This is a review of the Four Seasons Vacation Home we stayed in… and it was haunted!
Read the review below, it includes some very creepy happenings at the Four Seasons. To the point people would not sleep in their rooms.
We rented the Four Seasons House. The biggest location we could find as we had 21 people and the house sleeps 14. A few of my other friends rented condos next door.
The people at the front desk were nice to me over the phone, but when my mother called she said those were rude people and so did my nephew. So I was the one who spoke to them if we needed to get an extra night or ask a question. When we arrived these people were not friendly. They look at you as if you do not belong there. But after paying out so much money a night I could care less. I wasn’t going to be intimidated. They gave me my keys while my family rented games and movies for the week.
That night someone handed me an envelope and said this was taped to the office door and it was an envelope with my name on it. It had an extra key. I was confused and then I realized they left it out for the people who hadn’t made it yet. The party of three that had not arrived. I thought that was so kind. We didn’t ask them to do it, but they did. I thought differently of them after. When we went to the office for trash bags, towels and to tell them the fridge doesn’t get cold. They gave us what we needed. I think the trick is not calling them on the phones like they are maids, but going to the office which is attached to the house. They said we have to get a bucket of ice and put it in the fridge if we wanted it colder because if we turn down the temp, the pipes would freeze. That part sucked we had a lot of food and for the price I felt we should have a working refrigerator.
It also had a washer dryer in the kitchen! Sweet… and the nook was just the best place to read, get a view, and listen to the birds along with eating meals there.
There was enough parking in the drive way for our six cars! Plus. We went into the house and it looks way better than the pictures. In the pictures the furniture looks like it’s from the 70′s and looks miss matched. When you walk in everything fits. There are decks all around the house. French doors lead out onto the deck from the dinning room. The living room had more than enough space. The master bedroom which was HUGE, had a fireplace, semi comfy bed, a bathroom the size of a big bedroom, his and her sinks, a hot sauna that worked just fine… to fine we got cooked! A bathtub you could swim in. But one morning I went to fill it up and after 20 minutes I gave up. I even left and came back and it barely had water. It takes a good hour to fill up that tub.The shower and toilet have their own separate space in the room itself and it has closets and shelves in the bath room area.
The first night four people complained of spirits/ghost. Yes the house was haunted. A person who didn’t even believe in ghost said she tried to put her clothes in the drawer only to feel something push her out and she went upstairs, because she was so uncomfortable. The person is in their 60′s, no someone who gives into to flights of fancy. When she said something I took notice. I knew it was haunted, but I was trying to ignore it and enjoy my vacation for the most part. The problem is it sounded as if other people couldn’t enjoy their vacation due to the haunting. Four people at different time would come in and ask me “You know this house is haunted, right?” Or that they felt something in the house. Most people were just dealing with it until it became bother some. The stuffed bears were some what creepy and cute at the same time. The kids refused to sleep in the kids room because they felt someone was up there with them and that’s when we started seeing more people in the house then there should be. We saw a woman on the stairs and we looked back to she she was gone. It wasn’t someone from our group, more than one person saw her and she couldn’t have disappeared that fast, unless she really, literally disappeared.
I couldn’t sleep in the master bedroom because I felt like someone kept me awake. I had to go upstairs to finally get some sleep. One of the women stayed upstairs had put her bags down in her room. When she came back the clothes and stuff had been tossed around. We were all upstairs and no one saw anyone go into her room which is off to the side of the living room and kitchen. You can see it from anyone upstairs. The adults spent most of the time in the kitchen because it felt like the least crowded place in the house with the spirits taking over. Our first night our friend got there at 2am. She banged on the door and no on heard her. We had to keep locking the door all night because it would unlock itself which is impossible. Our friend tried to get in and it was locked a few seconds later as she walked away then heard someone unlatch the door and she walked in. We were all in the kitchen and no one was at the door. After that incident the door didn’t unlock itself anymore. Was the spirit waiting on our friend?
We actually ended up doing a quick investigation with the ghost phone and then did spiritual cleansing. After that the house was livable. I don’t think it is haunted anymore. We ended up having the BEST night sleep after that. How ever at one point before we did the clearing my third eye (space between my brow) swelled. I thought I might have to go to the hospital. I’ve never seen anything like it. At that point I could hear one of the spirits talking to me. He was telling me he lived in the house and he was waiting for a woman who was Indian/Mexican from the 1900′s early 1900′s. He wasn’t a part of the house, but the land. He had lost the love of his life whom was buried near by and was waiting for her. It was sad. This man said that they had the type of love people only dream of. It was nice to get that feeling we helped him or freed him. Once we helped him my third eye went down back to normal.
The hot tub smelled so bad like mildew. It wasn’t cleaned or kept up. After the second night we had to get chlorine and put it in their ourselves. That was the most disgusting part of the house. Sitting in mildew water. The hot tub room had it’s own private doors and you can see out of the glass french doors and watch the kids play, see the bar and the pool table and the other french doors lead out onto the deck. Amazing, amazing, amazing. Best part of the house when it doesn’t smell.
Over all I suggest this location. Once the spirits were gone, the ice was put in the fridge and the chlorine in the hot tub it was pretty amazing.
The kitchen is stocked with cups, glass, plates etc… and plenty of towels in the house. It’s way better than a hotel and we had ify wi-fi, but it was vacation so who cares.
Today, April 3, 2012 Growing Up Psychic will be released. When I received the book last week, I was excited to read it, but I didn’t have high hopes for anything amazing or extraordinary to pop out of the page. I’ve read many psychic books over the years. They are all different and informative and some even life changing, but after years, and years of pouring over this information you find things a bit repetitive, redundant.
I will tell you now…go pick up your own personal copy of this book!! The material written is excellent for the seasoned psychic, paranormal enthusiast, avid paranormal reader or someone new to it all. I began reading this book and couldn’t put it down. If it was repetitive of any other information out there I didn’t notice, because it was put in a new fresh way. It was almost like a suspense story – what will happen next? It’s gripping when Chip Coffey relayed his own extraordinary paranormal experiences. I stayed up until 5am reading, falling asleep with the book still in my hand. I honestly was having a difficult time putting it down.
Growing Up Psychic pretty much touched on everything – I don’t think Coffey, held back much. He took the initiative to cover what fans loved about Psychic Kids. The abilities, triumphs, successes, and the experiences beyond what you’ve seen on TV. Then he took to covering the psychological aspect as well as the psychic one too. It was extremely entertaining, but profoundly helpful and informative in a way no other psychic book has been.
As entertaining as it was I also feel that a lot of parents of psychic kids, or adults who were psychic kids will get comfort knowing that they aren’t alone. This book, in my own personal opinion, can save many children and parents from some physiological damage. The damaged caused by not understanding the supernatural. This is a book I’d recommend families read together.
A neighbor of mine, many years ago, recounted a time her husband had her put in a mental institution because she saw her dead mother and heard voices. She proved she was psychic, but it scared her due to the trauma of being put away for having a sixth sense. This book would have indeed comforted her and maybe even her family. How many families may now benefit from this information?
I’ll definitely be recommending this book to others and it really couldn’t come at a better time. This book is a voice for anyone who grew up psychic and those who want to understand them.
The small town of Watseka, Illinois is located about 50 miles south of Chicago and on the eastern side of the state, just a few miles from the Indiana border. The sensation that would come to be known as the “Watseka Wonder” would first make it’s appearance here in July of 1877.
‘It was at this time that a 13-year-old girl named Lurancy Vennum first fell into a strange, catatonic sleep during which she claimed to speak with spirits. The attacks occurred many times each day and sometimes lasted as long as eight hours. During her trance, Lurancy would speak in different voices although when she awoke, she would remember nothing. News of the strange girl traveled about the state and during this time of popularity for the Spiritualist movement, many visitors came to see her.
‘Finally, doctors diagnosed Lurancy as being mentally ill and they recommended that she be sent to the State Insane Asylum in Peoria, Illinois. In January of 1878, a man named Asa Roff, also from Watseka, came to visit the Vennum family. He claimed that his own daughter, Mary, had been afflicted with the same condition as Lurancy…and he was convinced that his daughter had actually spoken to spirits.
‘He was also convinced that his daughter’s spirit still existed….but little did he know, that she was right now inside the body of Lurancy Vennum!
To understand the strange and fantastic events that took place in Watseka, we must first start at the beginning of the tale and try to piece together a puzzle that has disturbed investigators for years. Is spirit possession really possible? If you explore the strange case of the “Watseka Wonder”, you just might believe that it is!
‘Mary Roff died on the afternoon of July 5, 1865 while hospitalized at the State Mental Asylum in Peoria. She had been committed there after a bizarre incident when she began slashing at her arms with a straight razor. It was the final tragedy in Mary’s descent into madness and insanity. In the beginning, it had only been the strange voices that seemed to come from nowhere; next were the long periods when she stayed in a trance-like state; then came her moments of awakening, when she spoke in other voices and seemed to be possessed by the spirits of other people; then finally, came her obsession with blood. Mary was convinced that she needed to remove the blood from her body, using pins, leeches and at last, a sharpened razor.
‘After that final incident, her parents discovered her on the floor of her room, no longer conscious and lying in a pool of blood. Broken-hearted, they took her to the asylum and here, Mary endured more tragedy as the “cures” for insanity in those days were hardly up to the standards of psychiatric hospitals of today. A favored treatment in the 1860′s was the Water Cure, where a patient would be immersed naked in a tub of icy water and then taken to a tub of scalding water.
And there was more…. female patients, like Mary, received a cold water douche, administered with a hose and then wet sheets were wrapped tightly around them to squeeze the blood vessels shut. This was followed by vigorous rubbing to restore circulation. These treatments were administered several times each week.
‘Not surprisingly, such techniques brought little success and most patients never improved. Mental hospitals at that time were merely cages to store the insane and it would be some years to come before any real progress was made in mental health care.
‘Like most others, Mary showed no improvement and soon died.
At the time of Mary Roff’s death, Lurancy Vennum was a little more than one year old…. but in just over a decade, their lives would be forever connected in a case that remains today as one of the strangest, and most authentic, cases of possession ever recorded.
Lurancy Vennum had been born on April 16, 1864 and she and her family had moved to Watseka when she was seven years old. Since they arrived long after Mary Roff’s death, the Vennum family knew nothing of her strange illness, nor did they know the Roff family, other than to speak to them on the streets of the small town.
‘Then on July 11, 1877, a series of strange events would begin.
On that morning, Lurancy complained to her mother about feeling sick and then collapsed onto the floor, passed out cold. She stayed in a deep, catatonic sleep for the next five hours but when she awoke, she seemed fine. But this was only the beginning….
‘The next day, Lurancy once again slipped off into the trance-like sleep but this time was different, as she began speaking aloud of visions and spirits. In her trance, she told her family that she was in heaven and that she could see and hear spirits, including the spirit of her brother, whom had died in 1874.
From that day on, the trances began to occur more and more frequently and would sometimes last for up to eight hours. While she was asleep, Lurancy continued to speak about her visions, which were sometimes terrifying. She claimed that spirits were chasing her through the house and shouting her name. The attacks occurred up to a dozen times each day and as they continued, Lurancy began to speak in other languages, or at least in nonsense words that no one could understand. When she awoke, she would remember nothing of her trance nor of her strange ramblings.
‘The stories and rumors about Lurancy and her visions began to circulate in Watseka. People were certainly talking and even the local newspaper printed stories about her. No one followed the case more closely than Asa Roff, the father of Mary Roff. In the early stages of Mary’s illness, she too had claimed to communicate with spirits and would fall into long trances without warning. He was sure that Lurancy Vennum was suffering from the same illness as his poor daughter. But Roff said nothing until the Vennum family exhausted every known cure for Lurancy. It was not until the local doctor and a minister suggested that the girl be sent to the State Mental Hospital that Roff got involved. He refused to see another young woman end up as his Mary did in the hands of the doctors.
On January 31, 1878, he contacted the Vennum family. They were naturally skeptical of his story but he did persuade them to let him bring a Dr. E. Winchester Stevens to the house. Stevens, like Asa Roff, was a dedicated Spiritualist and the two men had become convinced that Lurancy was not insane. They believed that Lurancy was actually a vessel through which the dead were communicating. Roff only wished that he had seen the same evidence in his own daughter years before.
‘The Vennum’s allowed Dr. Stevens to “mesmerize” the girl and try to contact the spirits through her. Within moments, Lurancy was speaking in another voice, which allegedly came from a spirit named Katrina Hogan. Then, the spirit changed and claimed to be that of Willie Canning, a young man who had committed suicide. She spoke as Willie for over an hour and then suddenly, she threw her arms into the air and fell over backward. Dr. Stevens took her hands and soon, Lurancy calmed and gained control of her body again. She was now in heaven and would allow a gentler spirit to control her.
She said the spirit’s name was Mary Roff.
‘The trance continued on into the next day and by this time, Lurancy apparently was Mary Roff. She said that she wanted to leave the Vennum house, which was unfamiliar to her, and go home to the Roff house. When Mrs. Roff heard the news, she hurried to the Vennum house in the company of her married daughter, Minerva Alter.
The two women came up the sidewalk and saw Lurancy sitting by the window. ”
‘Here comes Ma and Nervie,” she reportedly said and ran up to hug the two surprised women. No one had called Minerva by the name “Nervie” since Mary’s death in 1865.
‘t now seemed evident to everyone involved that Mary had taken control of Lurancy Vennum. Although she looked the same, she knew everything about the Roff family and treated them as her loved ones. The Vennum’s, on the other hand, although treated very courteously, were seen with a distant politeness. It was as if their own daughter only knew them as friendly strangers.
‘On February 11, Lurancy, or rather “Mary”, was allowed to go home with the Roff’s. Mr. and Mrs. Vennum agreed that it would be for the best, although they desperately hoped that Lurancy would regain her true identity. The Roff’s however, saw this as a miracle, as though Mary had returned from the grave.
Lurancy was taken across town and as they traveled, they passed by the former Roff home, where they had been living when Mary died. She demanded to know why they were not returning there and they had to explain that they had moved a few years back. Further evidence that Lurancy was now Mary Roff?
For the next several months, Lurancy lived as Mary and seemed to have completely forgotten her former life. She did however, tell her mother that she would only be with them until “some time in May”. As time passed, Lurancy continued to show that she knew more about the Roff family, their possessions and habits, than she could have possibly known if she had been faking the whole thing. Many of the incidents and remembrances that she referred to had taken place years before Lurancy had even been born.
‘Of course, not everyone in Watseka believed that Mary had taken possession of Lurancy’s body and ridiculed the very idea of it. Several of the doctors who had attempted to treat Lurancy started scathing rumors about Dr. Stevens and the Vennum’s pastor pleaded with them to have Lurancy committed. He predicted a time when they would wish that they had followed his advice.
In early May, Lurancy told the Roff family that it was time for her to leave. She became very sad and despondent and would spend the day going from one family member to the next, hugging them and touching them at every opportunity. She wept often at the thought of leaving her “real family” and over the next couple of weeks, a battle raged for control of Lurancy’s physical body. At one moment, Lurancy would announce that she had to leave and at the next moment, Mary would cling to her father and cry over the idea of leaving him.
Finally, on May 21, Lurancy returned home to the Vennum’s. She displayed none of the strange symptoms of her earlier illness and her parents were convinced that somehow she had been cured, thanks to intervention by the spirit of Mary Roff. She soon became a happy and healthy young woman, suffering no ill effects from her strange experience.
‘She also remained in touch with the Roff family for the rest of her life. Although she had no memories of her time as Mary, she still felt a curious closeness to them that she could never really explain. During occasional visits to their home, Lurancy would sometimes allow Mary to take control of her so that she could communicate with her family.
‘Eight years later, when Lurancy turned 18, she married a local farmer named George Binning and two years later, they moved to Rawlins County, Kansas. They bought a farm there and had 11 children. Lurancy died in the late 1940′s while she was in California visiting one of her daughters.
‘Asa Roff and his wife received hundreds of letters, from believers and skeptics alike, after the story of the possession was printed on the front page of the Watseka newspaper. After a year of constant hounding and scorn from neighbors, they left Watseka and moved to Emporia, Kansas. Seven years later, they returned to Watseka to live with Minerva and her husband. They died of old age and are buried in Watseka.
‘The Vennum’s stayed on in Watseka for many years but after the death of her husband, Lucinda Vennum moved to Kansas with Lurancy and her children.
Dr. Stevens lectured on the “Watseka Wonder” for eight years before dying in Chicago in 1886.
Mary Roff was never heard from again. http://www.prairieghosts.com/wonder.html
OMG! Hey all readers, fans, and people who freakin’ LOVE Ghost Adventures, there is a new show coming out SOON so pay attention and read this.
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
HPI UPDATES, NEWS AND GOSSIP BELOW!
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.
Thank you to True Connections for allowing me to write about your Chops Steakhouse Event! Here I am interviewing one of their hosts named Bubbles!
Paul is a paranormal writer. All non-fiction stories, that people have told or he has experienced for himself. We’ve done some paranormal investigations together. Paul writes stories on each and every one he goes one. I’m posting my favorites here on my blog, so keep checking back for scary, strange stories of things that go bump in the night. Reader disgression is adviced, cause’ this is some scary shit.
By Paul Dale Roberts of HPI Paranormal
THE INITIAL REPORT:
Date of Investigation: March 19, 2011 Sat Time of Investigation: 8pm Location of Investigation: Paradise, CA. Activity: A moving light has been seen going from room to room; occupant has been touched; entity either sits on the bed or lays on the bed (impressions left), footsteps heard by occupant.
Before I start talking about the Paradise investigation, let me tell you about an unusual phone call I received.
THE KNOB KERRIE PHANTOM OF SOUTH AFRICA:
This Friday, I received a call from South Africa. The lady on the other line wanted advice. I listened to her story with some constraints and doubt, because the story was incredibly odd. I tried to determine if she was relating a subjunctive story that has no validation for her claims of high strangeness. I wondered if she really experienced this phenomenon or was it her imagination? On the night of January 28 at 2400 Hours she was awakened by a phantom that was carrying a Knob Kerrie. A Knob Kerrie is a strange African weapon that can be used to beat a man senseless. She made contact with a local ghost hunting group and by using a klystron, they were able to detect audible African language in real time. The ghost hunting group conducted an investigation, without any cleansing. Three nights after the investigation, the phantom with the Knob Kerrie appeared again by her bed. The phantom stared at her intensely. When the phantom dissipated, she discovered the phantom brought pestilential upheaval in her bedroom, there were flies everywhere. Two nights later the phantom once again showed himself to her, as she came out of the shower and it was more ithyphallic in nature, she felt the phantom was trying to violate her and she screamed in terror. The phantom once again vanished. From the story she has told me, it does not appear to be a residuary type of haunting, but an intelligent haunting. The entity is definitely attached to her and from what she tells me, he is no longer carrying his Knob Kerrie. The way I see it, the entity would have been carrying the Knob Kerrie, because he felt she may be a threat. His later appearance tells me that he is now attracted to her and has gotten rid of his weapon and wishes for some type of intimacy. This lady is terrified. I provided her with a method of cleansing that she can conduct in her own home and suggested a cleansing she needs to conduct on herself. She will be contacting me again in two weeks and she will let me know if the cleansing was successful. SPECIAL NOTE: I spoke with the lady’s husband, he makes claim he also saw the phantom on the night the phantom approached his wife as she was coming out of the shower. This gave credence to her story, another witness to her strange event.
Before I hung up the phone, the husband asked me one thing. “Paul, how is it that you can do this stuff? Why do you chase the unknown?”
I simply told him: “I Like It”. And to better understand this ‘liking’, I think Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull can explain it better here with this song, yes..you can hear it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9_n8jakvWU
Linda Pieters commented on your link.
Linda wrote: “As a South African I must say I have never heard of a ghost appearing with a knobkerrie. These are the Zulu’s weapons in a fight and yes, as you say to do bodily harm to it’s opponent! It is amazing though that this ghost chooses such a weapon to haunt someone, unless he is a tribal warrior. Look forward to see if the cleansing works and the ghost’s reaction to this.”
“Actually I started following you and Shannon McCabe on here, YouTube and your site which I find extremely interesting. I’ve just posted one of your videos on Erika’s wall ha-ha (and she clicked ‘like’on Facebook). It would be very interesting to see what the outcome is because in your comment about the ghost appearing with the knobkerrie as protection is very accurate and actually, the knobkerrie is used as a normal walking stick in times of peace. Depending on when this person (ghost) died, it would not be normal for Zulu tradition to have any attraction to a white woman. The Zulu tribe are usually peaceful people and there are still many that live in their traditional huts out in the middle of nowhere with their cattle. Obviously in today’s modern age, there are a lot of Zulu’s that live in the cities like any other person. In the days of Shaka Zulu they used spears but a knobkerrie is an Afrikan’s word for knop (knot or ball) and kerrie (cane).”
Thank you Linda for your input! Your input places a new perspective on this South African case. I also look forward to the outcome of this case too! Paul
HPI Paradise Ghostchasers/Storm Chasers
Okay, now let’s move along with the investigation!
Tonight is the night of the Super Moon. Today is the first day of war for the United States against Libya and tonight is the first pre-emptive strike against entities that seem to be plaguing Paradise. There are 3 investigations scheduled for Paradise, 3 residence homes and none of the occupants know about each other. Tonight we will tackle our first residence and the other two residences are scheduled for later dates.
HPI Paranormal Investigators/Storm Chasers present: John Shue/Videographer (John, came to my home and rode up with me to Paradise); Paul Dale Roberts/HPI General Manager; Eileen Boettcher (Eileen set up tonight’s investigation); Autumn Eddy; Chantal Apodaca/Psychic; Jennifer and Steve Roland; Rhonda and Ben Hall; Deanna Bau; Brian Cunningham; Stefanie Paige-Belson/Psychic.
Things have already gotten started in this home. As I was getting this article together, there was a distinct knocking on the kitchen wall. The knocking occurred twice. The occupant says that no animals can possibly get inside the wall and the knocking happens all the time. From my group of investigators, I created two teams. Team Apodaca with Chantal Apodaca leading. Team Halls with Ben Hall leading. We have two areas to cover. The back area of the home and front area of the home. Special Note: The knocking on the kitchen wall was debunked, it was determined that the refrigerator was causing the noise. Ben has heard this sound from other refrigerators and so has Stefanie.
Equipment Being Used: Mag lights, Digital cameras, EMF Readers, Toshiba Laptop, Video cameras, laser matrix, K2 meters, night vision goggles, temperature gauges.
Denise (occupant): When Denise is the only one at home, she can hear someone walking in the house and sitting next to her on the bed. Electronic disturbances occur, such as the phone ringing and when the phones are checked, no one is on the line. Doors open and close on their own. Denise will close one door and then find the door open again. Sometimes in the middle of the night, voices are heard and Denise will get up and the TV is not on and she can’t determine where the voices are coming from.
Shayna (Denise’s daughter): Shayna experiences a white computer chair creaking on its own. Shayna has a hard time breathing when she is in certain parts of the house. Shayna’s throat actually closes up, for 5 to 10 seconds and then it will go away. When Shayna is in her room she has a feeling of being watched. Shayna will hear knocking on the walls when she is alone. Shayna feels like there is a weight on the bed and sometimes feels the bed shaking.
Isaac (Denise’s son) / Written in his own Words: “I’ve experienced many strange things in my home. I’ve heard movement and floor creaks in my hallway. Many times I have heard beds being sat on. When I am alone I hear knocking on the walls, usually only in one specific area. I feel like I am being watched or someone is near me when I am alone. When I was younger I had constant nightmares when I slept in my room. When I moved out of that room, the nightmares stopped. A few years later I moved back in the room. But, the nightmares are not constant. A few years back I was with my older brother in my room and we both had heard a knock on my window. There was nothing there. A few minutes later it happened again. I was standing in my kitchen one morning and I was alone, out of my peripherals I saw the bathroom light turn on and then off. The area by my sister’s room I feel really tense and when I leave, my body is relieved. The time I had a different bedroom, in the breezeway, I was watching TV alone. Everyone was in my mother’s room. I have an iHome for my iPod and everything was off. They were still plugged in, though. I was minding my own business and my iPod turned on and started to play music rather loud. I was freaked out so I turned it off and went into my mom’s room.”
FIRST INVESTIGATIVE SESSION EVIDENCE BRIEFING:
Possible EVP captured, woman voice saying ‘hear me’. Some investigators felt off balanced or dizzy. High EMF readings, K2 meters going off on one section of the wall. With high EMF readings, it can cause hallucinations for the occupants. John had a personal experience and says he was touched on the leg. Mag flashlights go off and on in response to questions asked. Stefanie and Jennifer felt the entity, a female entity is somehow related to the occupants. Orb pictures taken. From this investigative session, only one piece of evidence stands out, the EVP. The flashlight responses are questionable and of course orb pictures are not evidence, unless you can prove intelligent movement of the orb(s). If you can determine intelligent movement, then I would classify the orb as a spiritual containment field.
SECOND INVESTIGATIVE SESSION EVIDENCE BRIEFING:
Steve Roland captured his 2nd EVP, this one sounded like a little girl that says..”oh..oh”. Stefanie started to communicate with the entity, by using a K2 meter. She would tell the entity to move the light to yellow for a yes, to the red for a no, etc. She received some right on the money responses, while the occupants watched. EVP captured that said ‘sugar’. Isaac (occupant) was called ‘sugar’ by his deceased aunt Kittie. One of the investigators felt completely drained, when another investigator asked the entity to take his energy. So much energy was drained the male investigator almost passed out. When one occupant asked ‘do you love me?’ The occupant felt shivers and then later her body felt very hot. One of the investigators had empathic feelings and felt sad and she started crying. Rhonda picked up a male presence. Many spikes were hit on the K2 meter. Rhonda later felt there were several entities in the room and she felt layers of time unfold in front of her. Rhonda had a personal experience and felt her hair pulled. Flashlight communication indicated that there was a nut farmer entity present.
The EVPs were our best evidence. EVPs will be analyzed further to determine there was no contamination and the EVPs would be considered authentic.
Thank you to the occupants for providing coffee. Thank you to Eileen Boettcher for setting this investigation up and providing the investigators with: brownies and Rice Krispy cakes. Stefanie Paige-Belson conducted a metaphysical cleansing.
SPECIAL NOTE – JOHN SHUE CAPTURES RED GLOBE UFO ON VIDEO:
Driving to Paradise, we fought through the pounding rain and the heavy gusts of wind. Leaving Paradise and heading back to Sacramento, again we fought the storm. On this night, we all became ‘storm chasers’. Now, here is something right out of X-Files. As I was driving home with my videographer John Shue, John spies the Super Moon peaking out from the stormy clouds, he starts filming and to his amazement, he films a red globe UFO that pops in and out of the clouds. He actually caught this on video, so make sure to check his video out when it goes on YouTube. I looked at the footage and I cannot describe it as conventional aircraft. You will be amazed at his video!
Knobkierrie, also spelled knobkerrie, knopkierie or knobkerry, are African clubs used mainly in Southern and Eastern Africa. Typically they have a large knob at one end and can be used for throwing at animals in hunting or for clubbing an enemy’s head. This knob is carved out of a treetrunk and the shaft is simply the branch that protruded from the tree at that point.
The name derives from the Afrikaans word knop, meaning knot or ball and the word kierie, meaning cane or walking stick. The name has been extended to similar weapons used by the natives of Australia, the Pacific islands and other places.
Knobkierries were an indispensable weapon of war, particularly among southern Nguni tribes such as the Zulu and the Xhosa.
During the apartheid era in South Africa they were often carried and used by protesters and sometimes by the police opposing them.
Knobkierries are still widely carried, especially in rural areas. The weapon is employed at close quarters, or as a missile, and in time of peace may serve as a walking-stick.
The head, or knob, is often ornately carved with faces or shapes that have symbolic meaning. The knobkierie itself serves this function in the crest of the 2000 new federal coat of Arms of South Africa and also features on the Order of Mendi for Bravery.
I understand science. I was a science freak in school! I loved it…I know that our brain carries brain waves and those transmissions can be “picked up” by other living beings. It can effect moods, and change peoples minds etc…but when it comes to ghost. I don’t see the point of holding the experiment if the whole plan seems only to call it all physiological. No matter what the people felt, did or experienced it seems like they would never admit this can be left over energy from a living being, or is a spirit. I say do better test and get real results. This seems like bogus hewy fewy. I mean…I am a skeptic. Show me some proof. Is it or isn’t it? Guessing isn’t science.
Prof Wiseman does not believe the experiences were paranormal
A scientist investigating one of the UK’s “most haunted” locations has said “something quite odd” was going on.
Professor Richard Wiseman used 200 volunteers to carry out a study of Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh.
It yielded reports of apparitions, phantom footsteps, unexplained cold spots and unseen hands.
But Prof Wiseman does not believe the experiences were paranormal. He said environmental and psychological factors were responsible for the hauntings.
Mary King’s Close is a warren of underground streets sealed off from the outside world more than two centuries ago.
It became entombed when Edinburgh’s Royal Exchange – now the City Chambers – was built in 1753.
The top floors of the houses were demolished and the lower floors incorporated into its foundations.
The rooms of many houses still exist, and according to some reports, so do a number of their former residents.
Prof Wisemen sent groups of volunteers to four locations, without telling them that only two sites had a strong reputation for being haunted.
The aim was to compare reports from the different sites.
More than 200 people visited Mary King’s Close for the study
About 70% of those visiting the “haunted” locations reported unusual phenomena.
In contrast, only 48% of people exploring the locations not reputed to be haunted had spooky experiences.
At the “most haunted” site, where a sinister figure in black has repeatedly been seen, more than 80% of the volunteers reported something strange happening.
“There was a massive difference between the locations,” said the professor from the University of Hertfordshire.
“Sometimes people just felt very cold, but there were some quite extreme experiences – feelings of being watched, being touched and having clothing pulled, apparitions of people and animals, and footsteps. I was really surprised at the extent of the experiences.”
Experiments by the researchers showed that the two “haunted” locations were significantly less humid than the other sites.
Q: What were some of the experiences you had in the Amityville type house?
A: My abilities allowed me to learn the names and temperament of each spirit/entity in the house. Like a teacher in a classroom, I kept a daily log of the spirits in the house. I made two columns on my roll sheet; the bad spirits and the good spirits. The bad spirits were very destructive and harmful, while the good spirits were protective and nurturing. So in the house there seemed to be a constant struggle between good and evil. When I took roll and figured out who was in the house, I could determine what type of day it was going to be.
In the house, I lived with my brother, my mother and my step father. My brother was seldom ever home as he was always off with his girlfriends and my mother was often at work, which left me alone with my step father. On the occasions that the bad spirits were present, I would see dark shadows around my step father talking and whispering things to him. These negative entities would manipulate and convince him to try to hurt me. He would often tell me that he was not interested in hurting me, but “they” told him to do it. Although there were many occasions that he tried to hurt me, there are two that stand out in my mind the most. The first is when he had his toll box out and he was throwing wrenches at me. I was hiding under the table and as the wrenches were coming at me, they would stop in mid air almost as if they hit an invisible wall and fall about an inch away from me. That was one of the many occasions when the good spirits made sure that he did not hurt me.
One of the most horrifying experiences I had in that house was when I was about 8 years old. My mother had left for work and my step father (who had just about completely lost his mind by this time) decided that it was time to take me out. He came rushing down the hall yelling that “they” wanted me to die. Before he was able to reach my room, the door slammed shut and locked. He was banging and kicking the door so hard that I thought it was going to come off of its hinges. Then he went to my big bedroom window and tried to break it by hitting it with blunt objects and throwing chairs at it. Nothing worked. Everything bounced off the door and window. The door did not unlock or open until my mother arrived home in the early evening. Needless to say, we left the house shortly after that incident.
The Kennedy House Paranormal Gold
By Belinda Bentley – Celebrity Psychic and Senior Lead Investigator
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Greg Rickords contacted HPI to tell-a-tale about a house he once lived in, but before the ghostly happenings are recounted let me give you some background on this place. In Amador County, there is a house called “Kennedy House” that is rich with history. It’s story began in the 1800′s. The Kennedy House was around when the gold rush was at its prime. The location was heavy with traffic, because people were migrating from all over in hopes of striking it rich in California – mining for gold. The Kennedy House was a stage coach stop for those stopping along the way. There were a lot of high emotions in that era. Men left their families in search of gold while others were watching men drop to their deaths in the mines and hoping that they would not have the same fate the next day. People were excited when they struck gold in the mines and became millionaires overnight and there are those desperate souls who had all their gold stolen and murdered for their goods, not to mention high emotions coming from those who were doing the robbing, stealing and killing. Around this time in history those that got caught were hung. All of these elements make the perfect ingredients for residual and intelligent haunting.
The Kennedy House at one time was also a “cat house,” or other wise known as a brothel. Then it became a hotel and now today it is residential property. That’s where Mr. Rickords, comes in. After being dismissed due to disagreements from his in-laws house, he moved alone into one of the Kennedy House apartment rooms. He lived alone while his pregnant wife stayed at her parents. One night Rickords, walked into his apartment to find a man there wearing a white shirt and then the man vanished. Within the nine months that he lived there he had one more personal incident that took his breath away. While he was sleeping in his bed one night, he felt what he described as someone lifting him off the bed as if he’d just been picked up and then he was slammed back down on the bed. He was so scared he ran outside hitting his arm on the door frame on the way out. As he stood there catching his breath and convincing himself it had to be a dream and nothing more, he turned around to see a man wearing a top hat walking, the man stopped and tipped his top hat acknowledging him and then simply disappeared! Waking up the next morning recalling this “dream” Rickord’s realized his arm was in pain. He noticed the bruise from hitting the door frame as he ran out in terror just a few hours before. It wasn’t a dream at all!
Soon after these occurrences happened, Rickords was chatting with a Native American neighbor at the Kennedy House. He asked his neighbor “have you heard of this place being haunted?” His neighbor said, “yes,” to his surprise. He then asked his neighbor about the guy in the white shirt. The Native American being a sensitive due to his shamanic background told him yes, that it was only one of the spirits and that there was also another with a top hat. Rickords hadn’t mentioned anything about a top hat to this man and here it was validated yet again, this place was in fact haunted and he’d witnessed the spirits himself. The neighbor also recounted seeing another four spirits, making the total of residential spirits 6.
After moving out Rickords heard nothing else about the haunting, but would like HPI to investigate to see what we find. Since it is a private residence we won’t be doing an investigation unless management or a resident of the historic house asks us too. If and when they come calling HPI we will be more than happy to jump on it, because it sounds like we might have just struck it rich – we may be able to hit paranormal gold with the Kennedy House!
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