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What Happened at Braley Pond?

Located in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Braley Pond is a popular recreational area located 30 minutes outside of Staunton, Virginia. It’s also one of the most haunted campsites in the United States. Reports of spirits hovering above the water there and the sounds of laughing children have been heard at night. Though rumors of at least one suicide have been reported there, the 2003 gang murder of Christopher S. Kennedy is what most locals believe is the cause of Braley Pond’s mysterious paranormal occurrences.

Six months after Kenedy’s murder, Shea Willis and her friend Chris Pugh, two well-known local paranormal investigators, took a trip to Braley Pond to investigate the hauntings themselves. What they found was unlike anything they’d ever experienced before.

What Happened at Braley Pond is a 9-part exploratory podcast about our need to understand the unknown. It's about our search for bigger truths, about life and death and the hereafter, about our need for connection, not just with each other, but with the loved ones we've lost in our lives.


Episodes 1-9 are now available

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A little background from Shea, founder of We Own the Light ....

On October 23, 2003, I went to Braley Pond at the request of a friend to explore changes in the energetic ambience of the area following the brutal murder of Christopher Kennedy that had taken place 6 months earlier.

What transpired that evening was unlike anything I had ever experienced, and left me reeling for months afterward.


In the 18 years since that night, I have learned a lot about the events of that evening, and how not everything is always as it may seem.


In the fall of 2018, I was contacted by freelance writer Charles Moss, who was wanting to do a story on what happened in October 2003. Up until that point, I had never offered any details of my experience to any one outside of my family, but after watching the urban legends grow and erroneous information populate the internet for 15 years, I was ready to talk, and my instincts told me that Charlie was the one I should be sharing my story with.


If you run a search about Braley Pond, it won't take long before you stumble across the legend about a paranormal investigator who "went insane" from being at the pond after dark and another about an investigator who committed suicide because of the "dark energies" that were present.


Both of those stories are about me, and obviously I'm still alive and kicking.


So, when Charlie reached out to me in 2018, I agreed to tell the story. I felt like it was about time that the truth was told.


The original article was featured in The Dyrt, and you can read it here.


However, a funny thing happened after the article was completed. Charlie and I kept talking. Our conversations about Braley morphed into discussions about my spiritual evolution, his own beliefs, energy work, dowsing, universal consciousness, and the connectivity of all things.


Charlie wanted to go much further down the rabbit hole, and I was absolutely up for the ride, so when he asked if I would be willing to be part of a podcast series, there was no hesitation on my part.


After three years, the 9-part podcast titled What Happened at Braley Pond is completed, with the first episode airing on October 15. Below is a link to the trailer.


What Happened at Braley Pond is MUCH more than a ghost story; please check it out and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!


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