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Paranormal Corner: Gettysburg Civil War site yields much activity

Paranormal Corner: Gettysburg Civil War site yields much activity 86

By Kelly Roncace/South Jersey Times South Jersey Newspapers

Normally, when visitors enter the basement of the Jennie Wade House in Gettysburg, a recording begins to play, telling the story of Wade – the only civilian killed during The Battle of Gettysburg.

Because we – Jersey Unique Minds Paranormal Society – were visiting to investigate the building, we didn’t expect to hear the recording, but apparently someone wanted us to.

Ghost tour guide Alexis Gasparovich was showing JUMPS Founder and CEO Doug Hogate Jr. where the switch was to turn off the lights in the basement, when suddenly we began hearing gun shots.

After several seconds of confusion, our guide explained the noise… well sort of.

Jennie Wade HouseA display in the basement of The Jennie Wade House shows where Jennie’s body was laid after she was shot in her kitchen during The Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

“That’s the recording that plays when tours are down here,” Gasparovich said. “There’s only one way to make it turn on. You have to push this button.”

Gasparovich, who has been guiding tours through the Jennie Wade House and Soldier’s National Museum across the street for six years, pointed to a large, round, red button that needs to be pushed in order for the recording to begin.

“That’s only happened one other time during my six years here,” she said.

Having the recording begin while we were asking about the history of the house made me feel very welcomed in the space, therefore I thanked whoever had started it for us.

Jennie Wade’s body was laid in this basement after she was shot by a Confederate soldier while kneading dough in her sister’s kitchen.

The bullet that ended the 20-year-old’s life went through two wooden doors, into her left shoulder, through her heart and came to rest in her corset.

A pair of Union soldiers carried Jennie’s body up the stairs, through the wall dividing the duplex home, down the neighbor’s stairs, out the side door and down into the basement.

Gasparovich said one day, while in the basement with a tour group, she was near the light switch again, preparing to turn out the lights as part of the tour, when she felt someone standing beside her.

“I looked up and there was a Union soldier,” she said. “He was solid and looking down at me. I thought he was a re-enactor, but then I realized we didn’t have any re-enactors.”

When she looked back, the soldier was gone.

Gettysburg is known as one of the most haunted places in the country.

The bloodiest battle of the Civil War, the spirits of Northern soldiers, Southern soldiers and even, in some cases, children wander through the battlefields and the quaint town every day.

The building known as the Soldier’s National Museum today was once the Homestead Orphanage and housed children who lost their parents to the war.

A woman named Rosa Carmichael once ran that orphanage and caused the children within her walls as nearly much turmoil as the soldiers experienced out on the battlefields.

As a paranormal investigator, there are not many experiences more emotional than connecting with the spirit of a child. But communicating with a child who misses their parents is a tear-jerker.

Carmichael kept the children in the basement of the museum building. She chained them to walls, kept them down there for days at a time and even locked them in a tiny, stone area referred to as “the dungeon.”

A short hallway leads from the main basement to the dungeon.

In an effort to bring out some of the children and possibly Carmichael herself, we brought along teen-agers Collette DeVault and Jeremy Dark — children of team members — and had them sit in that hallway.

Not much was happening until Hogate accidentally banged the wooden door between the basement and hallway against the stone wall.

“All of our equipment went crazy,” he said. “It was like the kids all scattered, thinking Rosa was coming.”

Once the banging door startled the spirits, a few remained with us to communicate.

Soldier's National MuseumShown is the hallways leading to the dungeon room in the basement of the Soldier’s National Museum, formerly known as the Homestead Orphanage in Gettysburg, Pa.

While in the hallway with Hogate, investigator Mellie DeVault and guest investigator Linda Lopez — Hogate’s mom — our K2 meters (which measure fluctuations in the electromagnetic field) and REM pod (which puts off its own electromagnetic field and reacts with lights and sound if that field is broken) were very active. The equipment seemed to react most when Hogate spoke.

“Does Doug remind you of your daddy?” I asked. “Do you miss your daddy?”

All of the equipment responded. Knowing these children were trapped in this basement missing their parents was so sad, it affected DeVault and I to the point of tears.

Another piece of equipment we had in the hallway eventually gave us a much happier response. The Ovilus takes frequencies and translates them into words, helping spirits communicate even further.

At one point in the basement, after communicating with the children in the hallway, we needed to turn the lights back on for a few minutes.

Standing in the doorway between the two basement areas, I turned to look into the hallway, waved my hand at the children and said, “Hi you guys! Now you can see our faces.”

Not a minute later, the REM pod reacted and the Ovilus spat out the word “Wave.”

Were the children telling me they were waving back at me? I’m not sure, but between that random word, crazy lights and sounds from our equipment and a genuine feeling of sadness contrasted with comfort tells me there are orphaned children in that basement, who, I believe, appreciated our company.

JUMPS investigated these two buildings for several hours and had many more personal experiences and captured evidence which is currently being reviewed.

Stay tuned for more stories of JUMPS in Gettysburg and check out the evidence once it’s published to the website at



People of the shadow: what do the mysterious shadow creatures want from us

People of the shadow: what do the mysterious shadow creatures want from us 99

Shadow creatures are neither ghosts nor people, and we know these creatures as shadow people. It seems that the “shadow” know about our location and want us to feel fear or even panic in their presence.

People-shadows or shadow people are paranormal dark barely visible silhouettes known to mystics for a long time. They look like dark humanoid creatures or barely noticeable ghosts, often seen only with peripheral vision. Witnesses claim that shadow people only catch a few seconds, eyewitnesses also say that they looked into the eyes of shadow people and their eyes shone with a red light, like demons.

Shadow people can take different shapes and sizes: look like full-fledged people or even like animals. But most often these are thin tall strange figures. Be that as it may, they appear only for a moment, quickly evaporating into the air. Unfortunately, they can harm humans, which was proven in 2013.

The video posted on the web had confirmation of the existence of a shadow man who was visible for over a minute! An unknown silhouette knocks down a man walking down the corridor and drags him across the floor for several seconds. After some time, it also suddenly disappears, releasing the person. As it became known, the building where the striking phenomenon was filmed has complaints from tenants who more than once meet paranormal events in their home.

There are very few known cases though of adverse events caused by shadow people. In most cases, they appear or disappear as soon as they are found.

Shadow creatures can be spotted out of the corner of your eye. Some people who saw them or knew about their presence say that they are alien creatures, slipping in and out of our field of vision. In the eyewitness accounts, the observation of the recurrence of shadow manifestations is especially often mentioned.

People of the shadow: what do the mysterious shadow creatures want from us

Whether they are an elusive race that has always coexisted with us is an interesting theory suggesting that these creatures are frequent guests in our lives.

Paranormal researchers consider shadow people to be malevolent supernatural entities. Perhaps shadow people will not cause physical pain, but they can affect you emotionally, for example, cause fear – this gives them energy.

Skeptics and scientists believe that shadow people are optical illusions or hallucinations that appear under the influence of drugs or physiological changes in the body. When the left temporo-parietal brain is stimulated, these strange images are created.

Often the appearance of these shadows is inextricably linked with sleep paralysis, when a person is, as it were, between sleep and reality. Scientifically, this is called hypnogogy. Hypnogogia is called “the phenomenon of the face in the dark” for such hallucinations.

All eyewitnesses, regardless of where they live, talk about the same sensations in the presence of shadow creatures. Fear is a cold feeling that overcomes a person at this moment.

People of the shadow: what do the mysterious shadow creatures want from us

Some people say they even saw the eerie red eyes of these dark personalities that momentarily appear anywhere and demonstrate the ability to walk on the walls of enclosed spaces, which defies the general laws of physics.

Whoever they are, they feed on human energy, emit bad vibrations and give negative emotions. We do not know how they got into our dimension, about the purpose of their mission and how they affect the human essence. The main thing is to stop feeling fear in their presence and not to “feed” anyone with your precious energy.

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Ghost hunter told how to summon spirits

Ghost hunter told how to summon spirits 100

A ghost hunter explained how to summon ghosts and when is the best time to do it according to The Daily Star.

Jade Capasso explores hotels, inns, historical places to allegedly reveal the spirits and ghosts that are present in them. She shares her discoveries on the YouTube channel Ghost Club Paranormal. The girl is sure that you can also talk with spirits.

The 28-year-old ghost hunter is confident that you can talk to ghosts and spirits using a voice recorder. A particularly good time for this, according to her, is the eve of All Saints’ Day – Halloween.

 “I think there is more activity during Halloween. More people believe in the other world, ”she said.

She recalled that Halloween pumpkin is an invariable attribute and symbol of the holiday. People decorate their home with funny, scary, and sometimes even terrifying faces.

 “I’m sure there will be more sessions and many will use Ouija boards,” she says.

To connect with the “other world”, you can go to a famous haunted place, says Kapassa. She also recommends checking your home for ghosts.

To hear a ghost, the girl recommends using special equipment. 

After all, ghosts, she said, emit sounds at ultra-low frequencies that are not perceived by the human ear. You can hear them, as she notes, only on audio recordings.

The girl says that you need to leave the digital voice recorder in a room where paranormal activity is observed all night, or ask questions and wait for an answer.

“Ask questions, and who knows, you might hear a disembodied voice answering you,” says Jade.

According to her, there is no need to rush, because the spirits must be given enough time to respond.

“You probably won’t hear them in real time. But if you listen to the recording, you might hear someone from the underworld, ”she said.

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A photographer took a picture of an old house, but did not know that a woman lived there. No wonder – you can only see it in the photo

A photographer took a picture of an old house, but did not know that a woman lived there. No wonder - you can only see it in the photo 101

A Scottish resident took a photo of an abandoned building, and then could not believe his eyes when he looked at the finished photograph. From there the woman’s face was looking at him, but the man is sure: there was no one in the ruins of the house. Finding an explanation for what he saw was not easy.

A photographer from Scotland, who wished to remain anonymous, decided to arrange an unusual photo session, Unilad writes.

His choice fell on several abandoned buildings that are located in one of the parks in the North Ayrshire region. After taking a couple of pictures, he went to the studio to print them, and then looked at the finished result.


The negative of one of the photographs of the photographer

Mysticism often happens in abandoned buildings , and the case with a man was no exception. In one photo, the Scotsman saw the ghostly silhouette of a woman looking at him from a window. However, the man assures that there was no one in the building, and he was alone in the ruins.

During the shooting, I did not feel anything unusual or anything otherworldly.

Despite the fact that the woman’s face looks intimidating, he is glad that he managed to capture it. Moreover, the hero of the story shared the frame with all friends who adore mysticism and riddles.


Pay attention to the left window

I’m happy that I was able to capture something that looks like a ghost. I am even proud to be able to show photos to people who love riddles.

Many people, according to the photographer, are inclined to believe that this is a ghost, who love to talk to children so much, although the author of the picture himself is in no hurry to draw conclusions. He even looked at the frame under a microscope, but never came to the truth.

You can, of course, speculate, but the human brain makes us see familiar traits everywhere, especially if we look at them long enough.


Moreover, the photographer, according to him, does not really believe in ghosts and other mystical phenomena.

I don’t like the term paranormal. As for ghosts, I don’t know if they exist. I don’t even know how to define them. What is it? Energy?

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