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Devil In the Delta (Book) Review

 
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A detailed tour through a real life ghost investigation.

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More textbook than spooky story.


Final Fiendish Findings?

If you have Ghost Hunters set to automatically record on your DVR, if movies like The Exorcist or Nightmare on Elm Street are quality entertainment, if Rosemary’s Baby is your favorite bedtime story…….then let me introduce you to Rich Newman. A real life paranormal investigator who has more than a few ghost stories to tell around the campfire, Newman takes readers on a winding path through the scariest case he has ever investigated – the Martin family trailer in the Mississippi Delta.

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Posted February 8, 2013 by

 
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“A ghost hunter’s most terrifying case….to date.”

If you have Ghost Hunters set to automatically record on your DVR, if movies like The Exorcist or Nightmare on Elm Street are quality entertainment, if Rosemary’s Baby is your favorite bedtime story…….then let me introduce you to Rich Newman. A real life paranormal investigator who has more than a few ghost stories to tell around the campfire, Newman takes readers on a winding path through the scariest case he has ever investigated – the Martin family trailer in the Mississippi Delta.

Now, I’ll start right off by saying if your interest in ghost stories is getting a good scare, then this probably isn’t what you’re looking for (although there are plenty of cringeworthy moments). As an investigator, Rich Newman prefers to take a scientific approach to the matter of hauntings. If he can record it and study it, then for the purposes of his investigation, it didn’t happen. Audio equipment records everything, even when investigators are not in the room. Video cameras run constantly, and a still camera is used as well. Newman is all about documentation first.

While Devil In the Delta does spend a good deal of time discussing the details of the Martin case as well as several other prominent hauntings, both in Martin’s past and historically speaking, it is more of a how-to than just a spooky story. Readers who are truly interested in learning how paranormal investigators really work will find a treasure trove of information here, from why psychics are not usually helpful to how a family’s feelings on ghosts may affect their experiences to views from the Catholic Church on exorcisms. Newman mentions often how the experiences shown on television differ greatly from the reality of a paranormal investigation, and the dangers involved when amateurs who’ve learned their technique from the screen try to tackle a real case.

Devil In the Delta is no doubt a very informative book for wannabe ghost hunters, or anyone who is curious about the ins and outs or real paranormal investigation. Issues like how to deal with the family involved, particularly with regards to their particular religious beliefs, or what the next step is when a haunting has been confirmed, are things that may be forgotten in the excitement of planning an investigation. Even something as simple as knowing how long it will take to set up all your equipment can make or break an investigation if time is a factor.

I found all the information on how to perform a science based investigation of paranormal activity fascinating, but to be honest, I would have been disappointed if there weren’t any good ghost stories to go with it. Fear not, Devil In the Delta has plenty of those to go around. The Martin case is the main focus, and it’s a strange one. This is no haunted castle or historic bed and breakfast haunted by soldiers who died on the battlefield. The Martin’s home is a doublewide trailer, inhabited by three adults and two young girls, where nearly every type of paranormal activity has been recorded. There are objects manifesting out of thin air, visible apparitions, poltergeist activity, and even reportings of possession. It’s nearly unheard of to have so many different kinds of activity in one place.

Through the course of his investigation, Newman will make three trips to the Martin house and spend many hours investigating. The things he finds there leave him no doubt that the Martin’s are telling the truth (well, about some things at least), but it also stirs up a lot of memories, both of the events that led him to becoming a paranormal investigator, and the cases he has worked on since. These side stories are just as interesting as the Martin case in their own rite, and add variety to the story as well.

Devil In the Delta is like a how-to guide to the paranormal. From how to accelerate activity to what the best ways are to record it, Rich Newman takes you through the ins and outs of investigating real life hauntings. If you’ve ever wondered what really goes on behind the scenes, or even if you just love a good ghost story, Devil In the Delta is well worth your time.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)