Posted by: Tara Aarness | October 27, 2009

Ghost Hunting, Minus Slimer

Each day as we wake and embrace our daily lives, many of us encounter ghosts. For some, they are the mistakes that we’ve made. Others, ghosts of relationships past. While these undeniably exist, there are still other types of ghosts that strike fear into our hearts.

When Mike Anderson was just a boy, he and his parents rented a house from a local fire fighter in Covington, Washington, but they didn’t stay there long. “Every night I had these terrifying nightmares of bugs crawling all over me; it was something like out of the ‘Mummy’ movies,” Anderson said. “In the morning, I’d help my parents re hang the pictures that were taken off the walls and stood upright, facing the wall. At the time, I was big into ‘Ghostbusters’ and I actually tried to call their number for help.”

There are many theories as to why some experience paranormal activity and one recent is that the area responsible for the regulations of emotions and motivated behaviors, the temporal lobe, combined with the naturally occurring magnetic fields, can often leave the person believing they had a paranormal experience.

Professor of psychology at Laurentian University in Ontario, Canada, Michael Persinger has done extensive research to support his findings. “ Individuals prone to paranormal experiences are sensitive to weak electromagnetic fields and to man-made electrical fields, which are becoming more prominent in the communication age,” he explains. (courtesy of

While this could easily explain seeing ‘orbs’ or ‘spirits,’ it doesn’t quite explain physical experiences such as Anderson’s. “My parents began keeping the perishables outside at night during the winter months because the refrigerator would be unexplainably unplugged every morning. My dad was desperate to figure out who was unlocking our back door (an old fashioned lock that required two keys) and began sleeping on the couch near the kitchen. He’d wake when he started hearing noises, but he only saw things moving on their own.”

Jason Hawes, founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), has a different theory for the Anderson’s. “Intelligent haunts…are aware of their surroundings. Most of the time you will find that these spirits are not confined to one spot, they can move around freely. Also, they will acknowledge the existence of human beings and even try to communicate in certain ways.” (courtesy of Unfortunately, the Anderson’s moved a short time after the strange activity began and today the house has been replaced by a parking lot.

The physical proof of existence of ghosts remains to be seen, but people like Persinger and Hawes will continue to search for concrete answers. Until that day, though, when things go bump in the night, who are you going to call?



  1. How did Mr. Anderson do with his paranormal experience?

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