Gary Popella of GhostTheory.com

Gary is currently an editor at the popular GhostTheory.com, a site created for the purpose of documenting paranormal cases, as well as trying to find logical and scientific answers to these anomalies. His paranormal influences started at a young age when he had a few unexplainable incidents with what appeared to be a shadow person.  He believes we are not alone, whether we look to the skies or in our homes, there are unexplainable events occurring around us constantly.

1) How did you become interested in the supernatural?

My interest started off at a very young age, about 4 or 5 years old in which I had an experience with what I believe was a 'Shadow Person'. As I grew up I actually read just about anything I could get my hands on that referenced ghosts or the paranormal. My interests did wane as I exhausted the resources at hand, and really didn't arise again until the recent explosion of the paranormal interest in modern society due to TV shows such as Ghost Hunters.

2) What's the strangest or most interesting paranormal experience you've had?

The 'Shadow Person' experience previously mentioned. Even now some 35 years later, it's still rather vividly etched into my mind, so I don't think I will ever forget it. The basic story is that I saw a gliding, backlit shadow of a man that had to be seven or eight feet tall outside the windows of the house on two occasions within a two week span, and once more about six or seven years later, in a different place of residence. On the second occasion, it stood in the middle of the window, looking at me and I stared it down, literally.

3) Where/how does science fit into ghost hunting and the supernatural?

Science is critical to paranormal research, because science is the standard of the modern world. If it isn't proven scientifically, it's generally not accepted. Not to say that I accept what science has to say about the paranormal/supernatural, it's just the modern standard. Ghost hunting is great, and I do believe useful evidence is gathered by these trips, not that the evidence will be accepted scientifically, but ghost hunting trips are more for the experience than anything else. Science is better applied to serious research such as the work of J.B. Rhine. Unfortunately for paranormal entities and the like, it will probably be impossible to prove their existence due to the rigorous nature of scientific method.

4)  Do you have any moral/ethical obligations in ghost hunting or communicating with the dead?

None

5) If it were possible to contact or bring back someone from the dead, who would you bring back and why? Try to think of someone who is not famous.

Well, not to be obvious, my father. I would want to state the things I didn't really get a chance to say to him before he passed, so as to be at peace with myself, and help him understand me better.

6) Do you have any other thoughts or interesting theories you'd like to share?

My thoughts on the paranormal are fairly straightforward. I really do think that there is something out there we really do not understand, and wether it exists in our reality, or another dimension, or another plane of existence, it's real. We, as a society, are still in our infancy scientifically, and we still have much to learn and understand. Science needs to be as neutral as possible when it comes to all things paranormal as  the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence!

Reader Comment

I am a HUGE fan of Gary's. Love the work they do at GhostTheory! It was absolutely fascinating to read his answers to these questions. We seem to share a similar view towards all this paranormal stuff. (I've gleaned that from his posts on GT, but these answers shed a lot more light on all that.)

January 30, 2010 | Courtney Mroch