Gary Galka: From Electrical Engineer to Ghost-Hunter

by JoHarrington

It took a personal tragedy to shift Gary Galka's attention towards the paranormal. Now he's using his engineering skills to speak with his deceased daughter.

The knock on the door signaled a parent's worst nightmare. Gary Galka rushed to the scene, where his teenage daughter Melissa lay dying in a car wreck.

As he held her hand, and told her that everything would be alright, he could have been forgiven for believing that this was the last conversation they would ever have. But death was just the beginning.

Convinced that Melissa was trying to contact him, Gary turned his technological knowledge onto producing gadgets to help her.

How Tragedy Turned Gary Galka onto Ghost Hunting

As a qualified and successful electrical engineer, Gary Galka had all the skills he needed to make ghost-hunting equipment.

Paternal care doesn't end with the grave. Gary Galka has the natural instincts of any good father.  He wants to know that his wife and children are all okay; and that includes the one who died.

Melissa Galka (pictured) was just seventeen-years-old when she was killed. Her car span out of control and collided with a tree.

Her father was summoned to the scene by distraught friends of his daughter. He held her hand, reassuring her as she lay dying; only getting out of the way when fire-fighters needed to use the Jaws of Life to free her.

Afterwards, during the whole grieving process, he said that one of the worst things of all was not knowing if she was alright.  Wherever she was. As her father, it was a question which haunted his mind.

Then things took a decidedly supernatural turn.

Gary told his story to Dave Juliano and Marti Haines, on the Paranormal Straight Talk podcast show (Sept 21st 2012).  (It's available from the iTunes store, free of charge.)  He explained how his other daughter would frequently see Melissa sitting in her room, brushing her hair.  How he and his wife would be awoken in the night by an unseen finger poking their shoulders. How the doorbell would ring with no-one there; or the TV channels turn over on their own.  He felt his bed depress, as an invisible someone sat on the edge of the mattress.

The Galka family did not need a medium to tell them that Melissa was still home.  They could sense her presence all around them.

As a good father, beset with the need to check on his child, Gary turned to what he knew. He set about inventing a device which would allow communication with his daughter. He succeeded.

Mission 93 - After Death Communication with Gary Galka

Gary Galka tells his story and discusses a recent visit from Zak and the crew of Ghost Adventures. Includes examples of EVP recordings for the show.

Professional Ghost Hunting Devices made by Gary Galka

All of his ghost hunting equipment begins with the same code: Mel - for Melissa; 87 - for 1987, the year she was born; and 04 - for 2004, the year that she died.
Mel 8704R Paranormal Ghost Hunting 3 in 1 Instrument New

Mel Meter 8704-R with ir safe Red Backlight Display is Designed Exclusively For Paranormal Investigators ELF Range down to 30Hz ! This is 20Hz lower than the KII. Custom Dual Di...

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Mel-8704 Paranormal Instrument with EMF Meter - Ambient Thermometer - Light Source

measures ac magnetic and temperature bright backlight readout in mG or microT, degrees F or C range: .01 -20,000 mG; -40 -482 degrees F hand-held, portable, 9V battery powered

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Mel-8470R, EVP Digital Voice Recorder & Paranormal CD New

Mel Meter 8704R is Designed Exclusively For Paranormal Investigators: Custom Dual Display Correlates EMF & Temperature Cold Spots Simultaneously! EMF "Burst" Mode Feature for Tr...

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Technology to Communicate with the Dead

Gary Galka has so far invented over thirty items to assist paranormal investigators in contacting the other side.

The ghost hunting gadgets that Gary Galka produced have since become legendary within the sector.

It is his equipment which is used by famous teams, like Zak, Nick and Aaron from Ghost Adventures, and Dave and Marti from Paranormal Straight Talk.  They have all testified to both its accuracy and effectiveness out in the field.

Initially, Gary applied his engineering knowledge in his work-shop solely for personal reasons. He was well aware that his daughter was trying to reach him, but it was like trying to make a call without a 'phone. 

As time went by, it was pointed out to him that other bereaved families might benefit from his growing catalog of ghost hunting devices. Not to mention professional ghost hunters too. He agreed to sell them on the basis that he could make money for several charities that had provided assistance to himself and his family, in their hour of need.

Even today, with an international reputation for excellence, the Galka family still put aside a third of all profits.  That goes into bereavement counselors, scholarship funds for disadvantaged children and a host of other charities too.

By going commercial, with D.A.S. Distribution Inc.,  Gary knew that he would leave himself open to censure.  What he didn't realize was quite how bad it would be.

More Ghost Hunting Equipment by Gary Galka

Anything by Galka is spoken highly about by leading professional ghost hunters, like Zac Bagans and Dave Juliano.

Attacks on Gary Galka Over the Mel-8740 Range

It appears that Dawkin-bashing fundies would stop at nothing to chase Galka out of the market, including publicizing lies about his dead daughter.

On Paranormal Straight Talk, Gary Galka spoke about the personal attacks, upon himself and his family, since he started manufacturing his ghost hunting devices.

The situation became much worse after they were featured on Ghost Adventures in April 2012.

One of the most distressing moments came when a blogger, taking her cue from a website, tried to discredit the whole story. Her issue was that Melissa Galka had been drunk when she crashed her car.

That simply wasn't true.  She had been at a party and alcohol was consumed, but post-mortem tests proved that she was below the legal drink-driving limit. It took legal action and a court injunction before the slander was removed from the internet.

However, the damage had been done. Suddenly Gary found himself publicly berated for not using his public platform to speak about the dangers of drunken driving. People openly yelled at him for channeling his energies into the paranormal, when he could have been leading a moral crusade instead.

I found this incredible. Even if Melissa had been paralytic at the wheel, what did that have to do with communication from beyond the grave?  She would still have been on the other side.

Others took umbrage at his apparent 'cashing in on his daughter's death'.  This deeply upsets Gary.  He listed the charities that would do without funding, if he was to stop right now.  He also pointed out how often he gives his equipment away for free, if poverty stricken individuals show promise with the technology.

There was yet a third common criticism, which was that he gave false hope to grieving families. When they 'think' they can hear their lost son or daughter through his EVP recorders, then they believe them still close by.

And the problem is?  Gary got all defensive at this point, reeling off endless stories about how bereft parents had thanked him. 

Personally, I don't think he should have even addressed the point.  He gave hope to grieving families! If they even believed enough to seek out his devices and services, then such matters factor into their worlds. 

I hate fundamentalism in any way, shape or form.  That includes those so entrenched in their own certainties - that there is no afterlife and no way of contacting it - that they wish to trash all hope and all belief.

But Gary isn't taking all of the attacks lying down. He's challenged any scientist to allow him into their labs with his paranormal investigation equipment. He is so confident that he'll be able to reproduce his results under test conditions, that he's slapped down a $10k bet against it. The money, of course, will be donated to charity.

So far, no-one has taken up that particular gauntlet.

Mel-8740R Paranormal Investigation Equipment

Buy these devices if you are serious about ghost hunting. The special edition pack comes with T.A.P.S. merchandise. Another endorsement for Gary Galka.

The Future for Gary Galka

As an electrical engineering businessman, he still has a lot of work to do; and it might not necessarily be for paranormal enthusiasts.

Obviously no-one would have wished that tragic accident to have occurred in 2004.  That it did, and so profoundly affected a man with such technological genius, can only be a boon to the world of paranormal investigation.

The ghost hunting gismos are just a small part of what D.A.S. Distribution Inc. creates, in that little workshop in Connecticut, USA.  But it's enough to keep six people in work during a time of recession.

Gary told Paranormal Straight Talk that he has plenty of ideas for yet more equipment, but he doesn't know if they will ever be produced. He's so busy with his ordinary work!  But that which has made the leap from his mind to his workbench has been guided by Melissa.

He knows what his little girl needs and, as her father, he still wants to provide it for her.  That's how the paranormal investigation devices came into being; and what would cause future ones to be made too.

At the end of the day, he just wants to be sure that his daughter is alright.

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Updated: 09/12/2014, JoHarrington
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JoHarrington on 10/15/2014

You don't need to turn me against Justinian. He caused so much damage out there. I can well believe that he fixed this one too. Aquinas was a wise man. Reading your final sentence, it's confirmed once again that you are too.

frankbeswick on 10/11/2014

Aquinas says "Light opposes not light, nor does truth oppose truth." Ultimately, any religion which excludes truths must be in error to some degree. This means that to avoid this pitfall theology must be open ended and without a defensive wall against new ideas. Thus, for example, the decision of the council of Constantinople in 553 to ban belief in the pre-existence of the soul was not only short sighted, but has limited Christian theology since that time. There are many, of whom I am one who regard that council as a fix by Justinian and therefore no true council, so we don't follow its requirements. But you see here how this council has created a kind of wall against ideas.

Religions must avoid a situation in which doctrine becomes a prison for the mind rather than a springboard to higher understanding.

JoHarrington on 10/09/2014

You've certainly sold me on the idea of reading that book. :)

One of the main reasons that Wicca fits me so well is its propensity to pick and choose from various religions, philosophies and still retain proven knowledge coming from the academe. It is definitely our strength.

frankbeswick on 10/09/2014

Grimble was passing through a sacred grove through which islanders thought the souls of the dead passed. He could not decide whether he had seen a ghost or received the impact of the dying man's thoughts as he passed away. In this book Grimble is honest about his limitations as a person and attributes his silliness at times to being a young man. As an old man writing this book, he shows that he has learned wisdom and humility.

I have criticized the narrow materialistic philosophy of the enlightenment, but I also must say that religions which make a world-view purely out of their own scriptures are also at fault. Catholicism accepts that the Bible alone is not enough and that we must learn from what Scholastics knew as natural philosophy [science etc], and that's an advantage, though I don't think we have learned enough, but to base a world-view on the Bible alone, as creationists do, is a path to disaster.

JoHarrington on 10/08/2014

Wow! It seems that Grimble had courage. So many deny their truths, considering the truth of peer pressure superior to their own senses.

And a resounding YES to all that you said in your first paragraph here.

frankbeswick on 10/08/2014

That you have heard of this phenomenon from so many different death beds confirms my view that there is nothing abnormal about the paranormal. Normality was socially defined by materialists in the eighteenth century, at the enlightenment, but they seriously erred in making a norm out of their limited life experience and ontology. As a result those who have experiences out of the socially agreed box of the normal are belittled as hallucinating, of dubious sanity or simply lying. But they are not.

Sometimes a hardened skeptic is forced to change. A good case of this is in the book, A Pattern of Islands, by Arthur Grimble, in the chapter "The Limping Man of Makin Meang. " Grimble, a colonial officer, was intent on giving a rollicking to an islander for walking past and ignoring a command, only to find out that the man had already died when Grimble had seen and spoken to him. But Grimble had the courage to admit to his odd experiences. Others have kept quiet about them through fear.

JoHarrington on 10/08/2014

I did know that, because after the Curate's lecture, I made it my business to find out. I spend a lot of my later teenage years telling folk about the Curate who didn't believe in ghosts. Ending with a punchline - 'I wonder if that included the Holy Ghost?'

I didn't know there was a name for the summoner, but the phenomenon is downright endemic amongst my friends and family. I've heard about it time and time again, relating to so many different deathbeds.

frankbeswick on 10/08/2014

Do you know that Christianity has no teaching on ghosts, so the cleric who lectured you was overstepping the mark, presenting his personal opinion as Christian teaching. No council of the church has declared on the matter, and Scripture has not done so. But in the Bible story of Jesus' walking on water, the apostles were afraid that they were seeing a ghost. Jesus calmed them, but did not teach that ghosts are non-existent.

I have for some time believed that the standard heaven and hell model, where you are sent to one destination or the other and do not leave, is simplistic; I also believe that the afterlife is other than we think it is, containing many mysteries beyond mortal ken. Mark chapter 5 seems to show Jesus being unwilling to cast evil spirits into hell. This is not consistent with mainline theology. Only today I was talking to a bereaved in-law about the summoner, the phenomenon whereby the dying sometimes see their deceased relatives. It has happened in my family, and it seems common. Again, this is not consistent with mainline theology.

JoHarrington on 10/08/2014

Apparently he thought so. He sent two friends to fetch me from my house ('Curate wants to see you...'), which was a mile and half walk to the church. I sat on his settee and was lectured about ghosts not being real and me being a bad Christian to 'pretend' to see them. I would be going to Hell if I didn't mend my ways. Blah-de-blah-de-blah.

Given that this was the 80s - at the height of the AIDS scare - there had been a sermon a few weeks before, which was downright homophobic. The vicar actually preached that homosexuality was a sin, with my gay friend sitting right alongside me. I was already feeling a little disillusioned with the church, and the Curate effectively ensured that I'd be walking away after that evening.

Years later, I know that there are good and bad clerics in every religion. It shouldn't reflect upon the religion itself. It sound like you and your son have met more than your fair share of the bad ones too.

frankbeswick on 09/28/2014

What! He had the impertinence to demand this of you? Does he control your perceptions? Is he a feudal superior to summon you like a vassal? I think not. This was a man with an ego incommensurate with his worth. The arrogance of the man reminds me of a case. I was quite irritated by the university chaplain who interviewed my son after Peter went to him to say that he had seen a ghost. Peter had telephoned me and we had discussed it, but the chaplain just said that it was something in his mind and gave no help whatsoever. No it wasn't, the temperature had dropped and a ball in his room was vibrating as it passed. The lad was terrified. I gave him more help than the chaplain did.

When I spent three years in the religious life [I was not very close to ordination] I developed an animosity to clerics who loved power. I had several serious disagreements with other students [and the superior] about authoritarianism, the corruption of religion and the way that some clerics love to hang on to power systems. The superior waved me a fond farewell at the door, happy to see the back of me. You might gather that I am not universally popular with the members of the clergy. Don't think that because I go to mass I am loved by every cleric. I think for myself.

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