Category: Historical

The Waning Novelty of Ghost Hunting

As I prepare for our team’s upcoming expedition to Gettysburg, I find myself reflecting on the ghost hunting community. I want to be very specific when I say “ghost hunting” because I don’t want it to be confused with paranormal research. While the trend of ghost hunting is fading a bit thanks to the dwindling…


Sweet Dreams: The Haunted Bed of North Carolina’s Executive Mansion

North Carolina’s Executive Mansion, also known as the Governor’s Mansion, is located in Downtown Raleigh.  The stunning city-block sized building on Blount Street began it’s construction in 1883, and was built mainly using Prison Labor.  The mansion is built from natural materials found in North Carolina, meaning a lot of red brick.  One fascinating piece…


Grýla, Jólakötturinn, & the Yule Lads

The holiday season is upon us. Everywhere you turn there are Christmas movie marathons, holiday baking shows and a general sense of seasonal cheeriness. It’s no secret that the holidays are rich in folklore and it just takes a quick glance through the web to find stories of Old Saint Nick and numerous other origin…


Carl Jung’s Contribution to Paranormal Study

Carl Gustav Jung was born in Switzerland on July 26th 1875. His grandfather was a physician of the same name and who was, at one time, rumored to be the illegitimate son of the, then famous poet, Goethe (Feist, Feist & Roberts, 2013). His father was a Protestant Clergyman with whom Carl rarely saw eye…


Black Eyed Children in Raleigh, NC?

I will start this by being very honest. My experience and knowledge of UFO’s does not go much past 1990’s SciFi channel specials and Unsolved Mysteries. So to get a jump-start, I asked Alex Matsuo, APS founder, for suggestions on research. Her response, Black Eyed Children and their connection to UFOs. Well crap. I’m already…


10 Haunted Theatres in America

Theatres are considered to be some of the most haunted places in the world. When you think about it, that makes sense! There is so much energy in theatres, including electrical energy with lights and sound along with physical energy from actors and audience members. Actors use a tremendous amount of energy into their performance…


Why I Think the Ghost of Gina Hall Is Seen at St. Albans Sanatorium

I am a skeptic. When I hear the words “Orbs”, “Cry Baby Bridge” and “EMF Detector” I shake my head. I like facts. Orbs are dust. Every town has their own Cry Baby Bridge or Lane. EMF Detectors measure naturally occurring Electro Magnetic Fields, why is this paranormal? So when I start researching the history…


Is One Coast More Haunted Than The Other?

We’re going to take a break from research and academic-y posts and I would like to share something with you that’s been on my mind. Since moving here to Raleigh, NC from San Diego, CA in June of 2013, I’ve been noticing that I experience much more paranormal activity on the east coast. My team…


Sleep Paralysis: Is It Paranormal?

Probably one of the most popular emails I receive involves the client being awakened for whatever reason, they’re not able to move or speak, they feel a weight on their chest, and they may feel a dark presence in the room. The client may even see things around the room like a ghost, spirit, demon,…


Mediums, Spirits, and Ectoplasm…Oh My!

Written by San Diego Team Member: Flo Stair   According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s definition ectoplasm pertaining to the supernatural is “a substance held to produce spirit materialization and telekinesis”. Ectoplasm is better remembered as green slime that ghosts left behind in the 1984 blockbuster hit “Ghostbusters”.  Whether ectoplasm is actually real or not has…