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      Feel free to E-mail any comments to us about the page or this
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      family so that we can enlarge the family here at The Shadowlands. - Dave
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      The Laughing Card

      My modest, little home has attracted spirit activity for over four
      decades ranging from mischievous pranks to heart-stopping events.* The
      first ten years were rife with episodes caused by a lonely, spirit
      child. He was eventually moved to the other side; and from 1978 till
      the present, assorted drop-in's dutifully took on the task of shaking up
      my life. The pranks engineered by my drop-in's are less frequent and
      not nearly as frightening. However, depending on the amount of ghostly
      effort put into these pranks, they can still raise the hair on the back
      of my neck. Here's one that did!

      Two year ago I decided to give my home office a facelift so until it was
      completed, I used the computer in the basement family room for my daily
      work. These days the entire basement area feels peaceful although in
      the early years that was not the case. On the lazy afternoon in
      question, the ambiance was cozy and comfortable as I sat at the keyboard
      softly tapping out email replies to a few friends. After a half hour of
      blissful silence, the mood was destroyed by the jarring sound of hollow,
      metallic laughter. My heart rate increased dramatically. I froze at
      the keyboard. This was the area where I used to hear the mournful
      crying of a child! I quickly gathered my wits and looked in the
      direction of the sound. As I turned, the laughter stopped for several
      seconds, then cut loose again. Oh boy, no more emails for me today!

      I got up from my chair and walked over to the end table that held a lamp
      and a phone. Tucked under the phone was the birthday card I had given
      my youngest grandson for his fifteenth birthday. Apparently he forgot
      to take it with him after the family party. At that time his hobby was
      making movies that often called for strange sound effects. This card was
      perfect for that purpose. It was a computer chip card with a silly
      message on the front. When opened it displayed a wild-looking cartoon
      man while maniacal laughter filled the air. The operative word
      being--opened- -which it was not, at the moment!

      With shaking hands I removed the card from its hiding place and flipped
      it open. It obliged by filling the family room with peals of tinny
      laughter once again, and then it stopped. I held my breath and waited
      but this time it did not automatically start up like it had minutes
      before. Interesting! ! I tucked it back under the telephone where it
      remains to this day. I admit my curiosity was piqued that afternoon.
      Who was begging for my attention? Since the card never laughed on its
      own again, guess I'll never know.

      Marlene (M. L.) Woelm

      "The Ghosts on 87th Lane: a true story," published by Llewellyn
      Worldwide, reflects Ms. Woelm's experiences from 1968 to 2006.

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      New Book - Haunted Iowa by Kathleen Vyn

      Not only does it have lots of true accounts of hauntings in Iowa but it
      also includes personal experiences of Tina Carlson too! It's
      available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon so make sure you get a copy.

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      A Brief History of Halloween

      By charla@theshadowlan ds.net

      Halloween is observed annually on October 31. It was originally a pagan
      festival and dates back to ancient Celts who celebrated the start of the
      New Year and the end of the summer around the first of November. The
      Celts believed that on this night the veil between the sprit world and
      the world of the living was at its thinnest allowing for the dead to
      rise and wander the earth for this one night only. The living would get
      into disguise so that the dead would not recognize the living. The Celt
      celebration is referred to as Samhain which means end of the summer.
      Samhain marked the third and final harvest with preparation for storage
      of food for the winter. Samhain was a solar festival consisting of
      sacred fire and fire rituals and was dedicated to the Lord of the Dead.
      The Celts believed that on the eve of Samhain, the dead would rise from
      the grave to wreak havoc on the crops and create domestic disturbances.

      Further, Celts believed that during the darkest hours of the night, the
      Lord of the Dead was believed to bring the lost souls together to be
      re-sentenced: the evil spirits would spend the next 12 months as
      animals and the good would spend 12 more months in death in the form of
      human beings.

      Ancient Romans also celebrated festivals that influenced the later
      development of the Halloween tradition. It was the festival of Pomona,
      the goddess of orchards and harvest, which was celebrated around the
      same time.

      In time the tradition of Halloween grew to include fairies, witches,
      goblins, and spirits as well as the dead. The Christian Church set out
      to eradicate pagan rituals and beliefs. The leaders of the Church
      recognized that they could not eradicate the rituals or beliefs
      completely so they set about to "incorporate" the beliefs into
      the Christian religion. All Hallows Eve became All Saints Day. The
      Church promoted honoring the dead with prayers.

      From Halloween we get several scary creatures and myths. One of them
      surrounds the creation and existence of the Jack-O-Lantern. A
      Jack-O-Lantern, according to myth is a spirit who has been denied
      entrance into Heaven and Hell. This spirit is doomed to wander the
      earth searching for a place to rest for all eternity.

      The spirit is commonly identified as Jack a never-do-well character from
      Ireland who was well known for his meanness, stingy, drunkard, and
      deceitful ways. One night in a pub Jack had drunk himself nearly to
      death. As his spirit began to drift from his body the Devil is said to
      have appeared to claim his soul. Desperate to live, Jack begged the
      Devil for one last drink. The Devil gave in but insisted that Jack pay
      for their drinks as the Devil did not carry any money. Jack being the
      deceitful kind tricked the Devil into assuming the shape of a sixpence
      piece with the promise that the Devil could always change back into
      himself later on. The Devil agreed. Jack scooped up the Devilish
      sixpence placing it in his wallet which had a cross shaped catch
      trapping the Devil. A deal was made to allow Jack one more year of life
      free from the Devil in exchange for the Devil's freedom.

      The next All Hallows Eve came with the Devil making his appearance to
      collect Jack's soul. Once again, Jack outwitted the Devil. He
      offered to hoist the Devil on his shoulders so he could climb the apple
      tree snagging the delicious bright red apples for their eating. With
      the Devil safely in the tree, Jack cared a cross into the trunk with is
      pocketknife. The Devil ranted and raved for hours finally relenting to
      give Jack 10 years of peace from the Devil. Jack was not interested and
      insisted that the Devil promise not to come after his soul ever again.

      Jack feeling safe and cocky returned to his mean stingy ways. On the
      next All Hallows Eve Jack's heart gave out leaving him dead. His
      spirit sought entrance into Heaven but because of his evil ways on
      earth, he was denied. Jack then went to the gates of Hell but the Devil
      reminded Jack of his promise and refused him entry. However, the Devil
      took pity on Jack and tossed him a burning coal from the fiery depths of
      hell to light his path. Jack stuffed it into a turnip which became a
      jack-o'-lantern.

      As with all spirits who have been denied a final resting place, Jack has
      been roaming the earth for centuries with All Hallows Eve being the one
      night he is seen repeatedly.

      There are other versions of the story. In the black culture in America
      during the 1800's there is a version of the jack-o'-lantern
      which centers around a man called "Grandpappy" who lost his way
      in the woods. He saw a light and started to follow it. The light led
      him astray which infuriated Grandpappy. He turned his pockets inside
      out, drew a circle in his path, made a cross on the ground and said
      "In the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Speret (sic) drive
      these witches away with their evil jack-ma-lanterns. "

      Another version has Jack selling his soul outright to the Devil at
      midnight while standing at a crossroads. Jack bargained a 7 year grace
      period for him. When it was time, the Devil came for Jack. Jack asked
      the Devil to reach up and retrieve the shoe he had nailed to the wall.
      While the Devil was doing that, Jack nailed the Devil to the wall. Jack
      let the Devil down only after the Devil promised to never both Jack
      again. Upon Jack's death, he was doomed to wander the earth since
      he was denied access to Heaven and Hell.

      One important note about Jack-O'-Lanterns is they were originally
      turnips or beets with candles inserted so they could be used as
      lanterns. When the Irish immigrated to America they found that pumpkins
      worked as well as their turnips and beets in their homeland.

      In order to protect oneself from a Jack-O'-Lantern a person needed
      to can an object made of iron. In Scottish lore sticking an iron knife
      in the ground offered protection. Irish lore warns children not to be
      caught outdoors after dark and if they are then they should wear heir
      jackets inside out. Finally, in America it was believed that flinging
      oneself to the ground belly first, closing eyes, plugging one's ears
      and holding your breath until the Jack-O'-Lantern passes offered
      protection.

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      The Legend of the Himuro Mansion

      Courtesy of Paranormala. com

      According to urban legend, lying just beyond the city of Tokyo is one of
      the most haunted locations in all of Japan. The exact location of the
      Himuro Mansion (or Himikyru Mansion as it is sometimes known) is widely
      unknown but the legend puts the mansion in a rocky region just beyond
      the city limits of Tokyo.

      The mansion is said to have been home to one of the most gruesome
      murders in modern Japanese history. Local lore has it that for
      generations, the Himuro family had participated in a strange, twisted
      Shinto ritual known as "The Strangling Ritual" in order to seal
      off bad karma from within the Earth, every half century or so.

      The most popular version of the tale states that bad karma would emerge
      each December (other versions simply say "toward the end of the
      year") from a portal on the Mansions grounds. In order to prevent
      this, a maiden was chosen at birth by the master of the household and
      isolated from the outside world in order to prevent her from developing
      any ties to the outside world, which would in turn, jeopardize the
      effect of the ritual.

      On the day of the Strangling Ritual, the maiden was bound by ropes on
      her ankles, wrists, and neck. The ropes were attached to teams of oxen
      or horses to rip her limbs from her body, quartering her. The ropes used
      to bind her appendages would then be soaked in her blood and laid over
      the gateway of the portal. They believed that this would seal off the
      portal for another half century until the ritual had to be repeated.

      During the last recorded Strangling Ritual it is said that the maiden
      had fallen in love with a man who tried to save her from the ritual.
      This "tie" to Earth tainted her blood and spirit and ruined the
      ritual altogether. Upon learning of the maidens love, the master took up
      his sword and brutally murdered all of his family members, before
      finally, in fear of what would soon happen, fell upon his own blade.

      This is the basis of the "haunting" of the Himuro Mansion. Local
      legend has it that these souls of the murdered family wander the mansion
      attempting to repeat the failed ritual using whomever enters the
      abandoned building. Blood splashes on the walls are reportedly seen, as
      if they were flicked from the blade of a sword that had recently sliced
      through flesh. Many have reported seeing spirits and apparitions dressed
      completely in white, rinsing cloths and preparing the grounds for the
      ritual.

      Interest in the Himuro Mansion has peaked due to it's inclusion into
      the back story of the popular game, Fatal Frame. Here is a quote from
      Makoto Shibata, Chief Producer of Fatal Frame, regarding the legend:

      "In an area outside Tokyo, there lies a mansion in which it's
      said seven people were murdered in a grisly manner. On the same
      property, there lie three detached residences that surround the mansion,
      all of which are rumored to have ties to the mansion's troubled
      past. It's said there is an underground network of tunnels that lay
      beneath the premises, but nobody knows who made these tunnels or what
      purpose they served. Many inexplicable phenomenons have been reported
      occurring on the property. Bloody handprints have been found splattered
      all over the walls. Spirits have been spotted on the premises… even
      in broad daylight. A narrow stairway leads to an attic where a
      spirit-sealed talisman is rumored to be locked away. Men have sought
      this talisman, only to be found later with their bodies broken and rope
      marks around their wrists. There's a crumbling old statue of a woman
      in a kimono, but its head is missing. If you take a photo of a certain
      window, a young girl can be seen in the developed picture. These
      incidents have provoked fear in the people of Tokyo, and many believe
      that those who live near this area will become cursed. The deaths of
      those seven people are unexplained to this day."

      Now, the question is, did any of this really happen? Probably not. The
      core allure of this legend is also it's silver bullet. If such a
      grisly murder did occur (sources put this between 30 and 80 years ago)
      in such recent times, where is the record?

      It is highly unlikely that no police station or newspaper have records
      of this mass murder taking place just outside of Tokyo.

      Regarding the mystery of the location, some believers have offered the
      notion that the Himuro family has once again taken ownership of the
      mansion and is currently living there.. but that conflicts with the
      legend in that all family members were supposedly murdered AND the
      "firsthand accounts" of events witnessed on the property by
      locals and researchers.

      Another peculiarity of note is that Tecmo advertised the game in North
      America with the tagline: "Based on a true story," but without
      on the original Japanese release. Because of this, some have theorized
      that the entire legend was fabricated by the game developers.

      In conclusion, I have this to say:

      Maybe there was a murder and all of this really happened, or maybe
      it's somewhat more likely that it was made up by some creative game
      developers, but I don't believe we'll be finding out exactly
      what that truth is anytime soon .. so why not enjoy the legend of the
      Himuro Mansion for what it is? A good old fashioned, creepy urban
      legend.

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      Ghosts in the News

      Ghosts may haunt Meredith library

      By ERIN PLUMMER

      Article Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2008

      The Meredith Public Library is a popular location for town residents,
      students and others wanting to read or take part in library activities,
      though some of the regular visitors still stop by even after their
      deaths.

      A team of supernatural investigators recently looked for a ghostly
      presence at the library after staff members reported odd happenings and
      the investigators will present their findings at an upcoming event.

      Library Director Erin Apostolos said the staff has reported "mysterious
      things" happening in the library. The stories have included an incident
      where books that had been shelved a certain way were turned facing in
      and not out when the staff member walked away and returned a moment
      later.

      In another incident, a worker was hanging components of a projector
      screen and could not find the remote control necessary to lower the
      screen. He went away for a moment to find the remote, though he returned
      to find the screen down.

      "He said they really freaked him out," Apostolos said.

      Apostolos said the staff learned about the Manchester-based Ghost Quest
      after seeing them in Borders bookstore in Concord signing copies of
      their book "Ghost Quest in New Hampshire."

      Ghost Quest has conducted investigations of several homes, businesses
      and institutions around New England. The team includes the work of
      psychics Raven Duclos and Beckah Boyd and demonologist Katie Boyd.
      Investigations also include video and audio recording, measuring of
      temperature and electromagnetic fields and other factors to determine a
      spirit presence.

      "I thought it would be kind of fun to have them come here," she said.
      "They were very nice people."

      A team of paranormal investigators from Ghost Quest visited the library
      on Aug. 2 for a two-hour investigation. Apostolos said she quietly
      followed them during their investigation.

      Apostolos said the two psychics came in separately and said ghosts were
      talking to them.

      "They were here for maybe two hours," Apostolos said. "They brought
      video equipment and other equipment."

      Members of Ghost Quest will be at the library on Oct. 9 to talk about
      their findings.

      Apostolos said staff members were told there was evidence of a ghostly
      presence.

      "They said all the ghosts that were here were happy to be here," she
      said.

      Library founder and original librarian George Sanborn might be one of
      the spirits at the library. Apostolos said one of the descriptions given
      by one of the psychics matched Sanborn's description. Apostolos provided
      a photo of Sanborn.

      "She said 'that's the one I was talking to,'" Apostolos said. "I said
      'oh that's the original librarian.'"

      Overall the spirits of the library are "very friendly" and library
      visitors have no reason to fear.

      "They just like to play tricks now and then," Apostolos said.

      The Ghost Quest presentation will take place on Oct. 9 from 7 p.m. to 9
      p.m. and the investigators will be available to answer questions and
      sign books.

      Ghosts Force Millionaire And His Family Out Of Their Mansion

      A British millionaire and his family have been forced out of their
      mansion by an uninvited guest - a ghost nonetheless. The mansion worth
      £3.6m now stands empty as the family fear of wishing to return

      Millionaire, Anwar Rashid and his wife Nabila have had to flee their
      multi million pound mansion which has cost them just as much to renovate
      due to a unwelcome ghost. The family from Clifton Hall in
      Nottinghamshire, mid England, have been so frightened by the ghostly
      goings on that they have handed their dream home back to the bank
      claiming they wish not to have anything more to do with the house.

      The young family with their three daughters aged seven, five and three
      plus baby son moved in to the dream house at the beginning of last year.
      Yet their dreams shattered quickly after they woke in the middle of the
      night to the sounds of blood curdling screams coming from the corridors
      of the mansion.

      The mansion with it's 52 rooms have also played set to shadowy figures,
      including some form of poltergeist activity which takes the form of the
      actual children to cause fear and havoc.

      Perhaps the last straw was the frightening sight of blood on the baby's
      bed clothes. Enough was enough, and the family moved shortly after.

      The Rashid family who made their £25m pound fortune in nursing homes,
      as well as a hotel in Dubai amongst other properties. Surprisingly
      enough, Mr Rashid compared the recent nightmare which his family have
      had to endure to 2001's chiller, The Others, starring Nicole Kidman.

      The film saw a family forced out of their home due to evil spirits. Mr
      Rashid said of his former dream home,

      "Clifton Hall is a beautiful property. I fell for its beauty, but behind
      the facade it is haunted.

      We were like the family in The Others. The ghosts didn't want us to be
      there and we could not fight them because we couldn't see them. When we
      found red blood spots on the baby's quilt, that was the day my wife said
      she'd had enough. We didn't even stay that night. It was the last straw
      – we felt that they had come to attack us."

      Spirits abound at house in Appleton

      Several ghosts make their home in the mansion that is now the Winery at
      Marjim Manor

      By Teresa Sharp - Niagara Correspondent

      Updated: 10/01/08 10:53 AM

      APPLETON — The words "house of spirits" certainly applies to
      the Winery at Marjim Manor, purveyor of fine fruit wines and home to
      several friendly ghosts, according to its proprietor, Margo Sue Bittner.

      The world will get a glimpse of what Bittner means at 9 p. m. Oct. 15,
      when the 19th century mansion that houses the winery retail operation is
      featured on the popular reality show "Ghost Hunters," on the
      SciFi network.

      "We got a call in May and the crew came out in June and they were
      all very nice," said Bittner, adding that she is not permitted to
      provide many more details before the show's airing.

      She would, however, talk at length about the reasons the program was
      interested in her property in the first place.

      Historically known as Appleton Hall, the 9,500-square- foot building at
      7171 East Lake Road includes 25 rooms — with another six in the
      basement — featuring beautiful wine display and tasting rooms and an
      enormous enclosed porch on the first floor.

      "We live upstairs here," she said of the grand home she shares
      with her husband, Jim, owner of Singer Farms. "I didn't know the
      whole history of the place before we bought it, but I knew it was
      haunted. We believe there are the ghosts of five humans and one canine
      here.

      "I'm restoring the house to the way it was originally, and they
      [the ghosts] seem happy about that," she continued. "They're
      just letting us know that they're here. It's really more of a
      protectionist thing."

      The house has a long and interesting history, dating back to 1834, when
      Shubal Merrit built it for his wife, Sofia. Less than a year later,
      legend has it that Shubal shot and killed his son, Lewis — some say
      accidentally, while cleaning a gun — while Lewis was standing in the
      doorway between the front hall and what was then the living room.

      Bittner said Merrit then ordered the French doors framing that doorway
      permanently shut.

      "But they kept bursting open," she said, "and they still
      open to this day and even close on occasions, which is odd for French
      doors."

      According to legend, Lewis Merrit had been killed at 3 p. m. on a
      Thursday — an important time that repeated itself frequently in the
      folklore surrounding the home. Shubal Merrit died in the house a few
      years later, also at 3 p. m. on a Thursday, Bittner said.

      Bittner recounted how Merrit's daughter, Phoebe, and Phoebe's
      husband, Lucius Adams, then moved in and began renovating the house;
      Phoebe was said to have suddenly collapsed and died at 3 p. m. on a
      Thursday, after a glance toward the French doors.

      Dr. Charles Ring, who was the first director of what was to become the
      Buffalo Psychiatric Center, subsequently purchased the property with his
      wife, Hannah, who died there in 1907. Dr. Ring is said to have later
      died there, as well, at 3 p. m. on a Thursday, leaving the estate to his
      fiancee, Estelle Morse, Bittner said.

      The Sisters of St. Joseph purchased the property in 1933 and used it as
      a summer retreat for girls. One of the nuns had a dog named Duke, whose
      ghost, Bittner said, haunts the grounds.

      The five human ghosts, she believes, are Shubal, Sophia and Lewis Merrit
      and Dr. Ring and his wife.

      Bittner self-published the book "The Legend of Appleton Hall,"
      and is currently working on "The Actual History of Appleton
      Hall."

      "From 1895 on, I can verify things," she said. "The stuff
      before that has been more of a challenge, but it's getting
      easier."

      "There have always been stories about that property and the ghosts
      that live there," said Newfane Historian Judith Din geldey.
      "I've only been historian for three years, but our previous
      historian, Judson Heck, fielded a lot of questions about it and there
      have been books written on the subject. It's an ongoing thing. There
      are always ghost stories about this and the Van Horn Mansion [in
      Burt]."

      The ghosts continue to be active in the old mansion, Bittner said.

      "For example," she said, "we had a First Communion party
      here and the mother had lit candles in a candelabra and the candles went
      out and this heavy candelabra fell over. She set it up and lit the
      candles and, again, they went out and the candelabra fell over. When she
      set it up again, but didn't light the candles, it stayed up. I think
      they [the ghosts] just didn't like the idea of the lit candles with
      all of these children around."

      Marjim Manor employee Deborah Johnson has collected some ghost stories
      of her own in the three years she has worked at the winery.

      "I think the spirits are non-malevolent, just passing through,"
      Johnson said. "We've had bottles of wine come off the shelf and
      spin on the floor and people report hearing voices in the distance. I
      remember once pouring wine for customers and talking about the `Lady
      of the Manor' wine we make, named for Estelle Morse, who was a
      little controversial in her day.

      "We call it a sweet wine for a not-very sweet lady," she
      continued. "And while I was telling the story, her picture flew off
      the wall on the porch and smashed. I apologized to Estelle, but those
      were the facts."

      Marjim has linked a number of wines to the mansion's colorful
      history — including the "Lord of the Manor" for Dr. Ring,
      and "Thursday Afternoon at Three" for obvious reasons. Other
      wines are named in honor of family members.

      "This is a wonderful place to work," Johnson said. "Are
      these coincidences? I don't know. We can't explain them.

      "Hopefully, `Ghost Hunters' will give us some
      information. "

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      Upcoming Events – Dave will be at all the events below and at many
      of the lectures

      10-4-08- Dead Men DO Tell Tales @ Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia,
      PA.
      3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132
      Admission: $35 per person
      6pm-9pm
      For Tickets and information: Call Gwen at 215-228-8200

      South Jersey Ghost Research - Video and audio presentations, Hear Real
      Ghost Voices and see Real Photos of Ghosts, Demostration of infrared
      video equipment, Learn How to use Dowsing Rods, Use our equipment in the
      Cemetery, Guided History Tour of the cemetery, Wine and Refreshments
      afterwards. Rain or Shine, most events are inside.
      Rain or Shine - Funds raised here support this National Historic site.

      10-11-08 – Mullica Hill Ghost Walk Old Town Hall

      62 S. Main St. Mullica Hill, NJ

      Tours will be departing between 6:30 and 8:30pm and everything should
      end around 11pm. Tickets $5.00 For info call Lisa Rysinger
      (856-310-0299

      South Jersey Ghost Research - We will have equipment demonstrations set
      up for people on the tours. Fund raiser for Harrison Township
      Historical Society <http://www.harrison historical. com/>

      10-18-08- 6th Annual Ghost Hunting Experience at The Old Stone House
      Village
      Egg Harbor Rd, Washington Twp, NJ
      630pm-11pm Adults $8 and Kids $3
      Tickets available at event
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      South Jersey Ghost Research - Get to use our equipment in a real haunted
      building and record EVPs with our investigators as guides. Plus: Video
      and audio presentations, SJGR Kids Club events, Hear Real Ghost Voices
      and see Real Ghost Photos we have gotten on investigations, See a demo
      of our infrared night vision equipment, A New History of Ghost Hunting
      presentation, New Presentations, photo displays from actual cases,
      equipment displays and demos, Q & A and lots more! Events in each
      building are continuous and/or repeat every 20 minutes. Bring your
      cameras and digital voice recorders! Rain or Shine, events are inside
      buildings

      Funds raised here support this historic site.

      10-25-08 - 9th Annual Ghost Hunting Experience at Gabriel Davies Tavern
      4th and Floodgate, Glendora, NJ
      6pm - 10:30pm Adults $8 and Kids $3
      For advance ticket information call Joann Carr at 856-784-5243
      Tickets available at event

      South Jersey Ghost Research - Get to use our equipment in a real haunted
      house and record EVPs with our investigators as guides. Plus: Video
      and audio presentations, SJGR Kids Club events, See a demo of our
      infrared night vision equipment, Hear Real Ghost Voices and see Real
      Ghost Photos we have gotten on investigations, photo displays from
      actual cases, equipment displays and demos, Q & A and lots more! Groups
      enter the building every 20 minutes. Bring your cameras and digital
      voice recorders!

      Funds raised here support this National Historic site.

      11-1-08 - 3rd Annual "Spirits & Spirits" @ Smithville Mansion
      Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton, NJ 08060
      4pm-8pm
      Admission: 21 or older $25 FOMAS members $20
      For Tickets and information: Jim @ 856-778-8052
      Tickets available at event

      South Jersey Ghost Research - The Mansion's annual wine tasting event
      along with findings from our investigations here. Plus: Video and audio
      presentations, See a demo of our infrared night vision equipment, Hear
      Real Ghost Voices and see Real Ghost Photos we have gotten on
      investigations, A New History of Ghost Hunting presentation, photo
      displays from actual cases, equipment displays and demos, Q & A and lots
      more! Events throughout the building are continuous and/or repeat
      every 20 minutes. Bring your cameras and digital voice recorders!
      Rain or Shine, events are inside.

      Funds raised here support this historic site.

      Lectures

      Lectures begin at 7pm and are free to the public unless otherwise noted
      and include video/audio presentation, ghost voices recorded during
      actual cases, photo displays, equipment displays, and Q & A.

      10-6-08 – Cinnaminson Branch Library 1619 Riverton Rd, Cinnaminson,
      NJ 08077 (856-829-9340) South Jersey Ghost Research

      10-8-08 – Central Free Library of Philadelphia 1901 Vine St,
      Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215-686-5415) South Jersey Ghost Research

      10-9-08 – Evesham Library 984 Tuckerton Road Marlton, NJ 08053
      (856-983-1444) 6:30pm South Jersey Ghost Research

      10-13-08 – Gloucester County Library, Logan Township Branch 498
      Beckett Rd, Logan Twp, NJ 08085 (856-241-0202) South Jersey Ghost
      Research

      10-14-08 – Historical Society of Frankford 1507 Orthodox St,
      Philadelphia PA 19124 (215-805-2809) 7:30pm, $5.00 Donation South
      Jersey Ghost Research

      10-15-08 – Ocean County Library Plumsted Branch 119 Evergreen Road
      New Egypt, NJ 08533 (609) 758-7888 South Jersey Ghost Research

      10-16-08 – Woodlawn Library 2020 West 9th Street, Wilmington, DE
      19805 (302) 571-7425

      10-17-08 – Library Company of Burlington 23 W. Union Street
      Burlington, NJ 08016 (609-386-1273) South Jersey Ghost Research

      10-20-08 – Haddon Township Library 15 MacArthur Blvd, Westmont NJ
      08108 (856-854-2752) South Jersey Ghost Research

      10-21-08 – Milltown Public Library 20 West Church Street Milltown,
      NJ 08850 (732-247-2270) South Jersey Ghost Research

      10-22-08 – Swedesboro Library Bethesda Methodist Church, Chapel
      Room. Kings Hwy & Railroad Ave, Swedesboro NJ (856-467-0111) South
      Jersey Ghost Research

      10-23-08 – Ocean City Library 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City, NJ
      (609-399-2434 x223) South Jersey Ghost Research

      10-24-08 – Riverton Library 306 Main St, Riverton, NJ (856-354-1177)
      South Jersey Ghost Research

      10-27-08 – Mt Laurel Library 100 Walt Whitman Ave, Mt Laurel, NJ
      08054 (856-234-6916) South Jersey Ghost Research

      10-28-08 – Brielle Monmouth County Library 610 South St, Brielle,
      NJ 08730 (732-528-9381) South Jersey Ghost Research

      10-29-08 – Bellmawr Branch of the Camden County Library 35 E.
      Browning Road, Bellmawr, NJ 08031 (856-931-1400) South Jersey Ghost
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      10-30-08 – Gloucester Township Library 15 S. Black Horse Pike,
      Blackwood NJ (856-228-0022) South Jersey Ghost Research

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      experiences. I am someone who has lived with and witnessed many
      paranormal events and encountered many different spirits and ghosts.
      Because of my experiences, I treat this subject very seriously in my
      attempt to educate, comfort and help others who are having experiences
      they don't understand, are afraid of or need help with. This page
      will always strive to educate you on what ghosts are and how to deal
      with them. We will also provide proof to the existence of ghosts in the
      form of pictures, sounds and eyewitness accounts. We will provide
      advice and, along with experts in the field who assist me here, help
      resolve any ghost related problems in your life. Of course we will
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        Feel free to E-mail any comments to us about the page or this
        newsletter. Important: Remember to share the website with friends and
        family so that we can enlarge the family here at The Shadowlands. - Dave
        Juliano (davejuliano@ theshadowlands. net) and Tina Carlson
        (tinacarlson@ theshadowlands. net)

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        14 years on the net and still going strong. Over 13,700 True Stories
        Posted!

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        News: We had a death in our family so there was no update for October.
        My wife's 96 year old grandmother and my adopted grandmom, passed
        peacefully in her sleep. She understood all about seeing spirits so in
        her honor I did do a November update and have added 150 new true stories
        to the website. Rest in peace Girly. - Dave

        If you'd like to read past editions of the newsletter please go
        here: http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/the- shadowlands/
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        This store expands the Ghosthunter Store metaphysical product line just
        like the Shield of St Michael expanded our religious items. The
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        Keeping Love Alive: True Visitations from Departed Loved Ones

        By: Dawn@theshadowlands .net

        Losing someone you love. There is no grief greater than the pain that
        follows after a loved one crosses over. But because death is not the end
        of spiritual life, only our life on Earth, some people are blessed with
        a visit from our dearly departed loved ones.

        In the book, True Stories of Messages from Beyond by Julie A.
        Mucha-Aydlott, you can read many such stories. One story is of a
        grieving parent going on an annual family trip, this time without her
        beloved daughter, who'd recently died. She didn't look forward to this
        trip but vowed to try to have fun all the same. With her daughter still
        on her mind even at midnight one evening, she suddenly heard her
        daughter's voice cry out to her, "I love you, Mom!"

        The following is from her story in the book:

        "Oh, I love you, too, sweetie, I told her in my mind. I was so relaxed,
        I just drifted back to sleep. I remembered it in the morning and tried
        to sleep as long as I could just in case she wanted to tell me something
        else. She didn't. But that was okay. I loved hearing her voice again."
        (page 256)

        Other people have likewise been blessed with a visit from a lost loved
        one.

        "My daughter was killed in a traffic accident when she was 10,"
        remembers Willie, in Virginia. "After the burial and the obligatory
        gathering of relatives had abated, I decided to go to the gravesite. My
        adult stepson took me. There were hundreds of people at the funeral and
        any number of workers who'd had to arrange the 108 floral pieces on the
        grave, not counting the people who folded the chairs left over from the
        graveside service, the tent, and those who covered the grave. When I
        arrived at the cemetery, my stepson and I walked toward the grave, even
        commenting about the number of muddy footprints on the grass. (It had
        rained that day.) As I was looking down, I stopped. There on the path in
        front of me, untrampled and unsoiled, lay a single red rose. Its petals
        were dry and it seemed to have been freshly cut. I keep it folded
        between the pages of our family album."

        "My father wanted to be cremated and his ashes taken back to the
        Reservation, " shares DStalter, in Illinois. "We had him cremated, but it
        was over a year before all my siblings could take time off to travel to
        South Dakota together. In that year, I woke up several times in the
        middle of the night to see my father sitting in the corner. I convinced
        myself in the morning that I had a dream. After we had taken his ashes
        and released them according to his wishes, I had one last dream. He was
        standing next to our pond under the tree. When I looked at him, he
        waved, then turned and walked away. The next morning, I went down to the
        pond and found a fishing lure that he used to love laying under the
        tree. I've never dreamed about him since."

        Another story comes from Mary, who lives in Canada:

        "Last May, my sisters and I gathered at my mother's house to celebrate
        her 85th birthday. We live all over western Canada, all about 12 hours
        driving time from Mom's,all in different directions, except for one
        sister who lives across the road, so we don't get to see each other very
        much. On the day of her birthday, one of my sisters and I had to run
        downstairs for something. As we reached the bottom stair, the smell was
        overwhelming and our eyes started to tear."

        Her sister thought it was perfume but Mary knew better.

        "I chuckled, because I knew exactly what the smell was. 'Think again...
        it's not perfume. It's cologne.' It was my dad's cologne, and I know it
        because my son wears the same scent. The thing is, my son wasn't there,
        no one had been in the basement all morning, and there wasn't a drop of
        cologne in the house. At the bottom of the stairs was a room where my
        dad spent much of his time working on stained glass. It was right at the
        door to this room that it happened. A few hours later, another sister
        went down the stairs, and had the same thing happen. My dad passed away
        in 1999."

        And, finally, another story was shared with me by a reader:

        "My friend's first husband died in an accident when her two girls were
        little. The girls are now in their 30's and my friend has been remarried
        for over 20 years. Every year on Husband #1's birthday, my friend smells
        cherry pipe tobacco, his preferred smoke."

        Whether by scent, sound, dream or mementos left behind, our loved ones
        make sure we know they haven't really gone away. In fact, their
        occasional visits and small ways of showing their everlasting love for
        us are reminders that, no matter what, they'll always be right there.

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        Ghosts in the News

        Busting those ghosts: Paranormal investigators have spirit for the hunt

        By Robert Norris <mailto:robert.norris@ thedailytimes. com>
        of The Daily Times staff

        "OK, we've got cameras running, people. Kill the lights."

        The voice belongs to Jason La Follette, a Blount Countian and chairman
        of the Southeastern Paranormal Research Society (SEPRS).

        But his voice isn't what he and five other paranormal investigators are
        listening for late Wednesday night at a six-decade-old building on East
        Broadway Avenue in Maryville.

        They are looking for evidence of paranormal happenings -- in layman's
        language, ghosts.

        The building was home to Drake Auto Parts for many years. Now it houses
        Southland Books, Detour Coffee and Southern Studios Stained Glass.

        Lisa Misosky owns the bookstore, and loves the old building, but she's
        not so comfortable with the odd occurrences that seem to happen only at
        night.

        She suspects the covered spring under the building may have something to
        do with that.

        "From what we understand, moving water is an attraction for ..."
        Misosky, pauses searching for the right word. "For energy, I guess."

        Energy that does what? The black screen door in the back of the building
        is an example.

        "We've been working late at night and you'll hear that door close. Well,
        it's on a spring. The wind can't catch it. It won't move. Same thing
        with the curtains. The curtains are always closed, but sometimes when
        you hear the door close you'll come over and the curtains are open,"
        Misosky says.

        "It's kind of disturbing when you're alone in the store."

        Valerie Spence, owner of the coffee shop, says she's heard the screen
        door close and unexplained sounds coming from the far corner of the
        stained-glass studio.

        She also wonders about the impact of the spring that was filled in when
        the building was constructed.

        "I don't know, it just seems like a natural phenomenon, like that might
        have some sort of repercussions -- but nothing scary. I've never been
        frightened."

        La Follette has an explanation.

        "It's kicking extra energy into the air, and paranormal off of that," he
        says.

        "I've seen that on TAPS," Spence says, referring to The Atlantic
        Paranormal Society paranormal investigators on the "Ghost Hunters" TV
        show.

        Later, there's no tapping as the SPRS ghost hunters monitor the images
        on the laptop and move up and down the isles of the bookstore. Lanes
        labeled Classics & Literature, Thriller, Historical Romance, Modern
        Novel, Horror, Mystery, Sic-Fi & Fantasy and an interesting subgenre,
        Paranormal Romance with titles like "Dead and Loving It" and "Kiss Me
        Forever."

        What was that?

        One camera shows flickers of light.

        "What was that?"

        "Some kind of mist or something," says Eddie Robinson, lead
        investigator.

        One of the investigators announces he's detected something.

        "Had a cold spot in the back corner about 10 degrees below ambient
        temperature. "

        That's the far corner of the stained-glass shop, same place where Spence
        heard sounds coming from.

        And there's a voice. But this one is identifiable. One of the
        investigators is lying on a couch in the middle of the darkened store,
        trying to summon spirits.

        "I'm waiting for a sign. Are you male or female? We came all the way out
        here to talk to you; give us a sign."

        Alas, there's nothing definitive. Some flashes of light on the monitor
        that could just be dust.

        The EVP, the electronic voice phenomena device, squawks some sounds
        resembling words but in random patterns. It's annoying, and is turned
        off.

        That's normal, La Follette says. Like detectives on a crime stakeout,
        it's mostly waiting.

        "A stakeout for ghosts, I guess that's what this is," he says.

        In the early hours of Thursday morning, the group calls it quits for the
        night's investigation.

        Maybe the only ghosts at the bookstore are ghost writers haunting the
        Film Biographies section -- the place where the actual authors of movie
        stars' "autobiographies" find their names missing from their works.

        After getting some sleep, La Follette picks up the investigation the
        next day by reviewing images captured on the computer's hard drive. He's
        found something. Reproductions from the infrared cameras that show a
        hazy, circular-shaped spot in one of the bookstore's isles -- an "orb."

        "Here's the three pictures. The only difference between the original
        files and the copy files is the addition on the arrow. Unlike dust which
        moves through the frame, this appears, solidifies in the same position,
        and then disappears in the same position. This happens over three frames
        which is a total of 3âÑ17 of a second," La Follette says.

        "This could be significant because it is by the records in the back
        right corner of the store, where we got the moving cold spot last night.
        Of course, it could be nothing," he adds.

        "Honestly, with no more evidence that one cold spot and one 'orb,' it
        would be a little premature for us to pronounce the bookstore haunted.
        However, with these two pieces of evidence, it would certainly be a
        place for us to take a second look one night."

        Haunted? Ghost hunters can help

        October 31, 2008

        BY CELESTE BUSK - Sun-Times Staff Writer

        When the sink leaks, you call a plumber. When you have a termite
        problem, you call an exterminator. But when a house is visited by
        wayward spirits -- and not just Halloween trick-or-treaters -- who ya
        gonna call?

        A good start may be to contact one of the half-dozen or so Chicago area
        ghost hunting teams. The spirit experts, who typically don't charge a
        fee, arrive at purported hauntings to document paranormal activity or to
        attribute the phenomena to natural occurrences such as "cold spots." At
        best, hunters can help homeowners alleviate the feeling that they're
        losing their minds.

        Enter John and Jane Smith, west suburban homeowners who have been
        experiencing ghostly activity -- unexplained shadows of a crouching
        person scurrying along the walls, a mysterious light that beams from a
        painting and unexplained bumps and thumps in the night. The Smiths have
        asked the Sun-Times not to use their real names. The couple says they're
        concerned their home will become stigmatized and turn into the
        neighborhood haunted house.

        "We don't want people driving by looking at our house, or knocking on
        our door, because it's haunted," Jane said. "We don't want to become a
        target for pranks, like having my house toilet-papered. And we don't
        want our neighbors to think we're crazy."

        More importantly, if the Smiths ever decide to sell their 49-year-old
        contemporary home, they're concerned it won't be saleable. "I'm not sure
        someone would buy this house if they knew it was haunted," Jane said.

        For the first year in their new house, the Smiths kept hearing noises
        and seeing the plants move.

        "I knew there were noises but I didn't think about it being haunted
        until I told the neighbor across the street about the noises and she
        just started laughing," Jane said. "Then, the couple who sold us the
        house moved in down the block. When I met up with them, they asked me,
        'So, I heard you've met the ghost.'" The two couples then exchanged
        ghost stories.

        The Smiths have lived with the unexplained noises for more than a
        decade. They finally decided to do something about it when Jane saw a
        crouching shadow of a man streak across a wall. That evening, John saw
        the same shadow. The couple compared experiences and concluded that
        there was definitely something paranormal about their home.

        They started doing their own research and discovered, through
        neighborhood lore, that one of the previous residents committed suicide
        in the garage. He died of asphyxiation. The Smiths can't find any record
        of the suicide, nor the person's name, but they haven't given up trying
        and Jane intends to visit the Recorder of Deeds in person and check out
        old newspaper articles at the local library.

        Meanwhile, the couple claims the garage has a creepy feeling and they
        feel uncomfortable when they look out their kitchen window to the
        garage. One time, Jane claims, she distinctly heard the sounds of a
        rainstick and later learned the home is built near an old Native
        American trail.

        "But all this didn't bother us. The spirits seemed friendly and didn't
        scare us. It wasn't like it was violent poltergeist activity," she said.

        Last year, curiosity got the best of the couple and they contacted ghost
        hunters Henry Pena and Michael Roa of the Chicago Ghost Hunters Society.
        Their team has been investigating the Smiths' home at intervals for more
        than a year now. During that time, the ghost hunters have compiled a
        thick file of notes, photographs with peculiar images and electronic
        voice phenomena (EVPs) captured by a digital tape recorder.

        The Sun-Times recently joined the CGHS team on a follow-up visit to the
        Smiths' home. The team uses an array of equipment, in particular digital
        cameras and video and voice recorders, but unlike other ghost hunters,
        CGHS doesn't use specialized devices such as thermal indicators (ghosts
        are said to emit cold or heat) and electromagnetic field indicators
        (spirits are thought to be energy).

        "We don't use all that fancy equipment like the TV shows like 'Ghost
        Hunters.' It's expensive and you don't need things like a thermal
        imaging device and electro-magnet detector," Pena said. "That's why I
        always tell people who are interested in starting out hunting ghosts
        that all they need is a cheap digital camera and a tape recorder."

        When the Sun-Times arrived at the home a clear half moon was rising and
        the sky was cloudless as the team members unloaded equipment from their
        van. The home is a typical modest suburban residence. Inside, Pena and
        his team once again went through the home with their cameras and
        recorders. This time they also brought along Chicago-based psychic
        Gloria Herrera, who was not given any information on the home prior to
        her arrival.

        Herrera immediately said she saw a little dog, a Pomeranian, running
        through the house. Later that night, one of the voice recorders captured
        the sound of a dog barking. There were no dogs in the house. As Herrera
        walked through the house with a photographer, Pena, Jane Smith and this
        reporter headed to the garage for an EVP session. That's when you sit in
        the dark and ask questions of the supposed ghosts, hoping to capture an
        answer on the digital recorder. Suddenly, a bright orb shone in a corner
        of the garage ceiling and moved swiftly in downward arc, and then
        disappeared. It was followed by another orb manifesting in mid-air, then
        zig-zagging before it, too, disappeared. The orbs were witnessed by this
        reporter and captured on video.

        The investigation continued until the early hours of the morning. At 1
        a.m., the team gathered in the basement with the homeowners to give an
        initial analysis of the night's data. The cache included a half-dozen or
        so EVPs. The recorded voices said things that appeared to refer to the
        psychic, such as: "She knows" and "She can talk to us." They also
        captured what they claim is a partial image of a ghost in a kitchen
        doorway wearing a T-shirt.

        As for the psychic, many of her claims were accurate. For example,
        Herrera said she saw someone crouching and crawling along the floor --
        in the same spot the Smiths witnessed their shadow sighting.

        The CGHS then retired with plans to painstakingly go over all the
        footage and recordings second-by-second at a later date.

        As for the Smiths, they say now with the ghost hunter's evidence,
        they're sure they're not crazy and that their house is indeed haunted.

        "We have no plans to move," Jane said. "Yes, I get a little skittish,
        especially when I'm alone or at night. But they seem to be harmless and
        we've learned to live with them. Sometimes when I come home from work, I
        walk in the door and say 'Hello!' I want to make sure they stay
        friendly."

        As for the ghost hunters, the team advised the couple to continue
        talking to the spirits to keep on friendly terms. They've also advised
        the Smiths to be firm and tell the ghosts to stay out of their bedroom,
        so the couple can sleep in peace.

        Guests at Smithville event chill out with wine, spirits

        By MELISSA HAYES
        Burlington County Times

        EASTAMPTON — As Denise Jubb was speaking to a group of people about
        ghost hunting, she felt chills run down her legs.

        "I had an EMF fluctuation, " she reported to the crowded room.
        "I just got a chill."

        Jubb, an investigator and team leader with South Jersey Ghost Research
        (www.hauntedhelp. org), said what she was feeling was the presence of a
        ghost.

        "I believe he's just a little curious what all these people are
        doing," she said.

        The ghost hunting demonstration, held in the barn at historic Smithville
        Mansion, was one of the main attractions yesterday during Spirits and
        Spirits, an annual fundraising event for Friends of the Mansion at
        Smithville.

        About 250 people were expected to attend the event held from 4 to 8 p.m.
        Guests were invited to sample a variety of wines from California,
        Germany, Chile and Italy while learning about the spirits that haunt the
        mansion.

        Friends of the Mansion is a nonprofit organization dedicated to
        restoring the mansion to the era of Hezekiah B. Smith, who operated a
        progressive industrial center along with his family home and a village
        at the site from 1865 to 1887.

        Jim Denworth, president of Friends of the Mansion, said the money would
        be used for renovations, including repairing the roof and returning the
        second-floor parlor, sitting rooms and bedrooms to how they looked
        during Smith's time.

        South Jersey Ghost Research, which has conducted severalinvestigations
        at the 1840 Greek revival building, provided a history about ghost
        hunting, a hands-on exercise in the barn as well as videos of past
        investigations at the mansion.

        Rosalyn Bown, acting assistant director of South Jersey Ghost Research,
        distributed electromagnetic field meters and infrared thermometers to
        participants hunting for ghosts in the barn.

        Bown explained that alterations in the electromagnetic field and sudden
        temperature drops can indicate the presence of a ghost.

        Bown said that South Jersey Ghost Research combines scientific data with
        psychic impressions when compiling a report on a site. She said there
        have been many sightings at the mansion, particularly in the barn, which
        she called a "hot spot."

        Bown said investigators have witnessed a shadow coming from the barn's
        loft. They believe that shadow is the ghost of a man who may have died
        in the barn, she said.

        "We believe based on some psychic impressions from our staff that a
        man may have hung himself," she said.

        It's unclear if that was the same spirit Jubb felt yesterday, but she
        was convinced the ghost was a man.

        Jubb was speaking with Monica DiVito of Millville, Cumberland County,
        and Cathi Cooney of Audubon, Camden County, when she felt the spirit in
        front of her.

        Cooney said she felt the cold spot in the room and is convinced it was a
        ghost.

        "I believe it," she said.

        Linda Czubas of Tabernacle said she jumped at the chance to attend the
        event when she heard it involved ghost hunting. "I was excited,"
        she said.

        Czubas and Linda Nardi, also of Tabernacle, didn't encounter any ghosts
        while in the barn, but both said they still believe in ghosts and would
        like to witness some.

        "I'm not afraid so long as they're nice," Nardi said. "Not
        that I've ever seen anything, but I think there's probably
        something."

        Busy ghost hunters seek recruits

        By JON WILLING, SUN MEDIA

        OTTAWA -- An Ontario ghost-hunting team is being so overwhelmed for its
        services by city residents that it's looking for volunteers for spook
        investigations in the nation's capital.

        "Every year it's been getting busier," paranormal investigator Michelle
        McKay said.

        McKay, 36, launched Cold Spot Paranormal Research in August 2002, but
        she has been investigating ghosts for more than a decade.

        There are six volunteers in Toronto, three in Sudbury and eight in
        Collingwood, where McKay lives. They receive up to 10 requests a week,
        but because of resources are only able to complete an average of two
        cases a month.

        Investigators have completed three residential cases in Ottawa and
        there's a waiting list of seven, ranging from people hearing footsteps
        to being choked by ghosts.

        Although McKay says her team is often referred to as ghostbusters, her
        investigators aren't in the ghost-catching business.

        "We don't do exorcisms on home or businesses at all," McKay explained.

        Oddly enough, most residents make specific requests to not scare the
        ghosts away.

        "They don't want the ghost to leave," McKay said, noting clients develop
        special kinships with the spirits.

        People frequently report feeling they're being watched or sensing
        someone entering a room. Investigations are also requested after
        electrical equipment turns on and off for no apparent reason.

        The two weeks before Halloween and the Christmas season are
        traditionally busy times for Cold Spot, which offers its services for
        free and doesn't pay salaries.

        They take ghost investigations, and their volunteers, seriously.

        Applicants are interviewed and must have criminal background checks.

        McKay estimates investigators conclude paranormal activity in only 1% of
        the cases, with the rest chalked up to logical explanations for quirky
        activity. It's one of the reasons why Cold Spot tries to work with
        professionals, like electricians, plumbers and technology experts, to
        rule out the obvious.

        One local applicant, who has already contacted Cold Spot, has a military
        background, McKay said.

        Investigators aren't bullied by naysayers.

        McKay has invited cynics on her investigations and has turned some of
        their heads.

        "I can understand a skeptic thinking what they do," McKay said. "For
        some, it just frightens them."

        ON THE FENCE

        Still, McKay concedes it's "rare to have a ghost experience."

        Asked if she believes in ghosts, McKay couldn't commit either way.

        "I'm sort of on the fence about that," McKay said, but she's leaning
        toward yes.

        People interested in the Ottawa positions can apply online at
        www.coldspot. org. McKay hopes to begin interviews at the end of November
        and begin training in December.

        Skeptic: Ghost hunters practice 'pseudoscience'

        Local ghost hunters at your service, undeterred by skeptics

        By BRIAN ETTKIN, Staff writer

        MJ Henion is recounting the times as a child she'd hear noises in the
        attic, above her bedroom

        that sounded like someone — or something — dragging furniture
        across the floor.

        Which wasn't as scary as the time, years later, when MJ was conducting a
        paranormal investigation and an entity, she says, punched her. "My ribs
        hurt for three days, I'll tell ya. But it didn't scare me away from the
        field," said Henion, the director of operations/case manager for Astral
        Light Paranormal Investigations since 2006. Hers is one of several
        paranormal investigation agencies in the Capital Region.

        Then there was the night in the Glenmont cemetery Henion and a fellow
        investigator spotted an apparition clad in a long white dress.

        "She just appeared there, and then all of a sudden she was gone," said
        Henion, a 35-year-old Rotterdam resident.

        You might consider such claims spooky and believable. A 1999 survey
        conducted by Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio University found that
        48 percent of Americans believe in ghosts. That explains in part the
        success of Sci-Fi Channel's reality TV series "Ghost Hunters," which
        spawned a spin-off, "Ghost Hunters International. "

        Or you might consider such claims hooey, as does Joe Nickell, an
        investigative writer for Skeptical Inquirer science magazine based in
        the Buffalo suburb of Amherst.

        "Ghost hunting groups are proliferating all over the United States,"
        said Nickell, a senior research fellow at the Center for Inquiry, the
        nonprofit that publishes Skeptical Inquirer. "They typically have no
        scientists, and while they're using some scientific equipment, they're
        not trained in using the scientific equipment and they don't know what
        they're doing. They are engaging in pseudoscience. "

        Ghost hunters use camcorders, infrared light illuminators, audio
        recorders, digital cameras, electromagnetic field (EMF) detectors and
        thermometers to look for evidence of paranormal activity or to find
        scientific explanations for strange occurrences people report.

        "But not one ghost has ever been authenticated by science, not one,"
        said Nickell, who has conducted paranormal investigations for TV shows
        broadcast on The History and National Geographic channels. "They're
        trying to use the respect of science — hey, look at this fancy
        equipment — to justify their superstitious beliefs.

        "If they get a reading on their EMF meter," said Nickell, "or they get a
        picture of an orb on their camera — and because they don't know
        what's causing that — they say, 'Therefore it must be a ghost.' This
        is a logical fallacy. ... They're ghost buffs, they're enthusiasts, and
        yes, they read stuff off the Internet, but they're not trained. You
        don't want people just reading the occasional medical article and going
        to practice medicine."

        "We don't go in looking to chase ghosts," said Henion, a patient
        accounts representative at CapitalCare Medical Group. "We look at it
        from a scientific aspect. We go in as a team ... to help the client find
        natural reasons for what they're experiencing. "

        Evidence of paranormal activity is what Astral Light Paranormal
        Investigations usually finds, however. In about 75 percent of its cases,
        Henion said, there's "evidence of something we can't explain through
        scientific or natural means."

        Debbie Stockwell, Astral Light's assistant case manager, said she's
        found evidence of paranormal activity in every case she's investigated.

        Asked about the wide discrepancy between her group's findings and
        Nickell's, Henion replied: "It depends on the areas you go to as well as
        the activity that may be present in the home."

        Nickell has conducted hundreds of paranormal investigations and visited
        more "haunted" houses than Casper, he says, but has never found evidence
        of the paranormal.

        When he investigated Mackenzie House, a historic Toronto row house where
        people claimed to hear ghostly footsteps on the staircase, he found they
        were hearing footsteps from a parallel iron staircase in the adjacent
        building, about 40 inches away, he said.

        When Nickell accompanied high school students and their teacher on a
        field trip to the supposedly haunted Hand Hotel, in Fairplay, Colo., and
        the lobby's chandelier flickered, the bug-eyed students oohed and aahed.
        But Nickell and the teacher spotted the desk clerk surreptitiously
        toggling the dimmer. Once discovered, Nickell recalled, the clerk
        shrugged sheepishly.

        "That was another 'ghost' I caught," he said.

        Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, Rhode Island plumbers by trade who
        cofounded the Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), are perhaps the
        world's most famous paranormal investigators, their cases chronicled on
        "Ghost Hunters." ,

        "I know Grant and Jason; we've hung out," said Nickell, who has written
        a number of books on paranormal investigations he's conducted. "Maybe I
        could say they're the best of a bad lot. ... But I'm afraid what I said
        about ghost hunters in general is true of them as well: It's a fool's
        errand; it's a faulty procedure."

        Astral Light Paranormal Investigations considers its investigations a
        public service for those discomforted by or curious about unexplained
        phenomena in their home or workplace, Henion said, and doesn't charge
        for them. Astral Light, Henion said, has investigated about seven cases
        in the past year.

        Henion, who claims to possess psychic powers but says those abilities
        are never employed in an investigation, acknowledges there are skeptics.

        "I really don't care what others think," she said. "If they want to make
        a mockery of it, let them."

        After investigating hundreds of reports of haunted houses, crop circles,
        flying saucers, crystal skulls, lake monsters and other phenomena,
        Nickell is "more and more convinced that we live in a real and natural
        world. If there are leprechauns and other invisible entities, I cannot
        find them, nor can science.

        "I'd be delighted to find some of these wonderful things, that ghosts
        really exist and we don't really die," he said. "If we were voting I'm
        sure I'd vote for them, but in science, we're not voting. We're not
        deciding what fantasy we'd like."

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        and/or ghost to share their story with others who have had similar
        experiences. I am someone who has lived with and witnessed many
        paranormal events and encountered many different spirits and ghosts.
        Because of my experiences, I treat this subject very seriously in my
        attempt to educate, comfort and help others who are having experiences
        they don't understand, are afraid of or need help with. This page
        will always strive to educate you on what ghosts are and how to deal
        with them. We will also provide proof to the existence of ghosts in the
        form of pictures, sounds and eyewitness accounts. We will provide
        advice and, along with experts in the field who assist me here, help
        resolve any ghost related problems in your life. Of course we will
        always provide a space for you to share your experiences among friends
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          Feel free to E-mail any comments to us about the page or this
          newsletter. Important: Remember to share the website with friends and
          family so that we can enlarge the family here at The Shadowlands. - Dave
          Juliano (davejuliano@ theshadowlands. net) and Tina Carlson
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          In memory of our friend, brother and fellow paranormal researchers,
          Randy Niedt.

          1961 – 2008.

          CW5 Randy Niedt NORTH HANOVER - CW5 Randy Niedt, 47, passed away Tuesday
          at home. Born in Trenton, he was a graduate of Ewing High School and
          then joined the U.S. Army National Guard in 1979. He was a past master
          and past secretary of the Mt. Moriah Lodge #28 F.&A.M., a member of the
          Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Central Jersey, a member of
          the National Guard Association of New Jersey and the South Jersey Ghost
          Research. CW5 Niedt held the position of command chief warrant officer
          in the New Jersey Army National Guard, holding the rank of CW5, with
          over 28 years in the military. He also held positions as a rotary-wing
          aviator, safety and occupational health manager, administrative
          specialist for the Recruiting and Retention Command, Active Guard and
          Reserve Human Resource manager and the State Family Programs Director.
          He is survived by his wife Roberta Niedt currently serving in Iraq; two
          daughters, Keri Lynn and Jamie Leigh Niedt;

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          Finally, equipment made just for ghost researchers!

          It's taken a long time but someone has finally taken the time to
          talk with real researchers and developed tools we've been waiting a
          long time for. Gary from Professional Measurement is a believer in the
          paranormal and he has combined multiple tools into one piece of
          equipment. The MEL8704 meter is the first EMF meter that not only a
          great EMF meter but also gives you the ambient temperature reading at
          the same time on the same back lit screen. The meter is highly shielded
          from outside interfere and also features a record function that can
          recall previous readings. I have tested this meter in the field and
          it has jumped to the top of my list of favorite pieces of equipment.
          They have now released another version call the Mel Navigator that also
          has a red LED flashlight built into the meter too which makes juggling
          equipment around a lot easier. Anyone who is doing serious research
          should consider getting one of these two versions of the MEL meter.
          There is no other meter that is this sensitive, shielded and has a back
          lit screen so you can use it in total darkness. Just this alone
          makes this my favorite EMF meter, but this has the thermometer. There
          is nothing else like it out there. Now they have start producing an
          IR pistol style thermometer that also reads ambient air temperature too.
          Two type of thermometers all in one unit. It's great to see that
          this field is gaining enough acceptance that people are designing
          equipment with how we will use it as the blueprint. - Dave Juliano

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          Ghost Research – a variety of methods, but no experts

          By Bob Gallienne (inkedonex@aol. com <mailto:inkedonex@aol. com> )

          In this time of social disorder and economic uncertainty I find some I
          find some sort of odd calmness in the paranormal. Every time we pick up
          a paper or watch television some expert is talking about gas prices or a
          recession. There is no shortage of other problems either, but whatever
          the case some professional with a degree is bound to be the harbinger of
          bad news. It has reached a point where I sometimes leave the radio or TV
          off , instead choosing to be in my own world so to speak. I'm not
          saying that ignoring these troubled times is the answer, but let
          yourself free of it whenever possible.

          Ghost research is largely trial and error. Anyone who calls themselves
          hands down experts in this field is usually just the opposite. One thing
          that I really enjoy about paranormal research is the fact that no two
          investigations are the same. The fact that it is so uncertain is what
          I'm talking about. A good researcher accepts this fact, and is
          willing to be a student at all times. For some odd reason this fact
          gives me comfort, because it puts all of us on the same level whether
          the experts like it or not.

          No two people are the same and this carries over to the other side. We
          all react differently to changes so it's important to approach
          ghosts in the same manner. Last week I mentioned the ghost hunting 101
          on other sites and they worry me because so many new researchers see
          something on a web site and it becomes gospel. They throw expensive
          equipment into the equation too and the truth of the matter is no
          equipment works every single time. We can't assume all spirits are
          the same, so every investigation needs a different approach. Time after
          time I watch people set up cameras and audio equipment for hours before
          it gets dark, every single time they go out. And guess what, your being
          watched the whole time.

          I like the detective part of paranormal research the best, and most
          groups don't even think about it. If you set up the same every time
          all you will get is data and what use is that. I have people call me all
          the time after some big deal group has turned their house upside down.
          Then they are handed EMF readings or inaudible EVP and told "your
          house is haunted" then the group leaves. I ask you, what good is
          that? People with ghosts need help, they already know there is a ghost
          afoot and they want information. This is the detective part of ghost
          research that I'm talking about.

          A good investigator asks the haunted many questions, some that may even
          seem irrelevant to the client. But information will be what solves the
          case, and in turn help both the haunted and the ghost. I have referred
          to this as ghost social work in the past and still do. No ghost will
          leave because you wave a Bible at it or bring a Preacher into the
          picture. More often than not religion actually makes matters worse. The
          client always assumes this will do the trick and it lulls them into a
          false sense of security. In most cases I am able to educate the client
          so they can live in harmony with the ghost. I have never flat out told a
          ghost to leave and I never will. The truth of the matter is that the
          ghost as probably there before the client, and I respect that. When
          pressured by a client to do an exorcism I politely decline and leave.
          It's ok to tell a ghost that it is possible to move on, but
          that's where I draw the line.

          Besides questioning the client it is important to dig for facts in other
          places. Take some time to check real estate records or county archives
          if the haunting is really unsettling for the haunted. There may be some
          history behind the haunting that can help in your investigation. Nasty
          ghosts like it when people pay attention to them as that is what the
          really want. But knowing what caused that ghost to be there will help
          immensely. By doing this the ghost knows your really there to stay until
          everyone is getting along. When humans are feeling bad it is always
          helpful when a friend holds their hand and says "I understand".
          Ghosts are no different, you just cant see a hand to hold.

          For lack of a better term try forensics on a haunting. Gadgets and cold
          data wont help anyone. What you really need is information and evidence.
          By getting the whole story from as many sources as possible you will
          become a better investigator, and as a better investigator the rest will
          follow. Like I said, there are no experts in ghost research, just good
          students.

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          Tech Tip of the Month -More Problems with the KII meter

          First let me start by saying that right after the first episode on Ghost
          Hunters where Chris Fleming used the KII to talk to spirits we were able
          to do this ourselves by slightly manipulating the push switch to make it
          look like the spirit was responding. After that I had to opportunity
          to hang out with Jason and Grant while they were in my home city doing
          an event and I got to watch Grant use the KII to make contact and I was
          very impressed because he never touched the meter and yet he was getting
          consistent answers 3 out o4 times I watched him do it. SO I was
          convinced there is something going on but I was still unsure what.
          Now there have been experiments done by other researcher and engineers
          that have shown that the KII is like a large antenna with out much
          shielding so that any kind of radio signal will cause the KLL to flash
          its lights. You cant use it in areas where there are any kind of
          radio transmission towers, fire and police radio towers or stations.
          You also cannot have any cell phones on anywhere near the KII. Your
          cell phone is always searching for the closest towers and it does this
          in the background without you realizing it. This will set off the KII
          meter. Hand held walkie takie radios like the FRS radios many of us
          use will also set off the KII's lights even when it is just hanging
          on your belt but is on. The direction of the antenna on a radio that is
          not being keyed up but is just turned on can make the KII lights right
          around and this can be used to fake spirit contact. There is a good
          youtube video showing someone demonstrating this. Since almost every
          location you use a KII can fall into any of these potential areas of
          possible signal interference you may want to reconsider using this meter
          as a spirit contact tool unless you can completely rule out any kind of
          outside interference. – Dave Juliano

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          Ghosts in the News

          Spooky goings on at Gregynog:

          Former employee has a haunted tale to tell

          By Mark Lingard

          HAUNTING tales have flooded in from around Powys following the
          publication of our Hallowe'en spooky special.

          But it was one of the experiences of our own sports reporter Gavin
          Grosvenor that prompted one of the most detailed responses.

          Many years ago in Tregynon, Gavin believed he had encountered the spirit
          of the Davies sisters at Gregynog.

          He said: "One cold winter evening near the hall my friend and I felt the
          presence of one of the Davies sisters.

          "We had stopped on a small bridge near the entrance to Gregynog Hall,
          known locally as Squew Bridge. It was a cold night but we decided to
          stop for a cigarette while hanging our legs over the side of the bridge.

          "To this day I have no idea why I looked down into the river below but
          when I did I noticed the reflection of the moon on the water through an
          overhanging tree branch had created a very clear outline of a woman.

          "I have been known to have vivid imagination so asked my friend whether
          he also saw the shape of a woman.

          "He agreed it was definitely the shape of a woman in a long dress.

          "Before he could finish his sentence there was an inexplicable strong
          wind which seemed to come from nowhere.

          "Minutes before the evening had been calm and quiet but now we could
          hardly hear each other for the screeching cold wind which seemed
          localised to the bridge."

          Gavin and his friend quickly headed for home.

          "With the wind screaming into our faces to the extent that tears were
          almost in our eyes we picked up the pace and just thought the person
          behind us was walking their dog and had been caught in the same bad
          weather.

          "As we approached the hill I looked behind and noticed this person had
          no dog.

          "No big deal I thought but I double taked and what I saw next will stay
          with me forever.

          "Not only was this person not walking a dog but this person appeared to
          have no legs. There was also something eerily familiar about this
          person's shape. It was the same shape we had both seen reflected in the
          water."

          They picked up pace, but the spectre just followed suit.

          "The wind was still strong and by now the spectre was within touching
          distance. Before we reached light we looked behind again. There it was.
          A faceless shape of a woman wearing clothes from over 100 years ago.

          "I don't know why but we both agreed afterwards that we had seen the
          ghost of one of the Davies sisters and it had wanted us to stay away
          from her former mansion home."

          Gavin's story prompted a former Gregynog employee to make contact with
          the County Times.

          Archie Rodway worked there for five years, as the evening porter, then
          house supervisor – again during the evenings, often working till
          midnight.

          "Sometimes I felt okay, but there were times when I felt the hairs going
          up on the back of my neck, a feeling almost as if I was being watched.

          "There were lots of spooky tales about the place from the other members
          of staff that you might be interested in," he said.

          "It was always said that room eight was haunted, as this was the room
          that the remaining Davies sister lived in till her death in '63.

          "One night, I just couldn't resist going to have a look, to see if I
          could feel anything. I had the master key, and I knew that the room was
          unoccupied that night, so in I went. Even in the dark, the room was
          peaceful and warm, nothing strange.

          "For some reason I felt I should go into room seven next door. As soon
          as I walked in, it was obvious that this was a different matter
          completely. The room was freezing and felt quite depressing, I walked
          over to the radiator, and just as in room eight, it was on full, only
          this time it was having no affect on the temperature of the room.

          "I checked for draughts at the window but there were none.

          "The rooms were similar, and both faced the same direction – if
          anything room eight was larger and should have been cooler – I
          couldn't really explain it, but then I noticed that there was an
          adjoining bathroom between the two rooms.

          "One evening, as I came into work, I got talking to the chef, and she
          told me that 'the spooks have been at it again'.

          "I asked her what she meant, and she told me that when the cleaners went
          to do their morning clean up in the rooms, they found that one of the
          rooms had a lot of mattresses and bedding on the floor.

          "It was common for some of the students to play up a bit, so after
          questioning some of the course that were in – a course of female
          journalists from one of the Welsh universities had signed in a couple of
          nights before - they said that one of the girls was lying in bed trying
          to get to sleep, and heard someone stand next to her bed, then bend down
          and whisper in her ear.

          "The commotion and screaming woke up the rest of the women on the
          corridor, and after that the only way they could sleep was to all pile
          into the same room.

          "Tom, the house manager, told me that he walked out of the outside
          office block, to go into the house proper, and had to walk past the
          windows of the old Edwardian laundry room (they were still used at
          times, but were obviously barred to guests.

          "Tom said that at one of the windows stood a burly white haired woman,
          with her hair up in a bun and wearing some kind of an apron.

          "She just stood and looked at Tom sternly, and as he was the overall
          boss at Gregynog, he marched round to the laundry room to see who the
          hell she was, and to get her out of there.

          "Needless to say the room was totally deserted."

          Ghost Stories: Visits from the Deceased After a loved one dies, most
          people see ghosts.
          By Vaughan Bell

          Carlos Sluzki's cat died a while ago now, but he still sometimes
          visits. Now more of a shadow cat, the former pet seems to lurk at the
          edges of Sluzki's vision, as a misinterpreted movement amid the
          everyday chaos of domestic life. All the same, the shadow cat is
          beginning to slink away and Sluzki notes that as the grief
          <http://www.sciam. com/article. cfm?id=understan ding-grief> fades his
          erstwhile friend is "erasing himself from the world of the present
          and receding into the bittersweet world of the memories of the loved
          ones."

          The dead stay with us
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          much is clear. They remain in our hearts and minds, of course, but for
          many people they also linger in our senses—as sights, sounds,
          smells, touches or presences. Grief hallucinations are a normal reaction
          to bereavement but are rarely discussed, because people fear they might
          be considered insane or mentally destabilised by their loss. As a
          society we tend to associate hallucinations with things like drugs and
          mental illness, but we now know that hallucinations are common in sober
          healthy people and that they are more likely during times of stress.

          A Common Hallucination
          Mourning seems to be a time when hallucinations are particularly common,
          to the point where feeling the presence of the deceased is the norm
          rather than the exception. One study
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          researcher Agneta Grimby at the University of Goteborg, found that over
          80 percent of elderly people experience hallucinations associated with
          their dead partner one month after bereavement, as if their perception
          had yet to catch up with the knowledge of their beloved's passing.
          As a marker of how vivid such visions can seem, almost a third of the
          people reported that they spoke in response to their experiences. In
          other words, these weren't just peripheral illusions: they could
          evoke the very essence of the deceased
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          Occasionally, these hallucinations are heart-rending. A 2002 case report
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          > by German researchers described how a middle aged woman, grieving her
          daughter's death from a heroin overdose, regularly saw the young
          girl and sometimes heard her say "Mamma, Mamma!" and
          "It's so cold." Thankfully, these distressing experiences
          tend to be rare, and most people who experience hallucinations during
          bereavement find them comforting, as if they were re-connecting with
          something of the positive from the person's life. Perhaps this
          reconnecting is reflected in the fact that the intensity of grief has
          been found
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          to predict the number of pleasant hallucinations, as has the happiness
          of the marriage to the person who passed away.

          There are hints that the type of grief hallucinations might also differ
          across cultures. Anthropologists have told us a great deal about how the
          ceremonies, beliefs and the social rituals of death differ greatly
          across the world, but we have few clues about how these different
          approaches affect how people experience the dead after they have gone.
          Carlos Sluzki, the owner of the shadow cat and a cross-cultural
          researcher at George Mason University, suggests that in cultures of
          non-European origin the distinction between "in here" and
          "out there" experiences is less strictly defined, and so grief
          hallucinations may not be considered so personally worrying. In a recent
          article, he discussed the case of an elderly Hispanic lady who was
          frequently "visited" by two of her children who died in
          adulthood and were a comforting and valued part of her social network.
          Other case reports have suggested that such hallucinations may be looked
          on more favorably among the Hopi Indians, or the Mu Ghayeb people from
          Oman, but little systematic work has been done.

          And there, our knowledge ends. Despite the fact that hallucinations are
          one of the most common reactions to loss, they have barely been
          investigated and we know little more about them. Like sorrow itself, we
          seem a little uncomfortable with it, unwilling to broach the subject and
          preferring to dwell on the practicalities— the "call me if I can
          do anything," the "let's take your mind off it," the
          "are you looking after yourself?"

          Only a minority of people reading this article are likely to experience
          grief without re-experiencing the dead. We often fall back on the
          cultural catch all of the "ghost" while the reality is, in many
          ways, more profound. Our perception is so tuned to their presence that
          when they are not there to fill that gap, we unconsciously try to mold
          the world into what we have lived with for so long and so badly long
          for. Even reality is no match for our love.

          Stafford group investigates school ghosts
          Associated Press

          Journal Inquirer of Manchester

          November 28, 2008

          STAFFORD, Conn.

          With all the talk about the future of the vacant Borough School, there
          are a few who haven't had their say -- the spirits that may still live
          there.

          Tony Diana, a local ghost investigator, claims there are at least two
          spiritual entities, believed to be children, haunting the former school.
          He says there may be another entity, possibly a female teacher from the
          1930s and 1940s, who haunts the building as well.

          Diana, co-founder of Insight Paranormal Investigations, has investigated
          the school on several occasions and claims a lot of spiritual activity
          has taken place.

          He calls the building a wonderfully "controlled environment for ghost
          hunting."

          In one incident, in Room 205, an investigator for another ghost hunting
          group that was working with Insight Paranormal Investigations had his
          digital thermometer inexplicably fly out of his hand and his camera went
          next. The incident was caught on video.

          Diana says one can see the camera strap lift up before it left the man's
          hands.

          Also, a light in one of the rooms has gone and off by itself during an
          investigation, he says.

          Diana also claims that knocking has been heard and electronic voice
          phenomena, or EVPs, have been captured on recorded audio throughout the
          school.

          According to Diana, recorders generate a lot of white noise and spirits
          can modulate this noise to communicate.

          Essentially, a ghost investigator asks a question while the recorder is
          running and waits for a response. Sometimes a human-sounding voice can
          be heard following a question.

          The recorder is kept rolling through many investigations and sometimes a
          voice will inexplicably appear.

          Diana says that was the case during one investigation earlier this year.
          Some investigators were having a conversation about wine and an
          inexplicable voice -- that the investigators didn't hear while they were
          speaking -- can be heard on the audio recording.

          Diana says that a little boy can be heard on the recorded audio saying,
          "It's mine! See you should have brought me some wine."

          He also says the sound of what sounds like chopping wood with an ax can
          be heard on audio. Diana says the area where the school is located was
          once farmland.

          On subsequent investigations, investigators brought wine, but nothing
          ever happened to it.

          Diana says that ghosts are "us" and keep some human behaviors after
          death. He says the majority of spirits aren't of an angry nature.

          Occasionally, there is a possibility that a place can become haunted
          with a lost or angry spirit.

          He also says that conversations can be effective in drawing spiritual
          entities' voices into speaking.

          Some spirits may not like the question and answer format to prove that
          they exist.

          "Who wants to interrogated? " Diana asks.

          In other experiences of EVP activity, Diana says an unknown voice can be
          heard saying "stop coming here" in Room 103.

          He says another EVP sounds like it came from a child that says "see me
          in the corner" and an adult voice follows with "hey!"

          The Borough and Witt school buildings closed in 2007 to make way for the
          new Stafford Elementary School.

          Officials are determining what to do with the Borough building. Among
          the options include turning it to a home for deaf people and even
          leveling it.

          Diana says research shows that two children died of pneumonia near the
          location before the school was built in 1921.

          Diana and a reporter visited the empty school on a recent day.

          The reporter explained the building's precarious future and asked any
          possible spiritual entities what they thought should happen.

          There was no audible response in the electronic recording.

          But, in other instances, other sounds were captured while Diana and the
          reporter were talking. In one instance, a high-pitched voice can be
          heard. In another, there is what sounds like grunting sounds.

          In another instance, a possible low-sounding voice seems audible.

          Diana also says he seemed to be answered with a faint "hello" and a "no"
          at different points during the investigation.

          But the sounds are not the most conclusive of EVPs. The best EVPs are
          classified in the Class-A, or crystal clear, quality.

          Ghost investigators also use other types of tools to assist them during
          their "haunting" expedition. Besides digital voice recorders, digital
          thermometers, digital cameras and an electromagnetic field, or EMF
          detector, can be helpful.

          Investigators use the tools in a variety of ways to detect possible
          spirits. For example, an EMF can supposedly pick up on possible spirit
          energy.

          Diana says that when a spirit manifests itself, it draws on the energy
          around it to form. The sudden jump in the electromagnetic field will
          cause a spike on the detector, and investigators can follow the energy
          to take a picture and talk into the recorder more accurately.

          Pictures can show other things like mist, which is believed to possibly
          be the coalescing of energy to form an apparition.

          Diana recently used a k-2 meter, which is more sensitive than his EMF
          meter. But, unfortunately, he didn't receive any unexplained spikes at
          the school.

          He says the building seems to come alive with spiritual activity during
          the night hours.

          Diana says people who worked and live near the school have told him
          about weird things that have been spotted or happened inside the
          building. Among these stories, people told him of unexplained shadows
          moving in front of doors and kitchenware rattling.

          Doug Minich, the town's data control manager, says he has heard rumors
          of spirits at the school as well.

          He also says a motion sensor sounded an alarm for code 19 -- or Room 204
          -- on numerous times.

          Minich says during his trips to visit the school after the alarm, he
          found the structure secured.

          He adds that an animal like a rat wouldn't be big enough to trip the
          alarm.

          "This room seems to be a hotspot," Diana says of Room 204. "A lot of
          stuff seems to happen here."

          Diana says a fellow investigator knows a remote viewer from California
          who guided him to Room 204 via a telephone conversation. A remote viewer
          is a psychic who can connect with a location via a photograph or a
          physical connection like a telephone and with that connection they can
          obtain psychic impressions of a place and its past, Diana says.

          The remote viewer said an image of a woman dressed in garb from the
          1930s or 40s came to mind with respect to that room in the school.

          Diana says that an older adult voice has showed up on EVPs.

          He also says that investigators once followed an unexplained cold spot
          for 10 minutes in the room.

          Diana says that entities suck up energy as they move and the area where
          they've been is cold. Diana likens cold sports to the tails of comets.

          Room 204 was where the lights inexplicably went on and off by
          themselves.

          Diana says he would like to continue investigating the school, but
          access has been restricted to the building due to a neighbor's
          complaint.

          For now, it seems the doings of any possible spiritual beings, much like
          the future of the school, remains unknown.

          ILLINOIS STYLE: Is ornate Joliet house haunted?

          By DAWN AULET

          The home at 519 Campbell St. in Joliet is, in many ways, an ideal
          backdrop for ghost hunting.

          Built in 1902, the home, with its dated, ornate style and wrought iron
          fence in front, could make passers-by think that the spirit world visits
          the place.

          And then there are the owners. Diethard Beyer, Kurt Beyer and Keith
          Nicholls live in the 25-room home, and every Halloween they transform
          the front yard into a haunted house attraction, complete with a hearse
          and a real human skeleton in an antique coffin. What allegedly happens
          every day in the home, though, is the reason the homeowners contacted
          Will County Ghost Hunters.

          In the main floor's library, the owners have smelled pipe smoke, felt
          the presence of a man and have found books that do not belong to any of
          them. They also have sensed the presence of a woman and a small boy.

          "We are trying to get an answer to who is here with us," Diethard said.

          The homeowners have their own stories as to why otherworldly beings may
          inhabit the home. One of them lost a sister at a young age and another
          lost a partner.

          The current homeowners' experiences notwithstanding, the history of the
          home and the homes around it could explain the activity the three men
          have experienced but cannot explain.

          The home was built in 1902 by A.C. Clement, who bought the land from his
          father, Charles. A.C. lived with his family on Easter Avenue while 519
          Campbell St. was under construction. Although A.C. built the home, he
          never lived in it. He committed suicide in the basement of his Eastern
          Avenue home before the Cambell Street one was finished.

          A.C.'s daughter, Laura, moved into the house with her family. In 1922,
          the house was converted into Resthaven Retirement home.

          In the late 1950s, it became Blackburn Funeral Home and remained so
          until the mid 1970s. The current homeowners bought the house in 2000.

          The homeowners unearthed numerous items in the house, such as the
          original arts and crafts style painted walls in the dining room that
          they are restoring.

          Although it is not known if anyone died in the house, Will County Ghost
          Hunter lead investigator Dan Jungles said the building's time as a
          nursing home could have meant that more than one death occurred within
          its walls.

          In addition, some hauntings are more about trapped energy than trapped
          beings. The building's time as a funeral home meant than there was a lot
          of grief felt there.

          Will County Ghost Hunters went out to the house on Oct. 10. During the
          investigation, a ghost box was used, which essentially is a radio that
          scans through the stations without stopping. The idea is that ghosts can
          use the white noise to answer questions in real time (the investigation
          concluded that they did).

          The clearest communication came in a second-floor bedroom to the
          question, "Did you have children?" The response was "two boys."

          In addition to that, ghosts seem to call the names of two of the
          investigators, Jeri (Fulan) and Sunnie (Boland).

          In addition, a voice called out the name Peggy. The homeowners did not
          have an explanation for that.

          In previous investigations at the home, the investigators caught what
          appears to be the shadow of a figure who would stand more than 7 feet.

          Jungles said the house is definitely haunted.

          But the homeowners don't really mind. They would like to know who shares
          their space with them, but they don't necessarily want the entities to
          leave.

          "We want them to stay," Kurt said. "They haven't thrown knives or
          anything."

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            Cemetery Ghosts

            By Dawn Colclasure

            Driving along Archer Avenue one December evening, you're bound to see
            the outline of a young woman walking along the side of the road. With
            freezing temperatures outside likely freezing this woman dressed only in
            a white dress and shawl, you pull your car over and offer her a ride.
            Once inside of your car, the woman doesn't say much. She sits in the
            seat shivering and quietly minding her own business, possibly quite
            grateful for the lift. The next thing you know, she instructs you to
            pull over. She positively must get out. You pull the car over to the
            side of the road, curious about why in the world she'd want to stop at
            Resurrection Cemetery at so late an hour. You turn to look at her and
            ask, only to discover she's gone. The door hadn't opened. She hadn't
            said a word. Nothing at all had happened. She had just simply vanished
            from her seat!

            Congratulations. You are now one of many drivers in Chicago who have
            witnessed the ghostly encounter of the famous Resurrection Mary. There
            is no verified record of who "Mary" is, only that she is undoubtedly the
            ghost of a young girl who died in the 1930s. As the story goes, Mary had
            spent the evening dancing with her beau at the O Henry Ballroom. The two
            lovers got into an argument and Mary stormed off, determined to walk
            home in the freezing wintry weather instead of spending anymore time
            with her sweetheart. On her walk home along Archer Avenue, however, Mary
            was struck and killed by a car. The driver panicked and fled from the
            scene, leaving the young woman to die alone on the road. Heartbroken,
            her parents buried her in Resurrection Cemetery, wearing a white dress
            and dance shoes.

            Ever since then, Mary's ghost has been seen walking along that
            road…or standing outside of Chet's Melody Lounge…or dancing in a
            nearby dance hall. The stories of Mary always end the same: Her ghost
            vanishes once at Resurrection Cemetery. Some have panicked after hitting
            what they think is a young girl who throws herself out in front of their
            car, only to disappear following impact. And many angry cab drivers have
            complained of a young girl with blond hair and blue eyes bolting out of
            the cab without paying the fare, all in front of the cemetery. Mary has
            most often been seen on winter nights and to this day many Chicagoans
            will swear they've seen her ghost vanish just as she passes through the
            cemetery gates.

            It's not very common that you'll see a ghost at a cemetery, but it is
            indeed something known to happen. The cemeteries are a place of rest for
            the living. Where we are finally resting in peace. Some spirits are
            quite attached to the bodies they once possessed, and so naturally they
            linger at the site of their grave. On the other hand, some ghosts visit
            the grave of their loved ones. Many "mother ghosts" have been seen
            mourning at the gravesite of a baby they lost while alive, as well as
            the ghosts of wives visiting the graves of their beloved spouses.

            One other famous ghostly sighting at a cemetery is that of the "Tomb of
            the Female Stranger," located in St. Paul's Cemetery in Alexandria,
            Virginia. Perhaps one of history's biggest and unusual mysteries, the
            story goes that during the mid-1800s, a man and his ill wife arrived at
            the Gadsby's Tavern Hotel. They roomed there hoping the woman would
            recover, being attended to by some of Alexandria's best doctors.
            Unfortunately, the woman's health did not improve and doctors feared the
            worst. The husband took everyone aside and made them all swear an oath
            that none of them would reveal their identity. The woman died from her
            illness and was buried at St. Paul's Cemetery. Curiously enough, her
            tombstone was shaped in the form of a large table. Curiouser still is
            the mysterious engraving on this stone table, which reads:

            To the Memory of a
            FEMALE STRANGER
            whose mortal sufferings terminated
            on the 14th day of October 1816
            Aged 23 years and 8 months.
            This stone is placed here by her disconsolate
            Husband in whose arms she sighed out her
            latest breath and who under God
            did his utmost even to soothe the cold
            dead ear of death.
            How loved how valued once avails thee not
            To whom related or by whom begot
            A heap of dust alone remains of thee
            Tis all thou art and all the proud shall be
            To him gave all the Prophets witness that
            through his name whosoever believeth in
            him shall receive remission of sins.
            Acts.10th Chap.43rd verse

            No one ever revealed the couple's identity. But what is interesting is
            the reports from many witnesses who have seen her ghost, quietly
            wandering near the gravesite.

            The famous and not-so-famous have been known to haunt their graves. Many
            have reported seeing the ghost of Clifton Webb, who haunts the Abbey of
            the Psalms Mausoleum at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Ditto with the
            ghosts of Virginia Rappe, Rudolph Valentino and William Randolph Hearst,
            all at the same cemetery. Even the beloved pets of these celebrities
            have returned to visit the site of their graves. At the Los Angeles Pet
            Cemetery in Calabasas, California, the ghostly Great Dane named Kabar
            that once belonged to Valentino has been seen licking anyone who passes
            his grave.

            With so much to do and see now that they are no longer limited to the
            confines of the physical world, it strikes many as confusing that a
            ghost would linger where the dead are buried. A ghost thrives on life,
            thrives on all things to do with living. A cemetery is often a
            depressing place to be, even for a ghost caught up in longing for a
            beloved long gone. In her book Ghost Worlds: A Guide to Poltergeists,
            Portals, Ecto-Mist, & Spirit Behavior, author Melba Goodwyn tries to
            solve this mystery. "The question often arises as to why ghosts would be
            found in a cemetery. When and if they are photographed there, it is
            probably because they seek to communicate with the living. They remember
            those who came to pay their respects, and they seek to gain their
            attention. Of course if they encounter someone who is clairvoyant or
            clairaudient, they revel in trying to relay messages. They may also be
            attracted to ghost hunters because of their electrical equipment and,
            being curious, find ways to get their attention. They have come into
            contact with someone who acknowledges their presence and may respond to
            requests to appear in photographs. " (pg. 143-4)

            Michael G. is aware of how ghosts will take advantage of equipment being
            available to capture some kind of presence. "My friend and I once went
            to a cemetery for the sole purpose of catching ghosts on film," he
            explained in an email. "We had read that ghosts look like balls of light
            when photographed, so we took a digital camera and headed out. We went
            to Oak Grove Cemetery in Hammonton, New Jersey. We walked around the
            cemetery taking all kinds of pictures, but the ones that were the most
            interesting were a series of three photos of me next to a tree way in
            the back, far from any of the lights. My friend took them in a fairly
            short sequence--maybe 15-30 seconds--with no flash. In the photos, I am
            standing by the tree looking back over my shoulder at the camera. In
            all three pictures, there is a distinct bright orb. In the first, it is
            over my right shoulder; the second, to the left side of the tree; the
            third, directly to my left. There were a few other pictures with orbs,
            including one of me sitting on a bench with half a dozen orbs around me;
            however, none of them were as strange as that series of three photos,
            since there were no lights around us, and my friend did not move the
            camera or use a flash."

            One word of caution about cemetery ghosts: Never take advantage of
            spirit activity in a cemetery to use for negative purposes. Many
            Satanist cults and practitioners of witchcraft have often held negative
            ceremonies, practiced black magic, held sacrifices and harmful rituals
            at cemeteries and gravesites, hoping to feed off of ghostly activity or
            to catch the attention of some wayward spirit. This can only cause more
            harm than good. Such activities give off nothing but negative,
            malevolent energies which can invite the wrath of spirits or cause some
            kind of accident to happen. Nothing good ever comes of doing such things
            in a cemetery. Just as it is sacred ground for those who cross over, it
            is sacred ground for those who must still live on it.

            A cemetery is not just a place where we say goodbye to those who pass
            on. It is also the occasional soft spot for many spirits, curious about
            those who visit their graves or simply reenacting their last moments of
            life. It is where we lay them to rest thinking we may never see them
            again until life ends, but you never know. Their spirit just may someday
            return to the site of their grave for a visit.

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            Ghosts in the News

            Ghost hunting in the Chickamauga battlefield

            I stared at the dark figure for a few seconds before I spoke.

            Surely, my imagination was misleading me. Or maybe my eyes were just
            tired and blurry.

            It was the middle of the night and I was on a ghost hunt with paranormal
            investigators in the Chickamauga Battlefield, part of the nation's
            oldest and largest Civil War park.

            In the beginning, I was skeptical because I had already been on one hunt
            in LaFayette's Marsh House and experienced nothing — not even
            when they sent me crawling around in the dark, dirty basement of the
            antebellum home.

            I also was naively optimistic that if there was anything paranormal in
            nature at the battlefield, I would somehow be able to prove it —
            capture it on camera or have an indisputable interaction with a ghost.

            Yes, I pictured myself breaking a huge story, getting an exclusive
            interview with a ghost. Don't laugh.

            Back to the story. I was walking the large field near Snodgrass Hill,
            looking toward the tree line that surrounds the large grassy space. I
            stared at the dark, shadowy, upright figure in the distance for a few
            seconds, wondering if I was going crazy. Or maybe I was delirious. Or
            maybe I was looking at a reflection, a shadow, something explainable.

            I waited a few seconds, staring, searching my brain for answers, and
            attempting to make sure that I wasn't about to over-react or make a
            fool of myself.

            Finally, I pointed at the moving figure and asked the other members of
            my group if they saw it. By the time they answered, "What,
            where?" it was gone.

            And, of course, none of the cameras were working well because of the
            cold temperatures.

            So I came away from my second ghost hunt with no hard proof of the
            paranormal and facts are what a journalist lives by.

            I question my sighting — although the investigators said my
            experience was credible because there were other similar ones —
            because I can't prove it.

            But even though I came away with no hard evidence, the experience was
            exciting. Simply having the opportunity to roam the battlefield in the
            middle of the night was amazing. Living in downtown Chattanooga, I
            sometimes forget how bright the stars are.

            Even though I didn't get my big break and capture undeniable
            evidence of a ghost, I did something not many get to see. Even though it
            was so cold I could see my breath, it was a beautiful night.

            Ghostbusters to inspect doomed Caesar's nightclub

            Ghostbusters are visiting a nightclub earmarked for demolition to
            determine once and for all whether it is haunted.

            If you see something strange in the neighbourhood next Friday the 13th,
            it could well be teams of paranormal investigators who will be scoping
            Caesar's nightclub in Streatham for ghosts.

            Different spook detectives from throughout England were invited by owner
            Fred Batt for a final inspection of the historic venue in Streatham High
            Road before it is knocked down.

            Staff at the club are said to have reported unidentified footsteps along
            the club's corridors, unexplained dark shapes moving across rooms,
            doors opening on their own, and the appearance of a ghostly woman.

            Now ghostbusters, who are inviting members of the public along to join
            them, are heading there on Friday, February 13, to follow in the
            footsteps of the spirit hunters of TV's Most Haunted, who filmed a show
            at the venue in 2003.

            Trevor Wellor, from the Cleveland Paranormal Investigators, said:
            "We have a number of reasons to believe the club is haunted and
            whenever a building is about to be knocked down paranormal activity
            increases. There is a very good chance we will pick up some paranormal
            activity."

            He said Ruth Ellis - the last woman to be hung in Britain and who once
            worked at the club - is suspected of being the ghostly woman seen by
            staff members, while he suspects the Kray twins, who were once celebrity
            guests, could be haunting the venue too.

            The paranormal investigators will take groups of people round the club,
            carrying out seances, vigils, and communicating with spirits so they
            move glasses, and tip tables, according to Mr Wellor.

            He said a medium will also allow any spirits present to communicate.

            Ghostbusting gadgets such as electro-magnetic field detectors will also
            be employed by the investigators - all who have paranormal investigative
            qualifications - to prove the existence of the undead.

            Mr Ellis said he preferred sceptics to come on the hunts because their
            whole purpose was to prove to people that paranormal activity does
            occur.

            He said: "85 per cent of people who go out with us have some kind of
            paranormal experience. Come down and see for yourselves."

            The event will take place at the nightclub from 8pm until 4am and
            tickets cost £45.

            US Supreme Court may hear exorcism case
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            "Exorcism" case could affect paranormal groups.

            LegalNewsline reports that the US Supreme Court has been asked to hear
            the case of a former Texas woman who claims she was abused during a
            forced exorcism in 1996. Laura Schubert, 29, says she was cut and
            bruised and later experienced hallucinations after the members of the
            Pleasant Glade Assembly of God performed an exorcism on her in 1996.

            She sued the Colleyville, Texas, church in 2002. A Tarrant County jury
            found the church and its members liable for abuse and falsely
            imprisoning the girl. She was awarded $300,000. An appeals court in Fort
            Worth later reduced the verdict to $188,000.

            The Texas Supreme Court rejected the jury award in late June, ruling
            that the exorcism was a matter of church doctrine and subject to certain
            First Amendment religious protections, and thus the case would
            "unconstitutionally entangle the court in matters of church doctrine."

            In its 6-3 decision, the state's high court ruled that a lower court
            erred when it said the Pleasant Glade Assembly of God's First Amendment
            rights regarding freedom of religion did not prevent the church from
            being held liable for mental distress brought on by a
            "hyper-spiritualist ic environment. " At trial, attorneys for the church
            said Schubert's psychological problems were triggered by traumatic
            events she witnessed with her missionary parents in Africa.

            This case may have some interesting implications for us as paranormal
            investigators. Many groups, including R.I.P., perform clearings and I've
            recently referred a case to a professional exorcist. It's obviously
            essential for paranormal organizations to have the proper legal forms
            prepared and signed by their clients prior to starting an investigation.
            At R.I.P., we always have our clients sign a "Permission to
            Investigate/ Waiver of Liability" form and individual investigators are
            required to have a standard "hold harmless" agreement on file before
            participating in any investigations. If a case is being filmed, we also
            have owners/trustees sign a "Location Release," as well as "Model
            Release" forms for everyone who will appear on camera. R.I.P. also
            specifically states on its "Waiver" form that none of us are qualified
            to diagnose or treat any physical or mental illness, nor are we
            qualified to render an opinion as to a recommended course of treatment.
            We also state that that no specific results are either predicted or
            guaranteed from any of our actions.

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            from actual cases, equipment displays and demos, Q & A and lots more!
            Groups enter the building every 20 minutes. Bring your cameras and
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            comfortable place for people who have had an experience with a haunting
            and/or ghost to share their story with others who have had similar
            experiences. I am someone who has lived with and witnessed many
            paranormal events and encountered many different spirits and ghosts.
            Because of my experiences, I treat this subject very seriously in my
            attempt to educate, comfort and help others who are having experiences
            they don't understand, are afraid of or need help with. This page
            will always strive to educate you on what ghosts are and how to deal
            with them. We will also provide proof to the existence of ghosts in the
            form of pictures, sounds and eyewitness accounts. We will provide
            advice and, along with experts in the field who assist me here, help
            resolve any ghost related problems in your life. Of course we will
            always provide a space for you to share your experiences among friends
            and people who understand and to meet others who share similar
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              newsletter. Important: Remember to share the website with friends and
              family so that we can enlarge the family here at The Shadowlands. - Dave
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              News: Updated on March 1st - We didn't add any stories this month but
              we cleaned up the Haunted Places Index and also added some photos to the
              Famous Hauntings pages. We'll have more new true experiences to post
              in April. If you'd like to share your story with us please email Tina
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              "Debunking" Haunted Places

              by Dave Juliano (davejuliano@ tehshadowlands. net)

              More and more we are getting emails from ghost hunters telling us that
              they have debunked a location that we have listed on the Haunted Place
              Index. The average email states that these researchers have gone out,
              sometimes a few times, to a location and they did not get any kind of
              evidence or signs of activity so therefore the location is not haunted.
              Zero evidence and zero manifestations of any kind doesn't mean the
              location is not haunted or doesn't have any spirits present. All it
              means is that you were unable to find anything to substantiate the
              reports of ghost activity. You also didn't get evidence to disprove or
              "debunk" it either.

              As newer investigators hit the field ready with their equipment and five
              or six senses, some seem to miss one of the obvious catch 22's of ghost
              hunting. You are not going to get enough evidence to prove once and
              for all ghosts exist and if you get no evidence, many people will think
              that they don't exist.

              "Debunking" is a spreading catch phrase for many paranormal
              investigators and I really think that most are not using the word
              correctly. In order to debunk a haunting you would have to get
              evidence showing that there are natural causes for the activity that has
              been reported. You can't go to a place that has multiple witnesses
              over a period of time and conclude there is no spirit activity because
              the spirits did perform on cue when you were there. You need to show
              reasonable explanations for all the activity that has been reported in
              order to really debunk the haunting. What is more disheartening to me
              is that some of these researchers are doing this in private home after
              people have called them out for help. Not only is their reasoning
              askew thinking a lack of evidence means no ghosts but calling the case
              "debunked" is also calling the people in the house experiencing the
              activity liars or crazy. This can have severe consequences on the
              mental health of any residents who were already wondering if there were
              imaging the activity.

              I have an unrelated theory I wanted to share here so please bear with
              me. I have concluded that there are no fish in the ocean along the
              coast of New Jersey. I have surf fished a few times, spent many
              summers down the Jersey Shore and even worked as a police officer at the
              shore and I have never caught or seen anyone catch any fish or seen any
              in the water. Since my theory is based on hours upon hours of
              watching, swimming and fishing in the ocean, I think it's safe to say
              that after 40+ years I should have seen someone catch a fish or have
              seen a dead fish washed up on the beach, or something. So I feel I can
              safely conclude that the stories of fish in the ocean along the coast of
              New Jersey have been debunked. Yeah, it sounds just as silly if you
              do this with a haunted location too.

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              Ghosts in the News

              State seeking bids to demolish psychiatric hospital buildings

              MARLBORO — Trespassers hearing — or even believing — that
              the former Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital property is haunted are posing
              a problem for the state and township.

              The state plans to demolish eight buildings on the former hospital
              grounds in part because hundreds of ghost-story- inspired thrill-seekers
              have been trespassing at the "asylum," Mayor Jonathan Hornik said.

              The township has asked the state to demolish the buildings, cottages
              built between 1929 and 1974 on the southwestern end of the property.
              Formerly residences for hospital staff, the buildings are now beyond
              repair and pose a danger to visitors, Hornik said.

              Police report about 100 calls concerning the site every year. The number
              of calls spikes around Halloween, he said.

              The state, which owns the 411-acre hospital property that has been
              closed since 1998, has set a March 3 deadline for the submission of
              demolition bids.

              Joseph Pernice, 21, a local film student, said that cruising down Igoe
              Road, off the hospital grounds, is a popular rite of passage after teens
              get their drivers licenses.

              "The reason was, it was supposedly haunted," Pernice said. "I've heard
              stories about hearing babies crying (at the hospital cemetery), neo-Nazi
              doctors killing off patients, patients escaping from the hospital and
              trying to find help."

              Pernice, son of former Councilman Joseph Pernice, said he filmed a
              documentary about the hospital, "Haunted Truth," using footage shot from
              public roads. He said folklore about the site has spread through word of
              mouth, Internet sites and publications devoted to New Jersey legends.

              It's not surprising the property scares up ghost stories. Dilapidated,
              abandoned buildings dot the fenced-in site. A hospital cemetery, mostly
              untended for years, lies across Route 520. And in 1973 alone, the
              hospital reported some 486 patient escapes, according to published
              reports.

              "There's that mystique of mental hospitals and what happened in years
              past — lobotomies, electric shock treatments, the stigma about
              mental illness, calling (the hospital) an "asylum,' " said Dr. Paul
              Kovalski, a dentist for Marlboro Psychiatric patients for 10 years.

              "If somebody's having a psychiatric crisis, you're going to hear screams
              like that; it doesn't mean someone's being tortured," Kovalski said.
              "But that attracts people to go there. They look at the dark side, and
              not the fact we treated patients who had mental illness to try to give
              them a better quality of life."

              Nancy Williams, former chairwoman of Marlboro Historic Commission, said
              she hopes the demolitions aren't a precursor to destroying township
              history.

              Ghost stories aside, the hospital is a local thread in the history of
              health care for the mentally ill — the good and bad, Williams said.
              Among photographs Williams has collected is a circa-1940s image of
              former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, an advocate for the mentally ill,
              on a visit to the hospital.

              "That's another landmark in Marlboro, and it tells something of our
              history and the early part of the last century," Williams said.

              Hornik said the township is negotiating with the state to acquire the
              property, where more than 100 buildings still stand. A plan for
              redevelopment there, approved by the Township Council last year,
              includes open space and community-based uses.

              "It's such a storied place in our town," Hornik said. "We're trying to
              write the last chapters to turn it into something positive."

              Circumstantial Evidence Found In University Ghost Test

              Slippery Rock University Professors Hire Professionals To Test Miller
              Hall

              SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Some Slippery Rock University professors want to
              know once and for all if Miller Hall is truly haunted, so they hired
              professionals.

              Many have said over the years that the ghost of Emma Miller roams the
              auditorium, where the university's theater department holds its
              productions. Miller was a trustee who died in 1970.

              Overnight, some paranormal investigators with equipment gathered with
              students and staff to try to capture some sign of Miller. A university
              spokesman said Sunday that there was some circumstantial evidence of a
              ghost in the building.

              "We've never been in a situation where we felt like we had to get rid of
              what was here," Slippery Rock theater professor David Skeele said. "It's
              a little scary sometimes if you're here alone late at night. It kind of
              can be a creepy place to be in general. I've got a theory that
              whatever's here likes good theater." The investigators will analyze the
              photos and audio recordings before issuing a ruling on whether the
              theater is truly haunted.

              Slippery Rock ghost hunters report contact

              By Tony LaRussa

              Paranormal investigators descended on Slippery Rock University over the
              weekend to hunt for the ghost of Emma, a woman some students and faculty
              say has been roaming the campus for years.

              Instead, investigators say they might have encountered the lingering
              spirit of a child.

              "Michael Peters, the medium who was with us for the investigation, did
              some channeling and reported having some personal experiences with the
              spirit of a little girl," said John Lewis, owner of Baelfire Paranormal
              Investigation in Titusville. "That really didn't surprise us because
              we've had reports of people hearing voices and conversations involving a
              little girl."

              Between 10 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday, Lewis' team of 10 paranormal
              investigators used infrared cameras, digital and analog audio recorders,
              digital and 35-mm still cameras and other equipment such as
              electromagnetic field meters and computers to try to capture evidence of
              disembodied spirits in the buildings.

              Because the equipment can pick up things that can't be seen by the human
              eye such as orbs, facial images or "primordial mist," Lewis said he will
              wait until the material has been analyzed before saying whether any
              hard-core evidence was gathered to indicate the buildings are haunted.

              Lewis said he likely would take two weeks to review the findings before
              reporting the results to the university and on his Web site,
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              Lewis said spirits sometimes linger because they do not realize they are
              dead or have "unfinished business." The team is trained to help spirits
              "move on" if that is their desire, he said.

              Students and staff believe the specter they have encountered is Miller
              because of her close relationship to the theater department.

              Miller was born in Guffey Station, Westmoreland County, on July 6, 1874.
              She was a six-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention from
              Pennsylvania. She died after suffering a heart attack on Feb. 23, 1970.

              She was a longtime member and past president of the Slippery Rock
              Council of Trustees and was instrumental in securing state assistance
              for the construction of eight buildings from 1928-39.

              Things seem paranormal around Dumfries

              By Aileen Streng

              Published: February 28, 2009

              A woman went to the Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfries last summer to
              inquire about historical photos. She saw a docent dressed in a
              Victorian-era costume looking out of a second floor window.

              She then went up to the front door and peered through a window, seeing
              the same docent walk down the stairs and into a side room. She knocked
              on the door.

              When the docent didn't answer the door, the woman left and called the
              museum office to complain.

              "She was justifiably concerned and upset," said Emma Young,
              administrative assistant for Historic Dumfries, Virginia Inc., which
              manages the museum.

              The annoyed visitor came back several days later and spoke to Beth
              Cardinale, Historic Dumfries administrator. They soon figured out that
              the woman had gone to the wrong building—the 260-year-old museum
              building instead of the office building next door—and that there had
              not been a docent in the museum at the time of her visit.

              "There was no one in the museum that day," Cardinale said.

              The two women then went back to the museum and went inside. They looked
              at the photos on the wall of Annie and Violet Merchant, who used to live
              in the house.

              "She immediately went to Annie's picture and said, 'That's her. That's
              who I saw, as sure as I see you standing here,'" Cardinale said.

              "I said, 'That's interesting since she died in 1952.'"

              A group of ghost hunters recently visited the museum to prove what
              Cardinale and Young and many others already know.

              There appears to be something other-worldly about the historic old
              house, often referred to as the "most haunted house in Dumfries."

              Seven members of the Supernatural Investigators of Virginia spent a
              night in the building last fall. They came away with what they believe
              is evidence of the paranormal.

              "I would characterize it as a very active house," said Tracey Burnett,
              one of the founding members of the Harrisonburg- based group. "It is the
              first place we have gotten so many EVPs."

              Among ghost hunters, EVPs are known as Electronic Voice Phenomena.

              The crew of ghost hunters said they captured 18 voice recordings during
              their overnight visit. On the tapes you hear: "Hello," "Get out of my
              house," and "Can you hear me? I'm not dead."

              The group will be back in Dumfries on Saturday to present its findings
              to the public at 7 and 8:30 p.m. in the Dumfries Town Hall Council
              Chambers. The free lecture is sponsored by Historic Dumfries.

              History of the house

              First owned by Quantico Church and built around 1750, the original
              two-room building was purchased by Locke Weems, George Washington's
              first biographer, in 1798 and used as a bookstore. Around 1802, Benjamin
              Botts bought it and used it for his law practice.

              In 1869, Richard and Annie Merchant bought the house and added four
              rooms. It was there they planned to raise their daughters, Violet and
              Mamie.

              Mamie suffered from epileptic seizures and was kept in an upstairs room
              in confinement until she died in 1906 at the age of 23. Her father died
              the same year.

              Annie asked her daughter Violet, who had moved away and fallen in love,
              to come back home and take care of her. Violet did so until Annie died
              in 1952 at the age of 98. Violet spent the rest of her life in the house
              until she died in 1968.

              In 1974, when major repairs were being made to the house and future
              museum, the strange occurrences began.

              Sounds and sightings

              "It is largely believed that the Merchant family is haunting the house,"
              Young said.

              "We can go months with nothing happening," Cardinale said.

              "Then we will go days that something happens every day," Young said.

              An antique doll has moved around the parlor room, and a photograph
              hanging on the wall has been found on the floor or propped up on a
              chair. Books move, curtains flutter.

              Young's most vivid experience was two years ago with whom she believes
              was Violet. "It had to do with a window that opened and closed on
              command," she said.

              "People love these sorts of stories," Young said. "Frankly, the ghosts
              are our biggest fundraiser."

              Ghost hunters

              Historic Dumfries has been hosting overnight Ghostly Lock-ins at the
              museum in October since 2004. It becomes more popular each year.

              The Supernatural Investigators learned of the lock-ins and booked a
              night. "We were looking for something to do around Halloween and decided
              to try it," Burnett said.

              Young said that the museum gets a fair number of visits from
              self-proclaimed ghost hunters.

              "You can tell those who are doing it as a lark versus those who are
              serious in the inquiry," she said.

              Young said she didn't know how serious the Supernatural Investigators
              were until they showed up with infra-red cameras, video cameras, digital
              cameras, digital recorders and asked her very detailed questions.

              "They were taking pictures and temperature readings in all the rooms.
              They were systematically going through each room," she said. Young
              stayed with the group throughout the investigation.

              The Supernatural Investigators formed in 2006 and consists of six core
              members and three associates who have at least a couple of things in
              common—an interest in the paranormal and jobs at Wal-Mart for most
              of them.

              The group has conducted investigations at five houses, as well as a
              number of cemeteries. They do not charge for their services and their
              availability is spread largely through word of mouth, Burnett said.

              "We do all of our ghost hunting in the dark. That's because if you have
              the lights on you won't be able to see shadows as well," Burnett said.
              "Also, if you have the electricity on, it can interfere with our
              electro-magnetic field detectors."

              "Usually when ghosts manifest, they will give off a certain energy about
              them that can be picked up by the detectors," Burnett said. "You don't
              want any outside energy to affect that."

              The ghost hunters try to disprove any evidence that could be considered
              paranormal with logical explana-tions.

              For example, Burnett does not put much credence into photographs that
              show orbs. "Orbs can be dust, bugs or moisture," she said.

              The investigators did get a photo outside the museum that showed a
              blue-colored mist surrounding the base of a tree. "It actually had some
              sort of form to it," Burnett said. "It struck us as odd."

              They also set digital recorders in all the rooms. "We just leave them
              there to run the entire time," Burnett said.

              "We picked up a lot of EVPs there and a lot of them were quite clear,"
              she said.

              However, when the group left the museum the next day, they didn't think
              they had caught any paranormal activity with their equipment.

              "Usually with most of our investigations, we come away thinking we don't
              have anything," Burnett said. "Then when we get home and review all of
              the video and audio and download the pictures, we find there is more
              there than we thought. A lot of times it's boring while you are there
              but the end result is very interesting. "

              That was the case at the Weems-Botts.

              The Supernatural Investigators will head back to the museum after their
              presentation Saturday for another investigation, hoping once more for a
              visit from the netherworld.

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              3-13-09 - Mt Holly Ghost Walk, Mt Holly NJ

              10-19-07 - South Jersey Ghost Research Lecture @ Riverton Free Library,
              306 Main Street, Riverton, NJ 08077 - Video and audio presentation ,
              photos and EVPs from actual cases, photo displays, equipment displays
              and demos and Q & A. (856) 829-2476 - 7pm. Free Admission

              3-28-09 - Two events @ Gabreil Daveis Tavern, 4th ave and Floodgate dr,
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              The Ghost Hunter Experience
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              our investigators as guides. Plus: Video and audio presentations, See a
              demo of our infrared night vision equipment, Hear Real Ghost Voices and
              see Real Ghost Photos we have gotten on investigations, photo displays
              from actual cases, equipment displays and demos, Q & A and lots more!
              Groups enter the building every 20 minutes. Bring your cameras and
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              experiences. I am someone who has lived with and witnessed many
              paranormal events and encountered many different spirits and ghosts.
              Because of my experiences, I treat this subject very seriously in my
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              they don't understand, are afraid of or need help with. This page
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              with them. We will also provide proof to the existence of ghosts in the
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              resolve any ghost related problems in your life. Of course we will
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                Feel free to E-mail any comments to us about the page or this newsletter. Important:  Remember to share the website with friends and family so that we can enlarge the family here at The Shadowlands. - Dave Juliano (davejuliano@ theshadowlands. net) and Tina Carlson (tinacarlson@ theshadowlands. net)

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                15 years on the net and still going strong.  Over 13,900 True Stories Posted!

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                News:  Updated on May 1st -  Sorry for the delay, it's been very busy around here.   My group  had 5 investigations this weekend and I was tied up with them.  We added 40 new stories and new haunted places as well.  - Dave

                 

                 If you'd like to share your story with us please email Tina at tinacarlson@ theshadowlands. net

                 

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                Rest in Peace Hans Holzer

                 

                Hans Holzer, who passed over to the other side aged 89, was a celebrated "ghost-hunter" and author of numerous books about the paranormal, including Murder at Amityville (1979) – the basis for the film Amityville II: The Possession (1982)

                 

                 Holzer described himself as an academic parapsychologist and took his calling extremely seriously. There were, he explained, three "dirty words" in his vocabulary: belief, disbelief and supernatural. "Belief is the uncritical acceptance of something you can't prove," he explained. "I work on evidence".

                 

                He therefore dismissed the existence of angels and regarded the world's religions as corporations that make large profits out of scaring the "hell" out of their followers. He himself gave up celebrating Christmas after establishing "beyond a shadow of a doubt" that Jesus was born on October 3, 7BC, and stopped attending church when the local minister turned down his offer to contribute to a seminar on world religions. "If it weren't for parapsychology, " Holzer complained, "religion wouldn't have a leg to stand on."

                 

                Britain is 'uncomfortably haunted by memory of religion', says Archbishop of CanterburyBut he was firm in his belief in ghosts (people who do not realise that they are dead and are therefore "confused as to their real status"), and was convinced that extraterrestrials are abducting human beings to learn about life on earth. He also believed in reincarnation (he recalled being present at the "Battle" of Glencoe in 1692) and was a Wiccan high priest, initiated "three times" into the pagan religion.

                 

                Holzer embarked on his most famous investigation in 1977, following reports about a family who claimed to have been terrorised by paranormal phenomena after moving into a sprawling colonial mansion in Amityville, Long Island, in 1975. The house had been the scene of a grisly multiple murder a little over a year before, when 23-year-old Ronnie DeFeo went from room to room shooting his parents and his four siblings in their beds.

                 

                Holzer visited the house in company with a medium who claimed to have "channelled" the spirit of an angry Shinnecock Indian by the name of Chief Rolling Thunder, who informed her that the house stood on an ancient Indian burial ground. Meanwhile Holzer took photographs of bullet holes from the murders, around which mysterious halos appeared. The murderer, he suggested, had become possessed by the Indian chief.

                 

                There were at least two problems with this theory. The local historical society disputed the idea that there had ever been a burial ground at the site, and descendants of the Montaukett Indians pointed out that they, and not the Shinnecocks, had been the original inhabitants of Amityville. But Holzer was undeterred, and as well as his "non-fiction" account went on to publish two novels based on the story.

                 

                Hans Holzer was born in Vienna on January 26 1920 and developed an interest in the supernatural from his uncle Henry, who told him ghost stories. He studied archaeology, ancient history and numismatics at the University of Vienna but left Austria for New York with his family in 1938, just before the Anschluss. After studying Japanese at Columbia University, he tried to make a living in showbusiness, writing sketches for a short-lived comedy revue and an even shorter-lived musical, Hotel Excelsior.

                 

                Holzer returned to his studies, taking a master's degree in comparative religion and claiming a doctorate in parapsychology at an elusive London College of Applied Science (not, it appears, London, England). He went on to teach parapsychology at the New York Institute of Technology and embarked on his long career as a writer and "ghost hunter" (the title of his first book, published in 1963).

                 

                In search of his quarry Holzer travelled the world, uncovering a 19th-century admiral in New Hampshire, "left behinds" in Connecticut and a haunted train in Switzerland. Not once did he feel afraid: "After all," he told Leonard Nimoy on the television series In Search Of, "a ghost is only a fellow human being in trouble."

                 

                Holzer's field research, usually conducted with a "trance" medium and a Polaroid camera, led him to the conclusion that "the other side" (a phrase he is said to have invented) is very like this side, only with more red tape. The dead who wish to return to earth have to get permission from "spirit guides", then wait in a queue and register with a clerk.

                 

                Holzer, a vegan from his early 40s, wrote well over 100 books on ghosts and other paranormal and occult phenomena, such as Ghosts I've Met (1965), Yankee Ghosts (1966), and The Great British Ghost Hunt (1975). Other books dealt with witches and warlocks, UFOs and extraterrestrials, psychic healing and hypnosis. His 13 novels included The Psychic World of Bishop Pike (1970).

                 

                He was a regular on television chat shows and even hosted his own show, Ghost Hunter.

                 

                In 1962 he married Countess Catherine Buxhoeveden, a direct descendant of Catherine the Great and an artist inspired by the "energy of the spirits who visit her at night". The marriage was dissolved.

                 

                Hans Holzer, who died on April 26, is survived by two daughters.

                 

                Source:  http://www.telegrap h.co.uk/news/ obituaries/ culture-obituari es/film-obituari es/5258945/ Hans-Holzer. html

                 

                 

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                Setting up Shop: Creating Your Own Paranormal Site

                 

                By Dawn Colclasure

                In this digital age, it's almost mandatory for everyone to have a Web site. If you have a business, you should have a site. If you're a professional entertainer, you should have a site. If you indulge in a hobby and products or stories result from this, you should have a site – or, at least, a blog.

                Having a Web site offers many bonuses. You get to share information about yourself and what it is you do. People can trust this information because it is coming directly from you or someone who works for you. You can have this information and other goodies about your work available 24/7, to everyone and anyone with an Internet connection. You won't have to go to the trouble of answering multiple e-mails every day or taking phone calls if someone wants to know who you are and what you do; that information will be right there for them to read on your Web site. Having a Web site is your way to network while you sleep!

                While it's understandable that having a Web site is definitely a plus, a lot of people don't know how to create one. Web site design and programming is not for everybody. It can be tricky and very time-consuming to learn, especially if you're not very tech-savvy. If you don't know how to create your own site and can't find the resources to help you learn, it might be wise to hire someone who knows what they're doing. In these tough economic times, however, it's not like many people have the extra money on hand to hire someone to create their Web site. Web site designers can charge a pretty penny for their services, charging either an hour-by-hour fee, a flat fee, or accepting payment in installments. If you're lucky, a friend would do it for a very low price, on a bartering basis or even for free. (They can always use extra kudos that'll boost their credibility. ) You might also look into finding a tech-savvy college or university student who's looking to make a little extra cash.

                If paying for a Web site is out of the question, however, try looking into sites where you can set one up for free. Sites such
                http://www.webs. com, http://www.tripod. lycos.com/ and even Yahoo! help the non-tech-savvy person to create their own free Web site with user-friendly tools. You can also try MySpace.com, WordPress.com and the Ghost Hunters site at http://ghosthunters .ning.com/. A bonus is that, in addition to your free site, you also get a free blog.

                Some people feel, however, that some Web sites are not professional if they don't have their own domain name. This is a common misconception that can really slow traffic to your page. As long as you put information on your site showing that you are indeed a professional and not just some amateur running around with a tape recorder, it will invite visitors to learn more.

                Once you get your Web site going, think about what exactly you want to put on your page. Make sure you don't overload it with flashing graphics or numerous pictures that will take a long time to load. (Keep in mind visitors who have slow Internet connections. ) If you have a logo for your group or a signature photo that you own the copyright to, go ahead and use it on your page, usually placed at the top. On your home page, be sure to state your group's name and exactly what your group does. You don't have to give out your address or phone number; you can list what city or county you're in if someone is looking for a regional group, and provide an e-mail address for contact information.

                In addition to sharing information about yourself, what it is you do, and contact information, be sure to include a sort of "professional brand" on your page. Something that will let visitors know you are trustworthy and legitimate. This can be an award you or your group has won, testimonials from clients (who you can keep anonymous), media appearances, lecture appearances, or a "mission statement" in which you assure prospective clients that you respect their privacy, obey laws and will not share information without their approval. By having a disclaimer on your site, you'll let visitors know you are the real deal, that you respect them and their cases, and that you are willing to take necessary steps to legally protect yourself and your group members.

                If you or your group publish a newsletter, be sure to include this on your site. If it's related to your group or the paranormal in general, offer a way for visitors to subscribe. Often, if someone is unsure about contacting a group or seeking their services, they will subscribe to their newsletter or friend them via MySpace or Friendster to see what they're all about and what kind of people they are.

                That said, if there are other sites you are a member of, be sure to include this information, as well. If you're a member of The American Ghost Society, the International Ghost Hunter's Society or the International Association of Haunted Attractions (IAHA), mention this on your page. This can add to your credibility. If you have a MySpace or are a member of Friendster, provide your link. If you have a public blog, include where visitors can find it. If you have articles available to read online or another site that offers other services, note the link(s) on your page.

                Finally, with a Web site, it's a good idea to heed the advice offered by businessmen: "Make it easy for them to say yes." The more you have on your site which shows you are a professional and that you are serious about doing investigations or researching the paranormal, the easier it will be for a prospective client to feel comfortable communicating with you. This rule also applies to how you avail yourself to being contacted. I once tried to contact two different paranormal groups but had no luck sending e-mail. With one group, every single e-mail I sent to different team members bounced, and there was no other form of contact available on their Web site. With another, I tried contacting them through MySpace since they didn't have an e-mail address on their site, but my message was blocked because they only accept messages from people they know. If you make it hard for people to contact you or your group, then they won't contact you or your group.

                If you are a paranormal enthusiast just interested in all things paranormal, and not being actively involved in the field, your paranormal site can contain things such as stories or information about local haunts, your favorite ghosty sites and reviews of paranormal-themed books, movies and TV shows. If you include stories of ghosts and hauntings on your site, make it very clear if the story is true or not. One site I visited had fictional stories on the same page as true stories. I didn't realize stories were just fictional creations until after I clicked their links! Word to the wise: Keep the true stories and the fictional ones separate.  

                Once you get your site or page set up, a good rule of thumb is to try it out on different browsers. What opens just fine on Firefox may have trouble spots when you're using Internet Explorer. If you notice anything amiss when using different browsers, hone in on that and fix it as soon as you can. Nothing turns visitors off faster than a dead link or pictures that won't load. Also, you can make a note on your page asking visitors to contact you by e-mail if something doesn't work. If they will need an application to open something, such as Java or Adobe Acrobat Reader, be sure to note this and provide a link to where they can download it.

                A word of warning here: Your Web site is like your business card. You must conduct it in a professional, respectful fashion that allows your prospective clients to see you as someone who is serious about what it is you do. Don't clutter your Web site with quizzes that are not related to the paranormal, tasteless photos or anything that otherwise mocks the field, your fellow groups or the paranormal in general. Your site must show you have respect for the paranormal, respect for your fellow groups and, most importantly, respect for yourself as a paranormal enthusiast.

                As more social networks and free Web site creation sites are becoming increasingly available to the world at large, you have a greater opportunity to make you and your group known on the World Wide Web. Look into what's available as far as creating your own site is concerned, take the time to put together a simple, professional Web page, and you'll soon be on your way to having your own place on the Web where anybody and everybody will be able to find you.

                 

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                Paranormal Investigator' s Prayer

                 

                For the non-Christians feel free to change the wording a bit to reflect your beliefs. As long as the sentiment is the same it is something positive.

                 

                Father in Heaven,

                Please fill your children with

                your love and The Holy Spirit

                Be our Light and guide us

                safely down this path

                Protect and shield us

                from the darkness.

                Work through us as we

                try to assist those in need

                Your will be done, Amen

                 

                 

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                Ghosts in the News

                 

                 

                Rams Head a favorite haunt for ghost group

                 

                By DIANE REY,

                 

                Rams Head Tavern has procedures for hustling people out the door who try to linger past the 2 a.m. closing time. It's the ones who seem to want to hang around for centuries that make some on the staff come unglued.

                 

                The popular tavern, eatery and music venue at 33 West St. traces its roots back to 1703, when a young brewer named Benjamin Fordham decided to stake his fortune on slaking the thirst of the local colonists. The spot where the building stands today was first owned by St. Anne's Parish, then subleased to a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Samuel Chase, and later operated as a tavern and "house of entertainment" before the 18th century came to a close.

                 

                Given its spirited history, the notion that the tavern has picked up a few ghostly spirits along the way draws people looking for more than a cold beer and pub fare. Last Friday night, , a dozen people affiliated with the Maryland Ghost and Spirit Association gathered in the "tea room" on the main floor for a dinner and ghost tour.

                 

                Server Beca Vietri whetted the group's appetite not only for the dinner specials, but for the ghost hunting to follow.

                 

                "She's terrifying. I see her all the time. She freaks me out. I've got plenty of stories," said the waitress before she hurried off to collect drink orders.

                 

                The "she" Vietri was referring to is Amy, a young woman from the tavern's early days who met her demise while "entertaining" a gentleman caller, so the story goes. (Annapolis Ghost Tours owner Mike Carter said his guides often skip over Amy's line of work when children are on tour.)

                 

                "If you're near a hot guy, you're going to feel a cold chill," said hostess Kim Sheehan in explaining how to detect Amy's presence.

                 

                Rams Head staff members recalled that during construction in the 1990s to expand operations, workers found Amy's name supposedly scratched into a wall in the cellar. They'll also point out where the bedpost from the bed in which she died protrudes through the ceiling of the "down bar" in the building's lower level.

                 

                Beverly Litsinger, president of the Maryland Ghost and Spirit Association, claims to have taken a photo on an earlier visit of Amy's ghostly figure and passed the shadowy image around the table for attendees to see. After dinner, she took a few more pictures before her camera batteries died, something she blamed on the ghostly presences. "They borrow (energy) from wherever they can," she said.

                 

                Table busser Eddie Hartman is not too concerned about Amy, or the ghostly old woman who some claim to have seen in the tea room. It's the presence he sometimes feels when's he's down in the liquor cage late at night that has him spooked.

                 

                "I locked it up at 2 o'clock one night. I'll let you hear what it sounded like," he said, as he grabbed the front of the chain-link enclosure in the tavern's cellar and shook it back and forth. "The whole cage was shaking and I freaked out," he said. "Crazy stuff happens."

                 

                Following the meal and tour, attendees fanned out throughout the building with ghost-busting equipment: electromagnetic field detectors, temperature gauges, motion detectors and a pair of divining rods like those used to detect water underground.

                 

                "Something's definitely in this room. They're spinning like crazy," said Litsinger as she held the two metal rods in front of her and their ends twirled in the air.

                 

                In her day job, the Randallstown resident works as a consultant for nonprofit groups. She has 5,000 to 6,000 people from across the country on her ghost society contacts list and leads ghost tours throughout the state. Some of her favorite haunts for ghost investigations are Westminster Hall in Baltimore, Gabriel's Inn in Ijamsville, the covered bridges of Thurmont, and Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. She said television shows like "Ghost Hunters" have heightened interest in her tours.

                 

                At Rams Head, company officials have a collection of stories of silverware mysteriously turned upside down, liquor bottles popping off shelves and drinks spilling over for no apparent reason (especially at table 32). Whether there's something otherworldly going on is a matter for debate, but if ghost stories can help scare up extra business in a down economy, manager Scott Haney is willing to believe.

                 

                "I grew up when Caspar was on TV," he said. "Ghosts don't have to be scary. If they help sell beer, even better."

                 

                That's one explanation Pat Linse, co-founder of the California-based Skeptics Society, can get behind. "If I were an entrepreneur, I would promote a ghost. It's fabulous for business," she said.

                 

                In general, there's a rational explanation for the odd occurrences attributed to ghosts, Linse said - but that shouldn't spoil the fun. "Ghosts in taverns are generally innocuous and fun things. My advice to people is just to keep it fun and silly."

                 

                Diane Rey is a freelance writer living in Annapolis.

                 

                 

                 

                Group looks for ghosts aboard USS North Carolina

                 

                "This being the South, some people think we're dabbling in witchcraft," said George Matthis.

                 

                Either that, or they expect ghost hunters to be like the ones they see on television, with screams and ectoplasm flying everywhere.

                 

                The truth is a little more mundane. As I learned on a recent overnight excursion aboard the Battleship North Carolina Memorial, real-life paranormal investigation often amounts to hours of sitting around in the dark with nothing happening at all.

                 

                Unless, of course, things get weird.

                 

                The battleship, firmly anchored in the Cape Fear River opposite downtown Wilmington, has become "Spook Central" in recent years, in the words of its museum services director, Kim Sincox.

                 

                Ever since the Sci Fi Channel's "Ghost Hunters" program profiled the North Carolina in 2005, dozens of groups, from as far away as Alabama, have petitioned to investigate possible psychic phenomena below decks.

                 

                The memorial – which is state-owned but essentially self-supporting – is willing to oblige for a price.

                 

                I'm shelling out $75 for the privilege of waiting around for a clanking sound, or a whispered voice or possibly even the Holy Grail of the paranormal, a rare "full-body apparition."

                 

                I'm joining members of Port City Paranormal (PCP), a volunteer investigation group that Doug and Jane Anderson founded back in 2006. The group has since done studies of some local homes and sites, and Doug Anderson claims a particular coup: The first photo in decades of the Maco Light, the Lower Cape Fear's most famous ghost.

                 

                Virtually every source claims that the Maco Light vanished after 1977, when the old Seaboard Coast Line railroad pulled up the tracks near the old rail stop in Brunswick County, outside Wilmington. Legend claimed it was the ghost of a brakeman, beheaded in a train wreck, still searching for his head.

                 

                "There used to be nothing out there," said Jane Anderson, who remembers hunting for the light on dates as a teenager. "Now there's a convenience store."

                 

                The Andersons went out, and they didn't see anything. Still, Doug Anderson's digital camera picked up the image of three reddish orbs, seeming to hover over the old track bed. He swears it wasn't a glitch or a malfunction.

                 

                Joining the group this particular night is George Matthis, a Raleigh resident who's president of the Paranormal Research Alliance, an umbrella group for local organizations like Wilmington's PCP and Haunted N.C., an 18-year-old group based in the Raleigh-Durham area.

                 

                "Our objective," he said, "is to demystify the paranormal."

                 

                Specifically, what they'd like to do is recover enough empirical evidence – "something the scientists have to pay attention to," Jane Anderson said – of phenomena that can't be explained by normal, physical laws, phenomena demonstrating that something, or somebody, remains after death.

                 

                "The more information you've got," Jane Anderson said, "the clearer the answers might be."

                 

                "Of course," Mathis added, "there's so many things we don't know."

                 

                `007' gear

                 

                To find that elusive data, they tote a lot of gear – not nuclear packs, but digital and video cameras, audio recorders, digital and infrared thermometers, hand-held meters that can measure electromagnetic field shifts, which might be caused by a nearby electrical current, or possibly by something else. One version, nicknamed "The Screamer," has an audible alarm; another has a lit visual display that looks like something Dan Aykroyd might have hooked on his belt.

                 

                Add in bottled water, snacks, flashlights and several hundred yards of electrical utility cord. PCP packs a lot of luggage, much of it in what Jane Anderson likes to call "007 cases."

                 

                What are they looking for? A photograph of a manifestation – most likely a shadow in a place where a shadow shouldn't be. A recording of a voice or some other sound. (Haunted N.C.'s Web site has recordings made on the battleship, supposedly of unknown, disembodied voices reading off headings or hatches slamming shut where no hatches are open.)

                 

                Sometimes the sounds manifest themselves as EVP, or electronic voice phenomena, according to Doug Anderson; you don't hear them at the time, but they pop up later, more or less clearly, on tape recordings.

                 

                Some sounds or voices, he noted, seem to be "residuals," like echoes or recordings of events that just seem to have lingered for decades. Others, however, seem to have an intelligence behind them and even answer questions.

                 

                The group assembled about an hour before sunset in the battleship's parking lot: six men and five women, many of them wearing bill caps or T-shirts with Port City Paranormal's yellow-and-black patch, showing a full moon over a ghostly tree.

                 

                Nobody is a full-time professional at this sort of thing: "There are no real Ph.D. programs or even simple certifications, " Jane Anderson said.

                 

                Doug Anderson trained with The Atlantic Paranormal Society (T.A.P.S.), a respected New England-based group that is trying to establish standards. Jane learned from Doug and took an online course. They've tagged along with more experienced teams to major paranormal sites, such as a closed insane asylum in upstate New York or an especially active plantation house in the Virginia Tidewater.

                 

                Their backgrounds vary. Jane Anderson is a retired nurse; Doug also works in health care. Among the team members on this particular night were schoolteachers, law enforcement officers, computer technicians and PPD employees.

                 

                After lugging all the boxes and cases aboard – this took awhile – the group= made base camp in the North Carolina's officers' wardroom, now used for a museum display on the main deck.

                 

                Amateurs vs. pros

                 

                Jane Anderson then called the members in a circle and reviewed the rules of the road: No unnecessary conversation. (If you make a noise, ghost hunter etiquette requires that you say so, to confirm it's not a manifestation.

                 

                Throughout the night, team members would call out "Camera!" or "Flash!"). Stay with your assigned team; don't wander off. When someone calls "Stop! Freeze," you stop and freeze.

                 

                "Now remember, guys, no pranking," Jane said. "Show respect. Cell phones? Shut it off."

                 

                Along with releases, Jane circulates a copy of PCP's code of conduct. It's a sore point with the ghost hunters of the Paranormal Research Alliance that amateurs, kids, careless thrill seekers are ruining the field for the more serious researchers.

                 

                "There was this one group, they were just high school kids," Jane Anderson said. "They claimed they were doing a home investigation and they ran out and left the owners there. That's not right."

                 

                Other groups have entered buildings without permission, vandalized sites, carried off souvenirs and left behind piles of beer bottles. The problem has grown so serious, that most government-run historic sites – most recently Fort Fisher – have banned all individuals from their grounds after sunset.

                 

                "It's a crying shame," Doug Anderson said.

                 

                Before the ban, some PCP members claimed to have seen full-body apparitions, in period uniform at Fort Fisher: "The way he was staggering," Doug Anderson said, "he was either drunk or wounded."

                 

                Almost immediately after they came aboard, the team got bad news. Danny Bradshaw, the battleship's longtime caretaker, came in say that, because of repairs aboard the ship, the night's visitors would be limited to the regularly marked tour areas below decks.

                 

                That meant that some of the hottest spots for paranormal activity in the North Carolina would be off limits, such as the brig and the forward port shower room, where a Japanese torpedo hit on Sept. 15, 1942. Four sailors died in the vicinity of that explosion.

                 

                Bradshaw – who wrote a book about the battleship hauntings, on sale in the memorial's gift shop – was eager to talk about what he's seen. Jane Anderson was a little impatient with him; she wanted him to call back his supervisors, to see if some exceptions could be made. Also, she didn't want him to "contaminate" the observers.

                 

                The team did advance research; they know the names of all 10 of the North Carolina sailors who died in action during World War II, and the two others who died in accidents. The Andersons, however, are not sharing this information with the rest of us, so we won't have any preconceived notions.

                 

                "If you're expecting to hear the name `Todd,' you'll hear it," she said.

                 

                Waiting game

                 

                More experienced technical types ran out the electric cords, setting up recorders and cameras in remote spots.

                 

                The rest of us settled down, in darkened compartments, and wait.

                 

                And wait.

                 

                And wait.

                 

                At first I was with a four-person unit in a galley/mess hall area. When the "Ghost Hunters" crew was shooting here, the lid on a huge cooking pot suddenly fell with a crash. Danny Bradshaw says he saw a full-length image of a sailor down here, back in the '90s. (Most apparitions are a little more shy: Observers claim to see heads and shoulders peeking from behind doors.)

                 

                On this particular night, however, the spirits were quiet. George Matthis and Jane Anderson periodically called out conversational questions in an effort to draw a response: "What's your favorite song?" Do you get any letters from home?"

                 

                After a while, someone plays a tape of '40s big band music, hoping to get the ghosts in the mood.

                 

                The only response is a seemingly random array of creaks, clanks and other metallic noises.

                 

                "Old ships make noises," Bradshaw said.

                 

                The ship's hull tends to creak as it cools off after sundown, Matthis said, with the sounds trailing off after 10:30 p.m. or so. But wait a minute – were those four taps in a row just coincidence? And were they repeating again?

                 

                After a few hours, units rotated and we moved to a hallway near the warrant officers' mess.

                 

                At this point, things turned interesting. The K-IIs – electromagnetic meters that are a little less intrusive than "Screamers" – suddenly started to light up, seemingly randomly, every couple of minutes. We couldn't find a nearby electrical current or other source that could explain the activity.

                 

                Then Jane Anderson, who had a thermometer, noted that the temperature was started to drop, a degree of Centigrade here, a degree there – once, by as much as 5 degrees in a minute.

                 

                Then Sheila Warren, a volunteer who's regarded by the rest of the group as a "Sensitive," suddenly said that her left shoulder was tingling, as if something were touching her. Jane Anderson looked over and swore that strands of Warren's blonde hair were lifting up spontaneously, for no apparent reason, as if someone invisible were fingering it.

                 

                Had we come in touch with a real ghost? Or were our imaginations running away with us, like kids sitting around a campfire?

                 

                I later found out from Sincox that a sailor had tumbled through an open floor hatch near the warrant officer's mess, not far from where we were standing, and had fallen three decks to his death. Just a coincidence?

                 

                "What we're trying to find," Jane Anderson said, "is hard to prove and easy to disprove."

                 

                Later, the team found lots of clanks, pops and bangs from the remote recorders that could be ordinary ship noise – but whenever investigators walked nearby, all the sounds ceased. Recordings picked up some voices and what sounded like a scream, and PCP members in the sick bay seemed to get responses to some of their questions. A final report is still forthcoming.

                 

                Intriguing stuff, but no smoking gun.

                 

                The folks at PCP will keep on looking, here and elsewhere.

                 

                "I just think," said Jane Anderson, "wouldn't it be nice to know for sure what happens after you die? To have proof, to have a clue?"

                 Through one of them, he has since sent his heartfelt "thanks" to The Daily Telegraph for its interest.

                 

                 

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                  Stories of Haunted Locations: How to Sort Fact From Fiction

                  By Dawn Colclasure (DMCWriter@gmail. com)


                  Urban legends have been around for as long as spooky ghost stories. Sometimes, someone will take a very boring story of a haunted location and spin the story around to make it more exciting. Or, people don't investigate strange lights or unexplained noises and start up a rumor that something is haunted.

                  If it's your mission to get to the bottom of a report of a haunting, one good way to do this is to find out if the story is true.

                  There are good ways of trying to discover if what you hear about a haunting is true.

                  1. Keep searching the Web. One Web site is not enough to tell you if a haunting is true or not. There are a lot of Web sites out there which are questionable and not run by people who actually care about the paranormal. A lot of times, people will say anything if it means money for them. Search other, more credible Web sites. One way to tell if a site is credible is to see if it's a member of a paranormal Internet hub, if it's run by someone of good character, or if it has not had any complaints or lawsuits filed against it.

                  2. Visit message boards. Often, paranormal-themed message boards discuss haunted locations. And if the location you're researching is not on there, join the board and ask about it. There's a good chance someone with more knowledge will respond to your post. Additionally, people who have actually witnessed this activity will let you know they saw it firsthand. That's a good way of supporting claims of a haunting. Also, chances are good somebody on that board has already checked out these reports, and may have information to share about what they've learned.

                  3. Check with your library or newspaper. Your local public library is bound to contain material – either via print, microfiche, or their Internet subscription services – that discuss the location. This is especially true if the location is local or in your state. Newspaper archives also work well for this kind of research.

                  4. Check with a paranormal investigation group. If a group has investigated a haunted location, they might have their report on their Web site or blog. A group is a great source to check with in verifying the truth behind a haunting, because it's their job to see if any activity is indeed taking place at such locations. They don't make it a habit of lying about what they learn, either, because they know doing this will hurt their credibility. If you can find a local group, even better. They will likely have more information about the location even if they have not visited there.

                  5. Call the location. If it's open to the public, why not call and talk with the staff? Ask them about what you have heard and find out if anybody there has experienced activity, as well. They also might have more information about claims that the location they work at is haunted.

                  Keep in mind that just because somebody says that something is not true or that they never experienced that kind of activity, it doesn't discredit the report. Some people are more sensitive to paranormal activity than others. The important thing to do is to keep digging and digging. Talk to more people and read more reports, articles, and news stories about the location.

                  A note of caution: A lot of stories on the Internet are just repeats of urban legends or stories spread around to keep ghost tours in business. Take what you read on the Internet with a grain of salt.

                  Also, don't rely on movies or TV shows for the truth behind a haunting. They will use some parts of the stories about a haunting, but a lot of times, elements are added to make the story more interesting and entertaining. Remember, the TV business is in the entertaining business, and not everything you see on a TV show is the truth.

                  Not everything you hear or read about haunted locations is true, but a lot of it can be. Credible sources will help you learn if a haunting is true or not. It's important to ensure you know where you are getting your information from, and if it's the right information. If you want to sort fact from fiction about a report of a haunted location, do your homework, ask around, and keep searching until you find enough credible sources to support or discredit a claim.

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                  True Experiences

                  Since we are late with the update this month here is the first batch of new stories we are going to post delivery right to your inbox

                  Ghosts

                  By:  annechild@peoplepc. com

                   well around the year of 2004 myself, my dad,my sister,my stepmom,stepsister, and two stepbrothers lived in a trailer around spotsylvania county.in Virginia,home of many civil wars.i was 9 years old and we had always played with a wigi board and got scared and stuff for fun.till one night we asked him for a sign that he was rele with us.and out of no where the chains we use to tie our dogs up with would start shaking and rattling while both our dogs where inside and it was nice weather..no wind what so ever.after it stopped we even looked out to find that there was no one out there.here is another time when myself and stepbros where sleeping in the living room,it was pitch black and quite around 11 o clock.i was looking around and saw three blue legs in front of me ontop of the couch i was laying on.i than freaked out and whispered hey you guys look do you see those blue things ontop they couch.i dont remember what they said but i remember i wasnt scared at all.calm.but so thats the end of my real life encounters.but other than that theres only one reason i could think of those spirits to be there.i heard that there was supposedly a hidden cemeterie back in the woods and even asked neighbors about it and they said yea weve heard. but no ones ever found it that i know of.we now live in a old civil war house and have not yet had the chance to make an encounter. i would like to. and as soon as i do i will post it right here. thank you for reading.

                  Phone Jacks

                  By:       kristolspears@ hotmail.com

                  I have been reading these stories, for so many years. I am 40 and have experienced paranormal activity since I was about 6 years old. I like to add my stories as they come to me. My 16 year old Daughter just asked me to add her story.  

                  Last year (2008) my Daughter had her bedroom in the basement of our house. Before she took it over, it had been a home office. She had her best friend Kirsten sleep over one night. They spent a majority of the night screwing around down there. At 3am they decided to go to bed. They shut everything off and fell asleep.  

                  4am Kirsten wakes up, and hears a slow clicking noise. She said it was just a click-click- click. She woke my Daughter up, and asked her if she knew what that noise was. They sat and listened to this click sound, when they figured out what it was. The clicking was coming from two separate phone jacks in the room.  

                  At this time we had no land phones in the home, no phone connections. The entire Family used cell phones. The girls finally fell back asleep.   4:45am Kirsten wakes again, this time the clicking is going in a rapid succession very fast. She said she just felt this uneasy feeling come over her.Thats when she saw it. There was a shadow or outline of what appeared to be a masculine form. She said it stood a few feet away from the end of the bed. Kirsten called out for my Daughter. They both sat and just looked at this thing. The figure just stayed there for about a 30 seconds and vanished. They flipped on the lights and then

                  they noticed that the phone jacks just stopped clicking.  

                  Never again did the phone jacks click after that.

                  Indian College

                  By:       underdog_1001@ yahoo.com

                  When I was in college, this was a primarily indian college, it was a friday evening and I and a couple of other friends were going to join others from the college primarily students who lived on

                  campus since we mostly hung out together since we lived there; anywho, we were going to join others who were already at the river partying.  I don't remember why we hadn't gone with the

                  main group but it must have been about 10pm or later and already dark.  I and the other couple of people who were fixing to leave lived on the ground floor, which was actually a little below

                  ground. our windows were ground level and in our rooms head level.  while in one of the double rooms with a couple of the guys telling them to hurry up or everyone would be drunk before we

                  got there, we heard someone knocking on the window of their room.  It was one of our friends who was supposed to be at the party and he looked totally sober, which if you knew him, was

                  odd.  We knew that he was one of the ones to go get the liquor and beer and thus one of the first ones out there and we were sure he started the celebration as soon as his feet hit the ground and wouldn't stop till he hit "coma".  He motioned us next door to the windows in the common bathroom so we went over there.  When we got there he asked us to follow him out the windows

                  to go to the party.  Normally that would have been normal, that is if it had of been after hours.  Those bathroom windows were the best exit and entrance points for the dorm for after hours.  If you didn't sign out for the night by a certain time you came and went from there, or if you were sneaking girls into your room or back out this was where you wanted to do it because they were the largest windows on that floor and like I said ground level.  As he urgently motioned for us to follow him we just kind of looked at each other and shrugged because it was still early enough to

                  just walk out the front doors and not go wriggling out any windows. We told him we'd be right out and then went up to the next floor and out the doors.  We couldn't find him and gave up

                  after just a minute and went on to the party spot at the river. We figured he had went on over to the girls dorms.  When we got there, there was a big  bon fire and there he was sitting beside it in the middle of everyone as drunk as a skunk.  We asked how he got back so fast and before us and also looked so sober when at the dorms a couple of minutes ago.  Everyone around him asked what we were talking about because he had been there all evening.  everyone we asked  said the same thing, he'd never left.  The other guys and me knew we had seen and spoken with

                  what we thought was him but it wasn't.  That was freaky.  I've never figured out what happened.

                  Rainier

                  By:       underdog_1001@ yahoo.com

                  This took place shortly after I had turned 16.  My dad was working up in oregon and washington but was based out of rainier.  I went up to live with him I guess just to do something different.  I was used to being around the city type of atmosphere and it wasn't to

                  long before I grew bored.  (not that the oregon country girls in that area didn't stir my blood, it's just that they mainly wanted to waste their time getting high, or drunk, tipping cows, or shooting the passing ships going down the columbia river.  which I didn't mind at that time I just missed the city lights or something)  Anywho, I'd been out partying with a friend and drove off the side of a mountain, (another story which would take a while to go

                  through), and I thought my dad was probably going to kill me anyway, without benefit of blindfold and a last smoke, so I decided to hitchhike back to oklahoma.  Needless to say I

                  lacked the understanding of just how far I was from oklahoma.  My new found compadre decided to go along because he had gotten in recent trouble with his folks and wanted out of

                  town too so we took off.  somewhere between portland and the dalles, on I-84, which was only a two lane at that spot, we were really tired and looking for a place to sleep.  By this time I had found out that this hitch hiking thing wasn't for me, and it really should be called,  hike hike hike hike hike hike,hitch, hike hike hike hike.  Or something similar.  And what seemed weird was  that out in the middle of no where the fences were really well kept,

                  and I didn't want to get cut up climbing one.  No houses, no anything, but nice fences.  who would have thunk it?!  anyway, we found a rather peevish looking fence about 3/4 of a mile before a bend in the road.  The moon was out and actually lit up the area pretty well.  there was about 3/4 of a mile behind us from the last turn in the road and like I said about the same in front of us before the next one.  we were in a valley or what ever there called that

                  the road went through and it was really a beautiful site.  just as we were fixing to jump the fence a car came around the bend from in front. of course it was to far off to see us when it rounded the bend but we didn't want it to see us climbing the fence when it came abreast of us, ( like the owners of the land were out cruising in the middle of the night).  The sides of the road in that area sloped down at a very sharp rate and were gravel, at least on our side of the road, so you didn't have to go far to be below the grade of the road and out of site of passing motorist.  It went down probably 15 feet though, well below the road .  come to

                  think of it I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like that since.  just as we were sliding down the slope out of site I caught site of something way down the road just this side of the curve, the lights of the oncoming car caught it just as it was making the curve. What ever it was went down the embankment on the opposite side of the road from us.  I asked my friend if he saw it and he said he saw something.  After the car passed we peeked over the top of

                  the road and right when we started to climb back on to the roadway, because we decided we didn't want to sleep in that area anyway,  we saw what appeared to be two guys pushing a

                  motorbike climb up where we saw it go off before.  This was still about 3/4 of a mile at least off, down the hill near the curve.  We slid back down the slope out of site.  I really don't know why, then we kind of looked at each other.  A motorbike? We both looked at the incline behind us.  If you pushed a motorbike off the side of the road down this embankment you'd have a heck of a time stopping it before it went all the way down, and the river was on their side, and even a harder time getting back up.  I couldn't imagine trying to get it back up to the road, assuming it didn't go into the river.  We both peeked over the top breathing really quiet and shallow watching for another couple of minutes

                  when all of a sudden it stood up.  it wasn't two guys pushing a motorbike, it was something that had been on all fours and stood up and it was huge.  at least twice as tall as us, and by the way, we weren't midgets.  I almost shat myself.  I started looking around and the fence by this time was looking mighty small.  thinking really fast in that fight or flight mode, and the flight was definitely the way I was leaning toward, I realized that, thank god it had been his turn to carry the back pack which would slow him down and had the only food we had in it, and on top of that I thought I could out run him.  Maybe it wouldn't want both of us.  I

                  looked at him, saw the panic in his eyes and knew he was thinking along the same lines.  I knew I couldn't run.  I also knew that it had to sense us when it got directly across from us. 

                  I pulled out my little pocket knife, and I think he pulled out a fork.  I knew then, we're going to die, and all I could think of was lord please let it be quick.   I peeked over the top again and it was almost even with us.  I might have whimpered, silently of course, but I also noticed that the wind was blowing in my face, from his direction.  there might be hope.  we ducked back down and we could here it stop almost right across from us for a moment or

                  two, then start on up the road again.  It was almost to the curve up the hill from us from the direction we had originally came from when another car came around the bend downhill.  I thought about jumping out in front of it and yelling for help but if it didn't stop then what ever that was would know that we were there.  We waited and it disappeared below the other side of the road like before when the other car came.  this time it didn't come back up. 

                  I don't know how long we waited but we finally climbed back up and continued down the hill and around the curve.  We didn't say a word of breath anything about a whisper till we'd cleared that bend in the road and was a mile or two away.  When we got the "the dalles" we called our parents to come and get us.  We'd had enough of the open road in oregon.  I don't know what that was, but I still think about it sometimes.  I've had a few other things happen to me in my life but that really scared me.

                  Oakwood Harbor

                  By:       underdog_1001@ yahoo.com

                  In the early 90's I lived in Oakwood harbor and the guard at the little guard shack was a rather attractive tall slim woman and I happened to pass by on several occasions late at night on her

                  over night shift. One night, don't remember what day but it was a week day in the summer time, This car came flying in off the highway (I-40) and a guy jumped out and was all panicky and

                  saying to call the police or someone, something was out by the bridge. ''which ran across Eufaula lake just west of lottawatta road on I-40.  I went with her because he really had me curious and

                  we went the 1/4 of a mile to the bridge and there was several cars parked on the side of the road.  The people had gotten out of their cars and was just standing on the shoulder looking up in a eerie weird sort of way.  we got out and looked at them each other and then up. it took so long to look up because there was no noise or anything until you did look up and then you could tell that there was a black total void a good 100 yards across or more hanging in the sky. The stars were all around it and the moon was bright enough to light up the shore line as far as the eye could see but in that large spot there was nothing. less than nothing. You could just tell. I was horrified in a way that I couldn't recognize and still don't understand now. I don't know how long we stood there but the next thing I knew it moved, slowly started to lift and drift some and then just took off at an unbelievable speed. Everyone came

                  out of the trance like thing we were in and just got back into their cars and left. When we got back to the Guard shack I just walked back home (which was very close) and went to bed.  We never talked about that and as a matter of fact I don't recall if I ever spoke to her again since she left for another state soon there after.  I started believing it was a dream. Now I'm not so sure.

                  But I'd like to know.

                  Carnton Plantation General

                  By:       sluggishfirewolf@ yahoo.com    

                  My family and I took a trip to Tennessee in the summer of '08. We went to all over the place, such as Jackson and Nashville. On our second to last day before we left to go back home, my

                  family decided to go to Franklin, because we had picked up a brochure of haunted places in Tennessee, and so we went to humor me because I was interested in hauntings at the time. This

                  city, not known to most people, is actually the sight of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War- even worse than Gettysburg. There are two houses there that were main sights. One of them was the Carnton Plantation, which is the setting to my story. 

                  The plantation was creepy enough when we drove up to it, without even knowing the history. When I got out of the car I looked up at the house and noted how beautiful it was. Then my

                  attention was averted to the balcony on the second floor. There, standing on it, was a man. He was clearly dressed in a Civil War uniform, though I can't quite remember which color, and I could clearly see that he had a beard covering his jaw line. He stood there with his arms behind him, as if he was gazing out overlooking troops. Of course at the time, not knowing any of the history, I thought it was just a tour guide taking a break out on the balcony. I even hoped he was going to be my family's guide. Later, once we were on the tour, I noticed that none of the

                  employees were dressed like 19th century citizens. 

                  Of course then we got the history of the place and I understood why this place was considered haunted. When the battle itself was both going on and when it was over injured soldiers were

                  treated inside of the house.So many, in fact, that there are stains of blood inside of the house that will not come out of the floor. Many soldiers, obviously, died inside of the house. When we continued our tour upstairs where we entered a room with a door to the balcony. This is where I learned that no one was allowed out on the balcony. This confused me since I had seen that man out there. When the guide took the group into the room across the hall and began talking I couldn't pay attention. The closet  in the other room kept grabbing my attention because it had a piece of black cloth in it. Finally I tried to keep myself focused, and it was going well until a gentleman in the group got bored and decided to go out into the hall. I watched him leave, thinking that he was very rude and should come back. For some reason, when he left, I

                  noted that the sun was in a position that didn't cast a shadow of the man's head on the hallway wall. Once again I turned my attention back to the guide but the man in the hallway began to

                  wander in the hall and that distracted me. When I turned to watch the man there was suddenly a very clear and defined silhouette of a man's head and shoulders (with a bearded face) that traveled

                  across the hallway wall then just disappeared.

                  It startled me at first, then I got excited because I thought I must have seen a ghost. Then I thought, "No I have to be practical about this because that man is out in the hallway." Once the

                  tour guide was done talking I went outside into the hallway way. The first thing I noticed was that any shadow from the tourists on the wall wasn't that dark or defined. Then I noticed that the way the sun was facing caused the shadows to be cast on a completely different wall. The silhouette I saw couldn't have been from anyone on the tour. 

                  Then I noticed that there was an upstairs, where I thought maybe an employee could be working. That theory was quickly dismissed when it appeared no one was up there.

                  There was no logical explanation for the silhouette. 

                  It wasn't until my family returned home a few days later that I decided to research what I had seen. After discovering that there was a frequent spirit there that was called The General I made

                  the connection. The details from past eye witness accounts were identical to mine. He stands out on the porch, has a Civil War uniform on, and has a beard on his face. I was and still am convinced that I saw The General on that day.

                  Dryden  casey /rodchester rd.

                  By:       fkchevy@yahoo. com   

                  I grow up on the corner of casey/rochester rd.in Dryden .It was my mother who called for help for the three guys in the car two where  DOA and one lived.And the things that where said are true.And when you walk by the cemetery at night you do feel like your being watched and if you turn around fast enough you will see the flash of the head lights from the car that hit the tree 10 feet off the ground.and every now and then you can still hear them crying and moaning in the mangled car .I lived there for 18yrs. and you could hear them all the time .there is alot of weird

                  things go on over there at night.

                  My Ghost Story

                  By:       bcowdry@charter. net

                  Hi, my name's Christy C. first off, my bedroom is located in our basement, and I was getting ready for vacation with my grandparents. While I was packing, I found my mascara on my bed, which was kinda weird because I always place it on my nightstand. Then when I was packing, I put a pair of sweatpants into my duffel, after that I was looking around for another shirt, or something like that. When I returned to my duffel, my sweatpants looked like someone literally threw them on the ground, where as I had them folded in my duffel bag. After that, I went up stairs to get some thing to drink, and I felt like I was being followed, even when I returned to my bedroom I still had that feeling of someone watching me.  I don't know if this is a haunting, but it was kinda strange.

                  Haunted House

                  By:       musser46@rcn. com

                          My sister rented a house in New Caanan, Ct.  It was the 2nd oldest house in the town.  The owners through the years added on to the house.  There was an old section of the house that I slept in.  I slept in three different rooms when I encountered my experiences.          The first time I was w/my husband and we slept in this room facing the front of the house next to the original staircase.(there are two). During the night I kept getting woke up by slamming doors.  In was coming from the closet.  It felt like people or ghosts were going in and out of the closet.          The second time was me and my daughter came to visit and my daughter was very young.  There were two single beds in the room.   during the night  I had woke up to three strong blows to my bed.  I checked on my daughter and notices she had peed the bed.          The third time my sister had asked me to watch her son while they went somewhere for a week.  Everything went well except for one night we were in my sister's bed and I woke up to someone saying "Hailey I love you."  I wasn't quite asleep yet.  So that was very weird.  I was never scared in the house. Also the kids would always want to play hide and seek in the old part. By the all way my experiences were all around Thanksgiving vacation.   Also my nephew would always have to sleep w/the dog. He felt it too.  I hear now that the house has been gutted to renovate.    

                  My Experience

                  By:       trishc@atmc. net

                  I was 6 years old when this happened. i still remember it as if it just happened last night.  my mom had put me to bed around 8:30. but i had trouble seeping, so it was on and off through the night. i remember getting up for a glass of water and going back to my room around maybe 10. after that i fell back asleep for maybe 2 hours. and when i woke up, there was a guy in my room.

                  he was mildly transparent but i could make out very distinct details about him. he was wearing brown pants and an old time white shirt. he was a white male maybe in his early 30's and he had black hair that was  slighly receding. he was facing towards my window and i was looking at him from a side view,

                  his right side to me. the room went cold and i remember being scared.  i asked him "are you ok?" and at this point he turned fully towards me and i will never forget what i  saw next.

                  the left half of his face was rotting and part of his skull was missing,  revealing his partially exposed brain. but he didn't look like he wanted to scare me, it was more like he was sad.

                  i didn't feel threatened at all, i was just shocked at what i saw.

                  i screamed and jumped up, running toward the door. i completely ran through him and in to my parents room shouting about a man

                  in my room. alarmed, they went into my room and checked my room from top to bottom.  they didn't find anything.  no evidence that he had ever been there.  come to find out, that the land i used to live on was an indian burial ground.  we had recently done construction work on.  i'm not 100% sure, but i think that the land had something to do with this. sometimes we would find bones, but my uncle hunted different things, so we  always thought when we found them that they were animal. maybe we were wrong.

                  Personal Experience/Haunted Places

                  By:       samanthasenior@ hotmail.com  

                  I wasn't sure what to entitle this as the story I have is regarding my college, which is well known for being haunted.

                  It's Hemsworth Arts and Community College in West Yorkshire, England. The schools history can be traced back to the Doomsday Book of 1086 as a small manor house and it was a manor house right up to 1921 when it became Hemsworth Grammar School, then Hemsworth High School from the 60's onwards I believe then it became the college as it is now in 2001 I think. In the Georgian period, it was in its prime as a manor house. It was from then the ghost of the school is meant to have came from: The Blue Lady. Unfortunately, I am unaware properly of the story behind her creation. There's two I have heard (But I can't be certain they are true). These are: 1) The Blue Lady was a maid and she fancied the gardener. He suggested that maybe they should run away together because they couldn't get married (for some reason) but she refused so one day, whilst she was getting some wine for the Master of the Hall, he hit her over her head with a wine bottle, killing her. 2) That the Blue Lady is the daughter of one of the Hall's owners and she committed suicide

                  for some reason. Like I said, I cannot validate either story but they are the ones I have heard. The Blue Lady haunts primarily the upper corridors of the oldest part of our school but

                  experiences have been reported in the other parts of the oldest buildings on the campus. (I have experienced them too in other parts of the campus along with other students). It is very common to hear of people experiencing doors slamming on their own, cold drafts and foot steps if you are up there on your own at night. Actually sightings of the ghost however is uncommon.

                  I know the occurrences are common in many ghost stories but the regularity of these occurrences and the fact that these are experienced by every single member of staff and every student has experienced these, past and present, makes it all the more believable in my opinion. I have experienced all of the above occurrences except actually seeing the ghost.

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                  is opening up in Mill Race Village in Mt Holly, NJ on October 1st

                  It's surrounded by haunted locations like the Burlington County Prison Museum.

                  It will be selling the same items from the website and more and there will also be classes and events on a regular basis.   Stop in and say hello!

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                  $75 per person, must be at least 18 years old to attend.  
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                  Registration:  Pre-payment and pre-registration required to hold your seat. 

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                  October Events

                  Add your event here by emailing us for the October newsletter

                  South Jersey Ghost Research  lectures  (Dave Juliano's group)

                  10-1-09 – Bensalem Historical Society 3211 Knight Road, Bensalem, PA 19020 (215-245-5122) 7:30pm

                  10-4-09 – Ocean City Library 1735 Simpson Ave, Ocean City, NJ 08226-3070 (609-399-2434) SUNDAY 2:00pm

                  10-5-09 – Spring Lake Library 1501 3rd Ave Spring Lake, NJ 07762-1402 (732-449-6654) 7:30pm
                  10-5-09 – Wyoming Branch, Philadelphia Library 231 E. Wyoming Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19120, (215-685-9158) 6:00pm  

                  10-6-09 – Cinnaminson Branch Library 1619 Riverton Road Cinnaminson, NJ  08077 (856-829-9340)
                  10-6-09 – Lacey Branch Ocean County Library 10 East Lacey Road Forked River, NJ 08731 (609-693-8566)

                  10-7-09 – Ocean County Library, Plumsted Branch 119 Evergreen Road New Egypt, NJ 08533 (609-758-7888)

                  10-8-09 – Glassboro Public Library 2 Center St, Glassboro NJ 08028 (856-881-0001)

                  10-9-09 – Wenonah Historical Society Northeast & Mantua Aves (Wenonah Train Station) Wenonah, NJ 08090 (856-364-1306) 7:30pm

                  10-12-09 – Brielle Monmouth County Library: 610 South St., Brielle, NJ 08730 (732-528-9381)

                  10-13-09 – Pemberton Community Library 16 Broadway, Browns Mills, New Jersey 08015 (609-893-8262)

                  10-14-09 – Daughters of the American Revolution Springdale Farms Conservatory 1638 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ (856-498-3758)

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                    Feel free to E-mail any comments to us about the page or this newsletter. Important:  Remember to share the website with friends and family so that we can enlarge the family here at The Shadowlands. - Dave Juliano (davejuliano@ theshadowlands. net) and Tina Carlson (tinacarlson@ theshadowlands. net)

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                    15 years on the net and still going strong.  Over 16,000 True Stories Posted!

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                    News:    Happy Halloween!   We added about 100 new stories to the website -Dave

                     

                     If you'd like to share your story with us please email Tina at tinacarlson@ theshadowlands. net

                     

                    If you'd like to read past editions of the newsletter please go here:  http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/the- shadowlands/

                                                                                                              

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                    ::: The Holiday Spirit :::

                     

                    By Tina Carlson (tinacarlson@ theshadowlands. net)

                     

                    Starting around the end of September and continuing thru to January spirit activity is generally higher than any other time of the year.  Before, during and right after Halloween is understandable, people are looking for out of the ordinary situation to occur, so they notice things they might not otherwise.  Halloween decorations, scary movies in the theater and on tv, talk shows and commercial haunted houses scattered everywhere make us more aware of the season. These things may make us prone to second guess the bump in the night, the footstep noises in the hall and the shadows in the dark making the ordinary into supernatural events.  This is common and expected of all of us.  There is something much more exciting about believing a spirit could have opened the door, when it might have been a good breeze. 

                     

                    But what about November and December?  One might theorize that the increased phenomenon might be caused by our own emotional levels being higher around the holidays.  Emotions are energy and certain energy may be a drawing point to spirits, making them curious and want to check out what is happening.  Spirits can also use this same energy to help them manifest, speak to us, or any of the other actions to let us know they are with us. 

                     

                    Another theory may be that all our thoughts turn to our loved ones and friends during the holidays, ones that are alive and with us and ones that have passed on.  We tend to think and talk more about our loved ones during the holiday season than any other time of the year.  Missing them and wishing they were still here.  Our passed loved ones and friends may sense that they are missed and loved and may visit us during this time.  We also tend to gather at family functions during the holidays, this may also make our passed family members visit because we are all gathered together.

                     

                    Whatever the reason or theory the holidays are filled with spirit, be it natural or supernatural. 

                     



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                    The Shadowlands GhostHunter Store

                     

                    is OPEN Mill Race Village in Mt Holly, NJ

                    16 Church St, Mt Holly, NJ 08060

                    609-261-2361

                     

                    Stop in and say hello!

                     

                    Now purchase online, over the phone or in person!

                     

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                    :::The Origins of Halloween:::

                     

                     

                    When I was a little girl I loved Halloween.  The chance to dress up and be something or someone I wasn't and of course collecting candy to be eaten as soon as I got home.  It was a time of year that was always looked forward to in our home.  Even now as my family and I are preparing to celebrate this holiday yet another time I can feel the magic and excitement building up inside of me as it did when I was a child.

                     

                    As I was preparing for this article I found myself absolutely amazed at the amount of literature available on the subject of Halloween.  At the same time I found myself appalled by those with so much hatred and religious intolerance.  According to their essays, anyone celebrating Halloween is celebrating evil.  Personally, I don't see it that way and I love the commercialism of Halloween.

                     

                    What is Halloween really?  Well, it truly depends on whom you ask.

                     

                    If you ask some Christian groups you might get an answer like this one.  "Halloween generates fear and glorifies evil.  It is based o the practices of witches and other non-Christian groups. The bible warns against those kinds of things, telling us to avoid even the appearance of evil." This was taken directly from a page titled Halloween; Curse or Celebration.

                     

                    This same page invokes images of the occult when referring to Halloween.  They attribute this holiday to Sa main the Celtic lord of death. During my research I was not surprised to discover that there is and never has been a Celtic God by this name, nor is there really a Celtic god of death.

                     

                    The information that was given about the druids was also unjustified.  They actually went as far as to describe the Druids as people who were cruel, bloodthirsty, and superstitious and who practiced human sacrifices.  This was a surprise to me as I have been researching the Druids and never have I heard that description given to this religious order.  I am not saying that it not possible that some of the priests and priestesses were perfect, because you can find corruption in any organized religion.

                     

                    This web page even condemned cats, stating they were once human beings that had been changed into cat form for punishment for evil deeds, however the writer of this did not say who inflicted this punishment.  The author further went on to say that modern witches, believe that demonic spirits help them.  These were called "familiars" and resided in cats, particularly black ones.  I better check my black cat and see whose spirit exists in him.  Clearly this person is not fond of cats.

                     

                    The above are only a few of the many highlights on this web page. I recommend reading it for a few chuckles.

                     

                    Another page that I can recommend for anti-Halloween propaganda is titled The Horrors of Halloween. I personally do not want to delve into the psyche of this author.

                     

                    Enough of the negative, the following is some of the more positive and historically accurate writings of people who actually took the time to research this topic.

                     

                    Halloween as we know it was originally called Samhain.  This celebration can be attributed to Celtic tradition and Paganism.  It was supposed to be a celebration of the Celtic New Year, and one of the eight major celebrations on the Celtic wheel of the year.  This wheel consisted of Samhain, October 31st (New Year), Winter Solstice, December21st, (Yule), Imbole, February 2nd, Spring Equinox, March 21st (Eosstara), Beltane, May 1st, Summer Solstice, June 21st (Litha), Lughnasdh, August 1st and Autumn Equinox, September 21st (Mabon).

                     

                    I feel that it is important to note here that, like other ancient societies the Celts worshipped more than one God.  Also important is the fact that the term Celtic refers to a culture that was more far-reaching than just the British Isles.  This culture could be found all over Europe.

                     

                    Samhain to many, different things. To the Celtic pagans it was time to celebrate the New Year with festivals and commemorate the dead.  To the Druids it was a time of divination and learning from those for passed before them.  Finally for some Covens it is the time to celebrate the harvest and marks the beginning of the dark portion of the year.

                     

                    For the Celtics and the Druids it was a grand three-day celebration beginning as dusk fell on October 31st.  The Celtics/Druids believed that the day actually began at dusk.  Which would follow that the New Year would begin as the days grew shorter and at a time when the night was becoming longer than the day.  This is a time when the triple Goddess Cerridwen, who ruled in three forms maiden, mother and Crone, depending on the cycle of the year, was at her strongest point as the Crone. 

                     

                    For the Druids Cerridwen would help perform the tasks of scrying and prophesizing the future.  The Crone was also responsible in helping the dead transition into the next life.  The druids also used this time to learn from those who had passed before as the veil that separated the two worlds would be lifted.

                     

                    The Celts also celebrated the dead at this time.  They dressed up as the opposite sex to confuse the spirits that would cause harm to them.  It was a time when they would have feasts for their dead relatives.  Often setting an extra place setting for them and preparing their favorite meals.  Another tradition was to leave tidbits for the dead on the hearths inside their homes.

                     

                    "Trick or Treating" began in theory as a way that unrespected relatives could get back at the living.  It was believed that if one didn't leave an offering for recently past relatives that the offended ones would return the favor by throwing one's possessions into the fields, or they would tear up the gardens of the living, and of course the popular foul breath of evil and bad luck would curse the living.

                     

                    In most Covens Samhain is also celebrated.  The holiday is a celebration for the harvest of the past year.  Witches also are known to be able to fly on their besoms/brooms on this special night.  As with the Celts, Samhain also represented a time when the veil is thinnest and the Coven is able to spend time and learn from their loved ones who had past over into the afterlife.  Another part of the celebration is scrying over the cauldron.  This is when the witches individually look into the cauldron to catch a glimpse of the future.  This is also the time of the Crone, and depending on the Coven she is represented by either Cerridwen or Hecate.

                     

                    Of course the above information regarding the Celtics and Witches is not written in stone.  I cannot guarantee that all of my information or my sources are 100% accurate.

                     

                    Another worthy mention in the long life of Halloween comes with the birth of Catholicism.  When the peoples of the church refused to discontinue their Samhain celebrations and traditions, the Catholic Church adopted it to represent their own celebration of Hallowed Souls and eventually Saints.

                     

                    Other traditions related to Halloween such as the jack-o-lantern and bobbing for apples can also be traced back to the time of the Celts.  Instead of a pumpkin, which at the time had not been introduced to Europe, a turnip was used.  The turnip was cleaned out in order to place a candle and holes carved into the sides to let the light shine through.  The turnips then became lanterns used during the festival of Samhain.  The pumpkin was later adopted when Irish immigrants brought their traditions to America.  The pumpkin because of its size, availability, replaced the turnip and quite simply it was easier to carve.  The tradition of carving actual faces into the pumpkin came into being a little later.

                     

                    Bobbing for apples can also be traced back to the Celts and even witchcraft.  The cauldron represents regeneration.  The hands tied behind the back are symbolic of a witch's ritual of initiation, where the hands are tied behind the back with a length cord.  That same cord later becomes the cord that binds the initiate to the Coven.  Immersing oneself in the water can be described as baptisms or ritual cleansing and of course the apple represents the prize.

                     

                    So as you are putting up your Halloween decorations this year, think back to how it all began and what it has come to mean.  Remember it all started a long time ago, in a time before modern Christianity in a place where magic ruled the world.  For me the journey started when I typed four words into my search engine, "the origins of Halloween".  My advice is to try it for yourself and begin your own journey back in time. - By Cat@theshadowlands. net

                     

                     

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                    Ghost Hunting 101

                    A one day class focusing on how to safely and effectively investigate private houses

                     

                    Date:  Saturday, November 14
                    Time:  10am - 5:00pm

                    Fee:  $75
                    Location The GhostHunter Store, 16 Church Street, Mount Holly, NJ

                    Some of the topics will include:

                    · Equipment Training - going over the various types of equipment used and how they really work.

                    · Types of Hauntings and Spirits

                    · Anatomy of a Typical Investigation

                    · Reviewing Evidence

                    · Classes based on the book - Ghost Research 101:  Investigating Haunted Homes by Dave Juliano

                     

                    Register Here
                    Class size is limited so please register early

                     

                     

                     

                    Ghost Research 101
                    Two-Day Intensive Training class
                    VIP Investigation of the Burlington County Prison Museum

                    Taught by Dave Juliano and Jamie Eachus

                     

                    If you have ever thought about exploring the world of ghost hunting and didn't quite know where to start or even if you are already in the field and want to further develop your knowledge and expand your hobby into working with clients, this is a weekend not to be missed!

                    We will spend an entire weekend focusing on the basics of ghost hunting, the psychic aspects of it, and wrap it up with learning how to focus on clients and those that are in fear of what they are experiencing in their homes.

                    Additional information here:  http://theghosthunt erstore.com/ classes.html

                     

                    Date:  Saturday, December 5 - Sunday, December 6th
                    Time:  10am - 5:30pm both days;  VIP Investigation 6pm-9pm
                    Fee:  $150 + $25 For VIP Investigation
                    Location The GhostHunter Store, 16 Church Street, Mount Holly, NJ
                    VIP Investigation Location:  The Burlington County Prison Museum, Mt Holly, NJ

                    Deadline to register is November 15th!

                    Register Here
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                    :::Ghosts in the News:::

                     

                     

                    Local ghost hunter hits A&E `Extreme Paranormal' to debut Oct. 19


                    By MATT HICKS
                    Staff Writer

                    Published: Thursday, September 17, 2009 8:49 AM EDT

                    The A&E network's latest foray into paranormal television will feature Sayre native Jason Gowin with friends Shaun Burris and Nathan Schoonover, who were featured as part of last year's return of the "Just Say No to Orbs" tour to the Waverly Opera House.

                    "Extreme Paranormal is basically going to be taking things to the next level," said Gowin. "There's so many aspects of the paranormal. People make money off of fear, they really do. And there are a lot of investigators out there now who are making a great deal of money from telling you what you shouldn't do. They never really go into a lot of detail if you do that exact activity."

                    In addition, Gowin said "Extreme Paranormal" will bring back the focus on the American ghost story, which has faded with the growing popularity of the paranormal and, in some cases, a shifting focus to the investigator.

                    Gowin first became interested in ghost hunting as a young boy watching Scooby Doo, when he dreamed that he would hunt ghosts with "a dog, a van, a couple of hot chicks and a guy with a scarf."

                     

                     

                    Ghost hunter zeros in on Edmonton inn

                     

                    By KRISTY BROWNLEE, SUN MEDIA

                    EDMONTON -- Spirits may be lurking at a once luxurious west-end hotel.

                    Staff have reported TVs, toasters and microwaves being unplugged sporadically at the former Saxony Motor Inn, now a Howard Johnson Hotel, 15540 Stony Plain Rd.

                    Unexplained footsteps in stairwells and bangs on the doors have also been heard.

                    The strange events have piqued the interest of a local ghost hunter, who's launched a paranormal investigation at the inn.

                    After speaking with several chambermaids and guests, Sean Seerey, a veteran tarot card reader and hospitality consultant at the hotel, did a late-night reading in a second-floor suite.

                    While he did the reading, Seerey said the room became so cold he could see his breath.

                    "It was 23 or 24 degrees outside that night and I could see my breath (in the room)," said Seerey, 45.

                    The Saxony was a posh 40-room Spanish-style hotel when it opened in 1966.

                    But over the years, its high-class facade crumbled.

                    In the 1980s a strip club operated at the inn and later, a bingo hall.

                    On Dec. 21, 1990, Lorraine Wray, a 46-year-old masseuse, was found strangled in the bathroom of her business, a massage studio in a strip mall attached to the hotel.

                    "Spirits are either lost or they're observing something or they've got an agenda they need to accomplish before they move on," said Seerey.

                    While walking through the halls during late shifts, Seerey says he felt a spirit move through his body. He says he's also smelled rose perfume.

                    Front desk manager Debbie Hart says longtime staff members speak of a trick-playing spirit named Bob who lives at the hotel.

                    Over the years at the hotel, staff recall lights flickering in the lounge, footsteps in the stairwell when no one is there, and knocks on doors.

                    "The older staff say it's Bob playing again," said Hart.

                    Hotels are hotspots for hauntings, said Barbara Smith, author of four Ghost Stories of Alberta books.

                    "Hauntings seem to be connected with strong emotion which is a form of energy," said Smith.

                     

                     

                    Where you gonna shop?

                     

                    By: KRISTEN COPPOCK

                    Burlington County Times

                     

                    MOUNT HOLLY - Dave Juliano may be raising some eyebrows.

                    In an era when many businesses are favoring Internet stores over brick-and-mortar sites that are more expensive to maintain, the entrepreneur wanted a real destination. But it's not just an investment risk during a recession that's unusual.

                    On Thursday, the paranormal investigator and his wife, Michelle, will officially open The Ghosthunter Store in the Mill Race Village shopping district.

                    "We wanted to open a store physically for a long time," he said.

                    The business caters to a clientele that tracks ghosts, an activity most people may find unusual. However, if you are a paranormal investigator, it's highly likely that the Julianos sell what you need. The Church Street store is stocked with a variety of technological and scientific equipment used in tracking ghosts. According to Juliano, some of the devices and gadgets are specifically designed for paranormal investigation, while other items simply are adapted to ghost hunters' needs.

                    Among the products are detectors that sense unusual electromagnetic fields. Juliano said an electromagnetic field that moves around and has no other logical source means a lot to a ghost hunter.

                    "We find them in haunted locations," he said.

                    Other devices include infrared cameras that show what human eyes can't see, night-vision scopes and digital-voice recorders to catch sounds that cannot be heard by ears alone. The devices come in a variety of sophistication levels and price ranges, but Juliano said he works with manufacturers and wholesalers to keep costs down.

                    As a professional investigator, he samples all the products his customers might want.

                    "I won't sell anything I haven't test-run first," he said.

                    Customers using the equipment also can rely on Juliano for technical support. He said he regularly walks people through problems they're having with items bought from him. In many cases customers are unfamiliar with how to use the devices. "People call me all the time," he said.

                    The focus of The Ghosthunter Store is paranormal investigation, but the shop also sells religious and novelty items. Spiritual products include protective St. Michael medals and items that cater to Christian customers. Novelty products include T-shirts with humorous graphics, coffee mugs and decorative items.

                    Juliano opened his online store about eight years ago. Six years later it had become lucrative enough for him to leave his job with United Parcel Service, where Michelle Juliano continues to work part time. He also has a background in law enforcement and private investigation. The new venture comes during a time when the ghost-hunting field is rapidly growing.

                     

                    Juliano said reality shows that feature paranormal investigators, such as SyFy's "Ghost Hunters," are gaining fans worldwide and causing the field to become more mainstream. His online store has received orders from all parts of the world, including war-torn and impoverished regions.

                    "I can't think of a country that I haven't shipped to," he said. "Every country has multiple paranormal groups."

                    Those looking to get into ghost hunting will find a seasoned expert in Juliano, who is the director of South Jersey Ghost Research, a nonprofit organization that has been investigating private homes mostly, as well as some public buildings, since 1955. Researching ghosts for more than 24 years, he lives in a Philadelphia home that he believes is haunted. He has investigated many local sites and has worked with other veteran investigators, including the Atlantic Paranormal Society team featured on "Ghost Hunters."

                    In addition to leading the nonprofit group, Juliano counsels clients, teaches classes about ghost hunting, and has authored several books based on his experiences as a paranormal researcher. At their store, the couple plan to operate classes in a back room on a variety of topics such as ghost hunting for beginners.

                    Mount Holly is well known to ghost hunters as a hotbed of paranormal activity, which is a big reason why Juliano said he chose to open his store in the township. Evidence of otherworldly activity has been collected from a number of the buildings, including those in the Mill Race Village neighborhood. Although the building might be haunted, Juliano has not investigated his store location yet.

                    While the store is opening in time for the Halloween season, Juliano said the date is a coincidence that is nicely timed. A number of upcoming special events are planned in the township, including the annual Witches Ball on Oct. 10, which should deliver some foot traffic, and the Julianos are entering their busy season. The Internet business typically picks up in September and stays heavily active through the holidays.

                    "We don't stop until January," he said.

                     

                     

                    Rookie ghost hunt was some experience

                     

                    By Jonathan Mattise

                    Originally published 01:00 a.m., September 29, 2009
                    Updated 10:28 p.m., September 29, 2009

                    If anyone glanced into the Second Street entrance of the Sunrise Theatre on Saturday night, it probably looked like a SWAT team was making rounds — and an out-of-place kid in khakis and a polo shirt was following them.

                    I was the latter.

                    Dressed in black, the Florida Ghost Team brought strange electronic meters, cameras and other gizmos to find otherworldly evidence in the 86-year-old landmark.

                    My ballpoint pen, notebook and pure ignorance of the paranormal were all I brought during my two-hour rookie ghost hunting appearance.

                    And well, it quickly showed.

                    After perusing the third floor, my teammates walkie-talkied the other groups to switch locations.

                    Nothing jumped out at me on the first floor — figuratively, or, thankfully, literally — until we made our way to an area getting renovated for a smaller theater.

                    There, we found a door in a closet, and tried to open it unsuccessfully. Just as we turned to leave, the outside handle went "thwap."

                    OK. That's probably explainable.

                    Seconds later, again, "thwap," like someone jiggling the other side's handle.

                    I'm no longer comfortable with this situation.

                    We found where the door led, and team director Shaun Jones stood there, ready to laugh at our mildly frightened expense.

                    I've seen the ghost hunting shows on TV. But it's not quite the same as quietly sitting in the dark prodding at spirits to show themselves or have a conversation.

                    So I didn't need to experience creepiness beyond comprehension — anything too extreme could've kept me from sleeping for years.

                    I also didn't want to debunk the process. Whetting my appetite for the unexplainable would be just fine — maybe a bump in the dark, a weird temperature change. Nothing crazy.

                    The team rigged the theater with DVR cameras and monitors. Most investigators carried personal gadgets — electromagnetic frequency readers, thermometers, recorders and cameras.

                    They took a swig of five-hour energy drink and wished each other happy hunting.

                    Wearing black vests filled with supplies, team members looked more like Dog the Bounty Hunter than Dr. Venkman from Ghostbusters.

                    I paired up with three investigators in theater founder Rupert "Pop" Koblegard's third floor apartment. Hurricane Frances badly damaged the floor, so this seemed a likely place to find a confused, possibly angry Pop lurking around his old stomping grounds.

                    We snapped pictures, asked spirits to make noises, and told each other when we creaked the floor or our stomachs rumbled — not to be confused with paranormal noises.

                    The only oddity was that a camera wouldn't focus, and some camera batteries died quickly. I think I just forgot to charge mine, honestly.

                    Then, after the old haunted door handle trick had me going, I finished my rounds at the stage area with little success.

                    I promised to return for the next visit at Sunrise this Saturday clearly, the rest of the team had more luck — said goodnight, and offered an attempt at paranormal humor.

                    "Well, thanks again. Have a great night.

                    "And if any ghosts are trying to follow me home, please stay here," I said half-jokingly.

                    "I've seen it happen before," Jones said, and told an unnerving account of someone who had a ghost keep follow her home.

                     

                     

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                    October Events

                     

                    Add your event here by emailing us for the October newsletter

                     

                     

                    South Jersey Ghost Research  lectures  (Dave Juliano's group)

                     

                     

                    10-4-09 – Ocean City Library 1735 Simpson Ave, Ocean City, NJ 08226-3070 (609-399-2434) SUNDAY 2:00pm

                     

                    10-5-09 – Spring Lake Library 1501 3rd Ave Spring Lake, NJ 07762-1402 (732-449-6654) 7:30pm
                    10-5-09 – Wyoming Branch, Philadelphia Library 231 E. Wyoming Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19120, (215-685-9158) 6:00pm  

                     

                    10-6-09 – Cinnaminson Branch Library 1619 Riverton Road Cinnaminson, NJ  08077 (856-829-9340)
                    10-6-09 – Lacey Branch Ocean County Library 10 East Lacey Road Forked River, NJ 08731 (609-693-8566)

                     

                    10-7-09 – Ocean County Library, Plumsted Branch 119 Evergreen Road New Egypt, NJ 08533 (609-758-7888)

                     

                    10-8-09 – Glassboro Public Library 2 Center St, Glassboro NJ 08028 (856-881-0001)

                     

                    10-9-09 – Wenonah Historical Society Northeast & Mantua Aves (Wenonah Train Station) Wenonah, NJ 08090 (856-364-1306) 7:30pm

                     

                    10-12-09 – Brielle Monmouth County Library: 610 South St., Brielle, NJ 08730 (732-528-9381)

                     

                    10-13-09 – Pemberton Community Library 16 Broadway, Browns Mills, New Jersey 08015 (609-893-8262)

                     

                    10-14-09 – Daughters of the American Revolution Springdale Farms Conservatory 1638 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ (856-498-3758)

                     

                    10-15-09 – Bordentown Library:  18 E Union St Bordentown, NJ 08505-2073 (609-298-0622)

                     

                    10-16-09 – Brick Public Library: 301 Chambers Bridge Rd. Brick, NJ 08723 (732-477-4513) 6:30pm

                     

                    10-19-09 – Haddon Township Library 15 MacArthur Blvd, Westmont NJ 08108 (856-854-2752)
                    10-19-09 – Tuckerton Branch Library 380 Bay Avenue, Tuckerton, NJ 08087 (609-296-1470)

                     

                    10-20-09 – Ocean County Library, Berkeley Branch 30 Station Rd., Bayville, NJ 08721 (732-269-2144)

                    10-20-09 – GCLS/Swedesboro Library 1442 Kings Hwy, Swedesboro, NJ - (856- 467-0111)

                     

                    10-21-09 – Little Egg Harbor Library 290 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08086 (609-294-1197)

                     

                    10-22-09 – Bridgeton Library 150 E. Commerce St.Bridgeton, NJ 08302 (856-451-2620)

                     

                    10-23-09 – Library Company of Burlington 23 W. Union Street Burlington, NJ  08016 (609-386-1273)

                     

                    10-26-09 – Matawan Public Library 165 Main St Matawan, NJ 07747 (732-583-9100)

                     

                    10-27-09 – Barnegat Branch of Ocean County Library 112 Burr Street, Barnegat, NJ  08005 (609-698-3331)

                     

                    10-28-09 – Woodlawn Library 2020 West 9th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805 (302-571-7425)

                     

                    10-29-09 – Blackwood Branch, Camden County-Gloucester Twp Library 15 S. Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, NJ (856-228-0022)
                    10-29-09 – Mullica Hill Branch Library 389 Wolfert Station Road, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062 (856-223-6027)

                     


                    GHOST HUNTS, GHOST WALKS, PRESENTATIONS, and SEMINARS** INFORMATION:

                    **Seminars include: Interactive mock Investigations, Kids Club activities, EVP & Night Vision Labs, History of Ghost Hunting, Case File photo displays, equipment displays & demos, Q & A, and lots more!  Rain or shine; events are either continuous and/or repeat every 15-20 minutes.   Bring your cameras and audio recorders!  Funds raised help support these historic sites! Hosted by SJGR

                     


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                      Feel free to E-mail any comments to us about the page or this newsletter. Important:  Remember to share the website with friends and family so that we can enlarge the family here at The Shadowlands. - Dave Juliano (davejuliano@ theshadowlands. net) and Tina Carlson (tinacarlson@ theshadowlands. net)

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                      News:    We added about 60 new stories to the website -Dave

                       

                       If you'd like to share your story with us please email Tina at tinacarlson@ theshadowlands. net

                       

                      If you'd like to read past editions of the newsletter please go here:  http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/the- shadowlands/

                                                                                                                

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                      ::: True Halloween Haunt Stories:::

                       

                      By: Dawn Colclasure

                       

                      Halloween, Samhain, All Saint's Day, All Hallowtide and The Day of the Dead. No matter what it is called and how it is celebrated, Halloween is famous for one thing: Being the one day of the year in which the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest. Children dress up as witches, goblins and vampires, little aware that such a custom was created to scare off bad spirits. But sometimes, even on Halloween, the spirit world is open for business, and ready to carry on just as normally as it would any other day of the year.

                       

                      Sometimes, a spectral visitation isn't always at a haunted house, nor will the ghostly visitor be human. In fact, one woman shared a story in which an ex-husband's ghostly visitor was a late pet cat. "Many years ago, back when I was still married to my first husband, we were at his parent's house (in Slidell, Louisiana) for Halloween," said Diana Rowland. "They lived in a quiet neighborhood with very few children, so there weren't many trick-or-treaters and we were all just sitting around, chilling out and talking. The house was (and still is) a 100+ year old Acadian, the kind that was made with cypress wood and 20' ceilings. We were sitting in the front room, and I saw a big orange cat walk calmly down the hall toward the kitchen. I sat up and said, `There's a cat in the house.' My then-husband asked, `Was it orange and fluffy?' I nodded and he said, `Oh, that's Stupid. He died a few years ago. He was always the stupidest cat we'd ever had, and he's too stupid to realize he's dead. We see him all the time on Halloween.' All of this was delivered with complete and utter acceptance, in the same neutral tone of voice that he might have said, `Yes, the house is air-conditioned. ' Yes, my ex-in-laws' house is haunted by a cat too stupid to know he's dead. As far as I know, the cat only came on Halloween."

                       

                      The only ghosts people expect to see on Halloween are those in the form of a costume. When a real ghost just happens to make an appearance on such a spooky day, it can be all the more spine-tingling. That's exactly what happened for "D.L." in St. Louis, Missouri. On Halloween night, she and her husband were visiting the famous Lemp Mansion, renowned for reports of haunting experiences. It was a celebratory occasion, their fifth wedding anniversary, but what D.L. didn't expect was a little extra company on that night. "I got almost no sleep," she said. "My husband was constantly waking me up because of strange sounds or because the lights flickering on and off and my husband said he felt `another presence.' I was not creeped out but there was an odd feeling about the place. My husband, however, was massively creeped out. I do know there were several deaths in the Lemp, including suicides. And I know other folks who believe it is very haunted. I don't know if they're right---but there is something about the Lemp Mansion."

                       

                      Location is definitely a factor when it comes to experiencing a real haunt, especially on Halloween. Teenagers on a mission to see a ghost often visit a haunted house or graveyard, hoping to catch a glimpse of something otherworldly. But one person's house, which actually contained spirit activity, became the last place unaware trick-or-treaters expected to be scared by something ghostly. "I grew up in a house where paranormal activity was very common, a large brick Victorian that had passed its' glory days before my parents bought it for our family," wrote Lee Ann Murphy, recalling her home in Missouri. "Most of the time, we did our best to ignore the odd sounds and other events, but one Halloween, I was terrified to go home.

                       

                      "We had gone out trick-or-treating - my mother, my brother, and I - and when we came back down the street to go home, we met a group of kids coming down our steps to the sidewalk.  They were running, pale, and obviously upset about something.  As we passed them, they noticed that we were headed for the house (ours) that they had just left and one boy stepped in our way. `You don't want to go up there,' he told us. `It's really, really scary up there.' My nine-year old blood ran cold.  The last thing a kid wants to hear on Halloween is that her own home is really scary.  The kids tried to tell us more but my mother cut them off.   The snippets that I remember after all these years were that someone or some "thing" had come from around the back of the house to scare them."

                       

                      This wasn't the only ghostly activity that awaited the family that night. "Our house was dark, no one home (my dad was at work) and going in was difficult for me," Lee Ann continued. "We got ready for bed and went upstairs without experiencing anything else. As we went upstairs to bed, we blew out the candle in the jack-o-lantern as we had done each night for a few days. After we were upstairs, my mother told us that the flame re-lit, not just once but several times until she finally blew out the candle again and put the damn thing outside."

                       

                      Lee Ann reports that to this day, the house still has spiritual activity. It hasn't, however, gotten enough attention to scare away future trick-or-treaters.

                       

                      Ghosts are known to appear at any time of the year, day or night. Sometimes a ghost sighting will occur on Halloween, a day already filled with spooky stories and horror movies, adding to the spooky mood. So the next time you're out trick-or-treating on Halloween or hear something go bump in the night, you never know. That strange visitor you see just might be a ghost!

                       

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                      is OPEN in Mill Race Village in Mt Holly, NJ

                      16 Church St, Mt Holly, NJ 08060

                      609-261-2361

                       

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                      Ghost Hunting 101

                      A one day class focusing on how to safely and effectively investigate private houses

                       

                      Date:  Saturday, November 14
                      Time:  10am - 5:00pm

                      Fee:  $75
                      Location The GhostHunter Store, 16 Church Street, Mount Holly, NJ

                      Some of the topics will include:

                      · Equipment Training - going over the various types of equipment used and how they really work.

                      · Types of Hauntings and Spirits

                      · Anatomy of a Typical Investigation

                      · Reviewing Evidence

                      · Classes based on the book - Ghost Research 101:  Investigating Haunted Homes by Dave Juliano

                       

                      Register Here
                      Class size is limited so please register early

                       

                       

                       

                      Ghost Research 101
                      Two-Day Intensive Training class
                      VIP Investigation of the Burlington County Prison Museum

                      Taught by Dave Juliano and Jamie Eachus

                       

                      If you have ever thought about exploring the world of ghost hunting and didn't quite know where to start or even if you are already in the field and want to further develop your knowledge and expand your hobby into working with clients, this is a weekend not to be missed!

                      We will spend an entire weekend focusing on the basics of ghost hunting, the psychic aspects of it, and wrap it up with learning how to focus on clients and those that are in fear of what they are experiencing in their homes.

                      Additional information here:  http://theghosthunt erstore.com/ classes.html

                       

                      Date:  Saturday, December 5 - Sunday, December 6th
                      Time:  10am - 5:30pm both days;  VIP Investigation 6pm-9pm
                      Fee:  $150 + $25 For VIP Investigation
                      Location The GhostHunter Store, 16 Church Street, Mount Holly, NJ
                      VIP Investigation Location:  The Burlington County Prison Museum, Mt Holly, NJ

                      Deadline to register is November 15th!

                      Register Here
                      Class size is limited so please register early

                       

                       

                      Plus:

                       

                      • Reiki III/Master Certification - 11/28/09
                      • What Animals Spirit Walk with You? - 11/21/09
                      • Ghost Research 101 Two Day Class - 12/5 & 12/6
                      • Gallery Mediumship Reading - 12/12/09
                      • Reiki II Certification - 12/13/09

                       

                       

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                      :::Ghosts in the News:::

                       

                       

                      Hockey Hall of Fame ghost revealed at last

                       

                      Joanna Jordan claims she has seen the ghost of Dorothy, the woman who haunts the Hockey Hall of Fame. (Oct. 30, 2009)

                       

                      For more than 50 years a ghost known only as "Dorothy" has haunted the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Star is now able to publicly reveal her full identity and confirm what actually happened.

                       

                      In the early 1990s, a few years before the Hockey Hall of Fame moved into the historic building that had been a Bank of Montreal branch for close to 100 years, Toronto musician Joanna Jordan saw a female ghost looking down on her from a second-floor ceiling.

                       

                      Jordan, who was playing the harp at an event being held in the building's Great Hall, was unaware at the time that a ghost purportedly haunted the space. "I remember it so vividly," she says, "because it's one of those things you'll never forget." Jordan refused to go up to the second floor by herself when she played at the Hall, which opened in 1993, some years later. "It was just too spooky up there."

                       

                      It is assumed, by those who believe in such things, that Jordan had seen the spirit of a young teller known as Dorothy, who had killed herself in the bank some time between the early 1900s and the 1960s, according to various sources. Although Dorothy has been written about in numerous books and articles, she has never been given a last name. Nor was the reason for her death confirmed.

                       

                      Until now.

                       

                      The Star has learned that she was Dorothea Mae Elliott, 19 years old. She shot herself early in the morning of Wednesday March 11, 1953 and died 22 hours later at St. Michael's Hospital.

                       

                      Her death didn't garner much attention from the newspapers of the day. The long-defunct Toronto Telegram ran a brief item on March 11, which reported that police were checking a story that the "attractive young brunette may have been despondent over a love affair."

                       

                      The Telegram didn't follow-up on the story. But the Toronto Daily Star, as The Star was then known, ran a three-paragraph item on page 14 the next day that announced her death, citing the cause as loneliness because her boyfriend had left her to "take a job on the boats."

                       

                      Neither paper mentioned her name, but it did appear on a death notice on March 13 that The Star discovered.

                       

                      Over the years other rumours emerged. One version accused her of having been caught stealing money. Another said she had been discovered helping members of the Irish Republican Army, who were planning to rob the bank to fund their cause back home. And a psychic, several years ago, said she was murdered because she had uncovered a scheme involving the bank manager, the chief of police and a leading judge, all of whom were embezzling money belonging to farmers.

                       

                      The most common theory, however, was that she was having an affair with either another teller or the branch manager, a married man who had an apartment in the bank.

                       

                      The latter account is the accurate one, according to someone who knows the details but for personal reasons doesn't want to go on the record. "She was a beautiful young woman who was very popular," this person says. "She looked like the actress Rita Hayworth."

                       

                      The source also told The Star that Dorothy had been orphaned at the age of 9, following the deaths of her parents a few years apart.

                       

                      Len Redwood, the bank's messenger in 1953, described her in a 1982 interview as "the life of the party, the most popular girl in the bank." He said she shot herself in the women's second-floor washroom with the bank's revolver, a .38 calibre, which was kept in his drawer. Years later, his son Vic said his late father "told me that he and an ambulance attendant carried Dorothy downstairs, likely still alive, in a wooden, Windsor-style chair. That chair was at my parents' cottage as late as 1990."

                       

                      A few years ago I spoke with one of Dorothy's fellow workers, who thinks she's the last person to have seen her alive. "Dorothy was a beautiful girl, tall and buxom," said Doreen Bracken. "I wasn't very sophisticated at the time but she was. The men liked her, eh?"

                       

                      Bracken remembered the day of the shooting. "I came in about 8 a.m. and she was already there," she said. Bracken noted that Dorothy, who was wearing a blue-knitted dress, looked "distressed and dishevelled. "

                       

                      Just after nine o'clock another employee, Zeta Rushbrook, began screaming and yelling over the balcony, Bracken said. Len Redwood raced upstairs to see what was wrong and discovered Dorothy's body. "We didn't hear a shot," Bracken said.

                       

                      There have been countless reports of strange occurrences in the building over the decades that are believed to be connected to Dorothy: lights flicking on and off; doors and windows opening and closing for no apparent reason; and moans, screams and other eerie sounds echoing through the historic structure. Some staff and employees have heard footsteps when working alone at night. A few have felt a phantom hand on their shoulder or leg.

                       

                      Rob Hynes, who formerly worked at the Hall as a special events supervisor, had an encounter that spooked him. While preparing for an event, he entered a narrow kitchen that runs behind a second-floor conference room to get some coffee urns at around 6 a.m. A strong feeling, as if being watched by someone, "but different than that," enticed him to enter the conference room, which was in darkness. "One of the chairs, and this is the God's honest truth, was turning, as if a breeze was in there," he says. "It actually moved right into my hand. I'm rather skeptical about ghosts, but I just freaked out and ran out of there."

                       

                      Despite all the reports, only one other person is believed to have actually seen the spirit. One summer a young boy was visiting the Hall of Fame when he started screaming, "Don't you see her, don't you see her," says Jane Rodney, who was the Hall's coordinator of resource centre services at the time. "He claimed a woman with long black hair was going in and out of the walls."

                       

                      Dorothy's family does not speak about her death, nor would they comment for this article. They have objected, over the years, to her being seen as an object of fun.

                       

                       

                       

                       

                      Ghost hunter sets up shop

                       

                      MOUNT HOLLY — Dave Juliano didn't actually see a ghost; however, this paranormal researcher will explain what he didn't see.

                       

                      "Stuff was coming up and down the steps to the second floor, setting off the motion sensors," Juliano said about a case he was investigating. "I'm sitting in a chair staring at the steps and there is nothing there. It must have happened six or seven times."

                      Juliano said the motion sensors read infrared heat "coming off of stuff.

                      "So it has to be something solid in an infrared sense. It is giving off enough heat. That is the only way they chime," Juliano continued about the motion sensors in his staircase experience at the Friends Meeting House in Woodbury a few years back. "You need something like the size of a child to set these things off. When they are going off, regardless of what your eyes are saying, there is something."

                      Juliano said he has been investigating haunted locations and consulting on cases for more than 24 years. That adds up to thousands of cases around the world.

                      And now he has opened the Shadowlands Ghost Hunter Store in the Mill Race Village in Mount Holly for you to do investigating.

                      The cozy row home store isn't a place for kids to buy costumes of ghosts; rather, it is a place that has "all the gear for people who are interested in looking for ghosts in their homes or preferably other homes," Juliano said.

                      Juliano said ghost hunting is a fun hobby that has increased in popularity recently.

                      "Five years ago you had one or two groups in each state. Now I have lost track. There are hundreds in New Jersey," Juliano said. "Most are for hobby, to have fun, but there are more serious groups, people who do research and help people."

                      The 41-year-old director of South Jersey Ghost Research credited the Internet and TV for the ghost hunting explosion.

                      "Everything I sell I have used before," Juliano said. "I don't sell anything that I haven't tested."

                      Juliano, 41, a Sterling High School graduate, said he was haunted in his childhood home.

                      "I started seeing something when I was 3 years old. I was terrified into my teens," said Juliano, who lives in Philadelphia. "That is what basically got me into doing this, looking for answers for myself. I didn't realize there were people out there doing what I do now, helping other people."

                       

                       

                      Ghost Hunters Probe Valley Hauntings

                       

                       

                      PHOENIX -- If you think all ghost hunters have wild imaginations, think again.

                      "For me, I have to have concrete proof. I have to have audio and video," said Kim Mann.

                      Mann is the founder of the East Valley Paranormal Society, which hosted several workshops this month to teach people the dos and don'ts of ghost hunting.

                      "Don't scream and don't run, you're more likely to get hurt running in the dark than from a ghost," she insisted.

                      As for what you should bring, Mann recommends a flashlight and a recording device.

                      Many of the people at the workshops said they've already felt the phantom rush before.

                      "I just saw this girl floating around, and then she disappeared, and the room got really cold," said Ily Abrams.

                      The best places for ghost hunting in Arizona are often the last places people would suspect. "People have said that the Old Spaghetti Factory in Downtown Phoenix is a good spot," said Mann.

                      So why do these ghosts hang around our world anyways?

                      "Sometimes they don't know they're dead, sometimes they're stuck here, and sometimes they just come in and visit," said Mann.

                       

                       

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                      The Shadowlands: Ghosts and Hauntings Mission Statement:

                       

                      The web page was created in December 1994 to provide a safe and comfortable place for people who have had an experience with a haunting and/or ghost to share their story with others who have had similar experiences.  I am someone who has lived with and witnessed many paranormal events and encountered many different spirits and ghosts.  Because of my experiences, I treat this subject very seriously in my attempt to educate, comfort and help others who are having experiences they don't understand, are afraid of or need help with.  This page will always strive to educate you on what ghosts are and how to deal with them.  We will also provide proof to the existence of ghosts in the form of pictures, sounds and eyewitness accounts.  We will provide advice and, along with experts in the field who assist me here, help resolve any ghost related problems in your life.  Of course we will always provide a space for you to share your experiences among friends and people who understand and to meet others who share similar experiences.  - Dave Juliano and Tina Carlson

                       

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                        Feel free to E-mail any comments to us about the page or this newsletter. Important:  Remember to share the website with friends and family so that we can enlarge the family here at The Shadowlands. - Dave Juliano (davejuliano@ theshadowlands. net) and Tina Carlson (tinacarlson@ theshadowlands. net)

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                        16 years on the net and still going strong.  

                        Over 16,000 True Stories Posted!

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                        News:    We added about 50 new stories to the website and the Haunted Places Index has been updated -Dave

                         

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                        :::: How does space weather affect our research?::: :

                         

                        Geomagnetic storm:  For ghost researchers this means there is, potentially, additional amounts of energy in the air that spirits can use to manifest.  Groups tracking this worldwide have all reported an increase in activity during geomagnetic storms.  You must also remember that very sensitive EMF meters like the TriField meters could get false positive readings during large storms.

                         

                        The previous 24 hours of 3 hour Planetary Kp Index data (http://sec.noaa. gov/info/ glossary. html#KpINDEX) is the activity is categorized as follows:

                         

                        Storm: A Geomagnetic Storm has occurred

                        Active: the Geomagnetic Field has been unsettled

                        Quiet: the Geomagnetic Field is quiet

                         

                         

                        Solar flare:  For ghost researchers this means there is large amounts of additional energy in the air that spirits can use to manifest.   Groups tracking this worldwide have all reported an increase in activity during large flares.   You must also remember that very sensitive EMF meters like the TriField meters could get false positive readings during large flares.

                         

                        The Sun is always belching globs of its inner self into space, sending an ever-changing stream of charged particles our way. The barrage of energy excites the aurora (Northern and Southern lights) and sometimes threatens satellites and electrical grids. Scientists call it space weather. 
                          
                        Solar flare classification: Solar flares are classified based on their output of X-ray energy at the peak of their burst. 
                          
                        C-class flares are common 
                        M-class flares are larger but moderately powerful 
                        X-class flares are the most powerful
                        Mega flares mean that an unprecedented flare has occurred

                         

                         

                        Add a space weather activity monitor to your website:  http://www.n3kl. org/sun/status. html

                         

                        Detailed forecast and advanced info on space weather:  http://sec.noaa. gov/today. html

                         

                         

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                        :::Ghosts in the News:::

                         

                         

                        Got ghosts? Group scours likely haunts

                         

                        The temperature dropped in the boiler room of the Gadsden Hotel in Douglas. Heel-toe, heel-toe, heel-toe. Footsteps echoed in the hollow concrete basement.

                        They sounded like boots, but the only people there were two investigators from West Coast Ghost and Paranormal Society. They were not walking.

                         

                        "You could hear footsteps coming down the hallway, then it actually walked around us in the boiler room. We caught it on audio," Andy Rice said. "Just try to wrap your mind around that - there's no one to see, but there's footsteps."

                         

                        Shaun Jacob was with Rice in the now-frigid basement.

                        "Just after the footsteps, it felt like something pulled on my shorts," Jacob said. "There wasn't anything around me."

                         

                        The Gadsden Hotel dates to 1907 and the last days of the Wild West. Many staffers have reported encountering a headless figure in the basement, and they say the ghost of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa appears there.

                        The hotel is one of 31 paranormal-investig ation sites evaluated by the Phoenix-based group since it was formed two years ago. Although members have had many unexplained experiences during hours of investigations at the hotel, they stopped short of labeling the place haunted.

                        The group will declare a building haunted only if it can capture video or audio evidence. Unsubstantiated personal experiences don't count. At the Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone, an ostrich feather dropped from a birdcage and unseen women hummed from the stage. At Big Nose Kate's Saloon nearby, a grumbly male voice told Jacob to "get out." Lacking documentation, the group cited "unexplained paranormal activity" in their report.

                        The group's investigations have earned coverage by the Associated Press, MSNBC, Yahoo and Fox TV, among others.

                        Rice formed the non-profit, volunteer group as a result of personal experiences. The goal is to document purported paranormal occurrences. First, members do historical research of a property. On investigation day, they record weather conditions, seismic data, geothermal and topographical measurements, magnetic activity and such to see if anything in nature caused the occurrence. At the site, they set up a command center linked to infrared cameras, digital voice-recording systems, camcorders and electromagnetic- field detectors.

                        The group does not charge for investigations, but it accepts donations through its Web site, wcgaps.com.

                        "It's a great team," said Marianne Luskey, one of the first members. "We are a family. We are very close. We have a passion for what we do."

                        And "very understanding spouses," added Celeste Plitz.

                        The group has 16 members. Each week, Rice receives nearly 10 applications from people wanting to join, and requests for investigations are piling up.

                        "Most of the time when we go in somewhere, we go through their claims and we try to disprove all of them. Ninety percent of the time, we can completely disprove everything," Rice said.

                        At the Gilbert Historical Museum, volunteers spoke of hearing footsteps and voices. The group concluded that the building creates sounds as a result of temperature and humidity changes and that acoustical patterns from the wooden floors create an atmosphere for the sounds to be interpreted as voices.

                        So far, the group has labeled just two buildings as haunted: Monti's La Casa Vieja inTempe and the Old Cuchillo Bar in Cuchillo, N.M.

                        Built in 1871 as Charles Trumbull Hayden's adobe home, Monti's is the oldest continuously occupied building in the Valley. It has been in the Monti family for 55 years.

                        Owner Michael Monti said his staff members have experienced dozens of episodes of unexplained activity.

                        "This building has been a home, a hotel, a business office. People have been born there, died there, and if there's any place you would expect to find a ghost, it's there," he said.

                        Indeed, after two nighttime visits, the society determined that 90 percent of the claims could be substantiated. Among the encounters was the apparition of a woman wearing a blue gown.

                        "Andy and I were in the front part of the restaurant, and we saw what looked to be a lady," Jacob said. "She went through the door. She looked as though she had a light on her, some sort of an illumination. The whole restaurant was completely dark.

                        "It looked like this person was walking right toward the bar here. In the bar, they caught audio of a lady, and they had a temperature drop right after."

                        At the bar, Luskey heard several women chatting in the lobby although she could not see anyone. Luskey also felt chills. The chatter was recorded.

                        In the Zane Grey room, an audio clip sounds as if the restaurant was serving a meal, with dishes being moved and people talking and eating.

                        Monti is not troubled by the findings.

                        "I'm quite happy to be in the possession of a haunted building," he said. "It adds to the character."

                         

                        Mystery of Czech haunted house explained

                         

                        Exploding light-bulbs, burnt electricity sockets and broken glass in a family home in Strašice near Prague had experts scratching their heads these past three months. Now it seems the mystery's been solved. The "paranormal" occurrences – which made national headlines – were reportedly the work of the family's 12-year-old son.

                         

                        In English, the name of the Czech village of Strašice, outside of Prague, translates loosely as Spooksville and for many until now that name had been remarkably apt. Bizarre occurrences at a home belonging to the Mrácek family were a daily occurrence since September: everything from fried power sockets to broken glass in the aquarium – occurrences seemingly without human intervention, that had everyone from power utility experts to geologists scratching their heads. Numerous scientific tests were run, the house was cut off from the power grid, yet the so-called haunting continued, and still no plausible explanation was found.

                         

                        Until now. On Wednesday the Czech news agency reported that the occurrences were apparently, at least in part, the work of the family's 12-year-old son, who is said to have admitted his involvement to the police. The boy had already come under suspicion earlier, and now many will be wondering how he pulled off the stunts. At the same time, he has reportedly taken responsibility for only some of the incidents - not all – telling the police that he had only wanted to attract more publicity so that authorities would have no choice but to look into unusual phenomena already occurring at the house.

                         

                        But many point to the fact that events for example ceased when the boy was absent for longer periods.

                         

                        If indeed the occurrences – which made national headlines – were the result of a hoax, the son will not face any legal repercussions; damages never exceeded 5,000 crowns. At the same time, not everyone is convinced that the 12-year-old could have been solely responsible: a regional representative of the CEZ power utility told the Czech news agency, for example, that no evidence of any kind of self-combustible material had been found on any of the sockets, adding the company would continue to look into the case. The CVUT technical university, meanwhile, will also reportedly study the unusual Strašice home. 

                         

                         

                        Genesee ghost hunters

                         

                        By DAN MORAN

                         

                        WAUKEGAN -- It was late one night in an office high above the main floor of the Genesee Theatre. An employee stopped by with her dog to check on some paperwork ... and, suddenly, the room went cold.

                        The dog -- normally docile -- bared her teeth, faced an open doorway and growled, all while walking backward toward her master, whose heart began racing. Then, just as quickly as the behavior started, the dog was calm. She hasn't acted that way before or since.

                        This tale from the recent past is one that can be added to years of lore about something just a bit beyond the norm inhabiting the halls and corners of the Genesee, from an unseen little girl taunting ushers to a long-dead theater honcho peeking from behind the stage curtain.

                        Inspired by the tales, a pack of ghost hunters is looking to hang out once the lights dim today and document what, if anything, is going on.

                        "We're not psychics. We're looking at it from purely a scientific standpoint," said Waukegan native Cheri Esperon of the Northern Alliance of Paranormal Investigators (NAPI), a group of about 13 Illinois and Wisconsin residents that uses audio/visual technology to try catching spirits in the act of haunting.

                        For tonight's proposed investigation at the Genesee, which is being arranged to start after a DanceCenter North performance of "The Magic of the Nutcracker," Esperon said, "We're going to use two DVR night-vision cameras, 12 audio recorders and eight or nine handheld cameras, so there'll be a lot to review."

                        Esperon added that there might be perfectly normal explanations for the sights and sounds that are said to roll through the theater.

                        "There are a lot of windows, it's on a corner in a downtown area ... We go in kind of looking to disprove things, and if we can't disprove it, it's something to look at."

                        The effort was sparked back in October when a NAPI member attended the annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival at the Genesee and heard Jim May of Spring Grove unleash a selection of Genesee ghost lore for the audience.

                        "I was the emcee, so while I mixed the stories in, I wove them in, during the evening while introducing the acts," May said Friday, explaining that he picked up the tales from various current and past employees at the 82-year-old building. Among the legends:

                        • Ushers, said May, will tell you about "hearing the pitter-patter of feet running down the aisle, and then they'll hear a giggle -- and then they'll look down and their shoelace will be untied." A telephone worker is also said to have reported the giggling to Genesee employees one day, wondering if a child was lost in the empty building.

                        • One of the trio of the Genesee's founders is said to haunt the stage area. May said he was told that the financier hanged himself to death at a dairy farm in the early 1930s, "but the apocryphal version is that he hanged himself from the water tower up on the roof of the theater. People have said they see him peeking around the curtains of the stage."

                        • A theater employee told May about seeing an apparition standing in a hallway that houses offices. "She was very blase about it," May said. "She told me, 'This one guy stood there all afternoon,' and I said, 'Maybe it was someone waiting (for an appointment) ,' and she said, 'Oh, no, no, no -- I could see right through him.'"

                        Officials at the Genesee seem to be taking the situation in stride. Special events director Rena Morrow said she took NAPI members on an informal tour of the building earlier this week, and arrangements were being worked on Friday to allow for the actual investigation.

                        "It's tentatively on the schedule for (today)," Morrow said. "It's just a matter of getting everything lined up, like liability (waivers)."

                        Esperon said she was hoping to return to a theater she first attended as a child to see a screening of "Jaws" in 1975.

                        "We went Monday to get the tour of the whole building, and my eyes are still popping and my neck is still hurting from looking up at everything," she said. "I remember going there when I was a kid, and it was a neat place then. It's fantastic now."

                        Esperon added that she believes theaters are prime places for paranormal activity, since those drifting in from the netherworld would likely go back to the places they frequented in the flesh.

                        "Schools, theaters, churches (and) bars are big," she said. "People always talk about cemeteries. Really and truly, if you were a ghost, would you go to a cemetery? (Ghosts) go to places were people had fun and passion, and there's no more passion anywhere than in a theater."

                         

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                        The web page was created in December 1994 to provide a safe and comfortable place for people who have had an experience with a haunting and/or ghost to share their story with others who have had similar experiences.  I am someone who has lived with and witnessed many paranormal events and encountered many different spirits and ghosts.  Because of my experiences, I treat this subject very seriously in my attempt to educate, comfort and help others who are having experiences they don't understand, are afraid of or need help with.  This page will always strive to educate you on what ghosts are and how to deal with them.  We will also provide proof to the existence of ghosts in the form of pictures, sounds and eyewitness accounts.  We will provide advice and, along with experts in the field who assist me here, help resolve any ghost related problems in your life.  Of course we will always provide a space for you to share your experiences among friends and people who understand and to meet others who share similar experiences.  - Dave Juliano and Tina Carlson

                         

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                          Feel free to E-mail any comments to us about the page or this newsletter. Important:  Remember to share the website with friends and family so that we can enlarge the family here at The Shadowlands. - Dave Juliano (davejuliano@...) and Tina Carlson (tinacarlson@...)

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                          16 years on the net and still going strong.  Over 16,000 True Stories Posted!

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                          This isn't the usually newsletter but there are some stories that have been submitted posted in it as well as our appeal for assistance.

                           

                          Hi everyone,

                           

                          It's been a long 16 years and we are a few months away from 17 years on the web.    The Shadowlands needs your help once again to assist the website and to promote it.   Thanks for all the support through all these years.

                           

                          The Stories:  The Shadowlands was started as a safe haven from people who wanted to share their personal experiences with others who understand what they experienced.   Over the years story submissions have declined and we wanted to see if we can jump start that now.    I know there are many places now where you can post your stories but if you could also share them with us or encourage others to do so it would help keep the site going with fresh experiences.    Only one experience out of 16,000 may resonate with someone who is frightened so yours may be the one that makes someone else feel not so alone or confused.   To send in a story, email it here:  tinacarlson@...

                           

                          The Articles:   We are always in need of people who would like to write articles on ghosts and hauntings as well as all the other paranormal subjects the website covers.    These are featured in the newsletters and on the website so if you want help out please email us: davejuliano@...

                           

                          The "Live from The GhostHunter Store" radio show on ParaQuest Radio Network needs suggestions for guests, topics and also please send in any questions you would like answered when we do our Q&A on the show.    If you have a question, suggestion or want to be a guest please email us:  davejuliano@...

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                          Some New Personal Experiences

                          remember we do not edit or correct any grammar or spelling because we want to post the stories in exactly the way that person who send it to a friend.

                           

                           

                          New Story

                          By: QLD, Australia 

                          'About a year ago, when I was sixteen, I decided I was sick of sharing a room with my little sister. Because we didn't have enough bedrooms in the house, I decided to move into an old caravan we had which was only a few steps away from the back door of the house. I have had many experiences since then which I believe to be paranormal.  I had my dog in the caravan the night that I saw the ghost. When I woke up the next morning, I had the most vivid memory of waking up in the middle of the night. I saw the top half of a man, attempt to go through one of the cupboards that are in the caravan, but he was unable to. He fell backwards after crashing into the cupboard and then disappeared. He was elderly, with the top half of his head bald, but with a ring of hair around the back of his head. His was wearing an old-fashioned light brown tartan jacket. As I said, I only saw the top half of this body, about from the bellybutton up. My dog didn't wake up at all, and I myself didn't feel neither frightened or threatened, so I feel that the ghost was not evil. When I told my mother, she didn't really believe me, but my Dad showed me a picture of his father, who had died about thirty years ago, and he looked very similar to the ghost I saw. In addition to this, about three or four months later, I woke in the middle of the night for no particular reason. As I lay there, attempting to go back to sleep, I heard what sounded like footsteps on the roof of the caravan. My parents gave the explanation of the heat or cold compressing the metal roof, but this doesn't explain why it sounded like human footsteps across the roof. There were about five steps, and it sounded sort of like someone was swaggering. This experience did frighten me, and even when the footsteps stopped, I couldn't sleep for hours afterwards. Another night, I woke at exactly 2:00am in the morning to the sound of a backfiring car. I pulled back the curtain to one of the windows, which faces the road. What I saw was the outline of an old pickup truck moving very slowly down the road in front of my house. This may sound normal, but it gave me an eerie feeling, and when I lay back down, I could hear the rumbling of the truck for a half hour after that, even though when I looked out the window again, the truck was gone. I found it odd that I could still hear the truck for at least a solid half hour even after it had passed the house. It felt paranormal to me.  This most recent even may not be paranormal, but it is eerie. Just recently, I woke up at 4:12am (I'm still in the caravan). I fell asleep about half an hour later, but when I woke, I found out that one of my Dad's friends had died that very morning. Apparently, he woke up at 4 in the morning, and his wife went to fix him breakfast (his job required an early start) and when she returned about ten minutes later, he was dead. Is it a coincidence that I woke at 4:12 in the morning? That may very well be the exact time he died. All these experiences only began when I moved into the caravan, and although most of them are frightening, the old man's ghost didn't scare me in the least. We don't have any past records on previous owners of the caravan, but I feel that maybe someone has died in there, and their restless spirit continues to be earthbound.'

                           

                          Jeff and Sue

                          By:       jbrown15@...

                          Hi I have a story for you about ten years ago my son his friends and myself went to Barkersville. We had an experience I will not ever forget,we were going to go in and we saw a car comming so we had left for about half hour or so.Then when we came back there was a candle in the window now mind you it was winter time so we looked for foot prints and saw nothing.So then we went inside and we were all looking around went up to the third floor checking it out wiyh flashlights and bats in hand I do not know why they brought them.Then we were all talking then we heard something we got chills and we heard it again it sounded like somebody running at us.We didn't see anything we all were looking so we heard it again I told them lets go it sounded like an angry step. So we left that place and haven't been back there again                

                               Now my son lives and runs The Mill in Glens Falls and when I go to visit I feel things I saw one light in the hall flicker only when I was there because somebody came out of there apt it stopped when they left it started again,but as it was flickering I had a really strange feeling vercome me.One night while we were there our puppy has gone up and down the hallways all day with us and didn't bark or act strange,but that night we were going downstairs and he freaked out nobody else was there except my husband and I.He was really scared he didn't want to move when we got back to our apt I had a feeling of sadness hit me it was strange I felt sick and dizzy.

                           

                          Sturgeon Bay- Old Camper

                          By:       myangel_1996@...

                          When I was five, I slept in the old camper we owned and my great grandma slept in the camper with me.We had the stove light on. I woke up in the middle of the night and saw a figure of a boy. He was holding a box he showed me what was in it. In it there were a pair of binoculars and a two dollar bill. He showed me where it was. I woke my great grandma up and told her that there was someone in the camper. The stove light was off and the doors were locked. She turned a flashlight on and looked around with it. She didn't see anything. So she told me I was dreaming and to go back to sleep. But she had a feeling not a scared feeling a odd feeling. The next morning I told my mom, my dad and my great grandpa. They went in the camper with me. I showed them where it was and sure enough there was the box with the binoculars and the two dollar bill. My great grandma wanted me to explain what the boy looked like. When I was done explaining what he looked like she said it was her dead son when he was a boy. Ever since then weird things have been happening. Like my stereo going off when we were camping. My dad heard the crackling from a distance away. The box for it was duct taped shut. I had it one either f.m. or IPod. When it turned on it was on a.m.Then my dad's jack knife that he lost nine years ago appeared somewhere where he didn't need it. There was no dust on it and there was no spot in the dust where it was.

                           

                           

                           

                          My Ex-Boyfriend

                          By:       xinabelle@...

                          I loved my boyfriend, but I had to leave for my own sake for several reasons.  We were still friends, and he and my new boyfriend got along politely.  I lost contact with him after I told him it had been 4 years with my current boyfriend.  Two years later my boyfriend and I married in September 2001.  November 2001 is when I got the phone call from someone that my ex-boyfriend and I knew.  I heard her voice, and before she could tell me why she called…I asked her `did he do it'?

                          He had a long history of depression and several attempts at suicide dating back to his teen years.  He was in his 50's when he finally succeeded.  That night my husband and I went to bed late after lots of crying.  I can't remember what time it was, but it was still early morning and very dark.  I thought I was dreaming.  I was in bed looking ahead of me.  There was a pin of light standing 2 feet away from the foot of the bed.  The light was at eye level of a human.  I stared at it for a long time.  What I felt from it was pleasant, warm, reassuring, calm, and full of peace.  It had a glow around it.  It had been there for such a long time that I started to realize I wasn't fully asleep.  The pin of light expanded and grew a bright white.  That is when I bolted upright and became startled because my eyes were hurting from the brightness.The moment I shot up is when the expanded white light shrank instantly back to the original small pin of light, and shot out the door to the hallway.I sat up in bed and looked around wondering what just happened.  Was it a dream?  Everything in the dream was everything in the room.  The bathroom was there, the bureau was here, my husband and I were in our places in the bed, and the door was over there.  I wasn't dreaming after all.  After this incident I realized I don't sleep with my eyes completely closed.  When I get ready to sleep I open my eyes again because I see a light.  The light is from a street light or the window.  My ex-boyfriend's visitation was in 2001.  To this day I still notice I sleep with my eyes slightly open because I see light coming from the window.There were several other things that happened after this, but this one was the most significant of them all.

                           

                          Strange Happenings & Dreams

                          By:       kat051985@...

                          About 20 years ago we moved into a ranch style house on Grove Street in a small town in western Illinois.  I don't really remember when strange things started to happen I just remember them happening well most of them anyways.  I'm going to tell you the stories that my family and I remember in no particular order.  I never liked sleeping in my room it always gave off a weird vibe I mean I would go in there and play during the day with friends or sometimes even by myself I don't know what it was about it but I just didn't like it.  In the summers since my parents didn't make a lot of money we would all move into my room since it was the biggest and put an air conditioner in the window to save on the electric bill.   One night the air was off and the door was open because it was a cool night.  My parents bed was on the wall closest to the door so they could see right out into the hallway well on this night my mom was awakened by a presence standing in the doorway of the bedroom she couldn't see it but she knew it was there she was so scared that she just baried her head into my dads back.  A few days later she found out her dad had died and wasn't found for several days she believes it was his presence in the doorway.  We would always here footsteps coming from the kitchen.  This is one of those times.  My mom worked nights at this time so she would sometimes sleep on the couch during the day.  On this particular day my brother and I were at school.  She started to hear footsteps in the kitchen she was so scared that she grabbed her shoes and left and didn't come back until after she had picked us up from school.  On other occasions she's be sleeping on her and my dads bed and something would shake the bed.  I also felt this one time when I stayed home from school.  Our attached shed was directly behind my parents bed and my mom would hear someone walking around in there like boots on wood floor but the thing was is that it was a concrete floor.  I forgot to mention that this house stand right in front of a cemetary I'm not sure if it has anything to do with these experiences or not.  One day my mom also heard a music box playing we had music boxes at that time but none of them played that song.  One final thing on this house ever since we have moved away from there over 12 years ago I dream about this house at least once a week sometimes paranormal things happen in the dreams sometimes not.  I'm not sure why it is strange and everytime I drive by there which I do often because it's only a few blocks away I wonder if anything strange is happening still?  I've even condsidered renting it again if the option arose.  There were other occurences that probably happened but I will have to find them out and write about them later. Oh, I almost forgot someone told us a long time ago that the house used to be a boarding home as well.

                           

                           

                           

                          Shadow in Living Room

                          By:       anonymous

                          We bought an apartment in downtown Shanghai as I was transferred to China for work. We have been living in this apartment for the last five years. One day not too long ago, we were doing some renovations in our guest bedroom. Our apartment is on the 12th floor. As I am sure all high-rise apartment buildings have in common, we have these shafts hidden behind our interior walls that extend from the basement to the roof they are covered in concrete and look just like part of the wall except they butt our from the corner 10 or 12 inches. In our building, these covered shafts hold all the main piping for water, electricity etc.

                           

                          During the renovation, we noticed that there was moisture leaking through the concrete wall that created little patches of dampness where the ceiling and the wall meet. Our construction team asked us if they could cut away a small part of the wall so they could see if the pipes were leaking or if it was from some other moisture. Without thinking, we agreed as we didn't want any severe water damage to take place. So they cut two 6" x 8" squares in the column. They checked for leaking pipes found no obvious water leakes and carried on with the rest of the renovation leaving the holes open as they were going to re-surface all the walls and paint once they were finished.  Our apartment has three levels. The first floor is the foyer, dining room and kitchen, the second level is the main living area and master suite and the third level has two bedrooms and a full bath. It's not a full staircase that separtes each level but sort of a short half flight, a landing turn to the right then another short flight of stairs.Standing on the landing from the second level you can see clearly down into the first level and up to the third and vice versa. One night I am in our living room watching TV with the dog and she starts barking and staring at the stairwell. It is an apartment and there are three other units on our floor so anyone could be walking down the halls outside. Additionally, we also have this huge glass-block wall that separates our first floor interior with the hallway outside. Its about 9 feet long and floor to ceiling high. So, I really didn't think too much about it as you can see the blurred, opaque images of people walking down the hall. But she is standing there for a while on the landing looking down into the first floor then up to the third floor. It was weird, yes, but like I said, I just dismissed it as living in an apartment. But it kept on happening for days in a row and then sometimes the dog would go tearing off upstairs and then come running downstairs. Its just my wife and I living here and she is usually in the master bedroom (on the same level as the living room) on the computer or watching TV. Again, weird, yes, but I just sort of dismiss it.

                          One night, I am sleeping on my bed, my wife sound asleep next to me and the dog sleeping on the end of the bed when I am awkened by the bed shaking. Like some one putting two hands down on the mattress and pushing down. I am lying on my side, open my eyes and the shaking stops. I glance over at my wife, she's not moving, then glance over at the dog which is also sound asleep. I figure the dog was scratching herself or my wife was moving to one side or another and close my eyes. I fall asleep (don't know how long) but then again am awakened to the bed shaking. I open my eyes and do the same thing. My wife is lying still and the dog is snoring. I close my eyes again and then after a few minutes or so the same thing happens. This time I am lying on my back, I open my eyes, look up and to my surprise, I see these back swirls swirling about on the ceiling above me. I blink my eyes for a half second and they are now gone. I pause there in bed thinking about what I had just "thought" I saw and convince myself it was a dream and go back to sleep. The bed shaking without the black swirls continues for a few more nights and one night during this time, I actually catch the dog scratching herself and thus shaking the bed. So, I write off these experiences as no big deal. I admit, I actually felt really relieved when I finally caught the dog causing the bed to shake. The renovation is now delayed because they have not found the source of the dampness. My wife tells me that on a few floors above us they have also found some dampness and they cut holes there to inspect the pipes as well. So, the bed shaking stops I am convinced it was the dog and the black swirls are forgotten.   A few nights later I had a conference call late at night. We have a +12 hour time difference with the East Coast USA. So its past midnight I am upstairs in the other 3rd floor bedroom that we converetd to a study with the door closed. I finish my call, start doing some emails and surf the web for an hour or two. I get up wanting to to go the kitchen downstairs to get a drink. I open the study door and the whole apartment is dark. I take a step towards the landing and look down into the second level. I see this large black shadow in the shape of a pyramid standing in the living room directly in front of me at the bottom of the stairs, I stop dead in my tracks. It turns it's head (the top of the pyramid) to the right and around and looks at me. I apparently caught it from behind. There are no eyes that I can make out but it felt like there was a set of eyes looking right at me. We both pause locked in this mutual stare like we both stumbled across something we both weren't expecting. After what seemed like a few minutes but was probably only a few seconds, I instictively say, "get out of my house, you're not welcome here" (yes, I do watch too many ghost stories) It smoothly flows to the left and in one fell swoop quickly flies down the stairs towards the first level. I am still standing there a little shocked at what I just saw. Collect myself and continue downstairs (turning on all the lights as I go) It was gone. I keep this little incident to myself and go to bed where I find my wife already asleep. The next morning I am getting ready for work and my wife is talking to me about something. I sometimes just hear her talking and am not paying attention to her as she is going on about what she has to do today, what her friends said etc, etc, then in passing she says something that immediately catches my attention. She's talking about a dream she had last night about this big black shadow with a lions head looking at her. I know its a cliche, but right then and there the little hairs on the back of my neck start acting up and that unexplainable "heavy" feeling associated with it started to overwhelm me. I turn to her and say "what?" she them tells me about how she dreamed this black shadow with a lions head was looking at her last night. She then goes on about something else and I go back to doing what I was doing, I walk downstairs out the door and go to work.  I don't have the heart to tell my wife what happened to me the same night. But a few days later the construction guys came by and patched up the wall and since then, I haven't seen or felt anything strange. With my vivid imagination, I can imagine that maybe during construction of our high-rise something may have happened. In China, construcion safety for workers is not regulated like it is back home. No OSHA rules to protect workers from accidents. If somethng happens, it just happens, no one knows and no one says anything about it. If something got caught in the basement or foundation of this building then got sealed in by all the concrete it could still be there. Punching a few holes into these shafts may have allowed it access out. Who knows?

                           

                           

                          Personal Haunting

                          By:       briangibbons20@...

                          A personal haunting..........  A few weeks ago mt wife was in the kitchen.She heard a scratching on our sliding glass door.She turn to look through it and saw nothing out there.She turned around to the dinning room table and heard behind her a voice,she turned around to find nothing there.It was about 1:00 AM when she came in our bedroom,and with tears in her eye's,asked me if I was just in the kitchen playing a joke on her.I said that I was asleep. Next she asked me if I would go in the kitchen and check it out.Being a practicing occultist for over 15 years,I jumped at the chance for communication with what ever was bothering her.I tried to initiate contact for a half hour or so,but nothing would communicate with me.I have some experience with contacting spirits,but nothing would communicate with me. So I am of the opinion that this is a personal haunting.Maybe something she picked up from the past.The house has had numerous cleanings,and I have lived here for over 10 years with no activity.Which leads me to believe that this has nothing to do with house or property.Has any else out there experienced anything similar?

                           

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