Colombian Undertaker Launches Ghost Census
A Medellin undertaker has taken his craft to the next level by launching a “ghostly census” in Colombia’s second-largest city, where his workers have so far compiled 215 spirits, 23 in pictures and videos. “It’s beyond question that many of the city’s buildings and homes have ghosts. For years, we’ve heard stories about them and we thought the time had come to approach, catalog and classify them through a census,” William Betancur told AFP.
Betancur said he came on the idea of a “ghostly census” after clearly sensing his pet dog still going about his daily rounds at the funeral home — four months after he died. The enterprising Betancur Funeral Home owner said he began working on the list a few weeks ago, sending “a team of four funeral parlour workers properly attired in uniforms to buildings” around Medellin, 245 kilometers (152 miles) northwest of the capital Bogota.
“They’ve reported back with 215 ghosts…. Our video and still cameras have captured 23,” he said with pride.
Anybody can report an otherworldly apparition, Betancur said. “They just have to phone or email us (email@example.com) and depending on their physical manifestation noises, sparkling light shows or images that’s how they’ll be classified.”
And the ghost business seems to be catching on, according to AFP. Betancur said he gets calls every day from people and companies “from Colombia and abroad” with offers on how to measure the “relationship between the ghost and the place he inhabits” and of state-of-the-art detection equipment.
The undertaker has a sound business model behind his haunted venture.
“Our plan is to take a year for the census…. Later we’re thinking of writing a book and, why not, doing a movie or documentary series.”
Betancur said he came on the idea of a “ghostly census” after clearly sensing his pet dog still going about his daily rounds at the funeral home four months after he died.
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