Friday, August 28, 2009

Are We Scaring The Ghosts?

Once upon a time in a tiny little apartment, a little girl ran out of her bedroom to tell her mother about the man in her closet. While the mother's first inclination was to grab her 2 year old and run out of the house, she knew she had to also save her other baby who was sleeping in that same room. With trepidation Mom entered the room and shakily opened the closet door to see – no one. *

Or was it somebody she couldn't see? That little girl was me, and I have had ghostly experiences ever since. I've noticed a new trend happening lately, though – instead of people cowering before ghosts, they are actually buying expensive equipment to track them. Some of these devices cost as much as a home did back in the 1960's.

To capture voices from beyond, ghost hunters use a technique known as Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP). While EVPs can cost a minimum of $30 - $40 for inexpensive tape recorders, with a little more investment, filtering programs can be purchased to enhance the sound of the recording.

Thermal imaging cameras, however, can cost upwards of $30,000. These cameras are reputed to capture images of the dead. Skeptics still question the validity of the interpretations made from these devices, but maybe someday somebody will invent a thermal imaging video camera that will capture murders in progress as if they were happening now.

Maybe one day cold case files will warm in the wake of thermal imaging techniques, and we will not only solve these old cases, but also prove the existence of an afterlife. Will the ghosts now be frightened of us?

* Click Dead Man Talking for more information.

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