In recent weeks it has come
to my attention that certain parties are using my ghost stories and those of my
contributors as references for their own commercial enterprises. If you or
someone you know is writing a book on ghosts in the Pacific Northwest, PLEASE
DO NOT!!! copy or use the following stories or any other materials within
this website as references.
Jefferson Davis (25 April
Here are some buttons which will take you
to an archive copy of the last years of the "What's New"
section I began in 2001.
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Link Added to
International Paranormal Reporting Group
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Link Added to
Bridgetown Paranormal Added
19 February 2011
Cost Fame? What People Will Do to Get on TV Posted
22 February 2011
Boxes. Spirit Communication of Hokum? Posted 22
Northwest Ghost Hunters Try To Shine Posted 22 February
Museum of Mysteries Moves and Changes Names Posted 22 February
34 Schedule Posted 17 April 2011
Working Holiday 2011 Posted 17 April 2011
Court's Robed Figure Photographs
and the Chalice Well
Angel Posting House and Livery Hotel, Guildford
Paranormal Conference in Portland Again!!!
18 April 2011
Hypnosis Posted 28 April 2011
Peculiarium Opens Posted 2 May 2011
Clearing Assistance Link Posted
Links to Videos at
Youtube Posted 30 January 2010
I have participated in some interesting, and less interesting
projects over the past few years. I have some links on this website to
some very low resolution videos here on this website. I have had some
feedback from folks wanting larger images, especially of the firewalk.
So please visit my selection on Youtube
If the link does not work, my profile is named: ghostguy01. I have
about a dozen videos posted on a variety of subjects. They include:
Bruce and Brandon Lee's Graves
Spouting Horn Restaurant in Depoe Bay
Hill near Prosser, WA
to Stonehenge in the Gorge
on Weird Washington
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My name is Martin Burns and I am the owner/webmaster of Ghosts! Are they real?
It is an open minded skeptics view of the paranormal and ghosts. The URL
of the site is http://www.openmindedskeptic.net/
. The reason I am contacting you is to request a link exchange. If
you are open to a link exchange I have included my information
Ghosts! Are they real?
An open minded skeptics view of the paranormal and ghosts, what they may be and
if there is any danger to the living.
Added to Paranormal Occult Research Society
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Used to operate outside the Pacific Northwest, but have opened operations here
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North Sound Paranormal Research Society
have had some interesting cases.
to International Paranormal Reporting Group
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Hello. My name is
Kelly and I’m with the International Paranormal Reporting Group (formerly the
Idaho Spirit Seekers) headquartered in Nampa, Idaho.
I noticed that you
have a link for the Idaho Spirit Seekers on your website. We have changed our
name and were wondering if you could please update your website to our new name
(The International Paranormal Reporting Group) and link it to our new website
(you can confirm this change, if needed, by visiting our website). We currently
have teams in both Idaho and Oregon if you list your links by state. Attached is
a banner if you would like to use it.
Thank you for your
time and also for having us on your website. We very much appreciate it.
Media and Promotions Representative
The International Paranormal
A TAPS Family Member
Link Added to
Bridgetown Paranormal Added
19 February 2011
I recently attended
the Spirits of Historic Oregon City event and visited your booth where I bought
your book entitled A Haunted Tour Guide to the Pacific Northwest. I've
purchased several other titles written by you, also and have enjoyed reading
them immensely. I mentioned to Janine while at the event that I was a
member of Bridgetown Paranormal Research and was going to do a small write-up on
our site about the event. I've finished and published the article (Spirits
of Historic Oregon City) to http://www.bridgetownpara.com
(Bridgetown Paranormal Research) and wanted to let you know that I did mention
you guys within it. I also included a link to your site.
I'd like to know if
you would consider putting a link to our site on your Links page under Northwest
Ghost Hunters. We do currently have a link to your site on our Links page
(in addition to the link in my article).
to be on Television? Added
19 February 2011
I received the
following email from a television show highlighting the paranormal. I
cannot vouch for these folks, but if you are interested in being on a televisin
show highlighting your paranormal experiences, think about contacting them.
you have a ghost story to share?
let me introduce myself. My name is Ralph Andrews and I am one of the
producers for the new television series entitled:
is seen coast to coast on the A&E Bio Network on Saturday evenings,
different times. Check your local station. It varies in certain
are getting wonderful ratings. Our format is simple. We search
people who have actually seen a ghost and have film and video to back it up.
you fall into this category, please call me, toll free, at the following number:
email me at: email@example.com
look forward to hearing from you.
Cost Fame: What Will People Do to Get on TV? Posted
22 February 2011
It is fitting that I am writing
this commentary just below the add, requesting people to submit themselves and
their haunts to be on television. October of 2010 I exchanged emails
with a woman representing a paranormal investigating team based out of Longview,
Washington. She asked a few questions, made some comments and then told me
the most important reason she emailed me. She said that she and her group
had investigated a very prominent historic home which was also very
haunted. A second paranormal group had more or less bribed the owners to
allow them exclusive rights to investigate there. And to also allow a
television show to film there. The woman wanted to know my opinion, and
asked if I had heard of this second group: AGHOST. [Before anyone emails
AGHOST, please read the rest of this post.]
I was somewhat shocked to read her
comments, and have mixed feelings. In the past I have both been involved
in conflicts and mediated conflicts by paranormal groups who felt that they had
exclusive territorial rights to ghost hunt in certain cities or individual
properties. I have found most of these claims to be greedy. After
all, if the haunt is public property, everyone's taxes pay for the upkeep, and
they are open for all to enjoy. If the property is privately owned,
the owners decide who and what happens there. Including allowing as many,
or as few ghost hunters on their property as they (the owners) want.
Having said that, I know some ghost hunters use pretty unsavory tricks to gain
access to some sites, and to keep people they feel are competition out.
Especially to get on television. Which gets me to my question What will
people do to get on TV?
I have been on national television
a time or two, as well as regional television and radio broadcasts. It can
be frightening and exhilarating. I know a lot of other ghost hunters who
are just as skilled as I am who have not. And they want and deserve to be
on television. Some want too much. Why would most people do almost
anything for their 15 minutes of fame? I understand that there is a
waiting list of people to appear on the Jerry Springer show too. So what
standards should people have when dealing with ghost hunting on television?
I receive a few emails and phone
calls from some of the established television shows, and some producers trying
to put a show together. They want something different, and yet similar
enough to the existing shows to appeal to an established audience. Talk
about contradictions. They are also up against hard deadlines, and used to
floating ideas, and cutting their losses quickly if things do not work out
immediately. So they encourage ghost hunters they are talking to; to cut
out any competition; to gain exclusive access to that ONE special haunt,
whatever the cost. However, if their own executives decide even that is
not enough, the producer is willing to drop the ghost hunters who did the dirty
work. And no hard feelings. They work in a cut-throat world
themselves, moving from project to project, hoping for a big break. I do
know one producer who is very honorable and decent, who gave me a few words of
He said once, "Jeff, you will
know they are serious when they tell you they are flying out, and give you the
reservation information for their plane fights AND which hotel they are staying
at." And he is right. I have spoken with some of these
producers who promised me a chance to help them. And they actually flew
out here, but did not tell me where they were staying. A friend of mine
helped plan a television show, hoping to be one of the team members. The
producers made him fly out and pay his own way, while working with them.
Is it surprising that he did not get on the show? So, when a
producer contacts me, I treat them with the same respect I would anyone. I
will talk to them for an hour; perhaps two if the conversation interests
me. Then I ask for either credit on the show, or more importantly,
pay. That way I know they are serious. The answer is usually no, and
we part ways.
I do not have my own television
show. But if someone offered me one, I would probably take the
offer. I hope I would hold out for a show I could be proud of. So if
anyone reading this has an opportunity to be on television, please consider what
will happen if you after the show airs. Will the price you paid to be
famous for a few minutes be worth it?
As far as the situation the group
in Longview and AGHOST. I contacted Ross Allison, the founder and
President of AGHOST and put him in touch with the other folks. He had no
knowledge of anyone from his group being on television or working in
Longview. Was there really another group? Did the owners mistake and
pass on bad information? None of us knows for sure. To see the
exchange, please follow this link to my "other
peoples ghosts" section.
Boxes. Spirit Communication of Hokum? Posted 22 February
Below my comments is an email exchange
between myself and two other paranormal investigators about the latest fad in
ghost hunting, spiricom boxes. These devices are known by many
names. Basically these devices contain some kind of radio/radiation
receiver that picks up energy signals and turns them into words or sounds using
some kind of software package. I am a bit skeptical of these things.
Does anyone have any factual, technical explanation of how these things
work? Please let me know:
Hi Peaches and Jeff
Im writing to get your input on a ghost box.. I made a Radio Shack hack,
but have had nothing but problems with it. There is so much noise, that it
I was watching an
episode of "Ghost Adventures" the other day, and noticed that their
Spiricom box was amazing. I got to thinking about my hack, and realized what the
problem is...My hack is not scanning fast enough. Whereas the Spiricom box
scanner switches about 4 times per second, my hack switches about 2 times per
second, resulting in the speaker getting just enough signal to broadcast the
station that it switches to.
I hope I explained
myself good enough for you to understand.... Anyway, Sethyn told me that
you have pretty good results with your Ghost Box ( Jeff ), and I am curious how
yours works, too Peaches. Can either one of you recommend a brand/model to
me?? I wanna check around some, but it helps a bunch when people are happy
enough with their product to recommend it...
Neon Don the Ghost Hunter.....
C.C.C.P. ( Clark County
Couples Paranormal) is now C.C.P.I.
( Clark County Paranormal
are frequently updating our website !!
C.C.P.I. is now on
I have been suspicious of the ghost boxes myself. I have had a hard
problem with it's ability to discriminate between different phonemes to produce
a language. Have you noticed on tv that the ghosts in Europe all speak
They speak English,
because they know they are on TV..ha ha...I almost never watch those shows
anymore..I have a "credibility " issue..
I have seen some potentially good Ghost Box modifications, but it is always
better to consider something that another may recommend.
Peaches suggested one that I've had my eye on for a couple years now..
Thanks for getting back to me anyway...Happy Hunting
Northwest Ghost Hunters Try To Shine Posted 22 February 2011
Below is a press release on one of the Portland/Vancouver
groups trying to atttract the attention of larger production companies and
perhaps highlight the paranormal heritage of the Pacific Northwest.
From the Columbian, November 2010
Proctor and E. James Omelina of Vancouver’s Infinity Point Studio are delving
into the world of paranormal investigations. Proctor, 37, and Omelina, 32,
are teaming up with the local Ghost Haunting Observational Scientific Team, or
GHOST, to shine a spotlight on paranormal investigations in the Northwest as
part of a television series in development.
So far they have filmed GHOST investigating a Ridgefield property and Kenton
Station in North Portland, both suspected of being haunted. Proctor and
Omelina want the focus of their show to be on Northwest history and the
technical aspects of paranormal investigations, as well as on the GHOST
“One of the key draws of the show is the people involved on the
investigative team,” Proctor said. He and Omelina plan to film six
episodes of their show, then shop it around to networks. This isn’t
their first joint effort. The two also worked together on “Main Street
Quiz,” a quiz show filmed live at Pop Culture in Uptown Village.
Museum of Mysteries Moves and Changes Names Posted 22 February 2011:
The following is a
press release from Philip and Charlotte, whose dream has been to explore
everything from bigfoot to UFOs to Ghosts. They
moved at the beginning of 2011 to a brand new location.
Their new name is, the Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore.
Here is their press release:
Happy New Year to
year was an amazing year of changes, with moving from Broadway and Union to the
new INSCAPE Building in the Intl.
District. thanks to Randy Richter of the World's Fair Preservation Society we
partnered with to organizing the 2010 Capitol Hill Pride Festival. We
didn't make Seattle Center but our new digs in a front room of
the former INS building gives us a high visibility. We will have a lot of
excitement and changes in 2011.
First we are
changing our name to "Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore"
You can see our new logo on our website, www.seattlechatclub.org.
We feel this
reflects our mission in a clearer way.
Have a prosperous
Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson
Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore
816 Airport Way across the street from Uwajimaya near Quest Field)
Call to buzz door open: 206-523-6458
34 Schedule updated 17 April 2011
Northwest Science Fiction Convention is happening from 21 to 24 April 2011 and I will
be there. Fortunately for me, Weird Washington and Oregon have been
fairly successful because of people who love the weird and this is reflected
in the Con. There are several panels or discussions on the weird and
paranormal. Here is my schedule:
Noon Cascade 10
Fringe: Paranormal investigations in SF television
is one of the most imaginative and outstanding science fiction dramas on
American television. It is also the latest in a long line of similar programs,
using investigative individuals to explore the world of science fiction,
horror, and the paranormal—on both sides of the Atlantic. Using Fringe as a
focus, but including such antecedents as The X-Files, Kolchak: The Night
Stalker, Strange World, The Omega Factor, and Sea of Souls, we ask why the
investigation format works so well, and which series and episodes did it
Marie D. Jones, Jeff Davis
6pm Cascade 4
Supernatural /vs/ Sci-Fi
and more, the entertainment industry is producing television shows and films
that are supernatural in nature, but are calling them science fiction. Are
they really? Or is the industry “copping out” and trying to get around
having to come up with legitimate science fiction shows? Why are the directors
and writers skirting around the science issues instead of addressing them?
A. Page, Julie
McGalliard, Erik Owomoyela, Jeff Davis
Why is the Paranormal so Popular?
every television network you now find programs dedicated to paranormal
research. It has become a very popular topic in today’s society. Come
discuss your favorite shows, and those that leave a lot to be desired.
Which shows make the grade, and which do not?
D. Jones, Durlyn
5pm Cascade 10
“Reality” Paranormal Television and its Effects on the Field
shows such as Paranormal State, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Most Haunted,
and others out there that currently exist, or are in process of being created,
we wonder if these shows help the field of paranormal investigation, or hinder
it. Come and share your thoughts and opinions.
Marie D. Jones,
Sunday Event AKA Paranormal
Fair 10 am – 2
pm Grand 3
This event is a not-for-profit event for all participants. This means
we will not be selling anything, but answering questions, perhaps making presentations,
and in general hanging out, meeting the public. Here is the blurb sent
out by the Orycon organizers.
Curious about ghosts, ESP, strange occurrences and odd artifacts?
Interested in Tarot or psychic reading? Want to know more about
Palmistry or Shamanism? Then come to the Paranormal Fair on Sunday in
Grand 3 where we have esteemed guests who will provide interesting information
about many things outside of your average daily experience! Please check
out their websites and come prepared to be amazed! Some of our awesome
Washington State Paranormal Investigations and Research http://wspir.com/
A.G.H.O.S.T. (Advanced Ghost Hunters of Seattle-Tacoma) http://www.aghost.us/
Jeff Davis, Author of Weird Washington http://www.weirdwashington.us/
The Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore http://www.seattlechatclub.org/museum.html
Philemon of Elemental Entertainment http://www.elementalentertainment.com/Elemental_Entertainment/Welcome.html
The Seattle Metaphysical Library http://www.seattlemetaphysicallibrary.org/
Tom Hopp, Shamanism Researcher http://thomas-hopp.com
Mylee Starhawk, Channeling psychic and teacher of Shamanism
Carol Best, Psychic
Galyna Whyteowl, Divination
Dixie Gaspard, Pagan Priestess and Tarot reader
For more details, follow this link:
Working Holiday 2011 Posted 17 April 2011
readers who have visited this website know, I lived nearly a year in England,
while working on my Master's Degree in Archaeology. Every year or two,
or three, I try to return to renew ties with my old friends. As I have
done this, I have made new friends, who I try to stay in contact with. I
have been amazed at how many of my friends, who got advanced degrees in
archaeology, are now doing something else. And how many have been
able to keep working. I am proud I have known these people as I learn of
their accomplishments. It is humbling sometimes.
year, the Ghost Club asked me to be
their guest speaker for their March 2011 meeting. I consider this quite
an honor, since they have been around since the 1860s. Some past members
have included Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sigfried Sassoon, Harry
Price, and many, many free thinkers and scientists. After attending some
of the Ghost Club's current meetings, I am just as impressed with the caliber
of their present membership. What more can I say, it was an
honor. They seemed to enjoy my talk. The subject was, how American
reality shows on ghost hunting have affected the techniques employed by other
paranormalists across the country. I was afraid that the Ghost Club
Members had already seen these shows, since many are world travelers.
Fortunately for me (and them) they do not get most of the cable channels
airing in the United States. They just have to contend with the English
show, Most Haunted. The
presentation went well. It was standing room only in the back, and no
one came up later and slapped me in the face for making fun of their favorite
show. Even it is was - Extreme
Paranormal! Which fortunately was cancelled after a few episodes.
this was a working holiday, we visited several places for a new book, Famous
Haunts of Britain and America. If anyone wants to let me stay at their
famous haunt, please let me know. Below are some of the unique
places we visited.
In March 2011, my wife and I returned to England to meet
with friends, and visit a few haunts and other sacred sites in the Isles.
Our first stop was at the Borough of Richmond on the Thames, where we
stayed at a reputably haunted Inn as well as visited Hampton Court Palace.
The King’s Arms Hotel is about a fifteen-minute walk
from the Hampton Court Railway Station. It’s
a bit shorter walk, if you go through the grounds of the Palace.
It is located near the Lion’s Gate. The hotel sign says it opened in
1709, though the front of the building dates to the 1600s.
The back wall of the hotel actually forms one of the perimeter wall
surrounding Hampton Court itself. The ground floor of the hotel and common
room look like there has not been much changed since then.
By that, I mean that it looks charming and… quaint.
Quaint is a word that the English do not like to hear from Americans,
but it fits here. We ate dinner
there, and enjoyed the nighttime light provided by the candles they used, as
well as the overhead lights.
The upstairs, where the guest rooms are located is fairly
modern and light. We enjoyed our
own bathroom with heated towel rack, and television.
The room was 55 Pounds a night, or about $80, which included a full
English breakfast. The breakfast
was very good though I still have trouble eating baked beans for breakfast.
However, I ate every bit. Waste
Not Want Not. The wifi did not
work as well as promised. I had to
take my computer to the ground floor to get reception.
Though I think Janine would not have changed rooms.
Our room overlooked the Lion’s Gate and she enjoyed the view, when
she stood on her tiptoes. The
window was a bit high.
I booked the hotel online.
Although the hotel website did not specifically say so, I asked for
their haunted room. Depending on
the hotel owners, they consider being haunted a selling point.
Others do not. In this
case, the Innkeeper stated, ‘every room is haunted.’
However, he did not have any stories to tell, nor did any of the staff.,
and nothing paranormal happened to us.
Here is their website: http://hamptoncourthotel.com
In the 16th Century, Catholic Cardinal Wolsey
built Hampton Court Palace for himself. Wolsey
was a favorite advisor and courtier to King Henry VIII, until King Henry wanted
to divorce his wife, and Wolsey could not get him a divorce.
He quickly fell out of favor, which ironically, is how he came to
possess the land where he built the palace.
aerial view of the palace complex
In 1514, Wolsey purchased the land and existing buildings
where Hampton Court now stands. It had belonged to a group of crusader
knights, the Order of St John of Jerusalem.
By the 1500s, with the crusades over, many European monarchs turned on
orders like the Kinghts Templar, and confiscated their assets.
While the Knights of St. John were not purged, their influence in
England was waning in the early 1500s. So
Wolsey began working on his showpiece. It
took him seven years, and 200,000 gold crowns to complete Hampton Court.
The first courtyard was called the Base Court, which had 44 rooms and
apartments for visitors. The
second courtyard or second court is known today as the Clock Court.
It had lodgings for Wolsey and his most important guests, including
state apartments for the royal family. King
Henry VIII stayed there in 1525. The third interior courtyard is the
Fountain Court, and it was added much later, during massive renovations.
Wolsey only lived and held his own power court there for
a few years after that. After
failing to get King Henry his divorce, Wolsey gave the king Hampton Court in
1528 as a gift. It did not
work; in 1529, King Henry sent for Wolsey for one last meeting.
Wolsey is said to have died of fright before he could see King Henry.
Soon after that, King Henry moved his court to the Hampton Palace, and
it became the seat of England’s monarchs for several centuries.
The last king to hold court there was King George II.
Upon his coronation in the late 1700s, King George the III left Hampton
Court. In those centuries, and
afterward, English monarchs and courtiers built, demolished, added on and in
general created a vast mazelike building complex of over 1,000 rooms,
surrounded by several gardens.
view of Hampton Court. The oldest parts are the pinkish red brick.
Oddly, it is still a royal palace, even though the royal
family do not live there. Over the
years, the English monarchy established a custom called, Grace and Favor.
When a person performed special services for the monarchy, such as
soldiers in war, they, or their family were granted apartments at Hampton
Court. I understand that there are
a few Grace and Favor apartments still used at Hampton Court.
All I can say about that custom is, COOL!
Having set the stage, let me talk about the ghosts at
Hampton Court. There are supposed
to be several seen, felt, or heard over the years.
A large organization looks over Hampton Court today, maintaining the
buildings and grounds, guiding tours, staffing kitchens and gift shops and so
on. I asked at the information
desk about ghosts. I had thought
that this would be a ghost hunter friendly environment.
Their website mentioned palace ghost walks, and the website suggested
picking up a small pamphlet to take a self-guided tour, looking for spirits.
I was a bit surprised at the docent’s reactions.
The look she gave me was sort of pained, as if I had
asked whether the place had plumbing problems or rodents in the corner.
She was very polite, but told me that she did not believe in ghosts,
and could not help me very much. She
seemed surprised that I did find a copy of the little tour guide.
It seems that the people at Hampton Court are trying to limit the talk
of ghosts there. She was nice
though, and put me in touch with one of the other docents.
His name was Alex, or Andrew, or some other name that I
am not going to tell you. I do not
want to get him too much unwanted attention or pestering.
The gentleman I spoke with had been working at Hampton Court for many
years. He knew many details about
the building and its past occupants that people with advanced history degrees
did not. I watched him speak with
different tourists about the palace, switching from one time period to the
next, without losing his place or thought.
I cannot quote him directly, but I will try to summarize
the situation, based on our conversation.
Basically, he and everyone who work at Hampton Court are either tenants
or employees of the Royal Family. And
while past monarchs like Henry VIII are not direct ancestors of the current
queen, they are cousins and Queen Elisabeth II is very concerned about image.
Not trying to hide any truths, but the royal family has a certain sense
of dignity, and modern ghost hunting and some of its television practitioners
can be very un-dignified. They do
not want to mix with the likes of Extreme
Paranormal! or other shows. And
frankly, I do not blame them. There
is such a thing as ghost hunting with dignity.
There are supposed to be nine ghosts at Hampton Court.
The first ghost is 'the Man in Red.' In 1956, there
was a live orchestral performance outside of Hampton Court. Several
people saw a figure in red standing near the gatehouse entrance. Some
people believe this is the ghost of Cardinal Wolsey, who wore red as part of
his church costume.
The second ghost was seen on the inside of the courtyard,
which is known as Base Court. In the 1830s, the Ponsoby family lived in
apartments above the southwest corner of the courtyard. They complained
that they heard the sound of what sounded like a spinning wheel operating, through the wall of their apartment. They thought this was a solid
wall. Sometimes they heard the sound of a woman's voice along with the
spinning wheel. When this happened, sometimes the guard in the courtyard
saw a woman dressed in a grey robe or hood walking around. Once,
Princess Frederica of Hanover saw the ghostly woman wearing a grey hood, standing over her
bed. After doing some research, and deconstructing, the palace
authorities found that there was a blocked up room behind the wall where the
Ponsoby's heard the sounds.
According to palace records and legends, the room had
belonged to Mrs. Sybil Penn, who was nursemaid to Edward VI, Henry the VIII's
son. In 1568, smallpox swept through England and Hampton Court.
Edward survived the plague, but not Mrs. Penn. She died, and was buried in a
fancy crypt in the
nearby cemetery. In 1829, lightning struck the church and damaged her
crypt. Someone opened the crypt and disturbed her bones. This
coincided with the sound of spinning and sighting of the apparition. Oh,
inside the sealed room, they found a spinning wheel.
The north wall of the Base Court has another gate,
leading into what is known as the Clock Court. The clock is older than
Hampton Court, and was brought there during its construction. Three
ghosts have been reported in Clock Court. All near the northwest and
west rooms of the court.
In the 1980s and 1990s, visitors entering the
Information Center reported seeing a white cat standing or sleeping near the
entrance to the center. Some of the visitors mentioned this to the
staff, who were surprised, saying there was not a white palace cat. It is
fitting that a ghostly dog has also been seen nearby, around the northwest
corner of the court. In the 1990s, several visitors reported
seeing a mixed breed dog near the King's Staircase. It has not been seen
The third ghost was seen most recently. The western
portion of the court has several rooms, converted into museum displays of King
William III's State Apartments.
In 2003, an alarmed door went off when it opened three times. Once, close circuit
televisions captured the image of a robed figure. I will talk about this
in more detail later.
Clock Court opens into a third courtyard, known as
Fountain Court. The original Tudor style construction facing the
court has been modified, though inside, much of the original construction
remains. Some of the ghosts haunting there are both Tudor and of later
A certain Lady Hildyard lived in apartments in the
northwest corner of Fountain Court. She reported at least two
unseen visitors within her apartments, knocking about and making other
noises. After some time, workmen came to repair some drains. They
found the mangled bodies of two men. Based on Palace lore, these bones could
have been two Cavaliers, men who supported King Charles I, during the English
Civil War. They died in fighting nearby, and were secretly buried at
Fountain Court opens at the north, to the Formal
Garden. In the early 1900s, a respected police officer saw a ghostly
procession leave Fountain Court and walk through the garden. He watched
them for some time, until the procession disappeared.
At the west side Fountain Court, there are several
staircases and apartments dating to the 1500s. This is where the more
famous ghosts have been seen. The
King's Staircase leaves the Royal Apartments and empties into Fountain
Court. A ghostly woman in white has been seen many times in the 1800s and
1900s by visitors and staff alike. She walks down the King's Staircase to the
courtyard and walks into Clock Court before she disappears. Many people
believe this is Jane Seymour. Jane Seymour was probably Henry VIII's
favorite wife. She was young, vivacious, and loved him. She gave
birth to his only legitimate son, and died before she could disappoint him by any
later indiscretions or failures. She gave birth to Edward VI at Hampton Court, and
died a few days later. Probably of 'childbed fever,' the name given to
peritonitis transmitted to the mother by the doctor's dirty hands.
The last ghost haunting Hampton Court is supposed to be
that of Catherine Howard, another of Henry VIII's wives. Her crime, on
paper, was committing adultery against the king. That was considered
treason in those days. She committed another crime. She did not
give him a male heir. According to Hampton Court legend, Catherine and Henry were both at Hampton Court when he had her arrested. She
escaped from the courtiers who arrested her, and ran down to the Chapel Royal,
where Henry was attending services. From the stairs (now gone) she ran
screaming down the gallery toward the chapel, where they eventually caught her, and dragged Catherine Howard away.
In the 18th and 19th Century, many people reported seeing
a woman in white floating or running down the stairs and gallery, toward the
chapel. Several people stated the woman had long hair and wore an ornate
ring. Some compared the ring to one shown on a painting in the
palace. This painting was supposed to be that of Catherine Howard.
Unfortunately, there are some historic wrinkles that spoil elements of
According to some historians, King Henry was not at
Hampton Court when Catherine Howard was arrested. And the
painting, now gone, may not have been that of Catherine Howard. Thirdly,
the ghost was only seen in the 19th century, and apparently the palace staff
heard of it, and tried fitting a story to explain it, not the other way
around. So this may not have been the ghost of Catherine Howard.
But even if this is not the ghost of a former queen, whose ghost is it?
That makes this apparition more interesting.
More on the ghostly robed figure...
Court's Robed Figure Photographs Posted 19 April 2011
following article is from the pamphlet given out at the Hampton Court
Visitor's Centre, entitled Is the palace haunted?
seen by: CCTV cameras
In October 2003, security staff went to investigate when the alarm on the fire
doors behind the model of William II's State Apartments was triggered
(NB: Please do not approach these doors). When they reached the
exhibition, the fire doors were open, but there was no one there. When
they checked the CCTV camera footage, they saw the doors flying open, but,
oddly, no one was there. The next day, the alarm went off again, but
when they got there, the doors were shut. Then things got really spooky;
the CCTV footage showed the doors opening as before, but then, a mysterious
robed figure walked through the doorway before slamming the doors shut.
Then, on the day after that, the alarm went off again, but on this occasion
the CCTV again showed no-one there.
this happened, there was a great amount of interest in the ghost hunting
community as well as the press. It seemed to some, that this was finally
proof positive that there were ghosts. However, skeptics quickly said it
was some kind of hoax. In the years since this series of events, no one
has proved that this was a deliberate fraud on the part of the Hampton Court
officials or a third party. I believe that the officials at Hampton
Court certainly did not fake these photographs as a fraud. They
absolutely did not want the negative publicity this event has caused over the
years. I understand they allowed one televised paranormal investigation
of the palace, which was turned into some kind of media frenzy. The
investigators seemed to have already made up their minds, before they
arrived. The Palace staff noted that their stories were either
discounted or altered for television. I think it will be a long while
before Hampton Court officials allow another investigation. As far as a
third party creating a hoax, I do not think this likely either. If this
was a spur of the moment prank, I am sure the people who faked it would have
come forward to claim their 15 seconds of fame. This has not
happened. If it was done for money, no one has cashed in yet. In
the years since this event happened, no one has come forward with a
definitive, Ghostly Hampton Court book, or video. Though there is
still a great amount of interest.
The CCTV camera did not take
a continuous movie of any of the three times the door was opened.
at the fire door from inside the palace
The parking lot camera
was operating before and after the three incidents, and not tied to the alarm
when the fire doors opened. The camera took a series of photographs, one
every few seconds, I do not know the interval. After the alarm went off,
the investigators simply rolled the film or digital images backward in time,
to coincide with the time the doors opened. The picture at the top of
this article is one of seven or eight taken by the camera on the second
incident. Remember, the first time the doors opened, and the third time,
no one appeared in any photographs. Several organizations put these
images together into a .gif movie showing the sequence of events.
first frame shows the doors shut. Then they swing open with some
force. There is a figure in the background of the exit corridor.
The figure steps forward and holds onto the door. It tried closing the
doors. These particular doors latch together in a certain sequence, and
the figure closed the wrong door first. So it had to open both doors
again, and close and latch them in the proper sequence. This ended the
sequence of photographs.
alarm sensors are so sensitive, I was warned not to get too close to the
I have included the .gif graphic below. I hope it
downloads properly and plays. The resolution is bad, and several other
photos have problems with digital enhancement. Which is one of the
problems, as different people have tried analyzing the photographs, software
errors have only made things more complicated. I will have to leave the
analysis to you.
Posted 19 April 2011
is a the largest 'shire town' in Somerset County. Whatever that
means. It borders other counties as well as being close to Cornwall and
Wales, which some people consider separate countries. Archaeologists have
found settlement remains from the Bronze and Iron Ages. The Romans
established, or settled in a village not too far away. When the Saxons
conquered this part of the country, they settled in the area. Taunton was
so important that they established a mint, fortress and and church
buildings. The name Taunton comes from the older name, Town on the River
Tone, or Tone Town. A part of the river-canal network still flows through
town, and there is a great river walk, which follows the river through
town. This trail was a shortcut from the train station to our
Most of Southeast England is accessible by
rail. Heading out to Southwest England is a bit different. You need
to have a car, or find a base of operations where you can travel by bus or
bicycle. Taunton was recommended by various sources. While not
famous in ancient times, Taunton is the gateway to King Arthur country, and
early Christianity in the British Isles. I did not expect this, but it is
as expensive, if not more expensive to stay in Southwest England in summer than
it is in London. Many English tourists who do not vacation overseas stay on
the southern coast. We enjoyed ourselves there and in Taunton, but did not
have any paranormal experiences there.
Apparently we arrived a
bit too early for the ghosts at Taunton Castle.
Today the Castle complex is open as a museum, as well as a
hotel. They were completing the final pre-tourist season maintenance at
the museum when we arrived. According to some, an apparition appears at
the foot of the stairs in the portion of the castle that now houses the
museum. It is an extraordinary spirit, a man wearing a Carolinian
outfit, including an ornate wig, sword and pistol. This figure may date
to the end of the 1600s, when the castle was the site of a famous series of
Taunton was the site of several of England's internal
wars and conflicts, including the Wars of the Roses in the 1450s, the Cornish
Uprising of the later 1400s, and the English Civil War in the 1640s.
Perhaps the most memorable conflict that passed through Taunton was the after
effect of Monmouth's Rebellion in 1685. That year, King Charles II died,
and his illegitimate son, the Duke of Monmouth declared himself King of England,
in Taunton. Charles's brother, King James II quickly crushed Monmouth's
Rebellion at the Battle of Sedgemoor. James II's enforcer, Judge
Jeffreys came to Taunton Castle, and held a series of trials for the survivors
of the battle in what have been called the Bloody Assizes. Thousands of
rebellious farmers, sailors, and tradesmen were sentenced to death by being
drawn and quartered, or sold as slave laborers to rich landowners in the
In addition to the male figure, others
saw and were touched by a young woman with blond hair. In the Castle
Hotel, some guests reported hearing music playing in the Fiddler's Room, when
there were not guests registered there. Unfortunately, we could not afford
the going rate at the hotel. Sigh. Janine and I managed to find a
very nice B&B in Taunton called the Lowden's
House B&B, run by a transplanted Scots, James and Jane Boyd. It
was clean, warm and very up to date.
Judge Jeffreys apparently did not stay at the castle.
Instead he took rooms at the Tudor Tavern, along the nearby High Street.
The building dates from the 16th century, and retains a lot of its interior
Though it has been converted into a branch of Nero's
Cafes; it does not take very much imagination to see Judge Jeffreys
coming out of these doors, wearing his heavy judges robes, carrying a handful
of books, and list of names, on his way to the trials. Which is
apparently what happened several times. His specter was apparently
caught on camera in 1959. I tried finding a copy of the photo, but no luck
yet. Did anyone subscribe to The Field magazine in 1959?
asked around with the workers at the cafe, and they did not have anything
happen to them. Perhaps Judge Jeffreys has moved to other locations, or we
were not lucky. They closed in the mid-afternoon, and did not allow ghost
and the Chalice Well, posted 18 April 2011
A model showing Glastonbury Abbey at
it's height in the 17th century
No one knows when the lands on and near the remains of
Glastonbury Abbey were first considered sacred, though there are clues.
Archaeological work on The Tor, a terraced hillside about a quarter mile away
from the Abbey grounds may have been the site of a pagan shrine or early
Christian church in the fourth century B.C. The artesian spring, known
today as the Chalice Well, may have been held sacred by the Romans. And
the abbey grounds were consecrated by the Britons in the early seventh
century. In the years since, the Abbey has been associated with the
earliest Christian patriarch, Joseph of Arimathea, with King Arthur, and many
Saxon kings and queens were buried there.
the early Saxon Kings, Ina, endowed the monastery established by early
Britons. He paid for a stone church to be built there. Its
foundations still exist, in the western nave of the ruined church. The
church accumulated some wealth over the years, and was pillaged by Viking raiders
in the ninth century. Following the Norman Conquest of 1066, a
Norman abbot, Turstin added to the older stone church. All was not well
though. In 1077, he was dismissed when the older monks refused to accept
some of his changes, and he had them killed by the High Altar.
Things finally settled into a routine, under Norman rule, until a fire swept
though the abbey in 1184, destroying most of the buildings. The abbey had
become popular with pilgrims, who traveled the English countryside seeking
salvation and absolution for their sins. If a church or abbey had relics
of saints or prominent people, the pilgrims would come, spending money and
giving other gifts to the church. The abbot quickly began rebuilding the
buildings with the savings of the abbey, and an eye to improving their
fame. It was around this time that stories began circulating about King
Arthur and the abbey grounds.
In the early 12th century, Robert de Boron collected or composed a series of
stories about King Arthur and the nights of the Round Table. He cited the
area around Glastonbury as the legendary Isle of Avalon (despite it being
inland). During the rebuilding of the abbey, many scholars looked for
Arthur there. In 1191, the abbot Henry de Sully ordered a search for the
mythical king. According to written accounts, workers dug a trench
16 feet deep and found an oak log that had been hollowed out. On top of it
was a lead cross with an inscription stating Hic
jacet sepultus inclitus rex Arthurus in insula Avalonia ("Here
lies interred the famous King Arthur on the Isle of Avalon") and his second
wife Guinevere. She was so well preserved that her long blond hair was
still attached to her skull. Until one of the monks pulled it out of the
grave. It turned to dust under his hands. Arthur and Guinevere were
moved near the high altar in an ornate stone sepulchral. This was
destroyed during the English Civil War in the 1600s.
casualty of the English Civil War was the Joseph thorn tree. According to
another legend, Joseph of Arimathea, the man who allowed Jesus to be buried in
his tomb in Jerusalem, was a tin merchant. During the Crucifixion,
he or someone else captured some of Christ's blood in a chalice. Following
the Resurrection, Joseph traveled to the British Isles. After all, he was
a tin merchant, and much of Europe's tin came from Wales and Cornwall.
Among other things, Joseph hid the Chalice in England, and he planted his staff
on the site of Glastonbury Abbey. This staff was supposed to flower only
once or twice a year. On Christmas, and spring, usually in May. It
was cut down by one of Cromwell's soldiers. Who also missed a stroke, and
hit himself in the leg. This soldier died shortly after that; as a sign of
Following the restoration of the English
Monarchy, several plantings saved from the original tree were planted around the
area. One of the oldest, died in 1991. However, the groundskeepers
planted seedlings, and grafted cuttings from the old tree onto other
stalks. I understand the next oldest Hawthorne tree was cut down in 2011
by vandals. Unfortunately, they were not smitten by divine force, and
Following stories of King Arthur and the holy thorn
tree, pilgrims flocked to Glastonbury Abbey. By the 1300s, it was the most
prosperous abbey in all England, with the exception of Westminster Abbey.
It retained that prominence until 1536, when Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries,
as the head of the Church of England. In 1539, the King's servants
stripped the abbey of most of its wealth. They returned, suspecting there
were other hidden treasures.
abbey and lands were sold or leased out. The lead roof was removed, and
most of the buildings fell into ruins.
abbot, Richard Whiting and two other monks were hung, then drawn and quartered
on the Tor.
There was a prominent settlement on the Tor centuries before
Glastonbury Abbey ever became significant. It may have started as the
stronghold of a local chieftain. He may have allowed an early Christian
missionary to visit, convert the local folks, and then build a small church on
the high point. However, over the centuries, as the abbey on the lowland
grew, the site on the top of the Tor was less important. Eventually, a
small 'retreat' for monks seeking quiet away from the abbey was built
there. In addition to cells, or dwellings, a stone church and tower was
built there as well. Over the centuries, all of the buildings tumbled
down, or were removed by locals, leaving the ruined tower to crown the hilltop.
to the top of the Tor is not an easy walk. The hillside itself is
unstable. Which may have led ancient inhabitants to abandon it as a
dwelling complex. To limit erosion, authorities constructed a path of
paving stones that lead up the hill in a dogleg path. Which may be part of
a very old tradition. The slopes of the Tor are covered with a network of
terraces that begin at the bottom and criss-cross each other to the top.
Some people believe that these terraces (visible in this picture) were part of
an ancient maze path, which pilgrims would ritually walk to worship at the
top. In the King Arthur legends, some of his knights had to walk such a
maze in search of the Holy Grail. Or these terraces could have been
ancient farming terraces, or wide cattle paths.
is one of many pools filled by the Chalice Well
legends mix up many true stories, or combine them in new forms. Along with
the existence of King Arthur, there is the myth of the Holy Grail, mixed with
it. What if the legend of the Holy Grail mixed with that of the
Chalice? As I mentioned earlier, Joseph of Arimathea is supposed to have
stopped at Glastonbury, and planted his staff, which flowered as a thorn
tree. Some people believe he hid the Chalice, with some of the blood of
Christ in a nearby well. This so affected the water coming from the well,
that it started to flow with a reddish color, because of the holy blood.
This is the Chalice Well.
In ancient times, both the Romans and
ancient Britons believed that artesian wells were holy places.
Archaeologists found the remains of what they think was a Roman era well head
around the current spring. Though there is not a lot of evidence that this
spring was as important as, say the one at Bath. It may not have been a
sacred well either. There is not much evidence that there was a temple
nearby. Even so, the spring is important to the local environment.
An estimated 20,000+ gallons a day flow form this spring, bringing water to the
surrounding communities. To be mundane, it has a high iron content, which
accounts for its reddish color and odd taste. This did not stop the well
from becoming important to pilgrims in the Middle Ages.
the Dissolution of the Monasteries and clearances of the many church properties,
the number of pilgrims visiting sites like the Chalice Well got smaller.
What probably finished up the visitors was the English Civil War, and the
conservative anti-Catholic feeling among England's people. Things like a
belief in magic healing water seemed a lot like having a priest blessing
ordinary water and turning it into 'holy water.' However, in the mid twentieth
century the number of visitors to the Chalice Well increased. In 1959,
Wellesley Tudor Pole, a spiritualist and military intelligence officer
established the Chalice Well Trust. For a modest fee, people of all religious
persuasions are invited to visit the well, drink the water, and hopefully find
though every visitor receives a plastic bottle with a Hawthorne tree design upon it
staff at the Chalice Well highlight the non-denominational nature of the
well. There has been a movement among many neo-pagans who believe
that the well is the symbol, or contains the essence of the divine femme, or
Earth Mother Goddess. Which I find interesting, since it was for
centuries a sacred Christian shrine, and very patriarchal. Of course, was
it a pagan shrine before the Christians arrived? Maybe there is something
to it. I recall when we were at the well, there were over a dozen women
sitting in various places. Contemplating. There were only four or
five men there. As I recall, all of us guys were wandering around with our
cameras taking pictures.
wellhead at the top of the well complex. This is a fairly modern
foundations of the oldest wellhead are several feet below, under several feet of
silt and calcium buildup.
Angel Posting House and Livery Hotel, Guildford posted 18 April
The town of Guildford has an interesting past,
but is virtually unknown to American tourists. In the 1400s, it was a kind
of retreat for the English Monarchy. They built a castle to protect the
town, and Henry III had a luxurious residence there. Under the foundations
of that castle, workers recently found foundations and a chamber dating to the
1100s. In later years, Guildford gained prosperity due to its strategic
placement. It is halfway between Portsmouth, England's great harbor and
shipyard city and London itself. Important travelers used to stop in Guildford
either to changes horses or stay overnight at places like the Angel Posting and
In the 19th century, as trains began to
replace horses and carriages as a means of travel, Guildford lost its importance
as a waypoint. It slowly faded away, but did not entirely disappear.
In the late 20th century, more and more British professionals left London for
the suburbs and commute to work every day. Many settled in
They found that the town's businesses did not have the money to
tear down old buildings over the decades, which left many of its very old
This included the Angel
Posting House. It is probably one of the only remaining inns of its
type in Britain. I am sure the horses struggled up the steep cobblestone
streets to the courtyard of the Inn. I know we did with our roller bags.
Today though, the courtyard has been
turned into a bar.
In upscale Guildford, we were lucky to get a room at a discount
price. We looked forward to some ghostly encounter on our last night in
England. The oldest part of the Inn were the cellars, which dated to the
11th century. Most of the rooms dated to the 1700s and 1800s. We
hoped to meet one of two resident spirits. In the 1970s, two guests
staying in Room 1 were looking in a mirror when they saw a man in 19th century
military clothing staring at them. When the two turned round, they found
themselves standing in an empty room. Other stories tell of another guest
who died in a fire in his room, and still haunts the vicinity.
Unfortunately for us, we passed a quiet night and headed home
the next day.
Paranormal Conference in Portland. Again!!! Posted 18
September 2011, I will be at the Beaverton Library, starting at 10 am
for an event my friend Dave Galvan calls: PARANORMAL
LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE
am excited about this event. In past years, the Rose City Paranormal
Conference was held in Portland, but recently it moved east, closer to Mount
Hood. This was too far for me to drive. So I am looking forward to
something more local. As I understand the details of this conference,
because it is being held in a public location, presenters are not allowed to
sell items, and the admission may also be - free. Check the website for
details on presenters and other details.
Hypnosis Posted 28 April 2011
friend Genviev is many things, actress, author, photographer, and a licensed
practical hypnotherapist. She is also a professional member of the
National Guild of Hypnotherapists. She does technical things, like forensic hypnotherapy for
law enforcement, as well as behavior modification such as stop-smoking and
weight loss therapy. Maybe other things? Visit her website and see what is up at : professional
hypnosis in Portland, Oregon and worldwide.
Peculiarium Opens Posted 2 May 2011
when I think that I am the only one around committed to the weird and strange,
(at least on a regular basis,) someone comes along and shows they do it
better. The Freaky but True Peculiariam just opened in Portland.
Although its organizers, Filmmaker Mike Wellins, Lisa Freeman, and Eric Bute
attribute their guiding force to Conrad Talmadge Elwood, I think they have
done most of the lifting and carrying for this new and weird endeavour.
Peculiariam is located at 2234 NW Thurman St. in Portland. Their website
is: www.peculiarium.com, and phone number
is: 503-227-3164. Their hours are: Thursday through Sunday, 11
am to 9 pm. Normally, admission is free, though some events, like magic
lessons cost a bit to attend.
I have been to the Peculiariam, and it is an
interesting place. It is sort of like Marsh's Free Museum, on the
Washington Coast. It has a mix of interesting displays, artwork, and
oddities. There are plenty of sculptures and paintings done by
local artist, and some of the displays are related to Mike Wellins' movie
experience. Some are spooky, some funny, some have you scratching your
head. They have a snack bar, gift shop, and lots of positive
attitude. If there is group wanting to have a special event
there, I suggest contacting Lisa, Mike or Eric at their website. Lisa's
email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the upcoming special events is a book
reading and signing by myself on the 21st of May. The event runs from 7
- 9 pm. I will be there, giving a power point presentation on my book on
Haunted Portland. The Peculiariam sells many of my books, so it you are
in the market for an autographed copy, please come by.
Sincerely, I advise anyone who likes my website
or anything to do with the odd or unusual, to please visit them. All it
will cost is the gas.
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