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All things paranormal With your host Jennifer Shortridge & Joe Shortridge Brother and Sister duo Joe and Jen have been interested in all things paranormal since their childhood. We bring to you our personal experiences, news from the paranormal world and special guests.
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Jun 30, 2024

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England has always been the home of legends and folklore. And while some of the creatures on our list may seem unbelievable, others are quite possible. As an island, England is the perfect location for some of these creatures to exist as they are separated from the rest of the world. It could be possible that these creatures are merely trapped on the island—hence the reason they never seem to leave.

 

Jenny Greenteeth

Jenny Greenteeth, or Wicked Jenny to some, is a legendary river-hag from English folklore. She is said to look like an ugly old woman with sharp teeth, long hair, and distinctly green skin. This strange cryptid is believed to lurk in the upper levels of trees stalking unsuspecting travelers. But aside from her gruesome appearance, Jenny Greenteeth is so terrifying because she is known to pull unaware children or the elders into the murky waters and drown them when given the chance. Be sure to keep an eye on your children if hiking through the United Kingdom.

 

The Kelpie is a cryptid from rivers and lochs in Scotland and Ireland.

In mythology, the kelpie is described as a strong and powerful horse. It is a white and sky blue colour and appeared as a lost pony, but could be identified by its constantly dripping mane. Its mane and tail are a bit curly. Its skin was said to be like that of a seal, smooth but as cold as death when touched. Kelpies were said to transform into beautiful women to lure men into their traps. They created illusions to keep themselves hidden, keeping only their eyes above water to scout the surface.

The fable of the kelpie varies by region. The kelpie's mane is said to be a sky blue colour. The water horse is a common form of the kelpie, said to lure humans into the water to drown them. The water horse would encourage people to ride on its back, and once its victims fell into its trap, the water horse's skin would become adhesive and the horse would bear the victim into the river, dragging them to the bottom of the water and devouring them—except the heart or liver. A common Scottish tale is the story of nine children lured onto a kelpie's back, while a tenth kept his distance. The kelpie chased the tenth child, but he escaped. Another more gruesome and macabre variation on this tale is that the tenth child simply stroked the kelpie's nose but, when his hand stuck to it, he took a knife from his pocket and cut his own hand off, cauterizing it with wood from a nearby fire.

Loch Ness monster, large marine creature believed by some people to inhabit Loch Ness, Scotland. However, much of the alleged evidence supporting its existence has been discredited, and it is widely thought that the monster is a myth.

 

Reports of a monster inhabiting Loch Ness date back to ancient times. Notably, local stone carvings by the Pict depict a mysterious beast with flippers. The first written account appears in a 7th-century biography of St. Columba. According to that work, in 565 ad the monster bit a swimmer and was prepared to attack another man when Columba intervened, ordering the beast to “go back.” It obeyed, and over the centuries only occasional sightings were reported. Many of these alleged encounters seemed inspired by Scottish folklore, which abounds with mythical water creatures.

 

Loch Ness, in the Highlands of Scotland. At the head of the loch is the monastery at Fort Augustus.

In 1933 the Loch Ness monster’s legend began to grow. At the time, a road adjacent to Loch Ness was finished, offering an unobstructed view of the lake. In April a couple saw an enormous animal—which they compared to a “dragon or prehistoric monster”—and after it crossed their car’s path, it disappeared into the water. The incident was reported in a Scottish newspaper, and numerous sightings followed. In December 1933 the Daily Mail commissioned Marmaduke Wetherell, a big-game hunter, to locate the sea serpent. Along the lake’s shores, he found large footprints that he believed belonged to “a very powerful soft-footed animal about 20 feet [6 metres] long.” However, upon closer inspection, zoologists at the Natural History Museum determined that the tracks were identical and made with an umbrella stand or ashtray that had a hippopotamus leg as a base; Wetherell’s role in the hoax was unclear.

The news only seemed to spur efforts to prove the monster’s existence. In 1934 English physician Robert Kenneth Wilson photographed the alleged creature. The iconic image—known as the “surgeon’s photograph”—appeared to show the monster’s small head and neck. The Daily Mail printed the photograph, sparking an international sensation. Many speculated that the creature was a plesiosaur, a marine reptile that went extinct some 65.5 million years ago.

The Loch Ness area attracted numerous monster hunters. Over the years, several sonar explorations (notably in 1987 and 2003) were undertaken to locate the creature, but none were successful. In addition, numerous photographs allegedly showed the beast, but most were discredited as fakes or as depicting other animals or objects. Notably, in 1994 it was revealed that Wilson’s photograph was a hoax spearheaded by a revenge-seeking Wetherell; the “monster” was actually a plastic-and-wooden head attached to a toy submarine. In 2018 researchers conducted a DNA survey of Loch Ness to determine what organisms live in the waters. No signs of a plesiosaur or other such large animal were found, though the results indicated the presence of numerous eels. This finding left open the possibility that the monster is an oversized eel. Despite the lack of conclusive evidence, the Loch Ness monster remained popular—and profitable. In the early 21st century it was thought that it contributed nearly $80 million annually to Scotland’s economy.

Jun 23, 2024

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A coven is a group in which witches are said to gather. One of the chief proponents of the theory of a coven was the English Egyptologist Margaret Murray in her work The Witch Cult in Western Europe (1921). According to her a coven consists of 12 witches and a devil as leader. The number is generally taken as a parody of Christ and his 12 disciples. (An alternate theory, stressing the Murray view of a pre-Christian tradition of witches, explains 13 as the maximum number of dancers that can be accommodated in a nine-foot circle.)

Each member of a coven is said to specialize in a particular branch of magic, such as bewitching agricultural produce, producing sickness or death in humans, storm raising, or seduction. The actuality of covens was also accepted by Montague Summers, a well-known Roman Catholic writer on witchcraft in the 1920s and 1930s, and more recently by Pennethorne Hughes in his Witchcraft (1952, 1965). Many students of witchcraft, however, dismiss the Murray theory of covens as unfounded and based on insufficient evidence. Nonetheless, 20th-century witchcraft groups continue to use the term coven, and reports of coven activity in the United States and Europe are not uncommon.

 

What is ESP?

Extrasensory perception (ESP) is an unproven paranormal phenomenon in which people allegedly receive information about, or exert control over, their environment in ways that don't use the five senses. Also known as "the sixth sense" or "psi," ESP refers to a wide range of purported abilities, including telepathy (mind reading), psychokinesis (moving objects without physical contact) and precognition (predicting the future).

ESP violates our understanding of basic scientific principles. Still, estimates suggest that around two-thirds of people in the United States believe in its existence, according to a 2019 study published in Europe's Journal of Psychology. Even in academia, ESP has inspired serious scientific debate. While some psychologists argue that the subject deserves consideration, skeptics point out that the evidence is weak at best, and fraudulent at worst.

History of ESP

Fascination with ESP is rooted in the spiritualist movement of 19th-century Britain and the United States, according to the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Members of the fashionable elite would hold séances, in which mediums would attempt to communicate with spirits. By the end of the 19th century, scientists and other thinkers were joining research societies devoted to studying not only communication with spirits, but a whole host of so-called "psychic" phenomena, including telepathy and hypnosis (which, unlike telepathy and séances, is now backed by science). In 1882, the Society for Psychical Research emerged in London, and in 1885, people founded a corresponding society in the United States. (Both still exist today.)

Jun 16, 2024

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Hundreds of Americans were killed during the War of 1812 and this gave River Raisin a grim reputation. Battlefields have been known over time for various paranormal activities because of the many lives lost and River Raisin lives up to its claim of being one of the most haunted places in the state of Michigan. Several people have claimed to see apparitions of American soldiers dressed in 1813 military attire.

EVPs or electronic voice phenomena has been recorded at the park. Guests at the park have photographed figures in doorways, windows and on the field. Some have even heard and recorded cries of agony, as well as the sounds of war.

River Raisin National Battlefield Park

The Battlefield was added to the National Park Service in October 2010 and officially opened May 2011. The park offers walking and biking trails, as well as the River Raisin Heritage Trail, to interest the casual visitor or War of 1812 history buff. A good place to begin your visit is the park's new Visitor and Education Center.

The Visitor Center is OPEN and offers a Diorama of the River Raisin settlement, orientation maps, ranger programs, basic park orientation, gift shop and theater. In the brand new state of the art theater you can view the park's new film "The Untold Legacy of the River Raisin." There is NO Charge to view the film! Please note that although you can get your passport book stamped, our unigrid (park) brochures are being updated and will be in production for some time. Thank you for your understanding.

Education Center Interactive Exhibits

Exhibits pertaining to the Old Northwest Territory, Great Lakes History, Native-Americans, French settlement, Battles of the River Raisin and much more, are currently under development in the new education center museum which will open in 2023.

Jun 9, 2024

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Haunted Cemeteries of Ohio

 Throughout Ohio, chilling tales abound of places where the dead do not rest in their peaceful earthen beds. In a field east of Cleveland, the ghost of a missing farmhand returned to expose his murder. The violin music of a Cincinnati-area abolitionist continues to linger at a small burial ground in the hills west of the city, and a grave in Central Ohio is haunted by the spirit of a young girl with an ancestral connection to a dark chapter of America's past.

 

E.R. Cutright, founder of Columbus Ghost Tours in Columbus, explores the sundry Ohio cemeteries and graveyards where the dead demand their stories be told.

 

5 haunted places in Columbus

The Thurber House

James Thurber, the former home owner, is said to be lurking the halls. The famed author and cartoonist reportedly throws books off the shelves and roams around at night. Perhaps the home is to blame — Thurber described his own paranormal experiences while living there.

The Ohio State University

There are plenty of ghostly visits, but we’re highlighting The Hopkins Handprint. The story is of a young student who had a breakdown after becoming trapped in an elevator for an entire night. After being discovered, the elevator had been covered in scribbles and hand prints. Now, as a spirit fueled by spite, she sometimes leaves her handprint on the side of the building.

Walhalla Road

There’s no evidence that the Mooney Mansion resided here, but local lore claims a doctor went mad and attacked his family. Now, the blue light that once shined from the mansion’s attic can sometimes be seen at night — symbolic of Dr. Mooney’s eerie presence.

Elevator Brewing and Draught Haus

Col. Randolph Pritchard, an alleged abuser in the 1900s, was stabbed by one of his victims on a snowy night. Some claim they’ve seen the two in present day, with Pritchard lurking inside + the woman occasionally leaving footprints in the snow around 10:05 p.m., the time of the stabbing.

Underground Tunnels

There’s something off-putting about abandoned projects, and that’s the case with these 100+ year old tunnels. These were built, in-large part, due to community outcry after a local man was hit by a car crossing High Street, resulting in him losing his leg.

Jun 2, 2024

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Dawns Story.

From a young age, I realized that I wasn’t like everyone else. While other children were playing with toys, I was experiencing strange sensations which I now know were interactions with greater powers, so much bigger and stronger than myself. You can only imagine the hardships I overcame throughout my teenage years, realizing more and more that I had a gift that I couldn’t ignore. When I came to terms with my abilities I decided to utilize them to help others. If you feel like you’re in need of guidance, I am here to let you know you don’t have to face your difficulties alone. Contact me today and begin healing.

 

Intuitive Psychic Tarot/Oracle Readings

Get back to your balanced self with this unique psychic service. Here, clients will be able to focus on their questions that they want insight on, getting in touch with their own spirituality. I work with all of my clients on a deep, emotional level, to understand exactly what they require out of my services. Get in touch with me, the other side is waiting for you.

 

Energy Healing

Get back to your balanced self with this unique psychic service. Here, clients will be able to align their mind, body and soul. Allowing them the  ability of getting in touch with their own spirituality and alignment. I work with all of my clients on a deep, emotional and energetic level, to understand exactly what they require out of my services. Get in touch with me today to see what I can do for you.

 

Reiki

Reiki is a complementary therapy relating to energy healing. Proponents say it works through the transfer of universal energy from the practitioner’s palms to the client.

What happens in a Reiki session?

Practitioners will typically give Reiki treatment in a peaceful, private setting. However, the treatment can take place anywhere. During a session, the client will sit in a comfortable chair or lie on a table, fully clothed.

The practitioner will then place their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the client’s head, limbs, and torso. They will typically keep their hands in these positions for 3–10 minutes.

If there is a particular injury, such as a burn, the practitioner will hold their hands just above the wound.

Advocates state that while the practitioner holds their hands lightly on or over the body, an energy transfer takes place. During this time, the practitioner may report that their hands feel warm or are tingling. They will hold each hand position until they sense that the energy has stopped flowing.

When the practitioner feels that the heat, or energy, in their hands has gone, they will remove their hands and place them over a different body area.

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