The Paranormal P.I'S are a mother daughter team from the Central Minnesota area. The Paranormal P.I'S were founded in 2009. Karen, founder and lead investigator has been investigating for several years. We are very respectful of the living and the departed. We are dedicated, professional, discreet, and most important, we are here to help others. There are NO experts in the Paranormal field. We strive to do our very best at each and every investigation. Confidentiality is most important to us. Before an investigation we do extensive research on the property, structure, and previous and present owners/renters. We then set up a time/date for the investigation. We use some of the latest equipment in our investigations. We are skeptics/believers, we will try to find a natural causes for any disturbance. If we can't debunk something then we may consider it to be paranormal. If any of our video/data is questionable it WILL NOT BE USED. Once the investigation has ended we will review all evidence and (if any), give the client copies and a written report of our findings. Our responsibilities will end there. We are there to investigate and document any activity .We don't do exorcisms, House blessings or house cleansing s. If we feel you need further assistance, we would suggest you contact a member of your Church, and/or we may be able to direct you to someone who could possibly help you.
In many incidences of spirit encounters, people have reported seeing the ghost or ghosts who do not interact with living people or with the environment around them. They seem to be oblivious of the startled people who happen upon them, and may even walk through solid objects. Also, these ghosts will perform the same actions every time they are seen, and may even only show up at certain times of the day, the month, or even the year.
This is a classic example of a residual haunting. Paranormal investigators believe that this type of haunting is not a true spirit, but rather the residual echo of actions which take place in that particular location. Most often, these actions involved a lot of emotional energy being released at one time; usually around or at the point of someone's death. Residual hauntings can often be found on old battlefields, old homes, and other historic locations.
Since this type of haunting is not intelligent (i.e., it will not try to talk to you or rattle doors or chains) they are generally the easiest to cope with.
The second type of haunting is a sentient specter, or a spirit. Unlike a residual haunting, a true spirit can (and usually will) interact with its environment. This means that it may talk to a living person as well as even leave written messages and move small items around. More will be said about the moving of physical objects in the next section.
The behavior of an ghost varies greatly, much like people in general. Some spirits are elusive and may never be seen by many who work or dwell in a haunted location. Other spirits may seek the attention of the living by appearing to people. Spirits can also make their presence known invisibly; some people can actually sense them. Ever been up late at night studying and felt like someone was looking over your shoulder, just to see no one there when you turn to look?
Some spirits can also be helpful. There have been reports from different locations around the world of ghosts that will clean up a house or an apartment while the people are away at work! Ghosts have been known to have an attachment to a place, an object, or even a person.
Of all of the types of hauntings, the poltergeist is perhaps the most ambiguous. Poltergeists, or "noisy spirits," can move small objects around and make noise. Poltegeists, like ghostly phenomenon in general, have been reported all over the world.
So what makes a poltergeist different from a ghost? Simply put, not all poltergeists are true spirits. In some instances, poltergeist activity may be the result of environmental activity, such as high levels of electromagnetic energy in an area. Some paranormal researchers such as Hans Holzer and Brad Steiger imply that this activity may be the result of psychic projections from one of the people involved.
This last type of haunting is the worst by far. It goes by many other names throughout the world: elemental, deva, djinn, and countless other local names. In simplest terms, the universal definition of a demon is a spirit which was never human. Demons can inhabit a structure in numerous ways. It can be attracted there by dark magic rituals, by acts of violence, or by being summoned.
Sometimes, people who play with ouija boards can summon a demon and not even realize it. In February of 2009, a speaker at Le Festival D'Espirits, a paranormal convention held at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, told how a Demon which she communicated with, via ouija board passed itself off as the ghost of a pre-teenage boy that died (it should be noted that she was not seeking to speak with a demon, but with her deceased grandmother). It was not long after that night that she and her children were terrorized by the demon. It took several exorcisms to rid her house of the evil.
It takes more energy to configure into a full body apparition than a small ball of light or mist energies.
Easily confused with normal shadows, these dark ghostly apparitions are often spotted at a distance or in peripheral vision, and are between two and ten feet long. They are often experienced as a small darting essence in the corner of the eye, or as a larger and
more menacing humanoid presence.
Interesting enough, light will not pass through them, these type spirit energies have density and can create a shadow on the ground or the wall.
Shadows are relatively common and have been cast when orbs and vortex's are photographed. Shadow People because of their dark forms are often considered to be evil.
Again TV and movies portray these ghostly apparitions as being bad and evil. This in truth is a misconception, shadow people are simply another manifestation of spirit energies.
There are actually three separate types:
Type 1 - Appear as a small dark misty cloud and are almost always under two feet in length, but can hover or float up to 8 feet high.
Type 2 - Appear as a huge glob of thick cloudy mass. They typically range from 2 to 8 feet in height.
Type 3- Appear in human form and some may be seen wearing a hat.
They typically appear up to 8 feet in height. Most often spotted in homes. They have also been reported to have been seen outdoors at a distance. Birds and cats are especially sensitive to them.
A ghost of the present that looks identical to a living person but behaves differently.
A good example would be if you were standing in front of a mirror brushing your teeth and turned to pick up your toothbrush, But....The reflection in the mirror continued looking forward.
A ghost of the future that brings warning of impending events. This is a friendly ghost and seems to choose it's contacts to deliver
messages of impending danger.
Are ghosts that appear to be conscious and often interactive; can apply to something other than human.
These are the most intense of infestations, and fortunately, very rare.
Many people have opinions on what this final level of ghosts are - some people think they are extremely violent individuals,murderers, psychotics, and just plain evil people.
Strangely enough, they are almost exclusively called forth through Ouija Boards, séances, and necromancy ceremonies. If someone else called forth an entity in a home - it can remain dormant for years- even decades - until circumstances are right for it to manifest.
1. It will wait until it can emerge at its strongest.
2. It feeds on anger, strive, depression, arguments, and general turmoil.
3. It can make these emotions worse.
4. The more psychologically drained an individual becomes, the stronger it will become.
5. Are usually humans or animals that have died.
6. Often use the electrical environment to manifest.
7. Can create both subjective and objective experiences.
8. Can come from the past, present or future.
ORBS... I'm a FIRM believer in measurable data to go along with the "ORB" before I would even consider it to be paranormal...My opinion.
the most common to be mistaken as a paranormal encounter.
An orb is basically a ball of light that appears unexpectedly in a photo. Normally white or bluish in color, one or more may appear on an otherwise normal photograph, and are occasionally captured on
videotape as well (in which case they are usually moving, often at a high rate of speed.)
The human brain creates electricity and when one passes away their energy still remains. Albert Einstein had at one time shown scientifically proved that when electricity has been created, it cannot be destroyed. So where does it go?
Be careful if you decide to tag a spot on a photograph or see something zipping by on video as an orb, 9 times out of 10 it's dust or a flying insect, if your outdoors, rain and even high humidity can cause interesting effects when using image capturing
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The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?
Edgar Allan Poe
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SPIRITS AND ENERGY
The theory is that spirits consist of pure energy, so they draw from similar sources around them. like a paper towel on top of a spill. They just soak it up.
What is that cold spot we sometimes feel when investigating an allegedly haunted location?
Many believe the cold air is the spirit itself, however, the cold could be caused when an entity pulls from the heat and energy of a room in order to manifest, make a sound or move an object.
Spirits are also believed to pull energy from electronic and battery-powered equipment found in homes or used by paranormal investigators. This drain can cause equipment to stop working, which is why it is always important for investigators to bring along plenty of extra batteries.
Grant Wilson, co-founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), penned an article titled, “Bring Batteries,” for the TAPS website, explaining a bit of the phenomenon.
“You’re probably asking why ‘extra’ batteries?,” Wilson wrote. “Well, something interesting tends to happen when you’re chasing spooks. You see, these ghosts take a lot of energy to manifest themselves either through sight, sound or touch. They can’t make this energy, they need to gather it from somewhere in order to get your attention. So, why not target your conveniently packaged power cells?”
Doug Hogate Jr., founder of Jersey Unique Minds Paranormal Society (JUMPS), said, in theory, spirits use any existing energy in the atmosphere when attempting to manifest themselves.
“In the case of investigating a location, some of the energy a spirit can use is from the batteries in our devices,” Hogate said. “I don’t believe they are choosing to use the energy specifically from those batteries, but only drawing in any energy in the area.”
Electronic and battery-powered devices aren’t the only items sometimes drained of their energy, Wilson said, nothing that after an intense night of hunting, an investigator may feel extremely tired due to the energy the “ghosties have been pulling out of you all night long.”
Hogate said he has experienced this physical drain on several occasions.
“I have investigated locations where, by the end of the night, you feel completely drained and exhausted,” he said. “Now, of course, we are investigating in the late hours of the night. However, if you experience this and, in return, capture several pieces of evidence, that drain could have potentially been caused by the activity.”
Hogate said while both battery and physical drain can be frustrating, allowing spirits access to that energy has “resulted in some incredible pieces of evidence.
“Batteries can be replaced and investigators can rest,” he said. “Great pieces of paranormal evidence don’t come so easy.”
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“For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.”
INTERVIEW WITH HANS HOLZER
We talked about the difference between a ghost or a spirit – how a ghost is a residual entity, like a psychic imprint left in an area that some people can pick up, whereas a spirit is intelligent and interactive. Holzer also mentioned a third category I hadn't heard about before: the “stay behinds.”
“‘Stay behinds’ are relatively common,” he said. “Somebody dies, and then they’re really surprised that all of a sudden they’re not dead. They’re alive like they were. They don’t understand it because they weren’t prepared for it. So they go back to what they knew most – their chair, their room, and they just sit there. Next, they want to let people know that they’re still ‘alive.’ So they’ll do little things like moving things, appear to relatives, pushing objects, poltergeist phenomena, and so on.”
Types of Hauntings and types of Ghosts.
Did you know there are many different types of ghosts?
I thought that it's important that everyone have a basic idea of how many types and ways a spirit or entity can manifest, and what makes them different from each other. Also to explain the different types of haunting phenomenon. When it comes to ghosts and spiritual phenomenon, no two hauntings/Ghosts are the same. The following headings will shed some light on the different types of hauntings and Ghosts.
For skeptics, this may change your mind..(or not)
LONG BEFORE ghost boxes, EVP, and the popularity of ghost hunting, the method of choice for communicating with the spirit world was the séance. In the traditional séance, a small group of people would sit around a table and join hands. They were usually led by a spirit medium, who would channel the spirits and relay their messages to the living. In the heyday of the Spiritualist movement at the end of the 19th century, séances were all the rage, complete with ectoplasm, floating trumpets, table tilting, and other special effects. Séances were even conducted in the White House by Mary Todd Lincoln, who longed to contact her dead son.
It’s questionable how many of these séances actually succeeded in contacting the spirit world. Many mediums were exposed as frauds. Séances are held rarely these days; the closest we get to them, perhaps, are sessions with the Ouija board (which also produce questionable results).
Occasionally, people still do conduct séances. Usually, the Halloween season gets them in the mood. And many have reported extraordinary, sometimes terrifying experiences. For example....
GROSS POINT SÉANCE
“It's hard to believe that it has been over 50 years since that night in Grosse Point, Michigan that so changed my life,” says Bradford A. At the time he was a young college student, just out of the army, and studying psychology under the G.I. Bill at a college in Detroit, Michigan.
“I had mastered the art of hypnotism and, in fact, was considered one of the leading men in the field,” Bradford says. “Working part-time in an Abbotts Magic store and putting on magic shows was a form of income that was not only fun, but allowed me to meet a wide range of personalities. One person, who at his request will remain nameless, was a magician of note and a close personal friend. We had fun trying out new magic tricks and routines on each other. Because of our knowledge of the so called ‘black arts,’ we were aware of all the tricks used by magicians and mediums to ply their art on the unknowing: two-way transmitters to feed information, pat routines such as ‘The Devil’s Own Method’ of mind reading, astral projection units, and, of course, the table raising gimmicks.
“The two of us, noticing the rise of fake mediums in the area, decided that it would be fun if we did ‘spook debunking’ – that is to say, we would attend a séance or medium's performance and expose their fakery to the members present. It was a riot. We slipped into homes at the request of a person's mate that felt their partner was being taken for a ride. For this we had the satisfaction of setting things right, but no money.
“Then one day, after a magic show at the old Schubert Theatre in downtown Detroit, I was approached by a very nice elderly lady who asked if we would put on a show for a few of her friends at her home in swank Grosse Point Farms, a wealthy suburb of Detroit. She said that we could use any gimmicks or tricks we wanted and she would pay us $100. (That was a lot of money to a college student in the 1940s.) I asked my partner and he said sure, let's go for it. We rounded up as much paraphernalia as we could from the magic store and planned a really scary show for them. Our plan included getting as much information as the host lady could gather about the persons who would be in attendance. (No self-respecting medium would go in without it.)
“Finally, the night arrived. We had agreed that my partner would handle the mechanical and voice parts and I would take the part of the medium at the table with the guests. My partner planned to wait in his car down the block until all of the guests were in the house and ready for the séance. He would then enter the kitchen by the back door and connect his microphone and recorders into the speaker system I had installed and concealed in the room and set up a projector. I was introduced as ‘Sregna, The Gifted’ (my last name spelled backward), and we all took our places at the table. The table had been previously rigged to emit a hanging cloud of "magic" smoke that would hover over the table for several minutes. This cloud was used as a sort of projection screen to receive images of light from a projector controlled by my partner – in short, a sort of astral vision effect.
“We all joined hands and I began my mumbo jumbo. I could feel a slight tremble in the hand I was holding. This was just what I needed. I became quite confident. I called upon the spirits to come forth and make themselves known. A few eerie sounds preceded a voice saying that he was the departed husband of one of the guests. A mist formed, as planned, over the table and a likeness of the person was seen. There were a few shudders and oohs and ahhs. She asked her husband questions and he answered. (Very well, I thought, considering the information we were given.) This scene was repeated for several of the ladies. It was an eerie success.
“When the séance came to a close, the ladies left, each with their memories. They had been treated to quite a show. The lady who hired us wrote me a check and thanked me for a wonderful evening. I then went into the kitchen to help my partner disconnect his equipment and pack up.
“When I reached the kitchen, I was unable to locate my partner or his equipment. Then I heard a pounding on the kitchen door. It was my partner. He said when he tried to get in, someone had apparently locked the door. He said he was sorry and asked if he missed anything. I may never know what really happened that night, but I can assure you, I have not played with the supernatural since!”