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I cannot remember life without GHOSTS/SPIRITS... My interest began in the paranormal when I was 2...that's when my mom told me I first started talking about GHOSTS/SPIRITS. I grew up like most of you, learning that one shouldn't talk about the things they can see, hear and feel. Now, after years of ignoring these abilities and senses, I can no longer deny it. The TIME has come...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Great Archangel Michael
Archangel, defend us in battle,
be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the

May God rebuke our enemies, we humbly pray; and
do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of
God, thrust into Hell the Adversary and all other evil
spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of


As we wind down our Series on Paranormal Investigations, I thought it would be neat to have a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions.

Having founded 6 Cents Investigations in 2005, I have learned thru both trial and error many of the mishaps of investigations. Sometimes, you might have personality clashes or strong differences of opinion as to HOW To investigate. If you joined in on some investigations, and it or the group in general, has left you with a negative experience...


Consider beginning/founding your OWN group.
Now, while YOU may get to make many of the decisions... YOU will also find that you will need time to establish yourself and your team....
Develop YOUR reputation as a paranormal investigator/s.

It's always a great idea to develop *relationships* with other Teams for networking purposes.
I also believe that some teams, while having vastly different investigations styles, can actually compliment eachother quite nicely.

For example, a team made up of mostly scientists and techies can benefit from a team with Sensitives and/or Mediums, and vice versa. It is in my opinion, that you are more likeley to obtain results and evidence when a Medium is present. I believe that Ghosts/Spirits draw ENERGY from the Medium and this in turn helps that being to manifest. Also, Mediums quite often will sense the presence of different Astral Beings and can point photographers (or their own camera) in that direction.

For me a PARANORMAL DREAM TEAM would be 2 very different styles merging together.
An example of this in the paranormal media would be GHOSTHUNTERS (TAPS) and England's MOST HAUNTED. I would be very curious to view evidence gathered after such an investigation!

If you have had NO luck in your area finding or resonating with a team then I suggest you CREATE your own. But as I have stated many times, DO YOUR RESEARCH first!!!!
Approach this as you would any other science. Go out with at least 1 other person.

By golly, PLEASE be prepared and/or open to the idea that you could be confronted with something nasty and unseen. Read about famous, documented cases, before you conduct your own investigations. I also HIGHLY suggest reading HOSTAGE TO THE DEVIL by Malachi Martin.
In my opinion, there is very GOOD reason for people to be wary of the paranormal.
You don't have to BELIEVE it but YOU SHOULD be AWARE...
And there's a difference between the 2.

There's a very fine line between AWARENESS and being AFRAID.
It is certainly NOT my intention to scare you. But I would be remiss if I did not make you aware of the totality of what is involved and potentially at stake in paranormal investigations. I hope that makes sense. I don't ask you to believe in or embrace EVERYTHING that I do...
I only ask that you fully EDUCATE yourself so that you can make INFORMED decisions.

One last thing...
PLEASE consider PRAYER before doing ANY types of investigations.
Honestly, what could it hurt???


Adapted from:
by Christine Parks

Your equipment can be as simple as a compass, basic thermometer, standard tape recorder with an external microphone and your basic 35mm camera and get the same results as someone who has an EMF meter, digital thermometer, digital recorder and fancy cameras.

Basic Starter Equipment List:

35mm Camera -
For trying to capture orbs, figures, mists, etc. and aids in documenting the investigation site and details.
Can be a disposable or a $30 instant camera.
Just a simple point and shoot will do just fine.
Remove straps and pull back hair
For best quality and results, don't forget tripods!

35mm Film -
Most ghost hunters carry two cameras; one loaded with each. Always buy good quality film!
400 to 800 speed
Black and White Film
Infrared Film-more expensive and must be kept cool.

Thermometer -
Drops in temperature are a common occurrence when a ghost is present. Spikes in the temperature are possible but not as frequent.
Your standard indoor/outdoor mercury thermometer may be slower but will work fine.
No batteries to replace or worry about dying during an investigation.

Compass -
A compass will react to any magnetic or electrical stimuli that are reported in haunting cases.
Also great for navigation.
No batteries to replace or worry about dying during an investigation.

Audio Recorder with external microphone & NEW Cassette Tapes -
This is for recording noises or voices that are inaudible at the time to human ears and making verbal notes.
You can pick one up at Wal-Mart or Radio Shack starting around $10.00
Always make sure you use new tapes, never record on an old tape!
Always make sure you use a separate external static free microphone.

Flashlights / Candles / Glo Sticks -
Depending on group preference, a red lens or red cellophane is used to prevent damage to light sensitive equipment such as camcorders with nightshot and to preserve the human eyes "night vision"
Candles can be used, but may be unreliable due to weather.
Glo sticks are safe and you don't need to worry about battery drain.
Never leave candles unattended, they may cause fire!

Batteries -
Batteries and lots more batteries for every piece of equipment you bring!

Notebook & Pens/Pencils -
Keep Case Notes, log records of events and personal journal information.

Wristwatch -
Logging records of events and durations of an occurrence.

Cell Phone -
Safety of your group should always be your number one concern!

*EDITORS NOTE - Cells are also extremely handy for organizing your hunt, and if people get separated before, during or after an investigation.

Area Map (If Possible) -
Always know the area and mark any areas that may be a safety hazard.

Identification -
In case the police show up and question your actions.

After you have gone on several investigations and decide that you are ready to invest more money and time into your new hobby, your equipment list will grow depending on areas that you are more interested in.

The Advanced Equipment List is the same as above plus a few added items that can range in price depending on the options you desire. The following items are not required but are nice to have on hand during and investigation.

More Advanced Equipment List:

Digital Camera -
For trying to capture orbs, figures, mists, etc. and aids in documenting the investigation site and details.
Great because you can see the pictures right away and have endless amount of picture taking ability.
Great money saving tools; just keep in mind that the pictures taken with them may not be considered hard evidence due to the lack of negatives.

Thermometers -
Indoor/Outdoor Digital thermometers and Infrared Thermal Scanners are the high tech ways to pin point abnormal cold or hot spots in the area.

Indoor/Outdoor Digital -
thermometers are better for using on the outdoor investigations. You can also get one that measure humidity as well.
Both are definitely something that you must work with before using in the field.

EMF(Electro-Magnetic Field) Detectors -
These devices can pick up electronic and magnetic fields over different frequencies.
Can be found relatively cheap, ranging from $25 to $200

Geiger Counter -
This is a very technical and expensive piece of equipment that requires special training to operate correctly. It reads the amount of radiation around us all the time
The price will vary depending upon the range reading abilities and accuracy of the model.

Expect to pay $100 to $1000. Used models can sometimes be purchased for less then $50at army surplus stores or online auction sites.

Night Vision Equipment -
This equipment is a fairly new tool to the ghost hunter.
You can get a very good scope for around $250

There are also adapters (under $30) that will attach the night vision scope directly to a video camcorder.

Two-Way Radios -
Safety of your group should always be your number one concern!
If your group must split up, it is a good idea to have these incase someone falls, needs assistance from others in the group or has lost their way in the dark.

Depending on the investigation (use your better judgment) a few additional items could be packed...

Optional Items to Consider:

Tape Measure (12 to 50 feet)
White Ball of String (100 feet)
Scissors and/or Knife
Drawing Paper or Sketch Pad
Chalk (white or colored to mark areas)
Cotton Balls (to put in windows and doorways to determine movement)
Talcum powder (to put on the floors to detect movement)
Liquid Level Ruler (to determine slanted areas)
First Aid Kit

Documentaries, Video, EVP, Television Clips, Radio Clips, Message Boards,
And MUCH more:


As a final note, I truly hope this Series on the PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR has helped answer some of the questions you wanted to ask but were unsure who to ask or where to look...



1 comment:

a new philosopher is born said...

hey, eversince i was a kid, and like everyother kid, i have been interested in doing paranormal research. i am currently doing my phd in fiber optics. can i join ur team ( i am in india) probably after my phd.....or say, what would u suggest me