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Sunday, November 29, 2009

This Weeks Paranormal In The News 30/11/09

Click here for a news story from The Pueblo Chieftain newspaper on some footage that the Southern Colorado Paranormal Researchers think they've captured.

An interesting take on Paranormal Activity from the guardian newspaper. click here

The UFO landing at Presque Beach
Not a recent news story but interesting none the less click here.

What better way is there to decorate your tree than a bigfoot/yeti Christmas tree ornament? Click here to check 'em out.

Is bigfoot loose in San Antonio? click here for Cryptomundo's article.

Ghost hunters claim apparition led them to discovering bones. Click here for news story.

Bowen Mt – one of the world’s most mysterious places

From Pastor Baz

I have lived in a place called the Sutherland Shire now for around 20 years. It is a place of sun, surf, sport, leisure – and the occasional race riot (remember Cronulla in December 2005?).

But from 1978-1988 I lived around 70km north west from the beaches of Cronulla at a small mountain top town with not even a shop or a school on it called Bowen Mt. It is around 20km from the Richmond RAAF airforce base and has an interesting history and a myriad of fortean phenomenon and high strangeness.

Because I ended up marrying the girl across the road at Bowen Mt, we still regularly visit the area to see our in-laws, so I get a lot of opportunities to interview, investigate and revisit the stories from my childhood. Among the strangeness were:

- One one side of Lt Bowen road, from the bend in the corner where the Bowyer Family originally lived all the way to to Maple St, convicts were seen and heard re-enacting their daily grind that according to rock carvings started in 1809. The sights and sounds of horses, carts and hard labour were repeated regularly where an old trail ran parallel to the existing road – even 200 years later.

- The Bowen Mt Park has always had a strange coldness and eerie sense about it, which is noted by many of the locals. There are convict wells in there that are now filled in, but first hand accounts of giant orbs of light as big as basketballs, moving through the air and literally chasing people out of the park have been reported by reliable and multiple witnesses.

- A Yowie (Australian bigfoot) was seen on Maple St in the early eighties and is thought (though not witnessed) to be responsible for house shuddering wall banging at the time of the sighting.

- Black Panther sightings are common in the area, with animal carcasses and paw prints adding to the already long list of evidence.

- A ghostly figure appeared in the room of a young boy in the mid eighties in a house adjacent to Maple St.

- Neighbours reported that ‘The ghost of Lieutenant Bowen” visited all new arrivals to the town. (This is urban myth and we did not experience it, but it is an interesting folklore).

- When an aboriginal stone was dug up and placed in a house, unusual sickness and poltergeist and UFO activity occurred in and around the premises.

- Seasoned locals who would walk 20k through bush in the daylight and knew the area back to front would go for walks at night time along Lt Bowen Rd and return ashen faced declaring ‘they would never walk around this area at night again” explaining an unknown dread had stalked them as they walked the dark and unlit streets.

- Front doors would fling open suddenly with no one there, especially at dinner parties and gatherings when there was no wind or problem with hinges or hanging. And I can vouch that it wasn’t us kids – we were as terrified as the rest of the adults when it happened.

- Magnetic Hill is between Carters Rd and Grand View Lane. Long considered to be an urban myth or illusion, Shannon and I stopped his 2 tonne SUV a the point where the hill is undeniably on an upward slop – and after he took his foot off the brake we rolled 3-4 feet UPHILL. I was highly sceptical of the whole phenomenon until that point and I have no explanation for it.

So there you have it, and they are only the stories I know of. How many other true tales exist amongst the community of Bowen Mt, NSW Australia.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Paranormal in the News 23/11/09

Is West Virginia part of Bigfoot’s migration route? click here for the article.

Burmas junta leader orders spirit to be handcuffed every night - read the story here on phantomsandmonsters.com

Peter Jackson's ghostly encounter in Wellington, NZ click here for news story.

Headline reads - "Mysterious Skeleton Haunts the Chelsea Hotel" To read the blog click here A mother and daughter had a ghostly encounter whilst staying at the Hotel Chelsea. Lights would switch on and off, the drains would bubble and they heard a disembodied voice. During there stay they took a photo of a closet and when they looked at the photo when they got home they noticed a skeleton face. I can see what they are looking at but in my opinion it doesn't resemble a skeleton face. It actually appears to be a mark on the wood and the "skeleton" is a product of matrixing where the brain tries to make sense of random images.
It would be good if someone else could take a photo of the same area to see if the mark is there.

Click here for a list of the oddest haunted places on earth. There's pizza hut, thorntons chocolate shop, cinemas and a blockbuster in Arizona thats mentioned and its not the only blockbuster thats supposedly haunted...check out this video they linked to thats done the rounds on youtube.

Real Life Stories: The Disembodied Voices

On numerous occasions whilst carrying out my duties as a cleaner at my local church I have encountered some strange things...

The thing I have experienced most often is the cry or yelp to describe it better of a woman and sometimes what sounds like young children... this always happens in the same location.... outside the toilets and councelling room where there is various councelling, prayer ministry and deliverance..
Alough a little unnerving this has not been a particularly frightening experince.

A little more unsettling was the shadowy figure or shape or I don't really know how to describe it... kind of lightening bolt but not really. Anyway this thing whatever it was was only in my line of vision for a few seconds then darted off towards the offices, as this was upstairs near the fire hydrant.. I was in the building on my own it was about 7am.
Although I didn't see the shadow again that morning I felt like I was being watched while I carried out my duties.

I have heard footsteps many times when the building has been empty, aside from myself, not creaking but the definate sound of feet dragging on the carpet.

And finally about 8am one Saturday I was cleaning one of the rooms upstairs when I heard someone call out "hello". This was nothing unusual as people often come and go from the church so I called back but no answer other than "hello hello" I thought whoever it was had not heard me and was probably wondering why the alarm wasn't on if there was no one there so I proceeded to follow the voice which was periodically calling out "hello" to let them know I was in the building.

I checked every room following the voice (male) around the building thinking it odd that they had not heard me or answered me.
I started to feel my heart pumping as I realised there was no one there. I could still hear "Hello" but could find no one. I ran outside to look for a car
but there was none.
I was so frightened I stood outside for ages watching all the doors that exit the church. waiting for someone to come out... no one did.

Scared out of my wits I re-enterd the church and called out one last time "who's there?" but there was no answer. I did not hear the voice again that morning...

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Paranormal Pastor: 2012 and the Coming Apocalypse

Check out Pastor Swopes latest blog by clicking on this link The Paranormal Pastor: 2012 and the Coming Apocalypse

Paranormal In The News This Week 16/11/09

An interesting article from CNN - Ghosts, monsters, dragons: What to tell kids. click here for the article.

The creature in Central Park - click here for a link to the story.

Headline says "Tourist captures "ghost" near old hanging tree." Click here for the news story. There is a form here that is slightly angel/human shaped but I think this is due to matrixing (an effect where your brain tries to make sense of patterns by making them look like something familiar) I think the image could be attributed to cigarette smoke or breath in the air as Scotland is not a warm place. What other explanations could there be for this photo? Please comment below.

Big cat print found in scotland click here for the Big Cats In Britain website.

Photo from the Former Roe Valley Hospital. What are your thoughts as to what this could be? The news story is saying its a ghost. Click here for the story. In my opinion it is likely to be motion blur ie something stationary in the photo but the camera has been moved (not necessarily deliberately) and produced this effect. Also without another photo of the same area to compare it to we can't say what it is.

Headline says "Unconfirmed photo of alien in Queensland" click here. It is a human/alien shape but because of the lack of information we can't really make a comment as to what it actually is.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Blue Mountains Ghost tour Part 4: The Convict Wells and the hanging tree

by Pastor Baz
The longer the night of the tour went on, the greater sense of sadness I felt at how humans treat each other. We had heard stories of murder, disease, legally endorsed racism and segregation (and the punitive action that followed any breach) and systematic police and military brutality of prisoners and convicts.

Which brings us to the hanging tree.

Chosen because of it’s sturdiness and shape, the hanging tree had brought, according to ‘Paranormal Pete’ many a sensitive person undone. People who were tuned in a little bit more than the average punter would put their hands on the tree and feel a sense of choking, smell, see and taste things that were horrific and see visions that were even more so.

One of our entourage named it the ‘boobie tree’ because it had two pendulous mounds near the base resembling…..you guessed it….boobs. (10 year old boys laugh….now!!)

As we rounded the corner to the tree, we noticed that school students were on a camping trip around and near it. Shannon and I will both confirm that the EMF (K2) Meters redlined as we came into the area – and the problem with these tours is that even though people have promised their phones are off that is not always the case. You soon learn what a mobile spike looks like on the meter and what is something different by the speed and the duration of the spike. This didn’t meet the criteria for a mobile spike compared to the previous three hours.

I felt the hanging tree was a sad place simply due to the fact that people were killed for doing things that in today’s society you would be given a good behaviour bond for. How many potential lives that could have been rehabilitated with the right type of Chaplaincy, mercy and support were ended at this tree? What happened to those who die in the prime of their lives, in traumatic situations who may be given a token Christian burial due to culture they live in but do not hear the good news of Christ and the Kingdom of God (in it’s true sense, not the hijacked, truncated, westernised fundamentalist sense) while alive. It is a question that further drives our research into this area and the need to provide well thought out answers to our readers.

As we drove off, the campers, unaware of the gallows they were bunked around and its history, text messaged each other, laughed and probably told ghost stories. I wonder if anyone experienced anything that night that was more tangible than the urban myths they scared each other with.

The next place we headed to were the convict wells. I had encountered these in my youth at Bowen Mt and although they had long been filled in, people still had strange sensations and experiences around them – a sense of ‘oppression’ that made a lot of people simply avoid the park, even though it was outwardly pleasant.

Pete warned us (again, this is great for the tour in terms of building expectation, but terrible for setting up false positives) of others experiences at the ‘wells’ including his own of being ‘pierced’ by an orb that told him to get out of the area, leaving him in a state of weakness, trembling and mental and emotional anguish, sitting on the ground, explaining his symptoms as anxiety rather than disclose what had happened at the time.

The wells were found down a dark bush track, renowned for suicides, usually via car and hose on the tail pipe. It’s interesting to consistently note how past dark deeds in an area continue to attract negativity, despair and loss of hope.

Essentially, the wells were holes dug in the ground to house convicts who were at high risk of escaping. All the way through the Blue Mountains and along the roads over the mountain and into the heartland of NSW were convict settlements of road workers, whose jobs were to carve roads into the new frontier (which was basically slave labour which resulted in hundreds of suicides for those who lost all hope) or simply maintaining what had been already created. At each convict outpost, those men who had life sentences or deemed a general flight risk were the ones placed in the wells instead of being allowed to live in huts with the rest of the community. This inhumane treatment now appears to leave a residual negativity over all the places this happened – what the negativity is I cannot say conclusively. But it is almost sentient, and at times exerts it’s will over others well and truly over a century later. As a Pastor, this leads me to a hypothetical position, based now on many personally documented experiences, that the ‘demonic’ realm feeds into and is attracted to the trauma of human tragedy, abuse and anger and unforgiveness. Is that what we were now experiencing at some of these places?

Our experiences were mixed but there was one consistent thing that happened. When the EMF meters went off, the frogs stopped their noises. It is a very similar experience in relation to wildlife that is reported around Yowie sightings and also noted in the appearance of UFO’s in regional area’s (I didn’t say alien, I said UFO which is what they are – unidentified flying objects). What we are looking for is the connection between the phenomenon manifesting and the reaction wild life has to it.

We took a lot of photo’s, got a lot of orbs (which most can be explained away as being dust or dew points) and in one photo of a water filled well a face of a person appeared to be present. This was later debunked by a TAPS forum member who showed it was matrixing from a reflection off the ground above it when the flash went off – and I agreed with that assessment. We have to be really careful in this area not to get caught up in the hype and the excitement, only to be the one’s responsible for ensuring skeptics have a reason to remain skeptical.

So after a long night of history, interesting experiences and personally, much prayer, we bid our new found friends farewell and arrived home at 1am to watch the Kangaroo’s play France, but the set top box refused to work. Shannon and I imbibed in a VB longneck together as we debriefed the night until 2am.

It had been a huge learning curve and we look forward to sharing our next adventure with you.

Baz, Bryony and Shannon.

Real Life Stories: The Flying Cup

By Baz

We’ve talked in the last couple of weeks about how malevolent spirits seem to be attracted to conflict, unforgiveness, bitterness, envy etc.

This story reinforces my view on that.

Every time a particular conflict arose at Church, we would experience paranormal phenomenon. If it wasn’t shadow people and disembodied voices, it was a general feeling of malaise that could not be attributed to anything else and it permeated certain area’s with a ‘jelly like’ intensity, ie you could just walk in a room and it would stick to your very being.

This time it was my office. It felt incredibly heavy in the room. There was no chemical reason, I am reasonably sure my fish tank filter was not producing infrasound between 17-19hz J but this particular day it felt like the 'devil was sitting in my office' for want of a better selection of words.

How had I allowed this to happen? Possibly by getting involved in other people’s disputes and picking up their spiritual warfare as a by product. Then when it was attached to me, not bringing the cross of Jesus Christ between myself and their ‘spiritual stuff’.

This is not meant not to apportion blame to other people, nor to not take personal responsibility. It was simply a process where I allowed conflict to come into my office via counselling/mediation/prayer times, feeling the heaviness during the session and then not clearing the place out spiritually. As a tip, if you do this in one particular area, you can contain it better. But if you do this in your house or office, especially where the person feels a malevolent entity is at work, you can end up with it hanging around.

So after one of our admin team complained that my office made them ‘feel like crying’ it was time to do an cleansing/binding/exorcism on the room.

Pastor Robin Swope, the ‘Paranormal Pastor’ had just releases his book on the subject of exorcism and it had arrived via Amazon two days before. I went and got a cup of water, prayed the blood of Christ over it and placed it on my filing cabinet.

I then started the cleansing from the book. The room felt better.

Now the sealing part. In the name of Jesus I sealed the room off from other spirits and also so any spirits within may not leave.

That’s when things got funky..

The cup of water on my cabinet was flung off where it was safely away from the edge and perfectly upside down on the floor. I looked at it for a number of seconds and then yelled for assistance.

As we completed the binding part of the process, papers ruffled and noises emanated around the room, like an angry child trying to make known their discontent.

Then finally, the casting out. The room became as light as a feather and peace was restored. Since that time my office is once again an awesome place to work in.

The name of Jesus has authority for believers - and that's all it takes - a step of faith. You don’t want to be like the ‘Sons of Sceva’ in the book of Acts in the Bible, the Jewish exorcist whose boys tried to copy the apostles in their deliverance ministry methods, but in rote form, not as believers who had received the Holy Spirit and the authority of Jesus Himself. They were stripped naked by the man possessed of the ungodly spirit and beaten. Seven of the boys came undone that day.

So I encourage our readers, to pursue God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, believe in His Son Jesus, and receive the Holy Spirit, because that is how the Kingdom of God comes to earth as it is in heaven. It starts with us. It’s not just about ‘avoiding hell’ but about seeing the captives set free on earth, one by one as the good news is proclaimed, sometimes in words, sometimes like in these stories in supernatural signs and wonders and other times in love, mercy, justice and hope.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Blue Mountains Ghost Tour Part 3: The Jail and The Courthouse

Hey Bryony, what did you notice about the courtroom? Did you feel any false positives were being set up by the story about the girl who died in the fireplace grate ( A two year old girl got her head stuck in the grate and suffocated many years ago)? Did the EMF or camera's pick anything up?

We were being told what we'd feel and therefore we'd begin to feel it. But to be fair to Pete that is his job as tour guide. If he took us around and didn't tell us anything about the places then he wouldn't be a very good tour guide. And I have to say he is very good at his job. The amount of knowledge he has of the area is amazing.
In the courtroom there were no results with the k2's that I was aware of and although "orbs" came up in photos I would say they were dust kicked up by us walking around.

Did you notice that where people sat during sentencing there were nail marks in the wooden beam, from anxious picking? I sat in there and was told psychics get hammered in that spot, but (and I'm a Pastor not a psychic) I felt like I was just sitting in a seat. What were your thoughts on the stories we were told in there?

To be honest I didn't notice where the nail marks were. It was funny as I was in full debunk mode and being very skeptical. For example we found a speaker under a table but it turned out they use that for re-enactments. When we did lights out and had the silence for a few minutes I honestly didn't feel anything. As for the stories we were told in there, they were all personal experiences. They were from mainly clairvoyants, psychics etc who experienced things in a certain chair. This could have happened but there's no way to prove or disprove it. I didn't feel/see/catch anything but that doesn't mean there was nothing there. I didn't risk sitting in that chair though!! ;-)

The jail was a different story. The presence of something was palpable without the stories (in my opinion). We were warned that prison officers and police who do the tour are often bounced off the walls and attacked (would like to interview anyone who had that experience if you are reading this). Kel and I just prayed, again asking God to bless and consecrate the area and forgive what was done there. What did you experience?

In the room where the prisoners were kept there was definately a feeling in the air - quite heavy and oppressive (in my opinion). To me it felt residual, there would have been such emotion in there that I think some of that was hanging around.
Im not sure if anyone had k2 hits in there as I wasn't holding mine but I dont think there was.
In the room before the jail our k2's all went off as Pete (the tour guide) pulled the whip out (the whip was used to punish prisoners). That was weird but I would have to investigate more as to what caused the k2's to go off. There was a cupboard FULL of electrical stuff right near where the k2's went off so not sure if something in there made them react? They didn't react again though so maybe it was something paranormal? Like I said, I was trying to be very skeptical about everything and not jump to conclusions.

And then there were the toilets down the back right next to where the zombies live (just joking). I felt safer down there with my torch than I did at the courhouse.

It wouldn't surprise me if there were a few zombies lurking down there! It was a pretty freaky looking building and us girls ended up going in the boys toilets because we were scared! haha. Nothing happened though except giggling :)

One of my observations, totally unprovable, is that when you pray, even if people aren't aware of what you are doing, the 'foreboding' or 'oppresiveness' for want of a better word 'heaviness' seems to break. My theory is that Jesus has authority over the spirit world and when you ask Him to come into the situation He does and a sense of peace returns. I'm not sure if it stays that way long term but that was how I felt. Did your friends who may not share our Christian views entirely feel any of that?

Maybe subconciously we could sense a change in the atmosphere. One friend who knew you guys had prayed said she felt better but i'm not sure anyone else was aware of it. I certainly felt better after you said a prayer in the graveyard.

to be continued...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Blue Mountains Ghost Tour Part 2: The Courthouse Part 1

From Baz

Once you have visited a haunted graveyard on a ghost tour as your first stop (and you are creeped out), there is a sense of safety back on the bus. You laugh, compare notes, it’s warm, you can eat a chocolate bar, it’s almost civilised. The bus drives along dark roads and you don’t notice until it hits the brakes. You look out your window through streaks of rain and there you see it – the creepy old courthouse and jail.

The girls decide it’s time – time to go to the toilet that is. But the toilets are wayyyyy down the back and look ever creepier than the ‘haunted’ courthouse. So they wait.

Pete shows us behind a fenced off area next to the courhouse, the foundation stones for the solitary confinement area which has since been torn down. “You would be placed in there for fourteen days with bread and water if you were lucky, living in your own excrement – simply for being found in the company of Aboriginals:

It seems life was a lot hasher in the middle of the 1800’s. And very harsh if you were an indigenous Australian.

Once we entered the building Pete took us into what was usually the most active room – the clerics office. A few people felt wobbly but apart from that not a lot of k2 meter action. The real action was in the next room.

“This is the room where the red coats used to live” Pete pointed out to us. Red coats were soldiers aligned with the British Empire and some were ex-convicts themselves. Apparently they were men who didn’t understand ‘mercy’ and ‘compassion’.

“….In this cupboard is a whip….” Pete pulled out a replica whip and showed us “…and that device you see there is the whipping stool, you placed your arms along here and they gave you lashed on it”.

Pete explained that in this room has a few issues. The door slammed really hard last time they were there freaking everyone out. The whipping stool often moves of its own accord and thumps and bangs it’s away along the floor.

“I don’t come out here when it does that, I give it 15 minutes and then I come back out from the court room. Sometimes when I crack the whip it seems to stir things up…..”

Pete lifted the whip and gave it a fairly underwhelming crack.

Within seconds the K2 meters went ballistic. You could feel a presence in the room. And even worse for me a white shape appeared to my right and moved straight into me, making my eye go blurry for about four seconds and my hand numb for half an hour.

Had I just been slimed? (That’s a joke, I’m still using null hypothesis for all you skeptics)

“Dahhhh…something just ran into me”. I rubbed my right eye (which stayed blurry and sore for the next 48 hours).

Let me clarify just the facts:

- The whip cracked.
- Seconds after the crack the K2 meters went off – all the one’s I am aware of that were in the room.
- A white misty shape without form moved up the side of the room right next to me. (And to my knowledge no-one else saw it).
- The shape passed through me and affected the sight in my right eye, and I lost my clear vision for around four seconds, in a similar feeling to conjunctivitis, my eye felt gooey to the point where I was trying to rub it clean afterwards.
- The shape moved through my right arm and my hand which was on an old fireplace went tingly like it was asleep. That lasted for maybe half an hour.
- There was no sense of heat or cold. In my head I would have expected it to feel cold just from the ‘stories’ but instead as it moved into me it affected my senses (vision and feel) rather than any feeling of energy transfer.
- I didn’t say it was a ghost.
- It moved really quickly and had no obvious form.

After a quick debrief we were told that we were heading into the courtroom and the jails, where the real action normally took place.

It was time for a quick prayer. Once again I felt this was an issue of horrible deeds being done, which attracted dark things. I asked the Lord Jesus Christ to take authority here, to protect us and once again, an overwhelming sense of asking for forgiveness for what had been done here.

And without further ado, we moved onto the courtroom, which had sentenced the murderer of the black lady to death…..

To be continued.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Blue Mountains Ghost Tour – Part 1: The bus trip and the cemetery.

From Baz

A lot of people wonder – why would a Pastor go on a ghost tour?

The question can be answered like this:

Because more people visit paranormal websites, psychic hotlines, mediums and mystical practitioners than go to Church in Australia. As a Pastor, if that doesn’t disturb me about what the Church isn’t offering in terms of giving people answers and hope, then I’ve joined the long queue of the comfortable and complacent Church in Australia. And I don’t want to.

People are having a myriad of paranormal experiences which leads them to believe that dead people do indeed walk the earth. As a Pastor who deals with the issue of life and death daily, I need to adequately understand why people think what they do and experience that first hand rather than read a book written by an author with a Christian evangelical bias which is sitting safely on the shelf at Koorong.

I want to prove who really has authority in the spiritual realm and test it in the intensity of real life situations.

4. I saw Ghostbusters in year 6 in 1984. Who didn’t want to drive Ecto 1 and fire a proton pack in a cemetery?

The team met team outside the council chambers at Katoomba. There we met our enthusiastic guide Pete. For Shannon, Kelly and myself, it was great to finally meet Bryony and her friends Brooke, Sean, Moira, Patricia, Justin, Kyle and Natasha.

After checking out previous experiences, spiritual giftings and equipment, our guide showed us photo’s of what had been captured on previous tours. Strange shapes, orbs with faces in them and lots of eerie backdrops gave us an air of what was to come. It was obvious – Kel, Shannon and I were the Noob’s, so we took a posture of humility and asking lot’s of questions.

And Pete sure knew his stories. He knew the locations back to front. And as someone who claimed to be psychic he believed he could feel what was happening as he went about the tour.

But Pete, as lovely as he was, maybe didn’t realize he was the master of setting us up for false positives. That is, he would tell you stories and ‘facts’ complete with the sensory phenomenon associated with the manifestations of them that ensured that every experience you had could be identified as spiritual. So much for the null hypothesis approach I had planned to take.

The other thing was, and this needs to be mandatory on every ghost tour – NO MOBILES. It is impossible to use an EMF meter with any integrity when mobile phones are on.

But onto the night…….

As we head down the highway, away from Katoomba and down the mountain toward Hartley we heard the story of ‘the black lady’. She was left for dead by her husband when an ex lover ambushed them in a fit of jealousy. When the police arrived she had been bludgeoned to death by a large rock. Her assailant was charged in our next second stop of the night (The Hartley courthouse) and later hanged at Bathurst.
As we drove down Mt Victoria, we approached a bend “…a lot of trucks have gone over here….” Said Pete and we heard the gruesome stories of tragic and traumatic deaths. “All the truckies at sometime have seen the black lady….she runs across the road and tries to make the trucks swerve. Some of them have crashed. Legend says that she hates men and wants revenge…”.

As we came within 300 metres of an old iron fenced bridge, opposite a huge drop off into the valley, Pete advised that usually the EMF meters go off as this was the site of the murder. And we weren’t disappointed – the meters went off all the way to the redline on cue and stopped as we passed the site. I felt strangely nauseous, which is usually a sign for me that something is not quite right in the spiritual realm around me. I can’t prove that, but know from experience with exorcisms what the symptoms are compared to…for example….a bad Kebab and indigestion.

After turning off the main road at the bottom of the valley we headed off as the sun started to wane and the rain softly started to come down. We pulled up at the gates of an old cemetery. Pete explained to us a number of things:

- The cemetery had been regularly desecrated and bodies removed for occult purposes. The caretaker had caught people dancing around graves and performing satanic rituals.
- A black panther was spotted by himself in the very paddock we were now standing next to.
- Yowies had been seen in the area.
- That the cemetery was haunted and even had a ‘dark spirit’ named Tom who pushed and pulled people, particularly those in the back of the line.

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Before long we had traversed the 500m long track away from any semblance of civilization and were standing in, to be honest, was a pretty freaky looking graveyard at sunset. The sort of place you say to each other “Would you sleep here by yourself overnight for $1,000.00”?

Pete started with the stories of tragedy and trauma, of disrespect and desecration. Camera’s refused to work. People saw orbs. We were warned that our hands or pants may be tugged on by phantom children, that the headless reverend lived by the northern fence and that Tom was waiting to get between couples to avenge his lovelorn losses in the past. False positives aside, I could feel the presence of something otherworldly. The EMF meters did not back me up. But I did feel the need to pray and to shift the authority in the graveyard. I asked for forgiveness on behalf of what was done here. I prayed the blood of Christ over the desecrated tombs. So did Kel. A couple of the ladies felt very ill at ease and Kel offered prayer. The most creepy part was in the pitch black when we turned all our lights off and the light of an orb moved around the gate area. As the lights went on Brooke claimed to see someone at the back of the cemetery. Again, we prayed and we felt the peace of Christ.

“Most Pastors that have been on this tour are very cynical” Pete told me and then shared with me the stories of many of the psychics who had been on the tour who had been traumatized by what they felt there. He talked about people who had things jump on their back and photos that showed misty forms on their shoulders, of strangulations and of push and shove from and angry Tom. He seemed to be frightened to be there in some ways.

There was one area where unbaptised Aboriginals were buried outside the consecrated grounds.

“I don’t like the feel of that area” Brooke said.

I didn’t either and something told me (not literally) that if Yowies were seen, they would always be seen around Aboriginal burial grounds. But I didn’t get to ask that.

Some of the others, Justin, Natasha and Kyle said they experienced nothing ethereal and it was just a historical experience.

But as we walked out of the grave yard to once again traverse the dark track back to the bus I turned back, prayed a prayer of protection in Jesus name and consecrated this site that had experienced so much darkness and desecration to God.

Onto our next stop, the Hartley courthouse, where some of the real action was about to begin.

(Oh...footnote..and as we were leaving, after standing under what was meant to be a haunted tree, I felt a tug at the back of my pants which stopped me in my tracks. I turned around and there were no snags of any kind to be seen, or little children).

To be continued...

To see Bryony's review of the tour click here

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Paranormal in the news this week 09/11/09

Did these guys catch a ghost on film? Click here for more information.

Did Destination Truth find evidence of the Yeti? click here to find out.

Women in the Paranormal click here for an interview with Alexandra Holzer, daughter of Hans Holzer

Was bigfoot caught on camera? Click here for the story on Phantoms and Monsters blog.

Your ghost photos revealed on WGAL.com click here to see.

Black Panther spotted in Factory. Click here for the news story.

7,000 flock to shrine to see 'apparition'. Click here for the story.

Theme Park had to be excorcised after employees used a Ouija board. Click here for article.

Apparition caught on camera at Union Restaurant, Northampton, MA. Click here for story.

Real Life Stories: 3 AM Call Out

From Pastor Baz:

Before I was a Pastor I worked for a corporate pharmacy company. One Friday morning at around 3am, I got up to go to the bathroom and as I walked back to my room I noticed my mobile phone which was on a cabinet was flashing in the dark. It was on silent and someone was ringing.

I looked at the number….it was not familiar. I didn’t want to answer it in case it was a wrong number but then the reality of it being a possible emergency quickly dawned on me.. I clicked the green button and my heart pounded.

“Hello, you don’t know me but you know my son. I have tried to call the Pastors at the Church but can’t get them…”

(Well it is 3am mate…that’s what I was sarcastically thinking)

“…….my son is in his room and something invisible is attacking him….”

Now I definitely didn’t want to go. It was 2005 and my experience in this area was minimal. I wasn’t a minister and I’d only ever assisted in any supernatural issues like this at Church.

After speaking to the Father for a number of minutes, I decided it was my Christian ‘duty’ to go and see this family. That in hindsight was probably not a very smart move. I was not experienced enough to discern between mental illness and true paranormal phenomenon, malevolent or otherwise. But after waking my wife, informing her of the news and getting dressed, I drove to the house unassisted, without as much as a bible.

Can I reiterate here that in hindsight that is not a smart move then or now.

When I arrived at the house, I was greeted by the parents. As I walked in the house was full of idols – Buddha, Ganesha, Krishna – an eclectic hotbed of religions and you could feel in the air that there was something palpable in the area, almost like a weighted force that nearly steals your breath and weakens your legs.

After a brief introduction, including me explaining my lack of formal training, I went into the bedroom to find the young man cross legged on his bed.

“Are you ok, what’s been happening”?

He gave me an overview – this was night three of being tormented and not sleeping. Feelings, led to inaudible voices, then to tangible oppression, the sense of being touched etc.

I put my hand on his shoulder and began to pray. “Lord Jesus we ask that you take authority over this room…”

That instigated the sound of diabolical laughter. I looked at the young man. His eyes were now black. His face pulled taught and catlike.

I was frightened. All I had was “In the name of Jesus of Nazareth come out of him”.

He began to choke and then coughed forth a stream of foam that came out like a soda fountain turned on too hard. Every time I commanded the thing to release him this happened.

And then after twenty minutes of praying, quoting scripture and not allowing this thing to speak it’s lies (which it tried to whilst laughing and mocking ), there was respite.

I spoke to young man and his family and left. As early as I could I reported the incident to senior ministers in the Church. They were both grateful that I'd helped but very stern in addressing the fact I had done this on my own, which was dangerous spiritually and pracitically. It was a big learning curve.

The battle continued for days, with other more experienced ministers involved until the young man was hospitalised. After months of medication, prayer and repentance of the things he had been involved in his life turned around. He is now doing really well in every area of his life. There were medical aspects that needed to be treated by health professionals but as I had seen and heard, there were multiple spiritual aspects attached to his condition as well.

Repentance means “Changing our mind, doing a 180 degree turn away from things”. This story I hope encourages us to turn away from things we know are sinful or just plain dangerous to our bodies, mind and spirits, to avoid false gods and the occult, and to believe that God loves us and has a plan – called Jesus – for us captives to be set free.

And I’m not just preaching that, I’ve had to learn that very much the hard way in my own life.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Parnormal in the News This Week 2/11/09

Witchdoctor begins search for missing cop in the outback of Queensland. Click here for news story.

Proof of a ghost at Netley Abbey, Hampshire, UK? click here

Did Texas Spirit Seekers capture a ghost on camera? click here

Have la cruces team Southwest paranormal investigations captured a shadow ghost on film? click here

Witness claims this is footage of a buffalo being abducted by a UFO. Full article is here. (personally, it looks like a street lamp to me)

Experts baffled by "poltergeist" phenomena in czech house. click here for article.