Breaking the News
Tonight on “Breaking the News,” Wes and I discussed sounds in space, continued (i.e., legitimate) university research in the paranormal field, Craigslist ads, and another “demon” video. Below are some links to the news stories; however, listen to the archived show for excellent commentary!
Apollo 10 and “outer spacy type music”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/apollo-10-astronauts-reported-unexplained-music-at-moon_us_56c80662e4b0928f5a6c0679.
The University of Virginia’s Division of Perceptual Studies: https://med.virginia.edu/perceptual-studies/. Follow the links for full-text articles related to their three main areas of research: Children claiming to remember part lives, reincarnation, and near death experiences (NDEs).
Teams advertising on Craigslist: Try to resist.
Video purports “demon” turning pages of a burned bible: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/495844/Demon-turns-Bible-viral-YouTube-video-paranormal.
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I’m back on Wes Forsythe’s Paranormal Filler, http://paranormalfiller.com/, this Sunday, February 21st at 9 PM for “Breaking the News.” Every month I chat with Wes about the latest news, tidbits, and, well, filler in the the paranormal field.
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Historic—and Possibly Haunted—Garden District Mansion for Sale
Located in the Garden District in New Orleans, the former Harris-Maginnis Mansion has hit the real estate market. Again. Currently operating as a bed and breakfast (B&B), the home can revert back to a private home and can be yours for the discounted price of $4.9 million.
Designed by the famous architect James H. Calrow in 1857, the house was built for the cotton broker Alexander Harris. Harris and his child bride, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Thompson, moved into the sprawling home in 1858. On July 19, 1896, Harris died from yellow fever. The young widow remarried and sold the home in 1879.
The next owners were John Henry Maginnis and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Tweed. [Note: Both women were called “Lizzie.”] Maginnis was a cotton baron. While vacationing at another residence, Maginnis was struck and killed by lightning on July 4, 1889—only 10 years after purchasing the home. Tweed held onto the property and willed it to her only daughter, Josephine, in 1921. Josephine and her husband split their time between New York City and Europe; therefore, Josephine gifted the 13,000 square foot home to the New Orleans chapter of the American Red Cross in 1939.
The American Red Cross used the home as a headquarters from 1939-1954. Dr. Clyde E. Crassons purchased the building and converted it back into a private residence.
The home has changed hands several times. Mr. and Mrs. Schreiber remodeled the home and converted it into a bed and breakfast. Hollie Vest, a Tina Turner impersonator, purchased the home in 2001.
Even more noteworthy is that the home has been listed for sale a lot. Like, a lot. It was listed in 2012 for $2.85 million. It sold in 2013 for $1.6 million. And now it is for sale again. Originally listed for $5.475 million, the sale price has been reduced to $4.9 million. The new owners can leave the home as an operating B&B or convert it back into a private home. I would not be surprised if the beautiful home reverts back. That seems to be the trend with historic properties.
Now known as the Magnolia Mansion, the home is not marketed as haunted. However, the B&B Website does provide some interesting stories and photographs of possible hauntings. Activity seemed to commence during the renovations. Another Website proffers that the ghosts are friendly. One tucks guests into bed at night while another child “plays” in the hallways. I don’t know if the home is haunted. I would love to investigate, though. Who knows? Maybe the next time I’m in the Crescent City!
Respect the Dead
Happy New Year! I took some time off but have returned. Sometimes it’s best to let the year play out while you sit back and watch. And that’s what I did. However, I am rejuvenated and ready to blog about all things paranormal.
As 2016 started, the world mourned the loss of two music icons: David Bowie and Glenn Frey. Even though I was a very, very small child when these men hit their strides, I grew up listening to their music. I remember when MTV played videos and had Music VJs (video jockeys). (I thought it was an actual job and would last forever.) Bowie was an MTV staple. Likewise, I remember Frey as a soloist and actor. Yes, I’ll admit to watching him on Miami Vice. Their deaths are sad and reminders to live life. However, just as others attempt to profit, so does the paranormal community. I was deeply saddened to read about people attempting to communicate with David Bowie.
It appalls me when someone in the paranormal community uses the death of a celebrity to further his/her cause. Communicating with a dead person just because he or she was a celebrity so shortly after the celebrity has crossed over is insensitive.
Reasons why it is insensitive:
- Disrespectful toward the dead.
- Wrongfully intentioned publicity stunt.
- Shows a lack of knowledge about death.
I’ve attempted to watch some of these people and their spirit box sessions with Bowie. Some were painful. All were in poor taste. First, none of the ones I watched used his real name. Further, why would an international celebrity like David Bowie communicate with someone whom he did not personally know? Second, at least one person/group did not videotape any protections before conducting the session. Third, all showed that their intentions were wrong.
Communicating with the dead is not a sin. I’ll write on that later. However, communication should only be done after properly educating yourself. Protections are vital. Without properly protecting yourself, you run the risk of leaving yourself open to attack.
Spirit communication is usually done with an evolved or enlightened spirit. That takes time. I don’t know any research showing that there is a “best” time to communicate with a dead person. Spirits come to us when they are able…and ready. Respect the dead. Avoid publicity stunts such as this.
Rest in eternal peace, Mr. Jones and Mr. Frey.
I’m The Haunted Librarian. Been this for awhile. A man is attempting to impersonate me by setting up fake haunted librarian Web sites. His first one was shut down. His second one will be, as well. All of this in an effort to harass me. His actions are malicious. He’s very, very upset about a few blogs I wrote exposing a #ParaScammer pseudo-artist who lied about his art. There are many lessons here. One of the major lessons is: Do your research. Before you purchase anything from a Web site, investigate to see whether the artist is legit.
Another thing this man is attempting to do is harass my friends. Although my friends aren’t in the paranormal community, they do discuss, research, and investigate our lost society: specifically, the abandoned lives of past generations. Matthew Christopher runs a few great sites: Abandoned America, https://www.facebook.com/abandonedamerica.us/?fref=ts; https://instagram.com/abandoned_america/; https://twitter.com/abandonedameric. Check him out.
My other friend is Sean Galbraith. He is an urban explorer. Check out his Web site and social media, http://seangalbraith.com/, https://twitter.com/seanphotos, https://www.flickr.com/photos/smlg/.
These two men inspire my research in the paranormal. No, not every location I explore is haunted. Every location I explore has a story. It is our responsibility to listen and to retell the stories accurately.
This illegal activity has been reported. All of this because a man didn’t like the truth.
If you see any suspicious activity or think you see a site associated to me but known that it cannot, please let me know. I am the real Haunted Librarian.
I am re-posting because I will not be censored or harassed. Join me in exposing #ParaScammers.
Nova House Mystery
The Internet was abuzz prior to Halloween. Photographer Seph Lawless, a pseudonym, visited several abandoned houses across America and published a coffee table book 13: An American Horror Story. The various websites offered a preview of the houses with brief teasers written by the photographer. One house was especially sinister: The Nova House.
According to Lawless, the Nova House was the site of a horrible accident. In 1958, Benjamin Albright accidently shot and killed his son. Stricken with grief he killed his wife and then turned the gun on himself. Since then the house sits abandoned—shuttered. Moreover, personal items remain inside. What a great story!
The problem is I cannot find any online stories related to this house. Further, I cannot locate any death certificates for a young son dying in Ohio in 1958. No death certificate for “Benjamin Albright” in 1958 either. Nor can I find any articles related to this murder/suicide. This troubles me.
If in fact this house is haunted, there should be at least one story available. At least one paranormal investigation team would have explored this house and posted their evidence. Someone should have written about this tragedy and the fate of this boarded up building. One of the dozens of websites listing haunted houses would have this house on it—with directions.
Urban legends are based on truth. Even a smidgen of truth fuels a tale. However, so many people get caught up in the tale that they don’t question the facts. I would love to read the facts of this story. As it stands now, this is merely a fictitious story about an abandoned and spooky-looking house. Nothing more.
#RIPCecil: Demand Justice for Cecil
I am devastated by the news this week that Dentist Walter Palmer, of Minnesota, paid between $50,000-55,000 to kill “Cecil the Lion.” Basically, Walter killed a perfectly healthy male lion in order to stroke his ego. Walter has publically stated his “regret” for his participation while placing blame on the guide and landowner. Walter is a COWARD. And a bastard! And we should take note.
- No one should kill an animal for a trophy.
- No one should pay an outrageous amount of money to decide who lives and who dies. Critics claim that the money raised by these killings support the poor and enrich the local economy. Studies show that a mere 2-5% actually goes to those who need it most.
- No one should play God. And that is what Walter and his “guides” did. They lured Cecil from his government protected home, wounded him, and let him suffer for 40 hours before Walter finally murdered Cecil.
Walter does not believe in God. If he did, he would have listened to God’s instructions to not hurt—no less kill—an animal for the pleasure of it. Walter stated: “I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.”
Here are some of the problems with this statement:
- Walter doesn’t regret his actions. If he regretted them, he wouldn’t pursue them. Walter likes to kill innocent animals.
- Walter does not “practice” this “activity” responsibly. If he had, he would have known that luring an animal from his government-protected homeland was illegal. Walter would have known that baiting an animal from his home is illegal.
- Walter has been arrested for this type of act in the United States. He was placed on probation and fined a paltry $3,000. Seems Walter did not learn his lesson.
Let’s be clear: Walter did not hunt down and slaughter Cecil for food or out of necessity. Walter paid a lot of money to experience the pleasure of killing. Walter is hiding behind the legality of his actions and placing blame on others. However, Walter alone killed Cecil. Now Walter should suffer the consequences of his actions. Walter should stand before the Zimbabwe government and explain his illegal actions. If needed, the United States government should aid in transporting Walter there.
Why Should You Care?
Walter is playing God. People who enjoy killing innocent animals and claim it is an “activity” are evil. There is something wrong with this man. His evil thoughts have manifested into purely evil acts. Walter is a killer. Where will Walter, and those like him, draw the line?
Everyone should pause and think about the consequences Walter’s actions have on society as a whole. When we allow one person to play God, another will want to play, too. Don’t let the Devil win. Don’t rest on your laurels, either. The Devil is still committed to converting God’s faithful.
For the fate of humans and the fate of animals is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and humans have no advantage over the animals; for all is vanity. Ecclesiastes 3.19