RIP Ghost Stalkers

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Ghost Stalkers

Ghost Stalkers

RIP Ghost Stalkers

Word on the street is that Ghost Stalkers will not be returning on Destination America. The show, starring John E.L. Tenney and Chad Lindberg, was divisive. The cancellation by non-renewal was not for lack of effort. John and Chad reached out to their fans and held live twitter sessions for every episode. Others involved with the production followed suit. Unfortunately it was not enough to persuade Discovery Communications, owners of Destination America, to pick up Season 2. While neither John nor Nick Groff, Executive Producer, responded to instant messages seeking confirmation, their silence may in fact answered the question.

While I enjoyed the show, I am aware that some people cringed at Chad’s zealous cries of fear. Looking beyond that, the show contained innovative equipment and technology designed to locate portals. John balanced out Chad’s excitability with insightful commentary. In addition, the locations were unique and not the same-old-same-old locations pervasive on other paranormal shows. I will miss Ghost Stalkers. Fingers crossed that one of Discovery Communications many other channels may be interested.

I’m Breaking the News at 8 pm EST

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Wes Forsythe

Wes Forsythe

Wes has invited me back on Paranormal Filler to dish the latest paranormal news. This week I’m chatting about TV shows–cancelled, premiering, and currently filming. Plus news of the weird from across the globe: Ghost photobombs in wedding pictures; Ghost hunters who stopped a real robbery; And more.

Tune in, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/liveparanormal/2015/02/23/paranormal-filler-with-host-wes-forsythe, at 8 PM EST. Guaranteed laughs, as well.

John Zaffis Recovering from Stent Placement Surgery

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John Zaffis

John Zaffis

John Zaffis Recovering after Surgery

The Godfather of paranormal research, John Zaffis, underwent surgery to unblock an artery. The artery was 90% blocked and required the placement of a stent. Zaffis was jovial in a recent Facebook post stating,

My wife had to put up that posting so very fast, never in a million years did I think I was going to have to be concerned with so many people knowing me in the emergency room and they started texting and posting so I told my wife to post something so our family and friends did not see something that was incorrect in a posting, we all know how that go’s. But I am home now and doing good, thank you all for all the prayers and positive energy.

Zaffis is very well-known in the paranormal community and has gained a new following from his hit TV show Haunted Collector (2011-2013). The show featured Zaffis and his team investigating paranormal activity, oftentimes identifying the source attached to an object. Zaffis collects the objects and houses them at the John Zaffis Paranormal Museum, which opened in 2004. I blogged on February 6, 2015, http://thehauntedlibrarian.com/2015/02/09/zaffis-may-purchase-former-funeral-home-for-museum/, that Zaffis is finalizing plans to relocate the museum to a former funeral home. The property would contain a gallery and conference space for special workshops. To my knowledge, this project is still moving forward.

Zaffis, nephew of Ed and Lorraine Warren, is a respected Demonologist and has consulted and investigated thousands of cases. Further, he has appeared on several TV shows and makes frequent conference appearances. Most notably, he is one of the sweetest people working in the industry. For more information, check out his Website, http://www.johnzaffis.com/.

Get well soon!

Ghost Hunters Returns for Season 10

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Ghost Hunters Season 10

Ghost Hunters Season 10

Ghost Hunters Returns for Season 10

Jason Hawes and his team of paranormal investigators return for their 10th season on the SyFy Channel, http://www.syfy.com/ghosthunters. The 13-episode season does not have an actual debut date; however, it is sometime in 2015. On average the show draws 1.7 million viewers. Over half of the viewership consists of adults, ages 24-54. The official page on Facebook still shows the Season 9 cast, https://www.facebook.com/GhostHunters.

In other news, former team member Amy Bruni took to Facebook this week cautioning fans that a recent article circulating the Internet claiming that she and fellow ghost hunter, Adam Berry, were fired is false. Citing heavy travel schedules and missing family, Bruni wrote that she was exhausted and made the decision on her own to leave the popular show. She now participates in public investigation events through her company, Strange Escapes, http://www.strange-escapes.com/. Bruni’s post is another great example of “reporters” whipping out sensational falsehoods on the Internet. Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Follow this blog for accurate and timely news.

Happy Birthday to Me!

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My Birthday Outfit

My Birthday Outfit

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today’s my birthday. I am truly appreciative to be alive. The outcome could have been tragic and very different. Last year on my birthday I was unaware that a 3 inch tumor was slowly growing. Even though I had annual and often bi-annual mammograms, no one identified the huge ass tumor growing front and center in my left breast. Today I reflect on the radical changes physically, mentally, and emotionally as I celebrate my 40-ish birthday.

I don’t look anything like I did before. I lost all my hair through chemotherapy. I gained 20+ pounds then, too. Instead of taking the nausea pills, I ate my way through 4 sessions lasting 3 months. My family “vacationed” in my living room standing watch and assisting me through the horrendous week-long recoveries after each chemo treatment. I lost 10 pounds when both breasts were removed in September. Those DDs sure were heavy! I have mini blue tattoos where the radiation aligned for 33 treatments. And virtually none of my clothes fit. Add that to monthly shots and daily hormone treatment pills (plus the pills to curb the hot flashes), and you see that the last year was tough. Very, very tough. I still cannot look at myself in a mirror. Forget taking pictures. I avoid all cameras. My mental recovery will take longer than my physical recovery.

For nearly ten years leading up to the discovery, I complained about the incremental growth of both breasts. One gynecologist naively told me that continued, unexplained growth happens in some women. Jerk. He should have known that unexplained growth is a precursor to breast cancer. Thankfully he has retired and does not perpetuate such ignorance.

My breasts were dense—extremely dense. Therefore, I endured the vise grip twice a year. I walked out of the mammogram tests feeling safe. I wasn’t pulled aside; I wasn’t ushered into the side room. I got the “A-OK you are cancer free.” Don’t be lulled into the false sense of security.

Twenty percent of all breast cancers are not detected by mammograms. 20%! I attended annual exams where my new gynecologist performed breast exams. The mass moved around. And it hurt. I’ve had over 10 years of streaking pain across my left breast. Two classic signs discounting a tumor. Thankfully, last year I persisted. Shortly after last year’s birthday, I felt the lump. And I knew. Take my word: You know. My heart sank as I made the appointment. But I made the appointment. If you feel a lump, don’t wait for your annual mammogram. Schedule an appointment. Be your own advocate because no one else will.

This year I thank God that I am alive. And I mean it. I also thank Him for setting me on a new path. I enjoy investigating the paranormal. I also enjoy meeting other enthusiasts. I will continue blogging, researching, and investigating.

Currently, I don’t resemble my profile picture. I’m not updating it or changing it. I’m going to wait until my hair grows out and I lose the extra chemo weight. God help me; I will lose this weight! I’ll continue to shrug off the occasional comment, “Gee, you don’t look like The Haunted Librarian.” One day soon I will. Happy Birthday to me! God Bless.

These are my favorite shoes.

These are my favorite shoes.

Current Recruitment

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Archer Paranormal Investigations

Archer Paranormal Investigations.

Archer Paranormal Investigations, API, is currently recruiting for the following positions:

Second Camera Operator: API is seeking a second camera operator and technician. If interested, please forward a letter or email of interest to Archerpicontact@gmail.com.

Spiritual Advisor: API is seeking ordained clergy to assist us on some of our investigations. If interested, please forward a letter or email of interest to Archerpicontact@gmail.com.

Intern: API is seeking an intern to assist in all aspects of video production. No experience necessary. We will train. If interested, please forward a letter or email of interest to Archerpicontact@gmail.com.

Ghost Cop: Investigating with Stacey Jones

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Stacey Jones, Ghost Cop

Stacey Jones, Ghost Cop

Ghost Cop: Investigating with Stacey Jones

People have been investigating paranormal activity for hundreds of years. Yes. Hundreds of years. Don’t let the expansion of cable networks and the influx of paranormal reality TV shows fool you. Likewise, there are people who have spent decades investigating. Further, some of these people like to share their tips, techniques, and antidotes with others. One such person is Stacey Jones, the nation’s leading paranormal investigator.

Stacey started investigating in 1984 while a police officer in New York. She founded the Central New York Ghost Hunters (CNYGH) and was lovingly christened the “Ghost Cop.” She has investigated over 1,000 haunted locations, has been featured on two A Haunting episodes, and has appeared on various paranormal reality TV shows. Her tale is cautionary; her teenage son attracted a nasty spirit on a seemingly benign cemetery investigation. It took 12 months to exorcize the demon from him. Her other stories are just as riveting.

She has since retired from the police force and team investigating. Instead, Stacey frequently shows up at public investigations and dives right in. She joined the Archer Paranormal Investigations team (API Gals) and some of our friends on our investigation at the Old Hawkinsville State Hospital, also known as Taylor Memorial Hospital. And we were thrilled to the point of giddy to share the evening with her.

Stacey brings over 30 years of experience and common sense to an investigation. She is a life-long researcher and reader of the paranormal, religion, and history. She knows a lot. I mean a lot. She is highly likeable and engaging. She treats everyone, living and dead, with the utmost of respect. She does not confront or threaten or yell. The only obscenities are aimed toward herself. While dumping some of her equipment into her folding chair, Stacey deftly balanced the chair with her coffee while proclaiming herself, “the laziest bitch investigator today.” Not quite! She is hardworking—listening, analyzing, and contemplating where the activity may originate from.

Some of our friends were investigating for the first time. Stacey patiently displayed her equipment, encouraging them to try them out. She provided tips and techniques. She took the group under her wing and started searching for evidence. On short breaks she entertained us with battle stories and commentary. She doesn’t namedrop. Nor is she boastful. Deep in her heart, Stacey is a teacher. She relishes explaining the how-tos and whys. I learned quite a bit!

Whenever possible, investigate with an authority. Paranormal “celebrities” have packed tour schedules. Check online for upcoming investigations. You will learn new investigation techniques. Stacey likes to holler, “Hello. I can’t see you.” Love that! What a great way to engage with a spirit? It’s non-threatening and allows them to come forward—if they so choose.

Stacey Jones and John Zaffis

Stacey Jones and John Zaffis

You will glean information. They bring different equipment, and you may get to test them out. We tested out the Bionic Ear. 2L Lisa immediately purchased the following morning.

They also reinforce techniques you may already utilize. For instance, Stacey doesn’t confront, she remains respectful, she thanks them, and she prays before and after an investigation. These are all things that the API Gals do. Guessing I’m going to be getting another folding chair to traipse across abandoned buildings and cemeteries so I can be like Stacey.

For more information on Stacey, please view her Website http://ghostcop.org/. I look forward to investigating again with Stacey. It was a wonderful experience. Even the torrential downpour couldn’t dampen our excitement. Just like 2L, I love me some Stacey Jones!

Finally–Hawkinsville State Hospital

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Hawkinsville State Hospital

Hawkinsville State Hospital, Georgia Archives.

Finally—Hawkinsville State Hospital

Tomorrow Archer Paranormal Investigations, API, travels to Hawkinsville, Georgia to investigate the Old Hawkinsville State Hospital, also known as Taylor Memorial Hospital (http://www.theoldhawkinsvillehospital.com/). This marks my first public investigation, where people have paid to participate in an investigation. In addition to the API Gals, we will be investigating with some of our former clients and friends. I am beyond excited!

I first learned of the OHSH from an episode of Ghost Stalkers (2014), Season 1, Episode 3, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4193834/?ref_=ttep_ep3. John Tenney and Chad Lindberg collected some extremely compelling evidence. Therefore, my expectations are high. Actually, the mere opportunity for investigating in an incredibly old and defunct hospital meets that high expectation. I’m not sure what I will do if we collect any evidence. A few choice phrases come to mind, but, hey, this is a PG-13 blog.

Seekers of Spirits (SOS) Ghost Hunters, http://www.sosghosthunters.com/, have exclusive permission from the owners to conduct tours and hold investigations. This paranormal group is working to preserve the hospital, as well as, the incredible and sometimes tragic history of the hospital. I respect this group and look forward to meeting them. In addition, I applaud their strict enforcement against Ouija Boards, séances, and rituals. Personally, I am against the use of such items. Moreover, I find that most people who use these items often abuse them.

I am off to pack, charge batteries, and collect items that I usually don’t bring on investigations (i.e., lawn chairs, surplus extension cords, and snacks).

Look for an update next week. I will be posting pictures and more.

8 sentenced to jail in Atlanta school cheating case

The Haunted Librarian:

Terrible day for public education.

Originally posted on AJC Latest News:

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Three former top administrators were given maximum 20-year sentences Tuesday in the Atlanta school cheating case, with seven years to be served in prison, 13 on probation and fines of $25,000 to be paid by each.

Five lower-ranking educators — those who worked as principals, teachers and testing coordinators — received sentences of up to five years with at least one-year in prison and hefty fines ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. All the defendants were granted first-offender status, meaning their record would be wiped clean after they served their time.

Judge Jerry Baxter gave one final warning to educators Monday that they would face stiff punishment unless they admitted to guilt and waived their right to appeal. He delivered on that promise Tuesday, dolling out punishments to administrators Tamara Cotman, Sharon Davis-Williams and Michael Pitts that elicited gasps and sobs from spectators in the courtroom.

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