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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.



What another great year at the Haunted America's Conference!!!  I met so many  wonderful people and had such a great time!!!  The speakers where great, many of which I have had as guest on my show, Bridging the Paranormal.  We investigated two places...McPike Mansion which is one of my favorites and also a new place this year....The Mineral Springs Hotel.  I just got back home last night and will be going over the evidence from both locations. 

I know that most of you have read previous posts on the McPike Mansion but thought I would post some of the pictures I took this year.  We didn't have a lot of activity and I haven't had time to go over the EVP's yet but in the past I have gotten some amazing EVP's from the cellar, so hopefully I will again this year that I will share with you guys later.

But take a look at this one particular photo from the McPike Mansion.  What do you see????  I circled what appears to me as a mist and possibly an apparition...Mr. Pike...maybe standing in the door....as it looks like a three piece suit with three buttons in the front....kinda like a vest.
Without any circles or arrows. 

Here is a little history about the house.  Sharyn and George Luedke are great about letting you take your time and take all the pictures and EVP's or whatever you like.

I will be posting some really cool stuff about New Orleans, the conference and the haunted locations.  I can tell you that we had one of the MOST AMAZING experiences at the Mineral Springs Hotel and I can't wait to put it all together and share it with you!!!

The house was built in 1869 by architect Lucas Pfeiffenberger.  Original owner of the Mansion was Henry Guest McPike.  The McPike family owned 15 acres of land, then known as Mount Lookout Park.  Here McPike, a horticulturist, perfected his McPike Grape.  The family lived in this, their country home, until 1936.

The house has changed hands several times since its original owner Henry McPike.  The building has been home to Browns Business College and was later owned by Paul Laichinger, who rented rooms in the house to other occupants.

The house has not been occupied since the 1950's.  Before weather and vandals brought extensive damage to the structure, it was a regal addition to the Illinois town of Alton.

The mansion featured 11 marble fireplaces and beautifully carved stairway banisters, all of which have been stolen during its abandonment. Intricate carved trim still border the ceiling in one of the front rooms.

McPike Mansion today is owned by Sharyn and George Luedke who have been trying to nurture this great house back to its regal state.  It is readily known today for its hauntings in paranormal circles. The grounds are often visited by ghost hunters and haunted tour groups in the area.

It is not uncommon to find in photos of the mansion, orbs, balls of light, even figures appearing in the windows that were not seen by the human eye when the photo was taken.

This Grand Ole House is thought to still house many of the spirits that once lived here.  Many Psychics and Mediums have felt the presence of what they believe to be McPike family, servants, as well as some of those who resided in and owned the house since 1936.

The Cellar has been a focal point of many energies felt in the mansion.

Looking in the front door.

This is in the backyard at the McPike Mansion. 
They really don't know who is buried here.

Me and Michele

The last to leave.  Nice to meet you ladies
and Sharyn thanks again for letting up stay after everyone else had gone!

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