Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Paranormal Inc Trailer Up and Running!

After a Summer and early Fall of investigations, we have our new trailer for the show Paranormal Inc up and running. It's out there--YouTube, MySpace, MyPara, here, and on and on... Though we don't know what network we will end up on, or even the exact format the show will end up in, we are excited! This, coupled with the current production of Ghosts of War, our full length documentary about haunted Civil War sites, has gotten 'spirits' pretty high around here.

So, check out the trailer, leave a comment if you like, and stay tuned for our other upcoming projects. While watching the video, though, pay close attention to three pieces of evidence we included that we captured while investigating. The first is a phantom woman standing under a tree, the second is the fully formed apparition of an Indian (one we caught floating about three feet off the ground!), and the final shot is a ghost light that appeared for a few seconds at Devil's Backbone. Enjoy!

Posted by: Rich Newman Contact Rich at

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Talbott Tavern

The legends surrounding the infamous Talbott Tavern in Bardstown, Kentucky are actually less interesting than the reality there. With a past filled with visitors like Jesse James, Daniel Boone, and Abraham Lincoln it's no surprise that the place has seen it's fair share of years both good and bad and that paranormal activity is associated with the location. In fact, the earliest sign of the place being haunted occurred with Jesse James himself.

While staying at the Talbott Tavern, James thought he saw something or someone entering his room. Without hesitation, he drew his gun and fired at the intruder--he then leaped from his bed and inspected the area only to find there was nobody there! It's a story that James imparted to the tavern's innkeeper at the time and that has stayed with the bar now turned bed-and-breakfast all these years. The bullet holes from James' gun are still present in the room (now called the Jesse James Room).

During our visit to the Talbott Tavern, Mike and I stayed in the General's Quarters--a room that is reputedly a 'hot spot' there (according to local Bardstown investigators--specifically Patti Starr who came through the area with a tour group while we were there). Over the course of the evening there, we had many strange things happen during our investigation--not the least of which, was a great EMF session we had in the Concord Room (a sort of common area used for conferences, etc.) that involved an entity coming forward on demand setting off our EMF alarm and touching us (the spirit actually touched me three times there--twice on the hand and once pressing up against the back of me in a way that felt like I had leaned against a wall).

The audio clip we have included here, though, takes place in the General's Quarters after we had settled in for the night. We actually asked the spirit in the Concord room to come back to the room with us to 'hang out' and this was one of the occurrences that happened there. Mike and I were joking about our EMF alarm going off while we were sleeping when Mike felt a cold blast of air hit his face and neck. After we listed to the audio we were surprised (or maybe not so surprised) to hear that the spirit thought our conversation was funny and laughed at Mike's comment via EVP. The sounds you are hearing in the background are, unfortunately, a television coming from an adjoining room, so ignore that. Here is the script of what you are hearing in the clip:

Rich: If that thing (EMF alarm) starts beeping in the night, is it going to wake you up?
Mike: Oh, hell yeah. You'll probably have to take a double take to find me, dude, 'cuz I'll probably be hanging from the canopy (of his bed). I'll be all tangled up in that damn netting.

-Entity Laughs-
Mike: What the f*@! was that?
Rich: Huh?

Mike: I just had a cool breeze that went across my face...

During the rest of the evening there I was touched again on the foot and we captured audio of drawers in the room opening and closing by themselves. Our investigation also yielded numerous EVPs, including voices, groans, and whispers.

Take a trip to the Talbott Tavern--you won't be disappointed! Visit their website to get more information and to book a room.

Posted by: Rich Newman Contact Rich at

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Cave-In-Rock Investigation

The history of Cave-In-Rock is a checkered one at best. Though it is only a cave perched along the bluffs of the Ohio River, the place has housed a tavern, a casino, and a makeshift hotel/brothel. Travelers shuttling up and down the river would often stop at Wilson's Liquor Vault and House of Entertainment--the name of the place within the cave during the early 1800's-- to get their fill of fun and sin before continuing their journey.

During the years of operation, the tavern was the location of many a man's demise--and to make matters worse, Wilson (the owner) formed a group of robbers that pirated up and down the Ohio River intercepting ships outside his cave of ill repute. Because of this, it wasn't long before respectable folks knew to avoid the monster cave along the river.

Like most tales of this nature, it all ended with betrayal; once a reward was placed on Wilson's head, his own men did him in. When the authorities entered the cave during the aftermath, dozens of bodies were found in one of the chambers. The dark history of the cave continued, though, when yet another criminal named James Ford moved into the area. Of course, he eventually met his death there as well at the hands of vigilantes.

Cave-In-Rock continued to be the haven for many thieves, pirates, and killers over the years and it is this mark upon the ancient place that is the root of the haunting there.

Today, travelers moving up and down the Ohio River have reported the sounds of the old casino and tavern reverberating from the place--even though the place is now a state park and local attraction. It was with this knowledge that we took the Paranormal Inc team to Cave-In-Rock to investigate the haunting there.

At first glance, it would be assumed that the haunting of the cave is probably a 'residual' effect--meaning the sounds of the past have been recorded in the rock there and are simply being replayed for those who are able to hear them. During our investigation, though, this assumption was not made. Audio, video, and photography was utilized at the scene, in addition to the usual slew of equipment wielded by the investigators, in hopes of capturing the sounds of a haunting there.

Though no evidence of the haunting was actually captured by our equipment, at one point during the evening it did sound as if a male voice was heard from the rear of the cave. There was also several unusual EMF spikes captured there--spikes that should not be in a power-less cave. Does this mean Cave-In-Rock is haunted or not haunted? Who knows? Investigate the place for yourself; it is a perfect location for the beginner paranormal group since the cave is in the middle of a state park (and you can camp there) and you can simply walk over to the cave during the night to perform an investigation. Just be careful! We are talking about a cave perched alongside the cliff over a rather large river!

Send us your findings from Cave-In-Rock--we're more than happy to hear/see what all of you are getting out there. Happy investigating!

Posted by: Rich Newman