Five years ago I wrote a blog post about a ghost hunting team called Worsley Paranormal who think they’re the bee’s knees. The post was called Unethical Ghost Hunters Play Detective and focussed on how this team claim to be solving mysteries related to child murderer Ian Brady and how their treatment of the surviving relatives of the murder victims was unethical and distasteful. It remains one of the most read articles on my entire blog.
In 2012 I delivered a talk about ghost research at a CFI UK conference at Conway Hall. Unknown to me, a man towards the rear of the hall became visibly angered during my talk and during the Q&A session he stood up and accused me of mischaracterising ghost researchers. Why? Because a small portion of my speech touched upon orb phenomena which many ghost hunters class as the first stage of spirit manifestation. Ghosts, it is often said, then manifest in other forms before becoming an apparition. However, my critic was having none of it and to paraphrase him, “ghost hunters do not believe that. Only those on the very fringes present orbs as evidence.” Continue reading
In the next episode of The Spooktator podcast, we talk about a certain ghost photo that has been in the media recently and how rather than having a paranormal origin, the oddity within is actually the result of poor photography skills. This is a common problem in ghost hunting. When you think about it, the chances of a ghost hunter being a professional photographer are pretty slim, but you don’t have to be a professional to take some basic steps to stop your photos being such poor quality that you start to see things in them that just weren’t there. Continue reading