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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

Column - regular feature

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

August 7, 2006

A Night on Char-Man Bridge

By Richard Senate

Richard SenateI wondered why I was here, I was fighting back sleep and swatting away clouds of flying insects. There was a stillness that had yet to dissipate the heat of the day in this well-know haunted place in Oak View, California. I knew why we were gathered on this bridge on Creek Road in the middle of the night, we were here to see a ghost and we wouldnt be disappointed. 

The locals all call this span over the San Antonio Creek Char-Man Bridge even through the persistent specter hasnt ever been seen here. He has made his frightening presence known in the trees nearby and along the roadway late at night. My files are bulging with accounts of the mysterious Char-Man but he has yet to be encountered on the bridge that bears his name. If he avoids the place, other ghosts do not. Over the last three decades numerous sightings have taken place here from a woman on horseback to a phantom bus and a number of ghostly children. The sightings take place more in summer than around Halloween when all decent ghosts are said to wander. 

My team that night was a simple one. A trusted few I knew well enough to know they wouldnt pull a prank or run screaming into the night at the first flicker of supernatural activity. We had our tools with us and we were ready for anything. Most think of ghost hunting as a romantic, exciting, and fast paced thing. In truth it's rather slow -- until something happens and, then things happen at heart-pounding speed. 

I recall that it got very cold. Fog seemed to drift in sending a chill down my spine. Our tools began to beep and the meters confirmed a high Electro-Magnetic field present where none had been before. 

Two of the most interesting phantoms are a pair of young children. They are dressed in the styles of the 19th Century -- like characters out of Mark Twains Tom Sawyer. People have seen them walking dangerously on the railings of the bridge. Their antics were so alarming that witnesses call the local police. When they checked the bridge they saw nothing, but when they checked a while later, they saw the two kids. As the patrol car drew near, the kids jumped off the rail into the darkness below. The Creek runs shallow most of the year. This time wasnt any exception. A fall of that type into the rocks and few inches of water would be fatal or at least enough to cause massive injuries. When the horrified policeman checked there were no children or bodies. He is sure they vanished away into nothingness. The officer told me the story under the strict admonition that I never reveal his name. I dont want to be transferred to the rubber gun squad I recall he said. I had no idea what the rubber gun squad is but it seemed like a serious demotion for him. He seemed sure about what he had seen that night years ago and I trusted his account .

I waked back a few feet, towards Camp Comfort, and felt a distinct cold spot. I had felt for it when we first came to the bridge, but it wasnt there. It was back now and colder than I imagined. Some say the cold spot is the very spot where a woman took her own life. Others say the cold spot is a manifestation of another haunting ghost. The hair began to raise on the back of my neck as I slowly passed my hand through the zone of cold. There was something here. The digital thermometer dropped as we scanned the thing. There was a difference of nine degrees measurable and it felt much colder. 

I have heard from reliable witnesses that dogs and horses act strangely on this bridge. One horse woman confided in me that her horse would shy and become agitated when she tried to cross this bridge. Even in daylight the horse would act odd at this place. I wished now I had brought my dog, Pepper along to catch her reactions to the strange turn of event on the bridge. Everyone was talking in hushed whispers as if our voices might bring danger upon us. 

One ghost story linked to the bridge I spent a year tracing without success. It was said that long ago, some time in the 1930s or 1940s, a school bus was carried off the bridge when the span failed in a terrible storm. The bus was sent into the swirling waters and 12 children and the driver lost their lives. Such a terrible event would certainly be carried in the local newspapers so I went through paper after paper (they are not indexed, sadly enough) trying to find the story. The legend is that if you visit the bridge on a storm-filled night you can still hear the pitiful cries of the children re-enacting that horrible accident. I did visit the bridge in a storm twice, and never heard a thing out of the ordinary. Myth? Folklore? Who knows for sure. 

One of the team brought out a Ouija Board. These tools (or toys) are controversial in psychic research. Some believe they have a place in honest research, others say they can attract negative or Low Spirits and should be avoided. I am neutral on the subject of talking boards. They placed the thing on the rail, putting their finger tips on the pointer. They asked, Is anything here? I recalled they used a very serious tone almost as if they were chanting a prayer. The pointer did nothing. They asked the spirit of the bridge to manifest itself now. Once again, nothing happened. They asked if they could talk to what ever was here. There was a second wave of cold air and the pointer began to slowly move across the board, to the symbol Yes. As it did, a bluish hand manifest itself on the other side of the railing. It was the hand of a child and it moved as if it too wanted to place its finger tips on the pointer. I heard the gasp from the group and followed there eye to the floating hand. 

"Do you see it?" one member whispered one.

Dont move towards it -- keep your hand on the board. I advised them. The hand moved away and vanished. Was this the hand of one of the ghost children? Were they the victims of some half-forgotten tragedy? Or was it just our imaginations? We had all seen the same thing. Some were so shaken up they left the bridge. One woman said she felt it was evil and nothing good could come of our investigations. 

Lets get the hell out of here, one woman said, pulling her husband away to where they parked their car. The cold seemed to intensify and my heart was racing. I just knew if we stayed longer, something more would manifest itself on the bridge. But, with my team evaporating I was left with the awful choice, did I want to spend the night alone on Char-Man Bridge? I packed up my tools and joined the retreat, leaving the bridge to her ghosts. Since then, a group of students from Brooks Institute used the bridge for a short documentary and while there, they picked up strange sounds, almost animal sounds, near the bridge. Was it Char-Man or one of the other ghosts said to haunt the span, who can say? I just know it would take a lot to get me to go back to that place late at night! 

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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