We were at the Yorktown Memorial Hospital this last weekend in Yorktown Texas which is about 75 miles east of San Antonio. One of the things we see a lot there is the nuns that don’t like tattoos. We had 2 different guests with us that got scratched because of their tattoos.

If you don’t know the history of the hospital it was built in 1950 by the Roman Catholic Church. It was run by nuns and a parrish priest. The hospital lacked any kind of ethics apparently because there are stories of a double murder in the basement, a priest who molested children and secret abortions being done. Over 2000 people died in the 35 years it was open. In 1985 it became a drug rehab facility and was shut down by the state after a double murder and unnecessary deaths were reported.

Physically the building is very creepy and falling apart. Full of black mold and critters of all shapes and sizes. It reminds me a lot of the hospital in American Horror Story: Asylum.

All I can say is enter at your own risk or you can book an excursion with hauntedrooms.com who do some great excursions in Texas.

Stay scary! See you guys shortly!

The Phantom

My Pet Peeves About Ghost Hunters

I am not here to trash fellow paranormal investigators. I love the fact that there are so many of us out there now. It gives legitimacy to the field and gives us others to compare notes to. Also with so many of us out there it has made the market for ghost hunting equipment explode and now we have so much more to choose from.They even have college courses in paranormal investigating now and certifications for it.

The thing that bugs me are all of the investigators that say that this doesn’t work and that doesn’t work and they are giving bad reviews of products that people have put their heart and soul into creating. Or they are trashing the location they have visited, which is not fair either. Just because you didn’t make contact doesn’t mean there is nothing there. If you went fishing and didn’t catch anything, you wouldn’t trash the lake. I am quite sure that these people are either new to the field or they have something that is blocking them from communicating. Here are some tips about communicating.

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The first thing I would say is that you have to have the right environment. Wood County Watchers, which is my group, has only 3 of us. We occasionally have a guest with us, but only after they have been given instructions on how to react to things and the proper attitude to have towards our ghostly friends. The area you are investigating needs to be quiet and free of chaos. This is one reason I believe that you get more activity at night. It’s not because it is dark and that is scarier. It is because we tend to get more interaction from spirits because it is quieter and calmer. If you have 15 people at a location and lots of noise and activity going on, the chances of contact are greatly diminished. Cell phones need to be silenced, especially if you are using ghost hunting apps on your phone. No radios or other loud sounds. The one exception I will make to this rule is if you are using period music as a trigger object. Even in this case it should not be up super loud.

The next thing I will talk about is the attitude of the investigators. Negative energy will kill a ghost hunt in about 2 seconds. No one wants to be around a negative Nellie, and that includes ghosts. If you were in a room with someone that was hostile towards you or had a negative attitude about your existence, you would want to leave the room and so do they. So everyone needs to have a positive attitude and be excited about making contact. Never bring anyone on a ghost hunt just to convince them that they exist. It will backfire in your face. You won’t make contact and they will still not believe in it because you didn’t. Also, never bait the spirits. We are always respectful of them and the fact that we are intruding on their existence, not the other way around. We always speak to them with respect as well. Don’t yell at them to prove they exist. This again creates a hostile environment and I wouldn’t want to talk to you either.


Now I come to the equipment issue. Most of the ghost hunting equipment we have used has been great in it’s own way. We have never failed to make contact. My one suggestion after following the two above is to make sure you have done your research on how to use these items. Always, always, always record your sessions. Did I mention to always record your sessions? And last, but not least, always record your sessions. The biggest complaint I see is people saying they are not getting EVP’s. We always record our sessions. You can get a good digital recorder on Amazon for about $60. It plugs right into your computer’s USB port to transfer files. You always need to go back and listen to your audio files. I use a program called a wave pad because I can slow down or speed up audio and I can separate it into smaller files and edit out the background noise.We often think we hear something and go back and it is not what we thought we heard and more than not, we will hear things on the tape that we didn’t hear with our ears.

The second thing is to research your equipment. Make sure you know how it works and that you are using it properly. This can be the difference between getting something and not. You may get something and not realize it or worse yet, think you get something and find out you didn’t. That is very depressing. Been there, done that. I would also suggest to watch you tube tutorials on the equipment as well. You can follow our You tube page at Wood County Watchers . We post reviews and tutorials as well and you can always ask questions on our Facebook page here .

Last but not least. Don’t get discouraged. I believe that some people have more of an ability to speak with these spirits because of an openness to it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Have an open mind about communicating and you will.

Thanks for reading!



How to Use EMF Readers to Hunt Ghosts

First, lets discuss why you need an EMF meter to ghost hunt and just what the heck are EMF’s?

First, lets discuss why you need an EMF meter to ghost hunt and just what the heck are EMF’s? EMF stands for electromagnetic fields. The theory is that ghosts or spirits give off EMF’s and when close enough to the meter it will set it off, either by blinking lights, or by a digital display, or by an alarm or the combination of these things.

Professor John McFadden from the School of Biomedical and Life Sciences at the University of Surrey theorizes that the conscious mind consists of an electromagnetic field , a field that does not disintegrate when we die. The firing of electrical impulses along nerves in the brain is sort of like an alternating current system, but with a lot more directions and cascade effects, making it the most complex electromagnetic field in existence. And these residual waves of electricity are being given off by the spirit when in close proximity. An EMF meter is actually measuring variations in electrical current, hence the reason it will go off when confronted with this crazy complex field from the brain. I could go into more detail, but it would suck all of the fun out of this article, so I won’t.

EMF meters come in all shapes, sizes and prices. One of the most popular is the K2 Meter. It sells online for about $60. You can find cheaper versions, but I really like the K2 because it gives you a visual range that shows up really well in the dark. You can find some EMF readers in the hardware or home improvement stores, but the K2 is made for ghost hunting. Another version of this is a REM Pod. This one is usually a round plastic box and has a lot of lights and sounds attached to it. The cool thing about mine is that it will detect fluctuations in the room and adapt to filter those out which keeps you from getting false readings. However it will cost you a pretty penny ranging anywhere from $200-$250. EMF meters are also sold with YES/NO buttons and in many other forms.


So you ask, how does one use an EMF meter when ghost hunting?

  • Always make sure you have good batteries and an extra set because spirits will drain batteries by pulling the energy from them to communicate.
  • When investigating a specific area it is always best to scan the area for any spots that may have an electric field. Most appliances will not set it off until you get right on top of them, but we have had some older electrical lines run in ceilings that have set it off. Make notes of those areas and it will save you time later on.
  • You can set it in a stationary spot and ask spirits to touch it to show you that they are there. This works well for us.
  • You can walk around with it to find hot spots.
  • You can use it as a tool to communicate as well. Set perimeters for the entity to use such as touch the box once for yes and twice for no or tell them to light up the box if you have a piece of information correct.

The last two pieces of advice that I have is to always respect the entities you are communicating with. On some TV shows they show investigators baiting the spirit to get a reaction. I find that you get more flies with honey than vinegar. Treat them with the same respect that you want to be treated with. The other advice is to have fun and enjoy what you do. If it’s not fun, why are you doing it?

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!


Introduction to my Blog

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My name is Dawn Trammell. I am a published author and a paranormal investigator. This blog will be about all things paranormal. If you love spooky or scary or just weird this is the place for you. I will posting some short posts as well as sharing some interesting places. I will also be doing a series of tutorials, so if you want to know how to become a paranormal investigator aka ghost hunter, then be sure and subscribe to my page.

Our paranormal group is The Wood County Watchers in Wood County, East Texas. We have an amazing track record of being able to communicate with entities from across the veil. We do a lot of small investigations here in Wood County as well as some bigger ones. We have investigated as far away as Estes Park, CO at the famous Stanley Hotel where we spent a week hunting.

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