Paranormal Volume 4, Issue 9
Katrina Weidman Paranormal State
The Bridgewater Triangle An Encounter With a Jinn The Real-Life Entity Case: Part 2
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Editorial: Don’t Let Anyone Bully You Out of Belief Working With Clients: Collecting Client Information Tales From the Haunted Heathman Hotel September 2011 Paranormal Underground TV Watch: Eureka
Inside This Issue
FEATURES INVESTIGATOR SPOTLIGHT Paranormal State Investigator Katrina Weidman
SPECIAL REPORT Working With Clients: Obtaining Clients & Collecting Client Information
AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT Caridad Pineiro: Paranormal Fiction Author
CASE FILES OF THE UNKNOWN Haunted Sites The Bridgewater Triangle: “Killer Trolls From Hell, Etc.”
Haunted History The Real-Life Entity Case: Part 2
PERSONAL EXPERIENCES Tales From the Haunted Heathman Hotel An Encounter With ... a Jinn
FICTION: FEATURED AUTHOR The Amazon Incident: A Select Reading From MYTHOS
PARANORMAL PERSPECTIVE: GUEST EDITORIAL Don’t Let Anyone Bully You Out of Belief
Contributors Ghost Hunter Comic Publisher’s Letter Calendar of Events TV Watch: Eureka
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Contributors Paul Bottini Paul has written several e-books about haunted sites, UFO sightings, and cryptid lore. When not writing, Paul travels the countryside in search of UFOs, hotspots of high strangeness, ethereal beasts, and anything remotely paranormal. Paul also designs Web graphics and animations.
Jenny Brown Jenny lives in a small town about 60 miles north of Seattle. She’s always been fascinated with the unknown and paranormal activity. After becoming more interested in the paranormal through television shows, her skepticism grew. After joining www.paranormalunderground.net and meeting fellow paranormal enthusiasts, Jenny investigated a reportedly haunted location. She has had a few experiences in her life that she’s not been able to explain or debunk. However, after investigate herself, Jenny said she learned just how easy it is to manufacture paranormal evidence or misconstrue experiences as being paranormal.
Robb Demarest Robb, a native of Albany, New York, joined the Ghost Hunters International team after three years with Florida Ghost Team, an affiliate of The Atlantic Paranormal Society. Robb’s responsibilities on the team ranged from research, technology management, and client relations, to his current position as assistant director. The evasive nature of paranormal investiga-
tion fueled Robb’s desire to become involved in the field at an early age. He found it fascinating, he says, because it “was like reading a mystery that had the last page cut out.” During his time as the lead investigator of the Ghost Hunters International team, Robb pushed the boundaries of current knowledge in the field and approached paranormal phenomena with open-minded skepticism.
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 EntitiesR-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.
Tom Johnson Tom was born in London and currently works as an English teacher in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. He’s taught for the past 27 years in the UK, Greece, Spain, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. Tom plays jazz and blues piano and organizes a music
club at the college where he teaches. Married with two grown children, he has had a number of paranormal experiences. He is very interested in other people’s paranormal experiences and has had enough of his own to know there’s a lot going on, both in the subconscious mind and in the physical world that can’t be explained by current sciences.
John “Jack” Kenna Jack is a technical specialist and investigator for the paranormal team SPIRITS of New England in Winthrop, Massachusetts. He is also the case manager for the New England Center for the Advancement of Paranormal Science. Jack has had a strong interest in the paranormal since he was a child and has helped his SPIRITS team conduct numerous client investigations over the past two years, including an investigation for the U.S. Navy in 2010. Jack has been a technician and project leader for the Department of the Army for the past 26 years.
Cheryl Knight Cheryl is editorin-chief of Paranormal Underground magazine, director of Publications & Editing Services for Ghost Knight Media, and producer of Paranormal Underground Radio. She has more than 20 years of experience as a professional writer and editor, and has published hundreds of articles on topics ranging from advanced technology to paranormal investigation. Cheryl’s previous magazine experience includes roles as senior and managing editor for several business publications.
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Michelle M. Pillow Michelle is an award-winning author writing in many romance fiction genres, including futuristic and paranormal. A skeptical believer, she has a fascination with anything paranormal. She has a photography degree and is the co-owner of www.TheRavenBooks.com. Contact Michelle at www.michellepillow.com.
Jay Roebuck Jay Roebuck is a 39-year-old art director from Orlando, Florida, where he lives with his wife, Patricia, and his son, Sevastian. Jay has been interested in the paranormal from a young age, having grown up in a house that he knew to be haunted by his familyâ€™s deceased pet cat. His writing tends to be more along the lines of cryptozoology and
Rob St.Helen Rob has been a paranormal investigator for more than five years. He had his first paranormal experience at the age of 11. Rob is a member of West Coast Ghost Hunters, based out of Portland Oregon, where he was born and raised. He currently works the graveyard shift at The Heathman Hotel. He has come to find that the hotel is haunted.
Barry Taff, Ph.D. Dr. Taff holds a doctorate in psychophysiology with a minor in biomedical engineering. He is a world-renowned parapsychologist who worked out of UCLAâ€™s former parapsychology laboratory from 1969 through 1978
as a research associate. During his 43-year career, Dr. Taff has investigated more than 4,500 cases of ghosts, hauntings, and poltergeists and conducted extensive studies in telepathy and precognition. For more information about Dr. Taff, visit http://barrytaff.net.
Chad Wilson A writer of articles and fiction, Chad is the publisher of Paranormal Underground magazine and a partner for Ghost Knight Media. His interest in the paranormal led to the creation of www.ParanormalUnderground.net. Chad has investigated with East Tennessee Paranormal Research Society and counts Waverly Hills, the Villisca Axe Murder House, the Queen Anne Hotel, the Queen Mary, and private residences among his investigations.
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seek knowledge and expand on that hat makes a haunted site knowledge to help us understand haunted? How do we what is going on. Only then can we determine if a building is advance the field of paranormal inhabited by the spirits of the dead? investigation. How do we know that That being said, I “Gateway to Hell” is in know there are individureality a gateway to Hell? als and groups out there The simple answer is doing hard work in this we don’t. field. But I would like to We don’t, as a field see more people, and the of investigation, even groups they belong to, do know what causes the more than run around things we investigate to in the dark with equiphappen. Is it a form of ment that has never been energy? And if it is, is it Chad Wilson, proven to detect spirits known energy that causes Publisher or any other paranormal the paranormal activity? phenomena. And then, once new Maybe it is and we just don’t underdiscoveries are made, we need to stand the connection between that share what we have found. energy and paranormal activity. Or, In this way, peer review can take is it an, as of yet, undiscovered form place and paranormal findings can of energy, or something along those possibly be reproduced. lines? There are so many questions I know, I know. The paranorwith few answers forthcoming. mal doesn’t happen on demand, That is the situation that faces but I feel that at least with disclosure the field of paranormal investigaattempts can be made to reproduce tion. In order to answer the questhose results in the lab — or at least tion of how do you know a place is in the field. haunted, we must first understand We could also make correlawhat causes a “haunting.” And that tions between the environment is the problem. Many ghost hunters (including temperature, static elecand paranormal investigators (and I tricity, ion levels, and of course elecdo see them as two different groups) tromagnetic field fluctuation, among do not look for answers, but just do other readings) and the activity that what they are shown on TV show. is purported to be happening. They are happy with the status quo. I think that only then can invesIn order to effectively undertigation into the paranormal be acstand what is going on in paranorcepted by the mainstream as a viable mal situations, we must always ask field of study. questions. We must continuously
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“Eureka” Small Town, Big Secret Review by Jenny Brown
uantum physics tells us … no wait, let me start over. The Theory of Relativity tells us … um, never mind. That isn’t going to work either. Okay, so I’m no super-genius or rocket scientist; but the residents of Eureka, Oregon, sure are. Well, most of them. When Eureka debuted on Syfy in 2006, it was your basic small-town sheriff meets a group of geniuses working at a research facility that’s responsible for the vast technological advancements of the last 50 years. In fact, there is nothing “basic” about Eureka. Just ask Sheriff Jack Carter, played by Colin Ferguson. Each week, Carter and his fellow Eurekans try to thwart disaster, which almost invariably involves some scientific mishap way beyond the scope of Carter’s law enforcement degree. Yet, every week, Carter manages to be about the only one capable of saving the day. Just goes to show, you don’t have to have the IQ of Einstein to be a hero. Supporting Cast The show’s supporting cast includes Carter’s current girlfriend, Dr. Allison Blake, the brilliant and beautiful chief-scientist at Global Dynamics, played by Salli RichardsonWhitfield. Allison has had her share of problems to solve as well — from
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the disintegration of her husband on their second wedding day, to being transported first to 1947 and then back into a completely new timeline, to even having her brain hacked by a mysterious group trying to sabotage the latest project at Global Dynamics. Speaking of Global Dynamics, acting director Douglas Fargo, played by Neil Grayston, has his own hands full as he vies for a spot on the scientific team that’s organizing a space-travel project to Titan.
Fargo, who joined Allison, Carter, Josephine “Jo” Lupo (Erica Cerra), and Henry Deacon (Joe Morton) on the time-travel escapade to 1947, is not without his quirks. If he’s not the source of the pending disaster that threatens Eureka, he’s definitely a part of it. He has inadvertently launched himself into space and even tinkered with the handheld time capsules that caused everyone to lose their memories. Whenever there’s an issue in Eureka, the first question is
usually: “Where’s Fargo?” There’s a smart house named S.A.R.A.H. that held people hostage, a solar system model that went awry and gave the town a second sun, your token cryogenically frozen and thawed Grandpa, and even a glitch with the town MP3 database that caused residents to act out the words in the songs. “I Shot the Sheriff,” anyone?
Eureka Storylines While most episodes of Eureka can stand on their own, there have been several intersecting themes throughout its four seasons. As I mentioned earlier, the fearsome fivesome — Allison, Carter, Jo, Henry, and Fargo — were transported back to 1947; and, when they returned, everything was not as it was before they left. And a stowaway had returned with them.
They spent the first half of Season 4 trying to adapt to the new timeline and figure out how to get their stowaway back where he belongs. During the first three seasons, we were introduced to a mysterious artifact that had a unique connection to Allison’s autistic son. When she returns from 1947, her son no longer has autism. The artifact held some super-power, the nature of which, quite frankly, I never could figure out. It was partly responsible for a few deaths, including Allison’s ex-husband, who disintegrated, thereby saving the town. A Big Blow to Eureka Fans Eureka fans were dealt a pretty big blow this summer when it was announced that the series was cancelled. A Christmas episode will air this December, and then the series will return in 2012 for 12 final
episodes. We’re left to wonder, will Carter and Allison eventually tie the knot? Will Jo and Zane finally rekindle the relationship they had before the time-travel event? And will Fargo ever find a way to outsmart his nemesis, Dr. Isaac Parrish (Wil Wheaton)? All I know is that I’m very glad the show is available on Netflix, because I was able to catch up on the series after having only joined it in the first half of Season 4. It’s funny, the characters have good chemistry, and even a complete science idiot like me can follow along, thanks to Sheriff Carter’s lack of superior intellect. It’s good family entertainment that isn’t animated and doesn’t star a bunch of singing high school students. Tune in Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/ PT, 7 p.m. CT, and watch what happens when super-geniuses make super-stupid mistakes.
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Paranormal State Investigator
By Robb Demarest
have made no secret of the fact that I am (dare I say it?) a big fan of Paranormal State. I consider myself lucky that I count a number of members of the Paranormal Research Society (PRS) team as friends of mine. I have shared a hotel room and chowed down BBQ with Chad, talked shop with Ryan and Michelle, and even had my picture taken with Heather and Katrina! OK, so perhaps I know some of the team a bit better than others. So, how do 92% of all new friendships in America start? Why a Paranormal Underground interview of course! In this month’s Investigator Spotlight, Paranormal Underground profiles Paranormal State investigator Katrina Weidman. “As long as I can remember, I’ve had an interest in the paranormal,” Katrina said. “I knew Penn State was a perfect fit, not only did they offer majors that fit my wants and needs, but they had a paranormal club. Katrina joined PRS in 2006 and went through extensive training to become an investigator. “I absolutely love every minute of what I do,” she said. “I get to help people, learn about the paranormal, and work with amazing people. And now that we have a show with A&E, I get to work in the entertainment world as well.”
In addition to being an investigator for the Paranormal Research Society, Katrina Weidman has been a member of the Penn State Snowboard club since 2004. (Photo by Karolina Wojtasik)
In addition to paranormal investigation, Katrina also enjoys snowboarding, singing, dancing, cooking, knitting, and traveling. ***** Q: There is just no getting around it. What brought you into the paranormal? I cringe every time I ask that question, but in return, I won’t ask you what the scariest place you have ever been was.
Katrina: I grew up in haunted houses. I was very young in the first house, so I don’t remember too much. But I do remember never being able to sleep in my own room. They would leave me there, and I would cry all night. I remember waking up in the middle of the night to sleep with my parents, and I was usually in my sister’s room. The next house I was a little older, and I remember things disappearing and reappearing, doors closing, and strange noises. I also refused
to sleep in my room in that house. It wasn’t until I switched rooms when I was 12 that I was able to sleep alone. In 1997, my brother passed away, and there were some very strange experiences surrounding his death, anniversary, and birthdays. After that I began experiencing, I guess, what we would call psychic experiences (although I HATE using the word psychic). All of these experiences stayed with me. I was always reading about ghosts, aliens, and cryptos. I was the girl having the slumber parties that included séances and ghost hunts and usually ended with my friends crying, scared, and calling their parent’s for rides home. Q: How did you come to become a member of PRS and the television show Paranormal State? Katrina: Originally, I joined up with the team based off of my aunt’s suggestion in 2004. I had just transferred to Penn State and wanted to be involved with a group or research team. She suggested I look at my school. That’s when I found PRS. I went to one meeting and dropped out. There was just too much going on at that time in my life (double major, new transfer, two other clubs, and a series of bad luck). In 2006, when things were under control with school, I went back to PRS. I put in an application to become an investigator and was accepted. After that, they said they were having auditions for a new reality TV series. Since I was a theater major, I thought it would be fun. So I went, and as they say the rest is history. Q: What were your initial thoughts on meeting the team and realizing that you would be seen, praised, criticized, and demonized by millions of people? Katrina: When I first met the team
Paranormal State investigators (left to right) include Heather Taddy, Katrina Weidman, Ryan Buell, Sergey Poberezhny, and Eilfie Music. (Photo by Karolina Wojtasik)
in 2004 I was a little taken back. There were some interesting people in the club at that time, but I just didn’t feel a connection with many of them. Eilfie, Ryan, and Sergey were there at that meeting though. Sergey was actually the second person I met in the club that day and was so kind and down to earth. He actually walked me home that
“There is something going on that science can’t yet explain.” day, and we had a really good connection because both of us had just transferred from other schools. Ryan and I didn’t exactly have great first impressions of each other, which we both laugh about now. It didn’t really hit me that I was going to be on a TV show. To be honest, I really had no clue what was going on. I went on a few auditions, a few call backs, and then had a few
calls from producers. They did a background check on me, and one day Ryan called me and Heather up to the front of the classroom after a club meeting and said, “Everything checked out with your background checks, so everything is good.” She and I really didn’t know what that meant and were too shy to ask. The next thing we knew we had contracts shoved in front of our faces a week later. It all happened pretty fast, and I don’t really think I had time to think about what it would be like or how it would affect me. However, I’ve always wanted to work in the entertainment business, so in a way I think I was a little more prepared than someone just stepping into the role. Q: There has been a popular misconception that Paranormal State is a “demon hunting” show. Can you share your thoughts on this? Katrina: LOL! A demon hunting show we are not. We take on the most severe cases we have at the
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Investigator Spotlight UFO ranch, the Jersey Devil, Mothman, etc. Was there ever a topic that the group said, “No, this is too far out there or the viewers won’t enjoy a show on the topic of (blank)”?
Katrina hopes that one day the paranormal field is as respected as the field of psychology. She hopes that Paranormal State inspired people to keep an open mind and find their own truths. (Photo by Paul Birman)
time. It just so happens that many of them involve demons or what our clients believe are demons. In the field of demonology, they believe that all demons are an intricate network. If you’ve worked with one, they all know who you are. So we have had cases that were completely unrelated and later become connected due to the fact that we’ve been involved. It’s almost like the cases find you at times. Paranormal State was also the first “ghost hunting” show to deal with religion. We always follow the client’s religion and wishes. And it just so happens that a lot of our clients are Christian and Catholic, so people saw a lot of Catholic house blessings and priests joining our investigations. I think that combination had people believing we were strictly demon hunters.
constant innovation, from the use of the Ganzfeld experiment to the full-spectrum glasses used in the final season. Was this a set goal of the show, and was this a collaborative effort among the team?
Q: One of the things I enjoyed about Paranormal State was the
Q: Paranormal State really ran the gambit as far as topics. The
Katrina: Absolutely. Ryan pushed very hard to make sure we were always looking for new devices and experiments to try. So the team as a whole would constantly research to see what was out there and if we could incorporate it on a case. Josh and Sergey really worked hard to get new tech and equipment. I don’t want to speak for everyone in PRS, but I think we all understood that we were given a rare opportunity to represent a growing field, and we wanted to show all the aspects of it as much as we could.
Katrina: PRS pushed very hard to do the non-ghost episodes and different types of hauntings. The production companies and A&E were hesitant on the idea, I guess because they were worried the audience wouldn’t like it. Ryan would be on the phone trying to explain that the show wouldn’t tank if we investigated, for example, the Mothman. Eventually they would agree, but it certainly took a lot of convincing. I mean our show wasn’t called Ghost State, and we don’t just take on ghost-related cases off camera so why should we do that for the show? Q: You were on the show from day one. How would you say your role, both on the show and on the team, changed over the years and seasons? Katrina: Dramatically. I don’t even think I said one word in the final cut of the first episode we shot. I didn’t really have anything to do with preinvestigations until season 1.5. Starting season 2 I began working behind the scenes and eventually became case manager, meaning every client eventually had to go through me. I think season 4 and 5 you see the most change in me. Many of those cases were ones that I led in the pre-investigations, and I had more and more solo investigations and interviews. It’s like any job really — the more work you do the more responsibility you receive and the higher up you go in the company. Q: My favorite episode of the series was “Darkness Falls.” Could you share your favorite
investigation, as well as least favorite? Katrina: My favorite episode was “Darkness Falls,” because it really showed the team dynamic. It showed that we don’t always get along and that everyone really does have a role on our team. My favorite case was “Pet Cemetery” simply because it was one of the most haunted places we’ve been to, and we never would have taken on the case based off of what the clients were claiming. They were really only experiencing creepy feelings, their dog was acting odd, and two previous dogs were hit by cars. But it got very strange once we got there. During our research we found out all the previous owners, since the 1960s, had the same experiences and that the owner in the 1960s had a boyfriend that would kill dogs with a 2x4 with a nail in it. That case is amazing to me, and it absolutely slapped me in the face with a “don’t assume anything in this field” attitude.
“jaw dropping” because I’ve been having experiences my whole life. My experiences on the show were a nice confirmation for me and the clients we were working with at the time though. Q: What do you feel the legacy of Paranormal State will be? What are you most proud of the show accomplishing?? Katrina: I hope people will remember the show as one that tried to push the limits and people’s minds. We didn’t always turn out great evidence, or evidence at all in some episodes, but that really wasn’t the point of what
we were doing. We are researchers. People believe that they are having these experiences; we’ve come across some liars and some people that weren’t all there, but we also came across so many clients that were honest, sane, and rational people. We’ve shared their experiences on many occasions. Our job was to try and figure it out. My wish is that one day this field is as respected as the field of psychology. I hope that it’s inspired people not necessarily to believe in ghosts or aliens, but that there is something going on that science can’t yet explain. I hope it has in-
Q: Years later, what still sticks with you from these cases? I don’t mean what followed you home (unless something did), but more what do you look back upon and think, “I can’t believe this happened” or “I’ll never forget that moment”? Katrina: I think what sticks with me more now is the behind camera experiences. The relationships that developed, the fun we had traveling together, and the fact that this was everyone’s first gig out of college (and during); you can’t replace that. It was very special and exciting. There are some days I wish we could go back to the beginning and start all over again. That first season was the absolute best. I guess I don’t really look at my paranormal experiences on the show as anything “new” and
Katrina hopes that viewers will remember Paranormal State as a show that tried to push the limits and people’s minds. (Photo by Sergey Poberezhny)
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Investigator Spotlight have to be Pet Cemetery. It’s really hard to explain why. It was just an overwhelming feeling that something didn’t want you there. Someone was watching you and waiting for the right moment to tell you what it thought. Probably the most uncomfortable I’ve ever felt in a client’s house/property.
Katrina’s scariest case on Paranormal State was “Pet Cemetery” because of the overwhelming feeling that something didn’t want the team there. (Photo by Paul Birman)
spired people to keep an open mind and to find their own truths. Q: Paranormal State: The New Class. Thoughts? Comments? Katrina: We don’t have an affiliation with the team itself, so I’ve never met the team. But I absolutely wish everyone involved good luck. It’s a tough job at times, but the cast seems like a strong group and that will carry them through any obstacle. Q: How is Katrina Weidman from A&E’s Paranormal State different from Katrina Weidman? Katrina: LOL! I’m not too sure how to answer that and still sound professional. I’m a pretty spontaneous girl and an absolute performer at heart. When I’m not working I play piano, go dancing, I love a good prank, taking random trips, and can usually be found on the streets of Philadelphia running amuck. I’m very blessed to have friends that join me in my wild adventures and don’t judge me afterwards. On a more series note, I’m also a volun-
Q: Now that it is all said and done, the show is over and you have graduated from Penn State. What’s next? Would you return to the screen?
teer crisis counselor and volunteer my time with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Q: Tricked you! What is the scariest place you have investigated and why? Katrina: There’s been a few. The Glove is absolutely a terrifying house to be in because there is so much activity. That’s also where I saw my first partial apparition, so I have roots there. West Virginia State Penn is scary because it is so intimidating and very active — I don’t believe by anything bad, but intelligent. Suicide Spirits ... I don’t think I would spend one night alone in that house. After you have a metal boat propeller thrown at you, sleeping ain’t really an option. The Thomas House scared me because it reminded me of the houses I grew up in as a kid. I turned right back into a six year old when we were there and ended up sharing a room and bed with Heather because I was too scared to sleep by myself. Probably the scariest would
Katrina: I went to school for music and theater, and my dream has always been to work in the entertainment field, so I’d say that’s a safe bet. I will still be involved in the paranormal field too. Researching and investigating has always been a part of my life, and I don’t intend it to stop because the show did. I would love to see my wish for this field start to come together in my lifetime, and I hope I can have a hand in that. Q: Where can people follow your new adventures? Katrina: My Website is being built, and as soon as it’s done I’ll post the link on my social networking sites. For now I’ll be announcing on Twitter, Facebook, and occasionally Myspace. I also talk with people a lot on those sites, so if you’re on there send me a friend request and be sure to say hi! *****
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Obtaining Clients & Collecting Client Information By John “Jack” Kenna, SPIRITS and New England Center for the Advancement of Paranormal Science
o you and your team have made the big decision to begin doing client investigations. Now what? How do you go about finding clients to help, and what do you need to know to be able to help them? First, unlike doing investigations of public places or ghost hunting events, you don’t go actively looking for client homes to investigate. You have to be able to get clients to find you. This means you have to get your team’s name and existence out into the public eye. As every business owner knows — and yes, your team is now becoming a not-for-profit business providing a service — the best way to do this today is through a good Web presence. What Constitutes a Good Team Website? A good Website that is able to be found on the Internet is one of the best starts you can make toward obtaining clients. This may cost you a few dollars out of your pocket, as you will need to buy your domain name (this is the name of your Website; for example: http:// www.ourteamswebsite.org), hosting service, and Website design. If you have someone on your team or just know someone who can build your Website, upload it
to your hosting site, and maintain it for you, then you can save a lot of money on Web design services. In any case, you can expect to spend between $300 to $400 to get your Website up and running if you design it yourself. Almost all of the
hosting sites today provide Website design tools when you pay for hosting with them. These tools are typically simple to use, and anyone who is comfortable working with computer programs like PowerPoint should have no problem using these
Web design tools. I do not recommend using free Website hosting services as you want to present a professional presence to your potential clients, and having ads and pop-up ads all over your Website doesn’t present an air of professionalism and confidence to anyone visiting it. Set Your Area of Service and Utilize Social Media Once you have a good Website, you may want to think about just how far you are willing to travel to help a client and then focus your efforts in those areas. If your team is located in New York, you may just want to focus your investigations within that state and possibly a couple of the surrounding states. Unless your team has unlimited funds and free time, then you don’t want to be trying to attract clients in California or Canada if you live in New York. Be very clear on your Website about what regions of a state, province, or country that you provide services to. In any online advertising you might do, limit your advertising range to the areas you service; this will help you establish a strong presence in the areas you want to be active in, but will also save you money by not attracting people from areas you don’t service. Now that you have a good Website and Web presence, you can expand your presence to other social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. It is very easy to link these sites to your Website. OK, so now you have your Website up and running and people are checking out your site, but how is a potential client going to contact you? On your Website, you should have created a “Contact Us” page. On this page, at the minimum, you must have a link that any potential
client can click on to be able to send you an e-mail. You may also want to provide a phone number that they can reach you at, but do not provide your home phone number! The reason for this is covered in my previous article about working with clients. It’s just not a safe thing to do. If you do want to list a phone number, pick up a pay-as-you-go cellphone and list the number for that. You can also list a mailing address
The best way to gather the information you need from your clients is to have a pre-prepared list of questions that you can send to the client, either by e-mail or snail mail that they can fill out and send back to you. This way it gives the client time to review the questions and provide detailed answers to you and your team. It also gives them a chance to ask you any questions they may have about the questionnaire.
Your group’s Web presence is an important part of your public image. if you like, but here again, I suggest obtaining and listing a P.O. Box so no one can get your home address. These are all safe and valid ways for clients to be able to contact you. What to Do After a Client Contacts You So you receive your first e-mail or phone call from a potential client, and they say their house is haunted, they are seeing shadows, and hearing voices and footsteps upstairs. They are experiencing cold spots and odd smells from time to time. They have kids and are scared and need your help. Now what? Well, it is obvious that the client believes they are experiencing something. But is it really paranormal or something else? The fact is you don’t have enough information from them to know for sure what, if anything, is going on. You need details and clarification. Now you could e-mail them back and forth numerous more times to try and gather the information you need, or you could call them and ask them a lot of questions over the phone and have to write all of their answers down, but you may miss something important in the process.
It provides you and your team with a solid list of valid and relevant questions that will help you figure out what is really going on in the client’s home and what you can expect to deal with when you get there. It can also help with figuring out how to approach the investigation, where the hot spots are in the home, and the possible mental and physical condition of the client(s) living in the home. How to Create a Client Questionnaire OK, this all sounds great, but how do you get to this point? What type of questions should your team be asking the client? How many questions should you ask? Should we be mailing them a paper copy of the questions or sending it by e-mail? Good questions! Here are the answers. Remember, you need to find out as much information as you can about your client. What’s their name, where do they live, how many people live in the home, do they own a home or live in an apartment or condo, how long have they lived there, when did their experiences start, what type of medications are they taking? All of these things are relevant to their case
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and to your ability to conduct a successful investigation. What follows is the “exact” list of questions that our team, SPIRITS of New England, sends to all of our clients. It is by no means an allencompassing list of questions, but it does provide us with a very good foundation to work from. To give credit where credit is due, we were provided the original list by a good friend of ours, Mr. Syd Schultz III, of City of Angels Paranormal, and we have been using it ever since. It has served us well on all of our investigations. Here’s the list: 1. Date 2. Name 3. Address 4. Phone numbers 5. E-mail 6. Owners/occupants names, ages, relationship, and date of birth 7. Building type: detached residence, duplex, condo, apartment, other 8. Number of bedrooms, bathrooms, square feet, lot size 9. Additional rooms and other information
10. How many years/months have you lived at the location? 11. Any known history of the location? (Structural changes, previous occupants, other paranormal activity, etc.) 12. Have any other buildings been constructed on the site previous to the current one? 13. Is there any known history of the surrounding area? 14. Are there any accounts of paranormal activity at your previous residence? 15. Were any tragedies or deaths associated with the immediate area or neighborhood? 16. Is there any documentation of previous paranormal activity (newspaper clippings, etc.)? 17. What, if any, is your religious background (both family and your current religious status)? 18. Any history of alcohol or drug abuse? 19. Any history of mental illness? 20. Any history of serious trauma (near death, rape, etc.)? 21. List all medications and prescription items used in the past three
years. Include all prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, prescription eye glasses, contact lenses, etc. Please make a separate list for each occupant. 22. Have anyone’s prescriptions changed recently? 23. Any other family history you think is important? 24. When did the current disturbances begin and what happened first? 25. What did you think of these disturbances? 26. Have you looked for ordinary, normal explanations? What makes you think it’s paranormal? 27. When did the most recent incident occur and what happened? 28. Have the disturbances been increasing in frequency and/or severity since they first began? 29. Are events more frequent during the day? If yes, what times? 30. Is there a pattern of any kind to these disturbances that you’ve noticed? (i.e.: When the events occurred, what sorts of objects were affected, what locations were involved, who was around at the time, etc.?) 31. Is activity more frequent in certain places (for example, in certain rooms of the house) than in others? If yes, where? 32. Do the occurrences happen more frequently in the presence or vicinity of certain persons than they do with others? If yes, which people? Also, do the events take place when they are not in the area? 33. Have there been any witnesses from outside the home? What did they experience as far as you know? 34. Has anyone ever seen an object start to move when no one was near it? If yes, describe all such occurrences. 35. If there have been unexplained movements of objects, was there anything strange about the
manner in which the objects moved or stopped (e.g.: objects that move around corners or hit with unusually great force, etc.)? 36. Have you or anyone in the residence ever used or experimented with Ouija boards, séances, etc.? 37. Have you or anyone in the residence ever used or experimented with black magic or used any type of witchcraft for personal gain (e.g.: for money, love, fame, etc.)? If yes, please explain. 38. How would you like to be helped? Again, this list is by no means all-encompassing or represents the only questions you can ask, but it is a very good start. What to Do After the Client Has Returned Your Questionnaire Once the client has completed your questionnaire and sent it back to you, make sure to review it with your team. Get everyone’s input and feedback on the client’s responses. Gather any additional questions your team members have (e.g.: Why was a specific question not answered? Was the shadow they saw humanshaped or more of a mist?). At this time you can also decide if your team wants or needs to conduct a preliminary visit to the client’s home, or if you just want to set a time and date for the investigation. Once you have done this, it’s time to call the client and discuss their answers with them, see what additional information you can gather, and see what questions you can answer for the client. By the end of this phone conversation you should be able to schedule a date and time with the client for either a preliminary visit or for the investigation. You have just completed round one of the informationgathering phase of your investigation. Round two is about to begin.
What to Do When You Arrive at an Investigation So you have the client’s completed information, you have gone over it with them, and you have schedule the date and time for the investigation. The date of the investigation has finally arrived, so what should your
ously record, with you during the walk-through of the location with the client. I find this much more reliable than taking notes with pad and pen while doing the walk-through, although that’s also good to do for noting the best locations for cameras and recorders.
Collecting information from your clients is an ongoing process both before and throughout the investigation. team do when they first get there? The truth is, there’s a lot to do when you first arrive and you need to be organized before you get there. Whether you have a big team or a small one, each team member should have an assigned task to do and know what that task is so they can get right to it. At least two of your team members need to meet with the client(s) and have them give you a tour of the location. Others on the team should be unloading equipment and getting ready to set up base camp. Once the tour is complete, one of the investigators who went on the tour should gather the other team members together and go over camera placements and base camp setup. The other person should be sitting down with the client and conducting a brief interview with them and any other occupants that may have relevant information for the case. Depending on the size of the location, setup should take anywhere from one to two hours. This will provide plenty of time to interview the client(s). Another good trick to remember that will help with collecting information from the client(s) and later reviewing the case is to carry a digital audio recorder, set to continu-
The audio recorder will allow you to go back after the investigation is over and confirm information provided on the form and gather any additional details that the client(s) might talk about during the walkthrough that they didn’t provide on the initial form. You can also more easily note anything odd or unusual that you notice during the walk-through, such as the client’s DVD collection (lots and lots of paranormal and horror-related movies), their book collection (books on witchcraft, the occult, demons, etc.), a Ouija board poking out from under a bed, mold in the bathroom, chipped paint on the walls, overloaded electrical outlets, etc. You can also carry a video camera with you if you prefer to collect visual information, as well as audio information. Also do this during your interview with the client: Use either and video camera or audio recorder, or both, when interviewing the client(s); although you may find some clients are not comfortable being on video, most do not object to you recording audio of the interview. This again will help you to compare information on the form with that provided during the interview. Are their stories consistent? Did they provide additional information or more details about
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what they have experienced? Have they had additional experiences since they first contacted you? This is the additional information you are attempting to collect during the interview of the client(s). Remember also, the person interviewing the client(s) should be someone who is open and outgoing, and someone who is friendly and easy to talk to. This is the type of person that will get the client(s) to open up in a face-to-face meeting, and this should be the same person that they dealt with over the phone. Why Dedication From Your Team Is Crucial for Success Gathering information from a client is not always an easy thing to do. They don’t know you, and you need to have someone on your team who can build a good working relationship with them to gain their trust and get them to open up and give you the information you need to be able to help them. As you are beginning to see, collecting information on your clients consists of more than just having them fill out a form and talking to them on the phone. It is an ongoing process both before and throughout the investigation.
Even during the investigation, have your team keep their eyes open for things that might indicate there are others issues at hand besides just the possibility of something paranormal affecting the client. Look for things that are laying out in the open such as pill bottles; books and magazines they are reading; notes on the refrigerator about appointments or other things they need to do; photos; DVDs they watch; items they have laying around (e.g.: beer and liquor bottles, lots of candles, crystals, occult items, etc.); look for how well the home is kept (e.g.: is it dusty, unkept, cluttered, dirty, etc.); what kind of posters and/or drawings, lists, etc., do the kids put on their walls; is the house dark or bright inside. All of these things can help you figure out what and why the client may be having odd experiences in their home, be it of a paranormal nature or something more natural causing their experiences. Remember, client investigations are very different and much more serious than investigating a public location,
a grave yard, or at a ghost-hunting event. These clients are looking to you for help with something they don’t understand. They are looking to you for answers, and by taking their case, you have agreed to help them find those answers. No, you’re not getting paid, but you still have an obligation once you accept a client case to do the best you can to help. Look, listen, investigate, and review the data. Only then draw your conclusions, make recommendations, and report them to the client. There are two quotes from the Sherlock Holmes novels that I think are very significant to this field of work. The first is, “It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment.” The second is “… when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
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Paranormal Fiction Author By Michelle M. Pillow, www.MichellePillow.com
aridad Pineiro is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 27 paranormal and romantic suspense novels and novellas. In 2007, Caridad was chosen as the New York City RWA Chapter’s Author of the Year. She was won numerous other awards and accolades for her writing and has been featured in various television shows, magazines, and newspapers. Caridad’s newest release, THE LOST, is currently in bookstores.
life forces and auras, I started playing around with the idea of what would happen if there was a race of people who had learned to hunt such energies and use them for various things, like shapeshifting, healing, or even killing their enemies. That’s how the
Q: When world-building, did you base your story off of known myths throughout history?
***** Q: In your book, THE LOST, you delve into the world of an ancient race capable of gathering energy. What inspired you to write about this? Caridad: A couple of years ago, my family and I were lucky enough to be in Rome for Holy Week. When we landed too early to check in, we dropped off our bags and walked to St. Peter’s Square. It was Palm Sunday and mass was being held, and as we walked closer and closer to the square where thousands were gathered, you could feel the energy. It was hard to deny that so many people gathered together was producing something different. Since so many cultures believe in things like
doesn’t understand his powers since he was taken from them at an early age. THE LOST is about Adam’s struggle to understand what he is and the battle to keep himself and a very special woman safe as they find themselves drawn into an ages old conflict between two factions of the Hunters.
Caridad Pineiro’s novels have received acclaim and have helped redefine the landscape of modern romance novels.
Sin Hunter mythology was born for THE LOST. The hero in the book, Adam Bruno, is an heir to this ancient race, but doesn’t know it and
Caridad: I did not base the Hunters on any real people, although I did rely on the history of the Americas in order to craft the civil war going on between various Hunter clans. In my mythology, the Hunters are at war because of the Conquistadors’ arrival in the New World. The Conquistadors brought various illnesses that contaminated the indigenous people, including the Hunters whose energy-gathering abilities were affected by the introduction of smallpox. That has created Hunters who have varying abilities to gather energy, the Light Hunters, as well as Hunters who are permanently affected by the illness and forced to constantly gather energy to live, the Shadow Hunters. In addition, I did research life forces, auras, and physics to craft what the Hunters could do with
their energies and how they would appear to other Hunters, hybrids, and humans.
supernatural. I’ve had one or two experiences in my life, and because of that I can’t deny that there are places where spirits remain, and they can reach out and communicate with us. As for vampires, I am a skeptic. When it comes to the possibility of a race like the Hunters, I totally believe that there are people who can tap into such life forces.
Q: What myths or legends inspired you? Caridad: The stories revolving around the conquest of the New World inspired me, as well as Eastern influences about chi. Also, a friend recommended some discussions on morphic fields and zero-point energies, which are really cool concepts about the energy fields that humans possess and the energies in empty spaces, respectively. So the entire mythology is based on a blend of spiritual and scientific principles. Q: Why do you think readers, and society in general, are fascinated by the paranormal? Caridad: I think people are always interested in imagining what would be possible if such unusual things really did exist and how we would handle such things. I also think that people like to be entertained by being taken away to unique places and things. And what could be more unique than a paranormal world where people possess all kinds of weird and possibly dangerous powers? Q: Do you have any paranormal pet projects?
Q: Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
“Adam Bruno is no ordinary millionaire. The heir to an ancient race possessing a dark, powerful magic, he can shapeshift and create energy.”
Q: What are your favorite paranormal shows, movies, and books? Caridad: My favorite paranormal shows are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, Warehouse 13, Fringe, and The X-Files. As for movies, I loved the first two Underworld movies, Van Helsing, and a whole host of the superhero movies,
“I can’t deny that there are places where spirits remain.” Caridad: I have a blog at my Website and a Facebook Fan Page where we discuss a number of things, oftentimes including all kinds of weird happenings and the kinds of energies that are explored in THE LOST.
like X-Men, Fantastic Four, Batman, etc. I’m a comic book geek at heart. Q: Do you believe in the supernatural? Or are you a skeptic? Caridad: I totally believe in the
Caridad: Many years ago my husband and I stayed at a quaint set of cabins outside of Mystic, Connecticut. In the middle of the night, I was woken by the sound of chanting and looked up to find myself staring at a man in Puritan garb hanging from the rafters. I thought I was dreaming at first, but realized quickly that I was not. When the man disappeared, the chanting continued and I was filled with the feeling that if we remained in that place we would die. I dragged my husband out of bed and forced him to leave in the middle of the night. As we drove away from the cabin, I felt as if something was chasing us until, at one point, the feeling kind of just popped, almost as if we had gone beyond the reach of whatever it was. Hubby wanted to investigate if I had actually tapped into something from the past, but I wanted nothing to do with that idea or that place. Q: What kind of paranormal creatures do you wish you could meet? Caridad: I think it would be interesting to meet a shapeshifter of some kind or possibly a vampire (if I had a wooden stake, cross, garlic, and lots of other protection)!
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Author Spotlight Q: If given the chance, would you become a shapeshifter?
Q: How would you react if you came face to face with a ghost?
warriors from the different Hunter factions are drawn together by love. Readers will also find out about the different affinities that each Hunter has, as well as the powers of some really nasty bad guys. I’m already working on the proposal for a third book in the series, as well as the concept for the fourth book.
Caridad: LOL! See above. While I didn’t go screaming or pee my pants, I was definitely too scared to confront it or find out more about why they were there.
Q: Have you ever been to a psychic and/or had a past-life regression? What did they predict for you?
Caridad: I think that as a shapeshifter you could explore the world from many different perspectives, which would be really interesting.
about the powers of both factions of Hunters and be drawn into the war between them.
Q: What does the future hold for the Sin Hunter series? Caridad: After THE LOST, the next book in the series is THE CLAIMED, which will be released in May 2012. In THE CLAIMED, readers will find out a great deal more
THE CLAIMED has a Romeo and Juliet kind of concept, as
Caridad: Nope, I have not done this and am not sure I would like to do this. I have had two Tarot card readings, one of which was remarkably accurate of who I was and what I wanted. The second was a total bust as the person claimed I had too many guardian spirits who were keeping me from being read. Oh well. I am
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thankful for those guardians if they really do exist. Q: Have you ever been abducted by aliens?
Thank you for joining us, Caridad! “THE LOST” is currently in bookstores, Wal-Mart, Target, and online
Caridad: Not that I know of; although I do believe in extraterrestrial life.
Caridad’s Other Paranormal Titles:
Q: You’ve set THE LOST along the Jersey Shore, which is not so scary a place? Why did you do that? Caridad: I think that the possibility of dangerous things existing in a reallife place that you visit all the time is much scarier than if the story is set in a fictional place. I think it connects people much more tightly to the story and also has them having that AHA! moment when they recognize a location they may have visited. *****
visit her at http://www.caridad.com. Or visit her YouTube channel (www. youtube.com/user/CaridadPineiro), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ Caridad.Pineiro.Author?ref=profile), or Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/CaridadPineiro).
retailers. To learn more about Caridad and her other titles, please
• The Calling Vampire Novels, returning in January 2012 • The Fifth Kingdom, July 2011, ISBN 9781426891885, Carina Press — time travel and romantic suspense • Aztec Gold, a novella, January 2011, ISBN 9781426891045, Carina Press — vampire novella • A Vampire for Christmas, available October 18, 2011, ISBN 978-0373776443, HQN Books, including the novella When Herald Angels Sing
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Case Files of the Unknown: Haunted Sites
The Bridgewater Triangle “Killer Trolls From Hell, Etc.”
By Paul Bottiny
ix hours ago you were the happiest person alive. Now, staring over Assonet Ledge, you find yourself peering into the gaping maw of Hades. The mysterious lights that lead you here engulf your shivering frame like a blanket of stars. Gazing at the shear cliff beneath your feet, you realize you’re inches from death. The water below isn’t visible from this height, but you’ve heard the stories. Temperatures so extreme that divers have yet to determine how deep the river runs at this point. You come to the realization the authorities may never find your body. You recall the campfire yarns spun about countless corpses lost beneath the depths. You kick at the loose rock beneath your worn tennis shoes. The ledge begins to give way. Is this how they all died? you wonder. Wasn’t it just this morning your boyfriend proposed to you? How could you possibly be contemplating suicide? You’re young, healthy, and successful beyond your wildest dreams. And that’s when you catch site of her, off to your left. But she’s only a character from a ghost story, right? you ask, questioning your sanity. Turning, you realize the pitchblack female silhouette standing beside you is more real than anything
Over the years, the Bridgewater Triangle has been recognized for its bizarre troll encounters, cattle mutilations, cryptozoological creatures, ghostly haunts, massive dog attacks, meteorological curiosities, and UFO sightings.
you’ve ever known. The Lady of the Ledge gazes back at you. If you were cut, you’d bleed liquid nitrogen. Since she has no face, you can’t be certain, but you know she’s smiling at you as she leaps to her death. You’re 28 years old and six months from becoming a CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation. How is any of this even possible? You step out over the cliff.
Before beginning your free fall, you glance back at the ridge behind you. The strange, swirling lights have been replaced by miniature people. As you ascend into the abyss, you recall being told about Pukwudgies as a child. Trolls, weren’t they? Before you have time to recollect, you’re immersed in inky blackness and what feels like liquid ice, as you take your final breath on Earth.
only thing experts seem certain of The Tales of Bridgewater is that the inscriptions span thouTriangle sands of years in their making. Most paranormal locations What’s more, some theoare renowned for a single type of rize a number of the markings supernatural anomaly. Haunted on the artifact may be of extrahouses are inhabited by spirits. terrestrial design. UFO flaps delineate locales rich Between the ’70s and ’80s, with aerial anomalies. Hotspots Hockomock Swamp fell victim of high strangeness, though, are to a rash of encounters with a environs in which these enigmas, beast known as the Hockomock and more, may be present. Swamp Creature. The monster Similar to the Skinwalker was apparently the Bridgewater Ranch in Northeastern Utah, the Triangle’s version of Bigfoot. Bridgewater Triangle is a domain One witness asserted the being in which a variety of unexplained in question was observed lifting phenomena are allegedly experithe rear of a local police vehicle. enced. The Triangle encompasses Men in Black, anthropo200 square miles, designated at its The Bridgewater Triangle encompasses 200 square morphic individuals garbed in points by the hamlets of Abington, miles, designated at its points by the hamlets of Abington, Freetown, and Rehoboth. dark attire and sporting warped Freetown, and Rehoboth. It’s no facial features, have also been enwonder the infamous Hockocountered roaming the Triangle. mock, or Devil’s Swamp, a marshy Satanic-based homicides. Pterodactyl-type beasts, with area known for its paranormal acTo this day, local authorities conwingspans up to 12 feet, are peritivity, resides at the heart of this region. tinue to investigate mysterious cattle odically reported circling the skies Over the years, the Triangle has mutilations in the area. Freetown law above Hockomock Swamp. One been recognized for its bizarre troll enforcement also discovered a subtersuch recounting was, in fact, logged encounters, cattle mutilations, cryptoranean bunker within city limits that by a local police sergeant. zoological creatures, ghostly haunts, housed numerous diminutive chairs, The bizarre anomalies allegedly massive dog attacks, meteorological complete with restraints, surmised to inherent to the Bridgewater Triangle curiosities and UFO sightings. have been intended for children. far extend the limits of this article. The Bridgewater, like the Skinwalker Ranch, is theorized to be a More Unexplainable Phenomena Visit the Bridgewater Triangle possible portal between dimensions. in the Bridgewater Triangle at Your Own Risk Inexplicable spacecraft have been Within the Bridgewater Triangle Suffice it to say, the 200 square witnessed above this region since the resides Dighton Rock, a 40-ton, miles between the towns of Abingmid-1700s. To this day, spook lights granite boulder initially located in the ton, Freetown, and Rehoboth may are observed bounding down Elm Taunton River. The slab has since be one of the most mysterious and Street in the town of Bridgewater, been relocated to the Dighton Rock unusual places on the planet. near the Rehoboth Cemetery and Museum, in Berkeley, Massachusetts. Since this particular hotspot of adjacent the Raynham Dog track. According to scholars, this enigmatic high strangeness is so vast, it can be Home to numerous Native crag contains mysterious pre-Columreached via any number of highway American burial sites, the Triangle bian inscriptions. The anomalous conduits. The Bridgewater Triangle is often considered blighted soil. markings lining the 11-foot-long stone is in Southeastern Massachusetts. The hamlet of Freetown is said to continue to baffle scientists. Not only does this mysterious region be cursed by the Wampanoag tribe, Since 1677, scholars have unsucencompass the towns of Abington, from whom colonialists purchased cessfully attempted to decode the Freetown, and Rehoboth, but also the land in 1659. The Freetown-Fall rock’s petroglyphs, which include the cities of Berkeley, Bridgewater, River State Forest, in particular, is carvings of “human heads and bodies, Dighton, Easton, Lakeville, Middlenoted for its violent history, which crosses, misshapen letters, broken boro, Norton, Raynham, Seekonk, includes an abnormally high suicide lines, and other singular forms.” The Taunton, and West Bridgewater. rate, ritualistic animal sacrifice, and
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Case Files of the Unknown: Haunted History
The Real-Life Entity Case: Part 2 By Barry E. Taff, Ph.D.
For Part 1 of this article, see our August 2011 issue.
ur fourth excursion to Doris’ home further heightened our already peaking curiosity, for the light show witnessed on our last visit was in no way comparable to what was about to occur, exactly one week later. The purpose of this evening was to conduct a séance (not generally advised) with the hope that it would bring forth whatever phenomenon was related to this locale or woman. The séance circle consisted of some eight individuals, including more than 10 spectators — many brought cameras loaded with high-speed infrared film with IR flashes, as well as high-speed black and white film with deep-red filtered strobes. On this night we all observed what appeared to be extremely intense lights, which were not stable either in size or luminosity. The lights were at times three-dimensional in nature, reaching out between various individuals within the circle. Judging from the rapidly changing size, dimensional characteristics, and intensity of the lights observed, it is
During his 40-plus-year career, Dr. Barry Taff investigated more than 4,500 cases of ghosts, hauntings, and poltergeists.
our opinion that these manifestations were not fraudulently created nor the result of collective hallucinations. In order for such unique lighting effects to have been artificially generated, large, high-powered laser equipment would have had to have been employed, requiring extremely sophisticated and technical skills. The type of three-dimensional lights observed on this occasion are
almost exclusively restricted to laser light shows, and from the conversations with Doris and her children, we were totally convinced that not one of these individuals would even understand the functional principles underlying lasers, let alone how to operate one within a light show. The lights frequently displayed a sort of dimensional netting or grating effect, resembling Fourier convolutions observed in holography, undulating, expanding, and contracting to encompass the entire corner of the bedroom at various times. Another factor prohibiting any attempts at fraud with sophisticated laser equipment was the very lack of available power within this residence in that the electrical circuitry was installed shortly after the old house was constructed, resulting in it being weak and faulty in nature. It is our estimation that the power of a krypton or argon gas laser with peak power output somewhere between 1–3 watts (remember, this investigation took place in 1974, not today, when tabletop petawatt lasers are not uncommon) with a coherence length of at least 15 feet would be required to produce the optical
effects observed on this evening. Understanding that lasers (especially in 1974) operated at about 5% maximum efficiency means that the input power must exceed approximately 55–60 watts at over 10 kilovolts. Where this amount of power could have been drawn from if fraud was attempted is certainly beyond our knowledge. Such demands would have required a separate generator and transformer (power supply). All of this cumbersome apparatus would have certainly necessitated a relatively large space to erect and operate, and considering the small size of the bedroom, which was literally packed with people, such available space was an impossibility. And, of course, let’s not forget the cost of renting or owning such equipment. ***** Doris’ eldest son informed us prior to the beginning of the séance that there were certain record albums that appeared to, in his words, “infuriate it.” Strangely enough, these albums were by Black Sabbath and Uriah Heep, and both specific songs mentioned by the son dealt with devil worship. Both Doris and her 16-year-old son were of the belief that the phenomena within their home had some connection with evil or the devil itself, given its belligerent propensities. Much to our surprise, when the records were playing the songs indicated by Doris’ son, the anomalous light activity dramatically increased, reaching a crescendo in conjunction with the music, and in fact with specific passages within each of the two songs. Two distinct possibilities existed with regard to the music’s effects; one was that the frequency and amplitude modulation of the mechanical compression waves generated by the music were somehow directly
affecting the source producing the phenomena; or, the same elements of the music were alternatively affecting the people in the environment, which caused the emission of an unknown biological energy (RSPK) that in turn reinforced the phenomena. Since both albums contained very high-strung music, either hypothesis has equal merit in this situation. With three 35mm cameras continuously firing at these oscillating
figures outlined in light against a sliding closet door. But, as these images are highly subjective in nature, much like a Rorschach, we did not subject them to further analysis. Another photograph depicted an intense light against the south-facing wall in several separate frames. The professional photographer who took these pictures was convinced that this exposure could not be explained away as irregularities
Several other pictures showed what appeared to be faces or figures outlined in light against a sliding closet door. greenish-white, three-dimensional lights, only one photograph depicted anything significant. The camera loaded with Kodak Tri-X black and white film with a deep-red filtered strobe captured what appears to be a small ball of light flying across the corner of the room. The sixth obtained photograph displayed an object bearing a strong resemblance to a comet with a tail behind it. However, due to the fact that we did not have any background reference against which this shot was taken, no estimate of its size, speed, or distance from the wall could be made. Because these exposures were pushed in development past 6000 ASA, the available background was extremely grainy, which further hindered analysis. This photograph was the only meaningful one that was obtained that evening, for not one of the cameras captured the images we saw with our unaided eyes. The threedimensional lights lasting more than 10 minutes at a time, which was collectively observed, also failed to appear in any of the photographs. However, several other pictures showed what appeared to be faces or
in paint or a “hot spot” of reflection. The photographer was similarly convinced that the flying ball of light, discussed earlier, which he also caught, was not an artifact of overdeveloping or scratch marks on the negative. The criticisms raised against the facial and figure outlines on the walls were, in most respects, valid in that the lack of uniformity of paint on the bedroom walls in conjunction with the slight penetrating power of the pushed Kodak Tri-X film could have conceivably accounted for these unidentifiable figures, which unfortunately were not recognizable by everyone examining the photographs. ***** Our fifth visit to Doris’ house resulted in a large-scale magnification of all phenomena. We began by duct-taping large black poster boards up on the walls and ceiling of the bedroom, all of which were numbered and identified with a magnetic orientation. White duct tape was placed between the dark panels that formed a grid network, like graph paper, therein providing us with a reference for further attempts at photographing the lights. Black
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Case Files of the Unknown: Haunted History poster boards were also used to seal off all the light entrances into the bedroom that rendered the environment almost pitch black. With over 30 individuals, some of whom were volunteers from our UCLA Parapsychology laboratory, the lights returned and were even more brilliant than before, as well as demonstrating a direct responsiveness to our verbal suggestions. The three-dimensional lights seemingly reacted and responded to our jokes and various provoking remarks, especially those from Doris. In fact, when Doris began to swear and curse at the lights, assuming that they were in some manner related to the entities that attacked her, the lights, always appearing bright lime green in color, intensified beyond all previous displays. The room being almost completely dark further enhanced the brightness of these excited luminous structures. It almost seemed as if the lights were a direct product of, or counterpart to Doris’ psychic state, waxing and waning in accordance with her emotional fluctuations. This evening marked the first occasion where we attempted to establish communication with whatever it was in the house. Communication with the lights consisted of our asking them (or it) to blink out coded (numbered) responses on different numbered black poster boards on the walls of the bedroom’s corner where the phenomena seemed to emanate from; two blinks in panel three for “yes”; and four flashes in panel six for “no.” To our mutual amazement and astonishment, the lights almost immediately responded to our request. The answers to our questions, coming as numbered flashes of light, were sharp and fast, illuminating the numbers on the selected panels, and thus indicating that we may have
been dealing with some type of incorporeal or discarnate intelligence. From the observed modulations in light activity, which displayed both vertical and horizontal parallax when seen from different angles, it is our collective opinion that we did indeed communicate with something, whether it being Doris’ unconscious mind (she was always in the room) or the agency itself (conceding for a moment that it did separately exist). The answers we received could not be confirmed, and they never really made any sense. The most intense response was to the questions as to whether or not “it” feared extreme cold, such as with supercooling or absolute zero. To this, the light responded most dramatically, almost as if it knew exactly what we meant and was disturbed at the thought of it. It should be remembered however, that these are no more than
Dr. Taff has conducted extensive studies in telepathy and precognition, which led to the development of the initial protocols and methodologies for what was later termed “remote viewing.”
our speculations based upon our observations. ***** One of the more interesting events of this night involved an extremely sensitive Geiger counter that we had brought along in the hope that it might reveal some significant information about the phenomena occurring within the house. The instrument, sensitive in the milliroengten region, behaved oddly in that when the lights were at peak intensity, the previously constant background radiation registering on the device suddenly dropped off to zero. When the light activity began to dwindle, fade, and finally abate, the Geiger counter’s meter returned to its normal level of ambient background radiation, which is generally comprised of high-energy cosmic rays from solar events, deep space, as well as other stray sub-atomic particles that penetrate through to the Earth’s atmosphere due to their speed and energy. Although this peculiar reaction of our Geiger counter occurred only that one evening, we must take it into consideration for the possible implication is noteworthy. There are three possible alternatives regarding the Geiger counter’s behavior. The first is that whatever energy was causing the various phenomena in Doris’ house were somehow setting up its own field and therein scattering, deflecting, defusing, or absorbing the background radiation, similar to that of an energy sink. Perhaps this phenomena’s power source is ambient background radiation or noise? The second choice is that the phenomena present, whatever it happens to be, generates a moderately high-strength electrostatic or magnetic field that is known to have adverse effects on the tubes within Geiger counters, some-
times to the point of nulling them out, as with our device. The final possibility is that the Geiger counter itself was simply malfunctioning. This latter hypothesis is not valid in this situation because the unit accurately registered the emission of radiation from my tritium-dialed watch both prior to and following the evening’s excursion. ***** The photographs resulting from this evening’s encounter surprisingly did not reveal the incredibly detailed images of the corpuscular masses of light we observed with our naked eyes. Instead, there were brilliant arcs of light, one essentially framing Doris. The others were floating in the middle of the bedroom when Doris was not even present in the room. We believe that these arcs of light represent a time-dilated rendering of the rapidly moving, corpuscular masses of light that our camera’s shutter speed was not fast enough to capture its rapid motion. Therefore, instead of balls of light, we captured what amounts to tracks or, more precisely, time-lapse photos, similar to what you get if you photograph stars on long-time exposures without a moving platform. As disappointing as these results were, in a strange sort of a way, they helped us rule out fraud. From a scientific point of view, what is absolutely fascinating about one of the photographs is the fact that the arc appears to be floating in free space. It is crucial to understand that behind the arc’s image, two bedroom walls meet at a 90-degree angle. Therefore, if the image of the arc were projected against the wall, it would appear bent at a 90-degree angle in accordance with the wall. The fact that it does not bend signifies that the arc, or its source, the corpuscular masses of light, were
in fact flying over and around Doris’ head at the time — exactly what we all observed. Equally compelling is the fact that the arc perfectly frames Doris, the subject or focus of the haunting. Certainly, this is not a coincidence! In another photograph, there are depicted two separate, inverted
in the bathroom, which is directly adjacent to the bedroom, she suddenly heard (quite loudly) the boards being forcibly torn from the walls. Upon entering the bedroom, Doris observed, as we did later that evening, every poster board lying down along the floor of the various walls, and the duct tape, which is
One of the more interesting events of the night involved an extremely sensitive Geiger counter ... arcs that give the appearance of being at a 90-degree angle to each other. However, the perpendicular walls described above are now far off center (to the left) and the wall behind the dual arcs is flat (opaque curtain covering a large bedroom window). When Adrian Vance, the West Coast editor of Popular Photography examined the negatives of these photos, he was as perplexed as we were. According to Vance, the very nature of optical glass in a 35mm SLR camera prohibits such inverted arcs from occurring. Yet here they are. Vance could not conceive of any known artifact or anomaly to account for such images. These enigmatic physical effects, although remaining unexplained, brought our fifth encounter with Doris’ house to a close, at least we assumed it did. ***** The next evening we received a frantic phone call from Doris informing us that all the black poster boards that we so carefully taped up on the walls and ceiling had been torn down. That literally “all hell” had broken loose that afternoon, which apparently climaxed at one point with the poster boards. Doris told us that while she was
utilized on occasion to fasten aircraft parts together, literally hanging from the walls and ceiling, as if pulled by some unseen hand. This phone report prompted our return to the house that night, allowing us to observe that the tape and boards were pulled away from the walls with such force that large portions of paint and plaster beneath the tape were removed along with it. It was suggested by several of our colleagues that a sudden, sharp rise is temperature and humidity could possibly account for such an occurrence, in that the tape’s adhesive power would be significantly diminished to the point where it could no longer maintain the board’s weight against gravity on the wall. However, such a change in tape bonding strength would not result in it hanging from the ceiling and the plaster and paint being pulled from the wall beneath it ... that is, even if we conceded for one moment that there was a significant increase in temperature and humidity to radically weaken the tape, which we do not. It should also be pointed out that the duct tape used here is the same as that employed near hightemperature jet engines in supersonic fighter aircraft and thus would not be affected by any conceivable room
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These pictures were taken during the 10-week investigation of Doris Bither’s home.
temperature change. Upon examining the fallen poster boards and the tape surrounding them, it was apparent that the tape was still quite sticky and fully capable of supporting the relatively light boards on the walls. Also apparent that evening was the intense presence of the penetrating cold, which in itself defeats the argument regarding the rise in temperature affecting the tape. The foul stench was back with a vengeance as well. Doris told us of more activity on the part of the apparitions within her house, much of which was similar to what she had previously reported to us. After calming her down at some hour past midnight, we decided to leave. ***** Our sixth session at the house took place five days later, and in most respects was a repeat performance of our fifth visit with the exception that the lights repeatedly began to take shape; forming the lime green, partially three-dimensional, apparitional image of a very large, muscular man whose shoulders, head, and arms were readily discernible by the more than 20 individuals present. However, no salient facial characteristics of this apparition were discernible.
Suddenly, we heard two loud thuds. Turning quickly in response, I observed the unconscious bodies of Jeff and Craig that had hit the floor with a resounding noise. Apparently, observing the apparition was just too much for them and they simply passed out. Needless to say, they never worked with us again on any investigations. On this evening we came armed with nine cameras loaded with very high-speed Tri-X and recording film, all of which was eventually pushed in development past 6400 ASA. On stationary tripods were a Hasselblad, a Bronica, and a Nikon FTN with a motor drive, all with wide-angle lenses. In keeping with the previous séances in the house, the threedimensional lights appeared almost immediately upon starting the session and were again seemingly reinforced by the record albums, Doris’ verbalizations, and the emotions of all present within the room. The display of lights this evening was so intense that they easily illuminated the numbered poster boards covering the walls of the bedroom’s corner. Even the clothes of the individuals observing the lights from outside the séance circle were brightly lit by the luminous activity. In fact, so piercing were the lights that they
were seen to reflect off the camera’s aluminum frame and lenses, all of which were aimed directly at the corner where the optical display was concentrated. Consequently, we expected to obtain some reasonable representation of what our eyes were seeing, especially since the Hasselblad and Bronica were set at five-minute time exposures, being held open for the duration of several lengthy bursts of light activity. It should be emphasized that during the dramatic optical manifestations before us, all of the seven mobile cameras were continuously firing, the noises of which could be heard behind us. In other words, the cameras were simultaneously firing at the lights as we were observing them at their peak intensity. Not surprising to us, considering the past two attempts at photographing the lights, all the negatives were perfectly clear, as if no light whatsoever was present to expose the film. Even the motor-driven, strobed, 35mm cameras with extremely fast black and white film pushed as far as possible in development, which on a previous occasion (fourth) provided us with the flying ball of light, failed to capture anything. The events that occurred dur-
ing the sixth visit were seemingly paradoxical. Lights sufficiently intense to illuminate the darkened room should have extensively overexposed our fast film, especially with time exposures exceeding five minutes. What type or kind of light will reflect off solid objects, including lenses, cast shadows, be visible to the naked eye, and yet not pass through the camera lens to expose the film? This of course, begs the question as to whether we were actually “seeing” anything at all. More on this aspect later.
of localized atmospheric gases being ionized and emitting light. The prime candidate for this theory would logically be xenon or neon with representative ionization thresholds of 12.13 eV (electron volts) and 21.56 eV. Xenon might display its characteristic green spectral line at 4671Å, while 4912Å
and 5401Å of neon might also be accountable for the greenish-white color of light observed. Considering the relatively low ionization threshold of such atoms in these atmospheric gases, it is conceivable that the presence of some unknown energy source strong enough to affect the tube in a Geiger counter could generate such luminous effects. However, lights as emitted from these ionized atmospheric gases should be not only visible, but be very photogenic, especially at close range in a darkened environment. Yet this manner of light was not. This intriguing mystery was the end of our sixth night of investigation at Doris’ house. Given the nature of what was just described, there is a distinct possibility that what we had visually observed was actually not “seen” at all. Normally, light is either emitted or reflected by objects around us. Those photons enter our eye to strike the retina, then the optic nerve. The related neurological signals are then sent to the occipital region of our brain for processing. This is the way we visually perceive our world. But what if we are able to perceive an event not through this conventional mechanism, but directly within the brain itself?
In the attempt to answer this most puzzling question, we speculated on the possibility that longwave ultraviolet radiation, just above visible light, was in some manner generated by this phenomenon, which in an extremely dark environment, such as the room we were in, is occasionally visible to the unaided eye of young persons (which we all were in those early years). The presence of this form of light or radiation might conceivably explain the absence of photographs in that ultraviolet radiation is almost totally attenuated by conventional optical glass of which the camera lenses are constructed. Such being the situation, theoretically, the lack of a spectrometer, or the use of specialized color film with the appropriate lenses and filters that are sensitive to ultraviolet radiation, allowed us only to visually experience the small amount of seemingly visible light reflection and refraction off the lenses. This, of course, prevented our validating the presence of long-wave ultraviolet radiation. Another intriguing possibility arose with the suggestion that the greenish-white light collectively observed by more than 20 individuals (only with eyes open) was the result
The best analogy of this mechanism is the incredibly detailed imagery we experience during dreaming when there is no photonic stimulation from the eyes, yet there is Rapid Eye Movement (REM), which seemingly tracks internally generated imagery. What I would really like to know regarding REM is
“There is no such thing as a mass hallucination,” while there is mass hysteria.”
on exactly what screen in our brain is this imagery displaying itself on? Perhaps there are situations where our brain is stimulated via environmental energy that emulates normal vision? ***** Here we’ll examine the pioneering work of Dr. Michael Persinger, a Canadian neurophysiologist who placed electrodes within headhugging helmets worn by subjects to study the mental effects and reactions to the applications of weak, low frequency, electromagnetic fields, simulating what might be experienced during the encounter with geophysical anomalies. The results of Dr. Persinger’s research clearly indicates that our brains are extremely pliable in terms of their susceptibility to subtle changes in the surrounding electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Such changes can induce both visual and auditory hallucinations. While this fascinating energetic effect has been clinically validated well beyond reasonable doubt, there are still some nagging questions that linger on this matter as related to what transpired during this case. Unlike what is frequently voiced in movies and television, there is no such thing as a “mass hallucination,”
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Case Files of the Unknown: Haunted History occur at Tranquility Base in July of while there is mass hysteria. Apparthe attack on his mother. Doris and 1969. This type of thinking is a good her son also related another incident ently, while our brains are essentially the same, there are sufficient example of faulty logic. to us that occurred the same day in neurophysiological differences from which a large wooden board, firmly ***** person to person to prevent identinailed to the wall beneath one of the Our seventh visit began with bedroom windows, was literally torn cal visual/auditory hallucinations Doris informing us that on the previfrom its secured position, again as from similar EMFs. More simply, the effects of such EMFs are very ous night, which was exactly six days if by some unseen hands, and with subjective in nature. These types of following our last stay, “all hell” had what seemed tremendous force was interactions with the environment again broken loose in the house. propelled more than 15 feet across Doris detailed her and her son’s exmight explain some haunting effects the room, missing his head by mere perience with a pair of candelabras, inches. Fortunately, Doris dodged in and UFO encounters. which of their own accord literally time to avoid being struck herself. The last, and perhaps the most significant aspect regarding potential took off from the kitchen sink to fly We both observed the rather psychophysiological effects of large red bruise on Doris’ EMFs, is that if we are indeed forearm sustained from the flying candelabras, which had this reactive to such low-amplitude environmental energies, already begun to raise a considthen might not our perceperable welt. Upon entering the tion, reasoning, judgment, bedroom we were again greeted by barren walls as all the poster and behavior suffer as a direct consequence? boards were, once again, on the If our brains really are floor with the tape surrounding this incredibly pliable, are them fully intact. we not always at risk while At numerous locations on the walls the tape was left driving, flying, fighting a war, conducting business, testifying hanging with large sections of as a witness in a trial, or any dislodged paint and plaster human activity that requires a beside them, while everything clear and focused mind that is else within the bedroom, as on previous occasions, remained unhindered by mind-altering influences? Then again, what is untouched. the probability of running into Again, Doris claimed to such “energetic anomalies” and have heard the boards being being so sensitive to them? torn down. Needless to say, the thought did cross our minds But, how do we account for the high degree of convergence that Doris was the one tearing in what numerous individuals the poster boards down and was observed in this case? We cansimply lying about it. Unfornot. It is also important to realtunately, history has indicated The 20th Century Fox movie The Entity (1982) was that it is not that uncommon for ize that just because something inspired by the 1974 10-week investigation of a reportindividuals within such volatile can be simulated or recreated edly haunted house in Culver City, California. by means other than the real environments to occasionally event, does not preclude the fraudulently “create” additional actual event from occurring. events to maintain our attention. Accompanying us on this evening Moreover, just because Stanley across the room (about 10–12 feet) and strike her in the arm. was Dr. Thelma Moss, head of our Kubrick made a brilliant movie about our landing on the moon beDoris’ 12-year-old son fully laboratory at UCLA’s Neuropsychifore we actually did (2001: A Space corroborated her story in that he atric Institute, various assistants from Odyssey, MGM, 1968), does not witnessed the event, as the flying the lab, several psychiatrists from the institute who professed an interest mean that the “real” event did not candelabras barely missed him in
in such phenomena, and Frank De Felitta, a renowned writer, producer, and director of The Stately Ghosts of England (NBC, 1965). De Felitta brought along one of his professional cameramen (Mort Zarkoff) with a 16mm motion picture camera mounting a zoom lens and loaded with packs of high-speed black and white as well as color film. After the re-taping of the poster boards back onto the walls, we decided to begin another séance. There were some faint glimmerings of light, but they were in no way intense enough to cause any real excitement. Recalling how the earlier attempts with time-exposure photography had failed, we did not seriously expect to record anything substantial on film. Such indeed was the case. At first, even the playing of the record albums with their extreme emotional response of the observing crowd failed to produce anything of value. Sadly, those attending only on this evening did not witness the “magnificent” display of swirling, three-dimensional lights or the apparition that had occurred within the house. However, at one point during the séance, Gaynor suggested to the “presence” in the house, whatever it was, that it should demonstrate its strength by again tearing the poster boards off the walls, but this time, in our presence. As if in immediate reply, within five seconds following Gaynor’s request, several of the poster boards directly over Doris’ head were suddenly torn loose from their position and sharply struck her in the face. Both Gaynor and I, as well as others in the room, could easily observe the bizarre sight of the duct tape being pulled, again as if by unseen hands, from the boards on the wall. After quieting down Doris following her ordeal with the poster boards, Gaynor again requested the
“presence” within the room to remove more poster boards from the walls. Once again, the request was honored as two more well-secured boards were ripped from their position on the back wall and thrown across the bed to the floor, although this time missing Doris completely, to her great relief. It should be stressed, that on
The eighth and final visit to the house, ending a two-and-a-half month investigation, the labs longest (until that time), took place on October 31, 1974. What better night than Halloween, which coincidentally, happened to be a full moon. This last evening we came prepared in that we brought an image intensifier (low-light or starlight
... Several of the poster boards directly over Doris’ head were suddenly torn loose ... this evening, which marked the first decline of luminous phenomena, Doris’ emotional state was immensely improved as compared to earlier visits. She was considerably calmer, and for the first time in our series of visits to her home, was not even mildly intoxicated. However, we do not feel that Doris’ fondness for alcohol in any way invalidates her testimony regarding the unusual occurrences within her house, as the phenomena were collectively observed on frequent occasions. Needless to say, the opinions of some of those attending only for the seventh visit to Doris’ house were anything but positive, as our claims were only marginally supported. As far as the activity surrounding the poster boards was concerned, many of those present felt that their sudden removal from the walls and ceiling was explainable under the heating and humidity hypothesis discussed earlier. Needless to say, Frank and Mort were absolutely amazed by even this less-than-expected occurrence. Unfortunately, when they had their special films processed, it did not reveal anything significant as related to what we all had observed that night in Doris’ bedroom. *****
scope) video recording system that we believed was sensitive enough to capture the weak light and images that our cameras could not. On this occasion, again without an intoxicated Doris, the event was a total failure, even worse than the seventh visit with the entire lab attending. There was a weak odor and sensation of cold, but the lights that had intrigued us for so long were now absent from the residence. Also missing was Doris’ hostility, belligerence, and fear of the occurrences in her house. These emotions were replaced by almost total apathy and indifference toward the entire situation. Perhaps in Doris’ mind, she felt that she had won the battle against the Entity. Or else, she had given up entirely. Who knows? Doris was not the greatest at communicating all of her feelings and thoughts to us. In point of fact, we never even knew her exact age. *****
Stay tuned for the Part 3 of this article in the next issue of “Paranormal Underground” magazine. This article is an excerpt from the book “Aliens Above, Ghosts Below: Explorations of the Unknown” (published in July 2010) by Dr. Barry Taff.
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Tales From the Haunted Heathman Hotel By Rob St.Helen, West Coast Ghost Hunters
ello once again from the Haunted Heathman Hotel! With Halloween coming up, the hotel always has paranormal groups and radio stations that come in and conduct an overnight investigations. I recall last year being pretty quiet, but with all the recent activity throughout the entire hotel, I hope that the groups coming in find what they are a looking for. In the past few months, we continued to see shadow people in different areas of the hotel. And the mezzanine lights had been seen turning on at 2:30 a.m. and then turn off at roughly 3:30 a.m. We are starting to hear someone in high heels walking through the lobby when no one is there. ***** Last week, I saw something that I had never seen before. A coworker and I were sitting at a table just doing our own thing. My coworker had a cup (empty) that he had been drinking from via a straw. The cup had been sitting there for a good 25 minutes, untouched with the straw on the left side of the cup. Suddenly, out of the blue, the straw moves from the left side of the cup to the right side of the cup. No one had entered the room, and no
The hotel has always seemed to gain activity during the fall and throughout the holiday season. Maybe back in the day the Heathman was the party place?
breeze had kicked up. I instantly went into debunking mode, set the straw back on the lefthand side of the cup, and blew on the cup to move the straw. The straw stayed still as the cup slide over, but the straw did not move at all. We tried kicking the table, but the straw did not move. The table we were sitting at was quite heavy, and one could break their toes if they kicked it too hard. Moving the straw by kicking the table was ruled out. We also tried to recreate the sound made as the straw went from the left to right side of the cup. The
straw didn’t go “through the cup” to the other side but more made a halfmoon motion around the bottom of the cup. We could not create the same sound. Needless to say we were glad that we both saw the straw move. ***** The hotel has always seemed to gain activity during the fall season and throughout the holiday season. Maybe back in the day the Heathman was the party place? With fall here, and holiday season just upon us, we hope the activity will continue.
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An Encounter With ... a Jinn By Tom Johnson
he story I am about to tell happened to me. It involved my next-door neighbor in Turkey and a jinn, a type of non-human entity that can assume animal form. I was giving a reiki treatment to my neighbor; I’ll call her Nilgun as she’s Turkish. During the treatment, a very strange thing happened. It was as if Nilgun wasn’t receiving the reiki energy at all. The energy seemed as if it was being “sucked into a black void.” And while giving the treatment, I saw an animal face, like a wolf, snarling at me. After the treatment, Nilgun seemed totally unaware of what I’d felt and seen. ***** Two or three nights later, I was walking in the dark to the sea near my house, when I suddenly felt a presence not far away from me. I felt something malevolent was there. It felt as if whatever was there wanted to attack me. I didn’t want to walk any further, so I went home. Nothing more happened that holiday, but when I came back after three or four months, I heard some interesting things had happened, which I believe explained what I’d experienced. *****
The whole thing began a few months before I gave Nilgun the reiki treatment when she had called on a “hoja.”
The whole thing began a few months before I gave Nilgun the reiki treatment. Nilgun had called on a “hoja,” which is a kind of sorcerer in Turkey. Her husband enjoyed his drink a lot. Nilgun was obviously very concerned about this and told us she had asked the hoja to put a spell on her husband to stop his drinking. And the sorcerer had invoked a jinn to do his bidding. Some strange things happened in her house while I was away. Our friend’s cat refused to go anywhere near Nilgun’s house. Our neighbors heard doors closing in her house when there was nobody there.
Most strangely of all, one night our neighbors had been invited to drinks with Nilgun; while her husband was getting a bottle of whisky from the fridge, it suddenly smashed in his hand for no apparent reason. He hadn’t dropped it or hit it against anything. ***** When we returned to our house, for a split second, my wife and daughter both saw a tall, elderly man in our kitchen. He was wearing a hat commonly worn by Turkish villagers. The man then vanished in the blink of an eye.
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A Select Reading From MYTHOS By Jay Roebuck
ark water lapped the muddy shore of the Tahuayo River, stirring giant-veined lily pads with an easy rhythm. Enormous palms lined the embankment, torn fronds quivering in the breeze, surrendering to malevolent hordes of sharp, sticky mandibles. Below, among the pale knots of roots, moved the slow and slimy things of the jungle, never more than a spasm away from the refuge of the water. Wet, hairy beasts poked at the mud with wrinkled pink noses, rigid whiskers, and reflective eyes. Clicks and grunts swirled through the underbrush accompanied by ominous insect crescendos â€” a wicked orchestra performing the darkest of all symphonies â€” a midnight circus of the decayed, of the rotten, feeding on the dark existence within this primordial soup. Great knuckled limbs reached out from the jungle beyond the palms, spanning the width of the river below. Smoky grey nests of moss hung from the twisted branches, sweeping the surface of the water for debris. Their tangles of wiry stems writhed beneath seething droves of mites. An Amazonian paradise indeed. From beyond the river bend came a dugout, a silent, mysterious ferry slowly cutting through
the moonlit mist. At its stern stood a native Matis fisherman, tall and lean, his hair black as a jaguar. His face was adorned with painted white lines below each eye and a long curved bone piercing his septum. He propelled the boat forward, pushing off the soft river bottom with a long wooden pole. Before him sat his son, a young man, casting net in hand. Both men wore skinned loincloths suspended over their bony hips by a thin thread. Their dark, slender silhouettes rendered them nearly invisible to the scaly inhabitants of the waters below. They scanned the surface of the river, each man watching a different side but fully conscience of the other. The son gave a nod and motioned toward a slight disturbance about 15 feet off the starboard side of the boat where the water swelled and rolled in small, undulating ripples toward the shore. Flashes of dirty white flesh refracted through the water, darting in and out of the
murk. The father firmly pushed his wooden pole deep into the soft, muddy bottom, stopping the dugout. He then knelt down, branding himself with a carved gaff from the hull. ***** With a sudden splash, a large pink fluke hit the side of their boat, soaking both men in warm river water. Startled, the men steadied
themselves on the lip of their shallow dugout. The father cupped his heart as his son wiped the water from his own wide eyes. Upon realizing what the animal was, they both broke into quiet, relieved laughter. “Boto,” the father said, a River Dolphin. The animal’s tail rested motionless against the side of the dugout, the bulk of the animal descending into a brown gradient of silt. Perplexed as to why the animal wasn’t moving, the son slowly reached for the fluke. He gripped the dolphin’s smooth tail at its base with both hands and began to pull the animal to the surface. With an abrupt burst of life, the tail smacked his chest and splashed wildly. The dolphin then darted toward the riverbank, creating a surge of water at its crest and, before reaching the giant lily pads lining the shore, submerged completely and disappeared. Clouds of sediment and vegetation whirled in its wake. The plants along the shore conformed to the waves, then once again fell into their natural state. The men watched in bewilderment, the shock of the moment slowly dripping from their nerves. ***** From the palms atop the bank in front of them came a loud deep bellow, a sound that poured from the underbrush and across the river — its resound followed by a wave of cicada chatter and the panicked squawks of Marsh Tyrants. The men sat still, frightened, eyes fixed on the riverbank. From overhead, they heard a wet exhalation of breath. They looked up. Their bodies, suddenly stricken with numbness, their faces frozen in awe, their souls struggling to comprehend this unforeseen encounter with a God. For before them, half-submerged in the muddy filth of the river, wallowed a beast
the size of 10 elephants. Its green, algae-covered skin made it difficult to see against the lush flora of the surrounding jungle. Its neck ascended high into the steamy night air. The head resembled that of a water buffalo, wide and stout. Glistening strands of limp plant material hung from its closed mouth. Its black eyes stared deep into the trees with an obvious intelligence, a deceptive purpose, an ancient ruse. Its mass was still except for the rise and fall of its pebbled skin as it breathed. It seemed the animal was trying not to be seen. Moments passed as the men stared into the creature’s averted eyes. Then, from the trees of the bank, came another deep bellow. At this sound, the beast broke its feeble guise and glared at the men, and with great strength lifted its body from the water, turned, and made its way up the muddy embankment. Dozens of shiny black leaches squirmed and quivered beneath its drab underbelly. Frogs and mudfish too slow to avoid the giant’s feet were pushed into the muddy bank, bursting underfoot at the apex of
the animal’s full weight. Its muscles flexed and stretched as it moved, displaying its shear power. The beast’s tail whipped across the night sky, cutting through the palms on the opposite bank like a machete. ***** The men struggled to stabilize their dugout against the displaced water. Avoiding capsize, they watched the goliath move through the palms and into the jungle. Beneath its feet, dirt was thrown into the air like an earthen vapor as roots relinquished their hold. Branches and large palm fronds scrapped the passing creature’s sides, then swung madly back to rest. From the edge of the tattered trail emerged two more beasts. They were smaller and paid the fisherman no mind as they fell in line behind the larger animal. And in a sudden fleeting moment they were gone — the forest closing its curtain of mythos. And as the crashing and snapping subsided, as the jungle crept back into its dark symphony, and as the men’s hearts slowed, the father muttered a single name on shaking lips, “Mokele-Mbembe.”
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Paranormal Perspective: Guest Editorial
Don’t Let Anyone Bully You Out of Belief By Karen Frazier
ome days in the paranormal world, it’s just plain difficult to be who you are. After all, everyone has their own opinion about exactly what’s happening out there in the trenches of investigation, and those opinions don’t always align perfectly. Or at all. It’s not just in the paranormal community, really. It occurs in the world at large, as well. After all, paranormal people are pretty much the world’s freaks and geeks, aren’t they? I’m a freelance writer by trade. While I have some regular clients, this means I am constantly seeking out new opportunities. In other words, I’m a perpetual job hunter who sends out resumes and clips (writing samples) on a near daily basis. Part of my experience, which I believe is not insignificant, is that I spent a few years as the managing editor at this very publication, Paranormal Underground. It’s something I’ve always been quite proud of, because I believe what we built here is a magnificent thing, and I worked my butt off in the process. Managing editor experience at Paranormal Underground is just the same as managing editor experience at another publication in terms of the management, relationship building, skills, workload, and other factors, isn’t it? You’d think so, but maybe not. *****
I proudly displayed Paranormal Underground as part of my experience on my resume, and my personal Website featured clips from the magazine. However, I wasn’t getting many hits on the resumes I sent out. “It’s the PUG stuff,” my husband Techie McScienceGeek told me as I lamented I just wasn’t hearing back from many of the freelancing jobs for which I’d applied. I decided to try a little experiment. On my resume, I changed my managing editor at Paranormal Underground magazine experience to a more generic “managing editor at Ghost Knight Media.” Then, I
de-paranormalized my personal Website, removing any mention of Paranormal Underground with the exception of an article about Edgar Allan Poe and a few movie reviews, which I still use as clips. I also included a link to a “celebrity interview” with Nick Groff for another Website. Other than those few articles, I removed all other paranormalthemed writing, leaving only clips I’d written for many other nonparanormal clients. Immediately, I began getting a ton of interest in my resume — far more than what mere coincidence would indicate.
When my book first came out about the hauntings at Wellington, Washington, I spent a lot of time doing media work. I participated in several interviews. Of the 25-30 interviews I gave, only one was in what you might consider “mainstream” media. It was a small article in my hometown paper. It served as a tremendous embarrassment to my parents, creating a firestorm of snide remarks in the comments section of the online version of the article. From a single 500-word or less piece, commenters felt they were able to make several character judgments about me. For instance, I was a lying liar who lied (and cheated on my husband according to one comment), a money grubbing whore who was clearly made wealthy by my paranormal activities (I’ve lost money — not made it), and a stupidly unintelligent nitwit who clearly only had rocks in the space where my brain belonged. I find it interesting, this tide of derision from those non-paranormal folks in the world, given that whenever someone finds out I write about the paranormal, they ultimately look around furtively and then pull me aside to confess some odd experience they’ve had. In fact, I’ve almost never encountered someone who, upon learning I was a paranormal writer, didn’t have some little tidbit of an unexplainable experience to share with me. ***** It’s not just the perception of people on the “outside,” however. Other paranormal investigators are just as likely to be derisive if my methods or beliefs don’t match up with theirs. For years now, I’ve had some pretty strange things happening in my head. I could go into a detailed list, but suffice it to say I know things, and I see dead people. It’s not something
I share much, although I suppose the cat is out of the bag now. Over the years, I have been tremendously uncomfortable with this ability both inside of paranormal circles and outside of them. Within the paranormal community, it’s perfectly okay to chase ghosts, but current trends suggest that involving someone who may actually be
different you really are in the interest of getting along. It’s also the recipe for a slow descent into unhappiness and self-loathing. ***** The older I get, the more I realize it’s just too exhausting to not be who I am. After all, if you believe in God, then He made me this way.
Be who you are. Stand up for your beliefs. able to communicate with them makes you a ninny and your group a buncha lightweights. I once worked with a group that had a very anti-psychic vibe. If I wanted to maintain that association, I needed to keep those abilities to myself. I did. By so doing, I cut off a significant tool I could have used to provide insights into what we experienced. ***** The world is full of bullies who fear what they don’t understand. These bullies are so frightened of being who they are, they try to force everyone else into the same closet with them, lest someone discover they aren’t exactly like everyone else. I’m currently speaking in the context of the paranormal, but we obviously live in a world where this message permeates. Society as a whole does not like anyone that dares to be different, whether it is skin color, gender, sexual preference, belief system, or the fact they see dead people. In their discomfort with who they are, others try to force you to not be who you are. It’s easy to be intimidated when you look around and all you see are disapproving scowls. It’s easy to second guess yourself or hunker down and hope nobody notices just how
Even if you don’t believe in a creator, it’s merely who I am, and the time has come to be comfortable in my own skin regardless of who else it makes uncomfortable. I investigate and write about the unexplained. It turns out that if people had even a modicum of honesty, then everyone would know what I am seeking is an explanation for incredibly common experiences, even among those who mock the people seeking answers. I can communicate with dead people. If that makes you uncomfortable, I’m sorry. Imagine how much more uncomfortable it must be for a soul trying to communicate when I ignore them in order to make you feel better. I have very little to hang my hat on in this life, so I place tremendous value in my integrity. Living in integrity means being who I am and doing what I think is right regardless of the bullies in the world who try to shut me up. I wouldn’t be surprised if integrity mattered to you too. Be who you are. Stand up for your beliefs. Don’t let the bullies in the world push you away from what you know is the truth. In the end, they’ll go back to the rock they crawled out from under. But you’ll be left standing tall, being exactly who you deserve to be in this world.
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