Tag Archive: investigations

Aug 26

The Village Paranormal

  Contact Name  Lauri Carter
Location  Pinehurst, N.C
North Carolina
Phone  910-315-6991
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Website thevillageparanormal.com
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Private and public investigations and blessings/cleansings, ghost walks. Founder Reiki Master.

Mar 01

The Ghost Guild

  Contact Name Nelson Nauss
Location Raleigh, NC
Triangle Area
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Website theghostguild.com 
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Our Mission is to investigate the possibility of paranormal entities with great skepticism, professionalism, and fun. We have no desire to compete with other paranormal groups. We simply wish to collaborate with like-minded individuals and teams from around the world who share our passion for investigating the things that go bump in the night.

Jan 15

TN After Hours Paranormal

 TN Afterhours Paranormal Contact Name Dean or Elaine Stout
Location Alcoa,  TN
TN, GA, NC, KY
Phone 865-679-6774
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Website www.tnafterhours.com
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Specialty:
Historical locations, homes, bridges, roads, abandoned buildings

Jan 05

Nevada Paranormal Task Force

 NPS-Default Contact Name Chuck Klenus
Location Las Vegas, NV
West Coast
Phone  702-883-0091
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Website nevadaparanormaltaskforce.com
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Historic and Scientific. Our team is Historical. Scientific. We. Help those with Paranormal Activity. We cleanse, we also travel to haunted locations

Aug 27

Spirit Hunters

 Spirit Hunters Contact Name Bobby Fraser
Location Huber Heights, OH
Ohio
Phone 408-375-7316
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Overnight lockdown investigations. I am a sensitive and have all the equipment needed to investigate. We do it as a hobby, and don’t charge.

Feb 24

Paranormal Research Society of Nebraska

 NPS-Default Contact Name  Angie Jones
Location Lincoln, Nebraska
Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas
Phone (402) 413-5466
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Website nebraskaghosthunters.com
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Our team conducts free paranormal investigations for anyone experiencing a haunting, poltergeists, or possible possession.

Feb 15

Southeast Paranormal Society

 NPS-Default Contact Name Leon Wilkes
Location Warner Robins, GA
Georgia and all states in the Southeast
Phone 478-234-5189
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Website southeast-paranormal-society.com
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We are a team that specializes residential cases that involve demonic activity. We also investigate normal paranormal activity as well.

Feb 15

New Castle Paranormal Society

 Ncpslogo Contact Name KImbralee Inman
Location New Castle, IN
Surrounding Counties
Phone (765)-591-2248
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We attempt to find reasons for things that happen or a explaination to help the client better understand what is going on.

Feb 15

Gateway of Shadows Paranormal Investigations

 gateway1-629x800 Contact Name Dawn Mooney
Location Fairview Heights, IL
Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa (200 mi radius from St Louis)
Phone 618-799-0235
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Website gatewayofshadows.org
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We are an official TAPS Family paranormal investigation team covering a 200+ mile radius of the St. Louis Metropolitan area. No case too large or small. All services such as investigations and cleansings are
completely FREE! We pride ourselves on our quick response time, professional manner, and thorough investigations. Contact us today!

Jan 09

Panoptic Paranormal

 Panoptic Paranormal Contact Name Nikki
Location Nampa, Idaho
Idaho and Eastern Oregon
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We investigate all aspects of the paranormal. From the friendly, to the possible demonic activity. We do not charge for our investigations.

Jan 04

North East Paranormal Society

 NPS-Default Contact Name  Josh Lajeunesse
Location  Albany, New York
Greater North East area, Albany, NY
Phone  518-429-1789
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Website northeastparanormalsociety.com
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We are proud to say that we are the leading paranormal research team in the Capital Region, and we are dedicated to exploring the paranormal and helping those who feel they are experiencing unexplained activity. Formed in 2005, we have learned and grown a lot over the years and we bring that experience to every investigation.
As the leading paranormal team in New York’s Capitol District and greater northeast area, we continually develop our knowledge, skills and expertise involving the paranormal while employing proper protocols, applying logic and using common sense.
Through trial and error, using and experimenting with different types of equipment, operating under the guidance of our established protocols and applying unique investigation methods, our experience over the last eleven years has led us to become a professional, disciplined, scientific and dedicated team. Having investigated many residential, commercial and historic locations we use our knowledge and techniques to assist people to better understanding things they do not yet fully understand.

Dec 27

Abnormal Paranormal

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 Abnormal Paranormal Contact Name Lawrence Hervey
Location Phoenix, AZ
Arizona
Phone 520-488-6817
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Website theabnormalparanormal.com
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We are a team of paranormal investigators based out of Phoenix, AZ. We have lived all over, and are fascinated by things that go bump in the night. We run towards the scary things, we beg for answers, and use a mix of new technology and “old school” seance magic in an attempt to find answers and learn what awaits us in the next life.

Dec 27

Mid-Mo Supernatural League

 mid-mo supernatural league Contact Name Kel
Location Jefferson City, MO
Mid-Missouri Counties
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Website  midmosupernatural.wix.com
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Mid-Mo Supernatural League is not your average paranormal investigative team as we use unique techniques (which are based on Jewish, Christian and Native American rituals).

Dec 07

Warrenton Paranormal Research Society

 Warrenton Paranormal Research Society Contact Name Heather Lynn Keeslling
Location Warrenton, Virginia
Virginia
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Website  thewarrentonparanormalresearchsociety.webs.com/
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As a Ghost Hunting Unit, WPRS concentrates our research on the preliminary interviews and the base investigations. Our primary objective is to either substantiate the report of our client, or find a reasonable explanation for what they are experiencing.
Our equipment includes, but is not limited to, audio and video recorders, EMF meters, motion sensors, and temperature guns. WPRS’s investigations have included historical sites, private homes and commercial properties. The primary function of the investigations is to be able to document paranormal activity, thereby giving credence to
the client that the activity is real and not imagined. If, during the investigation, we find that there is a reasonable explanation for the activity, that will also be reported. After the investigation a written report will be presented, along with a digital copy of all photos and audio on CD.
The standard WPRS team will consist of two-to-four investigators. All of whom have been involved in multiple investigations.
It is our policy to insure that no damage is done to any of the client’s property. Therefore, all of our equipment is hand held or on tripods, we do not string cables or use tape on any surfaces

Dec 07

Gateway Paranormal Research & Investigation

 Gateway Paranormal Contact Name  Garry or Sheri
Location Oklahoma City
Oklahoma & surrounding areas
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Website  GatewayParanormal.net
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Gateway Paranormal Research & Investigation is a professional team dedicated to helping people who are experiencing any form of paranormal activity. The GPRI team members share a vast knowledge of the paranormal. We are a team that conducts ourselves and our investigations in a professional and ethical manner. We approach all
cases with a skeptical eye while keeping an open mind, and conduct investigations as serious and scientific attempts to seek truths above all else.

Nov 09

EVILS Indiana LLC

Evils Indiana Contact Name Sandman
Location Connersville, IN
100 mile radius
Phone 765-821-0130
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Website  EVILSIndiana.blogspot.com
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Mission Statement:

To explore and find evidence of the paranormal. We have been doing this for many years as just a fun activity. Now we want to find true evidence of the supernatural or debunk what can be explained by everyday occurrences.

Other Social Media Links: http://EVILSIndiana.wix.com/EVILS

Oct 04

The Nocturnal Paranormal Society of New Jersey

 NPSNJ Contact Name Steve Redding
Location Deptford, NJ
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware
Phone 856-304-9148
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We here at NPSNJ specialize in Spirit communication with the use of Varias equipment. NPSNJ members, especially enjoy imvestigatiing locations with a rich history and historic significance.

Oct 04

Paranormal Places

 NPS-Default Contact Name John Leahy
Location Liverpool
United Kingdom
Phone 07976276761
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Website  paranormalplaces.net
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We are a paranormal investigation team based in the north west of England, we conduct private investigations and assist at public events in association with dead/live events. We use state of the art equipment which we keep up to date regularly as well as manufacturing our own equipment.

Sep 04

Port Hale Paranormal Society

 NPS-Default Contact Name Chris Baker
Location Fort Gratiot, Michigan
Blue Water and Tri-City Area of Michigan (Flint, Port Huron, Detroit and Thumb of Michigan) and Upper Ohio, Indiana and Illinois
Phone 810-434-9092
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Website porthaleparanormal.com 
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We are a team that loves to help clients on a nightly basis. We were founded on May 29th, 2012 as Fort Gratiot Paranormal, but saw a name change to Port Hale Paranormal Society when we re-organized into a bigger and better team on November 11th, 2014. We are the only professional team in the Blue Water Area of Michigan that serves the client at no cost and will help them at any means necessary.

Jul 28

Windham County Paranormal Society

  Contact Name Ian Flood
Location Brattleboro, Vermont
New England, New York, East coast
Phone 802-579-6100
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We replace the fear of the unknown with curiosity. We use our time researching histories of areas prior to investigating. Our goal is to educate the general public about the paranormal, turn what people may fear into a curious interest. This is all done through our Facebook page through pictures and videos. We are available 7 days a week for investigations as we thrive on learning new things and making new discoveries.

Jul 24

3 Girls In The Dark

 3 Girls In The Dark Contact Name Emily
Location St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO and Southern IL areas
Phone 618-789-0602
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Website  3girlsinthedark.com
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All female paranormal team. Coming from 3 completely different views, we bring a variety of opinions to the table, which in turn, forces us to hit all points and views when conducting an investigation. One skeptic/debunker/realist, one scientific and one spiritualist.
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https://instagram.com/3_girls_in_the_dark/
https://vine.co/u/964336675692208128

Jul 24

Port City Paranormal Wilmington

 Port City Paranormal Contact Name JC Anderson
Location Wilmington, NC
Eastern United States
Phone 910-200-6563
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Website portcityparanormal.com 
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We are group of experienced professionals who have joined to provide assistance to those who are having problems of a paranormal nature. Our goal is to help people understand these events and overcome their
fear. We have the utmost respect for our clients, we are here to listen, and provide comfort. Our services are free of any charges. Our reward is the knowledge we have helped our clients to live in peace in their own homes.
Through technically sound field investigations, we hope to preserve part of history while establishing an evidential basis for the survival of consciousness after death. The Port City Paranormal team uses the latest equipment and techniques to investigate and document our findings. We are non-provoke group, we do not use Ouija boards, hold séances or use any means of divination. Port City Paranormal follows strict protocols for investigation and documentation to assure our evidence is consummate.

Jul 23

Paranormal Investigations of Mid-Maine

 NPS-Default Contact Name Amy Tardy
Location Mercer, Maine
Central Maine
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General interest in the Paranormal; particularly Ghosts and Hauntings,Interested in learning more about Demonology

Jul 17

Blood Moon Paranormal

 Bloodmoon Paranormal Contact Name Connie Meckes
Location Orlando, FL
Central Florida
Phone 407-256-7811
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Website  bloodmoonparanormal.yolasite.com
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We’re a new Team, but each Team Member has experienced most everything paranormal. We offer free Investigations, Blessings, Cleansings, and will find answers for you. We also use Skype and Face-Time.
Let us help by giving us a call or email. What do you have to loose except stress !

Jul 15

Apex Paranormal

 Apex Paranormal Contact Name  Elijah Buchholz
Location Overland Park, KS
Kansas and Missouri
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Website theapexparanormalonline.com
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We are a group of avid paranormal investigators that love conducting any and all investigations. We are willing to travel and conduct local investigations in the Kansas/Missouri/Midwest area.

Jul 11

Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations

 Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations Contact Name Jimmie McVey
Location Independence, MO
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We are based in Independence, Mo. We work with the Jackson County Historical Society in conducting investigations & raising money for the 1859 Jail, Marshal’s Home & Museum. We take a clients privacy very seriously & never reveal a location or evidence without their permission. We use an array of equipment, including meters, cameras, apps, etc

Jul 07

Paranormal Investigation Agency

 NPS-Default Contact Name Khalil
Location Monterey, California
Due to career status we often move around the country
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Our team consists of two persons right now. We focus on Demonology, Occult, and cult studies and investigations however our team takes cases of all kinds.

Jul 02

The “Unexplained” Investigators

 NPS-Default Contact Name Jeff Porter
Location Hickory, North Carolina
Hickory and surrounding areas
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Investigations,blog talk radio

Jun 18

Unrested Paranormal Seekers

 Unrested Paranormal Contact Name Wayne
Location Beaumont, Texas
Texas and Louisiana
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Website  unrestedparanormalseekers.yolasite.com/
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We are a non-profit group that uses scientific methodology to help people understand and cope with any paranormal phenomena they may be experiencing. We offer our haunting investigation services free of
charge to anyone that believes they are experiencing a haunting or other paranormal activity in their home or business.
Follow us: ParanormalSocieties.com

Jun 16

New England Earth-bound Paranormal Investigations (NEPi)

 New England Earth-bound Paranormal Investigations (NEPi) Contact Name Terry Decker, Case Manager-Founder
Location Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire
All of New England
Phone 603-209-0375
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We are a family-based New England paranormal investigation group. We have all had what we would call ghostly encounters throughout our lives. Now we are on a quest to find the answers to our questions.
Our mission is to help people have a better understanding of the paranormal world. To quote Charles Dickens, “An idea like a ghost, must be spoken to before it explains itself.”

Jun 01

Fredericksburg Paranormal Research & Investigations

 NPS-Default Contact Name John Sullivan
Location Fredericksburg
Virginia and surrounding states
Phone 804-658-7020
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Website Fred-pri.com 
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We investigate anywhere from private residents to commercial locations to historic locations.

May 23

Girls Of The Dark

 NPS-Default Contact Name  Wendy Jessie
Location New Castle
Midwest
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You may have seen us on Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures! We were featured on the Thornhaven Manor episode! We are a group of girls on the hunt for the paranormal!

May 23

Island Paranormal

 NPS-Default Contact Name Gabe Falsetta
Location Bellport
NY Metro Area
Phone 631 803 2169
Email email
Website islandparanormalinvestigators.com
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Specialty:
Non profit group investigating paranormal activities Scientific as well as experienced group efforts in investigating ghosts and hauntings.

May 23

Western Region Paranormal Research

 NPS-Default Contact Name  Stephanie Hotchkiss
Location Modesto
Northern and Central California
Phone 209-605-3557
Email email
Website  wrpr-online.com
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Specialty:
Investigating and tease aching all types of paranormal activity in a professional and timely manner

Apr 06

Michigan Paranormal Specialists

 NPS-Default Contact Name Terri Gunning Toupin
Location Detroit
Southeast Michigan
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Group goes from investigation to cleansing. We have about fifteen years of experience.

Apr 04

GRIP

 G.R.I.P Contact Name Tony Godown
Location Geneva, Nebraska
Nebraska, Western Iowa, Northern Kansas
Phone 402-759-1454
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Website ghostlyrip.org
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We were founded in 2011. We have conducted over 25 cases as of March 2015. These locations include Private Homes, Bars, Motels, Cemeteries, and famous haunted spots like Villisca Ax Murder House, Squirrel Cage
Jail, Farrar Schoolhouse and Waverly Hills Sanatorium. We take a scientific approach into every case.

Apr 03

Old School Paranormal

 Old School Paranormal Contact Name Steve Stults
Location Hays, KS
Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado
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Old School Paranormal is a team of five friends that seek to research the unexplained. We have a true passion to find a reasonable explanation for something that may seem paranormal. During our investigations, we seek genuine and tangible evidence and are careful about the presentation of this evidence… ensuring that it is legitimate, researched and analyzed before being presented to the property owner. As a team, we review all data from the
investigation and thoroughly analyze each second of audio, video, photographic and instrument material collected. However, our innate tools are the most important pieces we use on each investigation.

Nov 23

Spiritlight Paranormal Investigations

Contact Name Dianne Frazier
Location Middleburg, Florida
Phone (904) 307-6501
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Website www.diannespiritlight.com
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Specialty: ParaClergy, Haunted Tours and Radio Show produced by Bishop Long http://www.inspireradio.org/InspireRadio/Home.html
Join our Spiritlight Show Tuesday nights from 8-10 PM EST
Messages from Rev One Eagle and Psychic MINI- Readings from Rev Dianne Frazier call 347-945-5757.
None given

Nov 23

Amelia Island Paranormal Research and Investigations

Contact Name Jeff Saults
Location Amelia Island, Florida
Phone (904) 844-3205
Email email
Website www.ameliaislandparanormal.com
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Specialty:
Paranormal Research and Investigations.

Nov 23

Oldest City Paranormal

oldestcity Contact Name Gwen Fair
Location Middleburg, Florida
Phone (904) 327-8753
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Paranormal research and investigation. We will travel anywhere in Florida and Georgia to help out anyone who needs us. We are available for residential and businesses. We DO NOT charge for services. We want to help others understand and learn about the paranormal.

Aug 18

Psychoparanormal

psychoparanormal Contact Name Sarah Porter
Location Rochester, NH
Phone (603) 343-6309
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Website www.psychoparanormal.com
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Specialty:
Investigations and personal assistance

Jul 14

Staffordshire Paranormal Investigation Team

Staffordshire Contact Name Jade Frewer
Location Staffordshire, England
Phone +07984718799
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Nov 25

Day 3 – Reflections

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We have all done it at one time or another – we have been on an investigation, snapped some pictures and gotten back to review them only to find that there are unexplainable lights and even faces showing up in our photos. I’m not talking about the lights from the room or outside, or the faces showing up in dorbs, but more reflections. To truly process these photographs from the researcher and investigator’s eyes we MUST begin with debunking first – find an explanation for these appearances and when we can’t, THEN turn to the thought that it might be something of a paranormal nature.

First, take a look at your surroundings. Your camera’s flash can reflect off of different surfaces and not always glass or metallic surfaces either. Several things can come into play such as moon light, bugs flying around, clouds, parts of another building and other factors. Make sure you are taking note of your surroundings. Someone with coins or keys in their pocket through a light fabric could cause a light reflection – pay attention!

Second, never take a picture pointed towards a mirror, glass or window. This should be a given but still we do it. Mirrors can reflect not only the flash of the camera but can provide a false positive of even a shadow from that one flash reflecting off the mirror and back at you. The same holds true for glass displays, glasses, and the like. If you are taking pictures of windows, note the outside plants and trees because even though you are inside, there is moon light OUTSIDE that could cause you to develop some sense of pareidolia and make you think you caught an apparition. Do you think you see a face in a window? Chances are it is either light reflecting off a tree or plant, light reflecting off a dirty surface or light reflecting from another surface in the area. Debunk it ALL before even thinking it could be paranormal nature! Surely you are following the 1-2-3 rule with photography and snapping three pictures of everything so that you can compare them. Look at the other two pictures you took as well as your walk through pictures during the broad daylight to really get an idea of what could have reflected in your picture causing you to see what you see. If you can rule out everything explainable, THEN you have a case for something to be looked at further with a paranormal thought.

A great site that shows reflections off common items is this one:http://www.etherealthoughts.com/gpage46.html. Here you can see lots of examples of how things reflect light – some you would think of, some you would not. I encourage you to check it out.

Want to take your photography a step further and learn how to use polarizing filters in your photography to diffuse reflections?

This link will take you to a tutorial where polarizing filters are discussed and explains how the filters help.
http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/…/polarizing-filters.htm

Another topic to learn about with reflections is metering and exposure. This link will help explain that further: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tuto…/camera-metering.htm

Read how to diffuse reflective surfaces for photography here:http://www.adorama.com/…/Double-Diffusion-Lighting-is…

A great read for everyone on this subject and yesterday’s subject of orbs is here on The Paranormal Network: http://mindreader.com/…/the…/ghosts-photos-and-orbs/

Nov 15

Team UFO

TeamUFO Contact Name John Shelley
Location Dothan, Alabama
Phone (334) 726-9919
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Website www.teamufo.org
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Specialty:
UFO investigation and researchers.

Oct 10

Spooky Kine Investigations

Spooky Kine Investigations Contact Name Spooky Kine Investigations
Location Honolulu, Hawaii
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Website www.spookykine.com
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Aug 22

Florida Suncoast Paranormal Investigations

Paradigm Paranormal Investigators Contact Name F.S.P.I.
Location Tampa Bay, Florida
Phone (813) 679-7564
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Aug 09

Woodlands Paranormal Texas

 

Woodlands Paranormal

 

Name:  Woodlands Paranormal

Location:  Spring, Texas

Website: woodlandsparanormal.com

Email:  cathy_nance@yahoo.com

Phone:  832-296-1858

 

Aug 09

Autumn Moon Paranormal

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Location Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Phone (336) 420-2321
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Aug 09

Duncan Paranormal Society

NPS-Default Contact Name
Location Omaha, Nebraska
Phone (402) 981-9151 or (402) 981-2575
Email email
Website duncanparanormalsociety.webs.com/
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Aug 04

Purple Sage Paranormal New Mexico

purplesagepara Contact Name  Marlane Barton
Location Algodones and Albuquerque area, New Mexico
New Mexico and Colorado
Phone (505) 771-7074
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Website Purplesageparanormal.com
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Our group consists of members in their 40s, 50s and 60s. We investigate paranormal phenomena in both public and private venues. We also have conducted lectures in regards to the paranormal at the University of New Mexico, a Charter high school in Santa Fe and 9 of the ABC libraries in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “We don’t believe immortality because we have proved it; but, we forever try to prove it because we believe it.” James Martineau 19th century Unitarian minister.

Jul 26

Illinois Ghost Seekers Society

Illinois Ghost Seekers Society Contact Name Illinois Ghost Seekers Society
Location Peoria, Illinois
Phone (309) 642-1718
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Website illinoisghost.com
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Jul 19

Pensacola Paranormal Research Group

Pensacola Paranormal Research Group Contact Name Pensacola Paranormal
Location Pensacola, Florida
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Website www.pensacolaparanormalresearchgroup.co.nr

May 24

Finding Places to Investigate

The MOST Frequently Ask Question in the Paranormal Field

 

Submitted by Belinda Clark-Ache

 

Many groups have different goals in the paranormal field. My goal—our goal—at Haunted Missouri Paranormal Research (after helping if some one is in distress) is data collection. Those with other goals may have other answers. For our purposes it is as important to collect data at locations that have no history of haunting as it is to collect data at reportedly haunted locations. Why? To compare your findings. How do you know what is “paranormal” if you don’t know what is “normal”? If you have pages of temp readings and EMF readings from both types of locations it should be readily and immediately obvious when those readings are abnormal. In the locations where the readings were high, the other corresponding pieces of evidence would take on more significance. The more documented evidence that you collect at the same location; the easier it is to call it haunted.

Because we collect data in both types of locations we have twice the opportunities to investigate. Some of our favorite investigations are at historic hotels, B&B’s and businesses in historic buildings. These are always worth what you pay for your room rent (especially when you rent all the rooms and divide it among a group. That brings most of the historic places within financial reach for most investigators.) You get the history, the ambiance, the fabulous locations, normally at least one good meal and 6 to 10 hours of data.

I can almost see some of you who are new to the field sitting staring at the screen with a confused look on your face and wondering if it isn’t a waste of time to investigate at places that do not claim to be haunted. No it is not a waste of time. These places have history. Un-haunted historic places are as fascinating because they have literally all the earmarks that should create a haunting, so why isn’t there one there? We have actually gotten evidence of haunting in locations that we were able to authenticate in historical records that the owners were not even aware of!

These places are excellent for training trips and for “Junior” ghost hunting trips to help train young people who want to get into the real thing when they are older, but beware; some places have no reputation but that doesn’t mean they aren’t haunted! We have several perfect historical locations we can take our trainee’s or juniors that give them plenty of practice in a safe environment.

Okay, whether or not you agree with that approach there are other places as well. Many people love to investigate cemeteries. I go on these and have had some terrific experiences and gathered compelling data. They are not my favorite because the outdoors will never rival a restored historical B&B for me.

Battlefields! These history soaked acres are an amazing experience and I recommend spending as much time as you can in them collecting data. These are a thrill to do. Most are National Parks so you have to follow the rules and some do not want any equipment besides camera’s, audio and video. Who cares? They are well worth whatever you have to do to get to them. Look them up and try going on the anniversary of their battles. Play period music while there and be prepared to be awed with an almost religious experience.

There are also public locations that have fabulous histories. Historical landmarks, City and town parks where legendary lectures or political rallies took place, some where tragedies played out, where entire villages used to stand… numerous and varied human experiences that could very well fall into the category of place where strong emotional ties could herald a haunting. Remember it is not only horrible experiences that can leave an imprint on a location and render it haunted. Where great joy, relief, love, excitement and a full range of physically powerful occurrences happen that would make the perfect circumstance under which a haunting could occur.

Your Chamber of Commerce should have a list of rules as to what is allowed in these locations but it is my experience that if you are not invasive and do not offend the public they are going to leave you alone. Please obey the rules if a location closes at a certain time. Request permission from City Hall to be there late using some form of inquiry, I prefer either in person or by snail mail. For neighboring towns and communities the Chamber of Commerce is almost as good a resource as the local historical society!

When it comes to people’s homes, they have to invite you unless you’re going to chase hearses and contact the families out of the obituaries to try to hawk your services and please, don’t do that! You are going to have to establish yourself online and in your community in order to have those requests coming in to you. Positive word of mouth and patience are your best bet where this is concerned.

Try placing ads in your local free paper or press. Something like “Local researcher seeks true ghost stories, legend or lore for possible investigation or authentication.” Use your newspapers Community Calendar to announce open meetings in public locations. Local radio stations might also have a service where they announce local items of interest like this. Again, try making small donations to local charities in your teams’ name, or donate T-Shirts or some other item to local groups for raffles and fund raisers. Contact the local Eagles, Elks, VFW for instance; they are always looking for donations for fund raisers! Many are also located in historic old buildings as well. It’s all about a positive community impression both locally and in the online paranormal community!

A favorite tip is to spend your money in your hometown. Having business cards made? T-shirts printed? Flyers? Do it locally. Everyone knows someone with a personal ghost story, when they see your team name they will mention it to others. Consider contacting local “Spiritualist” churches. Send your card or place flyers with local psychics, mediums, palm readers, new age shops, etc. Leave business cards neatly in public seating areas like waiting rooms; add with tips at the hairdressers or pub. If you have read about a location in your town that has been investigated contact them and ask if they were satisfied with the experience and why or why not. This may not lead to an investigation but could be invaluable information on what not to do!

Consider getting a toll free number and spend the money on a yellow page ad. I haven’t done this yet but it is on my agenda to do so. Offer to give a speech/lecture at your local community center, college, drama club, theatrical group or library during the Halloween season when interest is high. Hang flyers in laundry mats, on bulletin boards in grocery and retail stores, hotels & B&B, submit your business cards to those restaurant free lunch drawings, and put a flyer or business card in every piece of outgoing mail: someone opens those bills to get the checks out.

Pluck investigation opportunities from your friends, family and co-workers. Do you know someone who just built a new house on a piece of land that was never cleared before? The data collected from that location would be great for establishing your baseline readings. Know someone in a 30 year old trailer? Living in an RV at the KOA? Staying in an efficiency motel room? Buying a Victorian to rehab? Working in a theater? Renting a condo? Ask them about allowing you to collect data in these locations. Hey, they’re your friends and family: ask them!

Businesses are another story. Rather they embrace their ghost story or not they are in business and if it will benefit their bottom line most (unless they are morally opposed) will make arrangements for you to investigate if it doesn’t disrupt their daily operation and you pay your own way. I’m sorry if this disillusions you, but money talks and bullcrap walks. You can always offer to make a contribution to their favorite charity in their businesses name as well. Again; query in person or by mail for best results.

There are, of course abandoned locations but I want to caution you on several levels. First abandoned locations are not necessarily public domain. They have owners– on that you can almost bet. To find the owners of an abandoned location take the address to City Hall to the hall of records or recorder of deeds and use the address to look up who pays (or owes) the taxes on that lot. Trust me someone either pays it or owes it and that name is public record and this is usually free.

Be prepared to offer to sign away all of your rights to sue the owner for accident or injury to gain permission to these locations. In fact you would be smart to mention in your inquiry that you would remove any liability from the property owner if they allowed you entrée and some harm did befall you. One other thing: if you are going to do this do not go into them for the first time in the dark. At least go in before hand in the daylight and mark any unstable or questionably safe areas with those glow sticks you can get at the dollar store so after dark you are safe in the locations. Don’t go alone those places can harbor not only homeless, harmless or not but also criminals. Also be sure your cell phones work and you have proper ID.

For years before I began to ghost hunt I would take my clueless (about ghosts) hubby on trips to places I had read were haunted. I learned a fabulous fact then that is one of my favorite tips to hand out. If you want to know the haunted history of an area, find a well established club, tavern, bar, diner or grill; cozy up to the bar, share a nice social cocktail (well in advance of your investigation or even on another preliminary visit) and talk to the bartender. Food service workers like bartenders, waitresses and caterers are a fabulous resources most people over look. Just don’t try to pin them down during a rush and remember they work for tips. Try handing over a nice five spot when you pay for your Shirley Temple and see how attentive they can be.

You don’t need a public relations or media person unless you have an agent or some one representing you to the lecture venue so get over yourself and get real in your communities. It’s your name and team name so use it frequently in your home town. If you are honest you will build a positive reputation and that can not be begged, borrowed or stolen!

 

 

Belinda Clark-Ache co-founded Haunted Missouri Paranormal Studies in 2005, with Tonya L. Clark.  HauntedMo ™ continues to consult and investigate by referral and works with some of the most respected investigators in the field. She is proud to be associated with Southwest Ghostfinders, Dr. Timothy Harte, The Willard Library Ghost Chatters, to name a few. Belinda is author of a Facebook page Ghost Stories from HauntedMo(tm) that features submitted stories of all genres, and her original work fiction and non fiction alike. She lives in the Missouri boot heel with her husband of 35 years, Stan, and a 4 year old Great White Pyrenees named Lucy. You can find Belinda on Facebook  and read more of her writing on her HauntedMo(tm) group page.

 

 


 

 

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