With recent news, I found this article through the resources at the TAPS Family and wanted to share. This goes to show how "involved" the public is when it comes to jumping on ghost stories and paranormal ideas. We need to show respect to the dead and even though these two are the most recent and famous cases, this should apply to all people.
RESPECT THE DEAD
By Jason Korbus
With the recent passing of both television icon Farrah Fawcett and self-proclaimed "King of Pop" Michael Jackson, the time is now to stay on guard for paranormal publicity hounds who will soon be coming out of the woodwork in order to try and make a few dollars off these deaths.
It is an unfortunate reality that shysters and con artists are at the top of their game during times of tragedies. False psychics will make the claim that they predicted the death of Michael Jackson and that, if you will only pay them X amount of money, they can predict the future of your finances and love life! And don't worry, it'll all be positive, lest you should stop coming back for more readings. And if there is something particularly bad going on in your life, do not fret, because for a nominal fee this psychic can set you up with a few sticks of incense and a mantra for you to chant that will alleviate all suffering. Oh, please!
Why just look at the website for the so-called psychic seemingly known only as Nikki. She placed both Michael and Farrah on her health and death watch this year. She neither predicts bad health or death specifically for either, but that being said, she'll certainly take credit for hits; no matter that Ms. Fawcett has been battling cancer for years and Jackson has been medicated for a variety of physical and emotional maladies. Of course, she also has about 70 other names on this list, many of whom are either very old, in poor health, or known drug addicts. The bigger shock would not be that more names on this list pass away, but if they do not. If they don't, well, I imagine there's always next year.
And what about poor Farrah Fawcett? Not only has she been battling against cancer for quite some time, but her father will now have to bury the second of his daughters. And yet, I don't have to have supernatural powers to predict that some sinful and shameful human being will probably try to capitalize on this misfortune and "conjure" her spirit at a seance in the near future.
Just a few moments ago I was reading the Twitter page of Kris Williams, an investigator with TAPS on the show "Ghost Hunters." I have made no secret of my displeasure with this show in the past, but I noticed Ms. Williams was already being flooded with requests by a female fan for her and the crew to investigate Michael Jackson's home. Say what you will about Mr. Jackson; certainly you'll have plenty of ammunition. But, the fact is this: the man just died and there are people already wanting paranormal teams to bust down the doors to investigate his home. Forget the family left to mourn. Forget the children who must now live the rest of their lives without their father. "Investigate the house!" they seem to be saying. "You'll get better EVPs if he hasn't been dead long!" That is sick. And it is wrong.
What happened to respect? Not just for your fellow human beings, but for the dead? When did tragedy become another way to make a quick buck? And why is it so tolerated in our society? Let's stop this. Reject it out of hand. We must spurn this type of behavior whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head and, if we can't love each other, at least show a little common courtesy and respect for our neighbors, our community and yes, for the dead as well.
Thanks for reading.