Long Island Paranormal Investigators attended the 2nd
(The Atlantic Paranormal Society) Paranormal Weekend
in December 2006 hosted by Dave and Tim of
Darkness Radio. As with the first
TAPS Paranormal Weekend it was held at the Fairfield Marriott hotel in Warwick, RI.
This was LIPI's third investigation at this hotel.
The weekend started with our arrival at the hotel Friday afternoon.
checking in LIPI met up with Dave and Tim for the weekend’s itinerary. They also
updated us as to newly reported paranormal activity at the hotel since the first
TAPS weekend there.
Friday night TAPS founder Jason Hawes and co-founder Grant Wilson held a very
informative question and answer discussion. Questions from the audience ran the
gamut from topics about the show, up coming events, use of equipment, evidence
they have collected, demonology, and of course many questions about their own
Alas, Jason and Grant still would not talk about the
personal experience they each had which inspired them to form a paranormal group
and investigate ghosts and spirits for over 15 years.
After the Q&A members of LIPI spoke 1-on-1 with Jason and Grant for a more in
depth discussion of the paranormal and paranormal investigations. LIPI EVP
Specialist Jaiem Fleischmann discussed the use of portable barometers during
paranormal investigations (as shown on the TV show when TAPS investigated Leb Castle in Ireland. Jason reported
that TAPS family members in Ireland rely very heavily
on barometric readings to determine likely manifestations of paranormal
activity. It has been a reliable technique for them.
After the discussion (and a brief stop at the Bickfords restaurant by the hotel
for a snack) some members of LIPI joined Dave of Darkness Radio for a "hallway
hang out" down on the "5th floor" (basement floor) of the Marriott
for a wide ranging talk about the paranormal. Topics went far and wide from
ghosts and spirits to UFOs and Big Foot. The "hang out" finally broke up during
the wee-hours of the morning, mostly from sheer exhaustion.
Saturday morning, after a great continental breakfast, we traveled to TAPS
office headquarters in Warwick. It was mentioned that TAPS
HQ may be moving to another location. At this time LIPI was unable to confirm
At the TAPS office LIPI we met with TAPS investigators Paula
Gonsalves, and Mike Dion as well as members of the TAPS Para magazine staff.
Of special (curious)
interest was Jason’s Roto-Rooter van parked in back! Who would have thought a
plumber’s van would be an icon?!
Even TAPS cars are "pimped out"!
Upon returning to the hotel, LIPI members were permitted special access to room
316 to conduct a brief investigation before the main investigation that evening.
LIPI members used digital audio and photography, IR thermometer and the EMF Cell
Sensor during the investigation.
It was confirmed the carpet in room 316 is different than the other rooms of
the hotel. The staff of the hotel could not give an explanation of the
Saturday evening LIPI joined TAPS members Steve Gonsalves,
Karl Johnson (one the demonologist "twins"), Brian Harnois, Lisa Dowaliby, and Donna
Lacroix for dinner and
It was Karl Johnson's birthday Saturday night too!
(and that also means it was Keith's birthday, but he was unable to attend this
After dinner, back at the hotel, the weekend participants were divided into 3
groups. Two groups went with Steve and Paula to investigate the 3rd
and 5th floors of the hotel, the third group remained to take part in
a presentation by demonologist Adam Blai.
LIPI was assigned to the first group to go with Paula to room 316 on the 3rd
floor. LIPI conducted a “lights out” investigation of room 316. A strong EMF
reading was detected along the outer wall, far above accepted paranormal levels.
LIPI was able to identify the source as high power light on the outside of the
building. The electric wires for the light probably run through that wall. The
EMF reading was debunked.
After investigating the room LIPI took turns with the other participants in
Paula’s group to perform a “lights out” investigation of the entire length of
the 3rd floor hallway.
During the investigation Paula showed our
group a type of digital ambient temperature and humidity meter. She said it is
very useful for measuring cold spots in the air as regular IR thermometers can
only detect surface temperatures.
Our group then went down to the "5th" floor and met up with Steve
Gonsalves for an investigation of room 506 and the hallway. Audio investigation
of the area is extremely difficult due to the elevator mechanism and other heavy
machines operating on the 5th floor. Also, EMF detection is
impossible also due to the same machinery.
After nearly 2 hours investigating both rooms and floors, our group switched
with the other half for them to have a chance to investigate the hotel. We then
attended a brilliant presentation by demonologist Adam Blai (put in
credentials from DR Stanley site). He first began with a description of the
commonly used terms for mental illness and the proper clinical meanings of these
conditions. It is often noticed that demonic possessions and/or hauntings are
closely linked to people with mental illness. Adam then went into an in depth
discussion of demons, some of the "rules" surrounding the confrontation of a
demon or someone demonically possessed, the “chessboard” (his term for the on
going battle between good and evil and those like himself who actively join the
fight), precautions one should take when entering a potentially demonically
haunted location, and ended with a stern warning not to play with demonology! He
confirmed many of the points the presentation by Keith and Karl Johnson gave
during the first TAPS Paranormal weekend in June 2006 (make as link!) including
events happening in 3’s, 3am being the most active time for demonic activity and
the power of prayer. He added several additional ideas such as his portrayal of
the conflict between good and evil (the "chessboard" as he puts it – not to
imply it’s a game but to show demonic hauntings and possessions are strategic
and not just for random fright effect), the concept of 1-free-out all people
receive (that a paranormal investigator unknowingly confronting a demonic entity
can choose to leave the situation and not be harmed or followed by the demon),
and the idea that some mirrors can be used by demons as a portal into locations.
After the presentation LIPI hung out with TAPS members and other weekend
participants in hotel lobby for awhile before calling it a late night.
Sunday morning LIPI bid farewell to the TAPS, Dave and Tim of Darkness Radio,
and the Fairfield Marriott and returned to Long Island, NY.
Long Island Paranormal Investigators had a great time and
enjoyed once again meeting with the members of TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal
Society), sharing ideas and experiences, and look forward to future get-togethers
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Paranormal Investigators with TAPS at the 1st Paranormal Weekend in Warwick, RI.
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