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LaLaurie Ghost Stories, Skeptical Critics, and Stalkers

2013-02-01
Length: 11s

In this 12-minute podcast, Fiona Broome explains more about her reference to the LaLaurie mansion in New Orleans' French Quarter.  She also examines why she keeps mentioning it, why skeptical critics can't seem to stop stalking this field, and -- perhaps -- why some ghosts continue to haunt, even when it's illogical and to their detriment.

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Winter Ghost Research

2013-01-31
Length: 16s

In this 16-minute podcast, Fiona Broome talks about winter research opportunities.

First, she explains that she identifies 10 - 12 attractive, haunted locations for upcoming research.  She checks the name of the site, online, with additional words like "hoax," "scam," "fake," and "joke."  That helps her find reviews and reports that raise credibility issues about the haunt.

Then, she researches the actual history of each site, as well.

That's what she does during January.  Then, in February, she looks for 2 - 5 haunted places near each one of the main sites, so she has alternatives for research when she's in the area. 

Fiona then explains two shortcuts, if you don't have time (or the resources) to locate alternative haunts:  First, ghost tours.  And, as a secondary cue to good research sites: Historical markers and plaques.

Finally, Fiona talks about the advantages of winter.  You can visit "haunted" sites and study snow patterns -- looking for anomalies -- and unusual growth patterns in trees and shrubs that aren't so concealed by leaves.  Those anomalies may lead you to hot and cold spots, as well as locations with high EMF and infrasound.  That information can help you when you return for investigations during more pleasant weather.

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Ghost Hunting, Scole, Bacci, and Credibility

2012-12-31
Length: 19s

In this 20-minute podcast, Fiona Broome discusses a variety of issues, mostly related to credibility, but also pacing yourself, seasonally.

She begins by talking about a photo -- posted by someone with experience -- that was pounced on by a skeptical critic. She also mentions a 2010 documentary, The Afterlife Investigations, including events at Scole and those in Italy during Marcello Bacci's presentations.

Terms she describes:

DRV - Direct Radio Voice, or voices from the other side, heard via radio or a radio-like device.  (Ref. Frank's Boxes, Shack Hacks, Ghost Boxes, Spirit Boxes, and so on.)  Compare with ITC. Apports - solid objects that are transported from one location to another, through solid walls.  (Fiona references poltergeist activity and describes how one of her children used to "apport" coins.)

Fiona explains that, especially with today's miniature technology, anything can be faked.  That doesn't mean that every "paranormal" is faked.

She focuses on two essential markers, separating genuine paranormal phenomena from those that might be normal (but weird), or downright faked... for more show notes, visit HollowHill.com.

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Ghost Hunting and Respiratory Risks

2012-11-29
Length: 15s

With the death of Sara Harris, ghost hunting health risks are now in the spotlight.

In my earlier article -- written before Sara's death -- I touched on basic health and safety concerns, including respiratory issues and simple steps to reduce your risks.  Today, I've had time for a more in-depth study of the problem, and I've re-recorded my December 1st podcast -- released early because it's so important -- with more comprehensive information.

Remember, I am not a medical professional or doctor and this is not intended as medical advice.

I'm trying to strike a sensible balance but even one death is too many, so I'd rather lean in the direction of raising excessive concerns, than treat this too lightly.

Click here to read more at Hollow Hill, the ghost hunting website

Click here for my YouTube channel, for how-to videos include the one about stairways

Points you need to know

Airborne risks in dusty locations aren't news.  Since speculation about "King Tut's Curse," people have been concerned about airborne diseases, especially those that have been dormant at locations where bodies may have been stored (including abandoned hospital morgues) or tombs. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists a wide range of rodent-related diseases, from Hanta to plague to one form of meningitis. Most are spread by "breathing in dust that is contaminated with rodent urine or droppings."  Just last week, I'd pointed to a large mouse or rat in one ghost hunting video, but I think we've all investigated sites where mice and rats had once been, or still are. Many abandoned hospitals that were described as "insane asylums" were also hospitals for victims of tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases.  Eloise Insane Asylum  (in Michigan, USA) is a good example of this. Studies of SARS and other diseases have shown that dry particles can travel surprising distances, and still cause infection. Surgical masks are usually designed to protect the environment from the wearer, not vice versa.  If you're buying blue masks, keep this in mind.  Depending on their design, those blue masks usually test between 15% and 80% effective.  The best are designed to filter the smallest particles, and have something at the nose so air isn't entering and exiting, unfiltered, at the top edge of the mask. Masks usually filter particles, they don't disinfect anything.  If you have significant health issues leaving you especially vulnerable, or you're going to extremes, look for military-grade gas masks designed to protect from chemical and biological agents, as well as flu pandemics.  At that level, you'll achieve maximum protection. Indoors (with no open windows), setting up an air filter ahead of time may help if it's designed to HEPA standards.  (HEPA filters remove more than 99% of airborne particles, usually down to 0.3 microns.)  However, most air purifiers are designed to filter tobacco smoke, pollen, and dust, not chemical or bacterial agents. Remember that your hands, hair, and clothing can pick up the same particles you're trying to avoid with a mask.  Keep your mask on when you shake your hair to dislodge particles, and when you change your clothes.  Disposable gloves -- available in bulk from many pharmacies and beauty salon supply stores (like Sally Beauty Supply) -- can be helpful in extreme situations.

There is a happy medium (no pun intended) between making ghost hunting so complex and fearful it's a chore, and being far too casual about health and safety risks.  The precautions you take will vary from person to person, and from one investigation site to another.

Someone investigating in northern Maine and eastern Canada will have very different concerns than someone investigating in Louisiana or an area that's been affected by flooding.  And, someone with severe allergies or respiratory issues will take different precautions than someone who rarely catches a cold and enjoys exceptionally good immunity.

What I'm adding to my ghost hunting supplies

Basic blue surgical masks, for my own use and for anyone who's with me that didn't bring respiratory protection. Disposable gloves, for places where I don't want to touch anything.  (I have a very low "ick!" threshold.) A more comprehensive breathing mask, in the $30 - $50 price range.  I'm still researching them, as different products offer varying protection levels.  I'm looking at this model, since it's described as a HEPA-type filter, but I may find a mask I like better.  A personal air purifier that's been proved effective in scientific studies.  My choice is the Wein As150mm Ionic Air Purifier.  It's small and can be worn as a pendant.  As long as it doesn't interfere with electronic sensing devices or other ghost hunting tools, it's the kind of thing I'd wear routinely in dusty locations, basements and attics, and abandoned buildings... and when I'm on an airplane.

Podcast introduction and closing by Peter Baker.

Music: La Favorite by Couperin.

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Ghost Era Cues

2012-11-15
Length: 11s

What are "era cues" and how can they trigger ghostly encounters?

In this 12-minute podcast, Fiona Broome discusses the concept of "era cues" as presented on an episode of Ghost Lab.  She explains how you can use them to improve your research results, as well as what you encounter during ghost tours and events.

Links to more information, referenced in this podcast:

Ghost Lab - TV episode (Disturbing the Peace - 6 Oct 2009)

The Myrtles Plantation - official website

John Sabol - MySpace - Book: Re-Haunting of Gettysburg (at Amazon.com)

The Spalding Inn - NH hotel

Salem, Massachusetts - "Witch City" - Salem Witch House

Paragenealogy - Fiona's book about research ghostly history


(You can listen online or download the recording to listen to, later.)

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Free Ghost Hunting Mindmaps

2012-10-28
Length: 4s

In this four-minute mini-podcast, Fiona Broome explains some of the history of ley lines, what to do to prepare for ghost hunting in haunted cemeteries, and how to use her two free mindmaps at HollowHill.com

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Before You Investigate a Haunted Cemetery

2012-10-24
Length: 22s

Do you like exploring haunted cemeteries?  In this 22-minute podcast, Fiona Broome shares some of her best advice for making the most of your cemetery investigation, long before you even see the site.

From how to make the best use of Google maps to how to discover the identities of "hidden" bodies in haunted graves, this podcast may surprise you with resources you never thought of.

Visit HollowHill.com for a free transcript of this podcast, plus an accompanying worksheet you can share with others (PDF).  This is part of Fiona's "13 Days of Halloween" celebration for 2012.

Related link:  Hollow Hill, the ghost hunting website

Music written and orchestrated by Devin Anderson.

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Ghosts - What They Are and What They Aren't

2012-10-23
Length: 1s

Fiona Broome's new book, Ghosts - What They Are and What They Aren't is already a best-seller at Amazon, in its third day of release.

Listen to this one-minute mini-podcast to hear Fiona explain what's in the book, and why it's important.


Learn more about the weird story of this book, at HollowHill.com.

Learn more about what's in this book, at HollowHill.com.

Or, just go get a copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

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Ghost Hunting Events - Get the Most from Them

2012-10-23
Length: 1s

Ghost Hunting events can be great... or they can be a disappointment.  A lot depends on you, and how well you've prepared for the event.

In this two-minute podcast, Fiona Broome talks about what you improve (and what you possibly can't) at ghost hunting events, so you get the very most from each one.

After listening, visit HollowHill.com for Fiona's free report and checklist to get the most from the next ghost event you attend.

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Evaluating Famous Haunts

2012-10-22
Length: 3s

It's Day 4 of Fiona Broome's "13 Days of Halloween Treats."  Today's freebie is a report and worksheet for planning investigations at famous haunted places.

Listen to this mini-podcast to hear Fiona's tips for a successful investigation.  Then, download the PDF at HollowHill.com.

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Ghosts, Sundays, Rapport, and Unintended Provoking

2012-10-21
Length: 1s

Fiona Broome introduces her free, four-page report about using religion to improve your rapport (or passive provoking) for better EVP and real-time communication with ghosts.

She describes two techniques:

1. Hold a serious (but informal) religious service and ask the ghost to be one of the speakers, talking about his or her life.

2. Do things that are likely to irk (but not enfuriate) your ghost enough to respond by talking (or lecturing) to you.  This isn't intended to cause long-term pain for the ghost, or insult, taunt, or ridicule him (or her).  Handled correctly, it can elicit an almost immediate response that you can record as EVP or use with real-time communication devices.

For more information and the report, visit http://hollowhill.com/ghosts-sundays-rapport-provoking.

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Ghost Hunting - Keeping Tragedy in Context

2012-10-20
Length: 2s

Introduction to Fiona Broome's free, 3-page report about a ghost's history and what was tragic in his or her life.

Click here for more information at HollowHill.com.

This is from Day 2 of Fiona's "13 Days of Halloween" celebration, 2012.

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Skeptics and Ghost Hunters

2012-10-19
Length: 14s

In this rambling podcast, Fiona talks about:

The definition of skeptic. The difference between a healthy skeptic and a skeptical critic. How Fiona discovered that healthy skeptics can be her best friends (and vice versa). Why you should never engage in an argument with a skeptical critic. The importance of skeptical critics in paranormal research: It's not just that they keep us on our toes, but also the valuable research notes they may inadvertently provide. Surveys, monsters in the closet, and how easy it is to become a skeptical critic when faced with data completely outside our personal experiences.

For more information, visit HollowHill.com

Music: Zombie, by Devin Anderson

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Baseline Yourself for Ghost Hunting

2012-10-18
Length: 5s

In this four-minute mini-podcast, Fiona Broome explains how and why to run baseline checks of yourself -- physically, mentally, and emotionally -- before you begin any paranormal investigation.

The point is: If you know what's normal for you, or at least normal for that day, you'll be able to tell when paranormal activity influences how you feel.

At HollowHill.com, Fiona offers a free instruction sheet (an edited transcript of this mini-podcast) as well as a sheet to use to help you identify how you're feeling, emotionally, before, during, and after the investigation.

Music: Zombie, by Devin Anderson.

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13 Days of Halloween

2012-10-17
Length: 1s

Fiona Broome announces Hollow Hill's First Annual 13 Days of Halloween event!

Check HollowHill.com daily for Halloween treats, starting Friday, October 19th.

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Fear and Ghost Hunting

2012-10-11
Length: 19s

In this 19-minute podcast, learn more about coping with fear if you're afraid of ghosts and haunted places... but you want to go ghost hunting, anyway.

Fiona Broome talks about why it's okay to be afraid when you begin ghost hunting.  Then, she explains the four simplest steps to help you deal with that fear. 

1. Understand what you're really afraid of.

2. Decide if that fear is reasonable or not.

3. Decide if your ghost hunting goals are worth the trouble of overcoming your fears.

And, if you've decided to face your fears for very good reasons...

4. Debunk your fears through education, or desensitize yourself, a little at a time.

And, learn why some fears can be truly important when you're ghost hunting.

(Of course, this is not medical advice.  If your fears are deeply rooted, you may want to talk with a counselor or other professional who understands the mental health aspects of anxiety and fear.)

And, as usual, the music for this podcast is Zombie, by Devin Anderson.

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Ghost Hunting Update - 4 Oct 2011

2012-10-04
Length: 14s

Fiona returns to Hollow Hill podcasts with weekly updates during October 2012!

In this fast-paced, 15-minute, stream-of-consciousness podcast, Fiona discusses several topics.

1. Father Andrew Calder - How he will be remembered.

2. Grant Wilson - The wedding ring question, answered, and his new projects: RatherDashingGames.com and Carpetshark (@MySpace / Facebook / SoundCloud).

3. Amateur exorcisms and related dangers.  Recommended if you really need help:  John Zaffis, Peter Haviland, Carl Johnson, and Keith Johnson.

4. NH Magazine (Oct 2012) interview with Fiona Broome, and some notes about dealing with the police.

5. John Zaffis, the Haunted Collector TV series, and editing.  Two kinds of paranormal TV shows: "Ooh, shiny!" novelty shows for adrenaline rushes (and little credibility), and "comfort food" shows that follow the Ghost Hunters formula.

6. Review: The World's Weirdest Places, by Nick Redfern.  Just a few locations, but lots of in-depth research regarding well-known and rarely reported weird incidents at or near each one.  Excellent for researchers.

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Laconia, NH's Ghostly Places

2011-10-31
Length: 27s

Laconia, New Hampshire is a gold mine of haunted locations.  This is Part 2 (of 2) about haunted places around Tilton, Franklin, and Laconia, New Hampshire.

In the previous podcast, Fiona Broome discussed these locations:

1. Hall Memorial Library, Northfield-Tilton, NH.

2. Tilton Mystery Tunnel, Tilton, NH.

3. Two buildings and a cemetery at Webster Place, Franklin, NH.

4. Daniel Webster birthplace, Franklin, NH.

In this 27-minute podcast, Fiona talks about visiting Laconia, NH with a neighbor.  He remembered a house from his childhood; the house had "ghost stories" and a legend about a hidden Underground Railroad room.

Fiona describes what happened when they visited the house, including evidence of its Colonial history, the Underground RR room, and hash marks on the attic staircase walls and the inside of the door.

However, the owners of the home assured Fiona and her neighbor that there were no ghosts there.

The next day, Fiona returned to that area and found several other sites worth investigating:

Tavern 27 at the Mystic Meadows, 2075 Parade Road, Laconia, NH, and the gift shop behind it.

The former site of the Anti-Pedo Baptist Church of Meredith, NH, which was burned to the ground on behalf of a neighbor, Mrs. Morgan.

Mead Cemetery (433427N / 0712936W) and Round Bay Cemetery, Laconia, NH.

Fiona also recommends looking for the Folsom graves at Laconia's Union Cemetery (between Garfield St. and Academy St.), where the petrified bodies were reburied.

How to find similar haunted locations where you are:

1. Ask people if they know any local, haunted places.

2. Follow your instincts.  Drive around, look at maps, and -- psychic or not -- pay attention to your "gut feelings."

3. Research history! Look for patterns -- geographical or historical -- that connect the locations.

4. Ask more questions.  Collect more stories and look for "odd" comments and history.

5. Investigate, then ask more questions, and conduct more historical research.

For more information about this podcast, Laconia, NH Ghosts

For more information about ghost hunting, in general, visit HollowHill.com.

Music: Zombie, by Devin Anderson

5. Investigate.

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Tilton (NH) Mystery Tunnel and Webster Place Ghosts

2011-10-06
Length: 18s

In this 17 1/2 minute podcast, Fiona Broome talks about several haunted and eerie locations around Tilton and Franklin, NH.

For more complete background info -- and photos -- see Fiona's article at Hollow Hill: Podcast: Tilton Mystery Tunnel & Webster Place.

Music for this podcast is Zombie by Devin Anderson.

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Ghost Lab, Provoking, and Being Mystic - Fiona Broome of HollowHill.com

2011-05-30
Length: 13s

In this 14-minute podcast, Fiona Broome talks about several controversial topics.

First, she explains that she's not going to appear on a TV show (unless absolutely necessary), she's been working behind the scenes on a TV series.  She finds, researches and recommends locations for a new TV series that's airing beginning in June 2011. 

Then, she talks about ghost-related TV shows in general, and admits that she watches (and likes) one paranormal TV show: Ghost Lab.

Here's why she likes them:

They get the history right, usually. They try new, interesting things and admit when those experiments don't work. The show is realistic.  They don't act as if all the cool stuff happens in one hour or even six hours. The cast react appropriately to phenomena. The cast are blunt and connect with the ghosts with integrity.

Next, Fiona revisits the topic of "provoking," because the Ghost Lab team's version of provoking isn't the same as the taunting seen on some other shows.

The question is, if you were talking with that person (the ghost) in real life, would you be challenging them and helping them come to terms with what's happened, or are you taunting them?

After that, Fiona reviews a book, Being Mystic - In Touch with God, by Betsy Balega.  It addresses psychic issues and paranormal research from a Christian (Catholic) foundation.  In this book, Ms. Balega tells her own story in a chatty, personal manner.  Then, she talks about being psychic in the context of spiritual beliefs.  The book is written with tremendous sensitivity, and shares excellent advice.

Though you may not agree with Ms. Balega's spiritual choices, open-minded readers will discover useful insights that resonate across religious lines.  (If you really can't stand Catholicism, or Christianity in general, this book is not for you.)

Finally, Fiona reminds listeners that challenging spirits in healthy ways, giving them good advice, can be part of a productive parnormal investigation.

Music credits: Zombie, by Devin Anderson.

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Ghost, Demon, or What?

2011-04-20
Length: 15s

If it's not a ghost or a demon... what is it?

In this 17-minute podcast, paranormal researcher Fiona Broome talks about phenomena that don't fit our usual "ghosts" context, but aren't demons, either.

First, Fiona provides her own definitions for ghostly, poltergeist, and demonic activity.  Her main emphasis is on the scope of the phenomena and how much seems externally-caused v. internal, and how people react to it... and how quickly.

Then, she talks about the main explanations for activity that's probably not a classic ghost or a demon, as those words are popularly used.

Here are a few explanations:

1. Nothing is going on.  The person is making it up.  (This can still be a serious problem that needs to be addressed.)

2. The phenomena are natural, from animal sounds to EIFs. (Experience Inducing Fields including infrasound, EMF and geomagnetic energy anomalies.)

3. It's a deliberate prank. 

4. The phenomena relate to alternate paranormal, supernatural or spiritual contexts, including faeries, aliens, the Loa, imps, djinns, and so on.

5. We're experiencing effects from a parallel reality, as described by quantum science.  This could be the influence of someone alive & well in that reality, a ghost in that reality, or a demon in that realm whose influence is seeping into our world.

Fiona's main point is:  No matter what is actually going on, if someone is clearly in trouble, they need immediate help.

She also explains the difference between a demonologist and an exorcist, and why a second opinion is always important.

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'Impossible' Hauntings - New Evidence

2011-04-04
Length: 22s

For years, people have said, "My house is only five years old and there wasn't anything on the land before.  Why is my house haunted?"In this 22-minute podcast, paranormal researcher Fiona Broome provides possible answers.

Fiona starts with the usual explanations:

Something was on the land, long ago, but the new home's builder didn't know it had been there. Something about the current residents -- possibly their family history -- connects with each other and/or the immediate geographical area.  That energy enables spirits to act-out past events or go through the (sometimes slow) process of closure.  (Fiona admits this a a very "woo-woo" concept.) Your family has a secret history -- perhaps nobody talked about "crazy" Great-aunt Prudence who was an amazing psychic and ghosts talked to her -- that suggests a genetic predisposition to attracting spirits.  

Then Fiona explains additional information from her most recent research.  She starts with additional information related to Ireland's Duckett's Grove Castle, featured in the St. Patrick's Day 2011 episode of Destination: Truth.  Though hunting for a Banshee (bean sidhe) isn't recommended -- and Banshees aren't always blonde or in a shroud -- the cursed castle led Fiona to additional discoveries about the Duckett family and their cursed English home.

That led to the apparent contagion of tragedy at Lowther Castle. 

For additional show notes, visit HollowHill.com

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Paragenealogy - Basics

2011-03-08
Length: 6s

In this six-minute mini-podcast, Fiona Broome shares very basic steps to begin your paragenealogy research.  (Her book will explain this in far more detail.)

Begin with your own family history.  That will show you the possible connections -- and innate rapport you may have -- with specific ghosts.

Summary:

Step 1. Ask your family for information about your parents and grandparents.  Include all information.  Don't omit things that "everybody knows." Write it all down.

For each person, you'll need the following:

Name at birth Place of birth Full date of birth

If possible (or relevant) ask also for when & where they were married, and -- if the person is deceased -- when & where the person died and is buried.

The correct name is very important.  The location -- country, state, county, and city or town -- are vital, so get as much data as you can.  The date is helpful, but not as essential as the correct name and location.

Tip: Allow for spelling errors in public records.  For example, Fiona's Maloney ancestors' names have been spelled Mulloney, Malloney, Mallony, and so on.  Never rule out an historical record just because of a spelling error.

Step 2. Visit Ancestry.com and use their free trial membership to research more of your family history.  (There are many other resources, online and off, but Ancestry.com is the largest online resource with the easiest interface.  And, it costs nothing to try it; you may find all the information you need during that free trial membership.)

Once you know who your ancestors were, and the important historical eras (and locations) that are part of your family history, you'll also know the kinds of hauntings that may respond more intensely to you, personally.

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Ghost Hunting... and why I've been quiet.

2011-02-15
Length: 16s

In this 16-minute podcast, Fiona Broome talks about ghost hunting in 2010 and early 2011.

Initially, she talks about cycles of interest in ghosts.

The past 100 years

The Victorian / Spiritualist era (1870s - 1920s) when many researchers made remarkable discoveries, but today that time is remembered for its frauds.  Modern researchers would do well to review the older books, journals and magazines of that era.

The 1960s, when spirituality and the hippie movement led to a fascination with all things paranormal.  Fiona recommends the book Conjuring Up Philip, and some episodes of the (somewhat dated but delightfully campy) TV series, One Step Beyond.  Amid the hype and woo-woo silliness, breakthroughs in areas such as EMF could be helpful to us today.

Modern researchers can read books by authors such as Jess Stearn and Hans Holzer, and find important bedrock studies related to paranormal studies.  Then, search for those topics and researchers, online, to see what's been discovered since then.

Where we are now

Fiona then talks about the ghost hunting field today.  Paranormal research is facing a widening gap between entertainment -- particularly TV and radio shows -- and serious research.

She reminds listeners that she's never lost her respect for many people on ghost-related TV shows, including the Ghost Hunters franchise… while seeing many shows scripted and edited for popularity instead of credibility.

Fiona relates the current scene to election year, with a very vocal (and very small) minority loudly boasting about themselves while shamelessly trashing others.  Fiona says that she's decided to step back from the fray before it turned into the paranormal equivalent of the Jerry Springer show.

However, despite the sideshow fueled by social media sites and bad radio shows, Fiona raves about the serious research, such as real-time communication with ghosts as well as scientific studies of ghostly phenomena.

She recommends websites, podcasts and books that focus on the academic side of ghost hunting… unless you're mostly interested in entertainment and a "good scare."

EVP studies

Fiona talks about her current surveys of EVP recordings, looking for patterns in the noises and voices in those recordings.  To participate in those studies (anonymously), see Fiona's article,  EVP Survey #1 - Voices.

Initial survey results support these popular beliefs:

1. The vast majority of successful EVP recordings occur in response to things that investigators do and say.

Current conclusion: If you're recording EVP, don't just set up the recorder and leave it while you research somewhere else.  Stay with your recorder, talk to the ghosts and ask questions.

2. Most of the voices seem to be adult males who are hostile or defensive.  So, while Fiona disagrees with the popularity of "provoking" spirits, you may find better EVP results if you talk to the ghosts in forceful (but not belligerent) terms.

These conclusions may change as additional data is added via the current EVP surveys.

Book review: The Poltergeist Phenomenon, by Michael Clarkson.

The Poltergeist Phenomenon is an interesting and entertaining book about poltergeists.  It includes a wide range of true poltergeist and ghost stories, as well as professional opinions about those individual events.

In addition, author Clarkson includes extensive information about evidence for and against the credibility of poltergeist reports.

Clarkson also used discretion in reporting controversial topics, such as the spoon-bending of Uri Geller.  Instead of following current trends that border on libel, Clarkson displayed tact and integrity by focusing on what's pertinent to poltergeist research.

The Poltergeist Phenomenon is written somewhat journalistically, focusing on facts.  For some, that will make the stories more credible and compelling.  If you're looking for over-the-top adjectives and fantastic descriptions, this book may disappoint you. 

Fiona says, "I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good, true ghost stories.  This is also a great reference book for paranormal researchers, offering alternative explanations for phenomena we encounter in the field."


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Ghosts - Residual Energy Solutions

2011-02-15
Length: 8s

Lately, many people have asked me about hauntings that -- to me, anyway -- sound like they're dealing with residual energy.

Remember: Many ghost hunters believe that emotionally charged events leave an imprint or energy residue on the physical objects nearby.

That energy residue can manifest as an odd feeling, or an overpowering emotional flood, and it can even trigger EMF spikes.

These hauntings can be triggered by certain personalities. They can also happen on anniversaries (such as when a battle happened) or even on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.  (Gilson Road Cemetery in NH seems to become active every day starting at about 11:30 a.m.)

Residual energy hauntings don't involve ghosts.  I'm not sure that residual energy hauntings can cause EVPs, but if the voice is always the same and saying the same things over & over again, it might be residual energy.

Residual energy hauntings will usually decrease over time.  That time period may be days, months, years or hundreds of years.  It all depends on the original event that left energy there, and how much the energy has been recharged.

However, if you'd like to disperse the energy sooner, we seem to have the best luck using alternative sensory approaches.  I use a Feng Shui "singing bowl" while others often like sage smudges or incense.

If that's too weird or woo-woo for you, try a vacuum cleaner instead.  The louder the vacuum, the better.  Vacuum every part of the room, especially the corners that are often overlooked, including the corners at the ceiling.

Or, use a radio or CD player and turn the music up so it's really loud.

You'll need to experiment with this, as different sensory tools seem to work better in different environments.  In addition, your initial results may not be permanent, so you may have to repeat the vacuuming (or whatever) over and over again.

One warning: If you use sensory tools to disperse the residual energy and the haunting gets dramatically worse, you might be dealing with an actual entity such as a ghost.  So, if the problem gets worse, don't repeat the sensory approach.

Recorded by Fiona Broome (HollowHill.com) on 16 Feb 2011

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EMF and Ghosts

2010-10-24
Length: 7s

In this 7-minute mini-podcast, author and ghost hunter Fiona Broome offers alternative explanations for EMF at haunted locations.

Her explanations for "ghostly" EMF include:

The EMF is the energy display of a ghost. High EMF indicates an opening between the worlds. The EMF is actually generated by the living people at the site, perhaps as a beacon or a defense mechanism. EMF may be a response by the physical location (residual energy haunting) to paranormal stimuli.

The logical questions would include: If EMF surges aren't actually created by the ghosts, how can we use EMF detectors to get answers to yes/no questions?

The simplest answers are:

The EMF doesn't come from the ghost, but the ghost knows how to manipulate it to cause different readings.  (For example, he or she may be able to open and close the "window" through which EMF leaks into our world from the other side.) Someone in the area is able to (consciously or unconsciously) manipulate the EMF meter (perhaps with PK) or the actual EMF energy levels.

Fiona's point is:  TV shows and other "experts" insist that EMF is actually emitted by a ghost.  We can't prove that, and it's a mistake to work with that assumption.

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EIFs and Paranormal Encounters

2010-08-30
Length: 3s

In this four-minute mini-podcast, Fiona Broome talks about this new podcast series. (Update: Fiona has since integrated this with her Hollow Hill podcasts.) She also speculates about the influence of EIFs (Experience Inducing Fields) on how we perceive normal and paranormal events.

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Clothing and ghost hunting - mini-podcast

2010-08-20
Length: 2s

In this 2-minute podcast, Fiona talks about the clothing we wear when ghost hunting.  If all-black is your default wardrobe, you may want to reconsider that for ghost investigations.

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Ghosts and Friday the 13th

2010-08-13
Length: 2s

In the first of Fiona's new series of mini-podcasts, Fiona talks about Friday the 13th and why it might be a good day (or night) for ghost hunting.

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Ghost Hunting - Popularity - Eadie Book

2010-08-13
Length: 16s

In this 16-minute podcast, Fiona Broome talks about the waning popularity of ghost hunting, and why that might be a good thing.  However, on TV and off, people are going to extremes to try and maintain their corner of the market.  Parts of this field are imploding in a flurry of drama, catfights, mudslinging and flame wars.

Fiona plans to sit this dance out.  She'll be speaking at Dragon*Con 2010, but otherwise expects to keep a low profile -- and keep writing books -- through the end of 2010 and perhaps early 2011.

Also in this podcast, Fiona warns about the folly and liabilities of focusing more on ghost hunting tools than on the haunted environment around you.  She offers several tips, including ways to use your real-time communication devices (EVP, Puck, Ovilus, Frank's Box, Shack Hack, pendulum,etc.) to plan ahead for a ghost investigation.

Finally, Fiona recommends reading the beginning of Embraced by the Light, by Betty Eadie.  As one of the most detailed descriptions of a reported near-death experience, we can learn from what she describes.  If some ghosts go through the same steps, this may help us understand where they are and what they're dealing with, before they "cross over."

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"Who ya gonna call"... when and why?

2010-07-23
Length: 16s

In this long (nearly 18-minutes) podcast, Fiona Broome of Hollow Hill talks about several topics mentioned regularly in emails.

Why she rarely uses the phone, even with fellow professionals.  Who to call for different kinds of scares, including ghost and demon problems. Demons: They don't appear, all claws, overnight. Why most homes have some level of "paranormal" energy, if only particles (aka "residual energy") in your physical environment.

She also explains how she categorizes most ghostly activity, including:

Parallel realms. People who don't realize they've passed away. Spirits with unfinished business. People who are afraid of what's next, usually because they're sure they've behaved badly.

Fiona also recommends the movie, The Haunting (b&w version), for all serious ghost hunters.

She also reminds people that, in the TV "reality" shows -- even those with serious ghost problems -- rarely (if ever) result in advice to move out of the home. 

Music: Zombie, by Devin Anderson

 

 

 

 

 

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Ghosthunting in Context

2010-07-09
Length: 13s

Stop treating ghosts like performing seals! In this 13-minute podcast, Fiona Broome talks about manners, clothing, cultural contexts, and how they can dramatically improve our ghost hunting results.

Mentioned in this podcast

An historical site on Water Street in Haverhill, Massachusetts (name not revealed, by request of the site's trustees)

John Sabol [MySpace]

Recommended books

What Jane Austen Ate & Charles Dickens Knew, by Daniel Pool - One of the best overviews of daily life in the English-speaking world of the 1800s.

Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps, by Adam Selzer - Flippant and fascinating survey of ghost encounters and stories, especially around Chicago.


More recommended books

Digging Deep, by John Sabol (one of many great, unusual books about ghost research)

The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Regency and Victorian England from 1811 - 1901, by Kristine Hughes - Trivia and etiquette from England in the 1800s. Your public library may have a copy.

Daily Life in Victorian England, by Sally Mitchell - More than the average ghost hunter needs to know, but a superb and detailed account of everyday life in 19th century England.  To really get inside the mind of a ghost from the 1800s, read this book.

English Society in the Eighteenth Century, by Roy Porter - British, college-level textbook about England in the 1700s.  (Remember: Until about 1776, America was part of Britain, and American life was very focused on English society.)

For more ghost hunting information, visit Hollow Hill, the ghost hunting website.

Music written & orchestrated by Devin Anderson

 

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Ghost Hunting - What I'd Do Differently

2010-07-02
Length: 17s

Learn from a pro: Paranormal researcher Fiona Broome discusses what she'd do if she was starting all over as a ghost hunter.  She talks about what she did right as well as her biggest mistakes... especially the ones that wasted valuable time in the field.

Here are some of her points.

Would do differently:

Study paranormal, scientific and religious material that might have anything to do with ghostly activity. Recommended reading: Conjuring Up Philip. Involve a wider age range in team research.  By starting with high school and college students -- who'd leave the team after a year (and sometimes less) when they graduated -- Fiona spent years constantly training new people. Go to a wider range of locations -- cemeteries, battlefields, haunted homes, eerie ruins, churches reporting odd activity, and living history sites -- for a broader perspective. Document each ghost hunt more thoroughly. Have more in-depth briefings before and after each investigation, sharing the actual history (what happened there was well as the paranormal stories & folklore) with the full team. Choose one niche to focus -- as the team's central theme -- rather than build a website with "Heinz 57 varieties" of ghost-related information. Use a team (and website) name that includes the word "ghosts." Don't run from the media.  This has turned into a fame-driven field, and -- for people to learn about you and take you seriously -- some media exposure is vital.

Did right:

Returned to the same locations over and over again, every two weeks for about two years. Used a mix of approaches, scientific & spiritual, skeptical & believer, encouraging people to narrow their niche specialties to become experts. Didn't insist on just one "correct" interpretation of what happened at a possibly-haunted location.

Book review

Hello from Heaven by Bill and Judy Guggenheim - Not too "cute" or ridiculous, this book reminds readers that encounters with ghosts and spirits can be happy or at least interesting.  Ghosts aren't always scary, sad, or angry.

More importantly, this book describes a wide range of phenomena that ghost researchers should keep in mind when they're investigating.  If you know what you're looking for, you're likely to be more observant in haunted settings.

For more information: Hollow Hill, the ghost hunting website

Podcast music: Zombie, written & orchestrated by Devin Anderson

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Skeptics v. Believers - Play fair!

2010-06-19
Length: 14s

In this podcast, Fiona Broome describes some minor deceit at a recent event... a "gotcha" that she fell right into.

She contrasts this with the intelligent debate and banter of healthy skeptic Robin Bellamy.

Fiona also describes the two figures that vanished at Ontario's Fort Mississauga, some other chilling experiences there, and her eerie conversation with Christopher Moon and his Telephone to the Dead (aka Frank's Box).

For more information about ghosts and ghost hunting, visit HollowHill.com.

Music:  Zombie, written and orchestrated by Devin Anderson.

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GHOSTS Conference - Presentations

2010-06-04
Length: 12s

In this podcast, ghost hunter Fiona Broome talks about the speakers and guests at the May 2010 G.H.O.S.T.S. Conference in Ontario, Canada.

Her topics in this podcast include:

Meeting Al Peacock, one of the founding members of the Philip study, documented in Conjuring Up Philip.  This study -- and the book about it -- are among the 20th century's most important contributions to understanding ghosts and hauntings.

Talks by the following paranormal professionals.

John Sabol, "the ghost excavator," cultural anthropologist, archaeologist and author of many innovative books about paranormal research.  One of ghost hunting's most energetic and enthusiastic speakers, John shared some extraordinary new approaches to paranormal research, and videos that even astonished the professionals.

Christopher Moon, senior editor of Haunted Times magazine.  He spoke about the Telephone to the Dead, also known as "Frank's Box."

Robin Bellamy, who spoke about cryptozoology and about the "gray areas" (no pun intended) of paranormal research, including "white noise."

Michelle Belanger, one of the stars of Paranormal State, who spoke about the show and working in paranormal fields, in general.

Fiona also explains her views on TV programming and networks' efforts to meet the demands and expectations of the viewing audience, equating it to a roller coaster attraction.

For more information about this conference and ghosts in general, visit HollowHill.com - the ghost hunting website.

Music: Zombie, written and orchestrated by Devin Anderson

 

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Ontario Ghosts - GHOSTS Report / Part 1

2010-05-20
Length: 18s

Ontario is far more paranormal than most people realize.  Ghosts, Bigfoot sightings, UFOs, and more make this a great destination for researchers.

In this 18 1/2 minute podcast, Fiona talks about some haunted sites she explored during the May 2010 G.H.O.S.T.S. Conference hosted by Margaret Byl and her team.

Fort George - Here, Fiona burned through four sets of camera batteries in a little over an hour, taking just 89 photos.  This 1802 fort is known for apparitions and paranormal encounters. 

Link:  Fort George National Historic Site and Friends of Fort George :: Ghost Tours

Fort Mississauga - This 1814 fort was built to replace Fort George when the older fort was captured by U.S. forces in 1813.  Fiona encountered residual energy in the basement, cold spots around the first floor, and noted considerable activity in the top floor/attic.  Outside, she saw two full apparitions, one in costume.

Link: Fort Mississauga (part of the Fort George National Historic Site)

The Prince of Wales Hotel at Niagara-on-the-Lake was where Fiona participated in an eerie seance that involved more active participants (on both sides) than expected.  Spirits were named George, Ben, Cindy or Cynthia, plus an entity with a frog-like appearance. 

This elegant Victorian hotel is a charming location for a good night's sleep during your visit to the area. You can stay here without any worries about troublesome spirits.

However, it's also a very powerful setting for seances, if (and only if) you choose to participate in one. This is not recommended for novices or anyone easily frightened.  Spiritual protection is advised if you attempt a seance.  Fiona strongly discourages use of a Ouija board in this location.

Hotel link: Prince of Wales Hotel, Ontario

Participants included:

Christopher Moon, of Haunted Times magazine

Michelle Belanger, from Paranormal State

Fiona Broome, from HollowHill.com

Gordon Ellison, from The Guidance Within

... and about 40 additional guests of the G.H.O.S.T.S. conference

 

To see photos from this weekend, visit HollowHill.com

Music for this podcast was Zombie, written and orchestrated by Devin Anderson

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Ghosts - Trends, Questions, Answers

2010-05-06
Length: 12s

What new and what's "old" in ghost hunting? 

TRENDS AND POPULARITY

Fiona Broome explains the latest ghost-related trends, based on search volume at Google:

"Ghosts" have been declining in popularity since October 2004.  Interest peaked over five years ago.

"Ghost hunters" gains and loses popularity, based on interest in the show of the same name.  Search volume for "ghost hunters" reached an all-time high at Google in October 2009, and Google predicts that 2009's levels will continue through 2010.

"Demons" spiked in May 2009, and then resumed its usual lackluster performance at Google.

By contrast, "demonology" began attracting interest in September 2009, and has maintained popularity with an overall upward trend.

"Paranormal" surged in popularity in October 2009 with the release of "Paranormal Activity."  A slump in searches quickly followed, but we're now seeing a gradual increase as more people choose to say "paranormal" rather than "ghosts."

NEW PEOPLE IN GHOST HUNTING

Fiona is receiving more interesting emails and good questions.  She believes that many bright people are new to ghost hunting, having avoided the field during its trendiest years.

Other interesting emails are from people who were too young to get involved with paranormal research in 2004 and earlier, when interest in ghosts was at its peak.

Those are the two groups of new ghost hunters not included in the Diffusion of Innovations theory.  (According to that theory, innovators and early adopters are involved at the start of any trend or fad.  Later arrivals aren't as likely to think in original terms.) 

Though there are many people arriving on the ghost hunting scene now, thinking it's the "cool" place to be, Fiona's readers (and listeners) seem to be original thinkers and innovators, ready to take ghost hunting in new directions.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Question: Will a rock salt gun work against dangerous ghosts?

Fiona's answer: Probably not.  That was a plot device on a (fictional) TV show, Supernatural. 

Rock salt guns are used for riots and crowd control. Salt is used as a ghost repellant, but it's simply something that ghosts seem to avoid.  Using it in self-defense seems silly; ghosts don't have physical bodies in our world -- or they don't seem to, anyway -- and a physical weapon is unlikely to have any impact... literally.

Besides, there are annoying ghosts and territorial ghosts, but no truly dangerous ghosts. Not by intent, anyway. (Some pranksters cause harm, but it's usually unintentional and not severe.)

Question: What's the scariest ghost you've ever met?

Fiona's answer:  I've never encountered a scary ghost.  Ghosts are just people without physical form in this reality/realm/world. 

I'm not comfortable around certain non-ghost entities and energies that seem to be at a few "haunted" locations -- including Vale End Cemetery in Wilton, NH and the Falstaff Experience in Stratford-upon-Avon in England -- but those aren't ghosts.

I don't have "scary" ghost stories because I'm not afraid of ghosts, and I don't think anyone should be afraid of them.

Question: If ghosts are real and the evidence is so startling, why don't most TV shows include helping the people who have to live or work in the haunted places?

Fiona's answer: I like to think that most shows have a special team that handles that, after the cameras stop filming.

However, the before-show and after-show work isn't very interesting to watch.  In many cases, it's tedious.  Because people don't see that and don't realize what goes on, I wrote Is My House Haunted? to explain the steps to determine if a house is probably haunted.

Question: Why do people talk in English to ghosts that never spoke English?  Also, why are most EVPs in English?

Fiona's answer: "Talking" to a ghost isn't so the ghost hears you -- if ghosts actually have ears that can hear in our world -- it's to improve your own focus and intent to communicate with the spirit.  After that, it's all telepathy... sort of like silent prayer communicates "telepathically" with Deity.

People are most familiar with EVPs they've seen on TV. Since most ghost-related TV shows are for English-speaking audiences, they generally play English language EVPs. 

However, several researchers report recording EVPs in other languages.  So, I think there are plenty of non-English EVPs.

Question: If artifacts are such a problem (as skeptics claim) with digital cameras, why do TV shows use digital video cameras on ghost hunts?

Fiona's answer:  There are two practical reasons to use digital video cameras on ghost hunts.  One is economy; with tens of hours of footage from most ghost hunts, the cost would be prohibitive if we were using film.

The other benefit of digital media is that we can review it instantly, and debunk the apparent anomaly... or gather further evidence to support it.

However, I plan to use a film camera more often during my ghost investigations.  We may photograph more anomalies and apparent evidence with digital cameras, due to how they perceive physical form, light and energy.  However, a good photo supported by an unretouched film negative adds a lot to credibility.

Question: Are there any truly credible ghost photos?  If so, where are they?

Fiona's answer: If you're looking for something that we can point to and say, "That's a ghost," I haven't seen that kind of photo yet.

However, I've taken (and seen) many photographic anomalies that defy explanation.  Though I still won't say the anomalies are actually ghosts, those photos -- and other, supporting evidence -- suggest that something odd is going on at the location. 

The supporting evidence is key, in my opinion.  I never start with an anomalous photo and then decide that the site is haunted, based solely on a couple of odd photos.

For more information: Hollow Hill, the ghost hunting website

Music: Zombie, written & orchestrated by Devin Anderson

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When to Go Ghost Hunting

2010-04-16
Length: 9s

This week's podcast is about the best times -- the months, days and hours -- for ghost hunting.

Download a two-page summary of those times at HollowHill.com: When To Go Ghost Hunting.pdf

Music in this podcast: Zombie, by Devin Anderson

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Ghosts Near Salem Massachusetts

2010-04-09
Length: 18s

Haunted Salem, Massachusetts is known for a colorful maritime history and its witch history.  Some people also call it one of America's most haunted cities.

However, some of the most intensely haunted areas aren't actually in Salem.  They're in nearby Danvers and Lynn.

In this 18-minute podcast, Fiona Broome describes four haunted sites -- three of them connected with the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 -- that are worth visiting.

Salem Village of 1692 is now in the town of Danvers.  In addition to a lovely witch memorial and several related historic sites, Danvers is where the witch hysteria began. 

At Center Street in Danvers, you can see the foundation of the parsonage of the Rev. Mr. Samuel Parris.  His daughter Betty and niece Abigail were among the first "afflicted" girls, and his slave, Tituba, was among those accused.

The site is open to the public and has interesting historical markers explaining what's there.  It's also unnaturally quiet.

Nearby, Whipple Hill -- sometimes called "witch hill" -- was the site of supposed spectral gatherings of witches in 1692. 

Today, it's a lovely location for hiking, but it's also a little eerie.  Park at nearby Endicott Park (fee charged) to explore it.

The hiking paths are well-marked but uneven, so wear appropriate hiking shoes, boots, or sneakers.

The hill is a gentle climb, suitable for a family outing.  From the top of the hill, the view can be lovely.

However, like the other sites connected with the witch trials, there's something very odd about the sense of solitude and silence at Whipple Hill.  It starts almost as soon as you leave the nearby road.

Also notice the odd, twisted plants growing wild just off the hiking path.  They're lovely.  Strange... but lovely.

Before leaving Danvers, visit the Rebecca Nurse Homestead.  It's just off Pine Street, not far from the Parris site and Whipple Hill.  (However, you'll drive there.  It's a little far to walk.)

Open seasonally, this is a large historical attraction that shows many aspects of life from the 17th century to the present.

Rebecca Nurse's story was one of many tragic tales from the 1692 hysteria.  Her grave may also be on the property, making this a site especially interesting if you're mixing history and ghost hunting.

Not far from Danvers, Lynn Woods State Park is the home of an even older haunted location.  Park near the Rose Garden entrance to the park, and hike in to the stone stair -- sometimes steep -- that lead to Dungeon Rock.  There, the pirate Thomas Veale guarded a pirate treasure.  An early earthquake sealed him inside the rocky hill along with the treasure.

In the 19th century, Veale contacted Hiram Marble, who bought the land and began excavating to find the treasure.  His efforts were not successful, and -- according to legends -- the site is still haunted by Veale and others.

For more information about ghosts, see HollowHill.com - real ghosts and real haunted places.

Music: Zombie, written & orchestrated by Devin Anderson

 

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Who Attracts Ghosts?

2010-03-26
Length: 17s

Who attracts ghosts?  How can you attract a ghost, and how can you get them to leave you alone?

In this 18-minute podcast, Fiona Broome talks about the four main reasons ghosts may seem drawn to some people and not others:

Ghosts seem to manifest more often to people who will notice them rather than ignore them. If you don't order ghosts to perform ("Knock once for yes"), some seem more interested in manifesting. (Others like to be told what to do.) Some people seem to be beacons and -- sometimes just briefly -- attract individual spirits. Sometimes it's not the person, it's the location that's attracting spirits.  (For example, if there are heavy quartz deposits under the house.)

Fiona also reminds listeners that ghosts have personalities.  Some are nice, some are fearful, some are shy, and some are bullies.  The latter should not be encouraged, as they can prey on vulnerable, frightened people.

Ghosts don't kill people.  The Bell Witch is the only significant story that suggested otherwise, but Fiona believes the Bell Witch "murder" -- and many of the so-called hauntings -- were actually committed by someone very human and alive.

Some ghosts seem to cause harm, but it's usually either a playful spirit whose efforts went awry, or it's a poltergeist.

If you want to attract spirits, pay more attention to them.  Like people, they seem to respond better to those who treat them like everyday people, and respect them as equals.

However, be sure to establish your boundaries before you set out the welcome mat.

If you want ghosts to leave you alone, ignore them.  If you are afraid of them, that can attract bully-type ghosts.  Overcoming your fear is vital.

Mentioned in the podcast:

Sean Paradis, paranormal researcher Bradford College investigation, part 3 ("Alan" absorbed energy) Myrtles Plantation podcast, part 4 (Fiona attempts to leave) Poltergeists - Fiona's podcast Peter Haviland, Lone Star Spirits - help with poltergeists

Music: Zombie, by Devin Anderson

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Ghost Hunting Reality Shows

2010-03-12
Length: 15s

Fiona Broome speaks plainly in this podcast about ghost hunting "reality shows" that aren't real.

She starts by talking about the evolution of reality shows, documentaries, and ghost-related TV programming.

With special nods to the Blair Witch Project, Fear, A Haunting in Connecticut and TV shows such as Ghost Hunters and Ghost Lab, Fiona explains what's real, what's reality-based, and what's hype to improve show ratings.

Mentioned in this 15-minute podcast (links open in a new window):

Are Ghost TV Shows Real? (December 2009 podcast)

Candid Camera

Survivor

The Blair Witch Project (For Fiona's HollowHill.com articles about the Blair Witch Project locations, see The Real 'Blair Witch' Ghosts - part one and part two.)

Fear

A Haunting in Connecticut (2002)

The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

Jon Peters' legendary Superman/spider connection (not office-safe)

Exorcisms and Demons (Fiona's article at HollowHill.com)

Fakes - The 'fake' question, revisited (Fiona's article at HollowHill.com)

Ghost Hunters TV shows - and the TAPS website

Ghost Lab - the Alcatraz episode (clips start after 7 second ad)

 

Note: To leave a comment, it's best to visit HollowHill.com and comment at the podcast-related article.

Music in this podcast: Zombie, by Devin Anderson

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What Do Ghosts Look Like?

2010-02-26
Length: 17s

What do ghosts look like?  In this 18-minute podcast -- the first of two -- Fiona Broome explains what to look for, if you'd like to see a ghost.

She divides visual phenomena into five kinds:

1. Light and shadows, including shadow figures.

2. Figures that look like people -- sometimes with clearly observed faces and clothing -- seen out of the side or corner of your eye.

3. Visual distortions, where proportions seem odd, or you see wavy lines.

4. Reflections, including:

Reflections from windows, especially at dusk or after dark. Reflections on shiny and polished surfaces such as metal, tabletops, and hardwood floors. Strange reflections in mirrors, especially older mirrors, and often at dusk or at night.

5. Full apparitions that appear like living, breathing people... but they do something that signals that they aren't regular, living people.

Mentioned in this podcast, or related to this phenomena:

The Falstaff's Experience, Stratford-upon-Avon, England (visual distortions)

Houmas House, Louisiana (ghostly reflections)

The Myrtles Plantation, Louisiana (haunted mirror)

Haverhill, Massachusetts

The Spalding Inn, Whitefield, NH (visual distortions, upstairs hallway)

Margaret Byl (one of the organizers of the G.H.O.S.T.S. conference in May 2010, where Fiona will be among the speakers)

Primeval TV series (BBC America)

Music: Zombie, written and orchestrated by Devin Anders0n

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Hollow Hill: Poltergeists

2010-02-11
Length: 18s

Poltergeists... what are they, and what makes them different from other ghosts?

In this 19 minute podcast, Fiona Broome explains what a poltergeist might be, and she shares stories of famous poltergeists.

To learn more about topics mentioned in this podcast, visit the following links.

Colin Wilson - Ghost Sightings

This book reads like a children's series of "ghost stories," but it's actually filled with unique and fascinating information about ghosts and poltergeists.  Often overlooked by researchers, it's among Fiona's favorite resources for unusual insights about the spirit world.  Fiona agrees with Wilson when he says, "...the evidence is that we do continue to exist. And I don't think that there's any possible doubt about it."

Winchester Mansion (aka Winchester Mystery House) - Wikipedia entry - One of the world's strangest and most haunted houses.

Cases mentioned:  The Drummer of Tedworth, Enfield Poltergeist

Fiona will write more about these poltergeist stories at HollowHill.com.

Movie mentioned: The Entity

Based on a true story, this movie was so graphic, realistic and disturbing, the studio discontinued production of the DVD.  It's difficult to find now, and copies of the DVD are generally expensive.

Books mentioned: Harry Potter books, by J. K. Rowling

The poltergeist, Peeves, appears during every school year.  However, when he is visible, he generally looks solid.  Other spirits, such as Nearly Headless Nick, usually look translucent and slightly glistening or pearlescent.

For more information, visit Hollow Hill, the ghost hunting website

Music: Zombie, written & orchestrated by Devin Anderson

 

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Ghosts of the Spalding Inn - part two

2010-01-28
Length: 19s

The Spalding Inn, in Whitefield, New Hampshire, is known as a cozy, comfortable hotel... and a very haunted hotel.

In this 20 minute podcast, ghost researcher Fiona Broome talks about ghosts and other entities at the Spalding Inn.

From the "half-vampire" to the spectres of Anna Spalding and Mrs. Fairchild, Fiona talks about where to find the ghosts, and where to stay if you're investigating the Spalding Inn.

Links related to the podcast:

The Spalding Inn, Whitefield, NH

Seeking Spirits, by Jason Hawes & Grant Wilson

Ghost Hunters International: Spalding Inn episode  (Hulu.com clip)

Manangal Island, Philippines (just the map)

 

 

 

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Ghosts of the Spalding Inn - part one

2010-01-15
Length: 14s

In the first of a two-part podcast, Fiona Broome describes her experiences at the haunted Spalding Inn in Whitefield, New Hampshire.

Fiona first explains how the Spalding Inn is similar to Lousiana's haunted Myrtles Plantation.  Both seem cute by day, and change dramatically after dark.

However, that's where the similarity ends.  The Myrtles is haunted by tragic events that occurred to previous owners and residents of the plantation.  The Spalding is primarily haunted by former hotel guests, who return (or exist in a parallel realm) to a favorite vacation site.  (Note: There is at least one exception, and Fiona will describe that in the next podcast.)

In this podcast, Fiona provides an overview of the Spalding.  She talks about the ghosts at the end of the guest wing, and the Native American lore that may attract or lend power to its ghosts.

She also explains the odd entity -- or projection -- she encountered during an earlier investigation at the Spalding Inn.

Fiona talks about the daytime anomalies upstairs at the hotel, and the sense of "stepping back into an earlier time" that guests can experience in the dining room as well as in the guest rooms.

Link: The Spalding Inn, Whitefield, NH


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Telepathy and Ghost Hunting

2010-01-01
Length: 15s

Telepathy can have an impact on ghost hunting.  When a psychic medium senses energy at a haunted location, is it possible to confuse thoughts from a ghost and thoughts from an historian or other researcher at the site?

In this 15-minute podcast, Fiona Broome talks informally about her experiences with telepathy, how thought transference can affect ghost research, and what you can do about it.

Fiona also talks about the many bright and educated people who are interested in paranormal research, and how a 2006 study explains that trend.

Link: HollowHill.com

Music: Zombie, by Devin Anderson

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Are Ghost TV Shows Real?

2009-12-18
Length: 14s

Are ghost TV shows real?  In this 13-minute podcast, professional ghost hunter Fiona Broome answers the questions many listeners are asking.

1. TV shows don't represent how many houses we visit that aren't haunted.  The majority of houses that seem haunted are either victims of high EMF levels or some other very normal (if odd) explanation.  Even if they are haunted, the issue is related to residual energy, not a ghost or an active entity.

2. Demons and malicious spirits are very rare.  If you think you're being bothered by a demon, call an expert, not just the local ghost hunting club.  However, demons and evil entities appear at about 1% of the hauntings we encounter... if that many.

3. Don't let TV shows convince you that most ghosts are evil or dangerous.  They're not. Watch the "ghostly" TV shows & movies of the past, and see how they portrayed ghosts.

Topper - the Cary Grant movies
Topper - the TV series
Ghost & Mrs. Muir - original movie with Rex Harrison
Ghost & Mrs. Muir - TV series (unavailable in Dec 09)
One Step Beyond - TV series (described as "historic accounts" of paranormal events) (Episode on Google Videos)

4. Provoking ghosts?  Instead, look for someone like "ghostbait" from the Hollow Hill team:  Someone who, just by being there, seems to attract ghosts and hauntings.  Ref: Bradford College Ghosts (article series)

5. 'Tis the season!  When you're watching "A Christmas Carol," think how you might interpret Scrooge if you were at a location that he (and his ghostly companion) were visiting.  Would you think he's a ghost that is scary, or needs help to "cross over"?

6. What would you like in future podcasts?  Tell Fiona!

Music: Zombie, by Devin Anderson

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Hollow Hill: Haunted Houses

2009-12-04
Length: 12s

Is my house haunted?  People often ask that question.

In this podcast, Fiona Broome explains the three important steps to take if you think your house (or a client's) is haunted.

1. Keep a diary of what's going on, and then have someone evaluate it from a "home handyman" (DIY) viewpoint.  If there's no reasonable explanation for the phenomena, it may be a ghost.

2. Decide if the ghost is a problem.  If there are no safety issues, your sleep isn't interrupted, and no one is excessively stressed by the haunting, find ways to live with your ghost/s.  Otherwise, consult a professional in the paranormal field.

3. Find a genuine professional.  Ask for references (not just the person's neighbors and family members) and be sure to check all of them.  Look for significant experience (at least six months to a year of professional-level work) and consistently happy clients.

Remember, the vast majority of haunted houses either aren't really haunted, or the haunting is simply residual energy, not an actual ghost.

This logical, step-by-step approach can relieve worries and stress over a possible haunting.

Mentioned in the podcast:

The Myrtles Plantation, Louisiana (related podcasts)
The Spalding Inn, Whitefield, NH

Music: Zombie, by Devin Anderson

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Hollow Hill: Fiona's Favorite Haunts

2009-11-20
Length: 12s

People often ask Fiona which are her favorite haunted places.  Sometimes, they mean which are the scariest haunted places.  For Fiona, those are usually different kinds of locations.

In this podcast, Fiona lists the scariest places as well as her favorite haunted places... and why they are in those categories.

Scariest sites:

Vale End Cemetery, Wilton, NH, USA
The Falstaffs Experience, Stratford-upon-Avon, England - Official website - Fiona's podcast

Favorite haunted sites:

England
The Tower of London - mentioned in one of Fiona's podcasts - Tower of London ghosts described at Haunted Britain

Louisiana
New Orleans - Brennan's Red Room ghosts
The Myrtles Plantation - Fiona's podcasts
Houmas House - Official website - Fiona's podcast

New Hampshire
Gilson Road Cemetery, Nashua, NH - Fiona's podcasts: 1 - 2

Texas
Old Town Spring (north of Houston, TX)

Re-enactments and living history sites such as Sturbridge Village, MA (official website)

Music: Zombie, by Devin Anderson

Fiona's websites include HollowHill.com, the ghost website



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Hollow Hill: Ghost Hunting without Equipment

2009-11-05
Length: 16s

You can encounter real ghosts without expensive ghost hunting equipment.  In this 16-minute podcast, professional ghost hunter Fiona Broome explains how to use your five (or six) senses to find real ghosts and haunted places.

She talks about the kinds of evidence you might see, and what to listen for.  Fiona also shares an easy way to make your hands more sensitive to "cold spots" and exactly how to find them.

In addition, Fiona shares tips for using dowsing rods, and whether or not you should investigate "lights out" at indoor locations.

Related links:
Hollow Hill, the ghost hunting website: HollowHill.com
Fiona's newest Tenney Gate House audio
Fiona's free Introduction to Ghost Hunting course, online
Low-tech ghost hunting (2007 podcast)

Podcast by: Fiona Broome, the founder of HollowHill.com
Music: Zombie by Devin Anderson

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Ghost hunting: Witching hour? Spirituality?

2009-10-22
Length: 14s

In this HollowHill.com podcast, Fiona Broome answers several questions from readers.

Q. Is ghost hunting related to some religion or faith?

A. No. Some groups are formed by members of one faith, church, temple, coven/circle or grove. However, ghost hunting -- in general -- isn't related to any specific set of spiritual beliefs. 

Also, remember that TV shows & movies -- and the public ghost tours and events that emulate them -- are not the best resource for questions about spirituality.  Simply: Don't look for spiritual answers in the entertainment field.

Q. Is there really a "witching hour"?

A. Traditionally, the witching hour is midnight. There's also a tradition that 3 a.m. is Satan's time.  Are they accurate?  Fiona explains that neither of those have relevance to ghost hunting, and talks about her favorite times for ghost hunting.

Q. I was at a ghost tour (or a ghost hunt, or saw a movie about a haunting, or a TV show, or a website that claims that ghosts travel through Internet and phone connections).  Now, I think a ghost is in my home (or business, or car).  Is that possible?

A. In this part of the podcast, Fiona explains that your home or office may be haunted.  However, it's not likely that the ghost followed you home or arrived via your TV, phone or Internet connection.

Music: Zombie, by Devin Anderson
Related link: HollowHill.com

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Ghost hunting FAQs - groups, TV, blue lights, and Pine Hill

2009-10-09
Length: 16s

Fiona answers the most popular, recent questions received at HollowHill.com.

1. How can I join a ghost hunting group?

Fiona recommends checking any search engine with the phrase "ghost hunting" plus group and team, and the name of your city, county or state.

Other resources include message boards at TAPS, Ghost Village, and Para-X radio.

Before joining any group, be sure to review Fiona's advice in the fourth section of her free Introduction to Ghost Hunting course.

2. What do you think of ___ TV show?

In this part of the podcast, Fiona explains why she rarely watches ghost-related TV shows.  She also talks about how realistic they are (and aren't), and -- when she does watch them -- what she's looking for.

3. Are "blue light" cemeteries real?

Learn one very normal reason why you may see colorful, flashing lights above a gravestone, so you can rule it out before thinking you've seen a ghost.

For further reading:
Cemeteries near Bear Creek Park (Houston, TX), including "Blue Light Cemetery," also known as Hillendahl Cemetery.
Labradorite - the mineral used in some "blue light" grave markers

4. Is Pine Hill Cemetery, aka "Blood Cemetery," good for ghost hunting?

Pine Hill Cemetery in Hollis, NH is very good for daytime ghost hunting.  We've visited it regularly since 1999.  However, Pine Hill Cemetery is very well patrolled by the police at night, and not a smart choice for after-dark research.

Fiona concludes with an update -- and some research tips -- for Old Center Cemetery in Andover, NH.

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Several of these questions were addressed in earlier podcasts.  However, friends and fans couldn't always find those podcasts, so we've created a list of them at Hollow Hill's podcasts mini-sitemap.

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Why go ghost hunting in cemeteries?

2009-09-24
Length: 7s

Most TV shows don't show ghost hunts in cemeteries.  So, why should you and your team bother with cemeteries?

HollowHill.com's founder, Fiona Broome, explains why she prefers cemeteries for several kinds of research, and for training team members. 

Cemeteries can be the most useful sites for ghost research, and provide some of our best evidence for hauntings.  Learn what can make a difference when you next explore haunted cemeteries.

Link: HollowHill.com

Music: Zombie, by Devin Anderson

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Can people go ghost hunting during the day?

2009-09-10
Length: 9s

Can you encounter ghosts during the day? Why do TV shows usually show after-dark investigations? 

In this podcast, HollowHill.com founder, Fiona Broome, talks about daytime and nighttime ghost hunting.  Learn the one time you should look for ghosts at night, and how to select the best hours for ghost hunting at your favorite haunts.

Link: HollowHill.com

Music: Zombie, by Devin Anderson

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Are ghosts 'stuck' in this world?

2009-08-27
Length: 12s

Fiona returns with bi-weekly podcasts! 

Do ghosts get 'stuck' in our world? Could you become trapped here, after you die?  Fiona shares her observations about why most ghosts are here, and what holds some spirits in this world.

Also, she discusses the trend of 'provoking' ghosts and if that's a useful practice for ghost research.

Link: HollowHill.com

Music: Zombie, by Devin Anderson.


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Children and ghosts hunting

2009-01-03
Length: 14s

Are children more aware of ghosts?  Do children make better ghost hunters than adults?

In this 15 minute podcast, those questions are answered by psychic ghost hunter Fiona Broome, the founder of Hollow Hill.

Among the points discussed by Fiona:

- Children are more perceptive than most adults, but also less objective.
- Ghosts, especially angry ghosts, can manifest as very large spirits and terrify children.
- Children can be physically, mentally and spiritually more vulnerable than adults.
- Adults are more objective but also less observant.
- Adults are more likely to investigate something odd before calling it a ghost; a child may be frightened and want to leave.
- Teens may be a "happy medium" ... no pun intended.

In this podcast, Fiona also discusses liability issues regarding children, teens and adults.  She explains how to plan ahead in case an adult becomes very frightened or belligerent during a ghost hunt.

For more about this topic, see Fiona's article, Age and Ghost Hunting.

Other notes:  The podcast music was 'Zombie', written and orchestrated by Devin Anderson.

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Halloween's over... now what?

2008-11-12
Length: 13s

Fiona Broome talks about ghost hunting during the winter. These are some of her suggestions:

If it's too cold outside for outdoor ghost hunts, investigate indoors.  Check haunted theatres, hotels, restaurants, museums and haunted houses.

Review last year's investigations.  Re-read your notes, review your photos and EVPs, and see which sites should be revisited for more research.

Plan the upcoming year.  Include a ghost hunt at one location you've been planning to visit, but haven't investigated yet.  If it's a popular location, make your travel reservations now.

Research other locations using new and popular ghost-related books.  Also skim 19th century histories of your vicinity, looking for references to ghost stories, haunted places and other paranormal phenomena.

Practice with your ghost hunting tools.  The better you understand them, and the easier it is for you to use them in the dark, the more you'll be able to observe during future ghost investigations.

Schedule ghost hunts starting the week before April 30th.  In many cultures, that's a night when -- like Halloween -- the ghosts walk among us.  Discover Walpurgisnacht (or Walpurgis Night) traditions and make the most of them on this second eerie and magical night for spirits.

For more information, visit HollowHill.com, the ghost hunting website.

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Ghost Hunting Tools

2008-10-29
Length: 13s

Psychic ghost hunter Fiona Broome discusses ghost hunting tools.

Using the K-II meter as an example, she comments on the benefits and liabilities of highly sensitive, high-tech ghost hunting equipment.

The more sensitive the equipment, the more it will detect normal -- but often unnoticed -- phenomena, in addition to the paranormal.  For this reason, researchers must do far more extensive baseline studies before relying on sensitive equipment to document ghosts.

The more complex the ghost hunting equipment, the more it can hold the attention of the researcher.  This is a liability as well. 

Fiona suggests that EMF surges, orbs, cold spots, etc. aren't the ghosts; they could be signs of ghosts, or an indication that the door between the worlds has just opened.  If you're busy watching the flashing lights on the meter, you might miss seeing an actual apparition or other spectacular paranormal display.

Fiona also notes that the absence of EMF could be as important as EMF spikes in haunted settings.

Fiona recommends relying primarily on your five (or six) senses.  Ghost hunting tools can support and document paranormal experiences, but they shouldn't be the only way we connect with the ghosts around us.

Links

Grant Wilson (as Grant-o-Lantern): What We Know About the K-II Meter

Ghost Hunting Tools, an article by Fiona Broome

Basic tools every ghost hunter must have, by Fiona Broome

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Ghosts of Portsmouth, NH - South St. cemetery

2008-09-17
Length: 15s

Learn about the ghosts and haunted graves of South Street cemetery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Hear psychic ghost hunter Fiona Broome describe the haunted hill where the gallows stood, the strange and unmarked grave of Ruth Blay, and the female apparition near the eerie second entrance to the cemetery.

Link: Ghosts of Portsmouth, NH - South Street cemetery

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Finding active, haunted places

2008-05-26
Length: 5s

Looking for a really haunted place?  In this podcast, HollowHill.com founder Fiona Broome describes the kinds of places that are most reliably haunted.

In a nutshell, you're looking for locations associated with death or intense emotions, or places where people were in the spotlight (sometimes literally) in the past.

Related link:
How to find local ghosts, a Hollow Hill article

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Solving residual haunting problems

2008-05-19
Length: 5s

Got ghosts?  HollowHill.com founder Fiona Broome discusses ways to deal with the most frequent type of haunting: Residual energy.  In this podcast, Fiona describes general approaches and some very specific ones.

Related links:
Dealing with a problem ghost, more detailed solutions from religion and folklore
Also see Hollow Hill's other articles about ghosts in your home

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Residual v. Active hauntings

2008-05-12
Length: 5s

In this Hollow Hill podcast, Fiona Broome talks about the difference between an active haunting (where there is a ghost) and residual energy hauntings, which are simply stored energy.

Links:
Gilson Road Cemetery, Nashua, NH - HollowHill.com reports
The Myrtles Plantation - official website
The Myrtles Plantation - the first of Fiona Broome's five-part series of podcasts about the ghosts of The Myrtles

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How long should you wait for ghost contact?

2008-05-06
Length: 4s

People often ask how long they should wait for a ghost to make contact.

In this podcast, Hollow Hill founder Fiona Broome talks about the importance of patience when you're ghost hunting.  Using shows such as 'Ghost Hunters' as an example, she points out that ghost contact can take hours... and sometimes multiple visits.

She shares tips to make your ghost hunts more interesting and productive.

(Note: Hollow Hill will be on the road when this podcast is broadcast. We're moving from Texas to New England.  Sound quality will be more consistent when we set up our office in the new location. The podcast is fine, but the closing music sounds a bit tinny.)

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Singing to ghosts

2008-04-29
Length: 4s

One of our Hollow Hill visitors, Amy, asked if it makes any difference if someone sings (peacefully) to ghosts.

In this podcast, Hollow Hill founder Fiona Broome talks about singing to ghosts and talking to them. 

Fiona's advice?  As long as you're respectful, communicating with ghosts -- as if they're friends, neighbors or family -- can improve your rapport with the spirits.

(Note: Until Hollow Hill moves from Texas to New England in early May 2008 and we set up our new office, the closing music is going to sound a little tinny.  The sound quality of the rest of the podcast is generally fine.)

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Contacting adults' and children's ghosts

2008-04-22
Length: 3s

Charlie, a Hollow Hill visitor, recently asked about contacting ghosts.  He wondered if some mediums can contact one age group more easily than another.

In this brief podcast (less than five minutes), Hollow Hill founder Fiona Broome discusses the factors that influence the contacts you'll make in haunted settings.

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Can you contact ghosts?

2008-04-15
Length: 4s

Many people write to Hollow Hill and ask whether their experiences mean that they've contacted a ghost.

We're not able to answer that because we're not there to see what's happening.  But, we are confident that many people are encountering ghosts, whether they realize it or  not.

In this podcast, Hollow Hill founder Fiona Broome discusses a few general issues related to contact with ghosts.

Link: Hollow Hill, the ghost hunting website

(Note: In this podcast, we're having a few sound problems, but they only affect the concluding music and standard comments after it.)

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Ghost hunting sites: Hotels

2008-02-24
Length: 6s

Fiona explains why hotels are great places for ghost hunting, and describes ghosts at two hotels:  The Wentworth Hotel in NH, and the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter.

Links:
Wentworth-by-the-Sea Hotel, New Castle, New Hampshire
Hotel Monteleone, French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
Hollow Hill, the ghost website, sponsors of this podcast

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Hollow Hill - Who can you help?

2008-02-17
Length: 5s

Fiona talks about the differences between haunted places that are good for research, and haunted places where you can help ghosts to "cross over."

Here's the bottom line: If you're in a cemetery or another public, haunted place, you aren't the first person to try to help the ghost you've encountered.  You may not even be among the first 100 people who've tried to help them.  Cemeteries and frequently visited haunted sites are best for research.

By contrast, you can find success at private residences and businesses if your primary goal is to help spirits trapped on the earthly plane.

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Hollow Hill - plan your ghost hunts

2008-02-14
Length: 6s

Planning a ghost hunt?  Here are two important things to think about:

1. Why are you ghost hunting?  To help the living, to help ghosts "cross over" or simply for fun/curiosity?

2. Who should you include in your group, and who can have a negative effect on your research?

*Important note:  When Fiona talks about cemeteries, no ghost hunter says, "There's nobody there."  The issue is about who you can help.  Fiona talks about this more in her next Hollow Hill podcast.

Links:
Hollow Hill, the ghost website…

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Ghosts of Gilson Road, Nashua, NH - part 2

2007-10-07
Length: 9s

This is the second of a two-part series about haunted Gilson Road Cemetery in Nashua, NH.  Fiona Broome talks about many quirky facts and fables--and ghosts--related to a Colonial site about an hour from downtown Boston, Massachusetts.

In this podcast, Fiona describes the eerie depressions that indicate unmarked graves at the back of this cemetery.  She also talks about the "Betty Gilson, I have your baby," urban legend.

Another tale about Gilson Road involves an insane medicine man who was banished to an island, supposedly where a subdivision stands today.  Is he the one who whispers in the woods at night?

Fiona describes other strange phenomena at the cemetery, from ghostly lights in back of the cemetery to unexplained blue lines in photos taken with several different cameras.

For mroe information, see Hollow Hill's articles linked at Haunted Gilson Road Cemetery, Nashua, NH.


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Ghosts of Gilson Road, Nashua, NH - part 1

2007-09-30
Length: 8s

Gilson Road Cemetery in Nashua, New Hampshire is very haunted.  It's a Colonial cemetery with many legends... and even more ghosts.

In this podcast, Fiona Broome describes the location of the cemetery and two strange stories about its history.  She also explains why its actual history is just as eerie as the legends, since the cemetery was isolated when it was built and many people interred in the cemetery don't appear in the town's records.

For more information about Gilson Road Cemetery, see our Hollow Hill reports linked at Haunted Gilson Road Cemetery, Nashua, NH

And, listen next week when Fiona will tell more strange stories about this cemetery.


admin note: My Odeo Channel (odeo/aac7daa395ff53be)…

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"Missing" ghost stories - Jack the Ripper in Austin, Texas

2007-09-23
Length: 7s

Looking for obscure and "missing" ghost stories where you live?  Listen to this podcast to hear how Hollow Hill founder, Fiona Broome, found more than a dozen hauntings in Austin, Texas.  They're victims of Jack the Ripper, before he went to London. 

In Austin, he was named the "Servant Girl Annihilator" by writer O. Henry, who was also interested in ghosts.

In this podcast, Fiona refers to:

- Her latest book, The Ghosts of Austin, Texas

- A Twist at the End, a fictional story related to Jack the Ripper in Austin, Texas

Also, visit our main website, Hollow Hill, the ghost website

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Ghosts of Austin, Texas - Shoal Creek

2007-09-16
Length: 10s

Fiona talks about patterns in hauntings, and how they can help you find other, unreported ghosts.  She also discusses Austin, Texas' haunted Shoal Creek and the strange story of Abner Cook why his buildings may be haunted.  Fiona offers her theories about why most hauntings occur after dark, and describes a brief investigation in Austin.

Links:
Fiona's book, The Ghosts of Austin, Texas
Our podcast sponsor: Hollow Hill, the ghost website

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Ghost hunting FAQs - what's "normal," and how to start a group

2007-09-10
Length: 6s

Answers to the top questions from Fiona's Dragon*Con 2007 panels:
- What's "normal" at a haunted place?
- How to start a ghost hunting group.

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Low-tech ghost hunting - Hollow Hill

2007-09-03
Length: 6s

In this informal talk, Fiona Broome describes some of the most reliable free and inexpensive tools for ghost hunting.

Recommended:
1. Coat hanger dowsing rods - homemade and easy
2. Dowsing rods from Dowsing.com - Professional quality and reliable
3. 'Old fashioned' techniques including table tipping, rapping on walls, moving small objects.
4. Electronic Voice Phenomena, also called EVP

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Ghosts of The Falstaffs Experience

2007-08-25
Length: 17s

Hear Fiona Broome's first-person account of the ghosts of The Falstaffs Experience in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.  It's one of the strangest hauntings, ever.

Links for more info:

The Falstaffs Experience - the official website
Hollow Hill - our own ghost-related website

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Orbs in photos - Hollow Hill

2007-08-20
Length: 8s

In this podcast, Fiona Broome talks about real and false orbs in photos.  These may sound like 'common sense' tips to some, but you might be surprised at how many people forget these things when they think they've photographed a ghostly orb.


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Ghosts of Houmas House, Louisiana

2007-04-12
Length: 11s

Ghost hunter Fiona Broome describes two very vivid ghosts at Houmas House in Darrow, Louisiana.  This is the plantation home where movies such as "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte" (Bette Davis) were filmed. 

Once a 20,000 acre plantation, Houmas House has retained its elegance... and its ghosts.  Visitors can tour the plantation house & gardens, and enjoy a gourmet meal in Houmas House's lovely restaurant. 

Plan to spend at least half a day at Houmas House, when you visit.

Related links:
Houmas House official website - Learn more about the history, ghosts, and things to see at Houmas House.  Be sure to see the virtual tour at their website; the haunted spiral stairwell is likely to make you dizzy!

Hollow Hill - This podcast is provided by Hollow Hill, the ghost website.…

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Hollow Hill - The Myrtles - part 5 (conclusion)

2007-03-23
Length: 11s

This final Myrtles podcast summarizes Fiona's on-site research with Margaret Byl of Amateur Spirit Seekers.  It's just an overview, but it'll give you an idea of what you may encounter if you conduct a serious investigation there.

What's key is to notice what should be there, normally, but isn't.

Fiona also talks about the ghost story related to the footsteps on the stairs.  The victim was William Winter, who--in 1871--was shot on the porch of The Myrtles, and then stumbled up the stairs before collapsing near the top step.  He died on the stairs, in the arms of his wife.

Our next podcast will be in about two weeks. Fiona will talk about investigating another wonderful haunted house, Houmas House in Louisiana.

Links:
Margaret Byl, Amateur Spirit Seekers
The Myrtles Plantation
Wikipedia's entry for Myrtles Plantation (mentions Wm. Winter's death)

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Hollow Hill - The Myrtles - part 4

2007-03-14
Length: 10s

Fiona reviews the highlights of her previous podcasts about The Myrtles, and then talks about the male spirit in the room, the icy temperatures, the piano music, and the hair episode.  She also describes what she did to get the ghost in the room to stop, and what happened when Fiona decided to leave The Myrtles.

There will be one more podcast in this series about The Myrtles Plantation, to describe stories related to the phenomena, as well as the more serious investigation of the first floor.

Links:
The Myrtles Plantation
Margaret Byl, of Amateur Spirit Seekers
The Myrtles Plantation: The True Story of America's Most Haunted House

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Hollow Hill - The Myrtles - part 3

2007-03-06
Length: 12s

Fiona talks about her visit to the cemetery at Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville, LA.  She also describes these paranormal encounters:

- Hands holding her ankles in The Myrtles Plantation parking lot
- A "too quiet" sensation after dark at The Myrtles
- No orbs in photos when there should have been some
- A visitor was disoriented on the stairs
- A sobbing voice in the suite bathroom
- The repeated sounds of someone walking up the stairs, and then collapsing

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Hollow Hill - The Myrtles - part 2

2007-02-27
Length: 9s

In this podcast, Fiona talks about her first impressions of The Myrtles Plantation and the rooms where she stayed.

She also talks about:
- A cold spot near the top of the stairs
- The swinging chandelier upstairs
- Others' stories about staying at The Myrtles
- Closely examining the house for evidence of a hoax


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Hollow Hill - Myrtles parking lot, The Haunting (book)

2007-02-20
Length: 13s

1. Gilson Road Cemetery
2. Houmas House Plantation (official website), Darrow, Louisiana
3. The Myrtles Plantation (official website), St. Francisville, Lousiana
4. The Myrtles Plantation: The True Story of America's Most Haunted House, by Frances Kermeen
5. Our article about using a hiking compass to detect EMF
6. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (book)
7. The Haunting (earlier movie)

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Hollow Hill - Tower of London; hands as sensors; orb study

2007-02-09
Length: 8s

The first in our experiment with weekly podcasts:

1. Ghost story: Energy around graffiti at the Tower of London.
2. Ghost hunting tip: Use your hands to sense ghostly energy.
3. Scariest places?  Vale End cemetery, Wilton, NH - The Tower of London, England - The Myrtles Plantation, Louisiana
4. Website review: OrbStudy.com

Reminder:  There are still a few spots open in our June 2007 investigation/ tour of haunted England.

Have a ghost question that you'd like answered in a future podcast?  Leave a comment at HollowHillPodcasts.com!

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Ghosts of London, England

2006-12-01
Length: 15s

 Learn about some of London's most haunted places, including underground stations, hotels, theatres, churches and the Tower of London.

Hear about other ghosts of England at Fiona's Ghost Tours webpage.  Join Fiona in June for nine eerie days and nights, touring England's most haunted places.


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Hollow Hill - Ghosts of New Orleans 1

2006-10-17
Length: 19s

True ghost stories of New Orleans' French Quarter, told by ghost hunter Fiona Broome, founder of HollowHill.com.

1. Hotel Monteleone - A portal to the other side?
2. Jackson Square - Its vivid military history is just one reason why this is one of New Orleans' most haunted areas.
3. Pirates Alley - Named because the ghost of pirate Jean Lafitte is often seen there.
4. Brennan's Restaurant - At least four ghosts haunt two floors of this internationally famous restaurant. 
5. Visit the French Quarter! While many areas of New Orleans are still in recovery, the French Quarter was barely touched by the hurricane and the flooding that followed.  It's just as much fun as ever, and perhaps more haunted!

Related links:
The haunted portrait of Comte LeFleur : Three photos of his changing portrait.
Hotel Monteleone - One of New Orleans' most elegant hotels is also one of its most haunted... in a good way.
New Orleans online - Welcome back to one of America's best vacation spots!
Brennan's Restaurant - Visit for world-class dining... and a few encounters with real ghosts.
Hollow Hill - The host of this podcast.  Read true ghost stories, see real ghost photos, and learn how to become a ghost hunter, too. 

Special  note: The sound quality isn't ideal, but after two weeks of truly weird things happening to the recording, I decided to post it anyway. …

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