Debunking Ghost Hunter Erica Gregory and her Ian Brady Conspiracies

If Erica Gregory and the Worsley Paranormal Group are to be believed, they have cracked hidden messages left by Ian Brady which reveal secret details of his crimes and murders. The truth, however, is that this deluded ghost hunting team have simply been manipulated by the rantings of a paranoid schizophrenic with a narcissistic personality disorder who was imprisoned for murdering children. Continue reading Debunking Ghost Hunter Erica Gregory and her Ian Brady Conspiracies

Closed Minds at Skeptic Events, or: How Skeptics In The Pub Helped Perfect My ‘Bitch, Please’ Face

I once sat on a panel about Youtube skepticism at QEDcon with Myles Power who has a really interesting Youtube channel. Power has delivered two different talks to Skeptics in the Pub groups around the UK – the first of these talks was about AIDS denialism (and how it’s bad, obviously) and the second about the misconceptions around GMOs. Power recently released a Youtube video about the reaction he received to his GMO talk and how the crowds he spoke to were lukewarm at best and at worst openly hostile.  Continue reading Closed Minds at Skeptic Events, or: How Skeptics In The Pub Helped Perfect My ‘Bitch, Please’ Face

Ghost Hunting Qualifications: What’s The Deal?

Not too long ago, I wrote a piece on this blog called Has Parapsychology Had Enough of Experts? which was about Steve Mera and the so-called Stellar University through which it was claimed people could study accredited courses which instructed them on how to become good paranormal investigators. Many of the claims being made by Mera were questionable and if you’re not familiar with the case I’d recommend you read that article before continuing. You may or may not be surprised to learn that following my blog post several other people reached out to indicate that they- like Dr Novella -had not given permission or their names to be used on the website as ‘contributors’ to the course materials. Continue reading Ghost Hunting Qualifications: What’s The Deal?

Haunted Location Slams Vandal Ghost Hunters

Alleged to be haunted, the team of volunteers who look after the historic Drakelow Tunnels allow groups of so-called Ghost Hunters to access the site overnight for a fee. In a post on Facebook dated 5th March, representatives of the Tunnels slam a group of said Ghost Hunters for damaging the property during a visit. They wrote:  Continue reading Haunted Location Slams Vandal Ghost Hunters