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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

'Gus': WCAR 1130AM Detroit's Resident Ghost

Every once in a while I like to post a decent ghost tale. This account is a Detroit legend. It concerns a ghost named 'Gus,' that roamed the WCAR radio building - a former funeral home.

The following account was recently forwarded to me:

"As a young fellow in radio, we all knew each other. Even if we were competitors, I would know the guy across town at the other radio station. And although the general managers and salespeople would think the staff at the other stations were “the enemy,” we all got along just fine. Of course we never gave up secrets, or mentioned what the station was planning on doing. Truth be told, we would enjoy the art of one-upmanship with each other. After work we would meet at various places; the news directors and talent at a high end bar, and the lowly DJs at some mediocre bar, and sometimes strip club.

Occasionally, when management would not be looking, we would go to the other station and sit in with a friend and shoot the bull as he would be doing his job. Sometimes offering a joke or in some cases calling from an adjacent room pretending to be a listener. If you ever heard Gary Burbank do his “Earl Pitts,” occasionally we would do something like that just for fun.

I think the best one I ever did was with my friend Rick at the country radio station. Rick was an ex-Vietnam vet who was very talented on the air, quick wit, dry sense of humor, often making a joke at the expense of a caller to the request line. We hit it off because we had met a few times at a gun range, and shared the hobbies of guns, shortwave radio, etc..

On my night off I would call up Rick on the request line, and he would put me on the air as “Ted the Truckee,” an over the road truck driver who was always getting lost on the road. Rick’s station was in Detroit, and Ted would call in from somewhere saying he’s lost and looking to get directions or telling a wild story about something. “Hey Rick, this is Ted! I’m sort of lost.” “Where are you at now?” “I’m in Frankenstein.” “Where?” “Frankenstein! I’m on my way to the Ford plant in Romeo, and I think I overshot and wound up here.” To cut to the chase…Frankenstein was actually Frankenmuth, Michigan. The gag would go on for a minute before the next song was played.

Anyway, I was with Rick in the studio one night at his station. The station was in sort of a nice-looking building near 6-Mile Road and the Southfield Freeway (M-39). The studio was about 20’ x 20’, sound proofed, and a huge picture window in the wall in front of the DJ looking out on the hallway. This was so when the big talent was working days, management could bring clients down the hall to watch the DJ work without going in the studio. At times it was a distraction since people would be coming up and down the hall in front of you as you would be working on the air.

Rick had the 11PM to 5AM shift, which was lonely since, typically, Rick would be the only one there. After 5PM the office left, after 7PM the news department left, and the guy who you took over for at 11PM would typically bolt out of the studio to go party or see a skirt.

I sat in back of Rick while he sat at his control board, and when a record was playing on the air we would talk, joke, and generally be rude to each other. At 12AM in the morning the place was empty, and the news department wouldn’t come in until 4AM to prepare for news at 5:30AM. We were the only ones there.

We were talking and he leaned to the right to cue up another record when I saw this older gentleman walk down the hall without looking in. He appeared to be in his 60s, white crew cut hair, somewhat stocky, with a tattoo on his right forearm. “Rick, it looks like the news department is in early”.

“What do you mean?”

“I just saw someone walk down the hall.”

“What did he look like?”

I explained what I saw and Rick, looking perturbed, sort of made a face of disgust and went back to sorting records.

“What's the matter?”

Rick spun his chair around and looked at me, very serious. “Just forget about it.”

Odd reaction, I thought. “Who is he?”

Rick seemed annoyed. “We call him ‘Gus’. Nobody knows his name. We just call him Gus.”

Odd I thought. “Nobody knows him? And he's wandering your building?”

“Yeah, we don’t know anything about him, and some of the other guys call him Gus, so that’s what I call him.” Rick paused, turned his head slightly, then looked me in the eyes. “Gus is dead!”

“Dead! What do you mean he’s dead?”

Rick then went on to explain the sightings of Gus, and sometime the interactions other employees of the radio station would have. Papers would be tossed off tables, your coat would be missing from the hook in the employee break room and be found elsewhere in the building, car keys moved if left out, and sometimes Gus would come by the window and look in, stone faceed, and would just stare. If you waved at him he would sort of crack a smile, turn, and leave. “Yeah, every so often he will screw with the elevator.”

“Elevator?”

“Yeah, the elevator in the back. He’ll press the buttons just to make it go up and down. Or he'll press the emergency stop button which sets off the bell. We don’t use the elevator, and there is no reason to use it, but he just screws with it.”

“Wait a sec, you’re telling me that you have a ghost and Gus, and he screws with the elevator?”

“Dude! Don’t you know what this place was? Were you not curious why some guys call this place “the home.”

“I heard you mentioned it but never thought about it.”

“Old man Levinson purchased this building when he moved the radio station here. It was an old funeral home.” Rick then went on to explain that the elevator was used to take the bodies on gurneys down to the basement where the embalming room was located. Seeing my doubt, he put on a long album cut of Don Williams and we had 12 minutes to go look.

In the back of the building, by a pair of double doors leading to the outside, was an elevator. It was the kind like you would see in a hospital, longer than wide. We took the stairs because Rick said that sometimes, someone or something would emergency stop the elevator between the basement and 1st floor, and you would be trapped.

When we got to the basement it looked like what you might expect an embalming room to look like. Three stainless steel tables, a shelf of chemicals, some odds and ends of “tools,” rubber hoses, tanks of chemicals, all tile floors and walls. I was completely blown away, no freaked out. We went back up to the studio, and the first thing Rick said to me. “Hey, you had to ask. You started it.”

Over the next week I found out more about the place. Hy Levinson, the radio station owner, had purchased the old funeral home because he wanted some big rooms for the studios, and although a funeral home, this place fit the need, and was at the right price. Hy was cheap.

The station was 50,000 watt WCAR 1130AM in Detroit. Monster of a radio station! You can find it's history on line.

At 4AM I figured I better leave, before the news department came in and Rick might get into trouble for having guests. Rick and I kept in touch for a long time, and filled me in on other things that happened afterwards; such as the girls in office having their hair played with while sitting at their desks, whispers in a quiet room, things being knocked off the tables, or a stack of papers would “blow” off a table with no breeze detected.

Many people who worked there had experiences. One who didn’t, but knew of the history, was George Noory of Coast to Coast AM. He was in the news department in the early 1970s. He's talked about it being haunted, but never had an experience.

As I left the studio that night, I figure I would turn left at the end of the hall and hit the men’s room before my trip home, I lived about 30 minutes away and I needed to see a man about a horse.

As I turned the corner, I stopped in shock. "Gus" was about 20’ away, standing in front of the restroom door. I could see the word “MENS” through him. I turned around and hustled out of the place, and only went back one other time to sit with Rick. That time I witnessed his pen get knocked off the desk, followed by Rick’s angry comment, “Come on! Knock it off. I’m just trying to make a living.”

Rick was unphased by it, saying that he saw worse things in Nam. He also said nobody was ever harmed, and that three other "entities" were seen at times, including an old man dressed in 1940s style clothes, and a mustache, holding his hands in front of him, looking down. The room they would always see him in was where the body was viewed." F

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STEVE STOCKTON - Researcher & Author - 'NATIONAL PARK MYSTERIES & DISAPPEARANCES' - PM Radio

Phantoms & Monsters Radio welcomes Steve Stockton, paranormal researcher and author.

Steve Stockton is a veteran outdoorsman and paranormal researcher, who puts together collections of terrifying, odd and strange encounters. He also references his own personal encounters with the unexplained. Steve studied English language at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and lives in Portland, Oregon. His books include 'Strange Things In The Woods: A Collection of Terrifying Tales' & 'My Strange World'. His most recent series is titled 'National Park Mysteries & Disappearances.'

From his early years, Steve has had what can be called strange and, often times, frightening experiences with the paranormal and unexplained. These encounters led him to search for the answers, only to discover the truth isn’t easy to find. His book 'My Strange World' is a collection of Steve’s encounters from his personal life, as well as his life as a renowned paranormal researcher. If you like scary stories and to take a trip down the road of the unexplained and bizarre, then buckle up and get ready to dive into the strange world of Steve Stockton.

Steve's books can be found on Amazon

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We are asking the worldwide public to come forward with your sightings & encounters. Contact us at
410-241-5974
or by email - Thanks. Lon

Have you had a sighting of a winged humanoid or huge bat-like creature in the Chicago, Illinois metro area / Lake Michigan region? The entity has also been referred to as the 'Chicago Mothman', 'Chicago Owlman' & 'O'Hare Mothman.' - Chicago / Lake Michigan Winged Humanoid Regional Interactive Map - Please feel free to contact me at lonstrickler@phantomsandmonsters.com - your anonymity is guaranteed. Our investigative group is conducting a serious examination of his phenomenon. We are merely seeking the truth and wish to determine what eyewitnesses have been encountering. Your cooperation is truly appreciated.

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TODAY'S TOP LINKS

'You're not taking me out of here alive': The surreal story behind the mysterious alien landmark near Joshua Tree

David Eckhart's Encounter - Alarming Alien Portal Sound Recording

Mothman Encounters! Terrifying Mothman-like being cause nightmares

Military Underground Bases In The USA – Complete List

LEE HAMPEL - 'BEAST OF BRAY ROAD' EXPERIENCER & RESEARCHER - Investigator Eric Mintel Co-Host - PM Radio - EXCLUSIVE PHOTO & VIDEO EVIDENCE PROVIDED!

'BLUE-SKINNED' REPTOID HUMANOID ABDUCTS CRIMEAN MAN / OWLMAN / DOGMAN - PM Radio Personal Reports

'STRANGE DAYS' with LON STRICKLER - Cryptid / Alien Experiencers - Spaced Out Radio

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Possible 'Bigfoot' Recorded in Southeast Missouri (VIDEO / SCREEN CAPTURES)

I stumbled upon an interesting video that was recorded in southeast Missouri that was supposedly made in the Autumn of 2021. The channel owner has a series of videos where he states that he has seen Bigfoot and a possible Dogman. This location is also near an obscure cemetery.

I've grabbed some screenshots of an apparent Bigfoot observing the witness at the edge of the woods. As the video continues, the creature leaves and enters the woods. I'd suggest that you watch the video in order to get a better perspective of the sighting.



What are your thoughts? This is a region where Bigfoot activity is well-known.

NOTE: We are currently looking into a series of Bigfoot group habitations in the Shawnee National Forest, which is 3 hours east of this location. I will update you as this investigation progresses. Lon

Have you had a sighting or encounter?
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STEVE STOCKTON - Researcher & Author - 'NATIONAL PARK MYSTERIES & DISAPPEARANCES' - PM Radio

Phantoms & Monsters Radio welcomes Steve Stockton, paranormal researcher and author.

Steve Stockton is a veteran outdoorsman and paranormal researcher, who puts together collections of terrifying, odd and strange encounters. He also references his own personal encounters with the unexplained. Steve studied English language at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and lives in Portland, Oregon. His books include 'Strange Things In The Woods: A Collection of Terrifying Tales' & 'My Strange World'. His most recent series is titled 'National Park Mysteries & Disappearances.'

From his early years, Steve has had what can be called strange and, often times, frightening experiences with the paranormal and unexplained. These encounters led him to search for the answers, only to discover the truth isn’t easy to find. His book 'My Strange World' is a collection of Steve’s encounters from his personal life, as well as his life as a renowned paranormal researcher. If you like scary stories and to take a trip down the road of the unexplained and bizarre, then buckle up and get ready to dive into the strange world of Steve Stockton.

Steve's books can be found on Amazon

Join us this Friday, June 3rd at 9PM ET / 6PM PT

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We are asking the worldwide public to come forward with your sightings & encounters. Contact us at
410-241-5974
or by email - Thanks. Lon

Have you had a sighting of a winged humanoid or huge bat-like creature in the Chicago, Illinois metro area / Lake Michigan region? The entity has also been referred to as the 'Chicago Mothman', 'Chicago Owlman' & 'O'Hare Mothman.' - Chicago / Lake Michigan Winged Humanoid Regional Interactive Map - Please feel free to contact me at lonstrickler@phantomsandmonsters.com - your anonymity is guaranteed. Our investigative group is conducting a serious examination of his phenomenon. We are merely seeking the truth and wish to determine what eyewitnesses have been encountering. Your cooperation is truly appreciated.

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TODAY'S TOP LINKS

'You're not taking me out of here alive': The surreal story behind the mysterious alien landmark near Joshua Tree

David Eckhart's Encounter - Alarming Alien Portal Sound Recording

Mothman Encounters! Terrifying Mothman-like being cause nightmares

Military Underground Bases In The USA – Complete List

LEE HAMPEL - 'BEAST OF BRAY ROAD' EXPERIENCER & RESEARCHER - Investigator Eric Mintel Co-Host - PM Radio - EXCLUSIVE PHOTO & VIDEO EVIDENCE PROVIDED!

'BLUE-SKINNED' REPTOID HUMANOID ABDUCTS CRIMEAN MAN / OWLMAN / DOGMAN - PM Radio Personal Reports

'STRANGE DAYS' with LON STRICKLER - Cryptid / Alien Experiencers - Spaced Out Radio

PHANTOMS & MONSTERS RADIO Podcasts on Anchor

PHANTOMS & MONSTERS RADIO Podcasts on Spotify

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Monday, May 30, 2022

'Grey' Alien Devices Implanted in Fearful Indiana Experiencer

An Indiana man is camping during a fishing trip near Nipigon, Ontario. One night, he wakes to two 'Greys' and a sharp pain near his neck. The next morning, there is blood on his shirt and sleeping bag.

The following account was recently forwarded to me:

"In 2016, a friend 'RR' had something bizarre happen to him while camping at the Stillwater Tent & Trailer Park, to the west of Nipigon, Ontario, in the Thunder Bay area.

He woke up in the middle of the night to what he said were two 'Greys.' He couldn't move or scream and the last thing he remembered was a sharp pain just above clavicle next to the neck.

When he came out of the tent in the morning one of his fishing companions was alarmed at blood which was on his t-shirt on his shoulder. When they inspected his sleeping bag they found more blood. They immediately transported him to the provincial hospital where one of the doctors said that something had punctured his skin, and went alongside the muscle at least 2.5 cm. The hole was about 2 mm, and scabbed, and an X-ray showed something the size of a 1206 surface mount resistor was at the bottom of the puncture. He elected to wait and have it removed back in the states.

It took two days to get back to Indiana, and then another day for him to see the doctor which confirmed the object was there. They decided to remove it two days later in an outpatient procedure at Parkview in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

on the morning of the procedure, he woke to find more blood on his sheets and pillow, and went in for the 10:45AM appointment. When the doctor did a scan to confirm location of the piece for removal, it was no longer there. It was in tissue at a location where it could not have moved by itself, and the doctor noted that the penetration into the body showed "trauma" as if something had been put in him again, which disturbed the tissue which was in the process of healing. Yet the skin penetration at the surface showed recent scarring, which one would expect of a wound 3 months old.

RR now sleeps with a proximity alarm, and IR alarm, which has gone off once since the event. Since then, he now sleeps with a S&W MP2.0 .40 caliber pistol on the night stand. Since 2016, he's never had another problem. But in 2017, he had a full scan of the upper torso which confirmed no foreign material in the body. Ever since that event, he will only go fishing with the guys if they are all in the same tent together." FV

Have you had a sighting or encounter?
Contact me by email - Thanks. Lon

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STEVE STOCKTON - Researcher & Author - 'NATIONAL PARK MYSTERIES & DISAPPEARANCES' - PM Radio

Phantoms & Monsters Radio welcomes Steve Stockton, paranormal researcher and author.

Steve Stockton is a veteran outdoorsman and paranormal researcher, who puts together collections of terrifying, odd and strange encounters. He also references his own personal encounters with the unexplained. Steve studied English language at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and lives in Portland, Oregon. His books include 'Strange Things In The Woods: A Collection of Terrifying Tales' & 'My Strange World'. His most recent series is titled 'National Park Mysteries & Disappearances.'

From his early years, Steve has had what can be called strange and, often times, frightening experiences with the paranormal and unexplained. These encounters led him to search for the answers, only to discover the truth isn’t easy to find. His book 'My Strange World' is a collection of Steve’s encounters from his personal life, as well as his life as a renowned paranormal researcher. If you like scary stories and to take a trip down the road of the unexplained and bizarre, then buckle up and get ready to dive into the strange world of Steve Stockton.

Steve's books can be found on Amazon

Join us this Friday, June 3rd at 9PM ET / 6PM PT

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, LIKE, & SHARE - THANKS!

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We are asking the worldwide public to come forward with your sightings & encounters. Contact us at
410-241-5974
or by email - Thanks. Lon

Have you had a sighting of a winged humanoid or huge bat-like creature in the Chicago, Illinois metro area / Lake Michigan region? The entity has also been referred to as the 'Chicago Mothman', 'Chicago Owlman' & 'O'Hare Mothman.' - Chicago / Lake Michigan Winged Humanoid Regional Interactive Map - Please feel free to contact me at lonstrickler@phantomsandmonsters.com - your anonymity is guaranteed. Our investigative group is conducting a serious examination of his phenomenon. We are merely seeking the truth and wish to determine what eyewitnesses have been encountering. Your cooperation is truly appreciated.

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TODAY'S TOP LINKS

Incursions at the Border: Homeland Security Agents Tell of Encounters with Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

David Eckhart's Photographs of Aliens & Entities Emanating In His Home

Mothman Encounters! Terrifying Mothman-like being cause nightmares

World's Largest 'Vampire' Gathering

LEE HAMPEL - 'BEAST OF BRAY ROAD' EXPERIENCER & RESEARCHER - Investigator Eric Mintel Co-Host - PM Radio - EXCLUSIVE PHOTO & VIDEO EVIDENCE PROVIDED!

'BLUE-SKINNED' REPTOID HUMANOID ABDUCTS CRIMEAN MAN / OWLMAN / DOGMAN - PM Radio Personal Reports

PHANTOMS & MONSTERS RADIO Podcasts on Anchor

PHANTOMS & MONSTERS RADIO Podcasts on Spotify

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