Tag Archive for Pennsylvania

Hiding dead babies. It’s happened before.

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This is a shocking story. How and why did she do this? Many questions about mom accused in infant deaths – SFGate. Investigators are reconstructing a mysterious decade from Megan Huntsman’s life as they try to figure out how she concealed seven pregnancies before allegedly strangling or suffocating her newborns. Utah investigators are examining DNA from the…

This ghost hunter went into a haunted house and you WON’T BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT!

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Well, I don’t really believe it. I think there is more to this. The reputation of the Welles house in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is being enhanced by big name paranormalists. Something spooky is going on here. After just one night at 46 S. Welles St., John Zaffis is convinced. “There is definitely paranormal activity that transpires…

Another Hell House, book and website. Honestly, this is getting old…

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Another “Hell House” story. This one was previously investigated and popularized by Ryan Buell’s Paranormal Research Society group (who called it the “HellMouth“). [Buell recalls] “I saw a metal crucifix bend right in front of us, and there was a blood-like substance that materialized on the walls,” he says. (A forensics team confirmed that it was…

This is not quite the degree of “haunted” I’m looking for (UPDATE: Positive publicity, no sale)

The girl in the window is beckoning you to buy this house.

See update below – no buyers. A lovely home for sale in Dunmore, near Scranton, PA. Comes with special features. 1217 Marion St, Dunmore, PA 18509 is For Sale – Zillow. Built in 1901, this Victorian home in the Hollywood section of Dunmore features 1850 sf of living space with an additional 1350 sf of…

Black widow spiders among the grapes

Spider saved after being found in the grapes

A Pennsylvania woman finds black widows in the grapes she bought at the local market. And this isn’t the only case of the venomous critters getting into our food supply. York County woman finds black widow spider among her refrigerated grapes – The York Daily Record. Among the grapes she spotted what appeared to be…

Link between ghost hunting groups and historical societies can get tricky

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A local news source documents that a person affiliated with a paranormal investigation group, the Pennsylvania Underground Paranormal Society (PUPS), allegedly stole money from a historic preservation society. Ghost Hunter Steals Nearly $2,500 from Norristown Preservation Society, Police Say –  Norristown, PA Patch. According to the police report, Steven Foersch – a case manager with PUPS – collected…

Fourth alligator reported in Pennsylvania

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We’ll just keep counting: It truly is the summer of gators in PA. Gettysburg area couple surprised by stray, 3-foot gator crawling their back steps in time for dinner | PennLive.com. The stray alligator — presumably someone else’s pet put out to pasture — was creeping along behind their home, located along the 1400 block…

Mystery of the buried two-headed piglet

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Probably the oddest thing that ever happened to her while gardening… Local woman digs up two-headed piglet » Local News » Meadville Tribune. It sounds like a tabloid headline: “Local woman digs up two-headed piglet in backyard.” But it actually describes Sharon Reagle’s Sunday afternoon when she unearthed a glass jar containing the foot-long oddity,…

Schaible child faith healing death ruled a homicide (Updated: To stand trial)

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Update (June 13, 2013): Philadelphia faith-healing couple accused of murder must stand trial: judge | Reuters. Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Charles Hayden on Wednesday said their case should proceed to trial after he rejected claims by defense attorneys that prosecutors could not show gross negligence, malice or that the parents knew the baby was about…

Local news would rather bank on truth of demonic tale but quotes Skeptic

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Thumbs down to the Pocono Record (PA) for dissing a skeptical take in the headline about a demonic story. The article itself is pretty fair so I question the editor. Paranormal skeptic rains on Stroudsburg’s devil tale | PoconoRecord.com. For several days in February 1983, Don Decker was possessed by a demonic force that caused…

Schaible’s faith healing congregation has had at least 22 child deaths

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In a continuation of the story about the Schaible faith healing children deaths, the local news station takes a look at the churches. Faith-Healing Churches Linked to 2 Dozen Child Deaths | NBC 10 Philadelphia. NBC10 learns a local faith-healing couple has a history of child deaths. These two members are in jail right now,…

A harsh lesson in Community Immunity

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Western PA school district gets tough with kids who lack varicella vaccination. Norwin High School students to miss prom over chickenpox vaccination | Westmoreland Co. News – WTAE Home. It’s the time for senior prom, the countdown to the last day of school and for graduation. But at Norwin High School, 33 students were told…

Accomplished doctor’s death linked to cyanide poisoning

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Another worrisome death being attributed to cyanide poisoning. Pennsylvania authorities: Cyanide suspected in doctor’s death – CNN.com. Autumn Klein, 41, who was a physician and former head of women’s neurology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, died on April 20. Her husband called 911 after finding her at home, according to Mike Manko, communications director for…

Evolution in U.S. schools: Student shortchanged, misinformed or completely ignorant

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This well-done piece gives you an idea of the state of science education in the U.S. Even in Pennsylvania, the site of the landmark ruling Kitzmiller v. Dover, which smacked down Intelligent Design instruction in science class, there is still a HUGE problem with proper teaching of evolution as the unifying idea of biology. Kids…