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I recently got in a couple of reports dealing with the phenomenon of shadow people. A shadow person is also sometimes called a shadow figure, shadow being or black mass. It is sometimes even referred to as Hat Man as sometimes these figures appear to be wearing a hat.

The perception is that these black masses are a living, humanoid figure and is thought to be evidence of the presence of a spirit or other entity.

Due to being extremely busy, I forgot to make a post that our latest film, The Mysterious Monroe House, came out on DVD and streaming services in February.

In case anyone didn't know, the mysterious Monroe House is a place with reported paranormal activity. Some even claim the activity is demonic. The house was built somewhere around the middle 1800's and according to what we were told, has a very checkered past. The drive there was roughly a 6 hour drive for us. We got in the house a little after 5pm. We actually arrived a couple hours earlier and used that time to get something to eat and take some pictures and video of the town. Once in the house we were treated to an oral history and a tour of the house by the owner, Eddie. We investigated into the wee morning hours and finally called it a night. Most of us only got about 3 hours sleep before we headed back out for home.

Welcome to another episode of The Crypto Files. In this episode we feature 5 really creepy mysteries that are just plain odd. A couple of these you may have heard of but I'm guessing there are also some you have not heard about.

One case featured was actually solved but not until around 11 years later. Many of the others remain unsolved to this day.

Check out the episode and look at the additional information.
Here is the video.

Demonic Possession: Is It Real?
A Yale-Educated Psychiatrist Weighs In
By Dorraine Fisher

Any of you who have followed my work with The Crypto Crew have probably read some of my articles and seen my podcasts. And you probably know that I tend to push the envelope of science just a bit. To me, science is limited. It only goes as far as what can actually be seen. And then, there are many of us, like me, that have come to realize, often the hard way, that there are many things in this world that as yet can’t be explained. As well as many things that are believed to exist but can’t always be seen. So, of course, it fascinates me to read about a scientist who’s witnessed some very unusual phenomena first hand and is forced to stray outside the scientific method and imagine that many things in the world aren’t always black or white.

Richard Gallagher, a board-certified psychiatrist and a professor of clinical psychiatry at New York Medical College is just such a scientist. After years of working with a priest/exorcist in hundreds of mental health cases involving individuals afflicted with supposed “demonic possession,” he’s been forced to reevaluate his beliefs on the subject, and said so freely in an article for the Washington Post a couple of weeks ago.

Gallagher, a Yale-educated psychiatrist, did not give into his new beliefs willingly, but was asked nearly 30 years ago by this priest/exorcist to evaluate a patient’s state of mental health. A patient who was believed at the time to be demon-possessed. And they had some success, obviously, as this unlikely partnership has continued all this time. Dr. Gallagher has helped filter out many cases of mental illness, that he claims make up a good portion of these cases, from the cases he is unable to explain as mental disorders, or the so-called “devil’s work.”

And when asked what he actually believed about the concept of demonic possession after years of analysis and thought and in spite of his scientific education, the doctor had this to say:
Most of my scientific colleagues and friends say no, because of their frequent contact with patients who are deluded about demons, their general skepticism of the supernatural, and their commitment to employ only standard, peer-reviewed treatments that do not potentially mislead (a definite risk) or harm vulnerable patients. But careful observation of the evidence presented to me in my career has led me to believe that certain extremely uncommon cases can be explained no other way.

But I ask, how do they discern the difference?

After a long google search for a scientific explanation of demonic possession, it became abundantly clear to me that science rejects the subject overall and hesitates greatly to offer any scientific explanation for this possibility. Or maybe they just can’t come up with one. But those who witness these supposed possessions make very consistent claims of the victims speaking languages that weren’t previously known to them, isolated cases of levitation, and expressions of knowledge the victim did not previously have. These included personal information about certain individuals involved in the case, including their whereabouts, how their loved ones died, or their secret sins. All of these are things that can’t be explained away as mental illness. All of these depend on some psychic or preternatural ability, according to Gallagher.

So, this goes back to how I often say that those who actually witness these phenomena while having the education to prop themselves up are sometimes the ones who bravely cross over the bridge into the unknown, throw their hands up in the air, and say they’ve seen some weird things and they can’t intelligently and in good conscience discount them, no matter what their education might dictate.
To this, Doctor Gallagher said, “I have personally encountered these rationally inexplicable features, along with other paranormal phenomena. My vantage is unusual: As a consulting doctor, I think I have seen more cases of possession than any other physician in the world.

The doctor explained that some patients exhibit symptoms of what is known as pseudo-possession in which the patient identifies with possession and interprets his or her personally destructive feelings as a possession. These patients are deemed psychotic. But then there are the other types that might suddenly begin speaking perfect Latin.

And the doctor did stress that when he gives his evaluation, he never claims the patient/victim is “possessed” per se. He only informs the clergy that he can see no medical explanation for his or her symptoms and behavior.

In recent years, the clergy has tried to stay more on the side of science, but the demand for help with demonic possessions seems to be growing in spite of this. And it that’s the case, more psychiatric professionals will be called upon to aid in these highly controversial matters. And although this is just one psychiatrist making these claims, it could represent others who haven’t dared come forward with their new thoughts on the matter...yet.

It’ll be interesting to see what the future holds for this belief that doesn’t seem to die in the modern world. But you can bet, I’ll be watching.

He has an upcoming book on demonic possession in the works and you can read the entire article by Dr. Richard Gallagher in the Washington Post HERE.


This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, photographer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!

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a talkin' dog?
By reading the title of this post many people will quickly think about the numerous youtube videos where a dog is made to talk. But for me and maybe others around my age group, I quickly think about an episode of  The Andy Griffith Show titled "A man's best friend". In the episode Opie and his friend place a small walkie talkie under a dogs collar and "make it talk" to Goober. In the course of the show they or I should say the "Dog" makes Goober do silly things. It's a funny episode but not all stories about talking dogs are funny. In fact some are very serious and down right scary.

I'm sure almost everyone has heard of The Son of Sam murders. If not, here is a short over view.


David Richard Berkowitz, also known as the Son of Sam and the.44 Caliber Killer. He killed 6 people and wounded seven others. His murder spree started in July of 1976. He eluded the police and taunted them by leaving notes at the crime scenes promising more murders. One note read "I am a monster, I am the Son of Sam." Berkowitz was a pudgy overweight 24 year old postal worker who mostly targeted young attractive women with long dark hair for his victims.

Berkowitz was arrested in August of  1977, this is when things really got weird. He told fantastic tales of demons and get this, a talking dog. The dog was a black Labrador retriever named Harvey. According to Berkowitz, he had been commanded by Harvey (the dog) to commit murder. At this point it would be really easy just to say "the guy is a nut" and let it go, but Berkowitz had more to add to the talking dog story.

Berkowitz confessed as being the "Son of Sam" killer and offered a bizarre tale for his motivations.
He stated that "Sam" was an ancient demon that had possessed his neighbor Sam Carr. That Sam (Carr) was really a man who lived 6,000 years ago and that his dog (Harvey) had told him all of this and instructed him to kill. The dog also told him that Sam (Carr) was the Devil. 

Oddly enough, Berowitz refereed to himself as "Beelzebub" in a note left for the police, a name which most associate with The Devil. Berowitz, in prison, told stories of involvement with Satanic worship and the occult.

While some may just dismiss Berowitz's tales of Satanic cults, Demon possession and talking dogs. It should be noted that the movie The Exorcist was inspired by the actual 1949 exorcism case of Ronald Doe. Of course, this is not the boys real name but the case is well documented by Raymond Bishop, the attending priest.

Berowitz who remains in prison, was denied parole in 2014 but questions remain about his tales.
Was he, his neighbor and the dog all under or possessed by some evil, demonic spirit or did Berowitz just make it all up. The police did find Satanic writing on the walls of Berowitz apartment, but later in 1979, Berowitz, said it was all a hoax and he made it up. It seems some of his occult claims were made after the hoax confession.

Do you believe in Demonic possession?

As of 1987,Berowitz claims to be a born again christian. He is back up for parole in 2016 but like the other parole hearings, Berowitz, will most likely not attend. He does not want to be paroled and states he deserves to be in prison.

On  a side note, there is a book out that claims Hitler had or was trying to create a army of talking dogs, that could also read and write. The book is Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities by Dr. Jan Bondeson

So there is your cup of weird for today, enjoy.


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.

[Sources: Life Magazine, Wikipedia]

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Does the board open doorways?

This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!

Scary Ouija Board Moment!!!
By Dorraine Fisher

There a lot of people that believe in the evil of Ouija boards and swear never to touch them, especially after a scary experience.  This video was featured on Rather Freaky website this week. The woman believed her house to be haunted and summoned the help of a Ouija board to find out who or what it might be.   After receiving some scary answers from the board, watch what happens. 

What do you think? Real or fake?

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Ghost Dragging a man
Ghost Drags a man. (Image from Gamamori's video)

This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne! 

Ghost Attacks Man
We came across this strange video recently. It looks to be a shadow person caught on a security camera. The figure knocks a man down and attempts to drag him down a hallway. But we can't find any background information on it. So, though it's interesting to watch, we're thinking it might be computer generated. Though of course we don't know for sure.

We've received reports from individuals that claim they've had something similar happen to them. So check out the video and see what you think. And if you've had anything like this happen to you or if you know someone who has, we'd like to hear from you. ******DF

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Tomorrow (10/22/13) is the release date for the movie The Conjuring. I did a review of the film (found Here) if you want my take on it. I think most do not realize the movie is base on real events. So I wanted to share this information graphic with everyone. Click this link to buy The Conjuring.

Infographic about the hit movie
Info about the Warrens and The Conjuring
Some pretty interesting stuff. The Warrens do have some critics of course but that seems to come with anyone in the paranormal field.

I hope you will give The Conjuring a watch, it was a good movie.


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