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As paranormal investigators, we seek the secrets and truths of what happens on the other side. Are we constrained to one area? Can we communicate with our loved ones? Will we see and know all? This week's guest is helping us to understand the process and has spent years researching these very questions. In this episode 355, the 222 Paranormal Podcast talks to Nicole Strickland about her experience in researching the afterlife and the mysteries that abound.
Nicole Strickland is a well-respected afterlife & paranormal researcher, author, podcaster, and speaker from San Diego, California. She is the founder, director, and case manager of the San Diego Paranormal Research Society. Nicole is the Ghost Research Society's California Coordinator and is a consultant to other investigative teams. Since 2011, she has co-hosted the “Spirits of the Adobe” tours at the iconic Rancho Buena Vista Adobe.
Blending her love of history, paranormal studies, and writing, Nicole has written several books, including Field Guide to Southern California Hauntings, The Haunted Queen of the Seas: The Living Legend of the RMS Queen Mary, Spirited Queen Mary: Her Haunted Legend, RMS Queen Mary: Voices from Her Voyages, San Diego’s Most Haunted: The Historical Legacy and Paranormal Marvels of America’s Finest City, Spirits of Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, Max and Kayli: Two Remarkable Felines Forever Imprinted on My Heart and The Afterlife Chronicles: Exploring the Connection Between Life, Death, and Beyond. She is also a writer and contributor to Paranormal Underground Magazine.
Nicole gives presentations about a variety of paranormal topics at conferences, events, and libraries. She has presented at some of the best-known conventions, such as the Oregon Ghost Conference, Port Gamble Ghost Conference, Troy Taylor’s Haunted America Conference, Maritime Ghost Conference of San Diego, Preston Castle Benefit Paracon, Ghost Fest IV aboard the Queen Mary, and Strange Escapes, among others. She is represented non-exclusively by RK Entertainment.
Nicole has been featured in a myriad of media outlets discussing her work as a paranormal researcher. These include several local San Diego newspapers and magazines and news programs, such as Good Morning San Diego, San Diego Living, KPBS Evening Edition, and Channel 8 Evening Edition. She has been interviewed for nationally televised programs, including My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera, Travel Channel’s Ghost Stories, and Famously Afraid; has been further interviewed on hundreds of radio shows and podcasts.
Nicole co-hosts Haunted Voices Radio, one of the longest-running radio programs featuring a plethora of guests from all areas of the supernatural. In late 2020, she debuted her radio show The Afterlife Chronicles, which was selected by Feedspot as one of the top 25 programs on the afterlife.
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One of the most interesting buildings in Manhattan is certainly a landmark, though it doesn’t come up as often as many of the others. Possibly because this building is a landmark not for its height, or its grandeur, but because of the darkness that surrounds it. Built between 1880 and 1884, the Dakota started off as a building alone in what was, at the time, an empty area of the island of Manhattan. Today, we call that area the Upper West Side, and it is far from empty.
The most famous story of Lennon’s ghost appearing at the Dakota was told by Yoko Ono. As the story goes, Yoko, who lived in the Dakota for 20 years after Lennon’s death, saw the spirit of the musical god sitting at his piano. Lennon turned to Yoko and said “Don’t be afraid. I am still with you,” before vanishing. The first reported sighting of Lennon’s ghost was in 1983 when Joey Harrow and Amanda Moores spotted the Beatle standing at the entrance of the Dakota. Harrow claimed that Lennon was surrounded by an ominous light, and Moores said that she almost walked up to Lennon, but the look on his face suggested he wasn’t in the mood to talk to strangers. I suppose being shot in the back five times by a stranger would make you wary.
Before his death, John Lennon claimed to have had his own paranormal experiences in the Dakota. Lennon told tales of seeing a spirit he called The Crying Lady walking the halls of the building. The going theory is that Lennon, and others who have seen this Crying Lady, are seeing the ghost of Elise Vesley, who managed the Dakota through the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Elise, who was way into the paranormal herself, believed that she had psychokinetic powers and was a major player in the Vedantist movement. As is often the story when it comes to ghosts, Mrs. Vesley suffered a great tragedy when her son was hit by a truck outside the Dakota. The boy died, and by all accounts, Mrs. Vesley was never the same again. She took to being extra nice, and extra protective of the children that lived in the Dakota.
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The Comte de Saint Germain (French pronunciation: 1691 or 1712 – 27 February 1784) was a European adventurer, with an interest in science, alchemy and the arts. He achieved prominence in European high society of the mid-18th century. Prince Charles of Hesse-Kassel considered him to be "one of the greatest philosophers who ever lived". St. Germain used a variety of names and titles, an accepted practice amongst royalty and nobility at the time. These include the Marquis de Montferrat, Comte Bellamarre, Chevalier Schoening, Count Weldon, Comte Soltikoff, Manuel Doria, Graf Tzarogy, and Prinz Ragoczy. To deflect enquiries as to his origins, he would make far-fetched claims, such as being 500 years old, leading Voltaire to sarcastically dub him "The Wonderman" and that "He is a man who does not die, and who knows everything".
His real name is unknown while his birth and background are obscure, but towards the end of his life, he claimed that he was a son of Prince Francis II Rákóczi of Transylvania. His name has occasionally caused him to be confused with Claude Louis, Comte de Saint-Germain, a noted French general.
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The Cannons shot out, piercing the night like thunder....
162 years ago the Civil War literally divided our great nation. Brother against brother, cousin against cousin, north vs. south fought some of the most deadliest battles on American soil. Blood spilled into the ground, as young men and seasoned soldiers gave the ultimate sacrifice. But some sentinels are still on duty. The battle continues for the ghosts and spirits caught in a never-ending war. Battle cries and rhythmic drums still fill moonlight nights across fields and battle sites. Ghost soldiers still are on duty, some showing up on camera and in photos for the brave ghost hunters and some who are not even trying to connect with the dead.
Listen in as the 222 Paranormal Podcast explores the Civil War, tells ghost stories and shares some cool paranormal sites you can visit.