Musings of a Paranormal Investigator
In today's environment the bona fide, serious, respectful investigative team deals with many misrepresentations, thanks in part to popular television series which are driven by ratings. And ratings are driven in large part by drama consisting of dark spirits, evil, angry, demons from the other side, wanting to avenge a murderous demise or implied wrongdoing. During our years of investigating perceived paranormal activity in homes and businesses we have encountered few such spirits. It is wise to be prepared, certainly, but it is NOT the norm. As if there is a "norm" in this business!
Without a doubt, most of our findings reveal a loving family member, extended family, or prior resident wanting to be acknowledged, sometimes even accepted as a benign housemate. Perhaps the prior deceased owner is not fond of the remodeling taking place; perhaps they want the family photos returned to their proper place; or Grandmother's quilt removed from that trunk and displayed with pride; or an uncle's ashes properly put to rest.
There are two sides to every ghost story
Recap of Ed Neal and the 2016 Terrellnormal Paraconference
I wanted to send special, "Thank you for coming" to those guests of our that visited us for the 2016 Terrellnormal Paraconference. It was a great success and an incredible way to kick off the Halloween season. We had a special visit from celebrity guest, Edwin Neal, from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and his lovely wife, Theresa. We are hoping that we will be working together again in the Spring. It was a smaller group but we had lots of fun and hearing the stories that Ed had to share was a real
A Frightening Ghost Story That We All Learned From
I primarily shoot still digital photographs during an investigation and as documentation during other activities such as scouting potential investigation sites, documenting positions and perspective at a site, and recording team activities My current "weapon" of choice is a Samsung NX2000, 20.3 mp. But at the time of this particular investigation I was using a Samsung point and shoot, 16 mp, no frills, but hardy and faithful. And on a tripod. The client in this case had reported a frightening shadow figure seeming to peer into
Be Polite, You're Not in a Barn - Catfish Plantation - Waxahachie, Texas
Much is said about the haunted restaurant in Waxahachie, TX, The Catfish Plantation. It is considered one of the most haunted buildings in Texas, if not the United States. Living and having family and friends in the area have made me privy to many stories, some personal, of strange experiences while dining there. At one time the owners kept scrapbooks of photographs and personal stories shared by diners at the front desk. And believe me, there were a lot! One of the current paranormal...
SPIRIT OR ALIEN ABDUCTION? IT JUST GETS STRANGER.
It started innocently enough. Strange is our business. We’ve heard everything. We have listened to countless stories of elementals that appear as gnomes or trolls. We hear about partial apparitions floating through rooms, disembodied noises, objects moving in front of someone’s eyes, and more. So, when I got a call about a woman who had, along with her mother, seen a female apparition by the side of her bed, I didn’t think that much about it. I scheduled the obligatory client interview...
WHO WAS THAT LADY IN THE WHITE DRESS? - THE HAUNTED ADOLPHUS HOTEL, DALLAS, TX
Looking for an enchanted haunted hotel in Dallas? Look no further than the luxurious and historical, haunted Adolphus Hotel on lower Commerce Street in downtown Dallas. It's among many of the admittedly haunted hotels in Dallas, and inTexas. There is a lot of Texas folklore surrounding the Adolphus Hotel. It was built in 1912 by the founder of the Anheuser-Busch Company, and at one timewas the tallest building in the State. Many celebrities, statesmen, and foreign dignitaries have graced its' rooms. I recall watching from an office in a nearby
Terrell State Hospital, A Haunted Hospital?
Terrell State Hospital (TSH), originally named The North Texas Lunatic Asylum, was opened in Terrell, TX in 1885 for the treatment of the mentally ill. At one time it was the largest such facility West of the Mississippi River. It was built one mile NE of the new town, and the railroad station at Terrell made access easy from other parts of the State. As the Asylum grew it was renamed Terrell State Hospital (1925), and became a large employer in the area. There is a cemetery on the grounds, "Wildwood Cemetery," where deceased patients without family to
Two to a Room, Please... The Haunted Excelsior Hotel in Jefferson, TX
Daughter, Grandson, his friend, and I splurged on two rooms at this historical and reputedly haunted hotel in Jefferson, Texas. Jefferson is famous for its colorful history, lovely homes, bed and breakfasts, and yes, ghosts! This small East Texas town has hundreds of documented ghostly apparitions and paranormal events. One of the hottest attractions is the Historical Jefferson Ghost Walk, and another is the Excelsior House. The rates there will scare you silly before you ever get to your room. My daughter and I shared a downstairs room, the "Victorian Room," which featured a door opening