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The Last Night in the Haunted Mansion – The Big Seance Podcast #104

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In this BONUS episode, Patrick shares the deliciously spooky dream that he woke up to on October 1st. It involves a haunted mansion and a possessed, driverless car! Happy October!

 

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A Funeral Home Ghost Story

 

This story was sent in by a very loyal and regular listener. I was given permission to share it with you. As he mentions below, “everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit”, and this is the perfect story to go along with it. You’re welcome.

 

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Patrick,

I am a mortician in the Midwest and have had many experiences that could be referred to as paranormal.  These types of experiences are common among people in my business, but it is very much frowned upon to speak of them.  Many feel as though it is disrespectful to the families in our care to mention experiences that could conflict with their personal religious beliefs, or in some cases could very well involve their own loved one, so we keep it quiet.  I have shared some of my experiences quietly among colleagues and heard a few stories in return that nearly mirror my own.  Since the greatest season of them all is upon us and everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit, I feel inspired to share my very first funeral home ghost story with you, though I must do it on a condition of anonymity.  The story that I am about to tell you is 100% true.

My first encounter with the spirit world inside of a funeral home took place back in 1999.  I was a lowly funeral assistant back then whose duties involved greeting families, floor work at visitations and funerals, answering the phone and cleaning.  One night I was working a visitation that caught me a little off guard.  A small group of people arrived together for the visitation and requested that it be private.  They informed us that no other attendees would be joining them, and asked that we stay out of the parlor out of respect.  This in itself was not uncommon, but what came next certainly was.  The building began to smell of incense and candles, which they had brought in and burned, and we could hear them chanting in unison.  We couldn’t make out what they were chanting, but we were certain that it was not in English.  After approximately 20 minutes of this, they all simply left.  They didn’t tell us whether or not they were coming back, but as the visitation was scheduled for 3 more hours we just waited.  No one returned. 

The next morning it was my job to come in early, clean the funeral home up, turn all the lights on and prepare for the funeral service that would begin later that morning.  I arrived at the funeral home through the garage, turned off the alarm and put on my first pot of coffee of the day.  I walked into the parlor that the people had been chanting in the night before and instantly felt a very heavy presence in the room.  The air was thick, as though you could actually feel it rubbing against your skin as you walked.  The smell of stale incense and burnt candles was still present from the night before.  I looked around to find that there was nothing to clean up or prepare, as the people had only been there for a short time.  I turned the lights on around the funeral home and went back to the employee areas to begin feeding my caffeine addiction. 

After reading a portion of the daily newspaper and drinking a few or more cups of coffee, nature called.  I didn’t want to miss any phone calls inquiring about the morning’s funeral service, or God forbid miss a family who walked into the funeral home, so I used the small employee restroom in the back of the funeral home and left the door open to listen.  As I momentarily stood there taking care of business I heard footsteps walking up the hallway towards me.  I turned my head and saw a man in a suit walk by the doorway, turning his head to look at me as he walked by.  I was humiliated.  Here I was standing there using the restroom with the door open and a family walked in.  I shouted “I’m sorry, Sir, I’ll be with you in one second.”  I couldn’t have possibly been more embarrassed.  I quickly washed my hands and went out to meet him.  I walked to the front of the funeral home and found nobody there.  “Sir” I shouted, but nobody answered.  I figured he must have gone back to his car to wait until the time of the funeral before returning, so I went to the front door to check the parking lot.  I pushed the door and suddenly felt my stomach drop.  The door was still locked.  I had forgotten to unlock the funeral home when I arrived that morning, and it hadn’t even occurred to me that I didn’t hear the door chime from somebody walking in before seeing a man walk past me.  There was simply no way that anyone could have been in there other than me, and I most certainly didn’t hallucinate what I had just seen.  I wandered back into the parlor, though this time the air wasn’t as thick or uncomfortable as it had been an hour or so prior.  I was getting ready to walk out when something caught my attention.  It was the blue suit, white shirt and red tie that the deceased gentleman in the casket had on.  I walked up to the casket and froze when I looked at the man’s face.  His features, his hair and his suit were unmistakable.  This was the man who wandered down the hallway and turned to look at me as he passed. 

The funeral went on as planned and after the director who had made the arrangements with the family took the small procession to the cemetery, I told my boss what had happened.  He only laughed, not adding anything to the conversation.  I know he believed me, as I was noticeably shaken up, but we aren’t supposed to talk about these things in this business, so he didn’t. 

I have had several other paranormal occurrences in this line of work over the years, but none were as profound as that first one.  My views on what happens to a spirit in the time following death were forever changed. 

I hope you enjoyed reading about this experience.  I will share another story or two in the future.  I very much appreciate your podcast, and I wish you well.

Midwest Mortician

 


Help for the Haunted and Vera Van Slyke: My Interview with Tim Prasil – The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World #22

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Help for the Haunted: A Decade of Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries (1899-1909) by Tim Prasil, The Big Séance Podcast

 

Tim Prasil, writer and author, shares how he inherited the stories of Vera Van Slyke, one of America’s earliest paranormal investigators, from an ancestor who chronicled them. Find these stories in his soon-to-be-published book, Help for the Haunted: A Decade of Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries (1899-1909) by Emby Press. Who is Finbar Kelly? Tim explains. We also spend a bit of time talking about our common love of cemetery photography. 

 

 

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Jim Harold: My Interview with America’s Top Paranormal Podcaster – The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World #14

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Jim Harold, host of The Paranormal Podcast and Jim Harold’s Campfire, is America’s top paranormal podcaster! In my interview with Jim, he shares stories from his journey, and he gives us a glimpse of his latest book, True Ghost Stories: Jim Harold’s Campfire 3.

 

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The Big Séance Podcast can be found right here, on iTunes, and on Stitcher. Please subscribe, submit a rating, or share with a fellow paranerd! Do you have any comments or feedback? Please contact me at Patrick@BigSeance.com. Consider recording your voice feedback directly from your device on my SpeakPipe page! You can also call the show and leave feedback at (775) 583-5563 (or 7755-TELL-ME). I would love to include your voice feedback in a future show. The candles are already lit, so come on in and join the séance!

 


Recent books to land on my doorstep…

In the last month or so I’ve been busy jotting down titles of books that people have recommended. I’ve got several books already on my “to read” shelf, but these are the latest books to arrive on my doorstep. I haven’t been able to read as heavily as I would prefer lately, so trying to figure out the next few books to read will be a tough decision! Have you read any of these? Do you have other recommendations? 

 

This is what I’m currently reading. I very much enjoy Michelle’s books. She’s smart and informed on many topics. I think this is kind of her follow-up book to her The Ghost Hunter’s Survival Guide, which I’ve recommended to many people, including a few homeowners who have contact me for help or advice. If you have a chance to listen to one of her interviews on a Jim Harold podcast, you should. I could listen to Michelle Belanger all day!

 When I went to see Chip Coffey this fall in St. Louis, I sat by a lovely woman who asked the exact same question that I wanted to ask. There were a few other interesting synchronicities between us that evening as well. Her question was if Chip recommended any books for people who were interested in learning about and developing their intuitive or psychic abilities. Without hesitating, he mentioned a few books by Echo Bodine, and after she wrote the information down, I promptly stole her pen and did the same. I’m pretty sure this was one of the books he mentioned.

 

I really enjoyed seeing Chip Coffey, but I was embarrassed that I hadn’t read the book before the event. I’m going to get on that real soon. For more information, see my 10 important reasons to go see Chip Coffey at a “Coffey Talk” near you!

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This book was recommended by someone in the blog world. I will probably wait until next fall to read this one. 

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I’ve been interested in the early spiritualism movement for a while now, but this will be my first book that specifically covers the spiritualist community of Lily Dale. 

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I honestly don’t remember what led me to this purchase, but there aren’t many books on the topic of the Ouija, so I ordered it. The only other book on the topic that I’ve read to date is Ouija Gone Wild by Rosemary Ellen Guiley. 

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After seeing and reviewing The Conjuring, and after reading the first two books of Andrea Perron’s trilogy that tells the real life story, I wanted to see what some of the other “Warren files” were about. 

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This one will be another treat for next fall, but I’m excited already. 

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You might also like: 

Vintage: A Ghost Story (for the gay teen in your life) (Big Séance)

Vintage: A Ghost Story (for the gay teen in your life) (Big Séance)

Messenger Between Worlds: True Stories from a Psychic Medium (Big Séance)

Messenger Between Worlds: True Stories from a Psychic Medium (Big Séance)

Haunted Summer Reading Part One (Big Séance)

Haunted Summer Reading Part One (Big Séance)

Remote Viewing and an Unstructured Trip through my Mind (Big Séance)

Remote Viewing and an Unstructured Trip through my Mind (Big Séance)


The Innocents…

There has been a lot of experimenting and evidence analysis lately… maybe too much. I needed a break. And so on a dreary, blustery fall day like today (which is my favorite, by the way)… a day that required me to put on the season’s first hoodie… what better time is there to grab a blanket, light a candle, and watch an old black and white psychological horror movie? You may remember that this was the first movie on my list of Movies I Plan On Checking Out This Fall.

I’m not sure this 1961 British film perfectly fits into that psychological horror category. It also lacks the blood and gore of what I consider a “horror” film. I decided not to include the official trailer for the movie in this post, though it is certainly available on YouTube, because its style just doesn’t seem to match the classy movie that I just watched.

 

 

The movie begins with a black screen and a creepy melody, “O Willow Waly”, which is sung in a cappella by a young child. Perfect, right?! I just knew I was going to love it. Much of the film is shot in beautiful outdoor garden-like settings, and the rest of the movie takes place in a beautiful large country estate (filmed on location at the Sheffield Park House in East Sussex, England). It really is beautiful to see on screen. And then, of course later, that same beauty creates the good old-fashioned spookiness that I love in a horror movie. No special effects needed.

 

 

From Wikipedia, here’s a bit about the story…

Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) applies for a job as a governess. It is to be her first position, but the wealthy bachelor interviewing her (Michael Redgrave) is unconcerned with her lack of experience. He values his freedom to travel and socialise and unabashedly confesses that he has “no room, mentally or emotionally” for his niece and nephew, who were orphaned and left in his care as infants, and whom he keeps at Bly, his country estate. The previous governess, Miss Jessel, died suddenly less than a year ago. All he cares about is that Miss Giddens accept full responsibility for the children, never troubling him with whatever problems may arise.

 

Miss Giddens eventually discovers that the two children are being possessed by the spirits of the previous governess and the uncle’s former valet.

Because the two children are supposedly possessed by spirits who were in love, this created some weirdness for me. In the movie there is talk of how these two spirits (while alive) would engage in sexual activity in clear view of the children. So now when the children act strangely or say in appropriate things, Miss Giddens begins to wonder just what the children know or what they saw before she took over as governess. At times, the young boy seems to be taken over by the spirit of the valet, and there is even an uncomfortable moment where he kisses his governess passionately. Of course, this weirdness is mild since the movie is over fifty years old… but I just thought I’d give you a heads up.

 

 

Below are two clips. The first clip is a scene that I think captures the style of most of the movie. I think it is beautifully shot. It’s also the video I watched that made me realize I needed to see the film. I quickly ordered it on DVD. The second clip is possibly the creepiest scene from the film.

Enjoy!

 

Unfortunately, the first video no longer exists on YouTube. 

 

 

 

 


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