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I first became interested in SPIRICOM back in 2005 when I was researching and writing my second book, Communicating With the Dead. For those who don’t know the history, here’s a quick overview. Back in the 1970s, a man named George W. Meek started the Metascience Foundation, Inc. The purpose was to bring together psychics, mediums, and scientists to try and answer some big questions. Meek and his group were intrigued with the idea of Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP). They figured if the spirits could record their voices then there must be a way to develop a machine to allow that conversation to happen in real-time for all to hear. The result was a project they called “SPIRICOM” for spirit communication.
Multiple versions of the machine were developed, but it was with their Mark IV that the group claimed to have success. The group believed their engineer and medium, Bill O’Neil, was using the Mark IV machine to have prolonged conversations with the spirit of a man named Dr. George Jeffries Mueller – a scientist who died May 31, 1967. SPIRICOM is rather simple in its design: a tone generator sending out 13 specific tones that are in the human vocal range, a radio transmitter, a radio receiver, an echo chamber, and output to a speaker or recording device. The belief is that the spirit of Doc Mueller could manipulate those tones to have his voice heard on our side of the spirit world. Imagine! Prolonged two-way conversations with those who passed on?
The SPIRICOM manual claims this to be one of the greatest human achievements ever. But they also say it’s just the beginning. Here’s one of the problems with SPIRICOM. It only worked for the living person Bill O’Neil (who has since passed on), and the spirit person Doc Mueller, and only when the machine was in one geographic location. After a few months of contact (and many hours of recording these sessions), the contact was lost and never reestablished with the Mark IV machine again.
It’s easy to be skeptical of the results and claim this “communication” was a fraud. But consider this: SPIRICOM was instrumental (God, forgive the pun) in boosting the Instrumental TransCommunication (ITC) movement. ITC is not only alive and well today – it’s thriving like never before. Every time you watch a ghost hunter on television using a KII EMF meter to communicate – that’s ITC. There are many products out there for ITC, even iPhone apps! Plus there are people out there taking the old plans and building their own version. My friend, Bill Chappell, who also invented the Ovilus among several other ITC devices, has also rebuilt a version of SPIRICOM. I’ll be trying that device out at the Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Massachusetts next week – I can’t wait to see what happens. The folks at Metascience would truly be proud. This is exactly what they hoped would happen. They started a movement.
SPIRICOM is legendary, and we’re going to explore it a little deeper this month on Ghostvillage.com. If you’ve built your own version, I’d love to hear from you!
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While working on my book, Picture Yourself Ghost Hunting, I sent out a survey to several dozen paranormal investigators and asked the question, “What do you think it would take to convince a non-believer that the paranormal existed?” Without exception they wrote back that it was a personal experience, over the evidence they themselves toil to uncover, that would do the trick. In the years before and since, I found this to be the case myself. Having your own encounter with the other side places all the ghost stories you’ve heard in a different light. Of course, there may be another method of conversion, subtle, and a slap across the face at the same time -- that may do the trick as well.
When most people think of the ghosts and the media their minds travel to one of the reality shows making their way onto television, and some might even remember that their local newspaper or newscast did a story on one. For the most part these are taken as human, or inhuman, interest stories. Every once in a while though one comes out that makes it into the mainstream and into our mainstream conscience. The phantom monk making himself known at an amusement park in England might just do the trick.
In case your local news has not done a story on it, or you haven’t been checking in at Ghostvillage News, construction of a waterslide located at Thorpe Park in England had to be shut down. It seems the ride, part of a large amusement, was being constructed over an old, torn down abbey complete with a haunted monk. Workers were experiencing cold spots, whispers, and objects out of the corner of their eyes. They also saw the deceased and were able to take some pictures. Studies done at the site confirmed coffins had been removed and some other odd links to what had been there before were still there.
What had begun as a footnote in the business section of a local paper soon exploded. Sites like ours began picking up the story and getting the world out. Then it was picked up by the Associated Press and Reuters which made it fair game for anyone in the media. Soon local news crews were getting interviews that were then reedited for American newscasts. We are at the threshold of a mass conversion because we can read the story over our morning coffee and grapefruit.
If it is in a respectable paper such as the Boston Globe or the New York Times it must be true. Doesn’t AP require another source before it carries an item? Forget the ghost is the kind of thing P.T. Barnum would have thought up, and that anyone going to explore the tale firsthand will find themselves not too far from a great rollercoaster and cotton candy. They said it in print, and it was reported on news sites and not blogs. Even if we choose to dismiss it, there is something left over of the story in our mind that might begin to explain those other lights we see when we wake up in the middle of the night.
Investigators and the like have already descended on the site, so more information will be coming out. We will continue to cover it from our end and bring you the facts as they come out and the legends as they develop. If only Ghostvillage could pay me to go cover it firsthand…
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