Showing posts from September, 2011

Carnegie Library of Homestead

The Carnegie Library of Homestead, Pennsylvania is a public library founded by Industrialist Andrew Carnegie in 1896, third one built in the USA and the second given to Steel Valley. This library would serve the workers and families of the nearby Homestead Steel Works as a way to make amends after a deadly battle broke out during the Homestead Strike of 1892 which pitted union workers against private security agents from the Pinkerton company. The building was designed by Pittsburgh architects Frank Alden and Alfred Harlow and constructed by William Miller and Sons with a price tag of $300,000. It not only contained a library holding over 34,000 volumes but also contains a 1,000-seat music hall and an athletic wing with a heated indoor swimming pool.

In early years, the library held class for immigrants preparing for naturalization, and later for women entering the work force. In the 1900s, the library’s football team was composed of many former star Ivy League players and was conside…

Sneak Peek Tuesday: GH/Paranormal Witness/Haven

This week in an all-new Ghost Hunters, the team heads up creaky stairs to a musicians loft within a house that already looks haunted. Evidently there have been reports that a face has been seen floating from the loft. They’re trying to disprove that the floating head could simply be a reflection so they turn on a light. All of a sudden the light turns off on its own. Be sure to watch the clip and tune in at 9/8c to see if they find out how the light turned off, and if the floating head reappears.

In Paranormal Witness, we have two sneak peeks for each story within the upcoming episode. In the first, a girl and her mother are cookind dinner and are simply catching up on their day. All of a sudden they hear loud, heavy footsteps above them. Although they’re startled, they decide to go see what’s making the noises. The mother goes out ahead with her daughter gripping tight to her shirt. You’ll have to watch the clip and tune in at 10/9c on Syfy to see if the mom and daughter had …

Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum Review/Interview

Otherworld Publications LLC, May 10, 2011
Paperback, 294 pages
ISBN: 1936593106
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Zach Kalusky, host of Sci-D TV's Xavier Paranormal Investigators, is ecstatic when he's given the opportunity to explore the most haunted site in Chicago for a Halloween Special: Rosewood Asylum, a place long made off-limits by the local government, plagued by decades of mysterious fires and unexplained events.

It's Zach's dream investigation- but there's a catch: the network forces Xavier Paranormal Investigators to partner with the more dramatic-but less ethical-Demon Hunters. Now, Zach must fight for both his show's integrity and his team's loyalty while trying to protect his own secret: that he, himself, is possessed.

Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is basically a behind-the-scenes look in to paranormal TV with a few twists and turns. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Ghost Hunters teamed up with Ghost Adventures to in…

Sneak Peek Tuesday: GH/Paranormal Witness/Haven

This week in an all-new Ghost Hunters, Jason and Grant are taking a look through a theater where there’s been reports of voices, and have their dog Maddie in toe. While they’re on the stage, the K2 reader seems to be reading something as it keeps showing activity at a frequent rate. Maddie is even starting to show there might be activity they can’t see as she starts to attack just the air. Be sure to watch the clip and tune in at 9/8c to see if Maddie leads them to something, or if the theater will do the talking on its own.

In Paranormal Witness, we have two sneak peeks for each story within the upcoming episode. In the first, it seems there may be a poltergeist playing games with a young girl watching TV, as the television starts to go on and off in rapid succession, followed by chairs moving, lights flickering and more. The girl makes a phone call to describe the scene and look for help as the furniture continues to move, and objects on the walls fly from their …

It's My Birthday!

[Image by: Polawat]

Twenty-eight years ago on this day, I was brought in to this world. It was a marvelous day. Lots of fun. It doesn't quite feel like I've turned twenty-eight today. Seems like high school was just yesterday.

I hope everyone has as much of a good day as I plan to have. Don't forget to stop by Autumn's blog Ghost Hunting Theories today. It's her birthday too. Happy Birthday Autumn!!!

Carey Mansion

From the 1850s to the early 20th century, wealthy families built elaborate mansions in Newport to be used for entertaining during the summer season. In 1907, liquor millionaire Edson Bradley built a French-Gothic mansion known as Aladdin’s Palace because of its size, on the south side of Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. It covered more than half a city block, and included rooms imported from France, a Gothic chapel with seating for 150, a large ballroom, an art gallery, and a 500-seat theater. Bradley decided to move his mansion to Newport, Rhode Island in February 1923. This move was so impressive it caught the attention of Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

At the age of 71, he began having his mansion dissembled and relocated to an already existing Elizabethan-revival mansion known as SeaView, built in 1885 and previously owned by James Kernochan. The new was incorporated in to the old building and took two years to finish the exterior. The interior was completed in 1928 and consisted o…

Reed Homestead

The two-story, house known as the Reed Homestead was built in 1809 for Oliver Reed Jr. and his family in Townsend Harbor, Massachusetts. He, his wife and four children (the couple had five but only four reached adulthood) turned this federal-style house complete with pine floors, crown glass windows, and a mural on the second floor into a home four generations of the Reed family would enjoy.

Today, the house is used as a nonprofit museum operated by the Townsend Historical Society who acquired the property in 1973. Visitors show up to witness the magnificence of the past including the mural attributed to the founder of Scientific American Magazine, Rufus Porter. It is believed of the 160 murals Porter painted in homes throughout New England the one in Reed Homestead, painted sometime between 1800 to 1835, is one of the most well-preserved still in existence. Of course, others are more interested in its resident ghost.

Tragedy struck one of the Reed children. Hannah experienced the los…

Sneak Peek Tuesday: GH/Paranormal Witness/Haven

Adam is discussing their current location as they’re investigating a basement that would probably make most feel claustrophobic, as it’s a small space and the EMF reader is jumping off the charts. They hear footsteps above them that seem to be in a hurried rhythm, but no one is supposed to be upstairs. They even touch their hands to the floorboards above and can feel the vibrations of the steps. Steve and Tango are called in to do a quick run through of the first floor. Be sure to watch the clip and tune in on Wednesday 9/8 c to see what’s causing Adam and Jason to lose focus as their ears perk up to potentially the paranormal.

In the next episode, a woman wakes up from a dream and is breathing heavily after seeing a child wake up within the dream. She immediately calls her sister and brother-in-law who are 600 miles away. Her dream was a nightmare where she kept seeing the number 16 pop into her head multiple times. Watch the clip and tune in on Wednesday at 10/9c to find out what the…

GS Question of the Week

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Win a Ghost Hunters Prize Pack!! *CLOSED*

I know I've been rather critical of Ghost Hunters only because I started out loving this show. It was definitely the first of its kind. Now, I still like it but not the way I use to in the past. In honor of the new season of Ghost Hunters, Syfy has granted me the privilege to give one lucky person a prize pack containing one Ghost Hunters T-shirt and a DVD set of Season 3!

The rules are simple:

(1) You must be a U.S. Resident
(2) Leave a comment stating you're in it to win it. (One entry per person)
(3) A valid email address must be included with your comment

Contest ends September 7th at 7pm Central. I'll use to choose the winner who will be notified the following day (Sept. 8th) via email.

Good Luck!!

Reminder: Syfy's new show Paranormal Witness premieres next Wednesday, September 7th after Ghost Hunters.

Contest is now closed. Winner has been chosen.

Sneak Peek Tuesday - GH/Paranormal Witness/Haven

The team is scoping out a basement where inhabitants have stated they feel like they’re being watched. Britt and KJ break out the EMF reader but don’t see a lot of response. They do however start to hear things including footsteps. As they’re trying to speak to whomever or whatever is there, they sense it could be near the camera set up in a corner, and then, the thermal camera literally falls over. Be sure to watch the clip and tune in on Wednesday 9/8c to see what caused the camera to topple, and if Britt and KJ can make a connection.

The stories will keep you on the edge of your seat with discomfort but cringing for more, as those who experienced the encounters in real life give you a look into what it felt like to have a paranormal interaction. In the sneak peek clip below, a little girl appears to have an imaginary friend and her parents think it’s fun to play along at first, but then their daughter’s stories with her friend start to change and things are not just imaginary anymor…

Michael Jackson is Being Harassed in Heaven Review

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Dead celebrities are just as f***ed up in the Afterlife as they are on Earth.

At least according to Dr. Abraham Tribesky, 95-year-old psychiatrist to deceased Hollywood stars.

In Michael Jackson Is Being Harassed In Heaven, Dr. Tribesky reveals the tabloid-worthy lifestyles and outrageous opinions of his famous patients from the Other Side. Not to mention how these egocentric spirits hassle living celebs and ordinary folks alike. In shocking stories like:

*DJ Decapitates Fan with Flying Vinyl.

*Lady Gaga’s CDs Torched in Rock ‘n Roll Heaven.

*Karen Carpenter Blasts Brittany Murphy: “No Fatties Allowed on the Other Side!”

*Sinatra’s Frank Advice for Justin Bieber.

*Same Ghost Appears in 20 Episodes of Paranormal State!

The only son of Sigmund Freud’s favorite charwoman, Abraham Tribesky grew up playing peek-a-boo with the great man’s patients. He slept beside his impoverished mom on Freud’s legendary couch, car…

Hill View Manor

Hill View Manor in New Castle, Pennsylvania has acquired quite a bit of a reputation especially after being featured on Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters and Ghost Lab among other notable people in the paranormal field.

Its story began in 1925 as the Lawrence County Poor farm built by Architect A. L. Thayer to be a working farm unlike any of its kind, housing the county’s homeless and indigents. The building was equipped with a kitchen, hospital, laundry, separate living quarters for men and women, a cemetery, bomb shelter and an extra wing for employees and officers. It officially opened the doors to those in need in 1926.

A few decades later in the 1970s, a skilled care wing was added along with a new name, Hill View Manor, turning it in to a nursing facility. Unfortunately, the home faced financial strain and was forced to close in February 2004. While the building appears to be empty, minus a few things including medical equipment left behind, some people believe former residents …