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General : Randi being sued for $1 million

Posted by Founder on 18-Jan-2007 09:40 (2130 reads)

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

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General : Ghosts of Cambridge and Ely

Posted by Founder on 07-Jan-2007 19:51 (2087 reads)

Cambridge and its surrounding villages and towns have an unseen history, and equally fitting quiet eeriness to them.

Cambridge and its surrounding villages and towns have an unseen history, and equally fitting quite eeriness to them, that that could match if not overwhelm any other place in the British isles with an unexplained and spooky reputation.
Cambridgeshire known in olden times and written in the Domesday Book as "Grantbridgeshire" is not a stranger to the macabre and otherworldly, this is not surprising considering its vast history going back to bronze and iron age times.

Its been home to many bloody battles and historic events, important in the psyche and moulding of the English and even British make up. The city of Cambridge it self can be recorded back to the late bronze age around 1000 BC, so its no lightweight when it comes to its residual past. It has history oozing from its landscape.

Many famous historical characters have influenced Cambridgeshire, such as William of Normandy, Oliver Cromwell, and even the Vikings when they invaded East Anglia.

Cambridge is now a university city, some of which are the University of Cambridge, Kings college, St Johns college, and Christ’s College. All of which at some point have been reported to have had a brush with the supernatural.

Many legends and stories have been absorbed into the stonework and listening ears of the side streets and cobbled roads that still crisscross the city. Some may well be exaggerated fantasies thought up by tipsy bar and tavern dwellers in the centuries gone by, but some have a ring of reality to them based on the fact the city at night can take on a spectral spirit of its own, with its dark open areas surrounded by illuminated churches and towering cathedral.

Today Cambridge by night is bustling with shoppers, pub goers, and repetitive traffic, adding the cities exuberance of energy. Its gaslight roads rushing with modern sounds and sights, mixed in with its ancient forgotten past, but after midnight when the bustle has quietened to a whisper, you can also hear the voices of the past, and the clattering of horse driven carts and carriages that dragged over the cobbles by rattling chains and galloping hooves, so given this atmosphere and history you can probably forgive the myths and legends that have accumulated over the years whether they be true or not.

One such exaggerated and farfetched story is of the Fitzwilliam Museum. The two animated stone Lion statues that also seem to guard the building are said to come alive at night, jump from their platforms and drink from the guttering below, followed by their disappearance into the walls of the museum its self. This is said to always happen at the stroke of midnight.

A more typical example of a haunting is said to happen in the Montague Road part of Cambridge. A spectral women is sometimes seen swinging from a Hammock in the windows of one of the summer houses. Investigation into this apparition concluded that a women died in the house fitting the apparitions appearance and description that died of tuberculosis just a short while before the first sighting of this particular phantom.

Emmanuel College in the past has had strange reportings of phantom footsteps said to be that of a one time living resident of the college that committed suicide, the building that the audibles were heard in have since been knocked down, taking the strange footsteps with them. The current building has not said to have suffered the same noises, which indicates this could be of the residual kind of haunting, that some call the effects of what is known in paranormal investigation as the “stone wall tape theory” where the stones and buildings materials them self can record and absorb the past and replay them at a later date, remove the walls, and so do the phenomena.

One of the most popular and common descriptions of a ghost or spirit is that of a grey lady, and Girton College was of no exception. The lady in grey has been seen walking, or better worded, as gliding down the corridors of the grounds, mostly in the latter 19th century. Very little evidence or reports exist that she is still today haunting the college. Its said the lady is of a student that died soon before she was due to start her studies at the college, interacting she was young.

Sidney Sussex College is a more recent haunting that dates back only to the 1960s. Some suggest although never proved, that the building was used as a resting place for Oliver Cromwell’s decapitated head. As strange as it may sound, the head has been seen floating around the grounds, and even staring into peoples windows who are unfortunate enough to be staying in the dormitories at the times these ghastly apparitions take place, it must have been a terrifying thing to see by any stretch of the imagination.

Another grey lady, probably different to the one above, has also been seen haunting Abbey House on the Abbey road. Other apparitions have also been seen there, from a women in white, a butler, to a squirrel and a rabbit or hare. Poltergeist activity and the sound of rattling chains have also be reported. An exorcism on the house was performed and said to cure the house of its disturbances, however this could just be speculation as it may well have failed, but covered up to put anyone who wished to purchase the house minds at rest so not effecting the price of the house.

Christ's College, Mulberry Tree in the Garden is said on a full moon at around midnight has seen a transparent elderly gentleman who seems to be walking around in circles the mulberry tree, in regret at murdering a doctor that apparently failed to save his lovers life.

Corpus Christi College, from 1904 onwards, Doctor Butts spirit has been seen dressed in white walking around the grounds. He hanged him self in his room by his garters on Easter Sunday 1632, after suffering from depression, and every Easter he is said to wonder aimlessly from wall to wall muttering to him self.

Sherratt & Hughes book shop was once thought to be the oldest bookshop in England, closed in 1991 it had been subject to reports of a Victorian couple browsing the aisles of books.

Newmarket Road is home to probably one of the most bizarre apparitions to have taken place in Cambridge, in fact some could argue the most bizarre in ghost history. A spectral penguin is said to waddle up the road, this has been seen by more than one person, a large number of people in fact, but has been suggested by paranormal investigators that this is not a penguin at all, but a doctor in a cloak, with a beak like mask on, in hope it would help him avoid catching the black death or plague.

Peterhouse is the place of a ghost seen in 1997. It is said to be that of Dawes, a former bursar who hanged him self after an alleged election scandal, he was seen drifting through the room he hung his self in.

The BBC Radio Cambridgeshire studios are said to be haunted by the ghost of a man, said to be a womanizer, who has been touching up the women who work there. Many different complaints have been reported by the female workers of being pinched and poked by an unseen ectoplamic pervert.

An underground passage in Grantchester is said to run from the Old Manor house to King's College, Cambridge Chapel, 2 miles away. It was said that a fiddler who offered to follow the passage set off playing his fiddle, soon the music became fainter and fainter, until it was heard of no more. The fiddler was never seen again. On a 17th century map of Grantchester, one of the fields is called Fiddler's Close. His eerie tunes can still be heard echoing around the surrounding fields at night to this day.


Surrounding Cambridgeshire.

Wicken Fen now a nature reserve is famous for its sightings of dark spectral dogs. At nearby Spinney Abbey Farm once stood an old priory. Local tales tell how monks can still be heard chanting in the still of the night, and that their ghosts have been seen. Strange lights are reputed to be visible, which could be either ghostly or just natural Will o' the wisp. These lights can be seen wandering from the farm to Spinney Bank, which is a bank now between Spinney Abbey and Wicken Fen. The most well-known legend is of the phantom black dog, sometimes known as Old Shuck or Black Shuck. This legend is a common one across East Anglia and is applied to many locations. The dog is said to have eyes the size of bike lamps and it is also said that, if anyone is unfortunate enough to meet the demonic dog and happens to look into its red/orange eyes, that are described as "burning like fire", then their death will soon follow.

Cottenham Church has had some strange goings on in the past. Legend has it that the church was once further away from its centre point, and when the locals tried to remove it brick by brick to its new location, the stones in the dead of night were mysteriously moved back to its original site. People kept guard at night to catch the culprits, but no one was found, until one night one such person on the look out, saw the stones floating by on their own accord back to the original grounds.

Once a convent, Hinchingbroke House in Huntingdon is said to be haunted. The bridge over the Alconbury Brook named Nun's bridge is said to be haunted also by one of the nuns which once lived at the old convent that is now Hinchingbroke house. It's said she is often accompanied by another ghost which resembles the appearance of a nurse. The myth goes that the nun had a lover, a monk, that caused them both to be murdered. In 1965 a married couple reported seeing the ghosts on the bridge, and again when they returned home the same night.

Ely, also known as the “Isle of Ely”

With its grand and magnificent cathedral now a huge tourist attraction as well as Christian place of worship, Ely is famous for its hauntings and even helps fuel its tourist industry.

Looking at the Cathedral built in 1082 its hard not to imagine it having a ghost or haunting of some kind, in fact its probably infested with spiritual activity, its seen much tragedy and drama in its long history that is for sure, not to mention the hundreds that have died and been buried in it, such as the countless men who died building the religious place of worship. A labour of love is an understatement.

Its no wonder that people in more recent times who have been involved in restoration or repair of the cathedral have reported seeing and experiencing strange things. Workers as recently as the 1990s have reported seeing monk type figures walking around the grounds, and up and down the staircases of the bell tower or steeple, and having their tools vanish, only to reappear later. Sudden cold spots and the feeling of chills can often be felt in what is now the cathedrals shop. The shop is probably one of the most famous parts of the building known for its paranormal activity. The shop now sells local ghost books, as a recognition of its spooky guests.

Inside as well as outside the cathedral its self are the tombs of people who were once important members of the cathedral, and its congregations and spiritual clergymen. Could it be that these souls buried within its walls still wondering the structure are protesting its modern invasion of sightseers?

Oliver Cromwell’s house in Ely built in the 13th century, now a museum, gift shop, and creepy tour house, was once the home to the military and political leader Oliver Cromwell who lived from 1599 to 1658. After his death in 1661 his body was dug up and given a “posthumous execution” where his head was put on a pole outside Westminster Abbey for some years to come. What happened to his head after this is uncertain. So its no wonder that his soul might seem not at peace and still making it self known to those who dare to stay at his once family abode.

Cromwell’s spirit or ghost is said to haunt the museum. Cold spots, knockings and other strange things have all been experienced there. Cromwell is said to be still in the same frame of mind now while haunting the house, as he was when alive, and has refused to move on. Much of Cromwell’s torment in life was when he lost he daughter to cancer at the age of 29, her spirit has also been reported to have been seen in the bedroom she occupied in life.

By Faeden www.ghosts-uk.net

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General : Iraqi people report seeing Saddam's Ghost

Posted by Founder on 02-Jan-2007 18:15 (1599 reads)

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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General : I&S ARE SO REAL!

Posted by Anonymous on 31-Dec-2006 21:18 (1646 reads)

(submitted anonymous via hgc site)

I can say honestly that i am not a witch nor is this any folklore,but every so often I experience a unwanted presence in my bed. I hear it growling in my ears and itt takes every bit of my strenghth to move 1 muscle and break free from this thing at the same time I hear what sounds like small children laughing not a happy laugh but evil laughing. sometimes 3, or 4 times it will come, untill I rebuke these demons away.sometimes that works.

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General : CCTV Orbs

Posted by Founder on 26-Dec-2006 12:12 (2051 reads)

"At night I notice my infrared surveillance camera seeing fast streaks of flying bugs or something, but there aren't any bugs out there," says Stirling. "Some of it must be refraction of various degrees of condensation, but others are kinda like rods or pellet-like objects. Here is a series of frames. It looks like a capsule flying off close to my porch. Can this be deflection of heat variations in the night air?"

The footage can be viewed HERE

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General : Saved by an Angel?

Posted by Founder on 18-Dec-2006 20:39 (1742 reads)

MANY PEOPLE fervently believe in angels and in the reality of protective guardian angels who watch over them. Skeptics dismiss the idea as mere folklore and fantasy. Time and again, however, amazing stories are told of personal experiences with mysterious beings who appear seemingly out of nowhere at pivotal moments to lend comfort, provide physical assistance and even save lives. They often disappear just as mysteriously. Are these beings truly of the angelic realm? Whoever – or whatever – they are, you’ll have a hard time convincing the authors of the following true stories that they are not real.
Angel in the Back Seat

I was driving home one morning on a snow-covered highway that had been closed by the highway department due to a huge snow storm. I was very tired and fighting sleep every mile I drove.

Finally, I could stay awake no longer... and I drifted off to sleep while driving. I had just nodded off when a large hand reached up between the seats and grabbed me by the right shoulder and gave me a vigorous shaking that very quickly woke me up. I quickly turned to see who had hidden himself in the back. Imagine my surprise when I turned the overhead light on and saw only an empty back seat! I began driving again when once again I became sleepy... and yes, it happened again, only this time I heard an audible voice from the back seat shout while shaking me, “WAKE UP!” That did it! I was now totally WIDE AWAKE and I remained that way all the way to where I lived. I told my family what happened and we came to the conclusion that my guardian angel, who was riding with me, decided to keep me awake until I made it home safely. – Roger Wheat

Angel Flew Interference

It was 2:30 a.m. and a frigid February blizzard was in progress in Ohio. I was still wired, just having completed my musical performance in a night club near the military base, so decided to do the drive now. I cranked up the radio and merrily set off for home. I became aware that I was the only car moving on the interstate. Others were pulled off the road buried under a couple of feet of snow. I was plowing through deep fresh snow as if it weren't there. I finally became aware that I had never turned on my windshield wipers. I'm barreling along at 75 mph and there was not a speck of snow on my windshield! This snow was sticking to everything and everybody else, why not me? I continued driving at that speed for the entire trip on the interstate... without turning on my wipers! No snow accumulated on the car until I approached the exit ramp. When I made that exit I was inundated with the heavy wet stuff and my wipers could not work fast enough to keep the windshield clear. I drove the rest of the way home at about 20 mph. I was highly amused and extremely grateful when a mental image appeared showing me my guardian angel flying interference for me throughout the entire trip. Thanks for keeping me safe. – Pat Pfeffer

Angel's Message

It was a dull, winter afternoon. I was met by a sudden urge to get up and have a drink. I walked over to the sink in a sort of trance and turned the tap. Instead of water, a white mist erupted from the tap and filled the kitchen. The mist was sucked into the cupboard under the stairs, and I was forced to drag my feet along and open the door. What I found almost made me have a heart attack: a man, cramped into the small space between the vacuum cleaner and the boiler tank, walked out and greeted me. "Hi," he said. He was dressed rather formally. I watched as he sat himself down. "Please sit," he told me. "I have come from heaven, and I have come with a message: Your mother in Spain is ill and requires medicine she cannot get. You are to go there and deliver it to her in person, then tell her Howard sends his love." Howard was my father; he had passed away only weeks before. When I asked the man who he was, he simply got up and walked upstairs. I left for Spain the day after. Sure enough, when I got there, my mother was in bed and had a large lump on her throat. She hadn't left the house since the day before and couldn't move. I delivered the angel's message and she nodded, "I know," she said with a sly smile. – Shaun

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General : Dead Man Exists

Posted by Founder on 05-Dec-2006 09:54 (3095 reads)

This happened to me five years ago, and to this day it gives me chills just to think about it. I was working at a local hospital and I spent the majority of my time disposing wastes in and out doors, mostly out. One night I had just finished disposing my final waste container for the night, and had decided to hang around out back for a minute when a co-worker happened to walk outside and engage me in conversation.

I was standing facing the entrance / exit doors of the hospital when I saw something I will never forget: A figure walked straight out through the hospital double doors without opening them. It was white, sort of glowing, and entirely featureless. The figure appeared to be dressed in a suit; I could tell by its outline. Then again, I could not exactly see it on the form. I jerked my head to the side of where my co-worker stood (he was partially blocking the view), all at once amazed and terrified at the form. In that instant, it vanished.

I excused myself and walked around to the left of the building, looking to see if it had been some visitor or patient leaving the hospital for the night, but I saw no one. The parking lot and surrounding grounds were entirely empty, except for patient and employee cars. Mystified, I re-entered the hospital, ready to finish my work up, then knock off for the night.

I had temporarily forgotten the incident, until just before I left home for the night. Another co-worker of mine told me that a man who had been admitted in the I.C.U earlier that day had passed away around 11:30, which had coincidently been around the same time I witnessed the glowing figure walk through the double-doors.

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General : Patient advised to get exorcised

Posted by Founder on 03-Dec-2006 21:34 (2965 reads)

A doctor at a family planning clinic told a patient that she needed an exorcism because there was something sinister moving around inside her stomach, a medical tribunal was told yesterday.


Joyce Pratt, 44, allegedly told the patient, who was seeking contraceptive advice, that she might be possessed by an evil spirit and needed religious rather than medical help.

She gave the woman crosses and trinkets to ward off black magic, allegedly told her that her mother was a witch, that she and her husband were trying to kill her, and suggested that she visit a Roman Catholic priest at Westminster Cathedral in London.

During the consultation at the Westside Contraceptive Clinic in Central London the doctor was said to have told the patient that she had black magic powers that could help to alleviate the problem.

The patient, identified only as Mrs K, was said to have left the clinic “very shaken and intimidated”.

The General Medical Council’s fitness-to-practise panel in Manchester was due to start a three-day hearing yesterday but Dr Pratt failed to appear. She was also not legally represented.

The panel then debated whether it could proceed in her absence to determine whether her conduct was irresponsible, unprofessional, intimidatory to her patient or liable to bring the profession into disrepute.

The incident is said to have happened when Mrs K attended the clinic, which offers free advice on family planning and contraception and counselling on sexual health. The patient, in her twenties, had complained of pain and bleeding and had gone to the clinic seeking a contraceptive injection.

Before the panel moved into private session, Heather Norton, counsel for the GMC, said: “It was made clear to Dr Pratt by Mrs K that she had concerns about the size of her stomach and about bleeding and pain she had experienced.

“Dr Pratt’s response was effectively to tell Mrs K that she had black magic powers in order to alleviate the problem. She told her that she should take holy water and that she should see some priests. She gave her crosses and stones that she said would protect her.

“She told her that her mother was a witch and that she and her husband were planning to kill her. Mrs K was left very shaken and intimidated.”

Dr Pratt was said to have then turned to a clinic nurse who was present and bragged about her special powers.

Miss Norton said: “The nurse was sufficiently alarmed that she contacted Mrs K to check she was all right and to notify her manager.”

Dr Pratt also faces charges that she failed to co-operate with investigations carried out first by her employer and then by the primary care trust.

The panel was told that a number of attempts had been made to contact Dr Pratt to ask her to attend meetings but she had claimed not to have received the letters.

The hearing was adjourned until a later date for Dr Pratt to answer the allegations in person.

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General : An explanation for things that go bump in the night?

Posted by Founder on 22-Nov-2006 09:35 (3192 reads)

WHISPERING a sentence over and over like a mantra, from a soundproof booth on the stage of the small concert hall in St George’s Hall, Liverpool, two artists will tonight perform a curious musical experiment.

Echoing the Davenport Brothers’ sellout seances there in 1865, performed inside a cabinet, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s hour-long work, Silent Sound, will use strobe lights, and subliminal and very low frequency infrasound to try to implant that secret sentence in the minds of their audience.

Master of ceremonies and psychopomp, guider of souls, will be Dr Ciarán O’Keeffe, a 35-year-old academic learned in the ways of the paranormal. A modest star in the media firmament – he is resident sceptic on LIVINGtv’s Most Haunted – O’Keeffe explores how infrasound may explain some of the paranormal.

The concert, with music by Jason Pierce, leader of the band Spiritualized, will test how subliminal information, embedded below conscious hearing levels, might be transmitted. Subtle but powerful forces will be at work and pregnant women or those with heart conditions have been warned not to attend.

Highly-charged situation


O’Keeffe will be in his element, part of an experiment into anomalous mental states, working with artists trying to push the boundaries of the way the mind works. As psychological consultant, he has helped the artists create what is promised will be “a highly-charged situation”.

The Enquirer met up with him at a British Psychological Society conference at Lancaster University. He and his French wife Gaelle Villejoubert had jointly written, with two Liverpool academics, a paper on hindsight bias in shooting incidents such as the Harry Stanley case.

Harry Stanley was shot by police who mistook a table leg in a carrier bag for a shotgun. Such traumatic events sometimes provoke a sort of déjà vu, with people feeling they knew all along the event would happen. Not paranormal perhaps, but a bit spooky.

Forensic psychology


O’Keeffe has a great appetite for crossover research topics like this. A psychology lecturer at Liverpool Hope for three years, he does forensic psychology, profiling for the police, and is active in Music Space, a North West charity using music therapy with Parkinson’s Disease patients at Broad Green Hospital in Liverpool.

But his abiding fascination, since he saw the film Ghostbusters as a youngster, is with the nature of the paranormal.

His official website, theparapsychologist.com, offers a telling quote from the great scientist Henri Poincare about his approach to what might seem a wacky byway of academia.

Under the website banner “Exposing the facts...letting you decide”, Poincare’s quote asserts that science is built of facts like a house is built of stones but cautions “an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house”. That seems to be how O’Keeffe sees parapsychology.

Heap of stones


Parapsychology is a heap of stones in need of an architect, then?

His interest, he says, is investigating the idea that individuals can somehow perceive, process and respond to information “that is acquired without the mediation of their known senses”. The night before he’d been doing just that.

In a medieval vault in Coventry he had been trying to establish if infrasound – very low frequencies below 100 hertz – could be related to the vibe in a “haunted” place. It was an idea put forward by the late Vic Tandy, in a seminal paper entitled Something in the Cellar.

Tandy and others had picked up on research which suggests that infrasound may induce odd feelings and create images in peripheral vision. Like EMF, electromagnetic frequencies, such phenomena may give ghosthunters a scientific handle on subjective experiences, offering a rational, scientific explanation.

Dandyish


O’Keeffe’s enthusiasm for these exotic realms is obvious and infectious. Yet he’s down to earth, not in the least flamboyant or dandyish and there’s no hint of Mephistopheles in his manner. Genial and approachable, he sees his job as a field worker testing new theories in situ using rigorous empirical measurement. Not easy in a domain where emotion, feelings and beliefs too often determine the “facts”.

He tends to avoid media interviews, knowing instinctively that tabloids can have a field day with florid accounts of hauntings and ghost hunters. Last year he got slightly burned when the Daily Mirror carried a story alleging he had “exposed” a medium he has worked with as a “fake”.

Born in Norwich to an Irish father and Swiss mother, O’Keeffe was raised in Somerset up to the age of 12 and then in High Wycombe. He had a Catholic education but lapsed in his mid-teens, Catholicism displaced by an increasing fascination with ghosts and the paranormal. He loved the Gothic, he says.

Ghost writers


HP Lovecraft, MR James, Clive Barker, all the horror and the ghost writers: he devoured the literature. “I was the local ghost hunter aged 18, with ­stories in the local papers. It makes me cringe now,” he says wryly. But the die was cast and he even tried, prompted by Ghostbusters, to study parapsychology at Columbia.

After a gap year travelling the USA, he majored in music and psychology at America’s Washington College. Following three years’ nursing psychogeriatrics, he did an MSc in investigative psychology at Liverpool University. His doctoral work focused on psychics and mediums and the advice they give.

On such topics an ingrained and proper scepticism soon emerges with no need for prompting. “In my TV work I am an academic trying to put across a sceptical argument. Do I believe in the paranormal? In individual cases it’s not about belief, it’s about being open-minded about possibilities.

Paranormal explanation


“The difficulty for me is when people ask me ‘Have you seen anything which would convince you?’ There have been a few incidents in haunting investigations that have made me question what I am seeing but I haven’t given it a paranormal explanation yet.”

His caution is understandable. TV academics tread a tricky line between simplistic populism and being, he says, the man in the suit wheeled on at the end to give gravitas to a sensationalist show. Ethics is vital in the ghostbusting business, he says.

“One thing I’ve been doing is mop up on cases where if it hadn’t been for the unethical behaviour of the ghost hunting group or the medium, there just wouldn’t be a case. Some do operate unethically: they are not empathic or sympathetic to the mental states of people they deal with. And they charge.”

Paradox


Here we touch on the paradox at the heart of paranormal investigation. Many people, both subjects and investigators, have an investment in beliefs they want to be true. Some mediums and investigators will project those beliefs on to the cases they encounter. So is there something out there, behind the material veil, or not?

O’Keeffe is wary of glib answers to that. He assesses every case on its merits, he says, being as objective as possible. He cites the poster on Fox Mulder’s office in the X Files, “I want to believe”, and re-phrases it as “I want to know the truth”. Infrasound and EMF may be part of the truth, as may hypnogogic sleep states and many other possible physical explanations.

Yet it is early days in this line of research. There is some evidence that infrasound can trigger feelings of awe or otherness; that transient electrical fields can affect the temporal lobe and create visual hallucinations and the sense of an immaterial presence. But neither phenomena is unequivocally proven.

An impact


And there may still be irreducible paranormal events which remain beyond scientific explanation. “If I found that infrasound or EMF were the cause, then I would be so happy that I had made an impact. But if I disprove all these theories and still people are having experiences and we can’t find an explanation for them...

“Then I’ll be in that camp, of those who say I am looking at something which is paranormal, something that science just cannot explain.” Yet he agrees that infrasound looks, provisionally at least, to be a good bet for defining some paranormal experiences as within the rational world.

But the boundary between the rationally explic-able and the paranormal is blurred, adds O’Keeffe. “The field can go in either direction depending on what particular phenomena we are looking at. With one experience we might find it is infrasound. We might find it is EMF. Or a combination of both.

Telepathy


“With telepathy we have a phenomenon in the parapsychological domain. Paul Stephens at Edinburgh, with a physics background, has been looking at the idea of us creating electrical signals enabling a psychic to communicate with a client. This encapsulates telepathy as a tangible idea that we can test.”

In a way, he says, that makes it more fascinating, though it would no longer be paranormal. There’s a parallel, he agrees, with the historic shift from primitive magic to modern science, alchemy becoming chemistry. Television, pictures beamed through the ether, is magic until you understand how electromagnetism works.

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General : What if EVP are multidimensional recordings?

Posted by Founder on 13-Nov-2006 16:03 (1954 reads)

SOMETHING HAS always bothered me about electronic voice phenomena (EVP). If these are the voices of the dead, then the fate of these people is a highly disturbing one. They are still loitering about the Earth, lost. And if this sad fate is possible for those people, it’s possible for you and me as well. Personally, I don’t relish the thought of wandering around eternity, answering trite questions from legions of ghost hunters.
The traditional view of the afterlife, for those who believe there is an afterlife, is that we move on to a different (hopefully higher) plane of existence. Some think we receive our reward by going to Heaven or are punished with an eternity in Hell, depending on how we have lived our lives. In either case, we don’t hang around here.

Unless we’re ghosts. Ghosts, it is theorized, are unable to move on to that other plane of existence. Because of a traumatic death, or at least stressful circumstances of death, the spirit energy remains trapped between this plane and the next.

Horrible fate

So are all of the voices recorded in EVP of these trapped spirits? If so, there are a lot of them out there. Ghost hunting groups and other researchers all over the world are capturing these voices wherever they go – haunted buildings, graveyards, even locations that have previously had no reputation for being haunted. These spirits are everywhere.

And they represent a real cross-section of the human population: the old and the young, the happy and the sad, the nasty and the nice. Most distressing are the voices of children, especially those that seem confused and lost. I’ve heard EVP of children sadly complaining of the cold or mournfully looking for a parent.

What a horrible fate. And if we accept that EVP are voices of the dead, then there must be thousands upon thousands of these lost spirits roaming the Earth.

That’s hard to swallow. Maybe not so much because it cannot be true, but because I don’t want it to be true. After the many struggles and hardships of physical life, it’s not much comfort to think that we might face more of the same in the next life.

An alternate explanation

Let’s consider another possible explanation for EVP then.

Let’s say, for the sake of discussion, that everyone who dies passes on to another plane of existence. (Something better, let’s hope.) No one gets stuck. Then what could account for the mysterious EVP voices?

Perhaps EVP are holographic imprints of people who once lived. We are all made up of energy. The powerful energy of who we are – our personalities, our souls – interact with the energy of the surrounding universe. In some cases, maybe in all cases, when we die, a multidimensional hologram created by that personality energy is imprinted on this plane of existence.

In other words, EVP are not the voices of the people themselves, but only a representation of those people. They are holographic recordings of those people’s personalities.

Interactive recordings

If they are just recordings, one might ask, how can they interact with the living, answering questions posed by ghost hunters, or commenting on their conversations?

Because these are multidimensional holographic recordings. A conventional holographic photograph captures an image in apparent three dimensions. When we’re talking about the world of spirit, however, we’re talking about a world of multiple dimensions where time and space have no meaning. In this world, a holographic recording might contain all of the information of a person’s personality, allowing it to respond to questions and otherwise interact with the living in real time.

It’s a virtual dead person, with all of its personal attributes: happy, sad, confused or mean.

In this optimistic theory, EVP are not capturing voices of poor lost souls, but somehow tapping into the holographic imprints left behind by spirits who have moved on to higher realms.

This can’t be proved, of course. But it’s a more comforting thought.

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