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The Basics of Paranormal Investigating


If you're one of the countless fans of numerous paranormal television shows currently being aired or if you'd like to track some spirits on your own, this is perfect for you! I have included two of my dear friends and fellow colleagues, Teri Lynge-Kehl and Dave Spinks, to collaborate with me on everything you need to know to conduct a successful paranormal investigation.


Probably my biggest lesson has been to not jump to conclusions. It's better to be skeptical and search for the truth rather than the paranormal until the bitter end. This is the only time I can think of when being a "Negative Nelly" is a good thing!


I am a truth seeker about everything. There's usually an explanation for many cases reported, both for UFOs and ghosts.


Professional paranormal investigators, Teri Lynge-Kehl and Dave Spinks, also share their proven methods with me. As an investigator myself, I have also learned some tried-and-true approaches as well as the latest technology but it is always nice to converse with my colleagues!


Here's some great advice from Teri and Dave on how to investigate the paranormal.


Melisa: Why should you never investigate alone? 

Teri: I never suggest anyone go to an investigation alone. In Mufon, we advise the two person rule. If you are going to a female witness home, bring another female field investigator with you if possible. If you are going to a male witness, bring another male with you.  If you are a female and you are investigating a male, this could put you in a compromised position, as you do not know who this witness is or could be. And it's always their word against yours. Having another field investigator with you keeps you protected in this way and vise verse male and female.


Two heads are always better than one. This allows for both field investigator's to concur and discuss in further detail what was reported and said, how it was said and come to the conclusion with double research and investigation.  Two going over the scene and any video's or pictures or additional reports are exciting and a great chance to teamwork the case. 


Melisa: How are the best ways to be safe and cautious during an investigation? 


Teri: Be prepared. Be kind and keep a safe distance from your new witness. Dress appropriately. Check the site you are going to on Google maps. Know your scene as best you can. Always carry mace.


Let someone else know where you are going and who you are going to meet. Make this ritual a part of every investigation.  Use the buddy system never go alone. Have a powered up cell phone. Bring water, Have as much information about your witnesses as possible before meeting them. When you can, Meet in a public place or stay outside of the home.


Melisa: How are the best ways to be safe and cautious during an investigation? 


Teri: Be prepared. Be kind and keep a safe distance from your new witness. Dress appropriately. Check the site you are going to on Google maps. Know your scene as best you can. Always carry mace. Let someone else know where you are going and who you are going to meet. Make this ritual a part of every investigation.  Use the buddy system never go alone. Have a powered up cell phone. Bring water with you.


I also recommend having as much information about your witnesses as possible before meeting them. When you can, meet in a public place or stay outside of the home.


Melisa: As a paranormal investigator, I'm often asked if the only time to investigate is at night. The short answer is "no" because spirits, UFOs, and other phenomena happen at all times of the day and night.


With that being said, lot of locations that are said to be haunted are also busy public places. This can be a hindrance for investigative work.  If you’re trying to record EVP evidence, communicate via raps or even monitor EMF levels, all of these could be affected by a heavy concentration of the living present during daylight hours.



Dave: How I prepare for paranormal investigations varies depending on the type of case and location.  In my methodology, there are two types of locations: residential and commercial. I approach both types differently. Residential locations are placed above any other cases simply because people's lives are being disrupted either in their home. In all cases I have to find out the who, what, where, when and why, which can involve a great deal of information. For example who is being affected, where is the activity taking place, what exactly has been happening and to whom and how frequently is the phenomena occurring.


I also will interview everyone in the locations at great length having to do with their backgrounds as well as their mental and physical health. I will survey maps of the area to look for specific areas of interest having to do with certain geological features to find possible causes of the phenomena. Also certain man made structures can cause hallucinations and feelings of paranoia.


Melisa: While there's no set rules or protocol for paranormal investigating, I say using the good ethics approach is best - honesty, integrity, and professional.


Happy investigating!


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Melisa

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