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Sunday, August 22, 2010

What's going on?

Wow.. What a week. Just had another birthday and finished 2 awesome investigations as well(Fort Mifflin TAPS event and Burlington County Prison)
I have been incredibly busy at my day job as well. It feels as though I've been playing the game of "catch-up" with no end in sight. Crazy days...
Things I am working towards completing at this time:
  1. PHANTOM IR Equipment Review: I used the PHANTOM Lite IR these past 2 investigations and I am putting together a detailed review very soon.
  2. Fort Mifflin Evidence Review: I have some decent stuff so far, need to complete the review though.
  3. Burlington County Prison Evidence Review: Again, got an amazing response at the end of the night while packing up equipment. It was an amazing personal experience. I will detail up the night best I can soon.
  4. 10 Questions with Britt Griffith from Ghost Hunters/Ghost Hunters International: Had conversation on the phone with Britt about 1 week ago. Once I get things approved, I will get it posted.
Well, as you can see, I have alot on my plate at the moment. I plan on getting things rolling again shortly. I also have plenty of other things in the works as well. More on that as I get to it though.
As always, stay tuned for more soon...

Friday, August 13, 2010

Fort Mifflin - TAPS event - August 14th

Well, charging some of my batteries and replacing others. Have to do a gear check before I leave tomorrow at around 4pm.

I decided to get a hotel room for the event. Why? Because it has been a rough week. I think I may have gotten about 10 hours total over the past 3 nights. Not good. Even though it's about 2 hours from my house, I just do not feel like watching the sun come up as I am pulling up to my house this time around.

I will also be testing the Phantom Lite IR that they sent me about a week ago. I am going to put that baby through it's paces. I have other equipment I am bringing that is new as well. I even needed to add a smaller bag to my arsenal to carry the glow sticks(standard green) and Phantom IR.

Last time I was there, I got some great EVP's. I am hoping this time I get even better evidence. Casemate 5 has my eye this time around. People are known to feel very uncomfortable in there. Last time I went, I felt a little uneasy in there also. I am wondering if it is the sound dampening effect that place produces though.

I really hope we get to go into Elizabeth Pratt's(aka Screaming Woman) room this time. Last time I went, it was sealed off. The general aspects of the story goes like this: Her daughter wanted to marry an enlisted man, mother denied her, daughter died of typhoid fever, mother commits suicide by hanging herself from her balcony over the grief and guilt. Sobs are known to be heard in her room I believe.

Oh yeah, almost forgot, getting pictures with Dustin, Kris, Dave, and Steve of the TAPS team will be awesome as well.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

10 Questions with Paul Bradford of Ghost Hunters International/Creepy Hollow

Paul Bradford - Paranormal Investigator for one of TV’s hottest paranormal shows. Some of you may not know that Paul is also an entrepreneur or sorts. Paul owns a company by the name of Creepy Hollow that sells some of the best paranormal equipment money can buy. Paul designs and builds some of today's most advanced and realiable paranormal research gear to date.

(Go back in my blog posts to read a few Creepy Hollow equipment reviews as well)

I have only known Paul outside of the SyFy TV show for a few short months as of this post. However, I feel as though he is one the most down to earth guys in paranormal you will ever meet. In my opinion, a definite ‘hero’ of the paranormal world.

I asked Paul 10 questions from various sources. Have at them:

How long have you been investigating the paranormal?

Officially about 4 years, but I’ve had a keen interest in the unknown for many, many years. I’ve always been into the Sci-Fi type of thing and as such that fueled my interest in the Paranormal.

How were you approached to join the GHI(Ghost Hunters International) team?

I received a phone call one day from someone claiming to be part of a TV production company. They asked if I’d be interested in joining a show based on looking for paranormal activity. They didn’t disclose any details on the show and I assumed it was a pilot or something. After my telephone interview, I got another call saying I’d got the job and had I heard of the show Ghost hunters International….. the rest is history.

Where has been your all-time favorite location for an investigation?

I’d have to say Australia was certainly one of my favorites. We did some of the largest locations I’ve ever seen and the history from these places was horrific. Makes for a great investigation. Other than that, England was most memorable because I was able to visit my folks (I even had some laundry for my mum)

What do you feel as though is your best paranormal experience to date?

There have been a number of really weird things happen. Chasing sounds and noises to no prevail, being touched on the back of the head to capturing some of the best photographic evidence I’ve ever seen. Being able to investigate the most haunted places in the world has its advantages.

Do you ever great ‘freaked out’ during an investigation?

No, I don’t. I’ve never ran away from anything. I’ve ran towards stuff though. I’m always the first to hunt something down. If I hear something or see something, I go after it.

What is your most prized piece of investigative equipment?

I get this question a lot, and to be honest, I don’t have one single favorite piece of gear. Simply because I’m a techie, I love it all. My Camera is something I never leave behind. My Mel Meters, audio recorders, laser, e-pods, POV camera all have their place and time. I love all my tech equally.

Have you ever had an issue with trying to communicate with spirits that spoke a foreign language?

Not really. My first investigation with GHI was in a Spanish speaking country. I know maybe 3 or 4 sentences that I can use for EVP sessions (I say know, I mean more speak very badly), and many of the countries we visit either speak English or Spanish. I’ve run into occasions where a little German is probably worth trying, but other than that, depending on the country we go to , I do try to learn a couple of phrases. For example, we just investigate Norway and so I learned one or two questions that would hopefully help. Strange thing though, I’ve had times where I’ve asked a question in German and got an answer in English or I’ve ask a question in English and got a response in the native tongue.

What is the most valuable piece of information you could pass off to people looking to get into the field of investigating the paranormal?

Know how to use your equipment. I see so many people at times running round with their EMF meters, snapping photos and waving around their audio recorders and a lot of the time. They don’t really know how to use the equipment other than on, off or record. They don’t know what these readings mean and what are natural readings. Read books, do research and know what you’re talking about.

Do you have any new products coming out on the Creepy Hollow website in the next few months that people should look forward to?

I’m always adding something new to the site. I get approached by some very knowledgeable and talented inventors who don’t have an outlet for their gear. Creepy Hollow is one of those outlets that has experimental gear. I guess the best thing I can say keep an eye on the site, as there is new stuff always being added.

What can fans expect to see from you in the upcoming year?

I have Fans? Cool. Well, in all honesty, I don’t know. I’m preparing to head out again with GHI. As to where, I’m not sure yet. But you can be sure that there will be lasers, lights and full spectrum photography.

Thanks to Paul for jumping in there and presenting us with insight into his paranormal world. We will be watching SyFy channels Ghost Hunters International on Wednesday nights as well as checking the Creepy Hollow website for new investigative gear on a regular basis.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Seeing the Dead

I am sure most of you have seen the movie, "The Sixth Sense" with Bruce Willis, right? The little boy named Cole and his memorable quote, "I see dead people..."

My blog topic today is one of much controversy:

Can certain people with special abilities actually see spirits amongst the living?

The reason why I present this topic is because I was speaking with someone I know rather well the other day and our conversation turned to the paranormal.

This girl I know told me that a longtime friend of hers can actually see dead people. Her claim is they are here amongst the living, constantly. She said that the most unsettling part about seeing the dead, is when they notice that she can see them. If the spirits notice that she can see them, they follow her and won't leave her alone. If this should happen, she ignores them. She claims that eventually they give up and disappear.

This all started for her when she was a little girl. From what I understand, she became very ill as a child. Soon after her recovery, she started seeing spirits on a regular basis.

Sounds like that movie or TV show, eh?

Well, this person I am referring to is a real person living in Hong Kong. Not an actress on a TV show or in a movie. Is her story true? Is she a sensitive or psychic? Maybe a tinge of schizophrenia? Who knows... To me, the paranormal is a leap of faith for the most part.

Now, some of you may believe her story, some of you may not. Some of you may even be a bit upset at the fact that she dismisses her unusual gift and doesn't assist spirits in crossing over to the other side. Heck, some of you(like myself) wants to fly to Hong Kong and try to debunk her story.

All I can think of is how valuable this person would be to a paranormal team if her story were true. I know, I know... a bit selfish and unfair. It would almost be like fishing in a pond with dynamite.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Exciting and New...

I have been tossing around the idea of doing paranormal celeb blog interviews for sometime now. What better way to learn about paranormal investigative techniques than asking experts in the field, right?

Well, that time has come.

I will be composing compelling interview questions to be answered by paranormal TV celebs, as well as local paranormal community celebs. I plan on making this an ongoing feature of the blog. If you have pressing questions that you would like answered from a certain paranormal celeb, please send me an email by clicking HERE.

I also want to start doing interviews with propreitors of some of the most haunted locations in the world. I plan on getting first hand accounts directly from the people who have experienced the paranormal events.

I am also going to be continuing on with my equipment reviews. To me, having the right equipment is a major part of conducting great paranormal investigations(learning how to use it is another whole other animal).

As always, stay tuned for more as I get into it. Things are about to get very interesting...