Paranormal

The Warrens: Sorting the truth from the Hollywood myth

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People with any passing interest in the paranormal will be aware of the names Ed and Lorraine Warren, their activities, and their “museum of the occult” which is located in the basement of their home in Connecticut. The Warrens are the focus of a lot of media attention currently, as a result of the film…

A stark and timely reminder of dangers of archaic superstition

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As the Catholic church recognises the International Association of Exorcists, seemingly adding credence to the concept of demonic possession and exorcism, a stark reminder of the possible consequences of such beliefs has emerged from  Pakistan. The Independent reports: Police in Pakistan have launched a murder inquiry after a young woman was reportedly beaten to death…

Lorde Help Us!

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Several media outlets are running a story about pop-singer Lorde’s experiences with alleged “ghosts” in the recording studio. Lorde won’t record due to ghosts in studio | Music | Entertainment | Toronto Sun. Pop sensation Lorde is struggling to record tracks for the follow-up to her hit album Pure Heroine, because she fears ghosts in…

Kamal-Ji, devotee of Sai Baba, charged with fraud

Yet another “spiritual healer” accused of fraud. I sort of like this trend, other than the obvious conclusion that people are still falling for this garbage. This person advertised via flyers and ads but many clients may have come via word of mouth. Since people are apt to trust “advice” from their friends, this is…

Gaggles of ghost photos make us gag (UPDATE: Naughty!)

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The media has picked up on ghost photo stories that hardly deserve any attention. So, all I’ll say about them is that photos such as these are terrible evidence. Pretty much worthless. But they served a purpose, to get attention for the takers. As a side effect, they tend to reinforce belief in ghost by existing…

Ouija board possession story needs no demons (UPDATE: drug use?)

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I hate to be cynical about stuff like this but there is nothing impressive about this story at all. Ouija Board ‘Possesses’ 3 With Demonic Spirits in Mexico: ‘We’re Going to Die,’ Says Young Woman (VIDEO). A Oujia board led to three people being “possessed” by evil or demonic spirits in San Juan Tlacotenco, Mexico,…

Another Slenderman-connected attack. Another girl. More parental reaction.

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Another attack is connected to Slenderman, this time in Ohio. This one sounds less connected, more complicated, and like an overreaction to a scapegoat cause. We can’t tell if it is a copycat case or the Mother seeing a post hoc connection. Hamilton Co. mom: Daughter’s knife attack influenced by Slender Man | Local News…

Ronaldo’s injury supposedly the work of a witch doctor

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You can always count on sports to be connected to silly superstitions. A World Cup star is cursed! Ghanaian witch doctor claims he caused Cristiano Ronaldo’s knee injury. Ghana’s most influential witch doctor has claimed he is responsible for the knee injury that is threatening Cristiano Ronaldo’s participation at the World Cup. Nana Kwaku Bonsam – whose name translates…

UFO Trail talks to Dr. Garry Nolan about “Atacama” specimen and Starchild Skull

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We’ve covered previous stories on the Sirius project, the Atacama alien and Lloyd Pye’s Starchild skull, even speaking with Dr. Garry Nolan. But here is an update on how a scientist volunteered to help investigate some weird mysteries. The UFO Trail: Dr. Garry Nolan Talks Ata, Starchild Skull and Science. Dr. Garry Nolan is a…

Slenderman myth connected to attempted murder (UPDATE: Cult? Censorship?)

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This may be a first. Slenderman has gotten out of hand – attempted murder connected to the mythological monster. Two young girls are charged adults with first-degree attempted homicide of another girl. 12-Year-Old Wisconsin Girls Charged in Stabbing – ABC News. Prosecutors say two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls stabbed their 12-year-old friend nearly to death…

Dyatlov Pass and Mass Murdering Yeti? A DN Exclusive

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Doubtful News is pleased to present this EXCLUSIVE piece by author and researcher, Benjamin Radford, on the Discovery Channel’s presentation airing TONIGHT! [Warning: Spoilers] Dyatlov Pass and Mass Murdering Yeti? A Closer Look at Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives A new two-hour Discovery Channel “documentary,” Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives, revisits the curious case of…

Sales pitch: Ghosts will investigate this talking teddy bear

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One of my non-wooey friends sent me this tip. I shouldn’t be surprised. Boo Buddy Ghost Hunting Trigger Object Dolls for Paranormal Investigations. They sell this stuffed bear called a Boo Buddy. It serves as a “trigger object” to attract child ghosts and records Electronic Voice Phenomena. Fake bear, fake premises, silly stuff. Within the…

“At first I was skeptical” is a convincing ploy, unless you are wise to it

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A new paper was just published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology that is further confirmation of something skeptics of the paranormal and alt med treatments have noticed for a long time. It’s called the “avowal of prior skepticism”. This is a narrative device used by a person telling a story in which…

Nice to think we have paranormal ‘abilities’ but that doesn’t make it true

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette prints a rosy, comforting, credulous story about paranormal and psychic beliefs and people’s search for answers. Paranormal connections: seeking answers from the other side in Pennsylvania. From the famous and the infamous to the conventional and the kooky, many people seek to be enriched, entertained, improved or comforted by those who claim to…

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

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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.…

Ghost Hunters unwelcome in Connecticut

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Is the novelty wearing off? Local spot denies the TAPS crew access for an episode.‘Ghost Hunters’ filming denied – NewsTimes. The Fairfield Hills Authority voted against letting a crew film from “Ghost Hunters” paranormal television series film an episode in some of the remaining 11 buildings. “It would just be too disruptive,” said authority member…