Aug 30

AT THE MORGAN COUNTY FAIR WITH GHOSTS, BIGFOOT AND UFOs

Bob at the Morgan County Fair, 2015

Bob at the Morgan County Fair, 2015

For Paragon Paranormal Shadow Chasers, the month of August, 2015, was very memorable. I decided it was now time for testing the local human population’s acceptance of paranormal subject matters. So, PP-SC went amongst the local participants of the Morgan County 4-H Fair (in Martinsville, Indiana) and established an information booth and talked with people about our paranormal and Sasquatch investigations. We were  the first paranormal or Sasquatch group to ever set up at the fair, which also gained us some airtime on the local radio station WCBK when we were requested to perform an interview with their on-site reporter.

The effort was highly successful both in terms of acceptance and in gathering data for future investigations. One simple question I asked of those who seemed interested was “Are you a believer?” The responses were amazing. That question would lead to Sasquatch or ghost stories and more information for my data bases. Some people would respond with what I call the “Paranormal But”, which means they would say “I’m a skeptic, BUT, then follow with an incident or event of a supernatural nature.

There were a few true skeptics who were very polite. I will not discuss the totally close-minded individuals who absolutely do not believe, or repeat some of the rather crass words they said to us. For them, I just told them that we appreciate everyone’s opinions, and we need skeptics to help keep us paranormal believers grounded.

At the Morgan County 4-H Fair, 2015

At the Morgan County 4-H Fair, 2015

I love ghostie people!  We heard some fantastic ghost stories from some of the fair-goers and answered lots of questions about our better-known investigations. Several people requested ghost investigations and since we never charge for an investigation, hopefully they will seek us out for answers.

The Sasquatch (or bigfoot) incidents in our local area go far beyond any that we were aware of. A lot of individuals do not tell others of their incidents because of a fear of ridicule, but the first thing we tell them is that at PP-SC we do not laugh because we take the subject matter seriously. In the next few months I will relate a few of their stories on this blog and tell more about our current on-going investigations locally.

My biggest surprise came in the sharing of  local UFO incidents. A few were so compelling that I will be turning them over to an organization I belong to, MUFON (Mutual UFO Network). MUFON has members trained at evaluating and investigating such events.

I want to thank one of PP-SC’s most experienced ghost hunters, Wendy Kuhn, for assisting Bob and me at the booth.

A special thanks to a little lady named Emily Olson for helping one day too.

And to the man with the coloring book, Neil of Neil’s Auto Body Shop, thanks for the photo that helped us identify the ghost (Ruth Ann) from our Trafalgar investigation at the Hungry Hoosier.

A special shout-out to an old former employee of mine, Richard Wilson – Thanks for stopping by and chatting.

 

Till next time,

Carol

 

Blocked trail at Bigfoot investigation location

Blocked trail at Bigfoot investigation location in Morgan County, Indiana.   July, 2015

Jul 24

HUNGRY HOOSIER KEEPS GUESTS “COMING BACK” – SOME NEVER LEAVE

 

 

Even the ghosts are liking the cooking at the Hungry Hoosier in Trafalgar, Indiana.

Even the ghosts are liking the cooking at the Hungry Hoosier in Trafalgar, Indiana

 

What a crazy looking sign! We loved it when we first saw it.

Trafalgar’s old 1950’s frosty-treat drive-up had been replaced by a restaurant several years in the past, with good food and friendly faces. But the new owners, the Kersey’s, updated a few things inside, kept the menu much the same and renamed it with the fun-loving sign.

Bob and I knew almost from the minute we walked into the Hungry Hoosier in Trafalgar, Indiana, that there was a spirit or two roaming around the restaurant. Other guests didn’t seem to notice, but the individuals who work there had become very aware of the spirit world invading their space. The employees had heard their names called out several times and been lightly touched; shadows were seen that were unexplainable and material objects were moved around or “misplaced” on occasion. Although not all the employees had experienced these events, but they were aware of the talk.

One apparition in particular, an elderly man, kept coming down the stairs, watching the cook and taking a peek into the dining room. He seemed to be there at every trip we made to enjoy Kim’s country style food and atmosphere. The other was a female spirit, 65-70 years old (in spirit form) who seemed to like to follow the servers from the kitchen, going front to back, back to front. She wasn’t always there and seemed to be shy around customers because she would disappear after a short while.

We decided we would give the spirits the notice at least one of the spirits wanted. Kim, the owner of the Hungry Hoosier, asked us to investigate and try to determine how many were present and possibly who they were. This is the type of investigation we love the most.

So, one evening when we had one of our investigators with us, and went to eat at the Hungry Hoosier, we all, including the restaurant employees, decided to stay and check out the ghosts. It turned into a fun evening for all of us.

Every machine that could be shut down was turned off to reduce the noise level and K-2s were used to located areas of high electro-magnetic fields. Surprisingly, there was little to worry about in the kitchen and dining room areas. All blinds were closed to prevent light pollution from the roads and nearby businesses.

We started seeing a shadow moving around so taking the lead, Bob climbed up the stairs to the second floor when a man’s voice softly told him to “leave”. This was the only time a voice was heard during the investigation. Our recorders did not pick up any other noises which I would contribute to the spirits, so unfortunately we did not obtain any names of the departed.

There were a few small orbs photographed in the upstairs meeting room/ supply room, and the old man spirit was seen and observed by us as he moved around us.

Downstairs, the female spirit was hiding in the ladies restroom and would occasionally stick her head out to look toward us. The ladies restroom door opened and loudly closed once, much to the delight of the employees who had stayed to join in the investigation with us. (She was shy!)

We did get one photo that was suspect and almost overlooked because it was taken right before we left for the evening. (Fortunately, I review everything at least two times!)

Is this a spirit shadow on the run in the kitchen of the Hungry Hoosier?

Is this a spirit shadow on the run in the kitchen of the Hungry Hoosier?

 

This cellphone photo of the suspect shadow in the kitchen was taken as a shadow was observed by Bob moving through the area. We think we captured it on the run and trying to exit out the air duct in the ceiling. Notice the stack of white plates is almost blocked out on the right side by a gray “fuzziness”. The flash is almost absorbed by the object, making the whole area appear very dark.

This is what the kitchen looks like when a normal digital flash camera is used.

The Hungry Hoosier kitchen has lots of shiny surfaces to reflect lights.

The Hungry Hoosier kitchen has lots of shiny surfaces to reflect lights.

 

 

Although the evening was a little disappointing since we captured no voices on the audio recorders (EVPs), all three of us were satisfied with the results; and our guest investigators had fun too, I think.

We will definitely return to the Hungry Hoosier!

Everyone – Call us if you have any haunting locations!

See you at the Morgan County Fair!

Sincerely,

Carol

 

Jun 15

Ghostly Days and Sasquatch Nights!

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Willy, Huckleberry Bob (of PP-SC) Wild Bill and Jeff of Mountain Monsters. Buck and Trapper were unable to attend the Creature Weekend activities

 

Bill Brock and Nick Redfern

Bill Brock and Nick Redfern

May was a busy month and June is shaping up that way for the Paragon Paranormal – Shadow Chasers and their Sasquatch Research Field Team. We’re a small group and we’ve been pushed in two directions for the last several weeks – and we love it! In the last week of April we were at Creature Weekend sponsored by Sasquatch Watch Radio of Virginia at Salt Fork Park in Ohio. What a blast it was; we recommend all bigfoot enthusiasts attend the next one in 2016. Hats off to Bruce/Creature Seeker and Willie for a super fun event. We made friends with Team Rogue of Monsters Underground and the West Virginia crew from Mountain Monsters.

Bob is now a good friend to “Wild Bill” of Mountain Monsters (who is as wild in daily life as he is on the show) Bob’s conversations with the Team Rogue gang had them wanting to come to Indiana to seek out the state’s notorious Venomous Ducks, until we told them that is what we tell people when they ask about the briar scratches on Bob’s arms he always manages to get when he mows the yard.

There were many crypto-zoologists and paranormal authors attending also including one of my favorites, Nick Redfern. As usual, Nick was full of information of paranormal subjects as well as the crypto-animal kind. He is also one of the nicest people in the supernatural community.

We haven’t neglected our ghost hunting. We had one of our shortest investigations at a private residence close to our home. The owners had been remodeling their 130 year old home and became aware of some paranormal activity which came along with it. Almost immediately upon our arrival we detected a small ghost child, 4-5 years in age, female, hanging around the living room in the old house. In the rear part of the structure, a man wearing blue shirt and pants was pacing the area. We consider both to be residual specters, since they would not respond to our questions. Photos showed small orbs in the location the small child ghost was hanging out.

While we did not spend much time there, the owners agreed that the two apparitions we detected were the same as the ones they had been seeing; they were the two spirits whose ghostly appearances had prompted the property owners to call Paragon Paranormal-Shadow Chasers to investigate.

PP-SC investigator goes up the ladder to investigate old rafters.

PP-SC investigator goes up the ladder to investigate old rafters.

We do intend to return to the residence, but will make it after the renovation is complete.

Our Sasquatch Research Field Team has been combing the area looking for the hairy beast, but mostly, the local police have been contacting us about recent sightings in the north central portion of Morgan County and one in western Owen County.

All data received is being catalogued and mapped. If you have a sighting or suspect Sasquatch activity near you, please contact us. All reports will be kept confidential if requested; We do not divulge names.

Shout out to our friend Alissa in Ohio. She just started her own crypto group, O.H.I.O. (Ohio Humanoid Investigations Organization), and will be on-line before too long. (Alissa is a sweetie. We met her at the Creature Weekend and hung out with her through many of the events. Also, her family, especially her Mother, is one of the best mothers in the world since she is the one who purchased Alissa’s ticket to the event.)

Everyone stay in touch! More good news next month!

 

Carol    

May 03

BIGFOOT AND OTHER CRYPTIDS INTICE PARAGON PARANORMAL – SHADOW CHASERS

 

Paragon Paranormal in the bright lights of the Tivoli Theatre in Spencer, Indiana

Paragon Paranormal in the bright lights of the Tivoli Theatre in Spencer, Indiana

It’s been a busy month but not because of ghost hunting!

On April 22nd we were at the Tivoli Theatre in Spencer, Indiana with many local Bigfoot followers. PP-SC sponsored Bigfoot Night at the Tivoli. Our special guest was Chris McDaniel, a contributor to the popular Monsters and Mysteries on Destination Channel whose presented his expertise on bi-pedal cryptids, (but –  not just limited to them!) in Indiana and beyond.

For all of you that missed it – Chris’s many years of experience in the field of American cryptids was a very good presentation!

Following Chris was a movie we all love to be frightened by, “The Legend of Boggy Creek”. This was the 1975 original docudrama of a series of beastly incidents around the small town of Fouke, Arkansas. Many of the participants in the film were the actual victims of the events which terrorized the area.

And, it wasn’t just movies and popcorn for PP-SC. The month of April and the first weekend in May have been filled with the field study of cryptid animals for members of Paragon Paranormal – Shadow Chasers.

PP-SC’s Sasquatch Research Team members gathered in Morgan-Monroe Forestry over the weekend of May 1st to attend the 2nd Annual Bigfoot Weekend with the Indiana Bigfoot Research Organization and the Northern Kentucky Bigfoot Researchers. The event was open to the public and was well attended. Methods of hunting for Sasquatch, looking for suspected bigfoot evidence in the woods and ways to cast footprints in plaster (if they were lucky enough to find any) were demonstrated to all attendees.

Our representatives were excited about their experiences and the fact that they actually did get to cast a couple of supposed bigfoot tracks.

July 2014 - 15" Track discovered in Morgan County

July 2014 – 15″ Track discovered in Morgan County

Bob and I missed it, but it sounded like a really good field experience.

AND, why did we, as the founders of Paragon Paranormal, not attend, you ask!

We were lucky enough to attend Sasquatch Watch Radio’s “CREATURE WEEKEND” at Salt Fork State Park in Ohio.  The conference was a really informative and exceptionally fun affair, also sponsored by the Ohio Bigfoot Hunters.

What a great event! It was nice talking to other researchers in the cryptid hunting community, meeting with established cryptid authors and the cast of “Mountain Monsters” and “Monsters Underground”.

The hosts of Sasquatch Watch Radio, Billy Willard and Bruce Harrington, welcomed everyone personally! It was really great to put faces to the voices we hear every week.

 

AJ and Bill Brock of "Monsters Underground" at the Creatures Weekend conference

AJ and Bill Brock of “Monsters Underground” at the Creatures Weekend conference

The event is now annual and takes place at the Salt Fork Ohio State Park near Cambridge, Ohio. This park is reported to be home of the Ohio Grass-man

Billy Willard of Sasquatch Watch of Virginia

Billy Willard of Sasquatch Watch of Virginia

 

We met everyone! Cryptid authors included Nick Redfern, Chad Arment, and Daniel Green.

The cast of “Mountain Monsters” enjoyed mixing with everyone and especially with the many children who attended.(Bob is now best friends with “Wild Bill”.)

The cast members of “Monsters Underground” have now formed an organization called Team Rogue and are planning on filming paranormal and cryptid shows under that name.

The members of the Ohio Bigfoot Organization arranged a late night walk through the woods and demonstration of casting footprints.

There was a lot to do all three days and no one went to bed before midnight. I highly recommend all individuals and groups interested in cryptids attend the 2016 Creature Weekend.

So a shout out to our new conference friends; Bruce, Billy, Lisa, Evan, Phyllis, Sasquatch Ed, Nick, Chad, Bill, Anita, Bill, Jeremy, A.J. and all the A.I.M.S. crew. (We love you guys!)

 

Don’t worry. We will return to ghost hunting very soon!

Sincerely,

Carol

 

 

Apr 15

BIGFOOT NIGHT AT THE TIVOLI and ONE MAN’S QUEST

 

BIGFOOT, SASQUATCH, GRASSMAN, BOOGER, HOWLER - COULD THEY ALL BE THE SAME?

BIGFOOT, SASQUATCH, GRASSMAN, BOOGER, HOWLER – COULD THEY ALL BE THE SAME?

 

Cryptids are reclusive. Cryptids remain hidden and undiscovered by science until some lucky researchers are able to give credence to the notion that they do actually exist. For these researchers, it’s hard to prove something which many in the “legitimate” fields of science have declared unworthy of their time, but it does happen occasionally. Even so, Crypto-science has drawn many followers from a wide spectrum of researchers in the last century. The most reclusive of them all, Sasquatch, Bigfoot, Grass Man, or whatever you want to call him, is under the scrutiny of almost everyone these days – and he appears to be everywhere, including South-Central Indiana.

Chris and Vonda McDaniel at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park Colorado

Chris and Vonda McDaniel at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park Colorado

 

One such man is Columbus Indiana’s Chris McDaniel. He is the local expert as far as I am concerned when we’re talking about reclusive monsters. Chris has appeared on several of the Discovery Channel’s “Monsters and Mysteries” and “Mysterious World TV”. He is the author of a cryptid sourcebook called Falling Down The Rabbit’s Hole and will soon publish another.

Chris and his wife, Vonda, are the founders of a paranormal group called “Creepy Legends”. He has investigated paranormal sightings and haunted locations all over the U.S.

When I discovered his favorite cryptid was the Moth Man of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, I decided we needed to talk.  Chris will be our speaker at the upcoming BIGFOOT NIGHT AT THE TIVOLI. 

BIGFOOT NIGHT AT THE TIVOLI THEATRE!

Paragon Paranormal Shadow Chasers  and its Sasquatch Research Field Team are sponsoring a “monster night” for the creature’s central Indiana believers and skeptics at the Tivoli Theatre in downtown Spencer on April 22nd, starting promptly at 6:30. There is very limited seating and we are handing out tickets to all our paranormal friends and anyone who had had an experience of the Sasquatch kind or is just a faithful follower of the beast.

Chris McDaniel will be our guest speaker, and will start promptly at 6:30.

We will be showing the 1975 docu-drama “The Legend of Boggy Creek”. The movie is based on the experiences of the citizens of Fouke, Arkansas during the previous decades. It could be considered a very scary movie – because it’s true!

While there, if you have had a bigfoot sighting or have experienced bigfoot activity, please tell us your story. We will be taking details from anyone who is willing to tell their experiences.

Seats are limited. Tickets are available through PP-SC members and there may be a few at the door, but again, seating is limited at the Tivoli Theatre.

Come and enjoy the night. No charge, but donations are accepted. The Tivoli will have the concessions open for drinks, popcorn and other treats for you to purchase.

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Carol and Bob

Have you seen this creature?

Have you seen this creature?

Feb 02

Martinsville’s Hillview Motel Resident Spirits Seeking New Homes

All the living has moved out; only the ghostly souls remain at the location.

All the living has moved out; only the ghostly souls remain at the location.

Everyone who has traveled south on SR 37 in Morgan County, Indiana, passed by the Hillview Motel. This 1940’s style motor inn has reached the end of its life and is soon to be demolished because of the proposed I 69 expansion. Residents of the property, living residents, have already moved on to other places, but the ghostly inhabitants are still there and probably will stay at the location until they realize the building is no longer available. Where will they go?

The owner, Tim Hunter, allowed Paragon Paranormal – Shadow Chasers to investigate the old inn just hours before he was required to turn the keys over to the State of Indiana. It turned out to be an investigation where we could check our psychic skills and determine which of the twelve rooms previously had notable situations, namely deaths or high energy events, over the last 30 years. (Mr. Hunter has owned the motel for the last 30 years. Any deeds which occurred before then is a mystery for all of us.) Mr. Hunter kept all the information to himself. As local residents, our investigators knew that a four year-old girl, Hope James, had been murdered in one of the rooms in 1995, and another body had been carried out in the last few years. We also know the local motel was known as a “heartbreak inn” for recently divorced and sad individuals as well as a place where locals could take the love of their life for an evening of delight.

 

All I can say is that Mr. Hunter was pleased with our findings. We even surprised ourselves with the results.

The results:

Room 6: Little Hope died in room 6. To me, the room was dark and smelled “nasty”, like death. Another of our investigators saw a small dark shadow “rise up” as he entered the room and he was also touch lightly on the head. Photos were dark also, even with a flash.

Mr. Hunter confirmed this was the correct room for the murder of the small child.

Room 3: Stinky, also like death, but most would describe it as a cat smell. It was dark and the rear part of the room seemed to stay that way; it absorbed light, even with a flash. My K-2 meter was drained of power right away, but the others pegged the red several times while we were in there. One male investigator was grabbed on the back of his buttock which caused him to immediately exit the room. Apparently the spirit that was so active in room 3 left with him, because the K-2s went to zero when he left.

Mr. Hunter confirmed an elderly man who lived at the motel died in room 3.

Room 2: We could not focus cameras in this room, but did catch orbs in the viewfinders. Otherwise, the room seemed normal.

Mr. Hunter stated a man died in this room, but was later revived.

Room 8: Also stinky, like the smell of cats, but I associate the odor with death also. The K-2s flickered constantly. Cameras had difficulty focusing, but several flickering orbs were captured. An unusual light anomaly was observed in one of the other investigators photos.

Mr. Hunter was not aware of any disturbances in the room during his last 30 years at the location.

 

PP-SC investigator checks out one of the many rooms at the Hillview Motel in Martinsville, Indiana.

PP-SC investigator checks out one of the many rooms at the Hillview Motel in Martinsville, Indiana.

All the rooms had something which affected the K-2s, and we were unable to obtain any hard evidence with our digital recorders. The high traffic on SR 37 is extremely noisy and we were unable to obtain any clean EVPs.

I can say that Tim Hunter was almost speechless with our results and anyone who knows him will tell you its hard to make Tim speechless.

 

A special shout out to Half-Pint, Bobbie, Sondra and the other fine food service people at the Village Inn in Ellettsville, Indiana. (Good food, good friends and good times!)

To Hunter : Thank-you for the wonderful poem. I hope you don’t mind me sharing it.

To Braden and Ethan: Glad you liked the shirts!

Remember to call us if you have a problem with spirits and would like to know what’s going on; no charge for what we do.

And, if you have a problem of the Bigfoot kind and would like to report your experience to someone who will not ridicule you, call us for that too. Our data bank of sightings and experiences is growing with help from our followers.

Till next time,

Carol

Game camera catches Orb in action.

Game camera catches Orb in action.

 

 

Dec 03

THOMAS HOUSE INN CHRISTMAS SPIRIT HAS MANY “FACES”

IT FINALLY HAPPENED!  THE SPIRIT WE AT PP-SC HAVE NAMED “OLD GRUMPY” WHO RESIDES IN THE CHRISTMAS DISPLAY ROOM AT THE THOMAS HOUSE INN, FINALLY SHOWED HIMSELF TO A PARAGON PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR! THERE’S A PHOTO TO PROVE IT TOO.

A "Spirit Orb" exits the vintage Santa in the Thomas House Inn's Christmas Display Room.

A “Spirit Orb” exits the vintage Santa in the Thomas House Inn’s Christmas Display Room.

 

This was the first photo of the Christmas Room taken when we first arrived at the bed and breakfast for a two-day ghost hunt. A second photo, taken within seconds after the first, has a dark shadow on the right side of the room and actually, the whole room appears a little darker. (Note that there were no changes in the flash used for the two photos.)

Christmas Display Room has dark shadow appearing to the right. This was taken after the first photo which showed what we determined to be a "Spirit Orb".

Christmas Display Room has dark shadow appearing to the right. This was taken after the first photo which showed what we determined to be a “Spirit Orb”.

 

The Thomas House Inn is located in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee. Built in the 1890’s, the Thomas House, then the Cloyd Hotel, was destroyed by fire in the 1920’s and rebuilt into the stately brick structure we now visit several times each year to hunt ghosts and converse with the Cole family, the present owners.  The inn is decorated in the Victorian style with lots of beautiful antiques and wallpaper. Not really a place for children, adults find the ambience very relaxing since there are no phones in the rooms and no televisions! No phones and no TV makes it a great place to train our new investigators who will most likely have a paranormal experience while there.

I guess I shouldn’t say we “hunt” ghosts at the Thomas House. I think that Bob and I have been going to the location for so long that the spirits meet us at the door. There are several children spirits, a former owner or two and their wives, a former cook, and who knows how many spirits are former guests.

Lets go back to “Old Grumpy” in the Christmas Display Room; he has been active over the years. For a spirit who wants no contact with the living, he sure makes himself known to the many investigators who visit the inn and the owners. I recorded two EVP’s that I’m almost sure is “Grumpy”. In response to my usual question asking him for his name each time we arrive at the location, he has responded “leave me alone” and another time “get out”. Another group of Tennessee Ghost Hunters asked him if he liked having visitors and he responded with a firm, and grumpy, NO!

Another incident involving “Grumpy” happened to an elderly guest who, up until his personal event, was a firm skeptic of ghostly happenings at the inn. The gentleman was sitting in the only TV area at the top of the staircase, enjoying the program on the TV. Darrell and Tyler Cole were removing the two vintage Santa from the display room to another location when suddenly, from the Santa which I recently pictured the “Spirit Orb” exiting out of, a very dark, fog-like, shape lifted up out of the Santa and moved quickly back into the Christmas Room. Tyler was carrying the figure, but didn’t observe it, but the elderly gentleman couldn’t quit talking about it. Like I said, he is now a believer!

For the record, I’m going to keep bothering the old spirit until he gives me his name. We can’t call him “Grumpy” forever, can we??

All I can say is that out of all the locations throughout the United States that we have investigated, with the exception of Gettysburg Battlefield, the Thomas House is the most haunted. And this is really saying something since we have been to the Birdcage Saloon in Tombstone, AZ, and the Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL HAPPY GHOST HUNTING!

Sincerely,

Carol and Bob

 

Oct 30

“SPIRITED BIDDING” AT THE A TO Z AUCTION BARN

Orbs of all types are captured on the Gettysburg National Battlefield

Orbs of all types are captured on the Gettysburg National Battlefield

 

Happy Halloween!!

As you can probably guess, October is one of our favorite months even though it’s a prelude to winter and cold, snowy weather.

We have been busy doing what Shadow Chasers are expected to do since the last time I posted – looking for spirits and the unusual creatures which have been reported in our area, although in September I drove Bob and myself to Lincolnville, Maine and enjoyed the New England countryside for a few days. (I drove because Bob is still having considerable pain in his broken foot!)

We stopped overnight in one of our favorite locations, Gettysburg, PA, to spend a few hours on the battlefield after dark and exchange stories with the local ghost hunters (Haunted Gettysburg Paranormal Society) in downtown Gettysburg. As usual, everyone had interesting experiences in the haunted town.

Our battlefield excursion was only about three hours long. We didn’t hear any ghostly sounds such as cannons going off or men shouting, but we did get a few photos with our still cameras of what I think are spirit orbs. (Remember, not all orbs are spirits, some are dust or moisture droplets.) My favorite photo is at the top of the page and the second favorite, below.

Are these bright orbs just lost spirits hanging around one of the many Gettysburg memorials?

 

We performed an investigation close to home in a location close to my heart – the A to Z Auction in Martinsville, Indiana. Not really a fan of auctions, the place is known better to us oldsters as Kivett’s 5&10. The old building was constructed in the 1860s as a pharmacy, hospital and office of a Dr. Robert Tarleton and his nephew W. B. Tarleton. I’m not sure when Dr. Tarleton no longer practiced his profession there, but the good doctor died in 1901. Presumably, it continued to be a clinic for a few years after that, then became a hotel when the third floor was added in 1930. Although it is uncertain, Kivett’s 5 & 10 probably opened after the end of WW 2, about 1946.

The rumors of hauntings in the building have been around for years and even when I was a child, there always seemed to be “something” in the rear of the store which frightened me. We were contacted by Mayor Phil Deckard who, having seen photos taken by Elvis Stedman who works (and lives upstairs) at the auction barn, thought it might be an interesting location for our ghost hunting team. He hoped we could give Elvis some answers to his unusual photos and odd experiences in the place.

It was interesting. Our investigation was about three hours long and was performed in the early evening right after the auction barn closed for the night. We saw shadows of what appeared to be a child near the front of the store and in the back near the kitchen area, a grumpy old man wearing a long coat. Surprisingly, in two successive photos taken of a blue orb visible to the naked eye, a mirror which happened to be in the area shows a figure standing slightly behind me and to my left, of what I describe as a nurse. If you look closely at the two photos, her white cap or scarf is on her head, and she does move slightly to my right in the second photo.

Nurses would make sense at the location; it was a hospital for a least 50 years under Dr. Tarleton, then a clinic thereafter until the 1930s. Plus, one of the photos taken by Elvis was of a nurse wearing what looks like the white scarves they used to wear back in nineteenth century. Could it be Dr. Tarleton’s wife Elizabeth? Elizabeth assisted him with his many patients.

We’ll probably never know who the grumpy old man in the long coat actually is, but I know he has been there for a very long time. I’m sure he’s the one who frightened me when I was a kid shopping with my mother at Kivett’s 5& 10.

I’ve posted the two photos taken of the blue orbs – check them out!

First Photo of Blue Orb and Faces in the Mirror at the A to Z Auction

First Photo of Blue Orb and Faces in the Mirror at the A to Z Auction

Second Photo of the Blue Orb and Faces in the Mirror

Second Photo of the Blue Orb and Faces in the Mirror

Hopefully we will return to the A to Z Auction Barn for further investigation. I think there is a lot more to see and hear at the location.

 

Please call us if you have a location you would like investigated for paranormal activity! There is no charge for what we do.

A special shout-out to Larry Battson and his Wild Animals in Clinton Falls, Indiana, and to the Cole Family in Tennessee at the Thomas House Inn!

Sincerely,

Carol

 

 

Sep 02

TIVOLI THEATER OPENS DOORS TO PARAGON PARANORMAL – SHADOW CHASERS

Mirrors in the Tivoli's dressing rooms reflect investigators, and can be used by spirits to help make contact.

Mirrors in the Tivoli’s dressing rooms reflect investigators, and can be used by spirits to help make contact.

Paragon Paranormal – Shadow Chasers hit center stage at the Tivoli Theater for two separate evenings of investigations. We also hit the dressing rooms, the theater room, the hallways, elevator and other assorted areas throughout the old building. The Tivoli Theater has been the one site in Spencer, Indiana that our team has always been anxious to investigate ever since it reopened following its complete renovation in April of 2013.

History:

E.M. Viquesney had a dream of opening his own theater in Spencer and did so on New Year’s Day of 1928. The timing resulted in a bad move for him; he was in competition with another theater in the small town and the Great  Depression was just a few months away. Sadly, Viquesney was forced to close in 1931 when he lost the theater to the Bloomfield Tile Company for non-payment on the tiles of the theater’s roof.

The Tivoli was reopened soon by another gentleman who ran it until the fifties. After two fires and some other hopeful owners, the theater was again shut down in 1998 and was ultimately scheduled for demolition in 2005. Lucky for Spencer’s historical minded citizens, the Cook Group Inc. of Bloomington saw the significance and potential of the old building, and with the help of many local volunteers and the Owen County Preservation Society, was able to restore and turn the lights back on the beautiful little theater’s marquee in April of 2013.

The new, bright, blinking lights of the marquee also captured the eyes of PP-SC and we knew there just had to be some kind of spirits in the old structure, so, against our general rule of asking the owners to enter a business (we are usually invited) we contacted the theater’s General Manager Dana Beth Evans. She in formed us that along with others who work there, she had experienced some unusual episodes of the paranormal type. Needless to say, permission to investigate was approved for our team.

We made two visits with the team. The initial walkthrough was just Bob and me, along with Dana Beth who opened doors and gave us a complete tour of the fabulous building. At that time there was a male sprit detected in the third floor hallway who moved back and forth from the front to the back by both Bob and myself, and a female spirit in the lobby near the ticket booth detected by me . These spirits were not apparent in the following investigations so we have no have hard data to verify them.

With two of the theater’s volunteers assisting (Larry and Josh), the first night’s hunt was disappointing for all of us since we obtained no videos or photos containing objects and lights we could not debunk. The EVP’s were all tossed out when we found another individual was in the building and had been since we started and was working in one of the rooms. (All the small whispers and faint music captured on the recordings had to be assumed to be from the radio he was playing.)

But, there were some personal experiences by members of our group and the volunteers that have to be considered paranormal. At one time we had all gathered in the theater room and all the EMF meters and the REM Pod on the stage lit up, all the way to the top of the meters. It only happened once.

We had responses to our questions using the K-2 meters. Three different times and in three different locations, we had yes answers to “Are you male?” and to “Were you an usher”. This was exciting because I knew “something” was following us around as we went from the front of the theater to the back dressing rooms in the basement. This was an experience the volunteers were witness to.

The second investigation was with a different group of our PP-SC team members. We also had a local medium, Jeff, who assisted Bob and me. While the spirits still alluded us this trip, Jeff informed us there were three young male spirits present who passed through the Tivoli occasionally to see “What was going on”.  There were also many other spirits coming and going to the theater just as they did in life. He could detect no resident spirit in any of the many halls and rooms.

Trisha, our medium who is usually with us could not attend the hunt either time, remotely saw an usher or otherwise employed young man named  (possibly) Gaskin who stands in the lobby very near the area where I detected the female spirit on my first visit. (Trisha is sooooo very good at remote sensing of spirits. She draws pictures of the places we intend to investigate, even before knowing the location or address!)

But again, since we obtained no hard data, we cannot declare the Tivoli Theater of Spencer, Indiana as an official haunted location, even though there are definite energies of the paranormal kind present in its lobby, hallways and dressing room areas. Lots of individuals who work there have seen and felt the spirits as they move around, just as our team members did during our two investigations.

We’ll keep looking and listening at the Tivoli – as long as the living will put up with us!

Are the Spirits still waiting to be seated by the usher at the Tivoli?

Are the Spirits still waiting to be seated by the usher at the Tivoli?

 

Stay in touch!

More about the August 10th Bigfoot sighting near Martinsville in the next post. This cryptid thing it getting more exciting as the  months go by! We are considering having another Sasquatch presentation this fall and will have Morgan County information to pass on to all who have an interest in the creatures called Sasquatch, Wolf-Men and Dog-Men. Plan to attend.

 

A special shout out to Larry (Hope the surgery came out well!) and his son Josh for helping with the investigation. Thank-you Dana Beth for everything you did for our group, and to Scott (Keep up the good work, but work on believing too!). Bob Morris of Bob’s Guns and Pawn also helped us with the theater invitation – THANKS to all of you!

As usual, call me if you need an investigation for the paranormal – there is no charge for what we do.

Till next time,

Carol Farrell

Are the spirits still waiting for the curtain to rise at the Tivoli?

Are the spirits still waiting for the curtain to rise at the Tivoli?

Tivoli volunteer Josh learned the finer points of a paranormal investigation with the PP-SC team.

Tivoli volunteer Josh learned the finer points of a paranormal investigation with the PP-SC team.

Jul 20

SQUATCH-PRINTS FOR PARAGON PARANORMAL SHADOW CHASERS

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I have to start off with an exciting find near our home along the White River. A member of our group who is greatly interested in crypto-animals, but mostly in Sasquatch, (his wife is a ghost hunter in-training) found a series of footprints through a section of his property. Further investigation gave us a very good right footprint, measuring 15.5″ long and 6″ wide.  This was found at the side of an ATV path (through the woods adjacent to the river) and appears to be where the supposed Sasquatch jumped across the road. The left print on the opposite side of the road is only of the ball and toes, where the beast pushed itself upward to make the almost 15′ jump to where it’s right foot came down. The footprints continued through the thick foliage with a 7.4′ stride, but we were unable to track it after 3 steps. Our attempt to cast the print failed when the plaster cast fell apart. (It was my first casting attempt and I learned a lot from doing it, but a shame, since now we only have the photos.) The find also drew our attention to the woods and other possible signs that are present that Bigfoot are in the area. We will keep you all posted with our findings.

June and July of 2014 has been and is still very busy for us, but not so much in a paranormal way. Bob broke 3 bones in his right foot (not the left this time!) at his place of employment so we’ve spent a lot of time going to doctors, on the phone with the insurance people, and his employers. He will hopefully be ok, but it’s an extremely painful break and the heavy boot he has to wear has put our paranormal investigations almost to a standstill. With the breaks on the right foot, it’s almost impossible drive Old Ghostie, our Suburban, so we’re getting around in my leprechaun mobile, the mini-van.

Anyway, we’re still planning a major investigation in a couple of weeks in Spencer, Indiana. The location is to remain secret but I can tell you that the beautiful old business building we’re investigating has quite a history, so stay tuned for the results of the hunt.

I’m excited about the new shirts our official group members will be wearing. One of our honorary members, Chase, of Camby, Indiana, is shown wearing his. Junior Ghost Hunter Chase participated in our Stepp Cemetery hunt last May and will be in more of our junior investigations. His Aunt Wendy is a valued member of our group.

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A good friend of ours, Ed, who likes to write poetry is very intrigued by our paranormal investigation, but especially our nights out on Sasquatch hunts. He was inspired to write a poem which pretty much sums up the excitement we all feel when faced with a possible paranormal or Bigfoot encounter.  Thanks Ed!!

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A special shout out to “soon to be” Dr. Tolbert in Maryland. Thank-you for everything and keep us in mind for all your paranormal questions. It was very enjoyable being a source subject for your studies. And – Don’t be a stranger, at least not any stranger than us!

Big hello to Hunter, Ethan and Braden! Hope you liked the Sasquatch shirts.

Remember, contact us for any type of paranormal investigation. We do not charge fees for anything we do!

Till next time,

Carol Farrell

Founder of Paragon Paranormal – Shadow Chasers

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