Category: Paranormal Personalities

15 Credibility Street #28: Defense against the dark art of scare-mongering

It was just Halloween, the media is out to scare you into believing dumb things. Don’t. Tricks in treats? Not-too-deep-thinking about marijuana-laced candy warnings will bring quick realization this hazard is not worth worrying about. One incident in New Brunswick, Canada may have been nailed down but who would eat that anyway? The condition called…

Continuing miseducation on Bigfoot

Community and small local colleges typically provide non-credit continuing education courses for the locals at low cost. As I’ve written about previously, it’s often art or history classes, computer training, those sorts of things. But also frequently offered are “classes” on paranormal nonsense like “How to develop your psychic powers,” “Ghost Hunting 101,” and “Tarot Reading”.…

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…

Hope dashed for those who believed in demon fairies

A creature promoted as being a “demon fairy” or “winged nightmare” by those who thought it matched a description in Revelation, has been revealed as a hoax. Synchronicity. Or something. Coincidences can seem very strange some times. Earlier today, I received an inquiry from Dr. Michael Heiser asking if I knew of anyone who had…

Astronaut and UFO conspiracist Edgar Mitchell dies at 85

Edgar Mitchell, 6th man on the moon, and paranormal, conspiracy, and aliens advocate, dies at age 85. He had been the last surviving participant of the Apollo 14 mission. Here is his obituary on the NASA site: Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, lunar module pilot on Apollo 14, passed away Thursday in West Palm Beach, Fla., on…

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…

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…

Murder/suicide of paranormal research team (UPDATED)

The real story here has nothing to do with their profession but the very REAL threat of domestic violence and that Debbie and another innocent victim perished. News brief: Shockwaves are rippling through the paranormal community as news breaks out of Nevada of today’s murder/suicide involving Mark and Debbie Constantino and a third victim. The Constantinos are…

Edgar Mitchell continues to make preposterous claims

This silliness by Mitchell originated in tabloids like the Mirror and Daily Mail. But even Gizmodo is now publishing it. Why? It’s a baseless, vacuous assertion. It gets web hits. But it’s not news, it’s trivial journalism. Mitchell has been on about aliens for years and some news sources love to print sensationalist drivel. Veteran Astronaut…

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…

The story behind the story behind the stories of the Ammons exorcism

Indianapolis Star reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski wrote the story about the “Hell House” exorcisms of Latoya Ammons and the trouble she had with her home and children in story from January 2014. That story was huge garnering international coverage. It became the most popular story the paper covered. Ever. And interest continues. Exorcism: The story behind…

Greer’s latest UFOlogy tall tale, more wild and crazy stuff

I don’t normally link to Examiner pieces but I know Jack and he has done some good work looking into the behind-the-scenes stuff on serial extraordinary claimant Steven Greer. So to give you an amusing insight to how seriously people take themselves, UFOlogist Steven Greer is claiming more fantastical stuff. One of our big stories…

Chopra trolling on Twitter?

@Krelnik does it again. He digs into the data and finds some interesting revelations about one of the most annoying people on Twitter. What’s up with Chopra? Misleading posts in Deepak Chopra’s Twitter feed verge on trolling | Skeptical Software Tools. Susan Gerbic contacted me the other day. She was confused by an unsolicited message…

Curious what kind of money para-celeb Zak Bagans makes?

The buffed, quaffed-haired host of Ghost Adventures is in a tug of war over fees after he fired his agent. Ex-Agent Sues Ghost Hunter Zak Bagans. Abrams Artists Agency sued Bagans and his production company Bagans Entertainment in Superior Court, demanding $305,833 for breach of contract. The Agency claims it is owed fees on negotiated deals.…

Foerster, Pye and Ketchum collaborate: Paracas elongated skull exposed! (UPDATE)

NEW (09-Feb-2014): Brien Foerster has contacted me saying that Melba Ketchum is not the geneticist behind the released results. See more details in the update below. On the south coast of Peru in 1928, Peruvian archaeologist, Julio Tello, discovered a collection of remains of individuals with unusually elongated skulls. Cranial deformation is a widely known practice…

The Indiana “portal to hell” circus continues with movie and TV deals

After international attention, media companies saw a hot topic in the events claimed to occur in Gary, Indiana. The priest has signed a movie deal and will also collaborate with Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures. Priest signs film deals after well-publicized exorcisms of Latoya Ammons. The Rev. Michael Maginot has signed a deal with Evergreen…

Starchild skull proponent Lloyd Pye has died

Lloyd Anthony Pye, an American author and paranormal researcher, has died after a bout with lymphoma cancer. He was best known for his promotion of the Starchild skull, a deformed specimen, which he claims is remains of an alien-human hybrid. DNA tests have shown it is human (and both parents were human) suffering probably from…

Buell connects his cancer to demons

Oh, please no, Ryan. DON’T go there… ‘Paranormal State’ Star: ‘Demons Could Have Given Me Cancer’. “Paranormal State” star Ryan Buell has been in remission from pancreatic cancer and is now speaking about his experience, which he believes may have stemmed from a demonic encounter. Buell also noted that he began to turn around and…

A glut of ghost hunters

CNN does a feature story on the thousands of ghost hunting groups. Where have they been? This is certainly not a new phenomenon. Paranormal teams have been tripping over one another and elbowing for space for many years now. When does this fad go away? That’s what I’d like to know. Ghost hunters haunted by…

The demon defense – not admissable

Centuries ago this would have been considered demonic possession. Now? Yes, sometimes even now. Yvonne Crawford claimed ‘devil’ made her attack Edinburgh man | Edinburgh & East | News | STV. Yvonne Crawford informed a counter clerk at Edinburgh’s Wester Hailes station that the devil had told her to stab someone. She revealed the identity…

Lorraine Warren says she’s never going back to the Amityville House

Good reviews are coming out for The Conjuring, a new movie based on a “real” paranormal case investigated by Ed and Lorraine Warren. Lorraine is still with us, still guesting on TV shows and making appearances as demonologists are popular folks these days. Ghost Hunter Lorraine Warren On the Haunted House She Won’t Revisit. At…

Hard to take these claims Siriusly.

This film is LOADED with what I will too kindly call “questionable claims”. “This really is the greatest story never told.” Oh, really? Story, yes. Truth, you’ve GOT to be kidding. Sirius Film Feat. Dr. Steven Greer By Emmy Winning Amardeep Kaleka Opens April 22. ‘Sirius’, a provocative crowd-funded documentary film from Emmy winning director…

Possessed Derek Acorah scares kids, says Ofcom

TV celeb psychic Derek Acorah in trouble again as the television standards authority in Britain says he broke broadcasting rules on his show, Most Haunted. Most Haunted could have spooked kids in pre-watershed slot, Ofcom says – Media News – Digital Spy. An episode of Most Haunted – featuring psychic Derek Acorah becoming ‘possessed’ –…