Thursday, April 21, 2016
A to Z of Grave New World 2016: R is for the Roanoke Institute of the Paranormal
The Roanoke Institute of the Paranormal, or RIP as it is often called, was founded in 1923 in Raleigh, NC by the American Druidic Society, Charles Fort, Harry Houdini, and the ghost of Helena Blavatsky.
The original curriculum was focused on preserving the ADC's oral history of Europe, the study of spiritualism and the occult, researching Extra Sensory Perception, and training students to combat various supernatural threats native to the East Coast.
RIP's graduates were often hired by the U.S. government for sensitive posts all over the world.
However, by 1967 pressure from students sympathetic to the Inhuman plight began demanding new courses on Inhuman culture, history, and even medicine. And by 1971, the courses on hunting Inhumans was separated from RIP and transferred to the Raleigh Vigilance School.
Alumni from RIP have found success in numerous fields, but two luminaries deserve mention: Dr. Egon Spengler and Dr. Raymond Stanz whose work with postmortal is unparalleled.