I have been investigating things that go bump in the night since 1996. I have been doing it seriously for the past 3 years now. When we formed Small Town Paranormal in 2009, I was very skeptical about the existence of ghosts. Since 2009 I have had personal experiences, and reviewed hours upon hours of video and audio evidence and looked at thousands of pictures.....my conclusion now......I believe. Now there are people out there that do not, and that is ok. Sometimes you have to experience something first hand, and sometimes seeing is believing. I grew up Catholic, and I believe in God.......although I have never seen him. My point to tonight's blog post is that there are people in this world that won't believe no matter what evidence is put in front of them. They could have President Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address to them in their bedroom in the middle of the night, and speak to them by name, and tell them the names of every single relative they have......and they still would refuse to believe. This is ok with me. I never did this to make the skeptic a believer and the believer a skeptic. As far as I am concerned, everybody can believe what they want. I post pics and videos of places that are possibly haunted or have legends and stories behind them. I also post pictures of investigations I have taken part in, and pictures of interest that I think could be possible evidence. Even after all of this, If somebody doesn't believe it......I still don't care. I know what I hold to be true inside of me, and I won't explain, or make apology for it. I have been part of, and met some very cool people......I have written articles, and stories, and even a book on the subject.....and for these things, I am proud. To many people in the world......nothing will ever be real. God isn't real to them, Ghosts aren't real to them, UFO's, The Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, or anything else......so be it. I was doing fine before I met them, and I'll continue to do fine without them from here on out. I say this once again.....I will not tolerate negativity on my pages, website, or Youtube channel from those that would pick on others that choose to believe for whatever reason........go pick arguments with someone else......I don't have time, and I won't argue.......I'll just delete you, and make room for people that want to have an open mind and be constructive in their comments. Take care everybody and Thanks for the support from the true people out there.
It is December 26th and Christmas has been over for about 2 hours as of my entry tonight. I don't often talk about my faith in our Lord, nor do I ever try to push my beliefs onto others. I just wanted to share the fact that I experienced a miracle for Christmas this year. My father went to the hospital on Saturday the 22nd of December around 7 p.m. He was diagnosed with Pulmonary Edema. Now, I can tell you all from my years as a Paramedic.....this is a very serious situation. I myself have treated many people on the ambulance with Pulmonary Edema....and the outcome is seldom pleasant. The survival rate is about 2 in 10......if you catch it early enough and everything goes just right. This was the case for my father. Everything went just right, and he was able to come home 2 days later on Christmas Eve and spend the holiday with his family and grandchildren that were missing him terribly. Some would say, "Dan......it is just modern medicine that saved your Dad." That would be a true statement.....but, when I saw him the next morning after making it to the hospital, and again 24 hours later.......I can tell you that miracles do happen. Understand that I am not going to tell you exactly what the miracle I experienced was.......but I am a better person for it. My father surviving a very serious medical illness that ends life for many people....was only one of the miracles I witnessed over Christmas. The key word in Christmas is Christ......and according to my faith......it was Christ that was holding my father's hand on that night, and it is by our Lord's healing hands that my father is still here. He has survived 1 heart attack, 2 strokes, and now this........one other miracle that I will mention......If I had not been a paramedic years back when I witnessed my father have his heart attack.......he wouldn't have been here after that day. Is it all just a simple twist of luck and fate? I don't think so.......but that's just me. Have a Happy Holiday season everybody that reads this.......and whether you believe or not......be thankful for the people you have while you have them......I am, and I was able to sit and enjoy the holiday with my father and my family because of God's Grace. I thank God for it. Take care everyone.
It's Christmas Eve. In this holiday season after the events of this December, take a moment to remember what this season really means and what we are celebrating and who is important in your life.....life turns in a moment. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
P.S. - I own this tree!!!!!
As many of you, I am also in disbelief about the shootings in Newtown, Ct. The lives of many were lost, and the lives of an entire community were changed forever in a matter of minutes. Now I have also noticed right away that the "gun control" issues re-emerged almost instantly. Controlling guns will not solve this issue. The issue we should really be looking at as a society is the issue of Mental Illness. "What in the Hell was going through this guy's mind?" Maybe if we would quit cutting funding to treat people with mental illness so our legislators can take 18 - 20 percent raises.......maybe we could head off these kind of massacres before they destroy a community. It is very clear to me that this individual was disturbed. Anybody that would willingly take the lives of innocent children would have to be.....right? In the weeks ahead, they will investigate, and point fingers, and blame inanimate objects, and give us every reason why we should not be able to defend ourselves from people that already have no regard for the pieces of paper that these laws are written on, or the people that wrote them. These people are sick. They are capable of doing sick things. Instead of blaming guns, or the short comings of our politicians.......why don't we place tighter security at our schools, give parents of schools an identity card to be scanned to get in for any reason, and have better availability to mental illness treatment? Let me give you this scenario.......If an armed ex-soldier was standing guard outside of that school yesterday, and saw a heavily armed person walking toward the school, and took him down outside of the secured school......maybe we would be saluting a hero today instead of mourning many deaths. There are thousands of out of work.....qualified, retired, police officers, and ex-military trained soldiers that would welcome the chance to keep defending something that this country holds dear......our kids. The war isn't against guns folks......the war is against talking without a plausible solution to a problem. Just my take on it. Keep the people of Newtown Ct. in your prayers and keep hoping that we as a society come up with a reasonable solution to a real problem instead of pointing fingers at guns.......guns are here now, and people that hold no regard for the law already have them, and are already prepared to use them or any weapon to do what they want.....killers are killers.....no matter how they carry out the act.
Today I had the chance to travel to LaSalle County Illinois and investigate St. Louis Canyon in Starved Rock State Park with my friend Randy Deacon, and my brother Dave. We were able to spend a few hours in the canyon and do some EVP sessions and take many pictures of the canyon. The canyon is the site where 3 women were murdered on March 14th, 1960. A man from nearby Oglesby was eventually charged and convicted of the crime. I am sure that on that brisk morning the 3 women had many things going through their minds as they hiked the beautiful trails of Starved Rock. They were all found beaten to death 2 days later and we experienced what might be the remnants of their spirits as we observed the cave that they were found in, and walked around the canyon where they met their end. We plan on returning to the canyon with more equipment and more investigators and try to help these spirits find peace.
What is your favorite piece of equipment that you use on investigations? Many teams and individuals purchase expensive pieces of equipment and have all of the biggest, best, and the latest.....and still never catch anything more than anybody else. My favorite equipment are my cameras, and my EMF meter. I have voice recorders, and I had a K2 meter until it was loaned out and lost with 3 other pieces of equipment I used all of the time. I have been fortunate enough to be able to purchase nice equipment over the years, and much of it remains in my equipment boxes because I tend to keep on reaching for my same old reliable cameras and meter. There is no right or wrong favorites......many love the ghost boxes, and they are great if you are good with EVP's. I tend to never be able to get anything to talk with me......so EVP's are not my forte......and that's ok. My friends Randy and Marcia both always get excellent EVP's and that is the beauty of working with people with different talents in this field. Whatever equipment you choose......remember that you make up the most important part of any investigation.......that is the best tool you have. Stay safe and take care everyone.
What is it that makes a house haunted? Many times I have been called to investigate houses that families reside in, and many of those times we as a team or as investigators experience little or no activity while we are there for the night. My personal belief is that the spirits there are more comfortable with the family or individual living there....and just as in life, we tend to be more vocal or outgoing around people we know or are comfortable around. It makes perfect sense.....if you were shy in life, chances are you are most likely going to be shy after life......right? Maybe houses aren't haunted at all......maybe the people are haunted. Could be. There are literally hundreds of possible answers. Haunts can be intelligent or residual, and I believe that many are residual in nature. Imprints of a past human life bleeding through to our world in certain instances and conditions, it may not be the answer, but it is a sensible answer. To my experience, we have investigated what I believe to be residual more so than intelligent. We have had intelligent haunts, but many times we get EVP responses that make no sense, and often times leaves us and the resident more puzzled than we all were in the first place......or maybe some houses just harbor paranormal activity and it is just a naturally occurring fact that we do not yet understand. No matter which way you approach this industry......the answers should always be similar in the end. Just my opinion.
I have been working hard and putting in a lot of time with the Ghost Girl case. Randy and I will be traveling to Starved Rock with other friends soon to investigate the murders there, and then we will head to Springfield later in the winter to check out the haunts there. I am sure that when we share our findings or beliefs on our pages that there will be people that want to make fun of us, and say stupid stuff about our pics and such. I am ok with differences in opinions.....that makes the world go around, and that is healthy. What I don't appreciate is people that don't believe in anything that any of us are doing in the first place, and want to be on our pages to create bullshit. Why? Is your dysfunctional ass worn out your welcome with your family so you have to troll our pages spreading your fricken half wit cheer? I have a better way for you to spend your time....pull your bottom lip up over your head and swallow really hard. Remember in my last blog I spoke about the boat that floats down the paranormal river to the Gulf of Bullshit? The Gulf is full of trolls that are waiting to suck us all in. I won't be party to it. I delete and ban those people, if they believed, they would respect ours and others opinions whether they agreed or not. I know many of us have dealt with this in the past, and we will continue to in the future.....I just don't have to like it.