Monday, January 31, 2011

Ancient Mysteries : Looters break in to Cairo museum

Looters have managed to break into the Egyptian museum in Cairo during violent protests, several priceless and ancient artefacts have been damaged.

1952 UFOs over Washington DC

Footage taken in 1952 showing a formation of strange objects flying over the White House.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

2 bomoh capture 9 djinns















One of the bomoh treating Siti Balqis Mohd Nor in her house as her mother looks on.

JERTIH: It looked like a scene from the 1982 horror movie Poltergeist when two bomoh allegedly captured nine djinns at the home of a woman yesterday.

The girl became the talk of her village when she allegedly vanished on several occasions, only to be found in odd places like inside a cement mixer and a cemetery.

The parents of Siti Balqis Mohd Nor, 22, were relieved with the success of the two bomoh and hoped their life would return to normal as the djinns were said to be behind the woman's mysterious disappearances.


Hundreds of residents flocked to the home of Siti Balqis when they heard that the "culprits" had been captured and imprisoned in special containers.

Curious onlookers jostled to take photos and video footage of the containers and the djinns said to be inside.

The two bomoh, who refused to be identified, offered their services for free on Friday after reading about Siti Balqis' plight in newspapers.


At 7.30pm, one of them started praying inside the family home while the other recited verses outside the front door.

About 15 minutes later, the bomoh outside the house saw a figure dashing away.

He gave chase and captured it. Subsequently, eight more djinns were captured one by one as they tried to flee.


The bomoh said the sealed containers would be thrown into the sea so that the djinns would not bother anyone again.

Siti Balqis' mother, Norizan Said, 47, said 17 bomoh had offered their services since her daughter's story appeared in the newspapers recently.

She said the family had forked out thousands of ringgit to pay for the services of about 100 bomoh since Siti Balqis started vanishing at odd hours two months ago.

"However, after my daughter's plight was highlighted in the media, many bomoh came to offer their services for free.

"The whole family is relieved by the latest development," she said.

Siti Balqis said she stopped vanishing two days ago and just wanted to carry on with life now that the "culprits" responsible for spiriting her away had been captured.

"I cannot say how grateful I am for all the help that has been given to us.

"I am relieved to be able to live without the fear of suddenly finding myself alone in strange places," she said.




Onlookers taking pictures of the containers where the nine djinns are believed to have been trapped.



Read more: 2 bomoh capture 9 djinns http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/08hor-3/Article/#ixzz1CEQzso6z

Cryptozoology : A monster in Lake Champlain

Hundreds claim to have seen this serpent, similar to the Loch Ness monster, in Lake Champlain.

Mystery timber spotted on top of iceberg















Baffling: How did this block of wood end up on top of an iceberg? (Credit: Jodie Smith)

I've heard the Southern Ocean attracts a hardy individual but a block of wood on an iceberg is ridiculous.

This lonely piece of timber was spotted on the top of a small berg at 66 degrees south, just north of Commonwealth Bay.

Wildlife watchers near Aurora Australis' bridge first thought it was a relaxing seal but it was soon apparent it was rectangular in shape.

How it got to such a prominent position, instead of just floating around, is anyone's guess














A wider view of the baffling block. (Credit: Jodie Smith)

Since it is lifeless and non-magnetic, its baffling position won't be due to the fact that we are very close to the south magnetic pole.

Yes, we are near the wandering point in the earth's surface where the geomagnetic field lines are vertical, rather than lying across the planet from pole to pole.

Normal compasses don't work in this region. The one I have brought on board is now confused by all the iron in the ship.

The south magnetic pole was positioned on the Antarctic continent 100 years ago. It has since wandered out to sea due to changes in the Earth's magnetic field.

Do you have a theory on how the block of wood came to rest on the iceberg? Leave it in the comments.

http://blogs.abc.net.au/news/2011/01/a-chip-off-the-old-block.html


Monday, January 24, 2011

Extraterrestrial : Carl Sagan on the Hill abduction

Carl Sagan on UFOs and the Betty and Barney Hill abduction case.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ghost Lab

Join Brad and Barry Klinge, founders of Everyday Paranormal, as they travel the country using some of the world's most sophisticated equipment to gather powerful supernatural research.

Most Haunted Live

Most Haunted Live is a spin-off of the paranormal reality television series Most Haunted and is also produced by Antix Productions. The show consists of paranormal investigations broadcast live over a period of one or more nights, usually with interactive sections that involve the viewer.

Ghost Hunters Academy

Ghost Hunters Academy features a group of aspiring ghost hunters exploring some of the most haunted locations in the country and around the world. Led by veteran ghost hunters and TAPS members Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango, the recruits train, hands on, in the paranormal arts.

Ghost Adventures

The "Ghost Adventures" crew -- Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin -- is back to investigate the scariest, most notorious, haunted places in the world.

The trio will interview eyewitnesses and historians at each location, arming themselves with the stories of the ghosts they will later provoke and confront during their dusk-to-dawn lockdowns. (Note: They don't always come out unscathed!) Then they'll review and analyze their findings with some the most respected experts and specialists in the paranormal field.

Extreme Paranormal

In EXTREME PARANORMAL™, irreverent paranormal explorers Shaun, Nathan and Jason investigate chilling local legends, attempting to seek the truth by provoking spirits. Unlike other paranormal investigators, they put themselves directly in harm's way - taunting ghosts, summoning the dead and daring the demonic to attack.

Ghostly Encounters

Ghostly Encounters, hosted by Lawrence Chau, examines supernatural phenomenon through the eyes of the people who claim to have witnessed otherworldly events.

A Haunting

A Haunting is an American paranormal docudrama anthology television series. The episodes comprise narrations and dramatic reenactments based on various accounts of paranormal encounters and experiences.

Paranormal State

Paranormal State is a docudrama reality television series for A&E about a student-led college club, the Pennsylvania State University Paranormal Research Society. The show depicts the students' investigations of paranormal activity and supernatural phenomena.

Most Haunted

The Most Haunted team, lead by host Yvette Fielding consists of a scientist and parapsychologist, prominent British spiritual medium Derek Acorah and a crew prepared to forsake the comfort and safety of a normal shoot to spend 24 hours in the country's most renowned and haunted locations.

Ghost Hunters International

A spin-off series from Ghost Hunters a crew of paranormal investigators seek out legendary haunted locations in Europe and documents the events using electronic equipment.

Paranormal Cops

Paranormal Cops follows a group of larger-than-life cops who walk one beat during the day as real-life Chicago-area police officers and another at night when they apply their forensic and investigative expertise to paranormal casework.

Ghost Hunters

Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, along with other team members who belong to the group they founded, The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), investigate locations of interest by using various electronic equipment which they believe is capable of detecting paranormal activity.

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files is a paranormal investigation television series produced by Base Productions that began airing July 15th, 2010, on SyFy. The show follows a team of investigators, led by former FBI agent Ben Hansen, who review various videos and pictures, (mostly from the internet), of alleged paranormal activity.

If a particular piece of evidence is deemed intriguing enough to warrant further investigation, they set out to recreate and explain the sighting.

Science & Technology - When eyes deceive

A documentary segment about eye witnesses in a criminal investigation.

Touched - ET Encounters (1hr 15 mins)

Friday, January 21, 2011

The mystery of the Miami Circle


July 1998, downtown Miami, Florida. Six apartment blocks have just been demolished, to allow the construction of two brand new 40-storey skyscrapers. As construction workers prepare the site, they notice a strange phenomenon in the ground - a perfectly preserved circle of large holes, almost 13 metres across.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

EMF Gauge (Detector) Modified Tri-Field Meter for Ghost Hunting

An EMF Gauge (detector) is a common device used in the detection of ghost and spirits. The theory behind this device is that spirits are energy and this device picks up energy which may result in evidence that there is a spirit lingering around the ghost hunter.

This device can pick up normal explainable energy such as other electronic devices, power lines, circuit breakers, etc. An electromagnetic field is a physical field which is produced by electrically charged objects.

An electromagnetic field (also EMF or EM field) is a physical field produced by electrically charged objects. It affects the behavior of charged objects in the vicinity of the field. The electromagnetic field extends indefinitely throughout space and describes the electromagnetic interaction.

An EMF Meter measures the derivative (rate of change) of the surrounding magnetic field; thus, these meters are sensitive to changing magnetic fields (fields with a frequency above 0 hertz). Most EMF meters are most sensitive to frequencies of about 30-10,000 hertz, while some have a wider response.





EMF Detectors

Ghost Meters work best if they have been calibrated to ignore the extremely subtle EMF emissions surrounding the human body, yet still sensitive enough to detect the small, distinct, erratic EMF energy fluctuations frequently found at reputed haunted locations.

Some ghost Meters provide three corroborating indicators of EMF emission strength.

A needle based display, LED lights, and an adjustable audio signal.

Some meters can also be operated in silent mode so it doesn't interfere with EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) recordings or distract other investigators during an investigation.


Paranormal investigators and ghost hunters use EMF meters while conducting investigations. Unusual activity in the form of high readings on these meters signifies that there is some type of paranormal activity, such as the presence of a ghost or other supernatural creature.

An electromagnetic field is a physical field that is produced by electrically charged objects and which affects the behavior of charged objects in the vicinity of the field. The electromagnetic field extends indefinitely throughout space and describes the electromagnetic interaction, one of the four fundamental forces of nature.

The field can be viewed as the combination of an electric field and a magnetic field. The electric field is produced by stationary charges, and the magnetic field by moving charges (currents); these two are often described as the sources of the field.


EMF Detector for Under 10 Dollars

Viper Paranormal shows you how to make and use an EMF detector for paranormal investigation using a needle compass.

An electromagnetic field is one of the four fundamental forces of nature (the others are gravitation, the weak interaction, and the strong interaction). The field can be viewed as the combination of an electric field and a magnetic field.

The electric field is produced by stationary charges, and the magnetic field by moving charges (currents); these two are often described as the sources of the field.

The way in which charges and currents interact with the electromagnetic field is described by Maxwell's equations and the Lorentz force law.

From a classical perspective, the electromagnetic field can be regarded as a smooth, continuous field, propagated in a wavelike manner; whereas from the perspective of quantum field theory, the field is seen as quantized, being composed of individual particles.


EMF Detector Tips


  • It is recommended to hold the EMF detector vertically with your hand and be aware not to block the top portion of the EMF detector with your hand.
  • Make sure you are using new batteries in the EMF detector. Old batteries will result in poor performance.
  • Use slow, steady and smooth movement while using the EMF detector. Rapid and jerky movement will affect the performance of the EMF detector and will provide negative results.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Many normal everyday items can provide high EMF results such as power lines, circuit boxes and other electrical equipment.
  • Take a base reading of a specific area, this way you will know what is the average EMF within that area or room.
  • It is usually recommended to set the sensitivity of the EMF detector to the most sensitive setting.
  • Tri-Field EMF detectors are usually the most recommended EMF detector to use for ghost hunting.


Ghost Hunting Equipment

Ghost hunters use a variety of techniques and tools to investigate alleged paranormal activity. While there is no universal acceptance among ghost hunters of the following methodologies, a number of these are commonly utilized by ghost hunting groups.

* Still photography and video: using digital, night vision, infrared, and even disposable cameras.

* EMF meter: to detect possibly unexplained fluctuations in electromagnetic fields.

* Tablet PC: to record data, audio, video and even environmental fluxuations such as electromagnetic fields.

* Ambient temperature measurement: using thermographic cameras, thermal imaging cameras, infrared thermometers, and other infrared temperature sensors.

* Digital and analog audio recording: to capture any unexplained noises and electronic voice phenomena (EVPs), that may be interpreted as disembodied voices.

* Geiger counter: to measure fluctuations in radiation.

* Ion meters: to detect an excess of negative ions.

* Infrared and/or ultrasonic motion sensors: to detect possible anomalous movement within a given area, or to assist in creating a controlled environment where any human movement is detected.

* Air quality monitoring equipment: to assess the levels of gases such as carbon monoxide, which are thought to contribute to reports of paranormal activity.

* Infrasound monitoring equipment: to assess the level of sound vibrations.

* Dowsing rods: usually constructed of brass and bent into an L-shape.

* Psychics, mediums, or clairvoyants: trance mediums or "sensitive" individuals thought to have the ability to identify and make contact with spiritual entities.

* Demonologists, exorcists, and clergy: individuals who may say prayers, give blessings, or perform rituals for the purpose of cleansing a location of alleged ghosts, demons, poltergeists, or "negative energy."

* Lights out: according to ghost hunting enthusiast websites, many ghost hunters prefer to conduct their investigations during "peak" evening hours (midnight to 4 a.m.).

* Ovilus/Ghost Box: These devices are used by some investigators to provide a possible one-on-one conversation with the dead, although they are experimental in nature.

* Interviews: collecting testimony and accounts about alleged hauntings.

* Historical research: researching the history behind the site being investigated.



K-II Meter - Electromagnetic fields, or EMFs, are emitted by electrical devices of all types. EMFs are everywhere, originating from appliances, cell phones, electrical wiring, and even the human body.


The K-II EMF Meter helps measure these fields to identify appliances that produce high-level emissions, allowing users to make informed decisions about limiting exposure.

EMF fluctuations have also been associated with locations where unexplained phenomena have been reported, including alleged hauntings. K-II meters generally operates on a single 9V battery, and many report EMF measurements in five milliGauss ranges.


EMF Gauge (detector) is a common device used in the detection of ghosts and spirits during ghost hunting.

The theory behind this device is that spirits are energy and this device picks up energy which may result in evidence that there is a spirit lingering around the ghost hunter.

This device can pick up normal explainable energy such as other electronic devices, power lines, circuit breakers, etc. An electromagnetic field is a physical field which is produced by electrically charged objects.


Digital Voice Recorders are used to help further evidence of spirits by recording what is called an EVP. An EVP is defined as: a voice or sound that is picked up an electronic device which was not heard by human ears.

This type of noise is only heard through technology such as a digital recorder and never from a human ear. EVP's may provide further proof that there is some form of energy attempting to communicate.

EVP's can be random noises, voices and in even some circumstances they can be responses to physical questions.


Thermal Imaging Cameras are used to help provide evidence of the paranormal field by detecting energy (heat) which the human eye may not be able to see.

Another theory of spirits is that since they may contain energy that they will in return have heat.

Cold spots is another theory that suggests that these spirits absorb energy around them to manifest themselves which in turn they create a cold spot within the surroundings.


Infrared Cameras are used in ghost hunting to view spirits that sometimes cannot be seen with the human eye. The theory is that spirits are more easier seen through IR light rather then UV light.

Another theory states that spirits move more quickly through our dimension and because of this a high speed object would be easier to film using a high frequency short wave source and that composition of spirits may be more sensitive to reflecting IR light.


Controlled Object - This is a technique used in ghost hunting to try and determine if a physical object has moved.

There are many ways and techniques of doing this for example placing pieces of tape where the legs of a chair touch the floor and to later see if the chair has moved away from the pieces of tape.

Of course physical evidence is necessary such as filming the controlled object since this would increase the evidence rather then it just be hearsay and another story.


Ghost Box is a device that is completely homemade from an AM/FM radio and is used to communicate with the dead.

Although most Ghost Boxes can be modified to open scan in both the AM and FM bands the AM bands tend to provide better results.

A Ghost Box creates white noise mixed with actually radio stations and the theory is that spirits can use this white noise and chatter from radio stations to actually manipulate into audible words to establish communication.







Ghost Hunting Equipment

EMF Gauge



Digital Voice Recorder - EVPs

EVP Voices of the dead being heard during a ouija board session. (Ouija boards are usually not recommended to be used for any type of communications with the other side)



EVPs
Ghost Hunters (TAPS) EVP Capture - Ghost Hunters check out the Mount Washington Hotel and captured amazing EVP's in Room 314, the original room of Princess Caroline, owner and frequent visitor of the hotel. The EVPs appear to sound like the Princess, herself and the team carries a conversation with her.


Thermal Imaging Cameras
Ghost Hunters (TAPS) capture a video hit using a thermal video camera.


Thermal Hit
Ghost Hunters catch a thermal hit on a thermal imaging camera at the Crescent Hotel.


IR Cameras
An IR camera picks up what seems to be a child at the top of the stairs.


IR Footage

IR Footage of someone finding in the next room, what appears to be the ghost of a little girl crying. Real or not? That's for you to decide.


Ghost Hunting Equipment

An introduction on what equipment to use to hunt ghosts / capture paranormal evidence.


Ghost Hunting Equipment
Leading ghost expert Richard Felix tells you everything you need to know about how to become a successful ghost hunter. Here Richard runs through the equipment needed for ghost hunting.

Air Ion Detector - Ghost Hunting

Air ion detectors are a tool used by some ghost hunters which may help aid the ghost hunter as an early warning signal in detecting possible paranormal activity which is about to occur.

The Air Ion Counter is a hand-held meter designed to measure ion density which is the number of ions per cubic centimeter (ions/cc) in air.

It measures this number separately for positive and negative ions (+ and - ions are usually present simultaneously).


There are some theories behind this tool when it comes to hunting ghosts.

Theory 1 - It is believed that spirits need to draw energy to manifest themselves therefore a spirit may draw positive or negative ions out of the atmosphere to manifest themselves which would be detected by the air ion detector.

Theory 2 - In theory it is believed that if a spirit is present it would affect the natural and/or man-made ions in the air. If this is true, then the air ion detector would be able to indicate and detect this.

Air Ion Detector (Counter) Spirits and Electromagnetic Discharges


Air Ion Detector (Counter)
Spirits and Electromagnetic Discharges





An Air Ion Detector detects positive and/or negative ions in the atmosphere. The theory states that this device will help detect paranormal activity due to the high energy of spirit activity which may cause high amounts of electromagnetic discharges.

An air ion counter is used to keep track of the air's positive and negative ions. Some maintain that the electromagnetic discharges given off by spirits can result in an abnormally high number of positive ions, so this tool serves as a useful signal of their presence.

An ion is an atom or molecule in which the total number of electrons is not equal to the total number of protons, giving it a net positive or negative electrical charge.

An anion (pronounced, from the Greek word ἀνω (anο), meaning "up", is an ion with more electrons than protons, giving it a net negative charge (since electrons are negatively charged and protons are positively charged).

Conversely, a cation, from the Greek word κατά (kata), meaning "down", is an ion with fewer electrons than protons, giving it a positive charge.

Since the charge on a proton is equal in magnitude to the charge on an electron, the net charge on an ion is equal to the number of protons in the ion minus the number of electrons.

An ion consisting of a single atom is an atomic or monatomic ion. If it consists of two or more atoms, it is a molecular or polyatomic ion.

Polyatomic ions containing oxygen, such as carbonate and sulfate, are called oxyanions. If an ion contains unpaired electrons, it is called a radical ion.

Just like uncharged radicals, radical ions are very reactive. Molecular ions that contain at least one carbon to hydrogen bond are called organic ions.

Positively charged organic ions are called carbocations. Negatively charged molecular ions with at least one carbon atom are called organic anions.

Skepticism towards ghost hunting and the tools that ghost hunters use.

Many ghost-hunting groups say they find evidence of something they can't explain through scientific or natural means, yet critics question ghost-hunting's methodology.

Particularly its use of instrumentation, as there is no scientifically-proven link between the existence of ghosts and cold spots or electromagnetic fields.

According to skeptical investigator Joe Nickell, the typical ghost hunter is practicing pseudoscience.

Nickell says that ghost hunters often arm themselves with EMF meters, thermometers that can identify cold spots, and wireless microphones that eliminate background noise, pointing out the equipment being used to try to detect ghosts is not designed for the job. "The least likely explanation for any given reading is it is a ghost," maintains Nickell.

Orbs of light that show up on photos, he says, are often particles of dust or moisture. "Voices" picked up by tape recorders can be radio signals or noise from the recorder, and EMF detectors can be set off by faulty wiring or microwave towers.

Ghost Hunting Death

Christopher Kaiser, 29, of Charlotte, was struck and killed by a train while ghost hunting.

Shortly before 3 a.m. Friday, on the 119th anniversary of the Bostian Bridge train tragedy and at about the same time, between ten and twelve ghost hunters were on that approximately 300-foot long span of tracks.

They were hoping to hear the sounds of the crash, and perhaps see something paranormal.

Instead, a real Norfolk-Southern train with three engines and one car turned the corner as it headed east to Statesville, about 35 miles north of Charlotte, the authorities said.

The terrified "amateur ghost watchers" ran away, back toward Statesville, trying to cover the nearly 150 feet that they traveled to safety, said Iredell County Sheriff's Office Capt. Darren Campbell. All but two made it. Christopher Kaiser, 29, of Charlotte, was struck and instantly killed, said Campbell.

Ghost Hunting 101

Ghost Hunting 101 - Typically, a ghost hunting team will attempt to collect evidence claimed to be supportive of paranormal activity. Ghost hunters often utilize a variety of electronic equipment, such as the following types: the EMF meter; digital thermometer; handheld and static digital video cameras, such as thermographic (or infrared) and night vision; digital audio recorder; and computer. Some organized teams of ghost hunters refer to themselves as paranormal investigators. While many groups claim to utilize scientific methods, no scientifically testable and verifiable evidence supports the existence of ghosts.

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Phenomenon - Noah's Ark

An episode of 'Phenomenon - The Lost Archives' investigating Noah's Ark.

Unlocking the Great Pyramid

The Great Pyramid at Giza is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the World still standing and no one knows how it was built. For centuries archaeologists have been trying to figure out how ancient Egyptians moved huge stones to the top of the Pyramid.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Ghosts & Hauntings - "The Stone" ghost caught on film

During the shoot "The Stone", the cast and crew experienced numerous paranormal phenomena, the location is reported to be one of the most haunting locations in the UK.

Metaphysics & Psychology - Sleep paralysis

One in five will experience the terrifying phenomenon of sleep paralysis. Victims wake to find that they are paralyzed and unable to move or speak. Many experience frightening visions of demons, shadows, or an old woman known as "The Hag."

Cryptozoology - Loch Ness by boat

Equitrekking host Darley Newman joins expert Adrian Shine of the Loch Ness Project to learn about the elusive Loch Ness monster by touring Loch Ness by boat.

Paranormal experts fail to get rid of 'ghosts' at grandma's house

Sat, Jan 08, 2011
The Star/Asia News Network


By Syed Azhar

KOTA BARU - There seems to be no end to Zainab Sulaiman's woes despite several attempts by paranormal experts to rid her of spirits believed to be behind over 200 mysterious fires which have broken out in her home.

On Wednesday night, a group of local Muslim ghostbusters called Darul Shifaq spent half the night in her house at Kampung Penam­bang Bunga Emas here chanting Quranic verses.

They also used blessed water to cleanse her ancient collection of keris, swords, and brasswares where the spirits are believed to be staying.

Darul Shifaq leader Zakaria Ya said djinn or spirits rarely possess human beings.

"We have come across this sort of paranormal activity before, and her an­cient belongings may be the cause of the fires.

"Zainab could have inherited ancient keris or swords from her forefathers who could have practised black magic," he said.

Zainab says that the number of fires have increased.

"I counted at least 46 new fires appearing on anything made from cloth at all corners of the house since Wednesday.

"Despite the attempts of Darul Shifaq, the spirits are still here,'' she said.

Zainab, 73, who lives in the wooden house with her daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, said an American couple visited her recently and offered to help rid the house of the spirits.

"They came here with tour guides at about 7pm, but I politely turned them down because of language problems.

"Furthermore, I am afraid anything I do now may anger the spirits further," she said.

Earlier, a Siamese medium had attempted to chase away the spirits but was unsuccessful.

The fires have destroyed 200 items of clothing as well as prayer mats and two mattresses.

http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+News/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20110108-257050.html

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Mars rover to visit stadium-sized crater

Larundel - The haunted hospital

Mysteries Bermuda Triangle: Flight 19

This fascinating video looks at the group of aircraft that were the first of thousands to go missing inside the mysterious Bermuda Triangle in 1945, in the BBC show of the same title.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Exorcists

One of the earliest mentions of exorcisms comes from the Bible, although in all cultures the removal of evil through ritual exists.

The Roman Catholic Church is the most well known institution that uses exorcists. Pope Cornelius wrote in the third century that the then Roman Church had fifty-two exorcists, which is similar in number to those employed by the church today.

There is a lot of misconception about what exorcism really is. The exorcist performs a religious rite called “The Roman Rite” and is used to drive Satan or evil spirits out of a possessed person, place or object. The ritual involves using holy water, prayers and relics.

Many cultures around the world perform similar rites. In China, a form of exorcism and potentially dangerous rite, called the Wutu Ritual, is normally performed by young men. It involves a trance medium and the construction of a mountain god altar. Seven men are painted with symbols of various gods and the rite is performed. This is repeated every year to stop evil returning.

FACT FILE At least one death per year in America is attributed to the performance of an exorcism


Spiritualism


The birth of Spiritualism began at the home of the teenage Fox sisters in a small village in New York State. On 31st March 1848, the sisters began to communicate with a spirit through the method of table rapping, the sisters asked a question and a series of knocks stated yes or no. The Fox sisters were a sensation and for many years would hold séances with many famous dignitaries and researchers who believed that they were authentic.

The Fox sisters started a trend and various forms of mediumship developed. Italian, Eusapia Palladino, soon followed the Foxes and claimed to be a physical medium with the ability to manifest three-dimensional entities using ectoplasm and perform acts of psychokinesis – the moving of objects with her mind.

To investigate the claims of the new mediums and clairvoyants, the Society of Psychical Research was formed by distinguished scientists of the time; indeed the society is still in existence after 120 years. In the early years they uncovered many frauds and hoaxes that were rife and took advantage of people’s circumstances.

It is amazing that something started from a game played by three teenage girls has now become a worldwide phenomenon and is a belief widely held by millions of people.

Famous Poltergeists


Poltergeists are one of the most incredible and terrifying manifestations of paranormal activity because they often leave physical evidence of their actions.

The Phantom Drummer of Tedworth was a famous poltergeist that haunted an English family in the 1600s. The poltergeist would make drumming sounds, beating night after night. It would also violently hit furniture and smashed a bedstead to pieces. Only when a clergyman came to visit did it stop.

In the early 1800s, the Creeping Coffins of Barbados caught the attention of the press. The activity took place in the Chase family tomb for a period of eight years. Coffins would be rearranged and even flung against the walls.

The Enfield Poltergeist is the most spectacular case of its kind. Lasting over a year in the 1970s, two researchers documented over 1500 incidents. They ranged from materialisation of objects, fire starting and even possession, the majority of which was centred on Janet, a twelve-year old girl.

Ghost History

FACT FILE Anne Boleyn’s ghost holds the record for most sightings. Since her execution in 1536, she’s been spotted 30,000 times in 120 locations.

Whether we choose to believe or not in ghosts and spirits, there is no denying that we only have to look through history to find a wide range of spooky encounters.

In the 1st century AD, a ghost was reported to haunt a house in Athens belonging to Pliny the Younger. According to Pliny the ghost would rattle chains and take the form of an old man with a beard.

The first poltergeist was recorded in 856AD at a farmhouse on the banks of the River Rhine in Germany. The spirit tormented the family by throwing stones, banging on walls and making fires. Even when several priests armed with holy relics came to visit, it sent them packing with a hale of stones.

Sightings of spectral armies after key English Civil War battles were reported in contemporary sources, similar accounts also came from Gettysburg, The Somme and Gallipoli.

The last two hundred years has seen a huge increase of interest in science but also in the spirit world. It seems that no matter how much we progress, we have a natural interest in ghosts.


Ghost Hunting Equipment


Modern day ghost hunting is a gadget packed hobby that often costs the enthusiast thousands of pounds.

No self respecting ghost hunter is without an EMF Detector which identifies static electricity, the alleged causes of ghostly manifestations. Another piece of equipment is the digital thermometer, used to detect fluctuations in temperature in a location. Just before ghost activity there are sharp, unexplained drops in temperature so an accurate thermometer is important. A ghost hunter will also carry sound, humidity and light meters to monitor the location during their investigations.

Good recording equipment is essential, so tape recorders and Dictaphones should be used. The higher the quality of equipment the better the chance of future analysis of any evidence recorded. Most researchers use infrared cameras during their investigations. These are particularly good for picking up mists and light anomalies. High-end equipment such as radiation detectors and thermocameras can also be purchased but could cost huge amounts of money.

The famous ghost hunter Peter Greenwood once commented that he had seen ghost hunters with cars full of equipment and yet it is the man with just a tape recorder that gets the evidence. Thus is the nature of the paranormal!

Electronic Voice Phenomenon

EVP

Electronic Voice Phenomenon is the alleged communication with the dead using tape recorders and similar devices. The modern day belief in EVP began the early 1980s in the United States, when Sarah Estep claimed to have recorded thousands of voices using her husband’s tape recorder. The American Association of EVP was formed and now has members in twenty different countries.

Twenty years earlier, Dr Konstantin Raudive was an exponent of EVP and published a number of books about his 70,000 messages, recorded over decades of research. His research became so popular that EVP is often known as “Raudive Voices”. In 1972 sound and radio engineers across Europe undertook with the Society of Paranormal Research experiments in the advancement of research into EVP.

R.K. Shergold, the then chairman of SPR believed that the experiments proved beyond a doubt that the phenomenon was real. The sceptics were soon to highlight that the major problem with EVP is that any electronic device could pick up rogue transmissions caused by passing radio users. It is impossible to say that all EVPs are due to cross modulation, but they are likely to be caused this way.

Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC)

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It was only a matter of time before researchers began to apply modern technology to the investigation of spirits. Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC) uses televisions to capture images from those who have passed away. Users of ITC believe they are capturing evidence from the other side.

German ITC researcher Klaus Schreiber gathered images of alleged spirits by using a video camera aimed at a television and fed the output of the video camera back into the TV. The continual loop would often show faces emerging from the mist. During one session an image of Austrian actress Romy Schneider appeared several years after her death.

Another strange example from Sweden occurred during the burial of Friedrich Juergenson, when an ITC researcher saw an image of a man appear on his TV. He photographed it and discovered after intensive research it was in fact Juergenson.

ITC is not limited to using the television alone; researchers are now using radios, computers, telephones and even fax machines. The application of technology is purely to obtain meaningful information such as voices, images and text.

After a decade of research into the evidence, scientists are finding it hard to simply dismiss this phenomenon.

Orbs? Evidence or Dust?


Since the advent of digital cameras, there has been fierce debate on the authenticity of Orbs. They are circular blobs that appear on photographs taken on both digital and 35mm cameras.

The first Orb photographs were taken in cemeteries in the early 1990s, by American ghost hunters. They believed Orbs were the souls of the dead hovering over their gravestones. Orbs were then photographed in haunted locations suggesting that it was a form of energy associated with the paranormal.

For many years it was taken as fact that Orbs were paranormal activity but then various researchers began to prove that Orbs were not what they seemed. A group of English investigators showed that, depending on the camera, you would have different structured and coloured orbs. And not only that, but moisture and dust in the air caused similar effects.

Tests were undertaken with various substances including sand, dust and moisture. The results proved that the thousands of Orb photographs could be easily explained away. The manufacturers began to take note of the issues caused by Orbs and recent digital cameras are now fitted with an Orb-free filter, proving beyond a doubt that Orbs were little more than a technical glitch.

Ghost Hunting

The First Ghost Hunters

Ghost hunting isn’t a modern activity; one of the first ghost hunters was Joseph Glanvill. As the chaplain of Charles II in the late 1600s, Glanvill investigated the paranormal, especially ghostly activity in the British Isles. His most famous case was the Drummer of Tedworth and he published his results in “Saducismus Triumphatus” in 1681.

Another investigator of ghosts was philosopher and bookseller, Friedrich Nicolai. His interest in the paranormal began after he suffered from visions of deceased people. He began to investigate and try to find a cure for the condition. In 1799, he presented “Memoir on the Appearance of Spectres or Phantoms Occasioned by Disease” the book not only included various experiences with the paranormal but also the view that it could be cured by the application of leeches.

It took nearly a hundred years for the paranormal to have a real investigation group. Originally called the Ghost Society, the Society for Psychical Research was established in 1882 to examine alleged paranormal phenomena. The society was founded by a distinguished group of scholars and continues to investigate the paranormal in a scientific and unbiased way.

The investigation of paranormal forces is now a global pastime, with scores of ghost hunters operating all over the world. And it would seem that some modern technology supports the theory of life after death. But many sceptics have yet to be convinced, citing natural phenomena and technical anomalies as the real cause of ghostly goings on.



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