All Dried Up.

Have you ever been to a place that is notoriously haunted but it really doesn’t seem so scary while you’re there? This has happened to me many, many times. In fact, some of the more intense investigations I’ve been on seem to be in places that haven’t been investigated on a regular basis.

As investigators we all know how frustrating it is when you hear all sorts of crazy stories and then nothing happens when it’s finally your turn to experience it. We sit there waiting for the full body apparition of the man everyone has seen, or for the cries that are heard EVERY SINGLE NIGHT, but they never happen. It can lead you to question all of the other experiences that people have had. But it is important to keep in mind that the other side doesn’t always cooperate the way we want it to.

Sometimes I wonder if places can be over investigated. Are the places we see all over every “ghost hunting” show really THAT haunted? I’m not so sure. If there is a different team at a location every weekend asking “Does anyone want to talk to us?” “What’s your name?” I’m sure that gets old. Maybe entities simply get tired of answering people (I know I would) or maybe they don’t have the chance to “recharge” between teams and the ability to communicate with us becomes increasingly difficult. Communicating seems to take quite a bit of energy.

To sum it up I think there are a few different reasons this may happen. If you’re feeling a little down about your results from a particular place, maybe think about these things and come back a different time. Who knows, maybe the moon just wasn’t in the right place that night.

  1. Spirits get bored talking to us. We can’t be that interesting.
  2. What people have experienced is residual, and doesn’t happen during the few hours investigators are there.
  3. The spirits don’t have enough energy to communicate and use our equipment when people are bothering them over and over and over…or maybe they just want to be left alone.
  4. It just ain’t it, chief. Some places are just built up by word of mouth. “My uncle’s friend’s cousin’s wife was there once and blah blah blah…”
  5. Teams that frequent certain places may build up evidence in their heads. I’ve seen teams that convince themselves spirits in a location, and swear that every creak and groan of the place is “little Susie”who they’ve come to know. Not saying that isn’t possible, but probably not.

Stay spooky, y’all. Happy 2020!

xo

The Blue Room

Last year I got to help make a horror short with my close friends! The idea stemmed at one of our writing groups and took off from there. We’re all huge fans of David Lynch & anything strange and unusual, so of course the movie is too. Jesse Livingston is the mastermind behind the Blue Room and really put everything together so well.

The Final Product!

The experience of working with my friends and bringing the whole idea into reality was such an incredibly rewarding experience. My role was as the production manager and as the wife of Chen, so I got to be on both sides of the camera.

Personally, my biggest challenge was finding a location. So many places charge an arm & a leg…& a kidney too which is difficult for a small budget. We did end up finding the perfect location…and then the perfect actors, and everything just fell into place from there.

I’m really excited to be able to share this with people. Trying new things is probably one of my favorite parts about being alive, and this is one of those new things I’m so happy I tried. I’ll never be a Hollywood actress or film maker, but I can say I’ve made a short film and will always be so proud of all the work my friends and I put into it. Twin Peaks brought us all together. I’m very thankful it did.

The Lady in White

Thinking about trying something a little different for my next entry (this whole blogging thing is kind of new and I want to keep it fun)…so while I’m working on some other things, I wanted to discuss a common theme I hear in ghost stories. 

WHY IS IT ALWAYS A WOMAN IN A WHITE DRESS?!


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Watching my favorite ghost shows or exploring local legends, it seems that there is always a lady in white.  The story is always different, but she’s always there. Sometimes she’s a widow waiting for her husband, other times she’s a young girl who’s life was taken too soon…or sometimes she is the murderer herself!  So, is it the same spirit who is constantly manifesting all over the world at different times? Doubtful. I’d be willing to say that this legend has carried on over the years and found its way into different cultures, as stories seem to do. Maybe people aren’t really seeing her as much as the stories lead you to believe and it’s more of a  “Mary heard it from Mark whose parents are friends with someone who saw the lady in white in the window!” type sighting.  

Now, I’ve been doing a little digging to try and figure out where this particular legend may have started but it is nearly impossible to pinpoint. Here are a few examples I could find:

  • Frederick I of Prussia’s death was reportedly predicted by the appearance of a lady in white, and that was all the way back in 1713.  
  • The Hohenzollerns of Germany were said to be haunted by a “lady in white”. Some thought it was Countess Kunigunde von Orlamonde who died in 1382 and had killed her all of her children.
  • There is white lady of Haapsalu Castle who went in disguise as a man to be with her lover and was eventually found out and killed. In Estonia there is now even a “White Lady Days” festival!
  • The Netherlands have the “white maidens” which are often associated with witches and faeries.
  • In the United States there are countless stories of the Lady in the Lake, who seems to always have befallen some sort of tragedy and who is dressed in white.
  • These USA stories are much more modern and often involve murder, suicide & betrayal. Maybe that’s why she’s in white? Some sort of symbolism that she is “pure” and innocent and didn’t deserve the events that happened?

Seeing how long legends of the lady in white have been around is truly fascinating.  There has to be a grain of truth to these somewhere, doesn’t there? Part of me wonders of some of these stories tie in with the Bean Sídhe (Banshee), a type of faery that brings the omen of death to families when they hear her wailing. As a faery witch I have read a great deal about Banshees, and that was my first thought when browsing through the older legends.

As for many of the more modern “lady in white” stories, I tend to believe they are mostly urban legends. Every town has a haunted bridge, or a school bus crash where the ghosts of children will move your car…and of course the lady in white.  These stories are always fun, and get people spooked but I can for sure say as soon as someone tells me “There’s been sightings of a lady in white…..” I usually become a lot more skeptical.

Who knows, maybe someday I’ll run into the lady in white. Maybe she can tell me why she is so sad. 

xo

The Dreaded Red Circle

This is a short one, and it may ruffle a few feathers, but I’m going to address the dreaded red circle. I see so many pictures that people post of a grainy black room…with a circle or two placed where they see “faces” or “figures” or the “ghost of Marilyn Monroe” and it’s so hard to take them seriously.

Sure, maybe you do see the faces there! The human mind tries to make sense of what it sees. It wants to organize things into shapes and patterns. This is called pareidolia. The definition according to Webster’s Dictionary is “The tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern.” So, looking at clouds, inkblot tests…or staring at a grainy picture of a dark room often lead to pareidolia. There are also plenty of other explanations…reflections, dust, bugs, camera glitches etc. Not to say that there aren’t paranormal things caught on camera or film, but it’s alarming how many people jump straight to “IT’S A GHOST!!”

I remember growing up I was terrified of the paranormal happenings I experienced, but would also often scare myself. I’d lay in my bed and stare into the doorway and if I stared long and hard enough I could start to see shapes or figures in the darkness. Try it. Try turning off all the lights and staring into a corner or a doorway and you’ll see what I mean.

People using this as “evidence” always hurts a little, because people already don’t take the paranormal community seriously.  Believe me, I understand that it’s so hard to prove that spirits exist. You know what you see and experience and you can’t always prove that to others…but the red circle really is not the way to go about proving that we’re not all a bunch of crazies.  

Here are few examples of pareidolia I pulled from the internet.

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New Zealand Strange Occurrences Society

At the end of the day, if you have to draw a circle around something in a photo, it’s probably not anything. Please, please stop sharing these photos as actual evidence. Always try and debunk things and find rational explanations. It’s so important for what we do, and for the answers that we are seeking.

Stay vigilant. Stay educated. Stay aware.

E-mail me at paranormalprincess7@gmail.com if you have any questions or points of discussion.

xo



The Archaeologist Who Was Sat On By A Ghost

So, life has been a little crazy! I was in Los Angeles last weekend to see my favorite crazy Russian rave band, so I’m sorry for the lack of recent content.

I was also a guest on PIOT Paranormal’s podcast! I’ll include a link when it comes out 🙂

Anyways, I’ve been reading Ghost & Ghoul by T.C. Lethbridge. It’s a small book but it has some extremely valuable information & theories in it. He had a brilliant mind, and saw things from a more scientific perspective. I’d love to hear what he would say about the new spirit science technologies that we have today.

“Thomas Charles Lethbridge (23 March 1901 – 30 September 1971), better known as T. C. Lethbridge, was an English archaeologist, parapsychologist, and explorer. A specialist in Anglo-Saxon archaeology, he served as honorary Keeper of Anglo-Saxon Antiquities at the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology from 1923 to 1957, and over the course of his lifetime wrote twenty-four books on various subjects, becoming particularly well known for his advocacy of dowsing.”

In this post I’m going to present one theory he discusses that I find to be a very interesting idea of where spirits come from. I’m not saying that I think this is THE answer, but it’s extremely important to consider all theories.

So, reading this, is it possible that we are projecting our own mental images to those people who may be receivers? It’s definitely possible. There are many people who have psychic/medium abilities who claim to be able to touch an object or sometimes a person and get direct mental images in their heads. What Lethbridge is saying is sort of the same idea, except that maybe we aren’t consciously doing it. In this section of the book, he is writing about sitting down to dinner with two people. One of them had just had his wife pass, and was very overcome with grief. During the meal Lethbridge was sitting in the deceased wife’s spot at the table, and says he was “suddenly sat on and enclosed by someone I could not see”. In theory, the grieving widow was thinking intently about his dead wife and projected this onto Lethbridge’s receiving set.  Since he was also sitting in her spot, maybe the husband wishing it was his wife there instead.

My first thought was wouldn’t this happen all the time then? Wouldn’t we all be projecting images of our deceased loved ones for others to see? But no, I don’t think it’s that simple at all. Extreme emotions (like the grief of losing a loved one) play a large part in a lot of paranormal happenings and psychokinesis incidents. There’s also the perfect storm kind of effect to consider. The emotions were so focused and so strong near the receiver that they could have possibly had the physical projection of being sat on. Maybe Lethbridge is more sensitive to receiving than others and in the moment the perfect storm occurred. Maybe if it had been someone else sitting at the edge of the table this wouldn’t have happened. It goes hand in hand with the question of why do some people experience paranormal happenings and others don’t? Some would say because we are crazy or mentally ill, which is a lot of bullcrap. Of course there are some crazies out there but so many of the people I’ve talked to about their experiences are absolutely not crazy. I don’t have all the answers but I think we all have the potential to be open or to be “receivers”. Some are just born with a more natural ability while others must work harder at it. Kind of like those who are naturally inclined to play music and can pick up any instrument and figure it out, while others (like me) must work extra hard to get even the basics.

After mulling this around for awhile, I strongly agree with Lethbridge that this could be an explanation to some paranormal happenings. Most definitely not all, though.  I’m excited to finish reading the rest of this wonderful little book and hopefully will have more to share soon.

xoxoxoxo

https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Ghoul-T-C-Lethbridge/dp/B0000CNLZK

Haunted Vegas! Part 2: The Pioneer Saloon

I was only in Vegas for a short while so I didn’t get to visit as many places as I would have liked, but the second place on my list was the Pioneer Saloon!
Thursday, before I had to go to the airport, I made the 45 minute drive from Summerlin to Goodsprings, NV. It’s crazy how you go from the city to gorgeous desert views so quickly!

The Pioneer Saloon has been featured in one of the Ghost Adventures episodes, so of course I was excited to go and spend some time there.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the history of this place this is from their website:

“Many movies have been filmed here but the genuine stories of the Pioneer Saloon do not live in the lines of a movie script but in the echoes of the past. The famous screen legend, Clark Gable, waited for three days at the bar for word on his wife of less than two years Carole Lombard. She was lost in a plane crash near Mount Potosi. You will be able to read this tragic story on an original newspaper and see a piece of the actual wreckage. At one time the saloon was next to a hotel that not only served as a comfortable rest place for the many prospectors and miners in the west… it also served as a place where street girls would frequent with their clients. The hotel is gone now after a severe fire left only ashes to remember.The many tales from the bar along with bullet holes, the pot bellied stove and the paper clippings are just a few of the things that will keep you immersed in the exciting era of the old Wild West.”

My view when I arrived!

Also here are a few more ghostly facts:

  • It’s possible that multiple people died in the old mineshaft that runs beneath the bar.
  • Supposedly remnants of the plane that killed Carole Lombard can still be found around the desert.
  • There is also the story of a drunk miner named of Paul Coski who was shot after he was caught cheating at a card game in 1915.
  • Rumors that there may be spirits of the “ladies of the night.”
The Memorial Room

I decided to stop in and have one drink (which was the best Gin & and Tonic I’ve ever had!).  The bartender & who I’m assuming was the manager were both very friendly. I asked them about their own experiences at the place and they said they always work during the day, so they haven’t had many. They said that plenty of other employees do, though!  I was also told that Zak Bagans was pretty overcome with intense emotions, off camera, while the crew was there.

It was hard for me to pick up on any energies because they were fairly busy and I was exhausted, but I love the atmosphere, the people & can’t wait to come back one day!!!

Out back. Would love to sit out here at night with the fire!

http://www.pioneersaloon.info/

Haunted Vegas! Part 1: Zak Bagan’s Museum

Recently I was out in Nevada for some personal reasons, but couldn’t let the opportunity to check out some haunted locations pass me by…

My first stop was, of course, Zak Bagan’s Haunted Museum! I’ve been there before, but I could visit every week and never get tired of it. I won’t give away too many spoilers here, but I’ll talk about a couple of the well known objects and my overall experience.

I was traveling alone and got super lucky! There’s always a pretty long wait. People come from all over the country, so even on a Wednesday afternoon there was a 2+ hour wait.  After about 15 minutes they needed a single person to join a group about to go in. I was the only person so of course I practically stampeded to the front! When you enter into the ticket area, there is one room where pictures can be taken so of course I snapped a few. I really like the fact that people can’t record or take pictures inside…and the two times I’ve been people seemed to be really respectful of that rule.

Again, I don’t want to ruin the experience for anyone, so don’t read more if you don’t want to know! One of my favorite exhibits is Peggy the Doll. There is a spirit box that runs during the tours (I’m not sure if they leave it on at night). Since I’d been once before last year, when we entered the room I had the fleeting thought “I wonder if Peggy remembers me!” And then she said my name over the spirit box, which was pretty stunning.  Part of me really wants to hold her. It’s a strange feeling…

Peggy the Doll supposedly has a spirit attached to her that causes people to become sick in her presence. One woman even had a heart attack. Personally, I didn’t feel sick or anything, but that could be because they keep her in a case and I would assume Zak had it blessed….but it was pretty crazy to hear her say my name clear as day!! She can supposedly affect people’s dreams as well. Not sure if I think it’s “demonic”, though. I’ll leave a link to an interesting article at the end.

Peggy the Doll

There’s also tons of amazing dolls, human bones, serial killer artifacts, clowns…and anything that probably scared you as a kid.  I definitely recommend this destination for any paranormal enthusiast…and even for people that may not be super enthusiasts. It’s a lot of fun and the tour guides are all fantastic as well! I hope that I can work there someday. I think I’d fit in pretty perfectly.

One last interesting note…activity started to pick up around my apartment as soon as I got back into Denver…did something perhaps follow me?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3043392/Video-haunted-doll-causes-EIGHTY-viewers-reportedly-suffer-chest-pains-nausea-crippling-headaches.html

Part 2 (My stop at the haunted Pioneer Saloon) coming soon!

Part 1: Ouija Boards

Recently, some of my good friends and I were talking about paranormal investigations and they asked if I ever use a Ouija board. I immediately said HELL NO.  I’ve always had a thing against them. A big part of that is due to a story my mom told me when I was young. Her and my grandmother were playing with one and it spelled out “Kelly is easy to work through”. My grandma took the board, threw it in the garbage outside and told my mom to never touch one again.  She’s instilled this in me as well and I’ve never used one. So, my friend then asked me how it’s any different than using other paranormal investigation equipment and I was at a loss. In my mind, it’s always been way different, but is it really? Whether I’m using a K2 or a Ouija board, I’m still attempting communication with something unknown.

A few fun facts about the Ouija board:

  • In 1891 the first advertisements started to appear in the papers.
  • Spiritualism began to gain a massive following in the mid to late 1800s (and beyond).  Seances & contacting the dead became very popular social events. I may discuss this movement later!
  • There is supposedly a demon named Zozo that communicates with people through the board and then wreaks havok on the user’s lives.
  • Sold & marketed as a children’s toy.

Let me say that most of the time I believe that nothing comes through. Other times, when you put a bunch of people together who are looking for a scare, subconsciously the planchette is probably being moved by the group. Occasionally you may get a spirit coming through, which could be good or not-so-good. There are even theories that it is a person’s subconscious answering questions that they already know. A way for the conscious and subconscious to communicate. I kind of like that idea.  I know I’ve had plenty of experiences where deep down I knew an answer but I still sought the validation. Maybe that’s all the Ouija board does? Maybe it’s just an oracle game like “Magic 8 Ball”? Maybe, but I’m not so sure.

When I met with my spiritual mentor I asked her opinion on the subject.  She told me one of the biggest issues is that the “ceremony” isn’t properly executed.  There are certain ways to open and close the sessions of a Ouija board, as well as other spiritual precautions one should take. Kids & teenagers especially are more reckless and unaware of these precautions.

So, you’ve played with one once and nothing happened, right? Plenty of people play with Ouija boards without consequences…probably more often than not. I guess the best comparison I can make is that people speed while they drive all the time and nothing happens. But all it takes is that one time speeding  by the cop at the wrong time that you get busted. Calling on anything can be dangerous. The use of ANY equipment can be dangerous, really. As paranormal investigators we take that risk.  Most of us know what we are signing up for. Perhaps this shouldn’t be marketed as a kids toy, though. The last thing a parent needs is their children accidentally bringing spirits (or something darker) into the house.

Here’s an old commercial for Ouija Boards

To me the most unnerving part of the Ouija board IS the ritualistic nature. Or maybe it’s all the crazy stories I’ve heard, or the scary movies I’ve seen. You don’t see too many horror flicks start out with a group of teens saying, “Let’s pull out our K2 meter!”. There are so many stories out there and I find it hard to believe that all of them are fake.

I read this on Quora by accident, but I love this:

“Always play with respect. Imagine a Ouija board as an online chatroom where you post your telephone number and wait for someone to call you. You have no idea who is on the other line. Respect whomever you’re talking to or don’t play. You could be asking for consequences.” – Koi wozz

From @paranormalsupplies on Instagram!

Stay spooky. Stay safe. Don’t summon any demons! Part 2 coming soon!!!