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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:

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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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Paranormal New England: 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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Paranormal New England: 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!

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Legal Disclaimer: All information, opinion and theories on this website and blog are published in good faith and for general information purposes only. I do not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information on my website and blog is strictly at your own risk, and I will not be liable for any losses and/or damages in connection with its use. All opinion and theories are strictly my own, and should not be construed as fact.