Well, I don’t really believe it. I think there is more to this. The reputation of the Welles house in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is being enhanced by big name paranormalists.
After just one night at 46 S. Welles St., John Zaffis is convinced.
“There is definitely paranormal activity that transpires in this house,” he said.
Zaffis, a well-known paranormal investigator from Connecticut (who studied under his aunt and uncle, famed demonologists Lorraine and Ed Warren), joined Tim Wood and Dave Spinks of LiveSciFi.TV in their investigation, broadcast live on YouTube, of the creaky Wilkes-Barre home this past weekend.
He said the house has “that heavy feeling” he has come to associate with haunted environments.
The team continued their investigation into the early hours of the morning.
Communication was attempted through varying means. During another session with the ghost box, Wood said Spinks reported something had choked him. In a separate instance, Wood said something made him suddenly sick.
This is the house: House for sale. Full disclosure: haunted. It was sold to Wood, a paranormal investigator, who put out a press release a few weeks ago using the words “100% Proof of Paranormal Activity at Amityville Horror House of PA”. As you can imagine, I was highly doubtful of the extraordinary claims. I don’t think there are demon-infested houses or even spirit-haunted houses. This seemed altogether like a media ploy to get viewers onto the LiveSciFi channel.
So, I contacted Tim to ask if he would allow me to visit the house. He was obviously busy last weekend though he invited me to visit. I declined due to plans and bad weather. Also, I would like to view the house WITHOUT media setup or rigging for recording, if that would be possible. Tim is not residing in the area. But I hope to keep in touch and visit the house soon.
My personal opinion is that people like Zaffis and paranormal teams who take this very seriously never find a house that isn’t haunted by SOMETHING, because they attribute every anomaly to the paranormal. That’s not investigation, but confirmation of belief, something I call sham inquiry – it looks like inquiry but the answer is already determined, evidence is found to suit. That’s not how skeptical investigations work. The paranormal is NOT assumed. Normal (but still interesting) explanations usually come to light. The odd part is that paranormal investigators often call the skeptical investigators “closed-minded” when we are the ones open to far more possibilities, not defaulting to a preferred (but worthless) explanation of “paranormal activity”. Many people want that to be the conclusion. If they want the best answer, the most helpful answer, then “ghosts” isn’t it. This is probably why no one wants the skeptical investigator around; they prefer to embrace the sensational story.
You can see the videos of the LiveSciFi investigations here.
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