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Dark Alley Soul Seekers with Aaron Sulser & Dante Reeder
Vol. 3 February 2013
EVP with Todd Bates Slender Man Sightings,
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Dark Alley Soul 4 Seekers - Aaron Sulser & Dante Reeder Book Review: From the Graves of Babes.
“Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known” ~ Carl Sagan
Electronic Voice Phenomena with Todd Bates
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ELECTRONIC VOICE PHENOMENA - TODD BATES
Since paranormal research pioneers such as, Jeurgenson, Estep, and Cass introduced many of us to the world of recorded disembodied spirit communication, we have been baffled as to their origin. How does a ghostly voice, become captured in time and recorded onto our devices? Unfortunately, that question cannot be answered accurately. However, there are many theories to how this may be possible. We will not discuss these theories until future articles, so you can put back your bottle of aspirin until then. Instead, we will cover the basics of Electronic Voice Phenomenon (commonly called EVP in the paranormal field) such as, protocol, equipment, and capturing your evidence of the ghostly phenomenon. The study of Electronic Voice Phenomenon is illusive, time consuming, and yields little results, but also, can be classified.
be deep inside your closet or perhaps sitting in your attic covered with years of dust and neglect. This ancient device is called a tape recorder and has been used for decades in capture voices from beyond the grave. Have you ever used one before? Perhaps you wanted too, but were afraid of the cost involved? The answer may surprise you!
these devices do not produce results, as we have already proven that. So, what could it possibly be? The answer is personal preference and what you feel is more effective. There are several researchers strongly against the use of digital equipment, but I am not one of them. I feel the two work side by side to create possible solutions to our ghostly problems, but I do feel the basic methods have become tossed aside recently. The old adage of “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” comes into play here, so we must not loose sight of where we came from. Sure, todays devices are cool and “As Seen on TV”, but does these mean we forget about how this phenomenon was founded? I wanted to rant a little on our past before exposing some common tricks and tips of capturing such voices, but will now leap off the soapbox and into the goodies. The following are basic tips as well as classification suggestions that most of you probably use already, but we could all use a refresher course. Right? Perhaps this may spark an interest for the new comer, and we all love fresh minds in this confusing field of paranormal research. Shall we begin? Continued on page 5.
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Thankfully, there are several paranormal researchers still using these “old school” recording devices in conjunction with digital media. After all, every theory has a hypothesis, and every hypothesis has variable right? Although the digital media (dictation devices, smartphones, and computers) may turn out to be the more cost effective and convenient solution, it may deprive you of quality. The magnetic tape (reel-to-reel, cassette, and microcassette) devices may produce less results and be more costly, but We begin our brief lesson with equip- will provide a more quality based EVP. Tel: 555 555 5555 ment needed to capture these disemMobile: 555-555-5555 bodied voices, or “Haunted Voices” as With over a decade of research beFax: to call them. You may have I chose555 555 5555 hind me, I have yet to prove this E-mail: of recording devices an array firstname.lastname@example.org at your statement incorrect, however, you disposal, but do you really understand may see it differently. For without how to use them? Have we become these recording devices and the so engulfed on what technology has to breakthroughs created by them, we offer, that we have forgotten the ba- would be unaware that ghosts could sics of past recording methods? One even speak. Therefore, why have we does not need to spend hundreds or forsaken these old methods? Is it due even thousands of dollars on technical to cost of the near obsolete cassette recording mediums in order to cap- tapes? Perhaps it is the tedious efture a ghostly voice and achieve good forts to set one up or process them results. Your evidence solution may on your computer. It cannot be that
SLENDER MAN SIGHTINGS
S l e n d e r as told M a n E n c o u n t e r by Jessica Galvez
It was late at night, maybe around midnight. My husband and I decided to take a walk around the neighborhood, and that's when we saw what we can only describe as an extraordinarily tall slender man. The man from a distance looked as if he had a back pack on or maybe some kind of hunchback. The man had on dark clothing, not sure if it was a suit he was wearing because we were a distance away from him, but he definitely had dark pants on. We couldn't make out any facial features or hair, we were too far away, we just knew he didn't look normal. We were shaken and decided to get home as fast as we could walk, we didn't turn back to see where the man had gone. A few days after, I was in my house and suddenly I saw the same figure pass by my window, the window was very high so I knew again that it was him, and I was terrified. In conversation with others in the neighborhood, and at the local gas station, it seemed I was not the only one that had seen this strange man. From what we had found out, the sightings lasted for about two weeks, and then the man was gone. We still don't know for sure what we saw; we just know it wasn't normal.
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they felt like they were being followed but couldn't see anything. They both kept getting that feeling of being watched. Suddenly, they both observed a very The following story took tall, thin shadow man behind them. Tall, like 8 feet or Tel: 555 555 5555 place in the early part of better. They could not make out details of the man Mobile: 555-555-5555 the 1940's, in northwest other than he appeared to be a dark figure. They did Fax: 555 555 5555 Denver. notice a fedora style hat and long coat. He began to E-mail: email@example.com chase them. They ran for their lives. My Uncle Al and Aunt Lola had gone to the They reached the front door and scurried in. My movies in downtown grandmother, shocked at them being completely out Denver. They were teen- of breath, asked what in the world was going on. DJ Trey, Tracy Vega ~ agers, and it was not They described the man to her and she locked the uncommon for the time door. Granny was looking out the windows of the to walk everywhere. It was dark when they began front of the house. Lola and Al spotted the man walktheir journey over the 23rd street viaduct. They were ing around the back of the house and told their mom. headed home, home was on 38th and Fox street. Nothing seemed unusual as they had gone to the They had a wrap around porch and all of them went movies as much as they could. They had taken the outside to confront him, there was no one there. same journey many times. On this particular evening,
Slim Man / Shadow person
Dark Alley Soul Seekers
Aaron Sulser age 34, was born and raised in Columbus Ohio. He lives in Columbus with his wife and 3 daughters. Aaron has always been fascinated with all things paranormal. As an avid watcher of Ghost Hunters, on SyFy, Aaron had the realization that he could ghost hunt. So in 2008 he formed his own ghost hunting team, Dark Alley Paranormal Investigators. Since then, Dark Alley has grown and now includes chapters in Northeast Ohio and Louisville, KY. In the June of 2010, Dark Alley appeared on the Travel Channel show, Paranormal Challenge: Waverly Hills Sanatorium. The show allowed for Aaron to network and meet many people within the paranormal community. Dante Reeder an avid Paranormal Investigator who has had numerous paranormal encounters growing up. Dante is the Founder of The Soul Seekers of Temecula, CA and winner of the Paranormal Challenges USS Hornet episode. The Soul Seekers won the challenge with the ground breaking evidence through morse code they received with the melmeter. Dante continues to investigate hot spots. Over the past year Aaron and Dante began communication. Dante flew to Columbus this past summer to invesTel: 555 555 5555 tigate 3 different places with Aaron.
Mobile: 555-555-5555 Fax: 555 555 Poasttown Elementary First up was5555 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org School in Middletown Ohio. Dante and Aaron met up with 3 other members of Dark Alley to investigate this haunted school. They were able to catch several disembodied voices as well as EVP’s. One of the Dark Alley team members was also scratched in the back. There has been a major social media fight about the authenticity of the Poasttown Elementary School. Some believe the owners and proper-
ty managers to be faking evidence such as EVP’s, voices and shadow figures. The evidence that Aaron and Dante captured there appears to be valid, as they saw no evidence of faking. Next was an old inn in Harrisburg Ohio. This was a private residence that is undergoing major renovations. Here there were several reports of full-bodied apparitions, one of a black woman and one of an old man in a top hat. The home was used at one point as a stop along the Underground Railroad. This may have explained the black Aaron Sulser, Dark Alley. Dante Reeder, Soul Seekers woman that was seen by the homeowner. There have been several pre- heard. They ventured through the vious owners that have died in the building not catching much except for th house over the years. The spirits of the occasional EVP. The 4 floor howthese past homeowners may be in a ever was very active. Just sitting there state of unrest due to the renova- and listening, the two could hear tions. While not a lot of evidence was bangs and furniture being moved. At uncovered here, both Dante and Aa- one point a door slammed shut in the ron felt very uneasy. Mostly they felt next ward over. Aaron and Dante uneasy around the main entranceway could hear footsteps and voices having hallway near the staircase. At one conversations within the hallways. point both Dante and Aaron felt a cramping sensation on their left abdo- It was a marathon weekend of ghost men. They both felt this within a few hunting for both Dante and Aaron but it yielded some great evidence as well minutes. as formed a bond between Dark Alley The final stop was to the famous Paranormal and The Soul Seekers. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in The two have plans to investigate Weston West Virginia. The building more together in the near future. itself is massive. It was closed in the Until then, they both continue to corearly 1990’s and was an insane asylum respond and share ideas and discuss right up until it closed its doors. Many paranormal topics. spirits wander the hallways there, from elderly women to doctors to Aaron Sulser: Dark Alley Paranormal children. Aaron and Dante began the Research Team - Northeast, Ohio Chapinvestigation on the 2nd floor where ter/ Facebook they heard a strange sound of something be pushed across the floor. Upon further investigation, they found an Dante Reeder: The Soul Seekers / Faceold Styrofoam cooler lying in the hallbook way. This was the sound that they had
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EVP Equipment—Todd Bates
Basic Recording Equipment—Todd Bates
Recording Medium – Analog (magnetic tapes can be purchased on the internet), Digital (Dictation recorder, smartphone, laptop or desktop computer). Internal Microphone: These are found on both digital and cassette recorders. I would not recommend using the internal microphone on the cassette recorder, due to the internal wheel noise of the machine creating false positives. However, I find internal microphones on most digital recorders are sufficient. External Microphone: These may be purchased separately or included with your recorder. External microphones should be used with all cassette recorders. In addition, place the microphone as far from the recorder as possible. This will help eliminate mechanical noise. An Omni-directional microphone is preferred, as it captures sounds from all sides of the recording area. However, dynamic, uni-directional, parabolic, or pre-amp microphones, are not recommend due to the possibility of false positives, or lower quality recording. After all, we only wish to hear those spirits around our research area and not the couple arguing four blocks away. The acronym K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple Stupid), goes a very long way in this field and is a cousin to common sense. Data Transfer Cable - Audio Patch Cable (old school and still widely used for cassette recorders) or USB (commonly used with digital recorders) and lastly, Wi-Fi if you are a tech junkie. Audio Processing Software – Free software (Wave Pad, Audacity) or premium (Adobe Audition, Sound Forge, Logic pro) Headphones – Devices that cover entire ear and contain noise cancelation, are highly recommend, however, ear bud styles can be used. Now that we have the proper equipment needed in order to capture our ghostly friends, how do we do it? The tips and methods below may help increase your captures depending on your personal preference. There are two different recording methods in our field of research, the stationary and Question method. Let us begin with the stationary style of recording and how it may benefit your next investigation. Continued on page 7.
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U N E A RT H LY PA R A N O R M A L’ S G I V E AWAY S
S O M E T H I N G TO T H I N K A B O U T
Did you know? Ghostly activity is often more prevalent around children and young adults due to the amount of energy they give off. The higher your personal energy, the more spirits are able to absorb.
Things that make you go hmmm! Certain locations are vortexes or portals where ghosts/spirits can transport themselves from one realm or place to another.
Feelings of being watched…. this is not an uncommon feeling and can be attributed to many things, but it could have a paranormal source if the feeling consistently occurs in a particular part of the house at a particular time. (once electrical occurrences are ruled out)
EVP—Questions & Answers with Todd Bates
Question & Answer Method—This is one of the most popular methods used by investigators and it is a great way to interact with the ghost or spirit you are trying to contact. Normally, this is done in what are called “sessions.” Sessions consist of recording in 3 to 5 minute segments and then listening (I suggest bringing a set of headphones to the site with you for better listening) to what you have recorded to see if your questions have been answered. Sometimes a spirit will give a brief response to your question, while others may choose not to speak at all. I perform my sessions by designating an investigator to do the majority of the speaking. Additionally, others may ask a question as directed by the main investigator. Furthermore, it is a good idea to have all members of the group talk at some point during the recording. This ensures their voices are on the recording for possible comparison later. You can truly interact with the spirits using this method and be able to find some great information once you learn how to listen. The main point to remember when using this method is respect. Do not demand anything from the spirits as this will damper your results. Remain as courteous as possible while performing these sessions, in order to get the most out of your experience with the other world. Please, do not use the word “dead.” Ghosts or spirits may not be aware they are no longer Tel: 555 this may upset or shock living and 555 5555 them. Speak to them as you would Mobile: 555-555-5555 speak to a555 5555 or stranger, whom Fax: 555 friend
meet for the first time. I have found this to yield the best results. Additionally, be sure to always thank them for their time before ending the recording session. After all, you get more with honey than vinegar right? Stationary Method—This method also has been around for decades, and has proven itself effective. Stationary recording is ideal for picking up residual activity in a presumably haunted location. The process is quite simple and allows you to perform other tasks while the recorder is doing its job. I would recommend using a cassette recorder for this method, due to the external microphone being able to capture a broader area of sound. Additionally, most of your cassette recorders come with a power adapter and save those costly battery prices. Please be sure to ask the client/owner if you may use their electricity before investigating, it is common courtesy. To begin, you simply place your recorder in the central area of the room and press record. Make it a habit to start each recording session stating the date, time, and location. Here is a tip I learned from experience. If you are recording amongst large groups of strangers, you can place baby powder around the area of your recorder, in order to let you know has tampered with your equipment. I know this may appear absurd, however, trust me, this has been done in the past. It is your duty as a paranormal investigator to secure your evidence, in order to report it as authentic. You can leave the recorder running for whichever amount of time
you desire. Also, keep in mind that the more you record, the more you have to process later. I would recommend stopping every 10 minutes and restarting the recording device, in order to cut down on your segment processing time. Lastly, I hope you enjoyed getting back to the basics of electronic voice phenomenon and walked away with a few ideas. For some, this may have been redundant or repetitive. However, no matter how much you think you know, there is always some smarter, faster, and stronger in this field and you must remain on top of your game. Capturing Haunted Voices is no easy task, but these tips may very well help you on your next investigation. I welcome each of you to contact me with questions or feedback regarding EVP using the information below. Also, be sure to read this newsletter next month as we learn about classifying your evidence, communication tips, and audio software techniques! Feel free to contact me via the information below, should you have questions, comments, or feedback. See you next month and stay safe out there! Todd Bates
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FROM THE GRAVES OF BABES ~ AUTHOR KEVIN LAKE
human contact; try to heal his heart and mind. But Patrick soon finds he’s not alone on the mountain. Mysterious visits from several little girls soon become regular. And no one in the area, including Ginny, his mother, can account for them or their families. It’s as if they don’t exist. Patrick rekindles an old flame with local librarian, Heather, his high school sweetheart, and soon finds out that Caleb, her blind son, can also see and communicate with the girls. The only other person who can is Phillip Ables, an old, Fork Mountain hermit and former convict who served twenty years for his alleged link to the disappearance of several children a generation before. As time goes by, Patrick learns that the girls are ghosts of missing children, most of whom disappeared on Fork Mountain. They’re coming to him for help because, even in death, their abductor still torments them. Patrick struggles to solve their mystery in the midst of confronting his drinking and depression. To free the girls from abuse so they can pass on to eternity, he must learn the identity and motive of their killer. Was Phillip Ables guilty of the crimes for which he’d been convicted? Or was another party responsible; someone like the girls, who’s already dead? As if his own personal demons weren’t enough, he’s now seeking peace for tormented ghosts. Based on historical fact, From the Graves of Babes is set in the real community of Richwood, West Virginia, and involves an actual secluded, unmarked gravesite where paranormal activity has long been witnessed and recorded. It is sure to be the most read, West Virginia ghost tale for generations to come. Available in Kindle or hard copy at Amazon.com
The unsolved disappearance of his tenyear-old daughter, Samantha, drives MCI executive, Patrick Hanna, to drinking, divorce, and a desperate attempt to save his shattered life. His plan is simple: get out of the city and go back to Fork Mountain, stay in the old family cabin above Richwood, West Virginia, a retreat he knew with his recently-deceased father. Avoid
My Glowing Orb Experience
My glowing orb experience. It was a warm Fourth of July night, I was about 8 or 9 years old, my family and I were lighting fire works in the middle of the street. We were very excited about all the bright, colorful loud fireworks that brightened the sky above us. As we were looking into the sky all of a sudden this yellow-orangish glowing ball of light, the size of a tennis ball came darting at us, then it comes to a complete sudden stop about 20-25feet about our heads. I thought someone from up the block threw an M80 firework at us while waiting for it to do it’s thing but it did nothing but hover above us; as if it was observing us. It stayed there, the adults couldn’t figure out what it was so they decided to finish lighting the remainder of the fireworks. Once we
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finished we all went inside the house. I couldn’t understand how they could possibly want to go inside when this amazing glowing ball of light was still hovering in the air. Renee Estrada We went inside but I would constantly keep peeking out the front door and watch this ball of light just hover there in the sky. It remained there the rest of the night. Finally we went to sleep and first thing in the I open the door and look outside and the ball of light was gone. I have to admit I was disappointed but I will never forget what I saw that night and feel privileged that this thing, whatever it was revealed itself to us. I always felt that it was observing us.
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I was born with the passion for the unknown. Nothing excited me more than hearing something paranormal and/or unexplainable. As a teenager while others were playing sports I was creating haunted houses. I remember the kids running out of the house screaming and crying because they were so scared and I was damn proud; mission accomplished! I Grew up in a haunted home experiencing poltergeist, haunting & possessions with my mother. I have also had many paranormal experiences throughout my entire life from visitors in my dreams leaving messages for their loved ones, premonition dreams that come true and occasionally seeing auras. I don’t consider myself psychic or anything . I think I’ve always had these experiences because I have always questioned life! Although I’ve had my experiences I am a total skeptic first! I have done 30+ investigations and was featured on Travel Channel’s Paranormal Challenge USS Hornet episode, hosted by Zak Bagans from Ghost Adventures. ~ Renee Estrada I have always been fascinated with all things paranormal. I have always been fascinated with stories of haunted houses. When I was 14 the Amityville Horror House article was written in the local news paper, I cut the article out of the paper and obsessed what it must have been like to live in the house. I have never missed an episode of the X-Files or Fringe, wondering how far from the truth some of these stories really are. When I was a child I got a telescope and looked for UFO activity in the sky, believing that the Roswell incident was true, and always have believed that Bigfoot walked the earth. I am a believer, though I go into every investigation skeptical. I like to take a scientific approach to each investigation. I have investigated around 30+ haunted locations where clients have reported ghostly activity. I have studied cryptozoology and hope that one day I will have an encounter of a lifetime. My life long dream is closer now than ever before, my passion for the paranormal will always be with me. ~ Sabrina Crowley
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