Join me as I discuss the latest paranormal news with Wes Forsythe on Paranormal I-Con. The segment, “Breaking the News,” squeezes all things paranormal into 30 minutes. Tonight on http://www.liveparanormal.com at 9 pm EST.
Did you catch the premiere of Ghost Stalkers? Produced by Ghost Adventurer’s Nick Groff, Ghost Stalkers follows John E.L. Tenney and Chad Lindberg as they investigate 6 under-hyped locations. The API Gals watched and will review the show this week on Archer Paranormal Radio.
Tune in and call in 619-639-4606 this Thursday, October 23rd at 7 pm EST on http://www.liveparanormal.com.
Missed it? Check out the clip: http://www.destinationamerica.com/tv-shows/ghost-stalkers.
One Word: Zombies
Duane Willoughby co-wrote the 2014 48 Hour Film Project Atlanta short Zombie Dickheads in Time Insensitive. The short took home two awards: Best Special Effects and Audience Award in Group C. The film exploits the popularity of zombies. Zombies are very, very popular. Written, filmed, and edited over one weekend, the movie is humorous and quirky. Duane has a bright future.
Duane wrote the highly anticipated horror movie Abigail, which is scheduled to begin production in early 2015 and released in 2016. The film is loosely based on a true story set in Georgia. Pretty awesome since the Atlanta area has seen a substantial increase in films shot in the state. Duane is also extremely fortunate.
Thousands of people toy with the idea of penning an Oscar winning script. Unfortunately the reality is quite bleak. Between 30,000-50,000 scripts are registered annually. Of those, 150 scripts are sold or optioned. Less than 10 are actually produced. The odds are a staggering 5,000 to 1 that someone will sell a screenplay. Consider that the odds for being possessed by Satan are 7,000 to 1. Yikes!
Join the Archer Paranormal Radio Gals as we chat with Duane as he explains what time insensitive is. Tune in Thursday, October 16th at 7 pm EST on http://www.liveparanormal.com.
A Missing Corpse = Foul Play
Reports of abuse and killings plagued the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys for decades. Former detainees filed a class-action lawsuit. The State of Florida investigated determining that there was insufficient evidence to substantiate. The University of South Florida (USF) Anthropology Department received a grant to exhume the 31 known and over 55 unmarked graves. Dr. Erin Kimmerle, a professor at USF, also obtained an order allowing the excavation of another coffin in Philadelphia. Her team dug up the coffin only to find wooden planks instead of a body.
The Florida State Reform School opened in January, 1900 in rural Marianna, Florida. The state-run facility housed boys, aged 8-21. At its maximum, the school housed 500 boys. The school closed for “budgetary reasons” in 2011. These young men committed minor crimes from truancy to theft and were sent to the school in an effort to restore them to community life. Along the way, something went horribly wrong.
Undergoing four name changes in its 111-year history, the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys sits on 1,400 acres. Numerous buildings and cottages dot the landscape. Former residents described the grounds as beautiful—much like a college campus. Facilities included a pool, cafeteria, farm, dairy, and hospital. Two cemeteries, one for Caucasians and another for African Americans, exist. However, only 33 graves are marked with crosses. Through radar, another 55 additional unmarked graves were located. An additional 22 boys who died at the school are unaccounted for. Numbers vary; however, some 84-100 boys died while detained at Dozier. Unfortunately for some, the school became a place of torture.
In 1925, 17-year-old Thomas Curry was sent to the reform school. He remained for 29 days. A ledger entry at the school denoted Thomas was “killed on the RR Bridge Chattahoochee, Florida.” The Old Cathedral Cemetery, in Philadelphia, listed his death as “killed by train.” Curry’s death certificate, discovered in 2008, stated death was caused by a crushed skull from an “unknown cause.” No one from the school reported Thomas’ death to the State of Florida. A wooden coffin was sealed and transported to Philadelphia for burial. The coffin was interred above Thomas’ grandparents. There is no tombstone.
When the coffin was opened, wooden planks were discovered. No body. No skeleton. No personal effects. Where is Thomas Curry?
Although a state investigation (2008-2009) failed to find sufficient evidence supporting reputed abuse, this discovery—or lack thereof—should reopen the investigation. Bodies were illegally buried. Bodies were improperly handled. Boys disappeared. Former detainee Roger Kiser called Dozier a “concentration camp for little boys.” The idyllic images of the school posted online in the Florida archives clash with the testimony of 300 men. A missing body highly suggests foul play.
Tune in Friday, October 17th at 9 pm to “Breaking the News” on Paranormal I-Con on www.liveparanormal.com. The Haunted Librarian joins host Wes Forsythe as they discuss the latest paranormal news.
Super HUGE announcement. I’ll be dishing and discussing paranormal news and events with Wes Forsythe on Paranormal I-Con, Fridays at 9 pm EST on http://www.liveparanormal.com. I start tomorrow, October 10th, and will rotate weeks.
Tune in and find out the latest para news. Plus, we’re pretty chatty people. Never know what may come up. Who’s excited? This GAL!
Horror Movie Abigail: Walls have Secrets, too
Filmmaking has expanded in the Atlanta area. API Gals’ friend Brian Popkin, CEO of Elfkin Studios and Post Productions, has been involved in two 48 Film Project in Atlanta. This year’s entry was a zombie spoof. Pure comedy! It won an audience award for best short. In addition, Brian is now involved in a full-length horror movie, Abigail: Walls have Secrets, too, which hits theaters in 2015/2016.
Tune in Thursday, October 9th at 7 pm EST to Archer Paranormal Radio, www.liveparanormal.com, as Brian discusses his film projects and his paranormal experiences.
I’m a Scarefest newbie attending the annual Horror/Paranormal Convention in Lexington, Kentucky, September 12-14 for the first time. It is the largest horror and paranormal conference in the South. The venue was amazing and convenient.
The Platinum Package was well worth it. I saw Jake Busey and Corey Feldman before it all started.
Crowds were small on Friday. I browsed the 200+ vendor booths, chatted up my favorite paranormal people, and made the following observations:
- Wes Forsythe is the hardest working radio broadcaster in the business. He’s also the most gracious and helpful.
- Live Paranormal’s Rob Szarek is drumming up interviews and business to expand the paranormal radio market.
- Dustin Pari really does believe in God. He walks the talk. He is Mr. Congeniality by being incredibly sweet and supportive.
- Amy Bruni and Adam Berry are the cutest non-couple coupled in the paranormal industry.
- Amy Allen is for real. I doubt her skeptics have ever heard her publically speak.
- John Zaffis is friendly at his booth, in his sessions, and at the elevators. Very professional and accessible. Visit him at his new museum. Worth the drive.
- Chris Lindberg and John E.L. Tenney are enjoying the Ghost Stalker ride, Coachman RV and all. Good for them!
- The Booth Brothers had the best movie prop: an antique Victorian camera complete with a beautifully crafted base. Their new film Dead Still premieres on SyFy on October 6th at 9 pm EST.
I spent Saturday shuttling from one session to another. Thankfully, I held a Platinum Pass, allowing me to by-pass most long lines.
By Sunday I was exhausted. I was unable to attend every session. That’s why I’ll be back next year. For more information visit the Official Scarefest Website, www.Scarefestcon.com.
The Archer Paranormal Investigation (API) Gals will be chatting with Christopher Saint Booth on Archer Paranormal Radio on October 2nd at 7 pm EST. Tune in and find out about the new Booth Brothers’ film Dead Still, an original SyFy movie premiering on October 6th at 9 pm EST.
Can you sense my excitement?? Oh YEAH!