Psychic/Medium From Mt. Pleasant Pennsylvania Chronicles Her Life And Paranormal Experiences In New Book
Beverly LaGorga started seeing things that most children never experience- black shadows for example- at the tender young age of 8. She grew up in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania and states that these black shadows were more prevalent when she would visit her grandparent’s home.
Needless to say, seeing these things really scared her. “When I would tell my mother, she would say ‘We don’t talk about those kinds of things,’ same with my grandmother, I would ask her, ‘Don’t you feel anything that happens within the house?’ and she would reply the same way,” says LaGorga.
So it is only fitting that the name of the book she wrote about her life is titled “We Don’t Talk About Those Kinds of Things: The Making of a Psychic”.
Ed Kelemen co-authored the book with self-proclaimed psychic/medium LaGorga.
“A psychic can foresee the future but cannot communicate with spirits,” she says. “A medium can foresee the future and can communicate with the spirits.”
Eventually, LaGorga learned that the reason she would feel so much psychic activity in her grandparent’s house was because it was haunted by a Confederate soldier from the Civil War.
“Every time I would go over there, I would sense a being,” she says. “And then, at night, when I went to bed, more and more (details) would come to me about him, like the sword he carried, the color of his uniform and the tassels.”
“Eventually I found out he was a general in the cavalry. To me they were nightmares, but they were actually visions.”
Even though LaGorga has had this special ability throughout her life growing up, she didn’t begin to understand them until the mid-2000s as an adult.
She began working with a Belle Vernon-based paranormal investigation organization called Spiritswp in 2009. This organization would take unusual or mysterious events and scientifically analyze them.
“The founder, Barry Brudnak, helped me to get a better understanding of my visions,” said LaGorga. “He helped me with his team to truly validate that I did have abilities.”
The psychic states that she has sharpened her skills during the past several years, and has even worked with two other paranormal investigative teams to get an even better understanding of her special gift.
So far, she has investigated 12 locations for paranormal activity in different counties, such as Washington, Fayette, and Westmoreland counties.
She speaks in detail about six of these investigations in her book. One of her more famous investigations she talks about is the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale, PA.
Co-author of her book and friend of LaGorga’s for several years, Kelemen, says that he was with the psychic during her investigation of the theater. This was of particular interest for him because he had worked in the theater on several occasions as an actor and had himself experienced strange activity while there.
While doing her investigation of the theater, which was built in the early 1900s, LaGorga discovered evidence of several spirits- an unidentified male, a woman (possibly a performer), an older couple, a little girl- who was even captured giggling on an audio recording-, and the spirit of the man who owned, managed, and called the theater his home in the 50’s- a man named John C Bixler.
“Her investigation of the theater was very professional and thorough, and her findings were in line with what other ghost hunters have found who have asked to investigate the theater,” said the center’s president, Brad Geyer.
LaGorga says that a lot of people encouraged her to write a book about her experiences so she decided to take heed.
“My main goal for doing this is to help people so they are not afraid like I was growing up, or so they don’t think that they are crazy,” she says. “The paranormal is out there, and it is getting more well known. A lot more people are coming forward and sharing their paranormal experiences.”
LaGorga had planned and even began writing the book by herself but she states that she eventually decided it would be wiser to have her friend Kelemen help her.
Kelemen was already an established playwright, columnist, and author so it only made sense. His work has been featured in a number of national, regional, and local publications. He has also authored many other books before this one, such as “The Little Drummer Girl of Gettysburg” and “Pennsylvania’s Haunted Route 30.”
Kelemen instantly agreed to help her, and was happy to do so, because he felt that a book about her life was a great idea.
“I wanted to do it to help other people in the same situation, and for her to (have a chance to) get it off her chest and let people know what she has been going through all of her life,” he says.