GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #57 - May 16, 2006
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Folklore plays an integral part in the study of ghosts and the supernatural. In many cases, hauntings aren't documented when they happen. The reason we even find out that a location may have ghosts inside is because of folklore. Someone witnessed an event they couldn't explain, they in turn told a friend or two about what they experienced, those friends found the story compelling enough to share with others, and so on. Once the story is two or three people away from the original witness, certain embellishments and other new elements can come into the story. A person's account might start as: "I saw the outline of a man walk right through a wall at work," but turn into: "A moaning man looked right at the girl who worked there. He reached out for her and then disappeared into the wall with a blood-curdling scream."
The second version may be more interesting or frightening, but it's not what really happened. It is worth noting, though, that some truth is still in the second version: a male figure disappeared into a wall. It's our job to track down the source of the original story if we can, and document what really happened. Folklore gives paranormal investigators just about all of our leads and it's a subject that deserves closer inspection. Folklore is also what helps connect us to each other. Oral tradition, storytelling -- it's part of our religions, our families, our lives. So let's gather 'round the campfire this month at Ghostvillage and explore folklore more closely.
To get us started on defining what folklore is, we'll hear from Dr. Michael Bell, a man with a Ph.D. in Folklore who has spent his career exploring the subject. Be sure to check out his interview, it's
this month's feature
article. We also welcome your input in Folklore: Ghostvillage.com's message board of the
This past Sunday we did have an issue that I'd like to quickly address. Our message board system was hacked early in the morning and the hacker emailed out a nefarious email to some of our members saying they should click on some links to clean out a virus. We have corrected this problem. None of your user information was compromised in the process.
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I've had the opportunity to meet some of you at the various conferences I had the pleasure to speak at, and I welcome all of our new villagers who have made their way to our corner of the Web over the last few weeks. This is a great time to be exploring this amazing field of study and I enjoy sharing the journey with you all. Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below.
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The Supernatural Calendar is the place where thousands will learn about your events of interest to the supernatural world. The service is only available to registered members of the message boards, and it's free!
Very soon, Ghostvillage.com will begin syndicating our calendar of events so other Web sites can display these supernatural happenings.
Adding your own local events to our calendar is more important than ever!
May 19: Jeff
Belanger at Book Expo America - Washington DC
May 20: First
Annual Ghost Conference - New London, CT
May 27: SpiritFest
'06 @ Rolling Hills (Buffalo/Rochester)
June 8: AAEVP
Conference - Atlanta, Georgia
June 16: 8th
Annual SGRA Paranormal Conference, Milford, CT - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event
June 25: Jeff
Belanger - Darkness on the Edge of Town Radio
July 1: Forbidden
Knowledge Conference, BBQ
and Ghosts Weekend
July 8: Jeff
Belanger on Spooky Southcoast Radio
Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers.
|Who's Who in the Town Square?
>>evp-catcher<< - member since January 31, 2005
What is your name?
How old are you?
Where do you live?
I live in Loudon, Tennessee (right outside of Knoxville in East Tennessee).
What do you do for a living?
I own a computer hardware sales business.
What got you interested in Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP)?
One day I was watching Universal HD (a Hi-Definition channel on satellite) and saw a trailer for the movie White Noise. In it, they showed a real EVP that said, "Get out of my house." I had not heard of this phenomenon before, and wondered if it was really true that you could record spirits' voices. So, I figured what better way to find out for sure than to try it myself. I did, and have had much success in doing so.
Tell us about the most compelling EVP you've captured.
I am a member of the East Tennessee Paranormal Society. A fellow investigator who was in the same room with me got an EVP that said, "Micka-Nicka-Hi-Nicka-Hiney-Hiney-Lo," in a girl's voice. Then, a loud "NO!" came through, and then the whisper, "micka-nicka-hi-nicka-hiney..." came through. This one about made me fall out of my chair when I heard it! I think it is the best we have gotten as a group. As far as the best one I have personally gotten, I would have to say it is the one that is 3 EVP that came in back-to-back which goes like this, "I'm getting cranky...look behind you...you doin' alright?" The first one comes in very loud, and she sounds cranky. The 2nd one I don't think had anything to do with the first EVP, just another spirit there saying something, and the 3rd one I think was in response to the first spirit. These
EVP can be heard by clicking on them.
What's your dream ghost investigation location?
I would very much like to investigate a big, old building that has lots of activity. An old war hospital or something like that. I would love to find a location where I can get video of some apparitions and video of some objects moving on their own. I did get what I believe to be a spirit in the form of a ball of light, but that is the only video evidence I have gotten so far. The ball of light video I got (which was shot in infrared) can be viewed at the following URLs:
http://www.byterunner.com/evp/orb.mov - Full speed and http://www.byterunner.com/evp/orbslow.mov - Slowed down to 1/4th speed.
What's your favorite TV show?
My favorite TV show I would have to say is Lost, but my second favorite is Ghost Whisperer.
Our last month's theme was Reincarnation. We had a number of articles and thoughts on the subject, and we definitely learned a few things in our message board discussions. Here's
what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:
|Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
Book Review: Beyond Reincarnation by Joe. H. Slate Ph.D.
Feature Article: Talking Reincarnation with Dr. John Gilbert by Lee Prosser
Ghostvillage.com's book reviewer, Lee
Prosser and the staff have brought you several new book reviews and author interviews since our last newsletter.
This past month's Library additions:
The Virgin Mary Conspiracy by Graham Phillips
Facial Reflexology by Marie-France Muller
Ghost Tech by Vince Wilson [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
Silver's Spells for Love, Abundance, and Protection by Silver RavenWolf
Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary edited by James Wasserman
Sacred Plant Medicine by Stephen Harrod Buhner
Self Hypnosis by Dr. Bruce Goldberg
Merlin and the Discovery of Avalon in the New World by Graham Phillips
The Reflexology Atlas by Bernard C. Kolster, M.D. and Astrid Waskowiak, M.D.
Roads to Eternity by Sarah Wilson Estep
Beyond Reincarnation by Joe. H. Slate Ph.D.
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Strange Happenings at the Jefferson Hotel - Jefferson, Texas
An Evil House - Elmira, New York
The Giggling Girl - South Gate, Kentucky
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Saloon Row Ghost Tour Opens in Williams, Arizona
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New features added since our last newsletter:
Swami Chetanananda and Lee Prosser - by Lee Prosser - May 15, 2006 [COLUMN]
Theatre, Sťance, and the Ghost Script: Performances at Haunted Locations by John Sabol - May 5, 2006
Willard David Firestone and the River Ghost - by Lee Prosser - May 1, 2006 [COLUMN]
When the Spirits Held Sway at the White House by Richard Senate - April 25, 2006
Part Three: Investigation: Primrose Road - Adams St. Cemetery - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin - April 20, 2006 [COLUMN]
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|Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
SGRA's 8th Annual Paranormal Conference - Milford, Connecticut - June 16-18, 2006
Berkshire Paranormal Conference, Houghton Mansion - North Adams, Massachusetts - September 22-24, 2006
2006 New England Ghost Conference - South Portland, Maine - October 13-15, 2006
Charlie the Butler's Ghost Party at the Sprague Mansion - Cranston, Rhode Island - October 26, 2006
Ghostfest - RMS Queen Mary Long Beach, California - November 17-19, 2006 (more information coming on this soon)
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|Hot Threads in the Community
Bigfoot In Southern Malaysia
Evidence of a sighting or a hoax?
A ghost in the urn? You decide.
3 EVP in one recording. Check it out.
A chase on the lake.
An American Haunting
A new movie based on the famous (or infamous) Bell Witch story from Tennessee. Have you seen it?
Thornton, Illinois - Widow McCleary's Pub
Come explore the mysteries of this haunted Illinois pub.
Ghost Hunter vs. Paranormal Investigator
Is there really a difference? What do you think?
How do I tell my parents what I am?
How do you tell your parents you're not going to follow in their religious footsteps?
The Exercise Thread
What are you doing to get in shape?
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