Ghost Farm in Bristol RI?

BRISTOL, R.I. (WLNE) – The Usher Farm in Bristol is now the center of a ghost story, after pictures of what appear to be ghosts on the property circulated social media.

The Usher’s have an old farmhouse on their property that hasn’t been lived in in over 40 years. Over time, the building has fallen into disrepair. The family ended up donating the farmhouse to the Bristol Fire Department to use for a controlled burn training exercise.

During the burn many pictures were taken and shared via social media.

“One of the pictures is now pretty famous on Facebook,” said Patrick Usher Jr., the owner of the farm. “It became a sensation.”

The pictures gained attention after Facebook users said they thought they could see ghosts coming out of the flames.

“It looked like the image of a woman with an apron and a little child next to it,” said Usher Jr. “That’s my great grandmother Maggie and my uncle Paul who died when he was seven.”

Patrick Usher Sr. was 11-years-old when his little brother passed away. He believes it was his brother’s spirit in the blaze.

“I really think it could be possible,” said Usher Sr.

Usher Jr. is taking the newfound attention in stride.

“When people come in now I ask them if they want the haunted corn or the un-haunted corn,” Usher Jr. said.

He does say he thinks there’s “something there” in the pictures.

Haunted Australia

I feel like we don’t get a lot of haunted stuff from Australia but we should!

HAIR standing on end and a shiver dancing down the spine: it must be ghost story time. Children safe and warm in their beds adore nothing more than stories of monsters, ghouls and ghosts before lights out.

Since it is the season of dark and stormy nights, and hunkering down at home is hands-down the #1 trend of 2020, why not curl up tonight and relish the enduring appeal of a good ghost story?

Ask Australian ghost geeks to nominate their favourite phantom and it seems the encore never ends for Frederick Federici, the often-sighted backstage spirit of Melbourne’s Princess Theatre. His legend begins on opening night in 1888, with Federici in the role of Mephistopheles in Charles Gounod’s opera Faust. The play concludes with Mephistopheles and Faust descending into hell through a trapdoor in the stage.

Opening night was curtains for Frederick Federici, whose ghost is said to haunt Melbourne’s Princess Theatre. Picture: supplied.
Opening night was curtains for Frederick Federici, whose ghost is said to haunt Melbourne’s Princess Theatre. Picture: supplied.

“They disappeared down in puffs of smoke down underneath the stage, and when Federici landed, he was dead,” said Richard Davis, author of 2016’s Great Australian Ghost Stories.

Ever since that fateful night over a century ago, performers, theatre staff and patrons have reported eerie lights, strange noises and inexplicable occurrences.

“Even some quite famous people,” Mr Davis said. “Rob Guest, June Bronhill, Stuart Wagstaff — a whole lot of people have claimed to see the ghost of Federici.”

According to Jacqueline Travaglia, director and owner of Lantern Ghost Tours, which operates award-winning ghost tours around Australia, one of the theatre’s cleaners often felt someone or something behind her.

“It would touch her hair, shoulders and sometimes even back,” Ms Travaglia said.

“Many people who have never heard of the Federici story have claimed to see a ghostly figure in evening dress at the theatre.”

Great Australian Ghost Stories, by Richard Davis. Picture: supplied.
Great Australian Ghost Stories, by Richard Davis. Picture: supplied.

While Federici’s Victorian era ghost takes out the poltergeist popularity prize, he is far from alone in generating tales of an Australian afterlife.

Both Mr Davis and Ms Travaglia point to countless other spooky happenings, including at Sydney’s Q Station, Adelaide Gaol and Brisbane City Hall, and regional destinations including Port Arthur loom large in both of Mr Davis’s collections.

“I think the scariest stories come from old properties in remote parts of Australia, for example, a wonderful house called Monte Cristo Homestead in Junee (NSW),” he said.

Best-selling author and podcaster Karina Machado has been listening to ordinary Australians confiding paranormal experiences for the past 12 years. Her debut book on the subject, Spirit Sisters, was re-released this year to mark its 10-year anniversary and includes the story of Amy Shepherd, who saw a colonial family at a sleepover when she was eight years old.

“Amy got up, went to the loo and came back. As she was getting comfortable … she turned around and there were three people standing in front of her,” Ms Machado said.

“It was clearly a family: the dad, mum and a little boy. They were just staring at her like she was the prize exhibit at the zoo.

“She just stared back and it became a bit of a standoff.”

Eventually the little boy reached out to touch Amy, at which point she did what most of us would do: hid under the sheets.

“It’s one of my favourite stories, because it draws on an idea I love, which is who’s haunting who,” Ms Machado said.

“I spoke to a medium only recently who said very often (spirits) have an expression of extreme astonishment, like ‘You can see me?’”

Karina Machado's Spirit Sister was re-released this year. Picture: supplied.
Karina Machado’s Spirit Sister was re-released this year. Picture: supplied.

Unexplained telepathy with a loved one, or running into someone from your past right after thinking of them, is spooky but extremely common, yet most people don’t interrogate or dismiss such weirdness as they instantly would if they felt an unseen presence.

Ms Machado said debating where the line is drawn was the start of a really fun and surprising conversation with kids.

“We have electricity, we have the internet – we know that there’s some form of communication that we can’t see,” she said.

“The universality of these stories is wonderful. Everybody can relate. Everybody has had some form of experience. Everybody.

“And I love that about them. They provide a little sense of hope and that’s so comforting.”

Streaming the Paracon Ghost Hunt


Ghost stories have been heard for decades and they are a dime a dozen in Hollywood, where every mansion and storefront has a link to a restless spirit. But can the memories and spirits of a famous fifty one year old Hollywood Murder still be haunting this home in Benedict Canyon in Beverly Hills, CA? It can if they live four doors down from David Oman’s House. David Oman has witnessed first-hand with actual experiences, and he lives 150 feet from the site of the original house where Sharon Tate was murdered on August 9, 1969. David’s experiences began with a ghost sighting in this own bedroom where a spirit of one of the victims of the Tate murders stood at the foot of his bed, pointing to the driveway down the road.

Keeping an open mind to something that could have been perceived of as ludicrous, David has invited psychics and paranormal specialists to do a preliminary investigations, take video footage and 35mm film still photographs as well. The still photos revealed some wild images and were visually stunning.

Oman had invited psychics and paranormal investigators to do an investigation in the house in the middle of July 2005, with surprising results. World renowned Parapsychologist Barry Taff, who conducted the investigation, recently commented on his findings.

There were many presences in the house, revealed through unusual orbs, shadowy images and streaking light patterns that were later examined by Dr. Barry Taff, one of the world’s leading Para-Psychologists and someone who has investigated over 4000 reported hauntings in his 50 year career. Taff confirmed that the images were real and that the house merited a full scientific investigation and that will begin soon. (It was Taff worked with Dr. Thelma Moss at UCLA back in the early 1970’s and who originally investigated the Culver City, CA haunting incident that became The Entity movie in 1981).

ParaCon – Live Streaming August 21-22, 2020

The Paranormal event of the summer: David Oman and The Oman house present: The #LIVE Streaming virtual Paracon Ghost Hunt & Séance from #TheOmanHouse. Friday, August 21st and Saturday, August 22nd, 6pm til 2am (PST) with celebrity interviews and paranormal experts such as world renowned parapsychologist Dr. Barry Taff, Scott Michaels of Dearly Departed tours, reviews of new captured videos shot here, and then a live ghost investigation with a séance lead by Hollywood witch Patti Negri and Lilia Carron Willis. Chris Fleming famous TV Psychic (Psychic Kids) will also be interviewed for the event as well. Robin Keats producer of Paranormal TV show ‘Into the Unknown’ will be interviewed as well. Dustin Pari from Ghost Hunters will be a guest interviewee as well.

There will be a “Live Q&A” in the chat room throughout the night. 8 hours “Live Streaming” will happen each night. Tickets are $10.00 each for the entire weekend with no commercials. The Oman House has been called, ‘The Mount Everest of Haunted Houses’ and sits just down the drive from where Sharon Tate once lived. The Oman House has been featured on Ghost Hunters, My Ghost Story, Paranormal Witness, Haunted Adventures, Dead Famous live, Searching for Satan and Ghost Adventures Aftershocks. So come join us from the safety of your home or where ever and watch us investigate the haunted Oman House.

Purchase Tickets at The Live Stream will also be shown on as well as through

David Oman Biography

DAVID OMAN (Producer/Creator/Co-Writer/Author) is a native of Los Angeles. Oman has been intrigued by the paranormal from his early childhood and has been curious about the Spirit World ever since. In 1999 Oman with his father started to build the house on Cielo Drive, just down the drive from the infamous Sharon Tate Murders aka the Manson Murders. David has just completed his first book, Ghosts of Cielo Drive, the Afterlife of Sharon Tate and the Spirits of the Oman House. After 2 years of living in the house, he created a story based upon his experiences in the home with the activity, titled House at the End of the Drive. It was shot on location at his home and brought his story to life. Since he moved into the house, the activity has been quite apparent; so much so that the Oman house has been on 8 paranormal reality shows, Ghost Hunters, Dead Famous Live, Searching for Satan, My Ghost Story, Haunted History, Paranormal Witness, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Adventures After Shocks. He has also been featured on Larry King Live, EXTRA, and TMZ. His house has also been visited by Lisa Williams and James Van Praagh. 5 years ago he decided to install 19 HD 1080pwith IR and audio Cameras throughout his home and has captured some serious evidence of the paranormal. Since then he has recorded a plethora of evidence of the paranormal activity here. He has his channel at to see the footage shot here at The Oman House.

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Attendees will be at the Paracon virtually with our investigation team of paranormal investigators &research group on a Ghost Hunt in the house and also one of our mediums will be a part of the investigation as well. The house will be fully canvased with infrared cameras throughout the house and rim pods and devices to pickup the spirit activity will also be used through the house.

For more information and tickets go to the ParaCon

Haunted St. Augustine Party

This Haunted Tour Will Take You To Some Of Florida’s Spookiest Spots Next Month

Haunted jails, ancient ruins, creepy lighthouses, oh my!

The spookiest season of them all is right around the corner, and it’s never too early to get in the Halloween spirit. Florida is full of mysterious places to explore to help you do just that, and next month, you can take your frights to new heights when you join this haunted St. Augustine tour through lighthouses, jails, and other spooky spots. The tour will take you deep into Florida’s chilling history and give you just the right amount of frights to keep things thrilling and fun.

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The Strange Escapes Haunted St. Augustine tour will take you on a paranormal investigation of the haunted St. Augustine lighthouse. But the spooky fun doesn’t stop there, as the tour also includes a walk through the Old Jail with Ghosts and Gravestones, as well as the Castillo de San Marcos.

You’ll even get to sit in on lectures from well known paranormal researchers, and attend an oceanside cocktail party to mingle with like-minded ghost lovers and meet the celebrity ghost hunters.

The entire event will span three days, from September 10 to September 13, so you’ll have plenty of time to take advantage of all it offers. The official event page gives a full look into the spookiness to expect.

There are even several other extras you can add on to your ticket price, including lunch on Friday with star guests Amy Bruni and Adam Berry, Saturday lunch with the Ghost Brothers, and a special event with American medium Chip Coffey.

Guests of the tour will be staying at the Guy Harvey Resort Saint Augustine Beach, where you can book a classic room for $109 per night, or an ocean view room for $129.

The hauntingly fun tour is the perfect excuse to make a weekend getaway to St. Augustine and experience all the natural beauty and historic wonder this town has to offer.

A weekend pass for the entire event is $269, with additional add-ons ranging from $64 – $69.

This is sure to be a spooktacular weekend filled with fun and frights and memorable experiences, so grab your ticket and secure your spot now!

Haunted St. Augustine

Price: $269+

When: September 10 – 13, 2020

Address: Blacklidge Blackout Investigations 602 Flamingo Dr., Maderia Beach, FL

Why You Need To Go: Experirence the creepier side of Florida when this three-day tour takes you to the spookiest spots in historic St. Augustine.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.

Most Haunted Places in the world

According to Paul Roberts of the Costan Rican Times

10 Most Haunted Places in the World

Being a world traveler, I have been to over 50 countries and territories. These are some of the places I have been and I will explain to you why I think they are some of the best haunted places in the world!

1. A Red Light District Studio in Amsterdam: Information I received from Cindy, who works in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. She has a great personality and I struck up a conversation with her. She told me that the studio that she works out of is extremely haunted. When I took a photograph of her, you can see an orb by her leg. Her eyes and her assets have been blacked out for her privacy. (See photo).
Who traveled with me to this location? No one.
Where else did I go, when I was on this vacation: Belgium, Berlin, Germany.

2. Papeete & Morea, Tahiti: Tahiti is a fun place. You can swim with the dolphins, you can observe the foggy mist that surrounds the luscious green mountains of the islands. This is the place where Mutiny on the Bounty was filmed at. Everything is done by ‘island time’. This means if you are going to feed the sharks at 5pm and you are waiting for the bus, the bus may arrive at 6pm. As you travel down the road in this bus, it may do a U-turn so the bus driver can pick up her friend. Then the bus will arrive at the spot where they are going to feed the sharks. Don’t worry, everyone is waiting for you to arrive. You arrive on ‘island time’. When we rode on this bus, we stopped at a very old cemetery on the island. It was the most creepiest cemetery I have ever seen. The islanders leave all sorts of family possessions on the graves and it is rumored that late at night in this cemetery, spirits have been seen roaming in and around this cemetery. When night falls upon this cemetery, you must remember there are no street lights, so everything is spectacularly dark!
Who traveled with me to this location? Patricia Mary Roberts, Jason Randall Porter
Where else did I go, when I was on this vacation: No where else.

3. Umoya Lodge, Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland is a busy metropolis. When I stayed in Auckland, I stayed at the Umoya Lodge. This lodge is rumored to have a Maori doorman ghost that wanders the halls at 3:00 a.m. Once in a great while, a tourist will see this Maori doorman casually walk the halls as if he is looking for something. It is said that he was truly an employee of the hotel and that one night, he suffered a massive stroke while sitting on a couch in the lobby. He has never left the hotel, because he felt the hotel was his home and he loved out-of-country guests. He would always greet the guests of the hotel with a smile.
Who traveled with me to this location? Patricia Mary Roberts, Jason Randall Porter
Where else did I go, when I was on this vacation: No where else.

4. Tower of London – England: When I was in England, I visited Stonehenge, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Square, East End where Jack the Ripper and the Kray Twins frequented. From England, I took a train to Edinburgh, Scotland and a train back that went through Cardiff, Wales. On this train ride, I was looking for crop circles. I didn’t see any. I will never forget my tour of the Tower of London. This place is extremely haunted. Tower of London is on the North bank of the Thames River. This is a place that prisoners were interrogated, tortured and executed. The Kray Twins were the last prisoners of this fortress. Ravens flock to the tower, if the Ravens ever left the Tower of London, the curse says that the Tower of London, The White Tower, the Monarchy and the whole Kingdom would fall. During WWII, most of the ravens were killed, there was one survivor, the Raven’s name was Grip. After WWII was over, more ravens came back to the Tower of London. The Ravenmaster now takes care of the Ravens. The ghost of Guy Fawkes who inspired the movie and comic book ‘V for Vendetta’, was tortured and executed in the Tower of London, he is one of many, many ghosts that haunt the Tower of London.
Who traveled with me to this location? Patricia Mary Roberts, Jason Randall Porter
Where else did I go, when I was on this vacation: Edinburgh, Scotland and Cardiff, Wales.

5: Puerto Rico: When I stayed in Puerto Rico, I wouldn’t say the island is haunted by ghosts, but it is haunted by the infamous Chupacabra! There are many, many reportings of this odd creature. A creature that is vampiric by nature. It seems that this creature has bat type of wings, it sort of resembles a ‘gray’ alien, it flies, it’s agile and it can drain the blood out of a goat in a matter of seconds. Could this be an offshoot of a ‘gray’ alien? Was there some DNA manipulation done by the ‘grays’, that created this hideous monstrosity? Did the Chupacabras escape the grays and now are trying to survive on the island of Puerto Rico? It is rumored that there is a UFO base off the waters of Puerto Rico. Many UFOs are seen coming in and out of the ocean that surrounds Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico also is in the Bermuda Triangle. This is a very mysterious island and the Chupacabra legend continues to grow. When I was in Puerto Rico, I did not encounter the Chupacabra. Instead I encountered many beachcombers.
Who traveled with me to this location? Patricia Mary Roberts, Jason Randall Porter
Where else did I go, when I was on this vacation: St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

6: Bluebeard’s Castle, St. Thomas: I went to St. Thomas to see my sister Sharon get married to a guy named Captain Crazy Jeff Voshell. Jeff was the Captain of his own boat called the Orion. He would take tourists to other islands that were nearby in his vessel. He was also a boat mechanic and one of his client’s was Morgan Freeman, the movie actor. Captain Crazy Jeff Voshell was a legend on the island and it is rumored that the movie “Captain Ron” was based on him. Jeff was just like Captain Ron, very obnoxious, in-your-face type of guy, a real rugged sailor. My new brother-in-law took me to Bluebeard’s Castle, that is reputed to be haunted by the spirits of pirates. Some of the locales claim that the ghosts of the pirate known as Blackbeard and the pirate known as Bluebeard haunt Bluebeard’s Castle.
Who traveled with me to this location? Patricia Mary Roberts, Jason Randall Porter
Where else did I go, when I was on this vacation: Puerto Rico.

7. Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland: I have a plaque in my house that reads: Blarney Castle, in the Village of Blarney and the County of Cork, Ireland, I hereby certify that Patricia Mary Roberts, Paul Dale Roberts & Jason Randall Porter of Sacramento, California visited this castle and/having kissed the Blarney Stone is now sent forth with the gift of eloquence which this stone bestows dated this 25th day of March 1997 – signed Richard Lowe(sp) Glohmust(sp) Keeper of the Castle. When I entered this castle, there was a thickness in the air. I would say that Blarney Castle is extremely haunted. There is a fairy passage underneath the castle and I could only walk half way into this dark passage and had to turn back, because I felt a feeling of dread. Are there ghosts at Blarney Castle? You betcha!
Who traveled with me to this location? Patricia Mary Roberts, Jason Randall Porter
Where else did I go, when I was on this vacation: Northern Ireland.

8. Red Square, Moscow, Russia: I saw the Kremlin, Gorky Park, the KGB headquarters and Red Square in Moscow! There is so much history in Moscow, it would take a whole book to talk about it. Stalin was one time displayed at Red Square and his body mysteriously disappeared. I was able to see Lenin’s body encased in glass. The very first Cosmonaut is buried at Red Square. Many stories are told by the Russian people that spirits are all around Red Square. Some of the spirits that are rumored to haunt this area are the tragic Romanovs.

Who traveled with me to this location? Jeff Scott Clifford
Where else did I go, when I was on this vacation: No where else, but did see Norway, Finland and Sweden from the air flying over to Moscow. That was a very incredible sight to see!

9. Kwai Bridge, Thailand: When I was in Bangkok, I had to see Kwai Bridge which inspired the movie based on the true story: The Bridge over River Kwai (starring John Wayne), where many, many American soldiers were tortured and lost their lives. There is a museum that displays the horrific episodes that occurred. The Thai people say the Bridge over River Kwai is very haunted. People have heard moaning sounds as if people were either dying or being tortured. This is a good place for a residual haunting activity. Besides the hauntings, Thailand is a fun place. This is where I went para-sailing for the first time. The hotel I stayed at, Centre Point Hotel, Room 805 was a very tranquil room with many accommodations. The people of Thailand are very friendly and there is so much to do. Why do you think they wrote that song…”One Night in Bangkok by Murray Head”?
Who traveled with me to this location? No one. Where else did I go, when I was on this vacation: Burma, Hong Kong, Pattaya Coral Island. Flew over Vietnam, Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea, Midway Islands, Laos.

10: Morocco, Africa: When I was walking the streets of Morocco, I kept imagining a dark van pulling up next to me, the doors opening and ski masked men grabbing me and pulling me inside the van and driving me away to some unknown location. I was scared in Morocco, especially after 9/11. I wanted to hurry up and catch the ferry back to Gibraltar. Morocco at one time was a romantic place. Movies are still made in Morocco, like Colin Farrell in the movie Alexander, was partially filmed in Morocco. As you walk down the streets, you can purchase a flying carpet at some bazaar. You can eat Couscous, a type of Semolina pasta. There are many ghostly stories in Morocco. There is talk of haunted synagogues. There is talk of families plagued by demons. Perhaps the demon known as The Legion as seen in the movie Exorcist originates from Morocco. Morocco to me, is scary in many ways, not a place I want to stay for a long period of time.
Who traveled with me to this location? No one.
Where else did I go, when I was on this vacation: Vilar Formoso – Portugal, Gibraltar, Madrid – Spain.

Note: Patricia Mary Roberts is my ex-wife. Jason Randall Porter is my stepson. Jeff Scott Clifford was a close friend of mine. Jeff passed away due to a brain tumor. Jeff was the co-founder of my website Godspeed to Jeff.

There are many haunted areas in the world, what I tried to do is take you off the beaten path with areas that you may not be aware of. Everyone knows about the Tower of London, but how many people know about the cemetery in Papeete, Tahiti? I have a strong interest in the paranormal and that is why I joined H.P.I. (Haunted and Paranormal Investigations) of Northern California. For more information on HPI, check out their website at:

Paul Dale Roberts,
Jazma Freelance Writer
H.P.I. Ghostwriter/Paranormal Investigator

Are you haunted in Rhode Island?

Kindred Spirits wants to talk to you

‘Kindred Spirits’ looking for haunted locations to investigate in Rhode Island


Kindred Spirits, the official ghost hunting team for Newport Buzz, is looking for haunted locations to investigate in Rhode Island.

Travel Channel’s Kindred Spirits stars Amy Bruni and Adam Berry are looking for haunted locations in RHODE ISLAND to investigate! Preference given to families in need of help in their residence!

This is for television and is filming NOW. Please submit all details of your haunting to for immediate consideration.


Paranormal Caught on Camera Season 3

Shout out to my bud Brian J. Cano

‘Paranormal Caught on Digital camera’ sees consultants attempting to discover solutions to unusual and eerie happenings in lots of haunted areas. In the present, sure experiences, which individuals consider to be paranormal, are caught on tape for proof for a panel of specialists to decode. Here’s what we know of the upcoming Season Three of the Travel Channels haunting series:

Release date

The premiere episode of Season Three of ‘Paranormal Caught on Digital camera’ airs on July 12, 2020.


The official synopsis of the series reads, “A few of the most wonderful, eye-opening and downright scary paranormal movies from round the world are featured as a panel of consultants break down the footage and analyze what precisely the eyewitnesses captured. Insights from a few of the most educated specialists in the area and firsthand accounts from the folks fortunate sufficient — or maybe unfortunate sufficient — to witness this unusual phenomena themselves simply may make a believer out of even the greatest skeptics on the market.”

The primary episode is titled ‘Flying Cryptid Over Chicago’ airs on July 12, 2020, at 9 pm ET. Its synopsis reads, “A person stands in awe as he watches mysterious creatures fly over Chicago. A gaggle of teenagers pay the value once they journey down a notoriously haunted highway in New Jersey. Ghost hunters discover an deserted church contaminated with a strong demonic presence.”

The second episode airs every week later on July 19, 2020, at 9 pm ET. Its titled ‘Hawaiian UFOs’ and its synopsis reads, “A person captures three glowing UFOs hovering over authorities property in Hawaii. Paranormal investigators contact the spirit of just a little boy in a haunted cave. Trustworthy followers watch a crucifix shake on its personal in India.”


A few of the consultants embody Dan Sturges, Brian J Cano, Mark Moran, Sapphire Sandalo, Natalia Reagan, and many extra.


The series is produced by Meetinghouse Productions, Inc for Travel Channel. For Meetinghouse Productions, Jason Cilo serves govt producer. For Travel Channel, Charles Nordlander serves as govt producer.


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The place to watch

Catch the premiere of ‘Paranormal Caught on Digital camera’ season Three July 12, 2020, at 9 pm ET on The Travel Channel with the first episode ‘Flying Cryptid Over Chicago.’

Bill Chappell the Paranormal Inventor

He’s a “Friend” of Ghost Adventures but we won’t hold that against him for purposes of this article and blog. He does say he doesn’t believe in ghosts, which causes me some concern in that he makes a F*CK ton of money making devices to prove things in which he doesn’t believe. Pretty sure that’s the definition of a sell out.

Ghost Adventures fans can rejoice because a long-standing special guest is visiting the crew on Ghost Adventures: Quarantine Thursday night. Bill Chappell, who is responsible for creating many of the paranormal investigation tools used on the show, will be part of the lockdown.

This is far from the first time Chappell has appeared. He’s been a special guest in a list of episodes throughout the 23 seasons of Ghost Adventures. But even more present than Chappell himself are his paranormal designs.

All the way back in Season 11, the Ghost Adventures Crew made a deal with Chappell’s company, Digital Dowsing, to field test equipment that isn’t yet on the market. Every episode of Season 11 featured a different tool.

The Xcam SLS was debuted in episode “Haunted Hollywood” which aims to map the presence of spirits. This is a tool still used by the crew today.

The season also premiered the “spirit window” which aimed to prove or disprove that spirits could travel.

There are a handful of devices created by Chappell that Ghost Adventures fans know well. Some of these are the tried and true Xcams, which the team sets up at many investigations to capture shadows or movements when they aren’t around.

The Ovilus devices of any generation are also from Digital Dowsing. They purport to allow spirits to share words through the device. This is apparently done by “environmental reading,” the website explains, that’s then translated to an English or Spanish word.

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“Ghost Adventures” anchors Travel Channel’s “Ghostober” event with all-new frightening specials. Left to right: Jay Wasley, Zak Bagans, Billy Tolley, Aaron Goodwin.TRAVEL CHANNEL

Currently, paranormal buffs can buy three different devices on Digital Dowsing: The Ovilus 5b, the Paranormal Puck 2b and the Resonance EM. They range from $130 to $450.

Though Chappell is a staple in the paranormal industry, there’s been some controversy surrounding his authenticity. Chappell has claimed he doesn’t actually believe in ghosts, particularly in an October 2016 article.

A tell-all paranormal piece by Popular Mechanics aimed to interview Chappell about his devices, but received an email response: “I do not believe in Ghosts or Spirits,” he wrote. He then exclaimed he’d come to an “unmistakable conclusion” that “It is us, we are the ghosts.”

Naturally, the response confused some of the paranormal community. But Chappell told Newsweek there’s a large “however” that comes after his response.

“Lets set the record straight,” he explained via email. “I don’t believe in Ghosts. I’ve been blunt about that for years. When I make that statement It’s always followed by HOWEVER. However, I do believe in Paranormal events. I just can’t make a rational jump to the commonly held belief that people that have died are spirits.”

Chappell also noted some of the incredible experiences he’s had with the paranormal. “I get ridiculed for saying what I truly believe and not taking the easy route and just say I believe,” he said.

“Over the years, I have seen full-body apparitions. I twisted my ankle trying to avoid walking into a woman in an empty basement. I’ve had hair raising conversations using numerous devices I’ve built. Even had gear such as the ‘Talker’ taunt me. I’ve had things thrown at me, had items ripped from my hands, etc. In short, I have had experience most paranormal investigators only dream of. Still, I can’t make the rational jump in my mind that this is a dead person, a spirit.”

Chappell continues to create, and the Digital Dowsing devices are widely used in paranormal investigation. “Over the years I have been constantly amazed by the responses of gear I have made,” he said. “Zak, Bill, Aaron and Jay [the Ghost Adventures Crew] have sent me things and had things happen [on] location that I truly can’t explain.”

Ghost Adventures: Quarantine is a four-episode mini-series the Ghost Adventures Crew filmed during the Covid-19 lockdown. In it, Zak Bagans and other crew members spent weeks locked down in The Haunted Museum in Las Vegas, which is owned by Bagans. The series is building up to Bagans opening the infamous Dybbuk Box, which is said to curse those who touch it. The Quarantine series will air Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET, and again for its finale on July 2.

Havre de Grace Opera House

My mom worked for the Baltimore Sun many years ago, when we lived in Baltimore.

The Havre de Grace Cultural Center at the Opera House. The Havre de Grace Arts Collective and Harford Cable Network have announced the World Premiere of Argos Paranormal’s The Witching Hour on Monday, July 6 at 10pm on Harford Cable Network featuring the historic Cultural Center at the Opera House in Havre de Grace. The investigators of Argos Paranormal push themselves to their max limits as they investigate locations at around 3 am, also known as the witching hour when paranormal activity is believed to be at an all-time high during the night. Viewers in Harford County can watch the episode every Monday in July at 10 pm EST exclusively on Harford Cable Network (Comcast CH 21, Verizon CH 31, Armstrong CH 7). Beginning July 7th, you can find the episode on Argos Paranormal’s YouTube page.
The Havre de Grace Cultural Center at the Opera House. The Havre de Grace Arts Collective and Harford Cable Network have announced the World Premiere of Argos Paranormal’s The Witching Hour on Monday, July 6 at 10pm on Harford Cable Network featuring the historic Cultural Center at the Opera House in Havre de Grace. The investigators of Argos Paranormal push themselves to their max limits as they investigate locations at around 3 am, also known as the witching hour when paranormal activity is believed to be at an all-time high during the night. Viewers in Harford County can watch the episode every Monday in July at 10 pm EST exclusively on Harford Cable Network (Comcast CH 21, Verizon CH 31, Armstrong CH 7). Beginning July 7th, you can find the episode on Argos Paranormal’s YouTube page. (Matt Button / The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media)

The nearly 150-year-old Havre de Grace Opera House has a long history of reported paranormal encounters, but it was not certain if those spirits remained after the facility underwent a nearly $4 million renovation in 2017.

A number of human, and at least one animal, spirits still haunt the North Union Avenue building, though, at least according to a paranormal investigation conducted by Ryan Martinez and two of his colleagues with Argos Paranormal for their public-access show “The Witching Hour,” when they spent the night in the opera house last August.

“We did have some encounters with the paranormal there,” Martinez, a producer of the show, said Thursday.

Harford County residents can see the team’s experiences when the episode premieres at 10 p.m. Monday, July 6, on Harford Cable Network — Comcast channel 21, Verizon channel 31 and Armstrong channel 7 — and on the Argos Parnormal YouTube channel starting Tuesday. It will re-air on HCN every Monday in July at 10 p.m.

Rebecca Jessop, who has worked at the Cultural Center at the Opera House in Havre de Grace for the past several years, is familiar with Penelope, the friendly spirit known to frequent the building. Thus, she is eager to see the upcoming episode of “The Witching Hour.”

“She’s very friendly, not mean,” Jessop said of Penelope, noting members of the Tidewater Players and other theater companies have reported sensing the ghost’s presence.

Jessop is the executive director of the Havre de Grace Arts Collective, the nonprofit organization that manages and handles programming at the city-owned opera house. She has served as director since the opera house, which dates to 1871, reopened to the public in 2017 after the two-year renovation project.

The Argos Paranormal team visits historic structures around the nation to investigate reports of paranormal activity in those buildings. The Havre de Grace episode is the second episode of the show’s second season, according to Argos’ website.

“They said, at a certain time they got a lot of activity, but they didn’t reveal too much,” Jessop said of the team’s findings.

Martinez provided details Thursday about what he and his colleagues encountered, much of it around the main auditorium and changing rooms. Some of their encounters included a male ghost telling them twice to leave the changing room, voices of groups of spirits talking, all of the lights in the auditorium going out at one point, the hooting of an owl captured on a voice recorder — one teammate reported seeing, while the lights in the theater were on around 3 a.m., the silhouette of a young girl in a white dress in his peripheral vision.

“To actually see something in a well-lit environment, that’s pretty interesting,” Martinez said.

He noted that the girl could be Penelope, but none of the spirits he and the team overheard appeared to be willing to give their names.

“I don’t think any of the spirits were interested in communicating with us,” he said.

Martinez spent the next day exploring parts of the city and conducting interviews, and he met people who reported suspected paranormal encounters in their homes and local restaurants.

“It isn’t just the theater that known for its haunting, but the immediate buildings and the region itself,” he said.

Martinez, who is based in Northern Virginia, had not been to Havre de Grace before the paranormal investigation. He said it was “a very surreal experience” to go through the opera house, a place that has been the setting for so many local historic events.

“We think it’s a very special place,” Jessop said, noting the history of a building has served as city hall for Havre de Grace, as well as an activity and performing arts center.

“Think about all the people who have been in and out of there and have come and gone,” she said of the opera house and other historic buildings. “That’s what makes them special.”

The opera house has been closed to the public since mid-March in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, but the arts collective is still working to put on various programs in Havre de Grace — the organization also manages the downtown Arts and Entertainment District, the Arts by the Bay Gallery and the city’s Public Art Committee.

When the building can reopen depends on directives from the state and city, according to Jessop. More information about programming, such as weekly “Dinner and a Show” virtual concerts, is available on the opera house website.

“We’re still here; we’re still working hard,” Jessop said. “We hope to open as soon as we can.”

Martinez said the opera house, as well as a number of other haunted Harford locales, was recommended to him by Kelly Jara, executive director of Harford Cable Network. The managers of the opera house told him before the investigation that they weren’t sure if the facility would still be haunted following the renovations.

“I definitely think the theater is a place for discovering paranormal anomalies, despite all the renovations it has gone through,” he said.

Dan Aykroyd and “Hotel Paranormal”

hen Travel Channel decided to make a docuseries about haunted centers of leisure, they knew just who to call for the job of narrator: Ghostbusters veteran Dan AykroydHotel Paranormal premieres this weekend, and with the help of our trusty proton pack, SYFY WIRE was able to capture an exclusive clip from the season opener.

In this first look, traveling salesman Frank Ramirez captures poltergeist activity in his hotel room with a cell phone camera. He tries to flee into the night, but some malevolent spirit has attached itself to him and won’t let go. The official synopsis for the episode fills in the rest of the hair-raising gaps: Frank is possessed by the ghost of a murderer and requires an exorcism. In addition to Aykroyd’s narration, firsthand testimony from Ramirez, and a dramatic re-enactment of the encounter, the clip also features some insight from author/paranormal investigator Michel J. Worden.

Make sure to check in with the ectoplasmic concierge before watching:

“Dan Aykroyd is a legend. And having the opportunity for him narrate this totally spooky series is a perfect pairing,” Matthew Butler, General Manager of Travel Channel, said in an exclusive statement to SYFY WIRE. “Our fans love a great ghost story and especially when it is told by a master storyteller. His singular style gives the series its special character and brings these terrifying tales to life.”

“As a longtime believer in ghosts, I think the incredible encounters we’re highlighting on Hotel Paranormal will open up a lot of minds and hopefully break through some of the skepticism people carry about the paranormal,” Aykroyd said in a release when the show was first announced last month. “I’m excited to lend my voice to help bring viewers across the United States, these gripping real-life ghost stories, many of which take place in their own backyards.”

Credit: Travel Channel

Ramirez’s story is just one of three included in the debut episode. The other two involve an ancient evil unleashed during a school trip to the Vatican and an investigative journalist facing otherworldly forces at a historic New England inn.

Hotel Paranormal will begin to haunt Travel Channel this Saturday, June 11, at 10 p.m. ET.