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Investigation of Haunted House
Elk Grove, CA 95624
Belinda Bentley’s notes: This was a very active investigation. There was oppression, a little girl, a pregnant woman, an angry and strong male and many other spirits. A woman said “hello,” to Farhan in the back yard, a little girl followed us around, possession and channeling took place. We wouldn’t not leave until the house was clear and safe. Below are Sandy’s note and report of this paranormal investigation.
Sandy Helms Notes
I attempted to find any information about the previous owners but due to new laws I was not able to assess much the parcel number is 125-0243-008-0000 and it is listed as 13716 square feet.
This following information including picture was obtained from http://www.trulia.com/blog/lori_mode/2008/10/history_of_elk_grove_ca
Elk Grove was established in 1850 as a stop for the stage. It became a crossroads and hub for local commerce and played a part in the early gold rush being just 15 miles south of the historic Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento.
We arrived on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 between 7:00 – 7:30 pm. The group included Farhan and his partner Sherrie, Celebrity Psychic Belinda Bentley founder of G.H.O.S.T, and G.H.O.S.T members T. Flowers, Brandon D., psychic Rubbie Salinas and Sandy Helms. Later Sherrie’s mother and father arrived.
What follows are my impressions, what I got on my tape recorder, my notes and what I experienced that night.
I arrived by myself first on approaching the old Victorian I could see why it might give some people the “creeps”. It had that old, a bit worse for the wear but authentic look. I did experience some trouble with the gate. I mention this because later in the evening Belinda said that she had believed it to be padlocked, it had such a secure feeling. I feel things; sometimes see things that aren’t there but usually when that happens I don’t know it wasn’t there until later. As I was walking up the steps I felt a real pressure in my head. I was greeted by both Farhan, Sherrie and their two dogs. The house while small has high ceilings and is decorated to be their castle fortress. Everything was fine until I got up to use the restroom. As I went through the dining room I felt like I was walking through a crowd. When I went in the restroom a small triceratops toy pivoted to get a better look at me. After checking it out I returned to the living room to greet the others.
Rubbie asked to take picture and Belinda walked in to get impressions. The standard room temperature appeared to be approximately 75 but in the master bedroom and guest bedroom the temperature dropped to 65 and up again throughout the visit. However, an open window in the guest room debunked any “supernatural” force there.
Farhan gave us a tour of the house starting with the child’s room where they now store their Marvel and Lion King toys to make it a more pleasant environment. Farhan told us that the room was frightening when he moved in. He said that they were told the child that the room was built for had tuberculosis and was sometimes housed in an outhouse in the back yard. She was eventually buried under the tree in the back yard. Rubbie immediately started having camera concerns in the toy room. Belinda didn’t feel anything until she started to leave and then she felt someone behind her. Farhan says that the room has the most activity during the winter months. He said that the little girl is active during that time. They keep a curtain hanging over the door frame closed in the winter because it is the coldest room in the house. I felt pressure and as if I was being watched. Consistently I did not feel comfortable in this room.
Next we were shown the master bedroom which seemed empty but I did notice the aforementioned fluctuation of temperatures. The bathroom was shown that is decorated in dinosaurs, Next is the kitchen decorated in cows and cars with a toy Ferraris sitting in the middle of the table. When we entered the guest room Belinda immediately picked up that the wardrobe itself appeared to have something attached to it as well. She got something to do with a hidden compartment and something to do with the sea. Farhan told us that he was given a reasonable purchase price on it and that would explain why they delivered it and everything. During a later EVP session in this room I could smell French oak (like those used to make wine) very strong in the room. Belinda smelled something as well but could not identify it. Farhan in the tour said that they were now sleeping in this room because it was a bit cooler and the other night someone kicked in the door. Brandon noticed the second wardrobe and felt something there. As we started to leave the guest room Belinda looked up and said that she thought she had brought her daughter that a little girl has been following us the entire time. Rubbie also noticed this girl following us through out the rooms.
Something that seemed to happen when we first arrived was that a room felt occupied by a spirit or spirits and then it became empty quickly after entering. It was almost as if we were chasing the spirits away or they were shy. One of the things I believe changed that was that Belinda continued to tell the spirits that we were not there just to take pictures or record EVPs but we were here to help them to move on, communicate something or help them with their needs.
Next was the back yard tour, we exited through the laundry room and down some steep steps to a long wide yard. Rubbie continues to take pictures throughout. Farhan showed us the “bomb shelter” that was also used for vegetable and refrigeration. Rubbie took one for the team and reached in and took pictures for us. I moved to the far side to see into it. It was at that time that I saw a head move from my side to the center of the hole and start to look up as if looking to see what we were doing. I asked Rubbie to see if she could capture a picture. Belinda was asking if there are spirits that stay in the bomb shelter and she promptly heard a whispered response. Rubbie’s camera acted as if there was movement but didn’t show anything. Belinda decided to try to get and EVP in the bomb shelter with her recorder. During this time she noticed a heat surge. She also said that she feels like she is hearing conversations but there were a lot of traffic noises.
The fig tree in the middle of the yard has a lot of activity per Farhan (and as confirmed by Paul – HPI at the previous investigation). Farhan also had a friend from Florida confirm the energy in the yard but “he couldn’t get a lock on it.” There are two bodies buried in the back yard. There was a large tree where the girl is buried. At the smaller tree T. Flowers felt something looking at him from behind the tree and by the roses in the back of the property. He seemed to be transfixed by it and tried to communicate with it. Rubbie showed Belinda pictures with orbs in the back yard.
In the back corner of the lot is outhouse where the child was kept. Brandon got strong feelings about a little child crawling on the ground in front of the structure. Farhan was told the girl was 9 years old and died of TB. During this time Rubbie had more problems with her camera.
We moved to the middle of the yard at Belinda’s suggestion to try to communicate as there is a lot of energy there. Belinda guided us to visualize a vortex in the middle of the circle, ask spirits to join us and since we weren’t getting responses we moved further back on the property. During this time we introduced ourselves: Belinda is a psychic and a medium and one can communicate with her by talking to her. T. Flowers is a sensitive and gets feeling and sees things. Brandon is a psychic. Rubbie is a psychic and a supernatural specialist. I think my best description is an empathic. Farhan owner is the owner and sees and feels things, Sherrie also lives there and feels them and has seen spirits.
Belinda started by saying, and I am paraphrasing. That we are here to help you cross over, if you are sad, if you are stuck we can help you get unstuck, we aren’t here to take your picture or get recordings – you are welcome to co-exist with the owner. Farhan shared that the doctor who lived here was Dr. H. L. Stitch and his wife Minnie. After that, a fellow that was Hawaiian and a veteran from Germany – Mannheim (SN: I believe he said this was his name) – as he spoke about Mannheim who he calls his Uncle Belinda witnessed a rainbow that crossed his hand.
We used the ghost phone and got a Spanish accent on the response while I heard the word “si”. Belinda heard the name Peter. (A name that came up several times throughout the evening.) Farhan shared that there is a Peter that lives there and that he lost a daughter. He is half Spanish/Mexican?? (SN: Again, couldn’t understand which Farhan was implying). The group moved in further to ask questions of the spirits with assistance from the ghost phone. I missed a good deal of this information. While moving in and claiming she is afraid of spiders but was doing it anyway she got an affirmation as the ghost box called her name.
I wandered off to check out the outhouse and Belinda saw someone on the stairs. About this time Sherrie’s parents arrived. Sherrie’s camera died when they were on the ghost phone because they told Belinda they need more energy to communicate. There is an energy that is “trying to get a message across” according to Farhan’s friend and Belinda agreed. Rubbie shared a picture in the ivy where we were that included a gargoyle figure in the back. Someone is repeating a name over and over to the guys with an angry voice. Belinda explained that it may not be anger just frustration trying to get in contact with us.
While the entire group is at the very back of the property now Belinda asks them to use our physical energy and let us know what you need – are you stuck here? They were stopping the ghost phone because they did not know how to communicate now they are using the ghost phone with yes response. Through questions it was discerned that there was something here that doesn’t want us to help and keeping the others from communicating. Brandon noted that they heard early the word “keep” as in they want to keep them here. Then there was the word “spirit” and then laughter and “shut up”. Belinda wanted to work out something to help the spirits that need help. Someone heard what can you do? But there was some indecision as to whether that was the radio or a spirit. At this point Farhan started asking questions since he seemed to get more responses. He asked if it was the doctor that built the house. The ghost phone kept unlocking. So Belinda was asking for more clarification and found out that there still was another Peter here. It was determined it was about the Peter that is living. When Belinda asked if there was a message for Peter the answer was yes. When asked if his daughter wants to communicate with him. Brandon heard “I did or I did it”. The energy Belinda got was that yes someone wants to communicate with Peter but someone is stopping them
That as long as you are on this property you are controlled by this spirit. Sherrie got a picture of a big orb by Belinda at this point. Farhan talked at this point about seeing the Black Smith that lived downstairs. He was going downstairs going for alight and saw a big figure in front of him and put his hand on his chest.
Belinda felt that if they are not strong enough to communicate they are not strong enough to stop us so we are going to help whoever needs help. She had us all visualize a white light adding the assistance of our positive spirit guides or angels to help pull them through if they needed to leave. During all this time the air was very heavy and oppressive. We had a positive outcome as there was a shift and everything felt lighter.
Here I had an ADHD moment and wandered over to visit with Sherrie’s parents so I do not have notes about the groups continued efforts in the back yard. I went in to the house to get another tape before everyone else and I distinctly heard a woman crying. She did not respond to my questions but suddenly stopped. I asked the homeowners about it and they have never heard this before.
Once all were back in the house again. Farhan was telling Belinda about the door of the guest room being kicked in when they were sleeping in there. He said he got images of a boxing and found out the guy that had this house before him was a boxer. He was the vet in Germany, who moved to Texas after here. He died of cancer due to exposure to Agent Orange. Farhan does not know if his wife is still alive. During this transitional time Sherry had Farhan shared a story about an electric razor. It ran continued to turn itself on even without batteries and finally Farhan threw it out the window.
Belinda noted that Farhan has a natural intuitiveness and Farhan said maybe but he had never accepted it. That his father has always been gifted and foresees things in his dreams
Belinda noted that Sherrie stays back and observes and is very cautious. Sherrie’s mom tells us that at her old house she saw something but didn’t tell anyone and Sherrie also saw the same thing exactly. There were 3 large black figures entering the master bedroom. Now the new house they are in also has something there. Sherrie said she isn’t really afraid of them except at her parent’s house she wouldn’t want to take a shower there. They continued to tell how something there mimics their voices. Sherrie’s mom told about her husband being in the restroom and talking through the wall to her. She went to answer and discovered that he was not in the room. That he was in the back yard. Farhan said he even heard one when he and Sherrie were visiting calling out to them that she would be right there to answer the door in Sherrie’s mom’s voice. But no on was at home at the time.
After a short break where snacks were brought out Belinda assigned us all to sections of the house where we would take one tool and sit in the dark to see what type of readings, impressions, EVPs, etc. We might get. The rooms were counted and the bathroom was assigned as Belinda felt there was something in there. I was assigned the bathroom so I took my tool bag and headed on my way.
I went to the bathroom for 10 minutes with the lights off 71 degrees in there so far no EVPs but I did hear rustling and movement and my tape is very scratchy. 69.3 degrees and I felt someone there, sounds like an exhale but recording is not clear so I cannot be certain. I checked that temp was down to 69. At point when I asked if the spirit knows my name I think I can hear a whispered yes but again the tape is damaged so I cannot use it here as evidence. During this time I repeatedly saw flashes under the door to the master bedroom. Later, I asked and was told no one was in there was a flashlight or camera. I stopped the recorder to check for any movement or voice recordings and was using my flashlight to check it when I was called by Belinda – the electricity appeared to go out for the entire block.
The homeowners light candles and we gathered in the dining room/foyer area to try to communicate with the spirits. While we all shared our experiences apart Farhan told about seeing foot prints on the backstairs either going up or down, my understanding is that this was witnessed by one of the young men but not sure which one.
Belinda took out her spirit phone for a while and then the app on her smart phone. She was trying to get the information as to whether the spirits at this house made the lights go out. When asked how many spirits were here we received multiple answers. Belinda ultimately asked them to stop open a channel even though it was locked to give us a “yes” answer. Several of us heard the response of “si” or a Hispanic accent so Rubbie attempted to communicate speaking Spanish. She asked if they understand Spanish, speak Spanish, etc. . . . After some guidelines and responses Sherries’ mom said she heard a bell as did several of us coming from the master bedroom. Farhan got up to retrieve the bell in the room and several of us recognized the sound and it was quite a large bell for them to be able to ring. After this point, Belinda directed the spirits that they could communicate with Rubbie in Spanish, us in English and they could ring the bell. I believe it was finally confirmed by the spirit via the ghost phone that there were 15 spirits with us then. Farhan shared when he moved in someone took pictures and there were close to 50 orbs around him. Belinda asked if there were any spirits that needed help. Through the spirit phone we heard 5 and some hesitation and then 6 (this was confirmed by Sandy & Brandon). Brandon noticed the light coming on a couple times and going right out. It was not determined if that was due to the power attempting to come back on or a spirit attempting to communicate.
Next we moved to the master bedroom where Belinda checked in to see if anyone wanted to communicate with us. Belinda, Sandy, Rubbie all felt vibrations and flashes behind our eyes. Belinda told the spirit that we sensed him and felt someone. Belinda felt that someone was happy and dancing around us. (SN: I was embarrassed to say at the time but I was touched several times on my right breast). I got a severe pressure that was an instant headache and thought I was going to faint. During this time I got a very vivid flash of a man on the floor with blood seeping through a bandage. A woman with a white apron was trying to help him. I could feel his pain in his gut. I felt their fear that they were going to get caught. I had the sense that they were afraid of the doctor. The man kept saying “so much blood”.
We all held hands with our eyes closed. Belinda told the spirit to stop negativity. Belinda felt like someone was pushing her back. She could also hear talking at this time. Belinda asked if anyone had ever channeled. Sherrie’s mom was interested so she explained the guidelines and we were going to help keep her safe.
Sherrie’s mom began to channel. She felt energy and peacefulness (that Belinda confirmed she felt this as well). She felt her arms needing to rise. She said “Why?” Brandon was felling something evil. Belinda said to stop that is not okay. Belinda felt the temperature drops. Sherrie’s mom felt a chill on her back. Belinda recognized more energy. Sherrie’s mom said, “Mary”. Belinda feels a strong masculine energy that feels like a wrestler that jumped into her body. Farhan asked if she was the black smith and Belinda said no. The curtain moved (Brandon and Tameron saw it). Sherrie’s mom seemed to channel “Why are you all here? You are disturbing me.” Several felt a lot of people behind them. Tameron had to leave. Belinda explained that we were here if they need help. Sherrie’s mom said they think it is funny. Belinda said there is a pregnant one and other guy there is a lot of them coming through. Brandon asked if any old relatives were in the room. No response. Sherrie’s mom asked if her brother was here. Belinda asked her to repeat who she had just asked about. Sherrie’s mom said her brother. Belinda identified him as Johnny and said that he is just above her head and said that he has always been here. Belinda relayed something Like why are you looking for me, I have been here all along. And you are going to pretend like you don’t hear me. That’s funny. Sherrie said that sounded like him that he was a jokester. Belinda said for some reason he keeps saying Steven or Stephen. Belinda is hearing from Johnnie is STEV-en (with exasperation) says a baby is on its way. Johnny showed Belinda a guy with a cowboy hat and said, “Ride ‘em, cowboy…yee haw!” Farhan & Sherrie’s mom recognized that as sounding like Steven. Johnnie said to Sherrie’s mom that he can tell you things are going to be okay and not worry but he knows you will anyway. Farhan asked if it was his uncle that opened the door the other night. Belinda gave a definitive “No, it was not.” When Farhan said, “somebody opened the…” Belinda said, “Yes, it was me.” Belinda shared that a man had joined her and he feels like the incredible hulk, getting bigger, stronger, Farhan asked, “Do you mean us harm?” Belinda replied, “No. I was pissed. Why are you going to be in my room?” Belinda said I feel like you have to acknowledge him when you enter the room. I just feel like he has claimed his space. Farhan asked, “Do you just not want us sleeping in there?” Belinda said “I just feel like he wants to be acknowledged. This is his space too and don’t pretend we don’t all live together.” Farhan asked, “Well, what is your name?” Belinda said, “Calm down…just settle down and just give me a name.” Farhan, “Are you the doctor?” Belinda, “No.” “Oh, I don’t feel good” Farhan, “Did you live here in the 1800s?” Belinda, “No, 1900s.” “Okay, stop making me not feel good and just speak. There is no reason for you to get all huffy and puffy and upset when I am trying to communicate with you. He wants to acknowledge you and he wants to call you by name so could you just…Harold? (In the background Rubbie whispered that she heard Harold. Sherrie’s mom said I just had that name in my head…Harold. I had no idea where it came from. Farhan asked, “You want us to say hi to you?” Belinda answered, “Yes.” Farhan asked “Are you the one who would walk by and hit that door?” Belinda answered, “Yes, it was me and I am going to do it again if you don’t acknowledge me.” Belinda speaking to Harold, “You know I am just going to say it – You really have an attitude problem right now. You could be nicer. It is really hard for them to communicate with you.” Belinda continued, “I am not going to back down because he is using my body and he is saying the reason he is upset right now is that you can hear him, you have heard him, you have seen him and yet you won’t acknowledge him.” Farhan asked, “I have physically seen him?” Belinda asked,”Has he physically seen you?” “Yeah, he is backing down. “He is saying that yes you have seen a shadow of him. He was walking from the kitchen to the washroom.” Do you remember that?” Sherry said, “I saw someone at the table.” Belinda said, “He’s …yeah, wasn’t the one at the table more feminine?” Sherrie said, “Yeah.” Belinda, “He is saying that Farhan saw him from behind. And that is probably why he is pissed because you didn’t even realize you saw him or that he was there but he thought you did.” “So it is like we are cohabiting …what is it? Co-existing this house together and you haven’t bothered to pay attention to him (and then to Harold) “And do you see where you are getting an attitude and he didn’t even know you were present at the time?” Belinda said to Farhan, “I actually have an apology for you he said to say he is sorry.” Sherrie’s mom said, “Harold, from now on they will say hello so be nice to him and my daughter.” Some clarification went on and then Farhan asked, “Was Harold married?” Belinda said, “I feel like he was but he got a divorce before he died.” Farhan asked, “Is that why he is bitter.” Belinda, “Yes, he is tired of living alone and now he isn’t alone but he IS alone…that is exactly how he feels.” Farhan went on to clarify all occasions when he should say hi.
Just as we were about to close the circle a strange laugh came from Rubbie but it did not sound like Rubbie. The lights went on. Belinda asked, “Do you like to sing.?” Rubbie said”uh huh”. (an affirmative) The entire times she was rocking on her feet and standing like a child. Belinda asked how old she was and finally found out that she was 7. Belinda asked, “ Do you have brothers and sisters?” Rubbie whispered “umhmm” Belinda asked, “Are they here too?” Rubbie whispered, “uh huh”. Belinda asked “Really they are all here?” “Is this your home? Are your parents here too?” Rubbie replied, “uh huh”. Farhan asked, “What’s your name?” Rubbie whispered “Isabel”. Farhan repeated, “Isabel?” Brandon said something about the back yard and Rubbie grimaced and shook her head no. Belinda asked, “You don’t want to go back there? Have you ever been back there?” Rubbie nodded and said “uh huh”. Belinda asked, “ When you were alive?” Brandon asked something about was it back there. Rubbie said “nuh uh” (negative). Someone asked,” Did you die here?” Belinda asked “Are you dead?” Rubbie whispered, “uh huh”. “Where did you die? Did you die at age 7…in this house?” Rubbie gave a negative response and gestured the other direction to the front of the house. Farhan asked,” the stairs? Did you fall?” Rubbie said something about being hit or ran over. Belinda asked if it was a car or a stage coach.” Rubbie whispered, “Car”. Someone asked what year? No answer. Farhan, asked, “What about your siblings did they die here? Are they older than you?” A nod came from Rubbie. Farhan asked, “a lot older?” Rubbie whispered “17 and 31″. Farhan asked did they die outside also?” (SN: I cannot hear Rubbie’s response.) Rubbie suddenly looked up and asked “what the hell happened?” She looked like she was waking from a dream. She asked, “Why is the light on?” “Was I snoring or something, I am sorry.” Belinda said, “That was interesting.”
The circle broke up and we wandered back to the living room. There the group visited, talked about the previous investigation and discussed some of the things that happened tonight, etc. During this talk Belinda turns to Farhan and says, “You look different. You look very different.” Farhan did look different something was pulled or strained about his eyes and his face was wider and a different skin tone – almost jaundice. Farhan admitted to feeling like someone or something was in his face. He feels like weight on him. He feels under attack like someone is holding on to his back. Farhan feels like he was having alpha dog dominance. He felt like he was ready to defend and he is shivering. Belinda tried to communicate with the spirit but Farhan was still in a power struggle and couldn’t communicate. Belinda got the name Anthony but the only Anthony they knew was Sherrie’s ex-boyfriend. Rubbie did Tarot cards and confirmed the battle over the house. Belinda asked what was going on with the investigation with Paul and calling it a “Casper” haunt. That he seemed to have anger about it. Farhan seemed to have some anger. Belinda said Farhan needs to talk through him. Belinda got something while in the room from a woman that the doctor use to do things he wasn’t suppose to do and didn’t want the outside world to find out about it. She continued that she was trying to feel the doctor this whole time and couldn’t feel his energy so she is thinking this may be the doctor since she cannot connect with him either. Belinda directed us to go into a circle to make sure we were not bringing anything home and that Farhan was safe since he still felt the man behind him. Her fear was that as soon as we were gone he would latch on to Farhan again. Belinda instructed him to tell him to leave and then determined that it did not like the female energy. All the men stepped away and all the women surround Farhan, touched his shoulders and told the entity firmly to leave. Farhan felt relief and everyone was confident the spirit had left the house. Rubbie want to all the thresholds and windows and placed salt and cayenne to protect the house. Belinda sent Rubbie and me through the house one last time to check to see if anything was amiss. It all came up clear so we all said our good byes and went on our way.
It Wasn’t Human
Reporter: Belinda Bentley
Irvin Ayala called HPI Paranormal certain what he saw last week in New Jersey wasn’t human. Last Sunday, Irvin and his cousin ventured out on his dads property which is private land, to hunt for turkey and rabbits on the seven acres. There is a gravel road that has a caution cone at the end of it. There is only one way in and one way out by vehicle and this was it. After a while in the woods they shot at some ground hogs and then in the distance they saw a little black dog. They used binocular to focus on it, but the figure would never come into focus. Looking again they saw a dark mass that looked like a human torso.
Since this is private property no one should be on this land at this time. Irvin radioed his dad to find out if anyone had been given permission to hunt, because by law it must be recorded. Two days prior two men asked to hunt, but they had since left. Looking at it again it was pacing back and forth. Now there are two black mass. One a little dog and the other a man, taller than Irvin who is 5’9″ and the figure looked husky. The shadows kept walking through the woods a great distance away from them. They were trying to make out a distinction between clothes and skin and neither was present so out of seer fear they began to run. When they turned around the thing had covered half the distance between it and the frightened cousins.
Reaching a cabin they shined a huge light on the creature. It still being far away, they made out a silhouette of a person coming toward them. The dog like creature was a black mass on all fours with no ears or features. They ran to the back and got into their truck and road out to where it was. They were searching for tracks other than their own, some kind of boot or animal tracks and neither were present. To Irvin this is clear that it isn’t human, big foot or an animal. It was ghostly. Paul suggested in the first conversation that he look up shadow people. Irvin Googled it and said the picture took his breath away. It was the same figure without the hat. They just might have encountered a shadow creature in the New Jersey woods, where the legendary Jersey Devil is said to be.
By Cassandra Larsen
Living in downtown San Francisco and working as an opener for a major coffee chain, I would bike to work between 4 and 4:30 in the morning. My route took me along Sansome towards Broadway, crossing California.
One morning while I was crossing California I saw a young woman in a white Victorian era dress with beautiful lace details. As she was crossing the street in front of me I noticed dainty shoes peeking out with each step. It was a very windy morning but her dress wasn’t being blown around, just the movement of walking. Her hair wasn’t moving either. She had sort of an internal glow for me to see as much detail that I did. The smell of lilac and lavender was heavy in the intersection, a place where there are no flower beds. As I drew parallel with her she vanished. I stopped and looked around, committing what I had seen to memory.
When I got home later that day I looked up ghosts in the area and found the story of a San Francisco socialite who disapeared while on her way to her social debute. Story has it that she was found years later in the midwest where she had run off to, having no desire to become part of the high society social scene. The ghost started appearing after the woman died, supposedly walking California street to Nob Hill trying to get to the party she missed in her life.
Whether that story is true or not, I do know that I saw her more than once while on my way to work, smelled the lilac and lavender on more than one occasion as well.
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The Paranormal Investigation of the Ione Hotel
We started our afternoon with a drive over to Preston Castle. You can feel the spirits on the property. I didn’t have to walk up to the gate or call out to them to get a sense they were there. The area was full of them. It was as if they were waiting on us. Waiting for something. Something I would find out later in the evening. We took a few pictures and drove away.
There were over 60 investigators at The HPI Scouting Mission at Ione Hotel. This is just the account of what happened in the eyes of Belinda Bentley. It started with us checking into our hotel room. It was the last of 14 rooms and was not reported to be haunted. The haunted rooms as I remember it 7,3, 9 and 12.
My roommates and I went downstairs and at that moment I saw my sister and her friend Janci enter the hotel. Moments later Paul Dale Roberts called everyone to do the séance. Bobby Marchesso from “Conversations With a Serial Killer,” brought the group into a meditative space to help us open up so we can be available to the spirits that wanted to talk.
Paul Dale Roberts led the séance that I wasn’t feeling compelled to be a part of, but I had brought friends and didn’t want to abandoned them so I stayed. My feeling was to move to a smaller group. Psychics don’t always listen to themselves. After calling the spirits in Paul said “Belinda if you want to share any feelings,” I nodded, but was trying not to connect. In a room of 60 people, the energy was to strong and the fact we were all holding hands didn’t help. The energy was flowing through the group, through me. That’s not always a good thing for a psychic. The next thing Paul said is “Use my psychics.” I think my energy just perked up and said “Ooh me, pick me!” When what I
consciously thought was “Not me!”
The next thing I knew I was feeling energy come into me from the right shoulder. It spider-ed into my veins like ice. Down my arm, through my heart, my hands and a my arms started to shake. I was nauseous immediately. I let go of the two hands I was holding. When I felt normal I grabbed their hands again hoping to be a spectator now. Paul was speaking to the spirits and for the life of me I can’t remember anything he was saying. It was like observing things from far away. I can remember hearing a woman say “She broke the circle.” When I let go of both hands for the second time. and told the person to my right and left “Don’t touch me.” As I touched them I started to leave my body. Something else was taking over. The woman next to me Corinna Gross, said she felt something go through my shoulder. I opened my eyes and things were foggy. So, I broke the circle and left.
I was walking along side the wall that separated me from the group. I knew someone was following me because they had on loud shoes like boots. They were following me so close if I stopped they would have bumped into me. I could feel them. I assumed they were trying to catch up to me to check and make sure I was OK. It’s embarrassing to make a scene in front of a group of people. The stranger must of known how I felt. I turned to the person to say, “I am fine,” but when I turned around no one was there. No one!
When I returned, I sat alone. I sensed there were a few spirits upstairs that didn’t want to be a part of the big group and they were studying a few investigators that were there investigating.
The spirits downstairs were making a point of saying “We aren’t going to talk and we just want you to leave us alone.” I got the sense that they wanted the psychics to convey that, but why was I the only psychic it was responding to? I was confused. Four other psychics were present. Reading the article Paul wrote about last nights investigation he said, three people got sick during the séance. I guess I wasn’t the only one. At the time I could only focus on me, but thinking back. A few people had left the room. Now I know why. As Paul says, “They are not circus clowns, they won’t perform on demand.” This experience for me is part of the dangers of the paranormal and one must always be prepared for it.
Paul asked photographers to snap pictures. I can’t just dismiss this photo. My photographer of the night was Rubbie Salinas. She had captured a photo of an orb coming from my sister’s friend mouth (who I might add is also a psychic.) It was beyond strange. After my experience of the entity going into my body, could this photo be validation? Maybe, maybe not. It will go into my pile of the unexplained.
Going through some of Rubbie Salinas’s photos she captured a picture of a door. Nothing special, but in the next photo seconds later we see a man down on the floor. It looked like a real person to me. I asked the spirits to confirm it’s a spirit or to find the living person in that photo. After I asked I let it go. We were in search of a man in an orange shirt.
The owner told me the back room was haunted when I told him I felt I was being lead to the back, to a dark place. They took me back there with a nice couple that came to make sure I was OK after the séance. He allowed us to walk around. I immediately felt a man saying “This is my space. They need to pay attention to me and respect my space.” Maybe the same spirit from the seance. Farhan said “There is a man back there. This is where most of the activity is.” The spirit doesn’t like negative people. Farhan then mentions he’d seen an apparition in the kitchen one day. It was a man in an orange shirt.
I brought Farhan up to my room and Rubbie showed him the picture of the guy in the orange shirt. He told us that it wasn’t the spirit he had scene. The apparition he saw had a neon orange shirt on. We showed the couple who had went with me to the kitchen and the male said, “That’s me.” He was on the floor fixing his camera. Rubbie was disappointment it wasn’t an apparition. She is new to ghost hunting and like us all – in the beginning want desperately to capture something. I was thrilled. Debunked! Unidentified Ghostly Apparitions (UGA’s) drive me insane! This was now identified.
We spent a few hours listening to the owner tell stories about Ione Hotel. Then he shared with us his ghostly experience at home. Which
reminded me a bit of Paranormal Activity. He welcomed us to come investigate. He has bodies buried in his yard from the 1800′s. Doesn’t that get you in the mood to ghost hunt? It was time to go back out there and start investigating.
1:20am when we all departed I decided to walk around and do an investigation. Rubbie and I ran into Bobby. While sharing our experiences Champagne Richardson a teenager saw an apparition of a little girl holding a bear or doll. There was a claim that a little girl haunts the building.
I joined a group of people including Shannon McCabe, and Bobby into a haunted room. Bobby picked up that the energy was by me and another lady next to me. The woman next to me described a series of things. Her muscles shaking, a bad taste in her mouth, hot and then cold, and I found it amazing that I was having the exact same experiences at same time either moments before her or after her. She described everything that was happening to me. Bobby was right the energy was over here!
I started to feel like I was breathing in smoke, clawing at my throat, smoke in my ears, eyes burning. I felt I was dying from the smoke, not the fire. I felt someone was vomiting acid from their stomach and a third person whose throat had been cut. I then felt I wasn’t getting information from just the hotel, but also Preston Castle which was a 3 minute drive away. I got a psychic impression that tunnels led from Preston Castle and spouted out and I saw tunnels near the hotel. I felt there was smoke in the tunnels. I picked up on a woman who was stabbed in the stomach and paralyzed from the waste down and I also had the feeling she was raped. I normally see spirits, but they were having me feel them tonight.
Bobby told us he picked up on a woman who drank poison earlier that night.
Shannon heard rumors of tunnels. in the morning I was told there are tunnels, but there were also mines that many men would have died in and the smoke would make sense. They blew up the tunnels to expand them and there were fires in the mines as well. I was also told in Preston they would tie some boys to the bed and a few died in a fire. (I wasn’t sure if that was rumor or fact). Chantal informed me the next morning the Ione use to be a brothel. I remembered one detail I got was a woman died in the hotel because her corsets was to tight cutting off her air supply. I also got the name Rachel and Brigitte, sounded like an English accent, not American.
I plan too take another trip to Ione library soon to do some historic research. Maybe I’ll find facts to validate what I felt. It would be nice to get some information on the spirits I connected with. Though my investigation didn’t give me much as far as physical evidence the personal experiences were amazing.
We did happen to find another UGA. What strikes me as odd is that the person seems to be as tall as the windows located at the top of the door. It could be the angle of the shot. It appears the person is trying to open the door. Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? If this was you Sunday morning. Let us know. As of now, it is unexplained.
We did capture an orb that looks like a cat. Rubbie Salinas lost her cat a day before the investigation. She died in the early morning. The next night Paul Dale Robert lead a seance where he called in spirits not specifying only the ones in the hotel. The cat answered. Seven out of eight people saw a cat in the orb, Rubbie was the only one that didn’t. When she got home she broke down in tears. It was her cat. In the photo and in the orb you can see a problem with the right eye. She had an eye infection as a baby and the eye always looked someone lazy afterward. RIP Ziggy.
Zak Bagans, star of the hugely popular series “Ghost Adventures,” premieres a new show JUNE 17 at 9pm ET/PT called “PARANORMAL CHALLENGE.”
Zak has become one of Travel Channel’s tent-pole personalities and besides a major fan following, his shows have given rise not only to new believers, but also a community of people who make their living from paranormal investigations. He’s got some truly frightening ghost adventures under his belt – scary stories that put my campfire tales to shame!
“Paranormal Challenge” takes viewers around the country to some of the most haunted sites in the country, but this time, lead investigator Zak takes a mentor role to guide amateur paranormal investigators (some of his biggest fans) through a night of intense testing – two teams face off in a series of challenges to see who can bring back the best and most haunting evidence.
The show uses some awesome new hi-tech gear, and a panel of three nationally recognized paranormal experts decide the winner of the paranormal challenge – no prizes, no titles, just bragging rights and a new-found respect in the paranormal community.
Zak Bagans, Host and Lead Investigator
Being a former skeptic, Zak Bagans says that his passion for investigating the paranormal resulted from a face-to-face encounter with the spirit of a suicidal woman who haunted his old apartment building in Trenton, Michigan. This life-changing experience caused him to actively pursue capturing evidence of the afterlife. After graduating from the Motion Picture Institute in Michigan, Bagans moved to Las Vegas to pursue a career in documentary filmmaking. There, Bagans met GHOST ADVENTURES co-host Nick Groff and cameraman Aaron Goodwin. Bagans’ top three scariest experiences include being scratched by a demonic entity at Bobby Mackey’s Music World, being partially possessed by a spirit at the Preston School of Industry, and being overwhelmed by a dark energy at Poveglia Island.
Bagans’ passion for the paranormal has launched into creating and hosting a new series – PARANORMAL CHALLENGE, premiering June 17, 2011. Bagans is also the executive producer for the series. In each episode, Bagans puts two teams of amateur ghost hunters against each other during an overnight lockdown. After a night of collecting evidence, the teams present their findings to Bagans and a panel of three additional paranormal experts.
A Message from Paul Dale Roberts, HPI General Manager:
When I learned that two of my investigators were headed for Long Beach, I told them I wanted a full report on the paranormal activity that has been legendary on the Queen Mary. I was honored to have two of my finest investigators Ben & Rhonda Hall out there investigating. They both have an eye for debunking and an eye of what can possibly considered as paranormal.
From reports that I have heard, located 50 feet below water level is the Queen Mary’s engine room, which is said to be a hotbed of paranormal activity. This area was used in the movie Poseidon Adventure. The infamous Door 13 crushed two men to death. There has been many deaths on the Queen Mary and one apparition that is seen is a man dressed in blue coveralls, wearing a beard, he has been seen walking around Shaft Alley and then vanishes at Door 13.
In the first and second class swimming pools women apparitions have often been seen appearing in 1930s style swimming suits wandering the decks near the pool. Others have reported the sounds of splashing and have seen wet footprints leading from the deck to the changing rooms. Some guests have seen the spirit of a young girl clutching her teddy bear. Could all of this be residual haunting activity?
There is a ghost named Jackie that is seen and heard, they make claim that the girl drowned in the pool. Some people have heard her laughter.
In the Queen’s Salon a beautiful young woman in an elegant white evening gown has often been seen dancing alone in the shadows.
Another ghost is a tall dark haired man appearing in a 1930s style suit. Aromas, smells, distinct knocks, footsteps heard are all part of the paranormal activity on the Queen Mary. Now let me find out what my investigators Ben and Rhonda found, take it away Ben & Rhonda:
Investigative Scouting Date: Saturday November 28, 2010
We stayed aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California on Saturday, November 28, 2010. We were in Long Beach to visit family and decided to stay on the Queen Mary and do some investigating while we were there.
A little history… The Queen Mary was built in 1929 and was one of the most luxurious ships in the world. Many noteworthy people sailed on the Queen Mary, including celebrities, royalty and entrepreneurs. In 1940, the Queen Mary was painted gray and placed into military service until 1946. Called the “Gray Ghost” the Queen Mary transported soldiers to and from Europe. It’s last military voyage brought many war brides back to the United States. After the war, it was brought back to its elegant condition and once again used for travel. It’s last voyage was in 1967 when cruising became passé due to the convenience of air travel. The city of Long Beach bought the Queen Mary and it has been in the harbor there ever since.
After visiting family all day, we went to check into the Queen Mary. As soon as you walked into the lobby on board, you can feel the history all around you. Ben and I were anxious to check in, wait for the general public to leave, and get some investigating done. It was a cold, rainy evening so there were not many people out walking around. First off, just walking down the long hallways with the uneven flooring makes you feel a bit off kilter. Ben and I saw unexplainable shadows. At one point I was alone walking back to our cabin and about 10 feet in front of me there was a tiny light that sort of floated up and around crossing the hallway in front of me. I have seen this kind of thing in videos, but never with just my eyes. I can’t explain that. When we took pictures in the ballroom there were many designer orbs in the shots. As we walked on the deck, at one point I heard a woman sing a few notes. This same woman’s voice might be caught on one of Ben’s EVPs. We both saw an unexplained shadow figure walking towards us from the other side of the deck. Once we started taking pictures the shadow figure backed away. Most noteworthy, is the photograph that Ben took facing the city of Long Beach. We were standing on deck and he shot 2 pictures consecutively. One is just the cityscape of Long Beach. The next picture shot just a second later, there is a mist over the entire picture. If you look at the picture, there are several distinct faces in the mist. It is almost like a portal opened for a moment and many people wanted their chance to be seen.
I would love to get another opportunity to further explore the Queen Mary. It would be a great place to take our entire group and arrange to have full access to the ship. There were a few places where we could not go. The first class pool area is supposed to be very haunted. I remember going in there when I was a kid and feeling like I was being watched. Now it is inaccessible to the public. All in all though, it was a fun time and I am glad we stayed aboard the Queen Mary!
Rhonda and Ben Hall
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AN INVESTIGATION THAT WAS CANCELED AT THE LAST MINUTE:
We were going to an investigation on Dec 18, Saturday at 7pm. Home location at Chula Vista Drive, Citrus Heights, CA. Activity: Seeing small shadow people all around the house; wake up with a hand in the occupant’s face; husband & wife have constant nightmares of demons chasing them. House is 50 years old. The husband at the last minute decided against the investigation. Cold feet.
Karen Call! PS: That is her real name, Karen Call.
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I had an opportunity to talk with writer Elizabeth Stinson. When you read her interview below, you’ll see some Steven King similarities. Dreams being a muse for story telling; real life accounts. This is an interview you won’t want to miss…
Sometimes I watched to see if someone was coming out the bedroom door. I hated to be in that room if just to get my clothes from the dresser or go through to the kitchenette.
How long have you been writing?
Since about fifth grade with a couple of two-page mysteries inspired by TV crime shows, girl detective novels, and kid comics. Unless mice got to them, I still have “The Cold Corpse” and “The Mystery of the Torn Will” in smeared pencil on notebook paper with crayon drawings of a blood-dripping knife and a, wait for it, torn will. Great set-ups and flashy endings, but the second acts are weak. Then I read a lot of science-fiction and super-hero comics that helped build my “universe.”
What genre do you write most often?
When I got into science fiction, I created the usual powerful loner heroine who eventually morphed into a witch with a sci-fi twist. Most of my screenplays are in a lengthy planned series about her life, loves, family, friends, and adventures in numerous supernatural sub-genres. She’s closer to a comic book heroine than a Wiccan, though she respects the traditions. She keeps saying she’s not psychic, but she gets dreams sometimes. Throughout the series, she has two main motivations, finding her true love in a past time and understanding the mystery of her existence.
I also have a PG super-heroine screenplay about a schlubby young woman who suddenly gets a power she’s wanted all her life – for reasons that are revealed – and soon realizes public knowledge of it would threaten her life and liberty. So what can she do with it?
Sounds like a perfect TV show Elizabeth!
The “princess stories” are about several women in the same small area of eastern Europe during a span of thousands of years and different genres – sword and sorcery, gothic romance, contemporary Cinderella, and science fiction.
A romantic ghost story about a ballerina in Charleston, SC, is in memory of my mother.
And I’m trying to write a thriller with no supernatural element but sort of Twilight Zone-y.
What have you written about so far in your screenplays?
The superheroine story. The rest are in the witch’s series. The origin novel when she becomes involved with the occult through a family of teen witchlings. A “sidequel” about a young woman haunted by the death of her sister. A backwoods horror/action. A murder mystery/time travel/ghost story when she goes to her parents’ hometown. A Lovecraftian short story, very dark, but it has to be to make her change course.
What makes you use personal experiences?
Waste not, want not! There’s an old song called “Master Jack” with the lines, “You took a colored ribbon from out of the sky / And taught me how to use it as the years went by / To tie up all your problems and make them look neat / And then to sell them to the people in the street.” I think that’s a good look at how writers work, using personal experiences and feelings, bringing them out in the open, taking control of them, dressing them up. It’s cheaper than therapy.
Why do you add scary aspects to your screenplays? What draws you to the dark side?
It’s not so much adding scary aspects, they’re entwined with whatever the story is. For example, the contemporary Cinderella story has murders, war, a ghost, secrets, and scandal, all realistic to the situation. The poor girl goes through a lot to get to her shot at a happy ending.
It’s just the way my mind works. I love my weird dreams. Some of my favorites are when I visit haunted places. Usually, the first time I visit a particular house, I’m really scared but I look around anyway. Then in later dreams, I try to go back and visit the same house again and again, until it’s not so scary anymore. I don’t know what this means, unless I’m working through a fear. And I like big old houses with character.
Have you always been fascinated with scary, strange happenings?
Looks like it! They make good reading and viewing, but my real life is nothing like that. The following two anecdotes are probably as close as I’ve come to weirdness, but what do they really mean?
In a previous millennium, I lived at the YWCA in Raleigh, NC, and worked at NCSU. I wanted a place of my own but one not very expensive. I answered an ad in the newspaper and visited an old house near the campus with two apartments on the first floor and two on the second. The rent for the vacant one upstairs was $80 per month. There were two rooms plus kitchenette and bathroom. The landlady was there with painters working in the small bedroom, putting beige paint over old browned, patterned wallpaper. For some reason, I didn’t like that bedroom AT ALL! After I moved in, I put my bed in a corner in the living room as far away from the bedroom as possible. Sometimes I watched to see if someone was coming out the bedroom door. I hated to be in that room if just to get my clothes from the dresser or go through to the kitchenette. The painters left their paint cans on the porch roof outside the bedroom window, and after some months, I crawled out to get them and put them with the trash out back. I wondered why they left them. When I cleaned up the kitchenette, I found something on a top shelf, a long, white jeweler’s gift box with two pieces of sterling flatware in the same pattern — a wedding gift, probably. I still have them if the rightful owners can identify them. I never did ask the landlady if the bedroom was haunted or research if something had happened there, and I hesitate to approach the current owner.
So I added these facts to one of my stories about the above-mentioned witch heroine. After she gets married and moves into that apartment, she learns that the previous couple was slaughtered in their bedroom. The landlady had the bloody wallpaper painted over, but the painters were scared away.
I moved out of that apartment after 16 months and traveled to London. I lived in a fourth-floor walk-up flat with four other girls, two English and two Irish, and slept on a cot in a small room with one of the English girls. Instead of regular sheets, I used a sleeping bag liner made out of thin cottony material and put a blanket over it. One night I dreamed I came back from somewhere via the one window in the room. I was with a person I called a “light being,” male, tall and maybe blond. i was supposed to get back in bed, but I lay down on top of the liner instead of getting inside. He pointed this out, and I said I’d be warm enough. Well, next morning, I woke up on top of the liner — and I was terrified of knives! Was that a UFO abduction or a dream? Had I gone to sleep on top of the liner?
What if you find out you were really abducted? How would your life change?
That would be both cool – I might have an alien hybrid child! — and a cause for concern, having proof aliens are interested in Earth. I don’t really know, but I doubt it.
Do you have any plans in the future to write for the paranormal/horror genre?
Of course! The witch series uses this in every story to various degrees, and the princess gothic romance is very dark. There’s also a popular children’s story I’d like to reboot.
How can someone contact you about your screen plays?