In culture after culture, people believe that the soul lives on after death, that rituals can change the physical world and divine the truth, and that illness and misfortune are caused and alleviated by spirits, ghosts, saints ... and gods.

STEVEN PINKER, How the Mind Works

Friday, January 9, 2009

Has a ghost been captured on video?

A Lancashire landlord got more than he bargained for on a ghost hunt night at Samlesbury Hall.
Dave Moore, 36, who runs The Victoria pub in Watkin Lane at Lostock Hall, claims he came face-to-face with a spooky sight which appeared to have the face of a Victorian woman with long, curly hair and wearing a V-neck dress.

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He said: "I'm not zooming in and out ... it came right at me. At the time I saw it clear as day. It looked like someone dried up.

"It had a woman's face with curly locks of hair. This was 5am. We'd been there since about 9pm and nothing really had been happening.

"I was looking up and there was a noise to the left me and she appeared. Then I went to look without the torch being there and it was gone. It was about 20 foot up in the air and she came as close as four foot away from me."

Dave and 10 of his staff went on the ghost hunt as a Christmas night out on December 16 and some of the women were reduced to tears by events throughout the night, including strange noises and objects apparently moving.

He will now show the video to staff at Samlesbury Hall in Preston New Road. The staff hope to get it analysed by Living TV's Most Haunted team when they visit for a show later this month.

At the moment, it can only be viewed on the screen of Dave's digital camcorder as he does not want to export it to prove it has not been tampered with.

Dave, who is a former Royal Marine, added: "I thought my eyes were playing tricks. I don't believe in all this kind of stuff. I've been showing it to people in the pub and they've been saying 'it must be something but what is it?'

"It's the only thing really throughout the night that I couldn't explain. Movements and noises - it's an old building and wood expands.

"It comes into the torch as a solid figure, it's not transparent. I'm scratching my head. I just want to know what it is." (above taken from "Lancashire Evening Post". )

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