If the spirits are willing...
Date 12/11/2003 | Topic: Investigations
| this artical was suggested to me by sassy|
So, how do you go about investigating the paranormal? We invited Cambridge Paranormal Society into our haunted studio here at BBC Cambridgeshire to see if they could get to the bottom of things...
Intrepid ghosthunters Martin, Paul, Angela, Elaine and Dave from Cambridge Paranormal Society duly arrive at 9pm armed with enough electrical equipment to open their own branch of Comet.
First order of the evening is a quick session of dowsing in our haunted studio 1a - Elaine and Angela both use crystals and Angela follows this up with the dowsing rods. Dowsing is responsive to yes and no questions, and after initial test questions, both the crystals and the rods conclude that there is a spirit present, and at this time, it is a female.
Next on the agenda are the baseline tests. The team check temperature spots with their infra-red thermometers, and electrical fields with an EMF (electro-magnetic field thermometer). These tests will be used to gauge any changes throughout the night which may be due to spirit activity.
At 10pm, Ron Moulding, a psychic medium, arrives with his wife Gill. Both are sensitive to the spirit world - but Ron especially. A tour of the studio reveals a number of cold spots. "It’s like someone’s here already," says Ron. "A male, if anything - but it’s gone again now."
Ron can feel a presence
Further along the corridor which runs outside the studio, Ron picks up more vibes. This time it’s a cold draught and Ron feels that something has happened on this spot - possibly a hanging, he says.
Martin Waldock from Cambridge Paranormal Society explains that they only use reliable mediums, who really want to help and volunteer their time to assist in their research: "The purpose of using a medium is that if they can pick up information, names, dates etc. that we can collaborate with our own research of the history of the location, it leads us some way to building the case for the evidence of the existence of a spirit."
Shortly after 11pm the team take their EMF meters into BBC Cambridgeshire's reception and main stairwell. "The equipment's just gone ballistic," explains Angela. "We think there's definitely something happening there."
Meanwhile, Ron sits quietly in studio 1a with the lights dimmed, watching the low-tech motion detector which the team has set up. "Yes, it is a piece of paper on a string," says Dave, "But it's remarkably good at picking up air circulation."
Ron explains that the man's spirit is back in the studio. "He's friendly. Can you not feel him? I think the spirits like you." Now, being a born sceptic, I'm not sure what to make of this, but I have to admit that when Ron says the spirit is standing near to me, I can definitely detect a chill on my left shoulder. The minute the chill disappears, Ron says that spirit is back on his side of the office, and indeed, the motion detector does seem to bear testimony to this...
found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/cambridgeshire
12th november 2003