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Candy Man: The Truth Behind Poisoned Halloween Candy Scares

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If you grew up in the last half century or so, the tradition of checking your Halloween candy after coming home from Trick or Treating was a commonplace event of your childhood.

There could be a razor blade stuck in your Taffy Apple or a loose wrapper on your peanut butter cup that may mean poison.

Like most things though, especially those connected to a holiday like Halloween, truth is often stranger (and sometimes scarier) then fiction.

The first question is: Has a child ever died from candy connected to the holiday of Halloween?

Yes.

That fact stated, the truth behind the fear of a murderer targeting children through poisoned holiday sweets is a bit more complex and interesting…

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James Bond Theme Written By a Ghost?

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Certain film and television theme tunes just stick in your head the same way a popcorn hull might get stuck in your teeth.

No matter how you try to wiggle and maneuver it out of your mind, it seems it has come to stay like an uninvited guest.

There are plenty to choose from too: Jaws, Star Wars, Dallas and my personal favorite of the bunch, Doctor Who.

Another would be the iconic James Bond theme, usually credited to multiple award winning composer John Barry.

However, recently I stumbled on a short article that claims the tunes haunting melody might have actually been composed by a ghost.

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Ghost Hunters Arrested in Gettysburg

 

Three men were arrested on Thanksgiving night when a passing police patrol car spotted flashlights in the window of a photography studio located in reputedly haunted a civil war era building.

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Paranormal Creatures: Jersey Devil

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For millennium, people across the globe have been interacting with forces that can’t be explained.  Things science has yet to fully acknowledge. Creatures that are not just part of our present, but our past.  You will never read their tales in an academic history book.

However, they have always been part of our cultures.  This is what I call Paranormal History.
It was a dark and stormy night in 1735 when Mrs. Janet Leeds gave birth to her thirteenth child.  Upon finding out she was pregnant she stated that this child would be the devil.  Despite her curse, she gave birth to a healthy and normal looking baby boy.

Suddenly the innocent appearing child transformed into a beast with the head of a goat, wings of a bat, hooves for feet, and a forked tail.  With a growl and a scream, it murdered the midwife that birthed it before flying out the chimney and into the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.  This is a popular version of the legendary Jersey Devil, a creature that is said to have been stalking the state of New Jersey for the last two and a half centuries.

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Paranormal Creatures: Sasquatch

 

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For millennium, people across the globe have been interacting with forces that can’t be explained.  Things science has yet to fully acknowledge. Creatures that are not just part of our present, but our past.  You will never read their tales in an academic history book. However, they have always been part of our cultures.

This is what I call Paranormal History.
You are walking through the forest, heading to your  favorite hunting spot when you start to get the uneasy feeling of being watched.  You think you are being paranoid so you try to  shake the feeling, but there is a movement from the brush. You grab a nearby rock and throw it in an attempt to flush the animal out.  Less than a second later an even bigger rock strikes the tree behind your head.

Full of terror, you take aim with you rifle, demanding for whatever it is to show itself. Suddenly, a blood curdling scream erupts from the brush, causing you to drop your rifle as you run for your life. This isn’t a scene from the newest SyFy original movie, this is what was recounted to me by a Kentucky resident in 2009.

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Haunting Tales: The Titanic Artifact Exhibit

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Las Vegas, Nevada is home to some pretty amazing spectacles and shows. It is a purely entertainment driven town, providing fun and something interesting around every corner.

The Luxor Hotel is one Las Vegas destination that might have gotten a little more then they bargained for when they opened an exhibit of relics and exhibits from and related to the Titanic.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition includes recreated first and third class rooms done by the original manufacturers, recreations of the grand staircase and other major areas of the ship and even pats of the Titanic’s hull dragged up from the wreckage site.

But some guests and employees have reported ghostly goings on at the exhibition since it opened in 2008.

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Paranormal Presidents

 

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate the birth of the United States then by talking about some of the more paranormal connections shared by our presidents and those around them.

There are the ghosts connected to former presidents, such as the ghost of the man who sold most of Washington D.C. to the US Government, David Burns. There is also the infamous ghost of slain President Abraham Lincoln, who has been seen by future presidents and first ladies as well as distinguished guests.

Another paranormal connection to Washington D.C. is the mysterious connection between Lincoln and John F Kennedy, another president taken down by an assassins bullet while in office.

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The Dark Side of Exorcism

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The dark side of exorcism? How can it get any darker?

The topics of possession exorcism are inherently deeply complex, controversial, and interpreted by hundreds of cultures and religions at different and varying levels of belief and understanding. Volumes have been written about the subject throughout the centuries, from the religious to the historic, from the scientific to the sensational. The realm of possession and exorcism has been seriously approached and studied by theologians, psychiatrists, scientists, historians and scholars, writers and filmmakers, all with different interpretations about the phenomena, its validity, and meanings. What, if any, are the conclusions?

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31 Days: Black Cats

Welcome to the second post in News From the Spirit World’s 31 Days of Halloween, a collection of articles on iconic Halloween icons to celebrate the site’s official launch! Today we tackle the Halloween icon that is as misunderstood as it is engrained in our minds as a symbol of magick and darkness, the black cat (more…)


31 Days: Witches (A Tale of a Northen Witch Finder)

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Greetings and welcome to the month of October!

This month we hope to present  articles on all the little things that make Halloween so great with our “31 Days of Halloween”!

We were fortunate enough to have some help in that regard, so we start out with a article by Doctor Jo Bath about one of the most iconic Halloween symbols…witches!

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