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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…

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…

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…

Indian “institutes” teaching people “ghost hunting”

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Ghost chasing is becoming a more popular hobby in India. People are paying to take courses from “institutes” to learn how to operate the equipment. It seems like India may be about 10 years behind the US in the popularity of fall for such stuff. An increasing number of urban Indian professionals are signing up…

No more paranormal un-reality shows on SyFy

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It looks like silly paranormal shows will not have an outlet at Syfy anymore. Good. Perhaps this will finally kill the genre that promotes paranormal belief with shoddy “evidence” and dubious anecdotes. Syfy plans to lure you back with these 5 shows | Inside TV | EW.com. We had a long run with paranormal shows…

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”

The girl in the window is beckoning you to buy this house.

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…

Thanks Ghost Hunters! for making smart people kinda stupid

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Just another ghost hunter *facepalm*. This one showed up in USA Today! I guess that’s accurate – this IS the silliness that goes on in the US today and every other day. Hotel calls ‘ghostbusters’ to evict paranormal guest. Someone, or some thing, is tickling people, rearranging shoes and otherwise wreaking havoc at the historic…

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…

Waverly Hills haunted site passes zoning hurdle to renovations

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In a short piece from the local paper, we find that the Waverly Hills paranormal site is a step closer to become a larger tourist attraction. Waverly Hills zoning change request passes in Metro Council – WDRB 41 Louisville News. The Louisville Metro Council approved a zoning change request by the owner of the Waverly Hills…

Ghost hunting flash mob descends on “haunted hospital”

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The closed Clayton Hospital in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, was barraged by kids looking to hunt some ghosts. Ghost hunters at ‘haunted hospital’ – Wakefield Express. A mob of 200 youths turned out to go ghost hunting at an abandoned hospital after rumours it was haunted went viral on social media. Overwhelmed security guards at…

‘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…

Gettysburg ghost hunters mistakenly detained in after dark tour

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Because it is NOT natural to be prowling around an old closed business at night. You look suspicious (not to mention ridiculous). Ghost hunters mistaken for burglars in Gettysburg | News | witf.org. The Gettysburg Times reports that the Thanksgiving night ghost tour ended with two tourists and their guide being detained at gunpoint. A…

Ghost hunting group destroys historic mansion

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7 arrested after fire destroys LeBeau Plantation – FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans. Seven people have been arrested in connection with a fire that destroyed the LeBeau Plantation house in St. Bernard Parish. Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann said the suspects are believed to have been smoking marijuana and drinking in the vacant house when the fire…

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…

Former hospital is top ghost attraction, sacrificing accurate history

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Paranormal tourism top spot – the Waverly Hills hospital. It’s creepy, has a history, therefore, people see ghosts. The media has also propelled this site to the top of the list of ghostly destinations. Former TB hospital now attracts ghost hunters – Yahoo News. A Kentucky hospital that was once the last stop for thousands…

A glut of ghost hunters

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CNN does a feature story on the thousands of ghost hunting groups. Where have they been? This is certainly not a new phenomenon. Paranormal teams have been tripping over one another and elbowing for space for many years now. When does this fad go away? That’s what I’d like to know. Ghost hunters haunted by…

The bank robber ghost of silly season on local news

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Welcome to late summer where there is apparently NO local news except tremendously terrible stories with no evidence and people saying “Nope, haven’t seen a thing.” Ghost Of Bank Robber Seen At Intersection. A paranormal investigator says he’s been contacted by two people in East Memphis where the bank robber died. Those who’ve apparently seen…

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 chaser roundup — looking more and more like a religion

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The Summer is loaded with these stories about haunted places and haunted people. I’m not sure why there are so many in the news at this particular moment. It could be that The Conjuring is piquing paranormal interest. It could be that it’s just silly season and the news is slow. Here is a disturbing…