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2009 Archive:
Haunted Cape Encounters - Ghost Chronicles
December 30, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Ouija/Talking Boards with Robert Murch By 30 Odd Minutes
December 17, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Psychic Vampires with Michelle Belanger By 30 Odd Minutes
December 10, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Rosemary Ellen Guiley - Ghost Chronicles
December 9, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Astral Projection with Robert Bruce By 30 Odd Minutes
December 4, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Four Predictions for the USA in 2010 by Lee Prosser
December 3, 2009

Column - regular feature

Secrets of the Holy Lance - Ghost Chronicles
December 2, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Investigating the Gettysburg Engine House - Ghost Chronicles
November 18, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

The Hindu Perspective on the Paranormal by Deonna Kelli Sayed
November 17, 2009


Animal Spirits with Melissa Sehgal By 30 Odd Minutes
November 12, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

There's Something About Resurrection Mary by Ray Johnson
November 12, 2009


Psychic Recommendations By Tiffany Johnson
November 2, 2009

Column - regular feature

Best of Paranormal Journeys By 30 Odd Minutes
October 27, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Anniversary Show - Ghost Chronicles
October 27, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

What are Ghosts? by Rob Conover and Brad Conover
October 26, 2009


Ghostvillage.com - 10 Year Anniversary By Lee Prosser
October 23, 2009

Column - regular feature

Investigating Alcatraz By Mike Brody
October 14, 2009

Column - regular feature

Life, Death, and the Magicians - Ghost Chronicles
October 14, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Conspiracies with Dean Haglund By 30 Odd Minutes
October 8, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Investigating Anawan Rock - Ghost Chronicles
October 7, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Reincarnation By Tiffany Johnson
October 6, 2009

Column - regular feature

Tarot with Scotty Roberts By 30 Odd Minutes
October 1, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Faeries with Rosemary Ellen Guiley By 30 Odd Minutes
September 24, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Crop Circles with Freddy Silva By 30 Odd Minutes
September 17, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Myrna the Death Doll - Ghost Chronicles
September 16, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

The Skinwalker Ranch and April Slaughter By Mike Brody
September 15, 2009

Column - regular feature

A Psychic Rant By Tiffany Johnson
September 8, 2009

Column - regular feature

Parapsychology with Loyd Auerbach By 30 Odd Minutes
September 3, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Doppelgnger By Lee Prosser
September 3, 2009

Column - regular feature

Fort Delaware - Ghost Chronicles
September 2, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Derby Gaol with Richard Felix By 30 Odd Minutes
August 27, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

When Live TV Goes Wrong By 30 Odd Minutes
August 20, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Demons and Exorcism By 30 Odd Minutes
August 13, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

The Pet Whisperer - Ghost Chronicles
August 12, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Interdimensional Beings By Lee Prosser
August 12, 2009

Column - regular feature

UFOs and National Security By 30 Odd Minutes
August 6, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Ghosts, War, and the Paranormal - Ghost Chronicles
August 5, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Eveleth's Haunted Recreation Building By Mike Brody
August 4, 2009

Column - regular feature

2012 By Tiffany Johnson
August 3, 2009

Column - regular feature

Childhood Nightmare or Past Life Memory? By Andrea Leininger
July 30, 2009


Paranormal Comedy By 30 Odd Minutes
July 23, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery - Ghost Chronicles
July 22, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Developing Your Psychic Ability By 30 Odd Minutes
July 9, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Accuracy in Psychic Readings By Tiffany Johnson
July 9, 2009

Column - regular feature

Ghosts and Hauntings - Ghost Chronicles
July 8, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

10 Things Guaranteed to Ruin Your Paranormal Investigation By Beth Brown
July 7, 2009


The Ghost of Tim Hardin By Lee Prosser
July 3, 2009

Column - regular feature

Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) By 30 Odd Minutes
June 25, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Investigating the Legend of Dudley Road - Ghost Chronicles
June 24, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

The Fearing Tavern By Mike Brody
June 22, 2009

Column - regular feature

Ohio Grassman By 30 Odd Minutes
June 18, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Night Terrors By Lee Prosser
June 8, 2009

Column - regular feature

Vampires By 30 Odd Minutes
June 5, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Those Who Have Crossed Over By Tiffany Johnson
June 1, 2009

Column - regular feature

Thayer's Historic Bed & Breakfast By Mike Brody
May 21, 2009

Column - regular feature

Your Worst Nightmare By 30 Odd Minutes
May 14, 2009

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

A Demonologist the Title Doesn't Make by Adam Christian Blai
May 8, 2009


My Clientele By Tiffany Johnson
May 4, 2009

Column - regular feature

The Ghost Huntress, Marley Gibson - Ghost Chronicles
April 29, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

The Ghosts of Atlantis - Ghost Chronicles
April 22, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Ghosts and Talking Rocks - Ghost Chronicles
April 15, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

A Journey Into the Future? by Richard Senate By Richard Senate
April 9, 2009


Investigating Turtle Mound - Ghost Chronicles
April 8, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Spring Evolution By Tiffany Johnson
April 3, 2009

Column - regular feature

Spiritual Healer, Kelle Eli - Ghost Chronicles
March 25, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Most Haunted's Richard Felix - Ghost Chronicles
March 18, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Return of the Haunted Dibbuk Box - Ghost Chronicles
March 11, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Talismans By Lee Prosser
March 6, 2009

Column - regular feature

A Haunting at the Inn on Washington Square - Ghost Chronicles
March 4, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Manifestation By Tiffany Johnson
March 2, 2009

Column - regular feature

Jane Doherty Investigates - Ghost Chronicles
February 25, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Retrocognition at Mission La Purisima Concepcion By Richard Senate
February 18, 2009


Interview with Brian "The Monk" - Ghost Chronicles
February 18, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

In Search of Edgar Allan Poe Part 2 - Ghost Chronicles
February 11, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Pacific Northwest Ghosts By Lee Prosser
February 9, 2009

Column - regular feature

In Search of Edgar Allan Poe Part 1 - Ghost Chronicles
February 4, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Decompression By Tiffany Johnson
February 1, 2009

Column - regular feature

David Wells - Ghost Chronicles
January 28, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Live at the Circles of Wisdom - Ghost Chronicles
January 21, 2009

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

The Painting By Maurice DesJardins
January 19, 2009


Missouri Hauntings By Lee Prosser
January 12, 2009

Column - regular feature

A Night on the
Queen Mary By Richard Senate
January 6, 2009


How Do You Know You're Psychic? By Tiffany Johnson
January 1, 2009

Column - regular feature



June 22, 2009 Confessions of a Novice Ghost Investigator is Mike Brody's monthly humor column on the paranormal.

The Fearing Tavern
By Mike Brody

The Fearing Tavern

I have to give credit where credit is due. The "Fearing Tavern" is a pretty damn good name for a haunted house. Strangely enough, it's not even this building's first chance to have a creepy name. Located in Wareham, Massachusetts, it was built in 1690 by Isaac Bump, before it was purchased and expanded in 1765 by Israel Fearing. That's right: It was built by the BUMPS before the family of FEARING found it. Can you hear the chains rattling? If only I could have been there in 1765 for Mr. Fearing's bidding war against Hezekiah Shivers, Shotgun Scarepants, and Ghosty McFrightful III.

But nonetheless, the centuries-long history and names are real (at least the first two) as well as the Fearing's reputation for paranormal activity. Today the tavern sits uninhabited except it's a museum during the summer weekends for three hours a day. But during the American Revolutionary War, it was used to house and hide British soldiers. Over the years people claim to have witnessed the ghosts of British soldiers sauntering to and fro (They're British, I imagine that they saunter a bit), as well as women in period dress, and the sounds of horses and wagons approaching. Rumor has it that it was also a part of the Underground Railroad that helped slaves escape into Canada, which doesn't necessarily account for any paranormal activity, but certainly makes up for that whole "hiding the British" thing.

Recently I was invited to come out to the Fearing Tavern and investigate with some friends that included Matt Moniz and Tim Weisberg of Spooky Southcoast Radio, Andy Lake from Greenville Paranormal Research, and Jeff Belanger from some Web site called Ghostvillage or something. Even though I live close to 1,500 miles away in Minnesota, an opportunity doesn't come along like this everyday. Throw in the fact that the Fearing has only been investigated on a handful of occasions by the above mentioned groups, and only with the official consent and sanctioning of the Wareham Historical Society, and I was sold. And they had gotten activity! On previous investigations, several people heard voices where none should be coming from, dozens of EVPs were recorded (with three or four that Matt Moniz describes as "Grade A") and a strange light was captured on film in the doll room. (Click here to see footage of said light.) I wouldn't miss this for anything!

I flew in from Minneapolis to Portland, Maine, and decided that I had time for a couple quick tours on the way down to Wareham. My first quickie was Salem, Massachusetts, the site of the Salem Witch Trials. Salem went from a place that hated witches so much that they hung and pressed them, to being a town absolutely swarming with witches. I believe that's called karma? If Salem isn't the flag-waver for the "If-you-can't-beat-'em-join-'em" creed then I don't know who is.

Salem, MA

The next stop was the Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Massachusetts, where someone (probably Lizzie Borden) savagely and famously murdered two people with an axe. The original plan was to fully investigate here, but unfortunately it didn't work out that way. But I got some really cool pictures like this soap container, which proves that ax murders can become kitschy if enough time has expired. NOTE: Not authentic 1890s soap.

Lizzie Borden soap

I met up with everybody else at Matt Moniz's house about five miles down the road from the Fearing Tavern. In Matt's driveway, I was greeted by a pink tassled children's bicycle next to a pile of wood with a machete wedged into it and no kids to be found. I'm not suggesting Matt is guilty of some kind of crime, but I'm not NOT suggesting it. Needless to say, the mood had been set.

Matt's House

Our group arrived at the fantastically beautiful tavern just as the sun was going down. Let me tell you something: There's old and then there's old. In Minnesota when you say a building is old, that means Cheap Trick played there. But this place was built in the 1690s in New England. That just boggles my mind. I don't even know what humans looked like back then. I imagine a bunch of Boston-accented cavemen with clubs complaining and asking, "Who pawked the dinosaw in the yawd?!" (Incidentally, I should never, ever become a history teacher.)

Fearing TavernFearing TavernFearing Tavern
Our guides from the Historical Society were nice enough to allow us three hours time, so we all quickly gathered our flashlights, digital audio recorders, "Shack Hacks" and Oviluses (what is the plural of that? Ovili?) while Andy Lake set up his camera to try and record the ball of light in the doll room once again.

Andrew Lake

Perhaps I should explain what those last two devices are to those who don't know. In layman's terms, a "Shack Hack" box (pictured below) is a radio-device (possibly purchased from Radio Shack) that is altered or "hacked" so that it scans through each radio station second-by second. Its preferred use is with the AM frequency. It is believed by some, and disputed by just as many, that ghosts can manipulate these devices to make certain words pop up, thus answering the questions that you ask.

Shack Hack

We began using this machine and started getting words repeated quite frequently. Names that came up several times were "Murph" and "Tom." It answered "yes" and "no" to multiple questions. Also, the box repeatedly said "Jeff" and on more than one occasion it even seemed to say "Belanger." Here's the problem: It also said "Kobe Bryant," and "We want the funk." I have a hard time believing that the ghost of funk legend Bootsy Collins was with us at the Fearing Tavern. Especially since he's still alive. (Perhaps you are wondering why I mentioned Parliament Funkadelic's bass player Bootsy Collins instead of front man George Clinton? The answer is because I never shy away from an opportunity to use the word "Bootsy." It's a great word. Try it sometime when you're having a bad day. Just say "Bootsy" out loud in public. Yes, people will think you're nuts. But let's face it, ghost hunters, people already do.) I know that there are some people who will argue with me on the validity of the Shack Hack, but until I see something amazing come from it, I just won't be convinced. In the meantime, it will just be something that is interesting to me. Some people have told me that they've had a voice come through over the radio frequencies, however, I have never experienced that so I can't say for sure. BOOTSY!

SHack Hack Session

Which brings us to the Ovilus. This also requires some laymen terminology. The Ovilus is a small, usually hand-held machine that responds to electro-magnetic fields. It has a 512 word electronic dictionary in it, with each word corresponding to a certain magnetic field. The theory is that ghosts are made up of energy, or effect the energy that is around them and can therefore manipulate this machine into "talking" with a robotic voice. Oh, and it sounds like just Steven Hawking. Like a jerk Steven Hawking that either ignores you or says a bunch of stuff that has nothing to do with what you were talking about. If the Ovilus went to high school it wouldn't have a chance of getting on the homecoming court.

I decided to take the Ovilus into a quiet room with my friends Liz and Sarah. Here's an example of a bit of our "conversation" with the Ovilus at the Fearing Tavern:

"Is there anybody here who would like to talk with us?"

"Apple. Car. Doctor. Zander. Fall. Chicken. Laugh. Murdery."

So then of course somebody automatically says, "Oh, he's a DOCTOR!" Well, maybe he's a chicken too? Maybe Zander the chicken doctor had too many apples, fell off his car, everybody laughed, and now he's out for murdery revenge. How can we know? And what the hell is "murdery?!" I've heard it say this word about 20 times and I'm pretty sure that's not in the dictionary. It makes it sound innocent almost.

"How ya feeling, Joe?"

"Gotta be honest, I'm a little murdery today. I should have some coffee."

The really maddening thing about the Ovilus is that sometimes it seems like it's saying something authentic. For instance, every once in a while it'll go on a tangent where words seem to really fit together. This happened to me at the Spalding Inn in New Hampshire. I heard it say (within a span of 30 seconds) "sister - brother - uncle - mother - hurt - sorry - demon - demon." Another time, one had been laying dormant on the couch for ten minutes without saying a word. I asked its owner if I could take it for a walk down to the end of the hall to see what happened. I hadn't even taken two steps with it when it said, "Walk - Mike." To which I replied, "Did that just &%#ing say 'Mike'?" Then it immediately said "Mike" again.

But that didn't happen this night. Mostly it just spit out random words that we tried desperately to attach meaning to. And then I experienced an obstacle that I wasn't sure how to deal with as a newcomer to ghost investigating: Background chatter. While we were using the Ovilus about four people came into the room and started talking away quite loudly. Let's see if you can guess what I did next:

A) Asked politely if the others could be quiet so we could further investigate in peace.

B) In true Bostonian fashion, smashed a chair against the wall and yelled out something unprintable about their mothers.

C) Acted like a typical passive-aggressive Midwesterner and mumbled softly to myself about how rude it was while I dejectedly stared at my shoes and felt murdery.

D) BOOTSY!

Unfortunately, I hadn't discovered my "Bootsy" theory yet, so the answer is C. I didn't do anything. But every time I go investigating I learn something new. And this time I learned that when you're sitting in the corner of a dark room, people don't always know you're there. So speak up, because they might say something bad about you or two unattractive people might try and get busy in front of you. I've heard stories!

The other thing I learned on this trip (double bonus!) is that sometimes you fly 1,500 miles to a supposedly active location and nothing happens. Nobody heard any voices, or captured anything on video, or had any experiences other than a few odd radio voices in spite of all the evidence from previous investigations. And honestly, getting nothing is the norm. Ghost investigating is a lot like my experiences with girls. I've seen some before. One talked to me once. It doesn't happen often. But I know if I keep on trying, eventually I'll meet a ghost with low enough standards to allow me to tape them.


Mike Brody is a comedian based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. He's been interested in the paranormal his entire life. He's only found it funny since 2005. You can visit Brody's Web site at: www.mikebrody.com.




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