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Unexplained Cases | Confederate Stronghold

Written by: Darren Dedo
Case Filed: 07/12/19 - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Executive Producer: Rick Garner


For three straight days during the hot Pennsylvania summer in July of 1863, Union and Confederate soldiers were locked in a bloody battle to try and get control of Gettysburg during the Civil War. Both sides suffered heavy casualties and some of those spirits are believed to be still be wandering the battlefield and this small town. One of those spots with reported paranormal activity is a place with a very historic past.

Our guide for the night, Paranormal Investigator Robert "Night Monkey" Simmons of Gettysburg Paranormal Association/ Gettysburg Ghost Toursexplains, "Where we are now, we call the Confederate Stronghold. The reason for that in the Battle of Gettysburg the creek bed we walked past is what the Confederates called the Confederate Stronghold. The reason for that - Gettysburg was going through a very dry season. That creek bed we passed was completely dried …

Angels Among Us

Written by: Cindy Carter
Case Filed: Thursday,
2/28/02 - Jackson, Mississippi
Executive Producer:
Rick Garner





Angels...messengers from God. In the Hebrew Bible, there are over 300 references to these heavenly hosts in the Old and New Testaments. Looking outside of the Christian and Jewish faiths, there are references to angels in Islam. The ancient Egyptians also believed angels visited their dead.

Do angels really exist? And if so, do they visit us in times of need? Sarah 
Haller has no doubts.


"It says in the Bible that God will send his angels to watch over you and protect you and I know that day, God and his angels were watching over me."

On January 19, 2002, Sarah and her fiance were driving south on I-55 when they hit a car that was stalled in one of the lanes. They were not injured. Sarah says she noticed her car's mirror had broken off and walked into the median to retrieve it. That's when a car struck her from behind and threw her 30 feet.

"I heard a loud screech and a squeal and somebody had swerved to miss the car that we had hit and he spun out and came down into the median."

She landed face down in the grass, but never lost consciousness. A physician and his wife pulled over to help her. Sara stayed face down because she didn't want to risk further injuries. All of a sudden, Sara says she heard the voice of a man praying over her.

"His hand was on my lower back and you can hear how loud it is out here and I could hear him as if there was no other background noise."

Sara says she took note of every person that walked up to her and walked away, but no one saw the stranger arrive or leave her side. He simply showed up, prayed for her and disappeared. She says all voices melted away, except the stranger's voice.

"He was just praying: 'Dear God, please be with this girl and protect her and heal her body.' It was just amazing."

The prayer calmed her nerves.

"I do believe that she did see an angel." Mark Anderson is pastor at Sarah's church, Colonial Heights Baptist. He's familiar with her story and says angels acting as guardians, comforters and protectors is not a myth. "The classic verses that we find are in Psalm 91 saying that we have angels that are our guardians. In Matthew 18, there are scripture references to treating little ones right because they have angels who are before the face of God."

So, if angels exist, what do they look like? Many of us picture wings and a halo but for those who say they've encountered angels, like Sarah, this traditional image just doesn't match what they claimed to have seen.

"In the Hebrew Bible, there is a word for angel which is "malakh" and then, there's another word for angel which is "shalakh," but you have both words refer to human as well as divine agents at various times."

Rabbi Jim Egolf tells us, while angels can be supernatural; humans are just as capable of doing god's work. Angels can be human. "We look for the miraculous and yet we probably walk through every day and don't realize who's doing what that's God's work."

There is certainly a modern day fascination with angels. There are books written about them and, of course, hit television shows and movies often borrow from the legend. In the middle of this fascination, spiritual leaders don't want people to forget: angels represent God but they are not gods. Sometimes they don't have our best interests in mind.

"Just as there are good angels, there are bad angels that are demonic spirits. These are angels who fell from heaven."

Anderson says a person seeking an "angelic" presence in their life opens the door for all angels, even evil ones. Of course, experts say, looking for an angel and having a chance encounter are two different things. Sarah is certain an angel from God came to her assistance.

"Everybody I've told about it says 'Wow, you had an angel come pray over you!"

Pastor Anderson believes Sarah's story. Rabbi Egolf agrees it is possible. So, what do you believe?

People who consider themselves "angel experts" say they've learned a few things about angels based on people's experiences. Angels are always in a hurry, they can't be traced and have a tendency to vanish once their mission is accomplished.

Additional Resources:

Angels: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Angels, Demons and Satan

Do you believe in angels?

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Executive Producer: Rick Garner


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