Groping ghost grabs at gran or is it something less sinister

Herne Bay gran struggles to sleep because of groping ghost | This is Kent.

A poltergeist that haunts a Herne Bay flat is upsetting granny Doris Birch, she claims.

The 73-year-old former nursing home assistant says she can no longer sleep at night as she struggles to fight off the groping ghost.

She said: “It’s like an octopus. It started four months ago. I was lying in bed when I felt this creepy pair of hands.

Credit: io9

Sigh. So many sad and off base things in this story… where to begin?

So, she called in the ghostbusters. They called in the vicar as well. Everyone is making pronouncements about what is happening. They have assumed it is a poltergeist or start talking exorcism. However… all of this might be explained easily if the woman submitted to some sleep testing for it sure sounds like some common hypnagogic hallucinations. Something seems wrong to me to attribute a known human phenomena to a malevolent supernatural force. Poor lady. But it makes for a good story, right?

I missed posting the ghost sex story from last month… and look how that took off. Wow. Ghosts have changed a LOT in their human interactions, haven’t they?

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  2 comments for “Groping ghost grabs at gran or is it something less sinister

  1. Massachusetts
    November 24, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Good point. Altered states of consciousness of one kind or another, with or without chemical assistance, can explain a lot of paranormal claims. And don’t get me wrong, people don’t necessarily have to be crazy to experience, under certain conditions, unusual sensory hallucinations–just getting dehydrated can really slam the brain under adverse or unfamiliar conditions.

    More research in this area would be great, I think.

  2. PJ
    November 27, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    I had a terrifying episode of sleep paralysis in college, complete with a dream about a ghost sitting on me. As a biology student, I recognized it for what it was, but I can see why this woman is freaked out. It seemed very real. The troubling aspect is the Mail’s sensationalism. Somebody at that paper clearly knows better, and is violatong the public’s trust, once again.

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