Paranormal

“Real” ghost claim takes a back seat to skeptical research

A screen shot from Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers offers the clearest copy of the photo by Mrs. Mabel Chinnery allegedly showing a back-seat ghost. Photo from Skeptic.com/Blake Smith

What paranormal enthusiast like me hasn’t seen this famous picture of the dead mother in law in the back seat of the old car? IT WAS CREEPY AS HELL and it was one of the most widespread photos promoted as “real” because there seemed no good explanation. That’s because not many people attempted to provide…

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…

Moldy ghosts?

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Another hypothetical idea about “ghosts”. This one also sounds scientific on the surface, but so far, does not have the chops to explain hauntings. Ghost sightings in haunted houses linked to toxic mould. Researchers studying ghostly apparitions said that hauntings are usually reported in old buildings which often have poor air quality from pollutants. Previous…

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

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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,…

There is seldom screaming or yelling at the haunted artifacts museum

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John Zaffis, the “Haunted Collector” gets approval for a new museum in New York. It’s another spoke in the wheel of the rolling cash cow of paranormal tourism. Adams Planners OK Haunted Artifacts Museum Site Plan Paranormal researcher John Zaffis’ site plan for his Paranormal Artifact Museum has received approval from the Planning Board. Paranormal…

Child’s rescue swirls with supernatural commentary

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An 18-month old child survives a tragic car crash into a river, a crash that likely instantly killed her mother. She is rescued 14 hours later, alive, still strapped into her car seat. Rescuers then tell the media that they were prompted by an adult female voice that called “Help” from the overturned vehicle. What…

High time we kill the idea of communicating with the dead via radio

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A new report, published online in a journal-like format, by paranormal investigators provides the results of an experiment to test if people can REALLY make sense out of “voices” they hear from a spirit communication tool called a “ghost box”. These devices are common in the gadget galleries of pro-paranormal ghost hunters, but seen as…

Dowsing useless in finding missing girl

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The “Find Me” crew is back in the news. And, again, not really helping. Private Investigator believes he knows who the suspects are in the Celis kidnapping The private investigator the family contacted said, “Whoever did this knows the family 100 percent guaranteed, and my suspect has a key to the house.” Retired federal agent…

A British pub ghost debunked… by the Daily Mail?

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The Daily Mirror reports today on some “ghostly” goings-on in Birmingham pub “The Old Crown”. The incident amounts to little more than a bottle tipping and rolling to the floor, seemingly without interference. Here’s the video on youtube. Details of the incident are sketchy in the Mirror, but ironically, The Daily Mail carries much more information…

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

Note the "figure" in the window. Photo: Hammond Police Dept.

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…