Destination America Scares Up 12 Nights of a Haunting for the Holidays

By Tony Sokol

Haunted Places

The three ghosts of Christmas join their Kindred Spirits on Destination America’s 12 Nights of a Haunting.

In Charles Dickens’ perennial chestnut A Christmas Carol, a greedy miser is haunted by three ghosts in the days leading to his reformation. Ebenezer Scrooge got off easy compared to the team at Destination America, which is gifting us with at least a dozen ghosts in their upcoming 12 Nights of a Haunting.  Jacob Marley and his nocturnal friends will drop the chains they linked day by day near a couch for a weekly visit from Kindred Spirits. Destination America will serve up the “nightmare before Christmas” every night, starting Wednesday, December 20, through Sunday, December 31, for a primetime marathon of A Haunting.

But in the best spirit of things to come, the cable network will also present an all-day New Year’s Day marathon of Kindred Spirits culminating in “Don’t Go in the Attic,” a never-before-seen episode from season 2, which premieres Monday, January 1 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

“A family living in fear considers selling their house because of violent paranormal activity,” reads the official synopsis of “Don’t Go in the Attic.”

“They’ve seen a box cutter hurdled through the air, a paper towel dispenser unroll before their eyes and even experienced hair pulling. This is enough to make anyone consider selling their home, but Adam and Amy kick off an investigation into the family and their home’s history. They soon discover that one of the spirits haunting the home has a vital message to deliver; a message that could determine the fate of an entire family.”

Hosted by paranormal investigators Amy Bruni and Adam Berry, Kindred Spirits showcases “some of the scariest stories of supernatural activity,” according to the show’s synopsis. “Through spellbinding first-person accounts, each episode profiles one family’s ghostly encounters. As the mystery and origin of each case is unraveled, audiences are left with a lingering sense that life after death is much more powerful than anyone could have possibly imagined.”

Following the charitable tradition of the holidays, Amy and Adam spend their time helping “real families who are tormented by paranormal activity in their homes. With the added stress that the spirits may be their own late family members, each episode introduces a new family that seeks help from Amy and Adam.” But where were they on Black Friday?

‘Do You Believe in Ghosts?’ A Catholic Priest Responds

by Fr. Michael Sliney, LC

Ghosts & Religion
On this feast of All Souls’ Day, we pray for the dead — and especially for the troubled souls in purgatory who need extra blessings

Haunted houses or ghosts?

During my 19 years of priesthood, I have been asked to perform house blessings on a couple of hundred homes, the majority of which were simple, beautiful and non-eventful experiences — though there have been a few exceptions.

One family told me they felt a ghostly presence in their basement. Drawers would invisibly come out of the cabinets and float in the air; the family would feel cold drafts of air rush by them while in the basement; and occasionally they’d hear various noises, among other things.

As it turned out, the former owner of this house had murdered his wife in the basement — so perhaps this soul was in purgatory and asking for prayers. Along with another priest, I traveled to this house, we performed a typical house blessing, and we took some time to pray for this soul. From that moment, all was well.

Another house had similar experiences, with a ghost roaming the floors and opening and closing doors in the middle of the night. Apparently, the ghost even came into the bedroom of the parents: They felt a cold draft rush into their room and actually felt the ghost sit on the far edge of the bed.

This particular house had the reputation of being haunted for a long time, and the neighbors had mentioned this to the couple before they moved in. A simple blessing did not do the trick, so I called one of the bishops from the diocese and asked what to do.

He asked me to celebrate a Mass in the house for this soul, and told me he would be praying as well. I actually felt the presence of this troubled soul during Holy Communion and calmly and silently asked him to leave this family alone. Thankfully, this problem was also resolved.

Peter Kreeft, a philosophy professor at Boston College, has written, “The dead often do appear to the living and there is enormous evidence of ‘ghosts’ in all cultures.” He added there is “no contradiction” between ghosts and Catholic theology.

“Ghosts confirm, rather than refute or disturb, Catholic theology of the afterlife,” Kreeft told the publication Aleteia in July 2017. “Especially the very existence of a life after death, which is the main point skeptics dispute.”

These examples and a few others in my priesthood are radical exceptions and definitely not the norm, but they have been very real both for me and for the families involved. Ghosts or souls in purgatory in need of prayers and supernatural occurrences are all very mysterious and troubling at times, but we should not lose our peace knowing this is out there.

Rather, All Souls’ Day is a beautiful day on which to pray for all the souls of the departed, especially those whom God has providentially placed in our lives.

Some things will always remain a little mysterious to our limited human understanding. Christ conquers all — and His peace and strength continue to work through his priests today.

Fr. Michael Sliney, LC, is a Catholic priest who is the New York chaplain of the Lumen Institute, an association of business and cultural leaders.

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By Greg David

You know I’ll be watching… not just to be scared, but also to be educated about what is and isn’t possible. I love Paranormal TV.

Scariest Night of My Life

Our House Media first jumped onto my radar via Backroad Bounty, but they’ve stayed there thanks to three seasons of Paranormal Survivor and one of Haunted Case Files. Now the Canadian documentary series producers return with a third equally creepy series with Scariest Night of My Life.

Debuting Friday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on T+E, Scariest Night of My Life is exactly what it sounds like: ordinary people recount an awful night they’ve experienced. It all begins Friday with Gloria, who recalls the 2007 night she’ll never forget inside her first home. A happy moving day with her two children and husband went sour that evening when an odd vibe and cold temperature hinted something was amiss. It wasn’t until her daughter woke up to a figure knocking at her window that life for Gloria grew totally terrifying. With her husband gone to his night shift, Gloria and her kids bore the brunt of whatever was in their home, experiencing slamming kitchen cupboards, disembodied footsteps, odd reflections in a bathroom mirror and voiding black goo. Things get worse from there.

Presented with the witnesses narrating their tales, dramatic recreations packed with shadowy figures, giggling children, jagged fonts and otherworldly screams drive home the spookiness. Like Paranormal Survivor and Haunted Case Files before it, Scariest Night of My Life is terrifying. Whether you believe in the supernatural or not, the people interviewed on Scariest Night believe something happened to them.

If you’re looking for a double-dose of scares, Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on T+E marks the Season 2 return of Cream Productions’ Evil Encounters with more tales of personal accounts of paranormal experiences in the woods.

Happy Halloween!

Scariest Night of My Life airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on T+E.

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Predicting Time With The Tarot


One of the most difficult things when reading tarot can be determining the timing of an event. This is the question that I get asked a lot about by querents as well as tarot readers. There’s a few ways that this can be done, some involving knowledge of astrology, and some that don’t need any knowledge at all regarding timing. In this article when discussing imagery of a card, I am referencing the artwork of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck.

Image Credit: James Sutton | CC0 License
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Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft home for sale, fully decorated and ready for ghost hunting

by Cristina Sanza

This is seriously one gorgeous house. Calleen

Lizzie Borden's Houes
With Halloween just around the corner, this could be the perfect time to invest in a home with macabre history.

Lizzie Borden’s home, Maplecroft, is on the market in Fall River, MA. The accused murderer moved into the house in 1893 after she was acquitted in the gruesome deaths of her father and stepmother. She lived there until her death in 1927. Maplecroft is just a few miles away from the scene of her alleged crime.

Located at 306 French Street, the Victorian-style home has been completely restored. It features 6 fireplaces, 8 bedrooms, and 3 1/2 bathrooms. Each room has been decorated with period pieces and nods to Borden history, and it’s being sold in its fully furnished state.

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Texas native Kristee Bates, a fan of unsolved mysteries, purchased the home in 2014 for $50,000. She renovated the property with plans to turn it into a bed & breakfast, museum, or event center, but her plans fell through.

Though Borden was acquitted, the residents of Fall River shunned her after the trial and fascination about the case remains to this day. The family home where the killings occurred is now the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum, where guests can spend the night in the reportedly haunted house and book private spiritual readings with the resident psychic.

If you’re interested in purchasing the spooky Maplecroft mansion, it can be yours for $849,900 through Mott & Chance real estate.

Source: Boston Globe

5 Paranormal Places In Beverly Hills: Lucille Ball’s Home; Beverly Hills Hotel; Greystone Mansion

By Emily Holland (Patch Staff)

Beverly Hills Hauntings
Not for the faint of heart, these haunted locations will give you a better scare than the typical spooky mazes and hayrides.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – As the leaves begin to change colors and weather cools down, haunted hayrides and pumpkin-flavored everything creep back into the forefront. But what if the spookiest places in your city weren’t the haunted houses? In Beverly Hills, its rich history leads to many creepy findings.

If you’re a bigger fan of real ghosts than fake ghouls, check out some of the most haunted places in city:

Beverly Hills’ Bermuda Triangle

Many creepy coincidences have happened at this corner in Beverly Hills, although it may be more bad luck than ghosts and spirits. At this site, Howard Hughes crashed a plane, Bugsy Siegel was murdered, and a successful publicist was killed in what seemed like a fairly random drive-by shooting. Modern day psychics and clairvoyants have reported visions of pain and suffering, anger and confusion. Have you been to the spot? Did you see any black cats cross your path, or sense any feelings of despair?

Address: N. Linden Dr. and N. Whittier Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 9021

The Beverly Hills Hotel

Actor Peter Finch had a heart attack in the lobby of this hotel 1977, and it’s rumored that he still hangs around. While it’s possible he’s still here, it is believed that comedian and harpist Harpo Marx and Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff haunt here, still making posthumous music.

Address: 9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The Greystone Mansion

Lots of mystery and unanswered questions surround the murder-suicide of a secretary and his employer, Ned Doheny, son of wealthy oil influencer Edward Doheny. While the official report claims the secretary either had a nervous breakdown, or killed his boss over not receiving a raise, multiple conspiracy theories have surfaced since. The homicide detective who arrived at the scene later wrote an autobiography called “Me, Detective,” detailing the errors within the investigation. The case was declared solved by the District Attorney’s Office the following day, but rumors say Ned and his secretary Hugh still roam the halls of the mansion today.

Address: 905 Loma Vista Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Pickfair Estate

The 18-acre estate was built for the silent film actors Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford in 1919. In 1988, it was bought by actress Pia Zadora and her husband Meshulam Riklis and they demolished the estate. Zadora claimed on “Celebrity Ghost Stories” that the real reason the estate was demolished was, in fact, not because of termites, but because it was haunted. The laughing female ghost allegedly died at Pickfair while having an affair with Douglas Fairbanks. “You can deal with termites, and you can deal with plumbing issues, but you can’t deal with the supernatural,” Zadora said in an interview.

Address: 1143 Summit Drive, Beverly Hills, CA

Lucille Ball’s Former Home

Lucy, from “I Love Lucy,” still reportedly visits her old house on Roxbury Drive, as well as the Hart building at the Paramount Studios where the show was filmed. She died in her Beverly Hills home on April 26, 1989 from a ruptured aorta. People who visit the locations report the strong scene of an old, floral-smelling perfume – just like Lucy used to wear.

Address: 1000 N Roxbury Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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8 Haunted Places You Can Rent on Airbnb


These bookings aren’t for the faint of heart.


The Manor in Saint Paul, Minnesota

the manorCOURTESY TREY FORTNER/SEAN DOYLEWhen Sean Doyle, owner of The Manor, was checking out the house 10 years ago, he picked an old barrette off the ground, and a vivid image of a girl in a white dress flashed in his head. It seemed odd, but he didn’t think much of it. About a year later, the family who’d built the house in 1883 got in touch, and on a whim, Doyle asked if a little girl had died there. The woman asked her relatives, who revealed a family member named Rosalia Fihn died there of typhoid fever in 1908. The family showed Doyle old family photos, when he noticed a familiar face—the girl he’d seen when he was buying the house. Even weirder? Some friends and Airbnb guests who are “more sensitive” to energy have commented on vibes coming from one particular closet without knowing the story of Rosalia, says Doyle. “I take it with a grain of salt,” he tells Reader’s Digest. “I’m a bit of a skeptic when it comes to actual ghosts, but … there was definitely some of Rosalia’s energy here.” Do you believe? A stay in The Manor’s Master Chamber could convince you—unless these other real-life ghost stories do first.


Kahn Saloon in Jefferson, Texas


VIA AIRBNB.COMLocated in what the Houston Chronicle deemed Texas’s most haunted town, it’s no surprise the Kahn Hotel would have its fair share of spooky stories. The Kahn Saloon was converted to a hotel in 2016, and has had more than 300 paranormal investigations in the past 10 years. One paranormal group recorded their stay and heard some creepy things, like a voice calling “help” and a woman’s scream followed by a gunshot, according to the hotel. Stay and see for yourself…if you dare. (Unconvinced? Learn the scientific reason you might feel a ghost.)

5 ghost hunting apps you’re going to want to download for your iPhone

By Heather Dockray

Before you move into a new home, you need to ask yourself one question: Are there dead people here who want to destroy my sh*t?

Hunting ghosts was once the province of experts and moron football players in R.L. Stine novels. Now, thanks to an explosion of paranormal shows and app developers eager to capitalize on the craze, there are a wide range of affordable ghost-hunting apps downloadable for your iPhone.

Many of these apps are painfully campy and crammed with ads. It’s ghost hunting for folks who hate learning new terminology, but really want to get likes on their Instagram story (raises hand).

Others, at least, have the appearance of professionalism, and use real vocabulary that paranormal investigators who aren’t just your random bored friends might use.

Here’s a look at just a few.

1. iEMF+

Ghost Hunting

iEMF+ is a solid app for the beginner. Like many other ghost hunting apps, it detects electromagnetic fields and gives you an estimate of their size. iEMF+ will measure the field’s strength in different units, and allows you to account for the earth’s ambient field.

When I conducted a ghost hunt of Trump’s childhood home, it led me to my favorite places: the kitchen and the bathroom. I therefore give this app an A+.

Evil Things: New Paranormal Show


Evil Things

Paranormal fans can look forward to the return of Amy Bruni and Adam Berry next month in their latest series, Kindred Spirits, but TLC has a whole new paranormal show debuting right after those celebrity ghost hunters. Evil Things debuts on September 15 with a new take on the paranormal investigation series format. Instead of investigating haunted places with celebrity ghost hunters, Evil Things will focus on two stories each episode of everyday people claiming to have had encounters with haunted objects.

Could this be the influence of films like The Conjuring and the Annabelle series, based on a true story featuring an allegedly haunted doll that was owned by real paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren? While there are bound to be plenty of haunted dolls in upcoming episodes, the press screening of the Evil Things premiere focused on two very different haunted objects.

In the first Evil Things story, college student, Lindsay, gets a dream trip to Europe as a present from her parents. She meets a handsome young American and accepts his invitation for a motorcycle ride that turns tragic. After a severe eye injury, Lindsay needs a cornea transplant to save her eye and her vision. As anyone who has ever seen a horror film might guess, Lindsay starts seeing strange things with her new cornea. Are her visions simply an overactive imagination, or are they something more sinister related to her accident? Or something else altogether?

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In the second story of the Evil Things premiere, you get the typical “young couple buys a new house and something isn’t right” scenario. But this haunting seems to revolve around a set of video tapes found walled up in the attic. As the husband becomes more obsessed with watching the creepy tapes, more and more paranormal phenomena occur, particularly involving his wife.

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Evil Things features re-enactments of events, like some other popular paranormal TV series, relating firsthand accounts of ghostly occurrences and haunted locations. But this is the first paranormal show to focus exclusively on haunted objects.

Evil Things debuts September 15 at 10 p.m. (ET) on TLC, right after the Season 2 premiere of Kindred Spirits at 9 p.m. (ET). Turn out the lights for some Friday night frights.

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Kindred Spirits New Season Starts Soon


Paranormal investigators Amy Bruni and Adam Berry (Ghost Hunters) will return next month for the second season of their latest series, Kindred Spirits, according to TLC. The ghost hunters will debut this new season of paranormal investigations in the Lizzie Borden House, where Lizzie allegedly axed her parents to death. While that haunted location has been featured on many other paranormal TV shows, Bruni and Berry have a new twist this time around. Instead of searching for spirits of the Borden family, they are looking for the grandparents of one of the tour guides, and even enlisting help from the spirits of the Bordens to try to contact them.

Paranormal fans, you probably haven’t seen that before, right?

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Bruni And Berry Start Their Second Season of ‘Kindred Spirits’

Kindred Spirits debuted last year, pairing BFF paranormal investigators Bruni and Berry in their own series after they moved on from Syfy’s Ghost Hunters. Unlike Ghost Hunters, where the TAPS team investigated historic buildings such as asylums and hospitals, Bruni and Berry paired up on Kindred Spirits to help everyday people facing paranormal phenomena in their homes. In the case of this debut episode of Season 2 of Kindred Spirits, the Lizzie Borden House isn’t technically a residence, but it is a former family residence that has been converted into a museum and bed and breakfast.

‘Kindred Spirits’ Brings In Psychic Chip Coffey To Help

Sue, one of the tour guides for the popular paranormal tourist spot, has been advised by several psychics that her grandparents are there trying to reach her, and she feels she might be in danger given some of the misfortunes and health problems that have plagued co-workers. She’s so afraid of the basement that Bruni and Berry decide to call in psychic Chip Coffey (Paranormal State) to help with their investigation and to try to make contact with the spirits of her grandparents and anyone else lurking there.

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Suffice it to say that like the other investigations you may have watched for Kindred Spirits, the paranormal power duo and psychic Coffey find plenty of interesting evidence in the press screener for the episode. They also discover some other tragic history in the Borden family around that location that may be contributing to the haunting. Also note that continuing the tradition of the first season of Kindred Spirits, you might be well-advised to keep a box of tissues handy.

Kindred Spirits debuts September 15 at 9 pm (ET) on TLC. You can also catch Coffey at some upcoming Ghost Hunt Weekends events and Bruni and Berry on Mackinac Island hosting a paranormal event in October with Strange Destinations.

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