Skepticism

A Skeptical Ghost Hunter?

   Why do I love ghost stories? Because like horror movies they provide a temporary sort of terror, yet you know that you are safe. People go to horror films because they want to be frightened or they wouldn't do it twice. You choose your entertainment because you want it to affect you.  I can watch a horror film like "Nightmare on Elm Street" and enjoy the movie; even though I know that Freddy Kruger isn't real. The same is true with ghost stories. I really do appreciate them, especially if there is some historical element that is attached to the story. However, like horror movies, if the conversation changes to a discussion about if the stories are actually true, that is another matter. 

   One of the characteristics that distinguish paranormal narratives is that they emphasize mystery and the indeterminate, which  invites interpretation of various kinds. From my perspective, the answer to the question "Do you believe" belongs to the people that are telling or listening to a story of a paranormal experience. They decide to want to believe or even if they're going to engage with it concerning any type of belief at all. What I do is take the paranormal narratives seriously. I pay attention to them and treat them analytically. It is that love of ghost stories that gives me additional insight. I become fascinated by the elements of the stories themselves. How were they created? Why do some last while others are forgotten? How do they morph over time as they pass from one storyteller to another? However, in the end, I am still skeptical. The fun is in discovery and solving the mystery.

Why T.J. Wright (the ghost of room 18) cannot be haunting the St. James hotel.

First of all, and most importantly, T.J. Wright did not die at the St. James Hotel as the legends have suggested. While the 1880 census does show …

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The 10 Biggest mistakes made by ghost hunters

I will admit that this is actually a rather old piece. I wrote the original back in 2005 where it was posted on the Southwest Ghost Hunter's …

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Debunking the "jumping" ghost at the La Fonda Hotel

A ghost that is claimed to have been seen in the hotel is that of a man wearing 1800's clothing running across the Plazuela Restaurant. Both guests …

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La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, NM (My opinion on the hauntings)

The murder of Judge Slough is recorded in several newspaper stories. However, this event occurred in 1867 in the Exchange Hotel. The approximate …

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The ghosts of Old Tucson Studios

In this video, we give our opinions of the ghost of Old Tucson studios after a site visit with Donovan's Ghost Patrol.

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New Mexico State Penitentiary, Santa Fe, NM (My Opinion)

So here we have a great example of when the conclusions of the Southwest Ghost Hunter's Association and myself differ. The central argument is …

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How can you be a ghost hunter if you do not believe?

Here is the answer to the question "How can you be a ghost hunter if you do not believe?"  

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The "haunting" at the Wool Warehouse Theater

During performances a man in a cream-colored double-breasted suit has been known to have appeared on the stage. The spirit seems to be pleasant and …

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Biggest Ghost Hunter FAIL! Repeating the mistakes of the past

The biggest mistake ghost hunters make is repeating the same mistakes made by those who came before them. If you cannot learn from your mistakes, …

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Ghost Hunting myths

In this video I talk about many of the myths that are associated with ghost hunting.

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Why your EVP “Evidence” is bogus and not the voice of a ghost (responses)

I recently wrote an article in my blog called "Why your EVP “Evidence” is bogus and not the voice of a ghost". Due to the amount of comments and …

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Test Your Might, Analysis of voices v.s. Signal to noise ratio

Signal to noise ratio is a major consideration when analyzing audio. Are you really hearing a voice or is it actually the lower frequencies of …

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The truth about ghost hunting. Sorting the posers from the investigators!

Hobbies are practiced for interest and enjoyment, rather than financial reward. Engaging in a hobby can lead to acquiring substantial skill, …

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Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas, NM (Ghost Photo Explained)

With the majority of the witness's claims addressed, the final thing was to analyze the ghost photographs that are kept at the hotel. Deanna, a …

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Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas, NM (Ghost Stories with skeptical commentary)

The Clovis News Journal publishes the first written account of the Plaza Hotel having a ghost on March 9th, 1983.    " A ghost who haunts the …

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Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas, NM (Analysis of the ghost story and paranormal claims)

One of the most important considerations that have to be determined is the longevity of the haunting. However, the actual history conflicts with …

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How to analyze ghost videos using critical thinking in 5 easy steps

The ever-present video camera is creating a new form of “paranormal” news. Anytime anything even slightly strange occurs on a video surveillance …

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The Enemy Within: How ghost hunters fail due to their own psyche

Investigating ghostly phenomena is actually a daunting challenge. The rational investigator must weed through bias, myth building, and historical …

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Why it is easy to FAIL with Full Spectrum cameras.

As Inigo Montoya (of The Princess Bride, for you non-movie-geeks) might say, "Full Spectrum? You keep using that word. I do not think it means what …

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Battery Drainage Phenomena.....BULLSHIT!!!!

The concept of Battery Drain phenomena comes from  a belief that is based solely in anecdotal statements by investigators in  the paranormal …

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The Lodge at Cloudcroft, my opinions

The legend of Rebecca is built upon a foundation that is no more solid than the apparition that supposedly haunts the hotel. The biggest problem is …

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Wool Warehouse, Albuquerque, NM (Skeptical conclusion of the haunting)

The first paranormal claim we decided to address was the apparition of a man in a cream-colored double-breasted suit. We had a hypothesis that this …

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Changes to Rebecca's ghost story. (The Lodge at Cloudcroft)

Sometimes realistic events can also shape and change legends. A good example of this is the story of Rebecca. As one researches the various ghost …

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Event replications, alternative explanations: St. James Hotel

A large part of the investigation process is to determine if the witnesses actually encountered something unusual but has a rational explanation. To…

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The Lodge at Cloudcroft, looking for answers

In the beginning, the ghost stories of Rebecca were not told outside of the Lodge because previous owners believed that having a ghost would be bad …

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Scientific Method, Belief Systems and World View

The scientific method is the best way yet discovered for separating the truth from lies and delusion. The simple version looks something like this: …

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Another clue about the "haunting" of the KiMo Theater

In 2006, the Travel Channel aired episode 20 of "Weird Travels." The show has the employees of the KiMo Theater and  Albuquerque's Mayor, Martin …

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New insights to the KiMO Theater

Today the ghost of Bobby Darnall is said to haunt the KiMo theater. It is believed that Bobby is prone to playing tricks and pranks on the crew if …

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The truth about ghost hunting. Sorting the hobbyists from the amateur researchers

Hobbies are practiced for interest and enjoyment, rather than financial reward. Engaging in a hobby can lead to acquiring substantial skill, …

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