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2006 Archive:
The Winchester Mystery House - Ghost Chronicles
December 28, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Investigating Jane Doherty - Ghost Chronicles
December 20, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Shadow People - by Lee Prosser
December 16, 2006

Column - regular feature

The Westford Knight - Ghost Chronicles
December 15, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Haunted Real Estate by Richard Senate
December 13, 2006

Traditions Behind Christmas By Vince Wilson
December 8, 2006

The Haunted Dibbuk Box - Ghost Chronicles
December 6, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Have Ghosts? Will Travel: A Ghostgeek's Guide to the RMS Queen Mary By Jen Brown
December 4, 2006

Thanksgiving: A Day of Forgiveness - by Lee Prosser
December 1, 2006

Column - regular feature

America's Stonehenge - Ghost Chronicles
November 29, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Instrumental TransCommunication (ITC) - by Jeff Belanger
November 16, 2006

Ghost Hunt Seminar - Ghost Chronicles
November 15, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Ghost Photography: Orbs by Robbin Van Pelt
November 9, 2006

Pet Ghosts - Ghost Chronicles
November 6, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Ghosts Haunt the Inn by Richard Senate
November 3, 2006

Japanese Woman Artist - by Lee Prosser
November 1, 2006

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The Ghosts of the Windham Restaurant - Ghost Chronicles
October 30, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

The Salem Witches - Ghost Chronicles
October 23, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Homan House, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: A Preliminary Report by John Sabol
October 20, 2006

What Does Halloween/Samhain Mean to You? - Compiled by Jeff Belanger
October 16, 2006

That is the Way of It - by Lee Prosser
October 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Fooling the Ghost Hunter by Richard Senate
October 11, 2006

Jack Kerouac - by Lee Prosser
October 2, 2006

Column - regular feature

Civil War Re-enactors and the Ghost Experience - by Jeff Belanger
September 15, 2006

Who Goes There in the Shadows? - by Lee Prosser
September 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Engagement and Data Analysis in Symmetrical Field Investigations by John Sabol
September 11, 2006

Occult Warfare by Richard Senate
September 6, 2006

Cats and Other Critters From Beyond the Grave - by Lee Prosser
September 1, 2006

Column - regular feature

Chicago's Strange Angles and Haunted Architecture by Ursula Bielski
August 25, 2006

I Have a Hunch: A Look at Psychics, Mediums, and Clairvoyants - by Jeff Belanger
August 16, 2006

Geof Gray-Cobb - by Lee Prosser
August 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Orbs: Have They Become that Boring? by Tuesday Miles
August 14, 2006

A Night on Char-Man Bridge by Richard Senate
August 7, 2006

Five Union Soldier Ghosts - by Lee Prosser
August 2, 2006

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A Visit With Author and Witch Kala Trobe - Interview by Lee Prosser
July 26, 2006

Perceptual Stratigraphy: Making Sense of Ghostly Manifestations by John Sabol
July 24, 2006

The Trouble With Witches - by Lee Prosser
July 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

A Look at Our Haunted Lives - by Jeff Belanger
July 13, 2006

An Active Ghost Hunt at a Haunted Bed and Breakfast by Richard Senate
July 7, 2006

Lee Prosser, 1969 - by Lee Prosser
July 4, 2006

Column - regular feature

My Theory on Spirits by Edward L. Shanahan
June 28, 2006

Ethnoarchaeoghostology: A Humanistic-Scientific Approach to the Study of Haunt Phenomena by John Sabol
June 19, 2006

Christopher Isherwood & Lee Prosser in 1969 - by Lee Prosser
June 16, 2006

Column - regular feature

ESP, M&Ms, and Reality - by Jeff Belanger
June 15, 2006

A Duel on the Airwaves by Richard Senate
June 5, 2006

Marjorie Firestone and Her Dream Predictions - by Lee Prosser
June 1, 2006

Column - regular feature

Until Death Do Us Part? by Rick Hayes
May 31, 2006

Part Four: the Conclusion: Primrose Road - Adams St. Cemetery - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
May 22, 2006

Column - regular feature

Folklore, Folklore, Folklore with Dr. Michael Bell - interview by Jeff Belanger
May 16, 2006

Swami Chetanananda and Lee Prosser - by Lee Prosser
May 15, 2006

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Theatre, Sance, and the Ghost Script: Performances at Haunted Locations by John Sabol
May 5, 2006

Willard David Firestone and the River Ghost - by Lee Prosser
May 1, 2006

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When the Spirits Held Sway at the White House by Richard Senate
April 25, 2006

Part Three: Investigation: Primrose Road - Adams St. Cemetery - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
April 20, 2006

Column - regular feature

Talking Reincarnation with Dr. John Gilbert - interview by Lee Prosser
April 17, 2006

Billy Bob Firestone and the Ghosts of Pythian Castle - by Lee Prosser
April 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Cryptobotany: the Search for Lost Plants by Richard Senate
April 7, 2006

The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 4 of 4 by Dr. Brendan Cathbad Myers
April 6, 2006

Vedanta and Durga - by Lee Prosser
April 2, 2006

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The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 3 of 4 by Dr. Brendan Cathbad Myers
March 30, 2006

Ritual, Resonance, and Ghost Research: The Play in the Fields by John Sabol
March 27, 2006

The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 2 of 4 by Dr. Brendan Cathbad Myers
March 23, 2006

Celtic This, Druid That, Saint Patrick Hit Me With a Wiffle-Ball Bat - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
March 21, 2006

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The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 1 of 4 by Dr. Brendan Cathbad Myers
March 16, 2006

Christopher Isherwood, Time Loops, and Ghosts - by Lee Prosser
March 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Druids - by Lee Prosser
March 3, 2006

Column - regular feature

Natural Selection and the Involution of the Gettysburg Ghosts by John Sabol
February 28, 2006

Part Two: Investigation: Primrose Road - Adams St. Cemetery - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
February 20, 2006

Column - regular feature

Lights, Camera... Action! by Brian Leffler
February 16, 2006

Divination and Geomancy - by Lee Prosser
February 15, 2006

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Spirit Messages from a Murderer by Richard Senate
February 8, 2006

The Ghosts of Springfield, Missouri - by Lee Prosser
February 3, 2006

Column - regular feature

The Ghost Storyteller: A Dinosaur Among Lemmings? by Charles J. Adams III
January 23, 2006

The Fools Journey: A Magickal Roadmap to Life - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
January 20, 2006

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Tarot and Spiritual Alchemy - by Lee Prosser
January 15, 2006

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Demons from the Dark by Chip Coffey
January 9, 2006

Spooky - by Lee Prosser
January 3, 2006

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June 19, 2006

Ethnoarchaeoghostology: A Humanistic-Scientific Approach to the Study of Haunt Phenomena

By John Sabol

Hauntings are past integrated systems of contextual sensory assemblages. They are not isolated sense "attributes," be they visual (orb", mists, tracers, ectoplasm, shadow people, etc.), auditory (footsteps, EVP recordings, etc.), tactile sensations or olfactory scents. Rather, they are complex fields of dramatic emotional experiences and mundane/habitual activities. Each haunt has its own script, largely dependent upon the cultural traditions and perceptual world in which the entity had lived. These scripts may be mere "recordings" of events and/or activities. This is "residual" or "ghostly" phenomena. In contrast, a haunting may consist of an individual personality (or personalities) that continue to interact to stimuli in the contemporary environment. These are "spirit" or apparitional haunts. It should be our goal, as the investigative audience, to read, interpret, and respond to that ongoing (and possibly changing) script.

My field research consists of a culturally-obtrusive, intensive "excavations" of these layered haunt fields, through the application of long-term investigative methods at individual "haunted" sites. How do I conduct this intensive, and an extensive excavation of a haunted location? I use a three-fold methodological approach, the goal of which is to determine the structural levels associated with the haunting phenomena. I identify three structural levels. These are:

1. "surface" residual experiences (su.r.e.): These are subjective experiences, perceived as real, by eyewitnesses and/or occupants at a location to anomalous sensory manifestations they encounter. There is no control mechanism in place (without protocols, context, recording/measuring devises). These observations are potential datum points (S.I.M.S. zones [stored information memory sensory]/hot spots) for follow-up investigation.

2. "surface" structural capta (that which is "captured"): These are recorded and/or measured S.I.M.S. zones "captured" by technology (EMF meters, thermal scanners, cameras 
video, audio recorders). These locations may only be relevant to the investigator (not necessarily the entity), since they are detections of possible anomalous phenomena in a non-contextual/uncontrolled environment. A "ghost watch" would be included in this structural level.

3. "deep structure" communicative exchange: This is data recorded/measured and given by the entity in a contextual situation that has meaning to the apparition. This data serves as investigative evidence. Four parameters need to be satisfied:
  1. "controlled environment": The spatial parameters of a "haunt network" were clearly defined and the haunt phase delineated. Motion detectors are in place. Each investigator is assigned a contextual space and task, and temporal parameters are defined.
  2. "contextual setting": The sociocultural traditions and behavioral patterns of the historical occupants at the location have been determined. This information is correlated to the environmental spatio-functional patterns at the location. The "ghost script" is written.
  3. "Response recorded": The communication link between the investigator and entity is established through resonating activities of the "ghost script" and recorded and measured during the framing sequence.
  4. "repeatable": A response from the entity continues to be recorded/measured through additional activities associated with the "ghost script".

The focus of the investigation is the entity-investigator interactional sphere, the deep structure communicative exchange. Field investigative techniques from the disciplines of archaeology and anthropology, and the use of what I term "theatrical sances," are used to make this communicative link with the entity. These approaches can be summarized:

1. I apply archaeological survey and excavation methods to: a) map the spatial distribution of the haunting; b) determine the particular stratagraphic layering of past haunt fields, and then; c) organize the data into a conceptual framework, I use the term r.e.s.I.d.u.a.l. matrix (Reports of Encountered Spirits that are Identified and the Dwellings Underlying Associated linkages) of interrelated haunt networks. This serves as the foundation for the development of hypotheses concerning the haunting and the specific sensory assemblages manifesting at the location.

2. I use an anthropological approach to determine the components of the entity's sociocultural and behavioral world that is manifesting in the observed/reported haunt networks, defined in method 1. This approach contains four elements: a) "holism": organize the manifestations into sensory assemblages; b) "comparative": compare to assemblages to known occupants of the location and their cultural traditions; c) "systemic": organize the sensory assemblages, cultural traditions, sociobehavioral environment, and physical layout into haunt patterns; d) "haunt relativity": organize these haunt patterns into stages, each one associated with each known occupational historical phase at the location. The communicative link is on their terms, within their sociocultural context. There is no mixing of historical elements (including phased events and/or habitual activities).

3. Finally, after mapping the site and determining its haunt stratigraphy (approach 1), and analyzing the cultural traditions (approach 2), we are ready to resonate with the past activity/event fields associated with the location. This is not a "ghost watch," dull and passive. It is active, emotional, and focused, and is accomplished through the use of theatre. Here a "ghost script" is developed to resonate with the script of the past that is continuing to interact in the contemporary environment. We create the script to resonate. We participate to restimulate the past, and put the entity "at ease" because we are communicating something they understand in their sociocultural context. This is the drama in the fields, and we, as investigators, are active participants in these fields of the play.

The specific methodological field investigative sequence consists of five phases. These are:

1. Site survey of the contemporary environment with baseline observations and readings from datum points. The datum points are the locations of movement and flow in the contemporary environment. These would include entrance ways, halls, and stairs. This initial survey records the present natural conditions of the location. It is not used to detect "evidence" of a haunting, since the activities do not resonate with the past. This is a daylight field activity. Also, at this time, an EVP/IC (invitation to communicate" and "psychic sweep" (If available) is done to identify potential S.I.M.S. zones.

2. Site historical research is done. This includes the documentation of the observational history (eyewitness accounts) of the location, and the spacio-occupational history (identification of occupants linked to construction parameters and intra-site physical/dcor modifications.).

3. The site excavation is done. This consists of determining the haunt types (residual vs. interactive apparitional), and origin (grounded vs. visitational). The stratigraphic layers of haunt fields and their spatial influence, by historical phases, are also ascertained. Also, during this phase, the perceptual environment (societal), and cultural tradition (individual) of the haunt ("ghost view") is determined. Finally, the delineation of the site investigative conceptual framework (the haunt n.e.t.w.o.r.k. and r.e.s.I.d.u.a.l. matrix) is outlined. These define the horizontal (n.e.t.w.o.r.k.) and vertical components ("stratigraphy") of the haunting (matrix).

4. A site theatrical sance is done, beginning with the development of the "ghost script." The execution and recording of the interactional communication between the performer (investigator) and the audience (entity) is done using the basic tech kit (EMF meter, thermal scanner, digital recorders, video camera, 35mm/digital camera). An essential person in the filming and recording of this production is the continuity person who works outside the target zone. This person notes all sensory manifestations occurring during the performance.

5. The ongoing site excavation strategies continue. This includes the further development and refinement of hypotheses and their test procedures, and changes to, and modifications in, the "ghost script". These changes are based on the data observed and recorded during the performance of the "play."

These procedures should determine the four basic queries of any field investigation: 1) "who" (individuals continuing to occupy the contemporary space: grounded (ghost and/or spirit)
or visitational (spirit= human vs. non-human); 2)"what" residual vs. interactive haunting); 3) "where" (haunt network consisting of individual s.I.m.s. zones); 4) "when" the identification of haunt phases, reflecting the occupational history of the location, and the events and activities that occurred there).

It is hoped that the development, use, and revision of these methodological field procedures is one step, albeit a small one, toward the evolution of a paranormal paradigm. It is hoped that these procedures may help to interpret, for future research and investigations, the anomalous phenomena that occur at specific locations. 

John Sabol is the founder and principal investigator for the Center for the Anthropological Studies of the Paranormal for the Eastern Region C.A.S.P.E.R., and is a regular contributor to His organization can be reached at: C.A.S.P.E.R. Research Center, 725 East Mahanoy St., Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania 17948, USA. Visit his Web site at:

2014 Haunted New England Wall Calendar by Jeff Belanger photography by Frank Grace
Check out the 2014 Haunted New England wall calendar by Jeff Belanger and photography by Frank Grace!

Paranormal Conferences and Lectures
Don't miss the following events and lectures:

Jeff Belanger and “The Bridgewater Triangle” at Dedham Community Theatre - April 6, 2014 9:00PM

The Spirits of the Mark Twain House - Hartford, Connecticut - April 12, 2014

Paracon Australia - East Maitland, New South Wales, Australia - May 10-12, 2014