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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=16303507&method=full&siteid=115875&headline=spooky-truth--name_page.html

Hi I was recently reading this old article from the Mirror website

If you havent read the article its about a former member of the Television show 'Most Haunted' Who left because he was frustrated because of the Shows Fakery (Talking from his point of view). He mentioned numerous times that the 'Psychics' Such as the Controversal, Derek Acorah. Had numerous times pretended to Have contacts with spirits, When they clearly couldent have (Because they where in the wrong building or he was touching the wrong object or so on).

I dont know if this is true or not,  I for one dont trust most haunted anyway, but its possible that this guy is just bitter, He did mention that his opinion was largely ignored (he was put onto the show to offer a more scientific approach, though he was appareantly ignored by the rest of the show)

So whats your opninion on Acorah and Most haunted? I dont trust them but then again I never did

(PS. Sorry for the poor quality of this post, im not use to putting things on the internet)

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Re: Derek Acorah (Psychic or Conman)

I know a few people that have been involved with the show in one capacity or another and afer their comments on Derek I must admit I am a bit dubious.  Remember that the show is just entertainment and has no value when it comes to scientific research, much like the American Ghosthunters show.

I was actually telephoned late one night by someone working on a Most Haunted episode whilst Derek was still involved.  They were asking whether he had been in contact with me and the website getting information prior to the shoot.

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 Well, since there are a number of people who around who probably doubt the authenticity of the mediums in this show, I wonder why Ciaran should put his media career at risk by blurting it all out. ... especially when he has stuck out this long. Something looks fishy...

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There are several references to Acorah being caught cheating on occasions even before he achieved  his current level of fame.  Just put "Derek Acorah cheating" in your search engine and see what arises. Of course this makes no difference either to the laughably inept "Most Haunted" or Acorah's popularity.  His whole edifice is predicated on the fact that so many want to believe (as they did with the late and unlamented cheat Doris Stokes).  Coupled to that, nothing brings in the punters more than controversy.  Acorah's performance is no better (or more accurate) than one can see for a modest contribution at a spiritualist church any weekend. 

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I think Derek does have the ability. I just reckon he got a bit caught up in the drama a bit, got carried away in being on a regular TV show and got caught out. To carry on as far as he did and not have any ability would have been nigh on impossible.

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Would it have been impossible?  On such a superficial level I very much doubt  it.  The very best that can be said of Acorah is that he is not very talented at what he purports to display.  Any spiritualist church regularly holds services where similar purported phenomena is shown.  The people who do that seek neither fame nor wealth.  They are sincere but at least in my view sadly deluded and so are their congregations.

As  to the comment above about the scientist "risking his media career".  It should be noted that appearances in the media do not have the same  "pizazz" for everyone - especially academics who have a good living and a reputation to uphold among their peers.  I can sympathise with him.  I was ignored and totally disillusioned by the BBC when I contacted them about a case I knew to be fraudulent.  I sought no publicity or profit but was ignored anyway in the most arrogant and ignorant fashion.  Later on the same claims were "investigated" by an independent TV company who offered workers at the place in question a bribe of £40 if they would "talk up" the paranormal claims during interviews. To their credit they all refused.  Trust me folks, the media world stinks.  It is shallow, sensationalist and amoral and has no place in the serious investigation of anything.

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Re: Derek Acorah (Psychic or Conman)

In most cases the media are not there to investigate, they want to tell a predetermined story that they know will get visitor figures.  I came across censorship of one of my experiences when filmed for 'Strange But True' and that was an eye opener for me.

As for your comment Mark, I think you may be right.  I have no idea whether he has any genuine ability or has psychic type experiences, but I can only imagine the pressure placed on someone doing a show like Most Haunted, where, if the psychic does not come up with the goods they have nothing at all to show except some IR footage and some screaming.

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Absolutely right Ian.  And as a matter of interest the Independent TV prog was the self same "Strange But True".  If you wish to waste eight minutes of your life on it, it is on You Tube.  Try putting "Strange but True Haunted Bomber" in the search engine and all is revealed.  You will note that no mention is made of a thorough investigation by Wolverhampton Polytechnic which had been made before this was filmed. It turned up nothing anomalous.  If you Email Cosford Aerospace Museum they will send a copy of the Wolverhampton Polytechnic report from circa 1991 or 2.  One thing they do mention on
S but T is the fact that the original "ghost stories" had been fabricated by the museum itself - then they go on to present it as a legitmate case anyway!!

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Need Moar Ghost Shows

I wouldent mind the Most Haunted team AS much, If it wasent for the fact that they are just about the Only British-Based Paranormal Team on Television

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  well put it this way Derek acorah and the most haunted team ,did more for ghost hunting mediumship than anyone before them ,so hats off to them I say .

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Re: Derek Acorah (Psychic or Conman)

Hi Andrew, welcome to the site.  That is a good point, but, has mediumship really got a place when investigating a haunting.  Mediumship is unproven afterall, so the use of one in a scientific investigation would not really be expected or for that matter acceptable.  The use of mediums also tend to muddy the water somewhat.  We should bare in mind that ghosts may have absolutely nothing to do life after death or pyschic abilities and mediumship.



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