Monday, June 27, 2011

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Spiritual / Paranormal Activity: Documented Demonic Possession and Ghost Hunting With Dogs

Posted: 26 Jun 2011 01:19 PM PDT

Documented Case of Real-Life Demonic Possession

An American woman who levitated, demonstrated paranormal psychic powers and spoke foreign languages unknown to her was clearly demon possessed, according to a board-certified psychiatrist and associate professor of clinical psychiatry at New York Medical College.

The unnamed woman, with a long history of involvement with Satanic groups, was observed by a team of priests, deacons, several lay assistants, psychiatrists, nuns, some of whom also had medical and psychiatric training, levitating six inches off the ground while objects flew off shelves in the same room, according to Dr. Richard E. Gallagher, who documented the case in the New Oxford Review.

"Periodically, in our presence, Julia would go into a trance state of a recurring nature," writes Gallagher. "Mentally troubled individuals often 'dissociate,' but Julia's trances were accompanied by an unusual phenomenon: Out of her mouth would come various threats, taunts and scatological language, phrases like 'Leave her alone, you idiot,' 'She's ours,' 'Leave, you imbecile priest,' or just 'Leave.' The tone of this voice differed markedly from Julia's own, and it varied, sometimes sounding guttural and vaguely masculine, at other points high pitched. Most of her comments during these 'trances,' or at the subsequent exorcisms, displayed a marked contempt for anything religious or sacred."

The subject would have no recollection of speaking these phrases upon recovering from the trance-like state, according to Gallagher.

"Sometimes objects around her would fly off the shelves, the rare phenomenon of psychokinesis known to parapsychologists," reports Gallagher. "Julia was also in possession of knowledge of facts and occurrences beyond any possibility of their natural acquisition.

"She commonly reported information about the relatives, household composition, family deaths and illnesses, etc., of members of our team, without ever having observed or been informed about them," he said. "As an example, she knew the personality and precise manner of death (i.e., the exact type of cancer) of a relative of a team member that no one could conceivably have guessed. She once spoke about the strange behavior of some inexplicably frenzied animals beyond her direct observation: Though residing in another city, she commented, 'So those cats really went berserk last night, didn't they?' the morning after two cats in a team member's house uncharacteristically had violently attacked each other at about 2 a.m."

Julia requested a Roman Catholic exorcism ritual, convinced from the beginning of her consultations that she was under demonic attack.

"The exorcism began on a warm day in June," Gallagher recollects. "Despite the weather, the room where the rite was being conducted grew distinctly cold. Later, however, as the entity in Julia began to spout vitriol and make strange noises, members of the team felt themselves profusely sweating due to a stifling emanation of heat. The participants all said they found the heat unbearable.

"Julia at first had gone into a quiet trance-like state. After the prayers and invocations of the Roman Ritual had been going on for a while, however, multiple voices and sounds came out of her. One set consisted of loud growls and animal-like noises, which seemed to the group impossible for any human to mimic. At one point, the voices spoke in foreign languages, including recognizable Latin and Spanish. (Julia herself only speaks English, as she later verified to us.)

"The voices were noticeably attacking in nature, and often insolent, blasphemous and highly scatological. They cursed and insulted the participants in the crudest way. They were frequently threatening – trying, it appeared, to fight back – 'Leave her alone,' 'Stop, you whores' (to the nuns), 'You'll be sorry,' and the like.

"Julia also exhibited enormous strength. Despite the religious sisters and three others holding her down with all their might, they struggled to restrain her. Remarkably, for about 30 minutes, she actually levitated about half a foot in the air."

The purpose of Gallagher's paper, he says, is to "document a contemporary and clear-cut case of demonic possession." He explains that even those who doubt such a phenomenon exists may find this case "rather persuasive."

"Possession is only one and not the most common type of demonic attack. Possession is very rare, though not as exceedingly so as many imagine," he concludes. "So-called 'oppression,' or 'infestation,' is less rare, though hardly frequent either, and sometimes more difficult to discern accurately." - WND

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New Gettysburg attraction explores town's paranormal past

Rene Staub believes in spirits.

During his 14 years as a ghost tour guide at the Historic Farnsworth House Inn property in downtown Gettysburg, Pa., he said he's experienced enough peculiar events to believe that otherworldly beings are present. He's smelled the scent of blooming flowers in February, listened to screaming women who could feel the presence of ghosts nearby and watched surveillance videos indicating the presence of spirits.

Staub is also a realist. He knows many of his Historic Farnsworth House Inn ghost tour guests do not believe in ghosts and no amount of evidence will convince them. And that's why he said he's so excited about the grand opening of Gettysburg's Haunted Address from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Regardless of whether his visitors believe in ghosts or not, he said the new indoor attraction he designed will help educate those who pass through it. Gettysburg's Haunted Address is located next to the Historic Farnsworth House property, where ghost tours have been taking place for 25 years.

"This was the battlefield," said Staub while standing outside along the sidewalk next to Gettysburg's Haunted Address. "On the first day of the battle, Union soldiers were pushed right up through here. ... A lot of soldiers were stuck in backyards."

Staub created Gettysburg's Haunted Address in a 20th century building that used to house shops. The walk-through attraction features scenes from past haunting events and uses mannequins, sounds and special effects to tell the stories.

York, Pa.-based theater technical director Joe Kress used hydraulics and electronics to make the exhibit's mannequins seem more lifelike.

Gettysburg's Haunted Address features rooms dedicated to historical accounts, with no gory detail left unturned.

One exhibit tells the story of an injured soldier, assumed to be dead, who awoke in a pile of bodies. Another portion of the house discusses how Confederate soldiers, accused of desertion, were hanged.

In between, visitors are jolted to attention by moving mannequins and sound effects designed to scare visitors who pass through the dimly lit rooms.

Gettysburg's Haunted Address is located just a few feet away from the Historic Farnsworth House, which is now a restored restaurant and inn. One of the Farnsworth House exterior brick walls is riddled with bullet holes, a testament to the blood shed in the town during the July 1863 Civil War battle.

"It's history in full view," Staub said. "It's a real testimony of what happened here."

When Loring and Jean Shultz purchased the property in 1972, their daughter Patti became so convinced that otherworldly beings were present that she became the first ghost tour guide in Gettysburg, Pa. She told stories in the cellar of the Farnsworth House along Baltimore Street, where the Battle of Gettysburg waged.

Loring Shultz said most of his family members have encountered spirits.

"Everybody except for me," he said.

Shultz, much like Staub, is a history buff who relishes finding Civil War-era bullets and telling stories about the battle.

"They don't know the stories," Shultz said of tourists who pass through. "That's what we try to do is to educate them on what happened here." - carrollcountytimes

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Ghost hunting goes to the dogs

A new ghost hunting dog, Maddie, joined the cast of "Ghost Hunters" at the Alex Johnson Hotel. This dog, which is trained to hunt ghosts, senses things that are there and cannot be seen. As the newest member of the TAPS "Ghost Hunters" cast, Maddie has senses that are so much better than humans and proves to be a great asset in alerting the team when she feels a ghostly presence around.

The hotel that they visit has had so many ghostly occurrences, that workman have left the hotel and would not come back. Maddie makes her debut at this hotel and proves to be a new viable member as she does act up as she senses things that cannot be seen. The team investigates growling sounds that come out of a crawl space in the ceiling. In room 812, the most active room for paranormal occurrences, two of the team members kept getting touched on their head. The EMF readings spike high in the area they feel someone touching them. This hotel looks like it is haunted, as they also catch a lot of evidence on film.

What the different is with this show, "Ghost Hunters," is that the TAPS team actually set out to disprove, or debunk claims being made that a place is haunted. They try to recreate the occurrences that people are reporting as a haunting and explain it with something of a scientific nature instead of the paranormal. This doesn't always work and it looks like the Alex Johnson Hotel is one of these places to really have paranormal activity going on.

The "Ghost Hunters" catch images, voices and movements at this hotel that cannot be explained from any other natural source. This is a frequent occurrence with this show, paranormal activity is alive and well today in many of the locations that this show has visited. Now with Maddie, the dog, on board, she might be able to lead them in the right direction more quickly than it takes to explore the entire building they are investigating.

Jason Hawes created The Atlantic Paranormal Society, or TAPS, with friend and fellow plumber Grant Wilson. While Jason has never revealed what his personal paranormal experience was that prompted him to start investigating haunting, it was vivid enough to make him a believer. Both Jason and Grant are part of a small, blue-collar Rhode Island community which is the same place that many of the TAPS members were born and raised.

His own highly personal paranormal experience made him set out to discover all he could about the after-world. These experiences in the form of ghost hunting, are shown in a reality show on the Sci-Fi Network. The show "Ghost Hunters" has single handed changed many peoples opinion on ghosts.

One of the biggest pieces of evidence ever caught on film that would point to ghosts as being the real thing, happened during their investigation at a light house. This is when the camera actually picked up a chair moving on its own. Their investigations have turned up recording voices, things moving on their own, as well as ghostly apparitions.

NOTE: Though I have always been highly skeptical of paranormal TV (especially the Roto-Rooter guys), I would really like to know your opinion on dogs being used for ghost hunting...Lon

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