I really am unwanted!
There are local "ghost hunting" groups in Bristol and over a number of years I have repeatedly tried to be friendly with them and to get involved with the investigations they carry out. Repeatedly I hear "Oh I'll let you know about any upcoming trips"....nothing. I have the email from one group who were very odd in their responses so I asked if there was a problem? Yes. Me.
"We were all a bit worried about why you wanted to get involved with the group" -I pointed out online sources that give my background, etc., and it turned out they knew all of this. I was told "Most people involved in this in Bristol know about you".
So why the problem?
A 'sceptical' group didn't want anything to do with me either.
This is all odd as via the Ghost Club face book page I have had offers to join sceptical groups: "You seem to be on the same line of thought as us". No. Never ever, ever say that you know how I think. I did actually refuse all the requests because I checked the groups out and they were not 'sceptical' but more inclined to debunking to the point of being downright silly.
I have had a couple of invites from UK ghost groups but these seem to be to use my name and being a member to their own ends. Every creak, cobweb and cloud of dust on their videos was 'paranormal' and each group appears to have "bona fide" and "proven accurate" psychics who feed them a line as they write it all down as though getting the information directly from the mouth of a dead person.
Both sides use ghost hunting and detecting equipment that have been exposed as being inaccurate -most are pieces of equipment electricians, etc, use in their work but use them correctly. They all simply get a higher price tag and a label with "Ghost Detector" stuck to them. There is a fella named Leroy in the United States who bought a box full of EMF meters for $300 and printed out "Ghost Detector" labels on each and sold them all in two months. He made $2000 -not a bad profit.
One "ghost hunter" (stupid title) I met thought he had me weighed up pretty well so fed me the line that debunkers usually do and that it was "all in the imagination", etc, and the group he worked with had "all the top gear to use" and if they found nothing on night time 'investigations' they cited this as a way to debunk -they never detected anything so there is nothing there". I asked why he and his pals were still involved if it was all rubbish? Because, I was told, "We carry out scientific investigations". I did roll my eyes and that annoyed him -not heard from him since.
It's dead people. Really? So after hundreds of years, for the last 150 years more intensely, investigation has turned up what evidence? Zero. By now those in the field should be looking at the data and developing new theories that can be followed up.
But I have recently heard from a couple of people who were involved in some of these groups and still have friends in them. Activities they were involved in were definitely not scientific but were more social events to "have a laugh and drink" with new friends and one described events as being more like dating clubs.
There is nothing wrong with this so long as you declare it is a social group rather than tell the press or local radio that you are in "a team of dedicated ghost hunters". And since when is it obligatory that "ghost hunters" have to wear head to foot black paramilitary gear? One person noted that he was told on the night of an 'investigation' that he could not go along as he was dressed casually rather than the "obligatory" all black gear and, my eyes roll again, I have heard of three groups where it is insisted upon that everyone leave their vehicles when arriving at a location with their group logo jackets AND wearing a particular brand of sunglasses. At dusk or at night. That is not cool but makes them look a joke.
You are either seriously involved in research, cosplaying or socialising. For me it is all work and that is what makes me persona non grata.
Ghost hunting groups, UFO groups and even cryptozoological groups have a specific reason why they do not want me involved. Being exposed as incompetent or as frauds. I go by data and facts and by doing real research work not cutting and pasting from the internet and not fantasy. People socialising or involved in REAL investigation work have nothing to fear from me -why should they?
It says a lot about the people involved in these groups that they are "concerned" about why I want to cooperate on investigations.