Sarchie’s Deliver Us from Evil Thrills

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Ralph Sarchie

Ralph Sarchie

Sarchie’s Deliver Us from Evil Thrills

Demonic possession cases are rare. However, every—and I mean EVERY—paranormal investigator needs to know how to distinguish between them and mental illness. Ralph Sarchie’s Deliver Us from Evil teaches the reader to do just that.

Ralph Sarchie is a veteran NYPD police officer. He is also a paranormal investigator trained by Ed and Lorraine Warren. A devout Catholic, Sarchie along with co-writer Lisa Collier Cool interweave fascinating case studies with practical advice. My copy is flagged throughout. This book dives right into an unbelievable case. The authors then step back and provide Sarchie’s backstory. The common thread linking the chapters is God. Sarchie’s a firm—and I mean firm—believer in God and the power of prayer. And I agree!

Beware the Night

Originally published as Beware the Night.

Some of the more salient points are: The psychic hours are between 9 pm and 6 am. Human spirits aren’t subject to exorcism. Inanimate objects cannot be possessed. Prayer works! However, Sarchie goes in depth with orders and stages and terminology. Hint: Read the book.

[Note: I would be remiss not to point out the one glaring typo: Super Bowl is two (2) words. This is a pet peeve of mine.]

The problem is that people don’t believe in the Devil. Even some of the clergy don’t believe a Devil exists. Sarchie makes a credible argument that an Unholy Trinity exists and is waging war against the Holy Trinity. His Unholy Trinity consists of Satan, Lucifer, and the Antichrist. Combined they are feeding off of innocent and uneducated souls. Only the Holy Trinity, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, can save them. Sarchie should know; he has assisted on countless exorcisms. He works in concert with the Catholic Church.

While reading the book, I was reminded of the movie The Conjuring. I can hear Ed Warren’s voice advising Sarchie in many of the cases. Shoot, even John Zaffis make a couple appearances. This book shows why it is important for paranormal investigators to help their clients. It reminds us that somewhere along the way we will encounter a case that is beyond our capabilities. We cannot handle it alone. We should refer those few cases to the professional exorcists. Do not attempt! Unfortunately, there will be the few who will not heed my advice. The Devil and his minions do exist, my friends. It is only through God that they are controlled and casted back to Hell.

Deliver Us from Evil

Deliver Us from Evil

Ghosts Wear Clothing—So Should You

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Chicago Tribune 11_04_1906-pg-2

Ghosts Wear Clothing—So Should You

It’s a pet peeve. I don’t want to see shirtless middle-aged men mowing their yards—especially in my neighborhood. It’s disgusting. It’s the beacon: Middle Age Crisis Alert. Dude, you don’t look cool, sexy, or attractive. You look desperate. Put a shirt on!

This train of thought was spontaneously followed by the revelation: Ghosts wear clothing. Consider that for a minute. They do. And for good reason. I’ve never read an account where the ghost was naked. That’s because no one wants to see that.

Ghosts appear in the fashion of their time. That provides a valuable key to the observer in attempting to solve the mystery. Without clothing, the ghosts cannot visually represent their story. And paranormal investigators need all of the clues we can get. Clothing is a freebie. I love it when a client can discern specific pieces of apparel. The lace floor-length nightgown is indicative to a time past. The high collars. The wide hoop skirt. Given that most of our investigations involve Civil War era hauntings, the color and type of uniform helps.

Pay attention and ask about the clothing. You will be surprised how easy it is to research and to narrow your focus. Plus, it’s fun searching the Internet for period clothing and learning the history. Remember: Historical research is critical in all investigations.

Imploding Like a Rock Star

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Ryan Buell

Ryan Buell

Imploding Like a Rock Star

The paranormal community has identity problems. We are constantly barraged by skeptics. We all do our homework before we investigate.* We check our facts. We test our equipment. We do a lot to ensure the evidence we gather is the best and most accurate obtainable. Just when we gain a little more credibility, something comes along and sets us back.

As I see it, the paranormal community is divided into 4 categories: 1) Professionals, 2) Professional Celebrities, 3) Celebrities, and 4) Amateurs. The bulk of the people fall into the first category: Professionals. These are the people working in the field. They are investigating, writing, and observing all things paranormal. These are the working-class paranormal peeps. They don’t get paid for what they love; they do it for the love of it. They act respectfully and professionally.

Some move from the first group into Group 2: Professional Celebrities. They are “celebrities” because their education and skills elevated them to experts in the field. They’re on television. Do the conference circuit. Write the better books. They are the “face” of the community.

The third group contains people who are “celebrities” but haven’t a clue what they’re doing. They may have good intentions, they may have gone to the dark side, they may have let “fame” go to their heads. Professionals know who they are and try to avoid them. Unfortunately, the general public sees them as the real-deal. They’re not. This group is very small; however, the paranormal community should be cognizant that it may grow with continued media exploitation.

The final group contains the Amateurs. These are the thrill-seekers. They hunt ghosts because the celebrities make it look easy. These are the people who dabble and get into serious trouble. They are the folks who get their kicks in the black arts. They’re also the fools who get drunk, trespass onto private property, and burn the plantation down. The media loves this group! For them, they represent the para-community. Unfortunately, this group is growing.

Recently, two former television paranormal investigators made the news. Examiner.com broke both stories. Brian Harnois, formerly of Ghost Hunters, is accused of scamming fans by not refunding money or providing products. For those who watched the early episodes with Brian, you should not be surprised. I’m not. I always considered him the drama queen of the show and a distraction. His situation is minor and I hope he gets it together.

The second one is more troubling. Ryan Buell, star of Paranormal State, is accused of booking tours, selling tickets, cancelling the show, and then refusing to refund the money. In addition, there was some confusion as to the actual participants, which could be viewed as misleading. Originally, Chip Coffey was scheduled to appear on the “Conversations with the Dead” tour; however, he withdrew for “professional and personal” reasons. Somewhere along the line communication broke down, and Chip Coffey’s name was not removed from the program. Hence the misleading issue. This has since been rectified. The bigger issue looms. How much are we really taking about? According to Coffey’s post on Facebook, it hovers in the six figure range. Six figures! That’s a lot money. That’s huge. Since the story broke, the “Conversations with the Dead” website has been updated, displaying make-up dates and the removal of Coffey’s name. I hope the tour happens. Until then, Buell’s controversy has become a major paranormal distraction. It’s time he fixed it.

Paranormal people on television have a larger burden than the regular reality TV star. Viewers know that Honey Boo Boo does not represent the State of Georgia; however, the distinction cannot be made for paranormal investigators on TV. They shouldn’t waste the opportunity or blow it. It’s like a rock star imploding. It’s hard to recover from.

 

*I’m presuming that ALL paranormal investigators do this because they really should. There are professional responsibilities involved. But I’ll save that argument for another blog.

Patrick Doyle Interview

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Patrick Doyle

Patrick Doyle

The Archer Paranormal Investigations Gals interview Patrick Doyle. Patrick shares stories, insights, and a preview of his new book Ghosts from the Ground Up, this Thursday (June 26th) at 7 pm EST. Tune in to http://www.liveparanormal.com and find out why we absolutely ADORE patrick!

Patrick Doyle

Ghosts from the Ground Up.

Jaws is 39 years old

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Jaws (1975)

Jaws (1975)

Today is the anniversary of the 1975 debut of the movie Jaws. By far one of my top 5 favorite movies of all times, this film defined the summer blockbuster. The theme song is hypnotic! The slasher parts were minimized for maximum appeal. There’s not much more I can add to the online commentaries. Instead, I urge you to dig out your DVD, sit back, and enjoy what is duunna duunna, du du dun.

Ghosts of Flight 401 Tonight on Archer Paranormal Radio

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Ghosts of Flight 401

Ghosts of Flight 401

Tonight on Archer Paranormal Radio at 7 pm EST:

Oops. In the legal field, we call it a conflict. Larry Flaxman will not be on this week. Stay tuned for new date. This week the API Gals are talking all things airline related: Ghosts of Flight 401, Haunted Hotels that the crew stays in, etc. Plus the latest paranormal news.

Tune in to Archer Paranormal Radio every Thursday evening at 7 pm EST on www.liveparanormal.com. Subscribe to our YouTube.com channel: Archer Paranormal. Follow us on Twitter: @JMSpear, @HauntedLib, and @MagnoliaPsychic. Check out The Haunted Librarian, www.thehauntedlibrarian.com.

Oops, in the Legal Field It’s Called a Conflict

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Ghosts of Flight 401

Ghosts of Flight 401

This week on Archer Paranormal Radio at 7 pm EST:

Oops. In the legal field, we call it a conflict. Larry Flaxman will not be on this week. Stay tuned for new date. This week the API Gals are talking all things airline related: Ghosts of Flight 401, Haunted Hotels that the crew stays in, etc. Plus the latest paranormal news.

Tune in to Archer Paranormal Radio every Thursday evening at 7 pm EST on www.liveparanormal.com. Subscribe to our YouTube.com channel: Archer Paranormal. Follow us on Twitter: @JMSpear, @HauntedLib, and @MagnoliaPsychic. Check out The Haunted Librarian, www.thehauntedlibrarian.com.

Larry Flaxman LIVE with the API Gals

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Larry Flaxman

Larry Flaxman

This week on Archer Paranormal Radio at 7 pm EST:

The API Gals chat with Larry Flaxman, bestselling author and all-around cool guy! Tune in as we talk about all things paranormal with one of the leading authors/researchers in the field.

Tune in to Archer Paranormal Radio every Thursday evening at 7 pm EST on www.liveparanormal.com. Subscribe to our YouTube.com channel: Archer Paranormal. Follow us on Twitter: @JMSpear, @HauntedLib, and @MagnoliaPsychic. Check out The Haunted Librarian, www.thehauntedlibrarian.com.

 

Dear Pilgrim Studios: Hire Me!

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The Haunted Librarian

The Haunted Librarian

Dear Pilgrim Studios, Hire Me!

Word traveled lightning fast when news leaked that Amy Bruni and Adam Berry were leaving Ghost Hunters. Damage control worked overtime with Amy expressing thanks to fans and provided vague clues about their future broadcasting endeavors. Rest assured; both she and Adam are developing a new paranormal show. That’s welcomed news! More—and better—shows are needed. However, if the 2013 season is any indication about quality and production value, I won’t hold my breath.

Last week another Ghost Hunter announced his departure. Britt Griffith also decided to exit, but his future plans are unknown. I’m sure Britt will land on his feet and be okay. He’s talented and educated. Desirable paranormal resume attributes. Not to diminish the departures of Adam and Britt, but Amy will definitely be missed. She brought 20 years’ experience and a sense of adventure to the show. Plus she’s the only strong female lead investigator in Prime Time.

Pilgrim Studios published a casting call to any paranormal-investigator TV wannabes. Apply now! Heck, I did. Sadly I am not what Pilgrim is looking for.

1. I’m female. Of the top 10 paranormal shows currently in production, only two (2) have female investigators. Not one has a strong female lead. [Note: Psychic mediums don’t count because they are the show. Even if they did, only Amy Allan works with a team.]

2. I’m not defenseless. I don’t scream, squeal, or faint. I do, however, say “Oh my stars.” And I have been testing out “Hell’s Bells.” Not sure either would catch on with viewers. Plus, I find that freaking out only freaks out the clients. Bad PR by the way.

3. I’m not a 20-something string bean tart. Nor do I have any tattoos. My co-founder at Archer Paranormal Investigations has enough for both of us. My size 2 days ended when I married.

4. I’m grounded in my beliefs and a practicing Episcopalian. I’m awestruck that God and religion don’t make it into the reality TV scripts. Without God, there would be no devil, or demons for that matter. Clergy are often an afterthought. Shameful! By the way, more religious people believe than non-religious. Catholics and Black Protestants believe more than any other religion.

5. I’m highly opinionated. I’m a lawyer. I have lots of opinions and enjoy sharing them. I’m naturally curious. I’m incredibly nosey. I seek answers, and I do my research. [Note: See blog “Just the Facts, Please!” for discussion.] I care about our clients and want to help them. Isn’t that why we’re there in the first place?

Now that I’ve talked Pilgrim Studios from auditioning me, maybe they will consider my argument. Please cast a strong seasoned female investigator. It’s not Ghost Hunting 101. Female investigators add a much desired component to Ghost Hunters. Plus, demographics and statistics support the decision. More women than men (64% compared to 50%) believe in ghosts. Seventy-three percent (73%) of Americans believe in some aspect of the paranormal. That’s 3 in 4 Americans. Women are the majority. Women are the primary household consumer.

If Pilgrim Studios is reading: I’m still interested in auditioning. Can I bring along Jenn and 2L?

 

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