John Fraser is a member of the Council of the Society for Psychical Research, and has been’ Vice Chair Investigations’ of the Ghost Club – the two oldest groups in the country that study the subject. His topics of study have been as varied as hypnotic regressions and vampire folklore, as well as more conventional paranormal research.
John joined the SPR in the late 1990s and, in 2003, became a member of the Spontaneous Cases Committee, where he worked to widen its accessibility to the general public through the Society’s website. He was invited to join the Council in 2008.
John’s active interest in the paranormal dates from the 1980s, when he participated in a long- running series of hypnotic regression experiments, assisting in the co-ordination of sessions and being trained in hypnotic regression techniques. As with many such experiments, despite some impressive results, it was inconclusive.
In 1988, following a research project regarding supernatural occurrences at Sandwood Bay in Sutherland, he was invited to join the Ghost Club, where he became the ‘Vice Chair’ (with investigations portfolio) 1998-2004.
His 2010 ‘Ghost Hunting, a Survivors Guide’ was one of the first UK books published about the subject since it re-popularisation by TV. Since 2015 John has been working on an extended project of witness testimony regarding the well-publicised phenomena occurring at The Cage in St Osyth Essex, also assessing the validity of witness testimony in spontaneous ‘paranormal ‘ cases.
John has appeared in a number of media discussions of the paranormal - including Japanese and Scottish Television, and national BBC radio.
Buckmaster Oversight Committee
Oversees publications projects funded by the legacy of Nigel Buckmaster, including the creation of the Psi Encyclopedia
Chairman: Dr Richard Broughton
Spontaneous Cases Committee
Handles reports received from the general public concerning anomalous phenomena, ranging from precognitive dreams to sightings of apparitions
Chairman: Dr Graham Kidd
Members: Dr Barrie Colvin, Dr Callum Cooper, Paul Cropper, Ciaran Farrell, John Fraser, Ashley Knibb, Rita Leek, Alan Murdie, Dr John Newton, Steve Parsons, Dr Leo Ruickbie, James Tacchi, Dr Zofia Weaver, Ann Winsper