In this 17 1/2 minute podcast, Fiona Broome talks about several haunted and eerie locations around Tilton and Franklin, NH.
For more complete background info -- and photos -- see Fiona's article at Hollow Hill: Podcast: Tilton Mystery Tunnel & Webster Place.
Music for this podcast is Zombie by Devin Anderson.
In this 20-minute podcast, Fiona Broome talks about the state of the ghost hunting field, Mary Nasson, and ghost hunting tools.
She describes her experiments with the Ghost Meter Pro, Ovilus III, and Ghost Box, and the startling results she saw at a Concord, NH, cemetery with investigators Lesley Marden and Sean Paradis.
Fiona also talks about Gettysburg and Meade's Headquarters, and the powerful responses by General Meade.
Finally, Fiona recommends checking parking lots for ghostly activity, after the recent historical discoveries beneath car parks in England and Scotland. (Richard III's grave, the Medieval knight in Edinburgh, and the Viking parliament site in the Highlands.)
Fiona also mentions the ongoing changes at HollowHill.com and Ghosts101.com, as well as her free book, "Is Your House Haunted?" and the free, four-part course, Introduction to Ghost Hunting.
In this 12-minute podcast, Fiona Broome explains more about her reference to the LaLaurie mansion in New Orleans' French Quarter. She also examines why she keeps mentioning it, why skeptical critics can't seem to stop stalking this field, and -- perhaps -- why some ghosts continue to haunt, even when it's illogical and to their detriment.
In this 16-minute podcast, Fiona Broome talks about winter research opportunities.
First, she explains that she identifies 10 - 12 attractive, haunted locations for upcoming research. She checks the name of the site, online, with additional words like "hoax," "scam," "fake," and "joke." That helps her find reviews and reports that raise credibility issues about the haunt.
Then, she researches the actual history of each site, as well.
That's what she does during January. Then, in February, she looks for 2 - 5 haunted places near each one of the main sites, so she has alternatives for research when she's in the area.
Fiona then explains two shortcuts, if you don't have time (or the resources) to locate alternative haunts: First, ghost tours. And, as a secondary cue to good research sites: Historical markers and plaques.
Finally, Fiona talks about the advantages of winter. You can visit "haunted" sites and study snow patterns -- looking for anomalies -- and unusual growth patterns in trees and shrubs that aren't so concealed by leaves. Those anomalies may lead you to hot and cold spots, as well as locations with high EMF and infrasound. That information can help you when you return for investigations during more pleasant weather.
In this 20-minute podcast, Fiona Broome discusses a variety of issues, mostly related to credibility, but also pacing yourself, seasonally.
She begins by talking about a photo -- posted by someone with experience -- that was pounced on by a skeptical critic. She also mentions a 2010 documentary, The Afterlife Investigations, including events at Scole and those in Italy during Marcello Bacci's presentations.
Terms she describes:
DRV - Direct Radio Voice, or voices from the other side, heard via radio or a radio-like device. (Ref. Frank's Boxes, Shack Hacks, Ghost Boxes, Spirit Boxes, and so on.) Compare with ITC.
Apports - solid objects that are transported from one location to another, through solid walls. (Fiona references poltergeist activity and describes how one of her children used to "apport" coins.)
Fiona explains that, especially with today's miniature technology, anything can be faked. That doesn't mean that every "paranormal" is faked.
She focuses on two essential markers, separating genuine paranormal phenomena from those that might be normal (but weird), or downright faked... for more show notes, visit HollowHill.com.
With the death of Sara Harris, ghost hunting health risks are now in the spotlight.
In my earlier article -- written before Sara's death -- I touched on basic health and safety concerns, including respiratory issues and simple steps to reduce your risks. Today, I've had time for a more in-depth study of the problem, and I've re-recorded my December 1st podcast -- released early because it's so important -- with more comprehensive information.
Remember, I am not a medical professional or doctor and this is not intended as medical advice.
I'm trying to strike a sensible balance but even one death is too many, so I'd rather lean in the direction of raising excessive concerns, than treat this too lightly.
Click here to read more at Hollow Hill, the ghost hunting website
Click here for my YouTube channel, for how-to videos include the one about stairways
Points you need to know
Airborne risks in dusty locations aren't news. Since speculation about "King Tut's Curse," people have been concerned about airborne diseases, especially those that have been dormant at locations where bodies may have been stored (including abandoned hospital morgues) or tombs.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists a wide range of rodent-related diseases, from Hanta to plague to one form of meningitis. Most are spread by "breathing in dust that is contaminated with rodent urine or droppings." Just last week, I'd pointed to a large mouse or rat in one ghost hunting video, but I think we've all investigated sites where mice and rats had once been, or still are.
Many abandoned hospitals that were described as "insane asylums" were also hospitals for victims of tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases. Eloise Insane Asylum (in Michigan, USA) is a good example of this.
Studies of SARS and other diseases have shown that dry particles can travel surprising distances, and still cause infection.
Surgical masks are usually designed to protect the environment from the wearer, not vice versa. If you're buying blue masks, keep this in mind. Depending on their design, those blue masks usually test between 15% and 80% effective. The best are designed to filter the smallest particles, and have something at the nose so air isn't entering and exiting, unfiltered, at the top edge of the mask.
Masks usually filter particles, they don't disinfect anything. If you have significant health issues leaving you especially vulnerable, or you're going to extremes, look for military-grade gas masks designed to protect from chemical and biological agents, as well as flu pandemics. At that level, you'll achieve maximum protection.
Indoors (with no open windows), setting up an air filter ahead of time may help if it's designed to HEPA standards. (HEPA filters remove more than 99% of airborne particles, usually down to 0.3 microns.) However, most air purifiers are designed to filter tobacco smoke, pollen, and dust, not chemical or bacterial agents.
Remember that your hands, hair, and clothing can pick up the same particles you're trying to avoid with a mask. Keep your mask on when you shake your hair to dislodge particles, and when you change your clothes. Disposable gloves -- available in bulk from many pharmacies and beauty salon supply stores (like Sally Beauty Supply) -- can be helpful in extreme situations.
There is a happy medium (no pun intended) between making ghost hunting so complex and fearful it's a chore, and being far too casual about health and safety risks. The precautions you take will vary from person to person, and from one investigation site to another.
Someone investigating in northern Maine and eastern Canada will have very different concerns than someone investigating in Louisiana or an area that's been affected by flooding. And, someone with severe allergies or respiratory issues will take different precautions than someone who rarely catches a cold and enjoys exceptionally good immunity.
What I'm adding to my ghost hunting supplies
Basic blue surgical masks, for my own use and for anyone who's with me that didn't bring respiratory protection.
Disposable gloves, for places where I don't want to touch anything. (I have a very low "ick!" threshold.)
A more comprehensive breathing mask, in the $30 - $50 price range. I'm still researching them, as different products offer varying protection levels. I'm looking at this model, since it's described as a HEPA-type filter, but I may find a mask I like better.
A personal air purifier that's been proved effective in scientific studies. My choice is the <a href="http: