Paranormal

Historical sites get bombarded with requests by ghost hunters

Photo by Lance Moody - Used with permission.

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…

Skipping school in Bangladesh because of a goat-craving demon

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News from Bangladesh – a demon is visiting a school insisting a tree be chopped down and to give it goat sacrifices. The kids are scared off. Ghost scares school kids off the class!. Six students fall unconscious within a short time one day triggering rumours of a ghost taking up residence in a tree…

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…

Slenderman-obsessed Florida teen sets fire to house

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Slenderman, the fictional character, has been a hot topic since two girls tried to stab to death their friend to appease the spindly creature. Now, whenever the name is even MENTIONED, it seems to create an overreact in adults. Florida teen obsessed with Slender Man set fire to own home as mom, brother slept: cops…

Utah family concludes house is haunted; ditches rental with a past

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Once again we have the issue of a stigmatized property. In several states, they are not required to disclose past events that some people (but not all) may consider a defect according to their belief system. Utah family flees former Powell home after learning of grisly past. A Utah family felt duped when they learned…

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…

Drowning deaths investigated for paranormal cause

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Let me understand this… there have been 10 river drownings in 17 years, all alcohol related, and there is a proposal that the deaths are “paranormal”? Am I missing something here? An emotionally-invested belief in the paranormal, it seems. Movie explores local river drownings. Ten young men have drown in La Crosse rivers since 1997.…

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…

Frank Sumption, inventor of the “ghost box” has died

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The inventor of a device that, to some, allows communication with the dead, has now crossed over for us to perhaps better test the device. Paranormal Pop Culture: Ghost Box Creator Frank Sumption Has Died. Frank Sumption, the inventor behind the paranormal investigating device known as “The Frank’s Box” has reportedly died of a heart…

Students fear their dorm rooms might be haunted

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It’s no surprise that college students, steeped in ghostie TV shows and media coverage of haunted places EVERYWHERE, will freak themselves out over ghosts in their new rooms. It sounds like they really need a wake up call to life outside of the internet and their own sheltered idead. Will my dorm be haunted, ask…

Mystery figure in photo, witnesses adamant no one was there

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Mysterious photograph from Georgia is examined by expert in New Zealand. It’s likely no ghost, but has a very human and tech-based explanation. This explanation is further supported by a U.S. specialist in ghost photos. Haunting image left for capital sleuths to probe | Stuff.co.nz. A team of Wellington ghost-hunters have been left stumped after…

Ghost with axe photo and story lacks all credibility

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A strange photograph has people online jumping to paranormal conclusions. Are there more obvious explanations? Perhaps the better question to start with is how do we know this even happened? Ghostly image causes online stir – Yahoo!7. A photo showing a ghostly figure, apparently wielding an axe, has spread viral goosebumps across the internet and…

Lovely Bavarian crop circle lures new agers

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It’s a bit humorous that people still treat crop circles with such spiritual significance when it’s well-known that they are human-created. Still, they are so artistic and quite beautiful. Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors – US News. Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer’s field to check out a mysterious set…

Creepy Stanley Palace video interesting, but pretty much useless

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I don’t know anything about this group or about this situation but it’s an interesting video. What a shame such an event was wasted with poor documentation. It’s the claimants job to make a clear case. This doesn’t do it. Disregard all the horrid dust flying around, though. Eerie video was captured during an investigation…

Cop fired when supernatural beliefs got in the way of doing his job

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Oh brother, this guy’s extreme beliefs impeded his ability to do his job and affected others in the workplace. But he’s claiming discrimination. Cop claims feds are targeting him because he believes in ghosts. A Department of Veterans Affairs cop [Valdo Vaher], convinced his former New Jersey workplace is haunted by evil spirits, says the…