A sister blog is coming: “Ghost Talk with Bree Laidlaw” (WordPress.com). It will showcase the many professional ghost hunters and aficionado groups that I find on Facebook and elsewhere. I mean it to be a tool and a resource for people like me who are more than curious about the process of research and who want that information in one easy-to-use place.
We left off establishing that ghosts look as they did in life, meaning they look like themselves and not like a puff of smoke or a shadowy figure gliding along in the distance. And we will assume therefore, that their appearance would mirror their aspect as it was at the end of their life. Which means Great Uncle Ed wouldn’t manifest as he looked at age fourteen when he in fact passed on at age seventy-four. Add to that, say he died fully dressed in an 1884 bankers’ meeting in New York City. No point in assuming then that he’ll appear to observers in 2014 in his night shirt–or in skinny jeans and a tank top (scary stuff in its own right). The logical progression then, when it comes to determining what a ghost looks like, leads to appearance at time of death.
Sure, Ed died of a sudden heart attack. Quickly and almost painlessly passing on. But what about Uncle Wally who died in a shoot-out outside a movie theater in 1934? He may have been a dapper dresser, but his aspect at death would be a great deal nastier than old Uncle Ed’s. Would we see Wally as he died? Bloodied with horror writ plainly on his face? Well, according to some researchers it all depends on what we mean by “ghost”.
We will discuss “what is a ghost” in the next post.
Skimming the web for interesting sites (last year!), I came across Listverse. Their section on ghost photos got me thinking (always dangerous). But really, what exactly do ghosts look like? Guffaw if you will, it’s still a valid question and reminds me of a conversation I had as a kid. Someone (a cousin or friend or acquaintance–I forget who, but probably a cousin because mine are like that) asked if I’d ever seen a ghost. Of course I replied, “No.” Then he asked, “How do you know?” I strongly suspect that is why I don’t recall the questioner: My blood still runs cold when I think of this conversation. I mean, the thought that I had, perhaps, in fact seen a ghost!
Now…the revered and exalted (with reason) TAPS have decreed that ghosts do not float or fly through the air, that they cannot perform any feats they could not accomplish in life. How they have arrived at that criterion of ghost-ness I do not know. But going with that idea, is it possible that ghosts look like the persons they were? And if so, how would you know if you saw one?