Derek Acorah and Kreed Kafer
He Claimed Psychic Powers were Always with Him



Derek Acorah and Kreed Kafer
He Claimed Psychic Powers were Always with Him

Derek Acorah (born Derek Francis Johnson, January 27th, 1950) is a British medium.

He is best known for his work on Most Haunted, broadcast on Living, between 2002 and 2005 then again in 2010.

He currently presents the series Derek Acorah on Sky Real Lives, which is entering its second series.

Although he continues to be a popular figure in live tours and television work, he has been heavily criticized and parodied.


Most Haunted was a British paranormal documentary reality television series. The series was first shown on May 25th, 2002 and ended on July 21st, 2010.

It was broadcast on Living and presented by Yvette Fielding. The programme was based on investigating purported paranormal activity.

Acorah's credibility has been questioned following his work on Most Haunted.

On numerous investigations for the programme, Acorah would appear to become possessed by spirits or an evil entity or would appear lost and confused.

On one such occasion, Acorah claimed to be possessed by the spirit of a man called Kreed Kafer.

In a later interview the programme's parapsychologist, Ciaran O' Keeffe claimed that the character was completely fictional.

O' Keeffe claims that he fabricated the "Kreed Kafer" character (an anagram of "Derek faker"), and misfed the information to Acorah who subsequently presented it as fact.

In a separate interview, the show's presenter and executive producer Yvette Fielding said that she believes it was a "fake possession"
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On another location, Ciaran O' Keeffe made up another fictional character, highwayman Rik Eedles (an anagram of Derek Lies). Sure enough, Derek made contact with this dead outlaw.

Ciaran O' Keeffe stated: "In my professional opinion we're not dealing with a genuine medium. When Derek is possessed he is doing it consciously - all we are seeing is showmanship and dramatics."

Further controversy centred on Derek Acorah again in the West Country, this time in Devon.

On the first night filming "Terror in Torbay", Acorah mentioned a woman incarcerated by her jealous sister in the cellar of Lupton House, even coming up with the names Margaret and Eleanor.

In this case, the facts were right, but the location was wrong. This is the well-known legend of Berry Pomeroy Castle which was to be the last night's location.

On the final night, at Berry Pomeroy, Fielding reminded Acorah that he had mentioned the incarcerated sister two nights prior.

Acorah glossed over his mistake and changed the subject. After many viewer complaints, the Television Regulator in the UK, Ofcom, cleared Most Haunted of any deception of its viewers, and ruled that Most Haunted is an entertainment show, not a legitimate investigation into the paranormal, and should not be taken seriously.


Derek Acorah was born as Derek Johnson, but felt that his last name should be his grandmother's maiden name Acorah.

He lives in Scarisbrick near Southport, Merseyside in North West England with his wife Gwen. 


He works regularly in television and radio and has made personal appearances across the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, New Zealand and the U.S.A..

He has also conducted telephone consultations for clients in India, Australia and New Zealand.


 
Derek Acorah is a British medium and is best known for his work on Most Haunted. In one episode Acorah claimed to be possessed by the spirit of a man called Kreed Kafer.

In a later interview the programme's parapsychologist, Ciaran O' Keeffe claimed that the character was completely fictional.

O' Keeffe claims that he fabricated the "Kreed Kafer" character (an anagram of "Derek faker"), and misfed the information to Acorah who subsequently presented it as fact.


Although not mentioned by O'Keeffe, an article brought into question about unedited footage which appeared to show Yvette Fielding and Karl Beattie faking 'paranormal' occurrences such as ghostly bumps and knocks.

Fielding denied the claims. It is believed by many people that this show is a complete hoax and that it has been exposed as a fake.

Most Haunted had a total of 185 episodes and began on May 25th, 2002 and ended on July 21st, 2010. On September 10th, 2010, it was announced that a new show would replace Most Haunted called Paranormal Investigation: Live. 



 
Yvette states that "Possessions are not real".

Yvette gets caught out insulting Derek Acorah by calling him a "fake bastard".

In July 2001, Acorah was asked to feature in a new British television programme called Haunting Truths which was subsequently sold to Living TV and renamed Most Haunted.

He worked on the show for Six series until his departure in 2005.

In October 1997 he was invited to take part in a tour of the Middle East when he appeared at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dubai, the Brit Club in Abu Dhabi and Hotel Inter-Continental in the desert location of Al Ain.

Acorah claims that his first supernatural experience came as a child when the spirit of his late grandfather - who died before Acorah was born - visited him.

When he told his grandmother she was not surprised. Acorah was later to learn that she herself was a medium.


When he was 13, Acorah fulfilled a boyhood ambition to be a footballer when he signed for Wrexham, as an apprentice. Two years later he had moved on to Liverpool FC under the legendary Bill Shankly.

Acorah played for the reserves, but after failing to make the first team, moved back to Wrexham, in 1959.

He later had spells with Glentoran in Northern Ireland and Stockport County before trying his luck in the Australian League with the then premier Australian team USC Lion.


When Acorah's football career ended due to injuries and homesickness he returned to England and to Liverpool. He attempted finding a suitable niche in life but was never settled.

He claimed psychic powers were always with him and after a while he became a full time spirit medium based in his home city of Liverpool. Acorah quickly gained a popular local following. He also offered his services for free for the first few years of his mediumship.

Acorah claims that he left the show to pursue other projects although the show's presenter, Yvette Fielding is reported to have said that he was asked to leave after Ciarán O'Keeffe, a parapsychologist for the show, fed him misinformation to which he later responded during an investigation, presenting himself as being possessed by the spirit of a fictional character.