|When we get a request to come into a building or onto a property, we first conduct an interview with the residents to gather a history of the property. We ask for reports of anything unusual (apparitions, floating objects, strange noises, etc.). These reports give us the information we need to prepare the correct equipment for the job. |
During the investigation we will usually split up into two teams. Each team will have digital recorders, cameras, and temperature probes along with electromagnetic field (EMF) meters. We will station ourselves in different areas where the reports have been made. Most of the time we work in a ‘lights-out’ mode. A lot of what we do is to try to get an EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) and photographic evidence while sitting quietly in a room. This is accomplished by asking the entity to respond to different questions, hoping that the answers will be caught on the digital recorders. We are not there to chase out the entity, but to document its presence.
Paranormal Activity Ratings
During our investigations PROBE has developed our own rating system of the level of activity at a property. You will find these ratings on each investigation report. The Paranormal Level Ratiings run from 1 - 5 (see below):
P-1 - Minimal Activity (Just feelings) P-2 - Active (A few noises, etc.) P-3 - Substantial Activity (EVPs, Footsteps, etc.) P-4 - Haunted (Disembodied Voices, Shadows, Moving Objects) P-5 - Very Haunted (Apparitions, etc.)
What we have learned.
Probably the first thing we learned was to throw out everything that had been told to us over the years.
Primarily, activity does not just occur at night. There is no “witching hour”. Activity can and has happened at all hours of the day, or night. In fact, many of the stories we have heard have been about things happening in the morning hours and many of our experiences have happened during the daytime, especially during the hours of 9:00am to noon.
Many stories are based on real experiences. Many handed-down stories are based on factual occurrences.
Return visits to a site are sometimes necessary. You don't always find something on the first visit. As we have learned, it is possible to gain a rapport with the entities and they will eventually 'come out to play'.
Just when you think the night is not going to be productive something will sneak up behind you and tap you on the shoulder.
ALWAYS have a recorder running and a camera ready, even on a walk-through.