Halloween Horror Nights 2017

by on Oct.15, 2017, under From the Web

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Universal Studio’s Orlando Halloween Horror Nights is a Halloween Horror extravaganza that can be rivaled by none.  I have spent a decade reviewing haunted houses and visiting haunted locations.   This is the ultimate haunted experience for lovers of the dark and macabre.  This is my second year attending Halloween Horror nights and 2017 was a much better experience than 2016 for me.  I say for me because there is a significant amount of personal preference involved in ranking Halloween Horror Nights and their events.  My entire group agreed that this year was better than last year, but when it came to ranking the houses we fought for the better part of an hour.  Due to this, I am going to do two separate rankings on the top 3 features of 2017 Horror Nights.  The first ranking is my perspective.  The second is a group perspective based on other people I have talked to.  I will post this later in the week.
Halloween Horror Nights consists of 8 separate themed haunted houses that all contain the budget that would be expected of a theme park.  They also contain 6 scare zones.  Our group usually enjoys the scare zones as much if not more than the houses because these are areas of the park decorated and themed to submerge you in a horror experience you can be part of and linger in.  The houses are more intricate but contain guards that yell at you to “move along” if you stop for more than a moment to study the sets or décor or view a jump scare event. 
My Top Favorite Events for this year were:
1.1       The Trick or Treat Scare Zone:   If you have seen this lovely homage to Halloween Horror this scare zone is immediately recognizable by the little Sam that wanders the zone. He is cute and disturbing.  The movie Trick or Treat is a horror anthology tied together by Sam.  Sam is a little fellow who punishes those who do not respect the spirit of Halloween.  He quietly observes all the mayhem associated with Halloween. The scare zone was wonderful not just because it was so true to the film but also because it was beautifully rendered.  Jack-O- Lanterns hung from trees.   Lights

turned the zone into a glowing orange Halloween extravaganza. 

2.2      Dead Waters Haunted House:   This house was spectacular from the first moment you stepped into it.  The facade of a sinking 1800’s steam ship transported you back in time.  As you step into the ship, the ground shifts beneath your feet and the walk way remains crooked and slanted so you feel like you are in a sinking ship.  The décor and actors are a juxtaposition of decaying slave owners and voodoo monsters.  The horror is unrelenting and the jump scares are solid.  Voodoo rights add an extra bit of horror.  This house was meticulously crafted.  Every bit of scenery and décor added to a feeling of Louisiana horror. 
33      American Horror Story:   I disagreed with most people on this one.  There were three seasons of American Horror Story represented in this haunted house.  There was Roanoke, Asylum, and Coven.  I loved this house because of the details from the series it carefully wove into each room.  It was like reliving these seasons.  I also loved it because it captured the horror from each of these seasons and the best parts of the seasons.
This was the 27thannual Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios.  Next year,  we are going to go on the R.I.P tours so we can see the houses without the crowds and the staff barking “move along” at us every time we stumbled or slowed down for a moment.  

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The Cursed Office Complex

by on Oct.03, 2017, under From the Web

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The Century Office Complex on South Memorial Parkway is a large yellow eye sore that most people drive by without noticing.  It is old and warn down looking.  It houses numerous small businesses that only those who frequent would be aware of.  The Complex has been there forever.   My first memories of the office complex were from the 1990s when it was a Ramada Inn.  It seemed old and and grubby even then.  I stayed there once as a child.  I remember laying in the bed and watching the cockroaches climb up and down the curtains.

Recently, I bought a business there.  My ownership of the business was a flash in the pan.  We took over, realized it was in bad shape and unsaveable, and then we closed it very quickly.  It was a sad, emotional time for all of us involved in the process.  Owning the business gave the co-owner and I a significant amount of time alone in this century office complex building. Between the two of us, we probably spent over 1000 hours in there, working on repairing wiring and fixing props.  I designed a room by myself in the back.  I spent hours there at night, alone in the dark, wallpapering and laying out props.  The darkness creeps up on you when you are alone in a building of this size.

At first, I thought it was just me.  When you are alone, your imagination can get the best of you. I thought that all the noises I was hearing and that sense of dread I felt was just my imagination.   I was tired and emotionally overwhelmed.  When lights flickered or noises filled the building, I attributed them to bad wiring. However, the business co-owner, Deanna, told me that the building was haunted one day.  I smiled.  I had thought the same thing.  At night, when I was alone, strange things would happen.  We had a room called Wonderland.  It was filled with electronic gadgets that were designed to be activated when you pulled on them or touched other things to them.  At 2am, I often heard these gadgets turning on and off as I was working.  The hanging vines that played music would sing to themselves.  Deanna indicated that one night she was there, the vines hadn’t even been powered on and she heard them go off.  The final straw for both of us came after we installed new cameras in one of the rooms.  The cameras picked up a plethora of orbs (which are unreliable evidence) and several ghostly blurs that drifted in and out of the room from time to time.

Deanna brought in a medium.  At this point, we knew the business was dying and or dead.   We just wanted to know what was going on in the building.  The building felt wrong and we wanted to know it wasn’t just us.  The medium wouldn’t even walk in certain rooms.  She stood at the doorway gazing into the darkness.  She said there were angry spirits there.  The spirits were not happy and the building was a bad place.  We did a cleansing hoping it would help the building and our business.  It didn’t seem to help either.  We went out of business the next day.

Our business closed and the doors shut, but I remained curious about the history of this old motel and office complex.  I knew the building we were in had previously been another escape room and before that it had been a church.  The church had gone under and so had the escape room.  I couldn’t find much remarkable in the history beyond that.  However, I did find a book that told an interesting storing about a murder at the Ramada Inn Bar in 1992.  The book told of a man who was stabbed and beaten to death there after the murder of two children.  I didn’t read the entire book, but I plan on reading it so I can tell the story in more depth later.

I don’t know if the murder had anything to do with whatever was haunting our building.  I don’t know what was angry or why it was there, but I do know that those of us who spent long, lonely nights working in the building saw and heard things we couldn’t explain. 

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The Cursed Office Complex

by on Oct.03, 2017, under From the Web

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The Century Office Complex on South Memorial Parkway is a large yellow eye sore that most people drive by without noticing.  It is old and warn down looking.  It houses numerous small businesses that only those who frequent would be aware of.  The Complex has been there forever.   My first memories of the office complex were from the 1990s when it was a Ramada Inn.  It seemed old and and grubby even then.  I stayed there once as a child.  I remember laying in the bed and watching the cockroaches climb up and down the curtains.

Recently, I bought a business there.  My ownership of the business was a flash in the pan.  We took over, realized it was in bad shape and unsaveable, and then we closed it very quickly.  It was a sad, emotional time for all of us involved in the process.  Owning the business gave the co-owner and I a significant amount of time alone in this century office complex building. Between the two of us, we probably spent over 1000 hours in there, working on repairing wiring and fixing props.  I designed a room by myself in the back.  I spent hours there at night, alone in the dark, wallpapering and laying out props.  The darkness creeps up on you when you are alone in a building of this size.

At first, I thought it was just me.  When you are alone, your imagination can get the best of you. I thought that all the noises I was hearing and that sense of dread I felt was just my imagination.   I was tired and emotionally overwhelmed.  When lights flickered or noises filled the building, I attributed them to bad wiring. However, the business co-owner, Deanna, told me that the building was haunted one day.  I smiled.  I had thought the same thing.  At night, when I was alone, strange things would happen.  We had a room called Wonderland.  It was filled with electronic gadgets that were designed to be activated when you pulled on them or touched other things to them.  At 2am, I often heard these gadgets turning on and off as I was working.  The hanging vines that played music would sing to themselves.  Deanna indicated that one night she was there, the vines hadn’t even been powered on and she heard them go off.  The final straw for both of us came after we installed new cameras in one of the rooms.  The cameras picked up a plethora of orbs (which are unreliable evidence) and several ghostly blurs that drifted in and out of the room from time to time.

Deanna brought in a medium.  At this point, we knew the business was dying and or dead.   We just wanted to know what was going on in the building.  The building felt wrong and we wanted to know it wasn’t just us.  The medium wouldn’t even walk in certain rooms.  She stood at the doorway gazing into the darkness.  She said there were angry spirits there.  The spirits were not happy and the building was a bad place.  We did a cleansing hoping it would help the building and our business.  It didn’t seem to help either.  We went out of business the next day.

Our business closed and the doors shut, but I remained curious about the history of this old motel and office complex.  I knew the building we were in had previously been another escape room and before that it had been a church.  The church had gone under and so had the escape room.  I couldn’t find much remarkable in the history beyond that.  However, I did find a book that told an interesting storing about a murder at the Ramada Inn Bar in 1992.  The book told of a man who was stabbed and beaten to death there after the murder of two children.  I didn’t read the entire book, but I plan on reading it so I can tell the story in more depth later.

I don’t know if the murder had anything to do with whatever was haunting our building.  I don’t know what was angry or why it was there, but I do know that those of us who spent long, lonely nights working in the building saw and heard things we couldn’t explain. 

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ALL A-BOOOO-OARD!

by on Sep.26, 2017, under From the Web

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Is there a better way to explore the haunted history of Los Angeles than by traveling underground from location to location via our very own (dead) Red Line Metro Subway with the other living dead of this city?

We will meet-up at Union Station (the starting point for the Red Line) and then travel through 13 stops to the North Hollywood Station (at the end of the line), getting off and on along the way. In addition to Union Station and the North Hollywood Station, we will stop at few other stations, step off the train, rise to street-level, and discuss the ghosts and haunted sites visible from that spot before going back aboard to the next stop on our tour.

Come out and hear spooky tales about a spirit solider, a vanishing padre, and a ghostly car. As well as many other phantom figures from our past that haunt our present.
(see a review of this tour here…)

When: October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22th, 29th
(Every Sunday in October)

Time: Tour starts at 6 pm (tour is about 3 hours)

Meeting Place: The palm tree-lined island in front of Union Station
800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (map)

Price: FREE (donation-based) tour

Note: you will need a Metro Pass ($7 for “Day Pass” + $1 for a “Tap Card”)
Please purchase the Metro Pass (not a “Metrolink” ticket) before the meet-up to save time. The machines can be confusing, so look for metro day fare and not “add fare.”

Your Guide: CONNOR BRIGHT

This paranormal historian has traveled, working alongside experts in the field as well as film and television crews. She calls Los Angeles her home and the spirits of the city her friends. With her former partner she founded “What’s Your Ghost Story?” an online community for people to share paranormal experiences and seek answers from experts. Connor has also worked with Los Angeles Hauntings Ghost Tours, guiding people through LA’s haunted histories. It was through LA Hauntings that Connor met Richard Carridine of GHOULA when they collaborated on the Haunted Houdini Tour of Los Angeles. Connor looks forward to being your host on this year’s GHOULA Red Line Metro Tour!



Parking: Since everyone participating in the tour will need a Metro Day Pass to ride the subway, it is advisable to park at one of the pay lots ($3.00) provided by the Metro at either the North Hollywood Station (our end point) or the Universal City Station (or any of the other lots on connecting Metro lines), and then just take the Subway to Union Station to meet-up with the group The lots around Union Station are expensive and they may close early. Free street parking is available around the North Hollywood, but please read posted signs concerning parking regulations.

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The Disgusting History of Ectoplasm

by on Sep.23, 2017, under From the Web

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During the time contemporary to and following World War I, there was and explosion in what was then called spiritualism or mentalism. Spiritualism is a religious movement revolving around communicating with the dead via a medium. This explosion was brought on by the massive number of people that died in the war and of sickness during this time period. One of the more bizarre activities that became prevalent in this movement was the appearance  of ectoplasm. Ectoplasm is a term used to define a physical manifestation of the supernatural and it usually came out of the medium’s nose, mouth, or ears. The term, defined by Charles Richet, meant spiritual energy externalized by psychics. It was for many years, used as absolute confirmation that the supernatural was tangible and provable.  It was supposed to be the physical remains of a ghostly presence.  Ghosts were there and they were real and the medium could prove it by showing ectoplasm.

Ectoplasm was so believed in that it was featured in respectable scientific journals and it’s existence was confirmed by the great minds of the time including William Butler Yeats and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was so believed in that Scientific America sought to do a study on it and offered a $5,000 reward to anyone who could demonstrate the release of ectoplasm in front of a scientific panel. This reward lead to the beginning of the end of the scientific validity of ectoplasm.

What was discovered was both revolting and eye opening. Although many techniques and materials have been used by mediums to produce ectoplasm, the medium examined by this panel was found to be storing a sheep gut and fat mixture in a sack in her vagina which she expulsed at the appropriate time to make it appear as if she was expelling ectoplasm. Further research into other psychics revealed many other grotesque techniques for producing this fraudulent material. Some women learned how to regurgitate on demand and swallowed yards of muslin and cheese cloth which they would vomit on command. Others stored materials in their rectum.

Although this story is disgusting. It is more about the disgustingness that is possible within humanity when exploiting the needs of those suffering from the lost of a loved one than the vileness of the actual act. Although I love a good ghost story, it is always amazing to me how much more horrifying live people can be than ghosts.   Ghosts have never been shown to leave real ectoplasm, but it is amazing how many mediums were shown to be literally pulling it from there asses.

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The Disgusting History of Ectoplasm

by on Sep.23, 2017, under From the Web

Reposted from Ghost Stories and Haunted Places | Go to Original Post

During the time contemporary to and following World War I, there was and explosion in what was then called spiritualism or mentalism. Spiritualism is a religious movement revolving around communicating with the dead via a medium. This explosion was brought on by the massive number of people that died in the war and of sickness during this time period. One of the more bizarre activities that became prevalent in this movement was the appearance  of ectoplasm. Ectoplasm is a term used to define a physical manifestation of the supernatural and it usually came out of the medium’s nose, mouth, or ears. The term, defined by Charles Richet, meant spiritual energy externalized by psychics. It was for many years, used as absolute confirmation that the supernatural was tangible and provable.  It was supposed to be the physical remains of a ghostly presence.  Ghosts were there and they were real and the medium could prove it by showing ectoplasm.

Ectoplasm was so believed in that it was featured in respectable scientific journals and it’s existence was confirmed by the great minds of the time including William Butler Yeats and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was so believed in that Scientific America sought to do a study on it and offered a $5,000 reward to anyone who could demonstrate the release of ectoplasm in front of a scientific panel. This reward lead to the beginning of the end of the scientific validity of ectoplasm.

What was discovered was both revolting and eye opening. Although many techniques and materials have been used by mediums to produce ectoplasm, the medium examined by this panel was found to be storing a sheep gut and fat mixture in a sack in her vagina which she expulsed at the appropriate time to make it appear as if she was expelling ectoplasm. Further research into other psychics revealed many other grotesque techniques for producing this fraudulent material. Some women learned how to regurgitate on demand and swallowed yards of muslin and cheese cloth which they would vomit on command. Others stored materials in their rectum.

Although this story is disgusting. It is more about the disgustingness that is possible within humanity when exploiting the needs of those suffering from the lost of a loved one than the vileness of the actual act. Although I love a good ghost story, it is always amazing to me how much more horrifying live people can be than ghosts.   Ghosts have never been shown to leave real ectoplasm, but it is amazing how many mediums were shown to be literally pulling it from there asses.

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Demonic Possession

by on Sep.04, 2017, under From the Web

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I love ghost stories and believe in the paranormal.  I believe in ghosts and demons.  I also have graduate degrees in clinical and counseling psychology and have been practicing as a licensed therapist in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings for more than fifteen years.  As a writer and collector of ghost stories, I have noticed a distinct increase in articles and stories about demonic possession.  I have good friends who have tried to classify demonic possessions.  They tell histories of demonic possession and try to support those that are seeking an exorcism.  On this blog, I have even written about the story behind the infamous exorcist possession.  If any psychological or psychiatric professional in the world was going to argue and support the fact that demonic possession was a real spiritual state, it would be me. But in truth, I believe that there is nothing more dangerous and deadly to mental health care in the world than anyone supporting the delusion that demonic possession is a real thing.   I know many of you may be mad at me for saying this, but please read on before you form any conclusions. 
I have been practicing for over fifteen years.  In that time, a good 90% of my psychotic patients have had delusions revolving around demonic or spiritual attack of some kind.  I live in a very religious area and the culture of Alabama supports these delusions. According to Pfeifer (Psychopathology, 1999),  56% of psychotic patients suffer from delusions with “demonic attributions.”  Pfeifer found that belief systems play a strong role in how patients perceive and respond to their psychotic delusions.  This means that if a patient hears the devil and feels the devil but strongly believes in mental health they will seek psychiatric care and recover.  However, if a patient believes in the devil and seeks a preacher or witch doctor, they will never get psychiatric care and their condition will deteriorate.    McCormik et al.’s researcher (Behavioral Neurology, 1992) supports this.  It shows that culture and the belief system of the patient strongly predicts how a psychotic patient with delusions of “demonic attributions” will recover.  The more primitive and steeped in the belief that possession is real the patient’s cultural and belief system are the less likely they are to recover. 
Recently, a patient I had been seeing for months shot herself in the head (This case study has been made false enough to protect the patient’s HIPPA rights but the guts of the story are real).  For months, I had been trying to convince her to take her medication.  She had been going to her preacher for fifteen years and he had convinced her she was possessed by the devil and that all her bad behaviors were the devil acting through her.  Since she was psychotic and really didn’t want to take responsibility for beating her children and having them taken from her by CPS, she really wanted to believe her preacher.  My answer was less appealing.  It put personal responsibility on her.  She beat her children.  She could have stopped if she ever took her medicine.  The preacher told her the devil had convinced her that her children wanted to kill her.  She heard voices telling her that her children wanted to kill her.  So she went through sixty-five independent exorcism rituals over the course of her life.  Her family encouraged this.  They didn’t believe in mental health care but they sure as hell believed in the devil.   When she could no longer take the devil in her head, she killed herself.  In session, she talked about all the websites she read that encouraged her to believe in possession. She talked about Emily Rose and the Exorcist.  These things were real to her. She had been forced to take her medications twice in her life. Once when she was in jail and once when she wanted to get her children back.  During these periods, she had improved, but families and preachers had always convinced her to stop her meds.   When she stopped taking her medication, the devil returned.
I have seen innumerable cases like this.  I have won some battles and got patients to take their medications and been blessed enough to see how quickly medication can cure a demonic possession.  I have lost some battles and had patients either refuse to take their medications or not take them long enough to see real change.   I have never seen anything that would make me believe that any patient claiming to be possessed was actually influenced by a supernatural force. I have seen ghosts and shadow people.  I don’t pretend they don’t exist, but I know possession doesn’t exist.
 My first run in with mental illness came when I was a very young girl.  A family member of mine suffered from psychosis and believed the devil was trying to torment him.  He sought help from a priest who called to have him admitted and he was forcibly admitted into the state hospital.  Even most priests know that psychosis usually manifests in delusions of persecution and that persecution often has demonic overtones.   
I have been working with mental illness for a long time now and I know what it feels like to lose a patient and there is nothing more heartbreaking to me than when it isn’t the patient’s fault, but the fault of those around them, pushing them away from help that is so easily obtained.  It wasn’t long ago that there was no help for psychosis.  We had to give psychotic patients lobotomies, lock them up, or send them to priests and preachers.  That was all there was.  These things failed.  Historically, they all always failed.  The stories of the people who suffered through these treatments make the backbones of many of the most infamous ghost stories.  But now we can really treat these ailments.  These people can have somewhat normal lives.  Why push them back into the darkness?
There are several true possession stories I often hear told again and again as evidence that possession is real.  One is the famous story of Emily Rose.  This story dates back to 1974.  Modern medicine has grown by leaps and bounds since this story.  In neuropsychiatry and psychiatry, 1974 might as well be 1600.  Yes, medicine couldn’t help her then, but I would be willing to bet it could help her now.  The first very limited antipsychotics weren’t even invented until the 1960s.  Clozapine wasn’t invented until the 1960s and wasn’t introduced to the public until the 1970s.  So to site possession cases in the 1970s before the medications to treat psychosis were even available is to like saying you can’t cure the plague and it was sent by the devil based on data from 1100.  I am sure Emily Rose felt like the devil was tormenting her.  There is nothing more tragic than talking to someone who is actively psychotic. Working with patients that are actively psychotic does feel like talking to someone influenced by the devil. They are really going through the trials of the devil.  But these torments are now treatable with medicine.  The truth is stories like Emily’s are even more tragic because she was a very sick girl who could have been saved if she had lived now. 

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Demonic Possession

by on Sep.04, 2017, under From the Web

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I love ghost stories and believe in the paranormal.  I believe in ghosts and demons.  I also have graduate degrees in clinical and counseling psychology and have been practicing as a licensed therapist in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings for more than fifteen years.  As a writer and collector of ghost stories, I have noticed a distinct increase in articles and stories about demonic possession.  I have good friends who have tried to classify demonic possessions.  They tell histories of demonic possession and try to support those that are seeking an exorcism.  On this blog, I have even written about the story behind the infamous exorcist possession.  If any psychological or psychiatric professional in the world was going to argue and support the fact that demonic possession was a real spiritual state, it would be me. But in truth, I believe that there is nothing more dangerous and deadly to mental health care in the world than anyone supporting the delusion that demonic possession is a real thing.   I know many of you may be mad at me for saying this, but please read on before you form any conclusions. 
I have been practicing for over fifteen years.  In that time, a good 90% of my psychotic patients have had delusions revolving around demonic or spiritual attack of some kind.  I live in a very religious area and the culture of Alabama supports these delusions. According to Pfeifer (Psychopathology, 1999),  56% of psychotic patients suffer from delusions with “demonic attributions.”  Pfeifer found that belief systems play a strong role in how patients perceive and respond to their psychotic delusions.  This means that if a patient hears the devil and feels the devil but strongly believes in mental health they will seek psychiatric care and recover.  However, if a patient believes in the devil and seeks a preacher or witch doctor, they will never get psychiatric care and their condition will deteriorate.    McCormik et al.’s researcher (Behavioral Neurology, 1992) supports this.  It shows that culture and the belief system of the patient strongly predicts how a psychotic patient with delusions of “demonic attributions” will recover.  The more primitive and steeped in the belief that possession is real the patient’s cultural and belief system are the less likely they are to recover. 
Recently, a patient I had been seeing for months shot herself in the head (This case study has been made false enough to protect the patient’s HIPPA rights but the guts of the story are real).  For months, I had been trying to convince her to take her medication.  She had been going to her preacher for fifteen years and he had convinced her she was possessed by the devil and that all her bad behaviors were the devil acting through her.  Since she was psychotic and really didn’t want to take responsibility for beating her children and having them taken from her by CPS, she really wanted to believe her preacher.  My answer was less appealing.  It put personal responsibility on her.  She beat her children.  She could have stopped if she ever took her medicine.  The preacher told her the devil had convinced her that her children wanted to kill her.  She heard voices telling her that her children wanted to kill her.  So she went through sixty-five independent exorcism rituals over the course of her life.  Her family encouraged this.  They didn’t believe in mental health care but they sure as hell believed in the devil.   When she could no longer take the devil in her head, she killed herself.  In session, she talked about all the websites she read that encouraged her to believe in possession. She talked about Emily Rose and the Exorcist.  These things were real to her. She had been forced to take her medications twice in her life. Once when she was in jail and once when she wanted to get her children back.  During these periods, she had improved, but families and preachers had always convinced her to stop her meds.   When she stopped taking her medication, the devil returned.
I have seen innumerable cases like this.  I have won some battles and got patients to take their medications and been blessed enough to see how quickly medication can cure a demonic possession.  I have lost some battles and had patients either refuse to take their medications or not take them long enough to see real change.   I have never seen anything that would make me believe that any patient claiming to be possessed was actually influenced by a supernatural force. I have seen ghosts and shadow people.  I don’t pretend they don’t exist, but I know possession doesn’t exist.
 My first run in with mental illness came when I was a very young girl.  A family member of mine suffered from psychosis and believed the devil was trying to torment him.  He sought help from a priest who called to have him admitted and he was forcibly admitted into the state hospital.  Even most priests know that psychosis usually manifests in delusions of persecution and that persecution often has demonic overtones.   
I have been working with mental illness for a long time now and I know what it feels like to lose a patient and there is nothing more heartbreaking to me than when it isn’t the patient’s fault, but the fault of those around them, pushing them away from help that is so easily obtained.  It wasn’t long ago that there was no help for psychosis.  We had to give psychotic patients lobotomies, lock them up, or send them to priests and preachers.  That was all there was.  These things failed.  Historically, they all always failed.  The stories of the people who suffered through these treatments make the backbones of many of the most infamous ghost stories.  But now we can really treat these ailments.  These people can have somewhat normal lives.  Why push them back into the darkness?
There are several true possession stories I often hear told again and again as evidence that possession is real.  One is the famous story of Emily Rose.  This story dates back to 1974.  Modern medicine has grown by leaps and bounds since this story.  In neuropsychiatry and psychiatry, 1974 might as well be 1600.  Yes, medicine couldn’t help her then, but I would be willing to bet it could help her now.  The first very limited antipsychotics weren’t even invented until the 1960s.  Clozapine wasn’t invented until the 1960s and wasn’t introduced to the public until the 1970s.  So to site possession cases in the 1970s before the medications to treat psychosis were even available is to like saying you can’t cure the plague and it was sent by the devil based on data from 1100.  I am sure Emily Rose felt like the devil was tormenting her.  There is nothing more tragic than talking to someone who is actively psychotic. Working with patients that are actively psychotic does feel like talking to someone influenced by the devil. They are really going through the trials of the devil.  But these torments are now treatable with medicine.  The truth is stories like Emily’s are even more tragic because she was a very sick girl who could have been saved if she had lived now. 

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Dragsholm Castle

by on Aug.14, 2017, under From the Web

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I love history.   The reason I first fell in love with ghost stories is because of the many layers of history that lurk behind each story.   In Europe,  the layers of history go deeper because the history is so much longer.   Dragsholm Castle is one of the most haunted places in Europe and it is filled with history and ghosts.  Dragsholm Castle was was constructed during the 12th century by Bishop of Roskilde. When the castle was finally completed it became home to royalty and nobles alike.  Dragsholm is one of the oldest secular buildings in Denmark and its history is long and dark.

In the 16th century,  the castle became the residence of the royal family.  During the period from 1536 to 1664, Dragsholm Castle was also used as a prison for noble prisoners. In the large tower at the northeast corner of the castle, prison cells were made.  Some of the most well-known prisoners at Dragsholm Castle include the last catholic Bishop in Roskilde, James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, third husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the mad squire, Ejler Brockenhuus.   The Earl of Bothwell was subjected to particularly horrible treatment in the tower and was tied to a pillar and left to rot.  He was given just what was necessary to keep him alive and he was said to have gone mad.

The Earl of Bothwell is one of the most famous ghosts of Dragsholm.   The Earl has been seen riding into the courtyard of the castle with his horse and carriage.   Many visitors claim to have heard the horses hoof beats upon the cobbled yard.

The castle is also said to be haunted by two other ghosts. There is a white lady who is said to be a daughter of one of the bovles who owned the castle.   She fell in love with a commoner and when her father found out he was so angry that he imprisoned her in the dreaded tower. She was more than imprisoned, legend says that he walled her up in her prison cell and left her to die.   It is said that every night she returns to the castle and walks around the corridors.  There have been numerous sightings of her.  There is also factual evidence to support this story.  In the 1930’s, when the old walls of the castle were torn down, workers found a hole in the wall and a skeleton with a white dress in it.

The last ghost to haunt Dragsholm Castle is a gray lady.  She is the rarest of the three ghost and is seldom seen or heard. She is believed to be the ghost of a young serving girl who died of a tooth ache.   She lingers in the shadows, hiding from sight, looking for a light in the darkness.

If you would like to visit Dragsholm Castle,  you are very much in luck.  During 1937, the castle came into the ownership of the Bottger family who have since converted it into a hotel.   Their website explains their many services and tells about the castle, its history, and the wonderful food that can be eaten where others once died.  You can plan your visit by going to  http://www.dragsholm-slot.dk/en  .

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Dragsholm Castle

by on Aug.14, 2017, under From the Web

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I love history.   The reason I first fell in love with ghost stories is because of the many layers of history that lurk behind each story.   In Europe,  the layers of history go deeper because the history is so much longer.   Dragsholm Castle is one of the most haunted places in Europe and it is filled with history and ghosts.  Dragsholm Castle was was constructed during the 12th century by Bishop of Roskilde. When the castle was finally completed it became home to royalty and nobles alike.  Dragsholm is one of the oldest secular buildings in Denmark and its history is long and dark.

In the 16th century,  the castle became the residence of the royal family.  During the period from 1536 to 1664, Dragsholm Castle was also used as a prison for noble prisoners. In the large tower at the northeast corner of the castle, prison cells were made.  Some of the most well-known prisoners at Dragsholm Castle include the last catholic Bishop in Roskilde, James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, third husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the mad squire, Ejler Brockenhuus.   The Earl of Bothwell was subjected to particularly horrible treatment in the tower and was tied to a pillar and left to rot.  He was given just what was necessary to keep him alive and he was said to have gone mad.

The Earl of Bothwell is one of the most famous ghosts of Dragsholm.   The Earl has been seen riding into the courtyard of the castle with his horse and carriage.   Many visitors claim to have heard the horses hoof beats upon the cobbled yard.

The castle is also said to be haunted by two other ghosts. There is a white lady who is said to be a daughter of one of the bovles who owned the castle.   She fell in love with a commoner and when her father found out he was so angry that he imprisoned her in the dreaded tower. She was more than imprisoned, legend says that he walled her up in her prison cell and left her to die.   It is said that every night she returns to the castle and walks around the corridors.  There have been numerous sightings of her.  There is also factual evidence to support this story.  In the 1930’s, when the old walls of the castle were torn down, workers found a hole in the wall and a skeleton with a white dress in it.

The last ghost to haunt Dragsholm Castle is a gray lady.  She is the rarest of the three ghost and is seldom seen or heard. She is believed to be the ghost of a young serving girl who died of a tooth ache.   She lingers in the shadows, hiding from sight, looking for a light in the darkness.

If you would like to visit Dragsholm Castle,  you are very much in luck.  During 1937, the castle came into the ownership of the Bottger family who have since converted it into a hotel.   Their website explains their many services and tells about the castle, its history, and the wonderful food that can be eaten where others once died.  You can plan your visit by going to  http://www.dragsholm-slot.dk/en  .

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