Belief in ghosts and hauntings are universal. The question of how to scientifically investigate ghosts is both fascinating and complex; for a complete account see Investigating Ghosts: The Scientific Search for Spirits. Radford has investigated dozens of cases over the years. Here are some selected highlights.

Select investigations

Are Ghosts Real

If you believe in ghosts, you’re not alone. Cultures all around the world believe in spirits that survive death to live in another realm. In fact, ghosts are among the most widely believed of paranormal phenomenon: Millions of people are interested in ghosts, and thousands read ghost stories on Reddit every day.
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Establishing the Strange — Why Can’t Ghost Hunters Get Results?

A few years ago, I got a query from a friend (“K”), who asked my advice on investigating mysterious marks on a wall. Her friend, “M,” had some strange paranormal things happening to her, and others had witnessed it.
Read at AIPT

Kansas Gym Ghost Mystery Solved

When it’s Halloween season, and you know what that means: ghosts! A surveillance video from 2008 depicting what many believe to be a ghost made international news.
Read at Live Science

An Interview With Author Benjamin Radford

An interview about his book Investigating Ghosts, an in-depth look at scientific attempts to contact the dead, from historical, cultural, and folkloric perspectives. From Shakespeare to the Victorian era to modern-day ghost hunting, people have always tried to find ghosts, and this is a look at their methods and how to bring science to them.

Read at Southwest Writers

Taxi Drivers Claim Ghost Passengers in Japan

Almost everyone working in the public service industry for any length of time has at least a few stories about strange customers.
Read at Seeker

Mysterious ‘Ghost Lights in Forest Draw Thrill Seekers

Ghost hunters and mystery buffs in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula often seek out a lonely road at a remote spot in the woods near the Wisconsin border hoping to see a mystery known as the Paulding Light.
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Victim’s Ghost Seen in Accident Photo? Unlikely

A photo taken at the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash in Kentucky went viral in 2016, with many claiming they can see the accident victim’s spirit leaving his body.
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Other investigations

  • Andleberry Estates / Wolfe Manor Haunting
    Clovis, California, TV Show- MysteryQuest: “The Real Amityville Horror”, 2010
  • Bell Witch Mystery
    Adams, Tennessee, 2011
  • Demonic Ghost House
    Lackawanna, New York, 2003
  • Devil’s Hole Cursed Cave
    Niagara Falls, Canada, 1999
  • Djinn Reports
    Cairo, Egypt, 1998
  • Djinn reports
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 2007
  • Djinn reports
    Marrakech, Morocco, 2007, 2018
  • Ghost Detecting Equipment
    London, England, 2006
  • Ghost investigation
    Genesee Country Village, Mumford, New York, 2003
  • Ghost Tours
    Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2008
  • Ghost-Haunted Factory Toilet
    Gazipur, Bangladesh, 2013
  • Haunted Bar
    Cuchillo, New Mexico, 2009, TV- KRQE News
  • Haunted Castle
    Casa Loma, Toronto, Canada, 2005
  • Haunted Ft. George Ghost Investigation
    Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, TV Pilot: “Sightings”, 2004
  • Haunted Ft. George Ghost Investigation
    Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, 2010
  • Haunted Warehouse
    Carson, California, TV Show- MysteryQuest: “The Real Amityville Horror”, 2010
  • KiMo Theater Ghost
    Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2008
  • La Llorona: Wailing Witches Haunting the Ditches
    Corrales and Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2009, 2012
  • Mystery of the Moving Mummy
    Manchester, England, 2013
  • Popobawa Bat-demon Djinn
    Zanzibar Island, Tanzania, 2007
  • Santa Fe Courthouse Ghost
    Santa Fe, New Mexico, CNN, Associated Press, Weekly Alibi, 2007
  • The Haunted La Posada Hotel
    Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2011
  • White Witch of Rose Hall
    Montego Bay, Jamaica, 2005