I’ve blogged before about the unprofessional and unethical antics of Don Philip who promotes himself as a top investigator of ghost phenomena in the UK. With numerous TV appearances and public events to his name it is quite worrying. Today Steve Parsons posted a screengrab from Don Philips on Facebook that blew away anything I’ve blogged about in the past.
Spur of the moment I rang nick who turned up in Leicester around 11:30pm, we visited a cemetery & the most prevelent contact we made was with a [deleted by me] year old girl called [deleted by me], she passed in 2010 & told me she was not happy in spirit so I invited her to come with me to find out more, she a lovely sounding child but obviously now myself and Nick have questions we would like the answers to so i plan on speaking with [deleted by me], this evening. I was actually hoping to find Becky’s [his friend] resting place! [sic all the way through]
The ethical oversight of this is staggering. I am lost for words really. I hope that the child doesn’t exist – I hope there are no parents who will discover that a man who thinks he can talk to dead people has been hanging around in a graveyard talking to their child who died just two years ago. Gosh. I’m lost for words.
This demonstrates the real need for people to be vigilant of the ghost hunting community because for all of those who understand ethical behaviour, there are the few who don’t whose reach is wide.
Don’s reaction is again defensive, and he ignores the reason people are outraged at what has been said. The exchange with his comment can be read below:
Don: If you took the time to read the post “I was actually hoping to find Beckys resting place” (a friend) you just might find the reason we went instrad of jumping to conclusions and moronic assumptions! if a little girl wishes to speak to me whilst im there then thats her business and mike and feck all to do with you! and just for the record paranormal investigators and ghost hunters are 2 different things!! .. And as for TWAT & no respect ethic or morals comments KEEP EM you really have no idea what I actually do do & and as its it in my friend + the fact myself and nick spent some time making good some graves that vandals had spoiled putting things back and standing headstones back up go preach your ethics morals and other crap to somewhere it actually may apply. [SIC THE WHOLE THING]
There are just two points I wish to raise in response to this:
1) The globe symbol next to Don’s name means this is a public post and anyone can see it. He is claiming only his Facebook friends can. The reach of such a post is wider than he thinks it is.
2) Don states “if a little girl wishes to speak to me whilst im there then thats her business and mike and feck all to do with you!” However, he made this alleged communication with a ghost public and made it everybody’s business – potentially including people who may have a child buried in that graveyard. Most ghost researchers – no matter how much they do or do not believe in ghosts – would not disclose that sort of information about the ghost they thought they had contacted if it was likely that living relatives of the deceased were still a) alive and b) local.
It’s a matter of sensitivity. Of course it is your right to go and talk to ghosts if that is what you think you are doing, but you should always consider the impact releasing that sort of information might have on those around you – particularly if you’re visiting graveyards in your local area.
That is what people meant when they spoke about Don being unethical with this posting. It’s a shame he doesn’t get that because this is basic ghost research ethics right here!