"I watch many paranormal shows," writes Jill, "and my question is this: Why don't the people on these shows try to release the spirits? I was just reading your article where the little girl's spirit on the Queen Mary was mentioned. Why aren't people trying to free spirits like her? I can't see why they would leave little children's spirits to wander like that, or the spirits of victims who were murdered. Don't these spirits deserve to move on to a happier place? I know if my spirit was here because of some sad or tragic event I would want help to move on."
Answer: Jill, the answer has to do with the type of haunting that is being investigated. In the case of the little girl haunting the Queen Mary, this is most likely a residual haunting -- that is, the type of haunting phenomenon that is a kind of recording on the environment that plays over and over.... Read the rest of my answer.