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Paranormal Investigation of Cemeteries

Updated on March 13, 2015
An entity taking the form of ectoplasm
An entity taking the form of ectoplasm

A Little Bit About Us

My wife and I met nearly ten years ago and very quickly realized we shared an interest in the paranormal. Since I was a teenager I have wondered about the existence of ghosts and all of the things that go bump in the night. My wife has had many experiences throughout her life where she swears she has been able to see people that everyone else could not see. They called her crazy.

Over the past several years we have learned a lot about the paranormal world and about ourselves as well. I think folks tend to be a bit afraid of accepting the fact that there may be something that is very much alive, but cannot be seen by the naked eye. Most of us believe that we do cross over to some type of "other side" after death, but our society tends to look at that world through a negative and tearful lens.

I have been on a quest to try to quell those fears through research, investigations, and communicating with others who share our interests. Blogging has provided a wonderful opportunity to share our thoughts and experiences. We hope that you too will join in the conversation and share your experiences with us.

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Where It All Began

Shortly after establishing a hidden passion for the paranormal, we began discussing all of the things that led us to our current beliefs. My wife told me a story about a little girl dressed in a 19th century dress who lives in her house. This girl loves to play with children and she told me that not only did she see and play with her, but each of her daughters have as well. The girl is also known for shouting out "hey" very loudly, usually coming from the basement. I have personally experienced this phenomenon and it scared the crap out of me.

I told her a story about when my friend and I were walking in a cemetery in my hometown and as we traveled around a corner we stumbled upon a glowing entity. He radiated a soft bluish haze, had a long beard, and was garbed in a robe. His appearance looked almost medieval. As we gazed at him watching over the cemetery, he finally realized we were there and turned to face us. I'll never forget that look.

We went back home and did a little research and discovered that we may have seen a gatekeeper. These days they are not discussed very much, but over the past centuries they were known as the protectors of cemeteries. Although the information is not prevalent, gatekeepers are mentioned as far back as the ancient Egyptians and possibly even further back to the Assyrians.

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It wasn't long before we were searching the television to see if there were any shows on the paranormal. SyFy and The Travel Channel seemed to fill this void for what we were looking for not only to affirm what we already believed, but also to see evidence to support our experiences.

Jason Hawes (left) and Grant Wilson (right, with their producer in the middle) really set the ball in motion for paranormal junkies with the founding and seasonal airing of Ghost Hunters. The show first aired in 2004 with these two Roto-Rooter plumbers by day turned ghost hunters by night. We absolutely love the show and it has taught us so much and certainly has inspired us to become involved in our own investigations.

One of our best encounters happened in the Alton National Cemetery in Illinois. It started out as a simple ghost tour, and turned into so much more!

Alton National Cemetery in Illinois

A Really Cool Experience

In 2008, my wife and I, along with several of our friends decided to do a ghost tour in Alton, Illinois. This town is reported to be one of the most haunted places in the country. The tour began in a meeting room of a local Mason's Hall. The place was spooky and it was full of shadow play.

Shortly after our introduction to the tour, we entered the cemetery off of Pearl Street. Here we were able to see even more shadowplay as what looked like soldiers were running from tree to tree.

As we continued along the path we could hear the scuffle of feet behind us as though someone was following us. It has been reported on many occasions by several visitors that the soldiers will walk behind you inn curiosity. They are trapped in the Civil War Era and continuously relive their fighting experience. To them, the war rages on.

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It's As Simple As That

On our ghost tour, we brought a digital camera similar to the one shown here. We had heard that these new cameras could catch paranormal activity because they are faster and more sensitive than some of the older styles.

The first picture that you have already seen of what we believe is a Civil War soldier using the power of our batteries in an attempt to manifest itself. We captured this photo by me walking behind my wife and constantly shooting photos while she walked with dowsing rods. The rods were responding to someone in the cemetery and this someone was leading us through the graves by moving the rods either left, right, or straight ahead.

How entities can do this is still quite a mystery, but it may have its roots in quantum physics and the fact that light energy, or photons, are interchangeable particles with basic matter. This simply means invisible energy is fundamentally made of the same quarks or neutrinos as a tree or rock. I hope with further research to be able to elaborate on this subject.

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We'd Love To Hear From You

That night we took many photos. Two more had some foggy images to them that may have been more ectoplasm. We also caught many orbs of light scattered throughout the cemetery. Have you ever been on a paranormal investigation? Please share your experiences in the comment box and thank you for doing so!

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    • yohewriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Timothy Yohe 

      3 years ago from St. Louis

      Thank you CMHypno for your insight! Over the past few months my interest has strongly been drawn to the U.K. Two places I have recently written about was the Bears Head Inn and the Borley Rectory.

      One of my readers suggested Neil Spring's Ghost Hunter book which I am anxiously awaiting it's arrival.

      You make a good point about bogus programmes that make real investigators look like phonies themselves. Don't like that!

      Thank you for your comment! :)

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      CMHypno 

      3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Interesting hub yohewriter. There is a lot of interest in paranormal investigations here in the UK as well, some of it genuine and some unfortunately bogus. Some of the TV programmes seem to consist of nothing more than people hanging around in the dark and then running screaming as soon as they hear a noise!

    • yohewriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Timothy Yohe 

      3 years ago from St. Louis

      Thank you CrisSp for sharing your story! I love to hear other people's paranormal stories because they usually have that element of surprise in them. I especially like your because it deals with a religious-based apparition. I just posted an article on my own site that is exploring the characteristics and mysteries of religious entities. If your interested...ghosttracker423.blogspot.com.

      I have seen a cemetery caretaker before when I was younger and boy, I will never forget what he looked like. Moments like those get burned into your psyche. Thank you for the comment! :)

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      CrisSp 

      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Stories like these always fascinates me. I have my own experience ...back in my younger days, I was out with my friends (partying) and on our way back home, we walked and took a short cut through the alley at the back of the church. It was around 3AM and it was dark. We've heard ghost stories about that church but we were oblivious then. While walking, we felt weird and so we rushed past by the church when something unexplained crossed our path and we froze right there only to realize what we saw...some kind of white lady (we think). Mind you, we were not drunk and the 3 of us felt and saw the same thing.

      I'm not good in theory but apparently, the white lady that we saw was the spirit of the church's caretaker...go figure!

    • yohewriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Timothy Yohe 

      3 years ago from St. Louis

      I'm relieved to hear a happy ending to the story. :)

    • Sara Sarwar Riaz profile image

      Sara Sarwar Riaz 

      3 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Thank you for providing insight into this practice. As I mentioned before, not many people really understand or believe the validity of it. Fortunately I was able to lose that spirit as I swore I would never engage in this practice again. I prayed hard for it to leave me if it were still around. I was only a teenager then who started to participate in it as a fad of the day, without really understanding or foreseeing the repercussions.

      I'm glad I was able to share this experience here. and receive better insight into this matter.

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      Timothy Yohe 

      3 years ago from St. Louis

      Thank you Sara for your comment! The practice of "calling spirits" is one that is viewed as purely innocent by society as a whole. It is quite the opposite in that it opens up a portal for entities to interact with you, good or evil, and if the portal is not properly closed, it will be left open. As such the veil between the physical and spiritual worlds is compromised.

      Spirits love to attach to unsuspecting candidates and when they do, the connection can be very difficult to break. You invited them and that is all that is needed for them to follow you to the ends of the Earth or even try to enter your body. I always preach that Ouija boards are dangerous because spirits use your energies for whatever purpose they have in mind. The planchettes do actually move and I hope your have lost your unseen spirit.

    • Sara Sarwar Riaz profile image

      Sara Sarwar Riaz 

      3 years ago from Michigan, USA

      My closest to paranormal experience has been with calling spirits (a practice that was particularly popular in the 1990s). I along with some other friends started communicating with them using a ouija board and planchette. We would ask questions that they answered, some correctly and some not. I maybe engaged in that activity 4-5 times until one of the spirits creeped me out by saying he had fallen in love with me and would follow me to the ends of the world. I did not pay much attention at that time, but it so happened that I was in another city when the friends I was visiting, decided to call upon spirits. I was apprehensive to participate, but when I finally did, the spirit started saying all the things I had experienced the last time, stating he was the same spirit who had followed me. That was the end of it for me. Most people do not believe me when I say the planchette actually moved every time and something controlled it besides ourselves. To this day, I can swear it did. Whether those were spirits or some other paranormal entity… I can not be certain.

      Thank you for sharing your own experiences and shedding light on this rather contentious subject.

    • yohewriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Timothy Yohe 

      3 years ago from St. Louis

      That is a crazy story, Brett. I will definitely check out those sites. Just downloaded a sample of the Doodleburghs. Love the cover art! Thanks for all the information!

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      Brett Hoover 

      3 years ago from Livingston

      If you're ever in East Texas definitely check out Bragg Road, it won't disappoint. After seeing it, it made me question my position on ghosts. It is just downright creepy. There is also a place called Woman Hollering Creek in Schertz Texas where La Llorona is supposed to haunt. I had a friend who camped near the creek a few years back and he swore he heard her. He didn't even bother packing up his gear, he grabbed his wife and high tailed it out of there in the middle of the night.

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      Timothy Yohe 

      3 years ago from St. Louis

      I will check out your literary works Brett! Funny that you mention the belief that time isn't linear, but rather runs in loops. I just acquired a paper written by psychologist/philosopher J. Ellis McTaggart entitled "The Unreality of Time". In it he apparently proposes a rather convincing argument of a world without time and the properties that would make this possible. There may be something to your thought. Hmmm.... I'm not familiar with Bragg Light Road, but i am ever curious now. I'll check that out too. Thank you for the in-depth response!

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      Brett Hoover 

      3 years ago from Livingston

      My books can be found on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. I currently switched publishers and in the process of finding new ones but the books are still being sold on those sites. I really enjoyed your ghost tracker blog. I have often wondered whether ghost sightings have something to do with a time rift. I know that might sound way out there but I was watching a show on the discovery channel where they said time isn't linear but instead fluctuates in a looping pattern. If that was somehow the case then that would explain why so many people witness these ghosts going about their lives in their normal attire. That is just one of my theories that I have wondered about but while I am a skeptic, topics of the paranormal have always grabbed my attention. I grew up around Saratoga Texas where the famous Bragg Light Road is and for Halloween my wife and I went to view the lights. I have seen them many times before and I don't believe for one second what I saw was swamp gas as it illuminates the surroundings. I don't know if it is a ghost or something else but one thing I do know is that there is something there but what that something is I don't know.

    • yohewriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Timothy Yohe 

      3 years ago from St. Louis

      Thank you Brett for taking time to comment! I appreciate a good skeptic because folks like yourself are able to "debunk" what can logically be explained. It is true that some of the TV ghost shows have made investigators into either fiction writers or victims of hallucinations.

      There really is a whole other world that exists on the other side of life and death. I have proven to myself that this is true, but each person must come to their own conclusion. If you're curious, I have a whole Web site dedicated to not only my own experiences, but also my attempt to scientifically explain the experienced phenomena.

      Thank you so much and it is a pleasure to meet you! Where can I find the two books you wrote?

      http://ghosttracker423.blogspot.com

      Yohewriter :)

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      Brett Hoover 

      3 years ago from Livingston

      I have always been interested in this topic especially after one of my cousins became a paranormal investigator. I have to admit that as of now I am a skeptic but a skeptic with an open mind. I do believe that all these ghost hunting shows have done damage to the credibility of those who truly do dabble in the paranormal. Which is sad because in my own opinion everything should be studied until proven 100% false.

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