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History Goes Bump Returns to Tempt the Spirits – The Big Seance Podcast #97

The Return of Diane and Denise from the History Goes Bump Podcast: Ghost Tours for the Theater of the Mind - The Big Seance Podcast: My Paranormal World #97 - BigSeance.com

 

Diane and Denise of the History Goes Bump Podcast returns! Have they grown in their openness to tempt the spirits since their last visit? Are they having paranormal experiences? What have they been up to? And where are they going next?

 

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Ghost Tours for the Theatre of the Mind with History Goes Bump – The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World #40

Interview with the hosts of the History Goes Bump podcast, Big Séance Podcast with Patrick KellerDo you like ghost tours? Are you a fan of the kind of paranormal history that… goes bump? Diane and Denise from The History Goes Bump podcast take us behind the scenes of their ghost tours for the theatre of the mind.

Psst… Are you looking for the SpeakPipe link?

 

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Belvoir Winery/Odd Fellows Home: Amy, Adam, Britt, and Chip!

Today I bring you the next installment of my Belvoir Winery/Odd Fellows Home series. See the end of this post for links to previous posts in the series.


 

T.A.P.S. Para-Celebs: Amy Bruni, Adam Berry, and Britt Griffith! 

Probably the biggest highlight of this weekend event was getting to hang out with and meet Amy, Adam, and Britt from SyFy’s Ghost Hunters. I can’t even pretend to not be a super fan of this show from the very first season. Ghost Hunters inspired me to start reading and researching the paranormal, which then led me to forming Missouri Spirit Seekers in 2010. Other paranormal investigators will often say that Ghost Hunters had nothing to do with them being in the field, and that may be true for a small handful of teams or investigators, but if they got rolling after October of 2004 (and most of them did), then um… they’re just lying. In my opinion, this show is one of the biggest reasons for what I’ve always called “The Great Paranormal Craze”, which has now lasted a decade.  So whether or not you watch the show, if you’re a fan of the paranormal (and I’m assuming you are since you’re reading this nerdly blog), you’ve been affected by what this show started. On a side note, does paranormal reality TV have its flaws? Absolutely! However, I’m giving credit where it’s due. Oh, and am I a bit bummed that Jay and Grant weren’t there? Sure. But these three “new guys” have added so much to the show in recent years. (For more of my thoughts on the show, check out I Still Watch Ghost Hunters… So What?)

 

 

Amy is such a sweet and beautiful person. She clearly has never taken a bad photo in her life. She was so very patient and willing to chat or pose for photos at any moment. Of the three attending T.A.P.S. members, she has been on the show the longest. I could listen to her speak of her experiences all day long, and she’s definitely not afraid to be honest or share her opinion on the paranormal. Now she gets a lot of questions and oohs and ahhs about her beautiful baby daughter, Charlotte. If you follow her on Facebook or Twitter (@amybruni), it’s clear that her daughter has completely changed her life, and she shares photos often.

 

 

Adam was just as you would expect him to be. He’s a ham and a goofball, and I’m down with that. Fans at these events always ask him to sing, and he does… beautifully. Adam was seated behind me at dinner. I asked for a selfie with him, however, it was clear that I wasn’t really up on how to properly take a selfie on my iPhone, so he said “Oh I’m a pro at this” and he took my phone and snapped the picture. By the way, if it weren’t for Adam and Amy being in these selfies, they would never see the light of day. Adam can be found on Facebook and Twitter (@AdamJBerry) as well. 

 

Britt Griffith used my spirit box!!!

I didn’t bug Britt for a selfie, but in a future post, you’ll hear about how he used my spirit box during the overnight investigation! In that moment I may or may not have reacted as if I had just met Elvis. I’ll also share some of my thoughts from his paranormal technology session, that was actually very good. More on all of this later…

 

And, of course, who doesn’t love Chip Coffey?!

Truthfully, a big reason I went to Belvoir Winery for this event was because I had heard that Chip Coffey was going to be attending. I had met him last year at one of his Coffey Talk events, and it was such a cool experience. Chip is so down to earth and funny… and he tells it like it is… and his colorful vocabulary is so similar to mine! For more on that meeting, and my photo with Chip, visit 10 important reasons to go see Chip Coffey at a Coffey Talk near you! As I was waiting out in the hall for his big session, Adam Blai’s demonology session was going on inside the ball room. Chip walked in and gave me a hug, used a term of endearment that I don’t remember, and asked how I was doing. I told him that I was looking forward to hearing him talk today. He joined Amy and Adam and others at a nearby table while we waited, and I immediately tweeted the following tweet:

Seconds after tweeting this, Chip pulled out his phone, saw it, and without hesitation, turned to me and said “So are you!” (Again… Elvis moment.) Moments later, the demonology session was wrapping up, and Chip jokingly said (to us in the hall), “And speaking of demons, next up is Chip Coffey!” I laughed. Ohhhh Chip. 

 

 

This is a shot I took of Chip from what I called “The Creeper Line”. When I asked Adam Berry if that was an accurate description of this line, he laughed and agreed that it kind of was. 

 

To Be Continued…

In my next couple of posts, look forward to hearing about the overnight investigation of the Belvoir Winery grounds, including some awesome flashlight communication, and something so bizarre and mysterious regarding my video footage! Also, more on Britt’s paranormal technology session, and perhaps some audio clips. 

 

Previous posts from the Belvoir Winery/Odd Fellows Home series:

New Friends! (Big Séance)
The Photos (Big Séance)
I’m Baaaaaaaaaack! (Big Séance)
TAPS and Chip Coffey at Belvoir Winery in March! (Big Séance)

 

 

 


Christina Ricci as Lizzie Borden on Lifetime?

 

Christina Ricci Photo Credit: David Shankbone

Christina Ricci
Photo Credit: David Shankbone

This is apparently not breaking news, but it was news to me today. I was watching Christina Ricci’s interview on today’s The View, where she was promoting the new movie, Smurfs 2, in which she lends her voice for the character of Vexy, a bad Smurf. Early on in the segment it was briefly mentioned that she is working on a film about the famous ax murderess, Lizzie Borden, and she plays the role of… duh… Lizzie. The ladies were poking fun at the fact that she has played so many dark characters. Christina talked about how she loved the darker roles and often saw humor in them. (It was funny seeing her talk about these darker roles while wearing a bright and sunny polka-dotted outfit.)  

According to The Herald News, the Lifetime movie (bummer) just finished filming a few days ago. No word yet on when we’ll get to see it.

Also from The Herald, it is interesting to find out that the curators of the famous Lizzie Borden house were not even contacted or used as a resource for the film, other than asking to borrow the famous couch that resembles the original. They turned them down (good for them).

Anyway, I’m totally still pumped.

Just in case you didn’t grow up learning the chant, or if you don’t watch SyFy or the Travel Channel and are therefore unaware of the Lizzie Borden story, let me catch you up.

 

Your Lizzie Borden Study Guide

In 1892, in Fall River Massachusetts…

Lizzie Borden…

did this…

to her father…

and this…

to her stepmother.

She used this. 

The jury…

announced that Lizzie (cough cough murderer) was not guilty. (Rrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight…)

She died in 1927. 

Be sure to come back and visit the Big Séance for all your remedial learning needs. 

Sources: 
http://www.heraldnews.com/news/x273440786/Lizzie-Borden-film-is-a-wrap
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/LizzieBorden/bordenhome.html

 

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The Strangest Evidence from the Papa Jack’s Pizza Investigation…

I’ve been working very hard for months on a previous investigation from Papa Jack’s Pizza in Lexington, Missouri. Click HERE for more information about Papa Jack’s. The analysis is complete and I’ve put together a 27-page report with 83 audio and video artifacts for the owners. Very soon I’ll publish a summarized online version of this report with some of the evidence. Until then, below is a look at probably our strangest and most mysterious evidence from the investigation, directly from the report. We don’t have an explanation yet for what you’ll hear below. The owners don’t either. We’re open to suggestions, especially from Lexington residents who may be more familiar with the environment of the area.  

At around midnight we took our investigation to the basement, where there have been past reports of paranormal activity. These reports included hearing singing and whistling. 

12:05am – As we were passing the stalls and stepping down from where it drops off (near the shower), Cassie heard 3 quick clicks or taps and asked if we heard it. It is picked up in the audio and the NightShot. It apparently stood out to Cassie, but it would be impossible to know if it was one of us or paranormal.

Just seconds later is where we first heard what we’ve been referring to as repeating “moaning” sounds. It was picked up in the audio and NightShot with investigators. Norman did not hear it (which is funny because he was holding the digital audio recorder) and Cassie said later that she only heard a little of it. It seemed to come from the stairway to the basement or upstairs in that area. At the time, Bailey and I were in front of the wooden stalls near the spot where you have to step down to go the other half of the basement. We hadn’t stepped down yet. Norman had just walked in and out of one of the stalls and then joined Cassie near the shower, further into the basement (past where you step down). Linda also heard it from upstairs in the main level restaurant dining room at command central near the front entrance. Unfortunately, her digital audio recorder stopped a while before this experience, but she said it was pretty clear and loud. I noted that this was where the service person heard the singing (next to the generator).  Also, it was NOT picked up in either the Tascam or the New Camcorder Video in the main level restaurant kitchen. I later described it as overlapping, almost like a siren. When it repeated it started at the same pitch and descended, but seemed to start again while still descending.

We later made a request for whoever made the sound to do it again. No response. 

Toward the end of our investigation we decided to make another visit to the basement. It was almost an exact replay of events, although this time all investigators in the basement heard it, and those upstairs in the main level restaurant dining room did not. 

3:11am – At this point we heard the “moaning” sound again. This time Bailey commented that “it sounds like a siren”. Norman mentioned that each time we’ve heard the moaning it was right after he came out of one of the stalls. I mentioned it didn’t sound so much like a voice to me this time. Bailey agreed. I also mentioned it sounded lower this time. It was captured on the audio and both videos, although of the videos, it is much clearer and lasts quite a bit longer in NightShotA. Later we learned that Cassie and Linda (both at Command Central this time around) did not hear it upstairs.

3:12am – While discussing it, I thought I heard it starting to come back again, but it was apparently so soft that the recorder didn’t pick it up. Neither did the NightShot videos. 

Norman walked into the stall again, attempted some communication, and then walked out to see if he could re-create the “moaning” sound once again. No luck this time. 

Below is a video compilation that I initially put together for the owners to see if they’d heard this noise or had any answers for us. The video contains all of the audio and video mentioned above. 

 

Other than one moment where we believe we may have heard this same sound very softly on the third floor of the building (not loud enough to be caught on audio or video), at no other time or location did we hear the “moaning” sound that evening.

 

 


House of Spirits and Whispers…

One of my favorite light-hearted non-fiction reads about ghosts is House of Spirits and Whispers: The True Story of a Haunted House by Annie Wilder. I heard this author being interviewed on Jim Harold’s Paranormal Podcast a few years ago. You can find that podcast here

I really truly could not put this book down once I started it. Annie details how she came upon her old Victorian home in Hastings, Minnesota and the spirits she was unaware came with it. She is so detailed, she even includes FLOOR PLANS!
Retiring in an old beautiful Victorian home is something I have always kind of wanted to do. By the end of the book I was so jealous that I didn’t own her house… and I wanted to make a visit! 🙂

 

From the back of the book cover: 

In 1994, Annie Wilder and her children moved into a 100-year-old house in a historic Mississippi River town. Beautiful but spooky, the house had been on the market for six months with no offers. It felt like – and proved to be – a very haunted house.

Essentially the story of a remarkable old Victorian house that seems to be a threshold to the spirit world and the astral realm, “House of Spirits and Whispers” has a backstory of the Wilder family’s relationship with the ghost of the home’s previous owner, an old man named Leon.

Covering a decade’s worth of ghostly activity and supernatural events, from whispering radiators to visits and appearances from all manner of spirits and entities, this unusual story is the true account of Annie Wilder’s experiences living in a haunted house.

 

Author Annie Wilder’s segment on the Biography Channel’s “My Ghost Story” season two, episode three.

For more information you can check out Annie’s website.

 


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