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The Scary Red Hat Society

Red Hat

Before I could see Hats on Souls, I’d never heard of the Red Hat Society.

Unfortunately, I discovered their dark secrets.

The Red Hat Society is an international organization and I’m sure there are happy members all over the world, but I wish to relate my experience in the hope that others will learn from my sad tale and do some research before jumping in as I did.

After I made the discovery of seeing Hats, someone suggested that I join the Red Hat Society. It made perfect sense. After checking out their website, I anticipated a joyful experience in sharing my ability to see hats with my new friends. I mistakenly thought that a society that celebrated hats would be delighted with someone so connected to hats.

Silly, silly me.

The website talks up a good story and it sounds great, but it’s a perfect example of “Buyer Beware”. I didn’t catch on to the fact that if you’re under fifty years old, forget it. Qualifications should mention that a Medicare card is required.

My local group meets once a month and my busy schedule finally allowed me to attend a dinner at a local restaurant. Previous meetings were held further away and after the kazoo incident, I wished I had attended a meeting at one of those less-convenient locations.

Kazoo

One of the members was celebrating a birthday, so everyone pulled out their Birthday Kazoos. After instructions on what end to blow out of (it’s the large end by the way), a Happy Birthday Kazoo Serenade was played.

We weren’t at a local pancake house or McDonald’s. We were at a nice restaurant, near my home. I prayed that my neighbors were all having dinner at home this night.

When the discussion turned to trips and vacations, I mentioned my trip this year to Costa Rica. I assumed that this fun group, as advertised on the website, which also endorses fitness, would share my joy of days filled with snorkeling, horseback riding on the beach, zip lining through the jungle and my first surfboarding lesson. Instead, I was met with deafening silence and stares. I felt as though I’d just declared that I was an alien visiting from another planet.

Surfboarding

After our first and only get-together, the group leader checked out my book, Presidential Souls. Without reading the book or asking me for clarification, she called me early the next morning and informed me that I wasn’t a good fit for the group. I was told that they are a Christian group and my beliefs do not fit in. I attempted to give some explanation and I said that if she read the book she would get a better understanding of the true nature of my beliefs, but her mind was already made up.

Obviously, I did not wish to remain a member of this crabby, narrow-minded society, especially when the leader had someone from the corporate office call me to complain about my beliefs! When I told the woman from corporate headquarters that I was looking for a local professional organization of my peers to share the Red Hat Society’s claims of fun and friendship, I was told, “This is definitely not a professional organization!”

No kidding, really?

For me, I’m going back to ghost hunting. The Ellicott City ghosts I hang out with are infinitely friendlier, a lot more fun and a hell of a lot less scary!

Crabby Guy

My Ellicott City Crabby Guy

 

 

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The Paranormal Birthday Party!

The big day finally arrived!

We descended upon the Howard County Historical Society Museum in Ellicott City to perform a paranormal investigation for

Robby’s 16th birthday party!

Robby and his friends wore “Ellicott City Ghostly Happenings” T-shirts that I designed for the party.

Do you recognize the Goblin from the Ellicott Family Cemetery?

I love that Crabby Guy!

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The Ghost Hunter Participants

Besides Robby and his four friends, we had two guest Ghost Hunters. The Director of the Museum, Shawn Gladden, brought his sons and they were amazing! All of the Ghost Hunters performed their tasks so expertly that I was blow away.

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Investigating the Basement

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Checking for EMF Readings

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Using the Laser Grid

We were allowed to investigate the basement of the museum and what a find! The basement was a hot-spot for Spirits and the EMF meter was particularly active around an old stove. Perhaps one of the Spirits used to be a chef or maybe a cook?

Stove Orb

Stove with Orb

Capture

Stove Orb

We got a total of eight Orbs in the basement!

But we also got something else:

A Skeleton Face!

Ordinarily, Robby and I would have returned to see if the apparition could be explained, but since we couldn’t this time, we’ll have to leave this Spirit as a mystery. We did get EMF spikes in the area of the basement where this Spooky Spirit appeared in the photo.

Face

Skeleton Face

And then there was the upstairs investigation…

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Performing a Voice Recording Session in the Main Hall

…where we captured a Shadow Figure!

I reviewed the photos and I checked with everyone to see if the figure was one of the others, or if they recognized the figure, but as we zoomed in, we realized that there wasn’t a body!

Figure

Shadow Figure

We were doing a voice recording session at the time and we thought we heard the word, “South”

and the figure appears to have a hat, so perhaps this was a

Civil War soldier.

He was also standing near the gun case.

During the entire investigation, the Ghost Radar was talking up a storm.

We got words like:

Friendly, John, Circus, Ann, Lost, Golden, Join, Handsome, Gray, German, Explanation, Bridge, Cave, Believed, Dug

This was a much longer investigation than usual so I will feature the photos, instead of writing a story from the Ghost Radar.

Orb 2

Basement Orb

Orb 3

Another Basement Orb

Orb 5

Basement Orb

Orb 4

Twin Orbs

Orb

Basement Orb

Orb 6

Basement Orb

I believe that the Paranormal Investigation Birthday Party was a huge success and I am extremely grateful to the Howard County Historical Society Museum and Shawn Gladden, Karen Griffith and Mary Schwanz for allowing us to have the privilege of communing with the Spirits of the Museum. I believe that the Museum is haunted and that the Spirits may be attached to some of the objects in the Museum.

On our way out, we captured many Orbs near the haunted Ellicott City Courthouse, which is next to the Museum…

Courthouse

Courthouse Orbs

  And of course we had cake for the Birthday Boy!

Cake

Happy Birthday Robby!

And finally, this was obviously a blurred photo, but it looks like a Spirit so I thought it was a fitting end to a Paranormal Party or…

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The Spirit of the Howard County Historical Society Museum

…was it just a blur????

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Ellicott City’s Chocolate Vortex

We had a special request this week to investigate Ligon Road in Ellicott City. It seems that a high number of residents on Ligon Road have been victims of cancer.

Could there be a supernatural explanation for this phenomenon?

Robby and I set off to investigate Ligon Road.

As soon as we turned onto the street, we felt a strong energy. Robby said at once that this was the location of an Energy Vortex.

An Energy Vortex is a swirling center of energy coming out of the earth. The energy on Ligon Road and the surrounding area was exceptionally strong.

Since this was a residential street, I didn’t want to take pictures of private residences and properties so I didn’t have any pictures, but we did get some remarkable readings.

As soon as we turned onto Ligon Road, the KII meter started going crazy. The KII meter does not go off lightly and we were getting readings in the red along the entire road. I made a circle by going onto Frederick Road, then going several streets over and circling back several times and each time the KII meter spiked many times, only on Ligon Road.

Ligon Orb 1

Orb

Then there was the Chocolate Factory smell.

On one pass, I stopped the car to get some readings. Robby started sniffing and said it smelled like a Chocolate Factory. I have no sense of smell (thanks to a battle with meningitis as a baby), so I couldn’t confirm this strange occurrence, but Robby said it was overpowering and smelled delicious! We had the windows rolled up in the car, so we rolled them down thinking that perhaps someone was doing some baking, but when we put the windows down, the smell stopped.

On all of the other passes that we made on Ligon Road, Robby never smelled the Chocolate Factory again, so it couldn’t have been coming from one of the homes.

As we drove around, I felt drawn to the street on the other side of Ligon Road and the energy actually grew stronger.

It wasn’t long before I started feeling strange and Robby felt sick, so we had to leave.

Ligon Orb 2

Tree Orb

We were close to Whipps Cemetery, so we stopped in for a short visit. The tranquility of Whipps helped to ground us and I captured a few Orb photos. We felt revived and back to normal in no time at all.

As we were leaving Whipps, I was facing Robby and taking pictures at his direction (he had the Ghost Radar), so I was looking at him and he wasn’t moving. I heard footsteps behind me and I whispered to Robby that maybe the Caretaker was here. Robby asked me what I was talking about. I turned around, but no one was there and Robby hadn’t heard anyone. I clearly heard someone walking on the mulch pathway behind me and I expected to find someone when I turned around.

There was no one.

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Orb

Our findings are that the area around Ligon Road has a powerful energy, but I don’t feel that it is harmful or bad in any way. The Chocolate Factory smell tells me that the energy is good – just like you would welcome a visit to a Chocolate Factory! The energy extends to Whipps Cemetery, which is why we had so many amazing paranormal happenings on our prior visit. (See the Angel Garden or Alien Sanctuary post). Perhaps the energy is too strong for some people to handle and it can become harmful, but I don’t think it is intentional, if that is the case.

Ligon Road is named after Thomas Watkins Ligon who lived from 1810 to 1881. He was the 30th Governor of Maryland, a Congressman for Maryland and a President of the Patapsco Female Institute. He was buried at the St. John’s cemetery, which is across the street from Ligon Road.

I think this means that our next investigation should be to check out Mr. Ligon and the St. John’s Cemetery.

Ligon Mist

This looks like a mist and something was trying to form. I’m not sure what it is, but it’s something!

Ligon Road Ghost Radar Conversation

Words From the Other Side:

Perfect Mark Cowboy Japanese Eaten Jeff Or Dirt Guide Pleasure Principal Constant Nose Character Main Research Hello Fought Common Tribe Chemical

Perfect is the word that describes Ellicott City. People from all over the world have travelled here, and many have been drawn to make this beautiful city their home. Mark was a cowboy who settled here with his Japanese wife. Their Inn became a popular travel destination and their guests raved that the meals were the finest that they had ever eaten. Jeff, or the famous “Dirt Guide“, claimed that his greatest pleasure was when he travelled to Ellicott City and stayed at the renowned Inn.

The Principal of the Patapsco Female Institute was a constant visitor to the Inn. He had a nose for good food and wine and he relished the fine character of Main Street’s Inn.  He claimed to be doing research for his students cooking classes and his hearty “Hello” was as regular as the noon school bell. He fought rumors that there was a woman who drew him to the Inn, but the simple truth was that it was the food, company and ambiance that he loved so much. His presence was so common that upon his death, a local Indian tribe declared his usual seat at the Inn to be sacred ground.

Ellicott City’s attraction is like a chemical reaction that can’t be denied.

Just like a kid in a Chocolate Factory!

The Next Investigation:

St. John’s Cemetery

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How Did I Miss This One?!!!

After reviewing my photos, I came across something that I missed when I reported the Ellicott Family Cemetery investigation.

It was the “Give A Little And Get A Magical Gift From A King” blog.

Understandably, I was blown away and in a daze from the photos and events surrounding that investigation. I’m still in love with my Crabby Guy, then there was the Fairy King, two more Fairies, the Peeking Figure and a Horse, which may be a Unicorn.

I have a Unicorn that sits on my desk at work, and I realized that the Horse on the wall, looks exactly like the Unicorn on my desk.

Can  you see where I’d be freaking out about now and a wee bit distracted?

I was also doing research about the Crabby Guy, trying to figure out who he is. I’m convinced that he’s a Goblin. I couldn’t find any “real” goblin photos like him on the web, so I think he’s pretty priceless.

Then I came across these three faces in one of the photos from the Ellicott Family Cemetery…

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Three Faces

The face on the left is on the edge of a stone wall, then there are two other faces to the right. The two outer faces are female, and the middle face is male.

Here is the original photo so  you can see why I missed it. Robby and I were too far away for it to be a reflection of us. Besides, there were only two of us in the cemetery the entire time.

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Original Photo

When I zoomed in, I saw the Peeking Figure and I was so excited about that find, that I missed the Three Faces!

Here is a close-up showing the Peeking Figure and the Three Faces in the same photo:

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The Peeking Figure is on the left and the Three Faces are on the right

I also found another photo, but at the time I questioned it. It looked like a face in profile, but I wasn’t sure. Besides, there was so much else to report! But now that I’ve found the other faces, I’m convinced that this is a man’s face.

Single Face

Man’s Face in Profile

This past weekend we visited family and enjoyed the beautiful beaches in Calvert County, Maryland. I love to dig for shark’s teeth in the sand. I find it extremely therapeutic.

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Calvert County Beach

Later, we went to my niece’s house and she asked Robby and I to do an investigation because she thinks her house is haunted.   We captured several Orbs and one of them was extremely bright. The Orb photos were taken exactly where the main activity occurs in the house. The Ghost Radar provided us with some interesting conversation, and a few clues, but we haven’t determined the identity of the Spirit yet.

They suspect that it is a child’s Spirit.

Bright Orb

Bright Orb

Bright Orb 2

Bright Orb

Calvert County Ghost Radar Conversation

Words from the Other Side:

Garden Obtain Asia Represent Real Sudden Invented Enjoy Them Pole Papa Joe Appropriate Design Feature Couple Nearly Dull Applied Temperature Stock Stream Pound Just

            Calvert Child Spirit 

In my beautiful garden, I strive to obtain treasures from around the world. If exotic plants from Asia and other foreign places can’t be found, I try to find objects to represent real places. Sometimes people disturb my creations and sudden changes are unsettling, so I have invented ways to relax and I try to enjoy them and their changes. I dream about the North Pole and the happy memories with my Papa Joe. He always behaved in an appropriate manner, except when he acted out stories for me. He would design elaborate sets to feature his plays. A couple of them nearly overwhelmed my mother – they were outrageous! She was considered a “dull” person, but sweet, and her skills were restricted to making costumes.  I applied all of my time and energy to being a raptured audience of one, except when my temperature got too high and the sickness got worse…

I prefer to dwell in my garden as I take stock of my collection.  I run through the garden stream as I chase the bad memories away.  I follow the sound of the waves pounding upon the shores of the bay.

If only I could just see my Papa Joe again…

The Next Investigation:

I have a referral to check out in Ellicott City, so Robby and I will investigate an unusual site and we hope to have another interesting tale to tell next week!

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Angel Garden or Alien Sanctuary? How About Both!

Nestled amongst a beautiful community on St. John’s Lane in Ellicott City, the Whipps Garden Cemetery is a one-acre sanctuary full of life.

Started in 1855, it was used as a cemetery until the early 1900’s. When the cemetery became inactive, it was overgrown, damaged and nearly destroyed, until it was saved and restored in 1987. There are a variety of native plant species, pathways, benches and old tombstones making it a garden paradise.

But plants aren’t the only thing alive in this garden!

Rob and I could feel the energy before we got out of the car. What we found left me speechless.

During the investigation, Rob said he felt as if someone had their hand on his heart. When we reviewed the pictures I found…

Man and Rob

That is my father looking down on Robby. It is my father’s brow, nose and mouth.

My father. He was the one holding his hand on Robby’s heart.

In a few days it will be the anniversary of my father’s death. Coincidence? I don’t believe in them.

My father was the Angel, then I found the Alien. Here’s what happened.

I took this picture…

Arms and Figure

On the left it looks like arms and a head tilted to the right. On the right it looks like a small Alien.

I couldn’t figure out who these two were, so I went back the next night and tried to take the same picture. I didn’t have much time and I was getting ready to give up finding the exact spot when – Plop! A huge raindrop fell on the top of my head. It hadn’t rained in eight hours. I looked up and realized that I was in the right spot. It was as if they smacked me on the top of the head to make me see.

I took a picture and I couldn’t believe what I saw. Remember, this was the next day, in the same spot…

Figure 1

Cat Alien

So I said, “Did I really see that?” And I took another picture in the same spot, and I got…

Figure B

Cat Alien Orb

It was as if they were saying, “Duh!” The Cat Alien was still there, but this time there was an Orb at his feet.

Then I asked, “What about the figure with the arms?” I took another picture in the same spot. The Cat Alien was gone, but now there was an Orb where the figure with the arms was.

Arms Orb 1

Arms Figure Orb

I then asked for a picture with no Cat Alien, no Arms Figure and no Orbs to show that they were really there, and I took another picture and…

They were all gone.

An Angel, an Alien, and still we got more.

This was a face that was in one of the collection boxes. I went back the next night and took the same picture, but there was no face and no way that I could recreate it.

Face in Box

Face in the Box

There there’s the Kneeling Man.

Kneeling Man                              Kneeling Man Outline

I went back the next night and I found that the “body” is a bench, but the way that the man’s head is tilted, and considering the other amazing encounters in this garden, I believe this is a man kneeling in the cemetery.

Then there is this Tombstone Spirit. He’s just hanging out as he rises out of the tombstone…

Tombstone Figure

Tombstone Spirit

And more Orbs…

Orb 2

This is a very light Orb, to the left of the yellow flower, but it was one of three Orbs in one picture.

Orb

Bright Orb

Two Orbs

The other two Orbs from the same picture

The KII meter was going off the entire investigation like we’ve never seen – flashing red and going crazy, and the Ghost Radar was talking up a storm.

The Whipps Garden Cemetery is truly a wondrous place that I heartily recommend.

You will be enchanted with all of the life, both Earthly and from the Other Side.

Whipps Garden Cemetery Ghost Radar Conversation

Words from the Other Side:

British Growth Bound Done Leg Under Sell Division Weak Mark Generally Factor Buried Shot Involved Deal Coast Wheel Market Given Found Company Pig Circle Appropriate Smell Mad

The Whipps Spirits

“I’m British!”

There are no shy Spirits here. We promote spiritual growth and we are not bound by Earthly ties. We choose to remain until our job is done. We touch your leg, we hide under your bench, and we try to sell you on the idea that we are here!

We know there is division amongst you regarding your opinions about us, but don’t be weak! Stand your ground and leave your mark on this world while you can. Generally, there are many factors to prevent you from obtaining your goals, but soon you will be buried like us so take your best shot and get involved! Deal with life as it comes at you. Don’t coast through life! Take the wheel in both hands and market your talents. Not for money, but for the growth of your soul. You have been given the great gift of Life and you have found your way to us, so know that you are in loving company.

Are you acting like a pig with your life? Are you making a mess of it?

Look at the Circle of your Life Cycle and consider how appropriate your actions are. Does your life pass the Smell Test? Do your actions make you mad?

Come and see us. We’re here for you. You don’t have to believe.

We’ve given you proof!

The Next Investigation:

Robby and I will be on vacation next week, but we’ll continue to explore and investigate. It won’t be in Ellicott City, but it will be in Maryland.

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How About A Little Ghost With Your Wine?

Leisurely strolling down Main Street, stopping for a sip of wine, hearing ghost stories.

What could be better?

Unfortunately, Robby couldn’t go with me for this week’s investigation. I went on the Spirits Tour and you must be at least twenty-one years old to attend the tour. The walking tour takes you to four of Ellicott City’s establishments that sell alcohol and participants are invited to have a drink at each stop.

The Wine Bin: Formerly the Ellicott City Fire Station

The Wine Bins’ owner, Dave, was kind enough to tell us some ghostly tales about Captain Harry Shipley, the resident ghost.

I could feel the Captain as soon as I entered the store. I felt that he was far from threatening, in fact, from the stories that I heard on the Spirit Tour, the Captain seemed quite playful. It is obvious that the Captain loves his Fire Station home and he shares it with the current owners.

I didn’t need any validation that Captain Shipley was present, but I got it anyway. Dave talked about the movies that he shows outside on the wall of the Wine Bin and he mentioned two Jimmy Stewart movies. Jimmy Stewart is my cousin so I knew that was a sign to me that that Captain was present. I captured a photo with four Orbs so obviously Shipley is not alone. I’m certain that one of the Orbs was a former firehouse dog.

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Four Wine Bin Orbs

Ellicott Mills Brewing Company: Formerly the Talbot Lumber and Supply Building

I took one of the best photos of the night here. I didn’t see it until the review, but in one of the photos there was a Shadow Man and a Shadow Child standing next to him. The figures seemed too clear, so I went back to the Brewing Company a few days later to see if it could have been a reflection of someone in a window.

There was no window.

When I showed the picture to the Brewing Company story-teller from the Spirits Tour, he said, “Of course it’s him. We get that all the time.”

He was referring to the resident ghost who hung himself in the building during the Great Depression.

Obviously, the Shadow Man had been watching us from above and even did a bit of posing for the camera.

But who is the smaller person next to him?

The Shadow Man used to have a family, so is he telling us that he has been reunited with them? Is this his child?

I certainly hope so.

Brewing Man and Child

Shadow Man and Child

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Shadow Man Original Photo – Upper Left Corner

Brewery Orb

Brewery Orb

The Diamondback Tavern

Tales of Davey Crockett and a Ghost Girl with long brunette hair made this former livery stable a tavern rich with ghostly history.

I took several photos in a hallway where the Ghost Girl has been seen. In one photo there is a clear Orb and in the next photo, taken immediately after, the Orb is gone.

The Tavern was full of patrons that night, and I’m certain that the resident ghosts were also in attendance.

Diamondback Tavern Orb

Diamondback Tavern Orb

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Rumor Mill Alley Mist

The Rumor Mill

Not to be outdone, The Rumor Mill has a Man in the Bowler Hat spirit who makes believers out of skeptics. Our Rumor Mill tour guide that night admitted to being a former skeptic, but not after his encounters with the Man in the Bowler Hat.

It’s no wonder. The Rumor Mill building used to be owned by an undertaker!

Just outside, before we entered the Rumor Mill, I took two pictures. I took almost the same shot twice, but the first time there was a strange mist in the photo, and in the shot immediately after – no mist! I took the pictures one after the other and there was barely a second between the shots so if it was fog, (which we didn’t see that night) it was the speediest fog that I ever saw!

Then I took another photo that bothered me for days. I knew there was something about the photo that I needed to see, but I couldn’t figure it out. As with the Brewing Company, I went back to the Rumor Mill a few days later and I asked to take the same shot. They were kind enough to oblige and I got a picture in daylight for comparison.

I was about to write it off as nothing, but in two other photos of the same room, I found a very bright Orb and in another picture, I saw two very light Orbs, right in the area that I was questioning. I took another look at the first photo…and I found it. It was close to where the Orbs were. They were obviously showing me where to look.

It was a Bowler Hat!

On a chair, there appears to be a large Orb, with a brim, sitting on the chair seat.  The Man in the Bowler Hat is said to be seen sitting at the tables.

He let me take a picture of his hat, and he bugged me until I saw it!

They do that sometimes.

Bowler Hat

Bowler Hat

Bowler Hat Larger

Bowler Hat

Bright Orb

Rumor Mill Orb

Bowler Hat Outline 1

Bowler Hat Outline

Spirits Tour Ghost Radar Conversation

Words From the Other Side:

Flight Stranger Factor Combine Father Thread Halfway Ben Forth Stuck Dutch Facing Mixture Relationship Path Level Package Wide Party Beginning End Car Quarter Object Characterization Somebody Age It Score Drove Surprise Metal Drive History Only Imagine Advice Mud Kind Help Buffalo Parent Push Probably Love Riding Cannot Mr. Except Raise Kristin Primitive Find Star Property Stepped He’d Mood

Wandering Souls

Take Flight ye Strangers of fear and gloom! Our factors of history demand that you to combine our Father with yours! Never forget that we are woven together with the same Spiritual Thread and you exist halfway between Heaven and Hell! Ben, the scoundrel, brought forth treasonous tales and he was doomed to remain stuck in his Dutch attire, facing a mortifying mixture of shame and everlasting woe! His relationship with non-believers led him down a path of blindness and took him to a terrifying level of morbidity. Tragedy was like a package, delivered to his door, and when opened, it laid wide his weakness for being misled.

The party was a ruse and the beginning of the end for him. Better that a car had run him over than to meet his end of being drawn and quartered. Always the object of scorn and envy, such characterization could only lead to somebody eventually cutting his life short at such an early age. It was a score for the Grim Reaper that drove the town to feign surprise as the undertaker hammered away at his metal and wood sarcophagus. The horse drawn hearse was a drive into history down the only path that one could imagine as doomed for eternity. No advice was heeded and when the mud-slinging began, not a kind word was said to help the former Buffalo Soldier and parent of sorrow on his ghostly journey. The push from a neighbor was probably the only love that he could expect. Riding away cannot stop Mr. Lonely from finding anything except a broken heart.

Raise a glass to Kristin! Her primitive nature is a welcome find in this wretched life. She is our shining star who guards our property that is stepped in blood.

If he’d only known the mood of the city, he would never have come.

Now he was doomed, never to leave.

The Next Investigation:

The Ellicott Family Cemetery

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Do You Have A Gnome On Your Shoulder?

Robby does!

Here’s the picture to prove it. That’s Robby holding the equipment and I took the picture.

Gnome 1

Gnome on Robby’s Shoulder and Tree Spirit

Gnome 2

Gnome Close Up

Gnome and Tree Spirit Original Photo

Gnome and Tree Spirit Original Photo

Gnome and Tree Spirit Outline

Gnome and Tree Spirit Outline

Hell House Face

Tree Spirit Close Up

Here’s the story:

I wasn’t certain that I could find the legendary “Hell House” because the buildings no longer exist, so that’s why I didn’t commit last week to where the investigation would be.

But even without buildings, it was an extraordinary investigation!

The Hell House began as a tavern on property purchased by the founders of Ellicott City. The tavern was not successful due to inconvenient railroad access, so the land was sold to the Redemptorists, which later became the St. Mary’s College for boys. The college thrived and operated for over a century until declining interest forced it to close in 1972.

That’s when the abandoned college became the Hell House and the ghost stories began. Fires destroyed the buildings and they were eventually torn down, so the location of the college was difficult to determine.  Part of the property was sold and added to Patapsco State Park, so that’s where Robby and I went, to the overlook where the Hell House used to be visible.

As I was climbing Buzzards Rock Trail, I asked the spirits from the St. Mary’s College to join us at the overlook. As it turned out, we got more than we could possibly have hoped for.

These spirits weren’t as talkative as most, but it’s probably because we were communicating with Elementals, as well as spirits from the Other Side. Elementals are Nature Spirits: fairies, gnomes, sylphs, etc.  We didn’t know it at the time that a Gnome was sitting on Robby’s shoulder and a Tree Spirit was looking on!

We also got a name: Joe.

Joe and the Elementals were friendly and warned us to be careful on the steep and rocky paths. It was also getting dark so the footing was tricky. At one point, as we were descending to the main trial, I felt a strong urge to turn around and take a picture. The picture that I took shows an extremely bright light in the lower right corner. I don’t believe that this is a bug. I took hundreds of shots and I captured plenty of fireflies, but they were never as bright as this. I was told to take this shot and I believe that it is an Elemental, especially since Robby had just mentioned them a moment before. He was walking ahead of me on the trail and he asked me why I stopped and turned around to take that picture. He had the Ghost Radar and he would tell me when we got a “Blip” and I would take a picture. We captured many great Orbs this way. I told him that I was directed to take that shot and I’m glad that I listened.

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Elemental – Bright Light

As always, I researched the history of the location after the investigation and I found that Father Joseph Hempraecht signed the contract of sale for the property on June 12, 1866 with George Ellicott, Jr.

That was Joe.

The Gnome said his name was Gerry, and he specifically said, “As in Jerry Garcia, but with a “G” (for Gnome).”

Our investigation exceeded my wildest expectations and it was worth the climb in near 100 degree heat and humidity.

The Hell House investigation was as hot as Hell, but for us it was an Elemental Wonderland.

St. Mary’s College Ghost Radar Conversation

Words from the Other Side:

Parallel Steam Bridge Trade Vessels Careful Duty Position Cut Greatly Report Hurt Joe Else

Gerry’s Story

In this parallel universe that we live in, we (the Elementals) can choose to be seen, or not. On this particularly steamy day, I received a message from an interesting pair as they crossed the bridge into the park. They peaked my interest because they had just visited the Paper Mill across the river where they left a toy and treat for George Bolton, the Ghost Mill Guard Dog. Since this is highly unusual behavior, to acknowledge one of us, I decided that a trade should be made for their kindness. I would honor their request with our presence.

We warned these two Earth Vessels to be careful on their steep trek towards us. It is our duty to protect everyone within our realm and we were in a precarious position as their journey was difficult.

With our help, they ascended to our outlook hot and tired, with only a minor cut to show for their trial. We were greatly relieved since we were anxious to see them.

They asked us to communicate with them but we don’t do well with reports, so I allowed my picture to be taken. I was a bit disappointed and hurt at the time because they were focused on Joe, but their enthusiasm upon seeing us in the photographs made up for any bruised feelings.

What else can you do but forgive them when they made such a fuss?

Hell House Orb 3

Comet Tail Orb

Hell House 2 Orb

Blue and Green Orb

Hell House Orb 4

Bright Hell House Orb

Next Week’s Investigation:

Main Street Spirits Tour!

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Do Angels Hang Out in Cemeteries?

Of course they do, and I have a picture to back up that claim.

St. Mary’s Cemetery is on Ilchester Road in Ellicott City. It was established in 1894 so it is rich with history. The size of the cemetery is small now, but it used to occupy over three acres.   In the early 1990’s a developer bought the property intending to build homes, but a preservation society was able to save approximately one-third of the original cemetery.

This is where we conducted our investigation. Records indicate that there are graves that aren’t marked with headstones because the people were slaves or poor, so besides the few tombstones at St. Mary’s Cemetery, there could be unmarked graves.

The Ghost Radar started talking before we even got out of the car. We got the name “Danny”, so we decided to look for the name Danny on the tombstones.

We located him fairly quickly. At the top of a large obelisk-shaped tombstone was the name: “Daniel C. 1915 – 1915”  As I was taking a picture of the tombstone, I couldn’t imagine the pain and suffering that Danny’s parents underwent. Daniel was at the top of the headstone, then beneath him was his brother, who had lived to be three years old, and beneath them were twins, who also died in infancy like Daniel.

Here was the grave of four babies from one family, and this is where I captured the picture of an angel holding a baby.   If you look closely, you can see the baby’s eyes and mouth and the side profile of a female angel holding him.

Original Angel with Baby Photo - look on the right side next to Daniel's Name

Original Angel with Baby Photo – look on the right side next to Daniel’s Name

Angel holding Baby

Angel holding Baby

Outline of Angel holding Baby

Outline of Angel holding Baby

As Robby and I left the cemetery that day, I waved good-bye to the spirits and yelled out of the car window, “Bye! See you guys tomorrow!” I could feel a crowd of smiling spirits waving back and I could feel their joyous anticipation over our promised visit.

The first visit was during the day so we returned the next evening after dark. I felt welcomed and the spirits were eager to talk to us. Someone was a doctor who was either from India or had visited India. The word “Engineer” came through. With Ellicott City’s historic railroad this could easily be someone associated with the railroad.

Another dog was mentioned, or could it have been George Bolton again? He was just a short distance down the road so perhaps he was afraid that we’d forgotten about him!

Not a chance George.

The pictures that night were filled with orbs.  Some of these orbs could be bugs or dust, and most were opaque, but one orb stood out and was brighter and more brilliant than all the rest.

These are the spirits of St. Mary’s Cemetery. They are located very near our house so it was wonderful getting to know them and it’s nice to know that we have such friendly neighbors!

Original St. Mary's Cemetery Orb Photo

Original St. Mary’s Cemetery Orb Photo

St. Mary's Cemetery Orb

St. Mary’s Cemetery Orb

St. Mary’s Cemetery Ghost Radar Conversation

Words from the Other Side:

Danny Operation Model Morning Gray Mars Build Sky Flame Weren’t Grown Engineer Cloud

Mail Far Mighty Dog Famous Quick Equally Doctor India Clearly Observe Plan Mississippi

Danny’s Story

I like the name Danny. I wasn’t crazy about the whole birthing operation and I was far from being called a model patient, but I arrived in the early morning under gray skies. Mars was still shining on the horizon as my father attempted to build a fire to chase away the chill in the air. The sky soon filled with ashes from the flame climbing up the chimney, but we weren’t worried about the fire.

It was strong, but I wasn’t.

Like my brothers and sister before me, I would soon follow them to the Other Side.

If I had grown up, I would have been an Engineer. I could see myself driving a powerful steam engine leaving a cloud of smoke as I delivered cargo, passengers and mail to far-away lands. I’d have a mighty dog who traveled with me and we’d become famous for our quick trips across the country.  Equally famous would be my best friend, who was a doctor in India.

Clearly, these things didn’t happen, but I still observe this world and I still dream.

My plan was to leave my brief mark on this world. Next time I think I’ll stay a little longer, maybe I’ll try Mississippi….

The Next Investigation

Next week we will be investigating the remains of the Orange Grove Flour Mill.

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