What Are Ghosts
Using The Scientific Method
So What Are Ghosts Anyway?
That's a hard question to answer. In many respects,
it's a very personal decision as to how one interprets the phenomenon of
ghosts. Personally BWPI believe ghosts are the spirits of the dead who
(whether by choice or by design) stay in this world. These lost souls
seem to be confused and disoriented. Thus they attempt contact with the
living. It's at this point that we detect them through photographs and
video, electronic voice phenomenon (EVP, essentially tape recordings of
ghosts), through a change in the atmosphere's electro-magnetic feilds
(EMF)or through direct contact effecting all the senses. This is my
personal belief and you will be able to find a hundred people who would
differ in my interpretation. That's why it remains a more complicated
question to answer.
What we can do is help you form your own opinions and
beliefs on ghosts by explaining the types of phenomenon related to
ghostly activity. A good start to a subject you may not be familiar with
is to learn the vocabulary used by those directly involved with the
subject matter. So, you may consider this a glossary of sorts but it
will be more than that. It will encompass the beliefs of the BWPI
President, Scott Fowler (based on his over 20 years of experience in the
paranormal) as well a definition. By no means is this a complete listing of paranormal verbage. No where close
to a complete list. However, it is a listing of some of the most used
terminology, most influential people and the more famous cases.
Again, you will be able to find someone that will dispute
practically everything that is said here. We encourage everyone to
investigate for themselves and make their own determination on the
subject. Do searches at online search engines and you will find a
hundred (if not a thousand) different sites dedicated to the same
principles as I have established at this site. Visit other sites as well
as mine, speak with the owners of those sites and make up your own
A good book for the beginner to the paranormal is The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits By Rosemary Ellen Guiley. I would highly recommend it. Another god book for beginners is The Complete Idiot's Guide To Ghosts and Hauntings By Tom Ogden. Check this one out too.
Another great source of introductory information on the paranormal is the Leftfield-PSI Paranormal Glossary! Also, the Leftfield-PSI Ghost Hunter Listing is a great source for more information too. Check them out as well.
That said, let's begin.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
On the small island in San Francisco bay is Alcatraz prison.
Originally a civil war fort, it went into disrepair until early in the
20th century when a particularly harsh prison was built on the island.
The prison had a cruel history that involved the torture and deaths of
many. As a result, ghosts are believed to inhabit Alcatraz Island, "The
An incident that is claimed to have occured for several weeks in
the house of a murdered family in Amityville, NY. The book that was
published, and the feature film that followed, became a financial
success. Many details in the book differ from actual events. One of
which that convinces me of the invalidity of the Amityville Horror case
is the mere fact that in the book weather conditions are reported that
the National Weather Service does not document for those days. It
appears this was a huge ruse to make money on a famous murder case.
Angels are beings believed by many to be sent by some higher form
such as God to help human beings through life. The Bible uses angels
also as a means of God to pass on communications to the living. Though I
may not believe in the Biblical angels, I tend to believe that part of
the reason that the spirits and ghosts hang around the living is to help
us get through life as Guardian Spirits. There are many stories
of people finding themselves in life and death situations and report
being helped by mysterious beings that are there one minute and
disappear the next. I don't believe that all these stories are fiction.
But are they winged angels from God? My tendancy is to say no. They are
human spirits, who have stuck around after death as a means of helping
out the living.
Antietam, Battle of
The Battle of Antietam is among the worst battles in the American
Civil War. A single day of death and destruction never before known to
man. As a result, the battlefield is considered to be among the most
haunted and visited often by ghost hunters.
Apparitions are the ultimate goal of every ghost photographer. An
apparition is the sensory perception of a ghost. The most sensational
is, of course, visually, though it is much more rare than sounds and
smells. A visual apparition appearing in a photograph is the holy grail
of ghost hunting. The type of apparition we tend to search for is full
bodied, looking as the ghost did in life. Classically, these visual
apparitions will be foggy or transparent. There are several very
intriguing apparition photographs that I have seen, most notably the
Brown Lady on the Main Page. I, however, have never photographed an
apparition though I may have seen one (not really sure about it though.)
My search for the holy grail continues.
Please! If you have a picture of an apparition, I want to see it. I am most interested in these types of pictures!
It is believed by some that a spirit can take over a person when
they are in a relaxed state and communicate through them. Most notably
through automatic writing. That is a person, while under the influence
of a ghost or spirit, can scribble or type a message to the living. The
host rarely remembers the incident and will awaken with the message
before him to interpret. Sometimes the only way the host even knows that
the experience took place is if an observer examples what just
happened. Personally, these seems possible and some experiences I have
had suggest that it has happened to one of my fellow ghost hunters on
several occasions. But I have to wonder though if it is really a ghost
doing the writing or the person's subconcious.
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Bachelor's Grove Cemetery
One of Chicago's most haunted places. It is a small cemetery
frequented by ghost hunters and teenagers. Images of phantom monks have
repeatedly been seen there even though no historical reason for their
A ghost of particularly violent spectral attack in the household
of a retired Baltimore city fireman. This incident gained prominence in
the early months of 1960 due to the involvement of psychoanalyst and
paranormal investigator Nandor Fodor.
Ghosts will tend to be found where there is a lot of history and
tragedy. Wars creates much history and tragedy. Therefore, it seems
logical that we can expect to run into ghosts on ground that blood was
spilled on. As of late, it appears that many Civil War battlefields have
been experiencing ghostly activity, most notably the Gettysburg
The Bell Witch is the infamous legend of a spirit with a
particularly vindictive streak. John Bell was a man living in Tennessee
in the early 19th century when for some unknown reason his family is
attacked over a series of several years. The attacks seemed to focus on
John's young daughter and eventually resulted in the death of John
himself under mysterious circumstances. The legends differ in some
details but the basic story remains the same. John Bell and his family
is taunted and attacked by an unseen poltergiest type entity. The entity
apparently made several predictions that came true before she finally
seemed to disappear. Today, certain areas of what used to be Bell farm
have been reported as haunted.
Bilocation (or Doubles)
This is the appearance of a living individual at two locations
many miles apart at the same moment in time. I put this in here only
because I have seen a couple photographs that claim to be of doubles, or
a bilocated individual. The person is alive but reportedly miles away
from the photographed location. I am rather skeptical of these
situations. They are easily faked and hard to verify. One usually has to
take the word of the people involved and I find eyewitness accounts are
usually rather faulty, mistaken or otherwise.
The Borley Rectory is most famous as the subject of a ghost
investigation conducted by Harry Price. The grounds have seen
apparitions of ghostly hooded monks and frightening images of skeletal
nuns, even though no monastaries have ever existed on the grounds.
Phantom carriages and ghostly writing on the walls of the rectory were a
major aspect of the haunting. The building was gutted by fire in 1939
and the hauntings have seemed to have ceased.
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Some claim to see spirits or what they call demons in photographs
of crowds and audiences. Looking into the crowd they see mysterious
figures or creatures that seem to be attacking or influencing the
spectators. This appears to be a rather new phenomenon in the paranormal
community but may be because it wasn't until recently that people began
looking into the crowds for ghosts. In many cases, I find that these
"demons" aren't really demons but some element in the crowd giving the
illusion of some creature. For example: a scarf drapped over the
shoulder of a woman can appear like a wispy ghost in front of the man
seated behind her at a show. I equate this to picking out images in
clouds. The mind wants to bring order to chaos and what better chaos is
there than a large group of people at a concert or crowded in the
streets? So, when one looks at a photograph of a crowd, the mind
automatically wants to take the stuff it doesn't recognize and change it
into something it does. It has become, in my mind, the ink-blot test
for the paranormal. Result? Crowd Demons! I find this be an interesting
endeavor, picking ghosts out of a crowd but I don't put any validity to
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The box like house in Washington D. C. of military hero Stephan Decatur. The house is believed haunted by Decatur and his wife.
If there are angels, some would argue, than wouldn't there also
be the evil equivalent? Demons would be the evil version of angels.
These are supernatural beings that come to influence the living to
negativism. I don't believe in demons any more than I believe in angels.
Ghosts are essentially human beings that have lost their bodies to
death. And, like living human beings, there are as many personalities
for ghosts as there are for the living humans. This includes evil or
negative energies as well as good and positive energies. Remember, in
life for every Mother Theresa there is also a Hitler. Seems logical to
me that this would go into the afterlife as well.
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan
Reknown author of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Unlike the
character he created, Doyle tended to jump at any claim of the
paranormal with little or no investigation. He was among those fooled by
two girls who claimed to photograph fairies in their back yard woods.
Doyle was a great friend and confidant of Harry Houdini but the two
clashed quite often due to their differing views on the paranormal.
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A common anomaly in ghost photos is a misty or smokey substance
that seems to float in the air of a picture. These are called ecto mists
and sometimes people can see figures or faces in the mists. This is
another instance where I equate it to picking out figures in the clouds,
except sometimes, very rarely actually, a figure is so obvious and
clear that it makes me think there's something more there. One must be
careful with ecto mists, though. If someone is smoking in the area of
the camera or the environment is especially cold that a person's breath
can steam up in front of them, those are things that will appear looking
like ecto mists. That is why a standard rule in ghost hunting today is
no smoking and if it's cold out, hold your breath when taking pictures.
Not seen too much anymore is ectoplasm. During the heyday of
spiritualism, mediums that were conjuring up spirits would create a
substance called ectoplasm that seemed to disappear very quickly. This
"spirit substance" would shape itself into hands and other parts of the
spirit but disappear in an instant when the lights were turned on. In
the early 1900s, several experiments seemed to show that ectoplasm was
really a standard "earthly" substance used by spiritualists to fool the
audience. I include it here only because there are several pictures that
I have seen in books of ectoplasm manifesting itself during seances. I
tend not to believe in spiritualism, especially when it comes to the
group conjuring sessions (seances).
Edgar Allan Poe House
The house in Baltimore, MD where author Edgar Allan Poe grew up
and resided most of his life. It is believed haunted by the spirit of
Poe himself who died under mysterious circumstances in the streets of
One theory of ghosts is that events and emotions can be recorded
on the environment. Much like a video tape recorder records the action
on your favorite television program. Then when the conditions are right,
usually involving many factors such as the strengths of magnetic fields
of the area, the weather conditions, and the receptiveness of the
observer, the event can replay itself in front of an audience. In this
situation, the "spirit" is not concious of the observers and ignores
them completely, passing directly through them in some cases. This
playback can happen over and over and over again whenever the conditions
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The forest had a fascinating relationship with human beings.
Humans have had any number of woodland spirits, among them and probably
most famous are the fairies. These tiny creatures are believed by some
to be a sign of good luck and are there to watch over humans. Beginning
at the time of the Enlightenment, these types of superstitions were
fading away. I do not believe that fairies are real beings. They were
conjured up by a early humans to help the deal with the fear created by a
thick dark forest. I include this here because of several photos that
were taken in the 1920s by two girls. They appeared to show actual
fairies in a nearby forest. They have since been declared fakes but they
are a large part of paranormal history.
Founder and President of the Pennsylvania Paranormal Society.
Considered to be among the foremost ghost hunters in the state of
Pennsylvania. Facilitator of the annual Pennsyvania Paranormal
The doomed airline flight that crashed in the Florida everglades.
The airline, to save costs, salvaged parts of the plane for the rest of
their fleet. Ever since, the planes that have those parts have reported
ghostly incidents with the captain and engineer who died in the Flight
401 crash. One incident is believed to have even saved an airplane from
crashing when the engineer's specter pointed out a faulty piece of
equipment to the captain.
The theatre where Abraham Lincoln was assasinated by John Wilkes
Booth. Ever since, the spectral image of the president in his box has
been seen during certain performances. Also, a strange person, many
believe to be the ghost of Booth, is sometimes seem moving along behind
the audience to the door to the presidential box.
The location where the Star Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key. The battle that took place there has caused several ghostly encounters to occur.
Fox Sisters, The
Considered the mothers of Spiritualism, Katie, Margaret and Leah
Fox claimed to have experiences with a knocking ghost in their bedroom
when children. They claimed they learned to communicate with the ghost
through a series of knocks and taps. Before long, the country was
buzzing with this news and Spiritualism was born. Later in life, all
three sisters would claim the shows they performed were faked and that
no ghost ever existed. Some continue to maintain that the Fox sisters
experienced and communicated with ghosts while most ghost investigators
have dismissed Spiritualism as being created under false pretenses.
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Gettysburg, Battle of
The bloodiest three days of the American Civil War and now
considered the most haunted Civil War site in the country. Scores of
ghost hunters and historians flock to Gettysburg for investigations.
Even several ghost tours of Gettysburg are in place and very profitable.
The electricity created in the human body during a life time does
not disappear. Physics dictates this. Physics states that matter and
energy can not just disappear but change form. So, when the body dies
what happens to all that built up electricity in the brain? It changes
form into what we know as ghost energy. Ghost energies can be captured
on film looking very similiar to lightening bolts (strangely enough,
blue bolts) or bright flourescent lights floating in the sky. This is an
anomaly that more often than not is invisible to the naked eye as the
picture is being taken but only appears when the film is developed.
Ghost Investigations and Hunts
Believe it or not, there is a difference between a ghost
investigation and a ghost hunt. An investigation is a very regulated,
very regimented, very researched approach to a location. Usually
investigations are performed by structured organizations attempting to
use as much of the scientific method as possible in the situation. These
organizations will tend to have access to sensitive high tech equipment
that can pick up changes to the environment at a much more minute scale
than would be found during a ghost hunt. Ghost hunts, on the other
hand, are usually spur of the moment decisions made among people of
similar interests in the paranormal. Hunts are usually initiated based
on rumor or urban legends rather than any known fact. The instruments
used during a hunt are mostly low tech, average equipment found in many
homes rather than in a laboratory environment. What tends to happen is
that a localized group (sometimes just a group of friends) will go on a
ghost hunt to a location based on an urban legend they'd heard of.
During the hunt, they may get something intriguing that will prompt a
larger, more structured organization to step in and conduct a more
thorough, more scientific investigation.
Usually seen in high geology areas like mountains, ghost lights
are similiar to orbs in that they are globular balls of light seen
rising and bouncing around wooded areas and mountain ranges. The current
thinking is that these lights are not ghostly as all but the result of
geologic activity. The theory is that as the rocks grind against each
other, they release energy that floats away in glowing balls. Before
this theory was introduced though, ghost lights were believed to the
spirits of the dead making their way to visit the living or posted to
guard a particular area from the living. Sometimes they were thought to
be the ghost lanterns of dead miners still looking for their vien of
A castle in Scotland built during the 1300s. Due to its history,
many ghost stories and legends have arisen concerning the castle. The
most famous story is of the gambling, swearing, drinking lord of Glamis.
During a particularly bad night, it is said. Glamis swore that he could
beat the devil himself in cards. No sooner had he said that than a
knock came at his door. It is said that that night Glamis did play the devil and lost, cursing Glamis Castle forever.
This is one of the many "Cry Baby Bridges" in Maryland and across
the country. This one, however, appears to have some truth to it.
Anamolous pictures have been coming from the bridge for years now and is
a frequent haunt of ghost hunters.
Similiar to angels, guardian spirits are supernatural beings sent
here to help humans through the struggles of life. Some believe these
spirits are with everyone from birth and help each person get through
trouble. Rather than being angelic and godly creatures, guardian spirits
are usually described as being the souls of ancestors come to guide
their living relatives through their lives. This is a concept I
subscribe to more than angels. In ghost photos, guardian spirits will
usually be seen in pictures of babies and children, mostly on a birthday
or a celebration time. They can appear as any of the known anomalies in
photos: orbs, ecto mist, shadow ghosts, etc.
Guiley, Rosemary Ellen
Author of Encyclopedia of Ghost and Spirits and several other books on the paranormal.
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A house built shortly after the Revolutionary War in Washington
D. C. Due to the house's bizarre history, it has a reputation of
An important event in American history took place at Harper's
Ferry shortly before the Civil War. Abolishinist John Brown excuted a
raid of the town's armory in an attempt to create a slave uprising.
Though the uprising never happened, John Brown became a martyr for the
anti-slavery movement. Because of this history, Harper's Ferry is an
area believed ripe with spirit activity.
The continued appearance of the same ghost(s) over and over again
at the same location over a period of time is called a haunting. I
don't have much else to say about hauntings.
Author of the massive epic Ghosts detailing his years of experiences with ghost investigations.
Famous magician and illusionist from the turn of the century. He
perfected the art of the escape. At the beginning of his life, Houdini
was a feirce believer in the after life however toward the end of his
life, he began to doubt this belief. He spent vasts amounts of his time
testing and disproving mediums of the day. He never reached his goal of
contacting his mother's spirit. It is rumoured that Houdini made a pact
with his wife that if there was an after life, he would contact her with
a specific code. Though at some point, Mrs. Houdini claimed to have
made contact through a psychic, she later revoked her statement and died
never making contact with her lost husband. To this day, every
Halloween, groups will gather to have seances to attempt to make contact
with Houdini's spirit. So far, there has been no success.
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Jung, Carl Gustav (1875 - 1961)
Student and protege of Sigmund Freud. Jung and Freud fought often
over the effects of spirituality and psychic experiences on the human
psyche. Jung claimed to have had several psychic experiences in his life
and believed strongly in the paranormal.
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Kaczmarek, Dale (1952 - Present)
Colleague of Troy Taylor and ghost photographer.
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Lincoln, Abraham (1809 - 1865)
Considered perhaps the most important president in American
history for taking the United States through a brutal civil war, Lincoln
is among the most beloved of American leaders. Yet, he suffered much
during that war and, mainly to appease his wife, he began to attend
seances held in the White House. Especially after the death of his son.
Several days before his assasination by John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln
related to his chief of staff what appears to have been a clairvoyant
dream he had of his own death.
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Moving Coffins of Barbados
A phenomenon that appears fairly frequently is the movement of
coffins, especially where more than one coffin lay inside a sealed crypt
for a period of time. The most famous moving coffins case came from
Barbados. It involved the Chase vault in Barbados. As each member of the
Chase family died, they would be placed in their vault along side those
that passed before. Each time a Chase member passed, the vault would be
opened and the coffins were discovered out of place and strewn all over
the vault. Several attempts were made to determine a cause but no
solution was ever discovered. It is believed by some that the restless
spirit of one the family members would move the coffins.
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Built in the early 1800s by Colonel John Tayloe, it seemed that
The Octagon was cursed from the begining. Several deaths, including the
suicide death of the Colonel's daughter, have created several ghosts.
Except for the White House and the Capitol Building, the Octagon is
thought to be the most haunted house in Washington D. C. The most
prominent ghost is the shadowy figure of the Tayloe daughter slowly
climbing the spiral staircase to the top and then tumbling over to her
Orbs are the most photographed ghostly anomaly. They are clear,
sometimes colorful, balls that seem to float in the frame. Some say that
orbs are the life energy of a spirit taking on the easiest form to
maintain, globular or ball shaped. The danger of orbs is that the same
figures can be caused on film by floating dust particles or water
droplets not immediately noticable by the photographer. When I am
evaluating an ghost-orb photo, I have to have certain assurances that a
moist or dusty atmosphere wasn't present at the time the picture was
taken. Most of the time, even then I will not post judgement on the
picture. Since orbs are so prevalant in ghost photos, I have been
overwhelmed with them and they start to look the same. I am in the
persuit of trying to solve these mysteries and orbs tend not reveal any
new information for me, even ones I can comfortably call ghostly.
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Pike, Bishop James (1913 - 1969)
James Pike was a Bishop in the Episcopal Church of America when
his son died of an apparent suicide. He turned to Spiritualism after
several events in his own home suggested to him that his son was
attempting to communicate from the grave. His death in the desert near
the Dead Sea is surrounded by mystery.
Point Lookout is a location in Maryland, often called the most
haunted place in Maryland, where Confederate prisoners of war were
brought. This prisoner of war camp was notoriously bad to their inmates
and many suffered and died at Point Lookout. Many hauntings continue
take place there and is a frequent location for investigations.
Translated literally poltergeists means, "noise ghost" (or
something like that). Poltergeists are usually unseen entities that can
manipulate their environment. They seem to tend to use this power to
annoy and play tricks on the living. But some have been know to become
violent as in the Bell Witch legends. Movement of objects is a common
poltergeist trait. Hiding objects is another. Poltergeists seem to love
to wake people up from a restful sleep by tearing bed clothes off the
beds. In most situations, the poltergeist activity can be traced to an
adolescent, usually going through puberty, who may be the cause. The
theory is that the troubled adolescent mind may send waves of energy
into the environment manipulating it unbeknownst to the adolescent. Most
of the time, the evidence supports this theory but ocassionally there
are cases where it is apparent that it is a paranormal phenomenon
involving an outside supernatural force.
Price, Harry (1881 - 1948)
Considered the father of modern ghost hunting, Price is best
known for his investigation of the Borley Rectory. Though by recent
ghost hunting standards his tactics and techniques have a lot to be
desired, Price was among the first, and best known, to employ a team of
investigators to search for the paranormal. Today, there is some
question as to the results of the Borley Rectory investigation. Some
even say that Harry Price even fabricated some of the "evidence".
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Though the Queen's House in Greenwich, England has never been
reported as a haunted location, one of the most famous ghost photographs
(the Tulip Staircase) was taken there in 1966.
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The haunted building where the famous Brown Lady photograph was
taken. The manor is located near Norfolk and seems to have over a 200
year history of ghostly encounters.
Retrocognition (Seeing The Past)
Similiar to environment recordings, retrocognition is the belief
that an incident wasn't just the replaying of a recording but an event
where the observer actually travels through some unknown means to the
past for a brief period of time. There is the famous case of two school
teachers who visited France. In the early morning hours, as they walked
in the streets, the buildings seemed to change. People nearby changed
into others dressed in period clothing. They came back believing they
spent time in the past. To my knowledge, no one has ever had an
experience like this and come back with photographs or any physical
evidence which raises my doubts on this type of incident. This may be
nothing more than a concious dream type state.
Rhine, J. B. (1895 - 1980)
Joseph Banks Rhines is considered by many to be the father of
modern parapsychology. He founded and was director of the Parapsychology
Laboratory at Duke Univerity. There he tested the psychic abilities of
many and developed tests that are used to this day in the investigation
of the paranormal.
Rods (Or Moving Orbs)
In some ghost photographs, one can find small bars of light we
have come to call rods. There is some belief that rods are a separate
anomaly but generally my belief is they are orbs caught in the act of
moving quickly. I think that rods give us a better understanding of orbs
as concious beings. Some rods have been seen curving around obstacles.
If it was a piece of dust or water droplet, the orb wouldn't be doing
such a concious act. It would hit the obstacle and change path at that
point. Rods are interesting as they appear to react with their
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Shadow ghosts have often been interpretted as evil or negative
energy. This is mainly due to the physically dark nature of the spirit.
In ghost photographs, they appear as shadows, usually blocking the view
of the subject from the camera. The shadows seem to have no origin and
are just floating or standing in the frame. These may be representative
of the types of human spirits that were very negative in life and are
attempting remain that way in death. Stories I have heard about shadow
ghosts are very frightening and some believe shadow ghosts are actually
demons trying drive us in the wrong direction.
Spirit photography was all the rage during the late 19th to the
early 20th centuries. Early photographers began to see images (usually
of people's faces) appear behind their portrait subjects during
development. These came to be called spirit photographs since
spiritualism was becoming all the rage as well. These photos are still
flying around the internet as being true ghost photos even though they
were discredited years ago and no longer are thought of as actual ghost
A more modern term for exorcism, spirit releasement is whatever
procedure someone may use (whether they be of the Cloth or not) to
attempt to banish, or release, a known spirit from a haunted location.
This sometimes seems to work and other times seems to only amplify the
activity. I do not believe you can rid a location of a ghost, especially
not one unable or unwilling to leave. The ghost has to decide to leave.
Survival After Death
Almost every religion in the world believes in some sort of
survival after death. And so do most ghost hunters. That's what we're
hunting for afterall. A proof of life after death. Some sort of hope to
hang onto that there is something more than death. For me, there is
life after death. I've seen it. Touched it. Experienced it. Ghosts are
proof that there is a survival after death. Unfortunately, it is not
something that can be easily proven to others. My experiences with
ghosts convinced me (and me only) of the afterlife.
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A very new phenomenon is the anomaly of television ghosts.
Lately, it appears that people taking pictures with turned off or
unplugged televisions in them are finding faces looking out at them.
This is such a new phenomenon that no one is quite sure what to think of
it. However, it seems logical to me. Ghosts appear to control their
environment and travel via a means of electro-magnetic energy. What is a
television set designed for? To channel electro-magnetic energy onto a
glass tube to project images. It is conceivable then that television
ghosts are spirits using this technology to look in on the living as if
through a window. Many of the photos I've seen really do appear as if
the individual on the other side of the screen is peering intently out
into the room beyond. It almost unnerving.
This is another photo type that I am very excited about! If you have a picture of a television ghost please send it in!
Taylor, Troy (1966 - Present)
Author of The Ghosthunter's Guidebook and founder of the American Ghost Society. Perhaps considered among the foremost ghost hunters in the country.
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The foremost ghost hunter in England. Author of The Ghost Hunter's Guide and current president of the Ghost Club Society.
United States Capitol Building
Due to all the history to pass throug the walls of this great
building, ghosts of our founding fathers are said to roam the halls at
night. Even statues in the Rotunda are believed to move around at night
while no one is watching.
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How does a spirit get from the afterlife to here? Via a vortex.
Vortexes are tornado looking anomalies found in pictures. It is believed
that the orbs that are so common travel from the afterlife through the
twister type energy tunnels to the world of the living. Vortexes have
the destinctive spiral pattern and usually a white foggy type substance.
Vortexes, unlike rods, tend to travel through objects and people.
Warren, Ed and Lorraine
Ed and Lorraine Warren have spent over fifty years researching
and investigating the paranormal. Their personal museum holds hundreds
of artifacts that they have collected in their travels, many of which
they believe to be haunted.
White House, The
The home of every president of the United States since John
Adams. And because this is a place where a person lives through
troubling decisions and history making events, ghosts are believed to be
very present. Especially during the country's tough times. A famous
story goes that a dignitary was visiting the White House one night and
was given the Lincoln Bedroom. In the middle of the night, a knock came
at the door and when she opened it, there stood Abraham Lincoln himself,
looking worn and distraught. Before her eyes, the apparition
disappeared. She slept not a wink the rest of the night. Lincoln, by
far, is the most seen apparition at the White House.
This church in the heart of Baltimore, MD is the location of
Edgar Allan Poe's grave. Poe's spirit has been seen roaming in the
cemetery next to the church. Also, strange noises have been heard coming
from the catacombs underneath the church.
Winchester Mystery House
In the 1800s, Sarah Winchester, the heiress to the Winchester
rifle fortune lost both her husband and baby daughter to disease.
Destraught, she consulted with a medium who warned that ghosts of those
killed by the Winchester rifle had put a curse on her. To avoid the
curse, she will need to move out west and build onto a house for the
rest of her life, constantly building and adding on. So, she moved to
California, bought a small farm house and began building. It is said
that the hammers and sawing could be heard day and night for years until
Sarah's death. By the time of her death, the "house" had developed into
a eccentric mansion. Stairs that went up into nothingness. Doors
opening into thin air. Strangely structured rooms. Sarah, it is said,
would consult with the spirits in the seance room and then come out with
blue prints for her workers to build with the next day. Today, the
Winchester House is a tourist attraction that fascinates visitors.
Ghosts run rampant including the apparent spirit of Sarah Winchester
herself as well as many of the workers who's lives were spent building
for the eccentric rifle fortune heiress.
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