Stories About Real Ghosts?
…and are they real or a fantasy?
This section is about real ghosts gathered from stories and sightings sent to me at my newspaper columns. I have tried in each instance to find whether the ghosts seen are real or simply a fantasy.
First up is a video we made for the BBC in which Jane and I investigate some ghosts at famous haunted locations.
CRAIG & JANE GHOST HUNTING
Ghosts from my News Columns
Today we so much nonsense on the television, press and at the cinema. The world is full of wannabe Harry Potters! In these extracts, I check the evidence and put forward some of the popular theories about the reality – or otherwise – of ghosts.
1. SPIRIT IN THE SOFA
When I was in my twenties I shared a local flat with a student. Although the place was comfortable and well decorated it was the weirdest place I have ever lived in. It all started when a large oval mirror began moving by itself. Whenever I was relaxed or let my mind drift a loud crackling sound would be heard and sometimes the sound of rustling papers. If we moved towards the noise it would stop immediately. The disturbances became so frequent that it was difficult to sleep at night!
Early one evening we were relaxing in the lounge. The student was laying on the floor writing an essay. Suddenly I was aware that someone else was with us. I saw the white figure of a woman stood in the corner of the room.
My eyes must have been like saucers but I felt no fear. To this day I vividly remember what she was wearing and how she seemed to shine. But the strangest thing of all was that where she stood was an armchair. She was standing right through it! – Linda H
You are very psychic and may see real ghosts. The occurrences seem to happen when you are in a state of deep relaxation. You may have experienced a light trance state of mind and your psychic energies were engaged to build a bridge between the worlds. I am aware that you also have premonitions that come true and that on one occasion your life was saved because of a guiding voice. Train your gifts properly and you could become an excellent medium.
2. I SAW A FACELESS AIRMAN
I’m sure that the old, oak beamed house that I used to rent rooms at is haunted. One night I saw, stood in front of me, the ghostly figure of a man dressed in an airman’s uniform from the Second World War. It was so clear: he wore a short brown bomber jacket, a flat cap, light trousers but his collar was turned up so that I couldn’t see his face. I screamed out in terror.
The landlady knew the grey host. It was her husband who had died 18 months before. He had been an airman and continued to wear a brown bomber jacket throughout his life. In the end, he suffered from leukemia. This made him feet the cold so he would always wear his collar turned up. It obscured much of his face. – Michelle S.
Although the ghost frightened you, your experience must have brought comfort to your landlady. The detail of his visual communication provides enough proof to show to her that her loved one had survived bodily death which, of course, we all do. Your terror was her comfort.
3. BEWARE OF THE HAUNTED FLATS
When I was a mail carrier I had to deliver to a new block of flats that had been built for the elderly. I had done this for about four years without any problems. One morning I was delivering as usual when on the third fight of stairs I had a very strong feeling that someone was behind me. I turned around but nobody was there.
The feeling got worse as I approached the flat door. I’m a level headed bloke, but I was beginning to get very scared. Suddenly I felt something cold touch my neck. I hastily delivered the letters and was nearly running as I left the premises.
The next morning at the same flat, with the experience fresh in my mind, I delivered some more letters. A neighbor opened her door. “I wouldn’t bother if I were you,” she said, “The woman in that flat died a few days ago.” Now I knew that what happened wasn’t a figment of my imagination it was real ghosts. Neil H
You experienced Clairsentience which is the mediumistic ability to sense the presence of spirits. When you ‘see’ a spirit communicator its called clairvoyance and when you ‘hear’ their voice its called clairaudience. Most mediumship is a combination of the three. I am aware that you have also seen the spirit of your father. With your psychic abilities, you could one day perhaps deliver messages from people in the afterlife.
4. I SPOOKED THE SPOOK
When I moved into my new home, which is built on an old airbase, I looked at the front room and thought “This room should be blue”. Then, one evening while quietly watching television I saw the room change in front of my eyes. Everything was suddenly blue then instantly reverted back to normality.
A few days later I walked into the same room and saw the figure of a large man stood in the middle of the room. We walked towards each other and he passed straight through me. I screamed out “I live here now! You don’t. Go away!”
I haven’t had any more strange phenomena happen. I think that we must have frightened each other so much that the ghost hasn’t dare come back. – Carol P
Sightings of real ghosts have been reported at most of the WW2 airbases. Some mediums will clear haunted places by helping the earthbound spirits to realize that they are dead and encourage them to move into the spirit world. It sounds like you instinctively did this but I pity the poor ghost who had such a sudden awakening.
5. A GHOST PINNED ME TO THE BED
6. MURDERED FRED RETURNS FROM THE GRAVE
We live in a traditional farmhouse which was probably built with ancient stone from a nearby ruin. We have a pillar on each side of the sitting room fireplace. Legend has it that two brothers once lived here and jointly inherited it. They had an argument and one murdered the other.
We now occasionally have real spooky occurrences. One of the bedroom doors sometimes opens and we hear footsteps walk along the landing and down the stairs. At the end of its journey the stair door opens.
But we’re not afraid of the ghost. We say “Oh Fred we do wish you’d learn to shut the door” every time it happens.
I have 4 adult children, the two girls are now married and only one of our sons now lives at home. All of us have experienced “Fred” and it is my son’s bedroom door that opens. He is not bothered by it at all. Even our 3 dogs and 3 cats do not react to friendly ‘Fred’. – Mrs. Jane F
Fred would probably scare the pants off most people. But I believe that you take the right attitude. Ghosts can’t hurt you so why be frightened of them. Do any other readers have stories of real ghosts?
7. HORROR AT THE HAUNTED BOAT
When I was a crew member aboard the Bristol registered ship Castle Combe we went to a small quarrying creek on the Welsh coast. It was one of those places where the ebbing tide left the ship high and dry. My attention was drawn to a dilapidated vessel anchored a little distance out. It looked like it was ready for the breakers yard. One night I saw a faint light coming from a porthole so decided to walk over to it and have a look.
As I climbed aboard the deserted ship I felt unease. I opened the door to the crew’s cabins and was confronted by a man. He wore a mustard colored coat with a cloth cap pulled over his eyes. But he was floating 3 feet above the ground! I dashed back to my ship. These were real ghosts!
The next day I was worried about what I had seen. Had someone perhaps hung themselves? I had to go back and find out. I opened the same door again and in the daylight could see many glass containers. Of course, that was the answer, I consoled myself. The man must have stood on one of these which I couldn’t see in the darkness! – Jim J.
I absolutely love spooky stories about the sea. Have any more of our seafarers a strange tale to tell? Write to the address above and let us know.
8. GHOSTLY REASSURANCE
It was one of those times when everything that could go wrong did go wrong. To top it all my cat died of kidney failure. I despair I sat on my settee at home, put my head in my hands and had a good cry.
I stopped when I felt a hand gently squeeze my shoulder. Looking up I saw my dead ex-husband. He was as clear as day and looked just as he did when we first met with his Trilby hat cocked to one side. When I looked again he was gone.
Do you think that he was trying to reassure me in my moment of grief? – Melinda
Even though you divorced there must still have been some love between you both. Maybe when the day comes and you meet in the afterlife you will resolve the difficulties that you had in life and share love once more? I’m sure that reassurance was being given to you.
9. DID A SPOOK SHARE MY BED?
I am 76 years old and not subject to fantasy but one night when I was staying at a friend’s house a strange thing happened. As I lay in bed the figure of a woman, dressed in long mustard-colored robes, floated into my room. She floated by the side of the bed and then lay down beside me! She spoke to me but her words were indistinct I asked her to repeat the words but still couldn’t make them out. Then she just faded away.
In the morning I asked my friends if anyone had entered my room that night and of course they hadn’t. Sometimes I do have very vivid dreams but throughout this experience, I was fully awake. – Elizabeth D
Maybe a ghost did share your bed but there is another possible explanation. Some people, particularly those who are capable of vivid dreams, can enter a state of awareness known as lucid dreaming. The dreamer ‘wakes up’ within the dream and retains the same clarity of thinking as in normal waking consciousness.
Research now reveals that these lucid dreamers can direct their dreams, much like a film director directs a film and can even alter the content of the dream at will. A technique known as ‘Creative Sleep’, based on methods used by Tibetan Yogis over 4 centuries ago, teaches the subject to solve problems and gain access to hidden stores of energy. Lucid dreaming can also open our awareness of the spirit world and real ghosts.
10. IT WON’T LEAVE US ALONE!
I arranged for a medium to visit our house because we are troubled by a ghost. While the medium was with us the rug in the living room lifted up and there was a very loud thumping on the floor as if it was being hit by a stick. The medium’s advice was to be strong and firmly tell the entity to go away. I’ve had other medium’s visit as well but the problems continue to persist.
Before the spirit activity, a sweet sickly smell fills the house. I experience numbness and coldness as if being touched by something. Often things will fall by themselves and on one occasion the ironing board nearly hit my young daughter. Also, writing appears on my windows and no matter how hard I scrub it will not disappear. It couldn’t be my daughter doing this as she can’t write yet and I am careful to keep pens out of reach. The strange smell started again when I decided to write to you today. What should I do? – Theresa S
We’ve smelt the same sweet sickly smell that occurs when an earth-bound spirit makes itself known. The spirit presence is strong so your best option would be to ask your medium friends if they can work together. A group of mediums will be able to make a strong challenge.
They would find out the identity of the spirit and convince it to go on to the spirit world. The advice given to you to be strong and firm with the entity is wise. I will contact you directly to help sort this one out.
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References and Works Cited
The above real ghosts extracts are from my series of books about ghosts and Angels:
- Real Ghost Stories – Spooky Encounters and Sightings
- Real Angels – and other Strange Stories
- American Society for Psychical Research
- Institute of Noetic Sciences
- Koestler Parapsychology Unit
There are various types of phenomena that people call real ghosts: One is an intelligent manifestation of the conscious spirit of someone who once lived on earth. Ghosts may also be a residual energy of events from the past that can be clairvoyantly ‘seen’ by one or more people. The first is a real spirit, the second is a memory imprinted on the environment. Both may appear to the observer as an apparition or phantom image.
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