I didn’t do it – it was paranormal activity

Man Accused Of Theft Uses Paranormal Defense | WBNS-10TV.

Former Mount Gilead, Ohio police officer Joseph Hughes faced charges against him for stolen property. For a very strange reason, he claims he was unaware of the stolen property in his basement.

“It’s going to sound kind of ridiculous, but we believed that there was some kind of paranormal presence in the basement,” Hughes said in court. “It sounds kind of ridiculous but there was evidence to support it.”

The prosecutor said:

“I’ve been practicing since 1983 and I can say that’s the first time I’ve heard of paranormal activity in the course of a trial.”

Hughes was found guilty of most charges.

Credit: Jason Korbus

There isn’t enough detail in this story to make any sense out of it – what the “evidence” was, what kept him from going in the basement, etc. Did the spirits put the stolen goods there? I’m confused. But this incident may show us the continued acceptance of paranormal activity as real in our culture. Good thing not everyone buys the BS.

  3 comments for “I didn’t do it – it was paranormal activity

  1. November 25, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Any number of stereotypes to be commented on there. Sigh.

    That said, while the TV news people refer to this as a haunting, i think they’re wrong. Paranormal entities? Stolen machinery? Obviously gremlins.

  2. twh
    November 26, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    We have a “not me ghost” at our house too, but it’s only the kids who blame stuff on him.

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