In 2004, 17-year-old Melissa Galka, a senior at Granby Memorial High School, died after the car she was driving hit a tree in town.
Within days of her death, her father said, she begin communicating with her family.
“She started doing things like ringing the doorbell, changing TV channels, turning lights on and off,” Gary Galka said Monday. “Then one time she came into my room and I felt her sit on the edge of the bed.”
Now Galka has a thriving trade in paranormal detection devices, launched as a result of those eery events.
Galka, an electrical engineer who owns a firm that distributes test instruments, began developing hand-held devices that purportedly can detect unusual vibrations in a room, temperature variations — “hot and cold spots” — and other effects associated with the paranormal. Galka also created a voice recorder, the “spirit box,” that he says can record responses from any “spirits” that might be present.
This past weekend the family was featured on “Ghost Adventures,” a Travel Channel TV program that explores paranormal phenomena. Through one of the devices, a voice is heard on the show saying, “Hi Daddy, I love you.”
The Galkas insist Melissa’s presence around them is absolutely real, and that Gary Galka’s instruments show it.
Source: Hartford Courant
Oh, dear. My sympathy goes out to Mr. Galka on losing his daughter. His way of coping is to attempt to contact her. Doing such a thing personally is none of the public’s business but creating devices and making such a claim, that it connects to deceased loved ones is not something you can accept on face value.
His ghost hunting devices sound like the typical equipment ghost hunters use. None have even been shown to detect spirits or anything related to spirits because we don’t know spirits even exist. So we can’t measure them. There are environmental variations all the time that may be measured by these devices (temperature, humidity, vibrations, stray noise or radio waves, electromagnetic radiation, etc.). All we can say is that (maybe) they measure those variable. (Note: many ghost devices are poorly designed and don’t even measure anything well.) To say that they are measuring anything related to the paranormal is not valid.
Ghost hunters who use such equipment have made a huge leap in logic, going beyond the capacity of the equipment. It’s not science, it’s scientifical. It’s not spirits, it’s your perception of them.