“Broome Theory” began as a joke, in a way.

In the early 2000s, a few of us – ghost hunters, that is – quietly wondered if some ghosts weren’t “dead people” at all. Maybe they were in another dimension and we were just detecting them in our world.

It was such an extreme idea, and I was so enthusiastic about it, fellow researchers teased that I should just call it “Broome Theory.”

So, years later, when I decided to talk about this openly, online, I used that phrase… mostly for fun. After all, I didn’t expect most researchers to take it seriously.

Not as seriously as I did, anyway.

The turning point for going public was when – speaking as part of a Dragon Con panel – I mentioned my belief that some ghosts are alive & well in their own time. That they were “time slips.”

Rosemary Guiley, sitting next to me at the table, seemed astonished.

Then, she told the audience about a Ouija board session when she’d asked the ghosts, “Do you have any message for us?”

She said the Ouija board remained silent, and then replied, “No, Rosemary, do you have a message for us?”

That’s when she suspected – like me – that some ghosts aren’t spirits of the deceased. They’re alive and in their own time/dimension/universe.

After that Dragon Con panel, Rosemary joined me in the “green room,” and we had a very animated conversation about this possibility.

And we agree that whether you call it “parallel universes” or “many mansions” or whatever concept works for you: Ghosts might be alive, in their own realm, and – somehow – the “veil between” those worlds is thinner at some times and places.