I’ve written previously about the Worsley Paranormal Team on my blog here, and also as a guest writer for the Young Australian Skeptics here. The group investigate Saddleworth moor and have claimed to find items that are linked to the murders of the victims of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, including Keith Bennett whose body has never been found. The evidence they provide is typical of a pseudo-scientific paranormal investigation team – electronic voice phenomena and such, most of which can be found on either their team website here or their active Facebook Page here.
Today I received an email through my website from the team founder, Erica Gregory, explaining that my criticisms were stupid and I ‘obviously have no idea about the paranormal to state things that you don’t know anything about’. Erica also hinted that I should possibly consider removing the blog post or criticisms and point out how wrong I have been, providing a link that apparently would clear my allegedly ill-informed remarks up.
The problem is, of course, that my criticisms are actually well informed, and the Worsley Paranormal Team are still pseudo-scientific paranormal investigators whose methodology had led to ethical problems with those who are closely linked to the Moors Murders. In fact, the link provided by Gregory that was supposed to show me how wrong I was actually just supported what I originally thought. You can visit the website yourself by clicking here.
In summary though, the website makes clear some things about the roots of Worsley Paranormal team (which was set up after the death of a family member) and their work with the Moors Murders.
The work of Worsley Paranormal Group includes research into discovering any missing or unnamed victims of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley …
On the origins of the group the site tells that that Erica formed the group…
after taking a Diploma in Paranormal Investigation she studied the work of famous investigators. The investigators are not mediums, nor are the members of Worsley Paranormal Group – instead they use various devices which are widely available for others to use.
The thing is… there is no such thing as an accredited Diploma in Paranormal Investigation. There are many courses you can pay to take – some from the back of magazines, some over the internet – but they do not necessarily teach the logical ways in which to investigate anomalous phenomena, or how to be an ethical investigator. You should be skeptical of anyone claiming to have a degree or diploma in this field. Even accredited courses like the one to soon be offered by the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena isn’t necessarily going to stop people from using bad methodology, sadly.
Anyway, the site I was sent goes on to explain that the group rely largely upon Electronic Voice Phenomena, which is a pseudo-scientific method of investigation which you can learn more about on the Talk About Strange website by clicking here.
Voices were giving names and responding to questions. Some of these are so clear that it sounds like there are people sat in the room with them – others are quiet and distant. They were finding physical evidence that the claims made by the home owners were accurate. The group continue to investigate different homes and areas.
EVPs were captured which were linked to the Moors – they were cryptic words. All of their work is online to view. On a 3rd visit to the moors they found the shovel buried near a stream in a shale embankment. Many more items and symbols have also been found in the same area – SOUTH of the other children. The rest is explained in the book.
p.s. please support the family of Keith Bennett by singing an e-petition asking the British Government to search for Keith once again. Click here to do so, and please pass this on.