Thursday, 15 October 2015

Black Eyed? Please!

The UK's Daily Star reports toady that paranormal investigator Tom Buckmaster has caught video evidence of the Black Eyed Children where else but in the woods of Carnock Chase! I've wrote about this location before as it has become the UK home for various pop-culture spooks such as the aforementioned black-eyed kids and the Slenderman. Surprisingly this report isn't brought to us by paranormal tabloid staple Lee Brickley.

You're slipping Lee!

Anyway onto this evidence. The Star leads the story with image.

Pretty striking! Is this taken from the video evidence that Buckmaster has caught? If so it would be pretty compelling, obviously not beyond faking.

Unfortunately the actual video shot by Buckmaster is far less compelling. In fact its laughable. Take a look.


The footage was shot during filming for Haunted Finders youtube channel, they claim its extraordinary because it "holds its own light". It appears to me, whatever the object is, its just slightly better at reflecting the camera's light back.

Here's what Tom said about his video:

"The full-time ghostbuster said: "It looks like a child dressed in white – you can see the legs moving as it walks.

"I didn’t even know I had captured the ghost until I went over the footage and thought, 'What the hell was that?'"

So how exactly did Tom go from "what the hell was that?" To "That was a black eyed child of Carnock chase... I'd better immediately report this to the daily Star and collect my check."

Why a black-eyed child? Why not a ghost? An alien? A Smurf?

Less earning power perhaps. Its been ages since the Star bought Smurf footage.

The Star then has the nerve to state that alteration of the image (below) makes the image even more striking. Erm... not so much. 

What we have here is another case of blatant paranormal click bait by a British tabloid. The staff of the Star must of knew that the video was less than impressive or they wouldn't have led the article with a striking stock-image of a "black-eyed child". There's cynicism on the part of Buckmaster and Haunted Finders (or whatever they are called, I can't even be bothered to scroll up to check I have their name right I have that little respect for them), they have labelled this a Black-eyed child knowing that it will garner more attention and more likely to land in a crappy tabloid.

Perhaps the saddest element of the story appears in the Mirror version of the story. Tom states:

"This is the best visual evidence we have EVER caught."
Oh dear..

A black eye for the groups carrying out legitimate research.