Wrestling Champ Vivian St. John Possessed Strange Psychic Powers

Tribute Show on “Exploring the Bizarre” in Works
By Timothy Green Beckley

I don’t know how many guys can say they had a professional wrestler as a lady friend. It can’t be a hell of a lot but it certainly is an attention getter when the lady just happens to be over six feet tall and you are just five six.

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Susanne Miller — AKA Vivian St. John.

Susanne Miller — known to wrestling fans worldwide as Vivian St. John — was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1950 and managed to wander into my life some twenty years later while directing a rather unorthodox occult center than offered psychic readings, seance participation , Ouija board sales and the opportunity to be hypnotized and put into a trance. We had some of the leading lights in the paranormal and UFO worlds lecture for our group (we rented large halls for some of the talks which would garner 200-300 people if properly promoted) and if you were a novice and wanted to expand upon your psychic talents you could join a class on astral projection or Tarot cards.

Our relationship spanned several decades and was certainly “complicated” a term popularized on Face Book. She went in and out of a life, had a daughter Nicole who is now a nurse I am told, became a wrestler, and even had time to put together material for a book we published (Inner Light – Global Communications) published — “Curses and Their Reversals” which of course can be obtained on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Curses-Their-Reversals-Superstitions-Removal/dp/160611140X

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Vivian St. John on the cover of “Beyond Reality” magazine.

She also was featured at least twice amidst a broken mirror on the cover of the long defunct newsstand magazine “Beyond Reality.” Some people thought Sue or Vivian, pardon me, was a Satanist. She did read cards, did some occult “root work” and offered spiritual counseling. Vivian considered herself a “Luciferian.” She did not sacrifice, she loved animals (even the three dobermens who tried to chew up my arm cause they thought i wanted to snatch the food that had been left in the frig for them). A short definition for those fundamentalist who think Satan is behind anything to do with the occult:

“Luciferianism is a belief system that venerates the essential characteristics that are affixed to Lucifer. The tradition, influenced by Gnosticism, usually reveres Lucifer not as the devil, but as a liberator, a guardian or guiding spirit, or even the true god as opposed to Jehovah.”

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Vivian St. John adorned Timothy Green Beckley’s body with magickal symbols.

Viv worked a lot with Talismanic Manic Magick and symbols, which I would equate with the magi Aleister Crowley’s brand of the esoteric. You’d have to read up on this yourself. One night — perhaps with more than the “average” libation in our systems — Sue decided that I should become a vessel for some unknown (to me at least) spirit and adorned my body with enough magickal symbols to make me an honorary member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. As her daughter once noted: “My mom was a very eccentric person all the way around, however you cut the cake. Nothing really added shock value when it came to her.”

Vivian died several years ago, but I certainly have not forgotten her nor have those she toured professional with while “queen of the ring.” Vivian loved to travel, went off to Japan several times, and had a fondness for grappling for sure. She wore her wrestling boots — which she loved — up till the end when she died of a heart disease which she had been suffering with for a number of years. Her friends stuck to her side even in the depressingly climactic days. There was, Susan “Tex” Green who had been her tag team partner. Leilani Kai, who moved into Vivian’s home for the last months of her life, taking care of her old friend, while she was sadly hooked up to an oxygen tank, confined to her bedroom. Another individual who shared in the care taking was Tatevik Hunanyan, Lelani Kai’s protege whose who antics in the ring can be caught on YouTube recorded while she was entertaining the crowds as a GLOW girl.

Tat shared Vivian’s interest in the paranormal and says that her edgy in ring personification was adapted in part from occult wisdom St. John gave to her.

I don’t believe I ever took seriously the idea that I should enter professional wrestling. I did think of becoming a crazed manager on the outside of the ring akin to the Grand Wizard who in “real life” was an accomplished artist. Sue/Viv had given me a painting of a clown he had painted which I cherished but cant find these days. Truth is, I have enough trouble jumping rope, never mind jumping into the ring over one.

Oh and Walter “Killer Kowalski was a reader of our books. He used to call on the phone to see what was new. He enjoyed Tesla and the Philadelphia Experiment and once sent me a signed copy of his auto biography and a B&W photo which I have on the wall for inspiration. As a side note, the “killer” — known for his specialized “claw hold” — was a vegetarian and a believer in Holistic health.

I did attempt to manage a couple of would be grapplers myself, but they chickened out before I could get them into training. They realized that while wrestling today may be part entertainment, the other half is real enough to kill you. My ideal match between “The Brick,” whom I was going to take to champion stardom, and the Undertaker, is a thing of past and never materialized except in a long forgotten dream.

THE SHOW MUST GO ON. . .

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Tatevik Hunanyan

A Vivian St. John Tribute episode of Exploring the Bizarre which I co-host with Conspiracy Journal editor and blogger Tim R. Swartz will air on KCORradio.com at 10 PM Eastern/7 Pacific on the evening of June 26, 2018. It will shortly thereafter be available for your viewing enjoyment on our YouTube channel, “Mr UFOs Secret Files” https://www.youtube.com/user/MRUFO1100

The show will consist of interviews with her long time friend Tatevik Hunanyan who will discuss some of the occult moment shared with her wrestling buddy. Another independent wrestler Donnie Brooke will be joining us. Donnie is a UFO investigator down in Georgia and has some new information on the Roswell UFO crash and on his feelings about the NWO (not the wrestling tag team group). It should be an interesting show with lots of surprises, including appearances by other pro wrestlers who have a liking for the bizarre and unusual. It’s certain to be a “smack down” show, so join us live or in the archives (Stitcher, ITunes, YouTube).donniebrook

The following is an article dealing with the time the Ouija Board spoke with clarity to both Vivian and I. No devilish spirits took over. We were not possessed. But we did find out some things that we could not have known otherwise.

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UFO UNIVERSE’S OWN EDITOR SWEARS THE OUIJA CONNECTED HIM TO ANOTHER REALM!

THE DAY THE BOARD SPELLED OUT DISASTER
By Timothy Green Beckley

The Ouija Board has always been a controversial means of attempting contact with those in the “spirit world.” Not too long ago it was used as a tool exclusively by mediums and psychics. However in recent years it has become more of a parlor game with sales reaching close to two million according to a leading game company which says the Ouija Board is their hottest selling item.

I have worked the Ouija many times with varying results. Frequently messages are nothing more than what I call “psychic gibberish” with words being mispelled, and phrases and sentences making no sense to anyone. Other times the board reacts positively and spells out things of importance.

Some experts feel that if you treat the board seriously and ask questions of importance you will always be rewarded accordingly. Ask it foolish things and unimportant questions and it will respond thusly. How it works is also open to debate.

There are those who believe the Ouija is a direct telephone line with individuals who have passed on. Others express the idea that what comes through is simply telepathic in nature. As far as I’m concerned there is evidence for both beliefs.

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I hadn’t seen Suzanne Miller since the 1970s though one could hardly forget her striking appearance.

Standing all of six feet and dressed in fringe jacket and tight leather pants, Suzanne had a way of attracting attention no matter what the circumstances. I might also point out that Suzanne was no “wimp.” In fact, she carried herself like a biker chick and no doubt this had a lot to do with her subsequent career as a female wrestler and her climb to a top ten position on the lady’s wrestling circuit using the name Vivian St. John.

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Susanne Miller (Vivian St. John) with Sue Green.

But the years have cooled Suzanne down – somewhat! Currently, she can be found several days a week doing psychic readings at New Age Books and Things, a well established metaphysical center located at 4401 North Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

When I first met Suzanne she was just startling to develop her clairvoyant abilities, a gift that she told me had been handed down from her mother’s side of the family; In her early twenties then, she was dedicated enough in her task that I had no qualms about asking her to work at the New York School of Occult Arts and Sciences which I had founded and where many of the top psychics in the U.S. cut their teeth in the 60s and 70s. Suzanne always felt that her mission was to educate people to the reality of the non material realms she knew to exist all around us, but just out of sight of the majority of folks who closed their minds to this normally invisible universe.

Herbs and oils lined her heavily packed book cases and enlargements of Tarot cards hung on the walls of her west side apartment in Manhattan. After chatting over a glass of wine, Suzanne asked if I was interested in working the Ouija Board with her; something she felt she was becoming very adept at as her psychic abilities continued to grow. As it turned out, she felt certain that the spirits had something to tell her as she-had been ill at ease all day wondering what had happened to her husband who was due back in town the previous evening but hadn’t even called to indicate there was a problem.Susanne miller ouija board

After taking the Ouija down and dusting it with powder so that the wooden planchette would move freely should a message start to come through, we moved to the floor with our legs crossed and the board on our knees.

Suzanne was concerned over her husband’s whereabouts as Stanley had told her he would return from a trip upstate by early evening. It was already past 3:00 A.M. and he had not arrived as planned. Because of this she suggested asking the Ouija to give us an idea where he was and if there had been any trouble.

Touching the tips of our fingers to the planchette I selected to begin the questioning by asking if there was “anyone” present. The planchette moved directly to the word “yes.” Under normal conditions the planchette will start to move slowly at first and increase speed as communication becomes stronger. It works akin to adjusting a radio receiver to a particular frequency.

After a few “test” questions devised to make sure our subconscious wasn’t playing tricks we asked the whereabouts of Suzanne’s husband. “He will be in a car accident”- Suzanne’s face turned pale and I could see she was visibly concerned as the board continued to spell out its message. “Don’t worry, Stanley will not be hurt badly.”

After verifying the message (we usually make the “spirit” spell out the communication twice), we asked who we were in contact with and under what conditions he had left this world. The reply came that the spirit had also been in a car accident-but was not as lucky as Stanley would be as he was killed in the crash. “Where” we quizzed and the reply came “not far from Cincinnati, Ohio.” Further probing as to name, address and age (which we 40 could later check for verification) did not get a meaningful response.

Susan thanked whoever it was that had come through and put the board away for the night.

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Susanne as Vivian St. John

The next day found Suzanne’s husband still not home. To try and quiet her worst fears I attempted to calm her by rationalizing that since they had just moved into a new apartment and since they did not have a phone there was no way he could call to tell her how he had been delayed. I promised to return that night to see if Stanley had come back yet.

When I walked through the door later I saw Stanley alright-but he didn’t look at all well. Right in the middle of his forehead was one of the largest red lumps I have ever seen. “Boy, I’m lucky to be alive.”

I must have really looked shocked as he elaborated.

“I was returning from upstate and this car jumped into the lane in back of me and hit my automobile at 50 miles per hour from behind. The car was totally destroyed and I went forward smashing my head against the windshield.”

An ambulance had rushed him to Tuxedo Memorial Hospital, in Tuxedo, New York where he was admitted in fair condition.

“See,” Suzanne said, erasing any skepticism I still might have about the powers of the Ouija Board, “the spirits don’t lie!” And she was right – this time it hadn’t!

Stanley had verified the message by his very presence and with a lump on his head and the deep cuts on his arms and chest as evidence that an accident had happened and that he was fortunate not to have been killed.

Next Monday morning, I placed a call to Lila,the promotional director for the firm that booked music, particularly rock “n’ roll groups into several theaters in the metropolitan area. When she got on the phone I could sense that the normally high-spirited lady was disturbed over something.

Pressed as to what was irritating her, Lila explained that one of her best friends was killed over the weekend. I told her how sorry I was and asked for more details. “He was driving toward Cincinnati….”

My heart skilled a beat and a cold chill ran up my spine – hadn’t our “spirit” on the board told us he had been killed in Ohio? Could it have possibly been Lila’s friend coming through?

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Susanne Miller Tag Team Wrestling.

Lila has been a friend for sometime and on occasions I have done psychic readings for her, picking up what I thought might be things important to her. About a month before this incident I called her one night to tell her about an impression I was receiving. I told her that I foresaw trouble in the area of her eyes.

Lila remarked that she had never had difficulties in the vicinity of her eyes but would take note if anything developed.

The next time I saw her, four or five days later, Lila was seated in the box office during a performance I was attending. Her right eye had a patch over it and her brow was a mass of tape and bandages.

“Don’t worry,” she calmed me by extending her hand, “the doctor says the swelling will go away in a few more days. An infection had developed 48 hours after my late night telephone call.

Lila could only shake her head and remark how “right” I had been in what I had seen. Right away this showed me that Lila was an excellent subject to pick up from (for unknown reasons some people are just impossible to “read”) . But why had her friend been able to get through to us so easily?

During a later conversation Lila remarked she would like to meet Suzanne and asked where she lived.

I gave her the address and she just looked at me for a moment. “153,” she nearly shouted after I had given her the apartment building number. “My friend who was killed lived at 151 for more than two years and was sorry he had to leave. It was his favorite apartment.”

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Susanne Miller Consults the Crystal Ball for a Psychic Reading.

As far as I was concerned this clinched it. Lila’s friend had died the night we sat down to use the Ouija Board. The spirit had accurately predicted Stanley’s accident and told us accurately where he had been killed. The fact that Lila’s friend had once been Susan’s neighbor I believe increased the power coming through the Ouija to the two of us operating as receivers.

Not only had this mystical device predicted a disaster but it went a long way in proving to me that communication with another realm is possible.

And as for Suzanne Miller…well, when’s she not knee deep in giving readings at New Age Books and Things or doing private counseling over the phone from her home, she says she still often reflects on the night the Ouija proved to be an accurate device utilized by one dearly departed soul to speak freely to us from the “other side” of life.

Though not a total believer, I have to admit the entire incident left me wondering about the true capabilities of the Ouija Board.

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The ‘Competing’ Poltergeist, Demonic, UFO And Ultra-Terrestrial Phenomena – It Could Turn Out They Are All One And The Same!

By Sean Casteel

Amityville.

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Six individuals were shot to death in this house in Amityville, Long Island, said to be the scene of some extremely violent poltergeist activity following the murders.

The very name of the small Long Island, New York, community instantly conjures visions of horror, of a death-dealing psychopath laying waste his parents, two sisters and two brothers with a Marlin rifle. The egregious murders were chronicled in both a bestselling book and a major Hollywood studio movie and have become, pardon the pun, a “household name”: The Amityville Horror.

The convicted killer was Ronald DeFeo, Jr., whom one judge called “the devil incarnate.” DeFeo told varying versions of what happened the night of November 13, 1974, including the claim that he was possessed by an evil spirit and had committed the crime through no free will of his own.

While it is of course impossible to decide the existence or nonexistence of the devil and his demons in a court of law, the evil-spirit-possession argument was entered along with an insanity plea. Ultimately, Defeo received a 25 years to life sentence for each of his victims and remains in prison today.

But is it so easy to simply scoff at Defeo’s claim to have been an unwitting agent for the devil? Could it possibly be that Defeo was telling the truth of what happened?

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Amityville and Beyond

This is one of many issues dealt with in the book recently issued by Timothy Green Beckley’s Inner Light – Global Communications publishing house. Entitled “Amityville and Beyond: The Lore of the Poltergeist and Other Petrifying Paranormal Phenomena,” the book breaks relatively new ground in making some overdue correlations between spirit possession, ghosts and even the UFO/alien presence.

This overarching “theory of everything” hypothesis can perhaps be credited originally to the late John A. Keel and was later expounded upon by the very prolific Brad Steiger. But Beckley and his hard working crew of contributors aim to take this theory and definitively tie up the loose ends and connect the many different forms of paranormal activity at play in the world today.

A PARANORMAL RESEARCHER’S EARLY POLTERGEIST ENCOUNTER  

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Paul Eno

Paul Eno is among the topnotch researchers Beckley has assembled for the writing of   “Amityville and Beyond.” Currently Eno hosts, along with his son Ben, a radio show called “Behind the Paranormal” based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

“American history is full of poltergeists and nasty and vengeful spirits,” Eno writes. “Much has been written about the Bell Witch that frightened a U.S. president so badly that he fled in the early morning hours from a Tennessee homestead. Furthermore, this book contains the full story of the dreadful Amherst poltergeist, which is just as scary as any similar saga of evil you are likely to hear about from an historical perspective.

“My attitude about such cases,” Eno continues, “is a bit more ‘radical’ than the views of other researchers, who tend to treat such poltergeist outbreaks as either restless spirits gone awry or put them in the general category of a purely psychological manifestation attributable to the witnesses’ psychological state. I see such outbreaks more akin to a crossing of parallel dimensions by a variety of beings often mistaken for the undead – though they seem to have, in many instances, the same attributes as so-called ‘aliens.’ Even cryptids from the darkest realms of our minds have recently been brought into the poltergeist equation.”

Here Eno has very succinctly expressed the overall theme of “Amityville and Beyond,” that aliens and cryptid creatures like Dogmen are cut from the same cloth as “noisy ghosts” and possessive demons. Eno at one time was an assistant to the famed Ed and Lorraine Warren, the husband/wife paranormal researchers whose work has been the subject of the movies “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2.”

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Several bestsellers and over a dozen movies have been made (both “fact” and fiction) involving the unexplainable phenomena inside the Amityville house. Here Ed and Lorraine Warren meet with a reporter as they try to contact the spirit world.

 Eventually, Eno broke away from the Warrens because he found their ecclesiastical approach to poltergeists and their subsequent use of exorcism to rid a person of the “demon in charge” to be too steeped in religious folklore and superstition. Eno says he found that reading jokes from a book did more to dispel the presence of the “devil” than the sprinkling of holy water by a priest.

In November 1974, Eno found himself on Lindley Street in Bridgeport, Connecticut, along with Ed, Lorraine and Father William Charbonneau, and an indeterminate number of police and reporters. And a very frightened family.

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Poltergeist victim Marcia gives her pet a big hug while trying to put the events of the past out of her mind.

“The latter consisted of Gerard Goodin and his adopted daughter and only child, Marcia (pronounced Mar-SEE-a),” Eno writes. “Shortly Mom (Laura Goodin) returned from the St. Vincent’s Hospital Emergency Room with her right big toe bandaged. It had been broken by a flying television set. The house itself was a mess. ‘The Thing,as Laura called it, had been tearing pictures, especially religious objects, off the wall all morning. A priest had come to bless the house, apparently to no avail.”

Calling it the best-witnessed poltergeist event in history, Eno says that violent phenomena were witnessed by almost 100 people in the Bridgeport outbreak. Eno was on the scene himself when some of the bizarre incidents transpired.

“I stood in the kitchen,” Eno writes, “with three firefighters on one side of me and three police officers on the other and watched the refrigerator float off the floor, turn right, turn back, then settle gently back to the floor. Late in the evening of that first day, I was sitting at the kitchen table with Lorraine. Also in the kitchen was a huge police officer, Ed Warren and a reporter from WNAB Radio. Lorraine suddenly let out a yelp. I watched as a second-degree burn, with its trademark white blister, appeared on Lorraine’s left hand, between thumb and forefinger. This was all caught on the radio reporter’s tape, which still exists. You can hear a youthful me stating, ‘There’s a blister forming!’”

 TOUCHING THE NEAR-INVISIBLE

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The Goodin house in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

At another point during Eno’s visits to the Bridgeport home, he was alone in the house with the Goodins, playing monopoly with Marcia to pass the time and to help her relax.

“Suddenly an acrid smell, like ozone mixed with sulfur, came from the kitchen,” Eno recounts. “Instantly Gerard Goodin was up, dashed into the kitchen and started chanting in Latin! My skin tingled with an electrical charge that I now associate with the electromagnetic ‘branes,’ as physicists call them, presumably the boundaries between parallel worlds.

“A whitish, gauzy cloud began to form in the kitchen,” Eno continues, “and Goodin was back in the living room at once. I was convinced that four entities were ‘arriving’ in the kitchen from Marcia’s adjacent bedroom. They weren’t entirely invisible, and there were four distinct shapes coming from the kitchen in a line. They were each about four and a half feet high and had rounded tops, with no discernible head or shoulders.”

Goodin saw the figures also, and he followed one as it moved from the kitchen. As the mystery entities entered the living room one by one, Laura Goodin started to cry while Marcia clung to Eno for comfort. Then one of the almost-invisible things approached Eno and stopped.

“That’s when I made my mistake,” Eno confesses. “I began to feel angry toward this thing, which at the time I thought was a demon in the classic, theological sense. I was angry because it was obviously trying to get to this child. The whatever-it-was simply fed on the negative energy I was releasing and grew stronger.

“What happened next was the biggest shock I’d experienced in paranormal work up to that time. As the entity moved to get around me and at the girl, I instinctively pushed toward it. It resisted as though it was entirely material. In fact, I felt flesh and bone structure as if this were a solid being. These ‘demons’ were supposed to be spirits!”

Eno says it took him many years to come to grips with the experience, let alone explain it in terms of parallel worlds. He never even reported it to the Warrens, and it was decades before he could write or speak about it.

“While I stood there dazed,” he continues, “the entity got around me and threw Marcia across the living room. She ran back to me, crying. Finally, as the gauzy cloud inundated the whole interior of the house, and as I tired from, I would say today, being drained by this powerful parasite, I ordered everyone outside.”

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Several hundred onlookers crowded in front of the Goodin house after reports of a poltergeist spread through the area.

Although the police had cleared away the crowds and cordoned off both ends of Lindley Street, there were still thousands of onlookers gawking from each end of the block.

“I could hear a voice in the crowd,” Eno writes, “preaching something about all this being a ‘sign of the end.’ These being the days long before cell phones, I had to use a neighbor’s phone to call the Warrens. It took them an hour to get back into the city because of all the traffic caused by this paranormal circus. When they finally arrived at about 9:15 P.M., we all reentered the house. Things were quiet.”

When Eno writes about the creature he pushed against as being almost invisible yet possessing a flesh and bone structure, what manner of being is this? It sounds not unlike the physical-yet-not-physical “bodies” of the familiar gray aliens whose stock in trade is the abduction of chosen subjects for whatever dark reasons are left for us to discover. As Eno so clearly explains, the aliens and demons who cross between dimensions may be one and the same entity but are given different names in scripture and folklore that vary according to who encounters the strange interlopers.

VOICES FROM THE DEVIL MADE THEM DO IT

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Brad Steiger writes that in some cases, there could be a connection between demonic possession and poltergeist activity. (Graphic – The Demon Drummer of Tedworth, 1662)

While the saying is popularly true that “we all have our personal demons,” in some cases the demons can achieve total control of a hapless individual. In a chapter of “Amityville and Beyond,” the celebrated Brad Steiger makes a case for genuine demonic possession being at the root of many a murder. He also talks about the demon/alien connection.

“There are many among us,” Steiger writes, “who have every reason to accept the Ultra-Terrestrials as demonic, akin to the poltergeists that plague our darkest nightmares and create havoc all around those they decide to target. If humankind is indeed interacting with an extraterrestrial species then those UFOnauts, the ‘Grays,’ as they are currently nicknamed, may be representatives of technologically superior reptilian or amphibian humanoids.

“These serpent people have been interacting with Earth for millions of years,” Steiger continues, “either appearing in cycles of programmed visitations or steadily monitoring our species’ technological and societal development from underground or undersea bases. At some point in their many centuries long interaction, some Ultra-Terrestrial entities began to exploit humankind in foul, lascivious and wicked ways. Whether they be extraterrestrial or multidimensional in origin, they have become known to those unfortunate humans with whom they have interacted as evil, cruel and demonic beings.”

Steiger says the reader can easily see that Ronald DeFeo, Jr., was not alone. Steiger provides a frightening list of killers who claimed they were driven by evil “voices” to commit their crimes.

For example: In January 1990, authorities searching an Ohio farm commune found the slain bodies of a family of five – all victims of human sacrifice. Jeffrey Lunden, a self-declared prophet of a new religion, had decreed the sacrifices necessary to persuade the “forces” to present Lunden’s cult with a magic golden sword.

Another case: Daniel Rakowitz, suffering under religious delusions programmed by “voices” who called him the messiah and told him to form a new satanic religion, sacrificed his girlfriend in September 1989 to insure his messiah-ship.

One particularly gruesome case happened in 2000. Prosecutors charged a man in Great Falls, Montana, with killing a ten-year-old boy, butchering him, eating his flesh in specially prepared dishes, then feeding the remains to his unsuspecting neighbors. A psychiatric evaluation indicated demonic fantasies about cannibalism and the taste of human flesh. Encrypted writings found in the suspect’s home revealed a list of recipes involving the bodies of small children.

“The terrible power which drives and compels those obsessed with sacrificial murders,” Steiger writes, “is something so much more insidiously evil and complex than can be created by the distortion of creeds, ecclesiasticisms or belief structures. The monstrous voices that command men and women to kill others are not those of mortals. Those who have fallen under the deadly spell of the possessing Ultra-terrestrial-multidimensional entities claim to have been controlled by something outside of themselves – usually personified as Satan or one of his demons.”

 AND THEN THE TERROR SPOKE . . .

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Poltergeist activity displays a wide range of unusual events. Ranging from strange knocks and bangs on the walls, household items being thrown around, and mysterious voices demanding attention.

Evil speaking voices are also dealt with in a chapter by Tim R. Swartz called “When the Poltergeist Finds Its Voice.”

“It can be terrifying enough,” Swartz writes, “when a poltergeist makes its appearance in a household. Rocks thrown about, strange bangs on the walls, moving furniture, items disappearing and then reappearing – this is enough to set anyone on edge. However, when a poltergeist finds its voice and starts to talk, you know that events have decidedly taken a turn for the worse.

“Poltergeist activity has been recorded throughout history,” Swartz goes on, “and is probably the most prolific of all supernatural events. A poltergeist is extremely aware of its surroundings and will often quickly respond to suggestions by observers and other external stimuli. This shows that there is some kind of ‘intelligence’ behind its pranks and not just some random psychokinesis (PK). This intelligence, along with an ability to communicate, will manifest in a myriad of ways. Pieces of paper with strange messages appear; writing on the walls; children’s toys will be arranged to make words; and, perhaps the most shocking, they will sometimes start to speak out loud.”

According to Swartz, when a poltergeist achieves speech, it generally starts as animal-like growls and whispers that slowly evolve into discernible words. Most poltergeists never reach this stage in their development, but, once they do, a clear “personality” emerges from what were previously just random events.

Swartz recounts some case histories in the annals of poltergeist hauntings in which the intruding spirit spoke to its victims.

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The Bell homestead. From Authenticated History of the Bell Witch, M.V. Ingram, 1894.

The 1817 case of the “Bell Witch,” the name for the poltergeist who took up residence among a Tennessee farming family headed by John Bell, Sr., is an interesting example. “The Witch” was extremely talkative and could imitate the voices of people from the area.

“The poltergeist was said to speak at a nerve-wracking pitch when displeased,” Swartz reports, “while at other times it sang and talked in low musical tones. In one instance, it was alleged to have repeated, verbatim, sermons administered by two preachers, occurring at separate locations, that took place simultaneously. The sermons recited by the witch were verified by people attending the churches as being identical in voice, tone, inflection and content. The poltergeist was even known to attend church and sing along with the congregation, using the most beautiful voice anyone had ever heard.”

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On one occasion Gef agreed to allow Voirrey to take his picture. The subsequent photographs did little to convince skeptics on the reality of the talking mongoose.

Stories of a talking mongoose named Gef, who bedeviled an Irish family in the 1930s, as well as the tale of a Spanish family who heard maniacal laughter and voices emanating from their kitchen stove, help to round out Swartz’s examination of real-life incidents of “talking” spirits.

He also touches on the Middle Eastern folklore and Islamic theology dealing with the “djinn,” or genies, who can take possession of buildings or locations and torment any person who goes to live there. The djinn can levitate and cause objects to disappear as well as take any physical form they want – humans, animals and anything else. They can mimic the voices of deceased humans, claiming to be spirits or Satan. They enjoy playing tricks and frightening people. In fact, they can feel strong emotions such as fear or grief and gain energy from those powerful feelings.

“Like humans,” Swartz writes, “the djinn have distinct personalities. There are those who are of low intelligence, quick to anger and fond of playing tricks. Others have a superior intellect and act more along the lines of guardian angels rather than tricksters.”

WHEN AN ULTRA-TERRESTRIAL APPEARED IN A UFO WITNESS’ HOME

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Like his friend, the late John A. Keel, researcher/publisher Tim Beckley (seen here in an off-screen moment during a taping of the syndicated William Shatner’s “Weird Or What?” show) believes there is a readily apparent similarity between poltergeist hauntings and UFO landing and abduction reports.

Timothy Beckley has been marching to the sound of a “different drummer” for more than half a century. He rightly admits that when it comes to most UFO cases he has “been there, seen it and investigated it.”  He started out publishing a ten-page mimeographed newsletter when he was but 15, and over the decades has edited/published such widely circulated zines as “UFO Review” and “UFO Universe,” both sold on newsstands worldwide. And while he now claims to be “semi-retired,” Beckley’s prestigious para-physical publishing house still grinds out a couple of new titles every month.

“More and more, it became clear that there is only a thin line that separates what is known as poltergeist phenomena and events of a UFO nature,” Beckley remarked. “I always say what happens in a séance room or a haunted house is very similar to what you can expect to find at a UFO landing site or in the home of a UFO percipient.”

Beckley says that for a period of several months during the summer of 1982, members of a family he knew quite well were at the center of some unexplainable events which were triggered by the appearance of a circular device – a UFO – that was seen hovering across the street from their premises. Shortly thereafter an eerie presence could be felt as if some “adopted entity” had joined the family.

Voices were heard in the basement and at the bottom of a well. Children saw a silver suited being on the perimeter of their property and a shadowy figure was seen to walk behind the refrigerator and disappear into the wall.

The lady of the house goes on to describe in detail some of the bizarre incidents which took place and which tended to drive everyone “crazy.”

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A shadowy figure “haunted” the home of a New Jersey family after a UFO was seen hovering near their house. Strange voices were heard, objects disappeared and were teleported about, and one of those involved said someone kept pushing up against the mattress she was sleeping on at night. (Art by Carol Ann Rodgriguez)

“From time to time,” the woman told Beckley, “it would feel like someone would come into the bedroom at night and would push against the bottom of my mattress. Sometimes I would be overcome by the feeling that I wasn’t alone, although nobody was physically in the room with me. One time, I was lying on my left side facing the wall and I felt a poke like someone’s finger jabbing into my shoulder.

“The business with the mattress happened almost every night. In addition, a photograph of my youngest son, aged two, kept falling from the wall This happened so frequently that finally I decided to leave it down where it couldn’t break.

“One night, I got bumped on the mattress and I thought that someone was trying to speak to me. I sat up in bed and said, ‘What did you say?’ I was able to hear the sound of someone talking but was unable to distinguish any words.

“Later, when my daughter arrived home, I told her about the voices and she said she’d heard them a few times as well. Actually, she seemed truly petrified. It seems that they had been bothering her for a while, but she was afraid to mention it to anyone for fear we would all think she was crazy. She said the voices would call her by name, but even though I was in her company when this happened, I could never hear anything.

“Things really got out of hand the day before Labor Day. Everybody had gone out to see the fireworks display put on by our neighborhood carnival and I was sitting around the kitchen getting the food ready for the next day when I heard a sound coming from the basement. It was the sound of someone walking across a board that had been placed at the bottom of the stairs to cover an open sewer pipe. When you step on it, it makes a little plunking sound, and someone was going back and forth across it repeatedly and it was driving me crazy.

“Not wanting to get hysterical and trying to brush the matter aside, I kind of laughed and thought, ‘Oh, I’ve got company.’ It was like a feeling of not being alone. Now and then, I got a little upset because it plunked a little too loud. I would stand out on the porch for a little while just to clear my head and then go back into the house.

“When the family got back from the fireworks display, I told them what had happened and that I had this strange feeling that I wasn’t alone. When I explained what had happened to the boards, my daughter replied they had been hearing that all day long but didn’t want to say anything about it. Her husband and my oldest son also heard it. My daughter’s husband even got up a couple of times to see if it was the kids fooling around and there was nobody there. He said, ‘It would sound just like someone was walking around down there and then when you went to look, you couldn’t find anything.’

“Our ‘friend’ seems to like my air conditioner. One night the dogs were barking out back and there was nothing outside. I shut off the air conditioner in order to go and check on the dogs. When we were below my bedroom window, my husband said, ‘The air conditioner isn’t on.’

“I said, ‘No, I shut it off so I could hear the dogs better.’

“So, we were out back of the house trying to figure out what was wrong with Max. He had plenty of water and food. It wasn’t that. He wasn’t nervous, like he was that other time. He wasn’t shaking. The dog was upset about something in the air.

“All of a sudden, my husband turned and said, ‘What was that?’

“I asked him, ‘What’s what?’

“He said, ‘The air conditioner just went on. Then it went off again. But just as we went by the window, it went on again.’ There is no way to shut it off and turn it on without pushing the buttons. When I had shut it off, it was on ‘Off.’ When we went back indoors it was ‘On.’

“I said, ‘Well, thank you, whoever you are. It is hot in there.’

“My husband said, ‘I know that thing was off. I know that thing went on and off a couple of times.’

“I said, ‘I know, it’s George.’

“He said, ‘Well, tell your friend to leave. I don’t want him hanging around here.’

“I said, ‘You tell him to leave.’ We went to bed and there wasn’t any more trouble that night.”

THE OUTER LIMITS OF ‘LITERARY’ FEAR

There is much more to be found in “Amityville and Beyond,” including chapters from a multitude of contributors as well as dozens of spooky illustrations. One can read about the night author and radio show host Joshua Warren spent in “America’s Most Haunted Bedroom;” paranormal investigator Michele Lowe bears heart-pounding witness to the spirits left behind in the aftermath of a murder-suicide; the rise of interest in poltergeist and paranormal lore that was part of the counterculture of the 1960s; the notion of cryptid creatures like the Dogmen, as studied by Pennsylvania researcher Butch Witkowski, as being physical embodiment’s of demonic extraterrestrials – the list goes on.

At the very least, “Amityville and Beyond: The Lore of the Poltergeist and Other Petrifying Paranormal Phenomena” delivers on the promise of its title and provides a great many scary, scary stories. Whether this nonstop horror show could all be a matter of real-world events is up to the reader, but you will in any case get a generous serving of fascinating tales of what happens when evil takes control and some among us mere mortals can only be its unhappy prey.

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Sean Casteel

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