Update: If it’s before April 9th, 2011 you can watch Ian Lawman live via this web cam feed.
Lawman, who comes from a small steel down in the North East of England, gives the impression he’s up to the physical nature of the challenge. His official bio says;
Ian takes no prisoners with his hard-man looks and approach to the spirit world that comes very naturally, he can bridge the gap within the two planes of existence to prove that life goes on after death via detailed messages of past, present and future.
He’ll have to be tough. He’ll be buried in a coffin, six foot underground, covered with two tonnes of soil and be fed just four tablets a day. These tablets sound like heavy hitting stuff – providing him 2,000 calories. There’s been no mention of what Lawman will do for toilet breaks.
We’re told there will be a “web feed” which Ian will use to communicate with the outside world. Neither Fright Nights nor Lawman have made details of this feed available yet but the psychic’s official website makes mention of this Twitter account, worryingly, however, the user name is still to be registered. Anyone could sweep in and take it.
There is, however, a Facebook page for Ian Lawman: Buried Alive.
While Lawman endures this punishment of earth, Fright Nights and Dudley Castle will be holding a “Buried Alive Festival”. For a fee, visitors can get access to the castle’s most haunted areas, join the team’s regular mediums for ghost hunting and vigils, go on ghost walks with storytellers, speak to clairvoyants and psychics at the craft fayre and grab food from the cafe.
Why is Ian Lawman being buried at Dudley Castle?
It’s worth noting that this is all for charity and you can sponsor Ian Lawman in this challenge via his JustGiving page.
Lawman also gave an interview to EGL Magazine where they asked him the question “Why did you decide to be buried alive for seven days?”. This was his answer;
I want to take the paranormal to the next level. I wanted to get as close to death as I could without dying, so I thought if I was buried in a battlefield over a week I would get closer to spirit.
Is Dudley Castle haunted?
Fright Nights have run ghost hunting trips at Dudley Castle before. Their site talks about a grey lady and a black monk. They also say that they’ve encountered poltergeist activity.
Indeed, there are plenty of reports of ghosts and sightings at the castle. The black monk is reported most often near the Castle’s Chapel. Dudley Castle is quite near the ruins of St James Priory, which was used by the black robe wearing Benedictine monks.
Some suggest that the grey lady could be Mrs Dorothy Beaumont. Beaumont was the life of the Second in Command of the Royalist forces during the siege of May 1646 by Parliamentary forces. She died of natural causes, her body and funeral cortege were allowed to pass out of the Castle to the Church at the other end of the town by the besieging troops but her husband was not given the same permission. He had to stay inside Dudley Castle and missed the funeral.
Dudley Zoo has been involved in reporting some of the paranormal incidents. Chris Round, the zoo curator, has spoken about some of the encounters the keepers have had while doing their 8pm to 10pm round.
First you had to lean over the tiger enclosure and shine your torch around the pit, which seemed bottomless. It was dug from old limestone caves, and you remembered that in 1961 the skeleton of a woman of 40 was found in a nearby cave. The Police discovered very little about her, not who she was, nor why she died here. Nearby a miner was buried alive under a rockfall and the sound of a pickaxe on rock can sometimes be heard. Perhaps it is the same miner who appears in the bear dens next door then disappears through a wall.”
In Pure Spirit
What do you think about Ian Lawman’s charity stunt? Do you think he appreciates how tough this will be? Do you think he can complete it? If he starts to sense, or even see things, will that be due to sleep deprivation or because he’s closer to “spirit”?
So many possible questions here. Do share what you think and consider sponsoring him.