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About me.....I lost my grandfather when I was 17. I had a VERY difficult time getting over it. I just needed to know that I could still communicate with him. I loved him so much I didn't think I could live without him. I read everything I could get my hands on that had to do with the "afterlife" and that started it all...the love of Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal. I am now a Certified Paranormal Investigator and have my own Paranormal Group. I have been researching the paranormal for over 30 years!! It is my way of staying in touch with my grandfather. Being a Ghost Hunter is not always as exciting as it seems on TV. Many nights I have sat in the dark and not a thing happened. BUT it is those times you DO get that one voice, that one unexplainable picture or have an experience that sends chills down your back that makes it sooo worth it all!!! My purpose of this blog is not to make people believe in ghosts but maybe to open their minds just a little bit... I LOVE this crazy thing called Ghost Hunting. It is as much a part of me as breathing. I am just a girl that refuses to accept we can't still contact our loved ones after they die. My grandfather won't let me.

6/14/2017

RE-POST THE PFISTER HOTEL-YOU DON'T DARE CLOSE YOUR EYES!!!!

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The Pfister Hotel,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
It's that time of year where we are all on the road more than we probably want to be, but with Thanksgiving, Christmas and a New Year more than likely you are making a trip to somewhere you will HAVE to stay in a hotel. Well......... I say...........Pick one that is HAUNTED!!!!!!!!!!!!  Now that's a TRIP!!! LOL

Have you ever walked into a place and thought, "If only these walls could talk?"  Hotel rooms have been witness to passion, hate, misery, joy, sickness, and death so it's know wonder that they would have spirits haunting them. And the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee is just such a hotel.

The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is just one of those places that from the minute the front door opens your eyes widen and your heart beats just a little faster at the beauty and luxury of this amazing place!!!  I was lucky enough to stay at the Pfister Hotel some time ago on a business trip.  SSSSHHHH....now MY business might not have been the same as my BOSS had planned for me! I'm pretty sure he didn't say "now Becky, pick out the most HAUNTED HOTEL to stay in and spend YOUR nights wondering the halls going up and down the stairs and hallways looking for ghosts".  But for the life of me..........it just seems to turn out that way every time. LOL

The Pfister Hotel
Now, back to the Pfister.  The story on the Pfister is Guido Pfister was born in Germany in 1818 and a Tanner by trade.  He moved to Milwaukee in 1847 and partnered with Charles Vogel to eventually become one of the most successful leather manufacturers in the Midwest.  He believed that Milwaukee needed a first-class, world-class hotel.  He wanted a magnificent building where people would feel privileged to stay but at the same time, he also hoped that folks from every social class would feel free to mix and mingle. Unfortunately, Mr. Pfister died in 1889 before a single stone was laid.  His son Charles, and daughter, Laura Vogel, immediately set about to fulfill their father's dream.

The Pfister opened its doors on May 1, 1893.  And just as Guido Pfister had hoped...... it was one, if not the most luxurious hotel in the country.  Running completely on electricity made it the most modern of its time as well.

Charles Pfister died in 1927 and his spirit is said to have been seen in the rooms of guest, the hotel's original marble staircase, the musicians' gallery in the ballroom, and in a storage area on the ninth floor.  Is Charles still watching over his father's dream hotel?


Do you see an orb???
Many guest have reported hearing knocking, TV's and air conditioner's turning themselves on and off, even a phantom dog that has been heard yapping in the corridors.  BUT one of the more famous reports of a paranormal activity came from Carlos Gomez,  a outfielder for the Minnesota Twins.  He says that back in July 2009 he was coming out of the shower and heard voices in the other room.  But when he went to check there was know one there.  He also said that his Ipod would come on by itself and start to vibrate.  Every time Gomez turned it off, it would start up again.  He now request a roommate when staying in the hotel.  In addition, over the last few years more than 4 or 5 professional baseball players have reported seeing  or experiencing some sort of paranormal activity in the hotel. To this day, many of the Brewers baseball team will not stay at this hotel.
 
Now, did I experience anything paranormal?  DARN!!!  I did not.  But I can tell you that while I was walking the halls late at night taking pictures....I NEVER felt alone......it was just THAT FEELING you get like someone is watching you.
 
Now, if you plan on visiting the Pfister, which I HIGHER recommend you do......be sure to ask if you can stay in the ORIGINAL towers because they have since added an additional tower or two.  So far, no activity has been reported in the new additions.
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The upper stairs lobby area.



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6/07/2017

THE REAL HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT IS EVEN SCARIER THAN THE MOVIE!!!

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The truth about the poplar movie, The Haunting in Connecticut, was revealed in an interview with People.com.  For two years, Carmen Reed, the mother of the boy who had been plagued by a malevolent force, stated the children in the home had been slapped, groped, and terrorized.  According to the interview, in order to be closer to the clinic where her son underwent cancer treatments, the family moved into a former funeral home.

The torment began the first night they arrived.  It started with her son seeing a man with black hair that hung down to his hips.  The apparition appeared to him daily.  Sometimes, the entity would just say his name.  Other times, he'd make threats.  The doctors, after being informed of the boy's visions, declared him a schizophrenic.

Soon after, her son's disposition seemed to change.  He began playing cruel tricks on his family.  Not sure what to do, the Reed's sent their son to live with nearby relatives.  Interestingly the voices and the visions stopped!

But now with the boy gone, the entity set his sights on one of the Carmen's nieces.  One night, her eighteen-year-old niece said, "Aunt Carmen, it's coming, can you feel it?"  Terrified, she clung to Carmen.  Pulling her away, Reed glanced down and saw the imprint of an invisible hand crawl up her niece's shirt.  That's when she realized that the vision and voice that had plagued her son were supernatural.

Immediately she reached out for help.  Famed demonologist John Zaffis, along with three priests, performed a three-hour exorcism.  Zaffis was later quoted as saying, "Compared to that house, the other cases I had been involved with were like dealing with Casper the Friendly ghost."  He continued, "All I wanted to do was get my car keys and get the hell out of that house."  Although the exorcism was a success, the Reed family no longer lives there.  The torment they's endured at the hands of the evil that once lurked within their former Southington home will never be forgotten!

5/31/2017

THE AMITYVILLE HORROR HOUSE COMES TO LIFE!!!

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Lorraine Warren doesn't have to go to the movies to see ghost stories—she lives them.
Alongside her late husband, demonologist Ed Warren, the clairvoyant investigated some of the most famous and infamous paranormal hauntings around. Her most notable cases have inspired plenty of frightening flicks, including 1979's "The Amityville Horror" (as well as the 2005 remake) and next week's scream-inducer, "The Conjuring."

At "The Conjuring" press junket in San Francisco, Yahoo! Movies recently had the chance to speak with Lorraine Warren, now 86. We asked Warren how the 1971 case of the Perron family in Harrisville, Rhode Island, which inspired "The Conjuring," compares with the horror that the Lutz family experienced in Amityville, New York back in the mid '70s.
Warren laughed, as if there is no comparison at all.
"Amityville was horrible, honey. It was absolutely horrible," she said. "It followed us right straight across the country. I don't even like to talk about it. I will never go in the Amityville house ever again. You don't know how long my career is; that's the only one."

Warren's career is indeed long, as she and her husband founded the New England Society for Psychic Research in 1952, and have over 4,000 cases in their files. So when Warren says that the Amityville house is the one haunted house she won't return to, it's apparent that something terrifying went down there.
That something horrific did occur at the house is not in dispute. On November 13, 1974, 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his parents, two brothers, and two sisters. But that's not what inspired the film and its subsequent sequels.

About a year later, George and Kathy Lutz moved into the house at 112 Ocean Avenue with Kathy's three children. Not surprisingly, the Lutzes got a great deal on the house, which was ironically called High Hopes.

But according to the Lutzes, after they moved in evil forces started rearranging the furniture (much of which was left over from the DeFeos), strange welts showed up on Kathy's body after she was levitated two feet in the air, a demonic face peered out of the fireplace, flies swarmed in the middle of winter, unexplained smells of excrement festered, green slime oozed off the walls and more. A dirty laundry list of paranormal terrorizing went down, enough so that the Lutzes finally evacuated High Hopes after only 28 days.

The Warrens were among the few investigators to look into the case. And while many claim the whole story is a hoax, it's obvious in talking to Lorraine Warren that she remains a firm believer.
Of course, movies based on actual events don't necessarily stay true to those events, especially in the horror genre, but if the Lutzes' case is scarier than the haunting depicted in "The Conjuring," then it's no wonder that Warren remains affected.

In "The Conjuring," directed by James Wan ("Saw," "Insidious"), Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play Ed and Lorraine Warren, who set up an investigation in the Perrons' isolated farmhouse to find definitive proof of the inexplicable and frightening events that are endangering the Perron family. Unfortunately for everyone involved, they find that proof.

"You need proof. That's what you have to have. You can't tell ghost stories," Lorraine Warren told us.

Pretty cool...huh???  

So the other day I saw on FB a collection by The Bradford Exchange that I got soooo excited over I could hardly stand it!!!!  They are doing a collection called America's Most Haunted Village Collection!!!!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I'M IN!!!!!!  I could not sign up for mine fast enough!!!  A real haunted village of the world's most haunted places........stick a fork in me....I'm DONE!!! LOL

So, I've been waiting.....and waiting for my first piece to come in the mail.  The first piece in the collection wouldn't you know is the Amityville Horror House!  Can you guess where I got the idea for tonight's blog?????????? LOL

So, if your interested the collection comes with a newspaper clip, a Cert. of Authenticity, a numbered house and even a light so that the lights glow.  Do I like it?  Yes.  I do and I am excited to get another piece to go in the collection.  I do have one little thing that I don't really like about it......and that is that they put pumpkins around the house.  I think it would have been better without them.  Yeah...I wish they wouldn't have done that but I still like it. 

Anyway, I just wanted to share that.  It's kinda fun.  I have not been to the Amityville house but I hope to get to go there someday.  If you have, I would love to hear what you thought.
http://www.bradfordexchange.com/products/917976_americas-most-haunted-village-collection.html

    









10 HAUNTED HOUSES THAT ARE ACTUALLY REAL!!!!

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5/23/2017

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COFFINS AND CASKETS? EACH HOLDS ITS OWN SPECIAL MEANING BUT DO SPIRITS REALLY CARE?

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As I am writing this post I get the word about the bomb at the Ariana Grande concert so I would like to send all my love and support to all those that were affected by last night's devastating bombing in England.  Many angels coming your way.

It's long, sometimes made of wood, sometimes made of metal.  Only one person at a time can get in it (normally) and it is NEVER re-used.  Any guesses???  Well if you said casket you are RIGHT!!!  So, lets talk about caskets!!!  Creepy right!!!!!

So, if you have been ghost hunting very long, more than likely you have ended up at a scary old cemetery!  Well, at least I hope you have.  I love cemeteries.  Lots of ghost hunters will say that a cemetery is the least active place because the spirit does not rest with the physical body.  I say.....baloney!!!  IT'S A GREAT PLACE!!!!!!  Although, we all know spirits are around us all the time, sometimes they are attached to a person, place or thing, right???  Well, think about it......first at the cemetery what is there......well besides the body....it is a place of GREAT EMOTION!!!  Second.....people are usually buried with their favorite things.  And what happens....the spirit stays attached to their favorite belongings.  So why wouldn't the cemetery be the PERFECT PLACE for an investigation.

Now,  a couple of things to watch out for if you are investigating a cemetery and especially if it is OLD!  First, a long time ago people were buried in wooden caskets and over time.....wood rots.  Yeah...from that alone I am sure you can figure out what happens next.  So be careful if you feel a "soft spot" or "sinking spot" in the older cemeteries.  You could find your leg sharing a coffin made for one!


I recently ordered a book called Gone to the Grave by Abby Burnett-Burial Customs of the Arkansas Ozarks, 1850-1950.  If you don't have this book...get it!!! It is filled with soooooo much information about the whole process of a funeral a long time ago....from the people who made the caskets to the how society dealt with death from 1850-1950 as well as a more difficult topic of how African-Americans practiced death in the Ozarks.  Much of what I am going to be writing about on caskets came from her book.

If you guys will remember a while back I went up to see my brother Jr. and took pictures and posted them on my blog and FB asking if anyone knew anything about the "coffin like" caskets on top of the ground. This is a TOTALLY CREEPY site if you have not seen these before.  Know one knew anything about them!   There were all different sizes but I think the ones that bothered me the most were the little small ones that obviously were for the children buried beneath them.  These pictures were taken at McBroom Cemetery, Kingston, Arkansas that I posted previously asking if anyone knew anything about them.









Anyway, I finally found some information in Abby's book that explains them.

"A coffin, the sounds, the isolation, the loneliness along with the revisualizing of those last gasping moments of one struggling to ward away the grim reaper and losing the battle wrought in us fears almost too esoteric to be endured by mortals"  written by Columbus Vaughn.  I don't know why but I thought this was a pretty cool statement.

Coffin and casket are often used interchangeably.  There are distinct differences, however.  The coffin, which is the older of the two styles, is six-sided, widest where it accommodates the body's shoulders, and tapers toward the feet.  Sometimes called the "toe pincher", the coffin has a separate, one-piece lid, which must be lifted off when mourners view the body.  This style, with variations, is seen above ground in the Ozark's oldest graveyards. (BINGO!!! Now I know)

Known as false crypts, these stone "coffins" though made to the same scale as the one below ground, do not contain a body; instead, they serve as a memento mori, reminding viewers of their own mortality.

The word casket originally meant a jewel box or a container for something precious (isn't that cool!) and is the more recent of the two container styles, still in use today.  These are rectangular boxes, or rectangles with beveled corners, whose lids are attached with a hinge along the box's longest side.  Casket lids are usually viewed from the waist up when the upper half of the lid is raised.  Caskets usually had handles and other decorative hardware and cost more than coffins.

Most men living in rural areas stated their profession as "farmer" on the various censuses, many worked at variety of jobs.  That made it difficult to document such part-time jobs such as preaching, funerals, carving tombstones, or making coffins. One man, James Willis Phillips, listed as a farmer on four censuses, is credited with having made 135 caskets for neighbors in his Pleasant Grove community, work he did not charge for.  Blacksmiths were the ones who most often built coffins and wooden vaults or boxes that protected the coffin in the grave.  By the 1970's life had changed so radically that blacksmiths and their skills were no longer needed.

Because the body was waiting to be buried, a coffin was used as soon as it was finished, which meant there was no time for paint or varnish to dry.  Instead, the coffin's exterior would be covered with fabric, held in place with tacks or decorative brads.  Generally, adult coffins were covered in black and children coffins were covered in white lining.  Fayetteville's African American community typically chose white, grey or pink linings.

It is believed that grave robbers were not always after something buried with the body.....the wanted the BODY!!!  Medical students were allowed to work on "regular" burial bodies that were buried at the public expense. How crazy is that...hey let's go dig up a body and see if we can take out it's tonsils????

An oversized corpse presented a different problem, as happened when 350 pound T.D. Cain died on a visit to Pocahontas.  The town's undertaker had to have a casket made-to-order by a St. Louis firm so Cain's body could be shipped home to Missouri.  Oversized caskets were occasionally built to accommodate multiple family members killed in a tornado,
or a mother and child burial.

No matter what the dead was buried in, they were treated with love and compassion....mostly by the neighbors who would often prepare the deceased for the family.  They would dress them in their best, place a cloth over the face that had been soaked in a solution of soda and water to keep the dead from darkening.  They would also place coins over their eyes keep them closed.  Sometimes, the body would stiffen before they could get them in the casket or coffin and you could hear the bones breaking when they would move it.

In many communities, a bell would ring out.  Many times in the amount of years the person lived. The men would dig the grave and the women would cook for the family.  Many times, if a child died, family and friends would bring curtains or sheets over to wrap the child in.  There were no big fancy wreaths only simple wild flowers placed on the casket.

Many of us, are curious about life and death.  After reading this book, it made me think of a time, where friends helped each other in many different ways...and not one TEXT message was sent saying "I'm sorry for your loss"...but true feelings would be expressed in person and the dignity of the dead was the goal of every person there.

5/17/2017

WHAT CAN SPIRITS DO AND NOT DO

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let's talk about the most important information about what spirits can or cannot do. You might be surprised that some of the scariest things that can happen don't just wait for Halloween. 
1. Spirits have the ability to effect you mentally, physically, and emotionally
No one ghost is the same as another. Each spirit has the ability to do various task depending on the level of strength they have accumulated. Though not common, a spirit does have the ability to physically attack you. A ghost might also have the ability the effect you emotionally with things such as unexplained extreme mood swings. An extremely advanced spirit can even manipulate you mentally and challenge the reality that surrounds you.
2. A ghost does have the ability to manipulate objects
Over the course of my paranormal journey I cannot count the number of inanimate objects that I have seen moved or thrown without a natural force or explanation. I recall one time on an investigation, an item was thrown off of a stove by an unseen force directly at another investigator and myself. Spirits have the absolute ability to manipulate inanimate object. Depending on the strength of the spirit, it is possible for doors to be opened or closed, items to be thrown, items to be moved from one place to another, and even the manipulation of electrical lights. There really is not set limitation to what a spirit can physically manipulate. 
3. A ghost is a ghost and DEMONS are rare
Due to the widely broadcast shows about the paranormal field, there has been a large amount of "demon" hysteria that has taken root within the minds of those who watch these shows. I want to go on record now as saying yes, things do exist that some would classify as a demon. BUT let's take a minute to evaluate the term "demon". No matter your respective beliefs, the word "demon" was coined as a religious term to describe those inhuman things that battle against good and are theorized to come after our humanly souls. Like many deviations in the English language the term "demon" doesn't simply cover everything evil and sinister in the world. I personally believe an individual who murders or hurts children is evil, but that doesn't make them a demon. When a person dies, whether they are a rapist, murderer, or saint; who they are in the moral guidance of life does not simply transpire to angelic nature because they have now died. To put it simply, someone nasty and sinister in life will be nasty and sinister in death. This doesn't make the ghost a demon, but essentially reflects the person is the same level of bad in death they were in life. With all of this being said, please be aware a true demonic haunting is extremely rare. Most of you reading this have a better chance at winning the lottery then being attacked by a "demon". Demonic haunts are not simply removed or cast away, these entities have no restraint of time and will wait in order to reek terror and disaster through a families entire lineage. There are many "demonologist" that certify themselves as ready to take on any demon, but truthfully if they came across an actual demonic haunt they would run in the opposite direction. What's a good rule of thumb? If what you are experiencing is not beyond and more extreme then what you have seen on TV and on the big screen, then you can bet you are just dealing with some type of ghost. 
4. Spirits tend to be more concentrated in places that have experienced a lot of death or birth 
There are many scientific theories within the paranormal field as to why places are haunted and why some places are more haunted then others. I could not write a simple small answer to give any of these brilliant minds the justice they deserve for their theories, so I will offer what I will classify as my own personal belief. I personally believe that locations which experience a large amount of death or birth disrupt the natural balance of energy in the world which we all live. Basic elementary science, energy of any kind is neither created or destroyed. Energy is transferred or moved. Locations such as hospitals, battle fields, and sites of horrific deaths emit a lot of energy into the world we live in to go "beyond". This energy being so concentrated in one spot easily explains why places with a high volume of deaths or births have an extremely larger amount of spirit activity. 
5. There is no proven reason why ghosts are here or reach out
If you believe everything you see on TV and the big screen, then you will also believe that spirits are here because they have unfinished business or are simply angry to the injustice done to them in the world. I am going to take a small moment to throw a huge monkey wrench in all those claims. Why are spirits still here and making contact with us? Well the answer isn't as black and white as you have been lead to believe. Sure, some ghost might be hanging around with unfinished business or because of some grave injustice. Let's be real though. No one spirit is hanging out at your house ALL the time. Spirits have the ability to come and go as they please. No one spirit is reaching out or still here because of one simplified reason. I personally believe that spirits have the ability to come and go from the various levels of reality as we know it. This would explain why when so many people are dying they tell others they see those loved one's that have passed before them. I fully believe loved one's come and go to help us guide. Be honest with yourself and your beliefs, and you will conclude God is a busy guy. There is no way one God could watch us all, hear us all, and protect us all. I would challenge the idea that spirits of our loved ones who have passed are there to hear us, watch over us, and guide us to the next step after death. My point? Ghosts are everywhere and for all different types of possible reasons, some spirits can come and go as they see fit. At the end of it all though, it is comforting to know we are watched over and reached out too by the one's we have loved that are no longer with us in their physical form.