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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Investigation Report: Battlesden

Interesting night in the lanes entering Battlesden. A lone soldier "John" came forward along with other information that centred around a minor engagement between the opposing forces in the English Civil War.

Graham Matthews sensed John nearby, I saw the head and shoulders of a figure walk across from the field into the road then vanish. Further down the lane this same experience was had by Jason. I felt like someone had stabbed me between the shoulders and felt a strong penetrating stab through the left shoulder and out the front of my chest. I have no pre-existing injury here that would naturally cause that.

When we walked back to the cars I then felt as though there was a little too much 'spirit' interaction and got the thoughts of "Cromwellian Scum" and the names "Mary", "Parnell" and "Hanslope". I felt they were connected but got no further sense of the links just assumed they were linked in some way.

We visited the church at Battlesden but this was peaceful and gave us no sense of their being anything remotely paranormal about the place.

Graham Matthews was recording some video and audio so we will wait to see if there was anything to come out of that.

All in all a good call by Jason King to bring up Battlesden just need to set up the next few and hopefully get some indoor ones which we have lined up.

Found this after the investigation:

Can't find any obvious links between John and Parnell and Hanslope. Parnell and the Civil War yes, Sir John Parnell existed but the person we came across was not the same one.

Another snippit from the archives - William Pedder, appointed rector in 1634, was of moderate churchmanship and a royalist. He found the parish in a divided state and encountered much opposition. He was turned out of the living in 1642 and in his place Parliament appointed a group of eighteen “lecturers,” who preached in the church on Sundays and weekdays. However, this arrangement did not fulfil the expectations of the parishioners, many of whom wanted a minister of their own. Less than two years after this scheme was instituted, the town was raided by a party of Royalist soldiers from Leighton Buzzard, who on a Sunday in June, 1644, made an attack on the church during service time. The congregation had barricaded themselves in, and the soldiers forced the doors, shooting a “case of pistols” at the minister in the pulpit and wounding several of the congregation. The incident further embittered the factions. - http://www.dunstableparish.org.uk/history-of-st-peters/

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Mysterious 'spectre with face, hand and CLAWS' floats at unsuspecting woman's shoulder in chilling photo taken at home

A mum who claims she captured a terrifying ghost standing next to her and was spoken to by an unknown presence while doing the housework has called for help from ghost hunters.

Lou Johnson, 44, says she was mopping the kitchen floor at her home in Hull, East Riding, when she thought her son asked her: "what are you doing?".

After becoming frustrated and telling him "you're always do this, you'll have to wait" to get into the kitchen, Lou says she turned to see a figure leave the room - though never saw who it was.

However, now Lou has revealed a series of text messages that show her 23-year-old son texted her from upstairs to ask who she was talking to.

Her son is adamant that he was upstairs the whole time, so now Lou is sharing an image she captured the year before to see if any paranormal experts can explain the ghostly goings-on.

The image shows Lou getting ready for a night out at 10pm while a glowing slender figure appears next to her that friends are telling her could be a spirit.

Lou said: "Some see the picture and automatically think it's a mirror behind me and that is a reflection - but there is no mirror behind me. I don't even own a mirror of that size.

"I've had so many people get in touch and say that it is something paranormal and it can't be explained at all.

"Lots of people see the shape of a figure stood next to me with a hand and claws. I have always been a sceptic so I just let people offer their thoughts on it.

"They could all see a hand on my shoulder and a face there too, and while I can see the figure they mean, I was naturally sceptical and thought there must be an explanation.

"However, seeing is believing and what I saw in the kitchen last week does make me question what could be in the house with us.

"I was just mopping the floor when I thought that my son appeared in the doorway near me. He asked me what I was doing and I said 'you always do this, the floor is wet so you have to wait'.

"I just said it because I thought he was wanting to get in the kitchen and was asking at the one time I was mopping the floor, which he's done before.

"I turned to look at him and I saw the shape of someone turn away and then go up the stairs. I thought that was it.

"But my son heard me talking and texted me. He knew we were alone in the house so couldn't understand why he could hear me telling him to 'wait' from downstairs. He was upstairs in bed so he thought it was really weird and texted me to ask me what I was doing.

"At first I thought he was winding me up. I assumed it must have been a prank - like I say, I always look for the rational explanation.

"However once he said he had honestly been in bed the whole time I became really freaked out.

"I know what I heard - it was clear as day a voice asking me what I was doing.

"It unsettled me so much that I had to go and check all of the rooms to check no one was there. I was sure someone must have been in the house with us.

"That's why I want to share the picture now. I really want an explanation of what could be happening.

"I'm a sceptic and there could be a rational explanation for it all but there has been so much happening I feel I need an explanation to put my mind at ease."

Since her encounter with the unidentified figure, Lou has shared the image she caught last year in her search for answers.

At the time the photo was taken, she had been getting ready to go for drinks at a friend's house when her partner took a picture of her.

Lou said: "It was about two weeks later when I was looking through my photos on my phone that I spotted the shape beside me.

"Straight away I thought it looked a bit odd. Then as I zoomed in on the image I saw a face over my shoulder.

"When I put the picture online to see what people would make of it everyone went crazy and were saying that there was someone there with me."

However, this is not the first time that Lou has been the victim of strange happenings in her home.

Lou said: "The first time it happened I was in bed and I had sleep paralysis and couldn't move my head or body when suddenly the quilt moved off me.

"I thought I was dreaming at first but it was very clear and I still think about it now and get the feeling that something very odd happened.

"Once I was polishing and I saw someone in the reflection of the TV. I thought it was my son but when I turned round there was no one there.

"I just don't know what to think. I have felt the presence of something there a few times.

"With all of these things I always tried to look for a rational explanation. But it's odd that I've had so many weird things happen.

"Maybe there are experts out there who will see the image and will recognise what is going on.

"I hope so as I don't want things like this to keep happening. Despite being sceptical, I am open-minded and I would have someone round to investigate the house if that is what they said it needed."

Story and source: The Mirror

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Ghost 101: Know your ghost

When people first think of ghost they probably imagine the "floating sheet" type; like Boo here.

This is most likely because through childhood this is the type of thing they would have seen on "Scooby Doo" or other similar shows. Not to mention pranks from siblings that would simply throw on a sheet to scare you!

Ghosts can come in all shapes and sizes and so below I will describe the different "known" types of ghost. This can be used as a reference if you want to try and determine what may or may not being going bump in the night in your home!


The most general term for ghosts that we see. Generally apparitions are a "recognisable" ghost shape and don't appear to be solid (transparent).

Apparitions aren't necessarily just human form and may or may not appear to interact.

Cold Spots: 

A cold spot is the description given to an area where a ghost is trying to manifest. Generally it's thought that in trying to manifest energy is drawn from the surrounding area. This creates a cold spot.

Cold spots can move around the surrounding area and paranormal investigators normally track this and use as evidence.


Another common type of ghost that is caught on camera.

Most orbs can usually be explained away as dust, water, insects or other floating objects but sometimes they can't be explained.

Orbs can sometimes appear on demand or appear to have other unexplainable features such as a face or emitting light that doesn't make sense.


Residual ghosts are like a recording of a past even that is playing on a loop.

Residual ghosts will never interact with you and instead will continue the same "loop".

An example of this would be a story my mum once shared with me.

She said she once saw a ghost hanging up washing. Or rather making the motion of hanging up washing.

Several people apparently witnessed this but the "woman" continues hanging up washing and didn't react to the people around her.

Eventually she faded away.


This one is fairly obvious. Interactive ghosts will interact with you! Simple!!

This can sometimes be confused with poltergeists, however poltergeists cause physical and emotional disturbances (we will cover this later).

Interactive ghosts will perform simple tasks, usually on demand.

An example would be to request a ghost to interact with an EMF detector. Sometimes the EMF detector will spike as the ghost interacts with it.


Poltergeists are probably the most heard of ghost. Mainly because this type of ghost was made famous by the Hollywood film by the same name.

Poltergeists are mischievous ghosts and cause a lot of physical disturbance such as throwing items or moving things from one place to another.

Poltergeists can also cause electrical disturbances and have even been reported to cause fires.


The least common of ghosts and can also be referred to as demons.

This type of ghost is the most unpleasant and are thought to have never been human (hence the name demon).

They can attach themselves to a building or person / family and cause great torment.

Entities show high levels of intelligence and thrive on negative emotions.

So there you have it. A short list of potential ghosts which will help you recognise the type you may be experiencing. Lets just hope you don't bump into the last one!

Family spooked when 13-year-old finds ghostly apparition in a selfie taken during a fishing trip

Is this the ghostliest photobomb of all time?

A 13-year-old girl who took a selfie while fishing with family in Tifton, Georgia may have one spooky catch on her hands.

'Notice my son Kolton in the background and then notice the gentleman standing to his right!!!' wrote Jessica Ogletree about her daughter Haley's photo, which she posted to Facebook.

The photo shows a smiling Haley on a boat, and behind her is brother Kolton, who is bending over in a green shirt and cap, and next to him what appears to be the smiling face of a gentleman wearing a cap and possibly a suit ... only no such person was there.

'Ya'll, this gentleman was NOT with them today and there was no one else at these back ponds where they were fishing! The only people there today were Haley, Kolton, and their grandparents...Haley was going back through her pictures and saw this and needless to say freaked out and called me lol!' wrote the startled mother.

Jessica suspects the reason the ghostly man showed up is because it was Kolton's birthday, and he caught his 'biggest fish he's ever caught' and the 'dead man' wanted to express his approval.

The photo has been shared over 3,000 thousand times since Saturday and received over 1,000 comments. There are plenty of believers - as well as skeptics. Many seemed to feel the picture was deliberately faked.

'I'm a believer and I've seen and photographed, but I'm not one to fall for baloney. The "figure" looks almost perforated, as does the shadow on the guys shirt. I can think of a few ways this would be done, but I don't think it's real. Not discrediting anyone, it just looks like a trick,' wrote Mandy Smith.

'There is definitely a man there. Not sure why or how, but it's real,' wrote Emily Leann Blunt, representing the opposite end of the spectrum.

Some were worried about the 'ghost's means to an end. 'That is freaky, I hope he wasn't murdered there and can't rest,' said Sandra Rusk.

'Hummmm.... I would do some research on the area. History as well as missing persons, you never know if the other side is trying to tell you something,' said Mae West, also concerned that the 'ghost' may have met an untimely end.

Some people began speculating about who the ghost was and even posted pictures of a deceased man he resembled. One woman circled two more ghosts she claimed were hovering in the background trees. Still others posted photos of their own ghostly photobombs.

One thing is for sure, if the 'ghost' is real, his grin shows he was definitely in a good mood that day.

Story and source: The Daily Mail

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