The Westport News--Woog's World by Dan Woog
Article appearing on February 15, 2013.
In 1986 -- as a Staples High School
senior -- Jason McLeod
read "The Demonologist." The book described the most memorable cases of Ed and Lorraine Warren's long careers, as Fairfield County-based experts in demonology and exorcism.
Jason was 6-foot-6. But sitting at home, all alone, he was so
terrified he created a crucifix out of popsicle sticks and scotch tape.
That summer, he and his friend Lou -- an EMT and former Army
paramedic -- heard a story about the film "Three Men and a Baby." As
director Leonard Nimoy
looked at footage, he saw a silhouetted teenage boy holding a rifle. No boys -- and certainly no rifles -- had been on the set. The Warrens were called in. They learned that a teenager had killed
himself with a rifle -- in the same house where Nimoy was filming. Jason told Lou he'd love to work with the Warrens. The next day, out
of the blue, the Warrens called Lou. Within a week, he and Jason were
working on their first paranormal case. "It's like Lou and I were placed together to be investigators," Jason
says. "Boom! That happened instantly. Nothing like that had ever
happened to me before." Plenty happened to him afterward.
Jason's first big case involved a home where, every night, the
apparition of a woman appeared through a wall. She floated through the
hallway, scared the baby in its crib, then disappeared. Jason set up a VHS camera and waited. He and Lou saw an intense blue lightning flash. Lou smelled a sickly
sweet almond scent. A half hour later, the flash and smell recurred. When Jason and Lou looked at the tape, there was nothing. Lou,
however, heard a distinct heartbeat on it. Lorraine explained that the
apparition was proving her presence through light and sound -- without
providing any physical evidence.
The more cases Jason worked on, the more he formed empathic
One of his most intense moments came in Vermont. In the
late 1700s, a woman in labor had been heading home, where a midwife
waited to help give birth. The carriage flipped; the woman and baby both
died. The woman's spirit raced back to the house, Jason says. There it
remained -- anguished -- for 200 years. As he and fellow investigators tried to make contact, Jason felt the
woman's incredible sadness. He and the others sensed great danger in the
house -- but, empathically, Jason also realized that the spirit did not
want them to leave.
When Lorraine asked him to help with an investigation in nearby Idaho, he happily went.
Jason founded the Northwest Society for Paranormal Research.
taught a non-credit course on the subject, and kept expanding his
In one case, a father who had died reappeared every
night. Jason asked the widow and five children to sit in a circle. Jason
sensed that the father had not crossed over -- and would not do so
until he was forgiven for something. Four children cried, talked and forgave him. But one son, seething
with anger, would not. Jason did not ask for details but explained that
forgiveness was necessary for the entire family to move on. Finally, the
boy said he forgave his father. The family visualized light emanating
from a crystal, as the father ascended to heaven.
After graduation, Jason moved back to Westport. He worked as a banquet manager at the Westport Inn
He also spent time as a massage therapist in Massachusetts, as the
founder of a progressive rock band in Austin, Texas, and -- most
recently -- a massive board-game designer.
But he never left the paranormal behind.
And, last summer, after a
series of "synchronous" events,
he rewrote "Dark Siege," the real tale of the haunting of an upper
middle-class family in Monroe. He compared and contasted many of his own experiences
over the past 20 years.
It's a fascinating exploration of "the mysterious place that lies
between the three-dimensional world that we can see and touch, and the
invisible and intangible world of energy and spirit."
The book is made
more powerful by the final 100 pages: a chapter-by-chapter exploration
and analysis of the science, religion and spirituality that underlie all
of the phenomena Jason has just described.
Jason believes profoundly in the positive power of the paranormal.
Through "Dark Siege" -- available in paperback or digitally, at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
-- readers can understand its many dimensions.
As he explains, there are a lot more than we realize.
is a Westport writer, and his "Woog's World" appears each Friday. He
can be reached at email@example.com. His personal blog is