Murder Victim’s Brother Says That Evidence Found By Worsley Paranormal Group & Their Theory Is Dead Wrong.
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Monday, September 3rd, 2012
Article By: Phillip Brunelle
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM — A brutal crime against five children nearly five decades ago is making UK news headlines this week… after [potentially] new evidence was discovered by ghost hunters from the Worsley Paranormal Group.
Between 1963 and 1965, convicted killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, murdered five children. The bodies of three children were discovered buried on Saddleworth Moor, near Manchester UK, and the body of a fourth child was found at the home of Ian Brady. The body of the fifth child, Keith Bennett, was never found, nor was the spade, which was said to be the murder weapon.
When such a brutal crime against children occurs, it captivates the attention of everyone, but when aspects of a murder remain unsolved for decades, such as undiscovered remains of a murder victim and a missing murder weapon, the case gets the attention of psychics and paranormal investigators.
The Worsley Paranormal Group has been conducting paranormal investigations in the Saddleworth Moor area for several months. Erica Gregory, the founder of the Worsley Paranormal Group, uploads and shares videos of the group’s paranormal evidence on YouTube and on Facebook, and evenhere on Haunted Society, which includes possible EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) evidence from Saddleworth Moor.
During their last paranormal investigation of Saddleworth Moor, the ghost hunters of Worsley Paranormal Group said they found evidence beyond the paranormal. The group discovered an old spade, which they believed could have been the missing murder weapon used by Ian Brady, in the murders of five children.
The paranormal group turned the spade over to Steve Kershaw, a forensic expert at Manchester Metropolitan University, who said that despite extensive testing, it’s not possible to link the spade to Ian Brady, or the murder victims.
“Even if we had lots more time, and even if we had established that it was a spade from the 60s or predated the 60s, we would not have necessarily established if it has anything to do with Ian Brady.” Steve Kershaw said, he continued saying, “The only way we would have been able to tell is if it had DNA on it, and that’s harder to tell with the handle gone, and with the spade being so corroded.”
The discovery of the corroded spade, that was found buried in Saddleworth Moor, has put the Ian Brady caseback into news headlines, and has sparked some harsh words by Alan Bennett, the brother of Keith Bennett, one of the murdered children whose body has never been found.
Calling Alan Bennett a skeptic, or stating his dislike for the ghost hunters of Worsley Paranormal Group, would be putting it lightly. “This is complete nonsense… as is the Worsley Paranormal Group’s theories and activities” Alan Bennett said, speaking on the discovery of the buried spade.
“They’re all over the internet, chasing anybody who they think will listen to them. They post videos claiming to have picked up Keith on a �?ghost box’ machine, all of which I find totally disgusting.” Alan Bennett said. “It seems now they have gone to the news, just like the other �?oddballs’ in the news lately. They have seen their moment to jump on the bandwagon with all the recent publicity about the case.” Alan Bennett continued.
Aside from Alan Bennett claiming that the Worsley Paranormal Group is doing more publicity hunting than ghost hunting, he also cited the group has become aggressive with him. “They know my thoughts on their �?findings’ and when they realized, finally, that I could not take them seriously, they got very angry to the point of being abusive.” Alan Bennett said.
The Worsley Paranormal Group posted a public statement on their Facebook Page, denying Bennett’s claims, and said they have never met Alan Bennett. This, of course, motivated Phillip Brunelle, Founder of Haunted Society, and a news journalist on all things paranormal, to dig a little deeper, to complete this story of a spade… or spade of a story.
Erica Gregory, founder of Worsley Paranormal Group, in a hesitant statement, said “We have done nothing wrong”. Sensing that Erica Gregory was apprehensive about speaking with me, I assured her that I’m only hoping to prevent a one-sided story, basing it solely on facts. She continued on… denying the allegations that her team of ghost hunters had been abusive toward Alan Bennett. “As for getting aggressive with him, that’s totally ridiculous, we are nice people. He should have never said these things when he has no knowledge what-so-ever on the subject.” Erica Gregory said.
Offering a possible explanation for the upset statements made by Alan Bennett, Erica Gregory said “There are reasons for this anger from the brother [Alan Bennett], and it’s partly to do with psychic mediums”. Erica Gregory went on to explain, “His mum believed in them, but he doesn’t”.
Winnie Johnson, mother of the murder victim, Keith Bennett, fought a long campaign to get Ian Brady to reveal the location of her son’s body. Last month, authorities discovered new information that Ian Brady revealed to a mental health advocate, leading to possible locations of Keith Bennett’s body. However, exactly one day before she was told about this new lead in the case, Winnie Johnson died.
In a continued defense of her ghost hunting team, Worsley Paranormal Group, Erica Gregory said “Our work is based on physical evidence”, but Erica Gregory denies ever saying that any paranormal evidence, more specifically EVPs, was the voice of murder victim, Keith Bennett.
There’s a lot of explanation about what didn’t happen in this story, and on that note, when the Manchester Police were contacted for a statement regarding the spade that Worsley Paranormal Group discovered in Saddleworth Moor, a police spokesperson told Haunted Society Paranormal News that they had no knowledge that the group had found a spade.
Further investigation into this story revealed that the Worsley Paranormal Group personally handled the spade, and turned it over to forensic expert Steve Kershaw, for an independent forensic analysis. This mean that even if Steve Kershaw had discovered pertinent clues when testing the spade, linking to the murders, legally, the chain of evidence would have been tainted. The proper procedure for finding potential evidence should always result in someone keeping clear of it, and the authorities being informed about the discovery.
“This �?find’ is of no help to us.” Alan Bennett said, he continued, “A spade may well have been found again, as many have been before, but it does not tie in with any of the other information or evidence we have relating to Keith. Their need for publicity and their desperation to get anyone to listen to them is evident from their pursuit of various individuals on the internet, usually as uninformed or as crass as themselves.”
In response to the statements by Alan Bennett, Worsley Paranormal Group founder, Erica Gregory said “He has made us more determined to do even more now, and finish this.” and in the ending of her emailed statement, she continued, “You can show our videos, and see what opinion you get, that’s okay as long as you present us as normal, and not mad, that’s not what we are.”
A follow-up email was sent to Erica Gregory for a statement on her handling the Saddleworth Moor spade, why the group didn’t contact the police, and to get clarification about contact that the group did have with Alan Bennett, but no further comment was given by Worsley Paranormal Group.
We have asked for opinions on our Facebook Page Here, before publishing this news story, to see what other people thought about presenting unsolicited paranormal evidence to the family of a murder victim, and Nikki Weslowsky – Peterson, Co-Founder of Northern Paranormal Investigations, located in Vancouver BC Canada, said “I don’t think that any psychic or paranormal investigator should ever give unsolicited paranormal evidence to a victims family or friends”. Nikki Weslowsky – Peterson continued, saying “If a person feels they have pertinent or comforting information, they should contact local authorities involved in the case and let them decide what to do with that information.”
Now, we are asking you, where are the boundaries when it comes to paranormal investigations, or the appearances of psychics, with cases such as this? When is it okay to present the family of a murder victim with unsolicited paranormal evidence, or to conduct a search for physical evidence, andindependent forensic testing on evidence that might be linked to a case? Please take a minute to comment below with your opinion. If you’re not yet a member of Haunted Society Paranormal Network, Join Here. This is a free social networking website dedicated to the paranormal, and a trusted source of paranormal news.