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Paranormal Society of Bradenton, FL

Investigators in the Tampa Bay area

New College of Florida Event

We can’t wait to be at New College on Halloween to discuss in depth about investigations and our experiences! See ya there!

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Private Home Investigation – May 2017

We’ve been doing a lot of investigations for private homes lately. Normally, we don’t post anything from them but this woman gave us permission to post the evp’s that were caught by the SCD-2 made by Steve Huff of Huff Paranormal as she was so impressed with the out come.

The woman lost her husband, who was a baker and was looking for a recipe. At one point she goes and gets his favorite glass with scotch in it and you hear his reply when we ask him what is Ron holding. These are just a few caught and we did end up getting the recipe on page 12 in little old cook book.

The 10 Most Haunted Hikes of New York

Thanks to Jenny Holt for sharing this story on our website.

The 10 Most Haunted Hikes of New York

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Have you ever tested yourself on a haunted hike? Especially one which makes you camp along its trail overnight? There’s plenty in Florida, but if you want to head north to New York, you will find an array of old, scary hikes to really test your mettle. In fact, there are so many possibilities it has been necessary to make a top 10.

1. Letchworth Village

2. Saratoga National Historical Park

3. Seneca Hill

4. Gray Road

5. Happy Valley Road

6. Lake Ronkonkoma

7. Morris Jumel Mansion

8. Gurnsey Hollow Cemetery

9. Sweet Hollow Road

10. Oakland Cemetery

Have you tried any? On that list you are going to find a great combination of abandoned buildings with a murky past, cemeteries, and haunted hiking paths. Each place comes with its stories and sightings from lonely female ghosts to groups of angry spirits. To find out more about each one before you head north, check out the 10 most haunted hikes in New York.

Who’s Playing The Piano?

Does anyone else see the figure by the piano? This was taken at Charles Ringling’s house in Sarasota. Thank you to Andrea for the photo!

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Charles Ringling Investigation

In August, we where honored to go back to Charles Ringling’s home to do an Investigation while SNN filmed us. As always, we felt welcomed by Charles and Edith.

We decided to play some music from their era. We know that the whole family loved to sing and play instruments. After playing a song, our investigator Charles, asked Robert (Charles and Edith’s son that was an opera singer) if he knew the song. You hear a very faint reply of “yes”. We caught a couple of things on thermal that we are still trying to figure out but thought we’d share them.

Andrea Knies, who has been our New College guide on every investigation, was carrying the mel meter all night and in the music room she asked if Charles would like to dance with her. She would lead around the room by the changes in the meter. We also caught some very interesting orbs in the music room. In the hallway by the servants quarters, we had some activity from Robert letting us know that was his practice singing area as the sound was perfect. We enjoyed our time with the Ringling’s and hope to return again. We have also made Andrea Knies an Honorary Member!

Thank you New College for another exciting night – and of course thank you to the Ringling family for always being so welcoming.

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Tampa Theatre & Henry B. Plant Museum

We stopped by the Tampa Theatre this weekend to check out a movie and took a couple of cool pictures! We also popped by the Henry B. Plant Museum – both of these locations are said to be haunted! Hopefully, we can have an investigation at these locations soon!

Check out some of the stories here of the Henry b. Plant Museum!

The Weekly Spartan – Story on the Henry B. Plant Museum

Haunted Places – Tampa Theatre

Paranormal Investigation of the Tampa Theatre

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Bradenton Paranormal group investigates College Hall – Appearance on SNN

SNN (Suncoast News Network) joined us on an investigation at New College in Sarasota, FL. Check out the video below to see what goes on during one of our investigations.

Sarasota Post Article

Patti Pearson from Sarasota Post joined us on a ghost tour recently and the article about her experience is now available. Check it out below and make sure to check out The Sarasota Post website!

 

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Downtown Bradenton Ghost Tour

BELIEVE IT…OR NOT. Downtown Bradenton Ghost Tour a Chilling Excursion

Trust me. I’m not trying to convince anyone of the existence of ghosts. I’m just as skeptical as most. But I’m a curious person and welcome our readers to be curious, too, and open to a little something different for a night out, exploring the Darker Side of Downtown Bradenton.

The Paranormal Society of Bradenton’s authentic investigator and founder Liz Reed combines a bit of humor, a lot of history, and dozens of accounts of paranormal activity in and around downtown every Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8 p.m. Wear your walking shoes, bring a good camera (or cell phone with good camera), and get set to search for your own ghosts of the past.

Friday night at 8 pm I joined the Paranormal Society with Liz, the head honcho and longtime paranormal investigator and a nice group of other ghost searchers, including a sweet 20-something couple, an electrical engineer and his wife, and even a daring woman there by herself. It was an awesome dark and eerie night, with a light drizzling rain, gray clouds, and no moon…the perfect setting for a spook flick. Bear in mind there was NO MOON out that night when you look at the photos, which I’ll explain in a minute.

Liz was totally on top of her game, keeping things very informative, somewhat believable and also comical. The latter probably comes with the territory of trying to not scare the wits out of all of us before we finished the tour. Liz and her husband, by the way, have spent countless hours on research about each and every happening in Bradenton from the late 1800’s and beyond. And today the Paranormal Society of Bradenton is busy investigating cases of paranormal activity in the area.

Unfortunately, many businesses tell Liz to keep her distance, as it’d be ‘bad for business’ if the word got out the place was haunted. So rather than going inside the dwellings and bars, we remained on the perimeter, strolling cautiously down the dimly lit streets of downtown, almost as if we were criminals getting away with something. Rebels with a cause. Ghostbusters in training. By the way, several businesses, including Sign of the Mermaid on Anna Maria Island, have utilized the Society to investigate sightings (see actual stories on the website).

Our ghost search agenda was set. To explore The Hampton Inn (formerly known as ‘the Pink Palace’), the Old Courthouse, the former brothels and bars on Old Main Street, and wrapping up with an abandoned parking lot and the former Manatee Player’s Theatre.

Al Capone was said to have signed the registry at The Hampton back in the prohibition days, and he frequented the place just as other well-known socialites delighted in ballroom dancing on the actual roof of the place drinking moonshine and illegal liquor…then there was the man that plummeted to his death from that same rooftop…

Hampton Inn, Bradenton, FLorida

I shot photos of The Hampton where Liz said I might spot an “Orb” – which is known by paranormal experts to be a spirit, sometimes brought to light by electronic devices or energy, in this case my Cannon Rebel. I couldn’t see anything but the building. But when I got home and looked at the photos – there were round, translucent white things that looked like moons. Excited, but still saying, ‘What,?!’ I sent these to Liz and she confirmed it: “you captured some orbs!” she said. Believe it. Or not.

We walked further and she told us about Bozo, a homeless man who was beaten to death way back when. Reportings of Bozo (his hair isn’t orange, but sticks out like Bozo’s) have run rampant as his spirit continues to roam the streets of downtown.

There are dozens of stories to delight historians, fright-junkies, or those just curious about death and the afterlife. Liz tells it all. And I won’t waste the surprise of the stories by telling you about them in case you dare to take the tour…but just a few tidbits:

Do You Believe In Ghosts?

An artist who lived in the current tattoo place painted a painting of her two daughters, shot them, then herself. The painting resides in McCabes bar next door. The bartenders report hearing footsteps at night before they close. Did you know there were three hangings that took place in front of the Old Courthouse? How about the Prohibition Balls on the rooftop of The Pink Palace (The Hampton Inn) where a man jumped to his death in a drunken slip? There were several ‘Seedy hotels’ and brothels on the second story of the businesses that line Old Main Street today with one account of ‘ladies in waiting’ fighting to death over money…the list goes on.

Old Courthouse Bradenton, Florida

We were encouraged, as I mentioned, to take specific photos of places where Liz and her tour guests have witnessed paranormal activity. In the middle, top of the Hampton. On the last, top window of the Old Courthouse. In the hallway of a former brothel. Of the city’s oldest elevator, where the entrance’s ceiling is painted blue (a tradition in the south that was known to chase away bad spirits that still exists today). All pictured here.

We assembled in an empty parking lot where we were given K-2 EMF (electro-magnetic field) devices, the same tools investigators use, so we could do our own investigating of ‘activity.’ Liz knew of three different ghost families who frequented this space. And our fellow electrical engineer became the medium for feedback, selected by the ghosts, of course, as his EMF blinked wildly to questions the group’s members asked of the ghosts. He was quite proud they chose him, and said it stood to reason. He was an electrical engineer – and spirits become more active the more electrical energy that’s generated…hmm. The rest of us stood with disbelief. Still, I was skeptical (could be they rigged the instrument, right?).

Patti Pearson Ghost Tour

It wasn’t until I got home and downloaded my pictures that I had a slight question whether or not those orbs I caught could actually be something more than a spot on my lens or an odd reflection of light (I wiped my lens every time).  There was a slight possibility that there was something to this ‘orb” business. (According to another online source, ‘The orb is the energy being transferred from a source like power lines, heat energy, batteries, people, etc. to the spirit so it can manifest. This may not even be a conscious thing the spirit is doing, just a natural way it gets energy).  Or orbs may appear very much like a cell under a microscope.

Downtown Bradenton Ghost Tours

If you’ll notice, in the photos of The Hampton, the first orb appeared as a low moon on the left side of the building. There was no moon that night. Then a few steps later, I shot the top middle of the building, where the orb appeared again as Liz said it might. And then there was the orb at the Courthouse just above the window she said to look at. And the hallway of one of the former ‘seedy hotels,’ where you see a more cellular shaped image appear (yes, it could be nighttime light action)…or it could be the woman ghost that got killed by another woman ‘over money disputes.’

There’s something to be said for wanting to understand life after death. The delight of fright. Mortal curiosity. Or just experiencing plain, hair-raising tales. It’s a great diversion from the norm. Go ahead and try the Downtown Bradenton Ghost Tour and decide for yourself. Bring along a friend or mate and hold hands tight. Go see the Ghostbusters movie. Break out the old Ouija board. Watch a paranormal reality TV series. Plug in a good fright flick.

Whatever you do to explore the unknown, or the world of paranormal activity, it’s a great diversion. And believe it…or not.

Downtown Bradenton Ghost Tours run Tues. – Sat. at 8 p.m. and last 90 minutes. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 children 12 and under. You must register in advance by calling 941-704-0621 or make a reservation on the website at www.paranormalsocietyofbradenton.wordpress.com.

Photos by Patti Pearson

Orb video

A guest on one of our tours shared their video with us. See the orb go by??

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