Ghostly News and a CT Ley Line – 10 Oct 2016

October is here, and so are articles that show a profound misunderstanding of what ghost hunters do.

I’m rather irked reading the insults in “Study links poor understanding of the physical world to religious and paranormal beliefs.”

Tarring all religions and paranormal beliefs with the same brush, the article –  based on a study by Marjaana Lindeman and Annika Svedholm-Häkkinen of the University of Helsinki – claims:

“The results showed that religious and paranormal (supernatural) beliefs correlated with all variables that were included: low systemizing, poor intuitive physics skills, poor mechanical ability, poor mental rotation, low school grades in mathematics and physics, poor common knowledge about physical and biological phenomena…”

That list continues, but I think you get the point.

And, I know quite a few highly educated priests and professors who’d disagree with that correlation.

Oh, I’m not disputing the study results, just the sampling they used or the methods, or both.

It’s typical of the bias we deal with as researchers.

But, for every annoying article like that one, I find several news stories that intrigue me.

I started with an article about a haunted site in Pennsylvania. Then, I found a news article about a Connecticut ghost investigation. After that, I started connecting the dots – literally. In the explanation that follows, you’ll see how I use news stories and maps to find even more interesting places to investigate.

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theatre curtainFirst, there’s the Casino Theater in Vandergrift, PA (USA). It’s opening for an investigation. The site’s history sounds like it’s worth a visit.

I’m always interested in haunted theaters. An unusually high percentage of theaters have ghost stories, and very obliging ghosts.

I mention them in my article, What Makes a Great Haunted Research Site.

  • Theater ghosts often respond well to direction (just as actors do).
  • Backstage, almost every theatre has at least one haunted dressing room… with a juicy story.
  • And, almost every theater has a ghost that supposedly sits or stands in the dark, near the back of the theater. In some cases, a cigarette may be involved, as well as visible wisps of smoke, or a smoky aroma.

If you’re in the Vandergrift area, learn more at this article: Casino Theater paranormal investigation attracts believers, skeptics.

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Then there’s the Dr. Ashbel Woodward House Museum in Franklin, Connecticut. It used to be the home of a medical practice. Today, it’s a historical site.

A news story describes a recent investigation at the site. I’m not sure it’s very haunted, but it has the features I look for in a historical site that’s likely to have ghosts of some kind.

If you’re near Connecticut, here’s the article: Ghost hunters look for paranormal activity at Franklin museum.

About 15 minutes away, a “My Ghost Story” episode was filmed at 3 Boswell Avenue in nearby Norwich (CT). Apparently, some ghosts still linger. (The segment was “The Grim Rapper” from “I Am Full of Madness” that aired 14 May 2011.)  You can read about it in TV show will explore ‘haunted’ home that drove man from Norwich.

If you want to see the Norwich site, remember it’s a private residence. Be discreet and respectful of their privacy.

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Exploring ley lines

The proximity of those two haunted locations makes it easy to draw a line between the two sites. In fact, any time I see two paranormal sites – especially haunted sites – near each other, I draw a line that connects them.

Then, I extend that line in both directions, and see where it leads me.

After reading about those two Connecticut haunts, I was eager to get to work. I’ve never been to Norwich, so I wasn’t sure what I’d find, but my “gut feeling” told me I’d find some great haunted places, nearby.

First, using Google Maps, I constructed a line from 3 Boswell Avenue to the Dr. Ashbell Woodward House Museum.

Then, I checked a few local landmarks that were on or near that line.

Immediately, I was drawn to Norwich’s Colonial Cemetery. That cemetery is closed, but the information online looks fascinating.

With three interesting haunts along one line, I knew I’d find more. So, I kept researching odd places close to the line.

Almost instantly, I found Norwich State Psychiatric Hospital, aka, Norwich State Hospital for the Insane. Several ghost hunters reported it as a terrifying place to investigate… when they could visit it.

As of 2016, this dangerous site – with demolished buildings and collapsed tunnels – is strictly off-limits and unsafe.





In addition, Norwich State Hospital looks like it’s over a mile away from the line.

Many researchers limit their ley lines widths to 12 feet. Others talk about lines as wide as 15 miles.

A few researchers insist that extreme weather, emerging fault lines, and other natural issues suggest that ley lines may be expanding, too.

Personally, I vary the width of the line with the location. That’s part common sense and part “gut feeling.”

In New Orleans’ French Quarter, the lines can be just a few feet wide. In other areas, I’ll expand them a few miles at the very most. My goal is to keep my lines as narrow and focused as possible.

So, I’m iffy about including Norwich State Hospital. If I had more time, I’d look for more ghost reports on or near the line. I’d judge the line width based on how many sites are nearby.

I might try some line variations, using the hospital as a starting point. That site’s ghost stories are certainly lurid.

But, at the moment, I’m not sure. And, I’m working on my next book. So, I’ll leave this ley line for others to explore and refine.

Nevertheless, this shows you how I use news stories and maps – plus some online research – to find and evaluate other sites that could be haunted.

Ley Lines for Ghost Hunters

Ley Lines for Ghost Hunters

Ley Lines for Ghost Hunters, by Fiona Broome (2nd edition in progress)

LLGH-16Jul13-250wWith a list of local haunts, a map, and a ruler, you can determine the best locations for paranormal research… even haunted places no one talks about.  In this book, I’ll show you how to find ley lines (sometimes called “energy lines”) that seem to connect paranormal, sacred, and unusual sites.
Book ETA: 2017

Related articles at this website

  • Salem’s Haunted “Judges’ Line” – One of three ley lines that connect haunted sites in Salem and vicinity. This one connects major authority figures, especially on the legal side of the Salem Witch Trials.

Related downloads at other websites

  • Atlanta’s Ley Lines – A three-page handout (with a detailed map) from my 2010 presentation at Dragon Con.

More information

Since the 1990s, I’ve studied ley lines to improve ghost hunting results.

My research is unique. When I first noticed the alignment of some haunted sites, I contacted ley line researchers like Paul Devereux. At that point, it looked like no one else had considered using ley lines for ghost hunting. No one I contacted had heard of that use, anyway.

Since then, this has been an extraordinary adventure. My ley lines have been reliable, from paranormal reports in the White Mountains of NH to haunted sites in Salem, Massachusetts, and from ghosts of New Orleans’ French Quarter to UFOs in Quebec, Canada.

However, even before I could get the facts into people’s hands, word spread about my research.

So, in 2012, I threw some of my notes together as a book,  (As it turned out, that wasn’t one of my better ideas.) It was a hasty overview and left too many questions unanswered. I quickly withdrew it from publication.

As of late 2016, I’m about 2/3 through a complete overhaul of that text, with a lot of additional maps to show how this works. I hope to publish the book later this year. It will be released with lots of supporting media and materials, to make ley lines useful for paranormal researchers in all fields.

Salem’s Haunted ‘Judges’ Line’ – Map

The Judges’ Line of Salem, Massachusetts, by Fiona Broome

Seven Gables House- Salem, MAPatterns emerge when we study profoundly haunted areas. Consistent patterns may indicate energy paths. We can use those patterns to find and confirm haunted places.

In my 2007 book, The Ghosts of Austin, Texas, I talked about two major patterns connecting almost all hauntings in downtown Austin.

In Salem, Massachusetts, I’ve found different kinds of patterns.

One pattern follows intriguing lines. I’m not sure how other researchers overlooked these eerie connections that leave ghostly tracks across Salem and Boston’s North Shore. However, paranormal patterns are among my specialties, and Salem’s landscape confirms these connections between scenes of violence (and ghostly energy).

I’m calling one of these lines “The Judges’ Line.” It seems to be a ley line.

[Ley lines are lines or paths that connect sites with unusual energy. They could be major churches or temples, sites of violence and tragedy, or have some other unusual connection. Some speculate that energy flows along those paths, and the energy was there even before the church was built or the violence occurred. That energy may magnify the emotions or affect the thinking of people when they are on or near a ley line.]

Oddly, when I map the significant homes and businesses related to the judicial side of the Salem Witch Trials, they follow a line. Even stranger, that line also indicates where modern-day Salem judges have purchased homes.

The line extends directly to Gallows Hill Park, the most likely site of the 1692 hangings during the Salem Witch Trials.

Here’s what the line looks like, related to the entire Salem, Massachusetts area:

Judges' Line, Salem, MA

 

In most cases, this line is ruler-straight, and it’s feet wide, not miles.

Here is a peek at my preliminary, hand drawn map of the main locations:

Salem - Judges' Line map - ghosts and haunted places

 

Here are my notes. Numbers represent sites related to accusers. Letters are related to victims of the trials.

1. Chestnut Street (represented by a heavy black line) – Many modern-day judges and elected officials choose this street for their homes.

2. Judge Corwin’s home, also known as “Witch House” since he condemned so many witches during the Salem Witch Trials. The house’s original location was closer to the line. Later residents moved it.

3. Judge Hathorne’s home, also associated with the Salem Witch Trials. (Nathaniel Hawthorne changed the spelling of his own name to avoid any association with this ancestor.)

4. Sheriff George Corwin’s home – George Corwin was the son of the judge (#2) and benefited by seizing the property of convicted and admitted witches.

5. The home of Samuel Shattuck, whose testimony helped convict Bridget Bishop, one of the first Witch Trial victims.

6. The home of Massachusetts Bay Colony’s Governor Simon Bradstreet (1603 – 1697).

7. John Higginson Jr. lived here. He was the local magistrate. The Hawthorne Hotel was later built on this property.

8. Jacob Manning, a blacksmith, forged the shackles worn by many Witch Trial victims.

9. Thomas Beadle’s tavern, where Witch Trial inquests were held.

A. The home of Bridget Bishop, a Witch Trial victim who may be among the ghosts at the Lyceum Restaurant, now on that site.

B. Ann Pudeator, a Witch Trial victim whose specter was seen walking along Salem Common, even before her execution.

C. The home of John and Mary English, one of the wealthiest families in Colonial Salem. They were accused but escaped to New York.

D. Alice Parker’s home, owned by John and Mary English. Ms. Parker was accused of witchcraft and put to death.

The slightly triangular area near 7 and B represents Salem Common.

Gallows Hill Park is indicated on the far left side of the map. The “Judges Line” — generally indicated in yellow — points directly to it.

The small green areas near points 6, 7 and 8 represent sites with paranormal activity or they are scenes of violence in the 19th and 20th century… or both.

As I continue my research, I’m finding even more sites that will be represented with red dots. Most of them are along the Judges Line.

It’s a little chilling. I wonder why these people felt so drawn to this particular energy path.

For more information about ghost hunting in or near Salem, Massachusetts, visit Ghosts101.com/HauntedPlaces.

Ley Lines for Ghost Hunters – MindMap

Ley lines are very visual ways to prepare for paranormal investigations.

So, it makes sense to put this information in a visual format: a mindmap. I’ve prepared it as a graphic (JPG) so you can print it for reference.

Ley Lines MindMap
Click graphic to download the actual mindmap (JPG).

On the other hand, if you’re not familiar with my book, Ley Lines for Ghost Hunters, this chart may not make sense.  (Or, it might be the overview you need.)

This printable chart identifies some of the key steps in successfully preparing a ley lines map to use for ghost hunting.  It includes a few points not in the book, and omits some points that are in the book. (This is why, as of early 2016, a new edition is planned.)

It’s not a full survey of ley lines and ley line construction, but — for ghost hunters — it’s a good overview if you are a visual learner. (I am, which is why I steadily use mindmaps in my work.)

Click here to view the Ley Line MindMap,
or right-click (on a PC) to save your own copy, to print.

Also, for a sample map showing how haunted sites can be charted along lines, see my free worksheet about Atlanta’s Ley Lines.

 

Bennington Triangle

Vermont foliageThe trouble with the Bermuda Triangle is (a) its location is huge and mostly over the water, and (b) it has been so frequently researched, there’s a massive amount of information to sift through to find any patterns… or a theory that’s been overlooked.

The Bridgewater Triangle (MA) offers some interesting quirks that haven’t been fully explored, but the area is densely populated. That’s both a plus (lots of eyewitnesses) and a minus (many locations are difficult to access or on private property).

The Bennington Triangle (VT) has remained under the radar for many people.

Thank heavens for the Wayback Machine, so I could read this article: Vanishing Point, by Carl Hughes. If you’re interested in it, print it out; it could vanish from the Internet at any time.

I stumbled onto that when I researched facts behind the movie, The Haunting. Yes, there is a connection between the two.

But anyway, I think the Bennington Triangle offers some great opportunities for serious investigators.

Yes, there’s a risk in putting this tip online. However, most researchers who want to grab the limelight… they haven’t a clue what they’re doing. Heaven help them in a location like Bennington, where there might be genuine risks.

The challenge is knowing where to look; I’d already heard some great stories, offline, and they’re pointing in an interesting research direction.

I will share them, later, once I’ve seen what’s worth exploring and what merely results in blisters and insect bites.

Until then, Bennington is probably a great location for hiking or to enjoy Vermont’s fall foliage. Just don’t go there alone. And, as a personal favor, don’t make this the subject of your blog, TV show or radio broadcast.

Not yet, anyway.

Photo credit: Kathi B, Germany