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Paranormal Pop News Update #19

A good news story for us Brian – Destination America reported this week that Paranormal Researchers are actually pretty normal.

Exploring ghosts, aliens, UFO’s and cryptozoology used to be seen as a hobby for only the very strange. The stereotype was people wearing tinfoil hats, sitting in their mother’s basement. All that has changed says a new study that looked at people who go into the field of paranormal research.

“It’s a very diverse group of people,” said Simon Fraser, University Geography Professor Paul Kingsbury, who is studying paranormal investigators and what motivates them to work in a field many don’t believe in. “Their passion is very strong” he said.

As part of his study, Kingsbury took part in eight ghost investigations, two UFO conferences and one Sasquatch hunt. He said the conferences function much like an academic forum where there is debate and as many skeptics attend as true believers.

“There are keynote speakers, Q & A’s, break-out sessions, late night hotel lobby bar conversations about different theories”, said Kingsbury. “These conferences are very much centers for teaching and learning. I’m interested, as a (cultural) geographer, how the conferences bring people together in these relatively small places.”

With so many smart, seemingly normal people investigating claims of the paranormal, it’s not hard to imagine the mainstreaming of the topics. When that happens, we may finally get to the bottom of some mysteries concluded Kingbury.

 

The Vintage News.com claims there is now a website that can tell you how many people have died in your house.

This website has been created so that people can look up their address and find out how many people have died there.

The website is called www.diedinhouse.com and uses information from news announcements, death certificates and police records to identify whether or not one or more people have died at an address.

The website is said to have provided real information about the Amityville house murders. Just as Halloween has come and gone, you can look up the information about your own house.

The site features a search function whereby you input your address and it will search through millions of records to discover if anyone had ever died there. It is a paid for service and the site charges around $12 for a basic search. The site has expanded its offering to also tell you whether any other incidents have occurred at your house such as meth usage.

The data goes back to the 1980’s when information and records began to be digitalized and now they are looking at how they can upload data prior to this. The owner of the website said that he had found out that someone had died in a house he was about to purchase.

He says he thought that the owners would have to notify potential purchasers about this type of information but it is not a legal requirement. When he started to look into it he realized that there was no one place that you can go to, to find out this kind of information.

Mr Condrey says that around 4.5 million houses across the US alone have had people die in them. Diedhouse.com is the first known hub to host this information.

Journalists have checked the site to see if it is accurate and found that it did show up that a house they searched for in Ohio had at one time been the site of a meth lab, as well as the murders at Amityville and ownership of an office building in New York.

At the moment the site can only search for addresses in the US and despite the fact that it is not a legal requirement to reveal a death in a house prior to selling, it can devalue a property by 25% and it could be on the market double the amount of time.

The site is benefiting those who have long held the belief that their house was haunted. It might add to a rental’s sinister appeal, especially around Halloween. On the other hand, the less-than-savoury findings could have real implications for home owners. According to Forbes, a house having a history of a death or a violent crime can lower its value by 30%.

Condrey revealed that since setting the site live he has had a wave of hits from people in Texas and California. California residents, he says, are particularly interested in the many famous murders and deaths in the state and the possibility that one may be linked to their house.

“It would bother me in I knew someone died in my house” Condrey said. “For instance, I couldn’t live in a house where there was a murder-suicide. “Some people don’t have a problem with knowing someone died in their home, but when you remind them that this knowledge could affect their home values, they change their tune.”

 

Fox News reported on a story that an 8 year old boy says that Angels saved his father’s life.

The 8 year old boy in Idaho says Angels helped him lift a car off his father’s body to save his life.

J.T. Parker was working on a Toyota Prius with his 17 year old brother Mason and their father Stephen at the Sugar City home last summer.

“We were pulling the engine out of the car, and after we got it jacked up, I climbed under there to take the axels off,” Stephen recalled. “The one axle came off pretty easily, but the other side wasn’t coming off”.

When he went to adjust the second axle and move the jack, the car fell on him. J.T. was the only one around as Mason had gone inside the house minutes earlier with a cut hand.

“I yelled to J.T. on the other side of the car, “Jack it up quick! Jack it up quick!” Stephen said. “I couldn’t move at all. I was totally trapped, and then I passed out. It was all in his hands, and I thought, “This is it. There’s no way he can jack up this car because it took my 17 year old son and I both to jack it up the first time.”

Mustering all the courage and strength he could, J.T. adjusted the jack and started jumping up and down on the handle. He weighed around 50 pounds.

It was scary and I didn’t think that I could jack the car up, but I just kept on trying” J.T told EastIdahoNews.com

After 15 minutes of jumping up and down the car slowly started raising off his father. Once it was completely off, J.T. ran to get his brother and call 911.

“All I remember is I felt peace, “Stephen said. “I remember seeing white, like a nice happy day. The clouds were going by, and everything was happy and peaceful”.

His wife Jodi arrived while the three Parker men waited for emergency responders.

“When I got there, I saw my husband underneath a car,” Jodi told the website – “my heart just sank, and I didn’t know what to expect”.

Stephen was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center via helicopter in critical condition.

He had 13 broken ribs and no internal damage.

“it was just a miracle,” said Stephen, who was home two days after the July 30 accident.

Last week the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho presented J.T. with one of its 11 “East Idaho Real Heroes” award for 2017.

“This whole thing is a miracle. There’s no other way to describe it,” his mother said. “There’s no way that little boy could have done that. I just felt that it is a responsibility we now have to tell people that miracles still exist.”

 

Iflscience.com reported on an enormous cavern containing a Knights Templar Church being found hiding beneath a farmer’s field.

The Knights Templar were a Catholic military order that was active just under 1,000 years ago. With their white mantles and red crosses, they quickly became notorious for their wealth, power, and abilities in combat during the Crusades. Today, they’re a source of fascination for archaeologists, novelists and scriptwriters in equal measure and any new discovery is pounced upon by anyone with a mote of curiosity in their storied history.

A few years back, a man-made cavern was discovered hiding beneath a farmer’s field in Shrophshire England. Initially, the only way into the concealed chamber was through a tiny rabbit hold, and after some careful excavation, explorers found that they were standing in a previously unseen temple used by the Knights themselves.

Birmingham photographer Michael Scott decided to pay a visit to these mysterious caverns recently and document them in all their ancient glory on his camera, and it’s safe to say that this particular historical wonder is certainly a surreal sight to behold. You can see a walk through of the cavern and church in a video at www.iflscience.com

Stunningly well preserved 700 years after they were originally carved out of the land, the order likely used this earthen temple as a place to hide, plot, worship and scheme away from prying eyes.

The shape of the subterranean hideaway is rather specific, with circular naves prominently featured. This is thought to be because the Knights wanted their architecture to match that of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the supposed burial place of Jesus Christ.

The caves were closed in 2012 after people, being generally quite terrible covered some of the temple in graffiti and dumped a load of garbage down through the entrance. With special permission, however, some people are still allowed in to explore them.

This is just one of many uncovered Knights Templar sites around the world. Fortifications and artifacts can be found all across Europe and the Middle East, particularly around the so called “Holy Land”.

After Christian military forces were pushed back out of this hallowed region, support for the order began to wane. By the time France’s King Phillip IV took power, the royal family was deeply indebted to the falling order and rumors began to spread about them that sowed the seeds of distrust in the public.

With general opinion turning against them, the King ordered their arrest and torture in 1307. Using false confessions and presenting them to Pope Clement V as evidence of their treachery, the Knights Templar was finally disbanded in 1312 and they’ve become a somewhat legendary and conspiratorial organization ever since.

 

In my last report for the night we go local with a story from clickondetroit.com that reported an old ghostly northern Michigan orphanage is being turned into apartments.

In Marquette, Michigan developers say they’re on track to convert an old orphanage in the Upper Penninsula into apartments.

Holy Family Orphanage in Marquette is 102 years old but has been vacant since 1981. The Mining Journal says renovations started last summer and could be completed by fall.

Black spruce trees that were in front of the building are being turned into furniture.

Amy Lerlie is executive director of Community Action Alger Marquette. She says the goal is to have affordable housing in downtown Marquette.

Fourteen apartments will be set aside for the homeless, disabled or people with special needs. Their share of the rent will depend on income.

Rent on the other units will depend on the apartment size, family size and income. The development is called Grandview Marquette.

The old Marquette orphanage has a ghostly history though. Opened in 1915, the orphanage housed mostly Native American Children who were removed from their tribe to accommodate their integration into white culture.

The orphanage had fully furnished classrooms, kitchens, dining halls and bathrooms. Urban legend says the orphanage was run by abusive nuns and you can still hear the children playing.

Here’s an account from UP Investigators…

 

Most of the windows and doors are locked and boarded up. The building has odd walls and crevices from being built onto over the years. Inside, there is very little light and it is totally dark on the lower two levels. It is rotten and falling apart. The layout of the building is very confusing, many of the floors have the same rooms and same colors painted in the rooms. There are multiple stairwells and several small side rooms, dumbwaiter shafts and an open elevator shaft. Many of the doors on the back of the building open into open space, as there is no longer a fire escape. The atmosphere of the building is very menacing and depressing at the same time. Neighboring houses around the orphanage report seeing figures of children in the building, hear laughing or screaming and reported different stories. Children were reported to have been beaten or killed and one story is that a little girl caught pneumonia and died from playing outside in a blizzard. Her body was put on display as a lesson to the other children of why not to play outside. Overall, it’s not surprising why it’s considered haunted; it’s very large and creepy.

With all that creepy going on it would be interesting to see what their advertisements look like!

If you hear of or experience something Paranormal or Unusual and would like to share it with the show check out our website at www.theparanormalpop.com or join us on our facebook page to keep the conversation going.

That’s everything for today for your weird and unusual Paranormal Pop news update.

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