Friday, May 20, 2016

Troublesome Entities

I recently received the following email from a reader:

I thought we had a poltergeist problem in my parents’ house. When we lived back east, I had a stalker who would prowl around my parents’ house, then mine. He smoked. When you live in a state of siege for so many years, just the reminder of something that a stalker did is enough to cause you to be terrified. I kept telling my mother there was no logical reason for her to smell cigarette smoke in the hallway of the house they had purchased in another state. Didn’t make sense. With all the stress of dealing with my father’s Alzheimer’s, I found myself thinking about poltergeist.

When you buy a house, a complete history should go along with it. It should be required by law. It took years for me to discover that 2 people had died on the property. One young man was working on the power lines and was electrocuted. Another died outside of the house. The people who sold the house to my parents did not smoke. The woman had a serious COPE problem.

Other people smelled the smoke.

Things started disappearing, then reappearing. Once again, when you are dealing with AD, the logical answer was that my father picked something up and who knows what happened to it. My mother finally locked up the television remotes. I’ve been told the most common cause of TV remotes disappearing is due to people with AD hiding them.

People with AD will quite often have a secret ‘stash’ of something. (I have a friend who had an ex-husband who was scoring Viagra, going around doctors shopping it. He would go to his doctor’s appointments and the situation with nurses was horrible. Finally, when he was accepted into the VA, my friend and her son started packing up things and discovered hundreds of stashed Viagra tablets.)

My father died in October - 2014. We have yet to find everything, including my mother’s diamond wedding band, which was there one minute and gone the next. We have gone through every drawer, every possible hiding place. The titles of the cars have disappeared. He put them somewhere. I thought I’d cleaned out his old safe, getting what was valuable, but I missed the car titles.

I have a friend who was interested in possibly purchasing the property. We were talking about it and I told her that the house was haunted. The problem, I told her, was that I couldn’t figure out who it was. The problem was annoying, not frightening, just plain annoying.

My friend knew who the person was! She had known her for years. She thinks she died in the house, of natural causes. The woman was a notorious practical jokester. I was told there was no prank too simple or too outrageous. She once said if she could pick her idea of heaven it would be to come back as an annoying ghost and drive people crazy pranking them.

That is exactly what she does. I’m beginning to wonder if, the next time I go down to the house, asking her to return my mother’s ring. It’s worth a try.

Something else that still baffles me is the appearance of my father’s military records. He was in the Merchant Marines during WWII. It wasn’t until the 1980s that they were given VA status. We couldn’t find my father’s records. I have looked for them all those years. A week after he died, I was going through some of his things. On his old oak desk was a large plastic bag, at least 2 inches thick, with every single record, including medals, pay stubs, his passport, and even letters. It’s all there. My sister and nephew had been going through storage. They did not even go near his desk. Neither had the other person who would care for him. My mother certainly did not do it. There is no logical explanation for why they appeared.

Also, my father inherited my grandfather’s old tractor, which he used, for a good 40 years, to mow grass, with a golf course mower. When we reached the point where he could no longer operate it, a family friend took over the mowing. He knows how to fix the old tractor - or did. The tractor basically quit running when my father died. No matter how he tinkers, our friend cannot get it to work. Their yard is a mess, with the old tractor sitting outside, rusting. It’s like that song about the grandfather clock.

The Poltergeist Phenomenon: An In-depth Investigation Into Floating Beds, Smashing Glass, and Other Unexplained Disturbances

Unbelievable: Investigations into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena, from the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory

The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses: From Pagan Folklore to Modern Manifestations

This House is Haunted: The True Story of the Enfield Poltergeist

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Paranormal Day - May 3rd at 'Haunt Jaunts'

Paranormal Day Party

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Arcane Radio Presents: Tim Shaw - Author / Photographer / Producer

This week we welcome our friend & colleague, author / photographer / producer Tim Shaw to Arcane Radio.

Rev. Tim Shaw has had a life long interest in the investigation of occult and esoteric subjects. The religion of Modern Spiritualism was introduced into his family in the 1880’s and thus he comes from a long line of psychics and mediums. Tim is also an Ordained Spiritualist Minister, Certified Medium, Reiki Healer – achieving the Master/Teacher level, trained Spiritualist Healer, Dowser, and Metaphysical Instructor.

As well as following a traditionalist approach to paranormal research he also embraces new scientific techniques and methodologies used by the modern “para” investigator.

Tim is Founder and CEO of Sean Thomas Productions. He is an accomplished Photographer who also enjoys Backwoods Primitive Trekking, Flintknapping, Urban Exploration and is also a skilled Traditional Leather-worker. Tim has authored The Ghosts of Buffalo; Spirits, Murder, And Mayhem In The Nickel City Co-Authored Haunted Rochester:: A Supernatural History of the Lower Genesee (Haunted America) and has contributed a chapter in Marla Brooks wonderful book Animal Spells and Magick In E.R. Verner's Haunted Asylums Tim has written both the Introduction as well as shared photographs from various locations. His photography also appears in Verner's newest release Haunted Prisons

In his work Please Talk With Me, The True Story Of The C2D1 Haunting Tim has researched and written about one of the most devastating negative haunting in the Western New York region. It serves as the official companion book to a movie of the same name! In 2015 he finished an exciting new book of spirit channeled and inspired writings along with his photography in his latest book From the Dogma of ... ME which was published by Dark Moon Press. His writings have been included in Lost Whispers The Collective Allegories of Haunted America Tim has been featured on The SyFy Channel's "Ghost Hunters" (The Well of Horror),The Discovery Channel's "Ghost Lab" (The Betrayal/Fort Niagara), "CBS Radio"(The Wake Up Call, By The Soul, For The Soul, The Astral Bag Lady, and The Psychics Next Door), "Paranormal NY", Spike Network’s "Ghost Ops" (Fort Mifflin/William Howe), Deftone Pictures Studio's "Ombis", "To Catch A Soul", and "A Grim Becoming", The Award Winning "Marsh Creek Tramp," as well as Core Productions Documentary "John Zaffis, The World Within". Most recently he has been featured on Destination America’s hit show “Paranormal Lockdown” (The Hinsdale House episode). Presently he and Eric Charles are filming an exciting new web series entitled “Curiosity.”

This event is listed at Arcane Radio Presents: Tim Shaw - Author / Photographer / Producer. Join us on Wednesday, April 27th at 10PM ET / 7PM PT

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