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Southern Colorado Paranormal

19 Aug

the Newsletter of the Paranormal

The southern part of Colorado, including Trinidad, is the real historic Western part of the state. Its a place where Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, and Bat Masterson frequented at the turn of the century. It is also among the most haunted of places, including the ghosts of coal miners and their families. Our Newsletter documents their stories, and is as meaningful to those in the East and Midwest as those in the West.


We’ll continue to talk to Leo Gottlieb and company during our Halloween Week Paranormal Encounter! If you want to see the photos from the 10/27 Encounter, let us know!


On September 29th, a small but intimate group attended our most recent Paranormal Encounter at the Museum. As we toured the environs inhabited by Leo Gottleib, his presence was both detected by a flashlight session and still photos of what was probably him in the form of orbs and bright lights in the rafters.. He answered questions from myself, Adrian, and Louise, (members of LIDP) with the lights off and the visitors standing behind us. We toured his office in the back, and then along the southwest part of the mezzanine where he might of walked to gaze out the front second-floor window when he wasn’t doing his work. Adrian captured several photos of orbs that were most likely evidence of his presence watching us as we tried to find him. Let us know if you’d like to see these photos, and we’ll email them.

Our next Paranormal Encounter will continue our attempts to communicate with Leo, perhaps getting him to appear as a full-bodied apparition! We also have news that the elusive little girl may be the same one who frequently came to the store to play while it was open, not the child that was killed in front of the store when she fell off a wagon. We shall try and find out. We also have no evidence yet of an oppressive ghost, previously identified as a guard who watched over the payroll. We shall continue to look for him.


 

On September 8th Paul & Adrian Hill conducted the first Paranormal Encounter at the Cokedale Mining Museum, the purpose of which was to reveal to visitors the ghosts of that building. Cokedale residents were invited for no charge and 13 came, including the Town Clerk and the Director of the Museum.

Paul Hill, Co-Founder
Light in the Dark Paranormal
Beulah, Colorado


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the Cokedale Mining Museum

The Cokedale Mining Museum is haunted. Light in the Dark Paranormal (LIDP) did a short investigation of the place back in February of this year, and demonstrated its probable condition in a few hours (visit our website for photos & videos–link at bottom of page).

The anomalies observed were likely from the ghosts of old coal miners and their families and friends. They frequented the building that used to be called the Merchantile Exchange back at the turn of the 19th century when it was the company store. Customers bought equipment and food, while cashing their pay checks in exchange for company script.

Cokedale is just west of Trinidad. Its the mining town where workers turned coal into coke. The lines of coke ovens can still be seen just west of the town, where hot and grueling effort worked its magic baking off the impurities resulting in 99% pure carbon. The material was then shipped to mills in Pueblo and El Paso to make steel.

You can visit the ovens, Cokedale and the Museum by hopping on State Highway 12 (the Highway of Legends) and proceed a few miles west of Lake Trinidad State Park. LIDP will try to reveal the Museum’s ghosts to visitors in groups of 10 from September 8th through Halloween night. Its not for the faint-hearted!. We can’t guarantee anything, but come if you dare. The Event (above) has more info . . .

 

Are Certain Animals Harbingers of Doom?

(Edited and condensed from a story sent to me by Bryan’s dad–Ed.)

Or are they friendly forewarners of events yet to come . . . messengers from another realm?

My son Bryan had the most beautiful soul. We lost him in 2010 from a rare blood disorder, only 23 years old. An invisible time-bomb was slowly ticking away inside him, while someone was trying to tell us that something was wrong.

An old buddy of mine had committed suicide shortly before. On the day of his wake I first went outside to fetch the paper, only to notice a white dove on the last step of the front porch. It was looking right at me, but I knew there were no such birds in the area. As I walked directly towards it, the dove did not move, and intently watched me as I grabbed the paper.

Walking around it again, it still watched as I went by. Going back inside, I saw that the dove made momentary eye contact with me. I have no doubt that it was my friend who wanted to be sure that I’d be at his wake. I felt that the white bird was telling me that he was at peace. But there was something that I had missed.

Bryan was attending college in Denver, but had dropped out and came back to our new home. But before his return, there were unexplained incidents involving the doorbell and smoke alarms going off in the middle of the night. At one point I had gone down into the basement to check things out. There I saw a white mist that passed right through me.

After Bryan came home, he had become very ill but was reluctant to see a doctor. By then it was too late. I concluded that my old friend had tried to warn us about his condition, at first in the form of the dove. We were blessed to have him and miss Bryan every minute of the day.

So ends the not uncommon testimony of our friend. Animals appear in dreams or are seen as real creatures doing unusual things or engaging in bizarre behavior. All to get our attention and warn or tell us about what we could not ordinarily know. When one of our so-called “lesser species” acts in a way you wouldn’t expect, take heed.

 

The Classic Music of Halloween

by Jon Kirkeleit

While nowhere near as numerous as Christmas songs, still there are a number of records that get dusted off at this time of year. Many are light hearted humorous ditties like, Sheb Wooley’s The Purple People Eater; The Monster Mash by Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers, The Blob by The Five Blobs, or Jumpin Gene Simmons Haunted House.

Some are more serious, dare we say, spookier . . . Screamin’ Jay Hawkins I Put A Spell On You; Michael Jackson’s Thriller, The Witch Queen Of New Orleans by Redbone, and Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights.

For my money, the most serious – deadly serious– was Jim Stafford’s Jasper. Now Stafford had a small string of humorous country and pop hits in the mid-seventies. Songs like Spiders And Snakes; My Girl Bill and Wildwood Weed. Hardly the kind of singer you would expect something like Jasper to come from.

But together with country pop singer Dave Loggins, he produced a true heavyweight of a Halloween song. Complete with a plodding baseline, moaning sometimes shrieking women’s background vocals, and spoken word verses, the song tells the tale of a rake and a ramblin’ man who by the song’s end has become something very, very different. Consider the lyric: Shadows danced as blue-veined hands, like spiders spinning strange commands, released the beast that dwells in Jasper Dan.

The record was released in the spring of 1976. I believe that it would have enjoyed far greater success had it come out around this time of year.

Jim Stafford, circa that time

Jasper on YouTube

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Editor/Publisher, Southern Colorado Paranormal: 
Paul Hill, Co-Founder LIDP

Hard Copy Graphic Design: Bones Skaluba

Contributing Writers:
Jon Kirkeleit, Taxi Bill Kast , Adrian Hill 

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the Cosmos of Halloween

by Bill Kast

Halloweens’s sky in Cokedale, Colorado — October 31, 2018: the parade of planets that graced us all summer is nearly over, but three bright ones are still visible early in the evening. Shortly after sunset, the planets are the first things to appear before the brightest stars pop into view.

How can you tell the difference between a star and a planet? You may have heard that stars twinkle, planets don’t. Well, it’s true. The more turbulence there is in the upper atmosphere the more stars twinkle, or scintillate. The planets shine with a steady light.

Jupiter is setting far in the southwest, and depending upon your perspective, is probably behind the Sangre de Cristo mountains. The golden globe of Saturn should still be up in the Southwest, not as bright as Jupiter but still appearing before the stars.

Mars will be up over the horizon to the South, very bright and as orange as a pumpkin. It should be the first thing you see in the sky after sunset. Mars made a historically close pass by Earth last July. Even though it’s diminishing in size daily, Mars is still pretty close, bright and big. Take a look with a pair of binoculars and you may be able to see it as a tiny orange disc. The Moon is in the last quarter phase and won’t be up until after midnight. No howling at the full moon this Halloween!

Halloween and Astronomy

Most of us know about the four major astronomical events of the year here on Planet Earth: the Summer and Winter Solstices and the Spring and Fall Equinoxes. Each season in roughly 90 days long.

Ancient astronomers further divided the year with four “cross quarter” days, each one halfway (or 45 days) between an equinox and a solstice. The Autumn cross quarter day was celebrated by the Celts and Druids of the British Isles as Samahin or “Summers end”. The day was associated with death and spirits, and evolved into our modern day Halloween.

By the way, this author was born on April 30th, close to the Spring cross quarter day. April 30th is celebrated by the ancient Germanic tribes as Walpurgisnacht, the night that the Witches cavort with the Devil in the Hartz Mountains. Walpurgisnacht is the opposite day of the year from Halloween, exactly six months divide the two days. Coincidence? I hardly think so.

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The Birth of the Bling

by Adrian Hill

Clunk, clunk, clunk . . . the sounds of my rock tumbler hidden in the corner of my bedroom. As a teen, I fell asleep to the rhythm of my precious rocks being transformed into gemstones. That was my passion.

It still is. For Halloween, I make a line I call Re-Creations from vintage jewelry which endows the supernatural aura of “past lives” to the piece. I also create Earthlines made from various gemstones, especially clear quartz, a natural mineral that protects the health and safety of the wearer.

I remember the tumbler in my closet wrapped in towels to help muffle the sound as it rotated the mixture of rocks, sand, and water. It was noisy, but the result was the rocks being transformed into shiny, smooth gemstones. I learned this technique from lapidary classes
working with silver and using a technique called lost wax casting to make rings. I also cut cabochons from thin rock slabs to change into gemstones.

Today we still believe in luck, wealth, and health. The right jewelry continues to have true metaphysical qualities. You can prove it to yourself by contacting me. I’ll send you facts and photos!

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who is Light in the Dark Paranormal?

LIDP consists of Paul & Adrian Hill and Louise Bosche . . .

 

Louise Bosche is a natural-born psychic sensitive, and attracts phenomenon to her. She is presently an environmental consultant, having retired from her job with the City of Pueblo. She specializes in audio recording.

 


Paul Hill
is the publisher/editor of this newsletter, plus co-founder of our investigative group. He has a BA in psychology and has been formally looking into paranormal phenomena since 2012. He has had the interest and aptitude in the subject since college, and is a clairsentient sensitive specializing in video.

 

Adrian Hill, a sensitive in her own right, is retired from the medical community, and specializes in paranormal still photography. She devotes the rest of her time to the design, manufacture, and marketing of her jewelry.

 

 

LIDP has gone through several iterations, but is now a stable association that operates as a small business, not a weekend hobby! It no longer does investigations for “free,” though that remains the prevailing ethic for most investigators. There are many groups to choose from for no charge!

Although we are not among those folks, we are in fact ghost “magnets” due to our sensitivities and abilities.

Paul’s background as a real estate broker for the last 25 years also allows him to consult with buyers and sellers of both residential and commercial properties to help determine their spiritual suitability.

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Preliminary Investigation of the Cokedale Mining Museum

24 Feb

Background and Description of Premises

On the evening of February 9, 2018, Light in the Dark Paranormal (LIDP) investigated the Cokedale Mining Museum. LIDP is a paranormal investigative group consisting of Louise Bosche and Paul and Adrian Hill. Also present was David Harris, Director of the Museum, and several citizens of the town and employees of government agencies located in the building. Cokedale’s a small historic mining town of just over 100 happy souls just west of Trinidad, Colorado.

The Museum itself, also housing the administrative offices of the town and a small post office, was formerly the Mercantile Exchange, a  busy place for coal miners and coke processors to come when they were actively employed in the company town back at the turn of the century. The building is reputed to be haunted by these and other individuals associated with the Exchange “back in the day.”

LIDP conducted a short investigation lasting about two hours, beginning roughly 7:30 p.m. The group started after a brief introduction to paranormal events by Paul Hill (PH) and historic background given by David Harris (DH). The weather that night was cold (20’s) and dry, with the wind eventually blowing from 5 to 10 mph, then calming. The heat was turned off in the museum and the electricity was left on with the lights at low levels. The heat and lights were left on in the offices.

The equipment used in this mini-investigation was minimal, including 2 small maglite flashlights, a hand-held digital recorder, a pocket video camcorder, a still camera, and ordinary compass. LIDP also refers to itself as humanly sensitive to varying degrees, and claims that they would be able to detect the presence of phenomena without hardware if it was present.

Evidence was collected and recorded by LIDP in the 2 hour period of the investigation. PH quickly eliminated the influence of geomagnetic fluctuations caused by geologic events (at least for that night) by the use of his compass which showed no irregularities (the region has been shaken by small quakes caused by fracking, an ongoing mining practice). In the 2 flashlight sessions conducted by Adrian Hill (AH) and Louise Bosche (LB), both audio and visual evidence was captured. Possible visual evidence was also obtained from still photographs taken by AH in the basement, and audio evidence was recorded by LB during her EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) recording done in the kitchen. Video was shot randomly and during the flashlight sessions by PH.

The Museum is a large barn-like building, housing the Museum, offices and auxillary rooms. The main level has a wood floor with peaked roof above, including glassed-in display cases of tools and other artifacts used by the miners, plus life-sized displays including figurines and furniture of the rooms lived in by their families. The upper level accessed by a wooden staircase is a loft-like affair, perhaps 15′ wide and surrounding and overlooking the main level below. Finally the full basement ran the entire length and width of the building, and was constructed of stone and concrete. It was used for storage, and had much misc. equipment and articles from different eras stored there. There was also a set of large wooden doors used for a walk-out to the exterior of the building. Parts of the main and upper levels also contained old equipment and some present-day furniture, including a large iron wheel-driven freight elevator that led to the top floor used when the building was still a miner’s store.

The ends of the rectangular structure were fronted on one end by double-doors that were the main entrance to the museum, including a side exit/entrance accessed by the public. The other end of the building was the rear which contained the Post Office and administrative offices of the city, including a small front office with counter for public access and the City Council chambers. There was also a large room converted to a kitchen. The atmosphere in these areas was heated, but felt “heavy” by anyone with any degree of sensitivity. Paranormal activity apparently was quite common as reported in these areas.

Handwritten accounts by witnesses long familiar with the museum were submitted to PH at the end of the investigation in a sealed envelope. These were not read at the time and shall remain anonymous for now, but suffice it to say that they helped corroborate the findings of LIDP, especially the stories of of a little girl.

Before the investigation began, a tour of the building was provided by DH, which LIDP was seeing for the first time. He provided historic background during his tour and pointed out some large mining equipment that is still on the floor and hanging on the walls of the main level. Many framed photos of the miners and their families were also apparent.

The Evidence

EVP’s / Digital Audio Recordings

In the kitchen toward the end of the investigation, LB and AH tried to record any EVP’s (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) on the digital recorder. At first there was nothing, but both noticed that someone was playing with the unit while it was still being hand-held. A flashlight was set on the counter, but never touched. The women asked if anyone would turn on the flash, but apparently only the recorder was being manipulated by someone else. That pattern repeated itself for about 10 min., and the session was ended.

When LB listened to the recorder at home a few days later, she heard a squeaky toy and a young child giggling, apparently picked-up in the kitchen when it was being manipulated. Unfortunately, we cannot playback these sounds for you as the unit was new and the recording was accidentally erased during the upload process.

PH can tell you that two of the written accounts by prior witnesses mention a little girl seen or heard. One wrote: ” . . . she has heard a young girl laughing or giggling in now what is the church yard.” The other account wrote of “a small child in a white dress with ringlets” who was killed at the Mercantile in an accident decades ago. In any case, LB states she was unaware of the little girl written about when she first listened to the digital recording.

Flashlight Sessions / YouTube Clips

Earlier in the investigation, LB and AH set up two Maglite flashlights on a table in the rear of the upper level. The idea was to get any ghosts to communicate with the operators by turning the flashlights on for “yes,” twice for “no,” etc. At the very least the light could be on or off when speaking. The investigators have never been able to activate the lights in non-paranormal environments (actively tested), and only in paranormal active settings when they do.

On the first occasion the flashlights were set up and the building lights were turned off with PH, DH, and the rest of the group standing in back. Numerous creaks and groans were heard and recorded from the building itself (paranormal?), but the flashlights remained dark while they were “spoken” to.

(View all YouTube videos below)

The sounds recorded during this first session are worth posting and listening to on YouTube, as is most of the session. Shortly thereafter, PH felt that the best place to setup the flashlights was on a table with a green tablecloth on the mail level toward the front of the building. He was correct. Both flashlights activated themselves in response to questioning by PH, LB, and AH (the observers took basically the same positions behind the table). The rest is self explanatory, and was video-recorded by PH. This session can be viewed below.

The second video can be regarded as solid evidence of paranormal activity; the first possibly since the flashlights weren’t activated by themselves, but noises were heard in the background. This could have been the wind hitting the building, or it may have been signs of paranormal activity.

(View all YouTube videos below)

Random Clip / YouTube

The third video posted to YouTube ( https:// ) shows a short clip shot from the upper level, randomly filmed. Its only about 34 seconds long, but about 23 seconds-in the video shows what turns about to be a large wire cutter apparently self-illuminating with an iridescent bluish hue. The light on the object lasts only 1/30 of a second, equal to one frame of video. Less than 1/2 of a second later, it shows a dimmer afterimage of the same object. Look for the flashes of light in the lower right of the video, and the unit lit up on the LR of the still photo.

The observations on the full motion video are in real time and first appear to be some kind of glitch. When slowed down to 20% of real time (slow motion) and with the scene captured as a still photo, one can see the object illuminated quite clearly. There are no shadows or diffused light on or around the object as one would expect from someone shining a light on it, or taking a photograph with a still camera and flash. The self-illumination perfectly follows only the outlines of the object. The only person we know of that had a still camera with flash (AH) attests that she did not photograph the object.

Did someone else who was not part of LIDP but among the other participants take a flash photo of the wire cutter at the same time PH was shooting the video? Again, that theory still does not fit the apparent self-illumination of only that object and nothing else around it.

(View all YouTube videos below)

Basement Orbs

PH, AH and several members of the group went down into the basement toward the end of the investigation. The large room has been described earlier in this report. While basements could be stuffy, with excessive dust and/or humidity, it was not. On the contrary, the basement was dry and the air was very breathable. AH took several still photos of the room. After reviewing these in-camera, she discovered “orbs” in many of the pictures.

Orbs are very controversial in paranormal circles. Even believers can be skeptics when it comes to orbs, thinking that they may be drops of moisture or dust particles on the lens or in the air. This would not be uncommon in a full basement where the ambient temperature, humidity, etc. would certainly be different from the upper levels.

LIDP will let the reader be the judge. The investigators can tell you that they have never seen so many orbs as in one of the photos. If paranormal, they are said to be precursors of fully-formed ghosts– death forms that float and are spherical, but do so intelligently– not just “blowing in the wind.”

Summary

All of the LIDP investigators have not yet seen the random video, but this author feels that its the most important evidence recorded if its what he thinks it is. Any entity able to energize a large man-made object, even for a very short time, is powerful. The phenomenon is akin to energizing a flashlight to communicate, but much greater. There may be a rational explanation, but if you try and debunk it and strip away all of the normal, you end up with . . .

LB’s EVP, even though it was lost, would have been the next most significant, leaving the flashlight session with the lights going on and off representing honest communication from the ghosts present as the next most significant. This was personally witnessed by the observers. We just don’t know who and how many ghosts activated the flashlights. This could have come from the little girl, who didn’t appear hesitant to reveal herself. Could have come from anyone, however. The first YouTube video having only the sounds of the building present is a bit suspect because of the wind at the time.

Finally AH’s still photos of orbs in the basement can be debunked because of the different environment. Dust and or moisture may have indeed caused the phenomenon. Then again since the air felt normal and not dusty, the existence of orbs, especially so many, may have been paranormal.

One final comment: this author feels that the presence of so many genuine artifacts in the Museum may be causing spiritual attachments to those objects used by the miners of old, and could account for some or all of the phenomena.

Suggestion: that another major investigation be done at the Museum. The presence of “civilian” observers went very well the first time, and could be a source of future donations to the Museum. However one more major investigation should be done solo. More equipment would be brought-in, and the time span would probably last until dawn. As always, no attempt would be made to banish the ghosts to the “Other Side.” This notion no longer has traction among serious paranormal investigators.

Thank you for your support, and if the reader has any questions, feel free to comment below or use the Contact Us link above for complete privacy.

Paul Hill, co-founder
Light in the Dark Paranormal
February 25, 2018

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