It has been brought to my attention by a number of people today that the social media accounts for the BadPsychics blog has been sharing a clip of me speaking on the latest episode of The Spooktator podcast. In this clip, the admin of the BadPsychics accounts has presented something I have said completely out of context in what I can only describe as an attempt to discredit me as a researcher, and I want to set the record straight.
In S2E3 of the podcast, we were briefly talking about the Enfield Poltergeist case and how it is portrayed in popular media, and my co-host Charlie mentioned, in a tongue-in-cheek manner, that had he been there he’d have been “out the door”. To this, I responded that as a paranormal researcher “I’ve never ever dealt with a poltergeist, never had anyone contact me about a poltergeist, and I don’t know how I would react if I did. I don’t know if I’d be a bit out of my depth, especially if it was actually active …” at this point, Charlie cuts in with a comment and then I continue “I think the fact with poltergeists, they tend to be centered around people, so as an investigator you have to ask serious questions about what is going on with that person. As a ghost researcher, you should always be ethical, but with poltergeists it’s, like, the next step.”
By this, I was referring to the fact that the symptoms of a poltergeist hauntings are often identical to the signs of underlying physical or mental health issues, or could be indicative of abusive situations for those at the centre of the case, so as a paranormal researcher, I would feel slightly out-of-depth about how to handle the case in a sensitive manner especially while it was happening. I don’t really understand what it is that Jon Donnis who runs the BadPsychics blog has against me, or why he seems to often look for ways in which to criticise and discredit me and projects I am involved with, but it has been happening for years, and I have the emails to prove it. I almost didn’t respond as I suspect he gets a kick from this, but a friend pointed out to me that I have every right to respond to someone trying to sully my reputation.
I wouldn’t have seen what Donnis had said about me had people not sent the information to me, because I’ve blocked all of his accounts across social media because he is relentless with this behaviour. That should indicate to anyone just how seriously they should take this man.
“Facebook post from the BadPsychics page reads: “I’ve never ever dealt with a poltergeist, never had anyone contact me about poltergeist, and I don’t know how I would react if I did, don’t know if I would be a bit out of my depth with such a case, especially if it was active” Hayley Stevens. That awkward moment when a so called skeptic, outs themselves as a believer!
Hayley Stevens has been touting herself as an expert for years, giving talks lectures, doing Skeptics in the Pub. But here she exposes herself as a woo. Very sad to hear this.”