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PostPosted: 02-07-2003 13:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm not sure whats suppose to happen in nicky tams. i've seen it in the record a few times. there is a part of the pub wall with press cuttings about the ghost but i'm sadly too drunk to read it when i'm in there;)
i think it has something to do with the fellow in the black and white picture behind the bar but that is just me trawling my memory.
i've tried googling for anything about ther nicky tams ghost but can't find anything on the net about it.
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PostPosted: 02-07-2003 17:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bit OT but did anyone see The World's Biggest Ghost hunt last night on Living TV?

Pile o' shite or what?
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PostPosted: 02-07-2003 18:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, i don't have living TV. But those programmes take the utter pi$$ as I've seen them at my friends house, though some of them are ok...

P.S, emf dectectors are really bad when ghosthunting because phone lines can be registered on then from a long way away.

They're just plain useless...
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PostPosted: 02-07-2003 20:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, I think they're a waste of money because they either conk out or never work when someone uses them on the telly!

And they never ever go "You're unbelieveable!" Tsk!
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PostPosted: 02-07-2003 20:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your leopardskin jacket, madam.
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PostPosted: 02-07-2003 20:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its too bad that ghost hunting is an "aquired taste". It would be great if i could meet up with others but it seems I'm theonly one in my area, or city..

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PostPosted: 02-07-2003 23:53    Post subject: Ghost Hunters Anonymous.. Reply with quote

In regard to meeting interested parties in Bristol, why not join the S.P.R, and ask them if they have any members in the area, or you could always put a small ad in The Fortean Times..? It would be easy to track down a 'psychic', or Spiritualist Church, but such folk are believers and not always the best people to have with you, if objective corroboration is needed..
As far as magnetic field detectors, I would have to agree with the opinion that they are mostly useless. For a start, most are not sensitive enough, but the biggest problem is knowing what we are looking for and why?
Bristol must have its fair share of haunted locations ; and Bath is nearby, which is supposed to be stuffed full of apparitions..
My lady friend & I visited Bath recently, and managed to sniff out a haunted hotel & insist to the bemused staff ( initially bemused, but when they realised we were serious, they too looked serious ! ).. that we stayed in the haunted room..
Needless to say that we had an uneventful night...
Regards to all,

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PostPosted: 13-02-2006 01:17    Post subject: Who ya gonna call?: Ghost hunters and hunting thread Reply with quote

Ghost hunting

Ghost hunting classes offered at IUSB

Published: Saturday, February 11, 2006 -- The Truth, A3
Last updated: 2/10/2006 11:26:01 PMBy Gitte LaasbyTruth Staff

SOUTH BEND -- Ghost hunter Michael Weides has seen his share of moving mists and spiritual interference. He's captured mysterious voices from invisible beings on tape and heard people screaming as they witnessed things move inexplicably.

But students shouldn't expect to encounter anything that scary if they take his ghost-hunting class at Indiana University South Bend this winter.

"I'm not a wild-eyed, gothic kook," Weides said. "I'm not going to open Pandora's Box. I'm not even going to tell scary stories with the lights low. I'm not there to be Stephen King. But I hope to broaden my base of people interested in ghost hunting and people who will bring me in and point out new hauntings to me. I'm not making any wild claims."

A veteran of more than 500 ghost investigations, Weides has more than six years of experience and has worked as a trainer for state ghost-hunting organizations. He regularly investigates local places such as the University of Notre Dame and the 100 Center in Mishawaka, but this is his first university-level class.

"We'll concentrate on being a skeptic, on disproving as much as proving," Weides said. "There's a healthy amount of research that goes into investigating."

Weides said he isn't allowed to take students on field trips because of liability issues, but that he'll teach students the basics of what spirits, ghosts and demons are, how equipment is used to document them and how to discern between natural occurrences, made-up stories and actual ghosts -- the paranormal.

"I've had hundreds of experiences related to me," Weides said. "When you hear a thousand stories, there's a whole lot of similarities. It's if you hear something you've never heard before you know they're pulling your leg or that it's a mental illness. We'll go into the functions of the human brain and how you can actually 'create your own ghost' with mental illness or alcoholism. There are a lot of red flags."

This skeptical approach was appealing to marketing and advertising senior Jedediah Walls, who has signed up for the class.

"I'm hoping to get some factual knowledge about a relatively unexplored field," said Walls, who heard about the class through his job as editor of the IUSB newspaper. "It's being presented intellectually, not as a spook fest. That's what intrigued me the most -- the care (Weides) takes to make sure he's perceived as a credible investigator."

Weides has two or three open investigations at any given time and often goes out to investigate on the anniversary of a tragic event at a specific location and other times of what he refers to as strong energy.

"The spirit being energy itself, it must draw its energy from something. When the environment is charged, there's more energy for them to draw from to strengthen themselves."

It's at those times that a spirit manifests itself visually or moves things around, Weides said.

"Sometimes, it pulls itself together in a tighter mass and there's enough energy to move something or to change channels on radios, et cetera," Weides said. "It all requires an energy. A lot of times when things get moved, when they move your hair or hide your car keys, it's attention-seeking behavior."

Contrary to common belief, the fact that a certain place has a long history of hauntings doesn't mean that ghosts reside there, just that a lot of spirits are passing through, Weides said.

"More than 50 per cent of the time, it's a residual haunting, where the energy of the person has imprinted itself on the location, and it plays over and over like a broken record," he said. "Over time, it fades away."

There are several reasons why ghosts would stick around, Weides said. For instance, if a person's death was sudden and he doesn't realize he's dead. Ghosts also may stay to make sure their loved ones are taken care of and getting through the grieving process. Or they may stay out of guilt if they took their own lives.

"Sometimes, they're senior citizens having retired and dying shortly afterward," Weides said. "They may have been paying for their home, rebuilding the house they were to retire in and enjoy forever, and they're not able to get started on that. Then they go, 'Dead or not dead, I'm going to enjoy this home!'"

Many people report encounters with a ghost who lived in their house for many years and stayed after death because it was upset about renovations to its former home.

As one of about a dozen students signed up for Weides' class so far, Walls looks forward to learning more about the paranormal.

"I'm open to the idea" of ghost hunting, Walls said. "I can admit to being a bit skeptical, but I'm interested in seeing what the scientists have to say about it. I think it's a great idea for IUSB to do and to show how willing they are to explore a field that's so unconventional."
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PostPosted: 13-12-2006 19:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ghost Hunter

VINCE WILSON HAS A THEORY ABOUT ghosts: They're a misunderstood part of the natural environment, phenomena that can be discerned and explained through the careful application of science. Which is why he's wheeling several thousand dollars' worth of homemade ghost-detection equipment into the Westminster Presbyterian Church and Cemetery in downtown Baltimore. "Even ghosts would have to obey the fundamental laws of physics," Wilson says. His quarry are like the giant squid, he insists, creatures that scientists once derided as folklore but whose existence has since been proven.

The 32-year-old Wilson is perhaps the foremost expert on the technology of ghost hunting in the US. He has written two books – Ghost Tech: The Essential Guide to Paranormal Investigation Equipment, published last year, and Ghost Science: The Essential Guide for the Scientific Study of Ghosts, Hauntings, and Research in Parapsychology, released earlier this year. Twice a month he and the other members of the Baltimore Society for Paranormal Research head out on a hunt.

"I've never seen a ghost," Wilson says as he passes not far from Edgar Allan Poe's grave. "I've never seen an apparition walk through a wall. But I've seen strange things. I've heard noises." And he has built some cool tools. In his car sits a tank-treaded prototype for a Robo-Cam. A kind of Mars rover for ghost hunting, it's designed to explore spaces too small or too dangerous for a human investigator. Wilson also constructed a Blimp-Cam, a floating, remote-controlled video camera, to film a ghost said to haunt the second story of a local building.

The arsenal of poltergeek gear doesn't end there. Wilson also sets up still cameras, videocams, and tape recorders to capture wispy figures and spooky sounds. He travels with an array of electromagnetic field detectors, ready to gauge the EMF changes that he believes occur when ghosts are nearby. Wilson has strapped a biofeedback device to my wrist; he hopes to determine whether the reported feelings of dread and fright in the presence of ghosts are accompanied by physiological changes.

And please don't call what he does "ghostbusting." Yes, his ringtone is the theme from that movie, but Wilson says his research is genuine, nothing like the facile fantasy of the 1984 blockbuster. "There is no such thing as a PKE meter," he declares, falling into Ghostbusters-speak. "None of these devices can detect ghosts, but we do believe we are detecting the influence of ghosts on the environment."

As we wander through the church's catacombs, my pulse and blood pressure remain normal. None of Wilson's devices pick up any unusual readings. But all is not lost. As we're about to leave, Wilson scoops up some dirt and pours it into a plastic tube that he labels MINERAL SAMPLE, WESTMINSTER CATACOMBS. He's gathering materials for an experiment to find out whether matter is affected by paranormal activity. But before he can analyze the soil, he needs to build a pressurized chamber. "Right now, that's a couple of months off," Wilson says. "All the parts are available at Home Depot. I just have to put it together."

– Chris Suellentrop
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PostPosted: 13-12-2006 23:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im also interested in joing the SPR, but, I cannot seem to find the web site. Can anyone point me in right direction please?

I'm from Manchester, but would love to meet up with people in say, the Peak district, and maybe do a vigil at somewhere like Chatsworth or Haddon?

If interested in getting something together, email me at
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PostPosted: 14-12-2006 12:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a link ...
They have a good lending library which can be accessed online.
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PostPosted: 16-12-2006 13:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

The most frightening and thing, and something that does deserves a little investigation concerning some of these ghost hunts is the cost! Wink
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PostPosted: 17-01-2011 18:18    Post subject: So....ghost hunts... Reply with quote


I have a friend, who has a country house hotel with a history, and apparently a ghost (in one room (stuff being moved about etc), but odd things happen elsewhere - shadows seen on the CCTV - that sort of thing) .

I mentioned to him today that he ought to do ghost evenings in the winter when trade is slack, but he does'nt really know how to go about it. To be honest, neither do I. I just know that Most Haunted ruined it for those of us who would like to do that sort of thing without remortgaging our houses.

Are there any reputable groups who run this sort of thing in North Wales who I could suggest he get in touch with?


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PostPosted: 17-01-2011 19:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally I always thought that Enderfay made sense. Author of several threads around this one-

He seems to focus on the West Midlands so probably isn't that far away from where you are on about. Trouble is he hasn't been on for a while, but if you PM him, he's probably got an email alert for private messages.

Good luck anyway.
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PostPosted: 19-01-2011 09:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

...I've always wondered what stops anyone with a vaguely old building offering "Ghost Hunting" nights....just by saying some odd shxt happened (not that I'm suggesting this in your friends case drbates!).

Maybe I should organise a pro ghost hunt in my 1920s semi in rural Oxfordshire? £1000 a pop? Any takers? I'll whip up a cooked breakfast in the morning. But that's extra.
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