Bloodstains – Jeff Mudgett

image I’m fascinated by the premise of this book on many levels. On the one hand we have a man who unsuspectingly finds out he is the grandson of Herman Webster Mudgett, better known by the name H.H. Holmes, the notorious serial killer that built the Murder Castle during the Chicago World’s Fair and killed who knows how many people. And if that wasn’t enough, there is the theory that this same H.H. Holmes left the US, went over to London and continued to commit his acts of murder, but this time under the name, Jack the Ripper. Could such a thing be true? Is it possible that two notorious serial killers could in fact be the same person? The truth is stranger than fiction and there is indeed evidence to support this claim.

I can’t even imagine what it must be like to discover Holmes is part of your family history. To have his personal diaries, his actual notes, and even his confessions in your own hands. Shocking would be an understatement. But then, what to find out or make the case that there could be more to the story? Have other Ripper experts not followed this line because it’s just too outrageous, or did they not have access to the same material?

I haven’t actually had a chance to read this book, but as soon as time permits, I’m all over this thing. The whole thing is just so strange, so unusual, so fantastic. Could Jeff Mudgett actually have the answer for all these years? Is this the crucial piece of evidence everyone’s been waiting for? Experts have already said the handwriting between Holmes and the Ripper is a match. Does Jeff Mudgett and his bizarre family line have the ability give yet more like to Holmes and thus solve the mystery of the Ripper?

And when will an investigation of the old Murder Castle site take place? It’s been hinted at. It’s been alluded to. If anyone has more details don’t be shy about throwing them out!

Bloodstains by Jeff Mudgett
Jack the Ripper’s Identity Discovered via Forensic Evidence.
Jeff Mudgett & Paranormal team to investigate H.H. Holmes historic Murder Castle
The Devil’s Domain – Author Jeff Mudgett joins Darkness Radio to talk about the new link between HH Holmes and Jack the Ripper
H.H. Holmes is Jack The Ripper – Jeff Mudgett on BlogTalkRadio

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Chasing Spirits: The Building of the "Ghost Adventures" Crew

Take a look behind the scenes of the Travel Channel’s hit show Ghost Adventures with paranormal investigator Nick Groff as he shares his favorite explorations of the supernatural. From recording strange voices during his dusk-to-dawn lockdowns at “haunted” places to a face-to-face encounter with a spirit at Linda Vista Hospital in Los Angeles, Nick reveals an inside perspective of some of the most mind-blowing incidents caught on-camera, a closer look at some of the gadgets and gear used in the show, and the friendly and competitive camaraderie between the Ghost Adventures crew—on the set and off.

Chasing Spirits also invites you into Nick’s haunted past, where a childhood near-death experience, an energetic passion for life, and a love of movies fueled his imagination and curiosity about the afterlife and started him off on his paranormal path. That path combined his interests in a documentary on ghosts that would eventually launch the Ghost Adventures television series and phenomenon. Everything Nick has witnessed and done has convinced him of the reality of the hereafter and inspired him to improve his personal and professional relationships and to continue to learn what it means to be a human being on a spiritual journey.

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Ghost Adventures – Point Sur California – S07E03

image I like investigations involving lighthouses. There is something lonely, mysterious, peaceful and haunting about them. That loneliness can lead to desperation. The sea can turn ugly and take lives. We have lots of stories about shipwrecks and figures still guarding the light. Does Point Sur still have a mad on watch?

The guys meet up with Julie Nunes, a tour guide for Point Sur, who claims to have dozens of EVPs from her own investigations. But these don’t sound like you’re average comments, it sounds like these spirits might be in the throws of passion and may be on the verge of getting caught. There could be comments such as, "you liar, you kissed her", "take off your shirt", "don’t grab me, he’s right here".

Julie reveals that there was indeed more than one family living in the lighthouse and that there was a supposed love affair going on. The details are pretty vague, but if there was indeed more than one couple or even just multiple people out there in the seclusion of the see, passion and jilted lovers would certainly be possible. Is there some dark energy out there because of love gone wrong and infidelity?

Besides these somewhat salacious EVPs, the other activity includes boards dropping in front of people (which doesn’t seem all that surprising since the roof is coming apart) and a girl singing. It doesn’t seem like anything nefarious or treacherous is going on out there though. Not the usual "dark energy" Zak seems to go after.

But during the investigation they do hear what sounds like a girl singing. They aren’t able to find the source, but it’s not an EVP as everyone on the crew heard it. Additionally, they capture what seems to be a figure walking along the coastline. It’s later revealed that may not be the coastline at all, but perhaps the old tracks used for delivering supplies.

Unfortunately, they don’t capture any more of the love affair. Rather they get what might be a girl crying and the words, "Michael" and "Admiral". Were the lighthouse keepers in their time? Are they attached to the place? And was that indeed a little girl crying?

I think the most compelling piece was the figure walking. Is that really a ghostly figure? Could it have just been one of the local residents? Was it perhaps just an animal walking along that path? Unfortunately, the guys didn’t go down to the spot or at least photograph it from a distance. Is there no way for it to be an animal or person? A tiny bit of debunking would have gone a long way on that one. I’d really like to know what the hell that was.

So is Point Sur haunted? Does it hold some restless and amorous spirits? Is there more to this story? Was there a love triangle going there? Did it lead to something more sinister? Or are these voices being captured from elsewhere? Is the wind picking up conversations from somewhere else? Are these phone conversations or radio communications? It’s intriguing stuff that’s for sure. If there are spirits at the lighthouse, they seem to be having a pretty good time.

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Ghost Adventures – Excalibur Nightclub and Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery – S07E02

image For this episode, Zak, Nick and Aaron head to Chicago to investigate a nightclub with paranormal undertones and a cemetery alive with activity. But first, they have to get through the protest rally. Seems their timing is a little off and they arrive right in the middle of a NATO demonstration. Hunting for ghosts or fending off the police, which would make the more exciting episode?

The investigation starts off with Bachelor’s Grove, which is a sad story unto itself. What used to be a small cemetery with about 200 plots has been abandoned, giving way to vandalism, grave robbing and even reports of Satanic worship. Almost all of the headstones have been smashed and knocked over. The area has supposedly been used for dumping bodies by the Mob. Overall, a place that should be treated with respect is getting no such thing.

Many people report having experiencing such as seeing shadow figures, people walking around, and taking photos of unknown animals lurking in the growth. This is also the location of the famous/infamous photo of the apparition sitting on the grave stone.

With the help of the local police and park service, who guard the perimeter, the guys head in to see if they can substantiate any of the claims. They are immediately on the trail of some sort of floating orb that dances through the forest. While they crash through the growth, breaking twigs, crushing leaves and making plenty of noise, this ball of light moves effortlessly along without making a sound. The officers report that no one is in the park except them.

So what do we have here? Is this an orb of energy leading them out of the cemetery so they don’t disturb the spirits? Or is this a lightning but or something similar just floating around? Was there someone else out there hiding in the growth just trying to mess with them? There is certainly something there, but a fuzzy ball of light out in the distance with no sense of scale does not a paranormal event make. Even Sergeant Joe says people claim to see orbs and as such he doesn’t seem at all surprised by their comments. But more investigation needs to be done on that one.

Besides the orb, they claim to pick up an EVP of "____ is coming" and when asked if they mind people in the cemetery they get a response supposedly referencing the ball of light they’ve been chasing.

With that investigation done, they head over to the Excalibur nightclub to investigate reports of people getting pushed, a girl wandering the third floor and a candle being lit that is too far out of reach for a normal person to be able to reach it.

The former manager claims to have seen the little girl roaming around. He encountered her after being told there was a girl lost in the upstairs of the club. A waitress at the club has felt hands at the back of her head while getting ready for work. And more than one person has been pushed down the stairs. The manager is certainly a believer, he doesn’t work there any more and wouldn’t spend the night there if he had to.

The guys try several experiments, even Zak standing near a ledge asking to be pushed, with no results. They aren’t able to get any EVPs, nor do they capture any physical evidence. However, both Zak and Nick almost fall down the stairs. They both claim to get disoriented and then almost immediately fall over. Zak is clearly falling backward in that typical slow motion replay they like to do. So what happened? Did Zak simply take a misstep while walking on the narrow stairs in the dark or did something actually come out to push him? Was it perhaps the little girl that has been seen? Was it the same thing that touched the waitress on the back of the head? Is the lack of evidence just wishful thinking in the paranormal?

In the end, I really wish the guys would have done more of an investigation in the cemetery. Considering all the claims surrounding the place, they barely scratched the surface. They didn’t do anything in regards to the headstone where the apparition was photographed, they didn’t do any real EVP sessions, they didn’t have their usual static cameras set up to capture the graves. I’m fine with them not capturing evidence, because I don’t believe every place they go and every claim they hear is part of a burning cauldron of the paranormal. But this episode feel short because they didn’t give it their best effort. There was so much more they could have done. Considering the vandalism and disrespect for this cemetery it’s entirely possible there are restless sprits who are down right pissed off at how they’re being treated. Their graves are getting dug up, their bones are being tossed on the ground, their markers are being smashed and a bunch of drunken teens are masquerading as Satanists. It’s enough to truly piss off the living. But did we capture evidence of the spirit world? I’m not sure sure.

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