Camera Malfunctions or Ghosts?

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Recently, we received a photograph that challenged us to try and determine how it was made. The photo in question had a ‘ghost hand’ rising up and out of the hand of a young woman.

We knew it wasn’t a ghost because it looked like it had been added to the image by photo-editing software such as Photoshop – but we were told it was an unaltered photograph. And we do not believe the ghostly hand was knowingly added even though it appeared similar to an animated hand. Heck, if you are going to try and fool somebody, at least make it look like a real hand, right?

Our next thought was that maybe somebody had used a smartphone app to add in the fake ghost in an attempt to fool the person who had sent it to us. Nope. Then, we asked if the person had a ghost hunting app on their mobile device because some of these apps are bad news and will automatically add fake anomalies into photos to fool the user into believing they captured something paranormal. No. Hmm…

The only thing left to deduce from this might be one of several camera malfunctions, something that faltered during the imaging process. And so, we explored and pondered; and we wrote this cool article: Digital Cameras: Errors, Not Ghosts. Give it a read, and see if you have seen any of these types of camera-induced ‘ghosts.’

 

Happy Halloween! Haunted Houses, Vintage Ghost Costumes…

winged-cherubs-soul-effigies-death-heads-102014zzWinged Cherubs and Soul Effigies
Just in time for Halloween, we visited Boston to look at old grave markers in historic cemeteries.

You’ll find the gravestone carvings to be symbolic of the period’s changing spiritual beliefs…

Learn about Winged Cherubs, Soul Effigies, Death’s Heads

1883-first report-haunted-houses-092014zz1883 SPR Haunted Houses Report
To learn, we sometimes need to visit the past to examine research that’s preceded the work of modern ghost investigators.

We were thrilled to peruse an original study from London’s Society for Psychical Research on haunted houses. (It inspired our Best Ways to Prove Ghosts Are Real.)

Learn about the 1883 Report on Haunted Houses.

old-halloween-costumes-ghosts-102014zzHalloween Ghost Costume Photos
In what has become an October tradition, we collected some antique pics of ghostly garb. After all, some of this stuff is spookier than today’s store-bought stuff!

Check out some vintage photographs of Old Halloween Ghost Costumes.

AnG12014-Happy-HalloweenMore Halloween Treats!
(Some spooky pages found on Angels & Ghosts!)

‘Haunted Stuff’ Book Review
Stacey Graham’s new book…

The Enfield Poltergeist
Photos and story from an old case…is it real?

Society for Psychical Research
Newly created section about SPR from us…

Truck Stop Ghost Picture?
Odd anomaly raises photographer’s eyebrows…

Dudley Castle Grey Lady Ghost Photo
New ghost picture excites the United Kingdom.

- LC

Frank’s Box to Go Up for Sale – 2 of Them!

Just in time for Halloween, two original Frank’s Box ghost and spirit communication devices will be going up for sale by its owner who contacted Angels & Ghosts.

One ghost box can be used for both video and audio ITC (Instrumental Transcommunicationfranks-video-box-4-dd - the practice of making contact with spirits using an electronic device). This video box is # 4 and is considered a rare creation of Frank Sumption.

The other ghost box being offered for sale and made by Mr. Sumption is box #146. It was made in 2013, and it has both AM and FM options along with a few other unique features thrown in by its creator.

Learn more about both of them, including how you can make contact to buy them:
Frank’s Box Ghost Communicators Go Up for Sale.

Please Share: 5 Ghost Sightings That Prove Ghosts Are Real

We have developed an important infographic that you can share on social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram) that gives five types of ghost sightings that cannot be disproven – they actually prove that some apparitions that are witnessed are proof that ghosts exist!

We’ve also included more detailed 5-ghosts-sightings-that-are-real-2014xsexplanation – all can be found at: The Best Ways to Prove Ghosts Are Real.

Panoramic Test, Mass Miracle, Attacks, Famed Investigators & Movies!

September 2014 Newsletter
Welcome to our world of Angels & Ghosts! From the present to the past, we bet you’ll enjoy the latest spirit-themed photos, stories, articles and videos. – Louis

ghost-investigator-harry-price-20145Famed Ghost and Spirit Explorers
We must not forget those who came before us, and so, here’s our pick of four, noteworthy forefathers of paranormal investigation: Famous Ghost Investigators.

Miracle Seen by a Throng?
In 1917, thousands gathered on a Sunday to see if a prophetic miracle-of-the-sun-1917-xxword would come true, that a sign in the heavens would be given at noon.

What did they witness? Was it a natural occurrence or a real, spiritual sign?

Read: 1917 Miracle of the Sun

scratched-by-a-ghost-082014How Do Some Ghosts Attack?
Over the years, we have received quite a few real accounts from people who have undergone otherworldly, harrowing attacks by not-so-nice ghosts.

This month, we decided to compile and bring you some of their stories.

Read: Ghost Attacks

early-ghost-movies-92014zzGhosts & Haunting in Film
What was the first movie made that featured a haunting? What is one of the best, early films about ghosts and a haunted house?

We’ve sourced two early films for you to enjoy (from 1896 and 1921) – watch Early Ghost Movies.

More Must-See Pages on Angels & Ghosts!
Panoramic Camera Setting Ghosts
Careful! Camera settings can create ghosts…
Messiah Fest Angel Sighting?
Some say an angel visited her during praise…
Hanover Pennsylvania Haunting
Even the reporter and cameraman got freaked!
Ghosts and Religious Rites
Can we help spirits haunted by religious fears?
Book Review: Vanquishing Ghosts
Our thoughts on this newly released book…
‘Portland Hotel’ Ghost Picture?
Did an unseen guest observe them?
New Orleans Angel Picture
Bright streak of white appears on camera…
Hospital Ghost Visit
Some visitors may be best not seen…
Bathroom Peeking Ghost
Controversial ghost pic of a man in the window…
Whispering Ghost Video
Someone can be heard calling her name…

dt200vxHard-to-Find Ghost Box for Sale
We were able to recently source 2 older Sangean DT200VX radios that we’ve converted into ghost boxes. (This model has been known by ITC experimenters as one of the best models for ghost and spirit communication. The radio is no longer produced, making this model very difficult to find.)

The Sangean DT200VX radio has the perfect sweep rate for communication with ghosts and spirits…

Now’s your chance to pick up a Sangean ghost box while you still can!

Sangean DT200VX Ghost Box for Sale

Need to Know More About Haunted Objects

I recently reviewed the book, Haunted Stuff, by Stacey Graham.  And while it was a good read I must admit that it made me think more than provide me with answers.

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We need to know more about haunted items and objects!

Most of what I have seen or read out in the paranormal community (TV’s Haunted Collector included) concerning the haunting of inanimate objects has left me wanting.

It would appear that few have experimented with haunted items to see if more could be learned about them, especially, the nagging question of “why.”

Even if John Zaffis (aka “the haunted collector” and self-proclaimed “Godfather of the Paranormal”) is right that if we remove haunted objects the paranormal activity will sometimes end, I have yet to hear or read a theory as to why or how objects become imbued with a negative spirit energy. I guess I am suggesting that there needs to be more experimentation with “stuff” that exhibits ghostly behavior in order to learn more.

It is my hope that someone takes up this charge and writes me about their findings. If not, I’ll add it to my list of things to explore in the future.  - Louis

4,000 Pages and Counting! August, 2014 Newsletter

August 2014

me-sepia-brdrWe’re growing at Angels & Ghosts – today, you can search our site and explore thousands of pages!

In the future, we’ll be exploring and adding more of what I deem to be “fringe topics” that somehow relate to spirits. Call it “website expansion.” Stay tuned…  - Louis

peculiar family ghostsGhosts As an Inheritance?

All of us have heard of “odd” types of haunting, things that just do not make a whole lot of sense in the ghost investigation world.

This month, we are featuring an article about family ghosts from author Elliott O’Donnell who explores ghosts that are passed down, from generation to generation, within families.

Read: Peculiar Family Ghosts

paranormal experiences in the brainParanormal Experiences: In Our Brains?

We thought we might bring you a skeptical viewpoint that may explain some ghost, angel and spirit experiences.

Let’s open our minds and consider some naturally occurring processes of the human brain.

Read: Paranormal Experiences in the Brain?

the watchers: angels powersWho Are the Watchers?

In ancient manuscripts, such as the Bible, there are references to “watchers” that interact with people. Were they angels? Fallen angels or what?

This month we explore some of the ideas about these mysterious beings!

Article: The Watchers

Paranormal Pondering!

More enticing bits from Angels & Ghosts to ruminate upon!

What is a Simulacrum?
Thoughts about entities and ghosts…
New Orleans’ Haunted Gardette-Lepretre Mansion
The Sultan’s House murders…and haunting.
Russian House Eaves Ghost Photo
How did a man’s likeness get up there?!
Headless Ghost
Decapitated man shows up in 2 pics…ghosts?
Ghostly Cat Face
Incredible feline likeness in her haunted house!
’57 Buick Ghost?
Cool story and faces…but is it a ghost?
Haunted House in Hawaii
Can paradise really have a dark side?
2014 Ghost Conventions!
New updates for upcoming paranormal events!

Vanquishing Ghosts & Demons

vanquishing-ghosts-demons-book-082014zzI recently wrote a review for a new book that shares stories about dealing with dark entities. The book is entitled, “Vanquishing Ghosts and Demons.”

Ranging from ghosts to incubii, the book shares tale after tale about what author Sandrea Mosses encountered and how she and her team worked together to rid tormented victims of the spirit abuses suffered.

I must say I enjoyed the book even though I do not believe in the demonic (I tend to think we label things as “demons” in Western culture when something has “evil” intent. Demons in our culture are primarily based upon prominent Christian religious teachings whose creation can be traced back to origins hundreds of years after Jesus).

That said, this book is an interesting read and its author is experienced. Read my book review of Vanquishing Ghosts & Demons.

Scratched by a Ghost

scratched-by-a-ghost-082014Over the years of publishing information about interactions with spirits and ghosts, we have heard about attacks from ghosts — things like being touched, pinched, pushed or scratched. And some of it has happened to us, personally, or to our friends who investigate cases of haunting.

While this subject can be frightening stuff, we feel it necessary to let people know it is not the norm. Ghost attacks do happen, but attacks from people WITH bodies also occur. If ghosts are people, and we believe they are, why would we expect behavior of human spirits to be any different than those of us who walk the Earth in bodies, seriously?

There’s an old saying: “Wherever you go, there you are.” 

We can’t run from our problems and, so it would seem, that dying does not instantly cure our mistaken thinking, latent fears, or patterned (poor) behavior. So, I guess the point I am attempting to make is that some ghosts certainly behave evilly; that makes sense to me. But most ghosts do not behave like devils.

Ghost Scratches: Say What?
Of the different ghost stories we hear about, the oddest might concern accounts of “ghost scratches” when you think about it (and we hear a lot of strange stuff). If you have not been scratched by a ghost or heard about it before, allow me to explain. The victim of a ghost scratching attack will describe first feeling a burning sensation on either their face, limbs or torso, seemingly coming from out of nowhere. Then, red marks will typically appear on the surface of the skin. (For an example of this, read about the Hanover, PA Haunting where scratching and pinching are said to be common occurrences.)

Ghost Scratches: Questions
Because paranormal scratching  is odd, I cannot help but have a hundred questions about such attacks. What would cause someone to want to scratch another (OK, let’s say to deter); and if this phenomenon is truly a ghost scratching another person, then why this method of attack? Is it easier for ghosts to pull off scratching people (because of no body) than, say, punching someone in the face? Why or how do the scratches burn? How do some ghosts learn to do this — is there a learning curve? I’ll stop there.

In my book, Helping Ghosts, we investigated several cases that involved nasty ghost behavior, and I was fortunate not to encounter an attack though we did face down some menacing spirits in our attempt to end the haunts and help the lost spirits (and homeowners). And some of our fellow investigators did experience attacks.

All of this has simply led me to believe that there is so much we do not yet understand about ghosts, why these spirits behave certain ways, and our interpretation of that behavior. The best we can do as investigators of the unknown is to keep an open mind, try not to make assumptions, and remain wise but fearless.  - Louis