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Cielo Drive Convergence: The Ultimate Field Laboratory?

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By now, everyone’s probably heard of the alleged haunting on Cielo Drive at Benedict Canyon within Beverly Hills.  This case was inspired by, and may be the natural fallout from, the heinous Sharon Tate murders back in August of 1969.  There are real scientific reasons that this location is plagued by such recurring paranormal events, and it’s far more complicated than Charles Manson’s cult slaughtering five people at this location on a hot August night night more than four decades ago.  These recurring events are the result of a confluence of several key factors and variables acting in concert to generate such extraordinary and durable paranormal activity.

If you watched the awful Haunted History season opener (from the hacks at Pilgrim Studios, who produce the fraudulent paranormal reality series Ghost Hunters)  on July 12, 2013,  you saw little more than redundant, ghoulish, bloodbath reenactments of the 1969 slayings, while the real substance of this incredible case was diminished by totally unqualified people talking about worthless K2 meters, which are about as relevant to scientific paranormal research as your running shoes, key chain or watch are.

After more than 4,500 investigations over the course of more than four decades, few cases require the numerous visits that this one did.

There are times in all of our lives when everything appears to come together in just the right place, at just the right time, for just the right reason(s).  One might refer to such a situation as a synchronicity or a convergence, where everything directly leads one down a certain path for an, as yet, undetermined purpose.

Such extraordinary experiences often involve love, work, or an incredible happenstance of good and unfortunately, occasionally bad fortune. In most situations, it is difficult, if not impossible, to unravel the true nature behind the various elements coalescing in just the right way to produce the extraordinary outcome.

In scientific parapsychological research, such events are so incredibly rare that there isn’t even nomenclature to describe such an occurrence, possibly because such an event has never, to the best of anyone’s knowledge, occurred, or at least been published.  Until now, that is.

In July of 2005, I believe that just such a convergence took place in my very own backyard, so to speak.  It appeared that fate had brought me into an investigation that ranks as the benchmark or high water mark of my four-decade career. dwarfing The Entity, Holly Mont and even San Pedro cases.  Seemingly, everything is present in the same place, minutes from where I live, at the same time.  However, I was about to discover that not all things that come in a beribboned box are as benign as they first appear.

This particular investigation is the reason why some of us have chosen to dedicate their entire adult lives to studying various aspects of the paranormal, hoping that just the right collection of variables come together when one is present and able to document them.

And of course, the end result is hopefully a major step forward in knowledge, perhaps even a breakthrough, that provides answers to some very old questions plaguing the human condition like, where do we come from and what happens to us after we die?

However, this story really begins when I received a call from an old friend named Steve Rubin, a producer and publicist I met during the production of The Entity (Fox, 1983) motion picture in 1981.

As it turns out, Steve and I casually met when we were kids during Saturday matinees at a local theater (The Stadium, at Pico and Livonia) where we regularly saw two sci-fi and/or horror movies for twenty-five cents and where a big bag of popcorn and a coke were just a dime each.  I know, depressing isn’t it?

Over the ensuing decades, Steve and I kept bumping into each other at screenings, parties and through other projects and acquaintances within the entertainment industry.

The second-to-last time I saw Steve was at a screening of Roswell at the DGA (Director’s Guild of America) theater in 1994, and again, when a friend, Laurie Jacobson, writer of the now classic book Hollywood Haunted, married a relative of Steve’s, Jon Provost, the child star (Timmy) of the 1950’s Lassie TV series.

The reason Steve called me in the early summer of 2005 was to solicit my interest and involvement to investigate the real story behind the ultra- low budget feature film he had just been hired to promote

House At The End Of The Drive was a supernatural thriller that was wrapping production. It was inspired by the alleged, ongoing paranormal experiences of producer and co-creator David Oman (pronounced omen, no pun intended), who recently moved into a new home his father, a real estate developer and builder, constructed.

The recently built house just happens to be a stone’s throw from the site of the infamous Sharon Tate murders of August 1969.  David moved into the house in August of 2002.

According to Steve, encounters at the allegedly haunted hillside residence ranged from hearing disembodied voices and footsteps, observing large orbs of colored lights, to witnessing the apparitions of several of the August 1969 murder victims.

After having read the script for House At The End of The Drive to insure myself that the movie was not simply another slasher film, I agreed to visit

House At The End Of The Drive lobby card

House At The End Of The Drive lobby card

Oman’s home on Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, which is in the northern edge of Beverly Hills.

On my way up to the house on July 19th to meet my colleague Barry Conrad, memories of August 1969 flooded my mind, remembering the fear and panic that gripped Los Angeles following those heinous killings on that steamy summer night.

After the world was stunned by the incredible savagery, brutality and ritualistic nature of the Tate murders, I often wondered as to whether or not the subsequent tenants of the original house on Cielo Drive (which was torn down in 1994), had experienced any type of paranormal fallout resulting from the vicious slaughter of five innocent souls.  There had been rumors and scuttlebutt over the years, but nothing amounting to anything more than idle chatter, probably the result of too much drugs and alcohol.

As I wound my way up through Benedict Canyon from Sunset Blvd., in the back of my mind I recalled reading years earlier that this particular canyon was plagued by an an acute abundance of alleged hauntings.

In fact, in one particular book, a map of this canyon depicts clusters of hauntings throughout the canyon’s entire length as well as on many of its side streets winding further up into its brush-laden hills.

It was in this region where TV’s first Superman, George Reeves, died from a gunshot wound to his head on June 16th 1959, and whose ghost, occasionally appearing in full Superman costume, may continue to walk the floors of his old Benedict Canyon residence.

Interestingly, Reeves death was never really solved from a forensic standpoint.

The police, medical examiner’s office and media initially labeled it a suicide, but virtually all of the subsequent investigation by my long-time friend Jan Alan Henderson into Reeves’ untimely death, suggests something far more sinister occurred and was thoroughly covered up by the authorities (Speeding Bullet: The Life and Bizarre Death of George Reeves, 2007).

Strangely, Reeve’s fingerprints were not even found on the gun. Nor was there any gunshot residue or powder burns discovered on his body because it was sent directly to the funeral home rather than the coroner’s office, which, even in those days, was against policy on suicides.

Even more intriguing, is the fact that several fresh bullet holes were found in the bedroom floor next to Reeves’ lifeless body on the bed.  I guess he missed his head with the first several rounds!  Yeah, right?

Before turning west, up on to Cielo Drive, I also remembered that there’s an earthquake fault running directly beneath Benedict Canyon, one which has not moved in the recent geologic past.  All of this seemingly irrelevant and abstract information would become very meaningful as the case evolved.

As I approached David’s house, I half expected to meet a 42 year-old man way over the edge of reason and sanity that was simply looking for a tawdry, although effective, way to promote his horror movie.  If that were the case, my presence at this location would have been very short-lived.

Living on the extreme southern edge of Beverly Hills myself, I arrived at the Oman house well before my colleague, Barry Conrad, who lived in Glendale. The upper portion of Cielo Drive where Oman lives is a private street that is severely eroded with numerous potholes, which my sports car’s stiff suspension did not appreciate.

As there is no real parking to speak of on this narrow road, one must pull up tight against the opposing hillside well into the dirt and paint-scratching brush to avoid blocking what limited passing space exists.  To say I was paranoid about leaving my car there was an understatement.

Before exiting the car, my thoughts went in their usual direction before entering a potentially new haunting case at this stage of my career: “Thirty-seven years, four thousand plus cases and far too many sleepless nights to remember.  I really believed that I’d seen, heard and felt it all.  Jaded into complacency, I was sure that nothing could ever impress or astonish me again”.  To put it simply, I was about to be proved wrong, dead wrong.

I had no way of knowing just how utterly unique this Beverly Hills location was and that I was about to embark upon the strangest and most bizarre case of my multi-decade career, a case that might lend much needed definition and clarity to this particular area of parapsychological research.

I pulled my instrument case from the car’s trunk and rang David’s doorbell.  David, very much resembled a combination of a young, thin version of David Nelson (Ricky Nelson’s older brother) and one of the Beach Boys from the mid ‘60’s.

It was July 19th of 2005 Barry and Lisa McIntosh (Conrad’s girlfriend at the time), who was in remission from Multiple Myeloma, a deadly form of bone cancer, accompanied me to this fascinating location, in the hope of experiencing, documenting and collecting some hard, objective data.

The late Sharon Tate

The late Sharon Tate

A stone’s throw away from the infamous house where the Sharon Tate murders occurred, maybe slightly more that one hundred feet north, a new house was built in 2002 and was occupied by the son of the builder, David Oman.  Not surprisingly, the construction crew, David and several of his friends, had experienced a wide range of paranormal phenomena including apparitions, psychokinetic displays as well as disembodied voices in this awesome building up against the hillside.

However, we had absolutely no way of knowing upon our arrival just how utterly unique this specific property would turn out to be in the most unexpected ways.

My instruments (Geomagnetometer, Natural Tri-Field Meter, Air Ion Counter, etc.) indicated bizarre and totally unprecedented magnetic field amplitudes and polarities throughout the entire house combined with an ambient electromagnetic background anywhere from 20-100 times normal.  This house was a compass needle’s worst nightmare.

In fact, there were several locations in David’s home where compass needles would spin wildly as if near a quadrapole, which does not occur in nature.  And on other occasions almost everything in the house seemed to be emitting a very strong magnetic field, including glass, wood, plastic and leather.  None of which are ferromagnetic or paramagnetic.

After this first visit, Barry, Lisa and I came away from this house feeling physically ill.  In fact, while in the Oman house at the bottom of the stairwell, I turned beet red and passed out exactly where the localized geomagnetic field (GMF) measured out at 1,700 milligauss [mG], when 300-500 mG is normal.  Fortunately, Steve Rubin saw what was happening and caught me before I hit the floor.  Fortunately, Steve’s much bigger than I, so there wasn’t a problem.  All I remember from the incident was feeling very warm. nauseous and dizzy like I had a fever with the flu, and then nothing other than waking up on the floor surrounded by various people.

At one point when Lisa came came upstairs to get more batteries, she observed that the top flap of the large ballistic nylon bag for Conrad’s video camera was literally flapping in the air as if being propelled by a strong wind, of which there was none.  She let out a moderate yell and we all came running upstairs.  But by the time we arrived, the case’s top flap has ceased its movement.

Later that evening, I came up to get a fresh 9-volt battery as one of my instruments required it.  When removing the spent battery I carved a large “X” into it to prevent it’s accidental use at another time and I immediately discarded the battery in a trash bin in front of the house.   When I later came back upstairs for another item and opened my locked Pelican case to discover the carved battery carefully balanced and rocking on one of the cases compartmental partition edges.  If no one actually pulled a joke on me here, this was an instance of  apport, which is not that common.  Now my interest was really peaked.

After spending a considerable time in this house, Conrad and Lisa’s response was quite severe.  In fact, there’s a distinct possibility that her spending some 6-8 hours in the Cielo house pushed her back into a series of intense relapses from which she never recovered.  In point of fact, Lisa passed away in July of 2006 from her cancer. 

As both Barry and I had relatively strong adverse reactions to the very high amplitude geomagnetic fields at this location, as did about 68.9% of those visiting. such might have been the influence that dealt a lethal blow to Lisa.  In fact, over the course of  2005-2006, I investigated this site twenty-one times, where I interviewed sixty-one (61) individuals who had entered the house, and kept a detailed logs of their psychophysiological reactions in this most extraordinary magnetic environment.  Amazingly, this medical log clearly indicated that slightly less than 70% of the people visiting this location became very ill after spending several hours there, while not one of them suffered from any preexisting conditions that might have caused such reactions.

One of David’s friends has recently posted some rather troubling comments regarding how many times I was actually at the house and how many people I actually interviewed, suggesting that I’ve basically lied about this.   In the person’s effort to discredit my research at this house, he even claimed that I was possibly stalking of David, and never really visited the home only once or twice.  It might be good for this clown to check what David himself has said and written about before he makes a further fool of himself, as Oman even contradicts what is said here.  He also wondered why I bothered to collect any medical data while at the house.

Hello?  That’s part of the reason I was at this house to begin with, it’s called a thorough investigation that is not bound by apriori assumptions and beliefs.  This person also claimed that I said that what people were experiencing at this house was hallucinatory, and how could hallucinations affect cameras and microphones.  If this uneducated individual understood what I’ve written here and spoke of on Zak Bagan’s Ghost Adventures Aftershocks show, he’d have grasped the fact that I never even suggested such was the case.

What I said on that show and what I’m writing about here makes it perfectly clear that the events at David’s house are definitely paranormal in nature, but that disembodied consciousness is not the cause of such, while RSPK of living people is.  And last but not least, this man who was attempting to discredit me on this matter in order to keep David’s tourist derived income flowing, asked me why I have not disclosed the names of all the individuals who I allegedly kept such medical logs on.   Once again, if this individual knew anything about how real science works, he’d understand that I’d have to obtain written releases from each and every person before disclosing such personal information.  However, I did provide the detailed medical log I kept on the case to Zak Bagans who certainly read it, and clearly understood the moral and ethical aspects regarding such disclosure.

Getting back to the deleterious effects of David’s house has on some people, Lisa’s response was far more volatile than almost anyone, in that she became physically and emotionally ill later that night and the next day, where she had the worst nightmares of her life, which I also experienced in my own home.  I almost never have nightmares.  In fact, I cannot even remember the last time I had one prior to or after this event.

Within a matter of days to weeks after leaving this house, Lisa’s Multiple Myeloma recurred with even greater ferocity, and within less than a year she passed away.  It should be stated that there is no cure known for Multiple Myeloma, once contracted, you’re guaranteed to die from it.  The only question is precisely when.

The late Lisa McIntosh and Barry Conrad

The late Lisa McIntosh and very much alive, Barry Conrad.

However, I am not saying, or even implying here. that the energy in this house was responsible for her untimely demise, but it possibly hastened its arrival.  It then was not surprising to later learn that the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) lists this specific location as a geomagnetic anomaly site and that local ancient Native American tribes called it a sacred place, in that some of them sensed it’s very powerful magnetic fields.   Yet, science does not know why this area is so magnetic.

A fallen meteorite from millions of year ago?  Sitting on top of an ancient volcano?  Large deposits of magnetite or iron?  The USGS states the these hills are far too geologically young to have either large deposits of iron and magnetite.  The USGS doesn’t know anymore than we do.  When various companies were initially building various homes on this hill, including Davids, their instruments essentially rendered useless due to the strong magnetism.  The workers had to drill blind and discovered large, empty magma chambers beneath the hill, indicating the very long ago there might have been volcanic activity in the area.

Had we known that this property emitted such strong, positively polarized magnetic fields, we never would have allowed Lisa to even step foot on the property, let alone within it.  Over the course of almost four decades, nothing even close to these levels of energy has been experienced around here during the course of any investigation.

It’s very intriguing to know that there is substantial body of clinical evidence indicating that exposure to negatively polarized magnetic fields substantially inhibit the growth of many types of cancers, while positively polarized magnetic fields appear to rapidly accelerate their growth and proliferation.  Medical science does not know why this is, it just is.  However, as the FDA will not formally recognize or approve any curative mechanism that is not based on pharmaceuticals, making this discussion pretty much academic.

It goes without saying that neither Barry or Lisa ever returned to the Cielo Drive house. I, on the other hand visited this location more than twenty (20) times over the course of a year and have gotten sick on virtually every occasion. However, it should be made clear that I was suffering from IBS at the time, which was surely irritated by the high amplitude geomagnetic field at this location.

On subsequent investigational visits with other associates such as Jan Alan Henderson, Bob Bastanchury, Brent Wolfberg, Todd Farris, Paul Clemens and Jeff Mandel, some of us continued having intense interactions with this most interesting abode.

Bob witnessed a lamp in mid-flight when we all came up from the lower floors.  Jeff Mandel had an unnerving experience in the bathroom when some crumpled up paper flew out of the waste basket and hit him.   A local news crew from KCOP began feeling ill shortly after entering the house and their remote live-feed truck electronically crashed while in front of the Oman home.  The network sent a second remote truck out that stayed at the bottom of the hill and it avoided the problems the first one had encountered.

While standing in the entrance way with some media person one night, a sudden wave of nausea overwhelmed both the journalist and myself, which just happened to temporally correlate with the Natural Tri-Field Meter making a full scale magnetic deflection and then going back to normal.  We were both amazed. 

What made this particular event particularly interesting was that this reporter had just asked me if I ever felt sick while in this house.  Before I could even answer, the nausea and instrument reaction occurred.  I guess that event answered his question?  On another visit, I grabbed the iron railing at the rear stairwell of the house that was emitting 1.78 gauss, and my right hand began to tingle and went numb.  The numbing effect moved all the way up my arm into my shoulder, neck into the base of my skull, where the effect was so intense that I started feeling dizzy and light-headed.  I finally let go of the railing and the strange numbing effect eventually ceased. 

This was a very disturbing indicator, as such high intensity magnetic fields have the potential to make one very sick and permanently disable them, which I was about to learn the hard way over and over again.

My numerous visits to this house resulted in my going to Cedars Sinai Medical Center’s Emergency Room after almost every visit, as the effects grew more and more pronounced.  In fact, the ER nurses and physicians became very use to my appearance at their facility.  So much so, that they began saying “So you were at that crazy house again, huh?”  And they were right on every occasion.  Prior to visiting this incredibly bio-toxic location, I never saw the inside of any ER, except following the dislocation of my right elbow while on the rings during gymnastics training in high school.

And contrary to what the home’s owner is now saying, not one of the forty-two visitors who became very ill upon visiting this location, had any preexisting medical conditions that might explain such.  Rewriting history is a little more difficult than simply changing your words a decade after the events and hoping that no one remembers what really transpired.

Over the course of the one year I investigated this case, there were many very interesting individuals visiting David’s extraordinary home.  Some really normal, some so weird that they almost made me look normal.

One woman who claimed to be a medium (more like half-baked or rare to me) made a blatant declaration that the house was evil.  When I asked her why the house was evil, she replied that the numerous demonic entities present in the house were making her ill.   She was totally unaware of the extremely potent geomagnetic field at this location that makes some people feel really sick.  When I tried explaining this to her, she couldn’t or wouldn’t even try to understand what I was saying.  What I should have told her was that if the house had given her an orgasm instead of making her sick, she’d probably think it was healing her.  I wonder if she would have understood that?

On numerous occasions, photographs taken by different people at different times clearly showed luminous anomalies while none were visible to the naked eye.  In fact, on the first night we were there and walking up the private road toward where the original Tate house once stood I felt like someone’s hand was touching my left shoulder.  At the same moment, Brent had taken a photo of me as I walked in front of him.  The photo depicted several multi-colored balls of light around me right when I felt the disembodied hand on my shoulder.  What a coincidence.

On another occasion during the late fall of 2005, there was an approaching thunderstorm.  As the storm reached the hill and house, the electrical field in most of the house jumped to around two kilovolts (2,000) per meter, and my skin started feeling like it was burning.   I immediately packed my equipment and left the house.

One other evening, there were very strong Santa Ana winds blowing with their concomitant positive ions that can severely irritate some people’s bodies and moods.  While measuring these ionic winds at a very high level, something really astounding occurred.  The instant these positively charged winds entered David’s home, their polarity reversed to where they became negatively charged.  This strongly suggests that David’s house imparted a rather hefty electromagnetic charge to the incoming air.  The incoming air had electrons added to it, thereby becoming negatively charged while the outside air remained positively charged.  Absolutely amazing.  The source was the localized geophysical battery up upon the hill that David’s house sits.

On yet another visit, a plastic glass filled with water was thrown at me from the kitchen even though no one was even near that room other than myself.  On another occasion, we were on the third floor, the lowest one, and in the unfinished, dirt wall room.  Paul Clemens and I were taking measurements when something that clearly felt like a human hand, touched my left shoulder.  I immediately turned to my left expecting to see Paul there, only to discover that he was at the other end of the room, maybe ten feet away from me.  While all this was transpiring, I obtained readings of well over 1,000 milligauss in that most unusual room and constantly changing polarity and compass needles were spinning like a top.

While on the stairwell, disembodied voices could be heard, but not always recordable.  At times, it sounded like someone loudly snoring or with severe asthma.  At other times, it was like very muffled conversations were occurring.  If I stood on the stairway too long, I became dizzy and nauseous.

On June 10, 2006, my second to last visit to this incredible location, I apparently once again passed out while approaching the third-floor, earthen wall room.  Paul Clemens who was right behind me and watched as I started stumbling and then collapsed onto the wall before entering that odd room.  I suddenly awoke on the floor and had no idea as to what just happened to me.

When Laurie Jacobson first visited this home, she became briefly light-headed for a while, but it passed fairly soon.  When her husband Jon Provost came to visit, his reaction was quite severe, where he described the sensation like “being hit in the head and stomach with a baseball bat”.  He immediately left.  Several people with a production company had to suddenly leave the house when they started feeling ill.  Once outside, their discomfort subsided.

You may now be asking why would I continue to visit this location if every time I was there I became ill, right?  So before you assume that I am a masochist with a death wish, let me assure you that it is simply a matter of my intense scientific curiosity overwhelming my logic on occasion.  Hey it even happens to Mr. Spock in Star Trek.

In my professional scientific opinion, the Cielo Drive case offers more potentially rewarding information towards unraveling this aspect of the paranormal than any other location I’ve visited during the course of my career.  I may return to this location if I am paid to do so on a shoot or able to bring more sophisticated instrumentation into that environment to better study it.  However, the more I think about it, the more remote such another visit appears.

However, there is one specific requirement that must be met before I ever return to this location again.  It is that I fashion a head-to-foot suit out of Giron or Mu-metal to shield my body from the high intensity magnetic fields. I may look like a chunky alien, but at least I will no longer get physically ill from being in this house.

What I’m basically describing here is an astronauts outfit made out of a substance that would prevent the intense magnetic energy from affecting my body.  Such a suit would require its own air supply, ventilation and cooling, just as any astronaut normally has.  Creating such a suit would cost a small fortune, which I do not possess, so I guess that I will NOT be returning to this site any time soon.

What I’ve described here is but the most minute fraction of what’s been experienced by David Oman, guests, media and many other investigators over the years.

Is David Oman’s Cielo Drive house haunted, UNQUESTIONABLY, but not as one might expect, and only in the most generic sense of the term.

Does this prove that the ghosts of Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring and the others who died back in 1969 at the location are indeed haunting David’s house? ABSOLUTELY NOT.Does this even suggest that Sharon or the other victims from August 1969 are hanging around this location having literal conversations with anyone?  ABSOLUTELY NOT.  Nor can I say that such a discarnate presence is not there.  To sum my up my attitude it’s best to fall back onto a great line of dialog uttered by David Duchovny as Fox Mulder in one of the X-Files episodes: “You can talk to god all day and they call that prayer, but when god or the dead talk back, you’re schizophrenic”.  Enough said, I think I’ve made my point here.

What can be said without reservation at this time is that the very strong geomagnetic fields which are in constant flux at this location provides a conducive environment which enables such paranormal events to occur on a regular basis.  If there really are such things as ghosts, spirits, entities, etc., this might be the near perfect environment for such things to function in.   A place where the inductive coupling between living human beings and the localized environment helps reconstruct and animate the information stored there.  Sort of like the way the laser in your DVD or CD player allows you to see and hear the information stored in that medium.

However, as time has shown, some people’s bodies do not at all like these wild and crazy geomagnetic locations as such severely irritates them, both physically and mentally.

Unfortunately, I may be one of these individuals, but do not know why as I’ve never been diagnosed as seizure prone or epileptic.  However my brainwaves as measured by EEG centered around 10 Hz. and at times over 1,000 microvolts as measured back at UCLA in 1969, where way too high, and the researchers asked if I ever had any seizures, which I have not.

There appears to be several primary conditions that must be met before these types of events will occur.  One is the location.  That has been met here by the USGS geomagnetic anomaly site.  The second condition might be very specific individuals who are either seizure prone or suffer from temporal lobe epilepsy and have very poor coping mechanisms for dealing with stress.  There lots of people that qualify for this.  And last, but not least, there must be an inductive coupling established between the localized environment and those uniquely wired individuals.   Given this unique location, I’d say that such is very likely to occur given sufficient time and exposure.   Once these conditions are met, all bets are off in terms of what might occur, as much of this is still UNKNOWN.

The bottom line here is that this location appears to be the most haunted localized area I’ve ever investigated over the course of the last 44 years, and now we may finally understand why.

ADDENDUM I:

Original photo sent to me by Syd Schultz II

Original photo taken by Tara Viosca Mead of Scottie Megelin, was sent to me by Syd Schultz II

Attached here are four photos.  The first, at the left here, is the original photo taken by Tara Viosca Mead of Scottie Megelin in early August of 2014 at this house, and depicts some type of luminous anomaly that was not visible to the naked eye, but appeared in the photo.  Also notice on camera left, to the lady’s left and camera right, there’s a reflection of this anomaly in the glass covered on something hanging on the wall.

 

 

 

 

 

Enhanced via hyperspectral imaging

Enhanced via hyperspectral image enhancement

The second, third and fourth photos are ones that I subjected to hyperspectral image enhancement to get more detail out of them.  Please understand that the term hyperspectral has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the paranormal, it’s simply the nomenclature used to describe a specific type of image enhancement.

 

In the second photo you see here at the left was the first hyperspectral image enhancement pass to reduce background noise clutter and to brighten the anomaly over the woman’s face. Once again, please take note of the reflected image middle of camera left.

 

 

 

2014-08-09_13.48.34The next photo seen here at the left is another hyperspectral enhancement pass to further sharpen and clarify the anomaly.  There appears to be small degree of clarity in terms of the relative heat signature assigned to the pass, as the closer the anomaly was to the Scottie’s head, the hotter it appeared to be in the enhancement.  Please also note the extraordinary configuration at the extreme upper left of the anomaly, like an upside down goblet with a broken crooked stem. 

Even more startling are the seeming, quasi-horizontal bands of energy circling around this Scottie’s head.  These appear to depict a cyclonic rotation that’s possibly depicting the intense coupling between the localized, high amplitude geomagnetic field and this Scottie’s head.  What we might be seeing here is an optical analog of the interaction of the paramagnetic environment and the lady in the photo.  This photo might be one of the most relevant photos ever captured in this field.

Final hyperspectral enhancement of Syd Schultz II photo

Final hyperspectral enhancement of Tara Mead’s photo

The final photo is the most enhanced and displays what appears to be very distinctive boundaries associated with the relative heat index linked to the enhancement, when all the background clutter is removed.  If I had to make a guess as to what’s being depicted here, it’s that Scottie was experiencing some form of mild convulsion or very petite seizure due to her brain’s reaction to the high-amplitude geomagnetic field present in this most unusual house. 

Also, note the same, odd little “fixture” a the extreme upper left of the anomaly that looks like upside-down goblet attached to a crooked stem, which in reality doesn’t exist.  With each level of enhancement, the image becomes stranger and stranger. 

The real question here is, “Why wasn’t this luminous anomaly visible to the naked eye when it was reflecting off glass a few feet away?”  Perhaps because it occurred for such a short amount of time, say about 1,000th of-a-second.  Our eye and brain are not designed to detect such rapid bursts of energy, and Tara took her photo in that very split second when this incredible appeared. This photo could be one of the most significant pictures ever taken in the history of parapsychology.

ADDENDUM II:  PLEASE READ, URGENT.

Recently, there was a very disturbing production of misinformational hype related to this case that comes from that great bastion of lies, ignorance and stupidity;  Paranormal Witness on the Psi Lie Network, oh, excuse me, the SyFy Network.

When their episode on the Cielo Drive case aired this April, it was one of the greatest fabrications, misrepresentations, distortions and exaggerated concoction of lies I’ve ever seen. 

To start with, David Oman allegedly observed the apparition of whom he later believed to be that of Jay Sebring shortly after he moved into the Cielo Drive in August of 2002, not years later in 2005-6 as depicted in the show which is when I was investigating this case.

I was the one who brought my new friends Jeff and Kashmir to the house during the late summer of 2005, not at the start of the case in 2002, when I did not even know of its existence.  It appears that the producers of Paranormal Witness told everyone what to say and how to say it (that is, scripted), as much of their testimony does not ring true to what really transpired according to the detailed files on this case.  Most of the people who were being interviewed on this show were doing nothing more than reading their lines of dialog provided to them by the producers (in fact, several of them were, or are, actors in real life).  But given the fact that Paranormal Witness and the Psi Lie Network are totally incapable of telling the truth when it comes to the paranormal, what else is new, and why should we expect anything different from them at this point?


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  1. Tom Potier

    Barry,
    Once again, you’ve provided a very insightful, provocative, and educational narrative of a significant experience that is important for all researchers. It is relevant due to your personal involvement in witnessing these events, but also because your account of this event focuses strictly on the facts and the environmental by-products of this convergence…NOT on the cultural biases that taint so many in the field of paranormal pursuits today. Your efforts on this case should be of note to anyone pursuing research in this field, especially to establish a rigorous protocol whenever visiting such a “rich” location.

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    • Thank you very much for your compliments on my writing and words of support.

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      • Lou Lou

        This made fantastic reading. As I watch the ghost hunting programmes on tv here in the uk I am very disappointed that they would fabricate stuff and sure won’t be watching again. Do you know why the original house at Cielo drive was torn down?

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        • Thanks for the compliment Lou Lou, very much appreciated.

          The original house was torn down because of the stigma associated with those ghoulish 1969 murders. If you liked this article of mine, check out “Psi’s Circus Sideshow” elsewhere on my site as you’ll find that even more interesting as related the glut of paranormal reality shows.

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  2. A truly amazing story,This place may hold many answers .Its too bad that you may never get to go back.In the paranormal field your voice has always been the voice of reason.Too bad there are not more like you.

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    • Thanks for the acknowledgment of this astounding case and my write-up of it. The problems related to this location are even more complicated than what I cited here, and such would prevent me from returning even if the geomagnetic environment wasn’t so toxic to me. The real dilemma here is of a human type, which is perhaps even more toxic.

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  3. Barry,

    How I remember watching that compass spin like a roulette wheel. I remember that as I turned onto Cielo Drive and got with a quarter mile of the house, I felt an intense pressure — the kind I usually feel when a spirit is present, but much more intense. At the time, I thought that is what it was. Now we know better. And yes, Jon left with a very bad headache. Fortunately for me, I left my work “at the office” and it did not linger.

    George Reeves died up the street. Jean Harlow’s husband committed suicide up the hill to the east — next door to Valentino’s home where he lived out his last sad days. Doris Duke, the tobacco heiress lived and died there next. And to the south were found the remains of American Indians who’d been ambushed and killed. On the highest peak in this area sits the property where Sharon Tate and 4 others were slain. Coincidence?

    Great job, Barry.

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    • Thank you very much Laurie for your welcomed feedback and insightful comments on this incredible case. It’s extremely rare to encounter a case of such intensity in one’s own backyard. But there it was and is. And while this case came to me more than a decade after having the pleasure of meeting and working with you, it did arrive through Steve Rubin who’s related to you. So in a very fascinating way, this case came to my attention because of knowing you. Like I’ve always said, there are no accidents in life, just synchronicities. It’s wonderful having such a great friend as yourself.

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  4. Steve Rubin

    Little did I know when I was assigned unit publicity duties on the very low budget THE HOUSE AT THE END OF THE DRIVE that I would be involved in discovering, with a nod to the late Richard Matheson, “the Mount Everest of Haunted Houses”. This movie had very little going for it in terms of publicity hooks. Since the real Sharon Tate case could not be mentioned and they went with the fictional one, I really couldn’t generate much. Then, it occurred to me that I should call Dr. Barry Taff because if there is any possible paranormal link, Barry would be able to sniff it out. And if we could sniff out anything, maybe we could generate a little article somewhere, or even some TV coverage. Barry has always impressed me as the “no bullshit investigator.” He’s not into hyperbole or self promotion or all those other stupid chest thumping traits associated with the TV charlatans. He comes with scientific instruments, he knows what they can measure and he speaks like a scientist. And that’s exactly what he brought to the Cielo House. I was present – in fact Barry enlisted me to stand near the staircase while he took some photographs – when the photos were developed I was surrounded by strange transparent oval spheres – oddities that appeared on several other photos. I helped squire around some TV crews and they were able to pick up some strange audio (maybe it was just plain old mumbling, but it was attention getting). And I participated in a seance, which didn’t produce anything, but was pretty cool. But, just being part of the investigation was a thrill and I have learned to really respect what Barry has done in his life. He has been a sane voice in an insane world – a voice that may eventually prove the existence of another dimension.

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    • Thank you very much Steve for your compliments and kind words of support and respect. In these days where fraudulent paranormal reality shows rule our television with massive misinformation, the science of parapsychology has literally become obsolete term the media. Neither or us had any idea whatsoever as to what a real scientific investigation of this property would reveal, and reveal a lot it certainly did. Your bringing me into this case helped the entire field of parapsychology obtain some dearly needed clarity and resolution to more than one hundred years of psychical research. I’m sure we’ll still be taking about this incredible case for many decades to come. Once again, I am very appreciative of your comments here.

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  5. You don’t have to be prone to epileptic seizures to be sensitive to magnetic anomalies or EMF. I was tested for sensitivity to environmental EMF in Michael Persinger’s lab at Laurentian University and they determined that I was extremely sensitive. My case was published in the journal Neurocase:

    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13554794.2011.633532#.UgW1zKzYHz5

    I’m not epileptic. I don’t have seizures. But I have had issues with poltergeist activity. Bill Roll once suggested to me that instead of internal seizures, I was producing external RSPK. I’m not completely convinced that is the case, but it’s an interesting theory. I’m not sure if it pertains to you in any way, but I thought you might be interested.

    I enjoyed your article. I saw the SyFy show this week and wondered what the real story was. Thanks for telling it.

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    • You’re somewhat misinterpreting what I’m saying here Sandy. You’re mixing and matching different aspects of the same thing. Of course one can be hypersensitive to GMFs/EMFs, but not be seizure prone or epileptic. While almost poltergeist agents are either seizure prone or epileptic, they may never even have such an neurological event unless their threshold is exceeded and they’re then the RSPK event is triggered. Sometimes, it can be as simple as having a sleep disorder (that might require an anti-spasmodic medication), to trigger these events. However, most people who are plagued with these types of neurological problems are not, and will never be poltergeist agents, but most, if not all, of the PGA’s appear to have dormant or active neurological problems. By the way, I knew Dr. Roll for many years and his work is what help lead me in the direction I’m taking. He was a wonderful friend and colleague for many years. For a more detailed discussion of all this, you might want to read my book “Aliens Above, Ghosts Below: Explorations of the Unknown” or other of my blogs on this site. Thank you very much for commenting Sandy.

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  6. Nothing those clown shoes from Sci Fy do surprises me.

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    • That Psi Lie (SyFy) network, along with Pilgrim Studios and RAW Television should all have stakes driven through their vampire hearts to end their rein of misinformative garbage.

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  7. valere bilichka

    As a certified emergency room registered nurse- and paaranormal researcher/ I am researching safety in the field. This information on the physical symptoms greatly intrigues me. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Do you think mediums/poltergeist agents interact with unusual environments differently than most people do? The reason I ask is that often when I’ve visited historic locations unusual things occur that can be witnessed by others (so I know it isn’t just one of my experiences that is confined to my own unusual perception of the world). Things like unusual noises (bangs from walls, voices), lights going on and off, objects moving, etc…

    In a couple of cases, I didn’t know the history of the location and that similar things had occurred there in the past. Certainly, my presence isn’t required because those things have been reported by others in the past. But it makes me wonder if people like me facilitate these occurrences somehow because stuff happens when I’m around.

    RSPK usually makes sense in terms of my emotional state or desires. But some locations seem to have a mind of their own in terms of what occurs there. It doesn’t seem connected to me, but I often wonder if my being there “allows” things to happen.

    I miss Bill Roll. We talked quite a bit and corresponded as well, although I only got to meet him in person for those 3 days in Sudbury. He was a very nice man.

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    • Your theory on this matter is quite accurate Sandy, and is the cornerstone upon which much of my research is based. My book and many other blogs on my website discuss these exact matters you speak of here in the such RSPK events are indeed the result of a confluence between the localized environment and the PGA. Bill was a great guy and we all really miss him. I’m met him in 1970.

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      • So is there any way to stop the RSPK?

        I have had some success at home with redirecting the PK by playing with pinwheels in jars or Egely wheels. I don’t have anywhere near the amount of poltergeist activity at home that I used to so long as I take the time to practice controlled PK.

        That doesn’t seem to help me when we travel on vacation to historic places (which my husband loves doing). Last year we stayed at a quaint historic hotel that had wailing and sobbing noises coming out of thin air. It was so bad my husband contacted hotel security, but they couldn’t find the source of the noise. Similar sounds had been reported by others in that area of the hotel.

        I haven’t figured out a way to turn it off when a location does that sort of thing. I can’t just redirect the PK the way I do at home. It doesn’t seem to be my feelings/emotions driving the phenomenon in those cases.

        Is there a way turn it off?

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        • The only way to inhibit or possibly prevent one’s self from such environmental RSPK is to literally shield the environment or yourself with Mu-Metal or Giron, which prevents the geomagnetic/electromagnetic fields from affecting your body. As I discussed in this blog, while such an effort is feasible, it is cost prohibitive in the extreme. While RSPK is not electromagnetic in terms of its operational mechanism, it definitely appears to be somewhat driven by EM forces that inductively couple with certain people’s bodies.

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          • Thanks. I guess I’m back to just doing what I can to avoid such places.

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  9. Yes, just as you read that the location discussed in this blog made me ill virtually every time I was there, along with about 2/3rds of those in attendance, you must do your best to avoid such neurologically activating locations.

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    • I’m curious, when you are in a location like that, if something anomalous does occur, do you then feel better? I typically feel better after RSPK occurs. Even if I’m embarrassed or upset that it happened, I usually feel physically better.

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  10. When I became ill each and every time I visited to Cielo Drive location, it had nothing to do with whether a psychokinetic event occurred or not. That location just made me sick as my body could not tolerate such a high amplitude geomagnetic field.

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  11. Thanks for the feedback and comment George.

    How is it that you’re aware of the paranormal situations in Benedict Canyon other than what’s been published in numerous books over the years.

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  12. DorothyFromKansas

    Michele Morgan, the French actress that commissioned the original house on Cielo to be built, was frightened of it as soon as it was completed and she moved in. She wondered how a house could be haunted by its future as it had no past.

    http://truthontatelabianca.com/threads/michele-morgan-on-living-at-cielo.5419/#post-84004

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    • That is actually quite common, as the space itself is what’s generally affected in many cases. We erroneously assume that it’s the four walls with a roof, but evidence indicates otherwise. But what makes all of this come to life is the inductive coupling between certain people and the geomagnetically unique environment. Thanks for commenting.

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  13. DorothyFromKansas

    From above: ” And to the south were found the remains of American Indians who’d been ambushed and killed.

    Could you provide background on the Indian burial grounds in the area? I’ve heard of this but have read no definitive information and cannot find any on the internet. Thanks.

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    • As this wasn’t part of what the work I did, I suggest that contact the owner/tenant of the house, David Oman.

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