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The First Paranormal Investigator?

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.




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 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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Camera recorded an extraneous movement in Massachusetts. And this sight is not for the faint-hearted

A Redditt user with the nickname grandslammer0891 from Mansfield, Massachusetts, posted a video from security cameras at a friend’s house, which scared him and left users in disbelief.

The author of the video explained that his friend left home by the end of August, leaving four huskies in the care of a friend. He usually visited them during the daytime.

One day the owner of the apartment received a notification in the middle of the night that the camera recorded some kind of extraneous movement. At that time there were only dogs in the house.

The video captured the kitchen and part of the living room. A dog is lying on the sofa in the right corner, and you can trace the turns of the head by its ears. When her ears turn to the left, then in the dark you can see the transparent figure of a moving person.

The video puzzled users and caused a mixed reaction from them. Some could not find an explanation for what they saw and panicked slightly. The dog’s head turns towards the ghost, which suggests that it also noticed the apparition.

“What is it, I saw it … with my own eyes. Does anyone else see this? Because it seems to me that I definitely saw something wrong. No no”.

Others decided that a man had walked past the window on the right, and his shadow flashed on the left in the headlights. Some users even believe that a live person got into the frame.

“I hope your buddy has a gun. There was a real intruder. “

Some readers agreed that the ghost video is quite plausible, since Massachusetts is full of ghosts.

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Paranormal researcher warns that Ouija boards can summon dangerous demons

Paranormal researcher Paul Marsters criticized British retailer Poundland for selling Ouija boards as part of Halloween decor. He warned that only professional mediums should use the boards, and ordinary people can summon deadly demons. 

Paul, who is a member of True Paranormal Events UK, was stunned when he saw a £ 1 ($ 1.29) Ouija board in a local budget store.

 “Ouija boards are definitely not toys and should not be available to children to buy in stores on Halloween, let alone adults who are not trained in how to use them. It doesn’t matter if they are plastic or wooden ”, – quotes the words of the ghost hunter Hull Live. 

Paul Marsters explained that people can accidentally summon dangerous spirits that will torment their victim in the future and may even lead to suicide. 

“On Halloween night, the veil on the spirit world is very thin, and people only buy these boards for Ouija sessions on Halloween, so I’m afraid to imagine what will happen when these boards are in the wrong hands,” the expert said. 

Poundland noted that Ouija boards can only be purchased by persons over 18 years of age. This item sold out quickly before Halloween due to its popularity.

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