Sunday, October 31, 2010

Gloria Ann Frazier June 13, 1944 -- October 30, 2010

Words escape me right now.  For now, some images of my mom as she was in my  life, will suffice.  More to come later. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Trick or Treat Times Around Columbiana County

Chester:6:00-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30
Columbiana:5-7 p.m. Oct. 31
East Liverpool:6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30
East Palestine:6-7 p.m. Oct. 31; parade at 7:30 p.m.
Hanoverton:2-4 p.m. Oct. 30
Leetonia:5-7 p.m. Oct. 31; parade at 7 p.m. Oct. 28
Lisbon:5-7 p.m. Oct. 30; parade 4 p.m. Oct. 30
Liverpool Township:6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30
New Cumberland:4:00-6 p.m. Oct. 30
Salem:6-8 p.m. Oct. 31
Salineville:parade 5 p.m. Oct. 30, trick-or-treat 6-8 p.m.
St. Clair Township:6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30
Perry Township:6-8 p.m. Oct. 31
Washingtonville:5-7 p.m. Oct. 31
Wellsville:6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Goldie Bell Taylor and Karen Biery Make For A Haunting Halloween Weekend!

I took this pic with a night vision camera and I love how it turned out. Hauntingly beautiful.

Goldie Bell's statue held real flowers on Sunday when we visited her.   She is in Hope Cemetery in Salem,Ohio.  Usually she holds silk ones, at least, when I have been there.  This marker is  unusual in that it is so detailed.  It is now very weathered, giving her eyes that extra, ghostly appearance. 
Here is a link for a news story about this statue and the Author of a book called Believe.
The author is Karen Biery and here is a link to her web site:
Karen will be out this Halloween weekend for the following schedule:
Golden Triangle Bus Tour
@ Hope CemeterySaturday, October 30
2 - 4 p.m.
Salem Historical Society 
Salem, Ohio
Halloween October 31
1 - 4 p.m
Please check out her web site!  While I have not met her yet, my whole crew and I hope to in the near future! 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Weekend Recap and Movie Review

G12P went to see Paranormal Activity 2 on Sunday and had a great time.  Now, I don't watch scary movies.  I  don't want my perception of a ghost hunting situation to be clouded by my over active imagination.  But we went as a group and that sounded really fun to me.  I was truly prepared to be totally scared out of my mind.  I wasn't.  It was boring!  There were too many shots of a the swimming pool with nothing happening  but the lights going out.  There was too many shots of the kitchen and living room where nothing happened at all.  There were two incidents that caused me to jump but I didn't scream even once.  It was just boring.  While I was disappointed in the movie however, others were not.  The first one was literally haunting.  Part 2 was just boring .  Being with my crew members, who are also my friends, was great however!   Here is what some of my crew said.
Becky Buren October 24 at 9:15pm Report

while the atmosphere and company were excellent, the film was dry and slow paced. although the plot was a little more believable in this second one with installing security cameras as a result of a what was thought to be a break in rather than someone actually just leaving a video camera running at all times even when they weren't home. the dog was great. he was the most believable character. i am disappointed when i see a "scary " movie and do not jump once or feel anxiety at the anticipation of what is to come. i would recommend watching this movie after it is on dvd, because the giant screen nor theater sound add any chill factor. but it was a good time with great people and worth the time spent.
Briana CarrollI liked it it helped make the first one make since more it was a little slow to pick up to the suspense and when it got suspensful it was "hollywood" good. But i liked it :)
Amber Rodgers-I liked it....tells you more of what happen from the firsts one....not as scary maybe as the first one but it was just as good
We pretty much had the place to ourselves. Too bad it wasn't a better movie.  I am sure we will do this again! 

We also went to Salem to do a reveal (TAPS Lingo!).  We were a little early so we went to Hope Cemetery and visited the grave site of Little Goldie Bell Taylor!  Always a haunting experience, for sure.
Our Kiddie Matinee was nice.  We had about 10 sites set up around the park for the little ones to visit.  Our cast included Freddy, Red Riding Hood, The Big Bad Wolf, a ghost, a princess, a fairy princess, a crazy guy, Jason, an Undertaker, and crazy Maud in curlers!  We also had face painting set up.  We will be doing this again on Saturday, Oct 30!  Please come out and walk the circle with your kids.  We are giving out candy at every scene. 
We also went out on a Midnight Run!  We went with Jaycees and ended up out at Bowman's Cemetery!  But it didn't stop there!   We also walked all through the woods, looking for the Bowman Cemetery Witch!  No we didn't find her.  Bummer. We also climbed a mountain in an effort to find some remnants of civilization that might have been around 100 years ago!  We came away with the knowledge that there is nothing anywhere around Bowman's Cemetery.  It is in the middle of nowhere, for sure.
We hope to continue these adventures with our friends at the Jaycees.  Several G12 crew members applied for Jaycees.  This organization works hard to hep our community in so many ways!  They bring you the Christmas Parade, sponsor the Special Olympics, work with the city to put on the Pottery Festival, and are willing to try anything and everything new.  Look how many we have ghost hunting with us!  If you are going to be the experts at scare, I think it is great that some of them are taking it to the next level to learn about the real stuff, too!
Mike seemed to have found his calling, finally, for the Haunted Park.  He greatly enjoys being an evil clown!  And looks pretty good, too!

 Erin, a member of Jaycees, walked around being beautifully scary!  Jaycees and Ghosting 12 have a lot in common.  There are people who came for everything, nearly every night.  Such is the case with Erin.  She is a dedicated member of that worthy organization.
Maykayla was great portraying Jigsaw and riding a three wheeled bike.  And Alex, with his Ozzy costume, just fit right in!
And that was our weekend.  Packed full of events and fun, it is what we live for!  And this weekend we are doing it again!  Look out everyone!  Halloween Weekend is almost here!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Our Theater Adventure

 We had a good time at the Theater we set up at last night.  There were a lot of nice people that let us know they were interested in ghosts. 

They looked at some of our pictures and equipment and asked a lot of questions.

And we all wore our new hoodies!  They are soft and warm and comfortable.  And look good, too!  People really notice them! 
G12P hopes to do more engagements like this in the future!  Because let's face it, SOMETHING IS OUT THERE!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

G12P Will Be Attending A Midnight Showing of Paranormal Activity 2 In Austintown!

We will be at the Regal 10 Theater prior to the midnight showing of Paranormal Activity 2 tonight!  Come out and meet us!  We will keep you busy while you wait to see Paranormal Activity 2!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Andersonville was a prisoner of war camp for the south during the Civil War.  It was located in Georgia.  It was  a living Hell for the men who were kept there.   The walls of the camp formed a rectangle of rough hewn pine standing 15-20 feet in height and built on a sixteen and one-half acre tract intended to house no more than ten thousand prisoners. There were far fewer prisoners in the early stages of its fourteen month existence than later.    By June of 1864 the population swelled to over 26,000 prisoners in Andersonville.  It was difficult enough for the south to feed their own armies, much less worry about prisoners of war.
 Rations began running short and there were inadequate barracks facilities to house the prisoners
The daily ration for the prisoners and guards was scant, being merely one and one-fourth pound of corn meal and one pound of beef or one-third pound of bacon occasionally supplemented with beans, peas, rice or molasses. The lack of vegetables led to numerous cases of scurvy from which many died.
The prison population continued to grow to over 33,000 in August of 1864. Hundreds of soldiers were dying each day. The "deadhouse" outside the prison was filled beyond capacity and bodies were being stacked outside prior to burial.

Prisoners were relying on shelter from a few crude huts, pieces of tents and holes they had dug in the ground. There was no clothing given to prisoners, so most wore only ragged remnants of their uniforms or in some cases nothing at all. The Confederate forces
surrendered in April of 1865 and the prison camp in Andersonville was included in that surrender. The total number of dead was nearly 13,000 during the fourteen months that Andersonville prison had been operating. There had been slightly over 45,000 prisoners held at Andersonville during that fourteen month period. Although death rates were high in other civil war prisons as well, none approached that of Andersonville. The condition of the prisoners at Andersonville on its liberation led Walt Whitman to write, "the dead there are not to be pitied as much as some of the living that have come from there--if they can be called living." The picture to the right is of a prisoner after his release.

Alex Coleman was a Union Soldier from East Liverpool and  is buried at Spring Grove Cemetery.  He was also a survivor of Andersonville Prison.  His is only one of the stories we uncovered in our research for the tour we are putting on Wednesday October 20 at 6 pm.  Please come to this fundraising event and help out by making a donation to Spring Grove Cemetery!

Spring Grove Cemetery Tour Oct 17, 2010

 The first of two tours for Spring Grove Cemetery this month went very nicely.  We walked around this once Cemetery for paupers and told the stories of some of the people who once walked the streets of East Liverpool. 

 We told stories of murder, mystery, and intrigue in The Carnival Girl, The Barrel Lady (Julia Walls), The Tweed/Morris murders of 1973 on Dresden Avenue, and the Taylor murders of 1979. 
We talked of former baseball players George Scoops Carey and Charles Rearke.  We also told the tragic stories of suicide victims like Johnny Ashbaugh and Andrew Jackson Bailey.  There were also the stories of burn victims, like the Keenan family who burned to death in 1930 or little Martha Burlingame who burned to death in 1932.  There were also drownings like poor little George Beaver Jr. who drowned when he was only 5 years old.     

There were stories of disasters from this area, famous artists, former Mayors, and a little boy named Billy Amos who just might haunt this cemetery to this day.

We also told the story of Spring Grove and how much it needed some financial help.  The grass needs cut, holes need filled in, and cemetery stones need repaired.  There are some men buried here that are veterans and have no marker, even from the government.  Alex Coleman, for example, fought during the Civil War and survived one of the most notorious Prisoner Of War camps that existed during that time-Andersonville(story to come next about this horrible place.)   The wreck of the Scioto on the Ohio River was also told as a man who drowned in that event is laid to rest in Spring Grove. 
If you missed this tour, we are giving it again on October 20 at 6pm.  The cost is a suggested $5 donation and ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE GIVEN TO SPRING GROVE CEMETERY to help take care of the section that has no caretaker.  Please come to this fundraiser!  You will have a great time and help one of the oldest cemeteries in the area. 

Friday, October 15, 2010

Spring Grove Cemetery Has A Baby Section

Spring Grove has many secrets.  Not because it was intended to be that way, but from human error.  As Becky and I worked on the final route for the tour yesterday, a woman came up to us and asked if we knew where section B was.  She was looking for the grave of an infant from 1953.  I took a deep breath.  Spring Grove is a Genealogists nightmare, unfortunately, and started to tell this nice lady just that.  She halted me in my tracks however when she said Virginia Myler (the former caretaker of Spring Grove who died a few years ago taking invaluable information with her.  She had it all memorized and knew where everyone was.  But none of it was ever written down) had told them where is was herself a few years back.  They just couldn't find it.  Then she said "She told us he was in the  baby section".  I promptly got so excited I forgot Becky's last name!  Spring Grove has a baby section?  So we followed the directions that Virginia had given them and area that has not too many markers in an older section.  What markers are there are for babies.  We had also been working on finding the indigent section, which is remarked to be down the hill.  There is no mention of what hill.  For that matter, when it first started, Spring Grove was for indigents.  The Poor buried their dead here.  While neighboring St. Als has only 1900 buried there and is about the same size as Spring Grove, the latter has 7600 burials.  7600 is a huge number. Riverview has over 15000 buried there and is a large cemetery.  Spring Grove is nowhere near that  in size.  How can it have 7600 burials?  The mystery deepens.  We did find a little section a little while later that had several stones just for babies, along with the grave marker pictured above.  There is a name on one of the fingers but we couldn't read it well.  Yes, Spring Grove has a baby section.  And so many other secrets.  Please come to our tour of this mysterious and historic cemetery to find out more.  October 17 at 4pm and October 20 at 6pm.  There is a suggested donation of $5 per person.  ALL PROCEEDS GO TO SPRING GROVE CEMETERY(the section that has no caretaker). 

Friday, October 8, 2010

Julia Walls and Frank Cascio-Two Parts To An Unsolved Murder

 The murder of Julia Walls is a mystery that remains unsolved to this day.  She was found stuffed in a barrel in 1940 on the corner of Jennings and St. Clair Avenue.  Her body was still warm.  It was determined, ultimately, that she was strangled.   She became known as the Barrel Lady.

Accused of her murder was Frank Cascio.  But despite efforts to find proof against him, there was none, and charges were dropped.  These are the only two pictures available for them now, from an old newspaper clipping.  Haunting.

Frank Cascio died in 1961 and has a grave stone to mark where he is buried. Julia does not have one. Her grave is marked only by a tree growing at the site.  

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

More Information Coming From Readers: Who Is Really In The Silver Crypt?

 I did a story earlier in September about the Silver Crypt of Wellsville near the Spring Hill Cemetery.  It has a legend attached to it about David Silver being so evil that he and his family were forbidden by the citizens of Wellsville to be buried on Hallowed ground.  You can find the Silver Crypt on the bank below the cemetery.  That could not have been further from the truth. While I am still researching this story, here is what someone sent in about the poor souls entombed here. 

Hon.Thomas H. Silver, banker, lawyer and legislator, of Wellsville, is one of the most prominent men of Columbiana county. Mr. Silver is a native of Wellsville, having first seen the light there February 21, 1855. His father was David S. Silver, M. D. He was a native of Maryland and a graduate of the New York College of Medicine. He began the practice of his profession in Columbiana, Columbiana county, Ohio, in 1825, and remained there until 1845, when he removed to Wellsville. Here, Dr. Silver was actively engaged in the practice of medicine until 1883. He died in August, 1887, at the age of seventy-six, having lived a life of usefulness and honor. His wife, Nancy E. (Hammond) Silver, was a daughter of Thomas Hammond, an Englishman by birth, who emigrated to this country, and afterward became the founder of the town of Hammondsville, Jefferson county, Ohio. David and Nancy Silver were the parents of five children: Thomas H., Margaret H., Frank, and David, Jr. Thomas H. was reared in Wellsville, where he fitted for college. Entering Allegheny college, at Meadville, Penn., he was graduated therefrom in 1875. He then entered Harvard college, and graduated in 1876, and from the law department of the latter college in 1878. In 1884 he founded the Silver Banking company, and was made president of the same. He is also the proprietor of the Champion Brick works, which was established in 1886. Susanna, daughter of Capt. Daniel and Harriet (Brown) Moore, of Newport, Ky., became his wife October 2, 1885, and has borne him the following named children: Harriet M. and Thomas. In 1881 Mr. Silver was appointed solicitor of Wellsville; was elected mayor in 1883; has served on the school board for four years; has been president of the Wellsville Fair association from its inception in 1888, and in 1889 was elected to the upper branch of the Ohio legislature by the republican party. Although still a young man, Mr. Silver has accomplished more than ordinarily falls to the lot of man in a lifetime of the hardest work. Magnificently equipped, both by nature and education, his success has been most brilliant. Above all it is deserved. A true representative of the true American citizen. Both himself and wife are communicants of the Methodist Episcopal church.

September 26, 2010 12:38 AM

No one takes care of this crypt. It has been broken into and stolen from.  While I have no confirmation of this, it is even alleged that the body of a baby has been stolen from here and sold.  These people loved their community.  They were good and kind and went above and beyond what the normal person to be involved in their hometown.  I think they deserve so much better than this. 


G12 is working to see what can be done to get some care for this old crypt that is the resting place for such honorable people. If you know anything more, please email me!

Is This The Bridge Where The 5 Nuns Met Their Fate?

At first glance this bridge might seem like nothing major.  Just a simple little stone bridge.  But below the surface it turned out to be a beautifully engineered piece of history.  I got an email that told me about this little bridge on Smithferry Road, in PA.  It was exactly where the email said it would be.  It also said that 5 nuns were killed on this bridge, somehow all being decapitated.  I would say there is a 25 foot fall from the top, but....

I am not sure how they would have been decapitated.  I tell the nun story for the bridge down by Lock 57 park.  I had heard it about that area, only their death was not so specific.  When we climbed down to the bottom of the ravine, I was pleasantly surprised to see this beautiful arch awaiting us!  I have seen others like this but you can't see it at all from above!  It has been repaired many times.  Sadly, much of it has been replaced with cement rather the cut stone it started with.

So, if you know what bridge I am talking about and know any history about it, please email me!  It is in PA. and I have not done any research for it there, yet.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Introducing The New Shirt Design For Ghosting 12!

After over a month of discussion that  included some heated moments, we finally finished our new logo!  We used a little of several ideas to come up with this.  Jen and Amber played with the oval design.  Jen also found the cool Font. Alan came up with G12P.  Becky wanted the web address on there.  And Briana suggested to put "Something is out there..." on it somewhere.
There were several who wanted "Something is out there"  on the back also, so we got that, too!  We also have two different shirt colors.  Black and Blood Red (suggested by Sena).   So please be on the look out for us in our new shirts!  And Hoodies, too!  If it isn't this design you see for someone claiming to be from Ghosting 12 Paranormal, it isn't us. 

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Spring Grove Cemetery Tour-OCT 17 AND 20

So far things are looking good for our Spring Grove Tour on October 17th at 4pm and October 20 at 6pm.  We walked around the area recently and discussed what we hoped to gain from this fundraising event.  The stone monument  with the name Golden on it was built in the 1940's by a member of the Golden family as a memorial to his family.  Shortly after he built it, he himself died.  No one takes care of it now and it slowly crumbles away.  This monument has the misfortune of being in the section of Spring Grove that has no one to take care of it.  Sections A, C and part of B make up the more than half of Spring Grove the has no official caretaker.  Most of Section B is cared for by East Liverpool Township. They mow it, chip and sealed their part of the road, and in general care for this section of the Cemetery only.   It is appreciated that at least part of it has some care.

But the rest of the area has no one.  In the following pictures you see high grass everywhere and divots in the ground that need filled in , and the rest of the road that could also use a chip and seal.  This is the oldest section of the cemetery and  contains the history makers of our area.  People that helped to shape our area, govern it, work in it and build it.   Saviours, victims, and even bad guys are laid to rest here.  Fire Victims, drownings, murders, illness, mystery, intrigue.  Stories that are amazing us as we find them.  There is even a professional baseball player layed to rest here!

The cost is a suggested $5 donation.  If you decide to donate more, it will be greatly appreciated.  ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE GIVEN TO BENEFIT THE SECTIONS OF SPRING GROVE CEMETERY THAT HAVE NO CARETAKER!!!
We will not be touring the part of \section B that is taken care of by the township, though we will have a few stories of the citizens buried there.  Please try to make time for this haunting tour of one of the keepers of our history.  Spring Grove Cemetery.