Haunted Happenings at Work: Largo, Florida

My sister Reenie is a mammogram and x-ray technician in a facility in the Largo area of Florida.  Reenie has had her own personal experiences with the paranormal, so while she isn’t a gullible sort, she does keep an open mind.

One of her co-workers, Maddie, started complaining during the down time in their work day that she thought her adult son, from whom she is estranged, was breaking into her home and moving her things around to mess with her. My sister and the other technicians pooh-poohed this idea and told Maddie that she was probably moving the things herself and just not remembering where she put them.  Maddie was adamant, however.  She lived alone, without even any pets, and she was a  bit OCD about putting things back in their assigned places throughout her house.  For instance, her remote control went on a small end table that was between her sofa and her recliner. Her keys were kept on a hook in her kitchen. Maddie explained that her son, a former Special Forces member, knew how meticulous she was, and that she would notice the small changes that occurred whenever she left the house. Early in their estrangement, he had broken into her previous home just to prove to her that he could. It had been some time since those days, but apparently he was back to his old tricks, she said. Sometimes, she was only gone a half an hour to run to the store, but when she returned, something was typically out of place. Reenie just told her  it sounded like she had a ghost. Maddie was not amused. She vowed to catch her son in the act. Continue reading

Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment

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Author: Benjamin Radford

New Mexico’s twin traditions of the scientific and the supernatural meet for the first time in this long-overdue book by a journalist known for investigating the unexplained. Strange tales of ghosts, monsters, miracles, lost treasure, UFOs, and much more can be found not far from the birthplace of the atomic bomb. Huge radio astronomy dishes search desert skies for alien life, and the world’s first spaceport can be found in this enchanted land; in many ways New Mexico truly is a portal to other worlds.

Mysterious New Mexico is the first book to apply scientific investigation methods to explain some of New Mexico’s most bizarre lore and legends. Using folklore, sociology, history, psychology, and forensic science–as well as good old-fashioned detective work–Radford reveals the truths and myths behind New Mexico’s greatest mysteries.

Review:

Let me start by saying I recommend this book highly no matter what level of interest one may have in paranormal legends and claimed experiences. Ben Radford’s writing style is conversational, taking the reader along for the ride as he researches the mysteries and cultures of this historically rich state.

I enjoyed all the accounts in this book, such as when a miracle staircase and its story are investigated with a critical eye. Analysis of the legends and scandals surrounding the “crystal skulls” is fascinating enough to be the start of another book. Those are just a couple of examples, as even more stories of UFO’s mystery birds, and alleged haunted locations are examined. New Mexico through Radford’s eyes is a land where mysteries are simply a window that, when opened, lead to facts that will hold a reader’s interest until the end.

For the skeptic, this will be a fresh look at analyzing claims of the extraordinary without succumbing to easy sensationalism. For the believer that is open to critical yet respectful examination of popular myths and hauntings, there is much to learn and appreciate. For this reader, my borderline cynicism about researching this area of interest has softened a bit. After reading this book, I now see that there are still true investigators into legends and perceived experiences. It is an excellent example of how research into such topics should be conducted–with an open, analytical mindset that references facts rather than “specialists” in fields that don’t exist. A genuine thumbs up.

Paranormal Festival

If any of our readers live in northwest Louisiana, southwest Arkansas or in Texas within a reasonable distance of Shreveport, they are having a Paranormal Festival June 20 – 23. Despite living in New Orleans, I won’t be able to make the trip since my father’s birthday is that weekend. If anyone happens to go, please drop us a line – either via email (address is on the right sidebar) or by commenting on this post – and let us know about your experiences.

Details about the Festival can be found here: Downtown Shreveport Paranormal Festival

12 holiday gift ideas for paranormal fans

While we haven’t been very active with new content lately, we are always thinking about posting here. 🙂 I happened to come across a list of holiday gift ideas for paranormal enthusiasts which I thought I’d share with our faithful followers.

 

1. Paranormal movies (to name a few)

  • The Apparition
  • ParaNorman
  • Men in Black
  • E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial (recently release on Blu-Ray)
  • Prometheus

2. TV season compilation DVDs

  • Fringe
  • Best of Celebrity Ghost Stories
  • Walking Dead
  • The Vampire Diaries
  • Supernatural
  • Ghost Hunters
  • True Blood

3. Paranormal books

  • Unexplained! 3rd edition by Jerome Clark
  • American Vampires by Dr. Bob Curran
  • This Book is from the Future by Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman
  • A Natural History of Ghosts by Roger Clarke

4. Bleeding Skull Candle

5. Nightmare Before Christmas Operation Game

6. Zombie bird feeder

7. Skeleton hand brooch

8. Vintage zombie pin up t-shirt

9. Ghost hunting equipment

10. Monster Fighter Haunted House Lego set

11. Printed paranormal gifts (most found on Cafe Press)

12. Paranormal wrapping paper

 

I personally could go for the Lego haunted house, but at $299, I can wait. A while. A long while. LOL

 

List courtesy of About.com‘s paranormal section.

Navajo Task Force investigates the paranormal

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There is a law enforcement agency in Arizona that actually welcomes claims of the paranormal — ghosts, witchcraft, UFOs and even Bigfoot.

CBS 5 News obtained dozens of photos and case files from strange scenes and sightings in northeastern Arizona.

Most police won’t take reports like this. But about 10 years ago, officials on the Navajo Reservation decided to stop the snickering, to treat these witnesses with respect and thoroughly investigate.

Only one agency — the Navajo Nation Rangers — stepped up to the plate.

Full story

I find it interesting that they base the validity of witness claims on whether it would stand up in a court of law.