ABSTRACT: The Ghost Box is a widely used device for paranormal investigating. We question the level of objectivity by those using this device. Respondents were sent a one minute recording from a Shack Hack Ghost Box and asked to respond to a questionnaire. We analyzed the results and explored the workings of these devices. The findings tell us that the interpretation of results by those who use this tool is very biased and subjective. The results collected in the field should not be put forth as evidence of paranormal activity.
As a modern and portable version of the Frank’s Box by Frank Sumption (developed in 2002 for spirit communication ), the Ghost Box (also known as a Spirit Box) has been the center of debate for many years among ghost hunters and paranormal investigators. It debuted in the market somewhere around 2006 through TV show exposure; several designs have been developed since. Basically it is a portable battery operated radio which has been altered to scan the spectrum of radio frequencies within the range capable of the unit’s specifications. Early versions were an easy “hack” and more recent versions have added features such as an adjustable sweep speed and built in recorder. All in all they all do the same thing it was originally designed for, receiving radio broadcasts.
We will be conducting a series of experiments and research projects covering many of the tools that the typical paranormal investigator relies on for results. Here we seek to test out the viability of the Ghost Box and report our interpretation of the findings. We believe that the level of bias in the interpretation of responses from the ghost box is high and subjective to the point that it cannot offer objective and useful data in an investigation.
For this experiment we created a survey to seek feedback from an actual recording made with a Ghost Box. The request for participants was published on social media asking for help with a ghost box study. No details were provided at the time. Ninety eight (98) respondents were sent a questionnaire (Figure 1) to seek feedback from a one minute long Ghost Box recording (Link: http://nyackparanormal.com/GB/QuesAM.mp3 ). These respondents were randomly separated into two groups based on order of response.
The recording was made using a “Shack Hack” (Radio Shack Digital AM/FM Pocket Radio Catalog # 12-469: Figure 2) connected to a digital voice recorder (RCA Model VR5320R-A). The audio file was transferred to PC and converted to MP3 to match the original raw file, no manipulation or noise reduction was used. A one minute segment was captured for this experiment.
Group A would hear the one minute recording and Group B would hear the same recording with an additional three seconds of audio at the beginning that included the question: “What is your occupation?” There was no other manipulation to the recording or difference between the two sample recordings.
FIGURE 1- Survey Form
Photo: M. Silverstein
Group A had 19 completed responses out of 49 (39%) and group B had 17 responses out of 49 (35%).
The results of the survey were compiled into a spreadsheet (see Appendix) with the perceived words mapped out to their time stamp along with the survey answers.
We found that there were consistent words and/or sounds across the respondents reporting results. Table 1 shows the words and/or sounds with two or more like responses located within 4 seconds of their timestamps.
TABLE 1- Words from multiple responses
Of all responders/36 Responders hearing words/18
1-4 sec will, we’ll, well, wheels (8/36=22%). 44%
4-5 voice, sports, porch (4/36=11%) 22%
20-22 problem, problems (9/36=25%) 50%
25 mom (2/36=6%) 12%
26-27 polka, OK, hey look (3/36=8%) 16%
35-37 cyst, sis or sit (10/36=28%} 56%
39-40 snow or no (5/36=14%) 28%
52-55 backward, Blackburn, actor (6/36=17%) 34%
56-59 What if, what is, when it, etc (8/36=22%) 44%
Of these responses we noted:
Group A- those noting a response (n=10): Mean 6.6 responses each were noted.
Group B- those noting a response (n=8): Mean 3.6 responses each were noted.
The mean number of responses from each group was run through a t-test  to see if the results are considered statistically significant. The average number of words heard for each group was put through the calculation (Table 2); Group A heard an average of almost twice as many words (174%) as Group B but the difference is not statistically significant solely because of the small sample size (as an exercise, we increased the total number of respondents yet kept the same ratio of words heard and the results were statistically significant).
Table 2- Statistical calculator based on the T-test at 0.05 Level of Significance. Testing for Statistical Significance in Controlled Experiments
Group A- # people reporting responses vs no responses
10 out of 19 53%
Group B- # people reporting responses vs no responses
9 out of 18 50%
We found this interesting that both groups are about even in value. These show the groups were well sorted by random distribution.
One participant deemed the Ghost Box as an effective tool for investigating=3%. 61% stated it is ineffective and 36% are undecided of the responses to this question (Table 3).
Table 3- Survey Responses
E/I/U= Effective, Ineffective, undecided
Group A E I U n= 19 (one (1) no response to this question) 18
1 10 7
Group B E I U n= 18 (three (3) with no response to this question) 15
0 10 5
Overall E I U n=37 (33 responses)
1 20 12
3% 61% 36%
Generally the use of the Ghost box in paranormal investigation is inherently subjective and the units are flawed in design.
We did see a trend that showed bias towards seeking a specific response based on the question asked of the “spirits.” The difference can be attributed to confirmation bias . Group B that was posed the question would have been specifically listening for a response that would fit the question. They may not report words that did not fit the suspected answer besides the most obvious. This coincides with our hypothesis but the sample size is too small to lend statistical significance to these findings.
Only one respondent stated the ghost box is considered an effective tool. 36% are undecided as to the effectiveness of the ghost box as a tool and the rest, more than half at 61%, stated it was ineffective. There seems to be little confidence in this sampling that any results of value can be obtained.
The divergence between some of the sets of sound-alike words is interesting to note; it illustrates how responses may be open to interpretation. Table 5 shows the sets of words and phrases that were heard at the same time by multiple participants.
Apart from the contents of Table 5, and even more interesting, we were able to find four random words with no sound-alike words whatsoever. Three of these words were heard during the recording without the question (Group A); “Jennifer,” “recall,” and “key.” The fact that it was a name, Jennifer; a quasi-command, recall; and something mysterious, like a key; was interesting because it was as if their subconscious mind was trying to form something that might have meaning to the investigator or to the spirit, possibly out of nothing. One random word was heard during the recording with the question (Group B), “What is your occupation?”, the word “end,” which could be seen as pertaining to the state of one’s employment. Hearing the question resulted in a word that was possibly drawn from the imagination and not hearing the question caused the mind to grasp for words of meaning in general.
Additionally, in regards to all other responses, being influenced by the question could cause a word that sounds like “backwards” to sound like “actor.” Many more responses were heard in general when the ears of the participants were not specifically listening for the answer to a question.
Many words did come out clearly from the recording, likely a strong radio broadcast signal. Also, several were two syllables showing that even a quick scan allows many full words to be heard. We were curious as to how multiple words or phrases have been reported from the use of these instruments so we also tested what we call the frequency overlap, where a broadcast station is strong enough, and the receiver is of the level of quality, to pick up the same broadcast on the adjoining frequencies both lower and higher on the dial.
A manual scan one station at a time was done with the Shack Hack and the very popular P-SB7 (Table 4). For the Shack Hack it was noted that the FM station at 107.1 was also coming through rather clear at 106.9 and 107.3. Due to strict broadcasting regulations we can assume it is the nature of the radio tuner possibly coupled with atmospheric conditions that may cause this. The target frequencies were typically stronger than the cohorts. More stations with the same effect were found at approximately FM MHz: 90.5-90.7-90.9; 92.7-92.9; 94.1-94.3-94.5; 96.5-96.7-96.9; 97.1-97.3; 98.1-98.3-98.5; 99.5-99.7; 100.5-100.7-100.9; 106.3-106.5
With the P-SB7, there was no noticeable overlap along the AM dial, however, with FM, every station broadcast received overlapped with the frequency immediately before & after the designated frequency: 88.5, 89.3, 89.5, 89.7, 90.1, 90.5, 90.9, 91.7, 92.5, 93.3, 93.7, 94.1, 94.5, 95.7, 96.5, 96.9, 97.1, 97.5, 98.1, 98.9, 99.5, 100.3, 100.7, 101.1, 101.5, 102.1, 102.5, 102.9, 103.3, 103.9, 104.5, 105.3, 106.1, 106.9, 107.9
The stronger signals came in on either side of the target frequency almost as clear as the target frequency, easily allowing several syllables and multiple words to be heard at times, depending on the “Sweep Rate” setting.
Table 4- The description of the popular P-SB7
P-SB7 “ITC Research Device” (as printed on the device)
Eight buttons are provided on the front;
Sweep Rate – Allows the speed to which the device sweeps/scans through frequencies to be adjusted. Sweep rates of 100 ms to 350 ms are available for FM, and 200 ms to 500 ms are available for AM. Both adjust in 50 ms increments.
Back Light – Provides a blue backlight for the LCD screen.
Sweep FWD – Starts the device sweeping through frequencies from lowest to highest. Also allows user to cycle through frequencies manually.
Sweep REV – Starts the devices sweeping through frequencies from highest to lowest. Also allows user to cycle through frequencies manually. Vol. “+” – Increases volume (Level 30)
Vol. “-“ – Decreases volume
AM/FM – Switches device between receiving AM (KHz) and FM (MHz) frequencies. Available AM frequencies are between 530 KHz and 1710 KHz (119 frequencies). Available FM frequencies are between 76.0 MHz and 108.0 MHz (311 frequencies).
The frequency overlap effectively increases the exposure of any of these radio stations to the scan process.
We also tested this with an unmodified Radio Shack Multi-band Radio Catalog # 20-230. FM frequencies showed much of the same overlapping of frequencies: 90.5-90.7-90.9; 94.1-94.3-94.5; 96.5-96.7-96.9; 97.1-97.3; 98.1-98.3-98.5; 106.3-106.5, however, none of the AM band showed this characteristic, similar to the P-SB7. It does seem this is much a function of the quality of the tuner in the radio. The different models of the ghost box should be checked for these patterns. It seems the ‘cheaper’ radios may have less frequency accuracy. This would expose the Ghost Box listener to a much longer listen at broadcast frequencies increasing the chance of catching longer, clearer words or phrases.
Although using the AM band may mitigate frequency overlap typical of the FM band, AM broadcasts are generally more news and talk shows which increase the chances of catching a spoken word. Both bands have their disadvantages with little or no advantage over the other especially if the unit only provides single band access. These units should have a way to record the frequency at which these words are perceived so one can go back to those stations and review the context of their broadcast.
Coupled with the findings from the frequency overlap, the speed of the scan can make a difference in the interpretation of responses. The newest models of the Ghost Box claim the scan speed can be set to a faster rate than words can be formed or spoken.
According to our findings, the Shack Hack scans at 5 frequencies per second or 200ms (Figure 4) and two syllable words were easily understood. Either the word(s) spanned 200ms (1/5 of a second) or it spanned two or more adjoining frequencies (up to 600ms or more).
Figure 4- Audio file showing peaks designating the scan rate for the Shack Hack
From Scientific American- “When we speak rapidly we are verbalizing at about six syllables per second. That hyperactive radio announcer spewing fine print at the end of a commercial jabbers at 10 syllables per second, the absolute limit of comprehension for sighted people.” Blind people have been found in the same study to be able to comprehend up to 19 syllables/second.
From Wiki: Speakers vary their speed of speaking according to contextual and physical factors. A typical speaking rate for English is 4 syllables per second, but in different emotional or social contexts the rate may vary, one study reporting a range between 3.3 and 5.9 syl/sec, Another study found significant differences in speaking rate between story-telling and taking part in an interview.
These studies and measures show there is a strong possibility and supporting evidence that single and multiple syllables could be heard from the scanning process. Even the faster scanning units available (down to 50ms) can capture discernible syllables and with frequency overlap, coincidence of context to neighboring broadcasts and a biased ear, words and phrases will be heard. Those investigators claiming longer sentences or phrases must scrutinize the source of their findings in great detail.
We have also heard many investigators state that there are little or no radio signals in the area they are investigating so any response from the ghost box must be a spirit. In most cases the investigation takes place at night. AM frequencies travel much greater distances due to the bouncing off of the ionosphere in the evening and night time hours. This has led to stricter standards for radio broadcasters with powerful transmitters to reduce power during these hours. There are still distant signals that travel farther during the high point of use for the ghost box.  FM signals are effectively stronger and lower to the ground and carry better through buildings. Due to the nature of the wave it holds up much better than AM against noise and interference making words come through more clearly. As an unscientific attempt to see how strong radio signals are at night, we placed the ghost box inside a totally stainless steel dishwasher in an attempt to reduce the reception on the radio but we still picked up most stations with little or no reduction in reception quality.
Although a larger sampling of participants would strengthen the support of our hypothesis, we conclude there is enough information to state the Ghost Box is not a proper research tool for paranormal investigating due to the strong bias involved in the use and interpretation of the responses in the field. The intended use of the Ghost Box lends little or no control over the many inherent variables and it solely relies on subjective opinions as to what results are considered valid. The units are flawed in the sense that it will generate syllables by default which guarantees a user with belief in the device will interpret it as a spirit response. We do not present this research to suggest to people what to believe in, we merely support the facts and evidence that perceived results from the ghost box should remain a personal experience and should not be presented as supporting evidence of paranormal activity nor be included in any scientific methodology. Those presenting evidence based on Ghost Box recordings will bear the burden of proof that their findings support their beliefs.
When it comes to poltergeist agents, they come in all shapes, sizes, genders and colors. Some are tall, some short, some thin, some not-so-thin, some young, some not so young, some male and some female, although females appear to be far more common than males. But generally speaking, it’s indeed a rare day when they come from parents who were celebrities in their respective fields of work. Especially from parents who went to great lengths not to disclose the existence of their newborn daughter. Parent’s whose lives would have been forever tainted and tarnished by the birth of an illegitimate child with paranormal proclivities, as they were married, but not to each other. The scandal over this would have been horrendous for sure. It is with this backdrop, that I describe the following case.
The case I am about to discuss, has never been made public before, not in my book, anywhere else on this site, nor in any of my lectures, as there were way too many problematic elements associated with it. Until recently, I felt somewhat compelled not to discuss any details of this case for fear of legal repercussions against the woman who is the focus this article and myself .
But as the woman of which I speak has now very likely passed away (more on this later), as have her biological and adoptive parents long ago, some of those concerns are less threatening than they once were. Yet I still cannot fully divulge who her biological parents were, as they were part of the upper social strata within modern 20th century America that wouldn’t care to be linked the paranormal in any way whatsoever, where the mother was a famous actress within the industry, and the father was associated with one of the best known financial and political families on earth. Needless to say, they discreetly put their little baby girl up for adoption more than sixty-seven years ago.
This case began in early February of 1976 when a girl named Susan called the old UCLA parapsychology lab in search of answers to the ongoing psychokinetic maelstroms in her home. If memory serves me correct after almost four decades, it was Dr. Thelma Moss who actually took the call, as Susan called very late in the afternoon or early evening, after I had left for the day. It wasn’t until the next morning that I found the note left for me by the phone that Susan had called, not having any idea of who Susan was in terms of my past.
At that time, Susan lived with two other girls in a quaint, little, three bedroom house in the North Hollywood region of the San Fernando Valley here in Southern California. Upon meeting Susan, the diminutive blond looked very familiar to me, but I couldn’t quite place her. The reason she looked so familiar was that she grew up near my cousins in West Los Angeles, and they kept trying to set us up on dates, which never occurred. Susan was way too weird and mousey, even for me. But Susan instantly recognized me, and I was really amazed to see what she grew into.
The passing of time was very good to Susan in most ways, as the more mature woman was far more attractive than the scrawny 16 year-old I knew way back when; a stunning green-eyed blond, who was attractive even if you weren’t attracted to blonds, like myself. During that new encounter of thirty-nine years ago, I learned that Susan had become quite the histrionic hypochondriac, having little or no emotional coping mechanism, where the smallest amount of emotional or physical stress knocked her off her feet and into bed, where she complained of various ills that were anything but somatic. Moreover, she used her morbid depression to manipulate others into getting her way.
But far and away, the most relevant piece of the puzzle here was that Susan had been diagnosed to suffer from temporal lobe epilepsy, which she learned of while still a teenager, and was therefore unable to hold a California driver’s license. Wow, like what else is new? Back in those days of forty years past, no one in their right mind even suggested that there was a causal link between one’s neurophysiology/electro-chemistry and poltergeist activity, while today it appears to be the most common somatic correlate to RSPK.
But even given all of this, there was something really off about her, something that made me keep my distance, knowing full well that her bizarre psyche and personality might raise up its ugly head to create even greater chaos than she was already in. What immediately follows is a small example of what I’m referring to.
Even when very young, Susan really believed that she was a cauldron stirring, broom-riding witch, who could cast spells and curses through incantations on those who did her wrong, conjure love potions for those she found to be emotionally appealing, or to summon the minions of the devil himself to help her seek revenge. The only craft she learned over time, was the one that started with name “witch”, if you get my drift. To me, even as a teenager, such bizarre rituals were better left to Roger Corman horror movies than in my reality. To me, Susan was indeed “a couple fries short of a happy meal”.
So when Susan reminded me of who she was, I was not totally shocked to learn that she had already been twice married and divorced by the time she was 28 years old. But given that I knew how unusual she was, that didn’t come as any real surprise to me. But what I didn’t expect was how Susan transitioned from heterosexual orientation to homosexual, where only women now caught and held her eye, heart and mind.
The result of all this was the three women living in a love stew if you will, where they shunned men in favor of each other, but there was a strong sense of competition between the other women for Susan’s attention, as she stood out like a sore thumb around the taller, slightly older and darker-haired women.
There were strong feelings of envy here, as Susan was far more attractive in every way than the other women living with her were. They weren’t ugly in any sense of the word, but compared to Susan’s level of beauty, they were anything but eye-catching. Making her even more appealing to them was the fact that Susan had never been medically diagnosed as having any serious psychiatric disorder (other than being a histrionic hypochondriac, or what would be labeled today as Histrionic Personality Disorder [HPD]), but she wasn’t formally diagnosed with such, it was in plain sight for everyone to see), while the other two had. In fact, one of them was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and they both had what’s now referred to as Intermittent Explosive Disorder. Although Susan knew that she was epileptic, we did not know if she informed her roommates of her disability, and even if she had done so, we never questioned anyone regarding such matters so long ago.
But making matters even more problematic is that the other two women living with Susan had to be regularly medicated and tranquilized, as they’d both been diagnosed as bipolar, once called manic-depression, and without such medication, they turned extremely irritable and violent. I dared not even ask how Susan came to meet and hook up with these most unusual ladies, who had also claimed to have had long histories of paranormal encounters similar to what was currently going on around them, while Susan had precognitive and clairvoyant experiences with occasional RSPK outbreaks. But as the other two women were far less open to questions about their past than Susan was, there isn’t much more detail to add about them here.
The reason Susan had called the lab was because of the growing number of poltergeist type events transpiring around her and her two lovers. Everything from blood dripping from the shower head in Susan’s bathroom and the fireplace in the living room, soap being thrown at the other two girls, books repeatedly and singularly flying off shelves, shoes being thrown at them, feeling as if someone was patting on their buttocks, crotch and breasts, to Susan’s guitar being violently torn from her grasp as she played it and then gently lowered onto the floor. Doors were opened and then violently slammed shut on their own, and various faucets in the house kept turning themselves on, along with toilets flushing themselves, disembodied footsteps and the sound of keys jangling together. There were also numerous occasions where strange, luminous fogs that were visually observed and actually photographed (unfortunately, these photos cannot be displayed here for fear of placing the two other women in jeopardy). Yet all of this is really quite common as far as poltergeist outbreaks were concerned.
And as it turned out, according to Susan, the last owner/tenant, also a female, had experienced similar phenomena while living there for seven years. If there only had been the small, portable instruments that we use today, as I’d be willing to bet there was either geomagnetic or electromagnetic anomalies associated with that property that triggered such recurring psychokinetic events. But unfortunately, they wouldn’t exist for several more decades.
For the most part, these events generally seemed to be centered around Susan, though the other girls were clearly having their own encounters as
well. These events became so common that they were accepted as normal, except when they took on visual luminous anomalies that appeared in numerous photos taken within the house. At the entrance to the hallway connecting the bedrooms a glowing mist was seen, a large, luminous “claw” in front of where Susan and one her roommates were opening Christmas presents, to a horrific photonic noose that appeared over the head of one of the others girls while she opened her Christmas present, it just kept occurring.
The photo at left is the only known remaining photo of Susan (no enhancement as been done on this image as of yet). Take note of the luminous anomaly in front of her as she was opening her Christmas gifts. These most interesting images were not seen, only photographed by a 35 mm. camera.
Given all the attention Susan was now getting from me and my colleagues, the other two women felt that they were ignored and left out of everything, especially when Susan and I finally became closer friends. Predictably, this served to demonstrably change the nature of the psychokinetic events.
Susan began attending my psi development group at UCLA (see “Learned Psi: Training To Be Psychic”, elsewhere on this site), but as she felt very uncomfortable within the sensory deprived environment of it, she only participated once or two twice. Susan also accompanied me to several other investigations (Holly Mont case, elsewhere on this site as “The Holly Mont Haunting: As Good As It Gets”) and lectures I gave during that period. In fact, it was Susan who arranged for me to speak before a group of professional group known as California’sAssociation of Licensed Investigators (CALI) (private investigators, P.I’s., not paranormal investigators)in Beverly Hills, as she knew the founder of the organization. The reason I was asked to speak before them was that Susan told the head of group about the work we had done for various law enforcement agencies over the years looking for missing people and attempting to assist law enforcement in solving open cases.
While it certainly was interesting getting to know Susan in a way I never really did when younger, our spending so much time together started irritating the two woman she lived with, as they became jealous. In fact, there was a feeble attempt where it appeared as if Susan wanted to start a real relationship with me, but the ongoing sexual tension within her home was far too great for her to endure, as was her smoking for me. She had been in poor health most of her young life and yet smoked about 3-4 packs of cigarettes a day to boot. I repeatedly told her that I do not allow smoking in my car, nor would I even date a woman who smoked at all, as I didn’t want that noxious odor anywhere near me. I also told Susan that I sensed that she had an enlarged heart, and that smoking was perhaps one of the worst things could do to her body. Susan didn’t seem to believe me or care one way or the other.
The two women living with Susan were becoming more and more uncomfortable at the notion of Susan and I doing anything together, even talking on the phone. As these emotions built to a critical level, the psychodynamics within the house totally changed in the most negative of ways. The RSPK events seemed to be now focused only on Susan, but now started taking on a belligerent tone, where her guitar was not only pulled from her grip as it was before, but it now hit the wall with such force that it was shattered in many pieces, and Susan began feeling something painfully scratching her breasts, butt and crotch areas, while flying shoes were now actually striking her as opposed to just being observed from a distance. The motives behind this change were somewhat obvious, albeit at an subconscious level, and the tensions grew within their home.
During a séance at Susan’s home around this time, some really incredible events occurred. So strange were they, that even today, I cannot even guess as to how they occurred and what they might have represented.
The first thing was that Susan dropped off into a trance of sorts where her diminutive body starting doing things that didn’t make any sense, not in the mid-1970’s, or now. One of her hands became so hot that it actually felt like fire when touched. At the same time, her other hand became so cold, that it too burned, as if made of dry ice, but a burn related to extreme cold versus heat. What the hell was this?
But wait, there’s more.
As if her body simultaneously demonstrating extremely exothermic and endothermic reactions wasn’t sufficient, came the next level of high strangeness. Still deep in a trance, water began flowing out of Susan’s nostrils like a high pressure hose was attached to her ears and mouth. We collected samples of this biological water and it proved to be anything but normal. In fact, it proved to be pure water, not saline, but fresh water.
Now the problem with this occurrence is that fresh water does not exist within the human body, only saline.
So where did the water come from?
We may never know.
Then one of the other girl’s dropped into a trance of sorts where she began screaming at the top of her lungs in a non-existent language, that no one’s ever heard before. So was this more evidence that this other woman was also severely disturbed or was she simply attempting to distract our attention away from Susan? As she quite stoic otherwise and refrained from responding to our questions when she came out of it, we’ll never know.
Not long thereafter, Susan and her romantic roommates split up and went their separate ways, where their whereabouts were unknown to me.
Another ten years passed before I again heard from Susan, where she had already been married two more times, divorced once more, and heading in that direction with her new husband as well. But most importantly for Susan, the poltergeist activity ceased once she and her roommates each went in their own directions.
More years passed and Susan get divorced again, and was then with a new man who would soon become her next husband, which I predicted, even to where they would end up living out-of-state. After that, there was a very long silence, where Susan once again vanished in the outer realms of reality.
There is then a news blackout from her until the spring of 2008, where Susan again contacted me to inform me saying she had gotten divorced again and was now living in northern California with another friend, but a male one, not a female one, but it as all platonic. At this point, who cares.
I also learned that my diagnosis of her long ago was very accurate, as her enlarged heart starting failing to the point to where she required a bi-ventricular pacemaker and valve replacement due to the abuse that heavy smoking took upon her small and delicate frame.
This was just after the time when Susan finally discovered who her biological parents were as her real father tracked her down and brought all the legal proof needed to demonstrated who he was and who Susan’s famous mother was, but she had died many years earlier. She also wondered if this was why she could never stay with one man for a very long time, as her mother was exactly the same. Who knows?
Susan was in total shock, even though she knew she was adopted, she had no idea as to who gave birth to her and why her parents went to such great lengths to cover it up.
Susan did her own due diligence and was able to verify and confirm everything her father had told her.
Then Susan abruptly moved again, but to god knows where this time, with no forwarding address or phone number, and given how psychosomatic Susan was even before her health really turned south, the stress associated with this last move might have finished her.
Now what makes this case unique, is the rather extraordinary heritage Susan had, which if fully revealed, would send shock waves through certain aristocratic parts of our western culture, which makes one wonder if there is a genetic predisposition to any of these occurrences. And as the other two women had prior, solitary RSPK incidents in their lives before living with Susan, we must consider the possibility that this whole matter was the result of a confluence occurring in the right place at the right time, where all three of these young ladies were responsible for what occurred some forty years ago.
Had we only had the high-end, portable, EMF sensors we current use and armed with knowing what questions to ask regarding neurophysiological health aspects, this case might have made history in many ways.
Excerpted from “Aliens Above, Ghosts Below: Explorations of the Unknown”
In late November of 1986, before I learned to turn my telephone’s ringers off and my answering machine on with its volume control turned all the way down when I went to sleep every night, I was blown out of a deep sleep when the phone rang at 2:30 a.m. On the other end of the line, I heard two women, apparently hysterical, screaming something about a direct confrontation with what sounds like extraterrestrial humanoids. After they calmed down we agreed to meet that afternoon.
Teri (not her real name), a 20-year old UCLA student, lived at home with her parents in the elegant Bel-Air sector of West Los Angeles. The story they told to me began when Teri awoke from what she assumed was a dream, where she had been within a metallic-walled room with small, humanoid creatures that were examining her with various instruments, including intravenous needles placed in both of her arms. As she reached full waking consciousness and opened her eyes, she saw small, humanoid creatures standing on either side of her, withdrawing needles from her arms.
The young woman began screaming at the top of her lungs, which caused her dog to run into the room where it encountered the two humanoids. The dog growled as it started to approach one of the creatures, who, suddenly thrust his four-fingered hand out toward him. The dog whimpered back in fear and ran from the room howling. Every time Teri screamed, the other humanoid would place its hand over her forehead, attempting to tranquilizing her. By this time, Teri’s mother overheard the commotion.
Upon entering her daughter’s bedroom, the mother also witnessed the creatures. Both Teri and her mother described the two humanoids as approximately 4 feet tall, with reptilian textured greyish skin and heads massively disproportional to their bodies. Deeply set within their hairless heads were large, almond-shaped black eyes, angled upwards.
The mother immediately began screaming in fear, which caused the two humanoids to jump back as if startled and touch a circulating hemisphere of light attached to what appeared to be belts on some kind of uniform they were wearing. They then allegedly lit up in a flash of bright light and literally “blinked out.”
Trying to recover from what they had just experienced, Teri’s mother tried turning the bedroom lights on. They then noticed that the power in the house was out. Simultaneously, they noticed what appeared to be a large, reddish-orange ovoid object through the picture window in the bedroom. It was silently hovering up above the edge of the house, causing it to vibrate in resonance. They watched the strange craft as it slowly departed.
Needless to say, the mother and daughter were terrified and confused by the whole experience. Once calmed, however, the mother attempted to rationalize the event as a possible practical joke played on her daughter by one of her many friends. I casually asked the mother if any of her daughter’s friends resembled the entities she observed or knew how to vanish in a flash of light.
After careful thought she answered, “no,” but that did not rule out the possibility in her mind! Whatever the origin of the event, both women were prescribed mild tranquilizers by their physician to overcome their anxiety.
During the next ten days, other strange events transpired. Furniture began moving around the house by itself, the front doorbell would ring incessantly at 3 a.m., even after it was electrically disconnected. After more than a week of this poltergeist-type activity, Teri awoke early in the morning to see the humanoids back in her bedroom.
However, on this occasion they had no apparent interest in her, but instead were carefully examining her books, furnishings and the pet snake she kept in a large glass cage in her bedroom. The creatures displayed particular fascination with the reptile. Perhaps they thought it was a distant relative?
Finally gaining her senses, Teri began screaming. Her mother and father–he had been out of town at the time of the first encounter—came running into the bedroom. Both terrified parents observed the two diminutive humanoids. The father yelled out while the mother began screaming, and the entities responded as they had before–by touching the center of their belts and disappearing in a flash of light.
The parents thought that this “joke” had gone far enough. Neither would accept the possibility that what they saw and experienced really was what it appeared to be. They took their badly traumatized daughter to a psychiatrist, who automatically assumed that the whole affair was nothing more than a shared hallucination that time and therapy (with the proper compensation, of course) would easily resolve.
This abrupt, but all too predictable psychiatric evaluation did not resolve the fact that Teri did, in fact, have bruises and wounds indicative of a crude physical examination by someone not totally familiar with human anatomy and physiology, or else just plain crude.
With no evidence of drug usage, Teri was scarred with inexplicable puncture marks. After the first encounter, she had bled from her uterus, and yet was not menstruating at the time. Since these events, which took place in late 1986 and early 1987, Teri has packed all her belongings, closed her bank accounts, shut off her phone and left, leaving no notice of her destination. Although there is no evidence of foul play, she has not been heard from since. As her parents did not in any way cooperate in any follow-up with this author, her condition or location remains unknown.
It’s cheesy, and certainly doesn’t speak to the man’s work, but take the three original Ghostbusters. Imagine the pithy sarcasm of Peter Venkman, the uncompromising shrewdness of Egon Spengler, top it with the zealous, stocky stature of occult-buff Ray Stanz, and you can more or less paint a picture of parapsychologist Dr. Barry E. Taff.
If you’re not familiar with the man, maybe you’re familiar with the 1983 film The Entity starring Barbara Hershey, an eerie psychological horror where the female protagonist is repeatedly raped by some malevolent presence. If you’re not familiar with either, then you’re not clued in on the stranger side of poltergeist phenomena (yes, it gets much stranger).
If Los Angeles has any local legends, The Entity Case is definitely one of them.
During the summer of ‘74, Doris Bither (Carla Moran in the film) and her four children were being terrorized by unseen forces in their new, and rather shabby, home in Culver City, California. As research assistants at UCLA’s now-nonexistent Parapsychology Lab (I’ll get to that later), it was business as usual for Dr. Taff and his colleague Kerry Gaynor when they interviewed Doris at her home. She described some typical, ghostly disturbances since her family moved in, but it wasn’t long before she dropped a bombshell.
“I’ve been raped,” she told them. The men’s faces turned white. “There were three of them. Two held me down, and a big one attacked me.” It was at that point Dr. Taff and Gaynor referred Doris to a clinical psychologist on staff at UCLA and shortly after departed.
It was almost two weeks later that they agreed to return to Doris’ house… now there were witnesses. They arrived, this time met with the smell of rotting flesh, extreme drops in temperature (during a hot L.A. summer), and a frying pan that flew out of a cabinet and tossed itself across the kitchen floor.
What followed was a weeks-long investigation which peaked with the appearance of a full-fledge apparition. In front of Doris, Dr. Taff, and the two dozen research assistants and techies buzzing around the house, strange ‘corpuscular masses of light’ coalesced and formed into the upper torso of a large humanoid figure. It looked around at the room full of shocked onlookers before it vanished suddenly.
That was forty years ago. Though a landmark case, Doris Bither’s is only 1 in over 4,000 that Dr. Taff has personally investigated. With a Ph.D in Psychophysiology and a minor in Biomedical Engineering, his life’s work in the paranormal field has essentially led him to this: “There is no such thing as the paranormal,” he says flatly, “it’s a misnomer.”
Taff posits that we’ve been calling ‘paranormal’ is actually more normal than we may think. I’m not sure if that’s supposed to make you feel better, but, essentially, the problem could have less to do with dead people floating around, and more to do with the psychogenic nature of the human subconscious.
I mentioned the UCLA Parapsychology Lab earlier, Dr. Taff’s old stomping grounds. And no, it isn’t the subject of another horror film. Taff was mentored during a time when there was widespread interest in parapsychology. At UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI), now the Semel Institute, the lab operated from 1969-1978, headed by Dr. Thelma Moss. The lab functioned on two fronts:
Firstly, it facilitated ‘psi-training research groups’ in which average individuals were aided in developing their extra-sensory perception (ESP), recording the accuracy of nonlocal observation long before Remote Viewing became a household phrase. The lab’s psi results were uncanny, and to test subjects, startling. The success rates transcended the odds of mere coincidence. “It was intriguing, but also boring,” he recalls, “because it became easy to replicate.” In addition to being covered by The L.A. Times and local news, the experiments attracted the attention of the CIA, NSA, ONI, DLI, DIA, DARPA, the FBI, and even the CHP and LAPD, all of whom paid numerous visits to the lab, often in civilian clothing.
Though survival-after-death is yet to be proved or disproved, a compelling theory surfaced for Dr. Taff after thousands of investigations and decades of collected data. According to him, what we imagine as ‘ghosts’ is actually stemming from very real, and very alive people. Taff refers to these people as Poltergeist Agents, who unknowingly act as ‘biological waveguides’ when they enter a specific environment. I know, stay with me.
Essentially, Taff lists three variables that act together in concert to produce the physical manifestations of a good old-fashioned haunting: 1) The haunted site is located in an electromagnetically (EMF) anomalous environment 2) The poltergeist agent is usually prone to seizures or epileptic, and their biomagnetic field emits well over one million times the amplitude compared to the average person and 3) The poltergeist agent is neurologically wired in a way, usually an inability to cope with stress, that enables their nervous system to hyper-react to said environment and wreak paranormal havoc.
“Once these conditions are met, all bets are off,” Dr. Taff bluntly assures, “anything could occur.” So, if you’d like to, imagine all your deep-seated, psychological frustrations and anxieties literally coming to life, as it were, and going bump in the night…
There’s more. Poltergeist phenomena, according to Taff, can also behave like a virus, following the agent from house to house, infected the site, leaving it saturated with its residual energy for another potential agent to come along, move in, and pick it up. “The places and faces may change, but the phenomena does not.” And you thought Ebola was scary.
Such intrepid and rarely discussed theories are not unlike the theories of those like Jacques Vallee (The Invisible College), D. Rogo Scott (The Haunted Universe), and John Keel (TheMothmanProphecies). They all too, in their own way, came to the conclusion that there is an underlying connection between all the seemingly ‘separate’ aspects of the paranormal. Consciousness, it seems, plays a pivotal and cunning role.
But it’s a long road to the kind of scientific discovery Dr. Taff is after. There’s a big hindrance to the pursuit of understanding the paranormal: Being eclipsed by its perpetual mystification at the hands of charlatans and science fiction.
“As there are no academic credentials required for anyone to go out and investigate the paranormal,” Dr. Taff says, as matter-of-factly as any scientist could, “every new age groupie is out there looking for demons, emulating the garbage they’ve seen on cable TV paranormal shows. To fully comprehend the possibility that a living person’s subconscious mind can involuntarily generate such power as to manifest luminous anomalies, apparitions, and macroscopic psychokinetic events, is for me, far more compelling than if a discarnate intelligence was responsible.”
The ranting of an acerbic old man, or the long-due condemnation coming from a hardened researcher? While you decide, here’s Nick Kroll’s “GhostBouncers” for your viewing pleasure. http://youtu.be/2LBPoxMnfzc
Whatever the case may be, it certainly begs the question: Is pop culture, and its increasing saturation in the media, hindering the scientific pursuit of demystifying the paranormal?
Even horror films pre-slasher-80’s held a general air of sophistication in regards to research. Recall the 1973 Roddy McDowall classic Legend of Hell House, based on the book by the late Richard Matheson, in which the rational physicist played by Clive Revill asserts that the Hell House hauntings are merely the result of unfocused electromagnetic energy, and nothing that suggests survival after death; a theory that is tested to untimely ends.
Jump forward to The Innkeepers, a 2010 indie darling written and directed by Ti West. The frumpy male character Luke, played by Pat Healy, is nothing more than an amateur (and, spoiler alert: phoney) ghost hunter hoping to get hits on his blog and score points with Claire, played by Sara Paxton, also a mere ghost hunting enthusiast. Nothing in the story comes to revelation, as it turns out creepy ghost brides are simply creepy ghost brides. Or how about the anti-climactic reveal in 2013’s The Conjuring, when it turns out creepy, satanic ghost witches are simply creepy, satanic ghost witches?
Not that anyone’s putting recent film-making efforts down, but it’s the culture itself that may have an impairment—pigeon-holing investigations as ‘ghost hunts’ and reducing its aims to nothing beyond a reality TV market in a culture that continues to shout, “Show me the money (not so much the data)!”
It becomes a catch-22—without the funding and research, it becomes difficult to properly differentiate between what’s parapsychological and what’s psychotic. Suffice to say Taff received a bit of backlash from the paranormal community, and was put down for what was construed as an attack on the mentally ill.
Although blunt, even curt, his conclusions and ongoing theories are made clear, steered by observational data. In our rational and mechanistic culture of the West, Dr. Taff is a lone voice in bringing a scientific framework to a phenomenon we have credulous language for, if any language at all—scrubbed from the pages of Wikipedia, purged from the annals of academia.
For the first time in his lengthy career, he published a book chronicling his case studies. Aliens Above, Ghosts Below: Explorations of the Unknown (Cosmic Pantheon Press) is a healthy mix of spine-tingling chills, dry analysis, and rather candid personal insight. There’s a lot to geek out to, everything from haunted houses to alien abduction to warp drives to alternative means of energy. There’s almost too much to consider. What you’re getting is the vanguard of rationale for strange albeit everyday phenomena that continues to dazzle the public, and frustrate mainstream science.
A remake of TheEntity has been in the works for quite some time now (director Hideo Nakata was attached at one point), which would resemble more closely the events of the actual case. The 1983 version was based on the novel by Frank De Felitta, who was present during the investigation. If you’ve read this far, I imagine your interest is piqued. So, for your eerie pleasure, I’ve included segments of a phone interview I had with Dr. Taff this past Day of the Dead:
It’s been a long time since ‘The Entity’, a film that continues terrifying its audience. Do you think the remake can have the same effect, or are its aims completely different?
I personally didn’t like the film. The director rewrote a lot of it, and it was lambasted in the press. I remember Barbara Hershey pleaded with the production company to be in the movie, as did Ron Silver, but they hated it after it was torn apart in the media. If [the remake] was made today, and was the same thing as it was then, it might be a little hokey. But if it’s more serious and follows what really transpired, it could be more frightening. A lot of it simply depends on who’s writing, directing, and acting in it.
In the field, you’ve witnessed objects, even people, being tossed across rooms by unseen forces. If restless dead people aren’t the culprit, what then is at work here?
I don’t, for one second, believe this is the work of dead people throwing living people around. The evidence and collected data suggests these effects are the result of what’s called Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis (RSPK).
There’s two types of psychokinesis (moving physical objects around without physical means). There’s microscopic, which works on very small scales, things like affecting random number generators, random event generators, and moving subatomic particles around. It’s usually electrostatic-based, fatigue in the individual is shown, as it’s done on a conscious level. And then there’s macroscopic, what we call ‘poltergeist,’ and that’s a whole different ball of wax. We’re talking about the ability of moving very massive objects, hundreds of pounds easily. It’s done on a subconscious level, as there is no fatigue seen in the person at the core of it. Like the microscopic type, it’s believed that the phenomena are generated by a living human agency.
So, it’s our subconscious minds, then, that have the ability to hurl household objectsaround?
It’s more complicated than that. It seems to be that there are several overlapping variables at work. One is the location—either a geomagnetic or an electromagnetic anomaly site—where there’s some strong form of energy that we know of affecting the individual at the core of the phenomenon. The second variable is that the individual is usually seizure-prone or epileptic, sometimes without knowing it. Lastly, they also suffer from ineffective coping mechanisms and problems dealing with stress. If those three variables work in the right relationship with one another, you get phenomena.
The way the electromagnetic environment affects these people is stressful. It alters their body in some way. The mechanism is called ‘inductive resonance coupling’. So, even if you’re in the right environment and you’re seizure-prone or epileptic, if the field doesn’t resonate with yours…nothing happens. And that may be based more on your emotions than anything else. What’s also curious is that most seizure-prone or epileptic people are not poltergeist agents. It’s unilateral, not bilateral, and we don’t know what the missing variable is. This is why, with every case we approach, on top of everything else we do a medical background check of the individual and ask a lot of personal questions that, seemingly, have little to do with what’s going on.
If mainstream science pursued the understanding this phenomena, what kind of consequences would it have on the current paradigm?
My gut is telling me is that if we find out what this energy is, it could take us to the stars. This is energy that does work without heat! There’s only four forms of energy that we basically deal with: electromagnetism, strong and weak nuclear, and gravitational. Well, it can’t be gravitational because the mass is insufficient. It can’t be nuclear because the individual would be dead due to ionization long before any RSPK occurred. Is it electromagnetic? When you see a 215-pound man being picked up and thrown across a room, his clothing and everything else should burst into flame by the liberated heat of the force doing it. Second law of thermodynamics. But it doesn’t get hot, it gets cold! What are we being shown here? Call it Zero Point Energy, call it whatever you want, but whatever it is explains much, if not all, of the paranormal—from ESP all the way to OBE’s (out-of-body experiences) and NDE’s (near-death experiences). However, the way this energy couples to us is almost assuredly magnetic in nature. The problem is we can’t simulate these conditions and test it in a lab yet. For one, it would be very, very costly, and more importantly, it would also put the test subjects at risk—you might fry them.
A Wikipedia search for Remote Viewing tells us there is no credible scientific evidence that RV works, and that it failed to produce any useful intelligence information. What are your thoughts?
Well, I’m curious as to who wrote and posted the entry. Anyways, yes, there is an overwhelming amount of data, it’s been replicated thousands of times. We ran the research at UCLA long before there was work at SRI [Stanford Research Institute], and it ran until ’78 when the lab closed. After that, we went into offices in the Westwood area and ran it through 1987, and then everyone went in their own direction and that was that. It’s real. It’s demonstrable. It doesn’t work with everyone, if it did we would understand it. And even when it does work with a lot of people, we still don’t understand the mechanism. The reason our government didn’t do anything with remote viewing is because 1) they couldn’t weaponize it 2) they couldn’t profit from it and 3) they were skeptical of it because we couldn’t explain the mechanism, even though it worked. So, if you can’t kill anybody with it, and if you can’t explain it, then either it’s useless or it must be the Devil.
What do you think we can we do to reintroduce science into the paranormal?
First of all, get rid of the crap on television. One of the biggest negative factors dealing with this subject matter is, basically, all of these paranormal reality shows being fraudulent. In my opinion, they’ve set the field back at least three quarters of a century. The shows are all fake, everyone knows that. A lot of people don’t even care. There isn’t a legitimate paranormal reality show on TV because it can’t count on something happening, you have to makeithappen, and that means you’re faking it. But if you’re a producer, you’ve got to have a show, you can’t just have talking heads for forty-two minutes. It’s this kind of market that has attached a stigma to the paranormal. If you go into this field there’s a good chance, academically, you’ll never work. You won’t have a job. I can testify to that.
So your work in this field has alienated you from other professional endeavors? What sort of prejudice have you experienced?
For example, I do a lot of normal things, I have a company that develops a number of medical patents, not involving the paranormal. But since my name is in these [business] plans, potential investors have looked me up and instantly think I’m nuts because, well… “You’re doing all this crazy stuff.” See, if you’re already wealthy, or you’ve made a lot of money turning investments into big profits, then you’re “eccentric,” and they don’t care what you’re doing. But if you’re not financially lucrative, or successful doing anything with someone else’s money, then you’re “crazy.”
I confronted an investor about it recently. It was a big multinational electronics company, you’ve probably heard of them. They initially approved to develop three out of five of our patents. It went to the head of development, they thought our work was great, we’re given a green light. Okay, great. But then months go by, and we don’t hear from them. So, we send an inquiry. The head of the company gets back to us, and starts going off on how the patents are bullshit, the research is bullshit, and on and on. And we’re going, “What? Where did this come from?” So, I asked him, “Look, tell me the truth. Drop the bullshit, and just tell me the truth.” And after a long pause he says, “Okay, you want to know the truth? I looked you up and the minute I found out who are you and what you do, I threw it away. You’re crazy. No one’s giving you money, no one will ever give you money, they’ll think you’re crazy, and you are. End of story.” So, this has happened at least six to eight times that we know of, and it’s because of my background inparapsychology. Since then, we’ve changed a lot of our plans, omitted my name, we changed the name of the company, I don’t even know what it is anymore, nor do I want to know. I’m completely removed from it. So, getting into this professionally, you’ll eventually discover you can’t get a job. “Sorry, position’s already full.” That kind of thing. It’s looked at as a pseudoscience, it’s looked at as a fringe science. If you can’t make a lot of money with it, and if you can’t kill people with it, no one cares. It has no use in the western world. So that’s, you ’know, where things are.
It’s interesting that hauntings could be more of a mental health issue than, say, a spiritual one. If people find themselves in a ‘haunted’ home, what can they do about it (short of running to their favorite television network)?
Well, first of all, the probability of something literally harming people is the chance of you getting hit with a meteorite in the next five minutes. It’s not going to happen. And since most people don’t even want to read what the real research has indicated, it’s a dead end. Until we get to the point where we understand the mechanism behind these things, nothing will ever change. This kind of phenomena has been around forever. Our ancestors believed this stuff was the result of dead people floating around. Now we know different. I have a little over 4,500 cases in my file, and I’d say more than 99% have been poltergeists. Very few, if any, have been what we call ‘hauntings,’ and even those are suspect. You go where the data takes you. If you can’t replicate something in a laboratory under controlled conditions, like we can with remote viewing, you’re basically left with noticing patterns—longitudinal patterns—in the data you collect. And it’s there. It’s kind of a joke almost. As I always emphasize: the places and faces may change, but the events do not. So you see the same thing, over and over, over and over. And you keep getting the same stories, the same measurements, the same readings, and the same answers to all the medical and psychological background questions. So the question becomes: How many times do you have to be hit in the head with this stuff before you realize, “Oh my god, this is amazing?!”
In terms of having an interest in this subject matter, I’ve gotten the most useful information attending your lectures. How often do you speak publicly?
Well, in the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s I was lecturing a lot. But it’s very infrequently now. If I lecture a couple times a year, I’m amazed. The only thing I’ve done recently, funny enough, was film for a TV show, “Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks” on the Travel Channel.
So paranormal reality shows aren’t entirely off the table for you?
The only reason I agree to do certain shows is because they don’t ask me to lie about myself or the work. I’m not conducting any field research, but they are featuring a recent update from my Cielo Drive case in the Benedict Canyon area. We’ve got this incredible photo. The woman pictured was having a mini seizure, and directly next to her head is a strange, luminous anomaly that wasn’t seen by anyone present at the time. I think what we’re seeing here is the optical analog of what the energy is doing to her: the very potent geomagnetic field was literally cooking her brain, and she was convulsing because of it.
Wow, so that’ll be featured on ‘Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks’ on the Travel Channel?
What you’re about to read below is a detailed chronicle of this most extraordinary poltergeist case that affected the lives of the late Lisa McIntosh, Barry Conrad, myself and many others. While this chronicle is almost a blow-by-blow account of what happened, even more background detail can be found in chapter seven, “An Irreplaceable Loss: The Life and Death of A Poltergeist Agent”, of my book Aliens Above, Ghosts Below:ExplorationsOf The Unknown.
While the majority of these events transpired at Barry Conrad’s house in Glendale, CA, there were a number of events that occurred outside Conrad’s house as related to Lisa. But what’s most important to remember here is that Lisa claimed that as she was growing up, her parent’s moved from one haunted house to another, which is equivalent to winning the Power Ball Lottery at the billion dollar level five times in a row. For a greater understanding of how this type of case fits into the lengthy history of such phenomena, read other blogs on this site entitled “Looking A Gift Ghost In The Mouth: The Science of Poltergeists” and “Hazardous Hauntings: The Enemy Within”.
One last item of note here. Barry Conrad moved into his Glendale home in 1997, and there were no poltergeist incidents until Lisa McIntosh moved in during the early summer of 2001, and after she had accompanied Conrad and I out on a case in the evening of October 12, 2001.
10/13/01: 8:30-11A.M.: Lisa MacIntosh’s hair dryer turns itself on in upstairs bathroom.
10/15/01: 12-3 P.M.: Lisa on computer when it shuts down spontaneously.10/17/01: 7-8 P.M. Conrad & Lisa observe blinding blue-white flash of light from no apparent source, while in entrance way of house.
October? After 1 A.M. Conrad and Lisa were upstairs asleep when the explosive sounds of heavy furniture crashing came form downstairs. Conrad runs downstairs thinking his home entertainment center has been destroyed, but finds absolutely nothing to account for the sounds. Once upstairs and back in bed and almost asleep once again, the loud sound once again emanated from the first floor. Again Conrad runs down expecting the worse and finds nothing.
10/26/01: 1 A.M.: While Conrad’s out-of-town on a shoot. Lisa is up in the master bedroom and begins to feel pressure around her head. The dog (Bo) starts to jump up into bed as it usually does. In mid-jump, Bo hits “invisible” wall and is violently repelled backwards into wall beneath window by unseen force. Dog is momentarily stunned, shakes, moans, etc. Then starts visually tracking something unseen while growling/barking at “it”. Interestingly, Lisa was harboring strong negative emotions towards Bo who was frequently jumping into bed. In fact, Lisa had Conrad put the dog out every night after that due to her disgust at dog’s aggressive/territorial behavior.
11/01/01: 2:30 A.M.: As Conrad and Lisa are about to go to bed there is an extremely loud sound within the bedroom. The high decibel sound of cracking wood (perhaps high voltage discharge?) Event lasts maybe 3-4 seconds. The sound appears to be coming from right next to them. Lisa is terrified and starts to shake and cry. Interestingly, the dog dives under the bed as if to hide just prior to event, as if in anticipation.
11/05/01: 11:15 A.M.: Conrad & Lisa in bed. Lisa’s calf is repeatedly touched/tapped by invisible fingers. She jumps out of bed terrified.
11/28/01: 1 A.M. : Conrad hears very loud pounding coming from ceiling of living room (3-4 bangs) while watching TV (like that of very big sledge hammer being slammed into the bedroom floor). When he goes upstairs to investigate, Lisa is sound asleep and heard nothing.
11/28/01: 8 P.M. : Lisa observes can of empty dog food that Bo dragged into entrance hall move of its own accord across carpet.
12/02/01: 5:20 P.M.: While Lisa & Conrad are lying in bed in main bedroom, they hear something approach the door. Doorknob turns and door opens. This event was preceded by both Conrad & Lisa feeling the same pressure around their head, which gave Conrad a headache.
12/16/01: 10:45 P.M.: While Taff was sitting in one of the lounge chairs in living room with Lisa & Conrad watching Bob Schott’s videos, something unseen struck his chair twice.
12/17/01: Approx. 7:30 P.M.: Lisa puts Pyrex cooking pan into oven to cook herself some dinner as Conrad is not home. Before the oven is even warm, the Pyrex pan explodes in many shards within the oven.
12/17/01: 1 A.M.: Sounds of coins falling & hitting the nightstand in main bedroom are clearly heard by both Conrad & Lisa. No coins were found.
2/14/02: 7 P.M. (approx.): While at the bottom of stairs Conrad and dog heard what sounded like Lisa walking down stairs. They both looked up in response. However, Lisa was, in fact, in the bathroom preparing to leave and nowhere near the stairs.
2/16/02: No time indicated. Conrad & Lisa in his office discussing his mother’s untimely death and the lawsuit she and Don Gebhart launched against Conrad. Immediately after that conversation, the bar lamp over the computer started flickering, going out and coming on again. According to them, this has not occurred before.
2/18/02: 11 P.M.: Lisa heard disembodied voices “counting down” while upstairs in bedroom.
2/19/02: 10:30 A.M.: Lisa’s hair was pulled very hard while in bathroom.
2/19/02: 10 A.M. (approx.) Phones ring incessantly for about one hour, but no one is onr was calling.
2/23/02: 8 P.M. Best Buy Store in Burbank, CA. Conrad & Lisa at store scouring through DVD’s. Lisa is alone in aisle searching through DVDs. Suddenly, she feels a hand stroking her hair from behind. She abruptly turns expecting to see Conrad behind her pulling a prank. However, no one was in the aisle at all.
2/27/02: NOON: Conrad & Lisa in living room hear a disembodied female voice move across room in front of entertainment center while system is off. No DVD, VHS or TV is on. Voice appeared to move from left wall and exit through the glass wall where dog sleeps. Vocalization unintelligible.
3/16/02: 6:30 A.M.: Downstairs hallway door before bathroom, next to table, violently slams shut. No door or window open to the outside is open.
3/17/02: 10:20 A.M. Lisa & Conrad in kitchen when they both felt a cold wind blowing through the area although the doors & windows are closed & heat is on.
3/17/02: Time:? The sounds of pipes loudly clanging from main bedroom upstairs.
4/3/02: 10:30 A.M.: As Conrad walks by dresser in upstairs bedroom, Christmas lights strung over the back of the dresser suddenly and seemingly inexplicably, fall off to the ground. May have conventional explanation of vibrations caused by his movement and lights being too close to back of furniture.
4/3/02: 4:15 P.M.: Taff hears sounds of women in garbled conversation outside but nothing is discovered to account for it. Sense of overpressure throughout house felt by Taff.
4/18-19/02No time indicated. On the way to do interview with Kym Dumas in San Diego with Conrad and Lisa, an odd ringing sound began occurring in the van. While eating dinner at the Hungry Tiger Restaurant in Temecula, the same unusual ringing was continuously heard at our booth by us, by other patrons and the waitress. The ringing, always three successive rings, appeared to come from around Lisa, then next to me and then in the wall to my right in the booth. Must have rung at least a dozen times or more. It was clearly not Conrad’s cell phone or pager as they each make a very distinctive sound, which we were not hearing. Nothing unusual occurred while at Kym’s house.
We left Kym’s home at around 11:40 p.m.. During the 2.5 hr. ride back to Conrad’s house, the ringing began again. No discernable pattern or interval period could be determined in the ringing. Jokingly, Taff began taunting it and surprisingly it appeared to respond. Again the sets of three rings, and not from Conrad’s cell phone, pager or walkie-talkies, the sound emanated from the front dash area.
When Taff asked the ringing if it was not a random function of nature, it immediately rang in response. When Taff asked if it were the poltergeist attached to Lisa Macintosh, it immediately rang in response. When Taff asked if it were non-corporeal in nature, it immediately rang in response. The ringing also indicated that it was from the past?
As we approached Conrad’s house the frequency of ringing significantly diminished as did it’s seeming willingness to answer questions. The last ringing occurred at approximately 1:46 a.m. We pulled into Conrad’s driveway at approximately 2:04 a.m. Lisa’s fear response to the ringing increased steadily. Conrad became so upset the he lost control of the van at least three times.
However, as the ringing diminished in frequency, Lisa fell asleep, which given her heightened state of anxiety was very unusual, except for the fact that the hour was very late. Interesting side note here is that both Lisa & Conrad recalled that earlier that day (that morning to be specific), “something” turned off the ringer on Conrad’s downstairs phone. This is something that Conrad never does, nor does Lisa.
5/29/02: 11 A.M.: While Lisa was upstairs, she hears Conrad calling her. She yells down that she’ll be there in a second. However, when she comes downstairs she discovers that Conrad has been on the phone during that time and did not call her.
6/11/02: 3 P.M. (approx.) Conrad & Lisa hugging in garage when back door of house that opens into garage violently slams shut on its own accord without any wind.
7/12/02: Tippie Hedren’s photo in frame flies off table in dinning room and lands several feet away (4-6 ft.) by stone wall. Conrad, Lisa & Buster were not downstairs at the time. Occurred somewhere between midnight of prior day and 10 A.M. that morning.
7/27/02: 7 P.M.: Lisa hears what she believes is Conrad calling to her name as he comes home and rushes downstairs to meet him. He’s not there.
7/27/02: 8 P.M.: Lisa hears several knockings on the walls in the walk-in close adjacent to the upstairs bedroom.
8/07/02: 5 P.M. Lisa’s upstairs in office making copies of “California’s Most Haunted for Conrad. Suddenly, the computer which was on MS Word started generating its own text in the middle of the screen. The letters “cu” and “et” mysteriously appeared on their own without any prompting at the keyboard.
8/07/02 8:45 P.M.: While Lisa was taking a shower upstairs, the power suddenly went out in the house, requiring Lisa to find her way downstairs in the dark to the breakers to reset them. This power crashing has never happened before at Conrad’s house although there have been blackouts in the area affecting much more than just his home.
8/11/02: 3 A.M.: While Conrad is upstairs, unable to sleep, he is working in his office when he hears the sound of heavy footsteps coming up his staircase, which is followed by the distinct feeling of being watched while sitting at his desk.
8/30/02 9:15 P.M.: Lisa hears footsteps approaching upstairs bathroom and panics.
9/3/02: Late P.M.: While Conrad is upstairs in office he hears what he believes to be someone or something running around the house and the garage making a great deal of noise. When he investigates he find nothing. Earlier in the day, Conrad hears what he thinks is Lisa calling to him only to later realize that she did not.
11/4/02: 10:45 A.M. While Lisa is in upstairs bathroom combing her hair, the shower curtains begin to move as if blown by a strong wind. However, the window was not open and the heat was not on.
5/13/03: 5:45-6 A.M. Barry & Lisa are asleep in bed. They hear several loud knocks (pounds) apparently coming from the walls perhaps from outside the house. It abruptly wakes them up. Over an estimated five (5) minute period, they hear repeated volleys of three loud knocks coming form outside, perhaps above the bedroom. Barry gets up and knocks upon the wall attempting to get the knocks to respond. It does not respond.
5/26/03: Late evening, no specific time. Both Conrad & Lisa observe dark, amorphous image (apparition) in kitchen that resembles a distorted “M” at about 9:30 p.m.
11:30 P.M. Barry’s watching TV, Lisa is upstairs getting ready for bed when Conrad hears that sound of loud shattering glass from the kitchen area. Upon investigation, nothing is found to account for sound.
5/27/03: 9 A.M.: The blade out of Conrad’s razor mysteriously disappears. No explanation.
5/31/03: 9-10 A.M.: Hallway (by downstairs bathroom) cabinet door violently swings open with enough force to shake the house while Barry & Lisa were watching TV in living room.
7/28/03: 11 P.M.: Conrad & Lisa up in their office when “a warm hand” touches her right ribcage area and causes her to jump.
8/28/03: No time indicated. Out of the blue, Conrad tells Taff that he believes that Los Angeles will soon experience a major UFO flap or wave. Given that L.A. has never, to my knowledge, even had a minor such event, I pegged the likelihood as astronomical at best. However, days later what appears to be a UFO flap in Montebello and Monterey Park has apparently begun. KNBC News showed videos shot of glowing red plasmas surrounding 30+ ft. diameter saucers witnessed by many including the police. Whether this event is in any way related to the aforementioned events is unknown. But it is worth mentioning.
Just prior to this precognitive event, Conrad tells Lisa that he believes that his father will soon become very ill and perhaps die. Within less than five days, his father falls gravely ill due to kidney failure as a result of diabetes and eating lots of sugar. He’s found unconscious laying in his Ohio home with 107 degree fever by Conrad’s brother. Coincidence or another indication that Conrad is one hell of a psychic.
10/05/03 Approx. 6:30 A.M.: Picture of flowers over fireplace in main bedroom starts being producing sounds as if it’s being tapped by unseen hands. Then the dog “Buster”, violently reacts as if something either startled him or stepped on his foot. This woke Lisa up but not Conrad.
10/18/03, No time indicated, Knocking sounds are heard in upper bedroom by Lisa in early morning.
11/17-18 10 A.M.. Lisa clearly hears Conrad’s voice calling to her while she is upstairs, and mistakenly believes that he’s returned to pick up something he’s forgot. In reality, he’s not there at all.
1/24/04 5:40 P.M.. Lisa puts chicken into oven within a Pyrex glass pan that violently explodes when she opens the oven door after just five minutes of heating. Glass is intensely propelled out of the oven missing Lisa only because she was off to the side of the door rather than in front of it. This is the second such event, as the first one of this kind occurred on 12/17/01. Oddly though, the chicken itself barely moved given the fierceness of the glass’s explosion. Although the glass might have just blown out laterally beneath the chicken!
4/24/04: 7:55 P.M.: Buster awakens from his slumber in the downstairs bedroom and begins barking at the staircase. Backs up and continues barking while staring at the overhead light. Conrad goes up stairs and suddenly observes a bright blue flash of light outside in the direction of the neighbor’s house whose power immediately goes out. However, Conrad also notices that a framed picture of him that has originally on the bookshelf was now on the floor. He places it back on the bookshelf only to later find it again on the floor.
6/2/04: Approx. 11:50 P.M.: While Lisa & Conrad are watching TV in the main upstairs bedroom, something slams into the side of the door of the cabinet holding the TV making a loud crack startling them.
6/24/04: Approx. 6 A.M. While Conrad & Lisa were asleep in bed at Conrad’s father’s house in Ohio when the bedroom door begins to violently shake which lasts for about 6-10 seconds. When Barry goes into the basement in order to shower the power repeatedly short-circuits and blows out. Neither of these events has ever occurred at this house whether Barry was there or not.
7/5/04 1 A.M.: Morning after 4th of July barbecue. Paul Clemens, Conrad & Lisa at outdoor table talking when Conrad walks back into house and discovers that a large, heavy poster that had been leaning against the wall was now several feet away on the floor. After extinguishing the Tiki torches around the pool, Lisa discovered that one of them mysteriously reignited.
10/4/04 3 A.M. & 9 A.M. Both Conrad & Lisa hear a woman’s voice seemingly coming from the downstairs area. When they investigate, there’s no one there. This occurs more than once.
12/4/04: 10 P.M. While Conrad is walking up the staircase he hears something hit the wall and discovers that his manual toothbrush is lying beneath the stairwell next to the wall. Lisa’s diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma!
1/1/05 5:45 A.M.: Lisa & Conrad hear loud explosion as if something crashed to the floor. Investigation revealed nothing. Buster wouldn’t go downstairs.
7/19/05, Lisa,Conrad and Taff go to the Cielo Drive house, from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Lisa has an intense neurophysiological response to house. That night, Lisa has terrible dreams, feelings of nausea, vertigo, and general malaise. Within weeks it appears that Lisa begins to relapse. Conrad has odd sexual dreams and is irritable as was Taff. Neither Lisa, or Conrad, ever return to Cielo, and for good reason. (Read another blog on this site entitled, “Cielo Drive Convergence: The Ultimate Field Laboratory”, for more details on this.
9/26/05 12-Mid-night. Conrad & Lisa going to sleep. Loud rapping sounds are heard throughout the house, waking them up. Buster goes nuts thinking someone is at the door. It suddenly ceases. At approximately 3 A.M., there are loud sounds of footsteps coming up the stairs, Buster again goes wild. Lisa has been very sick last several days with symptoms suggesting that her Multiple Myeloma may be returning.
6/1/06 . No phenomena for some time now. Lisa has unfortunately relapsed for a third time, with severe weight loss, fatigue and numerous bodily tumors. She is about to begin radiation therapy.
7/16/06 Approximately 11 p.m. – Mid-night. A loud explosion is heard by Barry out where the pool is. Investigating the area for a possible source reveals nothing!
7/25/06Lisa dies at 1:50 a.m., which was immediately followed by a door opening on its own, patio/pool lights flickering on and off as well as several lamps turning themselves on in the bedrooms. Approximately one half-hour prior to Lisa’s passing, Buster (the dog) began to intensely bark at the bottom of the stairwell, looking upwards as if someone or something was physically there but unseen to the eye. Buster’s barking abruptly stopped when Lisa died.
7/29/06 1:50 a.m. While Conrad is talking with Natalie’s (Lisa’s daughter) boyfriend in the kitchen, an ice cube apports right into the space between them and falls to the floor, Barry is amazed and the boyfriend freaks out and immediately leaves. Later that morning, when Conrad goes into his office, all the tapes from the Kelly, KY segment of his new show are pushed up against the door blocking his entrance.
8/1/06. No time indicated. Strange, whistling sounds of wind in house by Conrad.
9/10/07, 4 A.M. While alone upstairs Conrad’s new girlfriend was awakened by the sound of someone breathing very. It appeared to be coming from the closet. Overcoming his fear and getting up to investigate, he finds nothing to explain the sound.
5/10/08 Barry and his new girlfriend are in bed when he hears the sound of footsteps emanating from the attic and/or roof. Oh no, not another attic! But then again, maybe the new squeeze should have ventured forth to determine that cause of the noises and she would be really hanged in the attic!
5/21/08: Around 7:50 P.M.. Barry comes home with Buster to discover his blender is on within the kitchen. The “on” button was depressed and he had not used the blender for quite some time. At around 8:10 p.m. Barry hears some odd sounds in his living room and goes to investigate. He observes a candle within its glass casing, which rests on top of one of the large speakers, rapidly accelerates vertically and slams into the ceiling where it bursts into many pieces. The pieces and shards fall to the floor.
10/21/08, Evening. Taff at Conrad’s house to do a shoot on The Entity case for a production company and TV in Spain. Fortunately, the new woman wasn’t present. It was only Barry, Buster and myself. Around 7:30 P.M. I’m in the living room watching Thriller DVD’s while the sounds of chaotic footsteps were clearly discernable from the master bedroom above. I told Barry about it and he said that he frequently hears such sounds. About an hour later, the footfalls were so pronounced that it became a significant distraction while watching TV.
I turned the DVD off and spoke aloud to whatever the source of the sounds were overhead, assuming that they were perhaps those of Lisa’s. I first announced my name to Lisa as if she were actually present. I next said that I would knock three times upon the end table to the side of the couch and requested that if it was Lisa McIntosh, she should reply with three loud knocks as opposed to the continuing footfalls. I knocked on the table three times, and almost instantly, the frenetic footfalls ceased to be rapidly replaced three, loud knocks from the ceiling above.
10/21/08 10:15 P.M. – 10:40 P.M. While driving home from Conrad’s while doing about 140 mph on the 2-South, the interior of my car lights up as though someone hid a flash or strobe under the front of my passenger seat. Color was pure white. Nearly jumped out of the car. There were no cars in front of me, beside me or behind me. There was absolutely no opposing traffic whatsoever. Quickly scanning my gauges showed no problem, nor was there any smell of something burning.
As I continued onto the transition to the 134-N at around 110 mph, there was a second, identical flash of light. I finally exited the 134-N at Forrest Lawn Drive and continued to Barham Drive and turned left onto Cahuenga/Highland Ave. Just before I reached the Hollywood Bowl, there was a third flash of light from the same direction in my car.
10/25/08 LATE EVENING, SPECIFIC TIME NOT KNOWN, Conrad’s eating dinner alone in the dining room when a portion of a curtain rod, a “finiel” went flying across the room from no apparent source.
5/14-15/09, Early in the morning Barry’s up walking towards kitchen when he hears a loud bang coming from the laundry room. He investigated and found nothing to explain it.
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
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 ofGeorge 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.
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 AdventuresAftershocks 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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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 Witnesstold 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?
It’s difficult trying to understand why certain types of paranormal activity occurs around some individuals, and yet not others. It’s even harder trying to make sense of the numerous types of psychokinetic displays put on during poltergeist outbreaks. At least it used to be.
It is my current belief that if one is willing to take the time and dig deep enough into such cases, looking into environmental variables, medical backgrounds of the individuals involved, psychological backgrounds, as well as the psychodynamics of the people affected, definitive patterns emerged which are absolutely fascinating.
Patterns which explain why specific types of psychokinetic events occur to certain people, while different ones happen to others. Patterns which strongly suggest that these supposedly random psychokinetic acts are nothing of the kind. In reality, evidence indicates they are carefully orchestrated deep within the consciousness of their generators or agents, a.k.a. poltergeist agents. While these events are notconsciously mediated, they are deliberate acts of the subconscious or unconscious acting out upon the immediate environment.
After forty-four years of work, a fascinating longitudinal pattern has emerged strongly suggesting what’s underlying the nature of most, if not all, poltergeists cases.
To put it very simply, WE ARE.
Unfortunately for reality television, there are no demons, entities or monsters, just the externalization of consciousness of everyday living people. Well, not everyday living people?
These special people are uniquely, neurologically wired so that their body is highly reactive to forces most of us simply ignore. The majority of the human population is highly insensitive to these energies, which is why certain types of paranormal activity is so rarely experienced. Of course, if you watch any of the fraudulent paranormal “un-reality” shows, you might think otherwise?
Out of the more than four thousand cases from my own files, there are many that clearly exemplify this theory, but I’ll focus on only three here. Two of the three cases are also the best known of my case files as they’ve received the greatest media attention. They are: The Entity case and the San Pedro case, while the third case is chapter seven “An Irreplaceable Loss: The Life and Death of a Poltergeist Agent” of my book Aliens Above, Ghosts Below: Explorations ofthe Unknown.
As most are somewhat familiar with The Entity and San Pedro cases, let me begin with the case that has received absolutely no publicity whatsoever, and that’s the one that affected the lives of Lisa McIntosh, Barry Conrad and myself from 2001 through July of 2006. This was the last chapter I added to my book before it was published, but not the final chapter.
What began as Lisa informing Conrad upon meeting him online that she moved from one haunted house to another while growing up, turned into the Mount Everest of poltergeist cases, that was very well chronicled due to the logging of events by Conrad and myself. What was thought to be just another fascinating RSPK outbreak, resulted in a very steep learning curve in terms of our understanding of the nature of this incredible phenomenon.
Lisa moved into Barry’s house from her home in North Carolina in early summer of 2001 and she accompanied us out on her first case in mid-October of that same year.
The case was a very minor one as well as being quite old and dormant. While our instruments detected rather high geomagnetic and electromagnetic fields, we did not encounter any phenomena at all. This is quite the norm in such investigations.
However, the very next day, poltergeist activity began transpiring around Lisa and Barry, and before it all ended some five years later, they had experienced many occurrences. Between mid-October 2001 and July of 2006, there were probably several thousand separate RSPK events, many were redundant, but nevertheless intense.
One of the more violent events occurred when Barry was away on a late shoot and Lisa was preparing for bed. As she was beginning to settle under the covers, Barry’s dog Beau, a gift from one of his many girlfriends, began to leap towards the bed to ensure her place next to Lisa. This dog was very territorial and possessive of her space that Lisa’s presence had now invaded.
Although Lisa had a great love of animals, this large, pesky canine was nothing more than a constant reminder of Barry’s last squeeze. Put simply, she absolutely despised that dog for that one simple reason. No great surprise?
In keeping with Beau’s territoriality, she leaped towards the bed not knowing that she was about to get a rude awakening as to just how potent some human minds really are.
Suddenly, something invisible to the eye, abruptly grabbed Beau in mid jump, momentarily suspending the animal in the air. This was immediately followed by Beau being violently flung backwards away from the bed, into the wall just below the windows in the bedroom. Had the dog’s trajectory been slightly just slightly higher, she would have flown out the second story bedroom window to her death below.
Lisa let out a very loud scream and was way too frightened to even move, as there had already been numerous poltergeist incidents in the house preceding this event. She tried calling Barry, but as he was working, his cell phone was turned off and could not be reached.
Beau was stunned into semi-consciousness from hitting the wall and laid there quietly for about ten seconds. Upon coming it her senses, Beau hunkered down and crawled very rapidly out of the room, never again to enter Barry’s main bedroom.
As shocking as this event was, it really made a great sense in that what we see here is a direct intervention on the part of Lisa’s subconscious mind, via psychokinesis, acting out within her new home (Conrad’s house), to protect her own territory. But wait, there’s much more to this fascinating young lady named Lisa.
Lisa’s health became somewhat problematic in that her whole body seemed to ache most of the time even though she was not even forty years old. But as she did not have any health insurance, she simply began consuming vast quantities of over-the-counter pain pills like Aleve, Tylenol, etc. Initially, this appeared to help, but she seemed to have a chronic, low grade fever and as she had an intense dislike of physicians, she initially did not even desire to be properly diagnosed.
Some months later, after numerous poltergeist events like doors violently opening and closing, disembodied voices, the sounds of large explosions, telephones incessantly ringing with no caller at the other end, fierce growling voices heard over the phone lines, and even luminous anomalies, the escalating events took a rather odd and ominous turn.
While Lisa and Barry were watching TV early one evening in his living room, they heard a disturbance in the kitchen. Both they and the dog got up to investigate unusual noise.
As they entered the dinning room on the way to the kitchen area they observed a really bizarre apparition before them. In fact, this apparition was so distinct and extraordinary that I wouldn’t have even believed it had it come from someone other than Barry and Lisa.
There before them was a gigantic, twisting, convoluted 3-D image of the letter “M”, in a dirty, dark brown/black shade of color. What the hell?
As Lisa and Barry stood there in utter amazement, this mind-boggling apparition continued its twisting motions, with no apparent sound, aside form that of the dog that was growling at it as it hunched down into an attack posture. Suddenly, the dog lets out a yelp, and runs away with it’s tail between it’s legs.
Then, just as suddenly as it appeared, it was gone. Barry and Lisa looked at each other wondering what they’ve just witnessed. They immediately called me to discuss it.
I must say, that this is perhaps the most peculiar apparition I’ve ever heard about, period. What in the world does “M” mean, other than Lisa’s last name, McIntosh. But that’s way too obvious to be relevant.
Twenty three months later though, the letter “M” became very relevant to both Lisa and Barry, in a way no one could have ever predicted.
Lisa finally consented to see a physician regarding her chronic aches and pains. After an exhaustive battery of tests, the answer to Lisa’s malaise was finally known. She’s diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (MM), and insidious and untreatable form of bone cancer (cancer of plasma cells) that usually only afflicts the elderly.
As depressing as her diagnosis was, what’s even more astounding is the “M” relevance here to the apparition her and Barry witnessed some two years earlier.
Was it only a coincidence that the apparition they saw was in the form of the letter “M“, or was Lisa’s subconscious mind acting out within her immediate environment trying to communicate what was really going on within her body at the time? As neither Lisa or Barry had ever heard of this illness, which was normal as they weren’t physicians, there was no direct way that such information could have been conveyed to either of them. In my professional opinion, this is matter is so far beyond the point of it being a coincidence, that it’s truly astounding.
Unfortunately, Lisa lost her battle to cancer on July of 2006, and shortly thereafter, all the psychokinetic episodes within Barry’s house ceased. Of course they did, the biological generator or agent was now gone.
For a far more detailed account of this case, read chapter seven of my book.
The next case that displayed the same type of overtly obvious psychokinetic link was the San Pedro case (1989-1993) with Jackie Hernandez.
The most blatant and direct events in this fascinating case are the numerous occasions where the RSPK directly attacked Jeff Wheatcraft.
On the very first night of our visit in August of 1989, Jeff’s camera was violently pulled from his hands as attempted to shoot some photos in the attic of Jackie’s little bungalow on 11th Street in San Pedro. Jeff’s reaction is pure fear and some disbelief, as he was somewhat of a skeptic when it came too paranormal matters. But the worse was ahead.
On September 4th, while Jeff was exploring the attic once again, this time with Gary Beihm (a friend of Conrad’s), something suddenly wrapped a clothesline cord around Jeff’s neck and tried to hang him, by lifting his body over a bolt in one of the many rafters. Jeff let out a loud yell as this event transpired.
Had Gary not been in the attic with Jeff at that moment, there’s a real good chanced that Jeff would have died of strangulation by that clothesline.
Can you imagine the legal complications facing Barry Conrad, Gary Beihm and Jackie Hernandez if Jeff would have died then and there? How could you possibly defend someone in a case like this?
Jeff was left with a serious rope burn in his neck that’s clearly visible as he descends from the attic after the attack. Needless to say, Jeff is shocked and for good reason, and backs away from helping us on this case, but not totally. He’s about to learn what a bad judgment call that was.
Months later, Jackie finally left San Pedro and moved up to a trailer park in Weldon, CA near Bakersfield. Barry and Jeff, traveled three hundred miles north to visit Jackie as she was still having poltergeist events around her.
Yours truly was sidelined for a while as my father had suffered a heart attack and my mother required my assistance at many levels. While at Jackie’s new home, they encountered numerous RSPK events that culminated in yet another, almost lethal attack on Jeff Wheatcraft.
While playing with a Ouija Board in Jackie’s home, Barry, Jeff, Jackie and several others experiencing table shaking, inexplicable cold winds from nowhere and some rather obscure messages from the board. However, they all paled compared to what was about to occur.
Suddenly, Jeff and his chair were levitated up into the air, with the chair falling away while he continued in his upward arc of movement until he was violently slammed into the meeting of the ceiling and wall. Jeff’s limp, unconscious body soon hit the floor. Everyone assumed he was dead. Fortunately, they were wrong.
Jeff described a sensation of his diaphragm being compressed and sensing a vertical lifting motion which was soon followed by his back and head being slammed into the wall and ceiling. He woke up on the floor, not really knowing what had just happened to him.
What makes these recurring attacks on Jeff relevant in this discussion is how they are linked directly backed to Jackie Hernandez’s state-of-mind at the time.
Jackie grew very found of Barry Conrad, and why not. He’s affable, tall, handsome with blue eyes and has come to Jackie’s aid in her time of need. Jackie became very attached to Barry emotionally as he was sort of her rescuer and savior, although she misinterpreted his help as a romantic overture to a single mother, as he very flirtatious . But there was one real problem with Barry as far as Jackie was concerned and it had little to do with Barry himself.
The problem for Jackie was that every time Barry was at her home, Jeff was with him, acting as a wedge or impedance to her growing closer to Barry, at least a far as Jackie was concerned. Jackie attempted to correct this “problem” the only way she could….to unleash her RSPK onto Jeff.
Thus, it’s no coincidence that Jeff was repeatedly attacked while in Jackie’s presence by invisible forces as Jackie was doing everything within her “power” to assure that Jeff no longer returned to her home with Barry again, and it came pretty damn close to succeeding.
At one point during an interview with the magazine show Hard Copy in 1993, I asked Jackie on camera about my suspicions regarding her feelings about Jeff. Jackie readily acknowledged and admitted that my thinking on this matter was entirely correct.
However, the producer of this particular story didn’t quite understand what I was referring to here with Jackie, which prompted her to ask me a question: “So you mean that Jackie tells the ghost what to do and the ghost does it, right?” WRONG.
No matter how hard I tried to get this producer to understand my theory here, she couldn’t grasp what I was saying. And needless to say, they edited out this entire aspect of the show as it didn’t support their contention that it was all due to a ghost and was far too complex for most viewers to comprehend.
There were other major indicators and evidence of Jackie being a blatant poltergeist agent and they are discussed in detail within chapter three of my book and how the localized environment played into the entire case and beyond.
To learn more about how and why Jackie suddenly developed this psychokinetic proclivity, read my book or another blog here “Looking A Gift Ghost in the Mouth: The Science of Poltergeists”. It no coincidence that as new tenants eventually moved into, and soon out of, Jackie’s 11th street San Pedro home, many also had run ins with poltergeist activity.
Saving the best known of my cases for the last, we’re now talking about the The Entity case from the middle 1970’s.
In a nutshell, Doris Bither claimed to have been repeatedly raped by ghosts, where two small one would hold her down while the large, third one assaulted her. As you’ll read in my book, Doris was subjected to frequently recurring episodes of belligerent poltergeist activity, the zenith of which were the alleged rapes and the appearance of the apparition all twenty-five of us collectively observed.
Why alleged you might ask? Because we could not prove or disprove that such events ever really occurred as they happened long before we met her in August of 1974. One cannot prove a negative, only a positive.
What’s particularly fascinating about The Entity case is that Doris had a family consisting of three sons and one daughter. There was one older, larger, teenage son, while the other sons were somewhat younger and smaller. I think you can figure out where I’m going with this, can’t you?
It’s not very difficult to see the Oedipal correlations here, as Doris was a very sexually driven woman, who very likely possessed strong subliminal, libidinous fantasies about her three boys, especially when binge drinking, which, for her, was quite common.
These were strong, subconscious projections from Doris who some might say was sexually insatiable, and it’s more likely than not that she deeply desired her three young, strong, vibrant sons to please her in ways she could only dream about. Such an intense incestuous relationship would prove to Doris troubled mind that she’s indeed wanted and needed by the men closest to her, her three sons.
Given the background Doris grew up in, where she was intensely rejected and eventually disinherited by her family at a very young age, she was in desperate need of attention and physical love from men at every level.
The relationship between Doris and her children was extremely chaotic and dysfunctional to say the least. Such feelings are not that uncommon in society, while the psychokinetic acting out of Doris’s sexual fantasies is VERY UNCOMMON.
If you know anything about clinical psychology and/or psychoanalysis, you’ll understand and appreciate what I’m speaking about here.
In science there’s something called Ockham’s Razor, which basically means that all things being equal, you always go with the simplest explanation. And in these extraordinary cases, the evidence strongly suggests the causal agent was anything other than a discarnate personality.
In a peculiar sort of way, these scenarios are somewhat reminiscent of “Monsters From The Id” as depicted in the 1956 motion picture Forbidden Planet, a loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, wherein the indigenous alien residents (the Krell) of a planet within a distant star system developed technology that could translate their thoughts and whims into energy and matter that they then could project anywhere on the planet. Only later, did the Krell discover that their unconscious whims, wants, needs and fears were guiding the process, which eventually led to their own destruction. Does this science fiction plot seem strangely familiar?
What’s being theoretically postulated here regarding humanly mediated psychokinesis is pretty much the same as in Forbidden Planet with one glaring exception; we don’t have the technology to create such incredible effects. Although in the real world, it appears as if the interrelationship between certain individuals and their physical environment may serve as a poor man’s substitute. Then again, maybe it’s a good thing that we do not possess such advanced psychotronic technology given our predilection for violence?
Remember, real science is where your theory conforms to your data, not the reverse, where you only seek data that supports your theory, that’s quackery.
We’ve all heard the term”reverse engineering” as applied to recovered enemy military machines and possibly even crashed UFOs. Simply put, this is where one tries to recreate someone else’s technology by studying what has been recovered. Straightforward mechanical and/or electronic engineering right, right? But what about reverse engineering something paranormal?
Do we currently have a sufficiently established database in order to accomplish such? The answer might be yes. We definitely know that such paranormal encounters are the result of a confluence of events working in just the right way to enable and allow said phenomena to transpire.
Part of the equation is the environment, both geomagnetic and electromagnetic. The second part of the equation is the neurophysioloigical ensemble of those individuals in such environments, while the final element in this equation may be emotional, and is as state specific as are the prior aspects.
In my book Aliens Above, Ghosts Below: Explorations of the Unknown, I go into explicit detail on these correlations and how such might be manipulated and applied to successfully achieve the artificial triggering of such paranormal events as opposed to simply waiting around hoping they happen when you’re present with your instruments running.
The likelihood of success here? Based my own forty-three years of research, I’d say it’s quite high, but there are a couple of minor problems associated with such an attempt. The most pressing and disturbing of these problems is that by trying to “play god” and manipulate the environment in such a way could very likely be physically and emotionally dangerous some individuals at the location.
You might induce an epileptic seizure or even trigger epilepsy within certain individuals. It might even kill someone! Under no circumstances should anyone even attempt such a reverse engineering process, as you would be putting people at risk, which is immoral and unethical. Do not try this at home as the results might be deadly to all concerned.
Another potential side effect from this might be that we discover that there really is discarnate intelligence out there that interacts with our 3-D world.
Wouldn’t it be absolutely amazing if we successfully trigger these events and an apparition makes an appearance which we’ll automatically assume is nothing more than a replay of old events, having no real sentience beyond that supplied by the living agent’s consciousness.
What if said apparition suddenly turns to you and says something to the effect of “Why are you doing this to me or us?” What then? Admittedly, this sounds very science fiction or fantasy-like in its approach, but it really isn’t, as we don’t have all that many hardened facts as of yet.
The only way we’re going to learn what’s really going on here is to eventually reverse engineer such events. Only time and patience will tell. But once again, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME OR IN SOMONE ELSE’S HOME.
Contrary to what most people believe, The Entity case was not the high water mark of my career. Just two short years following the 1974 Doris Bither investigation, we encountered what very well may be the most haunted location in Los Angeles.
As chronicled in the first chapter “A Haunting Thought” of my book Aliens Above, Ghosts Below: Explorations of the Unknown, is the Holly Mont case. While investigating this case during the late spring and summer of 1976, we encountered the most pronounced level of sustained psychokinetic events of my now 43-year research effort.
From being showered with thousands of pennies apporting and falling from nowhere, to a hardened TV journalist being chased out of the house by a variety of flying objects, to learning that a body is still buried beneath the large mansion, and where and spontaneous pyrokinetic events readily occurred. This location has it all.
The duration and frequency of activity within and around this property, is unequalled. During our last visit during the fall of 2008, we discovered that this house sits almost directly above several intersecting and active earthquake faults in conjunction with their being a shallow river running beneath the property. You want power to sustain paranormal events, here it is.
If I could pick but one location to focus money and resources on in the hope of obtaining significant new data, this property would be it. When reading this chapter in my book it comes across more like an amusement park due to the almost constant bombardment of paranormal activity. In fact, had I not been there myself I would find it hard to believe.
Another case from Chapter One was in Inglewood all the way back in 1970, and the apparition that appeared there almost killed me. Had it not been for some of the other guests attending this event, I might have died on that night. The question here is, what attacked me and precisely how, forget the why.
This house still stands in Inglewood and as has been occupied by tenants of all ethnicity’s ; African American, Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, etc., all of whom have had encounters with the spectral occupants for more than forty years.
Jumping forward to 2001 is Chapter 7 “An Irreplaceable Loss: The Life and Death of A Poltergeist Agent”, which was the final chapter I added to my book before it was published. This case involves Barry Conrad’s now deceased girlfriend, Lisa McIntosh and the incredible array of psychokinetic activity that surrounded her and Conrad between October 2001 and her untimely death from cancer in the summer of 2006.
This case is probably one of the best documented instances of sustained paranormal activity surrounding someone I knew. Making it all the more intriguing is the fact that the extraordinary events surrounding Lisa directly correlated to her physical health.
Clinical validation of this type is extremely rare as was my ability to personally experience some of these events. Again, if I did not know Barry Conrad as well as I did as a friend and colleague, I probably wouldn’t have believed a word they said. It’s the skeptic in me. I cannot help, it’s the way I was trained.
The last case worthy of note here began for us in 2005 and is briefly mentioned towards the end of Chapter 7. This case was located on Cielo Drive in northern Beverly Hills within Benedict Canyon, a few doors down from where the 1969 Sharon Tate murders occurred in 1969.
Located upon a USGS certified geomagnetic anomaly site, this environment made many, including myself feel very ill. The phenomena associated with this extraordinary property included apparitions, disembodied voices, apports as well as many other types of paranormal events.
For a more detailed discussion of this case, read other blogs on this site entitled: “Cielo Drive Convergence: The Ultimate Field Laboratory”, and “Messengers of Deception: The Scandalous Truth Behind Paranormal Reality Shows”. The truth of what’s really going on out there is far stranger than we could ever imagine, but we’re getting very close to unlocking a big part of this incredible puzzle.
This case may scare the daylights out of you, but it will not bore you. The question here is as to whether or not Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, etc. are indeed haunting this most unusual property. There’s been a substantial amount of misinformation being propagated about this case which severely impairs the continuation of further research efforts at this location, far more than it’s potential biologically deleterious effects linked to such anomalous magnetic environments.