Pathway to Heaven

In Georgia, a passerby captured a chilling photograph en route to work right after a fatal car crash which took the life of two women and an infant.

 

Summer Solstice: So do you ‘got’ your paranormal on? (theory alert)

summersolsticeToday, June 20 2016, summer will be officially beginning in the Northern Hemisphere at 6:34pm EDT.  Therefore coming night is commonly referred to as the ‘Summer Solstice’; the moment spring turns into summer.   And, purportedly, for paranormal enthusiasts, it’s second to Halloween as THE most ‘optimal’ night for ghosthunting!

Why?

Well ….

In layman’s terms:  the summer solstice is known as the shortest night-of-the-year by the world, right?  But what we normally don’t go talking about is that it’s rumored to also be a powerful night spiritually & religiously.  It’s a night when many believe the veil separating this realm and the ‘beyond’ is most thin — just as it happens on Halloween.

You do NOT have to be a seasoned or trained ‘ghosthunter’ to test it out.  Just be sure where ever you are it’s a ‘controlled environment’, you feel safe, aren’t alone nor trespassing.   Should you choose to take a SMALL group to a local cemetery to gather evidence, most do not mind if you’re quiet and respectful; however, in Indiana the law states cemeteries are close at dusk and open at dawn so a Trustee’s permission should be obtained (not a tough task as they’re quite nice and VERY informative people — easily located via the internet).

FOR SAFETY’S SAKE:  try to do a quick run thru during the day to get a feel for the lay-of-the-land, never go ghost hunting alone, bring a cell phone, take flashlights, extra batteries, dress appropriately, and remember to be first skeptical and not easily convinced therefore spooked by staying open minded and brave!  ;)

So, if you dare, I’d suggest you grab those digital voice recorders, digital video, & digital cameras out … whatever it is that ‘you’ do and when/if you capture anything either out of the ordinary or better yet increased activity (to help prove this ‘thin veil theory’).  [you can voice record on almost every MP3, cell phone to possibly obtain an EVP* which, if you do so would make it ULTRA convenient for digital downloading afterward.  Just remember, you should listen to each clip at least 3 times so tape in increments]

IF you obtain questionable data, there are pages & pages of sites on the internet whereas you can learn to know more about what you captured, how to convert it &/or modify it (for better appearance YET NEVER ALTER THE ORIGINAL).

Or,  if you choose to stay at home and ‘do your thing’  be aware that if/when you DO capture ‘something’ that freaks you out … are you prepared to continue living there?   (just sayin’)

To be BEST versed take a few moments today and search the internet about the summer solstice, how it affects the moon phase, solar flares, planet/stars alignment AND paranormal activity and deduce for yourself if you deem the time spent ‘hunting’ as worthy.   A lot of para-groups have pages in this regard along with reasonings &/or evidence.

Hugs & happy hunting …
Mellen

*:  EVP stands for ‘Electronic Voice Phenomenon’ or ‘Etheric Voice Phenomena’ … or ‘a disembodied voice captured audibly on tape’.   :)  

 

Filming: Zappos Commercial RELEASED – I made the final cut!

**It’s true, it’s true – look, look!**

Me as a bystander as the Zappos' hero rushes by me.

Me as a bystander as the Zappos’ hero rushes by me.

Watched the final commercial several times and we’ve spied me in this VERY fast-paced commercial at least 4-times already.  YAY – I didn’t wind-up on the editing floor!  #WhompWhomp

Whatta day it was – I watched some very entertaining, creative, talented & professional crew-of-brothers film.  Tis fascinating how all of those takes came together as they did to birth this commercial masterpiece – baffling, like magic.

Okay, logistics – as I’m sure you’re dying to know.  *w*  The commercial will be airing shortly.  Sadly, I do not know as to which channels it will be on nor the exact air date,  However, with us being in winter attire in the commercial factored with Christmastime decor already in stores, I think I’d be safe to assume it’ll be airing on TVs nationwide VERY soon so be sure to keep-on the look-out!

I want to, once again, express how thankful and honored I was to be chosen to partake in the filming.  Not only did I get to ‘work my craft’, but I met a lot of nice people.  It was most definitely an adventure-of-a-day.

And, a VERY special thank you out to … The Herbert Brothers, zappos.com, and Patty Bamber whose filming, awesome customer service and talented photography gave me a memory I shall never forget!  I’d be humbled to work beside any of you again – truly humbled.

Hugs …

Mellen

ZAPPOS’ COMMERCIAL (I appear at the:  00:05, 00:07, and 00:09 – 00:11 marks)
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Filming & Breaking through Paranormal Borders: On the Set

 

The day was an experience I’ll NEVER forget.  Not only do I have a new-found respect for ‘extras’ who are TRULY the ‘meat & taters’ stars, but I’m now in-love with my furnace (as this endless Indiana winter reared its brutal ugly head again that day).

I’m still very grateful, humbled and honored to be part of such a professional LARGE group of individuals; even the A&E crew were gems!

Just a few of the memories:

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I shall keep you posted as to when the Zappos ‘villains vs. good guy’ commercial airs as well as when this commercial is featured on their A&E  reality series (mid-summer).
Hugs & Happy Hunting …

Mellen

Filming & Breaking through ‘Paranormal’ Borders

Gold Star

We film tomorrow!

 

I received word I was chosen by the Casting Director to be one of several privileged individuals to be part of a commercial’s cast promoting a prominent company.**

Shockingly in addition to hearing I made the final cut for their commercial, I was also informed we’re going to be a part of their reality show filming.  Tis a ‘behind-the-scenes’ creation slated to air in June of 2014 on A&E Television(c).

Of course I’m excited; however, I’m also honored, blessed and quite humbled to be working with such a creative, imaginative, and gifted group-of-professionals!

I shall keep y’all posted as to when their show & commercial debut – or, you can simply join their mailing list directly at www.herbertbrothers.com.

Hugs & happy hunting …

Mellen

**due to confidentiality reasons, this vague data is all I can reveal in regard to my involvement at this time

More data was published in the Greensburg Daily News prior to the filming (‘cut & paste’ version, sorry – too tired from filming today to figure-out why it won’t let me add another link, d’oh):
http://www.greensburgdailynews.com/local/x1387866055/Commercial-shoot-looking-for-extras

 

Mellen’s Halloween ‘Fun’: Ohio State Reformatory

With its towering, stone façade and secure iron-gated sprawling grounds, the Ohio State Reformatory leaves no room for any imaginative thoughts by passersby debating if it’s a host to a rich history – a history well over a century old, echoes resounding down its now deserted depilated halls. This chataeuesque structure’s renowned reputation reached far from the small town of Mansfield, Ohio where it stands as movie producers and powers-that-be multiple times recognized its beauty and used the site to film such movies as, ‘Shawshank Redemption’ and ‘Air Force One’. The remnants left behind along-the-way aren’t just movie props and pieces of misfit, forgotten furniture but also reverberations of memories seared in time as well as ‘feelings’ from prisoners, workers, and victims who passed thru the halls years and years ago! A history filled with the usual that comes from caging the most heinous-of-criminals, but added are suicides, successful escapes that lead to the murder of a group of people in a nearby cornfield, a warden’s wife ‘accidentally’ dying from a single gun shot to her head deemed an accident blaming a shelf in the closet despite rumor had told a totally different story.

But the Ohio State Reformatory wasn’t only just a state-of-art, uniquely architectural marvel for the 1890s with a history; its the ideals of those who lead the prison toward reformation which made it stand out in its community. Their unique, fresh approach MAY be what now drives thousands to the prison paying simply to stay beneath its roof for one night over a century later.

What was this prison designed around – spiritual reformation.

The staff was taught – spiritual reformation.

The building was built to accommodate – spiritual reformation; with an ornate chapel built inside within its walls. Officials mandated all inmates were to worship regularly, ALL inmates!

Was it this approach, forced spiritual reformation, which has possibly opened portals within these walls, doors to the paranormal? Well, they not only built a spiritual temple but forced the most vile to ‘worship’ at its alter! Sounds toxic to this chick!

Yep, I’ll confess, I’ve paid to visit this site on numerous occasions as to investigate and NEVER have I left disappointed or empty-handed either. The EVP from this place – off the charts!

Each time I visited we had to check-in and quickly were taken on a quick tour of the magnanimous structure for sun went down, so did all of the lighting. There are endless walls peeling their paint, cells in disarray, floors showered with debris and droppings from years of wear & tear. Almost every barred window has had their glass shattered out. [proof that when this prison closed its doors in the 1990s, it did just that – closed the doors and no one ever looked back!]

When the tour is over, you’ve freedom to roam the halls until sun-up.

First stop, the chapel: now a shell of its former self, yet has deemed to be a hot spot for paranormal activity.

EVP from the Chapel: “the bathroom” (version slightly altered)

EVP from the THE CHAPEL: “the bathroom” (VERY slowed down)<

EVP from the THE CHAPEL: “criminal” (unaltered)


Next stop, through the halls and into the ‘Hole’ as to sit alone for an hour with a candle lit sitting in the cell where a cellmate once committed suicide by dowsing himself with paint thinner and igniting himself with a match.

EVP from THE SOLITARY, aka HOLE: “flash burn” (slightly altered)

Off to my last and favorite spot, the Warden’s quarters – not simply because it’s a MAJOR hot spot for paranormal activity but also because it was one of the few spots renovated for the filming.

EVP from THE WARDEN’S QUARTERS: “to see the warden” (unaltered)

Oh and if you you dare visit, remember bats use radar so when one comes flying straight at you, DON’T MOVE AN INCH!

 

 

 

 

 

Hugs & happy hunting …

Mellen

 

P.S.:  Initially posted in October 26, 2011 – bumping-up.

Mellen’s Halloween ‘Fun’: LaLaurie Mansion

LaLaurie

Be aware and beware – this is a non-fictional account so it’s not folklore … nor is it hearsay … nor is it all some urban legend …. nor is it a story for the faint-of-heart!

LaLaurie In 1832 when the well-educated wealthy Creole socialite widow, 57-year-old Delphine LaLaurie, re-married, the mansion along with its slave quarters and statuesque Italianate facade was built.  The mansion hosted many parties to the upper-crest echelon of the New Olreans’ society who while in attendance at the grand events were served the finest-of-delicacy on the best china and silver one had ever seen.  Despite the droves of people to come through the mansion’s doors over the years, few knew what really took place behind the walls of 1140 Royal Street.

It was well-known that the LaLaurie family kept slaves; however it was the treatment of said slaves that set this family apart. Although in public they were respectful to people of color, behind closed doors it couldn’t have been further than the truth!  Stories of blood, horror, terror and brutality were whispered in the shadows!  The media back in the early 1800s reported many locals were aware of the torture bestowed on the slaves specifically from Madame LaLaurie.

Once a visiting reporter stayed with the LaLaurie family simply to return home to describe the LaLaurie’s slaves’ appearances as “singularly haggard and wretched” [looking], how the kitchen slave was chained to the stove and how Madame LaLaurie would beat her daughters when they attempted to feed and treat the slaves.  Widespread gossip sprung from the visit; telling of the brutal treatment of slaves within those walls captured the attention of local law enforcement that sent a local ‘lawyer’ to the home to investigate. Despite no evidence of mistreatment was uncovered during the visit, her report told more tales to support the claims which weren’t as easy to dismiss.  During her short stay at the mansion, one of the LaLaurie neighbors shared the tale of witnessing a 14-year-old slave leaping to her death in order to avoid punishment for accidentally pulling on a snag while brushing the Madame’s hair.  Fearing the wrath of whip once again, this young child leapt to her death from the top floor of the mansion.  Rumor had it the body of the 14-year-old slave was quietly buried somewhere on the mansion’s grounds.  Again, the incident sparked the interest of local law enforcement.  This time their investigation lead to the LaLauries being charge and found guilty of ‘illegal cruelty’ and were forced to ‘hand-over’ all of their slaves – nine total.  The respite didn’t last long though.  One of the LaLaurie relatives finagled their way and saw the slaves returned to the mansion and once again in the care of Madame LaLaurie.

By luck all of Madame LaLaurie’s secrets were blown wide-open on April 11, 1834 when a fire broke-out within the mansion. It was then when local law enforcement and firefighters entered the property and discovered the 70-year-old cook slave chained to the stove.  It was this BRAVE slave who admitted to setting the fire in an attempt to commit suicide out of fear of Madame LaLaurie’s wrath.  Fearing she too would be taken to the upper-most rooms of the mansion – rooms where she witnessed many slaves taken, rooms from where screams echoed through-out the home were born, cries for help by slaves who were never to be seen again!

Once inside the home firefighters reported finding dozens-of-slaves chained to the walls in the attic; some slaves were still in cages with endless body parts strewn as evidence of Madame LaLaurie’s ‘experiments’.   So it was no surprise when after the locals busted into the slave quarters with hopes to save a soul or two, they found more slaves being held captive.  A total of seven slaves were found; some mutilated, others hanging by their necks with their limbs stretched so far they were pulled from their bodies.  Not all of the brutalized slaves were dead though; one male had been kept tied-up, beaten, and a prisoner for months; another, a young female, was found unable to move from being bound by an iron collar; and an elderly woman, who had received such a deep wound on her head would she was left crumpled upon the floor no longer able to walk.

LaLaurieIt wasn’t long before word of torture made its way through the streets of New Orleans.  Mobs of angered citizens attacked the mansion and destroying everything in their wake; even the sheriff arrived too late to save the integrity of the building – all that was left were the walls.

After the findings of skeletal remains buried with the mansion grounds, even those belonging to a young girl, tales of macabre mutilations, slaves crying-out begging to be put out of their pain and misery from the monstrous and insane experiments carried upon them on by Madame LaLaurie were spreading through-out the community faster that wild fire!  The city was in shock and was unable to comprehend such evil doings.  The tortured slaves who had survived were taken to jail so that the evidence of the brutality they had to endure could be made for public display; over 4,000 individuals stopped to catch sight of the heinous doings of the hands of their ‘beloved’ Madame LaLaurie.

LaLaurie

The local law enforcement couldn’t calm the masses who called for Madame LaLaurie to be immediately brought to justice.  However, Madama LaLaurie had a different plan – and, it was too late – she had taken flight using her horse and buggy during the flurry of insanity the night of the fateful fire!  She was never found nor held accountable.

Rumor has it that she and her husband fled and simply lived across Lake Pontchartrain while other rumors were fueled with tales of the two returning to France although a headstone was later erected in St. Louis Cemetery No 1. bearing the name of Madama LaLaurie’s citing she perished the night of the fire.   A truth we will never know!

LaLaurie

LaLaurie MansionEventually the brave came forward and then the mansion changed ownership many times over the 150+-year period – including the hands of actor, Nicholas Cage.  Over the years it has been home to a saloon, girls’ school, music conservatory, used as an apartment building and also a furniture store.  Despite who was housed on the grounds, stories of visions of ghostly images have been shared by many throughout the years.  Many report seeing the image of a young slave girl fleeing across the roof of the mansion.  Others have reported hearing disembodied shrieking, loud, paining screams coming from the unseen.  One person even reported not only seeing a chained, large black man, but cites he was attacked by the entity while on a stairwell –  just for the apparition to disappear as quickly as it appeared!  These happenings became so prominent many who tried staying within the walls fled after a mere few days.  The bar, aptly named ‘The Haunted Saloon’, kept a journal of the events that took place since they were so becoming so commonplace.  And, the furniture quickly store closed its doors after the owner stayed a night in the store to rule-out foul play after personally enduring unexplained foul smells and finding puddles just to witness a puddle of liquid from nowhere take form in plain sight.  Purportedly, animals have been found unexplainably butchered after being brutalized.  And, a turn-of-the-century couple who tried to call the mansion home reported their children being chased with a whip and witnessing Madame LaLaurie hovering over their infant.  Over the years one single window has stayed boarded-up – still boarded to this day – the same one used by the frightened 14-year-old girl who used it to commit suicide.

Although the building still stands today, many who pass-by the structure report to take ‘ill’ or feel sick while in its presence while telling tales of hearing screams coming from inside the mansion.

But, the home is now a private residence and those who own it deny any ‘ghostly’ activity; however, recent renovations have unearthed graves hidden underneath the wooden floor of the home.  The skeletons apparently date from the time of the LaLaurie horrors.  So deduce what you desire but remember, ‘bones don’t lie’!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

Hugs & happy hunting …

Mellen

Mellen’s Halloween ‘Fun’: Stanley Hotel

Stanley HotelOpening for business on July 4, 1909, this 104-room Neo-Georgian hotel in Estes Park, Colorado overlooking the Rockies built by inventor Freelan Oscar Stanley became a mecca for the rich and famous. A few of the notables who enjoyed a relaxing stay included the RMS Titantic survivor Margaret Brown, composer John Philip Sousa, US President Theodore Roosevelt, as well as the Emperor and Empress of Japan. The structure was also the inspiration and filming spot of the infamous Stephen King novel & film adaption as well as the television series sharing the title of ‘The Shining’ after Mr. King stayed at the hotel in room 217. (Proudly to this day, the movie, ‘The Shining’, is continually played, looped as you may call it, on channel 42 in all of its guest rooms.) And although this resort is commonly booked-full during ‘season’ with pay guests and para-seekers, as ‘The Shining’ implies tis never without a few ‘other’ guests as well! The ShiningSome of the ghostly happenings have included … Mr. Stanley being spotted nearby the offices as if he never truly rested from working. At the bottom of main stair and billiard room both Mr. & Mrs. Stanley still appear to welcome guests, always dressed in their finest as Mrs. Stanley’s beautiful piano playing echoes through the vast halls from the ballroom. The Earl of Dunraven, the previous owner of the land on which this fine hotel was built, is said to also haunt room 407. The mysterious aroma of a pipe filled with cherry-tobacco fills the room according to patrons. Endless staff and guests alike have reported hearing ghostly voices and footsteps down the endless halls, endured their hands being touched as well as their clothing tugged upon, and several guests have complained to have found blankets taken from them then folded neatly while they slept. But it’s the ghost of small children which really peaks the interests and heart strings of those who patronize or work at the Stanley! Room 217, where Stephen King stayed and was inspired to compose ‘The Shining’, was also the site of an accident which almost took the life of housekeeper, Elizabeth Wilson, when a slow gas leak almost killed her. It wasn’t until after death in the mid-1950s when strange happenings within this room was reported by not-so-lucky guests who lost sleep due to doors slamming, lights turnings off & on all by unseen hands. Room 217Purportedly, though, room 418 is considered the most active of the haunted hotel, by staff and guests. At night, images of phantom children have been heard as they play in the halls leading to this room. The impressions of bodies, as if someone laid on room 418’s bed prior to guests checking-in, is a regular occurrence reported. But it’s the ghost of a small child who has been seen and heard calling-out for its nanny which leaves many frozen in fear! The Shanley is still open-to-the-public; especially embracing its para-history – proudly telling the ghostly tales with over-night guests who dare stay even just one night. So should you have the courage to do the same, don’t be shy – you never know who you may meet during your stay – Mr. and Mrs. Stanley, a maid bound to her beloved job, or a few fun-seeking children playing a trick or two, on you! Remember, what ‘happens at the Stanley, stays at the Stanley‘ so even though you may be staying with ‘friends’, they’ll remain within the walls of this fine hotel awaiting your return! Enjoy, m’brave ones! Happy Halloween!   Hugs & happy hunting … Mellen

Mellen’s Halloween ‘Fun’: Winchester House

The Winchester House

The mansion is located in San Jose, California and was once the home of Sarah Winchester, widow of the infamous gun making William Winchester.  Although ground-breaking for this magnanimous home started in 1884, the home was continually built upon DAILY until 1922.

Why?  Well, according to Mechanix Magazine, it all started when … [quote]:  “[William Wirt] Winchester and the baby girl died suddenly and Mrs Winchester, stunned by the tragedy, fell into a coma so serious that physicians despaired of her life. Finally she recovered and, at a friend’s suggestion, visited a medium. During a séance, according to those familiar with her story, she received a communication from her dead husband in which he said: ‘Sarah dear, if our house had not been finished, I would still be with you. I urge you now to build a home, but never let it be finished, for then you will live.’ “

Sarah immediately moved west to northern California to start her life, again.

First on Sarah’s agenda – building a home.  From that day forward Sarah’s watchful eye of the day-to-day construction of the enormous structure took flight.  She would have a task completed, have it ripped apart simply to rebuild.  Sarah strictly enforced that not one hammer stop hammering nor one break be taken; literally the construction was never-ending, workers worked 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week until Sarah’s death on September 2, 1922 – a time when construction immediately ceased.  The end result was what many refer to as a ‘Mystery’ House costing over $5.5 millions dollars (remember this was around the turn-of-the-century millions).  Although the structure stood 7-stories tall initially, an earthquake in 1906 resulted in the 4-story-home that still stands today.

This Queen Anne Style Victorian home is located at 525 South Winchester Boulevard in San Jose, California as a tourist ‘trap’.  (pun intended – BEWARE!)

The home is renowned for the stairs leading to no where, doors opening to walls or worse, thin air yet stories up!  Many blame this obsession with continual construction on Sarah’s bouts with depression of which the medium fed.  Other believe her family was haunted from all of those who died at the hands of one of their creations – the west was ‘won’ with Winchesters!  Sarah, and others, believed their family was cursed as a result and this home wasn’t only Sarah’s but that of those souls lost at the hands of a Winchester rifle!  Sarah truly felt the home was an homage to dead.

Winchester House
Many report hearings rappings, voices from unseen bodies, images floating between doors that lead to no where, rocking chairs and other objects moving on their own, even doors opening and closing by invisible hands.

Next time you find yourself with a LOT of time on your hands while visiting the San Jose area, I hear this site is a site everyone should experience.  However, be sure to not stray away from the tour guide as you may never be found again, lost forever in the crazed maze also known as the Winchester Mansion.

Winchester House

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Hugs & happy hunting …

Mellen

 

Mellen’s Halloween ‘Fun’: The Chelsea Hotel

The Chelsea Hotel NYC, NY

The Chelsea Hotel in New York City is infamously known as a haunted site, busy with para-activity.

The hotel was built in 1884 and has been the home to many writers, artists and musicians through-out its 130-years.  And, although most who have called this building home have since passed-on, those who remain as well as their visitors still retell the stories of hearing unearthly sounds-in-the-night, being touched, unexplained happenings and seeing the ghostly images of notables such as Sid Vicious, Thomas Wolfe, Dylan Thomas, and Eugene O’Neill.

Thomas Wolfe was born on October 3, 1990 and met his Heavenly Father on September 15, 1938.  During his short visit to this realm, Mr. Wolfe wrote four lengthy novels, many shorts stories, dramas and simpler novellas.   He became very famous during his own lifetime.  Although initially the fight starting against pneumonia, Wolfe was eventually diagnosed with military tuberculosis of the brain which ultimately took his life.

Dylan Thomas was born on October 27, 1914 and died November 9, 1953.  Mr. Thomas was a renown British poet who’s reputation, which he encouraged, as a roistering, drunken and doomed poet abruptly ended his career while living in New York City.  Mr. Thomas died in room 206 after a binge.

Eugene O’Neill was an Irish American playwright who was also quite the accomplished poet.  After suffering from multiple health problems, including depression and alcoholism, Mr. O’Neill who was born on October 16, 1888 perished on November 27, 1953.  He’s late quote is said to have been, “”I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room and died in a hotel room.” (the site is now the home of a dorm at Boston University which many site is haunted by the antics of a lonely, depressed, cynical deceased ghost)

On October 12, 1978 Sex Pistols’ star Sid Viscious’ girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, was found dead in room 100 after the she and Sid went on yet another crazed drug binge.  She was found lying in a pool of her own blood from a knife protruding from her side after she and Sid had been living in the hotel for a stint. Sid was arrested for murder but died of a heroin overdose before he did his time.  There is a LONG waiting list to stay in the actual room the murder took place because rumor has it multiple guests report they see Sid appear in the elevator,  phantom footsteps have been reported as following patrons, and many have been touched and pushed whilst walking in their rooms and the hallways.

Makes you pause and wonder who is behind the phantom steps heard, pushing, touching, and ghostly apparitions that haunt this site.  Could it be Sid looking for his lost love?  Or, is it the antics of a depressed poet – or two?

Just know that IF you dare to stay at the Chelsea Hotel, you may at first check-in as just one but fear naught, you’ll not be alone!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 

Hugs & happy hunting …

Mellen