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2008 Archive:
Spirits of Christmas and Holidays Past By Edward Shanahan
December 19, 2008

Don't Bark At Me, I'm Not The Dog In The Mirror - by Lee Prosser
December 14, 2008

Column - regular feature

Welcome to Your Psychic Life By Tiffany Johnson
December 1, 2008

Fresh Paths to the Paranormal By Beth Brown
November 26, 2008

The Journals of Willard David Firestone: American Indians - by Lee Prosser
November 21, 2008

Column - regular feature

The Haunted Cemetery - Ghost Chronicles
November 12, 2008

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Jeff Belanger and Who's Haunting the White House? - Ghost Chronicles
October 24, 2008

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Ectoplasm - by Lee Prosser
October 20, 2008

Column - regular feature

Salem Witch Shawn Poirier - Ghost Chronicles
October 15, 2008

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Most Famous Phenomenon by Jeff Belanger
October 8, 2008

Haunted House Diary - Ghost Chronicles
October 1, 2008

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Paranormal Journaling: A First Step by Jeff Belanger
September 30, 2008

More Horrific Predictions - by Lee Prosser
September 26, 2008

Column - regular feature

Francis Thompson (1859 - 1907) - by Lee Prosser
September 18, 2008

Column - regular feature

Evolution of an Entity by Danielle Lee
September 12, 2008

Into the Abyss: Ancient Rites of Exorcism by Bishop Daniel Garguillio
September 2, 2008

Lee Prosser and Jill Peacha - by Lee Prosser
September 1, 2008

Column - regular feature

An Open Letter to the Paranormal Community by Peter James Haviland
August 28, 2008

Return to Mystery Hill - Ghost Chronicles
August 20, 2008

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

The Ghost of Cameron Mitchell at Branson, Missouri - by Lee Prosser
August 8, 2008

Column - regular feature

Confessions of a Grief Councilor - Ghost Chronicles
August 6, 2008

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

The Residual "Jiggle" by Jack Roth
July 31, 2008

Farwell to Chris Balzano - Ghost Chronicles
July 23, 2008

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

A Matter of Respect by Patrick Burke
July 21, 2008

Economic Collapse and Depression in the United States - by Lee Prosser
July 14, 2008

Column - regular feature

The Portsmouth Lighthouse - Ghost Chronicles
July 9, 2008

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Legends Set in Stone by Beth Brown
July 3, 2008

Investigating the Pukwudgies - Ghost Chronicles
June 25, 2008

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Sensitive - by Lee Prosser
June 20, 2008

Column - regular feature

Ghost Hunting Etiquette 102 by Danielle Quinlan Lee
June 13, 2008

Allup, Leiru, Ligil, Uriel, Pulla - by Lee Prosser
May 23, 2008

Column - regular feature

Ohio's Haunted History by Sherri Brake-Recco
May 19, 2008

Weird Massachusetts - Paranormal Journeys
May 9, 2008

Paranormal Journeys - webcast

Water Ghosts: Theory of the Bobbing Heads and Floating Bodies - by Lee Prosser
May 9, 2008

Column - regular feature

The Shadows Know by Edward Shanahan
May 2, 2008

Weird Massachusetts with Jeff Belanger - Ghost Chronicles
April 23, 2008

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

American Negro Civil War Ghosts - by Lee Prosser
April 14, 2008

Column - regular feature

Landmark Ghosts By Beth Brown
April 3, 2008

The Lizzy Borden House - Ghost Chronicles
April 2, 2008

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Ghosts of Hollywood - Ghost Chronicles
March 19, 2008

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

On the Nature of Group Dynamics By Rick Moran
March 19, 2008

Billy The Kid - by Lee Prosser
March 12, 2008

Column - regular feature

Women in the Paranormal: Donna LaCroix
March 5, 2008

Women in the Paranormal: Amy Bruni
March 2, 2008

Women in the Paranormal: Ursula Bielski
February 28, 2008

Women in the Paranormal: L'Aura Hladik
February 25, 2008

Women in the Paranormal: Allison Andrews
February 22, 2008

Haunted Cape Cod and the Islands - Ghost Chronicles
February 20, 2008

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Women in the Paranormal: Rosemary Ellen Guiley
February 19, 2008

Women in the Paranormal: Lorraine Warren
February 16, 2008

The Ghosts of Tombstone - Paranormal Journeys
February 14, 2008

Paranormal Journeys - webcast

Valentine's Day Special - Ghost Chronicles
February 13, 2008

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Magick and Magic, What is the Difference? - by Lee Prosser
February 13, 2008

Column - regular feature

My Theory on Spirits of the Paranormal by Edward Shanahan
February 1, 2008

Investigating the Sance with U.K. psychic Gavin Cromwell - Ghost Chronicles
January 30, 2008

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Electronic Voice Phenomena is affected by Solar Weather by Tom Ginther
January 21, 2008

The Concord Colonial Inn - Ghost Chronicles
January 16, 2008

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Ghost Cat - by Lee Prosser
January 15, 2008

Column - regular feature

The Lizzie Borden House - Paranormal Journeys
January 11, 2008

Paranormal Journeys - webcast

Russian Ghosts - Ghost Chronicles
January 9, 2008

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Shadows Of Evil by Rick Hayes
January 4, 2008

Haunted Devon, UK - Ghost Chronicles
January 2, 2008

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Magickal Rings - by Lee Prosser
January 2, 2008

Column - regular feature

February 16, 2008

Women in the Paranormal: Lorraine Warren

By Jeff Belanger

Over the last ten years, I've had the opportunity to meet with many paranormal research groups, to attend quite a few conferences, and to exchange emails and phone calls with hundreds of people regarding paranormal research. One fact has become abundantly clear -- though there seem to be more women than men interested in the topic (our own membership list can attest to this), there are very few women in leadership roles within the paranormal community. Only a handful of groups are run by women, and for the most part, the glass ceiling has been firmly in place in ghost research from the beginning. That's not to say there aren't exceptions, and considering the women I've been corresponding with over the last month, there are certainly some long-overdue cracks showing in that glass ceiling.

In the coming month, is going to do its part to put some more cracks in that glass ceiling. Through a series of articles and interviews, we're going to meet some of the women who are in the field of paranormal research. To get things started, I wanted to speak with a woman I've known since I was 12 years old; a woman who played a role in inspiring me to pursue the paranormal for myself. Considering this woman has been in the field longer than any other out there right now, it's fitting that we start with Lorraine Warren.

Lorraine Warren - Women in the Paranormal.Lorraine Rita Moran was born on January 31, 1927 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to parents James and Georgiana Moran. From a young age, Lorraine recalls being different than other kids. By age 9, she was seeing "lights" around people. She would later learn that these were auras. At age 16, at a movie theater in Bridgeport, she met a slender young man named Ed Warren. That night she wrote in her diary, "I will spend the rest of my life with him." This may have been the first of many psychic impressions to come for Lorraine.

Ed Warren grew up in a haunted house in Bridgeport. He saw faces in glowing balls of light moving around his bedroom. When Ed and Lorraine met, it was destiny that the two would spend their lives seeking out things that go bump in the night. In 1952, they founded the New England Society for Psychic Research, and have been venturing into the unexplained ever since. Lorraine and Ed have explored many haunting cases over their more than five-decade career, they've authored nine books, and they've lectured around the world on their findings.

In August of 2006, Ed Warren passed away, but Lorraine has continued the work the two started all those years ago. At 81 years old, Lorraine still shows no sign of stopping. Recently, she began appearing on episodes of A&E's Paranormal State television show. She calls everyone "honey." When you speak with her, she instantly transforms into your grandmother your grandmother who has been studying the supernatural for a very long time.

"At 81, do you think you'll ever retire from this work?" I asked.

"Well I certainly am busy, honey," Lorraine said. "There's an awful lot going on. I'm constantly involved with cases, and I'm working with Paranormal State doing filming."

We talked about the role women have played in the field since she and her husband began the New England Society for Psychic Research in 1952. "When I first started to see women in the field, they were usually women who were into just the psychic aspect, not so much the research," Lorraine said. But over time, some of these women made the move from psychic intuitive to paranormal researcher. One can lead to the other, she said.

Lorraine has observed how many women have gotten involved with research groups, but in recent years some have left to form their own. She's even seen some all-female groups form, but fears that may also be missing the point considering both men and women bring different abilities to the research. "People can help on more than one level," she said.

So is there an equal footing for men and women in paranormal research?

"No, oh my God, no, honey," Lorraine said. "There's far from an equal footing. Most of the women groups are sticking with the women. They really are. That's not true of me. All I am doing is continuing work that Ed and I were doing for more than 50 years. I'm going with it."

Lorraine says she's willing to help any group that needs her expertise. "I do find an openness in that area," she said. "Because I have so much experience, but I'm not connected with any one group. The only ones I have connected with is the group at State College. And this was before the A&E program. When I got involved with Ryan Buell and his group, I told him if I was involved he would have to do things the way Ed and I did things, and that's to bring closure to cases. This is what is missing with so many groups is closure.

"That's what takes time, that's what takes effort, that's what takes knowledge."

Closure is a topic that Lorraine focuses on quite a bit. She feels that too many groups today focus on investigations and trying to prove a location is haunted, but that doesn't necessarily help a family in need. The closure aspect of her research is something at which she feels women are naturally more adept.

Women's intuition and closure are one thing, but Lorraine also emphasizes the importance of religious faith in the paranormal research. "It doesn't require strength, only strength of spirit," she said. "I'll tell you one thing, if women think they can go in there with no faith and think that they're into so-called white witchcraft, and think they can do this or do that, they're going to be very short-lived in this work."

After a lifetime of doing this, Lorraine still loves the field she's in. Her perspective is unique, and whether you agree or disagree with her methodology or research, there's no denying her longevity. Just a few decades ago, calling oneself a paranormal researcher was a good way to subject yourself to ridicule at best, and prosecution at the worst. Today, it's almost become en vogue to call yourself a ghost hunter. That's, in part, because of the work Lorraine Warren and other pioneers like her did all those years ago.

You can visit Lorraine Warren's 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