By Sarah Makuch
Grab your digital camera, red lens flashlight, motion detector, and electromagnetic field detector. The hunt is on for today’s real-life ghost detectives. Investigators are on the look out for anything from a creaky stair to an authentic phantasm, and some claim they’ve found plenty of both.
The South Jersey Ghost Research Group started in 1955 to offer help and understanding to those with supernatural concerns. They’re just one group out searching for answers.
"We're not ghostbusters," said Dave Juliano, co-director of South Jersey Ghost Research. "We want to verify unexplained phenomena with both scientific and psychic methods."
Juliano leads teams of ghost researchers into haunted buildings with an arsenal of high-tech scientific gear and psychic skills to investigate "spook" reports. Often though, according to veteran ghost hunter Richard Senate, a "ghost sighting" is nothing more than a noisy fan, faulty pipe, or "haunted" microwave.
These bogus reports beg the question, "Do ghosts really exist?"
Visitors of the ancient house of Berain in Northeast Wales certainly seem to think so. According to the BBC, in the 16th century Berain home, Catrin Tudor murdered each of her seven husbands, most by pouring molten lead into their ears as they slept. Now it is rumored that Catrin and all seven of her assassinated husbands haunt Berain. Click here to view pictures of the house.
James Willis of Ghosts of Ohio, another ghost-hunting organization, sums up the point of view of believers. "We’ve had too many people report strange things and we as a group have witnessed too many strange things for there not to be something out there," he says.
Non-believers think these types of "ghost sightings" can easily be explained. Click here to read how.