In 2018, Maplecroft, the Queen Anne Victorian House purchased by Lizzie and her sister, Emma, shortly after her acquittal of murdering her father and stepmother sold for $600,000 to the owners of the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum, where the alleged murders occurred. Donald Woods and Lee-Ann Wilber purchased the second home intending to open another bed and breakfast. Two years later, Maplecroft is again for sale. This time it is offered fully furnished for $890,000. Suzanne St. John, the realtor representing the property, will appear on Spooky Southcoast this Saturday to discuss the home and an incredible opportunity to own a piece of Lizzie Borden history.
David Jessup is a stand-up comedian based in Texas. He’s also the creator of @ChildrenOfDave (https://www.instagram.com/childrenofdave/), handcrafted—and haunting—sculptures using upcycled toys and other thrift store finds. His children are available for adoption and nearly all of them have new homes. With his comedy schedule in limbo due to the COVID-19 pandemic, David has begun to dabble in stop-motion animation. Join Lesia and David on Thursday, August 20th at 9 PM on Midnight.FM as they discuss his children, comedy, and various creative projects he’s working on.
David Jessup is a stand-up comedian who can be seen on stage around the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well. But in 2003, his life was uprooted with the murder of his friend John David “J.D.” White. White was also an artist whose body was found in the Trinity River in August of that year. He was 37; his case remains unsolved. While cleaning out White’s apartment, Jessup found a few toy parts. To honor his friend, he created his first sculpture. He hasn’t stopped since.
David Jessup’s therapy is creating curious sculptures out of discarded or broken toy parts. For the past 8 years, Jessup has reassembled toys, he calls his children, and sold them via his website, David-Jessup.squarespace.com, and various art galleries and specialty shops.
Season 3, episode 5 of Paranormal Caught on Camera airs Sunday, August 16th at 9 pm and features Dave, Shealy, co-founder of the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters. Dave was the debut guest on The Haunted Librarian Show with Lesia Schnur last week. Dave is a life-long Skunk Ape enthusiast and has new audio evidence and tracks. It is unclear if that evidence appears in the episode.
The Internet lit up this week with a story claiming that Annabelle, the infamous conduit of evil rag doll, escaped the Warren Occult Museum. Rest assured; she is safely tucked in her locked cabinet.
The cause of the viral news story is linked to an error in translation. Actress Annabelle Wallis, who starred in the 2014 Annabelle, was interviewed where she discussed how actor Tom Cruise permitted her to jog with him while they were filming The Mummy (2017). The unfortunate confusion centered on the actress’ name and the rag doll’s name. Chinese social media sites misinterpreted the actress running with Cruise and innocently mistranslated the content. However, the Internet was not having it.
As the world continues to battle COVID-19, many posted that Annabelle the doll escaping was the final straw summing up the year.
To be clear, the real Raggedy Ann doll Annabelle is packed with the other items from the Warren Occult Museum, formerly located in Monroe, Connecticut. The museum closed in 2018, with media outlets reporting there were zoning violations. Lorraine Warren died on April 18, 2019 at the age of 92; Ed Warren died on August 23, 2006 at the age of 79. Their estate has since passed to their only child, Judy, whose husband Tony Spera manages. No word on whether or not the Warrens’ collectibles will appear in a permanent location; however, the new controversy is the online war of words between Tony and Zak Bagans, lead host on Ghost Adventures.
What’s it like to schedule a paranormal team to come out to your home to investigate? Shaun Moore had Archer Paranormal Investigations out to investigate strange activity in his home, which is in a neighborhood that was on the battle lines during the Civil War. Join Lesia as she gets updates from Shaun and they discuss the investigations.
There is a dark side to the paranormal. In this realm, demons tempt humans by any means necessary. Sometimes people unintentionally attract these demons; however, some actually seek them out. Once someone has an attachment, that person eventually needs the attachment removed. One person who conducts these negative removals is June Lundgren.
Demons are real. They stalk their victims and seek those who have wavering faith in God, whatever that means to a person. The demon’s ultimate goals are to inflict pain and suffering. How the demon realizes these goals is to attach himself to the victim. Ms. Lundgren spoke about her work on The Midnight Society with Tim Weisberg by stating: “Once you have an attachment, you’re screwed.”
Lundgren spoke of how demons travel in packs. Through her work, she may remove several attachments (starting with the weakest and building up to the powerful), advising people not to perform these removals on their own. She detailed how she watches how the demons act before she begins her work. June’s guardian archangel assisting her is Uriel.
Archangel Uriel is a member of God’s Legion of Light, which includes Archangels Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel. These angels are channeled through various people called to perform God’s work by hunting demons. (Note: Most people do not seek out becoming demon hunters.) Lundgren described how these angels appear to her even stating that “Gabe” has a sense of humor, and Michael wears jeans.
Popular entertainment romanticizes alliances with demons and demon possessions. Unfortunately, someone afflicted with an attachment or a possession doesn’t realize that his story will not end as glamourous as portrayed in movies or on reality TV ghost hunting shows. In fact, attachments are serious and dangerous.
Lundgren highlighted several popular urban legend remedies that do not work. These include the use of crystals, sage, and crucifixes without the image of Jesus. Regarding sage, she says, “God forbid you sage!” What she means is that oftentimes sage exacerbates the situation. Leave it to the professionals. She discounts the use of brake dust (yeah, as in the dust from your car’s brakes) and lines of salt. (Lines of salt work on earthbound spirits but not all demons.)
There are a couple of remedies that do work, such as wearing a Star of David or a crucifix with Jesus’ image. Holy water is also advisable.
Richard J. McNally, PhD shared the results on a limited research study awaiting publication in Journal of Experimental Psychopathology titled “Explaining ‘Memories’ of Space Alien Abduction and Past Lives: An Experimental Psychopathology Approach.” He and his team identified five (5) personality traits among “experiencers,” people who were supposedly abducted by extraterrestrial lifeforms. Although they could not confirm or ascertain whether all or most traits needed to be present, McNally felt that any experiencer would exhibit at least one trait. The traits were: 1. Affliction of sleep paralysis accompanied with hallucinations upon waking; 2. Ability to recall false memories; 3. Prone to high levels of Absorption; 4. Believing in New Age ideology; and 5. Extensive knowledge of other experiencer stories. After reading the notes given at an address before the World Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies in Boston, Mass., June 4, 2010, I can attest that the study was by far too limited and deeply biased.
Sleep Paralysis Followed by Hallucinations upon Waking. The researchers collected stories from participants who experienced sleep paralysis and began to hallucinate. Sleep paralysis is the inability to move limbs while one is conscious. It causes anxiety. The researchers found that the experiencers would begin to hallucinate seeing lights and feeling sensations.
Recall False Memories. Researchers conducted memory recovery sessions with experiencers. At these times, leading questions were utilized to elicit narratives. Some of the stories were not authentic. False Memory Syndrome (FMS) is when pseudo-memories of traumatic events are proffered as possible real-life events. People who are highly susceptible are at risk of turning the suggestion into a false memory.
High Levels of Absorption. Absorption is a term used for people who are prone to fantastical thinking and vivid imagery. They are highly susceptible and embellish stories.
Belief in the New Age Movement. The New Age Movement encompasses a lot of different thinking and activities. Among the most popular are fortune telling; tarot card readings; alternative medicine; astrology; and belief in ghosts.
Extensive Knowledge of Past Abduction Stories. The study claims that most experiencers knew a lot about other alien abduction stories and histories.
The author premised that the participants, 10 in all, appeared sane yet sincerely believed that they were abducted by extraterrestrials.
While the traits may be used to classify types of experiencers, it falls flat in execution. There were 10 experiencers involved in the study. There simply were not enough participants.
Next, the author was clear that there was not one magic combination of traits to identity an experiencer. Whew, because I can identify with 3 and can attest that I’ve never been abducted. Therefore, this is not a foolproof classification system.
While administering the memory recovery sessions, the author shared an anecdotal story on how it was difficult to record short narratives because the team kept laughing. None on the team seemed open to the idea of alien abductions. They conducted the research already settling on the outcome. This is a major error in academic research.
Finally, since the researchers had already passed judgement and deemed these stories false, there was no way established to verify if they could have happened. The author flat out states that no serious professional would believe alien abductions occur; therefore, he was conducting research to find out why people who looked sane were, in fact, not. That’s not research, my friend.
However, a facet of the research may be able to shed light on experiencers and their abduction stories. More research should be conducted in sleep paralysis. Memory recovery sessions should be conducted by professionals who are not biased or use leading questions. There is much to learn from the 10+ years since McNally addressed his peers. Let’s ensure it’s constructed with proper protocols that include cross-discipline researchers. And maybe, just maybe, look toward the successful academics who have come out stating their belief that we are not alone.