The Prodigal Witch Part VII: Bill Schnoebelen

space So far, most of the ex-witches and former Satanists in this series have either faded into obscurity or died. This is not the case with Bill Schnoebelen. He was one of the very first "Ex-Men" to dominate the Christian conspiracy lecture circuit, beginning in 1984, and he is still with us. He might be... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch Part V: Irene Park, Another Witch Who Switched

The late Irene Park is unique among the Christian converts in this series because she claimed to have been a witch for four decades, over twice as long as Doreen Irvine, before becoming a Christian minister. Her story is nearly identical to Irvine's in most key aspects, but it is far more bizarre and disturbing.... 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 →

5 Unconvincing Paranormal Cases

Several months ago, a guy named Ian Tindell posted 5 Convincing 'Real' Paranormal Cases that "will give the average skeptic...food for thought" at Ranker.com. He's right. There is food for thought, and "real" does belong in quotation marks. Let's review: 1. The "exorcism" of Annelise Michel. This was the case that inspired the mediocre horror... Continue Reading →

Psychic Detectives

Part I: Intro/Gerard Croiset and Peter HurkosPart II: Dorothy Allison and Noreen RenierPart III: Sylvia Browne, Psychic ClownPart IV: Other "Notables" (including Allison DuBois)Addendum: Uri Geller

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 →

Ghostbusters Part IV: Ed and Lorraine Warrens’ Other Notable Cases

Dolls, wolves, and perverts. Oh my. At long last, this is the final post of the psychic detectives/ghostbusters series (you can read the other posts by clicking on Psychic Detectives or Ghostbusters in the sidebar menu). Enjoy! The Smurl Haunting The following information comes primarily from The Haunted, a 1988 book written by Scrantonian Herald... Continue Reading →

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