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Whistling Ghosts at the BMI

Robby and I went on a Professional Ghost Hunt at the Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI).

It was Halloween Eve, it was nighttime and it was lights out in the Museum for the entire event.

It was a blast!


Robby peeks into the Museum theatre and a Ghostly Orb is right behind him peeking in too!

We had an exciting group experience, but I had two mind-blowing personal experiences when I was alone…

in the dark…by myself…in the Museum!

It was fabulous!

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The BMI Main Hall – the Ghosts were behind the blue machine on the left

The Ghostly Gathering event was run by the paranormal group, PRISMd. We were given a brief history of a few tragic deaths at the BMI, then we set off to hunt some Ghosts.

Taking a Break, with a few Ghosts

We were on a break and I wandered off to take a few pictures away from the group. When the flash goes off in the dark, it blinds anyone nearby, so I took a few pictures of the main hall with no one around. One of the museum employees in charge that night, Stan, found me and I told him that I was just taking a few pictures, but there were also some other people further down in the hall and I pointed out to him where they were, behind the blue machine. He gave me a strange look, then he said that the monitors sometimes come on by themselves, so he went to check. He came back and said that none of the monitors were on and no one else was in the hall.

I said, “No, I definitely heard women talking, right over there.”

Stan said, “Ah, women talking. We get a lot of that.”

Apparently, I confirmed one of the Ghost stories of hearing women talk in that area. I didn’t know about it until Stan told me. He also said that even though none of the monitors were on, there are all male voices on the videos. I only heard female voices.

I thought it was members of our group, but he said no one was there.

Later, when we were in the main hall with the group, one of the monitors suddenly came on by itself.


Whistling Ghosts

By far, the most exciting experience that night was when I found myself alone in the main hall, quite by accident!

Everyone was outside near the docks investigating the haunted tug boat and enjoying the view of the harbor. It was a beautiful night, but it was a bit chilly so when Stan said that he was going inside for a jacket, the others said they were moving on to the Copula. I didn’t know where the Copula was, so I followed Stan into the main hall thinking that everyone else was right behind me.

Of course, I stopped to take a few pictures. A few moments went by and I noticed how quiet it had suddenly become. I turned around and realized that I was completely alone. I was thinking, “Where could the Copula be?”

And then I heard a faint whistling.

Robby often times whistles at the Ghosts when we’re doing investigations, so I thought it was him. As I looked in the direction of the whistling, I heard footsteps, so I moved towards them, but I found no one.

I was completely alone in the main hall…with the Ghosts!

I thought to myself, “Cool!” and I took more pictures.

I finally went looking for the group, but not finding anyone, I went to the main lobby and a member of PRISMd was there. She told me that the Copula was outside, so no one was inside except her, and she had been in the lobby the whole time. I told her that I heard whistling and she said,

“So they told you about the whistling stories.”

Of course, no one had told me about any whistling stories, but now I had confirmed another Ghost story about the Museum.

Swinging Lights

We were with the group doing an investigation in the printing room.   Someone asked a Ghost to make a noise or move something and one of the lights overhead started swinging. The other lights didn’t move. When the single light stopped swinging, we asked if they’d do it again, and a different light started swinging.

There are many reports of activity at the printing table, which is right where the lights were swinging.


BMI Orbs

Second Floor Door

I took quite a few pictures near the door that leads to the second floor offices. We investigated on the second floor and we were told about the many stories of Ghostly activity in the offices. Several times when I was taking pictures, I kept seeing a dark shadow on the stairs out of the corner of my eye, but when I looked, nothing was there and no one was upstairs at the time.

There were many Orbs in this area and in one picture, there is a bright Orb on the doorframe.


An Orb on the doorframe near the Shadow Figures

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Shadow Figure area and another Orb

The Baltimore Museum of Industry investigation was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to do it again. Stan was a wealth of information and I enjoyed his stories about the museum. It was a great experience to work with PRISMd and I hope that Robby and I can do another investigation with them soon!

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Stan Story: Chain that rattled on it’s own

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Bell and Orb

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Lobby Orb


Multiple Lobby Orbs

BMI 10


BMI 13

Peek-A-Boo! I’m right behind you!

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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


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.


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!


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


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 Orbs

  And of course we had cake for the Birthday Boy!


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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Dog Days of Summer Bring Out the Ghost Dogs

We took our dogs on vacation with us this year, and we were rewarded with a visit from two ghost dogs!

We spent a glorious week at Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County, Maryland. Having lived in Maryland all my life and after travelling all over the world, I had never been to Deep Creek. It was a wonderful vacation spot and I can’t wait to go back.

Before leaving for vacation, I searched the web for ghost stories or hauntings anywhere near Deep Creek but I couldn’t find a single story. While horseback riding at Western Trails, I asked our trail guide if there were any haunted places to explore in the area. He said he had lived at Deep Creek all his life and he’d never heard of a single ghost story in the area!

Robby and I would just have to find the Spirits on our own.

We passed several cemeteries, so in-between our days of boating on the lake, riding a mountain coaster and chairlift, fishing, swimming, going to movies, zip lining and horseback riding – Robby and I visited some cemeteries and the Spirits seemed happy to see us. I say this because we had very little time to do an investigation, but we captured some amazing photos in a short span of time and the Spirits were talkative, as always.

We visited the Ferndale cemetery first.  We had to return the next day for verification because of the amazing Spirits that revealed themselves to us! We always double-check to look for any possible explanation when potential Spirit evidence is discovered. We could find no Earthly explanation for these photos.

St. Bernard Ghost Dog

Sitting atop a tombstone was a dog that resembled a St. Bernard. He sits next to a grave that was new this year, with the same last name of the tombstone that he sits on. I was guided to take this photo when the Ghost Radar said the word, “Orange”, and there was an orange ribbon on the flowers by this tombstone.

Ever faithful, ever guarding, ever loving, he remains by their side.

St. Bernard Outline

St. Bernard Ghost Dog

St. Bernard Face

St. Bernard Ghost Dog Face


St. Bernard Ghost Dog

Dog Outline

St. Bernard Ghost Dog Outline

A Man and His Dachshund

Sitting at the edge of the cemetery, along the tree line, was a man and his dog – a dachshund.

Man Outline 2

Ghost Man Outline

Man A

Ghost Man

Man 2

Ghost Man

Daschund Outline 1

Ghost Dachshund Outline

Daschund 1

Ghost Dachshund

And then there were two Orbs, and one of them had a Fairy in it!

Fairy Orb Outline 1

Fairy Orb Outline – the Fairy is in profile, like “The Thinker”

Fairy Orb 1

Fairy Orb

Orb 1


And in two other photos, there were two more Orbs:

Orb 2


Orb 3 Arrow


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         And finally, at another cemetery on the way back, we found this Scary Guy:

Orb with Face 2

Scary Guy

Orb with Face

Scary Guy

Although Deep Creek Lake may not have any ghost stories, they do have Spirits and they were eager to show themselves. Robby and I felt positive energy at the cemeteries, and at Deep Creek Lake, and we look forward to returning again soon.

Deep Creek Lake Ghost Radar Conversation

Words from the Other Side:

Mixture Allow Thank Breeze Tightly Bar Ocean Tropical Repeat Both Command Is Grow Tool Sense Massage Orange Operation Regular Kitchen Am Bite Can Grow Pictured October Chemical Shoulder Student Art Pair James Egypt Cup Determine Show

A Message from the Spirits at Deep Creek Lake

We get such a mixture of visitors here. We allow anyone to visit, and we are thankful for their company, but having newcomers who acknowledge us is like a breeze blowing fresh life into our tightly knit community.

We would never bar anyone from communing with us. We are aware that oceans and the lure of tropical settings keep many people from enjoying our summer activities, and from bringing repeat customers year after year. Lakes and oceans both command respect as luxury vacation spots, but our goal is to grow in Spirit. Making our presence known will be our tool and we will show ourselves to those who sense us. We will massage these feelings and we’ll turn a burning desire, glowing bright as an orange flame, into a major operation. Our kitchen will be photographs where non-believers will see our creations come to life. If you ask, “How am I to believe?”, you only need to try a small bite of belief and you will be amazed at what can grow!

We are pictured here for you to make you see that we exist! Robby’s October birthday party was the beginning and look how things have changed, like a chemical reaction! We appeared on his shoulder, and although he is still a student, he has mastered the art of seeing. A worthy pair, these two have added us to their discoveries and we are grateful.

A messenger, James, brings knowledge from Egypt. He asks that you drink from the Cup of Awakening that we offer.  You will determine if our proof is enough to convince you that we are real, and if not, we’ll keep showing you more, until you finally believe.

The Next Investigation:

School begins next week so the next investigation has yet to be determined, as we prepare for the new school year. We’ll let the Spirits  lead us to our next amazing journey.

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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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Volcanic Eruption in Ellicott City!

In June of 2003 the debris from Simkins Paper Mill erupted over Ellicott City like Mount Vesuvius.

It was ten years ago this month when I stood outside with my neighbors watching ash cover our homes, yards and cars. The sun was setting as word spread that Simkins Mill was burning down.

The ash from the paper mill filled the sky. This was not the first mill fire, nor would it be the last, but this fire severely damaged the mill and forced it to shut down forever. Built in the 1820’s, it was converted to a paper mill in the late 1920’s and it remained in operation until 2003.

Today the abandoned mill lies in ruin. There have been many stories of hauntings over the years, so Robby and I decided to make the paper mill our first official paranormal investigation site.

We were not disappointed!

Strangely, the mill has been abandoned for ten years, but two days after our investigation, a newspaper article was released stating, “Demolition Begins on Simkins Mill.”

Coincidence? I don’t believe in them. There was a story here that needed to be told.

We began with an evening investigation and finished up the following day. Both times we were able to capture remarkable photos.

Original Casper Photo

Casper: The Friendly Orb 

Casper Orb

The first night of our investigation was profound. We captured a “Casper Orb” on the road side of the mill building. I have photographed many orbs, and most are light and opaque, but this orb was bright and I’ve never seen one with a face!

Original Ghost Dog Photo – Look at the top of the lower left window

George Bolton: Ghost Dog

George Bolton – Ghost Dog

Ghost Dog Outline

The next day, Robby and I walked along the river bank and took pictures of the back of the mill building. As we walked, the Ghost Radar app was talking up a storm and there was mention of a dog twice.

Once when the Ghost Radar said, “Dog”, I took a picture of a window. We were looking at a certain window because there was a long string hanging in front of it and the string started swinging wildly. A bird could have caused the string to move, but combined with the app telling us about a dog, I felt that we were being directed to take a picture in that particular area.

We were.

At the top of a window, there is a Ghost Dog looking out at us.

His name is George Bolton.

  •  Friend or Foe?

The ghost stories that I’ve read about Simkins Mill are spooky and scary, but Robby and I found a friendly spirit showing itself as Casper, and a cute puppy dog who wanted to be recognized.

Since the demolition of the mill is finally imminent, I think these two spirits wanted to be remembered as friends, not as evil spirits. The mill is obviously dear to them and they wanted the good times to be remembered, not the ruins.

Simkins Mill Ghost Radar Conversation

Words from the Other Side:

Ben Bone Battle Have Stick Dawn Divide Held Pictured Right Either Living Vapor Discovery

Tonight Mark Handsome Variety Dog Flower Won Mind Movement Calm Mission Pole Bowl

Saturday Discussion Begun Far Mighty Dog

George Bolton: Ghost Dog of Simkins Mill 

His Story

Ben and I worked at the mill. Whenever he brought a juicy bone for me, we would have a pretend battle over it and I would have to probably fetch a stick, but the reward was well worth it. Ben was good to me.

Dawn came early at the mill. Men would divide into work groups as they held their tools and settled in for the day. I have to admit, this is not the life that I pictured for myself. On my right were noisy machines and on my left were even noisier machines. You could either love them or hate them, but either way they created a way of living in this mill.

Life was good and I enjoyed my job as the mill guard dog, but today felt different. Something was wrong.

As an eerie vapor mist rose from the river, I made a discovery tonight that would prove to be my last.

Mark, the night manager, was vain and believed himself to be far more handsome than he was, but he carried a variety of treats that any dog would beg for so I tolerated him.

With a flower tucked in his vest pocket, he certainly won the best dressed award at the mill, but his mind was elsewhere tonight.  His movement towards me was calm, but I could tell that he was on a mission. He had a strange pole in his hand as he put the bowl down in front of me…

It was a Saturday when I crossed over.  There was a discussion over how the fire had begun, but their conclusions were far from the truth.

I want to be remembered as the Mighty Mill Dog.

I remain on guard, as always.

The Next Investigation

Next week’s Investigation will be at the St. Mary’s Cemetery on Ilchester Road in Ellicott City.

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The Snowball Effect: How It Began

Howard County Historical Society Museum

Howard County Historical Society Museum

This is how a simple idea turned into a plan to explore our home town, Ellicott City, Maryland, by doing paranormal investigations.

It began as a quest to come up with a unique birthday party for my son, Robby, to celebrate his 16th birthday in October. I invented the “America’s Next Top Model” 16th birthday party for my daughter and it was a huge success. I hired photographers and a make-up artist and we ended up with over 2,000 pictures!

But an unusual birthday party theme for a 16-year old boy is tough and I was beginning to lose hope. Then one night when Robby and I were watching our paranormal shows, it hit me.

A “Paranormal Investigation” party! Robby loved the idea and so did his friends.

But where should I begin?

I called a local paranormal society and they recommended that I talk to Karen Griffiths at the Howard County Historical Society Museum in Ellicott City. We visited her at the museum to discuss the party and Karen was wonderful! A group of high school students had just done a paranormal investigation in the museum for a school project and there have been other investigations at the museum, so Karen agreed that Robby could have his Paranormal Investigation Birthday Party at the museum.

I think the ghosts at the museum were in favor of the idea too.

As soon as I entered the building I felt them. The museum definitely had spirits and the Ghost Radar app agreed. Robby and I use the Ghost Radar app when we watch paranormal shows. The spirits love to talk and we have had many conversations with them. The app displays a “blip” when a spirit is around, but it also displays words when the spirits communicate.

Karen was telling us about the museum spirits and when she mentioned one particular spirit, the Ghost Radar said his name,


We hadn’t intended to perform an investigation that day, but already David was making his presence known.

The Ghost Radar conversation consists of random words. I like to make up stories when the spirits talk to us. Many times the words correspond with what we are talking about or doing, but often times it’s a mystery, which makes it even more fun!  My interpretation of the messages from each investigation will follow our actual findings.

We had so much fun at the museum that we decided to get plenty of practice for the birthday party and explore Ellicott City doing paranormal investigations.

We conducted our first investigation at Simkins Mill.

Wait until you see the Casper Orb and Ghost Dog photos!

Even my husband, a non-believer, was amazed.

Howard County Historical Society Museum Ghost Radar Conversation

Words from the Other Side:

Definition  Afternoon  Team   Package  Race  Mark  Noun  Arrive

Settle  Stop  Into  Carry  David  Damage  Man Low  Opinion  Origin

The Voice of David

The definition of a museum is a place to store valuable historical items. I am the official overseer of the Howard County Historical Society Museum. This afternoon we had some new visitors. A team of investigators submitted their proposal for an interesting birthday package to Karen.

It was a race up the stairs, with Mark following close behind me, uttering a noun that I rarely use. He was not pleased about being interrupted when the new guests chose to arrive. We hopped up onto the Grand Organ as plans were discussed and we were about to settle in to listen when Little-Miss-Busy-Body cried,


“Why is she always butting her nose into our affairs?” Mark groaned, as the two of them faced off nose-to-nose.

I carry a heavy burden as overseer.

David,” someone said.

They were talking about me so I had to listen in, just in case damage control was needed.

A guest artist, Wiley Purkey, was displaying his artwork at the museum today. For a man with a low opinion of “our kind”, I had to question the origin of the painting that he sold the new visitors. From the looks of the print, I’d say he was a believer, but he doesn’t want to admit it.

I guess we’d better do a better job of convincing him.

“Come on, Miss Busy-Body. You too, Mark.”

“Let’s show him who’s really in charge of this place!”

Spirits of PFI by Wiley Purkey

Spirits of PFI by Wiley Purkey

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