Written by Tina Leverton
Anyone who is remotely interested in the paranormal has seen some sort of paranormal tv series over the years. Zac Bagans (whom has an extensive list of paranormal series involvement such as Deadly possessions, Paranormal challenge and the very successful Ghost adventures and After shock series) has been a busy man collecting supposedly haunted items as a private collect for himself. As we all know collect can grow quickly and now Zac has decided to display his large and unusual collection in his latest paranormal venture in Las Vegas the aptly named The haunted museum.The Wengert house was built by Cyril Wengert a prominent banker, public utility manger and civic leader who helped turn Las Vegas for a town into a city on everyone's stop traveling through. The House itself is said to be dark and full of possible paranormal events happening from within its basement with reports of it being the home to a satanic circle gathering there during the 1970's to conduct rituals.
The haunted museum ( located within the house built in 1938 in Las Vegas) the museum will be split into 30 different rooms and themes to showcase his Items reported to be included in this paranormal collection are a room of porcelain dolls (which from previous ghost adventures episodes we know that Zac has a personal fear of). Bela Lugosi's (who played Dracula in 1931) cursed mirror and even more gruesome the mini bus which was previously owned by Jack Kevorkian or Dr Death from which inside he assisted suicides (numbers have been reported to be as high as 130 suicides) and the cauldron and shovel which Ed Gein also known as The Mad Butcher used to own before his death in 1984. Not only was Ed known as a murderer but also a body snatcher from local graveyards, the cauldrons and shovel were used to collect and fashion trophy's for his personal satisfaction.
Items that will be on limited display rotations will be inclusive of a Dibbuk box which is said to be a wine box cabinet that in Jewish folklore is believed to house restless, evil spirits. The hands resist him(painted by Bill Stoneham in 1972) which is said to cause sickness, screaming and fear and Robert the doll(originally created by by a set ant whom practiced black magic to a little boy by the name of Robert Eugene Otto in 1896 which has been rumored to curse it's owner and kill people.
While most items won't necessarily be haunted just strange Zac has public ally stated that his museum will be a must visit location for all traveling and living in Vegas along with the Mob museum and the Neon. While this museum is not open yet and has no date released to the public if you are interested you can catch some information and sneak peaks into what it will look like and what items will be inside by watching the tv series Deadly Possessions or the Ghost adventures episode(season 12 episode 13) dedicated to investigating the museum during its set up as he was having staff members leave due to the happenings from within.
Sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a spooky trip, that started from this far off state, and ended in friendship
Yeah really lame I know, but hey that’s me lol
In 2011 with my interest growing in the paranormal world I tuned into a local Sydney radio show called Ghost of Oz. I quickly became a fan of the funny and kooky hosts Alex, Danni and Glen and looked forward to tuning in each week to see what spooky, macabre and interesting topics they were going to talk about. One week as I listened to a live event from Monte Cristo they decided to give away a ticket to meet them at a future investigation and I decided why not let’s give it a go. Surprisingly I won and thought, bugger it I know they’re in Sydney but let’s go for a weekend trip! So I packed my bags and headed over to spend a creepy night at Casula Power Station! The GOO guys were just as much fun in person as they were on the radio and quickly made me feel at home. I met many great people that night who would also go on to become part of the GOO family.
Things progressed from there and I started doing guests spots on the show as a reviewer of Aussie paranormal books. Eventually I became part of the team as a regular reviewer and host. The team slowly expanded and we met Ellie, Beth, Peet, Megan, Dan, Jonathon and Tina. As things go in life we lost a few along the way and said goodbye to Glen, Beth and Dan but the sense of family and camaraderie has always been around and they’ve always supported me from afar.
The last few years with all these guys has been so much fun and I am so proud to have been a part of this great show, the events they have organised and most massively Paracon Australia. Coming across to Sydney for this annual event was amazing to see the community and friendship that was created for our paranormal world.
It’s time for me now to move in a different direction as things in my life have taken me on a new path so I sadly say adieu to the team and the fans but I know you are being left in good hands :) Be good to each other, we only have one paranormal community and it’s full of so many amazing people and teams. Support each other, cheer each other and most importantly stay spooky friends
Written by Jonathan Zhao
American fantasty author Tamora Pierce once said, “It's harder to heal than it is to kill.” This comment is surely not far from the truth when it comes to discussion of serial killers and murderers! <insert evil laugh>
As dark and grim as it may be, I’m sure we all have at some point, considered the very things that drives a person to end the life of another.
This March 25, join the team of Newcastle Ghost tours for a special event - ‘Launched into Eternity’, a night that probes into the dark and sinister; that is, murder and its punishment.
Establishing herself as one of Australia’s best selling Crime Authors, Amanda Howard, will begin the evening with stories of many infamous victims of the hangman's noose and of a time when watching an execution was spectacle for the masses.
Come and soak up the accounts of some murderers Amanda has come across in her research as she gives us insight into the minds of these killers.
And if you think this isn’t (or shouldn’t be) entertainment, hear about how people in Australia were once so fascinated by gore and death, that they attended public hangings as a pastime– certainly a different kind of subject to bring to the morning tea table at work the next day!
This perceptive and slightly macabre talk by Amanda will surely not disappoint and all are welcome to come and take part in this part of the evening only…
However, for those who want just a little more, make sure you hang around. Promised to be a real treat and a perfect way to see and live out stories recounted by Amanda, the second part of the night consists of a 2 hour experience of Maitland Gaol focusing on the murders that happened within the walls of the prison.
Join Renata Daniel from Newcastle Ghost Tours and Anne Rzechowicz from Oz ParaTech (Ghost Hunting Equipment Specialists) and their friendly team as you role play the last moments of a condemned prisoner who walked the line to the gallows.
In what would have been a highly, powerful and emotionally charged event, will the ghosts of some of these men come back to haunt, as you recount exactly how their deaths occurred? There is only one way for you to find out!
On top of this, there will also be plenty of time to go exploring around the Gaol during.
So what are you waiting for? Get onto it! Please note: The night contains content, which is slightly macabre and is only for patrons 18 years and over.
'Author's talk only ' option is $30 p/p plus booking fee.
‘Combined authors talk and Gaol tour’ option is $60 p/p plus booking fee.
Amanda will also be staying back to sell and sign some of her books which she will have available for purchase.
Written by Tina Leverton
On the 4th February I was asked to assist the lovely Beth Luscombe of Access paranormal at the first Quantum states paranormal/ Oz Paratech investigation at Quarantine station in Manly Nsw Australia. For those whom don't know about the Q station and its history it was used as a place to quarantine passengers coming to Australia. Passengers would have to wait a mandatory ninety days without any signs and symptoms of illness before they were allowed passage into Australia. Once arrived and disembarked from their ships passengers would have there bags steamed in very high temperatures inside giant ovens to rid them of any parasites and bacteria's that could have potentially clung to them. And if you think that is extreme there's more, the passengers would have to endure an acid shower before they were allowed to continue within the quarantine station itself for their stay. Pretty crazy right? But that was what had to be done to enter so of course you did what they asked.
Back to the story ... Beth was the guest investigator for the first paranormal investigator tour at Q station run by Anne and Roman. We arrived early to meet the rest of the team for the night which was Renata Daniels of Newcastle ghost tours and discussed the plan of action for the tour and what experiments Beth would be running during the tour. After a quick dinner and set up we met the guests by the wharf and once assembled we continued on to the laundry quarters to do the introduction and safety talks. Here all guests were separate do into small groups for the night and equipment was divided out and explained. Roman being the tech guru gave great explanations and theories on how and why we use what we use in the paranormal community.
First stop was the doctors and nurses quarters/hospital wing where Beth started her experiments with sound. Two small sound clips were played (about two-four minutes long) first of people walking around a hospital and ambient noise common of a waiting room, second was of a woman in pain ending with a large scream. Here guests reported activity such as footsteps, smells of bleach and urine and feelings of in easiness.
Next stop was the grave diggers cottage and a more Victorian approach along with another sound experiment. This time the sounds were a grand father clock ticking and wind blowing through a house, the hands on part of this stop was table tipping, pendulum use and dowsing rod divination. While these produced some very interesting responses the table tipping was the biggest hit with the table not only tipping in time with response to questions but also holding angles.
The final two places were the morgue and the shower block. The morgue well piled in where possible and used a sound experiment to hopefully stir those whom were their in spirit if possible to communicate with us. A brave Corrine McCarthy climbed aboard the slab and used instruments as means of communication through touch, after not much time had passed she began to report feelings of being touched on the leg and on the rib cage which quickly escalated to feeling as though she was restricted from breathing and needed to end the self trigger object experiment. Finishing in the shower block was a great idea as it has the creepiest feeling to begin with (reports by guests) and with sound experiments running of a large group of men having a fight within a shower area( voices echoed as though it were). Guests reported experience like being toughed, feelings as though they were being watched, hearing strange noise and seeing shadow play occur. The night concluded with small groups or individuals completing a walk through of the shower block alone and experiencing it for themselves (about five minutes).
All in all the night was a huge success and every guest left with an experience or a great memory of their time that night as paranormal investigators completing their investigations at Manly quarantine station. If your interested check out Anne and Roman of Oz Para Tech for dates or if you want a more private tour grab six friends and have yourself a great night investigating. If your in the Newcastle area/s check out Renata Daniels of Newcastle ghost tours and her very large catalogue of venues to investigate and lastly check out Beth Luscombe at Access Paranormal for opportunities to learn about the paranormal, have open discussions about the paranormal and access information in the field about teams and tour groups that exist.
Written by Jonathan Zhao
‘Love and intuition are both the language of the soul’
It has been said that ‘our feelings are the wings of our intuition’ and indeed it is a privilege for one to be able to seek insight beyond our tangible world through the realm of mediumship. Unfortunately, for many these moments are out of reach…if this rings true for you, then you are in luck! This March 11th there is a special event which has been created by Janine Louise Medium for those out there who really want to attend a Mediumship presentation without the worry of cost…yes you heard correctly! This is an event where YOU decide on the price!
Presented by the extraordinary Janine Louise at the charming Normandie Motel in Wollongong, this event promises an evening of inspired moments for all to hear the voice of communication that draws back the veil between worlds.
A truly wonderful thing about Janine’s mediumship platforms is that deliverance is expressed with integrity, ethic and accuracy. Her approach is grounded in respect and honesty.
If this sounds like what you’re after then don’t miss out on such a rare opportunity!
Event details: Saturday, March 11 at 6:45pm-9:00pm.
Normandie Motel, 30 Bourke Street, Wollongong, NSW, 2500
For all enquiries and registration: email@example.com or 0405 650 097
Written by Megan Stone
Fun Fact: Rose Quartz crystals, also known as the Love Stone, see the title makes sense now, are part of stories dating back to Aphrodite. Although its history is long, its future won’t be if you keep yours in the sun. Sunlight fades the colour. Yes, you can go move it. I’ll wait here…
Ok, you back now? Ready for my story?
Folklore tells us that Rose Quartz started out as a generic Clear Quartz crystal however during battle Adonis was injured badly and Aphrodite raced to her love however she cut herself on the way and their blood dripped together onto the clear quartz and turned it to a shade of pinkish red. Their love was trapped through their combined blood in the stone and passed down through the ages as a token and talisman representing and healing all matters of the heart.
However, I have one small issue with this… it is a gesture to give your partner a rose quartz to represent your love… however Aphrodite was known to have many loves, so it might be best to ask for a bulk deal and get a bag full when you buy this token, you may need another one or two in the future.
Magical Use: The most common spell you will find involving Rose Quartz is a love spell – ‘How to make Alex fall in love with me’. This is something I urge you to stay away from. Think about it, you don’t want someone to love you because a stone made them, you want your witty personality and striking good looks to do that. However, a spell for Rose Quartz I am happy to recommend would be a healing one.
Anyone that practices spell work knows the best chants are ones that come from your own being, however if you need some assistance, here is an example you could use and manipulate depending on your cause.
“Oh Aphrodite, great goddess of Love,
I ask that you assist me and watch over me from above.
My heart is aching, and my pain now governs me,
I offer to you this stone, may your love and guidance set me free.
Non-Magical Use: If you feel Rose Quartz does not work for you in this way and you would prefer it stay just a pretty pink stone, you can get a cheap necklace from stores such as Collette at any Westfield for less than $20. – Although please do not think Aphrodite is cursing you if the stone falls out. The glue was probably just not very good. Re-glue and continue to be your beautiful self!
Paracon Australia 2017 is just around the corner and this year is shaping up to be another great weekend of everything Paranormal! Ghosts of Oz have put together a little list of highlights and pointers to get you to your favourite spooky weekend away
New Location - Welcome to Paranormal Parramatta
Paracon Australia 2017 is being held at Western Sydney University Parramatta (South Campus in Rydalmere). Which just a stone throw from Parramatta CBD and located at the corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, enterence via Victoria Road.
Need help getting there? The Getting to Paracon Australia Page will give you all the which ways to get there plus more travel Information. And a Map. Maps help
What is so spooky about a modern day uni and Parramatta? The South Campus is home to 200 year story of government institutional care for children and the mentally ill with many historical buildings such as the Female Orphan School, Orphan School Hospital, Vernon Building and, the Boilerhouse on site. More about these Historic Sites.
As for Parramatta, it is only Australia's second oldest settlement and Paracon Australia is celebrating this with various events taking place at locations like Old Government House, Bella Vista Farm and, of course The University. Paracon Australia in Parramatta is a fine example of Australian History Everywhere and that everyplace has a story to tell - Will you listen?
Ticket Options and Tips!
The Conference: You can get yourself a One or Two Day Pass. Both options give you access to the Friday Afternoon session too! This year the conference has tightened up and is running just one stream of talks which means you see everything.
A Taste of Paracon Australia: You can can attend single sessions. Paracon Australia 2017 has two Free Sessions and two single sessions.
Conference and VIP Dinner Package: This year you can get yourself a Two Day Pass PLUS a ticket to the VIP Dinner which is attended by all the International Speakers and many of the Domestic Speakers. Taking place the Thursday Night before the weekend at Grand Old Government House Parramatta. Treat yourself with this package deal.
Meet The 2017 Speakers
In true Paracon Australia fashion this years conference has a diverse line of speakers. Presenting talks and taking part in panels and discussions on a range of topic. Letters from serial killers, The Infamous Roswell Incident, Astral Travel, Conspiracy Theories, Paranormal Equipment, Alternative ways to approach Investigations, Australian Strange Animals, The weird world of sleep, Mediumship, Ouija Board and MORE.... Meet all the speakers and their topics below.
Our Extras - Workshops and After Dark Events....and a Dinner
Paracon Australia is far more than two days of talks, panels, and discussion. Paracon Australia each year offers up a range of different events beyond the conference and 2017 is no different. You all know Paracon Australia conference is taking place Saturday and Sunday with a sneaky afternoon session on Friday right? Ok good!
Also on offer is workshops, After Dark Events, A Dinner, some singles session talks, some free talks and some platforms.... So lets start at the beginning with this optional extras. Remember it is up to you to decide how much Paracon Australia 2017 you can handle...
Thursday Night - VIP Dinner as previously mentioned this is a social event where you can meet fellow Paracon Australia attendee's and Speakers and have a special night out. Tickets are $125 or you can get a $250 package that includes a two day pass and dinner ticket.
Friday Daytime - Workshops are kicking off around 10AM and there are four to choose from. All workshops are $25
Friday Afternoon Conference Session. Remember entrance to this is included in both One and Two Day Passes
Saturday/Sunday Daytime - The Main Conference is talking place in one lecture theatre while in another there are free sessions, single session talks and platforms. Best check out this page of Paracon Australia and scroll through
Saturday Night - The After Dark Program has always been very popular ans this year Paracon Australia has FOUR events taking place for you to choose from. A Mediumship Workshop with Kerry Nelson might be your cup of tea, or perhaps you'd like to join Ben Hansen and Rosalyn Bown at Bella Vista Farm for an Investigation? Or an Investigation Workshop with Oz Para Tech? Or Maybe you want to kick it old school and join Robert Murch for a Night of Ouija and Investigation? All these events are prices $110 or under and capacity for each is kept tight to ensure a full experience. All details right HERE
Written by Peet Banks
One day, in August 1966, Jorge da Costa Alves was out flying his kite near his home on Vintem Hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when he came across the bodies of two men. Both were lying on their backs, dead, wearing water resistant trench coats. Each had a crudely made lead mask covering their eyes – the kind used to protect from radiation. There didn’t appear to be a struggle, so what happened?
The men turned out to be Miguel Jose Viana and Manuel Pereira da Cruz, two friends who worked as minor electricians. Three days before they were discovered they had told their families that they needed to go and buy supplies for their business, and hopped on a bus for the three hour journey.
When the police came to investigate the bodies, they noted a few other strange things nearby, such as two towels in a packet, an empty water bottle and a notebook with a cryptic message scribbled inside. Translated into English, the message said: “16.30 be at the agreed place. 18.30 swallow capsules, after effect protect metals wait for mask sign.”
So what did they take and why did they need protection from radiation? The autopsy reported that there was no known cause of death. Of course, it’s possible the tablets they swallowed killed them – but we will never know because for some reason there was no toxicology done on the deceased.
Investigations turned up a few more clues. The shop where they purchased their trench coats was found, and the bar where they bought their bottle of water. The waitress remembered the pair, and also remembered that they seemed very edgy, and always looking at their watches, as if they were running late for something.
There have been many theories over the years as to what happened. Was it just that they were simple and easily manipulated by somebody, making it simpler to rob them. They did not have any money on their persons when their bodies were found, so it could be possible.
Or did the victims have an interest and belief in time travel, thinking they had discovered some kind of doorway to other times? Did they buy the coats and lead masks to protect themselves from whatever they may find?
The most popular theory is that they were quite intense UFO believers, and that they were on the Hill to make ‘first contact’ with an alien race. It is well known that they were intrigued by the idea of alien life, had researched sightings, and that the Hill where their bodies were found was even a UFO hotspot.
Where the story gets really interesting is that because it created such media hype, many people came forward to tell of the strange things they had seen in the sky while on Vintem Hill.
Did aliens kill Manoel and Miguel? I guess we will never know.
Written by Peet Banks
I’ve always had a theory about past lives. If past lives exist, I believe that those times and places in your current life that you’re most fascinated with is a time you have lived in. If my theory bares any truth, than I died in the horrible volcanic eruption that smothered Pompeii, because I have been truly fascinated with it for as long as I can remember.
So naturally, when my sister and I planned our trip to Italy, Pompeii was at the very top of the list of places we had to visit. So much so that when we got off the plane from Germany, it was the first stop!
We hired a car, and my daring sister braved the Italian highways as we made our way to Pompeii. The car ride itself could be a whole other article, but I will spare you the details...
The plan was to check in to our hotel, clean up, change, then wander down the road to the ancient ruins. Our plans were ruined (pardon the pun) when the hotel wouldn’t let us check in for another five hours, so instead we used the lobby bathroom to change into summer clothes (it was about 42 degrees), and then spoke to the concierge about how to get to the archaeological site.
In my mind Pompeii was a ruin in the middle of nowhere. I envisaged that you would drive to the ruins, park in the parking area, and then make your way in. Therefore I was very surprised to find suburbia and a shopping district completely surrounding it for miles. Seriously. It’s smack bang in the middle of the town. I don’t know why this surprised me so much, but it did.
The concierge told us the best place to park, and we followed her directions. This ended up being a bad decision. We thought all was going well because we found a spot in the car park, and the entrance was only a five minute walk away. We entered the gates and saw a queue of people, lining up to purchase tickets. On either side of the lines were dusty, glass buildings, and inside those buildings were the plaster casts of the people they found in the ashes.
We took photos while lining up in the heat of the day, and assumed all was well – until we got to the ticket office. No audio guides. No English maps. I had not travelled half way around the world to not know where I was or what I was seeing. We asked the attendant where we could get an audio guide and they told us at the entrance around the corner, so we decided to set off and find the correct entrance.
We walked. And walked. And walked. Forty-five minutes later we saw an entrance that had busload after busload of people heading through a gate.
“This must be it!” we thought, already exhausted from the long walk in the midday sun.
We followed the crowd like two ignorant sheep, and it wasn’t until it was too late that we discovered that once again we had come to the wrong entrance.
By this stage I didn’t care about the audio, I just wanted to go inside. Therefore, our visit to Pompeii was not everything I had hoped it would be, but it was still magnificent.
The ancient Roman city of Pompeii was completely covered a thick carpet of volcanic ash in the year 79AD. Mount Vesuvius, a volcano close to the town, erupted. The first thing to happen was the explosion. The Volcano ejected a large amount of debris at least 12 miles into the sky. To put it in context, that was more than double the size of Mount Everest. This covered the township in volcanic ash 16 feet deep.
After that hot, deadly pumice and volcanic ash (at an estimated 704 degrees Celsius) came rolling down the mountain at 112km per hour. Those who may have survived the initial blast could not survive this. Nobody could survive that kind of heat. That’s four times hotter than your average cooking temperature for a roast lamb!
The eruption lasted for 24 hours, and it was estimated over 2,000 people died.
The eruption, and subsequent devastation turned the land into a time capsule. Those who died remained in the position they died in until 1748 when a group of explorers rediscovered the site and were surprised to find that underneath a thick layer of dust, the city was mostly intact!
Archaeologists recovered art, clothing, pottery and of course, the famous casts of the bodies of those who died.
But is it haunted? HOW COULD IT NOT BE?
The weirdest thing that happened to me was the heatstroke I got. I started to get a migraine, which quickly turned into “I’m going to vomit” feelings. My sister dragged me to the first aid centre, much to my reluctance, and convinced the medics to give me drugs.
“You like paracetamolo?” I was asked in broken English. By that point I would’ve taken their first born child had the offered it, so I said yes.
They put one tablet in my hand, and I thought that it would do exactly nothing. WOW... so Italian Paracetamol is a lot stronger than the stuff you buy at the chemist for $1.00 a packet! Twenty minutes after taking it I was bouncing off the ruins, having the time of my life and seeing stars!
The Pompeii ruins close at dusk, but we waited until the very last minute before saying goodbye and heading back to our hotel. It was an amazing experience, and I hope that by the time Mount Vesuvius erupts again (which WILL happen, it is long overdue), scientists have managed to discover an early warning plan to enable the hundreds of thousands who now live in that area to evacuate!
More photos from Peet's Pompeii visit
Written by Jonathan Zhao
As we enter the beginning of a new year, many people are reflecting on the previous one, and all the things that happened whether good or bad. Regardless of how your 2016 was, start 2017 a fresh at Psychic Sunday – a fun, and relaxing day where you can get the most of your spiritual, para-friendly (that is, paranormal) and shopping needs!
Held in the beautiful back drop of the historical Fairfield City Museum and Gallery on Sunday 29th of January, APPI (Australian Paranormal Phenomenon Investigators) who run the highly successful Oz Paranormal Expo, as well as tours and investigations at seven other locations in NSW, are back again to bring you into the new year with a bang - and a great chance to get in touch with your ‘spiritual side’!
Running for a third time, the Psychic Sunday is a wonderful opportunity where guests can get to meet exclusively with a choice of tarot readers, mediums, clairvoyants, healers, and more, sharing in their amazing gifts to see beyond the physical and tangible of our world into the great beyond.
Another part of the day’s program is a series of free…yes you heard correctly, FREE seminars on a wide range of different paranormal and spirituality themed topics by some of Sydney’s most informative and inspiring local speakers!
Don’t forget to also browse the unique products and gifts offered by exhibitors, including jewellery, cosmetics, music, books, gift-ware, crystals, ghost tours, incense and more!
Another great thing about the Psychic Sunday event is that its children friendly (Thank heavens for that!) So bring the kids along and let them have a blast with face-painting, organized crafts, and scavenger hunt activities planned for the day. I also heard from a little birdie (or rather should I say, an owl called Hedwig) that a so-called ‘Room of Requirement’ will appear at the Psychic Sunday event to fulfil the supply of magical items to Wizards and Witches, young and old alike!
Specialising in muggle items that can exhibit magical properties or be used by squibs for display only. You will also find Hogwarts gear, House colours, Horcruxes (curse removed prior) and what muggles call 'sooveneers'. I, for one am very excited about this!
And if after all that, you (or the kids) get a bit tired and peckish from all the action, why not kick back and recharge with a coffee, or a cold drink and a BBQ lunch under the beautiful leafy grounds of the Fairfield City Museum & Gallery?
Tickets can be pre-purchased in the below link or at the gates on the day and are ONLY $5.00 with free entry for kids under the age of 5.
The Psychic Sunday event is held at the Fairfield City Museum & Gallery on Sunday 29th January!
Address: Corner of Oxford Street & The Horsley Drive, Smithfield.
There is plenty of street parking with all day parking available on The Horsley Drive.