Archive for the ‘Urban legends’ Category

If you are an avid viewer of Ghost Adventures and Most Haunted then it would be fair to assume that paranormal investigating is full of frights and jumps every night. If you also watch these shows you would also think that we get scratched and catch full body apparitions on camera on a regular basis. However, you would be wrong.  These shows are created for entertainment purposes and to give the viewer a cheap scare. Not saying I don’t, love these shows, cause I do, but I am now fully aware that a lot of hours of filming go into one 45 minute long show.

When I first started doing investigations I was pretty scared, I’m not gonna lie. I expected spirits to whisper in my ear, to be pushed, scratched and intimidated. Maybe I haven’t been to the right places yet, but so far I haven’t experienced this. What I have experienced can’t be explained. What I have experienced is so subtle that a camera crew would not be able to capture it. Spirit does not have to be aggressive and obvious to be noticed. When you walk into a building and you suddenly cannot breath as the air and atmosphere is thick, how would a TV show convey this? When your heart starts pounding because you feel yourself being stared down by someone or something you cannot see, how would a TV show convey this? The majority of interaction with spirits can not be seen, only felt.

One thing we always mention to our guests at the beginning of investigations is that sometimes we might not get any communication at all. That is OK. Spirits are not performing monkeys, hanging out in buildings waiting for our beck and call. One thing that genuine paranormal groups will never do is fake evidence. We would rather the guests go away and think the night was ‘boring’ that make accusations that a group is faking activity. Paranormal groups strive off of their reputations and a cheap thrill will never come before integrity. So if your night with a local paranormal group DIDN’T seem like an episode of Most Haunted then I would say stick with that group, as sooner or later you never know what you might encounter, at least you know it wasn’t faked.

The paranormal industry is becoming saturated with people trying to get their five minutes of fame by releasing a video full of cheap jumps and obvious scare tactics that genuine videos of subtle paranormal evidence are getting overlooked. I have realised that something doesn’t have to jump out at you to show you it is there, if a spirit can communicate through a flickering light or by changing the atmosphere in the room then I am satisfied with the investigation.

So, I was filling out an application form the other day for an awesome job in the paranormal field and I added my blog to the ‘About Me’ section. It was then that I realised I hadn’t updated my site in over 18 months, BUT I have a good reason.  I now have a gorgeous 14 month old little girl and she is happy and healthy and that is what has taken all my time this previous 18 months. So, I have decided to polish off the keyboard and start to blog again. I can’t believe I have missed out on all these opportunities to blog about so many amazing shows and films that have been released this past year. Like, who saw Stranger Things?! It was bloody awesome and I am itching for another season. I have also heard there is to be a Netflix series about Slender Man, and Stephen King’s IT is currently being filmed for release in 2017. SO much is going on and I am back.

Reincarnation is the belief that after we die our soul can begin a new life in a new body. Like a fresh start, metaphorically wiping the slate clean and starting all over again without any knowledge of our previous existence. Children have been recalling details from ‘past lives’ for thousands of years but in the western world the belief in reincarnation is wholly dismissed. In Asia however, where the idea of being born again is strongly adhered, there have been a large number of reincarnation cases involving children and the evidence to back up these claims is startling.

Ian Stevenson, MD, spent over 40 years researching the ideology around reincarnation up until his death in 2007. He mainly focuses on children as he believed they had less reason to make stuff up, and specifically children from Asia as children from the western world, due to rejecting the idea of reincarnation, were often stifled by their parents beliefs.

 

Out the 2500 children he studied almost half of the cases were objectively validated and supported the idea of reincarnation. He found a pattern among the children that could help identify future cases of past life experiences and could help differentiate between an over active imagination and a genuine case of reincarnation.

1) As soon as the child can communicate they reject their family and name. 

Children will often be heard saying that their family is not their real family and that their real family live in a different location, often mentioning a town or place that the child has never been to. The child will also be able to confidently recount the names of their past life family and describe the house he or she grew up in. Often these details are the ones that are used to validate the claims of reincarnation.

2) Recalling traumatic deaths. 

Ian found that in over 50% of cases the children could recall a traumatic or premature death from their previous life and if there was a specific would through either a gun or knife wound, there was usually a scar or birthmark that coincided with these claims.

3) Child knows names of people they have never met.

In cases where they child is able to meet their past life family the child is able to identify the names of everybody as well as revealing secrets and information that only the family would have known. As a result the family from the past life often accept the claims that the child is in fact their deceased relative. A long lasting bond is usually established between the child and family.

4) Gender usually stays the same.

In 90% of cases the child remains the same sex that they occupied in the previous lifetime. Personality traits and preferences are also mostly the same from one incarnation to another.

5) Physical appearance can remain similar.

Ian Stevenson studied Suzanne Ghanem in the late 1960’s, when she was a small child. At 16 months of age, Suzanne pulled the phone off the hook as if she was trying to talk into it and said, over and over, “Hello, Leila?” The family didn’t know who Leila was. When she got older, Suzanne explained that Leila was one of her children and that she was not Suzanne, but Hanan. A photograph of Hanan was available, but it wasn’t until Stevenson revisited Suzanne 1998 that he found that Suzanne, now a grown woman, had the same facial features as her past incarnation.

Hanan and Suzanne look very similar.

Hanan and Suzanne look very similar.

 

Below is a documentary about a young boy called Cameron who believes he grew up and died in Barra, 200 miles from where he currently lives in Glasgow. Watch the documentary and make up your own conclusion. Just an active imagination? Or something much more incredible?

 

 

 

I am going to do a weekly ‘This is YOUR Horror’ post where you can share your real life paranormal experiences. If you want to be a part of this and you feel like you have something to share then please email me lea.burnam@hotmail.com.

Pictures and soundbites are welcome as i know spirits like to communicate in a variety of ways 😉

 

Leanne

In February of 2013, after residents of Cecil Hotel complained to managers about low water pressure, the body of Elisa Lam was found inside the rooftop water tanks. Elisa was a 21 year old Canadian tourist who traveled to LA on January the 26th, she was last seen 5 days later on the 31st of January.

Officials ruled out any foul play as autopsy reports concluded she died from drowning and there were no drugs on toxins in her body. It has also been reported that Elisa suffered from no previous mental health issues, so this leads us to the question ‘What happened?’

Footage has been released of Elisa acting very strangely in the hotel lift, pressing all the buttons and standing sheepishly in the corner, as if trying to get away from someone.

The video is very creepy considering, just a few minutes after, Elisa met her untimely death.

What is even more suspicious is how 5ft 1″ Elisa managed to access the 8 ft tall metal water containers on an alarmed rooftop, climb inside and close the lid….Do these look easy to climb in to you?

 

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Another weird connection to the Elisa Lam death is the uncanny similarity to the 2005 film Dark Water. It tells the story of a young woman found drowned in a hotel water tank. A scene in the movie depicts an elevator malfunctioning, and a character is named Cecilia. Elisa Lam was staying in the Cecil Hotel.

What is even MORE strange is just days after Elisa Lam’s body was found, national health experts were called into Skid Row near the hotel to investigate a deadly persistent tuberculosis outbreak that local health officials called the largest in a decade. More than 4,500 people may have been exposed to TB and scientists linked the outbreak to a TB strain unique to L.A. A test used to diagnose tuberculosis, particularly in patients with advanced immunosuppression, was used on residents. The name of the test – LAM-ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay).

Many question whether the Hotel (which is now closed down) is actually cursed with evil. The Cecil Hotel has a long history of violence and death, including suicide and murder. Notable serial killers – Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker, who lived on the hotel’s 14th floor for several months and used the hotel’s dumpster to dispose of his victim’s clothes, and Jack Unterweger, a crime journalist who unceremoniously killed three prostitutes in Los Angeles both commited these crimes while living at the Cecil Hotel

There are so many possibilities to this mysterious death and i sincerely hope for the family of Elisa Lam that more comes to light about that fateful night. I think the paranormal fanatic in me is questioning all these spooky connections, i would be interested to know what you all think is going on.

 

Like most people who have heard about the recent stabbing in Wisconsin, i am shocked. How can two 12 year old girls justify stabbing someone by saying they were trying to prove that the urban myth Slender Man is real?

Now, the Slender Man post on my blog has been one of my most popular stories, so there is obviously a lot of interest in the myth, but that is exactly what the story is – a myth. I know this, and 99.9% of people who read the story know this.

This horrific attack is the result of poor mental health, not horror stories. Too often in the media, rock music and horror films are blamed as a catalyst for murder and attacks, but as a fan of both rock and horror i can honestly say violence has never crossed my mind. No matter how bad my PMS has got.

It is easier for people to blame something like horror movies, something that can be seen, touched and controlled. “Ban violent films,” people yell in the aftermath of a brutal crime. This should change to “More awareness for mental health issues,” but people want to brush that under the rug. Unlike a movie, mental health cant be categorized quite as easily, cant be subtitled and doesn’t have a synopsis of what exactly is wrong with the person in question.

No, mental health is too complex, just blame the movies.

I love horror movies, i am fascinated by the paranormal and i spend way too much time researching famous killers and cults. However i am grateful to have a relatively healthy mind and can distinguish between right and wrong.

Unfortunately these two girls who committed this crime on the 31st of May were clearly not mentally stable, they needed (and still need) help. We need to focus on the real problem here, lack of access for mental health, not the Slender Man online myth.

These girls would have committed a crime whether or not Slender Man existed. If it wasn’t Slender Man it would have been something else. I am wishing a full recovery to the victim of this crime, but i also hoping for a recovery for the two girls who committed this crime.

Most people obsessed with horror and the paranormal have a dream of being able to investigate haunted locations for a living. Unfortunately, we aren’t all as dashingly good looking as Zac, Nick and Aaron, so will never be offered our own show on the Travel Channel.

Now you can ghost hunt from the comfort of your lazee boy chair by checking out Live Ghost Web Cams . Here you can watch haunted locations such as The Knickerbocker Hotel, Willard Hall, Gettysberg and USS Lexington.

So have a little click if you think you’re brave enough….