GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #133 - November 20, 2012
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I just got back from the haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. This place is beautiful and legendary—seated in the majestic, snow-capped mountains just a few miles from Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s no surprise that during a visit, Stephen King was inspired to pen The Shining, imagining what it would be like to be the caretaker stranded in a huge, but lonely hotel for the winter. When you’re alone in a haunted building, it’s easy to wonder if there’s really a ghost, or if your sanity is slipping away. That’s why we see so many gadgets and gear on paranormal investigations. We’re looking for validation for what we’re experiencing.
Ghost investigation equipment is by no means a new phenomenon. Almost a century ago, the original ghost hunter, Harry Price, was using electroscopes and galvanometers to measure static charges in the air in haunted places. He used thermometers to measure temperature fluctuations. He too wanted independent validation of these human experiences. Were these devices designed to look for ghosts? Of course not. He adapted them to try and rule out the supernatural, or at least have some data that could be questioned in regards to poltergeists and other things that go bump in the night.
Today we’re mostly using the same ideas and equipment. Electroscopes have been replaced by EMF meters, our thermometers now have lasers on them, and daguerreotype cameras have been upgraded into night-vision, thermal, and infrared cameras. But the concept is the same: can we validate what the human is experiencing? Does the environment change when there’s paranormal activity happening?
Over the years I’ve continually downplayed my use of the gear because my most profound encounters have always occurred with my eyes, ears, and body. There are many natural phenomena that will cause an EMF meter to fluctuate and spike, but far fewer variables that will make an apparition appear before me.
This month we’re going to pull out our 9-volt batteries and watch them drain as we discuss the use (and misuse) of paranormal equipment. We’ll ask the tough questions like: Why haven’t any battery manufacturers ever bought advertising on Ghostvillage.com considering the millions of dollars our community spends with those folks? Ha! I’m only serious.
November is a time of thanks here at the Ghostvillage.com world headquarters. Time to be thankful for surviving another October full of lectures and events, thankful for family and friends, and thankful for you Ghostvillagers. You keep our community growing, and you keep me thinking with each new idea, question, or experience that you share.
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A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Uxbridge Free Public Library - Uxbridge, Massachusetts - November 26, 2012, 7:00PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Canton Public Library - Canton, Massachusetts - November 29, 2012, 7:00PM
Oddfest 2012 - Bellingham, Massachusetts - December 8, 2012, 7:30PM
Dead of Winter at Lizzie Borden's - Fall River, Massachusetts - February 23, 2013, 6:30PM
The Real Dracula Tour and Ghost Hunt with Dave Schrader and Jeff Belanger - Romania - May 19-27, 2013
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - New Braintree Public Library - New Braintree, Massachusetts - October 26, 2013, 7:00PM
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Animal Mutilations and ETs with Chuck Zukowski November 13, 2012 [VIDEO]
The Origins of the Devil with Corvis Nocturnum November 6, 2012 [VIDEO]
LIVE From Wareham's Haunted History Night October 30, 2012 [VIDEO]
Real Halloween Ghost Stories -- Part One October 26, 2012
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