GETTING MORE TALE #532: If You Have Ghosts…
Many rock stars claim to have seen ghosts, or had supernatural experiences. Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath and Mick Mars from Motley Crue are notable examples. A black shape that Butler saw scared him “shitless”. Ke$ha even claims she has had sex with a ghost, though that seems a little outlandish. Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek of the Doors think they may have been contacted by the spirit of Jim Morrison. Sting thinks there is one in his house. Ace Frehley claims a ghost threw a book at him, though substance abuse may have been a factor.
Tales of spirits and hauntings go back thousands of years. As old as civilization itself are tales of the supernatural. Yet over all this time, nobody has ever captured any tangible evidence that would satisfy science that ghosts exist. This certainly does not mean ghosts do not exist. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. We are still learning much about the universe. Skeptics have good reasons to be skeptical, while others have decided to go ghost hunting for themselves. Ritchie Blackmore was well known for performing seances in his Deep Purple days and over the decades. He stated that he has contacted many spirits, and “ghosts are very real, but not in the physical sense.”
Artist’s probably very accurate impression of an actual Blackmore seance
The only experience that I simply cannot explain I have had happened when I was in grade 9 or 10. I was sleeping, it was the middle of the night. I was awaken by a shocked feeling that someone has just hit me hard in the face with an object like a pillow. Like if you wanted to prank your brother or sister awake and smacked them in the face with a pillow as hard you can in the middle of the night. I woke up with a start and there was nobody in the room, nor any object that would have hit me in the face. My pillow was under my head the whole time. Was it a ghost? All I know is that I can’t explain it.
This reminds me of an experience Mick Mars wrote of in Motley Crue’s The Dirt. Something (a ghost or an alien) seemed to shake his bed regularly. He could physically feel it, just like I could feel the pillow smacking me in the face.
One night 10 years ago, I have the opportunity to try a little ghost hunting myself. I wrote an email about it to a friend, so here are the fresh details from that night:
- A man standing at the top of the staircase, looking down into the basement.
- A child wandering around the house.
- A pale woman at the front door.
- Coins on the floor where there were none before.
- The dryer was known to move a few feet even when unplugged, blocking a doorway in the basement.