It has been our philosophy to bring in people who, on their word promise they will be focused and dedicated to the work of our @PARANOLA Krewe. This has backfired more than once in the past year. It has delayed our release of a few of our investigations and it has made the tension level higher than any of the founding Krewe would want to deal with.
At this point we are suspending any applications for new members of the Krewe of @PARANOLA however we promise to get the shoots we have made edited and online before the end of the year. We are committed to tightening our ranks, helping one another power through our own private issues and get these things done so we can bring to you our findings and investigations to this point. For the foreseeable future, we will not be looking for new members but would welcome any submissions of sites to investigate.
Thank you for all of your support and we will get this right before we give you anything just to give you something.
In the good ole days (not too far gone) the ‘mob’ had a piece of the suburb of New Orleans called Metairie, Louisiana. This chunk of real estate was called “Fat City” and it was loaded with bars, strip clubs, burlesque shows, and a variety of the things most normal people find to be a necessity in society.
At some point, after Hurricane Katrina, certain interests decided that not only New Orleans but even the couple of blocks known as Fat City needed to become as safe and ‘family-friendly’ as Walt’s World/Land. If you have a soul, you know that the world needs and desires something more adult than a teen in a mouse costume (although that could be a dark thing in and of itself.)
In an effort to eliminate the adult activities that took place in Fat City a certain person in Parish government began a one woman war against this very popular area. Mob influence was mostly gone from there, and it was a place even respected people would go for a good time without needing to go into #NOLA. In fact those people included this official’s father (a senior law enforcement officer) who was a frequent visitor to many of the great restaurants and other places, which might very well be why this official pushed to stamp this place out of existence. An ordnance was passed barring ‘live entertainment’ after an unreasonable time… since the area was mainly surrounded by commercial entities.
The last of the burlesque clubs, in fact, any adult-related places was “The Ship’s Wheel.”
Two nights before it closed we were seemingly able to ask the proprietor his feelings about it, even though he had passed away years earlier.
@paranolasarah and @paranolajoe were both there along with some of those from the “Ship’s Wheel” to experience what can only be described as the most unusual and striking REM-Pod activity we have known to occur. We have it documented and it is on deck to enter our site soon at http://tv.paranola.com
It seems the world of the paranormal has become more of a social event than a scientific or sincere investigation. We are doing our damn-est to bring you what we have recorded, documented and witnessed first hand over the past few months. Do we turn things around in a short period of time, no. The simple answer is this, “we want to make sure we follow as best we can to the scientific method and our real-time experiences.”
These experiences can be complicated, not only that they can be emotionally and physically traumatic. We are doing out best to bring you well produced versions of what we experienced so you can have as accurate of a portrayal of what the investigators went through as well as any of those who were with us. That takes some time, particular with necessary personnel changes and being respectful to those who had traumatic experiences during the investigations.
Within the next week or two you will see clips from what we are working on now. Three NEW investigations done, while we continue to press for more to investigate. It is important that everyone recognizes that those who participate in these cases are not only doing scientific, paranormal, and scientific work but are experiencing REAL physical and emotional trauma at times.
Not every investigation, but it happens and has happened within the course of our last few investigations. All of our participants sign waivers to give the Krewe a chance to use whatever we film, but we are a family. Unless our family is comfortable sharing our experiences from the investigation, we will not move forward until/unless they do.
Thank you for your patience with us, your support, and your encouragement.
Our January investigation was the Southport Music Hall located at the parish line between Jefferson and Orleans just off of River Road. This location has a very interesting past. Things ranging from the original building burning down in the early 1900′s, mafia ties involving Carlos Marcello, and many other unique traits. You will learn all about them when we release the show in the next few weeks.
I wanted to share an experience I had today while talking with a representative of a former owner of the property. We were discussing the logistics of setting up an interview to talk about their time in the building on the phone. We both were using mobile phones. I was located in a parking lot where I was idling in a parking spot, while he was in his home.
After chatting briefly about the property and what would be the best course of action and time frame to get the interview taken care of, we began discussing some of the EVPs that we had found and what other people over time had claimed to experience over the years. As we began to discuss the power of repetitive ceremonies and their seeming ability to lend power to an environment even if not being done to conjure such things, I realized my phone had gone to a black screen with the gray ‘Apple’ logo (an iPhone5) and that our call was cut off. My immediate thought was that my battery must have been low and it was shutting off. In all of about a second I was back at the dialing pad. My phone hadn’t shut down, I didn’t need to unlock it, it just blinked, disconnected him and put me back where I was.
I tried calling him back and got his voice mail, I tried a few times over the next 5-10 minutes and repeatedly had received his voice-mail. In time he called me back and said his phone and apologized saying his phone had died. Our phones blinked out at the same time, while discussing the investigation and setting up a time to talk to gather more information.
I can say I have never had anything like that happen before, not once. Just wanted to share that oddity. You never know with electronics, but that was some very curious timing.
We have done the obligatory exterior shots, some creative ones, and basically laid the groundwork for this investigation. The day after we will let you know how it went, but what we can say is that this involves the Mafia, prohibition, secret tunnels (yes in New Orleans), Masonic Rituals, and the mighty Mississippi River.
We will be missing some of the Krewe but we have some new members to introduce to you as well.
Hopes are high, expectations low… as any investigation should be looked at.
What we find or do not find we will share with you. Also, this is a place the public has easy access to, so we will be looking for anyone with personal experiences to contribute with comments!
Thank you for your support and 2013 is going to be a VERY busy year.
We are pleased to announce we have our first confirmed date of 2013 locked in as of Saturday December 29th, 2012.
This has great potential with multiple independent sightings of an apparition, objects moving, and various other possible paranormal happenings. In this case, as we prefer, we will be the first professional organization to investigate this location.
Once the event is done we will let you know when it will be available for viewing on our Vimeo Channel:
We are busily trying to manage our personal business/lives and working on setting up the investigation schedule for the first quarter of 2013. We have paperwork in progress for a large site, a well known but as of yet investigated alleged haunting at a dance hall, and the first of a series of investigations we will be doing for alleged hauntings in the French Quarter.
2012 ended up being less productive than we had anticipated. We are all disappointed with that. Many of the PARANOLA Krewe experienced devastating personal losses and illnesses. The hurricane didn’t help much, happening right around the time we had 3 investigations set-up. (We are hoping to reschedule those for this coming summer.
Thank you for your patience and the PARANOLA Krewe wants to thank you for your support and special thanks to those who came out to see those of us who were at ComicCon 2012 New Orleans!
We are looking forward to a great 2013 and we wish you one as well!
-The PARANOLA Krewe