After spending several weeks in the northern part of Ohio, we finally made our way down to Cincinnati and our next case. A tiny neighborhood on the outskirts called Sedamsville was our destination. For the greater part of our stay there, we were unsure of how to pronounce it. Was it 'seed-ams-ville' or 'seh-dahms-ville'? To this day, I'm honestly not sure, we heard it pronounced both ways. None of it really mattered to me as there was a Skyway Chili across from our hotel and I was introduced to a local dish, called the "Five Way". It was COLD in the home town of WKRP's Johnny Fever and we all needed a bit of comfort food. I found myself feasting on this Queen City delight several times during our stay. With memories of a full stomach, I begin this blog...
|Chopper, sic ghosts!|
|Brian in Their Belfry|
|The Beauty of Decay|
|May the Bert be with you...|
The Grand Midway Hotel. I had been looking forward to and dreading this case simultaneously for the two months we had been on the road up until that point. Back in 2009 myself and the rest of the SCARED! Crew filmed a documentary of our investigation there. It was a serendipitous weekend that teamed us up with Rosemary Ellen Guiley and Adam Blai, as well as John. When I had called him and told him where we were going, things just started falling into place and it ended up with us having an experience that changed us all forever. Our team is built around the triumvirate of The Psychic, The Scientist and The Skeptic. It's a system of checks and balances that allows us to approach cases with as little bias as possible. We call it the Three Pillar System. That night, all three of us had left in agreement about what we found in the hotel...an event that has never happened before, or since. That was then, this was now...a different team, a different time...and the Thing in the Dark waited still. Patient, observant, yet filled with rage and hatred. I thought of all these things and I worried. Watch the opening scene in the restaurant again. Notice how quiet I am and the expression on my face...it speaks volumes.
• As the documentary points out, our previous investigation of the place had resulted in some overlapping evidence, the creepiest of which being an EVP that sent chills up our spines. This video goes into it briefly:
I'm all for follow-up investigations, but as far as evidence went, I was sure of what was up on the third floor. I didn't need another investigation to tell me that. Is there more than one thing haunting the Grand Midway? Absolutely, but given that we had rookies on the team, I didn't want their enthusiasm to put them in danger when it came to that room on the third floor. Were it up to me, I would have made that area off-limits. "Why so serious?" you ask...I just don't believe in kicking a hornet's nest. You will get stung. Repeatedly. But, as you saw throughout the segment, I was strangely mute. Any footage of John or myself talking about our friendship with Blair or the events of our last investigation hit the cutting room floor. Thankfully, the producers paid us enough respect to at least cut together the above scene to acknowledge what had come before and for that I thank them.
|Rematch with the malevolent?|
|Inside the Mind of an Artist|
|Let's get down to business|
These memories are my own and they fade and resurface as time goes on...as usual, I'm sure that more stories will arise and I will return to fill in those details. But for now, take these and reflect upon them. Next blog: "Stirring the Dead/Ghost Writer" See you then!