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spends her spare time seeking out all things strange, spiritual
By Sherri Pfouts
In the beginning, Maggie Anaya wouldn't even get out of her car.
30-year-old co-founder of Indiana Paranormal Investigations admits
she used to spend more time sitting safely inside her vehicle
cemeteries alongside members of ghost-tracking groups.
That was the
The new Anaya
is ready to hunt.
Indiana Paranormal Investigations with Ravenwolfe Teu and Caroline
Beam in 2002, when the trio
decided it was
time to branch off from another
Indiana ghost-tracking group.
is actually not entirely true. The group was formed by Maggie,
Mike and Caroline in 2002. The reporter just grabbed the wrong
names from the website.**
With her new
organization, Anaya travels the state to visit homes and businesses
where paranormal activities
are suspected. These days,
down for the night in the most haunted of rooms in a home.
Don't Scare Her
If Anaya has
been looking for the ultimate in spooky experiences when searching
for ghosts, she hasn't found it yet.
I haven't had any amazing experiences or a great story happen
to me," she said. "People in the group have. I'm
learning more about it and trying to open myself up more
up to more experiences means clearing her mind, being watchful
and turning off the
lights to look for
which are small
light that sometimes appear in pictures and on video screens.
These orbs, according
to Anaya, are known among ghost trackers as spirit energies.
watching for orbs, Anaya tracks the speed of movement to determine
what she's really seeing. If "it's an insect or if it's
moving slow in one direction (then) it's probably dust," she
for 90-degree angle "movements . .
. (or) if it moves in one direction and moves back."
keeps an eye out for other strange occurrences, too.
"Of course, if a piece of furniture moves or something falls off
the wall that would be good, too," she said.
tracker also listens closely for out-of-the-ordinary sounds. "A
lot of times it sounds like a whisper," she
heard some (things that sound) like shouting."
remembers one experience where she visited a business
thought to be haunted. "The
gentleman (business owner) felt he knew what was
going on, and he asked the questions," she
said. "He (asked) 'How did you die?' or 'When
did you die?' and a little girl whispered 'I'm
Seek and ye
shall find maybe
All this otherworld
activity doesn't happen on demand.
of times we don't see anything," Anaya said.
But that doesn't
mean she's ready to stop looking. "We'll check out anything," she
group goes for free to any location where haunting is suspected.
the trio receives
one or two
investigation requests a month,
Halloween, more e-mails arrive.
Anaya's enjoys the research more than the hunt.
"My favorite part of being a paranormal investigator is the historical research,
and uncovering pieces of history that
otherwise go unnoticed," she wrote
on her Web site.