Ghost Files

Ghost Files


Welcome, one and all, to this week’s installment of Ghost Files! A hectic new schedule has kept me occupied for the last few weeks. Now, I’m happy to announce, that things are under control and I will once again return to the dark netherworld of the paranormal.

Without further adieu, here’s Ghost Files…

:: Top Story ::

Calling all exorcists!

Priests Sign Up for Exorcism 101

Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer


ROME — The Roman Catholic Church is facing a shortage you may not have heard about: qualified exorcists.

Apparently people aren’t as interested in slaying daemons as they once were. According to the article, its not that people aren’t willing to perform exorcisms, but rather too many are requesting them. Daemonic possession, it seems, is coming a big way.

There’s just something about the words “Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum” that conjures images of grand cathedrals, knights in glistening, ornate armour, and cherubs holding heavenly censors. Honestly, I had no idea such institutions of orthodox faith even existed anymore.

Either we are indeed heading into the “end-times” and daemons are becoming bolder, or we have begun to look towards religion for guidance in turbulent times. Which is true, I cannot say, but I think it shows that despite advancements in technology and science, religion and the paranormal still play a big part in our lives.

:: Exorcism ::

When it rains, it pours.

Channel 4 under attack for live TV exorcism

Richard Brooks, Arts Editor


AN exorcism is to be staged on television in which a young man who claims he is possessed by evil will be scientifically observed while a priest “drives out” his demons.

Some critics, however, claim it gives credence to superstition and will exploit someone who is likely to be mentally fragile. They argue that it may encourage others to blame their psychiatric illnesses on evil spirits.,,2087-1482141,00.html

As the Top Story concluded, exorcisms are back and in high demand. Apparently they’ve also become the subject for television showcasing.

Much like the ‘Live EVP’ story from a previous Ghost Files, this is bringing supernatural topics to the forefront of our attention. There are some pretty big differences between them, however. EVP’s are more generalized and don’t focus on any one religion. Exorcism, on the other hand, is essentially a Christian belief—a very orthodox one, at that. I can see where many would be offended by airing such a religious event on television.

As the article points out, there’s also a chance of harm. Although few (and I do mean, few) cases of mental illness could be due to possession by evil spirits, the vast majority are legitimate illnesses. Without treatment (and I don’t mean exorcism) those inflicted may seriously be in danger.

:: Haunting ::

SA woman fears pharaoh's curse

21/02/2005 13:26 - (SA)


Cairo - A South African woman and owner of a piece of jewellery believed stolen from the tomb of King Tutankhamen has asked the government in Cairo for help in breaking King Tut's curse after two members of her family suffered untimely deaths.,6119,2-7-1442_1665529,00.html

I think we’ve all heard the story of King Tut’s curse. I have no clue to its validity, but it truly is a bizarre tail. I guess anyone and their dog that comes into contact with the pint-sized king’s possessions dies in some horrendously violent or inexplicably strange way.

If it’s not purely coincidental, then why is it that an Egyptian king still has such power after thousands of years? Did the Egyptians actually find a means for immortality?

I can just picture Tut, living it up with Abe Lincoln on some puffy cloud, waiting for people to touch his sacred artifacts, ready to wreck havoc on all that do.

:: Dead End ::

That’s all for this weeks installment. Thank you all for supporting the Files, and I hope that my absence didn’t cause too much heartbreak.

Stay tuned for next week. Khyron…out!