Paranormal Corner: Faking Evidence is Tough

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Just about all of the paranormal investigation shows on television have been accused of faking evidence — from the members of T.A.P.S. on “Ghost Hunters” to Zak Bagans and his crew on “Ghost Adventures.”

I’m sure those pros agree that, as a paranormal investigator, it’s my goal — as well as the goal of every member of Jersey Unique Minds Paranormal Society — to present the truth.

So, when JUMPS was asked to fabricate paranormal activity, it was a very different request from what we usually get.

“Late last year, we were contacted by a former client,” said JUMPS Founder and CEO Doug Hogate Jr. “He wrote a script and someone bought it, and he said he wanted JUMPS to be a part of it.”

The movie, called “Remorse,” is the story of Doug and Lori, an engaged couple who purchase an historic mansion to restore and live in happily ever after.

One evening, after leaving a party where the couple got into an argument, there’s a car accident and Lori dies.

Doug decides to continue restoring the house, as it was their dream, and eventually begins to witness paranormal activity.

During a trip to the local hardware store, Doug learns that an evil woman formerly lived in the home where she tortured children in the basement.

ruined_doorwayThat’s where JUMPS comes in.

“He said he wanted JUMPS to be investigators in the film,” Hogate said.

So, we traveled to Horsham, Pennsylvania, to visit the Penrose Strawbridge Mansion — a real, historic location — where “Remorse” was being shot.

“The idea was basically, we investigate the claims that were written into the movie script,” Hogate said. 

The movie legend is that an evil woman would bring children over from Ireland to be servants on her farm, but she would keep them in the basement, and periodically gas them and kill them all.

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Paranormal Corner: Video captured at Elks Lodge in Penns Grove shows strange shadow figure

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Reviewing evidence after a paranormal investigation can take quite a while.

Sometimes it’s because we Jersey Unique Minds Paranormal Society investigators all have full-time jobs, families and lives. Other times it’s because there is just so much evidence to review, and then, review again just to be sure of what we captured.

Our investigation at the Elks Lodge on Main Street in Penns Grove was one of those situations.

The structure was built and opened as an Elks Lodge in the early 1920s and has served as the organization’s home ever since.

There are three fully-working floors including a banquet hall and kitchen on the ground floor, bar 

and social area in the middle, and meeting room on the top floor.

Members and visitors have reported seeing shadows and full-bodied apparitions, hearing voices and footsteps, and seeing objects moving on their own inside the Lodge’s walls for many years.

JUMPS team members set up several night vision cameras, digital audio recorders and other pieces of equipment that measure fluctuations in temperature and the electromagnetic field throughout the building, and spent approximately four hours investigating this historic location.

After reviewing hours of both audio and video, JUMPS Founder and CEO Doug Hogate Jr. was very pleased with all that was captured.

Early on in the investigation, during the first sweep, Executive Director Melissa Dark and Investigator Catrena Clair were in the bar area with guest investigator Jessi, a bartender at the Elks Lodge.

“Melissa was explaining the REM Pod and said ‘Like this’ as she made the device react,” Hogate said. “You hear it beep, then hear a voice say ‘Is that so?’”

At one point, Jessi — addressing a member who recently passed away — asked if the spirit was going outside to smoke a cigarette.

“The EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) sounds like a female voice saying something like ‘You bet’ or ‘You’re’ … something,” Hogate said. “It’s definitely two syllables.”Pool

The bar area seemed to be the most active, which coincides with the claims that have been reported throughout the years.

A video camera set up facing the pool table captured a shadow moving from right to left which actually blocks out a patch of light reflecting off the wood of the table.

“No one was in that area,” Hogate said. “We were all over at the bar, on the other side of the room.”

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Megan Fox Defends Her Belief in All Things Paranormal

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Megan Fox defended her belief in paranormal phenomena in an MTV News interview the other day.

Fox is promoting her new movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which hit movie theaters on Friday and made $65 million dollars in its opening weekend. Fox plays April O’Neil, a strong-willed reporter who is friends with the turtles. In the interview, MTV’s Josh Horowitz points out that, like her character in the movie, Fox also believes in the paranormal.

Fox, knowing where he is headed, gets a kind of, “OK. Let’s get this over with.” attitude with Horowitz, who clearly finds her beliefs amusing.

They begin talking about Bigfoot, and Fox points out that science is making new discoveries all of the time. She says she doesn’t think it is too strange we have not found them yet, “because it is intelligent enough not to be found.”

Horowitz then asked her if she believes in UFOs. Fox replied, “Yes… yes 1000%.”

She asks rhetorically, “How can you not believe?”Fox

Defending her belief in UFOs, she asks, “If they are a more advanced species, why would we be able to find them if they don’t want to be found?”

Horowitz argued, “It just seems like a convenient excuse is all I am saying.”

To which Fox responded, “But until we find things, they had been previously unfound, yet they still exist.”

Horowitz continued to ask her about the paranormal, and she said she believed in all of it. She even went on to describe a ghostly encounter she had in Mexico. She didn’t actually see a ghost, but someone, or something (i.e. ghost), poured her a cup of coffee when she was out of the room in a hotel in Mexico City. No one else was there, so she doesn’t think it was a human. At least not one in physical form.

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Who y’all gonna call? Local paranormal investigators to be featured on Destination America

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“What do you want?” Paranormal Technology Investigations’ co-founder Kathy Shephard asked an unknown force after she removed a mother and family from a residence outside Jonesborough because of a possible haunting.

“Just her soul. Bring her back,” the apparition repeatedly said, later picked up with electronic voice phenomena recorder.

The alleged ghost, Shephard said, was well aware the investigators had removed members of the family from the area Lightso they could perform their work.

This is a somewhat common occurrence with Paranormal Technology Investigations’ team, who said they receive, on average, about three calls a week from people who want some kind of spooky situation looked into. While the symptoms of the alleged paranormal activity are frequently the same — loud footsteps in someone’s house, seeing a ghostly figure, even someone getting scratched or knocked to the ground — each situation is different.

Paranormal Technology Investigations looks to help families of these types of trouble through a spiritual blessing and come Sunday night, viewers will be able to see what their investigations look like. The Destination America channel will air its “A Haunting” show at 10 p.m. and use footage put together by the Paranormal Technology Investigations team. The first episode will show what they call paranormal activity that took place in Hampton on Dennis Cove Road in 2011.

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Middletown’s ghost-hunting team debunks or confirms paranormal activity

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MIDDLETOWN >> After Kurt Knapp’s mother died when he was 11, he found himself immersed with researching the paranormal world and what happens after death.

While serving in the military police for the Marines in Okinawa, Japan, Knapp heard many a ghost story about Japanese soldiers from World War II running out of the jungle. That piqued his interest further.

“There’s fear sometimes, but we want to know why or how,” Knapp said. “I was interested in if you can communicate after death or visit after death.”

That was when Knapp really jumped into the paranormal world, eventually forming the Ghosts of New EnglandTree Research Society.

“I read as much as I could about everything strange and unusual,” Knapp said. “I retired four years ago and devoted my time to putting the team together. New England has layers of history.”

Knapp’s team, known as GONERS, has 10 local members and two in Bermuda and they investigate throughout the area.

“People buy a home and find someone else is there beside them,” said Knapp, which is when GONERS is called in.

When people call GONERS, Knapp works with them to further understand the circumstances. With an electrical engineer and someone knowledgeable in heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and home construction, the team rules out normal occurrences before delving into the paranormal. Knapp’s daughter, Melanie Knapp, also begins research on the location to find out anything about its historical significance including family history, murders, suicides or anything that may be useful to the team.

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Teen Paranormal Society Project in Wildwood

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WILDWOOD -A group of teens set out to conduct an unusual research project in Wildwood Monday.

“Anything paranormal related,” said Teen Paranormal Society member Alex Arico.

You’ve heard of paranormal activities, well a group of teens are researching their own paranormal project in Wildwood.

“I’ve always really been into the whole psychic and medium thing,” said Teen Paranormal Society member Alexis Leestrahn.

The group consists of 5 teens learning the art of paranormal research from professional paranormal researchers, with the ultimate goal of all 5 performing their own research project.

“At first I was like kind of spooked out,” shared Leestrahn.

The paranormal research project takes place at the George F. Boyer Historical Museum in Wildwood, which was once a funeral home.
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“We have a criteria.  We look at the history, the reputation and the location in any property we decide to conduct our research on,” explained Clayton Borneman, Cumberland Co. Paranormal volunteer.

“Yeah it’s creepy back there if you take a walk back there you can still smell the embalming fluid,” described Arico.

The initial research project begins by collecting data with the use of state-of-the-art monitoring equipment.

“We do a lot of stuff with science and collecting data.  We do different theories on static with like radios and picking up frequencies and finding anomalies and like video or audio,” said Leestrahn.

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North Platte paranormal investigators eye proof of life after death

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Ever wonder what goes bump in the night? Three paranormal investigators from North Platte do — and they’re intent on finding out.

“If people are uncomfortable in their homes and we can go in there and disprove assumptions and ease their fears — then we’ve accomplished something,” said Evelyn McConnell, investigator.girl

She, her husband, Dennis, and Andrea Clark make up Research and Investigation of Paranormal Activity team, also known as RIPA. They examine unexplained occurrences from Kearney west.

The team uses state-of-the-art technology in its efforts. That includes digital recorders, shadow detectors, thermal imaging cameras and a REM-Pod, which uses an antenna to create a magnetic field around the instrument. The field is influenced by objects that conduct electricity.

“When we investigate, we go in with the idea that 80 percent of what people are hearing or seeing can be debunked,” Dennis said.

Clark said people tend to exaggerate and let their imaginations run wild – especially if they are sitting alone in a creaky old house.

Other times, the tales have substance to them. That proved true during an investigation in Ogallala at a site where a little boy claimed to have made friends with a dead girl.

“He laid out toys and a blanket for her to play on. When questioned about it, he said the little girl found him because she was looking for her mother. Then, he said her mom died like this,” said Andrea, snapping her neck sideways. “His mother contacted me at that point.”

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Do musicians at The Legendary Dobbs in Philadelphia perform for more than the living?

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In addition to the paranormal, I have a diverse range of interests — music being at the top of the list.

Recently, my love of music lead me to an allegedly haunted location — a venue I’ve visited many times.

New Jersey-based rock band Dive played a show at The Legendary Dobbs on South Street in Philadelphia on July 18. Being close friends with the band members, I was checking the Facebook event page to see who else from our close-knit group was attending. 

I saw several posts from a woman who I wasn’t familiar with, so, being the reporter that I am, clicked on her profile.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover she is Nina Kelley-Rumpff, the current owner of Dobbs.

So, I found the friend request button, clicked “add friend,” and was accepted with open arms and a quick message from her.

“You’re a paranormal investigator?” she questioned, noticing that my profile lists my involvement with Jersey Unique Minds Paranormal Society. “We have serious ghosts at my club, The Legendary Dobbs, for real.”

Boom, and I was hooked.

I told Nina I was planning to come out to see the Dive show, and so we made plans to chat when I arrived.

OrganAs soon as I got there, while catching up with friends, I spotted Nina.

“I’m Kelly, the ghost girl,” I told her, and we hit it off.

The Legendary Dobbs was established as J.C. Dobbs in 1974 and has played host to countless musicians over the years from Bo Diddley to George Thorogood to Green Day.

Nina told me that just two weeks ago, during a wedding on the second floor of The Legendary Dobbs building, a microwave mysteriously fell to the floor.

“It’s a heavy microwave,” she said. “It was securely on the table and I saw it fly off the table.”

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Hunting ghosts in Kenilworth Lodge

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SEBRING — A group of people, all experienced ghost hunters, is immersed in the dark of the basement level of the Kenilworth Lodge late Saturday night. They make their way through a narrow hallway, ears perked in case of any sign of paranormal activity.

LodgeOne of them hears a swishing sound — like running water, he says — and they all stop in the hallway. They stop talking and listen. They let their ears do the work. Finally, one of them steps up and offers a simpler explanation: it was actually just his wallet scraping against the brick interior wall of the hallway.

This is at least one reality of ghost hunting. They analyze what they hear and rule out every possibility before looking at the situation as something paranormal. At the 2014 annual Paranormal Information Association (PIA) conference, held for the fourth time at the Kenilworth this past weekend, experts of many different schools of thought converged to talk, speculate and share.

This ghost hunt, in which they were split up into teams to search different parts of the Kenilworth, was the culmination of the three-day event.

The most intriguing piece of ghost hunting technology is a teddy bear. Invented by Paul Bradford, formerly of Ghost Hunters International, and Shawn Porter of ghost hunting equipment retailer GhostStop, the bear is no ordinary stuffed toy. Instead, it is a sort of all-purpose pocketknife of ghost hunting.

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Teen paranormal researchers are spirited in their pursuit

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WILDWOOD — “What’s your name?” Alexis Strahan, 18, calls out to no one in particular as she sits in the dark at one of the long tables in the George F. Boyer Museum. No one answers.

It’s only 6:30 p.m., so some sunlight still shines through the front windows, but all the lights are turned off. There is omagnifying glassnly the tiny red light on her tape recorder.

“Do you want to talk to us?” Strahan asks, getting no response. Then, with a hint of impatience, she asks, “Do you even know you’re dead?”

Strahan, of Atco, is one of seven members from the Teen Paranormal Society who set up night vision cameras, recorders, laptops and sound equipment throughout the Pacific Avenue museum Monday in hopes of catching evidence of “activity” to be used for a paranormal tour there planned for Oct. 25.

By unwritten rule, the group refrains from using words like “ghost,” “spirits” and “haunted”; they consider themselves researchers who are collecting evidence of strange activity in old homes, cemeteries, and this week, the George F. Boyer Museum.

Sometimes in their investigations, they are able to determine that a door that occasionally opens on its own is getting knocked ajar whenever a large vehicle comes down the street. Once they discovered that a woman who got an anxious, eerie feeling each time she did laundry in her basement was actually experiencing the initial symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning from gas that was slowly leaking from her dryer.

“You start mentioning ghosts, and people start looking for Casper. Sometimes there’s an actual explanation,” said Clay Borneman of Cumberland County Paranormal, who co-founded the Teen Paranormal Society with John Pacelli of Great Northeastern Paranormal. Both serve as adult mentors for the teens.

But then there are the times that they catch an unexplainable sound on their recorders in response to one of their questions, or when something will set off a device that detects electromagnetic fields, or a thermometer will show that the temperature suddenly dropped several degrees – and everyone will get goosebumps.

“Things go ‘bump’ in the night, and people want to know why,” Borneman said.

He suggested that the Paranormal Society come to Wildwood and present a paranormal tour based on research the teens collected through a series of investigations. The George F. Boyer museum was an ideal location, he said, because its history, reputation and location make it a probable paranormal hotspot.

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