Paranormal investigator and columnist Joe Nickell shared his skeptical take on a variety of cases. Differentiating his approach, he said that "mystery mongers" often have their minds made up that something inexplicable is taking place in so-called paranormal incidents, whereas he "follows the evidence." So far, he has yet to uncover "anything that defies the laws of physics."
# Among the cases he debunked: A long-necked multi-humped "lake monster" is probably a group of Northern River Otters swimming together.
# Ghostly phenomena at Mackenzie House in Toronto was due to bleed-through sounds from a parallel iron staircase in an adjacent building.
# A 100Γ??ft. UFO in Salt Lake City turned out to be a misidentified remote controlled 30-ft. blimp.
# Ghost sightings and alien abductions are often associated with "waking dreams" and sleep paralysis.
# Mothman was a Bard Owl, a creature known for their glowing red eyes.
# Spontaneous Human Combustion cases involve people's carelessness with flammables and their bodies act as a kind of wick.
# The images on the Shroud of Turin don't match the burial cloth descriptions written in the Gospel of John.
# The Roswell incident didn't involve a UFO, but a crashed 'Project Mogul' spy balloon.