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Show Synopsis: On this edition of the A.R.C. Radio, we interview Bryan Bonner. He is a professional photographer and the founder of The Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society. We discuss paranormal photography, his appearance on "Is It Real?: Ghosts", the poetic licensing in regard to paranormal tv shows and movies, along with much, much more! We hope you enjoy this edition of A.R.C. Radio!
What are Ghosts?
Can anyone become one? How do they interact with time
and space? Stripping away the sensationalism and fraud
linked to this contentious topic, J. Allan Danelek
presents a well-researched study of a phenomenon that
has facinated mankind for centuries. Analyzing
theories that support and debunk these supernatural
events,, Danelek objectively explores hauntings, the
ghost psyche, spirit-communication, and spirit guides.
He also investigates spirit photography, EVP,
ghost-hunting tools, ouija boards, and the darker side
of the ghost equation-malevolent spirits and demon
possession. Whether you're a ghost enthusiast of a
skeptic, The Case for Ghosts promises amazing insights
into the spirit realm.
"I would like to
thank Mr. Bryan Bonner at the Rocky Mountain
Paranormal Society fo his encouragement and assistance
in going through this material and pointing out its
many potential problems, possible pitfalls, and
occasional bouts of just plain nonsense. Such
ovesights have been corrected or otherwise taken into
account, thus making this a better book than it would
have been otherwise. If ghosts are ever to be proven
to be a fact, it will be through the tireless efforts
of dedicated and clever skeptics like himself, who
have made it their life's passion to keep both
believers and debunkers alike on their collective
By Nancy Clark
As dusk was settling over Denver on Saturday night, Bryan Bonner was also settling in to do what he generally does on a Saturday night...ghost-busting.
This is not a profitable business, but rather one borne out of the fascination Bonner has always held for the occult and the inexplicable. He doesn’t work alone. In fact he has a crew of fellow ghost-busters who work alongside him including Intuitives—people with a special gift to “feel” the energy fields surrounding ghosts and the unseen—and technogeeks who operate the loads of highly specialized equipment that Bonner uses to detect the existence of ghosts—technology enough to fill a 12 ft. by 16 ft. space when compacted together.
Bonner is a calm sort. He holds a job by day with a Fortune 500 company, builds websites on the side, and regularly comes to the rescue. Often his work is for historical purposes, verifying the unusual in buildings known for their infamous histories—like Mattie Silks’ former bordello-turned-restaurant in Lodo. And then there’s the unusual case (recall “Amityville Horror”) in which the ghosts possess the humans trying to occupy a home. Bonner actually has an email on record from a mother who called upon his services to rid her home of ghosts tormenting her four-year-old son. She wrote: It’s good to have my son back.”
As his crew lugged equipment into the Denver Press Club Saturday (the club is reputed to be haunted by a male ghost named “Charlie” and a female in a blue dress), Bonner’s Intuitives roamed the building, peering into every nook and cranny, under the stairwells and into storage closets. (There’s always a ghost under the bed.) They paused in each room to take in the vibrations. Both Intuitives were drawn to the business office where they proclaimed, “This is it. Feel the energy. It’s along that wall, by the safe. Do you feel the rage?” they looked at each other knowingly.
“I really don’t want to hear any more,” I, the informal tour guide, pleaded before taking leave.
Later that night, a DPC member dropped by to check on the ghost-buster’s findings and found that the pilot light in the boiler room has gone out. Xcel responded to cut the gas to the boiler which was last replaced in 1995 after the old one broke in a weeklong occurrence of sub-zero weather. Then, the club’s bartender Justin had to spend the night in the place monitoring propane heaters to keep the pipes from freezing. And fortunately for the historically cash-poor club, the membership had raised just-enough from its ’95 Damon Runyon dinner featuring Jimmy Breslin to fund the new boiler.
At 3 a.m., the ghost-busters-turned-gas-busters vacated the club having witnessed nothing particularly haunting...except if you count the fact that the pilot light had never before extinguished on its own. Call it coincidence. Call it rage. Call the club president.
Which I did. “I’m afraid I may have to resign as treasurer. The ghost-busters discovered The Rage surrounding the club safe.”
He burst out laughing, “Think about it. For the entire existence of the club the rage has revolved around the safe.”
It’s enough to spook your inner spirit: Isn’t coincidence sometimes unsettling? And do the ghosts we battle come in other forms than what darkness causes us to expect?
In late February 2006, TAPS and the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Reseach Society joind together
to investigate the Elk Horn Lodge in Estes Park, Colorado.
This investigation is featured on the Season 2 Part 2 DVD set of
By Julie Marshall
October 27, 2002
It's 2:45 a.m. and my heart is pounding so hard, the bed feels like a beating drum.
Something has jolted me out of my sleep, and I don't know where I am.
Across the room hangs the black-and-white photograph of a family sitting on a lawn next to a horse and buggy. A speck of red light glows from a camcorder. Now I remember. I'm at the Berkeley Farm, waiting for ghosts.
Last weekend, I spent the night in a haunted house in Boulder. Not the kind with ghosts made from sheets and kids bobbing for apples, but a private dwelling said to be visited by spirits from the nether world. According to the property owner, as well as current and former tenants, the Berkeley Farm — an original homestead built in the days of the horse and wagon — is haunted by family ghosts.
Boulder has a rich history of reported hauntings. A new book, "Haunted Boulder" (White Sand Lake Press, $14.95), highlights more than a dozen of Boulder's most famous — and infamous — ghost stories, including eerie happenings at the Berkeley Farm near downtown. The farm, which is the sixth oldest original territorial property in Colorado, is one of two places listed in the book where author Roz Brown says she truly felt a presence.
(The second place is a 100-year-old stone house in Left Hand Canyon.)
"I want to be skeptical, but I sensed something," Brown says, "like old souls that maybe are still there."
The Berkeleys were an influential family. In 1870, Granville Sr. was appointed by the territorial governor to be a University of Colorado trustee. His son, Junius, became the first secretary of regents. Junius' brother, Granville Jr., was a prominent lawyer who built the Citizen's National Bank building on Pearl Street.
Junius Berkeley was the first to arrive in Boulder in 1861 and built his cabin on what became the family's 320-acre homestead. Diana Linnen, the great great granddaughter of Granville Sr., owns what is left — about 1 acre of the working farm with two original cookhouses and a barn.
I would be staying the night in Junius' first cabin, which became a cookhouse, Linnen tells me. The cozy, 2-bedroom home doesn't have much more than a bed and a dresser because it's being remodeled.
But furniture may move, Linnen says. The ghosts, probably Junius, may press the mattress from beneath the bed.
"Stay in the bedroom and at 3 a.m. leave the bathroom door open," Linnen says. "Sometimes there's a light there that looks like someone coming in the door."
Walking onto the Berkeley farm is like taking a step back in time. Despite modern additions, such as a second bedroom and living room attached to Junius' cabin, Linnen has retained the property's old-world charm with low ceilings and white painted wooden cabinets.
On this night the air is cold and still. A full moon casts tall shadows through a canopy of cottonwood trees rising above the red brick cookhouse — a structure added to the property in 1880.
Standing outside on the lawn wrapped in a blanket, I imagine the empty block building alive with the servants who once gathered water from White Rock Ditch and the cook who tended the fire. Nearby horses would be sleeping in the barn.
A psychic once told Historic Boulder, which gives haunted house tours each Halloween, that she saw the apparition of a man on a horse by the barn.
I'm not alone, either.
Back in Junius' original cabin are two "ghostbusters" from Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society busily hooking up camcorders in the bedrooms to TV monitors in the living room. The crew has an amazing amount of gadgetry to measure electromagnetic fields, microwaves, ion charges and any unseen energy force one can imagine.
The fourth in our slumber party is Bela Scheiber, founder of Rocky Mountain Skeptics and an astrogeophysicist, who began the evening by warning us that if anything should happen, nobody should jump to the conclusion it's a ghost.
"The supernatural should be the last possible explanation, not the first," he says.
Linnen says she did not want to believe the hauntings at first.
"Fifty percent of me said no, this is not happening."
Today Linnen wants people to know of her lineage and has fixed plaques on CU's campus in front of Old Main, and on her property. It's what the ghosts want, she says, to be acknowledged for their role in history.
"I know it sounds crazy, but I talk to them," Linnen
says. "They're still around ... I feel like they are proud
Looking for Junius
OK, I admit it, I talked to them too.
Thursday afternoon before the overnight, and with encouragement from Linnen, I visited Junius' grave at Columbia Cemetery on 9th and College streets, and told him I was coming.
It was a sunny autumn day; brilliant red and amber leaves swirled in a gentle wind, crunched under my feet and collected in piles along the dirt path I walked searching for Junius.
Columbia has 3,000 grave markers. How in the world would I find him?
I headed south toward the cemetery ditch. A few yards ahead stood a large man with thick, gray hair and muddy shoes. He not only had keys to the tool shed, but pulled out a color-coded map. It was serendipitous, and, a bit spooky.
The next morning I called the city to ask to speak to the cemetery grounds worker. A nice woman on the phone told me the man whom I described had died 20 years ago.
Not really ... but it was a fun thought.
Junius' ground-level, gray grave marker is in the southwest corner. Northeast, near the ditch, lies his father, Granville Sr., whose grave is marked by a leaning white marble stone inscribed with the word "Capt." because he was a captain who fought in Iowa during the Civil War.
Crouching by Granville Sr.'s grave, I felt thankful to Linnen for letting me, a stranger, into her life and into her home for a night without her there. She was willing, she said, with one condition:
"Don't scare my ghosts away."
We settle into the living room about 10 p.m., with lights dimmed to watch two large and four tiny monitors. An infrared camera on a tripod is installed in the bedroom, lights off, where Junius is said to visit.
Junius isn't the only ghost. In "Haunted Boulder" the authors interviewed a current tenant living in the Ice House — a remodeled 1880s cabin where Granville Jr. stored ice cut from nearby Berkeley Lake. The original Ice House was smashed by a tree that fell after being struck by lightning, Linnen says.
According to the book, the tenant has recently seen the specter of a woman, wearing a cape, walking across the lawn. The apparition may be Clarissa Cordelia, Granville Jr.'s wife, Linnen says.
"I would love to experience that," says Mark Manning, a paranormal investigator and videographer.
At 12:30 a.m., Manning straps a flashlight to his head like a miner's cap and walks around the house with a hand-held meter. In the bedroom behind the kitchen, he picks up a temperature change. Two corners of the room have "cooled off" compared with earlier readings, but the drop is not dramatic enough to get excited, he says.
I start thinking of the movie, "Sixth Sense," in which rooms turn icy cold when dead people are present.
Within the hour, the large TV screens pointing toward the two bedrooms are filled with static.
"They both went out of focus at the same time," Manning tells his partner, Bryan Bonner. "That's just really odd; it's never happened before."
Odd situations are nothing new to Bonner, a freelance photographer who uses his art to record ghostly activity. One of his favorite stories occurred this year during a Fort Collins investigation. In that house, the slow, monotonous beep of Bonner's electromagnetic field meter increased to a rapid beat at the same time he felt someone slapping his face.
It wasn't hard enough to hurt, he says. "But hard enough to say 'I'm here.'"
Another time, Bonner was called to investigate Mattie's, a restaurant in lower downtown Denver that was a bordello in 1889. As legend goes, a prostitute committed suicide in one of the rooms and in that room, during the witching hour, Bonner heard voices.
"It was a weird-sounding language," he says. Linguistic experts could not decipher the audio tape.
"It sounded Slavic to me," Manning says.
A tall figure
At 1:40 a.m. comes a noise that stops cold our debate of horror movies. I can only describe it as a "ping," as if a metal ball has ricocheted off a metal wall.
"I think it's coming from the bedroom," Bonner says.
Scheiber shoots up and marches outside to search for evidence of birds or other wildlife stirring up noise.
He finds nothing. But there is an old entry to a sub floor that has been closed off, he tells us when he returns. The noise could have come from some type of space underneath the house.
Closing in on 2 a.m., Bonner volunteers me to lie down on the bed in the room where Junius is supposed to appear.
The bed is soft and comfy. Dark reflections from a rectangular mirror leaning against the wall to my right are freaking me out a bit, so I stare ahead and notice the bathroom door is wide open.
The black of night is thick with possibilities.
I imagine Junius, or maybe Granville Sr., hovering in the doorway. He is a tall figure with broad shoulders, wearing a hat.
I'm not scared. I remember Linnen telling me this is her family; this is their house and it's full of loving, rather than angry, spirits.
I fall asleep for about 40 minutes, until the wake-up
call of my beating heart.
Contact Julie Marshall at (303) 473-1305 or MarshallJ@dailycamera.com
people claim to have proof that ghosts and other
Location: Private House in
Date: July of 2000
Equipment used: digital thermometers, 35mm cameras, emf meters, & audio recorders
Contacts: Bryan Bonner and Christopher J. Williams
Our investigation into “The Friendly Farmer” consisted of a lengthy interview, a site survey and taking photographs. This process is then followed by extensive research into the history and background of the property.
Initial contact is made by phone. We ask very brief questions about the phenomenon that is being experienced, who has witnessed this and their family situation. This aids us in preparing a list of questions to be asked at the interview. After a date and time is set to meet with the percipient we at R.M.P.R.S. than edit our sample questionnaire to adjust it to the conditions of each particular situation.
The interview is the most important part of an investigation. It defines the parameters, helps determine the regularity (if any), and establishes a sequence to the event. The most critical aspect is that we develop a sense of trust and professionalism with the interviewee. We always tape record the interview. This provides a record of what was asked and the responses that can latter be used to reconstruct, as accurately as possible, the phenomenon.
This specific case
illustrates the importance of the interview. What
was determined was;
R.M.P.R.S. then conducted a survey of the house and reviewed the area of the phenomenon. We did not notice any cold spots or any energy surges. A rough drawing was made of the layout and approximate locations of the apparitions were noted. We took photographs of the rooms in hopes that maybe something would turn up.
Because of the random nature of these ghosts it was highly unlikely that any activity would be captured on film or otherwise. Before leaving we ask the percipient to keep a log of any future activity. It should be pointed out that this request usually proves to be disappointing. The client either looses interest or forgets to enter pertinent data. We recognize hat this is valuable information to be collected but is almost impossible to expect or mandate that a client participate at a level we deem necessary. We are currently evaluating how we can make this a user-friendly system of data gathering.
Due to the lack of documentable evidence we are usually faced with the need to find corroborative proof. This is where the long and laborious task of research comes into play. First we go to the County Assessors and pull copies of all the deeds pertinent to the property. This gives us names and dates to track down the history of the owners. From here we check census records. This gives some background information such as age, occupation and marital status. We also check marriage and divorce records and newspaper obituaries. If a previous owner is still alive we try to track down their current location and call them to ask if they ever noticed supernatural activities while living there. Like a detective we are searching for leads that could explain and substantiate what the client perceived.
As you can imagine this process takes a very long time and the majority of the information leads to dead ends. We still are acquiring and investigating leads on this property. What we have found out is the following:
1) This was never farm
property per-se. It was speculative real estate
held from the 1900 to 1970’s by various people in
hope that it would increase in value. It was
developed, subdivided and homes built on it,
including our subject house, in 1971. None of the
owners lived on the property during that period,
however that does not mean it was not subleased to
Some of the conclusions that can be drawn are that the client is stable and reliable. She seems to have witnessed something that she is convinced is paranormal. It appears that (according to current theory) that the “farmer” ghost could be a residual ghost. Although the fact that he did reach out and touched her makes a precise classification difficult. The other ghostly forms are residual ghosts due to the fact that they did not interact at all. The percipient did perceive that they were sad and tried to comfort them. This perceived attribute would indicate that these spirits came to an unhappy ending. We are hopeful that this can be verified by researching the various local periodicals.
This is a brief summary to
highlight some of the steps we go through to
investigate the paranormal. We intended to show
the procedures, the information gathering process,
some of the drawbacks and frustrations. Research
into the paranormal is not a science. It is a
theory at best. We at the Rocky Mountain
Paranormal Research Society like to take the
approach analogous to preparing a case to be tried
in court. Most evidence collected is
circumstantial, it implicates our position that
paranormal activity exists but does not prove it
beyond reasonable doubt. The best we can do is
keep compiling as much evidence as possible.
It is always worth remembering that you can still
prove your case if the preponderance of
circumstantial evidence is overwhelming and
© 2000 firstname.lastname@example.org
Who you gonna call?By KASEY CORDELL Colorado Daily Staff
When there's something strange in the neighborhood, folks call Bryan Bonner. Bonner anchors the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society out of his Westminster home. The research society, founded by Bonner in 1999, investigates out-of-the-ordinary photographs, videos and occurrences with a healthy dose of skepticism.
"I've always had an interest in things paranormal, but I wanted to get into it seriously, and no one was interested in it seriously," he says.
Bonner labels his group as a skeptics' group, meaning they approach situations with an open mind and try to find any possible natural explanation for the phenomenon before leaping to the conclusion that it's something supernatural.
"We approach all our different cases with 'How can we recreate it?' If it's something we can recreate in the lab, usually there's a simple explanation for things," Bonner says.
Most often people present the possibly paranormal to Bonner in the form of photographs with unexplained light circles or mist, called orbs and vortexes in the realm of the mystical.
Bonner, who has nearly two decades of photography experience, says many of the "paranormal" images in these pictures are explained by dust particles, condensation or lens flare. He remarks that many "ghost groups" are little more than "overblown camera clubs" because they lack an understanding of their medium.
"Because most people in this field do not have the background in any of the technology, if they pick up a camera anything they get is ghost, even if it has a standard explanation," he says.
In 99 percent of the cases Bonner sees, he says there is a natural cause.
But what of the other 1 percent? Despite their skepticism, Bonner's group isn't above believing in ghosts.
"We're not saying that they're not ghosts out there or that we haven't seen them," says group member Wendy Haver. "Only that we can't prove it."
That doesn't mean the group members haven't experienced the supernatural, though. Bonner recounts an investigation in a Fort Collins home that left him with a harrowing tale to tell.
The Fort Collins family solicited Bonner's help with something "unfriendly" in their home. As part of the standard process for investigations, Bonner's group undertook some preliminary interviewing. In their discussions with the family, the team learned that one member had been experimenting with witchcraft and could possibly have invited something in. Bonner and company began to set up their equipment.
In its arsenal, the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society maintains several types of electromagnetic field (or EMF) meters, infrared cameras (which record in the dark to ensure a prankster isn't just toying with them), motion sensors, ion counters and audio equipment.
"We try to cover every aspect of the spectrum," says Mark Manning, an affiliate of the group and an investigator for the American Association for Critical Scientific Investigation into Claimed Haunting.
After setting up their equipment in the Fort Collins home, a process that takes about an hour and a half, the group waited. The family previously noted that the activity centered around a closet underneath the stairs in one bedroom and a pool table in the living room. Other than one unexplained incident with a motion sensor, the equipment didn't reflect anything strange- until the family went to sleep and one member entered the troublesome bedroom. A persistent scratching near the closet provoked the family member to leave the bedroom.
"She became scared because she saw shapes and shadows moving on the wall," Haver says.
Bonner volunteered to stay in the room with the family member. He heard scratching noises and saw shadows moving near the closet and asked that other members of the team verify this. They did. The EMF recordings from the meter nearest the closet also varied without explanation. As the night progressed, Bonner, stationed nearest the closet, felt a periodic tap on his face by something unseen. At 5 a.m., the investigation the family requested the investigation be halted.
The experience still resonates with Bonner, who makes no money from his investigations. He cites the exorbitant cost of equipment as a major deterrent to pursuing the field as an individual, hence the birth of the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society.
"If one person was going to get into this, they couldn't afford it," he says.
Each member of the group brings to it a different strength and a healthy respect for science. Bonner, hopes to use that science to further investigation into the paranormal.
"There's no proof there's a ghost, yet. That's
what we're working on," he says.
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