NEW! The Serpent and the Light: Abscondita Est Magicae (Book I)

Title:  The Serpent and the Light: Abscondita Est Magicae (Book I)

Authors:  Bo Luellen

Publisher:  Pick Up The Fork Media

Available in Paperback  on Amazon

Available on Amazon Kindle 

Publishing Date:  August 27th, 2018

Details:  The first novel set in Bo Luellen’s richly imagined world of Abscondita Est Magicae welcomes readers with a modern take on the classic Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde story. It begins in a Mid-South town where Professor Amanda Lanyon finds herself entangled in a mysterious murder surrounding one of her students. Along with Detective John Utterson, Amanda must join forces with some unlikely allies when confronted with the Black Brotherhood cult of Cthulhu. Her assumptions and faith are challenged as she discovers a hidden universe of magic and legend. Now she is steeped in a struggle against evil as she faces a world of Angels, Demons, and Fey that move unseen to the Mundane.
The epic of Abscondita Est Magicae dares you to enter a world of midnight creatures, classic monsters, and fairytale legends.

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Case 6-18: The Opera House – Ralston, OK

Loocation:

501 N. Main Street Ralston, OK   74650

The Legend:

The haunted history is shared by Don Taylor in his own words in this video:

Side Note:

Photos of the Opera House correspond to the legends, including the flyer for the magician Karl Germain.

 

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The Investigation:

Team Members:  Bo Luellen, Leila Rachelle (Of Leila Rachelle Art), Cindy Messner (Of Cindy’s Phancy Phydeaux), Trevor Messner, Jennifer Campbell (An Oklahoma Paranormal Author – https://phantomelements.com/), Micah Campbell.

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My first point of contact with the Opera House was Jill Grantham, who assisted me with a scouting expedition to the location.  Luckily we were able to take part in a tour, directed by Don Taylor and Amy Hedges. After learning the storied history of the location and the associated haunting’s, I gathered my team for an investigation.  On Sunday, July 1st, our group meet Don at the Opera House and conducted a two hour intensive investigation.  We gathered recordings for EVP analysis, photographic evidence and scan the building for anomalous EMF and temperature variance.

 

 

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Impressions:

The Opera House is one of the best investigations sights I’ve covered in the last 15 years.  It has a wealth of history and a fantastic feel.  Inside you are transported back to the peak of the 1900’s with its period decor and theme.

Preserve The Ralston Opera House!

I encourage you to visit the website Don Taylor has put together and make a 5 dollar donation to the cause of restoration and promotion of the Opera House.

https://www.ralstonfoundation.com/

Join Us!

If you are interesting in following our adventures through Oklahoma as we investigate forgotten sites, find us here: Tulsa & Beyond Paranormal
Bo Luellen’s Author Page:  Bo Luellen

Case 5-18: The Albino Legend – Crown Hill Cemetery – Tulsa, OK

Location:

4301 E 66th St N, Tulsa, OK 74117

 

 

The Legend:

The urban legend speaks of an albino who used to be the caretaker of this graveyard. who was hung in the tower located in the back of the cemetery.  The spirit of the dead caretaker can be seen at night looking out from the windows of the tower.

Side Note:

The cemetery has other legends attached to it.  Some speak of a Sparky’s Graveyard legend.

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The Investigation:

The first time I ever heard this legend was in 1999, when I first joined a group in Tulsa.  Variations of the legend have been retold over the years about the Albino and the Tower.  I’ve never found any evidence to substantiate the existence of a albino who was a caretaker.  After conducting over a dozen on site investigations of the cemetery, I’ve never picked up an EVP or photo that would point towards the legends being a reality.

Side Note:

Our team has logged several other EVP’s and photos that show evidence of a haunting in this graveyard.

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Impressions:

I believe the perpetuation of this legend is helped by the white cherubs placed in the windows of the tower.  From the road, these could look like white faces looking out.

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If you are interesting in hearing more about our teams investigations or joining in on the online discussion about the paranormal, find us here: Tulsa & Beyond Paranormal
Bo Luellen’s Author Page:  Bo Luellen

Case 1-18: The Witches Grave

Location:

Hillside Mission Cemetery E0410 Rd, Skiatook, OK 74070

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Rear of the cemetery under an oak tree.

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The Legend:

A woman who liked in the township kept her husbands body after he passed away.  Using black magic, she attempted to bring him back to life.  The town came to bury the body on multiple occasions.  Each time the witch would go to the cemetery and dig up her dead husband.  She would drag the corpse back to their home.  The township finally entombed the husband’s coffin in a casing of concrete.  The legend says that the witch haunts the grave.  Noises such as screams and footsteps can be heard near the grave.  Other reports say that rocks are hurled towards anyone that disturbs the grave.  A curse was said to be placed upon the grave by the witch.  Anyone who touches it will be possessed by a demon.

Side Note:

A legend also says that the cemetery is haunted by the spirit of a teenager who died when his car was wrecked at a nearby bridge.  The kid is said to walk the cemetery still today.

The Investigation:

A scouting mission was conducted by Candy Riggs and myself.  We took pictures of the grave during the day to get accurate pictures of the scripture written on the side of the concrete coffin:

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The verse written on both sides of the grave, Samuel 12:23, seems to support the urban legend.

“But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”

 

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During the daytime scouting, Candy and I noticed trinkets and coins placed around the grave.  We speculate this might be some kind of offering to the witch.  We did not find any reference to this anywhere on the net.

We conducted a night time investigation at a later date.  The investigators:  Cindy, Trevor, Leila and I made a sweep of the surrounding area looking for hits on the EMF meter.  An EVP session was conducted around and on the grave.  The trinkets and money around the grave were missing on this second visit.  A deeper dive into the surrounding graves was initiated.  Our teams findings were logged in our case files.

Impressions:

The fantastical nature of the legend could not be substantiated anywhere in an official record.  If the township did have a witch that was practicing necromancy, she might not have been alone.  As found in other areas of Oklahoma, cells of pagan witches hide in plan sight.  It is within the realm of possibility that whoever left the trinkets were doing so as some kind of offering or request to the spirit of the dead witch.

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If you are interesting in hearing more about our teams investigations or joining in on the online discussion about the paranormal, find us here:

Clean Ashes: Memoirs of an Oklahoma Paranormal Investigator, now Available!

TITLE:  CLEAN ASHES

Authors:  Bo Luellen:  Memoirs of an Oklahoma Paranormal Investigator

Publisher:  Pick Up The Fork Media

Available in Paperback  on Amazon

Available on Amazon Kindle (TBA)

Available on Amazon Audible (TBA)

Publishing Date:  May 29th, 2018

Details:  A collection of thrilling and painful stories of the ghostly and mystical, Clean Ashes brings to light the hidden world of the occult and the wonder of the supernatural. Bo Luellen’s paranormal memoir captures the painful journey from a small Oklahoma town towards a life of adventure into the unknown. Surreal and powerful, Clean Ashes reveals the shadowy history of the Bible Belt.

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Sailing the Waters of Consequence

On April 27th, 2018 I wrote an open letter to the fans of the Kenpo History Channel:


Fans of the Kenpo History Channel,

The following link came to my attention: http://kam4inc.com/mediaPg2.html

In this link it outlines several concerning aspects in the direction of KAM IV Inc It gives information on successful lawsuits, compulsory rank changing and mandatory monthly rate to sustain in the KAM IV Inc. branded I.K.K.A. To protect those that I’ve interviewed and myself, I have taken down all documentaries and interviews from the KHC.

Side Note:
I was asked to give KAM IV leadership a consultation in 2015 on how to overcome challenges with communication in regards to the Kenpo community. I did three different consultations, all free of charge. In each, my recommendations and direction opted for a peaceful outreach, a separation from litigious tactics and to show compassion to the loyal followers of Mr. Parker. My final proposal was to have the family apologize to the Kenpo community for their legal tone and start fresh. This path was rejected. When I retired as a teacher in 2016 it was due to health concerns. Opposed to my public announcement that I was retiring my 4th degree as a personal choice of honor, in reality I did this because of the direction KAM IV Inc. was taking. By fading away quietly it allowed my students to integrate themselves into a KAM IV Inc. affiliated association without any political drama. Indeed it was a matter of honor, but it wasn’t honest. There is no longer a need to keep up the facade. I wish those on both sides of this issue my sincere hope that they will find peace and happiness.


A bigger problem presented itself that stretched beyond my work on the documentaries and interviews.  Now my former students were left questioning what was going to happen next?  If they stuck with a Kam IV school, how much would they have to pay?  What would happen if they were ever kicked out?  If they kept doing American Kenpo and they decided to step away from Kam IV would they have to forever go underground to avoid a copyright lawsuit?

With the entire system, names of techniques and forms, Mr. Parker’s name, patches and more being copyrighted it left my former students and past students spiraling.  During my 25 years of martial arts, 16 of which was in American Kenpo, I was forced to go through seven different brand changes.  On average, my students were forced to learn a different way to do techniques and forms every two years on average.  If you are from outside EPAK this might sound strange.  The reasons were seldom honorable.  Usually it was because the instructor suddenly wanted thousands of dollars for belt tests, they wanted to change how they did the art to affiliate with another organization in order to gain a promotion or similar boon.

Every new instructor came with a change to the system.  In general you would get the same speech, “Okay what you are doing is fine, but it isn’t how Parker showed me.”  You would get left feeling dejected and sub standard.  Your training time would halt forward motion, and months would be used in relearning past techniques.  Many times I would have a portion of my class leave just out of frustration.

In response to this new problem I put out a letter to all my former students and all the students I had trained in my last 15 years of martial arts.  Here is an excerpt:


May 31st, 2018

Haikei,

On March 2016 I retired from Kenpo after 25 years due to medical issues and relinquished my 4th degree black belt.  I placed my students in the hands of one of the top American Kenpo teachers in the world.  Due to changes in the landscape, I’m coming out of retirement and issuing new ranks to former students under a personal traditional karate program.  Let me explain why: 

As of this month the Parker family is re-instituting the I.K.K.A. (Parker’s original organization).  They are making every school owner paying a percentage per student to the Parker family.  If they refuse and still teach, the Parker’s will sue them.  Judgments have already been awarded. 

With that news I have made a decision.  I’m coming out of retirement and reopening my school.  It will NOT be an American Kenpo school, but a traditional Japanese themed karate program.  For former students who wish to be ranked according to their time and energy they have put in, I will be doing an assessment and ceremony.  This is a way of correcting the long and taxing year’s students put into the system without receiving the rank they deserve.  If you are interested in being re-ranked by me, you only have to reply and a time will be set up for you to come in for ranking.  This is free of cost and you do NOT have to join my class.  You could simply walk in, take a non-physical assessment where I review your time in the system, then assign you a rank.  The normal time it would take for an average Japanese student in a Karate program to attain a black belt is three years.  I will be taking that into consideration when assigning rank.  For those of you that wish to take a physical test to go with your rank reassessment, we can schedule a test.  You will not be required to perform any material that you don’t already know.  If you are already a member of another school, you must present a letter of recommendation from your current teacher for you to receive your rank reassignment.  I want to emphasize, this is free of charge.  I’m doing this as a matter of personal honor. 

All ranking re-assignments, assessments and testing (if requested) will be conducted at my new school location located.  You will need to contact me ahead of time before showing up.  My number is XXXXXXXXX.  If you have any questions, please call me.

Sincerely,

Robert Luellen
Luellen Ichizoku Karate


The response to this move was very positive from my former student base and appreciative.  Everyone made careful decisions on how they wanted to proceed.  One such man was Johnny McLain.  He had spent well over 14 years training with me.  During this time he was deployed to Afghanistan to serve his country.  He was injured and was forced to go into a limited disability.  He wasn’t detoured and continued to train in American Kenpo when he returned.  His path was cut short when the organization I was in did yet another political maneuver and changed associations.  John was left having to relearn techniques.  With his disability and a full time job, his body simply started giving out.  His total time in the martial arts was over 23 years with no black belt to show for it.  All because of Kenpo politics.  He choose to get the assessment with me.  I’m proud to say his long journey is over.  He is a black belt.  I could not be more honored to give out my first black belt of my career to this man.

I’m not sure how long my health will hold out, but I plan on hitting the afterburners until I slam into a wall.  In this class, people are learning solid Karate without any risk of politics.  They are learning in the traditional way I was brought up as a child from my original Sensai David Whisnant.  The teacher shows and the student listens.  Don’t worry about what your belt level requirements are, just train.  Belts will come.  All discipline and no politics.

In closing, I have a father and son in my school now.  Seeing them bond together on the mat, that is the most honorable responsibility I could have as an instructor.  These people will never again know politics, only Bushido.

A Pathfinder Setting: The Keswick Player’s Handbook

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The Keswick Player’s Handbook The world of Arreanna is filled with excitement, danger and riches that call to bold adventurers. Inside is a chronicle of the magnificent nation of Keswick, home of the King of all Arreanna. Using the Pathfinder system, you will have everything you need to dive into a world that blends the Arthurian style with contemporary Steampunk. Play a tiny mouse race called the Murine or pilot giant gnome built robots to do battle with unique Kaiju monsters!The world of Arreanna is filled with excitement, danger and riches that call to bold adventurers. Inside is a chronicle of the magnificent nation of Keswick, home of the King of all Arreanna. Using the Pathfinder system, you will have everything you need to dive into a world that blends the Arthurian style with contemporary Steampunk. Play a tiny mouse race called the Murine or pilot giant gnome built robots to do battle with unique Kaiju monsters!

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Profile: The Mighty Ants Lipanovic

My name’s Bo Luellen,.  I’m an author and part owner of the Tulsa & Beyond Paranormal along with Candy Riggs.  This article outlines the profile of a personality that will be in my upcoming book, Mr. Ants Lipanovic.

Not Quite Finding Bigfoot

In 2012 I was hosting a paranormal podcast called The 188 Garrison.  I covered all manner of supernatural elements.  When Finding Bigfoot hit Animal Planet, it was a huge hit.  I booked Cliff Barackman onto the show.  In the weeks leading up to his appearance I began researching some of the shows latest episodes.  The Season 2  Australian Yowie installment had just aired.  I invited two Australians that were involved in the episodes production, Mr. Ants Lipanovic and Mr. Ray Doherty onto my show.  It was a great program, but after the show was over I got the real scoop.  The following is what happened during the filming of that episode in his own words.
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Behind the Scenes in the Outback

“The Finding Bigfoot show was coming to Brisbane.  To my delight I had an insider who was invited to the town hall meeting.  This was the gathering the show conducts during filming to get local reports of Sasquatch activity.  Unfortunately my friend wasn’t able to attend, but he offered to give me his spot. 

He said, “Go on.  Have a good time.  Let me know how it goes!”

Sasquatch had been a passion of mine since I was a kid.  At an early age I would watch and read anything I could get my hands on about the creature.  In my adulthood I took my interest to a new level.  I began looking for the Australian version, The Yowie. 

Naturally I jumped at the chance.  Being a good mate, I sneaked a few fellow Yowie hunters in with me.  You know, as all good Australians would do. So down to Brisbane we went.  

I took this rare opportunity seriously.  The Finding Bigfoot team were a bunch of heroes to me.  I was itching to get in and say hello to Bobo.  The chance to meet the most famous crew out in the field of that time period was electrifying.

When I arrived I was told the filming was running late.  It seemed it was taking the production crew longer than expected to get organized. While waiting we all managed to meet the cast.  It was a good time.  The Finding Bigfoot team had a few pictures with us, shared some stories and napped a few group pictures.  

The production team said everyone that had showed up for the Town Hall Meeting could have a refreshment or two on their tab.  Here is a teachable moment for any Yanks that come to visit.  You should never say something like this to an Aussie.

Three hours later we had a few more than one or two drinks.  Everyone had ordered Angus steak dinners, and kept drinking. During this set up period we had met some of the other folks who where there for the Town Hall Meeting.  There were dozens of Yowie witnesses, but I had heard of any of them.  After visiting with each of them, I find out two thirds of  them were actors! Well that’s it! Another drink please.  I was in shock.  The only thing I could do to calm my disappointment was to get me some dessert on Animal Planets tab.  

Finally it was time to start filming.  Jesus, sitting in the crowd watching all of this happen was a eye opener for sure.  I watched one guy nearly fall over from too much rum.  The only thing that kept him from falling asleep was the promise of another glass.  I’m a gentlemen enough to not name names, but you know who you are.

So now the crew was rolling film.  Scanning the room the Finding Bigfoot crew asked, “Who has had an experience?”  You know what?  All those actors put there hands up.  Then as usual “wooooooo” from the four main cast members with the star saying, “That’s a lot!”

I’m thinking bullshit ya wankers I know that most of them are fake.  Listening to these people give their accounts and knowing what was really going on was just disappointing. They used fake accounts instead of genuine witness testimony.    I was so disappointed.   We had even invited the Finding Bigfoot cast to come out to our site during their week of filming. I couldn’t’ back down now.  I feel like I’ve become a part of the hoax.

The night drew to a close with the mapping of peoples fake accounts in the can.  Then the day arrived when the Finding Bigfoot crew came to our investigation site. Mind you we are all set to do an over night experience, just like on the show.  We had no longer showed them around when we got shunted off.  They said it was because the catering truck was on its way to feed the crew.  So we left very disappointed and a little bewildered.  We had no idea what happened out thee after that. 

We might have been been used for our site, being a part of that set up Town Hall but I’m not not mad.  I just laugh it off.  You see rumor has it our tab at the bar was around $2500 dollars.  Match point Animal Planet.”

– Ants Lipanovic

Paranormal Odyssey

After that conversation we started a podcast together.  Ants and I worked on the Paranormal Odyssey podcast for over a year together.  We interviewed a multitude of high profile ghost hunters, UFO investigators and Bigfoot enthusiasts.  It was an honor.  He is a Brother to me.  A drunk, ugly and incredibly cool Brother.

 

Profile: The Tracker – Chad Scott

My name’s Bo Luellen,.  I’m an author and part owner of the Tulsa & Beyond Paranormal along with Candy Riggs.  This article outlines the profile of a personality that will be in my upcoming book, Mr. Chad Scott.

Halloween Party Gone Right

In 2008 I meet Chad at a Halloween party I was hosting for a large contingent of paranormal investigative team owners in the Tulsa area.  He had agreed to come because he was interested in joining my team and it was a good way to get to know him.

At the party we all took turns telling our best ghost stories from the last years hunts.  When it got around to Chad’s turn to tell a story he said, “I really don’t have any good ghost stories, but I have these.”

Chad pulled out a box from under his chair.  In it were six foot casts of a creature no one had seen before.  Most were over a foot long.  They looked humanoid but not.  We passed them around to sounds of gasps from everyone attending.

I asked, “How did you get these?”

He said, “I got them in Sulfur.  I have a bathtub full of them at the house.”

Chad did have a bathtub full of them.  He also had more physical evidence of the creature than I had ever seen.  Ever since then I have followed his exploits and made him a great friend.  With his help I went on several field investigations into Sulphur.

Bio of Chad Scott

Chad’s interest in the “unexplained” began around age 11-12 when he discovered a collection of Time Life books on unexplained mysteries along with a copy of the Amityville Horror. He had a Pentecostal preacher for a father, so he kept the books hidden.  When he moved back to Texas the next year his grandfather began teaching him how to track, wilderness observation, and survival skills.

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Limb formation found near Ketchum, OK on 5/29/11

After attending college, he spent most of my time in the woods reconnecting with the lessons his grandfather taught him. It was during this time that he had his first encounter with Bigfoot. He decided to put his passion for tracking and the outdoors to work in a partnership with his desire to get to the bottom of the Bigfoot mystery.
Since that time he has investigated Bigfoot in Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, California, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  He also investigated  large cats, wolves and bears in areas they aren’t supposed to be in.

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Squatch Rock. It is a travertine rock formation in Sulphur, OK, where a couple hundred years ago Native Americans carved the face of a sasquatch into the stone

He has been tracking for over 30 years.  He has performed professional investigation work (private investigator, safety investigator, forensic interviewing and interrogation, and corporate loss prevention) for over 25 years.  Through it all he has been steadily investigating mysterious phenomena for over 20 years.

For more information:

Chad Scott can be found on his Facebook

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