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Sneak Peek Tuesday - GHI/Legend Quest



In the next episode of Ghost Hunters International, explore a dormitory which has been occupied by the homeless who have more or less been forced to live. They head to the women’s area where there have been claims that a footless apparition has been seen. They ask for the apparition to communicate in any way it can and suddenly they hear two distinct knocks, then from the camera view in another room, the rest of the team says they can see something moving on the wall. Tune in on Wednesday to see if the apparition makes the knocks even louder and encounters the ladies of the team.



In the next episode of Legend Quest, the team climbs the mountains to get to an area called White Stone. This is an area where evidently the Inca people communicated with the sun gods for help. They determine that the sun disc they are looking for could be at the top of a mountain based on what appears to be a sign pointing them on their way. Tune in at 10/9c on Wednesday to see if the team can discover the disc, only on Syfy!

GS Question of the Week

Ghost Hunters/GHI often declare one location haunted and another not so much despite evidence of paranormal activity. What criteria do you think a place needs to be called haunted?

Chacachacare Island

Christopher Columbus first spotted Chacachacare Island on his third New World voyage on August 12, 1498 and dubbed it El Caracol because of its shape. Since then, it has served as a cotton plantation, a whaling station and, as it is most known for, a leper colony. It is now named for the native cotton that grows on the island.

The Spaniards grew cotton on the island and established a whaling station. By 1791, the island had a sizable population living there. Then it was given to an Irishman, Gerald Fitzpatrick Carry, for services rendered to the King with the proviso it would be returned if needed by the King. He used it for agriculture and grew sugar apples and cotton. In 1813, Venezuelan patriot Santiago Mariño, who later joined forces with Simón Bolivar, used Chacachacare as a base to launch an invasion of Venezuela during its war of independence with only 45 "Patriots".

In the 1800’s, Chacachacare was used as a health spa and retreat for Trinidadians. In 1880, Dominican nuns built St. Catherine’s Church, a school, and a convent on land that was willed to the Church in 1842. In 1896, a lighthouse was built on the island. It was once the highest lighthouse in the world and now has been downgraded to second place. It is still maintained by a lighthouse keeper to this day.

There are conflicting reports about when the leper colony was established on the island. Some say the late 19th Century. Others say it was built in 1887. Newspaper reports date it back to the early 1920s when the British government decided to separate those infected with the disease from the rest of the population. Patients were moved from a hospital in Cocorite and were forced to leave family and loved ones for Chacachacare not knowing if they would ever see them again. The colony housed around 250 patients. They lived in several buildings scattered on the island and was forced to care for themselves other than aid of the nuns, Dominican and French. Those who couldn't care for themselves were confined to the Sunda Bay Hospital on the island. In 1950, the Dominican nuns, those who did not succumb to the disease, left and were replaced by a local nursing staff.

In 1942, U.S. and Puerto Rican Marines occupied part of Chacachacare during the war. They built barracks and separated themselves from the leper colony with a barbed wire fence. On July 24, 1984, the leper colony closed and the remaining patients, some of whom had spent over 4 decades of their lives on the island, returned to Trinidad to try to live some semblance of a normal life. The Trinidad Coast Guard had set up a small security post and used the old buildings for living quarters and administrative offices on Chacachacare in the late 1990's, but abandoned it six months later cause of its haunted reputation.

Supposedly, the nun who committed suicide in the chapel kept them on their toes. I have found several versions of the story about this nun. The one mentioned on GHI had her falling in love with a Venezuelan sailor. After their relationship was discovered, they were told to split up which led to her hanging herself over the altar in the chapel. Another version states the guy wasn't a sailor but a priest. A third one says she committed suicide after discovering she had become pregnant by a local fisherman. On GHI, they spoke to a priest who told them about a supposed (I say supposed because it's growing harder to trust any information at all they air on the show) American nun named Sister Mary Luigi who was told to go to Guyana and didn't want to. She was found dead in the water and was unsure whether or not she jumped or fell.

Whomever she may be, there are reports of a young nun haunting the convent, sometimes seen walking around with a lantern at night. Witnesses have also reported hearing voices, noises and footsteps, seeing apparitions, shadows, being pushed, feeling cold spots.

Today, the island is overseen by the Chaguaramas Development Authority. They have proposed constructing hotels on the island while also preserving the remains of the leper colony, but nothing as of yet has been put in to motion.

Sneak Peek Tuesday: GHI/Legend Quest/Haven

Ghost Hunters International



In the next episode of Ghost Hunters International, Barry and Kris are doing a thermal scan while asking any spirits to kindly show themselves. Barry stops Kris to let her know that he thinks he just heard another entity say her name. Tune in Wednesday 9/8 CST on Syfy to see if a spirit is coming out to see the hunters.

Legend Quest



In the next episode of Legend Quest, the team ventures into a cave to find the lost Cintamani Stone where the water is near freezing. They follow the stream to a small black hole. What’s in it? You’ll have to tune in Wednesday 10/9 CST to find out. Will it be a dead end? Maybe a carving near the mouth of the cave will lead them to their treasured artifact.

Haven



Duke steps into the convenience store to pick up a beer he special ordered, and then all of a sudden everything goes haywire. A ferocious dog practically foaming at the mouth chases a man through the halls, a woman sees a man she thought she buried, and Duke sees a black masked man causing him to drop his case of beer at first sight. He turns to run away and then turns back in fear, but he’s no longer there. Are people just hallucinating or is there some creepy supernatural activity taking place? Tune in this Friday at 10/9c on Syfy to find out!

GS Question of the Week

Do you think it is possible for an animal to be psychic?

Compte de Loppinot Historical Complex

Typically, the historical accounts displayed on Ghost Hunters International are somewhat close to actual facts. But I've been noticing, on occasion, how completely off they can be. For example, they visited the Gran Hotel Viena in Argentina last year that supposedly was a hot spot for the Nazis maybe even Hitler after WWII. After writing an entry about this location, reporting very much the same, I was contacted by the descendants of the hotel's original owner, stating the stories were fabricated. I believe I may have found myself in a similar situation.

During last night's premiere, viewers were given a short and sweet history behind the Lopinot Plantation. Also known as Compte de Loppinot Historical Complex, it was established in the 1800s by Charles Joseph, Compte de Loppinot. He was a general in the French army and later a member of the Trinidad military. He settled there with his family and 100 African slaves on several hundred acres of land. This portion of the back story appears to be agreeable by all accounts. However, it's his treatment of his slaves that is under question.

It was not uncommon for some plantation owners to mistreat their slaves. According to the story told on GHI, Lopinot was among them. Supposedly, he abused them, locked them up in the cocoa house and even hung them on a cashew tree (a tree that has died and been replaced by another -- something else not mentioned) for undisclosed reasons.

While researching the location further, I first came upon a write-up by Gertrude Carmichael in the Caribbean Quarterly, Vol. 6 No.4 published in 1960 quoting a book about La Reconnaissance (as the estate was once known as) and Lopinot's treatment of his slaves. A Book of Golden Deeds of All Time is by Charlotte M. Yonge, published a few decades before the fore mentioned article. In it, describes Lopinot as "...a man of noble character who was kind and considerate to his slaves. He won their affection and respect so much so that when the Revolution came to his estates in 1793 and he was in danger of being killed, his slaves instead of joining in the revolt hid him from threatened dangers and voluntarily left the island with him." This, of course, took place before his arrival in Trinidad but the book goes on to say the love extended beyond the move and even after his death.

As stated before, this was all published in the late 1800s or early 1900s. It's quite possible documents and such may have been discovered since then especially after the Lopinot Village began restoring old structures in the 1970s for historical value. It is also possible a story about an old plantation owner who tortured and killed slaves now haunts his estate is good for tourism. Which one is likely true? It's hard to determine without more information.

In the meantime, it is believed the former cocoa plantation (now a museum) is haunted by Lopinot and former slaves. He has been often seen riding a white horse, sometimes near the "hanging tree". Witnesses have reported hearing voices, footsteps and door slams. Seeing shadows and being physically attacked. There's even a vampire called a soucouyant, an old woman by day and a fireball demon by night, that supposedly seen around the nearby Arouca River.

Sneak Peek Tuesday - Haven



In this sneak peek, we learn why Nathan asks Duke to help the two Audreys with their search for TJ. Will they find him in time? Why are they so determined to track him down? Catch the new season premiere this Friday, July 15th at 10/9 C on Syfy to follow them on their hunt for the troubled TJ and see if they can stop these plagues. I rather enjoyed the first season. Interested in what Season 2 will bring.

Sneak Peek Tuesday - GHI/Legend Quest

Ghost Hunters International
"Rising from the Grave - Trinidad"



In the season premiere of Ghost Hunters International, the team is investigating a cave and as they go further and further they continue to hear noises with a deep bass tone. They encourage the noise to come out and meet them as they take pictures of the cave hoping to catch a little more than just the rock formations. As they’re exiting the cave, Kris feels something grab her leg. You’ll have to watch the clip and tune in Wednesday to see if the team really didn’t come out of the cave empty handed.

Legend Quest
"Ark of the Covenant/Mayan Talking Cross"




Also, in the Legend Quest series premiere, Ashley Cowie leads his team under water in search of an ancient cross. It would be a great find for the team as it’s the most spiritual legend in the Mayan culture. Watch the clip and tune in Wednesday at 10/9c on Syfy to see if they can brave the elements and find it together.

GS Question of the Week

Do you think paranormal investigators should do more daytime investigations? Why or why not?

Deon Sandz Announces Release of New Novel, “Blood Plantation ”

“It’s the sins of slavery” “A real horror of the middle passage”

“Southern reality and history never forgotten” 


“Supernatural fiction at its best”

Chicago, Illinois – July 2011 - - Rising fiction author, Deno Sandz has announced the release of his new book, Blood Plantation at Amazon.com now. His latest novel takes readers back into the history of slavery with a supernatural/thriller story that’s well written, shocking, heart wrenching, plot driven, spellbinding, and frightening.

The Novel, Blood Plantation is a historical fiction set at a Bed and Breakfast owned by the great, great, great, granddaughter of Captain Rollins the 3rd once known as the big house on a plantation in Virginian. The antagonist, the SOTO (The Soul of the Ocean) is a captured slave from the southern tip of Africa, thrown overboard near the shores of Shonwaay, Virginian where the Shonwaayians now call, “The Shores of the Evil Soul” in 1810 after a mutiny he spearheaded leading to the murder of crew members, slaves, and his wife by the evil hands of Captain Rollins the 3rd who owned the plantation. It’s now 2010 and another fifty years has dawned and the SOTO has awakened again to seek his vengeance against the last of Rollins’ blood line for the death of his wife.

Sandz explores some of the most important connections with slavery such as pain, suffering, and reality in “Blood Plantation,”- the love a husband for a wife, an evil that can never be forgiven, and a spirit that never dies. The novel will inflict remembrance and have readers examine the reality of history with a fictional supernatural eye.

About Deno Sandz

Deon C. Sanders (Pen name: Deno Sandz) was born in the south, raised and resides in Chicago, is a father of six working in the educational field and has been a fiction author for the last ten years. He has published novels such as: Miss Mary Weather: A Southern Nightmare (2000), Pen of Iniquity (2008), I,AM (2010), and has numerous unpublished works. He writes phenomenal articles on every aspect of society, short stories that transcends the heart, soul, and mind of the reader, poetry that convokes emotions, lyrics that embraces the genre of the music industry, and movie screenplays. He is also the owner/creator of Deno Sandz Productions/Six Shortyes Films. You can learn more about Sandz’s by visiting his personal website at: http://www.wix.com/dsandzdsanders/sandz

The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp

One of the most famous of all lizard man cases is the humanoid cryptid believed to inhabit areas of swampland in and around Lee County, South Carolina.

He is described as being about seven feet tall, bipedal, and stout, with green scaly skin and glowing orange or red eyes. It is said he has three toes on each foot and three fingers on each hand which end in a circular pad on them that stick to walls. Sometimes described as having lizard or human-like features.

The first known sighting of the creature was made by 17-year-old local Christopher Davis. He reported encountering the creature while driving home from work at 2 AM on June 29, 1988. Davis stopped on a road bordering Scape Ore Swamp in order to change a tire. When he was finishing up, stated he heard a thumping noise from behind him. Turned around to see a creature with glowing red eyes running towards him. Davis jumped in to his car and locked the door, trying to escape. The creature first grabbed the door handle and then, jumped on the roof. He swerved from side to side in an effort to throw it off and succeeded.

Upon he returning home, Davis inspected his car for damage or possibly evidence of this encounter. What he found was his side-view-mirror badly damaged, and scratch marks the roof of his car roof. No physical evidence of the creature. After the Davis sighting, there were several further reports of a large lizard-like creature and unusual scratches and bite marks found on cars parked close to the swamp.

The sheriff's department even made several plaster casts of what appeared to be three-toed footprints, measuring 14 inches in length. They weren't sent to the FBI after biologist advised them the prints were unclassifiable.

Whether the creature is real or a hoax, it has attracted tourists interested in seeing the creature as well as hunters interested in tracking it. A nearby radio station offered a $1 million reward to anybody who could capture the creature alive. However, reports of the creature have declined. TV shows like MonsterQuest and Destination Truth have both investigated the Lizard Man, forming their own conclusions of its possible existence.

Was he real? Will he ever be seen again? One way to keep track of him is at his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lizard-Man-of-Scape-Ore-Swamp/45398165456.

Sneak Peek Tuesday - Celebrity Ghost Hunt/Eureka/Warehouse 13

Celebrity Ghost Hunt



Celebrity Ghost Hunt is set to premiere on Saturday, July 9th at 10 pm CST. Be sure to watch Chip Coffey investigate the homes of Eric Roberts & Chris Atkins on the Biography Channel. I don't have BIO. So, you all will have to let me know if it's any good or not.

Eureka - Airs Monday, July 11th at 8/7 CST



The town where anything is possible returns with all-new adventures. In our sneak peak “Liftoff”, Fargo is busy working on a spaceship when Zane hops on board to grill him about Lupo, closing the hatch behind him. Unfortunately for both of them the ignition switches were on and with the hatch closed the ship’s engines ignite and launches both of them into outer space! Catch the extended clip to see how things went terribly wrong and tune in to the premiere this Monday to see if Sheriff Carter can get them safely back to Earth.

Warehouse 13 - Airs Monday, July 11th at 9/8 CST



The team gets a new face, new mysteries and a visit from familiar friends. Artie, Pete and Claudia welcome Steve as a new warehouse agent and during the introduction they discover a storm brewing at the Pyramid in the Ancient Archives. Artie and Claudia race into the office to figure out what the storm is while Steve stands in awe, shocked that a Pyramid can fit into a warehouse at all.

Sneak Peek Tuesday - Haunted Collector Finale



On the season finale of Haunted Collector, lead investigator John Zaffis and his team are detecting outrageous readings on their EMF reader near a wall of swords. They suspect it could be because there’s something electrical in the wall behind the sword but that doesn’t seem to be the case which makes the sword even more suspicious. Tune in tomorrow at 8 pm CST to see just how haunted the sword may be.

To All My American Brethren...

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Paranormal Portal to a Parallel Universe

Ever wonder if there really is a soul?

Do you believe that people can talk with the dead?

If spirits of the dead exist, where do they reside?

Do Parallel Universes really exist?

Can we receive visitors from Parallel Universes?

A Paranormal encounter led to this eBook by Walter Parks available in all formats, including PDF that addresses these questions.

"My friend Dr. Robert (Bob) Russell said that he knew a girl that could communicate with the dead. I didn’t believe him. He invited me to an “encounter” to prove it. We went to a very weird old house where a Paranormal Investigative Team was working. They had some pretty sophisticated equipment.

We all watched as their equipment recorded the paranormal encounter in detail. The temperature sensing equipment showed significant and rapid temperature drops when the "entities" appeared.

Their electromagnetic sensors recorded the spikes of appearance and higher than normal levels as their presence continued.

Their infra red cameras detected image hot spots that varied in size from small orbs to life size wisps of bright energy.

Their acoustic equipment recorded static "noise" and varying levels of frequency specific hums with their presence.

Two members of the paranormal investigation team could detect all of this much faster than the other team members and my friends and I could. They could also understand communications when the rest of us could only detect the static noise and hums.

Two members of the paranormal investigation team could also see people when the rest of us only saw varying sizes of orbs and bright un-discernable images.

But all of us saw enough to know that we experienced a real paranormal encounter. I became so convinced that I set out on a data collecting research project to try to determine the science behind paranormal events. I tried to determine that, if there is a soul, how can it exist and be described scientifically.

I came up with a scientific possibility for the soul and I present it in this book. I then used my findings along with the inspiration from the paranormal encounter to write a film script about the paranormal encounter. This fictionally enhanced script is included in this book.

Read the book and you will become a believer."

The eBook is available from Amazon, Smashwords, UnknownTruths.com and most other distributors of eBooks.
 
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