"Debunking" Haunted Places
and more we are getting emails from ghost hunters telling us that they
debunked a location that we have listed on the Haunted Place Index. The average email states that
researchers have gone out, sometimes a few times, to a location and
not get any kind of evidence or signs of activity so therefore the
not haunted. Zero evidence and
manifestations of any kind doesn't mean the location is not haunted or
have any spirits present. All
is that you were unable to find anything to substantiate the reports of
activity. You also didn't get
to disprove or "debunk" it either.
is a spreading catch phrase for many paranormal investigators and I
think that most are not using the word correctly.
In order to debunk a haunting you would
have to get evidence showing that there are natural causes for the
that has been reported. You
to a place that has multiple witnesses over a period of time and
is no spirit activity because the spirits did perform on cue when you
need to show reasonable explanations for
all the activity that has been reported in order to really debunk the
is more disheartening to me is that some
of these researchers are doing this in private home after people have
them out for help. Not only is their
reasoning askew thinking a lack of evidence means no ghosts but calling
case "debunked" is also calling the people in the house experiencing
the activity liars or crazy. This
have severe consequences on the mental health of any residents who were
wondering if there were imaging the activity.
have an unrelated theory I wanted to share here so please bear with
I have concluded that there are no fish in
the ocean along the coast of New Jersey.
I have surf fished a few times, spent many summers down the Jersey
and even worked as a police officer at the shore and I have never
seen anyone catch any fish or seen any in the water.
Since my theory is based on hours upon
hours of watching, swimming and fishing in the ocean, I think it's safe
that after 40+ years I should have seen someone catch a fish or have
dead fish washed up on the beach, or something. So I feel I
can safely conclude that the
stories of fish in the ocean along the coast of New Jersey have been
debunked. Yeah, it sounds just as
silly if you do this with a haunted location too.