The Murder that Influenced the Game Clue

In Christopher Jon Luke Dowgin’s latest book Murder on the Common, we follow everyone’s favorite immortal, Henry Sinclair, as he tries to solve the murder of Joseph White.  This murder influenced the game Clue. In the video, Chris explains the true story of the most infamous murder of the nineteenth century.  Consequently, a murder that reached the highest ranks within our national politics.  One that involved a Supreme Court Justice, the most powerful Senator at the time, and the man who controlled our national bank. Likewise, it inspired many creative endeavors.

The Murder that Influenced The Tell Tale-Heart

The story of a man driven mad by a dead eye was influenced by the ship captain Joseph White’s murder, Salem’s first privateer. Edgar Allan Poe was familiar, along with the rest of the nation, of this murder in Salem. It created the fodder for one of his most famous works. It inspired others as well. For instance, the Parker Brothers would be inspired to change the game Cluedo. They modeled Clue after this murder. Why? You just have to watch the video to find out.

The Locations behind the Murder that Influenced the Game Clue

Follow Chris as he tours Salem and brings you to the locations involved in the murder and the game Clue. Just hit play and enjoy!

Read the first novel within The Sinclair Narratives (from Arkham: Tales from the Flipside) called Murder on the Common Today! Learn more about the real murder that influenced the game Clue! Fall in love with the quirky immortal and read further adventures of Henry Sinclair within the pages of Arkham: Tales from the Flipside!

Flute Club- Grandpa’s Swamp Whiting NJ

Flute Club returns to Whiting NJ within a dried-up swamp at the source of the Davenport Branch of the Toms River. This area is the Lenape public garden for the burial ground for one of their chiefs. The area is filled with manipulated trees marking the spot.  They fork and bend like lightning bolts. A real giant bonsai forest.

So sit back and let Chris Dowgin soothe you with his mindful sounds on his flute playing styles from Japanese Zen flute and Native American stylings.

Sleep Club’s Zen Flute Cure for Insomnia

Premiering tonight on YouTube. An hour of mindful relaxing Zen flute played during a rainy night in front of a cabin before a wooded walk to a campfire. Let the storm break from your mind and stare into our fire as you let the flute relax you and carry you to a simpler place of bliss.

Chris Dowgin plays his Tarka flute mixing Japanese Zen flute with Native American stylings to help you fall asleep or reach higher meditative states.

The Corona Virus Horoscope Calls for Teachers

7/20 (Mon)

Cancer New Moon– July’s New Moon lines up at 1:33 PM EDT (28°26′ Cancer). This presents us with a good time for new beginnings for home, family, security, emotions, and shadow work. It is an interesting time for our Corona Virus Horoscope…

4 Aspects of the New Moon for our Corona Virus Horoscope


Saturn brings you the challenges needed for you to develop Cancerian skills to improve your soul’s journey through this world. During the waxing moon, your nerves might be on the edge. Your raw nerves are exposed for you to work on. It is another time to work on your ego/shadow relationship.

For those of you who have done your shadow work, Saturn calls for you to advise people on how you came about your own growth. For those people who have found out or reconnected with their higher selves during this CoVid-19 Virus, it is for them to make sure to create a social movement for others to do the same.


This moon is in opposition to Pluto. It is a time to rise or sink in the mire of our soul. Pluto calls for us to work with our unconscious and dig down deep for the hidden gems, but beware if you only pull up some muck. It is this muck in Ireland they dry out to fuel the fires that warm your hearth.

These gems can help you create profound change for your soul. This muck or turf can fuel the change that is needed now.  Those of us who have used this time to follow our soul print, we need to be strong enough to work others in our community through their transition. For we are only as good as the whole.  Those seeking peak experiences need to be around others who attain them regularly. Too long the higher souls in our neighborhoods been acting like life preservers and not sherpas.


Jupiter is the great cheerleader. He is the giant that helps you on your way. He provides you with the hope and luck to continue. His mantra, Pay it Forward. Whatever you learn through Jupiter’s help, you must share it with others. Help as many people as you can to reach the heights you have from his help.

The more you help people through these times the better we will come through these weird times.

Asteroid Goddesses

Vesta conjunct the luminaries and helps you help others.  Pallas Athena calls for you to put others in front of your desires and the universe will bless your wishes serendipitously.

This is a time for us to find as many teachers as we can to bring us the motivation to just be like little kids jumping through the mud puddles! To emulate the water that just reacts to the displacement that our feet make and lands where it may.

This new moon calls for all the teachers to step out at the end of this virus and lead others to their Holyland!

Blessings from~

Rev. Barabara Szafranski
The Salem Love Psychic

Read her new book:

Burnt Toast and Oranges: The Miss Adventures of the Salem Love Psychic

Rev Barbara the Salem Love Psychic and author of the Corona Virus Horoscope stands in front of poster for her book Burnt Toast and Oranges.               

Lullaby Club- A Cure for Insomnia

Are you still awake? Try listening to Chris’ song on his Tarka flute and see if the sandman visits? He is guaranteed to calm your soul and bring you into a deep meditative state of mindfulness. Find yourself within ocean waves of bliss and give this a listen whenever you find yourself fighting the pillow… Take our prescription for the cure for insomnia.

Tunnels of Salem on Kitchen Expedition

Watch Chris Dowgin (author of Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and Sub Rosa) walk Robert Irvine through the tunnels under Salem and explain how they smuggled cinnamon through them to create vast empires of wealth. Dowgin also explains the complicity in which the Custom House and other government officials found themselves within fostering this behavior.

America’s first Millionaires

Robert learns how these tunnels and the spice he uses daily affected the early machinations within our national capital. For instance, they might have led to presidents being elected and being assassinated by America’s first millionaires  Who knew the course of a simple spice could have that much impact on history? The rise of The 1%! Did you? Learn what Robert did by hitting play below.

For more information check out past posts on the Salem Tunnel Report and Sub Rosa on this blog. Above all buy the books Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and Sub Rosa to find out more! That is to say if you want to learn the real history of America…

Father and Son Make Front Cover

Years apart, they both make it to the front cover riding motorcycles

Gerald Dowgin on 65 Honda Scrambler for the cover of Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Magazine at a car show.Gerald Dowgin is featured on the cover of Vintage Japanese Motorcycle for the months of May and June. The article it supports is 46 Years with my Scrambler detailing his time with his beloved Honda bike and some mechanic tips on keeping it ship-shape. Now, this is not the first Dowgin to be photographed on a motorcycle to make it to the front cover.

Gerald’s father is on the cover of The Complete Book Of Police And Military Motorcycles by Joseph Berk. Gerald’s father Captain Ralph Dowgin’s of the NJ State Troopers photo was a favorite find in antique stores throughout the country due to the fact it depicts a police officer sitting on a Harley with an old Esso (Exxon) gas station in the background. It proved to be an iconic photo.

Ralph Dowgin on Harley Motorcycle with Esso Gas Station behind him

Harley, is an American motorcycle manufacturer founded in 1903 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was one of two major American motorcycle manufacturers to survive

Not too far from the tree…

Both ended up in the legal profession. The son wrote the laws of the state working for the Office of Legislative Services and the father enforced them. Luckily, neither of them had become lawyers though. Now both of them have ended up on the front cover. One on an American made bike and the other on a Japanese roadster.

Highlights of Ralph’s career: Driving Joe Louis to the fights, solving the Hay’s murder case, and command of the NJ Turnpike. His brother commanded the  Parkway and was the lead investigator in the Lindenburg kidnapping. Highlights of Gerald’s career: legislating laws on diminutive people tossing at bowling alleys and juice bars with strippers. More importantly the homestead tax credit for the state. But, now they both made it to the front cover!

Check out the article and also Gerald’s book Yes Santa! chronicling Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer during the offseason making sure children continue to believe in Santa Claus. Do you still believe? Maybe after reading Gerald’s book, you will!

Contemporary of Leonardo da’ Vinci

Leon Battista Alberti (Italian: [leˈom batˈtista alˈbɛrti]; February 14, 1404 – April 25, 1472)

He was an Italian Renaissance humanist author, artist, architect, poet, priestlinguist, philosopher, and cryptographer; he epitomized the Renaissance Man. Although he is often characterized exclusively as an architect, as James Beck has observed,[1] “to single out one of Leon Battista’s ‘fields’ over others as somehow functionally independent and self-sufficient is of no help at all to any effort to characterize Alberti’s extensive explorations in the fine arts.” Although Alberti is known mostly for being an artist, he was also a mathematician of many sorts and made great advances to this field during the 15th century.

His accomplishments included:

  • Alberti was the creator of a theory called “historia”. In his treatise De pictura (1435) he explains the theory of the accumulation of people, animals, and buildings, which create harmony amongst each other, and “hold the eye of the learned and unlearned spectator for a long while with a certain sense of pleasure and emotion”. De pictura (“On Painting”) contained the first scientific study of perspective. An Italian translation of De pictura (Della pittura) was published in 1436, one year after the original Latin version and addressed Filippo Brunelleschi in the preface. The Latin version had been dedicated to Alberti’s humanist patron, Gianfrancesco Gonzaga of Mantua. He also wrote works on [sculpture], De Statua.
  • Alberti used his artistic treatises to propound a new humanistic theory of art. He drew on his contacts with early Quattrocento artists such as Brunelleschi, Donatello, and Ghiberti to provide a practical handbook for the renaissance artist.
  • Alberti wrote an influential work on architecture, De Re Aedificatoria, which by the 16th century had been translated into Italian (by Cosimo Bartoli), French, Spanish, and English. An English translation was by Giacomo Leoni in the early 18th century. Newer translations are now available.
  • Whilst Alberti’s treatises on painting and architecture have been hailed as the founding texts of a new form of art, breaking from the Gothic past, it is impossible to know the extent of their practical impact within his lifetime. His praise of the Calumny of Apelles led to several attempts to emulate it, including paintings by Botticelli and Signorelli. His stylistic ideals have been put into practice in the works of MantegnaPiero della Francesca, and Fra Angelico. But how far Alberti was responsible for these innovations and how far he was simply articulating the trends of the artistic movement, with which his practical experience had made him familiar, is impossible to ascertain.
  • He was so skilled in Latin verse that a comedy he wrote in his twentieth year, entitled Philodoxius, would later deceive the younger Aldus Manutius, who edited and published it as the genuine work of ‘Lepidus Comicus’.

The upper story of Santa Maria Novella

One of the giant scrolls at Santa Maria Novella

  • He has been credited with being the author, or alternatively the designer of the woodcut illustrations, of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a strange fantasy novel.[19]
  • Apart from his treatises on the arts, Alberti also wrote: Philodoxus (“Lover of Glory”, 1424), De commodis litterarum atque incommodis (“On the Advantages and Disadvantages of Literary Studies”, 1429), Intercoenales (“Table Talk”, c. 1429), Della famiglia (“On the Family”, begun 1432) Vita S. Potiti (“Life of St. Potitus”, 1433), De iure (On Law, 1437), Theogenius (“The Origin of the Gods”, c. 1440), Profugorium ab aerumna (“Refuge from Mental Anguish”,), Momus (1450) and De Iciarchia (“On the Prince”, 1468). These and other works were translated and printed in Venice by the humanist Cosimo Bartoli in 1586.
  • Alberti was an accomplished cryptographer by the standard of his day, and invented the first polyalphabetic cipher, which is now known as the Alberti cipher, and machine-assisted encryption using his Cipher Disk. The polyalphabetic cipher was, at least in principle, for it was not properly used for several hundred years, the most significant advance in cryptography since before Julius Caesar’s time. Cryptography historian David Kahn titles him the “Father of Western Cryptography”, pointing to three significant advances in the field which can be attributed to Alberti: “the earliest Western exposition of cryptanalysis, the invention of polyalphabetic substitution, and the invention of enciphered code.”David Kahn (1967). The codebreakers: the story of secret writing. New York: MacMillan.
  • According to Alberti himself, in a short autobiography written c. 1438 in Latin and in the third person, (many but not all scholars consider this work to be an autobiography) he was capable of “standing with his feet together, and springing over a man’s head.” The autobiography survives thanks to an 18th-century transcription by Antonio Muratori. Alberti also claimed that he “excelled in all bodily exercises; could, with feet tied, leap over a standing man; could in the great cathedral, throw a coin far up to ring against the vault; amused himself by taming wild horses and climbing mountains.” Needless to say, many in the Renaissance promoted themselves in various ways and Alberti’s eagerness to promote his skills should be understood, to some extent, within that framework. (This advice should be followed in reading the above information, some of which originates in this so-called autobiography.)
  • Alberti claimed in his “autobiography” to be an accomplished musician and organist, but there is no hard evidence to support this claim. In fact, musical posers were not uncommon in his day (see the lyrics to the song Musica Son, by Francesco Landini, for complaints to this effect.) He held the appointment of canon in the metropolitan church of Florence, and thus – perhaps – had the leisure to devote himself to this art, but this is only speculation. Vasari also agreed with this.[8]
  • He was also interested in the drawing of maps and worked with the astronomer, astrologer, and cartographer Paolo Toscanelli.
  • In terms of Aesthetics Alberti is one of the first defining the work of art as imitation of nature, exactly as a selection of its most beautiful parts: “So let’s take from nature what we are going to paint, and from nature, we choose the most beautiful and worthy things”

This is one of many of Leonardo da’ Vinci’s contemporaries discussed within the pages of Universal Man: Da’ Vinci’ Soul reborn written by a descendant of Leon Battista Alberti, Richard Aliberti a modern sculptor prominent in the North End of Boston.

Buy your copy of Universal Man: Da’ Vinci’s Soul Reborn today!

Mysticism and Salem Through the Ages

1950s witch and black cat

Well, we all know where the Salem Witch Hysteria had led, but what about before and after that year? There are tales of the Second Coming of Christ, Spiritualist who wanted to give a robot a soul, seances, religions, and more.

First Salem was founded by Puritans… let us move on past them.

Son of Governor John WinthropJohn Winthrop was a follower of John Dee and had brought and shared his library of works throughout Salem and then Connecticut where he became governor. Many say he was an alchemist like John Dee. John Dee was a court astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I. For a time he traveled outside of England with Edward Kelly promising kings and emperors that they could turn lead into gold. Something that got Edward Kelly killed by one of those emperors when he failed. In time Dee returned to England and received a pension from the Queen. Winthrop had many friends in power who followed his lead talking to angels and demons. These are the men who pointed at the poor and the unprotected rich widow and blamed them for doing magic.

Then in 1641, Edward Dimond was born in Marblehead. He grew up to become the Wizard of Marblehead. Vessels sailing through Salem harbor during a storm could hear his voice calling them by name and vessel from on top of Burial Hill safely back to port. He could also detect thieves and his powerful built forced them to return what they stole.

Dimond’s granddaughter Moll Pitcher was born in 1736, 4 years after Dimond’s death. Was it the wizard reincarnated? She became a powerful psychic that during the war gave a personal reading to George Washington and then the next day to an English general. Many sailors would not sign on to a ship before Pitcher would declare if it was to be profitable and would return safely. Ship captains feared her predictions, one could assume she had played this to her advantage more than once. She made her home below High Rock in Lynn. Her strangest client was “Lord” Timothy Dexter who built a fine mansion in Newburyport. Maybe from following her advice, he was able to sell copper bedwarmers and gloves in the Caribean which was used to boil molasses and gloves that Asians bought to sell in Siberia. Another time he followed a jest to sell coal to a rich coal region in Newcastle in England, it arrived during a shortage and sold for a premium. Did Pitcher advise him in these miraculous sales? For others when asked where the treasure was to be found she would say, “Fools, if I knew where money was buried, do you think I would part with the secret?”

In 1794 William Hill brought the New Church to Salem. The church was founded by followers of Emanuel Swedenborg a 17th-century Christian scholar who talked to angels. Swedenborg created many popular beliefs such as when we die we become angels and that we continued to grow and progress in Heaven. From 4 parishioners they spread out in time to a good congregation.  Rev. O.P. Hiller had given a lecture at the Salem Lyceum that had hundreds attend in 1841. Henry Kemble Oliver offered his schoolhouse for them to meet in. Their church in time was built in 1872 on the lot the Salem Atheneum resides on now.

An employee of Oliver was Jones Very. Jones Very was a poet who graduated from Harvard who was highly respected by Ralph Waldo Emmerson. Very was a mystic who thought he was the Second Coming of Christ who was influential in the group in Salem and Concord. Very worked his way quite fine into the growing Transcendentalist Movement as their mystic. Nathaniel Hawthorne was the Secretary of the Lyceum who booked many of his fellow members of the movement to give lectures in the hall including a Miss Ida A. Fay who gave a lecture on Mediumship at the Lyceum in 1843. Hawthorne’s sister-in-law Elizabeth Peabody introduced Very to the Concord group to give a lecture in 1883.

Now step back to around the time of the Civil War, there were the Hutchinson Family Singers. They were singing abolitionists, who were also spiritualist.  They were hired to talk to a dead pirate to find a treasure in Lynn Woods. Could that treasure be the one someone asked Moll Pitcher to find? In fact, the Hutchinson’s lived above Moll Pitcher’s old homesite on High Rock. The strangest story tied to them was when a woman was prayed to in front of an early robot that was placed next to her while she was giving birth, they were hoping the soul would go in the robot and not the baby.

In 1894 the First Spiritualist Church opened up on Warren Street in Salem. By this time there were 18 professionals who listed in Salem papers offering magnetic healing, clairvoyance, mediumship, and mesmerizing.  A follower of the Spiritualist Church was the wife of John Hamond Jr. of Hammond Castle in Magnolia. Hammond at one time almost incorporated with Nikola Tesla. While visiting Hammond, tesla took part in an experiment where they placed a psychic in a double Faraday Cage, which prevented electromagnetic currents from leaving or exiting the cage. Tesla went with a psychic a mile away and the woman communicated with the psychic in the cage and proved that psychic ability is not an electromagnetic current. Tesla started visiting the Hammond’s around 1909 with Mark Twain who had saved Hammond’s father’s life in South Africa. Many think John Hammond Jr. has come back to live in his castle as a black cat on several occasions after his death. Many houses in Salem are also haunted by various souls from the last 300 or so years.

In 1906 Harry Houdini broke out from the Salem Police Department jail on Charter Street and released everyone else from their cels who walked past the audience. On Halloween 1990 they held a seance to see if he wanted to talk to his family, he didn’t.

Then in the 70’s there were a series of women who attended Salem State College. They were embracing feminine pursuits and looking into spiritualism, magic, witchcraft, and comparative religions. They created an embracing community. Then an exotic dancer came back from working in the Latin Quarter nightclub owned by Barbara Walters’ father and those women soon all moved to Cape Ann. Just like the Puritans aggravated the town father Roger Conant to move north, Laurie Cabot did the same to the original witches of Salem…

Now, since 1990, Angelic of the Angels follows these roots extending from the New Church and the Spiritualists to offer you a way to find your bliss through the help of your angels, your family.

Visit us on your next voyage to this truly magical city!

If you liked this post, I think you might like my book Burnt Toast and Oranges: The Miss Adventures of the Salem Love Psychic which goes over some very interesting Mystical Events I have experienced within the city.

Rev. Barbara
The Salem Love Psychic