Over the weekend I was asked for some tips on not only investigating but on how to start a group. Listed below is some tips on both:
When starting a group find friends that you know with the same interest, make sure you can trust each person. You will be going into homes and you want to make sure that each member is honest and will not steal from the home. You want to know that they have your back at all times and when they hear or see something you know it’s real and not something they are making up because they are bored.
Purchasing equipment is going to be your biggest expense, if you can purchase all of it at once, great, if not start out with at least a good recorder and a camera. The recorder should have a usb so this way it is easier to listen to and can be put on your computer instead of just on the recorder itself.
If you have no experience at all, investigate public locations, such as Thornhaven Manor, Old Haunted Jail, etc. not only will you get experience but also pick up some great evidence that you can build upon.
Now, tips while on your investigation:
Don’t assume that everything you hear, everything that you feel or see is paranormal. Try to debunk first.
There is some who will walk into a room and say, “oh, it’s heavy in here”, yes, you will find that in every home or building, why, well, any negative energy, arguments, etc is in a room or home or building. There is not 1 person in the world who doesn’t have an argument or disagreement with someone. If a room or home is heavy do your investigation first to see if there is something there that would cause it to be heavy and not just leftover energy from arguments. To many people jump to the conclusion that there is paranormal activity based on this alone.
When you see smudges, make sure that they were not already there, if you don’t know, ask the homeowner and make sure that your own members didn’t move something to set up cameras etc. Make sure that it could not have been created by human hands, if you say something about it and the homeowner is not freaked out by it, chances are pretty good it was already there.
When you hear something, make sure that it was not someone in another room talking or that it is not the furnace, refrigerator or anything else that could make that noise before you say it’s paranormal.
Remember you will be leaving the home or building, others will still be there and the last thing that you want to do is frighten them.