Archive for May, 2009

Immortal Longings: FWH Myers and the Victorian Search for Life After Death by Trevor Hamilton

Sunday, May 31st, 2009 Posted in Parapsychology Organizations/Research | 5 Comments »

I came across so many interesting people while researching my book, more people than I could possibly research myself. Among them was Frederic W. H. Myers, from the Society of Psychical Research.  It always bothered me that I couldn't spend ...

Ethel Johnson Meyers – The Medium at Bank Street

Friday, May 29th, 2009 Posted in Parapsychology Organizations/Research | 17 Comments »

I wasn't able to find out a lot about Ethel Johnson Meyers, the medium who accompanied Hans Holzer to Bank Street (the story I tell below). But as I say in the preface to the book, it always comes back ...

Bank Street in 1942

Thursday, May 28th, 2009 Posted in Parapsychology Organizations/Research | No Comments »

Below, I tell the story of a possibly once haunted house on Bank Street in the West Village of New York City. (It's the May 26th post.) I searched the digital archives of the New York Public Library and found this ...

More Machines of the Paranormal

Thursday, May 28th, 2009 Posted in Hoaxes | 2 Comments »

The Boston medium Mina Crandon, aka Margery, used a number of devices to communicate with the dead, and also to establish the authenticity of those communications.  This is one of her voice machines, but I'm not entirely sure which one ...

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 ...

Gertrude Schmeidler, RIP

Sunday, May 24th, 2009 Posted in Parapsychology Organizations/Research, People in Parapsychology | 4 Comments »

  I only just heard that Gertrude Schmeidler, a well known psychologist and parapsychologist, died on March 9, 2009.  She was 96 years old!  We talked a number of times while I was researching my book, although she preferred email.   ...

Freeman Dyson

Friday, May 22nd, 2009 Posted in Scientists Comment on Paranormal | No Comments »

"If one believes, as I do, that ESP exists but is scientifically untestable, one must believe that the scope of science is limited." - Freeman Dyson, in a Foreword to Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the ...