Haunted Voices Radio with Todd Bates and Nicole Strickland

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Bringing paranormal to the world since 2004, the longtime running, well known and trusted show, Haunted Voices Radio with Host Todd Bates and Nicole Strickland, comes your way LIVE every Tuesday night 9e/8c/6p.  Do you enjoy the strange and unusual, the absurdly bizarre and hilarious, or maybe just some straightforward paranormal education?  Tune in LIVE Tuesday nights 9/8c when Todd and Nicole, once again, hit the digital airwaves...right here on www.wltkdb.com 


Each month, Todd and Nicole will delve back to the basics!  In this series, we go back to the foundation of paranormal investigation techniques and methodologies, where we talk about and elaborate on the basics of exploring the supernatural. From EVP to ITC, recording methods, spirit photography, video techniques, environmental monitoring, vigils, metaphysics, archive research, private residence vs. historical case studies, etc., this series is beneficial for beginners and veterans alike.   

I met Linda Myers at the 2016 Oregon Ghost Conference.  We soon became fast friends with a dear kinship.  Linda is truly one of the most genuine psychic mediums and paranormal researchers out there.  It was an honor to have her as a guest on Haunted Voices Radio.

During the episode, Linda discussed one aspect that is not only imperative to our field, but one that is often overlooked: developing one’s intuition first before commencing supernatural exploration. She studied at the Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Enlightenment and quickly learned many avenues to developing intuition, such as using Zener cards and journaling.

Linda teaches paranormal bootcamp classes at conferences, such as the Oregon Ghost Conference and the Port Gamble Ghost Conference.  One question she always gets by attendees is, “What is the best piece of equipment to use and what should I do first?” She lets her students know that fostering one’s own innate psychic senses is extremely important before partaking in investigation of the unknown.   There is no such thing as a “ghost detector.”  Thus, there is no such thing as a best gadget either but rather our own bodies and their senses.

Some people solely rely on what science and their equipment tells them.  Those that do this are selling themselves short.  It should be the other way around – let your body and its senses dictate the route of the investigation and blending that in with scientific research. 

Along with the San Diego Paranormal Research Society, I also teach local courses on paranormal investigation and research and get the same common question as Linda.  My answer is identical to Linda’s.  Ali Schreiber and I co-host our “Spirits of the Adobe” tours at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe in Vista, California.  We’ve been hosting these events since 2011.  As with our courses, we also reiterate the importance of blending our body’s senses with scientific approaches in paranormal investigation.

These are just some of the compelling topics that Todd and I discussed with Linda.  To hear the full episode, please visit http://www.wltkdb.com or https://wltkdb.podbean.com/


On this episode of Haunted Voices Radio, Todd and Nicole delve into their “Back to Basics” series, which is beneficial for both beginner and veteran researchers.

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On this Part II episode, Todd and Nicole discuss how researchers should respond to client investigation requests and the importance of forms, such as permission and liability waivers; historical research and its overall importance to the entire case study process.

Sometimes, it’s not always about actual paranormal activity on the premises.  There may be situations, such as high EMF – electromagnetic frequencies, plumbing issues, carbon monoxide problems, sleep paralysis, etc.  So, as paranormal researchers, it is our duty to educate our clients on other potential causes of what they’re experiencing. 

Safety is also paramount – physical, spiritual and emotional safety.  Todd discusses how his daughter’s home was investigated and the problem had to do with high EMF from the refrigerator.  Some individuals are very sensitive to high EMF levels as they can cause a whole host of issues – hallucinations, anxiety, heart palpitations, feelings of being watched, among many others. 

Nicole also shared the time when the San Diego Paranormal Research Society investigated a haunted restaurant in Oceanside, California, which is situated on top of a burial ground.  About 30 minutes into the case study, two armed robbers stormed through the site’s kitchen.  Luckily, Nicole and her team had all of their emergency protocols in place as well as their permission and liability form signed by the manager. 

There’s a lot that goes into the entire paranormal case study from client interviews, preliminary studies to tedious data review and supplemental research. 

Stay tuned for more “Back to Basics” topics.  The series airs monthly on the WLTK-db network. 

The mere thought of cannibalism may invoke sheer curiosity in some and pure disgust in others, or a little bit of both.  Both archaeological and genetic evidence prove that cannibalism has been practiced for hundreds of thousands of years - as far back as 600,000 years.   

Cannibalism is essentially the consuming of human flesh by other humans.  In Spanish, it translates to Caribales or Canibales for the Carib peoples - a West Indies tribe notorious for the act. 

In times of needed survival, eating another human's flesh may not be nearly as feared but more of a mandatory necessity.   Then, there are those stories of lore that point to people engaging in this horrific phenomenon for other horrific reasons.  

Insert Brenda Ganske of her Horrifying History podcast, where she elaborates on the often untold and hidden accounts of people chowing down on human meat.  Yes, you will hear some hair-raising tales about cannibalism, including stories from the Donner Party, one relating to Moby Dick and many others.  Yes, I am not kidding.  

We have one requirement before listening: make sure you've eaten! 

You can listen to the episode at https://wltkdb.com/ondemandaudio or via the many audio listening platforms.  



On this week's episode of Haunted Voices Radio, we welcome Aaron Collins of Northwest Paranormal Investigation Team.  View the episode at https://wltkdb.com/on-demand-video

Aaron's BIO:

Aaron Collins was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He moved to the Pacific Northwest when he was just 17 years old. Aaron encountered his first “paranormal experience”. It was so terrifying that it not only shook him but left him with questions, which began his curiosity and fascination with the paranormal. In 1993, he began a career in the security field, which led to internal and external retail loss prevention investigations. Applying his investigative skills, Aaron co-founded NW Paranormal Investigative Team. Aaron has been investigating and researching the paranormal for over 20 years. In early January 2014, Aaron co-created, co-hosted and produced Blog Talk Radio’s Paranormal Crossings. Paranormal Crossings is a talk show focusing on interviewing professionals in the paranormal field as well as owners, curators and victims of haunted locations. In April 2014, Aaron brought Paranormal Crossings to television as the host and executive producer. Aaron has interviewed people such as psychic mediums, paranormal Investigators, authors, actors and more. In 2018, Aaron will be taking Paranormal Crossings to a new level by bridging the gap between talk show and paranormal investigative show! Aaron and his team's objective is to help others that may be experiencing paranormal activity by using investigative skills, technical and spiritual methods to determine the cause of the activity.

Nicole Strickland first met Aaron at the 2015 Oregon Ghost Conference in Oregon City.  The OGC is the Pacific Northwest's largest paranormal convention and is quickly growing.   The Port Gamble Ghost Conference is another popular annual event in Port Gamble, Washingon.  Nicole has been a featured speaker, class instructor and vendor at the OGC and in 2017, she presented on the RMS Queen Mary at the Port Gamble Ghost Conference. 

During the episode, Aaron shared his childhood experience with the paranormal, which catapulted him into active research and exploration as an adult.  He also elaborated on how his team approaches and helps private residence clients.  Additionally, Aaron talked about how he infuses his Christian Ministry with paranormal investigation.  Importantly, Aaron elaborated on why "respect" is so crucial and imperative to supernatural research - respect of clients, team members, spiritual energies and the paranormal community at large.  

Along with his colleagues, Aaron re-debuted his Paranormal Crossings television show, which can be seen every Saturday at 2:00 pm at Talkcast PDX.  


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Welcome to Haunted Voices Radio's "Back to Basics" monthly series where Todd and Nicole delve back to the foundation of paranormal investigation and research.  

EPISODE 1:  RECORDING METHODS - Listen to the episode at https://www.wltkdb.com/index.php/en/past-shows/haunted-voices

1. Analog vs digital recording - which is better and why?

- Why analog recording can be more beneficial than digital

- How to transfer data from an analog recorder to a computer

2. Setting up an EVP (electronic voice phenomena session) session - things to know

- talking method versus walking method

3. EVP session protocols

- procedures that need to be adopted for all recording sessions