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Mission "Ruby-2" - The Old City Cemetery

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Articles I left on Saturday to examine the Sacramento Old City Cemetery as a research site. We have returned to missions in the field as our primary activity and also to follow our book-writing bent along with just plain having fun!

The old notions of a TAPS-style team are long gone and it's just back to being flexible and fun. Whoever goes and wants to join are welcome to hop in and join this intrepid guy who loves the paranormal...

And we've gone solo on the radio show and frankly, it's been a relief to freely explore and operate in my own way on things without worrying what will happen next. I'm free to operate in a much more simplified environment and that has made a huge difference in the last several weeks for the show too... So... things are on an up tick ;>)

I will admit, however, to missing my good buddy Christine. She moved to Ohio and I hope one day to connect up to her again soon and we can hunt together once again. The economy has really done a number on folks doing paranormal work and it's going to be those who adapt and get inventive to keep their chosen passion going forward.

At this point though, it's back to pretty much a solo operation save for periodic co-investigation with other teams and the occasional member popping in to hunt with me.  And it means working within my means to collect evidence and investigate in a safe way. So this mission was special in that a I opted to scope out a high-value target with a limited set of tools and specific plan in place to do a hit and run operation to test for activity.

I also decided to hit a smaller site on the return home and managed to capture a few EVP there. More later in the article.

So, I opted to check the site out and made the drive in to Sacramento and took the 10'th Street exit and was pleasantly surprised to find how easy it was to find the cemetery. The first item of note was that this place is HUGE. I made a preliminary drive around it's borders and then returned to find a parking space and began my 45 minute walk-thru tour.

The next item to make note of was how much activity goes on at this place. It is a very "live" place for a cemetery. Considering how I'm used to cemeteries in the Sierras being so quiet, it was a real shock to see so many people on the grounds and to see the crews doing active cleanup and maintenance on the site. A lot of less-than-well-kept grave sites were being repaired and I was truly touched that the city was dedicating some effort to seeing that these final resting spots were well kept and cared for.

The cemetery, as noted earlier, is quite large. I hiked at least 1/4 mile and perhaps a bit more to reach the southern-boundary and did a first "grand-tour" of the facility. There are graves of every period, style and economic status in this amazing place.

I did get EVP activity and the clips from the media gallery have the entire bulk of these EVPs from the case. The site is very active with EVP generation and more so in the northern part of the cemetery.

In two of the larger roman-style crypts, I did feel some activity and was sure that I had captured EVP activity. The place is so large, I think it is inevitable that there would be paranormal activity on the grounds. My gut feel is that it is going to be a nice place to conduct day-investigations and research over the long-term.

One EVP said "bounce boogie" and another very good one said "They're keeping me up" - I guess in reference to the folks caring for the grounds that day. Near the Mark Hopkins grave, I got a male voice saying "Its my grave" in a very raspy and loud voice before I spoke about the size of his marble tomb, which took a year and a half to construct.

The only items taken for the evaluation tour were a single EVP recorder and a camera. All in all, I conclude that the Sacramento Old City Cemetery is definitely worth visiting and a unique place.

Ghost Rider Paranormal Radio tonight at 8:00 Pacific - Interview with RIchard Phillips, author of "The Second Ship"

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Join Jon for an interview author with Richard Phillips about his book, "The Second Ship", a science fiction novel.

Synopsis: For sixty years, the National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, has been investigating the powerful technologies of a damaged alien ship, an effort dubbed the 'Rho Project.' Now, the American government is ready to share the Rho Project discoveries with the world.

But as the world scrambles to adopt the alien technologies, three high schoolers make another shocking discovery: hidden inside a cave in the New Mexico wilderness lies another alien ship. As the friends explore the second ship, they begin to unravel a decades-long secret involving an extraterrestrial war, government cover-ups, and secret experimentation using alien technology on humans.

A battle has begun, and the secrets of the second ship may be the key to humanity's last chance for survival.

Building your own broadcast studio. GRI's story

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A while back, I did an article on the Blogtalkradio.com studio I had put together. A lot has happened in the evolution of our studio capabilities and I wanted to take time to go over the current system and discuss the changes to our environment.

The initial system was simply a telephone and me with a computer. While it worked well, I wanted to go with a set of headphones and a true studio microphone to enhance the broadcasting experience and also to find a way to lose the "telephone" sound from my end.

So, I decided to research how to best attack the problem and found that my existing desktop Skype phone was an excellent performer for Blogtalkradio shows. The only issue was that the handset would need replacing (believe me, getting rid of the phone on your ear is a Godsend!). I tried to couple the phone directly to my mixer board (a mid-quality Radio Shack 4 channel mixer) and the results were disastrous for that particular show.

- First evolution

I bought a used Dell computer and dedicated it as a broadcast system and tied that into the mixer as a result and found that it worked very well. Using instructions on how to tune Skype on the PC to optimize the audio going in and out proved to be very useful (See: http://www.digitalpodcast.com/podcastnews/...t-using-skype/) and I have honed the system into a real performer. It has never let me down and the addition of a audio to USB converter (Behringer U Control UCA202 USB Audio Interface) has really made the quality go up.

One thing we learned quickly was that there was still a need to use a telephone to call into Blogtalkradio.com and I was tying up the family phone line for 90 minutes weekly until I discovered that my cellular plan would allow for plenty of night-time minutes calling after 7:00 PM. So we recently went away from traditional dial up and over to cell phone dial in as the new model.

So you want to be a ghost hunter?

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I hear it all the time... "Jon, I want to be a ghost hunter... How do I get into doing this?"

The truth about paranormal investigation is that it is far more than the investigation. For those of you new to the process, it can seem like work and is often filled with boredom, equipment troubles, people issues and more. For those trained and who know what to expect, it can be rewarding, enlightening and a source of great comfort.

To investigate and appreciate the unknown which we all aspire to meet in our field work, requires passion and patience, often in equal measure. So this article describes the realities one can expect as a new investigator diving into the great unknown of paranormal research!

So if you are reading this, it can be assumed you really want to be like the TAPS guys or Ghost Adventures Crew and think it is just about grabbing a recorder and heading out.

Not so fast there Pilgrim...

You've got research to do. And you need to do preparation and planning before going out there. And you'll wade through a lot of junk information to find good sites to investigate along with learning HOW to investigate in the first place.

The first thing is to ask yourself what is driving you to hunt ghosts or paranormal phenomena. In my own case, my many psychic experiences over a lifetime drove me to question and attempt to debunk the things that happened around me and led me to this place I am at now, a full-fledged team lead with a real organization and cases in the hopper. I deal with the paranormal daily.

The question is, is that what YOU want? So you need to decide right now if this is for you and if you want to make the investment in time, experience, learning, energy and equipment to do this. Oh... And I forgot that you need to make lots of mistakes so you know what NOT to do!

You might want to strike out on your own and fumble your way through. I did and it cost me a lot of time and effort to realize that I did need instruction and I spent a lot of time getting to know other groups and to watch how they worked and what they did. That effort has payed off and I'm much more comfortable with the process than when I first started.

The process involved making forays to check out other groups and teams, to see their internal politics and procedures and to decide what would work for me and what I could accept or not. You too will find yourself evaluating what works for you in this way and to decide if you are the more independent type or need guidance from a stronger team structure. This is a purely personal decision, but one you'll need to make.

What I don't recommend is going out alone on investigations. I've done it, but I also knew what I was doing and always had an itinerary and time set for me to return with people knowing where I'd be. This is a safety thing and now, I prefer a minimum of two people on investigations to be safe.

There is also the matter of spiritual safety and knowing what you might encounter on a case and how to handle yourself. If you have no idea of what a ghost is, or what sorts of supernatural creatures exist out there, then you have no business hunting ghosts! I mean that!

The other key thing is to trust yourself. If you do experience unease or fear on entering a site, then heed your body and mind warning you and back-off. I'm not afraid to say I've had more than one case where that has happened to me and I've listened to myself and backed off. It was the right thing to do!

Spirit photo from Queen Mary analyzed by fellow member of AA-EVP

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Articles Earlier this month, I submitted my photograph of the spirit faces captured on Queen Mary to analysts at the American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena (AAEVP).

The photo was analyzed and enhanced by the moderator of this influential group and he was impressed with the photo. He described the capture as "littered with spirit images" in his post to me.

I was heartened at having finally captured an image that had definite potential as being that of a paranormal image and thank the AAEVP for taking the time to assist with analysis of the image.

Scouting missions for remainder of 2009.

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Articles GRI will be in a quiet mode for next several months as we start revving up for 2010 and future site research. Team meetings are now on hold until 2010 and the majority of our investigations will be done by a three-person core team for the remaining 2009 time frame.

The economy (and subsequent effect on all of us) coupled with refocusing our goals have seen us streamline the organization and return to our founding principles of field work, analysis and lots of it.

As such, we're going to be doing two strike missions per month to hunt new sites and haunts for the remainder of 2009 and also to engage in one "large" case per month with our occasional investigators and guests. This will remain the case for the remainder of the year to finish out the 2009 plan. As a result of this change, we'll roar into 2010 with a boat-load of new sites that have never been hunted before!

missions are either very short half-day exercises all the way to full day travel to examine and research a site. They are an excellent opportunity for our occasional investigators and new investigators or those testing themselves for a first-time access to a paranormally active location.

The strike missions will involve two to three investigators traveling to a new site to evaluate it and to do test EVP and other measurements. It is truly an "investigation", but does not possess all the extra work of a more "public" investigation.

Strike missions are characterized by the following qualities:
  1. Fast  - We're in and out in one day or less. Some may go over a day due to travel or multiple site investigations to take advantage of proximity.
  2. We go when we go. These are purely opt-in missions for those interested in going. 
  3. Evidence will be limited to short collection bursts and analyzed within one day to judge a site.
  4. Often, we may hit several sites on same mission set to maximize our footprint and reach.
This is your chance to get in on the action since we have made a few policy changes...

We're going to do these missions no matter what people's schedules are. If you can make it at the designated time, then you are on the mission. First-come, first-serve. If you can't make it, then look for another mission to hook up with us on and sign in for it. Once we commit to the time to leave, that is when we leave.

We're varying distance and sites to allow the team to have access to these missions dependent on their life circumstances and to also open the doors to new investigators who want to try their hand in the field. This is only fair and provides equal chances for people who may not be able to travel far to join in.

Evidence analysis will be done on or just after the mission. We will file reports on-site with our local software and check EVPs and photo evidence at the same time. As soon as the report and analysis are done, they will be uploaded to the GRI database and stored for later planning purposes. This is a "must-do" for being on the strike-team when doing these missions.

If you are not yet a member of GRI and want to test your mettle with us on a scouting mission, please contact us (use the Contact link on left menu) to join one of our scouting missions.

We are being a bit cagey about our new site hunting list, so we've given the sites a set of names that mirror our military bent... It adds a little fun to the process and we've got something special in mind to make this truly mean something for our members. You'll see when you finish the investigation - trust me, you'll like it!

Scouting Mission list and mission code names
  • August - "Ruby"
    • Ruby 1 - August 1 -  Northern California (done).
    • Ruby 2 - August 29 - Old City Cemetery (done).
  • September - "Shangrala"
    • Shangrala 1 - Sept 12 -  Folsom area - book research trip.
    • Shangrala 2 - Sept 19 - Northern California - Pigeon Point Lighthouse book research trip.
  • October - "Elvira"
    • Elvira 1 - Oct 3 -  Nevada
    • Elvira 2 - Oct 17 - Nevada
  • November - "Dirty Dozen"
    • Dirty Dozen 1 - Nov 7 - Central California.
    • Dirty Dozen 2 - Nov 21 - To be decided.
  • December - "Cold Front"
    • Cold Front 1 - Dec 5 - To be decided.
    • Cold Front 2 - Dec 12 -  To be decided.
    • January - "Frosty" - Extreme Northern California.
    • February - "Shadow" - Northeastern California
    • March - "Green Ghost" - Coastal California
    • April - "Spirit Light" - tbd.
    • May - "Sunshine" - tbd.
    • June - "Dream" - tbd.
    • July - "Apple Pie" - tbd.
    • August - "Laser" - tbd.
    • September - "Jupiter" - tbd.
    • October - "Dark Light" - tbd.
    • November - "Cool Change" - tbd.
    • December - "Ghost of Christmas Past" - tbd.

Grandma Bater's Ghost

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Articles I was asked to write about the ghostly stories of my family by a woman I'm good friends with and ended up posting this story on my site and thought that you might enjoy hearing a yarn from an age past - Thus I share with you the story of Grandma Bater's Ghost:

Many years ago, in the early 20'th century, a woman by the name of Grandma Bater was a fixture of the community in the little town of Sterling City in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California.

Grandma Bater was known throughout the area and she was somehow associated with the principle industry of logging that was the main business of the town. Grandma Bater spent many an afternoon rocking on the porch, probably knitting or crocheting while watching life pass through the streets of Stirling City. Hers was a typical life and she was quite a lovely person from the way it has been told to me.

Going on the recollections of family, my mother told me of her encounters with the ghost of Grandma Bater. She died sometime in the 40's and her home passed through a number of hands over the years. My mother had the occasion to visit the house as many of our family hunted and fished in the area and spent time in Sterling City.

Not long after Grandma Bater died, the next inhabitants of the house, whom I presume were immediate family, began to notice that at 4:00pm every day, the rocker that Grandma would sit in would take to rocking by itself. No one ever thought to remove the rocker. It just seemed that it was a beautiful and sensitive matter whose origins and reasons for being went without saying.

Faces on Queen Mary

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Articles Not knowing what to make of it, we are posting this odd photograph from the Queen Mary of a doorway photo taken on March 7'th, 2009.

The photo original is shown later in this article. It is at the original size with zero edits.

We would love to hear what you have to say about it!

Heading to U.S.S. Hornet on 7/11

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 We're headed back to haunted U.S.S. Hornet on July 11'th, 2009!

We're looking for other folks to accompany us! Having investigated there once before, we are excited to return to this incredible ship.

It would be great for GRI to visit the ship in force and/or guests of GRI to visit as a group! If you are interested, then see below! If interested, we'd like to carpool. Jon can take one in the GRI Mustang and then one more vehicle for another couple of folks.

Let us know if interested in banding together for the drive down!

Journey Paranormal Society™

will be returning to

The USS Hornet

for an overnight investigation on

Saturday, July 11, 2009

with special guest

John Michael Capaldi

Whats included:
  • Pizza Party Dinner
  • Special Private Investigation exclusively for JPS™
  • Sleeping accommodations in Sick Bay
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, light snacks included

Activities include:
  • Investigating with psychic John Michael Capaldi
  • Learn How to Set Up a DVR System
  • Experiment with an Ovilus and a Shack Hack
  • Try out a Thermal Imaging Camera

"Attended the U.S.S. Hornet investigation on Oct 31, 2008
and really enjoyed meeting this great team!" 
-  Jon, Ghost-Rider-Investigations

All for $189.00 per person

Limited to 35