Written by Alex Cayas
"Nestled in Sydney's Northwest, Bella Vista Farm has been soaking in its own history, its ghoulish stories untold and its mysteries not yet explore. That is of course, until now."
The Farm has recently been announced as the latest addition to the APPI - Ghost Hunts and Tours line up spooky locations. Bella Vista Farm was first settled in the late 1700's with the main Homestead dating back to the early 1800's. The Farm these days is celebrated as a link to early European settlements and early rural development. Now, with the venue ready for the APPI treatment, enthusiasts of the paranormal get the chance to investigate and explore this locations darker side.
When I first started researching the farm I expected there to be deaths on the property – but I was very surprised at how many died, and I don’t think I have uncovered all of them yet! So far I have found at least 9 people who have died in the house or on the grounds. From natural causes to tragic deaths, this house has seen it all!" says Peet Banks, APPI director.
Peet continues, "The most fascinating piece of history that I have discovered about the property is that it was once owned by Elizabeth and John Macarthur, and the Marino Sheep breeding that John is so famous for began on this farm. John spent most of the years that they owned the farm in England, answering to charges that had been laid upon him for his involvement in a duel, and his part in the Rum Rebellion, so it was basically run by Elizabeth."
Australia is has been spoiled for choice when it comes to Haunted Homesteads, with the most famous being The Monte Cristo Homestead in Junee regarded as Australia's most haunted house. Could old Monte have some competition with Bella Vista Farm? The parallels between the two locations are very noticeable. They were both built around the same time, for the same reasons. Both Monte Cristo and Bella Vista have a long history of usage as animal husbandry, agricultural activities such as citrus orchard, vegetable plantation and remnants of indigenous woodland. Both have been owned by strong characters, patriarch/matriarchs in their families and the pillars of the community. Both homesteads have seen tragic deaths and both are reportedly incredibly haunted.
APPI public investigations of the venue are set to launch in 2017 with a special event taking place this Halloween weekend. The APPI team however, have been out to explore and investigate the location. Dying to know what took place we asked Peet to share just one experience from their most recent investigation with her core team.
"We experienced many things during our investigation there on the long weekend in October, so picking just one is difficult. I will tell you about the first interesting thing that happened.
The whole crew were seated in the ballroom. The ballroom is empty, with shuttered doors on either side of it, and big windows in between.
We were basically seated in a circle around the room, with two sitting underneath the windowsill. Jacqueline was facing the door, with her back to those of us sitting under the windowsill. She kept looking on the wall next to the door, but did not say anything until eventually she expostulated “Can you please stop moving?” and as soon as she said it, she turned around and looked in my direction. I could see she was frustrated, but I wasn’t sure what she was talking about.
She stopped mid-sentence and looked back to the wall. “Did you move?” she asked me.
“I haven’t moved an inch” I told her.
She then asked me to raise my hand and wave it, so I did so.
She had seen the outline of a person on the wall next to the door, which was opposite the windows I was sitting under. We couldn’t seem to replicate the exact shadow by moving and raising our hands.
We sent Daz outside to the other side of the window, and when he got to the window, he stepped back a little, so he was about a metre away from the window, and straight away a shadow appeared on the wall, in the exact spot, and looking exactly like Jacquie had seen.
The conclusion is that “someone” or “something” was watching us from outside the window. We were locked in, and the house is fully enclosed by a high, spiked fence, so there was definitely nobody else on the property with us."
Written by Megan Stone
Daily Use: Amazonite can be used to shield oneself from electromagnetic energy from mobiles, microwaves etc. To do so you simply need to place a stone on the object you are seeking protection from and it will absorb the waves instead of them hitting you.
Magical Use: Due to its strong calming and healing properties, Amazonite can be used in spells to assist in self-love or positivity. If you have been trying to overcome a situation and need extra assistance, try carrying amazonite with you, or placing the stone in the home or at work to balance everyone’s energies.
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.
“Mother Goddess, hear my plea, with this stone please assist me.
Truth be told, hurt unfold, break each thought from the destructive mould.
Keep the peace and guide us please, a new horizon awaits with ease.
Non-Magical Use: If you feel Amazonite does not work for you in this way and you would prefer it stay just a pretty stone, you can get a cheap necklace from stores such as Collette at any Westfield for less than $20. – Although please do not think you are cursed if the stone falls out. The glue was probably just not very good. Re-glue and continue to be your beautiful self!
Written by Amanda Moloney
I have to admit.... I love a good spooky movie! I don’t necessarily mean a horror/slasher movie, but the sort that creeps you out a bit yet enthralls you at the same time, and at the end you’re left wondering “how the.... like what just happened.....”. The sort of movie that, while it may be a bit of fluff, stays with you for hours or days and even months later you might think damn I really did enjoy that. I’ve come across a few supernatural movies like this and below are my top 5 that give me the spooky vibes and that I will still watch over again. Sure there may be creepier, scarier and spookier films out there, but give me a big bowl of popcorn and my fluffy socks and these are the ones that get me.
1: The Skeleton Key
Tag line: Fearing Is Believing
Hoodoo, voodoo, ancient rituals and everything in between who wouldn’t love that! Written by the author of The Ring and starring Kate Hudson and Peter Sarsgaard, The Skeleton Key is set in the deep south of America where the mysteries are as deep as the bayou. A young hospice worker (Kate) starts work at an isolated plantation as a caregiver for an ageing women and her ill husband, prompted by their lawyer (Peter). She discovers the house is shrouded in mystery and has several strange rules like no mirrors. It holds many secrets of magic and sacrifice and the deeper she gets to uncovering those secrets the more her life is in danger. I loved watching this darker side of voodoo as it’s often such a taboo topic in pleasant company, and candles, who doesn't love plenty of candles!
2: The Others
Tag line: Sooner Or Later They Will Find You
I'm sure I'm not the only one who loves a good ghost story involving a majestic haunted house and a terrified mother protecting her children? The movie is set just after World War 2 and details the struggles of a mother trying to keep up a large manor and land as well as looking after her children alone while her husband is away at war. Strange events start to happen just after the arrival of her new house help. The children are visited by ghosts and noises abound in the house. As a Roman Catholic woman Grace (Nicole Kidman) struggles to come to terms with the seemingly paranormal events happening in her house and blames the new staff. The whole feel of the movie is dark due to the fact the house is cloaked in darkness for most of the time which adds a great feel to the film I think. The movie comes to a climax with a fantastic twist which I loved! Plus creepy granny, need I say more!!!
3: Stir of Echoes
Tagline: Some Doors Weren’t Meant To Be Opened
Can ghosts talk to us from beyond the grave and direct us to find their bodies? Stir of Echoes stars Kevin Bacon as a very straight laced, sceptical man when it comes to the paranormal. He challenges his sister in law to hypnotise him so he can prove her wrong but the plan backfires on him and he starts getting visions of a murdered local girl. As everyone starts to believe he has gone completely bonkers, he races to find the answers to the visions in his head. Will he find what he is looking for and give the spirit peace or will he join her in the afterlife as the real killer closes in. The problem is once that door has been opened it can never be closed........
4: The Lovely Bones
Tag line: The Story Of A Life And Everything That Came After....
Continuing with the theme of spirits communicating beyond the grave comes my next fave. The Lovely Bones story takes place after 14 year old Susie Salmon is murdered. It appears she is in a space between heaven and earth, and as she narrates, the story revolves around how her family deal and don’t deal with her loss and how she herself copes with the fact that she is dead. She is torn between wanting revenge for her murder and moving on to where she is meant to be. But can she stay around long enough to stop another victim being taken. I loved this movie and the way that it was done!
Tag line: Death is no way to make a living ....
Last but not least, a classic. I love this movie even if it's a little old. Spooky ghosts, fake hauntings and a demon make for an interesting mix. After developing psychic abilities following a car crash, Frank (Michael J Fox) befriends two ghosts and they proceed to set up a fake haunting/exorcism business. Which proves to be quite lucrative until a rather nasty ghost appears on the scene and becomes a serial killer. The special effects are probably a little cheesy compared to movies these days but nonetheless this is still in my top 5. Love the numbers getting carved in the head and wondering who may be next..................
Written by Amanda Moloney
OK put your hands up, admit it, who here also waits for Halloween to enter the stores so you can go buy normal house decorations for yourself? LOL. Nothing like some Gothic decorations for your everday living! Halloween is always a fascinating time of year for me, even if we don't really celebrate it in Australia to the extent they do in America. I have to admit I love decorating and having fancy dress parties so part of me secretly hopes one day our street becomes one of those that go all out at Halloween. From the screaming witches that go off as you walk past, to the cobweb covered house and trees, to the fake gravesites on the front lawn. Nothing like a little bit of macbre in your life. If you're like me and these sort of things get the tingles going then let me tell you about a few events that are happening around the Perth area this Halloween
Some of you may be going yeah but I want something a little more scary at Halloween, something that's gonna make me scream like a little girl. Let me present to you Hatchet, an interactive horror experience run by the crew at Hunted available for only one night on Saturday 29th October. For your hard earned dollars you will be transported by a coach to an unknown dark and mysterious location. Suddenly you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. How do you react, how do you deal? You must connect with the complete strangers who arrived with you to survive mad, axe wielding locals but it's ok because it's all just actors and theatre! Or is it.............. Suddenly you are IN the horror movie, don't lose your head!. Pop on over to the Hunted Page and book your tickets now if you dare!!!
So let's calm that down a little now and head over to Boo at the Zoo, designed for your kids, big and little, in mind. You can all dress up in your favourite Halloween costume and enjoy the zoo after hours. There will be halloween themed food to buy and trick or treat trails to follow. But watch out for the Grim Kreeper who will be keeping watch over the Extinction Graveyard. Plenty of activities will abound during the night, including a monster mash disco and the event will run on Saturday the 29th October from 5pm till 8pm. Bookings can be made on the Perth Zoo Website and costs a tiny $15.50
Nothing says Halloween like a good psychic event so if that's what you're interested in then head over to Mash Brewery for their Psychic dinner on Saturday 29th October. The dinner is from 6pm for a 6.30pm start and includes an amazing 3 courses as well as 3 different psychic readings per person! Drinks are not included but Mash Brewery is a world class craft brewery so I'm sure you won't have any problems sorting that out yourself. Tickets for the whole evening are $115 which is great value for a meal and 3 readings and can be booked on their Website!
That's just a couple of events that are happening in Perth this Halloween there are many others designed for young and old alike. Grab your treat bag, pop your best cozzy on and have a great Halloween whatever you decide to do!
Written by Alex Cayas
In this the era of the reboot the Klinge Brothers, Brad and Barry, best known for leading investigations on the Paranormal TV show Ghost Lab have announced that come 2017 the Brothers will be back on our screens.
GL Revolution, as it will be called, will see the Klinge Brothers and the Everyday Paranormal Crew reform after almost 6 years after finishing up Ghost Lab. The Brothers have announced it will be more of all the things viewers loved about the show and have teased as never before broadcasted locations, a new lab and new technology and equipment.
They have also reveled one of the newest members of the production team, their new narrator, which has been announced as Australia's own Beth Luscombe. Beth is the director and mastermind behind Access Paranormal, co-hosted the Moonlark Media Production In Tenebris, has investigated and researched far and wide and enjoys rocking out to The Prodigy.
Brad and Barry made their way to Australia in 2014 and toured with Access Paranormal. Beth and The Brothers held seminars and public investigations in both Sydney and Melbourne and it was then that the Brothers adopted an Aussie sister.
Beth continues "To create an Era Cue in a Gaol for example, the scene plan could be set up where you have prisoners and prison guards. People would be in their individual cells and a prison guard could be walking up and down jangling keys shouting at the prisoners to be quiet. This would be timed too – a bit like a scene in a movie. The scene would start and people would be “in character” for a few minutes. Then everyone would stop and questions would be asked such as “does this prison guard guy annoy you?”. The questioning has to do with the scene played out and audio recorders would be on the whole time."
Like Brad and Barry Klinge, Beth's goals were never to land her self a gig on a Paranormal TV show, instead her passion in paranormal is learning and to never stop doing so. Her advice to others who want to see their passion grow and to see where it takes them is "Learn, learn, learn! There is always so much to learn about the paranormal. Check your sources first too and always keep a balanced and open mind about any experience you or others have. And if you’re really passionate about taking investigating to the next level, then you are going to LOVE this latest sneak peak (link below). More coming soon via the Access Paranormal Facebook page and on Twitter!"
You can keep up to date with all the GL Revolution updates at their FACEBOOK PAGE! Until then Ghosts of Oz is proudly claiming that you first heard Beth on GOO! #Straya
Written by Dan McMath
As a paranormal investigator that has encountered his fair share of 'turn your shit white' moments, and a barman who regularly deals with intoxicated 40 somethings acting like clowns at the local club, I feel I am qualified enough to 'honk' the big red noses and call into question the balloon animal making skills of you clowns out there who are currently wandering around the quiet streets of Aussie suburbia in the dead of night.
Believe it or not, this whole thing started back in the good 'ol U S of A in 2013. One man dressed as a clown similar to Pennywise from Stephen King's IT, would run around town and scare the local residents just for a bit of fun. It wasn't long after that in 2014, another man dressed as a clown started to appear on social media. He became known as 'The Wasco Clown', and he was actually taking part in a year long photography project in California. Since then, the evil clown phenomena spread like a pair of pantalooms on a circus Ringmasters bed to other parts of the world. And now, in October of 2016, it seems like you have rolled the circus back into town. And one we don't have to pay to see!!!
Yey!!! This is great news right? THE CIRCUS IS IN TOWN!!!! Awesome. Peanuts and popcorn. The sights and smells of the Big Top. And you crazy clowns and your antics. The water squirting trick flowers! The big red nose that sqweeks! The floppy big ass shoes and the sound of your little brass horn. "Eeore...eeore"!
But alas. From what I have seen on the news and social media, not one of you bozo's (see what I did there) is entertaining in the slightest. What do you do? Carry an axe, even if its a plastic one? You yell and scream and jump up and down at passing motorists? You jump out of bushes and terrify everyday people who are just trying to get on with an event free and non stressful walk home? How is that entertaining? I know. It's entertaining for you right. The thrill and giggle you get from frightening complete strangers then post the reactions on youtube. And of course the chance to dress up and role play a little. Have a bit of fun.
But I'm sorry clowns of Australia. I'm just not feeling it. If you are going to put yourself out there on the suburban streets of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and everywhere else, I want to see commitment to the role. If you are carrying real or plastic weapons, by crikey you better be juggling them. I don't want to see you and two of your clown mates driving to a location in your WRX. You are clowns! I wanna see you and 15 of your colourful clown friends squeezed tightly into a red Mini, then one by one pop out at your destination, tooting your horns and tripping over each other! Want to really impress us? Then why not pull out the tried and trusted unicycle. Not only is it fun to watch a clown try to peddle awkwardly around in a circle on one wheel, but it's a display of your skills as a performer. You may even make some money if you take off your clown hat and place it upside down in front of you so your audience can fill it with coins. It's a win win! Your devoted followers will be delightfully entertained and you'll be earning some dollars that you won't have to declare to Centrelink!
Written by Elinor Maguire
Halloween has definitely seen a surge in popularity in Australia over the last couple of years and is definitely becoming a more “acceptable” calendar date here in Australia (at the very minimum, after all, it is a celebration steeped in tradition and stemming from ancient practices).
Let me take you down memory lane...a flash back to my 10 year old self (who has always adored anything to do with ghosts/witches etc) dressing up as a witch with my neighbour and parading around my streets “trick or treating” almost 20 years ago. I managed to score $1 (in 20 cent coins) and a banana from one resident, (who obviously felt sorry for, as well as possibly confused by these kids who had on well meaning costumes and were clearly into the whole spirit of Halloween). So suffice to say unfortunately the loot from that particular Halloween was a little disappointing (especially to my 10 year old self). But spooky followers, fear not, for your Halloween is about to get a whole lot sweeter with the range of events on offer this year in the Blue Mountains and surrounds. See what I did there? Ahem.
4 .Old Government House in Parramatta. I have definitely mentioned this fantastic location before with the lovely Megan Stone of Blessed Pathways previously holding a delicious Christmas in July dinner there. For $35, you can wander around by candlelight for 2.5 hours in this historic 212 year old Georgian residence. Many claim to have had strange feelings in particular rooms and have seen ghostly apparitions. I am a firm believer in suppers, and this is definitely provided at Old Government House where you can share your encounters over a cuppa and some cake. Most wonderful! Visit: http://www.friendsofogh.com/ghost.html or call for more details: (02) 9635 8149, Business Hours 0416 026 816, After Hours (Matt)
5. The Q Station, North Head, Manly. Ahhhh, this venue brings back nostalgia of my first ghost tour at the tender age of 16 and is set on the beautiful Heads look out and was used in the 1830s to hold and quarantine people who may have been harbouring infectious illnesses. It is also a sacred and significant site to Indigenous Australians, who are also purported to haunt the property. “Dare to Be Scared” is the Halloween weekend taking place at the Q Station from Friday 28th of October to Sunday 30th of October. Beginning at 8pm and only available with a group booking, get a group of your fear loving friends together and tour around this historic property. See http://www.quarantinestation.com.au/Halloween/ for bookings.
Hope to see you at one or more of these fabulous events. And just remember, real investigators do it in the dark. Happy Halloween!
Written by Peet Banks
What ignited your interest in Cryptozoology and how did The A.C.R.O get started?
I first got into Cryptozoology after watching a documentary on the Abominable Snowman ever since then I have been fascinated with our very own Australian Yowie and in February last year I founded the Australian Cryptozoology Research Organisation with researchers in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. The A.C.R.O. Was created in February last year when I was talking to a couple of fellow researchers who liked the idea and jumped on board ever since then I have got a lot of researchers dedicated to our cause
For those who may not know, what is Cryptozoology?
Cryptozoology is the study of unknown hidden animals that science has not proven such as Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, Bunyip etc. And ones that once existed that might still exist such as the Thylacine and others
What has been a discovery in this field of study over the years which intrigue you?
To me the most intriguing discovery to do with Cryptozoology was the giant squid caught by a Japanese fishermen.
(The giant squid Jack refers to was captured by Shigenori Goto off Japan’s Sadagashima Island. Video of the squid before and after it was captured claimed that it weighed more than 160kg and measured over 4 metres (13 feet) long, with eight arms and massive eyes.)
The ACRO run an annual conference which launched this year "Australian Cryptozoology Conference was set up for an interesting educational event on Australian Cryptozoology and Rex Gilroy helped influence the event" Says Jack. For more details check out the Conference Website
The ACRO have a Facebook Page which advertises the events they have coming up, such as the Watagans Cryptozoological Adventure Campout scheduled for 18 and 19 February, 2017.
Written by Peet Banks
Did you know that men in the Czech Republic move from house to house on Easter Monday, and whip women with braided willow branches called ‘pomlázka’ to ensure they are fertile??? This is just one of the strange customs that people observe from around the globe.
A custom, by definition, is a practice so long established it has the force of law. People don’t necessarily believe in what they are doing – but as they have been doing the same thing for so long, and normally, so have their ancestors before them, they just continue to do so. Like us celebrating Christmas. We don’t actually believe that Santa Clause leaves presents under the tree (well, most of us don’t – if you did believe, sorry to burst your bubble), but it doesn’t stop the excitement of waking up on Christmas morning and seeing those presents!
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Written by Peet Banks
You can’t call yourself a paranormal investigator, and not have heard of Bobby Mackey’s Music World! It is up there as American’s ‘Most Haunted’ night club. Located on the banks of the Licking River, in Wilder, Kentucky the venue itself has a very colourful, and highly publicised history full of gambling, violence, music, prohibition and all kinds of ghosts, spirits, demons and portals to hell!
It is said that in the early 19th century, the area was originally used as a slaughterhouse. Following this it was a roadhouse with various different names One of the stories attached to the venue is that two men, who are said to still haunt the building, murdered a young, pregnant lady named Pearl Bryan. They held a satanic ritual which involved decapitating her and throwing her head down a well. Years later this well was uncovered by the caretaker, and it is said that when he opened it, he claimed to be possessed by the evil entity he had unwittingly released.
The basement of the venue is another extremely haunted area. It was where the dressing rooms used to be for the performers. A story told is that in the 1940’s there was a dancer named Johanna who fell in love with a man her father did not approve of. Her father was a gangsta, and he and his fellow criminals ‘got rid’ of the suitor. Johanna, in her grief, ingested poison in the dressing room. All of this was recorded in a diary which the caretaker also claimed to find.
Bobby Mackey himself has never experienced anything paranormal at the venue, but hundreds of others have, including his late wife Janet. She was allegedly attacked by an invisible entity. Others claim to have been thrown across the room, seen full bodied apparitions and shadow figures, heard disembodied voices, and, of course, Zak Bagan’s belief that he was possessed by a demonic force there.
Over the years it has been said that there are over 40 different spirits who inhabit the site, including a particularly dark entity who is dangerous to women.
Author Douglas Hensley spent five years researching the background of the nightclub, the land it is located on, and the sordid history dating back to the 1800s. “Hell’s Gate: Terry at Bobby mackey’s Music World” contains 29 sworn and signed affidavits from club employees, patrons, Wilder Policeman and more, attesting to the paranormal happenings at this den of iniquity.
Their official website states “Come for the ghosts, stay for the music!” – well okay then!