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A Brief History.

We were formed in 2001 by experienced paranormal investigator, author and TV presenter David Scanlan and rapidly become one of the UK's leading investigation groups, A title we are proud to still have after 8 years of group investigations.

We have visited and investigated numerous sites over the years including Portchester Castle, Levens Hall, Dudley Castle, Wymering Manor, Beaulieu Abbey, Netley Abbey, Michelham Priory, Ancient Ram Inn, Chingle Hall, and many more, there are some sites that we cannot name due to their ownership being in the hands of the Royal Navy and a member of the British Aristocracy.

The Hampshire Ghost Club has also been featured highlighting our work numerous times in the media including Most Haunted, BBC Radio, Net Talk Radio, Power FM, ITV, Meridian, Portsmouth TV, Paranormal Magazine, Beyond Magazine, plus many others.

We are a friendly and dedicated group of individuals and we are always on the look out for new members to compliment our existing team

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General : Ghostly door slams at council HQ

Posted by editor on 22-Mar-2007 18:31 (2032 reads)

Mystery door slams and doorbell chimes have led a Kent town council to allow a ghostwatch team into its offices.

The alleged paranormal presence at Maison Dieu House is thought to be a servant called Mary who lived there and died in the 1688 revolution. Dover town clerk Mike Webb said he had never encountered a ghost before he met Mary in his first week at work. "The door closed and I realised it couldn't have been any member of staff because I was locked in on my own." He said he had been working on his own late one night when it happened, and added: "If you feel the weight of the door, it cannot close on its own.

Town mayor Jan Tranter said Mary ringing the doorbell when nobody else was around was "quite a common" way for her to make her presence felt to staff and councillors.

And she said sometimes pictures came off walls in the building, built in 1665 and thought to be the oldest domestic property in the town. The store room on the top floor that was probably Mary's living quarters was very cold and creepy, she added. 'Ever-elusive picture' "I remember coming up here with one of the girls once and they said we don't want to stay up here too long - we don't like it."

Thanet Ghostwatch is set to spend a night in the building next month, when two teams will observe activity and only compare notes after the investigation to work out whether they have the same or different findings.

Cameraman Keith Campbell said the group would be equipped with cameras, thermometers, voice recorders and meters to measure electromagnetic flux. He said: "Believers will always believe and doubters will always doubt."

But he said the aim was to have real physical evidence - that "ever elusive full-bodied apparition" captured on film.

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General : The Ghosts of Bobby Mackeys Nightclub

Posted by Founder on 12-Mar-2007 17:57 (6069 reads)

AN UNASSUMING yet historic building on the banks of the Licking River in Wilder, Kentucky has become a nationally famous story because of the tragic, strange and paranormal occurrences that have taken place there over the years. The "haunted house" currently is home to Bobby Mackey's Music World, a local country music hot spot that is owned by the club's featured performer, Bobby Mackey.

Author Douglas Hensley wrote a popular book on the subject – Hell's Gate: Terror at Bobby Mackey's Music World. Hensley spent five years researching the bizarre background of the nightclub and the building itself, which has a sordid history that dates back to the 1800s. In the back of the book are copies of 29 sworn and signed affidavits from club employees, patrons, Wilder Policemen and others, including Bobby Mackey's wife, Janet Mackey, who writes in her affidavit that an unseen force threw her down a flight of stairs and tried to harm her in other ways.

Hensley summed up his observations in the book's introduction: "The phenomena within and about Bobby Mackey's Music World have yet to be satisfactorily defined by any explanation other than: it's haunted."

BLOODY HISTORY

The old building that now houses Bobby Mackey's was a slaughterhouse for over 40 years during the 1800s. The ample spilled blood from the slaughterhouse and its location on the banks of the Licking River – one of two rivers in the world that flow north – attracted a hoard of satanic worshippers who used the site for sacrificial grounds.

In 1896, the building became entangled in a sensational and grizzly murder when Pearl Bryan's headless body was found nearby. The young lady's head was never found, but speculation abounded that it was likely disposed of in the slaughterhouse's basement well that was used to drain blood into the river when two local men who were active in the occult confessed to the murder. Alonzo Walling and Scott Jackson became the last two people hanged in Campbell County when they were sent to the gallows on March 21, 1897 for the murder of Pearl Bryan. With his last words on the gallows behind the Campbell County Courthouse – located near the slaughterhouse – Walling vowed to return to torment his executioners.

According to the Kentucky Post articles at the time, Walling and Jackson were offered life in prison instead of death if they told authorities where Bryan's head was located. People familiar with the two murderers claim that they refused because they were terrified they would spark the wrath of Satan if they exposed the site of his sacrificial grounds. Reportedly, they offered Bryan's head as a sacrifice to Satan, most likely in the slaughterhouse well. Local believers claim the well is a "gateway to hell" of sorts, a gruesome legend that lives on to the present day.

Bryan (often a headless figure), Walling and Jackson reportedly have been seen on numerous occasions at Bobby Mackey's over the years, along with other spirits whose lives were entangled with the building in some way. In fact, several people have died unnatural deaths inside the building, which was alleged to be the site of several murders at the casino. During the 1950s, it became the Latin Quarter, another popular nightclub whose owners were arrested several times on gambling charges.

Later, the building became yet another rough-and-tumble nightclub, The Hard Rock Cafe (no relation to the restaurant chain), which was closed in 1978 by police request after several fatal shootings on the premises. Bobby Mackey purchased the building in 1978 and opened his Music World shortly thereafter.

One of the most frequently seen spirits is a young girl named Johana, a cabaret dancer during the club's casino days, who reportedly poisoned herself and her mobster father inside the building after he murdered her boyfriend, club singer Robert Randall. Other spirits who have appeared at the club regularly are Johana and gangster Albert "Red" Masterson.

According to sworn affidavits, other witnesses and local legend, paranormal activity in the club is often preceded by the strong smell of rose perfume. The juke box at Bobby Mackey's also has come on suddenly and played old tunes from the 1930s and 1940s – songs that were not loaded into the juke box! "The Anniversary Waltz" is a particular favorite, heard numerous times by many people. Chairs have moved inexplicably, rooms have gone cold and people have heard their names called, only to turn around and have no one there in the club.

CASES OF POSSESSION

Perhaps the most bizarre aspect of the Bobby Mackey's saga are the claims by several people that they have had spirits enter their bodies while in the club. Some of the sworn affidavits claim they felt cold chills run through their bodies, while others claimed to have taken on different personalities and even facial features while inside.

The most celebrated case of possession at Bobby Mackey's is Carl Lawson, who lived upstairs above the nightclub as a caretaker for the club. Lawson, one of the main subjects of Hensley's book, claims to have been attacked by several of the resident spirits and actually possessed by some of them as well, including Alonzo Walling. A supposedly successful exorcism of Lawson and the entire building took place at Bobby Mackey's on August 8, 1991. It was performed by the Reverend Glenn Coe and witnessed by Hensley, who also recorded it all on videotape.

For a time, it appeared that the exorcism was successful, but in recent years, strange occurrences have begun once again at the old building. Bobby Mackey, who has refused to believe the paranormal activity was true from the beginning, nevertheless made plans to tear down the building and construct a new club on adjacent property after viewing the videotape of the Carl Lawson exorcism. However, a piece of the ceiling fell on him one day when he was discussing the demolition, and the adjacent property he purchased for the new club was rendered useless by the sudden appearance of a fissure about six inches wide and 60 feet deep that runs from the old slaughterhouse well to the middle of the adjacent property.

Mackey has never built the new club, and he continues to operate at his original club where he regularly performs a special song he wrote, "The Ballad of Johana."

By James Watkins

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General : Talk by Peter Knight

Posted by Founder on 03-Mar-2007 11:03 (2914 reads)

There is a talk at Rainbows, Bishops Waltham, Hampshire -

TUES March 6th 2007 - 7.30PM

Peter Knight, earth mysteries researcher and pagan author of the local classic Ancient Stones of Dorset, gives an inspiring, illustrated presentation based on his new book 13 Moons - Conversations with the Goddess. It is a novel, in which the Earth Spirit reveals profound knowledge about sacred sites, leys, earth energies, synchronicity, tree spirits, connecting with the Land, and what the Human experience is really about - before it's too late! Peter has used the story format to tell how we can connect with the Spirit of the Land, as well as environmental issues, to enhance our lives. The book is getting rave reviews and is set to become THE alternative/Pagan book of 2007!

Book your place, as Peter's talks at Rainbows are well attended:

Rainbows, Bishops Waltham. Tel: 01489 896896.

Could you please forward this to anyone you may feel may be interested.


"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us."

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Updates : SJB Upgrade

Posted by Tim on 01-Mar-2007 21:15 (1840 reads)

SJB Upgrade

Over the recent months, we've had periods of downtime with our websites due to various server errors, this is due to the popularity of some of the websites offered by our network. As a result we are now in the process of upgrading our servers, this will not be a fast process, and occasionally we may suffer downtime, we are working to limit this.

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Updates : Haunted England - New Paranormal Directory

Posted by Tim on 25-Feb-2007 07:31 (1799 reads)

We’d like to announce the launch of a sister site to Haunted England, This service is a directory of paranormal related websites, and you can list your website free of charge, on top of other options.

http://www.hauntedengland.net - New Haunted England Directory

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General : Daisy Lane Gosport

Posted by Scotjock on 16-Feb-2007 10:37 (12166 reads)

I was taking my son to a Scout meet via Daisy lane, near the end of the lane he saw very close to me and pass 3 small orbs pass and vanish in front of us, the street light went off and stayed off at the same time, I felt a cold and heavy push on my left shoulder and neck just before he saw the orbs? It was not insects, car headlights or falling leaves. I have always felt an unease with the first part of the lane and thought it may have been the site of a gallows just off the lane into Leesland field, when walking past I often feel tightness on the neck, I have never seen anything paranormal but have heard things and get sensations. Any more info to this please?

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General : Alton Towers Ghost

Posted by Founder on 09-Feb-2007 23:33 (5038 reads)

I recently visited Alton Towers Castle in Staffordshire U.K., as I enjoy looking at the arcitecture of the buildings. As I was inside snapping away taking pictures on my camera phone, I sensed something was in front of me, so I snapped the steps on the picture. It wasn't until a few days after I was looking through the pictures that I noticed something near the steps, so I zoomed in and immediately saw what appears to be a little boy and i was completely taken aback. Then after looking at the picture more closely, I noticed a very tall man standing next to the little boy. I have shown it to several people and they are all totally amazed and have advised me to send it to a professional for advice. Granted, the quality of the picture is very poor as it was taken on my camera phone, and the lighting inside the castle is very poor, but I do genuinely believe that I have captured two spirits. Please would you give me your honest opinion on this as its been playing on my mind alot lately

The photo can be viewed HERE

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General : My mum's ghost at my wedding

Posted by Founder on 31-Jan-2007 15:08 (2561 reads)

"My mother died about a month before my niece, her granddaughter, was married," says Marc. "She had desperatley wanted to go to the wedding. After the service, we were standing outside the chapel and I remarked to my two aunts that I could feel her there. Minutes before that, I'd sent my young cousin off to take a photo of the wedding car. It was a friend of mine who noticed something unusual. We decided to have the image professionally enhanced and were all amazed to see my mother's face appear...."

The photo can be viewed HERE

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General : Spam mail submitted to the News Section

Posted by Founder on 22-Jan-2007 22:36 (1656 reads)

Dear Spammers,

Please note that all news submission's for private sale items submitted to appear on our news pages will not be granted publicity on the Hampshire Ghost Club website

All articles are vetted prior to being released for appearance on this site

YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME

Apologies to all interested people viewing the Hampshire Ghost Club website. We keep getting bombarded by people trying to sell their wares through our news page

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General : Mark David Chapman - Did the Devil make him do it?

Posted by Founder on 21-Jan-2007 22:41 (1724 reads)

Colorado, USA (January 18, 2007) - For some, the murder of John Lennon by Mark David Chapman on that fateful evening of December 8, 1980 might seem like a straightforward case of ‘bad man pulls trigger’.

However, according to an article in the Winter 2007 issue of Haunted Times Magazine, something more sinister may have been at work.

The article “Did Demons Force Mark David Chapman to Murder John Lennon” written by internationally acclaimed paranormal investigator and medium, Chip Coffey, contains shocking information never before released to the public.

In 1972, Chapman became friends with a Decatur, Georgia couple and their two young children. Shortly before meeting Chapman, the family had relocated to this four bedroom, two-story house. The couple’s seven-year-old daughter began exhibiting bizarre behavior almost immediately. She began screaming at night, cursing and violently attacking others as she repeatedly claimed to see a vision of an old man, which terrified her.

Strangely enough, when the family relocated for a year due to the husband’s job transfer to Upstate New York, the daughter’s visions ceased and her behavior returned to normal. When the year was up and the family moved back into their Decatur home, the bizarre behavior started up again.

Chapman was never told about these incidents. He claimed to have murdered John Lennon because he was commanded to do so by two demons that he had encountered in that same Decatur home. Witnesses saw Chapman sitting on a swing in the yard just weeks before Lennon’s murder more than a year after the family had moved.

At trial, he did not use the insanity defense.

Could demonic possession explain the senseless murder of one of rock ‘n’ rolls most beloved icons? Nothing will bring John Lennon back. But could his fans accept this theory for the brutal tragedy that they so desperately want to understand?

Chris Moon, editor of Haunted Times magazine says, “Demonic possessions have long been an issue of interest and debate. There are recorded incidents as early as 4000 B.C. It was believed that demons were responsible for diseases of the mind and body. Priests were called to perform exorcisms. Throughout the centuries, the concept came to be adopted by some religious groups and rejected by others. Modern day is really no different.”

Coffey, who has spoken with the family, states, “I look at odds. What’s the likelihood that he [Chapman] could have made this up? No-one outside of the four members of the Decatur family knew about what was going on in that house.”

One thing is for certain, for Mark David Chapman, who shortly after his incarceration at Attica Correctional Institute called upon Jesus to rid him of the demons, as for the family he befriended in Decatur, there is no doubt that such demons do indeed exist.

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