By Maxim W. Furek
Contributor to Normal Paranormal
Centralia lies on the outer fringe of the Pennsylvania Coal Region. It is a virtual ghost town with broken sidewalks, obsolete street signs, and only a few remaining buildings. A feeling of foreboding greets those passing through the village, who overhear various accounts of strange shadow figures and apparitions lurking around the abandoned structures. The road leading to Centralia is easily mistaken for the Gateway to Hell because, for decades, a massive underground fire has raged beneath the deserted city streets, spewing toxic carbon monoxide and other gasses.
Of this, a modern-day Hades, writer Katie Machado observed, “On some days, a trip into Centralia might mean seeing smoke rising from the cracks in the highway’s asphalt, while other days, it might mean an eerie gray fog that claims the town after a rainy morning.”
Immersed in isolation and superstition, the Coal Region remains a place of desolate stretches of culm, things that go bumpety bump in the night, and dead silence. Here are things that people simply do not talk about. An unspoken protocol is evident as strange occurrences are discussed in guarded tones while other topics are pushed deeper into a repressed consciousness.
I’ve always been fascinated by the Enfield poltergeist, which Ed and Lorraine Warren briefly investigated, as popularized in The Conjuring 2. But coming across any of their work on the case proves rather challenging. That was until I came across this video filmed on August 1, 2013. It comes courtesy of Tony Spera, who has taken charge of sharing the Warren legacy.
If you’re already familiar with the Enfield case, you probably know that Maurice Grosse and Guy Lyon Playfair were the chief investigators that did most of the legwork on it. Much of Grosse and Playfair’s research is accessible and reveals some equally fascinating, albeit disturbing, evidence.
Yet, there are things that Lorraine Warren and John Kenyhercz reveal in their conversation with Spera that I hadn’t heard about. Here are some of the key takeaways from it…
By Maxim W. Furek
Contributor to Normal Paranormal
One of the most horrific cases of purported demonic possession occurred over a 13-year period in West Pittston, Pennsylvania. The horror took root inside a 92-year-old duplex dwelling located at 328-330 Chase Street that belonged to Jack and Janet Smurl and Jack’s parents.
From 1974 to 1987, the Smurls and their four daughters were terrorized by howls and blood-curdling screams, pig grunts, kitchen appliances catching fire, and awful odors. Amorphous black clouds materialized inside the lodging. Janet was dragged out of bed by malevolent forces and Jack was sexually assaulted by a succubus, a demon in female form.
Monsignor Francis Kane was the pastor of their Immaculate Conception parish. He went to the home and blessed every room. After the spirits continued to torment them, he did this again. Monsignor Eugene J. Clark, rector of St. Pius X. Seminary, Dalton, PA., was directed by church officials to stay overnight on three occasions but observed nothing unusual.
Finally, after agonizing torment, they began to look outside the church for help, and paranormal researchers Ed (1926-2006) and Lorraine (1927-2019) Warren were called in to investigate. Ed, a former police officer, described himself as a “religious demonologist,” and Lorraine as a “sensitive clairvoyant,” with the ability to see that which seems to be invisible.
When Luis “Lue” Elizondo worked for the AATIP program, he outlined five observables, which he noted as commonly associated with UFOs or UAP (unidentified aerial phenomena). But there is also a little known, sixth observable that Elizondo seldom mentions and his old team was more than reluctant to talk about.
The five basics include:
- Anti-Gravity Lift
- Or the ability to overcome the earth’s gravity with no visible means of propulsion. These objects also lack any flight surfaces on them, such as conventional wings.
- Sudden and Instantaneous Acceleration
- These objects can accelerate or change direction on a dime with a g-force that would generally crush a human pilot.
- Hypersonic Velocities without Signatures
- Conventional aircraft typically leave vapor trails or sonic booms when traveling faster than the speed of sound, but these objects do not.
- Low Observability or Cloaking
- The objects may be visible to the naked eye but are sometimes undetected through radar or other means. They can also blink in and out of view and sometimes even appear to alter their shape.
- Trans-Medium Travel
- Contrary to popular belief that these objects only fly in the earth’s atmosphere, they can also move quickly in and out of different environments, including outer space and water bodies.
And, the sixth observable—biological effects brought on by the phenomenon.
- Anti-Gravity Lift
My own personal Unsolved Mysteries mystery is now solved! All thanks to research from Juan Barona, producer of the MRP Show podcast.
A while back I wrote an article about the new Netflix reboot of Unsolved Mysteries. In that post, I referenced one particular episode of the original series that absolutely terrified me as a kid. Click here to read the post for context.
But the thing is, I couldn’t recall which episode it had been. It led me to believe that perhaps the episode never existed in the first place and was just the result of faulty memory. I remembered it involving ghostly voices heard by some kid on a radio. I also recalled it being just a small part of a much larger episode, perhaps involving ghost ships or something to that extent. That was probably why I wasn’t able to track it down because in the wiki descriptions there isn’t anything about the exact details of the episodes, apart from their brief subjects.
Based on my obscure details, Juan was able to prove that I hadn’t been confabulating for the most part after all. The episode did exist—episode three in the first season of Unsolved Mysteries, which originally aired on October 26, 1988…just in time for Halloween. Watch the episode here.
If you aren’t familiar with the story of Mike Blower’s home run prediction, then you’re in for a treat.
Now when you hear the term precognition used in the paranormal, you probably imagine someone with the magnificent ability to make predictions of future events. Or, at least to some extent. But precognitive abilities don’t always have to manifest in spectacular ways. They can also show up in more subtle manners.
To my knowledge, Savalas first publicly shared his experiences on a 1993 Australian TV show called The Extraordinary. After telling his story he died just a few months later in January of 1994. But the implications of this tale go beyond just him. Here is that segment…
When I first began the Normal Paranormal website several years ago, I put the call out to see if anyone wanted to contribute articles to it. The response was almost nonexistent. Yet, there was one person out there who had taken an interest.
His name was “Lawrence Miller” and he had lived in a haunted house.
Lawrence told me how it practically destroyed his life and left a negative impact on his family. Although tragic, his account was at the same time important, because it put in perspective the reality of this that ghost hunters often forget.
The paranormal isn’t fun for everyone.
I received an email from Sue Swiatek, the state director of MUFON Virginia, about an upcoming conference in the Maryland area she organizes annually called “Fortfest.” I didn’t get a chance to attend last year’s but from what I heard it had a fantastic lineup. This year Fortfest also has some impressive speakers—some of which I’ve heard of, but have never seen lecture before.
The late Martin Caidin was an author of numerous books including “Ghosts in the Air” which chronicles various paranormal occurrences in air space and within the airplanes themselves. On October 22, 1995 Caidin gave an interview on Dreamland with Art Bell, a well-known radio program that some of you may be familiar with. (Today, it is hosted by Whitley Strieber.)
In that particular conversation, Caidin detailed such a supernatural event that may have saved his life, along with the lives of two other pilots.