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2009 News:
Woman sexually assaulted by ghost
Asiaone News
Taipei, Taiwan- December 25, 2009
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Investigated ghosts disappear
The Register Citizen
Barkhamsted, Connecticut- December 5, 2009
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Haunted Rentals: Advertising a ghostly roommate
Tuscon Citizen
Tuscon, Arizona- November 22, 2009
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How to die on Facebook
The Globe and Mail
Toronto, Canada- November 21, 2009
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Ghosts, monsters, dragons: What to tell kids
November 14, 2009
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Ghost Hunters Say Voice Led Them To Bones
WTOV Channel 9
Wellsburg, West Virginia- November 11, 2009
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Fright House: Jenna Bush on the ghostly music playing in the presidential home already haunted by Abraham Lincoln
Mail Online
Hollywood, California- November 5, 2009
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Scientifically Haunted House Suggests Youre a Sucker
London, England- October 30, 2009
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Gutted West Village building said to be haunted by restless ghost of Gay St. man is now up for sale
The New York Daily News
New York, New York- October 14, 2009
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Worlds Leading Ghost Hunters Return to Chronicle the Globes Top Haunts

Closet-Dwelling Ghost Haunted Carradine
September 22, 2009
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Ten Great Places to Sleep With a Ghost
Austin, Texas- September 17, 2009
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Ghost hunting woman falls to death at spooky university building
The Canadian Press
Toronto, Canada- September 10, 2009
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Haunted Indian station reopens
BBC News
Begunkodor, India- September 3, 2009
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Cop faces court over exorcism attempt
ABC News
Barossa Valley, Australia- September 2, 2009
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Carteret County Ghosts to Help with Library Fund Raiser

Ghostly goings-on captured on CCTV at Liverpool's Croxteth Park
The Liverpool Echo
Liverpool, England- August 25, 2009
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Frightened girl dies after ghost prank
The Times of India
Behrampore, India- August 27, 2009
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Paranormal in the Panhandle

Beban House's ghostly past continues to spook workers
Beban Park, Ontario- August 17, 2009
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Yahya Jammeh's state witch-hunters kidnap villagers in western Gambia
Times Online
Banjul, Gambia- August 16, 2009
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Most Haunteds Former Historian Comes to Gettysburg

Rumor of ghosts invites trouble to Selleck
Selleck, Washington- July 31, 2009
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4th Annual Paranormal Meet and Greet in Indiana

Ghostly cell phone image creates buzz
East Providence, Rhode Island- July 31, 2009
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Security guard slapped by ghosts at housing area
AsiaOne News
Tamil, Malaysia- July 27, 2009
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Police arrest teen ghost hunters
The Salem News
Salem, Massachusetts- July 24, 2009
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Burglar Looking For Ghosts In Monterey Home
Cookeville Times
Cookeville, Tennessee- July 14, 2009
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Darkness Events Floats New Concept in Paranormal Conference

I Know What You Just Tweeted
The Wall Street Journal
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom- June 10, 2009
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Does the Paranormal Need Its Landmarks?

Zimbabweans say angry ancestors are behind road accidents
LA Times
Chivhu, Zimbabwe- May 23, 2009
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Spirits to come alive in Western Pennsylvania

Fire in haunted hotel room
The Telegraph
Ramsey, United Kingdom- May 13, 2009
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Historic Fort Wayne & MPI Announce Ghost Tours
The Times Herald
Ft. Wayne, Indiana- May 9, 2009
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Ghost hunters raise funds for preservation
Shelbyville, Illinois- May 5, 2009
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Haunted mansion up for auction
The Euro Weekly News
Campanillas, Spain- May 7, 2009
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The paranormal world mourns the loss of one of it's icons, Dr. Hans Holzer

Haunted tunnels in Newtown removed piece by piece
The News-Times
Newtown, Conecticut-April 26, 2009
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Scary run-ins at Exeter site with ghostly reputation
The Providence Journal
Exeter, Rhode Island-April 23, 2009
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Sex offender hunting ghosts violates probation
The Hernando Today
Brooksville, Florida -April 20, 2009
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Darkness Radio returns to Waverly Hills

Bank claims Seven Sisters; ghosts said to be upset
Ocala, Florida -April 10, 2009
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Ghost Hunters returns to the Mount Washington Resort - and the Public is Invited

Spooky image shows ghostly figure
The Chronicle
Toowoomba, Australia -March 26, 2009
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Castle figure wins 'ghostly' competition
BBC News
North Berwick, Scotland -March 27, 2009
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Hartford Murder Suspect Says Ghosts Taunted Him
The Hartford Courant
Hartford, Connecticut -March 24, 2009
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Work halted on Warwick Castle over haunting scare
The Birmingham Mail
Birmingham, England -March 16, 2009
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NorthEastern Paranormal Brings Phenomenology 101 to Gettysburg

Workers in Jordan strike to demand exorcism
Amman, Jordon -March 8, 2009
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Ghosts Cant Tap Domain Name
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March 6, 2009
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Will Revelations About Bobby Jindal's Weird Secret Past Destroy His Political Career?
The Daily Beast via AlterNet
Washington, D.C.-February 25, 2009
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GhoStock Paranormal Convention to be held in Salem Massachusetts

My Spooky Valentine in Rhode Island

Rob Conover Looks to Help Save the Bowen

Investigators petition for care facility access
The Newton Daily News
Jasper County, Iowa -January 22, 2009
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Ghostly tales wanted for radio show
The Maidenhead Advertiser
Marlow, England -January 20, 2009
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Paranormal Activity Explored In Northern Kentucky
WCPO, ABC Affiliate
Wilder, Kentucky -January 20, 2009
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Real Ghostbusting 101 starts Thursday at DSC
The Daily Citizen
Dalton, Georgia -January 17, 2009
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Ghosts haunted pub long before car crashed into it
Tewkesbury AdMag
Tewkesbury, England -January 15, 2009
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Caffeine Linked To Seeing Ghosts
Sky News
Durham, England -January 13, 2009
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Paranormal Forensics Topic of Public Lecture January 21st

Apparition Brings Traffic to a Halt
Coalisland, Ireland -January 5, 2009
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Why Obama's Hotel Is Haunted
Live Science
Washington, D.C. -January 5, 2009
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Fundraiser for maker of paranormal documentaries to be held in Ontario
Contra Costa Times
Ontario, Canada -January 2, 2009
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Foundation probes brain's secrets: Founder sought scientific basis for the paranormal
San Antonio Express News
San Antonio, Texas -December 28, 2008
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U.S. Supreme Court asked to hear Texas exorcism case
Washington, D.C. -December 28, 2008
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June 17, 2009

Does the Paranormal Need Its Landmarks?

by Christopher Balzano, editor Ghostvillage News

Ghosts do not discriminate. The mass of haunting that go documented, especially in this time of local paranormal investigators, are found inside the home where a family suffers through things they cannot explain. In an era where evidence gained through investigation motivates many of the teams out there, the purity of a residence is the best testing ground for the science of ghost hunting. Is there a need then for paranormal landmarks, those national and international locations most people in the paranormal community can rattle off by memory?

Anyone who has ever been to a famously haunted location knows it is hard to gain any evidence that cannot be disputed. Groups walk around behind each other creating orb photos with their flashes and EVPs with their constant chatter about how great it is to finally be at Waverly Hills. Many are not even open to investigators. People can name the DeFeo children by heart, but they have never been there. They know the genealogy of the families but have never stepped foot in Dudley Town. They will never have the funds to travel to the Queen Mary or Eastern State Penitentiary, but they know of them, and go to chat rooms to discuss them.

That may be why they are needed. Haunted landmarks are the common denominator for the paranormal world. Ghost hunting is still considered deviant behavior, but reading about ghosts and watching the paranormal media is not. Someone who would never investigate a house can visit the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast can escape for the night, touch the paranormal for a brief time, and then go back to their normal life. There is no commitment so they can drop in, like someone visiting a Web site about ghosts, and allow that small indulgence to satisfy their curiosity.

The same is true for people who make an investment in the paranormal. There is no better place to meet other people of a like mind, especially from different parts of the country, than to show up at a landmark and get a conversation started. These locations become touchstones for people, something in common to begin a conversation about other locations you have investigated. They also become concrete hauntings for people, something others can relate to. Someone way have investigated two dozen houses, but it becomes more relatable when they can say they have been to the Winchester House. Others now know where you are coming from, and the weight of the back story becomes part of your paranormal resume. They carry these locations as part of their personality, often fighting to keep them open when they become endangered.

Perhaps the most important social aspect of haunted landmarks is their exposure to the world. Trends come and go and our national attention span is unpredictable. These buildings remind the world that ghosts may exist. They contain the constant paranormal motifs that people apply to ghosts (the abandoned military base, the haunted asylum, the place of a famous murder), so they keep these ideas, and the idea of what a ghost is, fresh in peoples minds. Jeff Belanger is famous for saying a building is usually haunted by the most famous person associated with it. These landmarks become the most famous person, and the details surrounding them become a remembered narrative to ghost hunters and casual paranormal consumers alike.

In the coming months there will be more conferences and events making the pages of Ghostvillage News. Organizers and promoters have caught on to the power of these landmarks to draw people in, so many are choosing to hold events at famously haunted locations. We will offer as many as we can to you, so try and take advantage. They offer a unique look into those places you have only read about before while presenting you with some quality speakers.

Our draw to our ghost landmarks continue to help define the paranormal, and that may be truest reason why they are needed. They cay something about who we are as people, and if a society can be revealed through its ghosts, they represent our need to connect to something bigger, especially in a field asking the big questions.

2014 Haunted New England Wall Calendar by Jeff Belanger photography by Frank Grace
Check out the 2014 Haunted New England wall calendar by Jeff Belanger and photography by Frank Grace!

Paranormal Conferences and Lectures
Don't miss the following events and lectures:

Jeff Belanger and “The Bridgewater Triangle” at Dedham Community Theatre - April 6, 2014 9:00PM

The Spirits of the Mark Twain House - Hartford, Connecticut - April 12, 2014

Paracon Australia - East Maitland, New South Wales, Australia - May 10-12, 2014