July 20, 2018

How do I take psychic photos?

By Ed Warren

Note:  This article was removed because it’s really out-dated due to advance digital cameras.  By popular demand we are putting it back.

1. Ideally, use an auto focus or fixed-focus camera with an automatic flash, the more powerful the flash the better. You may use a manual focus camera, but your photos may be out of focus because (obviously) you may not be able to focus it in the dark.

2. Use ordinary color print film. Some photographers prefer black and white, which may provide better contrast, especially if the photos are to be reproduced. Most auto focus and fixed-focus cameras use 35mm film. 400 ASA works just fine. You may also use ASA 200 film, but any slower speed film may make your photos too dark. You may also want to experiment by taking photos without a flash, using high speed film, such as ASA 1000 in low light (not black) conditions.

3. Load your camera after you get to the site. Lorraine Warren believes that this gives recognition to the spirits and gives them maximum opportunity to imprint on the film.

4. Make a record of the type of camera, film type and speed, site, date, time, and weather conditions. This serves several purposes: assuming you are successful in taking psychic photos, you want to be able to rule out clouds, the moon, and so forth as the origin of your “psychic” photos; in addition, once you’ve taken a few rolls of film, every cemetery begins to look the same! Avoid rainy or snowy conditions, as these could complicate your interpretation of the images.

5. Shoot the entire roll of film at the site if possible. Aim the camera so that you include something as a point of reference, such as a tombstone, person, fence, or object.

6. Use a photo-finisher who will print all photos. Your local photo shop, where the employees are actually reviewing the photos as they are printed, may be the best bet. Many members of the New England Society for Psychic Research, Inc. have found that developing a rapport with the local photo finisher can help. Unfortunately, some of the mail-away finishers will “select” the photos to print if they think you’ve taken poor photos that do not have enough light. Because they are usually cheaper, however, you may want to include a letter asking them to print all photos. Be sure and order a proof sheet of all photos when you send to a mail-away photo finisher, as finding psychic phenomena on negatives is difficult.

How Do I Get Rid of a Ghost?

How do I get rid of a ghost?  General Ghost Advice

Getting rid of a ghost (or any psychic phenomena) can be tricky business. We’re often asked what to do if a house is haunted, and we’ve developed a set of general guidelines. Without coming to your home, we can’t make an accurate “diagnosis” of the situation, and so the information below may or may not alleviate your haunting symptoms, but in the interest of helping people who may live far from the New England Society for Psychic Research’s geographic area, we thought that publishing some general guidelines may be of help to some people. If you would like members of the New England Society for Psychic Research (and in some cases the Warrens themselves!) to come and do an investigation, the investigation itself is free of cost. We only ask that you pay for any incidental expenses, such as travel, hotel, rental car, gasoline, and so forth. As you can tell from reading the materials on the web site, the Warrens have strong religious beliefs. It is on this foundation of faith that they (and their fellow investigators) find the courage and fortitude to carry out this work. Keep in mind that our suggestions on how to rid your home of psychic phenomena is based strongly on this faith. If you feel that you may have a haunting, and would like to try and rid the premises of the “ghost”, we suggest the following:

1.   Make certain that each member of the household has been baptized (or its equivalent in your religion). If someone in the household has not been baptized, please arrange for this to take place as soon as possible.

2.  The NESPR does not condone the use of Ouija boards, Tarot cards, mediums, seances, psychics, spiritualists, magic, or witchcraft–or anything of that ilk. We believe that such methods can be extremely dangerous and must be stopped immediately if they are being used in your household, or by any of your household members. Because such methods actively invite spirits into our human world, we believe that this “open door” which you create by using these methods may also invite the demonic and other unwanted spirits. If you are having psychic phenomena occur after engaging in any of these activities, your “haunting” may well be more serious than can be dealt with in this article. The Warrens estimate that 90% of their worst cases begin with an Ouija board. Enough said.

3.  Make certain that each room of your house has a religious icon from the religion practiced in your household in it. To give you a good example of what we mean, last year NESPR did a preliminary inquiry into a situation in which a house with 3 roommates was haunted. One roommate was Jewish, another Catholic, and another Protestant. Each brought religious icons from his faith into the home, and soon the haunting phenomena disappeared. What religion you practice is less important than the fact that you have faith!

4.  Have your priest (or the appropriate official from your faith) come to your home and have it blessed. Be certain that each room is blessed. Open all closet doors, the dryer door, refrigerator doors, and even large containers and boxes (i.e. any closed-in space) prior to the blessing, so that the “spirit” will not have anyplace to hide. You may close the doors and containers after the blessing of the home is completed.

5.  If you are confronted with or witness the phenomena, you may command it to leave. In your bravest, most commanding voice, shout “In the name of Jesus Christ (or the appropriate deity for your faith) I command you to leave this place and go back to where you came from!” You need to say this emphatically, so that you are taken seriously. Take control of your own home. Do not let the “spirit” take it over. The more fear you show to it, the more power it has. 6. Giving the “spirit” recognition can also give it power. Avoid talking about it in your home, and perhaps avoid talking about it altogether. We hope that you find these suggestions helpful. If you follow them, and are still having problems, please contact us. We’re happy to help and give more personalized advice if we can. We’ll need a detailed description of what’s going on, and a telephone number where you can be contacted. The Warrens cannot respond personally to every inquiry; however, we will do our best to help when we can.

Colleges for Psychic Research?

I am wondering if you could give me a list of accredited universities and colleges that offer parapsychology, or related courses? I would greatly appreciate any information you could give me.

With regard to the many questions which we receive concerning the study of parapsychology and on becoming a professional demonologist.  With respect to academic programs in Parapsychology, this area is actually a sub-field of Psychology, and to study it thoroughly, an understanding of its location in the bigger picture of Psychology is necessary.  So, we believe that your college choice decision must be driven by your preferences for institutional size, geographical location, price, faculty research interests, and institutional prestige.  Since Parapsychology is often viewed with much skepticism in academic circles, the more legitimate the institution and academic program, the better off you will be.

Please also remember that the Warrens are among very few professional Demonologists, and in fact practice their profession free of charge to the public–it is through their books and speaking engagements that they earn their living, not by charging for investigations.  On a personal note, I find that as a volunteer with the New England Society for Psychic Research organization, part of the beauty of staying a volunteer (rather than trying to earn a living as a paranormal investigator) I am better able to select and control my areas of work and interest within the field. If I depended upon my work with the Warrens to provide a living for myself, then I would be much less free to pursue areas of special interest to me.  You may want to keep this in mind as you think about becoming a paranormal investigator as a career choice.

Tony Spera on Dreams

By Tony Spera

Sometimes we have to sit back and take a moment to reflect on our lives, our dreams, our reasons for being.  Where did we come from?  Why are we here?  These are questions we’ve all asked ourselves at various times throughout our lives.  We’ve all had our own private dreams – fantasies perhaps . . . maybe you’ve dreamt of being a famous singer or actor.  Or maybe you wished you could run faster than any other human being on earth, or could set a world record in some type of sport.  Dreams are what keep us hopeful.  They refresh us . . . they are good for our souls.

Sometimes when I’m sitting at the computer, staring at the monitor, I go into a kind of trance state.  Some would say I’m daydreaming, others would say I’m lost in thought.  Which brings me to this question.  What is thought anyway?  Can you see it or touch it?  No.   Can you recall the thought exactly as you had moments ago?  Doubtful.   But thought IS real, wouldn’t you agree?  Thought HAS SUBSTANCE !  You are what you think you are.

Have you ever seen an Olympic weightlifter concentrating just before he lifts the bar ?  Do you know what he is doing?  He is VISUALIZING himself actually grabbing the weight, pulling it to his chest, and then exploding it into the air over his head! He actually lifts the weight in his mind.  At the same time he is telling himself, ” I can lift this weight! This weight is nothing for me! ” So thought can be a powerful force…an effective tool ( or weapon ) in one’s life.  If you constantly think of yourself as a winner, chances are you will win.  If you constantly think of yourself as a loser, chances are equally good that you will lose.  ( Sort of like the battle of good vs. evil, huh? )  Negative thoughts manifest negative events, no doubt about it. Positive thoughts manifest positive events.  That’s why in our work, i.e. fighting evil forces, we always approach a case with positive thoughts.

We never approach a situation with the attitude that we cannot conquer whatever it is we are dealing with.  We are the good guys, and we know it. Our thoughts are always of God, and Godliness.  We know God can and does protect us in our battle against evil.  So Where DID we come from?  Why are we HERE?  Only God knows our true reason for being.  But I bet you I can come awfully close to what it is.  We are here to learn the lessons of life.  CHARITY, WISDOM , BENEVOLENCE, TOLERANCE, HUMILITY.  And perhaps the greatest reason of all . . . we are here to learn to LOVE ! . . . It’s harder than you think.  To LOVE everyone . . . your neighbor…a stranger…an enemy…..without condition. We’ve sure got a lot of learning to do! We should all learn to smile more . . . to enjoy the beauty of life that surrounds us.  An old Indian proverb says ” The smile you give out, returns to you ” We should all practice that.

Lindley Street Haunting

From the case files of the Warrens

lindleysm Lindley Street HauntingThis is a true story that occurred in Bridgeport, Connecticut about poltergeist activity. This is one of the most asked about cases, THE LINDLEY STREET HAUNTING. I remember as a young man all of the crowds that gathered outside of the police line that day. I was one of them pushing my through the crowds to get to Ed and Lorraine. At that point Lorraine spotted me in the crowd and came right over and said what are you doing here John. I had said to Lorraine, I’d like to go into the haunted house to see the furniture move and to see the cat speak, Ed saw Lorraine and I speaking and came over to see what was going on at that point. They decided that I was too young to be involved with a case of that magnitude, little did I know that I would be involved with so many of their cases in the future. I can tell you this, I saw enough witnesses and people coming in and out of that home with amazing stories of the Lindley Street haunting.

The Goodin family had moved to the one story, four room house about 1960. It had been built 60 years before, supposedly for the child of a Bridgeport shirt manufacturer. Gerald Goodin was described in the seminary student’s report as a factory worker at Harvey Hubbell. Laura Goodin was described as a high strung, devout Roman Catholic. Both were said to be protective of young Marcia, whom they adopted after the death of their only son. They walked her to school in the morning and rarely let her leave the house alone. Marcia was said to be an unhappy child, ostracized in school. She was also described as a deceitful youngster with an unhealthy interest in the occult, according to reports. Her only friend, reportedly, was her orange and white cat, Sam. In the fall of 1974 Sam went to a veterinary hospital for an operation. When he returned home, he supposedly began acting strangely, as if he were trying to talk. Later, Gerald Goodin claimed, the cat would kick at the basement door, yelling, “Let me out, you dirty Frenchman, you dirty Greek!”

The banging noises in the house had started about two years after Marcia was adopted in the late 1960’s but it was around December 1973, the Goodins claimed, that the unexplained activities began in earnest. The Warrens, who have a reputation for investigating the unexplained and have published books on everything from ghosts to werewolves, claim to have witnessed the moving furniture and destruction of religious objects. T hey said it was Marcia’s unhappiness that caused the disturbances. It may have been a combination, they said, of a psychic disturbance caused by her angry “aura,” and by evil spirits attracted by that aura. “It was something inhuman,” Ed Warren said. “As far as we’re concerned, those were evil spirits in that house.”

It is November1974, the Warrens are called in to by the Goodin family to investigate a malevolent force that had been terrorizing the family and home. Furniture was being thrown, family members injured, even the family cat was speaking ethnic slurs. “Things were flying around in the front room when we went in there.” Gerald Goodin told a radio station, describing events of Sunday, November 24, 1974. “Whatever it was, it was acting like a demented person and I felt I had to get my family out of the house.” By November 26th, the police superintendent said the supposed haunting was a hoax by the troubled Marcia, and fed by the parents, eager to cash in on their newfound fame. Whatever it was, it made national headlines, drew crowds of onlookers and went on to become a legend that causes goose-bumps still today.

A Bridgeport patrolman responded to “trouble unknown” called to the Goodin house that November Sunday. “When I went to the door, the lady came to the door, I asked ‘What’s the problem?’” recalled the patrolman now a sergeant. “She was crying and pointed.” The lady was Laura Goodin, she pointed to a living room so disheveled it looked as if someone had thrown the furnishings about. ” I asked if she had been burglarized?” She replied “No this is always going on,” Thinking the dreadful pounding noises that echoed through the home for years and the moving objects might be caused by a “settling” of the house, the police called in the fire department. But fire officials and the city engineer found no structural problems, and ruled out the possibility of renovation work at the nearby St. Vincent’s Medical Center was causing the problem.

The Rev. Edward Doyle of St. Patrick’s Church, then the fire department’s chaplain, blessed the house. He later stated at the time of the blessing, he saw nothing that led him to believe evil spirits were present. But others on the scene saw things they couldn’t believe. The then fire chief John Gleason said his men witnessed “dinner plates rattling, pictures jumping off the wall, a television set falling over and a heavy leather chair jumping at least 6 inches off the floor.” A 22 page report prepared a year later by a seminary student quotes the Bridgeport police records as saying officers saw the refrigerator rise about six inches off the floor. A 21 inch portable television rose off a table and rotated and objects on shelves vibrate and fall to the floor. They also allegedly saw a lounge chair that Marcia was sitting in move rapidly backwards and overturn, but when officers tried to move the chair, it wouldn’t budge. Also in front of onlookers, a plastic crucifix “exploded” from the wall. Ed and Lorraine Warren of Monroe, famed paranormal researchers, still have the pieces in a small box in their home. “Never in my life did I ever see so many police officers get down on their knees and ask for a priest’s blessing as in the Goodin home.” Lorraine Warrens recalled. “They were really at God’s mercy in that house and they knew it.”

Tim Quinn had worked as a reporter for just a few years when he was sent to cover the haunting on Lindley Street. First, he saw the crowds, then police told him a religious rite was going on inside the house, and then the Warrens came out. Then he went in. The one thing he remembers seeing is a leather chair sitting on the kind of thin rug that leaves a light mark when you brush across it or step on it. “Suddenly, the back went down and the chair moved a few feet,” he said “but there was no mark on the carpet from the runners underneath the chair.” He called it a strange, eerie experience, underscored by something a firefighter said to him. “People shouldn’t be afraid of this,” Quinn said the firefighter told him, “because if there is a devil, then that means there must be a God, and there must be an afterlife.”

When word leaked that strange occurrences were going on in the house, the public, their interest peaked by the devil possession movie “The Exorcist,” began crowding around. Soon, traffic was tied up for blocks, police had to cordon off the street, and even arrested some gawkers who refused to leave. Media around the world wanted to know about Bridgeport’s “demons.” The Goodins, according to witnesses, ate up the publicity like popcorn. They invited reporters into the house, and were even guests on Tiny Markle’s radio show. “I think the little girl was clearly very happy with the attention and I get the feeling so were her parents,” Quinn said. “I don’t think they wanted this to end.” But end it did, quite abruptly, with an Announcement on November 26 by then police Supt. Walsh that the haunting was a hoax perpetrated by the young girl. Walsh said Marcia confessed to making the furniture move when people’s attention was diverted and making the cat talk through ventriloquism.

After Walsh’s announcement, the crowd dispersed and the frenzy died down. Those who believe in ghosts complain Walsh was less interested in finding the truth than killing the publicity. “I know the things that I saw and the things the police saw in my presence, and it was real,” said the Rev. Bill Charbonneau, who taught a course on the occult at St. Joseph’s College in West Hartford, Conn. “It certainly was not explicable in normal terms.” Charbonneau said he studied the paranormal at a university in Rome, and was called upon many times as an exorcist. While at the Goodin house, he said he was sitting with young Marcia when she screamed at him to turn around. Just then, the bureau slid rapidly from one side of the room to another with no one having touched it. Later while alone in the basement of the house, he heard an ugly voice singing Christmas carols. He found the voice coming from Sam the cat. Whatever was happening, Charbonneau said, it was centered around Marcia, because she could “sense” the occurrences as they were about to happen. But she definitely did not create them, he said. “It wasn’t a hoax, it definitely wasn’t a hoax,” he said. “In terms of whether it was poltergeist activity or whatever it was causing it, I was thrown out of the city before I could do anything about it.” He said Walsh threatened him with arrest if he ever came back to Bridgeport.

The house on Lindley St. today sits next to a condominium complex. Its weathered brown and yellow paint is peeling and the lawn unkempt. Laura and Gerald Goodin both have died and Marcia Goodin , who would be 34, could not be located. Most of those contacted that were involved with the case said the bizarre experience has never really left their minds. The Warrens call it “one of the most famous, well documented poltergeist cases in history,” and rated it a 10 on a one-to-10 scale of supernatural things they’ve seen in their 50 years of experience.

Story from old news reports and Ed and Lorraine Warren files.

Article by John Zaffis.