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Book Review: The World’s Most Haunted Places by Jeff Belanger

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The World’s Most Haunted Places by Jeff Belanger consists of a group of spooky stories about unexplained behaviors and happenings in various parts of the world.

One such place is the Suicide Forest in Aokigahara Jukai, Japan. A local  described the woods as having eyes below. The sensation is as though the underworld is peering straight at you through holes in the earth. Locals refuse to venture into the forests at night. Compasses don’t work. Visitors get lost and become insane. Suicide victims can go for months or even years before being found. Sometimes, only skeletons in ripped clothing are found after exhaustive searches by police and families.

Muncaster Castle in Ravenglass, England is another popular haunted site. There are random sounds of babies crying throughout the night, darting shadows and full-bodied apparitions.

The Olde Angel Inn of Ontario, Canada, has been haunted since the early 1800s. Footsteps have been heard at night although the source of the sound was indeterminate. The clinking of glasses, laughter and conversation echo throughout the Inn.

Tony Savoy, White House operations foreman, relates an encounter with the ghost of President Lincoln:  It was early one morning… When I turned the light on, he was sitting there outside his office with his hands over top of each other, legs crossed and was looking straight ahead. He had a grey charcoal pinstriped suit on, and he had a pair of three buttoned spats turned over on the side with black shoes on. He was sitting there, and he startled me and I stopped. And when I blinked, he was gone.

Belanger explains that the tools of professional paranormal investigators include an EMF meter, night-vision camera, a digital thermometer, motion detectors and Instrumental TransCommunication devices. Old tricks of the trade include sprinkling flour on the floor to see if footprints appear.

Overall, The World’s Most Haunted Places contains interesting recitations of hauntings throughout the world. Buy this book for Halloween.

Reading it will be an adventure in unexplained phenomena. It is easy to read and there is an extensive appendix.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.