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2004 Encounters:
Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus in the Window - North Baker, Pennsylvania

The Little Girl in the Red Dress - San Jose, California

The Scream Orb - Indianapolis, Indiana

Tyler's Torment - Sterling Heights, Michigan

Ribhu's Last Visit - Siliguri, West Bengal, India

Grandmother's Shadow? - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Woman of Whiskey Row - Prescott, Arizona

Dad's Helping Hand - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Great Grandfather's House - Spartanburg, South Carolina

Family's Mysterious Mist - Glenville, West Virginia

Grandma's Goodbye Hug - Bellingham, Massachusetts

Jimmy and Jacob's War Games - Toledo, Ohio

Sachs Bridge Ghost Mist - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The Man in the Overcoat - Chicago, Illinois

Witch Bertha's Flying Orb Video - Coleraine, Minnesota

Auditorium Shadow Video - Hibbing, Minnesta

The Apartment in the Former Morgue - Marlborough, Massachusetts

My Father's Visit - Spring, Texas

Knocks, Bumps, a Cemetery, and a Book - Banks, Oregon

The Chase Through Enchanted Forest - Pasadena, California

Ghostly Wisps of Blonde Hair - Ellicott City, Maryland

The Mist of Gunntown Cemetery - Naugatuck, Connecticut

The Cold Wind and Haunted House - Porterville, California

The Cloaked Figure in Nesbitt Elementary - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Tormented in My Bedroom - Grand Prairie, Texas

The Little Girl of Grants Pass - Grants Pass, Oregon

Stephanie in the Window - Painesville, Ohio

Phantom Funeral Pyre - Nagaland, India

The Visiting Nun - Des Plaines, Illinois

The Nazi Belt - Georgia

Forest Park Cemetery Chase - Troy, New York

Sarah's Nightly Visits - Lawrence, Kansas

My Sixth Sense - Chicago, Illinois

The Old Prisoner - Indianapolis, Indiana

Fast Food Victorian Ghost - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Camarillo State Mental Hospital "Pipes" - Camarillo, California

The Insistent Spirit - Litchfeild, New Hampshire

Disembodied Voices Speak - Flubdun Township, Pennsylvania

Thomas Edison Museum Orb - Ft. Myers, Florida

The Old Hag Who Lifted Me - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Ghosts of Fort Pulaski - Savannah, Georgia

The Blithe Spirit - Portland, Maine

Paco from Chichen Itza - Atlanta, Georgia

Footsteps in the Forest - Hooks, Texas

The Phantom Maid of Melville - Melville Hotel, Saskatchewan, Canada

Grandfather's House Full of Family Spirits - Cheektowaga, New York

The Spirit of Anne - Norfolk, Virginia

The Shadow Man's Hand - Verden, Germany

Murderous Mirror Message - Jefferson, Texas

River Styx Cemetery Face - Wadsworth, Ohio

The Phantom Sentry - Israel

The Flash at Devil's Den - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The Little Man of Bihar - Bihar, India

Chesterland Cemetery Mist - Chesterland, Ohio

The Thing in the Woods at Camp Morgan - White Mountains, New Hampshire

Mom's Cat and Pennies from Heaven - Lindenhurst, Illinois

The Haunted Apartment - Brooklyn, New York

A Friend's Goodbye - Chicago, Illinois

Temporary Possession - Believe It, Or Not - St. Augustine, Florida

The Douglas Arms' Ghostly Argument - Banchory, North East Scotland

Mystic Pizza Place - Saratoga, California

A Sleeper's Disembodied Hands - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Ebne Baviie Cemetery Orb - Tehran, Iran

Sean's Visit with My Daughter - Norman, Oklahoma

A Crying Mary Statue - Lyons, Illinois

Mischievous Boy Ghost in the Pub - Brighton, England

Dad's Answering Machine Message from Beyond - Knoxville, Iowa electronic voice phenomenon (evp)

Haunted High School - Slinger, Wisconsin

The Angry Man in Brown Flannel - Everett, Washington

The Boy on the Rock - Forests near Trichur, Kerala, India

Cemetery Orb - Las Vegas, Nevada

Amli Apartments Ghosts - Kennesaw, Georgia

Gawler's Tree Ghost - Gawler, South Australia

Granny's Bouncing Green Lights - Jemison, Alabama

The Ghost of Ceely Rose - Lucas, and Lima, Ohio

Ghostly Stalker - Nashville, Tennessee

Jerry's Visit to Say Goodbye - New Mexico

Grandmother's Premonition - Spring Green, Wisconsin

Grandpa's Message - Los Angeles, California

Seeing the Light - Perham, Minnesota

Amanda, The "Imaginary" Friend - San Jose, California

Swan Lake Cemetery Energy - Swan Lake Cemetery, Hibbing, Minnesota

Grampa's Painting - Greely, Ontario, Canada

Haunted Homes I Have Lived In - Washington D.C and Las Vegas, Nevada

The Rapping and Disembodied Voice - Troy, New York

Tall Man at My Door - Tampa, Florida

Grandmother in the Shed - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Orb in the Wardrobe - Hartlepool, England

The Third Eye Opens - Orion, Bataan, Philippines

Aunt Flo's Saving Grace - Lackawanna, New York

Mom's Visit With Talk of Love - Alva, Oklahoma

Stuck Out of Body - Sunnyvale, California

A Confederate Solider Followed Me Home - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The Walking Boy - Edina, Minnesota

Haunted Statue - Punchbowl, NSW, Australia

Missing Hot Sauce and Candied Hearts - Brooklyn, New York

Ghostly Girl from the Well - Milford, Massachusetts

Precognition of Dad's Death - Southington, Connecticut

Red Dot in a Fog - Granbury, Texas

More Pennies From Heaven - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mother's Kept Promise - Reynella, South Australia

Sensing a Previous Tenant - Los Angeles, California

Shaking Red Couch - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Discovered Room Unleashes Spirit - Toledo, Ohio

Graveyard Ectoplasm - Indianapolis, Indiana

Ghost Woman on Video - Chatham, New Jersey

Pennies from Heaven - Cincinnati, Ohio

Blurry Nap-Time Visitor - Boise, Idaho

Vanishing Girl - Davao City, Philippines

Black-Hooded Ghost - Hamilton, Ohio

Ka Huaka'i Po (The Night Marchers) - La'ie, O'ahu, Hawai'i

The Lady in the Blue Dress at Captain Tony's Bar - Key West, Florida

Haunted House in Princeton - Princeton, West Virginia

Added May 25, 2004

Grandpa's Message

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Rev. Scott E. Kingsbury, Los Angeles, California, January, 1967,

I guess I need to start with my family history: I am an only-child. So is my father. As was his father and his father before him. An unbroken string of "only sons" since before the Civil War.

I was a happy kid. No broken homes for us; both my paternal and maternal great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents stayed together "until death did they part." I was yet another "crown prince" in a long line of Crown-Princes -- "spoiled rotten", I guess you could say.

My parents loved me dearly, but I was certainly Grandpa's favorite. My Dad's "Dad," Orval, was pretty cool... he taught me to play Blackjack for Hershey's Kisses when I was only about five years old. He gave me my first football, taught me to ride my first bike. He was both my "Gramps" and my Godfather. He taught me to pray the Hail Mary and how to light candles in church -- he gave me my first Prayer Book when I was Confirmed at the age of nine... and once told me that "WE" were not "Episcopalians" -- but "WE" were "Anglo-Catholics". 

Not a big deal to a six-year-old, but something must have stuck, as I am an Anglican Priest today.

Do Priests believe in ghosts?

This one does.

Some of my favorite times were spent at the little house where my Grandpa and Grandma lived. The house was a typical Los Angeles "cracker box" -- built by my great-grandfather in 1920. 

It was September of 1966, school had just gone back into session and it was hot. It was a Friday afternoon when my Grandma came to pick me up in her 1962 Chevy Corvair, to take me to their house for the weekend.

When we arrived in the driveway, I couldn't wait to see "Gramps." I ran in the house as fast as I could! 

Unfortunately, rounding the doorway into his bedroom... I found him, face-down, a blue-purple color to his face and lips... he laid there, stone-cold dead on the floor.

Needless to say this was quite a shock to a nine-year-old. It was something that I will never forget. Nor will I forget what happened four short months later:

I was sleeping in my room (some 15 miles away from the house where I found my Grandpa) -- and it was just pre-dawn. Pitch-black. I awakened, and it was icy-cold in my room. Not too strange for January... but this was different. As I recall -- it was the chill in the air that woke me out of my sound sleep. 

I sat straight up in bed, as completely awake as I am right now, and saw, clear-as-day, someone who I believed to be my father standing at the foot of my bed. This was not an uncommon occurrence, as Dad kept his socks and underwear in a chest of drawers in my bedroom... so I asked him, "What are you doing up so early?". 

He smiled, and said not a word.

Then it dawned on me. It wasn't my Dad. He was a much younger, vibrant, healthy version of my Grandpa!! Only he was slightly transparent, not exactly translucent... but I could see him clearly in the darkened room!! 

He just smiled and looked at me. He didn't speak a word, and this is the strangest part of the story, he communicated to me three things, very clearly -- yet without words:

1) He "said": "I am so sorry that you found me!"

2) "I am in a wonderful place, and 'everybody is here' "

3) "You keep saying your prayers, because God has something very special in store for you -- just wait!"

He kept smiling. 

I must say, I was frozen stiff -- scared... petrified... and so cold!

In what seemed to be about 4-5 more seconds, he just sort of faded away and was gone.

Well, I tore off the covers, ran into the bathroom, and turned on the lights. I looked at myself in the mirror and I was as white as a... well... "ghost" ! I went into the living room, and turned on the lights there. I was afraid to go back into my room.

I never told anybody what had happened.

Fast forward almost 30 years. After many years of spiritual searching and turmoil, I went back to seminary when I was 38 years old. The call was late, but it was certainly strong.

My mother died unexpectedly in 1996, never getting to see me ordained as a priest (well, at least not "in person")

When I was cleaning out her house, in the very last box I came across, I found an envelope. In it was my Grandpa and Grandma's wedding certificate.

I never knew this before that very moment.

My grandparents were married by the very priest who founded my current parish (someone who is legendary to me -- sort of like George Washington) -- at the very same parish where I was ordained -- 70 years before. There was his signature right there at the bottom of the page.

Well, I finally found out what Grandpa meant. I've been Curate at that same parish since 1996.

It's been a "long, strange trip" -- but God certainly did have something "special" planned for me!

Thanks! See ya again someday, Gramps! 

2014 Haunted New England Wall Calendar by Jeff Belanger photography by Frank Grace
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