Monday, October 19, 2009

Ghost Hunting With The Paranormal Adventurers

I mentioned at the end of my Big Apple Con recap that Jen took us on a little detour to a local haunt called Potters Field on the way home from the city, and I even provided a picture we took while there that night. Check that out if you haven't yet. We ended up going back there the next night, this past Saturday, and what ensued was something totally unexpected and amazing. No, we didn't see any ghosts, but we did see a few familiar faces! Before I get into that, I want to tell you a little bit about Potters Field, the apparently haunted little cemetery a mere 25 minutes from where I currently sit.

Potters Field is a small little open graveyard located just off the expressway that is filled with several rows of headstones. There are no names on these headstones, only numbers. The reason for this is because the dead that are buried there were from the nearby loony/poor house and had no relatives or friends to even identify them. Many have experienced paranormal activity here, ranging from the sounds of distant voices to strange white and red lights appearing in the nearby woods. I've lived here all my life and never knew this cemetery even existed, despite the fact that i've driven right past it thousands upon thousands of times.

We found out about this place through The Paranormal Adventurers, Long Island's most well known ghost hunting duo. They've been doing seminars every October for the last couple years at the local library and they just did one this past Wednesday, which is where I find out about Potters Field. Jen had already known about it and in fact knew exactly where it was, which is how we ended up there Friday night. Well Saturday night we headed back there around 11pm with a friend of mine after downing a couple beers and when we pulled off the expressway to park, hop the guardrail, and do some late night ghost hunting, we found that two cars were already parked there - and a group of people approached us asking if we were cops. Believe it or not, this group of people consisted of The Paranormal Adventurers themselves, Joseph Flammer and Diane Hill, and some out of state folks who were tagging along for the hunt. We obviously had no idea that they were going to be there and this was quite the unexpected little treat for us - an impromptu ghost hunt with real life ghost hunters! It's funny because just this past Wednesday at the library seminar I said to Jen that we should talk to Joe & Diane about possibly coming along with them on an expedition, and here we were just a couple days later doing it. Strange how things work out sometimes.

By the way, before I go on any further, I just wanted to mention that Joseph Flammer read and loved the article I wrote last year about his and Diane's ghost hunting seminar and whenever he sees me, he excitedly says, "Freddy In Space!". Too cool. I also earned immediate brownie points with him because i'm a Squires, a distant relative of some of the founding fathers of my town, who they wrote about in their book. But back to Saturday night!

What was really cool is that even though we were holding beers and probably reeked of alcohol, all of the guys welcomed us with open arms and even though they were busy doing ghost hunting stuff, they were more than happy to talk with us and make us a part of the fun. I was actually a little bummed out that we brought beers along because I didn't want these guys to get the impression that we were some drunk losers who were all about disrespecting the dead - pissing on graves, tossing beer bottles in the woods - and I didn't want them to think we were there to just mock and make fun of the whole thing. Believe me, that wasn't the case. It was just that it was Saturday night and we usually drink a few beers on a Saturday night. That and we probably wanted to cool our nerves a bit! So Joe, if you're reading this, I hope you didn't get the wrong idea about us and I hope we weren't disrespectful in any way by carrying beers around the cemetery. Just had to get that off my chest....

Anyway, Stefan (my friend - pictured on the left of the above photo), Jen, and I bummed around by ourselves for a while in the beginning of the night, taking pictures and being on the lookout for any kind of activity we could find. We found nothing in the sense that we never heard anything or saw anything visible to the naked eye, but Jen did snap some rather interesting photos that I have no explanation for and that Joseph didn't either. Check these out.

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There are a ton of orbs or specks or whatever you want to call them in the above photo, which you can only really see when it's made bigger.

This last picture I didn't notice anything strange about until just now. That's my friend Stefan standing in the woods. Jen kept saying she saw what looked like a face near him and that's when she snapped this photo.

Here's a closer look. Is this the face of a spirit in the classic 'thinker' pose?

Pretty freaky, eh? This could all just be mist, cold breath, and strange leaf formations, or it could be something more - I guess we'll never really know. The Paranormal Adventurers never claim to definitively know anything about ghosts, and that's what I really like about them. Joseph took a good half hour out of his time with his crew to come over and talk to us about various things, and he kept saying things to the effect of, "you guys probably know more about ghosts than I do". He's incredibly aware of the fact that every picture and every strange occurence is a total mystery, and may be totally explainable by less than paranormal events. He's just a dude with a hobby and doesn't claim to be anything more than that. If only the same could be said about all ghost hunters. Joseph even got on the good side of my totally skeptical friend who would normally probably laugh at ghost hunters, so that was pretty damn impressive. Really really cool guy. Thanks so much, Joseph, for taking the time to hang out with us. We really appreciated it and you really made this night something special for the three of us.

While we didn't see or hear anything out of the ordinary, we did snap some cool pictures and had a really good time on what I guess you would call our first official ghost hunt. Hopefully there's a lot more of those to come, with or without The Paranormal Adventurers by our side. Hopefully with!

I'd like to end the post by mentioning something very strange that's been going on with Jen and her family lately - which relates to the whole topic of the paranormal. Jen's mom passed away about a month ago and since then, both Jen and other members of her immediate family have been finding dimes all over the place. The thing is, her mom for the last 10 years of her life collected dimes - dimes only that she found - and in fact she even claimed to be finding dimes all over the house in the weeks before her death, after she got really sick. She felt it was her husband, who had passed away years earlier, contacting her from the other side. Believe me when I say that Jen has been finding dimes all over the place since her mom passed away. Her uncle even had a joke with her mom about finding two nickels, and if that would equate to finding one dime, and he recently has been finding pairs of nickles lying around. To make matters even stranger, Jen has lately been finding two dimes in the same location, something that has just started happening. As Joseph Flammer pointed out, this could be a sign that her and her husband have been reunited in the afterlife and are letting everyone know that. Whether you believe in this kind of stuff or not, ya can't help but wonder....


Noelle Nightmare said...

Nice post!

Ryne said...

Wow, very cool. I wish I had gotten this opportunity.

I do this thing every once in a while where I take a walk alone at night through my town's local cemetery, and while I don't think it's haunted at all, it's still a creepy jaunt where I get spooked by any little thing that looks abnormal.

EyeloveMetal said...

You know, I felt like something had come home with me from that evening! It turns out it was the supernatural version of "the thinker"! I feel much better now! Interesting evening.. good post!