Paranormal

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…

On newsstands now… paranormal pandering from previously reputable sources

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National Geographic has a special issue out featuring “Strange But True: Secrets of the Supernatural Revealed”: Strange But True: Secrets of the Supernatural Revealed features the most wildly popular, incredibly weird, and totally true stories that only National Geographic could discover. Ripped from the headlines of National Geographic Daily News, these often weird, sometimes miraculous…

Bigfoot Captured breaks History: Channel continues to fake out viewers

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WOW! History Channel pulled a “Mermaids” gimmick. Why would they sabotage their credibility? Oh wait, ever since it became the “Hitler” Channel a while ago, it’s been heading downhill. According to this review of their latest special program, Bigfoot Captured, a “shameful fake documentary” about Bigfoot, it’s hit rock bottom. Reviewer Jim Vorel of Paste Magazine takes the…

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…

Owners of legendary house conjure up a lawsuit against the movie company

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When the movie The Conjuring became a hit in the summer of 2013, the current residents of the supposedly haunted house in Rhode Island experienced trouble with curiosity-seekers. Norma Sutcliffe and her partner, aged 69 and 73, respectively, are harassed by visitors who seem to pay no mind to property laws and No Trespassing signs,…

Goat-like prop with wings claimed to be Jersey Devil

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Today’s “Most Read” story on NJ.com’s page is about a ridiculous so-called sighting of the Jersey Devil. The story is even trending on Facebook now as several more news outlets have picked it up. The original story came through an email to Paranormal Corner columnist Kelly Roncase, a paranormal investigator. Her columns are breezy and…

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…

About the silly Irish haunted house video…

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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

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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…

Canada’s haunted postage

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News snippet: Canada issues a series of stamps depicting famous ghost stories. Pretty, but a bit silly. Did they run out of real things to honor? Haunting an envelope near you soon… Source: Halifax Citadel’s ‘Grey Lady’ gets her own stamp

Malaysia 10-0 World Cup qualifier loss caused by spirits

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Word was going around that Malaysia’s terrible loss in the World Cup qualifier was due to “paranormal beings”. Nope, said an official, paranormalism is a “spiritual virus” that caused the people to stray from teachings of Islam and blame evil spirits for the loss. In other words, Get your head in the Game. Terengganu’s former…

JREF changes focus, slips into the background

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As was briefly announced at The Amazing Meeting #13 in July, the James Randi Educational Foundation is changing focus. The new plan is announced on their website. The JREF will be awarding grants to worthy applicants. Starting in 2016, we will be making grants to non-profit groups that we believe are promoting activities that encourage…

Johannesburg’s “haunted hospital” plagued by trespassers

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A development company in South Africa says youngsters and ‘ghost hunters’ enter the abandoned Kempton Park Hospital, Johannesberg, for thrills. Criminals use it to hide. It causes extra expenses for security since the place gets vandalized. Source: ‘Haunted’ hospital off limits to ‘ghost hunters’ The place is known as the “haunted hospital”. As we reported in other…

Break-in at abandoned mental hospital because it was “haunted”

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More “ghost hunter” criminal stupidity. Recall this story about a break-in at a Minnesota church. The goofballs were caught. Now another case of trespassing because a location is supposedly haunted. Source: Two arrested for Abbe Center break-in; suspects heard the shuttered building was haunted According to criminal complaints, two men — later identified as 19-year-old…

Three ‘ghost hunters’ plead guilty to trespassing and damage

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The Ness church in Litchfield, Minnesota is found on several lists of “haunted” places. Just because it’s supposedly haunted (with no good evidence for that, by the way) and you feel like calling yourself a “ghost hunter” one day, does not give you ANY rights or privileges to break into the place and “investigate”. During…

Hotel wishes to protect reputation against “haunted” claim

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News smidgen: The owner of a hotel in Amnat Charoen sued a celebrity mor lum singer, “Kandy Rakkaen”, yesterday for allegedly posting that she saw ghosts at the hotel on Facebook. Source: Hotel owner sues celebrity for ‘haunted hotel’ FB post Gee, many hotels relish a “haunted” reputation to bring in tourists. Thailand is not a…

Parapsychology at the Fringe fest

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News morsel: Caroline Watt is a real parapsychologist, and from all sources, a good one. Dr Watt insists she’s yet to come across any concrete evidence for the supernatural.“The Koestler Parapsychology Unit is trying to examine whether or not people have psychic ability – and also look at the normal explanations for paranormal experiences,” she says.…

Ghost in the window photo busted

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A ghost photo from the U.K. is going viral this week but in this case psychology—not the paranormal—provides the best explanation. Ben Radford takes a closer peek at a “ghost” photo that was taken five years ago but got new attention this past week. As with any ghost photo, it’s terrible evidence. It’s even WORSE…

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…

Family claims demon-incubus-poltergeist-ghost terrorizes them

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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…

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…

Etsy will be turned into a newt

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In the fall of 2012, Ebay took a stand against the sale of paranormal products. Though some people still tried to sell ghosts and “haunted” objects. Now, Etsy, the online marketplace for handcrafted goods has offended their community of supernatural vendors by shutting down accounts that sell spells and hexes. Witches are furious at Etsy for banning…

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

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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…