Paranormal investigators assume the haunted position at Cape May-Lewes Ferry station

Sometimes history talks back – By Ron MacArthur – CapeGazette.com – Covering Delaware’s Cape Region – Inland Bays, Atlantic Ocean, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Milton, Dewey Beach, USA.

In the world of the paranormal, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal on the Delaware side is considered a prime location. It might have something to do with the 800 souls lost at sea over the years that washed up near the location.

The only visible evidence of those lost souls is a Unknown Sailors’ Cemetery marker along the terminal dock placed there in memory of the “hundreds of sailors who lost their lives and whose unidentified bodies were here cast ashore.”

Nearly 50 people turned out July 17 for a public investigation of the terminal. When asked, more than half of the participants said they had experienced a paranormal event. After the last ferry left from Lewes, the terminal was closed, the lights were shut off and following a Paranormal 101 class, ghost hunting commenced.

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Yes, bones have been found, bodies have washed up, and this place has history. The Cape May area is loaded with stories of shipwrecks, pirates and ghosts. But there are astounding assumptions in this article that no thinking person should just accept and consider “paranormal”. Check out this piece I wrote many years ago about Haunted Cape May tours.

This is a strategic location considering it is the intersection of the bay and the ocean.

He said Delaware River, Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean tides converge at the ferry terminal. “There is a lot of electromagnetic energy here,” he said.

But, it’s a fact, not “he said” that this water intersection exists. There is elecromagnetic energy everywhere so this means nothing. Ghost hunters tend to emphasize areas of water, death or historical content to focus their attention but, since we have never documented actual ghosts, those suggestions means nothing either. It’s more folklore and fancy than fact.

The team uses a process called torching when they place small unscrewed flashlights in areas where ghosts have been sighted. It only takes a slight touch to turn the lights on and off.

If a paranormal team still uses this ridiculous “experiment” they are not keeping up with the latest “research”. This flashlight thing has been totally debunked. It does not reveal ANYTHING about ghosts. Try it in your own house, it works there too.
Once again, paranormal investigators capitalize on myths and made up ideas about the paranormal. Their techniques are designed to  produce “evidence” to fit into their preconceived notions of paranormal activity. It’s NOT an investigation if you are simply working to support your ghostly conclusion. It’s a good show, and a cash maker for certain locations that capitalize on being “haunted”.

  1 comment for “Paranormal investigators assume the haunted position at Cape May-Lewes Ferry station

  1. alexiskeptic
    July 20, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    If you go into a good psychologist’s office and say, “I’m a primate who has evolved by my species’ ability to find uses for things that scare us (like fire and new ideas). I need you to help me create an internal psychological environment wherein I can suspend my gnawing disbelief so that I may stay open to new ideas and thusly contribute in my own humble way to the survival of my species,” she’ll say, “Turn off your internal analysis for an evening and go on a ghost tour or a carnival ride.”

    Apparently the Cape May-Lewes Ferry ghost tour ends with a trite, “To those of you who believe, no further proof is needed. Those of you who don’t believe, no amount of proof will be enough.”

    What a slap in the face for a person lucid enough to know why they took the tour in the first place!

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