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Northern State Hospital



A clip of the analysis and reveal from the Northern State Hospital investigation on Ghost Hunters.

Finding Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster from Your Home

More and more haunted locations are putting up web cams so people can ghost hunt from the comforts of their own home. Now, with a program called Mechanical Turk, you can use satellite technology to find mysterious creatures such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster.

The program was used to help find adventurer Steve Fossett after he went missing on Sept. 3rd. Participants used a single satellite image to note any object or wreckage that could be a plane or debris. Even though Fossett is still missing, the search did uncover several unknown small plane wrecks dating all the way back to the 1950s. Maybe they should try searching the Bermuda Triangle. No telling what they will find there. While this technology can be used in such life and death situations as this, a theory states it could be used for other types of searches as well.

It's believed that if such creatures as the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot really do exist they could easily be located and captured. While it won't be much help in heavily wooded areas, it's a good thing Bigfoot have been seen in such places as Nevada, Texas and Utah. With an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 in North America, they should be easy to spot on satellite images. Something similar can be said about lake monsters. On average they are reported to be about 50 feet or longer and surface on a regular basis. Couldn't be too hard to find them.

Whether or not someone actually spots one of these mysterious creatures using Mechanical Turk, it probably won't change the minds of believers, but it only takes one, dead or live, to prove their existence once and for all.


Source: Live Science

Ghost Hunters Tonight

First, allow me to say I’m pleased to see that Dave Tango was bumped up to investigator. I was beginning to wonder if his training stage was ever going to be over. Now, there’s a new trainee taking his place, Kris Williams. It looked like she did alright for her first two times out. You have to start somewhere, right?

Usually, TAPS goes in to disprove a haunting and that is exactly what was asked from them at Northern State Hospital in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. Unfortunately, after the investigation and all evidence analyzed, they had no choice but to deliver proof. They captured an EVP of a woman singing or humming in the attic, which Jason and Grant were both witnesses to and sort of backed-up eyewitness statements of a nurse being seen in there. Also, they had a video clip of a figure about 6ft tall or so walking slightly in front of a window I think and then back into the darkness. The figure was see-through so there wasn’t explanation for it. If someone kindly posts the clip of the evidence on YouTube or somewhere, I’ll add it here for you all to see.

Their next stop was the Underground Tunnels. In the late 1800s, Seattle burned down and they had constant floods. So, the decision was made to build New Seattle over the ruins of Old Seattle which became the Underground Tunnels and is now believed to be haunted. Several of the TAPS members had personal experiences. Steve and Kris were in the Prostitute Area and heard something like rocks or bricks being moved. Jason felt the hairs on his arm stand straight up which sort moved up his arm and became slightly painful. I can’t remember where they were exactly at, but Grant claimed he saw a full-body apparition. As for audio and video evidence, they didn’t really get anything except for a recording of the sound Steve and Kris heard. I guess it’s one of those places you have to investigate a few times before getting a full assessment of it. Maybe they will go back again sometime.

Next week’s investigations will be in San Francisco. They will be at The Presidio and I think some little baby store. Looks like it may be eventful. The mini-season will extend through November 11th. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait forever to see the next mini-season in the Spring. As for the live episode, I said I didn’t know if a celebrity would be participating this year. They have been running a contest, looking for the next Ghost Hunter. Well, it has been narrowed down to three and they will join TAPS at Waverly for the Halloween special. Then, it’ll be decided as to who will win the honored position and appear with TAPS in Season 4.

Wander the Web Wednesday


First of all, I don't like doing the double or triple post a day thing, but I have a whole list of topics to get to and not enough time or days in the week to do it. Plus, I like doing the Wander the Web Wednesday meme. So, Wednesdays will be the two-for-the-price-of-one day. Enjoy this and I'll have another entry up later today. Oh and don't forget the new season of Ghost Hunters premieres tonight.

The idea is to highlight 5 links that you feel would be new to other readers.

They can be daily reads, or personal favorites.

They may even just be something fun or freaky or just plain fascinating that you stumbled into recently.

If you want to “play along” make a list on your site and link to it in 2 Witches Blog comments. They'd also appreciate a link back.

1. WasArrested.com - Just a fun site where you can write a fake news story.
2. Paranormal Awareness Society Network - haven't had time to fully explore this site yet, but you might want to.
4. Bigfoot Quest - I think the name pretty much says what the blog is mostly about.
5. Paranormala - Has a little of everything, paranormal and then some.

GS Question of the Week

Before I get to this week's question, I have a little announcement. October 1st through 7th is Buy a Friend a Book Week. I was inspired by the idea of generosity and instead of buying someone a book, I decided to give two books from my own personal library away to two lucky readers here. One is a novelization of episode two, The Harvest, of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. The second is Star By. V.C. Andrews.

All you have to do to enter this little contest is leave a comment (with your email address) on any post this week stating you want to be entered into the drawing. That's it. I'll put your names in a hat and draw two out. The first name drawn will get to choose which book they want. Winners will be announced next Monday. Good Luck!

Now this week's question:

Do you think we live more than one life?

Mammoth Cave

Something about caves attracts people near and far, not just the spelunkers. Many are considered haunted and Mammoth Cave isn't any different. With 330 miles of passageways on five levels, the ghosts have plenty of room to roam around and with over 150 reported sightings, they may need it. Of course, that doesn't mean 150 ghosts have taken up resident in the caves, but there are at least three.

One popular spirit is that of a slave who gave up freedom to stay with the cave he loved so dear even after death. Stephen Bishop was born in 1820. Eighteen years later, he began exploring the cave. That spring, his master, Franklin Gorin bought Mammoth and Stephen began giving regular tours. Back in those days, slaves were often recruited as guides, but Stephen was the one to go to, the best of the best. When he wasn't guiding tours, he was exploring new areas of the cave and thus began the naming tradition which continues til this day. Stephen died in 1857 and buried in the Old Guides' Cemetery south of the cave entrance. It is believed that he never left the cave he loved so dear. Sometimes, he joins a tour group, saying nothing but being seen nonetheless. Others, he is blowing out candles and torches or seen with an unknown woman and two children.

Another commonly sighted ghost is that of a woman named Melissa. The story of Melissa's involvement with Mammoth comes solely from a letter written to the Knickerbocker in 1858. It's one right out of high school. Well, sort of. According to her letter, she had lived near Mammoth Cave 15 years earlier in 1843. This is when she fell in love with her tutor "Mr. Beverleigh". The only problem was he fell in love with her neighbor. So, what was Melissa to do? The phrase "if I can't have him, no one will" comes to mind right about now. She led him to a spot in Mammoth Cave called Purgatory where she left him to die. At the time when she wrote the letter, Melissa was dying of tuberculosis and felt the need to confess her sin to all of Knickerbocker's readers. Now, she is seen wandering Mammoth Cave in search of her lost love "Beverleigh" who, ironically, may be haunting it as well. It's possible an unidentified ghost hanging around the "Chief City" area might actually be "Beverleigh". Hopefully those two will never reunite because I don't think he would be happy to see her.

The last stop on our ghost tour is that of a caver and adventurer named Floyd Collins. On January 18th, 1917, Floyd made a big discovery, a cave located several miles from Mammoth called Crystal Cave. He tried to make the smaller cave as popular as Mammoth, but sadly failed. However, that didn't stop him from searching for new caves. While exploring Sand Cave in January of 1925, a rock from the ceiling fell, pinning his left leg. The rescue attempt became national news. Floyd was even interviewed by reporter "Skeets" Miller, who later went on to win a Pulitzer. But he would never leave Sand Cave alive. A cave-in would take his life.

They later recovered his body. Floyd's father, Lee gained possession of the cave after his son's death and decided to capitalize on the frenzy surrounding it. Lee had Floyd's body exhumed and placed into a glass-top coffin, displayed within Crystal Cave. Jealous competitors stole his body, but it was recovered minus his left leg which was never found. It would remain in the caves for sixty years until being finally laid to rest in the Flint Ridge Cemetery in 1989. People have reported seeing his ghost around Crystal Cave calling for his friend Johnny. They also say he throws whiskey bottles and steals tools from geologists exploring the cave.

Of course, these three are not the only ghosts haunting Mammoth Cave. Some people have reported seeing two disembodied legs wearing boots and overalls, a woman with a knife in her chest observing the highway outside of the cave, a females voice that seems to come out of no where, and a formally dressed man in a nineteenth-century cummerbund among others. If you're looking for a haunted cave to explore, Mammoth might just be the place for you.


Sources: Associated Content (article by Allen Butler), Linda Linn's Kentucky Home and Ghost Stories, and Ghosts of America

TV News

The first day of Autumn may be on Sunday, but some of your favorite shows, new and old, are already premiering new episodes. So, what's on the Fall schedule for paranormal enthusiasts?

Ghost Hunters is returning on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 with the first episode of the new season. They made us wait for the last six episodes of the last season, but we won't have to this time. Remember there will be another live show on Halloween which will wrap-up Sci-Fi's 13 Days of Halloween marathon. This year they are investigating Waverly Hills for a second time. Not sure who or if there will be a celebrity tagging along with them.

Last year, Destination Truth premiered with Josh Gates traveling all over the world investigating alleged sightings of mythical creatures. Well, a second season doesn't look real promising. Surprise. Surprise. The word around the Sci-Fi Channel forums is that its being replaced by another show called UFO Hunters, basically the same concept as Ghost Hunters except its about UFOs and aliens instead of ghosts. Cameras will follow the New York Strange Phenomena Investigators as they use the latest technology to lend some credit to reports of flying saucers and space people. I guess Destination Truth will join the rest of the one-hit TV shows.

If that's not enough reality TV for you then be sure to tune in on Friday, October 12th for the new reality show on Lifetime called the American Psychic Challenge. A group of psychics will compete to prove to skeptics and believers alike that they are indeed the real deal. American Psychic Challenge follows the premiere of the second season of Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead.

Speaking of reality competitions, remember Elvira, Mistress of the Dark? The Fox Reality Channel has put together a reality show looking for the next Elvira. Now, no one can replace the woman no matter how hard they try, but I bet it'll be interesting to see who all shows up to try. The Search for the Next Elvira will premiere sometime in October.

Last but not least, the third season, and hopefully not the last, of Supernatural airs on October 4th at 8pm central on the CW. I don't know about any of you all but I'm looking forward to seeing Jensen Ackles and all his finest.

Okay, couch potatoes avid TV watchers, you have plenty to keep you entertained this year.

Did Ya Know Friday

It's uncertain where the Ouija Board first originated, but if you think Parker Brothers came up with this idea, you would be wrong. According to some, something resembling a Ouija Board was in 1200 B.C. China, a divination known as Fu Ji. Others claim Pythagoras, in 540 B.C., would conduct seances at "a mystic table, moving on wheels, moved towards signs" in which he and his pupil, Philolaus would interpret to the audience as revelations from the spirit world. Both historic claims have come under debates as being inaccurate.

However, talking boards weren't actually used until the Spiritualism movement in the 19th Century. The Fox sisters developed a system of knocks for each letter of the alphabet to supposedly communicate with spirits. Many wanted to mimic their methods and speak to ghosts too. There were many forms of divinations to spell out messages at that time, including swinging a pendulum over a plate that had letters around the edge or using an entire table to indicate letters drawn on the floor, but during the late 1800s, a device known as a planchette would be the beginning of it all.

At first, it was being sold as a novelty. Then, businessmen Elijah Bond and Charles Kennard came up with the idea to attach a board with the alphabet to the planchette (a device still used by some til this day) and patent it. This was to be the first Ouija Board. While Kennard helped start it all, it was one of his employees, William Fuld who kept it going. In 1901, he began production on his own boards simply called "Ouija" which he also acquired a patent for. Many tried to cash in on this innovated idea from 1920s to 1960s by producing and marketing their own design of talking boards. But Fuld was determined to keep the name "Ouija" and its concept from their grasps by suing many companies right up til his death in 1927. Who was to later buy Fuld's business from his estate? Well, Parker Brothers, now known as Hasbro, snatched it up in 1966 and I guess as they say the rest is history.

There are many theories as to why you shouldn't use a Ouija Board. Some paranormal investigators believe as you attempt to contact spirits you open a door that allows any of them to enter, good or bad. Some people say you will be killed or disappear if you use one. While others consider it harmless.


Sources: Wikipedia and Castle of Spirits

Wander the Web Wednesday


The idea is to highlight 5 links that you feel would be new to other readers.

They can be daily reads, or personal favorites.

They may even just be something fun or freaky or just plain fascinating that you stumbled into recently.

If you want to “play along” make a list on your site and link to it in 2 Witches Blog comments. They'd also appreciate a link back.

1. The Debris Field - A daily list of links about the paranormal from blogs, news websites, etc.

2. LibraryThing Unsuggester - It analyzes the eighteen million books LibraryThing members have recorded as owned or read, and comes back with books least likely to share a library with the book you suggest.

3. Ghost Channel TV - Came across this the other day. Tell me what you think.

4. G.H.O.S.T. Hunters game - I was bored one day and found this game. The premise is your a member of the G.H.O.S.T. Hunters and are called in to investigate a possible haunting or cruel hoax at Majesty Manor. I've tried to play the free trial, but I have dial-up and it never seems to load. Maybe y'all will have better luck.

5. Ralan's - If you are a writers, this is a good place to find markets.

It's My Birthday Today!

In honor of my 24th birthday, there will be no question this week. Have a great Monday!

Sightings



Clip from the paranormal tv show Sightings hosted by Tim White. They discuss the history and possible haunting of the Full Circle Cafe in Georgetown, Colorado. Even the late psychic Peter James (may he rest in peace) makes an appearance. Enjoy!

Did Ya Know Friday

Did ya know that no accused witches were burned at the stake during the Witch Trials in Salem? They were either hanged or died in prison except for one who was pressed to death. However, "witches" on the other side of the world weren't so lucky.

From the mid-15th century to the late 19th century, those accused of witchcraft died by fire, as that was the ultimate element of purification. Many were even burned alive. Despite several British witches and occultist trying to up the number, the number of people who died during this period was between 200,000 to 500,000.

I would like to say that we have moved on and put these practices behind us, but in some parts of the country, burning those who are accused of using black magic is still an option. In May, An elderly Indian couple were burnt to death after villagers accused them of practicing black magic. Last year, a barber in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh killed his four-year-old son by slitting his throat with a razor after the man started seeing visions of the Hindu goddess Kali demanding a sacrifice.

Hopefully, one day we will live in a world where we refuse to let superstitions dominate our decisions.


Source: Reuters

Tuen Mun Road

Picture this: you ignore the high gas prices and go for a relaxing drive. Instead of taking the same streets you've driven on many occasions, you venture down a new stretch of road. Your guard is down as you admire the beautiful scenery. Then, your eyes drift back to the road, spotting someone standing motionless within a few feet from your vehicle. Reacting quickly, you swerve to miss them, crashing into the ditch. Dazed, you exit your car to check on the other person. They are no where to be seen. Where did they go? Why were they standing in the middle of the road and refused to move? Could it been a ghost?

Those living in Hong Kong who has survived a scenario such as this would say yes. In 1977, a major expressway called Tuen Mun Road was built to connect Tuen Mun with Tsuen Wang. Due to narrow carriageways and substandard geometry, the road has become more of a hazard than anything. With the numerous traffic accidents and casualties it's not surprising Tuen Mun Road is believed to be haunted. Many witnesses claim ghosts tend to "pop up in the middle of the road". Some even went on to say they have suddenly lost control of their vehicles for no obvious reason.

I don't know what's scarier: having an accident due to poor road construction or a ghost trying to play peek-a-boo.


Sources: Now Public and Wikipedia

Wander the Web Wednesday


The idea is to highlight 5 links that you feel would be new to other readers.

They can be daily reads, or personal favorites.

They may even just be something fun or freaky or just plain facinating that you stumbled into recently.

If you want to “play along” make a list on your site and link to it in 2 Witches Blog comments. They'd also appreciate a link back.





GS Question of the Week

Do you think there is a such thing as demon dogs?

Sloss Furnace



Video clip of Sloss Furnace on Scariest Places on Earth. Click here to learn more about Sloss.

Wander the Web Wednesday



I know it's a day late, but I wasn't up to posting yesterday. These are the rules:

The idea is to highlight 5 links that you feel would be new to other readers.

They can be daily reads, or personal favorites.

They may even just be something fun or freaky or just plain facinating that you stumbled into recently.

If you want to “play along” make a list on your site and link to it in 2 Witches Blog comments. They'd also appreciate a link back.

1. The Gender Genie - A fun site that analyzes a writing sample or a blog post to determine whether the author is male or female. The results can be surprising.

2. Prairie Ghosts - A site ran by Troy Taylor, author and founder of the American Ghost Society. It contains tons of information on the paranormal.

3. Paraseek.com - Searchable database of sites related to the paranormal.

4. Books for Soldiers - It's always good to help out the soldiers overseas. Apparently, books are on their lists of requests.

5. Moonslipper.com - just an interesting site to check out.

GS Question of the Week

Do you think certain colors have the ability to keep evil spirits away?

Has a Chupacabra been Found?

For years, the mythical creature has eluded scientists, leaving little to no trace of its existence. A woman in Cuero, Texas named Phylis Canion claims she discovered one outside of her ranch. Actually, her and some of her neighbors found three 40 pound bodies in July, keeping it hidden until now. The animal is described as having big ears, large fanged teeth and grayish-blue, mostly hairless skin. Could this strange animal be a chupacabra?

Canion thinks so. She based her opinion on her twenty-six dead chickens who was drained of blood. Her animals weren't the only ones to fall prey to this alleged mythical creature.

Veterinarian Travis Schaar of the Main Street Animal Hospital in nearby Victoria believes what she calls a chupacabra is probably a strange breed of dog, a canine with a thirst for blood. He doesn't deny the possibility of it being a chupacabra, but states that it could just be a mutated litter of dogs.

Canion saved the head of the dead animal and plans on getting to the bottom of its ancestry through DNA testing. Its final resting place will be on her wall along with the heads of other exotic animals she collected during the four years she lived in Africa. In the meantime, you can purchase a t-shirt that reads "2007, The Summer of the Chupacabra, Cuero, Texas," accompanied by a caricature of the creature for $5.

More information: http://www.fvza.org/prchupacabra.html


Source: Associated Press via AOL News

Elvis Presley Myths

There are many myths surrounding the memory of Elvis Presley. But which ones are true? Here you will find the answers to the questions about the late King of Rock-n-Roll.

Myth 1: Was Elvis a DEA Agent? - This particular myth coincides with another. It was no secret Elvis was interested in being a DEA agent. The desire to join was so great that he wrote a long letter to President Richard Nixon, who by the way didn't even know who Elvis was, listing his credentials in order to initiated into the club. Some believe he was made an official DEA agent which led to his sudden "disappearance" in 1977. However, the truth is, he was given an honorary badge. It couldn't be used for official DEA business, but he was still in a way part of the Drug Enforcement Association.

Myth 2: Did Elvis have a twin? - The answer is yes. However, his twin brother Jesse Garon was born stillborn. Elvis always missed his brother and always felt the that missing piece of him. I'm sure that's true for anyone who has lost their twin brother or sister.

Myth 3: Was Elvis discovered while making a record for his mom? - Those who were close to him knew he was extremely close to his mother. So, it wouldn't be out of character for him to make a record as a present to his mom. But the question is was he discovered while making said record? The answer is sort of. At the time, Sun Records was known to open its doors to anyone off the streets who wanted to make a record for a reasonable price. Elvis, who was working as a truck driver, summoned enough courage to walk in and pay $4 to record two songs for mom. Sam Philips, owner of Sun Records, wasn't even there at the time. He showed up about a week or so later, heard Elvis' recording and invited him back. The rest is history as they say.

Myth 4: Are Oprah and Elvis cousins? - This myth isn't surprising. Both are very influential people. But are they related? A genealogist traced both of their family trees back to a Mississippi town. It is believed that Oprah's ancestors were slaves owned by Elvis' ancestors. We all know that back in those days slave owners were known to have "relations" with their female slaves. If all the research is correct, it's entirely possible they are indeed cousins.

Myth 5: Was Elvis' hips censored on the Ed Sullivan Show? - If you were a musician, being on the Ed Sullivan Show was a must. Elvis knew this and made a request to be a guest. Unfortunately, it was denied. So, what was Elvis to do? He made them regret their decision by appearing on rival shows. Even Ed Sullivan and CBS couldn't overlook the amount of attention associated with Elvis. So, he negotiated with Elvis's manager and agreed to pay $50,000 for three appearances. Ed Sullivan and CBS came under pressure when Elvis was shown gyrating on stage during the second appearance. So, on the final one, his hips were censored. They shot him from the waist up.

Myth 6: Is Elvis still alive? - This one is the most popular of all the myths. It's so hard to believe that someone as famous as Elvis could die so suddenly. It left his fans in a state of shock. So much that evidence was collected to prove he faked his death. Some believe the body in the coffin was a wax figure and not Elvis and that because he was supposedly working with DEA agents, he had to go into the witness protection program. Another theory states Elvis's middle name was misspelled for a reason. The extra "A" in Aaron stands for "alive". However, those who attended the funeral and were close to him including his finacee Ginger Alden, who discovered him dead on his dressing room floor, swears he is indeed dead. However, short of exhuming his body and doing DNA tests, we may never know the truth to this myth.


Source: TV Land Myths & Legends
 
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