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Better Ghosts and Gardens

7 May
Living Paranormal Show-May 10th, 9 pm EDT

Living Paranormal Show-May 10th, 9 pm EDT

UPDATE: We already did the show live, and it was great! But you can still hear it as a past show by going to the Living Paranormal website, or get the podcast from I-Tunes…

On Sunday evening, May 10th, my wife and I are going to be on Living Paranormal! The title of this episode is Better Ghosts and Gardens, where we will discuss stigmatized and haunted real estate for sale with co-hosts Jason and Rob.

The time is 9 pm to 11 pm EDT, and the link to their live show is http://www.LivingParanormal.com/live . Its a live streaming Internet broadcast–you can just listen or join in the discussion with questions and comments via their chat room. If you can’t make it for the live show, drop by their website anytime thereafter and look it up as a past show.

We’ll be talking about the Cripple Creek Piotrowski house of Ghost Adventures fame, the Jon Benet Ramsey home, and the haunted old Logan County Hospital. This will be a fun couple of hours! We hope you can make it.

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The Enduring Fascination with the Piotrowski House

3 Dec

Piotrowski House videos & evp’s from our investigation:
http://www.lightinthedarkparanormal.com/videos.html

Every time the Travel Channel re-runs the Cripple Creek Colorado Ghost Adventures episode including the segment on the Piotrowski House, we get hammered!  Last Saturday night was another such night, and we received over 300 views on our various Piotrowski House pages.  So to make sure Piotrowski fans see everything we’ve posted about Dan’s house and what’s  happened to it, including the continuing saga of what happens next (we’re going back…), we’ve put them in a separate category.  Visitors can click on that link under Categories on the right and pull up everything we’ve had to say on the subject.  Stay with us. This is unfinished business.

Paul Hill is the co-founder of Light in the Dark Paranormal,
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How Do We Investigate (a Haunting)?

22 Oct

Our investigations rely on various pieces of equipment used to measure and record any paranormal phenomena that we might encounter.  I believe that the most complex and effective piece of equipment we have is located between our ears. Although our brains are used for lots of things other than perceiving the paranormal, it remains the best mechanism for sensing, recording, playing back and analyzing such things. We only use inorganic external hardware when our brains are incapable of registering events and experiences beyond our senses, such as sound above or below the normal range of hearing.

Other phenomena our brains can’t pick up on include electromagnetic fluctuations too small for us to notice, or images too fleeting or ephemeral to be seen and remembered. Then we have to rely on digital or electromechanical devices like K2 meters, digital recorders, and video and still cameras.

What we do not do is over-rely on hardware. When I was in the video production business some years ago, I noticed a certain handicap that every videographer has to deal with, whether shooting a wedding or a haunted investigation: having his/her eye stuck on the camera most of the time. The operator then fails to notice “the big picture.” Though an expert on recording every micro-event caught by his camera, he often looses track of what is going on around him outside of the frame he is focusing on. That ends up excluding almost everything else.

In the context of paranormal investigation, it is important for the investigator to keep her eyes and ears attuned to what’s happening all around her, not just what is registering on a meter or showing up on a screen. So we bring in the required minimum of equipment. Then we rely on ourselves.

A word about ourselves…

Our team is made up mostly of individuals who are “sensitives.” A sensitive can be defined as someone who subconsciously uses his or her brain to receive and process signals that most people don’t perceive or don’t remember through their normal senses. In other words, the sensitive will notice what many others do not. The “what” can be vibrations, visual images, sound, fear, hormonal rush, telepathic communication, or any of a host of other things that paranormal events can generate. The ability to perceive these things is also referred to as intuition, clairvoyance, or ESP (Extra Sensory Perception). But perceiving phenomena is pointless if we cannot act on those perceptions.

Once we notice unusual things, we will first try to “debunk” them, i.e., find a logical, natural explanation on the spot. For example, when our K2 meter was going crazy at the Piotrowski house investigation, we tried to find a source of any stray electromagnetic activity before we attributed it to paranormal activity. Searching for even an electrical outlet nearby was fruitless, so we considered outside wiring just on the other side of the exterior wall. Sure enough, when we went outside to check, we found a bundle of coaxial cables running down the building. But when we followed them to their source, we realized they were connected to a satellite dish that was quite dead. There were no signals being received by it that night.

The ability to communicate with paranormal entities is very important for us. Once we knew that the K2 readings were not from “normal” sources, we concluded that they might be paranormal, and began our conversation with the unseen force. We were rewarded with Class A EVP’s (clear and interactive electronic voice phenomenon recorded on our digital recorder).

Our modus operandi is simple: we first interview the owner and any other eyewitnesses with stories to tell. Next, we travel to the event site and establish baseline readings and feelings by touring the entire property, not just the known “hotspots.” We pay attention to our innermost feelings and intuitions as well as the readings on our measuring devices. Then we try and debunk any anomalous information. If it appears to be paranormal, we try and establish communication using any known historical facts (names, dates, events, etc.) we would have researched before we arrived.

When we are done anywhere from 4 to 8 hours later, we return to our office to analyze what we found out. A written report is then sent or personally presented to the owner of the property. We will say if we think the property did not present enough evidence to be called paranormal. But if we have the data, we have no problem with saying that a site is haunted.


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Piotrowski House Update

19 Oct

As you may recall, our plan is to talk to the new owner of the Piotrowski House in order to find out what’s going on there now, if anything.  Unfortunately, we have been unable to pin down a valid phone number for her.  That leaves only one alternative:  to go there and find out who’s home.

It may be the owner; it may be a tenant, or it may be no one.  No one we’d want to meet after dark, anyway.  Stay with us for further updates…

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We Know Who Bought the Piotrowski House

9 Oct
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the former Piotrowski House

This past July, an unknown buyer finally purchased and closed on the    former Piotrowski House, the one featured on that now infamous episode of Ghost Adventures.

It was previously foreclosed on when Dan and his wife owned it.  Unable to keep it rented long enough to pay the mortgage, their bank finally took it back and the buyer bought it from them for only $49,000!

Did he or she know about the disappearing water supply?  More importantly, did the new owner know about the home’s history?  Why would anyone want to purchase a home with such a notorious past?  Why would anyone want to move in with ghosts?  Is the new owner actually living in the house, and has he/she had any paranormal encounters?

Or was the Piotrowski “haunting” just a hoax designed to delay the foreclosure and sell the house for at least what they owed?

We are going to find out.  We know who lives there now, and we’re going to ask some questions…

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Piotrowski House Almost Sold

20 Jun

For a brief chronology of what’s been happening with the Piotrowski house near Cripple Creek, check out the Comments on the previous post below (A Sad Fate–May 5th). We don’t know who the new owner will be, or whether he or she has any knowledge of what went on there.  But I’ll keep you posted…

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A Sad Fate

5 May

I am sad to report that the Piotrowski house in Florissant has been in foreclosure, and recently sold back to the bank.  As a REO (“real estate owned” property by the lender), it has been put back on the market with a different broker for not much more than the balance owed.

Leave a Comment if you’d like more information…

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Haunted, for Sale Investigation–Update III, the EVP’s

30 Jan

Let the EVP’s speak for themselves

At long last, we are publishing the dramatic EVP’s we recorded at the haunted house in Florissant.  We’re just going to give you the link to the two recordings for now.  Next time, we’ll engage in some wild speculation as to what is going on in this house.  Link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afzrxB6GY3g

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Haunted, For Sale– Update II

21 Jan

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Lights in the Dark

What is it about lights in the dark?  Fairly common, unless they tend to turn on or off by themselves.  Our flashlight session in the basement was documented in our previous post.  But we brought the light upstairs later, where it continued to talk to us.  Here is a short excerpt of our last video in the basement before we went up:

The Energy in the Room

We promised whatever footage we could get of the K2 meter going crazy, and finally did manage to retrieve some in spite of all kinds of technical problems that night.  As you recall, the K2 uses small lights to measure fluctuating electromagnetic energy.  There are 5 lights, and 3 or more indicate some pretty good activity.  As I spoke to whoever might have been in that upstairs bedroom, the lights began to speak for themselves.

Again, a short excerpt:

http://youtu.be/wPrLnCGxk-o        Also, check out the EVP’s we recorded during this K2 session–next update.

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Haunted, For Sale–Update

13 Dec

We’ve been waiting to see if our video footage of the K2 going crazy upstairs in the bedroom came out, but like much of our recording that night, we’re still waiting.  Blame tech problems; blame the ghosts, but the result is the same:  nothing to show you (yet).

But here’s the narrative anyway…

I turned on the unit while walking into the hotspot upstairs–the small bedroom.  As soon as I got to the doorway, 2 lights activated beyond the base light which illuminates when the unit is on.  The lights were fluctuating on/off; on/off; a typical reading for the presence of electromagnetic activity.  Keep in mind I had “swept” the house for such activity when we first went in, and got nothing.  A reading now meant there was activity that wasn’t there before.  The closer I came to the corner of the tiny room, the more the lights lit up, from 3 to 4 1/2 lights (5 is max).

I yelled to Terry to come up and get this on camera.  I began to talk to whoever might be present.   Are you a Ute?  I asked, thinking that this might be a tribal presence (another totally unscientific intuitive insight).  The plan was to listen to whatever recordings we were running later.  I continued with a series of questions relating to the battle between the Ute and the Comanche about a 1/4 mile away from the house, asking if spent warriors were brought up and buried near the house after the carnage was over.  To date, we have no EVP’s that answer these questions.  Hopefully, we’ll have video of the K2 lights that kept lighting up during this encounter.

One thing that any honest investigator has to do is to try and “debunk” any apparent phenomenon right on the spot.  If there’s a simple, non-paranormal explanation, its our job to find it.  I thought there could be unshielded electrical conduit either in the walls of that corner or just outside the building (the electric service was still on in the house).  There was an electrical outlet near the corner, but it did not set off the K2 in the earlier sweep, and seemed to be functioning as it should.  So I went outside to check for anything else.  Sure enough, there were wires attached to the outside of the house right at that corner.

But upon closer inspection, I noted that the wire was coaxial cable, the kind used to connect satellite dishes to the house.  There was a dish on the roof, and another on a pedestal in the ground.  This spaghetti of cable ran from each up the exterior wall of the house, disappearing into a hole in the wall to connect with whatever devices were used for signal reception inside.  I held the K2 right next to these cables:  no reading.  I walked over to the dish on the pedestal and held it right up to the unit:  no reading.  I brought out Terry for his opinion.  He said the roof unit was for satellite internet, but there was no receiving “tree” attached to the dish.  It was obviously dead, as was the ground dish for cable tv.  There were absolutely no signals being received by those dishes that could have been detected by the K2.  The signals in the room inside were coming from something else…

See previous post (below)  for the first part of our report on the investigation.  Next update:  hopefully some video of the K2 session…

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Haunted, For Sale–the Investigation

3 Dec
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ON for “yes”

On December 1st, Light in the Dark Paranormal visited the Florissant, Colorado home near Cripple Creek to investigate the claims of it’s haunting

Here are its preliminary findings…

Flashing in the Basement

(Intro video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W0Pf-Ra9pk )

The basement was where the owner and the Ghost Adventure boys first ripped out the hot water heater in order to retrieve the can full of old artifacts placed there in the foundation by God-knows-who.  We began our digging there, but not with a shovel.  We used instead a Mini Maglite flashlight placed on the ledge next to the dirt pile and artifacts.  Ghost hunters have long known that they can communicate with certain entities by asking them to use a flashlight to respond to questioning, as in “turn it on for yes; off for no.”  We have used this technique successfully in the past, and it worked for us again.

Here is the YouTube link to the unedited video clip of that session:
http://youtu.be/a3CST79xH8M

Based on those on/off answers, its possible that we “conversed” with a male who had lived on the land long before the house was built in 1980.  On the lot immediately upslope from this one, we did note the existence of a boarded-up old cabin, probably dating back to the mid-1800’s.

Though this entity could have been from a hundred years ago or more, he may have been the youngest of the ghosts we encountered that night.

Louise and Adrian are the women of our group who did most of the questioning, as “he” seemed most responsive to them.  They were told via yes/no questioning that he had lived there before the house was there, and may have had something to do with the rusted out metal box that contained the artifacts, including a metal crucifix, knitted fabric, buttons, and other things that could have been valuable to someone living in the 19th Century.

An Ancient Presence?

More sessions were done elsewhere in the house with similar results.  The ghost kept flashing, at least until Terry deployed the laser matrix.  This is a laser-generated matirx of green points of light that easily reveals any mass passing in front of it.  But it seems our flashlight ghost didn’t like it.  He promptly disappeared from the conversation, only to be replaced by something more insidious.  We were all on the upper level when Louise went down the spiral staircase to the main floor.  She didn’t stay long, and came back up feeling sick.  Adrian and I went downstairs into the living room to check things out, and we too became dizzy and disoriented.

We retreated back upstairs, only to feel the same there.  Our last refuge from this nasty feeling was the dreaded basement, which we hurried down to.  The depression followed us there too.  Only we were not certain if it was following us, or we were chasing it.  This is where any presumption of scientific objectivity disappears, and we fly stricty by the seat of our intuitive pants.  No video, no EMR, no EVP’s, no photos; just the lingering notion that something was in the house that was not the ghost we started with, and was certainly not our friend.

Searching for an identity, we concurred that this thing had no intention of revealing itself to us, and may have even been curious about our intentions.  I felt this presence to be every bit as old as it was not nice.  I recalled a recent episode of the Dead Files, where the show’s resident medium described the appearance of a demonic entity of great age and negative influence on those weak enough to do what they would never otherwise do.

We went back upstairs to the main level and busied ourselves with setting up whatever we could to somehow capture the nature of this most un-natural phenomenon.

K2 Meter

K2 Meter

I impulsively grabbed the K2 meter, a device that measures fluctuations in electromagnetic activity via the illumination of small colored lights, and ran up to the small upstairs bedroom.  This is the hotspot where a previous tenant’s 12 year old daughter had told her parents about the “shadow people sitting on her bed.”  And where some years before, a previous owner had ended his life by suicide just outside the window.  Someone had installed opaque bathroom type privacy glass in that window, perhaps to keep the fatal view from ever being seen again from that perspective.

The Energy in the Room

A third entity?  I yelled down to Terry as two of the lights started to brighten…
(continued @ next post)

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