Weakly Ghost Bulletin #3

At the end of each year I compile a ‘The Worst Ghosts of…’ list and 2014 was no exception. The #1 spot on the 2014 list went to the stupid Black Eyed Kids sightings coming out of Cannock’s Chase at the hands of paranormal author Lee Brickley and at the end of the list for last year I made a prediction, as follows:

I predict that in 2015 Slenderman will be seen in Cannock’s Chase and will have a baby with the so-called PigMan hybrid monster. You heard it here first.

This wasn’t an instruction, doofus.

Spooky Slender Men spotted in Cannock

The Birmingham Post (what’s with this paper?) reports ‘A paranormal probe has been launched in the Midlands following FOUR sightings of Slender Men – long, stick thin spectres feared around the world. Each of the chilling close encounters took place in the Cannock area, and now X Files investigator Lee Brickley is trying to fathom why the ghoul has descended on the Staffordshire mining town.

Slender Men have been a part of global folklore for centuries. They may be known by different names, but their harrowing, elongated appearance remains the same around the world.’

Firstly, no they have not been global folklore for centuries as Slenderman is a product of online forum Something Awful. Secondly, grow up, Lee Brickley. Your attention seeking is just embarrassing. I actually cringed when I read this stuff. I am still cringing. I am cringe-blogging and it’s all your fault.

Investigators ‘make contact’ with spirit in Armley Mills

Well done, Yorkshire Standard, you have given an events company some uncritical free advertising. According to the article ‘A spirit has supposedly been captured on video trying to communicate with paranormal investigators in the famous Armley Mills in Leeds. Simply Ghost Nights, an events company which hosts ghost hunts throughout the UK, conducted the investigation with guests on 17 January. They recorded a video taken during a séance in which guests urged a spirit named Mr Grimes to move the table. After urging the spirit to make contact, the table started shaking.’

Yes, they moved it either intentionally or unintentionally through ideomotor responses where they unconsciously moved the table to create positive responses that matched what they were expecting to hear from “ghosts”, most probably prompted by local ghost folklore legends. It’s sort of scientifically proven that this happens, but why let facts stop you?

Also, can I just comment on the table tipping practice here? I used to believe table tipping was a legit form of spirit communication and I led dozens and dozens of table tipping sessions and you are not supposed to all shout over one another and ask multiple questions at the same time because a) this is annoying as hell, and b) how are you supposed to tell which questions the table is being moved in response to? Duh…

Well, now I’m just in a bad mood. Come back next week for more Weakly Ghost Bulletin goodness. Hayley out.

About Hayley Stevens 442 Articles
Hayley is a ghost geek and started to blog in 2007. She uses scientific scepticism to investigate weird stuff and writes about it here while also speaking publicly about how to hunt ghosts as a skeptic.

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