We are so excited to bring you this interview Daryl Marston, a podcaster and professional ghost hunter. No, seriously. We interview a lot of paranormal investigators, but in this case we mean it quite literally; he’s been cast on the recent reboot of the original paranormal investigation TV show Ghost Hunters.
If you were so enmeshed in the world of paranormal investigation that you did it for a living, then what would you consider to be scary? Would anything scare you?
Today, we talk to Daryl Marston of A&E’s Ghost Hunters about some of the scariest and most personal moments of his long investigative career. Hear about Daryl’s copious ghost hunting adventures. Delight in some of his intense paranormal encounters that weren’t caught on camera, but were experienced in solitude. Recoil at his recounting of being attacked by…witches?
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Episode Show Notes
About Daryl Marston
Today’s guest has a name you probably recognized, if you watch the new reboot of Ghost Hunters. But Daryl’s been ghost hunting since 2008 after growing up in a haunted house, so he’s no newbie. He founded investigative team Breaking Paranormal in 2011. He started The American Ghost Hunter Show podcast in 2016. He’s the co-owner of online community and media company Paranormal Warehouse. He is also the author of the upcoming book The Devil Resides in Cleveland, a memoir on the time an entity followed him home from the House of Wills.
On our podcast, we’ve heard of a full-body apparition ghost…but a half-body apparition?
Ah, that epitome of ghostly interactions. The denouement of every horror film. That one paranormal experience that the ghost-curious simultaneously desire most and fear most. We’re talking about the full-body apparition, of course. Fiction would have us believe that it’s pretty common to literally see a ghost, apprearing like a normal, if somewhat ephemeral person. But we’ve learned from our podcast guests who have ghost stories (at least those who are not mediums) that other paranormal activity (sounds, objects moving, emotions, premonitions, shadows, lights, even smells) make up nearly 100% of what a non-medium generally experiences with a haunting. Even a seasoned paranormal investigator who seeks out ghosts rarely sees a clear and complete image of a human spirit.
So of course, when we heard that Daryl’s VERY FIRST paranormal experience (as an adult) was seeing a half-body apparition, our first thought was “woah, how lucky, terrifying, and rare!” Followed quickly by “wait…HALF-body?” Although it’s hard not to picture a hokey, Haunted Mansion-esque ghostly bust on a shelf, we’re sure if we saw the same we still would have peed our pants.
But why on earth would a ghost manifest as half a ghost? Is it possible that the spirit didn’t have enough energy at its disposal to fully appear? Or could it all be in the eye of the beholder and their perceptiveness? What do you think? Have you ever seen a full or half-body apparition? If so, please tell us about it on social.
What is an EMCCD Camera?
Electron Multiplying Charge-Coupled Devices, or EMCCDs, are cameras for viewing single-photon events. Daryl tells us that NASA has used this type of camera to detect the faint signal of neato space things like star formation. But how can it detect something paranormal?
According to Ghost Hunters’ tech manager Brandon Alvis, “In season two of Ghost Hunters, you see that I implemented an EMCCD camera, which is an electron multiplying camera that’s mainly used by the digital imaging scientific community to record single photon events. I used this device at Fort Stanton, Haines, Alaska, Galena, Ill. and Clifton, Ariz. and we started to collect photon events taking place in these allegedly haunted locations! Not only can’t these photon events be explained, but they seem to be creating images that are humanoid shaped, which is very interesting! We’ve consulted with various scientists and engineers, people who have taken a look at the footage, and they have no explanation for it.”
We can’t wait to see how paranormal investigators are going to use this new (to the field, the device has been around for decades) tech. And also how theories develop around what it’s actually picking up!
Haunted Mohecan Castle in Ohio
Daryl bravely stayed for several nights in the haunted Cabin 13 outside of haunted Mohecan Castle. You’ll hear the behind the scenes story of what happened to him here on our podcast episode; however, be sure you watch the full episode of the investigation on A&E.
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