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Boston's Worst Hour. Boston's Finest Hour.

I read some criticism by physician turned U.S. Congressman turned perennial presidential hopeful Ron Paul concerning the handling of the tragic events that unfolded during the Boston Marathon. Apparently, Dr. Paul believes that public transportation, and the city in general, should not have been shut down when the location of the surviving suspect was narrowed to the Watertown suburb. His delicate Libertarian sensibilities were rocked when residents were asked to stay in their homes for their own safety, local businesses were asked to close, and police went door-to-door to find the perpetrator. Really, Dr. Paul? Are you serious?

Boston has certainly had its share of tragedy; Albert DeSalvo's murderous 1960s adventure as The Boston Strangler comes to mind as a relatively recent example. And whether he alone was responsible for the deaths of all thirteen women is a moot point in the context of that tragedy. Going way back, we have the blood and war of Revolutionary times and all that transpired. Several others have occurred in between, of course, but the events of April 15, 2013 are among the most spectacular and tragic. Agencies at all levels worked seamlessly to ensure public safety. Emergency and medical personnel saved lives. Three innocent people with their lives ahead of them were dead. A police officer had been gunned-down in cold blood. No one knew, exactly, what the situation was or if more carnage was just around the corner. We now know that the two suspects' next stop, had their plan not been thwarted in Boston, was to continue their reign of death and dismemberment in Manhattan. Yet, the good doctor is upset because law enforcement made it temporarily impossible for residents to go to Walmart or hail a taxi to get there. On behalf of the people of Boston, please allow me to cordially relay this message to you, Ron Paul: You're an idiot!

Thank you for allowing me to vent; I feel much better now.

New England Cryptozoology: Three Men and a "Baby Moose"

New England is no stranger to the strange. Ghosts? Yes, they've certainly kept me busy all these years. UFOs? Our corner of the country is definitely a hot spot. How about Cryptids? "What? Say that again?" Crytozoology can be described in highbrow, scientific, but totally boring terms such as "The study of unknown creatures...". Forget that. I much prefer monster hunting!

We New Englanders are more than happy to embrace our witches and ghosts. We welcome our strange friends in the sky with open arms. But dinosaur-like lake dwellers and smelly, hair-covered bipeds? Nah, they're other peoples' problem! How inconvenient! How dirty! "They'll pee in our water!". They'll poop in our woods!". "Let them stay in Alaska!". "Keep them in Montana!". Sorry folks, but it's too late; they're already here. There goes the neighborhood...

It's sometimes difficult for us to see past Fenway Park and Logan International Airport, but New England encompasses much more than Boston. And that "much more" is a lot of wilderness: The Green Mountains in Vermont, White Mountains in New Hampshire, much of Central and Western Massachusetts, and practically the entire state of Maine. Throw in the sparsely-populated areas of Connecticut and Rhode Island, and you've got a lot of nothing. Granted, extremely scenic and beautiful "nothing", but nothing just the same. And if you knew you were 'monasteriense non grata' and wanted to avoid the torches, pitchforks and cellphone cameras of the local townsfolk, where would you hide? My guess is that only a few miles from one of the largest, most densely-populated metropolitan areas of the country would not be your location of choice. All of which makes this strange tale even more, well...strange...

On the night of April 21, 1977, three men, Bill Bartlett, Andy Brodie and Mike Mazzacca, had their creepy brush with cryptozoological infamy. Around 10:30, driving along Farm Street in Dover, Massachusetts, only fifteen miles outside of Boston, they spotted the creature that still has New Englanders talking more than 30 years later, and remains just as much a mystery: The Dover Demon.

The size of a large dog, the men saw the 'thing'  walking along the roadside in the headlights of their car. Described as being pink/gray in color, having a hairless, spindly, humanoid body, huge head, large eyes that glowed orange in the headlights, long, thin fingers and walking upright, it quickly scurried away over some rocks and into the nearby woods. That should be the end of our story. Maybe just a known animal? A raccoon with mange? Perhaps even a small child? But no, that's not quite the end...

It's now midnight, and less than two hours have passed since Bill, Andy and Mike spotted our unusual friend. John Baxter is walking down Farm Street towards his home. And walking towards him? The same creature seen by the others. Needless to say, John wasted no time on pleasantries, and got the hell out of there. The following evening, on April 22, it was again seen by two other people, this time on Springdale Avenue, closer to the center of town. It then disappeared, never to be seen again.

So, what was it? As with most mysteries in cryptozoology, we'll probably never know. And, as with most cryptids, shyness seemed to be its dominant personality trait. This one just happened to find itself a little closer to civilization and, perhaps, that was not by choice. Its described physical appearance is very similar to that of the 'classic' gray alien: small body, large head disproportionate to that body, large eyes, gray in color, long fingers. Very much like the alien in the movie E.T. Maybe it was trying to find its way home; by some accounts it did seem lost and confused. Did the movie influence what the witnesses believed they saw? Sounds logical, except for the glaring fact: this was 1977, and Spielberg wouldn't release E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial until 1982. The sightings were extensively researched by New England cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, who named the creature, the name which has stuck to this day.

And what about the "moose" mentioned in the title? Credit that to skeptic Marvin Kottmeyer. He decided what was seen was nothing more than a baby moose. A moose with fingers. A moose that walked upright on two legs. 

No, we will probably never know what The Dover Demon was. But we can be fairly certain what it was not.

Until next month...






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April 2013: Want Better Results? Mind Your Manners!

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Interviews, Ghosts and Gremlins

I've recently been asked to do an increasing number of radio and Internet radio interviews, even though I don't have a book to hawk or anything to put out there in the hope of getting listeners to part with their money. Not that that's a bad thing; everyone has a right to make a buck. But just like a celebrity who turns up as a late night guest on Leno, Letterman or Kimmel on the eve of their latest movie's premiere, those in the paranormal biz seem to 'coincidentally' pop up all over the place when their books, events or TV shows are soon to appear. All of which make my radio visits seem like a bit of an oddity.

Along with more interviews comes more technical problems; dropped calls, connections that truly suck, or being unable to connect at all. Could it be due to the fact that I'm sometimes driving like a rabid bat out of Hell during the interviews? Damn it! Technology is supposed to work. Period :-)  I did an interview in Toronto and was 15 minutes late, not for lack of effort, but because a phone line routed through New York refused to cooperate. Maybe ghosts don't like to be talked about? Could be, but the real culprit here seems to be Skype, not spirits.

Want Better Results? Mind Your Manners!

I've often been asked the best way to "approach" ghosts during an investigation. My reply: "Mind your manners!" and approach them as you would any living person. I cover this a bit on my website, but would you want to cooperate with a stranger or (worse) group of strangers that had just barged into your home? Probably not. If we are to believe that personalities don't change when someone crosses over, then why be disrespectful? This becomes even more of an issue when dealing with an entity from a bygone era; etiquette and politeness were expected, and sensibilities were quite different. With very few exceptions, never go 'Zak Bagans' on a ghost and do the theatrical yelling/screaming/"I dare you" routine. Does it work for the Ghost Adventures buffoons? Yes, if you want to sit in front of a camera and claim that an entity is taking over your body or record an "EVP" so unintelligible that it has to be captioned. It's not an EVP; it's a digital artifact from the inexpensive digital voice recorders they (purposely) use. As for claiming an entity is entering their body, I could only venture an educated guess as to the point of entry on a TV ghost hunter.

Now, I did say, "with very few exceptions", and that is dependent on the location. Are you investigating a former orphanage? Nope, that's not one of those exceptions. An old prison or correctional facility? Maybe. If you're trying to place a call to Al Capone while investigating Eastern State Penitentiary, a little paranormal arm twisting may be in order. In Alabama trying to connect with a gracious Helen Keller? No, the bellicose shouting and taunting is rude and unnecessary. And could she hear you anyway? Think about it...

Technology can be perplexing and scary enough for those living in the 21st century, so think how our equipment must seem to someone who was alive 200 years ago? Lights flashing, cameras snapping, video monitors flickering; all with no point of reference as to what these 'machines' do or what they're used for. We must think of what they may think; "Are they here to hurt me?" "Are they going to make me leave my home?" The old adage, "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" equally applies to ghosts. Always introduce yourself and your team in a calm, reassuring manner, explain your intentions, and describe your equipment and its purpose in terms a person from the past could grasp. You will get much more cooperation and, therefore, much better results. Alas, it seems our friend Zak never got the memo.

All the best until next month...






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February 2013: Thanks! You Guys Are Awesome!

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Great people like you are why I do what I do!

I never saw the need to have a website, and was very content for two decades, quietly conducting paranormal investigations through referrals and word-of-mouth. I've always considered (and still do) the privacy and welfare of my clients to be my first priority, and preferred to be more invisible and anonymous than even the ghosts I was chasing. However, I believed the misinformation, ridiculous nonsense and 'me too' ghost hunter websites all over the Internet had the potential for causing much more harm than good. Not to mention that I got very weary of answering the question, "Why don't you do it like those guys on TV?". I decided to answer once and for all in August, 2011 when I created my site and this blog. I wanted to give straightforward, no-nonsense thought, opinion and observation about the nature of the paranormal and its investigation. There had to be somewhere online that people could turn when having a possible paranormal problem without wading through all the TV ghost hunter crap. Those sites are virtually everywhere, started by groups that are here one day and gone the next. When many groups realize that real paranormal investigation doesn't resemble a one-hour edited show with a spooky soundtrack, they quickly get bored and become history. Since I've been around long-before those shows were even a thought in a TV producer's mind, I considered creating a website and said, "Okay, let's do this".

On the Ghost Hunting Questions page of my site, I used the iconic line from one of my favorite movies, Field of Dreams, "If you build it, they will come". My thoughts always were that, if I created a website that was unique and had something new to say concerning the paranormal, people interested in the subject or having a problem would eventually find it and, hopefully, find it helpful and informative. I've been amazed how the site and this blog have taken on a life of their own, with hundreds of daily visits from all corners of the world. Even with very little optimization and in a relatively short time, the site is now ranked #1 on virtually all Internet search engines for its intended search phrase. And do you know who's responsible for that? You. You found my site and, yes, you did come. In droves. Thank you so much! I've never charged for an investigation and, in over 20 years, have never made a penny doing this. But continue, I will, and sincerely hope that my website and blog continue to help those who have nowhere else to turn, and continues to be an island of paranormal sanity in a sea of ghost hunter sludge.

Exciting news in the New England paranormal field! Let me introduce you to two of the consultants that I work with on many investigations. Both have always resisted having their photos and information on the site, much preferring to stay out of the spotlight. However, with a lot of persuasion and arm twisting, they've finally relented. There's no way I can do it all on my own; a combination of time, logistics, knowledge and abilities (some of which I don't possess) go into any given investigation, and some are way over the level of which I'm individually capable. While I consult with a variety of different individuals on a case-by-case basis, these guys are my 'go to' core group:

New England Paranormal Investigators - Boston - MA - Welton Arcos







Welton Arcos



In my experience, the vast majority of psychic mediums, sensitives...whatever you choose to call them...really can't do what they claim. And it's not always because they're dishonest; many honestly do believe they can dial-in and get somebody to pick up the phone on the other side. Subconsciously, they're doing the equivalent of 'cold reading'. Cold reading involves asking leading questions to a stranger, picking up clues and narrowing down the possibilities with each successive question until you obtain the information you need to make a very informed guess. At that point, the stranger, usually a member of the audience on a TV show, starts to tear-up and someone in the studio hands them a Kleenex. We've all seen it, and there are some very famous (and profitable!) "psychic mediums" that I believe are nothing more than extremely talented cold readers. Then, on the other hand, there's Welton Arcos...

More educated than any one person has a right to be and fluent in twelve languages, Welton can not only make the "I see dead people" claim, but the "I can hear dead people" and "I can talk with dead people" claims as well. However, unlike many who make those claims, he never charges for his services, working on a strictly donation-only basis. He doesn't work from home with a red neon sign in his window that screams, "Psychic Readings. Walk In". And no, he has never worn a brightly-colored scarf around his head (as far as I know!). Yes, I was extremely skeptical at first, but after years of working with him on investigations, I know he's the real deal. Actually, on some investigations he takes the lead, and I'm relegated to the sidelines. Affectionately known as "Zelda" around here, after the late, great but vertically-challenged actress Zelda Rubinstein of Poltergeist fame, my high-tech equipment is usually no match for his abilities. Some in the paranormal field (or more accurately, the amateur ghost hunters and groups) may snicker and roll their eyes at the thought of using a psychic medium, as it's an assault to their "scientific methodology". You can check out my Ghost Hunting Myths and Ghost Hunting Questions pages for my answers to them.

New England Paranormal Investigators - Boston - MA - Jason J. Gagnon








Jason J. Gagnon



Wicked 'smaht' and blessed with perfect eyebrows (I mean, look at them!), Jay's the 'UFO/USO/Everything in the sky that's not supposed to be there' guy. While ghosts far outnumber aliens as the topic of inquiries I receive, if you tell me that something unknown has just landed in your backyard or you suspect someone other than your doctor has been probing your nether regions (without your consent, of course), here's the guy I'm gonna call to help me make sense of it all.

Seriously though, Jay is incredibly compassionate and knowledgeable. The UFO phenomenon is far less accepted by the general public than are ghosts and hauntings. Why is that? I'm not certain, but probably because far fewer people have had an encounter. However, if you have, you can be shaken to your very core. If you believe you have actually been abducted, things can be even worse. Please be assured that contacting me will be a judgment-free experience, so never hesitate to do so.

Keepin' it Weird

Turning in a completely different direction, I'd like to take a moment to thank Dave Hurwitz from the Unregular Radio show Keepin' it Weird for having me on. Check it out every Sunday, 2:00-3:00 pm EST...it's well worth your time! Here's the link to the podcast when I was his guest.

That's it for the February, 2013 edition of The Booo! Blog. I promise to keep the website and blog a living, breathing BEAST!

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January 2013: Now is Not the Time for Newtown

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We Were All Six Years Old

Two days after the tragedy of Friday, December 14, 2012, I began receiving 'hits' on this website and blog from Newtown, Connecticut, which have continued on an almost daily basis. My guess is that other New England paranormal investigators and groups have very likely received the same, whether or not they have the ability to monitor traffic on their sites. Another guess, which is probably fairly accurate, is that these were visits by those directly affected by the event. Please don't get me wrong; we were ALL affected by what transpired. Just when you think that it's no longer possible to be shocked by yet another incident of senseless violence, something so horrific and unimaginable happens as to make us stop in our tracks in disbelief. However, no matter how horrific, no matter how unimaginable, words cannot accurately express what those who are directly involved must be going through. They are going through the extremely painful, yet necessary grieving process. They are vulnerable. They are looking for comfort. They are looking for answers. We, as paranormal investigators, can offer neither. Not now, at least. This, tragically, is one of those events that I wrote about in the May 2012 edition of The Booo! Blog: The Ethics of Ghost Hunting. The ethical will stay away but, sadly, the unethical will not. We should leave the healing (if that is at all possible in this case) to grief counselors and others in the medical and psychiatric professions. Most importantly, we should leave the healing to time, and now is not the time for anyone in the paranormal community to be involved with Newtown.

You Can Ignore Your Fruitcake...

Moving on so soon to another subject, it's somewhat difficult to gleefully wish everyone a happy 2013, but I certainly do hope it brings health and happiness. Let's hope for a better New Year! My New Year's resolution? To be more disciplined in keeping up with The Booo! Blog. I get busy and this blog, like the annual fruitcake your neighbor gives you for Christmas, sits forgotten in the back of the refrigerator. That fruitcake, infused with every preservative known to science, can remain totally ignored and will still outlive us all (yes, even Cher), but this 100% natural, preservative-free blog will not. The moral to the story? I have to be a good, diligent paranormal investigator, lose a few hours sleep and type 'til my fingers bleed. Every month.

Welcome to 2013!

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April 2012: You Have Much More to Fear from the Living than the Dead!

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Change of Season

One thing I've noticed over the years is that seasonal change seems to bring with it a spike in paranormal activity. Email and telephone inquiries invariably increase during these times, none so dramatically as from Winter to Spring. You would think it would be in October, right? Well, sort of. Inquiries do, indeed, rise during that time, but mainly from the media because of Halloween. Everyone likes a good ghost story! But from the average person sending out a paranormal distress call, this time of year trumps all others.

The reason? Hard to say, but the weather taking a turn for the better is associated with a lot of change in many homes. The old Spring adage, "Out with the old, in with the new" may not always go over well with with your resident ghost; they may have really liked the 'old'. Small 'fix-it-up' projects around the house will sometimes cause them to voice their opinion in any way they can. In fact, construction (no matter how minor) is high on the list of things that can spook a spook.

Hmmm...so what to do? Involve them in the process, and be firm but fair. No, they won't be much help at your beer and pizza painting party, but keep them updated on what you're doing and why, all-the-while politely reminding them that it's now your house. How do you do that? Simple; talk to them just as you would a living person. So often I get calls from people who want answers: " Who's in my house?" "Why are they here?" "What do they want?". My reply: "Well, did you ask?". Perhaps not immediately, but you'll be surprised at the answers you can get; many times they'll let you know via one method or another. The first and best thing you can do in any possible haunting is to attempt to verbally communicate.

You Have Much More to Fear from the Living
 
Ghosts aren't inherently evil. Grandma doesn't become a psycho killer and Uncle Milton doesn't transform into an ax murderer once they say "adios" to this existence. Now, let's flip that coin; John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy don't become choirboys, either. Unless Gram and Uncle Miltie had it in them while living (and admit it; you always suspected he did), they'll have the same personalities at their new address. And, unless Johnny and Teddy get a much-needed ass whoopin' over there (which I'd very much like to believe is the case), they'll be every bit the slime they were when breathing. The good news? While Gram may no longer be able to bake her brownies (curious how happy you always felt immediately after eating Gram's brownies), she can and probably will stop by occasionally to say "Hi". Even better news? There's not much the latter two can physically do to you; their hands are tied tighter than those of their victims. And Uncle Milt? Well, who cares; he always creeped you out anyway.

Ghosts don't scare as much as startle; even Mother Teresa would be somewhat unnerving if she suddenly made her entrance at the foot of your bed at 3:00am. However, you never have to set your security alarm for these spectral intruders. And that, my friends, is why you really do have more to fear from the living than the dead.

Hey! Spring is here! Now turn off your damn computer and head outside to enjoy the fresh air :-)

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The Paranormal Community: Extending an Olive Branch (of sorts)

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I didn't know there were that many curse words...

Welcome to my second installment of The Booo! Blog. I'm glad you're here!
 
When I created my website, I knew it would very likely cause a small commotion in the New England paranormal community. Based on my years of experience and observation in the paranormal field, I wanted it to be informative, helpful and brutally honest, and with that honesty sometimes comes controversy. While the response from the general public has been overwhelmingly positive, what I was not expecting was the sheer volume of vitriol and venom on the part of some paranormal investigators and ghost hunting groups, not only in New England, but across the country. The public has access to the Guest Book section of my site, and a few of the negative comments are printed there. With limited exceptions (use of profanity, personal attacks on others, naming individual investigators or groups) I have made it a policy to print the positive and the negative. I do not have the capability to edit posts but do manually approve them, so if yours violated one of my few rules and did not appear, please accept my apologies. However, the vast majority of nastiness has been sent via private email and that, of course, will never be reprinted on my website without the consent of the sender, as it would be a violation of their privacy.
 
I mentioned this a few times on my site, but the message and sentiment may have become a bit overshadowed, so it bears repeating: There are some very reputable and well-established paranormal investigators and groups in New England. That being said, as in any field, there are those that (for lack of a more accurate descriptive term) really do suck at this. A sizable portion of my website is devoted to helping you, the reader, recognize the difference, hopefully choose the former and, at all costs, avoid the latter. My concern is for those who may be experiencing a paranormal problem and, yes, even for the 'ghosts' involved. If you happen to find yourself smack in the middle of a genuine, honest-to-goodness haunting and believe your uninvited guest(s) were once living, breathing, compassionate beings, it should be the concern of your chosen investigator or group as well. Needless to say, the 'I learned everything I need to know from TV' sledgehammer approach favored by many weekend ghost hunters is far from the nuanced, knowledgeable and experienced attempt at a solution that you and your resident spook require and deserve.
 
While remaining independent of any paranormal group or organization has afforded me a huge advantage in the unique way I can approach and tailor an investigation to a client's individual needs, some who have read my site may find it surprising that I have never declined a request to assist other individuals and groups in this field. Yes, I am opinionated. Yes, I am brutally honest. However, I am not (as some email has suggested) an "a**hole". Actually, that was one of the milder accusations; I had to Google a few of their 'colorful' word choices just to understand what some New England paranormal investigators and groups thought of my website :-) Regardless, I have happily supplied advice, expertise and equipment on numerous occasions, especially when consulted for more difficult cases, and will continue to do so. Please never hesitate to contact me if the need arises...I don't bite.
 
So, there you have it, and that'll do it for this month's edition. Have a happy and safe holiday season, and we'll talk again in 2012!

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November 2011: A Brand New Blog!

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Time to relax a bit
 
Whew! The rush is over! October has always been the busiest month for anyone in the paranormal field. It's been my intention to add a monthly blog to my website, but this is the first chance I've had to do so. I'll use the opportunity to give a quick update of what has been happening since the site went 'live' almost two months ago.
 
Apparently, the arrival of my site has ruffled a lot of feathers, struck a few nerves and bruised some egos in the paranormal community, not only in New England, but the entire country. I must say that it took me a bit by surprise, as I honestly intended and wrote the site for the New England area. I guess that just shows the power and reach of the Internet. While the vast majority of comments have been overwhelmingly positive, those negative have been particularly vicious. I've made it a policy to make all comments (with some listed exceptions) posted to my guest book available. However, I will never make private email comments or inquiries public, as that would not be fair to the writer. As Martha Stewart would say, that's probably a "good thing", as the language used in some would put any demonic entity (if they actually existed, of course) to shame. To all of those who chose to leave positive comments, I thank you. To those choosing to leave negative nastiness, I thank you as well. Really, I do. I've enjoyed them immensely.
 
I'm also extremely surprised (and pleased!) how quickly my site has climbed the search engine rankings. Very little search engine optimization was done, primarily because I'm technologically challenged when it comes to that area. Yet, it continues to ascend, despite competition from some very well-established New England paranormal websites. While it will probably never be in the top three on Google because of the site's name and other factors, I feel proud in that I wrote it, not to please the search engines and rank highly in their results, but to say what I wanted to say and the way I wanted to say it (damn...that's a mouthful!) I can only assume people like you have found my site, liked it, and that traffic is somehow affecting how Google and the others rank it. I'd like to say 'thanks' to all of you.
 
I've received many inquiries concerning the music on my Images page, as well as some who were convinced that I must have done some type of Photoshop manipulation on the photos. Let me address these points in the order presented:
 
The song is Fear from the television series One Step Beyond (aka Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond) which aired on ABC from 1959 through 1961. It was an anthology series similar to The Twilight Zone, except the stories were exclusively paranormal in nature. The music was written, arranged and conducted by Harry Lubin, and performed by The Harry Lubin Orchestra. I have the original CD on Taragon Records, but it has recently been re-released by Red Bitch Music (yes, that's really the name) and available from Amazon.com on CD and MP3 download. Please note that, being a soundtrack from a series, not all the music has the same creepy vibe, but there are a few. It's definitely worth a listen, as there's nothing else like it being recorded today.
 
As for the images, no manipulation was done, except for some minor sharpening, lightening or contrast enhancement. The weird coloration on some is just the nature of how a particular camera records the UV and IR spectra. I could have converted all of them to black and white but, again, I wanted to do as little manipulation as possible. There are many more to come; I just need time to compile them from over the years, then upload them to the server.
 
Each monthly edition of this blog will tackle a single topic relevant to the paranormal. Some may not always like what I have to say, but if you've perused my site, you've undoubtably come to the realization that I'm not bothered by that fact ;-) I hope you will continue to check it out.
 
Thanks!

New England Paranormal Investigators - Boston - MA - Anthony Duda

 
 


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