REPLY #5 TO
"PSEUDOSCIENCE AND THE PARANORMAL"
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(R) By rereading my own ghost story I see how you misunderstood many key
points. One, the night in question was the second night of the vacation, I
had already been in Ireland three months.
(MB) There was no misunderstanding there, nor is it relevant to the story how
long you had already been elsewhere in Ireland. All that matters is that you
were on your second night at the place in question.
(R) Second, I found out about the priests death on day three, the day after I
heard the first steps.The steps sounded at what later turned out to be the
exact hour of his death.
(MB) Your original story has you finding out about the priest's death on the
same night you first heard the steps -- not on "day three". This also does not
explain how you could not have known about his death since your timetable has a
one day overlap between your arrival and his death -- which supposedly occurred
in the same room in which you were staying.
(R) Third, as to your suspicion that it was an elaborate scam, within the four
building complex I was the only occupant, everyone else was gone, no one
can enter the complex at night(good security).
(MB) What better setup could there be? Your story has you as the only visitor
on the premises. Certainly, your pending arrival was known ahead of time and
certainly you were not the first visitor to have been there. You said that you
were already known to your hosts as having an affinity for the supernatural.
Good-natured pranks as "rites of passage" are rather commonplace. I'd say that
there's a pretty fair chance that you were on the receiving end of one.
(R) In response to your asking why no proof exists, Ireland is still at heart a
superstitious culture, and no ghost hunters exist there.
(MB) That doesn't make much sense. One would think that ghost hunters would be
rather prevalent in any society with a superstitious culture. Certainly, the
chances of finding them in such a culture would be much greater than finding any
in a culture that is not superstitious. Also, in the case of a prank, it's
quite likely that any ghost hunter that your hosts might lead a "victim" to
would be in on the joke.
(R) If you or any of your readers are ever in Maynooth, Ireland, go to the
seminary and visit the room where two suicides took place. On the floor is the
blood marks from one of the suicides. Though the floorboards have been replaced
numerous times, they re appear.
(MB) Is this a different ghost story? There was no mention of suicide in your
(R) Just wanted to clear things up
(MB) I appreciate the additional information.