Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks: The David Oman House

On August 08, 2014 I attended a ghost hunt at the David Oman house for the second night in a row. During a séance, a photo was taken of an interesting phenomenon. So interesting in fact, that Dr. Barry Taff labeled it, “one of the most significant pictures ever taken in the history of parapsychology,” The photo will also be part of the “Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks episode of the David Oman House, which is set to air March 28, 2015 on the Travel Channel

Picture of Scottie Megelin taken in the third floor of David Oman’s House August 08, 2014. Photographer: Tara Viosca Mead

Since that addendum to Dr. Taff’s Oman House article was added, people who weren’t even there that night have been writing themselves into the incident. The only person missing was the subject of the photo. This was brought up to the photographer, but what resulted were deletions and a willful (IMHO) disregard for giving any credit at all to the subject of the photo. David Oman himself, who pointed out how interesting the photo was in the first place, has been ignored as a contributor.

Thankfully, this has been rectified. Dr. Taff was contacted, and he secured permission from Scottie Megelin to use her name in identifying the person in the photograph. Scottie’s name now rightfully appears in Dr. Taff’s article.

Scottie discussed the night in question, and it’s a very eerie read.

Here are more photos from the night in question at the séance. tune in to the Travel Channel on March 28, 2015 to see the episode!

Ghost Boxes, Self Congratulatory Confirmation Bias, and the Smirking Skeptic

A lot of investigators who don’t feel that audio I.T.C. (Instrumental Trans Communication) works for them, but DO put faith in EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) are passing around this article by Mitch Silverstein, Stephanie Bohn, and Kenny Biddle called, Testing the Validity of the Ghost Box as a Tool for Paranormal Investigation

Again, has anyone actually read this self serving report, past the title of the article? It’s a very sneaky, subversive and self congratulatory piece, in my opinion.

It emphasizes the “silliness” of communicating with the dead in the first place, and uses that baseless conclusion as self imposed fact that such a thing is impossible with no proof either way.

Now granted, I personally get tired of ghost hunters insisting that the very real phenomenon of ITC and EVP voices are actually spirits of the dead with no proof as well. But I don’t dismiss the phenomenon itself, which is what this study was concocted to do. Sharp readers will also see that the authors threw in EVP as equally silly and irrelevant.

The study never once declared that these tests were conducted in settings that have a reputation of being haunted. The study never touched on whole sentences captured in the same voice over several channels being caught by investigators. The study never touched on foul language coming from “ghost boxes”, which would be an impossibility if it were merely radio stations broadcasting these voices, as the FCC doesn’t allow foul language over the airwaves.

I.T.C. session in the basement of an old and famous Hollywood club.
The voice says, “What the fuck!”

I’ve witnessed several times direct answers to questions posed by investigators come from “shack hacks.” To completely dismiss this and my points above simply because you are a hard line skeptic (which I once was) is simply dishonest reporting. And sneaking in the jab at EVP in this report too just confirms that this study never set out to be unbiased.

I.T.C. session in the basement of an old and famous Hollywood club.
Guest says, “I’m not here to expel you, either.” The answer from the Hackshack was, “Expel meeeeee!”