Haunted Collector – Hollywood Haunted and Gold Rush Ghost – S03E10

Joe Liebke Home – Hollywood California

For the first part of the episode John heads to Hollywood California to investigate the home of Joe Liebke which was previously owned by Orson Wells and John Williams. Joe claims that he sees shadow figures, hears footsteps and has the power go out while trying to watch Citizen Kane, the movie Orson Wells was making while in the house. Citizen Kane is based on Randolph Hearst who didn’t take too kindly to the movie and did everything he could to try and stop it from being made.

John Williams also claims to have had a few odd experiences in the house. The Call button would go off even though it’s not connected to anything. This was verified by an electrician when he came to repair it. John also feels the basement is a "sanctuary" and that it should be left alone. While he wasn’t touched nor did he see shadow figures, he gives the impression he feels something is there.

The investigation starts off with a shadow detector falling over by itself and pool cues crashing to the floor when John asks if Orson Wells is there. They listen to their EVP and hear footsteps right before the crash. Is that Orson Wells walking over and knocking the cues over? Or is that simply gravity and good timing?

Down in the basement where Joe has found multiple movie related artifacts, Jesslyn is having a pretty bad moment. She hears growling and becomes visually unnerved. Even John says he can see her shaking. Brian heads down to offer help and they immediately locate the exact spot to dig to uncover a cigar box full of sheet music from the 1920’s.

After speaking with an antiques expert and authority on Hollywood history John makes the connection that this cigar box belonged to Orson Wells, that it was sheet music his mother played and that Orson himself is responsible for the activity even though he died somewhere else and no actual incidents have been associated with the house. While Orson is known to have smoked cigars there is nothing that says this is his box nor is there anything that indicates this music is associated with his mother. And the coincidence of digging in the exact spot to find the box on the first try is extraordinary.

John suggests putting the cigar box and the sheet music by the picture of Orson and his mother and the activity seems to come to and end and Joe can watch Citizen Kane in peace.

Fallon Hotel – Columbia California

Olivia works at the Fallon Hotel and seems to be the target of paranormal events. She claims to have been pushed down the stairs as well as thrown into a wall by spirit energy. She also claims a broken clock still chimes and indentations of a person show up in the beds. The hotel is part of the Columbia Gold Rush and they have re-enactments and wear period costumes. Olivia claims the activity picks up when she is wearing the period clothes.

The investigation starts with Chris debunking the clock. It may be old, but the pendulum still works and they easily get it to chime while walking around the room. Finally, some debunking!

They head to Room 1 where someone is supposed to sleep in the bed. Aimee is pulled away to Room 5 because the water in the sink is running. Did someone turn those on or are the pipes loose? A faucet turning on by itself isn’t that uncommon. However, while Aimee is away the camera captures what appears to be someone slipping into bed. The covers appear to raise and then actually fall.Jason runs in, but finds no indentation or anything in the room. Admittedly that is some pretty wild footage.

John goes with Olivia to Room 1 and asks questions. Olivia feels a presence and that someone is continually touching her hair. It also appears the dress they left on the bed moves.

Oddly, Jesslyn has a similar experience where she feels her hair is being touched and Jason says he can see it moving. Is someone messing with the women?

It turns out there is a story that might fit these events. There was a miner named John Smith who came into town in a rather intoxicated state. He stopped at a Saloon run by Martha to keep the drinking binge going. She told him to get out, ugly words were spoken and John grabbed Martha by the hair and roughed her up. Martha’s husband stepped in and shot John Smith in the face. It also comes to light that Martha and Olivia look somewhat similar.

Is there a violent spirit acting out against Olivia because she looks like Martha? And who the devil is sleeping in the bed? While the other claims don’t have any documented evidence associated with them, the covers raising and the coat moving are pretty damn interesting. Those were very unusual.

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Deep South Paranormal – Old Soldiers Never Die – S01E04

The team heads down to Florida to investigate a home with some unusual activity such as shadow figures, the feeling of being touched and even a sense of being held down in bed. The entire family says they’ve had experiences and seen things, with the son Cameron getting the worst of it. He’s the one that was held down in bed. He doesn’t like being in the house alone. In fact, he usually won’t go in by himself.

The investigation starts with checking out the various rooms with Jonathan feeling some pressure on his chest while lying in Cameron’s bed. It feels like something is holding him down and he gets a massive headache from the experience. Normally, this sort of thing can be attributed to sleep paralysis, but Jonathan was awake the entire time. Is there something else causing this like fumes from the wood in the house or some form of gas leak? Just putting the paranormal aside for the moment, it seems like that room needs to be checked for pollutants.

Footsteps are heard throughout the house, but that really doesn’t come as too big a surprise since the entire house is made of wood. It’s a massive log cabin and as the house settles for the night it will expand and contract making sounds like footsteps.

The investigation of the house comes to a bit of an abrupt end as Kali and Kevin hear noises in the growth as they watch the monitors. Since they’re outside you would expect noises to come from animals walking in the scrub, but the entire team assembles to search the grounds. The area surrounding the property is part of a Civil War battle and they believe the spirits are at work here.

By happenstance there is a war re-enactment going on so they borrow a trigger object of a powder bag. Keith, Randy and Jonathan try shooting the gun, giving out a Rebel Yell (Billy Idol nowhere to be found, FYI) and enacting a wounded solider. The wind picks up in the area, but that really doesn’t come across as all that odd.

What is odd is that one of the IR cameras gives out right after a dark figure appears in the woods. They capture perhaps or or two frames of something, but it has them convinced of supernatural entities.

In the end, they feel the family will have to live with the spirits and that being so close to the battleground is fueling the activity. But seriously, what evidence?

In my estimation I don’t think they were able to document any real activity. The footsteps can easily be the house itself creaking. Cameron’s room does seem to have something odd with it, but that could be a chemical reaction to the paint or other building materials. I’m sure the entire house is coated in some sort of wood protectant. Before we jump to conclusions how about you get a hazmat style team over there to make sure there’s nothing alien in the air that would be causing those feelings. Maybe their is a presence there, but I think plenty of other things need to be eliminated first.

What about that shadow in the woods? Is that something paranormal or was that the shadow of the animal they may have been chasing around the woods all night. Let’s face it, it’s the woods. There are animals out there. That is certainly more likely than the presence of a Civial War soldier.

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Haunted Collector – Lakeside Terror and Pythian Secrets – S03E09

Lake Norfork Inn

John and the team head out to the Lake Norfork Inn in Henderson Arkansas to investigate claims of people getting touched, shadow figures and the usual story of a “woman in white”. It’s amazing just how many women in white are out there. Only rivaled by the number of women in black.

As they begin the investigation, the activity seems to be centered on Room 212. In fact, as Jason and Jesslyn go to investigate they hear a slew of very loud giggles. It’s so loud that it comes across as a prank. To me it sounds like a Halloween giggle box. Jason and Jesslyn investigate and find themselves staring at someone’s missing prosthetic leg. How do you get out of the house and leave one of those behind? They also discover EMF spikes up to 36. They don’t find the source of the laughter or the high spikes which is very strange unto itself.

For the next part of the investigation, John and Jason find a ring at the bottom of the pool. It appears to be costume jewelry of some sort. Another item they discover is a hip flask. What that flask was doing in the freezer is a mystery to me, but that’s where it was stored. Oddly, when Brian brings out his Mel Meter to take some readings, the meter begins to smoke and ultimately shocks Brian leaving a burn mark on his palm. Is this the work of the paranormal or is this a piece of electronic equipment gone haywire? Even still, the Mel Meter only takes standard batteries, it shouldn’t have enough power to actually hurt someone should it?

As far as the history of the area, they learn that hundreds of farms and 26 cemeteries were flooded to make the manmade lake of the area. One of the cemeteries would have been the Maynard family plot and it would have been located in the same proximity as the Lake Norfork Inn. Incidentally, the initials on the flask that singed Brian are BM. Jason and Aimee link this to Bud Maynard who died in 1929. There aren’t any real details of his death and the team really doesn’t go looking any further.

Ultimately the team decides to remove the ring, which really doesn’t have a link to anything, but they correlate it could be the mysterious little girl that some have claimed to see. They also remove the flask. After this, the activity seems to have stopped and low and behold business is booming.

Oddly, they never go back and find the source of that giggling… I guess we’re to assume it’s from the phantom girl?

Pythian Castle – Springfield Missouri

For the next investigation they head to the Pythian Castle which was created by the Knights of Pythian. People report being touched, shadow figures and one person who was asked to castle sit was jerked out of bed by some unforeseen force.

During the investigation the activity seems to be centered in the basement and a cell door that keeps swinging open. It may even have swung itself closed. While down there, Brian and Chris have a series of Rem Pods go off as though something is coming towards them. They chase after it and end up at a hole in the wall where some previous artifacts were found. Brian climbs in and within mere seconds pulls out a medallion with German writing on it. This seems to coincide with an EVP they got which they believe was in German. Previously, the owners claimed they place was a POW camp for German, possibly SS soldiers, but a historian on the area refutes that claim completely. No POWs would have ever been there.

They do discover a William of German ancestry who was a member of the Pythian Order who committed suicide in the castle. He may or may not have served in the Franco – Prussian War where the medallion was handed out, but the team attributes it to William and feel it needs to be displayed so he can find rest. The owner does just that and the activity seems to die down.

I’m still confused on John’s methodology on when an item needs to be removed and when an item needs to be displayed. It seems a little random to me, but I’m sure there’s some sort of method to it, right?

As with most of these episodes their leaps of logic leave a lot of room for error. There are a lot of assumptions going on here. I don’t know that they really found a lot of activity at either location, certainly nothing like the owners claim. No one was pushed, no shadow figures, no one was touched or grabbed. No one was ripped out of bed that I could tell. We have an odd series of laughs which never got explained and we have a swinging cell door. And we all know a rusty cell door would never swing on it’s own.

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Deep South Paranormal – Got Them Lady In Black Blues – S01E03

The team heads out to Prattville, Alabama to investigate the Pratt Cotton Gin which claims to have reports of the Lady in Black and the spirit of a young boy who died when he fell down the elevator shaft. Obviously this is an old mill and both child labor and worker deaths would have been common. OCSA didn’t get much play back in the day.

As the team talks with locals including the police, retired workers of the mill and the mayor, they discover the boy who died was most likely named Willy Youngblood and the Lady in Black may be his mother. After his passing she became so distraught that she drowned herself in the river by the dam.

It’s a massive structure covering some 400,000 square feet so the team spends the next couple of days going to different locations. They culminate their investigation by having Hart try to summon her energy as he takes a boat out to the location where she drowned. The rest of the team investigates the other buildings and tries for EVPs.

As Hart and Randy continue their ceremony on the water, it appears a figure is caught moving across the dam. It’s looks to be a small shadow figure. From the distance and the grainy quality, it’s hard to tell what they have. Did they actually capture something or is this a shadow being cast from some other means? At first glance it appears to be a figure, but it’s very hard to tell.

Over the course of their investigation they really didn’t capture much else. They feel they got an EVP of "Mama" and Keith felt as though things were being tossed at him from the top of the building, but as with all old buildings, who’s to say that’s not an animal scurrying around?

So what do you think, did they capture the Lady in Black? Is that truly an apparition walking around by the dam? Did Hart really have the mojo to make her appear?

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