Debunking: Meaning-to prove untrue.
The September and October Ghost Walks at the library were a huge success. As always, some Walks were quieter and some were amazing. One can never tell what you might find during one of the events.
For anyone that does not know about our Ghost Walks, they are in fact a paranormal investigation. By purchasing a ticket you may join one of the tours you are allowed to partake. No one under the age of 15 is allowed to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own ghost hunting equipment as well as use the libraries ghost hunting gadgets. These include KIIs, EMF detectors, digital recorders, camcorders, laser grid pens, and digital thermometers. Our hope is we or the patrons touring with us will be able to catch evidence of spirits in the building.
After each event we ask anyone that is lucky enough to catch EVPs, photographs, or video to share with us. By recording this information and combining all evidence, a better view of what we have is known. Evidence is our key to help tell the story of the spirits in our midsts.
Not long after the last Ghost Walk tours, one of friends contacted me stating she might have caught a “green man” and would I review the photo and other evidence she emailed to me. I was excited but I know to always be a bit skeptical when it comes to evidence. Once I viewed the photo I did indeed see something green and it seemed to be hovering above where a regular person would be walking. I enlarged the photo but this was of no help. I then enlarged and printed the photo. This was also inconclusive. Next I physically walked and stood where the woman had stood while taking photographs.
Debunked! I was disappointed to find what seemed to be the “green man” was actually a green plant. It seems a very tall thin plant stands just behind the Events Billboard. When the photo was taken light filtered through and made the large leaves seem to be transparent and they took on the shape of a possible human figure.
As disappointing as it is at times to find the evidence debunked, we still press on. Once the woman was told she understood and was glad to know the truth one way or the other. I appreciate her understanding. I have in the past received photos of shadows and unknown shapes. The person that took them was not understanding when told of how the evidence had been debunked. It is never our intent to upset the person submitting proof, it is quite the opposite. We will now and forever continue to search for truth and hard facts whenever possible.
Special thanks to Corrie Probst for sharing her photos and evidence.
Thank you to all of those that have taken the time to share evidence proven or debunked. Your efforts are always appreciated.
Our good friends PI Team of Utah (Paranormal Investigation Team of Utah) were good enough to be the guest speakers during the September 7th paranormal program. As always they provide our patrons with information and insight to world of spirits and the unknown.
Later that night we granted PI Team of Utah access to the library for a paranormal investigation. This has not been their first visit. I believe this is their third investigation. After each visit they are gracious enough to provide us with a nicely laid-out report which provides us with addition information for the Ghost Log.
Please view the following information from the official September 7, 2013 report.
Case #090713 Location: Sweetwater County Library, Green River, Wyoming
Members Present: Jenny, Joel, and Amy (shadow crew).
Guest investigators Hannah, Ellie, Cheyenne and Jay-library staff & guest.
History of the Location: The history of this location is well documented.
Reported Activity: Multiple reposts
Pre-Investigation: We participated in a public presentation and auction at the library. Staff members of the library made sure that once the presentation was over that the library was cleared and the library was closed. Once the building was empty, we began setting up our base in the multi-purpose room. We set up four DVR cameras; 1) Upstairs in the staff room 2) On the shelf above the main library desk looking out onto the stacks of books 3) In the side lobby facing the bathrooms 4) In the passage in the back of the library shooting from the Children’s area to the “Moose” area. Additionally, we set up several digital recorders; 1) on the stage in the multi-purpose room 2) on the back table in the “Moose” area 3) in the female restroom and one additional recorder that was held by investigators. Baseline readings for EMF were 0.0 – 0.3
Personal Experiences: For the most part, this investigation was quiet compared to prior investigations. We did not experience any unusual activity in the upstairs staff room, women’s restroom or side lobby of the library. During our investigation of the “Moose” area, we did experience some shuffling noises and what sounded like possible movement of books. Some experienced some EMF/KII hits but they were brief spikes; also used were a Ghost Box and Ovulus which yielded no remarkable results. However, in the garage area of the library, several people heard what sounded like something moving or falling in the back storage room but nothing seemed to be out of place. At the bottom of the steps leading into the garage, we were able to measure a significant KII spike that we believe to have a natural cause as it was consistent, pattern-istic and predictable in reading. However, Joel experienced some very compelling KII spikes while sitting on the steps in the garage that we were unable to debunk as having a natural cause. These spikes were higher and inconsistent, almost as if something came up and touched the device and then backed off. This happened three times when we asked for a sign that someone was there with us. Interestingly, the device did not react when either Jenny or Amy held it; it only reacted when Joel had it. In addition, Amy felt as if she were touched on the hip when we began investigating near the storage room at the back of the garage.
Unexplained Equipment Malfunction/ Battery Drain: During this investigation, we did not have any equipment malfunctions; however one digital recorder turned off before it was full and the battery was fine.
EMF Evidence: See personal experiences section above.
Video& Photographic Evidence: None
Audio Evidence: During review, we were able to capture one true EVP which was collected in the “Moose” area. Amy and Jenny were investigating and heard what sounded like movement coming from the stacks. Jenny then placed some mag light flashlights on the table and asked for whatever was there to use them to communicate. The EVP captured is of what sounds like a man saying, “NO” and “Get out”.
Conclusion: Although we had, for the most part, a quiet evening, we were not disappointed. The unexplained KII activity in the garage area was very interesting and calls for additional investigation of that particular area. The EVP that was captured is compelling. We look forward to an additional opportunity to try and see if we can get any specific names to associate with the male voice that was caught during our investigation.
**I would like to send out a special thank you to PI Team of Utah for all they do and especially for sharing their report and EVPS.
During the final Ghost Walk tour for September 21, 2013, group #4 was in the final stage of the tour. The group entered the Staff Lounge which is upstairs in the building. This group consisted of several new patrons but many return Ghost Walkers. Included in the group were Ursula Krentz, Tiffany Kennah and Kenedie Grant. Ursula and Tiffany are regulars at our Ghost Walks. We are so pleased to have them join for they have a real interest in finding the truth. Kenedie Grant has long been a volunteer for the library and has worked many a Ghost Walk in the past. For this particular evening she was a participant not a tour guide.
Many times it seems that the spirits “know” us and the regulars that attend. Ursula and Tiffany do seem to attract activity often. It seems when they are in the building the spirits are somewhat drawn to them. Ursula has a love of ghost hunting and she brings her own equipment when attending any event. Generally she reports feeling something walking with her or touching her. Tiffany too reports feelings of spirits around when on the hunts. Often before a tour is started they will turn on their equipment as we prepare and the KIIs or EMFs will begin lighting up and sounding off.
Kenedie has worked many Ghost Walks, Zombie Proms, Poetry Jams, etc. for the library. She has been a huge help. Because of her familiarity with the library and the spirits with her it is only logical that she would be welcomed by the spirits here. She is a friendly person and is always open minded. Because of this we feel the ghosts are attracted to “light”. Friendliness can also be viewed as light and therefore it is not unlikely that she might be someone that a spirit might touch.
The videos were taken with an IPhone owned by Ursula but videoed by Bianca Jorgensen. Once activity was noticed in the restroom part of the Staff Lounge the door was opened and Bianca began recording what we were witnessing. Everyone in the room saw and heard the devices show that something or someone was with us.
Please view the videos taken in the Staff Lounge while on the final tour of the night. Please notice in the second video clip Kenedie seems to have her hair stroked by some unseen hand. Her reaction was amazing. She is someone that is used to activity and this was evident enough to startle her.
*Special thank you goes out to Ursula Krentz for sharing her videos with us. Also a special thank you goes to Kenedie Grant and Tiffany Kennah for being such good sports and to Bianca Jorgensen for recording the action.
You may not be a believer in the supernatural. You may never have seen or heard anything strange. A Ghost Walk may be your chance to see for yourself if the paranormal exists.
The Sweetwater County Library hosts Ghost Walks for the public to join in on an actual paranormal investigation. By purchasing a ticket, you are then able to attend and see what can happen while in the library. Because the Ghost Walks are the “real deal” and not a spook alley, the group will use the ghost hunting tools to try to gather evidence of the paranormal kind. We provide KII’s, EMF Detectors, laser grid lights, a ghost box, thermal mat, etc. Patrons are allowed to use their cell phones (in silent mode) to record EVP’s or take photos. Cameras and recorders are allowed as well. Any larger equipment must be approved before hand.
I have been asked recently why I believe in the supernatural. For me the answer is easy, because I have seen it for myself first hand. May people are skeptics and most people have to experience things for themselves. Since I started working at the library back in 1992 I have had strange things happen. At first it was noises or shadows. The staff would tell stories of occurrences and I was curious. As time went on I noticed smells and more prevalent movement in the stacks. At one point two of us heard the piano play twice. It wasn’t a song but notes being played.
It has been 21 years for me as an employee of the Sweetwater County Library. I love the work I do and my job. One thing is for sure, I will never get bored. The regular library work keeps me busy but the Ghost Log, High Spirits: the Ghost Log Blog, and Ghost Walks keep me doubly busy. So many of you have been gracious enough to stop by and share your stories and evidence. This all takes a good share of my time to compile.
It is amazing to me that so many still question if the library has activity. One staff member not long ago had their first “AH-HA” moment. This is where they for the first time realize that something very unusual has been witnessed. You can see it in their eyes that they are thinking “AH-HA”. I will never forget the first time I was hosting a Ghost Walk and I had a moment like that. I had seen things, heard things, etc. but that night was the first night we had a KII meter with us. My son had purchased one for me for a Mother’s Day present. I know, go ahead and laugh. As we entered the Lady’s Room and started asking questions it began to light up. I too had another “AH-HA” moment. We are always learning as we go.
Ghost Walks are intended to teach, to share information. We are not here to convince you that the library is haunted. We are here to inform you of what information we have and we provide you with the opportunity to join a Ghost Walk so that you may also see for yourself.
Staff working that evening were: Micki Gilmore, Bianca Jorgensen, Shannon Fetch, Hannah Yeager and Cheyenne LeFaivre.
Bianca arrived a bit early and heard voices in the building so she turned on music until the rest of us arrived. Staff was to arrive at 7pm. We started setting up the Multi-Purpose Room and heard footsteps in the Gallery. There was an electric feeling I the air for sure.
It was decided that Shannon and Hannah would write down notes of things said by staff or attendees. The reason for this is in the past we missed things that could be important.
Hannah’s notes-7:00 to 7:30 – Micki & Bianca have been hearing the front door moving. No one is there. 7:25 – Shannon was in the restroom and felt someone pushing on the stall door.
Patrons started arriving about 7:45pm and we opened the doors and began as usual.
8pm Tour #1 Micki Host/Shannon Assistant/Cheyenne photographer
We started in the Lady’s Restroom as usual. The group gathered and we started asking questions. The KII’s lit up several times and it seemed “someone” was with us. Activity was ok but slowed a bit. We moved on to the Youth Services area where noises were heard. We then moved on to the Young Adult area. Not much happened at either place. We then continued on to the Staff Lounge.
Once inside the Staff Lounge and questions were asked we seemed to get answers by the KII’s lighting up. There was not a feeling of a charged room like we usually get. It was a somewhat quiet tour.
Hannah’s notes-8:45 – Bianca & Hannah are sitting at the entrance and hear a “knocking” sound; almost sounds like a ball bouncing?
Shannon’s notes-We heard footsteps in the gallery while at the YS desk.
Patron reported seeing a shadow along the back wall of the library. Two others said they too saw something.
A green light or dot was reported in the stacks by the books-on-cd. Several people saw it.
9:30pm Tour#2 Bianca Host/Hannah Assistant/Cheyenne photographer
No report from Bianca yet available.
Hannah’s Notes-9:00ish – Noises like the building settling? 2nd tour arriving. 1st tour ends at 9:17. Somewhere around this time Cheyenne was in the gallery and felt a hand on his leg.
9:30 – Patrons in the bathroom catch EMF readings on their phone. K2 meters go off in response to the name Gretchen in the bathroom. While standing in the gallery, Hannah hears voices in the bathroom. The name Elizabeth has come through on a patron’s device. Hannah and two others patrons hear “creaking” noises at the circ desk. Hannah thinks it is the building settling at first, and finds no source of the noise. EMF spikes in YA. Hannah hears footsteps in the stacks. Bianca asks how many ghosts are with us; 8 spirits in the staff lounge verified by K2. meters. (At this time my head starting to hurt very badly and my chest got tight.) Cheyenne & Hannah have been having allergy problems all night?
Two attendees are so pleased they bought two extra available tickets for the tour.
11pm Tour #3 Micki Host/Shannon Assistant/Cheyenne photographer
Hannah’s notes-10:45 – 3rd group arrives. The tour starts at 11:05. Bianca sees a figure in the back hall, she thought it was Cheyenne but he was in the MP room with us. Hannah hears voices in the gallery but there is no one there.
This group was high energy as they walked in. Several attendees were there for a second or third time doing a Ghost Walk. They knew what might happen and they arrived so they brought good vibes. This does help. We entered the Lady’s Room and after asking questions we got many KII hits. Because of time we continued on to the Youth Services and then Young Adult areas. For some reason there was not much activity in those areas for the night. That is a bit unusual. The group moved on towards the Front Desk. Bianca and Cheyenne stopped us telling us they saw a young boy in the mirrors by Young Services. He looked to be squatting by the DVD racks. They turned and tried to get a photo but he was gone. The group became very excited.
We continued up to the Staff Lounge. Someone mentioned they felt something different in that area. Electricity. Everyone got settled. I sat on the register vents and began asking questions. While researching for the book we are writing, I discovered there had been very hard feelings between a local family and the city regarding the moving of a headstone and grave. I asked if the man that has been seen was indeed him. All four KII’s lit to red or full. That is an amazing answer and does not happen often. I continued to ask questions about him and again it seems we got our answers. The KII’s lit again to full or red. This continued for about 15 minutes. Very cool. This went on for some time. Everyone was very excited and happy with the results.
Hannah’s notes 11:35 – Bianca & Hannah hear voices while sitting in the entryway.
Two attendees are so pleased they bought two extra available tickets for the tour.
Shannon’s notes-Strong smells of cologne were reported by the Front Desk.
Patron reported hearing voices that were not with our group.
A patron had the laser grid and while holding it they noticed “something” blocked the light or grid.
12:30 am Tour#4 Bianca Host/Hannah Assistant/Cheyenne photographer
Micki and Shannon followed being it was the last tour.
No report from Bianca yet available.
Again the Lady’s Restroom was good activity. There were several hits with the KII’s. Moving on the Youth Service and Young Adult areas did not have activity. The tour group continued to the Staff Lounge upstairs.
We asked the spirits to let us take their photo and said “Would you stand by the door that says “Staff Lounge” and allow us to take a photo of you after I count to three”. Everyone cleared the area for a few minutes. We took photos. (No results yet). Just after a woman stepped toward the cleared area in front of the door. She suddenly felt very odd and light headed. We asked if she was ok and asked her friend to watch her. A few minutes later she felt even more disoriented and we asked her to sit down. She said she felt “so odd”. Once she moved from the area it all stopped.
Several people asked to go into the actual restroom part of the Staff Lounge. Once inside they started asking questions and the KII’s and EMF/with light & sound started lighting and sounding off. They all were fully lit. They opened the door so we could see what was happening. I asked them to come out slowly and invite the spirit to follow them. It did seem to do so. Kenedie Grant was holding the orange topped EMF and it was continuing to light up and sound off. As this was going on Bianca was holding an IPhone video recording the lights. Suddenly Kenedie jerked as if she got an electrical shock. We all thought she was hurt or something. We all asked was she OK. The look on her face was something. She said she was ok. It took her a minute to compose herself and she then explained that she felt “someone” stroke her hair from the top of the back of her head to her shoulder area. She stated it just shocked her and that she was ok. Kenedie has helped with many Ghost Walks and is experienced in what happens or can happen. This was still a shock even for her. Everyone was really jazzed after these two incidents.
Hannah’s Notes- 12:15 – 4th group arrives and commences the walk around 12:40. All female group! Shannon & Hannah heard a high pitched noise while in the bathroom? Kind of a “ping” sound? Maybe the piano? While in YA Hannah and a patron hear a door shutting. It was very cold in the office. K2 hits on the stairs in response to Elizabeth. Hannah hears the banned book flags moving as if someone is moving down the stacks.
As more information is received it will be posted.
Thank you everyone that attended. Photo by Cindy Camacho.
In our neck of the woods Debra Munn is a very well recognized name. She is in fact the author of the book Ghosts on the Range: Eerie True Tales of Wyoming. Included in Ms. Munn’s book is a chapter dedicated to the Sweetwater County Library titled The Library Built Over a Cemetery. The book was released in 1989. In 2008 an updated and revamp telling of most of the original tales was released as Wyoming Ghost Stories: Eerie True Tales and the chapter about the library is now called A Grave Library.
From original her book:
About the Author: When she isn’t collecting ghost stories, Debra D. Munn enjoys writing fiction, essays, and articles on a variety of subjects, including Great Britain and travel. She received a Ph. D. in American literature in 1982 and now teaches college creative writing classes. Also a freelance editor, she resides in Powell, Wyoming, with her husband, Scott Foll.
*2013-Ms. Munn currently lives in England with occasional trips back to the U. S.
Ms. Munn has also written other books and they are Big Sky Ghosts, Montana Ghost Stories, and Sussex Haunted Heritage: Historic Properties Open to the Public.
A Library Built Over a Cemetery (an excerpt)
If you think that ghosts inhabit only old, run-down buildings, think again. The Sweetwater County Library in Green River was opened as recently as 1980, yet it appears to be one of the most haunted spots in Wyoming. And no wonder, when you consider that it was constructed on top of the city’s oldest cemetery.
Many of Green River’s earliest citizens rested peacefully but anonymously in unmarked graves until 1926. When the grounds were needed for town expansion, however, the bodies were all supposed to be exhumed and moved up the hill to the current cemetery.
Marna Grubb, now the mayor/secretary of Green River, was one of the many curious children who came to watch the gruesome procedure. “Some of the kids on their way to school actually took rings and other things right off the corpses!” she said and shuddered. “I saw only one of the bodies myself, but that was enough. He was just a skeleton, wearing an old western-style, fringed leather jacket. And what was strange was that he still had a red beard.”
When housing for veterans was constructed in the area during World War II, it soon became obvious that not all the bodies had been exhumed in 1926. As more remains were discovered, they, too, were reinterred in the new cemetery. After the veterans’ residences were no longer needed, the old cemetery grounds were left alone until 1978, when the library purchased them for the site of its new building. As soon as the groundbreaking began, however, workers made yet another grisly discovery: according to architect Neal Stowe of Salt Lake City, from eight to twelve more bodies were found in unmarked graves!
“A heavy Caterpillar was going back and forth, loosening and moving the soil,” he explained. “I walked right through the middle of the site, where something that looked like a deteriorated coconut was sitting on top of some freshly churned dirt. I picked the thing up, turned it around, and recognized it as part of a skull. Little tufts of dark brown hair were still clinging to it.
If you would like to read more go to your local library and request Debra D. Munn’s Ghosts on the Range.
The Sweetwater County Library will host a special event on September 7th at 1pm. The guest speakers will be PI Team of Utah, a professional ghost hunting group. Recently I did a radio interview with fellow staffer Brittany Wells and Nate Van Holten from PI Team of Utah in which we discussed the program and all things paranormal. During the radio show Nate mentioned that in the team’s research, they have found more libraries reporting paranormal activity. This raises the question “Why?”
As for the Sweetwater County Library it is assumed our ghosts/spirits/whatever are due to the fact the library now sits on the site of the old city cemetery. We do have a few unusual sightings however. From time to time an apparition or two will be seem that is not of the time period that we would expect. These we have been given a possible theory on. Some time ago a person claiming to be a medium stated that we may be a portal where spirits might be able to come and go. This is unsubstantiated. We may never know for sure.
According to the website Britannica.com (http://www.britannica.com/blogs/2008/10/library-ghosts-western-us/) there are many haunted libraries in the West.
Here are just a few:
Chowchilla, Madera County Library, Chowchilla Branch. This new branch stands on the site of a bowling alley that burned down when its kitchen caught fire. The circulation area lies on the approximate position of the kitchen. Some say a cook who perished in the blaze can be seen in a flash of flame.
Los Angeles Public Library, Cypress Park Branch. Ghost sightings have been reported since the library opened in 1924. The old fireplace, the men’s room, and the occult section seem to be the centers for cold spots and whispers.
Denver Public Library. Staff say there is a presence in the basement that shoves people.
Billings, Parmly Billings Library. Acquisitions Librarian Karen Stevens has written a book about Montana ghosts, Haunted Montana (Riverbend, 2007), in which she devotes an entire chapter to the library’s various haunts that she has investigated: the dark-haired woman in the basement; strange whistling and a male ghost wearing jeans and work boots on the second floor; a white shape that moves outside the windows on the fifth floor; and odd movements in the book stacks of the Montana Room. Construction crews in the fall of 2005 reported numerous paranormal incidents.
Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System, San Pedro Branch. In the evenings, a disembodied voice has allegedly been heard to say, “Please come check out a book.”
Snohomish Carnegie Building. Catharine McMurchy, library director from 1923 to 1939, died in 1956 and her ghost could be seen or heard walking in the basement of this 1910 Carnegie before the library moved to modern quarters in 2003. In 1991, Children’s Librarian Debbie Young was taking a break in the staff room when she saw an older woman walk down the stairs from a storage area and exit the room. For a while the library had a ghostcam to try to catch her appearances, the last of which may have occurred the night of November 9, 2002, according to the Everett Herald of January 24, 2003 (although it could have been a janitorial service worker). The building now houses a few city offices, with the Arts of Snohomish Gallery in the annex.
Byron, Rocky Mountain High School. In the 1950s, School Superintendent Harold Hopkinson was startled one night by footsteps walking down the hall; then he heard the library door open and close twice. “As I stood there looking,” Hopkinson remembered, “those footsteps went right past me and there was no one there. I heard them continue down the stairs to the front door, which I heard opening. . . . I didn’t dream it. There really was something walking on that old floor, which used to creak in a certain way.” He said his predecessor refused to go to that part of the building after dark, and so did he for some time afterwards. The custodial staff agrees that something is amiss. Eddie Davis, who was a maintenance man at the high school for 13 years, heard a blood-curdling scream coming from the girl’s restroom late one night in 1989. “It set my hair on end,” he said. But when he cautiously went inside, there was no one there. Another time, Davis’s wife, also a custodian, was retrieving some materials from the second floor when she saw a small, “smoky-looking something” in the hall. “It stunk to high heaven,” she said. “I got the feeling that thing was telling me to jump out the window. I couldn’t move; I couldn’t get to the door. But finally I took off and ran. I wouldn’t want that to happen to me again,” she whispered.
Green River, Sweetwater County Library. Lights have gone off and on mysteriously ever since the library opened in 1980. Flapping sounds reverberate through the building at night. Former Director Patricia LeFaivre said that her staff has seen dots of light dancing on the walls inside the closed art gallery room in such a way that ruled out an external light source like car headlights. Back when the library had electric typewriters instead of computers, at least two of the machines were seen to type on their own. There was no paper loaded at the time, so if these were messages, they were lost. The staff experimented by leaving paper in the typewriters overnight, but no phantom typing occurred. The most bizarre event occurred some years ago when the interlibrary loan librarian turned away briefly from her computer—it was a dedicated Geac terminal—and when she looked back she saw her name spelled out on the screen. “I don’t think the system could have done that itself,” LeFaivre explained. “It had no word-processing capabilities, and at that time we didn’t have email. Her name appeared in quite large letters . . . with nothing else on the screen.” Since 1993, the staff has kept a record of all odd goings-on in a Ghost Log. The library was built on top of a cemetery dating from the 1860s. Most of the graves, primarily those of Asian railroad workers, were moved in the 1920s, but a coffin turned up as recently as 1985. Paranormal activity most often takes place when maintenance crews are working on the building or the grounds. LeFaivre added, “What’s interesting is that when we finally accepted the ghost’s existence, it seemed to quiet down—like it just wanted to be recognized.” The staff lounge often causes people to become sick. In 2005, both the Southwest Paranormal Investigation Society and the Colorado chapter of the American Association of Paranormal Investigators obtained odd audio recordings and strange images on film. In 2008, the library launched a ghost blog.
I couldn’t resist posting the Green River posting from their site.
Don’t forget tickets for the September 21 Ghost Walks go on sale Tuesday September 3rd at 9am.
Tickets usually sell out very quickly, so if you are interested in attending be sure to stop by or call first thing that morning.
Tickets are $10 each. Tour times are: 8pm, 9:30pm, 11pm, &12:30am.
For more information please call 307-875-3615
Hope to see you there!
If I had a nickel for every time someone asks what exactly is “paranormal”? Most of the general public refers to paranormal as simply being the unexplained. Any time we have an experience that we can’t explain away we refer to it as paranormal.
In truth the explanations are wide and varying. According to Wikipedia here is their take on what they list as paranormal.
Wikipedia.org: Paranormal is a general term (coined c. 1915–1920) that designates experiences that lie outside “the range of normal experience or scientific explanation“ or that indicates phenomena understood to be outside of science’s current ability to explain or measure. Paranormal phenomena are distinct from certain hypothetical entities, such as dark matter and dark energy, only insofar as paranormal phenomena are inconsistent with the world as already understood through empirical observation coupled with scientific methodology.
Thousands of stories relating to paranormal phenomena are found in popular culture, folklore, and the recollections of individual subjects. In contrast, the scientific community, as referenced in statements made by organizations such as the United States National Science Foundation, maintains that scientific evidence does not support a variety of beliefs that have been characterized as paranormal.
According to Wikipedia the paranormal includes the afterlife, angels, astral projection, auras, clairvoyance, close encounters, cold spots, conjuration, cryptid, cryptozoology, demons, demonic possession, demonology, ectoplasm, electronic voice phenomenon or evp, exorcism, extrasensory perception, fear of ghosts, forteana, ghosts, ghost hunting, ghost stories, haunted houses, hypnosis, intelligent haunting, magic, medium ship, miracles, near-death experience, occult, Ouija, paranormal fiction, paranormal television, parapsychology, poltergeist, precognition, psychic, psychic readings, psychokineses, psychometry, reincarnation, remote viewing, residual haunting, shadow people, spirit photography, spirit possession, spirit world, spiritualism, stone tape, supernatural, superstition, telepathy, UFO, UFO sightings, ufology, urban legends, will-o-the-wisp.
Percentage of U.S. citizens polled
|ghosts/spirits of the dead||39||27||38||17|
|extraterrestrials visited Earth in the past||17||34||33||27|
|clairvoyance and prophecy||24||33||32||23|
|communication with the dead||16||29||28||26|
For each of us our culture, religion, and environment can make a huge difference in how we perceive the unexplained. Many back-woods cultures believe anything odd or unusual is paranormal. From a child born with an abnormality to seeing a shadow roaming ones property, anything different may be seen as paranormal. Many religions believe anything other than angels are always dark or evil. It is basically our own personal take that defines what is paranormal to us.
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