Follow the link to see the #FunFactFriday for April 20th, https://www.hauntjaunts.net/funfactfriday-april-20-1841/.
My first post on Haunt Jaunts is LIVE. I’ve chosen the movie A Quiet Place (2018) to discuss. It fits in the #MovieMonday hashtag and sums up my feelings on #ParaPower: Together we may be small, but together we are might. This small budget film may save Paramount Studio’s bottom line this year, just like collaborations strengthen publications.
Please hop over to https://www.hauntjaunts.net/one-rule-never-make-a-sound/ and read the essay. I hope you enjoy. In the meantime, I leave you with a meme that totally breaks the #OneRule of the movie but sums up my survival planning.
Question Those Who “Communicate” with Recently Deceased
Every time a celebrity dies, there are charlatans who emerge claiming to “communicate” with the recently departed. It’s a scam.
First, there are ethical concerns regarding people “communicating” with these recently deceased individuals. It is an invasion of privacy to actively attempt communication. In most cases (if not all), the family has not given the “spirit communicator” permission.
Second, there is no research supporting that communication works best in the first 24-48 hours after death. None. If there were, we would have read about it. Further, the same “spirit communicators” would not then claim they have reached others who have died years—even decades—ago.
Finally, these “claims” are meant to drum up business for unsuspecting consumers to pay upwards of $4,000 for “devices” to communicate with the dead.
This is an example of a #ParaScammer. Don’t fall for the scam. Buyer beware!
This is not to say that all such communication is a scam. It’s not. There are legitimate people in the paranormal field who are conducting research in ITC (Instrumental Transcommunication). For more information, read the various articles on this organization’s website: http://itcvoices.org/.
Paranormal Radio Host Art Bell Dead at Age 72
On Friday the 13th, former syndicated radio host Arthur “Art” Bell died at his home in Pahrump, Nevada. An autopsy is scheduled for next week; however, Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly does not suspect foul play. In fact, Bell was a lifelong smoker and suffered recently from C.O.P.D. He was an incessant tweeter who posted about his declining health. Bell will be remembered for fueling conspiracy theories while speculating about extraterrestrial life.
Mr. Bell was a natural-born radio host. Born in Jacksonville, North Carolina on June 17, 1945, Bell became a licensed radio operator at the age of 13. Bell was always involved in amateur radio or as a professional host. After a stint as a medic in the US Air Force, Bell eventually became the owner of KNYE 95.1 and continued his late-night radio programming on Coast to Coast AM. He wrote, produced, and hosted the show from 1993-2002. At its peak, the show had 10 million listeners and broadcasted on 500 US and Canadian radio stations. According to ABC News, it was the most listened-to overnight program and the 4th overall. Bell had a second, short-lived radio show titled Art Bell’s Dark Matter on Siruis Radio in 2013. His final program was Midnight in the Desert, which was also short-lived in 2015. He finally retired on December 11, 2015 citing safety concerns.
Bell was inducted to both the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame (2006) and the National Radio Hall of Fame (2008).
Bell is survived by his 4th wife, Airyn and their two minor children Asia and Alexander. He is also survived by three adult children. No funeral arrangements have been made.
The Thirteenth Club
Friday the 13th has a bad reputation. There are many theories on why people associate the day with bad news or bad omens. However, one person sought to change public perception: Captain William Fowler. Captain Fowler created The Thirteenth Club in an effort to remove the stigma attached to the date. His efforts seem to be made in vain—although, admittedly, he lived his life surrounded by the number.
The number 13 was prevalent in Captain Fowler’s life. For instance, consider the following:
- He attended and graduated from Public School #13;
- He was 13 years old when he finished school;
- He was a builder whose company built 13 buildings;
- His last day on a job was April 13, 1861;
- He was a soldier in the Civil War and was in 13 battles;
- He resigned his commission on August 13, 1863;
- He purchased a pub on September 13, 1863. He would rename the establishment the Knickerbocker Cottage;
- He sold the Knickerbocker Cottage on April 13, 1883;
- He claimed to be associated with 13 secrets clubs. He was a 32nd degree Mason;
- His name is the 13th listed on the roll of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine;
- The Thirteenth Club had 13 original members;
- The club’s first meeting was on September 13, 1881.
- Finally, I write this blog on April 13, 2018. Could it be he had a stronger relationship with the date April 13th?
Announcement: Skeleton Crew for Haunt Jaunts
As I return from Spring Break 2018, I have exciting news to share: I am joining the Skeleton Crew at Haunt Jaunts, https://www.hauntjaunts.net/. I am thrilled to be writing about the paranormal for another online website!
Haunt Jaunts is an online zine focusing on the paranormal, horror, travel, and Halloween. It is curated by Courtney Mroch, Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism. It started in 2010 and has been named a Top 50 Paranormal Blog by Feedspot. Needless to say, there’s something for everyone including articles, forums, conference listings, and a link Courtney’s ParaMania Radio show HJ, which airs live on Tuesdays at 8 PM EST.
As I prepare for my summer vacation, I am planning out my own paranormal travel trips. Look for my articles to begin shortly…like the end of this week. Woo hoo!
Read the announcement from Courtney here https://www.hauntjaunts.net/parapower-partnership-haunt-jaunts-welcomes-the-haunted-librarian/.
Old South Pittsburg Hospital Shut Down
Old South Pittsburg Hospital (OSPH) has been shut down by the City of South Pittsburg, Tennessee. The shuttered hospital is a favorite location for paranormal enthusiasts as it provides unlimited access to three levels, sits in a quiet residential neighborhood, and is easily accessible off the interstate. OSPH will remain closed for an indefinite time.
The hospital was operational from 1959-1998 until a modern hospital was built in the next town. Physician Gary Stephen Hayes and Diane D. Hayes purchased the abandoned facility in March 2000 for $202,500. At some point, the property was re-deeded in the name of Alpha Concepts, LLC, an administratively dissolved company. State records indicate the LLC was administratively dissolved in 2007. [Dissolution is not fatal for a company. It means that a company has not remained current in paying state fees; however, a company can pay late fees and become current in most states.] Early reports stated that the property was deeded to OSPH Ghost Hunts, LLC, another administratively dissolved company (2016); however, I could not confirm. Either way, the address for Alpha Concepts leads back to Dr. Hayes. It’s his Alfa Romeo tucked in one of the hallways.
An anonymous caller contacted the city complaining about black mold and possible unsafe conditions. City Administrator Gene Vess told media outlets that black mold was found, causing an environmental hazard. Coupled with the zoning violations and the lack of proper city and state business licenses, the owners face a large hurdle to clear before events may resume; however, unsuspecting travelers may not know.
According to the OSPH website, the hospital is open for business. Nothing on the site indicates problems. Their Facebook page is more candid, although overly optimistic about how long the renovations will take, let alone the cost. A quick online calculator shows that the clean-up on the black mold will run from $30,000-54,000. Ouch. The price increases if other environmental hazards, like asbestos, are discovered. Word of caution: I’m concerned with the language used on the FB page stating that their employees are removing the black mold. At no time should inexperienced employees, family, or volunteers attempt to remove black mold. Black mold is dangerous.
Additional events are actively promoted tonight. The ticketing site appeared to let me purchase a $139 ticket to investigate with the Klinge Brothers. At no time did the site alert me to the closure. Troubling.
The March 2018 closure was not the first problem OSPH has experienced. The federal government filed a lawsuit on the 1100 Holly Avenue property last September (2017). The suit alleges that the Hayes failed to pay $506,036 in unpaid taxes, plus an additional $46,679 in employment taxes from another location. To date, the suit has not been settled or come before the Court.
This week’s news of the facility being closed indefinitely highlights the problems with abandoned properties. When I investigated OSPH, I was not informed that black mold was present. I was warned not to step on the tiles in the basement chapel as they would release asbestos but nothing on black mold. [I was extremely careful in the chapel—just saying.] What happens when property owners fail to inspect the grounds for environmental hazards? Or after inspecting the property, they decide to withhold information? Deeply troubling. I will be following up over the summer with answers and comments. Stay tuned.
Planning your summer vacations? Take a look at the upcoming Paranormal Conferences for 2018.
Source: Paracons & Horror Fests
Spring Break Road Trip: Cassadaga, Florida
Spring Break is in full swing, and there are some off-the-beaten-path places worth exploring. One of them is Cassadaga, Florida. Cassadaga is 40 minutes north of Orlando, off I-4 or an hour and ½ southeast of Ocala. Here are 10 things to know before you go:
- Cassadaga is named after Cassadaga Lake outside Lily Dale, New York, sister town to Cassadaga, New York and Florida. Lily Dale is the oldest Spiritualist community in America. It was incorporated in 1879 as Cassadaga Lake Free Association but was ultimately renamed Lily Dale Assembly in 1906.
- George P. Colby (January 6, 1848-July 27, 1933), a trance medium, believed his Native American spirit guide “Seneca” led him to Volusia County, Florida in search of land to establish a Spiritualist community. George was homesteaded 145 acres in the area and donated 55 of those acres to create Cassadaga. He died at the age of 86 and is buried in the Lake Helen Cemetery.
- Cassadaga is a Native American word that means “water beneath the rocks.”
- Wintering psychics and mediums from the north sought a warm location to winter. The unincorporated town was established on December 18, 1894 as the Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Meeting Association.
- Cassadaga is known as the “Psychic Center of the South.” Less than 70 people reside in Cassadaga. All are psychics and mediums.
- The Cassadaga Hotel, the only hotel in town, was originally owned by the camp but was lost in foreclosure. It is privately owned. The original building burned down on Christmas Day 1926 but was rebuilt within 2 years.
- More than 15,000 people visit Cassadaga per year. There are 7 parks and meditation areas in the camp. Visitors can walk the town, book appointments with psychics, tour 2 historical buildings, shop the bookstore, or sip coffee at the hotel.
- Singer/songwriter Tom Petty (1950-2017) wrote the song “Casa Dega” about the town.
- Fiction writer and essayist Carl Hiaasen based the fictional town Grange in Lucky You on Cassadaga. In the novel, Grange is a strange town where people experience a lot of religious miracles. The main character JoLayne, and African-American woman who wins ½ of a Florida Lottery jackpot, resides in Grange.
- If you visit, stop in the Lake Helen Cemetery, situated between Cassadaga and Lake Helen. In the cemetery in a family plot, there is a brick bench, a mourning bench. An urban legend has started that this is a “Devil’s Chair” whereby the Devil arrives when someone sits on the bench. Another tale states that if a can of beer is left, it will be empty in the morning. Let me know what happens.
Why Hospitals Are Haunted
Ghosts haunt hospitals. Paranormal teams can investigate a lot of shuttered hospitals; however, very few have access to those that are open. Unlike cemeteries where the dead don’t have a strong connection, hospitals across the nation are the perfect locations for residual hauntings.
Prior to 1885, sick people were cared for at home by their family. According to Wendy Cage, author of Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine, early American hospitals “provided lodging for the homeless, the poor, and travelers.” While some cities operated hospitals, a large number were established by religious organizations, specifically Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish organizations. Volunteer chaplains in many of these hospitals visited nearly every patient who died while admitted. Religious beliefs, prayer, and spirituality played a large role in the hospital ministry, even in an unofficial capacity. God and the afterlife may have been contemplated.
The pre-1920 hospital was where people went to die, not heal. These facilities were the place of last resort; staff were compassionate and helped ease death. For some, it was the last positive human experience; therefore, it would make sense that some dead would remain.
Modern US hospitals emerged after the Civil War. By 1920, people went to the hospital to be cured—not die. However, those who died in these hospitals may still have had a connection to the better service they received and may linger long after death.
Taunton State Hospital, Taunton, Mass.
Not all spirits who haunt hospitals are malevolent. In fact, there are numerous stories of helpful spirits or friendly spirits in closed hospitals. Nurses are commonly identified as haunting hospitals. Patients, too, linger. Few spirits are truly evil. Of these evil spirits, many may have not died at the hospital but are drawn there. However, abandoned asylums may be a different story.
Most of the facilities featured on Top Haunted Hospital lists were actually asylums. Further, a lot of these asylums and sanatoriums were horrible places. Cruelty prevailed. Understandably, these locations have a lot of negative energy and evil spirits attached. These abandoned facilities are dangerous. Anyone contemplating investigating an asylum or sanatorium should protect herself in body and mind. Say your prayers. Call on your spirit guides for protection. And when leaving, make sure that nothing or no one follows you home.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, West Virginia
If you find yourself in a hospital, look for these identify factors to see if the hospital is haunted:
- Scrutinize clothing. Look to see if the clothing is of a different time period.
- Check to see if you’re hallucinating. Were you dreaming?
- Look at people to see if they appear whole. Spirits will be missing a limb or some other important feature.
- Notice changes in smells.
- Watch for changes in electricity.
- Pay attention to sounds.
- Summon the courage to ask the nurses if the hospital keeps a “Ghost Report.” The GR is a listing of ghost sightings and strange phenomena. Not all hospitals keep a log, but you may get lucky.
Crisis and death happen at hospitals. Staff are employed over long periods of time and are attached to hospitals. Paranormal teams should head out to rural hospitals that have been closed and abandoned to investigate. These facilities present an opportunity to test new equipment, practice techniques, and discover new stories. Hit me up; I may tag along!