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Rolling Hills

Genesee County Home also known as Rolling Hills has a long tormented history. Over 1,000 deaths reportedly took place within its walls. Genesse County purchased the property in 1826 and opened its doors to the poor a year later. They took in anyone who could not support themselves including orphans, elderly, paupers and the insane. They were self-sufficient farming on 100's of acres of county owned land.

Besides being a poorhouse, it was a hospital, a prison for both men and women, a TB ward, and an insane asylum at the same time as an orphanage. By the 1950s, it was turned into a nursing home, but the residents were moved to a new facility in 1974. For twenty years, the building sat empty until 1992 when it was open as Carriage Village, a mall of unique shops. The name was changed to Rolling Hills Country Mall in January 2003, and became a co-op a year later. In September 2004, overnight ghost hunts began at Rolling Hills making it the first historical site in New York to do so.

Bloggers Choice Awards Update

I thought it was time for another update. While I'm not doing too good in three categories, I'm still maintaining sixth place in "Freakiest blogger" with 82 votes. Thanks again for your support. I can't say that enough.

I have posted a list of other paranormal/alternative sites who are also nominated with links to the blogs and categories. If your blog isn't on the list and would like it to be, let me know and I'll add it. The last day for voting was changed to October 19th. So, you still have plenty of time to get your votes in.

Good luck!

GS Question of the Week

Do you think the latest technological advance in paranormal investigation, ParanormalPC, will help or is it a waste of money? Why?

Cans of UFO

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My mom forwarded this to me. This UFO structure was built at last years NYC Design and Build competition. It was completely made out of cans of food. Pretty amazing, huh?

Ropen

Papua New Guinea has been considered the real life Lost World. Many plants and animals have yet to be discovered there. But what about old species of animals? The ones that can only be seen in a picture. Josh Gates from the Sci-Fi original series Destination Truth first visited Papua New Guinea in search of an Iguanodon. It was later determined that the dinosaur was more likely a crocodile.

His next visit was to investigate the reports of another supposedly extinct dinosaur. The locals refer to it as a Ropen a.k.a. "demon flyer", but it was believe to be a Dimorphodon pterosaur. It is said to have a wing-span of about 20 ft with two leathery wings like a bat, a long tail with a flange on the end, a beak filled with teeth, razor-sharp claws and exhibits a bioluminescent glow. The Ropen is said to have a taste for decaying human flesh and has even harassed native funeral gatherings.

One of the first reports of this flying creature was made by Duane Hodgkinson who was stationed…

Blog Announcement

It was brought to my attention that a certain site was using feeds from different blogs, including my own, without possibly the owners knowledge. I believe this is an issue I've addressed before. I don't mind if someone wants to borrow material here as long as you give me credit for it. I deserve the acknowledgement for the hard work I do on this blog.

If you don't give credit where credit is due, you leave yourself open to possible legal issues. So, please give a link back.

I also have been setting up a MySpace page for Ghost Stories. The layout is pretty much finished (let me know what you think). All that is left is filling in the information. If you would like to add Ghost Stories to your list of friends, you are more than welcomed to. FYI, I have the page set to where you will need either my last name or email address in order to friend GS, attempting to keep out the spammers. Both pieces of information is on the left sidebar.

GS Question of the Week

Do you believe Angels intervene in our lives? Have you ever had a possible encounter with an Angel?

Alien Theme Park

What's the best place for an alien theme park? Roswell, New Mexico of course. City officials have decided to take the UFO craze to another level with an amusement park.

The park, dubbed Alien Apex Resort, is set to open as early as 2010. The city has received a $245,000 legislative appropriation for initial planning, but the park would be privately built and managed.

Bryan Temmer, concept designer, knew of only one place where this idea would work. The concept was pitched two years ago and said to possibly cost several hundred millions of dollars. The park will cover 60 to 80 acres with room to expand to 150 acres. Six sites have the potential for this grand theme park, but the city has declined to identify them. It will feature rides and attractions including an indoor roller coaster that would take passengers on a simulated alien abduction and an exhibit hall with scientific information on exploration of the universe.

Roswell achieved worldwide fame when supposedly a UFO crashed on…

Paranormal Night

It seems Wednesdays have become paranormal nights on the Sci-fi channel.

Leading off the night was another excellent episode of Ghost Hunters. They investigated the Hellfire Caves. Lord Francis Dashwood provided work to unemployed farmers by hiring them to dig out the caves in the 1750s. It is believed that the inspiration for the design of the Caves came from his grand tour of Europe and the Ottoman Empire. On his return Sir Francis Dashwood founded the Hellfire Club (I believe it was called the Order of the Knights of St. Francis of Wycombe first) and became a leading member of the Dilettanti Society and the Divan Club. The Hellfire Club originally met at Medmenham Abbey on the River Thames. After this burnt down accidentally they reputedly then held many of their meetings in the Caves.

Sir Paul Whitehead and a woman in white were the ghosts to look for and TAPS may have contacted them. They recorded three EVPs, both male and female origin, as well as an interesting piece video footag…

Aleister Crowley - Part II

In 1934, Crowley was declared bankrupt after losing a court case in which he sued the artist Nina Hamnett for calling him a black magician in her 1932 book, Laughing Torso. Mr. Justice Swift was in disbelief of the things he heard throughout the trial, especially coming from someone who claimed to be the greatest living poet. However, Patricia "Deirdre" MacAlpine approached Crowley on the day of the verdict and offered to bear him a child, a son named Aleister Ataturk. She sought no mystical or religious role in Crowley's life and rarely saw him after the birth, "an arrangement that suited them both".

During World War II, Ian Fleming, British author and Naval Officer, and others proposed a disinformation plot in which Crowley would have helped an MI5 agent supply Nazi official Rudolf Hess with faked horoscopes. They would then pass along the false information about an alleged pro-German circle in Britain. The government abandoned this plan when Hess flew to Scot…

Aleister Crowley - Part I

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A post requested by Piglet.

Born Edward Alexander Crowley, Aleister Crowley was a British writer, occultist and mystic with interests such as chess player, mountain climber, poet, painter, astrologer, hedonist, drug experimenter, and social critic. His father Edward Crowley maintained a lucrative family brewery business while his mother drew roots from a Devon and Somerset family. Both were Exclusive Brethren, a radical wing of the Plymouth Brethren. He was raised strictly in the Christian faith which provoked his skepticism.

In 1895, he went to Trinity College, Cambridge, after schooling at the public schools Malvern College and Tonbridge School, and originally had the intention of reading Moral Sciences (philosophy, psychology, and economics), but switched to English literature. His three years at Cambridge were happy ones, due in part to considerable fortune left by his father.

In December of 1896, following an event that he describes in veiled terms, Crowley decided to pursue a path …

GS Question of the Week

If a creature inhabited a certain part of your town, would you sacrifice poor animals to keep it happy and away from the townspeople or find a way to capture/kill it?

Ghost Hunters' Evidence

I know I did a review of Wednesday's premiere, but I don't want you just to go by word. I found this videa clip of the evidence TAPS collected at the Lisheen Ruins. Watch it and form your own opinion of what you think it might be. The clip is only about three and a half minutes. It shouldn't take long to load.

Scrying

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Many of you may have heard the word "scrying" before, especially if you were big fans of the CW show Charmed. Like most entertainment, it didn't show an accurate view of what it really is.
Scrying is a magic practice that involves seeing things supernaturally through a medium, usually for purposes of divination and fortune-telling. Scrying has been used in many cultures as a means of divining the past, present, or future. Depending on the culture and practice, the visions that come when one stares into the media are thought to come from God, spirits, the psychic mind, the devil, or the subconscious.

The most common media used were crystal balls also called shew stones (or stones/crystals called seerstones or peepstones), water or any liquid, and mirrors. Some specific objects used were a glass of sherry, liver of an animal, pool of ink in the hand, swordblade, fingernail and the burning of a poppy flowerbud on hot coals.

How does it work? If you're using water, the visi…

Ghost Hunters Premeire

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Who saw last nights episode besides me? If you didn't, you missed out on a great show. I can't think of a better way to start off the mini-season.

The Taps team investigated the Lisheen Ruins in Ireland. Built in the 1800s, the house was owned by an archaeologist who had a major fascination in mummies. Seriously, he had them displayed all throughout his home. Can you imagine walking into someones house and they have actual dead bodies hanging up like decorations?

The Irish believe you should never build your home in the path of where fairies dwell. If you do then your house would become haunted. Keep in mind, here in the States and possibly other places, when we think of fairies, we immediately picture a little nymph-like person with wings that are good in nature. In Ireland, they are seen as troll-like creatures that you don't want to mess with.

During last nights episode, they were able to capture some tremendous evidence. Dave and Dustin were in the basement and heard foot…

Gravity Hills

Upon reading an essay on the Mad Ghouls website, I decided to take on the topic of gravity hills. The essay talked of an urban legend his father relayed to him when he was a small child living in New Jersey I presume. The legend including a jealous boyfriend who killed his girlfriend in cold blood and then fled the scene in his car. The apparition of the girlfriend made an appearance and pulled the guys car back up the hill. Of course, this woman supposedly haunts this hill 'til this day, reliving the same moment over and over. Even the stories of ghost children dying on railroad tracks has been associated with gravity hills. Although, technically, they don't work that way.

While some people believe they are paranormal in nature, it has more to do with an optical illusion than anything. It can trick you into thinking that a ball can really roll uphill or that you can stand at impossible angles. However, distortions in perspective and odd angles along with the shape of the surro…

GS Question of the Week

New video footage of Nessie has begun to circulate in the media and on the internet. Do you think this new piece of evidence further proves of the mythical creatures existance or adds to the mystery? Why?

Did Ya Know Friday

If your birthday is in September like mine then your birthstone is Sapphire. Did ya know the gem was used for healing and magic? Here are a few facts about the uses of Sapphires:

Sapphire is love's guardian. It is used to promote fidelity. It can also be used to promote chastity.Because sapphire promotes peace, truth, and serenity, it's worn during meditation.Sapphire is thought to banish fraud, and is used in litigation and legal matters. When you have a fever or a nosebleed, sapphire is placed on the forehead to lessen the fever or nosebleed. Sapphire was important to wizards and seers who used it to help interpret vision and prophesy.The most important attribute of Sapphire was said to be that of protection against sorcery. It was thought to banish evil spirits and frighten devils. It would turn evil sorcery and negative spells back against the sender, provide advance warning of hidden dangers, and free the mind of the enchanted.The Sapphire is also used to enhance the influ…