Paranormal Volume 5, Issue 5
Underground September/October 2012
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Investigator Spotlight: In The Dark Investigations Special Report: The Dibbuk Fibbuk Box and Me! Haunted Pike Place Market: Ghosts and Legends Cryptids of Illinois: Mud Monsters & More! The Paranormal Nights of Sunny San Diego: Part 4 Personal Experience:September/October Reach Out and You Underground 2012Grab Paranormal Author Spotlight: Vivian Arend — Granite Lake Wolves
Inside This Issue
FEATURES INVESTIGATOR SPOTLIGHT In The Dark Investigations: Keep the Lights Off!
SPECIAL REPORT 14
The Dibbuk Fibbuk Box and Me!
CASE FILES OF THE UNKNOWN Haunted Sites Haunted Pike Place Market: Ghosts and Legends
Cryptids & Mythological Creatures 18
Cryptids of Illinois
PERSONAL EXPERIENCES Ghost Hunter Case Files: The Paranormal Nights of Sunny San Diego: Part 4 Reach Out and Grab You
AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT Vivian Arend: Granite Lake Wolves
Paranormal Perspective: Guest Editorial Extraordinary Proof
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Contributors 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-RUs, 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.
Rick E. Hale A Chicago native, Rick has been researching all aspects of the paranormal since the age of eight. A featured writer for Paranormal Underground magazine, Rick also hosts of Paranormal Underground Radio on www.ZTalkRadio.com. He is also the founder of Foundations Psychical Research. Rick is also the author of the soon-to-be-released Geek’s Guide to the Paranormal: Ghosts,
Poltergeists and Demons. As an investigator, Rick considers himself to be a Modern Traditionalist, meaning he believes in melding the new and old schools of psychical research.
J.D. Harrison J.D. is Paranormal Underground’s science editor. He is a working archaeologist with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and archeology and a minor in history. For the past 30 years, he has studied demonology, spirit manifestation, Cabalistic ritualism, and many other aspects of the paranormal. He has focused his studies on topics like Paganism, Wicca, Druidic, and Celtic practices, and other obscure religious ritualistic beliefs and practices. J.D. is neither a skeptic nor a believer in the paranormal, but instead believes that scientific observation is best served from a place of neither skepticism nor belief.
John “Jack” Kenna Jack is a technical specialist and 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. September/October 2012
Jack has been a technician and project leader for the Department of the Army for the past 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.
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.
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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.
Jill Stefko, Ph.D. Jill is the Topic Editor for Paranormal, Feature Writer, and former Feature for Pagan
ism/Wicca. 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, writes for selected Internet Websites, and has been a guest on radio call-in talk shows and local TV as an expert in the paranormal. Jillâ€™s expertise in the paranormal includes parapsychology, cryptozoology, Fortean phenomena, anomalies, UFOs, earthbound spirit releasement, attachment, possession and depossession, aliens and demonic possession, and exorcism. She investigates cases of alleged psi and tests people for ESP, telepathy and psychokinesis, the ability of the mind to affect matter. September/October 2012
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. Are you interested in contributing to Paranormal Underground magazine? Contact email@example.com to find out more.
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woke up this morning and, like every day for the past year or so, trudged into the living room/office, sleep in eye, to try and begin my work day. My day is composed of work, writing by trade, but it also encompasses a detailed review of Facebook, news sites, more Facebook, YouTube, Google Images, more Facebook, and whatever else catches my attention on the Web. It’s the same routine every day of late. I only realized this just recently when assessing my ratio of work time versus “Facebook/Web” time. I found myself mortified that my day has broken down into a series of quick writing jaunts interspersed by an ever-increasing addiction to Web activities like Facebook. On one hand I make my livelihood on the same machine that feeds my addiction, my craving for what, information about the latest happenings of a friend of a friend’s friend, the latest YouTube video, and the latest meme? My ADHD habits would be funny except for the severity of it. I cry for help, but only see zombies of a new age all around me, all suffering from the same time sink. I realized today that I want to break free. I want to be somewhere other than toiling away endlessly on my computer, trapped in between a fantasy world of status messages and actual work. But I know there is hope. I have decided that Doomsday 2012 is not the end of the world. I
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now think, pray, hope that it will be a period of new awakenings, a release from the instant gratification, some would say enslavement, that a virtual world offers. Am I half kidding here? Yes. But at the same time, I am half serious. I realize that massive change doesn’t happen overnight. I know it is a real struggle to break out of old habits, but it can be done. “How?” you ask. “Society demands that I remain an apt pupil to its teaching. I. Must. Be. Like. Everyone. Else,” you say? The thing is that we all seek to be a part of the crowd in some way, to acquiesce to the demands of a society placed upon us, to not rock the boat, to be like everyone else, and to stay within the rigid plan drawn out for us by a caring and concerned society. Ha, if only life was that simple. I am determined to not be a zombie in the new age. As a matter of fact, I think I can even now see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The Dibbuk Box Book by Jason Haxton
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Review by Karen Frazier
he last time we had The Dibbuk Box author Jason Haxton on our show, he asked if I’d read the book yet. It was with some embarrassment that I admitted I hadn’t. I really didn’t think I needed to. After all, Jason has been a frequent guest on Paranormal Underground Radio. I also interviewed him for an article in the magazine, and I’d just watched SyFy’s Paranormal Witness featuring the Dibbuk Box story. What more did I need to know? Still, I decided to read the book after Jason’s last appearance on Paranormal Underground Radio, and I’m certainly glad I did. It gave me a whole new understanding of the Dibbuk Box, its history, and all of the key players involved in the story. On its surface, The Dibbuk Box is the story of a haunted item sold on eBay that may actually live up to its billing. Once you read Jason’s book, however, you begin to realize that there’s much more to it than a great spooky story that holds listeners enthralled every time you tell it. Interwoven with the story of the Dibbuk Box’s travels between owners and the things that happen to them is Jason’s research into the box’s background, and he’s done quite a lot. It’s a fascinating look into culture, lore, and the true history behind a haunted item. From the beginning of the book, Jason cautions that his conclusions
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SOCIAL MEDIA based on his research are contradictory — that is that the box may be both a hoax and a very real phenomenon. This seeming dichotomy makes perfect sense, though, as you follow Jason’s hunt to find the truth beyond the mystery, which borders at times on the obsessive. Even if you’ve read the Dibbuk Box Website, followed our interviews with Jason in the magazine and on the radio show, and watched the Dibbuk Box episode of Paranormal Witness, I strongly recommend you read this book. In the end, it may leave you with more questions than answers. It will also make you think, and that’s always a good thing.
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In The Dark Investigations
Keep the Lights Off!
By Cheryl Knight
harles (Chuck) Gotski came face to face with the paranormal at an early age. It was during a difficult time after his mother had passed away from cancer. Chuck was home alone at 15 years old when his paranormal experiences began. “I experienced things such as footsteps and doors closing, things that I could not explain away with a natural cause,” Chuck said. “And so, with that, my interest in the paranormal began.” Chuck’s interest in the causes and explanations of paranormal phenomena continued to grow over the years, and as a young adult, he created a paranormal investigation group called Out of the Box Investigations. Chuck and his team investigated locations such as Resurrection Cemetery, Hinsdale Cemetery, and Robinson Family Burial Grounds, to name a few. In 2000, Chuck stopped investigating the paranormal with his team to pursue independent filmmaking, but he did continue his research in the field at the same time. By 2010, Chuck founded a new team called In The Dark Investigations with his friends Larry Jednachowski, cofounder and tech manager, and Al Long, case manager and investigator. While based in the Oswego, Illinois, area, the team investi-
Chuck Gotski, Larry Jednachowski, and Al Long of In The Dark Investigations investigate Willow Creek Farm in Cherry Grove Township, Carroll County, Illinois. The site has been labeled one of the Top 10 Most Haunted Houses in Illinois.
gates areas in and around Illinois. “We go into every investigation with a healthy dose of skepticism, Chuck explained. “Using the latest in paranormal equipment, we look at every bit of evidence logically, trying to put natural causes to everything that we can. Whatever is left, we believe to be of paranormal origin.”
Since its formation, the team has debunked many of the odd occurrences during case investigations. They also captured some very interesting evidence and personal experiences that they can’t explain naturally. “We intend to learn from everything we gather so we can better understanding the paranormal, educate
Chuck, Larry, and Al discuss their investigation strategies of Willow Creek Farm during a home base meeting before an investigation at Willow Creek Farm.
ourselves and others on the subject, and help those who have nowhere else to turn,” he said. Chuck recently spoke to Paranormal Underground about his team, its mission and investigation strategies, and recent investigations. ***** Q: Please talk a little bit about yourself. Chuck: I’m 52 years old born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I moved to the suburbs in eighth grade. I’m now married 25 years to my wonderful wife, Lisa; have four kids, Chris, Matt, Ben, and Rachel, ages ranging from 15 to 32 years; and have three grandchildren. I’ve worked in retail most of my life in sales/management and am now working for OfficeMax. Q: Talk about your paranormal group and its mission. Chuck: In The Dark Investigations was created with the help of a couple
of friends: Larry (cofounder and tech manager) and Al (investigator and case manager). We go into every investigation with a healthy dose of skepticism. Using the latest in paranormal equipment and looking at every bit of evidence logically, we try to put natural causes to everything that we can. Whatever is left over, we believe to be of paranormal origin. Since forming our group we have debunked many of the odd occurrences on our cases, but have also come up with some very interesting evidence and personal experiences that we can’t explain naturally. We intend to learn from everything we gather so we can better understand the paranormal, educate ourselves and others on the subject, and help those who have nowhere else to turn. Q: How did you become interested in the paranormal and creating a team? Chuck: I became interested in the
paranormal at a very early age. My first taste of the paranormal was right after my mother had died from cancer and I was at home alone. I experienced things such as footsteps and doors closing, things that I could not explain away with natural causes, and so with that my interest began. Later on in about 1990, I started my first small group called Out of the Box Investigations. We investigated such places as Resurrection Cemetery, Hinsdale cemetery, Robinson Family Burial Grounds, to name a few. We investigated about 10 years. In 2000, I stopped for a period to pursue independent filmmaking, but still continued with my research in the field. Finally, in 2010, I started a new investigation team, called In The Dark Investigations, and have been having a great time ever since. Q: When did you join or start a paranormal investigative team and why?
Investigator Spotlight Chuck: I started In The Dark Investigations in 2010 with my buddy Larry. We worked together at a museum built in the 1930s and had been hearing that it might be haunted. Finding out he had always been interested in the field but wasn’t quite as knowledgeable as I was, I grabbed what equipment I had at the time and we checked the place out. First time up we got a Class A EVP, and after that we decided we wanted to know more about the field of the paranormal. I knew that when I first started that the field had changed so much in the process and the tools that were available, and it would be great to dive into it again and see what we could find and experience. Knowing my other friend Al had also been interested in the field, I asked them both if they would be interested in forming a team to go out and gather evidence. And we’d help people along the way when we could. With a resounding yes, I created the team and we’ve been having quite an adventure ever since. Q: Talk about your personal paranormal experiences. Chuck: Well, besides when I was young and feeling the presence of my mother who had just passed at the time, I have had many. From being touched to static charges, cold spots, hearing people talk when no one is there, to seeing shadow figures. Q: What interests you most about the paranormal? Chuck: Probably the fact that so much of it is so unknown. Why do spirits come back or stay here? How can they interact with us? Is it a choice we have once we pass on to stay, or is it chosen for us? How come in the same spot some people can have an experience and others cannot? So many questions ...
In The Dark Investigations displays some of their investigative equipment.
Q: What different types of locations have you investigated? Chuck: The Egyptian Theatre, the Morris Lock house, the Aurora museum, some residential locations, Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, and Willow Creek Farm, all of which are in Illinois, to name a few. Q: What equipment do you usually take with you on an investigation? Chuck: Well, beside a pen and paper, we have five digital recorders, a Mel Meter and a cell meter, a K-II, the SB7, an EM pump, a static meter, motion detectors, two IR cameras (1 8mm and 1 dig), a fullspectrum camera, a GoPro camera, four digital still cameras, walkie talkies, a four-camera HD Samsung DVR System, tons of cable, first aid kit, flashlights, tools, tripods, and a bunch more. Q: What methodologies do you use during investigations?
Chuck: Mostly scientific with a mix of the human aspect, such as feelings, etc. We like to come into an investigation with an open mind, slightly skeptical about the claims so as to not have preconceived ideas of what is going to happen (though it is good to know the claims so you can look into them to see if and what can be proven or recreated with normal means). We set up all equipment, figure a game plan, and then begin trying out different experiments, whether it be a trigger object or leaving one person alone for a while to see if they will be approached as opposed to the team scenario. Yes, we do usually follow the two people in one spot rule, but find that sometimes a single person can work in certain situations. We also do a lot of sitting and being quiet for long periods of time when not engaged in an EVP session, etc. Personal feelings do come into play when trying to feel and understand the place you are at. Q: What is the most important part of an investigation? Chuck: All of the investigation is important, including the team effort put into it, the evidence gathered, the claims that can be found to be something other than what they were stated to be, if it is a residential location, and putting the clients minds at ease by helping them to understand what is going on. Also, the personal experiences and the gaining of new knowledge. Q: How valuable is teamwork during an investigation? Chuck: The number one thing to making an investigation run smooth is teamwork. It is the best way to gather evidence and have it backed up. Plus, working within a team gives you the ability to have different views on how to get the evidence, figure out the claims, and have it be safe for all.
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Paranormal experiences reported at Willow Creek Farm include hearing loud bangs, footsteps, knocking, Indian drumming, children crying or singing, and people talking; smelling floral and tobacco scents; feeling extreme hot and cold spots; being touched; finding objects moved; and seeing full-bodied apparitions and shadow figures.
Q: What case will you remember the most and why? Chuck: Willow Creek Farm by far. It was everything you could expect from an investigation. The claims were backed up with the evidence. None were found to be false. Tons of personal experiences. The owner was a great guy and let us do whatever we needed to do. All around, it was an investigation you wish all of them were like. Q: What is the most compelling evidence of the paranormal that you’ve personally captured? Chuck: Well, there is the picture from the Egyptian Theatre, not to mention the high EMF that was captured in the basement area at the same time we were capturing a Class A EVP on the other side. Probably also the SB7 session that we got at a residential house in Sandwich, Illinois, where I was about to shut it off because we were not getting any responses but when I went to reach to hit the button a male very loudly yelled, “Wait!” Q: Talk about common misconceptions about the paranormal field that you’ve encountered?
Chuck: Probably that every time you go out you are going to get tons of stuff captured, whether it be audio of video. Whereas the reality is quite often you come out of an investigation without anything happening at all. That’s why you know the people that are in this field really love what they do. I mean who else would sit for hours and hours in the dark just to walk away with nothing but still say they enjoyed the experience. Q: Whose work in the paranormal field do you respect the most? Chuck: That would have to be John Zaffis. His aunt and uncle, the Warrens, were pioneers in the field of the paranormal, and he has over 40 years of experience himself. He knows how to take an investigation, piece it together, and find out what is at the root of the problem. And he is always very compassionate to the people that he helps. I would love to meet him. Q: What sites do you have on your wish list to investigate? Chuck: Waverly Hills, Eastern State Penitentiary, Fox Hollow Farm, and the Stanley Hotel, just to name a few. Q: What words of wisdom
would you offer amateur ghost hunters investigating for the first time? Chuck: Be patient, work as a team, never venture, and off on your own (safety is so important on any investigation). Don’t expect anything because that way when you do get something it is worth so much more. Don’t start off with a lot of equipment (start small so you can use the tools you do have correctly and will understand their uses to the fullest.) Last, but not the least, have fun. If you don’t, you won’t make it because there is a lot of quiet time in the field. Q: What else should our readers know about you and your team? We are extremely passionate about what we do. We are always willing to go the extra mile to help someone. We love the camaraderie in the field with other paranormal groups. When it comes right down to it, In The Dark Investigations, in whatever small way, is always trying to further the field within the paranormal! *****
For more information about Chuck Gotski and In The Dark Investigations, visit www.inthedarkinvestigations.com.
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The Dibbuk Fibbuk Box and Me By Karen Frazier
t started with an invitation. Just a few short months ago, I was invited to speak at the Port Gamble Ghost Conference in lovely Port Gamble, Washington. I’ve spoken there before, as I am a frequent speaker at many area ghost conferences. One of the things I pride myself on is my ability to change topics so that visitors to multiple events don’t get sick of hearing the same old song and dance every time I get a microphone in my hand. In the past, I’ve talked about a variety of subjects ranging from Ouija boards to Wellington. Still, I kind of felt as if I was running out of topics, so I searched my mind to find a spooky story appropriate for a ghost conference just a few short weeks before Halloween. In a flash it occurred to me! I could talk about the haunted Dibbuk Box. I felt vaguely qualified to do so. After all, the Dibbuk Box’s current caretaker, Jason Haxton, was the very first guest we had on Paranormal Underground Radio, and he’s been a frequent guest since that first time. Jason just recently released his book, appropriately titled The Dibbuk Box. I e-mailed Jason and asked if it was okay with him if I talked about the box at the conference. Ever generous, Jason got back in touch immediately. “Sure,” he said. “Do you want me to send you the exact replica I
My three weeks with the replica of the haunted Dibbuk Box was eventful. But would those events have happened anyway?
had made of the Dibbuk Box?” My first thought was, No effin’ way. Then I started to think about it, and I realized I’d be crazy to pass up an opportunity to examine the box’s replica. After all, I was reasonably certain it had none of the powers of the original. Just to be sure, I emailed Jason, asking, “Is it scary like the real Dibbuk Box?” Jason’s response was this: “Many believe it has sympathetic magic attached.”
In the e-mail, he included a link to the Wikipedia page for sympathetic magic. To wit: “Sympathetic magic, also known as imitative magic, is a type of magic based on imitation or correspondence.” Hmmm. I’ve talked pretty big talk over the years we’ve had Jason on our program, proclaiming from a safe distance of nearly 2,000 miles that the Dibbuk Box didn’t scare me. Now, here was my chance to prove it
“I carefully unwrapped the Dibbuk Box replica, as well as replicas of all the items that came in the original: two locks of hair, two 1920s wheat pennies, a dried rose, a granite sculpture with the word shalom carved in it, a brass wine cup, and an odd black candlestick with octopus legs.”
by testing out the sympathetic magic of what I’d come to think of as the Fibbuk Box (fake Dibbuk Box). So with as much bravado as I could muster, I gave Jason my address and made arrangements to have him ship me the Fibbuk Box. Special Delivery It arrived on a Tuesday — October 2 to be specific. My talk wasn’t scheduled until October 20, so I’d have a few weeks with the Fibbuk Box in my home. The Fibbuk Box came well packaged — double boxed and surrounded in bubble wrap. When I finally got all of the layers of tape and bubble wrap peeled away, my first thought was, Oh crap. He sent me the real thing! I carefully unwrapped all of the contents of the package — the Fibbuk Box itself, as well as replicas of all of the items that came in the original: two locks of hair (one blondish, one dark brown), two 1920s wheat pennies, a dried rose, a granite sculpture with the word shalom carved in it, a brass wine cup, and an odd black candlestick with octopus legs. I laid all of the items out on my dining room table in front of the box itself and then put my laptop next to them so I could look at pictures of the original next to the Fibbuk Box. While the replica was excellent, I was relieved to discover that there were subtle differences that one could notice with a discerning eye. While I was conducting my examination, my son (who had stayed home from school that day with the flu) came down the stairs to see the box. He snapped several pictures to send to his friends and then went back up to bed. I moved the box into my workshop and placed it on my desk. There it sat until it was time to travel to Port Gamble.
Paranormal or Just Life? My life while the Fibbuk Box sat on my desk was not uneventful, but then life never is. • A few days after it arrived, I came down with Tanner’s flu, which included a severe upper respiratory infection. I still have the URI right now a full two weeks later, although it’s mostly in my ears (I can’t hear a thing), and my sinuses. • I got a case of conjunctivitis (in both eyes) that lasted two weeks. This is interesting, since the Dibbuk Box is associated with eye problems. • Last week, I also wound up in the emergency room because, in the midst of my flu, I also got a painful kidney stone, which took several days to pass. • Tanner’s iPhone bit the dust. • My washing machine died. • The heater in my car stopped functioning. • I also had some other anomalous health issues. If I was a superstitious person, I might think that perhaps the Fibbuk Box did contain some sympathetic magic. On the other hand, life happens. • I got my flu from Tanner, and he had it before the Fibbuk Box arrived. It was probably inevitable that I would get his bug. • I’ve had kidney stones before.
In fact, a few years ago I had one that took a full six months to pass. • Tanner’s iPhone was two years old and probably nearing the end of its usable life. • The washing machine was about seven years old, AND it was a front-load washer. My experience is that front-load washers have a lot more that can go wrong with them. • The blower in my car has been persnickety with the air conditioning before, but never the heater. Still, it was very likely that the heater thing was the natural progression of my car’s a/c problems. • The other health issues are actually not surprising in women of a certain age, and I’m unfortunately barreling down on that certain age with the grace of a hippopotamus doing cartwheels. Yet, it was a lot in a very short period. So, as I packed up the Fibbuk Box today (the presentation was great and everyone was enthralled by the story, as they usually are), I found myself not terribly sad it would be leaving my home. I drove it down to the UPS store, which is just a few blocks from my house, shivering from the cold and cursing the fact that my car heater wasn’t working. As I pulled away from the UPS store, my car’s heater burst to life for the first time in several days.
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Case Files of the Unknown: Haunted Sites
Haunted Pike Place Market:
Ghosts and Legends
By Jill Stefko, Ph.D., Suite 101 Feature Writer and Topic Editor for Paranormal
ike Place Market has spirits, both potable and otherworldly. On November 2, 1971, voters approved the establishment of the 17-acre historic district, and the city founded the Public Development Authority to rehabilitate and manage the market’s core buildings. People visit the marketplace to buy fresh food, crafts, and other wares. Ghost hunters are attracted to the area in hopes that they will encounter one or more of its many specters. Pike Place Market History The marketplace was established when rumors of price fixing began. The Seattle City Council established this public market along the boardwalk named Pike Place. On opening day, August 17, 1907, customers, eager for fairly priced fresh food, flocked to the first dozen farmers and bought all of their wares in a few minutes. Pike Place landowner Frank Goodwin built the first marketplace building on November 30, 1907. Growing demand for stalls caused city officials to extend the shelter for more farmers and other vendors in 1911. In the market’s first decade, a number of buildings were
Pike Place Market entrance, the LaSalle Hotel, and the Alibi Room bar. (Source: Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Collection: 1967)
built. During the 1940s and ’50s, the market’s business began to decline because there were more motor vehicles and supermarkets built in the suburbs. By the 1960s, the aging buildings were to be demolished; however, a Seattle architect soon formed a group to save the marketplace. Princess Angeline: Ghost of Pike Place Market Kikisoblu, dubbed Princess Angeline by settlers, was Duwamish
Chief Seattle’s oldest daughter. She ignored the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott that mandated all Duwamish leave their lands for reservations and remained in the city. She earned money by being a laundress and selling hand-woven baskets. She died on May 31, 1896, and was buried in Lake View Cemetery. Her ghost has been sighted in the market, which was built on the place where her homestead was for decades. Many people who reported
seeing her ghost believed she was a living person — until she suddenly vanished. Some reported that her specter’s colors changed from a shining white hue to lavender, blue, and pink. Sometimes, her ghost is accompanied by a young AmerIndian boy. She’s said to be seen, most often, near a wooden column in the lower level’s center. Several witnesses have said the column is surrounded by a cold spot. People have sighted her near the old Goodwill store, Craft Emporium, Side View Café, and the Shakespeare & Company Bookstore. Arthur Goodwin’s Ghost Haunts Pike Place Market The ghost of Frank Goodwin’s nephew has been seen in the marketplace. Arthur was influential in helping him in developing Pike Place Market from 1918 to 1941 as its market director. In life, he used to look at the activities of the market from his upper-level office. People have seen his specter looking at the market from what is, now, the Goodwin Library or swinging a golf club in his former office. Ghosts of Sheila’s Magic Shop in Pike Place Market It’s said that Madame Nora’s spirit, living in a crystal ball, haunts the store. She haunted another shop, Pharaoh’s Treasure, before arriving in Sheila’s Magic Shop. According to legend, an old woman traded the crystal ball for a scarab in Pharaoh’s Treasure. She warned the shop owner that the Madame Nora’s spirit lived in the crystal ball. Madame Nora had an enterprise, the Temple of Destiny, in the marketplace’s early years. She performed crystal gazing, Indian
psychic projection, and Egyptian sand divining. Pharaoh’s Treasure’s owner paid scant attention to the warning. Soon, paranormal incidents, primarily objects moving in the night, began. The shop’s owner grew tired of these events and gave the crystal ball to Sheila’s Magic Shop’s owner.
Books, the gaggle of ghosts include: • Shakespeare & Company Bookstore: When the shop’s owners arrived each morning, they found that the same book fell off of the shelf and landed on the floor. They replaced it on the shelf daily until they tired of this and destroyed it. • Mr. D’s: The owner of this
Madame Nora’s spirit lived in a crystal ball, haunting Sheila’s Magic Shop. Pike Place Market’s Haunted Bead Emporium The haunter is said to be a small boy. When the shop’s renovations were completed, people found a basket of beads in a wall that hadn’t been opened for many years before the emporium opened. Some people postulate he gathers them to play with. At night, the cash register drawer opens and closes by itself. The little ghost visits marionettes in the marketplace’s puppet shop.
Greek deli in the triangle building says it’s haunted by ghosts who fight each other in its downstairs walk-in freezer. Some staff members are so terrified by the battling specters that they refuse to go downstairs. • Alibi Room: Frank is a tall, elderly ghost who has been said to introduce himself outside of the bathrooms in this club off of Post Alley. • Market Theatre: An overpowering scent of an elderly lady’s old fashioned perfume lingers in the theater’s back office.
Pike Place Market’s Fat Ghost She’s called the “Fat Lady Barber” because she sang her customers to sleep with lullabies during the 1950s. After they were asleep, she, stealthily, stole money from their pockets. The fat barber fell to her death before the 1970’s renovations began when part of the floor gave way. Maintenance workers have heard lullabies when they clean at night.
Pike Place Market Today The historic marketplace, situated by Seattle’s waterfront, is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Daily, it offers fresh food, including produce, fish, herbs, arts and crafts, flowers, souvenirs, and other wares from about 600 vendors. There are special events and promotions. Ghost hunters find the market attractive because it has ghost tours, and they, with luck, might actually meet one of its haunters.
Pike Place Market Ghosts: A Miscellany In addition to the ghost of a black youth gazing out of the Vitium Capitale Restaurant and phantom footsteps being heard in the Left Bank
This article was originally published at http://suite101.com/article/haunted-pike-place-market-ghosts-andlegends-a338154.
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Case Files of the Unknown: Cryptids & Mythological Creatures
Cryptids of Illinois By Rick E. Hale, Foundations Psychical Research
hen it comes to monsters, cryptid fans usually think of Loch Ness and it’s monster that raises from the murky depths or the Pacific Northwest that is said to hide Bigfoot in its vast uncharted woodlands. For those of us who live in Illinois, however, we just need to hop in the car and drive down to the Southern counties of the state to get our monster on. Crissie: The Rend Lake Monster Southern Illinois is home to vast woodlands and notoriously deep lakes that many have seemingly disappeared in over the years. One such lake is Rend Lake. And if the stories are to be believed than this large lake might just hold its very own aquatic beast. Since the 1950s, fishermen on Rend Lake have claimed to witness a strange sight either floating on top of the water or something passing just underneath their boats. Witnesses say they spotted a creature 20-50 feet long with a long neck, bulbous body, and two flippers. Sound familiar? It should. By all appearances Illinois has its very own cousin to the Loch Ness Monster, a Plesiosaur. Residents of the town believe that the lake may just be large enough to support either one or a small family
of the previously believed-to-beextinct creatures. Some also believe that underneath the waves of Rend Lake is a vast underground cavern system that may or may not give this creature access to much larger lakes, or even the ocean via the Mississippi River. Is there a cousin to the Loch Ness monster living out its days under the waters of Rend Lake? In my opinion, it’s most likely just another fishy tale. Big Muddy: Murphysboro Mud Monster According to legend, another nightmarish beast has made Illinois its home, haunting the woods of Southern Illinois: Big Muddy, the Murphysboro Mud Monster. On the night of June 25, 1973, a pair of young lovers were taking some time to do what young lovers do along the Big Muddy River in Southern Illinois. As they were canoodling by a boat slip, they were torn from each others embrace when they heard an unmistakable sound. Out of the woods near the River, the couple heard what sounded like
the deafening mix of a loud growl and a scream. The two sat in the car waiting to see if they could hear or see what made the roar. They watched in horror as the thing that made the scream walked out of the trees and began to make its way towards the young couple’s car. They would later tell authorities that a huge monster, standing well over 8 feet tall with mud-encrusted whitish fur, began to walk toward their car. The young man was finally able to tear his attention away from the beast as he started the car and drove off into the night. Shortly after leaving the scene, the horrified couple made their way
to a local police station and reported what they had seen. Although skeptical of a Bigfoot-type creature making its home in their county, the police investigated the wild claims of the wide-eyed couple. When the two officers arrived and took a look around, they found no evidence of an 8-foot-tall monster until they stumbled along a large set of footprints walking along the Big Muddy River. As they followed the tracks along the River, two other officers arrived to witness the strange footprints. As the officers followed the path of prints, they stopped in their tracks when out of the woods came the loudest roar that any of them had ever heard. The officers, although armed, jumped back in their squad cars and peeled out, leaving behind whatever had made that roar. Over the next few weeks several
other folks that lived near the Big Muddy River would report seeing a giant monster. One witness, a young boy, claimed that as he was getting ready for bed, he looked out his window to see what he would later describe as a “large white ghost” in his back yard. Other witnesses, workers from a traveling carnival, claimed that they
Out of the woods came a deafening mix of a loud growl and a scream. watched as the beast came out of the woods and hungrily stared at a group of ponies sleeping in their stall. The workers were afraid that this terrible beast would steal their livelihood for a snack. Even the police got further
involved when they borrowed a local man’s German Shepherd and tracked the scent of the beast to a nearby barn. When they entered the barn, weapons drawn, they took a long look a round and found nothing. If the creature wasn’t there at the time, it had been there recently enough for the tracking dog to pick up its scent. Years later when asked about what the Murphysboro Monster may have been, several folks who lived in the area at the time said that it was nothing more then a bear. However, others disagree and stated for the record that no bear walks upright or has long white hair covering its body. Does a bear really look anything like a monstrous man, anyway? The jury is still out in Murphysboro, Illinois, on what Big Muddy may have been.
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Personal Experiences: Ghost Hunter Case Files
The Paranormal Nights of Sunny San Diego: Part 4 By Jack Kenna, SPIRITS of New England For Part 1 of this article, see our March/April 2012 issue; for Part 2, see our May/June 2012 issue; and for Part 3, see our July/August 2012 issue.
e entered the Whaley House at about 9:30 p.m. and set up our base camp in the Court House section behind the General Store. Although there is some activity that has been reported there, the majority of activity seems to occur within the home itself where the Whaley family lived and spent the majority of their time. Although, in the doorway between the General Store and the Court House, various male visitors and male docents to the Whaley House have reported the feeling of being choked or a rope being pulled tight around their neck while lingering in the doorway. In some cases, a redish-colored line has been left around part of their neck. This location in the doorway would have roughly been the location where Yankee Jim had been hung all those years ago, before the house was built. Disembodied voices and footsteps are also sometimes heard coming from the Court House at night. The Court House section really is the best location to set up base camp though, as it is basically separated from the rest of the main home.
The Whaley House, located in San Diego, California, has been labeled one of the most haunted locations in the United States.
Investigating the Whaley House As Maritza had investigated here numerous times, she suggested that we start by walking through the house to show Julie and me the rooms and where they had captured evidence on past investigations, and also to allow our two docents to give us the history of the house and the family. This was also Maritza’s normal routine of walking and talking through a location to “engage” the spirits with our presence and get
them to interact in the investigation. After going through the entire house, we settled down in the theater in the upstairs front section of the home to conduct a short EVP session. Maritza informed us that visitors often reported catching a glimpse of Mr. Whaley sitting in the far back left corner of the theater. Cold spots have also been identified in that location, and EVPs of a male voice have been captured. The theater is also reported to be haunted by the ghost of Mr. Thomas
W. Tanner, the operator of the cently for the Whaley House staff theater, who died only 17 days and for the cable television show after its opening. Mr. Tanner was Celebrity Ghost Stories. Although buried in the El Campo Santo I cannot say that I saw an appariCemetery, and his grave site can tion of Mrs. Whaley, I did see still be visited there today. a shadow form move within the Mr. Tanner was known to dressing room area of the theater be a womanizer, and some of while sitting in the bedroom with the women docents of the house Maritza, Colleen, Julie, and our have reported such experiences docents while we were conducting as being touched, the feeling of an EVP session. being watched, and even feeling Maritza had also set up an and hearing someone breathing EMF pump on the bed in order behind them in the dressing room to try and provide extra energy behind the stage of the theater. to any spirits that might be there A historical landmark, the Whaley House also I decided to sit in the back so they could use that energy to housed a granary, County Court House, general of the theater where the apparistore, ballroom, billiard hall, school, polling place, more easily communicate with us. tion of Mr. Whaley had been This is another device that I had and San Diego’s first commercial theater. reported being seen. I set my not personally used before, but audio recorder on the seat next had seen used many times with had captured an EVP or two, and to the one he had been seen sitseemingly good results. the evening was still young and just ting, and I sat in the seat in front of After about an hour of walking getting started. I also spent some his. Maritza and Julie sat up by the around the home, we broke up into time on the stage asking questions to stage, and Colleen sat at the opposite two groups. Me, Colleen, and our Mr. Tanner and trying to stir things site of the audience section from me. docent Keri stayed upstairs in the up a bit with him by talking about Our docents sat in the doorway to theater, while Maritza, Julie, and the women actresses and tour guides the theater. We took turns asking their docent Dan headed downstairs. he seemed to like to watch. various questions, and I made sure According to Keri, the spirit of Mr. that I let Mr. Whaley know that I Tanner was never encountered Regis Philbin Sees an Apparition was a new visitor to his home and in the home until the theater was at the Whaley House had come all the way from New restored in the home in 2001. From the theater, we moved York to visit. Colleen and I focused our questhrough the dressing room behind Thomas Whaley himself had tions to Mr. Tanner on his love for the stage area into the Whaley’s also been a native New Yorker, bethe women and the theater. Keri master bedroom, where Mrs. Anna ing born in New York City in 1823 again discussed the experiences of the Whaley is said to still be seen on and moving to San Francisco, Califemale docents feeling they were beoccasion and her presence still felt. fornia, in 1849 during the gold rush. ing watched in the dressing room and There is also an original rocking On a previous investigation, the hearing a man clear his throat in the chair in the room that was Mrs. gas lantern that hangs from the ceilroom, as well as other experiences. Whaley’s and that some visitors have ing in the center of the room began Upon reviewing my audio the said they have seen rocking on its swaying, seemingly in response to next day, I found multiple knock reown as if someone was sitting in it. questions that were being asked, sponses to several of our questions. The apparition of Mrs. Whaley then stopped quickly on its own. After one statement Colleen made has also been reported being seen There were no breezes in the room, about Mr. Tanner being able to look by visitors in the downstairs rooms, and the windows were closed. Also, at the women but he can’t touch as well as in the garden. One of the everyone in the room had been sitthem, there were four quick knocks visitors that reported seeing her was ting at the time, so there was no way right in a row. Did this statement upnone other than television personalthey had caused it to move. set Mr. Tanner, or was he expressing ity Regis Philbin. Mr. Philbin was a Unfortunately, it seemed rather his frustration over the fact that he young man at the time of his experiquiet this particular evening, alcould no longer enjoy the physical ence in 1964, but he recounted it rethough it was always possible that we pleasures he once did in life?
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Personal Experiences: Ghost Hunter Case Files Activity Stirs Up in the Master Bedroom From the theater we moved into Mr. Whaley’s Master Bedroom. Colleen and I began to ask questions of Mrs. Whaley and also Mr. Whaley. We also began to just talk to them about their family and their daughter, Violet, who had committed suicide by shooting herself in the heart with her father’s revolver. When we started just talking to them and talking about the room and the home is when we started to get some activity. It started with a change in the density of the air in the room when we started asking if George, one of the Whaley son’s, was in the room with us. Then we experienced a quick change in the air temperature, within only seconds it became cold, at the same moment Colleen stated that her hands were tingling and Keri complained about being dizzy. I then felt a cold breeze pass behind me from right to left, and then Colleen and Keri also felt it move past. Upon review of my audio the next day, I found a knock response during this experience at the same moment that Colleen says, “There is someone here with us, I can feel it.” As I was sitting about three feet in front of the fireplace, I reached behind me to see if it was a draft coming down from the chimney. There was none, and the flue was closed. Also, the cold breeze had moved from right to left, not straight toward my back as should have been the case if it had come from the chimney. We also checked the window behind Colleen. It was closed and latched, and no drafts were coming in from it. The night was warm and calm with no wind. I found another EVP of knock responses during this time when I said to whatever spirit might be there, “Feel free to make a noise (two loud knocks) or something to let us know that you’re here. Do you mind
us being in your room?” Four seconds of silence follows this question and then there is one loud knock. This is then followed by a period of silence, and then there are two more knocks and a woman’s voice saying, “Not funny.” This voice is not that of Colleen or Keri, and during all of this we never heard any of the knocks or the woman’s voice. Colleen then said she felt a breeze again, and then I also felt
Witnesses have reported seeing apparitions of Mr. Whaley and former theater operator Thomas W. Tanner inside the theater room of the Whaley House.
it. But this time it came to a stop behind me and stayed there. It was not a moving breeze anymore; it was now a stationary cold spot. While still sitting on the floor and asking if there was someone behind me, if it was Mr. or Mrs. Whaley or even Violet, I used my right hand to feel the area behind me and as far above my head as I could reach without standing up, as I didn’t want
to move too much as to not disturb whatever entity might be there. From what I could determine, the cold spot was about two feet wide and at least four feet tall, perhaps taller but that was as high as I could reach. Then the cold in the room suddenly dissipated, and the room went quiet. Given the fact that we began getting the cold spot activity when asking about George, I believe that it may have been him. As for the woman’s voice and the knock response to asking if they minded us being there, I would have to conclude that we may have also been dealing with the spirit of Mrs. Anna Whaley. A Connection to Violet Whaley? With the activity now stopped and it getting late, Colleen suggested that we move to Violet’s room across the hall. As we moved to Violet’s room, I told them about how earlier during the walkthrough I had lingered for several minutes at the rear window near the staircase as they went on into the theater. I remembered Maritza telling me about how Violet had climbed out this window and jumped off the roof into the cistern (well) in her first attempt to commit suicide after her divorce from George T. Bertolacci in 1884, which had caused her a great deal of humiliation. As I stood there looking out the window, I became increasingly aware of feelings of deep sorrow and depression. I soon found myself holding back a desire to cry. I then asked if it was Violet trying to interact with me and told her to try and talk with me during the investigation. They agreed that Violet had perhaps made her presence known to me, or perhaps I had even made a connection with her somehow. I do know that the feelings I was having during those moments were not my own. I had no reason to suddenly
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Personal Experiences: Ghost Hunter Case Files “Have some candy.” I find the second of these two EVPs to be the most intriguing, as back in the 1800s “rock candy” was a common remedy to use for a cough. Also a mixture called rock and rye (rock candy dissolved in rye whiskey) was believed to be a cure for the common cold. Were these possibly the voices of Mrs. & Mr. Whaley or Mrs. Whaley and George expressing themselves to Dan regarding his coughing?
“We entered Violet’s room, and right as we did the three of us began to get headaches and become dizzy.”
feel depressed and sad. I also could not and still cannot explain why I walked away from everyone else to go stare out that window. We entered Violet’s room, and right as we did the three of us began to get headaches and become dizzy. It’s important to understand that there is no high EMF in this house and almost none in that room. Colleen and Keri both mentioned that Violet wrote poetry, so I asked Violet if she would be willing to read some of her poetry to us. I later discovered that Violet loved writing poetry and even her suicide note reflected it. Her note read as follows: “Mad from life’s history, Swift to death’s mystery; Glad to be hurled, Anywhere, anywhere, out of this world.” EVPs Caught During Our Investigation Shortly after asking Violet to read some of her poetry to us, we heard what sounded like faint music in the house, as if it was coming
from downstairs. As it turned out, Maritza, Julie, and Dan had also heard it while they were downstairs, but they heard it as a woman humming and it seemed to be coming from the staircase, so they had thought it was us. What is most interesting with regards to this experience is that Maritza did catch the humming on her recorder, but it was not captured on mine. We had heard it plainly with our own ears, so my recorder should have captured it as well, but it didn’t. Even when I boosted the volume on the audio, nothing could be heard. Shortly after this we all regrouped and went into the Master Bedroom again to do a session with the spirit box. While we were waiting for Maritza to setup the Ovilus, the rest of us just sat talking. Dan, one of our docents, had a very bad cold and was coughing on and off the entire night. Dan started coughing again, and in reviewing my audio I hear Dan cough followed by a whispery, possibly female voice saying, “Stop that!” and then a male voice saying,
The Ovilus Speaks! Maritza started up the Ovilus, and after a few moments it began to speak. When Maritza asked who was with us, it said the names of George, Frank, and Violet. It also gave the name of Edmund, and when Maritza asked for Mr. Whaley it responded with, “top hat,” which, as I discussed earlier in this article, is the words that Mr. Whaley supposedly uses to identify himself through the spirit box. It also said the words Marion and Tragic consecutively. Marion Reynolds was a niece of the Whaley’s who died in the home after accidentally ingesting rat poison. She was just a child at the time, and it was of course another very tragic event in the Whaley family history. We heard many other interesting words that seemed to be forming sentences at times, some of them were followed by seeming knock responses that we only heard when reviewing the audio. George, Mr. Whaley’s son, also seemed to come through to us, as well as Mr. Whaley himself. At one point during the session, George seemed to come through and was talking about a child and that his brother, Frank, was the father of the child. On my audio recording of this session, you hear the conversation with the Ovilus as follows: Maritza: “I’m getting really cold in here.”
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Personal Experiences: Ghost Hunter Case Files Colleen: “I know, me too.” Jack: “That’s what I was saying before.” Ovilus: “Child.” Jack: “What about the child?” Ovilus: “Daddy.” Jack: “Who was the daddy?” Ovilus: “Brother.” Julie: “Brother?” (You hear two knocks following Julie’s response.) Jack: “The brother?” (You hear two more knocks.) Ovilus: “Frank.” Maritza: “Frank!?” Jack: “Frank was a daddy?” Ovilus: “Child.” (My question and this response are followed immediately by four fast knocks and a long whispery breath or exhale.) Colleen: “Frank’s the father?” I have provided this entire session on an Internet link for you to review along with the EVPs that were also captured that night. You can access these http://www.mediafire. com/?slm9oey2kkcfm. Experimenting With “Ghost Radar Classic” Shortly after this, Maritza and I saw a shadow move in the doorway of the theater changing room that enters into the bedroom. At this same time I was asking any spirit that might be there if they could say my name through the Ovilus. On the audio you can hear a whispery female voice respond to my question with “No.” At that exact same moment as the EVP “No” response is captured, Maritza felt a breeze right next to her and I also felt it as well near me. During this session, I was also experimenting with a program called “Ghost Radar Classic.” It provided some interesting results, with some of the word responses coinciding with words from the Ovilus at the same time, and also some of the radar hits corresponding with some
of the cold spots being felt. I have recently been using this program on investigations, and although I’m not yet ready to draw any conclusions one way or the other, it does seem to provide consistent results with EVPs being captured, and when using two of the programs at the same time, they give very similar results at the same moment. For instance, one may give the word
home and the family, but also the many stories and reports of the paranormal activity that has occurred in the home. Although Maritza felt that the house was kind of quiet that night, I did have some interesting experiences of my own and was far from disappointed with the EVPs that I captured on the investigation. The only drawback I saw to investigat-
The Ghost Radar Classic provided some interesting results! “female” and the other gives the word “woman” at exactly the same moment. As time was getting late, we ended the spirit box session and split up into two groups again. Colleen, me, and Dan headed down to the front parlor of the house where the original couch that Violet had passed away on was located. There are also numerous other original items from the home in this room, including Mr. Whaley’s “top hat.” This is the room that I captured the odd shadow photos in that I discussed earlier. Again, I would like to note that out of 238 photos taken that night with the same camera, these photos taken in the front living room are the only photos that these type of shadows appear in. These photos are also available for viewing on the Internet at http://www.mediafire.com/?ydti3dw4cwe6p. We ended our investigation of the Whaley House at 1:30 a.m. on March 13, 2011. My Investigations Conclude in San Diego, California The Whaley House is a wonderful historic site that is well preserved and watched over by very knowledgeable docents. They know not only the accurate history of the
ing the Whaley House is the street noise from outside the home. We investigated on a Saturday night, so the outside noise lasted much longer into the early morning hours than it would during a weeknight. It in no way ruins an investigation, but you do need to be more aware of it and tag it, and you have to be very discerning when reviewing your audio for EVPs, as you should always be in any case. Again, it was a fantastic location and a very fun and enjoyable investigation that I would recommend to anyone interested in history and/or the paranormal. I would love to go back again myself. The Star of India is also a fantastic location to investigate, and on both occasions that I investigated, it did not disappoint in providing some of the best paranormal activity I have experienced. If you ever find yourself in the San Diego area, I would strongly recommend setting aside a couple of evenings to investigate these locations with the San Diego Ghost Hunters team. To setup an investigation with them, you can contact them through their Website at http://sandiegoghsothunters.com. To find out more about the Whaley House or the Star of India you can go to http://whaleyhouse.org and http://sdmaritime.org.
Reach Out and
GRAB YOU By Stephen Nakonechny
f you caught my personal experience in the October 2011 issue of Paranormal Underground, you are familiar with the “Nightly Visitor” we encountered while vacationing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. Upon our return home, we experienced the same banging on the door, and I was able to capture a photograph of a floating head with a torch. After that personal experience, time passed without any unusual paranormal activity. But this turned out to be the quiet before the storm, as I was lulled into a sense of false security. It was a cold, windy winter’s evening in North Florida, with the temperature down around the 30-degree mark. The night was deep and endless with an unfamiliar blackness brought on by overcast conditions. Only the faint, whitish-grey bellies of distant clouds were lit up from distant city lights. I set out into our local woods with my digital camera and the guidance of my Alaskan malamute companion, “Big Buck.” We traversed through a hundred acres of deep woods, interspersed with clearings of sprawling hills. It was 12:30 a.m., the winds were swirling, and we’d been hiking for an hour. No animals were stirring; all things living were settled in, safely hidden in their burrows. Was it the cold, the dark, or something else that drove them to seek shelter?
“... what I saw evoked a cold sweat. It was the image of a flesh-toned hand … “
Suddenly, “Big Buck” froze in his tracks and I stopped. His body stiffened, and his torso sank lower to the ground. This was the stance he assumes when he senses a nearby spirit-presence. Eerily, the wind died down and I developed a lump in the back of my throat. I retrieved my digital camera and snapped off several shots. At this moment, I immediately felt an energy wave of static electricity engulf my entire body. Every hair follicle stood on end. Quickly reviewing the digital photographs, what I saw evoked a cold sweat. It was the image of a flesh-toned hand … four fingers reaching out from the darkness, in the middle of nowhere. In the same frame, to the left of the hand was what appeared to be a ghostly figure emerging from the ground. Feeling vulnerable and alone, survival mode kicked in and with a firm grip on Bucky’s leash we doubledtimed it back home. I headed to bed after my vital signs returned to normal,
but I was still shaken from the photograph of the flesh-toned hand. I laid down and rolled over onto my right side, with my back-side sticking out from the covers. Instantaneously, I felt a hard, deliberate jab to my left buttock. I twisted around and sprang up into the seated position. I looked over at my wife, who was fast asleep. I said to myself, “The hand, of course the hand. That had to be it.” It felt just like a hand jabbed me, what else could it have been? Could this entity have followed me back home? Why did it attach itself to me, and what did it want? A week or so passed, and I stopped taking photographs. I felt I shouldn’t provoke or empower whoever or whatever it was by giving it attention. Every night became uneventful. I felt the worst was behind me and now nothing more than a photograph and an unwanted memory was all that haunted me. I was wrong ... To Be Continued.
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Granite Lake Wolves By Michelle M. Pillow, www.MichellePillow.com
aranormal author Vivian Arend has hiked, biked, skied, and paddled her way around most of North America and parts of Europe. Throughout all the wandering in the wilderness, stories have been planted and they are bursting out in vivid color. Paranormal, twisted fairy tales, red-hot contemporaries — the genres are all over. Between times of living with no running water, she tries to keep up with her husband — the instigator of most of the wilderness adventures. Vivian’s newest shapeshifter book, Wolf Line: Granite Lake Wolves #5, released in e-book June 13, 2012. It can be purchased at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
ka, and even the far, far north where there are current oil development and wild resource debates occurring. It’s a huge land, and yet the people who live there are so laid back about existing on the edge of potential disaster. One-step from the grave for some of the old-timers who still trap and live alone in the bush — it was impossible to leave them out of the stories. Q: When world building, did you base your story off of known myths throughout history?
“While the shifters live in secret, there are humans who know they exist.”
***** Q: In your series, Granite Lake Wolves, you delve into the world of shapeshifters and you place them in an extreme northern setting. What inspired you to write this? Vivian: In 2005, my family moved to Whitehorse, Yukon. Over the next two years I had the opportunity to travel throughout the territory and adventure into neighboring Alaska. The places are remote, lonely, and yet the people who live there are there out of choice — they love it.
The north truly calls to them. When I decided to try my hand at writing a story, it was natural to pick a location that had really captured my imagination — yes, there really is a Granite Lake, set off by itself in the bush of the Yukon wilderness. It’s the perfect place for a couple of wolfshifters to go for a quiet get-away. As the series progressed, I found more locations popping up in the books — sections of the Chilkoot Trail used during the heydays of the Gold Rush, the bays and harbours of Alas-
Vivian: The Granite Lake and Takhini Wolves books are a blend of different folk lore, and also a bit of that “Northern Attitude.” The one that pretty much takes anything in stride. While the shifters live in secret, there are humans who know they exist. And when the occasional intermingling occurs, there’s a bit more laid-back approach. The First Nations of Northern Canada had a lot of beliefs about the local animals and the good that they brought to the humans in their territory. It’s not that far a step to have the shape-shifters as a part of that reasoning for the good will between races. Q: Why do you think readers, and society in general, are fascinated by the paranormal?
Vivian: I think in terms of especially the big shapeshifters like wolves, bears, etc., there are traits in the animal nature that people would love to experience in their human lives. Some of the nature is truth; some is legend and folklore all in itself. For example, the idea of mating for life creates powerful emotional imagery. Recognizing your mate and knowing you belong together is a step beyond love at first sight because in the tradition of the shapeshifter, you know it’s a forever thing. Q: If given the chance, would you become a shifter? Vivian: Wow. I totally would, but picking what kind would be nearly impossible. Yes, I love wolves. But the water is an incredible place, and being able to travel through the oceans easily would make my scubaloving self very happy. Same thing with avian forms — flying and using the air swells to get from place to place? What would make me possibly give up that possibility? So I’d be greedy. I want to
be like this Mary Sue of the shifter world. I want it ALL — the ability to shift into any of the forms. And I get to keep my hubby of 25 years, okay? Then we totally have a deal. Q: How would you react if you came face to face with a ghost or a vampire? Vivian: O_o. That would be my face. And then you’d see my footprints on the ground, and I’d be out of there so fast you’d be spinning. See, I’m a wimp, which is why even my shifters are nice guys. And … well, okay, maybe I should slow down. Because SINCE I’m a wimp, I’m going to assume these are nice ghosts and vampires. That’s it. So I’d have them in. We’d play a little cards. Chat for a while, and maybe watch House or something. They can bunk in the barn if the ghost promises not to scare the hens into stopping laying. It would be just fine. Right? Q: What does the future hold for the Granite Lake Wolves
and the Takhini Wolves? Vivian: There is a brand new novella out to the Granite Lake world — the first since 2010. Wolf Line is Jared’s story, and you can now find out what this Romeo of the wolfies does when trapped on a cruise ship. Book 2 in the Takhini Wolves, Silver Mine, was released on September 11. The follow-up to last year’s Black Gold continues the adventures of the group of shifters living in Whitehorse, Yukon. This time we follow a lone wolf into even more remote territory in the northern bush. Duct tape, moonshine, sarcasm — the usual when you get the wolfies together. Along with some scorching hot shifter sex. You’ve been warned! There will be at least one more Granite Lake novella and two more novels to complete the Takhini storyline. And then … we see! *****
Thank you for joining us, Vivian! To learn more about Vivian, visit her at www.vivianarend.com.
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Paranormal Perspective: Guest Editorial
Extraordinary Proof By Karen Frazier
’ve always felt faith (or lack thereof) is one of the defining struggles of my life. Since I was a kid, I’ve looked upon those who fervently believe and wondered what it is they have that I don’t. My struggles started early and continued into adulthood. I knew what I wanted to believe — human beings have souls, and we are all connected to something greater than just this container of a human body we carry about during our lives. At the same time, my mind is an often skeptical place prone to analysis. There is, of course, no proof of the human soul — no data points to show beyond a shadow of a doubt I am more than just Karen Frazier and somehow, I am eternal. I knew quite early in my search I wouldn’t be finding answers in the place that gives so many others comfort — the Christian church. Instead, even as a very young child, I was drawn to the lore surrounding the human soul — ghosts, reincarnation, and psychic phenomena. To me, the possibility of those things made more sense than the Biblical tales that comfort so many. As an adult, I began to take wobbly steps toward belief in the human soul — not through Christianity and salvation, but by exploring what
As paranormal investigators — or soul researchers — we must have the rectitude to never, ever fudge anything even slightly. Self-deception is a ridiculously easy trap to fall into unless we are meticulous in reporting the truth, even to ourselves.
happens after we die. While many would suggest I became a paranormal researcher, I believe I became a soul researcher. I’ve extensively studied the continuation of the soul, examining data and anecdotal evidence on topics like reincarnation, neardeath experiences, life between lives, psychic phenomena, and ghosts. Whenever possible, I’ve sought personal experiences to enhance my research. To that end, I’ve had past life and life between lives regressions, researched ghosts, and tested my own psychic abilities. None of this has ever been about proving the paranormal scientifically to others. It’s always been about proving the
existence of the human soul to myself in order to satisfy my own quest for understanding. For the past several years, I made pretty good strides in that direction. I’ve had encounters I can’t explain that seem to suggest to me some kind of energy carries on after we die. I’ve seen what may be my own past lives, as well bits and pieces of the life I live when I am not incarnated. I’ve even made great strides in gleaning psychic information, picking up relevant bits about people and places I couldn’t possibly have known any other way. In fact, it is this psychic information that has tied it all together for me
in such a neat package. For the first time ever, I stopped struggling for faith because I finally believed I had found the answers I was looking for. And then it all came crashing down. Some of my recent “psychic” success came as I worked with someone I thought was a friend. In the course of our relationship, I received and re-
once again. If one person is willing to so blatantly lie, so are others. Even if I put the kindest possible spin on it and assume she is lying to herself as much as she is to the rest of the world, how am I to know I am not equally self-delusional? These are the questions I consider as I seek
An extraordinary claim requires extraordinary proof. layed messages my friend confirmed was about her family members. She was over the top in telling me just how accurate the information was, which should have been my first clue. Still, it bolstered my confidence and allowed me to trust what I began to pick up on investigations, as well. Finally, it seemed, everything was gelling. I could truly see how it all tied together energetically. Then, I witnessed that person apparently faking her own psychic abilities on a few occasions. A pattern began to emerge — a certain lack of truthfulness and integrity that told me she was not to be believed or trusted. And just like that, the tentative trust I had begun having in my own understanding of the universe crumbled under the weight of her dishonesty. I was — and am — back at square one. I realize I have had many experiences independently of this person that also fed into my ability to believe, but the second I see a loose thread I pull at it and begin to unravel everything. When I was navigating the world of the soul with confidence and belief, a single dishonest person threw everything into doubt for me
to re-establish what I believe with regard to the human soul. I tell you this not because I want you to feel sorry for me, but because I want you to understand just how important integrity is in what we do. As paranormal investigators — or soul researchers — we must have the rectitude to never, ever fudge anything even slightly. Not only do we need to be fastidiously honest with how we report data, but we must be conscientious in what goes on in our own minds, as well. Self-deception is a ridiculously easy trap to fall into unless we are me-
ticulous in reporting the truth, even to ourselves. To avoid such equivocation, we must present data without interpretation or justification. I’ve always said that just because one person is a fake psychic, it doesn’t mean everyone is a charlatan. Even though some people tell fraudulent ghost stories, it doesn’t follow every story ever reported is a fake. I understand this applies to my life, as well. Just because one person was proven to be dishonest doesn’t mean everything I’ve ever seen or experienced is a sham. At the same time, in the light of evidence of dishonesty, I have no choice but to re-evaluate data I previously felt was impeccable. Similarly, the rest of the world must re-evaluate every time a paranormal researcher presents questionable data. Because we work in relatively unexplored territory that still exists theoretically instead of empirically, what we do as paranormal researchers sits in the glare of an overbright spotlight. If even a single one of us knowingly or unconsciously submits questionable data, a watching world is quick to judge it all as scam. As Marcello Truzzi once famously said, “An extraordinary claim requires extraordinary proof.” Researchers, what are you presenting as proof to the world? Are you presenting empirical data without interpretation? Are you making assumptions and leaps of logic? Are you being honest with yourself and others in your reporting of the data you do collect? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves before we take the results of our research public. If your proof is anything less than extraordinary, then keep looking. To do anything else does a disservice to us all.
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