Hauntings & Apparitions

An abbey in southern England reputed to be haunted.

Until its destruction by fire in 1939, Borley Rectory, a Victorian building in Essex in southern England, was the focus of persistent claims of poltergeist and haunting phenomena. 

This 1892 report describes frequent sightings by multiple witnesses of an apparitional figure, a woman dressed in black, by members of a household in Cheltenham in the south-west of England. 

Examines the arguments for viewing apparitions either as telepathic hallucinations or as objective entities. 

 

'Ghost hunting’ is a popular term for the investigation of claims of site-based paranormal phenomena, such as ghosts and poltergeists. 

The question ‘Why do ghosts wear clothes’ is sometimes posed as a skeptical retort to reports of ghosts and apparitions. In fact, ghosts do usually appear fully clad, and some of the issues this raises are briefly considered here. 

Describes the scientific research into reports of ghosts and apparitions, covering different types of phenomena, their characteristics, research methods and theories of causation.

Seventeenth century clergyman (1636-1680) and member of the Royal Society, one of the first intellectuals to take a scientific interest in paranormal claims.

Edmund Gurney (1847-1888) was a founder member of the Society for Psychical Research, noted for his research on hypnotism, telepathy and apparitions.  

Bereavement therapy based on EMDR, said by practitioners to bring relief by facilitating healing visions of deceased loved-ones.