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A Brief History of Ghost Hunting | Part 2

Updated: Apr 21

Harry Price is likely the most popular verifiable apparition tracker. Brought into the world in 1881, Price would build up phantom examination as a significant pursuit according to people in general. He composed numerous books and paper articles on apparition examinations. He is generally renowned for his examination of the Borley Rectory in Essex beginning in 1929. He reads the area for 10 years wherein he was employed by the parsonage to research full time. Price recruited a team of forty-eight volunteers to assist with the year-long investigation. He produced a book of notes and guidance called the Blue Book. This book was an attempt to lay the ground rules for the standardization of ghost hunting. Price was passionate about psychical research being an academic study on paranormal equipment.


Price was accused of seeking personal fame, and someone in the Society of Psychical Research wrote papers to discredit his work at Borley. His reputation as a ghost hunter was damaged. Price was a skilled engineer and inventor. He designed many devices, such as the Tele-kinetoscope. He designed extremely sensitive temperature recorders used at Borley which he documented strange temperature changes. Price also developed a method of photography using infrared film and adapted cameras.


Following the 1940’s ghost investigation did not progress much. The Society of Psychical Research lost interest in hauntings and investigations. Peter Underwood, most notable of the time, investigated many locations including the Borley Rectory. Underwood wrote extensively about ghost hunting and rejuvenated the lapsed Ghost Club after the death of Harry Price. The Ghost Club claims to be the oldest ghost hunting group in the world dating back to 1862.


Andrew Green is another post-WWII investigator worth noting. He was called the “Spectre Inspector” and was an active ghost investigator for over sixty years until his death in 2004. His most notable book is Ghost Hunting, A Practical Guide, published in 1973. Green is probably the most forgotten historical figure in ghost hunting. He is most responsible for popularizing the scientific method into ghost hunting. Green assisted numerous organizations as a paranormal consultant, including the Disney Corporation. His most famous studies include the Royal Albert Hall, and the Battersea poltergeist (a 12-year study).


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