Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy Independence Day 2020


Happy Independence Day from Theresa's Haunted History of the Tri-State!  If you're staying in this year, celebrate with a virtual tour of the United States...the HAUNTED United States...with my Haunted America page, featuring ghost stories from all around the country. You can also join me on Facebook and Twitter for more patriotic-themed paranormal goodies all day long.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend, everyone. 

Friday, July 3, 2020

The Bee Gee Board


A friend recently sent this to me and I thought it was perfect for today's Friday Funny! It reminded me of a recent incident with my son. He has his moments of fleeting interest, but for the most part he absolutely does not follow in my footsteps with a love of all things spooky.

After watching the paranormal episode of Brain Games on Disney+, which featured a segment on how the Ouija Board operates using the ideamotor principle (and is NOT controlled by spirits) I thought it would be funny to pull out our own Ouija Board for Family Game Night!  My child was NOT impressed and refused to play. I asked him what he was afraid of, given that we just watched an explanation on how it wasn't paranormal.  His reply was that the Brain Games show was only ONE opinion, and he had seen plenty of other videos that to him, proved Ouija Boards were portals to the spirit world, and he wasn't about to take any chances. I guess I should be happy that my son is overly cautious when it comes to things like that.

I hope you stay overly cautious this weekend as well!  Have a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend. Practice social distancing, don't drink and drive, watch your fingers around fireworks, and as always...

STAY SPOOKY!

For more Ouija Board information, including an explanation of the ideomotor principle, see my article, Ouija Boards ARE Dangerous.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

1973 UFO Flap Comes to Southern West Virginia

It's July 2nd, otherwise known as WORLD UFO DAY!!!  World UFO Day was started back in 2001 as a way for UFO researchers and enthusiasts to bring awareness to the field of UFO research, share information and evidence, and to celebrate this fascinating field of study!

In honor of World UFO Day 2020, I wanted to share an article from The Raleigh Register, dated 17 October 1973. Around this time, the local paper, based out of Beckley, WV was publishing numerous articles about area residents reporting some pretty strange things in the skies...and even LANDING close by.

While other sightings had been reported earlier in the year this wave of the 1973 UFO flap seemed to originate on October 11th, when Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker, Jr. reported being abducted by aliens while fishing down by the river in Pascagoula, Mississippi.  Both men passed lie detector tests and the case immediately garnered mass national attention.  Soon after, people in other parts of the country started reporting their own UFO sightings. These reports came from all over, but most notably from the Deep South, Ohio, and...southern West Virginia.

Pascagoula Abduction.  Source

Skeptics were quick to dismiss the majority of these sightings as an alignment of Mars, Jupiter, and Venus, which appeared very bright in the night sky, misidentified aircraft, and of course weather balloons.  Some were deemed outright hoaxes, others simply the result of people getting caught up in the UFO hype.  But, could so many witnesses be wrong about what they were reporting? There were some pretty credible witnesses to various events, including Ohio's governor at the time! Either way, I found it really interesting that West Virginia, which has a pretty fascinating track record when it comes to UFO history, was right there in the middle of the 1973 events.

STATE POLICE REPORT MORE UFO SIGHTINGS
Beckley State Police say they received numerous reports Tuesday night of 'unidentified flying objects, flying saucers, and lights in the sky' from all over Raleigh County.

One trooper estimated 20 calls came into state police headquarters here over a period stretching from 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm. Reports came from Bradley, Mount Tabor, Daniels, and Shady Spring.

The trooper said the callers spoke of lights in the sky, 200 to 300 feet off the ground.

Trooper B.A. Vaughn reported that one man called from Bradley and said, "one of these flying things was out on the ground."

"He was scared to death and breathing hard---too serious to be lying," Vaughn said and he went with the man to investigate, but found nothing.

Vaughn said the man told him he couldn't describe "it,"---"but it looked like it had diamonds all over it."

A UFO sighting was reported Monday night by several people at the Raleigh County Airport. One man chased "it" in a small plane toward Bolt Mountain. Residents of that area have reported seeing a similar "something" in the sky that night.

Meanwhile in central and southern Ohio, reports of UFOs poured in from residents and law officers, according to United Press International. The sightings, which started in the Dayton area last Thursday, were reported in seven counties Tuesday night.

Three Greenfield, Ohio police officers reported separate sightings in Highland County.

"The one I chased was about 100 feet in diameter and glowed with a real bright white light," said Patrolman Mike Conklin.

"There were about 20 people out there looking at it at the same time I was, so I know I'm not crazy," he said.

Sgt. Raymond Davis said the Cincinnati Police Department received so many calls Tuesday night they asked people to refrain from reporting sightings because jammed switchboards waylaid emergency calls.

UFOs were first reported sighted in the Raleigh County area 26 years ago, with some nine sightings since that time reported in the newspaper.

Numerous sightings have been reported from around the nation in recent weeks.


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

My Weirdest Personal Experience

Illustration by Arthur Rackman
Can you believe it's already July 1st?! 2020 is half over (thank goodness) and to celebrate a new month and a new Ultimate Blog Challenge, I thought I'd start off with sharing a personal experience that I've never shared before. I'm usually pretty open about sharing my potential paranormal experiences, but this one is so weird that I've had a lot of trouble wrapping my head around it...

So, several years ago I was awake at the literal ass-crack of dawn. I had gone to bed early the previous night, so by 5 am I was up and ready to go. It was a school day so I decided to go ahead and get everything ready to send Luke off to school. But, I had left his backpack, with his student planner that needed signed daily and his lunchbox in it, in my car.

I opened my front door and walked out on my porch stoop, but before I could step down off the stoop and onto the short, paved sidewalk leading to the driveway, I was startled by some movement. I looked down, fully expecting to see one of the dozens of rabbits that live around my yard, scurrying away.

What I saw DID scurry away, but as hard as my skeptical brain tries to rationalize it, I'm not so sure it was a bunny.

Running from the direction of my house, across the sidewalk, and disappearing around the back of my car, was a small creature. It was a light brown/tan color, very similar to our local rabbits. It stood a little under a foot tall, from my estimation. Being a late Spring morning sometime between 5 am and 6 am, there wasn't full sunshine, but it certainly wasn't super dark out, either. Plus, the porch light, while not super bright, was still turned on.

Everything about this encounter screams RABBIT to my rational side. It was about the same color and size as a rabbit, which are especially plentiful in my area around that time of year. It ran away, like you'd expect a rabbit to do when a human suddenly pops up, and it can be argued that in the early morning light, I couldn't get that good a look at the thing.

But...I did. I was standing only about 8 feet away from the creature when it stopped and looked directly at me for what seemed like much longer than it actually was. I wasn't looking into the eyes of any rabbit species I've ever seen. What I saw was a fully formed little man. He was nude, except for what looked like a tattered loincloth-type garment that was approximately the same color as his skin tone. He was barefoot. He had a somewhat stocky, not quite muscular, build. While he didn't seem dirty, per se, he just seemed sort of...weathered.

I couldn't see what color his eyes were, although for a brief second, he did look me directly in the eye before running off, on two feet, obviously. He didn't have a beard, and he wasn't bald, but his hair seemed very sparse, very light, and very wispy. His face reminded me of a combination of Dobby the House Elf from Harry Potter, Hoggle from Labyrinth and the Russ troll dolls from my childhood. It was heavily lined and creased, giving the creature a very old and wizened appearance. He seemed as shocked to see me as I was to see him. I also remember that his nose, while not huge, seemed to be his most prominent facial feature.

Dobby is a great example of a Brownie

Honestly, the description of it reminds me of a type of house spirit known as a Brownie, or sometimes called a Robin Goodfellow. According to Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns and Goblins, by Carol Rose, a brownie is defined as:

"A household spirit of northern English and Scottish folklore; in southern England goes by the name of Robin Goodfellow. The Brownie is described as being like a very small, brown, shaggy human, sometimes naked and sometimes wearing ragged brown clothes. Families were proud of their Brownies as they brought good fortune; to lose one was disastrous. Outside of the family, a Brownie was viewed with caution, as they were prone to mischief when annoyed.

In general, the Brownie was the most industrious of the household spirits, ploughing, reaping, grinding grain, cleaning the house and barns, churning butter-in fact, most of the tedious jobs he would gladly do. In return, the Brownie was entitled to a bowl of the best cream and new baked cake or bread, to be put within his reach. To offer the Brownie any form of payment other than this, especially to take pity and to give him new clothes, was an insult, and he would vanish immediately."


After standing there a few seconds in shock, I walked over behind my car where he had run off to, and couldn't find anything. No little man, no little bunny, nothing. I quickly grabbed Luke's school stuff out of the car and headed back in, telling myself I had just seen a rabbit, nothing more.

But, rabbits don't usually run on two feet and they certainly don't wear little loincloths. For several years, I've tried to convince myself that I must not have been completely awake, and simply imagined seeing what I saw, but on the off-chance I DID see something, I wanted to finally document and share it.

After all, its not the first time I've had something fae-related happen at this house! We owned the house for about 6 months before we could even move in. It needed a LOT of work, both inside and out, but as the renovations neared completion, we were staying much more often. One day, we noticed a very distinct fairy ring had popped up in the front yard. It wasn't huge, only about 4-5 feet across. If you've never heard of a fairy ring or fairy circle, it's basically a naturally occurring ring of mushrooms that take on a circle shape thanks to how the spores are released. But, they have quite a folkloric connection with the fae.

Fairy Ring, Source


It is said that anyone who enters a fairy ring may disappear, only to be lost among the fae world forever. Or in a scarier alternative, a child entering into the fairy world through such a fairy ring would be replaced by a changeling. So, when Luke saw the fairy ring and started running towards it like he was going to jump in the middle, the superstitious side of me overpowered the skeptical side and I plucked that kid out of air, mid-jump, and ushered him back into the house!

Those are the only two things I've personally noticed around here and I'm sure both have a perfectly natural explanation. However, I like to keep my mind open to the possibility of things surrounding our world that we don't quite fully understand. Let me know down in the comments, or join me over on Theresa's Haunted History of the Tri-State Facebook page if YOU'VE ever had an encounter with the fae!

Stay Spooky!

For more info on the folklore of fairy circles, check out the article 

Monday, June 1, 2020

#BlackLivesMATTER

I normally keep this blog and its social media pages completely free of any topic not related to the paranormal or weird history.  I especially try my hardest to keep any political views from interfering with my sharing of information related to the paranormal.

However, in light of recent world events, I would like to publicly state that Theresa's Haunted History of the Tri-State is a proud ally of the Black Lives Matter movement! I support any organization, group, or individual who continues to peacefully fight for equality  and justice for all. I will not stand for racism in any form.  I will not stand for police brutality against anyone, especially POC. And I will not stand for the ignorance and complacency that has led to the state of our country. 

I care about each and every one of you out there and I will stand by your side in loving and peaceful solidarity until we truly make this country a better place for ALL who live here. 


For anyone wanting more information:

Sojourners' article: For Our White Friends Desiring to be Allies

75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Harrison County Railroad Ghost

Railroad Through Wallace. Source
Happy Throw Back Thursday!  Today's vintage newspaper article is from the February 9, 1915 edition of the Clarksburg Daily Telegram.  The story takes place in the small oil boom town of Wallace, WV, located in Harrison County, about 18 miles northwest of Clarksburg, and close to the small town of Bristol, WV.

BRISTOL, Feb. 9--It has been authentically reported here that a real, sure-enough "ghost" has been seen at Wallace, a little town on the New Martinsville branch of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, 18 miles northwest of Clarksburg, during the last fortnight. The entire populace of the town is very much excited over the apparition. It has been declared by several who have seen the "ghost" that it resembles the wife of a resident of Wallace, who died two years ago.

The apparition, or whatever it is, appears along the railroad not far from the depot. A few of the most fearless men of the town--two of them armed with Winchesters--went one night to "see" the ghost and demand an explanation; thinking it to be a "ghost incarnate."  They saw it alright. It was coming toward them. They commanded it to halt, but it did not. They fired at random, several times, again commanding it to halt.  It did not halt, but kept coming. Seeing that it gave no sign of obeying their command, they fired point blank at the "thing", which was then quite near and still advancing despite the flying lead. Then the men showed their heels in fine style.

An engineer has stated firmly that he thought he ran over a woman at the same place one night.  He felt his engine strike something. He stopped and went back but could find nothing. An examination of the wheels and rails disclosed no sign that they had run over anything. The railroad crosses a creek near at hand and the engineer thought it might have been while crossing the bridge that he struck whatever it was---supposedly a woman---and he searched the creek but nothing could be found. A few nights ago, about fifty people congregated to see the apparition but nothing rewarded them for their trouble.

Notice the small railroad bridge in the background. Could this be the location? Source




Monday, May 11, 2020

The Witch of Wyoming County

Castle Rock 1916 Source
Shirley Donnelly was a native of Jackson County, WV.  A local historian, Donnelly spent 27 years writing a column for the Beckley Post-Herald, called Yesterday and Today. Each column featured tales of local folklore, mountain superstitions, and my favorite: West Virginia ghost stories!

For his December 21, 1964 column, Donnelly rehashes a ghost story from the Sizemore Gap area near Pineville, WV. The story comes from another West Virginia historian, Barty Wyatt.  Barty tells of a dark and rainy night in the 1870's when a man named Saul Clay encountered a phantom black dog!

Today, the area of Sizemore Gap (named for the George Sizemore family) is more commonly referred to as Jackson Hill, and is located near the small community of Rock View, named for its close proximity to Castle Rock. The area was first settled around 1840 and is known today for its natural beauty.  But, in the 1870's it was better known for being haunted by what some thought was a witch!

The ghost (or witch) was said to appear to travelers on the road through Sizemore Gap, and even those who WEREN'T necessarily believers still avoided the area at night...just in case.  Saul Clay was not one of these people.  Saul was a fearless man, standing close to 7 feet tall, and he wasn't going to let any phantom scare him off.  At least, that was his mindset when he set off through the gap one dark and rainy night. His confidence was further bolstered by the American Bulldog pistol and hunting knife he carried with him.

Somewhere between the old Missionary Baptist Church and the school house (Barty believes it was the vicinity in which the home of Rev. Harry S. Stevens would later be built) the ghostly apparition appeared.  This wasn't a normal apparition, however.  What Saul Clay saw was a giant black dog, the size of a calf! Startled by the creature, Saul yelled at it to leave, but when it refused and started coming towards it, Saul fired his gun.

Beckly Post-Herald, 21 December 1964

The shot either missed or went through the creature (it being a witch or a ghost, obviously), but Saul's braveness still prevailed.  He started up the hill towards the old Rock View post office with the phantom black dog trotting alongside him.  It didn't take long before Saul's courage returned, full-force, and he decided that he was done with this creature once and for all.  Again, he gave the dog a rather stern verbal warning to get lost.  When it failed to do so, Saul LUNGED at it, rammed his pistol into its side, and fired off five shots.

Once again, the shots had no affect and Saul resorted to trying to out-flee the creature. In his haste to get away, he abandoned his hat and his gun and literally ran for the hills towards Rock Castle Creek. All the while, the phantom black dog was still right on his heels. Luckily for Saul, as soon as he reached the creek and began to cross, the creature disappeared.  Local folklore tells us that a witch's power cannot cross running water, confirming the suspicion that the phantom black dog must surely be the product of witchcraft!

If you're interested in MORE phantom black dog stories from West Virginia, check out my blog post on the Phantom Black Dog of Point Pleasant!

Map of the Area Today


Friday, May 8, 2020

Stay Out of the Living Room! A Friday Funny


My husband loves sending me funny photos, memes, and cute lil' comic strips that he knows will brighten my day...and I love getting them! I especially love when he sends me funnies with a paranormal twist, such as this ghostly selection from Mr. Lovenstein.  Have a safe and spooky weekend, everyone. 

Fun Fact:  In 1910, Ladies Home Journal decided that a home's 'parlor,' (sometimes called the death room in Victorian England) should now be known as the 'living room.' Previously, the parlor was where the family gathered for the funeral, where post-mortem photos were taken, and where wakes were often held before the end of the 19th century. READ MORE HERE

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Book Review for West Virginia's Dark Tourism


Title: West Virginia's Dark Tourism
Author: Tony Urban
Published by Schiffer Publishing, 2016
Amazon Purchase Info

I've actually had this book, half-read, sitting on my shelf for nearly two years.  I don't know why I never got around to finishing and reviewing it, but I figured I'd use the recent worldwide unpleasantness to get caught up on some reading, this book included!

West Virginia's Dark Tourism follows author, Tony Urban, often accompanied by his mother, Sharon, and his dogs around the Mountain State in search of haunted locations, urban legends, and other weird and spooky sites. Recently, the term 'dark tourism' has been defined as tourism involving travel to places historically associated with death and tragedy. More recently, it was suggested that the concept should also include reasons tourists visit that site, since the site's attributes alone may not make a visitor a "dark tourist". The main attraction to dark locations is their historical value rather than their associations with death and suffering.

West Virginia certainly has its fair share of locations that would fit that description!  We were born out of the turmoil of the Civil War. We endured violent mine wars, industrial accidents,  and natural disasters.  We're home to quite a few strange and bizarre paranormal events.  And, unfortunately, we've seen some grisly murders in our state's 150+ year history.

The locations featured in the book cover all these aspects.  Urban visits locations such as the Mothman Museum in Pt. Pleasant, a snake-handling church in Jolo, and the scene of the Quiet Dell Murders in Marion County.  He visits haunted locations such as the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Harpers Ferry National Park, and Peterkin Retreat.  Over 61 locations are explored, complete with awesome photographs and just enough historical background to make it interesting.

Obviously, I enjoyed this road trip of a book around my home state.  I've been to the majority places found in the book, but it was nice seeing a few I wasn't as familiar with.  It was also nice seeing some of the more popular locations being seen through someone's eyes who is seeing them for the first time.  I love reading about people's impressions of driving up to the Palace of Gold for the first time, or experiencing the historic tour of the WV State Penitentiary at Moundsville.  

Some of these locations may be difficult to find OR access, especially the more remote locations, but the majority are publicly accessible, making this a great guidebook for anyone planning to do some traveling around West Virginia, once travel is back to normal!  I, for one, have gotten some ideas for some day trips to take with my husband once things settle back down.  As an added bonus, many of these locations require little to no human interaction, making social distancing still doable!

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the dark history of West Virginia, or who plan on traveling through the state and is looking for a few unique things to see along the way.  I read this book cover to cover in one sitting, but its format and large, glossy pages filled with color photos make it a great book to just sit out and pick up to thumb through whenever you have a few minutes. So sit back, relax, and travel the wild and weird state of West Virginia without ever leaving home...or plan an epic summer road trip of West Virginia's best dark tourism sites!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Happy Cinco de Mayo!



Happy Cinco de Mayo from Theresa's Haunted History of the Trii-State!  I usually don't post too much about this holiday because most Americans don't really understand it and simply use it as an excuse to eat tacos and drink margaritas. But, this lil' sombrero-wearing ghost was just too cute to pass up and as we're slowly coming out of lock down, I think we could all use some tacos and margaritas today! 

Saturday, May 2, 2020

1952 Louisville Poltergeist


1952 started out as a heck of a spooky year for the Thackers, a rural family living near Fern Creek, Kentucky (about 16 miles from Louisville).  Henry, his wife, a 16 year old boarder named Walter Brown, and three sisters (Joyce, 11; Frances, 8; and Betty, 7) all made headlines when poltergeist activity broke out at their farmhouse, located at the corner of Thixton Lane and Oak Grove Road.

The activity actually started on Sunday, December 30th when the family noticed a variety of objects being thrown about the air, seemingly all on their own.  A 2 lb photo album, a knife, a conch shell doorstop, various bottles and caps, and assorted pieces of jewelry were just a small sampling of items targeted by the alleged poltergeist.

A neighbor, Mrs. Robert Covington, was hit quite hard in the back by a fingernail file located on a dresser about 15 feet away.  Walter Brown, the 16 year old boarder, claimed to actually SEE with his own eyes Mr. Thacker's spectacles lift off a radio and land in a chair three feet away.  

Despite dozens of neighbors and schoolmates witnessing the activity, there were several skeptics who came to inspect the ghostly goings-on at the Thacker home.  Two such skeptics were local patrolmen, Russell McDaniel and Jack Fisher.  Despite almost being hit in the head with a cardboard box himself, McDaniel still couldn't accept the idea of an otherworldly source for the activity.  He noticed that whenever objects began to move, one person was always nearby:  Joyce Sanders.

On Thursday, he and Fisher asked to speak privately with the girl.  After an hour, the trio emerged with a confession.  Joyce admitted that she was throwing the objects when no one was looking.  She did it for attention.  "It made a lot of people come see me," she is quoted as saying.  Joyce and her sisters had been wards of the Louisville and Jefferson County Children's Home.  They had been staying with the Thackers for about 13 months because their mother was terminally ill with cancer, and their father was not in the picture.  It was deemed that Joyce, a depressed and lonely young girl, made up the whole thing, and therefore, this is where the story ends for many.

But...does it really end there?  Was the whole poltergeist act simply a hoax, perpetrated by an 11 year old to gain attention?  I'm not so sure that's the case.  Here's why:

Mrs. Thacker answering calls about the poltergeist
In newspaper articles from the time period, McDaniel admits that he never actually SAW Joyce pick up an object and throw it.  He just noticed that she was the one who constantly seemed to be nearby when activity occurred.  So, he said to her that all the people who came to witness the poltergeist would be disappointed if they didn't see anything move. "They just won't come back anymore," McDaniel is quoted as saying to the girl, to which she replied, "You mean they'll all go home?"  It was shortly thereafter, a brooch was seen moving. Thinking that his suspicions were confirmed, McDaniel and Fisher took the girl aside privately and assured her that she would not be in any trouble if she confessed to the poltergeist activity.So, we have no witnesses, not even the policemen, coming forward to say they actually saw Joyce faking the activity.  We do, however, have a witness (Walter Brown) saying that he saw an object actually being moving, unaided by any human hands.

We also have some elements of a classic poltergeist case.  Poltergeist activity is characterized by activity seemingly centered on a human agent. This human agent can be anyone, but historically tends to be a child on the cusp of, or going through puberty OR someone who has a lot of bottled up emotions that aren't able to be expressed in their ordinary lives.  Joyce fits both scenarios---she was a young girl, about the age of puberty's onset, and she was most likely very troubled by the situation of her mother being critically ill.

Many modern researchers agree that poltergeist activity is NOT caused by an outside ghost or entity, but is in fact recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis (RSPK) manifested unconsciously by a human agent. That's why she was nearby when these events occurred.

But why would she confess to a hoax she didn't take part in?  In the book, The Poltergeist Experience, by D. Scott Rogo, the author mentions that there are a number of reasons why poltergeist agents tend to confess to a hoax that they had no part in. Some will confess because they realize, either consciously or subconsciously that they ARE responsible for the turmoil and are compelled to take responsibility for it, which will often cause the activity to cease. Others may confess simply because they were pressured into it and are just trying to appease their accusers.

But, I think what REALLY happened is another scenario that is often seen in poltergeist cases.  I think the original activity was not a hoax.  Objects were moving around on their own, and nobody knew why.  Joyce discovered that her schoolmates were fascinated and would come to witness the activity.  Joyce and her sisters were heaped with attention, as reporters from radio, newspapers, and even television all wanted to hear and share their story.  To a lonely, troubled girl, being in the spotlight, surrounded by people, probably did offer respite from her sad circumstances.  

Either the activity had already started to wind down on its own, or Joyce was scared that it was going to, thanks to McDaniel's statement, prompting her to stage at least one object being thrown, as a way to keep people happy and coming to see her. Poltergeist activity seems to stop as abruptly as it starts and Joyce wasn't ready to let go of the benefits just yet.  To further support this theory, Joyce actually does state in one newspaper interview that she WASN'T responsible for all the objects moving, although she believes that people just imagined those things.

Obviously, it is possible that Joyce DID knowingly trick her friends and neighbors, possibly assisted by her sisters and even Brown.  Perhaps peoples' imaginations ran wild, causing a childhood prank to escalate into a nationally recognized poltergeist case that within a week would come crashing down as a not-so-elaborate childhood hoax. However, the case was long ago written off as trickery and to my knowledge, neither Joyce nor the case has ever been formally studied. I can only hope that the lonely little girl was able to live a happy life, post-poltergeist. 

Sources and Further Reading:

The Poltergeist Experience: Investigations Into Ghostly Phenomena, by D. Scott Rogo

Lonely Girl, 11, Was a "Spook" Just for Fun. The Courier-Journal. 04 January 1952

Objects Floating About Residence. Charleston Daily Mail. 03 January 1952

Haunter of House Fails C-J Reporter, by Phil Harsham. The Courier-Journal 03 January 1952





Friday, May 1, 2020

Ghosts Returning to Salem, Massachusetts: A Friday Funny

Ghosts are returning to the streets of Salem, MA. Nature is healing. 



The recent worldwide unpleasantness may suck pretty hard for the humans living on Earth, but to various wildlife, it is a time to take back the streets and waterways, free from pesky humans and our contamination.  Coyotes, deer, geese, and a menagerie of other animals have been spotted and filmed in recent weeks walking around in urban areas, unbothered.  Rumors of dolphins returning to Venice's canals caused quite a stir several weeks back...and now we have this inspiring photo from the Salem Public Library in Salem, Massachusetts.

This photograph has been shared numerous times over various social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, so I'm not entirely sure who actually took the photo and/or gave it the catchy caption.  But, whomever is responsible, I'm so glad they took the time to brighten MY day. I love a lil' ghostly humor during these trying times!

Let's also not forget about the cryptozoological creatures, either.  The healing of nature is strong with them as well, as seen in the photo below of the Loch Ness Monster returning to Inverness, Scotland!  Stay safe out there, everyone...and stay spooky.

'With everyone on lockdown nature is getting a chance to recover. The wildlife is finally returning to its natural habitat. Just look at Inverness, Scotland. The Earth is healing. We are the virus.'

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Fresh Seafood Company Haunted by an Apparition in Plaid

Fresh Seafood Company. Photo by Theresa

I cannot tell you how excited I get whenever I hear about a new-to-me haunted location, especially one so close!  Awhile back, one of my Theresa's Haunted History Facebook page members shared a newspaper article from September 2016 about a haunted seafood restaurant in Jefferson, WV...a location only about a 15 minute drive from me!  I was intrigued, but as I was bogged down with other things at the time, I just sort of put in on the back burner.  Until now...

The restaurant is The Fresh Seafood Company Restaurant and Market, owned by Tim Cerullo.  It is located in the St. Albans/Jefferson area at 6230 MacCorkle Avenue, beside the Venture Lanes bowling alley, sort of tucked behind it to the side, by the Kanawha River.  I don't come through Jefferson too often...and my family (besides me) really doesn't eat a lot of seafood, so I never really paid much attention to this location.  I had seen the sign, but it never really registered that there was such a quaint little HAUNTED restaurant back there.

According to an article by Ben Calwell in the Kanawha Metro, the ghost haunting the Fresh Seafood Company Restaurant and Market is a friendly one. Employees have reported seeing a gentleman in plaid pants and glasses who simply vanishes into thin air.  Cerullo himself experienced the spooky manifestations when he saw a seashell move on its own, actually flipping over a desk.

Photo by Theresa

The restaurant area is located in an old house, and Cerullo believes that the home's former occupants are still around.  The ghost (or ghosts) seems quite pleasant, and I definitely wanted to know more!  Since the worldwide unpleasantness won't let me get out to actually access documents at the library and courthouse, or to even go EAT at The Fresh Seafood Market's beautiful dining area, my research was limited...so expect a follow-up one of these days.  Anyway, I did find out a little about the history of the location...

The Beach House, as the restaurant area is known, gives a bit of its history on its own menu.  It simply states that George Washington once owned the land where the restaurant now sits and that the house dates back to before MacCorkle Avenue was built.  It was a lot harder than I thought it would be to figure out just when MacCorkle Avenue was built!  MacCorkle Avenue is named for William MacCorkle, former Governor of West Virginia and a state Senator.  He passed away in 1930, but I found newspaper references from the mid 1920's referring to MacCorkle Avenue addresses in the Kanawha City area.  The area of MacCorkle Avenue that runs through Jefferson is also still considered to be part of Route 60...so from that reason, I'm guessing the house was built possibly around the 1920's or 1930's.  That's PRETTY close to what I found through online property searches.


From what I can gather, Tom Cerullo purchased the property in December of 1996, a sale which can be found in Deed Book 2401, page 976.  There are actually several deeds associated with the property the restaurant is on and surrounding lots, all acquired by Cerullo in December of 1996. And, all the deeds were formerly held by the same family.

Two of the deeds were under the name of Edna Wood Carden, who acquired the property on Christmas Day, 1939. The two other deeds were both under the joint ownership of E.L. and F.E. Hadsell, who acquired the lots on April 18, 1944.  A little digging through the genealogy site, Family Search, provided some clarification.  Edna Wood Carden and Felix E. Hadsell were married on September 5, 1943, in Lawrence County, Ohio.  This was his first marriage, but Edna had been married before to a man by the name of Carden.  With no additional details on the marriage, it appears that Edna owned the property where the house now stands (and possibly the house itself) during or slightly after her first marriage, and then lived there with her new husband, Felix, acquiring adjoining property a year after they were married. Another frustrating thing to note is the property info online doesn't list any information about the house itself.  All those fields are left blank on the summary page, including year built.

Map Card-Kanawha County Assessor


And until I can find more information, this is where speculation REALLY comes into play.  WHO is the man in the plaid pants and glasses?  One guess could be that it is Felix Hadsell, who presumably lived in the home from the early 1940's until close to when the restaurant opened.  Felix was born on August 6, 1909 and passed away on July 22, 1995.  He is buried in South Charleston's Sunset Memorial Park, along with his wife, Edna, who passed away on December 27, 1992.  Could the apparition instead belong to Edna's other husband, Mr. Carden?  I haven't been able to find anything out about him, including whether or not he even LIVED on the property in question.  Or, is the ghost someone else entirely?  I found a newspaper article from 1970 about the winners of a horoscope contest.  One of the winners was Edna Hadsell, of 6230-A MacCorkle Avenue.  With the addition of the A to the address, does that mean that someone else owned or rented and lived in another section of the house/property and are now haunting it?

Questions like these are driving me crazy, and I can't wait until this unpleasantness is all over and I can get out in the real world again!  I'd love to do some additional research, perhaps interview the owner (the 2016 article states that the wholesale market was opened 29 years ago and the restaurant 22 years ago) and some employees, and of course EAT there myself!  I'll be coming for the ghost stories, but definitely staying for the delicious-looking fresh seafood!

Resources:

Something Fishy Going On at Landmark Eatery Near St. Albans. Metro Kanawha article by Ben Calwell.  September 21, 2016

Fresh Seafood Company Facebook

Find-a-Grave Entries for Felix Hadsell and Edna L. Wood Carden Hadsell

Kanawha County Assessor Map Cards

Marriage Certificate for Felix Hadsell and Edna Wood Carden from Family Search


Friday, April 24, 2020

Big Chimney UFO Sighting (1975)

Artist rendition of Big Chimney UFO (Screenshot from In Search Of S1E21: In Search of UFOs)


It's no secret that my paranormal interests lie more with ghosts, spirits, and hauntings than they do UFOs, cryptids, conspiracy theories and other aspects of this huge and fascinating field.  Still, that's no excuse for not realizing that West Virginia is home to another quite famous UFO sighting!  The 1975 sighting in Big Chimney (Kanawha County) hasn't quite gotten the same attention as The Flatwoods Monster of 1952 or the Mothman/UFO flap of 1966-67, but the Center for UFO Studies based in Chicago once called it one of the top 5 best UFO reports of 1975.

As part of my stay-at-home activities, I've been binge watching the old Leonard Nimoy show, In Search Of, on YouTube.  Today, I was startled to see that in Season 1 Episode 21 entitled In Search of UFOs a man by the name of Carroll Crihfield of Big Chimney, WV was featured.  On June 12, 1975 around 9:30 pm, Crihfield and his wife allegedly saw a diamond shaped craft with bright red and white lights just off 119 North between Big Sandy and Clendenin. On the show, Carroll was given a lie detector test by Criswell Security of Wheeling.  And while it was admitted that a lie detector test wouldn't prove whether or not there actually WAS a UFO, it did show that Carroll at least believed he had seen a UFO.  No deception was detected.

I knew there had to be more to the story than just this 8 minute snippet, so it was off to the (online) newspaper archives for a better understanding of the story.  From what I can piece together from different newspaper articles, here's what happened.

On the evening of June 12, 1975, Carroll Crihfield, a chemist at the FMC plant in South Charleston, was driving along Route 119 from the family home at 4606 Marlin Drive in Big Chimney. He was with his pregnant wife, Betty, and his two sons, Jerry (16) and Jeff (12). The family was on their way to Roane County to visit Carroll's father on that clear evening.  Around 9:30 pm, Betty first spotted a flashing red light in the sky.  They thought it must be a plane, but the light seemed to hover in one spot.  They could see the light, still unmoving, for about four miles, when they lost sight of it behind the hills.  They saw or experienced nothing for another few miles before rounding a curve in the road and coming upon quite the sight!

To the left of the road, about 100 feet up (40 feet above the tree line) and only about 40 feet from the highway, they saw a 'split-diamond' shaped craft as big as a house and charcoal gray in color.  The family could see what looked like legs in the shape of a cross.  Startled, Carroll ran the car off the road slightly, but regained control.  They drove on about 500 feet down the road until they could find a place to turn around.  By the time they turned around and drove back to where the craft had hovered above the trees, it had vanished.

The next day Carroll made a report to the Air National Guard and to the Federal Aviation Commission, but nothing really came of it.  Six weeks later, however, Carroll was on vacation from work and sitting around idle at home.  He decided to hop in the car and drive out to the location of the sighting to see if there were any sheared tree tops or any other evidence of what he and his family saw that evening.  When arriving at the location (located near the Little Sandy Creek Bridge) he was shocked to find four large patches of blackened/burned grass and a burned log.  It was then that Carroll realized that this craft must have actually landed!  I assume that's when a state trooper learned of the case and made a report to the Center for UFO Studies in Chicago, founded in 1973 by J. Allen Hynek.

By April of 1976, a film crew from Alan Landsburg Productions was sent out to Big Chimney to interview the family.  Carroll himself insisted on taking a lie detector test, which was shown on the In Search Of program.  Carroll's two sons also took the lie detector test with the same results:  no deception detected.  In one of the newspaper articles I read, it states that Dr. Edward Zeller of the University of Kansas was sent to collect and examine soil samples from the landing site, a site that Crihfield days that over a year later won't grow grass and is avoided by dogs. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything about the results of the soil tests, and really, that's about all I could find out about this case.  I would like to point out, however, that despite the spin of the program on UFOs and his insistence to take a lie detector test, Carroll Crihfield did not believe that he saw an alien craft that summer evening.  Rather, he states in a newspaper article that he believes what he saw belonged to the US government and was a new, stealth aircraft of some sort.  What do YOU think the Crihfield family saw?

Resources:

In Search Of: UFOS's Season 1 Episode 21 on YouTube

In Research Of Podcast March 9, 2020

'Big Chimney Resident Featured on TV Show.' Charleston Daily Mail, November 4, 1976

'Seeing is Believing' Says Chemist: Big Chimney Man Cited for 1975 UFO Report.  Charleston Daily Mail. October 1, 1976

Sunday, April 19, 2020

The Flat Mountain Beast

This vintage newspaper article comes from a November 26, 1920 edition of the Greenbrier Independent, a paper based in Lewisburg, WV.  It seems as if many believe the 'beast' is an escaped circus gorilla...but could it be something more?  The size and reddish coloring suggest that it could be a Bigfoot, and although I'm not a zoologist, I would think that even with our mountains, a journey from Wheeling to the Lewisburg area would result in a few more reported sightings.  I'll let you decide for yourself, though!  Here's the text as it appears in the original article:

SAW A 'WHAT IS IT.' 

A strange beast is said to have been seen roaming around on Flat Mountain within the past week.  It is said to stand about 6 feet high, apparently weighs 350 pounds, and is of a reddish and blackish color.  The beast, which resembles a gorilla, is said to have a broken chain around its neck.

It is reported that among those who have seen the beast are Opie Wikle and Wm. Hedrick, who live near Broad Run, and that the beast gave him a chase one night about a week ago.  The report of a strange beast of the description noted above has thrown a scare into some of the residents of Flat Mountain and 'Old Betsy' has been greased up in a number of homes and made ready for business.

Several weeks ago a strange beast whose description was not unlike that of the above animal was reported to be roaming one of the mountains of Pocahontas county was neither killed nor captured. The beast seen on Flat Mountain may be the same.  It is reported to have two long upper and and three long lower teeth.

Others are said to have seen the "critter," and have coupled it with a circus wreck said to have happened near Wheeling about three months ago, when a gorilla 5 1-2 feet tall is said to have escaped into Pennsylvania. The beast may have taken to the mountains and started South, which would account for its presence in Pocahontas county and later in this section.  Such explanation is better than none at least, for it is claimed firmly that the animal is not a product of either a vivid or a disordered imagination.---Alderson Advertiser

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Ghosts of Six Flags: Magic Mountain




One of the many ways I'm staying distracted from what's going on in the real world during this stay-at-home order is by re-watching old Shane Dawson videos.  Shane's back-catalog covers a pretty wide variety of topics, but my favorites (of course) are his conspiracy theory videos and any videos related to ghost hunting, haunted places, or other weird and spooky topics.  The other day I watched the HAUNTED AMUSEMENT PARK video from back in September of 2017 in which Shane, Ryland, Drew, and Garrett visit Six Flags: Magic Mountain in Valencia, California for the park's annual Halloween celebration, Fright Fest!

During the group's VIP experience, their tour guide tells them that the park actually IS haunted.  The ghost is a young boy with dark hair, wearing a blue shirt.  His name is Jacob and before he passed away from a terminal blood disease, he loved visiting the park.  Unfortunately, he was confined to a wheelchair during the last few months of his life, making riding most of the park's rides impossible. 

However, in death, Jacob is free to ride whatever he chooses.  Ride operators have reported seeing Jacob out of their corner of their eye during closing, so they always make sure to run the ride empty, one last time for him, before shutting it down for the night.  The guide also told the group that security guards at the park have seen the young boy in blue well after the park has been closed for the night.

Obviously, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more about this ghost haunting Six Flags: Magic Mountain!

Jacob/The Boy in the Striped Shirt

Colossus, From LA Times

Magic Mountain, located just north of Los Angeles, opened for business on May 29, 1971 and was sold to Six Flags in 1979 who has operated the park ever since.  And, in its nearly 50 years of operation, Magic Mountain has amassed more than a few ghost stories aside from Jacob's.  One such ghost that is repeatedly featured in articles about the hauntings of Magic Mountain is a little boy in a striped shirt.  I assume that this is actually Jacob, although I've never seen a name mentioned outside of Shane's video.

This boy, whether or not the same boy as Jacob, has been spotted running and playing among the support beams under the track for Magic Mountain's wooden coaster, Colossus. Witnesses to the boy's apparition near the coaster also claim that whenever he is seen under Colossus, he's also HEARD. The sound of the lift chain, pulling the coaster up, seems to accompany the boy's apparition, despite the ride already being closed for the evening.  

Colossus originally opened in 1978 and unfortunately was the site of one of the park's approximate eight deaths.  A young woman named Carol Flores was at the park the day after Christmas that year with family members.  Her restraints didn't fit properly, and her lap bar failed to lock, leading to her untimely and tragic death from being thrown from the car. (I've seen this death also associated erroneously with the former Psyclone coaster. I think this connection may come from the fact that during Fright Fest, one track of Colossus is run backwards, using a train that belonged to Psyclone.)  The ride did undergo renovations shortly after that, and in 2015, the track was converted to steel, with the coaster opening under the new name, Twisted Colossus. Despite the death associated with the ride, the only ghost reportedly connected to it is the young boy/Jacob.

Cyclone Bay Game Area by InMapz

And Jacob certainly gets around the park!  Aside from his penchant for roller coasters, he seems to love games as well, and another spot he frequents is the old Cyclone Bay area.  This area, which is home to all the carnival games, is another favorite spot of the young boy, and he has been seen multiple times underneath the tarp to the basketball game. Staff have reported seeing the boy in the striped shirt, reaching under the tarp area, as if trying to get his basketball.  At times, the boy isn't seen, but instead, staff will find a lone basketball left out, knowing that they had just put everything away and cleaned up for the evening.  In a BackpackVerse article entitled the Nightly Visitors of Magic Mountain, there's a story from a security guard who encountered the young boy late one night.  He yelled out to the kid, but when he didn't respond, the security guard approached him to tell him that the park was closed and he needed to leave.  However, before the security guard could crouch down and lecture the boy, the boy had disappeared!  He asked a Games Attendant who was shutting down for the evening where the boy had gone, and the attendant had to break it to him that the boy was not just a ghost, but one that was seen in the area quite often!

Goliath

By Arthur Levine

While Jacob/The Boy in the Striped Shirt is probably the most well-known ghost at Magic Mountain, he certainly isn't the only specter haunting the park. The roller coaster Goliath also has its fair share of spooky stories.  Goliath is an extreme steel coaster with an opening drop of 255 feet.  The coaster opened for the 2000 season, but a year later it would be the location of another untimely death.  On June 2, 2001, 28 year old Pearl Santos suffered an aneurysm while riding Goliath.  Since her death, staff members have reported weird issues with Goliath's phone system.  Security guards monitoring the park from the security office will receive phone calls coming from Goliath's line, well after the last visitor and ride operator have left for the day. When they answer, there is nothing but static on the other end.  This happened so often, that a group of officers set out one night to investigate who was playing around and trying to scare them.  To their surprise, nothing out of the ordinary was found, aside from an eerie sense of dread, leading many to believe that Pearl haunts the place where she died, getting people's attention by interfering with the phone lines.

Revolution

Revolution 1976 by montezooma
The Revolution coaster originally opened in 1976 and then underwent a major renovation in 2016, which added things such as a VR experience to the ride.  Riders of the looping coaster have reported hearing a woman's hysterical screams shortly before arriving back at the station after their ride.  This may be a residual haunting associated with another tragic death that happened in 1996.  On May 30, a part-time employee named Cherie La Motte was crossing the tracks in order to switch positions with another employee. Unfortunately, as she stepped onto the tracks, she was hit by a car coming into the station and thrown below the ride, succumbing to her injuries.  Could these screams belong to Cherie, or perhaps one of the many visitors/staff who witnessed the tragic event? 




Other Ghosts of Magic Mountain

The three stories above seem to be the three more well-known, most frequently occurring hauntings at Magic Mountain, but the internet is FULL of other brief-yet-terrifying-encounters associated with this Californian amusement park.  Here are just a few I came across:

*A UFO being seen from one of the park's tower rides (2010?) YouTube Link

*An apparition known as the Grey Man is seen near Jet Stream, the boat ride.  People also report having their hair pulled while on the ride or waiting in line.

*Indians seen around Samurai Summit

*Woman in a white dress seen at night in the area around the former Magic Pagoda

*Apparitions/Unexplained Noises seen in the Magic Moments Theater

*A former female employee returns to haunt Center Ring Games

*More stories can be found in the Comments Section of Haunted Places: Magic Mountain


*Disclaimer: I love haunted amusement park stories and I love sharing them with my readers!  But, haunted amusement parks seem to have an even higher rate of well...inaccuracy...to them even greater than your average spooky tale. As the stories are passed down from staff member to staff member, shared with visitors, or posted online, details tend to get a little muddled.  New information may be added to fill in the gaps and to help explain spooky experiences, and that information may not always be true.  Amusement parks are fun, thrilling places...but they can also be home to tragic deaths as well. Those deaths may be wrongly associated with perceived paranormal activity just because they are either a convenient way to explain what someone has experienced...or because it makes an interesting story. In addition, amusement parks are always changing, with old rides being renovated, renamed, or torn down completely and replaced with new ones.  I've tried to present these stories as they are told and shared, but also to add as much verifiable detail as I can find. Names of the deceased are added for accuracy, not disrespect and I've tried to make sense out of conflicting reports.  Please see the bibliography below for where the information in this article came from.  Thanks, and happy haunting!*



Sources

1. Haunted Amusement Park YouTube Video by Shane Dawson. Uploaded  9-27-17

2. Six Flags Magic Mountain: Tragic Events YouTube video by Mighty Ride Junkies. Uploaded 5-31-17

3. The Nightly Visitors of Magic Mountain by Backpackverse. Updated 2-20-20


5. Haunted Honeymoon Blog: Haunted Places-Magic Mountain.  Summer 2006


7. Roller Coaster Worker Broke Rule, Officials Say. LA TIMES article. Published June 1, 1996 by David Wharton. 






Sunday, April 5, 2020

Top 3 Binge-Worthy YouTube Paranormal Shows

I don't know about you, but I've turned to binge-watching as a coping mechanism to escape from what's going on in the world.  And while many are turning to Netflix's Tiger King as their binge of choice, I'm not QUITE there yet.  I'd rather spend my free time catching up on some paranormal goodies!  Since not everyone has access to popular streaming services, I wanted to instead focus on fun stuff to watch that is completely FREE.  YouTube is a great resource for free material and it was hard narrowing down a top three.  These are the shows that I'm currently watching on YouTube, but if you have any suggestions for shows or channels, please feel free to comment down below, or head on over to Theresa's Haunted History of the Tri-State Facebook page to share what YOU'RE watching.  Stay safe, stay indoors, stay spooky! 

1. In Search Of---In Search Of, hosted by Leonard Nimoy, is one of those iconic shows in the paranormal field that gave many investigators their first glimpse into  the world of the strange and unknown. The weekly show ran from 1977 to 1982 and luckily, ALL SIX SEASONS are available for streaming on YouTube!  Each episode is only about 23 minutes long, so it's the perfect show for binge-watching or to simply watch one or two when you have a little extra time.  As this show was a bit before my time, I'm just now getting to experience classic favorites such as the Bermuda Triangle, ancient aliens, and the search for DB Cooper.  The official YouTube channel also has the three hour-long movies that sparked the beginning of the series, as well as a few humorous extras.



2. Hellier---Planet Weird's YouTube channel has made Hellier Seasons 1 and 2 available for free!  This docu-series which starts with a quest for answers in a remote Kentucky town, leads an investigation team on a wild journey full of synchronicity and high strangeness. If you haven't watched it yet, it is definitely worth it.  Once you make it a few episodes in, you'll more than likely find yourself NEEDING to find out what happens next!







3. Doc Spot---Doc Spot is one of my top channel picks for documentaries.  Among its history, science, and other documentaries, the channel offers a huge selection of titles pertaining to UFOs, cryptids, hauntings, ESP, and other paranormal topics.  My favorites are definitely the large collection of Haunted History Of..., an older History Channel show that would devote a whole show to the history and ghost stories of a particular location.  To get you started, here's the link to the Haunted History Of playlist, beginning with The Haunted History of London.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Paranormal Social Distancing: Part 1 Education


It's difficult being a paranormal investigator and not being able to actually go out and investigate!  As world events are forcing many of us to lock down, stay-at-home, and even quarantine ourselves until further notice, how do we paranormal enthusiasts, researchers, and investigators get our spooky fix?  Here are just a few suggestions for activities you can try during these trying times.

Part 1:  EDUCATE YOURSELF


1. Read Books:  I read a ton of paranormal nonfiction, and always have quite the TBR pile waiting for me to find the time to get to it.  You've probably got some books at home you've been meaning to read, or re-read, and now is the perfect time to do so. These books can focus more on the academic and technical side of paranormal research, or you can simply have fun with a collection of local ghost stories!

If your bookshelves are bare, don't worry; you still have plenty of options.  As of this writing, many retailers, including Amazon and The West Virginia Book Company are still shipping books.  If you have a Kindle or the Kindle app on any of your devices, you can download e-books from Amazon and other locations, sometimes for FREE.  Project Gutenberg has some really interesting free titles from the late 1800's and early 1900's (as does Amazon) and can easily be read online as well as downloaded. Also check with your local library system; many are offering a variety of online services, including access to journals and databases, and of course, checking out ebooks. If you're looking for suggestions on new reading material, you can always check out Theresa's Book Reviews.

2. Read Articles and Blogs: There are plenty of things besides books to read!  Catch up on your favorite paranormal blogs (I'm a huge fan of The Southern Spirit Guide, Spook-Eats, and many others!). Or, read articles from your favorite paranormal websites about specific topics in the field that interest you.  You can always check out my posts on Theresa's Haunted History Facebook for inspiration.

3. Watch Documentaries and/or Ghost Hunting Series:  If you have any of the popular streaming services, you have a wealth of entertaining and interesting paranormal shows at your disposal.  Small Town Monsters has released quite a bit of its collection on Amazon Prime and Ghost Adventures can be found on Hulu.  YouTube also offers a great selection of FREE documentaries, network shows, lectures/conferences, and other video content to keep you occupied indefinitely.  Look for my suggestions of what to watch on Facebook and in an upcoming blog!

4. Listen to Podcasts: I'd love to be able to share all the awesome podcasts that I listen to, but that'd take FOREVER.  There are so many great podcasts covering the paranormal field and a simple internet search should help you discover something awesome to listen to in whatever paranormal topic you choose.  I'm always posting suggestions on my Facebook page, but a few of my favorites to get you started:  The Haunted Halls of WVU, Southern Ghost Stories, and LORE.

5. Take an Online Class:  Ghost hunting is a multidisciplinary approach.  Just about any topic you could have an interest in can be applied to paranormal research and investigation!  And, just about any topic you could have an interest in, probably has an online class available for it!  Sites such as Coursera and FutureLearn offer a variety of FREE college-level classes, or you could do a search for a topic and see what is available elsewhere in your price range.  I personally gravitate towards classes in history and genealogy, but photography classes and classes in ANY of the sciences (including psychology) are also good picks.  Plus, you can sometimes find classes devoted specifically to the paranormal and paranormal topics! 


That'll do it for Part One of this multi-part series devoted to giving you some ideas on how to stay connected with the paranormal world even if you can't get out and investigate right now.  Check back tomorrow for Part 2: Research and Investigating While NOT Investigating!  Stay safe.  Stay spooky. And if you have any suggestions for books, shows, channels, podcasts, websites or other resources, please comment down below!