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Jul. 30th, 2008

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Bigfoot in VA -

I love this story in the local paper!

http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com:80/content/August-2008/In-Search-of-Bigfoot/


I even found a group in VA that researches Bigfoot. Pretty cool!

Jun. 2nd, 2008

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EEG - weird experiences - thoughts if it was seizure?

I have been having weird episodes with memory loss, ringing in my ears, problems with words, and strange smell/taste problems and headaches afterwards. I have had migraines, still do - more so with the episodes. The headache after the episode is in the base of my skull area.

The neuro does not really know if it is migraines or seizures, so I had my EEG at UVA yesterday.

Wow, the EEG really sucked. It was very disorientating and my head was splitting afterwards. I still feel icky today. The strobing lights really made my eyes twitch and I had trouble keeping them closed for the test. The strobe light created some very interesting patterns and hallucinations, though.

I really hate waiting for the results. They would not tell me a thing.

Jul. 20th, 2007

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Nelson County Again in Local Metaphysical News

What are the chances of them letting me go in to do an investigation - I live down the road, afterall. Somehow I don't think I will be let in the door.

I still don't trust this place - I am not sure I want to go check it out - but in a way I do.     Think I would get in trouble if I sneaked in
EMF detectors and recorders?

 
http://www.readthehook.com/stories/2007/07/19/NEWS-synchronicity-D.rtf.aspx

 

NEWS- Yogi flare: Blessed mother raises guru's profile



By ADAM SORENSEN ADAM@READTHEHOOK.COM

 
A flurry of recent donations enabled the Foundation to build this shrine
and pavilion for the Blessed Mother Apparition.


"Now, within the four columns of the Gazebo, a column of luminous golden
light envelops the statue from the ground up. The statue itself has
become golden and luminous, and everywhere within it are diamond-like
glistening particles of light whose very movement is ecstatic."

Dec. 25th, 2006

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Happy Holidays!

This is one list you do not want to make!
Have a great Christmas, Holiday, and all that Yule!

Dec. 24th, 2006

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North Austa Journal Write Up - second article



Ghost Stories

Shenandoah Valley Paranormal Society investigates hauntings on the East coast.

By Darcie Roberge



October 31-November 6. 2006

Vol. 3, No. 26



Close encounters of the paranormal kind

By Darcie Roberge, STAFF WRITER



During the short amount of time that the SVPS has existed, they have had a few bone-chilling experiences. So far, the group has completed a total of three investigations. These include Braley's Pond in the George Washing National Forest, the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery and Oak Ridge Bridge along with Saint Mary's Chapel. Braley's Pond is located about 13 miles west of Staunton. On May 22; 2003, a brutal gang murder occurred near Braley's Pond. The (forest was also the scene of a suicide. The group investigated the area in July 2006.



Willis investigated the area with a group independent from the SVPS in the fall of 2003 prior to this investigation. She says that.it was the scariest investigation she's ever conducted. "Something came home with me that night," she says. "I was basically

haunted and it went on for weeks and months at a time." Willis described the haunting as someone or something touching her.



"It felt like slime," she says. "And I could feel it oving around on my skin. " Wllis says that the other people that accompanied her that night were also affected, but in different ways: "One of the girls in the group tried to commit suicide the same night that we investigated the area,"she says.



Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery

Duvall and Bunk share their chilling experiences during the investigation at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in Lexington. The two had split from the larger group because they've found they're often more successful. As they walked around the large, pitch-black cemetery they stumbled upon two crypts. According to Duvall, the crypts belonged to John and Elizabeth Hamilton.



Sensing that there was energy around the crypts, the pair settled themselves on the

crypts: Duvall sitting on John's and Bunk sitting on Elizabeth's. Duvall tried to see if she could get any electronic voice phenomenon (EVP-) recordings on her cassette recorder. At one point, Bunk asked, "Is there anyone here with us?" The pair paused for a moment.

Duvall started to say something, but Bunk interrupted her. "I just heard a man's voice," she

said. Duvall decided that she wanted to play back the tape to hear the voice. When she did, she heard a man's voice reply, "Pick up the crystals."



At this point, Duvall was "really creeped out," especially since Bunk said the voice came from near where Duvall was sitting. "I dove on top of Kristine," Duvall says. "At that point I had enough, so we decided to go back with the rest of the group.”



As Duvall and Bunkwere walking to meet the rest of the group, Duvall felt something grab her arm. "I started freaking out and yelling at whatever it was to let go," she says. This was Duvall's most chilling experience on an investigation to date.



Farnsworth House

Seibel and Rose have also had their fair share of haunting experiences. During a stay in the Catherine Sweeney Room at Farnsworth House in Gettysburg, Pa., Rose experienced something very remarkable. "There was an uncomfortable sadness in the room that we were staying in," Seibel says.



According to Rose, she felt something tapping her on the arm in the middle of the night while she and Seibel were sleeping. "It was on the opposite side of the bed that Marty was," Rose says. "I tried to ignore it, but it kept tapping me." Finally, Rose rolled over. "There was a colorless apparition of a woman," she says. "Judging from her hair and clothing, I would guess that she was from the 1800s." Rose remembers thinking that women wasn't scary at all. "She was staring intently at my face and looked very solemn," she says. At that point, Rose screamed to wake up Seibel.



The next morning, the hostess at the front desk asked Rose if she had had any strange experiences during the night. "I started to tell her what had happened and she was smiling and nodding," Rose says. "The hostess said that she thought 1 had seen Nan.", According to the hostess, the original owner's daughter had given birth to a stillborn baby. Nan was the midwife who blamed herself for the death of the baby.



Seibel had his own intriguing experience when the couple stayed in the Sarah Black Room at Farnsworth House. This particular room is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young boy named Jeremy, who was run over by a carriage while playing a game of tag. During their stay, Seibel had set up a video camera and a tape recorder to obtain any happenings. "I was sitting on the floor playing with some Jenga blocks," Seibel says. "At one point, 1asked Jeremy if he was happy that we were there. When 1 played back the tape after the trip, you can hear a young boy replying, 'un huh' after my question." According to Seibel, Jeremy also hums on the tape and the voice of an older man saying "keep going" can be heard.

For more chilling tales of spiritual encounters, visit

http://users.adelphia.net/-lrose59/svpi.htm









Society searches for ghosts

By Darcie Roberge STAFF WRITER



STAUNTON - Marty Seibel's home has a bright and cheery feel to it. Comfy couches and chairs beckon visitors to stay and chat while strategically placed lamps. give off a warm and welcoming glow. From the cool blue walls to the chic chandelier, it is everything that a haunted house is not. It isn't what one would expect the house of a paranormal investigator to look like either. Seibel's interest in the paranormal dates back to when he was a teenager watching the "Twilight Zone.. The interest has stuck with him all through his adult life.



For the past five years, Seibel and Rose have toured haunted inns and houses throughout the nation. Three years ago, the couple joined a paranormal group in Richmond. The group folded in 2004. At that point, Seibel decided to form his own group. "I wanted to be able to get together with people in this area who share the same interests,"he says. Thus began the adventures of the Shenandoah Valley Paranormal Society.



At first, the group started out with Seibel, Rose and another couple. However, the group started to grow later that year. In June 2006, Melanie Duvall from Staunton joined the group. The following month, Jennifer Hensley and Shea Willis, both from Grottoes, and Kristine Bunk, from Faber, joined. the group.



According to their Web site, the Shenandoah Valley Paranormal Society is "a group of amateur ghost hunters who like to explore and investigate haunted locations in the Mid-Atlantic States." The group travels to these locations, investigates and reports their findings on the Website.



Who's Who

Seibel acts as the founder and director of the SVPS, while Rose serves as a cofounder and group investigator. The couple is joined by a group of 12 other investigators and researchers. "We are very lucky because we've found some quality people," Seibel says.



Kristine Bunk, Assistant director and Lead investigator, joined the group July 2006. Bunk’s interest in the paranormal began early in her life in England after visiting the ancient haunted locations in Europe. Bunk approaches an investigation with a scientific approach. She also researches article for the SVPS website.



Shea Willis, a lead investigator, joined the group in July 2006. Willis' interest in the paranormal has been a lifelong pursuit. "It's almost like an appendage to me," she says. "It's so ingrained and natural." Willis also researches local haunted and historical places.



Jennifer Hensley, a group investigator, had a paranormal experience at the age of 10."My experience has really stuck with me," she says. "I'm always wondering what else is out there."



Melanie Duvall, a researcher and group investigator, can't remember a time when she wasn't curious about the paranormal. "My grand-dad used to tell me stories all the time," she says. "It's a big journey for me. I learn a lot and I love being scared."



For Rose, the interest was always there, but was brought to life when she met Seibel. "The more evidence we gather, the more I believe," she says. "Sometimes it's overwhelming how little we know. There's so much more beyond that we don't pay attention to in our day-today life."



Equipment

In order to investigate the haunted locations, the group relies on several instruments to confirm or rule out the presence of spirits. These instruments include a 35 mm camera, electromagnetic field (EMF) meters, a camcorder, an audiocassette tape recorder, a digital audio recorder, a Geiger counter, laptop computers, two-way radios and microphones. An EMF meter measures the electromagnetic fields or radiation of the earth. When an EMF meter spikes or gives an irregular reading, it may be an indicator that a spirit is present.



A Geiger counter also detects radiation. An irregular reading from a Geiger counter is another good indicator that there is a presence. Aside from all of the modern gadgets mentioned previously, the group also likes to use dousing rods and pendulums. "We like to combine the old with the new to obtain 'our results," Hensley says. Dowsing rods were once used to detect water.Aperson would walk around the area holding out two L-shaped rods. When water was detected the rods would either bend downward toward the source or cross over one another.



What they do During an investigation, the group tends to split up into smaller groups. "We've found we're more successful at getting EMFspikes or EVP recordings this way," Seibel says. The smaller groups spread out over the area of investigation to take preliminary readings. "We always take base readings on our EMF meters and take notice of the weather conditions and the phases of the moon," says Bunk. After taking base readings, the small groups proceed with their investigation. According to Seibel, this includes taking pictures, trying to obtain an EVP recording and noticing any spikes that may occur on the EMF meter. After the group has collected all the information they can find, they report back to Seibel. "From there, we research the area we investigated

and analyze any recordings obtained," he says.

"When all of the information our Web site."





How they do it

Every piece of information and evidence gathered during an investigation is seriously scrutinized before Seibel will declare an area as haunted. When it comes to pictures that may have orbs in them, Seibel and the rest of the investigators are very thorough."Orbs can be created by a lot of things," says Bunk."They can come from the matrix of a digital camera, reflected light, dust, bugs, or moisture in the air."In order to determine whether the orbs come from natural or. supernatural sources, the SVPS have had a lot of practice looking at pictures and have even conducted some experiments. "We've experimented with all kinds of dust," says Willis."We took a fan and different kinds of dusts we collected and created a situation where we knew we'd get orbs in pictures." The SVPS calls these pictures their "reality check.""It gives us a baseline to judge against," says Willis.



Skeptics

Even though the SVPS investigates each case thoroughly before declaring a haunting, the group still experiences skepticism from outsiders. "We're not trying to convert anyone," says Hensley" We're also our own skeptics." Willis agrees. "Sometimes we get so excited when we think we've found something.that we get tunnel vision," she says. "If you don't bring out your own personal skeptic, you might turn something ordinary into something extraordinary and that's death to any type of spiritual research because it takes away your credibility." Willis has an appropriate saying when it comes to dealing with skeptics, "For those who believe, no explanation is needed. For those who do not, no explanation will suffice."

"It's kind of like faith," says Bunk. "Either people believe or they don't and there's not really anything you can say to convince them otherwise. They have to have an experience for themselves.

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North Austa Journal Write Up

Ghost Stories

By Darcie Roberge

October 31-November 6. 2006

Vol. 3, No. 26

Close encounters of the paranormal kind

By Darcie Roberge, STAFF WRITER

During the short amount of time that the SVPS has existed, they have had a few bone-chilling experiences. So far, the group has completed a total of three investigations. These include Braley's Pond in the George Washing National Forest, the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery and Oak Ridge Bridge along with Saint Mary's Chapel. Braley's Pond is located about 13 miles west of Staunton. On May 22; 2003, a brutal gang murder occurred near Braley's Pond. The (forest was also the scene of a suicide. The group investigated the area in July 2006.

Willis investigated the area with a group independent from the SVPS in the fall of 2003 prior to this investigation. She says that.it was the scariest investigation she's ever conducted. "Something came home with me that night," she says. "I was basically

haunted and it went on for weeks and months at a time." Willis described the haunting as someone or something touching her.

"It felt like slime," she says. "And I could feel it oving around on my skin. " Wllis says that the other people that accompanied her that night were also affected, but in different ways: "One of the girls in the group tried to commit suicide the same night that we investigated the area,"she says.

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery

Duvall and Bunk share their chilling experiences during the investigation at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in Lexington. The two had split from the larger group because they've found they're often more successful. As they walked around the large, pitch-black cemetery they stumbled upon two crypts. According to Duvall, the crypts belonged to John and Elizabeth Hamilton.

Sensing that there was energy around the crypts, the pair settled themselves on the

crypts: Duvall sitting on John's and Bunk sitting on Elizabeth's. Duvall tried to see if she could get any electronic voice phenomenon (EVP-) recordings on her cassette recorder. At one point, Bunk asked, "Is there anyone here with us?" The pair paused for a moment.

Duvall started to say something, but Bunk interrupted her. "I just heard a man's voice," she

said. Duvall decided that she wanted to play back the tape to hear the voice. When she did, she heard a man's voice reply, "Pick up the crystals."

At this point, Duvall was "really creeped out," especially since Bunk said the voice came from near where Duvall was sitting. "I dove on top of Kristine," Duvall says. "At that point I had enough, so we decided to go back with the rest of the group."

As Duvall and Bunk

were walking to meet the rest of the group, Duvall felt something grab her arm. "I started freaking out and yelling at whatever it was to let go," she says. This was Duvall's most chilling experience on an investigation to date.

Farnsworth House

Seibel and Rose have also had their fair share of haunting experiences. During a stay in the Catherine Sweeney Room at Farnsworth House in Gettysburg, Pa., Rose experienced something very remarkable. "There was an uncomfortable sadness in the room that we were staying in," Seibel says.

According to Rose, she felt something tapping her on the arm in the middle of the night while she and Seibel were sleeping. "It was on the opposite side of the bed that Marty was," Rose says. "I tried to ignore it, but it kept tapping me." Finally, Rose rolled over. "There was a colorless apparition of a woman," she says. "Judging from her hair and clothing, I would guess that she was from the 1800s." Rose remembers thinking that women wasn't scary at all. "She was staring intently at my face and looked very solemn," she says. At that point, Rose screamed to wake up Seibel.

The next morning, the hostess at the front desk asked Rose if she had had any strange experiences during the night. "I started to tell her what had happened and she was smiling and nodding," Rose says. "The hostess said that she thought 1 had seen Nan.", According to the hostess, the original owner's daughter had given birth to a stillborn baby. Nan was the midwife who blamed herself for the death of the baby.

Seibel had his own intriguing experience when the couple stayed in the Sarah Black Room at Farnsworth House. This particular room is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young boy named Jeremy, who was run over by a carriage while playing a game of tag. During their stay, Seibel had set up a video camera and a tape recorder to obtain any happenings. "I was sitting on the floor playing with some Jenga blocks," Seibel says. "At one point, 1asked Jeremy if he was happy that we were there. When 1 played back the tape after the trip, you can hear a young boy replying, 'un huh' after my question." According to Seibel, Jeremy also hums on the tape and the voice of an older man saying "keep going" can be heard.

For more chilling tales of spiritual encounters, visit

http://users.adelphia.net/-lrose59/svpi.htm

 

Shenandoah Valley Paranormal Society investigates hauntings on the East coast.

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Dec. 20th, 2006

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update on Luray Haunting

thanks for the great info, fariewolffriend. I have a new place to research

fariewolffriend
2006-12-19 09:24 pm (local) (link) Select
When I lived in Shenadoah I heard alot of this from my dad. However, the Mansion Inn, or Mimslyn didn't actually burn down. There was a fire, but the building is still up and running.

Also, my dad said the actual Westenberger house never burnt down, but was auctioned off to the park. Mr. Westenberger also had three sons who moved into the house with him with their wives, who went crazy and committed suicide or died under mysterioius causes. The mausoleum is still intact too (or at least it was about a year ago) although it's horribly vandilized. You can still see how gorgeous it was. My dad also mentioned how he went hunting near Westenberger's one day and came upon a swingset with a single swing swinging back and forth although there was no wind. He said it gave him the creeps like he was intruding on someone.

I remember one of the local newspapers printed a series about the different members of the Westenberge families too if you'd like to look up that source.

This website shows where the park purchased Westenberger's
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/mana/ADHIA6.HTM

I'd love to hear anything else you find out

Dec. 18th, 2006

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Haunting in Shenandoah Valley, near Luray

In 1840 a two story house was built west of luray on route 684 by a
Mr. George Keyser. The huge house was located on the property where a
John Wesley Bell was murdered by his slaves, north of "Lorelei
Estates" in the 1800's. At the time any deceased slaves were just

Dec. 17th, 2006

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Is the Govenors mansion huanted?

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Gov. Timothy M. Kaine isn't exactly muttering "I do believe in spooks! I do believe in spooks!" like the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. But he's not ruling out the possibility either.

Asked on his monthly radio show on the Virginia News Network whether he has had paranormal experiences like previous Executive Mansion occupants, Kaine flatly answered: "Yes."

Kaine said Thursday that at the same "inconvenient time" every week, the telephone rings in his family's private quarters — and when he picks up the phone, nobody's there. He said he's researching whether "something odd happened" on the same day and hour sometime in the mansion's history.

Unlike some previous residents and staff, Kaine said his family has not seen the friendly ghost of a young woman who is said to haunt the mansion.

However, he said first lady Anne Holton witnessed other strange occurrences in the mansion as the daughter of Gov. Linwood Holton in the early 1970s — a portrait mysteriously taken from the wall and deposited in another room, for example.

There also was a storm-related power outage that left all of Richmond in the dark except a lone light that mysteriously remained on in the mansion.

Dec. 2nd, 2006

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Investigation Tonight

I am getting ready for my investigation tonight. We meet at 10 to head over to the location. I am checking my equipment, supply of batteries, coffee, etc.

This is our first indoor investigation. I am excited to be able to investigate indoors. We will be able to better control the conditions of the investigation, which is great. We will be the only people in the entire buidling as well.

The location has not had any known activity for a few years. I will detail the circumstances later as to why I hope to get good results. I do not want someone trying to show up. Even if we do not get any good evidence, this is an excellent chance for the group to do a controlled investigation. Hopefully we will also be able to get more exposure. With increased exposure and reputation, we hope to have more access to these type of locations.

Wish me luck!

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