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Behind Every Cloud is a Kindred Spirit (BECKS)I lost my grandfather when I was 17. I had a VERY difficult time getting over it. How could I 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 to do with the "afterlife" and that started it all...the love of Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal. I have been researching the paranormal for over 37 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 explainable 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.



The Mills Cemetery, Garland, Tx
The Smiley's
Mills Cemetery, Garland, Tx

I am going just a little off course today, I was going to write about "How spirits help us" and I plan on posting that later this week, but today I want to write about a cemetery and in particular the gravesite of the Smiley family.  One of my viewers wrote and told me about this place last year and it has become one of my most poplar stories with the most comments. Until this past weekend I had not been there myself.
When I first drove up, I thought it was a very pretty, little area, but I had never been to a place that the road runs between TWO different cemeteries side by side before.  But this one does!  On one side, is the supposedly the haunted Mills Cemetery and just to the other side is the Garland Cemetery.  I thought this was a bit odd but....you know....whatever. :)
I went there all alone and now I am really glad I did.(As you will see).  I pulled down into the cemetery and parked the car.  I can tell you from the moment I opened the door and stepped out of the car, I felt a peaceful feeling come over me, which I DIDN'T expect...... because THIS is suppose to be a really ACTIVE HAUNTED cemetery.  I can remember thinking to myself....well this isn't SCARY......it's really nice.


As I got out my equipment, I began walking across the cemetery and found the Smiley site fairly easy.  Now, let me tell you what I have heard about the Smiley family.  One story is...... that Mr. Smiley went crazy and killed his entire family then himself and now he wonders the cemetery at night looking for his next victim.  Another story is that if you lay down on the ground in front of the headstone on Halloween you won't be able to get up or you will feel Mr. Smiley grabbing you trying to pull you down.  And then there is the story.....that back on May 9, 1927 the Smiley family came to their untimely death when a tornado tore through Garland which was devastating and is now referred to as the great "Garland Cyclone".  Seventeen people were dead and five of them from the same family......The Smiley's.

So I sat my recorder and flashlight on top of the tombstone and sat down in front of the Smiley's with my Dr. Pepper in hand and began just talking to the family.  I had EXCELLENT flashlight communication and not anything I think  is really to impressive on EVP's but I am going to go over my data again and will let you know if I find something else.  Here is a brief clip of my flashlight session with THE GIRLS(daughters).  Now, I don't want to hear ONE comment on the singing..... It was just me and the girls at this point....I wanted to do something with JUST them because I feel maybe lots of questions are directed to Mr. and Mrs. Smiley.  I did ask Mr. Smiley if it "upset him" about the things written about him and I even read him three articles written on his family.  The response was very clearly a "YES" it upset him about the bad things he had supposedly done.  I also found out Mrs. Smiley is VERY close to her daughters and loves to cook. :) 
Now, I have ALWAYS been honest with my readers and I try to tell it "like it is" or at least the way I see it........so I am going to do that again.  Guys....and gals.....lol.....we ALL want to have a great paranormal experience BUT in the process we have to get the FACTS right!!!  I feel compelled to say this (especially after my session with MR. SMILEY).....people by no fault of their own....easily repeat what they hear......such as......that ol' house on the hill is sooooo haunted because you can see lights in it at night....when the REAL story is YES you do see lights in the house at night because a family bought the house and are doing repairs at night and don't have the electricity turned on yet.....or........don't go there because the BIG EVIL GHOST will get you!!!!  Anyway....you get my point.  Here are the FACTS on the Smiley family as I know them.  The Father, Mother and three daughters did die in a tornado on May 9, 1927 while they slept in the early morning hours around 3am.  One daughter did survive.  That's it folks.  That's the story.  So, I am putting myself in the families shoes.  I wouldn't like people going around saying that a relative of mine MURDERED his family and then KILLED himself when the painful true is soooo different.  So, lets be respectful of that. A good Ghost Hunter reports his/her finding based on facts NOT Legends.   IF Mr. Smiley wonders the cemetery at night......it is my guess it's NOT because he is looking for his next victim.......it is because it's a WONDERFUL place to take a night stroll and enjoy the fresh air. :) That's MY TWO CENTS :)

Rest in Peace and thanks for the visit.

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