Travel Channel Will Use Fear to Draw Out Supernatural Entities in Reboot Series “Ghost Bait”

By John Squires

Ghost Bait

Travel Channel has announced today that they’re bringing back the paranormal series “Ghost Bait,“ wherein paranormal pioneer Bob Magill and empathic investigator Tina Storer take on frightening, personal hauntings in America. Using a shocking but effective method of isolation combined with sensory deprivation, the duo helps people overcome their fear of intense paranormal activity.

After conducting their own paranormal investigation, Magill and Storer use their findings to elevate a client’s fear level and then use that terror as bait to draw out the entity and force a confrontation. By facing their worst fears head on, Magill and Storer believe the living can overpower the negative forces around them to reclaim their sense of peace and control.

In the premiere episode, Magill and Storer travel to the historic Brookdale Lodge in Santa Cruz, California, to investigate claims of an evil spirit bullying an employee named Agnes. The paranormal investigators discover the once famed hotel has a dark history filled with mysterious deaths and corruption. Agnes must overcome her deepest fears and challenge the oppressive entity plaguing her in order to continue her livelihood at the hotel. Isolated in the pool room, an area known for frightening activity, Agnes confronts the entity – alone.

In the second episode of the night, Magill and Storer head to Monongahela, Pennsylvania, to investigate claims of paranormal activity terrorizing a young couple in their new home. During a chilling late-night investigation, the duo come face to face with a mysterious presence in the woods and capture a terrifying voice inside the house that repeats the phrase, “in a portal.” As a last resort, homeowners, Jason and Nina, are forced to confront their fear of the evil demon in order to reclaim their house.

“Ghost Bait” premieres on Travel Channel on Thursday, April 4 at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT with 12 half-hour episodes.

Ghost Bait

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Paranormal Conventions 2019: Best UFO and Supernatural Conferences

By Aaron Sagers

Where can you meet likeminded UFO and paranormal enthusiasts from around the world? Check out these conventions.

Paranormal Conferences


At most comic cons, and fan events, one expects to run into people dressed as supernatural entities, extraterrestrials, and mysterious creatures. But at paranormal, cryptozoology, and ufology events, fans are discussing the existence of them – and often gather to actively go looking for them.

And as much as I move about in the world of comic cons, for the past decade or so, I have spent weekends traveling the world to talk as a journalist and researcher about ghosts, demons, curses, aliens, UFO, and monsters. During the day, the world of paracons closely resembles most fan events, and there is quite a bit of cross-pollination between them. There are panels, vendor rooms, and signings by notable authors, television personalities, and occasionally actors from paranormal pop culture. But at night, the activities continue with a skywatch, ’squatch hunt, or ghost hunt in supposedly haunted houses (or asylums, penitentiaries, hospitals, and hotels).

Many paracon attendees skew towards the belief end of the spectrum, but most are an overwhelmingly curious balance of Mulders or later-season Scullys in the “I Want To Believe” or “The Truth is Out There” sense. While there are certainly eccentric characters, they are no more so than the most ardent comic con-goer – which is to say things can get delightfully weird. And though I could tell stories about times I was accused of being a reptilian from another planet, I rarely encounter tinfoil hats or (hardly ever) meet anyone possessed by the spirit of a dead president.

With that in mind, I wanted to offer a breakdown of some of the best paracons out there, worthy of a fantripping adventure. I have not attended all of these, but based my recommendations on reputation, location, or guest list. Whether you’re new to the scene, or the paranormal is an old haunt for you, give these a chance. Enter with an open mind, and an appetite for fun. And if you see me at any, come up and say, “Boo!”



Bayou City Paranormal Symposium

Conroe, Texas

March 9-10, 2019

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Spirits of Hawaii

Strange Escapes: Spirits of Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii

March 14-17, 2019

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Hosted by Amy Bruni and Adam Berry of Travel Channel’s paranormal show Kindred Spirits, this four-day event is unique for its exploration of Hawaiian ghosts. Along with daytime lectures on the paranormal as it relates to Hawaii, the event includes a walking ghost tour of Honolulu, and evening tour/investigation of spiritual locales in Oahu. There is also a ghost hunt of Hawaii’s Plantation Village (as seen on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters), and a farewell luau. Look, I am all for dark and stormy nights in haunted prisons, or asylums, but sign me up any day for a paranormal/tiki mash-up vacay!


Titanic Séance

Titanic Séance: A Night to Remember

Long Beach, California

April 13, 2019

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Combine a historic (and allegedly famously haunted) ocean liner, with a theatrical séance led by an illusionist, and seven-course gourmet meal, and you have “A Night To Remember” upon the RMS Queen Mary. Master Magician and Apparitionist Aiden Sinclair (as seen on America’s Got Talent, and Penn & Teller: Fool Us), casts a striking presence as he utilizes antiques, and artifacts, in a Victorian séance. But is the haunting evening that ensues an illusion or something more … unexplained? This special black-tie affair will be dedicated to the memory of the Titanic, which sank April 15, 1912, and includes cigar rolling, whiskey flights, and a menu inspired by the final first-class meal served aboard the doomed ship. If you miss the event, it is still worthwhile checking out Sinclair’s “Illusions of the Passed” séance on the Queen Mary throughout the year.

Salem Con


Salem Con

Salem, Massachussetts

April 5-6, 2019

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America’s Witch City is an excellent destination most times of the year, but Salem Con makes a visit in April especially alluring with its paranormal programming led by Grant Wilson of Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, and recently the host of the must-watch “What The Fetch?!” channel on YouTube. Joining Wilson is noted religious demonologist John Zaffis, who has been involved in countless tales of hauntings and other terrors that were later adapted into movies (and he is the nephew, and was investigative partner, of Ed and Lorraine Warren, made famous by The Conjuring, and The Amityville Horror). The setting for Salem Con is likewise of interest: The historic, and allegedly haunted, Hawthorne Hotel.

Related: The Best Haunted House Movies and Shows of All Time





Mansfield, Ohio

May 4-5, 2019

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The 133-year-old Ohio State Reformatory is a historic prison with a striking exterior, and haunting interior. A combination of Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque, and Queen Anne styles of architecture, the facility was meant to inspire inmates to rediscover their spiritual sides. Instead, it has come to be known as one of the most haunted locales in America (though it should be noted that ghosts are notoriously reluctant to fill out surveys quantifying this). But I’ve been there numerous times, and it is an amazing location. ParaPsyCon taps into this history with a six-hour ghost hunt in the foreboding prison, as well as offering programming from psychic/medium Chip Coffey, Steve Gonsalves of Ghost Hunters, and Dalen Spratt of Ghost Brothers.

Ohio Bigfoot Conference

Salt Fork, Ohio

May 4, 2019

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UFO Fest

McMinnville, Oregon

May 16-18, 2019

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Paraunity Expo

Woodbridge, New Jersey

May 17-18, 2019

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Contact in the Desert

Indian Wells, California

May 31-June 3, 2019

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The lineup for this UFO and Extraterrestrial Life event looks out of this world (pun very much intended). George Noory of Coast to Coast AM, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos of Ancient Aliens, Ben Hansen of Syfy’s Fact or Faked, Erich von Daniken, author of Chariots of the Gods, and so many more heavy hitters from the E.T. community will gather to talk about crop circles, abductions, forbidden archaeology, and more. There will also be some epic sky watch opportunities at night.

Related: Aliens in America – A History of UFO Storytelling


Alien Con

Alien Con

June 21-23, 2019

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Roswell UFO Festival


Roswell UFO Festival

Roswell, New Mexico

July 5-7, 2019

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Roswell is bucket list destination for anyone remotely interested in UFO, aliens, and government cover-ups. The town is inextricably linked with the 1947 incident involving a crashed “flying disc,” or surveillance balloon, according to some. The so-called UFO Capital of the World has responded by throwing an annual festival complete with alien parades, cosplay, and carnival rides. Along with the light-hearted fun, the UFO Festival includes lectures from Roswell investigators Donald Schmitt, and Thomas Carey, as well as notable figures in the community Stanton Friedman, and Travis Walton (whose UFO abduction story was the inspiration for Fire in the Sky).

Related: How Roswell, New Mexico Gained Its UFO Reputation

Pennhurst Paracon

Pennhurst Paracon

Spring City, Pennsylvania

July 19-21, 2019

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The Pennhurst Paracon features well-known celebrity paranormal investigators you’ll see elsewhere on this list (John Zaffis, Grant Wilson, Steve Gonsalves, etc), but the main attraction is Pennhurst itself, the state school and hospital that operated from 1908-1987. The site is known for its infamous history of abuse, and neglect. Personally, I find it to be one of the saddest supposedly haunted locales I’ve visited. The event includes panels, and presentations, but the investigation opportunities in areas typically tightly controlled makes this event a must. If ghosts exists, it’s likely that they stalk the grounds of this massive compound.


Michigan Paranormal Con

Michigan Paranormal Convention

Sault Ste Marie

Aug. 22-24, 2019

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Celebrating its tenth year in 2019, the Michigan Paranormal Convention has earned a reputation for its top-notch roster of guest speakers from all manner of paranormal fields. This is a veritable who’s who of paranormal celebrities from Ghost Hunters, The Dead Files, Kindred Spirits, Ghost Adventures, Finding Bigfoot, and more. The Michigan Paracon is notable for not placing focus on a ghost hunt, but instead for its presentations, and a social scene where attendees mingle with the speakers at the Kewadin Casino.

Related: Politicians Support Congressional Hearings on UFOs

Dragon Con

Dragon Con

Atlanta, Georgia

August 29-Sept 2, 2019

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Dragon Con is first and foremost known as a Nerdy Burning Man event, where parties and cosplay reign. But in addition to those, and the traditional convention trappings of celebrity signings and vendor floors, the Atlanta event has a healthy paranormal programming track. The event draws notable TV personalities and researchers from the ghost hunting and ufology.


International UFO Congress


International UFO Congress

Phoenix Arizona

Sept 4-8, 2019

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This one is something of a family affair at Den of Geek as contributor Alejandro Rojas is one of the organizers, and yours truly has spoken there. But the Congress also bears the distinction for holding the Guinness World Record for largest UFO conference. The guests are still coming together for the event, but it’s guaranteed to be a great one.

Cryptid Con

Cryptid Con

Lexington, Kentucky

Sept 7-8, 2019

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Cryptid Con combines ghostly pursuits and cryptozoology with a comic con-style format that welcomes both the casual fan, the movie nerd, and the die-hard researcher. This year’s event is still being assembled, but it already boasts James “Bobo” Fay and Cliff Barackman from Finding Bigfoot, Nick Groff of Paranormal Lockdown, Ouija board historian Robert Murch, and a lot of other notable names. The event also looks like a lot of fun because of the wild assortment of crypto-crazy vendors.

The Scarefest

Lexington, Kentucky

Sept 12-15, 2019

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Mothman Festival


Mothman Festival

Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Sept 21-22, 2019

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This annual festival commemorates the 1966-67 sightings of a red-eyed, winged creature (was it a cryptid? Alien? Interdimensional being?), and other supernatural happenings that led up to the collapse of the Silver Bridge. The events are a part of folklore, but the stories of the Mothman don’t end there. While the schedule is still coming together for this event, it is a slice of Americana, complete with speakers, entertainment, tours of the sighting areas, and of course photo ops at the Mothman statue.




Little Traverse Bay Parafest

Petoskey, Michigan

Oct 11-12, 2019

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Sage Paracon


Sage Paracon

Coventry, United Kingdom

Nov 7-10, 2019

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Before the year ends, it is certainly worth taking a jaunt across the pond for Sage Paracon at the historic Coombe Abbey in Coventry, England. In the interest of full disclosure, I did speak at last year’s event, but I can recommend Sage with a clean conscience. Coombe Abbey is a gorgeous setting, and the 11th century abbey – since modernized into a luxury hotel on 500 acres of scenic parkland. The location alone is worth a trip, and that’s before you consider the ghost stories, and tales of a murdered monk. In addition to a paranormal investigation of the grounds, organizer MJ Dickson offers a medieval banquet and voodoo party at night, with a group of diverse guests giving presentations during the day.

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Sometimes strange things happen to us that we have no way of explaining, whatsoever. We’ve all felt the hairs on the back of our neck stand up when we feel like we’re being watched, or had a bad feeling when we’ve walked into a room. But what about the times we have these experiences and it turns out we were right?

How do we explain those?

People on Reddit were recently asked: “What is something scary that has happened to you that you cannot explain rationally?” Here are 10 spine-tingling replies…


I live in a condominium and we own two apartments on the 7th and 8th floor. The only way to move in between them is to step out of the apartment, take the elevator or the staircase and enter the other one.

One night, we ran out of ice-cream upstairs and my mom told me to go get some from the downstairs freezer, so I took the keys to the 7th floor’s apartment and since it was dinner time, no one was there. I walked into the pitch dark and realized that someone was sitting on the sofa so I flipped the switch to see my dad just sitting there. It was kinda weird, but i just went to get the ice-cream and asked if he had a key to lock up. No answer. I shrugged and thought ‘Well if he came in and locked the door behind him, he must have one.’ Went back upstairs and my dad was sitting there eating dinner. I freaked out and asked how the heck did he get up here so fast and everyone told me that he’s been here all this time. Told them it wasn’t possible cause I just saw him downstairs but no one believed me. Now I never go down there alone.



So a few years back, probably 6-7 years, my family was living in our previous home. This was our second house in we had in Ohio, the first house was about to streets over from our second house. Well one night my mom woke me up and was acting really panicked. She grabbed my brother, who was probably 5 at the time, and told me to go outside. It was about 4 in the morning, and once we all got outside my dad tried to calm my mom down. He asked her what was wrong, and she had explained that she had a dream that we were all gonna die from carbon monoxide poisoning if we stayed in the house. Then my dad told her that all the detectors were working perfectly fine and we decided to go back inside. We didn’t smell anything nor did the detectors go off, so we went to bed…


10 Real Stories That Can't Be Explained Rationally

The next day my mom was watching the morning news before we went to school. The first story for the day was that a local family was rushed out of their home because of a carbon monoxide leak in there home. Which could have been just coincidence, but then the news station showed the house. It was our old house that we just moved out of.



There was a small door that led to attic space in my bedroom and it became habit that I would shut the door as I walked into my bedroom a couple times a week. I didn’t think anything of it, just assumed my mom didn’t close it all the way when she left it.

After a while I made the mistake of joking with her when she made a comment about me not picking up after myself, I said something like ‘every night I have to close the attic door behind you, how about you shut it all the way when you’re done?’ She then informed me that she hasn’t been in the attic in months.

After a couple months of wondering, studying, experimenting, I thought I’d see what happens if I just don’t shut it. Opened the door before school and checked it after school, still open. Now I’m laying in bed, mind going crazy with the open door across the room. Decide to check it out so I roll over and focus on the black space into the attic… to see a face staring back at me. Bolt downstairs, wake parents, get ridiculed by brother, switch bedrooms w brother, move into new house about 6 months later (due to expanding household). New physics teacher and his wife bought our house.

End of senior year my friend and I took our VHS camcorder around town, doing mostly silly things, but then took it to my old house to see what they’ve done with the place. We got a very fun tour, I got to tell stories about all the projects my dad did that were still part of the house.

Then the wife leads us upstairs to show us the sewing room. I ask (jokingly), ‘Notice anything strange in this room?’ and her face goes blank. On camera, she asks what I mean and I try to shrug it off but end up saying something about the attic door. She confirmed that every time she comes up to sew, the attic door is open. She then tells us that the second day of being in the house, their dog had gone into the room but would not go back downstairs. He started barking and could not be consoled, and then jumped through the window, landing on the tin roof over the porch and then running off. The dog did not come back until the next day and has not stepped foot into the hallway that leads upstairs since.



When I was in uni I lived by myself. I would honestly think nothing of walking places at night, there was a 24 hour McDonald’s and a 7 Eleven that I would walk to, often between 12am to 3am since I was a massive night owl.

Well one day after finishing an essay at about 2 in the morning I decided I was hungry but didn’t really have anything easy to cook so I decided to walk down to the 7 eleven and grab a pie or something. However as soon as I opened my door I was overcome by a suffocating feeling of fear, my heart started pounding, I started shaking, the works. Telling myself that this was ridiculous I walked out to the street with the intent to still go but that was as far as I got. I was terrified for no reason that I could understand, but no less intensely despite that. I ran back inside and ate dry cereal.

Later the next day I heard about a group of drunk guys that were causing havoc down near the intersection at the 7 eleven, they’d beaten up someone from my uni. Even though I can’t explain it, I’m convinced something bad would have happened to me that night if I had ignored that feeling and gone anyway.





When I was younger my mom was dating this guy (who we will call JB) and after a few months he invited my mom, me, and my brother to go with him and his son (about my age) out to his lake house for the weekend.

His grandfather had helped to build the place with his (the grandfather’s) dad and then he lived their for most of his life working as a tailor in the nearby town. Well when we went up to the attic to get beach toys I noticed in the corner covered in some dust and cobwebs about 8 mannequins, some just upper torsos and some full body. Not to out of the ordinary considering a tailor had lived there.

Me and JB’s son slept down in the living room on the couch since there were no more beds, and near midnightish I heard on of the stairs squeak a few times. Figuring it was my mom coming to check to make sure we were asleep I told his son to be quiet and quickly turned the TV off and hid under the covers. After not hearing any noise for a few minutes I looked out from under the covers and saw three of the mannequins moving around in the kitchen. Like their body parts weren’t moving but they were sliding around the kitchen.

I swore I was dreaming but was so terribly frightened I hid back under the covers with a small yelp and then heard the dragging on the floor coming closer and peaked out seeing one of them just a few feet from the couch. I hid back under the covers and shut my eyes tight hoping it would go away. The next morning I got up and tried not to think about it, really really hoping it was just a bad dream but when we went back up to the attic to put the beach stuff back the mannequins were in different spots and weren’t covered in cob webs any more…..



I was in first grade, hanging out at recess with a friend. He was shooting some hoops outside and I was playing DS, sitting on the pavement. I remember him asking me if he could make a shot from half way across the court. I told him he could try but he probably wouldn’t make it while looking at my DS. Suddenly, my dad asks me what I mean, and when I look up I’m sitting on my living room carpet, talking to my dad, and it’s dark out. I was sitting in the same position, playing the same game, same level, and same exact spot in the level. Everything continued normally that night, and I didn’t tell anyone at the time, but looking back it is really freaky. I thought it was a dream for the longest time, but thinking about it it didn’t really feel like a dream, and I don’t really remember dreams that well.



When I was 6 years old, I had a cat named Buster. Suffice it to say, Buster didn’t like being hugged and coddled all the time by a little child, so he hated me.He was also an outdoor cat, so he would often spend most days outside and then come in for the night.

One night, Buster didn’t come back in the house. We usually fed him at night, so I was worried. Our area was also well-known for an abundance of coyotes. My parents were being a bit hush-hush about Buster’s disappearance, but I didn’t get the hint. That night, when I was drifting off to sleep, Buster jumped onto my bed. He lay down by my head and let me pet him until I fell asleep. Honestly, I was shocked because he had never done this before.

The next morning, I triumphantly walked downstairs and related to my parents that Buster now loved me because he slept in my bed during the night. My parents looked at me inquisitively and sat me down at the breakfast table to let me know that while they were outside the night before, they had found Buster’s body in the alley behind our house. They thought he had been harassed by a coyote. But, he was dead, so he couldn’t have slept in my bed that night. To this day, I like to think that Buster just wanted to say goodbye and thank me for trying to love him in the only way a child knew how.



In my childhood home I would often hear touch typing coming from the computer downstairs early in the mornings. I didn’t think much of it at first – my parents worked from home and it wouldn’t be uncommon to wake up in the morning to hear Mum typing away at the computer.

One morning I was eating my breakfast when I heard Mum at the top of the stairs call out to me, “You’re not down there on that computer already?!” I froze and ran out to her. I was amazed she had heard it too; she was convinced she could hear typing, yet no one was down there. I told her about all the times I’d been hearing it and then my sister opened up about hearing it regularly too when no one was down there. I wasn’t crazy after all.

I was down there once when the ceiling light globe in the center of the room began flashing very fast, strobe-like. It then exploded and glass went shattering all across the room. I was lucky I ran out of the room when it started happening because I was scared (the whole mysterious typing, you know). If I hadn’t ran I would’ve been hit with bits of light bulb.

Around that same time I was on the computer at home by myself when something happened that resulted in me never being alone in that room again. I felt and heard this really sharp intake of breath directly behind my right shoulder near my ear. I’ve never ran so fast in my life and was hesitant going in that room ever again. Prior to that, the whole typing thing had just been something weird and a bit spooky – not scary. Still makes my heart race when I think about it today.





Last time I was in New Orleans, I took a couple friends to the Marie Laveau Voodoo Museum, which my friend Jessica was not too impressed by. Later that day we were walking back to the airBNB apartment we had rented and wandered past a house that had one of those historic location plaques on it. Turns out that house had been Marie Laveau’s father’s house. As we’re all standing out front of this house, Jessica is complaining about how shitty she thought the museum was and her brand new Galaxy S5 went flying out of her hands and landed a good 5 feet away, totally destroyed. I was looking right at her when it happened – she didn’t trip, she wasn’t wildly throwing her arms around. There was no explanation for why her phone would have taken a leap like that. Also, it wasn’t just a little scratched up like it had been dropped. It looked like it had exploded from within.



1) My parents had been married for maybe a month. They were in bed sound asleep when all of a sudden, my mom jumps up and wakes up my dad. “Jimmy! Jimmy! There’s blood everywhere! We have to help them! Please!” My dad tried his best to calm her down and figure out what she was talking about. My mom had explained that she saw a car with a German license plate on the side of the road. That there had been an accident and they needed help.

My dad tried to console her…to explain that it was all just a bad dream, but she wasn’t having it. So to appease her, they got in the car and drove to the spot my mom thought the accident was. And sure enough, at the exact spot my mom said, there was a car on the side of the road with German plates and emergency flashers on. Upon closer investigation, there was nobody in the car. If they needed help, help had already come.

2) My parents had just had their first child, my oldest sister, Cathy. They had been living in Italy at the time (my dad was in the Air Force) and had brought her back to the US to introduce her to the grandparents (my dad’s parents). So their first night there, my mom was asleep in the front bedroom, jet-lagged. My dad had gone out to hang out with his brothers. And in the middle of the night, this woman walks into my mom’s room, waking her up. She sit’s down on the bed and says, “Shh, it’s ok! I just wanted to welcome you to the family.” My mom was scared, obviously, but figured this was some relative or family friend or something that came over.

The woman walks over to the bassinet where my baby sister was sleeping. “Is this your daughter?” My mom nodded. “She’s beautiful! It’s lovely to meet you both.” And then she leaves. My mom wakes up the next day and is having breakfast with my grandmother when she brings it up. “Who was the woman that came over last night?” My grandmother had no idea what she was talking about.

My mom told her the whole story and my grandmother asked what she looked like. My mom said, “She was tall, had long white hair and was wearing a blue dress.” My grandmother’s face went as white as a sheet. She rummaged through some old pictures and pulled one out. “Is this her?” she asked my mom who nodded in return. “That’s MY mother! She’s been dead for 20 years and we buried her in a blue dress.”


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15 True-Life Paranormal Encounters That Will Keep You Awake Tonight

By Occult Museum

There exists a place on the Internet where spooky stories come to live, breathe, and be shared.

Paranormal Encounters

Looking for a spooky tale or two? Thousands of people around the world are sharing their terrifying true-life paranormal encounters on Reddits’ ridiculously popular Subreddit ‘AskReddit’. From tales of ghostly night-time visitors, to phantom hands and children who play with the dead, here are the creepiest stories ever shared. Good luck sleeping tonight…

1. Visitor in the Night

When I was 7, I woke up in the middle of the night with an earache. I decided to tell my mom and stepdad and walked out of my room. Someone was sitting on the chair in the living room (about 3 feet away from my bedroom door). The person looked strange (the face was just kind of distorted) but it was dark and I couldn’t see well.

“Mom?” I asked.

The person shook their head, and I started getting scared.


The person shook their head again. I decided the best course of option was to go back to bed so I wouldn’t have to walk past this…person. I climbed in bed, and closed my eyes for a second, before opening them and seeing the person standing in my doorway, smiling madly and nodding furiously. I screamed at the top of my lungs and closed my eyes. My step dad came running out of his room in his underwear with a baseball bat (that was a scary sight in itself). There was nothing there, but clothes my mom had folded and put on the chair where strewn about the living room. For the longest time I told myself it was my cat, sitting on the clothes.

– CrackHeadSally

2. The Nightwalker

The only one I have is when I was in 4th grade. When I was little, I would always sleep with my door open. I went though a faze where I would wake up between 3:00 /4:00 AM every night, and every single night I would hear footsteps walking up my stairs, around my living room, through my dining room, across my kitchen and down my hallway. They would always stop right before my doorway, then turn around and go back into the basement. But one night they didn’t stop, what I saw was a shadow of a little girl/boy (couldn’t tell) walk right in front of my doorway, look at me for a few seconds, then it walked away, back down the stairs.

– asds10

3. The Sleep App

A few months ago I downloaded a program for my phone – Sleep as Android. I bought the premium version of the app for the extra features to record sound throughout the night when volumes reached a certain threshold. It would activate when I would snore or move around. I would usually spend the next evening going over some of the recorded sounds. Everything was pretty normal until I listened to something out of the ordinary.

It was near the beginning of April, and I had the apartment to myself. I’ll let you listen to the sound before I go on explaining it.

It started out picking up my snoring, and then the hairs on my neck stood up as I hear my doorknob moving. Following this, you can hear my door open slowly. I was confused and a little worried. Everything was still locked up, nobody came home (the chainlock was still latched on the front door), and my landlord certainly didn’t come.

I don’t use the app anymore.

– Merrell0

4. The Gift

From 3 until 13 I lived in a nice home out near yosemite national park, nothing super spectacular about it, 4 bedrooms, a den, dining room, the norm. Just down a little dirt road and (if you’ve ever been around those parts you’ll know) miles away from civilization. My whole childhood I was visited by this girl in white, she never spoke, I would just wake up at night and see or feel her there.

I asked my dad and his response every time was ‘the men in our family can see ghosts.’ My rational of this (I’m a skeptic, I remain that to this day but the story I’m telling made me question) was that we had some sort of mild schizophrenia running through our family. It didn’t bother me, she didn’t look like other people. There was something ‘off’ about her. After my father died my mother decided to sell the house and went through a realtor. We never once had contact with the buyers, only knew them by name. The buyers had a son who went to the same school as our old neighbors (dear friends of the family) and the son apparently came to school without sleep repeatedly, complaining that there was a girl who watched him at night and that he needed to get out.

– oiraves

10 True-Life Paranormal Encounters That Will Keep You Awake Tonight

5. The Basement

I am the eldest of 3 siblings and of course as we moved house to house I got the basement bedroom most times. I was fine with this being the eldest this let me have privacy. The last home I lived in with my family before I moved out on my own I spent 5 years in the basement bedroom.

Through those five years I experienced amazing night terrors and sleep paralysis on a very regular basis. There were a few incidents where I would wake up and the closet on the far side of the room would be open just a crack, and I’d stare at it knowing I had closed it, and it would creek open just a touch more, then after what would seem like hours slowly close and click shut (not a slam, not a regular door close, a very slow methodical one if that makes sense).

On 2 specific nights I woke up, not suddenly like something jarred me, but just kind of rolled over and at the foot of my bed saw a girl standing there. She looked very young, black hair, dark dress, and she did not move, didn’t make a sound, and I never could make out a face. Both times I reverted immediately back to being 5yrs old and hid my face under the sheets while my heart rate went full marathon pace. Eventually I would feel like it wasn’t there anymore and I’d peek out and it would be gone.

My parents are not believers in anything paranormal and I never told them anything thinking they would think I’m crazy. I chalked it up to night terrors and extraordinarily realistic dreams during paralysis. I moved out and far away, my next sibling in line got the coveted “adult room” in the basement and life went on.

I had a few Christmas visits and other holiday runs and at one point I remember going into that room to get a chair and seeing the closet door nailed shut from the outside. I didn’t question it as I thought there’s no way it’s related to my experience. Not long after that on another return visit home I went and checked the door to that closet. The nails were gone but in place was a padlock and there was clearly bundles of sage/sweetgrass handing above the closet and above the only exterior window in.

I worked up the nerve to ask my mom what’s the deal with the basement and she reluctantly told me that my brother had seen “things” come in and out of the closet and that he had a girl appear beside his bed and terrorize him on several occasions.

Now, no joke, I still haven’t told them what I saw because I don’t want them to have to move or be bothered with their basement over this, they are both retired, all kids have moved out, and they seem happy. They have also since gutted and renovated the whole basement, I’ve stayed there a few times now with my wife and nothing has happened.

– Guyfromthenorth

6. The Lamp

A few years ago one night at around 3AM my wife and I were sleeping and I feel myself slowly waking up from a really deep sleep. My eyes started lifting up and as soon as they focused on the lamp on my dresser it slid off and shattered on the floor. My wife and I quickly sat up and looked at each other horrified at the startling noise. We agreed we would clean it in the morning and went back to sleep. The next morning when we woke up the lamp was at the foot of the bed (about 5 feet from where it fell) completely in tact and not broken at all. We are still trying to make sense of it.

– nedflandersz

7. The Young Man

We moved in to a house and everything was really quite the first 6 months or so. The neighbors told us that the people who lived there before had moved after their teenage son died in a motorcycle accident. Then after that first 6 months my dad died, not in the house, after that, stuff started to happen. I would have friends sleep over and one night my friend woke me up because she said there was a young guy standing in my bathroom.

So I went and checked and nothing was there. Over the next few years just about any friends that stayed over night had said they saw the tall blonde young guy walking around the house. We did have a few other things happen like a wine glass was on the counter and it broke. No one was touching it, it just shattered on the counter. Another time during the winter we had the heater on and my room was always the warmest in the house and it was ice cold as you walked across my bedroom to the bathroom that was connected.

The creepiest thing was when my boyfriend was sleeping on the couch in the middle of the night and he said he woke up to a young guy pushing him off on to the floor. He said the guy didn’t say anything, but my boyfriend at the time knew that he had to leave and he did. He wouldn’t stay at my place after that.

– PeopleInMyHead

8. The Little Black Box

ne night when I was 10, I was asleep in bed and was woken up by my bedroom door opening then someone sitting on my bed. I felt the graze on my leg and the bed sink as they sat.

Thinking it was my mom having something to tell me, I open my eyes only to see a pale, eyeless (just black empty sockets) boy who seemed to be my age sitting at the foot of my bed with his legs crossed “staring” at me, or facing my direction since he had no eyes. He then reached his hand toward me and he was holding what looked like a little black box. I was freaked out, but as I reached to grab it, he hesitantly pulled back. I reached out further for it and said “give it”. As I did so, I blinked, and by the time I reopened my eyes, he was gone, the spot of the bed where was sitting lifted back into place but the imprint of someone sitting there was still present.

I told my mom in the morning and she was slightly freaked but assured me I was just dreaming Fast forward 5 years. I had my girlfriend over to do homework. After homework she took a nap while she waited for her parents to pick her up. When they arrived, I tried waking her to let her know. I nudged her, and she opened her eyes so sudden already looking in the direction of the corner of the room where the wall meets the ceiling, lifting her finger and pointed. And as fast as she woke, she fell asleep again. I attempted to wake her again. She came to full consciousness, and I asked her what the hell that was about and explained what she just did. She said, “oh I thought I was dreaming, but up on the wall I saw a little boy with no eyes just there in a ‘Spider-man’ pose staring at me” That’s when I freaked out and told her the story, for the first time, of when I saw what I guessed was the same kid.

Fast forward another 5 years, still with the same girlfriend, and by this time we had a 2 year old daughter. We were living in my old bedroom at my parents house. My daughter would wake up at the same time every night and start talking. For a while we thought it was a normal baby thing, until I noticed it was almost the same conversation every night. I playfully asked her one night who she was talking to every night. She responded, “a little boy, he talks to me, he’s nice. He’s lost and looking for his mommy” I told my mom what happened the next morning and before I got to tell her what I thought, she said “I remember when that happened to you, then your girlfriend, I have no idea what that is” By then, neither my girlfriend or I have seen the “little boy” after our first encounter, but my daughter continued her nightly conversations until we got our own place later that year.

– kmendo4

9. When They Call

My old co-worker had a son named Hunter that was 4 or 5. She said that Hunter would have bad dreams and that he would sleep with his dad when he got scared.

One night his dad woke up because he heard Hunter calling him. But he was calling him by his name, not ‘dad’. So he went to his room and he was asleep.

He woke him up and said “Hunter, you were calling me. Is everything okay?” And Hunter said, “Dad, when they call you you’re not supposed to answer.” and fell back asleep. He asked him about it in the morning but he said he didn’t remember saying it.

I get chills when I think about it.

– LumosTheNox

10 True-Life Paranormal Encounters That Will Keep You Awake Tonight

10. The Shower

Woke up one night around 1am, heard the shower was on… I first thought it was my brother, he works night shifts, so thought he had came home late and was in the shower… It went on for about half an hour until I got up and went to see wtf he was doing…

No one was in the shower, my brother wasn’t home yet, I was the only one in the house. Still to this day, I have no idea how it turned on or who did it.

Almost 5 years later I still think about it… Even writing this now I feel like turning every light on in the house ahah whyyy do I do this to myself!!


11. The Phantom Hand

To really get my story you have to have an understanding of my third floor landing.

There’s a single set of stairs that lead up to it, once on the landing its a T-Shape, with an Office the left, my bedroom to the right, and straight ahead is a bathroom with a shower.

Anyway, one night, ~10PM I’m taking a shower before I head to sleep. The glass panels on my shower is that like, concave/convex glass that blurs everything, so everything was blurred and unclear. I glance at the door and I see some kind of hand like figure. Now, it was pitch black, so right there it freaked me out because I come from a family of pale white welsh people. What freaked me out more was how the hand seemed to come through the door, or at least an angle where whomever the hand belonged to would be visible.

All it did was hit the lights. That’s it. No noise, no attack or anything, it just turned off the fucking lights. So there I am, I just witnessed a phantom hand, and now I’m in my shower and it’s pitch fucking black. I’ve never been so chilled to the bone before, something about being in the darkness of the night, with the only noise being the water hitting the floor beneath me, just reduced me to the most primal state of pure fear I’ve ever been in. I eventually get myself to leave the shower and hit the lights. The relief that came over me was immense.

I’ve never been able to explain it. The stairs up to the landing are old and creek like hell, I would’ve heard someone come and go down. No one was in my room, or the office. Weirder still, nothing like it has happened since.

– PetrusOfThorolund

12. The Imaginary Friend

I lived on 13 acres, most of it was forest. I was eight, hardly ever home alone but when I was this kind of thing would happen all of the time. Only when I was alone. The doors would open while they were locked, my young dogs would run up to the door and stay 10 feet away barking at something I couldn’t see while I hid behind the bar clutching a knife.

At the same home, my younger sister and I would play in the woods with just our dogs. At 5 and 7 years old we had an imaginary friend that we both would talk to and could hear what it was saying. Our dogs would follow it when it would walk away and run around it in circles as it moved around.

I revisited that house 8 years later and saw a figure moving along the edge of the woods, it looked the same size as our friend. When I told my sister, she told me she saw it too but no one else did. I didn’t realize until I was older that there was no way we both should have been able to hear it, or that the dogs shouldn’t have been able to see it.

– robotangst

13. The Other Mother

When I was sixteen I was sitting at a table with my mom talking about life, musing on the afterlife and reincarnation.. The usual. I began to laugh and say “you know, I’m pretty sure I remember my past life”. This was about the time her face went pale. I asked her why.

That’s when she began to list all of the details of my silly past life which I always felt was just a recurring dream I must have. She told me how I was the youngest child in a family of poor travelers. How my crib was the top drawer of any dresser where we would sleep and my mother was a tall, bony, angry looking woman with her hair pulled high, always wearing a long dress. All the details I was about to tell her, for what I thought was the first time.

“How did you know all of that? I’ve never told you before!” I said.

“Because that isn’t the first time you’ve told me”, she said, “you told me that story many times when you were a baby, after you first learned to talk.”

“I don’t believe it!”

“And the worst thing…” she said with a dark brow, “was when I would come to play with you…and you would tell me your other mother was behind me.”

– lukeyboy767

14. The Man Dressed in White

My mom had a really bad car crash when I was about eight. It was so bad that her face was crushed. My dad, sis as well as myself were with mom but she was hurt the most.
I was taken home by my grandmom that fateful night.
In the middle of the night an elderly gentleman came home. He was dressed in all white and he came to my room and sat beside my bed. He told me that my mom would be okay and that I should not worry. I wanted to talk more but when I tried getting up I woke up from the dream I was having. My grandma came to me asking who was I speaking with. I told her about the elderly gentleman in white. She became quite emotional as I was describing my grandfather’s features and he always dressed in white. He had died 25 years before I was born.

My mom survived the accident after battling for five nights and my father says that for those five nights I was very calm and told him multiple times that mom would be okay as the elderly gentleman had said so.

15. The Bad Feeling

I was visiting my grandparents. There is this restaurant we frequented. It had amazing and cheap chinese food. My cousin and I used to bike up there. I loved it.

One fine evening, my cousin suggested that we bike up there. I was free and bored. I agreed. An hour before we were to leave, my grandmother who had never had any problem with us biking or the restaurant begged us not to go. I wanted to know why. She said she had a bad feeling. I checked the news. There was nothing wrong with the town.

And moreover, they lived in a quiet and boring suburb where nothing interesting ever happened. No crime, no riots, no demonstrations, no threat to security. However she was adamant that we do not leave the house. And this was very unlike her.

So we grudgingly complied. We were supposed to be sitting there at around 8pm. Instead we were at home when it happened. In the exact same restaurant.

There was a gas explosion. Several people died. The place burned down.

I don’t know what it was that gave my grandmother the ‘bad feeling’. But she saved our lives.

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Travel Channel Heads To ‘Portals To Hell’ Rather Than Traditional Travelogues – TCA

By Peter White

Portals to HellDiscovery’s Travel Channel is searching for ghosts following its rebrand rather than focusing on traditional travelogues.

The network rebranded at the end of last year with a new logo – Trvl – and has launched a raft of paranormal series including Ghost Adventures, Haunted Live, specials including Chris Jericho: Monster Hunt and month-long event Ghostober.

Its latest series is Portals to Hell starring Jack Osboune and paranormal researcher and investigator Katrina Weidman.

Travel Channel boss Jane Latman told Deadline, “You can see from the logo that we’re trying to redefine what travel is for today’s audience. We have a saying in our development room which is ‘if you can find it on YouTube or Yelp, let’s not make a TV show about it’. We’re really trying to redefine the brand for today.”

Osbourne also joked to Deadline, “We also went to eight different cities.”

The show, which launches April 19, follows the pair as they explore this phenomenon, investigating each haunted location in search of irrefutable evidence that a spirit world exists, and death is not the end.

The eight-part series sees them visit New Orleans’ infamous LaLaurie Mansion – where they are the first and only paranormal team to ever investigate the disturbing hauntings within its walls. They also investigate spooky spots including Bobby Mackey’s Music World in Kentucky, Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania, the Alaskan Hotel in Juneau, Ohio’s Twin City Opera House, Strawberry River Bed and Breakfast on the outskirts of Utah’s Skinwalker Ranch, Pennsylvania’s Emerald Hill Estate and the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia.

The show is produced by Osbourne Media and Critical Content. It is exec produced by Osbourne, Peter Glowski, Elaine White, Anna Geddes, Tom Forman and Jenny Daly.

“I’ve been obsessed with the supernatural ever since I was a kid,” said Osbourne. “I’m excited to team up with Katrina to investigate the darkest, most sinister places on earth. We’re walking headfirst into the heart of darkness – and we’re excited to take brave viewers with us.”

“For over a decade, my work in the paranormal field has brought me to the edge of the unknown,” added Weidman. “As we explore these disturbing locations, these potential portals, Jack and I are determined to document as much as we can to try and uncover the source of these hauntings.”

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‘Bat-Like’ Flying Humanoid with ‘an Obvious Face’ Reported near Indiana’s Prairie Creek Reservoir


Strange Creature

Lon Strickler of Phantoms & Monsters spoke to a witness via telephone on January 23rd regarding the sighting of a “bat-like” flying humanoid with “an obvious face.”

The sighting took place on December 26th, 2018 between 4-4:30 p.m.

“[The witness] and his wife were traveling southbound on a county road, about a mile south of the Prairie Creek Reservoir near Muncie, Indiana,” Strickler said. “The date was December 26, 2018 at dusk. A huge flying object caught [his] attention.”

[The witness] is a military veteran, hunter, trapper and farmer who lives in the immediate area,” he continued. “His knowledge of military flying craft, wildlife and his keen sense of observance was apparent while I talked to him. The winged being that he was observing was unlike anything he had ever seen before. The creature was flying just above treetop level and was easily visible to the witness. His reaction was to slam on his brakes in wonderment, exclaiming to his wife ‘do you see that?’ His wife was shaken by the sudden stop and was unable to react fast enough to see the winged being.”

The creature described by the witness was very similar to other reports of winged humanoids around Lake Michigan, including the stillness of its wings in flight.

“[He] stated that the being was humanoid in shape with an obvious ‘face,'” Strickler said. “The body had a length of approximately six to seven feet, with bat-like wings that were extremely wide. The being was dark-colored, and seemed to glide at a steady speed. He never noticed the flapping of wings while watching the creature.”

According to the witness the creature’s wings had a leathery texture. He was unable to discern if the creature had any additional limbs beyond its wings, nor could he recognize fine detail in its face.

Also similar to other sighting reports is the profound effect the experience has had on the witness.

“[The witness’] wife states that [he] has been truly affected by the incident and has constantly mentioned it to her, in an attempt to explain what this winged being really was,” Strickler said. “He had refused to mention the incident outside of his family. When [he] read about the recent sightings in Gary, Indiana, he called his wife from his job and asked her to contact me right away. He later called me when he got home. This witness was very forthcoming and anxious to find out what this creature was.”

This sighting location—about a mile south of the Prairie Creek Reservoir—is around two miles southeast of Muncie, Indiana, and approximately 140 miles southeast of Lake Michigan. Less than five miles to its south is Summit Lake State Park. Gary, Indiana—a city on the southern shore of Lake Michigan—has seen a recent spate of flying creature reports, and is the same distance from this sighting location as the great lake, ~140 miles.

This is the latest in a string of flying creature sightings around Lake Michigan that ostensibly began in the spring of 2017, but more historical accounts are being reported as more people become aware of the phenomenon.  Most of the sightings have taken place near the lakefront in Chicago within a few miles of Lake Michigan, although there are reports coming from the suburbs surrounding Chicago and even farther afield in every state bordering the great lake.  The sightings generally take place in the evening or at night, often in or near a park, and around water.  Witnesses consistently describe a large, bat or bird-like creature—although in a small number of cases the creature was described as insect-like—sometimes with glowing or reflective red, yellow, or orange eyes; and humanoid features such as arms and legs are often reported.  Many of the sightings are also of something seen only briefly or are described only as a flying creature with few details, which leaves open the possibility that a large bird or bird-like being could explain some encounters.

To report a sighting reach out to us directly at The Singular Fortean Society through our contact page.

You can view a timeline of the sightings so far here, and an interactive map here.

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Crystals, Science & Sasquatch, OH MY!

Written by Cheyenne Parmenter

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Better known for it’s “UnXplained” phenomena and metaphysical properties, Board Camp Crystal Mine is truly a hidden magical place. Orville and Cheryl Murphy, hailing from the Mount Shasta, California area, purchased their 40+ acre property in Board Camp, Arkansas in 2008 with the intentions of starting a camp-ground. While clearing and cleaning land in 2009, Orville Murphy discovered that the land was rich with quartz and minerals. Soon after, in 2010, the Murphy’s began the application process of becoming licensed miners and converting their property into one of the few privately owned crystal mines in the state or Arkansas. Later in 2012, the mine opened for business. However, the Murphy’s were not quite prepared for the wonders that would soon flow from their land.

Something the BCCM (Board Camp Crystal Mine) is most famous for is it’s “paranormal” activity and the visitation of famous Travel Channel host Josh Gates. The Murphy’s describe their “paranormal activity” as, “things we don’t understand in our natural world.” On February 18, 2017 the couple experienced their first example of activity when three beams of bright white light shot out of the ground from within the mine and lasted about 10 seconds before disappearing. This was only the first of many events that still occur at the BCCM to this very day.

After closing the mine to the public in May of 2017 to investigate the unexplainable paranormal and metaphysical events, it reopened to the public in February 2018 once the area was deemed safe for the public once again. The Murphy’s and those who visit the mine are constantly seeing and finding intriguing fascinations and curiosities. There are even reports of visitors going home feeling better than they have felt in a long time. One of many examples is a lady who suffered from Lupus that visited the mine, her swelling began reducing as soon as she stepped into the mining area. The inflammation went away in her feet and legs and did not return even after she went home.

However, the unexplainable phenomena are not the only things that make the BCCM special and unique. The property in which the mine sits on has six different quartz veins that run through it. One vein in particular is approximately 2,500 feet long and nearly 30 feet wide that is being pushed up closer to the surface. This is where the crystals and minerals come from, and each spot and layer is different as pressure and heat ranges have varied over thousands and even millions of years. Quartz crystals, known for their beauty and metaphysical properties, can be found on the Earth’s surface after a hard rain, or below the surface with careful digging and knowledge of where to look. Everyone is guaranteed to find a treasure of some sort.

I was fortunate enough to tour the crystal mine and property with Mr. and Mrs. Murphy for an interview. I was truly astounded at the beauty and serenity of the land and the area around it. Even more so, I could sense the energy and light that pulsed from below the ground and through the trees. Crystals are constantly growing and changing. They absorb and emit energy known as vibrations, depending on the Earth’s inner and surface activity. Some people are more attuned to feeling this “energy” than others, and I was very thankful that I was able to feel and absorb some of the mines energy.

During my tour I was fortunate to see some of the curious nature structures that still puzzle the mine owners and visitors. The mysterious rock arch that was found amidst the trees is thought to have been placed there by either Sasquatch or Forest People, according to some Native American tribes who have visited and walked the mine grounds. Something familiar to Big-Foot enthusiasts called “tree-markers” is also found throughout the property, often with toys or crystals left by the creature that built the structure. Of course, you can’t miss the cast of the Sasquatch foot that was taken at the site of the great light event and is displayed in one of the two rock shops at the mine.

Whether you’re looking for Big-Foot, signs of extraterrestrial life, crystals for your collection or for metaphysical properties, Board Camp Crystal Mine has it all. After visiting with the Murphy’s for a couple of hours, they only scratched the surface of stories and testimonies they could share about their magical place. The mine opens back up for the season on February 1, 2019. Dig for crystals, search for Sasquatch, look for mysterious nature structures and more with your family and friends. It only costs $25 per person to dig all day and keep what you find that can fill your provided mining bucket, and it is free for anyone under the age of 16!

Whether you’re just there for the fun and digging, or if you’re hunting for something spectacular, you won’t be disappointed! Cheryl and Orville Murphy give you the lessons and knowledge to make your visit extra special, including stories of past and present “UnXplained” events, knowledge of the different rocks and crystals you may find, how crystals grow and work and much much more! Plus, they offer special night tours for folks who desire to investigate and experience the mines paranormal activity, and two different on-site shops to purchase jewelry, crystals and souvenirs from. And don’t forget to see and take a photo with the blue Jeep, now named Vortex One, that Josh Gates rode in during his visit to the mine!

I highly recommend spending time at BCCM either alone or with a group. If you’re not revived by the energy in the crystals, you will be revived by the natural energy and peace that flows from the forest. It’s a great opportunity to spend time in nature and experience something unparalleled.

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Five Shows You’ll Like if You Like “Ghost Adventures”

By Nat Berman

Ghost Shows

If you’re interested in the paranormal, you might find yourself sitting in front of the television watching shows like Ghost Adventures. Maybe it’s because you’re simply looking for something that’s interesting and different and you find yourself being entertained by these types of shows. Maybe you really are interested in gaining a better understanding of things that are, by their very nature, outside of what many people consider the typical realm of understanding.

Whatever your motivation might be for watching such television shows, there’s a better than average chance that you’re looking for other shows that are similar if you are a big fan of Ghost Adventures. Fortunately, there are plenty of shows that can help you explore the paranormal from the relative comfort of your own couch. Below are five more shows that are similar.

1. Paranormal Lockdown

As far as shows that are similar to Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Lockdown is very close. It doesn’t just discuss matters of the paranormal, but also involves having two investigators that are locked down for a period of 72 hours in each place that they investigate. Basically, they bring all of their equipment in and set up their cameras and they stay in these places for 72 hours straight as they record footage and do various types of investigation in some of the most reportedly haunted locations in the world. By the way, one of those investigators just happens to be Nick Groff, who used to be on Ghost Adventures.

2. A Haunting

This particular show features interviews and reenactments with not only various investigators, but with people that have reportedly come into contact with the paranormal. The show has a definite vibe, as almost everything that they feature on the show is not only unfriendly, but downright evil. It’s very rare that the show discusses a benign ghost, and in fact, it frequently focuses on demonic hauntings. Nevertheless, it does focus on actual reports of hauntings and for the most part, it sticks to the things that were actually reported. When you realize that, it just might take your level of fear to an entirely new category.

3. My Ghost Story

This show features various people that have had some type of experience with the paranormal. They’re interviewed and their experiences are reenacted so that you can get a better idea of what they went through. Granted, there’s not anybody that’s locking themselves down in a particular location on the show, but if you’re looking for something that discusses reported encounters with the paranormal, this is a good place to start because it typically features three separate stories for every episode.

4. Scariest Night of My Life

Here is another show that discusses the paranormal from the point of view of those who have encountered it. If you remember, Zak Bagans from Ghost Adventures has reportedly stated that that’s exactly how he got into paranormal investigation in the first place, because of his own encounter with the paranormal. He has made the statement many times that this single event changed his life in many ways and in essence, these individuals are going through the exact same thing as they discuss the moment that they experienced the paranormal for themselves.

5. Haunted Case Files

This particular show features some of the most well-known and well-regarded paranormal investigators that are currently active. They talk about some of their most harrowing cases and to be honest, some of the things that they discuss can make the hair on the back of your neck stand straight up just hearing it. These are people that investigate the paranormal on a routine basis, just like the crew of Ghost Adventures. Nevertheless, they’re talking about times when they themselves experienced something that was completely outside of whatever they’re used to and in some cases, it’s downright terrifying.

Whatever your personal feelings are regarding the paranormal, these are shows that are capable of holding your interest and in some cases, they’re capable of keeping you up all night long. If you end up watching all of them, you’ll gain a more well-rounded picture of paranormal experiences from both sides, meaning that you can hear the stories from the people that they happened to and then in many cases, you can get a different viewpoint about the same type of haunting from a professional investigator. At the very least, it gives you some food for thought.

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25 Totally Haunted Places That Only The Brave Visit (10 No One Does)


Once upon a time, if word got around that a place was haunted, that was more or less the end of it. People did not want to go messing with the supernatural. Nowadays people are less superstitious. Less afraid of the supposedly supernatural. Maybe it’s because we were all raised on Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and we’ve learned that the real spooky things in this world aren’t ghosts but usually crooked real estate developers. As a result, “hauntings” are just places of fun. We get to go around to spooky places with colorful histories and tell ghost stories. It’s kitsch and it’s entertaining!

Or, at least, that’s what we like to think. The truth is that people have enjoyed ghost stories in the same way we do for centuries. The stereotype of the superstitious locals who steer clear of a haunted spot is mostly a myth. Mostly. The truth is, whether you’re a firm believer in supernatural occurrences or a hardened skeptic, in the moment, when you’re sitting in a supposedly haunted place and people are telling ghost stories and then you hear that bump in the night…you’re not getting any sleep are you? And that’s the fun of these places. And that’s why having a reported ‘sighting’ can be good business for an attraction or hotel. But then there are some places where people haven’t tried to take economic advantage. Which can only make you wonder what’s going on there. Here are 15 haunted places that might be fun for the brave and ten where only the foolish would tread.



There are lots of good reasons to stay at the Stanley Hotel. Maybe you want to see some of Colorado’s famed natural beauty; after all, the hotel is a mere five miles from Rocky Mountain National Park. Or maybe you just want to stay in a 142-room, century-plus old, colonial revival hotel. But be forewarned: the Stanley Hotel has been home to numerous paranormal activities.

However, all of these paranormal sightings have come after the release of The Shining. Why is that relevant? It was the Stanley Hotel that inspired author Stephen King to write the macabre tale of a malevolent hotel tormenting its inhabitants while he was staying there in 1974. Indeed, King famously disliked director Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and so he shot his own (much less celebrated) The Shining miniseries at the Stanley Hotel in 1997.



The Hoia Baciu Forest in Transylvania is seriously weird. First of all, it’s in Transylvania so you should already be on guard. Second, the forest is home to creepy curved trees and fog often settles there, so that’s good. Now let’s get into to just some of the so-called paranormal incidents to have occurred there.

There has been a UFO sighting in 1968, some locals believe the forest contains a portal to hell or at least another dimension, and several people have disappeared in its midst, including one little girl who is now said to haunt the forest. Residents of the nearby city of Cluj are happy to walk and bicycle along the outskirts of Hoia, but to go into the interior? Madness.



A much worse movie than The Shining was the 2018 film Winchester (oh, Helen Mirren, why did you do this?). But while the film was flawed, the story of the Winchester Mystery House is legitimately unnerving. This bizarre, winding, byzantine, maze of a house was built and lived in (simultaneously) by Sarah Winchester, the widow of firearm magnate William Wirt Winchester. Sarah Winchester seemed to believe that the passing of her child and husband were karma for all the lives that had been ended by Winchester rifles. Mrs. Winchester reportedly believed that the souls of these who passed haunted her and influenced her to build this house, either to hide from them or to help them. Whether the Winchester Mystery House is a haven for trapped souls or a paean to grief-induced mental illness, it’s creepy.



Cemeteries are always a little bit creepy. They’re often beautiful and impressive, and if you’re there for a funeral, you’ve probably got emotions like grief at the forefront of your mind. But hangout in a cemetery at dusk –or later– and you’ll probably get the heebie jeebies. La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires is beautiful during the day, and…unnerving at night. La Recoleta is home to thousands of monuments and several famous figures, including Eva Perón. But the most famous undead resident is that of former caretaker David Alleno, whose spectre is said to walk the pathways at night accompanied by his jangling keys.



Bhangarh Fort was built in 1661 in what is now the Indian State of Rajasthan. It’s only 100 miles southwest of Delhi, but the ruins of Bhangarh Fort are kind of in the middle of nowhere. There’s not much around it and the area remains largely uninhabited. This is possibly because of a so-called curse.

The story goes that a wizard sophisticated in the arts of black magic fell for a princess with many suitors. He offered a love potion, but she rejected it, smashing it on a boulder that then rolled over and crushed the wizard. With his last breath he cursed the fort and soon after the Mughals invaded, destroyed the fort, and took many lives, including the princess. Nobody has dared rebuild it since.


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We all know the story of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, so we needn’t go over all that again here. Perhaps there is no such place affiliated with the macabre as is Salem; a place where the whole town is said to be haunted. Whether the Salem Witch Trials were the result of ergot poisoning, mass hysteria, misogyny, petty neighborhood squabbles, or some combination of the above, it would be silly, and frankly offensive, to say that any of those innocent victims were witches in league with Satan. But if ghosts do exist and they are, as many believe, souls who were wronged in their lives and have unfinished business, on this earth, then there are few better candidates for hauntings than Salem.


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No decent, old, ocean-going ship worth her salt is without at least one or two ghost stories. But the RMS Queen Mary has more than just a few isolated incidents of the supposedly paranormal. She spent most of her active life as a luxury ocean liner before winding up being purchased by the city of Long Beach, California in 1967 and being moored as a hotel. During her time at sea, the Queen Mary experienced at least one recorded murder and several accidental deaths. Hotel guests have frequently reported paranormal activity from strange noises, to apparitions, to objects being moved by no clear mechanical cause. The ship’s engine room is thought to be a hotbed of paranormal activity.



Yuma Territorial Prison is now operated as a historical museum by Arizona State Parks. It’s an interesting and impressive looking place to go to learn about life, law, and justice in the old Wild West. But just as with ocean liners, no noteworthy prison is without a good ghost or two. Prisons are not fun places. And old prisons such as Yuma were definitely not fun.

From 1876 to 1909, over 3000 prisoners were bad enough (or unfortunate enough) to call Yuma Territorial Prison their home. And some of those prisoners, purportedly, still call Yuma their home. If you go to Yuma, don’t wander away from the tour group, or every thud you hear and every gust of wind you feel might just make you think you’re in the supernatural presence of one of those “bad hombres”.


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Not only would nobody dare visit Poveglia Island, you legally can’t. It’s not open to the public. You would either have to take your own boat there (and not get caught) or find a boat owner willing to take you there, but most taxis refuse to go; either because of superstition or because it’s just a hassle. Venice is made up of several islands but Poveglia has a dark and sad history. It was used as a quarantine for people with bubonic plague who were essentially sent there to live out their remaining days. Napoleon Bonaparte stored arms there and in the 20th century it was an “insane asylum” wherein the doctors cruelly experimented on the patients. One doctor passed under suspicious circumstances and some claim to still hear the bell tower chiming, even though the bell was removed years ago.



A French castle. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that. But ghosts are romantic in their own kind of way, too, so it’s only natural that the Château de Brissac should have a spectral inhabitant. She is known as the “Green Lady” and if you visit the castle and you are unlucky enough to meet her, she might not be that nice to you. And, frankly, she has good reason to be ticked off. Charlotte of France was the illegitimate daughter of King Charles VII. According to legend, Charlotte’s life was taken by her husband when he discovered she was having an affair. And what was Charlotte wearing at the time of her demise? A green dress.



A word to the wise: if you’re going to build your family an estate, maybe don’t do it on land that used to be grounds where bad things happened. This is a lesson that Thomas Whaley learned the hard way. In 1857, he built his house on the site of San Diego’s first public gallows. He and his family were then tormented by either bad luck, psychological illness, or maybe the ghost of “Yankee” Jim Robinson, a drifter and thief who lost his life there.

Over the years, the Whaley family was plagued by problems and many passed in odd ways, including some in the house itself. The Whaley House is now a museum, but if you visit it and you sniff a wafting odor of cigar smoke or perfume, maybe leave that room right away.



People are seriously scared of this place. The Sallie House is named for the ghost of a little girl (“Sallie”) who appeared to the Pickman family who were tormented by what they perceived to be supernatural powers when they lived in the house. But there is no record of a little girl named Sallie having ever lived there which has made some aficionados of the paranormal suspect she is actually a demon in disguise.

Past tenants have been accused of witchcraft and satanism and a pentagram was apparently discovered in the basement. Noted paranormal investigator Ryan Bergara of the YouTube series Buzzfeed Unsolved has said the Sallie House is the one place to which he will not return.



The Viaduct Tavern was built back in 1874-75 smack dab in the City of London, right by St. Paul’s Cathedral on the site of a former jail (or as the English sometimes spell it, “gaol” – huh?). As we’ve already seen, building your establishment on the grounds of a former jail is a good way to get haunted. The Viaduct Tavern was also a former gin palace full of roustabouts and “colorful” characters, who you might still be able to meet, if you’re unlucky enough.

If you do decide to visit this old pub, try not to go between 5PM and 9PM on a weeknight, as it’s just down the road from the London Stock Exchange and is often full of investors, traders, and bankers in their pinstripe suits with pocket squares boasting about their recently closed deals. And what could be scarier than that?



In 2019, good luck finding a hotel that doesn’t have a reported haunting of some variety. And if that hotel is in a city as old as New Orleans, with its troubled past and history of Voodoo practitioners, forget about it. But the Dauphine Orleans Hotel stands above the rest of the Big Easy’s lodgings in the haunted department.

Located in New Orleans’s historic quarter of debauchery –Storyville– the Dauphine Orleans Hotel is comprised of several buildings, some of which are up to 200 years old, and which used to be private homes, stables, and a bordello. Wounded Confederate soldiers recovered there during the US Civil War. Whether it’s the souls of soldiers passed, bordello owner May Bailey, or her younger sister Millie (“the Lost Bride”), guests have reported spectral apparitions, unexplained footsteps, and slamming doors.



Despite its name, Mission San Francisco is not in San Francisco. It’s actually in Sonoma. It was one of a number of missions built by the Spanish in Alta California which was then part of Mexico (though Mission San Francisco was actually built after Mexican independence). The purpose of the mission was twofold: to establish a Mexican presence in Northern California to stop the encroachment of the Russians (yes, they had settlements in California – who knew?), and to spread Christianity to the indigenous peoples in the area. And the Mexicans/Spanish treated the indigenous population with as much disrespect and brutality as most Europeans did. As such, Mission San Francisco has a darker history than you would imagine a place of God having. Furthermore, some believe that a demon lives there today. Yes, a demon.


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Designed by noted architect Charles B. Cluskey and completed in 1840, the Sorrel-Weed House in Savannah, is named for the first two families to own it: the Sorrels and then the Weeds. The story goes that the original man of the house, Francis Sorrel, married his wife’s younger sister after his wife’s passing. Sorrel also owned people and had a relationship with one of them, Molly, to whom he gave “preferential treatment”. When his second wife Matilda caught him and Molly in the act, she leapt from a balcony. Two weeks later, Molly passed as well. If you’re unlucky enough, you might meet them at night at the Sorrel-Weed House. The House was also built on or near the spot of the Siege of Savannah, so you might meet some Revolutionary War soldiers as well.



Colchester Castle is a Norman Castle in Essex, England, and was built in the 11th century. That’s a long time ago and a lot of history has happened since then. Before then, as well, as Colchester Castle was built upon Roman ruins; a spot where the Briton Queen Boudica is said to have taken down a bunch of Roman soldiers. Centuries later, at the end of the English Civil War, two prominent Royalist Cavalier leaders lost their lives on the grounds of the castle. In 1656, Quaker James Parnell passed while imprisoned there, becoming a martyr for his religion. With millennia of dark and violent history, it’s no wonder people report paranormal activity here.



Banff is famously beautiful and while there is perhaps nothing to rival the natural beauty of Banff National Park, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel makes a good go of it. This marvelous grand hotel is a beautiful building in a beautiful spot, but it hides something ugly. The 130-year old hotel has had its fair share of supposed paranormal incidents.

One involves a ghost bride who apparently perished by falling down the stairs on her wedding day. That sucks. On a cheerier note, longtime bellman “Sam” swore he would haunt the hotel when he left this world. And he apparently has, but his afterlife hasn’t differed much from his normal life; even as a ghost he helps guests with their bags. Thank you, Sam.



During the day the Old Alton Bridge is just that: an old bridge. But at night it is the Goatman’s Bridge! Ooh, scary. “Goatman”. What is a goatman? Apparently he’s some beast: a satyr, a demon, or maybe Beelzebub himself, who, I guess owns the bridge or something. He supposedly lives in the nearby forest and will torment those who cross his bridge at night without a light. He torments them by grabbing their clothes and throwing rocks at them.

It all sounds a bit silly, to be honest, but put me there in the middle of the night and I’d probably get nervous.


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No item on this list is as instantly creepy or visually unsettling as the Island of the Dolls. Located in the original Aztec neighborhood of Xochimilco (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) on the outskirts of Mexico City, the Island of the Dolls is a place where nobody but the very brave (crazy?) would visit. First, the island is full of hanging dolls, doll heads, and doll parts, so that’s creepy as heck. Second, it’s full of spiders. And lastly, some local boat taxis will refuse to take you there.

The story of the Island of the Dolls is actually sad and kind of sweet (maybe?). It was the home of recluse Julian Santana Barrera who one day found a girl wash up on his island. He began hanging up dolls either in tribute to her or to ward off evil spirits.



Waverly Hills is a historic building that was originally opened in 1910 as a sanatorium to help tuberculosis patients. Before modern antibiotics came into use, tuberculosis to the lives of countless people in Kentucky and all over the world. Waverly Hills was meant to help these people but there was only so much they could do.

After modern medicine reduced the rates of tuberculosis, Waverly Hills shut down. There were ideas to turn it into a prison but now it just sits there looking ominous and impressive. Few people enter the building now unless they are explicitly looking for ghosts.



There’s really no reason the visit Hinterkaifeck anyway, so not many people go there regardless of bravery. Hinterkaifeck was a farmstead in rural Bavaria. On March 31 1922, the Gruber family and their maid Maria Baumgartner lost their lives with a mattock (a tool, similar to a pickax). The family had perished for four days before anybody discovered them. They were stacked on top of each other in the barn, partly concealed. Perhaps even creepier than this is the fact that the perpetrator continued to live inside the home for days after. Today there exists a tasteful shrine near where the Hinterkaifeck farm once stood.



The Rolling Hills Asylum opened in 1826 as the Genesee County Poor Farm. Ostensibly a form of social welfare, poor houses were often more like debtor’s prisons than actual helpful halfway homes or shelters. Many of the residents –who were called inmates– were widows, orphans, people with mental or physical disabilities, or minor criminals. Later on, Rolling Hills was used as a nursing home and at least 1700 have passed on the grounds. They’ve also been buried there but there’s no record of a cemetery plot so nobody knows where. Some reputed ghosts, such as Emma the Nurse, are helpful. Some, like Steve the Ghost, are quite aggressive. Either way, it’s privately owned and not used for anything today except to scare the bejesus out of people.



Lawang Sewu (“Thousand Doors”) has a lot of history; almost none of it good. It opened in 1907 as the headquarters of the Dutch East India Company. The Imperial Japanese Army took over in 1942 during their invasion of Indonesia. The Japanese used Lawang Sewu as a prison and committed numerous bad acts there. Lawang Sewu is now owned by Indonesian Railways. Attempts to refurbish Lawang Sewu have been spotty at best. About half of it has been restored after decades of it lying derelict. Most sites use tales of hauntings to increase tourism but Indonesia has had to try to downplay Lawang Sewu’s dark past and rumored ghostly residents to try to interest people. Among the ghosts are a Dutch woman who is said to have taken her own life, “headless ghouls”, and a mythical vampire-like creature.


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Forget ghosts, you’d have to be insane to visit the Dyatlov Pass for purely practical reasons. It’s a largely inaccessible pass in the Ural Mountains. Only accomplished hikers/skiers/climbers should really ever go there. Igor Dyatlov and his group of young trekkers were experienced outdoors people in 1959 when they tried to make it through the pass. But something happened to them. Apart from Yuri Yudin who turned back early due to ill-health, all nine members passed.

To go over just what might have happened would take too long but there are countless pages on the internet dedicated to speculation. Whatever happened it involved a tent being cut from the inside, people freezing with their clothes off, somebody taking a blow too strong to be from a human, irradiated clothing, and a missing tongue.

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Kindred Spirits Season 3 Coming to Travel Channel

By Tony Sokol

Kindred Spirits

Paranormal investigators Amy Bruni and Adam Berry check out familiar haunts for Travel Channel’s Kindred Spirits.

Travel Channel’s series Kindred Spirits will haunt the ghosts as it returns from the cold sleep of the off season. Panormal investigators Amy Bruni and Adam Berry “know that those who have passed might return, and that is when the true danger begins,” according to a press statement. Kindred Spirits season 3 premieres on Thursday, January 24 at 10 p.m.

“With its broader locations and terrifying tales, the new season of Kindred Spirits is right at home on Travel Channel,” Jane Latman, general manager of Travel Channel, said in a statement. “Amy and Adam have built a strong trust with their fans who can’t get enough of their unique perspective of helping the haunted by reconstructing the faded stories of the dead — their investigations bring peace to the living and give a voice to the afterlife.”

Throughout the 10-episode run, Bruni and Berry travel to “evil and historic locations” to uncover the truth behind America’s most intense paranormal activity. They explore properties that were used as orphanages and asylums, as well as personal homes inhabited by aggressive entities. The series will feature special guests like psychic medium Chip Coffey and paranormal researcher John Tenney to help them track the untrackable.

Bruni and Berry enter America’s “darkest locations demanding answers to the most chilling, haunted mysteries,” according to the press statement. “Discovering and confronting paranormal activity is just the first step.”

During each one-hour episode, the investigators try to “determine who or what haunts the space and whether it’s safe for the living to remain,” according to the press statement. “Their multi-layered investigations dig into the past in order to identify the dead and analyze the threat. With an arsenal of paranormal tools and their hands-on investigation style, the duo brings peace to those tormented by restless spirits by giving a voice to the dead.”

Amy Bruni brings more than 20 years of investigative experience to help people reclaim their homes and lives from the mysteries of the unknown. Prior to communing with those who passed over, she traversed the frightening world of the health insurance industry. Deciding to follow her dreams and turn death probes into a livelihood, Bruni began traveling the country to visit its most haunted places, researching the group dynamics of ghost-hunting teams and lecturing on the history of paranormal investigation.

Bruni was a staple on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters and served as the team’s historical researcher for seven seasons Beginning in 2008. During that time she met Adam Berry. In 2014, she left the show to stay home with her family and start her own business, a boutique paranormal travel company called Strange Escapes. The birth of her daughter and the importance of family have brought new value to Bruni’s investigations, putting more focus on helping families try to reach the spirits of their loved ones.

Adam Berry’s love and passion for the paranormal ignited from an extremely haunting experience he had in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Berry founded his own investigation team operating out of Provincetown, Massachusetts, in 2007, to document cases and bring answers to those experiencing strange activity in their homes. In 2010, he won Syfy’s reality competition show, Ghost Hunters Academy, earning a coveted spot on the network’s hit original series, Ghost Hunters, where he met and first teamed up with his investigation partner, Amy Bruni. When Berry isn’t looking for ghosts, he is the executive director of the Provincetown non-profit theater company Peregrine Theatre Ensemble.

Kindred Spirits is produced for Travel Channel by Paper Route. For Paper Route, the executive producers are Amy Bruni, Adam Berry and Alan LaGarde. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Christine Shuler, Jane Latman is general manager and Henry Schleiff is group president of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.

Kindred Spirits season 3 premieres on Thursday, January 24 at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel.

Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.
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