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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

September 1, 2011

TAPS Academy Comes to Town

By Deonna Kelli Sayed

The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) has officially launched TAPS Academy, a new educational outreach event for investigators, by investigators. TAPS Academy debuts November 12 in Radford, Virginia with an intensive lecture portion at the downtown Norwood Room. In the evening, participants will break into groups to explore the St. Albans Sanatorium.

TAPS Academy is a unique educational series dedicated to a comprehensive approach to paranormal investigation and research. This is not to be confused with Ghost Hunters Academy, the SyFy show where Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango mentored investigators as they competed against one another. TAPS Academy, facilitated by TAPS family member investigators, promotes community building as well as the nitty-gritty off-camera world of investigation and research.

TAPS Academy The concept consists of a daylong intensive lecture portion followed by a hands-on investigation at local historic site. The series highlights education while supporting historic preservation by donating a significant portion of the proceeds back to the locations. Kristen Perkins, the TAPS Family manager, and Chris Schlosser, a member of the Virginia Paranormal Society (VPS), are teaching the Academy. Local TAPS family groups will assist with the investigations. Schlosser is a Washington, DC based forensic biologist who appreciates the scientific approach to investigation. Perkins is an Oklahoma City educator by day and INsight Paranormal investigator by night.

Perkins and Scholsser informally exchanged ideas about a potential lecture series. They approached Jason Hawes during the TAPS Family Reunion in June 2011. He liked the concept and the Academy immediately came into fruition. The approach presented by Schlosser and Perkins fills a needed gap in TAPS's public outreach and education.

"We Are Not Trying To Be Experts."

Schlosser explains how this event is different from previous boot camps and other similar endeavors. "We are not just focusing on the practical investigation aspects of training. While we are covering proper equipment use, client interaction, and trying to dispel some of the popular misconceptions portrayed by TV and Hollywood, a major portion of this lecture is going to deal with the theoretical aspects of the field from multiple approaches and viewpoints. We will present real academic research in related fields such as quantum physics, parapsychology, and consciousness studies that have implications in the paranormal," he says.

TAPS Academy hopes to present paranormal investigators with a wide array of approaches while providing additional educational resources. "We are not trying to be experts here," stresses Schlosser. "We are just trying to be guides that can point people where to go to look further into what interests them. In addition, we also hope they gain some understanding of what goes on in a real investigation - not just what you see on TV."

The paranormal field is currently defined by controversy between divergent approaches and misconceptions about the role of scientific research. "Our goal is to try and bring it all back together with one focus and direct that focus to promote real advancement in the field," Schlosser points out.

St. Albans Sanatorium Investigation

Participants can opt to partake of the evening's investigation (however, the investigation is open to only those who have also purchased lecture tickets).

For this event, participants can purchase one four-hour time segment to experience the site under real investigative conditions rather than an "event" like atmosphere. TAPS Academy attendees can apply what they have learned during the lecture while on site. St. Albans, the first TAPS Academy investigation, is the perfect venue.

St.Albans by VPS St. Albans was built as an elite boys school in 1892 and later became a psychiatric care facility. The site's future is undetermined. The urgency of the situation is one reason TAPS Academy selected it as their first stop. "We want to call attention to this unique property," explains Schlosser.

The location is rich in history, haunted lore and paranormal activity. VPS Founder Nick Ferra and his group were the first to investigate the site and will be on hand to assist during the TAPS Academy investigation. Ferra shares that "VPS is always excited to investigate St. Albans. The feeling you get within the walls of this historical location will make the hair on your arms stand up. We have had many unexplained experiences here and always look forward to conducting more experiments and investigating the location."

What Participants Will Learn

Jason Hawes, TAPS founder, is proud that the organization is moving in the direction of education and community outreach. Many viewers think Ghost Hunters represents the sum of TAPS's culture without realizing the diversity among TAPS and family teams. He has endorsed the TAPS Academy and it is promoted on the TAPS homepage.

The curriculum covers the historical legacy of parapsychology to consciousness studies and quantum physics. Likewise, the lecture gets into the basics, but also goes far beyond to be as inclusive as possible. TAPS Academy aims to provide an overview of the larger research field rather than a platform for one perspective.

TAPS Academy is for beginners and experienced investigators and will offer a useful way for regional researchers to network with one another.

Tickets must be purchased in advance through the TAPS Academy website . The November 12 lecture is limited to 200 people. Future classes are planned for Rhode Island and North Carolina. Chris Schlosser will also speak about TAPS Academy at the upcoming Scarefest in Lexington, Kentucky, September 23-25. Contact Chris through the TAPS Academy webiste if you want to see this series come to your neighborhood.

Deonna Kelli Sayed is editor and author the the book, Paranormal Obsession: America's Fascination with Ghosts & Hauntings, Spooks & Spirits. To learn more about Deonna, visit her website and join her official 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