Category: Hauntings & Ghosts

15 Credibility Street #19: Leaping to doubtful conclusions

News items: A news blast from the paleo world made top science headlines this week saying the great and powerful T. Rex is unfeathered. Read the study that caused the news headlines and controversy. Washington Post piece Fantastic feathers Some paleobiologists said “told ya”! Others not so much. Check out this video by Trey the…

15 Credibility Street #16: You’re Fyred

We’re talking news stories and science in popular culture in this episode of the podcast. Listen via the embedded player below or, better yet, subscribe via your podcast service app of choice! News of the world There is now a hotline to report crimes by illegal aliens. Alien Day? Didn’t know this was a thing.…

Ghost girl hype in New York town

In Cambridge, New York, a trail cam photo caused a buzz around town. It wasn’t a mystery animal, it was a young girl marching defiantly. The camera was set up by new landowners who wished to use the area for hunting but, wisely, wanted to know if there were regular visitors across the tract. So,…

Gone fishing and caught a ghost in a selfie? Yep, fishy.

The latest viral “ghost” photo is, again, making the rounds and roping in many who think you can prove an extraordinary claim with just a photo. You can’t. For expert paranormal photo debunking, we go to Kenny Biddle who reveals the more plausible explanations for this photo and why it looks very fishy. [Comments in brackets…

15 Credibility St #11: It’s One Louder

This edition of the podcast features an overview of the doubtful news stories you don’t want to miss and a discussion between Sharon and Kenneth Biddle on the requests for assistance they receive at the Anomalies Research Society. Check out the featured stories from DN: New Mexico Senator has put his big foot down on funding…

Maine ghost group claims to have Eva Gray ghost pic (UPDATED: Eva real, ghost is not)

Update: The ghost group appears to have additional information that they have not yet released that indicates that this “image” is not paranormal, and we have confirmation on some details of Eva Gray’s death. See below. Originally published 17-Jan-2017 An amateur research and investigation group (ARIG) in Maine is getting local attention for their claim…

Episode 2: Rather Rigged

Stopping by at 15 Credibility Street this week are our pals Bob Blaskiewicz and Karl Mamer. Because, they rock. But first, since this is Halloween, I mention ghosts. The hot news this week was not that ghosts are any more plausible or better documented than in the last 300 years but that the guy who makes…

Creator of gadgets for Ghost Adventures show says he does not believe in ghosts

Ghost hunters have been played by promoters of pricey ghost tech gadgets. Out in Popular Mechanics is a detailed article on the dubious history of ghost hunting gadgets. Three skeptics and a seasoned paranormal scholar chime in on the pseudoscientific basis behind these instruments but, in a revealing twist, two well-known “gadgeteers” of Ghost Adventures refused to talk. And…

Scottish poltergeist story is highly questionable, even if the police say they saw something

Cross posted from Doubtful by Sharon Hill A story about a family in Rutherglen, Scotland, who called in police to report paranormal phenomena, rode the media wave yesterday into today. The original source was the local Rutherglen Reformer paper that appears digitally on the Daily Record (UK) website. Here is the main story: Rutherglen family call in police…

Zak’s Demon House docu gets delayed (UPDATE: House destroyed)

Nearly two years ago, Zak Bagans, flashy ghost investigator from TV Ghost Adventures, bought the “demon” house in Indiana days after it made sensational headlines in the tabloids and even in more reputable news outlets. The story of Ammons family who lived in the house was that of a woman and her three children who claimed they…

Busted: “Samurai” ghost boots

Back in April 2015, we posted two photos going around in tabloid press of “ghosts”. Or apparent ghosts, I should say. Both could easily have had prosaic explanations. One of the photos was of a “mysterious” pair of boots behind a 2014 picture of a girl on a scenic beach bluff in Japan. ‘Samurai Ghost’:…

Strange sound in Swansea ceased

In September 2015, a story about a mystery noise disturbing Swansea, Wales made the rounds. The siren-like noise was waking people up at night but also was heard during the day prompting a cluster of complains and the Swansea Council to investigate. They could not find a source for the sound that some have said…

Sweet Satan! It’s Exorcism EXTRAVAGANZA! (UPDATE: Snoozefest)

UPDATE (editor) (2-Nov 2015): How did the broadcast go? Ratings are not in yet for cable but they WERE facing a World Series game and America’s Next Top Model. Both shows seemed to be more exciting according to reviews from Variety and the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Hopefully, they won’t try such blatant sensationalism nonsense…

Destination America now the haven of paranormal programming

Last year at this time, SyFy gave up the ghost on new paranormal programming. That slack has been taken up with a vengeance by Destination America, a cable and satellite channel owned by Discovery Communications that features lifestyle, historical and travel programming focusing on the culture of the United States. From their lineup, paranormal themes play a huge…

About the silly Irish haunted house video…

I gotta say, I am out of patience for ghost photos and videos. None will EVER be convincing. Why? Because they all can be so plausibly faked. People post them SPECIFICALLY on social media to get lots of hits. No one is shown interacting with the objects and testing them for strings. There is no…

Paranormal promises: Tourists scammed in Tombstone

Tombstone is known for its silver mining and gun fights. It was the epitome of a wild west town. The town is dependent now on tourism. The image is enhanced by the town’s multiple paranormal themed tours. Earlier this summer, a scam artist tempted paying tourists to visit historic Tombstone but there was no tour, no…

Chip Coffey and WraithChasers to air exorcism of some random house

Who wants to take bets this will be ultra-dramatic and incredibly stupid? Well, those are even odds. This story reeks of nothing but bald-faced money grubbing and sensationalism. Source: Exorcism: Live! Destination America to air first live televised exorcism | EW.com EW can exclusively reveal that Destination America will air the first live televised exorcism…

Family claims demon-incubus-poltergeist-ghost terrorizes them

Seems like they can’t decide which nasty entity to blame and they have made no good effort to find out! Instead, they pay a ridiculous paranormal investigator to slay demons and then call the tabloids. How are we supposed to not scoff at this story? It contains nothing reasonable; it’s just terrible. Keiron and Tracey Fry say…

“Ghost” photo hides the truth in more ways than one

It’s difficult to follow some viral trends on social media since I tend to avoid people who pass on urban legends and hoaxed photos as real. But this latest picture of “ghost nurse” was SO OBVIOUSLY made by a ghost app that I find myself questioning the future of America when people can fall for…

Indian “institutes” teaching people “ghost hunting”

Ghost chasing is becoming a more popular hobby in India. People are paying to take courses from “institutes” to learn how to operate the equipment. It seems like India may be about 10 years behind the US in the popularity of fall for such stuff. An increasing number of urban Indian professionals are signing up…

Wedding pic and scenic snapshot “ghost” photobombs

Two photographs circulating in the media today are purported to show mysterious figures that were not seen when the photo was taken. One is a spooky face in a wedding portrait and another is a case of phantom boots behind a little girl. What do you think is going on here? Bride, groom and ghost?…

Haunted history of Bobby Mackey’s Music World fails to stand up to scrutiny

Editors Note: In cooperation with the Anomalies Research Society, we present this exclusive feature report based on the investigation of the Military Veterans Paranormal organization. By M. Cadwell and S. A. Hill Bobby Mackey’s Music World is well-known to paranormal researchers as one of America’s “Most Haunted” places (Argie and Olsen, 2014). Located at 44 Licking Pike…

Loftus Hall heavily playing up the paranormal – now with added spookiness

The paranormal promotion continues at Loftus Hall. You may recall this story of a ghost photo that appeared last September. Photos are terrible forms of evidence of the paranormal since they are so easily misinterpreted or faked. So called investigators rarely attempts to recreate the event and are easily impressed when environmental variables are, well,…