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2006 Archive:
The Winchester Mystery House - Ghost Chronicles
December 28, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Investigating Jane Doherty - Ghost Chronicles
December 20, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Shadow People - by Lee Prosser
December 16, 2006

Column - regular feature

The Westford Knight - Ghost Chronicles
December 15, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Haunted Real Estate by Richard Senate
December 13, 2006

Traditions Behind Christmas By Vince Wilson
December 8, 2006

The Haunted Dibbuk Box - Ghost Chronicles
December 6, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Have Ghosts? Will Travel: A Ghostgeek's Guide to the RMS Queen Mary By Jen Brown
December 4, 2006

Thanksgiving: A Day of Forgiveness - by Lee Prosser
December 1, 2006

Column - regular feature

America's Stonehenge - Ghost Chronicles
November 29, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Instrumental TransCommunication (ITC) - by Jeff Belanger
November 16, 2006

Ghost Hunt Seminar - Ghost Chronicles
November 15, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Ghost Photography: Orbs by Robbin Van Pelt
November 9, 2006

Pet Ghosts - Ghost Chronicles
November 6, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Ghosts Haunt the Inn by Richard Senate
November 3, 2006

Japanese Woman Artist - by Lee Prosser
November 1, 2006

Column - regular feature

The Ghosts of the Windham Restaurant - Ghost Chronicles
October 30, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

The Salem Witches - Ghost Chronicles
October 23, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Homan House, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: A Preliminary Report by John Sabol
October 20, 2006

What Does Halloween/Samhain Mean to You? - Compiled by Jeff Belanger
October 16, 2006

That is the Way of It - by Lee Prosser
October 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Fooling the Ghost Hunter by Richard Senate
October 11, 2006

Jack Kerouac - by Lee Prosser
October 2, 2006

Column - regular feature

Civil War Re-enactors and the Ghost Experience - by Jeff Belanger
September 15, 2006

Who Goes There in the Shadows? - by Lee Prosser
September 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Engagement and Data Analysis in Symmetrical Field Investigations by John Sabol
September 11, 2006

Occult Warfare by Richard Senate
September 6, 2006

Cats and Other Critters From Beyond the Grave - by Lee Prosser
September 1, 2006

Column - regular feature

Chicago's Strange Angles and Haunted Architecture by Ursula Bielski
August 25, 2006

I Have a Hunch: A Look at Psychics, Mediums, and Clairvoyants - by Jeff Belanger
August 16, 2006

Geof Gray-Cobb - by Lee Prosser
August 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Orbs: Have They Become that Boring? by Tuesday Miles
August 14, 2006

A Night on Char-Man Bridge by Richard Senate
August 7, 2006

Five Union Soldier Ghosts - by Lee Prosser
August 2, 2006

Column - regular feature

A Visit With Author and Witch Kala Trobe - Interview by Lee Prosser
July 26, 2006

Perceptual Stratigraphy: Making Sense of Ghostly Manifestations by John Sabol
July 24, 2006

The Trouble With Witches - by Lee Prosser
July 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

A Look at Our Haunted Lives - by Jeff Belanger
July 13, 2006

An Active Ghost Hunt at a Haunted Bed and Breakfast by Richard Senate
July 7, 2006

Lee Prosser, 1969 - by Lee Prosser
July 4, 2006

Column - regular feature

My Theory on Spirits by Edward L. Shanahan
June 28, 2006

Ethnoarchaeoghostology: A Humanistic-Scientific Approach to the Study of Haunt Phenomena by John Sabol
June 19, 2006

Christopher Isherwood & Lee Prosser in 1969 - by Lee Prosser
June 16, 2006

Column - regular feature

ESP, M&Ms, and Reality - by Jeff Belanger
June 15, 2006

A Duel on the Airwaves by Richard Senate
June 5, 2006

Marjorie Firestone and Her Dream Predictions - by Lee Prosser
June 1, 2006

Column - regular feature

Until Death Do Us Part? by Rick Hayes
May 31, 2006

Part Four: the Conclusion: Primrose Road - Adams St. Cemetery - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
May 22, 2006

Column - regular feature

Folklore, Folklore, Folklore with Dr. Michael Bell - interview by Jeff Belanger
May 16, 2006

Swami Chetanananda and Lee Prosser - by Lee Prosser
May 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Theatre, Sance, 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 - regular feature

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 - regular feature

Talking Reincarnation with Dr. John Gilbert - interview by Lee Prosser
April 17, 2006

Billy Bob Firestone and the Ghosts of Pythian Castle - by Lee Prosser
April 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Cryptobotany: the Search for Lost Plants by Richard Senate
April 7, 2006

The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 4 of 4 by Dr. Brendan Cathbad Myers
April 6, 2006

Vedanta and Durga - by Lee Prosser
April 2, 2006

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The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 3 of 4 by Dr. Brendan Cathbad Myers
March 30, 2006

Ritual, Resonance, and Ghost Research: The Play in the Fields by John Sabol
March 27, 2006

The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 2 of 4 by Dr. Brendan Cathbad Myers
March 23, 2006

Celtic This, Druid That, Saint Patrick Hit Me With a Wiffle-Ball Bat - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
March 21, 2006

Column - regular feature

The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 1 of 4 by Dr. Brendan Cathbad Myers
March 16, 2006

Christopher Isherwood, Time Loops, and Ghosts - by Lee Prosser
March 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Druids - by Lee Prosser
March 3, 2006

Column - regular feature

Natural Selection and the Involution of the Gettysburg Ghosts by John Sabol
February 28, 2006

Part Two: Investigation: Primrose Road - Adams St. Cemetery - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
February 20, 2006

Column - regular feature

Lights, Camera... Action! by Brian Leffler
February 16, 2006

Divination and Geomancy - by Lee Prosser
February 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Spirit Messages from a Murderer by Richard Senate
February 8, 2006

The Ghosts of Springfield, Missouri - by Lee Prosser
February 3, 2006

Column - regular feature

The Ghost Storyteller: A Dinosaur Among Lemmings? by Charles J. Adams III
January 23, 2006

The Fools Journey: A Magickal Roadmap to Life - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
January 20, 2006

Column - regular feature

Tarot and Spiritual Alchemy - by Lee Prosser
January 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Demons from the Dark by Chip Coffey
January 9, 2006

Spooky - by Lee Prosser
January 3, 2006

Column - regular feature

July 7, 2006

An Active Ghost Hunt at a Haunted Bed and Breakfast

By Richard Senate

Richard Senate They were waiting, patiently, two couples. They had won a chance to take part in a ghost hunt as part of a charity package. They were waiting at the target for tonights investigation: the historic Bella Maggiori Inn on South California Street, Downtown Ventura, California. I had planned the investigation as a follow up to one I had conducted last October. The goal was to confirm the data collected at that time. I didnt think much would happen. I would discover this night was one of the most significant I had ever lead. I recall it was raining that night, just a few weeks ago, the rain was coming down in on-and-off showers. Perhaps it was the rain or maybe the combination of psychic gifts found in the team that would make this investigation a success.

We met and shook hands. My wife, Debbie, was with me, her psychic gifts a real boast to any findings we may or may not experience. Would we encounter the persistent spirit of Sylvia, the ghost that haunts room 17 or perhaps one of the other specters rumored to wander the halls of the 1927 Inn? Even as I outlined the plans for the evening, the pungent smell of cheap rose perfume drifted into the lobby. There didnt seem to be a source for the smell but it has long been associated with the ghost of Sylvia. It is her scent, the rose water perfume. It became so oppressive that it made my eyes water. It would follow us as we toured the place.

We went to the hallway where the ghost woman has been seen in the past, then to the reading room on the second floor. That was to be our base of operations as we were set to conduct a number of experiments.

First I brought out an Electro-Magnetic scanner because ghosts tend to leave traces of EM energy where they appear. This one was designed not to pick up ghosts but to check if equipment (such as microwave ovens ) are leaking harmful EM radiation. Because of this, the scanner is marked with a red danger zone. This indicates that the EM readings are harmful to human life. Only once before did the thing ever go into the red zone and that was at a very haunted house in Hollywood. I scanned the room expecting to get nothing very strong only to have the machine scream out a warning and go red! I checked, there wasnt any microwave ovens or anything that might cause this to happen. I checked several times, the zone did seem to move as well. It was bizarre to say the least. Then the lights began to flicker faintly. Was it ghosts or was the rain causing something to happen? The four people were having fun, completely unaware that these sorts of things dont happen very often. Debbie, was quiet, seemingly distracted. I have seen this happen before when she is picking up something powerful. My skin was crawling -- because of ghosts or my own reaction to the readings, I dont know. 

We brought out the dowsing rods and let our newcomers try their hand at dowsing a ghost. It wasnt long before the rods crossed at the exact spot where the red zone was detected. We set up a simple code so we could ask questions of the entity. The spirit said she was the ghost called Sylvia and that she was murdered at the hotel long ago. We then asked if she could appear before us and the rods crossed indicating Yes.

A picture was taken just then using a digital camera. There appeared on the man's shirt a strange light, shaped like a triangle. We asked how many ghosts were here and it said three. The thing went on to say it was frightened to leave, fearing some form of judgment. The thing didnt seem to know it had been dead for 60+ years, she thought it was only ten years, once again confirming that time, as we know it, doesnt exist in the spirit world. She confirmed the story of her death indicating she was murdered in the nude and hung up in the closet in a faked suicide. She confirmed that she knew her killer and she understandably hated him. As she communicated with us the smell became stronger until one of the team, suffering from asthma began to have an attack! Then, as soon as it started, it was over. The powerful EM readings were gone and so too the smell. 

As a last gesture we held a sance. We held hands seated on the carpeted floor. The woman acting as medium went into a deep trance, breathing deeply. It wasnt long before strange sounds came from her voice, then words unlike her normal tone or character. It was a harsh voice and at first I thought it was the voice of Sylvia. It said that its name was Lawrence and that it had a message for someone in the circle. This doesnt happen that often. The message was simple; I came to say Good bye. Other spirits came forth after that with short messages but, as the evening came to a close, one of the team members confirmed that her dead father was named Lawrence and that before he passed away he never had a chance to say goodbye. The message meant something to this person. It was an interesting investigation that did confirm the presence of the ghost, or ghosts, at the inn and gave us new data on the death of the spirit called Sylvia. It was a night I shall not forget in a long time. The data with scientific tools confirmed something that shouldnt have been there, the information gathered with the rods and during the sance experiment gave new information to follow up. And the odd picture presented more mysteries. The old Bella Maggiori once again proved herself to be the queen of haunted Ventura. Yes, the group got their money's worth that night!

If you have had an experience at the Bella Maggiori Inn or any other haunted B&B, please contact me at my web site: Further investigations will be conducted in the future.

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

2014 Haunted New England Wall Calendar by Jeff Belanger photography by Frank Grace
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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