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JAYNE HARRIS WANTS YOU TO

“JUST CALL ME CATHERINE

CROWE...”

Have you ever wondered whether you’ve lived before? Do you even believe in past lives? I’m unsure personally, although I have over the years seen and read about many compelling cases, so let us assume for a moment that we have all been here before, that this physical life we now enjoy is but one of many incarnations we are to experience. If we knew for a fact that this were the case, how many of you reading this would love to know who you were, and when? ME, ME, ME! Erm…yes, I would. Sorry, for a moment there I forgot myself, or did I? I’ve always had an impulsive nature, often acting without thinking, my mind littered with thoughts, ideas, to-do lists and so on – all of which may appear quite mad if written down. I’m also known for my stubborn nature and if I have

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lived another life before this one then I can see no reason why it would be any different, and in fact I think it highly likely that I’ve gained my quirks and traits as a result of past experiences! Yes, I must have been a stubborn, determined woman, slightly bonkers with an obsession for all things paranormal. I would like to believe also that I have once lived a life in Edinburgh, a place which in this life holds a piece of my heart and calls me back time and time again. Enter Catherine Crowe. Many of you may not be familiar with this name, and you’d be forgiven, after all the veil of time is so swiftly drawn across many of our pioneering female trail blazers. If I were to transport you back to 1848 you would find you were hearing and reading about her very often however as in this year a book was published, written by Mrs. Crowe, entitled “The Night-side of Nature”,

which was a competent investigation into the supernatural using historical evidence and a variety of self-developed theories and research methods. It was ground-breaking and bearing in mind that it was written almost 40 years before the Society for Psychical Research (the SPR) was founded, it possibly helped lay the foundations for all future analytical ‘para-thinking’ and psychical research. She was an intelligent woman and knew that the book would likely be rubbished by respected academics, not least because it was penned by a woman, but that didn’t deter her. In the books introduction she makes a direct appeal to the academic community urging them to take notice of some of her more credible reports, highlighting that they deserved proper scientific investigation. “I avow that in writing this

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book I have a higher aim than merely to afford amusement. I wish to engage the attention of my readers, as I am satisfied that the opinions I am about to advocate, seriously entertained, would produce very beneficial results…If I could only induce a few capable persons, instead of laughing at these things, to look at them, my object would be attained and I should consider my time well spent”. Yes, indeed Catherine Crowe was a bright and determined woman with her eyes on the prize. She wanted recognition and approval from those she respected. Victorian society was at this point fascinated by ghostly tales and Catherine was very keen to separate truth from fiction by introducing measurable methods of investigation and to my mind certainly helped prompt this now much recognized field of study. Life must have been full

Haunted Magazine #16 - Women in Paranormal Special  

Women, women, women, you can't live with them but you can get them to write the features for Haunted Magazine Issue 16, and like a female ve...

Haunted Magazine #16 - Women in Paranormal Special  

Women, women, women, you can't live with them but you can get them to write the features for Haunted Magazine Issue 16, and like a female ve...