Update Ryan Buell Surgery

ryanbuellAs many of you know, Ryan Buell, the host of Paranormal State, has been suffering from Pancreatic cancer. Ryan recently went through an operation that removed one organ and a piece of another. He is “stable and resting in the ER.”

My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this difficult time. I know that I speak for many when I say that I look forward to seeing you ghost hunting again.

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Ghost Hunters: Prescription for Fear

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I’ll give the Ghost Hunters one thing; they know how to make an interesting show title. With their ratings in decline, the GH crew needed something to revive interest in the GH franchise. Instead, they investigate another closed Asylum.

The Peoria Asylum is looking for some

… sound investors (local or international) and interested partners to join with us thus allowing the introduction of this amazing location to the world. We will gladly provide more information to “qualified” investors. (link)

I’m not sure what a “qualified” investor is, but after announcing that Jay and Grant are selling the Spaulding Inn, I wonder if Jay will be “qualified.”

The investigation begins as usual with a breakdown of the alleged phenomena and eyewitness accounts woven into Jay’s monologue. I found the new location interesting, but I really wanted to hear some hard challenges to the eyewitnesses and some healthy skepticism. Once again we are treated to GH’s staged driving scenes complete with examples of how not to drive. Jay both hands on the wheel, you talk with your mouth not your hands.

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I found the window picture taken by a guest (I wonder if he was a “qualified” guest?), but I wonder if I am looking at an imperfection in a window screen and the play of light on the wall? Is this a case of matrixing?

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The image of Steve rolling Jay around in a wheelchair gave me an uncomfortable thought of the future of GH. I hope that there was more to Britt and KJ’s attempt to investigate the image in the window than what we saw. I can’t believe that someone didn’t try to stand at the same location as the photographer. Simply walking into the same room and standing in the location is half-assed investigation and really gives the impression that they don’t really care about what they are doing. Britt and KJ captured an image of someone walking in the woods, but it could have been Bobo from Finding Bigfoot for all we know. If it was anything, wouldn’t the GH folks have an independent analysis?

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The line from Jason that “we’re here to help — that’s all that matters” made me laugh. It shouldn’t have, but it did.

I’m not sure that it was a prescription for fear, but it certainly was a prescription for Zzzzzzzzz.

Ghost Hunters: Ghost Mission

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Best lines in the program: Britt asks, “Do monks talk?” Britt to KJ, “I’m not going to have to give you mouth to mouth am I?” KJ replies, “Only if you want to.” Hmmm Jason may have to break you two up.

Do Monks talk — really Britt? Does Britt think? Am I to understand that Britt has “ghost hunted” this location to see ghosts and to scare the girls, but has never bothered to spend a few minutes to research this order of monks or any order of monks?

I’m happy to see that the GHI method of speaking English to non-English speaking entities is still in practice. While I was happy to see Josh Gates, a Spanish speaker like Jael might have been a better choice.

Steve freaks out after stepping on a towel that he thought was a dead animal. This throws some doubt on his earlier comments about hearing sounds that could not be animals because he didn’t see any animals. Well, it’s dark, you didn’t see the towel either.

Michelle Tate is a cute girl with an odd hair cut. For some reason she makes me think of Peter Pan. I’m sure that the camera men will enjoy following her upstairs for the obligatory butt shots.

I enjoyed seeing Josh Gates again and the ruins at the location were awesome. The San Juan Capistrano Mission is awesome, but outdoor investigations are really tough. Having said that, I think some members really didn’t put any effort into their investigation (Britt) and the lack of Spanish and native speakers was inexcusable. Let’s face it GH has the bucks to bring in some Spanish speakers — they just didn’t have enough pride in their job to do it. I can imagine that some paranormal groups would love to have a fraction of the GH money to spend on their investigations. I get the sense that these people really don’t love what they do anymore.

The evps collected were poor, ringing bells (did anyone bother to check with a local church?), shuffling sound (did anyone bother to contact an expert on local animal sounds?). One evp was described as Spanish but it couldn’t be understood which begs the question was it really Spanish (was it anything)?

Great location — disappointing effort.

 

Michelle Tate, Syfy’s new Ghost Hunter

2-Angels-Photo-0335It looks as though the Syfy channel’s  Ghost Hunters has added a new young female to it’s team, Michelle Tate. You may remember her from Ghost Hunters Academy were she placed second in the contest. Maybe she will last a little longer than Ashley Troub?

I guess this means that the cameramen will get to do their famous butt shots again.

 

Review: Exposed, Uncovered & Declassified: Ghosts, Spirits, & Hauntings: Am I Being Haunted?

Exposed, Uncovered & Declassified: Ghosts, Spirits, & Hauntings: Am I Being Haunted?
by Michael Pye (Editor), Kirsten Dalley (Editor)
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (August 15, 2011)
ISBN-10: 160163174X
ISBN-13: 978-1601631749

Product Description

“Behind every man now alive stand 30 ghosts, for that is the ratio 
by which the dead outnumber the living.”

–Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey

What are ghosts, spirits, and other apparitions?
Why do they visit, and what do they want from us?
Are OBEs, NDEs, and PDEs real?

Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: Ghosts, Spirits, & Hauntings tackles these questions and more, as some of the world’s best-known paranormal experts come together in a tour de force of investigative journalism. Ghosts have been an integral part of the folklore of almost every culture; indeed, extant references to them stretch as far back as the ancient civilization of Babylon. And the evidence for their existence is mounting.

Resident psychic for Paranormal State, Michelle Belanger, covers the strange Phillip Experiment, in which a group of Canadian paranormal investigators attempted to create a spirit.

Professor of parapsychology Loyd Auerbach tells us what every ghost hunter should know about parapsychology.

Noted expert on paranormal research Joshua P. Warren carefully examines some startling photographic evidence of ghosts.

Andrew Nichols, PhD, director of the American Institute of Parapsychology, discusses his theory of haunted houses, which posits hauntings as manifestations of ESP and/or psychological projection.

Raymond Buckland (Buckland’s Book of Spirit Communications) looks at ghosts as spirits and gives a take on how to talk to ghosts . . . and get a response.

Folklorist Dr. Bob Curran delves into the connection between poltergeists and human origins, and regales us with three classic cases of poltergeist activity.

Journalist Nick Redfern examines cases of ancient animal ghost apparitions.

Noted folklorist Ursula Bielski gives a spooky and detailed account of the “Vanishing Hitchhiker” phenomenon.

Evidence of ghosts is everywhere–if you know what to look for. Whether you’re a believer, a skeptic, or somewhere in between, Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: Ghosts, Spirits, & Hauntings is sure to entertain and educate.

My thoughts:

This book is a must read for anyone interested in the paranormal. The essays are brilliant and I was very impressed with the amount of footnotes with many of them. Michael E. Tymn’s essay “Are Spirits All Around Us?” has nearly 4 pages of footnotes. In addition to great research, I was impressed with some of the ghostly photographs.

Last month, I gave you a small taste of Joshua P. Warren’s essay “The Immortals: Understanding Apparitions” by showing you some of the pictures in the article (link). You can check out his website (link) for an animated look at the alleged phantom soldier. All I can say is that it is thought provoking.

Thought provoking best sums up the bulk of the essays. You wont agree with everything that is said, but you will read some brilliant theories from well known writers. I couldn’t put it down.

I give it a solid 5 stars out of 5. It is a must-read.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from New Page Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Ghost Adventures or “Jackass the paranormal”

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The travel channel has yet another paranormal ghost hunting show to add to its schedule, “Ghost Adventures”. Ghost Adventures is a mix between the popular “Most Haunted” and Jackass. The crew of “Ghost Adventures” or “Jackass the paranormal” are three young film students Zak, Nick, and Aaron. The crew explore alleged haunted locations with the aid of night vision cameras and other devices commonly used in ghost hunting type programs. “Ghost Adventures” adds a twist by locking the crew in the haunted location overnight.

Last Friday night, the boys investigated an unnamed New Jersey Asylum (ahem … Overbrook).  The asylum is reported to have a wide assortment of paranormal activity. The facility is contaminated by dangerous asbestos and littered with debris which makes it a perfect place to investigate for the crew of Jackass the paranormal “Ghost Adventures”.

Early on, we get our first Jackass moment as Zak pokes Nick in the eye with his finger. It would not be a good night for Nick or as I like to call him “Nick the victim”. Later, in the morgue, we get our second Jackass moment when Zak has the great idea to lock “Nick the victim” in one of the morgue’s body trays. Zak and Aaron wander off with poor “Nick the victim” banging on the door begging to be released. With friends like these who needs enemies!

Later, “Nick the victim” believes that he has been slapped in the face. My first thought was maybe it was Zak again that guy is dangerous. I hope that Nick wears some protective gear in his next investigation. Maybe a helmet, a cup, and some protective padding would be a good idea.

The crew collected a few interesting “evp”s but I don’t find any them to be convincing. In fact, the disembodied voices of a woman sounded more like a cat to me.

I have to admit that I enjoyed the show. I wasn’t dry, dull, or repetitive. It was funny, although, that may not have been the intent of the show. In short, I would recommend it.

Aquarium: Could Titanic have ghosts? | ajc.com

Do spirits swim with Atlanta’s fishes?

Are specters now among the many species that inhabit one of the world’s largest collections of sea life?

Is the Georgia Aquarium haunted?

Aquarium workers and officials seem to think there’s a possibility, with hundreds of century-old artifacts of the “Titanic Aquatic” exhibit occupying the Georgia landmark’s northwest corner.

“I think it’s the lost souls from the Titanic,” said aquarium volunteer Margarit Mourino, who reported having a ghostly encounter around the exhibit containing artifacts from the ill-fated 1912 voyage. “I could feel like this hand moving over my head and through my hair.”

“We’ve had a number of volunteers report strange encounters when they were working the Titanic exhibit,” aquarium spokeswoman Meghann Gibbons said.

The aquarium brought in Roswell Georgia Paranormal Investigations this weekend to try to shed some light on what could be causing the incidents. Guiding the official decision, Gibbons said, was “of course” the proximity to Halloween. There also have been stories about ghostly encounters that have followed the exhibit.

The investigators were rewarded with purported recordings of ethereal voices and sightings of shadowy figures roaming darkened corridors. They concluded that not only was the Titanic exhibit%

via Aquarium: Could Titanic have ghosts? | ajc.com

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