In recent weeks it has come
to my attention that certain parties are using my ghost stories and those of my
contributors as references for their own commercial enterprises. If you or
someone you know is writing a book on ghosts in the Pacific Northwest, PLEASE
DO NOT!!! copy or use the following stories or any other materials within
this website as references.
Jefferson Davis (25 April
Here are some buttons which will take you
to an archive copy of the last years of the "What's New"
section I began in 2001.
a Website Update, Posted 10 October 2012
Travel Chanel's Dead Files Visits Vancouver, WA
Posted 10 October 2012
a Website Update
It has been far too
long since I revised this website. To those people who have returned
after a year, thanks for your patience. For those who are new to the
website, welcome. I am trying to catch up on my events for 2012, so this
site will change a bit over the coming days.
year 2011 and beginning of 2012 were very busy for me and I went from one
crisis or job to the next, without time to update this website. In 2011,
I retired from the U.S. military. I enlisted when I was 17 and remained
in the Army Reserve, National Guard, or active duty Army for 32 years. I
retired on 31 December 2011 and in the months leading up to this, I spent
several months working on various military matters. In between then, I
was busy trying to keep up with the paranormal realm, and trying to start a
new career. Or rather jump start an old one.
in 2011, I began teaching at Clark College, in Vancouver, Washington. I
first studied there as an undergraduate student in 1980 and after a few
delays, graduated in 1985. I became an adjunct faculty member there in
the 1990s and was teaching there shortly after September 11th, 2001. In
less than a year, I was mobilized to support Operation Enduring Freedom.
Over the next decade, I probably spent no less than 45 days a year on active
duty. Though some years, I spent several months. Because of my
military duties, I could not think of any long term employment, so I waited
and did what I could, until I was rehired as an adjunct
Since then, I
have been fortunate that they have needed someone who could teach both
Introduction to Archaeology and Introduction to Archaeology in the same
quarter. This is by no means a tenured position, but I love doing this
and working with students. I have also been following a passion that is
almost as interesting as ghost hunting. Military history.
I neared retirement, I looked around at the changes in the Vancouver
area. The U.S. Army finally left the Vancouver Barracks on Memorial Day,
2012. This marked the end of an era in regional history. Before
that happened, I and several other veterans formed the Vancouver Barracks
Military Association (VBMA) and we are determined to open a military history
museum/interpretive center, dedicated to the history of the Vancouver
Barracks, and the 104th Division. Our website is: www.vbma.us
Now on to ghostly doings...
Travel Channel's Dead Files Visits Vancouver, WA
In early 2011, I was contacted by producers from the
Dead Files, which aires
on the Travel Channel. They were
looking for locations to film (like all the genre tv shows) Someone from a
community theatre, the Slocum House Theater contacted the show.
The producers wanted someone familiar with Vancouver’s history to
interview. I was glad to help and
put them in touch with a few other people, such as the local historical
society. It was an interesting
episode and with a little web hunting you can visit the show.
It aired on 18 May 2012 and was named, The
Final Curtain. I found a link
to the interview with myself. Here
it is: Historical
I must say that I enjoyed working with the Dead Files
cast and crew. They were very
professional and respectful of myself and the others around me.
They were also, “Old School” in their approach. I
am a little tired of paranormal “reality” shows that have people running
around screaming and yelling. I
was happy to see an adult approach to this, with interviews, fact vs myth
investigations, and maybe a bit of reenactment here and there.
I did not meet Amy, that was not allowed.
Though I met Steve. He was
as portrayed on the show. Although
the interview only plays for a minute and a half, there were lots of problems
with the production and we stood facing each other for about 2 hours.
Which may explain why I was standing a bit odd.
As one or two of my friends pointed out.
A few weeks later, they show producers contacted me about
other locations. This time I took
a smaller role and helped put them together with author Gregg Olsen, and the
residents of a house in Ollalla, Washington, known as Starvation Heights.
This was the home and sanitarium of a woman named Linda Hazzard.
She was a quack doctor who may have killed over 30 people in the early
20th Century. The
episode aired on 6 July 2012 and was entitled Starvation Heights.
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