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GHOSTS, HAUNTED PLACES AND POLTERGEISTS:

Ghost photographed in model’s home
Argentinian model and actress, Emilia Attias has been pretty vocal about growing up in a supposed haunted house. She has described in interviews the types of phenomenon experienced in the house while growing up. Disembodied footsteps, voices and strange knocks were experienced in that house. Of course, one always disregards these types of stories as them being a child’s imagination. This would seem to be the case for Emilia Attias except for one thing; there appears to be evidence to support her claims…

Interview with John Zaffis of “Haunted Collector”
“Haunted Collector” is a new weekly series about the real-life hunt to find objects that may hold supernatural powers or be portals to the spirit world. John Zaffis and his crew of paranormal investigators seek out the strange and unusual, and often find it. During a question and answer session for members of the press with Zaffis, I was able to gather information about this new series…

Paranormal team reveal signs of possible haunting
The thump of heavy footsteps and the banging of a judge’s gavel in the old courtroom: All are signs of what local paranormal investigators are calling a possible residual haunting of the Museum of Ashe County History. The team, known as 3P Paranormal, spent a night in the old county courthouse in May to further their research of the unknown as well as to debunk, or clarify, rumors of a haunting in what was once the county’s social and judicial Mecca…

Not your everyday ectoplasm: Spirit mediums and nonhuman weirdness
The subject of spirit mediums, séances and spirit manifestations are among what are considered some of the more dubious claims out there these days pertaining to the unexplained, especially in the realms of serious psychic research. All too often we’ve been made privy to tricks and treachery used to fool the gullible and unsuspecting into believing they had witnessed manifestations of strange beings from beyond the grave, or sometimes even from other worlds…

CREATURES:

Mystery river creatures surface on both sides of the Atlantic
Was it an unknown marine monster that raised its head above the surface of the River Mersey in England on May 25? And what was the mysterious 7-foot-long creature that washed ashore near New York’s famous Brooklyn Bridge on May 21?..

Monsters and proof
People often ask me: When will we finally have proof for the existence of Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabra and the absolute menagerie of additional strange beasts alleged to lurk in the darker and wilder parts of our world? But when people ask that question, what many of them they really want to know is this: When will we have proof that Bigfoot is a giant ape, and the creatures of Loch Ness represent a surviving, relic population of plesiosaurs?..

Poll finds many Washington residents believe in Sasquatch and UFOs
Another 13 percent have seen Sasquatch or know someone who has. PEMCO Insurance Northwest, a local insurance company in Washington state, polled residents about Sasquatch and UFOs.

CREATURES:

Stalking Altie: Does Georgia have its own Loch Ness Monster?
An alligator spies on my family as we stand on a midden heap on a muddy bank of the South Altamaha River. Our flip-flops crunch on the jagged oyster shells and pottery shards cast off by Native Americans a couple of centuries ago. Our guide points out their importance to the history of coastal Georgia, but I can’t pay proper attention. I’ve brought my family to Darien in search of a monster…

Bigfoot video in May is a hoax, overlayed video on another

HUMAN MYSTERIES:

A curious case of foreign accent syndrome
Karen Butler could get her American accent back with intensive speech therapy, but she likes her new one. When Karen Butler went in for dental surgery, she left with more than numb gums: She also picked up a pronounced foreign accent. It wasn’t a fluke, or a joke – she’d developed a rare condition called foreign accent syndrome that’s usually caused by an injury to the part of the brain that controls speech…

PSYCHIC PHENOMENA:

Spirit whisperer
Whether you are a believer or not, the fact remains people who claim to have psychic abilities are among us and continue to be a point of intrigue. Charmaine Wilson, 46, of Brisbane is one such individual and is not shy in saying “there are a lot of questionable psychics out there”…

MEDIA: BOOKS, MOVIES, TV, GAMES:

“Investigating the Impossible”
Ulrich Magin. Investigating the Impossible: Sea Serpents in the Air, Volcanoes that Aren’t and Other Out of Place Mysteries. Anomalist Books, 2011. Ulrich Magin is a Fortean writer very much in the Magonia mould as his introduction to this collection of essays shows, where he contrasts the various approaches to reports of anomalous experiences. The skeptical one simply says that the witnesses are lying, or drunk, or crazy or just mistaken, or there is a ‘rational’ explanation and that is that, end of the matter…

PODCASTS WORTH LISTENING TO:

Are ghosts real? Guy Lyon Playfair’s thirty-year investigation yields insights
Skeptiko: Noted parapsychology investigator and author Guy Lyon Playfair discusses poltergeists, after-death communication and the telepathy of twins. Join Skeptiko guest host Steve Volk for an interview with Guy Lyon Playfair. During the interview Mr. Playfair summarizes what he’s learned about the poltergeist phenomena…

Eyes of the Mothman: Matthew Pellowski & Anastasia Konstantinou
Binnall of America: BoA:Audio kicks off their summer session by welcoming filmmakers Matthew J. Pellowski and Anastasia Konstantinou for a conversation on their film “Eyes of the Mothman.” Includes a number of bizarre stories from the making of the film, finer details surrounding the Mothman mythos, and a firsthand account of what Point Pleasant, West Virginia is like today.

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