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Haunted Properties: Valuable Real Estate or Tough Sells?

27 Oct

It depends. Selling a haunted property can be easy or very difficult. First, the seller has to feel comfortable in disclosing to prospective buyers that they have residents who go bump in the night. Many are not, fearful of devaluing their property. That’s a legitimate concern. But certain kinds of real estate, like Bed & Breakfasts, often find that a ghost or two is actually good for business.

Second, a distinction has to be made between “stigmatized” and “haunted” buildings. Stigmatized buildings have a bad reputation that most people know about, and is usually the result of a murder or some other heinous crime committed there. But that does not mean the place is haunted, unless the victim is still hanging around as a ghostly tenant.

The following are not stigmatized properties, but are some of the allegedly haunted properties that are currently for sale in Colorado . . .

 

LoganCtyHospThe old Logan County Hospital–Sterling, Colorado. 

I currently have this piece of Sterling history listed for sale for only $80,000! For more information about the real estate, click here. To find out about its supernatural past, click here  (if you dare).


The Bross Hotel–Paonia, Colorado

Back when the Light in the Dark Paranormal team was just myself and my wife Adrian, we investigated this fine old B&B. Located in the Western Slope
 BrossHotelmountain town of Paonia, it is available for $689,000, including the building and the business. Mother Bross supposedly still tucks in her guests at night. Trouble is, she died quite some time ago.

Watch Part 1 of the video we produced on the investigation below.
For Part 2, click here.



 

The Tarabino Inn- Trinidad, Coloardo

tarabinoinnThis wonderful building is for sale for $675,000, and includes both the real estate and the bed & breakfast operation. Its a thriving business frequented by many out of state tourists and business travelers. It is also alleged to have a ghost or two. Click here for some scary background.

Contact Us above for more information if you are interested in buying. I am a real estate broker who specializes in haunted property!


A Story of a Stigmatized Home

Most everyone knows the story of OJ Simpson. Years ago in California, he was accused, arrested, and tried for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman. Found not guilty, nicolecondohe was set free only to be found guilty for a different crime a few years later.

This case and the stigmatization of the home where the murder occurred illustrate some important points about such places. The condo was eventually sold far under market value, which is typically the case with stigmas resulting from homicides and other terrible crimes. But the more interesting question is this: is it haunted? I am unaware of any paranormal investigations having been done there. Haunted or not, one might think that any future buyer might want to know about the unsolved murder just in case Nicole’s ghost was still hanging around. What if that buyer was stuck in an elevator in Siberia for the last twenty years, and didn’t know O.J. Simpson from Santa Claus?

Under Colorado real estate law, a seller or his or her broker is not required to disclose a murder or suicide to a prospective buyer without the seller’s consent. If the seller does not provide it, then the buyer is left to find out on her own, even though the broker may know every detail. The broker is under a gag order!

But California is different. In that state, details that you do not need to disclose include whether a prior occupant had Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), or whether someone died on the property as long as the death occurred more than three years before the current potential buyer’s purchase offer. If however, a potential buyer asks you a question about any deaths on your property, you must still truthfully answer even if the answer involves an occurrence more than three years in the past. (See, California Civil Code Sect. 1710.2.)

If someone wanted to buy Nicole’s former condo today,  its “don’t ask/don’t tell”, since the murder of OJ’s ex-wife and her friend happened more than three years ago. But if a buyer asked if anyone died on the property, the broker would be compelled to say something like, “Oh, now that you mention it, yeah. Some guy named OJ allegedly killed his wife here a while back.” Honest disclosure. If the buyer happened to believe in earthbound spirits who still hang around trying to remedy an injustice, he may conclude that poor Nicole may want someone to know who really killed her, whether it was OJ or someone else. The buyer might be grateful for the disclosure of not only a homicide, but a potential haunting.

Over one third of Americans believe in ghosts and hauntings (source: Gallup polls). Whether you believe in these things or not, enough average citizens do, and courts across the country discuss the phenomena as if it was real.


MY PROFESSIONAL ADVICE TO BUYERS: ALWAYS ASK THE SELLER IF ANYONE HAD DIED IN THE HOUSE . . .


The seller’s broker may not know, or be prohibited from telling you even if he did (as in Colorado). So ask the seller directly. You still may not get a truthful answer, but even if the seller revealed that someone did, the place may be just fine if it was a natural death. The home hospice movement facilitates the passing of people in their own homes, and this will be even more commonplace in the future. But if the answer is “yes,” your follow-up question should be a little more pointed. Ask if the death was from a murder or suicide. Depending on your state, the next answer (or lack of one) could determine your future peace-of-mind in that house.

BTW: in case you haven’t noticed, Halloween is right around the corner. Visit my annually recurring post on the subject, where you’ll learn more about how ghosts affect real estate sales long after the trick or treating is over.


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LANES END
A Journey Into the Paranormal 

Its now available! Read excerpts from the book

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Investigating Our Own Home, or “I never believed in orbs before, but…”

5 Aug

Lanes End information


 

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Photo #4 – “Orb Chain” Anomaly

Light in the Dark Paranormal recently investigated the home of two of its members. While this is not recommended, the two resident ghost-hunters already knew of the existence of ghosts in their house, and felt it was about time to formally introduce themselves.

Photo #1- no orbs; flash off

Photo #1-small orb (not camera flash reflection); flashlight off

The above image was taken as a still photo during a sweep of the second floor loft while conducting a flashlight communication session (the flash can be seen on the island in the middle). The team had succeeded in getting whoever was there to turn the flashlight on and off in response to their questions (we have an unedited video of this session on YouTube).

At the same time, one team member was conducting an EVP session with her digital recorder, with the recording revealing an unexplained knocking sound. This sound + the flashlight activating itself + the above photo taken all at the same time demonstrate what we feel to be from a single paranormal event.  It was recorded by three different investigators using three types of recording media (video, audio recorder and a still camera) all starting and stopping on the same timeline.

Photo #2- no orbs; flash on

Photo #2- small orb; flash on

The large photo above reveals a an anomaly appearing in the right center of the image, and seems to be emanating from behind the stove in the kitchen area. You can click on this photo to obtain a separate larger image (we suggest blowing it up to maximum size to see the detail of the phenomenon). Upon closer examination, note what appears to be a series of interlocking orbs! They seem to be contained within a tube or conduit of some sort, whose source seems to be from just behind the oven door, and whose other end tapers off into a dissolve. If this were a hair or other piece of debris on the camera lens, it would be in front of and covering the background, not coming from it, and the end of it would be definite, not fading away.

Photo #3- orbs visible; flash off

Photo #3- orbs; flash off

This anomaly was not present in the photo taken seconds before it, nor in any taken seconds after (each photo is numbered in the order taken). Also note the presence of the more traditional “orbs” of the type observed by many investigators over the years. These began to appear in the prior and subsequent photos, but then they too disappeared.

One of the advantages of investigating your own home is that you get to go back and validate what you might have documented earlier. In this case, we took the same series of photos the next day at exactly the same time during similar outside weather. No phenomenon whatsoever was present (one of the disadvantages of investigating your own home is that you have to go to sleep there after your investigation, regardless of what you may have riled up).

Photo #5 - orbs; flash on

Photo #5 – orbs; flash off

We discussed our investigation the following Sunday with Rob Henry and Jason Olivo, hosts of Living Paranormal on the web. To listen to the entire show, which includes some amazing EVP’s recorded in previous investigations at other locations, click here to hear an archived version.

Photo #6 - orb; flash on

Photo #6 – small orb; flash on

Also tuned into the show that night was acclaimed psychic medium Reverend Robyne Marie. Using her technique of photo scrying, where Robyne claims that she can actually see live spirits present in a photo, she said the following about ours as she studied it during the show:

Horbsgonegone

Photo #7-orbs gone; flash on


We have physical bodies walking through here . . . remote viewing.

I saw the main character and all the other bodies with them. This is their heaven. So many of them together . . . we have doppelgangers! They mimic you. 

 

 

Paul Hill is the co-founder of Light in the Dark Paranormal,
and he has a brand new ebook: 
LANES END
A Journey Into the Paranormal 

Its now available! Read excerpts from the book

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Home is where the heart…what was that!?

14 Jun

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On Sunday evening, June 14th, Light in the Dark Paranormal will again be guests on Living Paranormal, from 7 to 9 pm, MDT (9 to 11 Eastern). Along with co-hosts Jason and Rob , we’ll be talking about the investigation of our own home, which isn’t always the recommended thing to do!

We’ll reveal some startling evidence that you can access from the show’s website.

Hope you can join us streaming live at http://www.livingparanormal.com/live . If you can’t, you can view an archived version of the show anytime from their website, http://www.livingparanormal.com .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haunted Hospital For Sale!

12 Apr

 

LoganCtyHosp

Old Logan County Hospital

If you had to go to the hospital, would you come to this one? It was state-of-the-art back in the 1920’s in Sterling in northeast Colorado.  It was built to accommodate victims of the flu epidemic that ravaged the entire country at that time. The county morgue was located in the basement level.

Today it sits abandoned, with some of the only “living” things being the dandelions that are popping up in the Spring. Of course there are “things” there that are no longer among the living, like a little boy who will tug on the sleeves of those brave enough to walk its hallways at night. Then there are the old rotary style telephones still sitting on unoccupied desks, ringing for someone to pick-up even though they are connected to nothing. Maybe someone is trying to call the old man that visitors claim to see standing at the base of the front steps.

THIS PROPERTY HAS BEEN SOLD!  New owner info:
916 S. 7th in Sterling, the old Logan County Hospital, was bought by a Precision Investments LLC earlier this year. I don’t have their email or phone, but here is info on their LLC from the Sec of State’s office. I was no longer the listing broker when it was sold, so I have no info on their plans for the building. I can tell you that I did not allow my own paranormal team to investigate it, as it was in dangerously bad condition at the time.

Precision Investments LLC
Status
Good Standing
Formation date
12/27/2013
ID number
20131741717
Form
Limited Liability Company
Periodic report month
December
Jurisdiction
Colorado
Principal office street address
2649 W 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80211, United States
Principal office mailing address
2649 W 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80211, United States
Registered Agent
Name
Adam Steinbach
Street address
2649 W 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80211, United States
Mailing address
2649 W 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80211, United States

NEW INFO:

Precision homes employee
March 1, 2017 at 4:25 pm Edit #

I am actually working with Precision homes in the hospital currently. Their plans are to make it into an apartment complex. In the Historical Society is having as keep the old style on the outside and possibly throughout!! I think we are going to make it a gorgeous place!!


This property was a listing of the Property Owner’s Network.  Information was deemed reliable but not guaranteed.  Availability was subject to prior sale, withdrawal, or change in terms. CLICK HERE for property specifications.

If you didn’t have $80,000 for real ghosts, how about $14.95 for fictional ones?

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Hose Co. No.3 Fire Museum Investigation

6 Feb
the Museum

the Museum

Last Fall, we investigated what was once called Hose Company No. 3, an old firehouse in downtown Pueblo, Colorado.  Active for many years as a source of protection and informal community center for the city, it is now a museum dedicated to the life and memories of the brave firemen who worked there, including those who died in the line of duty.  Do their ghosts haunt their former workplace to this day?

One of our investigators is Terry Milsom, a former volunteer firefighter. He had suggested that we investigate the many strange goings-on reported at the Museum, and contacted curator Mark Pickerel, himself a Pueblo firefighter.  A few weeks later we arrived for our investigation, and Mark told us about the history of the station and the paranormal events that have occurred there.

Several other investigations have been done by different groups over the past few years, including the Haunted Collector folks.  Now it was our turn.  Rather than repeat what I have already written in our Field Report to Mark, what follows is an excerpt that cuts to the chase…

Discussion/Analysis of Investigation:

Weather and time of day had no influence on the investigation, but certain environmental conditions did. The building was half-surrounded by hi-tension power lines. Within15 feet of the north and east sides of the exterior walls these power sources were emitting heavy EMF radiation which penetrated the building interior as measured by our baseline sweep of the building. When we later took K2 readings in the UL bunkroom while trying to talk to whoever might have been there, we continued to get these same readings while close to the windows, but also slightly weaker readings in the more interior space of the room. These appeared to coincide with questions we were asking, but could have been the same random energy fluctuations from the power lines penetrating the room. Because of this electromagnetic field contamination, we have to disregard any other EMF readings captured in the building.

Also, we note that there was no other evidence of a paranormal presence in that particular room other than 2 EVP’s recorded there by Louise & Adrian. 3 more EVP’s were recorded elsewhere in the building.

Before we discuss these EVP’s in detail, let’s discuss other possible evidence. The video clips noted in #1 above we will dismiss as inconclusive, unless the host can give us an additional explanation or insight. Of the photos taken, none showed anything paranormal. What we’re left with are the EVP’s. But we also must note that considerable acoustic contamination (sound spillover) was an ongoing problem due to not only the traffic outside the front door, but the existence of the firepole toward the front interior. Since it had to run unobstructed from the UL down to the LL, there was a considerable “hole” in the floor so firemen could pass through it. This allowed sound from our team upstairs in the bunkroom to easily drift down to be heard by our team on the LL, and vice versa. This kind of spillover can easily contaminate the results of an audio recording (are we hearing a paranormal entity or us?).

While we dismiss any other video or EMF readings as inconclusive or the result of natural causes, we do maintain that the following EVP’s are evidence of possible paranormal phenomena.

EVP #1 (Class A): Toward the end of the investigation, Paul & Louise are downstairs near the firepole, recording both on audio and video in an attempt to contact whoever might be down there. Louise felt that there was. 1:24 into the audio track of the Pocket Cam video recorder carried by PH, we hear a faint but clear voice of a small child (boy?) saying Get Mom.

This seemed to be in response to Louise asking about the time where a mother brought her nearly drowned boy to the fire station for help, as the story goes. The boy died at the station. Louise said, “…over 100 years ago; just wondering what had happened.” Less than 10 sec later, we hear the EVP on the recorder which neither Louise nor Paul heard with their own ears.  Listen to EVP (you may want to use earphones; the EVP is clear but faint).

EVP #2 (Class A): On the same Pocket Cam session at 3:57, Paul asks if the “person” we were trying to talk to is the same person who Louise & Adrian contacted earlier upstairs in the bunkroom. No response was recorded on the Pocket Cam audio track. But on Louise’s audio recorder, which she was using at the same time standing next to Paul, one can clearly hear the response of “No” to his question.  Listen to EVP

EVP #3 (Class A): Earlier, in the bunkroom in the UL, Louise & Adrian were recording an attempt to contact whoever might have been in that room, using Louise’s recorder. Adrian is talking, and asks if the “person” would like them to stay and talk for awhile longer. An emphatic “No” is clearly heard.  Listen to EVP

EVP #4 (Class A): Later, towards the end of the investigation, Louise was by herself down in the LL. She had her recorder in the “ON/Voice Activated” mode, which means that the unit would start recording only when something was “heard” by the recorder. She was not talking to anyone, and noticed the voice activation light go “on” on the unit. She heard nothing herself, and about 4 sec later asked “Is there someone here?” When she reviewed this session later in the kitchen, she heard an unidentified voice starting the voice-activated part of the recording (when the light went on).It said “There’s someone here.” 4 sec later, she heard on the very next voice-activated recording her own voice asking “Is there someone here?” The first voice was definitely not Louise’s, nor was it Adrian’s who was not with her at the time. But it sounded like a woman’s voice.  Listen to EVP

EVP #5 (Class B): Louise and Adrian’s first session was carried out in the UL bunkroom. The audio recorder was on voice-activation, and when the question/answer session was reviewed, the very first word heard was “Dies!” in response to nothing said by the investigators. Though non-interactive, it was said in a clear, harsh male voice, and the meaning of this word could have been a noun rather than a verb, e.g., “Dyes,” if it was a proper name.  Listen to EVP
(the EVP is at the very beginning of the clip).

Summary

The “hotspots” in the Hose Co. #3 Fire Museum were near the firepole in the lower level and the bunkroom upstairs. Previous investigations and stories indicated that the Chief’s office and the top of the stairs had paranormal activity, but we noted none there on the night we investigated. The evidence we captured was strictly in the form of EVP’s (electronic voice phenomena) caught on our digital audio recordings, although there are other modalities through which hauntings are typically evaluated.

Is the Museum haunted? Based on our findings, we would say “Yes,” as the EVP’s were of high quality and unlikely to have been produced by any coincidental natural source. Based on those, we could conjecture that there are at least 4 different entities or residues of past lives present in the building: 2 adult males, 1 adult female, and 1 male (?) child. We were unable to associate any names with them, though one male may have been a “Dyes.” A child and perhaps his mother may have been present. Was this the child who died of drowning after being brought to the station by his mom (“Get Mom”)? Is he trapped in time, unaware of his passing and still looking for his mother?

We would like to return for a follow up investigation, if for no other reason than to free the spirit of this poor child from his earthly confines. There are methods for doing that, including calling in someone who specializes in such transitions.

Did previous investigations and activities manage to reduce or increase the paranormal activity that has been reported over the years? We don’t know. But in the meantime, the Museum in all probability still remains haunted by the presence of those firemen and other people who lived, worked, or died in the line of duty.

by
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nvestigator: Paul Hill, Co-Founder Light in the Dark Paranormal
Date: November 30, 2013
Paul Hill, Adrian Hill, Louise Bosche,Terry Milsom

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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.

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A Journey Into the Paranormal 

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Our New Website!

31 Oct

After many months, we have finally hit our self-imposed deadline of
Halloween 2013 to launch our new website!

http://www.lightinthedarkparanormal.com is live and open for business.  We can’t thank our graphic designer and website developer enough for her great work–Michelle Tschetter (http://www.zoomadesign.com).

While we will continue to post ongoing information about the paranormal and our investigations here on our WordPress blog, our website will always have current and updated videos, photos, and articles all in one place.

Have a great Halloween!  Its our favorite time of year…

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New Investigation

29 Oct
the Museum

the Museum

On Saturday, October 26, 2013, Light in the Dark Paranormal investigated Hose Company No.3 Fire Museum in downtown Pueblo, Colorado.  We are still analyzing the results, but we can tell you this now:  we have some amazing EVP’s (electronic voice phenomena)!

Stay with us for our more detailed analysis, including the EVP’s, video, and photos when we’re done.  We can also tell you this at this point:  its haunted.

To give you some background in advance, here’s an article from a TV news station when they covered the story just before Halloween last year…

http://www.koaa.com/news/are-there-ghosts-in-pueblo-s-fire-museum-/#

 

 

 

 

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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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How Can We Get Rid of Ghosts?

10 Oct

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Getting rid of ghosts sounds like pest control. A better question might be should we get rid of ghosts? One answer is no…ill-conceived or incompetent attempts to do so might only enhance the unwanted activity. Another more important no is that ghosts may exist at a site in order to protect a surviving family member from danger, or perhaps to correct an unrighted wrong.

One of the mistakes some investigators make is the misidentification of a ghost, or a misunderstanding of why they are there. If a ghost seeks to find out why they were a victim of foul play, or to protect a mortal from the same fate, who are we to argue with their reason for existence?

Other investigators work from a religious point of view, and feel it is their spiritual duty to get the ghost to move “into the light.” My opinion is that its a bit presumptuous to think that a ghost is merely “stuck” in its present position, and with the right “push” will happily move on to the next level. As investigators, I do not think we should be in the business of saving souls. We should leave that to the clergy or others who specialize in the treatment of the human spirit. They can be and often are called in to help clear more serious situations. On the other hand, it is our duty to research and identify the people who lived at the site and the circumstances of their passing. Often the revelation of those facts is enough to get the ghosts to move on all by themselves.

There are some justifications for encouraging a ghost to pack it up. The most significant one is when the ghost is exhibiting malevolent behavior, or is actually causing harm to someone else. Yes, evil ghosts can arise from evil people. Then the offending party has to be removed by any means necessary.

Another less serious circumstance is when a home owner is trying to sell, and wants to do it without ghosts included. Another may be where the living occupants are tired of hearing phantom footsteps in the hallway every night, and need some sleep!

Get rid of the ghosts? Maybe. Some recommend that we tell the ghost in a loud and clear voice: Go Away! We don’t want you here. That may work. But sometimes what is really needed is communication between the living and their counterparts. Then no one has to force anybody into anything.


RELATED LINK: Paranormal Investigation: Are Ghosts Draining Your Energy?

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Is Your Place Haunted?

9 Oct

There is no better personal ghost detector than what’s between your ears. Your own brain and central nervous system have been designed by thousands of years of evolution to perceive what we call “paranormal.” The problem is that modern civilization has failed to keep certain parts of our brains properly exercised, and now most people don’t even know they are there. With all of our education and sophisticated technology, we have successfully filtered out the things that go bump in the night from registering in our consciousness.

Though some folks are better than others at detecting the presence of ghosts and other paranormal phenomena, it is an aptitude that can be developed and refined. That being said, most don’t have the time or the inclination to do that, so they have to rely on others. But before you call us or any other ghost hunting team when things get strange, there are a few things you can do and ask to help determine if your place is indeed haunted…

Symptoms: unexplained sounds, like knocking, footsteps or voices; unexplained sights, like people who wander through a building seemingly unaware of the real people around them; unknown smells, like cigar smoke, perfume. or certain cooking smells that appear to have no origin; bad or disorienting feelings that have no reason; cold areas in rooms that should not be there; items falling off shelves; hearing your name called when there is no one present; shadows that seem to move on their own with no cause; electrical fixtures that malfunction or turn on/off with no apparent operator; new batteries in devices that suddenly drain; waking up with visions of strangers in your room; personal items missing and turning up in a different place, etc.

Some Natural Explanations

  1. Is your building old, say over 100 years? Old buildings may emit strange sounds due to settling, or in the winter when old heating systems are turned on. Uneven flooring can cause items to fall off shelves, and nearby highway or flight path vibrations can have the same result.
  2. Is there a natural or man-made power source nearby, other than the usual connections to utilities? For example, is your place near a flowing creek or moving underground water? Is it near high-tension power lines or unshielded electrical conduits? Any source of a strong electromagnetic field can make people or pets feel or behave strangely.
  3. What about your local geology? Any seismic or volcanic activity? Any known concentrations of mineral deposits or certain underground strata like limestone?
  4. Are there nearby military or private research facilities that could be the cause of strange sights, smells, or sounds?
  5. Are there any family members, friends, or strangers who may be playing tricks for various reasons?

Of course there are other reasons and causes of strange happenings in buildings (or even around outside sites, like cemeteries and forests). But when you’ve eliminated the natural explanations and the symptoms persist, what’s left may be supernatural…

Some Supernatural Explanations

  1. Same question as #1, above: is your building or outside event site really old? While there’s nothing about “old” itself that contributes to genuine hauntings, its just statistically true that the older a place is and the more people had lived, worked, or played there, the more likely it is that some event had happened that resulted in a haunting.
  2. Is the site on, over, or nearby a cemetery or other burial site? Some believe that the simple proximity to such places can open the door to supernatural entities. Funeral homes, morgues, or old hospitals or clinics have been known to produce similar effects.
  3. Has anyone, friend, family member, or total stranger, recently died on the premises? Has anyone died there in the history of the building or site? Ghosts may originate from sudden, violent, or unexpected deaths. The deceased then linger in the place they died.
  4. Has the event site ever been a source of continuing conflict? Some buildings absorb the negative vibrations of any kind of violence or abuse, including fights, arguments, or other negative but unresolved human interactions.
  5. Is the place the site of a story about sudden death, violence or an unrighted wrong? Did anything really happen there as depicted by a very sad story about unfortunate things happening to good people?

In determining whether your property is experiencing paranormal activity, first rely on your own instincts. Try and eliminate the obvious natural explanations. If what you’re left with just can’t be explained and the phenomena persists, contact us!

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How NOT to Buy a Haunted House

9 Oct

Worried About Buying a haunted home?

Haunted houses have been the source of many a scary story, and the practice of real estate has not been immune to them. Ask any real estate broker who has been in the business long enough if he/she has ever had a strange experience in one of the homes they were showing or selling. Whether a believer or not, many would admit that they did.

Consider the broker who is selling a home in a nasty divorce situation.  Sometimes one can just sense the acrimony, even though it may now be vacant. There is a spectrum of energy left in homes, ranging from just a little bit to downright humongous! Consider a home where there was a murder, a suicide, or some other kind of violent energetic episode, and you may be considering a haunted house!

How do you as a buyer of real estate know whether a house is afflicted with negative energy? Your own perceptions are the first to be acknowledged; if you just don’t feel good there, perhaps it is best to move on. But if you are persistent, and you think the home is just “too good of a deal”, some remedial action is possible. Hiring a feng shui consultant or a house healer may be in order. In more extreme cases, a priest or minister can be asked to bless the house, or a psychic can be called in for a session. If you’re more inclined to the high tech approach, bring in your local ghosthunters with all the latest equipment. We won’t talk about exorcisms, the most extreme solution.

What if a broker thinks that a home for sale is haunted? Does she have a duty to tell the buyer? Colorado real estate law does speak to this issue: under Section 38-35.5-101 of the CRS Statutes:

Nondisclosure of Information Psychologically Impacting Real Property

We note in Paragraph 2:

No cause of action shall arise against a real estate broker for failing to disclose such circumstance occurring on the property which might psychologically impact or stigmatize such property.

In other words, Colorado law makers didn’t want brokers to be able to inadvertently stigmatize a property by saying it was the scene of emotionally violent acts like murder or suicide, let alone haunted (see Related Story for a different state’s interpretation).

On the other hand, you as a buyer would certainly want to know this before you inherit some things in the house you may not want. What if a property has a well known reputation of possibly being haunted, like Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs? When it was recently on the market, the listing broker made no bones about disclosing the “haunting.” But since it was purchased there has been no further news. If it were to come up for sale again, would I as a broker disclose that possibility to an uninformed buyer (Better to Disclose)? Probably. It would be hard to stigmatize a property that already has such a well-established reputation.

But what if that property in Colorado* did not have such a reputation, and you were shown it as a buyer? What if you sensed something wrong? Even if you were convinced it was haunted, and the broker showing it agreed, the next time he showed it to a different buyer he would not be required to disclose his opinion.

Haunted Houses are part of the real estate market and part of our modern culture, regardless of what you may or may not believe. Whether you’re buying or selling, it dosen’t have to be Halloween to sleep well in a haunted house!

Paul Hill

*Each state has its own law regarding disclosure of paranormal properties. Consult your local broker or department of real estate for details.

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Do Ghosts Really Exist?

9 Oct

Do ghosts really exist? Yes, and not just during the Halloween season.

Halloween, based loosely on the Christian All Souls Day (also called All Saints Day), celebrates the souls of our departed brethren. Though experienced differently in different cultures, the idea is essentially the same. But the Halloween we know today has been considerably secularized, and has transformed into a popular holiday for kids who know it’s time for Trick or Treating.

It is in fact a day that even adults look forward to, happily decorating their front yards with orange lights strung on porches and bed sheet ghosts hung on trees. But this story isn’t about Halloween that comes only once a year. That day is in some respects just an excuse for the more thoughtful among us to dwell on those supernatural things most of us don’t think about the rest of the year.

Or do you?

Every October, we allow ourselves and our kids to think of those scary manifestations of the dead: GHOSTS!  Ghosts are usually associated with houses, but could be in factories, government buildings, restaurants, theaters, hotels, or other commercial establishments. In most cases they “appear” to be the former living occupants, owners, employees, or customers. When ghosts are perceived by the living, and a building gains a certain reputation as home to those earthbound spirits, we call it haunted. . .

So how do haunted houses come into being? Here are some theories:

The most popular explanation is that ghosts are the departed souls of people who left this life rather abruptly, and still don’t understand that they are “dead”. Others believe that ghosts are those who have left some important thing undone in their life, or have suffered some great injustice, and are sticking around to either do that chore or correct that injustice.

My favorite theory revolves around energy dynamics. If you remember some high school physics, you may have learned about the conservation of energy, i.e., energy cannot be destroyed, only converted to some other form. People are bundles of energy, and the Great Question has always been, what happens to human energy when a person dies?

If that energy truly does not die with the human form, and is converted to something else, what is that something other than just cellular decay? Regardless of personal religious beliefs which purport to explain what happens, the fact is those who believe in ghosts believe that in some cases, all or part of that energy remains right here on earth, albeit in a different form.

The energy present in people’s homes is a result of all the energetic things within it: people, plants, pets, etc. Practitioners of feng shui believe in the positive and negative flow of such energies, and their substantial effect on the occupants within. Healers believe that ailing people, pets, and places can actually be “healed” by the conscious direction of positive energy.

So to ask why ghosts tend to hang around properties, we might hypothesize that the people who live in homes eventually imprint the structure with their energies (if they have lived there long enough). Have you ever walked into someone’s house and immediately felt really good about the people and objects within it?

Believers would say the occupants’ positive energies are part of the house. On the other hand, have you ever been in a place where you just felt bad for some unexplainable reason, regardless of what was going on or what conversations were taking place? These energies can be very positive or very negative. It depends on who lives (or lived) in the house, and what they did. For example, husbands and wives who might have argued incessantly while in their home could have imparted these “bad vibes” to the house itself.
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Consider a home where there was a murder, a suicide,or some other kind of violent energetic episode, and you may be considering a haunted house!

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Such hauntings are not always the result of violence or ill will. They can also stem from the friendly soul who perhaps needs to send a message to the living, right a wrong, or finally realize that he or she has passed on (they don’t always know it).  May all of your Halloween ghosts be friendly!

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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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