In March of 2018, film maker and paranormal researcher, Don Philips and his team, Ian Gunner, radio host of The Asylum and Patty Kool of Demons In Seattle, flew over 5,000 miles from the United Kingdom to meet with Santa Cruz Ghost Hunters. The mission? - To film and document a unique paranormal investigation unlike anything seen before. The location? -The haunted Brookdale Lodge.
Brookdale Lodge owner, Pravin Patel, graciously opened the lodge doors , and together, the US and the UK joined forces to conduct a full week of eye witness interviews and the documentation of paranormal events.
During the unique week together, it became apparent to the US team, that Mr. Don Philips, was not only a paranormal researcher but also has unique gifts, gifts, that could only be best described as much more than merely a "medium".
It was apparent that Philips has a unique ability to sense the energy of those who have passed on and was able to attain live and audible, voice responses -via a digital recorder - to questions he would ask aloud. The responses were undeniable.
Furthermore, it would appear that Philips also has the assistance of a disembodied spirit who has attached herself to him, as a sort of guide or assistant between the living and the dead. A spirit who calls herself Becky. A paradox that even S.C.G.H founder Mari A. Porter, admits to having witnessed, only once before.
The presence of Becky became apparent, even to the US team, who's immediate response was felt with skepticism. However, as the clear and quaint female voice with a very proper British accent made her presence known through her digital responses, the US team, could only conclude that what they were hearing and experiencing was not a natural phenomenon, nor one influenced by pareidolia , but they too, were in fact witnessing a remarkable paranormal communication shared between the dead and Don Philips.
As the exploration of the Brookdale Lodge continued, the bond between the US and the UK team grew - the unique expedition led the group on a fantastical journey in which every turn led to another clue and each clue, led them closer to uncovering a new chapter, as Don Philips unique gifts not only honed in on the disembodied voices speaking out for attention within the lodge, but also those reaching out for help from the mountainous San Lorenzo Valley itself. The energies of victims who had fallen prey by the hands of another - moved through Philips, trying to tell their story, their name - causing a strong pillar of a man, to emotionally break down, as he wept with sadness for the suffering these victims had succumbed to.
But alas, this was not the only encounters that the two teams endured. The eve of Easter Sunday 2018 - Santa Cruz Ghost Hunters, Mari Porter, took the UK team, to a nearby cemetery, one which has haunted her for nearly a decade. Before long it became clear to Don Philips, that this cemetery was not a place of rest for those who have passed on, but a place which was ritualistically desecrated by those who practiced and evoked a demonic presence, a presence which trapped the souls of those who were buried here.
As Philips asked the question "who was here?" - the voices replayed on the digital recording device - were the voices of many. We heard the disembodied cries for help, by more than one - and finally the answer to the question- a voice claiming that "the devil" was at this location. A voice that was heard by all and sent chills through the spines of both teams.
With the knowledge of what we were dealing with set before us, and the wee hours of the night approaching, Philips had but one choice and that was to challenge this enemy and send it back to hell from which it came.
Through the darkness of the trees, the distinct black child like shadows, minions of the malevolent beast, surrounded the team in an attempt to get them to withdraw and evoke fear. However, as Philips continued his ancient Latin incantations and challenged the beast, it had but one choice - and the battle between good and evil ensued.
Today this cemetery is released of the diabolical forces which had trapped the innocent - as for those who evoked this malevolent deity, their lives will be led like empty shells, with misfortune at every corner. Forsaken by the evil that they themselves manifested - and unable to evoke this power ever again.
The journey these two teams embarked on, was one which left an impression on each of them. A journey into the unknown, from the paranormal to the supernatural.
This IS... American Supernatural.
"stay tuned for the documentary -still to come"
Currently the Brookdale Lodge footage for American Supernatural is being edited for production in the U.K, by Raven Media Production / Don Philips. We anticipate the finished documentary by fall this year.
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Brookdale Lodge the beginning of a journey....