Photo from Tutbury Castle

“This is NOT a fake; this photo was taken by the press, when Yvette Fielding from MH came back to Tutbury Castle about 4 years ago.  Only when I was looking at the photo closely I noticed a lady’s ghostly face in the picture on the wall.  It was compared to the other person that was in the room when the photo was taken.  I was filming on the other side of the room.”

I am always interested in the “This is NOT a fake” photograph and video’s when dealing with the paranormal.  The funny thing is, most of the time they are obvious fakes but not all the time.  The rest are usually people who just misinterpret what they are seeing or people who fall victim to Pareidolia, the psychological phenomena where one makes a recognizable pattern out of nothing.

The classic argument from ignorance came through strong in further description of the photo.  “This has been confirmed, by Tutbury Castle it’s not a member of staff.”  So basically what is being said here is, it is not a member of the staff therefore it must be a ghost.  I also have some other problems with this assessment.  It seems that there is a discussion whether or not this reflection “spirit” on the glass of the picture frame is even a female.  The original poster claims it is a woman, but other people are saying they can see mustache and a goatee.  So if people can’t definitively say or generally agree whether or not this is male or female, how could the staff members at the castle positively identify whether or not this person was indeed part of the staff?  Furthermore, let’s just say that we could tell the sex of the person in the image and staff members could positively say no one matches that description working at the castle, that still doesn’t equate ghost.  Also this photo wasn’t discovered till over a year after it was taken, so how can we be so sure it doesn’t match the description of an ex-employee?    Also in these reflective ghost photos, why is it that the ghost is always miniature?  That is something I personally have never understood. 

Just something fun I thought I would share.  Thanks for reading.

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Interview with sociologist Dr. Christopher Bader

In this interview Jason Korbus and I speak to Dr. Christopher Bader. Bader is a professor of Sociology at Baylor University, specializing in the sociology of religion, criminology, and deviant behavior. He, along with colleagues F. Carson Mencken and Joseph O. Baker are the authors of “Paranormal America,” which claims to provide the “definitive portrait of Americans who believe in or have experienced” paranormal phenomena. You can find out more information by visiting online at: WWW.PARANORMALAMERICABOOK.COM

This was a very fascinating interview.  To download or listen to this interview go to: www.para-help.com/sfrbobby/sfr_show140_hour2.mp3 (to download right click and save as.)

Kids…What an Imagination.

Why is it so hard to look at the rational side of things?  This is something that boggles my mind, to the point where I literally give myself a headache.  I am part of a paranormal based message board where there was a thread about a 2 year old child.  The mother came to the message board frantic because her 2 year old would come into her room crying at night saying that “the guy” was there.  Actually I will paste the exact post.

Hello – I’m new, but in need of some help here.

My 2 year old daughter has been coming into my room in the early morning – for 2 weeks now, hysterically crying pointing at my window saying “the guy’s here”. Right around the same time, I started having horrible dreams at night – waking up feeling as if I never even slept.

Back story – we live in a duplex. There was a suicide in the connecting duplex in 2005 – we’ll call him “J”. It happened in the bedroom – which is opposite our bedroom wall. “J” was a friend of the family, and we have MANY, MANY mutual friends.

I’ve been telling friends that I need a picture of “J” to show my daughter to see if it’s him or not. Sunday morning I finally got my hands on a picture – brought it home and showed my daughter. All questions were open ended so she wouldn’t base her answer on me feeding it to her. I asked her who the boy in the picture was & she replied “the guy”. I asked her to show me where he lived – she took me to my room, pointing to the same spot she has since this all started. I asked her where he slept, she answered “your bed”. Fast forward to Sunday afternoon – we were in my room doing laundry – my daughter looks out the window and says “the guys home!!!”. I’ve been sick to my stomach ever since, and I believe her.

Is there anything I can do? Could “J” be trapped here due to the suicide (which was extremely traumatic). Should I have the house cleansed? I’m really just at a loss here… and I’m worried about my little girl. My 3 year old son hasn’t seen or said a thing, so I’m assuming it’s just her that sees all of this (she also sees him outside – comes in the house frantically crying that he’s out there).

The thing that doesn’t make sense to me is why does the child wake up and walk into her mother’s room to tell her that “the guy” is in there?  To me this is nothing but an over active imagination.  Notice the other child and the mother are not seeing “the guy” and that backs up my feeling that this is nothing but imagination even more.

The mother is using subjective validation, her 2 year old is crying saying “the guy” so she starts making sense of it by attributing her weird feelings, horrible dreams  and awkward sleeping pattern to it.  She even takes it a step further by assuming that a suicide in the house is the root cause of all of this, and why?  I believe the reason to be because the mother unintentionally primed her daughter, by showing her a photo of the suicide victim.

We only have an anecdotal account here, the mother says she only asked open ended questions, but we don’t really know that to be a fact.  She could have been overheard talking to other people about this photograph and what not.  And the name “the guy” isn’t that uncommon, a little cool fact, my own 2 year old daughter calls everyone she doesn’t know “the guy.”  For a year Jason Korbus, my co-host of Strange Frequencies Radio was always called “the guy,” by my daughter Myla.  My point is, it isn’t that strange.

 Another thing about this thread is that a person decided to chime in by saying:

Poor child.. I doubt it is her imagination.. she is only 2 and at 2- they don’t seem to have much of an imagination… Their imagination kicks in at the age of 4 onwards.. I know this..I have a 5yr old now that never said much at the age of 2… yet come 4 years old she started to make things up.. play pretend… still does… but at the age of just 2 – they are not that imaginative.. meaning they don’t go around making just about anything up… I think their little minds are only in the early stages of growth… You will notice once your kid reaches 4 onwards the imagination will get into action..

This is just simply not true whatsoever.  My daughter is a 2 year old and she tells me the most amazing stories I have ever heard, I have no idea where she gets them from…yes I do, her imagination.  My only assumption is, is that this poster also had a 2 year old who’s imagination didn’t run wild or so she thought, till the age of 4.  So instead of assuming my daughter is brilliantly smart (which she is) I decided to contact and child psychologist and see what they had to say.

I sent an email basically saying the same story that the original poster said about my daughter talking to “the guy” and mixed in what the second person said about imagination not getting a jumpstart till the age of 4.  I really wish I could have copy and pasted it here for you all to read, however it was one of those submit a comment deals instead of a real email.  Yet within a matter of a couple hours I received a response. 

Unfortunately, we cannot give advice without seeing your child. I would
consult with your pediatrician with any concerns.
That being said, from my experience, an active imagination is perfectly
normal.

From the desk of:
Sharilyn Keller, Office Manager
Ann Arbor Center for Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

So although a diagnosis couldn’t be given online and through email (which I knew ahead of time) the one thing that stuck out to me the most was the last line – That being said, from my experience, an active imagination is perfectly normal.

IMO I think this whole thing can be chalked up to an overactive imagination and my advice would be to simply ignore “the guy” and he will probably vanish (no pun intended) within a couple days.