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Deb Sheppard, one of the top media outlets in the Denver area, says there are many places in the metropolitan area with high levels of spiritual activity that are open to visitors on Halloween or any other time of the year. Furthermore, she sees no reason to be afraid of such haunting places.
“People ask me, ‘Are these ghosts stuck?'” Notes Sheppard. “But I think we as humans are more stuck than anyone in the spirit world. Maybe these ghosts are hanging around, maybe they have pending deals. But they’re not as scary as people think. It’s just something unknown.”
Sheppard grew up in Northern California and lived in Indiana and Ohio before moving to Colorado 24 years ago. She stresses that her current job “is not mainstream in my family. My husband, who died about nine years ago, was a vice. As president of an insurance company, my father was a minister who served in the Marines, my father-in-law was a general and I was in American business until my daughter was born and I decided to stay home for a day.
Then, eighteen years ago, something changed. “I was studying meditation and Feng Shui and suddenly I felt the father of a friend I had never spoken to,” she recalls. “So I called them and the floodgates opened. At that point, I didn’t know anything about the media. I didn’t know any people who were the media or who went to the media. But I did a little research and I also went to John Edward who is one pretty famous medium – and after that I got in my car and turned on the radio for KOSI 101 and they had a clairvoyant. “
A portrait of Deb Sheppard.
A few months later, shortly after September 11th, Sheppard was sitting behind the microphone on the same station and reading during an evening program under the direction of DJ Rashke. She performed biannually at KOSI for the next fifteen years until the subsidiary was purchased by Bonneville International Corporation, an LDS Church company. “They’re Mormons, so I’m not really their taste of the month,” she admits. However, she continued to be featured in various media outlets, including Fox31, and volunteer for law enforcement agencies. “If I get the victim’s name, I can profile the crime scene,” she admits. “Once I got an old case and said to the detective, ‘This is a serial killer.’ I drew a map of another crime scene in a different district – and they were able to link the same DNA to both and they realized it was a serial killer. “
Sheppard is also regularly hired to investigate homes or businesses that are suspected of having an otherworldly charisma. “I don’t have any information about a place where I have a customer,” she says. “I have assistants so I don’t hear about it and don’t even know the address; someone will drive me. Then I look at the energy of the building or the country and see what happened there. If there was something tragic in the family or in business, it helps people understand what is going on. “
Regarding spirited public spaces in this part of Colorado, Sheppard mentions, “Fairfield, just after Morrison. I stayed there and there was a lot of Native American energy. It kept me up all night.”
She has a similar vibe “on Parker Road from Parker or Elizabeth to I-225. If you drive around this area there have been many deaths. This was the Cherokee Trail, which was where some Native American battles took place. II went there with some other clairvoyants and worked there. And there is also a lot of Native American energy in Idaho Springs, at the hot springs there and at the hot springs in Glenwood Springs and in the old hotel “- the Hotel Colorado. “You can sometimes feel more in places like this than in a very busy area. People feel it especially at night when there is less technology, less chatter.”
The Molly Brown House Museum.
In Denver, Sheppard personally had one of her strongest experiences at the Molly Brown House Museum.
“That was probably more than ten years ago,” she says. “I took my kids there to see a historical place and after we did the tour I could feel that there was a lot of energy there. I went to the back, in what used to be the carriage house, and where I have a little shop now. I was in the back of the shop and I saw this little woman who was very small – like four feet eight – and all dressed in period clothes. She went to the back of the bathroom and later I realized that she had never left there. After that I called the house and asked if there was anyone with character who would dress like this and they said no, so this was the first time I saw a real apparition of ghosts and energy but not like that. It felt like a real person dressed in those days which was kind of cool. “
There are plenty of ghosts in Cheesman Park too, she claims. “It used to be a Potter’s Field where poor people were buried, and when they built the gardens at Cheesman they had to move the bodies – so there’s a lot of activity here and there in the botanical gardens. I took students to the botanical gardens to feel the energy in this area. For years I have cared for people, helped them develop their intuition and learn to trust their feelings, and this is a great place to get a feel for spiritual things. “
For more information on the cemetery history of Cheesman Park and the Botanical Gardens, check out our recent interview with former Denver chartered accountant Dennis Gallagher about threats to Denver historic cemeteries and more.
Broadway is another street full of psychic energy, says Sheppard: “There have been a lot of things that have happened there, a lot of deaths. And when there have been things like that, there will be more energy.”
Cheesman Park was built on the site of the Denver City Cemetery.
This sensation definitely hits Sheppard when it’s in the East 18th Avenue and Washington area, as captured in the picture at the top of this post.
According to Sheppard, “The first Denver crematorium was in that area, over in Uptown, and they were building some condos where it was. My girlfriend and I went there and there was all kinds of activities. You could feel the ghosts All around the building, the ghosts of the people who were cremated. It’s also pretty close to Cheesman Park and the Botanical Gardens so the whole area has a lot of energy. “
These locations only represent a handful of spirited places on the Denver subway, claims Sheppard, and she loves to discover new ones. For example, she has heard haunting rumors about a section of Ralston Road in Arvada that she is dying to investigate.
“This is my theory about haunted places,” she says. “I think our loved ones are all in ghosts. There are many ghosts in my house, and it’s the same in many older buildings. And I don’t think we should be afraid of them. I’m more afraid of the living than I am of the living the deceased. “
Learn more about Sheppard at debsheppard.com.
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