A group of self-proclaimed skeptics and paranormal investigators in Calgary, Alberta are beaming over the opportunity to share their greatest piece of photographic evidence with the local news, an image that purportedly features the ghost of a young girl.
Their official slogan is “explaining what you thought you saw”, and like any good skeptic, they’re happy to describe how those strange noises haunting your home are just the sounds of your house settling or faulty plumbing. Their recent profile in The Calgary Sun even starts out by saying that “the cynic sets them apart”. If that wasn’t enough to prove how staunchly the team believes in truth, justice, and the scientific way, you can refer to Holly, the team’s resident debunker, who’s job is to shoot down every single piece of evidence they find, armed with the sharp blade of Occam’s Razor.
But even skeptical team lead Holly Goddard, founder of the Calgary non-profit group Wolf Paranormal Investigations, believes that once in awhile, you can stumble onto something truly unexplainable.
“We’ve done three cases since November, and each client has started off by saying to us, ‘You’re going to think I’m crazy,’” Goddard told the Calgary Sun. “Our reply is always the same: ‘you’re crazy? We’re paranormal investigators — so what does that make us?’”
Indeed, there are many who might call the group crazy for investigating claims of the unknown, but with the help of
Melissa Michelle Michele, WPI’s team reiki-practitioner, they are able to stay grounded through what they refer to as “scientific-intuitive knowledge”.
One of the strange things that this team of science-loving, skeptical paranormalists can’t debunk is the following photo of what Goddard calls a “ghost girl” captured in her home residence. The image appeared this week in the Calgary Sun in the article titled: “Calgary’s own ghostbusters take skeptic’s view of paranormal investigation”.
In the article, Goddard shares a more recent experience with an investigation into a haunted residence, followed by an explanation of how their skepticism sets them apart from other ghost hunting teams.
“Their child saw what they first thought to be a bird in the kitchen, and that’s when it flew past, the child experienced what was described as ‘freezing cold.’ Immediately following that incident, the hanging kitchen lamp began to spin.”
Some hopeful investigators would immediately start seeing spirits in every lens flare and strange noise — but Goddard says what sets her team apart from “charltons” is not jumping to conclusions.
Because conclusions, especially ghostly ones, are not for intelligent skeptics. Unless you’re a skeptic ghost hunter and you say so. Or something.
What do you think of WPI’s phantom photograph? Did this highly skeptical group of skeptics capture evidence of a ghostly girl with their, uh, science? Or is it merely a camera smudge too narrow for Occam’s Razor to slice? Furthermore, how awesome is it to be able to literally give yourself any title you want and be quoted as such in the newspaper? Share your thoughts with us on twitter @WeirdHQ (where we’re already diving into the meat and potatoes of a fantastic discussion on titles in the paranormal/skeptic fields), on our Official Facebook page, or in the comments below.
UPDATE: From the ladies at Wolf Paranormal Investigations themselves comes this message:
First, thanks for noticing us! We really appreciate it.
There are a few errors in your article that need to be corrected.
Robyn is the team’s debunker, not Holly. At the time the image used in the article was captured, however, she was not part of the team. The image was captured in 2009; Robyn joined the team in the fall of 2012.
We don’t have anyone named Melissa on our team. Our newest team member’s name is Michele, and while she is a Reiki practitioner, she does have other skills she is bringing to the table. However, as yet, she has not been out on an investigation with us; we only announced her membership over this past weekend.
As mentioned, the image used in the Calgary Sun article was captured in 2009. For lack of a better description, because the capture could not be explained, and because it does appear to be female in nature, it was referred to as “ghost girl”.
As most paranormal investigators know, this type of capture is extremely rare. There is still no explanation for it. Whether it is, in fact, paranormal, remains in doubt, despite its description as “ghost girl.” If a logical explanation ever does present itself, we will remove the photo from our website and make a public statement about it.
UPDATE #2: Michele (with one “l”), the gang’s skeptical Reiki master swung by to offer her thoughts on the piece.
I think this is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! free adverstisement. whoo hoo. didnt you know that bad publisity is the same as good publisity. I am so excited that you are talking about this. keep it up every time you write about it, or any one else does, it make people want to check it out. Oh and by the way my Name is Michele not Melissa or Michelle. Love and Light. (hug)