It was dubbed the Birmingham Poltergeist Case.
Residents of Thornton Road, Ward End, still speak in hushed tones about the police investigation that turned into a paranormal probe. Yet the trauma remains for those who lived through the nightmare – which left cops and churchmen baffled.
For three years from 1981, windows were smashed repeatedly by polished stones that seemingly rained continually from the night sky. Roofs were also damaged and frightened householders even erected barricades after what they feared were paranormal attacks.
Yet despite round-the-clock surveillance by police officers who camped out in gardens, hid in trees and set-up secret cameras, the culprits were never caught. Even ballistic experts couldn’t help. In desperation, paranormal investigators and the clergy were called in.
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Haunted sites and spooky stories abound in Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland counties October 29, 2011Posted by admin in Ghost Hunting, PPR Perspective.
Halloween makes October the prime season for haunted houses and spooky stories, but believers say spirits roam houses, other buildings and sites throughout the tri-county area all year round. South Jersey Sunday combed the region for local haunts and discovered a wealth of ghosts and goosebumps in Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland counties.
Up in National Park, the Pitman-based investigators with Perceptive Paranormal Research (PPR) had their own haunted encounters at the Whitall House this past August.
PPR investigator and spokeswoman Amanda Staszak explained that the group’s equipment and strategies assess the presence of spirits by measuring random spikes in electromagnetic energy “associated with free-flowing energy that spirits use to manifest,” as well as by taking photographic, video and EVP recordings.
At Whitall House, though, Staszak only needed to use physical tactility to develop an immediate impression of strong paranormal activity.
“I got touched on my elbow in the doorway to the main hospital room,” Staszak said. “Usually if you feel touched, it has the feeling of walking through a spiderweb, like pins and needles or a tickle. This literally felt like someone took my elbow to move me over. I thought it was an investigator nudging me to the side — it was very bizarre.”
The house, built in 1748, was used as a home front for wounded Hessians during the Revolutionary War, and PPR investigators, who brought along a roll of bandages and 18th-century music to connect with spirits, experienced disembodied voices in the hospital area, psychic impressions and a dizzying feeling comparable to being on an elevator throughout the building.
“We’re pretty confident there is something there; we just need to bring those pieces together,” said Staszak, noting PPR will be presenting its final report on the site to the Gloucester County Freeholders. “We don’t charge for our services but are trying to explore for the greater good of the science.”
Gloucester County sites in the spooky circuit also include Tohill Auditorium in Bunce Hall at Rowan University.
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Want to Bust Some Ghosts? There’s an App for That October 29, 2011Posted by admin in Ghost Hunting.
Becky Ray, an investigator of the paranormal in Kansas City, Mo., often gets calls this time of year to look into reports of ghosts. She grabs a notebook, her flashlight and a hand-held device called a K-II EMF meter.
Originally sold to homeowners to check out power lines and electromagnetic fields, the $60 instrument, which is the size of a television remote control, is the go-to device for ghost hunters like Ms. Ray who probe paranormal activity in graveyards, homes and other buildings. The 44-year-old comic swears by the K-II for picking up the presence of a ghost.
”It’s super-sensitive,” says Ms. Ray, a founder of Paranormal Activity Investigators, one of hundreds of volunteer ghost-hunting groups across the country.
Curt House, 32, uses the K-II to track down spirits in Raleigh, N.C. But the founder of Triangle Paranormal Investigations more and more finds himself relying on a newer ghost-hunting gadget: his iPhone. It’s tricked out with apps that claim not only to track electromagnetic fields as the K-II does, but also to translate inaudible sounds into words and predict lunar and solar activity thought to foster apparitions. “Plus, if it gets boring, I can play Angry Birds,” Mr. House says.
Ms. Ray dismisses the apps, insisting they’re just for laughs among amateurs seeking to be spooked. “Within two minutes of turning it on, there’s always a ghost right behind you,” she says.
Choose your weapon. For a decade, avid ghost hunters relied on the K-II, buying almost all of the 30,000 devices manufactured every year. But now, the EMF meter is under competitive threat from dozens of digital devices that claim to offer a new link to the afterlife.
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NATIONAL PARK — Amanda Staszak was standing in a doorway of Red Bank Battlefield’s Whitall House when someone grabbed her elbow and tried to move her.
She was with her two partners and a park ranger, but she knew it wasn’t them.
Staszak, Chrissy Desjardins and Rosalyn Bown make up Perceptive Paranormal Research (PPR), a group that investigates spirits and the supernatural.
Last week, the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders granted PPR permission to enter the Whithall House for an investigation.
Tuesday night, the group and a park ranger entered the historic house.
Read more from the Gloucester County Times at the Source!
Perceptive Paranormal Research performs the first investigation ever allowed of the Whitall House Museum and Red Bank Battlefield Park August 24, 2011Posted by admin in Ghost Hunting.
Local Ghost Hunters Set Sights On Whitall House
When Amanda Staszak was just 9 years old, she spoke to a ghost for the first time.
“Who are you?” she asked a man who sat perched at the end of her bed one night. “What do you want?”
“Why are you sleeping?” he replied. “I’m not here to hurt you.”
She had seen this ghost before, roaming around her backyard, but was petrified of him. Staszak spent many nights sleeping on her parents’ bedroom floor before she gathered the courage to confront the spirit, a man who had lived on the property in Washington Township long before the Staszak family.
“I remember seeing pieces of his collapsed house scattered through the woods around my house,” she said.
Staszak sought information about this gentleman, but “it was hard to get specific details about [him] through historical records,” she said.
“The things I fear most are what trigger me to learn more,” she said. “Once something is understood, the fear goes away.”
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From the time Rosalyn Bown was 7 years old until she was in her 20s, she would know when her family members — or herself — were in trouble.
“My premonitions were while I was awake,” Bown said. “I would just know that something bad was going to happen to a relative.”
These premonitions, which were very specific and eerily accurate, sparked her interest in the paranormal.
“Those premonitions have since gone away, but my interest in the paranormal field has remained,” Bown said.
This interest led Bown to join a local ghost-hunting group in 1999.
“My first ghost hunt was of an historic inn in New Hope, Pa.,” she said, and she hasn’t stopped since.
Strange… but TRUE! July 13, 2011Posted by admin in Ghost Hunting, Paranormal Entertainment.
Enjoy listening to this certified TRUE and certifiably CREEPY tale presented by John E. L. Tenney of A&E’s Paranormal State: The New Class.
Under the Floor – Episode 2
What is it that makes the strange sound strange? Out of the hundreds of requests for investigations, why would someone be drawn to a case wherein the weirdest aspect is that a person feels they must “Stare at the floor”? Are chance meetings really chance? Do people who have passed through the veil of life return? How do we say “goodbye” to those who have left and can they say “goodbye” to us once they’ve gone?
The Ghosts of Fort Mifflin July 13, 2011Posted by admin in Ghost Hunting.
Learn more about the reported ghosts of Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia, PA, including those of the Lamp Lighter, the Faceless Soldier, and of Jacob the Blacksmith, in this four part video. Parts 2-4 after the jump.
Weekend fun at Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia, PA July 13, 2011Posted by admin in Ghost Hunting, Paranormal Entertainment.
PPR members had a fantastic time investigating Fort Mifflin the night of July 9, 2011 with Ben Hansen of Fact or Faked, Kris Gartland of Ghost Hunters, Jane Riley of Ghost Hunters Academy, Mike Roberts of Research: Paranormal, and Charli Nichols and Dani Corley of the Reporter Chicks. Stay tuned for the evidence reveal!
Guess the EVP #002 July 12, 2011Posted by admin in EVPs, Ghost Hunting.