Monday, September 29, 2008

Tracking Ghosts On Radar: Can Old Science Bring New Answers?

On a chilly November night in 1952, several ghost hunter embarked upon a journey to plumb the paranormal depths of a 200-year-old mansion in Hove, England with the latest technology - radar.

The stately abode along the Channel Coast had long been rumored haunted by a ghost fond of moving objects about the house in a fashion now familiar to all who study such things. So bad were the goings-on that the homeowners were unable to rent the place for more than 20 years.

Led by Ted Henty, five members of the Sussex Ghost Hunters set up shop inside the home, along a creaky old hallway. Here, the team members set up a radar screen, which was aimed down the passage (a rumored favorite of the spirit) and proceeded to seal all ingress and egress points.

Just after midnight, the radar picked up a target that danced across their screen. Flash photos were promptly taken. However, in the brilliant bursts of light, nothing visible was revealed. Moments later, a creak in the floorboards was heard, followed by a cough, shuffling feet, and a loud bang before the radar unit was tossed aside by unseen forces.

When the lights were once more turned on, all seals and locks were in place. None of the team's "ghost traps" had been tripped.

I can't recall having ever read of a ghost investigation using radar. It seems a cumbersome and precarious device for such an endeavor, and yet I have to wonder if there isn't success to be found in looking at technology such as this. I welcome thoughts from any of the investigators out there.

Here are some interesting gizmos that might lead the way...
These may not yet be on the market and will most certainly require deft minds at the helm.

2 comments:

Buck said...

Very interesting article! Unfortunately, even the "low cost" version looks like it would be more expensive that most of us could afford! I passed along the article to Paul, though to get his insights and thoughts.

Ken said...

Ingenious idea, especially that long ago. It's a shame it's been forgotten in the mean time.

Time to start scoping out those army surplus stores and junkyards for some old, usable radar! lol