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Anonymous
PostPosted: 27-07-2002 15:18    Post subject: Ghost Busters Reply with quote

There are quite a few people who have ghosts in their houses, have any of you ever conducted a scientific investigation into the phenomenon? have you called in specialists of the suject or even a religeous person?
If so could you let me know about your experiencies with these people or your own findings I would be greatful.
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PostPosted: 27-07-2002 15:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are already dozens of threads with Ghost or Ghosts in the title - here - and no doubt a search on Haunt* would find many others.

You'll probably find plenty to interest you there.

As for investigations, try searching on ASSAP (I've mentioned them a couple of times at least), or search for them on the web.


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PostPosted: 27-07-2002 16:06    Post subject: Putting the 'bus' into 'ghostbusters' Reply with quote

A good website is http://www.ghostwatchuk.org/

If it's the same ghostwatch group I'm thinking of (and I believe it is), it's a group of psychic bus drivers from Sheffield, who have done several exorcisms across the country, by showing spirits the light. They even claim to have dispatched the infamous Stocksbridge Bypass ghost (though, as Martin Jeffreys has said on another thread, it keeps on showing up despite this...)
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Anonymous
PostPosted: 07-08-2002 06:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, if you goto this thread, I've been writing a multi post story of our (true) experiences with ghosts at my Fiancee's parents place....
In the end we called some "Ghostbusters" , but I'll get into iut later in that thread.
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PostPosted: 07-08-2002 11:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having had poligist activity in a previous address when I moved into my latest house I had it blessed by my vicar (I reguly attend my local cofe church).
This however did not stop the polterguist activity (although it has now abated) and I have experienced 2 sightings of ghost cats (see "normal looking ghosts" thred) and cold spots.
it wasen't an exocisam he preformed, just a blessing of the house which discorages harmful or malicious spirits from the house and as the polty and cats don't seem to mean any harm I think it worked;)
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Anonymous
PostPosted: 11-08-2002 09:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

The reason why I asked about ghost investigation was because I am interested in going along on an investigation. I wouldn't be a "tourist" I am sure that I could be genuinely useful to the group. I have read about ghost investigations and also seen some tv progs about them. I have seen and can use very well all of the equipment that goes along on an investigation. I also have access to the equipment too, camera's (semi-proffesional types digital, film and video) thermometers (liquid in glass, digital thermocouple/PT100 and infra red) high fidelity sound recording equipment (tape, cd, md) oscilloscopes (analogue, digital and portable scopemeters) high accuracy frequency counters, magnetometers, hydrometers, amemometers and a lot of other need to have eqipment like accurate watches, good torches and of course a pen and some paper and some fast running shoes in case it all gets a bit too scarey!. Yes with this equipment i could go and make my own investigation, but what i need is an experienced group to show me where to start and how to conduct a detailed scientific investigation, with the least amount of variables possible. without this, the integrity of my research would be nil.
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PostPosted: 24-06-2003 12:56    Post subject: Ghost Hunting Reply with quote

Has anyone tried their luck at ghost hunting? By this I mean going to various different places, and collecting quantifiable as opposed to abstract data i.e we saw an apparition float through the wall, rather than, we felt a presence..

I'd be interested to know, as there are lots of spooky places in the E Mids and back home in N Wales, and I was thinking of visiting such places when I get the chance, and need some tips on how to deal with maybe the owners of old derelict buildings that need to be stayed in overnight and other more corporeal matters related to the chase of the ethereal.

I'm detemined to try, as I'm sick of reading reports that say stuff like 'We saw a floating hand at 2am and decided to leave quite quickly'. Pff.. cowards! I want to go somewhere, stay all night, and see spooky things occur, and stay and record them. Being quite fearless, the prospect of staying somewhere where I can experience this fascinates me.

Anyone got any ideas, or maybe want to join in the fun? Smile
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PostPosted: 24-06-2003 19:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a discussion on doing a ghost hunt/vigil thing on the Most Haunted Poo or Boo thread half seriously at one point.


If anyone is still interested perhaps we could use this thread to lay down some concrete plans. I'm still up for it and I'm sure there are others who would be too.

Have car will travel...


Keep me on your list Snowman!
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Anonymous
PostPosted: 24-06-2003 19:45    Post subject: Tips for intrepid investigators.... Reply with quote

Dear Mr. Snowman,
Are you related to Mister sandman ? Anyway, I'm glad you're made of stronger stuff than the average Shaggy & Scooby and are interested in getting stuck in.
First of all, I'm an investigator with the Scottish SPR, and the SSPR has been going on case investigations and vigils for some 13 years now.
A case investigation is pretty much reacting to an appeal from a member of the public and interviewing them. Rarely will such an interview be accompanied by any paranormal phenomena. If the client wants us to spend time on their property, then jolly good - but they rarely do. From their perspective, they have a problem and they want it fixed ! They don't want us hanging around doing anything as trivial as collecting evidence of paranormal activity. Would you want a plummer to spend the night round at your house ? Exactly.
A vigil is something different. We can hear about locations from the press, by word of mouth, or by being contacted by the owner. To my knowledge we've never conducted a vigil in a private residence - hotels, inns, B&B's, shopping arcades are the usual places - anywhere where the owners will not be enormously inconvenienced. Such locations have a history of alleged paranormal activity, and we try to track down as many source accounts as possible. Such information is gathered without the selected Vigil Participants being made aware of the details. This ensures that any experience they have will not be coloured or inspired by proir knowledge.
The vigil itself is generally a very tiring and tedious experience. The first ten minutes are fraught with nervous tension, the remaining hours with boredom and fatigue.. We operate a rota system, and each investigator is paired off so that anything can be hopefully corroborated. We also take coffee breaks. However all such precautions, and pseudoscientific protocol has yeilded next to no results ( or at least nothing to write to The Fortean Times about ).
I have only experienced one thing while on a vigil - a phantom alright, but a rather odd one - an olfactory hallucination, a nasty taste/smell at the back of my throat. This experience did happen to our source witness ( and I was ignorant of this before and during the vigil ) - so a result of sorts, but nothing to break the special effects budget of the Hollywood Movie - " Vigil - They Came! They Saw ( nothing ) ! They Stayed Awake ! "
The other option rather than joining a paranormal research society ( The SPR, or Ghost Hunters Club are options ) is to nosey about yourself. My fellow investigator and glamorous lady friend, Miss Allan, once stayed at a rather posh hotel in the most haunted city of Bath. Despite paying over the odds for the pleasure of NOT having a restfull night - we did ! We should have asked for a refund !
Good luck Snowman X, and don't take it too seriously - that way lies madness. Or debt, which is worse.
Regards,

Innes Smith
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PostPosted: 24-06-2003 23:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're on the list Tyger Lily!

Thanks for the info Mr Smith Smile How you describe the whole process is pretty much how I thought it would be! (Although it would have been nice if you'd regailed us with tales of fiendish spooks!!) Obviously, staying over in a two-up two-down after an ornament fell off a shelf would be a bit daft, and rather pointless for both parties! I was thinking more along the lines of, oh I don't know, camping out on the Borley Rectory ruins (are they still there?) or spending the night in the catacombs beneath a musty old castle in the middle of nowhere, that sort of thing! It's not about getting a sense of the dramatic (we walked hither, up the foreboding 3 mile secluded path to D'Eath Towers.. the door swinged (swang?) open in the wind, yet the house was empty and silent.. save a distant scream.. what it was.. I cannot say (sorry Poe)), but more about being somewhere where -historically-, there is a high chance of something happening. Pretty much what you allude to really Smile

Anyway. I'm going to do my E Mids research (I know there are plenty of places within Nottingham to check out) and N Wales for when I pop back on the odd occassion. and keep you updated, and maybe even get some more troops in, like the brave Tyger Lily Smile

This is something I've wanted to do for -years-, and now's a good a time as any!
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Anonymous
PostPosted: 25-06-2003 11:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've always wanted to the the old staying in a haunted hotel room thing but i've never found any mates who wanted to do it.
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Anonymous
PostPosted: 26-06-2003 17:00    Post subject: Paranormal Tourism Reply with quote

Dear Toffeenose & All,
May I suggest a few books to have a peek at - there are quite a few listing allegedly haunted locations.
Janet & Colin Bord have written a couple of books about The British Isles, and most of the locations are outdoor locations which cost nothing to see ( other than transport costs ).
The problem with hotels & B&B's is cost - Britain is so expensive - However may I recommend a book about Scotland ( ISBN 1899874046 ) by Martin Coventry, which lists a plethora of locations, complete with contact details and a rough guide to the potential cost.
However, you have the Old Tollbooth in Stirling which is supposed to be haunted - is it a pub now ??
Anyway, Good Luck ! You could always try the organisation I belong to - The SSPR - we conduct vigils in 'haunted' locations...although I can't guarantee any experience other than boredom.
Regards,

Innes
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Anonymous
PostPosted: 30-06-2003 12:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

i didn't know the tollnoth was supposed to be haunted, but i've never drank in their. nicky tams in stirling is also supposed to be haunted, never seen a ghost there but i'd recommend it as a pub.
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Anonymous
PostPosted: 01-07-2003 09:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, I aso have pondered the idea of ghost hunting. But it just isn't practical for me. I wouldn't like to go alone...

Besides, does anyone have a natural trifield detector?

Its an electromagnetic field detector which detects energy given off by organic things. Therefore when you're ghost hunting it will ignore things like mobile phones.

It is very handy as it can scan through walls, but the range isn't too high.
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Anonymous
PostPosted: 01-07-2003 17:01    Post subject: Tollbooth recording.. Reply with quote

I remember BBC Scotland visited the tollbooth some years ago & some inexplicable interference showed up on the DAT tape - the interviews conducted in other parts of the building turned out fine, but ( of course..) in the haunted bit ~ the tape was ruined..
Ooh.
Haunted pubs sound good. Haunted inns are better because there is somewhere to crawl to when it all becomes too ( boring ?) much.
What's meant to happen in Nicky Tams ??
Regards,
Innes

P.S - Phitran, there are relatively cheap hand held monitors, which if you're keen, you could tape them together and stick a starfleet logo on top : a GEM Radioactivity monitor ; a GEM ELF meter ( which sadly doesn't measure elves, but ~ ) measures variation of Magnetic field ; and a digital thermometer..
Go on, you know you want to..
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