New Website Published
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This past July of 2012 we went to Gettysburg and did a three day investigation consisting of several different locations throughout the town, including the entire battlefield, the nearby Sachs Covered Bridge, Gettysburg College, a few of the museums, restaurants, and several other locations in the area. We also did separate investigations at our hotel in Hanover and at the Christ Reformed Church Cemetery in Littlestown.
We also started up a new chapter of the Secret Drawer Society (SDS) at the Beechmont Bed & Breakfast in Hanover.
I posted some of the photos and evidence we got from our trip on this website. Check it out and feel free to share any strange expe
Haunted New Orleans
We went to New Orleans to investigate various locations throughout the French Quarter, including St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. We are still going over our evidence, but so far we have nothing. No EVPs, nothing on video, and not even an orb in a photo. I guess that means we will have to return someday.
These are some of the following locations we checked out, while at New Orleans:
617-619 Chartres Street - This was the start of a huge fire that swept across the French Quarter killing hundreds of people.
Brennan's (417 Royal Street) - This restaurant is supposedly haunted, but we didn't get a chance to go inside. I heard the food is delicious.
Court of Two Sisters (613 Royal Street) - We ate at this restaurant, which is said to be haunted. Aside from a damn good Pecan Pie Ala Mode, I didn't experience anything.
Dumaine Street - After 1000s died from Yellow Fever bodies were piled up along this street. At the corner
Hotel Monteleone (240 Royal Street) - This was our hotel. There is a grandfather clock in the lobby, where the spirit of its maker has been seen working on it. The former owner of the hotel has been seen by some. Supposedly, people have heard the sound of children playing on the 14th floor hallway, which is actually the 13th floor. A naked male spirit was seen during Mardi Gras season.
Hotel Provincial (1024 Chartres Street) - This will probably be where we stay on our next visit. It was used as a hospital during the Civil War.
House of Madame John Pasqual (632 Dumaine Street) - The spirit of Madame John Pasqual has been seen walking across the balcony. Unfortunately, her real name is unknown. Orbs have also been captured on film here.
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop (941 Bourbon Street) - This is one of the oldest active bars in the country. There are no electrical wiring throughout the premises, so instead it is lit by candlelight. It was once a hive for pirates, who still haunt the popular darkened bar.
Lalaurie House (1140 Royal Street) - Delphine Lalaurie used to torture her slaves by chaining them up, starving them, beating them, and cutting off their limbs. Her spirit has been seen chasing slaves across the rear balconies. For a short time this was also the home to actor Nicholas Cage. It is currently being used as a private apartment complex.
St. Louis Cathedral & Pirate Alley (Between Royal Street & Jackson Square) - The cathedral is haunted and the spirits of 25 pirates, who were led to their death, have made their presence known in the nearby Pirate Alley and Jackson Square.
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 (Rampart Street) - The final resting place of New Orleans' voodoo queen, Marie Laveau.
Ursulines Convent (1100 Chartres Street) - This old convent is rumored to be haunted. However, there were also silly rumors about vampires being locked in their caskets up in the attic. The truth is there are several old small caskets stored up in the attic that once belonged to a bunch of women, who came to the country with hopes of finding a man. They each carried their personal belongings inside of small casket-like containers, which are still in the attic. There were no vampires here.
Located on North Broadway in Yonkers, this park has an interesting history. The Son of Sam killer from the 1970s used to belong to a Satanic cult and they would often go to this park to conduct their rituals. Most of the rituals, which included animal sacrifices, were conducted at an abandoned old pump station for the old aqueduct. This house was nicknamed the Devil's Cave, despite the fact that it was not actually a cave.
Unfortunately, this structure was demolished a few years ago. However, a few locations that still exist in the park are the gazebo atop the "Eagle's Nest", the beautiful picturesque Grecian Garden, a World Trade Center memorial, and the "1,000 Steps" that lead to a lovely view of the Hudson River and Palisades.
We've done a few paranormal investigations at Untermyer Park and in the process have collected a few EVPs, some rather strange photos, and one of us has even been touched by an unseen entity.
No, I am not bullshitting. I might be a Taurus, but I do not bullshit when it comes to the paranormal. If you are one of those skeptical people, then close this page and go back to playing your stupid games on Facebook.
Anyway, many deer now roam the park, so be kind and respect their space.
Have you ever had a strange experience at Untermyer Park? Would you like to discuss it? If so, then let us begin.
If I were a ghost...
Have you ever thought about what you would do if you were a ghost? Would you be a mean ghost or a friendly ghost? I don't even know why I asked because I am sure almost every single person, who read this, just thought about being a mean ghost. You have to admit there is something pretty cool about being able to haunt someone you didn't like in life, if possible, or maybe to haunt a specific location that you feel some sort of attachment to, whether it be good or bad.
I know I would want to haunt quite a few places if I could. I'd also love to haunt a few people, if they happen to outlive me, although that is impossible since I am going to live forever. Any ideas?
Ouija Board Experiences
Many people mistakenly think the Ouija board is a game because that is how it is marketed and sold. The fact is the Ouija board is an extremely dangerous instrument used to communicate with the beyond. It might not work every time you use it, but when it does be very cautious what you say and what you ask for because you just may get it.
Have you ever had a bad experience, while using a Ouija board or after using one?
Note how I said "using" and not "playing." As I stated before it is not a game. You do not "play" with a Ouija board, you "use" one.
If you'd like to talk about an experience you've had or heard about, then please feel free to begin a conversation here. If you have any questions about Ouija boards, we will be glad to assist. Just ask.
We do not recommend using a Ouija board unless you are properly prepared for what you are dealing with and have some sort of knowledge beforehand. Do not give it to someone as a gift. Not everyone is responsible enough to own one. You don't want to be the cause of a freak accident, possible demonic possession, or other bad karma. Do you?
Mt. Misery & Sweet Hollow Road
There are 2 roads on central Long Island that run parallel to each other. Both have their share of mysterious haunted tales.
Mt. Misery used to lead to a hospital, which was burned long ago by an escaped patient named Mary... or so the story goes. Supposedly, you can still see the glowing ghosts of the burning victims. EVPs have been obtained by Long Island paranormal groups along this road. The road is currently blocked off about a mile before the location of the former hospital.
There is a cemetery located along Sweet Hollow Road, as well as a highway overpass, where many of the tales of intrigue take place. Rumor has it that if you flash your lights 3 times prior to going under the overpass, then you will see the ghosts of a group of teenagers that hung themselves there. Another urban legend indicates that if you place your car in neutral, while under the overpass, it will actually roll uphill. These 2 stories have yet to happen on the numerous times I've driven down the road and attempted to make them come true. There are many ghosts that are said to haunt Sweet Hollow Road ranging from a girl named Mary, to a psychotic looking lumber jack, to a police officer with the back of his head blown off. There is even the black dog of death, who causes the death of whoever is unlucky enough to lay eyes on this beast.
Do you have a tale to share regarding these roads? Better yet, can you verify the validity of any of these alleged hauntings?
Ever since 2009 there has been talk of demolishing 14 structures from the Kings Park Psychiatric Center. However, due to financial restraints it continuously gets postponed. The state has allocated funds to finally get the job done. As early as May of 2012 there will be 15 structures to be demolished unless we act now.
Together we can help save these buildings from demolition. Over the years the buildings and the grounds of the center have almost become a historical landmark to the small town of Kings Park. Many have traveled from afar to visit the grounds of the former psyche center in order to take part in a unique experience that can only come from being there in person. The feeling is different for all... and yes, for some it might even bring back nightmares. Still, the place which is now better known as the Nissequogue River State Park is very serene and fascinating to the eyes. To be able to stand there and behold these long abandoned structures is breathtaking, especially the ominous Building 93.
If these structures are destroyed it will be just another field of rubble.... later to become just another shopping center or a haunted housing development, where no one will want to live. The asbestos and lead contamination goes down too deep in the ground. It is spread too far. It is best to leave the place as it is to avoid the possibility of living somewhere that can be unsafe after extended exposure.
Help by signing this petition and save the buildings to help save ourselves in the long run.
Located in Sudbury, Massachusetts, is the Longfellow's Wayside Inn. This Colonial inn is haunted by a few spirits, but the most popular is Jerusha Howe. She mostly haunts her old bedroom, Room 9, & her old sewing room, Room 10. It has been said that the ghost of Jerusha has a love for male guests. Men have claimed that they were touched, caressed, hugged, & even kissed by the ghost of Jerusha. Her popularity has prompted guests to write letters to her and hide them somewhere in either of her old rooms.
In one room there is a secret drawer, where a large stash of her letters can be found. Somewhere hidden away is also a special treasure. Some of the letters act as clues to the hidden locations, while others will lead you in a false direction in search of gifts that are long gone. Throughout the years people who have found the secret drawer have formed an elite secret society called the Secret Drawer Society, or SDS.
As of October 26, 2011 both Jason & Jo-Ann became members of the SDS. Are you a member? Do you have any strange experiences from the inn or with Jerusha that you'd like to share?
I have taken the liberty of expanding the SDS to Hanover, which is right outside of a certain little town by the name of Gettysburg. It is only a short 15-20 minute drive for anyone staying at the Beechmont Bed & Breakfast Inn. It is a great little place with a fantastic inn keeper named, Kathryn White. I highly recommend staying there. Just ask for the Morning View suite. Once there you will be able to search for the secret drawer to find our letter. If you know what the drawer looks like at Longfellow's Wayside Inn, then you should have no trouble finding the secret drawer at the Beechmont. By the way, it is also haunted. There was an EVP captured in the Mangolia suite on the first floor. The attic and basement are also nice and creepy. It doesn't hurt that it is right next door to a funeral home.
UPDATE: On August 26, 2014 Rich & his girlfriend, Kelly, became members of the SDS, after being taken to the inn by Jason & Jo-Ann. During this trip a letter from April 25, 1976 was discovered making it the oldest existing letter known to us. It was also learned that the SDS began in 1928 & exists within most of the inn's guest rooms. Letters have been collected & placed in a storage bin of the guests sitting room on the second floor.
Ghost Hunting Tips & Equipment
Do you want to become a ghost hunter, but seem to be having trouble getting started? We can help out and advise you on how to go about starting your own team. If you check out the links page there are several websites that can help you get all of the proper equipment you will need.
Perhaps you have some advice for us, instead. We are open to suggestions, as well.
Jason aka "Nightraven"
As the team leader and lead investigator I am basically in charge of many aspects of our team. I recruit and train team members. I acquire, supply, and maintain the equipment. I organize the missions and manage the webpages. I added this blog to help us out in many different ways and as a means of communication with the outside world. Check it out and feel free to leave a message.