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Taken from first-person accounts and historical documents, this book chronicles more than 300 examples of alien encounters, conspiracy theories, and the influence of extraterrestrials on human events throughout history. Investigating claims of visits from otherworldly creatures, aliens living among us, abductions of humans to alien spacecraft, and accounts of interstellar cooperation since the UFO crash in Roswell, this discussion of the theories and mysteries surrounding aliens is packed with thought-provoking stories and shocking revelations of alien involvement in the lives of Earthling
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"People don't believe in real paranormal events, activity sightings and encounters with ghosts, for logical reasons."
"They believe for their own personal emotional reasons.” ... LISA LEE HARP WAUGH
BY By Marc Mijnwoord
Ghosts research, evidence, and discussion often fills the many chat boards, forums and blogs of many web sites around the world. Definitive proof many believe is just the revealing of the next stunning or attention grabbing real ghost photo or EVP away.
I personally believe that the real spirits and ghosts that haunt the living are there to guide us. I also believe that many are what is referred to as earth bound. Those poor lost souls that need awareness and answers to help them move on.
In my many years of personal research into Seance's and communications with the dead I have come to many different conclusions because no two haunting's or individual ghosts are hanging around for the exact same reasons.
But as always one real question always remains. Are ghosts real?
The most terrifying experience I ever had involved the ghost of a woman who practiced Black Magic. Her home was very haunted and myself and 8 witness observed paranormal phenomena from objects moving on their own to hearing audible voices telling us to get out.
I always have had many encounters with ghosts, spirits and demonic entities since I was a small child. But it was not until my adult years that I openly admitted to such as the paranormal became more mainstream.
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I am not going to attempt to convince you that ghosts are real by looking at the photos presented here. I only want you to look and wonder are these that many consider the best evidence that ghosts do exist are then these particular ghost pictures real?
Many love to view paranormal ghost pictures, ghost pics and ghost photos that are reported to be real, famous and even some that are fake! The fun is seeing if it sends chills down your spine or if you can figure out a logical explanation. Some of you reading this think it's too good to be true, to actually see a real ghost caught on film or video. Or maybe you think a real ghost picture or videos are just a modern myth.
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People always want to see "Real Ghost Pictures" and paranormal photographs with anomalous captures. Ghost photos or often sent to hauntedamericayours.com and other sites to question have them verified as a real genuine Ghost Picture. And they always ask, ." Have I captured a real ghost on film" ? Reported real Ghost Pictures often appear in news columns are published in news papers world wide and on their ghost section of paranormal groups real ghost photo sections of their web site. You can submit your own real ghost photo to hauntedamericatours.com and see what the experts think to discover if it is real or not.
Some of our most popular real ghost photographs are most taken by paranormal team of professional ghost hunters. But the best are usually those real ghost picture captures on film by people just like you!
Many people have common real experiences with ghosts. From actual cold chills feelings of being touched or even hearing real sounds and voices speaking to them. As what we see and feel and learn through paranormal research we learn that it more then just running around in the dark with electronic equipment. Many hauntings and ghosts actually haunt people in the light of day.
We all have secrets about what we do and not just why we do it. Techniques of ghost hunting and paranormal research vary from person to person. it could be as simple of not holding a digital voice recorder in your hand when capturing EVP"s to saying a prayer before each investigation begins.
Today Ghost Hunters do many things as individuals some may seem practical others down right strange. But if the results and evidence you collect from using such tricks are worth it then why not learn from others success and failures.
The field of private Paranormal investigation is widely diversified as we all know, and requires a variety of skills to fill a growing list of specialties. Training and skills you may already have, like photography, electronics - and especially a personal knowledge of computers and programs - can be very valuable assets for the investigate business. Learn how to get started, where to go for help, and what each individual paranormal or haunted ghost investigation requires. Some things you do might just be cutting edge and you don't know it.
Paranormal Investigation Top Secrets
The many things most good Ghost Hunters should know and do!
Paranormal Investigator Glenn Hawse of Topeka, Kansas suggest putting your voice digital or tape recorders in a large zip lock bag. He does this on all his ghost hunts. he believes it protects the equipment from moisture and helps stop wind and background noise. he says he has gotten better results and clearer EVP's from doing this.
Be aware of your personal appearance and grooming. Dress for the role as a Paranormal Investigator look and be professional.
If you want people to think you are a business person, consider every detail: dress, demeanor, manner of speech. Act like a business person. Be a paranormal business person.
Not technically Paranormal Ghost Hunting Equipment BUT Also take these along with you when you investigate for real ghosts:
* Thermos and Cooler Ghost Hunts take time
* Pencils, Pens
* Hidden cameras are perfect for ghost hunting some ghosts are camera shy
* Prescribed Prescription medicine and a first aid kit
* Note pads, paper drawing pads
* Extra Glasses, or contacts
* A local City phone directory
* Your Personal home phone book
* Always bring extra clothes, sox, shoes and jackets
* Checkbook, credit cards
* Bug Spray, mosquito repellent
* Street maps and road maps
* Rain gear
* Folding money & change!
* A roll of Visqueen to cover sensitive Equipment from weather or dampness
* Plastic bags, Zip lock large and small, trash bags large and small
* Extra Car Keys
* A Tool Kit
Also consider bringing step stool and at least a 6 ft ladder. Tape measures, rulers, rubber gloves. A few ghost Hunting groups and investigators bring their own tables and chairs. Also consider bringing gaffers tape or masking, clear tapes.
Be self sufficient ask the client for nothing but info. Bring everything you need or send a team member out to buy or pick it up from your headquarters.
Always have a pre paranormal investigation conference the day before. Pack equipment and make sure it is in working order. also bring extra of everything and have duplicate or back up equipment if all fails.
At the Haunted Location always use proper self and group decorum, politeness, attentiveness, responsiveness, these are qualities seasoned Paranormal Investigators insist staff or team members and all investigators should exhibit. Politeness, friendliness, pleasantness.
Whether you are conducting a haunted house or hotel or any location private or public, organize all your data - important facts as well as seemingly mundane, trivial details might prove a haunted evidence point.
Some groups have vans or large SUV's as their source of transport, also consider brining along extra vehicles just in case one breaks down.
"And remember to always leave a haunted location as clean and orderly as when you arrived." So states Gina Lanier. " Haunted clients are disturbed enough by the ghosts who haunt them why give them extra grief!"
Interviewing your haunted client and background checks
Whether you will interview in person or over the phone, fax always be prepared! Learn as much as you can learn about your subject's personality, likes, dislikes, occupation, schooling, relationships, leisure activities, clubs, organizations, and interests. Sometimes these things have a great bearing on the haunting. ghosts will often haunt a subject because of who they are . Not just because they live in a supposed haunted home.
Interview everyone even individuals in a home or business that is not haunted as others are. Husbands and wives, present and past, relatives and friends and neighbors. Employers and partners and co-workers and acquaintances.
One interviewing technique you might use, is the 'erroneous conclusion, to present the wrong information, then allow yourself to be corrected. The person doing the correcting will invariably give you the information you need. You didn't even have to ask for it. Get answers to your questions by playing ignorant, a tactic many people confuse with stupidity.
National Background Investigations
When you absolutely must know everything possible about a person's background for personal or professional paranormal reasons it is better if you are suspicious of a hoax or haunted fraud to do a paid check of the individual. Try sites like People Finder Super Search and Business Background Check will be very helpful.
Remember some individuals will say they are haunted for attention or publicity. Don't be fooled! Also check out new Paranormal Team or group members before you bring them along.
Your Paranormal Investigative Team
Although you certainly can do this kind of an investigation on your own, most people prefer to work with others. Two or three people working together is ideal. With two or three people you can divide the work and at the same time keep the task of sharing information from becoming overwhelming.
Also when joining members are strangers to you consider a Criminal background check. Some unscrupulous individuals have been known to use ghost hunting just to get into a persons home or business just to rob, extort or commit crimes.
The Speed of Your Investigation
In one sense, there is no urgency to your investigation. The victim's haunted life has already been frightening to a large degree. So you can be completely flexible about fitting this work into your life. On the other hand, the potential impact of your findings will decrease the longer you wait to present them. In the end, the speed of your investigation may also be dependant on a number of factors out of your control, not the least of which is the next question, what do you plan to do with this info? Write a book? Openly go public and let the world know this is a real ghost haunting.
Hunting for real ghosts takes time sometimes months weeks and years. Don't let what you see on television fool you. No, it all doesn't happen in an hour format. And those that just hunt for ghosts in 3-4 hour stints for a case or not doing their job correctly.
How to Write Up Your Paranormal Investigation Findings
Keep it simple! So people can't miss your major points.
Organize it logically! So people aren't confused.
Keep it short! So people will read it. Keep your report to two or three pages. If you absolutely have to include more details or documents, include them as attachments.
Keep it to the point! State your main point right away, stick to it, and keep tangential points to a minimum.
Include a Photograph of the haunted Victim!
Give One or Two Simple, Concrete Examples of What People Can Do to Help
The Order of Your Investigation
The order in which you carry out the tasks of your investigation, is sometimes very strategic and at other times can be left to your convenience. Clearly, the best order of doing things will be different in every investigation. The important thing to remember is to always stop and give some thought and planning to your next move before making it. Timing can be key to the amount of information you obtain.
What to do With Your Paranormal Investigation Findings
This too often means you need to get the attention of as many people as possible. And that means making good use of the media: radio, print, internet, TV, leaflets, letters to the editor, and more. As daunting as it sounds, it shouldn't be all that difficult. Hauntings and ghosts and paranormal info is always of interest to the media.
Another huge advantage you have with the media is that you've done their work for them. You have a well worked story; researched, documented, written, and ready to go. This makes media people, just like anyone else, very happy. So don't hesitate to pick up the phone and talk to the news directors, feature editors, and talk show hosts of your local and regional media.
Before going to the media, be sure you have talked thoroughly with the people you interviewed who are haunted by real ghosts. Are they willing to talk to the press? Under what conditions? And on which subjects? Media interviews are always negotiable and you and anyone you connect to the media should be clear ahead of time on the limits you want to set with the media.
Don't ever give the media your only copy of anything no matter how much they promise to give it back. If you do, you'll probably never see it again. Get copies made ahead of time of everything.
Don't go into an interview passively allowing the media to direct the interview or show. This is one of the biggest mistakes people make with the media. You decide what you want to talk about and say. Know exactly the one or two points you want to make ahead of time and no matter what questions are asked slide your answers back to your one or two main points. This way you control the interview.
If you allow the interviewer to take you off on tangents, you're likely to be devastated to see that the only statement of yours that got aired was the tangent and your main point was completely left out. There's only one way you can prevent this. Stick to your main point, and don't allow the media person to lead you astray. Media is sound bites. So keep it simple and tight.
Be conscious of the power you have in your hands. Media works very fast, so fast and shark-like in it's grab, that you might feel it's not worth the trouble. But even 30 seconds or 5 paragraphs of media is an immense power to educate a huge number of people. Just think how much advertisers are willing to pay for the same time or space. So it's definitely worth all the time and energy you've put into it even if 30 seconds is all you get.
No matter how prepared you were for the media event, expect to be misquoted, to have the story slanted, and to have opposing views be given more space than your views, especially if those opposing views come from law enforcement or other authorities. In fact, if you are presenting evidence of law enforcement failures, expect that law enforcement will lie outrageously about the facts and probably lie about you too. As enraging as all this is, it's pretty standard fare. You can't control it, you can only try to minimize it with solid evidence and good anticipation of what the opposition will say.
So get ready with your thickest skin. Don't waste your breath griping back at the media even when you're misquoted, because their skin is thicker than yours. Just keep reminding yourself that the fact that you got the issues raised on the big stage of media is a dynamite accomplishment and a powerful step forward in awakening your community. Remember too, that many people can read between the lines.
Keep the story alive. Be creative. Go to other media with another angle, with material that was left out, another person to interview, building off an aspect of the opposition, or paranormal community response.
Don't miss the opportunity to present solutions. Pick one or two critical changes you think need to be made to save other haunted persons tortured lives.
Then send in another team of your own group or an outside group to see what evidence they collect. A double checked and sometimes triple checked investigation of a haunted locations only establishes that what yo uncovered is real.
REAL GHOST HUNTERS AND PARANORMAL INVESTIGATORS:
Is there really such a thing as paranormal experts in this haunted world?
Story by Mark Goldberg, Art by Ricardo Pustanio
The Real Ghost Hunters
When all else fails they say call in the experts. If your haunting has gone all out of control or you need some serious validation to the strange supernatural or paranormal occurrences that are happening to you then seeking expert help is your only solution. Published authors, lecturers, radio and television hosts, and more are all considered part of the ever growing field of research. Some do not claim to be experts in the paranormal, as no experts really exist when it comes to the supernatural, It's all just gathering information and experience things on a first hand basis.
Many believe their personal quest is to just seek out, allegedly haunted locations, authenticate evidence of ghosts, research ghost stories, sightings and conduct investigations into paranormal activity. Much of this is self proof.
Ghostbusters is a 1984 sci-fi comedy film about three eccentric New York City parapsychologists. After they are fired from a university, they start their own business investigating and capturing ghosts. The concept was inspired by Aykroyd's own fascination with the paranormal, and it was conceived by Aykroyd as a vehicle for himself and friend and fellow Saturday Night Live alum John Belushi.
Ghostbusters was released in the United States on June 8, 1984, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts and Ernie Hudson. The film grossed approximately USD$240 million in the U.S. and over $50 million abroad during its theatrical run, more than the second "Indiana Jones" installment, making it easily the most successful film of that year, and the most successful comedy of the 1980s.
The first film sparked the catchphrases "Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!" and "I ain't 'fraid of no ghost(s)." Both came from the hit theme song written and performed by Ray Parker, Jr. The song was a huge hit, staying #1 for three weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and #1 for two weeks on the Black Singles chart. The song earned Parker an Academy Awards nomination for "Best Song," losing to Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You" for the film The Woman In Red.
In 2000, readers of Total Film magazine voted Ghostbusters the 44th greatest comedy film of all time. Many believe this was the start to all the paranormal wonderment that television and the world knows today as professional ghost hunting.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS IN THIS WORLD, WHO ARE THEY?
Steiger was born on 19 February 1936 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to a mother and father who were farmers. He claims to have lived "in a haunted house with thumps, bumps, doors opening and closing, and men and women walking around all night in period costume.
"Known as The Top Best Paranomal Investigator in the World today!"
Steiger claims to have written his first book when he was seven years old, and has published 162 books with over 17 million copies in print, including the biography of Rudolf Valentino, later made into a feature film by British director Ken Russell. From 1970-1973 Steiger wrote a weekly newspaper column, The Strange World Of Brad Steiger. He has authored over 2000 newspaper columns.
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Personal life and beliefs
Steiger is married to Sherry Hansen Steiger, a former model. He is a former high school teacher, and college instructor. He began writing when he was a school teacher in his native Iowa when he had writings published in Fate Magazine and other publications. Throughout the 1960s Steiger co-wrote 22 books with other writers. Steiger claims to be politically independent, and cynical of politics. He lists his political heroes, however, as Jonathan Swift, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. When asked about individuals he admired, Steiger listed Ralph Waldo Emerson, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, William James, Fredric W.H. Myers, Rudolf Steiner, Sir William Crookes, and Mario Lanza as those he would have liked to have met.
In an online interview with Dan Schneider, Steiger claimed to be an 'Emersonian transcendentalist,' and summed up his philosophy this way:
I believe humankind is part of a larger community of intelligences, a complex hierarchy of powers and principalities, a potentially rich kingdom of interrelated species, both physical and nonphysical. I believe that humankind’s one truly essential factor is its spirituality. The artificial concepts to which we have given the designation of sciences are no truer than dreams, visions, and inspirations. The quest for absolute proof or objective truth may always be meaningless and unattainable when it seeks to define and limit our Soul, which I believe is eternal, evolving higher, seeking to return to the Source from whence it came. I believe that technology plays a far smaller role in the lives of nations than the spirit, for the essence of humankind is its intellect and its Soul. Machines, associations, political parties, and trade balances are but transitory realities that must ultimately wither, decay, and come to nothing. The only lasting truths are Soul, imagination, and inspiration.
Steiger and his wife are also animal lovers and believers in animal rights. Steiger claims, "We are appalled by any mistreatment of animals—chemical testing, dogfights, rooster fights, bull fights. We must learn to respect all living things if we are to survive with dignity as a species. I doubt if I could live for any length of time without a dog. Fortunately, my wife and children feel the same. We are all dog owners. Dogs are our connection with nature and the Earth Mother.
Brad and Sherry Steiger
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Otherworldly Affaires: Haunted Lovers, Phantom Spouses, and Sexual Molesters from the Shadow World BY Brad Steiger
THE GREATEST POWER OF ALL Of all the forces that move men and women, none is more powerful than that of love and sexual desire. This primal impulse apparently extends into the otherworld and is responsible for some of the most astounding chapters in the literature of psychic phenomena. Here are amazing yet absolutely true stories of - apparitions of lovers seen at their moment of death, - jealous lovers who have sought vengeance from beyond the grave, - sexual molesters from the other world, - warnings and advice from lovers who have passed over, - passionate liaisons between psychic mediums and their contacts, - seducers from UFOs, and even more extraordinary tales. Originally published as HAUNTED LOVERS, this book contains a multitude of actual case histories, many of which were recorded here for first time. BRAD STEIGER has been writing about the paranormal for more than four decades, during which he has produced more than 160 books on the subject. He regards this work, which was certainly ahead of its time, as one of his best books on the paranormal.
A chilling chronicle of the often ignored history of vampirism as it has surfaced repeatedly in news articles, historical accounts, and first person interviews, this shocking account of occultist rituals and the inhuman forces that influence them shines a light on the horrifying truth. Revealing that real vampires are not immortal, do not have fangs or sleep in coffins, and have no fear of sunlight or crucifixes, the examination dispels many myths but also confirms the truth behind several traits of real vampires, such as the insatiable thirst for blood and the dream of an eternal soul. Complete with 30 spine-tingling tales of the hideous wraiths and creatures that lurk in shadow, this fascinating collection includes the stories of the Mexican prostitute who mesmerized an entire village, convincing them she was an Incan goddess who required human sacrifice for her magic; the three teenagers who left a trail across the South as they conducted blood-drinking rituals with animals; and the mysterious Lady in Black who draws psychic energy from men who dare approach her as she wanders through city streets and parks.
"The God Father of the Paranormal" is Professor Hans Holzer, Ph.D., Writer of 138 books on the supernatural and occult for the popular market as well as several plays, musicals, films, and documentaries and has hosted a television show. His extensive involvement in researching the supernatural has included investigating The Amityville Horror and some of the most prominent haunted locations around the world. He has also worked with well-known trance mediums such as Ethel Johnson-Meyers, Sybil Leek, Trixie Allingham. Holzer, is a leading authority in the field of the paranormal. He has earned his Ph.D. from the London College of Applied Science. He was a writer/producer and on camera personality on the popular NBC series "In Search Of..." as well as several other documentaries on the paranormal.
Holzer a professional spiritual intuitive, writer and teacher; who lives in New York City. She comes from a long lineage of practicing Celtic psychics and healers. Her web site is a regularly updated resource of Holistic information concerning the development of the intuitive faculties. Merryn is also the editor and publisher of online Merlian News Magazine. America's leading full-time Parapsychologist.
According to the Parapsychological Association, parapsychology is the scientific study of certain types of paranormal phenomena, or of phenomena which appear to be paranormal. The term is based on the Greek para (beside/beyond), psyche (soul/mind), and logos (account/explanation) and was coined by psychologist Max Dessoir in or before 1889. Its first appearance was in an article by Dessoir in the June 1889 issue of the German publication Sphinx. J. B. Rhine later popularized "parapsychology" as a replacement for the earlier term "psychical research", during a shift in methodologies which brought experimental methods to the study of psychic phenomena. In contemporary research, the term 'parapsychology' refers to the study of psi, a general blanket term used by academic parapsychologists to denote anomalous processes or outcomes
The scientific reality of parapsychological phenomena and the validity of scientific parapsychological research is a matter of frequent dispute and criticism. The field is regarded by critics as a pseudoscience. Parapsychologists, in turn, say that parapsychological research is scientifically rigorous. Despite criticisms, a number of academic institutions now conduct research on the topic, employing laboratory methodologies and statistical techniques, such as meta-analysis. The Parapsychological Association is the leading association for parapsychologists and has been a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 1969.
The Parapsychological Association was formed in 1957 as a professional society for parapsychologists following an initiative by J.B. Rhine. Its purpose has been "to advance parapsychology as a science, to disseminate knowledge of the field, and to integrate the findings with those of other branches of science." It holds annual conventions, which is reported in its Proceedings, and the proceedings of which are published annually as Research in Parapsychology.
In 1969 the Association took a giant step in advancing the field by affiliating with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The work of the association is a reported in the Journal of Parapsychology and the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research.
Its first president was R. A. McConnell, then of the Biophysics Department, University of Pittsburgh, and the first vice-president was Gertrude R. Schmeidler of the Department of Psychology, City College of New York. Rhea White was named Secretary Treasurer. Four others were elected to the Council, bringing the total to seven: Margaret Anderson, Remi Cadoret, Karlis Osis, and W. G. Roll.
Some ghost hunters call themselves professionals, some experts and still others the ever learning students in this very haunted world. Here is a list of the very best in the world. Click on the one you wish to contact and go directly to their official or personal web site to contact them directly.
Before there was SciFi reality-TV series, Ghost Hunters, the “real” paranormal/parapsychological investigators, Hans HolzerThe Warrens,Christopher Chacon, Loyd Auerbach, John Zaffis Jr. and William Roll were each, independently, conducting their own extraordinary research into all things considered paranormal such as ghosts and poltergeistsm possession and the otherworlds.
As a result of television shows about the “paranormal”, many new self-proclaimed paranormal investigators and research groups have sprouted up all over the world. But make no mistake, today’s so-called paranormal researchers still cannot hold a candle to to the select few other world-renowned veteran paranormal experts that have been conducting field and laboratory investigations long before reality TV cast a spotlight into the otherside.
William Roll was born July 3, 1926 in Bremen, Germany, where his father was American Vice-Consul. His mother was Danish and Roll attended Holte Gymnasium in Denmark. He enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley in 1947, and received the BA in 1949, majoring in philosophy and psychology. After a year of graduate work in sociology, Roll went to Oxford University, to do research in parapsychology under Professor H.H. rice until 1957. He received the M. Litt. degree for a thesis entitled "Theory and Experiment in Psychical Research," and was president of the Oxford University Society for Psychical Research. In 1957, Roll joined the staff of the Parapsychology Laboratory, Duke University, working under Dr. J.B. Rhine until 1964. During this period he made his first RSPK and haunt investigations, was appointed project director of the Psychical Research Foundation (PRF), and elected president of the Parapsychological Association.
After Rhine's retirement from Duke in 1964, the PRF became a sponsored program at the Department of Electrical Engineering. In 1986, Roll was appointed Professor of Psychical Research and Psychology at West Georgia College (now the State University of West Georgia) with funding from the PRF. In 1989, he received the Ph.D. from Lund University, Sweden, for a thesis entitled "This World or That: An Examination of Parapsychological Findings Suggestive of the Survival of Human Personality After Death." Since 1990, Roll has been teaching parapsychology at the University as an adjunct professor.
Roll has written more than 100 scientific papers, several articles for anthologies, edited 11 volumes of Research in Parapsychology, and written four books, The Poltergeist (1972), Theory and Experiment in Psychical Research (1975, his M.Litt. thesis), Psychic Connections (1995, with Lois Duncan), and Unleashed (2004, with Valerie Storey). In 1996 he received the Parapsychological Association's award for a Distinguished Career in Parapsychology. In 2002 he was awarded the Dinsdale Memorial Award by the Society for Scientific Investigation for his RSPK studies.
Roll, W. G. (1968). Some physical and psychological aspects of a series of poltergeist phenomena. Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 62, 263-308.
Roll, W.G. (1969). The Newark disturbances. Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 63, 123-174.
Roll, W.G. (1970). Poltergeist phenomena and interpersonal relations. Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 64, 66-99.
Roll, W.G. (2003). Poltergeists, electromagnetism and consciousness. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 17, 75-86.
Roll, W.G. (2004). The Poltergeist. New York: Paraview (reprint of 1979 edition).
Roll, W.G. (1993). The question of RSPK vs. fraud in the case of Tina Resch. Proceedings of Presented Papers: The Parapsychological Association 36th Annual Convention, 456-482.
Roll, W.G. (2000). Poltergeist and space-time: A contemplation on Hans Bender's Ideas
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Christopher Chacon is considered a prominent authority on paranormal and supernatural phenomena, anomalies, metaphysics and the occult. In addition, he is a writer, director and executive producer for television, film, theatre and live-event attractions, as well as an author and performance artist, having begun his career in entertainment as a master illusionist/magician.
A former field operative of The Office of Scientific Investigation and Research (O.S.I.R.), Chacon has traveled the world, investigating and researching thousands of cases of every type of paranormal phenomena, including haunts and poltergeists, UFO close encounters, possessions/ exorcisms, miracles and divine intervention, all types of psychic/parapsychological phenomena, encounters with strange creatures and unexplainable anomalous phenomena.
In entertainment, Chacon’s most notable creation is the dramatic-adventure TV series, "PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal", starring Dan Aykroyd, Michael Moriarity and Matt Frewer. As writer, creator/executive producer and director of this TV series, Chacon produced 88 episodes that are currently seen in over 30 countriesIn the early 1980’s, Chacon teamed up with Parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach and together formed a research team to investigate parapsychological and psychic phenomena.
In 1989, Chacon was recruited by The Office of Scientific Investigation and Research (O.S.I.R.), a well-funded private scientific organization with the sole purpose of assessing parapsychological and paranormal phenomena worldwide. It was O.S.I.R.’s advanced scientific training that additionally equipped Chacon with the skills to explore the vast amount of psychic and parapsychological phenomena he would encounter.
Chacon travelled the world investigating and researching thousands of cases dealing with altered-states of consciousness and parapsychological and psychic phenomena, including; clairvoyance, psychokinesis, near death experiences, reincarnation, precognition, psychometry, remote-viewing, bi-location, channelling, mediumship and astral projection. He has also investigated thousands of cases of supernatural phenomena, including; possessions and exorcisms, haunts and poltergeists, miracles and manifestations of divine intervention. Additionally, Chacon has ventured on many expeditions, archaeological explorations and field research in various parts of the world involving ancient mysticism, metaphysical archaeological finds and obscure supernatural/occult practices.
Because of Chacon’s experience in confidentially investigating and researching psychic phenomena, he continues to be inundated with requests for help and assistance from private individuals of all walks of life, celebrities, dignitaries, government agencies, corporations and high-ranking officials from all religions.
Recognized as an authority, Chacon has been featured on countless TV and radio shows, including, "Unsolved Mysteries", "Sightings", "Dateline", "National Geographic Explorer", "The Other Side", "Eye to Eye with Connie Chung", "Discovery Channel", "The Tom Snyder Show", "20/20", "NBC, FOX, ABC, BBC and Japan’s Nippon Network News".
Chacon was additionally a member of The American Society of Psychical Research, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Society for Scientific Exploration, Federation of American Scientists, The New York Academy of Sciences and The Center for Science Education.
Besides his work in parapsychology and psychic research, Chacon makes his living as a Creator/Writer, Director, Executive Producer and Performer for television, motion pictures and live-stage theatrical productions. When not working in entertainment or parapsychology, Chacon is involved with several humanitarian and environmental causes. He currently resides along California’s central coast.
Founder of the largest paranormal research group in the state of New Jersey with over 600 plus members to date.
A New Jersey native who's made a living seeking out specters L'Aura has been ghost hunting since 1993 and founded the NJ Ghost Hunters Society back in 1998. In addition to hunting in New Jersey, she's ghost hunted in Savannah, GA, St. Francisville (The Myrtles Plantation), LA, New Orleans, LA, St. Johnsville (Beardsley Castle), NY, Gettysburg, PA, Chicago (Bachelor's Grove), IL, Nashville, Memphis & Chattanooga, TN and conducted the first NJ Ghost Conference at The Inn at Five Ponds in Vermont in 1999.
Her interest in the paranormal started in childhood with her Dad introducing her to "Twilight Zone" and finishing out 8th grade year living in a haunted house.
Her Great-Grandmother owned one of the wallets made from Antoine LeBlanc's skin. L'Aura remembers the terror of running through Phoebe's bedroom, then a private dining room of the Wedgewood Inn, to get to the bathroom when her Mom took her to work on school holidays. (This structure was recently torn down sadly to build yet another bank!)
She is the author of "Ghosthunting: New Jersey" (published by Clerisy Press) which is part of the America's Haunted Road Trip series of books and has written articles for NJ History's Mysteries on Ringwood Manor and the Antoine LeBlanc murders.
L'Aura has appeared on many local radio and cable tv programs including CN8's "Family Talk" and Cablevision's "Neighborhood Journal" as well as NJ 101.5 FM radio and WNNJ FM radio. She appeared on the nationally syndicated television show "Montel Williams" for the Sylvia Browne Halloween special on Oct. 31, 2006. (see pictures here) Included in this segment was her investigation of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA.
September 30, 2008, L'Aura appeared on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet on Fox Network in New York to discuss the ghostly film footage captured on the security cameras of a 24-hour gym in Kansas.
L'Aura continues to present her findings and ghost stories at many libraries throughout NJ via a multi-media PowerPoint presentation. If you would like a presentation, please contact her directly.
L'Aura Hladik the founder and director of the New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society (NJGHS) is presenting her paranormal PowerPoint in front of a live audience at the Jackson library in South Jersey.
In March 2007, L'Aura and the NJGHS' Tech Guru, Brian Sandt, were highlighted on the Treasure HD Dish Network TV show "Magnificent Obsessions". L'Aura also had a cameo in the movie "The Haunting of Danbury House"...she played the Coroner at the scene when the bodies were being removed from the house. She got to ride in her former hearse, "Morticia" for this scene as well.
On this leg of the journey you’ll explore the scariest spots in the Garden State. Author L'Aura Hladik visits 34 legendary haunted places, all of which are open to the public—so you can test your own ghosthunting skills, if you dare.
Join L'Aura as she personally visits each site, snooping around eerie rooms and dark corners, talking to people who swear to their paranormal experiences, and giving you a first-hand account. You’ll go to:
The Spy House—one of the most haunted sites on the Eastern Seaboard, which is home to several ghosts
The Proprietary House—haunted by the ghost of a little boy, a Revolutionary War soldier, and others who occupy the ladies’ room
Centenary College—where a ghost known as Tillie Smith has been seen on the campus grounds and in her old dormitory, as well as Union Cemetery in Hackettstown
Enjoy Ghosthunting New Jersey from the safety of your armchair or hit the road, using the maps, “Haunted Places” travel guide, and “Ghostly Resources.” Buckle up and get ready for the spookiest ride of your life.
L’Aura Hladik, Founder & Director of the New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society and lecturer on the subject of ghosts and haunted places, maintains that ghosts and paranormal study are a year-round activity. And of course as the "First Lady Of New Jersey ghost Hunting" Who better to explaing the world of Paranomal Studies and phenomena to all those who want to learn more.
Typically, The New Jersey ghost hunting team will attempt to collect evidence claimed to be supportive of paranormal activity. Ghost hunters often employ electronic equipment of various types, such as EMF meters, digital thermometers, infrared, thermographic, and night vision cameras, handheld video cameras, digital audio recorders, and computers. Organized teams of ghost hunters are also called paranormal investigation teams.
While many teams purport to utilize scientific methods, there has been no scientifically testable and verifiable evidence supporting the existence of ghosts. The proponents of paranormal investigation claim their methods to be scientific, however many skeptics and ghost hunting opponents claim it is not.
Easy access to information on the world wide web, movies such as Ghostbusters, and TV shows, particularly Ghost Hunters, are thought to be partly responsible for the current boom in ghost hunting. One popular website for ghost hunting enthusiasts lists over 300 of these organizations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. There are now hundreds of Internet message boards and web sites dedicated to the pursuit. Many of the sites declare themselves free of Ouija boards, which are frowned upon as unscientific among some paranormal enthusiasts. Along with ghost tracking tips, the sites discuss everything from high-tech equipment to analysis of investigations. Many feature ghost photos and videos, often appearing as blurry mist or blobs of light, called orbs by insiders. Similarly, audio recordings are referred to as EVPs, or electronic voice phenomena, sometimes sounding like garbles and warbles amid background noise.
Scores of small businesses selling ghost-hunting equipment, ghost investigation services, and even ghost counseling, are booming outside of their prime season, Halloween. Several companies recently introduced new devices billed as real actual ghost detectors, along with the traditional electromagnetic field detectors, white noise generators, and infrared motion sensors. The paranormal boom is such that some small ghost-hunting related businesses are enjoying increased profits through podcast and web site advertising, books, DVDs, videos, and other commercial enterprises.
In the U.S., the popularity of ghost hunting has led to some property damage and injuries. Unaware that a spooky home in Worthington, Ohio was occupied, a group of teenagers went to check it out. The homeowner fired shots to scare off the trespassers, shooting a girl in the head. Another group of teenagers in Peru, Maine admitted to accidentally starting a fire while hunting for ghosts inside of a former wood mill. Trespassing or vandalizing ghost hunters have also been arrested in cemeteries in Illinois, Connecticut, and other states.
Among ghost hunters, some are also devotees of urban exploration, a growing hobby where enthusiasts venture into abandoned structures such as hospitals, asylums, prisons. plantation houses, cemeteries and sanitoriums.
“Halloween certainly captures the mainstream imagination with spooky ghost stories and horror film releases and rentals of the classics, but for paranormal investigators and researchers, it is a full time avocation,” L’Aura explained in a recent interview.
The New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society was founded by Hladik back in 1998 and today has 600 members both nationally and internationally. In addition to its three divisions’ monthly meetings, the NJGHS reaches the masses with its weekly free downloadable podcast called “The Deadline”.
Paranormal is a general term that describes unusual experiences that supposedly lack a scientific explanation,] or phenomena alleged to be outside of science's current ability to explain or measure. Notably, paranormal phenomena also lack scientific evidence, as detectable but not well explained phenomena such as dark matter or dark energy are not commonly called paranormal.
In parapsychology, the term has, in the past, been used to describe the supposed phenomena of extra-sensory perception, including telepathy, and psychokinesis, ghosts, and hauntings. It is also applied to UFOs, some creatures that fall under the scope of cryptozoology, purported phenomena surrounding the Bermuda Triangle, and other non-psychic subjects.
Stories relating to paranormal phenomena are found in popular culture and folklore, but the scientific community, as referenced in statements made by organization such as the United States National Science Foundation, contends that scientific evidence does not support paranormal beliefs.
This Halloween season, as in the past, L’Aura will be presenting a PowerPoint show entitled “Paranormal Investigating: Capturing Ghosts’ Pictures and Voices”. This presentation is suitable for any age group and gives clear cut examples of how ghosts appear in picture form and how their voices, called EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) sound. L’Aura says, “Truthfully, Spielberg would never sell a ticket if he depicted the ghost in his movies as the way they typically show up: as an orb.”
The presentations are free and open to the public:
Sept. 30 = Burlington County Library, 5 Pioneer Blvd., Westhampton, NJ – 2:00 p.m.
Oct. 16 = Washington Women’s Club, Church St., Washington, NJ – 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 = Sayreville Public Library, 1050 Washington Rd., Parlin, NJ – 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 22 = Matawan Aberdeen Library, 165 Main St., Matawan, NJ – 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 = Washington Twp Public Library, 37 E. Springtown Rd, Long Valley, NJ – 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 26 = Cranford Public Library, 224 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, NJ – 8:00 p.m.
If your group or library would like to have this presentation, please contact L’Aura at her Evoice number 908-325-0140 or via email, laurah @ njghs.net
Approaching the paranormal from a research perspective is often difficult because of the lack of acceptance of the physical reality of most of the purported phenonema. By definition, the paranormal does not conform to conventional expectations of the natural. Despite this challenge, studies on the paranormal are periodically conducted by researchers all from various disciplines. Some researchers study just the beliefs in the paranormal regardless of whether the phenomena are considered to objectively exist. This section deals with various approaches to the paranormal: anecdotal, experimental, and participant-observer approaches, the skeptical investigation approach and the survey approach.
For believers, ghosts are generally seen to be the spirit or soul of a deceased person. Alternative theories expand on that idea and include belief in the ghosts of deceased animals. Sometimes the term "ghost" is used synonymously with any spirit or demon , however in popular usage the term typically refers to a deceased person.
The belief in ghosts as souls of the departed is closely tied to the concept of animism, an ancient belief which attributed souls to everything in nature. As the nineteenth-century anthropologist James Frazer explained in his classic work, The Golden Bough, souls were seen as the creature within that animated the body. Although the human soul was sometimes symbolically or literally depicted in ancient cultures as a bird or other animal, it was widely held that the soul was an exact reproduction of the body in every feature, even down to clothing the person wore. This is depicted in artwork from various ancient cultures, including such works as the Egyptian Book of the Dead, which shows deceased people in the afterlife appearing much as they did before death, including the style of dress.
A widespread belief concerning ghosts is that they are composed of a misty, airy, or subtle material. Anthropologists speculate that this may also stem from early beliefs that ghosts were the person within the person, most noticeable in ancient cultures as a person's breath, which upon exhaling in colder climates appears visibly as a white mist. This belief may have also fostered the metaphorical meaning of "breath" in certain languages, such as the Latin spiritus and the Greek pneuma, which by analogy became extended to mean the soul. In the Bible, God is depicted as animating Adam with a breath.
Numerous theories have been proposed by scientists to provide non-paranormal explanations for ghosts sightings. Although the evidence for ghosts is largely anecdotal, the belief in ghosts throughout history has remained widespread and persistent.
Erika Frost is a paranormal media personality and psychic. She has been seen on such TV shows as the Sci Fi Channel's "Ghost Hunters," the Travel Channel's "Most Haunted," KCAL Channel 9's "Lisa's It List," "Tyra Banks," LifeTime's "Gay,Straight or Taken," and National Geographic and Discovery's "Haunted Ships". More recently she has been heard on international radio on "Coast to Coast AM With George Norry" and has been featured in various newspaper and magazine articles.
Frost has always been intrigued by the paranormal world. As a young child, she was able to make contact with the Other World. As she grew, she had an increasing sense of her gift and started a journey into the astral realm through astral projection. Through meditation she has developed a strong connection and understanding of the beautiful world of angels and fairies, in which she communicates with through card readings.
Erika is now using her gift aboard the Queen Mary to make contact with the ghosts that inhabit the ocean liner via Friday and Saturday "Dinner and a Ghost Tour" events. Through this tour you will learn first hand how to acknowledge and communicate with the many different spirits aboard, as well as, developing an understanding of the science behind the dead.
In research for his books, Mark Nesbitt collected hundreds of these tales of the unexplainable sightings, entity activity or those strange echoes from a time long gone that can mean only one thing: Gettysburg may very well be, acre for acre, the most haunted place in America.
"THE BEST EVP PARANOMAL INVESTIGATION EXPERT IN TEXAS!"
"AND POSSIBLY THE WORLD!"
Investigator, EVP specialist, author, and founder/webmaster of www.paratexas.com. As a paranormal Investigator, Rich was naturally led into the study of Electronics Voice Phenomena because of his background in electronics, beginning with schooling and service with US Naval Intelligence (aviation) in the operation and maintenance of audio and video analysis systems of radio and radar signals.
Rich's approach to EVP study has taken him beyond the normally "random" EVP audio presentations usually seen by the public, and his criteria requires that the spirit take the time to communicate back and forth with reliability and purpose. He has identified particular spirits by name, some who are acting as "guides" for him, and others who are just what he refers to as "spirit companions".
One spirit in particular who calls herself "Rachael" has a seven year history of EVP communication with Richard, and claims to have lived with him in a previous incarnation as his wife while he was a merchant sea captain in the late 1700's and early 1800's.
Rich gives private instruction in EVP technique in Alvin, Texas www.evpschool.com and is the renowned author of the book "Everyplace I Go is Haunted"
"The most respected paranomal Investigator in America"
Dr. Barry Taffearned his doctorate in psychophysiology with a minor in biomedical engineering from UCLA. He holds six medical patents. From 1969 through 1978 he worked out of the former parapsychology laboratory at UCLA's Neuro-psychiatric Institute as a research associate where he studied telepathy, precognition, and remote viewing. Dr. Taff has consulted for the Department of Defense, the CIA, NSA, FBI and other agencies vital to national security and is to this day bound by a national security agreement. With regard to paranormal research, Taff investigated more than 4000 cases, spanning 40 plus years, of alleged poltergeists, UFO’s, doppelgangers demonic possession and haunting. His most famous case became the best selling book and motion picture, “The Entity”.
One of the cases Dr. Taft investigated in 1974 gained international fame as the book and motion picture, The Entity, staring Barbara Hershey, released by Fox in 1983. Dr. Taft served as technical director on The Entity as well as being represented in the film by the character, “Gene Kraft”. What’s unknown by themedia is the fact that, in real life, The Entity followed its femalevictim for quite some time after our initial investigation,continuing its vociferous nature. The victims current whereaboutsor condition is unknown.
Dr. Taft has appeared on numerous TV and radio programsincluding CBS News, KNBC News, Strange Universe, Unsolved Mysteries, The Joan River’s Show, A current Affair, Hard Copy,Sightings, Judge for Yourself, The Extraordinary, The Montel Williams Show, The Wil Shriner Show, The Suzanne Somers Show, was a recurring guest on NBC’s The Other Side, Haunted History, Mysteries & Scandals, ABC’s World’s Scariest Ghosts Caught on Tape, The Girls Next Door and most recently the Sci-Fi Channel’s An Unknown Encounter & California’s Most Haunted (highest rated shows in Sc-Fi’s history) for which Dr. Taft also served as creative consultant and technical advisor. Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Joshua P. Warren has lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains his entire life. At the age of 13, he wrote his First published book. Since then, he has had nine more books published, including the regional best-seller, Haunted Asheville, and How to Hunt Ghosts (released by Simon and Schuster), and is the president of his multimedia productions company, Shadowbox Enterprises, LLC. His articles have been published internationally, and he has been covered by such mainstream media as CNN, Fox News, Southern Living, Delta Sky, FATE, New Woman, The New York Times, FHM and Something About the Author; and made the cover of the science journal, Electric Space Craft. A winner of the University ofNorth Carolina Thomas Wolfe Award for Fiction, he wrote columns for the Asheville Citizen-Times from 1992 to 1995. His first novel, The Evil in Asheville, was released in 2000.
He has consulted for government, business, and law enforcement, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Language Institute (DLI), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the FBI, Interpol, LAPD, California Highway Patrol, Santa Barbara Sherriff’s Department, and the Westminster Police Department. He has served as a technical advisor or script doctor on the films Logan’s Run, Demon Seed, Altered States, Poltergeist, and the Entity. Dr. Taft has written numerous articles for magazines and journals, and has been featured in many books on the paranormal subjects ranging for precognition to UFO’s.
A professional Necromancer and founder of the Sorcerers Guild of greater Houston, Texas. Waugh has been practicing and conducting rituals for many paranormal investigators for over 20 years. Waugh also paints many spiritual and common murals and lives in a small Texas town with her three dogs. She also over the years makes ceremonial candles and is active in ghost hunting in the deep South. Summoning the dead to communicate with the living is a natural daily occurrence for Waugh. "I have been doing this since I was a child." " When I lived in Galveston, Texas about 15 years ago, I was introduced to the ancient rights of ceremonial Necromancy as a ritual by a great shaman called Freebird, and because of him and his diligence to the art, I still practice it until this day." "However, if a spirit has something vital to impart to you, they will call upon you, not vice-versa and no ritual is needed".
Author and speaker on the subject of the supernatural www.ghostinmysuitcase.com. While traveling around the country, he has investigated haunted places from one coast to the other, and is a popular speaker at paranormal conferences. Mitchel relies more on experiences than photographs or recordings, and believes that investigators must respect the spirits and locations that they visit.
"Mitchel Whitington the Most Haunted and Best Paranormal Author in Texas!"
He is the author of several books on the paranormal, including regional worls such as "Ghosts of North Texas" and "Ghosts of East Texas and the Pineywoods." He is also named editor on four "Haunted Encounters" anthologies: "Real Life Stories of Supernatural Experiences," "Personal Stories of Departed Pets," "Ghost Stories From Around The World," and "Departed Family and Friends."
Mitchel has also contributed to the books "Haunted Tales of America's Jails" and "Haunted Texas Highways".
As a speaker, you will find him traveling around the country at conferences ranging from L.A. to Las Vegas to San Antonio. Whenever he speaks, his credo is simple: keep an open mind, and have fun.
THE TOP TEN BEST PARANORMAL AND GHOST HUNTING TELEVISION SHOWS
Ghost hunting has grown into an international industry with high tech gadgets aimed at not only catching images. Ghost Mania has made us all more aware of what a ghost and paranormal activity is supposed to really be. Well Haunted America Tours Visitors you have voted and picked these shows as your most and best favorite shows to watch!
This bold series takes the paranormal and crime-solving phenomenon one step further by following psychic profiler Carla Baron, medium John J. Oliver and paranormal investigator Patrick Burns as they visit the frightening scenes of the most baffling criminal mysteries of recent history, including the cases of JonBenet Ramsey, Madeleine McCann, George Allen Smith, Natalee Holloway and the "Zodiac Killer." Working together, can this unconventional team of experts find clues that will provide new insights into these investigations?
Haunting Evidence is an American documentary television series following the travels of a psychic profiler, a medium, and a paranormal investigator. The trio travels the United States investigating "cold case" homicide and missing persons cases. The series began production in October 2005 and premiered on Court TV in mid-June 2006, with a run of nine episodes. Season 2 began on June 20, 2007. Episode 107 "Mystery in the Desert" from season one has been closed, with the perpetrator of the crime Gabriel Avila linked to Sepich via DNA evidence.
Mystery on the Appalachian Trail (Julianne Williams & Laura Winans) (December 21, 2005)
Mystery in the Ashes (Tara Baker) (December 21, 2005)
Forgotten Fiancée (Amanda Tusing) (June 14, 2006)
The Missing D.A. (Ray Gricar) (June 21, 2006)
Hidden Truth (Timothy Stone) (July 5, 2006)
Missing Teacher (Tara Grinstead) (July 19, 2006)
Mystery in the Desert (Katie Sepich) (July 26, 2006)
Abduction at Comins Pond (Molly Bish) (August 2, 2006)
Lady of the Dunes (August 9, 2006)
Missing in Paradise (Natalee Holloway) (June 20, 2007)
Women of Calder Field (June 27, 2007)
Long Journey Home (July 4, 2007)
Buried Secrets (James Lacouture) (July 11, 2007)
Dupont Circle Mystery (Joyce Chiang & Chandra Levy) (July 18, 2007)
The Ruins at Land's End (July 25, 2007)
Five Hundred Miles Away (Judith Smith) (August 1, 2007)
Deep in the Desert (August 8, 2007)
Wiregrass Murders (August 15, 2007) North Carolina Burning (August 22, 2007)
Haunted in Villisca (August 29, 2007)
The JonBenet Mystery (October 4, 2008)
The cast is currently comprised of psychic profiler Carla Baron, medium John J. Oliver, and paranormal investigator Patrick Burns. The premise of the series is to shed new light on unsolved crimes utilizing this "team of unconventional investigators
Many feel the show could be carried by the great patrick Burns alone. the man knows his stuff and is very passionate about what he does. This deep intensity and serious altitude is what makes may love the show and why they voted it to number 1.
Bound by tragedy and blood to a dangerous otherworldly mission two brothers travel in mysterious back roads of the country in their '67 Chevy Impala searching for their missing father--and hunting down every evil supernatural force they encounter along the way. Bring home all 22 episodes of the first season of the thrilling new show Supernatural along with must-own bonus features. Supernatural is a completely new kind of thrill ride that takes viewers on a journey into the dark world of the unexplained .Running Time: 936 min.Format: DVD MOVIE
The American series follows the brothers Dean and Sam Winchester, played by Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, who travel across the country in a black 1967 Chevy Impala investigating and combating paranormal events and other unexplained occurrences, many of them based on folklore, myths, and American urban legends as well as classic supernatural creatures such as vampires, werewolves, and ghosts. Eric Kripke, the series' creator, cites Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and American Gods as influences on Supernatural, along with American Werewolf in London and Joseph Campbell's The Hero's Journey.
Main characters Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester
Twenty-two years ago Sam (series star JARED PADALECKI) and Dean (series star JENSEN ACKLES) Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. As a result their father John (recurring guest star JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN - "Grey's Anatomy") raised the brothers to be soldiers. He taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America...and he taught them how to kill it. Sam however wanted nothing to do with this violent and dangerous life and he left it behind until the day Dean appeared on his doorstep with troubling news. Their father had gone missing on a "hunting trip." Sam and Dean have spent the last year cruising the highways of the United States in their 1967 Chevy Impala searching for their lost father and encountering creatures that most people believe exist only in folklore superstition and nightmares. Along the way they have battled the various supernatural threats--and each other as well for their sibling rivalries and conflicts were never far from the surface. Finally they found their father just as he was closing in on the Demon who claimed their mother
The plot of the series has evolved over time, beginning initially with the Winchester brothers, Sam and Dean, looking for their father throughout most of season one. Once they find him, the show becomes about killing Azazel, the yellow-eyed demon responsible for the death of their mother. This is accomplished, but not until after Azazel's plans are completed and a door to Hell is opened, although only momentarily, releasing a horde of demons into the world. This event also sees the death of Sam, who is subsequently resurrected by Dean selling his soul at the end of season two. In the third season, the plot of the show focuses on trying to save Dean from his deal. Along the way, they meet a demon named Ruby, who has an interest in Sam and claims to be able to help save Dean, as well as Bela Talbot, an "acquirer" and seller of occult objects who is constantly a thorn in their side. The brothers eventually manage to track down the demon who holds Dean's contract, a powerhouse named Lilith who also wants Sam dead. However, Sam and Ruby ultimately fail to save Dean, who is killed and sent to Hell. Season four begins with Dean, miraculously returning from Hell, awakening dazed and confused in a grave. He was apparently rescued by a supposed angel named Castiel on orders from God. Sam on the other hand, has further developed his abilities with the help of Ruby during the months that Dean has been dead. It is soon revealed that Dean was revived to help stop Lilith's plan of breaking the 66 seals, which would let Lucifer walk free once again.
The yellow-eyed demon is vanquished, but at a terrible price. The battle that brought him down released hundreds of demons from Hell into an unsuspecting world. And it cost Sam his life. But a grief-stricken Dean made a deal with the Crossroad Demon – his soul for Sam's resurrection. Now Dean has just one year to live. One year to fight the unholy, the twisted, the ghoulish. One year to say farewell to Sam. And one year for Sam to search desperately for some way to save his brother. Mind-bending adventure awaits as the Winchester brothers continue their astonishing odyssey into the supernatural...and their personal odyssey into destiny.
3. A HAUNTING
A Haunting is an American television series that airs on the Discovery Channel and Discovery Science channel. The series' episodes are comprised of narrations and dramatic reenactments based on various accounts of paranormal encounters and experiences. A Haunting originally aired in 2005 and has since produced four seasons totalling 39 episodes.
Timeless Media Group, in cooperation with New Dominion Pictures, is proud to present this 9 DVD set of the first four seasons of A Haunting, 39 episodes in all. As seen on the Discovery Channel, each of these one-hour episodes explore the most mysterious and baffling true cases of haunting's, visitations and ghostly, ghastly doings ever assembled. These stories of demon possession, the unquiet ghosts of the dead, and many more tales of the supernatural will take you to the edge of reason and beyond. Each episode is complete with interviews of the victims of these eerie and unexplainable paranormal events. Teams of parapsychologists try to discover the roots of these strange happenings and to put the demons to rest, with exorcisms, cleansing rites and strange incantations, sometimes having unexpected results! As you explore the darker regions of the unseen and unsettling world of spirits, poltergeists and phantoms, you may find yourself becoming convinced that things are not what they seem, and indeed, are much more sinister and scary than you ever thought possible.
Fans of the show enjoy the cinematic effects and the actual terrifying true stories of the paranormal told by those who experienced real-life horror tales. The reenactments at times leave al little to the imaginations but in whole the show offers what is considered paranormal truths.
A Haunting is an American television series that airs on the Discovery Channel and Discovery Science channel. The series' episodes are comprised of narrations and dramatic reenactments based on various accounts of paranormal encounters and experiences. A Haunting originally aired in 2005 and has since produced four seasons totaling 39 episodes.
A Haunting began as two feature-length specials, "A Haunting in Connecticut" and "A Haunting in Georgia", that were developed by Allison Erkelens, who also served as head writer. The specials were executive produced by Tom Naughton and Nicolas Valcour for New Dominion Pictures. Based on strong ratings, A Haunting became a one-hour series on The Discovery Channel produced by Larry Silverman.
Most episodes present several accounts of paranormal experiences through cinematic reenactments which are accompanied by commentary from eyewitnesses and investigators themselves. According to Silverman, the show's writers search for stories and then filter out accounts with enough substantial content. He has further added that the episodes are strictly based on the accounts of victims, although the Discovery Channel did compel the show's producers to sanitize certain case histories due to their graphic sexual content. A Haunting has covered several incidents, including traditional haunting's, demonic attacks, possessions, and cryptic visions. The series covers incidents from various locations across the United States, as well as three episodes that were set in England, Ireland and Taiwan. Episodes are usually set in houses or apartments, and also farms, commercial areas, and even vast outdoor regions.
Episodes within the series follow a frequently recurring pattern, in which victims of hauntings begin noticing peculiar incidents that gradually become more frequent and bizarre. Denial is most often the first reaction. As the situation escalates, however, and every possible conventional explanation is explored and found wanting, they either contact a paranormal investigator, a member of the clergy, or a spiritual medium for assistance. In some cases, victims are able to successfully resolve their paranormal issues, while in others, victims are forced to vacate their residence. Certain episodes have also featured commentary from famed demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, who have actually investigated some of A Haunting's cases. The episode, "The Dark Side", was dedicated to the memory of Ed, who passed away in 2006.
From Florida to Edinburgh, the "Ghost Adventures" team travels the world seeking the ultimate spiritual experience. Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans and his crew, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin, search for haunted locations both domestically and internationally.
During their investigations, Zak and crew acquaint themselves with the general area; interview locals about the hauntings; and go face-to-face with the evil spirits who reportedly haunt these locations.
Host and Lead Investigator Bagans, along with his paranormal investigation team, travels to both domestic and international locations rumored to be haunted in search of evidence proving the existence of the supernatural.
After graduating from film school in Michigan, Zak moved to Las Vegas to pursue a career in documentary filmmaking. There he met "Ghost Adventures" co-host Nick Groff and cameraman Aaron Goodwin. Their first paranormal investigations as a team took place all over Nevada, and the footage they captured led to an award-winning, nationally-televised "Ghost Adventures" documentary.
Investigator With his detecting equipment and an expertise gained through experience, Groff will be locked in some of the most sinister locations from dusk to dawn to investigate and capture evidence of the paranormal.
Bagans and Groff co-founded the paranormal organization Ghost Adventures Crew (GAC). Its members support one another's quest to investigate possible paranormal activity first hand. Their biggest event to date was held at the Goldfield Hotel in Nevada.
Cameraman and Equipment Technician Goodwin travels to both domestic and international locations alongside his paranormal investigation team in order to prove the existence of the supernatural. An Oregon native, Aaron moved to Las Vegas where he fell in love with film and taught himself how to edit and operate a camera. Aaron gained experience by working as a cameraman on numerous TV shows over the past nine years. He has worked on projects ranging from red carpet movie premieres to sporting events. Filming is a passion for Aaron, and he's always armed with a camera.
Many love this show for the exacting realness and honest emotions and intensity of Bagans and the crew. Many hope this show has a very successful long run. And Aaron Goodwin is the stand out Team member everyone just loves!
5. MYSTERY HUNTERS
Mystery Hunters is a Discovery Kids program. It is also seen on YTV in Canada.
Teenaged hosts Araya and Christina investigate real-life reports of mysteries such as ghosts, monsters, vampires and UFOs. They use scientific rigour to try to find plausible explanations for the sightings and eye-witness accounts that trigger their investigations. In another section of the show, Doubting Dave, a scientist played by David Acer, attempts to explain mysterious personal experiences that have been emailed in by viewers, in a feature called "V-Files".
Mystery Hunters - Beastly Beings and Monstrous Mysteries
Produced by Apartment 11 Productions, four seasons and 78 episodes of the series have been made, and it has garnered awards and accolades from around the world, including eight Gemini Award nominations, a 2006 Parents' Choice Award, and a 2007 Japan Prize (sponsored by the Japanese television network NHK) for the "Stonehenge" episode, awarded the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Prize in the Early Education category.
6. MOST HAUNTED
Most Haunted is a British paranormal television programme based on investigating purported paranormal activity, although a 2005 OFCOM ruling stated that Most Haunted was "not a legitimate investigation into the paranormal, and should not be taken seriously". It is shown on the satellite and cable channels Living, Living2 and Virgin 1 (Formerly Ftn), primarily for the UK market. It is also shown in the United States on the Travel Channel, on the W Channel in Australia and Canada, TV4 Plus in Sweden, Sub (TV channel) in Finland and Stöð 2 in Iceland. It is produced by Antix Productions, led by Yvette Fielding and her husband Karl Beattie.
Could you lock yourself in a haunted location for 24 hours? Well that's just what the Most Haunted team does. The crew investigates some of the scariest places in Europe, attempting different methods and experiments to try and communicate with the dead, and prove the existence of life after death. Ancient Ram Inn - Witchcraft, human sacrifice, and an incubus await the Most Haunted team at the Ancient Ram Inn. Feeling far from welcome in these new surroundings, their apprehension will ultimately turn in to terror - with violent repercussions.
Ghost Hunters is a reality television series featuring Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, who work a day job as Roto-Rooter plumbers and investigate places that are reported to be haunted.
The show debuted in October 2004 on the American Sci-Fi Channel. It should not be confused with the original 1996 Inca Productions show Ghosthunters produced for the Discovery Channel. The format was sold to the US to become Ghost Hunters. The only remaining link between the two shows is presenter Ian Cashmore who anchored the UK/Europe show. Cashmore piloted the U.S. show, but chose not to remain part of the US venture after he filmed the promos
Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, along with other team members who belong to the group they founded, The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), investigate locations of interest by using electronic equipment which they believe is capable of detecting paranormal activity. TAPS' equipment includes digital thermometers, EMF (electromagnetic field) scanners, infrared and night vision cameras, handheld digital video cameras, digital audio recorders, and laptop computers.
Other gear not typically shown on screen are an Ion Generator — a device that charges the air with electricity and theorized to help spirits manifest, and the White Noise Generator — an audio device that makes a static background noise and theorized to act as a catalyst for assisting entities in making EVPs
Jason, Grant and the 'Ghost Hunters' team revisit the notoriously haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado for a live Halloween-night investigation! Stephen King took up residence at the Stanley while writing his best-selling novel The Shining and the spooky goings on at the hotel reportedly served as the inspiration for his best-selling tome. Viewers will be sent on the ultimate Halloween adventure, joining the 'Ghost Hunters' in as they investigate the infamously haunted hotel. Also joining the investigation is a special guest from 'ECW' (Extreme Championship Wrestling); ghost hunting novice CM Punk!
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Ghost Hunters is a reality television series featuring Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, who work a day job as Roto-Rooter plumbers and investigate places that are reported to be haunted.
The show debuted in October 2004 on the American Sci-Fi Channel. It should not be confused with the original 1996 Inca Productions show Ghosthunters produced for the Discovery Channel. The format was sold to the US to become Ghost Hunters. The only remaining link between the two shows is presenter Ian Cashmore who anchored the UK/Europe show. Cashmore piloted the U.S. show, but chose not to remain part of the US venture after he filmed the promos.
The 'Ghost Hunters' originally investigated the Stanley in February 2006 and were met with a flurry of unexplainable occurrences including a hotel room that was a veritable hotbed of paranormal activity. Continually intrigued by the locale, our 'Ghost Hunters' will return to the Stanley for the show's first-ever live investigation, spending more time exploring some of the hotel's most notorious hot spots and enlisting viewers to help expand their search for spirits.
Ghost Hunters has garnered some of the highest ratings of any Sci-Fi Channel network programming. From the start, the show has found an audience for its mix of paranormal investigation and interpersonal drama. It has since been syndicated on NBC Universal sister network Oxygen.
In the early shows, TAPS was headquartered in a trailer located behind Jason Hawes' house, and they drove one white van to investigations. Within one season, they had moved the entire operation to a storefront in downtown Warwick, RI, and acquired several new TAPS vehicles equipped with surveillance instrumentation.
In addition to their successful television venture, TAPS operates a website where they share their stories, photographs, and ghost hunting videos with an ever-growing membership list. Because of the popularity of the show, TAPS cast members have signed contracts with at least two talent agencies, Escape Artistry and GP Entertainment, to manage their appearances at lectures, conferences and public events.
In addition to the success of the television show, TAPS have ventured into the venue of radio broadcast hosting a 3 hour weekly show called "Beyond Reality". New episodes are broadcast every Saturday from 7 - 10pm EST, though sometimes may skip a week with possibilities of the hosts being busy with other ventures. The radio show goes into topics in a vast array of areas such as cryptozoology, spiritualism, UFO's, and ghosts. The show is hosted by Grant Wilson & Jason Hawes and includes guest appearances from other TAPS members and special guests like John Zaffis, Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Chris Fleming and others which specialize in certain fields.
Ghost Hunters has attracted various critics and skeptics, such as Joe Nickell who has criticised their methodology in the Skeptical Inquirer. Many other authors, such as Joe Nickell and Lynne Kelly question the scientific validity of the investigations conducted by the TAPS team, its methodology, and particularly its use of instrumentation, as there is no scientifically-proven link between the existence of ghosts and (for example) cold spots or electromagnetic fields (which Hawes and Wilson say are not necessarily paranormal). As Grant and Jason say "If you set out to prove a haunting, anything will seem like evidence. If you set out to disprove it, you will end up with only those things you cant explain away.". Others, such as Allison Smith contend that the show's claimed evidence of the paranormal could be easily hoaxed. With each new season, critics of Ghost Hunters continue to publish skeptical analysis and theories on the Internet, often employing frame-by-frame analysis of episode footage which they believe debunks the show's findings.
Ghost Hunters International the spin off series which premiered Wednesday, January 9, 2008 and features investigators Robb Demarest, Shannon Sylvia, Barry Fitzgerald (who appeared in the Summer 2007 Ireland episodes of Ghost Hunters), Andy Andrews, Brian Harnois, and Donna La Croix. The format is similar to Ghost Hunters but features investigations in various locations around the world. In mid season one, Donna, Brian and Shannon have departed the show and have been replaced by Dustin Pari and newcomer Brandy Green.
2005 Halloween Special - aired October 31, 2005, TAPS went to Savannah, GA to investigate the Moon River Brewery and The Sorrel Weed House, a historic museum that conducts Savannah tours.
2006 Halloween Special - Ghost Hunters Live - aired October 31, 2006 at 11PM EST. It was a six hour broadcast originating from The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. ECW Superstar CM Punk joined the Ghost Hunters throughout the investigation. The viewing audience was able to interact with the team via PDA/cellphone text messages.
2007 Halloween Special - Ghost Hunters Live - aired October 31, 2007 at 9PM EST. It was a six hour broadcast originating from the Waverly Hills Sanatorium near Louisville, KY. Joining the team was guest ECW Superstar Elijah Burke. The episode was hosted by paranormal investigator Joshua Gates from the show Destination Truth who was stationed in an on-site "interactive center" which posted real time photos to SciFi.com. Also employed was a "Panic Button" message feature where viewers could alert the investigators of any strange happenings as they occurred. Simultaneously, SciFi.com ran an online poll, "The Hunt for the Hunter", Where viewers picked the new TAPS member who chosen among three finalists, Patrick Clark, Mark Fusetti, and Deanna Hoffman. Mark Fusetti was picked as the new TAPS member during the review of the Halloween Special on November 7th.
Return to St. Augustine Light - aired January 9, 2008. TAPS conducted a special follow up investigation at St. Augustine Light in Florida. It aired before the premiere episode of Ghost Hunters International.
Elijah Burke Freaks Out on Ghost Hunters Live
2008 Halloween Special - Ghost Hunters Live - will air October 31, 2008. TAPS conducts a seven-hour, live, return investigation of Fort Delaware with guest host Joshua Gates of Destination Truth. Other guests are Robb Demarest and Donna La Croix from Ghost Hunters International and Amanda Tapping from the Sci Fi show Sanctuary and Stargate SG-1 television series.
Blog Critics of the show all wish Brian Harnois would return to the show and people like Dave Tango - Investigator/Evidence Analyst Kris Williams - Investigator/Evidence Analyst/Historical Researcher/Case Manager Heather Drolet - Investigator/Case Manager Mike Dion - Investigator/Director Kristyn Gartland - Investigator/Case Manager Jen Rossi - Investigator Joe Chin - Investigator-in-training Dustin Pari- Investigator/Film tech should leave the show. Many feel that they are not ghost hunting material.
8. PSYCHIC KIDS
PSYCHIC KIDS: CHILDREN OF THE PARANORMAL is the intense journey into the lives of children who live with gifts they frequently see as burdens. With the help of caring experts, they begin to understand and manage their powers, realizing their potential both as psychics and human beings.
Psychic Kids is a paranormal television series broadcasts on the A&E television network, by Chip Coffey, and debuted in summer 2008. The first episode is titled "Fear Management." Later episodes feature content in correlation with another A&E paranormal series, Paranormal State with Ryan Buell. Some years before the series' development, A&E aired an episode of Biographies called "Psychic Kids" about children and young people with the same abilities described in the show (e.g. crystal children).
Many Blog Critics feel that Chip Coffey's magnificent talents are being wasted on this show and they would love to see him join the Most haunted team. This is where many feel he would do his best and make the show a bigger success then it currently is.
9. PARANOMAL STATE
Paranormal State is a docu-drama reality television series for A&E about a student-led college club, the Penn State Paranormal Research Society. The show depicts the students' investigations of paranormal activity and supernatural phenomena. http://www.aetv.com/paranormal-state/
Paranormal State is the very first series that explores paranormal investigations through the eyes and minds of college students. This series follows the dramatic life of Penn State University college student Ryan Buell and the other student members of one of the first university sanctioned Paranormal Research Society (PRS) as they seek to find the truth behind terrifying real life mysteries. Although the members of PRS are your basic college kids - dealing with the problems of school, dating, and finding their way in the world - they are definitely looking into other worlds as well, working on cases that include poltergeists, haunting and the darkest areas of the unknown. Each week they are contacted for help by outside parties ranging from The Catholic Church to ordinary families who are terrified by something supernatural happening in their lives.
Paranormal State show depicts the students' investigations of paranormal activity and supernatural phenomena. Though many die hard's disagree with their tactics, explanation and advice the show is very popular. Each episode of the show is outlined by the production team first, co-executive producer Tina Gazzerro has said, to ensure that a producible episode will result. "We try to identify where we get our discovery moments, our 'Ah-ha!' moments," Gazzerro told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Information about the event under investigation may also be held back from the students in order to create dramatic tension, and only situations which will have a conclusive outcome are investigated. "We may have information we don't give to [the PRS team]," Gazzerro said, "but we need to make sure [the episode is] producible." Story arcs are also outlined for each "character" on the show, and the production team has publicly expressed its hope that a romantic relationship will develop between Buell and one of the women on the series. The production team and the show's researchers say that no pressure is put on the research team to act in certain ways or make paranormal discoveries.
A&E had high hopes for the new series. Cable television reality shows about the paranormal require only about a quarter of the budget for a scripted show of the same length. They also draw much-coveted younger viewers, and skew slightly more female than male (a difficult demographic to draw for most cable networks not explicitly targeting women).
The show debuted on December 10, 2007, with 2.5 million viewers watching the first two back-to-back episodes, making it the third-most watched show on A&E since 2004. The cable network reported that this included 1.6 million people aged 18 to 49 (a highly coveted demographic by broadcasters and advertisers). It also included 1.5 million viewers in the 25-to-54 age range, A&E's target demographic.
The show's second season began on July 28, 2008 on A&E.
Its visual, musical, and editorial style, was inspired by MTV's Fear
Some reviewers have strongly criticized the high production values which others praise. As one otherwise positive review noted, "The biggest drawback to the series is that it's over-produced, with too many eerie sounds and visual effects. Is the heavy breathing something picked up by PRS microphones, or is it a sound effect added after the fact by the show's producers?"
Critics have also pointed out that the show lacks visual punch. People interviewed in the show declare that they "feel" a spirit next to them, but nothing is shown to the TV viewer. In the series debut, the audience is told that a young boy sees ghosts, but the audience is not able to see any evidence of this. "The most compelling footage seems to come more from the editing room than beyond the grave," noted one industry trade publication. Reviewers say the show also fails to effectively integrate and utilize the team's (apparently) sophisticated audio and video equipment to heighten tension or help support their claims of paranormal activity.
As of January 3rd 2008, Ryan Buell claims the demonic entity is no longer following him. In a Q&A section of the Penn State Paranormal Research Society's forums, he responded to a question on the topic by stating, "I haven't been troubled by any bunnies (the PRS calls demons "bunnies") as of late. There came a point in my life where I let go of some of that baggage. When it comes to that whole side, there's a back story that involves my group dealing with a case three years ago. I kind of reached a resolution with that. Coincidentally, the bunny tried to make another cameo appearance when we were filming the final investigation of the season, but we just told it to go to you-know-where. I hope it makes the cut!"
Paranormal State has been the subject of several controversies. Such as the Christian influence of the show, or whether the show is depicting real or faked paranormal activity, and whether the show is documentary or scripted entertainment.
In the episode entitled "School House Haunting," which first aired on January 28, 2008 the "client" whose home the team investigated Shannon Sylvia, a cast member of another paranormal show, Ghost Hunters International. On January 29, 2008, Ryan Buell posted an entry to his blog[ on the Official Penn State Paranormal Research Society Web site concerning his view of psychics and, in particular, the inclusion of psychic Chip Coffey on the show. In the comment section of the blog, several people questioned Shannon Sylvia's inclusion in the series, asking why a high-profile paranormal investigator would hire the Penn State Paranormal Research Society to investigate her property when she essentially has a team of her own. In his blog, Ryan mentions that it was his visit which brought Shannon Sylvia into the study of the supernatural as an investigator, herself.
10. GHOST HUNTERS INTERANTIONAL
Ghost Hunters International, (aka GHI), is a spin-off series of Ghost Hunters that airs on the Sci Fi Channel.
Robb Demarest - Lead Investigator
Andy Andrews - Lead Investigator
Barry Fitzgerald - Investigator/Tech Manager
Dustin Pari - Investigator
Brandy Green - Case Manager
Former Team Members
Brian Harnois - Tech Manager
Donna La Croix - Case Manager
Shannon Sylvia - Investigator
Many fans of the show love Brian Harnois and would love to see him return to either GH or GhI. Of course he is sadly missed.
Blog Critics feel that s far as Donna Lacroix and Shannon Syliva many wish they would actually leave the ghost hunting to people like Jason, Grant Brian, Steve and Robb Demarest. Many Blog Critics of the show felt they were there just for the female factor.
The series debuted on January 9, 2008. The show follows a new team of paranormal investigators as they travel internationally, applying their principles of scientific debunking to some of the world's most legendary haunted spots.
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