Temple students at Ambler heard strange tales of the paranormal and unexplained by a visiting parapsychologist Oct. 30, the night before Halloween. Peter Jordan, a real life ghost hunter, showed pictures of ghostly figures and mysterious lights, and entertained the audience with humorous accounts of his experiences.
Jordan has worked on high-profile cases such as the Amityville haunting, which has been the basis for a number of scary movies. He spent countless hours investigating the alleged haunted house, but found it to be nothing but a fake.
“The case was a fraud perpetuated by the defense lawyer for a man who committed several murders there, Jordan said. “Imagine that, a lawyer who lies for mone,” he said.
He has also been featured on the show “Unsolved Mysteries” while looking into a case of possession in Stroudsburg, Pa., a case he said “brought me face to face with evil.” This strange case involved a man who was able to make it rain a kind of watery fluid called ectoplasm, was burned by crucifixes and was sometimes thrown through the air without being touched. Several neighbors and police officers witnessed these events and swear to the truth of what they saw.
Jordan’s goal is not to discover if ghosts exist, but rather why they exist.
Poltergeists are beings that seem to make objects move on their own. Poltergeists are often linked with children. Because of crisis or abuse in the family, the child begins to unconsciously cause strange things to happen. Poltergeists will rearrange furniture in the house, move things through the air and sometimes even cause objects to appear out of nowhere.
One such case involved a house where hundreds of bobby pins would appear out of nowhere and would be warm to the touch. Another case involved rocks that would fly through the house, and would sometimes go through closed windows without breaking them. One reporter investigating the phenomena wrote his initials on a rock and threw it into the backyard, only to have the same rock come back through the house and lightly hit him in the head a minute later.
Another case Jordan investigated involved a 200-year-old house that was haunted by several ghosts. One of these ghosts would communicate with the owners and entertain them by moving their belongings. Another attacked a visiting niece, leaving welts that looked like fingerprints on her neck. Jordan believes that on one occasion the ghosts actually possessed one of the owners right in front of him.
“If you ask me what the freakiest experience I had was, this is it,” he said. “The backyard looked like something out of The Blair Witch Project.”
Jordan has been investigating this kind of phenomena for more than 20 years. When Jordan was little he was an amateur magician. He learned of Harry Houdini and his interest in strange evidence and exposing frauds.
“His investigation into the paranormal really inspired me not just to debunk fakes, but to find evidence that this phenomena actually existed,” Jordan said.
Now, his investigations have inspired Temple students to believe what they may have been skeptical about before. Junior Chanelle Mayo is among the new believers.
“I guess I believed in ghosts to a certain extent before, but now I am more convinced about everything he said,” Mayo said.
For more information about Peter Jordan’s work discovering the truth behind the unexplained, visit https://www.vestigia.org.
Torin Sweeney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.