GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #108 - September 17, 2010

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Dear Ghostvillagers,

It’s September and that means back to school, kids. What is it about learning institutions that fosters so many tales of the paranormal? Is it because we’re in an environment that is (hopefully) opening our minds to big questions and possibilities? Is it because we’re among large numbers of peers close to the same age as ourselves and we’re sharing stories, gossiping, and connecting with each other in all kinds of verbal ways? Or are we young and reckless, taking chances that may lead to untimely and sometimes gruesome deaths—leaving a permanent impression on the very fabric of space and time? Likely the answer is all of the above. 

I recall my days at Hofstra University in New York. The school has only been around for 75 years (a baby compared with some other institutions), but we still have our stories and legends. There were accidents, suicides, and the students knew where these events occurred. Sometimes we whispered about the kid who fell (or maybe jumped) from the 13th floor back when you could walk out on the terrace there. The fact that the doors were permanently locked now only added to the mystique. Clearly there was a terrace built for people to get fresh air 13 stories up. We know more than one student went over the side, and now we see that the doors can’t be opened anymore. It’s a recipe for a haunting.

This month we’re going to focus on haunted schools, colleges, and universities and the many stories and legends that are born in these locales. Share your own stories, tell us about the events you witnessed, please do get involved. 

This month I also have some sad news to report. On September 8th we lost longtime Ghostvillager, Juliet Keller. As a tribute to her, we’re re-running her Ghostvillager profile from 2005. I can’t begin to imagine how many lives Juliet touched when you consider the people she interacted with in her life and online. We’re not talking about changing the whole world, just the slightest influence can make a difference. How many people read something she posted online and gave it some thought? Thank you, Juliet. You will be missed, friend.

Last week I had the opportunity to visit and investigate Mansfield State Reformatory in Ohio with Darkness Radio and the guys from Ghost Adventures (the new season of shows begins tonight on the Travel Channel!). What a great event! (I'd like to publicly apologize to anyone who had to witness Zak, Nick, and myself sing "Bohemian Rhapsody" at karaoke... and to anyone who sat through the video of the debacle on YouTube.) I saw many old friends, made some new ones, and took a bunch of pictures. You can see the images on my Facebook page here. If there’s one lesson I took away from Mansfield, it’s this: Never drop the soap!

The busy fall season is here, people. We get the spotlight for the next month and a half. Whether you realize it or not, you’re now an ambassador to the paranormal. So be nice when someone new visits our village! I have a ton of lectures and events coming up. I hope you’ll come by and say hello at a few of them! I look forward to hanging out with you folks and swapping stories.

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below!

Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
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Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
This is the place to find out where author and founder Jeff Belanger will be speaking on the subject of the supernatural. If you're interested in booking Jeff for a conference or other event, please email us for more information.

Events Scheduled:

Legend Tripping with Jeff Belanger - Bellingham Library - Bellingham, Massachusetts - September 27, 2010, 7 PM
A Paranormal Retreat: Virginia City - Virginia City, Nevada - October 1-4, 2010
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Memorial Hall Library - Andover, Massachusetts - October 6, 2010, 7 PM
A "Weird" Massachusetts Evening - Bolton Public Library - Bolton, Massachusetts - October 7, 2010, 7 PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Bancroft Memorial Library - Hopedale, Massachusetts - October 13, 2010, 7 PM
A "Weird" Massachusetts Evening - Dighton Public Library - Dighton, Massachusetts - October 14, 2010, 6:30 PM
A "Weird" Massachusetts Evening - Fiske Public Library - Wrentham, Massachusetts - October 19, 2010, 7 PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Beaman Memorial Library - West Boylston, Massachusetts - October 26, 2010, 7 PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Tewksbury Public Library - Tewksbury, Massachusetts - October 27, 2010, 7 PM
Beyond Reality Events - The Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado - November 5-8, 2010
Ghost Adventures Crew and Darkness Events - Waking the Dead - Seattle, Washington - November 11-14, 2010
Ghost Adventures Crew and Darkness Events - The Queen Mary - Long Beach, California - December 2-5, 2010
Phenomenology 103 - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - March 24-27, 2011

Monthly Contest
Congratulations to Jane Byars of Rome, Georgia, who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's book and DVD, Picture Yourself Legend Tripping and a window sticker!

How to win: Entries will be accepted up until 5:00 PM (eastern time) tomorrow (September 18, 2010). At 5:00 PM, we will draw a winner at random from the correct entries that have been received. You no longer have to be the first, but you only have until 5:00 PM to get your answer in. If you click on this link:, you see today's date, and "We have a winner!" that means the contest has ended. Sorry, please try again next month. To submit your entry, simply reply to this email with the correct answer.

On to this month's question: This question can be answered by reading a page on Remember, reply by 5:00 PM tomorrow to be eligible to win.

According to Chip Coffey's "One Question Interview" on the most recent episode of 30 Odd Minutes, what does Chip think of this country's penal system?

At 5:00 PM tomorrow, we will announce the winner on our home page. Good luck! (Only Ghostvillagers who have not won a prize from us in the last year are eligible.)

This month's prize: We're giving away an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's new book and DVD, Picture Yourself Legend Tripping and a window sticker!

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Supernatural Calendar
The Supernatural Calendar is the place where thousands will learn about your events of interest to the supernatural world. The service is only available to registered members of the message boards, and it's free! now syndicates our calendar of events so other Web sites can also display these supernatural happenings at no charge! To learn more about installing our calendar of events RSS feed, please visit our syndication page. Adding your own local events to our calendar is more important than ever!

September 18: Pensacola Paracon 2010
September 25: Jeff Belanger on The Paranormal View
October 1: Virginia City, Nevada Paranormal Retreat
October 4: Meet Lorraine Warren
October 6: Jeff Belanger at the Memorial Library- Andover, MA
October 7: Jeff Belanger - Bolton Public Library - MA
October 13: Jeff Belanger Bancroft Library - Hopedale, MA
October 14: Jeff Belanger at Dighton Public Library - MA
October 15: New Madrid Missouri Ghost Tour
October 16: New Madrid, Missouri Ghost Tour
October 19: Jeff Belanger at Fiske Library - Wrentham, MA
October 22: New Madrid, Missouri Ghost Tour
October 23: New Madrid, Missouri Ghost Tour
October 26: Jeff Belanger at Beaman Library - W. Boylston, MA
November 5: Scarefest Horror & Paranormal Convention, Beyond Reality Events - Stanley Hotel - Colorado
November 12: Waking the Dead - Seattle

Who's Who in the Village?
In the August 2005 Newsletter we profiled Juliet Keller. Sadly, on September 8, 2010, Juliet passed away. She was an active member of our community since 2003. She will be missed. Our deepest condolences go out to her family, her friends, and all of us who have been touched by her in some way. As a tribute, we're running her Ghostvillager profile again. Rest in peace, Juliet. God speed.

Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers.

>>juliet_keller<< - member since January 1, 2003

What is your name?
Juliet Marie Keller

How old are you?
Ugh... 29 + 1

Where do you live?
Wadsworth, Ohio

What do you do for a living?
I'm a State Tested Nursing Assistant, but getting ready for school to be a Licensed Practical Nurse.

How did you get interested in the supernatural?
My aunt was a dream interpreter and got me interested in the paranormal when I was 7 years old. I had been doing investigation on my own for two years until I met Dave and now we have been working as a team called "The Spirit Stalkers" for about a little over two and a half years together doing paranormal investigations. I also still like to delve into Ouija boards and tarot cards as well, from time to time, and I seem to have picked up on my aunt's sense of dream abilities, too.

In your opinion, what is the most critical piece of equipment to bring along in an investigation?
Dave, because he makes me laugh... no, seriously... that's a toughie. Either a 35mm camera with 400 speed film or a regular voice recorder -- either one or the other are just basic pieces of equipment that you can use on any ghost hunts.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Another toughie... I'm not one for ice cream, but if it would have to be anything, it would have to be just a plain chocolate milk shake.

Our "Features" section is a place for editorials, research articles, open letters to our readers, and other content of interest to Ghostvillagers. If you have a topic on your mind, agree or disagree with something you read recently, we want to hear from you! For guidelines, click here.

New features added since our last newsletter:

The New England Ghost Project By 30 Odd Minutes September 14, 2010 [VIDCAST]
A Paranormal Childhood with Ursula Bielski By 30 Odd Minutes September 7, 2010 [VIDCAST]
Parapsychology with Most Haunted's Dr. Ciaran O'Keeffe By 30 Odd Minutes August 31, 2010 [VIDCAST]
Paranormal Pop Culture by Aaron Sagers August 31, 2010
Baseball's Ghosts with Dan Gordon By 30 Odd Minutes August 24, 2010 [VIDCAST]
Tamara Thorne - Ghost Chronicles August 18, 2010 [PODCAST]
Ghosts of Gettysburg with Mark Nesbitt By 30 Odd Minutes August 17, 2010 [VIDCAST]

Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
Our last month's theme was paranormal in pop culture. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:

Features: Paranormal in Pop Culture
Features: Paranormal Pop Culture with Aaron Sagers

Supernatural Library's book reviewer, Lee Prosser and the staff have brought you new book reviews and author interviews since our last newsletter.

This past month's Library additions:

Field of Screams by Mickey Bradley and Dan Gordon [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
Ghost Hunter's Guide to Monterey and California's Central Coast by Jeff Dwyer

Recent Encounters
We receive personal encounters from all over the world. Many are scary, some are touching, but they are always profound. If you would like to share your own experience, please click >>here<<. Since our last newsletter, we added the following new encounters:

The Demon In My Bedroom - Pittsfield, Massachusetts
The Tall Dark Figure - Eagle Pass, Texas
Apparition in Brookdale Lodge - Brookdale, California [PIC]
The Entity in My Living Room - Aasiaat, Greenland
Dragging Sounds in the Hallway - Monticello, Florida
Blue Apparition in a Park - Henderson, Nevada [PIC]

This is the place to find news items on paranormal happenings around the world. If you have a news item you'd like to submit, please see our guidelines.

Strange Paranormal Activity on the Set of The Stone Movie MovieVine Nottinghamshire, England, - August 30, 2010 [External News]
Ghost hunter killed on railroad tracks in North Carolina NECN Iredell County, North Carolina - August 28, 2010 [External News]
Grandfather's ghost story leads to mysterious mass grave CNN Online Malvern, Pennsylvania - August 24, 2010 [External News]
Paranormal convention attracts small crowds Dayton Daily News Dayton, Ohio- August 22, 2010 [External News]
Motorists hit 180km/h near Newcastle to conjure ghost of dead motorcyclist The Herald Sun Newcastle, England- August 18, 2010 [External News]

WANT THESE HEADLINES ON YOUR SITE FOR FREE? Syndicate our news! If you have a Web site or blog, you can syndicate our news feeds to your site for free. Join the growing list of Web sites who carry our news by visiting our syndication page.

Hot Threads and the Community
In the past month, hundreds of new people registered for free to join our supernatural discussion! Have you?

If you have registered for our message boards but haven't validated your account yet, it's simple to do! Look for the email that was automatically sent to you when you registered and click on the account activation link in the email (note: some bulkmail filters may block this email, so you'll need to check your bulkmail folder if the validation email didn't immediately come through). There are always great discussions going on in our huge message board community. We hope you'll get involved. It's free to register if you're not already a member. Here are some of the hot topics this month:

Personal Encounters
My experiances in an unsettling home.

Evidence Alley
Weird energy field.

Haunted Locations
Are there any paranormal hot spots and local legends in San Luis Obispo County, California?

Paranormal Equipment
Digital full spectrum cameras.

Spirit Communication
A question for mediums.

Religion and Spirituality
Are demons primarily a "Christian" phenomenon?

40-year study disproves ghosts?

What happens to the "self" after death?

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