Posts Tagged ‘Ghost Hunting’

Normally I steer clear of directly commenting about someone, especially in this day and age of slander etc but I am going to use an example of a person in the news and use sources that are widely available because I think it should be mentioned given that I post about the paranormal etc… and that is the danger that ‘fake’ mediums bring to the field.

Derek Acorah is not really someone I stomach, I read one of his books and frankly thought it was paper that could have been put too much better use, maybe hamster bedding. Then again I don’t particularly care for the show that made me aware of him, Most Haunted.

This man has claimed to be possessed by spirits, as a medium he has been given money to perform on television and more than once has been found lacking. He started out as a football player and was on the books for Liverpool FC yet never played a game for them and then his career went down another path, being a TV psychic.

By 2004 his fame was rocketing and then in 2005 the hoax personality seems to have been revealed, namely by one of the sceptics on the show. Yes, you can complain it was a sceptic, however it takes someone looking away from the show of the man to look at the evidence I would suspect. How did this happen? Ciarán O’Keefe told the Mirror (newspaper) that he had been secretly feeding him misinformation to see if this was used or not.

Yvette Fielding was given the information, that the name Kreed Kafer had been put on a bit of paper and the name used within earshot of Derek, saying that he was a nasty South African Jailer… The fake name was actually an anagram for “Derek Faker” and low and behold the possession occurred. After this Yvette Fielding made the decision to remove him from the show, however I believe by this point the damage really was apparent. He has not been involved since 2005 and thankfully so.

This man also decided to further muddy his waters when he told the Madeleine McCann family that their child was definitely dead, saying a spirit guide gave him that message and that she would soon be reincarnated. Regardless of what you think about that entire story with the missing young lady, imagine hearing that? Even if you think it’s a pile of steaming horse poo it’s been said… it’s been put out there and now comes the question about do you take comfort/get upset from it or do you punch the guy?

The reason I have picked out Derek Acorah is that I have read his work, and seen him on TV and personally find it hard to work out how people believe him… I find him cringe worthy but again that’s personal opinion. The fact is that this man has more than once been caught out doing things that put mediums into a bad light, and into the faker spotlight.

If you think that medium’s are of benefit and they truly can make contact with the dead then this sort of thing is only going to make the genuine mediums lives even harder work. I have several issues with people that charge for these shows, you can argue they need a living, because I can’t see how in a room of over 200 people or whatever, they can single out a voice from a dead loved one and find that person amongst them. The showboating side of this side of the paranormal frightens me, people come back ready to pay another £20-50 to go back because he tells them a demon is attached to them and they need his help….

If they need help why charge them to come back to another show? Nope… give them the number of a trained exorcist, or give them the number for someone that can legitimately assist. No they charge that person another ticket.. another seat on a bum, someone who’s come back so they can say “oh I believe Sam is here today to …” Oh please. Slap me!

People want to believe, they go because they already do… or maybe a one off to see how far their sceptism goes… either way that sham of a show is then funded. That ego boat has been floated and the damages coming from them have come because people give them the audience. I pray that this isn’t the only side to it we see, I want to believe that if medium’s are a true business the real ones don’t need to be funded by studio lights or “Derek Faker”’s.

*Clip taken from youtube uploader 659061*

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World of Warcraft is one of those games that can suck you in, if you love stories as well as the MMO environment it can be easy to see why this game remains so popular. But why am I posting about gaming? Oh it’s just the ghosts don’t mind me!

An island called Darkmoon Faire is a great in game visit, once a month for some quests, creepy music,  half-built rides that might one day open in a future patch and legends about the conspiracies surrounding the old creepshow, murder cover-ups and when I heard “ghosts” I had to go and take a more indepth look.

To take a look around for the ghosts you need to be deceased yourself, I took my poor druid along and drowned her off the frighteningly high cliffs leading into the sea with dangerous wrecks and monstrous crabs. It seemed like a more romantic plunge than just trying to drown my character off the beach at least.

Off I went ghost hunting, I have some screenshots I have taken below of the ones that I found (I did find others but forgot) and there are seven in total I believe. It can take some patience to spot them all but if you are looking for hints of their location take a wander whilst still alive. You can spot tell-tale signs in the forms of a strange glittery mist on the ground.

Each ghost says something different and so it’s worth stopping them on their repeated walk around to see what they say. Poor residual ghosts, they just walk the same path and say the same old things… and if you do to hunt for them I hope you have fun. Of course I couldn’t help but wonder what happened to the faire for the times it’s not open to the patrons of the World of Warcraft and indeed how creepy that once the portal closes they are left trapped without visitors for another month… great place!

A link to a lovely story and in-depth background for the Faire is located HERE.

 

 

 

This is another pretty famous case for avid ghost lovers, the Genesee County Poor Farm was there to taken in those eligible for assistance. The Farm is located between Bufallo and Rochester, NY and is a popular destination for ghost hunters, it is an enormous building and in it’s time it house paupers, drunkards, lunatics, blind, lame, handicapped, orphans, windows and a murderer or two.

The idea of these farms is not unusual, they were quite popular in the 19th and 20th Century around the United States, they were government run facilities and the original building was a tavern. A notice of declaration about the change went out to the Batavia Times Newspaper, it was December 9th 1826. Residents of any nature were referred to as inmates, and the physically able worked on the farm allowing the costs of living to be reduced. Sadly the cemetery attached to the grounds there has been neglected and has faded away, no plot plans or registry for their graves has been discovered as of yet.

It opened 1st January, 1827 and then in the 1950’s became a Country Home and Infirmary, then in the 1990’s was a set of shops and antiques mall. People mentioned the experiences of disembodied voices, screams in the night, shadows and further stories. With a rumour of over a 1000 deaths at the place over it’s years of operations it’s no surprise that ghosts have become part of it’s history.

I was rather skeptical about the Black Magic story but I shall add it here for reference, there are some rumours on the sites I checked that they believe there was a history of Satanic Rituals on the site. It is said that nurses working there may have practised these things and were not above using this on patients and inhabitants, there was also mention of them taking babies for sacrifices and further rumours of it still happening today.

Case Manager, Suzie Yencer relates one chilling experience: “It was September 2007. While working a public hunt, we had a gentleman with us that was filming a documentary about the building. He wanted to try an experiment in one of the rooms. The room he chose was in the basement, popularly known as The Christmas Room. The experiment he wanted to try was to sit in the room with no lights or equipment on. The only light we would use was a pink glow stick in the middle of a circle of people. We also placed a small ball and a toddler size rocking horse in the circle. The gentleman conducting the experiment requested that only I talk and try to make contact with the spirits. The more I talked, the more strange occurrences began to happen. The glow stick started to move back and forth, and the rocking horse began to slowly rock. A few of the guests in the room including myself saw a hand and arm come out of nowhere and reach for the ball in the circle and then just vanish….”

It’s proven popular enough to have been visited by Ghost Adventures and TAPS, whether or not you believe the shows it’s certainly drummed up interest in the place itself.

This is also known as the Mansfield Reformatory and I am quite sure a lot of people that watch ghost hunting shows or read up on American hauntings will be familiar with this one. It was built between 1886 up to 1910 and was in operation until 1990 until it was ordered closed by federal ruling. It has been used in films and various television shows, one of the most famous is most likely The Shawshank Redemption.

A lot of it has now been demolished but what remains has been opened as a museum and tours are available. The Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society was formed in 1995 and are working on stabilising the other buildings. The East Cell Block is the largest free standing steel cell bock in the world, it is listed at six towers hight and until 1959 the superintendent was Arthur Lewis Glattke, he was respected by the workers and inmates alike. He was even responsible for some reforms such as piping in radio music into the cell blocks.  Helen, his wife, died following an accident where a handgun was discharged when she went to reach for a jewellery box in the family quarters, three days after this she died of pneumonia *this was 1950* and in 1959 he died in his office of a heart attack.

OSR is not one of the prisons with the most hardened of criminals but none-the-less it has a wide and varied history. One former resident became infamous for his part in the Brink’s Robbery 1950. Frank Hanger was beaten to death there by inmates, 1932, during an attempted prison escape. The harshest violence was reported to be in a place known as “the Hole”, which was for solitary confinement, and some prisoners managed to hang themselves. One prisoner allegedly set himself on fire.

Whether or not you are interested in the ghostly aspect I would say if you get a chance to visit (or have) I’d love to hear what you think of the place. Historically it deserves preserving as it looks like a wonderful building if nothing else.

Electronically generated noises that sound like speech, they are not intentionally recorded noises and are usually caught as part of a stray transmission or within static etc. The interest in this lies mainly in the paranormal, and there are explanations on a scientific level to try and debunk the claims. I had previously mentioned these but I think it’s worth another visit as it may well prove useful when I go into other subjects later on, if only to explain my perspective and some of the ones I might choose to blog on.

Thomas Edison was asked in an interview about whether or not he could use his inventions to communicate with spirits. He said that only if the device were sensitive enough to pick up their sounds, but there is no evidence to support he ever tried to work on it.

Attila von Szalay was an American photographer and amongst one of the first to try recording the voices. He began in 1941 and tried to do this with a vinyl style records but then found it became more successful to try once there was the invention of reel-to-reel tape. His custom made attempts, along with Raymond Bayless, meant they used a microphone in a cabinet and would ensure they were out of the way as it started. Bayless was a co-author to a book in 1979, “Phone calls from the Dead”.

“The Spiricom” made in 1980, by William O’Neil was an electronic audio device which he claimed was built to order by a George Mueller, a scientist that had died six years prior. He stated in a press conference that it allowed him to hold two-way conversations with spirits and provided the design for free. Nobody is known to have replicated the results and his partner, George Meek, felt that maybe it was due to O’Neil’s already present medium powers that the system worked.

The Ghost Box (invented 2002) was made by enthusiast Frank Sumption for real-time communication. The device is a combination of a white noise generator with AM radio receiver that sweeps back and forth selecting split-second snippets of sound. Whilst the “Ghost Box” has been a frequent flyer on the TV it is cited by critics as being more to do with pareidolia than actual communication.

Psychologist Imants Barušs has finds his conclusion to be that EVP cannot be replicated under controlled conditions.

Interference from CB’s, wireless baby monitors etc are all documented phenomena. It is possible for circuits to resonate without any internal power source by means of radio reception. Captireing these anomalies may well resemble what is known as EVP. Early EVP on tape could also be explained due to the fact that quite often the tapes might suffer poor erasure, or prevoius recordings. Many a time when I was younger and used tapes you would get an “echo” of the recording from before or even parts from the tape the other side.

The paranormal investigators love to talk about EVP’s as beings such as spirits or in some circles the idea they maybe extraterrestrials. It is felt by some modern spiritualist churches that electronic communication is just as valid as traditional mediumship.

My own personal experience with what might have been considered as EVP until I found the source really did freak me out. I was living in a one bed flat at the time and had my PC on the main desk, the computer was turned off every night but I never thought about the speakers. Three or four times I woke up hearing very odd whispers and sounds. I naturally sought out why this was happening and spent one night with them turned up full blast. Eventually with the help of another friend we realised the signals were from a police radio and that we were picking up fragments of broadcasts, turning the speakers off totally solved that case… but then again who’s to say that what I found debunks it entirely! I remain open minded.