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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…

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…

Hearing a place is haunted gives you no rights to “check it out”

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These guys don’t strike me as typical “ghost hunters”, they seem more like none-too-smart, out-for-a-thrill bored kids. Anyway, just because a place is supposedly haunted does not give you any additional rights to “investigate” it. Or unlawfully break in as happened here. Three arrested for breaking into ‘haunted house’ – KAIT-Jonesboro, AR Three men on…

Does Gettysburg now rival Salem for ghostie tourist traps?

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Let’s be clear: Do we really need another ghostie place in Gettysburg, another paranormal paraphernalia shop and ANOTHER “real” ghost encounters show? I doubt it. It’s the same stuff over and over and over… Spooky Spirits hopes to scare up business at new location – Evening Sun. “Madam” Aretta Della is a self-described psychic witch…

‘Ghost Hunters’ to air worldwide

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Dear world: We’re sorry for sending more stupid TV your way. Signed, America. ‘Ghost Hunters’ Scares Up Business Oversees – The Hollywood Reporter. Syfy’s Ghost Hunters continues to scare up business oversees, with Alfred Haber Distribution locking down deals across Europe, Asia and Latin America for the long-running paranormal reality series. Supreme Court Deals Setback…

Trespassing ghost hunter injured in fall

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Another example of irresponsible “investigation” – trespassing in a dangerous abandoned building to look for paranormal activity. Clovis ghost hunter falls 30 feet inside an abandoned winery | abc30.com. A woman is in the hospital after an accident inside an abandoned winery in Clovis early Monday morning. Authorities went to the building on Clovis Avenue…

What if a ghost group made money off the death of your family member?

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An editorial in a local paper highlights the insensitivity and ridiculousness of a ghost group who forgets they are talking about real people. They charge for telling stories about other people’s loved ones (that they probably would disagree with). Ghost-hunting story insensitive | TribLIVE. Did they ever think about this boy’s living family members? They…

Stigmatized properties – How does publicity affect value of “haunted” houses?

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This is a fascinating look into stigmatized properties and their market values. As aside, you’ll note support for the fact that ghost hunter shows are influential. Mostly a bad influence unless you have a tourism business at the property. How much does Satan worship lower a Las Vegas mansion’s value? – latimes.com. The vandals came…

Link between ghost hunting groups and historical societies can get tricky

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A local news source documents that a person affiliated with a paranormal investigation group, the Pennsylvania Underground Paranormal Society (PUPS), allegedly stole money from a historic preservation society. Ghost Hunter Steals Nearly $2,500 from Norristown Preservation Society, Police Say –  Norristown, PA Patch. According to the police report, Steven Foersch – a case manager with PUPS – collected…

Spirit Story Box app will tell you a story, alright

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There’s a sucker downloading every minute. Spirit Story Box Is The Latest iPhone App For ‘Ghosthunters’. Technology is often the enemy of superstition, but a new iPhone app aims to convince you otherwise. Spirit Story Box, a 99-cent iPhone app launched recently by Roger Pingelton and Jill Beitz, of Greenwood, Ind., claims to detect and…

Ghost hunters teach kids mistaken ideas about “science of the paranormal”

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My pet peeve – ghost hunters playing pretend scientist. Ghost hunters to present program for kids at Clymer Library, Pocono Pines | PoconoRecord.com. Watching ghost hunting television shows might help eak the interest of paranormal experiences for some kids. But what you see on TV isn’t always how it really is behind the scenes. A…

New Zealand paranormal investigation group cites EMF effects

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Here is another pop media story about paranormal investigation groups in the local news. But this piece I found a bit intriguing… Christchurch Paranormal Investigators Using New… | Stuff.co.nz. While teams on television might run around in the dark chasing phantoms and scaring each other, Christchurch Paranormal Investigators New Zealand (CPINZ) are pioneering a new…