The Paranormal Anomaly Society of Tidewater 

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What we do.

Well, here is the process, this is what we do.  When we hear about a location, or someone contacts us, we start the research process.  We research the history about the location and the surrounding area.  This can be done with the internet, personal interviews and/or public records.  We set up a convenient time for the owner and plan our investigation.  We will do a walk through during the day or with the lights on.  We take note of the "hot spots", we write down all the information about the area and what reportedly happens at specific areas.  Depending on the size of the location, we will divide up in to teams and figure the best way to investigate an area,  every location is different.  We go in with camcorders and voice recorders running.  In some areas we may set up static cameras to record.  We walk through and listen, ask questions, take photographs.  We watch our meters and devices to check for reactions and responses.  If we know any of the history; people's names, death dates, date of occupancy, etc.  we will key in on questions related to that. We gather all the data we can, investigating each area, photographing, asking questions and making recordings.

       On the following page is a list equipment that we use.  A K2 meter is a device used to check for EMF or Electromagnetic fields.  It has a row of lights at the end that light at different levels based on the strength of the field.  Digital voice recorders are used to record EVPs, or Electronic Voice Phenomenon, these are used to record any sounds heard or unheard that may be made in the area.  Sometimes it picks up sounds that cannot be heard during the investigation.  We use a Sony Handicam with night shot plus (night vision).  We take photographs with digital cameras, basically shooting pictures everywhere. We use thermometers to measure the air temperature.  It will measure baseline temperatures as well as alledged cold spots or sudden shifts in temperature.  We use a laser grid to test for motion and shadows.  When there is an array of laser spots, it is easy to see shifts or black-outs within the grid.  We use a spirit box to talk to the spirits.  It is a transformed digital radio that cycles through frequencies, not stopping, in order for a spirit to pick out words, or use the signal to form words in order to have a conversation.  We use trigger items to contact spirits, balls, dolls, music boxes and /or candy to tempt spirits in to showing themselves. We also have a device that a spirit can make contact by pressing a small button to make a light turn on.

     When the investigation is over, we gather and pack our equipment, clean up after ourselves and bid farewell to our host.  Afterwards, we review all of the evidence, video, audio and listen to the experiences of our investigators and plan another meeting with the owner.  We present the evidence, make suggestions and recommendations as to how to handle the situation and what their needs are.  We can do cleansings and spiritual blessings in order to help the spirit and the owner.  We also have the help of a psychic who works with us to find out more about a location and to help spirits cross over if they are trapped.  If there are still problems at a location, we can return and use other techniques to help.

Ghost Hunting 101 - Rules and Tips

1. NO WHISPERING.  It is very hard to tell if a whisper is a team member, yourself or an EVP.  I have a theory about something.  I was on a paranormal investigation with another group.  I was reviewing my recordings and I heard a lot of EVPs that sounded like my voice.  I am 100% certain that I did not say the things I heard.  I wonder if spirits key in on the frequency and pitch of your voice and use your sounds to communicate? 

2. Turn on your recorder and leave it on for the entire investigation.  Beginning to end.  If you do this, you have a good record for timing things that happened.  You can even go as far as playing 2 recorders side by side for comparison.  If you call out flash when you take a picture, you can compare the sounds you were hearing when a certain picture was taken. You can also pick up whispers on one recorder that were actually spoken words on another.  The recorder will not run out of time.  Be sure to check batteries they probably will run out.

3. Take pictures of everything.  You never know what may appear in a photograph.  When you take a picture, call out flash.  It will give others a chance to shield their eyes, it will let everyone know that there is about to be a light "anomaly" on photo and video.

4. When you go on a hunt, wear appropriate clothing.  Dress for the season and wear fabrics that arn't noisy.  Footwear, soft-soled shoes are best, like sneakers, they are quiet.

5. When doing EVP sessions don't fire off questions in rapid succession.  Give the spirits time to answer.  Take turns asking questions.  Don't be affraid to ask anything.  No question is a dumb question.  You may be surprised as to what you get a response to.

6. Batteries...bring lots of batteries.  When you think you have enough, go buy that many more!

7. Call-out or make note anytime you make a noise,  a cough, a sneeze, a yawn, loud bangs, doors opening/closing or squeaking.  No sighing...that was a big one for me, sigh, sigh, sigh... A very common EVP sound, is a hiss.  We were in a room one time and we all heard a really loud  hiss...and we caught it on recorder.  A sigh could be mistaken for a hiss.

8. Be patient!!  Remember, the shows you see on TV are only an hour long, with actual show time only about 40 minutes. They are doing the investigation for 8 hours or longer!!!  Be patient....not a lot happens that you are aware of.  Ghost  don't go running around rampant jumping out saying BOO!!!  They are not crawling out of the woodwork!...well, sometimes they do....  Being on site is not quite as dramatic as TV, there's no spooky music, or instant replays.  It's very quiet.  Be patient!

9. Always have permission to investigate a location.  Verbal permission is ok...written permission is better.

10. No alcohol or drugs. Keep a clear mind and your wits about you.  Being in a diminished state can leave you vulnerable to negatives.

11.  No horseplay!  We are to behave as professionals.  Acting like idiots can make us laughing stock and discredit our group.  People are starting to take paranormal investigation seriously.  Don't ruin it.

12. No evidence should be revealed to the owner until all evidence has been reviewed.  We are likely to scare them unnecessarily.  The evidence needs to be reviewed and interpreted before we disclose our findings.