I’m Back With More!

I know it has been awhile, but I’ve gone almost all year so far without a computer. I’m finally back on board though, and I realized just last night that I needed to do some catching up here, because I have stories to tell! Not many, and they’re not too crazy, but they’re something.

First, let me say that since I’ve been gone from here I’ve noticed a new (maybe?) group pop up called Cincinnati Ghost Seekers. They do ghost hunts all over the Cincinnati area and for a small fee you can join them. I haven’t been able to yet, but I plan to attend one or two in the near future. It has been too long for me! I need to get back out there.

If you’re interested in checking them and their ghost hunts out, the only links I could find, and I guess the only ones you need, are here. Their Facebook page, tickets for ghost hunts.

Now, back to business. I told you that my wife left her job at the Great Wolf Lodge. Well, her new job is doing the same thing, only at a different hotel. I never got any weird vibes there, and never heard anything about the area it’s in, so I never believed it to be haunted. And up until now nothing has ever happened, at least that my wife has heard about.

That is, until a couple months ago when there was an incident at the bar. Since I can’t tell you the actual name and location of this hotel, I need a new name. I’ll just call this one the Blue Ash Hotel. It is in Blue Ash, Ohio which is just north of Cincinnati, but there are dozens of hotels there.
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Who’s There?

Since today was Christmas (MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!) my wife and I spent the day with her family. I spoke once about some of the activity they have in their building.

Tonight I was standing in the doorway from their hallway to their living room. Directly behind me was their front door. I heard someone knock on the door 3 times. Directly behind me. There was no mistaking that sound.

I opened the door, stepped out into the hallway, and absolutely nobody was there.

I told them what had happened and they told me a new story that happened to them just the other day.

They had a green Ever Ready (I think) flashlight. Just one of those cheap plastic ones that usually only cost a dollar at the auto store. It was standing up on the flashlight end, on the end table next to a recliner. My wife’s cousin said she was looking right at it when it suddenly lifted up into the air like someone tossed it. She said it came up about 6 inches and flew apart, both pieces of the flashlight breaking apart and the two batteries inside coming out.

They said that was the SECOND time it had done that, except the first time it was in a different location. After the second time they threw away the light. I’m not sure if that will help them or not, but the story is awesome!

The Final Inn

This is most likely the final entry for The Inn, and sadly, I don’t have a paranormal story to share. Instead, I thought since my wife no longer works there, there’s no problem in saying who they really are. If you haven’t figured it out by now on your own, of course. My wife had worked for Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio for the last 5 years or so. She enjoyed her time there and I especially loved all of the paranormal stuff going on around the place. Unfortunately, she had to move on, so I’ll probably never step foot in there again.

The Great Wolf Lodge is the next door neighbor of King’s Island, which is a known hot spot for paranormal activity and was even featured on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters. They were both built on the same land where a powder keg plant had many accidents and explosions and fatalities. As a matter of fact, the tiny cemetery that sits on King’s Island’s property, is actually located right in between the two places.

Go rent a room for the night and do some overnight investigating. Hang out in the lobby overnight. See if anything pops up. It just might.

As for me, I’ll probably never go back, but I will miss the place. So long, Great Wolf Lodge paranormal activity.

The Beast Of Bray Road

I was recently talking to a friend about the paranormal and how we both agreed that people who experience the paranormal tend to have families who do as well. In other words, it runs in the family.

That being said, both of my parents definitely have had crazy experiences, as I’ve documented here, but my dad really takes the cake. Of all the things he’s told me over the years about his experiences, this one, I think, is really cool. They’re all cool, but this one is at the top of the list.

He saw the Beast of Bray Road.

Only he didn’t know that’s what it was called, and when he saw it, he didn’t even know it was a thing.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m with you, as is he. I just learned about it yesterday, although I’ve heard his story a few times over the years.

The Beast was first reported back in the 1930s on rural Bray Road outside Elkhorn, Wisconsin. It has been seen since then, all through the years, by many different people around Wisconsin, through Illinois, all the way up into Canada, and it’s called the same name in all locations.

Reports started growing in the 80s and 90s and a newspaper sent a reporter out to write a piece on it. At first skeptical, she later changed her mind because of all of the testimonies. Her reports were all collected in a book, The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin’s Werewolf. It was also made into a movie, The Beast Of Bray Road.

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Paranormal Investigative Equipment: What’s Your Pick?

Sheila Renee Parker recently asked the question, when you go out ghost hunting, what equipment do you take with you?

Back when I used to hunt I used a digital camera that wasn’t the best, but did the trick. On two separate occasions I had it take pictures by itself, and only during hunts. That was awesome and creepy at the same time. I also had a Sony Handicam that was a Hi-8, and I had a voice recorder that recorded on tape. That was all I took out, and it was more than enough for me.

When I went to the Ohio State Reformatory for an overnight, I saw a lot of dedicated people with tons of equipment that made me laugh. Not because it was funny or ridiculous, it just seemed to be a bit overboard for me. They were going to get the same kind of evidence I was, but they spent hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars more on their equipment than I did. I hope it pays off for them, but it never would for me.

With that said, check out Sheila’s article and let her know what you use on your hunts!

There are so many different types of equipment that one can use while conducting a paranormal investigation, even supposedly fully equipped ghost hunting kits that claim to have everything one needs. Interesting…. do these kits come with an unlimited supply of batteries? Ghosts are known to drain batteries for the energy. So, if these kits don’t come with batteries, they’re not fully equipped now are they? Just a random thought…

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The Inn Pt. 15

I was hanging out at The Inn last night while my wife worked. In their lobby they have a giant Halloween set up for kids. There are creepy things hanging off the walls and a DJ booth where a DJ plays music, I’m guessing with a Halloween vibe to it, and the kids dance.

All was quiet in the lobby, where I was sitting by myself, all night. And then at 4:45 AM, the DJ booth started playing music by itself. It was loud, and I can’t recall the song playing but it was one I don’t think I’ve ever heard before. (EDIT: My wife just told me the song was “It’s Hip To Be Square.” If it matters.)

The guy my wife works with went out from behind the counter to the DJ booth and fiddled with some things and the music finally stopped. As he walked back to the desk he mentioned how it was strange because the system was turned off before the music started.

The Inn Pt. 14

My wife was at work the other night when a couple of things happened to her.

First, she was making her lunch in the microwave in the tiny office behind the front desk where she works. Only her and her coworker were there, the security guy was out doing his rounds. Her food cooked and she took it out, then shut the door to the microwave. She went and sat down at the front desk next to her coworker and a minute later, the microwave door slammed shut again.

A little while later she went to the bathroom. I’ve talked about how creepy those bathrooms are, and they are connected by a single entry or foyer. There are two water fountains there, then you turn left for the women’s, or right for the men’s. So naturally if the men’s room is creepy, then surely the women’s has to have stuff going on too, right?

She had finished her business and washed her hands. Suddenly she heard a woman laughing loudly, and she said it sounded as if the woman was right on the other side of the wall near the water fountains. With her hands still wet, she walked around the wall to see who it was, since it was late at night and the woman was very loud.

Only she never found the woman. She checked the men’s room, up and down the hall, the lobby. No woman.