This November marks DTU’s six year anniversary. I didn’t know that when I started this group I would make life-long friendships and bring other people together who otherwise would have never met. DTU was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I’m looking forward to many more years of investigating and paranormal experiences.
In honor of this special occasion, comment on this post and tell us your most profound paranormal experience or tell us what you hope to experience.
By: Karen Floan – Lead Investigator
Recently in the news there’s been reports of people in 2 different Chinese provinces spotting a city floating in the clouds. This has sparked some to comment that it may have been a window to an alternate universe. I as a fan of a certain TV show that has since gone off the air *cough* Fringe *cough* can not express to you how enticed I was by such a theory. Imagine, if you will, the ramifications of a flying city from a parallel universe slipping, even momentarily, into our reality! So I decided to see what the more scientific portion of the internet had to say about what these people had seen.
And their verdict?! A mirage. Kind of disappointing I’ll admit but still quite intriguing a concept. What on earth could make it that we would see a city in the clouds? Well it’s a specific type of mirage called a “fata morgana”. It’s a very specific type of atmospheric mirage that is responsible for the same effect when it seems like a road drives right up into the sky. The difference between the two is based on the direction that the mirage extends. The city anomaly being called a “superior mirage” because the effect extends upwards and the sky reflecting down onto the road is inversely called an “inferior mirage”.
I’m not an atmospheric scientist so rather than explain in my own words allow me to quote how a “fata morgana” is formed.
“To get a fata morgana, you need cold dense air near the ground with a layer of warmer air above it, Coleman says. This is called a temperature inversion, since it’s the reverse of what usually happens in the atmosphere. They usually occur over large bodies of water since the air tends to be relatively cooler close to an ocean or lake surface, but can form over land too.” Jane J. Lee, National Geographic
So, unfortunately, we’ll all have to wait at least one more day to meet an alternate version of ourselves, or see a world where Back to the Future 2 was right and the Cubs won the World Series (more great alternate universe media!). That doesn’t mean we can’t all dream of such an exciting prospect, but let’s let this strange occurrence over China reminds us that we should question even what our own eyes see.
By: William Cleveland – Investigator
Death in America is not an easy topic to openly discuss or talk about. In fact death of a family member can be one of the most difficult things someone has to go through. But when you die, are you truly alone? As a paranormal investigator that works in a funeral home I find myself asking what is really happening the last few moments before death. When we die, is the choice to go toward the light all ours, or are we guided?
The idea of seeing a white light just before death is a common belief, but is that all there is? Since 2009 I’ve been working at a funeral home and have heard many strange stories about people moments away from death. Most of the time I brushed it off and paid it no mind. That was the case before it happened to a family member of mine. A few months ago a family member dealing with old age and health issues was napping and his wife overheard a conversation he was having. Concerned, she woke him and he explained there was a man the come to visit him in his dream. As he described the man it was all too clear, so he believed he was visited by an “Angel”. Unsure of what this dream man wanted, he was convinced someone tried to speak with him about his life. Was this just random brain activity that created this vivid dream or was he really visited by an “Angel”?
Years back, I had other strange occurrence happen to me that I still can’t explain. There was a death at a nursing home and I was called to transfer the body back to the funeral home. Upon arriving to the room I noticed a faint smell of perfume in the room. No living person was in the room but it smelled as if some one just sprayed perfume. I made the transfer and left the room to find the nurse. She told me moments before he took his last breath he said hello to his sister. The nurse made mention his sister had passed away years ago. As I filled out my paperwork and returned to the room, the smell of perfume had vanished. Was this man greeted by his sister moments before his death? Did she help guide him through the light? Was this all just coincidence?
I have no answers to most of the claims I hear like this. Truth is we will never know until it’s our time. And when it is our time, will you be going to the light alone? Or will you have loved ones guiding you?
By: Cody Morgan – Investigator
If you decide to take a road trip this summer or fall, here are a few places to check out in New Mexico. Boyd’s Sanitorium in central New Mexico, the St. James Hotel build in 1880, and there is also a haunted insane asylum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Lodge in Cloudcroft, New Mexico, was once owned by Al Capone, the building is said to be haunted by the ghost of Rebecca. Cuervo, New Mexico ghost town is also a very interesting place to check out. Good hunting!
By: Bob Weber – Investigator
It’s been a while since we posted anything, but do not fear! We are not dead! Or haunting anyone… yet! We were busy preparing for possible cases. We are proud to announce we did an investigation of the Grand Old Opera House in Oshkosh, WI. Although we didn’t find anything concrete to show you guys we did experience smelling some strange rotten egg-like, sulfurous smells. We all smelled it once when we were setting up equipment, it was extremely pungent. We kindly asked our hosts to open a nearby storage room so that we could make sure it wasn’t ventilation from a restroom or a dead animal, and to our surprise there was nothing in there that could have given us this odor. Cody and Will smelled it once more each at separate times. This is the strange part. If it was something natural we would have been able to identify a source and it wouldn’t have dissipated within a matter of seconds. We aren’t definitely saying this is paranormal, and it’s not even part of the claims people report, but it is worth noting for when we go back in the future. A lot of times the sulfurous smell is reported during demonic-type hauntings, but we would just like to take a moment to say that this is NOT always the case. And in this instance we felt nothing but a welcome and friendly atmosphere. If anyone has any suggestions as to what might have caused this smell leave us a comment to ponder. Thanks for reading as always.
~ The DTU Family
Our new members bios and temporary pictures are up. DTU is working on getting new shirts, and then we’ll have more photos of the team. Happy 4th of July!
My family inherited an antique doll when I was still living at home. She wore a long christening gown and a white bonnet, worn slightly with age. Her face was full porcelain with painted on eyelashes and eyebrows that furrowed down disapprovingly. The white in her glass eyes faded to a jaundice yellow, with never blinking brown iris’s that stared sternly in one direction. We kept her on a couch in the corner.
At least once every week overnight the doll would change positions. Sometimes we would wake up to find her staring at us from a chair in our bedrooms- or even in our bed with us. Sometimes she would just be on a different chair in the living room. My mom was terrified, and pressed a confession out of my sister. But the doll still moved, and weeks later my sister was confronted about her ongoing ‘practical joke’. Her face went pale and still and she admitted she was not the one moving the doll. The doll ended up getting boxed up and put into storage.
This had popped into my mind years later. Never having got resolution if it was my sister moving the doll or if it was moving on its own, I started searching the internet for haunted dolls. I was bombarded with famous dolls haunted by demons, and dolls that will give you bad luck if you take their picture without asking. You could even try your luck on eBay and buy a haunted doll for a small price. I wasn’t convinced at first.
I found myself joining a Facebook group run by paranormal investigator Jayne Harris; a very well respected investigator and seller of haunted dolls .I learned in the group that yes, spirits can and do attach themselves to objects, and the object is most frequently a doll.
Of course I started tracking down that antique doll of my mom’s right away. After a year and a half, she is finally mine. I put her on the rocking chair in my apartment, and she has sat there for a few weeks, not changing position. Something about her does feel quite off, and I frequently imagine her floating around with her long gown dragging softly on the floor, those angry eyes watching me sleep. But nothing as of yet. I’ve had EVP sessions with her, which anomalies are frequently caught; the first EVP being “come closer.. I have to show you some things”. But no flying around from couch to couch as I was expecting.
The idea of adopting a ghost excited me, and now I fill my room with antique and vintage dolls with hope that a ghost has or will someday make its home in them. I garage sale for the creepiest dolls I can find, and once every so often buy from a reputable haunted seller online. The world of haunted objects is spooky and addictive for the lovers of the unknown.
Although the presence of a haunted doll may be subtle, from behind those cute glass eyes of your favorite doll, may be a spirit staring back at you.