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Inside This Issue
FEATURES INVESTIGATOR SPOTLIGHT Paul Bradford: A Look Into the Untempered Schism
SPECIAL REPORT How to Network and Why You Should
CASE FILES OF THE UNKNOWN Haunted Sites Return to the Kingdom of Shadows
Are We Alone? What if it’s All True?
PERSONAL EXPERIENCES The Surrendered Psychic Peaceful Coexistence: Life in a Possibly Haunted House
Thomas “Mr. T” Perryman
FICTION: FEATURED AUTHOR “The Place” by Julie Leese and Margaret Ehrlich
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Contributors Amelia Bennett Amelia is a part-time freelance writer living in London, UK. She is fascinated with all things paranormal and the UFO Disclosure Movement. She fits in her hobby around her full-time job of selling surgery insurance (www.quotezone. co.uk/surgery-insurance.htm) and related services.
Margaret Ehrlich Inspired Ghost Tracking (IGT) founder Margaret had several experiences with the paranormal growing up and was very intrigued by these experiences. Living in a haunted home was an adventure for her. “I saw a full-body apparition, the attic door opened and closed on its own, I felt like someone watched me at night while I tried to sleep, and my mother’s door would not stay closed, just to name a few experiences,” Margaret said.
Samantha Fey Samantha is an intuitive medium and Reiki Master. For more information, check out her Website: www. thecrystalchick.com. She also co-hosts one of Blogtalk Radio’s most popular paranormal shows, Psychic Teachers, which airs live
every Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern. You can download all archived shows on iTunes by searching PsychicTeachers — all one word.
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 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 email@example.com.
Rick E. Hale A Chicago native, Rick has been researching all aspects of the paranormal since the age of eight. A featured writer for Paranormal Underground magazine, Rick also hosts of Paranormal Underground Radio on www.ZTalkRadio.com. He is also the founder of Foundations Psychical Research. January/February 2012
Rick is also the author of the soon-to-be-released Geek’s Guide to the Paranormal Book 1: Ghosts, Poltergeists and Demons. As an investigator, Rick considers himself to be a Modern Traditionalist, meaning he believes in melding the new and old schools of psychical research.
J.D. Harrison J.D. is Paranormal Underground’s science editor. He is a working archaeologist with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and archeology and a minor in history. For the past 30 years, he has studied demonology, spirit manifestation, Cabalistic ritualism, and many other aspects of the paranormal. He has focused his studies on topics like Paganism, Wicca, Druidic, and Celtic practices, and other obscure religious ritualistic beliefs and practices. J.D. is neither a skeptic nor a believer in the paranormal, but instead believes that scientific observation is best served from a place of neither skepticism nor belief.
Julie Leese Julie is the assistant organizer, senior researcher, and lead investigator for Inspired Ghost Tracking (IGT). She is an ordained minister, wedding consultant, Reiki I, mystery shopper, and notary public. Approximately 10 years ago, Julie was a student of medi-
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cine with the goal of becoming a health practitioner until she made the decision to pursue the paranormal field. She believes that she inherited what some call “raw psychic abilities,” which have been handed down to her from her mother’s side of the family. Julie continues to try to harness these abilities today. Julie joined IGT while it was still in its infancy. But having been involved in the paranormal field for several years, she was able to provide the group with both expertise and resources.
Cheryl Knight Cheryl is editor-in-chief of Paranormal Underground magazine, director of Publica
tions & Editing Services for Ghost Knight Media, and producer of Paranormal Underground Radio. She has more than 20 years of experience as a professional writer and editor, and has published hundreds of articles on topics ranging from advanced technology to paranormal investigation. Cheryl’s previous magazine experience includes roles as senior and managing editor for several business publications.
Michelle 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. January/February 2012
Michelle has a photography degree and is the co-owner of www. TheRavenBooks.com. Contact Michelle at www.michellepillow.com.
Chad Wilson A writer of articles and fiction, Chad is the publisher of Paranormal Underground magazine and a partner for Ghost Knight Media. His interest in the paranormal led to the creation of www.ParanormalUnderground.net. Chad has investigated with East Tennessee Paranormal Research Society and counts Waverly Hills, the Villisca Axe Murder House, the Queen Anne Hotel, the Queen Mary, and private residences among his investigations. Paranormal Underground
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something we said or did, or even from guilt over something that was done. This is not about placing blame either. The next step is to take responsibility for our own actions in any given situation. Taking an honest, hard look at our own actions and feelings can help deal with emotional pain. We must take responsibility for our own actions and feelings before moving forward and asking others to take responsibilities for theirs. Remember, this is not about placing blame, but about Chad Wilson, Publisher taking responsibility. Lastly, we need to What Is Mental Pain? forgive ourselves and others. Whether it is being We can’t forgive others until we forgive spurned by a loved one, betrayed by ourselves first. Put yourself in the other someone we considered a close friend, person’s shoes, which might provide or feeling abandoned when someone we insight into any given situation. cared for dies, pain is pain. It is no different than grabbing a hold of something Dealing With Death hot. Our nerve endings react and draw Oftentimes, we experience the most back from the obviously harmful object, sadness and sometimes anger when a and we feel pain. loved one dies. Sometimes we blame In the same way, when we are ourselves for not being there for them subjected to emotional hurt, either in before their passing, and other times the form of words or actions, we react we blame them for leaving us alone. accordingly. Sometimes we withdraw Regardless of the situation, there is emofrom the situation, and other times we tional pain involved, and moving past “counterattack,” trying to hurt the indithat is all part of the grieving process. vidual who hurt us initially. Feel angry if you have to, but then let it go and move on. How Do We Deal With Moving on and letting go does not Mental Pain? mean we forget about what happened. When someone does something We learn from our experiences, as it that hurts us, how do we deal with that is those same experiences that make pain? Being angry and staying angry long us who we are as individuals. If we fail term won’t help the situation. First, we to learn from an experience, then that need to step back and take an accountparticular pain was a waste, leading to no ing of the situation, whether that is going new insights about ourselves and those to another room or even leaving the area around us. completely. By letting go, we are oftentimes able Evaluate. Try to figure out where to develop as individuals, and in the end, the resentment, or cause of the situation, isn’t that what life’s all about? arose. Sometimes it was in reaction to etting go is one of the hardest things a person will ever have to do — whether that be letting go of anger, feelings of betrayal, or even a loved one who has passed on. Holding onto bitterness, anger, sadness, or any other emotion is part of our nature as human beings. Everyone is susceptible to these emotions, from the most stoic of individuals to the most gracious. And even though we might not always show it, we frequently deal with these oftentimes negative emotions.
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A Look Into the Untempered Schism By Cheryl Knight
n this month’s “Investigator Spotlight,” we catch up with Ghost Hunters International’s (GHI) Tech Manager and Investigator Paul Bradford. We originally interviewed Paul for our December 2009 issue when he first joined GHI. Paul recently filled us in on the team’s new season, which starts airing on the SyFy Channel on February 22, 2012, as well as his new book, an interesting Doctor Who project, and new developments on his own paranormal investigation equipment. Q: What can viewers expect from the new season of Ghost Hunters International? Paul: The new season of Ghost Hunters International is going to be the best one yet, with some of the most physical and mentally challenging episodes to date, not to mention some of the oldest places we have ever investigated, one in particular dating back to 1300BC. Q: What are your favorite moments from the new season? Paul: In addition to the upcoming season’s investigations being the most intense so far, they were also my favorite. There certainly were some very memorable moments,
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such as having to venture two miles underground or being in a sacrifice chamber dating back to a pre-Incan civilization.
some fantastic evidence, there was also some really good scientific debunking, probably some of the best we’ve ever done.
Q: Did the team capture any significant evidence during filming? If so, can you give us a sneak peek?
Q: Are there any new GHI team members this season?
Paul: We did. Unfortunately, I can’t share with you exactly what we got. But, I can tell you that in addition to
Paul: Oh no, same team as before. Barry is the team lead, Kris as co-lead, myself as the tech manager, Susan remains as the case manager, and Scott and Joe are investigators. I think with
this team, there’s a good balance of skepticism, myself and Kris being the most skeptical of the group. There’s also a good level of debating that takes place among the team, which can get heated at times, but we do all respect each other’s opinions. Which I think is another reason we work so well with each other. Q: Tell us about any new equipment you have experimented with lately either on GHI and/or during your own personal investigations. Paul: As the tech manager, I continue to maintain GHI’s reputation of leading the field in regards to the tech we use. This season will see a few new tools being used. Like anything, some of the gear we use is case specific. For example, one of the investigations involved water, and with a little heads-up from Susan about what to expect, I built an underwater microphone. We’ve been using keyhole inspection cameras, as well as my laser tech, which has been developed further from a burst of dots to an actual grid. What this means is if we do capture something using the “grid,” potentially we could use 3D software and accurately reproduce what exactly was caught. Q: Scariest moment from the new season? Paul: I very rarely get scared. I mean, I get startled like everyone else, but I don’t think I’ve ever been scared during an investigation, at least not until we investigated Italy. Like before, I can’t go into details, but let’s just say whatever was there made it very clear they/it didn’t want any of us there. Even my camera and audio guys witnessed stuff going on. I’ll remember that place for the rest of my life.
GHI’s Paul Bradford and Barry FitzGerald flying to an investigation in the Andes.
Q: What do you do when you’re not filming GHI? Paul: Mainly I spend my time off with my family. I have a four-year-old daughter who loves having me home. There’s always something about the house that needs to be done, as well as my hobbies and interests. I collect Doctor Who stuff and have quite an extensive collection. I also have a few events/conventions set for this year, which will give
TARDIS in my back yard, which is actually my workshop … still working on how to make it bigger on the inside. As far as who is my favorite Doctor, I would have to say its Tom Baker. He is the Doctor. Before the 2005 re-launch, if you thought about the Doctor, it was Tom Baker and his iconic scarf. However, David Tennant is a very close second, I mean seriously, he
“There’s also a good level of debating that takes place among the team, which can get heated at times ...” me a chance to meet the fans and answer questions, and even go on a hunt or two. Q: You are a dedicated Doctor Who fan. (Didn’t you build a TARDIS to scale?) As a fellow fan, I have to ask, which Doctor is your favorite and why? Paul: Oh yes, I do have a full-size
took the role and owned it. In my opinion, Tennant brought the doctor back. Eccleston was great, but Tennant is, again in my opinion, the reason Doctor Who is so big right now. Smith is doing a great job as well, he is a fantastic actor and has had some fantastic stories. Q: Can fans expect to see you at any upcoming conventions?
Investigator Spotlight Paul: Yes. Scott and I actually have a USA Tour set for this year. We have two dates set for February. On the 11th, we will be in Kentucky (http://morrisonlodge.eventbrite. com/), and the following weekend we will be in Florida. We also have a convention set for November, as well as a number of other locations being put together. We are just waiting for filming dates so we can book the events in our down time. Q: What new projects do you have upcoming? Paul: I have just released my second photography book, entitled Here, there and back again … . It has a lot of photography from the up-andcoming locations, though I should
“I have plans to build a full-size K9, the robot dog from Doctor Who.” make it clear that it’s not a ghost book. It’s essentially a collection of world travel photography by me. After the success of my first book, Wish you were here, it was just a matter of time until I released a follow-up. In addition to my books, I have a Doctor Who blog that I write: http://myuntemperedschism.blogspot.com/. I also have plans to build a full-size K9, the robot dog from Doctor Who.
Paul Bradford’s newest book, Here, there, and back again..., contains photographs from Paul’s world travels, including photos from locations investigated in the upcoming season of GHI.
To learn more about Paul, his work on “GHI,” his equipment, and his own paranormal team, visit www. facebook.com/pages/GHIs-PaulBradford/113944785301230, www. creepyhollowgear.com, and www. sonoranparanormal.com/joomla.
GHI’s Paul Bradford during an investigation in Puerto Rico.
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How to Network and Why You Should By Karen Frazier
am incredibly blessed to be a part of the amazing paranormal community in Washington and Oregon. There is a group of us that shares information and friendship, working jointly on investigations, bouncing ideas off one another, and gathering to enjoy the company of like-minded individuals. We all attend the same conferences, go to the same picnics, take classes together, support one another’s activities, and socialize. We share information about haunts, discuss new techniques, offer ideas about each other’s evidence, and float theories. What I’ve discovered from all of this is just how much we have to learn from one another. Drama-Free Whenever I interview someone on Paranormal Underground Radio, many times the talk veers to all of the drama present in the paranormal. I’m not going to deny it. In my efforts at networking, I’ve come across many people in the field with that aspect to their personality. There are groups out there that thrive on drama and seem to exist only to stir it up. Still, the drama mongers are a mere fraction of the groups
engaged in paranormal investigation, and with some careful networking, you can find the OTHER groups: the ones who are in it for research and have created well-oiled machines with teams that work together cohesively, leveraging the synergy of their personalities and skill sets.
Why You Need Other Groups So, if there is a chance that you’ll come across a group of drama queens as you are a group of serious investigators, is it really worth the effort? It absolutely is! Here are my top reasons why you need other groups.
You Don’t Know Everything Chances are, your group is made up of people with their own skill sets, and that’s great! I am in such a group where we have an amazing synergy of skills, knowledge, and investigative styles, yet I have discovered what a wealth of knowledge we all glean from interacting with other groups, as well. Here’s the deal with paranormal investigation, however. While it is far from in its infancy, we still lack general knowledge about a lot of things. The research is there, particularly from organizations such as the American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR), but there is still much to learn. Many groups (mine included) are in the wild theorizing stage, with little understanding of how to test those hypotheses and develop them further. Chances are, however, that in some nearby group, there exists a person who can help your group move beyond wild hypotheses to actual research! When you meet this person, welcome him or her with open arms, and you will vastly elevate your paranormal game.
Your Technique Could Probably Use Some Refining I know mine could! There are a lot of people in the paranormal who have learned much of what they know on television. While that is a fine starting point, almost everyone could stand some refinement of technique. After all, thorough investigation and analysis requires technical skills, and the best way to glean them is by working with somebody who really knows their stuff. Likewise, if you have mad skillz in some aspect of the paranormal, others may be able to grow stronger as investigators by learning from you. If we work together, we can advance the field. There Is a Certain Synergy in Working With Others This is especially true when it comes to ideas and theorizing. I’ve often discovered that as I discuss my ideas with other people, they expand by leaps and bounds. In other words, the sum of our output is much stronger than any individual piece. Extra Eyes and Ears on Evidence Make it More Credible I am an evidence stickler. I believe we are only as credible as the worst piece of evidence we present to the world. Further, we each work with our own set of filters and preconceived notions, and sometimes you just need an outside opinion to be able to rise above what you want or believe a piece of evidence is telling you. I can give you a quick example. I have been working with my friend, William Becker, a gifted psychic medium who is helping me to learn to refine my rather out of control intuition. In a recent class, I saw something in my head that I reported to another person who was
working with me. She happened to be running a recorder at the time and believed she captured an EVP that confirmed what I had seen in my head. Since my intuition is rather imprecise and messy, I would like nothing more than to believe I am gaining control of it. The thought that the EVP said the very word I had seen a picture of in my head was very seductive. After all, it would have provided confirmation that I have psychic abilities as opposed to, say, rampant schizophrenia. (I have
I have turned to my network repeatedly with evidence in an attempt to stay honest with myself. yet to rule out either possibility!) The first time I listened to the EVP, I heard exactly what the other investigator said it did. Then I listened to it again. And again. I broke it down for syllables and consonants. I played that stinking EVP about 100 times. It wasn’t saying what I wanted it to, and a few others outside of the
situation listened to it and agreed. It would have been easy for me to just accept the EVP as confirmation of what I had seen. Fortunately, my network kept me honest, preventing me from touting my amazing psychic abilities and later being exposed as incorrect. I have turned to my network repeatedly with evidence in an attempt to stay honest with myself. I believe doing so has kept me from releasing shoddy evidence, helping me to maintain credibility in the research I do. Likewise, my team’s network has discovered things in our evidence we never even noticed. A fresh set of eyes and ears can see things you’ve missed in a clip you’ve reviewed dozens of times. The Support Is Tremendous If you’re like me, you probably have plenty of people in your life who think you’re nuts, deluded, stupid, or overly imaginative. You probably have others embarrassed to admit that their friend or family member is a “ghost hunter,” or even believes in ghosts. When you gather with a large group of paranormal investigators,
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Special Report area came at a planned weekend gathering in a small, haunted hotel. It was fun getting to know everyone, and I’ve maintained several of the contacts. Other groups I know plan potlucks and picnics, fundraisers, and other activities. Offer to Speak Do you have a specific area of expertise? If so, contact event organizers and offer to serve as a speaker. Stick around to talk to others after your presentation.
you are finally among your own. It’s nice to have people in my life who not only support what I do, but actually share that interest. That way, when I have an experience or one of my weird paranormal thoughts, I have dozens of people with whom I can connect and talk. It’s lovely to gather with fellow paranormal investigators and be accepted for who I am and what I’ve experienced without eye rolling. Some of the strongest and most lasting friendships I have made are fellow paranormal investigators, and I look forward to the opportunities I have to gather with them. How to Network Anyone who knows me well is going to laugh when I tell you this, but it is nonetheless true. I am quite shy. It takes a lot for me to leave my comfort zone and interact with people I don’t know. Still, I’ve forced myself to do so, and the result has been tremendously rewarding. Here are my tips for building a network. Network in Real Life The Internet seems like a much easier way to meet people than getting together face-to-face, espe-
cially for someone shy like me. Still, gathering in real life is the way I’ve cemented relationships and where I’ve learned the most from others. Attend Conferences Most areas of the country offer small ghost conferences within a few hundred miles of where you live. I’ve attended (and spoken at) many conferences, where I’ve met other teams and
The Internet has great opportunities for meeting other groups or making that initial contact. individuals. Get to know the speakers and other conference attendees. Go on Ghost Tours Paranormal teams and fellow enthusiasts frequently run these tours. Take your team on a tour and get to know your tour guide. Host an Event Plan a class, tour, or an event in your area and reach out to other teams to attend. My first significant contact with multiple teams in the
Invite Other Groups Along Do you have a paranormal “place” that you return to again and again? If you do, invite other groups to join you on an investigation. Make the Most of Social Networking The Internet has great opportunities for meeting other groups or making that initial contact. Sites like ParanormalUnderground.net, WestCoastGhostHunters.com, EastCoastGhostHunters.com, and many others allow you to meet in the virtual world and share your thoughts about the paranormal. Once you’ve met in person, you can also maintain contact with other groups via social networking sites like Facebook and Google+. Be Open to the Possibilities One of the things I’ve experienced in the paranormal is “competition” between groups. You usually see this with fairly young groups, many with their eyes on the prize of obtaining their own television show. Many more mature and serious groups exist, however, and they may be perfect for your paranormal network. After all, paranormal research is not a competition. It is a joint venture, and we all have something to gain by working together.
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Case Files of the Unknown: Haunted Sites
Return To The Kingdom Of Shadows By Rick E. Hale, Foundations Psychical Research
s a psychical researcher, it has always been my greatest dream to board a plane, take a quick hop over the pond, and explore some of the haunts of the United Kingdom, the birthplace of what we call modern paranormal research. Getting the opportunity to investigate some drafty, old castle haunted by the specter of some long forgotten queen, sans a head, or explore some ancient manor house said to haunted by the ancient spirits of some lord or lady would be cool. But, although I find these places uber interesting, unfortunately they have been done to death, if you will pardon the pun. No, for me I would love nothing more than to be locked up in an 800-year-old cottage where a family claims that they are haunted by one of Oliver Cromwellâ€™s roundheads, who only makes his presence known every once in a while. Places such as this are the real haunts of England. So I thought it would be appropriate to take another trip to the United Kingdom and take a new look at the Kingdom of Shadows. Denham Church/Hall, St. Mary, Suffolk England In a country that has such a long and storied history, it should really
Denham Church/Hall, St. Mary, Suffolk, England
come as no surprise that not only a single building is haunted by the specters of times long since past, but an entire village as well. And the village of St. Maryâ€™s in Suffolk, England, and its chief place of worship is one such town. For decades, St. Mary and Denham Church have been the site of well-documented paranormal events that should make any ghost hunter whip out his or her trusty specter detector and get
to work. Those who live, work, and play in the village have been witness not to just one, but 11 extremely active spirits. So many spirits have been witnessed in the town that the locals barely raise an eyebrow when someone reveals that they have just witnessed a ghost. One of the ghosts that is seen on a regular basis is that of a spectral monk who is witnessed walking along an ancient footpath
leading away from the church. Those who have seen him all report the same thing. As the monk walks by, he makes no effort to acknowledge the presence of the observer and just fades away in front of the eyes of the astonished bystander. Others have seen the spirits of two very proper Victorian era women attending to an adjoining garden of the church. If these spirits are far too benign for your tastes, then you may want to hang out near the steep hill not far from the church. Witnesses have described a large, misty figure with burning, red eyes floating down the hill. However, be warned, this spirit does not want you there and makes that point painfully obvious by attempting to violently push interlopers down the hill. And, last, but not least, of the spirits seen about town is that of a headless farmer. The story goes that one day sometime in the 1920s, while the farmer was tending to his crops, he fell from his horse and was decapitated by a sharp blade. Eyewitnesses report seeing the headless figure wandering around his fields still wearing the overalls and plaid shirt that he wore on the day he met his tragic end. Although there is much activity in the town that is centered around the church, one of the most interesting hauntings comes with a legend. The residents of St. Mary’s affectionately call it “The Chain.” The legend speaks of a young 16-year-old girl who was so utterly beautiful that all the men of the town, unmarried and otherwise, fell hopelessly in love with her. Well, of course, this did not sit well with the wives of the married men, and someone yelled the only word that would condemn a person to swift and painful death: “Witch.” The young girl was ripped from her bed one night as she slept,
Ravenspark Asylum, Irvine, Scotland
bound in chains, and thrown down a deep, dark well. Satisfied that she was good and dead, the locals fished her body out and dragged her cold, lifeless, chained body through the town until they buried her at a crossroads. Witches were sometimes buried at crossroads under the belief that doing so “bound” their spirit to that area, thus keeping them from harassing the living. Villagers believe that the sound
jaunt up north to the land where real men wear kilts ... Scotland. One of Scotland’s most notorious hotspots that just seems to bleed negativity is Ravenspark Asylum of Irvine Scotland. Here, it is said that the spirits of the insane and disenfranchised still haunt. In operation from 1846–1995, Ravenspark Asylum was the facility where the insane, the elderly, and the just plain unwanted were sent to
Doors have been seen violently slamming shut. of a chain dragging in the roadways is residual energy of the poor girl being dragged through the streets to her final resting place. Ravenspark Asylum, Irvine, Scotland Rather than staying in one part of the British Empire, I think it would be a good idea to take a quick
remove them from “Polite Society.” After closing its doors in 1995, the asylum was abruptly abandoned. Old clothes, hospital beds, and paperwork that was being worked on by staff still sits on old, unused desks. Ravenspark quickly gained a reputation as being a place inhabited by some very unhappy and unfriendly spirits.
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Springhill, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland Visitors to the asylum have been witness to some bone-chilling events that would frighten anyone. Doors have been heard and seen violently flying open and slamming shut, breaking the silence of the otherwise quiet building. Others have claimed to feel cold breezes pass them by as the sound of footsteps quickly ran past. It’s not just the violently slamming of doors and the cold breezes that makes this place one of Scotland’s most haunted. Apparitions have been seen as well, and they run the spectrum of the friendly to the terrifying. One of the spirits often seen in the building is the sad, little shade of a small boy confined to a wheelchair in what was once known as the physio room. Folks have watched as the little boy rolls toward them and vanishes before their very eyes. It is unclear who he was, but many visiting psychics have claimed that they get an intense feeling of abandonment and sadness. Ward 3 is said to be the most
active area of the former asylum. People have reported seeing a diseased-ridden woman wandering the ward, not looking for anything in particular. Witnesses who have seen the sick woman say that she exudes a feeling of unimaginable pain and suffering as a result of her illness. Not all spirits that haunt Ward 3 are patients. Visitors have claimed to see the very unfriendly spirit of an orderly. Witnesses have watched in terror as this spirit aggressively runs up on them and yells in their faces
Pete,” has been known to make it a fun place to visit. Locals claim that Pete was an area native who had the mental functions of a small child and was placed in the asylum because his family was no longer able to care for him. Shortly after being sent to the asylum, he died of a broken heart. Pete got his nickname because he likes to peek around corners and walk up behind visitors and whisper in their ears. It is believed that the slamming of doors is not caused by some aggressively negative entity, but rather that of Pete playing pranks and trying to scare people out of fun. Today, most of the Ravenspark Asylum has been demolished to make way for housing. The only structure remaining from the original site is the central facade and two guard houses. It leaves one to wonder what paranormal activity might possibly be stirred up as a result of the ongoing construction. Springhill, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland Ireland is more than a land of rolling green hills. It can also be called a land of spirits. Ireland has a rich tradition of ghosts and hauntings, and not just of the human variety. Ireland is said to be home to the Fay, a special class of nature spirit that many to this day say is more than man, but slightly less
Ireland is said to be home to the Fay. that he wants them to “Get the Hell out!” as he attempts to push them. It is said that this spirit is the ghost of an orderly who was murdered by the patients that he abused. Although Ravenspark Asylum seems to bleed negativity, one entity, affectionately named “Peek-A-Boo
than angels. Although tales of the Fay are interesting, to say the least, I think we’ll stick with the human spirits said to haunt the country. And one of those infamous haunts is that of Springhill in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland.
Built in the 17th Century, and home to 10 generations of a single family originally from Ayershire, Springhill is home to a few very active spirits. The first reported sighting of a ghost occurred in the late 19th Century. A former resident claimed that one day, as she was cleaning the home, she watched as the spirit of a woman floated into the room, threw up her hands, and gasped in disgust. Before the shocked eyes of the woman, the spirit then vanished. People aren’t really sure who this woman is, but she has been seen on more than one occasion over the past century, acting as if she is very displeased with the cleanliness of the house. The spirit of a woman wearing a black dress has been seen on many occasions standing silently at the bottom of the stairs. Many have found that they need to muster the courage just to walk down the stairs, because whoever she is, she fixes all with a cold, almost hateful stare. This spirit has been identified by her portrait. For almost a hundred years, the portrait of the wife of Colonel Conyngham had hung proudly on the wall over the fireplace. That was until one day it mysteriously vanished, never to be seen again. Does the spirit of Mrs. Conyngham haunt the cottage as a reminder of the crime that was visited upon her? Many think so, and many have also claimed to have seen her spirit pacing by the fireplace where her portrait once hung. Saint Katherine’s Abbey, County Limerick, Ireland Ireland is a very religious country, despite all the violence that has occurred between the Catholics and the Protestants, who have been duking it out since the early 20th Century over who’s particular branch of
Christianity should reign supreme. However, this was not always the case, as all of Ireland, north and south, was once completely Catholic. Saint Katherine’s Abbey in County Limerick is perhaps the oldest nunnery on the Emerald Isle.
battle. While they were on the run, speeding away on their trusty steed, an arrow flew out of the darkness and struck the Lady Desmond, who slumped dead behind her beloved husband. Distraught over his wife’s un-
Lady Desmond was alive when she was interred at Saint Katherine’s Abbey. Established in 1298, Saint Katherine’s was built as a quiet place of religious devotion and meditation for the Nuns of the Augustinian Order. It really would be interesting if the Abbey was haunted by some ancient specter of a nun who fell in love with the local dashing priest and was made to pay for her crime against God and the Church. However, the Abbey is haunted by a much different ghost. One that was never a nun. Legend states that sometime in the late 18th Century, or before depending on who is telling the legend, Lord and Lady Desmond found themselves fleeing from a
timely demise, Lord Desmond raced to the nearest Abbey, Saint Katherine’s, and demanded that they allow him to bury his wife under the altar. But not all was as it seemed. Over the years, visitors and tourists to the Abbey have claimed to hear a woman’s voice coming from under the altar, as well as seeing her spirit pleading for someone to help her. It would seem that Lady Desmond did not die as a result of an arrow, but rather as a result of her husband prematurely burying her body. Lady Desmond was anything but dead. She was very much alive when she was interred at Saint Katherine’s
Ruins of the Saint Katherine’s Abbey, County Limerick, Ireland
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Case Files of the Unknown: Haunted Sites Abbey, and is now forced to haunt the Abbey for all time. Queen’s Head Hotel, Leicestershire, England If you ever find yourself in Leicestershire, England, and looking for a comfy hotel with all the amenities of home, then you may want to register for a couple of nights at the famous Queens Head Hotel. That is, of course, if you don’t mind bunking with a few of Great Britain’s most terrifying ghosts. Originally, the Queen’s Head Hotel was built as a coaching inn in the 17th Century for those who were weary from a long day’s journey. However, it would not be for many years until the hotel would gain its sinister reputation. Over the years, the employees of the Queen’s Head have claimed to come into contact with a tall, dark man, and not necessarily of the handsome variety. The dark man seems to exude an essence of pure evil. The tall, shadow figure has been known to send many an employee of the Queen’s Head running in terror from their place of employment. Witnesses have claimed to watch as the shadow man appears before them and attempts to grab their arms. No one is certain of who this shadow figure may be, but he is definitely an entity that no one wants to ever come into contact with. According to legend, it is not only the employees that fear the dark man, but other spirits also do their best to steer clear of this unpleasant being. Visitors and employees alike also claim to have seen several phantom children playing in the hall. People have heard the children play-
The Marsden Grotto, Tyne and Wear, England
ing, giggling, and whispering like any normal children would do. That is, until the dark man makes his presence known. Witnesses have reported that the ghostly children act as if they are afraid and quickly disappear when the dark entity comes around. Is this shadow entity a demon born of Hell or just some unhappy, old sod whose hate keeps him bound to this earth? No one knows and probably never will know. The Marsden Grotto, Tyne and Wear, England And last, but not least, on our return trip to the Kingdom of Shadows is one of the most haunted
places in all of the British Empire, if not the world, Marsden Grotto. Originally, the Grotto was built in the side of a limestone cliff in 1782 by Jack “The Blaster” Bates, an infamous character in the small seaside town. Over the years, there have been many reports of mysterious deaths either in or around the building. There were also the mysterious deaths of smugglers washed up on the shore, as well as a few jumpers from the cliff above. All of this death has obviously contributed to the Grotto’s “lively” spirit population. Employees of the grotto and those who frequent the establishment have been witness to a number of paranormal episodes, and not all are pleasant. Employees are terrified to go into the cellar to fetch a barrel of beer for fear they may come into contact with an entity that has been known to violently shake the basement door and yell unintelligible words at whoever may be near. Voices and footsteps seem to follow the employees around the building, and oftentimes a disembodied voice whispers in their ears. However, the entities that most frighten the employees and visitors alike are the shadow forms that dart in and out of rooms, leaving an icy cold stillness in the air. The Marsden is the place to go if you want to have lively conversation, a good meal, and spirits of the alcoholic, as well as the dead, variety. I really do love writing about British ghosts. With so much history, intrigue, and war, it really comes as no surprise that many a lost soul should call this Kingdom of Shadows home.
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Case Files of the Unknown: Are We Alone?
What if it’s All True? By Amelia Bennett
ighly respected UFO historian Richard Dolan is a credit to the UFO Disclosure Movement. Pressure continues to build on the government to reveal what it knows about any extraterrestrial presence and hardware, and it is only likely to increase as 2012 progresses. With December 21, 2012, as the widely rumored date of some significant and world-changing event, some are speculating that this may be the year that alien beings reveal themselves to the people of Earth, whether the government wants them to or not. Academics such as Dolan, who bases all his conclusions on hard documentary evidence, are great sounding boards for those who like keeping it real. His reasoned presentations on the issue of UFO disclosure and the history of the phenomena are enough to stop most skeptics in their tracks and force them to admit, at the very least, that there is a huge amount of documentary evidence that supports the hypothesis that UFOs not only exist, but have been of considerable concern to world governments for decades. Dolan’s latest book, After
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Disclosure, poses interesting questions about what would happen if the UFO phenomena is revealed to indeed be true. He and coauthor Bryce Zabel turned over the question in their minds and came to some interesting conclusions. How Much Disclosure? Dolan muses about the day of disclosure itself, probably undertak-
en by the president and other world leaders as a result of circumstances beyond their control. He doesn’t think it is likely that the U.S. government, in particular, would willingly disclose. The question of “how much disclosure” would be admitted is an interesting one. Will governments admit the extent to which they have lied to their people in covering up
the existence of UFOs? If the Roswell Incident, which is widely believed to have happened, is confirmed, it is possible that the U.S. president will have to confess that successive governments have had possession of alien craft and bodies for years without revealing the truth. If the intimidation of witnesses by security agents, which is widely reported, is confirmed as true, the extent of the resulting scandal cannot be underestimated. Even suspicious deaths will need to be re-investigated. Dolan speculates about what sort of event would force disclosure. The upturn in mass sightings over cities in recent years, including the indisputable “Phoenix Lights,” makes one wonder exactly what the visitors will have to do to convince us of their presence. Might there be an Independence Day-style appearance of huge ships, or something literally landing on the White House lawn, as so many have joked about. How will the visitors communicate with us, and what steps, if any, are open to world governments to stop forced disclosure? Who Are They, And What Do They Want? Of course, much of what happens next depends on the type of beings these visitors are, and whether or not they present a threat to mankind. What might be their purpose in visiting, and would we be sensible to take their intentions at face value? Might there be a hidden agenda, and how would we find this out. Many contactees talk of warnings from aliens who are concerned about the harm we are inflicting on our planet. But, might the visitors need resources from here on Earth, and how would they obtain them? Might there be an offer of free
result is often not pretty. Disruptions of all kinds, public outrage, financial panics, and even martial law are all discussed.” This, of course, plays into the fears of many U.S. citizens, as well as citizens around the world, and Dolan does not shy away from exploration of these difficult topics. He considers how mankind will deal with another presence here, which may not feel bound by our laws, and indeed how those very laws will apply to those who have acted in covering up the truth for so long. He discusses how disclosure might affect the economy, religions, and social cohesion.
UFO historian Richard Dolan’s latest book, After Disclosure, poses interesting questions about what would happen if the UFO phenomena is revealed to indeed be true.
energy or advanced technology? It would be tempting to take such offerings, but the price may be higher than we think.
Hope for the Future The conclusion of this exploration is optimistic. Dolan and Zabel feel that eventually, after a period of turmoil, stability will return and we will adapt to the new age as civilizations have done throughout history. Dolan’s insight as a historian is useful in this regard, and his message is plausible and well-reasoned. It is fascinating to see a new angle
How will disclosure affect the Economy, religions, and social cohesion? Immediate Effect on Society Dolan’s final chapter in After Disclosure looks at the potential consequences of disclosure on civilizations on many levels. He writes, “… We provide in-depth analyses of the effects of disclosure on some of our major institutions: government, the economy, our legal system, and the media. The
on the issue of disclosure being pushed in the way that these two authors have done. The questions that they feel we need urgently to address have not been asked up till now, and they are correct in not waiting for the issues to be opened up by government before the public has had a chance to reflect on them.
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By Samantha Fey
ecoming a psychic medium forced me to embrace the power of surrender. All my life, I’ve done everything to fit in and be “normal.” I simply shut up and shut out my abilities. But at night, spirits would come and visit me. Sometimes, they’d just appear, but usually they wanted to show me how they died. This terrified me, and I did everything I could to stop it. I slept with the lights and television on. I married a police officer, taught at the local community college, and became a mother. I was normal, fitted in, and felt safe. But there was always another world calling to me, and three years ago, I answered that call. I was at a metaphysical fair when a woman walked up to me, gave me an unsolicited but very accurate reading, and said, “My guides keep saying the word ‘Reiki.’” I’d never heard of Reiki, but based on this one stranger’s recommendation, I found a local Reiki teacher and earned my first degree. That’s when my intuition popped open again, but I still didn’t tell anyone. I dreamt that my friend was pregnant before she knew. I started to see lights around people, and I would feel their deceased relatives around me. Every time I saw my family doctor, I fought an impulse to tell him
Reiki Master and psychic medium Samantha Fey.
his grandmother, Anna, is so proud he became a doctor. As a teenage boy packed my bags at my local grocery store, I almost said, “Don’t worry; Lindsey likes you too.” How could I tell anyone these things? What Would They Think? But then the unthinkable happened, and suddenly what other people thought no longer mattered. My husband, a police sergeant, was shot in the line of duty. A nurse told me to call the family and prepare myself. Our priest came to administer the Last Rites. I thought about the nightmares I’d been having the last two weeks of someone reeling from a gunshot. I never saw a face, just someone jumping back and holding onto their neck and chest. And all summer I kept finding heart-shaped seashells. I
knew it was a sign of something coming, but I didn’t know what. As I sat in the ICU waiting room, I fought even the idea of surrendering with all my might. When the doctors finally came out of surgery to speak to me, they told me he’d lost half a lung and so much blood. That’s when I first began surrendering. Five days into his coma, I discovered I was pregnant with our third daughter. The doctor told me we had a good chance that Mike would get to meet this child. Staring into his eyes, I totally surrendered. I surrendered everything I was and hoped to be, gave it all to the doctors and focused on Mike’s recovery. Every day and night I would do Reiki on my husband. The nurses would come in and ask, “What are you doing? Every time you do that, his blood pressure stabilizes.” Finally, after 14 days, he woke up. He suffered a brain injury, which means he’ll never work as a police officer again; he battles daily headaches and has almost no short-term memory. But, through the power of surrender, I truly see all this as a gift. I really appreciate my husband, especially the small things, like picking up our daughters from school, going on date nights, and sleeping next to him each night. These are all gifts I had before the shooting, but they
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Personal Experiences remained unopened, unappreciated. My husband’s shooting gave me the confidence to join an intuitive development circle. Learning to Surrender I did a mini-reading for my best friend where her father came through with messages. She told a mutual acquaintance of ours, who shocked me by asking for a reading. I knew this woman only from our children’s playgroup. I feared that I’d give her a reading, she wouldn’t validate anything, and she’d tell everyone I was a lunatic. In fact, I secretly worried that this was the only reason she had asked for the reading. Then my husband said, “It probably took a lot of courage for her to ask for a reading.” I’d never thought about it that way, so I did it. She validated everything I said. Since then, I’ve learned to celebrate this gift and surrender to it, no matter what. Once during a reading, all I saw was a Banyan tree. Normally, I would have dismissed this and
asked for something more specific. But I had already decided to trust what I received. The woman became emotional as she explained that when she was seven, she had seen her spirit guide while sitting in a Banyan tree.
“I’ve always asked for validation of this,” she explained. If I hadn’t become a surrendered intuitive, she never would have received this confirmation. Another time, my brother-inlaw’s deceased brother kept bug-
ging me to get a message to him. I was terrified because I hadn’t told anyone in my family about this, and I knew it would just make him sad to think about his brother. But when I gave him dates, names, and even identified the car his brother drove, he was happy to hear that his brother was okay. What This Means to Me So, now I am a psychic medium. I’ve surrendered to this, and in many ways it has surrendered to me, allowing me to still be a wife, mother, and teacher. I’ve come out to my friends and family to mixed reviews. One thing doing readings has taught me is that we’re all here for different reasons — to heal, inspire, teach — but really we’re all serving the same purpose: to embrace with love our true self and see this reflected back in everyone around us. We all need to drop the blanket of doubt and fear clinging to us and let our light shine forth. How else can we do this, but through surrender?
What Is Reiki? A question that one might ask when hearing about Reiki is: What exactly is it? Hailing from Japan, Reiki is a technique that is used to reduce stress and promote both healing and relaxation administered through “the laying on of hands.” One of the main principals behind the idea of Reiki is that every living being has an underlying, invisible “life force energy.” This energy flows through us and is the life force that sustains us. If it is low, we are more likely to feel stressed or get sick. On the other hand, when it is high, we are at our most capable of being healthy and happy. Originally from Japan, the etymology of the word Reiki is Rei, meaning “God's Wisdom” or “the Higher Power,” and Ki, which translates to “life force energy.” So, in essence, Reiki translates into “spiritually guided life force energy.” Reiki treatments leave one with a wonderful, glowing radiance that flows through the entire being, surrounding the person receiving a Reiki treatment in “light.” Treating more than just the physical, Reiki also helps treat emotions, the mind, and the spirit, having the beneficial effects of a feeling of relaxation, well-being, peace, and security, and sometimes having reported miraculous results. Anyone can use the methods of Reiki. They are a safe, natural, and simple method of self improvement through spiritual healing. Effective in helping, and sometimes healing, almost every known illness and malady, it is said to always create a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with therapeutic and all other medical techniques to relieve the side effects of many illnesses and to promote recovery. To learn more, about Reiki, go to http://www.reiki.org/faq/whatisreiki.html.
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Peaceful Coexistence: Life in a Possibly Haunted House
By Karen Frazier
icture it: I am walking down my hallway on Christmas eve, alone in the house except for the dogs and Dookie Mouser, M.D. — the cat, if you couldn’t tell by her name. She’s a Neil Patrick Harris fan. As I walk toward my bedroom, I hear a click behind me and the lights go out. I swear I hear a giggle as I turn and call out, “Okay, not funny!” It’s another day in my possibly haunted house where weird crap happens. A Peaceful Beginning It started in February 2003. Jim and I had been married for just a few days when we drove down to Olympia, Washington, to meet our brand spanking new real estate agent, Phil. We had been scouring the John L. Scott listings for houses in the area because Jim had recently started working a new job at a power plant in Chehalis, Washington, which is about 30 minutes south of Olympia. He was getting tired of the two hours each way daily commute (double that on Fridays), so we were trying to move a little closer. We’d picked out a few enticing listings in Olympia and Chehalis and
were excited to get our first look at them. A Haunting Dream One house particularly appealed to us — a 4,000-plus-square-foot hilltop beauty on an acre of land and bordered by a deeded trust of woodlands. The house had a surprisingly low price, presumably because it was located in Chehalis, where real estate was extremely cheap due to its rather rural nature. When we
visited it, we were immediately sold. Bottom line — we made an offer and had it accepted that same day. A few days later, I had a dream. Now you must understand, 2003 was before the days of Paranormal Underground. Ghost Hunters had not yet hit the airwaves (that came in 2004), and the paranormal wasn’t at the forefront of anyone’s consciousness. However, the paranormal was a fascination I’d held since I was a child, bolstered by a stint in a haunted apartment when I was in my 20s (you can read about it in one of the back issues of Paranormal Underground). Still, back then, I didn’t think much of ghosts, because I was still in denial from my previous experience. My dream, however, brought it all roaring back. In my dream, our new home was extremely haunted, and I woke up shaking. I ended up laughing it off and didn’t give it another thought. The Visitor Financing being the busy industry it was during the real estate boom of 2003, we had to wait a while to move into our new home. But by the end of April, we had settled into a new life where Jim’s commute
was about five minutes and mine involved staggering down the hall in my pajamas and sitting down at my computer for a day of writing. Life was good on top of the hill. I’d completely forgotten about my dream. Still, as time passed, strange little things happened around the house that always gave me pause. The first occurred around November 2002. I was sitting upstairs in what was then our office (now it’s my son Tanner’s bedroom). My desk was against the wall, with my back to the room and the stairs. I heard Tanner walk up the stairs and across the floor. He bumped the back of my chair, which spun a little with the impact. I turned to ask him what he was doing out of bed, and surprise — there was nobody there! Confused, I headed downstairs and found Tanner sound asleep in his bed with the puppy curled up next to him, also sound asleep.
A Mischievous Spirit A few years later, the lights in the back of the house started messing with me. It started with a quick walk down the hall. I was, once again, alone in the house except for
head. One day I was alone in the house with the dogs when there was a huge click on the marble in the entryway. I walked out to see what it was and heard a voice on the stairs behind me say, “Hi!”
The lights went off, even though nobody was standing at the switch. the dogs. As I walked, I heard a click from in front of me, and the lights went off, even though nobody was standing at the switch. “Turn it back on,” I called out. Click! The light was back on. For some reason, this only happens to me, and usually when I am home alone, leading me to believe I am absolutely nuts. Or something weird is happening in my house. Since then, small things have happened that make me scratch my
I whirled around and nobody was there, but I did discover an object that had been sitting under books on the stairs was now in the middle of the entryway floor with the books back in place as if they had been undisturbed. I would have suspected the dogs, but they were with me the whole time. Confirmation A few months later, a friend with mediumistic abilities was at my
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Personal Experiences house for dinner. She went to the bathroom, and when she came out she said, “You didn’t tell me you had a ghost.” Apparently, she’d seen a boy of about 8 or 9 standing in the hallway wearing a striped shirt. Since then, other friends of mine in the house have seen something similar, giving nearly the same description of our visitor. Tanner hears our friend upstairs in his room regularly, and when friends spent the night recently they heard him as well. One, Zac, went running up the stairs toward Tanner’s room. He thought he heard footsteps running with him, so he stopped. The footsteps kept going. His sister was sleeping on a mattress we’d dragged into the room for her, and when she woke up she heard someone in the bathroom playing with the soap dispenser. The Weirdness Continues About a month ago, I was sitting and working in my usual spot. Once again, it was just me and the dogs. I kept hearing voices — like the low murmuring of males. Finally, I got up to investigate, following the sounds of the voices. I discovered that in Jim’s backpack, a transistor radio was turned on. What was odd about it is that the radio is only powered when you wind it up, something no one had done. Another night, Jim was at work and I was in bed reading. My clock radio turned on very loudly to the static between stations. This was odd for two reasons: 1) The alarm was not set for the time it turned on (nor was it set at all), and 2) I keep my radio set to an actual station, not one between stations. Bonus reason — I also keep the volume quite low because I like to wake up to soft music, not loud screechy voices. A few nights after the wind-up
radio incident, Jim was doing the dishes when he kept hearing a hollow booming. He shut of the water and began to investigate. He quickly discovered the sound was coming from Boom Boom, our dog’s teddy bear. Boom Boom has a heart beat box inside of him that, when the dog was a puppy, we would turn on so she wouldn’t feel alone when we weren’t home. We haven’t had Boom Boom turned on in years. In fact, Boom Boom has a mechanical rotating
switch that has to click into place to activate him, something none of us have touched and the dogs lack the opposable thumbs to manage. Just the other night, I was watching television when the channel changed to On Demand. I had the remote control sitting next to me at the time, and Tanner swears he wasn’t messing with me. Recent Happenings Today, I was talking with one of my fellow investigators with SSPR, Patty Valdez, about all of the funny
happenings in our house. My friend, William, who is a psychic medium, had recently been at the house and seen the young boy. As I spoke, Patty kept asking, “Did you just say that?” She was hearing a child’s voice through the phone, talking as I talked. She started asking questions. Someone — not me — responded. One other thing: My dog, Mia, refuses to go upstairs. Tanner’s bedroom is the entire upstairs. To enter, you have to cross a threshold. Mia adores Tanner. Next to me, he is her favorite person. Still, she won’t go into Tanner’s room. Just the other night, I was sitting in a chair in his room, working at his desk, and Mia sat just before the threshold looking in and making pitiful noises. When I called, she refused to come. When I picked her up and physically carried her into the room, she began trembling uncontrollably until I put her down. She hightailed it out of the room and sat looking through the door at me again. When I walked toward her, she raced down the stairs. Our house really isn’t that old. It was probably 10 years old when we bought it and had only had two owners before us. Before the original owner built the house here, it was just woods at the top of a hill. It’s hard to know what is going on here. I’ve never investigated, never done EVPs, or otherwise made any attempt to communicate other than talking when mischief occurs. Still, it seems that whatever is happening, the activity is picking up. It’s enough to make me suspicious, but I can’t say our house is undoubtedly haunted. Whatever is happening, it doesn’t frighten anyone here. Mostly, it is bemusing and, sometimes, cool. If the house is haunted, we can peacefully coexist with our spirit friends.
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Thomas “Mr. T” Perryman By Michelle M. Pillow, www.MichellePillow.com
homas “Mr. T” Perryman comes from a long history of law enforcement. He investigates criminal cases, missing persons, and even the paranormal. He looks into the realm of the paranormal with an open mind, independently publishing his books to “get the correct information into the right hands.” Thomas has been awarded the Rod Serling Gallery Writers Award, Sci-Fi Magazine Writer of the Month, and the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards for Horror with an honorable mention for nonfiction book Lake Monster in Central Pennsylvania: Leviathan in Huntington County. His newest book projects include: Bigfoot Northeast Encounter (spring 2012), The Paranormal Chronicle Series (summer 2012), and UFO Photos: Under the Microscope Book Two (summer 2012). Readers can find his books on sale at www.awaflorida.com (click the Paranormal Projects tab for more information and payment forms). ***** Q: Tell us a little about your experience in the paranormal field. Thomas: It started by mistake in the late ’80s while I was on a case. To protect the innocent and all that
Thomas “Mr. T” Perryman’s latest books include Bigfoot Northeast Encounter and The Paranormal Chronicle Series.
legal disclaimer stuff, and to make a long story short, I was asked to find a missing person who got caught up with the wrong people. A grandmother asked if I could find her 20-year-old granddaughter that we will call “Cassie.” I asked for all of Cassie’s information: friends’ addresses, her favorite places, old jobs. I requested old phone bills and to view Cassie’s
personal affects, etc. Early on it seemed that this straight-edged young girl may have gotten sucked into a criminal element. She wanted to fit in, and she wanted to be an offBroadway star and hone her craft. Running through the stack of papers I had on hand, I ended up finding her at a warehouse that she partied at and met with friends. I saw her from a distance and entered the location. At this time, I had a colleague working with me. We hit the building and entered from different points. We could not find her, or anyone for that matter. As I checked more into the warehouse, I found there was a fire in previous months, which attributed to many deaths; a few bodies were not identified. I went back to the grandmother and reported to her that I saw Cassie at the warehouse and did the grandmother know of the past deaths there. The grandmother stated, “Oh yes, Thomas. I just was wondering where my Cassie was placing herself. I want to visit with her. I have such news from our family.” After I left the grandmother’s, I found that she asked the local police departments to find out where she was so the grandmother could visit her. The local police say that I got caught up with the “Cassie Casper” Case. The grandmother’s check and funds cleared my bank and years
later I went back to the warehouse, and I could clearly see her again. The photos I had in my possession matched the person in the warehouse perfectly. The grandmother stated that Cassie did not just come out for anyone, she had to trust them. I had many other experiences over time, and I still have a friend in Holyoke, Massachusetts, who has a haunted or infested house of spirits. We strangely make jokes about it and assemble at that house during certain times of the year for a, sort of, reunion. Q: Do you believe in the supernatural? Or are you a skeptic? Thomas: Definitely a believer but, sometimes I come off as a skeptic. If I have debunked something, then I am regarded as a skeptic; if I support a theory with information or facts, then I would be regarded as a believer. You get labeled or typecast at times, but at the end of the day, I am a believer. Q: Tell us about some of your other unexplainable experiences. Thomas: Well, oddly enough, I had an encounter with an unidentified flying object at an early age in the state of Kentucky. This is the first time I have mentioned this event in detail. I was an avid crossbow-and-arrow person, and I was out on my family’s 200-acre farm outside of Louisville. I had an odd sense around me. I had a “weirdness” that could not be explained. All of a sudden, I looked up and above, hovering, was … something. This “something” was silent and of immense size. I didn’t think, because my mind was in a fog. I just shot my arrow at the intrusive object. The arrow went up, yet it seemed to just stop, hover, and then the arrow was gone, or I might have lost sight
of it, but I would really be surprised by that. This being the early to mid1970s, the only report was on a Saturday TV Creature Double Feature program that took calls, stories, and movie requests. Without the inven-
started. I decided to get in on the ground floor of this investigation. I have always wondered if I could add to the investigation of the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland. Could I make a difference or discovery there, as I have visited the Loch
“All of a sudden, I looked up and above, hovering, was … something.” tion of the Internet, the public was not aware of MUFON (founded in 1969) or the demise of Project Blue Book in 1970. The National Enquirer was an avenue, but not a legitimate one. I am very familiar with hot air balloons. They are very popular in Kentucky. Hot air balloons are silent and only make noise when it is time to have heat or flame (thermal air) enter the balloon canvas (or envelope) to gain more height, speed, etc. This was metallic, and I did feel heat all around me. I felt a fog or cloud, but not a physical fog or cloud we can see day-to-day. A negative void is the best way for me to describe it in detail. The experience did not change my life or alter it in anyway. As they say, “Stuff happens!” or some explicative of that nature. Q: In your book, Lake Monster of Central Pennsylvania: Leviathan in Huntington County, you explore the legend of the Raystown Lake Monster. What first sparked your interest in investigating Raystown Ray? How did you first hear about the monster? Thomas: I must have been at the right place at the right time, because I heard of the 2006 Raystown Ray pictures while I was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, weeks after the rumors
before? I decided to make Raystown my new project and investigation. We can only try to make a difference, and I intended to do this in the Hesston, Pennsylvania, area. My interest was sparked because this was pretty much in my backyard, and I had the drive and tenacity to see the project through. Q: Is this comparable to the famous Loch Ness legend? Thomas: No, honestly nothing compares to the Loch Ness legend. I think the Loch Ness incidents are more honest or believable than any other lake creature. In my book, I mention the lack of sighting in 2010 and 2011. I do bring up a Loch Ness encounter from November 26, 2010. Q: Where does the lake monster live? What challenges are there in doing field research? Thomas: The biggest challenge is the people’s perception of the Raystown Lake or Dam. First off, a lot of people think this is a manmade lake or dam, and it really is not. Yes, it is a dam, yet there were creeks and rivers before the course changed the flow of water within those local water bases. This is not a grand retention pond or a dam made from nothing (or cement pond, lol). There was wa-
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Author Spotlight ter activity before the dam’s creation. There are many tunnels, caves, and pits within the lake for an unknown to live or hide. One of the challenges was time. Many investigations are done within a few days or a weekend. I decided not to have any time constraints and worked on this Lake Monster Investigation book for nearly four years. I even moved to the area to be available to do hands-on research at the lake and with the claims. Q: Why do you think readers, and society in general, are fascinated by the paranormal? Thomas: We are all thinkers, whether we notice it or not. We barely use our brain to its fullest extent. We only use a small percentage. We are drawn to the unknown and the paranormal. Is that our next footstep in our walk of evolution? Some in the media think paranormal equals crazy, but it does not in anyway. Paranormal equals the unknown or undefined. Are there ghosts? Can we travel to the astral plane using our consciousness? Can we be reborn? The world’s armies have been interested on the subject. The CIA has followed the subject and still practices its applications, such as remote viewing. A past ruler of Germany wanted the secrets of the paranormal. On the other side of the paranormal are other factions, like cryptozoology, which asks the question, are there unknown creatures or life forms in the world? Or, questions that pertain to quantum physics, such as, is there one universe or many in a single time stream? Only time will tell. We have time to discover these possibilities, well, at least until 2029 when Asteroid 2004 MN4 gives us earthlings a bit of a visit, or scare.
“I was inspired by Native Americans, whom I have grown up around, and their lore, which I see as pretty much fact at times,” said Thomas ‘Mr T’ Perryman.
Q: What other myths or legends inspire you? Are there more investigative books in your future? Thomas: I was inspired by Native Americans, whom I have grown up around, and their lore, which I see as pretty much fact at times. I have always been interested in the plausible or tangible legends, like Loch Ness or Bigfoot. I have a Bigfoot book coming up, and I have to tackle the “Champ” of the Lake Champlain legend in summer 2012. I do have a Lake Monster book (not the Raystown Ray book) that just destroys a certain lake monster lore, but I do not want to put out a book that slams a certain area or group. Who would buy a book of general negativity? Q: Tell us a little about UFO Photos: Under the Microscope. Thomas: My inspiration may have been my encounter with a UFO at an early age. I’ve viewed almost ev-
ery UFO photo released — that itself is a full-time addiction. I am an amateur flyer and have had many pilots in my family. Many of these pilots worked for our armed forces or for our commercial airlines. I decided to take these photos to this group of family and friends to narrow the group [of photos] down to a few handfuls. A certain group of photos are for book one (now on sale) and a certain group of photos are for book two (release date TBA). I decided to get an FBI analysis into the mix, who also worked on my Raystown Ray investigation. Then I decided to get a legend in the UFO field, Dr. Bruce Maccabee, to work on this book as well. One thing I have learned in my travels: Use your resources! Get the best of the best! During the writing of this book, I discovered a few inconsistencies through my own investigations. This book was a first for me and another learning experience. An American optical physicist, an FBI photo expert, and a private investigator with aeronautical contacts made this book one of my most favorite projects. The second book will be far superior. I guarantee it. Q: Have you ever been abducted by aliens? Thomas: No, I have not, but I heard of a case of abduction shortly after my young encounter with a UFO in Kentucky. I have had a vision of “them” from time to time, but I attribute that to lack of sleep, exhaustion, drinking, bad food, etc. Q: Do you have any paranormal spots online? Thomas: The Paranormal Page on my Website: www.awaflorida.com. I very much enjoy the magazine Paranormal Underground and find
it to be an informative document, as well as a project that needs to be accessible to others throughout the world. I invite readers to look up my forum name: Thomasmrt. If Paranormal Underground is the best in the United States, then I would have to say my favorite for the United Kingdom would be Paranormal Magazine. Q: Do you feel you could do a better Paranormal TV show than what’s out there? Thomas: Well, I would like to think so. I have acted in a few minor films and TV, so I could take a gig … lol. Regarding my Lake Monster book, I was approached by a paranormal DVD production company and asked to do a DVD. They wanted me to film there on my own and write the DVD on my own, and they would edit and add music. OK,
then why would I need them? So readers, I am planning a DVD documentary that will be featured at my Lake Monster Website,
“I challenge anyone to get out there and investigate.” and I’ll do it with my own production company. Obviously, I’ll hire a crew of professionals, but I can put my money where my mouth is and do better than those I have said have not done so well. Success or failure, it is all on me. Q: Do you feel you will be in this field of the paranormal for a long time?
Thomas: Oh, I do plan to be in this field for a long time or as long as the public will have me. I love being called to appear at conventions or media events. I challenge anyone who says that they could not do this. I challenge anyone to get out there and investigate and then put pen to paper. If time permits, in the future I would like to have a group investigation. All who are willing are welcome to bring their talents if they have them. Even those without talents are welcome. Let’s get people out there to find the truth. Find the investigator in you! *****
To learn more about Thomas and his work, please visit the following Websites: www.raystownrayexposed. com; www.ufophotosanalyzed.com; www.turnedthenovel.com; and www. awaflorida.com.
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The Place By Julie Leese and Margaret Ehrlich
t was on a cold February night when five teens decided to meet in a parking lot. They knew they shouldn’t be there; they could get in a lot of trouble as a consequence. But tonight, they decided to take the risk. Marie, the leader of the group, had spun stories of something hiding in the deep crevices of the woods. She had often driven by the area going to and from school, always a feeling that something was amiss. That something was not quite right, down below in what everyone called The Place. She often felt the trees were calling her as she zoomed by, and she also felt that whatever was there was not good. Jody, Marie’s best friend, felt the evil too. So Marie and Jody were joined by three other friends that night: Joe, Fred, and Mark. A general sense of unease permeated the group as they stood there in the darkness, their breath puffing forth as they shivered collectively. But this was not important and did not matter. There was a unity of purpose on this night. It was important to Marie, so it was important to her band of friends. ***** The curious group of friends journeyed into the woods with trepidation. They made their way up the hill until they came upon a decaying edifice in the woods. The moon
above illuminated the ancient abode that could now be seen through the trees overhead. No one had lived in The Place in a long time. A beauty in its time, the neglect it had suffered in the intervening years since its abandonment was clear — a missing shutter here, a torn curtain flapping in the slight breeze over there. The most evident sign of decay was the way the front porch slanted as the group, led by Marie, crept onto its creaking frame. Marie’s friend, Joe, found a window that was open. Slipping carefully into the darkness within, he
let the rest of the group in through the front door of the old house. The refuse of ages lay throughout the large front room, illuminated by the beams of their flashlights, just some of the “ghost hunting” equipment Fred, one of the other boys had purchased. They dug through the duffel bag containing the rest of the equipment: a K-II meter, more flashlights, and a digital recorder. Everyone had also brought their own cameras, mainly consisting of flip cameras, cheap flat cameras, and even cell phones. Sitting there in the eerie dark-
ness, the house creaking and settling around them, the five friends took stock of their situation. The danger of the place was evident, and its old, dilapidated structure did little to hold out the frigid cold that seeped in, sending a chill through their bones. The ramshackle building had looked imposing from the outside, with what looked to be three stories and an outside door to the cellar underneath on the outside. Inside was no different, the shadows hiding unknown imagined horrors. If anyone was intimidated, they did not show it as they stood there in the darkness trying to gather their courage, blaming the shaking of their bodies on the cold and not the fear that rested just below the surface. Marie had led them here. Steeling herself, she led the way up the decrepit staircase inside The Place. ***** Making their way up the ancient stair, the group had decided to start their investigation on the top floor and work their way down to the basement. As they climbed the stairs, they could hearing people talking in the darkness above … but it wasn’t anyone in their group. Fear now evident in their increasingly hurried steps, they finally reached the top floor. Slowly making their way down the hall, each member of the group held onto the person in front of them. Marie could feel the person behind her grasping her arm tightly. Shaking off the hold as they reached a group of bedrooms at the far end of the hall, she turned to find Fred, his eyes wide. He was holding up his K-II, which was lighting up as they stood there. They had assumed The Place was without electricity, but maybe they had been wrong, or maybe it was something else, something paranormal.
Marie was startled as someone in the group screamed, claiming they had seen an apparition walk across the hallway from one room to the other. As they pushed on into the room in which the shadowy figure had disappeared, Jody cried out, and tried to run. However, Joe grabbed
to the main floor. Going to the large living room first, they all sat on the floor to do an EVP session. While asking questions, Fred heard a disembodied voice say, “Get out!” Further into the session, Marie heard footsteps on the stairs. And as she walked over to take a few pic-
Fred heard a disembodied voice say, “Get out!” her and held her tight. Otherwise, she might have fallen down the stairs in the darkness. After Jody calmed down, she explained to her friends that she had seen a shadowy form against the far wall as they entered the room. Upon inspecting the room further, the group were unable to find anyone, or anything, that could have been mistaken for a person. The room was empty. Shaken, the group pressed on, no one wanting to show their fear. As far as Marie knew, ghost hunters weren’t supposed to get scared. And even though this was their first investigation, they had already had some experiences. They also had no idea if they were investigating the way they were supposed to, but Marie guessed that would come with experience. If they survived this one that is ... ***** The ghost hunters continued to go room by room, taking pictures, and conducting EVP sessions. Most of the rooms weren’t very active, while others revealed shadows, orbs, or even strange mists. Mary could feel the excitement of the group grow as the night wore on, some even exclaiming they couldn’t wait to get back home and listen to their EVPs to see what they captured. After fully investigating the top floor, the team made their way down
tures, she quickly captured a large splotch of light on her digital camera. Upon further inspection, the light looked like the apparition of someone, a lady, coming down the stairs. And if you looked at the picture just right, it looked like the lady was wearing a long gown and an apron. She also seemed to have her hair pinned up in a bun. For some reason, Marie had the feeling that the apparition was none-too-happy about the young friends being there. After the paranormal events that had occurred throughout the night, the group became even more uneasy, but decided to stay at The Place and continue the investigation. ***** The group decided to walk around the rest of the main floor, conduct random EVP sessions, take more pictures, and use the K-II Meter. In the kitchen, the stove was hot, as if it was in use, but there wasn’t any power or gas hooked up to the house that they could tell. The smell of an apple pie being baked wafted from the kitchen as they left that room, a scent that was almost there, yet not. Jody even claimed to see a woman sitting in the corner rocking a baby. As the team entered the library, they could faintly smell the scent of a pipe, as well as hear what they
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Featured Author: Fiction thought was the clanging of glasses. An old card table was set up in the corner. The teens decided to do an experiment to see if they could get the spirits of The Place to respond by sitting in the seats and playing cards themselves. Marie, Joe, Fred, and Steve took a seat, while Jody filmed with the small video camera Fred had brought. They dealt the cards out, and within seconds the table jumped. The four of them quickly moved away from the table, hoping that Jody had captured the event on camera. The event had shocked the team, so they decided to take a break to settle themselves down before starting back on the investigation again. ***** Soon enough, though, it was time to visit the basement. The apprehension was thick in the air as the teens made their way down the rickety, wooden stairs. The basement was cold, dark, and damp, and with what had already taken place in the house, they weren’t sure they wanted to go. So Marie, Fred, and Joe went to investigate the basemen, while Mark and Jody waited for them upstairs by the front door. As the team in the basement took several pictures, their camera suddenly died. They decided to do one last EVP session for the night and call it quits. But, the recorder wouldn’t turn on. As the team decided to end the investigation and head up the stairs, Marie stopped suddenly and stared ... into the corner of the basement. It wasn’t was she was seeing with her eyes, but what see say in her mind — a dark clothed man who began yelling, “Get out of my house!” And even though the others who were with Marie in the basement
couldn’t hear the man’s screams, they followed Marie’s lead as she ran up the stairs. As Mark and Jody heard the others bound up the basement stairs, they jerked open the front door and led the others out of the house ... quickly. In fact, no one in the group stopped until they were out of the house and down the hill, safely away from The Place. ***** A week later, the group reconvened at Marie’s house. They had to talk about what happened at The Place. The house had seemed very active, and the group wanted to find someone to tell about what they had found. Not knowing what to do with any of the evidence they had collected, they decided to search online for help. They quickly found a paranormal group in the area, but they were torn about how much to tell them. Should they reveal the location, or could they get into trouble for trespassing? In the end, the teens did tell the
group about where they had gone. After being admonished for breaking the law, and promising never to do it again, they told the group of their experiences. And when they were done, they gave the paranormal group everything they had collected at The Place. A few weeks later, the paranormal group called Marie and the others to meet them for a discussion about what they had captured. The photo of the apparition was explained as being a result of the camera flash reflecting off a surface. As for the EVPs, the evidence reviewers could hear Marie and her friends just fine, but the rest of the recordings were silence with the occasional creak of the old house being all that was heard. Disappointed, Marie and her friends went on their way. Oddly enough, Marie and her friends learned that the paranormal group bought The Place a month later, and began charging for the opportunity to investigate within its supposedly haunted confines. They even encourage groups to visit their gift shop before departing The Place.
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