The Houghton mansion in North Adams, Massachusetts is a Victorian home which is now a Masonic temple. Sounds like an interesting place to visit. But wait, there’s more! It is also the headquarters of the Berkshire Paranormal Group who say that the house is
one of the area’s most haunted buildings. Apparently
The evidence gathering continues…, which suggests that some evidence must already exist; I rushed to explore their site and find it.
First of all there’s the photographic evidence. I won’t reproduce the photos here, but follow the link to see the amazing evidence yourself.
The first photo shows a small white blur in an upstairs window. Apparently this shows that
There is clearly someone or something standing just inches away from the window. Clearly! Maybe I need to have my eyes tested. I’ve squinted and peered at the picture but all I see is a white blur.
The second photo shows an
orb roughly in the direction that some guy is pointing. I’m not even going to bother explaining the orb phenomenon, as James Randi has debunked it so many times already. Search for orbs on his site and you’ll find it popping up in many of his commentaries, like this one.
The next few photos show more of those silly orbs, as well as some “rods” and light streaks. All artifacts of the photographic process and certainly not evidence of anything paranormal.
This photo has to be my favourite though. It’s ridiculously blurry, doesn’t show anything at all, and yet the caption says
Remarkable photo appears to show the ghostly figure of a dog-like animal at the entrance to the kitchen. These people may be nuts, but they certainly have a vivid imagination.
The rest of the photos are more of the same, but this one caught my eye. It shows a row of chairs, which according to the caption have a
Horizontal mist in front of them. Now maybe it’s just me, but that
mist looks a lot like a ghosted (no pun intended) image of the chairs themselves. Could it be another example of a shaky photographer? Surely not.
As you might guess, I haven’t been convinced by the photographic evidence, so I had a look around to see what else there is. I followed all the links, I read all the text. I found nothing. But apparently
Official BPG investigation & results [are] coming soon!. That’s good then, I can’t wait.
The Berkshire Paranormal Group is headed by Ron Kolek. Apparently he is a self-proclaimed skeptic. Judging by this article though he’s about as skeptical as a radish.