The Power of Belief: A History of Spiritualism (Part I)

  How Two Young Girls Started a New Religion Without Even Trying Spiritualism was an accident, and it was an accident of humble and disturbing origin. It began in a rented two-story cottage in rural Hydesville, New York, in the spring of 1848. The Fox family had just moved to the area in December of... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: Ghost Sex, Celebrity Hauntings, and a Convenient Demon

This week, I'm going to labor the point that today's celebrities just can't seem to come up with anything original - even in the supernatural realm. In 2011, Lady Gaga reportedly believed she was being followed around by the ghost of a dude named Ryan. A few months later, she told Harper's Bazaar that the late... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

In 2004, a creepy ghost video surfaced online. It had been taken with a VHS camcorder in the Smith Building, a former office located at Schatzell and Mesquite streets in downtown Corpus Christi, Texas, by a 20-year-old painter who was part of a renovation crew (the building is now called Retama Vista Apartments). Shot in... Continue Reading →

The Girl in the Fire

On the night of November 19, 1995, a fire broke out at the Town Hall in the village of Wem, not far from Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The building was engulfed in flame when a local man named Tony O'Rahilly stood across the road and snapped a photo of the front entrance, capturing what is inarguably one... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

After my first encounter with "Satanic Nephilim hybrids", I didn't think I'd be running into any more fusions of alien abduction lore and Satanic ritual abuse (SRA) narratives. So far as I know, alien abductees rarely recover memories of human abuse under hypnosis (David Icke's Reptilian/Illuminati survivors would be an exception), and ritual abuse advocates... Continue Reading →

Ghostbusters

Ed and Lorraine WarrenPart I Introduction to the Warrens/AmityvillePart II: The Arne Johnson Murder CasePart III: The Haunting in ConnecticutPart IV: Dolls, Werewolves, and Perverts/The Next Generation

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

There are lots of good reasons to object to "ghostbusting". It's often practiced by self-proclaimed experts with ulterior motives, and it's a complete waste of time and money and effort. But is it dangerous? The folks behind the Dangers of The Paranormal Project think so. They point out that marketing ghostbusting TV shows, outings, and... Continue Reading →

Demons prefer air freshener

I mentioned Paranormal State in my last post on "ghostbusters" Ed and Lorraine Warren. At that time I thought the show had plumbed the depths of duuuhhhh, but that was before I watched the episode rebroadcast tonight. A middle-aged, menopausal woman was experiencing poltergeist activity in her house, and Lorraine Warren declared that hormonal changes... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

I just learned that Jay Smith, one of two men convicted for the brutal 1979 murder of Pennsylvania teacher Susan Reinert and her two children, died in May. His conviction was overturned in 1992. If you're not familiar with the "Main Line Murders", there's a fairly good synopsis at truTV's Crime Library. Be warned that... Continue Reading →

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