I Spoke To The Woman Who Filmed A Haunted Puppet Moving In Her Basement

Jayne Harris believes that she has caught on camera the moment an allegedly haunted puppet moves on its own. The previous owner of the puppet claimed the spirit attached to it tried to harm him which is why Harris has been observing the puppet for the last three months in her usually-disused basement with a camcorder. After observing the footage in the news reports I read about this there were several questions that came to my mind. Could it be fraud via the use of wires or magnets? Could it just be falling over as things often do? Why was it only making headlines now, months after being filmed? Continue reading

Selina Scott’s Haunted Kitchen: What The Skeptic Thinks

Selina Scott interviewed me for the One to One show on BBC Radio 4 about ghosts and ever since it was broadcast earlier this week many people have asked me what I think scared the dogs in her kitchen and I’ve decided to tell you what I think. For those who’ve no idea what I’m talking about, Selina Scott believes that her house may be haunted (in particular her kitchen) and interviewed three people on the subject of ghosts for Radio 4. Continue reading

The Press Are Playing Ugly Games In Which The Vulnerable Are The Losers

I’ve researched and investigated paranormal phenomena for a decade or so now and so the terrible treatment that the most vulnerable people who claim to be paranormal eye-witnesses receive comes as no surprise to me anymore. Yet I still feel an anger bubbling when I read atrocious pieces like the one written by The Daily Record. It isn’t enough to point out that ghosts aren’t real, sometimes we have to stand up and say “what’s happening here isn’t right”, and what’s happening here isn’t right. Continue reading

Who You Gonna Call? A Lawyer!

We’re all familiar with the classic ghost story trope. A family moves into a beautiful new home, confident that the new life they’re going to start there will be joyful and then weird things start to happen. They catch shadowy figures out of the corners of their eyes, can’t quite shake the feeling that they’re not alone – perhaps their child will talk to someone who is not there, things will move, neighbours give them a knowing look… then we reach the crescendo of the story in which their child gets dragged through a portal, it turns out that they are the ghosts all along or they get raped by a ghost wearing a gimp suit. Continue reading

Weakly Ghost Bulletin #15

Is this the world’s most haunted town?

Toowoomba by name too-woo by nature, am I right? 

According to various news sites Toowoomba, Australia is the world’s Most Haunted Town. Evidence has been flooding into a Facebook page called Toowoomba Ghost Chasers set up by Kylie Samuels and Katie Harvey. Shame then that the evidence provided to back up this claim is mediocre, at best. The latest batch of evidence includes a ghost in a red dress floating through an old train station, a gray ghost sitting on a tombstone and a “blue mist” wafting through a cemetery but a quick look through the Facebook page reveals psuedo-scientific ghost hunters getting excited about any little oddity that turns up in a photo submitted to their page. Continue reading

Yvette Fielding, We Need To Talk About Your Ghost Problem.

Dear Yvette Fielding,

There was a time when I would be glued to the television set when Most Haunted was on the screen because I thought it was a factual programme because you ensured us that nothing was staged on so many occasions. I still have my DVD collection somewhere in the house which I used to love. In 2005 I created my own paranormal research organisation inspired by what the Most Haunted team did because I became disillusioned with your promises of authenticity and the behaviour that you and your crew exhibited in your so-called pursuit of contact with ghosts. Back then I believed in ghosts and I was appalled by the manner in which you “spoke” to the ghosts. Particularly those women and men accused of witchcraft on Pendle Hill. Continue reading