Stalking Night Shadows

Madonna Merced is a third generation ghost tracker who uses the latest techniques and equipment to investigate your home or business!



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Posted on May 12, 2016 at 2:15 PM

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Ghost: March 2016 Capture

Posted on April 2, 2016 at 10:20 PM

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Reflective ITC

Posted on November 4, 2015 at 12:05 PM

I recently posted a capture that was from a reflective surface. Prior to watching a ustream replay of a paranormal investigation I had completed I turned on the camera and decided to record. I captured what appears to be a body and large hand passing in front/behind me, blocking light from the desk that was reflected in the capture. Another being walks by at the end.

Because I donot want to distract from the Halloween capture I have removed the reflective capture and will post it again in December.

If you have the opportunity review the Halloween capture and photographs. I reviewed the footage frame by frame. The entity is fast and I could only retrieve his image on three shots.


Madonna Merced

Wolf Creek Tavern

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 8:25 PM

The Wolf Creek Tavern is a haunted location in Southern Oregon. The Rogue Valley Messenger just did a story on our paranormal investigation.

EVP Captures Now Available

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 3:40 AM

Hi Everyone,

If you like EVPs you can now listen to my captures. I will be uploading new ones each week! 

Posted video from the Last Investigtion

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Hi All,

I have posted the YouTube upload of the last investigation, "The Haunted Office." Please take a look by clicking throuh on Haunted Oregon Videos!



Old Mine Shaft EVPs

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Here is a link to the EVPs I captured when I completed the paranormal investigation in the ghost town of Cornucopia at the entrance of an old mine shaft.

The first asks, "You a miner?" the second, "Son of a bitch!" the third, "Get out!" and then the last EVP, "You are Madonna!"

The EVPs sound gravely. I set the digital recorder on a rock as I ask questions.

Ghost Story

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 10:00 PM


Henry Saylor, who was killed in Covington, in a quarrel with Antonio Finch, was

a reporter on the Cincinnati Commercial. In the year 1859 a vacant dwelling in

Vine street, in Cincinnati, became the center of a local excitement because of

the strange sights and sounds said to be observed in it nightly. According to the

testimony of many reputable residents of the vicinity these were inconsistent with

any other hypothesis than that the house was haunted. Figures with something

singularly unfamiliar about them were seen by crowds on the sidewalk to pass in

and out. No one could say just where they appeared upon the open lawn on their

way to the front door by which they entered, nor at exactly what point they

vanished as they came out; or, rather, while each spectator was positive enough

about these matters, no two agreed. They were all similarly at variance in their

descriptions of the figures themselves. Some of the bolder of the curious throng

ventured on several evenings to stand upon the doorsteps to intercept them, or

failing in this, get a nearer look at them. These courageous men, it was said,

were unable to force the door by their united strength, and always were hurled

from the steps by some invisible agency and severely injured; the door

immediately afterward opening, apparently of its own volition, to admit or free

some ghostly guest. The dwelling was known as the Roscoe house, a family of

that name having lived there for some years, and then, one by one, disappeared,

the last to leave being an old woman. Stories of foul play and successive

murders had always been rife, but never were authenticated.

One day during the prevalence of the excitement Saylor presented himself at the

office of the Commercial for orders. He received a note from the city editor which

read as follows: “Go and pass the night alone in the haunted house in Vine

street and if anything occurs worth while make two columns.” Saylor obeyed his

superior; he could not afford to lose his position on the paper.

Apprising the police of his intention, he effected an entrance through a rear

window before dark, walked through the deserted rooms, bare of furniture, dusty

and desolate, and seating himself at last in the parlor on an old sofa which he

had dragged in from another room watched the deepening of the gloom as night

came on. Before it was altogether dark the curious crowd had collected in the

street, silent, as a rule, and expectant, with here and there a scoffer uttering his

incredulity and courage with scornful remarks or ribald cries. None knew of the

anxious watcher inside. He feared to make a light; the uncurtained windows

would have betrayed his presence, subjecting him to insult, possibly to injury.

Moreover, he was too conscientious to do anything to enfeeble his impressions

and unwilling to alter any of the customary conditions under which the

manifestations were said to occur.

It was now dark outside, but light from the street faintly illuminated the part of the


room that he was in. He had set open every door in the whole interior, above

and below, but all the outer ones were locked and bolted. Sudden exclamations

from the crowd caused him to spring to the window and look out. He saw the

figure of a man moving rapidly across the lawn toward the building - saw it

ascend the steps; then a projection of the wall concealed it. There was a noise

as of the opening and closing of the hall door; he heard quick, heavy footsteps

along the passage - heard them ascend the stairs - heard them on the

uncarpeted floor of the chamber immediately overhead.

Saylor promptly drew his pistol, and groping his way up the stairs entered the

chamber, dimly lighted from the street. No one was there. He heard footsteps in

an adjoining room and entered that. It was dark and silent. He struck his foot

against some object on the floor, knelt by it, passed his hand over it. It was a

human head - that of a woman. Lifting it by the hair this iron-nerved man

returned to the half-lighted room below, carried it near the window and

attentively examined it. While so engaged he was half conscious of the rapid

opening and closing of the outer door, of footfalls sounding all about him. He

raised his eyes from the ghastly object of his attention and saw himself the

center of a crowd of men and women dimly seen; the room was thronged with

them. He thought the people had broken in.

“Ladies and gentlemen,” he said, coolly, “you see me under suspicious

circumstances, but” - his voice was drowned in peals of laughter - such laughter

as is heard in asylums for the insane. The persons about him pointed at the

object in his hand and their merriment increased as he dropped it and it went

rolling among their feet. They danced about it with gestures grotesque and

attitudes obscene and indescribable. They struck it with their feet, urging it about

the room from wall to wall; pushed and overthrew one another in their struggles

to kick it; cursed and screamed and sang snatches of ribald songs as the

battered head bounded about the room as if in terror and trying to escape. At

last it shot out of the door into the hall, followed by all, with tumultuous haste.

That moment the door closed with a sharp concussion. Saylor was alone, in

dead silence.

Carefully putting away his pistol, which all the time he had held in his hand, he

went to a window and looked out. The street was deserted and silent; the lamps

were extinguished; the roofs and chimneys of the houses were sharply outlined

against the dawn-light in the east. He left the house, the door yielding easily to

his hand, and walked to the Commercial office. The city editor was still in his

office - asleep. Saylor waked him and said: “I have been at the haunted house.”

The editor stared blankly as if not wholly awake. “Good God!” he cried, “are you


“Yes - why not?” The editor made no answer, but continued staring.


“I passed the night there - it seems,” said Saylor.

“They say that things were uncommonly quiet out there,” the editor said, trifling

with a paper-weight upon which he had dropped his eyes, “did anything occur?”

“Nothing whatever.”

The Spiritual Meaning of Colors By New Age Spirituality

Posted on January 24, 2013 at 2:35 PM

The Spiritual Meaning of Colors

Aura Colors, Healing Colors

Colors are one of the most beautiful and also one of the most under-appreciated aspects of the physical realm. We are surrounded by colors, but how often do we notice the numerous subtleties in the myriad shades.

Spiritually, color can impart both information - as in aura colors, and energy - as in healing. The aura is the spiritual energy field surrounding living beings which is "visible" to the psychically sensitive.

This short article presents the meanings generally associated with the most common colors. Use these meanings as a starting point in your own explorations. We are each unique individuals and colors may hold different meanings for us than for others, just as a piece of music inspires different feelings in different people.

Use colors to promote those qualities you wish to emphasize. Use them in your surroundings for qualities you wish to emphasize permanently. Wear clothes of appropriate colors to promote those qualities in a particular situation. You can also use colors simply by visualizing them, whether to promote their qualities or to exploit their healing energy for yourself or others.


Red symbolizes energy, passion, strength, courage, physical activity, creativity, warmth, and security. It is also associated with aggression. In healing, use red to bring warmth and burn out disease. Red is a powerful color and should be used in moderation. In the aura red signifies materialism, materialistic ambition, a focus on sensual pleasures and a quick temper.


Orange symbolizes the individual's relationship to the external world, the needs and wants of the physical body and the ways in which these are satisfied, the world of work. In healing orange may increase immunity and sexual energy. In the aura orange signifies thoughtfulness and creativity.


Yellow symbolizes intellect, creativity, happiness and the power of persuasion. It is also associated with cowardice. In healing use yellow to promote clarity of thought. In the aura yellow signifies intellectual development, for either material or spiritual ends.


Green symbolizes money, luck, prosperity, vitality and fertility. It is also associated with envy. Green is the color of healing; it is beneficial in all healing situations. In the aura green signifies balance, peace and often indicates ability as a healer.


Blue is the color of spirituality, intuition, inspiration and inner peace. It is also associated with sadness and depression (the "blues"). In healing blue is used for cooling and calming, both physically and mentally. In the aura blue indicates serenity, contentment and spiritual development.


Indigo is associated with psychic ability. In healing, use indigo for relaxation, reassurance and promoting psychism. In the aura indigo signifies a seeker, often of spiritual truth.


Purple is associated with power, both earthly and spiritual. In healing, purple is used for mental disorders and also for becoming one with Spirit. In the aura purple signifies higher spiritual development.


White is associated with truth, purity, cleansing, healing and protection. It is a good general healing color for the removal of pain and suffering. In the aura it signifies a high level of attainment, a higher level soul incarnate to help others.


Gold represents understanding and luck. Remember though that nothing comes from nothing, It is the most powerful healing color, but so powerful that many are not able to stand it initially and must be conditioned to it via other colors. In the aura it represents service to others.


Pink represents unconditional love, love requiring nothing in return. It is also the color of friendship and conviviality. In the aura it signifies balance between the spiritual and the material.


Brown is the color of the earth and represents practicality, material success, concentration and study. In the aura it indicates "down to earth-ness" and common sense.


Black is the absence of color. It represents the unconscious and mystery. Its visualization can help promote deep meditation. Black also stands for evil (eg black magic). In the aura it signifies some kind of blockage or something being hidden.

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See also The Human Aura: Astral Colors and Thought Forms - More articles on colors, auras, healing

Recommended reading

Color Medicine The Secrets of Color/Vibrational Healing by Charles Klotsche. The secrets of color vibration healing. A practitioner's manual for restoring blocked energy to the body systems with specific color wave lengths. By the founder of The 49th Vibrational Technique.

Life Colors What the Colors in Your Aura Reveal by Pamala Oslie. A colorful array of energy emanates from all beings. Pamala Oslie offers a guide to these aura colors and how they correspond to four main personality types. She also describes 12 combination colors and includes a test to determine one's own aura color. With celebrity examples and ways to cultivate new aura colors, this insightful guide can lead to greater self-understanding.

Auras An Essay on the Meaning of Colors by Edgar Cayce. America's greatest mystic and healer offers readers the results of a lifetime of observations and personal anecdotes relating to the meaning of auras, including the seven basic colors in the aura and how each is connected with a note on the musical scale, a planet in the solar system, and possibly health disorders. A fascinating account.



After Life

Posted on January 24, 2013 at 2:35 PM

After Life?


The question of what happens after death has always fascinated man. Many theories have been developed through religion and philosophy, some of which are discussed below together with my own ideas on the subject.

The movement known as Spiritualism originated in the nineteenth century. The Spiritualist philosophy holds that upon death, the spirit of the deceased passes from the Earth plane to a spirit plane. The living may contact these departed spirits by employing the services of a medium i.e. someone with the gift of communicating with this other world. Generally the medium makes use of clairvoyance and clairaudience to see and hear Spirit, describing their observations to the enquirer in the form of psychic readings. The medium describes the spirit as they would have been, giving details from the spirit to be confirmed by the enquirer for the purpose of providing evidence of survival.

Spiritualism caught the interest of eminent scientists Sir William Crookes (1832-1919) and Sir Oliver Lodge (1851-1940), and author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) creator of Sherlock Holmes, among others. Today there is a network of Spiritualist Churches throughout Britain, with the "headquarters" of the movement, the Spiritualist Association of Great Britain (SAGB), occupying grand premises in Belgrave Square, Central London. In addition to offering individual consultations the SAGB also hold regular demonstrations of clairvoyance, where an invited medium gives psychic readings to members of the audience. The descriptions and messages given by the medium are more often than not recognized by their recipients. Whether this represents proof of an existence beyond the grave is a matter for personal opinion, but it can be quite impressive. Of course such results could be attributable to telepathy, psychology, guesswork or gullibility. For the interested or curious I would thoroughly recommend attending one of these demonstrations, which are open to non-members and held in a friendly, informal atmosphere.

Near Death Experiences (NDEs) are the various recollections of people who have come close to death, or actually "died" for a short while. The surprising thing about NDEs is that many of them share the same features e.g. the impression of floating above, and observing, the physical body below including the attempts to restore life; the feeling of traveling down a tunnel towards the light; meeting with dead relatives and friends and a feeling of peace and well-being often with the preference to stay rather than returning to the earthly body. Many people who have experienced NDEs are able to describe details that they couldn't possibly have been physically aware of, e.g. the resuscitation efforts or events in distant locations. What is the significance, if any, of NDEs? Do they confirm the soul's survival of physical death, giving clues to the nature of the afterlife? Or are they merely hallucinations brought about by physical weakness e.g. a lack of oxygen reaching the brain?, and if so why are they often so similar? The large number of similar experiences, many reported by people who haven' previously known of NDEs, indicate they are more than hallucinations which would tend to vary widely from case to case. Descriptions of events of which the observer could have no physical knowledge add further weight to the theory of a distinct spirit, as do the Out-of-Body experiences of advanced esoterics. However, since nobody has crossed the threshold of reassurance and returned we are still, and will remain, ignorant of the true nature of any afterlife.

Tales of ghosts and hauntings abound in both fact and fiction. For such things to occur requires not only a spirit which may exist independently of a body but also one that is capable of affecting physical matter. Not all ghosts come from beyond the grave; poltergeist activity (i.e. the violent movement of physical objects) is thought to be associated with living individuals, usually hyperactive teenagers. Certain places are said to be haunted, often those with a violent or tragic history; their ghosts could be visitations from spirit or, more likely, emotional residues picked up by the sensitive. Whether ghosts exist outside the minds of their observers remains debatable.

The idea of reincarnation states that each spirit lives many earthly lives in different bodies either indefinitely, or until it becomes sufficiently developed to move on to the next plane of existence. Remarkable cases have been reported of people having detailed knowledge of past lives that have subsequently been verified as correct. Such accounts are often, but not always, given under hypnosis. The memories of past lives given by children carry more weight than those from adults, who may consciously or unconsciously be giving details that they have obtained during their current lifetime. Further clues to a previous existence may come from recurring dreams on a theme which has no relevance to the present existence.

Life on earth is either a random accident of a deterministic nature or a bonding of an immortal spirit with a physical body. Either way it is of limited significance, being at best a single step along an infinite journey. If we accept that the mind/spirit/soul is distinct from the physical body, as is suggested by our seeming freedom of will, then there is no reason to suppose that it ceases to exist at death. Scientific explanations of the observable universe are based on the principle of transformation between different forms of matter and energy. Rarely, if ever, is anything created from or destroyed to nothing. It is therefore unlikely that our spirit miraculously appears at birth and vanishes at death.

In questioning existence beyond death we should also consider the nature of existence before birth. If we believe the spirit remains after death then it more than likely existed before birth. What brings about the alliance of spirit with body? In the case of human beings life is created through an act of will (of spirits in incarnation), i.e. that of sexual union. The joining of a spirit with the newly formed body would occur some time between conception and birth. This view of a physical-spiritual partnership raises the question of whether all forms of life possess spirits. I believe they almost certainly do, with the potential of the spirit to exercise its will being determined by the type and complexity of the organism it occupies, and the complexity being determined by the degree to which an individual spirit has become differentiated from what is the generic spirit realm. Single-celled organisms and plant life provide evidence of the evolutionary steps towards producing more advanced creatures through which the spirits may achieve a more sophisticated earthly incarnation.

It is for the skeptic to define what it is within me that causes me to reach these opinions, or in them that fuels their skepticism? Is it merely the deterministic motion of the atoms in our brains? Could a random swirling of matter have really built the self-organizing complexity that we observe within the short life of this planet? Or could there be some deeper, hidden, non-physical driving force?

Following my father Ron's recent passing I was struck with doubt and despair. Desperately seeking reassurance that he continues in some form my contemplation and searching produced what follows:


• Mind is a distinct entity, not just a product of the physical being. This is suggested by our free will, emotion and non-survival motivations such as art appreciation.

• The non-physicality of mind is suggested by the mind's desire to believe there is something more than mere matter and energy, most strongly evidenced by the power of religious faith. A purely physical being would be untroubled by its purely physical nature. A psycho-physical one would be driven to prove it was more than atoms and molecules.

• If mind is non-physical and exists independently of the physical body it cannot be destroyed when the body ceases to function. It is natural for entities to be transformed from one state to another, but not for things to appear from nothing nor be completely destroyed. Thus mind, soul, spirit, consciousness... survives physical death, in some form.


• We each of us act unquestioningly as though there is some lasting purpose to our existence. If our mortality coincided with the finiteness of our very being we should not strive for satisfaction and significance in the way that we do.

• Thousands upon thousands of individual accounts suggest those that pass continue to exist and are able to touch those that remain. Just one account need be true for survival to be fact, every single account must be false if it is fallacious.

• In addition to individual experiences certain individuals, known as mediums, are able to provide evidence of the survival of individuals as distinct entities. I have been attending demonstrations of clairvoyance for a number of years and have personally witnessed numerous displays of mediumship that have far surpassed what could have been achieved by guesswork.

• I have also been given numerous personal messages by mediums unknown to me the accuracy of which were in considerable excess of what might have been obtained by physical means.

• The Church of England Majority Report of 1937, subsequently suppressed by the Church, found evidence that spiritualistic mediums could indeed communicate with departed spirits.

Do not stand at my grave and weep;

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and weep;

I am not there. I do not sleep.