Hauntings & Ghosts

Episode 2: Rather Rigged

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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…

It’s the season for the word “skeptic” to be overly used and abused

Oh, dear. Every Halloween-themed story out this week about ghosts and monsters and the people who seek them will invariably have the term “skeptic” in it. This person is the group’s “skeptic” or this person “was a skeptic until…” Most egregious are those who are completely gullible and pooh-pooh the skeptical process as being “closed-minded”…

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

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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

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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)

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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

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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’:…

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

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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

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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…

Superstitious beliefs work against tormented family in Zimbabwe

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A nine-member family including small children have been experiencing mysterious fires in their home in a village in Zimbabwe. They have had to flee and they can’t find help. Source: Mystery fires guts down homestead | The Chronicle The Nkomo family of Tabi Line in Magaya village, Ward 17 yesterday told The Chronicle how the inexplicable…

Chip Coffey and WraithChasers to air exorcism of some random house

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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…

Shoddy evidence for “haunted” Liverpool property

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A HAUNTED house has gone up for rent with the incredible disclaimer that its former occupants experienced “paranormal activity”. Haunted house: Rightmove list property where ‘paranormal activity’ happened The terraced three-bedroom home in Toxteth, Liverpool, is allegedly haunted by a 135-year-old spectre called the Pickwick Poltergeist. The poltergeist supposedly once lifted a former tenant out…

New research prompts call to reconsider mental health of those who hallucinate

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An international study led by The University of Queensland and Harvard Medical School found that hearing voices and seeing things others cannot impacts about 5 percent of the general population at some point in their lives. Source: Hallucinations and delusions more common than thought | EurekAlert! Science News “We used to think that only people…

Enfield poltergeist set plagued by… fickle camera – OOOHH scary

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Let’s make a bit more publicity for this showing, shall we? Enfeld poltergeist filming hyped with haunts. TV stars left terrified after a ghost wreaks havoc with the set of a new poltergeist drama – Daily Record. Sounds scary! But it’s not. This article contains pretty much ZERO evidence of anything “wreaking havoc”. This is a…

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

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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…