THE BAD NEWS: Thousands Remain Nameless!

When will we know the names of the Dead?

The Inmates of Willard 1870 to 1900 / A Genealogy Resource

The New York State Office of Mental Health put on a fabulous “show” at the Willard State Hospital Cemetery on Saturday, May 16, 2015, by allowing ONE man, Lawrence Mocha, an inmate and hospital grave digger, who died 47 years ago, to be remembered with a beautiful ceremony that included a plaque displaying HIS NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, DATE OF DEATH, AND LOCATION OF GRAVE! OH MY GOD! IS HELL FREEZING OVER?

Plaque Honoring Lawrence Mocha Plaque Honoring Lawrence Mocha

Mr. Mocha was ONE OUT OF 5,776 buried at this cemetery. This wonderful ceremony came to fruition by the tireless work of Colleen Spellecy, founder of the Willard Cemetery Memorial Project. The only reason that the OMH let this ceremony take place was because they were humiliated by an article published in The New York Times by journalist, Dan Barry. Why wasn’t Mr. Barry fined $10,000 by the OMH as they…

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Quality Courses in Parapsychology

Excellent advice on education in the field of Parapsychology.

Parapsychology

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center

Irwin Education in ParapsychologyWhile parapsychology is an underdeveloped academic field, many of us involved in it have been concerned for years about the lack of proper training and education in the field (for my distinctions between training and education click here). Recent discussions of the problems with this enterprise and the need to improve and expand it have been presented by Harvey J. Irwin  in his monograph Education in Parapsychology  and by Nancy L. Zingrone in her video “Education in Parapsychology: Context, Problems, Needs” (see also one of my blogs).

Zingrone Education in Parapsychology

While there are lists presenting places where courses (click here  and here) and some general thoughtful advice can be found, my interest here is to offer some practical advice regarding choosing courses.

Unfortunately the Web is full of courses that seem to be of low quality and that…

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Apparitions, Hauntings & and Poltergeists !

Port City Paranormal will be a featured speaker Friday July 25th, when the Rhine Research Center presents ” Three Views on Investigative Techniques”
Steadman Auditorium, on the Duke Center for Living Campus

3475 Erwin Road, Durham Nc 27705

For details go to Events at http://www.rhine.org.

Join us in Durham, or Live online for this interesting discussion !

Port City Paranormal Ghosts- Why do Spirits Stay?

Spirit pix    We all have different plans and goals for our lives, and it is widely thought that if these plans are not achieved, we might end up being a ghost!

   There are several theories that suggest why this happens .

At the moment of death, it is believed we are offered a choice:  We can except death and move on to the next thing, or linger here on earth in spirit .  This “either/or” statement ignores the fact that for some, there may be no choice.

There are many beliefs, but what follows death remains unknown.

As individuals our choices can be limited by religious dogma, cultural, and family beliefs.  We may grow to  learn alternative views, and embrace or reject the ideas of Heaven, Hell, Reincarnation, or soul travel etc..   There are those who believe there is no afterlife at all, that consciousness ends when we take our last breath.  For others,the afterlife is a place of punishment where we pay for the sins of the living.  Often ,the fear of death and the unknown that follows is so great, they choose to remain forever earth bound.

Many souls are shocked by the moment of death. They deny their death, and are convinced they still live out their lives regardless of the passage of time or changes in the environment.  Perhaps this explains the  activity that occurs during renovations.

I believe there are those who have become lost or confused or possibly unaware of their own death, due to  prolonged physical or mental illness. In these cases, only gentle intervention should be used.

The last possibility, is  tortured souls that have  become stuck in the moment of a horrific event, doomed to relive the event, maybe  in hopes they may someday be rescued and released. Traumatic experiences seem to block all other conscious thoughts

We must be vigilant in our research, and examine every detail of a haunting . Identification of the spirit and why they remain, and their beliefs must be established before offering any solution.

We often ask , “Why do you stay?”  The answers have been different with each case.  We have recorded  EVP indicating a spirit was confused in life and possibly unaware of their own death, and a  few  alluded to spirits being held by force to a site (by whom or what we could not confirm) It seems very  possible that due to our beliefs,  we can become are own jailers.

Some cases have produced  EVP evidence where spirits preferred to stay.  They express an awareness of the passage of time, and come and go as they please, returning to observe the living. These special spirits prefer to stay in a familiar place and do not appear unhappy. They stay out a sense of duty  and to watch over the living who pass through.

.PCP/jca 2014

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Port City Paranormal Investigation Tips

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 Paranormal teams complain that they can not get to investigate important sites, because many  haunted  areas are closed to investigators.   Why has this happened?  Trespassing!

    Here’s a great piece of advice when investigating: ALWAYS get written permission from the owner to be on the property at that specific date and time (including a list of investigators.) Without proper authorization, you can be arrested for criminal trespassing. If there is a gate, or even a simple chain baring your path and you enter without written permission, you will also be charged with Breaking & Entering. Take one stone from the site and you stand to be arrested for property theft as well.

No matter what someone says, research the property and contact the owner. Your reputation is at stake!  Get all permissions in writing, and  remember, all properties require permission.

Some would argue that graveyards are public property, they are not. Although they are open to the public daily, after hours these sites are secured. Many of the properties are state-owned, in escrow or belong to a church or religious groups. If you believe a site is truly abandoned, go to local courthouse and search records to confirm the fact. Property that is overgrown or in disrepair does NOT mean it has been abandoned. So when the law stops your group you better have your permission documented. Only an owner or specified caretaker can give permission for access.

Areas around Wilmington that are strictly off-limits include the Maco area, the so-called “meat packing plant” (very dangerous and a known toxic dump), Ft Fisher, Ft Macon and all state/ federally owned property. You can always contact owners and request permission, offer a donation etc. But do not get the reputation as a trespasser.

Would you allow a criminal into your home?

Check a few “paranormal” websites, many boast team pictures in a grave yard. These teams immediately become suspect and should be avoided as they apparently do not know the law, care to obey it, or respect the property of others.  There are exceptions to this rule, a few may have permission, but that is rare. Pleading ignorance of the law with an arresting officer doesn’t work.

Another problem with the ghost hunting fad includes those who demand money for a service that is basically an unproven science.  Teams have been known to coerce “donations” in the form of travel expensed, equipment needs etc.  I ran into a team on the net who charge $200 for a local visit and $1800 for out-of-town.  Many teams charge for the removal of “possessed objects”, home blessings/ cleansing or the capture and removal of demons!  I noted one “meetup group” that performs exorcism for a fee!

Too many groups misrepresent their experience, knowledge and training, which is clearly fraudulent. Self-proclaimed “experts”, dermatologists, fake psychics, teams who offer worthless certifications, the greedy and the thrill seekers continue to make the research more difficult and contribute to the closing of many sites.

Investigation and research into the unexplained is a calling, unfortunately to many it is just a game or a thrill. Too many times these so-called ghost chasers enter a home, find all sorts of evil “ghosts”, “demons”, get no proof and generally scare the pants off of the poor folks who trusted and looked to them for help.  Because they are poorly trained, what had been benevolent haunting can explode into more violent activity. The thrill seekers leave and go home, the clients are left to stay in the terror that team created.

How can we protect the public from fraud and exploitation?    Simple: Education!. Port City Paranormal

   Here’s a great piece of advice when investigating: ALWAYS get written permission from the owner to be on the property at that specific date and time (including a list of investigators.) Without proper authorization, you can be arrested for criminal trespassing. If there is a gate, or even a simple chain baring your path and you enter without written permission, you will also be charged with Breaking & Entering. Take one stone from the site and you stand to be arrested for property theft as well.

  No matter what someone says, research the property and contact the owner. Your reputation is at stake!  Get all permissions in writing, and all properties require permission.

  Some would argue that graveyards are public property, they are not. Although they are open to the public daily, after hours these sites are secured. Many of the properties are state-owned, in escrow or belong to a church or religious groups. If you believe a site is truly abandoned, go to local courthouse and search records to confirm the fact. Property that is overgrown or in disrepair does NOT mean it has been abandoned. So when the law stops your group you better have your permission documented. Only an owner or specified caretaker can give permission for access.

  Areas around Wilmington that are strictly off-limits include the Maco area, the  “meat packing plant” (very dangerous and a known toxic dump), Ft Fisher, Ft Macon and all state/ federally owned property. You can always contact owners and request permission, offer a donation etc. But do not get the reputation as a trespasser.

Would you allow a criminal into your home?

  Check a few “paranormal” websites, many boast team pictures in a grave yard. These teams immediately become suspect and should be avoided as they apparently do not know the law, care to obey it, or respect the property of others.  There are exceptions to this rule, a few may have permission. Pleading ignorance of the law with an arresting officer doesn’t work.

  Another problem with the ghost hunting fad includes those who demand money for a service that is basically an unproven science.  Teams have been known to coerce “donations” in the form of travel expensed, equipment needs etc.  I ran into a team on the net who charge $200 for a local visit and $1800 for out-of-town.  Many teams charge for the removal of “possessed objects”, home blessings/ cleansing or the capture and removal of demons!  I noted one “meetup group” that performs exorcism for a fee!

Too many groups misrepresent their experience, knowledge and training, which is clearly fraudulent. Self-proclaimed “experts”, demonologists, fake psychics, teams who offer worthless certifications, the greedy and the thrill seekers continue to make the research more difficult and contribute to the closing of many sites.

Investigation and research into the unexplained is a calling, unfortunately to many it is just a game or a thrill. Too many times these so-called ghost chasers enter a home, find all sorts of “evil spirits”, “ghosts”,and  “demons”. There is no  proof  of their “findings” and  this generally scare the pants off of the poor folks who trusted and looked to them for help.  These fabricated ghosts now must be banished which adds more to their fee . Because these groups  are poorly trained; what had been benevolent haunting can explode into more violent activity. The thrill seekers leave and go home, the clients are left to stay in the terror the so-called team has created.

 How can we protect the public from fraud and exploitation?    Simple: Education!.   To this end,Port City Paranormal is promoting “Investigate the Investigator” A program that informs the public to the dangers of having strangers investigate your home. Who are the investigators, have they done this before ?  Check their references !

It is our duty to teach the public what to look for and what to expect from a paranormal “team” in this field without certifications, or licensing. We are also bound by ethics to” first do no harm”.

It is our duty to teach the public what to look for and what to expect from a paranormal “team” in this field without certifications, or licensing. We are also bound by ethics to” first do no harm”.