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Paranormal investigation for profit, a good or bad thing?

People have been telling ghost stories for centuries and they have been experimenting with ways to communicate with the dead for just as long. Paranormal investigation has become somewhat main stream over the past decade because of popular shows such as Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures and many others. With the increased interest in the paranormal, many historical locations are now offering tours, paranormal investigations and overnights for profit. Some of these locations are very historically significant. Connecticut even has a few locations that are following this trend such as Hartford's Mark Twain House.

Do you think that hosting these events takes away from the real draw of the house IE it's history? Or, if the locations are seeing a drastic drop in business, is it okay for them to seek other means of income such as hosting paranormal events? It is obviously important for these locations to remain open because of their historical significance, but are more people visiting for the history or the alleged ghost stories? There is also the debate on the paranormal investigation side, is the field becoming better known for drumming up business or seeking actual evidence of the afterlife?

There is also the issue of houses that have been featured in horror movies about the paranormal. Thrill seekers will often visit the houses repeatedly and harass the current home owners with questions about the alleged hauntings and the hope of seeing something paranormal occur. One such case was in Southington Connecticut. “The Haunting in Connecticut” movie premiered in 2009, long after the Snedeker family (family the movie was about) moved out. The current owners are now besieged with people seeking to have a paranormal experience of their own. The current owners are furious about this, they claim to have never experienced anything out of the ordinary in their home.

What is your opinion on this?

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