Current Paranormal Activity

ARIZONA - Phoenix

A bizarre UFO that seems to materialize out of hyperspace has been reported over the central Arizona skies near Phoenix since October 2001. Sightings have been averaging two per month. The brightly-lit object has been described  as up to twenty times larger than the apparent size of a typical star. It streaks through a curved path in the sky equal to three times the diameter of a full moon. The object does not behave like a meteorite and seems to start and stop very abruptly. It appears from nowhere and maintains uniform brightness with no trail. No photos have been taken since the object appears for only a few seconds then disappears only to reappear somewhere else. Most sightings have been between 10:00 PM and 12:00 PM PST. One of the first sightings (by a security guard) is documented at the National UFO Reporting Center website at http//

CALIFORNIA - Sacramento

Recent investigations of the Sacramento Theatre Company at 1419 H Street in downtown Sacramento have documented strong paranormal activity. Several anomalous light patterns recorded on infrared film at the same time two psychics were holding a meditative seance to conjure up spirits. At 3:00 AM in secure section of the auditorium, disembodied footsteps were recorded on audio tape. The 50-year-old vaudeville stage is home to a ghost that employees have named Pinky — because of the pinkish aura it manifests. The apparition has been seen on numerous occasions and is even credited with warning electricians of the impending collapse of an overhead lightbar. Several people could have been seriously injured had they not evacuated the area because of Pinky's ghost. In the last four years, psychics have detected the presence of five other spirits in the building.

An investigation of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento in October 2002 yielded significant evidence of a haunting. Read the full investigative report with photos by clicking on "Pictures" below.

COLORADO - Colorado Springs

The Black Forest area directly east of the Air Force Academy has seen in increase in its strangeness index in the last few months. The haunted section is in El Paso County, 15 miles northeast of Colorado Springs. Take I-25 north to Route 83 north for 7 miles to the Black Forest exit. The haunting began within weeks of buying their new home in 1992. It was like the gates of hell opened up in the Lee family home. "One day we came home," said Beth Lee, "and it was like the Fourth of July in our living room and in our bedroom. We had all kinds of lights flashing through, and it sounded like people stomping across the roof. We would lay in bed at night and hear chains rattling. One night we woke up and heard orchestra music. Strange things started happening every day." The two boys complained of weird lights and shadows in their rooms, lights and appliances started going on and off by themselves, and untraceable chemical odors burned family members’ eyes and throats. Over the next four years, they would have sixty-two unexplainable "break-ins." The El Paso County Sheriff’s Department opened an investigation in April 1993 and conducted forty-five follow-ups but could never find any evidence of a "crime." After the sheriff stopped responding, the Lees hired private investigators to try to figure out what was going on. About that time, Steve noticed that photographs and videotape taken in certain locations on the property had strange light streaks running through them, and sometimes, translucent faces even appeared on the film. Determined to document the activity, Steve borrowed or purchased every type of camera he could think to see if the bizarre images appeared, but no matter what type of camera or film he used, he captured evidence of unexplainable light phenomena that included brilliant beams, floating balls of light, and glowing outlines of humans and animals. Sometimes the mysterious lights could be seen with the naked eye, though most often, they lasted just a split second and showed up only on film. Steve and Beth finally agreed that something paranormal might be going on in their home, and in early 1995, they sent some of the pictures and videotape to the "Sightings" television show. Hollywood special effects technician Edson Williams examined the Lee films and told the producers of the show that most of the light images would be extremely difficult to reproduce and some seemed to defy the laws of optics entirely. "Sightings" immediately dispatched a film crew to the Black Forest, and once on site, were able to document some of the weird phenomena the Lees had witnessed. In three visits to the property "Sightings" brought along Minneapolis ghostbuster Echo Bodine and Los Angeles psychic Peter James, who both identified powerful presences in the house. A Hopi shaman consulted on the Black Forest hauntings said that the area is a "Rainbow Vortex," one of only a few psychic energy spots on the planet that connect our world with the next. Red, yellow, and white lightforms are seen and recorded, as well as apparitions of an old lady, a little girl, a burly man dressed in 1800s clothing, and a "flying dog," not to mention the hundreds of forlorn faces seen floating in the Lee’s bedroom mirrors. Infrared photos of these apparitions featured in the article "The Black Forest Haunting" in the March 1998 issue of FATE magazine. (Copies can be ordered by calling Llewellyn Publications at 800-THE-MOON.) Investigator Dennis William Hauck recorded more unexplainable phenomena when he visited the site in October 1996. State Senator Charles Duke also personally investigated and confirmed the existence of paranormal activity. Photographs he took show light beams and cloudy humanoid shapes, typical of those taken by Lee (shown above). An FBI agent suggests that the cause of the activity is poltergeists and not alien beings. Psychic Peter James has suggested "alien ghosts" as a possible cause. Some Hopi Indians believe the site is located over a "Rainbow Vortex" of psychic energy. Steve Lee so far has invested over $70,000 in security equipment to try to capture the "presence" responsible for the flashes of light, moving shadows, foul odors, poltergeist activity, and loud noises that plague his family. Recently he installed ultrasonic camera triggering devices as well as digital cameras to document the activity. So far, there are over 3,000 photographs and 400 videotapes supporting the validity of this case. There are only two other locations (Arizona and England) where photographic phenomena similar to those from the Black Forest are currently being recorded. For a recent article and photo on this case, go to FATE Magazine.


Seven enormous, octagon-shaped UFOs have been reported in the clear night skies above this rural community. The hovering, silent objects have multi-colored, non-blinking lights on them, though on one of the UFOs, the lights were all amber-colored. Their altitude has been estimated at 1,000 feet. So far the gigantic craft have been reported hovering over private farm acreage, the golf course, a school, a county road, and over the deserted hills of Cedar Ridge. There appears to be some government interest or involvement in the sightings, since four drab (olive-colored) helicopters have been seen flying over the town of Delta flying eastward toward the town of Crawford. Such aircraft are not normally seen in the area. The case is being investigated by Davina Ryszka of Skywatch International, who has taken out an ad in the Delta County Chronicle asking for witnesses to come forward.

CONNECTICUT - Meriden    

A triangular shaped has been reported recently between Meriden and Middletown, Connecticut. A 39-year-old man was driving east on Route 147 at 9 PM when he spotted the unusual object hovering over the Mount Higby Reservoir. The Mount Higby reservoir is approximately four miles west of Middletown, a small city about 17 miles (27 kilometers) south of Hartford, the state capital. The witness saw the silent object hovering over the water and observed its reflection in the water.  There were three lights in triangular formation, which were very bright. The witness said the lights on the object were slightly bluish-white, closer to florescent light than halogen. Similar shaped UFOs are currently being reported in Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. The dozens of North Carolina sightings are centered around Pilot Mountain outside Winston-Salem. The North Carolina cases are being investigated by Barbara Thompson of MUFON. The Connecticut report was investigated by MUFON members Mark Cashman and Bruce Tilden, who said the UFO "was about 50 feet above the reservoir." According to their report, the object was approximately 100 feet (30 meters) across; it was estimated that the pine trees around the reservoir are between 30 and 40 feet high. 

ILLINOIS - Decatur

Investigator Cheri Mohr Drake ( of the American Ghost Society undertook an investigation of the Harrold House in Decatur, Illinois, while attending the recent Ghost Conference there. The house is located at 746 West Wood Street in Decatur. It belongs to Amy and Tim Patrick, who live there with their two small children. There are three known ghosts: a small boy, a woman who stands on the front porch, and a middle-aged man. The man is most likely Frank Harrold, who was involved in a scandal centering around a missing $25,000 from the local bank he worked for. After the money was discovered missing, Frank was found shot to death the next day at his farm in nearby Clinton, Illinois. The year was 1925. The case was ruled a suicide, but many suspected it was a murder. Amy Patrick thinks it is Frank's ghost trying to tell her he was murdered and had nothing to do with stealing the money. The investigation of the premises yielded several unexplainabe photographs. More information on this case is available at

IOWA - Cedar Rapids

A recent investigation of Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, also known as Thirteen Stairs, has yielded intriguing evidence of a genuine haunting. Thirteen stairs do indeed lead to the entrance to the graveyard, an 1800s cemetery in the middle of the woods. Many of the graves belong to the Lewis and Blackburn families, local farmers. In January and February, 1997, investigators reported a "ghost dog" running by them and were also able to take a photo of a disappearing house that is sometimes seen over a square patch of faded grass. The photo shows a framework of lightlines outlining the house, and photos of balls of light have also been taken over the Lewis Family gravestone. That tombstone is even credited with healing a person's sprained ankle after he sat on it for ten minutes. On March 5, 1998, four investigators recorded electronic voice phenomena of the ghostly voice of an old man wheezing and then laughing maliciously. The cemetery is located just outside Cedar Rapids about 1.5 miles from the town of Palo in Linn County. For more information visit


Several malevolent ghosts roam Bobby Mackey's Music World at 44 Licking Pike in Wilder, which is across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, about 1.5 miles south of Covington on Highway 9. The dance hall is located just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. Country singer Bobby Mackey converted an old warehouse into a dancehall in 1976, and ever since he had it renovated, people have been seeing ghosts dressed in old-fashioned clothing and cowboy attire. Last year, a customer was accosted by a ghost in the men's restroom. The man was washing his hands at the basin when someone kicked the trash can, and he turned around to see who it was and encountered a tall ghost wearing a cowboy hat. He says the ghost threw him to the floor and broke his arm, and he's suing Bobby Mackey for not getting rid of the malevolent spirits in his building. That there are ghosts there comes as no surprise. The building was constructed in the 1850s and was used as a slaughterhouse. A deep well was dug in the basement to collect animal blood and body fluids, and when the slaughterhouse closed, Satanists used this Well of Blood for rituals. In 1896, two Devil worshippers beheaded a woman and used her head in their ceremonies. Before they were hanged, the men were offered life sentences in exchange for disclosing the whereabouts of the missing head, but both refused, claiming that to do so would bring the wrath of the Devil himself. The cursed building was a speakeasy in the 1920s, and several unsolved mob murders added more violence to the site. So far, 30 witnesses have signed affidavits testifying to ghostly phenomena at the nightclub, and one of the employees became possessed and had to undergo two exorcisms.

Missouri - Nevada

The Ozark Mountains also tell the story of the OZARK MADONNA, a ghostly barefoot woman who has been seen holding a baby among the ridges and hills of the region. The woman is thought to be the spirit of Laurie May Maumsey, who lived in a mountain cabin in the 1930's. One night, her drunken husband threatened to beat their baby to death and in the struggle that followed, the baby was dropped to the floor. Her head was shattered on the stone and she died. Laurie committed suicide shortly after and their ghosts have been seen ever since.

Johnson County's KNOB NOSTER mountain is home to a "ghost light" of some endurance and an eerie legend that accompanies it. According to the story, the Knob was once home to an old hermit. He died mysteriously one night during a thunderstorm and has since come back to haunt the place. Apparently, he had been on his way to town when he died and his body was discovered the next day lying next to his lantern, which was still lit. Today, his ghost, still carrying the lantern, is seen coming down the path to town whenever thunderstorms roll in over the area.

The OLD JACKSON COUNTY JAIL in Independence is a place where prisoners were once held and like many other jails and prisons across the country, has become haunted. Visitors and inmates (the jail is still in operation) have reported feelings of nausea and extreme cold. Guards sometimes hear phantom footsteps, growling noises and the sound of a man gasping for air. In addition, a spectral man in a blue uniform has also been seen in the center south cell. He is believed to be Deputy Marshall Henry Buggler, who was killed during a jailbreak here in 1866.

Another haunted school is NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY in Maryville, where the ghost of a girl named "Roberta" is still rumored to dwell. THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI in Kansas City also has a resident ghost. The university's playhouse is haunted by a woman who died in the arms of the stage manager in 1957.

There are a few places in Missouri that have been touched by the Civil War and among them is a spot called INSPIRATION POINT, located near Branson. It is here that a ghostly rider is sometimes seen. During the war, this mountain lookout was used as a sentry post by the Confederate Army. Apparently, one soldier has never left. His ghost was first seen in 1964, during an outdoor play about the Baldknobbers, a pro-Union vigilante group from the middle 1800's. According to witnesses, the ghostly rider appeared to be fleeing one of the actors in a scene. The stories say that he has been reported ever since.

Cape Girardeau - Pike Lodge - The Pi Kappa Alpha Lodge just south of Cape Girardeau, Missouri has its own little ghost. For this old school house, now a fraternity social palace, there is a resident that doesn't want to go away. Myth is that in the early 1900's a little girl was accidentally killed in the school. Not much has happened there while large groups have been present but when it is just a few people, well it is a different story. Windows shaking, doors slamming, lights swaying, figure of a little girl jumping rope in the old building late at night by the neighboring residents and sinister laughing in the furnace room. Ask any Pike at Southeast Missouri State University and they will be clad to tell you more about the "Lodge". - Febuary 2005 update: The girl's name that died is jessica. Till recently, it was True that she only shows up to individuals or small groups, she made her present known at one of our biggest and most recent lodge parties. in the middle of the party she made all the lights go out and the music turn off, all the equipment was running for the sound but nothing came out of the speakers, there were no technical problems, so they decided to just wait it out and eventally they came back on.

Creve Coeur - Creve Coeur Park - Creve Coeur is French for "broken heart". In the late 1800's a beautiful daughter of an Indian chief married a strong warrior. They were madly in love but the warrior, like many of the Indian men did, had to go off in hunting parties. These hunting parties would go on for at least 6 months. When the party finally came back her husband did not come back, he had died along the way home. She, who was heartbroken, went to the top of the cliff that is right at the entrance of the park, and jumped off into the water bellow. Now the water falling from the cliff is only in little drops, like tears. At night, and on a quiet day, you can hear a woman cry, and several other people, presumed to be the crying of the loved ones she left behind. Only on full moons, whether you're standing at the bottom of the cliff, or on the lake looking on from a boat, you can see a woman at the top of the cliff looking down crying, she never seems to realize other people are around her. Often she jumps off, freighting the onlookers who think a mortal has just jumped. When people see this the go to the cliff to try and help the mysterious lady, but when the get there no one is there. Recently while 3 men were hiking at night, they claimed to see a woman walking in front of the crying. When one of the men, who was of Indian descent, went to approach her she hugged him, and started speaking to him in her native tongue. Since he could not understand her he just shook his head. She ran off crying when he did not converse with her. The 3 men, now intrigued, followed her, while she ran to the cliff and jumped off. The three men were terrified, not because she jumped but because she disappeared in mid-air.

Excelsior Springs - The Elms - The lap pool in the basement is actually haunted by a fully grown male. They've traced him back to the "speak easy" days when the mob liked to spend their time gambling in the hotel. In those days the lap pool was just a basement that consisted of blocked off rooms where the mafia could store liquor and gamble all night. The gentleman that haunts down there was supposedly killed by the mob over a disagreement of some sort. There is also a grown woman that haunts the 3rd floor of the elms. She was a maid for here in the twenties and she can still be seen in her twenties maid attire, watching the other maids to make sure they are doing their work correctly. This hotel is full of odd noises, feelings and there is a constant presence about it.

Nevada - Cottey College - is haunted by 2 ghosts: (1) Vera: a student from long ago that was making candy in Rosemary Hall when her nightgown caught fire, and resulted in burning down the hall. Now she haunts the entire college, comforting some girls and tricking others (2) a man in black (or a black man) that haunts the college from slavery days, as the story goes, possibly looking for Vera.

Nevada - Unmarked Grave - Legend says that a woman was thrown off the train and drug on the railroad tracks. Somebody found the body and buried her there. The area is mowed down today and there is flowers on the grave. Orbs have been spotted.
Daneta Jett
Nevada, Missouri

Thanks to Daneta for all the great information.


NEW YORK - Long Island

The active ghost at the Normandy Inn in Bohemia has been identified as a spirit named Maria, who was strangled in an upstairs back bedroom when the place was a speakeasy. Numerous sightings continue to this day and include bare footprints in the carpeting (usually in the middle of winter), a shadowy figure moving around in the kitchen area, and strange animal (?) bones turning up in the basement. Several seances have been conducted over the last few years, and the case is currently being investigated by Candice Isralow of Mt. Sinai, New York. The Normandy Inn is located on Lakeland Avenue in Bohemia and the phone number is (516) 589-9898. The current owner (Rick) has lived there for over twenty years.

TEXAS - Austin

The Capital City Ghost Research Society of Austin, Texas, is currently investigating a flurry of paranormal activity at the Peyton Colony, a 350-acre historic ranch outside Austin. The property was settled as a slave colony in 1864 and has been in the Coffee family since its creation. There are several buildings on the site, including an old church and schoolhouse. Lawrence and Ellen Coffee live in a house built about 50 years ago by Lawrence's aunt. Four different apparitions have been seen by multiple witnesses and poltergeist phenomena are also taking place. The poltergeist effects include weird electrical problems, faucets turning on and off by themselves, and objects disappearing then turning up in unexpected locations. Unexplainable voices and the sounds of drums beating have also been reported. In an effort to document the activity, Ellen Coffee started taking photographs and recording the strange noises and disembodied voices. The photographs show apparitions, balls of light, and streaks of energy, and both men's, women's, and children's voices have been recorded. In June, a group of investigators took dozens of photographs and made computerized recordings of anomalous sounds at the site. Investigators present included Lisa Farwell, psychic Jill Pendleton, computer expert Todd Brower. Ellen Coffee's computer was used to record the Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP). During one six-hour investigation on June 27, spectacular  anomalies were captured with a digital camera, a Canon 35mm camera with 800 speed film, and a point-and-shoot Olympus 35mm camera. Most of the  photos capture light phenomena (orbs, mists, and streaks) that take place too quick for the naked eye to see. On July 17, CCGRS members Michael Weaver, Pat Roeling, Big Steve, Nicki Provencher, and Suzanne Baker spent the night on the property conducting an in-depth investigation using EMF and temperature monitoring equipment as well as EVP recorders. Results will be posted here soon. Currently, paranormal phenomena are occurring almost every night at the isolated ranch. More information and photographs are posted at Art Adam's webpage

Mitchel Whitington  of Dallas, Texas, recently completed an investigation into Snuffer's Restaurant in Dallas. The following is his report: In HAUNTED PLACES, there is an entry for Snuffer's Restaurant, and although my wife and I have dined at Snuffer's on several occasions, we'd never heard of a haunting there. Armed with the info from your book, I had to go back and try to find out more. I just returned from having lunch there, and just though I'd pass on what we found from our waiter, and a little background information from their web page that he pointed us to. The original Snuffer's is located at 3526 Greenville Avenue between Martel Avenue and Longview Street in Dallas. It was opened on June 28, 1978 by Pat Snuffer. At that time, the restaurant consisted of one room with fifteen tables and a service bar. The menu contained the same basic entrees that it does today: burgers, sandwiches, and the cheese-fries that are the house specialty. Snuffer's eventually caught on with the college crowd, and the restaurant expanded with the opening of the back area with a garden atmosphere. It was after this new addition to the restaurant opened that the employees and customers would occasionally see a hazy spirit walk the hallway between the old and new sections. It would pass out of the hallway and comes a few feet into the new section, then return to the hall. Our waiter seemed surprised that we knew that Snuffer's was haunted. He told us that he'd never had a customer mention it, although everyone who worked there knew about it. The answer to the obvious question that we asked next, though, was that he had never seen the ghost himself. We asked if there were any ideas who the spirit might be, and he said Snuffer's had a tragedy early in its history when a woman was killed in a scuffle in the ladies' restroom. Since that was the only incident of that kind in the history of the restaurant, everyone seems to think that it's her spirit who walks the hall. The restrooms are located off the short hallway between the old restaurant and the new addition. Snuffer's now has another location in the Dallas suburb of Addison, and the original location has added another room and a patio. None of us saw or felt anything unusual, but from now on when I go back I'll be looking for something other than their great cheese-fries! Thanks again for writing a wonderful resource book!"

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