Ghost in the Podcast, Episode 6, Merry Christmas!

ITunesPGIPodcast“There’ll be scary ghost stories, and tales of the glories of the Christmases long, long ago!” – Andy Williams, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

We here at PGI love any opportunity to tell ghost stories and we’ve decided to revive the Victorian tradition of telling ghost stories on Christmas Eve. So, light the fire, turn on the Christmas lights, pour yourself some eggnog, and get cozy under your favorite blanket because we have a few spooky tales to share with you! Enjoy!

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Ghost in the Podcast, Episode 5

ITunesPGIPodcastSince our November podcast didn’t go as planned, we decided to give you all an extra-special holiday treat with TWO (yes, two!) podcasts for December! For the first one, our Communications Director Heather and our Tech Manager Jeremy discuss locations where amateur paranormal investigators can visit and, well, investigate! We hope you enjoy and make sure to subscribe to and rate our podcast on iTunes if you haven’t done so already. Enjoy!

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Paranormal Investigator?


Intrepid paranormal investigator Heather Dobson. Wearing eye makeup for a DragonCon panel. Yep, you read that right. Eye makeup. Sometimes we DO go out in the daytime. Photo credit: Grant Miller



But wait. Before you start jumping up and down and squeeeee-ing with excitement, let’s back up a moment and really talk about this.

I know that if you’re reading this, you probably avidly watch Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Asylum, Ghost Insert-Word-Here-That-Is-Scary-And-Attention-Grabbing, and any other paranormal-themed show you can get your grubby DVR on. (I know, because even though I investigate the paranormal in my spare time, I also still watch all the paranormal things!) But, guess what? Actually investigating the paranormal is NOTHING like what you see on TV.

Here are some bullet points that pretty much sum up what it’s really like to do what we do:

  • Many times, the client who contacts us is more scary than the paranormal something that may or may not be in their home. No lie. Our Case Manager is a saint.
  • We don’t get paid to do this. In fact, we have to pay to do this. Yep, we buy all the equipment, we pay for the gas to get to and from our investigations, and we buy our own dinners on investigation nights. And the coffee. LOTS of coffee. Hoo, boy, there’s not enough coffee. Save your coffee pennies because you’re going to need them!
  • After actually getting an investigation scheduled, then we have to actually do the investigation. Like, set up equipment, and sit in a dark house for hours when, really, let’s be honest, we just want to be curled up in bed asleep.
  • And why would we rather be asleep instead of investigating? Because after doing this for eight years, I can honestly tell you that most investigations are boring. Like, all those ghost shows take place over several days, in well-known haunted places, with evidence that may or may not be planted for entertainment purposes. But in real life? We can’t make ghosts appear on cue. We have to wait around in the dark. A lot.
  • And after you’ve just spend all those hours in someone’s home, you now have to go home and watch those hours of video camera footage times 4 (because there were four cameras set up). And then? You have all those hours of audio to listen to. And in between all that, you have a family to take care of, and a job to go to, and a social life, and… yeah. That’s a lot to do.
  • Maybe, after all that investigating and all that analyzing, you were assigned to write the final report. WHAT?!? Yeah. So, get on that. Because the client is SCREAMING for results.
  • Now? That you’ve sent in that all-important final report? We need you to collect the raw data from this investigation and add it to our database/spreadsheet. Because we’re also scientists and this is part of our responsibilities.
  • Good job! The final report is in! Data is collected! Guess what? You’ve got to pack up all your equipment and do it again because we have ANOTHER investigation this weekend! Social life? WHAT SOCIAL LIFE?!?!?!
  • Finally, after all that is done, you’ve got ten monthly meetings to attend, library talks and DragonCon panels to help put together, and blog posts to write for this here web site. (I can’t do it all by myself, yo!)
  • And how do you think we get our name out there for all of those clients to notice us and call us? Well, it’s called social media. Are you prepared to help out with that, as well? Because we certainly don’t have an advertising budget (heck, we barely have an equipment budget), we need all the help we can get!

Finally, when you look at how many paranormal shows there are out there and then look at the actual number of paranormal groups that exist (hundreds, dude, HUNDREDS), your chance of EVER getting on a TV show are slim. I think we all have a better chance of getting hit by lightning, while winning the lottery, during a shark attack than getting on a paranormal TV show. You can’t be in this for the fame. You HAVE to want to do this to help people. Because that is what investigating the paranormal is all about. It’s about helping the living to understand the dead. And in the end, you have a new set of friends who are more like family who will investigate with you and trust you with their lives.

And that’s what we do.

Now that you’ve read all of that, are you still ready to jump in with both feet and spend six months with us, training to become a full-fledged paranormal investigator with Paranormal Georgia Investigations? Then email us at and let us know you’re interested! We’ll email you an application and let you know, after the first of the year, when we would like to get together and meet with you.

Good luck!

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Happy Halloween, Everyone! It’s Video Evidence For You!

I don’t know about all of you, but I just love Halloween! Even before I became a paranormal investigator, I just enjoyed this holiday. The crisp, cool fall air, the orange pumpkins, the free candy, and all the spooky fun you can handle!

As a paranormal investigator, Halloween is really special. This is the time of year when requests for investigations pick up and when we get to show all of you what it is we do. As a reward for reading our blog and following us, I give you our annual Halloween gift of evidence!

This video was captured 11 months ago in northeast Atlanta in a private home. (I KNOW! We’ve been sitting on this for 11 months! The suspense has been killing us, but we wanted to save this for our annual Halloween present!)

The clients in this case had quite a bit of activity going on in their home and they wanted answers. Now, I’ll be honest, we’ve only been lucky enough in our seven-year history to capture two instances of paranormal activity on video, so whenever we watch our video footage, we do it with a bit of cynicism because we just know that we probably won’t find anything. Well, this time? We found something! Woo hoo! Video number three!

We had just started the investigation. Our cameras were set up and recording. All four investigators were in the garage with the two clients. All the dogs were in the backyard. This particular camera was in the living room, pointing toward the closed master bedroom door. There were no windows behind the camera and only one to the left (the backyard where there were no streetlights or traffic). The shades were drawn.

At the six-second mark, you see a short shadow figure go from the right side of the screen to the left (very quickly), and then it seems to crawl back in the opposite direction (a bit more slowly). Pay close attention because it’s not a dark figure, but rather see-through and vague. What makes this bit of evidence so special is that it validates our clients’ experiences and claims. When you do see it, I hope it blows your mind like it did ours!

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Ghost in the Podcast, Episode 4

ITunesPGIPodcastWe’re finally back with a new episode of our Ghost in the Podcast! This month, our Assistant Director Jordan and our Tech Manager Jeremy talk about all things Halloween! We hope you enjoy and make sure to subscribe to and rate our podcast on iTunes if you haven’t done so already. Enjoy!

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Noisy Ghosts

Image credit: Ganando Enemigos

Image credit: Ganando Enemigos

For my generation (that would be those of us described by the letter X), our introduction to the word “poltergeist” came from that famous 1982 movie of the same name by Steven Spielberg. Objects moved of their own accord, chairs stacked themselves, and a little girl famously told her family, “They’re here!”

And don’t even get me started on that clown. *Shiver*

But I’m not here to talk about Hollywood poltergeists, angered by housing construction on Indian burial grounds. I’m here to talk about actual poltergeists and the dearth of shows (read: two) coming out this month profiling two famous poltergeist cases.

The word “poltergeist” is German for “noisy ghost” and it is this entity that is most often blamed for activity that can include object movement and levitation, tappings and knockings on walls, disembodied voices, and pinching, biting, hitting, and tripping people. But wait, you cry, all of that sounds bad and… demonic!

Well, there’s a big difference. Think of the poltergeist as your annoying little brother and think of the demon as a serial killer and you get the idea of the gulf between the two.

There are many theories out there as to what poltergeists could be. Many skeptics point to the fact that well-known poltergeist activity tends to focus on one or two people at a time, only occurs for a handful of years, and can be easily faked. In addition, many of these cases occur around children going through adolescence (a time in our lives when we crave attention). Some scientists theorize that poltergeist activity could be caused by seismic activity or underground water flows. And a third group, paranormal researchers, feel that poltergeists could be due to psychokinesis.

Yep, those are some across-the-board ideas.

Let’s go the skeptic route first. When we hear of a client who possibly has poltergeist activity, the first question we ask is, “Do you have any adolescent children/teenagers in the house?” Typically, these types of cases occur around children entering their teenage years. The second question we ask is, “Has there been any familial strife in the house, such as a death or divorce or family quarrels?” Because we all know that if you have teenagers in the house who have just gone through, or are currently going through, a family crisis/upheaval, then it’s fertile ground for a child who is seeking attention because they feel they aren’t getting it by any other means. It’s pretty easy to fake poltergeist activity if one is so inclined. But, faking poltergeist activity does take quite a bit of effort and time and can involve hurting oneself, on purpose, in the process. To fake this type of activity takes patience, wherewithal, and nerve. LOTS of nerve.

Second is the scientific route. Some geologists theorize that movement of ground water under a house, or seismic activity (due to earthquakes or traffic) could cause the house to pop and crack and objects to move. The main problem with this idea is that you would have to have pretty significant and frequent earthquakes to make objects move and said earthquakes would be noticeable. Also, this doesn’t explain object levitation, disembodied voices, or physical harm to the people in the house. Even though this idea is faulty, it has merit, which is why we ask for dates and times when the activity occurred and match that to local seismic history, as well as geological information of the property.

Lastly is the idea that poltergeist activity isn’t spirit activity at all, that it’s actually caused by psychokinesis. This is another reason why we ask the ages of the people in the house and if anyone has gone through any recent health traumas (major illness). It has been theorized that children going through puberty or women and men experiencing a mid-life hormonal shift can psychokinetically cause poltergeist activity without meaning to do so, that the poltergeist activity is an external manifestation of inner mental and physical turmoil. The same can be true of someone who has just dealt with a major illness or medical procedure. Many of our questions to our clients can seem invasive, but it’s a way for us to understand the undercurrents in a paranormal case. And if the possibility of a hoax and geologic activity have been ruled-out, then this last explanation may be the only viable one.

Of course, Hollywood likes to over-dramatize poltergeist cases and this month’s offerings are no exception. This Friday, at 10PM EDT, on A&E, is The Enfield Haunting. This dramatized show presents the story of the 1977 to 1979 case of two teen girls, in Brimsdown, Enfield, England, who claimed to be the focus of poltergeist activity. The Enfield case was the subject of many books, documentaries, and reports and, during the activity, received considerable media coverage in the British press. Psychologists claim the girls faked the evidence for attention due to their parents’ recent divorce while paranormal researchers swear the case is real.

And finally, on Monday, October 26, A&E will premier the first episode of Cursed: The Bell Witch a reality-documentary series which follows a man who claims to be a direct descendant of the Bell family and who wants to end the Bell Witch curse before his son comes of adult age. The Bell Witch was the name given to a poltergeist that is said to have terrorized the John Bell, Sr., family, of Adams, Tennessee, in 1817. Historians claim it’s an exaggeration of local folk lore while residents and descendants still claim that the Bell family property is haunted and that the poltergeist is still active.

So, I leave it to all of you, dear readers, to decide what poltergeist activity is and whether it’s fake, natural, or real. Make sure you set your DVRs to record and have a spooky October!

TV Show Recommendation Disclaimer: I am writing this review of my own free will. Neither A&E Network nor the The Walt Disney Company, nor anyone associated with the above shows, paid me with money or promises of future poltergeist adventures. I just felt like bringing spooky October programming to everyone’s attention all while educating people about poltergeists. No FTC disclosures needed.

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Ghost in the Podcast, Episode 3

ITunesPGIPodcastHey everyone! This month, we step away from ghosts and poltergeists and everything that goes bump in the night and instead talk about PGI investigator Heather’s favorite topic… MOTHMAN! Hope you enjoy and make sure to subscribe to our PGI Ghost in the Podcast on iTunes and leave us feedback and rate our show. Enjoy!

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The Sasquatch Is Out There, Part 2

Hey folks! Heather here! Shawn, our resident expert on all things sasquatch, is back with part 2 of his thoughts regarding said creature. If you would like to re-acquaint yourself with part 1, just click here!

I have fielded many questions and a lot of skepticism over the years about my belief in the existence of Sasquatch. Some of the biggest and most firmly-held arguments are over the “proof of life” debates. They range from “where are the bodies,” “it is just a myth,” all the way to “I bet you believe in UFOs and aliens don’t you?” (Which on a side note, yes, yes I do.) In my last blog, I skimmed over some these topics in the interest of brevity and space so as not to bore some of the lesser-inclined believers. I was also recently interviewed for a podcast on the topic due the posting of my blog, which I felt was an incredible honor. So, this blog is a follow-up to maybe further enhance your understanding of where I stand on the whole quagmire of myth, legend, folklore, scientific vacuum, weekly TV show, and grainy photo/film debate over the existence of Sasquatch.

Fossils. People always bring this up as proof of nonexistence due to the lack of fossil record. The problems with the fossil record are many. People have spent decades on dating and proving the ages of fossils only to have those results questioned by newer and better technology. Radiocarbon dating was first pioneered in 1905 and is commonly referred to as Carbon-14. Scientists are now utilizing multiple varieties of dating from C-14, Uranium-thorium, Potassium-argon, to fission track of Uranium-238 molecules. All of this sounds scientific and highly accurate, until you understand the ego and data correlation. All of this is driven by money. Scientist A gets a sample and utilizes one method of dating and gets paid for his results. Scientist B receives the same sample and because he is younger and wants to prove himself (in other words, get paid more) he uses a newer testing method. Since no one wants to be wrong and their results equal pay, “A” mocks “B” as unproven while “B” mocks “A” as antiquated and then somehow “C” gets involved and on and on and on. You get the picture. And all this takes place in a laboratory setting after the original discovery and clouds the original argument. The How. How did it come to exist? How was it found? Now the Where. Where was it found? And again, Who? Who Found? Who stands to gain/lose the most? How does this cloud the argument you ask? Simple. It diverts your attention away from how highly improbable the formation of fossils are. The conditions have to be absolutely perfect. Location, climate, terrain, and the presence of the living, or soon not to be, organisms are all vitally important. The mineral content to the ph and the type of soil are important as well. But, so is the weather and climate at that time and for long periods after as well. To prove this I merely point to Northern Arizona and the Petrified Forest National Park. It is awesome, go there. But here is my point, if fossilization was common and simple then why are there not fossilized trees from 65 million years ago found all over the world and only in a few isolated areas?

The scientific community has “created” an animal that some believe to be the ancestor or one of the ancestors of Bigfoot. If Bigfoot is real that is. Gigantopithecus blacki has an extensive scientific background. Size, weight, diet, range, morphology to include a sexual dimorphic classing (size disparity between the male and female of a species), and with what species (orangutan) it is most closely related to. And all this supposition is built on a few jawbones and teeth. No complete skeletal remains at all. In fact, it is this reason that there is no section for locomotion of the creature. Teeth and jawbones give us a 10 foot ape in China that lived until probably 100,000 years ago. See what picture I am forming here? If a philanthropist or even National Geographic came forward and offered to fund me financially as well as technologically for a year-long search or more for the purpose of proof to the existence of or not a Sasquatch, I say to them as I am packing and making gear lists and requests, contact me through this website, please.

I am by no stretch a scientist or an archaeologist. But what I am is a fairly intelligent individual who has seen and experienced things that fall outside of the normal who also has a very inquisitive mind. I like to know the “why” to a lot of things. I am also an admitted paranoid conspiracy theorist who believes that not everything the government tells us is true, so therefore I question conventional beliefs. When the scientific community is adamant that Bigfoot is nothing more than a hoax, I ask why. Why is a community that is founded on research and expansion of wild and crazy ideas so against the possibility of an undiscovered primate in North America? Why can they base the existence of an animal on a few teeth and jawbones? Why did they spend one year, one whole year in the jungles of the Congo for ten seconds of video of a previously undiscovered/unknown species of a 6 foot tall chimpanzee based solely on the myths and stories of the locals? They did not get any genetic samples or proof that it IS an unknown totally new species either. Just 10 seconds of video and “their word” that it is. We all know how awesome CG technology is. What I am getting at is why are we so willing to go to extremes for some things to believe, prove they exist, can be beneficial, need protection, etc. but are so totally inflexible and unwilling to even entertain the notion of another? Or is it because it is not a primate but the “missing link” that we were genetically modified from by the Ancient Aliens we called Gods and the “Illuminati” (for lack of better terms) already know this and under the auspices of National Security we are deceived? Or is it that it would shake the very foundation of many faiths and religions around the world?


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Ghost in the Podcast, Episode 2 Part 2

ITunesPGIPodcastHey everyone! Last month’s installment of “Ghost in the Podcast” was the first part of our “Professionalism in the Paranormal” discussion (click here to listen to part 1 again). FINALLY, here is part 2! Hope you enjoy and make sure to subscribe to our PGI Ghost in the Podcast on iTunes and leave us feedback and rate our show. Enjoy!

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Summer Cemetery Love


Photo credit: Heather Dobson

As paranormal investigators, it’s natural for us to have a love of cemeteries. Heck, it’s natural for us to be fascinated with anything and everything having to do with death. Let’s just be honest, we all have our favorite local cemeteries that we love (*cough* Atlanta Oakland Cemetery *cough*). I don’t know about you, but cemeteries are always guaranteed to be quiet places where you can think, reflect, and reconnect with yourself. Cemeteries have also become favorite paranormal investigation locations, especially in the warm, summer months. It makes sense. Lots of dead people plus wide-open spaces with no high walls or barbed wire or locked doors equals instant ghost hunting magic! But, regardless of whether your favorite cemetery is a large, garden cemetery, in the center of town, full of historical markers and famous people who have passed on or if it’s a small, forgotten family plot in the middle of nowhere, there are rules you MUST follow before you load up with your favorite cameras and voice recorders for a night of spook hunting.

Most cemeteries are privately owned.

Even if the cemetery looks abandoned, it’s still on property owned by someone, somewhere. You really don’t want to be roaming around someone’s property, in the middle of the night, without permission. And when the cops show up, demanding answers as to why you’re there, they’re going to think vandalism before they think paranormal investigators. And even if you are there, just sitting quietly, recording the sounds of crickets, they’re most likely going to shoo you off the premises and ask you never to return. It’s always important to secure permission before you investigate a cemetery. Do a little research and find out who owns it. Explain what it is you want to do and how you intend to investigate. Invite the owners to come along with you if they are so inclined. You’ll catch more flies with honey rather than vinegar and you’ll investigate more cemeteries if you do it the right way and ask before you go.

Your audio is going to be full of bugs. Literally.

We’ve all been outside, at night, at some point in our lives. During the summer, the night is alive with crickets, frogs, bats, and bugs. Even in the winter, the leaves are being pushed around by the wind and nocturnal animals out for the hunt. The night isn’t still, not by any means, and that means your audio is going to be full of those noises. Once you’ve secured permission to investigate your chosen cemetery, be aware that your audio will be iffy. Make note of every sound you hear and be aware that when you go over your audio later, footsteps and other sounds that aren’t voices must be discounted.

Photo credit: Heather Dobson

Photo credit: Heather Dobson

Your video and photographic evidence is also going to be full of bugs. Literally.

Your video and photographic evidence that you carry home from your cemetery investigation is going to show a lot of dust, dirt, pollen, water droplets, and BUGS! Also, that mist you captured? Probably not paranormal, but rather your breath, especially if it was a cold night. If you investigate during the day, be aware that polished granite headstones will reflect the sun like nobody’s business. You’ll want to go over all your pictures and video with a fine-tooth comb and be more skeptical of anything out of the ordinary than you would during an indoors investigation. Just remember that Mother Nature can wreak havoc on your camera lens.

Nighttime. Daytime. Any time is a good time!

Who says you can’t investigate a cemetery in the daytime? If it’s a public cemetery, in the middle of town, that welcomes visitors during daylight hours, grab your voice recorder and go to work! Ghosts really aren’t concerned with the time of day. That’s our problem. But, again, if it’s a private cemetery on private property, you will still need permission to investigate, even during the day.

Just remember all these tips and your next cemetery investigation can be the best one yet! Enjoy your summer!

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