August 16, 2018 11:53 am

Deanna Jaxine Stinson and I, recently did some interviews with the Ghost Adventures team and with this article are some of the pictures that were taken of Deanna and the Ghost Adventures team made up of Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin and Jay Wasley.  It was a fun-filled adventurous night!

As you know, Deanna and myself have been involved with the paranormal, since the time we were children. Deanna has explored many places in California and so have I. Below are a list of haunted places in California, that either Deanna and I, did a lookie loo or stopped by to do a semi-investigation. We either did this together or did this separately.  Special Note:  If it wasn’t for Brad Steiger and his many books, I would not be the person that I am today.  Thank you Brad.

Now let’s look at the list:

Rockville Cemetery – 4219 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield, CA:  Date: 6/9/2018 – Time: 1500 Hours.  Present: Deanna Jaxine Stinson, me and one more investigator that does not want his name disclosed.  Deanna being a sensitive, picked up on an Asian woman ghost walking around by a tree.  We looked in the area that Deanna pointed out and discovered a gravesite that read Wendy Strickland and then some Chinese writing.  Wendy’s last name must be a married surname.  Deanna picked up on a little boy ghost wearing a long adult type of shirt that hung past his waist.  I captured an EVP of a boy saying “here”.  The voice that said “here” was talking during the time I was talking. Deanna even saw a ghostly squirrel.  We captured a Class A EVP that says either: “keep it” or “the Keeper”.  We captured another EVP that says to me: “shut up man”.  We may have witnessed a ghostly head peering from behind a building. Below are the videos and pictures from this investigation, listen to some of the EVPs and you can be the judge.

Port Costa is a town on the Carquenez Straights by Crockett, Rodeo. The road that is legend/myth is Port Costa Road off Highway 4 in Contra Costa County / On this road people have heard blood curdling screams, horses galloping, people arguing.  They have also seen shadowy figures moving along the landscape.

The Falkirk Mansion – San Rafael. The bushy haired boy ghost is seen walking around the garden area. Legendary Ghost: Bushy Haired Boy Ghost.

Wright’s Station – Wrights, CA – An old gray haired man is seen walking around and he has asked a few people for some extra pocket change.  When a tourist is about to give him some money, he vanishes.  Ghost Identified:  The Old Man Beggar.

Dutch Flat Hotel – Dutch Flat, CA – Coat Tail Man is sometimes seen. A male ghost with black jacket and coat tails. Legendary Ghost: Coat Tail Man.

Jeffrey Hotel – Coulterville – Creature with red eyes is sometimes seen crawling on the rooftop of the hotel. Legendary Ghost: Red Eyed Roof Crawler.

Mormon Emigrant Trail Road – Old Iron Mountain Road . Ghostly settlers are seen walking the trail. Legendary Ghosts: Old Iron Mountain Phantoms.

Town of Locke – I sent a scouting party to this location and we got some unusual orb activity. There are many stories in the town of Locke , like the Bok Bok Man (a ghost that makes tapping sounds during certain hours of the night). Legendary Ghost: Bok Bok Man.  Legend has it that in the 1800s, an old Chinese man with a lantern would walk around the town of Locke, waking people up to go to work, he would hit a iron bowl with a stick, he was known as the Bok Bok Man.  People to this very day, still hear the sounds of bonging on an iron bowl in the early morning hours.

Town of Buena Vista – This whole town is haunted. Lady in a long pink dress is sometimes seen in and around Buena Vista . Legendary Ghost: Lady in Pink.

Folsom Powerhouse – I personally investigated this nightclub.  Captured some intelligent moving orbs.  Daniel Sanchez says that one time at 4am, he was walking past the place and saw partying people come out of this establishment and as he watched, they just disappeared.  Ghosts Identified:  Folsom Powerhouse Ghostly Party Goers.

Potter School – Sonoma County – This is where Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds movie was filmed at and Potter School is reputed to be haunted. The laughter of school children is sometimes heard in the late evening hours. Legendary Ghosts: Laughing School Children.

Ralston Hall Mansion – Notre Dame de Namur University. Ghostly black Doberman pincher has been seen. Legendary Ghost: The Doberman.

Pinky’s Bar and Grill: Nancy Bradley and Gold Rush Ghosts investigated this haunted location. Nancy wrote about it and her story starts off like this: “The weather could not have been more frightful, terrible, unaccommodating and spooky, the night of December 1, 2008 as we approached our destination, Pinky’s Bar and Grill. Located at the Verona Village Resort on the beautiful Sacramento River a few miles north of Sacramento , California , we had been told the place had stories to tell. Nestled directly on the water in a little hamlet called Nicolas, it should not have been a chore to get there from our Gold Rush Ghosts Paranormal Headquarters in Placerville , about 30 miles away in the heart of the Gold Rush Country. But this day was different.”  When I investigated Pinky’s Bar and Grill, one of my investigators saw a wet fisherman.  As they watched the wet fisherman, he simply vanished.  Ghost Identified:  The Wet Fisherman.  A local confirmed that there is indeed a ghost of a fisherman that haunts this area.

Murphy’s Hotel in Murphy’s CA (gold country): Very haunted hotel.  A woman wearing a green dress has been seen roaming the halls.  When I investigated Murphy’s Hotel, I captured 3 EVPs, one EVP was a Class A and the EVP said: “Why don’t you get!!”  Ghost Identified: The Green Dress Woman.

Nevada City – Many locations are haunted in Nevada City . The ghostly fireman is sometimes seen. When he appears he acts like he is looking at the rooftops of buildings. Legendary Ghost: The Fireman Ghost.

Crockett – many locations of this town are haunted. A ghostly white horse is sometimes seen galloping through the main street of Crockett. Legendary Ghost: The White Horse of Crockett.

Michigan Bluff – Chinese immigrant workers in the 1800s fell off a cliff and are said to haunt a certain hillside at Michigan Bluff. Legendary Ghosts: Chinese Immigrant Workers.

Opera House – Montague: Ghost of woman opera singer is sometimes seen on stage. Legendary Ghost: Opera Singer Ghost.

Joseph Grant Park, on Alum Rock 6 miles from the summit/Lick observatory on Mt. Hamilton . Haunted by hippie girl that was murdered there. Legendary Ghost: Joseph Grant Park Hippie Girl.

Alameda Insane Asylum – Extreme haunting activity.  A ghost hunting group called The Determined Paranormal Hunters claim that they saw 3 men in white robes yelling and screaming and as they watched these 3 men, they walked right into the wall and vanished.  When I was at this location, I captured an EVP of screaming noises.  Ghosts Identified: The Screaming Trio.

Keddie Resort – Plumas County – Brutal murders took place in Cabin #28.  Extreme haunting activity.  I captured an EVP of a woman screaming.

Andleberry Estate & Sanatorium – 2604 Clovis Avenue , Clovis , CA 93613 . Extreme haunting activity. A ghostly nurse is said to walk the hallways and peer into various rooms, she has a stern look on her face.  Ghost Identified:  Andleberry Nurse.

Columbia Hotel in Columbia : Old time cowboy gambler seen at hotel, dropping cards to the floor. The cards will dissipate when they touch the floor. Legendary Ghost: The Cowboy Gambler.

A Fan Writes:
“I was reading your HPI web page and some of your investigations, and I am curious to know if you’ve ever investigated the Vineyard House on Cold Springs Rd in Coloma , CA . I was employed as a security patrol officer in the mid-90’s and the vacant (at that time) Vineyard House was on my route. I experienced many strange goings-on both inside and outside while patrolling the grounds there. The Coloma Pioneer cemetery is directly across Cold Springs Rd from the house and has been documented to be very haunted, was even investigated by the psychic Sylvia Brown some years back. The whole area, according to the owners of the market down the road from the Vineyard House, has more than its fair share of hauntings. Might be good practice for you to check out some of them.”

Gilroy / Highway 152 (Blood Alley)
There have been numerous sightings of a woman searching for her child, hearing the sound of a stage coach and the snorting and breathing of horses, and a rumor that a woman was killed by a truck driver and she appears in the passenger seat of a truck, screams, and then vanishes.

Mt. Madonna State Park, 7850 Pole Line Rd. Mansion ruins and surrounding areas are haunted by former owner Henry Miller and his daughter. The daughter has been seen in open fields riding a horse. She was killed on site when she fell off of a horse and broke her neck. There have been ghostly observations of a girl on a horse and she will disappear in front of your eyes.  Strange mist has been seen in the hills for decades.  Ghost Identified:  Henry Miller and The Girl and Her Horse.

South Valley Jr. High School, 385 IOOF Ave. Inside the old ROP building, footsteps were heard in the hallway by the nightshift employees. Upon investigating, no one was located in or around the area.  Ghost Identified:  The South Valley Jr. High School Walker.

Joshua Tree / Joshua Tree Inn, 61259 Twenty-nine Palms Highway / The Inn is the place where rock star Gram Parsons (of the 1960s band, The Byrds) died. He overdosed in room 8 and visitors staying there say that he still haunts that room. Objects shake, move by themselves and sometimes disappear only to reappear later. Famed psychic Kenny Kingston stayed there in 1997 and could feel Parsons vibes. Friends of Gram also stole his body before it was to be shipped home to Louisiana and tried to cremate him near Joshua Tree. They were arrested and Parson is buried in Louisiana.  Ghost Identified: Gram Parsons.

Modesto: Modesto High School, At the intersection of 1st St. and H St. / The spirit of a young man paces the balcony of the auditorium. Supposedly, quite a few years ago, a young man had fallen from the balcony railing to the carpet-covered cement ramp below and was killed. There are also reports of knocking noises heard in the main hallway, where the floor slopes by the sewing room, that are coming from the tunnels that used to run under the school.  Ghost Identified:  The Balcony Man.

Napa: Napa Cinedome, 825 Pearl St. / The Napa Cinedome is said to be haunted by two ghosts that look like a loving couple. There is one spot in the last theater room in the building that gets cold enough to shed ice over your coke, when you sit there you also feel like someone is watching you.  Ghosts Identified: The Loving Couple of Napa Cinedome.

Oakland: Holmes Book Company, 274 Fourteenth St. / Haunted by a male ghost that will throw books around.  Ghost Identified: Book Thrower.

Pardee Home, 672 Eleventh St. Located in California ‘s Preservation Park Historic District, this house was home to California ‘s Governor (George Pardee 1903-1907). Pictures showing orbs have been taken, but no naked eye sightings. The rest of the park is also haunted with orbs having been photographed.  They believe that George Pardee still haunts this home. Ghost Identified: Governor George Pardee.

That is the end of my list of haunted places in California.  Now, let me take you to Salem, MA.  I may be related to a witch that was executed in Salem, Ma.  Don’t believe it?  Well, read below.


I submitted my DNA to I discovered a cousin named Janice Johnston aka Janicejo29 – Janice has been in touch with my wife Deanna Jaxine Stinson. Janice relates some new information to me.

Janice Johnston says:
Oh that’s cool, my son is an actor, I’m going to be on ABC 20/20 myself in a few weeks in a segment about helping abandoned kids find their birth parents. Sorry I didn’t write to him (Paul) this week, I got all caught up in an ancestry quest for myself – and found a big missing branch to my tree! My grandmother’s parents were Caleb Giles and Elizabeth Roberts. I might relate to Paul on the Roberts side. The GIles side stopped in England in 1803-1810. I just found out thru more than 8 DNA matches that the line picks up again in Massachusetts! Some Giles guy (possibly William Giles) left Mass. around 1800 and went to England. The GIles of Mass. were ship builders and sea captains, so there was a way he could come over. Tie-in to Paul’s line of work: This William GIles descended from the WITCHES of SALEM!!!! His 2g grandfather was executed for being a witch there.

Hey Deanna, my 2nd cousin (1x removed) Dominic Sharland of New Zealand also DNA matches Paul! That means we are all a match thru our ancestors in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Deep into central Abdshire, where the locals have family going back into prehistory, and the Standing Stones are all over, look at “Loanhead Standing Stones, Daviot”, close to where my known ancestors lived in the 1700s. Well that explains a bit about Paul, doesn’t it!! ;) Me too. Janice

Special Note from Paul: I found my cousin Dominic Sharland on Facebook and requested friendship. I discovered that Dominic is a flight instructor and loves flying all around his country of New Zealand. As you can see from Janice’s message, it appears I have a family connection to William Giles, who is connected to the Witch Trials of Salem, MA

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