Greetings, fellow paranormal enthusiasts! My name is Heather Dobson and I’m an investigator with Paranormal Georgia Investigations. We are a team who works in near-perfect concert and you have in PGI a group that exists to help people who are confused and scared by the unexplainable occurrences in their homes or businesses.
Paranormal Georgia’s first goal is to debunk any and all alleged paranormal instances. When we enter a client’s residence or business, we look for all normal explanations for what is happening. Could the refrigerator door be opening on its own because the appliance is tipped outward? Are the knocking and scratching noises in the walls due to rodents? And could that extra-cold room in the upstairs be due to a poorly designed air conditioning vent system? Once we have looked at all the possible normal explanations, it is only then that we begin to look at the paranormal.
While Paranormal Georgia investigates a location, we will not only debunk but we will also work under the assumption that something paranormal may indeed be happening, so we will set up our IR video cameras around the location’s hot spots, conduct EMF (electro-magnetic field) and temperature baseline readings, and make note of normal location noises (the refrigerator clicking on, what does the furnace sound like, does the toilet run, etc.). Once this is finished, the paranormal investigation begins. We make sure that half of our on-site group acts as the control, meaning they have no prior knowledge of the location except for the physical address while the other half of the group knows what the client has been experiencing and the location’s history. If the control group is able to validate the client’s experiences, it adds weight to any evidence we collect. We will move through the location’s hot spots and conduct electronic voice phenomena (EVP) sessions, making note of sounds or EMF/temperature spikes we can’t readily explain. Once the investigation is over and we pack up for home, the real work begins.
The real work entails poring over video, audio, and photographic evidence, researching the history of the location (if requested by the client), and putting together a report that details what we’ve found. More often than not, our reports don’t mention the word haunted but rather the word paranormal, a word that entails the idea “We couldn’t debunk all of your claims and these few evidential items have piqued our interest. They can’t be explained under normal circumstances; therefore, they are paranormal.”
Does paranormal mean ghost? Spirit? Demon? Poltergeist? Not necessarily. Paranormal simply means of or pertaining to the claimed occurrence of an event or perception without scientific explanation. If we inform a client they have paranormal activity then we are telling them, “Hey, we can’t quite figure out what this is. We have no natural/scientific explanation for this. Give us time. We’ll figure it out.” And if, after subsequent investigations, we change our opinion from paranormal to haunted, then we are still there for the client to give them guidance in taking back their home or business from whatever it is that is scaring them.
Because, after all, that’s the whole point of paranormal investigating. Not to get a TV deal or get our pictures in the paper. It is to help people. And that is why Paranormal Georgia Investigations is here.
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