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Dear Ghostvillagers,

When you stick around the paranormal world for a while, chances are you’re going to see some weird stuff… please don’t be offended by the word “weird.” Weird is good. Weird is different. It’s beyond the everyday. There are times when I’m on an investigation looking at the ways people are trying to make contact and I can’t help but think we’re all weird. Very, very weird.

What makes us think that if there are spirits, they can communicate? What makes us think we’re interpreting the message if they are sending one? And how could we prove this to anyone else? Shoot, how can we prove this to ourselves?

I’ve said many times that you can’t remove “belief” from the equation. That’s why I don’t believe the paranormal will ever be considered science. That doesn’t make it less real. That doesn’t mean it’s not there. We just can’t count on it.

Which brings me to Instrumental Transcommunication, or ITC. The idea is to use electronic devices to try and interface in some way with spirit energies. This makes sense to some degree: if the electromagnetic spectrum is being manipulated by some intelligent force, then we should be able to “tune in,” the same way you tune in to a radio signal. If you know the frequency, then you can hear the latest Miley Cyrus song… then you can change the station and tune into something good.

What started with talking boards, automatic writing, and mediums has turned to EVP, EMF meters, night vision cameras, and other devices even more intricate. Many of us suspect that there’s something out there. So we turn to these devices for validation. And in some cases, we get profound results that make even hardened skeptics scratch their heads.

A few months ago, I started experimenting with one of Bill Chappell’s modified Microsoft Kinect cameras. Bill’s company, Digital Dowsing, has been making devices like the Ovilus, Paranormal Puck, and EM pump for the last several years. But this camera, for me anyway, brings things to a new level.

If you’ve ever seen someone play X-Box Kinect, you might know the camera. It reads your body motion and then the player in the game makes the same movements. The camera was developed for game play and custom animations. It's built to recognize and interpret human movement and points on the human body. When it finds those points, it maps the person. So here’s the kicker… sometimes this modified camera is finding figures that aren’t there.

I was using this camera at a haunt back in November. While I was standing in front of the camera, I could see on the monitor that the software had mapped my body and turned it into a stick figure. Then suddenly, another stick figure was standing next to me. And it turns out that this figure was standing right in front of what was once a doorway.

Though the event lasted only a few seconds, my mind was blown. Had this camera peered into the infrared part of the spectrum and discovered what it interpreted to be a human standing next to me? All of this deserves further study. It’s an exciting time to be in the paranormal.

As we welcome in 2014, I’m looking forward to a new year filled with exciting events, adventures, learning, and growing. I wish the same for you!

Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
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Dead of Winter: The Lizzie Borden House

Lizzie Borden took an axe in this Fall River, Massachusetts, home and created one of New England's most renowned haunts.

Don't miss our annual Dead of Winter event! This unsolved mystery beckons people from all over the world to become part of the story that is Lizzie Borden's. You've seen it on all of the ghost investigation television shows, now check it out for yourself on February 22, 2014. Includes dinner, snacks, a historic tour, and hours of ghost investigations!

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Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
This is the place to find out where author and founder Jeff Belanger will be speaking on the subject of the paranormal. If you're interested in booking Jeff for a conference or other event, please visit: for more information.

Events Scheduled:

Jeff Belanger TEDx talk – Spence School - New York, New York - January 28, 2014
Dead of Winter at Lizzie Borden's - Fall River, Massachusetts - February 22, 2014
Paracon Australia - May 10-11, 2014 - MORE INFO COMING SOON!
A Weird Massachusetts Evening with Jeff Belanger - Norton Public Library - Norton, Massachusetts - August 12, 2014 6:30PM
Fantomfest - Austin, Texas - September 27-28, 2014

Monthly Contest
How to win: Entries will be accepted up until 5:00 PM (eastern time) tomorrow (January 18, 2014). At 5:00 PM, we will draw a winner at random from the correct entries that have been received. You no longer have to be the first, but you only have until 5:00 PM to get your answer in. If you click on this link:, you see today's date, and "We have a winner!" that means the contest has ended. Sorry, please try again next month. To submit your entry, simply reply to this email with the correct answer.

Congratulations to Tracy Morrison of Kalispell, Montana, who was last month's winner!

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At 5:00 PM tomorrow, we will announce the winner on our home page. Good luck! (Only Ghostvillagers who have not won a prize from us in the last year are eligible.)

This month's prize: We're giving away autographed copies of Jeff Belanger's 2 new DVDs: New England Legends and a window sticker!

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What's the best method to communicate with spirits?

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Right, left, wrong: People reject science because...

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Design requirements for inductive sensors for EVP work.

Spirit Communication
Questions about seeing and feeling spirits.

Religion and Spirituality
A Gnostic rite of exorcism.

Personal Encounters
Weird things happening to me??

Haunted Places
Start your bucket list for paranormal destinations

Paranormal Media
20 Paranormal Books Coming in 2014

40 Years of study Disproves Ghosts

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The Boiling Point
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