The Cabinet Of Curiosities Podcast

Just before 2011 hit I was invited by Conversations Through The Veil hosts Joe Mendoza (3 AM Paranormal) and Matthew Goldman (The Paranormal Stu) to do my very own show. I accepted.

The Cabinet Of Curiosities Podcast will curate an audio collection of the extraordinary and the mysterious. The 15 - 20 minute show will be featured weekly, during the live broadcast of Conversations Through The Veil (Tuesdays at 7 PM pst) on
The show will be complimentary to much of the material featured here on Blackwood. I am very grateful to have been given this little opportunity and so much freedom to indulge in the discourse of dark things. I hope you will enjoy it.

Helping, Hoaxing Or Hollywood Whoring?

This story is currently making the rounds in the para-community. LA Ghost Patrol, who claim to be a team of three paranormal investigators in the Los Angeles area, have a page on their website dedicated to their reality show. On it reads the following:

Last summer we announced that the LAGP was shooting a paranormal reality television pilot. Despite all our preparations, we had to abandon the production during the first night of shooting due to unforeseen, and ultimately tragic, circumstances.

Since then, many rumors and half-truths about what really happened that night have cropped up. Due to various reasons, we cannot reveal all the details of what occurred. We are working with our producer to find a way to get the footage that was shot during the investigation into a form we can show everyone.

In the meantime, we have posted a few facts concerning the shoot and will update this page with new information when allowed to do so.

The "ultimately tragic circumstances" they refer to is listed at the bottom of the page:

Around 3:00am the house lost power and an “event” occurred forcing us to stop the shoot.
During the resulting confusion, the seven year old girl daughter of the client, Maddie, went missing.

Here is a link to the page so you can view it yourself:

The Scifake site relates that there was a website set up for the missing child,, which has since been removed. They also claim the domain was purchased three months prior to the time LA Ghost Patrol's site referred to it.

I've viewed some of their video "evidence," which I find ridiculous, in my opinion. The team of three seem to be false in their reactions, "Acting!" and nothing shown would be viewed as actual evidence by anyone who actually is a paranormal investigator. Also, there are plenty of edits.

I think something is rotten in Denmark. This has Blair Witchiness written all over it. Mind you, I'm not at all calling these folks out to be liars and anyone who does should be backing up the claims with a lot of research and yes, evidence. After all, that is what a real investigator does.

There is a lot more to the story, which you can find at

The Little Houses

The Cajun grave houses remain a cultural mystery. Relics from days when a community cared for their dead has been overshadowed by corporate care. Where once many little houses stood, sheltering the now long forgotten, there remain only three dating back to the early 1900's in Istre Cemetery in Louisiana.

There is doc about the houses, appropriately titled Little Houses. You can find a trailer for it on the website or check out a book that is a companion piece featuring the photographs used here by Gwen Aucoin.

Little Houses doc:

Grave House Legends book:

Gwen Aucoin, photographer:

Venice's House Of Horrors

If I said my bedtime prayers, I'd surely be thanking the Powers That Be for Kim Cooper, curator of all things incredible in Hell A. Listen to Kim tell a horrible tale of two old ladies, their menagerie and the poor, poor orphans on KVB.FM -

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