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It’s (Not) Official: Yoga is Satanic

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Yoga, Harry Potter, and Twilight are the causes of an upsurge in demonic possession, according to Father Cesare Truqui, successor of Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s chief exorcist for some 25 years.

Twilight I can believe – but yoga?

Okay, so it’s not solely Twilight he calls “Satanic”; it’s anything that portrays vampires or demons as something desirable or in any way sexy. Let’s hope he’s never read Vampirella! (more…)


Ghostly Pics: Charlie Noonan’s Demon Woman

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When I first started this website, finding material to write about was pretty easy, especially when it came to this site’s most popular category, Ghostly Pics.

From years of casual paranormal reading, I had a mental list of the infamous purported paranormal photos I wanted to write about: The Toys R Us Ghost, The Tulip Staircase Ghosts, The strange figure captured on CCTV from Hampton Court and of course, the photograph this site has become most ‘famous’ for covering, The Amityville Ghost Boy.

However, one photograph, which happened to be one of the creepiest pics I had ever laid eyes on, eluded me. Not because it did not have a great story behind it or because the image was not available to me, but because News From The Spirit World has always taken a skeptical approach to the paranormal, albeit with a ‘I want to believe’ attitude as well.

Recently this photo appeared on Reddit’s /r/creepy sub, and it came with an explanation in the comments about a picture that still gives me the chills every time I look into the eyes of this almost demonic looking old woman.

It gets creepier when you realize this image may have been the last thing a man saw before he vanished off the face of the Earth.

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You Have Till August 24th to Live According to ‘Satan’ (Updated/Debunked?)

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*Update at bottom of post, the pic used has been debunked, which does not bode well for this whole story, plus honestly from the get go it has not been published by any other ‘major’ source online.*

What image pops up in your head when you think of Satan, the lord of darkness, master of fear and deception?

Horns, red skin, tail and a goatee?

What about what looks like the illegitimate love child of Marilyn Manson and Vampira with too much eye make up?

According to one Ashton Black of Tampa, Florida, he is now Satan and we all have till August, 24th, 2015 to accept him as our master or we all die.

All because he encountered the man himself when he walked into a pay day loan store.

You can’t make stuff like this up, read on if you want to live…

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Comedian Busts Psychics in NYC

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First let me say that I DO believe in psychic phenomena.

Personally my intuition once basically saved my life as a teen plus I have always felt that the mind has more power then we fully understand.

A couple of my own paranormal experiences are why this website is not totally skeptical about ghosts, UFOs and other strange events.

However, most psychics today are out there for one reason and one reason only: Bucks, dollars, shrapnel and cash. Whatever term you want to use, most paid psychics are out there looking for the bottom line.

To get your money, they will tell you that your lost and beloved bike is in the basement of The Alamo.

They may tell you they can contact your dead relatives, but really they are interested in portraits of dead people on pieces of paper  in your pocket, purse or wallet.

Which is why comedian and prankster Tyler Fischer went out into the streets of New York City to do something similar to what Houdini once did during the psychic and spirit photography boom of his time.

To prove that a majority of them are downright fakes.

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Lorde Claims Ghostly ‘Buzz’ on New Album

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The music world has plenty of session players and background vocalists that you have probably never heard of but have been on some of your favorite albums and singles.

Invaluable as they are, these session artists are so far out of the spot light they may as well be dead.

Or ghosts.

However, pop sensation Lorde has ‘Tweeted’ that a strange humming on session takes for her upcoming album were possibly caused by ghosts in the studio.

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Dog Ghost Hunter Sniffs Out the Paranormal?

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I love dogs, they are amazing creatures that at certain times of my life have been among my best friends.

Dogs have also been trained to do wonderful tasks such as leading the blind, sniffing out bombs and drugs and watching out for our dwellings while we are away, protecting the property from intruders.

But what about a dog who is being trained to sniff out ghosts and other paranormal activity?

Holly Goddard believes it is possible and thinks her dog Glimmer might be the world’s first ghost seeking pooch.

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Paranormal Board Game Causes Distress?

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The paranormal investigation craze has been around for awhile now, and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

From Ghost Hunters to ghost hunting smart phone apps, the world seems to have gone crazy for ghosts.

So it should come as no surprise that products have risen out of the popularity of the genre like a ghost from a grave.

What is shocking is that a ghost investigation board game could cause players to feel actual psychological symptoms.

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James Bond Theme Written By a Ghost?

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Certain film and television theme tunes just stick in your head the same way a popcorn hull might get stuck in your teeth.

No matter how you try to wiggle and maneuver it out of your mind, it seems it has come to stay like an uninvited guest.

There are plenty to choose from too: Jaws, Star Wars, Dallas and my personal favorite of the bunch, Doctor Who.

Another would be the iconic James Bond theme, usually credited to multiple award winning composer John Barry.

However, recently I stumbled on a short article that claims the tunes haunting melody might have actually been composed by a ghost.

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An interview with Johnathon Ferguson

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This is reblogged from my Lurking Musings blog where it featured as part of my Vampire Month special event. On Thursday this week, Johnathon will be talking in more detail about the Vampire Killing kit that the museum has in its collection.

Today we have an interview with Jonathan Ferguson, Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. He recently gave a talk entitled ‘How to kill a Vampire’ which I was lucky enough to attend and it was this talk which led me to approach him about a slot in Vampire month.

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Seattle Kids Part of Halloween Experiment in 1976

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Halloween is a time for some creepy urban legends, most of which are more fiction then fact.

Recently, I wrote about my own Halloween related childhood urban legend for the Dolphin Talk newspaper out of Seadrift, Texas. It involved a reported ‘Witch’ who pulled kids inside her house when they went Trick or Treating.

This of course, was all hogwash, rubbish and fantasy.

It has been said however that truth can be stranger then fiction.

A recent post by the excellent website IO9 brought to light a psychological experiment conducted by researchers on Trick or Treaters in Seattle, Washington in the Fall of 1976.

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2013 in review

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 95,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


The Story of Nan Clark

A nice little urban legend/ghost story with some really beautiful photos to go along with it from the blog tea and Cakes.

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School Closed Due to Ghost Attack

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A primary school in Bungoma County, Kenya was closed late last month after multiple girls between the ages of seven and twelve began to exhibit strange  behavior such as fainting, seizures, tics and other involuntary movements.

Parents and school officials were quick to blame what they believed to be the primary suspects: ghosts, demonic possession or witchcraft.

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Man Steals Corpse of Father to Revive Him

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A forty-nine year old man from Detroit stole the corpse of his recently deceased ninety-three year old father with the intention of bringing his father back to life.

Vincent Bright removed his father’s remains from Gethsemane Cemetery in January of this year in the short time between the funeral services and the actual burying of the casket.

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Paranormal Creatures: Jersey Devil

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For millennium, people across the globe have been interacting with forces that can’t be explained.  Things science has yet to fully acknowledge. Creatures that are not just part of our present, but our past.  You will never read their tales in an academic history book.

However, they have always been part of our cultures.  This is what I call Paranormal History.
It was a dark and stormy night in 1735 when Mrs. Janet Leeds gave birth to her thirteenth child.  Upon finding out she was pregnant she stated that this child would be the devil.  Despite her curse, she gave birth to a healthy and normal looking baby boy.

Suddenly the innocent appearing child transformed into a beast with the head of a goat, wings of a bat, hooves for feet, and a forked tail.  With a growl and a scream, it murdered the midwife that birthed it before flying out the chimney and into the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.  This is a popular version of the legendary Jersey Devil, a creature that is said to have been stalking the state of New Jersey for the last two and a half centuries.

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Scary Clown Stalks Northampton

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Clowns are a real psychological fear for some people and although they are not paranormal in the least, I just had to share this story trending currently from the UK.

It seems that someone is dressing up as a clown in Northampton and is stalking the streets at night, just waiting to be ‘spotted.’

He even has his own Facebook page and has invited everything from praise to death threats as the story circulates around the world.

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Paranormal Creatures: Sasquatch

 

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For millennium, people across the globe have been interacting with forces that can’t be explained.  Things science has yet to fully acknowledge. Creatures that are not just part of our present, but our past.  You will never read their tales in an academic history book. However, they have always been part of our cultures.

This is what I call Paranormal History.
You are walking through the forest, heading to your  favorite hunting spot when you start to get the uneasy feeling of being watched.  You think you are being paranoid so you try to  shake the feeling, but there is a movement from the brush. You grab a nearby rock and throw it in an attempt to flush the animal out.  Less than a second later an even bigger rock strikes the tree behind your head.

Full of terror, you take aim with you rifle, demanding for whatever it is to show itself. Suddenly, a blood curdling scream erupts from the brush, causing you to drop your rifle as you run for your life. This isn’t a scene from the newest SyFy original movie, this is what was recounted to me by a Kentucky resident in 2009.

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Man ‘Busts’ Ghosts With Sex

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Huang Jianjun decided that he had many skills that he could use in China’s Guangzhou, Guangdong Province to rid the area of paranormal activity.

One of the tools he decided to use to combat ghosts was his penis.

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Mysterious Handprint on Prison Cell Wall

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As someone born in the North East of England, I am no stranger to either coal mining or the need for Unions to protect the rights of workers. This story therefore has a lot of resonance with me, even if the coal mining in question took place over 130 years ago and several thousand miles away in Pennsylvania state.

The story goes that in the 1870s a group of Irish coal miners, all part of an Irish Pro-Union organisation called the Molly Maguires, were accused of murder. It is such a well known tale that there was even a movie about it starring Sean Connery. Accounts agree that the circumstances of their arrest and trial between 1876 and 1878 were somewhat shady with an investigation carried out by the Pinkerton Detective agency (a private concern) and arrests made by the Coal and Iron Police (a paid militia run by the companies that owned the mines). There were also suspicions of Jury tampering (the composition of the jury was composed of ethnic groups such as German and Welsh immigrants who had a distaste for the Irish) and the judge was reputed to have a heavy anti-Molly bias.

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The Flying Dutchman

“A strange red light as of a phantom ship all aglow, in the midst of which light the mast, spars and sails of a brig 200 yards distant stood out in strong relief.”

So said a young Royal Navy Midshipman,  later crowned King George V, when his vessel, the HMS Bacchante, was sailing around the cape of Good Hope in 1881. The ship he claimed to have seen was believed to be the Flying Dutchman, a vessel so shrouded in myth and paranormal happenings as to be considered the eponymous ‘ghost ship’. You may not know much about naval history or the paranormal but it is guaranteed that the Dutchman is one vessel you will have heard of, if not from any other source than its appearance in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

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Death By Posting Forums

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This is a formal invitation to come join us at our forums, Death By Posting.

Here you will find discussions and news items on everything from Ghosts, UFOs, Bigfoot, Weird News  and other strange and paranormal related topics.

Currently I am looking to have a membership drive and would love it if you would stop by, register and come chat with us.

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Sylvia Browne Blew Berry “Prediction”

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We last reported on Sylvia Browne when we wrote about her involvement in the Toys R Us Ghost case. In that article, we showed how Bowne has never been the model Psychic.

Now, after the amazing events in Cleavland, Ohio, where kidnapping victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were recovered alive after being held captive for years in the home of Ariel Castro, another false prediction comes to light.

Sylvia Browne claimed Amanda Berry was dead on the Montel Williams show in 2004.

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Beer Co. Offers One Million Dollars For Bigfoot

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Beer has always gone hand in hand with some of our most beloved pastimes and indulgences, such as billiards and darts, baseball, a nice relaxing trip to the bar or pub after a busy day or pizza.

However, if the makers of Olympia Beer are correct, there maybe another thing that goes along perfectly with beer.

Bigfoot.

Or more precisely, catching Bigfoot and walking off with a cool one million dollar prize…

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UK University leads research into out of body experiences

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The Selective Attention and Awareness Laboratory (SAAL) at the Department of Psychology of the University of Birmingham is initiating research into out of body experiences. According to the university, these phenomena affect approximately 20% of the population, are widely reported and yet have no scientific explanation. Head of the laboratory, Dr. Jason Braithwaite, has this to say about his research:

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