We found this article recently from the Western Daily Press, from Bristol, which reported on Tuesday 19 October 1948, of noted paranormal expert G. N. M. Tyrrell having his doubts about the existence of ghosts, because there were so many dodgy folk out there muddying the waters. Here’s the report in full:
Psychical Experts Have Their Doubts
After a century of investigation, it has still not been “quite definitely determined” whether “psychic phenomena” happen or not, said Mr G. N. M. Tyrrell, past president of the Society of Psychical Research, addressing the Bristol Rotary Club at the Berkeley Cafe yesterday.
He said serious investigators were still in doubt because the subject had always been full of fraud – it attracted charlatans.
“The reason fraudulent mediums are so plentiful is that it is a very paying business,” said.
“Five guineas for doing a few conjuring tricks is not bad going!”
Nevertheless, Tyrrell believed that behind all the fraud which had been exposed there was still a certain amount of genuine “paranormal happenings” which ordinary science could not explain.
”There is more than meets the eye in the human individual,” he said. ” Psychical research points to much that science cannot touch.”