Today many people claim that there are actual ghosts haunting their homes. From pesky poltergeist to the common friendly ghost that watch over their family. Many skeptics just write it off as a over active imagination. But in my findings and personal research I truly believe that 2 out of every 3 houses, (apartments, Trailers, manufactured homes and condos) are actually haunted by real ghosts. Stigmatized properties today are everywhere up for sale or rent. From the home where convicted killers tragically left their victims, to places where the residents just refuse to leave after they have died. Ghosts as we know all have their own specific reasons why they haunt a particular location. Entities which are said to 'haunt' homes are often believed to make strange sounds and noises. Often they
appear as apparitions in photos or they are actually seen and witnessed by an individual to their personal dismay. Some poltergeist as well as regular ghosts if you can discern the difference, will throw, move or launch physical objects into the air. This is sometimes manifested into 'poltergeist activity', poltergeist meaning 'noisy spirit'. Traditionally an exorcism of sorts is the method used to remove unwelcome spirits from the property.
Ghost may interact with you by giving you something to experience with your five senses. You might see them, hear them, smell them touch or be touched, or even taste something. What ever it is a ghosts needs to do to make itself known to a individual or a group a ghost will certainly do what it will. No matter how subtle the occurrence consider everything that happens around you explainable until you can come up with no explanation that is solid enough to judge.
"Ghost hunting a real haunted house " is the process of investigating locations said to be haunted by real ghosts. But today many in the field believe that today's ghost hunters might just be bringing along their own ghosts. Typically, a "ghost hunting party" will involve a group of paranormally challenged individuals who work as a team in an attempt to collect evidence of paranormal activity of a haunted house. These 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.
Some of the phenomena generally associated with haunted houses, including strange apparitions ghostly visions and erie sounds, often accompanied by a feelings of dread, illness, and the sudden, apparently inexplicable death of all the occupants, can be attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include listlessness, depression, dementia, emotional disturbances, and hallucinations.
In one famous case, carbon monoxide poisoning was clearly identified as the cause of an alleged haunting. Dr. William Wilmer, an ophthalmologist, described the experiences of one of his patients in a 1921 article published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology. "Mr. and Mrs. H." moved into a new home, but soon began to complain of headaches and listlessness. They began to hear bells and footsteps during the night, soon accompanied by strange physical sensations and mysterious figures. When they began to investigate, they found the previous residents had experienced similar symptoms. Upon examination, their furnace was found to be severely damaged, resulting in incomplete combustion that produces carbon monoxide and forcing most of the fumes into the house rather than up the chimney. After the stove was fixed, the family fully recovered and did not experience any further unusual events.
A report published in 2005 described a 23-year-old female victim of carbon monoxide poisoning, found delirious and hyperventilating, who claimed to have seen a ghost while in the shower. A new gas water heater had just been installed in her home, apparently improperly, which flooded the house with carbon monoxide when the victim closed all the exterior windows and doors and took a shower.
Many homes today do come with a real ghost or two hiding somewhere in the structure. But not all ghosts show themselves to their owners. Some might wait a few years before showing themselves or letting it be known that they are there. It might be that the particular resident is not aware of them or the ghosts is just happy that they are not alone. Some ghosts just don't haunt a house or apartment like they show on television or from what we learn on the internet. Or the ghost might be too wrapped up in their own problems to actually realize a living being is their space. Paranormal interaction is not decisively captured on demand as it is seen on TV.
In Stambovsky v. Ackley, the Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division ruled that a seller must disclose that a house has a reputation for being haunted when there is a fiduciary relationship or in cases of fraud or misrepresentation, because such a reputation impairs the value of the house:
In the case at bar, defendant seller deliberately fostered the public belief that her home was possessed. Having undertaken to inform the public at large, to whom she has no legal relationship, about the supernatural occurrences on her property, she may be said to owe no less a duty to her contract vendee.
If you happen to live in a historic haunted house you've heard of course the history of those that have dwelled their before you. And of course you believe or disbelieve the warnings that it might be haunted. Just because a ghost does not make itself known to you personally that does not mean it is or isn't haunted.
Did you ever think the actual spook might have other things to do then spend it's time haunting you?
Ghosts come in all shapes and sizes. Ages, and of course different frames of mind and awareness. The ghosts of Children, adults and even animals and pets tend to haunt individuals in different manners then one might expect. But in truth many guess at who and what haunts a location even making up names or assigning a name or a sex to an unseen entity.
Ghostly Find on video - Employees at the Anderson Municipal Business Center said they're seeing ghosts. They said the sightings started last month, with the latest sighting happening Thursday morning. - -wyff4 .com
Is your House Haunted? And.... What should you do about it?
Our Very Own Haunted House
By Brad Steiger
On the outside, the farmhouse was a solid two-story dwelling with an inviting front porch. It sat atop a grassy hill and was flanked by majestic pines and backed by a dwindling number of oak and walnut trees. At the foot of the hill was a picturesque creek with a small but sturdy bridge. Across the lane from the barn was a cabin said to be one of the very oldest pioneer homes in the county. The sturdy Iowa farmhouse seemed an ideal home in which our family might attempt an experiment in country living.
Inside, however, it seemed another matter entirely. I first entered the home with a friend, who is very psychically sensitive. "Someone died here," he stated bluntly as soon as we crossed the threshold into the dining room. Please visit here to learn more now!
A haunted house is defined as a house that is believed to be a center for supernatural occurrences or paranormal phenomena. A haunted house might by some individuals definition contain real ghosts, poltergeists, or even malevolent entities such as demons. In some cases it might just have supernatural activity occurring and may not be infested with ghosts. Paranormal Vortex's or spooky haunted hotspots, might be the cause or you could be living in an area that is plagued by magnetic or electrical interference that causes paranormal phenomena like things to occur. These areas might be considered by some as cursed or even portals to other worlds. One ghost hunter in California calls them the actual Gates to Hell.
There or many things you might experience if you live in a real haunted house and the reason do vary as to why. Haunted houses are often seen as being inhabited by spirits of deceased who may have been former residents or were familiar with the property. Supernatural activity inside homes is said to be mainly associated with violent or tragic events in the building's past such as murder, accidental death, or suicide—sometimes in the recent or ancient past. But many neglect the fact that ghosts do travel and as we do in life might just want a change of scenery and move to a new location on a ghostly whim. Among many cultures and religions it is believed that the essence of a being such as the 'soul' continues to exist. Some philosophical and religious views argue that the 'spirits' of those who have died have not 'passed over' and are trapped inside the property where their memories and energy are strong. But it is also come to light in recent months that ghosts do follow certain individuals where ever they go. You might just e haunted and don't know it until the ghost actually does something to catch your attention or someone else's.
Ecto mists that show up in reported ghosts photos are often thought to be conclusive proof that a location is haunted. So are EVP's And EMf readings. But the real proof of a haunting is how the ghost or ghosts effects you as an individual.
Real ghosts haunted houses in the 21st Century
Stigmatized property is a term used in the real estate business which describes possible detrimental features of a property or home, all the result of unfortunate occurrences. These can include murder, suicide or even AIDS, in addition to a belief that a house may be haunted. An offshoot of ghost hunting is the commercial ghost tour conducted by a local guide or tour operator who is often a member of a local ghost hunting or paranormal investigation group. Since both tour operator and 'haunted' site owners share profits of such enterprises (admissions typically range between $5 and $500 per person), some believe the 'haunted' claims are exaggerated or fabricated in order to increase attendance.
Do You See Dead People? Disclose It!
by Broderick Perkins
As silly as it sounds, if your home has a reputation for ectoplasmic activity, you should disclose it.
Disclosing things that go bump in the night, as well as more tangible stigmas could certainly cause your home's value to drop, but failing to disclose them could cost you a much scarier liability suit.
Most states's disclosure laws don't deal with the forms the deceased take in the afterlife, but they do address death as a stigma.
In California, for example, the law says you don't have to disclose a death that occurred more than three years before the sale.
Real estate attorneys interpret that to mean agents should disclose any deaths that occur within three years of the sale, and the California Association of Realtors advises agents to do so. The association also advises agents to disclose any death, no matter how long ago it occurred, if the seller asks.
The one exception is death caused by AIDS.
Federal law define's AIDS as a disability and such a disclosure could be deemed discriminatory.
Randall Bell, founder of Laguna Beach, CA-based Bell Consulting, which analyzes the impact of detrimental conditions on property values, says secrecy about specters and other conditions only adds to the fear.
Public disclosure has a cathartic effect that helps remove any shroud of secrecy, says Bell, who was called in for consultations after the 1997 Heaven's Gate murders in San Diego -- the largest mass suicide on U.S. soil.
Rancho Santa Fe Groves Inc., led by developer William L. Strong Jr., purchased the property two years after the event for $668,000, less than half the $1.6 million list price before the cultists' deaths. At the time of the purchase, the 9,000 square foot home on 3.1 acres was slated for demolition, but the assessor valued the land at $1.5 million.
Bell says he would open any such heavily stigmatized home to the media to keep a forbidden property from becoming "haunted".
There is case law that sets legal precedent, but it doesn't totally support Bell's assertions.
In 1989, naive out-of-towners Jeffrey and Patrice Stambovsky, purchased an 18-room rambling riverfront Victorian mansion on the Hudson River in scenic Nyack, N.Y.
Unbeknown to them at the time, the $650,000 home was haunted.
Owner Helen Ackley, however, had actively promoted her home as a haunt for apparitions in the attic, poltergeists in the pantry and ghosts in the garage.
Both the local and national media reported the story. The most notable version was a 1997 Reader's Digest story, "Our Haunted House on the Hudson."
According to Ackley's Digest account, there were at least three ghosts thought to date back to the Revolutionary War, a red-cloaked woman often seen demurely descending the staircase, a wandering sailor with a powdered wig and an elderly gentleman sitting in the living room suspended four feet above the floor.
"Our ghosts have continued to delight us," Ackley told Reader's Digest.
The spooks were always "gracious, thoughtful -- only occasionally frightening -- and thoroughly entertaining," she said.
At their worst, the spirits almost knocked her daughter out of bed and shook her four-poster bed in the mornings just before the alarm clock went off.
Jeffrey Stambovsky insisted he didn't believe in ghosts, but the possibility of living with them spooked his wife.
The Stambovskys demanded that Ackley return their $32,500 binder and ax the deal. Ackley refused to return the money, claiming that the Stambovskys had agreed to purchase the home "as is."
Instead of taking metaphysical law into their own hands, the Stambovskys took it to court.
"We were the victims of ectoplasmic fraud," Stambovsky moaned.
A lower court ruled in favor of Ackley, but later Justice Israel Rubin of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court reversed the decision with a devilish tounge-in-cheek ruling.
"(A) very practical problem arises with respect to the discovery of a paranormal phenomenon: 'Who you gonna call?' as a title song to the movie Ghostbusters asks. Applying the strict rule of caveat emptor to a contract involving a house possessed by poltergeists conjures up visions of a psychic or medium routinely accompanying the structural engineers and Terminix man on an inspection of every home subject to a contract of sale," Rubin said.
"Whether the source of the spectral apparitions seen by defendant seller are parapsychic or psychogenic, having reported their presence in both a national publication and the local press, defendant is estopped to deny their existence, and, as a matter of law, the house is haunted," he finished with a flourish.
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Broderick Perkins is executive editor of San Jose, CA-based DeadlineNews.com, an editorial content and editorial consulting firm. Perkins, also contributing editor of "Nolo's Essential Guide To Buying Your First Home" (Nolo, Berkeley, CA), has been a consumer and real estate journalist for 29 years.
Famous homes, such as those used in television or movies, can also be stigmatized due to increased traffic from fans wanting to see the house in person. One such home is the house that was made famous in the film The Amityville Horror. The house which was located at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York was the site where Ronald DeFeo, Jr. murdered his family, and a little over a year later the Lutz family claimed that evil spirits drove them from their home. Since the film's release, the house has been renovated and the address changed in an attempt to prevent sightseers from disturbing the neighborhood.
Even though a particular buyer may not care about any stigma attached to the property, the stigma may make it very difficult to resell in the future. Therefore, while a buyer may or may not believe in supernatural phenomena, he/she may want to know about a property's bloody past.
Many jurisdictions recognize several forms of stigmatized property, and have passed resolutions or statutes to deal with them. One issue that separates them is disclosure. However, depending on the jurisdiction of the house, the seller may not be required to disclose the full facts. Some specific types must always be disclosed, others are up to the jurisdiction, and still others up to the realtor.
The types include:
* public stigma : when the stigma is known to a wide selection of the population and any reasonable person can be expected to know of it. The example given above of the house used in the Amityville Horror is a good example, but another example would be the home of the Menendez brothers. Public stigma must always be disclosed, in almost all American and European countries.
* criminal stigma: the fact that the property was used in the ongoing commission of a crime. For example, houses that were chop shops, drug dens, brothels, or other heavily criminalized properties are stigmatized due to their association with criminals. In the case of drug dens, some drug addicts may inadvertently come to the address expecting to purchase illegal drugs. Most jurisdictions require full disclosure of this sort of element.
* HIV stigma: While some people who are ignorant of how HIV or AIDS is transmitted may wish to know if the previous inhabitants had HIV or AIDS, most jurisdictions do not require this disclosure and most realtors will simply refuse to answer it, suggesting that they do not know the status. Refusing to list a property due to the owner having HIV is not illegal, but is unlikely to be appreciated.
* Murder/Suicide stigma: Most jurisdictions require realtors to reveal if murder or suicide occurred in the house.
* Debt stigma: When debtors move out of a house, they leave a legacy of subjecting subsequent occupiers to harassment by collectors.
* Phenomena stigma: Houses that are renowned for being "haunted", have ghost sightings, etc are required to be revealed by many (but not all) jurisdictions. This is in a separate category from public stigma in situations where the knowledge that the house is "haunted" is restricted to a local market.
The idea of "minimal stigma" -- where only a small, select group hold that a house is stigmatized and the likelihood of such a stigma affecting a seller's ability to sell the property, is almost universally rejected. Realtors may disclose this information as they see fit.
Paranormal examples of interaction outside of scientific proof include:
Verbal audible sounds from a ghost that are a communication of any sort, for example two or more people talking to each other and a ghosts voice or sound reacts to the conversation or questions asked. And these two individuals alone hear and note the sounds or words. Though it is not audible recorded or documented.Many try to interact through asking ghosts to prove their paranormal powers by asking them to perform. Such as turn out the light, and the ghosts has the ability to turn it out. Such cases are rare in this interaction or truly believable unless it happens at a location on demand overtime new individuals or present. Also many tend to ask a ghost to give them a sign by showing themselves by making Ghost Hunting Equipment react to their presence. Many in the field believe it is just coincidental that these reactions occur because as we all know not all equipment and situations give reliable results.
Many believe that the excuse that this does not occur is because a ghost might be weak at the time or not like a person present in the location at the time. But to make excuses for the unseen and unknown is just not what we need to be doing.
Psychic Paranormal Communication among groups, organizations, usually are not documented well enough to bring forth as real proof that ghost contact has been made. This is because everyone has a different reality to what they experience, observe and witness. By individuals observation this information returns many right and wrong answers. Ghost Photos, Pictures of mist, orbs and assorted vague faces and forms does not mean in all cases that something paranormal is happening.
Many still believe the feedback during the ghost hunting operation of machines such as a computers or EMF readings or digital voice and video recorders as a too or accurate to any degree. Of course this does and cannot reflect that a ghost, spirit or entity source is reliable or present at a location. Paranormal experiences are subjective alone to those that have them and of course cannot be proven or disproved unless a group of individuals all have the exact same experience repeatedly. These types of haunting's are few and very far in between.
HOW TO INTERACT WITH A REAL GHOST
A ghost is said to be the apparition of a deceased person, frequently similar in appearance to that person, and usually encountered in places she or he frequented, the place of his or her death, or in association with the person's former belongings. The word "ghost" may also refer to the spirit or soul of a deceased person, or to any spirit or demon. And just because they are dead does not mean they have not forgotten how to interact with the living.
Critics of ghost hunting say there is a total lack of scientifically testable and verifiable evidence in favor of the existence of ghosts, despite centuries of interest in the subject. According to skeptical investigator Joe Nickell, "...the approach of the typical ghost hunter—a nonscientist using equipment for a purpose for which it was not made and has not been shown to be effective—is sheer pseudoscience."
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Lisa Lee Harp Waugh The American Necromancer
The first lady of conjuring the Dead. The ancient art of Necromancy is still alive today with Waugh at it's main investigator. LISA LEE HARP WAUGH Is a necromancer in the 21st century. She is by what may call a real conduit to the world of the dead. She dressers in ceremonial robes, draws magical circles on the floor and commands spirits from Heaven, Hell and all places in between to appear before her and communicate with the living. As a teenager she studied heavily The Black Arts by Richard Cavendish and The Grand Grimoire by A.E Waite, the Malleus Maleficarum and anything she could get her hands on by the great by Eliphas Levi, John Dee and the great beast, Aleister Crowley. www.ghosthuntersofamerica.com
A professional Necromancer and founder of the Sorcerers and Necomaner 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".
She then Got involved with the local Hoodoo Voodoo's of the area and new doors where opened to her concerning communicating with the dead.
Waugh was baptized and trained in the secret dark religion by Bianca The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Waugh lived in New Orleans for 3 years until she learned all about spells, hex's and how to hoodoo voodoo people as she says.
Waugh also owned and managed the fantastic Candle Making Company in Galveston, Texas for many years that catered to the eclectic patrons taste of many of the states visitors and just curious. She then moved to Houston's Famous Vodoun area 5th ward. This now where she resides to this day. Her home today is a testimony to Necromancy and her new found religion of Voodoo Hoodoo.
Necromantic practitioners such as Waugh conducts, and entails respect and reverence not only for the spirits of the dead, but for the spirits of Hell, Heaven and all places in between. Waugh has a large home one room she has painted black where she calls the good spirits. Another painted all black where she calls the infernal spirits.
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Waugh is often compared today in her facial features and many similar practices as being a modern Dr. John Dee. He of course was one of the most fascinating characters of the Elizabethan period just as Waugh is recognized as such in modern times. The events of Dee's life are filled with science, experiments, astrology and mathematics which he aligned with magic, the supernatural and alchemy! All of which is Waugh's personal passion and driven honest beliefs. These are also stead fast traditions she does and true in practicing openly. A few of her select followers say she is the actual reincarnation of John Dee. Waugh also practices astrology, and is very continuously studying the Black Arts.
Waugh, a real big hearted Texas gal does not comment on any of this privately or publicly ... for she is humble in her paranormal studies and research to the core. Gina Lanier a close friend of her's relates: "Waugh is a very outgoing friendly, charming and a downright loveable person, and gets along equally well with the living and the dead." Lanier and Waugh once investigated a real Haunted Texas Federal Prison together for close to two years in the early 1990's and had many startling paranormal adventures while there.
Lisa Lee Harp Waugh's accomplishments have been achieved through hard work, persistence, and a goal-oriented attitude required to overcome obstacles and reach difficult goals. Waugh shares her approach to communicating with the dead's success in this motivational performance that's sure to inspire Paranormal Investigators to excel in their life.