Day in the life

Would you live in a serial killer’s house?

I heard about this story on the radio this morning. A woman was watching the report on television and recognized, not her house, but her dining room table.

The woman had rented the house without being told that it had been the former house of a serial killer who tortured and killed women in the basement. Between 12 and 20 victims! Who rented this house to her without disclosing the previous owner? The killer’s mother. Apparently, there was no state law requiring full disclosure.

If this happened to you, would you be able to continue living there?

The renter wanted to break the lease, but the owner wouldn’t allow it, until she got other authorities involved. Then the owner backed off.

I can’t imagine how horrible I would feel knowing people had been tortured and lost their lives in the space supposed to be my sanctuary. Residual energy can stick to objects and property. Just ask John Zaffis (The Haunted Collector) about that.

Food for thought, the next time you go looking for your next home, rental or not. Do your research. Ask questions. Be sure. Or you might end up needing the services of people like Amy and Steve from The Dead Files.

Fortunately, this renter is moving.


The Conjuring: facts & the fallout, one year later.

Renae at The Paranormalist presents some facts and findings about The Conjuring that are worth a look.

Renae Rude - The Paranormalist

On the anniversary of the release of The Conjuring, (which is one of my picks for the 13 most haunting films for ghost story lovers,) I’m noticing some internet buzz about the aftermath of its production and its subsequent popularity. For fans of The Amityville Horror, this is a familiar scenario. In short, the current owners of the home are asserting that their lives have been turned upside down by the fallout from the film. There has been trespassing and vandalism, not only at the allegedly haunted house, but also at the grave site of  a local woman.

For those of you who are not ardent followers of developments in the paranormal world, I’ll provide a little cheat sheet, so you know who all these real-life people are.

  • The House – built in 1836, by Dexter Richardson, in in Harrisville, RI. It was then owned by several generations of the Arnold family before passing out their possession. In…

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Talking with the Spirits: Discussions of Mediumship

This is a book I’m extremely curious about.


Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center

One of the most important recent publications about mediumship is Talking With the Spirits: Ethnographies From Between the Worlds (Brisbane, Australia: Daily Grail Publishing, 2014), a collection of essays edited by Jack Hunter  and David Luke .  The authors of the chapters discuss mediumship from different parts of the world, among them Africa, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, and Great Britain.

Talking to the Spirits

Jack Hunter Jack Hunter

Dr. David Luke Dr. David Luke

The book is described by the publisher as follows:

“Talking With the Spirits is a cross-cultural survey of contemporary spirit mediumship. The diverse contributions to this volume cover a wide-range of ethnographic contexts, from Spiritualist séances in the United Kingdom to self-mortification rituals in Singapore and Taiwan, from psychedelic spirit incorporation in the Amazonian rainforest, to psychic readings in online social spaces, and more. By taking a broad perspective the book highlights both the variety…

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