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The Dead History | Author – Jennifer Jones

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear, is fear of the unknown.

H.P. Lovecraft

Everyone has heard a story about a creepy location near them.

Usually, these stories, or legends, take place in a cemetery, an abandoned building, or a creepy old house.  They typically have specific requirements in order to see the phenomenon.  You must visit the place at a certain time, you might have to say certain words, or perform some type of ritual.  How many of these legends have a shred of truth to them?  What is the true story behind the locations and people these legends are based on?

Documenting the darker side of history.

Too many people and paranormal teams rely on second-hand information regarding alleged haunted locations.  Not many were taking the time to actually research and verify the history behind these places.  How many times have you heard a scary story passed down from numerous people about the ghost of the man that lived in the house and died in some horrible way?  Were these people real? Does their history match with the stories of the haunting? Could you improve your investigations if you tailored your approach to known facts of these places?

Sharing the truth behind legends and haunted locations.

I started The Dead History to share the real stories and people connected to various urban legends and haunted locations.  Before I started researching these legends I thought that I would probably come up empty handed, or maybe the truth wouldn’t be as interesting as the stories.  What I’ve found is that the truth makes the legends much more interesting.

The Author – Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones - The Dead History

I read a quote that said everyone has, at least, one weird friend, and if you don’t know who it is, it’s probably you.  That pretty much sums up my life.  I’ve always been a weirdo and proud of it!  When I was about 8 or 9 years old I saw what I can only describe as your typical shadow person apparition.  From that point on, I was hooked on all things paranormal and creepy.

I started actively investigating the paranormal during the summer of 2006.   I couldn’t wait to get out there and see what I could find for myself.

I quickly found that not only was running a successful paranormal investigations team extremely hard work. I felt that a lot of people were going about investigating locations the wrong way.

I started researching the pasts of various locations we were investigating and was shocked by how much information was available, if you knew where to look, and took the time to dig through a bunch of old information.  Not only did I find this incredibly interesting, it greatly helped how we were investigating the locations.  A great example of this is the history behind the Old Utah County Jail.

I stepped down from running the paranormal team a couple of years ago due to time constraints and decided to focus solely on researching haunted locations and urban legends, and blogging about them in the process.  I’ve been lucky enough to be able to visit some of the most haunted locations in the world and I love to share the truth behind the stories.

Have any urban legends or haunted locations you’d like to know the history of? I’d love to hear from you, send me an email!

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