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The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA

It should be of no surprise to anyone that I wanted to visit Gettysburg, PA. It is said to be the most haunted city in all of America and my data collected from the Jennie Wade House at 548 Baltimore Street proves that the spirits that haunt the city are all over.

Jennie Wade’s Brief Story

I took the suggestion from staff in the Jennie Wade Museum Gift Shop for a few books. One them being “Jennie Wade of Gettysburg” by Cindy L. Small, I found it a quick, detailed account of what happened that fateful day for Jennie and some of the contacts she had.

For starters, let’s start with her name. Jennie was a nickname that derived from Ginnie which derived from Virginia. And Virginia was her middle name with her first being Mary. Interesting enough, her nickname provides us with a bit of her personality and gives the museum a bit more flare. The name Jennie sounds and looks a bit more wholesome than Virginia, and endearing and comforting to Union soldiers is exactly what she was. I’m an onlooker for people’s actions, and Jennie’s actions tell me she had a kind soul and big heart.

“Ghost Adventures” interview Zak Bagans with Joe Svehla, manager of the Jennie Wade House.

Although she could’ve avoided and ignored the constant door knocking from Union soldiers for food and water, she instead gave them what she could in fresh baked bread and pails of water. When she ran out and was preparing more yeast, she would tell the soldiers when they could expect their next meal. Bringing pails of water to these soldiers was a risk all on its own as she took the pails of water out to them, a brave act indeed with the wages of war nearby.

The table where Jennie was preparing breakfast when she was shot. Photo by April McGirr

Jennie was only 20 years old in 1863 showing enough courage to help take care of family and serve soldiers in their time of need.

Ironically enough, the house in which Jennie was shot and killed wasn’t even her own. Her sister, Georgia, had a baby a few days prior and their mother was already helping to tend to the baby at Georgia’s home. Jennie and her brothers joined them soon after the battle began. The Jennie Wade House is named after Jennie, but it was her sister’s home.

Jennie was preparing yeast when a Confederate soldier missed his target and the bullet went through two doors to strike Jennie in the back forcing its way to her heart, killing her instantly.

I also want to point out that the house was what we know as a duplex: Georgia and her family on one side and the McClain family on the other. The McClains, Mr. John Isaac McClain and Mrs. Catherine McClain had four children.

Enlarged hole by Union soldiers so they could move Jennie’s body and her family safely to the McClain side of the home. Photo by April McGirr

Upstairs, there is an opening in the wall that was broadened by Union soldiers. The original hole in the wall was caused by an artillery shell that passed through the roof and into the wall the day before Jennie was shot. Through this enlarged opening, Jennie’s body was carried through to get to the other side of the home (the McClain side) and then down to the basement.

There are plenty more details that go into this story, like an alleged lover/fiance and a message that was never delivered to Jennie. If these details were partial to my investigation here, I would certainly lay them out for you. However, nothing of consequence in my investigation told me anything about this fiance or any message detail.

I urge you to read Small’s book before conducting your own investigation and/or just visiting the museum. “Jennie Wade of Gettysburg”

Other Investigations of the Jennie Wade House

I am sure there are countless investigations of the Jennie Wade House, but popularity of TV shows such as Ghost Adventures and Ghost Labs have documented their findings. Such claims that accompany those of the popular television documentaries are that of orbs floating, people getting touched, a full apparition of a boy, and countless EVP’s.

Joe Svehla, manager of the Jennie Wade Museum tells his tale of a haunting.

My Investigation of the Jennie Wade House

Much like my investigation of the Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville, PA, I used the same equipment:

  • Thermal imaging camera in my side cargo pocket.
  • SBox Ghost Scanner by GhostStop on silent.
  • Digital spirit box on my cell phone.
  • K-II EMF Meter

Word of note: The thermal imaging video taken inside the actual home has been lost. Upon review directly after our departure, I did happen to capture a very cold figure crouching in the upstairs bedrooms by the wall opening.

The bed in the basement of the Jennie Wade House where she was kept until the battle of Gettysburg was over. Photo by April McGirr

As always, when reviewing the SBox Ghost Scanner file, I write down everything I hear with a timestamp. You can find the entire audio and my list of findings below. But I do want to point out the terms heard that make the most sense.

  • 00:23 “Killed me”
  • 02:10 (disembodied)
  • 02:13 (disembodied)
  • 03:13 “I want”
  • 03:16 “to talk to your kids”
  • 06:22 “the Nation”
  • 07:25 “Nancy”
  • 08:29 “Central”
  • 09:31 “Open one”
  • 13:42 “Who is that?”
  • 17:22 (odd sounds)
  • 22:42 “I hear you”

Most of these terms are pretty obvious, but I want to focus on two in particular: “Nancy” and “Central”.

Nancy Weikart ran a boarding house in the “heart” (or central) of downtown Gettysburg. The following article tells of another gunshot wound from Amos Whetstone. He ended up on the porch of Weikart where his wound was bandaged. At the wrong place during this battle, I find that it’s no coincidence that “Nancy” and “Central” were clues for me to dive into this Gettysburg Battle story as well. “Remembering Gettysburg”

From the Digital Spirit Box

The following list is from the digital spirit box used on my cell phone.

08/19/2020 – 17:32: CHILDREN (.49) Another reference to kids, see marker 03:16 from SBox above.
08/19/2020 – 17:34: RESULT (.48)
08/19/2020 – 17:36: RECALL (.47)
08/19/2020 – 17:37: GRACE (.47)
08/19/2020 – 17:39: POLICY (.46)
08/19/2020 – 17:39: MR (.53)
08/19/2020 – 17:39: BARN (.54)
08/19/2020 – 17:40: CLUSTER (.49)
08/19/2020 – 17:42: BOIL (.46)
08/19/2020 – 17:44: BLOW (.47)
08/19/2020 – 17:46: DIAGNOSIS (.46)
08/19/2020 – 17:46: RECESSION (.59)
08/19/2020 – 17:48: ASLEEP (.48) I was near the bed in the McClain bedroom where I also had strong EMF spikes.
08/19/2020 – 17:50: SOLSTICE (.47)
08/19/2020 – 17:50: DIVINE (.53)
08/19/2020 – 17:51: LET ME OUT (.51) Near the opening in the wall.
08/19/2020 – 17:53: POLITICAL (.47)
08/19/2020 – 17:54: CELEBRATION (.55)
“Political” & “Celebration” could be one phrase describing the battle.
08/19/2020 – 17:56: HAIR (.46) There are accounts from tour guides that there are hair tugs while in the Jennie Wade House.
08/19/2020 – 17:57: ANNOUNCEMENT (.46)
08/19/2020 – 18:00: NATURAL (.45)
08/19/2020 – 18:01: BEFORE (.45)

I also took a thermal imaging video while I was in the gift shop of the museum, but found no abnormalities in the video.

Moving forward, I plan on giving you, the reader the entire audio files of data to verify my findings. In the event you hear/see something that was not notated, please feel free to email me your findings/interpretations to storiesinthecemetery@gmail.com, and put the case in the subject line. I will be more than happy to correct or add any of the evidence.

Here is the full SBox Ghost Scanner Audio for your review with my full findings below it.

  • 00:08 “Today”
  • 00:23 “Killed Me”
  • 00:38 “the condition”
  • 01:26 “twenty percent”
  • 01:37 “the body”
  • 01:42 “admit”
  • 02:10 (disembodied)
  • 02:13 (disembodied)
  • 02:28 “let me start it”
  • 02:42 “I want”
  • 02:44 “it was when”
  • 03:06 “what I knew”
  • 03:13 “I want”
  • 03:16 “to talk to your kids”
  • 04:05 “let me show”
  • 04:21 “feel like”
  • 06:22 “the Nation”
  • 07:25 “Nancy”
  • 08:29 “central”
  • 09:00 “here”
  • 09:31 “open one”
  • 10:04 “already”
  • 12:11 “I saw”
  • 12:39 “ready ID”
  • 13:11 “Justine”
  • 13:42 “Who is that?”
  • 14:17 “walk on”
  • 14:49 “Don’t”
  • 15:17 “let us”
  • 16:19 “recognize”
  • 17:11 “tell you”
  • 17:22 (odd sounds)
  • 22:02 “behind you”
  • 22:42 “I hear you”

More Than a Blog

If you’d like to check out the podcast episode for this post, you can listen below. This will be Episode 38 of the Stories in the Cemetery podcast.

E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA Stories in the Cemetery

Head over to http://www.nicholasmcgirr.com to view the blog post with bonus sections. References used for this podcast episode: Find A Grave. (n.d.). Jennie Wade. Retrieved  from Find a Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1064/jennie-wade Joe’s Ghost. (2011). Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Retrieved from https://youtu.be/1-3govRv8nE Serfass, D. R. (2014, June 27). Remembering  Gettysburg. Retrieved from Time News Online:  https://www.tnonline.com/20140627/remembering-gettysburg/ Small, C. L. (2018). Jennie Wade of Gettysburg. Gettysburg: Gettysburg Publishing. Svehla, J. (2010, September 17). Ghost Adventures.  (Z. Bagan, Interviewer) Retrieved from https://youtu.be/vq3R_x_moCs The Jennie Wade House Museum. (n.d.). The Jennie Wade  House Self-Guided Tour Pamphlet. The Jennie Wade House. Women Behind These Walls. (n.d.). Women Behind  These Walls Pamphlet. Retrieved from YWCA Gettysburg:  https://www.ywcagettysburg.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/WBTW-brochure-2015.pdf — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/support
  1. E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA
  2. E37: The Flight 93 National Memorial
  3. E36: The SBox Ghost Scanner by Ghost Stop
  4. E35: Homage to Vincent Price
  5. E34: Three books to study Cartomancy

You can also take a ghost hunting tour with me if you are ever in the Charleston, SC area. My guests use my tools: thermal imaging camera, spirit boxes, laser grids and more. What’s even better is you get the data back the next morning for your review. To learn more, head over www.charlestoncavaliertours.com for details. (Ticket pricing may vary depending on season).

References Used for This Blog Post and Podcast Episode

This is a very short list of references only to verify data taken while visiting the Jennie Wade House. I encourage you to further investigate with the plentiful resources that can be found both online and in print.

SBox Ghost Box & Recorder by GhostStop

I’ve been using the SBox Ghost Box & Recorder for a couple of months now. It is now a tool used and appreciated by my guest ghost hunters on the Stories in the Cemetery Interactive Ghost Hunting Experiences in downtown Charleston, SC. I’d like to cover a few features of this device and explain why I use it.

SBox Aesthetic Features

This device was designed by the team at GhostStop.com. You can find their logos and website all over this page. But with that in mind, they kept the ghost hunter in mind when creating this device. When compared to the popular SB-7, the SBox is both affordable and useful.

For starters, the built in speaker is loud! There are no attachments bulking off the edges of the black and red design. The digital face on the screen is easy to read and shows battery life. The battery is also rechargeable, so there’s no carrying of extra batteries for multiple ghost hunts or road trips. The tool simply plugs into any micro USB cable and voila, you’re charging. That’s the cell phone charger you’ve been using for your old phone, in case you were wondering, not the new USB-C types.

It’s compact and has a leather type wallet that doesn’t allow accidental button pushes. The wallet is sold separately of course, but I am highly recommending it. The power is controlled by a toggle button and it sits on top of the device away from all the other controls. I can’t tell you how many times my SB-7 got jostled around my gig bag and it gets turned on by accident while I’m driving away from my location.

And last but not least, there’s a flashlight on the device that works even when the power toggle button is in “OFF” mode. It’s not the brightest of bulbs, but hey, sometimes any light is good!

Overall, the functionality of aesthetics and thought process is evident in the gadget. Let’s talk about it’s main functions.

Recording with the SBox

With a micro-SD card inserted, the tool has the capability to record your spirit box sessions. There are highlights and pitfalls and once you get the gist of the rules, this is a great device.

I should first say, that when the device is recording a sweep, outside noises and voices cannot be heard. For my ghost hunts with teams of people, this can be a good thing or a bad thing. I’m already recording the entire audio for the team to review later, so it’s not necessary to record outside audio through the SBox, but it would be great to hear questions through the recording and then the answer through the sweep. A “PAUSE SWEEP” button would be very useful here.

However, listening to a synced MP3 file with the natural audio from a separate recorder is not all that difficult. The morning after a ghost hunt, I can listen to both toggling the file until I find what my guest heard.

The other great feature about the recordings is that no matter where your volume turnstile is located (either loud or on mute), the recording comes out in one even level. This is fantastic because during my ghost hunts, we often stop for me to tell the data of a specific location and I ask that spirit boxes are turned down so they can hear, all the while, the SBox is still recording. That’s a wonderful feature to have.

MP3 Files

I have really had only one pitfall with the SBox and that deals with the files. Because I do 6-12 ghost hunts a week, I need to label the files. The files do not give me a date/timestamp of when it was taken and is assigned a number. Renaming the file isn’t the issue, losing the assigned number, but making sure I have the correct file for each tour can be a bit of a struggle. Granted, I’m uploading this files to this website the very next morning but if an amateur ghost hunter toggles the power button several times throughout the tour, then I have to remember how many files that ghost hunt gets. It’s not necessarily difficult, but it does make my job easier when there are the same number of files as per tours that evening.

Overview of features video by Ghost Stop.

I recently took the SBox to my paranormal vacation in Pennsylvania where I visited Gettysburg (3x locations), Falling Waters, and the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville. Most of the places I went to “investigate” did not allow recordings of any kind. This is where the SBox was set to record and went into my pocket discreetly. Once back at my computer, I labeled each MP3 file according to my locations each day for review later. I tested each file to make sure they recorded properly and the length of time and put them aside for when I do the full research for each location.

Summary

All in all, I give this gadget a 9/10. For the outside functionality and the recording side of the device, this tool is an absolute must have for my tours. The designers were thoughtful in creating a device that not only works with sweeping technology, allowing us to review the data later with the recording function, but they also gave us a safety light in case our dark spaces turn darker.

To my knowledge, you can only get this great little device from GhostStop’s website. It typically runs $89.95, but often goes on sale. Click the banner below to check it out.

More than just a blog…

This will be episode 36 of the Stories in the Cemetery podcast.

E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA Stories in the Cemetery

Head over to http://www.nicholasmcgirr.com to view the blog post with bonus sections. References used for this podcast episode: Find A Grave. (n.d.). Jennie Wade. Retrieved  from Find a Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1064/jennie-wade Joe’s Ghost. (2011). Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Retrieved from https://youtu.be/1-3govRv8nE Serfass, D. R. (2014, June 27). Remembering  Gettysburg. Retrieved from Time News Online:  https://www.tnonline.com/20140627/remembering-gettysburg/ Small, C. L. (2018). Jennie Wade of Gettysburg. Gettysburg: Gettysburg Publishing. Svehla, J. (2010, September 17). Ghost Adventures.  (Z. Bagan, Interviewer) Retrieved from https://youtu.be/vq3R_x_moCs The Jennie Wade House Museum. (n.d.). The Jennie Wade  House Self-Guided Tour Pamphlet. The Jennie Wade House. Women Behind These Walls. (n.d.). Women Behind  These Walls Pamphlet. Retrieved from YWCA Gettysburg:  https://www.ywcagettysburg.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/WBTW-brochure-2015.pdf — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/support
  1. E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA
  2. E37: The Flight 93 National Memorial
  3. E36: The SBox Ghost Scanner by Ghost Stop
  4. E35: Homage to Vincent Price
  5. E34: Three books to study Cartomancy

Let’s go Ghost Hunting!

If you are traveling to Charleston, SC or you live in the area, let’s go ghost hunting! Stories in the Cemetery is also an Interactive Ghost Hunting Experience. This is not your average walking ghost tour. You will be using tools of the trade including the SBox Ghost Box as mentioned in the above review.

Other tools used during the ghost hunt are the FLIR thermal imaging camera, SB-7 spirit box, laser grids and more. What’s even better than getting to use all these gadgets? You get the link to your specific ghost hunt’s data to further your investigation. I give you a quick analysis of what I found in the data as a collective and then you get to review it over and over again at your leisure.

Here is the August Tour Evidence Page: August 2020.

Tickets sell quickly and often book out on the weekends, but you can follow Stories in the Cemetery on Facebook to find out more, or you can just book your tickets at http://www.charlestoncavaliertours.com.

The Flight 93 National Memorial

I can only imagine that thinking back to September 11th is what it must have felt like for our grandparents to think about Pearl Harbor. The question often comes up “Where were you on September 11, 2001?” when discussing this more than horrific day. I, personally, was a retail manager of a record store inside a mall. Traffic was low that day and I remember a family member calling my store to tell me to turn on the news. I had to open a small television and put it at my counter so I can watch. It was soon after that I was on the highway heading home. It was normally a 45-minute drive, but that day, it only took me 30. I stopped for gas and realized how quiet the normally busy avenue was and thought to myself “This is going to get worse”.

The earliest known video has surfaced showing the immediate aftermath of the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. Russ Mitchell reports.

The same quiet, eerie feeling also comes from the Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville, PA. I had the opportunity to visit on August 20 of this year and the amount of dedication and thought that went into building a visitor center along with a full walking trail to visit is nothing short of remarkable. It was quiet during my visit, the same it was on the street of the gas station, but there was a different demeanor, one of anger and anguish, a bit of uneasiness as we all read the minute by minute playbook of the events that led to the crash of Flight 93 and the deaths of 40 people.

A Brief Account of Events

I’m not going to provide a minute by minute playbook of the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. Otherwise, this post would turn into a book, and there are plenty of books written about that day’s events.

I do want to brief you on my research and recap some of the intentions and facts that I was unaware of before researching Flight 93.

First and foremost, I am floored of how much premeditation went into these attacks. Starting in 1993, young men with jihad mentalities began plotting multiple ways of attacking the United States on our own soil. It all began with a bomb placed in a van that was parked under the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Six people died from that explosion, and it was an inspiration to other young men that we could be violated on our own soil.

There were four planes hijacked on September 11, 2001 but the original plan was to hijack ten planes. With Flight 93 having one less hijacker on board than the other three, the plans were obviously thought through thoroughly to insure the biggest impact.

Flight 93 had a total of 4 hijackers aboard. The pilot nominated to take over Flight 93 had the least amount of flight time while training for this mission and had never flown a Boeing 757 before. The original plan was for all four hijacker pilots to take over the plane within 15 minutes of takeoff. This didn’t happen with Flight 93. The hijacker pilot hesitated for 40 minutes before allowing his team of muscle to begin the hijacking. It was this delayed response which gave the passengers on the plane the opportunity to organize quickly, make phone calls to their loved ones, and plan their counter-attack to either take the plane back or crash it before it would reach the intended target. They succeeded the latter intention.

WARNING: Some viewers may find this video disturbing.

It should also be noted that the hijacker pilot for Flight 93 was the only one of the hijackers out of all 4 teams that had a wife. He wrote a letter to his wife just days before the attack and unfortunately, for him, he wrote the address incorrectly and it ended up in the hands of the FBI. A part of his letter to his wife reads:

“I do not want you to be sad. I am still alive somewhere, where you cannot see and hear me, but I will see you and know how you are doing. I will wait for you until you come to me. There comes a time for everyone to make a move. It is my fault that I gave you so many hopes about marriage, wedding, children, family and many other things.

“I am what you wish for, but unfortunately you must wait a little bit until we will be together again. I did not flee from you, but did what I was supposed to do. You ought to be very proud, because it is an honor, and you will see the result, and everybody will be happy.”

This was not the only mistake that the hijacker pilot made. Aside from hesitating the plane takeover, and incorrectly writing the address to his letter, the amateur pilot was also pulled over for speeding just days before their planned attack. And let us not forget that he accidentally responded to air traffic control in Cleveland with a message intended for the passengers.

Recording of radio communications between United Air 93 and Cleveland Center on September 11, 2001.

Because Flight 93 had such a delayed response in the takeover, giving passengers time to organize, the hijackers’ intended target are still unknown. It is speculated that the target to crash the plane was either The White House, The Capitol, Camp David or one of the nuclear power plants along the eastern coast of the United States.

As I’m sure you may have noticed by now, this account of the 9/11 attacks has not named anyone that was involved with the hijacking. Names give power, and no other power needs to be given to this group of terrorists. For a very detailed account of the planning of these attacks, I recommend Tom McMillan’s book, “Flight 93: The Story, The Aftermath and The Legacy of American Courage on 9/11”. It is a fascinating read and provides more detail than I needed to write this post.

The Passengers of Flight 93

As mentioned, the passengers on Flight 93 organized and formed a counterattack that saved thousands of people from either death or the despair of losing someone. Heroes.

Cynthia Bowers talks to operator Lisa Jefferson, who took the final call from United Flight 93. She recalls her conversation with passenger Todd Beamer.

What some may not know is that Flight 93 had the least number of passengers that day versus the other three flights that were hijacked. The other odd fact about this group is that many of those passengers booked the flight last minute, either from a later flight canceled or out of desperation to get to their destination.

The odds of something going wrong for the hijacker pilot were slim to none as long as he followed the plan; low number of passengers, takeover within 15 minutes of takeoff, the operation should’ve gone as planned. But his hesitation caused a much longer flight to the destination, thus giving this small group of 33 passengers an ability to regroup.

The passengers also had time to call their loved ones and those on the ground were able to reciprocate the news of the other hijacked planes. These calls were made via Airphones located inside the plane. Another mistake made by the hijackers was allowing those phone calls to be made educating the passengers.

3 Passengers from Flight 93 call Loved Ones during the hijacking.

Family members will never forget the phone calls they received that day and there are plenty of recordings that were left on answering machines that help us never forget what we all watched on the news.

See the bottom of this post for a full roster of those aboard Flight 93. Although almost 3,000 people died that day, this post will stay focused on the passengers of Flight 93.

The Flight 93 National Memorial

My visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial was on August 20, 2020. Driving through the twisting roads of a very hilly field, I was unaware of what to expect. I hadn’t done much research other than recalling the memories I have of that day. What I found was a path to an overlook of the crash site where the little bit of remains were found from the crash, a boulder that marks the exact location and a few dozen quiet onlookers, in awe of what they were viewing.

The path to the overlook, is in the direct path of the flight, giving visitors the perspective of which direction Flight 93 came from. Looking around from the overlook, visitors can see the open fields that are now part of the National Park Service.

Once inside the Visitor Center, I found myself enthralled with the panels telling us the minute by minute of that day, the news broadcasts playing overhead and on screens, and the somber tone throughout the entire facility. Visitors walk through a maze of these panels, reading, viewing the remains found on site, and learning the story behind the attacks and about those that were lost.

We also drove down to the path created closer to the crash site where a wall of names proudly stands with the name of each passenger and crew member lost.

My “Investigation”

For those of you that have never worked with me in a paranormal sense, you should know that my “investigation” of the Flight 93 Memorial was not me waving a K-II meter around and asking the staff to tell me stories. My investigations of public places, not just this memorial, are discreet and respectful to the location. The Flight 93 Memorial is a place of remembrance, prayer, and patriotism and I treated it as such.

My hopes for my investigation here were not to deem this place as haunted, but more of a capability for those we lost to portray a message. I used the following devices: a K-II meter (in my pocket, randomly checking it in between reading panels), the SBox Ghost Scanner by Ghost Stop (turned on and in my pocket, secretly recording), and the FLIR thermal imaging camera (the cell phone attached camera just sticking out of my cargo pocket), and the digital spirit box running on my personal cell phone for a list of terms.

The odd occurrence for that day was not the list of words from the digital spirit box at the memorial. To be honest, that list is lost, and I mistook one of the lists from my visit to Falling Waters earlier that day as the list for the Flight 93 Memorial. Take a look at the highlighted words from the Falling Waters list below.

08/20/2020 – 12:30: AURORA (.45)
08/20/2020 – 12:32: DEPTH (.45)
08/20/2020 – 12:32: WEATHER (.46)
08/20/2020 – 12:32: HOBBLE (.55)
08/20/2020 – 12:34: NORA (.5)
08/20/2020 – 12:37: DIGITAL (.49)
08/20/2020 – 12:38: GRACE (.48) Lorraine Grace Bay was a 37 year flight attendant aboard the flight.
08/20/2020 – 12:38: REVOLUTIONARY (.63)
08/20/2020 – 12:39: FIELD (.46) This is obviously where the plane crashed.
08/20/2020 – 12:40: PROSPECT (.57)
08/20/2020 – 12:43: INTEGRITY (.47)
08/20/2020 – 12:44: WYATT (.63)
08/20/2020 – 12:45: UNDER BED (.46)
08/20/2020 – 12:45: INSTEAD (.65)
08/20/2020 – 12:45: BRUTALIZE (.46)
08/20/2020 – 12:46: AUNT (.46)
08/20/2020 – 12:48: TELL ME (.47)
08/20/2020 – 12:49: MANOR (.6)
08/20/2020 – 12:50: PEAK (.48) The flight wasn’t hijacked until after it reached it’s peak altitude.
08/20/2020 – 12:51: COLORFUL (.55)
08/20/2020 – 12:52: BASIS (.47)
08/20/2020 – 12:54: SIMILAR (.47)
08/20/2020 – 12:55: TRANSFORM (.52)
08/20/2020 – 12:55: BEFRIEND (.51)
08/20/2020 – 12:57: ATTACKED (.48) (self-explanatory) Although look at the tense of the word.
08/20/2020 – 12:57: SLIDE (.54)
08/20/2020 – 12:57: MAD (.6)
08/20/2020 – 12:58: ASCEND (.53) The flight ascended to it’s peak altitude.
08/20/2020 – 12:58: IRAQI (.71) I have never seen this term come through this device before that I can recall. This was my first indication that I had the correct list.
08/20/2020 – 12:58: GHOST (.49)
08/20/2020 – 12:59: SLIGHT (.61)
08/20/2020 – 12:59: SUBJECT (.46)
08/20/2020 – 13:00: CHRIS (.47)
08/20/2020 – 13:00: HORRIBLE (.48)
08/20/2020 – 13:00: VETERAN (.49) There were several United States veterans aboard the flight.
08/20/2020 – 13:00: GLOVE (.46)
08/20/2020 – 13:03: AWARD (.53)
08/20/2020 – 13:06: CANVAS (.45)
08/20/2020 – 13:11: REGION (.48)
08/20/2020 – 13:11: WHISPER (.77)
08/20/2020 – 13:11: CONSOLE (.46) I’m taking this as the flight console inside the plane.
08/20/2020 – 13:12: SPEED (.47) The speed of the plane was over 500 miles an hour when it crashed.
08/20/2020 – 13:13: SPIRITUAL (.53)
08/20/2020 – 13:13: RANGE (.48)
08/20/2020 – 13:14: ASSOCIATE (.51)
08/20/2020 – 13:15: REST (.48)
08/20/2020 – 13:16: SOLID (.51)
08/20/2020 – 13:17: ELIJAH (.48)
08/20/2020 – 13:18: AXE (.45)
08/20/2020 – 13:18: LOWER (.45)
08/20/2020 – 13:23: DAWN (.48)
08/20/2020 – 13:26: HARVEST (.45)
08/20/2020 – 13:26: GRANDMA (.47) This one connects to several passengers: some were grandmothers and two were visiting their grandomothers.
08/20/2020 – 13:26: YOU (.47)
08/20/2020 – 13:27: QUALIFY (.5)
08/20/2020 – 13:28: DISABLED (.49)
08/20/2020 – 13:30: RESTORED (.47)
08/20/2020 – 13:34: DRIVE (.46)
08/20/2020 – 13:36: HAUNTING (.46)
08/20/2020 – 13:36: SORRY (.49)
08/20/2020 – 13:37: TOMATO (.45)

I do not find it coincidental that I lost the list taken at the memorial and that this list was recorded while I was one hour away from the memorial the same day. It is almost as if I were already in the path of the original flight and they couldn’t wait to come through with messages.

SBox Ghost Scanner Findings

As for the SBox Ghost Scanner list, this was conducted by hand. Remember, I had this device in my pocket recording and I made a full list of terms that I heard:

  • :03 “Use it” or “music”
  • 3:18 “Gabe” or “gave”
  • 6:00 “Not going”
  • 6:54 “In the middle of the…”
  • 7:33 “Encouraging”
  • 8:21 “Show your Support”
  • 8:41 “Americans”
  • 10:04 (muffled voices)
  • 13:14 “I’ll show you”
  • 14:04 “Amazing…”
  • 23:10-23:16 (muffled voices)
  • 34:59 “You there?”
  • 48:05-48:07 (voices then a slam/knocking sound)
  • 53:04 “Wouldn’t be able to…”
  • 54:16 “If you’re lucky enough…”
  • 56:41 “Prevent the disease”
  • 1:03:32 “I mean fire”
  • 1:07:05 “Evident”
  • 1:07:56 “Fire”

Looking at these words and listening to them during the review of data tells me that first, there wasn’t much of a radio signal in this area and the marker 34:59 “You there?” is a direct intelligent response.

This list of words also tells a story: starting with “not going” and ending with “fire”. I also found it interesting that “IRAQI” showed up on the digital spirit box while “AMERICANS” came out of the SBox. This list is all inclusive of everything I found during the 90 minutes of my visit. Normally, I would find about 3-4 times the amount of words and have to clue in which were most important or relevant. With this list, I think it can be said that all these terms are not only relevant, but very important.

Thermal Imaging Video Findings

Keep in mind, that in order to be respectful to the location I kept the cell phone with attached FLIR thermal imaging camera in my cargo pocket upside down with the camera just peeking out of the top of the pocket. The Visitor Center has many reflective surfaces which caused many false positives inside the building. But I did happen to catch the following images when I was outside at the overlook:

The second picture is two seconds after the first image. I’ve watched the video dozens of times trying to determine if it is an actual live person or someone from the spiritual world watching over the banister with us. What caught my attention was you couldn’t tell the difference of his face. Skin would normally show up as a different color. I am still unsure and would love to hear your thoughts.

Remembering Those Lost on Flight 93

The following list of names is taken from McMillan’s book directly. Please take a moment to read through them, and I encourage you to read the following link; Brief Biographies which talks about their lives. These were people, not just victims. These were our people. Americans.

Pilots

  • Captain Jason M. Dahl
  • First Officer Leroy Homer

Flight Attendants

  • Lorraine Grace Bay
  • Sandy Waugh Bradshaw
  • Wanda Anita Green
  • CeeCee Ross Lyles
  • Deborah Jacobs Welsh

Passengers

  • Christian Adams
  • Todd M. Beamer
  • Alan Anthony Beaven
  • Mark Bingham
  • Deora Frances Bodley
  • Marion R. Britton
  • Thomas E. Burnett Jr.
  • William Joseph Cashman
  • Georgine Rose Corrigan
  • Patricia Cushing
  • Joseph DeLuca
  • Patrick Joseph Driscoll
  • Edward Porter Felt
  • Jane C. Folger
  • Colleen L. Fraser
  • Andrew (Sonny) Garcia
  • Jeremy Logan Glick
  • Kristin Osterholm White Gould
  • Lauren Catuuzzi Grandcolas
  • Donald Freeman Greene
  • Linda Gronlund
  • Richard J. Guadagno
  • Toshiya Kuge
  • Hilda Marcin
  • Waleska Martinez
  • Nicole Carol Miller
  • Louis J. Nacke II
  • Donald Arthur Peterson
  • Jean Hoadley Peterson
  • Mark David Rothenberg
  • Christine Ann Snyder
  • John Talignani
  • Honor Elizabeth Wainio

I highly recommend you check out the references below to continue research and learn more about the people lost during these attacks. In today’s world of technology we are fortunate enough to not just remember their names, but to remember who they were as Americans.

I am also going to highly suggest the film “United 93”, it is a reenactment of the events that occurred on the flight based on real conversations over the Airphones as well as the black box recordings that were recovered.

This will be episode 37 of the Stories in the Cemetery podcast.

E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA Stories in the Cemetery

Head over to http://www.nicholasmcgirr.com to view the blog post with bonus sections. References used for this podcast episode: Find A Grave. (n.d.). Jennie Wade. Retrieved  from Find a Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1064/jennie-wade Joe’s Ghost. (2011). Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Retrieved from https://youtu.be/1-3govRv8nE Serfass, D. R. (2014, June 27). Remembering  Gettysburg. Retrieved from Time News Online:  https://www.tnonline.com/20140627/remembering-gettysburg/ Small, C. L. (2018). Jennie Wade of Gettysburg. Gettysburg: Gettysburg Publishing. Svehla, J. (2010, September 17). Ghost Adventures.  (Z. Bagan, Interviewer) Retrieved from https://youtu.be/vq3R_x_moCs The Jennie Wade House Museum. (n.d.). The Jennie Wade  House Self-Guided Tour Pamphlet. The Jennie Wade House. Women Behind These Walls. (n.d.). Women Behind  These Walls Pamphlet. Retrieved from YWCA Gettysburg:  https://www.ywcagettysburg.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/WBTW-brochure-2015.pdf — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/support
  1. E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA
  2. E37: The Flight 93 National Memorial
  3. E36: The SBox Ghost Scanner by Ghost Stop
  4. E35: Homage to Vincent Price
  5. E34: Three books to study Cartomancy

References Used to Create this Post

Homage to Vincent Price, the Master of Horror

I’m not exactly sure when I discovered Vincent Price as someone I would long respect and adore. Perhaps it was when I was watching old horror movies with my mother as a young boy and soon began to recognize the all too familiar voice over and over. Or perhaps when I was a movie store manager in my early twenties, discussing films with customers and special ordering Price legacies. Or maybe it was when I watched Disney’s “The Great Mouse Detective” and heard that Professor Ratigan was a familiar voiceover. Does it matter? Not really, because after researching some of the old VHS cassettes that I once owned, I felt obligated to look further into an actor who not only had a passion for life but was forever present in the films and entertainment industry I loved.

This post will not come close to the number of accomplishments and appearances this 6’4″ tall man created. However, I will touch on the influence he’s made on the film industry and of course, provide more resources for you to dive into. Price was a remarkable character on and off the screen and now I realize not just his career is to be celebrated, but his life as well.

Price is very well known for his cult gothic following with such films as “The Fly” and “House of Wax”, but his outside passions were not exactly macabre like his acting career. Price was also known for his love of art and even had agreements with Sears Roebuck and Co. to sell art known as “The Vincent Price Collection”. I find this fascinating that he had such a passion not just for art, but for the arts as a whole.

His career started on stage, progressing his career from stage acting into the film industry where he held contracts with such companies as 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures. But it was his time with an independent film making company that brought about the films that caught my attention: films based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Those films included 7 features all directed by Roger Corman:

The notoriety of Price’s performance in these B-films brought them to top-notch theaters, proving that Price can not only carry a motion picture but in whatever type of role he portrayed.

Not just Cult Classics

Although Price may be well-loved for his dark sinister grin and matching voice, he was an actor, which means he worked outside of  his niche. In fact, it wasn’t until a decade into his acting career that he found the Master of Horror title. Price worked in films classified as dramas and comedy as well. The comedy stands as part of Price’s personality since he was known to make the sets of his films lighthearted and fun. And as for the drama portion of his career, he was a stunning man with gaunt features and he stood over six feet tall.

Tall, dark, and handsome was a bill Price fit perfectly well.

Price also took to commercials late in his career advertising darkly themed and Halloween oriented advertising for companies like Chips Ahoy!, Tilex, and Polaroid. Price also took to board game commercials with dark undertones such as Hangman and Stay Alive. You can check some of those commercials out here: Vincent Price, commercial actor.

With over 200 credits to film and television, 8 books published on his life, art and cooking, and numerous radio appearances, Vincent Price was definitely involved with the arts. This post doesn’t even begin to mention the accomplishments made by Price’s love for the arts.

The gist for this post is not to show appreciation for an actor in macabre/horror films, but rather to pay homage to a man who loved the arts for what they do to the public. It was essentially Price’s voice and stature that lead him to horror films, but his love for the theatre is what kept him alive in acting.

I also wanted to leave you with your own research on Price’s life and career. I can’t possibly write a blog post long enough to cover the greatness he provided. Check out this tribute by A&E Biography below. You’ll get a bigger picture of what an influence Price was off the screen as well as in front of the camera.

In Closing

I’m encouraging you to check out the articles and links I’ve posted below in the references. Like other ghost stories and secret treasure hunts I dive into, I found myself in a rabbit hole of information about Vincent. Some of the information is generalized like this post, but there’s a bunch of nuggets of trivia about Price I never realized.

As for closing this post, I can only dream that Price is haunting me as I write this tribute about him and he smiles down on these words with a sinister grin and a thrilling laugh. Thank you, Mr. Price for inspiring many like me to not just enjoy your films and work, but look to you as an inspiration to be a good human doing what we love to do as you did.

More Than Just a Blog

This is episode 35 of the Stories in the Cemetery podcast.

E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA Stories in the Cemetery

Head over to http://www.nicholasmcgirr.com to view the blog post with bonus sections. References used for this podcast episode: Find A Grave. (n.d.). Jennie Wade. Retrieved  from Find a Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1064/jennie-wade Joe’s Ghost. (2011). Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Retrieved from https://youtu.be/1-3govRv8nE Serfass, D. R. (2014, June 27). Remembering  Gettysburg. Retrieved from Time News Online:  https://www.tnonline.com/20140627/remembering-gettysburg/ Small, C. L. (2018). Jennie Wade of Gettysburg. Gettysburg: Gettysburg Publishing. Svehla, J. (2010, September 17). Ghost Adventures.  (Z. Bagan, Interviewer) Retrieved from https://youtu.be/vq3R_x_moCs The Jennie Wade House Museum. (n.d.). The Jennie Wade  House Self-Guided Tour Pamphlet. The Jennie Wade House. Women Behind These Walls. (n.d.). Women Behind  These Walls Pamphlet. Retrieved from YWCA Gettysburg:  https://www.ywcagettysburg.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/WBTW-brochure-2015.pdf — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/support
  1. E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA
  2. E37: The Flight 93 National Memorial
  3. E36: The SBox Ghost Scanner by Ghost Stop
  4. E35: Homage to Vincent Price
  5. E34: Three books to study Cartomancy

References Used to create this Article

A&E (Director). (2014). Vincent Price Biography [Motion Picture]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hry5nHreU38

Castle, W. (Director). (1959). House on Haunted Hill [Motion Picture].

Director: William Castle. (1959). Still taken from film “House on Haunted Hill”. House on Haunted Hill.

Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. (2020, May 23). Vincent Price Biography. Retrieved from Encyclopedia Britannica: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Vincent-Price

Green, A. (2015, October 15). 10 Spooky Commercials starring Vincent Price. Retrieved from Mental Floss: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/69915/10-spooky-commercials-starring-horror-legend-vincent-price

IMDb. (n.d.). Vincent Price Biography. Retrieved June 3, 2020, from IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001637/bio?ref_=nm_ql_dyk_2#trivia

Price, V. (n.d.). Retrieved June 3, 2020, from Vincent Price: https://www.vincentprice.com/

Wikipedia. (n.d.). Vincent Price. Retrieved June 3, 2020, from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Price#Books

Three books to study Cartomancy

The books listed below are three of MY favorite books to use when I’m diving into Cartomancy, the reading of playing cards as oracle cards. You can check out the podcast episode on this week’s topic here: Stories in the Cemetery.

I’ve posted on this topic before, so in case you missed it: Cartomancy.

I’ve added Amazon links for you to check out the books for yourself and if you use the links to make a purchase, you’ll be helping out Stories in the Cemetery.

Playing Cards: Predicting your Future by Hali Morag

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MPW61FM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01MPW61FM&linkCode=as2&tag=nicholasmcg00-20&linkId=2052bec722eda9ff226cb8d9366e6d20
This is an excellent book for the basics of Cartomancy. The book explains the meaning of the cards as well as gives you beginning spreads to work with. For those just starting to dive into Cartomancy, this is a must-have; it’s inexpensive and is full of great information.

The Giant Book of Card Divination: 130 New and Traditional Techniques by Jeanne Ruland

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1402718047/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1402718047&linkCode=as2&tag=nicholasmcg00-20&linkId=0dc37860658dabc63641f313fb747d19
This is a great accompaniment to Morag’s book listed above or to go with the Camp’s book listed below. The pages provide enough spreads for all aspects of your life and will give you detailed layouts with illustrations as to how your spread should look. A detailed view into your life along with how to read each card in its position is how this book can accelerate your insight into Cartomancy.

Destiny Cards by Robert Camp

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1570711895/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1570711895&linkCode=as2&tag=nicholasmcg00-20&linkId=69b2104b733ae66738f899189ee44727
Once you feel comfortable taking the plunge into the complexity of playing cards, their meanings, and how they can help you, this is the book you’ll need. A very detailed insight into your birth card and how the zodiac and planet alignment helps determine your destiny. The cards, once the methods are understood, are a great way to look into short and long timespans of your life based on your birth card. This book comes highly recommended.

More than just a blog

To hear more about cartomancy, check out episode 3 and episode 34 of the Stories in the Cemetery podcast.

E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA Stories in the Cemetery

Head over to http://www.nicholasmcgirr.com to view the blog post with bonus sections. References used for this podcast episode: Find A Grave. (n.d.). Jennie Wade. Retrieved  from Find a Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1064/jennie-wade Joe’s Ghost. (2011). Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Retrieved from https://youtu.be/1-3govRv8nE Serfass, D. R. (2014, June 27). Remembering  Gettysburg. Retrieved from Time News Online:  https://www.tnonline.com/20140627/remembering-gettysburg/ Small, C. L. (2018). Jennie Wade of Gettysburg. Gettysburg: Gettysburg Publishing. Svehla, J. (2010, September 17). Ghost Adventures.  (Z. Bagan, Interviewer) Retrieved from https://youtu.be/vq3R_x_moCs The Jennie Wade House Museum. (n.d.). The Jennie Wade  House Self-Guided Tour Pamphlet. The Jennie Wade House. Women Behind These Walls. (n.d.). Women Behind  These Walls Pamphlet. Retrieved from YWCA Gettysburg:  https://www.ywcagettysburg.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/WBTW-brochure-2015.pdf — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/support
  1. E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA
  2. E37: The Flight 93 National Memorial
  3. E36: The SBox Ghost Scanner by Ghost Stop
  4. E35: Homage to Vincent Price
  5. E34: Three books to study Cartomancy

Revisiting Alice Flagg

On this week’s post/podcast, I chat with Josh and Cait from Dream Team Urbex, a paranormal team in Fayetteville, NC. Josh got in touch with me in regards to my earlier post on Alice Flagg before his investigation.

Take a look at his video of the investigation:

Our discussion includes revealing some EVP’s that Josh and Cait found along with some mishaps that happened to his equipment.

A Revealing Picture of an Alice Belin Flagg Headstone

A few weeks ago, I received an anonymous email (probably from one of you) that held this picture. When I tried to reply to the email thanking them for the picture and to ask more questions, I received an error message that the email address no longer existed.

Alice Flagg

The picture you see is the headstone of Alice Belin Flagg, the daughter of Allard Flagg and niece to the legendary Alice Flagg. Yes, legendary Alice’s brother named his daughter after his sister.

The Question Remains of “Where is the Legendary Alice Flagg?”

If there are no records of legendary Alice at All Saint’s Cemetery and she’s not buried at Old Gunn, the location I presume is where the tombstone picture came from, then where is legendary Alice truly buried?

Josh says he found evidence that legendary Alice is buried in Charleston. Lucky for me, that’s where I live now.

Time for some deeper dive research in finding the true burial site of the legendary Alice Flagg that is claimed to be haunting cemeteries along the Grand Strand looking for her engagement ring.

What do you think?  Have you found evidence at All Saint’s Cemetery or at Old Gunn Church (Prince Frederick Chapel). Let us know in the comments.

More than just a Blog

To hear more about Alice Flagg, check out episode 1 and episode 33 on the Stories in the Cemetery podcast.

E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA Stories in the Cemetery

Head over to http://www.nicholasmcgirr.com to view the blog post with bonus sections. References used for this podcast episode: Find A Grave. (n.d.). Jennie Wade. Retrieved  from Find a Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1064/jennie-wade Joe’s Ghost. (2011). Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Retrieved from https://youtu.be/1-3govRv8nE Serfass, D. R. (2014, June 27). Remembering  Gettysburg. Retrieved from Time News Online:  https://www.tnonline.com/20140627/remembering-gettysburg/ Small, C. L. (2018). Jennie Wade of Gettysburg. Gettysburg: Gettysburg Publishing. Svehla, J. (2010, September 17). Ghost Adventures.  (Z. Bagan, Interviewer) Retrieved from https://youtu.be/vq3R_x_moCs The Jennie Wade House Museum. (n.d.). The Jennie Wade  House Self-Guided Tour Pamphlet. The Jennie Wade House. Women Behind These Walls. (n.d.). Women Behind  These Walls Pamphlet. Retrieved from YWCA Gettysburg:  https://www.ywcagettysburg.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/WBTW-brochure-2015.pdf — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/support
  1. E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA
  2. E37: The Flight 93 National Memorial
  3. E36: The SBox Ghost Scanner by Ghost Stop
  4. E35: Homage to Vincent Price
  5. E34: Three books to study Cartomancy

Check out Dream Team Urbex on Instagram

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Using Laser Grid Pens on Your Paranormal Investigation

Laser grid pens are by far, one of the cheapest ways to update your paranormal investigation kit. I use them on my Stories in the Cemetery Interactive Ghost Hunting Experiences with my guests in Charleston, SC. When researching why and how to use this inexpensive paranormal tool, I thought I should clarify a few things about this gadget.

Laser Grid Pens are part of a Paranormal Toolkit

First, this tool should be used in collaboration with a number of other tools in your toolkit. If you don’t have a toolkit, see my recommendations of the equipment I use and the upgrades planned on the Ghost Hunting Equipment page. The grid pen should never be used alone for a claimed haunting. Like other tools, this is not an “I have paranormal evidence from a grid pen only” type of tool. When used with video cameras, EMF detectors, EVP recorders, and other tools, you can then put clues together that a paranormal entity is present. Never claim you have a haunting because a laser was disrupted and you have nothing else to back it up.

What is a Laser Grid Pen?

Think of your cat’s favorite laser toy on steroids. The simplistic pen projects one laser into thousands of little “dots”, based on which tip you have on the pen, into a darkened area or room. Green is usually the color of choice on this device because it can easily be seen in the dark.

The basic use of this pen (which is how we use this device on my tours) is to hold as still as possible for the laser grid displayed not to move. Remember, that my tours are given on the streets of Charleston, SC as a walking tour. In other words, we are quickly investigating several locations and learning about the history of the location. Tripods are available when investigating one location or one room and with the camera setup, the investigator can leave the room and allow the camera to validate any movement.

Once the laser grid is in place, the purpose is that the investigator can then detect disturbances in the grid or an absence of light, thus detecting an entity nearby. To understand what I mean by this, I’m sharing GhostStop.com’s video for the basic use of a grid pen. Without visuals, describing what to look for is near impossible.

Streaks of light in the grid?

Glad you asked.

Ghost hunting television shows are usually our main source for finding what works in the field and the grid pen originated on Ghost Hunters International. Here’s a clip of the team at GHI showing true evidence to their client.

I want to point out that in the still image of the evidence that there seem to be streaks of light in the grid. Take a look at the video again to see what I mean.

This streak of light is caused by something translucent in the grid, thus distorting or bending the laser to seem extended. We’ve all read accounts of someone seeing a “spirit” or “ghost” and my personal belief is that the person claiming to witness this anomaly has the ability to see what others cannot, or has this ability because they were supposed to see the anomaly. In other words, the person claiming to see a spirit has been chosen to witness the supernatural event. But what about the rest of us? The skeptics? That’s where a laser grid pen comes into play.

What if you just don’t have the same ability as those that claim to witness something supernatural? The laser grid pen gives us the capability to manipulate the space we are investigating to witness what we cannot see with the naked or what we were not “chosen” to see.

I usually demonstrate a translucent anomaly with some type of smoke passing through the grid and how it creates “streaks” of light instead of a disturbance of the grid on a solid surface.  This is great for locations that have a reported seen spirit on location such as the Pinckney Mansion site.

Types of Laser Grid Tools

There are some general issues with using the inexpensive laser grid pen. Through experience and research from other paranormal investigators, the pen is known to heat up and distort the displayed grid by either dimming or pulsing, thus burning through batteries rather quickly. For long investigations, say overnight, this is not an ideal tool to rely on for true evidence.

For the sake of my 90-minute walking tours, this is an excellent purchase. The pen does not contain an “on/off” switch. It has a manual button only, so unless you purchase the ring or tripod for a long investigation, expect to hold this button down while investigating. Again, perfectly legitimate when walking the streets of Charleston.

I would recommend using something with a fuller grid as well as an on/off toggle for long investigations for one location. The GS1 by Ghost Stop is a part of the upgrade plan I have for my personal toolkit. The grid displayed is red in color and has full lines (think of grid paper you used in high school).

I am curious to use both the green grid pen “dots” in conjunction with the GS1’s red lines for a more accurate reading. Granted, the video above suggests taking any video to a 3-D modeler to give you the full shape of your anomalies, but what if you could physically see more of your supernatural activity by using both grids together?

Paranormal Evidence with a Grid Pen

During my tours, my guests and I have caught quick glimmers from the pen, but not a full-on disturbance in the grid. These “glimmers” could not be debunked, nor did I capture anything on video. (Using video on my tours is completely up to the guests, otherwise, legalities of waivers and the like would be involved).

Here is a video I found on YouTube of an investigator experimenting with his grid pen. It should give you a bit more of an idea of what to look for when investigating your own locations. However, I am going to highly recommend you use this tool in collaboration with other tools. An anomaly with a grid pen does not justify any evidence. Remember, we are investigators, we need evidence from multiple tools simultaneously before a claim can be made.

More than just a Blog

This is episode 32 of the Stories in the Cemetery podcast.

E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA Stories in the Cemetery

Head over to http://www.nicholasmcgirr.com to view the blog post with bonus sections. References used for this podcast episode: Find A Grave. (n.d.). Jennie Wade. Retrieved  from Find a Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1064/jennie-wade Joe’s Ghost. (2011). Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Retrieved from https://youtu.be/1-3govRv8nE Serfass, D. R. (2014, June 27). Remembering  Gettysburg. Retrieved from Time News Online:  https://www.tnonline.com/20140627/remembering-gettysburg/ Small, C. L. (2018). Jennie Wade of Gettysburg. Gettysburg: Gettysburg Publishing. Svehla, J. (2010, September 17). Ghost Adventures.  (Z. Bagan, Interviewer) Retrieved from https://youtu.be/vq3R_x_moCs The Jennie Wade House Museum. (n.d.). The Jennie Wade  House Self-Guided Tour Pamphlet. The Jennie Wade House. Women Behind These Walls. (n.d.). Women Behind  These Walls Pamphlet. Retrieved from YWCA Gettysburg:  https://www.ywcagettysburg.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/WBTW-brochure-2015.pdf — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/support
  1. E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA
  2. E37: The Flight 93 National Memorial
  3. E36: The SBox Ghost Scanner by Ghost Stop
  4. E35: Homage to Vincent Price
  5. E34: Three books to study Cartomancy

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References Used to Inspire this Blog Post

Ghost Stop. “GhostStop Ghost Hunting Equipment Demo: Laser Grid Burst Pen.” n.d. 13 May 2020. <https://www.ghoststop.com/Laser-Grid-Scope-p/laser-greengrid.htm&gt;.

—. “Laser Grid GS1 Ghost Detection System.” n.d. 13 May 2020. <https://www.ghoststop.com/Laser-Grid-GS1-p/laser-lasergrid-gs1.htm&gt;.

Higgy Pop. “Detecting Ghosts with a Laser Grid.” 8 May 2017. Higgy Pop. https://www.higgypop.com/news/detecting-ghosts-with-lasers/. 13 May 2020.

MichaelDMaGee. “Laser Grid – Real Paranormal Activity Part 34.1.” 10 October 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX56XSJ6pcc.

Seeks Ghosts. “Pros and Cons of Laser Grids.” 23 April 2013. Seeks Ghosts Blog. https://seeksghosts.blogspot.com/2013/04/pros-and-cons-of-laser-grids.html. 13 May 2020.

Thermodynamics and Cold Spots

Cold spots are just one of the clues I look for when I’m out hunting with my Stories in the Cemetery ghost hunting experience guests. In this blog post, we’ll discuss cold spots, the science behind them (thermodynamics), and how to measure them.  This is a great topic for those looking to go on their first investigation or for hunters who don’t know why we use thermometers for ghost hunting. Let’s get into it.

Basic Ghost Hunting Skills

Among using spirit boxes for communication, grid pens for catching an apparition, or motion sensor alarms, measuring cold spots with the correct types of thermometers and cameras is common for ghost hunters. But why?

Cold spots are said to manifest when the energy from heat in the air is used, thus creating a cold spot. So what does that mean exactly? A cold “spot” measured in paranormal terms is a small area that is less warm than the surrounding area of a room or airspace that cannot be explained by any manmade means (i.e. an open window or door causing a draft).

How do Ghosts create a cold spot?

Ghost hunters will tell you that spirits need energy to manifest or electromagnetic sources to manipulate communication. Like the spirit boxes I talked about earlier this month, spirits need an electronic item or device to manipulate to have a medium for communication. Cold spots aren’t all that different from this phenomenon, only they use natural energy, heat, to manifest a way to communicate.

Heat is an energy form and when that energy form is absent or lesser than the normal temperature of a space, a cold spot is formed. This is just a clue that a spirit or ghost might be nearby, especially if a thorough debunking process has been followed.

Types of thermometers to find a cold spot

An infrared thermometer measures the surface of an object or person through one laser. The laser shot from this type of thermometer is only influenced by where the laser lands, not through the airspace it shoots through. Using one of these thermometers in a joint effort with others can help you identify cold spots during your ghost hunt.

I personally use an infrared to get a base reading of the temperature around me before referring to other thermometers. During my tours, I measure the temperature of the closest building, the ground I’m standing on, and a piece of nature such as a tree. Measuring these three types of items gives me a perception of the average temperature of the space that I am in before moving on to the next thermometer.

I also use a psychrometer during the ghost hunt. This device measures air space that an infrared thermometer cannot. A psychrometer is designed to measure humidity but also gives air temperature through a solid probe on the top of the device. Measuring both humidity and temperature can also tell us more about cold spots.

I’ve tested my psychrometer with a small space heater moving the probe within two inches of the heat curtain provided by the heater. Although a slow process of determining the actual temperature, the user can still watch the temperature rise and fall when heat or the absence of heat is occurring in real-time.

A thermal imaging camera or device can also be used. This device gives a heat map of the surrounding space with temperatures. I have one of these devices on order and I will do a separate post on just this device. The unique feature of this gadget is that it will give you a full spectrum of temperatures on-screen of a surrounding area.

Thermodynamics

Using the laws of science as armor, skeptics will always pull science as part of the arsenal to battle the existence of the paranormal. Cold spots are no different. It is the Law of the Conservation of Energy that is used to disprove paranormal cold spot theories.

A great arguing article by Rob Schwarz, Why Would Ghosts Cause Cold Spots? argues both points, the existence, and the non-existence of the spiritual realm. The arguing point of Thermodynamics in many articles can only argue the laws of the theory, not the opposing argument if the laws (that were made by man) are false. Schwarz makes a great argument for believers by saying, “There’s no hypothesis being tested, no experimentation, no scientific method. Only observation.”

So what is Thermodynamics? And why is it being used to battle the cold spot theory?

Thermodynamics has three laws:

1st Law: Energy can neither be created nor destroyed; energy can only be transferred or changed from one form to another. 

2nd Law: The entropy of any isolated system always increases. Isolated systems spontaneously evolve towards thermal equilibrium—the state of maximum entropy of the system.

3rd Law: The entropy of a system approaches a constant value as the temperature approaches absolute zero.

Laws of Thermodynamics from Lumen Learning: https://courses.lumenlearning.com/introchem/chapter/the-three-laws-of-thermodynamics/

It is said that the manifestation of cold spots from a paranormal entity breaks the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. In other words, for every “cold spot” found, there would be an equal “warm” spot found nearby for equilibrium.  I’ll argue that this is false.

Instead of a warm spot nearby, what if the absence of heat energy from a part of airspace was equally distributed around the cold spot instead of being evenly distributed to a similar in size airspace nearby?

As an example, think of a blue ball representing a cold spot. And another ball that is red representing a warm spot. The surrounding air is yellow.

What skeptics argue is that if the blue ball appears, then a red ball also appears and the air remains yellow.

Law of Thermodynamics picture 1

What I’m suggesting is that if a blue ball appears, then the red ball does not exist, but the yellow air turns green, thus creating a richer blue ball.

law of thermodynamics picture 2

Cold Spots and the  power of suggestion

Do cold spots in a house mean that my house is haunted? Not necessarily. You could just be living in a drafty house where the air conditioning or ducts in your heating system cause the air to move creating cold spots. It is a very logical answer when you begin debunking the cold spot.

One thing to remember when debunking a cold spot is to always work with someone else. Ask them to tell you what might be going on in a room without telling them that you found a cold spot. Having them find it on their own will validate your findings, not to mention, another person’s perspective in debunking always helps.

The power of suggestion states that if you tell someone that there is a cold spot, they will essentially feel it as well. Magicians will use this tactic in opposition telling their audience to feel the “heat” being drawn to them to get them to “buy in” to the illusion they are creating.

Skeptics will often use humidity as a piece of argument as well, hence why I like to use the psychrometer on my tours. The higher density of humidity will make the skin feel cool, thus creating a theoretical cold spot. But if the humidity is equal in and around the cold spot area, then the “humidity creates a cool area” theory can then be eliminated.

Conclusion of Cold Spots

I’ve discovered random cold spots on my tour without the power of suggestion to my guests that also feel the same cold spot. I tell my guests to watch the psychrometer and alert of any drops in temperature from our original ground reading with the infrared at the beginning of the tour. If a temperature begins to drop in a new location, we measure with the infrared thermometer again to get a base reading for the new area.

I would love to hear your stories on cold spots you have encountered or have been able to measure. Show the evidence to the skeptics that paranormal cold spots are possible without any other explanation. We, dear believers, need to stick to our theories and debunk the logical explanations for the illogical happenings we find.

Leave your comments and evidence below.

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This is episode 31 of the Stories in the Cemetery podcast.

E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA Stories in the Cemetery

Head over to http://www.nicholasmcgirr.com to view the blog post with bonus sections. References used for this podcast episode: Find A Grave. (n.d.). Jennie Wade. Retrieved  from Find a Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1064/jennie-wade Joe’s Ghost. (2011). Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Retrieved from https://youtu.be/1-3govRv8nE Serfass, D. R. (2014, June 27). Remembering  Gettysburg. Retrieved from Time News Online:  https://www.tnonline.com/20140627/remembering-gettysburg/ Small, C. L. (2018). Jennie Wade of Gettysburg. Gettysburg: Gettysburg Publishing. Svehla, J. (2010, September 17). Ghost Adventures.  (Z. Bagan, Interviewer) Retrieved from https://youtu.be/vq3R_x_moCs The Jennie Wade House Museum. (n.d.). The Jennie Wade  House Self-Guided Tour Pamphlet. The Jennie Wade House. Women Behind These Walls. (n.d.). Women Behind  These Walls Pamphlet. Retrieved from YWCA Gettysburg:  https://www.ywcagettysburg.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/WBTW-brochure-2015.pdf — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/support
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References Used to Inspire this Blog Post

Lumens Learning. (n.d.). The Three Laws of Thermodynamics. Retrieved April 28, 2020, from Lumens Learning:https://courses.lumenlearning.com/introchem/chapter/the-three-laws-of-thermodynamics/

McLeod, J. (2012, October 29). Ghost Spots: A Weather Folklore. Retrieved from Farmer’s Almanac: https://www.farmersalmanac.com/weather-ology-special-ghost-spots-16390

Paranormal Authority. (2020). Cold Spots-Could it be a ghost or a spirit? Retrieved from Paranormal Authority: https://paranormalauthority.com/cold-spots/

Schwarz, R. (2014, June 17). Why Would Ghosts Cause Cold Spots? Retrieved from Stranger Dimensions: https://www.strangerdimensions.com/2014/06/17/ghosts-cause-cold-spots/

Townsend, M. (2011). Paranormal Cold Spots. Retrieved from Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP): http://www.assap.ac.uk/newsite/htmlfiles/Cold%20spots.html

Spirit Boxes

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Spirit boxes have long been used in the ghost hunting expedition. I use them on my Stories in the Cemetery Ghost Hunting Experiences with my guests as well as on my personal ghost hunting endeavors. Let’s get into what they do, where you can get them and how to listen for clues to the unknown question of the afterlife.

How They Work

Spirit boxes are, in a nutshell, radio scanners. The unique feature is that you can set how fast or slow to “sweep” the stations. Through the sweeping of the stations, an investigator can hear DJ’s, song lyrics, or disembodied voices over static.

If the sweep rate is fast enough to not allow anything to be heard other than a clicking static, then words from anyone are going to be difficult to hear or comprehend. I tell my guest using the spirit box on my tours to shout out anything they hear from either a DJ, song lyric or any disembodied voices over the static. I believe that due to the fast sweep rate of the radio frequencies, that if something comes through, even from a DJ, that we as the investigators were meant to hear that word or phrase. It takes a solid second or two to say a 1-2 syllable word and if the sweeping stops for that amount of time, I take that as a clue or a spirit wishing to communicate.

Types

Currently, I’m using an SB-7 device. I like the sweeping range of both AM and FM frequencies and it has proven a useful tool for my tours. The only unfortunate component on this device is that the external speaker is weak and requires an external speaker to listen while hunting outdoors.

I will say that for the sake of my tours, without the attached speaker, the hunter who gets this device on my tours plays an important role. They have to literally hold to their own ear and tell the rest of us what they hear. It gives a unique perspective of what they hear.

I’m looking into purchasing the S-Box for a few reasons. It comes with a loudspeaker already built into the device. Also, it has a recording feature for recording EVP’s (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) with an SD card. This would give another perspective from a different device other than the voice recorder I’m already using. Two different recordings of the same tour might give more evidence into the paranormal realm.

Spirit Box Apps

Along with two manual spirit boxes running, you’ve all heard me talk about the spirit box apps that I use. They’re corny, but I love them to death, no pun intended.

“Ghost Detector” is the main app that I’ll leave running through the duration of the tour. I also use “Ghost Detector” when I’m the guest on a historical tour or on a personal investigation.

The app works like a game or hoax for college kids or a drinking game. Once you turn it on, the app will give green bars and a hissing effect for spookiness. Corny as hell. But the great feature is that the app will give words in the middle of the screen, an interpretation of what the app thinks a spirit might have said. Granted, this game-like app can randomly spit out words at will. I will say about 40-75% of the words that come across the screen are completely random. But the 25-60% that aren’t random are actual clues and communication to the situation at hand.

stories in the cemetery ghost detector app

I’m a believer that spirits from another realm can adjust and manipulate electronic devices at will to communicate. This is why I believe that the communication I receive through apps like “Ghost Detector” is working at least 25% of the time when there is paranormal activity occurring. I use EMF detectors and other gadgets to ensure that there is indeed communication from the spirit realm. This is my belief and until you see it or experience this phenomenon for yourself, you will be a skeptic of such devices or applications.

Another app that I use with activity from other devices is “Paranormal Hauntings” by Brian Holloway. This app acts as a reverse spirit box. In other words, it takes radio frequencies, scans them, but plays back the words from DJs, songs and other programs in reverse. First off, it sounds amazingly creepy and cool. But mostly, it allows the listener to make sense of the gibberish that comes through. Here’s an example of the reverse spirit box activity I captured one night with two guests. I asked the spirit to tell us her name.

As we left the site, I told her goodbye. She responded in the same voice as when she told us her name.

Non-Believers

There are plenty of studies that oppose that spirit boxes and EVP’s actually work. So what’s the difference between an EVP and a voice from a spirit box?

An EVP is a voice or sound recorded on a voice recorder. Some voice recorders have even been created with multiple channels to distinguish sounds heard. (New blog post on this topic later). But the science behind EVP is that it is a voice or spiritual entity that cannot be heard through naked hearing or rather, without a special device like a voice recorder.

Voices heard through a spirit box are sometimes heard over white noise. This is where the skeptics begin analyzing our data and why we hear these voices. I’m not going to quote or even give the details of these studies, but I will point you in the direction of one in particular that I found very interesting. I’m sure you will too. Check out the skeptics and non-believers here.

Conclusion

I love spirit boxes. They are indeed a useful tool when I’m investigating a new location or taking guests ghost hunting on my tours. I love when two spirit boxes (app and manual) sync up and give me two relevant or similar clues without the other hunter knowing what happened. I often find this in the audio later or after we’ve moved on from a location. You’ll have to hear these for yourself since I record every tour. Check out my tour audio here.

As for now, I’m looking to add the S-Box to my Ghost Hunting toolkit. I’ll probably do an unboxing video or show it off during a private investigation soon. Be sure to follow me on social media to see how this device works.

More than just a Blog

This is episode 30 of the Stories in the Cemetery podcast.

E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA Stories in the Cemetery

Head over to http://www.nicholasmcgirr.com to view the blog post with bonus sections. References used for this podcast episode: Find A Grave. (n.d.). Jennie Wade. Retrieved  from Find a Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1064/jennie-wade Joe’s Ghost. (2011). Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Retrieved from https://youtu.be/1-3govRv8nE Serfass, D. R. (2014, June 27). Remembering  Gettysburg. Retrieved from Time News Online:  https://www.tnonline.com/20140627/remembering-gettysburg/ Small, C. L. (2018). Jennie Wade of Gettysburg. Gettysburg: Gettysburg Publishing. Svehla, J. (2010, September 17). Ghost Adventures.  (Z. Bagan, Interviewer) Retrieved from https://youtu.be/vq3R_x_moCs The Jennie Wade House Museum. (n.d.). The Jennie Wade  House Self-Guided Tour Pamphlet. The Jennie Wade House. Women Behind These Walls. (n.d.). Women Behind  These Walls Pamphlet. Retrieved from YWCA Gettysburg:  https://www.ywcagettysburg.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/WBTW-brochure-2015.pdf — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/support
  1. E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA
  2. E37: The Flight 93 National Memorial
  3. E36: The SBox Ghost Scanner by Ghost Stop
  4. E35: Homage to Vincent Price
  5. E34: Three books to study Cartomancy

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References Used to Inspire this Post

Nees, Michael. “Hearing ghost voices relies on pseudoscience and fallibility of human perception.” 30 October 2015. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/hearing-ghost-voices-relies-on-pseudoscience-and-fallibility-of-human-perception-48160. 16 April 2020.

Nicholson Ph.D, Carol. “Difference Between Spirit Boxes and EVPs.” 2020. Imagine Spirit. https://imaginespirit.com/evps-and-spirit-boxes/. 16 April 2020.

—. “Spirit Box Ghost Responses.” 2020. Imagine Spirit. https://imaginespirit.com/spirit-box-ghost-responses/. 16 April 2020.

Villar, Ashley and Alex McCarthy. “The Statistics of Spirit Boxes.” 4 November 2017. Medium. https://medium.com/@astrovav/the-statistics-of-spirit-boxes-2cf021bf6c3. 16 April 2020.

EMF Detectors

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For my Stories in the Cemetery Ghost Hunting Experience tours in downtown Charleston, my guests get to use real paranormal tools of the trade. Those tools include grid pens, various thermometers, a spirit box among some other gadgets. The most important of all these gadgets is the EMF Detector (or electromagnetic field meter).

You may have seen this gadget used on paranormal TV shows or have heard about some digital apps for your phone. In this post, we’ll discuss the importance of the EMF detector, how it’s used, why it’s used and give you some real data about this gadget.

Types

There are several types of EMF detectors. The most commonly used in a paranormal investigation is the K-II meter, a single axis point meter that measures all electromagnetic fields. What this means is that it can pick up fields created by your cell phone or smartwatch. This is the meter I use with my tours for the simplicity of use. If used properly, this meter can and will detect activity. It’s a great device for this type of investigation because there is no scientific data being recorded for studying. It has simple LED lights so that it can be seen in the dark and well, it’s an inexpensive piece of equipment.

The trifield meter measures with three-axis points for accuracy. Some trifield meters can even separate the AC/DC types of readings to eliminate any manmade electromagnetic fields like microwaves and cell phones. This leaves only anomaly fields to be detected as pieces of data that paranormal activity is actually occurring during your investigation. I will be investing in this slightly more expensive piece of equipment in the near future for my tours so that guests can see the K-II reading as well as the trifield reading to make a determination of an actual haunting.

What is an Electromagnetic Field?

Without having to write a full textbook on the subject of EMF’s, I’m going to add this video from Krystal Leandra. She does an excellent job explaining the physics of electromagnetic fields and why EMF meters are so important to our investigations. Leandra has other great videos too, so be sure to subscribe to her YouTube channel.

Reading an EMF Detector on my Tours

Great, so now that you understand (or kinda understand) how EMF’s work and why measuring them is so important to paranormal investigators. Let’s dive into why this gadget is so important during one of my tours.

At the beginning of all my tours, I inform my guests that the EMF detector will lead us into other uses of the paranormal investigation equipment. With spikes on the K-II meter, we may be able to communicate with spirit activity through spirit boxes, catch quick glimmers with the grid pen or even see a drop in temperature. The person using the K-II needs to be vocal and watching the meter consistently and tell the rest of the group when he/she sees a spike.

We first try to debunk the spike on the meter. Is it pulsing? Is it a steady light? Are there streetlights or crosswalks nearby? Erraticism is what we are after. We need that erratic array of lights moving all over the meter in order to determine if we need to move forward with other gadgets or if we are standing on an electrical grid.

Please remember, that my ghost hunting experience tours are on the streets of Charleston. I do not take my guests inside any building, nor do I have anything rigged in any of the set locations. In fact, I cannot guarantee that the tour through the alleged haunted locations will even give us activity during that tour.  I’ve had several occasions where a very active location gives off absolutely no activity or data from time to time. This proves not only to me that the location is haunted, but also to my skeptics in the group who listen to previous tours before coming to their own tour.

I record all my tours for two reasons: first, to listen for EVP’s or electronic voice phenomena, and second, to give my guests a souvenir for taking the tour. All of my tours are available here:Tour Audio.

Skepticism

Scientists for decades claim that using an EMF detector while ghost hunting does not claim that there truly is an entity nearby or that a spike on the meter determines paranormal activity.

It is said that electromagnetic fields can have an effect on the brain, thus causing the brain to hallucinate and create the illusion that spirit activity is occurring. These studies started with a neuroscientist, Michael Persinger who claimed that hallucinations can occur when dealing with specific frequencies in electromagnetic fields.

Through research on the effects of EMF’s on the brain, I came across the World Health Organization’s article on those effects. It reads in conclusion:

There is little scientific evidence to support the idea of electromagnetic hypersensitivity. Recent Scandinavian studies found that individuals do not show consistent reactions under properly controlled conditions of electromagnetic field exposure. Nor is there any accepted biological mechanism to explain hypersensitivity.” (World Health Organization)

We are all exposed to electromagnetic fields on a daily basis through cell phones, kitchen appliances and the numerous screens we use in our daily life. Although consistent screen usage can and will cause headaches and/or migraines, these are minor effects caused by excessive usage.

I usually give the EMF detector to the skeptic on my tours. I can almost certainly guarantee at least one major skeptic per evening. I do this because it is up to the skeptic to be amazed when the meter lights up and their reaction is hard to hide.

Using EMF Apps

I keep a backup EMF meter on my phone while touring with my groups. Although I haven’t researched the exact technology of how this works through a smartphone, I have tested it with several locations and around my office equipment. They seem to not be as sensitive to EMF detection as say a K-II meter, but still gives a reading nonetheless. Some of them even give you a description of what could be giving off the electromagnetic field which makes investigating very interesting.

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Conclusion

I will be investing in a trifield meter for future use on my tours and for my private investigations. This should provide more data and eliminate some debunking that I normally would have to do with the K-II meter. I will update this post once the gadget is received and tested. Who knows, I may do an “unboxing” video.

As for my belief in EMF meters; I believe they can determine unknown forces in the earth’s electromagnetic field. As for proving this theory, hopefully someday with all my research now posted on this website, my work will be studied more in-depth by those looking to prove the validity of the gadgets we choose to use while ghost hunting.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and show me your gadgets! Which EMF meter are you using for your investigations? What evidence have you recorded with them?

More than just a Blog

This is episode 29 of the Stories in the Cemetery podcast.

E38: The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, PA Stories in the Cemetery

Head over to http://www.nicholasmcgirr.com to view the blog post with bonus sections. References used for this podcast episode: Find A Grave. (n.d.). Jennie Wade. Retrieved  from Find a Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1064/jennie-wade Joe’s Ghost. (2011). Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Retrieved from https://youtu.be/1-3govRv8nE Serfass, D. R. (2014, June 27). Remembering  Gettysburg. Retrieved from Time News Online:  https://www.tnonline.com/20140627/remembering-gettysburg/ Small, C. L. (2018). Jennie Wade of Gettysburg. Gettysburg: Gettysburg Publishing. Svehla, J. (2010, September 17). Ghost Adventures.  (Z. Bagan, Interviewer) Retrieved from https://youtu.be/vq3R_x_moCs The Jennie Wade House Museum. (n.d.). The Jennie Wade  House Self-Guided Tour Pamphlet. The Jennie Wade House. Women Behind These Walls. (n.d.). Women Behind  These Walls Pamphlet. Retrieved from YWCA Gettysburg:  https://www.ywcagettysburg.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/WBTW-brochure-2015.pdf — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/storiesinthecemetery/support
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  2. E37: The Flight 93 National Memorial
  3. E36: The SBox Ghost Scanner by Ghost Stop
  4. E35: Homage to Vincent Price
  5. E34: Three books to study Cartomancy

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References used to inspire this post

Frazier, Karen. “How EMF Meters Work.” 2020. love to know. https://paranormal.lovetoknow.com/ghosts-hauntings/how-emf-meters-work. 6 April 2020.

Leandra, Krystal. How does an EMF meter actually work in Paranormal? 27 May 2017. YouTube. 6 April 2020. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzS7C0y_i50&gt;.

Radford, Benjamin. “Can Electromagnetic Fields Create Ghosts?” June 2017. Skeptical Inquirer. https://skepticalinquirer.org/2017/05/can-electromagnetic-fields-create-ghosts/. 6 April 2020.

World Health Organization. “Electromagnetic Fields.” n.d. https://www.who.int/peh-emf/about/WhatisEMF/en/index1.html.