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Looking backward...

History of Ghost Hunting

Ghosts, hauntings and tales of strange events go well back into ancient history. More recently though there is a rich and documented history of ghost hunting occurring in New York around 1848 that started the spiritualist movement which continued into late 1930's. You may recognize names such as Kate Fox, the Davenport Brothers, Daniel Douglas Home, Florence Cook, Margery Crandon, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini. These individuals along with many others played a large part in this movement albeit sometimes at opposite ends of the spectrum. (Either in their empathy with lost souls or their skepticism in such matters). More detailed information is available today on the internet or at your local library. Those people listed above are in part the reason for the efforts of Harry Price and the start of documented ghosthunting.
 
HARRY PRICE (1881 -1948)
 
In his time, Harry Price was one of the most influential persons involved in ghost hunting. Harry uncovered a number of fraudulant photographers that made their money by double exposing photographic plates and then claiming the images were the dead relatives of the people being photographed. He proved to the general public how this trickery could be achieved in the studio. Harry also went to numerous seances and tried to prove or disprove their validity scientifically with gauges and measures (some instruments were crafted specifically for this purpose) and kept accurate notes and diaries at all times.

Harry Price was most recognized for his work in the Borley Rectory with his ghostly photography and evaluations of this haunted site. Harry's work is still controversial and questioned by some. He was however the fore runner of ghost hunters and his work was the start to a more serious look into the proper use of equipment and evaluations to explain the paranormal.

A good source for more information on the spiritualist movement and the evolution of ghost hunting is a book by Troy Taylor and the
American Ghost Society's

- The Ghost Hunter's Guidebook -

Published by Whitechapel Productions Press.

www.prairieghosts.com

For more information on Harry Price, visit Troy Taylor's:

Harry Price & Borley Rectory Page.

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My Background

I had became interested in investigating the paranormal after strange occurances became more prevelant in my 38 yr old house. The incident that would eventually start me down my current path was at first ignored, a set of three random numbers written in dust on a television screen. At the time I thought nothing of it but upon further evaluation no one had made the marks and no children or guests were in that area of the house for approximately 3 weeks. Not long after that initial incident, I would hear my wife saying my name as if she was behind me, but I shrugged it off to imagination. Sounds of books falling or paper tearing were also heard by my wife when she was by herself. We now can hear the noises at the same time; always the identical sounds though sometimes in different locations. We've grown so accustomed to the occurrences that we don't even bother to get up and investigate them anymore.

These events and others in our home led us into the field of paranormal investigations. Over the years we have met a number of people with unique qualities and abilities in dealing with pyschic phenomena who have joined our investigative team.

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Gerald using dowsing rods to determine the location of a murder (which could be) causing a haunting. Dowsing rods have also been known to find unmarked graves and can answer simple yes & no questions.

Along with scientific equipment, dowsing rods can become quite useful in finding hidden answers.

For more information on dowsing please visit the links below:

Dowsing Videos & Books

Canadian Dowsing Groups

Vampire (Masquerad...

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