Graduation Date

Fall 12-13-2021

Grading Professor

Frederick Kaufman

Subject Concentration

Arts & Culture

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


In less than two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has unceremoniously taken the lives of millions worldwide as the disease continues to evolve and wreak havoc. Mental health concerns have reached a state of emergency as reported diagnoses of anxiety and depression swell. The resultant mélange of death and distress have created a simultaneous outbreak of supernatural encounters. But the increase of paranormal activity during the COVID-19 years isn’t unprecedented. Throughout humanity’s death-plagued history, tales of spooks and specters have followed events of mass death from ghostly legends of the Bubonic Plague to reality TV after 9/11.

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Illustration for capstone heading (created by Parker Herren)

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Audio of John Zaffis describing his first paranormal encounter

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Audio of Jane Phillips performing my Zoom exorcism



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