Care for Yourself This Holiday

 

Snoopy hug

 

CNN posted this today, which aligns with what I’ve known for years: there is such a thing as dying of a broken heart. Take extra good care of yourself and those who have lost someone this holiday. Emotions have a greater effect on the body than you might think.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/23/health/christmas-death-rate/index.html?sr=fb122313deathholidays1230p

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Playing with the Devil

A new title by Marcus F. Griffin dropped just before the holiday season yielding a story that claims to be a true account of one band’s many encounters with a dark entity through their musical journey.  I had run across this title on several occasions, but I didn’t pick up a copy until a bookstore display practically grabbed me by the arm. This supernatural yarn chronicles the band’s inception to its sad dissolution, at the mercy of a powerful force.

I have to say, some very creepy things happened to these guys, and people connected to them. Stephen King kind of creepy. But if I’d had the time, I would have read it in one sitting.

The more they engaged an entity they referred to as the Gray Man, the greater their work seemed to progress. A group of rock and rollers were kicking ass and gaining recognition. Success seemed imminent. This nameless, faceless man-shaped shadow appeared to protect them, even assist them in strange ways. But with sweet success came sour grapes, and there was price to be paid as the activity ramped up.

I’m not going to drop any spoilers here. This is one of those stories you must-read-to-believe. And I have no doubt that many won’t believe this account to be real. They will claim that the band members were stoned or high on something, hallucinating, or embellishing events under the influence. Those will be the readers who have never encountered such a force.

Believe it. Don’t believe it. That’s free will.

I believed it.

I do not, however, believe it was the Devil they were playing with. I have my own theories. But it was something very powerful and equally dangerous. Playing with the Devil is a cautionary tale of what can happen when you dabble with forces unknown, and how you should respect the power, not piss it off.

Killer Contact: Approach with Caution

When I first saw the teaser for this show, my first thought was: Bad Idea. Really. Bad. Idea. And I was not going to watch a show that provoked in a negative manner, much less purposely attempted to contact the spirits of such horrible criminals.

Role playing. Antagonizing, “They stop at nothing to get answers from the dead” says their opening narrative.  They claim that they are going to solve the most enduring crimes of the world – with paranormal evidence.

Provoking and antagonizing the dead can have serious consequences, and I fear that young people who watch this will take what they’ve seen and try to put it into action themselves. Those who go looking for trouble will always find it in some form. But when you are dealing the supernatural forces and spirits, you shouldn’t be foolish enough to think you learn all that you need from a television show.

With youth comes a level of arrogance that can be repelling, but I had to give Killer Contact the benefit of the doubt and see what techniques would be employed.

First case: Jack The Ripper.

The case of Jack The Ripper has remained unsolved since 1888. A test to determine who Jack The Ripper was involved asking questions of a spirit (presumed to be victim Catherine Eddowes) before photos of two suspects. Interesting idea. When they asked the spirit “Is this the man who killed you?” neither photo drew a response from the modified EMF meter. But the question they didn’t ask was: “Can you identify your killer?” Perhaps the victim never saw his face.

Molly, the female on the team, is the role player. The team thought it would be a good idea for her to dress as a prostitute to provoke activity. If I was investigating a case from 1888, I would have had her dress in clothing of that period instead of a 21st century get-up. In spite of this she managed to entice activity.

An EVP session asking Annie Chapman’s spirit who her killer was yielded Aaron Kosminski.

When in contact with the spirit of Aaron Kosminski, they asked if he killed the women (Mary Kelly, Annie Chapman, Catherine Eddowes ) and if he was indeed Jack The Ripper. The EMF meter they were using responded affirmatively with each question.

Does this solve the case? No.

Is it compelling? Absolutely. Any paranormal enthusiast would agree with that.

Compelling as it may be, it still is not proof.

The paranormal is metaphysical. Although the dead and other entities may be able to interact with the living in the physical, they are not physical beings and leave no traces in their path.

I will continue to watch this show with caution. I don’t condone provoking with the harassment and extreme reenactment that has been previewed in their teaser. And if you’re doing this kind of thing for kicks, be careful. You might get exactly what you ask for. Will you know how to handle that?