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The First Paranormal Investigator?

The First Paranormal Investigator? 86

The term paranormal investigator can conjure up all sorts of images. For many it may be the gizmo laden stars of recent paranormal reality shows or a proton pack wearing Ghostbuster. Others may think of a team of boffins in a university department or perhaps a well known figure such as Harry Price who is often considered the father of paranormal investigation as we know it today. But who was the first paranormal investigator?

To answer that question we have to travel back over 2,000 years to ancient Greece and the first recorded foray into ‘ghost hunting’.

Athenodorus Cananites (c.74BCE-7CE) was a stoic philosopher and a teacher of Octavian (Ceasar Augustus) who’s ghostly tale was recorded for posterity by the Roman letter-writer Pliny the Younger (61CE-C.112CE).


Pliny states that there was a large house in Athens, with an unsavory and unhealthy reputation. The sound of what appeared to be weapons clashing and chains clanking could be heard at night emanating from within. This phenomena was soon followed by the spectral appearance of a filthy, emaciated old man with scraggly hair and beard. His hands and feet bound with fetters which rattled as he moved them.

This, as you can imagine, had a profound effect on all who lived there. They endured sleepless nights and their minds were subjected the horrors to such an extent that some inhabitants even died from fear. It wasn’t too long before the house stood empty. Finally, deserted, it remained quiet but when it was eventually put back up for sale no one was interested.

When Athenodorus, the philosopher, arrived in Athens he saw the house was for sale. Reading the posted bill, he discovered the dwelling’s price. The extraordinary cheapness raised his suspicion and he enquired about it further. No one held back on the houses horrific reputation, but the philosopher was not in the least put off. Indeed, he was eager to take the place. And did so immediately.

As evening drew near, Athenodorus had a couch prepared for him in the front section of the house. He asked for a torch, stylus, and writing tablet, then dismissed his retainers for the night. To keep his mind from being distracted by imaginary noises and apparitions, he decided to directed all his energy toward his writing.

At first, the night was silent. Then came the rattling of chains. Athenodorus neither lifted up his eyes, nor laid down his pen. But the noises increased and seemed to grow closer and closer until eventually they seemed to be in his very chamber.

Athenodorus looked up and saw the apparition exactly as it had been described to him. It stood before him, beckoning with a finger. Showing what to me seems like a remarkable amount of stoicism, Athenodorus made a sign with his hand that the spectre should wait a little, and bent over his work once more. The ghost, however had other ideas and shook his chains over the philosopher’s head, beckoning as before.

Athenodorus now took up his torch and followed the spectral old man. The ghost moved slowly, as if held back by his chains. Once it reached an open area in the houses courtyard, the ghost disappeared. Athenodorus grabbed a handful of grass and leaves and placed it on the spot where the ghost had vanished.

The next day, Athenodorus called the magistrate. In his official capacity, he dug up the spot that had been marked. There they found the bones that were all that remained of a long buried body which had been bound with chains. Carefully they collected the skeletal relics and gave them a proper burial. The tortured soul was now at rest, and the house in Athens was now peaceful once more.

At the end of the day this account is probably best considered to be simply a good story. It has many of the traits of an urban legend: The unhealthy house, the tormented spirit with a purpose, the clanking of chains and final laying to rest of a body are common to so many other tales. This combined with the fact that Pliny could not have heard Athenodorus’ account first hand as their lives did not overlap, means that we have to take it all with a pinch of salt.

What I do find interesting though is even in those ancient times there was an interest in this kind of story, the details of which can still be seen in countless other stories since then, although I suspect that had Athenodorus been around today he would have taken a digital voice recorder and camera along with his writing equipment on that fateful night.




People of the shadow: what do the mysterious shadow creatures want from us

People of the shadow: what do the mysterious shadow creatures want from us 99

Shadow creatures are neither ghosts nor people, and we know these creatures as shadow people. It seems that the “shadow” know about our location and want us to feel fear or even panic in their presence.

People-shadows or shadow people are paranormal dark barely visible silhouettes known to mystics for a long time. They look like dark humanoid creatures or barely noticeable ghosts, often seen only with peripheral vision. Witnesses claim that shadow people only catch a few seconds, eyewitnesses also say that they looked into the eyes of shadow people and their eyes shone with a red light, like demons.

Shadow people can take different shapes and sizes: look like full-fledged people or even like animals. But most often these are thin tall strange figures. Be that as it may, they appear only for a moment, quickly evaporating into the air. Unfortunately, they can harm humans, which was proven in 2013.

The video posted on the web had confirmation of the existence of a shadow man who was visible for over a minute! An unknown silhouette knocks down a man walking down the corridor and drags him across the floor for several seconds. After some time, it also suddenly disappears, releasing the person. As it became known, the building where the striking phenomenon was filmed has complaints from tenants who more than once meet paranormal events in their home.

There are very few known cases though of adverse events caused by shadow people. In most cases, they appear or disappear as soon as they are found.

Shadow creatures can be spotted out of the corner of your eye. Some people who saw them or knew about their presence say that they are alien creatures, slipping in and out of our field of vision. In the eyewitness accounts, the observation of the recurrence of shadow manifestations is especially often mentioned.

People of the shadow: what do the mysterious shadow creatures want from us

Whether they are an elusive race that has always coexisted with us is an interesting theory suggesting that these creatures are frequent guests in our lives.

Paranormal researchers consider shadow people to be malevolent supernatural entities. Perhaps shadow people will not cause physical pain, but they can affect you emotionally, for example, cause fear – this gives them energy.

Skeptics and scientists believe that shadow people are optical illusions or hallucinations that appear under the influence of drugs or physiological changes in the body. When the left temporo-parietal brain is stimulated, these strange images are created.

Often the appearance of these shadows is inextricably linked with sleep paralysis, when a person is, as it were, between sleep and reality. Scientifically, this is called hypnogogy. Hypnogogia is called “the phenomenon of the face in the dark” for such hallucinations.

All eyewitnesses, regardless of where they live, talk about the same sensations in the presence of shadow creatures. Fear is a cold feeling that overcomes a person at this moment.

People of the shadow: what do the mysterious shadow creatures want from us

Some people say they even saw the eerie red eyes of these dark personalities that momentarily appear anywhere and demonstrate the ability to walk on the walls of enclosed spaces, which defies the general laws of physics.

Whoever they are, they feed on human energy, emit bad vibrations and give negative emotions. We do not know how they got into our dimension, about the purpose of their mission and how they affect the human essence. The main thing is to stop feeling fear in their presence and not to “feed” anyone with your precious energy.

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Ghost hunter told how to summon spirits

Ghost hunter told how to summon spirits 100

A ghost hunter explained how to summon ghosts and when is the best time to do it according to The Daily Star.

Jade Capasso explores hotels, inns, historical places to allegedly reveal the spirits and ghosts that are present in them. She shares her discoveries on the YouTube channel Ghost Club Paranormal. The girl is sure that you can also talk with spirits.

The 28-year-old ghost hunter is confident that you can talk to ghosts and spirits using a voice recorder. A particularly good time for this, according to her, is the eve of All Saints’ Day – Halloween.

 “I think there is more activity during Halloween. More people believe in the other world, ”she said.

She recalled that Halloween pumpkin is an invariable attribute and symbol of the holiday. People decorate their home with funny, scary, and sometimes even terrifying faces.

 “I’m sure there will be more sessions and many will use Ouija boards,” she says.

To connect with the “other world”, you can go to a famous haunted place, says Kapassa. She also recommends checking your home for ghosts.

To hear a ghost, the girl recommends using special equipment. 

After all, ghosts, she said, emit sounds at ultra-low frequencies that are not perceived by the human ear. You can hear them, as she notes, only on audio recordings.

The girl says that you need to leave the digital voice recorder in a room where paranormal activity is observed all night, or ask questions and wait for an answer.

“Ask questions, and who knows, you might hear a disembodied voice answering you,” says Jade.

According to her, there is no need to rush, because the spirits must be given enough time to respond.

“You probably won’t hear them in real time. But if you listen to the recording, you might hear someone from the underworld, ”she said.

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A photographer took a picture of an old house, but did not know that a woman lived there. No wonder – you can only see it in the photo

A photographer took a picture of an old house, but did not know that a woman lived there. No wonder - you can only see it in the photo 101

A Scottish resident took a photo of an abandoned building, and then could not believe his eyes when he looked at the finished photograph. From there the woman’s face was looking at him, but the man is sure: there was no one in the ruins of the house. Finding an explanation for what he saw was not easy.

A photographer from Scotland, who wished to remain anonymous, decided to arrange an unusual photo session, Unilad writes.

His choice fell on several abandoned buildings that are located in one of the parks in the North Ayrshire region. After taking a couple of pictures, he went to the studio to print them, and then looked at the finished result.


The negative of one of the photographs of the photographer

Mysticism often happens in abandoned buildings , and the case with a man was no exception. In one photo, the Scotsman saw the ghostly silhouette of a woman looking at him from a window. However, the man assures that there was no one in the building, and he was alone in the ruins.

During the shooting, I did not feel anything unusual or anything otherworldly.

Despite the fact that the woman’s face looks intimidating, he is glad that he managed to capture it. Moreover, the hero of the story shared the frame with all friends who adore mysticism and riddles.


Pay attention to the left window

I’m happy that I was able to capture something that looks like a ghost. I am even proud to be able to show photos to people who love riddles.

Many people, according to the photographer, are inclined to believe that this is a ghost, who love to talk to children so much, although the author of the picture himself is in no hurry to draw conclusions. He even looked at the frame under a microscope, but never came to the truth.

You can, of course, speculate, but the human brain makes us see familiar traits everywhere, especially if we look at them long enough.


Moreover, the photographer, according to him, does not really believe in ghosts and other mystical phenomena.

I don’t like the term paranormal. As for ghosts, I don’t know if they exist. I don’t even know how to define them. What is it? Energy?

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