• Christina Corsetti, H.S.

Alice the Haunted Doll lives with its owner Marie Ford in Washington state. This very haunted Doll is said to whispers in a ghostly voice if you press your ears close to her porcelain lips, says Marie. Her eyes will follow you around the room and her expression will change if she does not like you. “This Doll has been in my family for years it was always kept in a locked doll case.” “My grandmother said it was possessed by the spirit of her Best friend, Alice who died”. “I have captured many Haunted Doll EVP’s from her and the most common statement she makes is,” I want to be left alone to suffer”.”

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  • Christina Corsetti, H.S.

The phenomena experienced by people are diverse. In most cases, but not all, the energy seems to be negative rather than benign. However, some of the apparent malevolence might be due to a fear factor, suggestion or misinterpretation rather than a negative spirit.

Paranormal activity includes:

Shadow People. They have frequently been witnessed in connection with haunted mirrors. Witnesses describe not only shadow people standing near to mirrors, but also within the mirror and entering or leaving them. Quite a few cases also reported other phenomena at the same time such as – cold spots, voices, noises and orbs. Odors – ranging from pleasant to vile – have also been described.

Strange Mist. The mists are not only seen entering and leaving mirrors but sometimes form into more recognizable shapes – usually a humanoid one. Other people have described these mists evolving into dense, dark masses that move around the room as well as within mirrors.

The feelings reported by the witnesses are usually of a negative nature. Anger, hostility and evil are some of the feelings experienced. In addition, people have given accounts of other phenomena happening at the same time – cold spots, orbs, glowing eyes, growls, voices and poltergeist activity.

Faces. This is probably by far the most frequent manifestation reported by people in association with haunted mirrors. The faces are, most of the time, human – and sometimes known to the witnesses. But there are a number of accounts where people have reported other entities/demonic faces appearing.

With this amount of paranormal activity associated with mirrors, it’s not surprising that they have the reputation for being portals. But what exactly is a portal?

Spirit portals are not a new concept and have been around for some time. At their most basic level, they are thought to be a form of entrance and exit point for spiritual energy and other dimensions. It has been claimed that portals have been captured on film, usually photographs.

People who have allegedly seen a portal describe them as being similar to a whirl-wind or alternatively, an elongated swirling shape.

Below are some of the characteristics of a portal:

A portal is thought to be a hole or window in the energy fields that surround the spiritual realms/dimensions. Energy beings such as spirits can slip through these openings into the physical plane.

Negative spirits frequently come through portals. This is believed to happen because the astral layer closest to the physical plane is an area where negative energy and entities reside. When a window opens up therefore, it’s more likely for negative energy to pass through first.

Most portals are believed to be a two way pathway for both entering and leaving the physical level.

Very high levels of paranormal activity are claimed to be found near portals.

Many believe that portals are found all over the world and there may even be certain hot spots.

Many believe that not only spiritual beings can use portals, but also beings/aliens from other dimensions.

It is thought that there are special, but very rare, portals that are completely positive. No lower astrals or dimensional beings can enter these unless they are spiritually advanced.

Some psychics and those who are developing their spirituality, claim that not only can they sense portals, but they can also close and open them up.

It is thought by many that portals and vortices are the same thing. However many psychics and investigators believe they are different. That a vortex is simply a pure band of energy, neither negative nor positive and is not a doorway. It can however, be used for meditation and other spiritual work.

Not all psychics and paranormal investigators believe that portals exist.

Apart from mirrors, portals are thought to exist in areas of entry/exit within the physical realm. For example, places such as doorways, windows and even cupboards/wardrobes are potentially portal areas.

As with any paranormal phenomena it’s difficult to know which cases are paranormal or natural phenomena creating weird effects. However, one thing is certain, mirrors will continue to play a part in psychic phenomena.

Perhaps the next time you pass a mirror and you get an odd shiver running down your spine, take a good look at the reflection – you never know who or what might be staring back at you!

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  • Christina Corsetti, H.S.

Janesville, Minnesota is a fine example of small town America. With a population of just over 2,000 people, it’s the kind of community you drive through at an easy pace—or pass by at a distance. Today, Highway 14 sidesteps Main Street Janesville entirely.

Still, until a few years ago, curiosity seekers followed the old Highway 14 route to 1st Street in search of a peculiar local mystery. Their destination? An unassuming house with an eerie figurine framed in the attic window, its blank stare peering out of the glass.

It was known as the Janesville Doll.

What was the secret of the Janesville Doll? Who put him there, and why? Dozens of explanations cropped up over the years—some more fanciful than others. Eventually, the small-town mystery transformed into a full-blown urban legend.

The story of the doll centers on the house’s owner and the death of the owner’s young daughter. Her demise changed depending on which account you heard; in some versions she succumbed to illness or a tragic accident, while in others her end was far grislier.

In one dark tale, the girl was abused and neglected by her family. Neighbors feared her; she soon became a prisoner of her attic room. There she would sit and stare out the attic window as the world passed by without her.

Overwhelmed with sorrow, the girl hanged herself. Her parents, realizing what they had done, placed the doll in the attic window as a memorial.

Soon there after, the Janesville Doll allegedly sprung to life.

Visitors claimed to see that the doll sometimes changed position, or that its placid expression transformed into anger, glaring at onlookers from behind the glass.

Such claims help explain a demonic twist to the Janesville Doll legend. This version also centers on the demise of a little girl in the house, but maintains that it was the result of demonic possession. The child died during an exorcism, and it was the demon itself that entered the doll—threatening to possess anyone who dared gaze into the doll’s eyes for too long.

As for the facts of the Janesville Doll case, they too remain shrouded in mystery. The home that housed the doll once belonged to man named Ward Wendt. Wendt was born in the house, and lived there until old age. He was reportedly a collector of antiques and train memorabilia. He placed the doll in the window sometime in 1976, never telling a soul why he did it.

According to Wendt, the house had belonged to his family since Janesville was founded, and nothing “exciting” had ever happened on the property. There appears to be no record of suspicious deaths or mysterious events associated with the house to give credence to the many tales surrounding the doll. In 2012, at the age of 84, Ward Wendt passed away, taking the secret of the Janesville Doll to his grave.

Or maybe not. One final tale about the doll might hold the key to the mystery. The same year the doll first appeared in the window of Wendt’s home, Janesville buried a time capsule in a nearby park in honor of the United States Bicentennial. In that time capsule, Wendt is said to have placed a note in which he reveals his reasons for putting the doll in the window.

The only catch? The time capsule is not scheduled to be unearthed until 2176.

After Wendt’s death, the Janesville Doll was moved from the attic window to a special showcase in the Janesville Library. A Facebook account and MySpace page have since cropped up in honor of the legendary figurine. Whether it continues to inspire strange stories and paranormal reports among the library stacks, only time will tell.

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