The Catacombs

Beneath the streets of Paris is another world, some may say it’s a portal to the spirit realm. The official name for this place is l’Ossuaire Municipal, but most just call it “the catacombs.” The catacombs were once mines converted into a mass grave or burial champers. In 1787 there were many health complaints about so many bodies being buried or left to decompose in churches. Rotting flesh contaminated water supplies causing sickness and disease, and so, the bodies were exhumed and relocated underground. The labyrinth of tunnels expands 180 miles beneath the city. This claustrophobic maze is home to the remains of 6 million people. Many people have been lost in the seemingly endless passageways and caves, and some of them have never been seen again. Of course these catacombs aren’t open to the public, but still adventurous Cataphiles take people down into the tunnels and give them illegal tours. Today, the catacombs are listed as one of the most haunted places in the world. People often claim to be touched by unseen hands, have the sensation of being watched or followed, have hysterical breakdowns, and feel as though they are being strangled. Most of these things can be possible signs of claustrophobia, but what about the claims of full bodied apparitions or sightings of terrifying unknown creatures? Can those be easily explained away as hallucinations brought on by being 65ft. below ground? Or is there something living among the bones of old Parisians?

By: Karen Floan – Founder and Lead Investigator


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NO ONE KNOWS for certain what happens to those who have died. Many are convinced, however, that they are sometimes in a place where they can still watch over living persons who are most important to them. Strong connections exist among blood relatives and even close friends. And these connections often seem to continue after death. There are countless personal stories from people who believe they have been contacted in some way by a loved one who has passed on. Often it’s just a feeling. Sometimes contact is made in a dream. Then every so often this contact is made in much more tangible ways: visions, sounds, smells and even voices.

Share your experiences.

By: Dale Cameau – Tech specialist and Investigator

Photographic Evidence

Trying to find evidence of the paranormal isn’t just something that popped up in recent years. Trying to capture the deceased has been happening since the early days of photography. Huffington Post says, “William H. Mumlermade a name for himself as a photographer-turned-medium allegedly able to conjure deceased individuals with his camera.” Of course it was later found his photos had been manipulated, it didn’t prevent others from trying the same. Many individuals believed to have captured “ectoplasm” on film, which is a cloudy substance that psychics can supposedly draw from themselves to help them communicate with the other side. Real or not, check out the link to see some awesomely eerie photographs!

By: Jessica Jokela – Historical Researcher and Investigator


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Ghost Pets

The question of whether animal spirits can come back just like human spirits do has fascinated me for quite some time now. D.T.U. has done cases in which animals see things that the human eye can’t see, and we’ve also come across a case in which a ghost cat was reportedly seen around a private residence actually playing with the home owners cats. Even throughout history people have reported seeing the apparition of their deceased pets in or around their homes. Can animal spirits return to their owners after death? If human spirits can return, why not our beloved animals? It’s certainly plausible. The most commonly reported are dogs, cats, and horses, so are there only a few types of animals that can return? There are so many questions surrounding this phenomenon. I invite all our followers and fellow bloggers to share your thoughts, opinions, and experiences on the subject. A shame not much is known about this phenomenon, but there has been too many sightings and reports to ignore the fact that maybe our furry friends really do come back to visit, if only for a short time, to say goodbye.

By: Karen Floan Founder and Lead Investigator

Ouija Boards

The ouija board is a tool that is used to communicate with spirits and most often demonic entities. The board itself is marked with letters, numbers, symbols, and a “yes” and “no” space.  The device uses a planchette (a small heart-shaped piece of wood or plastic or other movable object) to form a response.  The fingers of all séance participants are placed on the planchette and allowed to move.  Ouija boards can invite unwanted presences into a home or other location.  When we say unwanted, we mean demonic entities not in this realm and malevolent spirits that remain in our realm.  Although at first it appears to be a harmless toy, it is however a potentially dangerous item.  By using a Ouija board you are consciously inviting spirits to communicate with you.   The user does not have any control over who responds when they evoke spirits.  What you may end up getting is demonic or a malevolent spirit. 


What is a malevolent spirit?  

These are the spirits, that when living, comprised of what we know to be the criminal element.  This criminal element remains angry and hostile in death and its intentions are clearly not your best interest.  Spirits keep the same personality that the person had while living.  If this element does not value human life while alive, why would they in death? Once a demonic entity is allowed into your home, it is very difficult – and dangerous – to expel.  Conversely, a spirit cannot be physically expelled, they must be convinced – therefore it will be impossible.  If you have a Ouija board, please throw it out.  Do not donate to a charity in a box of unwanted items – just destroy it.  Normally we like to see unwanted items given to charity, but not this time.  Please educate your children on the dangers involved with this “toy”.  Education is much easier than dealing with a demonic entity or malevolent spirit!


Some paranormal groups will tell you that these boards are not dangerous because “demonic entities are rare”.  However, there are documented cases of homes being plagued by demonic entities and malevolent spirits as a result of the use of a Ouija board.  Why risk it?  To us, it’s as dangerous as walking through the streets with a stash of money.  Most people will not bug you, but one may rob you.  It’s the same in the paranormal world, most are harmless – but there are those few bad apples!


Here is a true story from a person who used the ouija board


Some people say it’s static electricity or some natural effect, while others claim one of the participants is always pushing it. But I know all too well that Ouija boards do work, and that they are not something to be taken lightly. My best friend at the time, Kaci, and I went through a stage where we’d mess around on the Ouija board all the time. We used to ask the same old, “Who am I going to marry?” “How many kids will I have?” “Who’s got a crush on me?” type of questions. It was all just in fun. One day we were at Kaci’s dorm, and there were a couple other people on the board with us. For some reason, the “spirit” we were speaking with took a dislike to me. It refused to answer any of the questions I asked it, or even acknowledge I was present. I gave up and removed my fingers from the oracle. Kaci asked the spirit why it didn’t like me, and it spelled out: BIG HALO. It knew I was a Christian and it caught what I jokingly called my “Jesus aura.” It wasn’t long before I began being “haunted” at home. I believe that by using the Ouija board, I opened myself up to little demon visitors that followed me home. I can’t blame it on any one instance; I think just using it in general opened the door to the nether realm.

After a little while, I put my fingers back on and began to ask it various questions about God; I had to test its spiritual knowledge. The spirit knew, without me saying it, that I didn’t believe it was a ghost or a deceased person, and when asked, it admitted to being a demon or one of the angels that fell at the beginning of time. I actually began to argue with the demon about God, which, let me warn you, is not a good idea! It began to taunt me with parts of my family’s past that only I knew. Of its own accord, it made reference to my dead grandfather, who beat and molested my mother throughout her childhood. It was just to upset me. It worked, of course, and I had to leave the room. I felt like I’d just fought a spiritual war, and I was disturbed by the outcome.

That experience didn’t stop me from playing again in the future. I was just always careful to stay as far away from the topic of religion as possible.

t wasn’t long before I began being “haunted” at home – far away from Kaci’s dorm. I believe that by using the Ouija board, I opened myself up to little demon visitors that followed me home. I can’t blame it on any one instance; I think just using it in general opened the door to the nether realm. Let me explain that I’ve had a recurring nightmare since I was a child. In it, I’m always in a room that is pitch black. There is a light switch on the wall that glows in the dark. No matter how many times I flip the switch on and off, the light never comes on. Usually there’s someone after me or something evil that makes it imperative that there be light in this certain room for my very survival. I always panic, then wake up. I’ve never in my life been as scared as I am in those dreams. I’ve told Kaci this before, in one of our many discussions of our worst fears. There must have been a demon listening, too, because they used that very scenario to get to me. One night, I was going downstairs to where my bedroom was, and I tried to turn on the light using the light switch at the top of the stairs. It didn’t work, no matter how many times I tried. I immediately started to freak out. I walked shakily down the stairs to use the light switch at the bottom. That one didn’t work either. All the other lights in the basement worked except for the the ones for the hallway. The next morning, I asked my older brother, whose bedroom was also in the basement, if the lights worked for him. He said yes and looked at me like I was crazy. I told him what happened, but he didn’t have any better of an explanation for it than I did.

On another night, I was again going downstairs, and I noticed a light on in the family room at the end of the hallway. I walked back to see where the light was coming from, and saw that the light was on in the furnace room in the very corner of the family room, with the door to the furnace room closed. I didn’t think too much of it; I just figured someone had to go in there for some odd reason and forgot to turn the light off. I asked my parents, then my little sister, as they were the only ones home that day, and they all claimed they hadn’t gone in there in months. That creeped me out almost as much as the light switch experience. Who – or what – was messing with the lights in the basement?

Then it happened again. This time, my friend Nicole was spending the night and we were going downstairs to go to bed. Once again, neither light switch in the basement hallway worked, but all the rest of the lights down there did. Now I was really frightened. I could have called the first time a fluke, some kind of wiring glitch that prevented those lights from working for a few minutes. Now that it had happened again, I knew this wasn’t caused by anything natural; something otherworldly was behind it. I tried to stay calm for Nicole’s sake. I remarked, “That’s weird,” and tramped down the stairs and into my room like nothing out of the ordinary was going on.

The third time it happened, I’d had enough. I finally fessed up and told my mother everything. She told me about playing with the Ouija board when she was younger, and that as a result she started to experience astral projection. She had these recurring out-of-body experiences for years, until she went to a Christian conference and heard her situation explained as being the result of having opened oneself to the demon world. You wonder where you actually are during this out-of-body experience? It’s believed that you’re actually in the same dimension the demons travel in, like you’re walking around in their world. You can imagine that this isn’t the safest place to be, even for a short while. The cure? A sort of exorcism performed on yourself. She explained it to me, and told me that would be my answer as well.

She took me into my room in the basement and held both of my hands in hers. She told the demons to leave in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. She repeated it a couple times, then prayed for my protection and comfort. And I was never bothered again. It was that easy. Going forward, I’ve stayed far far away from anything that has to do with the occult. I know now it isn’t just an innocent toy. If you use the Ouija board or would like to try it, I can’t stop you, I can only advise you to be careful! – Anomoyous

 By: Dale Cameau Tech Specialist and Investigator


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