Sunday, January 31, 2016

Roads Hotel Charity Event

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Historic Roads Hotel for the January charity event.

Owner Gail Sanchez was a gracious host, and it was great to be part of this amazing event along with investigators Dave Spinks, Jay & Teresa Lynch, The ParaSisters, Tina Hicks Lano and Jackie Mossburg Hicks and Robbin Terry of Ashmore Estates.

Tickets were sold out and a vehicle was filled with donations for the Meet Me Under The Bridge organization to help the homeless.  And that's not counting all the financial donations!

This was truly an example of the paranormal community at its best.  If you missed it, keep your eye out for future events.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Haunted Lowe Hotel Night 2

Does the ghost of a ship's captain roam the halls of the historic Lowe Hotel in WV?  And what about the energy from the tragic collapse of the Silver Bridge, what lasting impression remains at this

Not slowing down from our previous night's investigation, Dave Spinks and I continued in our pursuit to find answers at the haunted Lowe Hotel in Point Pleasant.

Basing ourselves at the hotel, the same place John Keel stayed during his investigation into the Mothman sightings, we explored much of the surrounding area during the day, and conducted night long paranormal research at the Lowe.

Check out the video below for a fascinating show steeped in West Virginia weirdness.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Pushing the Limits

Join me tonight for a quick guest shot on "Pushing the Limits" with hosts Tina and Jackie, the Parasisters.  Also along will be Jay and Teresa Lynch and Dave Spinks.  We'll be discussing the upcoming investigation and charity event at the Historic Roads Hotel.

Monday, January 18, 2016

RIP "Smokey" Crabtree

Sad to announce the passing of Julius E "Smokey" Crabtree of Fouke, Arkansas.

Smokey was a legendary character in the field of Bigfoot studies.  When Charles B. Pierce showed up in Arkansas to make his film about the Fouke monster, Smokey was hired has a consultant and wildlife guide for the movie.  Smokey also appeared in the film along with other members of his family.

Crabtree grew up in Fouke and spent his youth roaming the Sulphur River Bottoms, hunting, fishing and trapping.  After a career that included a stint in the navy, some time has a golden gloves boxer and work on the Alaskan pipeline, he spent his later years running a bookstore and small museum in Fouke.  He wrote about the monster himself and he could frequently be found at conferences speaking about the topic. 

Many cryptozoologists cite the Boggy Creek movie as an influence on their early interest in the field.  I'll never forget seeing the film myself when it came out in the early 70s.  And what monster hunter could forget the beginning of the film when the words "This Is A True Story" appeared on the screen.

Crabtree was the go to expert on the Fouke monster for many years.  When Smokey's son "Lynn," was fourteen, he had one of the most significant sightings of the monster and his account was also featured in the movie.

I was fortunate to meet Smokey on a few occasions, he was a great guy.  During his life, he worked in 18 different countries and almost every state in the US, but he always called Arkansas home.

Smokey passed away on January 16, 2016 due to complications from pneumonia.  He was 88 years old.

Rest easy Smokey, you'll be missed.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Haunted Lowe Hotel

Say the words "Point Pleasant" and virtually anyone interested in weird phenomena will immediately
recognize the town as the focal point of the infamous Mothman encounters and the tragic collapse of the Silver Bridge.

But the strange flying cryptid isn't the only thing of paranormal interest in this small West Virginia town.

Right across the street from the Mothman museum, there's a historic hotel that his its fill of ghostly activity.

The Lowe hotel first opened in the early 1900s.  The four story building features a grand ballroom and banquet room.  It was originally built to serve the heavy river traffic of  the period.

The hotel was one of the locations that John Keel stayed at while conducting his investigations for his most well known book, The Mothman Prophecies.

Numerous spirits are reported to roam the halls of this historic hotel.  The third floor is reportedly the most active area of the hotel and my colleague Dave Spinks and I had the building to ourselves last month when we set up our investigation. 

Check out the video below for the first night of our investigation at this active location.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hunter's BEK Encounter

Researcher Jamie L. Brian transcribed the account below from an encounter related on Darkness radio.

Darkness Radio's host, Dave Schrader has been gathering black eyed kid encounters for years via his
show and listeners frequently call in to share their stories. 
Obviously, it's often difficult to do any follow up on the accounts since many of the calls are anonymous so take it for what it is, an account reported on a live radio program.  I have no personal knowledge of the case or how genuine it is, but it's simply too creepy to not share. 

“I've never told anybody this because it scared the living bejesus out of me. It happened about four years ago on one of my properties when I was out hunting. I was alone. Normally I'm with my dog. And I had my shotgun out with me, semi-automatic and I was walking through the woods on the outskirts of my property – it's about 65 acres. Anyway, I was pretty deep in the woods that day and I came across something where the hairs on the back of my neck stood up before I even saw it. And, uh, it was a little girl. She had on a little blue nighty – the gangliest, sickliest looking thing I've ever seen in my life. It didn't see me at first. And my dog, he went straight to the ground and started whining and it heard him and it turned to me and it looked at me with the blackest eyes... now this was broad daylight. The blackest eyes I've ever seen in my life. And I took a potshot at it with a scope and I hit it and I thought I killed it. The dog stayed right where it was at and I went running off. I checked and there was nothing there. Nothing. All I saw was little bare footprints all in the dirt in the area where it was standing. Now I have not walked on that property since. (Schrader asks him how he knew that it wasn't a flesh and blood little girl that he shot at) This thing, it looked like a little girl. Maybe 10 or 11. It had white gangly hair. It... a... I mean really... It was like if you dehydrated a little kid and its skin was... I was no more than maybe 90 feet from it when I shot at it and I was behind two trees. And when I came out from behind the two trees to shoot, it was already staring at us. I barely got off enough courage to pull the trigger because it frightened me... me... almost half to death. I mean I was froze for the longest time. (Schrader asks if she screamed or called out when he shot at her) All I heard was this screech and I saw it hit the ground and I immediately ran towards it and when I got up to where it was standing there was nothing there. There was no blood, just footprints all over the place in circles. When I first initially saw it, it was sniffing the air like it was hunting. And no little girl, at 6 o'clock in the morning, on a foggy morning, in the middle of a 65 acre property is gonna be there. That's what blew my mind at first, when I saw it, I thought it was a little girl, I almost called out to it. But when I saw the way it was standing, it was standing kind of like it was crouched a little bit and it was sniffing the air. And I mean it took everything I had to take a potshot at this thing. I mean, I served in them military. I've seen some things in the jungle in South America. This thing scared the piss out of me. This thing that I saw. It had one of the most malevolent feelings that I ever saw in my life. I mean I actually felt I was in danger. I mean literal danger. That's the feeling I had. (Schrader asks what would have happened had he approached her and discovered it was just a little girl he shot) Well, I would have immediately called the police if that was the case, you know. But this was not... this was not a little girl. It would have been there after I shot it. There was nothing but these little footprints all over the place. Just these little footprints. These little kid's footprints. (Schrader asks about her eyes) They were pitch black. (Schrader asks him if he believed it was a black eyed kid he encountered. Caller seems flustered as if he had never heard the term black eyed kid before) I don't know anything about black eyed kids. All I know is that when this thing, when it stared at me, it made my dog go straight to the ground and start whining. And that's when it locked eyes with me and I picked it out with a bolt trigger. That's all I could think was just get it away from me as fast as possible. Imagine walking down a dark alley and all you see is the shadow of somebody standing at the other end. What do you think that's gonna make you feel like when he pulls out a machete. It was that kind of feeling. That kind of feeling you'd get. That's how I felt. I'm a trained ranger, retired. I don't fear much. (Schrader asks if the creature spoke) No. It just made a screech and I saw it fall. I immediately started running towards it and when I got there it was just mud. And little footprints in a circle. It was a perfect circle. All these little footprints. I haven't been back to that property since to hunt. (Schrader asks if the property is close to the Twin Cities and if he would allow people on his property to search for the girl) Not too far. I quarantined that property. I won't let anyone on it. With what happened after that. I won't go on that property and neither will no one else. (Schrader asks if something happened after the encounter) Needless to say, I spent a few days in the hospital, sick. I was hospitalized for about a week. They couldn't figure it out. It started out with cold sweats. It was pretty frightening. I never got frightened like that before in my life. I've been shot twice and it didn't scare me like this. I'm telling you, it was frightening.

Source: Darkness Radio – December 26, 2015

Lon Strickler over at Phantoms and Monsters has recently published another creepy report about black eyed babies, also courtesy of Jamie Brian.  That story can be found at the link below:

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Ancient Black Eyes

Just how long have strange entities with solid black eyes been present on our planet?
Check out the new issue of Politics, Prophecy & the Supernatural for my article on Ancient Black Eyed Beings. 

Also in this issue, you'll find Richard Shaw on the Fog of 2016, Fritz Zimmer on Burial Mounds and Close Encounters, and much more.  A bargain at only two bucks a month!


Available from L.A. Marzulli at:

Friday, January 8, 2016

Unexplained Disappearances

Just did a great show with fellow researcher Dave Spinks and host Norene Sampiere Balovich for Paranormal Zone TV's Do You Believe Web Series.

Norene wanted to discuss strange disappearances, a hot topic thanks in large part to the work of David Paulides.  But we tried to go a bit beyond the edge and included discussion on things like the Superstition Mountains as well as a roundup of possible explanations for the cases.  Check it out if you missed it:

And be sure to catch other great show's in Norene's archive.  Her web series gets better all the time.