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Title: Ghost Sightings Up
Post by: TwoCrows on May 16, 2010, 07:26:38 PM
This is out of England, interesting.  One has to wonder how much the influence of paranormal shows and media has on the number of sightings.

Ghost sightings highest in 25 years

Spooky sightings of ghouls, ghosts and evil spirits are higher than they have been in the past 25 years, according to a new report on haunted Britain.

Published: 7:00AM BST 26 Apr 2010

Infra red photo shows the ghostly figure of a cavalier in the keep at English Heritage's Bolsover Castle Photo: JOHN ROBERTSON

There have been nearly 1,000 reports of demonic activity in the past quarter of a century, with Yorkshire the nation's most ghostly county.
Encounters with devils, demons and evil spirits are as widespread today as they were in medieval times, researchers claim.

The study found that despite being in time of accelerating technology, 21st century Britons have not turned their back on ghouls, boggarts, hell-hounds, witches, wizards, banshees and black magic curses, with a whopping 968 reports of demonic activity in the past 25 years.The research was led by the UKs leading authority on the unexplained Lionel Fanthorpe who studied various archives and websites as well as his own reports to identify all sightings and recordings of supernatural beings with satanic qualities.
The report indentifies Yorkshire as the centre of ghostly goings-on demonic activity with 74 reports of demons, including Uncabus and Succubus (male and female demons that make sexual attacks on sleeping victims), instances of demonic possession and sightings of hell hounds, water demons and demons with repulsive forms such as ghouls and werewolves.
Sightings of demons in Yorkshire have included a hideous shadow-like hell-hound with no discernible facial features which collided with a car between Northallerton and Leeming Bar on the A684. A sea-going water demon has also been reported off Filey Bay in Yorkshire. Witnesses claimed to have seen a ghostly creature with a long neck, a vast serpentine body and glowing eyes.
Devonshire rated second in the study with 57 reports of sinister activity, mainly from encounters with or sightings of demons with devil like qualities.
On Dartmoor there have been reports that the demonic shape of a man named Stephens who committed suicide still appears and bodes ill for those who encounter it his grave. The apparition is described as hideously skeletal and dressed in the ragged remnants of a grey robe.
Third in the ghoulish league table is Somerset, which hosts the highest number of monsters and has 51 sightings or reports of demonic entities, with Wiltshire coming in fourth with 46 sightings of demons.
Wiltshire is one of the most popular areas for sightings of phantom dogs, shucks or hell-hounds. At Black Dog Hill near Black Dog Woods in Chapmanslade, there are reports of a huge black hound with eyes like red hot coals.
People in Inverness report sightings of 13 water ghosts in the last 25 years, evil spirits whose main purpose is to lure their victims into dangerous water and then drown them. The water ghosts contribute to the area's overall total of 39 demonic beings and one of the most notorious water ghosts resides in the area of Boat of Garten, which lies on each side of the River Spey, near Chapeltown and Tulloch Moor. The paranormal reports from Boat of Garten involve an ancient, inscribed stone visible when the river is at its lowest. According to legend, the stone is cursed and guarded by a malevolent water-demon, or kelpie-type entity, who protects it savagely. Anyone touching it or attempting to move it is said to become prey to this aquatic, demonic being.
The Demonic Britain report was carried out for the latest DVD release of US TV series Supernatural, normally broadcast on the cable channel Living.
Lionel Fanthorpe said: This report clearly shows we are a nation still rich in sightings and reports of devils, demons and evil spirits of various forms.
"The present human population is many times greater than it was in the past. Therefore the more people that there are, statistically, the more potential encounters they might have with these unpleasant, non-human entities.
Top 10 ghostly sightings by area:
1 Yorkshire 74
2 Devonshire 57
3 Somerset 51
4 Wiltshire 46
5 Inverness 39
6 Dorset 37
7 = Norfolk 32
7 = Lancashire 32
8 = Sussex 30
8 = Derbyshire 30
9 = Essex 29
9 = Suffolk 29
10 Lincolnshire 24
Title: Re: Ghost Sightings Up
Post by: ninjamaster73 on September 01, 2010, 03:33:00 AM
I think also that maybe people now don't feel as embarrassed to admit seeing ghosts. Back then a Christian don't believe in ghosts but I think that with all the paranormal shows on tv now people are more open to disclose their experiences.
Title: Re: Ghost Sightings Up
Post by: terro on September 07, 2010, 12:35:36 AM
I am sure the shows are bringing people out weather they saw a ghost or not.  My friend who has been researching the paranormal for decades is a true hater of the shows but agrees that more attention brings more witnesses who were afraid to open up before as well as access to better equipment that is being developed.  He finds that he averages two to three cases a month now where before the reality shows he would get two or three a year but most turn out to be nothing or nutty people.  For years he has been trying to get permission to investigate an abandoned motel where a serial killer lived and killed prostitutes but was denied.  Two months after the premier of Ghost Hunters he was contacted by the owner who previously ignored him and gave him full unrestricted access.  He has a 24/7 365 hot spot all to himself now, but the property owner wants to take part often so it's a drag when he is there but he is putting together a solid catalog of activity.  I know he will be mad at me for even speaking of it (he checks in here from time to time) but I think it's ironic how he cursed the T.V. shows but look what they got him.
Title: Re: Ghost Sightings Up
Post by: ninjamaster73 on September 07, 2010, 10:22:23 PM
Hey that sounds great....try and convince your friend to let us see or hear some of his evidence...
Title: Re: Ghost Sightings Up
Post by: lespaul on September 08, 2010, 12:42:09 AM
That does sound pretty great. See if he would, I would love to check it out!
Title: Re: Ghost Sightings Up
Post by: terro on September 08, 2010, 05:53:40 AM
Not going to happen, he already ripped me a new one for mentioning it.  He is documenting everything attempting to prove a pattern as well as a collection of evidence hopefully to publish in some form.  He is not after fame but in his words "to prove to people that what they think is important in life is not".  I think he had a profound experience as a teenager that really had a strong affect on him and his belief in the afterlife.  I have been with him a few times but not to his hot spot and am impressed with his Patience and investigative techniques.  What little he has shared is interesting, one room is a constant temp at about the same time every day no matter what the weather conditions are outside.  This can be a ten degree difference than the rooms at either side but is always the same  and stays that way for several minutes, that to me is significant.  He is trying to document and get a pattern out of it.  I wish he were more open about discussing his research because he is very good at explaining it and a highly educated man.  The way he explained to me how authentic paranormal activity is often very slight and mundane, hardly noticeable unless you are tuned in to notice really made sense.  I believe he is as I helped him review video from the site once and noticed nothing but he found several oddities in the clip.  I don't want to ruin anything for him by giving away clues to the site because he has a lot invested in it time and money wise.  But as he gives me tidbits I will pass them on.
Title: Re: Ghost Sightings Up
Post by: ninjamaster73 on September 08, 2010, 04:45:20 PM
Cool, well let us know if and when he does get something published....wouldn't mind reading it.
Title: Re: Ghost Sightings Up
Post by: terro on September 09, 2010, 04:44:10 PM
He has a book he has been shopping around to try to get published for about five years, but no luck so far.  One thing about him is he is very thorough, almost too thorough, he put out a disc on the first authentic activity he filmed it was a 50 minute narration for a 10 second clip that I never saw anything on.