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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.



Have you ever wondered WHY some ghosts seem to interact with you and others not?  Well, there are really two types of ghosts that  you will likely run into ghost hunting....a Traditional haunting and a Residual haunting.

I want to talk about the Residual haunting.  Of all the types of hauntings, the Residual haunting is likely the most common.  Certainly, it is much more common than most people think and I would say that a high percentage of ghostly activity falls under this category.

Simplest way to describe this kind of haunting is an old film loop or a recording  It can be a scene or image that plays over and over through the years that imprints itself on the atmosphere of the place.  This event can suddenly discharge and play itself at various times, just as a recording would.  The events are not always visual either.  They are often replayed as smells, sounds, and noises that have no apparent explanation.  The famed "phantom footsteps" that are reported at many haunted locations are a perfect example of this.

Often, the mysterious sounds or images that are recorded relate to traumatic events that have taken place and that have caused some sort of disturbance to occur there.  This is the reason why so many battlefields, crime scenes and areas related to violence have become famous for their hauntings.        

Residual hauntings will not involve missing or vanishing items, as there is no consciousness present.  While windows or doors may be opened and closed, it is because of energy expending itself, not because it is physically being manipulated by spirits.

So, WHY are they here?  Why do they keep doing the same things over and over?  Is there a logical explanation for this or do they just do this because they like it here???  For years, investigators referred to the "stone tape" theory as a possible cause for residual hauntings.  This revolved around the idea that building materials of the structure could absorb the energy and then replay it again later.

Water is a great conductor of electricity, so could it be the older buildings used much more water in their brick and mortar than today's materials used to construct a building?  Would this explain why older buildings seem more haunted than newer ones?  In theory, the older the building gets, the water starts to evaporate and therefore, the residual haunting becomes weaker and weaker over time.

And with this theory, would explain why renovations or remodeling seem to make the "haunting" more active.  Inside some structures, water may be "locked in" and prevented from evaporating, like inside of the wall or in the foundation.  Disturbing that may cause the water that has been stored for decades to be released and in this way, allow its memory to be played.  This stored water could hold a higher quality copy of the original event and this could seem to make the location "active" again with "ghostly" activity.  Once this water also evaporates, the haunting then fades away once more.

So, when we went to Jefferson, Tx a couple of months ago we caught a GREAT photo of who we believe is Mrs. Stilley who died in 1879 in the Grove(her home).  It is said you can see her in a corner of the living area looking out the window.  So, is the a Residual haunting or a Traditional one?  It seems she does not interact with people just looks out the window.

If you said Residual, then that is correct.  No intelligent interaction means it would be a Residual haunting.

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