Carbon Monoxide is a Heckuva Drug

I’m sure that many of you already know about the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO). You’ve heard it in school, from the fire department, and you probably have several CO detectors in your own home. CO is a silent killer that can’t be seen, smelled, or heard, but in high enough levels, can kill you and your loved ones within hours.

But, what if it’s not in high enough levels to kill you immediately? What if it’s high enough to make you sick, but low enough that you still receive the oxygen you need?

Beginning in March, 2013, over 140 citizens of two towns in Kazakhstan, Kalachi and Krasnogorsk, began experiencing a strange sleeping sickness. Many of these people would fall asleep for no reason, even sometimes while standing up or walking! Some fell asleep for days at a time, the record being six days in a row. Many of these people, though seemingly conscious, would actually be asleep and upon waking would remember nothing. While one side of the town would be affected, the other would feel perfectly fine. Several days later, the opposite would occur. The worst side-effect of this illness, though, was the hallucinations. Some reported seeing frightening creatures during those brief times of consciousness. Age didn’t matter, with both the elderly and children affected. Species didn’t matter, either, as it seemed the towns’ pets were also adversely affected. One woman reported that her pet cat began attacking the dog, furniture, and walls, only to then fall into a deep sleep, not even responding to the smell of cat food.

Local experts and doctors misdiagnosed the patients over many months. Some claimed that counterfeit vodka caused the illness, while others blamed a mass psychosis. The towns were checked for excess radiation and radon levels due to the now-closed nearby uranium mines, but that didn’t check out. Until, that is, someone examined the carbon monoxide levels. When doctors took blood samples from those affected, they found many had carboxyhemoglobin (CO in red blood cells that hinders the delivery of oxygen) levels at 25%, which is considered a medium-level CO poisoning.

Viktor Krukev, former director of the local uranium mines, theorized that once the mines shut down, groundwater was no longer being pumped out of the mine. The rise in groundwater caused whatever gas was in the mine and rocks to be pushed out through fissures. One of those gases was carbon monoxide. The mines, closed some 34 years before, had reached the maximum groundwater level in 2014, the year in which the strange illness peaked in Kalachi and Krasnogorsk. Carbon monoxide was being released from the mine and, depending upon wind direction, affecting citizens of the neighboring towns.

Starting in July, 2015, the Kazakhstani government began relocating affected families and the illness subsided. But, what does this mean for you and for PGI? It means that we take our responsibilities to our clients very seriously. Just as we check electro-magnetic field levels in your home, we also check carbon monoxide levels. Appliances such as your furnace, water heater, gas stove and oven, dryer, and fireplace can cause elevated levels of carbon monoxide. Your home CO levels should be the same as outdoor levels (no more than 2.5 parts per million or 2.5 ppm). If you have carbon monoxide detectors, they will alert you if the levels go above normal. But if you don’t, we use a carbon monoxide sensor that can detect CO levels inside as well as out. Medium CO poisoning can bring about hallucinations and if what you’re experiencing isn’t ghosts but CO poisoning, then we want to know so that we can get you the help you need.

So, if you ever see one of our investigators carrying CarMon (our name for our CO detector), it’s not some strange, experimental piece of paranormal equipment. It’s yet another tool in our arsenal to help us ensure that we’ve covered all the natural, or normal, explanations before we jump to the paranormal.

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The Mothman

My children and their new best friend.

Many people enter the paranormal field because of childhood experiences they can’t explain. Maybe they had a nightly visitor that would stand at the end of their bed or maybe their imaginary playmate wasn’t so… imagined. Those people come to us and other paranormal groups needing to answer the questions of their youth, to verify that what they saw and experienced was real.

I’m not one of those people. My childhood was a quiet one, spent on the banks of the Kanawha River in West Virginia. Visitors from the other side may not have hovered near me, but I did live in the state made famous for its paranormal shenanigans. It’s the state where a group of people claimed to come in contact with an alien creature back in 1952. It’s the state where testimony from a ghost was used in a murder trial. And it’s the home of The Mothman.

In a sleepy little West Virginia town, on the banks of the Kanawha and Ohio rivers, the legend of the Mothman was born. Fifty years ago, the town of Point Pleasant was terrified by sightings of a strange creature. Over seven feet tall, it was covered in a gray fur, gigantic wings, and had red, glowing eyes. It was sighted throughout Point Pleasant, as far east as Clendenin, and frightened the townsfolk for 13 months, from November, 1966, until the collapse of the Silver Bridge on December 15, 1967. For my kids’ Spring Break, I packed them up and drove them north to West Virginia so that they could see where I grew up and understand why I love my home state so much. One of our stops was, of course, Point Pleasant and the Mothman Museum.

Posing with my new boyfriend

My childhood, though free of ghosts and shadow figures, was filled with books and daydreams. I first read The Mothman Prophecies, by John Keel, when I was a little girl. I was disgusted by the bland selection of books in the children’s section at my local library and decided one day to delve into the variety of the adult non-fiction books. One day, I took the plunge and walked across the great expanse between those two sections and found a book that scared the bejeezus out of me. It had a cream dust jacket and on the front was a crude drawing of a winged creature with bright red eyes. I was hooked. After reading John Keel’s interpretation of the Point Pleasant Mothman and UFO sightings, as well as visitations from strange men in black, I couldn’t get enough. I read every book about paranormal phenomena I could find, discussing ideas with my father, a fellow paranormal enthusiast from way back. My interest in the paranormal started not in the dark recesses of my home, but in the bright, sunny bookshelves of the South Charleston Public Library.

When I planned our recent Spring Break trip, I knew I had to face one of those monsters of my youth and introduce him to my children. We drove from our hotel in South Charleston and arrived in Point Pleasant to the sight of the Mothman statue just off Main Street. I had seen the picture of the statue many times and we immediately posed for pictures. We then headed into the Mothman Museum and enjoyed the displays of pictures, videos, and original newspaper clippings of articles written by Mary Hyre of The Athens Messenger. I was enthralled. The kids, though more interested in buying t-shirts and tchotchkes from the store, had a great time.

The Silver Memorial Bridge

As we left Point Pleasant, we crossed over the Silver Memorial Bridge into Gallipolis, Ohio. The original Silver Bridge collapsed in December, 1967, killing 46 people. The Mothman, seen for 13 months prior and reportedly witnessed on the trusses of the bridge just before its collapse, disappeared. Was he there to warn the people of Point Pleasant about the bridge collapse, to function as a harbinger? Who knows. My three children, though, gamely posed on the Ohio side of the Ohio River, under the Silver Memorial Bridge, and expressed their excitement over being able to cross another state off their list. I, meanwhile, hoped that a dark grey figure with bulging red eyes would show up in an epic photobomb. I, of course, was disappointed.

I guess the point I’m trying to make here is that adulthood is many things. It’s responsibilities and acceptance mixed in with facing our childhood fears and memories, both bad and good. John Keel and the Mothman kept me awake many nights, convinced that those glowing red eyes were just outside my window. But now, he’s an old friend and the reason why I seek out the paranormal, excitedly hoping for the next unexplainable experience. If the Mothman showed up in the skies over Woodstock, Georgia, I wouldn’t run and hide. I would, instead, welcome him as an old friend.

And avoid all local bridges for the foreseeable future.

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The Power of Thought: Tulpas

Photo captured by Queen Mary live web came and submitted by

Photo captured by Queen Mary live web cam and submitted by

OK. I’ll admit it. Most all of the recent spate of paranormal TV shows irritate the bejeezus out of me, but what’s most interesting about said shows is that they do point out to us the supposed “most haunted” locations in our country and around the world. The Queen Mary, Waverly Hills, the Stanley Hotel, the West Virginia Federal Penitentiary, just to name a few, are the focus of many of these shows and typically, compelling evidence is collected. And not just by reality paranormal shows (if you can believe their evidence). Search the Internet for video or audio evidence from any of these well-known haunted locations and homegrown groups, like us, have shelled out money for private investigations and, luckily, gathered stunning audio and video evidence. And you have to wonder, “Wait, these guys, this Podunck Paranormal Hunters, they have nothing to gain from posting this audio of a woman’s voice. They don’t have a show, they’re not making money, in fact, they’ll probably only gain ridicule. I mean, this video has been up for three years and they’ve had 20 views. So, they had to have captured it, right? It’s not fake, right?”

One would hope. What I’m getting at is that when we get called in to investigate a private home in suburban Atlanta, we’re pretty much guaranteed to spend the entire night investigating and end up with absolutely NO evidence to show for it. But if we drive the six hours to Waverly Hills, or buy a plane ticket to the Queen Mary, or schlep our gear on a cross-country trip to the Stanley, I can attest that we WILL return home with, at the very least, numerous EVPs.

Why? How does this happen? Are these historic locations MORE haunted? Is there a level of haunting that assures the collection of evidence? Say, if there’s only one spirit, well, good luck collecting any evidence. But, hey! Twenty spirits! You’re in luck! You’re now the proud owner of one apparition caught on tape!

Or, could it be something else? Could it possibly be that we, the living, are causing these hauntings?

No, I’m not talking about putting up those cute Halloween ghost decorations you found on Pinterest. I’m talking about us, people, living, breathing, people causing hauntings. While we’re alive. Just bear with me and allow me to explain.

The Queen Mary is the perfect example. Docked in Long Beach, California, and permanently moored as a hotel and event rental, the Queen Mary started its nautical life as a Cunard luxury transatlantic cruise ship in 1936. During World War II, she became a troop transport ship. After the war, she resumed her commercial duties until 1967 when she was permanently retired to Long Beach. One of the most prominent paranormal stories of the Queen Mary is that of Jackie, a little girl who drowned in Queen Mary’s second-class swimming pool and who now haunts the first-class swimming pool area. Paranormal groups and enthusiasts from around the world have captured evidence of Jackie over the years. You can find numerous pictures of a small shadow figure captured in the first-class pool (now empty) as well as audio clips of her small, childlike voice responding to investigators. It’s crazy! With the amount of evidence captured, you would think there really was a little girl who drowned and died on board the Queen Mary at some point in its history.

But there wasn’t. According to official records, there were 49 deaths aboard the Queen Mary, most crew, and none of them children and none of the deaths were due to drowning. So, where did Jackie come from? What is she? I think she’s a tulpa.

I know you’re scratching your head and wondering, “What. The. Heck? What is that word? Is that a monster? Is this chick making up stuff from the X-Files?” Just bear with me. A tulpa (from Tibetan mysticism), also known as a thoughtform in Western mysticism, is thought to be a physical formation generated by a powerful concentration of thought. It, essentially, is a materialized thought that has taken physical form. A mind-created apparition, if you will.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the idea of “the power of prayer,” that by communally thinking, meditating, and asking for something, people can cause something to happen. That with just the power of our positive thoughts, we can make the sick well, the poor rich, the hungry fed. If this is truly possible, then why can’t we do this with hauntings? I mean, let’s be honest, no one is really interested in the small ranch on 123 Main Street, Anywhere, USA. That home won’t be on television and broadcast to the masses. But, the old cruise ship, docked in harbor, with an incredible history, that people all over the world have visited, that’s a location that’s interesting. It’s a location that depends on a paranormal story for part of its income and it’s a location with its fair share of happiness and tragedy. And when we hear the sad, but fictional, story of Jackie, a little girl who drowned, whose life was tragically cut short by inattentive parents and crew, allowed to wander down to a swimming pool, fall in, and drown, well then, we’re captured. And we project our thoughts to this nonexistent child, willing her to speak to us, appear to us, and give us proof of her presence.

Could it be that what is manifesting isn’t a little girl, but our own thoughts? Jackie may just be our exteriorized thoughts. A thoughtform. A tulpa. A creature of our own making.

Or, she could be someone playing the greatest prank ever.

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Stone Tape and a Guy Named Schumann

When trying to explain residual hauntings, many paranormal investigators will fall back on the “Stone Tape” hypothesis to explain how a moment in time can play back like a recording, over and over again. There’s just one huge problem with this idea. How does the moment record itself? What is the mechanism? The other problem is that there are minimal to no magnetic properties when considering wood, gypsum and paper (the main “ingredients” in drywall), clay (a.k.a. brick), and all the other materials of which modern homes are made. So, how can we reconcile the paranormal as a recording?

A traditional recorder utilizes magnetic tape, but speaking at the magnetic tape will not record your voice. You need the addition of a read/write head to store the wave patterns of your voice onto the magnetic tape.* The Stone Tape hypothesis posits that moments in time, emotions, actions, what have you, imprint or “record” on a location. But how does that happen? What is the mechanism, or the “read/write head” that imprints these moments onto the wood, stone, and clay of our homes and buildings?

Now, even though I’m not a sensitive/intuitive, there is something to be said for a room feeling uncomfortable when you walk in right after an argument or a home feeling warm and inviting after baking cookies. But I don’t think these emotions have imprinted on the materials, rather I think our other five senses are engaged. We smell the vanilla of the cookies, we see the uncomfortable body language of the couple who exchanged unkind words. These moments are fleeting and forgotten after a few hours. But, how is it that an emotional/traumatic moment, or a repetitive action, can be recorded, or imprinted, on a structure so that emotions and actions are accessible years, even decades, in the future?

As paranormal investigators, we are constantly questioning and asking “Why?” As a scientist, I do this quite a bit, and I think I’ve come up with a hypothesis of my own regarding the Stone Tape idea:

What if the mechanisms by which moments in time are recorded on locations are the Schumann Resonance excitations?

OK. Just bear with me. I’ll give you a little background. Winifried Otto Schumann was a physicist who actually predicted these resonances, mathematically, back in 1952. He predicted that the Earth’s ionosphere (the lowest part of our atmosphere) would act as a waveguide (a structure that directs sound-, electromagnetic-, etc. waves, and enables a signal to multiply with minimal loss of energy by restricting expansion to one or two dimensions) that would, in turn, act as a resonant cavity (similar to a closed box) for electromagnetic waves. What is it that causes these electromagnetic waves to resonate?


Take a look at the following:

Credit: NASA/Conceptual Image Lab

What you’re seeing is an animation of the Schumann Resonances. When lightning strikes the Earth, the electromagnetic waves propagate around our planet at an extremely low frequency (ELF), between 3 and 60 Hertz. What if it is these ELF waves that are the mechanism behind our residual paranormal activity?

Considering that the Earth is subject to approximately eight million lightning strikes per day (that comes out to about 100 strikes per second), our planet’s atmospheric wave guide is just pulsing with Schumann Resonances. Add to that the effect solar activity can have on our planet’s geomagnetic field, not to mention seismic activity, and you could have a planetary read/write head that helps record, and playback, residual paranormal activity.

Do we, as paranormal investigators, know for sure that Schumann Resonances are the catalyst by which residual paranormal activity exists? No, we don’t. This is just wild speculation at this point. But, that’s where science begins, right? At wild speculation. And then, we experiment, collect data, and form our hypothesis. Which is why we collect information before each investigation regarding solar and geomagnetic activity, as well as weather, which includes lightning strikes. Currently, the only archive of Schumann Resonance data can be found at the HeartMath Institute (and the data only goes back to January 1, 2013), so verifying that Schumann Resonances were at an all-time high when, say, Anne Boleyn was beheaded and, therefore, caused her headless spirit to roam London Tower, is impossible. But, hopefully, in generations to come, paranormal investigators could, possibly, document when a moment in time became a residual recording.

*How exactly does that read/write head work, you ask? Well, I’m glad you brought that up. A read/write head consists of a core of magnetic material, shaped like a doughnut with a very narrow gap, which is filled with a diamagnetic material (like gold). This diamagnetic material forces the magnetic flux out of the gap into the magnetic tape medium more than air would. The flux then magnetises the tape. A coil of wire wrapped around the core opposite the gap interfaces to the electrical side of the apparatus, either supplying a signal in the case of recording, or being fed to an amplifier in the case of playback. And now? You are an audio expert. Sort of.

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Getting Into the Spirit – Jack-O-Lanterns

img_2851Hey, everyone! Heather here! Our resident historian, Jordan, is here today with an awesome blog post about the origins of the jack-o-lantern, that Halloween symbol we all know and love. Enjoy!

One of the most iconic symbols of the Halloween season is the jack-o-lantern. Today, we carve jack-o-lanterns out of brightly colored orange pumpkins and display them in our windows, porches, and yards. But that was not always the case. As a matter of fact, the pumpkin is not the first piece of vegetation to be used for a jack-o-lantern.

In the late 19th/early 20th centuries, many Europeans immigrated to the United States looking to start a better life. One of the customs they brought with them was the carving of jack-o-lanterns. However, in Europe, especially Scotland and Ireland, jack-o-lanterns were more commonly carved out of turnips. Have you guys ever seen a turnip jack-o-lantern? Just look there at the beginning of this post. It’s terrifying.

However, when they immigrated to the United States, turnips were not in an immediate supply, so the alternative was the pumpkin. Unbeknownst to everyone at the time, the pumpkin actually made a better jack-o-lantern. It was larger, more colorful, and the most important part, pumpkins didn’t rot as fast as turnips. So a jack-o-lantern made out of a pumpkin could keep longer than a turnip jack-o-lantern.

But this doesn’t really answer an important question; Why do we carve faces in pumpkins to make jack-o-lanterns? Well, that is because of an old European folktale. The Tale of Stingy Jack. There are a number of versions of this myth, but they all seem to make the same point.

Jack was a drunk, a manipulator, and a deceiver. When it was Jack’s time to die, the Devil greeted him to take his soul. Jack, being a deceiver, begged the Devil to allow him one last drink. The Devil agreed and accompanied him to the pub. In order for Jack to pay his tab, he convinced the Devil to turn into a sixpence. Instead of paying the tab, Jack put the sixpence in his pocket next to a crucifix so the Devil couldn’t change back. Jack stuck a deal with the Devil to change back in exchange for letting him live another ten years. The Devil agreed. Ten years pass and the Devil comes to claim Jack’s life. Jack, once again being a deceiver, convinced the Devil to climb up a tree to grab him one last apple before death. The Devil agreed and Jack carved a cross on the tree so the Devil could not get down. He was stuck there. This was the second time Jack had bested the Devil.

When Jack eventually died, he appeared at the gates of Heaven but was denied entry. He then went to Hell to see if he could gain entry there. The Devil, being duped twice by Jack in the past, denied is entry. When asked where he should go, the Devil replied, “Back from where you came”. But the road for Jack was now much darker than before. Jack pleaded for the Devil to give him something to light the way. The Devil obliged and placed an ember from Hell in a hollowed out turnip. Stingy Jack was was doomed to walk the earth without a resting place forever.

So, every Halloween, people would carve faces in turnips, now pumpkins, and put a light in them to help Jack find his way in a world of darkness. This is just one version of many of the myths, but they all seems to have the similar theme of Jack tricking the devil.

Today, there are so many people who carve jack-o-lantern that it is a Halloween staple. I know here at the Jordan Ghastly household, we try to have a minimum of 4 for Halloween Night. But the fun of pumpkin carving has exploded in the 20th and 21st centuries. There are now professional pumpkin carvers all over the globe as well as numerous pumpkin carving contest.

So remember, this Halloween night, when you get ready to go out to trick-or-treat, don’t forget to light your jack-o-lantern to help Stingy Jack find his way through the darkness!

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Busy, Crazy Halloween


Waverly Hills Sanatorium. Photo by Heather Dobson.

Halloween is a busy time of year for us. October is a crazy, wonderful month for paranormal teams across the country. Many of us are speaking at public libraries and other events, promoting ghost tours and doing interviews. It’s an exciting time of year to be a paranormal investigator and it gives us an opportunity to talk to the general public about what we do and why we do it.

What always surprises us, though, is that our calendar quickly fills, from mid-September through late November, with weekend client investigations.

When our clients call us asking for help and understanding with paranormal activity and they request us to perform an investigation, we typically schedule them on Friday or Saturday nights. This gives all of our investigators an opportunity to investigate late into the night and not worry about work or school obligations the next day. Typically, from December through August, we have one investigation a month. But when September rolls around, the email requests for investigations come hard and fast, we find ourselves investigating every weekend for two months, and we’ve always wondered why the appearance of jack-o-lanterns in the stores makes our calendar fill up so quickly. And I think I’ve discovered why.

Summer is probably the busiest time of year for all of us. The kids are out of school and this is the one time of the year when most of us travel for major vacations. The kids are taking off for various church/summer/athletic/art/academic camps and we parents are chasing after them. Then, it’s all-day pool parties followed by late-night cook-outs with friends and family and we all tumble into bed, sunburned, tired, and content.

Then, school starts. The kids get back into a routine, we aren’t out late because of that 5:30/6:00 AM wake-up call, and as the weather turns colder and the days become shorter, our activities stay closer to home. We’re watching football games in the living room with chili cooking on the stove and we may still have evening campfires, but we’re all in bed by 9PM. And this means we start paying more attention to what is going on in our homes.

I firmly believe that we have so many investigations this time of year not because people see the ghost decorations in Target and think, “Oh, yeah! We have a ghost! Let’s call some Georgia paranormal investigators!” I think it’s because our focus turns more inward, more homeward, and we finally sit back and notice our surroundings and what is going on around us. And we finally have the time and energy to hear the footsteps and notice the flickering lights. And the client emails roll in.

Either that or the ghosts are gearing up for their annual Halloween extravaganza. Sounds legit!

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Our Halloween Schedule

jack-o-lanternOur October schedule is already filling up and we want to share with you what we’ll be doing and where! We still have availability for library and private group/corporate talks, so if you would like to add us to your schedule (free of charge, of course) just give us a shout! We have several themes to choose from, our most popular being our Paranormal 101 talk which presents how and why we investigate along with our best evidence (click here to see this presentation in action at Hickory Flat Library). Give us a shout at if you’re interested in scheduling us!

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 6:30PMParanormal 101
RT Jones Memorial Library
116 Brown Industrial Parkway
Canton, GA 30114

Friday, October 21, 2016, 12:00PM – Paranormal 101
Private business in Kennesaw, GA

Thursday, October 27, 6:30PM – Paranormal 101
Ball Ground Public Library
435 Old Canton Road
Ball Ground, GA 30107

Hope to see you in Canton or Ball Ground!

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DragonCon 2016

NEW_LOGO_DCsmallHey, all! We are honored, yet again, to be presenting at Atlanta’s very own DragonCon! It’s the 30th anniversary year, and we’re looking forward to hanging out with all our paranormal peeps, seeing the sights, and meeting new friends! (As well as chasing Heather out of Karl Urban’s Walk of Fame booth. She’s probably going to get arrested. We should probably start a GoFundMe for her bail money.)

Anyway! Here’s where we’ll be!

Friday, September 2, 2016, 4PM
Ghost Hunting in Georgia – We’ll present our best audio, photographic, and video evidence that we’ve collected in the last nine years and talk about some of our most interesting cases. Come find us at the Sheraton, Savannah 1-3.

Sunday, September 4, 2016, 4PM
Georgia Paranormal History – We’ll talk about the most interesting historical locations in Georgia and the ghosts and cryptids that hang out there! Come find us at the Sheraton, Savannah 1-3.

Can’t wait to see you! And make sure you download the DragonCon app on your mobile device and friend us! Just look for Clint Brownlee, Jordan Duncan, Shawn Boettner, Stefanie Jones, Christina Kieffer, and Heather Dobson!

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Misconceptions of the Paranormal

Hey, all! Heather here! The following post is from our Charter Investigator and current Assistant Director Jordan. Enjoy!

It should be understood that not everybody has a belief or interest in the paranormal, and that is completely fine. We here at PGI completely understand. However,  it’s usually found that the people who want to criticize paranormal investigations and investigators don’t take the time to research what they are criticizing. Sure people see what’s on TV, but not all paranormal investigators operate the same way.

The word ‘paranormal’  gets tossed around very often these days. Most likely because of the growing popularity of paranormal TV shows and other forms of ‘Para-tainment’. But what is the paranormal? Paranormal refers to anything outside ‘the normal’. Paranormal DOES NOT equal ghosts! Paranormal can refer to anything from the spiritual/supernatural, to the extra terrestrial, to cryptozoological, and so on. Now, we’re not saying there is a ghost of a Sasquatch or a Yeti flying a UFO in your house screaming Get out, but ‘Paranormal’ is a blanket term for all of these and is most identified with ghosts/spirits. Also, on the same note, if a place has paranormal activity it DOES NOT make that place haunted. It just means that there could possibly be activity going on that hasn’t quite been explained as of yet.

Not everybody in the field is a believer, and that is INCREDIBLY important for the future of the paranormal field. There are a healthy amount of skeptics in the field and the field NEEDS that skepticism. It is important for investigators to use that skepticism to find normal reasons that could be misidentified as potential paranormal activity. A skeptic’s primary job is go in and attempt to disprove what is potentially going on. When you can not logically or scientifically explain what is going on, then you have something paranormal (again meaning ‘Outside-of-the-normal’). It should not be assumed that everyone who investigates the paranormal is a believer. That is not the case.

On the flip side of the argument, just because someone might be a believer does not make them wrong. There are a large number of reasons a person could be a believer whether they’ve had some undeniable personal experience or captured a piece of evidence that just cannot be explained to the most logical or scientific sense. If someone does not believe or have interest in the paranormal because they think or feel science or religious beliefs dictate otherwise, that’s fine too. But one shouldn’t sit here and tell all the others who are interested that they’re wrong or imply that they are dumb for having an interest in the paranormal. The people who investigate have obviously have some personal reasons that drew them towards the subject, or some people just have an interest in it and investigate because of said interest. And that is completely OK.

There was an argument stating that paranormal investigators do not help people. We beg to differ. We can’t speak for any other investigators or teams, but there are MANY cases of paranormal investigators giving peace of mind to a client. If a client has something going on that they can not explain and requests the aid of a team to go in to see what they can disprove (or prove) just to give the client a better understanding of what is or isn’t going on, then a client’s needs are met. A large percentage of the time, you can disprove almost every claim. Normally with whatever the outcome of the investigation, this eases whatever the clients thoughts were about the goings-on in their home or business and however the client wants to continue after investigators do or don’t find anything is entirely up to them. Again, sometimes not everything can be explained or maybe the client is looking to go a bit deeper in their search for answers, it is perfectly acceptable to refer a client to other sources, people, and teams in the paranormal community in order for them to get the answers they need.

On a lighter note, paranormal investigators are not Ghostbusters. With as much as that is a long-loved film (And who doesn’t? It’s a classic! Personally, it’s one of my favorite films. I know I’m not the only one!), that is far from the truth. Paranormal investigators do not drive around in the Ecto-1 or run around with proton packs zapping “class 5 full roaming vapors” (as cool and fun as that may sound). There is little we do in the ‘busting’ area. We investigate. Plain and simple. When a client calls a team in, equipment (video recorders, audio recorders, temperature gauges, and electromagnetic field detectors) is set up and records for however long a team is investigating. What is collected is not evidence, it is data. Once the data is collected it goes through a rigorous review and what is pulled from the data via audio, video, etc is potential evidence of something paranormal. Once all pieces of potential evidence are collected, they are then again re-reviewed to look for any logical or scientific explanations as to why it is not paranormal. If nothing can be explained, then this piece of evidence is given to the client with an explanation as to who found it, where it was found, and what it means to the client. Not every piece of evidence given to a client means it’s officially a ghost/spirit/entity. It just means what was found can’t be explained at the moment, but maybe at a later time it can possibly be explained.

To end, it is extremely important to know that no one person has all the answers about the paranormal and the paranormal field. ‘Paranormal’ refers to ‘the unknown’ for a reason. If someone had all the answers, it would be ‘known’ and terms like paranormal wouldn’t exist.

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Musings of a Sasquatch Hunter

Hey folks! Heather here! Our resident Bigfoot expert, Shawn, is back! Enjoy his most recent post!

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. – Bertrand Russell

Hey there people in internet land! I am back from another exciting (yup, that’s my story) Sasquatch adventure. While I had a rather awesome time in the woods and had some activity and strange and interesting experiences, I cannot introduce you to the big man himself. Yet. I have previously written about the potential of Sasquatch’s existence here on this blog and have pontificated and postulated on some history and scientific data (or lack thereof) to the potential anthropological ancestry. This is all well and good and can be quite thought-provoking, as well. But, let’s face it folks, this is a rather limited topic, regulated to the fringe “pseudoscience” of cryptozoology. There just isn’t that much out there as compared to other, more accepted, mainstream science branches. One has to dig through pages of book lists, reviews, excerpts chosen to entice you to buy a book, self-proclaimed professionals and expert witness testimony, just to find one tidbit of potentially helpful information. And if you find that video on YouTube, recorded by someone at a conference that falls outside of accepted science, the comment section is full of mockery, derision, and name-calling. All because someone has a different interpretation of the “facts.”

Ancient Egypt. Galileo. Vikings. Prehistoric America. Now, what the hell do they have to do with Sasquatch? Everything and nothing. Now that you are quite possibly confused more than ever, let me explain. Ancient Egypt is the first civilization (4,500 years ago) to have built monuments. Nope. Not quite. Geologists show pictures of rock structures from the Giza Plateau (unbeknownst to them) are asked to ballpark date them based on visible weathering marks. They all date them to well into the 10,000 to 15,000 age bracket. Right up until they are shown that what they were dating was the Sphinx. All of a sudden, they are no longer experts, not sure of the number they just threw out or they get angry and throw a temper tantrum. Last time Egypt was a fertile water-soaked environment was well over 15,000 years ago. Allegedly. So that would mean the Sphinx is a tad bit older than that to account for all the wind/water erosion seen on it, right? Galileo was ostracized and spent a majority of his adult life under house arrest by the Spanish Inquisition for heresy to the church for his scientific observations and theories, all of which have been proven true and correct. That could be why they named four of Jupiter’s moons after him. As well they should since he discovered them! Not to mention he championed the heliocentric solar system theory. Now, he is considered the father of science. Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. And discovered America first, right? Wrong. Actually, Native Americans of the Pre-Columbian era of Folsom and Clovis people discovered it 12,000 years ago, but that is an insignificant little fact. Especially when you consider all the archaeological evidence to the contrary. Like Viking artifacts, money and graves that put them here almost 1,000 years before Columbus. More and more Viking artifacts are being found to contradict Columbus’s claim to the New World, but yet it is all labeled as fake or reproduction and even strange but inconclusive (look up “out-of-place and time” artifacts). And now pre-history! Almost all your higher institutions of learning are just that. Institutions. Where they instruct you what their version of the truth is and nothing else is possible. They will scoff and sneer at one who thinks outside “the textbook of truth because we say it is.” Oops. My bad. I don’t believe you because you say so. How many times have we been “institutionalized,” I mean “taught,” something just to have it updated and revised? There is a reason for the saying History is written by the conquerors. We are taught that Clovis man cam here across a land bridge 12,000 years ago. If that is so, why is there a plethora of “forbidden archaeology” links, stories, reports, etc., that keep coming up with Homo Sapien Sapiens (modern man – that’s us) evidence of our existence throughout the geological record of up to 250 millions years ago? Look it up. It’s there.

Whew! That was a lot of typing and varied topics to get to this. Why is the existence of Sasquatch so belittled? Why is it so improbably that it could actually be real that modern science excludes any serious interest in the subject. Modern science has been proven incorrect so many times, yet still we cling to their institutionalized, regimented rote memorization of the “facts.” I go way into the woods. WAY into the woods. Far from other people (I hope) and at night I act like a completely deranged weirdo. No, seriously, I do. And I have friends with me doing the same. All in the hopes of the possibility of what could be out there. Other than bears, wolves, coyotes, and mountain lions (a.k.a. The Scary Stuff). Why do I do it? Well, for one, it’s fun. And two, because some really strange things have happened. Responses to my activity that can only be duplicated by a bipedal, opposable thumb-having, upright-walking… something. Whether that is some other completely deranged weirdo hoping that my actions are a squatch responding to him, OR it is Sasquatch himself (or herself – whatever) is why I do it. That, and the satisfaction in the deepest fiber of my being that I was right, that they do exist, and if that is true, what else are “they” lying to us about? On to the Fibonacci Spiral. Oh, and being able to tell all the pompous, ignorant people (I personally know some) who think they are so much smarter than people like me by their sarcasm and condescension without any personal knowledge (just the institutions’ force-fed knowledge), “Neener neener neener! You’re a…”

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