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2011 Archive:
 Paranormal Peeps and Holiday Traditions
December 29, 2011

Littlest Mummy (A Christmas Story) By Richard Senate
December 21, 2011

Wartime UFOs with Mack Maloney
December 20, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) with Mike Markowicz
December 13, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Ghostly Lowdown on American Horror Story By Deonna Kelli Sayed
December 7, 2011

The Curse of H.H. Holmes with Jeff Mudgett
November 29, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Paranormal Roundtable with David Rountree and Paul Browning By Deonna Kelli Sayed
November 17, 2011

Legends Are Born in October By Christopher Balzano
October 17, 2011

Halloween Nation with Lesley Pratt Bannatyne
October 11, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

The Haunting of Major Graham Mansion by Deonna Kelli Sayed
October 5, 2011

The Hunt for Ohio's River Styx Ghost Train by Ken Summers
September 29, 2011

Evidence of Ancient Aliens with Peter Robbins
September 27, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Southern New England Haunts with Andrew Lake
September 20, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Pop Paranormal Culture and Middle Eastern Legends with Deonna Kelli Sayed
September 13, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Legend Tripping with AdventureMyths by Deonna Kelli Sayed
September 12, 2011

Out of Place in Time and Space with Lamont Wood
September 6, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

TAPS Academy Comes to Town by Deonna Kelli Sayed
September 1, 2011

The Amityville House with Christopher Quaratino (Lutz)
August 30, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Springfield, Missouri’s 150th by Debra Prosser
August 26, 2011

Column - regular feature

Paranormal Pastoring by Rev. Sherrie James
August 22, 2011

Live-ish From the Haunted Fearing Tavern
August 16, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

In Defense of Paranormal Reality TV by Deonna Kelli Sayed
August 8, 2011

Gone From Sight by Debra Prosser
August 3, 2011

Column - regular feature

The Psychology of Being Watched By Wayne Harris-Wyrick
August 2, 2011

The Paranormal Pastor Robin Swope
July 26, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Living Voices: Dr. Dave Oester By Deonna Kelli Sayed
July 20, 2011

Living Voices: Richard Senate By Bobby Garcia
July 13, 2011

What's in a Name? Let's Try "Paranormalogy!" By Rev. Sherrie James
July 6, 2011

Caged and Staged by Katie Mullaly
June 23, 2011

The Haunted Dibbuk Box with Jason Haxton
June 14, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Spring of Culture at Ghostvillage - Ghost Hunter's Grant Wilson
June 13, 2011

The Haunted Book by Lee Prosser
June 10, 2011

Column - regular feature

Raymond Cass - EVP Pioneer by Bobby Garcia
June 9, 2011

Illinois Haunts with Michael Kleen
June 7, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Spring of Culture at Ghostvillage - Artist Paulina Cassidy
June 2, 2011

Alien/Human Hybrids with Barbara Lamb
May 31, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Spring of Culture at Ghostvillage - Author Marley Harbuck Gibson
May 26, 2011

Biblical Apocalypse Prophecies with Dr. Robert M. Price
May 24, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

America's Strangest House by Deonna Kelli Sayed
May 23, 2011

Two-Year Anniversary Special
May 17, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Spring of Culture at Ghostvillage - Artist Jackie Williams
May 13, 2011

Wiliford by Lee Prosser
May 12, 2011

Column - regular feature

The Spirit Box with Psychic Chris Fleming
May 10, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Violating the 13th Amendment Paranormal Style by Reverend Sherrie James
May 6, 2011

Inside the Church of Satan with Joshua P. Warren
May 3, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Spring of Culture at Ghostvillage - Terri J. Garofalo, creator of Entities-R-Us
April 28, 2011

Haunted San Francisco with Loyd Auerbach
April 26, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Future Predictions with Dr. Louis Turi
April 12, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Spring of Culture at Ghostvillage - H.C. Noel, Creator of Tara Normal
April 7, 2011

Pennsylvania Bigfoot with Eric Altman
April 5, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Spontaneous Human Combustion with Larry Arnold
March 29, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Japanese Earthquake Ghosts, 2011 by Lee Prosser
March 28, 2011

Column - regular feature

UFOs with Stanton Friedman
February 8, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Ophiuchus with Astrologer Christopher Renstrom
February 1, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Crashing the Ghost Adventures Shoot
January 11, 2011

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Marjorie Myrene Hart by Lee Prosser
January 3, 2011

Column - regular feature

June 9, 2011

Raymond Cass - EVP Pioneer

By Bobby Garcia

Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) has been an essential part of paranormal study for over a half century. Raymond Cass was an influential researcher into this phenomena and few investigators are aware of his seminal contributions.

Raymond Cass

(Photo courtesy of The Raymond Cass Foundation)

Many of us have read about pioneers of EVP study going back to the 1950's featuring researchers such as Konstantin Raudive and Friedrich Jorgensen. Their worked involved studio and outdoor recording sessions. These two men certainly played a major role in developing what paranormal investigators have grown accustomed to today; the capture of unexplained voices on a recording device.

Another member of that very select group was Raymond Cass from the United Kingdom. Although his name may be lesser known than the previous two, he was equally as important with his achievements in EVP research.

Jurgenson and Raudive did not start paranormal research until they were past the age of fifty and their interest was initiated by random events. Both men were accomplished in different ways prior to embarking on their paranormal journey. A young Jurgenson had dreams of being an opera singer. Jurgenson was a filmmaker and flourished as a painting artist throughout his life. His portraits of Pope Paul VI were a highpoint of his career. These achievements occurred before happening upon the voices he heard on his reel-to-reel while recording birds in 1957. Raudive, on the other hand, gained interest in the EVP field during the mid-1960's while assisting Jurgenson with one of his experiments and only then decided to conduct his own variations of Jurgenson's work.

Unlike his Eastern European colleagues, Cass's fascination with the supernatural came at a much younger age. Cass's interest began when he was a small child playing with his grandfather's radio equipment. He encountered random voices coming through as the radio system was shutting down. It wasn't until Cass was at an older age that he began to fulfill his need to search for his own answers. He would later become a member of the Fortean Society (named after Charles Fort), which focused on paranormal and psychic phenomena, and other things like poltergeist activity and supernatural events.

Cass began to study psychic phenomena and joined a group in Hull, England. He would later learn that a distant relative was a prominent medium and founded a psychic society in his hometown several decades before Cass began his own inquiries. In fact, Cass discovered that he came from a long line of psychic mediums, something he did not know before becoming interested in the psychic field.

Technical Considerations

As an avid practitioner in acoustics, he quickly became a prominent figure in EVP research and began working with some of the better known researchers in the United Kingdom.

One aspect of his auditory work stood out from many others at the time: he was not only able to record more efficiently and clearly than others, the voices he heard came in what is called a polyglot form. This means that his recordings were speaking in several different languages all at the same time, or even bouncing from language to language with each word spoken. He came under fire from critics because most of his recordings were at the 127 Mhz frequency and were suspected to have been anything from bleed-through from airplanes to land based sources was such as ham radio operators, radio stations, or other public broadcasts. He also used a radio receiver to record while in his office.

All these reasons could be viable criticisms except for one thing: the voices spoke in foreign languages and mentioned his name. Some of his recordings went from German to French to English and then back to German at any given point. Some even mentioned Raudive after he had passed away as if conveying messages from Raudive himself!

The voices would also answer questions in polyglot form -- questions that Cass had asked beforehand. It was thought that his psychic connection and mediumship abilities were a conduit for the voices coming through. That aspect of his research made him stand apart from Jurgenson and Raudive, who were new to the paranormal field when they made their discoveries.

One popular opinion today is the belief that a good bulk of EVP can be obtained within the infrasound spectrum (19 Hz and lower). This is lower than what the human ear is normally thought to be able to hear audibly. Cass was using the 127 Mhz frequency, which is considerably higher. Jurgenson had set his radio frequency at 1445-1500 KHz, now called the Jurgenson Frequency. With all these varying frequencies within the audio spectrum, it only goes to show that EVP research has advanced as far as one would think considering many in the paranormal field are still researching for a more widely used frequency to emerge as the "door to the other side."

Cass's Contributions

Today, some of his work can be found on different websites including one dedicated to Cass by the Raymond Cass Foundation. The Parapsychic Acoustic Research Cooperative, or PARC, released a compilation of Cass's work called The Ghost Orchid for everyone to analyze and come to his or her own conclusions. It includes his polyglot recordings throughout his career and has some of Raudive's work, as well. Although information about Cass isn't as abundant as Jurgenson and Raudive, his contribution to the early years of EVP research was just as important.

He opened the casual observer's eyes and spent a great deal of his time working to prove the validity of his recordings to his critics. You can take the first step of experiencing his work for yourself by going to the dedicated Cass website with his audio clips, or you can download The Ghost Orchid at the PARC website. Whatever conclusion you come to of his research, you will surely develop an appreciation for the many hours of Cass's dedicated work.

Bobby Garcia is a Member of Ghost Study Los Angeles with several years of experience in paranormal study and research. He is an active researcher of history and locations in the Los Angeles area. Check out his group's Facebook page.

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