Goodnight, and Happy Halloween - Dan
I got the chance to spend some time with my sister tonight and we talked about our experiences in the paranormal field. I have been thinking about our discussion since I left her at my parent's house, and I have to agree with her.....I have met many great people in the paranormal field. The positives have outweighed the negatives for sure. A few weeks back I posted a blog entry about somebody that had made reference to one of my blog posts. The person had said that there are too many self proclaimed experts in the field. That I can agree with......to an extent. As I have said before, there are basically no experts in this field. Everything we do is by theory. It doesn't matter which theory you use......your own, Jay and Grant's, John Zaffis', Brad and Barry's, no matter who.....they are all theories. You can look at this field scientifically, you can look at it spiritually, and you can look at it practically. No matter which way you choose to look at it, the fact remains that until it can be proven scientifically......according to scientific algorithm.......it will continue to be theory. Now this isn't all bad. It does afford many people with many ideas to come together and form opinions, and make great strides in the field. Here is where I get a little shitty......I myself, follow the beat of my own drum. I created Small Town Paranormal one night on facebook after my brother Dave and I had discussed many different experiences and things we had caught on equipment, and decided to create a page for a team I would build. A team that would become a family, and as quickly as it started.....it all fell. Now you might think I would be sad to see all of my hard work fall into the great void.......quite the contrary. I am so happy to be on my own, doing my own thing, I can't even begin to explain it. The family was a great concept, but Paranormal Unity is nothing more than a pipe dream. You have too many high school attitudes, and too many triple A personalities to ever make it work. It is all fine and dandy in the beginning, but after a while the bullshit starts.....it is inevitable, it is human nature......don't believe me? Watch an episode of the Walking Dead or an episode of Revolution and tell me that they are not hitting on what we are really like. Instead of truly helping one another, we tend to get pissy about who is getting more attention, or who is catching more of the limelight. I had enough, so I said when. There is nothing in this world worth putting your health or family on the back burner for.......I did. That was my mistake. Never again. I have lost friends, I have lost fans, and I have lost respect.....but mostly because of what people thought was the truth or what they heard.......never because I backed down when shit got deep.....if any of you saw me fire back during the Manteno debacle, you witnessed it first hand. Point is, I will continue to do this for me, I will help if I can, and I will always be willing to work with anybody......but I won't lead another team, and I refuse to take anybody's crap over their opinions......you have yours, I have mine......I am ok with mine........many people need to be ok with theirs. I'll write more on this subject some other time, but until then....do this for you.......help those you can, but remember to always be you, do you, and don't ever back down from what you believe to be right. It is easy to criticize and arm chair quarterback from behind a keyboard....it is harder to stand and take the beating......I have.
Goodnight, and Happy Halloween - Dan
President Abraham Lincoln. The 16th President of these United States and commander and Chief during the bloodiest war ever fought on American soil. A war that placed American against American. Cousins against cousins, and brothers against brothers. I often sit and think about how difficult it must have been for President Lincoln to deal with the decisions he was forced to make during that time. I do not envy him that. Many people think that the President did not have any knowledge of how bloody battle could be. President Lincoln was well versed in blood and battles. He served as a Captain in the Illinois State Militia during the Blackhawk War of 1832. A young Captain Lincoln was at the Stillman Valley battle ground shortly after the skirmish ended, and helped to bury his 12 fallen comrades in that very spot where they sacrificed all they had for the State of Illinois. It is these early times that helped to make a young Captian into a future President. President Lincoln believed that all men should have the chance to be free and have the same right to prosper regardless of the color of their skin. In his years as an American President, Lincoln was a believer in the possibility of an afterlife. Many people say that he wanders the halls of The White House in Washington D.C. Others say that he wanders the hallways in the tomb that is his final resting place. Still others have claimed to see him in the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. No matter if you have seen him yourself, or visited one of the historic sites that Lincoln himself stood at, Illinois is a State rich in history of a true hero. A man that stood for what he believed, and traveled the path that was less traveled and much more difficult than today. A belief that ultimately took his life. It was President Lincoln that decided to start the Secret Service. It is just a shame that they had not yet been in place to protect him. History is all around us. Many times, it is just down the street if you take the time to look. If I was asked if there was a historic figure that I could meet and speak to for a 24 hour period, I think you all know by reading this who I would pick.
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My latest book Faith in the Darkness - Nightfall is available now at Amazon.com in hard cover and Kindle, and Barnes and Noble.com and Nook. I am working on pricing with the publisher, but you can contact me for a signed copy at a better price if interested. I'll be doing some internet radio shows soon to promote this book and my latest one coming in the Spring of 2013. Martin Van Dregan is an interesting character in this book and he comes to discover that eternity and revenge both come with a heavy price.
Just a quick note. I am reading your blogs. I can't reply for some unknown reason, but I am working on it. I'll be replying to them all as soon as possible. If you would like to connect with me, you can do so on facebook at "The Ghosthunter Dan Norvell Project" or on Twitter at Ghosthunter Dan N. Thanks for your understanding and keep up the great work......all of you.
On Saturday, October 20th the JPAR crew was involved with one of the single most difficult projects that they had tried before. After some technical difficulties, Randy Deacon worked his magic and we made it onto the air. The investigators came to Rockford from all over the state of Illinois. It was great for me to be able to see old friends, and meet new ones as well. The Veteran's Memorial Hall was built in 1902. It has been a beautiful and historic mainstay in the city of Rockford for over 100 years to never let us forget the freedom that our vets fought for in every engagement that out country has taken part in, and continues to today. For me, it was exciting to just be in such a historical place with friends to try and find and document any kind of paranormal experience that any of them would have. The Veteran's Hall did not disappoint. From the time that the investigation started until the time we called it a night......the teams were having experiences. Our guest investigators from the Rockford area came onto the show after they had the chance to work with and take part in the investigation, and share their experiences live on our special broadcast. I would like them to share here on the blog, their experiences and accounts of what they saw and felt. Stay tuned for that. After the evidence is reviewed, and the video and youtube videos are posted, we will share them here and on our pages on facebook with all of you. You can then see what an amazing place the Veteran's Memorial Hall is as a staple in the community of Rockford Illinois, but also the staple it is becoming in the paranormal community as well. I'd like to thank each and every person that investigated, watched, and took part in the chat that JPAR provided on their web show on Saturday night. I will add another blog this week after I have gone through some evidence caught by my sister that was also there as an investigator as well.
Thanks again to all involved.
Tonight I will be joining many friends in the field as we investigate the historic Veteran's Memorial Hall in Rockford, Illinois. Join the investigation live at www.jpapocalypticradio.webs.com and click "Watch Live". Interact with us in chat and watch the IR cameras set throughout the building to help us watch for any activity.
How many of you have ever seen a shadow moving across a dimly lit room in the middle of the night? How many of you have ever heard a soft whisper in your ear when you are just about asleep and you are the only one in the room? How many of you believe the possibility that ghosts exist? Have you had these experiences? I have met people along the way that have. I have heard about the shadows that seen to wander aimlessly down darkened hallways. I have listened to people that are completely terrified as they retell their account of the sudden they awake to something staring them in the face. I have been standing outside of a cemetery and felt hands that weren't there grab me by the forearms. To my experience, most of these spirits are trying to send us a message. Most were people like you or I. Most had jobs in life, Wives, Husbands, Children. Some were taken before their time. Others were taken by their own hands. What do you think holds a spirit here? I have my opinions. Main stream science has no answers to offer. They have theories, and many are no different than the ones that are being tested by everyday investigators like many of us. I have embarked on a mission with many friends in the field to answer these questions. Our hope is to give comfort to the terrified families. Our hope is to help figure out why these earth bound spirits are stuck here. In their time of need, people are just looking for a light at the end of a darkened tunnel. These people may be living, and some may already be dead. The fact remains that we need to try and help them both if possible. Halloween is the time of year that ghosts seem to be on everyone's mind. For these spirits, it is a piece of eternity with no light showing them the way. Instead of searching for 15 minutes in the spotlight, I choose to try and take time to help them find the light. Happy Halloween everybody. Stay safe, and take time to have an open mind.....it could someday be someone you hold dear that an investigator like me helps to walk into their light.
Many of the places a paranormal investigator visits has a historic tie to it. The picture on this blog entry shows me looking up at the memorial of one of the bloodiest skirmishes that took place during the Blackhawk War in Kellogg's Grove located outside of Freeport Illinois. Soldiers from the Illinois militia died here in 1832. Along with many Indian fighters in Chief Blackhawk's band. Many investigators consider the history of an area when they are looking for answers for a client or themselves. Many investigators are also only considering the history 100 years back. I myself have made this mistake time and time again. 1832 was 180 years ago. A heck of a lot of things can happen in those years that I didn't think about before 1900. History and notes often times were not as clearly kept as they are now. My point of my blog tonight is that I had taken part in an EVP session that I had responses on. I could not understand the responses because I believe they were made in the native language of the Indians that lived in this area over 200 years ago. History is all around us, and it is my belief that preserving it, and learning from it, will keep us from reliving the worst parts of it.
I have been pretty quiet in the field for the last couple of years. There is a reason. I am stepping back onto the soapbox for this one last time to say my piece, and then end of story. First off.....I am not famous, I don't want to be famous, and I could care less about 15 minutes of fame. I spent 16 years in the fire service as a volunteer, and I don't want any "pats on the back" as one guy referred to today. It is from my 16 years in that field that I will make my point here. During my time spent in the fire service, I had the honor of being a paramedic for 6 of those years. I spent 12 total years on the ambulance crew. I had the chance to become an instructor and be able to teach to other new medics what I myself had learned from being a street medic. One thing that people learned about me during my time in the fire service was......I don't like to take shit. I didn't take it then, and I won't take it now. To the guy I won't mention by name, you are entitled to your opinion.....that is what makes America great......but don't judge me and think I am trying to be a fame whore or anything other than who I am. I find that in this field (the paranormal realm) that many of the people I have met make it great. I have also met a whole bunch of self proclaimed experts and jackasses. The fact of this field is this......NOTHING has been proven scientifically, and everything is done by theory. Whether it is your theory, my theory, Jason and Grant's theories, or anybody else's. The field needs an enema, and I refuse to be the pissing post of the masses that like to stir the pot on facebook. If you don't like me, don't follow me....pretty simple isn't it. I am not begging for follows or likes. I am trying to contribute something in my own way to a field that can be great, but the negativity from people on a social network make it laughable at best and will continue to hold it back as long as they worry more about cutting into someone else instead of just going out and doing what they love to do. I am not here to create believers, or skeptics. I am looking for answers, and I would prefer to find them with others that have the same interests, but it seems that it is sometimes better to work alone. As always, Thanks for reading my blogs, and I welcome CONSTRUCTIVE remarks to them. If you are going to bash me or anybody else, do me and the entire field a favor and do it elsewhere.
Over the past couple of months I have heard a few stories and found out a few things about certain roadways in my area that are supposedly haunted. What makes a roadway haunted? My theory - 1. Residual energy imprinted in the area or environment surrounding the area. 2. Intelligent remains of a person or people that lost their lives along the roadway. Either way, maybe they are there to tell us something, and maybe they are they searching for closure. Illinois has a number of haunted roadways, and it seems that more are popping up every day. I am fortunate enough to live fairly close to Bloodspoint Cemetery and Bloodspoint Road, and it gives me a chance to be able to investigate and hear stories of the strange things that are supposed to be going on out there. I will post a story from what I have heard from somebody that had an experience in that area, and also an account of my own tomorrow night. Thanks for following my blogs.