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Ghost Hunting is an Oxymoron (or, The Skeptical Ghost Hunter)

"Ghost hunting” is an oxymoron, is it not? Just what is a ghost, anyway? A spirit? A shadow? A memory? A smell? A sound? A laugh? An old photograph? Displaced energy? A lost soul? A figment of our imagination? A longing, a burning desire...? We "hunt ghosts" - and yet, what are we hunting? And ...

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The Ghost Hunter’s Dilemma

Anyone who considers herself a paranormal investigator--that is, anyone committed enough to spend the entire night in cold, dark and often disturbing buildings/ships/homes/hospitals, knows one fact above all else: whatever we find, or whatever finds us, is frustratingly vague. We catch snippets of voices on digital recorders, but we often do not hear the same ...

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Queen Mary: The Engine Room & Sign #13

During an investigation aboard the RMS Queen Mary, Los Angeles Paranormal Association documented some strange activity in the engine room, near "shaft alley". We were conducting an EVP session near the lubrication pump area #13, in front of a sign marked #13, when we heard distinct tapping sounds on the sign. Follow ups later that ...

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Spectre at the Pool?

We were attempting to contact the various ghosts said to reside in the Queen Mary pool room--principally "Jackie". It was very late, and I was certain that nothing was in the pool room but us tired investigators. After examining my pictures, I wasn't convinced that we were alone there. I took two pictures where this ...

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EVP – Weston State Hospital (Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum) – Do You Know Me?

Los Angeles Paranormal took part in a paranormal investigation at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (also known as Weston State Hospital). At the start of the investigation, Les broke off from the group and went down an empty wing to the far reaches in order to do an EVP session alone. Here, he asks the question 'Do ...

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Never Alone

LAPA made a video recently as a way to introduce ourselves and explain why we do what we do. Although I thought I already had most of the answers concerning "why we do what we do," the video shoot did clarify some lingering issues for me. Why do I search for disembodied souls? I had ...

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EVP – Former Mental Hospital – Pipes: Bang Twice!

We were at a former mental hospital, in the bathroom of an abandoned unit. Someone or something seemed to be using the pipes in the walls/ceilings to communicate with us. Have a listen and you will see what I mean. Note *You will hear metallic tapping sounds - those are the pipes. There is one ...

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What’s that orby thingy? #2

Taken on the staircase leading up to the third floor at the Glen Tavern Inn in Santa Paula. Is this a bug, or could it be a manifestation of a spirit from the wild west - a murdered lady of the night? It seems to be moving, whatever it is...

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Check Out Any Time You Like

There is something terribly wrong with Unit X. In fact, I could say the same about most of the buildings that used to comprise Camarillo State Hospital. It was one of the last, residential "mental health" facilities in Southern California to close when the then governor shut it down in 1997. Now, California State University ...

Amargosa Opera House and Hotel: Life After Death (Valley)

In the middle of Death Valley - one of the harshest and most extreme environments on earth - stands one of the most unusual hotels in America. It is the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel, and it is listed as one of the top 10 haunted hotels in the country. The Amargosa, whose name stems ...

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