Robyn Davis and Ted Williams are the hosts of the Haunted Galena Tour Company (Tour Company link), and if you haven’t heard of Galena, you’re about to get a deep dive into all of the amazing history, spooky ghost stories, and how their tour company is different than most. They’re also gearing up for a fun paranormal conference that features great speakers and the opportunity to do paranormal investigations at some usually off-limits locations. Whether they’re talking about the tour or the conference (Conference link), you really get a feel for how magical this locked-in-time town is for Ted and Robyn.
And in one of our favorite ghost stories yet, Robyn and Ted tell the sad and true story of Maryanne Miller, one of Galena’s resident ghosts…and she isn’t too happy about how things ended for her (and she probably doesn’t realize things ever did end).
Let’s all take a deep breath, relax, listen to some fun stories, and we’ll make our way through 2020 successfully, smoothly, and with good health.
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Scott, Wendy, Lisa, Allison, Mike & MI ParaCon organizer Tim Ellis
Allison with Josh Gates &
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For the second straight year I headed to the Michigan ParaCon with a motley crew of paranormal nerds (Allison Journlin of Milwaukee Ghosts, Lisa Van Buskirk of Madison Ghost Walks, and two-thirds of the paranormal band, Sunspot and the hosts of the “See You on the Other Side” podcast, Mike Huberty and Wendy Lynn Staats) to hear the latest news from the biggest names in the game. Feel free to check out our preview video, which we recorded on Facebook live while stuck in construction traffic. If you’ve never been to an event like this, in some ways it’s like any other trade show. New products and merch are available in the vendor area (usually in the form of books, DVD releases and clothes) while the main hall features constant programming consisting of panel discussions and lectures.
It’s a wonderful way to connect with fascinating people who share our somewhat unorthodox interests and to meet people we’d otherwise not have easy access to. Of course, one of the real treat is the exchange of ideas, experiences and theories. Naturally, a lot of the great first-hand chats happen after hours in the hotel bar (this is often worth the price of admission itself). Last year, among other amazing stories, we had a conversation with John Tenney, who had been asked to observe an exorcism. Talk about an amazing and unique (and damn, right – horrifying) story to hear straight from the horse’s mouth!
Sometimes you start to see a shift in ideas when you attend these events. That concepts and methodology changes is exciting in and of itself. The latest theory that almost became a theme this year is perhaps easiest explained in conversation rather than written out. So, enjoy my attempt to throw a fascinating concept your way in the video here.
At a glance, here we some of the highlights this year:
- John E.L. Tenney, as you may be picking up on, is a great storyteller and a wealth of information. In his lecture, he talked about some of his more recent fascinating investigations, along with a message of oneness and appreciating everything in our world. Later, at the bar, John dropped some knowledge on us in the form of the incredible story of Ted Serios, a Chicago bellhop who had the ability to psychically imprint images of locations onto Polaroid film simply by touching the camera. Challenged, he was even able to do this on live TV by touching the broadcast camera. Oddly, most video of his work on YouTube is in German or Spanish. It’s peculiar that an astonishing American is remembered more in other countries than our own today. However, a full conversation on the man can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vFNVpUhiyk
- Katrina Weidman and I talked at length about shadow people, individual stories and theories. I hope she’s working on a project on the topic as she seems very intrigued. Wendy and I were both very impressed by the “Paranormal Lockdown” star who we first met two years earlier in Milwaukee. Her memory of our meeting was so sharp, you would’ve thought we hang out all the time.
- Finding myself in an elevator ride with Jeff Mudgett, HH Holmes descendant and subject of the recent series “American Ripper.” Jeff and I have known each other for several years at this point and it’s always exciting to hear the latest news in the quest to find out all there is to know about his infamous ancestor. Meanwhile, Allison found herself sharing an elevator with Josh Gates of “Expedition Unknown,” which allowed her husband to gush to him directly over the phone.
- Getting to see Sunspot play live. Okay, I’m biased here, but take a look below for a recent live performance about staying the night in haunted locations. Let’s just say, they’re an ideal booking for a paranormal conference!
- Though I can’t really say I was a big follower of the show, “Ghost Hunters,” I was still excited to meet Grant Wilson, who is still very interested in learning about the mysteries of the unknown world and is reaching out to audiences directly with a new YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGrantwilson
- Of course, it’s also always a blast hearing the latest from Greg and Dana Newkirk and the Traveling Museum of the Haunted and Occult.
The next newsletter will come out very soon with some podcasts, haunted sites in Sault Ste Marie (where the MI ParaCon was held), and a look at the movie based on the Bell Witch, “An American Haunting.”
Wendy, Katrina Weidman, Allison & Mike
Robert Merch, Dave Schrader & Wendy
Grant Wilson & Scott
I run down what I’ve got coming up, notably moderating a panel at Midsummer Scream (midsummerscream.org) about the CLASSIC nickelodeon horror anthology show “Are You Afraid of the Dark,” with friend and show creator DJ MacHale. Also, I’ll be taking in the largest music festival in the world, Summerfest, with the “paranormal rock” band Sunspot (sunspotuniverse.com). Recently, I’ve been to a ton of haunted sites coast-to-coast including The Nat in Amarillo, TX and Stull Cemetery in Kansas. Subscribe to this YouTube channel and my newsletter at WhatsYourGhostStory.com to stay in the “know!”