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January 23, 2005 from San Carlos Apache Reservation, Arizona
Dr. Dave’s Notes:
We listen to Weather Radio and hear about all the snow falling in the
east and the blizzard conditions and the State of Emergency that has been
declared in MA and in NJ due to the heavy snows and high winds. Our
hearts go out to those who are enduring the cold and windy
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to update your address books and start using the new email address
immediately. This address can always be found at the top of the home page
If you are planning on attending our 9th annual ghost
conference, don't delay or you may miss being able to attend. We have
limited seating and when it is sold out there will be no more seating
available. We have some great activities planned for the conference so
mark March 25 – 27 and make plans to attend our event.
We posted some great new photos this past week on ghostweb.com, including
ecto from the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis. We have several ecto photos
posted that came in this week from wedding spirits to New Orleans
spirits, so take some time and check them out. Since we have gone to
Satellite Internet, we are able to download the photos without any
problem now. We have more photos to post today so check back from time to
time to view the amazing ghost photos.
We are getting some great stories from the Apache Reservation that are
consistent with the hauntings found in almost any city or town in the
world. However, here on the Apache Reservation, some of the hauntings
relate to the time when the US Army soldiers rode horses hunting for the
Apache warriors during the 1870 -1880 era. In Gettysburg, we hear of
sightings of Union and Confederate soldiers, so is it strange to hear of
Apaches sighting the US Army soldiers riding on horses? I think not.
We are busy writing two books that we have to turn in by June to our
Publisher, one is on EVP and we are including the experiences of our
members. If you have had some experiences and gotten some good EVP you
can share with us, write up your experiences and send it to us. Your
experiences do not have to be letter perfect, just send us the raw
information and we can prepare it for the book. Your experience does not
have to be at some historical site, it can be in your own home or
apartment. We want to share with the readers of our book, the many EVP
experiences that people receive while conducting EVP investigations.
We have cynics who write and demand proof that the EVP recordings are
from the dead. They do not want to take the time to learn about EVP, but
want every thing handed to them on a silver platter. What good would it
do if we did hand them all the proof, they would simply contend that the
proof wasn't sufficient. Skeptics who suggest that these ethereal voices
are actually voices picked up by the recorder from radio stations simply
have no field experiences, but they do have theories. We have recorded
over 1,000 ethereal voices, which we simply call ghost voices or EVP, and
in all of these recordings, we have never found any of the voices to be
from radio stations. Perhaps a little less theory and a little more field
experience would benefit those who are the doubting Thomases of EVP.
We are not out to prove anything to anyone. We simply share what we have
found to be valid and that which we have gained insights from our study
and from our field investigations. It is easier to have a closed mind
then an open mind. A closed mind is not open to the introduction of new
information and therefore is at a disadvantage. The closed mind does not
have to offer valid explanation that can be duplicated each and every
time, but only an explanation that sounds logical knowing that no one is
going to ask him or her to prove it. One closed mind wrote me and said he
once picked up a radio station from his digital recorder. I said he was
lucky because in all of the years we have been doing EVP recordings and
with all the members in the IGHS, none have ever reported picking up
local radio stations on their recorders. I have never heard of it
happening to anyone active in this field.
Again, a logical explanation without substantial evidence is generally
the trademark of a closed mind. Conversely, we have substantial evidence
to suggest that these ethereal voices are not coming from any radio
signals, but from beyond the grave. We have recorded too many interactive
voices which negate the idea of radio transmission. When asking a
question and getting a response to that question, it cannot be evaluated
as radio signals, but interactive conversation. As we stated above, we
have recorded over 1,000 EVP recordings from all over the United States,
not just from a single locality. We have recorded EVP voices from Central
America and found that except for the language, the other qualities are
present as they are from the haunts of the USA.
The ethereal voices recorded in a German cemetery speak in German, voices
from a French cemetery are speaking in French, and voices recorded in a
Polish cemetery are speaking Polish. Ghosts will speak the language in
death that they spoke while living. Think about it, this only makes
common sense. If I spoke English and died, why would I suddenly be
speaking French? I do not know French. At death, we do not suddenly
acquire knowledge of other languages. At death, we still retain our
emotions with their hang-ups. Death does not free us of those energy
configurations we know as emotions. This understanding comes from our
intense study and research of the ethereal voices we have recorded over
the past 15 years.
We travel the back roads of America seeking out the new haunts not
previously reported or publicized. We document the historical hauntings
that have influenced the lives of men and women who have experienced
them. We do not report on folklore or Urban legends, but actual hauntings
that generally have been occurring and reoccurring over the last fifty
years. The books we write are true life stories about the relationships
between the living and the spirits that haunt from the past and sometimes
walk among the living.
Just the other day we interviewed a health care worker who shared his
stories about two matronly nurses floating in the hallway of a medical
facility, wearing nursing uniforms, circa 1900, and about a little black
boy who has been chased through the hallways of a hospital by an
employee. When the little boy is almost caught, he passes through the
door while the employee had to stop and open the door! Both the floating
nurses and the little boy have been seen by many of the staff members and
residents of this health care facility. The original hospital was built
about a hundred years ago and the description of the nursing uniforms
confirms the circa 1900 date and is consistent with the history. We may
even have some EVP recorded, along with the voice of the health care
worker. We will know more when we analyze those suspect voices from the
etheric or from the living.
The otherworldly visitors to the land of the living can be shocking as
well as intimidating. One man working the night shift at the above health
care facility refused to work the night shift after experiencing ghostly
antics that scared him half to death. Our lives revolve around what we
know and what we accept. Our parents, our schools, even our ministers do
not teach us about the ethereal entities that may suddenly appear in our
lives and turn our beliefs upside down. Once we remove our blinders, we
discover a whole new dimension to life. We may surf the Net to find
paranormal answers, but all we find are contradictions and a lack of
understanding regarding the paranormal.
Sharon and I are deeply involved in research into that aspect of our
lives when we cross beyond the grave. We are not part time ghost hunters
and full time employees in some other profession, but we are full time
researchers and full time investigators. Our lives center around the
research and investigations we conduct daily. We share our findings on
our web site, in this Newsletter and in the books, we have written.
Dr. Sharon’s Notes:
As I sat down to do some research for an article this week, I came
across some very interesting information in an unlikely place.
Personally, I enjoy researching different subjects and finding different
opinions. It gives me food for thought to read credible accounts of ghost
activity and then to read about the subject from a skeptic’s point of
view. I enjoy learning both sides of a story, gleaning all the
information I can, feeling more able to decide for myself.
There is always a tendency for some people, in areas of new research,
such as all areas of the paranormal, to perpetrate hoaxes or fraud. This
is a historical fact and has been seen, particularly in fields of
interest that are gaining universal interest and recognition. We have
seen this happen in ufology, in the discovery of crop circles, cattle
mutilations, mediumship, and séances, ghost research, Bigfoot sightings,
Angel sightings and miracles. Where serious researchers strive to
document evidence and gain knowledge, there is always a flipside that
perpetrates the hoaxes.
In early England, there were numerous cases of faked haunting’s, one of
the most dramatic cases took place in 1649. Dreadful ghost activities
allegedly took place that drove a group of Cromwell’s administrators from
a palace in Woodstock. It was revealed later the haunting was actually
the handiwork of a loyalist. Though it was only later that it was
revealed fraudulent, hundreds of people believed the stories to be
There have been some very famous hauntings that today are said to have
been frauds. The one story that attracted my attention was that of the
Borley Rectory in Essex. I first came across the story written by a true
skeptic. To learn more from a researcher’s point of view, I found more on
Borley Rectory in Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits and Haunted
Places, by Brad Steiger. When I was finished, I felt like I had a
more comprehensive view of the past and present stories at what has been
called, the most haunted house in England. I want to share the skeptical
opinion of the Borley Rectory haunting first. I will then present facts
obtained from more current documents of the events reported from the
Rectory. It seems even today the haunting remains under scrutiny and is
Harry Price was a ghost researcher and investigator in London, England
and in 1940; he published a book, documenting his findings and
experiences at Borley Rectory. According to Price, from the time the
rectory was built in 1863, some very astonishing occurrences took place
there. The author reported many manifestations, including the ghost of a
nun that had been seen walking the grounds.
Price reported that there were all sorts of noises in and around
the rectory that could not be explained as normal. Spontaneous fires
broke out, cold spots were felt, and crockery flew through the air when
there were no humans present to throw things around. There were also
ghostly messages written on the walls. Price visited the rectory many
times and at one point, May 1937-1938, he rented the rectory himself. He
interviewed many witnesses and gave testament of his own experiences in
his book. It was considered to be the most conclusive evidence of ghosts
The rectory burned in 1939. Until the remains were completely torn down
in 1944, people continued to visit the site, maintaining there were still
strange things happening. Price authored a second book on the rectory in
1946. In 1948, Harry Price died. In the 1950’s the SPR (Society for
Psychical Research) in England did a complete investigation of the site
and alleged haunting. Parapsychologists Dingwall, Goldney and Hall,
declared Borley Rectory was never haunted.
When they compared Prices reports with the actual statements made by
witnesses to Price, it was found that Price embellished and distorted the
reports, making them more sensational. They also found that during the
peak time of the reported haunting, Marianne Foyster, the wife of Rev.
Lionel Foyster who lived in the rectory from 1930-1935, was actively
creating the phenomena taking place, claiming the events to be real. It
was discovered that Price, himself faked some of the phenomena while he
was there. Price recorded all of the events in his book, whether real or
For every reported incident at the rectory, Dingwall, Goldney, and Hall
claimed to have found non-paranormal explanations. There were a few
events that could not be explained, yet once a hoax is discovered, all
the evidence is held in question and considered invalid. Harry Price
reputation as a ghost hunter and psychic investigator was respected,
until he wrote the book on Borley Rectory. Since investigating Price and
his revelations of the dramatic haunting of the rectory, according to one
skeptic, it has been shown that Price had poor regard for the truth. His
reports of other alleged events are held in question as a result.
After reading the opinions of the skeptic, I needed to know more about
this famous haunting. What I read in Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits and
Haunted Places rings similar and yet with the blanks filled in, the
overall picture of the Borley haunting started to fit into place and make
more sense. I will paraphrase from the information I read.
Borley Rectory and the reported events have been contested and have
become very controversial over the years. The fact remains that at least
twelve clergymen refused to live in the rectory because they believed the
stories they were hearing to be true. Also, a window in the dining room
was bricked up at the request of a rector as he could not stand to see
the ghost of a nun continually peering in at him. That seems like pretty
solid evidence that something very strange was taking place there.
The rectory was built in more “modern times” but was built on the site of
a medieval monastery, the ruins of a nunnery still visible. Many legends
surround the nunnery but the most famous was about a nun who was sealed
into one of the convent walls, still alive. Her crime was eloping with a
Benedictine brother because they had fallen in love. Later, he was hanged
for his actions while she was entombed in a convent wall. Not only had
occupants of the rectory seen the nun on the rectory grounds, some of the
local villagers had seen the apparition also.
Rev. Henry Dawson Ellis Bull originally built Borley Rectory for his wife
and fourteen children. Rev. Bull ultimately died in the blue room of the
rectory in 1892. His son Harry also died in the blue room of the rectory
in 1927. The daughters of Rev. Bull all attested to have seen the nun
while living in the rectory and to having experienced other phenomena
while in residence there. Rev. Bull bricked up the dining room window so
the family could enjoy dinner without the spectral nun peering in at
them. It was when Rev. Foyster and his wife and four-year-old daughter
moved into the rectory in 1930, that the activity increased.
The Foysters’ had heard all the dark tales of the Borley Rectory, as Rev.
Foyster was a cousin to the wife of Rev. Henry Bull. Rev. Foyster, with
the onset of activity, realized the stories about the rectory were true,
yet believed his faith would protect him. He kept a journal of the
phenomenon he and his family experienced while living there. However, it
was Mrs. Foyster who was the target for most of the attacks and she was
the one with whom the resident ghosts attempted to communicate.
Rev. Foyster knew Harry Price had investigated the rectory and
interviewed the Bull family so he contacted Price. Harry Price and his
team arrived at Borley Rectory to investigate the accelerated activity.
Rev. Foyster shared the journal of the continuing events he had been
keeping, with Price. Price related over 2,000 incidents that occurred
during the time the Foyster family lived there. The family had endured
the paranormal activities at the rectory for five years. Once they moved
out, the bishop had the rectory put up for sale.
Because of the reputation of the rectory, there were no takers wanting to
own such a haunted place. It was in 1937 that Harry Price learned that
the rectory was vacant and he leased the place to further research the
ghostly activity. He enlisted 40 men who would take turns living at the
rectory for one year. Price positioned equipment for detecting ghosts
around the interior of the rectory and left clear instructions for proper
observations and documenting of phenomena.
Messages appeared on walls and two Oxford graduates witnessed the writing
appearing on a wall as they were cataloging other new messages that had
appeared. All messages were circled and dated as to when they appeared.
One observer to the appearance of the writing on the wall was Professor
C.E.M. Joad of the Department of Philosophy and Psychology at the
University of London.
Investigators soon discovered cold spots in the rectory. One such cold
spot was on the landing outside of the blue room, where both Rev. Bull
and his son Harry had died. Another cold spot of was found in an upstairs
passage. Though these cold spots had gone unnoticed during prior
investigations, they were now documented and the temperature recorded at
48 F. The temperature was constant regardless of the temperature
throughout the rest of the rectory.
In late 1938, Captain Gregson, who was not intimidated by the stories
about the place, purchased Borley Rectory. He was upset when his dog went
wild and ran away the day they moved into the house though. The dog was
never seen again. Gregson reported a few unexplainable occurrences he had
experienced. On February 27, 1939, Borley Rectory was destroyed by fire.
In testimony given by Gregson, he stated that a number of books had flown
from the shelves, knocking over a lamp that engulfed the house in
Recently, one man stepped forward, writing a book on his involvement in
the hoaxes perpetrated at Borley Rectory. Allegedly, he grew up in the
area of Borley Rectory and in his youth participated in keeping the
stories of the most haunted house in England, alive. It seems that he
experienced events that he could not explain away as being normal.
We can read and research haunted sites weighing the pros and cons of each
alleged haunting. Stories of places like the Borley Rectory that took
place so long ago, are sometimes difficult, especially when there are
conflicting accounts. There are details in a haunting that will be
consistently similar and should be considered carefully.
In this day of modern technology and mobility, we are able to visit some
of these known sites to investigate and document events that could
continue to take place today. Through the use of digital technology, we
can easily photograph areas for anomalies and record for voices from the
past, to document and validate continuing activity. On the same note, the
information and evidence we gather can be shared with others interested
in the facts associated with an alleged haunting. The Internet has given
us the ability to do just that, bringing a world of people and
information much closer together. We can question, confirm, and/or deny
the legitimacy of ghosts at places we ourselves may never get to
As I read the information in one book, written by a skeptic, I found
there were few details about the statements made regarding the events and
the work of Harry Price. When reading about Borley Rectory in Brad
Steiger’s Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits and Haunted Places, I
found that controversy mentioned in the beginning of the story and
details were brought to light throughout. The details are what make a
difference when researching a haunted site as they can clarify questions
in our minds and bring the overall picture into more clarity.
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Our conferences are not for entertainment with ghost book authors or
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