Sunday, October 23, 2016

SOS at Haunted Sweet Springs

Sweet Springs in West Virginia was used for many different things during its time.  From a resort for those wanting to partake in the nearby healing waters, to a rest home, activity was constant on the site from 1760 until the 1980's when the building was closed down to the public.

Society of the Supernatural recently spent some time at the location, the first team to investigate the site, and we had some wild experiences.

New owners recently verified that Thomas Jefferson himself designed the place and the main building contains a "Jefferson mirror" and a "Jefferson fireplace and front entryway."

Check out some of night two of our time at this historic site:

Saturday, October 22, 2016

SOS Haunting of Sweet Springs

Society of the Supernatural was honored to be the first team to investigate the historic Sweet Springs location in West Virginia.

The first buildings on the site date back to 1760 and originally, thousands of acres were part of the land, deeded to Lewis by England's King George.

Here's some footage from the first night of our investigation on the site.  The location was abandoned and closed up for many years but recent renovations may have stirred up activity.  It was a wild ride from the start! Check out night one below:

Friday, October 21, 2016

Hostage to the Devil

Malachi Martin was born in Ireland in 1921. He was ordained a Catholic priest and over the course of his long career, he became a well known writer, theologian and exorcist. He left Ireland and moved to New York City in 1964 and later became and American citizen.

One of his most significant books was the 1976 release "Hostage to the Devil," which dealt with demonic possession and exorcisms. Martin was involved with numerous paranormal cases and worked closely with John Zaffis and others in the field when they needed a priest trained in the Catholic rites of exorcism.

Martin died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1999. Some say there were strange circumstances around his death. He is buried in New York.

People continue to discover his work and over the past five years, director Martin Stalker has been hard at work on a production titled "Hostage to the Devil," after Malachi's famous book. Information from press releases include these details:

"...a film which examines age-old questions about the existence of the Devil and the debate over good verses evil, all through the life of a controversial, Irish-born Jesuit priest, Fr. Malachi Martin.

Using first person-interviews with paranormal royalty such as Lorraine Warren, Ralph Sarchie and John Zaffis, along with dramatic reconstructions, archival evidence, and words straight from Martin, this spine-chilling documentary takes the audience on a journey through an extraordinary life marked by battles against the Vatican, scandal, contention, and most of all, a deep and all-encompassing belief in the theory and practice of exorcism.

The film explains in graphic detail the process and outcomes of such an ordeal, including the horrifying case study of a four year old girl whom Fr. Martin assessed as requiring an exorcism. This was to be the last case he was involved in before he died under mysterious circumstances."

The director, Stalker, gave us a brief insight on his approach to the film in the following comments:

"I initially had feelings of disbelief that nothing had been made about this incredible and mysterious man before. This was what influenced my decision to get involved and to tell his story. I feel the film industry has been saturated with misconceptions on exorcism and diabolical possession. So it was important that this documentary addressed the realism of this subject matter through the knowledge of one man, through the personal experiences of others, and through using science and the Catholic Church as critical and theological anchors in the film."

Check out a trailer for the film here:

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Patty Footage 49 Years Ago

October 20, 1967, forty-nine years ago today, two men became legends in the field of cryptozoology when they captured footage of a hairy creature in the woods of northern California.

Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin were on the search for Bigfoot near bluff creek in Humboldt County when they filmed the 16mm footage. The female creature they caught on camera has since become fondly known as "Patty."

Countless books, shows and documentaries have been produced that deal with the film and the events that surround it. It's considered one of the most intriguing pieces of footage and is still a hotly debated clip.

Patterson passed away in 1972, but Gimlin is still alive and well and is a frequent guest at Bigfoot conferences around the country.  So today, let's tip our hats to the two cowboys who gave us such a fascinating piece of the Sasquatch puzzle!

For a clip of the footage, commonly known as the PG Film, that includes analysis by make-up and effects artist Bill Munns, see below:

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Canadian Dogman Encounter

Is there a dogman roaming remote areas of Nova Scotia?

Researcher Albert S Rosales recently posted an interesting report listed as a "Nova Scotia Werewolf" sighting.  The account is from a man named Robert MacLean and occurred in the spring of 2015. The report follows:

Location: Glengarry, Nova Scotia, Canada
Date: March 9, 2015

"Robert MacLean was driving home from a party in town in the morning when a deer ran across the road about 50 yards in front of him.  
"It zipped across the road from the left to the right down over a steep embankment, moving as fast as anything I have ever seen."
Stated Robert.  He later added:
"A second later, a big animal chased after the deer, but just before tumbling into the crevasse, it stood on its back legs and stared into the headlights, its eyes glowing, and then was gone."

This wasn't the only evidence that was found. A local farmer, name withheld, found a dead cow in the field behind his barn, completely eviscerated with huge chunks of meat missing, and large bloody tracks leading off into the woods. It's important to note that Glengarry does not have a large population, mostly scattered houses surrounded by woods. It is an area where only a few people hunt, as hunters constantly complain about a feeling of 'being watched.' A survey of the area around the possible sighting site turned up a few deer tracks and a reddish smear just off the road, down over the bank, but a sample could not be taken due to the steep nature of the area."

Nova Scotia is on the eastern coast of Canada. It's almost completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. The province was originally home to the Mi'kmaq people and the first European settlement was established by French colonist in 1605. Other Europeans followed and of course brought their traditions with them. This may be why there have been some legends of werewolf sightings in the region.

Although the above sighting was brief, combined with other odd factors in the region, it bears more investigation. There have also been a number of Bigfoot sightings in the area so some kind of unusual creature appears to be hiding out in the wild areas of Nova Scotia.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ghost of Lawrence of Arabia

Does the ghost of the legendary Lawrence of Arabia still linger at his old retreat?

Clouds Hill in the Dorset countryside in the UK is a National Trust property.  It's a four room, hillside cottage once used by T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, as a retreat from the public spotlight.  The cottage has long been reputed to be a location of ghostly sightings, possibly of Lawrence himself who died in a motorcycle accident close to the property in 1935.

On July 31st of this year, a man spotted what he now believes was the ghost of Lawrence.  Exploring the site with a couple of friends, the man found himself bored with the small cottage and decided to walk out onto the property and up into the surrounding hills.  On a slope over the site the man looked out over the country towards nearby Bovington Camp where Lawrence had once been stationed.  Suddenly, the man noticed "What appeared to be a human figure in a black robe suddenly stepping out from behind a small sapling."

The witness said the figure's face was concealed by a large hood or covering of some kind.  When one of the man's companions called out to him, he turned for a moment and when he looked back seconds later, the apparition had vanished.

Not being from the UK, the man was unfamiliar with the stories of Lawrence's ghost haunting the site, but when he was later shown photos of the famous figure in Bedouin robes, he confirmed that the profile and outline were the same as what he had witnessed.

For more information on Clouds Hill see:

Monday, October 17, 2016

Strange Death of UFOlogist Max Spiers

"Your boy's in trouble.  If anything happens to me, investigate."

So stated UFOlogist and conspiracy theorist Max Spiers in a text to his mother just days before his strange death in Poland.

Spiers was found dead on a sofa in the apartment of a woman he had only known for a short time.  Officials have ruled that his death was due to "natural causes," but no post-mortem exam was done on the body by Polish authorities.

Spiers' mother, Vanessa Bates, stated that her son had been making a name for himself delving into various government cover-ups.  She says that because of his investigations, he had made some enemies and there were people who were out to get him:

"...I think Max had been digging in some dark places and I fear that somebody wanted him dead."

Spiers' recent work involved digging into the backgrounds of some well known figures in politics, business and entertainment.  His sudden passing has led many other researchers to believe that his death was orchestrated by covert agents out to put a stop to his probes.

At the time of his death, Spiers was only thirty-nine years old.  His mother said her son was not ill and had no physical problems:

"Max was a very fit man who was in good health, and yet, he apparently just died suddenly on a sofa.  All I have is a death certificate from the Polish authorities that it was from natural causes, but no post-mortem was done so how can they tell that?
They are also refusing to release any paperwork about it to me because, absurdly, I don't have his written permission."

Spiers' mother was able to get his remains flown home a week after his death.  She had him buried in his home town of Canterbury.

She was also able to arrange a post-mortem exam by a pathologist in Kent, but more than two months after Max's death, she has still not been given the results.  She believes that her son was poisoned and that there is a reason that the toxicology screens from the post-mortem have not been released. Officials at the North East Kent coroner's office would not confirm anything about the investigation stating only that they were still in the "very early stages" of the inquiry.

Bates told reporters:

"He [Max] has a brother, Josh, and sister, Becky, who are both devastated, as are his two boys.  We all want answers to this and I will continue to fight to get to the truth."

There have been numerous, strange deaths in the field of UFOlogy and conspiracy theorists believe there is an ongoing plot to eliminate researchers who get to close to certain matters or figures in the shadowy world of government programs and UFO secrets.