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Ghost Hunting with Thermal Cameras and Thermometers (October 2018)

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Ghost Hunting with Thermal Cameras and Thermometers (October 2018)

Updated October 2018

Paranormal investigators around the world rely on temperature-gauging equipment to help them find ghosts. But how do devices like thermal cameras and infrared thermometers work? And do they really detect spirits? Here’s a brief guide to the theory of temperature and ghosts, as well as the cameras and thermometers investigators use to find spirits.

Temperature and Ghost Hunting

The temperature theory goes like this: To manifest, spirits must draw energy, or heat, from the air around them. This causes a sudden drop in temperature, and investigators can find ghosts by taking temperature measurements and searching for cold spots. Paranormal investigation shows regularly reference cold spots in their on-air investigations. Plummeting temperatures are also a common trope in horror films.

Infrared Thermometers and Paranormal Investigations

To search for fluctuations in temperature, many paranormal investigators rely on infrared thermometers which determine an object’s temperature by evaluating the thermal radiation the object emits. Infrared thermometers are particularly useful as they can measure temperature from a distance. Other names for infrared thermometers include laser thermometers, non-contact thermometers, and temperature guns.

Here are a few of the most highly rated infrared devices. To see more, check out Amazon’s best-selling infrared thermometers.

Etekcity 1022 Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun $17.99 – $20.99 – “Overall this is an excellent product. The grip is nice, the display screen has a backlight and you can’t beat the price.”

Etekcity Lasergrip 800 Digital Infrared Thermometer Laser Temperature Gun $25.99  – “Terrific as either a tool or a toy. Useful and fun.”

Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Non-Contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer $18.88 – “I would greatly recommend purchasing this over the higher-end thermometers. Very solid product and definitely accurate.”

Infrared Thermometer, SURPEER IR5D Laser Thermometer Gun $21.89 – “More fun than a tool ever should be.”

Fluke 62 MAX IR Thermometer, Non Contact $91.69 – “Rugged and reliable with a wide temperature range.”

Temperature Gun ennoLogic Dual Laser Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer – $56.35 “Great tool that’s accurate and easy to use.”

Thermal Cameras and Ghost Hunting

A form of night vision technology, thermal cameras use infrared sensors to display infrared energy, or heat. They don’t require any ambient light and can pierce through obscurants like smoke, fog, and haze. Because of this, many investigators rely on thermal cameras to discover hot or cold spots they might not otherwise find. Like full-specturm cameras, thermal technology helps investigators see things that aren’t visible to the naked eye.

Here are few highly rated thermal cameras. To see more, check out Amazon’s best-selling thermal imagers.

Perfect-Prime IR0002, Infrared (IR) Thermal Imager & Visible Light Camera with IR Resolution $204.99 – “Great sensitivity to heat. Nice product.”

220 x 160 IR Resolution Infrared Thermal Imager, Handheld 35200 Pixels Thermal Imaging Camera, Infrared Thermometer $409.99 – “All or more than expected at a very reasonable price.”

FLIR TG165 Spot Thermal Camera with Image Storage $379.97 – “Fascinating and beautiful instrument.”

FLIR C2 Compact Thermal Imaging System $499.00 – “Great build, nice weight, sturdy. Highly recommend it.”

Perfect-Prime IR0001, Infrared (IR) Thermal Imager & Visible Light Camera with IR Resolution $189.99 – “Very good value for this instrument.”

Of course, not everyone believes temperature-gauging devices can find ghosts. Critics believe cold spots can be explained away by drafts, AC units, and countless other causes. They also point out that’s there no evidence for a relationship between heat and ghosts to begin with. What do you believe?

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7 Haunted Places in Arizona

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7 Haunted Places in Arizona

Arizona is famous for its desert beauty, stunning canyon views, and Wild West ghost towns. It’s also home to countless spirits. From caves in the Grand Canyon to a beloved restaurant in Phoenix, here are seven of Arizona’s most haunted attractions.

Grand Canyon Caverns – Peach Springs

Nestled more than 200 feet below the surface, the Grand Canyon Caverns has a haunting reputation. More than eight people have died or been buried there, and visitors report seeing mysterious shadows and hearing distant chants. Some say the shadows belong to Indians buried in the cave, while others think the souls of lost explorers are to blame. Particularly brave guests can spend the night in the Caverns’ unique Underground Suite where previous guests have seen shadowy figures.

The Buford House – Tombstone

tombstone arizona's buford house

The heartbroken spirit of a scorned male reportedly haunts Tombstone’s historic Buford House. Strange occurrences include lights that turn on and off, knocking sounds in the walls, and a doorbell that rings at three a.m. The naughty spirit also gets frisky with female guests. One woman claimed an invisible entity slid the covers off her body. Another felt a hand stroking her hair and neck.

Jerome Grand Hotel – Jerome

Built in 1926, the Jerome Grand Hotel was once a hospital. As many as 9,000 patients died there, and now their frightened and confused spirits reportedly roam the historic property.

Eerie activity includes disembodied voices, the sound of rolling hospital gurneys, and a ghost cat that jumps on guests’ beds. In 2011, the Ghost Adventures crew investigated the hotel and recorded dark masses, slamming doors, and shouts in the dark. There’s also the legend of the angry repairman who was crushed by the elevator and now paces up and down the hallways.

Bird Cage Theatre – Tombstone

The Bird Cage Theatre opened in 1881 and was equal parts theatre, brothel, saloon, and gambling parlor. After less than a decade, the rowdy business closed, and the building was sealed for 45 years before becoming a haunted tourist attraction. Today, guests report seeing apparitions in Western clothing, as well as a wispy woman in white and a man wearing a visor.

Big Nose Kate’s Saloon – Tombstone

Legend has it Big Nose Kate’s Saloon harbors spirits other than liquor. The most famous is a rowdy miner named Swamper said to watch over his lost treasure. Legend has it that Swamper hid silver somewhere in the building and wants to keep it safe. Other creepy tales involve tumbling mannequins, silverware that falls off tables, phantom sightings, and hazy forms that appear in photos.

Copper Queen Hotel – Bisbee


The historic Copper Queen Hotel is home to many ghosts, including a former prostitute named Julia and a mischievous little boy. They say Julia took her own life after a man rejected her and now teases male guests by whispering in their ears and dancing provocatively near the stairs. The boy reportedly drowned in a river near the hotel and spends his afterlife running in the halls and playing pranks on guests.

The Stockyards Restaurant – Phoenix

Eerie events at this 71-year-old eatery include flickering lights, chandeliers that shake, muffled voices in empty rooms, and shadowy figures in the dining area. A woman in a red dress reportedly steps out of the restaurant’s hand-painted mural and appears to ill-fated diners. One witness disappeared soon after seeing her.

Know of a haunted place in Arizona? Share your tips here, or email ghostsghoul@gmail.com!

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Ohio’s Haunted Salem Church Cemetery

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Ohio’s Haunted Salem Church Cemetery

Though Ohio has a plethora of notoriously haunted places, some of the most spiritually active are known only to locals. Salem Church Cemetery in Jackson County, Ohio is one of these places.

Established in the early 1800s, the old Salem Church and surrounding cemetery is the final resting place for many Civil War soldiers who died in the infamous Morgan Raid that happened nearby. It was the greatest Confederate invasion in Ohio and resulted in many casualties. Although the church building is in decent shape and the grounds are well-maintained by, locals shy away from Salem and warn out-of-town thrill seekers to stay away too.

Ghostly Sentinel

Since the 1870s, visitors have reported seeing a ghostly sentinel in Civil War uniform. He is often spotted close to the veterans’ area, keeping an eternal guard over his fallen comrades. The soldier’s spirit has never shown aggression and usually disappears before anyone can speak to him. Other visitors have seen orbs floating around the trees on the grounds and have seen shadowy figures lurking behind the silent church.

A Dark Witch’s Revenge

Some sightings in the Salem Church Cemetery are more menacing. According to local legend, a high priestess from an evil coven was secretly executed and buried on the land years before it became a church cemetery. Over the years, hundreds of visitors have experienced uneasiness and the cold touch of icy hands. Unexplained scratches have also appeared on visitors’ arms and legs, and spectral shadows loomed threateningly around them. Has the Dark Witch returned to get her revenge on Jackson residents for eternity?

Haunted Salem Church

Locals say that if visitors knock three times on the church’s vaulted doors, they will hear three eerie knocks coming from within. Area paranormal investigators and psychics have studied Salem Cemetery with mixed results. EVP recordings and infrared cameras have captured disturbing sounds, shadows, and orbs that cannot be explained.

Unexplained Phenomena

The township has lost scores of caretakers over the years because of eerie experiences. Many people tending the lawn have been scared out of their wits by phantom hands grabbing their feet and disembodied voices whispering in their ears. Ancient tombstones have changed positions and statues have disappeared, only to show up again days later.

Those who dare may explore Salem Church Cemetery on Route 24 and Salem Road, Wellston, Ohio (39.078658, -82.501895) during daylight hours. They may see the sentinel guarding the graves or feel the icy nails of the begrudged Dark Witch. Perhaps they’ll hear an ominous knocking in the lonely church. Since it is a cemetery, please be respectful of the dead and their living family members. Night visits require special permission from the township trustee board.

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Ghost Photo: Seance Shadow

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Ghost Photo: Seance Shadow

Taken during a séance, this disturbing image seems to show a shadowy figure lurking in the background. Is it an infamous shadow person? Or is it merely a trick of shadow and light?

Have you captured a ghost on camera? Send your paranormal photos to ghostsghoul@gmail.com.

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Reader Submission: A Haunted Home

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Reader Submission: A Haunted Home

“I live in a house that even my father, a staunch skeptic, believes might be haunted. For as long as I can remember, we’ve often heard an assortment of bizarre sounds. Some are easily explainable, most aren’t.

Sounds in the Night

My grandparents occupied the residence before us. My grandma, though bedridden, was mentally sound. On more than one occasion, she told my grandpa that she heard an infant crying in the basement, usually in the middle of the night. When he and my uncle would investigate, they found nothing.

As a child, I became accustomed to hearing footsteps in the kitchen, also late at night. My mother and brother have reported hearing the same, while my father has occasionally heard someone running through the house when nobody else is awake. I’ve heard muffled voices carrying on full conversations, even when I’m home alone with no electronics on. Unfortunately, I can never make out what’s being said.

The Burned Man

When my brother was sixteen, he woke up on night to see a badly burned man standing in front of his bed, staring at him. My brother, not one to scare easily, began screaming. When our parents came to check on him, he was practically hysterical, explaining that as soon as he opened his mouth, the burned man got down on all fours and climbed underneath his bed. My father searched the entire house but found no one.

After that, my brother slept in the living room for a few nights, and still won’t talk about the experience except to say that he knows it wasn’t a vivid dream. There is no history of a fire occurring on the property but at least one other person, a family friend, saw a burned man standing in our kitchen. The man simply vanished after a few seconds. Our friend told us this without knowing anything of my brother’s encounter.

Strange Events

There have been other strange experiences. Lights switching on or off by themselves, loud bangs with no apparent source, and appliances turning on when nobody has been near them. One evening, I was using the restroom, forgetting to lock the door. I watched as the knob turned, and the door opened slightly, before it closed again. The only other person home was my father, who denied leaving his bedroom at the time of the incident. Various family members and friends have seen a tall man wearing a black hoody in various parts of the house, always with the hood up. As far as I know, nobody has seen his face, as he’s always standing with his back to them.

It’s a known fact among my family that the house is creepy. So much so that some won’t even visit anymore. We’ve learned to live with it, and don’t believe the spirits are dangerous. Still, it can be jarring to see or hear something unusual.”

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The Gray Man Returns

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The Gray Man Returns

In South Carolina, a figure known as the Gray Man appears on the beach before devastating storms. The harbinger spirit normally appears in Pawleys Island, but as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas, some believe he’s making the rounds to warn residents up and down the coast.

Dating back to 1822, the legend of the Gray Man goes something like this:

A mysterious man in gray appears on the beach – either walking near beachgoers or waving to boaters – before disappearing without a trace. Soon after his appearance, a major storm strikes the area, leaving many people hurt or homeless. Though the area is devastated, those who saw the Gray Man before the dangerous weather survive the storm unscathed.

The Gray Man in Myrtle Beach? 

In July, a family vacationing in Myrtle Beach took pictures from their balcony and were surprised to see a gray figure in one of the images (below

). Was it the Gray Man? Myrtle Beach is 25 miles from Pawleys Island, but perhaps the beach-dwelling spirit traveled north to warn residents about the future hurricane.

Gray Man Reports in Pawleys Island

As Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolinas, residents of Pawleys Island have reported seeing the Gray Man.

Hurricane Hugo was the last serious hurricane to strike Pawleys Island, but Hurricane Florence may soon change that. What do you think of the Gray Man legend? Endearing story or a real-life guardian spirit?

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