Fellow Skeptic has an investigation

http://www.knoxnews.com/entertainment/life/the-old-home-place-paranormal-investigators-find-evidence-of-spirits-in-old-plantation-house-3991f8f-389900151.html

I like it because (1) she doesnt necessarily believe the investigator when he says he has never read her columns or came in with any other outside information. She doesn’t *not* believe him, but she doesn’t instantly run to the conclusion he’s psychic. (2) When the flashlights placed around the room do as commanded, she’s intrigued but not instantly sold on the haunting. (3) The previous owner said it was haunted and her initial reaction was, in essence, smile and nod. (4) She has the history of the house, the actual, real history- not the local legend or folklore.

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Answers to 5 Questions by the Huffington Post

(She’s not serious, obviously- she blogs under the “Comedy” section, but nevertheless, some of you may have the same questions! So I will answer.)

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/pascale-day/five-questions-i-have-for-ghosts_b_11201440.html

I am happy to admit to you all that I am partial to a paranormal documentary. Show me a spooky doc, with interviews from unreliable witnesses and cheap event reconstructions, and I will show you pure, unadulterated happiness. But in all my time watching these real-life horror stories, plenty of questions have haunted my mind, particularly when it comes to ghosts. So I have laid those questions out here, in hopes that the Huffington Post might be some sort of online portal to the underworld where, fingers crossed, they have email.

1. Why are none of you ever animals?

I once read that around 998 million birds die in America every year. 998 million a year. And that’s just those idiot birds that fly into windows. That doesn’t count the ones that explode when you feed them rice, or that run into the road at the worst possible moment. So just where are all the bird ghosts, huh? Why is there not some janky old one-legged pigeon determined to piss me off from beyond the grave? Where’s all the dead seagulls doing phantom poos on my shoulder? Why don’t you ever go into someone’s house and say “wow, it really smells like budgies in here,” only to get the reply, “budgie haven’t lived in this house for fifty yeeeaars!” All I’m saying is, if humans can turn into spectres, surely animals can too.

2. Why are you always from way, way back in the past?

If you’re a ghost, and you’re waiting to contact the living, is the queue to make your connection like the one outside Oceana on a Saturday night? Perhaps, as a spirit, you queue, and you queue, and you queue, but the portal between the supernatural and human worlds has a one-in-one-out system, so they’re still only letting ghosts from a pre-1920s era haunt us right now. I mean, when was the last time you saw a ghost in a Tesco uniform in your hallway? Most apparitions are still in garbs from the First World War. If you ever find yourself in a haunted house, and you hear footsteps upstairs, nine times out of ten you’re going to find some little victorian tyke wearing a dusty old knickerbocker suit rather than a teen poltergeist from 2010 lying on the bed in a snood top, sending all his dead mates a picture of your scared mug on whatever phone Steve Jobs is inventing in the afterlife. Are all the contemporary ghosts lost way back in the queue? Are they letting other ghosts push in front of them? Because of all the paranormal TV shows I’ve seen there’s not been one single outfit that I would pin to my ‘#OOTD’ Pinterest board.

3. Why are you always so vague?

I’m putting myself in the limpid shoes of a ghost here – and knock three times if I’m wrong – but if it were me, and I were a ghost, I would be sticking around to send my message to the sentient world. However long it took. I mean, it’s not like I’ve got anything better to do – I’m here for eternity. I have taken my number from the machine and I’m waiting for it to be called. So when I eventually got through to a medium named Deborah with an 80s perm and long glittery nails and five Jack Russells, who’s sitting in a house with my bereaved loved ones drinking tea, I’m not going to be ambiguous in what I want to say to them. Like with all those old-timey ghosts I was talking about – Christ, they’ve waited a really long time, and they’re always so vague. When I get through to Deborah my message won’t be lacklustre (“Tell my mum that the park we went to once… the one with the bench… Arrrgh, forget it. I can’t be bothered. Pascale out.”), it’s going to be like War and fucking Peace.

4. Why do you always have such scary voices?

Think of all the people you’ve ever met. How many of those people have a voice that make your skin crawl? Not that many, right? I know a lot of people who have voices as sweet as sunshine, and I would happily fall asleep to them reading the Ikea catalogue to me. I also have friends with low, jolly baritone voices, and some who speak in gravelly, slightly arousing tones. How come ghosts never sound any of my friends? Why does every single spirit have to talk like Tim Curry in Legend? Seriously, like, no one from the world of the living talks like that. Think how pleasant a seance would be if the poltergeist communicated with the tone and inflection of Adele.

5. Why do you never do anything nice to make your presence known?

I have one rule, and it goes like this: if someone wants my attention, they can come over and ask for it. Don’t shout my name over and over again across the office. Don’t knock on the window aggressively when I’m in the garden. Don’t send me passive aggressive texts that say “I NEED 2 TALK 2 U” when I’m only upstairs. The same courtesy applies to ghosts. I’ll tell you this now: no one, living or dead, got anywhere by belligerently throwing stuff around. You want something from someone? How ‘bout you just be nice?

So riddle me this: why do spirits always have to be chucking shit to get us to listen? If they’re not throwing lego at our heads they’re repeatedly slamming our drawers, or moving our sofas so we make absolute tits of ourselves. Is it too much to ask that if you want some level of decent communication, you fold that pile of washing I’ve been putting off, or make my bed? Instead of leaving ominous scrawlings on steamy windows that, frankly, never make a lot of sense, why not just ask, nicely: “Hey gurl, chat soon?”

Ghosts, humour me please. Just imagine that we are call operators in the worlds largest call centre, connecting calls between those who are alive and those who are not: being a real dick won’t get your message transmitted any quicker. I will put on hold and go and look at Facebook on the toilet if you piss me off. You will be the next caller in the queue forever.

🙂

Ok so seriously, what’s up with the spirit world? Let me begin by saying I am not an expert, and anyone who says they are is a liar. There isn’t enough scientific evidence produced to make anyone a reliable expert. Experts, at least in the legal field, require skill, knowledge, training, education, and experience to be considered such. The paranormal field does not lend itself to anyone being trained and skilled in this area. You can get an education, but it’s usually laughed at unless its a legit science like engineering, chemistry, or physics. Basically anything with the word “Meta” or “Para” in front of it doesn’t seem to count. So now that we’ve established I am not an expert, I’ll provide my answers.

1. Why aren’t there animal ghosts? Well, in fact, there are. Many animal lovers have seen (or heard or smelled) their previous pets after the animal has passed. I have even had this experience after thinking someone was a mental case for saying the same (you know me, it’s not real until it happens to me). A person said he saw a dog that had passed running through the backyard. He was certain of it. He had never in his life previous to this (at least for the 30-something years I’ve known him) professed a belief in the paranormal but casually mentioned he saw the previously deceased dog running in the backyard. He was certain of it. Certain to the point of getting up and going outside and still seeing the dog. Certain to the point of nearly going out off the porch and looking for it, but it disappeared. Vanished. To say I was skeptical would be a serious understatement. But there, in the same backyard, I saw the same deceased dog running through the backyard. I thought perhaps it was the same breed from a neighbor that had somehow found its way in to my backyard… but in reality, the odds of all those things occurring at the same time is just unreal.

I’ve also heard Dustin Pari of TAPS (aka “Ghost Hunters”) say that a ghost animal was cut from one of their shows, and he had no idea why.

But more to her point- not every person who dies becomes a ghost, and not every animal that dies does, either.

2. Why are the ghosts always hundreds of years old? Well, of course, they’re not. Maybe they older ones just have a better grasp of how to haunt, haha.

3. Why are you so vague? I’ve never found this to be true. They usually answer me pretty accurately. I’ve had a girl say “I’m here!” after asking if she was around us. I’ve had the SB7 say “Let’s operate!” after saying I was having trouble finding the operating theatre in a hospital. Of course, let’s not forget that it also, allegedly, requires a ton of energy for a spirit to speak or manifest so  it’s not likely you’re about to repeat “War and Peace” as Pascale suggests, haha.

4. Why the scary voices? I’ve heard some scary stuff from the other side, from scary voices, but I’ve also heard spirits using the voice they likely used when they were alive. Frequently we only hear a whisper anyway, so it’s hard to be scared of a soft voice simply answering “yes,” at least in my opinion.

5. What’s with the bad manners to get our attention? I will preface this response by stating that when I stay somewhere alleged to be haunted, I will tell any spirits there that I am 100% unavailable and not to be touched, talked to, or otherwise notified when I am in the bathroom unless the place is on fire or my life is otherwise in danger. Some people are rude in death just as they were in life. that said, as I mentioned previously it takes a ton of energy for a spirit to communicate in one form or another. My personal theory is as follows: if you have to save up and store a ton of energy to get someones attention, you are going to be certain whatever you do works! You are not going to save up energy and hope that your whisper gets heard; you are going to hit, kick, throw, break, and yell.

Any other questions, ask me! Click on “Contact me”

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Another investigator sees the light… or, more accurately, does not?

Haunts & Jaunts: It wasn’t what I expected

These are strange days indeed, or at least ones of normal complicity. My wife Laura and I have taken a sabbatical from the paranormal. We felt we needed to. If someone needs assistance on a matter concerning ghosts, or irritating pests in their home, then we are there for them. We continue to train on cleansing a haunted situation because we feel that’s in line with helping someone in need. Helping is one thing, however, playing is quite something else….

This might seem opposed to what I write about weekly, but it’s really not. I do have a few years under my belt…and some observations.

We have taken a break from tireless weekend nights with no sleep, gas in the fuel tank, miles on the road, and lining the pockets of paranormal venues with money so we can tread the same pathways of hundreds of others to have a “paranormal” experience. Or not. Been there…done that…so over it! Folks that perpetuate this tired road are not investigators, but rather thrill seekers. They add nothing to the final mix.

Ghost hunting wasn’t what I expected. I got my formalized training from the network shows-as do many-and boy did they work a number on me! Sadly, I didn’t experience a constant adrenaline rush barrage while ghosts swirled around me like a pot of paranormal stew boiling over on the stove. It doesn’t happen folks! It’s television and ratings. Sad but true. 45 minutes of network programming doesn’t include countless hours of utter boredom, bathroom breaks, smoke breaks, power snoozing, texting, and idle chit-chat. And hours of evidence review after that!   It’s a misrepresentation, yet people buy into it. Until this moment in time, I didn’t realize just how much I don’t miss it.

I do believe there are things that are not readily explained, yet we may never have concrete answers as to the nuts and bolts of it all. (At least in our lifetime). I do believe that houses can be haunted. I have two of them that are. The caretaker in the Kentucky home just reported an apparition of a man step out from a wall, make his way across the room and disappear into an adjoining room. She sat on the couch and watched it. In our compound on Southport Road there continues to be knocks on the bedroom door at night, chatter, and a recent audible older lady comment, “That is a pretty kitty” referring to our cat Jerry.

I’m a believer, only now conscious of how I invest my time.

I’d also like to add in this joke to the above-post before I put in my two-cents:

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Funny, right? Maybe because it’s true.

At any rate, both the author and joke state the same: you start looking for a constant adrenaline rush as seen on TV by paying to investigate places where others have gone before you (on TV), while trying to distinguish yourself from the amateur “thrill seekers.” In real life you realize you’re paying someone to give you a shot at hitting some form of the paranormal lottery (an “experience”) and there’s a ton of down time and boredom and even more at evidence review. Sometimes, the price you paid doesn’t get you a thing but a long, boring night at a facility that could likely use a deep scrub and the chance to relive every non-important second during evidence review.

I have been truly fortunate enough to have investigated places off the beaten path, not pillaged by TV personalities or ruined by fly-by-night thrill seekers, alleged to be haunted. I have been lucky enough to have had the occasional adrenaline rush and the giddiness of finding great stuff during evidence review. Sometimes, you do win a small pot in the (paranormal) lottery.

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I’m writing a book

Yep. Putting together some of my stories, probably going to self-publish.

Really need to finish all my evidence reviews!!

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The VERY personal effects of investigating

Another link on John Zaffis’s FB page: http://sqmagz.com/effects-ghost-hunting/

Paranormal teams come and go. The odds for a team to last more than a few years is minimal. Obviously there are multiple variables. Some die out from lack of passion, money, or personal reasons beyond what we perceive. As a founder of a paranormal team I always stress to anyone venturing into the paranormal to be careful. Whether its an individual joining my team or someone starting their own group, there are risks that seem to follow that are unforeseen.

This article is a little personal for me because it is based upon what I’ve seen happen to friends in the field, members of my own team, and my very own experience. I started writing this article weeks ago. Between then and the time this has hit the web, more events had occurred than I would have thought. First off, to think that the only dangers in paranormal investigating is what occurs with the actual haunting entities is completely blind.
Since I have started investigating the paranormal, things in my personal life, as well as others, seemed to change. A lot of negative things came with the course in which I had taken. In the early years, things surrounded one of my team members. His fiance left him, his mother passed away, he had developed health issues, and fell into a financial pitfall. He was so passionate about the paranormal that through it all, he stuck with it. Until one day it seemed to get the best of him. This was a lot for him to deal with in just a short amount of time. We lost contact with him for a few years.

Around that same time (2009/2010) I myself had started feeling the effects. Things were going good for a while. We had done some things in the media as well as some investigations that we were proud as hell to be a part of. For me, it came in the way of finances. I had lost a store I owned, had no work, and was living out of a motel. Another member had three relatives pass away in a months time. He too fell to financial woes. We were struggling to keep afloat. Some time shortly, that member had decided to end his investigating. I had no choice but to put things on hold.

Things started to look up for me after a while. I started getting on my feet and eventually re-introduced the paranormal team but under a new name. We picked back up on a successful pace but with new members. After a while things started downhill again. One member disbanded from the group after he and his wife separated. My personal life again was taking a hit. My mother had lost her job, which resulted in losing her car, which resulted in loosing her mobile home. I moved to her and we lived in a tent on her property for six months. Catching an opportunity to make a generous sum of money, I took a job in Iowa to help her. I maintained in the investigative field even as I were in Iowa.

In Iowa, it seems things wouldn’t get much better. I lost my job within a week due to a chemical reaction with a product we used. I stayed with my brother while there. I continued investigating with a local group and helped manage my group in Missouri. During this time, turmoil hit home with my brother. They are now divorced. I moved back down to Missouri and got a small trailer for my mother. I quickly found work and everything started to run smoothly. Our team had grown as well as our time in the field. It was good… for a while.
Over the last year, we have all been hit with different, stressful, obstacles. Members of the team have lost people they love, separated from those they love, and were hit financially. Some may say its just a coincidental chain of events that happen over a matter of time. When you can count on two hands, detrimental variants that happened in a matter of weeks, you might start to think otherwise. I won’t go any further into what my team has been through but I will share my story.

As of now, I have lost everything I own. I have been unable to secure a job because of circumstances that had caused me to miss out on them. I am in essence, homeless. Its a crazy and scary thing to admit, and confront, but I personally feel that in some way it all comes down to the paranormal. Within the last couple weeks, I found that others in the field have had rough times. Some experiencing multiple deaths, freak accidents, and etc. Hearing some of these stories and curiosities has confirmed my suspicion toward the effect of paranormal investigating. It is also because of the people who have had their struggles, people who believe in what we do, people we’ve met and helped along the way, the love from our families and friends, that we continue to battle through.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
– Thomas Edison

This field is not for the weak. It can be oppressive, tumultuous, and will take its toll. You have to have passion, curiosity, understanding, and a love to take on everything thrown in your way. At the end of the day, is it worth it? I’d like to believe it is. That is why I will continue my journey. Not many would make public information like this. But I hope this helps people understand what they may be getting into. I hope this helps people realize, they aren’t alone. And when the dust settles, everything in front of you will be clear.

– I’d like to dedicate this article to those I’ve lost and to those who have lost along the way.

by David Glidden

and I would like to couple it with the article I linked where the paranormal investigator may have killed himself. (https://thehauntedfeminist.com/2016/07/12/paranormal-society-founder-dies-mysteriously-in-dwarka-home/)

I’ve been lucky. Really lucky, actually. I have NEVER had anything follow me home from an investigation. Actually, luck may not have a lot to do with it as I always pray, get cleansed, do whatever to make certain nothing does ever follow me home. Nearly every paranormal investigator has at least one story of how the paranormal worked its way into his or her personal life- the one with the spouse, the kids, the 9-5 job, the part not associated with the paranormal investigations. I’ve heard the horror stories of others who have not been fortunate enough to shake it off or even fight it off. I’ve heard of a team where a spirit- demon, actually- possessed each of them in turn. I’ve heard of one team member who was raped after it followed him home. I’ve heard of one team member becoming so obsessed with EVP that no one is quite sure how his story ended, but last known was that he would sit in his house recording and listening to EVP all day and night. I’ve heard of investigators that would end it the minute the kids would see or hear something upon returning home from an investigation. I’ve cringed at the thought of animals that disappear, are hurt, or die from paranormal dealings. I know the relationships that can’t handle an extra “person” in them, even if that person is dead. Especially if that person is dead!

I’ve been known to dissuade people from joining the ranks of paranormal investigation, but its never been out of some weird spite or self-loathing or potential competition. I’ve said a million times that it’s not exactly exciting business. I read somewhere it takes 65+ hours of footage to make one 52 minute episode for TV. So that’s some math for you guys. That’s a hell of a lot of sitting around with absolutely nothing happening. At all. And then getting to relive it all with evidence review. It’s also dangerous in a few ways. First, I’m a clutz and have been known to do incredibly dumb and dangerous things that can (and sometimes do) result in physical bodily injury. Zac Bagans inhaled enough dust, dirt, debris, asbestos, and who knows what else so now he has to wear a ventilator in some locations. Haunted buildings tend to be run down and filled with lead paint, broken glass, mold, and feces from various animals. Sometimes the animal carcass, too, and which ever animal comes to eat it. I’ve explored a place filled with strung out, homeless junkies and that’s rarely a safe or good time. It can be mentally taxing so if you’re not mentally strong, you’re in a for a long ride. You can’t tell if you’re hallucinating, if you’re tired, if you’re hungry, if you’re upside down. You switch your nights and days and constantly question your own sanity- after all, you are running around in the dark chasing things some people don’t even believe exist and if/when you see something, you wonder if you really saw it all. And then we come to the ripple/butterfly effect: it can come home with you and mess with your family.

Yes it can be fun. Yes it can be exhilarating. Yes it can be hilarious at times. It can also be physically, mentally, and spiritually damaging. Consider the trade-offs if you want to apply.

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Science and Sexism

First, here is an article originally posted on FB by John Zaffis. He writes, “Thank you for mentioning me in this article. Yes this field is mysterious and thats what keeps me going. I hope someday we will have the answers and its before I become a ghost!”

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-state-of-paranormal-research

I, personally, liken the Examiner website to the old “Weekly World News” tabloid because they’ll print just about anything by anyone but they may have a point here about the lack of science. We’ll get to that in a second.

Now, here are a handful of comments regarding the new, all-female Ghostbusters movie from a blogger that adamantly refused to even give it a review, as well as a snippet from an interview with the writer of the movie:

I don’t have a problem with the gender of the characters. I have a problem that they’re MAKING it a problem. It’s classic Nixon-style politics — amplify the dissenters to paint yourself as the crusader. Yes, stupid people are saying stupid things about the cast. The producers are basking in it.

So, I guess it’s about women being put in action hero roles after so many decades of patriarchy. I can’t think of a better way to change that than. . . model their characters after men from the 1980s? Wait, what?

How about women forging their own paths? What offends me about this film isn’t that there’s women in it. Or even that the women are the protagonists. It’s that it’s going backwards 30 years in time and calling itself progressive. There’s a HUGE backlog of ORIGINAL female characters waiting for their spotlights but they go with this. Where’s my Metroid movie FFS??

I do take a problem with the sex of the characters. You don’t just take a old classic movie and change the sex of all the characters. Why not make you own movies with all females instead? Do they not have confidence that it will work, they have to take a preexisting popular movie and change it?

Don’t you think minorities would want to be better represented in movies (and other things)? Don’t you think some women would be tired of seeing only powerful males while females are restricted to weak and submissive roles? Don’t you think different ethnicities would be sick of never seeing people like themselves in movies (making them feel more excluded and disrespected) or portrayed only in negative roles? Seems obvious that studios should try to include more minorities.

That said… I don’t think a movie like this is the way to do it. I agree that it looks quite bad.

Wouldn’t it be a better idea to write fully-fledged, intriguing characters who happen to be a minority instead of forcing a minority in there or changing a character’s gender/color/ethnicity for the sole purpose of appeasing those minority audiences? Whatever happened to integrity in storytelling? It seems we’re all to accepting of screwing it up in the name of affirmative action and political correctness.

FROM THE INTERVIEW WITH THE WRITER:

The first Ghostbusters had been pretty poorly received at the time, only later acquiring the cult status which made it a sort of sacred text for geeks who genuinely believed that any sequel should be made by exactly the same people and star precisely the same cast. (This is what happened with the forgettable Ghostbusters II, released in 1989).

When one online commenter took to Twitter to say they wanted her to burn to death in a house fire, Dippold says with masterly understatement that she was “a little surprised.”

“There were nasty comments and before there was even a movie,” she says now. “At that time, there was literally no movie written, you know? There’s nothing for you to watch, nothing is written and you’re already saying it’s the worst movie in the world!”

And yet the fury kept mounting. When it was revealed by the director Paul Feig that the new Ghostbusters would be all-female, it was instantly condemned as “gimmicky”, “patronising” and – even worse – in danger of being “ruined by feminazis”.

Twitter was abuzz with disgust: “Women ruin everything,” said one user, in all apparent seriousness. Another insisted that: “feminists just f_____ my childhood”.

Ghostbusters comments
Just a sample of the online hate aimed at the new Ghostbusters

There was even a campaign to try and ensure there were more “dislikes” than “likes” for the video on YouTube. And this was still three months before the film’s premiere in July.

“I wish I’d grown up watching movies about female camaraderie – having good friends, laughing with your buddies and then from that, having a healthy relationship, having the romance. So I’ve been trying to build from there because if a kid can grow up and see a group of really fun female Ghostbusters and think ‘Maybe I want to be a scientist’ that would make me happy.”

How do these things link up? Easy. Go to the search engine of your choice, and put in “Women and Science” and what comes up?

“Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science? – The New York Times”

“Why It’s Crucial to Get More Women Into Science- National Geographic”

“7 Things Keeping Women Out Of Science – Business Insider”

“Why Are We Still Worried about Women in Science? | AAUP”

“Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics”

So we have a shortage of brilliant, strong women in jobs that need them like math and science, and a movie about- guess what- strong, brilliant women in science… and it’s getting hate mail. Art not imitating life, right?

I get the flawed the premise, believe me. A semi-coexistent world where the original never happened but somehow the original cast still shows up. And yes I believe it will not be the funniest movie of all time, but I’ve seen plenty of great movies that were considered box-office flops. I believe that Melissa McCarthy is hilarious, and I’m somewhat fond of Kristen Wiig. I have no doubt the strong personality of Leslie  Jones is going to OWN her role. But heres the bottom line: there is something more at stake here than ticket sales.

Young girls have few, if any, female role models as scientists or paranormal investigators. Amy Bruni is coming back but who else do we have? If you’re not psychic, you can’t relate to Amy Allen. Samantha Hawes is there, but lets face it, her dad is a co-producer, of course she can have a job investigating ghosts. There’s a female investigator on Nick Groff’s show – Elizabeth Saint is her name, but that’s if you have extra special cable and her credits are for bit acting parts, not investigations.

So we have an industry sagging (STEM- science, technology, math) with lack of female input, the same industry that seems to be lacking to suport a field that desparately needs the scientific help, the same field that is mostly composed of females as investigators but not shown on tv and when in movies are hated, and together THERE IS NO CORRELATION.

THERE SHOULD BE. We need women scientists, we need women investigators to be shown more prominently, and we need the scientists to help out the paranormal field. You want science? Be the science. Bring us the science. Use the science.

*steps down from soapbox*

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Paranormal society founder dies mysteriously in Dwarka home

Paranormal society founder dies mysteriously in Dwarka home

| TNN | Jul 11, 2016, 06.06 AM IST

New Delhi: He lived his life solving puzzles of the unknown. Now, his death is shrouded in one. Gaurav Tiwari, CEO and founder of an organisation called the Indian Paranormal Society, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the bathroom of his Dwarka flat on Thursday morning.

Police suspect Gaurav, 32, committed suicide but they are clueless about the motive. The family says they can’t believe he could have killed himself as he was “perfectly normal”.

According to the Indian Paranormal Society website, Gaurav, a pilot by training, had visited over 6,000 `haunted’ locations and investigated hauntings, `UFO abductions’ and `mysterious creatures’. His father, Uday Tiwari, told TOI that Gaurav had got married just a few months ago.”He told his wife a month ago that a negative force was pulling him towards it. He had said he was trying to control it but seemed unable to do so. My daughter-in-law ignored it thinking he was just depressed due to work overload and did not tell us about it,” he said.

“We don’t believe in ghosts etc, but his death has left us shocked and puzzled,” Uday added. An inquest, legal proceedings under 174 CrPC in case of unnatural deaths, has been initiated into the death by DCP (southwest) Surendra Kumar.

Tiwari’ friends said his career as a commercial pilot went on a downward spiral after he shifted into a house that was deemed `haunted’. This got him to study the paranormal. He left his job and became a certified expert on paranormal activity.

“He was a certified paranormal investigator, a certified UFO field investigator and a para-nexus representative in India. He has been part of shows such as Haunted Weekends with Sunny Leone and MTV’s girl’s night out with VJ Ranvijay . He has shows like Bhoot Aaya and Fear Files to his credit. He also acted in two movies, 16 December and Tango Charlie,” said a colleague who did not wish to be named.

“Tiwari’s sudden death has left not just the family but members of the paranormal society shocked,” said the colleague.

Tiwari lived in a flat in Dwarka’s sector 19 with his parents and wife. He fell in the bathroom around 11am on Thursday. Tiwari’s father said he was checking his mails at that time while his wife was in the drawing room having coffee.

“Suddenly, we heard a loud thud and rushed to the bathroom. My daughter-in-law tried to peep in and found him lying unconscious. We somehow managed to open the door and resuscitate him but he did not respond. He was taken to hospital but did not survive,” the father said.

The police were subsequently informed and a postmortem conducted. Police found a black line around the neck and said the cause of death was asphyxia. The house and his mobile phone were searched for clues but nothing substantial could be found.
The possibility that he may have fallen on the floor and died, as the family initially suspected, is also being explored. Police are waiting for the full autopsy report.

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