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The Betrayal of the "Paranormal Experts"

The Betrayal of the "Paranormal Experts"

January 29, 2024

In paranormal research, authenticity and courage are qualities one would expect from those who claim expertise. Yet, my recent experiences paint a drastically different picture, one marred by cowardice, insincerity, and a blatant disregard for the truth. This journal entry is a testament to the disillusionment and betrayal I’ve faced from the so-called paranormal “experts” in my quest to unravel the mysteries of Candle Face, a ghost haunting the Austin area that I’ve named and researched extensively.


My journey into this ghostly world began with two interviews with individuals claiming knowledge about Candle Face. After these interviews, my nights were filled with dreams of flashing lights and jarring sounds. Soon, these dreams morphed into the agonized screams of people, then morphing into coherent voices and images of Candle Face’s victims, all asking me to help them find their remains, identify their killers, and connect with their living relatives. These spirits, I believe, have chosen me as their messenger due to my past confrontation with Candle Face, detailed in my book The Empty Lot Next Door, and my ability to write about these encounters.


Since October 2023, I've been visited by 11 spirits, each recounting their tragic demise. Lacking experience in paranormal phenomena, I sought assistance from paranormal investigators, mediums, and psychics, hoping to decode these messages. Yet, despite their claims of bravery and expertise, their responses - or lack thereof - have been nothing short of infuriating.


Many of these self-proclaimed investigators boast of their fearlessness online, but their actions tell a different story. At the slightest hint of paranormal activity, they flee, contradicting their public persona. They claim they don’t do it when confronted, even though their videos show otherwise. Such duplicity undermines their credibility and insults those genuinely seeking answers in the paranormal realm.


On January 24, 2024, a significant breakthrough came when a former private investigator friend linked the story of a missing African-American girl to the testimony of one of the spirits. Read the spirit's testimony here. But as soon as I published this potential connection, these “Experts” abruptly severed ties with me. Read the journal entry that connects the missing person to the spirit's testimony here. Their sudden departure raises serious questions. Is it jealousy, seeing me achieve what they couldn’t in mere months while they have been trying for years, even decades? Or is it skepticism about my intentions, suspecting that I’m exploiting these experiences for literary and financial gain?


Moreover, another plausible reason for the sudden withdrawal of the “experts” could be rooted in fear, an element often overlooked but glaringly present in the paranormal community. As evidenced by numerous discussions and accounts on Paranormal Facebook groups, Reddit pages, and even on the darker corners of the internet like the Darknet, there’s an underlying paradox within this community: a tangible fear of confronting the very phenomena they seek. This fear isn’t just a superficial anxiety but runs deep, influencing their actions and decisions. In the case of Candle Face, a ghost with a notorious reputation and a personal history with me, it’s conceivable that this fear has played a significant role. Despite their public facade of bravery and expertise, the experts might be terrified of encountering Candle Face, especially given the intensity and directness of the experiences I’ve shared. This fear could explain their abrupt severance of ties with me – a subconscious retreat from a reality too daunting to face. It’s a reminder that in the world of ghost hunting and paranormal investigation, courage is often a mask worn loosely, easily cast aside when the shadows of the unknown become too dark to bear.


Yes, I’m a writer, and my initial research on Candle Face was intended for my blog. But as the spirits began to visit, my focus shifted to their stories. If these experts had bothered to investigate, they would have known this. Or the psychics should have known right away. Yet, they accuse me of insincerity while monetizing their own ventures. These experts run their own podcasts, some upload videos to YouTube with advertisements, and their websites feature a range of merchandise. Coffee mugs, T-shirts, handbags, and healing crystals are just a few items they peddle, alongside renting or selling paranormal equipment. Many also offer haunted tours and solicit donations. One expert is an author herself! But they draw the line with me potentially writing a book. Isn’t this the pot calling the kettle black?


I find myself abandoned by those I believe would stand with me. If these experts are indeed frauds or genuinely afraid of facing Candle Face, I understand that the paranormal community is filled with both. But their actions, or lack thereof, have left me to continue this mission alone. The irony isn’t lost on me: those who parade their expertise in the paranormal world are the first to flee from its reality. Meanwhile, I stand firm, committed to unveiling the truth behind Candle Face and giving voice to the spirits who have chosen me as their conduit.




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