Paranormal

TV news in Virginia promotes disturbing story about “reincarnated” 4-yr old

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On this Veterans Day, a very disturbing and irritating story from a Virginia news station about a mother who out of concern for her child’s issues, is promoting that he may be “haunted” by the ghost of a Marine who died in Beirut. I am unamused. Scared Mother: “Is there a ghost inside my child?”…

South African police force has an elite occult-trained division

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The local Cape Town police force has specially trained 40 officers in occult crime investigation. Good idea or not? Seems like a bit much. SAPS has 40 ‘ghostbusters’, Nhleko reveals. In a written parliamentary reply on Tuesday, Nhleko said there were 40 detectives within the SA Police Service who had “received additional training relating to occult-related…

Additional evidence that ghosts may be all in the mind

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A study of people with brain injuries or those that have experienced hallucinations, suggests that environmental miscues can fool our brains into thinking there is something there that is not. Spooks generated by brain-body mismatch. [U]nder some circumstances, real people can also believe that a non-existent person is close to them — extreme mountaineers often…

Fakey “guardian angel” photo provides comfort (UPDATE: Hoax)

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What are we to make of this ghost photo? It looks a bit too remarkably statue-like. Guardian angel ‘ghost’ photographed at dying grandfather’s bedside. A grandson photographed the ‘ghost’ of a guardian angel as his dying grandfather was being read the last rites in hospital. The apparition of the veiled woman appeared at the bedside of…

El Kookooee photo explained

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We showed this mystery picture in a Leftovers Link a few days back. It was a matter of time before someone found a reasonable explanation for it. Ghost hunter explains ‘spirit’ in El Kookooee photo | KRQE News 13. The photo has been getting a lot of attention online after people noticed a strange figure looming…

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

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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…

Tale of demon-possessed house is refuted by former residents

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This is a follow-up to a story we posted last February about a supposedly demon-infested house near Pittsburgh. Mr. Cranmer didn’t appreciate our skepticism for his outrageous stories. Neither do the former residents of the so-called haunted house. Former residents of Brentwood ‘demon’ house dispute book’s claims. In his recently released book “The Demon of Brownsville…

This number has been reassigned, stop texting

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A strange story of a woman who kept texting her grandmother even AFTER she had died. Then she gets a reply… BBC News – South Shields woman’s ‘text from the grave’ shock. When Lesley Emerson died in 2011 some of her favourite things were buried with her, including her mobile phone. Sheri Emerson, of South…

Historical sites get bombarded with requests by ghost hunters

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It’s the silly season. As you can probably guess, I have a Google alerts for “paranormal investigator” and, I’ll tell you what — I am SOOOOOOOOOO jaded with shallow, incredibly stupid stories of amateur paranormal investigators doing “research”. At least this piece was a bit different and points out an obvious problem. Do you cheapen history…

Black eyed kids of Cannock Chase is a spooky myth

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The Birmingham Mail cites a 2013 unconfirmed story to scare people. Spooky but very contrived – a modern urban legend with no sound evidence that the events related even occurred. Black Eyed Child returns to haunt Cannock Chase. A leading paranormal investigator has scoured a Staffordshire beauty spot following chilling sightings of a spectre known locally…

Ghost-like little girl with deer – some fake, some real

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Most photos of little girls or other figures captured on trail camera (so they say) are fake. They are photoshopped or otherwise manipulated, often created with use of a ghost app on a phone. But the latest one, making the rounds on paranormal and mystery mongering feeds on Facebook, looks shocking, creepy, sparking speculation as to…

Vampire sighting “study” – Where’s the data? (UPDATE: Nowhere)

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Three UK papers ran this same sloppy story which appears to have come from some press release. None of them included info about this “study”, who did it, the details, or where the data came from. So, it’s useless to gain any meaningful information – we are left with a teaser that people will only misinterpret…

Indian lawyers convinced their local court house is haunted

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If it’s such a haunted place, why do we have the same low-quality evidence that is only convincing to believers? This is another example of believing is seeing. Lawyers, staff in Delhi’s Karkardooma court complex convinced that it’s haunted. The usual cacophony of lawyers, petitioners and visitors at the Karkardooma Court Complex has of late…

Loftus Hall ghost photo goes viral but what good is it?

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A new ghost photo follows the pattern of all the others, there is little investigation of the circumstances and such evidence can’t be verified. That makes it interesting but not decent evidence of “ghosts” or the paranormal. This story, however, is chock full of paranormal themes, but little substance. Loftus Hall ‘ghost’ photo sensation. A…

Young, female audience tunes in to Ghost Adventures

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What demographic does Ghost Adventures appeal to? What’s YOUR guess? Travel Channel Tells Ghost Stories to Young, Female Audience. Time shifting has helped Travel Channel grow the audience for Ghost Adventures, with the series’ most recent season clocking in as one of its most watched ever in total viewers. In its ninth season, Ghost Adventures—which…

Photon photos exhibit quantum weirdness: Not ‘ghosts’

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Don’t get me started on quantum weirdness. No, really, don’t. Cause I can’t wrap my brain around it. “Spooky” Quantum Entanglement Reveals Invisible Objects. Like twins separated at birth who are later reunited, two laser beams revealed invisible objects in a display of their weird quantum connection, researchers reported on Wednesday. The images, of tiny…

Mystery of moving rocks of Racetrack Playa solved by science

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Mystery of mysterious moving rocks is solved. Actually, it was solved a while ago. It’s just finally published. The research is public access and it is WONDERFUL. This is a fantastic piece everyone should read to note how methodically, carefully and thororoughly experiments must be planned and executed to get reliable, convincing results. There was…