On January 14th 2009, a fellow named Roger Marsh featured the Connecticut Paranormal Research Society (CPRS) ghost-hunting group amongst his “American Ghost Hunters – Best Evidence 2008” series. To the 95% of the world who embrace some kinds of pseudoscience in place of actual science, this might seem like an impressive statement. To the 5% of us that know better, this is about as impressive as being the world’s prettiest pile of horse manure.
For those of you not familiar, The Examiner is basically an experiment in citizen’s on-line journalism. It is owned by the Clarity Media Group in Denver, CO, which is a legitimate newspaper and on-line journalism company. The Examiner is divided into regions by cities. For example, Chicago has The Chicago Examiner. And each Examiner has sections, just like newspapers or online newspapers.
Apparently, Roger Marsh is “The Chicago UFO Examiner”. It’s a bit unclear if this is a title for Mr. Marsh or if “The Chicago UFO Examiner” is a section of the larger website. Not that it matters all that much, so I’ll treat it as Mr. Marsh’s title when he is writing for The Examiner.
So who is Roger Marsh? Well, he has a distinguished resume in the world of woo. His personal website seems to be down as of today, but here is the most extensive bio I could find on him, courtesy of The R&R Station Family Restaurant …
Roger Marsh is a writer and producer who has observed, investigated, and experimented with paranormal activities. He is currently writing, Sacred Dialogue, a book about these adventures and his belief that anyone can tap into universal information. Roger’s experiences include stories about haunted sites, clairvoyance, clairaudience, telepathy, dreams, and meditations he has conducted for other people. He is the co-author, with Stan Gordon, on an upcoming book about the UFO and Bigfoot flap in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1973 and 1974. His original plays, including a series of comedies, Dime Novel Radio Theater, have been produced in Chicago and other regions. He has produced hundreds of book and magazine projects from concept to domestic and international distribution as an acquisitions editor for both Consumer Guide and McGraw-Hill Publishing, including, UFO Encounters & Beyond, The Holocaust Chronicle, Crimes of the 20th Century, and Ghost Towns of the American West. He is the co-author, with Lolly Extract, of the children’s book, Julie Taymor, Art on Stage and Screen, Wright Group/McGraw-Hill, 2005. Roger holds a B.A. in mass communications from St. Bonaventure University, and an M.A. in journalism from Northern Illinois University.
The takeaways from his bio are: haunted sites, clairvoyance, clairaudience, telepathy, dreams, meditations, Stan Gordon, UFO, and ghost towns. Thank you, R&R Family Restaurant.
Mr. Marsh also helps run a website called InCahoots.TV, yet another paranormal website. This is the repository for his “American Ghost Hunters – Best Evidence 2008” series and information. He is asking for ghost hunters from all 50 states to contribute their best evidence, and the Connecticut representation that Mr. Marsh has chosen is CPRS, which brings us full circle to the article that ran just this past Wednesday. CPRS is a very typical ghost-hunting/paranormal group. They have lots of stories, anecdotes, and easily frightened people, but nothing in regards to good evidence or science. No surprise there.
Just keeping you all up to date on the latest and greatest from the haunted hills and valleys of Connecticut. Someone has to keep track of all of my home-state nonsense. Plus it affords me the opportunity to quote James Randi when defining ghosts:
“From the German geist, for “spirit.” A specter, phantom, apparition, shade, or wraith. A figure, often described as semitransparent, believed to be the remaining trace of a deceased person. Ghosts are the favorite subjects of scary tales designed to impress children and some adults.”
Roger Marsh is an easily impressed person.