creature. Marine biologists are constantly finding remains of squids that are larger than the previous ones. Currently, the largest giant squid was found in Antarctic waters in April 2003. The cephalopod was immature, but was about 50 feet long.
adherence to the scientific method and he had a substantial background in zoology. He classified water monsters in his 1968 book, In the Wake of Sea Serpents. The Times of London reported that the HMS Daedalus crew encountered a sea monster on November 10, 1901, in the South Atlantic. The serpentine creature was approximately 60 feet long and about 15 inches in diameter, with its head raised four feet above the water. It remained in sight for about 20 minutes. Sailors have reported seeing huge multi-tentacled sea monsters since ancient times. Norwegians called them Krakens. In the early days of the age of science, the idea of a Kraken was ridiculed, placed into the same category with mythical sea serpents, and generally ignored by scientists. The only evidence was beached carcasses. When several Lusca and Other Sea Cryptids carcasses of the beast washed ashore, scientists were forced What could the St. Augustine sea monster have been? to acknowledge that Krakens could be a reality. The marine biologists theorized that it was a huge octopus. There’s controversy about What about reports of the Lusca attacking fishermen’s boats near the size of the giant squid. Witnesses’ sightings and sucker the blue holes? Some oceanWhat could the scars on whales seem to eviographers postulate that what St. Augustine sea dence there are squids much people are mistaking for these monster have been? attacks may be a natural phelarger than beached carcasses nomenon caused by swift tidal indicate. Skepticism about giant squids’ existence has changes that suck the water back weakened. Some scientists theorize the Antarctic species into the blue holes, resulting in whirlpools that have the potential to pull swimmers and boats into their depths. of squid, Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, is much larger than When the currents reverse, a surge of water gushes the known giant squid. Perhaps, one day, a Lusca or other sea creature will be back into a pool, which could force wreckage to the surcaptured and the animal will be removed from the speculaface. While this theory might apply to some cases of mystive science of cryptozoology and put into the realm of zoolterious disappearances, it doesn’t account for the immense ogy, joining the ranks of living fossils, such as the coelacanth, tentacles and shark-like appearances witnesses describe. a fish, and the tuatara, a four-legged lizard-like reptile. The late Dr. Bernard Heuvelmans earned a Ph.D. in zoological sciences and is known as the Father of Originally published at http://suite101.com/article/lusca-stCryptozoology. His work was respected by the scientific augustine-and-bahamian-cryptid-a364121. community because his research was based on scrupulous
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Case Files Of The Unknown: Are We Alone?
Death in the Ural Mountains:
The Dyatlov Pass Incident By Chad Wilson
ver 50 years have passed since nine skiers from Ural Polytechnic Institute died a mysterious death in the Ural Mountains of Russia. The pass in which their bodies were found was named after the expedition’s leader, Igor Dyatlov. The destination of the expedition was Ortoten, a mountain located within the Ural range, however, the group never made it. Their progress was documented until February 2, 1959, via a diary that was found in the pass along with some undeveloped film. On February 2, the skiers were forced to camp on the slopes of Kholyat Savkhl, the appropriately named Mountain of the Dead. What happened that night remains a mystery. There has been various theories about what happened — an avalanche, military action, aliens — but to this day, exactly what befell the nine skiers is unknown. And there it might be forgotten, lost to the annals of history, if not for the presence of certain mitigating facts. Facts that impart an even deeper mystery to the skiers’ deaths. The controversy surrounding what actually happened on the Mountain of Death on February 2, 1959, persists even today, more than 50 years later. The Lone Survivor To begin the recounting of the story, one must go back to before that night. Originally, there were supposed to be 10 skiers. Yuri Yudin, the expeditions lone survivor, had taken ill when the group first started its march toward the mountain of Ortoten and had to return to Vizhai, the last settlement that far north. The rest of the group continued on — a decision that would prove fatal. To this day Yudin wonders what really happened to his friends and colleagues on that fateful night in February so long ago.
Pictured from left to right, Ludmila Dubinina, Rustem Slobodin, Alexander Zolotariov, and Zinaida Kolmogorova, posing in early 1959. Kolmogorova, 22, and Slobodin, 23, were found away from the camp site, although it appeared they had been trying to return to the camp when they died. Slobodin’s skull was fractured, but the injury was not considered fatal. Dubinina, 21, and Zolotaryov, 37, appeared to have suffered traumatic deaths. Their bodies were found buried under four meters of snow in a forest ravine. Dubinina and Zolotaryov had numerous broken ribs. Dubinina also had no tongue. The bodies, however, showed no external wounds.
Skiers setting up camp at about 5 p.m. on Feb. 2, 1959. Photo taken from a roll of film found at the camp of the Dyatlov Pass incident and annexed to the legal inquest that investigated the deaths. Photo taken February 2, 1959.
The Mountain of the Dead Kholat Syakhl, known as the Mountain of the Dead in the local Mansi language, was the appropriately named final destination of the group of nine skiers. It was so named because of legends telling of nine Mansi hunters who had camped overnight on the mountain, only to be found dead the next morning. No signs of violent death were found, and the mountain slipped into the category of haunted. This is where Dyatlov’s group found themselves set up for the night on the evening of February 2, 1959. It’s funny how the number nine is persistent in both cases. Why the group didn’t set up in the nearby forest is unknown. The trees would have afforded them better protection from the elements, but one would assume the skiers would have known that, being as experienced as they were. Some say it had become too dark to go any further, or that Dyatlov himself had decided that he would rather risk camping on the slope rather than lose the height the expedition had achieved. Still others think Dyatlov wanted to practice camping on an incline, experience that would come in handy once they reached Ortoten. Regardless of the reasons, a decision was made, and the group’s fate was sealed.
The Evidence Even more perplexing was the evidence in the case. The tent was half torn down with all of the group’s belongings, including their shoes, still inside the tent. The tent itself was cut open from the inside by a knife in such a way as to suggest that those within were in a panic and needed to get out quickly. The only traces of footsteps around the camp, and leading up and down the slope, were those of the skiers, and furthermore there was no evidence of a struggle. The first two bodies, those of Georgy Krivonischenko and Yury Doroshenko, were found underneath a towering pine within the edge of the nearby forest, in their underclothes, barefoot, and with their faces inexplicably tan. The remains of a small campfire were found nearby where the bodies of the two were laid out on primitive fur beds. The branches of the tree under which they lay broken off up to 16 feet high. The slope leading back to the camp presented its own mysteries, as this was where the bodies of Zina Kolmogorova, Rustem Slobodin, and Igor Dyatlov were found, oriented in such a way as to suggest that they were trying to make it back to the tent. They were more fully clothed than the two bodies found in the forest. These bodies also
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Case Files Of The Unknown: Are We Alone?
A view of the tent as the rescuers found it on February 26, 1959. The tent had been cut open from the inside, and most of the skiers had fled in socks or bare feet. Photo taken by Soviet authorities at the camp of the Dyatlov Pass incident and annexed to the legal inquest that investigated the deaths. Photo taken February 26, 1959.
exhibited strangely tanned faces. The cause of death for all five bodies found in the forest and on the slope was said to be hypothermia. It wasn’t until May 1959 that the bodies of the other four skiers were found in a ravine roughly 200 feet from the forest campfire location, buried under 13 feet of snow. The bodies were of skiers Nicolas Thibeaux-Brignollel, whose skull had been crushed; Ludmila Dubinina, who had numerous broken ribs and was missing her tongue; Alexander Zolotariov, who also had many broken ribs, and Alexander Kolevatov. None of the bodies showed any signs of external wounds, and a doctor who examined the bodies said the injuries they did have were similar to those that would be suffered in an impact comparable to that of a car crash. In essence, the doctor believed that the force of the blows had been too strong to have been inflicted by a human. Adding further to the mystery, a test of the clothing on the bodies revealed high levels of radiation. These four bodies were better dressed than the others found, suggesting that they had been given the clothing of the others to keep them warm. The Investigation The investigation into the unexplained deaths was closed after only a few months and seems to be incomplete. There was no apparent investigation into the condition of the skiers’ internal organs, or at least the investigation report did not mention any. This lack of investigation directly opposes that Yuri Yudin, the expedition’s lone survivor, remembered special boxes that contained the
skiers organs’ being sent somewhere for examination. The results of the investigation only served to compound the mystery surrounding the incident. According to the report, those who had not died from exposure were said, by the military, to have died from a compelling unknown force. Stranger still, when the files were reopened in 1990, portions of the report were found to be missing. So, instead of providing any concrete answers, the investigation only created more questions about what really happened. The Theories While there are few answers to what happened back in February 1959 along the Dyatlov Pass, there have been a few theories put forward. Some of these theories are as bizarre as the case itself, with others being more probable. In the end, it all boils down to what one is willing to believe and how far they are willing to stretch their sense of what is possible. The Mansi Some suggested that the local Mansi people, indigenous to the area, had for reasons unknown massacred the group of skiers. At first glance this theory might seem plausible, but after considering the evidence presented in the case — that there were no signs of the Mansi anywhere near the skiers’ camp — then the theory starts to fall apart. According to the investigation, the only footprints were of the expedition members. This included the camp itself and the slope to the forest. Also, there were no signs of a struggle at the scene. A final nail in the coffin, which makes this theory
dead in the water, was the fact that even though the mountain was deemed dangerous, it was not taboo or sacred to the Mansi people. In essence, the Mansi people would have had no reason to murder the nine skiers in the first place. Orange Lights: UFOs? Evidence presented by witnesses in the area includes reports of strange orange spheres floating in the sky above Kholat Syakhl on the night of February 2, 1959. These spheres were spotted by another group in the area who were camped roughly 30 miles to the south of the fated group. The chief investigator Lev Ivanov, who has since died, believed strongly that the orange spheres played a part in the death of the skiers. His theory puts forward the idea that one of the skiers had left the tent that night only to encounter one of the spheres. When his cries woke the others, they emerged only to have the sphere explode as they ran toward the imagined protection of the forest. This explosion, in turn, could have caused the serious injuries of the four skiers who had been found in the ravine and cracked Slobodin’s skull. The only problem with this theory is the fact that no evidence of such an explosion was found at Kholat Syakhl. An even more intriguing possibility does present itself, especially due to the secretive nature that the investigation was placed under. Maybe the orange spheres, if they actually existed, were not of alien origin, but manmade. This plays into the next theory, the military.
While not rock solid evidence that the whole incident was the military’s fault, it still leads one to believe that they somehow played a part. Add to that the radiation levels on some of the clothing and the level of secrecy assigned to the investigation, and cover up springs to mind. One of the prime proponents that speaks against any potential military involvement lies in the fact that while a missile fired from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakstan could have reached the campsite on Kholat Syakhl, military records show no missiles being launched at that time. This doesn’t preclude the use of other military equipment, such as the mysterious orange spheres. Avalanche One final theory involves the group suffering from a localized avalanche at their campsite. This might have even been caused by the group themselves, as pitching a tent on the slope could have provided just the weight needed to bring the side of the mountain directly above them down on their tent. The avalanche might not have happened until the group was tucked away for the night, filling the tent with snow and causing the quick escape through the side of the tent with a knife. Not knowing how bad the avalanche was, the group could have ran for the forest, only escaping with their own lives and whatever they carried on their back. Their friends injured or dead, the few surviving skiers could have drug the bodies with them to the forest where a fire was hastily built and the dead placed in the ravine. The others, though injured, were then placed on the mats made out of the branches from the tree. Once these two skiers died, an attempt was made to reach the camp and much-needed supplies and clothing. An endeavor that ended in death from exposure for the last three remaining expedition members, their bodies laying in the snow on the return trip to their wrecked tent.
Eyewitnesses spotted strange orange spheres floating in the sky ...
The Military The military has come under suspicion for causing the deaths of the nine skiers involved in the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Some think that the military had been performing weapons testing of some sort and might have inadvertently caused the deaths of the skiers. Two items seem to support this theory. The first is the presence of a cemetery of scrap metal found recently that suggests some kind of military experiments had taken place at Kholat Syakhl in the past. The second item was discovered by Yuri Yudin himself, the group’s sole survivor, and an ardent searcher for the truth of what happened to his friends. According to Yudin, he has seen documents that led him to the conclusion that an actual criminal investigation had been opened by the military on February 6, 1959. A full two weeks before the first body was found.
Conclusion It would seem the world might never know what really happened on Kholat Syakhl, the Mountain of the Dead, on the night of February 2, 1959. Were the deaths of these skiers the result of other-worldly forces? Or was the cause completely explainable? One thing is certain: What happened to the nine members of Dyatlov’s expedition to Ortoten has left an indelible impression upon the psyche of those involved in the investigation, family and friends of the deceases, and even individuals worldwide.
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A Hazardous Haunting: Part 2 By Barry E. Taff, Ph.D., http://barrytaff.net/ For Part 1 of this article, see our January 2013 issue.
n a number of occasions, Jackie came back down to San Pedro with her kids to visit family and friends. While staying at a local motel, Jackie had yet another indicator that these phenomena were far from being exhausted. After leaving the motel to get some dinner, she returned to find bright red writing all over the walls of her room. The words “mad” and “angry” were scrawled all over the walls of the room in broad marker pen. Jackie immediately called the manager who was angered by what he believed was little more than the product of a disturbed mind and promptly asked Jackie to leave the motel. This specific poltergeist event, the “wall writing,” is eerily similar to a scene in Robert Wise’ film The Haunting (Fox, 1963), which was based on Shirley Jackson’s book The Haunting of Hill House. I wonder how much research Jackson did before writing her novel? Or, is this a case of life imitating art? Isn’t it interesting how various aspects of Jackie’s unconscious keeps manifesting itself in a physical manner? How would anyone feel who had their existence turned upside down and left homeless due to conditions and events they had absolutely no control over? I suspect that the words “mad” and “angry” certainly represented the way Jackie was then feeling about her life? More on Jackie’s unconscious projections later. Ever-Present Phenomena Continues Following continually escalating paranormal episodes, especially anomalous light formations, Jackie returned to San Pedro in July 1990 and moved into an apartment about a mile from where she originally lived. Her new apartment was very small and had to be shared with her two young children and, of course, the ever-present phe-
nomena. Almost immediately, the psychokinetic movement of books, furniture, appliances, etc., began and continued for many months. While entering her bedroom early one morning, Jackie spotted several large glowing masses of light hovering over the carpet close to the floor. Immediately grabbing a 35 mm camera (which Barry Conrad had given her for such occasions), she was able to capture some of the most incredible photographs of luminous anomalies ever documented. One photo clearly displays three brightly illuminated “masses” of light. Each appears to be a point source of light, with defined edges. These brilliant luminous anomaDr. Barry Taff, at left, and Barry Conrad discuss their San Pedro case investigation with LA Now host Pamela Suzanne in 1991.
lies were clearly overlapping while simultaneously casting shadows over each other. The lights depicted true, threedimensional properties that could not be achieved without the use of sophisticated optical printing technology. Jackie had absolutely no access to such advanced computerized generated imaging and over-the-counter Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) was not even available at that time These luminous anomalies looked exactly like solid objects (perhaps plasma), occupying three-dimensional space as opposed to a two dimensionally projected light source. It looked as though you could literally reach out your hand and touch them. It is very apparent that these light sources are selfluminous and were sufficiently bright to clearly illuminate the carpet beneath them. Oddly, the light emitted by these objects appeared to only be directed downward onto the carpet and toward Jackie and the camera, but not backward toward the wall behind them. In fact, they were so
luminous that the camera’s flash was not used to photograph them. These lights are indeed of high strangeness. Not long after this incident, Jackie again spotted strange lights, this time hovering just beneath the ceiling of her kitchen. She was again fast enough to capture these with her camera. The photographs reveal what looks like a plasma, convoluting and twisting, eventually separating into several different elemental components, then diffusing and dissipating into nothingness. The Case Takes an Even Stranger Turn At this time, the case took on an even stranger turn that was not only frightfully disturbing but also contradicted almost everything we appeared to know about these types of phenomena. On several occasions, after Jackie had visited Conrad at his apartment in Studio City, violent poltergeist phenomena erupted after her departure. The stove’s gas burners repeatedly turned themselves on (in fact, during one outbreak, a film crew from Fox TV’s A Current Affair were present interviewing us (Conard, Wheatcraft, and this author) about the case. Later, on another date, a box of bullets, which Conrad normally kept safely hidden in the closet, found its way to the stove where the burners spontaneously ignited. Various pieces of furniture began moving around. At one point, Conrad found his cordless phone handset on top of a lampshade and a bottle of liquid paper was seen floating through the kitchen. The manual and electronic controls of Conrad’s video editing bay began reacting to the touch of unseen hands: levers being pulled and buttons being pushed (this
was recorded on video tape). Various items in the refrigerator were turned upside down. Windows exploded, sending shards of glass flying inward and outward. A large pair of scissors began apporting around the apartment and repeatedly ended up under Conrad’s pillow, just before or after sleeping. Not exactly a comforting thought, and not a point you want to get, if you will excuse the pun. On another occasion, the scissors actually ripped through Conrad’s pillow while he slept, waking him instantly. On another afternoon, while attempting to capture some of this activity on videotape, Wheatcraft, whose camera was rolling, was again attacked. Something struck him hard on his back, sending him flying forward in a somersault. Fortunately, the bed in front of him broke his fall. Examining Wheatcraft’s back immediately after the incident revealed a large, deep scratch or welt, resembling that of an animal’s claw scratch. Whatever this phenomenon was, it certainly did not like Wheatcraft.
The stove’s gas burners repeatedly turned themselves on ...
The Cause of the Strange Attacks When Conrad tried to videotape these outbreaks, his camera would frequently have strange, unaccountable smears or smudges over the lens, as if from a grease pencil. As with many of the other phenomena, we were never able to determine the cause. These psychokinetic outbreaks resulted in frantic phone calls from Conrad to me at about 1 a.m. It’s one thing to go out to someone else’s home to investigate these strange occurrences, it’s another to come back home, to a supposedly safe and secure environment, and discover that you have brought the phenomena home with you. I do not believe for one second that a ghost or discar-
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nate intelligence followed Conrad back to his apartment to wreak havoc. It is far more likely that these occurrences were the result of some aspect of psychokinetic activity. Remember, that these PK outbreaks occurred only after Jackie visited Conrad’s apartment. Two different theories might account for such phenomena. One possibility is that the PK might have capacitor-like properties associated with it. That when a poltergeist agent (Jackie, in this case) visited the proper environment, the localized geomagnetic and/or electromagnetic environment literally charges up that “special occupant,” which is then later discharged somehow by the same person in a secondary environment, which is when phenomena occurs. The other theory is that PK has a quasi-biological nature associated with it, sort of like when you have a bad cold or the flu. When you go over to a friend’s house you unwittingly and unwillingly deposit a considerable amount of your airborne/sweat-based bacteria or virus into your friend’s environment, and even though you eventually leave, your friend can get ill from what you have left behind.
data strongly suggests. As the operant mechanism underlying psychokinesis is not known, neither of these two theories can be tested, proven nor disproven. However, one thing that is known is that Conrad had never before experienced any form of psychokinesis in his own environment, and when Jackie stopped visiting him and/or his apartment, the outbreaks totally ceased. Thus, on the surface, it seems that we might have a causal connection here, even though phenomena did not erupt following every one of Jackie’s visit (given the transient nature of this phenomenon, that’s expected).
Lending some degree of support to this particular hypothesis is the fact that on the last occasion when phenomena broke out in Conrad’s apartment, Jackie, while present, did not even enter it. She simply picked up a camera from Conrad that he delivered to her outside in her car. But Conrad did have physical contact with Jackie, which might account for the “paranormal contagion.” Might not such a unique infective psychokinetic agent be labeled a “psycho-virus?” As odd as this sounds, remember, your theory must fit your data! And this is what the
In his efforts to console Jackie and assist her in overcoming her terrible situation(s), he rapidly became a close personal friend. However, Jackie grossly misinterpreted Conrad’s affable, magnanimous nature. She developed a strong romantic interest in him (well, he does bear a striking resemblance to a youthful Elvis Presley). Later, Jackie’s current boyfriend threatened Conrad and this author under the delusion that we were making money off this investigation that we were not sharing with Jackie and him. Jackie’s boyfriend was very jealous of Con-
The Possibility of Psychokinetic Attacks There is yet another, even more intriguing aspect to the psychokinetic attacks on Wheatcraft and the outbreaks of phenomena at Conrad’s apartment. During the course of this investigation, Conrad developed into far more than a paranormal investigator in relation to Jackie Hernandez, at least as far as Jackie was concerned.
rad, as he was aware of Jackie’s strong attraction to him. For the aforementioned reasons, Jackie might have unconsciously viewed Wheatcraft, Conrad’s best friend at the time and associate videographer/photographer, as a threat to her desired closeness to Conrad. As such, her psychokinesis might have repeatedly lashed out at Wheatcraft in an effort to remove him from Conrad’s environment. It’s as if in her own unconscious mind, Jackie was trying to get rid of her competition, which in her distorted thought process, she believed to be Wheatcraft. Down deep, Jackie probably thought that if Wheatcraft were no longer around, she would not have to vie as hard for Conrad’s attention. Remember, most of the time when Conrad came to Jackie’s aid, Wheatcraft was with him. There is another, more disturbing possibility as to why Wheatcraft was repeatedly attacked throughout the investigation of this case. If one gives any credence to the information emanating from the Ouija board session up in Weldon, the one where Jeff was levitated and almost killed, there may be a very simple answer. During this Ouija Board session, the question was posed to whatever entity was present as to whether it hated anyone. The board immediately, although not surprisingly, spelled out the name “Jeff.” When asked why the entity hated Jeff, the board responded by “saying” that Jeff had the likeness of his murderer. Further questioning asked whether it was a ghost. And if so, how many of them existed. The reply was anything but simplistic. In fact, it was quite melodramatic; “Phantoms fill the skies around you!” Certainly direct, but a little over the top, wouldn’t you say? Or maybe, this was the only cryptic manner in which the psychokinetic projection from Jackie’s unconscious could communicate through primary process? Interestingly, when I discussed this theory with Jackie during the taping of the tabloid TV show Hard Copy, she openly agreed with virtually every aspect of it. However, even if the experienced phenomena were and are in some manner an extension of her libidinous psyche projected against Wheatcraft, this is almost unheard of in terms of its specificity and focus. Or is it? Remember “The Entity” case? Needless to say, this banter never made it through editing of the show, as the segment producer hadn’t the foggiest notion of what I was talking about. If memory serves me correct, the producer said something to the effect of: “So you think Jackie’s somehow telling the ghost what to do and he does it?” Yeah, right?
Who Are Herman Hendrickson and John Damon? Even if we accept this psychological hypothesis, it does not answer any questions regarding the real nature of the phenomena encountered here. Again citing the most extraordinary example: The last time Jackie came by Conrad’s apartment, she never even entered it. Conrad ran out to her waiting car to deliver a camcorder he lent her to videotape phenomena if it appeared. She certainly could not have capacitively charged Conrad’s apartment all the way from the street corner (although she could have affected Conrad himself with a psychovirus) unless our fundamental concepts regarding the proximity effect of psychokinesis are totally wrong. Making this case even more convoluted is the belief by Jackie and others that the phenomena are, in fact, the direct result of a literal haunting by men named Herman Hendrickson and John Damon, the latter who allegedly once resided in Jackie’s 11th Street San Pedro house. Apparently, Jackie believed that during several Ouija board sessions the ghost revealed that he was born in 1912 and was murdered in 1930 at the hands of a friend who was supposedly attempting to steal his wife away. With that information, old newspaper reports were discovered in the hall of records chronicling the death of a wandering merchant marine, Herman Hendrickson, whose body was found floating under a pier in San Pedro on March 25, 1930. Further reinforcing this belief was Jackie’s claim that on one evening she followed another enigmatic, although seemingly benign, ghost light to the grave of John Damon in a local cemetery, only half a mile from where she lived. Now if we assume that, in reality, she did not simply locate the burial site of Damon on her own and lie about it in the attempt to obtain closure on this case, then this event takes on a very important significance. However, by this point in time, Jackie was so confused that she literally blamed and explained anything and everything she did not understand on the “ghosts,” a typical overreaction common in these types of cases. Meanwhile, back in reality, it turns out that Hendrickson was 10 years older than Jackie’s Ouija board revealed. He had a jagged wound on the top of his head, and the coroner ruled that he had drowned. Authorities determined that the seaman had not been murdered but had sustained the wound when he fell off the dock while intoxicated. Unfortunately, these discrepancies did not dissuade Jackie from believing that Hendrickson was one
During a Ouija board session, Jeff was levitated and almost killed.
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Case Files Of The Unknown: Haunted History of the two ghosts that had latched onto her. denly were unable to do anything, as many of the systems To make matters worse, the second ghost’s identity is inexplicably shut down. Therefore, none of the slides or even more problematic. Jackie and her friends said they tapes supplied to the show by us ever aired. This problearned from talking to old-time San Pedro residents that lem became so annoying that Rivers even referred to it her bungalow was built by a man named John Damon. momentarily during the taping. They assumed he was the old man who appeared to Another similar incident that may be psychokinetiJackie on her trip to the bathroom and at the dining room cally related was when Conrad, Jackie, and I were leavtable, although there was no hard evidence that he, in fact, ing Los Angeles International Airport the day before died in the house or even lived there. the River’s show. For reasons that the airline never quite As a parapsychologist, my attitude on this matter determined, the initial aircraft we were going to fly to New is very simple and straightforward. If there were phoYork refused to function properly. tographs available of Herman Hendrickson and John The subsequent delays pushed our departure time Damon that happened to bear a striking resemblance to from 8:30 a.m. to 12:47 p.m. This event may or may not the observed apparitions, that be directly related to the others might lend some credence to cited herewith, but it certainly this line of imaginative thinking. cannot be ignored. To lock the entire matter down would require clear, An Interesting Sidebar distinct photographs of the apAn interesting sidebar to paritions seen by Jackie (don’t this particular case emerged apwe wish) that when compared proximately 12 years ago when to photos of Hendrickson and Conrad was talking to the womDamon were objectively deteran who cleans his house. The mined to be the same physical conversation eventually led appearance. That, and only around to his interest in ghosts. that, would serve as semi-hard The cleaning lady related a evidence. Short of that, the story to Conrad that tentatively precise nature of the phenomsupports the haunting angle ena afflicting Jackie Hernandez of this case as opposed to the remains in question. poltergeist one. In 1997, cameraman Jeff Wheatcraft talked to Channel 10 KGTV about how he was hung in the attic by an Back in the first few weeks unseen assailant while investigating Jackie Hernandez’ of 1989, the cleaning lady Odd Happenings on the San Pedro, California, home. Joan Rivers Show lived only a couple of blocks Another fascinating tale away from Jackie’s 11th Street arising out of this case happened when Conrad, Wheatbungalow in San Pedro. While residing there, she claims craft, Jackie, and I appeared on The Joan River’s Show to have been harassed by the apparition of an elderly man wearing the same clothes Jackie described during her in spring 1993. Nothing significant occurred during the numerous apparitional encounters. actual taping of our segments of the show (it never does in In fact, point-for-point, the physical description of the these types of programs). However, when Jackie initially two apparitions was identical in virtually every detail. The entered the New York production studio, various psychocleaning woman’s experience occurred just several weeks kinetic events began. prior to those of Jackie’s. Is there a connection? Initially, the show’s computers were supposed to print Inasmuch as the cleaning lady’s experience occurred out several hard copies of the transcribed interviews with long before there was any media exposure on this case, Jackie and the rest of us for Joan to refer to while on the it’s safe to assume that she was not fabricating or simply lyair. When the computers started printing, all that aping, especially since those apparitional encounters forced peared on the paper was unintelligible gibberish. her to move from San Pedro to Playa Del Rey. During the course of the taping (which in itself was From an anthropomorphic perspective, it almost quite difficult to endure because Joan Rivers refused to sounds as if something akin to a “paranormal predator” deal with any of us without cracking one of her feeble was canvassing the San Pedro area for a victim around the attempts at humor), the facilities that control the introbeginning of 1989. Assuming for one moment that this duction of slides and videotapes during the show sud-
belief or scenario is anything other than an intriguing fantasy, the phenomena might have first attempted to “infect” the cleaning lady in question, but was unsuccessful. It then may have moved on to Jackie Hernandez, or should I say, Hazard (her maiden name), where its effects speak for themselves. The above sidebar strongly smacks of a virus or bacteria/virus-like life form that seeks out an intended prey, attaches itself to them, and then proceeds to use the host’s biological energy for its own needs. As discussed earlier, this might also account for the instances where psychokinetic storms broke out at Conrad’s house after Jackie visited, even though on one occasion she had not even entered his apartment. This would also take into account the mini-psychokinetic maelstroms that broke out at both Wheatcraft’s and Gary Boehm’s homes (although Jackie had never visited either location) after they spent the better part of an evening at Jackie’s house. The possibility that certain types of phenomena have a contagious nature cannot be ignored. The only researcher who did not have any phenomena occur in his home environment was this author. Now admittedly, I did not spend anywhere near as much time around Jackie as did Conrad and/or Wheatcraft, nor was there the
emotional association between this writer and Conrad as there was with Wheatcraft for Jackie to fixate upon. However, there may be a more simple explanation for the phenomena avoiding me. Of all the individuals investigating this “hazardous” case, I was the only one who did not display any form of fear regarding the phenomena. As skeptical as Wheatcraft was, and as incredibly curious as Conrad was, they both had very low “fight or flight” thresholds. Perhaps, this quasi-biological energy could sense fear (much as an animal can) and was drawn to those individuals generating prodigious amounts of adrenalin and who were thus reacting more intensely. Could it be that such terrified individuals offer more binding receptors for such a quasi-biologic energy to react with? Further complicating matters in this incredibly convoluted case is yet another twist, one that forces us to give even more serious consideration to a haunting being responsible for these events ...
This incredibly convoluted case has yet another twist ...
Stay tuned for Part 3 of this article in our next issue. The above content was republished from Dr. Barry Taff’s book, “Aliens Above, Ghosts Below: Explorations of the Unknown,” available at www.amazon.com.
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Demonology — The Dark Files
Why Do Demons Attack Certain People? By Bishop Jerry Williams, Eastside Paranormal Society & Demonologist
ello everyone, I’m demonologist Bishop Jerry Williams. This month I wanted to cover some very interesting points on what some people ask me in e-mails. Some common questions asked include: “Jerry, why do people have demons around them?” and “Why do demons attack these people?” This can happen when a person invites a demon into their life by accident or when someone does paranormal investigation and they don’t realize that the spirit they have been talking to is a demon in disguise. Now, don’t let me make this out to be that paranormal investigating is wrong, because it’s not. I support investigating all the time. However, there are times when someone purchases property, like land or furniture, that a demon has attached itself to. Let us say for argument sake that you move into a home and find there is some activity going. You then find out it’s not a ghost haunting the property, but a demon. Why Does a Demon Reside at a Location The question is how did it get there? This is when a good background of the property may uncover possible witchcraft or occult magic that could have lured the demon into that location. So, one explanation for a demon residing within a location is that someone invited it into their life. So what happens next? The demon can lay in a sleep state for as long as it wants. But once it awakes, it can cause activity throughout the home. Activity that can indicate a demonic haunting includes hearing three knocks on a wall, the mocking of the trinity, making threats, and even sometimes throwing religious items, such as the Bible, across the floor. I have personally seen crosses of Jesus go upside down as if the demon is making fun of and mocking Jesus. “Diabolic infestation” is when a property or home is
1781 oil painting by Anglo-Swiss artist Henry Fuseli.
infested with demons. “Diabolic obsession” explains when a person obsesses about demons all around them, as if it drives them crazy. “Diabolic oppression” is the gravest form of demonic attacks, targeting our free will. This type of oppression attacks your mind, body, and soul. The spiritual side of you goes into a sleep state, the psychological state becomes diminished, and then the demon attacks you physically. It attempts to wear you down through malnutrition, lack of sleep, etc., for weeks and even months in an effort to make you give in. The demon will continue to attack your state of awareness by making you think that everyone is against you or even through suicidal tendencies. There are many layers of oppression, and it can go on for a very long time. The demon is basically toying with you.
Finally, there is “possession.” This is where the demon is in complete control of your body, you are submissive to them, and the fight within your own spirit begins. I know this all sounds like some fiction novel, but I can promise you that it is not.
wanted to take what God gave us away, free will and the image and likeness of him, our God. If you wonder why a demon attacks certain people, consider the information above and ask what might have invited these legions into the area. If you have a question, please e-mail me at email@example.com. If your question is selected, I will publish it, as well as send you a free gift.
When you go out to investigate, remember to say a protective prayer.
Protecting Yourself While on an Investigation When you go out to investigate, remember to take a minute to say a protective prayer. If you go to a location that is possibly haunted only to find that there is 100% factual evidence that demons are there, leave that area and call a demonologist to assist you. If you choose to continue to investigate knowing that demons inhabit that location, then you might end up giving up what God has given to you, your free will. This is why demons hate us so much. Lucifer and all his minions
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Demonology — The Dark Files
By Chris Conlon, Demonologist
any horror buffs are familiar with the 1973 movie The Exorcist, which depicts the demonic possession of a teenage girl and the efforts of her mother and two priests to save her. But few people know the true story behind The Exorcist, which actually centers on a boy from Maryland who was possessed during the 1940s. What you are about to read is the true story behind the classic movie The Exorcist. The True Story Behind The Exorcist This story begins in a small town in Maryland. The year is 1949. At the age of 13, a boy who we will call Rob was under supernatural attack by forces he couldn’t see. It started with noises in the attic and the shaking of his bed, and it escalated to scratches on his body appearing from thin air.
In the demonology field we would call this “demonic oppression.” But what would cause this? Growing up, Rob had a lot of influences on his life. One major impact to this young lad was his Aunt, whom we’ll call Tille. Aunt Tille had a growing fascination with the occult and witchcraft. She would utilize the Ouija board to communicate with the other side many times during her rituals and communications with the beyond. And her nephew Rob would be present and often help. January 29, 1949, Aunt Tille suddenly passed away from pneumonia. She also had a chronic condition called multiple sclerosis. The death of Aunt Tille devastated Rob, but he knew that there was a way to remain in communication with her spirit through the Ouija board. Rob began to use the board in hopes to communicate with Tille. To Rob’s astonishment, he was able to communicate through this board. The spirit that was communicating with him went by the name Tille. This communication went on for weeks as a nightly ritual. Rob would attempt to communicate with the spirit of his deceased aunt. Spirit Communication Turns into Disturbing Activity One night after a communication session, Rob was upstairs getting ready for bed when he started to hear noises coming from the attic. He called for his mother. “Ma!” She replied, “What do you need Rob?” “There are noises coming from within the attic that sound like claws on the floor!” Rob’s mother answered, “Rob, it’s probably a rodent and nothing more.”
As time went on, Rob would hear noises in his bedroom and have very vivid nightmares. But one night Rob went through an event unlike any other night. As he was laying down for bed, he began to feel a minor vibration on his mattress. As he was calling for his mother, the bed began to shake more violently. The event lasted about one minute and was also seen by his mother. She now believed something was going on and that there was some sort of attack against her son by a force she could not see. She went to a friend of the family who was a Lutheran pastor. She told him her son may be in danger and explained to the pastor how the bed was shaking and how Rob had been having lucid outbursts with cursing. The pastor advised her to let Rob spend the night with him so he could observe Rob over night.
within the boy. The pastor advised the mother that what he had witnessed was beyond anything he knew about. He told Rob’s mother to consult with the Catholics. In the meantime, while waiting to get a Catholic priest over to the house, Rob’s mother was advised to bring the boy in for a mental and medical evaluation. Now I am going to stop here for this month’s column, but I want to share my thoughts as to what was going on with Rob. The stages of possession are oppression, depression, and possession. The boy showed symptoms of oppression already with the bed shaking and lucid dreaming. The depression lay within the mother and son, both feeling like they were alone and feeling as if no one believed them. However, there was not much depression in this case as far as I am aware of. The possession happened very quickly. Another thing I want to point out is that the boy was misdirected with the Ouija board. He thought he was talking with his aunt. Next month I will get into the Catholics’ response and more about what the Lutheran pastor experienced.
The boy’s bed levitated up off the ground.
The Stages of Possession As Rob lie sleeping in the bed under the observation of the pastor, it is documented that the boy’s bed levitated up off the ground. Also witnessed were manifestations
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Inside the Psychic Mind
Remote Viewing & Uninvited Visits From the Paranormal By William Becker, Paranormal Insights & Northwest Ghost Tours
wo areas that people often ask me about are remote viewing and whether or not we should take entities home with us — invited or not! There are several ways to remote view. Some people tend to go to a location; others tend to bring the location to them. And some do both. Each person is different, and we each have our own internal manual on how our psychic abilities work. That’s a major part of the focus in the teaching I do — assisting people find what their unique, individual process is. For me, bringing the location to me in a sense is the most natural and easiest way to remote. I don’t drop into people’s living room and see what they’re watching on television! I mostly work with the dead or with entities that are non-human, i.e., the paranormal!
Remote Viewing Techniques People tell me about a place, show me a photo, mention a location casually, and I start to “read” it. It’s like a photo/video with the history and the entities affecting the location. And if the living are part of the cause of the paranormal activity, they also show up. I particularly enjoy “reading” a location mentioned on a radio or television show before the activity, history, or issues of the location are revealed. It’s something of a
challenge and way to confirm my own abilities and those of the show. Sometimes what I get is a different layer of energy and entities than what is being presented in the program. Sometimes, like all psychics, I don’t get anything. No one is always right all the time! Sometimes the information and pictures I pick up seem to be too corny to be real — like a bad B movie. Well, I’ve learned not to discount those readings. Often they are the most targeted and specific! In one case, a friend mentioned a location in a town far from where I live. I said there’s a cement block wall in front of the rock wall, the tunnel entrance is over here, the treasure is there, and the body is in this location. Well, the cement block wall was in front of the rock wall, the tunnel entrance was where I saw it, the location had been used to hide stolen goods, and considering the characters involved and the people who disappeared or were killed, there probably was or had been a body. No one had looked. Take Caution When Remote Viewing I don’t recommend “remoting” to people new to using their psychic gifts, and especially not until they are well versed in protecting themselves. Whether you travel to the location or bring it to you, if you can see
them, they can see you. And, they can follow you back through the energy and connection you create with the place. It’s like a bridge. I’m always ready to burn the bridge, repel unwelcome guests, and keep them from visiting me. You might ask, if the entities seem benevolent, why keep them away? Well, just like the living, the dead and other paranormal entities can lie. Just because they tell you one thing doesn’t mean it’s true. I used to get after a friend of mine who often would invite entities that seemed friendly, especially children, to come visit. This friend eventually understood the possible problems that could result from inviting even seemingly friendly entities to visit, and they do not make the invitation anymore! There can be exceptions. Once you spend a good deal of time with specific entities at the location they usually inhabit, it’s easier to determine if they really are who they present themselves to be, as well as if they have someone tagging along with them that might not be welcome!
How to Keep Entities From Going Home With You How do I keep entities from coming home with me or coming to visit on their own? Rocky Smith, of Northwest Ghost Tours, started a process we use after each tour that includes telling the entities they can’t visit us. I use a similar process after investigations and after my classes. When we do investigations or work on communicating with paranormal entities, we are asking them to be active and to communicate with us. We must set the limits and boundaries or else that can seem an open invitation to them! Please feel free to write to me with topics or comments you’d like covered in this column. My e-mail address is email@example.com. My Website is www.paranormalinsights.net. And don’t forget! The Oregon Ghost Conference is March 8-10 in the very haunted and historic Oregon City! For information, vendor info, or table applications, send me an e-mail!
I don’t recommend “remoting” to people new to using their psychic gifts.
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Inside the Psychic Mind
The Process Of Becoming Psychic By Jackie Chin, http://psychicconnextions.blogspot.com/
ometimes it comes in flash — quick pictures, pieces of a puzzle that don’t quite make sense. Sometimes it’s a smell of a whiff of flowers, cologne, or cigars. Sometimes it’s buzzing, nausea, or a whirling feeling. No matter how it occurs, it is very likely that spirit is sending a message. In this piece I will offer some insight into how spirit makes itself known to those who are willing to listen. Signs That Your Psychic Abilities Are Becoming Active One thing that most people notice right away is their sleep patterns start to change when they are encountering spirit. Many times it can be misconstrued as a symptom of stress; however, if you wake up feeling like you have been somewhere else physically or wake up more than a few times per night feeling like you must write down something, talk to someone, or have an idea that you just can’t let go of, then you probably are experiencing spirit (having a paranormal experience). Is the top of your crown (crown chakra) or your third eye chakra warm, tingling, or cooler than normal, or does it feels like it is being physically tapped on? If the answer is yes to any of these situations, then you are probably experiencing spiritual energy. Normally this will not occur unless you ask your spiritual guides to assist in allowing you to become more intently aware of spiritual activity around you. It is important to take notes with regard to this activity and change in sleep patterns to give you a basic understanding of how spirit will use your resting time for your benefit. If you find that you are having way too much information given to you (spirit is all energy and does not process information like we do in smaller waves of
energy), then you can ask to have smaller sessions, or completely stop them for a while. Although it’s very interesting to those who are new to the vibration of spirit, it can be very overwhelming. So take things in small steps, and process them at your rate of comfort. It generally takes 21 days to make or break a pattern, although everyone is at their own level and it may take less or longer to adjust. Are you experiencing odd sensations at the crown? Intense itching, tingling, crawling, tapping sensations are all a part of your spiritual body becoming awakened. That soft spot at the very top of your head is where your direct connection to spirit is formed from the time you were born until you leave this physical world. It is seen as your spiritual lifeline, not unlike that of an umbilical cord and
the connection to mother and child. It is at this point where spirit will enter into your physical awareness. So, when it becomes active you will experience a prickly sensation at first. It will then evolve with your education. Think on this as information download, and be aware of your physical space. Tell spirit when you have had enough. You will also notice that when you are out in public sometimes you will feel that buzzy feeling. This is a spirit’s way of telling you to pay attention. You can be fully satisfied that spirit is paying attention.
or light? It is not your imagination, but your spiritual awareness that has changed. Many begin to see auras around living things, such as plants, animals, and people. This is because your personal vibration has raised so much so that you are truly becoming more sensitive. Colors will appear more vibrant to you, and you may also begin to see outlines of geometric shapes. Also, your peripheral vision will become more advanced, and you will begin to see your guides at first as, perhaps, misty in color, but later in full form if you so desire.
The Emotions Associated With a Psychic Awakening Are your emotions seemingly out of control? Do you experience crying jags that come over you unexpectedly? Do others notice that your moods swing widely without cause? Do you feel intense pressure on your chest while experiencing these emotional feelings? There is often an intense emotional roller coaster that stems from the onset of spiritual awareness. Once you have declared that you are not experiencing an emotional meltdown, which would require professional guidance from a psychologist and/or a medical doctor, you can then move on to a more esoteric level. Spirit does not always take into account human levels of emotion or the fact that we don’t process things as fast
You Are Always in Control of Your Psychic Self No matter what happens, you are in control of where your spiritual gifts go. If you feel at any time you are seeing things you don’t want to see, tell spirit, “I don’t want to do this anymore.” If you feel that you want to advance more, you can ask your guides to show you more things in your dream time, meditation, or other quiet time. It is very important to develop all three sides to your being: mind, body and spirit, and to neglect any of these will eventually cause you to lose sight of why you are really here. You’re a spiritual being experiencing a human existence. It is your purpose to learn as much about compassion, love, and understanding of the human species as you
as they do, so it can be quite overwhelming to go through painful memories at a fast rate. Remember you can tell spirit, “Hey, I need more time to process,” and they will back off. The reason why they want you to move through quickly is that once you have rid yourself of your personal burdens, which many times can cause physical ailments, you will have more time to work on spiritual matters. Are you becoming more sensitive to touch, taste, smell,
possibly can so that one day you will teach others to rise up and walk in peace. Author’s note: Many of the above aspects of spiritual activity can also be equated to emotional dysfunctions, so take care to make sure you speak with your doctor if you feel there is something more going on than a spiritual awakening. For questions regarding this topic, or any other paranormal question, e-mail me at SacrdLite@aol.com.
You are in control of where your spiritual gifts go.
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The Ostrich Inn:
Third Oldest Pub in the U.K. By Rick E. Hale, Foundations Psychical Research
lood-thirsty serial killers are not a recent phenomena. Murderers who victimize their fellow man have always been among us. And the events that transpired at England’s Ostrich Inn in the 14th Century is proof that monsters, the human kind, have always walked among us. Located in the charming little village of Colnbrook in the U.K. sits The Ostrich Inn. This establishment can trace its history back to the year 1165 when it was a popular coaching inn for the London to Bath stage route. For nearly 200 years men and woman could find three hots and a cot. That was until a new landlord took over named Jarman. Jarman and his wife took a special interest in the wealthy. In fact, the rich who booked a stay at the Inn under Jarman’s watch more than likely never made it London. Well, not alive anyway. Murderous Shenanigans Jarman had a reputation for being loud, brash, and somewhat abusive, so his neighbors weren’t all that surprised when he was exposed as a ruthless, moneyhungry killer. Jarman despised the rich because they had what he didn’t, money. So he devised a plan to dispose of the rich to get his hands on their wealth. Jarman spotted a rich man the second they came into the inn. He would offer them powerful drink and his best room. When he was sure the target was passed out drunk in the room, he would unscrew a couple bolts in the ceiling of the room below. The unsuspecting victim would slip out of the bed and fall down into a boiling vat of greasy fat. The drunken victims never knew what hit them. Jarman would then take their belongings and sell them to local gypsies. However, all great and sinister plans must come to
an end. The jig was up when one of the intended victims was not drunk enough. The victim got up to go to the bathroom and was shocked as he watched the bed tip and the floor opened up to reveal a boiling vat in the room below. Some records say Jarman was hung and drawn and quartered for his foray into class warfare. Haunted Reports From The Ostrich Inn Although the days of greedy Jarman have long since passed, some of the ghosts of his victims have stuck
around. Thomas Cole, one of Jarman’s victims, has been seen by employees and visitors alike hanging around the room where he was dispatched to his final reward. A woman dressed in Victorian-style clothing has been seen wandering the main floor of the inn. However, both these specters appear to be completely harmless and want to be left alone. But a third more menacing ghost hates the employees and makes that very clear. Employees of The Ostrich Inn have reported coming into contact with a dark, menacing figure. Some believe this dark figure is Jarman, the murderous landlord. Those who come into contact with him have been hit and scratched, and one employee claims that the dark figure pushed her down the stairs. When she looked up she could see the figure standing at the top of the stairs smiling and laughing as it faded away.
By all appearances, The Ostrich Inn is your typical ancient inn. If you happen to be in Colnbrook, you may want to raise a pint and have a good night’s sleep. Just don’t sleep in the room where Jarman did his nefarious deeds, because the trap door still works and you may not like what you find below. The Ostrich Inn is located on High Street, Colnbrook, Nr Slough, Berks, SL3 0JZ. For more information, visit www.theostrichcolnbrook.co.uk. Historical Spotlight: Other historical visitors to The Ostrich Inn include Dick Turpin, who used the Inn as a hideout, escaping the Bow Street Runners by jumping out of a window. Also, King John was rumored to have stopped at The Inn on the way to Runnymede to sign the Magna Charta. (Source: www.theostrichcolnbrook.co.uk)
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Crystals & Herbology: Mystical Etchings From A Medicyn Woman’s Grimoire
Clearing, Cleansing, and Programming Your Gemstones By Silvermoon Medicyn, www.silvermoonmedicyn.com
n last month’s column I wrote about how to pick crystals and gemstones to use for healing. Now we are going to learn about clearing, cleansing, and programming your stones. As you go along and grow in your abilities to use stones, you will find which methods fit your practice best. Everyone has their own ritual as to how they like to treat their stones, but I will talk about the basics. Why and When to Clear and Cleanse Gemstones help us build our ability to trust and understand our intuition. The first time you acquire a gemstone you must clear and cleanse the stone; this will help you in the programming process later. Clearing and cleansing are really the same step using the same method. Whenever your stone feels heavy or stagnate, has a dull luster, or makes you feel uncomfortable when holding it, this indicates that clearing is needed. Stones can become discolored at times. This is a sign your stone is very full of dense energies, possibly requiring a longer clearing time. You can clean them regularly if you use them for healing others. Although I don’t feel stones can transfer negative energy back to anyone, some people do feel they can. You will know your stone is clear when it feels light, tingling, and buzzy or creates a happy feeling in your guts and spirit. You can’t mess anything up if you don’t do something right; this is not about perfection. There is no right or wrong way; just choose what fits your personal beliefs. Remember: This is your ritual. Ways to Bring Them to Purification To me, clearing and cleansing is like giving your stones a holy bath. Traditionally, most use sea salt. It is considered to be the most powerful way. I recommend
Traditionally, most use sea salt to cleanse their stones and crystals. Other methods include burying them in earth, leaving them in the sunlight or moonlight, or using herbs like rosemary or rose petals.
this way for your stone’s first bath. You can use table salt, but it is not approved by everyone because of worry about the chemicals in it. The salt can be used dry or mixed with water. I often use sea water from the ocean because I want the earth magic of Gaia, but I live close to the ocean. The common time to leave them in the purification state is at least 24 hours. This gives the stone time to assimilate the energies. One clue I have used when using salt water is watching the tiny air bubbles that gather on the side of the glass; when those bubble dissipate, I know the stones are clear. Some people bury their stones in earth and leave them for a bit. Others use the sunlight and moonlight at their most personal time of power. Use whatever elemental magic you like working with to purify your stones. For instance, you could use the sunlight and soak them in ocean water. I caution leaving them in the direct sun or extreme cold as this could cause some injury to your stone. One of the last ways to purify stones is by using herbs or smudging. Try burying them in a small bowl of herbs like rosemary, myrrh, frankincense, or rose petals. You can use sage for burying or burning, letting the smoke linger around the stones but not burning them directly. Once your stones are purified it is time to program them. Programming Your Stones This is when we dedicate the stone to work with us for the highest and best purpose, and this is the part of the process that is the most magical. It is when you’re tuning your frequencies to those of each stone. It is a deep bonding time; you’re getting to know the power of your pure stone by receiving the energy of it. Sit alone with the stone, rubbing and adoring it, much like meditating, but focused on what you want from the stone. You are exchanging energies, melding the tune of spiritual frequencies, and passing the message of the desires you wish to bring about in your life. By using your mind’s eye, think about the reason for the stone, giving it focus and responsibilities. Yes, all stones have basic healing properties, but programming increases that power. This type of programming and dedicating opens the channel between your higher power and the stone’s frequency. Let your intentions and intuition come to you, feeling it deep in your soul with a knowing of mind, body, and spirit. This will solidify the process. For instance, I use 75 different stones for reading
I often use sea water from the ocean to clear and cleanse my gemstones, because I want the earth magic of Gaia.
others’ souls. I will first ask a stone if it would like to work with me before I buy it. Then when programming it, I make it clear as to the focus of the stone, opening its channel to many types of souls and not just honing it to work with only my energies. This gives the stone the abilities to be more flexible in its healing role. You can make this practice long or short; it is fully up to you and your intuition. Using stones teaches you to continually build your intuition and deepen understanding of the insight into your soul’s wellbeing. Trust is what you’re growing to know and believing in your abilities with confidence, that you are in tune. Now that you have dedicated your stone, use it.
Clearing and cleansing are like giving your stones a holy bath.
Using Your Stones Stones like to be carried, held, talked about, and shared. Leave them out in your environment. Boxing them up or putting them away makes stones feel unneeded, and if you do this it many require reprogramming. While they are out, they can get sunlight and continue to empower their energy frequency daily. You will read about many other ways to work with stones, like I stated above. Trust is the key; your soul knows what it needs better than we consciously do. So allow yourself to venture outside your world and let the power of a gemstone or crystal enchant your life.
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Magic & Lore: When The Mystical And Paranormal Blur
Just a Touch of >>>>> Love Magic By Silvermoon Medicyn, www.silvermoonmedicyn.com
ove magic has been used as far back as recorded time. It is the most common spell work requested by laypeople. These types of spells have been performed by many different types of beliefs and practices around the world. You don’t need some “High Master” to complete one of these spells; anyone can do it on their own. The main thing to remember is ... be careful what you wish for! Sometimes, what we see on the surface is not what it is underneath. When choosing a love spell, it must fit well with your morals and personal beliefs, because all spells are powered with intention, no matter what type of spell you want to do. Wiccan and New Age spells tend to follow the rules of “harm none or it returns times three” or “take none against their will.” These spells are often done away from the desired target, using the powers to draw someone in. If you’re going to use a more root work, Hoodoo/ Voodoo approach to your spell, then your belief might be more goal-oriented and against the will of the object that is desired. These spells are very physical in nature, often placed in food or hidden. This is not a positive or negative ideation; it is simply how each one of us chooses to operate within our own belief systems. Either way a spell requires your personal power to believe in it and intention to give it will power to make it happen. Formulating Love Spells Love spells are best formulated if done in private. They are often performed in areas that love thrives, like bedrooms or places that inspire your lust. Often, aphrodisiacs are used, and they may consist of fruits like peaches, figs, bananas, and pomegranates. Spices/herbs are another main component used to stimulate the senses of the desired object. Some herbs have root properties to their medicinal purpose already. Commonly used spices include cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and mint.
Love spells are formulated best if done in private. They are often performed in areas that love thrives, like bedrooms or places that inspire your lust.
Some say the word “spicy” means sexy or hot, so why not try adding some cayenne or cardamom. What a great way to empower your love spell! Candles are not only an excellent mood setter, but they also add the power of fire to the spell. They have power in their colors too. Colors often used are red, pink, salmon, or rose, but you can always use white. When you combine the color of the candle with fire magic, it symbolizes the burning of your desire. You can also use oils to enhance and add power to a spell. You can anoint any of your tools with oil that has been infused with herbs and essences. Smells arouse the senses and sensual thoughts of love. Oils often used include frangipani, jasmine, orange blossom, and vanilla. Think Through the Spell Before Casting It All the ideas listed above are the basics to all spell working. They can be combined together in any way you wish, because these tools are what strengthen the power of your belief, no matter what type of spell you use. Intention, will, and desire influence every step of the spell you’re creating. A spell is used like driving an arrow to the exact thing you wish for. You must think a spell through very thoroughly before casting it — think about ALL of what you’re wishing for by considering that you could reap the greatest joy or suffer the worst consequence.
Think a spell through very thoroughly before casting it. Here are some spells I use for people that need a little extra help. Conjure up your desires this month and enjoy! Flaming Your Call Tools Needed •2 red candles •Anointing oil, lavender or violets •Some ground cinnamon, powder ginger and a pinch of cardamom; poured on a flat plate. While dreaming of the love you want, paint the candles with oil and carefully roll the candle in the spices. Be careful not to touch the sides while placing them in the holder for them to dry.
Once you’re ready, light each candle and whisper: “Flames of passion Burn so bright Light the path for my love tonight
Before casting a spell, consider that you could reap the greatest joy or suffer the worst consequence.
Allow them the power to see and draw them ever Closer to me!” Old World Honey Love Spread Tools Needed •Clover honey in a jar (no label) •One coreless apple and its top •Small piece of paper with your desired one’s name on it (folded in threes) •One for your toenail clippings •A dash of cardamom spice •2 or more Juniper berries •A few drops of vanilla extract Place everything in the apple and cover it. Let it sit until you feel your spell is ready; I usually wait 24 hours. Complete the spell by removing the paper and nail clippings, leaving the berries, spices, and honey. (They are edible if you got them at a spice store.) Pour the honey mixture into the jar. Before closing the lid, lick the rim of the jar completely, focusing your sensual desire on the person you’re going to give the honey to. Then pass it on; say not a word to anyone or it could break the spell.
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Personal Experiences: Ghost Hunter Case Files
Historic Fairbanks House, Dedham, MA — Part 2 By Jack Kenna, S.P.I.R.I.T.S. of New England For Part 1 of this article, see our January 2013 issue!
he group spent the next hour investigating the kitchen and lean-to areas. Not much activity was experienced, but at one point Sarah, Sharon, and Meghan heard what they described as a dog whining. However, they could not tell where the sound was coming from. One of the stories conveyed to us was that the last Fairbanks family member to live in the house had a pet dog that was somehow struck by lightning in the west wing bedroom and died under the bed there. This sound was also captured on the recorder in that room, as well as on Sharon’s recorder and the recorder in the lean-to room. Upon initial review it does almost sound like a dog whining, but after boosting the volume a bit and eliminating some of the background noise it actually sounds like an old, squeaky metal wheel of some kind being turned. What is interesting is that in the lean-to room there are several old spinning wheels on display, all of which have not been used in many, many years and have slightly rusted metal spinning wheels. Did something move one of these spinning wheels? Or was the sound they heard and that was captured on the audio recorders perhaps a residual sound from another lifetime within the house, when one of those spinning wheels was used to fabricate thread or yarn to make the clothes, blankets, or quilts that the family needed? The Investigation Continues at the Fairbanks House A little after 12 midnight, we all re-grouped again in the gift shop and took a 40-minute break. We walked over to what is referred to as the “bungalow,” which is right next to the Fairbanks House on the property. It is actually the curator’s house that was built by the Fairbanks Family organization back in the early 1900s for the first curator, Mr. Henry Irving Fairbanks, whose spirit now
Henry Irving Fairbanks (standing center) at 1910 Family Reunion. Henry was the first curator of the Fairbanks House Museum. At the far left of the photo is Henry’s wife, Ida. All are dressed in 1600 period Puritan costumes.
supposedly haunts the building and also still watches over the original Fairbanks House. Because we were also told the stories of Henry’s activities within the bungalow, and because the evening was getting cold (it was 40 degrees F outside) and there is no heat in the Fairbanks House, Ellen and Sharon “volunteered” to investigate the bungalow upstairs offices for the remainder of the evening, where most of the activity surrounding Henry Fairbanks was reported. Sarah and I returned to the Fairbanks House with Meghan to complete the investigation there. Even though Ellen and Sharon got the “warmer” end of the deal, I liked this idea because it allowed us for the first time to have almost no one in the house while we investigated it. Meghan was getting tired, so she decided to just stay
at the DVR system while Sarah and I investigated the last few locations in the house that had not been done yet. I actually would have liked to have the house with only me and Sarah in it, but because the house is a museum, Meghan had to, by law and by the regulations of the Fairbanks Family organization, at least be in the house with us as our escort, although she did not need to be in the same room with us. Sarah and I moved to the upstairs bedrooms of the original house to investigate, while Meghan remained in the gift shop. The upstairs bedrooms are unique in their own rights. The main bedroom is small and very, very crooked, the floor leaning heavily forward and to the right toward what was the front (north-facing) windows. The original sleeping area for the six children of Jonathan The kitchen of the Fairbanks House. and Grace Fairebanke is actually the attic area above the main bedroom. There is a small wooden ladder that goes straight up the wall in the top floor landing to the attic, but I have not seen many of these, but I have come across it didn’t seem very sturdy so we decided not to enter the them from time to time at other museums. And I have attic section. read about them. These types of photos were often taken To the right of the landing, though, is the entrance during the 1800s. Because photography was new and very to another bedroom that is part of the west wing addition expensive back then, people didn’t have the money to and sits directly above the west wing downstairs bedroom. spend to take “family” photos. But when a family memWe were told not to enter this room though, as several ber passed away, especially in the case of children and of the floor supports were removed at one time (no one even infants, since this was the last time the family would seems to know why), and the upper floor of this bedever have the chance to see their beloved child, parent, room is no longer considered safe for visitors to walk on, or grandparent, they would sometimes pay to have a final although several items, including a large wooden bed, are portrait taken of the deceased family member. This also stored in the room. made it much easier for the photographer to take the picI decided to place my personal digital audio recorder ture, as the subject wasn’t going to move on them. on the floor entrance to that room along with my handExposure times for the glass plates to capture the held IR video camera. Sarah image were longer than with and I then moved into the modern cameras, and so a Death photos were main bedroom to conduct our person sitting for a photo would taken to remember a investigation. As I said, the have to stay still for awhile. If room is small, but it also has a the subject was deceased, that family member who fireplace, a large bed, a small wasn’t a problem. So, as time passed away. closet, a trunk, and an antique went on, these types of phodesk and chair in it. On the tos became known as “death west wall is a small window, and two other small windows photos” since the subjects were, in fact, dead. Very often are also on the north wall. a lock of hair and/or piece of fabric, ribbon, or some other small item having belonged to the deceased person The Death Photo would be placed into the frame along with the photo for a The room carried a somewhat musty, wooden smell, remembrance/keepsake. just like the rest of the house. On the side of the east-facBut yes, what we had here in this room was a death ing closet wall we noticed an old photograph that conphoto with a lock of that person’s hair and other personal tained a lock of hair and what was possibly ribbon. The item. We began asking questions about the photo and the photo was of an older woman, but something seemed odd other items in the room, including the hair brush, hand to me about it. I knew I had seen photos like this before, mirror on the desk, and the bed. and read about what they were. Then it came to me — this “Were these your items?” “Is that you in the photo?” was a death photo we were looking at. “Does it bother you that this room is so crooked?” These
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were just a few of the questions we asked. We hadn’t been in the room for more than 10 minutes, though, when I suddenly began having a sneezing fit. I say “fit” because this went on non-stop for over 30 minutes. I just could not stop sneezing. I did try to keep asking questions between sneezes, and Sarah also continued to ask questions. Finally, the sneezing stopped, and all I could think that might have caused it was either dust in the room or I was coming down with a cold, although I had no other symptoms that night or after we left that room.
my sneezing; The second seems to be something more residual in nature, perhaps triggered by my sneezing. After finding these EVPs, I also believe that my sneezing may actually have been a physical reaction to whatever or whoever was in the room with us at the time. I believe this because of the fact that my sneezing began shortly after entering the room and stopped immediately after leaving the room, and these EVPs were captured in this room during our investigation although we had no other experiences that would have indicated that we were in contact with a spirit or had perhaps triggered some type of residual activity. From the upstairs bedroom we decided to head down to investigate the east wing parlor. Of all the rooms in the house, the east wing parlor is my favorite room. This wing of the house was added sometime between 1780 and 1800 — no one knows for sure, as the records from this time were limited. What I love about this room is the corner fireplace, with its quaint mantel and triangular brick flooring in front of the fireplace. The room also contains the family piano, clock, artifacts, antiques, and portraits from various family members — both famous and not — from throughout the centuries. It’s the entire history of the Fairbanks family contained all in one room in a simple and organized manner, not cluttered or confused. This room, to me, speaks of the love this family has for their home, its history, and the history and honor of their family. Perhaps this is why the most compelling evidence we captured during our investigation was in this room.
Capturing EVPs at the Fairbanks House After my sneezing finally subsided a bit — it never stopped completely until we left that room — we spent another 10 minutes in the room with seemingly no activity. Here again it’s the data review that tells the true story of what may have been going on. During my sneezing fit Sarah had of course “blessed me” several times during the first five minutes of it, but then gave up and focused as best she could on the investigation. All of this was captured on the audio recorder in the room and on my recorder in the other bedroom. There was also something else captured on the recorder, about 15 minutes into my sneezing frenzy. Another somewhat whispery female voice is heard saying “bless you” right after one of my very loud sneezes. This is followed by Sarah saying, “Too much dust up here,” and then you can hear what seems to be a male voice saying, “Thanks,” followed by another voice saying, “You’re welcome,” along with a knocking sound. To me these EVPs indicate two possible things: The first I believe is attached to something intelligent that was responding to
The Most Compelling Evidence We Captured Since there is also a small room just off of the parlor, I decided to begin our investigation by sitting at the desk in that room while Sarah sat in the parlor. The idea behind this is that by allowing each of us to be somewhat alone in each room, even though we were only 10 feet apart, would be much less intimidating to any potential spirit that might be in the house with us, and would perhaps compel them to attempt to interact with one of us. This time I believe it may have worked. The room I was sitting in was at one time the bedroom of Prudence Fairbanks (178?-1871), the eldest of three sisters that owned and lived in the house from 1843 to 1879. The other two sister’s names were Sally (17901877) and Nancy (1794-1879). The room, as I mentioned earlier, is now used as a display area for some of the family furniture, personal items, antique dolls, portraits, etc. I was sitting at the desk, filming the room, and asking questions such as, “If you’re here with us give us a sign, knock on the wall, show yourself.”
Video clips of shadow figure. You can also view the video online at http://youtu.be/99lRVkeG6GE or http://youtu.be/CpqTCGg52cE (slow motion version).
of the camera. I cannot even say for sure why I filmed in Sarah was working with my questioning and asking the location that I did or why I moved the camera in the follow-up questions. We had been in the location for directions that I did, except that at the time I know that I about 20 minutes with no seeming activity, and at this felt there was something or someone in the room with us. point in the night I was getting pretty tired (it was now What I found later during review was that the camera after 1 a.m.), so my tone began to go from questioning to had captured three very distinct shadows moving past the that of provocation. window that was behind Sarah. The shadows blocked “I don’t believe there’s anyone here. Who would out a street light that was shining through the window, want to stay in this dirty, old, drafty house anyway.” Then and they moved along the wall and windows from right I decided to be more demanding, as if any spirit that to left (from the direction of the old bedroom toward the might be there had insulted me. “If there’s anyone here Lean-To room), finally disappearing into the shadows. with me in this room you HAVE to prove to me you’re Although they moved along the wall, they were not “on” here. NOW! No more messing around! We came here to the wall. They all seem to be in front of the south wall and talk with you at the request of your own family, and you’re were “in” the room with us. See the video captured by being rude by not proving to us that you’re even here!” clicking on the YouTube links Now, two things are very given in the photo caption on important to take note of at this The camera captured the previous page. point; first, although it was cold Also, an EVP was captured outside and in the house, in the three distinct on my audio recorder at the low 40s, it was not so cold that shadows moving same time, although not on at any time during the investigapast the window. the audio of the video camera. tion you could see your breath On the audio recorder you can or needed to wear gloves. And, hear a voice, not sure if it’s male or female, saying, “Good second, the room I was in was “dark,” so dark that the night,” just as the shadows are captured. only way I could see more than two feet in front of me The Fairbanks House in Dedham, MA, is a home was through my IR camera. that contains the historic wealth of a family that helped Almost immediately after making the statement I just found and settle America. The heritage of this family is quoted above, the room suddenly became much, much truly reflective of the heritage of our great nation. Memcolder, to the point where I could see my breath even in bers of their family have served this country as farmers, this dark room. My hands became like ice, and I suddenly pastors, doctors, scientists, Army officers, judges, and felt as though I was being watched. I asked Sarah if she even as vice president of the United States under Teddy thought it was getting colder where she was as well, and she Roosevelt. Even the city of Fairbanks, Alaska, is named in said no, she was quite comfortable. I told her what was gohonor of this vice president, Charles Warren Fairbanks. ing on, and she asked, “Are you in that room with Jack?” With such great history and artifacts all housed within At that point the cold subsided a bit and I could no this modest Puritan family home, is it really any wonder longer see my breath; it had lasted for only a few seconds. that we should find that this location is still presided over My hands were still like ice, though, and my body was by one or more of the spirits of its honorable, hard worknow freezing, where before I had been comfortable as I ing, and loving family members. I think not. had still been wearing my jacket in the house all night. I So should you ever find yourself in the Boston, MA, got up from the desk and walked back into the parlor to area, I strongly recommend that you take the opportunity join Sarah. I had my camera in my hands and was filming to make the 30-minute drive down Interstate I-93 to I-95 while walking around. and East Street and into the town of Dedham, and make a I told Sarah how I felt I was still being watched or folvisit to this beautiful, dignified, and well-cared-for Puritan lowed by something or someone and how cold the other homestead, where you can view the historic life of this room had gotten. She said she felt this room now getting unique American family and perhaps, just perhaps, expecolder since I came in and said she felt an extreme cold on rience the presence of Henry, Prudence, Sally, Nancy, or her back now. It was at this point that my camera, which was other possible family members that seem to still be keepnow pointed in Sarah’s direction near the fireplace and the ing vigil over their beloved home. south wall and windows of the east wing, captured something Websites to check out related to this article: http:// that to this day our team has not been able to debunk. spiritsofnewengland.org, http://www.wihaonline.org/, This was something I did not see at the time it was http://www.fairbankshouse.org/. captured, as I was not even looking through the view finder
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Tales From the Haunted Heathman Hotel By Rob St.Helen, West Coast Ghost Hunters
ith the holidays all over, I must say, I am a bit surprised that nothing major happened at the hotel this year with our unseen friends. In years past we’ve had things either fall off the tree from high above where no one can reach or off the wreath that is placed upon the wall. I know. Things fall off trees all the time, but this is a business and I can promise that when they put the ornaments on the tree, they are tied down. They can’t just fall off. I have tried to pull things off the tree, and I can’t. Paranormal Teams “Hit” on Haunted Activity Also, we have had two paranormal teams come in recently, and they did a great job of investigating the hotel. We are still waiting for the results of the investigation, and I may share some of them next month! Some of the things that one of the teams picked up on was Sam, the elevator operator from the 1930s, the rat problems many years ago, and the kids in the laundry room. Hotel Repairs Wake Up the Spirits During January and early February, the hotel slows down a bit. And since it has been almost sold out for many months now, it’s nice to have a “break” before we start picking back up in March. During the “down” time, our maintenance guys really jump at the chance to do “BIG” jobs, including complete full floor repairs where we shut the whole floor down and remove everything from every room and take care of whatever needs to be done, from painting rooms, to deep floor cleanings, to whole room makeovers. Oftentimes, on the floors undergoing repairs, the hallways can get kind of ... OK, I’ll say it, spooky. And when walking up and down them at three or four in the morning, you know you are not alone. You can feel yourself being watched, especially when you walk by a
Do you see the spirit children circled in red? This photo was taken in the hotel’s laundry room.
room and you hear the door handle being rattled. One of these days I will take a camera up with me on what we call a “dead” floor and record. Hotel Repairs Wake Up the Spirits One last thing I wanted to let you know about. The little girl on the fourth floor is back! She hasn’t been heard from in a few months. Recently, my coworker was sitting in a chair and flowers sitting nearby starting to move around. There is no airflow in that area that could have affected the flowers in such a way. At the same time the flowers were moving, he heard a little girl call out, “Mama.”
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Personal Experiences: Reader Encounters
Spirit in White By Steve Nakonechny
ne summer evening, after an exhausting day of work at our family’s kennel in North Central Florida, my wife and I settled into bed for a much-deserved night of sleep. Unfortunately, my mind and body were restless, tossing and turning, in and out of a sleep-state until I finally fell into the dark abyss of wellearned sleep. Around midnight, I became aware of a faint melody A bright, intense white translucent mass formed playing over and over in my mind … the volume graduin front of the camera. ally increasing until I awakened to its persistent, rhythmic tune. My fuzzy, sleep-deprived mind finally realized that two smoke alarms were oddly playing a rhythmic jingle as alarms in two separate buildings to the mystery voice, it the sound alternated in a patterned sequence between the all added up to a paranormal event! Someone was trying bedroom and living room … an eerie electronic rendition to get my attention. There was no smoke; perhaps the of a song. spirit’s electromagnetic discharge caused an interferMy wife awakened and turned to me with a quizzical ence systematically between the two smoke alarms or the look. “That actually sounds like a song?!” She, too, could alarms were detecting the spirit’s ionization. hear the patterned melody. The “music” abruptly ended The next evening I decided to try and communicate in a few minute’s time. with the male spirit who I believed to be my deceased A few days passed quickly by, and I decided to sit father. I sat down inside the shadowy silence of the kendown and write a story around the musical smoke detecnel’s kitchenette with my digital camera and gave a verbal tors. I started up my laptop in command. the kitchenette of our kennel It became obvious “Dad, if you’re here with and began writing the above me, please come close so I can that the electronic paragraphs. Only two minutes photograph your presence.” Shenanigans were far into my story, the smoke detecAlmost immediately, I felt an from coincidental. tor in the hallway gave one strielectrostatic charge at my ankles dent shriek! I ran out and came and I fired off a succession of across our employee, Lee, who was also investigating the shots with the camera. sound. I started telling her the story about the melodic I immediately reviewed the pictures, and it was smoke detectors, only to be interrupted by another YELP clearly evident that I had captured a visitation! There was of the smoke alarm! a bright, intense white translucent mass that had formed Lee, an empath, spoke of an incident from the previright in front of the camera, then moved off to the left and ous evening. While working alone, she had heard a loud exited the frame. In the photos, you can see the spirit’s voice in the kitchenette and she assumed it was the radio. white particle-like mass transition into a solid white form She entered the room and the radio was off, the space that blocked the view of a door in the background. empty and silent. She did feel the presence of a kind, It is apparent that my father has not passed on and male spirit. remains grounded in this physical world. It appears he is It then became obvious to me that the electronic sheaware of external objects, has wakefulness, and can willnanigans were far from coincidental. Between the smoke ingly control systems of his consciousness!
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Personal Experiences: Religion And The Paranormal
A Q&A With ... Chris Davis By Cheryl Knight
his month we have turned the tables on our regular “Religion and the Paranormal” columnist Chris Davis of Valley Ghost Hunting. Chris graciously answered our questions about how his religious experiences have affected his paranormal beliefs and vice versa. Thanks for being a good sport Chris! A Universal Life Church minister, Chris believes in investigating all paranormal claims before jumping to conclusions. ***** Q: Explain the strength of your belief in God. Chris: I believe in God, just not strictly the Christian God. I try to honor many of them. I think that every religion is sort of right but that the ancients who worshipped many gods we correct. To me one god doesn’t make sense. I worship the Christian God, but also the Pagan Gods, the Buddha, and the native ideal of mother nature. I think much of this stems from wide heritage. Q: Why do/don’t you believe in God? Chris: For many years I didn’t believe in God. When I was a teen, my life was so upside down that nothing anyone said about God made sense. And, honestly, most of it still doesn’t. Q: What started your belief in God? Chris: Same as most people I guess, my family. I was raised Methodist, but became a Wiccan who still went to church. I caught a lot of crap at church because of it. I used to go with my friends to the Kingdom Hall and sat in on their weekly readings about Jehovah. Nothing ever really seemed to be right, and I ended up taking a little of each religion and making it my own.
Valley Ghost Hunting’s Chris Davis believes religion and the paranormal go hand in hand.
Q: Do you believe in anything paranormal that is unrelated to religion, e.g., psychokinesis, telepathy, UFO phenomena? Chris: Yes. I believe they all exist, especially aliens. That is one problem I always had with many Christian religions. Just because the Bible says something doesn’t mean it’s the truth. They also thought the world was flat and the center of the universe, and they charged people with heresy who said otherwise. Q: Why do you believe in the paranormal? Chris: I have seen ghosts, and I have heard them — not only on investigations but just in my daily life. Q: Have you had any paranormal experiences? Chris: I grew up with the paranormal. My first experience was when I was a child, and they never stopped.
Q: How has your paranormal experiences affected your religious ideals?
Now, let me say that I love to go fishing, and many of my superstitions revolve around this.
Chris: If it wasn’t for the paranormal, I wouldn’t have a religion because I’ve had to use religion for many years to protect myself from things in the paranormal world.
Q: Do you believe in predestination? Chris: Yes. I think that even though the world changes so much, you’re still who you are and you’re going to do what you are meant to do. Sometimes you just hit a few snags along the way.
Q: Statistics show that less people believe in God when compared to the past. Do you think this change is a result of evolving science and technology?
Q: Do you link the supernatural in with religion?
Chris: Somewhat. Science is constantly proving religion wrong. And unlike religion, when an idea is proven wrong, science will change to go with the new information.
Chris: It is my religion. Q: Have you ever questioned your belief?
Q: Do you think people are now more rational?
Chris: My beliefs are ever changing, and I hope they always will be.
Chris: Yes and no. People who question what they learn are rational. But those who just take information at face value without investigating are not.
Q: Has working in the paranormal field strengthened your faith?
Q: Do you think people need something to believe in? Chris: Believe what you want, but don’t persecute those who don’t hold the same beliefs. Q: Are you superstitious? Chris: A little. I do some things that people just think is silly superstition, but it isn’t really superstitious at all.
Chris: Yes but not in a normal way. My religion is based on what I need in the paranormal field to protect myself and my team. I use many things from many different religions because they work, at least for me. I wear Catholic medals, I pray the Rosary, and I use Native American ceremonies. I use Wiccan ceremonies. I do all of this because it works. And if I find something that works better, I’ll use that too. I want to be able to understand all of this so when a client needs something I can help them in the way I believe works best.
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The Paranormal Equation By Michelle M. Pillow, www.MichellePillow.com
hough a serious academic with a bachelor’s degree from Yale, Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, James Stein brings to life a sense of humor. During this interview, he told me, “The high point of my life — which actually occurred twice! — (was when) two cashiers at two different stores asked me if I was Paul Newman! I think I look more like Woody Allen.” The author of two Scientific American Book Club selections, his newest book, The Paranormal Equation: A New Scientific Perspective on Remote Viewing, Clairvoyance, and Other Inexplicable Phenomena (New Page Books, December 2012) combines an enthusiasm for the paranormal with his scientific and mathematical background. It is currently sold in e-book and print. ***** Q: What inspired you to write your book, The Paranormal Equation?
has said, “Jim, you’ve lost your marbles.” In fact, some of them said that it makes a lot of sense. I haven’t seen it elsewhere and felt that others would be interested in hearing about it — especially those who have habitually viewed scientists as debunkers. Q: Do you believe in the supernatural? Or are you a skeptic? Stein: I believe in the supernatural in the following sense: I believe that there are laws of Nature that science will never be able to establish. Not just science now, but science ever. A friend of mine put it well when he said there are three kinds of facts: the known, the unknown, and the unknowable. There is a big difference between the unknown (we don’t know it yet, and maybe we’ll never get around to it, but we could know it if we looked in the right place) and the unknowable (it’s true, but no one will ever be able to establish it). I believe in the unknowable, and that’s what the book’s about. But put me down as a total skeptic with regard to the Bermuda Triangle and alien abductions.
Stein: I’m a scientist (if you consider math“I believe in the unknowematicians to be scientists), and scientists are able, and that’s what generally a pretty skeptical group of people. the book’s about,” says Nonetheless, I’ve always been curious why author James Stein. some extremely well-known scientists have been outspoken proponents of the paranormal and the supernatural. I think you have to be a pretty Q: Why do you think readers, and society in gendull person not to at least have some interest in these pheeral, are fascinated by the paranormal? nomena, but I’d always been pretty skeptical about them. Stein: As I said earlier, I think you have to be a pretty dull Then, while I was writing a previous book (shameless person not to find them interesting. They evoke both a sense plug), How Math Explains the World, it suddenly ocof wonder and a possible expansion of human potential. curred to me that there are hypotheses about the Universe that many scientists feel are correct and that not only allow Q: What did Einstein say about physics and the for the existence of such phenomena, but mandate them. paranormal? I’ve run this idea by several scientists, and nobody
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Author Spotlight Stein: He said that the foundations $16.99 of physics, as he understoodU.S.it, made it impossible to categorically Can reject SCienCe phenomena explain the Unexplainable? such as telepathy. Most of us However, think science is incapable of explaining supernatural phenomena.as saythat’s not the same This would include everything from ghosts and communication with the dead to extrasensory perception (ESP), precognition, and telekinesis. Scientists are ing that physics supports the reality generally highly skeptical of the existence of such phenomena because of the lack of the rigorous documentation that science requires. Nevertheless, many great of telepathy — although at least one scientists have believed—and do believe—in the supernatural. Nobel winner (Brian JosephThe Paranormal Equation Prize presents an argument for the existence of supernatural phenomena based on the mathematics and science discovered during the last century. son) does phenomena say that. It also explains why supernatural must exist if the universe satisfies
opinion I value greatly tell me that they have had such experiences. This includes the brightest mathematician I know, and a Harvard-trained doctor with impeccable research credentials, as well as several very good friends who are completely convinced that such experiences have occurred to them. However, that same doctor has told me that I’m the least spiritual person he has ever met. Maybe you have to have some component of spirituality in order to have a paranormal experience. Or maybe I’m just so oblivious that I don’t recognize the paranormal when it knocks on my door.
The Paranormal Equation explores such questions as:
Q: Does quantum mechanics provide a validation for para• What are the rational reasons for believing in the supernatural? normal • Which hypotheses about thephenomena? universe mandate the existence of • How can we distinguish between the truly unknown and the supernatural?
certain conditions—conditions which are accepted by many working scientists.
• How have scientists attempted to study the supernatural?
Dr. James D. Stein is a past member of the Institute of Advanced Studies and is currently a professor of mathematics at California State University (Long Beach). His list of publications is extensive with more than 30 research articles on mathematics and includes the books: How Math Explains the World (a Scientific American Book Club selection); The Right Decision (also a Scientific American Book Club selection); and How Math Can Save Your Life. He has been a guest blogger for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post, and his work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Redondo Beach, California.
Stein: Not as far as I know, and very few physicists believe this — although Brian Josephson does, and he has a Nobel Prize to give weight to his opinion. In general, when you hear someone say that quantum mechanics supports the existence of paranormal phenomena, check their credentials. Also see if they’re trying to sell you something. Most people who say this have no credentials in this area and are trying to sell you something.
Q: What writing do you plan to do in the future?
Q: Which famous scientists have believed in the paranormal or the supernatural? Stein: There are quite a few, including several Nobel Prize winners. Alfred Russel Wallace, whom I think deserves to be recognized as a co-discoverer (with Charles Darwin) of the Theory of Evolution, was a strong believer. Q: What will science do if and when ghosts or spirits are actually shown to exist? Stein: If ghosts are ever shown to exist, scientists will line up to investigate. Nothing excites a scientist more than genuinely new phenomena — as long as the new phenomena are genuine. Should this happen, ghosts will move from the supernatural to the natural, because anything that really is part of the Universe is natural. That includes ghosts — if they exist. Q: Have you ever had a paranormal experience? Stein: No. All my experiences with the paranormal have been second-hand. I’ve had a lot of people whose
Stein: I’d love to write fiction. I have one or two ideas for a great story, but the few times I have tried to write fiction I’ve had the good sense to read it before I submitted it. Frankly, it sucked. Several of the most intriguing works of fiction I’ve ever read have centered on the paranormal. A few weeks ago I was at a library with a few hours to kill, and I picked up a collection of science-fiction short stories. One, entitled Gone Fishing by Robin Scott Wilson, was absolutely one of the best short stories I have ever read — and it revolved about the paranormal. In fact, if I knew any movie producers, I’d try to persuade them to make this story into a movie. Frankly, I wish I’d written it. Of course, I also wish I had written the Harry Potter stories — and so does my wife. You can guess why. I was so intrigued by Gone Fishing that I Googled Robin Scott Wilson when I got home, as I had never heard of him. To my surprise, we had something in common. He was a former President of California State University at Chico — and I teach at California State University, Long Beach.
“If ghosts are ever shown to exist, scientists will line up to investigate,” says Stein.
To read more about James Stein and his book, “The Paranormal Equation,” visit www.newpagebooks.com.
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Paranormal Perspective: Guest Editorial
There Are No Such Things as Ghosts, Right? By Shannon N. Lusk, Editor at Steven LaChance Communications and Entertainment
here are always certain places that send shivers down your spine. They remind you of when you were a child, afraid to descend down the basement stairs or climb up the attic ladder. For some it may have been a creepy forest or just simply a fear of the dark. You know the first time you felt different, and you remember the first time you saw a ghost. As children we embrace the imaginative and creative. No one can take our fantasies away or convince us that the invisible friends we talk to aren’t real. But how much of it is imagination? As I was laying in my play pen, in my grandfather’s house, I heard footsteps, which I thought belonged to my mother. What I saw was a brilliant light of a woman and she walked toward me. I studied her brilliance and remembered reaching out to her. As interesting as this sounds, many people listen in disbelief, especially when I reveal to them I was only three years old. Why is this? I bet many of you can relate to what I am saying. I understand that a lot of what we seek as humans has to be backed by substantial evidence; however, we are a complex structure with a brain that allows us to have multiple intelligences. For instance, a person who is emotionally intelligent may be more apt to be empathic or sensitive. An artistic intelligence may allow a person to see beyond the horizon and analyze photos for apparitions or shadows. Studying Things That Are “Different” Sometimes we are afraid of things that make each one of us different. As we all know, dealing with the supernatural is not a hobby that everyone can master. I think that it is a marriage of cognitive ability, logic, emotional intelligence, and optimism. If you look into basic parapsychology principle, you have to clear your mind and meditate in order to reach your inner sixth sense. So it makes
Children are conditioned to respond to energy at an early age. Their minds are not clouded with daily stresses that most adults harness.
sense that as children we are able to see, communicate with, and recognize those beyond the living. Children’s minds at an early age are not clouded with daily stresses that most adults harness. Children are conditioned to respond to energy at an early age. Think about it in scientific terms. We expose them to sound energy, light energy, the color spectrum, etc. So why is it that we dismiss that children can sense paranormal energy?
I have had the pleasure of researching and toiling into the realm of fears that surround adolescents and children. What I have come across has been quite disturbing and sad. Children are eager to share impulsive emotions, especially when those emotions are invoked by something they themselves cannot process. They look for adults to answer the questions that they themselves can’t obtain. For example, imagine a child who is waking up night after night from sheer terror. Screaming, writhing, sweating, and needing someone to really listen to what they are trying to say. The average skeptic would assume that the influence of television, pop culture, and social issues may influence the reaction of a child who has had vivid nightmares. The occasional ghost in the closet or the monster under the bed may lead parents to believe that the problem with the child is minimal. There are three ideas that may help parents to understand the origin of the “imaginary friend” or fearful apparition that their child claims to see and communicate with. One of the simplest notions is that children are born with extrasensory perception and when using their imaginations are able to communicate with the other side. Eventually, however, discouragement from parents leads them to forget about their special powers and focus on more realistic situations. Another factor is that something may happen within a child’s brain that shuts down that specific area of the mind. So they no longer develop that sixth sense and it becomes buried. This usually happens between the ages of five and 11. Near-death experiences can open a child’s mind to the realm of the unknown. When faced with trauma, it can cause a child to tap into regions of the brain that have laid dormant, giving them the ability to see and communicate with ghosts.
trigger within humans, especially children. Fear happens to be one of the earliest emotions in childhood development. Learning to deal with these fears is one of the strongest emotional mountains a child has to trek over. In order to help your child process the situation, it is imperative to understand that different things fascinate different types of children. Fear will differ amongst children. The intensity, types, and age at which a child exhibits fear is an extreme spectrum. It is important for parents not to dismiss the fears of their children, but to help them learn how to deal with it. Acknowledge the fear as normal, and let them know it is okay to be scared and that it is a natural part of adolescent development. If a parent makes a child feel awkward about admitting their fears, then he or she is less likely to be forthcoming with emotional distress. They will not only bury their fears, but learn not to trust other people with their emotions. As a parent, when you interact with your child and respond to their fears, allow them to know it’s OK to be afraid and to also share those fear with other trusting adults. This allows the child to feel secure about the decision to share his/her feelings and will contribute to overcoming the fear at hand. The next time you hear your child mumbling to themselves while playing in their room, understand that there might be a legitimate reasoning for it. If your little one wakes up in the middle of the night claiming to have seen a figure or monster in his room, acknowledge it. The more sensitive you are to your child’s emotional development, the easier it will be for them to develop into a well-rounded individual. Once emotional security and life needs are met, mastering the emotional hurdle of fear will be a piece of cake for them. Remember that emotional intelligence is a powerful life skill just like any other gift or talent. If your
Responding to Children Who Experience Paranormal Phenomena Because sometimes seeing an apparition or ghostly figure may be overwhelming for a child, it is imperative that the fear is handled with dignity and sensitivity. If a parent immediately dismisses this fear, it may affect the self-esteem of the child involved. The emotion of fear is a powerful
son or daughter were to show high abilities and talent in the field of art or music, you would go out and buy them singing lessons or an art kit; what is to say that the ability to see and communicate with those beyond our realm is not a legitimate right-brained ability? You never know; your child may be a healer and their gifts a necessity to this world.
Children are born with extrasensory perception.
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Paranormal Activity: Event Spotlight
Iowa ParaCon 2012 By Jenny Gurney, Proximity Paranormal
owa ParaCon 2012 was an out of the conference doors. event like no other. Held at the Throughout the day, there very haunted Farrar Elementawere meet and greets and vendor ry School in Farrar, Iowa, (see our tables for the guests to talk with “Haunted Sites” article in this issue each speaker. Christopher Saint dedicated to the Farrar School) Booth actually slipped out of the during the last weekend of August vendor room a couple times and 2012. Honorary guests included filmed around the school house. Christopher Saint Booth, Mike Christopher revealed that he fell Holman from the movie Jackass, in love with the eerie-looking schoolhouse while driving up the Rosalyn Bown, Johnny Houser, driveway. Chris Dedman, Jacqui Carpenter, The investigations throughDarcie McGrath, and Paranormal out the two nights were active. I Hotsquad. personally spent the first night with Farrar Elementary School was psychic Jacqui Carpenter. While built in 1922. The school sits next we did not experience a lot of activto a cemetery that is now 150 years ity that first night, we saw a few old. Built on six acres of rural farmshadows run down the hallway with land, its old walls are beginning to no apparent explanation. crumble. Many investigators pick The second night I investigated up on strong energy at the location The haunted Farrar School in Farrar, Iowa. with Chris Dedman. He showed and feel scared or anxious while inthe group an interesting investigavestigating certain rooms. Investigative technique. The group sat in a tors have also been attacked in the circle and each person asked a question while the recordschool by being choked, thrown to the ground, pushed, er ran. We allotted about a minute or two between each slapped, and punched. person’s question. After we went around the circle, we All the speakers held lectures throughout the two-day record for an extra minute and then stopped and replayed event, and there were many meet and greets and investigathe audio. This technique actually brought a lot of good tions. Chris Dedman talked about the “I am six” case that he worked on with Paranormal State and what the case has EVP responses. Many people in other groups had experimeant to him personally. Christopher Saint Booth shared ences throughout the two nights as well. information about Booth brother films, and he also held a Iowa ParaCon 2013 will take place July 19-20. Conquestion and answer session with the event-goers. firmed guests included the Haunted Encounters cast, Johnny Houser had an intriguing lecture about the VilChristopher and Philip Booth, Johnny Houser, John Tenlisca Ax Murder House in Iowa. Jacqui Carpenter talked ney, Julie Krystina, Rosalyn Bown, Mike Holman, Brian about being a psychic, and she held a mini gallery reading Calek, and many more. The event will again take place as well. All the lectures were amazing in different ways. at the Farrar School House. Keep updated on this year’s Everyone had learned something by the time they walked event by visiting www.hauntingatfarrar.com.
Rosalyn Bown & Johnny Houser
Iowa Paracon Speakers
Johnny Houser & Christopher Saint Booth
Christopher Saint Booth
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Featured Author: Paranormal Fiction
The Exchange By Ryan Tackitt, Paranormal Investigators of Central Texas
he dream began again. Bobby stood on top of a hill overlooking the town. Numerous dark plumes of smoke rose angrily to the sky. Mainly it was vehicles in the streets that were the cause. Several blocks of homes were destroyed by the falling water tower. The demon inside of Bobby was pleased. The start of his plan was going smoothly, and now he looked to take it to the next step. As the demon turned to walk off, he looked over his shoulder and grinned with large sharp teeth. Cindy woke up sweating and hyperventilating as always. She had this same dream for the last six nights. Lately she had been scared to go to sleep but could never fight it. She thought about getting up and climbing into bed with her parents, but she knew they would only tell her the dream wasn’t real and everything was going to be okay. But Cindy knew better. This had happened before, but she knew she had to be a big girl since she was 10 now. Slowly she was able to drift back to a nightmare-free sleep. ***** The next morning, Cindy got up early to get ready for school. She dressed in her room and walked out to the hallway to brush her teeth. She passed Bobby as he was walking into his bedroom. “Good morning Bobby,” she said, not really remembering her dream during the night. “Bug off and leave me alone,” Bobby snapped at her. “What’s wrong with you?” she asked. “It’s called puberty; now leave me alone,” he growled as he slammed the door shut. Cindy hoped it was only boys that went through puberty and not girls. She finished in the bathroom and went downstairs to see her parents. Mom and Dad were sitting at the kitchen table nib-
bling on toast and sipping orange juice. Both of them seemed depressed this morning. Cindy grabbed her backpack and headed out the door without stopping to say anything to them. During lunch time Cindy sat with her friends just talking about stuff she thought was nonsense. She was finally able to pull Abby to the side and ask her if she had ever had any bad dreams. “I have some, but usually they are after I watch a scary movie,” she answered. “I don’t know why I’m having these nightmares, but I’ve had the same one over and over,” Cindy said, playing with her potato chips. “Maybe it means something bad is happening to Bobby. Too bad you can’t ask Jimmy or Richie,” Abby said. “What do they have to do with Bobby?” Cindy asked. “They went to that McCormick house a couple of weeks ago with Bobby. At least that is what I heard Jimmy say before the accident,” Abby stated. “But Bobby knows not to go there; he could get grounded for a long time if he gets caught,” Cindy said, gazing off deep in thought. Cindy sat there in her seat thinking of the McCormick house. The place was supposed to be haunted, so kids went there for dares and the sort. One girl last year tried daring Cindy to go into the house, but they were run off by a neighbor. She might have to go inside this time and see what she could find to explain Bobby’s behavior. “Will you go with me to the McCormick house tomorrow night? I need to see if I can find what happened to Bobby,” Cindy asked Abby. “I don’t know Cindy, my parents will kill me if they find out,” she said.
“But this is important, I told you about my dream. We have to make sure it doesn’t happen,” Cindy implored. “Cindy, we don’t know if your dream will come true or not. There isn’t a way to find out until it does,” Abby said. “Look, just come along and stand at the front door. I’ll go inside and look around,” Cindy said. Abby finally gave in and said she would go with Cindy to the McCormick house. The rest of the day went by slowly as Cindy planned what she needed to bring on her quest. She tried looking up information in the library but couldn’t find what she was looking for. She already knew as much about the house as every other ten year old in town knows but she needed to know what the adults knew. ***** The next day after school Abby met Cindy at her house. Cindy had emptied her backpack and put some stuff she thought she might need. She then told her mom that they were going to the park for a school project. They headed off toward the park but cut toward the McCormick house after a few blocks. After just a few minutes they were at their destination. Pausing at the gate, Cindy suddenly had second thoughts about her plan. What was a 10-year-old going to discover that none of the others hadn’t found? Abby gently pushed Cindy in the back to get her going. Cindy fell forward but caught herself and continued on to the dilapidated mansion. Cindy gathered her courage as she approached the house. She managed to walk up onto the porch and to the front door. She expected Abby to stop at the steps, but she was right behind her.
“I’m not letting you go in there alone,” Abby whispered halfheartedly. Cindy walked up to the open door and cautiously peered inside. The place was full of dust and smelt of animal urine. She saw faint shoe prints in the dust. Cindy figured the prints must have belonged to Bobby and his friends. At the foot of the staircase she saw a wooden box with its lid broke off. Next to it was some broken glass and a cork stopper. Cindy knelt down and picked up the box being careful not to cut herself on the glass. The box had strange designs on it in an unknown but beautiful language. Inside the box was a velvet cushion that looked like it once held the now broken glass vial. Cindy removed the cushion and found a gold coin underneath it. The coin had Bobby’s face on it with a circle on his forehead. Cindy couldn’t tell if it was this coin or something else that was there. Cindy turned around and headed back outside to show Abby. Abby was hiding behind a pillar on the porch. She jumped when she heard Cindy come outside. Abby quickly told her to hide and be quiet. Cindy didn’t know what was going on, but she did what she was told. Cindy ducked back behind a chair on the porch and peeked around an edge to see what was going on. Bobby was coming up the pathway to the house. Cindy realized that he had to traverse another hill before he reached their location. Once Bobby dipped below the top of the hill, Cindy and Abby took off running around to the back of the house. They had just found another hiding spot when they heard Bobby walk onto the porch. Cindy and Abby didn’t wait around to find out what Bobby was doing there.
Cindy walked up to the open door and cautiously peered inside.
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Featured Author: Paranormal Fiction Back in Cindy’s house, the two girls burst in the door and up the stairs. Cindy barely said hi to her mom before disappearing up the steps. Once in Cindy’s room, she pulled out the box and the coin to show Abby. “What are all these strange symbols?” asked Abby. “No clue, but they look familiar to me,” replied Cindy. “Maybe we can go to the city library tomorrow and find out there,” Abby said. ***** The next day after school, Abby and Cindy walked to the city library. There they found a few books, but they weren’t any help. Cindy finally realized they might have to ask an adult about the symbols. She quickly drew some of the symbols and went to find the librarian for help. Cindy spotted Mrs. Fawcett over by the non-fiction section, replacing books on their selves. “Mrs. Fawcett, I need some help for a school project,” Cindy told her. “What exactly is it you need? I’m busy right now,” Mrs. Fawcett replied. “We were given a task to see if we can find out the origin of some symbols,” Cindy said. “What good is learning about it if you have someone do the work for you?” Mrs. Fawcett asked her. “Abby and I have tried finding it, but we just can’t find anything. Can you just tell us where to look, and we’ll do the rest?” asked Cindy. “Okay, fine. Let me see the symbols,” Mrs. Fawcett said exasperated. Cindy handed her the slip of paper and remained quiet. Mrs. Fawcett used her bifocals to look at the drawings. It only took her a few seconds to figure them out. “Those are Aztec symbols. The books you are looking for are over on aisle 6, section 12 on the third shelf. Who gave you these glyphs?” Mrs. Fawcett asked curiously. “They were assigned to us by our teacher,” Cindy lied. “I doubt that; these are some serious glyphs. You better be careful with them,” Mrs. Fawcett said. “You can come back to me if you need any more help with them.” Mrs. Fawcett then turned and walked off, looking for more books to put up. Cindy figured she got all the help
from Mrs. Fawcett that she was going to and returned to the table where Abby was waiting. “Come on. Mrs. Fawcett told me where to go look,” Cindy said while pulling Abby by the sleeve. They found the section quickly but took more time finding the right book. They finally pulled it off the shelf, a rather large and dusty book that time had forgotten. Cindy managed to haul it back to the table, and there they opened it slowly. The first place they looked was to see who checked it out last. There was one entry: James McCormick on April 29, 1923. They then skimmed through the pages until they found what they were looking for. On page 66 was a list of glyphs that the Aztecs used. They found five of the nine symbols that were on the coin. The first one was spirit followed by evil, remove, destroyer, and world. The rest of the symbols were too worn down to read. Cindy thought that this was the best they were going to find. The girls didn’t find anything else in the book before they had to leave. “What do you think the other symbols mean Cindy?” asked Abby. “I don’t know, but I hope it’s not too important,” said Cindy. “With your luck, they probably are,” joked Abby. “I just hope we can figure it out. I’m tired of that dream. It’s been seven straight nights I’ve had it.” ***** Later that night while in her bedroom, Cindy looked over the notes that she scribbled down at the library. She still didn’t know what to do about the problem. She wasn’t completely convinced that something unnatural was going on with Bobby. Finding the coin seemed to confirm parts of the dream she was having, but it didn’t say if she had to do an exorcism to help Bobby. Too bad she didn’t know what the other four symbols were. Suddenly, the wall that she shared with Bobby’s room shook from something hitting it. Cindy didn’t know that Bobby was home yet. She slowly got up from her bed and went to the door. She waited for one of her parents to yell something from downstairs, but nothing came from that
direction. Cautiously, she peered outside her door and saw that Bobby’s door was cracked open just a bit. She quietly went to his door and looked in. Bobby was sitting on the edge of his bed with his back to Cindy. He was muttering something in a language that Cindy didn’t recognize. He was waving his left hand around something in his right hand. Cindy couldn’t see it but saw a blue glow pulsating brightly. Out of nowhere a loud pop vibrated the door, and Cindy went back to her room. This was the evidence that she needed to determine her next step. Tonight when Bobby slept, she was going to go in his room and place the coin on Bobby’s forehead. She prayed that this was the right thing to do and that it would work.
Dad from snooping in his room. Cindy gently turned the door knob, and the door silently opened just a crack. She peered in and saw that Bobby was sound asleep. She tip-toed inside and looked around to make sure she didn’t trip over a sneaker or anything. Luck was on her side; Bobby was sleeping on his back. Cindy didn’t know if she had to just place the coin on his forehead or hold it there, or for even how long. She leaned over and gently placed the coin on Bobby’s forehead. Suddenly, Bobby’s eyes popped open with a look of amazement. Cindy jerked back like she was going to be bit. “What are you doing?” yelled Bobby. “Nothing, just a prank,” Cindy said quickly. “Get out of my room then!” Bobby snapped at her. Not knowing if it worked or not, Cindy went back to her room. She placed the coin back in its box and crawled back into bed. She lay there wondering what would happen next. Slowly, she went to sleep. For the first time in over a week, she did not have the nightmare about Bobby. Inside Cindy, the demon now lurked. It thought that its plan might still work, but now it was finally a challenge. Somehow, he figured, he would be able to use the little girl to his advantage.
Cindy placed the coin on Bobby’s forehead.
***** Around midnight, Cindy slid out of bed and crept to her door. She put her ear to the door and listened for any noise. After a couple of minutes all she could hear was her father snoring. She went back to her bed and pulled out the wooden box from under it. She opened it and retrieved the coin from its resting place. As quietly as she could, she went back to the door and quietly opened it. She looked down the hallway and then to Bobby’s door. It was shut this time, but she knew that Bobby didn’t have a lock to prevent Mom and
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In Memoriam: Philip (Filip) Coppens By Jenny Gurney, Proximity Paranormal
hilip Coppens was an author and investigative journalist. His work ranged from the world of politics to ancient history and mystery. Since 1995 until his untimely death on December 30, 2012, he lectured extensively and appeared in a number of television and DVD documentaries, including Ancient Aliens: The Series (The History Channel). Philip was the author of 11 English-language books, including The Stone Puzzle of Rosslyn Chapel, The New Pyramid Age, Servants of the Grail, Killing Kennedy, The Cryptogram of Rennes-le-Château, The Ancient Alien Question, and The Lost Civilization Enigma. He passed away of angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. He left behind his wife, Kathleen McGowan. I personally had the pleasure to meet Philip in Minnesota this past October. He greatly impacted me, as well as many others, through his excellent body of work. Here are a few messages that represent the impact Philip had on those around him. “I had the honor, the privilege, and the pleasure of meeting Filip a few years ago when we were both being interviewed for Gardiner’s World. Afterwards, we stayed up until late in the night at our hotel chewing the fat about items of mutual interest, and I liked him a lot. “A few years later, he and his wife Kathleen ... interviewed me for their radio program, and once again I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with Filip, who was as discerning and open-minded a man as I’ve met in my time.” —Dennis Price “I never knew Filip personally, but he treated my comments on Facebook as if we were friends. If he showed that much kindness to an absolute stranger, how great must his light have shone on those he knew well. I am grateful that he shared his knowledge while he
Philip Coppens and his wife, Kathleen McGowan.
was here with us. And I am grateful that he knew love in these last months on Earth.” —Melody Rae “My path crossed with Philip Coppens a few years ago, not due to ancient aliens or one of his many books on the mysteries of our world, but after I conducted my very first interview for Paranormal Underground magazine in 2008. The article was about Bill Homann, owner of the MitchellHedges crystal skull. Bill wanted to ensure the article’s accuracy, and he asked if I would let his friend take a look at the article before it was published. I said yes, of course. “It turns out that friend was Philip Coppens. Soon after, I learned about Philip’s work and became a Facebook friend. I quickly grew to greatly respect Philip Coppens for his vast research and writings. While I never met him personally, I was drawn to his exceptional work.” —Chad Wilson
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