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Woman drowns during exorcism ceremony

Barbara McMahon in Sydney
Monday November 12, 2007

A 22-year-old woman died during an exorcism ritual in New Zealand, drowning at a relative's home as up to 40 family members looked on, police said today.

Janet Moses, a mother of two, was held under water in an attempt to drive away a makutu, or Maori curse. Containers holding an "extensive amount" of water were brought into the lounge of the house, in Wellington, for the ceremony.

The woman had been dead for nine hours before her family contacted police. She had been placed on a bed and was found with grazes to her upper arms, forearms and torso.

Detecxtives initially treated the death as unexplained until a post-mortem ruled out natural causes and revealed the woman had drowned.

Detective Sergeant Ross Levy, leading the inquiry, confirmed that a "cultural ceremony" had taken place, and said police were treating the death as a homicide. The exorcism took place on October 12.

Moses, who had daughters aged one and three, stayed at her relative's house in the week leading up the ceremony. A woman living next door said she heard loud noises on the night of the exorcism, "like banging on a wall", adding that a large number of people had entered and left the building.

Detectives have now interviewed 100 members of the woman's family. "The family has always been the central focus of the inquiry ... this has not changed and won't change," Det Sgt Levy said. "Our task is to identify those responsible for Janet's death."

The exorcism ritual was held because the woman's relatives believed a curse had been put on her after another member of her family stole a taonga, meaning treasured artefact, belonging to someone else.

Dr Hone Kaa, an archdeacon of the Anglican Maori Church, told the New Zealand Herald that he was last involved in a makutu-lifting ceremony 12 years ago, but said they were still commonplace.

Dr Kaa said water was used to cleanse the victim during the ceremony, and expressed surprise when he heard the amount of water alleged to have been used.

He added that such ceremonies were "very emotional, very intense", but said he had never heard of anyone being badly injured.

"You may have to hold the person down because the spirit may fight within the person to stay, so you need others around you to restrain them," he said.

The victim was buried in a traditional Maori funeral ceremony.

Guardian Unlimited

Reagan was critically concerned about extraterrestrials

26th Novemeber 2007


Soon after his election as U.S. President, Ronald Reagan demonstrated an apparent "rigid" belief of the nature of an Extraterrestrial (ET) threat, and laced many of his public statements referring to the ET presence and its threat to humanity. [1] According to Dixon Davis, one of the two CIA agents appointed to brief Reagan when he was President-elect: "The problem with Ronald Reagan was that all his ideas were all fixed. He thought that he knew about everything -- he was an old dog." [2]

Reagan’s anti-communist rhetoric and massive build-up of military forces was a cover for Reagan’s true desire to militarily confront ET races. [3] His first major public comment on an ET threat occurred at a 1985 US-Soviet Summit meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev at Geneva when he said:

I couldn’t help but - when you stop to think that we’re all God’s children, wherever we live in the world, I couldn’t help but say to him (Gorbachev) just how easy his task and mine might be if suddenly there was a threat to this world from some other species from another planet outside in the universe. We’d forget all the little local differences that we have between our countries and we would find out once and for all that we really are all human beings here on this Earth together. Well I guess we can wait for some alien race to come down and threaten us, but I think that between us we can bring about that realization. [4]

If his unscheduled comment at a U.S.-Soviet Summit were not itself a provocative enough expression of Reagan’s views on the possible threat of an ET presence, then his speech to the Forty-Second UN General Assembly of the United Nations on September 21, 1987, was even more provocative and disturbing in its implications:

In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside of this world. And yet I ask -- is not an alien force already among us? [5]

For Colonel Phillip Corso, and other conservative military officers, Reagan was a hero who knew how to best respond to the ET presence -- a global defensive shield that could shoot down ET craft anywhere around the planet. [6] The Strategic Defense Initiative had little to do with shooting down ballistic nuclear missiles, and really was part of a planetary shield desired by clandestine organizations in the military wanting to militarily confront the ET presence.

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Wizards and diviners abound in Britain

Britain's image as the home of sensible and practical types takes a knock today, with the publication of data showing just how many of us think we are wizards, time-travellers or able to divine water. Norse and Celtic influences moving down the centuries have led almost 10% of people in some areas to believe they can teleport their neighbours as well as read minds, crystal balls and tarot cards.

The scale of a return to an island of ley lines and Merlin comes to light in a survey of psychic organisations backed by polling and research into cases of supposed witches, enchanters and close encounters of the third kind that have made the media, scientific and alternative journals in the past 100 years. Published by the SciFi TV channel to mark a drama series on the subject, the project was supervised by the Rev Lionel Fanthorpe, an Anglican priest who chairs numerous bodies concerned with unidentified flying objects and "anomalous phenomena".

The findings suggest that only Sussex comes close to matching Yorkshire and Essex in the imaginative powers of residents, while the East Midlands, west Scotland and Herefordshire appear to have their feet most firmly on the ground.

Mr Fanthorpe said: "Yorkshire boasts a rich genetic history of British, Celtic, Roman, Angle and Norse settlers and it is quite possible that the present-day citizens there owe their status as superpower capital of the UK to this rich mixture.

"It follows that at the other end of the scale the East Midlands doesn't have such a rich genetic diversity and this may well have an impact on it [having] the least residents with extraordinary powers."

Society's diversity, still growing within Britain, may bump up the figures, as well as possibly add to the study's 12 categories of "other-worldliness" - telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation, time travel, mediums, psychic healers, astrologers, palm readers, tarot card readers, crystal experts, wizards and enchanters, and water diviners.

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The Weird Russian Mind-Control Research Behind a DHS Contract

By Sharon Weinberger  09.20.07 | 2:00 AM

MOSCOW -- The future of U.S. anti-terrorism technology could lie near the end of a Moscow subway line in a circular dungeon-like room with a single door and no windows. Here, at the Psychotechnology Research Institute, human subjects submit to experiments aimed at manipulating their subconscious minds.

Elena Rusalkina, the silver-haired woman who runs the institute, gestured to the center of the claustrophobic room, where what looked like a dentist's chair sits in front of a glowing computer monitor. "We've had volunteers, a lot of them," she said, the thick concrete walls muffling the noise from the college campus outside. "We worked out a program with (a psychiatric facility) to study criminals. There's no way to falsify the results. There's no subjectivism."

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has gone to many strange places in its search for ways to identify terrorists before they attack, but perhaps none stranger than this lab on the outskirts of Russia's capital. The institute has for years served as the center of an obscure field of human behavior study -- dubbed psychoecology -- that traces it roots back to Soviet-era mind control research.

What's gotten DHS' attention is the institute's work on a system called Semantic Stimuli Response Measurements Technology, or SSRM Tek, a software-based mind reader that supposedly tests a subject's involuntary response to subliminal messages.

SSRM Tek is presented to a subject as an innocent computer game that flashes subliminal images across the screen -- like pictures of Osama bin Laden or the World Trade Center. The "player" -- a traveler at an airport screening line, for example -- presses a button in response to the images, without consciously registering what he or she is looking at. The terrorist's response to the scrambled image involuntarily differs from the innocent person's, according to the theory.

"If it's a clean result, the passengers are allowed through," said Rusalkina, during a reporter's visit last year. "If there's something there, that person will need to go through extra checks."

Rusalkina markets the technology as a program called Mindreader 2.0. To sell Mindreader to the West, she's teamed up with a Canadian firm, which is now working with a U.S. defense contractor called SRS Technologies. This May, DHS announced plans to award a sole-source contract to conduct the first U.S.-government sponsored testing of SSRM Tek.

The contract is a small victory for the Psychotechnology Research Institute and its leaders, who have struggled for years to be accepted in the West. It also illustrates how the search for counter-terrorism technology has led the U.S. government into unconventional -- and some would say unsound -- science.

All of the technology at the institute is based on the work of Rusalkina's late husband, Igor Smirnov, a controversial Russian scientist whose incredible tales of mind control attracted frequent press attention before his death several years ago.

Smirnov was a Rasputin-like character often portrayed in the media as having almost mystical powers of persuasion. Today, first-time visitors to the institute -- housed in a drab concrete building at the Peoples Friendship University of Russia -- are asked to watch a half-hour television program dedicated to Smirnov, who is called the father of "psychotronic weapons," the Russian term for mind control weapons. Bearded and confident, Smirnov in the video explains how subliminal sounds could alter a person's behavior. To the untrained ear, the demonstration sounds like squealing pigs.

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Iron Maiden member to make Crowley Movie

9th September 2007

The news that Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is about to start filming a supernatural occult thriller called 'The Chemical Wedding' which is based on the work of Aleister Crowley has rekindled an interest in matters relating to the occult and to esoteric tradition. However, few people actually know what all the fuss is about.

Beyond the hype of the 'Wickedest man in the World' is a legacy of ritual, wisdom and knowledge that has endured for centuries, but can a rockstar do justice to occult tradition?



Above Crowley

Secret societies devoted to esoteric wisdom and occult knowledge have always found inspiration in the writings of Johann Valentin Andreae (1589-1674); particularly the story of Christian Rosenkreuz and his exploration into the realms of alchemy, astrology and kabbalah in "The Chymical Wedding" of Christian Rosenkreutz.

The story was said by some to be the third of the original manifestos of the mysterious Fraternity of the Rose Cross, The Rosicrucians.

The original story of "The Chymical Wedding" is an allegoric story divided into Seven Days, or Seven Journeys and relates how the hero, Christian Rosenkreuz, was invited to go to a wonderful castle full of miracles, so as to assist in the Chymical Wedding of the king and the queen. The term "Chymical Wedding" in this sense refers to alchemy – for which the 'Sacred Marriage' or transformation of the consciousness was the goal.

The sacred marriage, often referred to as the ‘coniunctio’ or ‘coitus’, refers to the union of the trinity: the divine spirit, the soul and the physical body. Although a relationship of sorts exists between them, in common man, the spirit, soul and body are separated from each other. However it was thought that when the 'Great Work' had been completed, the divine spirit was finally brought ‘down’ to unify itself with the soul and the body, so that the three became one. This unification was the ultimate aim of all occultists; it was the Chymical Wedding.



Above Bruce

The Chymical Wedding was achieved through a lengthy initiation ritual that consisted of a series of tests and purifications, symbolising death, resurrection, and ascension. In the original Rosicrucian story, it is this process that Rosenkreutz was invited to assist with. Some would say that it was there in early seventeenth century Germany that modern esoteric and occult tradition was founded and Rosicrucianism as we know it was born.

It should be noted though that according to a lesser known legend found in Masonic literature, the original Rosicrucian order dates back to 46 C.E. when an Alexandrian Gnostic sage named Ormus and his six followers were converted by Mark, one of Jesus' disciples. This conversion fused primitive Christianity with Egyptian mysteries, thus creating the Rosicrucian Order.

Among the philosophers, scholars and scientists who may have had Rosicrucian connections are such notable names as Francis Bacon, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Issac Newton and the notable occult scholar, Aleister Crowley. Crowley’s personal name for himself as a soul entity who had undergone the process of the Chymical Wedding was 'Perdurabo' which means 'I will endure' a veiled reference not only to his dedication and persistence but also to his soul continuance. For Crowley, like many occultists, the Chymical Wedding was seen as the goal of what he termed 'The Great Work'.

A long time student of the occult and admirer of Aleister Crowley, Bruce Dickinson had decided to branch out into into Hollywood with his new film, rather aptly called "Chemical Wedding". Crowley, who lived between 1875 and 1947, has been Bruce Dickinson's idol for many years, so is it possible that the inspiration to create a film based on his idol is a natural way of exploring and communicating the occult tradition and legacy that we inherited from Crowley? The Iron Maiden song "Revelations" is said to refer to Crowley's classic (many say misunderstood) claim that he was the "anti-christ 666" reincarnated, so this is not the first time Dickinson has introduced Crowley to his fans, but now he is seeking a far wider audience.

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Are we alone?

By Jeanné McCartin
features@seacoastonline.com
August 26, 2007 6:00 AM

UFOs? Aliens? Intelligent life beyond Earth? The truth may be out there, but some locals still aren't comfortable talking about what they believe

We write about them, talk about them, make movies and films on the subject, but admit you believe there's intelligent life on other planets? Well, maybe privately.

More than two dozen people who were asked their opinion were more than willing to talk on the matter — but not on the record. What's interesting is, all but two believe. And to the last one, the believers felt it was the rational response. To imagine all universes void of life with the exception of earth seemed a ludicrous concept. But on the record? Thanks, but no thanks. They'd rather the neighbors didn't know.

Only one person admitted to a sighting. She was excited to talk about the experience — off the record. The East Kingston resident saw her UFO on Route 108 between Exeter and Kingston, a few decades back. "It's been a 'stick to beat me with' at the family reunions for years. It's good-natured, but I don't need it to be out there ...; to my friends," she says. "So, no. Not on the record."

With decades to think about it, does she still think it was an alien space ship she spotted? "Sometimes I question it. ...; It was a long time ago. I'll never really know what it was, will I? But it wasn't a plane, and it was definitely different. I've never seen anything act like that — holding steady, and then gone. ...; Yes I guess I did see what I thought I saw."

So aliens are a given? "They would have to be wouldn't they? Not little green things. But I do believe in intelligent life, other than us. It only makes sense."

There it is — the oft-repeated comment; the one few would admit to on record.

And yet, a 2006 poll conducted by the Center for Survey and Research Analysis at the University of Connecticut indicates there are 3 million Americans who believe they've encountered bright lights or incurred bodily marks indicative of a possible encounter with aliens. Ninety-percent of the believers feel Earth should reply to any message from another planet. At least two-thirds of those polled who said they did not believe in extraterrestrial agreed. Seventy-seven percent of the believers thought alien life forms could develop on planets very different from Earth. And 80 percent felt intelligent aliens were likely more advanced than humans.

Andrea Ardito of Portsmouth says she hasn't given much thought to off-Earth intelligent life. But her fourth-grade daughter is truly fascinated by the concept. She became interested in the subject when she learned Betty Hill was a neighbor. Seacoast residents Betty and Barney Hill, now deceased, became internationally renowned for claiming they were abducted in 1961.

There are unexplainable occurrences in this world that get a mind to thinking," says Ardito. "I guess I would say that I would like to believe there is life outside ...; Earth. And I'd like to think (aliens) are benevolent. But after reading the story about the Hills, I think twice about driving dark back roads in New Hampshire. ...; But there have been enough people that have had experiences you can't help but think, gee, there must be something out there."

Scott Seely of North Hampton has pondered the matter. Seely earned a bachelor's degree in astronomy from Northwestern University — many moons ago. One of his teachers and mentors was J. Allen Hynek.

"He was the authority of a UFO project, Project Blue Book. Their mission was to investigate UFOs." UFO, Seely explains, refers to all unidentified flying objects, "not necessarily something that lands in a field with little creatures coming out of it." And yes, Hynek believed in the possibility of intelligent life on other planets, an idea Seely shares.

"I think most astronomers do. ...; It just makes scientific sense with the amount of stars and planets ...; some with atmospheres that can support carbon life."

According to the New Hampshire Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) Web site, there have been hundreds of sightings reported in New Hampshire. Rockingham County comes in with 143 reported cases, the most of any county.

There are a few reports listed for Portsmouth, including one in 1954 by two military personnel "It flew 800-1,000 mph at 1-2,000 feet, leaving a faint swath. Sighting lasted about 20 seconds."

Melissa Scott of Portsmouth has 20 published science fiction books to her credit. To date she's created only one nonhuman species. "The artistic reason is I'd rather write about humans rather than aliens that are stand-ins for people," says Scott.

While she may ponder their existence, her own belief regarding is barely one side of the fence. "Are there aliens? That's a very difficult question. I have no evidence either way. We've never been contacted by any," she says. "But on the other hand, it seems presumptuous not to think, that in this massive universe, intelligent life hasn't evolved on any planet beside this one."

"I think (believing) really depends on how optimistic you feel about the universe to tell you the truth," she says. "There is a Drake Equation that lets you figure out what you think about the chances that there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. And if you are at all optimistic when you plug in the numbers, then the answer is of course yes. ...; If you're a pessimist ...; the answer is almost vanishing small.

"It's a fascinating question — but there is no data. No sensible data for either side of it." And abductions? "I don't want to get into that one."

But Kathleen Marden does. Marden is the niece of Betty and Barney Hill. She's written a book "Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience," based on her own research of the case. "I don't like to use the word 'believe.' To me that connotes the idea that it's a belief such as a religious one. I think there is sufficient evidence that some people, at least, have been abducted."

"I want to qualify, 'some' — at least one and possibly more." To her mind, the most credible abductions occurred in the 1960s and '70s. "There was evidence that something had happened." In addition to the Hills, there was the Travis Walton incident in the White Mountains of Arizona, and another with Calvin Parker and Charlie Hickson, Pascagoula, Miss., all with strong evidence. "There were also three women from Kentucky. They had a highly credible, multiple-witness case."

In addition to investigating her own family's claim, Marden has worked with Mutual UFO Society (MUFON), and was an investigator of UFO sighting cases. And she still has people reach out to here who believe they've been abducted.

"You can't simply believe. ...; There has to be an extensive investigation." And that can be financially prohibitive. If there are claims of in-home nocturnal abductions, a more common form these days, investigations require security cameras throughout an individual's home. Lie detector tests are commonly used in all sighting and abduction investigations. "You want physical and circumstantial evidence, radar reports from the Air Force, and multiple witnesses that are credible."

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GHOST AND CULTURE

11TH August 2007

John Wall loved his family home of Chingle Hall near Ribchester. A cross-shaped, moated, manor house built in 1260, it had been the location of secret masses during Henry VIII’s persecutions. Wall himself was martyred in the 17th century, his head sent off to France. In 1789 it is thought to have been brought back and hidden somewhere in the Hall. They should have told John Wall where it was, for it seems he is one of many ghosts still walking the Hall, trying to find it.
We can, of course, dismiss such nonsense as superstition. But at least one guide at the Hall will disagree. As well as hearing footsteps, she has had her head and arm stroked by an invisible entity. One brother and sister visiting the Hall watched a cloaked apparition for fifteen minutes. Other people have regularly seen two praying monks.

GHOSTIES IN THE UK

The UK is full of ghosts. Why is this? Whether we accept ghosts as existing or not, stories of ghosts persist. Could it be that there is value in those stories? Could they have a distinct purpose that guarantees they will exist?
Croft Castle on the Welsh border near Leominster is older than Chingle Hall, being mentioned in the Doomsday Book. During the 1920s a host of stories were told, such as the visitor who saw a spectral man dressed in a black leather coat.
Folklore states that it is the ghost of Welsh folk hero, Owen Glendower. Even in the 1950s stories continued to be told, including a visitor who heard 18th century music coming from the castle when it was known to be empty; and a head teacher who, whilst talking to the custodian, saw a reflection in a mirror of someone walking across the room.

MOST HAUNTED

One of the most haunted houses ever was 50 Berkeley Square in London. Ghosts, here, are said to include an insane man who died in the room in which he was imprisoned, a Scottish child killed by a servant, and a woman who threw herself out of a window to avoid being raped.
A terrifying ’shape’ was often seen in the house, inducing a sailor spending the night there to throw himself out of a window. When the writer Lord Lyttleton spent a night there, he fired pistols at the shape.
Burton Agnes Hall near Driffield is occasionally haunted by Awd Nance, the ghost of a woman who died after a beating in the 19th century. Before dying she made her sisters promise they’d keep her head in the hall.
Horrified, they buried her intact. Within days doors started banging, and the sound of people would be heard in the corridors at night. Eventually a vicar exhumed the woman and placed her head in the hall. The haunting stopped, yet occasionally she still flexes her ghostly muscles.

TALES DOWN THE CENTURIES

Few ghosts are as persistent as the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall, Norfolk, thought to be the daughter of Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole. Dorothy Walpole married one Charles Townsend after living a scandalous life. When Charles found out about her past, he imprisoned her in a room in the Hall for ten years until her death. However, she has been seen many times since then.
One famous witness was George III who, staying at the Hall, woke up one night to see her standing by his bed. Another witness saw her in a corridor, and walked through her. In 1835 a Colonel described her brown attire, but also noted the apparition seemed to have no eyes, her appearances becoming malevolent.
Indeed, when Captain Frederick Marryat saw her with a group of friends, she chased them into their room, laughing wickedly. However, the most amazing sighting was when two photographers were taking pictures of a staircase in the Hall in 1936. Seeing a shape, they exposed a plate. The plate showed the vague outline of a woman in bridal costume.

HISTORY AND PLACE

We can, if we choose, discount all of these ghost stories. I don’t, but let us assume they are all made up – let us be really skeptical. But even if we do this, we are still left with an intriguing possibility. Is there any value in the ghost story itself?
One vital element of all of the above is that they record an element of history or culture. Coming at a time before a modern media, could it be that their transmission WAS a valid element of media?
If we accept such a possibility, then the recounted ghost story takes on a life of its own. It is a vital part of the transmission of a sense of identity – it places a person in his historic and cultural heritage.

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Legend of the Mermaid

on July 29th, 2007

Residents of the Hebridean island of Benbecula were gathering seaweed one day in 1830 when they saw a woman-like creature playing near the sea. Attempting to catch it, a boy threw a stone which struck it.
A dead body was found a couple of days later resembling a well-fed child with developed breasts and long hair. But most puzzling was its salmon-like lower body. Drawing a large crowd, the creature was buried in a long forgotten grave.

MYTHS OF FISH PEOPLE

The above is a classic mermaid encounter – a sighting or story related to a half human, half fish entity. How long such sightings have been made is impossible to tell, but they are popular in mythology.
The Babylonians had the fish-tailed God, Oannes, who lived in the sea but came ashore to teach mankind. His wife, Damkina, had several fish-tailed children.
The Greeks had a variation in the half-woman, half-bird Siren who’s song used to lure seamen to disaster. Ulysses escaped the Siren by putting wax in his companion’s ears and lashing himself to his boat mast.

HISTORIC SIGHTINGS

The navigator Henry Hudson documented a sighting of a mermaid in 1608 by two of his seamen near an island off the northern coast of Russia. The size of a fully developed human, it again had long hair and a tail like a porpoise.
Often, people who disappeared near the sea were said to be victims of the mermaid. Typical was Cornish chorister Matthew Trewhella, who was said to have been lured into the sea, fell in love and had several children to a mermaid.

RATIONAL THEORIES

Such sightings aside, what are we to make of the mermaid phenomenon? Most logical people deny their existence. Rather, sightings are misidentifications of sea cows - the manatees and dugong - which can hold themselves vertically, and suckle their young on clearly visible breasts.
The skin complaint, ichthyosis could also be to blame in the past, creating black fish-like scales on the body. In 1694 the ten year old Italian boy, Peter Consiglio, was displayed in London. He was totally covered in fish-like scales.
Skeletons of supposed mermaids were often put on show in the 19th century. Naturalist Frank Buckland observed one which turned out to be the skull, torso and arms of a monkey fastened to the headless body of a large fish.
One theory supposed to give credence to the mermaid is the idea of Elaine Morgan, who argued mankind developed from an ape-like aquatic animal. Is the mermaid an offshoot of this evolutionary chain?

PSYCHOLOGY

The writer Dorothy Dinnerstein hinted that mermaids and other human/animal hybrids such as the minotaur, were actually distant memories of our evolutionary past. It was a recognition that we are different, yet similar to our animal ancestors.
Some researchers argue the mermaid has a more likely explanation in the psychology of early sailors. As ancient myths show, mermaids and Sirens lured sailors to their doom. Sea journeys in those days took a long time, and without women aboard ship, sexual urges would be strong.
Could mermaids therefore be nothing more than hallucinations based on sexual urges? Possibly, but sightings by people such as Christopher Columbus suggest not. He commented on how absolutely ugly they were.

A MOMENT OF CRISIS

A ballad by Sir Patrick Spens highlights the oft mentioned fact that mermaids often spoke to doomed ships, advising of disaster. Such ideas suggest the mermaid is a harbinger of doom. But why did it become so?

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Do UFOs really exist?

Sun 29 Jul 2007

T'S the weird and wonderful place where the men in grey suits from Whitehall meet the little green men from Mars.

The Ministry of Defence has for the first time opened its real-life 'X Files', detailing how its experts have examined photographs of UFOs hovering over the UK.

While the images range from the baffling to the risible, there is no doubting the seriousness that officials reserve for the issue of extraterrestrial life.

Correspondence between the MoD and members of the public who report sightings of strange objects reveals that Whitehall mandarins remain "totally open-minded" about the existence of UFOs.

The letters - obtained by Scotland on Sunday through the Freedom of Information Act - confirm that the MoD has a procedure of scrambling fighter planes to confront any unidentified craft or object that enters UK airspace.

However, there are hints that at least some strange objects seen in the sky are of a distinctly terrestrial provenance.

In one letter, officials admit that military helicopters carry out low-flying combat training missions across Britain, and apologise for any alarm they may have caused.

The MoD has confirmed it receives more than 100 reports of UFO sightings every year, many of which come from Scotland.

Last year alone, the Ministry was sent five sets of photographs and videos purporting to show UFO activity.

One was sent by a concerned resident who last March reported seeing silent superfast "triangular craft" and other strange objects in the skies above the south of England.

He enclosed a picture that appears to show a ball of light moving at speed across the sky with an illuminated trail in its wake.

A lengthy official response from the MoD's Directorate of Air Staff is at pains to reassure the individual.

It states: "We remain totally open-minded, but to date we know of no evidence which substantiates the existence of these alleged phenomena.

"The MoD examines any reports of unidentified flying objects it receives, solely to establish whether what was seen might have some defence significance; namely whether there is any evidence that the UK's airspace might have been compromised by hostile or unauthorised air activity."

The letter claims the Ministry could not justify spending public money on being an "aerial identification service", but stresses that every precaution is taken to protect the integrity of UK airspace.

It adds: "I should inform you that low-flying training takes place throughout the UK.

"In the event of conflict, helicopters are vulnerable to ground fire, and one of the vital skills that must be acquired by pilots is flying as closely as possible to the nap of the earth so that the aircraft is shielded and camouflaged by the features of the terrain.

"This type of training is spread as thinly as possible throughout the UK, so as not to concentrate activity over one area. I am sorry if this training has caused disturbance to you."

The MoD also received a succession of images of objects in the sky above Portsmouth harbour last July.

And in one decidedly eccentric letter last May, a concerned citizen warns the MoD that she and her husband are being menaced by invisible craft, the grey alien inhabitants of which have already abducted her in the past to "extract her DNA".

To support her case, she enclosed a photograph of an all-too-visible object (possibly a Frisbee or a satellite dish) "hovering" over a church.

In an impeccably polite response, MoD officials come to the sober conclusion that: "With regard to your particular observations, we are satisfied that there is no corroborating evidence to suggest that the UK's airspace has been breached by unauthorised aircraft."

In another response to an individual who claimed to have provided film evidence of UFO activity over the Clyde in Glasgow last year, an official states frankly: "I have viewed your video and I am content that it contains nothing of defence concern."

The MoD confirmed that in 2006 it received more than 100 reports of UFO sightings, including 12 from Scotland.

The previous year around 150 sightings were reported, with again a dozen coming from north of the Border. These included six reported sightings on the same day (September 14, 2005) in Fife and Perthshire of "bright white lights" in the sky.

The unidentified objects were sighted in Lochgelly, Glenrothes, Crieff, Letham, Blairgowrie and Kinross.

Nick Pope, who headed the MoD's UFO Project between 1991 and 1994, confirmed that reported sightings were taken extremely seriously.

"The MoD wants to know everything flying in the UK's air-defence range and investigate all sightings," he said.

Pope revealed that 95% of UFO reports turned out to either have obvious explanations or to be so vague that any investigation was impossible.

"The remaining 5% of cases were pretty interesting and remained unexplained even after a very thorough explanation. It doesn't prove that these objects were extraterrestrial, but you can't rule any option out."

The former MoD investigator even claimed that officials tried to copy the advanced technology of unidentified vehicles.

"A number of reports were of silent triangular aircraft travelling at considerable speed," he said. "These and some other reports suggested some sort of propulsion system we would be extremely interested in.

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Fire Station Ghost (With Video)

29th May 2007

THE ghost of a firemen who fell to his death in Holloway could be spooking modern-day fire crews.


But now firefighters are turning Ghostbusters after a ghoulish figure was actually caught on film at the their station.

The video footage relating to this article can be seen HERE

There may have been no green slime or floating plates but what looks spookily like a translucent white ghost was videoed in the station's dormitory.

And rumours are rife it could have been a dead colleague paying a visit.

Euston Fire Station in Euston Road, Euston, certainly has a long history. It first opened in 1902 and over the years has seen 13 firefighters lose their lives in service.

They include Daniel O'Donovan who lost his life after falling from a roof in Holloway in 1964, Robert Libby who died in 1913 trying to rescue a sewer worker overcome by fumes, eight men who were fighting fires during the Second World War.

One firefighter, who did not want to give his name, said: "They used to say there was a dead fireman who walked around. A couple of weeks ago, a firefighter who had come off duty captured what he thought might be a ghost on his mobile phone.

"Since then there has been lots of talk but most people think it's a trick of the light. I take everything with a pinch of salt. The video looks like you've opened the window when it's sunny. I don't think there's anything there at all.

"Every fire station is quite spooky. This one is very old, dark and not particularly light and airy. But I don't believe in ghosts."

Yet a fellow firefighter, who also did not want to be named, is a believer.

He said: "I think it's a past firefighter. They are still here. They are here in visitation. Things have been heard for years. There have been shadows.

"I was in bed one night. I was wide awake and I felt someone get in with me. But there was no one there."

Expert Richard Jones, who has written five books on haunted London, said: "I have never known Euston to be a particularly ghostly area and I've never heard of any dead firefighters.

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Old school spirit refuses to die away

Old school spirit refuses to die away


SARAH HOWDEN

NO-ONE could remember the last time a living human soul had ventured there. Certainly, it's been closed off to the public for more than 100 years - though few of the tourists and residents trundling past on their way to the Castle would even be aware of its existence.

Staff at the next door Camera Obscura use the bottom two floors of the long-neglected Ragged School, but admit no-one goes up to the top two floors.

So when Edinburgh medium Ewan Irvine, of Scottish Paranormal, and his team carried out a recce of the building recently in preparation for an event at this month's annual Ghost Fest, they weren't quite sure what to expect. But on a bright Saturday afternoon, with the happy chatter of Castle visitors clearly audible from the street outside and sunshine streaming through the cobweb-covered windows, it became clear that they were more likely to uncover health and safety issues than ghostly encounters.

"It was a bit dusty but really it was quite clean. And it was a lovely sunny afternoon," says Ryan O'Neill, founder of Scottish Paranormal. "But once you got upstairs it was quite strange, quite eerie."

The discovery of a Victorian doll's pram on the top floor only added to the atmosphere. And it wasn't long before the three mediums among the team of nine began to pick up on some ghostly vibrations in the main classroom and the upstairs dormitory.

Ewan says: "I picked up on some of the characters. There was a lady in her 50s who was a nurse there, who went by the name of Eaddie Watkins and we picked up on how stressed she was. And I picked up on a minister who used to visit once a week, and felt a woman who had been seen in the building with a brown dress."

Fellow medium Fiona Williamson felt a spirit called Andrew, a young man who used to be a chimney sweep, while feelings of being locked in cupboards were also noted. The surnames of Turner, McDonald, Galbraith and the dates of 1826 and 1709 also came to the mediums. And then fellow medium Heather Taylor began to feel a "negative energy" that wanted the group to leave the school.

The information gathered is being researched by Scottish Paranormal historical researcher, Rachel Atkinson. The Ragged School's founder, the charismatic preacher Thomas Guthrie, is remembered as one of the city's most noble characters - his monument with one of the ragged boys beside him faces the Castle from Princes Street Gardens.

The Brechin lad was little more than a child when he first came to Edinburgh to study at the university. As a 12-year-old, in 1815, alone in the city, he would have brushed shoulders with many slum-dwellers as he set out from his lodgings on the fringes of the Old Town. In 1837, after studying in Paris and working at his ministry in Arbirlot, in Angus, Guthrie returned to the city and its slums, taking up a position at old Greyfriars and frequently preaching at the Magdalene Chapel in the Cowgate. In his autobiography he noted how his wealthy parishioners were often seated next to beggars. And after joining the Free Kirk of Scotland, he gave sermons at what was the Free St John's Church.

Being surrounded by so much poverty - the Old Town was notorious for its slums in those days - the committed Christian could hardly have failed to be moved to act. While out walking in Holyrood Park, he sat down by St Anthony's Well and began chatting to some of the beggar boys.

Their conversation convinced him that what was needed was a free school - which included food. So the idea of a ragged school was born, where poverty-stricken scholars received their meals, basic education and some industrial training. He continued to pull juvenile beggars off the street and send them to the school with the words: "Not a sixpence, sir, not a penny, you go to the ragged school and say Dr Guthrie sent you."

Andrew Johnson, manager of the Camera Obscura, which owns the adjacent school, explains: "The Ragged School movement was to do with taking destitute children off the streets. Dr Guthrie published a booklet called the Plea for Ragged Schools in 1847 and he got public support for it.

"He raised about £2000 that year and he opened up the Ramsay Lane Ragged School - you can still see on the outside of the building a carved bible."

He continues: "The Ragged schools cleared the streets of juvenile beggars and it reduced the children in the city's prisons by 75 per cent. The constitution of the school was to reclaim the destitute, and give them the freedom to earn an honest living."

So on the surface it seems unlikely that the Electronic Voice Phenomena workshop which takes place on Wednesday May 16 at Camera Obscura, from 8pm, when investigators will use their scientific recording equipment in an attempt to capture spirit voices, will uncover anything in a place where so much hope and faith in the future was fostered.

But even Andrew, while paying tribute to Guthrie's achievements, admits there is something eerie about the empty sections of the building. He says: "I will be going along to see what goes on in the investigations at the Ragged School. Even here in the Camera Obscura building, we've had eerie things happen. One of our cleaners once saw a lady in a brown dress which really spooked her. In one room, a workman just wouldn't go into it. He just felt it was oppressive and scary.

"We've heard giggling children on our third floor too. And on the back stair, footsteps have been heard. In Camera Obscura we've had visitors who've just had to leave, and somebody has been seen a lot - a man in a grey coat. We didn't tell Ewan this beforehand, and he actually found the man, who is called George."

Ryan says: "On the footage we have, we have a breath which comes into the camcorder - it's right next to the microphone. It was eerie, especially as there were no investigators there at that time."

• The third annual Ghost Fest will take place from May 11-20. For more information on individual events visit www.edinburghghostfest.com. To join one of the Camera Obscura and Ragged School events telephone 0131-226 3709 for a range of times, dates and prices.

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The A-Team Reunites To Contact George Peppard

The A-Team Reunites To Contact George Peppard

The former stars of 1980s action series The A-Team will reunite for a reality TV program, in which they will attempt to contact their deceased co-star George Peppard.

Actors Dirk Benedict, Mr. T. and Dwight Schultz will appear on a special edition of British paranormal show Most Haunted later this year, when they will try to communicate with their old friend, who passed away from pneumonia in 1994.

Presenter Yvette Fielding says, "We're all going to Los Angeles for a week to film it. It took a lot of doing to get those three together - now we have to do the really hard part."

Peppard portrayed Colonel John 'Hannibal' Smith in the popular 1980s American TV show.

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Haunted hospitals

Haunted hospitals

At least Scrooge's spectral guests came only on one Christmas eve. For staff in hospitals around Britain, visits from beyond the grave could happen any night of the year. Mark Gould on the haunted wards where paranormal events can trouble even clinical


One night in 1975, Mary McLellan was working as a ward sister at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow. She was setting up a piece of equipment in a room facing a well-lit corridor when she became aware of a "tall, silver-haired man wearing a blue dressing gown and standing near the doorway of the ward opposite".
He stood still and silent for a moment and then vanished. But she thought nothing of it, assuming he was a patient who had just gone back to bed. "Almost immediately, the ward nurse came over to me," McLellan recalls. "She was very upset at seeing the apparition. She recognised him as a patient who had died two days previously."


The UK is full of old hospitals, many of which have at least one and sometimes several ghost stories attached. Veteran ghost hunter Andrew Green, who died this year, collected dozens of stories of hospital hauntings, including the experience of Mary McLellan. The stories vary, but a common theme is a "grey lady" or "woman in white" who made some terrible medical error and took their own life in remorse, only to reappear at times of crisis.
Green believed that these apparitions are forms of electro-magnetic energy - a sort of faded echo of people whose lives were intensely stressful. Such tales are passed down by word of mouth through generations of young doctors and nurses. Part folk myth, part cautionary tale, they are a sort of paranormal aid to risk management.

At the now defunct Mothers Hospital, in Hackney, east London, drowsy nurses complained of feeling a startling tap on the shoulder. According to legend, a nurse who was bottle-feeding a newborn baby dozed off and slumped forward in her sleep, smothering the baby. In a fit of remorse, she killed herself and was condemned to walk the wards, tapping young nurses on the shoulder to keep them awake.

A classic of the genre is the "nurse in a bluish-grey uniform" seen by patients at University College Hospital, London. It appears only when screens go up around a bed and is said to be the spirit of a nurse who administered a morphine overdose to a patient and was so upset that she took poison and killed herself.

Annie Lindsay, archivist at UCH, describes the nightly ritual of closing the shutters on a picture of long-deceased surgeon Marcus Beck.

"It was the night sister's first duty to close the shutters, and the day sister's duty to open them in the morning. If the shutters were not closed at night, then somebody unexpectedly died."

Occasionally, a vision manifests itself in a helpful way. At Stobhill hospital, Glasgow, a student nurse spotted a woman - whom she assumed was the night sister - "slip into a side ward near the door". She followed her to ask a question and was surprised to find no one in the ward but a patient who had lost consciousness and needed immediate help.

At Sthingyhorpe General, staff say there is a strong smell of old-fashioned violet perfume just before the appearance of a nurse in long skirts. The visits always occur when a baby is desperately ill. After her visit, the baby recovers.

The usually data-hungry Department of Health has never collected statistics on haunted hospitals. "We are far more concerned with helping the living," says a spokesman.

His views echo those of many doctors and nurses who dismiss ghost stories as nonsense, while some hospitals appear to be in denial for fear of scaring patients. Bart's and the Royal London Hospitals trust has a "grey lady" at the 264-year-old Royal London Hospital, and tales of the cowled figure of the Rahere, the monk who founded Bart's in 1123, is a regular feature of London "ghost walks". But a spokeswoman for the trust denies there are any ghosts.

Some perfectly rational NHS workers, however, are convinced that paranormal events do happen. Judith Whalley, risk manager at the City Hospital, Birmingham, has worked in the NHS for almost 30 years and is an amateur historian of local hospitals. She says she has had paranormal experiences herself and is convinced they can't be explained in purely human terms.

As a young nurse at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Whalley recalls walking along a top floor corridor and seeing a ward sister coming towards her. "As she walked by, I said: 'Evening, sister.' Then I realised I could see her only from the knees up." Whalley's explanation is that the hospital was very old and had had new floors installed from time to time. "She seemed to be walking along an older floor level."

At City Hospital, Whalley says, a priest was brought in to carry out an exorcism after a gang of builders disturbed something when they were demolishing wards that were originally part of the workhouse, dating back more than 150 years. "They heard cries from inside one of the wards and went in to investigate, but couldn't see anyone. When they tried to get out they found the door was locked. They panicked as the demolition ball was heading that way. Eventually, they managed to break out but demanded a priest was brought in or they wouldn't work again."

During the building of the nearby Birmingham Eye Centre in 1996, the site was monitored by CCTV, which triggered alarm bells when a ghostly grey figure was spotted. Security guards went to investigate, but found no one there.

"Hospitals are places full of emotions, many unhappy, and I think there are 'people' running parallel to us," Whalley says. "I've never felt afraid of them, but there are places in the building where it's cold when it shouldn't be."

Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, has led teams of real-life Ghostbusters on stakeouts at Hampton Court Palace and Edinburgh Castle. Despite using sophisticated thermal imaging equipment, temperature probes and video cameras, they have failed to capture any spirits. Wiseman's theory for unexplained sitings is that hospitals precondition people into believing the unbelievable.

"The majority of these experiences happen in old buildings with a tremendous sense of history, and people are aware of this," he says. "Hospitals are inherently places that are associated with death. Nurses in particular have to cope with life and death on a daily basis. At some level, there is a need to believe in ghosts and an afterlife, as a way of saying death is not final, as a comfort."

According to Wiseman, shift workers are more prone to seeing or believing in strange things because they are in buildings associated in daytime with crowds and activity, but which go quiet at night and take on a more sinister aspect. "When anywhere that is usually noisy goes quiet you can hear the background noises you don't usually hear - the pipes, the building creaking, doors moving."

He also offers a more prosaic explanation. "Ghost stories are a way of passing the time," he says. "You have done the rounds, had a chat about EastEnders or whatever, and so you start telling ghost stories because they are entertaining."

Yet neurologist Peter Fenwick, of King's College London, who has studied spirituality and the mind for many years, says he cannot offer an empirical explanation for many stories of odd events and visions near the time of a death.

"They usually feature a deceased member of the family appearing to a dying person, helping them on a journey through physical death," he says. "People report that it is extremely pleasing. Occasionally, carers have reported seeing the vision, so it can't be put down to hallucination due to medication. Where a patient is having a good death - by that I mean one with less painkillers - then these phenomena are more likely to occur."

Relatives and staff in hospices, including a doctor, have also reported seeing a room filled with light or columns of light emanating from the body of a dying person. This is interpreted as "the soul or the essence of the person" leaving the body.

How does Fenwick explain these phenomena? "As a neuroscientist, I have to say that when there is no brain activity, consciousness dies and you are gone. But the things that have been described to me might point to a continuation of consciousness. Who can say? Electricity was thought to be magic several hundred years ago.

"As we move to a postmodern view of science, together with the recognition that, as yet, neuroscience has no explanation for consciousness, the possibility of transcendent phenomena around the time of death should also be considered."

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Wiccans Settle Military Grave Lawsuit

By SCOTT BAUER
AP
MADISON, Wis. (April 24) - The Wiccan pentacle has been added to the list of emblems allowed in national cemeteries and on goverment-issued headstones of fallen soldiers, according to a settlement announced Monday.

A settlement between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Wiccans adds the five-pointed star to the list of "emblems of belief" allowed on VA grave markers.

Eleven families nationwide are waiting for grave markers with the pentacle, said Selena Fox, a Wiccan high priestess with Circle Sanctuary in Barneveld, Wis., a plaintiff in the lawsuit.

The settlement calls for the pentacle, whose five points represent earth, air, fire, water and spirit, to be placed on grave markers within 14 days for those who have pending requests with the VA.

"I am glad this has ended in success in time to get markers for Memorial Day," Fox said.

The VA sought the settlement in the interest of the families involved and to save taxpayers the expense of further litigation, VA spokesman Matt Burns said. The agency also agreed to pay $225,000 in attorneys' fees and costs.

The pentacle has been added to 38 symbols the VA already permits on gravestones. They include commonly recognized symbols for Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism, as well as those for smaller religions such as Sufism Reoriented, Eckiankar and the Japanese faith Seicho-No-Ie.

"This settlement has forced the Bush Administration into acknowledging that there are no second class religions in America, including among our nation's veterans," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which represented the Wiccans in the lawsuit.

The American Civil Liberties Union said the agreement also settles a similar lawsuit it filed last year against the VA. In that case, the ACLU represented two other Wiccan churches and three individuals.

VA-issued headstones, markers and plaques can be used in any cemetery, whether it is a national one such as Arlington or a private burial ground like that on Circle Sanctuary's property.

Wicca is a nature-based religion based on respect for the earth, nature and the cycle of the seasons. Variations of the pentacle not accepted by Wiccans have been used in horror movies as a sign of the devil.

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Belief in reincarnation tied to memory errors

Tendency could explain why some cling to implausible reincarnation claims

By Melinda Wenner

Updated: 12:53 p.m. ET April 6, 2007

People who believe they have lived past lives as, say, Indian princesses or battlefield commanders are more likely to make certain types of memory errors, according to a new study.

The propensity to make these mistakes could, in part, explain why people cling to  implausible reincarnation claims in the first place.


Researchers recruited people who, after undergoing hypnotic therapy, had come to believe that they had past lives.
Subjects were asked to read aloud a list of 40 non-famous names, and then, after a two-hour wait, told that they were going to see a list consisting of three types of names: non-famous names they had already seen (from the earlier list), famous names, and names of non-famous people that they had not previously seen. Their task was to identify which names were famous.

The researchers found that, compared to control subjects who dismissed the idea of reincarnation, past-life believers were almost twice as likely to misidentify names. In particular, their tendency was to wrongly identify as famous the non-famous names they had seen in the first task. This kind of error, called a source-monitoring error, indicates that a person has difficulty recognizing where a memory came from.

Power of suggestion
People who are likely to make these kinds of errors might end up convincing themselves of things that aren’t true, said lead researcher Maarten Peters of Maastricht University in The Netherlands. When people who are prone to making these mistakes undergo hypnosis and are repeatedly asked to talk about a potential idea — like a past life — they might, as they grow more familiar with it, eventually convert the idea into a full-blown false memory.

This is because they can’t distinguish between things that have really happened and things that have been suggested to them, Peters told LiveScience.

Past life memories are not the only type of implausible memories that have been studied in this manner. Richard McNally, a clinical psychologist at Harvard University, has found that self-proclaimed alien abductees are also twice as likely to commit source monitoring errors.

Creative minds
As for what might make people more prone to committing such errors to begin with, McNally says that it could be the byproduct of especially vivid imagery skills. He has found that people who commonly make source-monitoring errors respond to and imagine experiences more strongly than the average person, and they also tend to be more creative.

“It might be harder to discriminate between a vivid image that you’d generated yourself and the memory of a perception of something you actually saw,” he said in a telephone interview.

Peters also found in his study, detailed in the March issue of Consciousness and Cognition, that people with implausible memories are also more likely to be depressed and to experience sleep problems, and this could also make them more prone to memory mistakes.

And once people make this kind of mistake, they might be inclined to stick to their guns for spiritual reasons, McNally said. “It may be a variant expression of certain religious impulses,” he said. “We suspect that this might be kind of a psychological buffering mechanism against the fear of death.”

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Firefighter lets spirits lead him in ghost-busting gig

Firefighter lets spirits lead him in ghost-busting gig

As a kid, Rob Fennessy was fascinated with cemeteries and old schoolhouses, anywhere that might be haunted.


As an adult, not much has changed.

Now, Fennessy owns Gulf Coast Paranormal, LLC, of Ellenton, a firm that helps its clients determine whether they've got spirits or not.

"If we find evidence of paranormal activity, we have different investigators, with the Christian faith, we can try to get the spirit to move on to where it's supposed to go. We have another investigator that works in native ways - smudging. It tries to get negative energy out of the location."

Fennessy, 34, of Palmetto, splits his time between his business, which opened in January, and his work as a full-time firefighter. The business provides its services free, but does accept donations to cover the cost of its equipment.

About 80 percent of the cases produce logical explanations for strange phenomena, such as doors opening and closing, unexplained noises and shadowy forms, Fennessy said. The other 20 percent he tries to document with high-tech equipment, such as infrared night vision camcorders, film and digital cameras, digital voice recorders and motion detectors.

"We basically want to find proof, if any, on hard copy," he said. "We don't want hearsay."

Usually, when a clients call, they don't know where else to go. They may believe their homes are haunted, or be experiencing eerie feelings, nausea, noises or unexplained breezes.

"We let them know if they're crazy or not," Fennessy said. "We go in and do an investigation. It takes a couple of days to analyze all the evidence, then we go back to them and show the hard proof if we have any. Sometimes, people are not scared, they're just curious."

The company recently evaluated the Powel Crosley Estate, a 1929 Mediterranean mansion overlooking Sarasota Bay. It was built by industrialist and inventor Powel Crosley Jr., but now is owned and operated by Manatee County, which rents it for meetings, conferences and events.

"I have some magnificent evidence, an apparition of a woman in a Victorian dress through a window," said Fennessy. "It's a reflection in the glass; the window is 4 feet away from me."

He doesn't know yet who the apparition might be.

"We're still investigating about who the lady is. All you see is the shadow figure, pretty crisp, just black. You can't see the face clearly, but you can see the top of her head, her arm going down, the lower part of the dress, a long dress from the Victorian era."

Fennessy was not formally hired, but was permitted on the property after employees reported strange events, like unexplained breezes, doors slamming, voices, "vapor" forms and lights on the second floor coming on by themselves, a county official said. Tourism officials at one point also had been considering "ghost tours" at Halloween in the 11,000-square-foot mansion, she said.

Fennessy and the firm's 11 part-time investigators have also been called into residential homes and stores.

"It's something that's been interesting and fascinating," said Fennessy. "I use the word 'passionate' about it. Something's driving me inside to find these answers."

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UFO activity in Reading Berkshire

Reported sightings of a ‘UFO’ above Reading have led to a flurry of calls to the Post’s paranormal hotline.

Reader Vicky Chapman, 17, called the newsroom after she and two friends noticed a glowing red ball in the sky as they walked through Whitley on Good Friday.

An incredulous Miss Chapman, who works in hair and beauty in Spencers Wood, said: “We thought we were going a bit mad.

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“I’m not sure what we thought it was. I was just shocked. I’d never seen anything like this before.”

The Whitley teenager, who saw the crimson orb while walking near Basingstoke Road at around 1am with friends Cherelle Maguire, 16, and Kirsty Bedwell, 17, added: “We weren’t drinking that night.”

The girls phoned our UFO hotline after reading in last Wednesday’s Post about Pip Neal who spotted a mysterious green ball in the sky over Southcote the week before on Friday, April 7.

Mr Neal couldn’t sleep and went into his conservatory at around 2am for a drink and cigarette when he saw the emerald orb glowing steadily like a Roman candle firework.

He said it lasted about three seconds before disappearing behind some clouds and added he was too sober to imagine it.

Miss Chapman said: “When I got home I told my friend Ryan and my mum – they thought we were mad and hallucinating.”


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Pseudoscience on TV: Weak Investigations

Pseudoscience on TV: Weak Investigations

"Sci Fi Investigates" is a recent entry into the paranormal-themed TV lineup. Like others of its ilk such as "Ghost Hunters," it is a reality show (albeit notably lacking reality) that features investigations into mysterious phenomena.



The program, which airs on the Sci Fi (Science Fiction) Channel, tries to distinguish itself as an investigative series: "For the first time ever, a series that doesn't just ponder the questions, it hunts for the answers. From cryptozoology to government conspiracies, "Sci Fi Investigates" will launch a new expedition every episode to aggressively investigate the unexplained phenomena ....We will uncover new evidence and subject old evidence to the newest forensic investigative technology for fresh analysis. We will interview eyewitnesses for new insights and recruit the foremost scientists and historians, skeptics and believers to uncover new clues and reveal new perspectives of legendary mysteries."

Despite such breathless claims, the series provides little science and few answers.

The program's inability to find explanations is not so mysterious given the lack of scientists and investigators on the show. The "Sci Fi Investigates" team consists of four principal cast members who look into UFOs, Bigfoot, ghosts, voodoo, and other topics.

A young, attractive blonde named Debbie Dobrydney is identified as "a technician in the identification bureau (Crime Scene/Forensic Unit) of a municipal police department." The paranormal investigator of the bunch is a man named Richard Dolan, who holds degrees in history and writes UFO books. Archaeologist Bill Doleman comes closest to being a working scientist; he is director of New Mexico's statewide archaeological archive and database, and his research specialties include environmental analysis, prehistoric hunter-gatherers, geological methods in archaeology, computer database design, and statistical analysis.

The token "skeptic" of the group is a TV personality named Rob Mariano, a man with no apparent qualifications beyond having appeared on the reality TV shows "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race."

Where's the science?

Throughout the series, the team's actions bear little resemblance to any sort of real scientific investigation. According to the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, investigate means "to study by close examination and systematic inquiry." Judging by the episodes that have aired, the examination is not close, nor is the inquiry systematic. It is instead a hodgepodge of half-baked, unscientific experiments and studies with no clear purpose or protocol. It is, in short, pseudoscience.

The team desperately needed the assistance of an actual, working scientist or investigator. With all due respect to the team members, the show's producers can't just assemble a team with little or no investigative experience and expect them to come up with scientifically valid answers to such mysteries. With a few ad hoc exceptions, skeptical investigators are notably absent in "Sci Fi Investigates." To be fair, this is not really the team's fault. If the show's producers had wanted to actually "recruit the foremost scientists and....skeptics," they certainly could have done so. The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (www.csicop.org), a non-profit educational organization, has experienced, science-based investigators on staff who could have brought scientific validity to the program.

What's worse, the team members often seem to approach each mystery with a clean slate, apparently having done little background research on the subjects they are investigating. This may be done to enhance the appearance of objectivity, but the effect is that they often don't even know where to begin investigating.

In one episode, for no apparent reason, the team tries (and fails) to make a convincing fake Bigfoot film. Yet there is no investigational value whatsoever in creating a fake Bigfoot film; even if the team was successful in making a hoax that convinced some people (a difficult and expensive proposition), all it would prove is that that particular film was faked. It says nothing about the various extant films; it was a pointless exercise dreamed up by a TV producer instead of a real investigator.

Where's the investigation?

What is perhaps most remarkable about "Sci Fi Investigates" is how little scientific investigation is actually done. The team's "investigations" seem dictated not by scientific methodology or investigative acumen but instead the series producer's desire for interesting footage. As a scientific paranormal investigator with years of experience looking into just such mysteries, I was amused that the team didn't seem to know where to begin.

Many of their "investigations" consist of simply listening to second- or third-hand stories and anecdotes: Yvonne Brazel tells what her grandfather Mac told her about what crashed on his Roswell, New Mexico, ranch in 1947; Gabe Valdez, a former police officer, tells the team about what he says were animal mutilations many years earlier and a conspiracy to cover it up.

Incredibly, the team seems to think that simply listening to Valdez's story while looking at photographs of the alleged mutilations is "aggressively investigating the phenomenon," sufficient to come to a conclusion about the mystery. Instead of consulting a veterinarian or pathologist to understand how cattle may appear to be mutilated when they aren't, the team decides that the answers may lie in a secret military base which may or may not exist nearby. The team never checked for themselves Valdez's claim that there were no tracks around the carcasses. Nor did they verify claims that there were no sign of natural predators.

As an investigator, I would want to see for myself whether or not there are tracks around the cattle, or any signs of predators. Taking someone else's word for it (or accepting their photographs as good evidence) is simply shifting the burden from an investigator to a layman. The team is satisfied to let others do their work for them, and accept whatever conclusions and interpretations they come to. It's like police detectives investigating a murder and not bothering to do any actual investigation beyond talking to the victim's family and looking at a few snapshots the family took of the crime scene.

Without doing any actual investigation, the team concluded that something unexplained was clearly afoot. Team member Rich Dolan states, "What I found most compelling were the photographs of the mutilated animals. No tracks around the carcasses, no signs of predators; they must have been dropped from the air. But who would do such a gruesome thing, and why? Could it be connected to a secret military base?"

Despite the show's premise and promise of professionals hunting for answers, this is amateur armchair investigation at its worst. The show's real danger is that it gives the impression that science and real investigation are being brought to bear on these topics--and failing to explain them.

Some parts of "Sci Fi Investigates" seem to be tongue-in-cheek satire, such as when Rich Dolan and Bill Doleman, searching for the secret military base in a mountain, fly overhead in a small plane looking for heat signatures. Why the pair would use a thermal imaging camera to detect a hidden installation is never explained. Dolan seems baffled by "quite a lot of hot thermal signal" readings, a genuine mystery except for the fact that he is flying over a hot, sunny desert. Of all the ways to find out whether a military base exists in a mountain, this must surely be the most contrived. And what does all this have to do with the cattle mutilations? Who knows? The "investigations" are guided not by any logic, science, or systematic strategy but instead by what the TV producers think might look interesting.

The program's Web site states that "Rob concludes the final group discussion by pointing out that the eyewitness testimony of Bigfoot sightings, something all the team members agree is sincere, can't be explained." The idea that eyewitness testimony regarding Bigfoot, Mothman, UFOs, or other topics can't be explained is patently false, as I or any number of other experts could have told the "Sci Fi Investigates" team. Ultimately, of course, the program is about entertainment instead of investigation or answers. Which is a shame, because these topics deserve real skeptical inquiry.

The Sci Fi Channel has greenlit yet another "paranormal reality series" called "Destination Truth" for its upcoming season; perhaps it will have more investigation and better science--but I'm skeptical.

By: Benjamin Radford

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eBay pulls 'ghost' auction

eBay pulls 'ghost' auction

14 February 2006
17:24

Three teenagers who were selling a ghost by post have had their listing removed by auction website eBay, because they couldn't prove it existed.

The enterprising trio was trying to raise money for St Mary's Church at Saxlingham Nethergate, near Norwich, and claimed to have captured the ghost at a haunted college in Suffolk, as the EDP reported last week.

The 16-year-olds - Giles Peters and Nicolas Goff, who live in the village, and James Stanford of Elmswell, near Bury St Edmunds - decided to go ghost hunting with a net.

They claimed to have caught the spectre of a woman they saw walking around the golf course at Framlingham College, where they are students, and popped it in a sealed plastic bag.

By the time eBay pulled the plug they had received 66 bids, the highest being £310.

A disappointed James said today: “They took it off eBay because apparently we couldn't prove we were selling anything. We are trying to get hold of the highest bidder and see if he still wants to buy the ghost.”

If that fails, the lads will be looking for another money-spinner.

“We are still going to try and raise money for the church but we will have to think of something else,” James said.

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I hope Ebay also pull all these fake fraudulent users of too, such as the people who claim to do witchcraft spells for people over the net for a fee. and the fraudulent ghost hunters selling "ghost nights" In fact they should all be arrested for fraud and thrown in jail.

Romanian Priest Sentenced for Exorcism

Romanian Priest Sentenced for Exorcism

Monday February 19, 2007  4:01 pm

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - A Romanian priest who led a dayslong exorcism ritual for a young nun that ended with the woman's death was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison. Four nuns were also sentenced in the case. The dead nun, Maricica Irina Cornici, believed she heard the devil talking to her. She was treated for schizophrenia, but when she relapsed, Daniel Petru Corogeanu - a monk who served as the priest for the secluded Holy Trinity convent in northeast Romania - and the four other nuns tried exorcism.

Cornici, 23, was tied up for several days at the without food or water and chained to a cross. She died of dehydration, exhaustion and suffocation.

The court in the northeast city of Vaslui convicted Corogeanu and the nuns of holding Cornici captive, resulting in her death. One of the nuns, Nicoleta Arcalianu, was sentenced to eight years in prison, and the other three - Adina Cepraga, Elena Otel and Simona Bardanas - received five-year sentences.

Dozens of Corogeanu's supporters packed the courtroom and prayed for the priest; several burst into tears when the verdict was announced.

The defendants' lawyers plan to appeal.

Cornici's death prompted Romania's dominant Orthodox Church to promise reforms, including psychological tests for those seeking to enter monasteries.

The Orthodox church, which has benefited from a religious revival in recent years, condemned the ritual at the convent as ``abominable'' and banned Corogeanu from the priesthood and excommunicated the four nuns from the church.

In 1999, when the Vatican issued its first new guidelines since 1614 for driving out devils, it urged its priests to take modern psychiatry into account in deciding who should be exorcised.

Orthodox churches also regularly perform exorcism rituals, but Corogeanu's methods were criticized by church officials as excessively harsh, noting that he had dropped out from the church's religious education program.

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Is their house haunted? The Sylvias believe so.

By Don Aucoin, Globe Staff  |  January 13, 2007

LEOMINSTER -- From all appearances yesterday, Shannon Sylvia might have been any homeowner giving a visitor a guided tour. That is, until she paused by a large porcelain vase just outside a bathroom and said: "That's the vase that moved." It did so, she insisted, without anyone touching it. In the same area, Sylvia said, she sometimes hears faint voices in the condo when no one is talking. Pointing to the bathroom, she contended that its light bulbs often unscrew themselves.

A few feet away was the kitchen, where her husband, Jeff, said he felt three taps on the shoulder by unseen hands one day, and where Sylvia swears a package of hot dogs simply disappeared one time, vanishing into thin air while the couple stood nearby. And then there's the bedroom, where Sylvia says the door blew open one day so hard that the doorknob punched a hole in the wall.
"It's not normal," Sylvia said, shaking her head. "It's just not normal."

In her view, it's paranormal. Her sleek condominium does not look like your prototypical haunted house, but Sylvia believes it is inhabited by spirits all the same. It is a belief, she acknowledged, that has earned her plenty of derision in this north Central Massachusetts community, where Sylvia works as a graphic designer.

"Everyone in town thought I was nuts," she said. But, she added, "If they catch evidence, I'm not nuts."

By "they," she meant a team of students from the Paranormal Research Society, an organization based at Pennsylvania State University that today will wrap up three days of investigation inside the Sylvias' condo. Headed by 24-year-old graduate student Ryan Buell, the team is being filmed by a crew from "Paranormal U," a new series slated to air this summer on the A&E television network.

The Penn State team has set up infrared cameras and tape recorders that are on around the clock in the condo. According to Buell, on the first night one tape recorder captured some strange and inexplicable sounds, including a voice that appeared to be saying "Katie" and some labored breathing whose source could not be identified. "I'm not ready to say it's a spirit, but it's definitely suspicious," said Buell.

This is the sort of thing that makes skeptics roll their eyes. Ghost stories have long been a staple of Hollywood: Think "The Sixth Sense," "Poltergeist," "The Others," "Ghostbusters," and innumerable other movies and television shows. But in the real world, a belief in the paranormal is not exactly a mainstream position.

"The only thing I can tell them is, 'Wait till it happens to you,' " said Shannon Sylvia.

Alan LaGarde, coexecutive producer of "Paranormal U," said he has always been a skeptic on the question of the paranormal. But he said he has been impressed by the thoroughness and professionalism of the Penn State students, and touched by the sincerity of Sylvia and others who have been filmed for the series. "When you see these people, they're not whackos or anything," said LaGarde. "They believe ghosts are affecting their lives, to the point that they're willing to allow people to help them, and to be on TV."

Which raises the question: Is publicity-seeking a motivating factor? Sylvia insisted that in her case, it is not. "I'm not looking for fame, I want to make that clear," she said. What she is looking for, she said, is "validation" of her beliefs and an answer to these questions: "Who are they? Why are they here?"

The red-brick condominium building where the Sylvias live was formerly a school. Shannon Sylvia, who belongs to a New England organization that investigates paranormal occurrences, says she and others have recorded voices that she believes to be those of the spirits of children. When asked why they don't move, given all of the things they say have occurred, Sylvia replied: "It's not a scary thing to live there. We love it there. It's a beautiful place."
Her husband couldn't resist a joke: "They don't eat much."

Added Shannon Sylvia: "They don't help out with the rent much, either."

Don Aucoin can be reached at aucoin@globe.com.

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Ghost and ghouls to be investigated
The Haunted Devon team
The Haunted Devon team

THE spooky goings-on at a Mid Devon pub are to be investigated by the county's lea-ding paranormal team, Haunted Devon, over the next few weeks.

The Exeter Inn near Bampton is well known for its ales and food but it apparently also boasts several former residents, who have decided to stay on in the inn after their deaths.

The Haunted Devon team visited the inn late last year to carry out preliminary investigations.

They felt the presence of several spirits, and so have decided to return for more detailed analysis.

The team, led by Byron Jack-son, will use a variety of methods in order to confirm or negate the presence of the inn's former residents.

Byron said: "We had some good results at the Exeter Inn in 2006 and the venue was worthy of additional investigation.

"The spirit of an old man and his granddaughter were just two of the many spirits who have chosen to remain in this delightful building.

"We will be concentrating our efforts on the more technical aspect of paranormal investigations and deploying additional studio quality digital sound recorders, thermal data loggers and infrared cameras in order to provide technical support to our resident medium Caz Parnell."

Haunted Devon has covered many of the key sites around Devon and has worked with English Heritage, BBC, ITV and American TV.

The investigation has an additional twist in that this event will be filmed in its entirety for the release of the team's DVD to be released later this year.

TO see how the team got on at the Exeter Inn last year visit http://haunted-devon.co.uk

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Professor researches paranormal media effects on viewing public

By Phaedra Ellington
Summer Reporter

Glenn Sparks picked a good time to start thinking about ghosts.With the increasing number of paranormal shows dotting the new season's TV line-up, public interest in the paranormal is steadily rising.

Since the early 1990s, Sparks, a professor of communication, has been researching how the media affects the public's belief in the paranormal.

"I had done a number of studies early in my career on the effects of frightening movies on emotional reactions that children had. I was interested in the sorts of things that scared children in the media at different points in their development and what parents could do to help children who were scared," said Sparks.

Sparks noticed most of the programming, which caused the frightened reactions, were shows that involved ghosts, aliens and other similar programming. Around the same time, Sparks noticed an increase in paranormal programming.

"I've always been interested in how media affects what people believe. I just became interested in how (paranormal) depictions were being framed and what their effects might be on the viewing public," said Sparks.

Sparks said he has done about seven studies on the subject and is looking forward to starting his next project. Sparks' next research project will be studying ghosts, particularly how the media depicts ghosts and how that affects what people believe.

"Ghosts are very commonly represented in the media," said Sparks. "Ghosts and psychics are two that I would like to look at."

He has found that a large percentage of the public admits to believing in ghosts or have not decided whether or not they believe in ghosts. He would also like to look at whether or not a person's prior belief in ghosts can predict the emotional reaction a person might have to a movie about ghosts.

"(Researching the paranormal) has opened up so many different realms of exploration," Sparks said. "As a result, I've become familiar with a lot of the skeptical societies out there and their publications."

The magazine Sparks enjoys the most is the Skeptical Inquirer, which is published by the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal.

Benjamin Radford, managing editor of the Skeptical Inquirer, said the paranormal stories the media present is just a reflection of what the public is interested in.

"The amount someone believes in the paranormal more or less goes up and down," said Radford. "Paranormal shows have always stayed around because there is always an interest in what's out there."

Sparks hopes his research will help to advance theory and understanding about media effects on the public. He thinks the research could help to sensitize people to their own beliefs about the world and the role media plays in helping to influence those beliefs.

"It is important to be able to evaluate evidence for or against a claim as students," said Sparks. "As a culture, if we're not able to discriminate between what's true and false we're in trouble."

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"Fascist" archdeacon of Cheltenham condemns peoples beliefs

Not everyone supports a democracy in the UK, and some even "religious" leaders have prejudices not to indifferent from those seen in Nazi Germany, and the Archdeacon of Cheltenham to some is no different. When one is demonising peoples beliefs that you are ignorant about, and suggesting people don’t have the rights to practice Paranormal type beliefs, and not to have the right to education on the subject, many believe is crossing the shady line of fascism. If the archdeacon of Cheltenham was to condemn Islamic classes he would have been symbolically hung up and strung publicly for hatred.

Church condemns paranormal course

Church leaders have condemned a course in paranormal studies at Cirencester College as "potentially dangerous".

The five two-hour evening lectures, conducted by medium Sharon Gound, begin this week.

The archdeacon of Cheltenham, the Venerable Hedley Ringrose, said he feared "vulnerable" students may not be able to cope with the experience.

But Ms Gound said: "This is a fabulous opportunity to clear up ignorance and misunderstanding about the paranormal."

The course involves Ms Gound contacting her "spirit guides" to whom students can pose questions.

But the Venerable Ringrose said: "There are many bereaved people who are at a vulnerable stage in their life where they might not be able to handle something like this.

"My message to the college would be to be aware that the Christian churches offer ministry to those who are bereaved - not through contact with those they have lost - but pastorally."

The college said its role was to open up educational opportunities.

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TERROR AT CITIES WAKEFIELD HAUNTED BRIDGE

SPOOKED Amanda West froze with terror after hearing ghostly gallopings over the River Calder while out for an evening stroll with her dog.
Bess the Bedlington Terrier went into a barking frenzy as the mysterious sound of horses hooves could be heard as the pair crossed the river at Denby Dale Road.
Amanda said: It was a very frightening feeling as the sounds just came out of nowhere and there was no sign ofhorses.
Then, all of a sudden, I heard a massive splash. I leaned over the railings and looked down at the water but it was completely calm. It was then when I heard the braying of the horses coming from under the bridge. It lasted for about 30 seconds before everything went silent I was terrified.
Amanda decided to keep quiet and told only a few friends about the incident, which took place in August, thinking people would poke fun at her story.
But when her friend told her about a discovery she had made in a history book, she thought there could be something more to the eerie episode.
Amanda, who lives in Leeds, said: My friend Maureen rang me and said she had read a book about Thornes Park.
It said that a suspension bridge crossing the Calder at Denby Dale Road had collapsed as a barley wagon was being pulled across it back in 1836 and three horses had drowned.
The story comes from an illustrated book on Thornes Park by Wakefield wildlife artist and naturalist Richard Bell.
It mentions the problems experienced by the trustees of the Wakefield and Denby Dale Turnpike Road during the 19th century.
An Act of Parliament was made in 1825 to build a chain of new roads to link Wakefield and Barnsley with Manchester. The trustees experienced difficulties in raising the money needed however, leading the first clerk of the project to be dismissed in 1839.
The collapse of the bridge was probably due to its poor condition as a result of a lack of funds.
Amanda said: I was always very open-minded as to whether there was such a thing as ghosts. I always said you had to see it to believe it. I am still not totally convinced. But, after such a weird experience, I can see why so many people think ghosts exist.

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TV GHOST 'FAKERS' TO CARRY ON

Not only are they backing the shamed ghost-hunting series, they are going ahead with medium Derek Acorah's new show.

Acorah was accused of faking possessions by the show's own parapsychologist Ciaran O'Keefe.

Yesterday experts and members of the psychic community called for the programme to be taken off the air. And TV regulator Ofcom is looking into 22 complaints.

Clive Lloyd, spokesman for the Spiritualist National Union, said: "For me the programme is sheer showmanship, an act all the way through."

LivingTV said: "We are looking into the Daily Mirror's claims."

29/10/2005

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SPOOKY TRUTH: TV'S MOST HAUNTED CON EXPOSED TV

Resident parapsychologist Dr Ciaran O'Keeffe has sensationally lifted the lid on the ghosthunting series, Most Haunted ... and claims that the public are being deceived by "showmanship and dramatics."

He accuses the show's medium Derek Acorah of hoodwinking viewers by pretending to communicate with spirits and obtaining information about locations prior to filming.

The Mirror has also obtained unedited footage which appears to show presenter Yvette Fielding and her husband faking 'paranormal' occurrences such as ghostly bumps and knocks.

Most Haunted has quickly achieved cult status since it was launched in 2002 and is LivingTV's most successful programme.

Millions of viewers tune in regularly to watch Ex-Blue Peter girl Yvette and her team of ghost hunters spend the night in some of Britain's most haunted locations.

It has made Acorah - who claims to be guided by an Ethiopian spirit guide called Sam - into one of the country's best-known psychics.

Tonight the show will start its biggest ever live vigil, a four-night Halloween special from East London following the murderous trail of Jack the Ripper.

Yvette Fielding has said of the show - which is made by her husband Karl Beattie's production company Antix Productions: "There is no acting in this programme, none whatsoever. Everything you see and you hear is real. It's not made up, it's not acted."

But our investigation reveals how the programme uses careful editing to mislead viewers and, on at least one occasion, has even lied about the location of filming.

Ciaran, a lecturer in the paranormal at Liverpool's Hope University, knows speaking out will probably put an end to his media career... but he believes viewers should know the truth.

He says: "I think it's time to open the dialogue about what I've experienced on Most Haunted. There have been many incidents with the medium that have been brushed under the carpet.

"I was put in the show to give a professional slant to it, to give it an element of credibility, but the sceptical argument is just swept away.

"In my opinion, we're not dealing with genuine mediumship."

He says he isn't the only member of the crew who feels viewers are being cheated.

"Other crew members have been irked by Derek and what's going on, because it turns what should be a serious investigation into a laughing matter."

And our exclusive footage shows other members of the team occasionally forget they are on camera.

One of our clips, later edited out, shows Karl push an unwitting sound man in the dark and pretend it was a poltergeist attack.

In the remaining footage he says (after surreptitiously hitting the soundman): "S**t, did you feel that?"

Yvette: Are you all right? What's happened?

Karl: I felt something touch me on my shoulder.

Soundman: I felt something hit me.

And in another edited clip with medium Ian Lawman, Yvette is seen on camera making a deep sigh. In the scene that eventually went to air, Ian (after Yvette sighs) says: "What's that noise?

Yvette: What noise? Like a moan?

Ian: Breathing or something.

Yvette: I heard like an 'arrggh'.

Ciaran, who joined Most Haunted in April 2004 became suspicious of Acorah's antics on a shoot at Castle Leslie, Co Monaghan in Ireland where a 17th Century four-poster bed has been claimed to levitate.

Ciaran recalls: "As we walked into the bedroom, Derek touched the bed and came out with extremely accurate information.

"He insisted he got all the information just from touching the bed. But it was the wrong bed."

Antix Productions claims the mediums have no idea where they will be filming or know any details about the history of the locations.

But Ciaran says: "Derek must have had prior knowledge of the locations."

He devised a plan to see if Derek was deliberately deceiving the public.

While on a shoot at Bodmin gaol he invented a long-dead South African jailer called Kreed Kafer - an anagram of Derek Faker.

"I wrote the name down and asked another member of the crew to mention it to Derek before filming.

"I honestly didn't think Derek would take the bait. But during the filming he actually got possessed by my fictional character!"

On the next shoot at Prideaux Place, Cornwall, Ciaran made up another fictional character, highwayman Rik Eedles - an anagram of Derek Lies. Sure enough, Derek made contact with the dead outlaw.

Ciaran says: "In my professional opinion we're not dealing with a genuine medium.

"When Derek is possessed he is doing it consciously - all we are seeing is showmanship and dramatics."

Ciaran went a step further at Craigievar Castle, near Aberdeen.

"I made up stories about Richard the Lionheart, a witch, and Richard's apparition appearing to walk through a wardrobe - the lion, the witch and the wardrobe!" True to form, Derek mentioned all Ciaran's stories - even though Richard I reigned 500 years BEFORE Craigievar Castle was built.

The final straw came last month when Most Haunted presented a three-night special from Manchester.

On the second evening, the show claimed to be broadcasting live from the site of Cheadle's Victorian asylum, a place where - according to presenter David Bull - thousands died in torment. In fact they were in the derelict remains of Barnes Convalescence Home - where nobody died in torment.

Ciaran remembers: "Derek was communicating with spirits that sounded as if they'd been in an asylum, but it was never an asylum."

Yesterday the Mirror confronted Derek Acorah with Ciaran's allegations. He told us: "I've worked with Ciaran for many shows and he's got every right to say what he says.

"However, it does shock and surprise me. Not only do I believe that I am a genuine medium - I live my work 24 hours a day. If I thought that I wasn't a true medium, I wouldn't work as one."

A spokesman for LivingTV said: "Ciaran O'Keeffe has worked as the programme's official sceptic for 18 months and during this time has not brought any of his concerns to our attention.

"LivingTV has not seen any of your filmed evidence, but will fully investigate your claims."

By Matt Roper 28/10/2005
 
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UFO sighting over Islington

02 February 2007
DOZENS of mysterious lights were spotted hovering in the sky above Archway - spreading panic among residents below.
Unidentified flying orange objects stopped traffic and left residents staring skyward in disbelief at around 5.30pm on Thursday.

Islington police received four calls within a matter of minutes.

Witness Alix McAlister, 34, a market stall trader from Bredgar Road, Archway, said: "I just picked up my son from nursery in Bredgar Road. I had just come out of the door when I noticed what was going on in the sky.
The mysterious lights in the sky over Archway
The mysterious lights in the sky over Archway

"There were a group of them - 10 to 15 of them moving together. My first impression was that they reminded me of a squadron of aeroplanes in formation. But they didn't have a proper formation and they were all moving at the same speed.

"I thought for a while that something was happening in the centre of London. Bombs and planes crossed my mind. But I realised very quickly that they didn't look like any aircraft I'd seen before.

"They were coming from the north and moving south. And then they kind of stopped and they were hovering. There was no sound. They seemed to fade away and I saw more coming and then they stopped. It lasted about 10 minutes."

Islington police informed Contact International UFO Research about the sightings. Soon after another witness contacted the Oxford-based organisation, which is devoted to solving the mystery of UFOs, and described what he saw.

A spokesman for Contact International said: "He told me he was picking his daughter up from school and he saw many people looking up in the air. Traffic had stopped and people were staring.

"He said he saw between 12 and 15 orange lights travelling across the sky. Then they would stop and then they went upwards.
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France to publish UFO archive online

Updated: 10:31 a.m. ET Dec. 29, 2006

PARIS - The French space agency said it will publish its archive of UFO sightings and other phenomena online, but will keep the names of those who reported them off the site to protect them from pestering by space fanatics.

Jacques Arnould, an official at the National Space Studies Centre, said the French database of around 1,600 incidents would go live in late January or mid-February.
He said the CNES had been collecting statements and documents for almost 30 years to archive and study them.
"Often they are made to the Gendarmerie, which provides an official witness statement ... and some come from airline pilots," he said by telephone.

Given the success of films about visitations from outer space like "E.T.", "Close Encounters of The Third Kind" and "Independence Day", the CNES archive is likely to prove a hit.

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Randi being sued for 1 million

Christopher Roller has proof of paranormal activities: the magic tricks of David Copperfield. "David admits he's using godly powers--that's paranormal," Roller writes in a lawsuit filed last month in U.S. District Court. "Paranormal events are occurring on planet Earth by David Copperfield and probably by most illusionists (magicians)."

The Burnsville resident is seeking $1 million from the James Randi Educational Foundation. The Amazing Randi--best known for exposing spoonbender Uri Geller as a fraud on The Tonight Show in 1973--has long offered a $1 million prize for anyone who can provide evidence of any "paranormal, supernatural, or occult power or event." No one has ever successfully claimed the money.

Roller has presented his proof of supernatural activities to Randi, but has been frustrated in his attempts to obtain the $1 million prize. "I've tried to contact James Randi with this enlightenment via email, but he keeps ignoring me," Roller notes in the lawsuit. "It figures, considering he's a magician, probably with godly powers himself. He is a con man, blinding us about the paranormal when he knows it exists."

Reached by phone, Roller says he's received no response to the lawsuit. "Evidently he's not putting up a fight," he avers. "I'm going to make a motion for default judgment."

Randi, however, says that a legal rejoinder is forthcoming. "I simply sent the summons off to our lawyer," he notes from his office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. "We get this sort of thing 30 or 40 times a year at least. People are people. They're delusional."

Roller is no stranger to the court system. Last year he sued Copperfield himself, claiming that the illusionist had been "using my godly powers to perform his magic." That lawsuit, however, was dismissed. More recently Roller has drafted a complaint against Celine Dion, claiming that the pop diva "has a magic baby--a baby of mine via immaculate conception."

Roller complains that the justice system is prejudiced against him. "I've found little sympathy when it comes to judges," he says. "Lawyers and judges don't seem to like this godly stuff."

by Paul Demko

16th jan 2007

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Iraqi People report seeing Saddam’s ghost in Baghdad

In a most bizarre twist to the saga of Saddam's execution, people in Baghdad are claiming that they are seeing Saddam’s ghost in Baghdad public areas.

Sources say, this may be a plot by the Baathists to keep Saddam ‘alive’ among the Sunni communities.

Some claim he is seen in restaurants, markets and so on. It is possible many Saddam look-alikes are now more prominent and people are mistaking these look-alikes as possible Saddam. It is also possible that Saddam was such a threat that people just cannot believe he is dead and not coming back.

None of these possible ghost sightings are confirmed by any reliable sources or Iraqi authorities.

Saddam Hussein was buried before dawn on Sunday in his native village of Awja, near Tikrit in northern Iraq, the head of his tribe and a family source said.

Ali al-Nida, head of the Albu Nasir tribe, told Reuters the burial in a family plot took place in the early morning, less than 24 hours after the former president was hanged for crimes against humanity. He gave no further details.

A source close to Saddam's family confirmed his remains were interred at Awja, where his sons Uday and Qusay, killed by US troops in 2003, also lie in a family plot. The family had said he might be buried in the western city of Ramadi.

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Mystery after UFO sighting





In A scene reminiscent of the X Files, a couple have been left scratching their heads after a UFO sighting in their garden. Helen Hanreck, 49, was looking for her cats in the garden when she noticed a bright light in the sky.Miss Hanreck, of Longwalk, Istead Rise, claims she saw more than six red lights moving silently across the night sky.She claims the lights were moving slowly in an inverted V shape with a long tail.The insurance manager called to her partner, Nick Claydon, to have a look at the spectacle on September 8 at 9.45pm.Miss Hanreck says she hoped he would give her a rational explanation to the unexplained lights. She said: "I thought it was flying too close to other aircraft and I did think It's a terrorist attack heading for London'."But then I realised it was going the other way and heading south east. I called to Nick as I thought he would know what the lights were as he has a pilot's licence."But when he came into the garden we were both lost for words. We watched the lights for 10 to 15 minutes and it was like watching Chinese lanterns being dragged silently through the sky."

She added: "I am not a believer in spaceships and aliens but I called the police to report it."They told me a taxi driver had already phoned in about it, so I was relieved it was not just us."Mr Claydon, who also saw the UFOs, insists he and his partner are not "nutters".The 49-year-old said: "We are not flying saucer nutters. We are just normal people, although we did go to Roswell in America to see where a spaceship was supposed to crash.

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Paranormal investigators visit ghosts of the Main Street Grille

Supernatural scouters and spook enthusiasts gathered for an evening of paranormal pursuit during a community mixer and question-and-answer session Saturday night at the Main Street Grille. Investigators from the Arizona Paranormal Investigations (API) presented a slide show of "hauntings" from around the state, followed by an overnight analysis of the Payson's Main Street establishment. They set up cameras, video recorders and tape machines to capture anything out of the ordinary. Psychic Deb Lane said she felt unearthly energy around the house almost immediately. "When we first came up from the (parking lot), I felt a lot of energy," she said. "Other places around here are haunted. There's a morose spirit on the patio." API is an Arizona-based nonprofit organization that uses its own funds to search for the supernatural. Through a combination of intuitive and empirical methods -- and really expensive electronics -- API seeks answers to strange events. Lane said formulating the results of the group's Saturday night investigation will take some time. For more information, visit API's Web site at www.arizonaparanormalinvestigations.com.

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Giant paw prints in Ipswich UK a mystery

 Unexplained giant paw prints have today left an Ipswich couple speculating over whether a wild animal is stalking the neighbourhood. Jacqueline and Richard May, of Foxhall Road, are baffled by a series of prints - seeming to have been made by an animal with claws or toes - left in their garden. The couple leave their front gates open at night and the mystery marks appeared some time before 3.30pm on Thursday . Mrs May, 64, said: “You can clearly see toes but I'm at a loss for what it is. “They are far, far too big for a cat. It's more like a horse. “We have had foxes in the garden and even seen a muntjac deer before but you can tell it's not them. It's something heavy as it has squashed the mud. Mr and Mrs May, who live opposite St Elizabeth Hospice, have put buckets over the marks to preserve them. They have a quarter of an acre of land but the marks, around 7ins in diameter, are all in one area, near some parked vehicles. There are 11 clear footprint marks and other ambiguous ones. Mr May, 75, said: “I've never seen anything like it before. “It looks like something heavy has made it but it's not a car or vehicle because it isn't one continuous mark. “They are fairly wide apart so maybe it's something which jumped.” Do you know what the prints are? Or have you had unexplained prints left in your garden recently? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk or text 84070 and start the message ESTAR before letting us know what it could be. Texts cost 25p on top of your normal network charges. The footprints are situated in a relatively small area of the May's garden large garden. Nine of the marks are in between two vehicles, on a patch of grass with a fence on one side and a concrete drive on the other. They are scattered in a space of around 5m by 5m. The two other clear prints are about 20ft away, just metres away from the road, behind the garden wall.

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Exorcism takes a woman's life in India

Jaipur, Dec 17 2006 (IANS) Superstitions practised in remote parts of Rajasthan to exorcise evil sprits has claimed a woman's life in Sri Ganganagar district, over 550 km from here.

Lichma Devi, 35, died after she was treated brutally by a local exorcist Vidhya Devi Thursday.

The entire exercise was undertaken in the name of freeing her from evil sprits. Ganeshram, the husband of the deceased, later lodged a first information report against Vidhya Devi in a local police station.

Ganeshram said his wife was first touched with hot iron rods and then beaten with a thick wooden stick, which eventually led to her death.

He alleged that Vidhya Devi convinced him that his wife was seized by evil sprits and she needed treatment urgently.

Having believed Vidhya Devi, he agreed to the prescribed treatment and took his wife to her.

Initially, Ganeshram was not allowed to meet his wife. He later found out that she was dead.

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Wicca veterans seek grave symbols

Wicca veterans seek grave symbols
The pentacle - a five-pointed encircled star - is an important Wicca spiritual symbol
The pentacle is an important Wicca spiritual symbol

Wiccans in the US are taking the government to court over its refusal to allow their symbol on gravestones in military cemeteries.

Relatives of dead soldiers, including one killed in Iraq, are demanding that Wicca symbols be permitted.

Some 38 other religious symbols, including the Jewish star of David and the Buddhist wheel, are allowed.

The Pentacle, a five-pointed star surrounded by a circle, is one of the most important symbols in Wicca.

'Discriminatory delay'

Wicca, which originates in Europe, is inspired by ancient pre-Christian practices.

It is recognised by the US military as an official religion but military veterans are not allowed to display the symbol on their graves.

"The federal government's discriminatory delay in approving these applications must end," said Daniel Mach, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union.

"There is no good reason to deny grieving families the solace and comfort available to military families of other religions," he said.

One of soldiers whose family is seeking to use the symbol is buried in Washington's Arlington National Cemetery.

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Mind over Matter Study

Sunday, December 03, 2006

There are reports from all cultures throughout history in which objects or events in the environment appear to be influenced by the human mind. The Rhine Research Center is looking for people who may have experienced such effects known as psychokinesis or PK (also called telekinesis) to participate in a research study.

PK experiences are those where your conscious or unconscious mind seems to directly influence the physical world around you, without the use of any known physical means. Some examples might be: affecting the roll of dice, affecting lights or other electrical equipment, affecting your computer, bending spoons, moving objects, or psychic healing. Unexplained physical effects are also reported surrounding times of near-death, dying or after the death of a loved one, for example, a clock stopping at the exact time of someone’s death. These are also of interest for this study.

The RRC is collecting reports of these types of experiences and would love to hear from you by email or postal mail. At a later stage they will be undertaking face-to-face or telephone interviews with some individuals who have experienced this type of phenomena, and who are willing to discuss their experiences in more detail. All reports are confidential.

Please send your experiences to srfeather@nc.rr.com or by postal mail to:

Sally Rhine Feather, Ph.D.
Rhine Research Center
2741 Campus Walk Avenue, Building 500
Durham, North Carolina 27705.

For more information, visit their website at: http://www.rhine.org

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UK TV crazy for Paranormal shows

MEDIA. Two of Britain’s best-known television psychics, Colin Fry and Tony Stockwell, will be joined by Tracy Higgs (left) on a new TV series, Psychic Private Eyes, which will be screened from 19 December in the UK on Sky Zone Reality 150 and NTL/Telewest 146.

tracyHiggs.jpgIts aim is to take a fresh look at unsolved murders and unexplained disappearances, following a similar format to Stockwell’s successful previous TV series, The Psychic Detective.

The mediums will work individually to piece together what happened in an attempt to solve a mystery or locate a missing body. The cases will be ones that have been closed without a solution and been forgotten by the police and the media, but not by the victims’ families.

Also in the UK, Living TV is to broadcast John Edward: Cross Country, featuring one of America’s best known mediums. It has already been screened in the US. The same channel also broadcast Edward’s earlier series, Crossing Over.

ErnieHudson150.jpgOn a different level altogether is VH1’s Celebrity Paranormal Project which takes a group of individuals who are (or were) celebrities for varying periods of their lives and puts them together in a haunted place with a TV crew. Some, it has to be said, are scarier than the ghosts they are hunting.

Favourite haunts of this reality TV series, which was filmed in the US and started on 22 October, are lunatic asylums, hospitals and prisons. A different group is featured each week and participants have so far included Gary Busey, Mariel Hemingway, David Carradine and Ernie Hudson (right) – who, appropriately, was one of the stars of Ghostbusters.

10th December 2006

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Maurice Grosse dies 1919 - 2006




LONDON. The death of Maurice Grosse on Saturday, 14 October, at the age of 90, comes almost 30 years after he was asked by the Society for Psychical Research to investigate happenings in the Hodgson family home. The case became known as “the Enfield poltergeist”.

He and a fellow SPR investigator, writer Guy Lyon Playfair, spent two years studying the case and were convinced that some of the phenomena they saw and recorded at a house in Green Street, in the north London suburb of Enfield, were genuine. But they also conceded that one or more of the four Harper children could have been responsible for some of the events.

Playfair told the full story of this extraordinary case in This House is Haunted: Investigation of the Enfield Poltergeist.

By the time Grosse arrived at the home of the Hodgson family on 5 September 1977, police officers and reporters from the Daily Mirror had witnessed the inexplicable movement of objects, such as toys being thrown across the room or furniture moving, and heard knockings on the wall – an almost daily occurrence. One of the children, Janet, also claimed to be “thrown” out of bed, but sceptics argued that photos of her “levitating” could have been simply the result of her leaping from her bed.

Adding to the mystery, radio and TV crews who tried to capture the phenomena, found that their equipment suddenly stopped working or tapes were mysteriously erased.

One of the strangest aspects of the case was the development of voices speaking through Janet, one of the children around whom most of the poltergeist phenomena, including metal bending, appeared to be centred.

One voice claiming to be “Bill” said he had once lived in the house. He spoke in a deep, gravely male voice through which could have been produced by 11-year-old Janet, using a second set of vocal chords that we all have but seldom use. Despite speaking in this voice for many hours her normal voice was not damaged.

Among other SPR researchers who investigated the case for short periods were John Beloff, who later became SPR president – he died on 1st June this year – and Anita Gregory, who caught the children cheating. She pointed out that the “poltergeist” only performed when she turned her back on the youngsters. Two of the Hodgson children later confessed to newspapers that they had tricked everyone ... but later, in a distressed state, they retracted. [“Psychical Research and the Legacy of John Beloff” is the subject of the SPR's 51st Study Day, which will be held in London on 21 October. For more information]

Some sceptics argue that Grosse, whose own daughter, also named Janet, had died a year earlier in a car accident, was predisposed towards believing that the case could provide evidence of an after-life. But it must not be forgotten that many others – including police and journalists – who were not newly-bereaved also saw things they could not explain.

Grosse, who went on the investigate several other hunting's and poltergeist cases, believed his role as a psychical researcher was as much about helping and counselling families experiencing inexplicable happenings, as it was about proving the genuineness or otherwise of the phenomena.

The Enfield Poltergeist Case demonstrates how difficult it is for psychical researchers to produce evidence of paranormality that satisfies everyone. It certainly divided SPR members into two camps – believers and sceptics. But the two main investigators, Grosse and Playfair, were better placed than most to make their judgment, and they were both on the side of the believers.

Maurice Grosse accepted the children tried to trick observers at times, but pointed out that what they did was easily recognised and was never as impressive as the genuine phenomena.

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Mystery lights UFO spotted over Greenham Newbury

A MYSTERIOUS, triangle-shaped formation of orange lights was spotted drifting silently across the skies over Greenham Common.
Among the witnesses was Paul Smith, who said: “It was unbelievable.”
The incident happened late on Saturday night and was followed by power cuts and bright flashes in the sky in the early hours of Sunday.
Mr Smith, of Chapel Street, Thatcham, was walking through the common at midnight with a friend when he spotted something unusual hovering for three minutes before disappearing at great speed.
He said: “We noticed strange lights in the sky. It was unbelievable. There were 10 lights in a triangle formation over one of the entrances to the old airbase.
“After moving into a formation, they huddled and disappeared. It looked like they went up and vanished. For them to disappear like they did, they must have been going at a high speed.”
He added: “There’s no way it could have been meteors. They were moving like there was some intelligence behind it.”
From his apartment in Crookham House, Keith Cavendish-Coulson had a clear view for about 30 seconds of “dull orange” lights in the sky which were in a triangle or diamond shape formation, floating as high as a helicopter in the sky




“I saw 12 flames,” he said. “One by one they were going out like candles. I thought, it can’t be fireworks, they are moving too slowly.
“They seemed to reach a certain point at which they went out. I haven’t the faintest idea what they were.”
UFO expert Steve Harris of the Newbury Astronomical Society dismissed satellites, meteors and space junk from rockets as possible explanations as these only light up the sky for a couple of seconds.
He said: “We would have to put it down as an unidentified flying object.”
The uncanny incident is the latest in a series of UFO sightings in the area.
Two years ago, Hungerford residents were baffled to see a mystery fireball streaking across the sky for at least two months (pictured). Pets were reported behaving strangely as the object passed silently overhead, and strange sound and light effects were sighted in the area.
Back in 1980, spectacular lights seen drifting over Newbury were found to be the burning remnants of a Russian rocket. And throughout 1972, floating orange lights terrified and amazed locals including young children and a local councillor.

Have you spotted something strange in your neighbourhood? Call Robert Rowlands on 01635 564533.

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Ghost Hunter Ed Warren Dies

August 24, 2006

By CAROLYN MOREAU, Courant Staff Writer



Ed Warren 1926 - 2006

Ed Warren, who along with his wife pursued the unusual career of ghost hunter and whose cases included what would become the basis for "The Amityville Horror," died Wednesday at his home in Monroe. He was 79.

Warren firmly believed in ghosts, demons and other unworldly creatures - and in helping people deal with these unwanted visitations. He would answer the phone at all hours to counsel panicked homeowners from across the country, who couldn't find anyone else to advise them when their furniture started flying.

"Most people snicker," said Tony Spera of New Milford, who is the Warrens' son-in-law. "But if it happens to you and you know it is real, it is frightening to have your bed shaking in the middle of the night, or have the covers suddenly pulled off you."

Warren is also survived by his wife, Lorraine; a daughter, Judy Spera; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

During their 61-year marriage and partnership, the Warrens investigated more than 10,000 suspected hauntings in the U.S. and abroad in Japan, Australia and Europe. They believed they were expelling ghosts who stubbornly remained earthbound and evil spirits from another world who had never been alive. In return, all the Warrens asked was for their expenses to be covered, Spera said.

While the Warrens didn't ask for compensation for their ghost busting, they made a living on the college lecture circuit talking about the supernatural. Their most famous investigation - and most requested lecture - was the reported psychic disturbances at a house in Amityville, N.Y., where a family was brutally murdered in 1974. The Warrens were consultants for the movie "The Amityville Horror."

The Warrens wrote 10 books on the supernatural. Two of the books were made into TV movies, "The Demon Murder Case" and "The Haunted."

Ed Warren grew up in Bridgeport in a house he believed was haunted.

While he regularly confronted dark forces, he considered it a duty to warn the public about the dangers of playing with the occult, Spera said.

"Seven out of eight of their cases would start with people playing with a Ouija board," Spera said. "The spirit does not have to come right away. It can come after dark to get you."

Warren was also a religious demonologist and an expert on satanic cults, Spera said.

When he wasn't investigating the paranormal, Warren liked visiting forests and other natural places and collecting rocks and gems. He was a great lover of animals and at one time kept a fox as a pet. The fox proved to be a difficult character. Warren once had to call his wife for help when he took the fox on a ride and the animal wouldn't let him back into the car after Warren stopped at some shops, Spera said.

In the past five years, poor health kept Warren housebound. In March 2001, he had gotten up at 2 a.m. to let the cat in and collapsed on the floor. Paramedics restarted his heart. He was in a coma for 11 weeks and never regained speech.

"They said at the hospital he wouldn't make it through 24 hours," Spera said. "He had such a strong will. He wanted to stay."

Contact Carolyn Moreau at cmoreau@courant.com.


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Teen girl shot looking for ghost

24 Aug 2006 Teen girl shot looking for ghosts

Owner fires from inside 'spooky' house

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WORTHINGTON, Ohio - A teenager out looking for ghosts with friends was
shot in the head and critically wounded near a house considered spooky
by local teens, police said Wednesday.
A man who lives in the house, Allen S. Davis, 40, was charged in the
shooting and told reporters Wednesday from jail that he was trying to
drive off trespassers and didn't intend to hurt the teen girls, whom he
called juvenile delinquents.

He said he fired his rifle out his bedroom window Tuesday night after
hearing voices outside the home, which is across the street from a
cemetery and blocked from view by overgrown trees and shrubbery.
"I didn't know what their weaponry was, what their intentions were," he
said. "In a situation like that, you assume the worst-case scenario if
you're going to protect your family from a possible home invasion and
murder."

The 17-year-old girl, Rachel Barezinsky, and two of her friends got out
of their car parked near the home about 10 p.m. and took a few steps on
the property, police Lt. Doug Francis said. They jumped back in when a
girl in the car sounded the horn, and they heard what they thought were
firecrackers as they drove away.
The girls - all seniors at Thomas Worthington High School in suburban
Columbus - drove around the block, and Barezinsky was struck while
sitting in the car as they passed the house again and heard a second
round of what turned out to be gunshots, Francis said.

Davis, a self-employed nonfiction writer, said he had prepared the rifle
after numerous previous instances of trespassing, but he didn't know
until Wednesday that teens considered his house haunted. Police should
charge the teens with trespassing, he said.
"It's really something how homeowners defend themselves and the way the
laws are written, we're the ones brought up on charges while the
perpetrators get little or nothing."

Francis said police do not intend to pursue criminal charges against the
girls at this point.
As the girls' car drove away from the house, the driver noticed she had
blood on her arm and passengers in the back seat also discovered blood,
police said. They saw Barezinsky had collapsed in the front passenger's
seat and drove until they could flag down two police officers. The other
girls were not injured.
Some classmates at the high school, which has about 1,700 students, were
planning a vigil Wednesday night at the football stadium.
Principal Rich Littell said he had talked to Barezinsky, a well-known
cheerleader, at a freshman welcome dance on Monday night.

"It just kills you. She's a great kid, very, very athletic. She was
looking forward to ... the tumbling she was going to do at the football
game," he said.

Davis, who was charged with five counts of felonious assault, told
officers he had been annoyed by trespassers and that he was aiming for
the car's tires from his first-floor bedroom, police said.
"He admitted to never calling the police, but it just had been occurring
and he got frustrated and he was upset, saying someone trespassed on his
property and he was protecting his property," Francis said.

Barezinsky, who also was struck in the shoulder, was taken to Ohio State
University Medical Center in critical condition, police said.
The hospital would not provide an update on her condition Wednesday.
Francis said Davis' home had a reputation at the high school for being
haunted by ghosts and witches, and students have been daring each other
to knock on the door or go in the yard.

Zoning officers have visited the home where Davis lives with his
64-year-old mother because of complaints that the property has not been
kept up, police said.

Betty Davis, 69, who lives around the corner, said Allen Davis was quiet
and kept to himself. She said she's not related to him.

"I guess last night was the last straw," she said.

"I think it blew everybody's mind it would come to this."


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GhostFest 2007

Hosted at the National Hockey Stadium & Conference Centre in Milton Keynes on Saturday 2nd June 2007 the GhostFest event returns.

The ideal opportunity to meet other paranormal enthusiasts, discover, test and purchase equipment, and attend a wide variety of lectures.

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Full details of the event are still being confirmed, however the 2007 GhostFest aims to build on the success of the 2005 GhostFest by bringing even more lectures, stalls and enthusiasts together. The following is a brief rundown of what to expect.

* Two lecture theatres running a total of 12 sessions covering a range of spiritual and technical subjects from aura's to thermal imaging

* 47 exhibition stands and 500 visitors: The ideal opportunity to discover, test and purchase ghost-hunting equipment, spiritual items and other related services

* Lectures will include topics such as Kirlian Photography and Aura's, Thermal Imaging, Infrared Temperature Measurements, Datalogging, Ley lines, Investigative Techniques, Healing Disturbed Houses, Mediumistic/Spiritual topics and more.

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Jim Morrison's Ghost Still Haunts

19th August 2006

It has been over 4 years since Hollywood resident and Rock and Roll Historian Brett Meisner first noticed a strange image in the background of a photo taken of him at the gravesite of former Doors’ front man Jim Morrison at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France.


After having the photograph and original negative analyzed by dozens of paranormal and photographic experts, there is still little explanation as to how or why the ghostly image appeared in the photo. Some believe it is a forgery, while others simply think it is just a ray of sunlight playing an odd trick on the human eye.

For Brett Meisner, the photo has become a black cloud of bad luck hanging over his head, and he is now looking for a way to get rid of this infamous and very controversial piece of rock and roll history.

Brett Meisner barely recalled the 1997 candid graveside photo shoot when an assistant showed him the photo in 2002, pointing out the clearly visible iconic image of Jim Morrison in the background. “I have collected a lot of rock memorabilia over the past few decades so I figured he was playing a joke on me,” explains Meisner. “But once we found the negative and made larger prints, it was quite clear to all of us that we had something odd and unique on our hands.”




Above the alleged photo of Jim's spirit.

Once word of the Morrison ghost photograph spread across the Internet, both skeptics and avid Doors fans came knocking on Meisner’s door. A British film crew from the show “Dead Famous” even flew to Los Angeles, bringing along paranormal expert Chris Fleming who called the photo “one of the best I’ve ever seen.” This publicity led to appearances on the Biography channel and several prominent radio programs, but Meisner began to realize the photo was causing more harm than good.

“I’ve had strangers come to my home at all hours of the night wanting to talk to me saying they had messages from Jim,” explained Meisner. “At first it was sort of interesting to see how many people felt a spiritual bond with Jim and the photo, but now the whole vibe seems negative.”

A failed marriage and the loss of a young friend to a drug overdose were just a few of the tragedies that have befallen Brett Meisner since he rediscovered the photograph. “I’ve lost some high paying clients and nothing but bad luck has plagued me for the past few years.” A spiritual adviser and close friend recently told Meisner that they believe the photograph is part of a curse and that he needs to find a respectful way to part with the image and bring closure to both Brett and the spirit of Morrison.

“Part of me wishes that I would have never stepped foot into the graveyard in the first place,” admits Meisner. “While I also know I’m partly to blame for talking about it in the first place. I should have kept it to myself and not let the media have a field day with something so special and private.

Meisner is currently trying to find a private and reputable organization to donate the photos and negative. So far he has no takers.

Jim Morrison’s gravesite in Pere Lachaise is one of the most popular tourist attractions in a cemetery filled with literary and cultural icons such as Oscar Wilde, Honore de Balzac and Frederic Chopin. Over a thousand people each day visit the gravesite where Morrison was laid to rest in July 1971. Often the crowds are unruly and festive, a fact that is looked down upon by the surviving family members of the nearby graves. In fact, the French government almost moved the body of Morrison in 2001 when the 30 year lease expired, citing his gravesite a nuisance and unwanted attraction. However, pressure from the local artistic community helped keep Jim safe and secure in his final resting place.

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