Hello everyone! So much for 2020 being my year. With all of the craziness of COVID-19, my brain has barely been able to function! Though, I have been releasing podcast episodes, so search Paranormal Princess on Spotify for all things paranormal! While I’m working on some other things for the site, I thought I’d share an interesting story from my childhood.
It is common knowledge that if you tell someone a place is haunted, people are more likely to “experience” things in that place, compared to if they had no prior knowledge. The following story is one of those cases where we had no idea that the house we were at was haunted.
Not long after the events that were depicted on Netflix’s “Haunted”, my mom, grandmother & myself were looking to move houses. I think I was around 9 or 10 years old. It’s hard to remember exactly, as that time in my life was so hectic my brain has blocked out some things. But not this. There was one day we went to look at a place not too far from where we were currently living. This was in the middle of the day. The house was pretty big and from the initial look-over was a pretty nice place. As we were looking around the house we all went our own ways to explore. I remember going into what looked like a kids room because there was a little pen with kittens and toys all around the room. I’ve always been a cat lady! The kittens were obviously adorable and super playful so I was pretty focused on them, but all of the sudden they all became very scared and skittish. Almost at the exact same time I felt a chill go over my whole body and could hear a whooshing noise. The bed squeaked a little behind me and it felt like I was being watched. I turned around to see who was there, and there was an indent in the bed. It looked like someone was sitting there. My little legs got me out of the room very quickly.
While this was happening, my mom was standing and looking into a different bedroom when she suddenly felt a hard push right behind her right shoulder. She turned around and nobody was there. This scared her pretty badly, so she immediately came and found me down the hall so we could get my grandmother and get the heck out of there. The strangest thing about this is that not long after, a benign tumor grew in the exact spot where she was touched, and no doctor has really been able to tell her anything except not to worry about it.
My grandmother didn’t have anything happen that we can recall, but the house made her feel pretty uneasy. As we were getting ready to leave, the owners asked us if we wanted to see the basement and like out of a cartoon, we all said “No!” “No, thank you!” and hurried out of there. I’m pretty glad we didn’t end up moving from one haunted house to another.
I apologize for this one in advance! I’m a little rambly, but I’d like to get this out there.
So, I’ve spoken about Colin Wilson before, and he is most definitely another one of my favorite writers in the paranormal field. In his book, “Mysteries” he talks a lot about Lethbridge’s theories! I need to get my haunted little hands on some of his other works aside from “Ghost and Ghoul” but for now I’d like to discuss one entry Wilson mentioned.
“And so Lethbridge’s experiments led him to the conclusion that various worlds – including the state of life-after-death – exist parallel with this one, and will even respond to a pendulum. An object that exists here also, apparently, also exists there – an interesting sidelight on the mystical formula: “As above, so below”.
It would take ages to explain how Lethbridge methodically came to these conclusions, as they are a lifetime of work. I have much more reading to do myself! But, I do have a lot of trust in his theories. This snippet in particular strikes a chord. Is there one parallel universe or are there many? Are there universes parallel to the parallel universes? The possibilities are absolutely endless. I mean it seems kind of silly to think that we’re the only ones who exist and that there are no other lifeforms or dimensions. Look how far science has come in 100 years! In 100 years, who knows what we will have discovered.
This being said, how do the dimensions cross over? Or spirits for that matter. It almost seems like there’s tears that have happened over time allowing beings or energies to cross over. Again, this is just my own theory, but maybe these are caused by energies in our world created by man, and maybe some have been caused by magical rituals performed over the centuries. This makes me think of the film, “As Above So Below”. I really enjoyed it, and in the film the parallel universe seems to be the polar opposite of this one. So, if this was applied to the world today, does this mean for every healthy beautiful forest, there is the polar opposite parallel to this? If so, why? Maybe so things can come full circle. For one thing to exist, there must be an opposite. For every action there is a reaction. Can good exist without evil or can we know true happiness without knowing devastation? In my humble opinion, the answer is no. I mean, what would make something good if there was no concept of bad? It would just be. I sincerely hope that in the future we are able to prove (or disprove) the existence of other worlds and dimensions and possibly figure out how they are part of our daily lives. In my deepest heart, I do believe that they exist.
Maybe, in the end, these parallel universes exist so our world can exist in the way that it does. I know I’m getting a little…out here with this one, but it feels good to write some of this down and I’d love to hear what you guys think! For any further discussion please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be many, many further & more in-depth conversations about Lethbridge & Wilson.
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?!
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.
This is just a short entry about a really neat little ghost town my mom and I went to visit last weekend! There are a lot of great ones in Colorado but many of them require a half a day to get to, so we found this little gem that was a little closer to Denver.
As I searched and searched for a fun place, I came across Dearwood, CO. It came to life in 1910 thanks to Oliver T. Jackson and was a thriving African American community! It grew into a sustainable place with churches, a gas station & homes. Unfortunately during the Dustbowl & Great Depression in the 1930’s, the town was mostly abandoned.
Here is a neat snippet from an article I found (link at the end). George Junne is a professor of Africana Studies at the University of Northern Colorado,
“While Jackson spent his time marketing the community and working in Denver, his wife, Minerva, acted as the town’s “judge, jury and executioner,” according to Junne. She ran the town’s day-to-day operations, and ran them tightly. “When she snapped her fingers you jumped,” Junne says.
In promotional pamphlets, Jackson touted the community’s rich soil and view of the mountains. Always on the lookout for newcomers to town, he made clear they were looking to grow. He never stopped thinking up new ways to make Dearfield succeed and fill its coffers, Junne says. Even Prohibition offered Jackson an opportunity.
“For a while this town was known as ‘Beerfield’ because he was bootlegging here,” Junne says. “He needed to make money to keep things going. The people all around here knew about it and they gave the nickname.”
It makes me sad to think about how quickly this town came and went, but it’s also really cool that this wonderful piece of African American history still stands for people to visit and hopefully educate themselves. Imagining what it was like 100 years ago is always fun and I hope the spirit of Dearwood can continue to live on!
I will say that it most definitely didn’t feel haunted. It almost had a light and happy feel to it. I guess I always thought ghost towns were supposed to be spooky and all, but most definitely not Dearwood! It sounds like during it’s brief history that it was a happy place of empowerment and success. Who knows, your neighborhood may someday be a decrepit ghost town that people come and visit.
So this excerpt is in reference to T.C. Lethbridge hearing footsteps outside his door every night while he was staying at a house in Cambridge. Now I’ve discussed receiving sets and telepathy a little bit before, but I’m going to discuss a little bit more, as I really can get behind this idea. Again, it’s not the end all be all, but I do think Lethbridge was onto something.
“I have little doubt that steps of this kind are a telepathic phenomenon and I just happened to be on the right wavelength to receive them. I may have only received a part of the projection. Had my receiving set had a slightly different tuning, I might have seen the tramping figure and not heard him. Or I might have felt him as a ghoul and neither seen nor heard anything. These things appear to differ from dreams in which you hear, see & feel. They differ again from the psychometric pictures. One evidently receives them on a very narrow band and this has to be most accurately tuned in to for any reception to occur at all. The phenomena suggest to my mind that the world may be crammed with projections of this kind and we can receive only those in that narrow band to which our bodily set happens to be attuned. This would explain why many people never seem to have any extra-sensory perception at all. They may just be unobservant, but perhaps they are tuned into wavelengths which nobody ever uses.”
Are we born tuned into these specific wavelengths? Is it something we develop over each of our individual lives? It’s hard to say but I tend to lean towards the idea that we are born tuned into them and that we can tune into others with work & meditation. Some may just have more of the propensity to do so. I like his idea that some people are naturally tuned into wavelengths that aren’t really used and perhaps that’s why some people have no paranormal experiences in their lives. The chances are slim that someone will want to pursue the answers if they have no questions.
Personally, I know that as a child I was very tuned into things, and still am. My mom tells me stories of the things I used to see and say. For example, the night my grandfather died (before she received the call) I was in my room and she heard me having a full conversation with him. I was just chattering away like he was sitting in there with me and just a few minutes later she received the call that he had died on the operating table. I had no idea he had even been in surgery or anything, and neither did she. Now, I wish I remembered this happening but the memory must be tucked away in my brain along with all the other memories of a very young child. It’s always weird to me how we don’t remember so much of our young lives. Maybe snippets or pictures here and there, but so much of the detail is lost or forgotten.
Are there things constantly squawking at us trying to get our attention and we just simply can’t hear them? Are we sometimes projecting things subconsciously that others can pick up? Maybe this plays a part in residual hauntings as well. Over the years I’ve heard/read countless stories of people claiming they hear or see things at very specific times. Whether it’s a lady in a white dress descending the staircase at midnight every Wednesday or footsteps passing by doors at the same time every night. Not everyone sees or hears these things, so maybe specific people are tuned into the wavelengths of the imprinted energy left behind by former living beings. Most residual hauntings appear to be just that, and nothing intelligent that may be trying to communicate a message.
Also, I would think that this can play into witchcraft. Witches most likely are born with a higher receiving set, or have worked very hard to open up.
Our minds are capable of so much that we do not understand, and I think that the world is also a place filled with many mysteries that maybe we aren’t supposed to know the answers to…but that will never stop me from trying to understand.
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.
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.
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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.
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?
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.
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
Stay spooky. Stay safe. Don’t summon any demons! Part 2 coming soon!!!
I’m choosing to discuss poltergeists as my first entry because of the psychological trauma that the movie caused me as a child. Steven Spielberg’s “Poltergeist” was my introduction to the horror genre. Even though I was used to dealing with paranormal occurrences I enjoyed being scared from things that WEREN’T real. I read countless scary stories and would sneak books from the adult section of the library about ghosts & serial killers (yes, I know. Weirdo.) When I didn’t have my nose in a book, my mom would take me to blockbuster and I’d immediately run over to the horror section, absolutely fascinated with the creepy covers. My little hands would grab each one and I’d run to my mom and say, “What about this one?!” I was always met with a hard no. Eventually my mom said she knew a scary movie that I would be allowed to watch and I was overjoyed! I was probably around 9 years old and the film had a “PG” rating so it was perfect for an intro movie. What my mom didn’t anticipate was that Carol Anne gets sucked into…wherever she goes…through her walk in closet. And guess who else had a walk in closet? That’s right! Me! I spent years and years being absolutely terrified of my closet, and even still get uneasy being in one. It’s funny how things from our childhood haunt us.
Okay, here’s my take on everything. Keep in mind this is a condensed version, but I’d love to discuss.
Many poltergeist cases report that the activity comes on strong and ends in a relatively short amount of time.
The history of poltergeists can be traced as far back as ancient Roman times.
Poltergeist phenomena is a focus of study within parapsychology.
Lots of famous “poltergeist” cases are thought to be fraudulent (I tend to agree).
Poltergeist activity often happens around a single person called an agent or a focus.
One of my favorite occult/supernatural writers is Colin Wilson. His books are a bit dense and difficult to sit down and ready for long periods, but all are packed with loads of valuable information.
In his book, Poltergeist: A Classic Study in Destructive Hauntings, he goes on to discuss many cases and theories of these “noisy ghosts”. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a pretty solid case study. There are many cases discussed, some that Wilson even investigated himself. Please, do yourself a favor and read it.
Over the years I’ve heard many different theories. One of my favorites is that poltergeists are a manifestation of the minds of troubled or sexually frustrated adolescents. That it is simply their angst taking on a physical form and making the plates fly across the room or the light bulbs combust. In the 1930’s Nandor Fodor was the first to popularize this theory. I hadn’t heard this name until reading Colin Wilson’s book and it doesn’t seem Fodor was some half wit who claimed to have all the answers. He researched many cases including the infamous “Bell Witch” case which is been written about countless times and had multiple films made based on the story. According to The Guinness Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits, “Poltergeist expert Nandor Fodor called the Bell Witch ‘the greatest American ghost story’ and believed it could be explained naturally as poltergeist activity generated by the youthful Betsy, a likely focal point. But other ghost investigators find that explanation unsatisfactory”. There were many people at this time who disagreed with the theory of RSPK (Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis), but it seems that after some time, people came to give it more credit. People began to widely accept this belief up through the 90’s. But, Wilson’s introduction to “Poltergeist: A Classic Study in Destructive Hauntings, ” says that in the early 90’s, things began to shift back in the direction that poltergeists were spirits and not some form of RSPK. There is still a division in belief today.
As a practicing witch, I can get behind the theory of RSPK & manifestation, simply because I do believe we manifest our energy into reality. All of us do, and there are some that it comes to very naturally. Some may even be doing so without really knowing that they are doing it. So yes, I believe that this can happen, but I don’t think that this is the sole answer to what a poltergeist is.
So, the other option is that a poltergeist is a spirit. What makes them different from other spirits then? Why do they have enough energy that they are able to cause so many things to happen in the physical world? If they are NOT cases of RSPK maybe they can be spirits who have a very strong energy, possibly someone who died with a lot of hatred and anger. Spirits are attracted to energy, yeah? Perhaps instead of the activity being caused through RSPK, the energy has simply drawn spirits to it. Like a beacon of light in the darkness (I always like to picture Patrick Wilson standing with his lantern stuck in the further in the Insidious movies). Anger, sadness & stress are all strong emotions that can provide a spirit energy to feed off of. Still the question stands, though, what makes it a poltergeist and not just an angry ghost?
Maybe, just maybe both are completely valid. Could there be be cases of “mistaken identity” in the supernatural world? I think so. In my humble opinion, poltergeists are the “ADD” of the spirit world. The term is thrown around pretty loosely. If some sort of physical manifestation takes place like a glass being knocked over or doors slamming many people tend to just throw out the term “poltergeist activity”. Possibly because it grabs people’s attention. True cases of poltergeists, I believe, are far and few between. I could sit here and reference tons and tons of cases but I don’t want to make this blog sound like a college paper I threw together the night before it was due.
This being said, I’d love to witness a true and proven case of RSPK. As any paranormal buff, I would LIVE for it. I love seeing, feeling & hearing paranormal things because then I know! Most people look at me strange when I say I want to be bitten or scratched while I’m on an investigation. It will never be enough to convince someone else, but I’m clinically sane (mostly) and know what my experiences have been. Anyways, every case is different. I believe that it is completely possible that there are circumstances where someone who has abilities but may not know is projecting their angst into reality. Or possibly on rare occasions, some who may be able to do it on purpose.
As an investigator, I once came across a case of a possible poltergeist. I was skeptical, but hoping with every bone in my body that it would have been the real deal. The people seemed genuinely terrified and the pictures they sent of the “evidence” would be absolutely insane if it were real. As we pulled up to the house, my heart sank a little, and in my gut I knew it was going to be an interesting night…but for the wrong reasons. As it turns out, it was the filthiest place I think I have seen in my entire life, on top of an admittedly tumultuous household. Sounds like the perfect ground for a poltergeist, right? But in this case we were able to deduce that the live-in girlfriend of 6 months was causing all the activity herself, on purpose. Needless to say I was pretty bummed I didn’t get to watch some clothes spontaneously catch on fire or kitchenware combust.
In the end, always look for logical explanations. Try and document everything you can, and always know people will not believe you. It isn’t your job to convince them. I think that both of these theories have merit, and that maybe there are cases that were causes from one or the other…and probably many other explanations too.
Leave a comment and tell me what you think! Maybe a part 2 will come later down the road.