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2005 Archive:
Whose Scrooge? - by Lee Prosser
December 15, 2005

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Spirit Dor by John Richards
December 9, 2005

The Witchcraft Connection - The Ghostly Carpenter - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
December 6, 2005

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Nature is a Haunted House - by Lee Prosser
December 1, 2005

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Hollywood Ghost Hunt Weekend by Richard Senate
November 28, 2005

Clairvoyance, Ghosts, and Music - by Lee Prosser
November 15, 2005

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Halloween and the End Times - by Lee Prosser
November 1, 2005

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The Witchcraft Connection - Resurrection Mary: The Conclusion - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
October 20, 2005

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1 Corinthians 12:10 - by Lee Prosser
October 15, 2005

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Gift From A Child By Rick Hayes
October 14, 2005

Ghost Hunt: The Liberace Mansion by Richard Senate
October 7, 2005

Mimosa, Marigold, Cayenne, Dandelion, Mullein, Clairvoyance, Uncle Willard, and Ghosts - by Lee Prosser
October 1, 2005

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Today's Cults of Personality by Wayne Harrup
September 19, 2005

Clairvoyance and the River of the Mind - by Lee Prosser
September 15, 2005

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Bide One's Time - Rev. Pat Robertson - by Lee Prosser
September 1, 2005

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Cedar Key Inn - The Man in the Kitchen by Janice Cottrill
August 29, 2005

Bide One's Time - High Spirits - by Lee Prosser
August 15, 2005

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CBS Introduces the Ghost Whisperer by Jeff Belanger
August 5, 2005

Bide One's Time - Ghostly Encounter - by Lee Prosser
August 1, 2005

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Bide One's Time - Don Bachardy - by Lee Prosser
July 15, 2005

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Bide One's Time - New Mexico, Land of Enchantment - by Lee Prosser
July 1, 2005

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Tibetan Beliefs On Death and Beyond Part 2 of 2 by Janice Cottrill
June 20, 2005

Bide One's Time - Why Do We Enjoy Ghost Story Movies? - by Lee Prosser
June 15, 2005

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Tibetan Beliefs On Death and Beyond Part 1 of 2 by Janice Cottrill
June 13, 2005

Bide One's Time - We are Each a Living Ghost in Our Own Story - by Lee Prosser
June 1, 2005

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Electronic Voice Phenomena (E.V.P.) by Todd M. Bates
May 23, 2005

Bide One's Time - Sensitive to Ghosts - by Lee Prosser
May 17, 2005

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Emotions of the Paranormal by Brian Leffler
May 13, 2005

George Lutz's Amityville Horror by Jeff Belanger
April 12, 2005

Connecting Through Reincarnation? by Rick Hayes
March 16, 2005

Chinese Hopping Ghosts by Janice Cottrill
March 4, 2005

Dr. Hans Holzer - A Lifetime of Explaining the Unexplained by Jeff Belanger
February 7, 2005

The Legend of Lucy Keyes by John Stimpson
February 4, 2005

Raymond Buckland by Lee Prosser
January 28, 2005

The Mysterious Haunting of Stone's Public House by David Retalic
January 23, 2005

Some Musings on White Noise by Lee Prosser
January 12, 2005

India and the Supernatural by Lee Prosser
January 3, 2005

October 7, 2005

Ghost Hunt: The Liberace Mansion

By Richard Senate photos by Jeff Belanger

The small bus was crowded that night as it made its way through the run-down neighborhoods of Las Vegas. Here the homes were shabby, wanted paint, and were decorated with bars, offering mute testimony to the high crime in this area of the gaming capital. This section of town, not far from the glittering strip, isnt to be found in the tourist brochures. The group on the bus with me were quiet. When they spoke it was in hushed whispers to one another, yet, there was an undercurrent of excitement for this was a ghost hunt and we were going to the opulent former home of Mr. Showmanship himself -- the late Liberace.

The tour was part of the ghost hunting convention presented in Las Vegas on October 2 to 4, 2005. It featured ghost hunters, writers, paranormal experts and psychics from all over the nation. Some of the top people in this field gave lectures and conducted seminars but, it was the chance to visit the formerly closed home of the flamboyant Liberace that was the high point of the event. 

Born in 1919 Wladziu Walter Valentino Liberaces story is a traditional rags to riches tale. A child prodigy he turned from the concert stage to enter the world of show business. His television program in the 1950s catapulted him on to the national stage at one time pulling a larger audience than I Love Lucy and Dragnet. He became, in the 70s and 80s, one of the highest paid entertainers in Las Vegas and it was here that he built a home. Like everything he did, it was done in style. Yes, and after his death in 1987, his house was rumored to be haunted. Tonight we would find out if the tales of ghosts were true.

The narrow street widened and the mean houses were replaced by larger structures, with wide lawns and elaborate porches. These were the homes of bosses and entertainers, almost within walking distance of the famed strip. The bus stopped before a large white house with a grand porch and sculpted trees. It was, for all I could see, a mini mansion of sorts. I would soon discover that the insides were far grander than the outside. It was built in 1977 when Liberace became a headliner at Caesars Palace. He wanted a place to cook and to relax in privacy. At the time he owned a far larger mansion in Palm Springs. This house was his mansion away from his mansion. As he became a fixture in Las Vegas he would build a far larger home, that structure would become a museum. But, this, his first house, was closed to the public for decades. It was a rare treat to step back to the 1970s and into the strange, yet fascinating world of Liberace.

We got out of the bus and walked to the tall doorway, the new owners, renovating the house, were waiting to show us the house. Our party was almost forty people, most with cameras, electro-magnetic field detectors and video recorders. It was too large for my tastes but, for a chance to see this site, I would put up with the oversized group. The insides were almost painfully white, with gold trim. The house reminded me of Liberaces many costumes. A large life-sized painting of silent actor, Valentino greets us at the foyer. Valentino was Liberaces middle name. His piano, now automated, played by itself as photographs of the entertainer looked down at us from every nook and cranny. Slowly, respectfully, we made our way from room to room. Cameras flashed, videotape rolled, and all were amazed by the camp of the furnishings. It was like the house was a larger costume that Lee, as Liberace was called by his friends, put on to help him keep his image as the wildest and most flamboyant of all Vegas entertainers. Mirrors were everywhere. Only the kitchen, state of the art for 1977, was without them. I felt nothing out of the ordinary as I toured this section of the home. Others were photographing orbs and even faces, but I never felt that icy tingle that comes when I enter a haunted place. 

I left the pack and went into the back part of the house, into the opulent bedroom. Here mirrors glittered, even on the ceiling over the wide bed. It was here, in a room that would put shame into a high priced brothel, that I first felt it. It was a cold chill that seemed to grip my spine and slowly make its way to my scalp. I wasnt alone in the room. Someone, or something I could not see was there with me. I walked backwards and into the attached bathroom. A huge double shower and sunken tub filled much of the room. The chill began to settle into the back of my neck. I saw something out of the corner of my eye, I looked, into a mirror. It was a shadow on the wall. It moved quickly out of my vision but, I had the impression it was a man. I froze, my head moving left and right trying to see if what ever it was would manifest itself before me. The air seemed to grow colder in the oversized bathroom. There was a presence here and it didnt seem happy. I closed my eyes willing whatever it was to appear. A noise, the scraping of a shoe up marble, sounded behind me. I turned and there were two people, cameras in hand, walking in. The feeling was gone now, the private moment had passed. Still, I had felt something in the rooms at the rear of the house. Was it Lee or someone else? I shall never know. The many tools brought by the ghost hunters picked up all sorts of things, orbs were photographed and psychics caught the essence of Liberace all over the house. They came away convinced that it was haunted. I didnt have my tools with me but, I had to agree. The place is haunted, well haunted indeed. This journey would prove the high point of a successful conference.

Richard Senate is a California-based author and lecturer. Visit his Web site at:

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