Little is known of Eddie Brewer’s early career - other than he originates from somewhere in Scotland - where he freely admits he was born when very young. He first came to the public’s attention nationally during the famous – some might say infamous – Cockfield Poltergeist case in Kent in 1983 – when as a new member of the Society for Psychical Research, Brewer was asked to come in as observer. Many of the videos of paranormal activity within the house and interviews with the participants were recorded by Brewer and ended up being seen across the country on BBC1’s early evening current affairs Nationwide programme. The broadcasts caused controversy and a number of viewers committed suicide. It was thanks to his thorough work on this case that Brewer proved beyond doubt that there was no paranormal activity at all in the house. Most of it had been staged for the night cameras by Mrs Molloy and her two daughters.
As an investigator, Eddie Brewer worked throughout the 80’s and 90’s on numerous cases of poltergeist activity, daemonic possession, and hauntings many of which appeared in print in a series of articles he wrote for Dead and Buried and Beyond Reason magazines. Asked how and why he first became involved in the paranormal, Brewer is rather vague about the circumstances – although there is some suggestion that a personal tragedy may have been the cause. From 1991 until 1999, Brewer was a regular contributor to the popular late night Weird But True TV series made at BBC Pebble Mill and was often seen in heated debates with the resident medium, David Encore, and parapsychologist and sceptic, Malcolm Grease. One particular confrontation from 1994 is still a popular download video on You Tube – when Brewer managed to discredit the popular clairvoyant, Lilly Bolero, who had maintained that she had a personal message for Brewer from the beyond. The series moved on to cable in 2001 but was soon overtaken by the hugely popular Live Haunting (2002 onwards) series hosted by David Encore and Brewer’s series was cancelled.
Neither a true believer nor sceptic, Brewer has often been challenged as to what he actually believes when it comes to the paranormal. He maintains that he is a rationalist and that what matters always is the weight of evidence – evidence that up to now, some say, Brewer has been unable to provide. However, parapsychologists such as Doctor Susan Kovac, challenge that there is a scientific basis to his work. He is, in her opinion, a true believer driven by a compulsion to find evidence that, in her opinion, cannot possibly exist. Not a popular figure amongst spiritualists, mediums and true believers, he is also considered old fashioned and anachronistic by the new ghost hunter teams of programmes like Live Haunting. He is considered to be somewhat a loner. Although rather reserved about talking about his core beliefs, back in 1992, Brewer was interviewed for BBC Radio Norwich’s Halloween special and revealed more about himself than he probably realised at the time:
“I believe that people see, hear and experience these things, whatever they are, and one day we will be able to prove that they exist. I believe it is part of being human. The paranormal can be very disturbing but it can also be strangely comforting. Ninety nine percent of sightings are witnessed by a single person. It’s because ultimately we’re all alone in the universe, but at the same time the futility of our brief solitary existence is challenged by the appearance of a long dead person…..So, in a way, we are reassured in our loneliness……left to ponder the seemingly impossible…..”
Brewer lives alone in Erdington, Birmingham.