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09 February 2013, 15:51

Ghosts  are a reality only  in traditional belief systems or cultural ceremonies.

It is supposed to be the soul and spirit of a dead person,. Certain religious practices, exorcisms and practices of ritual magic are designed to let the spirit or ghost rest.

The physician John Ferrier wrote an essay:  “Towards a theory of Apparitions”  in 1813 in which he argued that sightings of ghosts were the result of optical illusions.  A French physician:  Alexander Boismont  published “ On hallucination: Or the rational history of apparitions, dreams, ecstasy, magnetism, and somnambulism in which he claimed sighting ghosts were the result of hallucinations.

Joe Nickell of the committee for sceptical inquiry, wrote that there was no credible scientific evidence that any location was inhabited by spirits of the dead.  Some researchers have speculated that changes in geomagnetic fields (created by tectonic stresses in the earth’s crust  and of solar activity could stimulate the brain’s temporal lobes and produce many of the experiences associated with haunting.  Some researchers have concluded that infra – sound can produce bizarre feelings in a room such as anxiety, extreme sorrow,  A feeling of being watched or even the chills.   And then we have the ghost ship. Also known as  the phantom ship.  It is a ship with no living crew on board. It may be a ghostly vessel in folklore or fiction such as the flying Dutchman or a real relict like the Mary Celeste.  People will believe in ghost ships no matter how farfetched the fairytale may be:  knowing well that it cannot exist.  

There is a road in Kimberley North and is named Tapscott road, name derived from its past and probably some diamond magnate.

Tapscott road is intersected by Diagonal street and people who are in the know tend to give both roads a wide berth. On the corner of these two roads looms a rambling old house: It has been in the market several times but potential buyers seem to disappear just before signing the contract.

One Friday afternoon I was invited by the Ghost buster to accompany him to the house because that night he will be taking a group of ghost sight-seers through that house.  I was a bit apprehensive but went anyway. As we explored this dark and dreary abode I felt uncomfortable and told the GB that I will check out the garage  but it was solidly locked. I returned to the GB and asked for the keys. He reminded me that the garage had never been locked.

It was time for a hurried departure.

Donkey’s years earlier when women still loved their husbands and sons, there was a lady with murder on her mind and she wiped out her beloved male family members with a nasty broth of  cyanide and on their passing she had the male population in her palm and in her bed. Remember Kimberley in those years had a shortage of  eager young men and diamonds, albeit stolen, in their pockets which acted like a magnets.

Well,  We know now the woman  was Daisy De MELKE and she resided in style in the mansion on the corner of Tapscott road and Diagonal road. She is the one that held the garage door closed. It is not advisable to wander around at night in those precincts.

All that is left to say is “ So what is the point of the author”  The author will, by then, have his name changed to RIP  van Winkel because there is still a long time to wait for the legal......

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