Are You Scared, Yet?

It’s natural to be frightened during an investigation. If you are touched on the arm and there is no one physically next to you doing the touching, then of course you may be scared and exclaim, What the !@#$ was that?!? As professional investigators we always try to remember, though, that the clients may be there in the room with us during the investigation or will be hearing the exclamation on an EVP session recording a few weeks later and if they hear us acting out in fear, then they too will be frightened.

We, as paranormal investigators are being held to a higher standard and that rather than run away from the unexplained, we must go toward it. If the client jumps, then we comfort them and wait to jump when we get home. To help allay the fears of our team, we make sure that none of our members investigate alone. Everything from walk-throughs, baseline readings, EVP sessions, are all done with at least two investigators. We make it clear to our team members that any one person can step outside the location at any time, whether it’s due to fear, illness, or an emergency, and that anyone can call an investigation at any time, for any reason. Knowing that we’re not alone and that we each have control of the situation allows all of us to better handle those fearful moments.

To quell the fears of our clients, we investigate by the adage “they are more scared of us than we are of them” and that ghosts were once people who, right now, are probably confused and frightened of everything happening to them. As long as we make it clear to the spirits that this is our space, the space of the living, clients and investigators alike can confront those who have passed with respect rather than fear.

This investigator’s most frightening investigation took place in a little three-bedroom, two-bath ranch home in Dallas, Georgia. That’s right, sometimes the most haunted locations aren’t the creepy Victorian houses with chipping paint and crows on the fence. The 11-year-old son claimed to be experiencing paranormal phenomena and the mother called for our assistance. During the investigation, there were light anomalies that we couldn’t debunk and shadows moving through pitch-black rooms. My hair stood on end for three solid hours. I can remember a lot of scrunching down into the client’s couch and several “Holy crap!” exclamations. It was an incredible night, I stuck in there and didn’t run away, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it except I wish I had taken my handheld video camera. DANG!

So, tell me in the comments, when have you been scared? What one moment in your life (that may or may not have involved the paranormal) had your heart pounding, goosebumps on your arms, and your hair standing on end?

(Psssst! More Waverly evidence is to come! We will also begin posting non-Waverly evidence from our other investigations now that the school year is in full-swing and this investigator’s children are over their yearly Bubonic Plague. Thanks for your patience!)

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About Heather S. Dobson

I wish I was Wonder Woman, but I'm actually a wife, mother of three young ones, a writer, a paranormal investigator, and a lunatic. I'm also hoping to win a Nobel Prize in physics, but I guess that means I should get something above a BS in said subject and do more in-depth, life-changing studies besides "the sticking power of mac 'n cheese on smooth wallpaper." Alas...
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