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
Elie on David Bowie
David Bowie, a name synonymous with greatness. Originally David Jones, he decided to change it so as not to be confused with another star who also tragically passed a few years ago, Davy Jones of The Monkees. His career would soon capitulate into stardom.
I didn't discover Bowie until my late teens, thanks to my mum who was a fan. I have many memories of playing his hit song, "Sorrow" while cleaning the house with my mum as well as "Under Pressure" with another fallen great, Freddie Mercury.
Bowie first came to stardom with his album hit "Space Oddity" with many more hits to follow. As well as a talented singer/songwriter, Bowie was also a natural actor, perhaps best remembered for his lead role in "The Labyrinth", a favourite of many generations of fans.
Bowie will be remembered for his innovation, rejection of traditional image and gender, amazing character personalities, and of course, his music.
David will always be a hero, not for a day, but until the end of time, joining all the other legendary musicians 2016 has taken away from us...
Tina on Prince
Prince (prince Rogers Nelson), was a great man and inspiration to many. Being a singer,a songwriter,a record producer and a multi instrument player he touched most people's hearts in all walks of life. I vividly remember growing up with my older sister playing prince songs (on records) in the lounge room and her bedroom singing along with every word. The movie purple rain was an influential movie to me. It showed me that not every thing in life will be perfect, not everything is forever.
His music was the sound track to a generations life and the ripple effect of his stage presence set a precedent for what a performer should strive to reach at Evey Concert they perform. With over 1oo million albums sold world wide and winning an uncountable amount of awards including being introduced into the rock and roll hall of fame in 2O04 why wouldn't you as a performer want to reach this level of respect and admiration.
He taught me that different isn't bad,different doesn't mean that you should hide,be loud and be proud of who you are. Be eccentric and stand out,make a difference. His support in female artists was next to none in the music industry and was encouraging for a then very young me a positive roll model for a male wanting to include and recognize females and their talents. In a world of red roses be the purple Lilly. Prince left this world at the age of 54 years young (too young) and I have no doubt that his musical mark will be a permanent reminder that just because someone said no doesn't mean you can't do it. It simply means you have to show them why you need to do it.
Party like its 1999 prince, ride in that little red corvette, wearing your iconic purple leather jacket and I'll remember each year to blow you a kiss when doves cry and I see purple rain.💜
Peet on Alan Rickman
Although I'm sure this wasn't the start of his career, my first memory of Alan Rickman was those immortal lines "I'm going to cut your heart out with a spoon". He made the very best Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. I always remembered him after that. Every time I'd see him in a movie, I'd think "That was the dude from Robin Hood."
Then, of course, came Harry Potter. I am a mad Harry Potter fanatic. I am Hufflepuff all the way, and the books are like my bible. So when Mr Rickman first appeared as the devious Severus Snape, I was entranced. Snape is not meant to be loved, and the fact that he has such a huge following is testament to Alan Rickman's acting skills.
When I found out, in that final book that everything Snape ever did... like, EVER did, was for love - my heart just broke. And when I heard that Alan Rickman had died on 14 January 2016 - my heart broke all over again.
"After all this time?"
Danni on Alan Rickman
I think for me Alan Rickman's death had hit me hardest. I fell in love with the character Professor Snape from the Harry Potter book series first, then when Rickman made his Harry Potter film debut appearance as Professor Snape in 2001 it was done; sold; finalised! I was in love. That voice, his talent, the way he perfectly captured what I envisaged as a teenager, Snape to be. Snape to me was a misunderstood character; a young, different and unusual boy who grew into a begrudging and harsh teacher at Hogwarts. A man who felt the sting of unrequited love and built walls to protect himself.
Rickman was from a humble working class background and made his way into theatre pretty much the same way I did. Reading, influence, the magic of the stage and wonders of creative writing fueled his passion. So I followed his footsteps; dreamt of the day I trod the boards of a theatre and wrote for the stage. His ability to so artfully demonstrate comedy and tragedy was what I wanted to do with my theatre. Have the ability to make others laugh and cry all the while experimenting with all things art and theatre. From the Sheriff of Nottingham in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" right through to the absurdism of Samuel Beckett's "Play", I enjoyed every bit of Rickman's theatrical choices in life. Rickman once said in an interview, "I never said no", and I try to this day to follow that advice when chasing the dream. This was how he influenced my life. Below is a taste of Alan's absurdism. The theatre/film world lost a legend to cancer January 14, 2016 and it feels like yesterday I shed a little tear for this loss.
Jonathan on Zaha Hadid
For me, 2016 was the year the world lost one of its most innovative and groundbreaking architects, Zaha Hadid.
For those who may not have heard of Zaha, some of her well-known works include the London Olympic Aquatic Centre and the Riverside Museum in Glasgow. The British designer, passed away aged 65, after suffering a heart attack while in hospital in Miami in March where she was being treated for bronchitis.
Zaha’s buildings have been built all over the world and she paved the way for women looking to do something amazing in a male dominated profession.
Zaha was the first architect to really have a lasting impression on me. Unlike most designers, her work blossomed from inconceivable creativity, which was beautifully manifested graphically in her art, and finally born into stunning reality as her projects got built. She was an individual of great courage, conviction and tenacity.
Zaha once said, “You have to really believe not only in yourself; you have to believe that the world is actually worth your sacrifices.”
I was privileged to be able to visit a few of her buildings in the UK this year – a wonderful and befitting way to say ‘Goodbye and Thank you’ for inspiring me to be who I am.
Alex on Leonard Cohen
I did my best, it wasn't much // I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch // I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you // And even though it all went wrong // I'll stand before the Lord of Song // With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen (Canadian singer, songwriter, musician and, poet) died the 7th of November 2016. He was 82.
Leonard Cohan was very much on my mind when he passed as new cover of Hallelujah by an American A Cappella Pentatonix has just been released and just Bob Dylan just in October has been award the Nobel Prize for Literature "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". Leonard and Bob's work and contribution to music were often compared and there isn't a cover of Hallelujah I don't love so Leonard and his dark voice and words were very much on my mind.
What I have always loved about Leonard's songs and lyrics is how they appeared defeatist, I know that sounds incredibly sad but he always seemed to embrace the worst so very well and leave us not necessary with chin up look on the bright side but instead a reminder that from the bottom this is really only one way to go and that is up. This was very evident in how he explored political, justice and war themes. I could also relate to how torn and changeable he was on these themes, sometimes he was ready for the gritty fight and other times he was a sweet hippy speaking of love and peace time. To me, he always seemed very in tune with what was going on and how he was feeling and in that way a true artist using art to reflect back to world what he is seeing.
Like a bird on the wire, // Like a drunk in a midnight choir // I have tried in my way to be free.
Peet on Gene Wilder
When the news broke on 29 August that Gene Wilder had died, a piece of my childhood went with him.
I know Gene was most well known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka, but my main memory of him really just relates to him. It's of being a kid, and seeing my mum laughing so hard she had tears streaming down her face. We were watching a show called "Hanky Panky" - not one of his most well known, but definitely one of the funniest. To see my mum that happy imprinted on my brain and it's something I will never forget, so thank you Mr Wilder.
Another honourable mention that also made an impression on me was "Hear No Evil, See No Evil" where he played a deaf man and teamed up with Richard Pryor, who played a blind man... hilarity ensued! This was one of four movies they made together, their comedy genius bouncing off each other.
Gene was born on 11 June 1933 and named Jerome Silberman. Back in the days when real names weren't chic enough, he changed his name to be more appealing and received an Oscar nomination for his first major role in Mel Brooks' "The Producers".
When Gene died, he left the world with a true legacy in the form of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles - amongst many others.
"A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men."
- Willy Wonka
Amanda on Carrie Fisher
When a celebrity dies many people say 'why are you sad, you didn't know them' but whilst we may not have known them personally, these people touched our lives and gave meaning to certain times in our life.
Once such person for me was Carrie Fisher. With her portrayal of Princess Leia I was shown, as a young girl, that a woman can be a formidable person, a kick ass, bad ass leader of the rebellion who stood up for what was right and took no shit, and Carrie herself was no different!
Her advocacy for mental illness and drug addiction showed everyone that these topics needed to be talked about, discussed and brought into the public eye. Many parts of her life were put on display in her autobiography Postcards from the Edge.
Carrie will always be Princess Leia to me even though she has a vast movie history and to sum up my feelings..
"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened. "
One of my favourite quotes from Carrie is “I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.” something we should all remember and live by I think! I will forever be sad that we won't get to see her grace our screens again after Episode 8 or hear her views on the world.
Let it be reported that Carrie drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.
Vale Carrie Fisher 21.10.1956 - 27.12.2016
Written by Amanda Moloney
As the title suggests "Living Life in Full Spectrum" is a personal blog all about living, playing and working in the Aussie Paranormal Community. Sarah's voice is honest and curious as explores paranormal trends, the latest news, new ideas, interviews and reviews. Amanda took this opportunity to not only dive into getting ton know the women behind the blog but also to celebrate Paranormal X Files, the team Sarah co-founded, and chat about their recent success and happenings.
You are the co-founder of Paranormal X-Files, tell us a bit about your group
Paranormal X Files started as a bit of fun. I would investigate with my brother Glenn on a weekly basis and I met my best friends Martin and Rie at a paranormal investigation. We became instant lifelong friends and the 4 of us would investigate together every weekend. During the week we would spend our nights on skype chatting, researching, swapping theories and evidence. One day in the middle of an investigation, Martin asked me if I would like to run a facebook page with him as a place that we could put up some evidence for people to try to debunk and they could submit their evidence as well. We wanted to create a friendly environment where people could get an honest opinion on their evidence and what natural explanation could be given. Explaining the unexplained as we called it. Somewhere along the line, we started to gain a massive online following and people wanted more so we decided to branch out and become a proper paranormal group. Myself, Martin, Glenn and Rie would do investigations and put up our evidence for everyone to see. We somehow ended up in Woman’s Day magazine with them inviting us to investigate a house for them, Martin started public speaking at paranormal events on paranormal photography and fast-forward to earlier this year, we founded Black Rock House Paranormal Tours. We noticed a big gap in the paranormal community here in Victoria in that there is nowhere in the South Eastern Suburbs to investigate, so we went and found a place we saw potential in and convinced them to open it up to the public. We now run monthly investigations there and offer people the kind of paranormal investigation we ourselves would love to attend. What also makes us different as we volunteer 100% of our time to the investigation tours. Every single dollar from the tickets goes straight to the Friends of Black Rock House which goes towards the maintenance and the restoration of the house. I can’t tell you how satisfying that feels when you walk in and see new improvements they have been able to make. I just love the team to bits (even my brother I guess). We speak every day and night and we really are a little family. We think alike and we are always on the same page and I think our closeness and energy is one of the things people love about our group.
Does your group only cover the spirits or are you happy to investigate all aspects like cryptids and UFO’s etc?
We generally focus on the spirits. We are very much open minded to all other aspects of the paranormal and we always talk about that we love to do a sky watch one day, but our passion really does lie with the spirit world as that is the side we have all had the most personal experiences with. I guess we stick to what we know!
Who is someone that inspires you in the paranormal scene worldwide?
I would have to say Brad Klinge. I met him a couple of years ago when he came out for the Klinge Brothers tour of Australia. I attended their all day seminar and investigation at night. I follow Brad closely on social media and all of his projects (No I am not a stalker lol). I love how genuine he is and his passion for the cause. He does what he wants to do the way he wants to do it and the way he believes it should be done. He will make time for anyone and answer your questions. He is very scientifically minded and some of his theories are really well thought out but also have a lot of merit. Our group uses a lot of his theories and experiments and I must say we do get a lot of results. He is a very smart man but also a really nice human being. What probably meant the most to me was that when I first launched my blog, I had written an article about his seminar that I attended. He is a friend on facebook and I had not advertised this article or told him I had written about him, I merely posted a link on my profile to my blog. He had taken the time not knowing he would be in it to check it out and have a read. I woke up the next morning to a lovely message from him thanking me for writing such kind words and he then proceeded to share my blog to his followers all over the world. While this may seem like a little thing to him, it meant the world to me. I will never forget that.
Whats been the best piece of evidence or experience you’ve had while investigating?
Luckily for me both the best evidence and experience I have had happened at the same time. We were doing an investigation at Milanos Tavern in Brighton where there were reports that it was haunted by a spirit called Tilly. The legend was that she murdered in the 1920’s by a landlord and dragged through the mysterious underground tunnels and left at sea. The staff said she was quite aggressive and they didn’t like being on the third floor and were often told to leave or growled at. There were 5 of us there are the time 2 girls 3 boys. The boys went to the other end of the building so it was just myself and another female investigator as the claims were Tilly was nice to females but mean to the males. We were on the staircase on the third floor looking toward the attic doing an EVP session. I asked Tilly if she was upset that we had allowed 3 men into the building. I suddenly heard the words whispered very loudly in my right ear ‘GET OUTTTT’ by an angry male voice. It was so loud and close it was like I felt the breath and the vibration of the voice in my ear. It took me a couple of seconds to comprehend what had happened because the boys were at the other end of the building and the other investigator was at the bottom of the stairs. I did what any respectable investigator would do and I got the hell out of there and hightailed it down the stairs screaming OMG no no no! I was really embarrassed I reacted that way and I do wish I could replay that moment in time and react differently. What made it worse is that it was all caught on film and everyone could see how I reacted. When I gathered myself we realised having it on video and audio was not the worst thing it could potentially be the best thing ever IF the voice was captured on tape. We eagerly went back to hub to review the video and the audio. The voice was captured on both the audio and the video. Needless to say I don’t think that was Tilly! I did go back up there to face my fear but people never get to see that part. I will forever be known as the girl who ran out of an investigation but I don’t care. To this day no experience has compared to that moment and I don’t think anything ever will.
Tell us the inspiration behind creating a blog of your adventures?
I was honestly sitting at home one day and all in the same day I had quite a few people ask me how my investigation went on the weekend. I thought to myself ‘gee people are actually interested in what I do, maybe I should start a blog!’. I had wanted to do a blog for years but didn’t have a topic I was passionate about. I literally rang my husband who is a web developer, came up with a name, bought the domain and 2 weeks later the site was live. I am very impulsive like that and when I set my mind to something there is no stopping me I have to do it.
What do you hope that people will get out of it?
In the early days it was really to keep people informed on what was going on in the my world and the paranormal world and also to touch on social subjects within the community that other investigators could relate to. I wanted people to have a bit of a laugh and also show everyone what it was really like to be an investigator. We all have personal lives we juggle and it is not like it is on tv and that is the side I wanted to show. It has sort of evolved now and while I still want it to resonate with fellow investigators and make them fist pump the air and say yes I agree, I also want to inspire the new investigators to come out of their shell and put themselves out there. 3 years ago I would attend events and seminars and see people running the show or acting as guides on tours and I wanted to be them. I managed to achieve stuff I never thought I would be doing through my journey. It is not something that just happened, I and Paranormal X Files made it happen. I feel amazing when I have people contact me telling me how much they enjoyed an article and that I have inspired them to go do their first investigation or to take a leap and do something a bit different. I want to inspire them to become the best investigators the can be and achieve great things because ultimately we as a community will benefit.
Written by Amanda Moloney
On Monday night I was lucky enough to attend a Halloween Dinner that the National Hotel put on with special guests West Coast Paranormal. Most buildings in historical Fremantle retain the gorgeous turn of the century charm and architecture and the National Hotel certainly did not disappoint. As I walked down the main drag in Fremantle and approached the hotel I was taken aback by the beautiful facade of the building. The building itself actually dates back to 1860 and is four stories of exquisite balconies, arched windows and wrought iron. Just the sort of building that looks like it should have a friendly spook or two just hanging around.
When it first opened in 1868 the then two storey building was a shopfront, then it converted to the National Bank in the 1870’s. By 1886 it became a hotel and retained the name of the bank. In 1902 an architect was employed and the hotel was expanded to 5 storeys including a basement. Unfortunately the hotel has suffered several fires during its life, the last one in 2007 which seriously gutted the interior of the hotel. Through hard work the building has been returned to its former glory while boasting many modern additions.
For the evening we were promised a delicious 3 course meal with wine accompanied by ghostly stories of Fremantle and a presentation by West Coast Paranormal so I was looking forward to how the night would pan out. I entered the hotel and was directed to head up the staircase which was suitably dark adorned only with tea-lights on each step. A great visual start to a hopefully spooky evening! The staff at the National had gone to great lengths, making sure the room looked amazing. Tables covered in black cloth were decorated by wax covered candelabras and candles in old wine bottles, placed ever so carefully on old worn books and covered in cobwebs and spiders. The perfect level of spookyliciousness right there! The room had a great dark feel, only illuminated by the candlelight. I found my seat and waited for the evening to start.
The owner of the hotel Karl Bueller was a very amicable host and welcomed everyone to the night with a couple of spooky short stories of the Fremantle area and the National Hotel, including a murder of a councillor at the town hall. I asked him what he hoped to achieve with the evening
“It’s really to explore the whole paranormal and the ghosts of Fremantle. It’s such a historic town I say it’s such an interesting topic to explore!”
The staff headed around the tables placing drinks and bringing our first course of the evening, a delightful sounding butternut squash soup accompanied by bread. I grabbed myself a glass of “blood” and waited patiently. If wine wasn’t your thing there was also the option of several cocktails aptly named “The Corpse Reviver” and “Death Flip”. The soup was, in one word, amazing! So beautifully rich, smooth and full of savoury flavours. I’ll be completely honest here - I did consider stealing the one from my neighbour who hadn’t turned up ;) What would have made it perfect would’ve been to have an ‘eyeball’ in the soup that you scooped up as you ate! Staff cleared the table and we welcomed Karl back to regale us with a few more stories of reportedly haunted buildings around the local area ranging from gaols to town halls to art centres. We also heard a rather humorous report from a turn of the century newspaper regaling what can happen when one happens to drink alcohol BEFORE attending a funeral. This made me laugh as they described many eye witness reports of an apparent spirit or zombie desperately trying to escape out of an open grave! The poor grave digger had jumped in to fix something and couldn’t get back out.
Second course arrived and looked incredible! This time around we had a lamb rack together with roasted cauliflower, pomme puree (fancy word for potato), red cabbage and lamb jus, which of course was a lovely shade of red so it looked like our meal was covered in blood. The lamb was perfectly cooked and the vegetables added a great side to the meat.
After the second course we got to hear from West Coast Paranormal. This group has been around in one form or another for close to 10 years and have had many amazing experiences. We heard from Margaret Zammit, Kylie Lane and Lisa Maree Stocker. They each shared some of their favourite personal paranormal experiences and also showed some video footage along with EVP’s, a couple of these from the National Hotel itself. My favourite was hearing an EVP of someone asking them to ‘help me’ when they were in an old mental asylum. They also had some of their equipment there from paranormal investigations and encouraged people to come take a look and to ask questions.
Next it was time for desert which I was really looking forward to as we were promised something special. The chef had gone to a great effort and we all received our very own chocolate coffin complete with a meringue gravestone. The coffin itself was filled with a heavenly (pun intended) chocolate, strawberry and cream dessert. The whole thing was divine, not too sweet and just enough to finish of the meal nicely! After desert had been cleared the guests were in for a special surprise as Karl invited everyone upstairs to the third and fourth floors where West Coast Paranormal had most of their experiences. I headed up a little later than the rest of the group so by the time I got to the third floor they’d moved on. This floor was in the middle of renovations so it was a little creepy walking around there by myself after hearing some of the stories just told. Especially when I came across a dark room and saw a figure illuminated by the window, only to find out it was a mannequin! The rooftop itself allowed an amazing 360 degree view of Fremantle and in summer I’m sure is going to be a massive hit with the patrons.
That concluded the evening and I spoke to several people who were regaling their own experiences with the paranormal. It was great seeing that people felt open and comfortable enough to discuss these things after the dinner. Karl and his staff, along with the girls from West Coast Paranormal put on a great evening and I highly recommend that you keep an eye on the National Hotel for more events as you will be well looked after. One gentleman I spoke to had the following to say
“I’m here on a holiday from the UK and it’s been a very, very fascinating evening. Lovely meal and lots of fascinating information”
Raymond Johnson UK
All in all a great way to spend a Halloween evening!
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 Amanda Moloney
Many people today still hold that long buried belief about demons and ghosts, poltergeists and possessions, but when we hear the word exorcism we tend to think of Hollywood and the countless movies they have made on the subject. Spirit possessions are found in a wide range of religions spanning hundreds of years. Exorcisms are very real and whether you believe in them or not they have been performed for a very long time but they don’t always go to plan.
One of the most famous cases of exorcism was on Anneliese Michel a young Bavarian girl born 21st September 1952. She was born into a very devout Catholic family and due to the scandal of having an illegitimate sister she spent a lot of time withdrawn in quite prayer trying to repent for her mother’s sins. Anneliese turned 16 in 1968 and she started to experience seizures and was diagnosed with having Epilepsy. She was promptly put on medication which didn’t really help so the medication was simply increased. She started to become more withdrawn and depressed and when her thoughts turned to suicide she was diagnosed as having severe depression and placed in a psychiatric hospital for treatments.
As the time passed and she continued to have the seizures, Anneliese also began to complain about having visions. They usually came whilst she was praying and caused her much mental anguish and grief. She also complained of hearing disembodied voices around this time. They started off sounding like they were far away but eventually sounded like someone was standing right beside her. She said sometimes these evil voices told her to do things and other times they just threatened her and told her she was to be damned. The visions become stronger and Anneliese started to see what she described as devil faces, she was still receiving psychiatric treatment but as this seemed to be doing nothing the family naturally started to turn away from normal medical help.
Strangely at this time Anneliese also began to have an aversion to religious objects and places. She could not walk past a crucifix and on a family pilgrimage she refused to drink the holy water with the rest of the family. A friend who was with them noticed a very unpleasant smell coming from Anneliese and it didn’t take much to convince her very devout Catholic family that their beloved daughter was being possessed by a demon or the devil, especially since medical help was doing nothing. They visited priest after priest about Anneliese but were constantly turned away and told that strict guidelines must be met for it to be considered possession. They were even told to take her back to the psychiatric hospital for treatments even though it had previously done nothing. Finally a priest by the name of Ernst Alt heard of her case and became interested. He met with Anneliese and her family many times and became convinced that it was not epilepsy or any other medical problem and that she was definitely suffering a possession. He wrote many letters to the bishop on their behalf begging for an exorcism which was finally agreed to but utter secrecy had to be ensured. Another priest by the name of Arnold Renz was sent in to assist Ernst with this task and he too agreed that she was indeed possessed.
The exorcisms seemed to make the situation worse. She began to urinate and defecate on the floor, reportedly licking up her own urine after. She ate coal and spiders and bit the head off a bird. Profanities and insults streamed from her mouth along with animalistic growling and screams. Anneliese began to speak in ancient languages that she couldn’t know and talk of subjects she knew nothing of. The exorcisms were that long and brutal that she often ended up chained to her bed or chair. If any religious objects were held near her she would fly into a furious rage and her family eventually became too scared to even be near her. At one point she even sat under the kitchen table for 2 days and barked like a dog. Eventually the only people to see her were the two priests constantly performing the exorcisms. They performed them once or twice a week for up to 4 hours at a time.
In total the priests performed 67 exorcisms over a 10 month period. Anneliese refused to eat and became emancipated and exhausted, by the end she had given up. On July 1st 1976 Anneliese finally succumbed to the strain on her body and passed away weighing a mere 68 pounds or 30 kilos. An autopsy determined she had died of malnutrition, dehydration and pneumonia. The two priests were brought to trial for not preventing her death when they could have. They were defended by the church who claimed that exorcisms were allowed to be performed and these priests had been granted permission by the family. 47 of the exorcisms were recorded and the court had to listen to an aggressive and screaming Anneliese hurling abuse and speaking in tongues. At one point they also heard two demons talking to each other even though both voices were coming from Anneliese herself. They had photos of her that showed her thin and drawn, her body covered in bruises and seeping sores. Her knees had ruptured due to the constant genuflections she performed. The prosecution brought in their own doctors who claimed that all the symptoms she displayed could have been put down to mental illness, epilepsy and a fanatical belief in her religion. The priests and her parents were charged with manslaughter due to negligence and sentenced to 6 months gaol each.
Even after her death and trial she could not rest. Her parents insisted her body be exhumed so that they could bury her properly and many claimed that Anneliese body had not decomposed the way it should have for the time it had been buried. Many claimed this was another sign that she had truly been possessed but doctors claimed she had decomposed fine.
This is certainly an interesting case to be sure. Mental illness is such a varied thing that no two people would present exactly the same way. It can be affected by their psychological makeup, their environment, treatments and even their belief systems. So was she possessed by the devil or was she mentally ill. I guess we will never know. On one hand we have two men who were so strong in their belief that they performed 67 exorcisms on this girl to release her from her hell and on the other hand we have the parties that think she should have been put back in to a hospital and treated for mental illness and that the stress on her body could have been causing some of these problems themselves. Some even wonder if she was influenced by the movie The Exorcist which came out in 1973 but that doesn’t account for the things that happened before or whether she even saw the movie. But from what we know in this dark world that fascinates us is that sometimes people that had gifts or saw visions were considered to have mental problems when they didn’t and were therefore drugged up and turned into zombies. We don’t truly know or understand everything that exists in this world so can we honestly say with certainty that she was one or the other. In 1984 the church were asked to review the rite of exorcism based on this case, eventually in 1999 they revised it and also made a mandate that all priests performing exorcisms must have medical training also.
If this story fascinates you there are many articles to read about it but there has also been a movie made that is based on this sad story.
Written by Amanda Moloney
Amanda from Ghosts of Oz was lucky enough to have a quick chat with author Josh Langley to learn a little about him and hear about his new book “Turning Inside Out”. Grab yourself a cuppa and have a read about one of Australia’s premiere paranormal authors.
What writers out there, current or past, inspire you with your writing?
I guess I don’t have any favourites, except maybe Henry Miller who wrote the Colossus of Maroussi, it’s more about what they write about that’s important to me. I’m well known for reading non-fiction, yet of late I’ve started to get into the spiritual fiction genre.
How do you find your inspiration to write, particularly about the paranormal?
I’m always compelled to look for the meaning of life, to dig below the surface of our stressed out busy, crazy lives, so I write about my explorations to find out what it all means. I am completely curious life and what lies beyond it. I’m far more interested in what happens when I pop my clogs than any episode of Game of Thrones or any other TV show. All that is just a distraction! The whole afterlife thing is just so big it would be almost criminal not to want to investigate it or at least be curious about it. And considering that the afterlife is the key to understanding our lives right here, right now, it make sense to want to know what the fuck is going on!
Describe your writing desk, what are must haves that need to be there for the creative juices to flow? Wine, favourite CD, a special talisman??
I have an amazing sculpture on my work desk of a little man in a feather boat made from clay and ceramics that I picked up in Denmark. It was part of a ‘flotilla’ of similar ones that represented the soldiers who were given white feathers of cowardice during WW1. However for me it represents complete and utter trust and surrender to the universe and the mental peace that can provide.
The other place I like to write is the kitchen table. Not very sexy, but it works. Most of my books have been written at the kitchen table.
Me personally I have to have a hands on physical book that I can touch and read, do you prefer that or e-books?
Most of the books I read (spiritual, afterlife, near death experience, mindfulness etc) I can’t find at the local bookshop and I’m impatient and don’t want to wait for it to come from half way around the world. So to have Kindle app on my tablet and I have the book in one click. However there’s nothing better than going to a second hand bookshop and taking home a stack of goodies.
You've done a couple of books about the paranormal now, what's been your most amazing experience during this?
During the entire journey I’ve had this sense that I’m not alone and that I’ve been guided in some way. However I feel that is just the tip of the iceberg and there’s all this non physical knowledge that is becoming more accessible the more I get out of my own way. Life is not the opposite of death, life is life and is here and now and watching that manifest in my life right now is incredible. Earlier this year I quit my day job with nothing to go to and that was scary. However I feel I am living a more authentic life as opposed to the anxiety riddled, and mind numbing monotony of it was previously. I did however have the support of my Partner Andy (who you’ll read about in my books) as we both quit our jobs at the same time. I’m trying to be the living embodiment of what I write about.
I remember saying to myself last year that all I wanted to do was work for myself write books and travel around meeting people and talking at events and now I find that I’m doing that. It wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t have gone on this journey. I’m pretty blessed.
What do you do to unwind and relax, to shut the mind off? Or is it always ticking over thinking of the next story?
I keep writing and creating, I can’t seem stop. Even if I’m on holidays, I just want to write! I’m in the middle of writing 3 new books, including one on creativity and a novel based on the insights from Turning Inside Out. Otherwise the way I relax is with a beer or wine on the verandah with my partner or eating a big bowl of Tortellini. Wine and pasta have a big influence in my life.
Tell us briefly about your other books?
Frog and the Well: Unconventional Happiness was my first book that I wrote and illustrated and then followed up with
Follow Your Heart: everyday wisdom for an extraordinary life.
Being You is Enough (as I mentioned earlier) came out in March this year and I now take the Being You is Enough Presentation to primary schools across WA.
Dying to Know: Is there life after death? “ I’ve ruined perfectly good dinner parties by asking that question.”
You have been touring around WA promoting your new book Turning Inside Out, have you got any events coming up where people can come and chat to you and get your books signed?
I’ve got a road trip planned to Geraldton and the Midwest in October for Being You is Enough and I’ll be talking at Margaret River Library early December. I’ll be organising some other events shortly. But people can check my website for event details: www.joshlangley.com.au
Written By Amanda Moloney
In the late 1960’s to early 1970’s, in the San Francisco area, people became terrorised when a man, who became nicknamed the zodiac killer began his killing spree. To this day the identity of the Zodiac Killer still remains a mystery although many suspects have been put forward. A total of 5 known people were murdered by this man and he sent taunting letters to newspapers about what he had done. In some of these letters he actually claims responsibility for 37 killings although the police have no evidence to back those claims up so to this day he is only attributed to 7 victims including 2 survivors.
The next day 5th July 1969 a man called the Vallejo police department and claimed responsibility for the attack on Darlene and Michael, he also claimed that he was responsible for David and Betty Lou 6 months earlier.
A month passed, August 1st 1969, the killer sent 3 letters to 3 separate newspapers, The Vallejo Times Herald, The San Francisco Chronicle and The San Francisco Examiner. The letters claimed again that he was responsible for both of the killings at Lake Herman and at Blue Rock Springs and that if the letters weren’t published on the front page he would spend the whole weekend killing. He also included a coded cipher in all three letters which he claimed revealed his identity. When the Chronicle published their letter the Vallejo police chief also wrote claiming that they didn’t believe these were from the killer and wanted him to offer more proof.
August 7th 1969, another letter arrived at the San Francisco Examiner; this was the first letter in which he called himself the Zodiac. In this letter, in response to the police chief, the killer gave details of both murder scenes that hadn’t yet been made public. The coded cipher was cracked the next day, but did not reveal any identity, it only explained how he enjoyed killing people and they would be his slaves in his afterlife.
On September 27th 1969 two college students Bryan Hartnell and Cecelia Shephard were picnicking at Lake Berryessa. They were approached by a man wearing a black hood and sunglasses. He also wore a bib over his shirt that had a white circle with a cross through it and he carried a gun. They were tied up and stabbed repeatedly. Back at their car he drew the circle with cross symbol on their door and carved Vallejo and the dates of the previous murders on there with his knife. At 7.40pm he rang the Napa County Sherriff’s Office and reported his latest crime, the police missed him at the public phone booth by minutes! The victims were discovered by a fisherman and his son when they heard screaming. Cecelia was still conscious and was able to describe the attack before lapsing into a coma and dying two days later. Bryan managed to survive.
November 8th 1969 another coded card turned up, this one contained 340 characters and at this point in time has still not been deciphered and on November 9th 1969 he sent another letter taunting that just after he had shot Paul Stine, two police officers had actually stopped and spoken to him, this was published in the Chronicle with the police officer explaining what had happened.
Exactly one year to the day of David and Betty Lou’s murder December 20th 1969 the killer again sent a letter with a sample of Paul Stine’s shirt in it, he claimed he wanted the lawyer Melvin Belli to help him.
March 20th 1970 Kathleen Johns was driving with her 10 month old daughter on Highway 132 near Modesto. She was also 7 months pregnant. They were held captive in a car for 90 mins by a man who had offered help until her and her daughter eventually jumped out of the car and hid. He searched and when he could not find them he drove away. Kathleen made her way to the Patterson Police station where she recognised the composite sketch of Paul Stine’s killer and stated that was the man who had them in his car.
Over 1970 many letters now began to arrive.
April 20th, April 28th, June 26th, July 24th, October 7th. In all his letters he either claimed responsibility for something or claimed he was going to do something, he also sent maps and ciphers saying it was locations of bombs. He had started to sign his letters with what became known as his symbol. A circle with a cross through it, he also put the number of his apparent victims here. In the signature he also put SFPD meaning San Francisco Police Dept and a 0 representing their capture rate. As the letters progressed the number he wrote for his apparent victims increased. He also claimed that he killed Sgt Richard Radetich on June 19th 1970 by shooting him in the head, but the police maintain that murder does not belong to him.
Paul Avery worked at the chronicle and covered the zodiac case in depth. On October 27th 1970 he received a letter stating that he was doomed, it was taken seriously so it was shown on the front page of the newspaper. After this Paul received an anon. letter stating there were similarities between the zodiac killings and an earlier case from 1966.
Could the below cases also belong to the zodiac killer:
October 30th 1966 Cheri Jo Bates an 18 year old student stayed late at the campus library, she was found dead the next morning brutally beaten and stabbed, a short distance from the library. On November 29th 1966 two letters were sent the Riverside Press and the Riverside Police department claiming responsibility for her death. On April 30th 1967 the paper, the police and Cheri Jo’s father all received another letter stating that she had to die and there would be more. Could this have been his first murder and it was completely missed?
On March 13th 1971 zodiac sent a letter to the Los Angeles times crediting the police for making his connection to Cheri Bates but stated they were only finding the easy ones and there were lots more out there. On March 22nd 1971 another zodiac letter was received by Paul Avery at the Chronicle. In this letter he claimed he was responsible for the disappearance of Donna Lass on September 6th 1970. She has never been found.
On November 13th 1972 the Vallejo Times Herald ran a story where the Santa Barbara Sherriff Counties Office postulated that the murder of high school students Robert Domingos and Linda Edwards on June 4th 1963, who were both shot in the back and chest may actually belong to the zodiac killer as well.
January 29th 1974 was the final letter received that can properly be attributed to the zodiac killer. He signed this letter me-37 SFPD-0
Many letters came through after this time but none could actually be proved as authentic zodiac letters by experts in the field. Most were put down to copy cats who wanted the publicity that the zodiac was getting. Arthur Allen Leigh became a prime suspect as well as his good friend Don Cheney however DNA evidence later proved that they both may be innocent. Several other names have been thrown around as suspects including Jack Tarrance, Richard Gaikowski, George Hill Hodel Jr, James Phillips, George Tucker, Earl Van Best and Louie Myer. At this point the case remains open and unsolved, Louie Myer confessed on his death bed that he was the killer and while a lot of evidence actually lines up there is still not enough for a conviction. The story of the Zodiac Killer has spawned many books, TV productions and movies.
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.