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Virginia City Ghost Investigation!
GhostStudy team attends VC ghost conference!

Conference was held October 13th -14th 2001

 
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Conference and investigation of Virginia City, NV

Ghoststudy team members and our partners at the Northern California Paranormal Research Society attended this Ghost conference on October 13th & 14th. It was hosted by Janice Oberding (author of Haunted Nevada), Michele Hardison, and Khris Hamlet. Many topics were covered including EVP, spirit photography, intuitive's perspective to ghost hunting, finding ghosts, and the art of interviewing and researching. Round table discussions and photo sharing were also part of this great conference.

Our field investigations while in Virginia City
Virginia City is considered to be one of the most haunted cities in the United States! I'm sure that any of the local residents can tell you of ghostly occurrences that they have experienced or continue to experience in this haunted city. We visited many haunted locations while there including the following:

  • Haunted basement below town - The basement was located below a restaurant on the main street. This was the most haunted location we visited. To get there we had to travel up a steep and treacherous slope to reach the back entrance. This was the most active site we visited and everything about it was spooky! We captured many orbs on video including one that appeared on the stairs. It seemed to be watching us and then it sped off to the right - Click here to see the video  Several in our group were experiencing many odd sensations while there including feelings of warmth, chilling cold, and impending danger. The camcorder that I was holding would become very distorted at times indicating a presence in front of the lens.
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  • Fourth Ward Schoolhouse - We separated into groups while visiting this haunted school house. Some of us were able to obtain permission to visit areas that are normally restricted. The activity there was phenomenal. Many orbs were seen during video taping but those portions of the film were never captured on the playback (very odd). Other teams reported strange noises in one of the class rooms. The interpretation of these noises were different but the sounds were heard by all that were present. Some of the explanations were scratching on the chalkboard, rattling shutters etc. Many other sensations were also felt by those that were sensitive.
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  • The Silver Queen Hotel
    Most of us procured rooms at the haunted Silver Queen Hotel during our stay. Two of our group heard a huge fight from their separate rooms in the middle of the night. Surprisingly enough, this is the same fight that has been heard by ghost hunters and others for years. It is a documented fact that this fight occurs regularly by ghostly occupants. It is described as an older man and younger women shouting obscenities at one another. There was also an incident witnessed by Jackie Riley and myself at 1:30 am where a white mist was covering the far side of the upper hallway entrance. We witnessed this with our eyes from our doorways (rooms 7 & 8) while looking up in that direction. Nothing showed up on film however. The other incident that I am aware of is that someone captured a possible apparition on video in the main lobby during the conference. For a haunted experience I would suggest you definitely stay at the Silver Queen Hotel!  :)
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  • Other ghostly experiences
    There were many exciting and ghostly experiences by all including an incident with Jackie Riley. She experienced pressure in her chest and then a "caving in" sensation as she entered the very area where a man was recently killed (shot in the chest) while attempting to attack an officer with a knife. The street light also went out at the time Jackie entered that area! On a final note, I took a picture of a sign next to a school where someone had removed two of the letters. The unusual thing however, was that the picture came out enhanced but yet the camera was not in enhanced mode. I took a second picture with the same enhanced results. I include those pictures here for your examination. I won't list all the phenomena experienced by group participants but I would encourage others that are looking for high adventure of the ghostly type to attend the next conference or simply visit Virginia City, Nevada!

For further information
Janice Oberding arranged this exciting conference and she promises to do more in the future with her great team. She is the author of Haunted Nevada, and Director of Nevada Ghost Haunting and Research Society. She is also the Managing Editor of Ghosts and Haunted spots at Suite101. Visit her web site at Haunted Nevada.
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Some of us that attended the conference - Taken at the VC Cemetery

( From Left to right - Debbie, Janice, Tony, Jason, Mark, Jacqui, Jim (me),
Jackie, Larry and Michele )

Special thanks to Larry, Jackie, Michele, and Janice for making my trip especially rewarding!

 

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