In one of last year's PRF holiday blog entries, we'd taken a look back at an old and long-forgotten holiday custom from the 19th century that has recently begun to receive some attention again (and has thus "returned from the dead," so to speak): This was the traditional custom of telling ghost stories at holiday time. Some people might initially find it hard to believe that such a custom even existed, given that in modern Western culture, Halloween is largely considered to b
Over the course of his life-long career in parapsychology, the late William Roll (the PRF's first research director) had conducted numerous field investigations at various locations which were said to be haunted. One of them was a Japanese restaurant in Georgia, where in the early 1990s, a range of unusual phenomena were reportedly being experienced by the restaurant's staff and its customers (the phenomena have long since ceased to occur). These included: feeling "cold spots
There are a number of well-known places across the U.S. (and around the world) which carry a high-profile reputation for being haunted, with one of them being the R.M.S. Queen Mary. From the time it was permanently docked in Long Beach, California in 1967, several crew members and visitors have said that they've had experiences of a ghostly nature while on board the retired British ocean liner. These experiences have included hearing phantom voices (as well as other odd noise
Throughout his extensive career, the late William G. Roll (the PRF's first research director) had carried out a number of field investigations at various locations which were alleged to be haunted. By his own account, one of the most extreme haunt cases that he came across was the well-known Johnson case (also known early on as the King case), involving a family who reportedly experienced a range of haunt-related phenomena occurring in the home and small vacant motel property
In the course of investigating an allegedly haunted site, paranormal investigators often employ the use of cameras in an attempt to capture photographic evidence of ghostly activity. And on occasion, some investigators have seemingly caught some unusual-looking images on film. Are any of these images genuinely anomalous, or do they have more conventional explanations? To supplement our previous blog entry on electronic voice phenomena (EVP), this new blog article examines so
Paranormal investigators tend to use a variety of methods and techniques in their attempts to gather evidence for the existence of ghosts. Among the most common is the collection of electronic voice phenomena, or EVP, for short. Could the sounds recorded on EVP samples really represent voices of the dead? In order to begin addressing that question, it is very important for investigators to consider ordinary factors for the sounds and try to rule them out as much as possible.
Many of the apparitions (or ghosts) that people have reportedly seen nowadays at reputedly haunted locations hardly seem to resemble the classic stereotypical image of a full-bodied, animated spectral figure of a deceased person. Instead, they seem to take rather ambiguous forms, appearing as shadowy outlines, floating lights ("orbs"), or misty, indistinct blobs. It remains a possibility that these supposed "ghosts" may have a purely physical explanation, and do not really re