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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

March 2, 2008

Women in the Paranormal: Amy Bruni

Amy Bruni - Women in the Paranormal.Amy Bruni is the Producer of Beyond Reality Radio with Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. She is also a Senior Investigator with American Paranormal Investigations based in Sacramento, California, a TAPS Family Liaison, and she's the organizer of Northern California's "Ghost Rush" conference.

Amy has been interested in the paranormal her whole life, but a few years ago she decided to roll up her sleeves and get more involved. Producing a popular paranormal talk show means she keeps her finger on the pulse of what's happening in the field of paranormal research through the many show guests she interacts with. had the opportunity to ask Amy about the role of women in the paranormal.

How did you first get interested in the paranormal?

Like many in this field, I grew up in a "haunted" house and experienced some pretty strange things at a young age. My family was always very interested in the Paranormal, and very open about it, so we talked through our experiences. That support system taught me that what we were experiencing was nothing to fear. After that, I was just intensely curious -- which led to me making regular trips to the library to check out books on ghosts, hauntings, UFOs, bigfoot -- you name it. I'll never forget pouring through books on Spiritualism and ghosts, and marveling over grainy ectoplasm pictures from the 1800s or famous shots like "The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall." That was all it took.

Do you feel that because you're a woman you have had to overcome some hurdles in your pursuit of the paranormal? If so, what were they?

I don't feel this field is less accepting of women than any other. I definitely don't feel like being a woman has hindered me in any way -- if anything it has helped. Paranormal Investigating requires nurturing and understanding, especially when you're dealing with families who are scared. Not to be stereotypical, but I believe women are more apt to be maternal and easy to talk to in those sorts of situations.

What unique challenges do women face in the field of paranormal research today?

There is one trend I have noticed which I'm not particularly fond of the lack of female-led paranormal groups.

Don't get me wrong, there are some, but I would say the majority of groups out there are started by and managed by men. I don't know why this is the tendency, but I think there are plenty of amazing and knowledgeable women out there who are more than capable of taking on their own team.

Have you encountered certain instances during your work where you feel that being a woman has helped you in your research?

As I said before, women are better at being maternal in the face of something that can be quite confusing to some people. Many families, and children in particular, feel more comfortable approaching a woman when it comes to confiding their experiences. This also may explain why the majority of case manager positions within teams seem to be held by women.

On another note, when gathering EVP (and this is based purely on experience -- I have not done any official research on this), it seems women are able to elicit more of a response. It especially seems to be that way when dealing with the ghost of a child or another woman.

What is the biggest misconception about women who are interested in paranormal research?

I think people assume we're all women in flowing outfits, wearing crystals, burning incense, and making daily stops to the metaphysical store. While I think we do have our share of wonderful New Age-types in the field, the majority of us are not like that. I can't count how many times people are shocked when I tell them what I do. Their response is typically, "but you look so normal." People are getting it, but it's taking some time, that's for sure! The paranormal is sort of mainstream right now with the influx of ghost-related television, so in that regard, I'm sure it's helping to lift the stereotype a bit.

As the producer of Beyond Reality Radio with Jason and Grant from Ghost Hunters, you have the opportunity to book a lot of guests on various paranormal subjects. Are you seeing an increase in women who are producing books, articles, and other content for the paranormal field?

Yes, somewhat, but it still seems to be very male dominated. I find I book more women when it comes to New Age topics (not doing much for that stereotype I mentioned in the last question, right?) Of the last 35 guests I booked for the show, nine were women. Of those nine, five were related to psychic phenomena. I don't know about you, but I'd like to see those numbers change.

Do you think women are becoming more prominent in the paranormal compared to five years ago? How much is still left to be done until you think there's truly an equal footing?

I definitely think women are coming to the forefront of the paranormal pursuit and that's very exciting to me. Once more women in the field become comfortable branching out of the Investigator or psychic role and into leadership roles, we'll start making even more headway. The scientific community, the media, and even skeptics are really taking notice of us now, and it's the perfect time for women to step up and take the initiative. The paranormal community is already very progressive in its thinking and research, so getting women on equal ground shouldn't be much of a challenge at all.

Beyond Reality Radio airs from 7-10 pm EST on Saturday nights and can be streamed live at

For information on the Ghost Rush conference, see

Visit Amy's myspace 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