Archive for the ‘Ghost Stories’ Category

Another Ghost Story That Didn’t Make the Book

Saturday, June 13th, 2009 Posted in Ghost Stories | No Comments »

I came across a few letters in the Duke Parapsychology Lab archives about a haunting in Virginia at a place called the Oakland Farm School. The letters were dated 1964 and they written to Gaither Pratt (a scientists at the ...

My Favorite Ghost Story That Didn’t Make the Book

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 Posted in Ghost Stories | 17 Comments »

On June 26, 1957, The New York Times ran a piece by Meyer Berger about a haunted house in the West Village called:  Ghostly Coincidences Puzzle Bohemian Couple in 125-Year-Old House in Greenwich Village. Briefly:  Harvey Slatin bought the red brick ...

Raymond Bayless and the Spook Light

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 Posted in Ghost Stories, People in Parapsychology | 2 Comments »

Some stories are just more fun than others. I picked a few people who crossed paths with the scientists at the lab to write about, and one of them was an amateur researcher named Raymond Bayless.  (More below.)                           I wrote ...

The Best Poltergeist Case

Thursday, April 30th, 2009 Posted in Ghost Stories | No Comments »

This is a Life Magazine picture of the Herrmann family in their home. I thought people who've read Unbelievable might appreciate seeing what they looked like.  (It's also a pretty great shot.)  I gather the objects at the boy's feet ...

Eliza Jumel Ghost Story

Saturday, April 18th, 2009 Posted in Ghost Stories | No Comments »

A ghost story I'd head about as a kid is what ultimately led me to the former Duke Parapsychology Laboratory and writing this book.  I include the story at the end of Unbelievable, mostly to contrast the kind of research ...

Exorcist To-Do

Saturday, April 11th, 2009 Posted in Ghost Stories, Letters to the Lab | No Comments »

In one of the chapters in Unbelievable, I talk about the actual case that inspired the book and movie The Exorcist. I had intended to try to track down Dr. Mabel Ross, the child psychiatrist who examined the boy ...

Poltergeists in Virginia

Monday, March 23rd, 2009 Posted in Ghost Stories | 23 Comments »

A few years before he died, Gaither Pratt was once again called to a scene of poltergeist activity.  It was 1974, and it involved a family in the small town of Powhatan, VA.  The police had been contacted just as ...