Friday, December 28, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Great to hear from you I was worried a malevolent spirit sucked you up. We had a great time at the Belleview Biltmore when a few of us went in the beginning of December. I had even gotton scratched by something. Which I felt you couldn't do better then that for proof something was there. I was no where near a wall and the scratch left a noticeable mark. We also go unusual EMF and at the same time got EVPs. It was very exciting and I suggest it to anyone who has not been there. I also have registered with Tapscon for the July event along with Debbie and Denise.
I am excited to see what the coming events are and if you need any help just give me a call.
Sorry for the delay, but this is my busiest time of the year and month. As you know I am the Publisher of a monthly newspaper and of numerous websites. The holiday season requires me at numerous events, as many as 6 in an evening, 7 days a week. But as the actual holiday gets closer, my schedule is starting to get a little more free. Unfortunately, January will not be a lot better as I break out my pirate gear for Gasparilla.
Here is the key news, as reported below, TAPS is planning a conference at the Belleview Biltmore in July. I have registered and suggest if you are interested to register ASAP.
The best deal is the VIP registration that includes a room for two nights. They have blocked the hotel, and their seems to be no other way to get rooms at this time. Get the details in the post below or go to the Taps website.
I plan for us to conduct 3 investigations between Christmas and Jan . 13. Watch for emails concerning those soon.
Lots of you have indicated company for the holidays, so
OUR NEXT OFFICIAL MEETING WILL BE SUNDAY, JAN 6 at 7 PM at our offices in Tampa.
We previously asked for volunteers to Committees. Here are the initial assignments:
1. LOCATIONS - objective is to research potential locations and to make initial recommendations as to investigaiton potential - Julie E., Jose Suarez, Rick and Joan Del Rio, Debbie Eskew
2. INVESTIGATION STRUCTURE AND PROCESSES - create interview procedures and make recommendations as to investigation potential - Claire Castillo, Marie Dumont, Jeanine Torres, Lori Pablo, Linda & Mike Burton
3. INVESTIGATION TEAM - Teams Coordinator - Marie Dumon - Various Number of Teams - Limited number of members per team. EVERY TampaGhostWatchers member will be a member of the Investigations Team.
4. OUTREACH - responsible for assisting in communcating with other parnormal teams and keeping our team aware of related events and news. Work to establish web and other links with other organizations. - Tom and Denise Drudy,
5. EVENT TEAM - responsible for assisting in the holding of our own events and seminars. Julie E., Anna Marie Maguire
Again, every member will be a member of the Investigations Team. Watch for investigations teams to be announced soon.
If your name is not listed, please let me know ASAP as to which team you would like to be on.
I expect to announce several key seminar/investigation events for next year. Exact dates are still being determined but the locations are: Early April -Cedar Key, May - Ocala National Forest Settlement, Early June - Niagara Falls/ Niagara on the Lake, Late August - Key West, Oct. - St. Augustine. Let me know if you have an interest in any one or more of these. (Or any other locations that you might suggest)
AND of course, SP is holding his event at Cassadaga on Feb. 8-10. Details on our website under special events.
We will have a more active schedule of events for 2008.
Your thoughts and input is always more than welcome. Have a Great New Year !
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Hi All, We've checked with Norton Antivirus and they are gearing up for this virus so I believe this is real. We've checked snopes.com and this is for real. Get this sent around to your contacts ASAP, because we do not need this spreading around.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS: You should be alert during the next days. Do not open any message with an attached filed called 'Invitation' regardless of who sent it. It is a virus that opens an Olympic Torch, which 'burns' the whole hard disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from someone who has your E-mail address in his or her contact list, that is why you should send this E-mail to all your contacts. It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it. If you receive an E-mail called 'Invitation', even if it was sent by a friend, do not open it, and shut down your computer immediately. This is the worst virus announced by CNN, and it has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. McAfee discovered this virus yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept.
PLEASE COPY THIS E-MAIL AND SEND IT TO YOUR FRIENDS, AND REMEMBER IF YOU SEND IT TO THEM, YOU WILL BENEFIT ALL OF US
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Please go to the TAPs web site for more info.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
With Hundreds of Sightings, Could Ghost Be Real? The Skyway bridge, a beautiful sight in itself. From the top you can see countless miles of open water, and experience the peace, that nature has to offer. It is unfortunate the bridge is also associated with suicidal jumpers. Throughout the years several people have taken their life by jumping from the Skyway bridge. Is it possible some they never left the place, where they chose to leave it all behind? Fishermen of the Skyway pier tell countless stories of seeing "ghost". What is now the Skyway pier used to be the old Skyway Bridge where the stories of the jumper, and the hitchhiker will live forever.
Throughout the 1960's and 1970's scores of motorists using the Sunshine Skyway Bridge claimed to see a young blonde lady dressed in a tight T-shirt in an off-white or tan outfit poised to jump off of one of the main spans. She was reported during both day and night, many times when the structures were shrouded in fog. When Sheriff's Deputies would investigate, no trace of the young lady could be found, either at the top of the bridge, or in the waters below. By the end of the 1970's reports of a lady of similar appearance filtered in to toll collectors and local Sheriff's Deputies, only this time she was hitchhiking. Several motorists would pick her up.
She explained in a nervous tone that she had to get to the other side of the bridge. She would become more notably agitated the closer to the top of the bridge that the motorists went. When the drivers of the cars would turn around to reassure her that everything was all right she had simply vanished. These incidents involved many out of state drivers not familiar with these stories! Once the old southbound Skyway span was destroyed in May 1980 by the freighter "Summit Venture", the spectral Skyway lady was never seen again. Was she the spirit of a young lady who unbeknownst to others jumped to her death from the Skyway in the 1960's, or was she a harbinger of the death and terror that would occur on the old south span on that fateful May day in 1980? Another legend or haunting of the Skyway involves a Greyhound bus and it's 22 passengers. Now known as the "ghost bus". On the morning of May 9, 1980, a storm born in Texas several days earlier slammed into the Tampa Bay area, pelting it with heavy rains and winds. At 6:20 A.M. that morning, Harbor Pilot John Lerro climbed the pilot's ladder in order to navigate the empty 606' long phosphate freighter, the "Summit Venture" from the mouth of Tampa Bay to port of Tampa. As the ship continued to head east in the channel not far from Egmont Key, visibility became near zero.
The storm became so intense that Lerro lost his bearings by 800' and the result was that the bow of the ship struck the southbound span's support pier at 7:34 A.M., resulting in a horrendous collapse of the main span. Six automobiles, one pick up truck, and one Greyhound bus bound for Miami plummeted almost 200' down at an estimated speed of 67 miles per hour into the waters of Tampa Bay-only one person survived-the pick up truck landed first onto the ship itself, then into the Bay-the driver of the pick up truck was recovered from the water, hospitalized and later released.
All in all 35 people died that morning. The Greyhound bus, a 1975 MC-B Crusader, had one driver and 22 passengers onboard. The bus was sheared by the impact so severely that the entire top 2/3rds of it was shorn off "like a pop top". More then 20 people have reported seeing the shadow image of a Greyhound driving down what is now the fishing pier, as if on the main road. The driver has the looking straight ahead, with both hands on the wheel, as if nothing was wrong. Some say a lady wearing black is looking out the back of the bus, smiling, and waving at those who are staring. The the bus the just disappears off the end of the pier. Others say every now, and then you can feel a strong breeze, and smell gas, as if a bus just drove past you.
Does the stories just make for good fisherman tales, perhaps they are just stories. It makes for a good spooky tale whether you believe it or not. The Sunshine Skyway bridge connects Tampa / St. Petersburg to Sarasota. The Skyway pier is great for night fishing, so grab a pole, and let me know if you see any ghost. By Pen
Published May 08, 2007
Ccopy and paste to contact me
Monday, November 26, 2007
http://paranormal. about.com/ library/blevps10 .htm Enjoy, Debbie
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Phone number is 813-283-0760.
Our offices are in one of Tampa's original cigar factory buildings built in 1904, located at the corner of Spruce Street and N. Armenia, 4 blocks North of i-275.
Guests and Members are welcome to attend.
Friday, November 2, 2007
The Tampa Theatre Ghosts
The Tamp Theater was opened in 1926 at 711 N. Franklin Street in the heart of downtown Tampa.
Foster Finley (nickname Fink) became the projectionist from 1930 until his death from a heart attack in 1965.
Although the theater did not open until 1300 hours daily, Foster would arrive by bus every day at 0800 hours, dressed in a suit and tie.
It is reported that Foster was a smoker and “a cigarette was a permanent feature of the corner of his mouth”.
He had a wife and family however seemed to dedicate him self to the theater.
After his death, both moviegoers and theater staff reported seeing an apparition float across the screen during films. Projectionist reported “pranks,” as if someone was holding the projection booth door open as they tried to close it. Some employees reported seeing doors within the theater open and close by themselves, with no one around.
A figure dressed in light colors has been seen setting in the theater when it has been closed and empty.
One worker reported being repeatedly tapped on the shoulder as he mopped the floor. The same worker reported repeatedly turning off a shower on the third floor, which again and again turns back on as he left from just turning it off.
There have been reports of manifestations and objects move from one place to another.
One projectionist carried a knife in his belt and it came up missing from where he laid it within the projection booth. After repeated searching, the knife could not be found. Another employee suggested he just ask “Fink” to return it and the projectionist did.
The knife was immediately found in the projection booth where everyone had looked prior.
The Lady in White or the Lady in Waiting
(Investigation conducted by SPIRIT of St)
(Petersburg in 2005)
A lady ghost dressed in a long white dress has been seen at the second floor balcony and is believed to be waiting on her fiancé’. In 2005 a team of ghost hunters investigated the theater and a psychic communicated with her. It is believed that her name is Jezebel or Jesse and she was killed in the dirt street prior to the theater being built on the spot. Through psychic interview Jesse told the medium that she died while on her way to meet her fiancé after being run over by a horse and buggy. Prior investigation and sightings report the smell of perfume when Jesse is present.
Man in Uniform
Physic and paranormal investigators have reported the presence of a male figure dressed in and older style military uniform, possible civil war era.
Monday, October 29, 2007
TampaGhostWatchers will be conducting an investigation at this historic landmark on Sunday, Nov 4 from 9-11 AM - that is correct - AM. Remember this is the day the time changes so turn your clock BACK, (so for Cynthia, that means the little hand moves from 9 to 8, so you actually get an extra hour of sleep).
The investigation is limited to TampaGhostWatcher members and cost to attend is $10, all of which goes to the Tampa Theatre. Yes, bring appropriate equipment and meet at 8:45 AM at the Box Office on North Franklin Street. If you have never been to Tampa Theatre before you are in for a real historic treat.
The investigation will be followed by a lunch gathering at Cafe Hey on Franklin Street, immediately North of I-275. This location was built in 1904 and recently became Cafe Hey.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend to email@example.com.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
I do have a paid flickr account, if people have alot of photo's like me they would like uploaded without compressing them, I'd be happy to do that for you. I love to see all the stuff I missed. To try to plan better for next time.
jesse.tgw @ gmail.com
Monday, September 17, 2007
Also, Oct 5-7 they are having Necronomicon, like a smaller version of Dragon Con I think. Never been to this. Carrie and I will be going Saturday of that weekend to check it out. This is the 26th year, but I had never heard of it before.
Tampa's Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Convention
Hyatt Downtown Tampa
Friday, September 14, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Really hard to grasp how big Dragon Con is. 3 Large hotels. With 4-5 Floors each packed with people dressed up, and some not so dressed. Hung out with some of the Georgia GhostHounds and a little with Patrick Burns (great group of people). Nice thing about DC is it's not a drunken slobber fest. Thousands and Thousands of people there, party 24 hours a day for 3 days and hardly see a drunken slob. One of the few places a girl can walk around in shadow armor(painted on body) and pasties in the middle of large crowds and not get molested. Like to see her try that in ybor! The time just few by. 4 days just seem like a blurr of one day. Plenty of famous people to meet for all you Scifi fans, TAPS, Mythbusters, Eric Estrada(not sure what he was doing there), Kevin Sorbo, BSG people, FireFly peoples, Marc Singer (The first BeastMaster guy), Drucllia, Spike, Lori Pettie(Not sure what she was doing there either), Stargate, and thats just to list a few of them. You guys should try to make plans to go next year.
So we will be at St. Aughostine in a couple weeks. Rooms are pretty cheap here, If some one REALLY needs to share a room do to the cost, let us know and we will see about sharing to help out.
Then we are booked for Ghostock5 also. We are considering looking for roommates to split the cost for the hotel room, and maybe the cost for the road trip.
Here is a break down of guest per room for Ghostock. (Copied from the ghostock forum)
159.00 + taxes and fees = 180.67
3 nights x 180.67 = 542.01
542.01 divided by 2 roomies = 271.00 per person!
3 people the rate goes up $10 per night (extra person).
169.00 + taxes and fees = 191.97
3 nights x 191.97 = 595.91
575.91 divided by 3 roomies = 191.97 per person!
4 people the rate goes up $20 per night....($10 per extra roomie)
179.00 + taxes and fees = 203.27 per night
3 nights x 203.27 = 609.81
609.81 divided by 4 roomies = 152.45 per person!!
just send me a email at jesse.tgw AT gmail.com
Yes, Aden Timothy Wilisch was born over the Labor Day Weekend September 2, 2007 at Brandon Regional Hospital (Florida) at 1339 (That's 1:39 PM for those of you non-military types). Guess little Aden could not wait, he wanted that BBQ :) Actually, my blood pressure unfortunately shot up and doctors think that's what did it. He was all of 7 Lbs 3 oz and he's a sweetheart.
I delivered naturally (I Did it!!!!) and I went with a Doulas service (Touched by an Angel Doulas, Thank you Alison!!!!!). I'm so glad I did, it was truly a remarkable experience.
So I'll post more pictures in the future, probably on MYSPACE under http://www.myspace.com/pheonix_k or Ned's at http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=147738990&MyToken=5e557c8e-ff6b-44f3-b6ee-4ccea21d3aba will let you guys know.
Oh! before I forget, please send me your addresses (incase I don't have them) so little Aden can send a hello! :)
Pras, Ned and Aden Wilisch
CONGRATULATIONS PRAS AND NED !
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Please take down the phone number: 813-770-3902 in case the front door is locked.
We are in an original cigar factory building, quite large, and built in 1904.
Monday, August 6, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
It was a fascinating evening and Al, you were a great host (thank you for giving us the opportunity to investigate at our own pace and for providing not only snacks & refreshments but also for filling us in on some of the past history of your home.)
I have a few photos to share. Hope we have not stirred things up too much (say hello to Patrick for us !)
These are the best that I found. I do have about 6 clips on audio. 2 I'm not sure about. 4 of the others I know what they are, but could be easily said to be something else if I hadn't of been there. If some one else want the full audio 70megs, 2 files 30min and 40mins to see what they hear, I can bring copies to the next meeting. Read the comments for my email address. If any members want the 6 clips just email me, I should be able to get them to you, in some form or another.
I had a great time! Thank you Al, Bill, and the rest who's names I can't remember. :)
I have a couple pics of interest that I took that I am offering to the blog. You will be able to find additional pics from the event on our main site at http://www.tampaghostwatchers.com/ later today.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
My camera of choice is digital and I am trying to get in the habit of taking more than 1 photo in the same spot when I think I might have captured an anomalie. This way, if for example an orb shows up in 1 photo, it could be seen traveling in the next one.
I would enjoy seeing more group members share their own photos on this blog, and I hope people aren't being held back by fears of anyone implying their photos might be doctored with, through Photoshop or any other photo manipulation programs.
Personally, I don't know how to edit photos, other than to brighten/enhance them in the photo program I have-when the photos come out too dark to see what is in the background.
This is a free country and we are free to speak our mind, but is it too much to ask that if and when we criticize each others' photos-we treat each other with respect ?
I welcome constructive criticism and I do not claim to be a professional photographer. In fact, it would be wonderful if we had a professional photographer in our group who could objectively critique, debunk & offer alternate explanations to anything unusual we might capture on an investigation.
But to expect all our photos to be "beyond reproach" is a bit much, in my opinion.
We are learning as we go along and our most fascinating and impressive data, including photos, can be viewed as "circumstantial evidence" at best.
I do have a question for any Tampa Ghostwatcher who might have the answer.
Is it possible or even probable to have double-exposures with digital camera photos when the photo is taken at "automatic setting" ? If so...obviously this could account for some anomalies being explained.
Well, I hope to hear some replies.....and to see some more cool photos by members of our group. (come on jsuarez.....let's see what you've got !) We are here to share and to learn and we all have something good to contribute with each other.
In friendship and respect,
Monday, July 23, 2007
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You can join and then email me for specific information. firstname.lastname@example.org
MORE EVENTS: The St. AuGHOSTine event is planned for Sept. 21-23. Great Speakers and more. Register or get more information at www.staughostine.com
NEXT MEETING FOR EVERYONE will be Sunday, August 12, 7 PM at the Tampa Marketing Co. offices at 1906 N. Armenia Ave. #207, Tampa, FL. Special Guest Conference Call.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
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Thursday, June 21, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 from 7-8 PM
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Tuesday, June 12, 2007
My little brother (about 4 yrs old at the time) was caught playing with some bones under our back porch one day, which horrified my mother. We brought the jawbone to the local dentist who verified it was "human". It seems the cemetery somehow managed to dig up some old (records lost) gravesites while making room for new ones. My mother was a good soul and arranged for the local priest to come out and give a blessing and have the bones reburied.
Come on Ghostwatchers....share your stories (bet you have some good ones !)
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Over a year ago, I tagged along with a good friend of mine on my first ghost-hunt/investigation in a north Florida cemetery. It was an incredible experience and by the end of the night, I guess you could say I was "hooked" considering the fact that over 40 out of approx. 180 photos I took contained something strange, including the "C" photo;one of my favorites. The fact that my name is Claire & my friend's name is Casey means a lot to me;makes me think we were given a great big "hello" from the other side. What do you think ?
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
May the wind be chilled upon your back...
The orbs shine bright upon your lense...
The rain fall somewhere else that night...
And until we meet again...
May the power of light & love encircle & protect you.
CB (Claire Bear)
Here's wishing happy & safe hunting to my fellow Ghostwatchers.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
I am so glad that Bill set this blog up for all of us to stay in touch and up to date with the goings on of the paranormal community in Florida!
We are all staying VERY busy here in Daytona Beach and beyond. Cases are coming in daily, tours are busier than ever, we finished one of our 8 adopted cemeteries, and I have finished working on my newest book.
I'm looking forward to the next Tampa Ghost Watchers conference and hoping to attend.
Welcome and great BIG thanks from the east side of the state!
President & Founder of The Daytona Beach Paranormal Research Group, Inc.
Proud member of the TAPS family, area representative for the AGS and recommended by The Light.
Co-Host Magick Mind Paranormal Talk from 7-8:00 PM EST.
President & Founder of The International Association of Cemetery Preservationists, Inc.
Owner & Operator of Haunts of the World's Most Famous Beach Ghost Tours
Chief editor & publisher of Raven's Loch Publishing House
Author of "Dread & the Dead Filled the Dunnam House" available 01-29-2006 through PublishAmerica.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com and many other fine retailers!http://www.publishedauthors.net/dsmith/index.html
Staff writer for Epitaphs Magazine:
"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but, to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, cigarette in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, "WOO HOO what a ride!"
Friday, June 1, 2007
Additional discussion centered on a now being planned event in St. Augustine in late September, probably the 21-23. Details are not yet firm. More details to be announced asap.
DVD from the Biltmore Conference is to be edited and produced soon with anticipated release on July 1. More details soon.
Al issued an invitation to have our group investigate his home in St. Petersburg in August. His home has been investigated before by other groups. We will be working on a date for that event as convenient.
Discussion also centered on having the opportunity for members to just share stories and experiences with each other in a more social situation. Watch for details on an event for this purpose soon.
To be kept informed, please be sure to visit our main website at www.tampaghostwatchers.com and add your name to our free email list.
Please add any comments or additions in case I missed anything from the meeting.
Due to spammers and more, we have required that you have to log in the first time to post any COMMENTS, but be assured we have done that to insure your privacy.
Additionally, we welcome you as a regular posting blogger, but you will need to provide me with a request with your email address to be allowed to do so. Any member of TampaGhostWatchers will be allowed to post articles to this blog once registered and approved by the Administrator.
Let the discussions begin !