Oct 25, 2006

Snohomish supersleuths of the paranormal

Boo-urns to the Seattle Times for their decidedly uncritical take on a ghosthunting couple that calls them "supersleuths." Sleuths who have trouble finding the right word:
"If it's a natural phenomena," Sandy explains, "the hardest part is to convince people that it's not a ghost and that they are not hearing or feeling these spirits."
Phenomenon, Sandy. Phenomenon. (Sandy later blithely contradicts herself, saying, "When someone is convinced their place is haunted, they'd rather us prove that it isn't.")

Their research method is loopy:
Once the on-site investigation wraps up, the crew goes back to the office to begin the second phase of the investigation: research. Investigators go through their recordings and footage looking and listening for abnormalities such as strange sounds or unfamiliar voices.

During the Oxford investigation, which took place upstairs from the bar in the early-morning hours after closing time, the audio recorder picked up distinctive — and thoroughly spooky — voices that sound like an adult man and a young boy.

On film, investigators watch for opaque orbs that float in one area of a frame. Footage from an investigation at the Twin Eagles Cafe in Snohomish shows what appears to be a man hunched in the corner of a frame taken below the restaurant.

These are emblematic of a ghost or apparition, investigators say.
What a surprise. Dig through a thousand photos, listen to a few hours of digital recording, and some sort of random something is bound to turn up. Obviously a ghoul, goblin, ghost, haint, etheric ectoplasm, somethingorother.

The couple calls their group "Friends of Ghosts," or FOG. How about "Sincere Though Unintelligent Paranormal-Investigating Disappointments?"

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