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For some reason we got on the subject of possessions during a conversation at work the other day.  I was asked if I had ever seen anything like one is described.  Besides a video of a exorcism I had seen at Univ-Con a few years back, I answered no.  Then I was asked “Have you encountered any scary sh*t?”

Besides the experiences I had when I was a kid I have to answer with a loud YES!

The spookiest experience I remember always is from my first paranormal event out at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado.

It was very early in the event.  People were running all over the place doing their own investigations with friends and people they had just met.  My friend Tom, newcomer Lang and myself were wandering the halls and came across some people hanging out in a hallway we had earlier been told “there is a bad a$& motherf*cker down there” by Chip Coffey.  Being newbies to the whole event thing we asked if we could hang out and see what was going on.

We then started to experience some of the most unbelievable stuff.  There was a female in the hallway with everyone and whatever was in that hallway did NOT like her at all.

I was out in the main hallway when the first thing happened.  The group was in the side hallway attempting an EVP session.  I heard a large bang that sounded like something hitting the wall.  Tom walked out with an odd look on his face.  “Dude, I cant believe what I just saw.  I watched her hair lift up and get pulled.”  Somehow her was was pulled up and back, yanking her head hard into the wall.

Everyone was in shock and surprisingly the woman wanted to go back in.  Now we were all paying closer attention to her as we started asking questions again.  She started saying how it felt like someone was holding her against the wall.  She mentioned it was her arms that had the sensation the most.  She tried to lift her arm and it would continually slam back onto the wall.  One of the guys in the hallway went to lift her arm and had a very hard time getting it to move at all.  Almost as if it were pinned to the wall with a large weight holding it in place.  A few different guys tried it with the same response.  As a “test” one of the gals in the hallway gave it a try and the arm moved with no problems at all.  Once she released it the arm slammed back against the wall.  She eventually felt like the pressure was gone, so we were able to remove her from the hallway.

As we all sat and discussed things, she wanted to go back and confront whatever was in there.  Several people went in the hallway with her.  As she talked you could verbally hear her start to choke up.  Again she was pushed against the wall, this time by her throat.  We removed her from the hallway and as we stood in the hallway checking things out her neck started to get red.  The red started to form a palm and fingers as if someone had their hands around her throat.  (Sidenote: Unfortunately this was prior to my hobby of photography and all I had was a basic point and shoot with me.  The picture I took is 100% blurry and you can not see what is going on. )  I can picture it to this day…. it would have been the right hand.  The thumb was on the left side of her neck and all the fingers on the other side.

We decided at this time to go sit on one of the nearby staircases and listen to the recordings.  We were all gathered around the stairway.  I was looking down towards the ground (something I always do to cut out any sort of distractions).  The first thing we heard was after someone had said “Can you knock off his hat?” This was regarding Lang and his hat.  What was interesting is I also had a hat on.  The recording sounded like “hat, which hat?”  It was really clear so we listened to it a few times and moved on.

The next thing we heard on the recording was someone basically calling whatever it was out “Why don’t you pick on one of us guys?  Not one of the girls.”  What we all heard next was a laugh.  Several people in the group said “Was that a laugh?  Is it laughing at us?”  So the recording was reviewed again.

This time almost immediately as we heard the laugh some commotion was heard on the other side of the group.  I happened to be looking that way.  What I saw I still don’t really understand.  The girls feet were off the ground, she was moving as if running in air.  She then hit the ground and instead of dropping flat it looked as if she was dragged down the hall…..two or three feet.  Someone else was looking and they said they saw her shirt get pulled up in the back like someone would do to drag someone by it.

Eventually we took the “victim” down to the lobby to talk about everything.  She wanted to go back in the hallway.  We finally talked her out of it.  “If something has done this to you, whats next?   You get thrown out the window?”  Later we were informed that all sorts of weirdness was going on in their room later that night.

This is something I still have no explanation to.  No idea what could have caused the things we saw.  None of it makes sense.  It is still one of the scariest things I have ever experienced.

I just know…. it happened, I experienced it and there is no telling me different.


I have been thinking about writing a post on this for quite some time.  In fact it stems from a conversation I had at Through The Veil in Atlanta with my friend Callea Sherrill.  So …quite some time… is an under statement.

Personal experiences from an investigator ALWAYS seem to get a bad rap.  Not sure where it has stemmed from, maybe the ever wonderful “ParaTV” world or somewhere else.  Hell I am guilty of downplaying it all the time and 95% of my experiences are personal experiences.  I have rarely caught a decent EVP (maybe my standards are too high with those), nothing on video, nothing on camera…. all personal experiences.

A vast majority of the people in the paranormal field came to it because of personal experiences, a good number of people leave the paranormal field because of intense personal experiences. To quote Callea “Those experiences are very real to each and every person who has one.”  So why do personal experiences get downplayed so much?

90% of the “evidence” I have ever been show is questionable at best.  In this age of technology and “ParaTV” it is really hard to get serious “evidence” that hasn’t been manipulated in different ways, tweaked with different filters or completely faked.  There are many people out there looking to make their fortune or become famous so the motives behind the “evidence” gets kind of iffy.

I remember talking to a group of curious participants at an event about investigating and I stressed that if you experience something… be it a cold breeze, a feeling of being touched, the feeling of being watched… to make sure and let someone know.  I sat back in the darkness as the group started a small EVP session and just watched.  I noticed one younger girl, who was there with her mother, kept brushing at her sleeve.  I couldn’t see exactly why she was doing it as I was across the room.

Later the mother approached me and said her daughter had to tell me something.  The daughter had been experiencing what she described as something tugging at her sleeve.  I asked her why she didn’t say anything.  Her response… “I didn’t want anyone to think I was crazy!”  Little did she know someone else had experienced the same thing earlier in the same location as well.  Others that had stayed at the location also have reported similar experiences.

“I didn’t want anyone to think I was crazy!”  Why is that even a response?

I have been at locations where the “client” thinks they are completely bat-shit crazy because of what they are experiencing.  When someone comes along and says, hey I experienced that also…. it can be exactly what that person needs.  No need for video, audio, pictures…. just that sigh of relief after knowing that they aren’t crazy.  And at the end of the day, isn’t that one of the reasons for helping a “client?”

I have experienced some amazing stuff throughout my life.  I have heard, felt and seen things that I can not explain.  Some of these were only experienced by myself, others were experienced by multiple people.  I know in my heart without a shadow of a doubt that I experienced these things.  Whenever I am asked the good old question “Have you gotten any cool evidence?”  My answer is always “No, just personal stuff.”

Why is my response that?  Should it be that?

Some things I see lacking in a lot of people in the paranormal, yet should be a requirement from day 1:

  • Ability to swallow your pride / put your ego to the side
    I see so many people / teams / groups / para-celebs that are majorly lacking in this.  So many people that think because they said it, it happened to them, the captured it that it is gospel, no other answer or explanation is correct or even possible.
  • Explore all avenues before dropping the “IT’S PARANORMAL!” words
    See this a lot with so called evidence… be it photos, videos or audio.  It comes in all sizes and flavors.  Immediate jumping to “it’s a ghost!”, “it’s a demon”, “it says this…..”, “look right there, it’s a…..”, etc…

Both of these absolutely drive me nuts!

I see it on social media, I have seen in on investigations, I have heard it in conversations (and bite my tongue).

A couple of examples

  • (“Authority on the paranormal”) said that this happens here all the time, so it has to happen this time
  • (“Authority on the paranormal”) said this is the explanation, so without further detective work…. that is what it is
  • Picture that has possible other explanations then immediately being something paranormal
  • Video / image that has to be zoomed in to see any object, pixelates like a “mo-fo” and totally distorts the image.
  • Audio recording, that without your translation, makes absolutely no sense to the listener(s)

Learn to think for yourself.  Learn to be your own person.  Come up with your own ideas and techniques.  Sure there are people in the paranormal world that are the “go to” people on things but it doesn’t mean they are always right, all of the time.  Sure, when it comes to demonology and things that would generally make me poop my pants I would seek out Mr John Zaffis but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t others with the same knowledge or maybe more.  There are several others that come to mind that I would probably also consult with before jumping to any sort of conclusion.  (Unless it is some crazy ass haunting that follows one of my son’s toys.  John can have that POS any time he wants!  I’ll send it first class, with insurance so he can put it in his museum!)  Thinking back to my experiences in the martial arts world, there is always a bigger bad ass out there.  There is always someone that knows something else, even if it is a tiny tidbit of information.

Why not ask yourself questions like these (just the ones I can quickly think of, there are tons more)  …. because the naysayers are going to and then proceed to rip things to shreds

  • Why is what “they” said “the way it is”?
  • Is there any other possible explanation?
  • Did you know where every single possible person was at that exact moment?
  • Do you know how the tech you are using actually works?
  • Who does this “evidence” benefit?
  • Do you know what can possibly contaminate the location or your tech?
  • Is the “history” of the location valid?
    • It’s amazing how many prostitutes there were and were murdered.
  • Do you understand how far sound can truly travel?

Just because so and so has a TV show it doesn’t mean they know anything.  Right time and right place happen to a lot of people.

Suck it up and if you can’t 100% answer the questions, then you have to throw it out or explore other avenues.

Don’t be so hung up on finding the holy grail of “evidence” where common logic escapes you.

No reason to bash any that may question what you present, sure they don’t agree with you… that’s life, get used to it.

Why throw out the always popular “skeptic” label, it’s good to be skeptical.  If you are 100% non-skeptical I would suggest you find a different interest.


Another year has come and gone.  With a family, having a young child, being dedicated to my job and being a solo paranormal enthusiast/investigator I find it hard to do much with my paranormal life.  I have often thought about throwing in the towel, but its hard when you enjoy something.

  • Other then Facebook requiring me to change my SpookyDudes Craig name, 2014 was nice.
  • Thanks to Michelle Griffin and Through The Veil, I was able to not only photograph the event but I was also able to do something I really enjoy.  I got to team up with Paranormal Georgia Investigation‘s members Jordan and Clint and present/talk about Investigating.
  • Thanks to Midwest Outer Realms Followers, I was able to go on an investigation.  Interesting location, an old orphanage.  Would LOVE to go back some day!  Definitely hope to get to investigate with the crew again… Eric, Steve and the rest are a class act!  I highly respect the group and what they have done in the field.
  • Thanks to Tammy Deans I was able to once again talk about the paranormal on her online show Beyond the Screen.  I had a great time and Tammy is an excellent host.

So whats in store for 2015?  Besides maybe a few more rants, I HAVE NO IDEA!  I mean I have some ideas but it all depends on opportunities that may arise or the time I have to dedicate to things.  So we shall see.

The Paranormal Data Collective in a nutshell is a community with a like goal.  The goal to collect more data regarding paranormal investigations/activity.  Data that someday may be used to make the paranormal field a more serious field in the eyes of masses.  Data that might crack open new ideas and theories into what causes paranormal activity.

I have been hearing the idea of things similar being tossed around for years.  Yet no one took the bull by the horns and came up with at least basic set of data to collect.   Well, my friends over at Paranormal Georgia Investigations (PGI) have gone ahead and started the ball rolling!

It costs nothing to become a member, there is no financial gain in this for any of the parties involved….. All it takes is a few minutes of your time, a little extra data collecting on your investigations and willingness to share information and data.

My personal feeling is any serious investigator or team really needs to take a look at this and join the community.

The Paranormal Data Collective

Go ahead!  Click the logo!!

– Spookydudes Craig

Welcome to the SpookyDudes website.

I am currently in the process of redesigning the site and maybe going in a new direction.  Along with trying to get my old blog posts published I am also thinking of posting some of my more opinionated/controversial Facebook posts that I have done lately.

Unfortunately with all the irons currently in the fire, being the father of a very young child, extremely busy professional life I am unable to investigate as often as I would like.  I also am lacking others, locally, that are able to investigate with me.  That being said, if you would like an investigation please feel free to contact me and I will do one of two things.  Get a  hold of some of my, not so far away, fellow investigators to come along and aid in the investigation or I will put you in touch with a team that I feel would do the investigation you require justice.

In the meantime please hold tight, updates are coming soon!

– SpookyDudes Craig