Mysterylights Group Message 0098

Subject: Electromagnetic fields
From: Barbara Huyser <barb@...>
Date: 13 Feb 2002 07:09

Good day, Frits

I appreciate your response to my e-mail.  I believe
there may be much to learn on my side as well
regarding other perspectives on anomalous light
phenomenon.  An exchange of information and theories
should prove interesting.

The Joplin spooklights are known by different names,
depending on where you live in the United States. 
They are seen very close to the border between the
states of Missouri and Arkansas.  If you live in
Arkansas, they are called the Hornet spooklights after
the nearest town in Arkansas.  If you live in Missouri
(which I did many years ago), they are called the
Joplin spooklights after the nearest Missouri town. 
They are actually seen on the Arkansas side.  An
excellent source is (which is
where I think I learned about this group).  

I was in college in the mid-70's in southern Missouri,
which is when I went to see the Joplin spook lights. 
We saw lights on three different occasions that night
for about 5-10 minutes duration each.  Each time the
light was flitting about quite happily.  Of course, at
that time the phenomenon was attributed to an
assortment of ghost stories.  I may have the
opportunity to go back for a visit in June.

The electromagnetic fields I have found during
paranormal investigations clearly do not have an
artificial source.  I'm very careful about that.  I
use a Tri-Field meter and one other (I don't have it
here at work and cannot recall the brand name). 
Information about Tri-Field meters can be obtained at   

A typical background reading with no electrical
sources (such as in the middle of a cornfield or
cemetery) is usually .2 to .3 milligauss.  An EMF
detector that is held up against a television set will
usually read between 20 to 25 milligauss.  An EMF
detector held about one foot away from a television
set will usually read about 8 to 10 milligauss.  The
spherical shape of the field around the television can
be traced out by moving the EMF detector out in any
direction from the TV set.  

I use the same technique for tracing out paranormal
fields.  I consider a field to be potentially
paranormal if I find a reading of 1 milligauss or
higher in a location where there are no electrical
sources at hand.  For example, on one occasion in a
haunted bed and breakfast, I found a field where the
center registered at 9 milligauss hovering about 5
feet over a bed.  Taking the EMF detector from that
point in any direction showed a steady decrease in
readings until they reached about 4.5 milligauss at
the ceiling and 4 milligauss at the bed.  That field
was quite large.  I was able to trace the edge of
field going sideways as being about 12 feet in
diameter (6 feet on either side of that center reading
of 9 milligauss).  There was no identifiable cause for
that electromagnetic field, given that there was no
light fixture or other electrical appliance over or
under the bed (which would not explain why the
strongest reading was in mid-air anyway).

It is more difficult to locate these fields in open
spaces, such as cemeteries.  They move and it can be
very difficult to pin down their location.  It is
usually easier to locate the cold spots in a cemetery.
 I utilize a non-contact thermometer (more often
called a thermal scanner among ghost hunters) to find
them.  It is an instrument that looks rather like a
pistol.  You simply point and shoot and it uses a
laser to read the surface temperature of whatever you
aim it at.  I've found this device to be effective at
locating cold spots for as far away as 30 or 40
meters.  The cold spots I have found have had anywhere
from a 5 to 25 degree temperature difference from the
surrounding air.  When I find that kind of temperature
difference, I bring out the EMF detector and try to
find the source.  The problem is that the
electromagnetic field that is creating the cold spot
can be anywhere in that 30 or 40 meters.  The EMF
detector has to pass through the electromagnetic field
in order to locate it.  Often, the field shifts to a
different spot before I can find it.

Haunted house investigations offer an easier
opportunity to locate the field because they are in an
enclosed area.  For example, during one investigation,
the ghost seemed to be following the team around as we
were doing a sweep of the house.  At one point, there
was a cold spot directly in front of the home owner as
she stood on the stairs.  I was able to put my hand in
the cold spot and trace out the shape of the
electomagnetic field with the EMF detector.  It was,
once again, a sphere where the strongest reading was
about 3 milligauss at the center.  I was able to feel
a coolness and sense of resistance against the
movement of my hand, along with a tingling sensation. 
Within a few minutes, the readings went down to normal
and the cold spot disappeared.

I have found paranormal fields that did not have a
colder temperature than the surrounding air.  These
fields were found indoors during a sweep of a room
with an EMF detector, but did not register as a cold
spot when checked with the thermal scanner or digital
thermometer.  I have found some fields that felt cold
to the touch, but did not have an actual temperature
variation that could be detected by the thermometer. 
I have also experienced the tingling sensation when
encountering one of these fields.  This is usually my
cue that I've just run into the ghost.  This would fit
in with the research you referred to by Albert Budden.
 I am not familiar with his work, but then I have
focused primarily on ghost research rather than other
areas of the paranormal.  

I am curious as to how much overlap there is with the
work that we have been doing.  We may be exploring
some of the same phenomenon and attributing them to
different causes.  The UFO researcher sees a light
over a field and attributes it to a UFO.  The ghost
researcher sees the same light and attributes it to a
restless spirit.  The geologist sees the light and
wants to know where the faultline is?  Maybe all of
these are correct in analyzing similar kinds of

Barb Huyser

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