Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Leslie's Family Tree Investigation

1.      History
Santaquin lies southeast of Utah Lake in southern Utah County.  It was originally settled in late 1851. It was also originally named Summit City because of its location near the summit of the divide between Utah Valley and Juab Valley.
Now, Summit City was being settled by Mormon pioneers who were attempting to settle nearby Payson to the north.  Then in 1856 it was renamed "Santaquin" for the son of Guffich, who was a local native chieftain that was friendly to the Mormon settlers.
Tensions started growing between the Mormon settlers and the Ute Indians which eventually resulted in the Walker War. 
This war was named after Chief Walkara.  A lot of the settlers had a hard time pronouncing the names of the local Shoshone Indians.  It was either that or they tried giving more English names to them. 
Any way.
The war was sparked on July 17, 1853 by a confrontation between a local Indian and James Anderson Ivie.  The Indian was upset with a trade gone bad between the settlers. This resulted in cold blooded murder of a band member, Shower-O-Cats, who was a relative of Walkara. 
A Mormon militia unit went to Walkara's camp in Payson to try to work out a peaceful resolution and make a deal; however, no arrangement was agreed upon.
The Utes demanded retribution, and wanted the death of a Euro-American, life for life. The Mormons refused this notion and a Ute Indian wanting justice, shot and killed settler Alexander Keele on July 18, 1853. 
Walkara and his warriors began conducting raids against Mormon outposts in central and southern Utah; while in turn pioneer militias retaliated.
The Walker War ended with many casualties about one year later with a somewhat friendly neutral understanding, this was personally negotiated between Brigham Young and Chieftain Walkara that was finalized in May 1854.

Recent History
Leslie’s Family Tree was built in 1974 and served as a floral shop on one side and the local bar on the other.  Downstairs however was were the real fun was, with boxing matches, gambling and a for better terms a brothel.  In 1986 Leslie’s Family Tree became a restaurant.


There was a young boy who lived in the area, who had drowned in a canal close to the diner that is said to been seen and heard. 
A woman in blue dress has been seen walking through the restaurant.  Also, things like chairs and kitchen ware are said to move on their own. 
Kids can be heard and seen in the main dining area of the restaurant as well as in the meeting room.
A couple not so friendly spirits are also known to be haunting this diner.  One by the bathrooms to the East of the building who particularly likes to scratch and make his presence known that way. 
Another interesting, we will say entity is in the cold dark basement.  Some say it is a golem like creature but others think it might be a darker presence all together that isn’t too fond of visitors coming into its space. 
When it’s all said and done, I think there is more spirits than can be counted in this location.

Lazer grid 

back meeting room

Wednesday, March 11, 2020


(*all pictures are mine)

A haunting is something that remains in the consciousness and something that lingers.  We can also relate a haunting to something that visits habitually or appears frequently.  

I have made four categories that can break down the elements of a haunting. 
  1. Spirits/"ghosts"
  2. Energy
  3. Demons
  4. Angels
  5. Non-human
So we understand the categories of a haunting, now we need to look at the specific tiers of a haunting.
  1. Tier 1 haunting - lowest level haunting - smells, cold or hot spots, quiet noises, foot steps, (dismiss-able)
  2. Tier 2 haunting - mid level haunting - louder noises, light objects moving
  3. Tier 3 haunting - advanced haunting - visuals, audible voices, heavy objects moving
  4. Tier 4 haunting - extreme haunting - possession
NOTE: In tier 1 the term dismiss-able is used, its because this level of haunting might be so infrequent, or explained away to be something else.

Now we look at different types of hauntings
  • Residual
  • Intelligent
  • Orbs
  • Demonic
  • Angelic
  • Shadows
  • Mists
  • Elemental
NOTE: Elemental is a type that isn't heard about to often.  These are just spirits who directly relate to or manipulate a specific element. I dont mention this in my hauntings episode, but will do a whole episode on elementals.
Earth, Air, Water, Fire.

We have to take a scientific aproach to the supernatural amd its best to look at spirot energy manipulation.

Then we look at what makes up a spirit.

Things that potentially cause a haunting

- unfinished buisness
- tragic death
- traumatic death 
- own agenda
- possession/finding a host

Where to find a haunting

A haunting can literally be any where but these are the key locations most likley to have a haunting

- places of tragedy 
- places that experience high trauma
- cursed areas
   * three sisters, witch cabin

- blessed areas
* church in Santiago, solola, Guatemala 

- schools
- graveyards
    *cemetery in San Andres,  solola, Guatemala 

Haunted items

These item categories are the most common and encompass the wide range of things to have a spirit connection.  

- dolls/stuffed animals
- toys
- personal items 
- mirrors
- furniture

Getting rid of an unwanted haunting

- "Go away" simply telling the spirit to leave works well.
- stand your ground/dont back down
- palo santo
- sage
- Exorcism (extreme cases)

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Introduction| Ghosts of Oakdale Cemetery


This cemetery was founded in May, 1856.  The cemetery is very hilly with beautiful elegant graves.  Mausoleums stand almost hidden in the tall trees.  Marble statues of angels seem to over look the place, protecting it from infiltrating spirits.

Oakdale Cemetery from google maps

graves of children

The Children
There is one in particular area of the cemetery I want to address that I mention in my Introduction podcast.  That is the lot for burials of orphans from the soldiers orphan home, which was located directly across the street from the cemetery.  There are 250 graves in the orphans section only a few are over the age of 18.  Upon further research, there were three fires spread out over the lapse of fifty years. However, with many graves of the children, none of them from record had died from the result of the fires.  Most of the children had died from common sicknesses of the time period.

The Journey

Its midnight, the five of us have been walking through the cemetery for some time now.  Its a warm humid summer night and the cicadas are buzzing in the trees.  The grave stones cast long shadows from the glow of the moon, across the well kept spongy grass.  As we continue through the dark, weaving our path through the grave markers.  We pass by a couple stone mausoleums some
with rod iron doors making it visible to see into.  Others with no doors at all creating an eerie ambiance as you walk inside, the walls towering over you.  We continue on our way, not exactly knowing where we are walking despite the fact we have been here many times.  We find our selves at the grave marker reading "Limb of  Unknown Child."  We are at the Burial of Orphans.  We slowly walk through the 
orphan grave site
many graves of children buried here.  Upon exiting the Orphans, we all hear a small faint whisper.  We stop dead in our tracks and look at one another, wondering if one of us had said something.  We all stared at each other puzzled, then suddenly, a quiet but distinct laugh between to disembodied children right by us laughed out.  We didn't have to say anything and we knew we wanted to get out of there.

The Face in the Flame

We ran until we decided we were at a safe enough distance away.  Out of breath, wondering if anything had followed us, we sat on the cool graveyard grass.  Next to us on the hill we decided to rest on, was a large stone goblet planter.  It was empty of flowers and anything else that it would have been used for.  I grabbed some leaves and placed them in the goblet.  Someone else had the same idea except grabbed some small sticks.  My good child hood friend at the time had his video camera and started recording.  We lit the sticks and leaves on fire inside of this goblet.  The fire had been burning for a couple minutes now and had been dying out.
  My friend with the camera had knelt down and started blowing
on the fire to keep it alive.  Another member of our group went to collect more sticks to throw in to the fire.  He came back and tossed them in to the small flame.  The stick took to the flame and ignited slowly smoking as they heated up.  My friend knelt down once again his camera in his hand and blew into the embers giving it oxygen.  As he looked up I will never forget the look on his face as the light of the new flame overcame his face.  He yelled loudly falling backward on to the grass, startling everyone around us.  We all scrambled to our feet, wondering what had just happened.  Maybe he had gotten a little to close to the fire and burned some part of him.  "I just saw a face in the flame," he exclaimed, shaking.  After we got him calmed down we decided it was time to go.  We still had along walk back through the woods to get home.  

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