Ectoplasm is a term used for a substance or spiritual residue that exudes from the body of a medium during a seance. The word was first coined in 1894 by psychical researcher Charles Richet. During the 19th￼ century spiritualism movement, many said they witnessed this phenomenon, however they were exposed as hoaxes made from cheesecloth, gauze, etc.
In the 1960s, Nina Kulagina from Russia, demonstrated her psychic powers of telekinesis in a number of testes conducted by Russian science community. Nina had several abilities, however much study focused on moving objects by the power of the mind or psychokinesis. Many tests were performed and documented in attempting to discover the source of her power which remains unknow to this day. Much of Nina’s life was devoted to research into her abilites as published tests and firsthand account state her being a genuine psychic. Skeptics will insist it was all a trick orchestrated by the Russian government.
In 1995, Terry Cottle committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. As he was an organ donor, his heart was given to a man named Sonny Graham. Some time later, Sonny wrote to Terry’s wife thanking her for her husband’s gif and a se ond chance to life. The two remained in contact, became close where they eventually fell in love and got married. However, the ending of this tale isn’t a happy as a few years later Sonny ended up committing suicide by shotting himself in the head.
During college, one of the elective courses I selected to take was an introduction to digital imaging. The class taught how to scan and save pictures onto a computer along with basic lessons on photo editing with an earlier version of Photoshop. At the time, the ability to manipulate images I viewed to be exciting as one would no longer be limited to errors of film cameras where flaws such as red eye could easily be corrected. In learning this technology, I realized I could never again trust any picture taken of something paranormal.
Images captured on film freezes a moment in time and on some occasions could create a mystery when something strange appears on the photo. While most perplexing pictures may hold a reasonable explanation, there are a few which defy any given. Here is a YouTube video about such mysterious photos.