Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Escape Zone Bellaire, Ohio

Can you escape in time?

"Escape Rooms" have become very popular the last few years. Essentially, they're a life-sized puzzle. Locked in a room with other participants, you must work together to search the room, find the clues, and unravel the puzzle that will lead to your escape--all while the clock is ticking since you have a time limit to make a successful escape.

Right down the street from the haunted Bellaire House in Bellaire, Ohio is the Escape Zone. A puzzle room in an old, historic home that, you guessed it, is also reportedly haunted.

Society of the Supernatural was asked to come in and investigate the location to see if we could verify the ghostly claims.

We had a great time in this cool, atmospheric location and found a few interesting things. Special thanks to SOS friend Kristen Lee (owner of the Bellaire House) for setting this investigation up for us and for joining us during part of the investigation.

If you're in town to investigate the Bellaire House, take a side trip down the street and play the Escape Zone. See if you can beat the clock and while doing so, pay attention, you may have some phantom guests in the locked room with you.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Archive of the Afterlife Investigation

Steve Hummel Archive of the Afterlife
Recently the Society of the Supernatural was in Moundsville, West Virginia for the Grave City Paracon. While there, we spent a night investigating the Archive of the Afterlife, an amazing collection of historic and haunted items.

Steve Hummel, the mastermind behind the Archive, has worked hard to gather curious items from around the world. Currently included in the collection are artifacts from World War Two, creepy haunted dolls, caskets, vintage photos and more.

Of special note are a number of items from the haunted, old West Virginia State Penitentiary. One of Steve's recent acquisitions is the cap from "old sparky," the electric chair used at the WV Penn to send a number of death row inmates to their final stop.

The investigation was especially intense for former law enforcement officer Dave Spinks. What appeared to be the angry spirit of one of the executed inmates came forth and was very unhappy with the presence of a former prison guard. The events from this investigation led to some intense incidents, a powerful and personal story that Dave may chose to share at some point.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Ripley's Believe it or Not! Ocean City

Here's the continuation of Society of the Supernatural's in-depth investigation of the Ripley's Believe it or Not "Odditorium" on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland.

Some fascinating incidents have been captured by security cameras at the location and we followed up on some of the reports to see if we could determine who, or what, has been causing the disturbances.

As with all Ripley's locations, the site contains many genuine artifacts gathered by the legendary Robert Ripley during his numerous travels around the world.

There are historic items that, at the least, hold a lot of residual energy, tribal artifacts used in various dances and ceremonies, even torture instruments that were put to horrifying use at different periods in history. Looking at one of the infamous "Iron Maidens" one can't help but be disturbed by the fact that it was built to inflict unbelievable pain.

During our time at the location, we had a lot of activity around the area that holds some of the torture equipment, as well as antique jail records for San Quentin prison. The same spot also has a display of arrest warrants from the 1500's.

It also comes as no surprise that I had some personal experiences and responses in the room loaded with tribal artifacts.

If you're in Ocean City, a stop at this Ripley's location is a must!

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Ripley's Ocean City, MD Night 2

Disembodied voices, phantom footsteps and even poltergeist activity are part of the package at the Ripley's Believe it or Not! in Ocean City, Maryland.

Management has been busy all spring, updating and revamping displays, and making renovations in the building. Of course, this only served to kick up the energy a few notches and, as all the corners have been cleared, employees have noticed even more strange events occurring on the site.

Some employees even report the unnerving feeling of being followed around in certain areas of the museum after hours when the building is empty.

Society of the Supernatural's second night of investigation at the location was even more intense since we had plenty of time and a chance to zero in even more on some of the areas of high activity.

The tribal room at this location is pretty amazing and includes a Tibetan exorcist's suit, a number of African items, and one of the disturbingly real shrunken heads that Ripley gathered during his explorations.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ripley's Ocean City, MD Investigation

Once again, the Society of the Supernatural was asked to document paranormal activity at a Ripley's Museum. This time, on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland.

We were able to get to the location just before the hectic tourist season kicks off with Memorial Day weekend and it was a crazy trip.

Robert Ripley spent many years gathering exotic and unusual objects from around the world. Many of these items have amazing and intense energy. To top it off, this particular location is in a building with a lot of history. The oldest portion dates back to 1926 and saw the days of prohibition, the roaring 20's, the depression of the 30's and much, much more before becoming Ripley's Believe it or Not!

Check out the first portion of our investigation at this amazing odditorium!

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Reptilian Humanoid at Michigan Lake

Writing in the Saga UFO Report in March 1977, Gray Barker detailed a weird encounter that happened near William's Lake, Michigan.

The incident occurred late at night on May 15, 1976.

A couple observed a peculiar light that "hovered and oscillated" rapidly over the area above the lake. Later that night, they were parked in an isolated spot next to the lake when they spotted another light over the water.

The man leaned out of the window to get a better look when something grabbed him. He jumped back inside then a huge, dark humanoid shape leaned over the car and began scratching and rocking the vehicle.

A creature, described as having a huge, reptilian like face with a wide slit mouth and bulbous eyes thrust itself partly through the window and grabbed one of the witnesses with a large, flipper like hand.

The second witness struck the creature on the face with a bottle and it withdrew outside. The creature then retreated and apparently jumped into the lake, as the witness heard a loud "splash."

*Researcher Albert S. Rosales recently republished this account.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Save the Bellaire House!

Kristen Lee, owner of the haunted Bellaire house in Bellaire, Ohio has launched a gofundme campaign to save the home.

The saga surrounding the house is long and convoluted. Kristen went through her own personal hell while living in the home, a journey she documented in her book "1699 Belmont Street: A Portal to Hell." As she states in the advert for the book:

"Imagine living with a small child and having an inhuman specter haunt you. Imagine having years of paranormal experience that you cannot explain or have the courage to speak of. Imagine having your family torn apart by paranormal activity and spirits that want you to be isolated so they can do as they please to you inside a portal to Hell."

In the years since her experiences, Kristen has made great strides in recovering from those years and she has continued to move forward, offering the home to the paranormal community so that other teams could experience the wide range of phenomena and document evidence of the supernatural.

Out of the blue, Kristen was recently hit with a demand for payment of past due monies on the home. I won't go into all the details as to why these claims of monies due are suspect. Most of it Kristen has publicly posted herself on her social media pages. Needless to say, she is now in a battle to save the home both for herself, her business, and for the paranormal community at large.

Kristen has taken very active steps in raising money to save the home, including several events and an auction of haunted items. Now, she's calling out for further help with the launching of the gofundme campaign.

Please check out the page and contribute if at all possible. There are some great perks for those who can contribute, and even the smallest donation will help save this historic and fascinating haunted home.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Abandoned House Bellaire, Ohio

Right beside the notoriously haunted Bellaire House sits another, abandoned home with a dark history.

A lot of stories are associated with this place. Stories of death, drug use, child abuse and more. What caused the last residents to suddenly leave? Simple misfortune and loss of income, or something more sinister?

While spending time recently in Bellaire, we took a late night journey into this creepy location. Debris, refuse and drug paraphernalia litter the home. Furnishings and clothing remain. The atmosphere is unsettling. Some areas of the house were too dangerous to venture into due to black mold and rotting floors, but what we did see was certainly creepy.

Check out the video for a glimpse of what we came away with:

Friday, May 12, 2017

Bellaire House Q & A

Here's a quick Q & A that Dave Spinks and I conducted at the haunted Bellaire House during some of our recent time at the location.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

1699 Belmont Street

Dave Spinks and I were recently back for yet another investigation at the notorious Bellaire House in Bellaire, Ohio.

We've been called to this location on countless occasions and on each visit, the level of activity and manifestations varies.

Located at 1699 Belmont Street, the home has a long history of paranormal activity. Dave and I have done extensive investigations in the Bellaire house, fully documenting its supernatural history. There are numerous factors that may contribute to the strange activity that has taken place in the house. Land cursed by Native Americans, mining disasters in the coal mines under the home and seances and other spiritual activity practiced in the house over the years are just a few of the things involved in this haunting.

As always, thanks to our good friend, and owner of the Bellaire House, Kristen Lee, for asking us in to investigate.

Check out the video below for a taste of what we captured this time around:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

PA Bigfoot Camping Adventure Reviewed

It was cold and raining last weekend in the hills of Pennsylvania, but despite the weather, the Bigfoot Camping Adventure rolled on.

This was the event's second year and enthusiasts from around the country proved that not even mother nature would prevent them from turning out to gather and discuss the hairy creature known as Sasquatch.

Organized and hosted by Eric Altman, the event was held at the Brenner's Meadow Run Campground in Farmington, PA. Surrounded by prime Sasquatch country, a lot of attendees braved the elements and took part in night hikes through the trails around the campground, searching for signs of the elusive beast.

During the day on Saturday and Sunday, there were numerous talks given by notables in the field including Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Steve Kulls, Stan Gordon and many more.

There was even a showing of The Legend of Boggy Creek, a film that inspired many modern cryptozoologists. There was plenty of food on hand, a charity auction featuring some amazing Bigfoot related items, music, and lots of sharing of accounts of Sasquatch encounters.

The best part was, the whole event was put together to support some local charities!

It was great to hang out with Eric, Lon Strickler, Jay Bachochin and of course, good friend, Rosemary Ellen Guiley.

Eric Altman deserves a ton of credit for pulling this off despite the weather, the stress of organizing such an event, and the other various challenges that arose.
It's a real sign of both dedication, and how much people were enjoying themselves, that many braved the cold and rain to participate in the weekend's events.

Eric says he's taking a break and won't produce an event next year. Time will tell, but I suspect there'll be a lot of people calling for a return of the Bigfoot Camping Adventure!

Haunted Ships & Lighthouses

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Haunted Toys on the Paranormal Podcast

Check out the latest episode of Jim Harold's Paranormal Podcast to hear my co-author, Ross Allison and I discussing Haunted Toys.

Jim is always a great host and we all had a good time with this creepy topic.