We’ve all heard of Pandora’s Box, the famed artifact from Greek mythology that contained all the evils of the world, but is there any truth to this tale? This week a story has come out of the U.K. of a 37 year old male, Jason Airey, who was recently found dead after opening a mysterious container that was labled “Pandora’s Box.” The coroner said that the autopsy concluded that Airey’s heart had simply stopped beating. After examination, the box itself is said to have contained synthetic cannabis, but not a single trace of this substance could be found in Airey’s body upon examination. Dennis Airey, his father, said that Jason had just been “his normal self” on the day of his death. Could his heart attack have been the result of being exposed to so much evil all at once? The world may never know.
By: Jessica Jokela – Historical Researcher and Investigator
Most people don’t make the distinction between psychics and psychic mediums. Mediums have the ability to communicate with the spirits of dead, while psychics don’t have this ability to communicate with spirits. Mediums can communicate through physical means or using a variety of mental forms like clairvoyance, clairsentience, and clairaudience. This article will discuss the forms of communication used by psychic mediums.
Some psychic mediums use physical communication as a way of contact. They gather relatives of the deceased person and hold a private séance. The purpose of this séance is to link spirits with the living world through physical methods like knocking, body movements, etc. Some psychic mediums claim to be able to summon up materialized figures of the deceased person. Besides using physical communication, some mediums use a variety of mental forms of communication. One of the most common is clairvoyance, or clear seeing.
Clairvoyant mediums have a heightened sense of vision. Psychic mediums who claim to be clairvoyant, use this heightened sense of vision to see pictures in their minds. They are able to see the spirit as if it were directly in front of them in the room. They are able to describe the deceased person in detail to the relatives. In addition to clairvoyant mediums, some of them have the ability to use clairsentience, or clear feeling.
Clairsentience is the ability to experience the emotions of a spirit. Psychic mediums use this ability to receive feelings from the spirit of the deceased. They can feel a range of emotions like grief and pain. In some instances, psychic mediums can even tell relatives exactly what caused their loved one to die. One of the last mental forms of communication that mediums usually use is clairaudience, or clear feeling.
Clairaudience refers to psychic mediums who are able to hear sounds that are not audible to normal human beings. They are able to channel the thoughts of spirits who have already crossed over. These psychic mediums are then able to pass messages back and forth between the spirit and living relatives.
Psychic mediums are people who have the ability to communicate with spirits. Some do this through physical means like knocking and body movements. Others are clairvoyant and have the ability to see a spirit in detail. Other psychic mediums use clairsentience and clairaudience to feel and hear the voices of the deceased individual.
By: Dale Comeau – Tech Specialist and Investigator
Have you ever wondered what happens when you die? Where do ghosts come from? Why doesn’t everyone turn into a ghost? These are just a few questions that people ask themselves. These are the very questions that “ghost hunters” ask themselves when trying to find out the truth behind hauntings. Why here and why now?
I have my own theories about why ghosts do what they do. Personally I believe that in order to stay behind you have to have had trauma in some way before you die, either this could have been by being murdered, and long painful death from a disease or you are just an old grouch and missed out on some much needed lovins. My question to this would be why babies? Why couldn’t they just get a quick pass and enjoy their afterlife?
Everyone has a soul, or I believe so anyways. This power of energy is what drives everyone to live life and even if your body is gone that does not mean that the rest of you just cease to exist. Not everyone feels they have left something behind or in the movies they call this “unfinished business.” The most amazing and strange at the same time for me would be why are there ghost hunters in the first place? Well I think this is because people feel they need to prove that there is in fact something more than “lights out.”
What are your thoughts?
By: Lisa Schneider – Historical Researcher and Investigator
There is a place in Steven’s Point, WI that has been named Boy Scout Lane by locals. It is named such because the land that it is on was once owned by the Boy Scouts of America, who were supposed to use the land to build a Scout camp, although the camp was never built the land remains wooded and the name was still used. Boy Scout Lane is on West River Drive, and is between Cemetery Road and Little Chicago Road.
People have reported childlike hand prints on cars, the sounds of footsteps or crumpling leaves coming from all directions, white and red lights sometimes described as resembling lanterns or flashlight, a strong sense of dread, and even translucent buses or figures.
The tale goes, the road is named for a troop of Boy scouts who were killed while on a camping trip in the 1950s or 60s. There are several variations to the story; the murderer is the troop’s Scout master, their bus driver, their bus crashes and catches fire, they just vanish without explanation and are never found, and one account even states the Boy scouts themselves accidentally set fire to the forest, killing them all.
According to public record there are no accounts of fatal forest fires or mysterious disappearances on or around Boy Scout Lane.
I have not experienced any of this phenomena myself when I lived there, but according to my friends whom still live there most say that they have experienced the feeling of discomfort when in that area and some choose to stay away all together.
By: Laken Murray – Historical Researcher and Investigator
Pennhurst was built and opened its doors in 1908 to the mentally and physically handicapped. The property was vast, stretching 120 acres, and housed over 10,000 patients at one time. Half of these patients were committed by parents or guardians that could no longer care for them and the other half were committed by court order. Pennhurst was a self-sufficient community that had medical staff, dentists, specialists in psychology, social services, accounting, and education. They even had clergy members and farming experts to grow the institutions own food. The Pennhurst facilities consisted of a movie theater, barber shop, general store, and even a greenhouse. The institutions electricity was powered by an on-site power plant, and for the patients there were recreational baseball fields for it’s residence. This all sounds like a nice facility, and that’s the image they wanted to maintain to the public, but Pennhurst also has a dark history of abusing and dehumanizing its patience behind closed doors. They were also accused of providing no help to the mentally disabled. After a 32-day trial and thorough investigation, Pennhurst was deemed dangerous and provided inadequate care to its patients. So, in 1986 Pennhurst was ordered to close it’s doors for good, but as you can imagine, the patients, alive and deceased, remembered the abuse they endured at Pennhurst Asylum. After the doors were shut the buildings began to rapidly deteriorate. People began illegal tours of the property and teenagers began spray-painting obscene messages on its inner walls. Several paranormal groups have investigated this area over the years including world famous T.A.P.S., and they all have experienced unexplained phenomenon that includes everything from object manipulation to hearing disembodied voices in the network of underground tunnels that run from building to building. Pennhurst Asylum is one of today’s most haunted attractions. It is D.T.U.’s ultimate dream to investigate here one day.
By: Karen Floan – Lead Investigator
Looking for a cool paranormal-related destination to visit? Check out this place! The East KY Museum of Mysteries recently opened in Van Lear, Kentucky. It showcases everything having to do with the paranormal, unexplained and bizarre.
“Well, I’ve always been into the paranormal and the strange my entire life…so I said why not open a business that gets my collection out into the public eye,” said Eli Harrington, owner of the East Kentucky Museum of Mysteries.
The collection contains everything from old tools of war, to scary medical equipment, to various zoological specimens, both normal and cryptozoological. So if you’re looking for something to spook up your summer, head on down!
You can also look up the “East KY Museum of Mysteries” on Facebook!
By: Jessica Jokela – Historical Researcher and Investigator
It is a question that has been asked by each and every single one of us. Do we continue to live on? Or do we cease to exist? The way I’m going to answer this question is, let’s ask someone who has already died. How is this possible? We are going to ask someone who has been through what is called a near death experience (NDE). A NDE is personal experiences, including detachment from the body, feelings of levitation, total serenity, security, warmth, presence of a light, after a person has been pronounced clinically dead.
Many people report that at the exact time of death, they rise out of their bodies and are able to see themselves as well as everything that is going on around them. Here is a statement from a little girl of eight years old who was very sick and was not supposed to live. “I had been sick and was sent to the hospital. I was only eight years old. so I didn’t know that I wasn’t supposed to live. I remember my whole family gathered around the cot I was in. I rose up above them, and saw they were all crying. I could also see myself lying in the cot with a nurse next to me”
Here is another experience from a woman named Sharleen. ” I was lying in my bed sleeping, when all of a sudden I woke with excruciating chest pain on my left side. I realized that I was completely paralyzed in bed. I can remember lying there screaming on the inside because of the pain and trying to raise my left arm to touch my husband. I can remember screaming in my head that I needed a doctor. I felt that if I could just make my arm move to touch him, he could call the doctor. The next thing I remember is, I was hovering above my bed, way above it. Higher than the ceiling. I was floating. I could feel my whole body floating. I was looking down and I could see myself lying flat on my back, and my husband still sitting up in the same position. He hadn’t moved and I can remember thinking how on earth could he be so non observant with all this going on.”
Other experiences by people have been reported that they didn’t even know they have died. Here is a story from a Dr. George Ritchie. At the age age of 20, Dr. Ritchie was a private in the army who was stationed in Texas. He had gotten sick with pneumonia and died. The army physician in charge stated in a notarized statement that the medical officer summoned had detected no evidence of respiration or cardiac impulse, and declared Ritchie dead. Ritchie had left his body and was wandering around the hospital ward unaware he was dead. He found it strange nobody could see him. He returned to his room and recognized his lifeless body, which had been covered with a sheet, by his fraternity Ring.
Those were just a few stories from people who have died and returned to life. It is through their experiences that we find answers to our questions. Dying is a natural process and is nothing to be afraid of. Sometimes you don’t even know you’re dead. What does that tell you?
By: Dale Comeau – Tech Specialist and Investigator