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Contacting the Dead in the Electronic Age

July 20, 2011 Leave a comment

No one can deny that computers and electronics have revolutionized life on this planet. There are electronic controls and computer chips in everything from the small appliances that toast our bread to the cars we drive, and make possible myriad forms of new entertainment, from DVDs to video games and iPods. We’re just at the beginning of this remarkable revolution.

And now many serious and casual researchers are claiming that some of this gadgetry can be useful in a quite unexpected way: to contact the dead… or at least allow the dead to contact us.

Obviously, these claims are highly controversial. They make many assumptions: that there is life after death, that the dead are interested in contacting us, and that they have the means by which to do so. Assuming all that, many people experimenting with electronic voice phenomena (EVP) and instrumental transcommunication (ITC) say they have received messages from “the other side” through tape recorders, VCRs, televisions, telephones and even computers. It seems we may no longer exclusively need Ouija boards, psychics and mediums to contact dear deceased Uncle Harold… just turn on the TV instead. Yes, even spiritulism has entered the electronic age.

These phenomena have manifest themselves since the appearance of the instruments themselves. EVP (electronic voice phenomena), for example, has been reported for well over 30 years: unexplained voices heard faintly on magnetic recording tape. It’s said that even Thomas Edison experimented with devices for spirit communication. Investigators around the world are trying to get to the bottom of EVP and ITC, endeavoring to explain, in one way or another, how these voices are encoded on audio tape, how unexplained images appear on video tape and TV screens, where phantom phone calls come from and how computers can relay messages from “the beyond.”

Here are some interesting cases of EVP and ITC, about which you can read more at the links provided:

Audio tape

Two of the pioneers of EVP were Konstantin Raudive, a Swedish psychology professor, and Fredrich Juergenson, a Swedish filmmaker. In the late 1950s, Raudive began to hear words recorded on blank audio tape and eventually made more than 100,000 recordings. (A CD of some of this recordings is even available.) Around the same time, Juergenson first captured unexplained voices while taping bird songs outdoors. He continued his research for over 25 years.

Is ITC phenomenon genuine? relates how Belling and Lee, a British laboratory, conducted some experiments in EVP, suspecting that the “spirit voices” were actually caused by ham radio broadcasts bouncing off the ionosphere. The tests were conducted by one of the leading sound engineers in Britain, and when phantom voices were recorded on factory-fresh tape, he was baffled. “I cannot explain what happened in normal physical terms,” he is quoted as saying.

Another interesting case is that of two Italian Catholic priests who in 1952 were trying to record a Gregorian chant, but a wire in their equipment kept breaking. Out of desperation, one of the priests asked his dead father for help. Then, to his amazement, his father’s voice was heard on the tape saying, “Of course I shall help you. I’m always with you.” The priests brought the matter to the attention of Pope Pius XII, who reportedly accepted the genuineness of the phenomenon.

Today, many individuals and groups are experimenting with and gathering EVPs. Dave Oester and Sharon Gill of the International Ghost Hunters Society travel the US collecting EVPs from various haunted sites, and they post many of their recordings on their site.

Radio

In 1990, two research teams (one in the U.S. and one in Germany) claimed to have independently developed devices that allowed them to talk to the dead. Using a modified form of ham radio that receives 13 different frequencies at once, the researchers claimed to have held conversations with several people who have passed on to another plane of existence. Dr. Ernst Senkowski, in Germany, said that he contacted a Hamburg dockmaster who died in 1965. “We verified this information,” Senkowski said. “He told us he was well and happy.”

In the U.S., George Meek, director of the MetaScience Foundation in Franklin, N.C., said that more than 25 times he has talked to Dr. George J. Mueller, an electrical engineer who died in 1967 of a heart attack. “Dr. Mueller told us where to find his birth and death certificate records” and other details, Meek said. Supposedly, it all checked out.

TV/VCR

In 1985, according to Instrumental Contact with the Dead?, German psychic Klaus Schreiber started receiving pictures of deceased family members on his television. Sometimes just voices would come across, telling Schreiber how to tune his TV for better reception. When Schreiber died soon after, his own image began to show up on the TV screens of some European ITC researchers.

Some researchers have claimed success in capturing ghost images with an instrumental transcommunication (ITC) set-up. With this technique, a video camcorder, connected to a television, is pointed at the television screen. In other words, the camera is recording the image it is simultaneously sending to the TV, creating an endless feedback loop. The frames of the video are then examined one by one, and sometimes ver distinct human faces can be seen. You’ll find examples here:

Telephone

In January 1996, ITC researcher Adolf Homes received a series of paranormal phone calls, according to Is ITC phenomenon genuine? Reportedly, a female voice said, “This is mother. Mother is going to contact you several times on your phone. As you know, my thoughts are sent in different speech patterns. The vibrational ties with your equipment make our contacts possible…”

Of course, there are also many documented cases of phantom phone calls, or phone calls from the dead. You can read several chilling examples in my article on the subject.

Computer

The seeming ability of entities to make contact through a computer were first noticed in Germany in 1980, according to Electronic Links to Other Dimensions & Entities. A researcher received a spontaneous message that appeared first as a series of letters, then words and finally phrases that referred clearly to a deceased friend of the investigator. Four years later, an English professor claimed to have exchanged messages (supposedly this was not e-mail) for over 15 months with a group of advanced entities living in the year 2019 as well as a man from 1546.

In 1984-85, says Instrumental Contact with the Dead?, Kenneth Webster of England said he received 250 communications via several different computers from a person who lived in the 16th century.

Can we believe such stories? Some are so far out that they should be taken with a megadose of salt. And the field of spiritualism and contact with the dead has always been so rampant with charlatans and fraud that there’s no reason to think that that tradition is not being continued with the assistance of electronic devices. But it’s always best to keep a cautiously open mind and welcome legitimate research into this dark, nebulous region of the paranormal.

Paranormal News Update

July 6, 2011 Leave a comment

PSYCHIC PHENOMENA:

Want to participate in a psychic experiment?
“Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief” is looking for twelve male volunteers in the New York City area to participate in a fun experiment for an upcoming segment about psychic powers…

CREATURES:

The Lake Utopia Monster
Everyone is familiar with Nessie or the Loch Ness Monster, but few people outside the local area of Lake Utopia or in the field of cryptozoology have heard about the Lake Utopia Monster…

Claims sea monster lives in fjord
A diver conducting an investigation of Geirþjófsfjörður believes he may have found evidence of a sea monster living in the fjord…

Flying cryptid sightings: Weird bat-like creatures / large bioluminescent birds

GHOSTS, HAUNTED PLACES AND POLTERGEISTS:

Nottinghamshire Police witchcraft, ghost and UFO reports
Nottinghamshire Police received more than 80 reports of ghosts, witchcraft and UFO sightings in the last six years…

Haunting of Hyde Hall
Over the past 200 years, Hyde Hall has evolved from a prestigious family home in Cooperstown to a National Landmark. Starting July 6th, a tour will take a look at the home and its history with the paranormal, as told by ghosts of past and present…

Scary amateur video shows paranormal activity in kids’ bedroom
A family captured paranormal activity or evidence of ghosts when they set up a video camera in their children’s bedroom after being told that there were unexplained noises and shadows in the room. ..

Simon Cowell isn’t spooked by haunted house
Simon Cowell has confessed that he has become fascinated with the idea of ghosts and the afterlife…

FORTEAN PHENOMENA:

Man struck by lightning for sixth time
An Upstate man has again disproved the old adage about lightning never striking the same place twice after being struck for the sixth time on Monday.

 

Paranormal In The News

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

GHOSTS, HAUNTED PLACES AND POLTERGEISTS:

Ghostly image shocks St. John’s wedding guests
People at a wedding reception at the Newman Wine Vaults in St. John’s believe they caught an image of an uninvited and otherworldly guest. Newlyweds Matt White and Danielle Hann said one of their friends was shocked by the digital image she took at the June 18 event…

Playful poltergeist Nanny Goony haunting Scottish sweet shop
A sweet-toothed ghost has whipped up a storm in a teacup at a village cafe. The friendly “Casper” likes to move sweet jars and other goodies around the tearoom in the night. But the playful poltergeist sometimes makes an appearance during the day. Laura McKirdy and her mum Fiona believe they are being haunted by an old lady dubbed Nanny Goony by folk in Cardross, Dunbartonshire…

Historic haunting: New Gettysburg attraction explores town’s paranormal past
Rene Staub believes in spirits. During his 14 years as a ghost tour guide at the Historic Farnsworth House Inn property in downtown Gettysburg, Pa., he said he’s experienced enough peculiar events to believe that otherworldly beings are present. He’s smelled the scent of blooming flowers in February, listened to screaming women who could feel the presence of ghosts nearby and watched surveillance videos indicating the presence of spirits…

Ghost tourism mulled
Kota Kinabalu: Sabah wants to be known for more than just its scenic surrounding and warm hospitality. This year, the State will introduce to the world its other hidden charm – the spine-chilling, scary-world of supernatural and ghosts! The Ministry of Tourism Culture and Environment is mulling over the idea of having a cultural festival where mythical creatures such as ghosts, are the highlights of the event…

Should Christians believe in ghosts?
The question was recently posed to me by one of my readers. Stuart did not share my assumption that the world may contain ghosts who, among other things, might engage in haunting…

CREATURES:

Sasquatch family group footprints reported and examined in northern New Mexico
Bonobomichael: My companion and I, after learning that the New Mexico State Police had looked into a report from campers about strange sounds and huge footprints near La Queva Creek in Glorita, New Mexico, found a series of huge footprints in the area and followed them for approximately three quarters of a mile over varied mountain terrain until they faded out on an extensive rock outcropping…

Looking for Bigfoot in Indian Country
It has been more than 50 years since the legend of Bigfoot first captured the hearts and imaginations of the American public. It has been more than 50 years of sightings, investigations and debunking. But are we any closer to having proof that can pass scientific muster that this tall, hairy being with gigantic feet exists? No one has the answer to that question, yet some Bigfoot experts have figured out that the best place to get the evidence is in Indian country…

Bigfoot face prints: Debunked?
Today’s media coverage of the Fresno Bigfoot “Face prints” turned out as we expected, ambiguous evidence. Although the guys who discovered the prints claimed that they were positive that these prints that were found on a truck’s windows weren’t those of a bear, they failed to really show the world evidence that they said would eclipse the Patterson/Gimlin film.

CREATURES:

“Sea monster” found on beach in China
A 55 foot long sea creature that was recently discovered on a beach in Guangdong, China has people buzzing. The massive “Sea Monster,” whose 4.5 ton body was so badly decayed that it could not be identified, was discovered by a local fisherman known only as Hwang…

Large bird like creature seen in Fresno skies
Last week while attending the monthly Fresno Filmmakers Alliance mixer, a friend of mine approached me and asked me if I knew of any thunderbird sightings in the Fresno area as his wife and young son had recently spotted a large bird-like creature with a wing span estimated to be more than 12 feet in width…

Paranormal group seeks help confirming ‘Bigfoot DNA’
A California paranormal group claims to have DNA samples of Bigfoot — concrete evidence of the legendary creature’s existence — but they want help authenticating them. Members of the Sanger Paranormal Society will call upon the public to donate money and resources to their Bigfoot research effort at a Thursday afternoon news conference in Fresno, Calif…

The incredibly disappointing Bigfoot press conference

Bigfoot exists: Eyewitness Michael Smith speaks of his Sasquatch encounter
Geno McGahee: I have been a believer in the Sasquatch for quite some time, but there is a lot of nonsense out there. Hoaxers are around every corner, from those that put a costume in a freezer, to those that present a blurry video of a man in a suit walking across the road. It’s hard to take the matter seriously, but there is compelling evidence, most notably, the Patterson Film…

PSYCHIC PHENOMENA:

The psychic children
As a leading psychic medium I’ve lost count of the number of times someone has said to me that their children have spoken accurately of ancestors who died long before they were born. They can describe both their character and appearance. It doesn’t surprise me in the least but it can shock those left behind…

FORTEAN PHENOMENA:

Audio conversation with Brad Steiger
Brad Steiger is one of the hard working giants in this field. I was delighted and honored to spend an hour listening to his deep voice on subjects that I find profoundly interesting. When you visit Brad and Sherry’s web-site, be prepared because they have done a LOT of books and research…

Earliest art in the Americas: Ice Age image of mammoth or mastodon found in Florida
Researchers from the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Florida have announced the discovery of a bone fragment, approximately 13,000 years old, in Florida with an incised image of a mammoth or mastodon. This engraving is the oldest and only known example of Ice Age art to depict a proboscidean (the order of animals with trunks) in the Americas…

Orbs follow car, then, man sees HUGE “rabbit”

MEDIA – BOOKS, MOVIES, TV:

Upcoming Global Asylum 3D Movie “A Haunting in Salem” provides milestone
Shannon Benna, an independent producer and creative director specializing in emerging technologies and entertainment media production, has become Hollywood’s “First Female Feature Film Stereographer” through her work on Global Asylum’s upcoming 3D feature film “A Haunting In Salem.” With credits that span traditional film, TV, and interactive content production, Ms. Benna served as On-Set Stereographer during the entire production of that project…

First look: John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe in “The Raven”
Given that he wrote about people who were slowly tortured, buried alive, and haunted by seemingly malevolent animals – and also married his 13-year-old cousin – it’s really saying something when you creep-out Edgar Allan Poe. But that’s what happens in The Raven (out March 9), starring John Cusack as the doomed author in a fictionalized story set in 1849 about the hunt for a serial killer who takes macabre inspiration from his tales.

The Latest Paranormal Links

June 17, 2011 Leave a comment

EARTH MYSTERIES (more)

Crop Circles: Created by Sound? (added 6/16)
The force of sound may be a logical explanation for the previously unexplained phenomena of crop circles.

Scientific Proof of Burning in Crop Circle Plants (added 5/5)
There have been many reports over the years about possibly “burned” plants in crop formations, but in 2010 seedheads from a Dutch formation have provided scientific proof of actual burning.

GHOSTS and HAUNTINGS (more)

Tales of the Unquiet Dead (added 5/19)
Is the funeral industry shy about reporting their ghostly incidents? Here are some haunted goings-on at the funeral parlor.

Who Or What Are The Shadow People? (added 5/26)
Shadow people, also known as shadow folk or shadow beings, are usually attracted to one person or location for unknown reasons, this site says.

HUMAN MYSTERIES (more)

The Astral Plane (added 4/21)
The author tells of his remarkable discovery of the astral plane when he was a young boy in England, and then later in Connecticut.

Crystalinks: Doppelganger (added 3/17)
A doppelganger is the ghostly or in some cases, a physical double of a living person. The term has come to refer to any double or look-alike of a person, most commonly in reference to a so-called evil twin, or to bilocation.

Vampires and Disease (added 5/19)
This monster did not keep a polite distance; he was a friend, a neighbor or husband. He was a corpse who returned from the grave to kill.

LIFE AFTER DEATH and REINCARNATION (more)

How to Run A Home Séance (added 5/5)
Does mediumistic ability exist within the circle of your family and friends? Here is how you may find it and put it to work.

What Happens During a Life Review? (added 3/17)
This study is a review of 319 NDErs responses to questions about the near-death experience and the life review, changed beliefs, life changes, and universal order/purpose.

LOST WORLDS and MYSTERIOUS CIVILIZATIONS (more)

Ancient American Artifacts (added 4/14)
Video: Fascinating evidence in the form of artifacts from northern Michigan that provide evidence of European habitation of North America long before Columbus.

MAD SCIENTISTS and WEIRD SCIENCE (more)

Anti-Gravity Machines, Devices, Propulsion and Research (added 5/19)
Here you will find information on anti-gravity inventions, machines, perpetual motion inventions, and much more related to anti-gravity technology.

MYSTICS, PROPHETS and PROPHECIES (more)

The Occult World of CG Jung (added 7/23)
How a near-death experience transformed the psychologist’s attitude to the world of mysticism and magic.

OUIJA BOARD and DIVINATION (more)

Ouija Board – A History (added 6/9)
This article examines the Ouija’s origins, its paranormal aspects, the psychological angle, and more.

PARANORMAL BASICS (more)

The Bent Spoon Magazine (added 6/9)
This online magazine in PDF format labels itself as “the skeptical magazine for the true believer,” and includes Q&As between those with opposing viewpoints, interviews with investigators and thinkers, and articles critical of believers and skeptics alike.

PLANETARY and LUNAR ANOMALIES (more)

Mars Fossil Images (added 5/26)
This site presents several photos taken by the Mars rovers that show objects that look very much like fossils found on Earth.

NASA’s Anomalies Above the Moon (added 6/9)
This YouTube video is a compilation of NASA film taken by the Apollo missions that include anomalies on and around the moon. Some are rather intriguing.

PSYCHIC PHENOMENA (more)

10 Ways to Develop Psychic Abilities (added 6/16)
Everyone has some psychic tendencies, this site says. We are all born with psychic abilities, but society conditions us to hide them. Here are 10 ways to improve your psychic abilities.

Psychic Spies (added 4/7)
Whatever happened to America’s remote viewers? To understand what has happened to remote viewing since the death of the programme, it helps to understand why the programme was killed.

Psychic Test (added 5/26)
This site presents several different visual tests you can try to see if you might have some psychic ability.

RELIGIOUS MYSTERIES and MIRACLES (more)

The Apparition at Knock Ireland, 1879 (added 5/5)
The apparition was like a three-dimensional, life-like sculpture that never moved, like a well done holographic projection.

What Is a Demon? (added 4/21)
Demonology is a hot topic in Fortean circles currently. But what is a demon? There are various theories by various experts with varied world views.

TIME-DIMENSION TRAVEL (more)

Train Ride to a Parallel Dimension (added 11/18)
A fascinating tale and analysis of a woman who had a bizarre experience traveling in Scotland. When she stepped off of her train, did she enter a time warp?

WEIRD CREATURES and MONSTERS (more)

Bownessie (added 4/7)
No one is sure if the sightings of strange creatures in the lake over the years are linked, but they are treated that way by those who have witnessed the “lake monster”.

Congo: Mystery Beasts from the Heart of Darkness (added 4/21)
There a number of other lesser known mystery animals with allegedly dinosaurian identities from in and around the Congo basin region.

Top 20 Bigfoot Sightings (added 6/16)
This article should more properly be called the “Top 20 Bigfoot Sightings on Video” since they are all fairly recent, except for the Patterson-Gimlin film. They vary in quality.

THE GHOSTS OF EDINBURGH CASTLE

June 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Edinburgh Castle is reputed to be one of the most haunted spots in Scotland. And Edinburgh itself has been called the most haunted city in all of Europe. On various occasions, visitors to the castle have reported a phantom piper, a headless drummer, the spirits of French prisoners from the Seven Years War and colonial prisoners from the American Revolutionary War – even the ghost of a dog wandering in the grounds’ dog cemetery.

The castle (you can get a tour here) standing magnificently between sea and hills, is a historical fortress, parts of which are more than 900 years old. The cells of its ancient dungeon, the site of uncounted deaths, could very well be an eternal place of unrest for numerous spirits. Other areas of Edinburgh also have ghostly reputations: the subterranean vaults of South Bridge and a disused street called Mary Kings Close where victims of the Black Death plague were sealed up to die.

On April 6 through 17, 2001, these three spots were the subject of one of the largest scientific investigations of the paranormal ever conducted – and the results surprised many of the investigators.

As part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Dr. Richard Wiseman, a psychologist from Hertfordshire University in southeast England, enlisted the help of 240 volunteers to explore the allegedly haunted sites in a 10-day study. Chosen from visitors from around the world, the volunteers were led in groups of 10 through the creepy, damp cellars, chambers and vaults. Wiseman’s team came prepared with an array of high-tech “ghostbusting” equipment, such as thermal imagers, geo-magnetic sensors, temperature probes, night vision equipment and digital cameras.

Each of the volunteers was carefully screened. Only those who knew nothing about Edinburgh’s legendary hauntings were allowed to participate, yet by the end of the experiment, nearly half reported phenomena that they could not explain.

Wiseman tried to be as scientific as possible about the study. The volunteers were not told which particular cells or vaults had previous claims of strange activity. They were taken to locations with a reputation for being haunted as well as “red herring” vaults that had no history of activity at all. Yet the highest number of paranormal experiences by the volunteers were reported to take place in the very areas that did have the haunted reputations.

Reported experiences included:

    • sudden drops in temperature
    • seeing shadowy figures
    • a feeling of being watched
    • one person reported a burning sensation on the arm
    • an unseen presence touching the face
    • the feeling of something tugging at clothes

One reported sighting was of a spectre in a leather apron – a ghost that has been seen before at the same location. Wiseman, a skeptic who has in the past attempted to expose the myths of several British hauntings, admitted his surprise at the results. “The events that have been taking place over the last 10 days are much more extreme than we expected,” he said.

Almost immediately she reported hearing breathing from a corner of the room, which was getting louder. She thought she saw a flash or some sort of light in the corner, but didn’t want to look back.

One of the most interesting overnight experiments involved enclosing a young woman in one of the dark South Bridge vaults, alone – an experience that brought her to tears. The volunteer was placed in the room with a video camera so she could record what she saw, heard or felt. “Almost immediately,” Wiseman said, “she reported hearing breathing from a corner of the room, which was getting louder. She thought she saw a flash or some sort of light in the corner, but didn’t want to look back.”

The only hard evidence were a few digital photographs that featured such anomalies as dense spots of light and strange fogging. Two photos showed a green glob that no one could explain.

Conclusions

Wiseman has been careful not to jump to any particular conclusions about these supposedly haunted areas. Many of the experiences could be chalked up to common psychological reactions to the unnerving environment. But perhaps not all. “I must stress that these are only initial results,” said Wiseman, who admits to being afraid of the dark, “but already they are looking quite interesting. I’m closer now to being a lot more curious. Something is going on, but I won’t be a believer until we get something on film.”

What Wiseman finds most intriguing is the fact that most of the volunteers’ experiences took place in the very rooms that had the reputations for being haunted, even though they had no knowledge of that. The question is: Why? “It could be something quite trivial such as being damper or colder, and we are taking physical measurements to gauge air temperature, air movement and magnetic fields,” Wiseman said. “Whatever the explanation, it means there is something going on because otherwise we would expect the distribution to have been more random.”

Fran Hollinrake, someone who has been looking into the hauntings for a much longer time – she runs walking tours through many of these same dark chambers – wasn’t as surprised by the findings. “People from all over the world are seeing the same things,” she said. “So there must be something in it.”

Although the scientific results from Wiseman’s study are thus far inconclusive, what is most encouraging perhaps is that scientists are beginning to give these paranormal possibilities the attention they deserve.

The Scariest Hauntings of All Time

May 31, 2011 Leave a comment

HOLLYWOOD CREATES MANY spooky films that can be great fun to watch, but there’s nothing fun about these scariest hauntings. Unexplained things… unspeakable things… have terrorized homes that were once as quiet and normal as yours or mine. From some unfathomable place, dark and sinister forces have crept into our reality with a mission of disturbance, fright and even violence. Here are some of the creepiest true accounts of hauntings ever recorded.

THE PROCTOR HAUNTING

Have you ever spent the night in a house reputed to be haunted? This story could make you reconsider.

It was the autumn of 1834 when the Proctors, a Quaker family, began to notice disturbances in their house near Tyneside in northern England. Every member of the family complained of hearing footsteps and whistling that could not be accounted for. The sound of a clock being wound could not be explained. Over a six-year period, the intensity of the haunting increased. The stomping of angry footsteps echoed throughout the house, contrasted by faint whisperings. And then there were the apparitions. The white figure of a strange woman was seen in a window by a neighbor, and then seen in other rooms of the house by the Proctors. A disembodied white face appeared over a stair railing, seeming to watch the family.

The Proctor’s plight was known throughout the area, and then, as now, there were skeptics who were certain they could explain it all away. On July 3, 1840, Edward Drury, a local doctor, volunteered to spend a night in the house with his colleague, T. Hudson, while the Proctors were away. Dr. Drury armed himself with pistols and waited on the third floor landing, unafraid of what he was sure were mundane house noises. Less than an hour into his vigil, Drury began to hear soft footfalls, then a knocking and an echoing cough. Hudson had fallen asleep. But at about 1 a.m., Dr. Drury watched in horror as a closet door slowly swung open out of which floated toward him the ghostly lady in white. Drury screamed and charged the phantom, succeeding only in tripping over his friend Hudson. What next happened the doctor could not recall. “I have since learned,” he later wrote, “that I was carried downstairs in an agony of fear and terror.”

Some years later the Proctors could stand no more of the unexplained manifestations and vacated the house in 1847. The building was later torn down.

THE FREEBORN HAUNTING

If a previous owner has died in the house in which you now reside, you might want to think twice before you redecorate.

After Mrs. Meg Lyons died suddenly in her Bakersfield, California house, it had remained untouched when Mrs. Frances Freeborn moved in during the month of November, 1981. Every piece of Mrs. Lyons’ furniture was just as she left it. Her clothes still filled the closets and dressers. Eager to make the house her own, Mrs. Freeborn set about cleaning out the house and refurbishing it to her liking. And that’s when the trouble started.

The first unsettling mystery was a loud thumping noise coming from the kitchen area, which Freeborn at first dismissed as noisy plumbing. But then there was other strangeness. Freeborn habitually closed all doors and cabinets before retiring to bed, only to find them wide open in the morning. Lights would be switched on by unseen hands while Freeborn was out of the house. She tried to take these curious occurrences in stride, but was convinced a paranormal force was at play when she tried to hang a particular picture – a triptych (three photos in one frame) of pre-Civil War women.

The morning after hanging it, Freeborn was puzzled to find it on the floor, but neatly propped against the wall. Figuring it had merely fallen (and luckily not broken), she re-hung it. In fact, five times she tried to hang the picture, and each time it was taken down and set against the wall. A week or so later, following an impulse, she hung the picture in a spare bedroom much lower on the wall and too close to the light switch than she actually preferred. But this time the picture stayed put. Why? When Luke Cowley, the dead Mrs. Lyon’s son-in-law, visited the house, he remarked that Mrs. Lyon had hung a very similar picture in that very spot.

In 1982, as Mrs. Freeborn was preparing to redecorate the master bedroom, the poltergeist activity increased. Throughout the day that she shopped for paint and wallpaper, she was unnerved by the sensation of being watched. That night, crashing noises and loud banging in remote areas of the house kept Freeborn from sleeping. She arose from her bed at about 2 a.m. and walked to the bathroom. She ran some water at the sink to wash her hands. Suddenly, the bathroom window flew open. She closed it, returned to her bed and sat, frightened. Again the bathroom window opened and in the same instant the bedroom window crashed shut. The folding doors of one closet tore open as another closet door slammed closed. Her dog barked frantically at the terrifying spectacle.

Scared out of her wits, Freeborn’s solitary thought was to get out of that house. She picked up her dog and fled the bedroom into the hallway and ran smack into some unseen force. “There was a zone of pressure,” she later related, “a mass out in the hall, as if something ominous and ugly was concentrated there. I realized I had to get out of the house or I would die.”

Three distinct forces were in that hallway, she insisted – one to each side of her and one blocking her way out. Gathering all her courage, she shouted, “Get out of my way!” and forced her way past the dark presences. Somehow she sensed that the two entities at her sides her “surprised” that she was able to do this, and she felt that the entity in front of her was knocked back. She ran out the back door and sped away in her car… still wearing her nightgown.

THE OLD WOMAN HAUNTING

Some teenagers think it’s fun or cool to go traipsing around disrespectfully in cemeteries on Halloween. If you’ve considered such an outing, consider too that you might be disturbing those who rest there… and something might even follow you home.

A 17-year-old British girl made that mistake. It wasn’t Halloween, but the Spring of 1978 when a girl, identified only as Miss A by the Society of Psychical Research, and several of her friends decided to make their way through a local graveyard, trampling graves as they laughed and joked. Only Miss A and her family was to pay the price for that prank, however. Several nights later, Miss A awoke to see the apparition of an old woman sitting in a chair near her bed. The spirit was not transparent, and Miss A did not sense any harm from it. In the morning, she wrote off the experience as a weird dream.

But it wasn’t. For several weeks following, Miss A repeatedly saw the ghost of the old woman – sometimes in broad daylight. It would follow Miss A from room to room, hovering less than a foot above the floor. At times it watched Miss A’s every move, following her, and would freeze in place whenever she turned to confront it. And soon the encounters became more threatening.

While making tea one day, she felt an unseen force grab the tea kettle – filled with boiling water – and twist it in her hands. Miss A felt that the entity was trying to scald her. Finally, Miss A told her mother of these bizarre experiences. Mrs. A was skeptical at first – until she too saw the old woman drift across the downstairs hall and disappear into a room. The entity continued to make its presence felt. On one occasion it wrenched the vacuum cleaner from Mrs. A’s hands. It would sometimes push or pull against doors that family members were trying to open or close. Miss A’s father – the most diehard skeptic of the group – was even forced to believe when loud rapping noises awakened the entire household, and later when he could not explain water incessantly dripping from the kitchen ceiling. A plumber could find no leak.

The poltergeist activity escalated. Loud banging, unexplained snoring sounds, objects moved about. Then, it seemed, the entity attempted to make its identity known. Miss A was sitting with her father one day when she suddenly fell into a trance. She began to speak of another life – as the daughter of a French doctor in the 1800s. After this incident, Miss A’s behavior changed noticeably and she appeared to be endowed with unexplained psychic powers: she could bend the tines of a fork just by brushing them with her fingers. Doctors and other investigators could find no rational explanation for what was happening to the A family. But they could endure no more. Miss A and her family moved out of their home of 11 years.

But the ghost was to give Miss A one last life-threatening scare. Out of a nagging curiosity, Miss A returned to the empty house one day. She found the back door broken and open. She went in. She picked up the telephone to see if it was working. Suddenly, something grabbed her by the throat. Icy, unseen fingers had grabbed Miss A by the neck and were choking her. Terrified, she managed to pull herself away and ran out the front door. Needless to say, she never returned.

THE MACKIE HAUNTING

By now it must be clear to you that not all hauntings are benign. They can sometimes – although rarely – be far more physical and threatening than a fleeting shadow drawn by Casper the Friendly Ghost.

What took place at the Mackie farmhouse beginning in February, 1695, for example, is one of the most active and violent poltergeist cases on record. I was also well documented, having been witnessed and experienced by more than a dozen upstanding members of this Scottish community. Andrew Mackie, described by neighbors as “honest, civil and harmless,” lived in the modest farmhouse with his wife and children. The property had been known to be haunted, but the Mackies experienced nothing out of the ordinary there… until that February.

The attack on the Mackies began with an assault of stones and other objects, thrown by some invisible force. Several family members were struck and injured by the missiles. The family sought the counsel of Alexander Telfair, the parish minister, who upon arrival experienced first-hand the bewildering phenomena. Whatever the entity was, it “molested me mightily,” Telfair said, “threw stones and divers other things at me, and beat me several times on the Shoulders and Sides with a great Staff, so that those who were present heard the noise of the Blows.”

The hateful presence was unrelenting. The Mackies testified that it attacked their children one night in their beds, delivering forceful spankings. More than once “it would drag People about their House by their Clothes,” an investigation described. A blacksmith narrowly escaped death when a trough and plowshare were hurled at him. Small buildings on the property spontaneously burst into flames and burned to cinders. During a family prayer meeting, chunks of flaming peat pelted them. A human shape, seemingly made out of cloth, appeared, groaning, “Hush… hush.”

This being the late 17th century, the Mackies were quick to attribute the phenomena to demons. On April 9, Andrew Mackie enlisted no less than five ministers to exorcize the farmhouse of the demonic spirits. But the ministers were to have their hands full throughout the ritual. Stones hailed down on them. A few of the minister, including Telfair, claimed that something had grabbed them by the legs or feet and lifted them into the air. The clergymen were not willing to yield victory to the entity, however, continuing their exorcism efforts for more than two weeks. Then on Friday, April 26, a voice from the invisible specter declared to them, “Thou shalt be troubled ’till Tuesday.”

When that day arrived, the witnesses watched in astonishment as a dark, cloud-like shape formed in the corner of the Mackies’ barn. As they stared, the cloud grew larger and blacker until it nearly filled the entire building. Blobs of mud flew out of the cloud into the faces of the witnesses. Some were gripped by some vice-like force. And then… it vanished, just as it promised it would.

Notable paranormal news

May 24, 2011 Leave a comment

   Haunted building spooks KTVB reporter
It seems like every stop along the KTVB Live Tour has had some story of the unexplained: haunted hotels, or sea monsters. The same is true in Vale. Local legend has it that there is paranormal activity in the Drexler Hall building and several other places around town…

The Birkdale Palace Hotel and Fishermans Rest haunting
Old Lancashire has some fascinating ghost stories and I have an intimate family relationship with the following account. The Birkdale Palace Hotel was a lavishness hotel situated in the coastal resort of Birkdale, Southport, on the north-west coast of England…

Ghost busting in Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina. By day, the view of the harbor, historical buildings, and of course shopping bring out people from around the world. But, when night falls in this historical city, it just may bring out people from another world…

Ghost of Folsom Street raised ruckus with racket

Ghosts of South Carolina: Two stories of lost love and tragic death
Whether you believe in the supernatural or not, the history of ghosts in South Carolina is an interesting subject. The tales told by long time residents can cause cold chills and make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Here are a couple of places you can visit that have pretty spooky stories…

Ghostly goings on at hotel
If ever you’re passing the White Hart Hotel in the middle of Gainsborough and see a couple of women beckoning to you from a first floor window, you might want to take a closer look. Word has it that these are ‘ladies of the night’ looking for business. They are among several spirits which have been seen, heard, or ‘felt’ at the Lord Street hotel, which dates back to the early 1800s…

Investigating paranormal activity: Seeking out the supernatural in Baltimore

CREATURES:

Spectacular mammal rediscovered after 113 years — first ever photographs taken
A unique and mysterious guinea-pig-sized rodent, not seen since 1898 despite several organized searches, bizarrely showed up at the front door of an ecolodge at a nature reserve in Colombia, South America…

Canadians claim to have solved Sasquatch mystery
The Erickson Project team member Randy Brisson discusses the circumstances of how he obtained some of his materials for the upcoming, 2011 landmark documentary on Sasquatch with the grandfather of Hominology, Dr. Igor Burtsev from Moscow Russia.

Bigfoot sighting in Ketchikan?
Driving up the Alcan Highway through Canada, there is a whole stretch of Canadian towns along the road touting their bigfoot-rich properties, a tourist draw for those who believe in the unsubsantiated animal…

Motorist catches sight of a yowie
What’s more than two metres (six foot) tall, solidly built and covered in shaggy hair? It’s a common description of a mythical Australian creature known as a yowie, a specimen of which has been reportedly spotted near Centenary Dr, north of Grafton…

Giant snake flees Mississippi floods
This photo, purportedly taken near Louisiana’s Morganza Spillway, is simultaneously horrifying and kind of amusing. The snake just looks so purposeful, with its head raised like that. As though it’s out running some errands, or on a morning commute…

EARTH MYSTERIES:

Japan earthquake was “in the air” days before, scientist claims
The atmosphere above the epicenter of the March 11 earthquake in Japan underwent unusual changes in the days leading up to the disaster, according to preliminary data…

HUMAN MYSTERIES:

Meet the woman allergic to electricity
A British woman cannot use an electric kettle, keeps her washing machine in a concrete outhouse and cannot have neighbours with wireless internet because she is allergic to electricity…

PSYCHIC PHENOMENA:

Salt Lake psychic reveals the truth about end of the world predictions
You may have heard that some people believe the end of the world is coming this weekend. ABC 4 wants to know what the future really holds, so Wednesday “Good Morning Utah” talked with a seasoned Salt Lake area psychic to find out…

ANGELS AND DEMONS:

School turns to feng shui for exorcism
A group of feng shui masters recently went to a primary school in Guangdong province to exorcise ghosts in visits that have given rise to much controversy among the public.

Various Paranormal Phenomena

May 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Some pretty interesting articles I cam across not long ago…

Who cares about parapsychology?
Most psychology professors, people who work in a field related to parapsychology, are quite skeptical of psychic phenomena. The same is true of biologists, physicists, and others involved in the physical sciences. They do not put much credence in the claims of things like telepathy, clairvoyance or telekinesis. Many psychology students, however, are not so skeptical – they tend to believe that these phenomena are real…

Photos show mystery skeleton sticking out of iceberg off N.L. east coast
Marine scientists in Canada and abroad are puzzled by bizarre photographs that appear to show the skeleton of a large mammal jutting out of an iceberg that recently drifted past Newfoundland’s east coast. The six pictures show what looks like a brown rib cage and spinal column, slightly bent, sticking out of a crust of ice…

Underground bases
The alien underground base meme has infected the UFO community since the mid-1980s. Paul Bennewitz (a name you should know by now) wrote hundreds of letters to researchers and government officials about this issue and is generally regarded as the first to mention the subject…

Out of the minds of babes
The ordinary observer might assume that the thoughts of Rainen Solomon, a burbling 17-month-old in powder-blue shorts, hew to basics, like “hungry” and “very hungry.” Derek Ogilvie, a.k.a. the Baby Mind Reader, is picking up more complicated signals…

Hutchison Effect caught on tape in high def
Vlad: I was just at John’s apt/laboratory with a camera crew for new TV series I’m co-producing and hosting. We shot for over 7 hours, in High Def, and captured some extraordinary footage…

The Stonehenge flying saucer
While there are many theories explaining (or trying to) the Stonehenge megaliths and site, an almost obvious interpretation is that the initial creators of Stonehenge (circa 8000 B.C.) were emulating the craft that brought them or provided “supplies” to them, much in the way that the Cargo Cult peoples emulated World War II aircraft they had seen delivering supplies in the Pacific…

Sinister dirigibles over Russia
Strange, cigar-shaped objects have been seen in the sky over Russian cities, villages, testing grounds, battlefields, forests, and secret installations. Surely many observations have been lost in the whirlwind of history; however, the author has been able to collect some striking reports…

Campers thought dying man was astral travelling
A man who died from extreme dehydration after an outback purification ritual was not given immediate medical help because fellow campers believed he was astral travelling, a coronial inquest has heard…

“Ghosts are real”: Book documents the haunts at Capay Cemetery
We met Patty Zloczewski at the Capay Cemetery. It was early evening and there was no reason to be scared. The sun was setting and the mourning doves were calling. But the shadows were growing long. “Ghosts are real,” Patty said as we slowly made our way to the back of the cemetery grounds, away from the entrance and the little-traveled county road.

Psychic predicts earthquake in LA!
Insomniacs who believe in UFOs, doomsday, and the paranormal may be familiar with George Noory, late night talk show host of Coast to Coast AM. Noory was seduced by a recent email from one of his listeners who is predicting the Big One this month, and interviewed the guy on the air. Apparently, our clairvoyant spoke to a spirit who has the inside dirt, and told him to expect a 6.5-8 earthquake this month…

Do you believe in the existence of Bigfoot?
“Do I think Bigfoot exists? Well at this time right now … sometimes. I’m not going to say that I haven’t watched those shows on the Discovery Channel about Bigfoot, aliens, and the Loch Ness monster, because I have. Numerous times. And most of the time, after my eyes being glued to the TV for an hour, I end up believing that such a creature or creatures do exist for the rest of the day…

Survey: almost 60% say Sasquatch unsnatchable
The Anomalist today published their analysis of the survey results from 449 people who filled out a web-based questionnaire that took 15 to 30 minutes to complete in March…

Circular patterns growing on moss confuse scientists
A mysterious circular pattern on moss-covered logs has scientists scratching their heads. Last winter, researchers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park discovered the symmetrical bull’s-eye pattern on patches of liverwort (a close relative of moss) growing on pine trees that had died and fallen on the ground…

Bones of unknown animal unearthed
The forests of the Sunderbans conceal many mysteries. It has now thrown up a new challenge to zoologists in the form of the remains of an ‘unknown’ animal that was accidentally unearthed by a farmer and his daughter on May 26…

Bigfoot search begins afresh
“Gigantic, hairy, ape-like…” was all that Abu Marak could utter in between gasps for breath. Surrounded by villagers in the safety of his house near Durabanda in the West Garo Hills, Abu’s eyes still mirrored the excitement of spotting the animal. Within a few days, Abu’s account, coupled with those of a few other villagers, became the raw material for a renewed scientific search for the legendary Big Foot – mande burung in Garo…

Walking through spooky Shoreham

Strange concrete stain

Two mysterious grass circles in Mission, Kansas
Something has really knocked the heck out of the energy in the larger circle – and somewhat in the smaller circle…

Dispelling ghostly images with electromagnets
In a study investigating how the brain generates paranormal experiences and psychotic states, researchers used strong electromagnets to alter brain function and found they could reduce the number of times healthy volunteers saw spontaneously experienced false perceptions…

A sound way to turn heat into electricity
University of Utah physicist Orest Symko holds a match to a small heat engine that produces a high-pitched tone by converting heat into sound. Symko’s research team is combining such heat engines with existing technology that turns sound into electricity, resulting in devices that can harness solar energy in a new way, cool computers and other electronics.

Salt Lake City: Haunted and full of mystery

May 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Interesting locations focus: Salt Lake City, Utah

Home to things that go bump in the night!

    Salt lake City: Home to ghosts, monsters, crop circles and UFO’s!

Nestled in a valley between Utah’s Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake City has its share of paranormal phenomena: lake monsters, ghosts, Bigfoot, UFOs, mystery spots and mystic visions. While you’re watching the Olympic hockey games, figure skating or curling events – or if you’re lucky enough to be visiting Salt Lake during the games – keep in mind the many strange goings-on taking place in and around this friendly desert city.

Born of Mystic Experiences

Salt Lake City was founded in 1847 by a group of pioneers led by Brigham Young, leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more familiarly known as the Mormons. Seeking a place where they could practice their religion free of ridicule and persecution, the Mormons found the valley ideal, and Salt Lake City today remains the headquarters of the church. The foundation of the Mormon religion, like many religions, is steeped in mysticism, miracles and visions. According to Mormon history, in 1820, a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith, while praying for spiritual guidance in a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, New York, beheld a vision of both God and Jesus Christ. In this vision, Smith was told that his destiny was to restore the true church of Jesus Christ. Over the next 10 years, Smith claimed to have been visited by several other “heavenly messengers,” including the angel Moroni, who presented him with golden tablets in a strange, Egyptian-like language that contained the Book of Mormon – “another testament of Jesus Christ.” The Mormon church formally organized in 1830, and today its officials continue to make official church policy through revelations directly from God.

Ghosts and Hauntings

Salt Lake City and surrounding towns have no shortage of ghosts and hauntings:

  • A book store in Ogden, a small city north of Salt Lake, is said to be haunted by several spirits. The Utah Ghost Hunters Society says it is one of the most haunted locations they have ever investigated, and they have recorded many EVPs (electronic voice phenomena) there.
  • A Victorian-style house, also in Ogden, is filled with classic haunting phenomena: cold spots, unexplained footsteps, fleeting shadows and fearful reactions to certain rooms by dogs. EVPs, including one from a voice calling herself “Olivia,” were also captured here.
  • The old Utah County Jail, a facility that is now abandoned, has been the site of such anomalous activity as: lights going on and off by themselves, doors opening and closing, and even voices emanating from the now-empty cells. One EVP recorded here warns: “Get out of here!” A video clip shows an orb floating around one room of the jail.
  • The Capital Theater in downtown Salt Lake City is the site of several ghost accounts. Allegedly, an usher was killed there in a fire in the 1940s. Since then, lights switch on an off, doors lock and unlock themselves, toilets flush unattended and a Coke machine exhibits strange behavior. The Utah Ghost Organization has recorded EVPs and video there.
  • The residents of a private home in Holladay, Utah have reported such activity as: an organ playing by itself, phantom footsteps in an upstairs room, motion alarms that are inexplicably triggered, disembodies voices and the eerie feeling of being watched.
  • Promontory Point, Utah is famed for the spot where the Central Pacific Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad were joined in 1869, forming the Transcontinental Railroad that linked the eastern and western U.S. One of the main workers’ camps at Dove Creek, once inhabited by Chinese laborers, is said to be haunted by unusual phenomena: a phantom steam locomotive, ghostly voices (in Chinese) and footsteps, and unexplained lights.
  • The Brigham Young Forest Farm House is part of a restored Mormon pioneer settlement, called Old Deseret, in Salt Lake. Some claim that the home is still haunted by Brigham Young’s 14th wife (the Mormons were a polygamous group in those days), Ann Eliza Webb. Staff members at this tourist attraction have reported the apparition of a woman in the dining room, staring out the window. Doorknobs rattle, footsteps trod the wooden floors, smells of cooking are in the air, and the voices of children playing can be heard.
  • The Old City and County Building is a site of repeated ghostly phenomena: giggling and apparitions of children on the fourth floor, unexplained temperature fluctuations, doors slamming, lights flicking off and on, and footsteps. One security officer claimed his hand was grabbed by some unseen entity.

One legendary ghost story concerns one of the first grave diggers ever employed by Salt Lake City, John Baptiste. Known as a hard worker, Baptiste lived in a small two-room house and was said to live comfortably – perhaps too comfortably for a man of his station. After many years, it was discovered that Baptiste had been stealing the clothing and other affects of the bodies he buried. Tried and convicted, he was branded and exiled to an island on the Great Salt Lake. When officials later visited the island to check on him, Baptiste had vanished. It is unknown whether he took his own life or somehow escaped the island, but stories persist of his ghost being seen on the shores of the lake – clutching a bundle of wet, rotted clothing.

You can find more information about these and other Salt Lake hauntings at:

Lake Monsters

Loch Ness in Scotland, home of Nessie, and Lake Champlain in the U.S., home of Champ, may be two of the most well-known residences of alleged lake monsters. But the Salt Lake City area has its own legendary sea serpents.

Bear Lake, located northeast of Salt Lake City on the Utah-Idaho border, is a popular recreation spot for boating, fishing and camping. The stunning turquoise-colored lake, known as the “Caribbean of the Rockies,” is also home to large, snake-like monsters that have been spotted for generations. The Shoshoni Indians may have been the first people to see the creature. Describing it as serpentine with short legs, tribe members claimed to have seen the Bear Lake Monster spurt water and to occasionally crawl ashore. It was even seen to snatch unwary swimmers in its jaws and carry them away beneath the surface, according to their stories. The Shoshoni said the monster might have left the lake after the area buffalo disappeared in the 1820s.

Yet, sightings by others persisted:

  • Reputable pioneer families reputedly saw the creature. In 1860, Marion Thomas and Phineas Cook’s two sons were out fishing on the lake when the monster surfaced. They said it swam so close to their boat that “they might have shot it with a rifle.”
  • In 1871, Milando Pratt and Thomas Rich actually did shoot at it, but it just swam away.
  • William Budge, a wagon train captain, reported his encounter with the monster to Brigham Young himself in 1874. About 20 yards from shore, the creature poked its head out of the water, Budge said. “Its face and part of its head were distinctly seen, covered with fur, or short hair of a light snuff color.” He further described it as flat-faced with “very full large eyes, prominent ears” and a neck of about four to five feet in length.

A more recent sighting was in 1946 when Preston Pond, an executive for the Cache Valley Boy Scout, gave such a highly detailed description of his encounter that it was difficult to dismiss. Hey, scouts don’t lie.

Several attempts have been made to capture the monster. After Budge reported his sighting, Brigham Young enlisted Phineas Cook to devise a plan to catch it. He linked a 300-foot length of one-inch-thick rope to a cable at the end of which he fastened a large barbed hook. A hunk of mutton was skewered on the hook as bait. The lure was then dropped into the lake with a buoy to mark its location. The ploy was attempted several times, and each time the hook was stripped of its bait, the pioneers assumed, by the clever monster. One tall tale blames the monster for crawling ashore and eating 20 of rancher Aquila Nebeker’s sheep… and, possibly, a large roll of barbed wire. The real thief was no doubt grateful for the monster legend.

Bigfoot

Yes, Bigfoot stomps around the wilderness areas of Utah, too. In fact there are as many Bigfoot or Sasquatch sightings in Utah as there are in Oregon and Washington. This is just a small sampling of reported sightings:

  • In 1977, two experienced hikers were leading five others along a trail in the mountains north of Ogden when they spotted a creature that stood eight to 10 feet tall and sported a mantle of white fur. They watched it for 20 minutes.
  • In 1979, a husband and wife were elk hunting near Monte Cristo, east of Ogden, when they heard a strange noise and smelled a four odor. Shortly thereafter, the wife spotted a “hairy thing, with fangs” at water hole through the telescopic sight of her rifle.
  • In 1980, an small-airplane pilot reported seeing a large, hairy creature trudging through the deep snow of the High Uintas.
  • In 1981, the police chief of Garland, Box Elder County, saw a creature run in front of his car. Several other residents also reported sightings, and tracks were found that led in a northwest direction.
  • In 1988, ranchers near Garland reported seeing two Bigfoot-like creatures near their lambing pens after dark. Soon after, many tracks were found in the Garland area in deep snow and were followed for two miles.
  • Ron Mower, a construction worker, says he has seen Bigfoot nine times since 1968, one time at a distance of just about 30 feet.

Bigfoot has been seen so frequently in the Uintah mountains near Ogden that in September, 1977, a search party was organized to search for the creature. The hunt was put together, according to a newspaper account, after “two North Ogden men and six youths reported seeing the gorilla-like creature that ambled off into the timber after seeing them. The party was about one-half mile away on a ridge and watched the creature move off for about a one-half mile before it disappeared.” Unfortunately, the expedition turned up no conclusive evidence. Yet many more sightings in this area have been reported. In fact, one newspaper item “warned” that things could get “hairy” for Olympic skiers at the Snowbasin ski resort because they’ll be “treading on Bigfoot’s turf.”

Some researchers have even wondered if there is a Mormon connection to Bigfoot, which may be associated with “a spirit of ‘intrigue’ with evil and the devil, demons, and evil spirits only invites such influences.”

You can find more information about these and other Utah sightings at:

Crop Circles

Utah might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about crop circles, but they’re there:

  • In 1996, a crop circle that became known as the “glyph” appeared in a Providence wheat field. The design was a circle with two extended formations that looked like handles on either side.
  • “The Smithfield Joe” crop circle appeared in a wheat field on the Hansen farm in 1997. The formation was of the pictogram type, and an investigation revealed no evidence of human work. One photograph taken at the crop circle seems to show a UFO above the field.
  • In 1998, two crop circles appeared in northern Utah. The first, again in Providence, appeared in a wheat field and measured 102 feet in diameter. The second, near Cove, Utah, consisted of an outer circle, connecting rings and pathways.
  • In 1998, the “West Approach” crop circle appeared, named because it lay close to the west approach of the Cache County Airport. Its satellite design consisted of a three-foot-thick ring around a 20- to 25-foot center circle.
You can find more information about Utah crop circles at Utah UFO Hunters.

UFOs

Utah has a long history of UFO sightings, many of which have been cataloged by About.com’s Guide to UFOs/Aliens, Loy Lawhon:

  • In 1961, a lens-shaped UFO was sighted at noon above Salt Lake City by the pilot of a small aircraft as well as people on the ground. When the pilot began to close in on it, the object rose vertically very quickly, then zoomed away at great speed. Military jets were called, but the object had gone before they arrived.
  • In 1967, a hospital employee, driving to Salt Lake City from Saint George, heard a noise similar to that of a truck, then saw a yellow light that stopped 30 meters away at 30 meters altitude. It was shaped like an inverted bowl with a dome on top and looked metallic. The witness became afraid and emptied his .25 Berretta pistol in the direction of the craft. He heard the bullets hit metal and the object took off at great speed.
  • In 1996, A “long rectangular pie plate” UFO was seen near Duchesne, Utah. This object had “eight big circles” or protuberances on the belly, stretching 30 feet from the craft’s center to its stern.
  • In February, 1998, two postal workers observed a UFO over Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake. As they drove nearer to the lake to get a closer look, they noticed many dead seagulls on the side of the road. Then the lights on their truck began to flicker. They described the UFO as metallic, spherical, and 100 to 200 yards in diameter with rotating lights.
  • In December, 1998, several witnesses watched three UFOs fly over the Wasatch mountain range in Park City. One of the witnesses said they saw “three bright white lights in a triangular formation silently streak across the sky at a tremendous speed, at first in a straight line and then make a left turn and recede until they disappeared, over the space of about five seconds.”

Many more sightings can be found at the Utah UFO Hunters sightings page, and the site also profiles several of the state’s UFO hotspots, some of which include photographs.

Utah is also home to the infamous Bigelow Ranch, otherwise known as “Utah’s UFO Ranch.” According to an article in The Deseret News, the owners claimed that the 480-acre ranch was “rife with UFO activity and other bizarre occurrences,” including football field-size UFOs, cattle mutilations, anomalous balls of light (one of which reportedly incinerated a dog), and a doorway or portal – possibly to another dimension – that appeared in mid-air. Millionaire Robert T. Bigelow bought the ranch and brought in a team of researchers and surveillance equipment in hopes of finding out what was going on. Much of the activity has continued.

Utah might also be the site of the “new Area 51,” according to an article in Popular Mechanics. The Green River Complex, Area 6413, at White Sands, Utah, could be the U.S. government’s newest facility for testing top-secret “black projects,” a few of which, some say, could be reverse engineered from crashed alien spacecraft. The base might at least account for some UFO sightings in and around the state.

You can find more information about these and other Utah sightings at:

For more on Utah’s ghosts, mysteries and more, check out these interesting selections to learn more about what Utah has to offer for those wanting adventure:
Restless Spirits: Utah’s Small Town Ghosts. Also check out The Utah UFO Display: A Scientist’s Report for more on the UFO’s sighted there.

Real Haunted Painting – The Anguished Man

May 5, 2011 Leave a comment

About this video…

A haunted painting revealed on youtube.com. Here’s the history about this weird painting from a user below.

-Admin

My Grandmother had this painting in her attic for twenty five years. She said it was evil. She told us she used to see the dark figure of a man around the house and at night she heard strange noises and crying. She told me the artist committed suicide shortly after finishing it and that he had used his own blood mixed in with the oils. After she died we got the painting, it is currently in our basement. Shortly after we got the painting various members of the family started seeing the dark figure of a man. At night we began hearing noises and just recently we have heard crying and moaning. The painting is still in our house and although I never believed in the supernatural I am now convinced there is something evil about this painting.

The Latest Paranormal News and Views From Around The Globe

April 29, 2011 1 comment

Bigfoot study highlights habitat modelling flaws
Climate change, it turns out, is going to be a mixed blessing for the sasquatch. The legendary American apeman will lose some of its existing habitat in the coastal and lowland regions of the northwestern United States, but gain a lot of new land in the Rocky Mountains and Canada. So say biologist Jeff Lozier of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his colleagues, in an analysis just published in the Journal of Biogeography…

Bigfoot’s favorite haunts revealed
A team of scientists has applied ecological niche modelling to predict the mythical Bigfoot’s favorite haunts in the United States…

Ogopogo tissue sample?
Kelowna, British Columbia’s Daily Courier is reporting two scientists have agreed to analyze the remains of a mysterious-looking specimen found along the shore of Okanagan Lake. A tissue sample of the creature will be sent to a researcher in Ontario for DNA testing, and the carcasitself will be examined by a scientist in Alberta. The remains were found two weeks ago by Kelowna resident Dan Poppoff as he paddled his kayak near the far end of Lakeshore Road. For now, he’s still got the carcass, which measures more than a metre-long in his freezer at home…

Magic salary for live-in witch role
A tourist attraction is advertising in the Job Centre for a witch to live in one of its caves and is offering a £50,000 salary. Wookey Hole Caves, near Wells, Somerset, is looking for a new witch to teach visitors about witchcraft and magic after its previous employee retired…

Cop charged with trying to exorcise boy’s demons
A policeman has been stood down after being charged with trying to perform an exorcism on a teenager at a church youth camp in South Australia. Senior Constable Roger Sketchley, 28, has been charged with two other adults over an alleged incident at a camp run by the Lutheran Church in the Barossa Valley in April. Sen-Const Sketchley and other adults allegedly restrained a boy, 15, after he complained of stomach pains in an incident that allegedly went for about 12 hours…

Paranormal investigation at Constantine Theater reveals findings
The Constantine Theater in downtown Pawhuska once having hosted Vaudeville acts, silent movies, operas and original showings of movie classics such as “Gone with the Wind,” is now said to host ghosts. In fact, it is one of the top haunted sites in Oklahoma. People have reported hearing the sound of opening and closing doors, footsteps going up and down the stairs and once reported was a mist seen drifting in the crawl tunnel underneath the theater’s stage. Because of the strange experiences at the building, it has been investigated a number of times, with some of the investigations resulting in recordings of footsteps, a gunshot followed by a gasp and laborious breathing…

Argentina: on-site report on cattle mutilations
Crucesita Tercera in the department of Nogoyá is located some 50 kilometers from the provincial capital. Its habitual peace and quiet were disrupted by reports from a livestock owner involving the apparition of mutilated animals on his property and neighboring ones as well. Another situation that added further mystery to the event was the total emptying of a nearby lagoon. News of these events reached Diario UNO in the city of Paraná, which attracted the locals’ curiosity…

Humanoid sighting in Oregon
From the MUFON open sighting files comes a remarkable account from a man in Oregon. On 06-16-09, he went outside to smoke a cigar. His dog went with him. Soon, he began to notice flashes of light in the sky. It was cloudy at the time, but there were no thunderstorms brewing at the time. The lights seemed to be in, and under the cloud cover. They did not, in any way, look like lightning. While he was watching the lights, he heard a car coming down the road in front of him. Both he and his dog looked in the direction of the vehicle.

Trailcam Bigfoot: Sanger investigates
The Sanger Paranormal Society are stating that what they captured on their trailcam earlier last month is the legendary Bigfoot. The team went back to the location of where they setup the trailcam and did their own investigation. Taking several shots and measurements comparing the original photos to ones of the team members standing in place of the supposed Bigfoot…

Chupacabras: a blast from the past

Government Planning UFO Arrival Party

Family sees image of Michael Jackson in tree stump
A Stockton family says the image of Michael Jackson appeared on his tree stump the day the King of Pop died. Like the “Virgin Grilled Mary” or “Cheesus,” the family thinks they’ve got an unusual spiritual image staring right at them from their own front yard. Felix Garcia has lived in the house for 22 years, and has never noticed the apparent image in his birch tree stump…

UFOs, ETs, and ghosts: skeptical and superstitious Catholics encountering anomalies and miracles
Many devout Catholics are skeptical about UFOs, extraterrestrials, ghosts, and other metaphysical and paranormal activity, yet believe that Jesus rose from the dead, and performed many miracles as are recorded in the Scriptures. Just as interesting is the fact that some Catholic believers are unable to accept the miracle during Mass of the bread and wine being changed into the actual body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, yet have no problem believing what a fortune teller or an astrologer predicts will happen in the future…

Are there ghosts in southwest Georgia?
There may be more to south Georgia’s history than meets the eye. Savannah has been deemed one of America’s most haunted cities and national ghost hunting groups consider Americus’ Windsor hotel haunted…

Sasquatch, Native Montanan
Sasquatch has been in Native American traditional lore for centuries. When I lived in Poplar, Montana there were many things I learned from the locals in the way of information from secret societies. The are some things I can not tell you about just yet because I do not want to betray the trust of my brothers and sisters on the Fort Peck Reservation but I can tell you this. The older people, people’s great-grandparents, said that not too long ago Sasquatch was often seen in the Missouri River area around Poplar and northeast Montana…

Celebrating Champlain: Champ the Lake Monster
One of the most beloved features of Lake Champlain is a real mystery to most of us. Champ the lake monster has been tickling people’s imaginations for generations and now this week, too, at the International Waterfront Festival in Burlington…

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum – amazing findings

Vallée on Keel
Along with his colleague, astronomer J. Allen Hynek, Vallée carefully studied the phenomenon of unusual aerial sightings and close encounters with humanoids on the ground for many years. Vallée served as the real-life model for the character Lacombe, portrayed by François Truffaut (shown above, middle) in Steven Spielberg’s film Close Encounters of the Third Kind…

Sun Spot approx 100 times size of earth found and looks similar to crop circle
Astronomers are claiming that Earth is witnessing the biggest and most powerful Sunspot ever seen and the sunspot is yet to peak in intensity. A sunspot is a magnetic storm on the surface of the sun and the area of the spot is colder than the normal surface. The normal surface is about 5000 degrees, the temperature of a sunspot is about 3000 degrees.

For more info on the Cryptid cases and related info, I found a really good book from a highly regarded Crypto researcher, Loren Colmen. His book, Cryptozoology A To Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature has a wealth of information on the Cryptozoology world. A must have!

Colonial Era Ghosts

April 6, 2011 Leave a comment

A very cool post found not long ago. A definite read!
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Phantasmagoria: Colonial Era Ghosts
By Scott Corrales

Mexico City’s history of phantasmagoria is known all over the world, going as far back as the terror inspired by the manifestations of Ciuhcoatl (“La Llorona”) during the fading years of the Aztec Empire to the seductive manifestations of Xtabay among the gum trees of the Yucatan Peninsula. But no period was more active – or better remembered – south of the border than the ghostly activity of the Colonial Era. This period, spanning three centuries, centered around the young capital of the Viceroyalty of New Spain, its palaces and monasteries, great lords and ladies, built on the ashes and bones of fallen Tenochtitlan. Shades of the conquest still haunted the streets and alleyways, and the spirits summoned by the Aztec emperor’s sorcerers in their temples of dark tezontle stone were now on the loose.

Some of the stories were romanticized beyond recognition, many of them are spurious and best left to the historias de aparecidos category, which even included some ghastly comic-book format offerings in sepia ink. But a few of them, such as the ones collected by Artemio del Valle Arizpe in his historical works, have stood the test of time.

It is interesting to note that many of these ghost stories occurred in convents, which played a considerable role in Viceregal Mexico’s cultural and economic structure, aside from the obvious spiritual one. Monasteries such as San Francisco and Santo Domigo were impressive structures with their own churches and chapels. Much as they had in Medieval Spain, convents played the additional role of being a place where conquistadors could leave their wives and daughters before setting off on their exploits. Any tourist can visit the place where the events we are about to describe occurred: the Convento de la Concepción, a baroque nunnery built in the 16th century which today houses one of the Mexican government’s ministries.

The records of this institution, carefully preserved over the centuries, state that the cloistered nuns had been tormented for decades by a white figure – wearing the garb of a novice – that would appear dangling from one of the trees on the convent’s premises. The descriptions offered by terrified novices was always the same: a figure with bulging eyes and protruding tongue, twisting slowly in the breeze blowing down from the encircling mountains. In true horror story tradition, by the time the lady abbess and her assistants reported to site, there was nothing to be seen.

Neither masses nor collective penance appeared to make the apparition fade away. It is not known, however, if the Archbishop of Mexico offered any prescriptions or if the Inquisition stepped in to investigate the affair. These grim ecclesiastical figures would have been surprised to learn of the near-Shakespearean tragedy that was at the core of these events.

A young noblewoman – María de Avila – had fallen in love with a mestizo whose surname, Arrutia, is all that is left for posterity. The iron-clad caste system of Colonial Mexico frowned on such a relationship, and María’s brothers – Gil and Alfonso – confronted Arrutia, who scorned them and challenged them to a duel. The brothers, however, felt that accepting such a challenge was beneath them, and decided instead to buy off the upstart half-breed. A considerable sum of money was presented to Arrutia, asking him to leave the city immediately and never return. He did exactly that.

A disconsolate María de Avila was urged to enter the novitiate to seek pardon for her improper relationship and sublimate her feelings in prayer. But the rigors of the convent did not sit well with her. But, as the chronicles tell, what drove her to suicide was learning that her lover had returned to Mexico City to demand more silver from her brothers.

Aside from becoming a terrifying vision to the cloistered nuns, her death caused the downfall of her family: the Avila brothers were implicated in a conspiracy to oust the viceroy and were beheaded; the stately family home was demolished.

From Convents to Libraries

In 1984, a group of high-school students who had embarked upon a photographic tour of the Morelia’s colonial past made a startling discovery: a photo taken in the City Library’s stacks revealed–upon developing–an eerie silhouette projected on the neat rows of books. At first the students thought it was a trick of the light, or a prank played by a member of their group. But when Library employees were shown the image, they were able to identify it all too well as the outline of a “nun in blue” which has haunted the repository of knowledge for untold generations. Many of the City Library’s holdings, it is said, once belonged to one of Morelia’s convents.

Nor is identifying the deceased religious woman an easy task: Morelia’s library is housed in an ancient stone building that dates back to the 16th century. Burials took place in the structure’s floors and walls, and even the librarian’s desk is located on top a slab covering an early 20th century burial.

“When I leave the building,” stated library director Rigoberto Cornejo in an interview to the El Norte newspaper, “I feel the sensation of someone following me. In fact, I can even hear the footsteps.” Although this sober-minded professional refuses to believe in the supernatural, he is hard pressed to find logical explanations for his experiences, or for those of his subordinates.

In 1996, library worker Socorro Ledezma requested a transfer from her work area in the colonial structure after an uncanny experience. “The time must have been seven o’clock in the evening,” she told reporters from El Norte, “and it was getting dark outside…that’s when I suddenly felt the presence of someone standing behind me, blowing in my ear. I was unable to turn around, and my body was gripped by a chill.”

Spain: Trade Unions and Ghosts

The haunted Mexican convent has a counterpart across the Atlantic: the ancient convent of the Arrecogidas in Madrid, located at 86-88 Calle Hortaleza, has steadily gained the reputation of being a haunted location ever since the labor union known as U.G.T. (Union General de Trabajadores) established its headquarters at said location. A number of union leaders who remained into the wee hours of the night hammering out collective bargaining agreements claim felt cold chills upon hearing strange voices, murmurs and the sounds of doors opening and closing all by themselves.

One of the more remarkable agreements involved the office of Antón Saracibar, one of the labor union’s former directors. Every morning, his staff would arrive at work to find hand prints on the leather sofas and sunken areas suggesting someone had been sitting in them overnight–despite the fact that the executive office was carefully locked every evening. The incidents caused no-nonsense labor officials to request the aid of prominent parapsychologists.

Historical background checks soon attested to the building’s tormented past. Centuries ago, the nuns had turned their fortress-like building into a home for “wayward girls and fallen women,” toward whom they behaved more like jailers than helpers. The building’s popularity as a place of torment was such that the renown filmmaker Pedro Almodovar used it as the scene for one of his projects, Entre Sombras (“Among Shadows”).

The hauntings appear to be circumscribed to the former convent’s lower floor, where the cemetery used to bury deceased nuns was located. When the U.G.T took over the building as its main office, the convent’s chapel was turned into the main room in which press conferences were to be held, and the choir area became the office of another union executive. Serious consideration was given to the removal of mortal remains from niches in the crypt to make way for computer servers, but wiser heads prevailed and a door was built to bar access to the old convent’s lower levels.

Have efforts been made to contact the deceased occupants of these old structures, ridden with memories? The answer to this question is apparently affirmative. In 1995, Father José María Pilón of the Society of Jesus delivered “The Ata Report” on the subject to the board of governors of the Reina Sofía Museum of Art in Madrid, which had formerly been the San Carlos Hospital. The controversial aspect of Father Pilón’s effort was that contact had allegedly been made through a Ouija board.

According to Sebastián Rodríguez Galindo’s report on the subject in April 1996 issue of Mundo Paranormal, a team of paranormal experts composed of Sol Blanco Soler, Paloma Navarrete, Jose Luis Ramos, Piedad Acevedo, Lorenzo Plaza an Jaime de Alvear, looked into the “psychic presences” in the former hospital, which were allegedly responsible for activating elevators that had been shut down, opening locked doors, and perhaps more chillingly, “processions of entities wearing religious garb moving down the hallways.” The majority of the witnesses in these cases were members of the buildings custodial and security staff.

Among the entities contacted by means of the Ouija board were “Malé”, a Jewish woman who had lived at the site in 1594; “Aldonza de los Angeles”, who claimed having been the prioress of the building’s religious community in 1750, and last but not least “Ataulfo” or “Ata” (who gave the report its name): a dangerous, psychopathic patient of the hospital who confessed to having committed five murders while alive.

Bogota’s Liévano Palace

On July 24, 2004, Colombia’s El Tiempo newspaper ran a feature on a ghost in an unlikely place: the city of Bogota’s busy town hall, hardly the Gothic structure one would associate with ghostly apparitions. Yet bureaucrats and watchmen have reported strange goings-on during the late hours as “something” makes its way at a quickened pace across the deserted second and third floors of Palacio Liévano, an 18th century structure that survived the devastating 1827 earthquake and was remodeled in 1902. Speculation about the unearthly intruder’s identity has range from a former workaholic employee to a disgruntled citizen tired of bureaucratic wrangling, but no one knows for sure.

The fact remains that the Palacio Liévano “haunt” has a fondness for turning light switches on and off, for closing and opening doors, and an absolute delight over typewriters, whether electric or manual (nothing has been said about its computer proficiency, however). On occasions it has been heard to flush the employee toilet on the first floor of the building. Whenever office workers or the building’s night watchmen – always alert in security-conscious Bogotá – report to check on the source of the disturbance, they are greeted by an empty stillness.

The Liévano phantom appears to have intensified its activity this year with the election of a new mayor. Augusto Cubides, press secretary to Mayor Luis Garzón, reported to work on January 1st at 9:00 a.m. when he had his first run-in with the phantom. “I left the office for a moment,” he told reporters from El Tiempo, “and upon my return, I found the lights in my office were on. So I turned them off. I had to leave my office again about an hour later, and I found my lights on again and a boom box playing at full volume. I asked around to see if some journalist had come in to see me, but there was no one. Little did I know that town hall was haunted.”

Press secretary Cubides would have benefited, perhaps, from a long chat with a former watchman who actually saw the ghost years earlier: Libardo Bravo was making his rounds of the colonial building around 11:00 p.m. one night during Easter Week. When he reached the offices of the Secretary General on the second floor, he saw something moving around—a white bundle with an estimated height of 1.60 meters, floating above the ground. “I couldn’t see its feet or head,” relates the security guard, “and the bundle suddenly vanished into those offices and I heard it typing rapidly on one of the machines. Tell you the truth, I was really scared. I ran down to the first floor.”
During his twelve years of service at town hall, Libardo says that he finally got used to living with the phantom.

The odd comings and goings of the typing-obsessed entity are now being picked up by the motion sensors on the first and second floors of the building. Police officers responding to the scene say that the movement detected by the sensitive equipment is similar to that of footsteps.

Even weirder things have been going on: workers have reported a strange “bird” in the vicinity. One woman, Marcela Cadena, told El Tiempo that she has seen an “enormous owl” flying over the town hall parking between 10:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.. “I’ve seen it. It is truly immense.”

The logical counterpoint to these claims is that there are no ghosts in Palacio Liévano and that there are perfectly reasonable explanations for the incidents. Former mayor Paul Bromberg blames it all on “strong mountain winds” blowing off the Andean heights and which cause similar effects “in all old buildings.”

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