Wilkes-Barre, a town in need of serious help.

I live in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. I have lived here the majority of my life. Growing up it was a decent community. The crime was never really out of control and people tended to look out for one another. Murders were relatively non-existent. It had your typical crimes like any other community. It was a nice place to live.

It has changed quite a bit over the years. Drug use and peddling has decimated this once pleasant community. Wilkes-Barre is located between New York and Philadelphia. It apparently looked like an easy target for the drug pushers. In 2013 we have had 13 murders, more per capita then parts of New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York City. All but 2 of these murders were connected with drugs, with the majority being committed by people from outside the area.

There are about 41,000 people living in the city. We have 81 police officers. We are supposed to have 91, but our mayor does not believe we need a full complement. 7 officers recently retired and there are at least 4 that were hurt while on duty. 2 of which most likely will not return. So that leaves us at 74 officers. Mayor Tom Leighton recently said the city was hiring 10 officers. He neglected to mention the retirees. He also said he doesn’t believe there is a crime problem in Wilkes-Barre. It seems as if his head is buried in the sand.

Facebook is used by 40% of the people in the U.S. daily. As much garbage that you find on there, you also find some very useful sites. I follow several Crime Watch pages, with Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch 2 being my preferred page. Before I go on I would like to say that I know the Police work hard. I know that it is a difficult job. I believe our area needs at least 100 if not 120 officers to stop the disintegration of our community. But daily we here about calls being put on hold. Officers having to wait to go on a call because they do not have an officer to assist them. There are 6 Cops on the streets during all three shifts. Does anyone believe this is enough?

Wilkes-Barre spent a large sum of money to put cameras up around the city. None of them seem to work. What is the use? The mayor has been called out for shady deals on local properties. He is very dismissive of citizens who question him at City Council meetings. He has called citizens names at these proceedings. The city pays for his alarm system at his home. During his tenure as mayor the city has progressively gone downhill. Taxes are raised, garbage bags cost more, permits cost more, recycling fee and all other city fees have gone up. Yet t hth e city no longer cleans the streets and cannot hire more officers. We also recive money from the Casino, the naming of a local ice rink and parking meters. Where is all of this money going?

If a city is having the amount of trouble Wilkes-Barre is, why are they nit asking for help? Why are the State Police not involved? Why are other local police forces only used on occasion? Why is the DEA or FBI not involved to help with the drug problem? Why are citizens calling about drug deals being made out of a house for 2 years and nothing has been done? Why are arrest records being fudged? Why are people that were busted for drugs on the street? Why are those said people on bail and being busted for murder? These are some of the issues facing Wilkes-Barre. Why are we not getting answers for our questions?

Growing up I could walk all over my neighborhood. Now I don’t let my daughters go anywhere. The tax base is shrinking in our area because people are leaving. Who wants to deal with this? I believe Wilkes-Barre has reached a breaking point. If something is not done soon, we will face a mass exodus. There is no reason this can’t be the city my parents knew. It is time to fix our broken city.

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Ed and Lorraine Warren- The Donovan Case part 1, taken from the Demonologist

                    Patty Donovan had few friends and her parents kept a tight rein on both her and her brother. She was very lonely and decided to use an Ouija board to communicate with a friend. She took hold of the planchette and asked if anyone was there, was there a spirit that could hear her. The planchette quickly moved up to yes. This started a year long relationship with the spirit. The spirit played to her vanities, told her she was pretty, prettier than the other girls. They shared secrets and she looked at it as her boyfriend.

In February of 1974 she asked the entity to tell her future. It gave her the birthdate of her first child, that she would have 3 kids by 1978, all of which proved to be true. March 2, 1974 she asked the entity to manifest, she wanted to see her boyfriend. The next morning, Ted Donovan tried to start his car. It wouldn’t start because the sparkplug wires were pulled out, rubber hoses unfastened and the fan belt was cut. Patty’s car wouldn’t start either, the local garage said the internal engine parts had been disassembled.

That weekthe back doorbell was torn out of its housing, shrubs were ripped out roots and all and a 6 foot cast iron pipe on the roof was bent at a ninety-degree angle. March 8 was the first flat tire on Patty’s car. No sooner did it get fixed and it got another flat, it looked as if it were stabbed with a knife. Patty couldn’t raise her spiritual fruend, planchette just kept going to goodbye. Ted called the police but of course that didn’t do any good.

Ted and his wife were questioning their son Brian about the vandalism when they heard a loud bang from inside the house. They found and 18 inch hole in the walk in Brian’s room. The jagged edges were pointing inward, indicating it was done from inside the house. That night they heard scratching in the wall, Ted could not find a reason why. The noises continued all week. Patty had 3 flats by now, they bought new tires. They parked it in a locked garage and the tire was cut the next morning. The third week they began hearing loud pounding on the walls, sharp jarring raps and it sounded like boards being ripped off the wall.

The weekend of March 20 and 21 the pressure valves on the radiators became unscrewed, he wanted to blame kids but they weren’t home. He screwed them back on and they came back off. The banging became more frequent, so Ted spent a whole day looking for the problem, no answer. He called in a guy to look at the furnace, he heard the pounding as well. After 19 hours he said it wasn’t the furnace. A plumber came in changef the pressure valves, but he would immediately find them back on the floor. He told the Donovabs they had a problem. Another of Patty’s tires were slashed.

March 31 another tire was slashed, that made 6. About 10:00 that night the Donovans were watching T.V. in their bedroom, the quietest room in the house. The lights went off and on 3 times then the T.V. shut off. A 6 foot long, 250 pound dresser levitated off the floor and started twisting back and forth. It set down and the doors started slamming. Then a chair loaded with clothes levitated, dumped the clothes and fell on top of the clothes. The pictures lifted from their hooks and floated in a circle around the room. Later they heard a kitten which then turned into a baby, they did not check it out.

There were poundings on the roof, outside the house and on the roof. On April fools day it rained rocks on the house. The stones fell for an hour, witnessed by the police, who told them to call a priest. After the sun went down objects began levitating in full view of everyone. They would drop on the floor, slam against the wall and even hurl themselves at the people. Ted called a priest. When the priest arrived all activity stopped. The priest said that someone in the house was disturbed. Ted went to work later that day. He explained to his superviser why he was missing work. His superviser gave him the Warrens name.

Ted unpacked a plaster statue of Saint Anne. He immediately heard a ruckus and found the recreation room furniture levitating, as well as laundry soaps, which were spilling on the floor. He went upstairs and the statue was missing. He later found it next to the toilet. He found obscenities written on Brian’s door in pencil. Ted flew into a rage, only calming down when Brian broke into tears. No one could sleep, because of the continuous commotion. They left to stay in a hotel, only to find out there was no escape. Lights switched on and off and the pounding started up in the hotel. The next more the Donovans returned to their room after breakfast to find the room trashed. The manager said neighbors were complaining about the kids banging on the walls and such. Ted said it wouldn’t happen again, it did. They were forced home.

On April 6 when they returned home their house was destroyed. Rugs and beds were drenched with spilled floods, cleaning fluids, liquor, shoe polish, cologne and perfume. Towels stuffed in toilets, all furniture was knocked over or broken, blasephemies scribbled on the walls. It took all day to clean. On April 7, which was Palm Sunday Ted’s brother Phil brought his family over. They told Phil what was happening, strangely nothing happened for a while. Phil started showing slides from a recent vacation, including shots from Holy Land, a roadside attraction. When a slide came up depicting religious symbolism, they found water flowing out of the cellar wall.

The next day Ted went to the Monastery that bordered his property. Ted explained the problem and monk agreed to come to his house. The monk explained that they were being oppressed by a demonic spirit and got the Warrens number for Ted. Ted called and was told the Warrens were out west due back in 5 days. Rocks rained on the house throughout the week. Some embedding in the roof, some vanishing when they hit the ground. Crucifixes were turned upside down, pictures if Saints were tore up and the Saint Anbe statue was constantly being hidden.

One the box spring of the bed was thrown against the wall covering a picture of Jesus. Twice the refrigerator was moved to the middle of the kitchen, accompanied by a hellish moan. Ted found his anvil in the deep freezer and his heavy steel toolbox in the attic. There seemed to be a physical presence in the home and Ellen even turned to see a black mass standing behind her. The Donovans only hope seemed to be the Warrens.

TO BE CONTINUED

Infestation, oppression and finally possession.

                  As I have said before I have conducted several paranormal investigations. I have had a hard time finding people with this common interest in my area. Personally I have never dealt with a demonic haunting, for which I am very happy. My scariest moment was having footsteps running at me, with no one in sight. It sounded like there were several people running right at me at full speed. Then I would say about 5 feet from me, it stopped. That scared the hell out of me.

I scour the internet for stories of demonic haunting and possession to learn more about the subject. I have read a couple books, the most prominent being The Demonologist, about Ed and Lorraine Warren. By no means do I claim to be an expert on the subject. But I have been gathering knowledge and only recently started writing about what I have read. I normally write about politics, but this is one of my big intetests.

From what I have read most demonic hauntings start in basically the same way. It usually starts with an invitation of some sort. Ouija board, seances, witchcraft and anything that would draw the attention of negative spirits. Another common way is to move in to a house that was already under demonic assault. Demons feed on fear, it is what makes them grow stronger.

The infestation stage is where the spirits take hold of the home. There will be small seemingly innocent activity. Most people seem to blow it off for a while, until something really sticks out. In this case many people believe their home is haunted and bring paranormal investigators or mediums. Stick with paranormal investigators, because in the case of Annabelle the Haunted Doll, the medium was lied to and because of that the demonic force moved into the doll.

Opression comes next. This is when the demon creates fear and chaos. Ed Warren said the demonic seeks to dehumanize the people being oppressed. The demon attempts to break the person down in order for the next stage to occur. This is the stage where the demonic shows its power . Objects materialize and dematerialize, levitation, smells of sulfur and rotting flesh and the intense fear all of this creates. This is just the lead up to the true point of this haunting.

Possession is next and the worst. This is where people truly suffer. This is where the soul now goes into the void. Sadly possession many times ends in death. Sometimes possesion is mistaken for mental illness and mental illness is sometimes mistaken for possession. Excorcisms are removing the evil from the person. Sometimes it takes more than one exorcism and sometimes none work. No one knows why, it just is.

The real question is. Is this real? There is a lot of documented proof of occurences, for those religious people, demonic possession is mentioned 30 times in the Bible. I hope no one has to experience this to find out. Just be careful and positive and life should be ok.

My own haunted house.

               We moved into our house about 6 years ago. Unbeknownst to us when we moved in, the man who lived here before shot himself in the head in our front room. The realtor never told us and we didn’t find out until about a year later. An odd coincidence is that the man’s last name was Reilly, spelled exactly the same as my oldest daughter.

There was never any negative activity. It was just things that made your hair stand up. Doors would open, you would feel like you were being watched, knocking at times, sometimes the chair would rock when no one is around it (it is a lazyboy), just basic small stuff. It was enough to give you a jolt, but nothing crazy. There also is a stain on the carpet in the front room where the act was committed. We cannot remove the stain from the carpet, regardless of what we do. It appeared before we got our dog.

So I started my own paranormal investigation. I got myself a K2, infrared camera and camcorder, laser grid, 3 digital recorders and a few other things. I have gotten EVPs in my kitchen, but no other room in the house. I get very odd K2 readings in my front room but no where else in the house. Every 15 to 20 seconds I get a hit all up in the red. It is real quick, then gone. I checked in the basement below the spot, but didn’t even get a reading. I have also asked questions and recieved immediate hits on the K2.

My neighbors said the man was very nice and he really loved his cat. So I associated the odd K2 hits with the possibility his cat stayed with him. The cat had died a few weeks before he killed himself. These things that werw happening really scared my kids.They are 11 and 9 now, so it is understandable. So I communicated with the presence. I told it that it could stay as long as it doesn’t show itself or scare anyone. I told it to stop with the activity or I will make you leave.

Since then activity has almost completely ceased. Only occasionally does the closet door in our living room open. It is as if he is getting something out. We have brought religious items into our home and there was not any activity caused when provoking with them. Stupid, unsafe thing to do. But when I write steadily about evil hauntings, I get a chill up my spine knowing that we have an unseen visitor as well.

The Haunting of the Hillman Family and the Warrens.

          In May of 1977 Ed and Lorraine Warren recieved an odd phone call. There was a bizzare series of clicks and odd whirring sounds followed by the voice of an unfamiliar woman.
       ” I hope you can hear me. My name is Hillman, Mrs Jeanne Hillman. I don’t know exactly what has happened here but my children have been hit and…. chased by something. And there is something or someone in the house, upstairs, in one of the kids bedrooms. Please call me back just as soon as you can.”
It was 12:40 A.M. when Lorraine called back. The phone rang continuously and then hung up. The second time it was like someone picked up but the phone kept ringing. The third time she got the same response. She then called the operator, who also got the same response. His supervisor ran a test and said the line was in perfect working order.

The next morning on the way to church they were assaulted by a rank; powerful smell of excrement. They were assaulted again in church and in the car on the way home. There was no way to associate the atrack with the upcoming case. When they arrived home, they phoned the Hillmans and told them what happened the night before. The Hillmans said they did not recieve any calls after midnight. The Warrens arrived at the Hillmans in mid afternoon.

When they arrived Ed sat down to interview the family, while Lorraine walked the house. All members of the Hillnan family were there. The father Al, 35, mom Jeanne, same age, and their 3 children. Dee, 15, Bob, 14 and Melanie, 11. The mother and father made it clear that they did not experience anything. Jeanne did explain that Dee was interested in the occult, had a small library, and that Jeanne hsd bought her a book on conjuring demons for Christmas. Dee explained that she did some of the easier rituals, but nothing happened so she quit. Ed told her that demons answer in their own time.

When asked what happened Dee said she just finished a shower. She went downstairs to lock the door, turned the radio and lights off as well. When she got to her room, she heard the faucet running in the bathroom. She turned it off, saw the lights on downstairs and the radio on. She went down and turned them off again, came back upstairs and the faucet was on. She turned it off and the lights and radio were on again. No one else turned it on.

The radio was changing stations by itself. Then the kids heard footsteps and the furniture slamming around downstairs. Her hair was pulled 3 times and she ran into her brothers room. They called their parents, but the parents said they were imagining it. The second time was more of the first. This time an invisible force pulled Dee partially off the bed. The kids ran out of the house, the downstairs was like a furnace.

The entity chased them up the street. The birds were screeching on the left side and dogs were running away from them backwards. They ran for the streetlight. Safely under it, it started to dim, so they ran further up the street. That is when they felt safe.

Lorraine let Ed know there was an inhuman entity. They asked the family to leave. Ed and Lorraine went room to room in the house blessing it. Ed throwing holy water in the 4 corners of all the rooms. When they went to go upstairs they smelled the dank smell of mildew and a shadow shot into one of the rooms. When they attempted to climb the stairs, it was like a force wouldnt let them pass. They went back down and heard diabolical laughter. Ed threw holy water on the steps and preceeded to climb them.

They blessed every room until they reached Dee’s. When they opened the door and they felt a horrible sense of misery, although there was nothing there. The room was freezing cold. Ed threw holy water into the 4 corners of the room and commanded that the demon show itself or a sign of its leaving. Almost instantly the feeling went away. The Warrens gathered Dee’s books and conjuring candles and trashed them.

Ed informed them the demon was dormant. That they should get the house blessed immediately. They should attend church once a week. They should make positive changes to counteract the negative ones they had made. In full view of everyone, Lorraine’s eyeglasses looped in the air and smashed to the floor. Breaking only the left lens.

Satans Harvest-Ed and Lorraine Warren, the possession of a farmer

             One of the most bizzare cases of demonic possession occurred in Warren, Ma. in the mid 80’s. The case involved a farmer, was witnessed by police and was resolved by Ed and Lorraine Warren. The entire case is documented in the book Satan’s Harvest.

As a child Maurice “Frenchy” Theriault lived a hard scrabble life in the New England area. He worked long hard hours on his fathers farm and dealt with the abuses his father doled out. His father became more violent toward him as he got older. Frenchy called for help from anyone, unwittingly asking Satan to help him. At some point in his teen years, Frenchy was forced to watch or participate in horrific sexual acts in the barn, although who or what happened was never really clear.

As time went on Frenchy noticed he was much stronger than he should be and also had knowledge of things he had never learned. He was forced to quit school to work on his fathers farm. His attempt to join the Army was foiled by his father as well. After he left home he floated around the New England area for several years before settling in Warren. The spring of 1985 he and his family began to notice signs of the unusual with Frenchy. He turned his guns into the Sherriff and asked him not to return them. The family would hear voices when no one was around and things would move throughout the house and farm. Frenchy would lose chunks of the day and fires would break out all over the property. This brought them to the attention of the police.

The most disturbing activity was the other Frenchy. He would be in a room and appear to his wife in another room. She would follow him and find him in exactly the same place he had been. This happened in front of others as well. A physical and psychological exam showed nothing. This is when the Warrens were called in.

The Warrens arrived with their team of investigators. They immediately witnessed dozens of examples of an evil presence and the events intensified the longer they stayed. Team members were often followed home. There was alot of poltergeist activity, as well as physical attacks. All of the team members came under atrack. They were either involved in the activity or experienced severe mood changes. Frenchy tried to turn to God to end the exorcism but this only resulted in more attacks. While reciting the Hail Mary, Frenchy became so violent he tried to choke his wife.

The Warrens called on Bishop Robert Mckenna for an exorcism, although it was not cleared by the church. During the exorcism the demon identified itself as “I am what I am” and “You say I am proud”, also invoking the name of Kingdom. The exorcism was successful, despite Ed Warren almost losing his life. The sight is still experiencing smaller phenomenon. Frenchy was later arrested for sexual abuse of a minor and he also recieved a nice chunk of change from the damage the demon had done. The Warrens reputation remained as good as ever, despite the critics constantly challenging their credibility.

The Loudun Possessions.

            The Loudun Possessions took place in Loudon, France in 1634. The Ursuline Nuns were possessed by demons. They had convulsions and where shouting obscenities. It is one of the most widely heard of mass possessions in history.

In 1632 Sister Jean Agnes and 16 of the Ursuline nuns were found to be possessed. The priest who did the exorcism told the demons to inhabit his body. Father Jean Joseph Surin was the priest. After the exorcism he lost hid mental balance. He began inflicting injuries on himself and even tried committing suicide. He described it as if there were 2 souls in his body.

Urbain Grandier was later convicted of sorcery and witchcraft. The Ursuline Nuns accused him of causing their possession. He was eventually put to death for these crimes. Until the Aix-En-Provence possessions of 1611 the testimony of the nuns would not have been enough to convict Grandier.

There were 2 stories here. Grandier was disliked by seversl colleagues, who may have conspired with the nuns to pretend to be possessed. The other was that Sister Jean Agnes had sexual dreams about Grandier, and was loud in her sleep. She did her pennance, but the other nuns were having dreams like this as well. Either way Grandierd enemies saw it as a chance to remove him.

On December 7, 1633 Father Grandier was moved to Castle Angers. His body was shaved in search of the devils mark. The search was said to be successful. His torturer claimed it was a hoax and that they didnt find the devil’s mark. The Friars promised Father Grandier he would be able to speak his last words and would be hung before being burned. They doused him with holy water so he couldn’t speak. They also didn’t garrot the noose so he was burned alive.

The possessions didn’t end with Fathet Grandier’s death. In fact public exorcisms continued. Sister Jean Agnes was convinced that she needed to make a pilgramage to be rid of the devil. She was rumored to be the one to have stopped the public exorcisms. She considered herself a saint.

Some historians do not believe that there was a possession at all. They refer to it as a Witch Hunt. Despite their claims record state that the nuns showed all the classic signs of possession, including knowledge of the arcane. The contortions were described in great detail and seem way out of the norm. It is a very interesting story, which I have just touched on. I highly recomend you look it up and read the whole story.