An Extraordinary Psychic and Paranormal Investigator
Peter James was a fascinating person no doubt. Peter was a no-nonsense medium and ghost hunter. His methods of investigation were direct, honest, and was refreshing free of that theatrics that other television mediums often employ for entertainment purposes. He added much to the field of paranormal research, and his loss is mourned by those who knew him and knew of his work around the globe.
Years ago, I enjoyed tuning in to a favorite weekly show called Sightings. It was one of the first long-standing paranormal investigative shows on TV. It was on this show that I first became aware of a psychic who often appeared on the show. His name was Peter James. I was always amazed at the high quality of his featured ghost investigations. It seemed to me this guy really knew what he was doing. He would go into a location, locate the troublesome spirit(s) right away, and get names and dates which were usually verified later. Sightings personnel claimed Peter was never privy to where he would be going and I believe this.
One of the most chilling and heart-wrenching episodes was filmed aboard the retired ocean liner, The Queen Mary, now permanently docked in Long Beach, California (which I recently went on a Paranormal Investigation of my own (see Ghost Hunting Evidence)). Peter was in the bowels of the ship in the area by the massive pool and changing rooms. He was calling out to a little girl who had supposedly died there decades ago and was still haunting that area of the ship. Peter called out, “hello”, and this clear and distinctive little voice called back to him. Not once, but several times. I tell you guys, not much puts a chill into me, but this did. I knew it was legit!
When His Psychic Journey Began
Peter began hearing and seeing ghosts as a young boy in Rochester, New York. Living with a single mother and alone much of the time, he started exploring the abandoned rooms of the apartment building. Spectral children appeared to him. When these particular appearances happened, he always noticed a strange smell of smoke. Peter mentions in his book, “Heaven Can You Hear Me”, that he didn’t know the children were dead at the time he was interacting with them on several occasions. They seemed to him to be alive and real. It was only many years later that he learned there had been a tragic fire in the apartment building killing several children thus explaining why the children were there along with a lingering smell of smoke. Creepy.
Unlike many of us who hear and see spirits at a young age and seemingly lose the ability, Peter’s ability noticeably stayed with him. And although he went on to live a normal life by serving in the military and working mainstream jobs, it wasn’t until in his mid-thirties that Peter began doing ghost investigations full time. When word spread of his incredible Mediumistic abilities, people started taking notice–especially in the media. Eventually, his investigations and substantial fieldwork led him to become one of the world’s foremost eventually and sought after mediums and paranormal investigators.
Peter James Was Against Harassing Spirits
Throughout his life, Peter maintained that one should never charge into an alleged haunted location and start harassing ghosts. He believed, and I do too, that earthbound spirits are people just like you and me. They happen to be stuck on the earth plane and rather than verbally berating them, to attempt to reason with them. One way to do this is to make their situation clear and letting them know that it’s time to move on. Believe it or not, many intelligent hauntings are by spirits who do not realize they are deceased. The best way to deal with these spirits, according to Peter, is to try and dialog with them to get their story and to try and coax them to cross over to the other side.
Peter definitely had some strong options about ghost hunting shows of today. He mentions in his book that any psychic or ghost investigator, before going into a location and labeling it as evil and or demonic prior to investigation was wrong. And, I agree with this statement. Too many times, on ghost hunting shows, investigators make a big deal about a locale being infested with a demon. How do they know that before going in? I believe it’s all to sell the show and gives viewers a very wrong idea of what ghost investigating is truly about. Ghost hunters on TV have a responsibility to their viewers to present the truth about hunting spirits. I feel too that it all has to do a lot with the power of suggestion. If a psychic or visitor goes into a haunted location that has a lot of negative hype attached to it, then that’s what they will perceive right away. I have gone into places with a reputation like this and felt absolutely nothing harmful! And, believe me, dark stuff is something I pick up on right way.
Sadly, Peter James died on July 31st, 2007 from multiple health issues.
Peter was the primary paranormal investigator on the Queen Mary 1 for years!
Peters James spent the last years of his life doing tours on the Queen Mary on a regular basis as well as continuing to investigate ghost sightings around the country. People who signed up for his Queen Mary ship tours were not disappointed with the ghostly phenomena that occurred over and over during the tours. I can’t say this about my recent paranormal tour experience aboard the Queen Mary in December of 2017 that I feel was faked in certain portions of the tour.
I have to say that to me, Peter James was not a fraud or his abilities pumped up in the media. Whatever occurred during these sessions was real. I have seen a lot of psychics and mediums in my day and being a psychic and medium myself, I can sense these things. What I loved most about Peter James most was his honesty and directness. There was no histronics, face grimacing, wringing of hands, crying, falling on the floor antics, acting possessed, or out of control reactions. He just did his investigations and reported what he saw and sensed. How refreshing.
If you happen to read Peter’s book, “Heaven Can You Hear Me?,” you will read that he had some definite ideas about things paranormal and psychic. He was a bit of a maverick that believed meditation and white light protection was not needed, among other commonly held beliefs. Although I don’t agree with him on some points, I respect his right to have had his own opinion. Aside from that, I believe Peter James was in a class unto himself and will be sorely missed by many of us in the paranormal community!