I’ve never heard of a ghost who — during his or her lifetime — was a ghost hunter or paranormal investigator.
In fact, those who’ve left this world intending to convey a message from the other side – such as Harry Houdini – have yet to make a credible connection.
If you’re asking if any famous ghost hunters returned as ghosts… I have no idea.
Famous ghost hunters… are any of them ghosts?
If any readers have heard about ghosts of the following famous ghost hunters — or people like them — let me know. (I’m not asking if anyone has contacted them via psychics or divination. I mean an actual ghostly appearance — something that’s happened in front of enough witnesses to be credible.)
Can ghost hunters become spirits who visit this world? Maybe. That answer depends on your theology.
My spirituality is somewhat eclectic. I can’t imagine any benevolent Deity who’d refuse to let people return here to check on the well-being of friends and family.
So, whether you call the entity a “ghost” or a “spirit,” I think it’s normal for people to visit us after they’ve crossed over. That includes ghost hunters, your great-grandmother, and maybe your favorite teacher from “way back when.”
Can a ghost hunter choose to “test drive” the experience from the other side?
Maybe you’re asking: Is a ghost hunter likely to remain in this world, not cross over, and stay here to haunt a location?
I suppose that’s possible. It seems unlikely. Most of us have cajoled and argued with dozens (even hundreds) of spirits stuck here. Repeatedly, we’ve told them to go to the light or find Grandma.
So, I think we’d know what to do if we felt constrained here.
It’s possible that a ghost hunter – like any other spirit — might choose to be a ghost and haunt some location in spectacular fashion, just for fun.
It sounds pretty silly to me, but I think we all have free will. I believe anyone could choose to stay here.
This is one of the stranger questions I’ve been asked. It seems odd to me, but several people have asked about it. Maybe I don’t understand, because I’m not sure how anyone would know if a ghost reincarnated, in the first place.
If you believe in reincarnation or past lives, how might that look? Here’s one way to think about it:
First, perhaps someone lived on earth, and at the end of a normal (or even unusual) life, he died.
Next, he became a ghost for awhile, by choice or by default. Maybe he was waiting for something specific to happen. Or, maybe he had unfinished business on the earthly plane.
Then, after some time, the ghost decided to re-enter this plane for another life experience. (That’s a plot device in some paranormal romance novels and movies.)
He’d be a ghost, reincarnated.
Possible…? Maybe. I can’t rule it out.
So, that raises several questions.
Taking this question to an extreme
If people reincarnate — or have multiple past lives — can the ghost reincarnate as the ghost of any of those past identities? (That is, can the deceased choose which past life to represent, as a ghost?)
If a person can choose between reincarnation and becoming a ghost, why become a ghost? (That may be a rhetorical question. If there’s unfinished business, the new incarnation might take 18 or more years to be able to finish whatever-it-is. Maybe the person thinks he or she can accomplish more, sooner, in spirit form.)
If doppelgangers exist, could a person encounter himself (or herself) as a ghost?
To me, it seems like those concepts wander far out on a limb. I’m not sure any of them are worth serious consideration.
Can a ghost reincarnate? If you believe in reincarnation, it’s possible that anyone deceased — even if they’re having a short-term adventure as a ghost — could be born into this reality again, in a new identity.
But, if it happened often, I think more people would remember past experiences as a ghost.
To date, no one has shared that kind of memory with me. If you have, let me know.
The best picture is shown at right. In real life, his shadow looked like a normal person’s shadow… except that the hat shape looked like something from the Colonial era, or very early 19th century.
The figure moved like an everyday person. It didn’t float. It didn’t fade in and out. It looked like someone was walking on the other side of the basement, in front of a light source. And then it walked away, moving towards the wall at the far end of the basement, and the figure vanished.
Since many people in New England take part in Colonial and Revolutionary War re-enactments, I fully expected to see someone – in costume – when I rushed ahead to see who’d caused the shadow.
No one was there, and we’d have heard footsteps, running, if someone had dashed upstairs. Had it been a prank, the basement was too large for anything but the hastiest getaway.
We checked everything to see if a normal shadow could explain it. The basement wasn’t very cluttered, so no one could have been hiding from us.
Only one other person was in the house during the investigation, and we’d have heard his footsteps. Plus that, his build differed completely from the shadow. We found nothing to explain this figure. At least two of us saw it, in addition to my photos.
Are they dangerous?
A couple of years ago, I turned on a ghost-related TV show. On it, I heard the star declare that shadow people are killers. She insisted they’re extremely dangerous.
At this point, I think it’s irresponsible to tell homeowners that shadows in their homes might kill them. (In Dr. Who episodes, maybe. In really life? No.)
If a shadow person has ever killed someone, I haven’t heard about it.
Likewise, shadow people don’t have features. It might feel as if they’re looking at you.
Being certain of that…? Nearly impossible. It’s just the outline of a body. You can’t see its face.
I have seen the Ghost Hunters’ episode where a shadow person seemed to peek out from behind something. We can assume the shadow was looking toward the investigators, but we can’t be certain of that.
Shadow people look like shadows. While you can find a lot of speculation about what they are (and aren’t), we really don’t know.
Here’s another researcher’s opinions about shadow people. It’s an eight-minute video.
They might be ghosts that manifest as shadows. Maybe they’re not able to create EMF spikes or generate EVP, and they can’t rap on tables, but they can create shadows.
That’s one guess, anyway. I doubt that anyone knows with certainty.
Or, shadow people may be something entirely different than ghosts.
At this point, anything is possible. Shadow people may be fearful apparitions, trying to hide from us.
Shadow people might be minions of demonic entities.
Then again, shadow people might be aliens in a form we didn’t expect.
From reports I’ve read, I suspect that shadowy figures are a description, not a category of entity.
One of my experiences might indicate an alien element. (Or, it may have no connection to shadow people. It’s something strange, not ghostly.)
Dark portal to the night sky?
One of the most mysterious shadows I’ve seen… well, it wasn’t a person at all. But, it was very odd and I’ve never heard a reasonable explanation for it.
Around 2009, my husband and I were driving from New Hampshire to Dragon Con, where I was a guest speaker.
It was nighttime. The sky was dark and a little cloudy.
Driving south on I-95, we saw an odd column of darkness on the left side of the road. It looked like it was in back of a stand of trees, and about 100 yards from the shoulder of the highway. It was similar to the kinds of columns created by searchlights, but column was darker than the sky, not lighter.
In that rural area, there were no spotlights or searchlights to create an illusion with contrast. I thought it was fascinating and I wondered how they’d created that effect. It was a great alternative to a spotlight.
(At the time, we didn’t realize it was an anomaly. I asked a few scientists at Dragon Con what might have caused it, and they said nothing like that was possible.)
Since then, we’ve never seen it or anything like it.
With the increasing reports of shadow people, was that column a conduit for them? I haven’t a clue and it may have nothing to do with shadow people. It’s just an idle thought to consider.
In terms of shadow people being evil, malicious, or demonic, I’m skeptical.
The shadow person I photographed (the interior photo, above) was about 30 or 40 feet from me, and I sensed nothing at all from him. He was just there.
His form didn’t seem to be sucking up light, like some sort of energy vampire. He wasn’t menacing or cowering or sending evil death-ray energy at me.
He was just a shadow.
Just in case…
Until we know more about shadow people, keep your distance. That’s just a precaution.
So far, I haven’t seen or heard credible reports to suggest they’re dangerous.
Whatever they are, I don’t think they’re ghosts, but I may be wrong. It’s fine to make note of them. Other than that, I’d keep the study of shadow people distinct from ghost investigations.