ParaPedia - Encylopedia of the Paranormal, Bizarre, Mysterious, & the Unexplained



Bacchus - The Greek god of wine, associated with unreserved pleasure.
backward blessing - The practice of reciting the Lord's Prayer backwards, said to invoke the Devil.
Balneum Mariae - AKA Bain Marie, A kind of double-cooker originally used in alchemy.
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Terminal Youngstown - The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Terminal is the most architecturally significant remaining railroad passenger station in the central city of Youngstown.
banshee - A benevolent household spirit of Irish and Scottish families. Said to wail at the death of a family member.
Barbee Hotel - The Barbee Hotel was considered a very high-class resort during Al Capone's time. He stayed in the hotel frequently, often clearing out all the guests so he could stay in seclusion. He always stayed in room 301 at the back of the hotel.
Basilisk - Mythical king of repltiles, said to kill with a glance.
Bathurst, Benjamin - Brithish diplomat Benjamin Bathurst vanished into thin air in 1809.
Baychimo - SS Baychimo was a steel-hulled 1,322 ton cargo steamer built in 1914 in Sweden and owned by the Hudson's Bay Company, used to trade provisions for pelts in Inuit settlements along the Victoria Island coast of the Northwest Territories of Canada. She became a notable ghost ship along the Alaska coast, being abandoned in 1931 and seen numerous times since then until her last sighting in 1969.
Beelzebub - Translates literally as "Lord of the Flies", regarded as the leading representative of the fallen gods. Referred to in Matthew 12
Behind Closed Doors - Over 10,000 patients crossed through the doors into Pennhurst, residing in one of the many buildings in the school's network.
Bel Amica - The Bel Amica is a ghost ship discovered off the coast of island of Sardinia near Punta Volpe on August 24, 2006. The Italian Coast Guard discovered the ship with no crew on board. The coast guard boarded the vessel and steered her away from the rocks and shallow waters she was drifting towards. Once aboard, they discovered a half-eaten meal of Egyptian food, French maps of North African seas, a pile of clothes, and a flag of Luxembourg.
belomancy - A method of divination using arrows. Messages are attached to arrows and fired - the one which travels the farthest is taken to be the truth.
Belphegor - Originally, the Moabitish god of licentiousness and orgies. In medieval times, the name given to a devil.
Bennington Triangle - A wilderness area in Vermont, USA, where a number of people have mysteriously disappeared.
Berkowitz, David - David Berkowitz, the self-proclaimed Son of Sam, was one of the most ruthless serial killers in US history.
Bermuda Triangle - An area in the Atlantic Ocean boundaried by Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico. Various paranormal events have been reported from the area, in particular, a number of missing planes and sea vessels.
Bermuda Triangle Theory - The Bermuda Triangle goes from Bermuda to Miami, Miami to Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rico to Bermuda. In the Bermuda Triangle there are many unexplainable occurrences that occur there.
Betsy Ross House - The building at 239 Arch Street, now known as the Betsy Ross House, was built over 250 years ago. The front portion was built around 1740, with the stair hall (or piazza) and the rear section added 10 to 20 years later.
Beyond Belief - Fact or Fiction - Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction is an American television anthology series created by Lynn Lehmann, presented by Dick Clark Productions, and produced and aired by the Fox network from 1997 to 2002.
bicorn - A mythical creature said to grow fat on the flesh of devoted husbands. A female bicorn is known as a chichevache.
Bierce, Ambrose - The story of the mysterious disappearance of a journalist and author.
Bigfoot - One of many names given to a legendary ape-like creature said to live in the wilderness of North America. Bigfoot is generally regarded as the USA version of Sasquatch (Canada) and Yeti (Nepal).
bilocation - The appearance of a person in two distant places simultaneously.
Birch, MacDonald - A famous golden age magician from McConnelsville, Ohio, that is still thought to be haunting the Twin City Opera House.
birth stones - A series of stones linked to the 12 zodiac signs.
black magic - Opposite or perversion of white magic, concerned with evil and/or selfishness.
black mass - A perversion of the Christian mass. Involves various distortions of Christian rituals, e.g. Backward blessings, sacrifices of toads or chickens, sprinkling urine instead of holy water.
Blackbeard Treasure - The story about Blackbeard's Treasure
Blackberry River Inn - A superb historic Colonial home dating back to 1763, Blackberry River Inn is situated on 27 acres in the beautiful Southern Berkshires of Connecticut.
bogy - A hobgoblin.
Book of Changes - The I-Ching.
Book of Dyzan - An Eastern occult book used by Madame Helena Blavatsky as a reference for the first book of her Secret Doctrine (1888). Relying heavily on symbolism, the book provides a history of cosmic evolution.
Book of the Dead - An ancient Egyptian collection of texts designed to ensure the safe passage of a person's soul through Amenti (the Egyptian Hell).
Book of Thoth - A mystical book containing spells and knowledge, said to have been buried with the Prince Neferkaptah in the City of the Dead. Also refers to the tarot card deck designed by occultist Aleister Crowley.
Boothbay Opera House - For generations the historic 1894 Opera House in Boothbay Harbor, Maine stage has played host to actors and musicians from around the state and around the globe.
Borden Folk Rhyme - The popular skipping-rope-rhyme.
Borden Murders and Trial - On the morning of August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were murdered and mutilated in their Fall River home
Borden, Abby - Abby Durfee Gray Borden (1828-1892) was the second wife of Andrew Jackson Borden, and for nearly three decades, the stepmother of his children Emma and Lizzie.
Borden, Andrew - Andrew Jackson Borden (1822 - 1892) was a man whose life spanned the better part of a century, witnessing great changes not only in his hometown city and the industries there, but throughout the entire country.
Borden, Emma - Emma Lenora Borden (1851-1927) was the older sister of Lizzie Andrew Borden, born to Andrew and Sarah Borden a decade before the Civil War.
Borden, Lizzie - Born on July 19, 1860, in Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden and her sister, Emma, lived with their father, Andrew Borden, and stepmother, Abby (Durfee Gray) Borden, into adulthood.
Borley Rectory - A famous haunted house in Britain.
botanomancy - A method of divination using burning herbs, tree branches and leaves.
Bowen, Seabury - Dr. Seabury Warren Bowen (1840-1918) was the Borden family's physician, living across the street from them for twenty years.
Bowman Cemetery Photos - Photos from this hidden cemetery in Columbiana, County, Ohio
Boxing Day - Origination - Boxing Day is an instance where a secular holiday grew out of a religious one.
Bradley, Amy - In March of 1998, Amy Bradley, a 23-year old girl from Virginia, went on vacation with her parents and brother on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Rhapsody of the Seas.
Bridgewater Triangle - An area in Massachusetts, USA, said to be the location of strong paranormal activity.
brontoscopy - A method of divination by listening to the sound of thunder.
Brothers of the Shadow - AKA Dark Brothers, Grey Brothers. People who choose to follow the teachings of black magic.
Bruce Hall - Bruce Hall houses 214 men and women, primarily first-year students, in four- and six-person suites. The building is named for the first chancellor after the University was renamed from the Pittsburgh Academy to the Western University of Pennsylvania.
Buffalo Trace Distillery - Today the Buffalo Trace Distillery site encompasses 119 acres and 114 buildings.
bunyip - Mythological creature from indigenous Australian folklore.
Butch Cassidy Treasure - The story about Butch Cassidy's $20,000 Treasure
Butler, Teresa - On the morning of January 25, 2006, the husband of 35-year old Teresa Butler returned to his home in Risco, Missouri after working the night shift and discovered that his wife was missing and their two young sons were home alone.
Butterworth Building - The Butterworth Building or Butterworth Block at 1921 First Avenue in Seattle, Washington (U.S. state) was originally built as the Butterworth & Sons mortuary, which moved into this location in 1903 and moved to larger quarters in 1923.
Buxton Inn - In 1812, Orrin Granger, a pioneer from Granville, Massachusetts built The Tavern on land that was purchased in 1806.

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