Rolling Hills Asylum in Bethany, NY.
In September 2007 Long Island Paranormal
Investigators took part in the first Paranormal-X: The Gathering evening
event and dinner. This meeting was held in Warwick, RI, organized by Scars
magazine to benefit the
operation and maintenance of the Rolling Hills
Asylum. The event was highlighted by presentations by many well known
and experienced paranormal investigators including Brian Harnois, Keith &
Carl Johnson, Sandra Johnson (Keith’s wife), Donna Lacroix, Paula Donovan,
Lisa Dowaliby, Karen Mossey and Tom D'Agostino. Unfortunately Andy Andrews
was unable to make it at the last minute.
LIPI on line to board the Orient Point ferry to New
LIPI left Long Island early that Friday, took the
Orient Point ferry to New London, CT and traveled to the Airport Sheraton in
Warwick. Arriving mid-afternoon we checked in to our rooms, and went down to
The event began with an informal meet and greet
outside the Sheraton’s grand ballroom. Brian, Donna, Lisa, Karen, Keith, Carl
and Sandra, and Tom were all on hand as well as Lori Carlson, the current owner
of the Rolling Hills Asylum.
Rolling Hills owner Lori Carlson talking with LIPI
members about the facility.
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It was great seeing everyone again. We also met with
some of the friends and members of the New England Paranormal group and got
caught up on recent investigations our two groups had undertaken.
LIPI with Donna Lacroix.
Lisa Dowaliby with members of Long Island Paranormal
By early evening we all had gathered in the ball room
for the nights’ events and dinner. The meal was served buffet-style with a great
selection of salad, pasta, chicken and beef. And those awesome desserts!
During dinner presentations were conducted by the
various Paranormal-X investigators.
Karen Mossey gives a presentation about EVP
(Electronic Voice Phenomenon).
Karen Mossey gave an overview presentation of
EVPs, gave tips on conduction EVP sessions,
what to look for during EVP playback, and played several examples of EVPs she
had recorded during her investigations.
Left to right: Carl, Sandra and Keith Johnson.
Keith & Carl Johnson and Sandra Johnson presented a
slide show about demons and demonology. They explained what is know of the
nature and organization of demons, how to spot possible demonic activity, and
discussed some situations they have been involved with.
Keith Johnson talks about types of demons.
Like all experienced
demonologists they reiterated extreme caution when dealing with demons.
Brian telling a funny story about his adventures as a
Brian with his beautiful new daughter Mackenzie Lee!
Brian Harnois provided some funny stories of
investigations he had been on with Jason and Grant (TAPS) and other adventures.
He described some events that happened personally with paranormal activity and
answered a number of audience questions about equipment, places and techniques.
Left to right: Paula, Donna and Lisa - The Divas of
Paula, Donna and Lisa – the Divas of Darkness (or as
another presenter called them "The Angles of the Afterlife"!) – gave a combined
presentation. Paula spoke of the physics that may relate to the paranormal.
Specifically she talked about Wave Theory and Quantum theory as possible ways to
model paranormal activity. She also explored some of the criticisms often laid
on the equipment paranormal investigators use and how they may be some merit to
them but for practical reasons it’s the best we can do. Donna spoke of the
personal and spiritual connection that can be applied to paranormal
investigation. She explained the importance of researching as much background
about the location you are investigating and people you are trying to help. Lisa
continued Donna’s train of thought adding the importance of understanding how
different cultures and faiths view ghosts, spirits, the dead etc. and how those
views can influence the ways paranormal activity is reported.
Tom D'Agostino discusses the vampire legends of New
England and the basis in science.
Tom D'Agostino presented several of the myths of
vampires in 18th and 19th century New England. He gave the
historic accounts and offered logical explanations for why people of the time
might actually believe in vampires for the cause of sever illness (most notably
tuberculosis or "consumption" as it was commonly called).
Overall, Long Island Paranormal Investiagtors had a
great time at the first Paranormal X event. It was good to see everyone again
and get caught up. We hope to meet up with everyone at the next gathering soon!
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