Monday, July 25, 2016

SOS Ghosts of the Antietam Battlefield

The Battle of Antietam took place on September 17, 1862.  It was the first major battle of the American Civil War that took place on Union soil.

It is also the bloodiest single day battle in American history, with a combined total of 22,717 dead, wounded, or unaccounted for.

The battlefield is a haunting reminder of the tragedy of war and the bloody conflict that raged on American soil when brother fought against brother.

And there are other haunting aspects of this sacred soil.  Numerous people report strange experiences on the battlefield.  Whispered voices, phantom gunshots, the boom of cannon fire and ghostly apparitions of soldiers from another time.

Phantom drumming has been frequently reported on the battlefield and strange light anomalies have been seen by many witnesses over the years.

Bloody Lane, the site of some of the most intense fighting during the battle, is a hotspot of activity and is perhaps the most intense area of the battlefield overall.  An observation tower lies at the end of the lane and offers a wide view of the site.  From the tower, witnesses have seen strange things on the field including what they thought were civil war re-enactors who were there one moment, and gone the next.

The Union's famous Irish Brigade fought at Antietam and attacked the Confederate line at Bloody Lane.  The Brigade lost over half of it's 1000 men during the assault.  The intensity of this area has lead to many reports, including phantom voices shouting "Faugh-a-Balaugh," (clear the way), the Irish Brigade's Gaelic battle cry.

There's no doubt that the intensity of the battle, the suffering, and the resulting trauma unloaded a massive amount of energy and poured it into the land.  This is a place that is forever scarred by what happened here and the residual energy alone likely accounts for many of the reports of haunted activity.

The Society of the Supernatural had a chance to conduct a rare, daytime investigation on an area of the battlefield.  Check out the video below for a glimpse of what we captured.


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Friday, July 22, 2016

SOS at the Silver Queen

Back at the end of May, Society of the Supernatural was in Virginia City, Nevada for a number of investigations.

Spending time in Virginia City is like stepping back into the old west.  There's history around every corner and the whole town seems to be filled with specters.  Many locals talk freely about the abundance of ghostly activity.

Dave Spinks and I had a few nights at the haunted Silver Queen Hotel in the heart of the city.  Here's one of the videos of our investigation of this amazing location:

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

July BEK Update

The monthly BEK updates have been very popular, so as long as there are relevant stories, I'll continue these regular posts.

This month's collection of links on the creepy black eyed beings that are continually reported around the world kicks off with an article from Coast to Coast AM highlighting Listsverse and its run down of ten unsettling encounters with black eyed kids.  Included is one of my cases from the 1950s:

Next up, an account of a black eyed shapeshifter in Nebraska.  The account describes a man around 18 or 19 years old dressed like a typical "goth" who stopped the witness on a city street and asked for money.
The account turns even more bizarre as the witness claims the man's form shifted as he was in the midst of a strange discussion with him.
I'm posting this one with the disclaimer, I personally doubt it's authenticity, but, read it for yourself and make of it what you will:

Finally, another recent report making the rounds on the internet.  As usual, the creepy little dark eyed thing is trying to get inside, this time with the excuse of wanting to use the telephone.  This is actually a common request in black eyed children reports and is one of those oddities where the kids seem out of synch with modern times.  In this day and age, there are few people who don't have cell phones, kids included, and fewer and fewer homes have landlines anymore.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

X Zone Radio

Just made an appearance on the X Zone Radio Show with host Rob McConnell.  This was a Society of the Supernatural special with Dave Spinks appearing from 12-1 and I was featured from 1-2.  Rob is a great host and has been doing his show for years.  If you missed the live broadcast, check out the show's archives at the site below. 

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Strange Healing of Sergei Kapustin

On a warm June day in Russia in 2003, seven year old Sergei Kapustin went out for a walk.  His mother, Svetlana, instructed him not to be long or to go far.

He didn't return.  His mother raced to the local police and reported her missing son. 
A search was launched for the boy, but it was made difficult by the fact that Sergei was unable to speak and his hearing was gravely impaired.  Sergei also suffered from a very serious form of epilepsy.  The condition was so severe, that the boy needed medication each day.  Doctors had given Sergei's parents a stern warning that failure to take the medicine could well result in seizures that would cause Sergei's death.

Despite extensive searches, no sign of the boy was found.  There was no evidence of a crime and no one in the area had seen him.  His disappearance was a complete mystery.

Two years later, in May 2005, a city assistant noticed a boy loitering outside the building and called on the local police to investigate.  When authorities arrived, they noticed a resemblance to the child that had gone missing two years before.  Police took the boy to a local hospital for examination and doctors stated that he was in good health.

Sergei's parents were notified and they rushed to the hospital to see if their child had indeed surfaced after vanishing for so long.  The boy recognized the pair and immediately leapt into his father's arms.  His mother admitted that she felt a bit confused when she first saw him.  Despite the boy's reaction, the couple felt that something was wrong.

Just like their son Sergei, this boy had a distinguishing birthmark on his chest.  He also had a scar above his right eye just as Sergei had.  But, his mother noted, the shape of the boy's head was different than her son's.

Doctors informed the couple that their boy was in good health in general, but that there was a horrible scar on his back.  It was unclear what had caused the scar.  Svetlana was shocked at the site of it.

"Our Sergei did not have anything like that, someone must have mistreated him."

Doctors added that Sergei was indeed still deaf and mute, but, they added, there was no sign of epilepsy.  Somehow, the boy had been cured of the condition.

The couple took the boy home and resumed their daily life.  Svetlana noted in an interview that Sergei had developed a fascination with trains:

"Sergei has a thing about trains, he gets very excited every time he sees one.  We have to watch him when he's outside because he has tried to run away."

For her part, Svetlana has speculated that the boy was abducted by criminals who made him beg for money.  She can not however, explain his miraculous cure.

Some people in the village of Yessentuki where the incident occurred have their own opinion.  They believe that the boy was abducted, and cured, by aliens.

They point to sightings of strange, multi-colored lights that shimmered in the night sky and illuminated the town on the very day that Sergei vanished.

One of the family's neighbors stated that he believed the boy was carried to another world for study and that extraterrestrials cured the brain disorder before returning him to his home town.

To date, there is no record of the boy ever discussing his experience during the missing two years.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Strange Sounds From the Sky: 1572

In recent years, there have been countless stories of strange sounds coming from the skies. 

Reports vary, with some people reporting a noise like great trumpets, others say there hear weird moaning noises, or something akin to massive machinery.  There are no visible manifestations to indicate what may be causing these strange sounds but most people report that the experience is unnerving.

Those who hold to a biblical perspective interpret these sounds as another sign of the end times, the very sounds of heavenly battles, trumpets of the angles, or approaching forces of light, or darkness, or perhaps both.

Indeed, some people find the sounds so terrifying that they believe some evil force is pushing its way onto the planet. 

The sounds have been called omens and portents of greater disasters to come and despite the countless accounts, no reasonable explanation has been found to explain the occurrences.

But is this in fact a new phenomena, or has this occurred before?
Digging through some historical records, it becomes clear that such things do have roots in the past. 

Take for instance a case from 1572, reported by none other than the Lieutenant-Governor of Paris.  The Marquis Cristobal Juvenal filed his dramatic report after a night spent at the Louvre.  In his own words:

"The 31st of August, 1572, some six or eight days after the assassinations, so called, of St. Bartholomew, I had supped at the Louvre with Mme. Fiesque.  It being considerably warm weather, we went to a little balcony by the river to get the fresh breeze, when suddenly we heard in the air  a horrible screaming, tumultuous voices, mingling cries of rage and fury.  We were immovable, fixed to the spot in terror, and gazing at each other speechless.  This noise, I believe, continued for nearly half an hour.  It is certain that the king, (Charles IX) heard it and was dismayed.  He could not sleep the rest of the night.  Two hours after he retired he leaped from his bed in affright, summoned his household and sent them to listen and seek out the great noise and the groans that filled the air.  These cries were so distant that the king thought it possible the enemies of the Montmorencies and their partisans had surprised and were attacking them, and he sent a detachment of his guards to repulse them but they returned with the report that Paris was tranquil and that the noise proceeded from the air."

The mention of the "assassinations...of St. Bartholomew" is a reference to what has come to be known as the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre.  The massacre was a period when the king of France ordered the deaths of tens of thousands of Huguenots.  At least three thousand were killed in Paris alone, and an estimated seventy thousand across all of France.  The massacre reignited religious civil war in France.

Were the strange sounds heard in the skies a residual energy from the massacre, or something else, an omen perhaps of the coming days of strife?

Another historical puzzle to consider as we try to decipher the meaning behind the modern phenomena of sky sounds.

Friday, July 8, 2016

The Ectoplasm Show

Had a great time recording for the Ectoplasm show this week with host Josh Heard.  Check it out at the link below, we hit a lot of topics and the hour went by fast!