Questions about the Paranormal
we hear ghosts, when they can be recorded with equipment?
people think that you can record voices on a cassette tape
or on a video because the ghost’s voice imprints directly
on the magnetic tape inside the cassette. Sometimes people that
are sensitive or psychic can hear the voices, but most times no
one hears the voice until we play back the tape. Another theory
is that ghosts speak at a sound frequency either lower or higher
than we can hear. Kind of like a dog whistle, dogs can hear it
but people can’t. No one knows for sure how it happens,
or why, but I think those are some good ideas.
EVP or Electronic
Voice Phenomena can be recorded using anything that records sound,
isn’t a certain machine we use.
But we can take that cassette recording, upload it into the computer,
and try to make it louder or get rid of background noise using
a special software program, some you can get for free on the
internet. You can try recording EVP yourself, it might work better
in a place
that is haunted, but a lot of people have made recordings in
their own house. It doesn’t mean that your house is haunted,
it is just an unexpected voice that is sometimes found on recordings
if you listen very carefully. You just have to make sure that
in the house is quiet and the TV is off, and especially no whispering!
That way you don’t get false recordings.
Here is a
website that might help you:
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kind of special light is used to capture ghost images? Also,
ghosts “orbs” or
can you actually see their figure?
seems that ghosts can be captured in any kind of light.
Some of the most famous photos were taken by accident with
camera in full daylight.
Here is a
website that shows a lot of famous ghost photos:
When we are
doing an investigation, we use infrared illuminators when we
pictures or video in the dark, because
this is another kind of light we think makes it easier
to see spirits.
This is what you see on TV when they are shooting in
the dark and all of the people look green. A digital camera
capture this wavelength of light, which is why we like
to use them during
investigations. Some investigators like to use infrared
their cameras, but it is hard to work with because
it is expensive and very sensitive to heat and light.
be both orbs and full body or partial body spirits. They can
also appear as a mist or dark shadow.
We think they
show up as orbs, or round balls of light, sometimes
because it takes
a lot more energy to form a figure.
But not all
orbs you catch on a camera are ghosts. You can do this experiment
at home if you have a
digital camera, it will
work with film also. Turn the lights off or down
and then shake a blanket, pillow, or something
dusty and take
a picture. You will probably see a lot of orbs
because when dust is close to the camera lens (within 4”)
the light from the camera flash will bounce off
the dust, and it will look blurry
because it is so close to the camera. This also
works the same way if you take a picture when it is raining
have to be very careful when we are taking pictures,
or we use a dust cover over the lens of the camera.
have to write
down how the weather is if we are outside.
very hard to tell the difference between what a real orb may
look like, and what is just
think anyone knows for sure. But if we set up equipment
and a meter detects something strange, and someone
feels a cold spot then takes
a picture with an orb in it right where they are
pointing, I would say that is a very good example
of what may be
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What are the ways that paranormal activity manifests itself?
can be anything from voices to loud noises to missing items,
seeing shadows, a white cloud, or
balls of light. People
see objects moving, or fall off of shelves. I even recently had someone
tell me that she had "beds being made, clothes being folded, (and)
beds being turned down," among other more disturbing
behavior, like animals that act strangely or scared
and end up in weird places,
like closed drawers. Paranormal activity also seems
to wreak havoc on electrical and/or plumbing equipment.
There have been a few
cases where electrical problems are persistent, and
no matter how many times the electrician or cable man
comes out, they can't explain
why it won't work.
Do you believe paranormal activity is caused by spirits?
What do you think about animal spirits?
I think that
can be a cause of paranormal activity, but not all paranormal
activity is spirits trapped
to the other
side. I believe that many hauntings are family members,
who have probably
crossed over, but
are looking out for those they’ve left behind.
not sure how I feel about demons or spirits that
were never human, but there are
that believe negative spirits exist.
believe in animal spirits. I have heard too many
first hand accounts of deceased pet sightings
of them curling
bed next to their
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is your definition of “paranormal
activity is anything that can’t be
explained with a natural cause.
was the most unique paranormal experience you had?
is unique only to me, but we were at a historical house in
a state park and we were discussing
and his profession.
We weren’t sure what he did, but someone
said they thought he was a tanner. As if in answer
the question I heard a man’s
voice make a sound in the affirmative. It sounded
very close to my ear, but it also seemed to echo
as if coming from a large empty
room. The quality of the sound was just very different
than if someone “living” who was standing
next to me had made it. Then as we were leaving
we walked past the house and heard
the sound of a man coughing, with the same quality.
Another woman walking with me heard it as well,
but there were no men around.
It was very eerie to me because I had never heard
anything like it before. I have heard many good
stories of full apparitions,
or ghosts that appeared as living persons. I have
yet to experience one, but that’s what we’re
looking for. That happened a couple of years into
it, but we see stuff out of the corner of
our eye all of the time that can’t be confirmed.
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did your family/friends react when you told them you believed
of them have stories to share, and some think it is just silly.
Others are interested,
but will find
to believe any kind of evidence you present,
matter how convincing. My father is Catholic
the church. He
does not believe that ghosts, or former human
souls, exist on the
earth. Any activity is attributed to demons
or can be the work of God or the angels. Now, I
don’t completely discredit what
he says because those legends and stories can
be interesting phenomena in themselves. He
try to tell me what to believe, but I also
listen to what he has to say. I
also have seen
many couples break up, especially when one
partner is a ghost hunter
and the other does not believe. I did not divorce
because of ghost hunting, but my former spouse
was not interested
and it did become a point of contention. When
you become a ghost hunter and your partner
does not share your interest
it can be
hard on the relationship, because ghost hunting
can mean many
hours away from home and possibly travel out
of state. It can be hard
for your partner to understand why this is
so interesting to you and why you need to be
for so long. I have
that seem to work it out just fine, but it
is definitely an issue that should be addressed
get older, I want to do what you do. How can I
make this a career?
Well, this is something we do on a volunteer
basis. We want to help people that need us, so
we don’t charge anyone when
we go to their house or business to investigate,
really a job. Sometimes they buy dinner or snacks,
about it. Everybody in our group works full time
at other jobs. My regular job is a Graphic Designer
at an advertising
that is why I am the one that made the website.
some people that are able to make a living out of this, but usually
they live in
a city that
to be haunted, or a big tourist location, and
they run haunted tours, sometimes year-round.
tours four times a night all year, and they
get a lot of people to
take them. But usually that is not enough money
to live on, so they
also write books about the paranormal. For
example, Troy Taylor from the American Ghost Society in
lot of books, he owns a publishing company
that also prints other
books, and he runs tours and group trips to
haunted places in other cities in Illinois
states. But there aren’t
many people that can do what he does, so not
many people are able to
have paranormal investigating as a job.
there are the really talented psychics who
charge people a lot of money to come to
to do psychic
readings, but that is also pretty rare.
reason everybody has a day job is because the equipment can
if you want
a setup like on
the TV show Ghost Hunters. You also have
to find someone who knows
really well, so they can fix things when
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is the most important tool to have when you become a ghosthunter?
most important tool you need to ghost hunt is free, you need
to bring an open mind and logical or skeptical attitude. Many
ghost hunters will tell you that the first objective is to
disprove the haunting. All possible logical explanations for
must be analyzed before declaring the location haunted. When
there seems to be no physical explanation for the haunting,
you need to have an open mind to be able to accept the other
And just because you aren’t able to document activity,
it doesn’t mean the location is not haunted. It may require
several visits to document activity, or it may not happen at
all. I like to ask the owner to keep a journal of activity noting
the time, location, persons present, and type of activity. This
may help to determine the best time to come back for a follow-up
visit. As far as electronic equipment goes, most people start
with what they have. This usually means a camera, either 35mm
or digital. This is ok when you are just starting out, but what
really makes compelling evidence is when several pieces of equipment
back up some kind of phenomena occurring at the same time in
the same place.
made you decide to become a ghost hunter?
have always been interested in ghosts. When I saw a group
in my state that claimed to hunt ghosts, I decided to join
what they were about. After learning what I could from
them, reading a lot of books, and doing a lot of research on
the internet, a
few of us decided to start our own group. You really have
to find a group of people you trust and like hanging out
with. There are
a lot of crazy people out there, and people that aren’t
serious about the paranormal or helping other people. Many
groups are formed
on a hobby basis, they get together to party and drink
alcohol, and call themselves ghost hunters. We like to
meet with people
in other groups in our state and all around the country,
that are serious about the paranormal to talk to them about
and how they operate.
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technical gadget would you recommend
to a novice ghost hunter?
a camera or video camera, I would recommend a basic EMF meter.
low cost models,
Gauss Master™, Cellsensor™,
or a Trifield® Natural EM Meter. Now, as with any
electrical equipment, it is important to learn how to
use the equipment
properly by reading the owner’s
manual, if you are not using the equipment properly then
your results are worthless. These meters all work on
the common principal that paranormal
activity is made
up of electromagnetic energy and can cause abnormal fluctuations
in the meter,
and this is exactly why it is important to read the manual
so you recognize natural fluctuations and readings. It
is very easy to get excited about
a reading that
seems paranormal, but may very well be a naturally occuring
should the novice ghost hunter expect when he/she first starts
quest to hunt ghosts?
boring evenings where no activity takes place. It is very easy
to get discouraged or distracted.
And for all
of that audio
and video recording
of an empty doorway, you have to spend an equal amount of time
trying not to
fall asleep reviewing the footage.
does it mean if a person fails to ever have a paranormal experience
even if he
or she is doing all they can?
aren’t in the
right place at the right time yet, or maybe they are trying
too hard. Try not to think about it, but stay aware. Things
when you least expect them. You can also try to focus on
an object and use your peripheral vision, because that is how
most sightings occur,
try to look straight at it, it disappears.
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can a novice spot a fake?
I think it
just takes a lot of practice. Many websites are now including
to show the difference.
your own and try
to create “paranormal” activity
on purpose with dust and moisture, camera
straps and bugs. That
way you know what not to look
what point do you consider a novice an expert?
don’t believe anyone can be an expert in the field
of the paranormal. There are many people who have extensive experience,
or have been researching the
field for 30-50 years, but until it can
be fully understood and documented I don’t see how
anyone can call himself or herself an “expert” in the paranormal.