Is It true there
is such a thing as Ghost hunter Certification?And
what does it do for you as a ghost hunter?
Certified Ghost Hunter
... yes their are many who offer courses
in Ghost hunting. From Patti Starr's Ghost
Chasers International Home Study Course
to Stacey all Mcgees' Ghost Hunting 101
Workshop. Groups like PsyTech, Kentucky
Ghost Hunters sponsor Dinners, Camp outs,
Ghost Hunting Weekends & more!
Through these course
you can learn the correct protocols and
means to gather EVP's paranormal research
techniques and possibly Dowsing Lessons
, or ghost photography and more.
It's also a good credential
to have as it lets people know your being
and doing things professionally.
Is It true another
curse was put on the New Orleans Saints
so they would not get into Super Bowl
XLI ? I heard on the radio someone is
trying to lift the curse then I read someone
is cursing them again?
Milliken In Louisiana
Many say the New Orleans
Saints are a cursed football team! But
there are many cursed teams or so they
A number of curses are used to explain
the failures or misfortunes of specific
sports teams or players. For example,
the Curse of the Billy Goat is used to
explain the failures of the Chicago Cubs
baseball team, who have not won a championship
since 1908. Players who appear on the
covers of either the Sports Illustrated
magazine or the Madden NFL video game
have tended to coincidently suffer setbacks
black cat circles Ron Santo in 1969 at
Shea Stadium, just before the "Mircale
Mets" write another chapter of the
of cursed teams turns to Cubs, White Sox
... So much for the Curse of the Bambino.
Could the billy goat be next?
Some long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans
allowed themselves to wonder after watching
the Boston Red Sox sweep the St. Louis
Cardinals in four games to win the World
Series for the first time since 1918.
Many say the New Orleans
Saints are one of the most cursed teams
in NFL. The curse was said to be placed
on the team by a Great New Orleans evil
voodoo witch queen during the first year
Fans in New Orleans
believe that Exorcists and voodoo priestesses
have been trying to remove or to dispel
the curse. ... The main target of the
curse, of course, has been the New Orleans
Saints, The New Orleans Saints management
called upon Voodoo Yoruba Priestess Ava
Voodoo was considered
by the dominant American culture to
be sinful and threatening, and strong
repressive measures were taken by the
authorities. From the turn of the twentieth
century until about the 1960s, the practice
was simply seen as a fraud from which
the ignorant needed protection. By the
latter half of the twentieth century,concerns
with both sin and fraud had diminished,
and Voodoo was looked upon as entertainment—a
tourist commodity and potential gold-mine
for commercial exploitation. Finally,
at the end of the twentieth century
and the beginning of the twenty-first,
there has been a new awareness of Voodoo
as a legitimate religion.
Many have tried to
break the curse publicly including Witch
Queen Mary Onieda Toups in 1978, and
recently Reese Smith a psychic Reader
from Marie Laveaus' House Of Voodoo
has added his name to the list for the
Voodoo has been exploited
by promoters of the New Orleans Saints,
... Times-Picayune announcing, “The
Curse Is Lifted.”
On Halloween, 1999,
a local radio station asked Voodoo - Priestess
Miriam Chamani to perform a ceremony outside
the Superdome to help the New Orleans
Saints win against the Cleveland Browns
(which was interrupted by harassment from
a Browns fan dressed as a dog).
In 2002, New Orleans
own Voodoo Yoruba Priestess Ava Kay Jones
poses with her South American Red Tailed
Boa during the Saints win against the
Kay Jones and Voodoo - Priestess Miriam
Chamani were voted by readers of Haunted
America Tours as one of the Top Ten Voodoo
Queens in New Orleans, Visit here to see
who else made the list! http://www.hauntedamericatours.com/voodoo/voodooqueens/
The Saints contracted
Quint Davis and his company Festival Productions
Inc. (the team that produces Jazz Fest
and the Essence Festival) to handle entertainment
for the Saints' home games. According
to Wayne Hodes, director of marketing
for the Saints, approximately two weeks
before the Saints/Rams game on Dec. 17,
2002, Hodes' office asked Davis to hire
Ava Kay Jones, a well-known Voodoo and
Yoruba priestess, to do a blessing before
IS THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS CURSE
Famous Bourbon Street Psychic,
Medium and Voodoo Master Reese Smith.
Smith who now lives in North Carolina
since Hurricane Katrina says he
has made an attempt to remove the
great New Orleans Saints Curse.
This he says is his gift back to
the city he so dearly loves and
"The Louisiana Superdome was
built on top of a old Cemetery,"
says Smith, "This I think is
part of the The Saints Curse and
needs addressing." Burning
candles day and night, great prayers
and grand Voodoo wishes is what
he says will finally lift the curse
for THE 2006 - 2007 SEASON."
Reese Smith did his Voodoo Curse
Banish Spell On September 1st, 2006.
After a dismal 2005 season and poor
pre-season 2006 Post Hurricane Katrina."
After that I decided they needed
all the help they could get,"
Smith Says, "The
New Orleans Saints curse will be lifted
but it will haunt some far away desert
place and hopefully not another undefeated
team." " Banished Curses sometimes
can be moved but not broken!" Where
this one will end up I do not know."
The 2006- 2007 Saints
are no longer a surprise as expectations
continue to rise for a team now figured
to be in contention for a playoff spot.
Is Reese Smiths' Voodoo Hex Breaker actually
New Orleans Saints 2006 season
09/10 at Cleveland W 19-14
09/17 at Green Bay W 34-27
09/25 Atlanta W 23-3
10/01 at Carolina L 18-21
10/08 Tampa Bay W 24-21
10/15 Philadelphia W 27-24
10/29 Baltimore L 22-35
11/05 at Tampa Bay W 31-14
11/12 at Pittsburgh L 31-38
11/19 Cincinnati L 16-31
11/26 at Atlanta W 31-13
12/03 San Francisco W 34-10
12/10 at Dallas W 42-17
12/17 Washington L 10-16
12/24 at N.Y. Giants W 30-7
12/31 Carolina L 21-31
01/13 NFC Divisional Playoff
Philadelphia W 27-24
01/21 NFC Championship
at Chicago L 14-39
Many say that The Actual
Voodoo Hex Breaker by Smith did make a
difference! So much that Sonia Choquette
wanted Bears fans to take a piece of paper,
write ''Freeze New Orleans'' on it, then
place it in a freezer. Crazy? Maybe, but
as sure as some believe there's voodoo
brewing in the cemetery under the Superdome,
Bears fans are looking for ways to counter
whatever mojo has been fueling the Saints
"Freeze" In Upcoming Football
Psychic's a freeze spirit
have team spirit
Voodoo queen Marie Laveau died 125 years
ago, but influence lingers
January 18, 2007
BY NEIL HAYES Staff Reporter www.suntimes.com
NEW ORLEANS -- Everyone seems to agree
that the New Orleans Saints have been
propelled as if by magic during a worst-to-first
season that has them one victory away
from the Super Bowl.
But could darker forces be at work? In
the voodoo capital of the United States,
the question must be asked: Has black
magic played a role in the Saints reversing
40 years of futility in the wake of the
worst natural disaster in U.S. history?
Are the Bears cursed?
Might there be a hex on Rex?
The search for truth
through the cobblestone streets and narrow
back alleys of the French Quarter on an
unseasonably cold, windy, rain-soaked
day produced a startling answer.
In voodoo capital New Orleans, the Saints
have appeared to have black magic on their
side all season. But Chicago has its own
answer to counter the mojo.
Legend has it that if
you make three X marks on her tomb with
red brick, then place your hand over the
marks while rubbing your right foot against
the base of her tomb three times, she
will grant your wish.
People from all around
the world flock to this shrine and do
The Bears better hope
they're not Saints fans.
While not meant in the
most literal sense to most fans, there
is an overall feeling that both teams'
misfortunes began with unfortunate events
which some claim have cursed both teams
into their poor play. This adds to the
overall downtrodden feelings that fans
feel for their own teams, making it much
easier to revel in the poor play of the
The Chicago Cubs won
ten National League championships between
1901 and 1945, and also had among the
best winning percentages in the NL up
to that time (3796-3022 for a 0.557 winning
percentage). The Cubs had a 2 games to
1 lead over the Detroit Tigers in the
1945 World Series, when on October 6,
1945, Cubs fan and local tavern owner
Billy Sianis was prevented from reaching
his seat because he was accompanied by
his pet billy goat. Local legend says
that he responded by placing a curse on
the Cubs to never again win the World
Series, which they have not. While few
take the idea of a curse with great seriousness,
the Cubs, on more than one occasion, have
featured a tongue-in-cheek promotion where
billy goats are brought into the stadium
to be offered as an apology (see: Curse
of the Billy Goat). Some historians argue
that the genesis of the curse goes back
much farther; that the allegededly underhanded
way they won the 1908 pennant (leading
to their last World Series win) angered
the "baseball gods". For lack
of a standard term, this could be called
the curse of Johnny Evers, since he was
at the center of the controversy. Every
post-season they have participated in
since them seems to have featured a disaster
of some kind, from Hack Wilson losing
a fly ball in the sun, to Babe Ruth's
"called shot", to the "Bartman
incident". When they won the division
in 1984, their first title since 1945,
manager Jim Frey shouted in the champagne-soaked
clubhouse, "The monkey's off our
back!" Some fans took that as the
kiss of death... which it proved to be,
as the Padres late-inning rally in the
final game in San Diego featured a ground
ball slipping under the glove of first
baseman Leon Durham... an eerie precursor
to a similar and much-more-memorilazed
incident with the Red Sox and former Cubs
first baseman Bill Buckner that would
occur two years later. That requires a
quick mention of the "Ex-Cubs Factor",
an offshoot of the main Cubs "curse":
that any team reaching the post-season
since the 1945 Series, and having 3 or
more ex-Cubs, was almost certainly doomed
to lose in either the playoffs or the
Series due to "a critical mass of
Cubness". The 1960 Pirates had been
the lone exception until 2001, when the
Diamondbacks effectively ended talk of
that curse by winning the Series in a
dramatic finish that featured 2 of the
3 ex-Cubs, one of them (Luis Gonzalez)
making the game-winning RBI.
The White Sox had the
best winning percentage of any American
League team from 1901-1920 (1638-1325
for a 0.553 winning percentage), but quickly
slipped to among the worst teams after
that. Many point to the Black Sox scandal
surrounding the 1919 World Series as the
point in history that changed the White
Sox fortunes. Eight White Sox players
conspired to intentionally lose the World
Series, and in 1920 were banned from baseball
for life. While the White Sox won 4 AL
titles in the first 20 years of their
existence, they would win only one more
league championship in the twentieth century.
The term "curse" has seldom
been used as such, since the scandal was
perceived to be something the players
did to themselves rather than being wrought
by the front office conducting ill-advised
transactions or committing public relations
gaffes. In fact, many White Sox fans take
offense to the term "curse."
Still, a pall seemed to settle on the
franchise (along with a slim budget),
and it would be the last years of the
Eisenhower administration before they
would win the league championship again.
When the White Sox clinched the pennant,
broadcaster Jack Brickhouse capped his
play-by-play with, "A forty year
wait has now ended!" The 2005 pennant
ended a forty-six-year wait for the next
one, while the 2005 World Championship
ended an 88-year wait for a World Series
victory. This adds a decidedly interesting
twist on the rivalry as there are very
few fans for either team who were alive
to see one side actually claim a title
while the other waited.
The 21st century seems
to be a time for legendary curses to finally
surpass their statutes of limitations,
one by one. The Bambino curse was broken
by the Red Sox's stunning victory in 2004.
And the recent success of the White Sox
has pretty well put their distant shady
past behind them, leaving the Cubs, the
"lovable losers", as the last
remaining fully "cursed" team
in the major leagues.
WHAT ARE GHOST?
And how do I go about getting ghost photos?
And where a should "I go to take
Wikipedia tells us:
A ghost is usually defined as the apparition
of a deceased person which frequently
carries the deceased person's likeness
and is experienced in association with
the person's former habitats. The word
"ghost" may also refer to the
spirit or soul of a deceased person, or
to any spirit or demon.
Ghosts are often associated
with haunting, which is, according to
the Parapsychological Association, "The
more or less regular occurrence of paranormal
phenomena associated with a particular
locality (especially a building) and usually
attributed to the activities of a discarnate
entity; the phenomena may include apparitions,
poltergeist disturbances, cold drafts,
sounds of steps and voices, and various
Ghosts are controversial
phenomena. According to a 2005 poll by
the Gallup Organization, about 32% of
Americans believe in ghosts.
The term ghost has
been replaced by apparition in the scientific
field of parapsychology, because the word
ghost is deemed insufficiently precise.
interesting book about spirit
photos and well worth buying is:
A Field Guide to Spirit Photography
by Dale D. Kaczmarek.
Highly recommended book on spirit
photography with excellent, clear
pictures and the best way of photographing
ghosts and spirits. Dale Kaczmarek
is the foremost author and President
of the Ghost Research
Society and has analyzed ghost
pictures for over 20 years.
The Ghost Research Society
was formed as a clearing house for reports
of ghosts, hauntings, poltergeist and
life after death encounters. The society
members actively research and investigate
all reports that come their way including
private homes and businesses. The society
also analyzes alleged spirit photographs,
video and audio tapes that they come across
from ordinary people or society members.
the unexplained since 1977...
Research Society (www.ghostresearch.org)
© 1997/2006 Dale Kaczmarek. All rights
Web site created by Dale Kaczmarek and
Site design and hosting by cynico network
Evp's and transcommunication
have become a special intrest to me how
should I get started getting my own EVP's.
Could you explain more about EVP's also?
Jacomine in Birmingham
EVP was not named or
defined until the mid 20th century, although
it is reported to have been observed in
various forms since early in the century.
At times the recording closet was empty,
and at times it was occupied by a volunteer.
Using this setup, von Szalay and Bayless
report having captured many voices on
tape that were not not heard through the
speaker when the closet was occupied.
Records of their experiment were later
published in the Journal of the American
Society for Psychical Research.
Among the early pioneers
of EVP was the self-proclaimed medium,
Attila von Szalay (Sealay) who tried various
techniques for capturing EVP during the
1930s before joining with Raymond Bayless
in the 1950s. Together, they began by
experimenting using a 78 RPM Pack Bell
record cutter. When the results failed
to meet their expectations, Bayless constructed
a custom made recording rig consisting
of an insulated closet featuring a microphone
inside that lead to a remote tape recorder
and speaker system in order to to allow
the sounds inside the closet to be monitored
In 1985, according to
Instrumental Contact with the Dead?, German
psychic Klaus Schreiber started receiving
pictures of deceased family members on
his television. Sometimes just voices
would come across, telling Schreiber how
to tune his TV for better reception. When
Schreiber died soon after, his own image
began to show up on the TV screens of
some European ITC researchers.
Some researchers have
claimed success in capturing ghost images
with an instrumental transcommunication
(ITC) set-up. With this technique, a video
camcorder, connected to a television,
is pointed at the television screen. In
other words, the camera is recording the
image it is simultaneously sending to
the TV, creating an endless feedback loop.
The frames of the video are then examined
one by one, and sometimes ver distinct
human faces can be seen.
Also a excellent site to visit is
check out EVP'S Electronic Voice Phenomena
The Dead Do Speak... And Michael Firman
Researcher Michael Firman
ON THE INTERNET
The American Association of Electronic
Voice Phenomena public web site offering
"how to" help for EVP and ITC.
What is EVP and ITC.
voice phenomenon (EVP)
The belief in EVP in the United States
seems to have mushroomed thanks to Sarah
Estep, president of the American Association
of Electronic Voice Phenomena, ...
EVP stands for Electronic Voice Phenomena.
This Phenomena occurs when the ... 1:)
Some EVP is extremely hard to hear. We
will be posting some of our best ...
Shadowlands Ghost Sounds page
EVP is a way to communicate with spirits.
Researchers believe that the voices of
... He obtained a "B" class
EVP of a voice saying what sounds like
Feature: This is EVP
I first heard about EVP several years
ago, but I never paid much attention ...
Later, Jurgenson admitted that he had
been trying to record EVP voices for a
We have prepared a list of ghost voices
known to ghost hunters as EVP, ... for
help in getting these EVP's uploaded properly
and functioning correctly. ...
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Today, many ghost clubs include EVP on
their web sites. Electronic Voice Phenomena
is a process whereby the voice or voices
of the dead are embedded onto ...
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Dear Papa Can you
give me some info on JOHN B. KACHUBA ?
I saw some info that his new
book, Ghosthunting: On the Trail of Mediums,
Dowsers, Spirit Seekers and Other Investigators
of America's Paranormal World,
will be published in Spring 2007 by New
in San Diego
John Kachuba will be
a featured guest at Ghostock 4, FEBRUARY
1ST - 4TH, 2007
Ghosthunting: On the Trail of Mediums,
Dowsers, Spirit Seekers and Other Investigators
of America's Paranormal World,
will be published in Spring 2007 by New
Page Books is still slated for it's publication.
exact date is not known as of yet.
B. Kachuba's new book, Ghosthunting:
On the Trail of Mediums, Dowsers,
Spirit Seekers and Other Investigators
of America's Paranormal World, will
be published in Spring 2007 by New
Page Books. He is also the author
of Ghosthunting Illinois and Ghosthunting
Ohio, How to Write Funny, and Why
is this Job Killing Me? (Co-authored
with his wife, Mary A. Newman, PhD).
The author of "Ghosthunting Ohio,"
"Ghosthunting Illinois," and
"Ghosthunters," as well as other
books unrelated to the paranormal. Certified
Ghost Hunter and has investigated over
100 haunted locations throughout the U.S.
In addition, He also teaches writing at
Ohio University. To learn more, visit
his Website at www.JohnKachuba.com
John’s short fiction
and nonfiction have been widely published
in such publications as: Tin House, Hawai’i
Pacific Review, Connecticut Review, Dogwood,
Savannah Literary Review, Antioch Review,
Poets & Writers, America’s Civil
War, Cincinnati Magazine, American Profile,
and many others. He has received several
awards for his fiction, including the
2004 Dogwood Fiction Prize.
He holds advanced degrees
in Creative Writing from Antioch University
(Yellow Springs, OH) and Ohio University.
He has taught writing at both the University
of Cincinnati and Ohio University. He
is also on the faculty of the Gotham Writers
John is a noted conference
speaker and presenter and has appeared
at Wildacres Writing Workshop, Florida
Suncoast Writers Conference, Columbus
Writers Conference, Erma Bombeck Humor
Writing Workshop, Blooming Grove Writers
Conference, West Virginia Ghost Hunters
and Spirituality Conference, Haunted America
Conference, and Victory of Light Psychic
Festival. He has also spoken on many radio
and television programs throughout the
country and internationally.
John lives in
Athens, Ohio, with his wife Mary.
Did Romania Buy
The state of Romania
has made one of its first announcements
as a new EU member loud and clear: they
want to buy the medieval fortress in Transylvania,
Bran Castle (known also as "Dracula's
Castle") back from the former royal
family of Habsburgs, Reuters reports.
The price tag? 60 million Euros.
One of Romania's most
popular tourist attractions, Dracula's
Castle, has been returned to its ancestral
owners 60 years after being seized by
The castle in Transylvania was handed
back to the Habsburg family in a special
ceremony. Restoration work began on the
castle in the 1980s
US architect Dominic
von Habsburg, who inherited the castle,
was forced to leave with his family
The 14th-Century fortress
- whose real name is Bran Castle - has
appeared in dozens of Hollywood Dracula
It was owned by the
late Queen Marie who bequeathed it to
her daughter, Princess Ileana, in 1938.
When the communists
took power in Romania, the castle was
confiscated and fell into disrepair.
The castle has since
become one of Romania's most popular
It has always had
associations with the prince, Vlad the
Impaler, famed for his cruelty and who
inspired Irish author Bram Stoker's
Although he did not
live there, the prince is thought to
have visited the fortress several times.
The Habsburgs, who
will now own the castle, ruled Romania
in the late 17th Century.
Dominic von Habsburg,
now based in New York, was 10 years
old when his family was put under house
arrest and then made to leave.
He told the BBC he
had never given up hope of getting the
castle back and said he was finally
"I felt like
I was a misplaced person. I felt like
I was at home everywhere and at home
nowhere," he says.
A new law passed
in Romania in 2005 made it possible
for former owners to claim property
seized during the communist era.
In 2007, von Habsburg
Family put the castle up for sale for
a price of £40,000,000
The castle was confiscated
from the Habsburgs by the communists after
WWII and just last year the former royal
family got it back through restitution.
The fortress was
never actually part of Bram Stoker's novel
"Dracula". However, Romania's
15th century ruler Vlad Tepes who visited
there, served as an inspiration for the
author. The castle has been a tourist
attraction ever since.
Bran Castle, situated
near Bran and in the immediate vicinity
of Brasov, Romania, is a national monument
The fortress is
situated on the border between Transylvania
and Wallachia, on Highway 73. In addition
to its unique architecture, the castle
is famous because of persistent myths
that it was once the home of Vlad the
Impaler, a famous or infamous medieval
warlord; however, there is no evidence
that he ever lived there. According to
most accounts, the Impaler spent two days
in the Bran dungeon, as the area was occupied
by the Ottoman Empire at the time. Because
of the (disputed) connections between
Vlad and the fictional character Dracula,
the castle is marketed to foreign tourists
as Dracula's Castle,
No one has ever
offered irrefutable proof that science
and the world consider of an haunting
(otherworldly) encounter or ghost manifest
ion. There has never been produced substantial
evidence of the existence of ghosts, or
haunted houses or haunted anything. Yet,
enough along these lines has been reported,
with sufficient consistency to arouse
one's curiosity and perhaps warrant extended
of the eternally unanswered questions
of the living is, "what really happens
to us when we die?"
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