Halloween Season Brings Silly ‘Ghost’ Videos
It’s that time of year again: Halloween season. Here in my home state of Pennsylvania, the weather is starting to get cooler, the leaves have begun changing colors, and social media will soon be flooded with overhyped fluff pieces of alleged “ghosts,” enticing the general public to click on a story devoid of common sense …
“Ghostly Bride” Caught on Construction Site Not a Ghost
On August 18, 2020, at 1:53 a.m., Adam Lees received a security alert on his laptop. Lees is the managing director of Limitless Security and is currently in charge of security at the construction site of Ultima at Sherborne Wharf, a new apartment building in Birmingham, England. The security alert meant that something triggered …
Resurrecting the Spiricom (Hoax)
I’m going to make this clear up front: I am not a fan of ghost hunting shows. However, as they still capture the public’s interest, I will occasionally watch an episode that alerts my skeptical radar either from a dubious history or an overhyped video of a “ghost.” This time around, my attention was called …
So You Have a Ghost in Your Photo
Although science has never authenticated a single ghost, spirits of the dead have posed for elaborate studio portraits, strolled casually into mundane photographic scenes, and darted into the snapshots of hopeful ghost hunters—or so it seems. Initially, however, ghosts were reticent to appear before the camera. Advent of Spirit Photography The earliest practical photographs—daguerreotypes (process …
Investigating Psychic Predictions in a Missing Persons Case
In January 2020, my friend and colleague Ben Radford asked if I would be interested in an investigation project for his podcast Squaring the Strange, which he cohosts with Celestia Ward and Pascual Romero. The podcast tackles various myths and mysteries from a skeptical and scientific point of view, and I’ve been a guest several …
‘Real’ UFOs in North Carolina Shown to be Flares
On September 18, 2019, a video titled “2019 Real UFO Sighting” was uploaded to YouTube by William Guy, an Indiana man working on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. The video, which is thirty seconds long, shows fourteen bright yellow lights clustered together hovering in the sky. It didn’t take long for the video to go viral, …
Correcting the Conjuring House History
On June 21, 2019, a new couple purchased a fourteen-room farmhouse on eight and a half acres in Harrisville, Rhode Island, for approximately $439,000 (Mroch 2019). Normally such an event wouldn’t be a big deal—much less make news—but this was not an ordinary house. This was the infamous residence known to the world as “The …
Devil’s Chair Blamed for Exhibit Shutdown
A new exhibit at Zak Bagans’s (Not) Haunted Museum apparently had to be shut down after some alleged paranormal activity got a bit too overwhelming for the TV star. The focus of the new exhibit, a rocking chair that is said to have played a part in “The Devil in Connecticut” demon possession case, was …
Investigating a Spirit Communication Device—A Cat Toy
Ghost hunters love their gadgets. From EMF meters and REM pods to motion sensors and SLS cameras, if it beeps, lights up, or gives an alternate view of the world, they seem to be all over it. One such device recently being marketed to ghost hunters turned out to be a rebranded cat toy. Rebranding …
‘Groundbreaking’ Ghost Experiment Breaks No Ground
Over the years I’ve come across a plethora of both so-called “ghost hunting equipment” and “methods” that boldly claim to detect, communicate with, or capture spirits. If a device or method catches the interest of a para-celebrity (a well-known individual within the paranormal community, usually with a TV or internet show), such things usually become …
Michigan Nanny Cam ‘Ghost’ Most Likely Mom or Dad
After seeing surveillance footage from their nanny cam a few weeks ago, they now believe that it is haunted.
Celebrity Ghost Hunts at Historical Locations
I had the opportunity to tour the USS North Carolina twice and wasn’t familiar with any ghost stories, so I decided to take a closer look.
Undercover at a Psychic Group Reading
I attended a psychic gallery reading at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Pennsylvania to see just how gifted the psychic host was.
The Provenance of Captain Smith’s ‘Haunted’ Mirror
A super exciting, new haunted item from the Titanic
The Dibbuk Box
As luck would have it, this is another one of the “Big Four” haunted objects in Zak Bagans Haunted Museum.
A Closer Look at the Bela Lugosi “Haunted” Mirror
In this column, we will be investigating the first of the “big four” cursed objects in Zak Bagans’s Haunted Museum (see the previous column): the Bela Lugosi cursed mirror.
The Not-So-Haunted Museum of Zak Bagans
The website boasts that guests “will venture down creepy winding hallways and secret passages into more than 30 rooms that rival scenes from Hollywood horror films.
Did a Psychic Uncover a Fifty-Seven-Year-Old Murder?
According to the story, “bones found in a Long Island basement were discovered after a family consulted a psychic and paranormal investigators.
Is an Oregon Marijuana Shop Haunted? Not likely.
KGW8 in Oregon City reported on a spooky video from a local marijuana shop, Five Zero Trees.
App-aritions Are Still Causing Trouble
There is an app for just about everything, including adding ghosts to your photographs.
Challenging Claims of Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP)
In May 2018, I spent the night at the White Hill Mansion in Fieldsboro, New Jersey.
‘Breakthrough Ghost Photography’ Falls Short of a Breakthrough
Investigating alleged ghost photographs and offering rational explanations for them has been a focus of mine for well over a decade.
Ghostly ‘Black Monk’ or Random Tourist?
Several British tabloids and paranormal-themed websites reported that a ghostly black monk appeared in a photograph taken by Jon Wickes during a visit to Eynsford Castle in Kent. Wickes had taken his twelve-year-old son to the castle because he was learning about medieval castles in school. The photo, taken from outside the ruined remains of …
Ghost Crashes? Nope.
The car crashes are typical of what can be viewed in hundreds (if not thousands) of videos on YouTube, collected from traffic cameras and dash cams from all over the world.
A Closer Look
The first major paranormal case I took a closer look at was a well-known haunted house called Whispers Estate, located in Mitchell, Indiana.
Busting the ‘Elvis Presley in Home Alone’ Movie Myth
The film spawned several sequels as well as dozens of conspiracy theories.
Demon House Deconstructed
Demon House is a documentary by Zak Bagans, best known for his Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures.
Bigfoot Sighting in New Jersey? Maybe Not…
“Whatever this was had, literally, leaped across the entire road. It was about six feet tall. Like a light-colored hair, like a deer, but I’m like it certainly wasn’t a deer because it had its legs splayed and it almost looked like a ballerina leaping across the road.”
Ghostly ‘Black Monk’ or Random Tourist?
Several British tabloids and paranormal-themed websites have reported that a ghostly black monk has appeared in a photograph taken by Jon Wickes during a visit to Eynsford Castle in Kent.
The Blackwell Ghost
Kenny Biddle debunks this “work of fiction” as seen on Amazon Prime.
The Xbox Kinect and Paranormal Investigation
Sadly, the majority of gadgets that are being used by ghost hunting teams are about as useful as a car muffler in the shower. In other words, they are completely useless.