(Investigator 25, 1992 July)
are some of the recent headings in respectable Australian magazines.
When people die in sad or tragic circumstances and their "spirit"
allegedly stays around and manifests itself in some way it's called a
"ghost" or "haunting".
- I saw John Lennon's Ghost
- The Ghosts Who Haunt Adelaide
- A Haunting Experience
- I Love My Ghost
- Ghosts Who Haunt the Royal Family
For 47 years last century Port Arthur (Tasmania) was a penal
settlement. Of 13,000 convicts who went there 1,800 never left. This
has resulted in numerous stories of unexplained visions, lights,
footprints, suicides, eerie feelings, etc. The Tourist Office there
runs a "Ghost Tour" at nights.
In Adelaide The Chalet, a restaurant at Waterfall Gully, is claimed to
be haunted because a fireman died there in the 1920s. Glenside Hospital
has a ward that nurses refuse to enter at nights because a patient
killed a nurse there in the 1940s. A police residence near Mount Barker
is supposedly haunted and policemen refuse to live there now. A video
was allegedly made which shows flying objects flying around the room,
Australia has hundreds of reports of ghosts and Britain probably thousands.
The idea of ghosts goes back to the dawn of history. Scientists,
however, have virtually given up trying to pin them down since most
turned out to be hoaxes, imagination, or lies. The evidence of
near-death experiences and alleged reincarnations has also been
explained other than by the idea that a "spirit" leaves the body. (See
Investigator #6 and #17) Catholics think that ghosts are souls in
Purgatory — souls in Heaven or Hell being unable to manifest
themselves as ghosts. Appearances of the "blessed virgin" are a special
case. The Virgin is in Heaven but is able to appear since she never
died and so is not a ghost.
Popular phrases using the word "ghost" include:
Alleged cults result in cult-busters and alleged ghosts in ghostbusters. An article in Woman's Realm
(February 20,1990) narrated some ghostly experiences and provided
addresses of several research groups including the Grimsby
Ghostbusters in the UK.
- Great Caesar's Ghost;
- White as a ghost;
- You look like a ghost;
- A ghost of a chance;
- Give up the ghost;
- Ghost writer.