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Q&A: Orange County Paranormal Investigator Talks About Local Ghostly Activity

Posted by crisocghostsandlegends on July 16, 2018 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (4)

July 15th, 2018

In the popular imagination, Orange County tends to conjure images of sunny suburbs and feuding housewives,
not haunted mansions and shadowy valleys. But as paranormal investigator and director of OC Ghosts and Legends,
Orange County resident Cris August has had more than a few paranormal experiences in the area.
OC Ghosts and Legends has been leading tours, investigations and events since 2011, exposing the history and
darker side of the county.

August spoke to Halloween Every Night about his organization, Orange County history and investigations.

Halloween Every Night: Tell us the history of OC Ghosts and Legends.

Cris August: OC Ghosts and Legends was founded simply with a passion for the paranormal and the desire to help others. We formed in 2011 as just two guys with individual knowledge and experience wanting to take it to the next level by conducting independent investigations into some of Orange County’s most haunted locations. Over time, we felt confident in responding to calls from private residences who claim to have supernatural activity within their homes. These people really didn’t know where else to turn and how to get help.
We take tremendous pride in the fact that people entrusted us to be in their homes and open up to us about these disturbances. While our client privacy is of the highest importance, it humbles us to know that we were at least able to arm these folks with some knowledge and confidence to take back their space. It’s a truly rewarding feeling that stands true with everything we do today.

HEN: How does Orange County compare to other older parts of the country in terms of ghost hunting?"

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That viral roller coaster video ? Yep - Fake

Posted by crisocghostsandlegends on June 21, 2018 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (1)

The Centrifuge Brain Project

(via filmnosis.com)

At one point or another, you have probably seen a post floating around your social media feeds showing insane roller coasters (like the above pictured).  So insane, they seem out of this world.  
Best part, the video of these roller coasters are being passed around as legit thrill rides that exist TODAY.  Well, hold on there.

We want to assist in putting this clever trickery to rest.  Those videos and photos are purely the work of a mockumentary film and some brilliant imaginations.

To be fair, the creator(s) of these images did such a fine job that they are very realistic and believable at first glance.  

(via filmnosis.com)

"Till Nowak’s intention was to make the film look realistic, but not to make people actually believe that the amusement rides existed. He was quite surprised to find out many people believed the film was real. Still, this was the case, and it shows that he was very successful at building a convincing façade."

"Humor permeates this purported scientific documentary, which is presented in the most deadpan, poker-faced way. The documentary’s style follows what is usually called the “expository mode”, the type of documentary that aims to inform viewers using interviews and various kinds of evidence to support its argument.  In this case, however, the information passed on to the viewers is complete nonsense. But it’s delivered in the most realistic way, complemented with footage that “proves” that the rides exist."

For more insight into this brilliant Mockumentary, Read On  HERE

What are your thoughts?  Did you believe this were real? (Come-on....be honest!)

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R.I.P "Poltergeist Tree" - Black Star Canyon

Posted by crisocghostsandlegends on May 28, 2018 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

                                                 Copyright 2018 OC Ghosts and Legends

What we have so endearingly referred to as the "Poltergiest Tree" or to some- the "Screaming Tree."  
Many first time visitors just refer to it as that "Scary Tree."
This unique Black Star Canyon trademark is no more.  She has been cut down.
We are not clear as to the reason for this tragedy, we can only assume it was a necessary casualty perhaps having to do with fire safety.  For which we at OC Ghosts and Legends understand, but no less dissapointing. 

This tree was a staple at Black Star Canyon and has always been admired by hikers and ghost seekers alike.  Particularly, The "Poltergeist Tree" became our mascot for Black Star Canyon.  She gave personality to this legendary haunted canyon and she stood proudly as a representative in our company logo of Black Star Canyon since 2011

While many would likely conclude that with such a creepy tree, this would include some eerie ghostly attachments and strange phenomena, this couldn't be further from the truth.  Which reminds us to never judge a book by it's cover.  We always considered the space in and around the "Poltergeist Tree" to be a bit of a safe haven.  Similarly to a video game save check point where the player is safe from harm while within that parameter.
Our "Poltergeist Tree" may appear to be chopped up blocks of wood on the canyon floor, but she will forever serve as our protector from lingering shadows and appartiions who lurk around every corner.  If you find yourself at Black Star Canyon, be sure to pay your respects to her memory.

You can also join us on a limited edition (Into the Depths) Black Star Canyon Ghost Walk or book your own private
Black Star Canyon Ghost walk which is provided at your personal request.
See our feature Black Star Canyon Page HERE

By: Cris August
OCGL Director & Lead Investigator

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Al Bielek - "The Man Who Traveled Through Time And Space"

Posted by crisocghostsandlegends on April 5, 2018 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Al Bielek - "The Man Who Traveled Through Time And Space"

Courtesy of Deviant Art

Say what you will about the concept of time travel.  Some of us may think the mere though of it is pure nonsense.   Regardless of what you think, I think we can all agree that it is awfully fun to think about.  Take Al Bielek's story for example:

"According to popular legend, in 1943, the US Navy undertook secret experiments based out of the port of Philadelphia. These experiments were designed to put Einstein’s unified field theory to practical use by making a naval ship invisible. While conspiracy theorists debate the existence of the Philadelphia Experiment, one alleged survivor of the scientific outing, Al Bielek, maintained that the Navy’s purpose was entirely different. According to Bielek, the true purpose of the Philadelphia Experiment wasn’t invisibility, it was time travel.

In 1990, Bielek claimed that he spent time in two separate periods of the future only to return to the present and tell his story. And that was just the beginning of the fantastic revelations of this totally, completely, absolutely, one hundred percent not fake time traveler. As if someone would make that up anyway."

Read On Here  

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You're Gay Because of....Ghosts?

Posted by crisocghostsandlegends on November 26, 2017 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (1)

"85% of gay people are possessed by ghosts according to ‘spiritual research"

Well, don't get too excited about using this as an excuse when coming out to your friends and family quite yet.....

With the click baity headline I gave this the benefit of the doubt that the article was satire. After looking into the alleged organization of this nonsense it is indeed a real claim by a real "organization."

After some laugh out loud moments while reading the source article, I then came to the sad conclusion that this organization truly believes this garbage and teaches it to others.

I can assure you that NOTHING this group is claiming is based upon any legitimate, sensible or real findings. Just when you think you've seen and read it all..........

-Cris August

Read the Full Article Here:

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Haunted Casa Grande Domes being demolished!

Posted by crisocghostsandlegends on September 30, 2017 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Our hearts always hurt when we hear of the demolition or destruction of a haunted landmark.  While we never had the opportunity to investigate this notorious (and strange) Arizona haunt, it's still a bummer to ear that it's on its way out.


CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — County officials have ordered the demolition of dilapidated dome-like structures in Casa Grande that have attracted attention over the years, including being featured on a television show called “Ghost Adventures.”

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors affirmed Wednesday after hearing officer’s findings that the structures known as the Casa Grande Domes are a safety hazard and must be demolished.

Dan Peer, the manager of Simplicity Communications and the domes, appealed to the supervisors to allow the domes to stand and said the onus to show the domes are unsafe was on the county.Peer asked the county to hire a structural engineer to determine whether the concrete structures were a danger, the Casa Grande Dispatch reported.

Read Full Article HERE
via Mojave Valley Daily News

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Let's make "Horsemanning" a thing

Posted by crisocghostsandlegends on August 8, 2017 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The "Planking" fad seems to have come and gone....
Halloween season is just around the corner and we think it's time to bring back an old 
1920's fad called "Horsemanning." 
The creative opportunities are ENDLESS with this one.
You think we can make this a thing? ;-)

   Check out some other fun and inspiring examples of "Horsemanning" HERE

Have Fun!

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Additional "evidence" to prove haunted hotel?

Posted by crisocghostsandlegends on August 2, 2017 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This hotel room video went viral. Frank Ramirez (the man who posted the original video) made an attempt to create a debunk video of people debunking HIS video.

Frank insists fishing line couldn't be the culprit.

The problem(s) with Frank's debunk video:

1) It's not the same room

2) Even the most remote difference in lighting changes things.

3) He zooms in on each subject in his debunk video making it very obvious there is fishing wire. He did not zoom in like that in the original.

4) He claims he just "got up from bed" where he was watching TV, and turned on his phone to document. I find it odd that he manages to put a towel over his shoulder in this process and conveniently place it on the bathroom counter to conveniently be filming it while it falls off the counter.

The BIGGEST red flag for me is his reaction(s) to these events (or lack thereof). He was awfully chill watching phones, hangars and towels move on their own. That's not a normal reaction.

OC Ghosts & Legends investigator Mike Manney makes a brilliant observation:
"So convenient to have a hanger on the dresser drawer in a room with no closet or clothing rack"

Finally, the footage of the "two different guests" who claim to capture this phenomena in the same room is useless. It shows and proves absolutely nothing.

This attempt at capturing real ghost footage, while clever, is still phoney in my book.

What do you guys think?  Read the Full article at KFI AM 640

- Cris August

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Queen Mary "REAL" ghost photo captured

Posted by crisocghostsandlegends on May 22, 2017 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (16)

We'll start with a little history. The Queen Mary is located in Long Beach, CA. Internationally recognized, the [now] hotel is known as one of the most haunted places in the world. There are estimated to be as many as 150 spirits that reside on the ship. Over the past 60 years, the Queen Mary has been the site of at least 49 [reported] deaths.

One of the most popular hot-spots on the ship is the first and second class swimming pools. To this day, neither is used for their original purpose. The first class swimming pool has been closed for almost three decades. Guests and others have reported the sounds of splashing or have spied wet footprints leading from the deck all the way to the changing rooms. Women have often been seen appearing in 1930s-1960s era swim suits.

A little girl [spirit] named Jackie Korin has also been seen and heard in the second class pool room. Legend has it that little Jackie had drown in the pool when the ship was still sailing.

Other phenomenon on the ship includes the sounds of distinct knocks, doors slamming, high pitched squeals, and drastic temperature changes.

Personally, I find the ship extremely unsettling. I’ve been there during the day for a self guided tour. I have been there at night for the Haunted (after hours) tour. I have also been there for the extremely popular and might I add fun: Queen Mary Dark Harbor.

Now for the photographic evidence…is this photograph real!?

Do you see it? Take a look at the top right corner next to the man in the black t-shirt. There is a distinct white object there with an apparent face.

Here's a closer look:

Could this be the photographic evidence we need to prove that the paranormal exists? Wait, was there any doubt that it did?

Quick backstory into the origination of this photo:

Guests among our very own San Juan Capistrano Ghost Tour were enthusiastic to show us this photo and tell the odd story of how they retreived it.  According to our guests (who provided their consent to share this photo)

A person on their Queen Mary after hours tour took the above photo and were shocked at what they found upon reviewing their photos at the conclusion of said tour.  They were too terrified to keep it on their phone and wanted to discard it (delete it) right away.  Our guests asked if they would be willing to send the photo to them to hold on to.  They agreed and the exchange was made.   Why wouldn't you want to keep the photo!? (Red Flag # 1).   Naturally, this entity is believed to be that of the resident spirit Jackie Korin.

*It's important to note that the guests who provided the photo can 100% confirm there was NOBODY standing next to the man in black.  Apparently the man in the black t shirt was a friend of theirs as well.
We are to assume of course, that they can truly and 100% confirm there was nobody else standing there.

Any research into "ghost" sighting's at the Queen Mary, you will most likely find the majority of them take place in the first class pool room.
They often reveal photographic entities in the general balcony area or in the same location as depicted in our photo.  

Is it possible that this is a [fake] photograph generated from one of those “ghost apps?" Could it be another clever act of photo trickery?  Personally, I think it’s just a little “too” real looking. My analysis leads me to believe it has not been edited with filters, however I do believe this to be the work of a ghost app or something similar.

What are your thoughts? Join me on a mission to uncover the truth behind this photo.  Have you seen this exact photo floating around the interwebs? Or maybe it truly is....unexplained.

- Kaity 

*OC Ghosts and Legends does not claim said photo(s) to be evidence of the paranormal.  The purpose is solely for the reader/viewer to formulate their own opinion**

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2017 Movie Previews (Part 2)

Posted by crisocghostsandlegends on April 2, 2017 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (2)

Part two. Ohhh this is so fun. Look at all these all these movies, Alright, lets pick up right where we left off. 

1) The Boy 2 - I’m trying to figure out where else the directors could go with this film. I thought it gave us closure and didn’t really need a sequel, but like all horror movies I’d most definitely give it a chance! Expected release date: Unknown.

2) Alien - I love that this poster gives absolutely nothing away. And I have yet to search youtube or scour the T.V. for a sneak peek. I, myself would love to be surprised. Every single one of the alien films has been solid. I think this one will be much the same. Expected Release Date: May 19, 2017.

3) Halloween Returns - If you are still keeping count (which I am) this will officially be #11. The Halloween films have always been great. There is rumor of this one starting out with Michael on death row. Looking forward to this one! Looks like this one may be on hold as far as a release date as of right now, but it seems like John Carpenter will be involved. Expected release date: Unknown.

4) Orphan 2 - Esther’s revenge. Not too much released about this film. Expected release date: Unknown.

5) Scream - The End - Its been 20 years since the start of the franchise. There are definitely high hopes for this film (if it finally happens). Who doesn’t love a Wes Craven film? Hopefully this one was in the works before he passed away. Expected release date: Unknown.

6) Insidious Chapter 4 - The plot is currently unknown. The longer they keep this one under wraps, the better I think it will be. These films always have the best movie and are super creepy. This is one to check out at the box office for sure! Expected release date: October 20, 2017.

7) Cult of Chucky - with a 4.2 out of 5 on IMDB this one is sure to be a hit. The plot is a good start too: Nica Pierce has spent four years in a mental institution after members of her family were murdered, a crime she did not commit. Her psychiatrist gives her a Good Guy doll as a therapeutic tool. Soon afterward, a new string of murders take place around the asylum, making Nica suspect that Chucky, the possessed doll behind the crimes she was accused of and who she has concluded is a figment of her imagination, is behind her predicament. Sound similar to the first one? EXCITE! Expected release date: October 20, 2017.

8 )  IT - Who else got the chills while watching the trailer?! I love that they seemed to keep it pretty true to the book / original movie and that they didn’t show Pennywise too much. Just enough to get the blood pumping. One of the horror films I’m most excited for this year! Expected release date: September 8, 2017

9) FInal Destination 6 - Looks like it’s going to be like every other Final Destination with it’s twists and entertaining kills. Expected release date: August 2017.

10) Ouija 3 - I think it’s so great that Creepypasta and Internet created gems are making their way into the horror genre. Some of these concepts are really terrifying and ‘Charlie Charlie’ is one of them. I haven't seen this film but I think it may have already been released. Release Date: End of 2016.

Which of these would you go to see?

-- Kaity 

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