It would be simple to say, “avoid metal when ghost hunting in haunted cemeteries.”
Unfortunately, the metal issue is more complex. Like many things we encounter when ghost hunting, there are two (or more) sides to this topic.
Metal can retain magnetic charge. That can happen for a variety of reasons, and it’s so common, you must do a baseline check of anything metal near your equipment.
You’ll also look for things that might contain metal, including reinforced cement walls. Also, some gravestones have been mounted with metal supports (inside) or broken headstones repaired with metal.
One of the biggest surprises was when we were investigating a Northfield (NH, USA) cemetery.
We kept seeing strange, fleeting EMF spikes near the stone wall surrounding the cemetery.
Was it a ghost? Maybe, but there was a logical explanation.
Looking closely, we found barbed wire that a tree had grown around.
The wire was barely noticeable at dusk, but we found it on a follow-up visit in daylight, and parts of it seemed to retain magnetic energy.
So, look carefully for any metal that might need a baseline check.
But… what if…?
Consider the flip side of that.
Metal might attract ghostly energy, as well.
We’re still trying to figure this out, but – for now – I recommend looking for metal when you’re in a haunted cemetery.
As long as you do baseline checks, so the metal doesn’t skew your EMF readings, you might be in a “hot” spot for hauntings.
Here’s what I’ve found:
- Metal – and I don’t mean just shiny, reflective metal – seems to increase the likelihood of orbs. As you can see in the photos, below, orbs show up around old, corroded and mossy metal.
- We seem to record better EVP around metal in cemeteries. Is it acting like an antenna or an amplifier? Maybe.
- And, something odd seems to happen to metal at some cemeteries. Often, the metal – especially wrought iron – seems to get twisted. It’s unlikely anyone stood there and did that with their bare hands.
The twisting is difficult to explain.
At the Northfield site – on the quiet side of town – I figured iron fences had been taken down at some point, and stacked, and some of the metal bent under the weight. Or, a branch might have fallen and bent the metal on impact.
Those are reasonable explanations for some twisted cemetery fences.
That’s not enough to explain the volume of distortion I’ve seen in haunted cemeteries across the U.S. and Britain.
(Until the photo gallery is restored at this site, the following thumbnail illustrations show the kinds of pictures I’ve featured.)
Cemeteries are great places for paranormal research. Just watch out for metal that can skew your EMF readings.
And then look for twisted and deformed metal that’s just plain weird.