Welcome to St. the St. Petersburg Paranormal Investigation home page.  This page was formerly called "Ghostly Images".  It was one I created when I was just a young 20-something-year-old and starting out in paranormal investigation (see left.  The handsome pug in my lap is Odyssey, my first paranormal pug.  He passed away in 2010).  

Since childhood,  I have been fascinated with the paranormal.  I used to scare myself silly reading book after book on ghosts, ESP, and paranormal events and entities,  but I couldn't help myself -- either then or now.  Through my graduate years I was able to write about the changing role of ghosts in ancient religions, which I continue to study as a professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at St. Petersburg College. 

I am a co-founder of the paranormal investigation team, the SPIRITS of St. Petersburg (see links below).  We investigate potentially haunted locations using a variety of methods including scientific equipment and historic research. We have had some very exciting adventures and my interest in the paranormal has both grown keener, and more refined. 

Feel free to explore the site. Unlike the other paranormal pages that I host, this one features mostly solo or small group/friend/unofficial investigations into allegedly haunted areas. These are less formal accounts featuring research and primarily personal observations of the locations. 
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Poll 1: Are You a SLIder?Yes, and I'm an artist
No, and I'm an artist
Yes, and I'm not artistic
No, and I'm not artistic
Undecided, but I agree with your theory
Undecided and I DON'T agree with your theory
I have my own theory
I started this along with the page as I had a great interest in SLI-der phenomena.  Feel free to keep the vote going! 

SLIder Phenomena:
Have you ever driven down a street and had the streetlights go out as you go by or near them?  One after the other? 

I have. 

Is it just the sensor, or is there something more?

This is one new aspect of research that parapsychologists are begining to study.  Commonly known as the SLIder effect, theorists believe that certain individuals subconsciously create a form of bio-energy, or electromagnetic energy.  This energy interferes with the functioning of electronic devices, from street lamps to wrist watches, computers to television sets. 

The range of SLIder-ism varies.  Some, such as myself, notice an increase in activity in group situations or during stressful periods.  Others report consistent activity.  

Lately, I have seen an increase in my abilities.  This comes after a year of working in an art studio and writing about the arts as a freelance reporter.  Often, my "abilities" seem to peak around the time I have completed many projects.  

I have noticed that several others who have reported SLIder phenomena around them are also in creative fields, or are creative individuals.    So, of course, I have a theory:

I am wondering if artists, and other creative individuals, would be more likely to be SLIders.  If, in creating, we expend a positive energy to make our creations, could it be that to balance out, a form of negative "interference" energy is created?  In effect, it's the Yin and Yang, a balancing of creative and destructive forces.

What do you think?
This page was last updated on: March 4, 2017
​This is one of my favorite paranormal images.  This was taken with 400 speed black and white film -- yes, this is from a FILM CAMERA at Rose Cemetery (Tarpon Springs).  The note I made when I got this image:

3/15/05 (from my report to the SPIRITS)
I picked up my photos today. The images on the camera included the Safety Harbor Hunt, Osprey, Tampa Theatre, the Tarpon Cemetary, N. Dale Mabry, and Lithia-Pinecrest. (Hey, look, it's $8 a pop for single prints!!) ANYWAY, 
all pictures came out boringly plain...except for the [Rose] cemetery images. 
I'm excited about the mist image. It was not cold enough for it to be breath (did anyone else there see their breath?) It showed up in none of the 10 photos I took of the place other than this one.  I did check the negatives; there is nothing unusual on them. The image comes from within the picture. 
Brandy at SPIRITS party (12/17) 2005.  For the third or fourth year in a row, orbs show up with me.  Yes, this was taken when orbs were considered "proof" of the supernatural.  This time my puggess, Iliad, is present (d. 2009).  
2008:  This relates to a house cleansing that I was invited to view.  I did have permission to record and utilized my Olympus digital recorder.  I ran this through Audacity Beta, enhanced (only slightly) this area by cleaning up the background noise.  The person doing the cleansing started to ask quesions of the entity.  Out of 1 hour and 15 minutes, this is the only response given. Note:  There were four of us present, no one was speaking at this point.  Recorder was in a secure spot and nothing else was picked up during the investigation. EVP:  "Saw me."
Here I am at Dragoncon with Ernie Hudson (Winston, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II).  This happened over a decade ago.  Wow, time flies! 
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