Amanda Moloney catches up with Mitchell Coombes to ask the important questions in life and find out a bit about him in the lead up to the Australian Paranormal and Spiritual Expo. Mitchell is a well known and trusted Australian medium. He has regular appearances on Chanel 7’s The Morning Show and the Breakfast morning show on Newcastles 102.9. Mitchell is also an established author, penning several of his own books and writing a weekly column for Woman’s Day magazine. He often does tours around the country to keep an eye out for dates coming near you.
When did you first discover that you have this gift to receive messages from spirit? Did it freak you out?
I can recall seeing spirit people from the age of 3 years old. Just like the little boy in the movie The Sixth Sense, I’ve always seen and heard dead people! However as a child I called them green people.
What advice would you give to parents who have children who are experiencing these sorts of gifts at a young age? How do they deal with this without the kids being scared of it?
Listen without judgment; create a safe space for your child to express what they are feeling. Offer positive thoughts and be a strength based role model. Many children have a pure and natural connection to psychic and spiritual energy because their minds have not been conditioned with limited ways of thinking. In my second book, “Sensing Psychic: Awaken the Psychic Within” I devote an entire chapter to understanding more about the psychic gifts of young children and how to better manage.
We hear words thrown about like clairaudience, clairvoyance, and clairsentience. Can you explain the difference and how do you receive your messages and communications?
There are three main ways a medium or psychic can receives messages, guidance and insight. Clairaudience, Clairvoyance, Clairsentience are French words in origin that literally translate to mean, clear psychic hearing, seeing, and feeling. When I am connecting to the Spirit World, I use all my natural gifts of seeing, hearing and feeling.
What is your preferred method of connecting, do you prefer to just use yourself or cards or something else?
When I am communicating with departed loved ones in the Spirit World, I don’t use cards or any other tools. However, I did learn to read tea leaves when I was 6 years old and at the age of 12, I inherited a set of tarot cards and have read them ever since.
Can you explain the difference between a medium, a psychic and a clairvoyant?
All mediums are psychic, but not all psychics are mediums. A medium is just that - a direct channel between heaven and earth. A psychic reads and interprets energy related to the past, present and future. The word “clairvoyant” is French and simply translates to “clear seeing” or psychic vision.
How do you close yourself off when you are not communicating, obviously it would be rather tiring to have spirits connecting with you all the time. I read once that Lisa Williams has a particular hat she puts on and when that's on she doesn't 'do' her gift. Do you have any advice for people on how to put the barriers up?
I have a Native American spirit guide, whose name is Red Feather. My guide Red Feather is my greatest teacher, healer and protector. When I’m talking to loved ones in the Spirit World, we work closely together he and I, to hold a clear link and connection. He protects me when I am “off duty”.
You are going to be attending the Australian Paranormal and Spiritual Expo in September, what are you going to be presenting there?
I’m thrilled to be attending the Australian Paranormal and Spiritual Expo this year. With the help of my spirit guide Red Feather, I will be passing on messages of love, comfort and healing from loved ones in the spirit world to audience members. I’ll also allow time for questions and answers and take the audience through a short meditation for healing and harmony.
The Australian Cryptozoology Research Organisation (A.C.R.O) is hosting their first public conference this August. The Australian Cryptozoology Conference is taking place in Greta, which is in the Hunter Region north of Sydney.
The A.C.R.O was founded and is directed by Jack Tessier whose interest in Cryptozoology started after watching a Documentary about the Yeti and hearing his father speak about the Australian Yowie. This set him off to begin his own research and he soon found his passion for Aussie Crypto including the Yowie and legends of Australia Big Cats.
The idea for a conference first sparked for Jack in 2015 and his vision was to hold an event where fellow researchers and like-minded people could meet and hear from some of Australia's best known researchers. Jack was encouraged by Rex Gilroy, known in Australia as the original Yowie man. With this support and his own passion Jack began work on the conference.
Full details can be found HERE
Jack says the conference is "a chance to connect and meet with others that love Cryptozoology as much as I do"
Sometimes you wanna go.. Where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see, the INTEREST IN THE PARANORMAL are all the same.
The latest from Access Paranormal is monthly meet ups where you can EAT, DRINK and, TALK PARANORMAL.
"It’s a relaxed, informal get together for people who are interested in all paranormal topics ranging from hauntings to bigfoot. It’s open to anyone to come along and chat about experiences, theories and ideas." says Beth Luscombe, Access Paranormal Director.
With two events already locked in Melbourne Meet Up this Friday the 22nd and Brisbane Meet Up August 19th these gatherings are for anyone looking to get together with their spooky friends, make new friends and most importantly share an evening with like minded people who are also interested in this fascinating topic we call the Paranormal. "Sometimes it hard to talk about paranormal topics out in the open for some people so having a place where its welcomed can be almost relieving." adds Beth.
I first met Amanda Howard back in 1990 when I was a young school girl working my first job at K-Mart. I was a lowly checkout chick, whereas Amanda was locked behind a vaulted door looking after the money. Our interactions included me getting my register money off her, and returning it at the end of the night. Everybody wanted her job.
Little did I know that twenty *cought* six years later, I would get back in touch with Amanda.
It all started because my business, APPI Ghost Hunts & Tours, runs regular ‘Death Culture’ talks. We get people who work in the death industry to come in and speak about their work, what they do, and answer all of those taboo topics that many people are secretly interested in. These events have been very successful, and following one we did on an embalmer, the crew were all milling around McDonalds enjoying a cheeseburger, when it came to me. We should see if there are any True Crime authors in Sydney who would like to promote their work!
I went home and did a google search, and low and behold, up came Amanda!
I contacted her immediately, and within 24 hours she had responded and said she was very interested. Her talk was so amazing that I just knew I needed to work with Amanda again, so you will be seeing her at various APPI events in the future.
To help promote the release of her new book “Rope: History of the Hanged” I decided to interview Amanda. To see how her thought processes work and what she goes through to make her books as amazing as they are!
What do you think is the sickest crime you’ve read/heard about?
Sometimes the worst come from out of the blue. Most people know the story of Jeffrey Dahmer and the horrific things he did to his victims, but there are some like, David Parker Ray, a man that has never been convicted a murder who really gave me nightmares. He was found guilty of kidnapping two women and suspected of up to 60 murders, but died before he could be investigated. He recorded a kind of manifesto that he played to his victims. It goes for more than an hour and it is one of the most horrifying things I have ever heard. Until that point I wasn’t sure the difference between bad and evil. From that moment on, I had an understanding of how truly evil one person can be. Another case is the Marc Dutroux case in Belgium. On the surface it appears to be a cut and dry case of a man, and his accomplices with a desire to abduct and rape little girls, but digging beneath that brutal surface is what I can only describe as unimaginable horror. It is a case that reaches into possibly the highest levels of Belgium society and government. I have read things and seen things that will haunt my dreams forever.
Do you think writing about these crimes gives the victims closure of some kind?
That is a tough question to answer. Often the families of both the victims and the families contribute to the books, I always like to ensure I give the victims a voice. It allows them to live on beyond their brutal death. I believe that sometimes we learn from those who have gone before us. There are some incredibly strong people out there, like Jeffrey Dahmer’s father, and Anita Cobby’s father, both wrote a book on their experiences and they are very important to the healing process for both sides of the same coin. For the rest of us looking in, it can make us grateful for our own lives, that we are lucky to not have to know, intimately, such horror.
I know you have a book about the families of killers, and I’ve always wondered how they deal with these types of situations, have you ever felt sorry for a serial killer’s family?
I think it is important to feel sorry for the families of killers as well as their victims’s families. Denis Rader’s wife had no idea that she was married to a violent serial killer, how could we feel anything but sorrow for her. One day she was a loving wife and mother, the next she was known as the wife of one of the most famous serial killers of all time. How does someone process that? Jeffrey Dahmer’s father, Lionel is the same. He questions how he could have raised someone to be such a horrific monster. Yes, there are times when a killer has been a product of a violent and horrific upbringing, but this is not always the case. Some people are just bad, regardless and the butterfly effect of their crimes touches so many people.
Your book “Rope – History of the Hanged” was released recently. What kind of research did you need to do for that book?
When I started the earliest details of Rope: A History of the Hanged, I really didn’t think it would be such an interesting and incredible journey. It started as just an investigation of the history of judicial hangings, but ended up in a very different place. I discuss some very famous hanging suicides, the hopeless hangmen who were terrible at their job. I have an entire chapter on animals that were declared criminals and hanged. That chapter was both horrifying and outrageous. To think that we once believed that a pig could purposefully kill a human with criminal intent, just defies belief. I spent a lot of weeks reading through a pile of historical documents, there are some incredible stories about those who were hanged. Detailed records have survived through history to allow us a glimpse into some of our most brutal periods of history and I think it is important to ensure that this sort of information is kept for prosperity.
What was the weirdest/saddest/worst execution you found in your research?
As I mentioned above, it was so surprising to find out about the number of executions of animals, but the saddest is Mary the elephant who was executed in 1916 in Tennessee. She had killed two of her trainers and was deemed a violent criminal and sentenced to be hanged. They tried to hang her twice, the first time only resulted in her breaking several bones. It is an extremely tragic story.
Peet Banks is a paranormal investigator, ghost tour guide, events manager and documentary producer – she is also Cancerian, has blue eyes and likes walks on the beach…
The Hungry Investigators Elie and Alex attended Blessed Pathways Yuletide Psychic Dinner.
Venue: Old Government House in Parramatta
On the Menu: Alex had the Seafood Pot Pie for entree, Pork Belly and Crackling as his main and Rich Plum Pudding for dessert...and wine...lots of wine. Elie choose the Caesar Salad for her entree, Pork Belly and Crackling as well for the main and Sticky Fig Pudding for dessert
Company included Peet Banks from APPI, Jane Pooley, Deleece Cook, our host Megan Stone and, Imelda Penny the guest medium for the event.
Review and account of the evening by Elie
After our orders were taken for a three course meal (yes dear readers, you read right!) a warmed plate of bread made its way to my table and I eagerly took hold of it, lovingly spreading it with butter after making it a whole week without simple carbohydrates and sugar (anyway, I digress!) With my included alcoholic beverage (red wine, of course) in hand, the laughter and fun began. We started with our entrees and then with the choice of a main course, I went for the winter warmer, pork with crackling and pumpkin, and disappoint it did not.
Whilst the merriment was high and the plates were being cleared from main course, it was time for the psychic readings to begin. Imelda Penny is a spiritual and psychic medium and mentioned she came from a lineage of mediumship in her family. Imelda was quick off the mark and began reading people on the opposite table, eliciting a few tears and some jovial laughter along the way. I also brought my sister-in-law along for something different and she seemed quite pleased with the reading she received off Imelda. Imelda tried to give most people a reading in the room (she told us the spirits were coming through in order) as she read one table to the next which allowed the majority to come away from the event with something to digest, other than their food. The mediumship provided a nice touch to the evening and a great talking point as our dessert arrived. As usual, sitting at the naughty table, we had much raucous laughter throughout the evening and Alex made a pitiful attempt to finish his dessert, in between laughter. Of course not even raucous laughter will stop me finishing dessert (sticky fig pudding, yes please!)
Overall, I really enjoyed the evening. Megan was very professional and made sure her guests were satisfied with their experience, evening handing out evaluation forms to gauge all feedback, which I thought was a sign of a business that takes pride in itself and its events. As Alex mentioned, I would definitely come back “dead or alive.” (He does enjoy spirits of all kinds, hell, so do I!) It was a great combination of dining come spiritual mediumship. If you haven’t already, make sure you give Blessed Pathways a like on Facebook and check out their upcoming events. You’re sure to see me at the next Psychic Dinner event!
Danni speaks with Craig, founder of West Sydney Paranormal Research, about WSPR’s latest involvement in the documentary that will change how you see paranormal investigation and evidence.
Danni: Craig from West Sydney Paranormal Research, and dear friend of Ghosts of Oz for many, many years, how are you my friend it’s been a while!
Craig: Hi Danni… I’m well thankyou. I’m a little older, hopefully a little wiser, and still loving what I do, so thanks for having me.
D: So, talk about taking the world by storm! Firstly, for those playing at home, Craig is patriarch of WSPR founded in mid2010 and along with his team investigate, research and strive to find answers to long asking questions. They’ve made appearances on mainstream and underground radio stations, mainstream Australian TV, hosted paranormal investigations and made so many documentaries of their own and oh god the list goes on find them on their website for more details. Look, I just want to get stuck into this exciting new project that is ready to shock the world because in approximately 1 week you will be jet setting off to the states! ‘Sir No Face’ is the name of the documentary by Chad Calek, produced by Justin Holstein and Thomas Lee Bottom featuring AGH Television and yours truly WSPR! Tell us, how and when did this project begin?
C: Well, it’s a long story, but we’ve been working with Chad and the AGH Crew for well over a year to bring this real life documentary together. I guess it all started when Chad asked me to help them organise an Australian tour early in 2015. Due to the fact that WSPR had put so much time and effort into securing locations and helping them confirm events and dates, Chad had asked me if I could put together a presentation of WSPR and some of the interesting experiences and footage we had accumulated over the years. Well… During this presentation, Chad and the crew saw some footage that stopped them dead in their tracks. The rest is history.
D: I’ve watched SIR NOFACE trailer about 10 times and already I’m loving that we are looking at a professional and objective documentary. What drew WSPR towards working with Chad, what made you think, yes! I need to work with this guy?
C: If you’ve ever seen any of Calek’s work, you’ll notice straight away that it is raw. He is a documentarian that is hard-hitting, no bullshit, and absolutely loves what he does, and that shows in his work. He is fully independent – so he has no limitations, or expectations put on him, and I just love the realness of his work. Chad has also researched the paranormal for years, so he understands the work. He understands researchers like us, which makes it a hell of a lot easier for him to tell a paranormal story. When you combine this with the fact that someone of the calibre of Chad Calek approaches you and says, “I would love to tell this story..”, the decision to work with him was pretty easy.
D: Now mentioned in the feature is the fact that your team were granted full access to the site of Cockatoo Island in Sydney Australia, but also it is the first paranormal investigation in history to be authorised by the Australian Government. That is a big thing! But you were up for the challenge. Were you aware of the ramifications of being involved in such a project? Going into this, did you all prepare yourselves for the varying feedback or maybe even backlash for such a controversial project?
C: We’ll delve into this in the film – but it first started as a regular investigation for us, just on a much bigger scale. Cockatoo Is. is a big place, with scores of different buildings and historical layers to sift through, so going into the work for them was really exciting.
What we discovered and what they (the government) saw with their own eyes though, was something that none of us ever expected in our wildest dreams. In regards to the film, I don’t think anyone can ever prepare properly for what is about to happen. We all know what it means when you put ‘evidence’ out to the world – It means that no matter how good it may be, you’re going to be scrutinised to the nth degree.
You’ll cop a lot of flak, and nine times out of ten, you are called a fraud, or an overly enthusiastic ‘ghost hunter’ jumping to conclusions and misidentifying what was actually occurring. We can never prepare I think, but we understand what is about to happen. My motto throughout this entire project has been, “The truth holds no fear.”
D: Oh yes definitely! We can appreciate the raw when it comes to recording the paranormal. Ok, it’s time to be a little jovial now; any hiccups occurring during the production process? Culture clashes?
C: Production was pretty simple really, nothing really jumps out at the moment, but in regards to culture clashes: Vegemite, Drop Bears & Rugby League – Everyone can try and figure out what they hated, what they loved and what petrified them.
D: So how and when can we get a taste of this ground breaking documentary?
C: Great question – Well, I can tell you that the SIR NOFACE film will tour the country at some point. He will be coming home to where it all began! I just can’t tell you when yet, but stay tuned!
D: So you’re off in a few days to the States. What’s on the agenda? Who else is going?
C: Yes I am… It’s not ‘real’ at the moment. It has snuck up really quick! The agenda will consist of screening the SIR NOFACE film, along with Chad’s other new film called ‘BLACKSHEEP’, in 17 cities across the US. After the screening of the films, Chad and I will lead guests on an investigation of a reportedly haunted location. I’ll also be lucky enough to have WSPR members join me at some of the cities during the tour, which will culminate in Team WSPR & Dan McMath conducting our own paranormal event at a place called YORKTOWN HOSPITAL in San Antonio, Texas. Other than that, the tour will consist of A LOT of media obligations, meet & greets, and time on the road travelling from venue to venue.
D: And if anybody wants more information where can they go?
C: You can stay up-to-date on all things SIR NOFACE via the official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SIRNOFACEMOVIE - if you’re not on Facebook, check out the AGH website at, www.aghtelevision.com
D: Craig, thank you so much for taking time out to speak with me, as always I am a keen follower of WSPR and their projects, and so is Ghosts of Oz, we are so excited for this journey and congratulations again on another successful documentary!
C: Thanks Danni, it’s been a pleasure. Looking forward to showing the world that Australia has some spooky spots to match it with the best of them.
Danni is a Drama and English High School teacher by trade, but Danni also enjoys her time frolicking in the forest of the Dandenong Ranges looking for anomalies, writing spooky poetry, Directing theatre and eating wild berries.