I’ve been investigating for a very long time. Below I’ve compiled some advice I’d like to give investigators, new and old. If you think you know it all, then move along! 😉
As an investigator, I can’t express how important it is to be skeptical and informed. There’s many wonderful investigators in the field, but there’s also a good number of people who are not. They want the answers so badly that their judgement is clouded when something initially unexplained happens. So many people out there don’t take this profession seriously and I truly believe that is something we have partially done to ourselves!! Always take a step back and think….
I know it can be hard but our own personal experiences aren’t evidence. We may know what we experience is real, but unfortunately we just can’t prove it. Enjoy these moments. Tell people about them. Just keep in mind the difference between evidence and experience.
- If you’re on the investigation and you hear a bang or a ting? Try and find a logical reason. Usually unless it’s VERY loud or in direct response to me, I file that in my brain as spooky, but not necessarily paranormal.
- Always look for EMF sources when you’re getting strange readings and ALWAYS get base readings before starting the investigation. Keep your phones off (or at least on airplane mode if you’re recording with it) because that can trigger K2s or other EMF devices.
- If you have a REM pod, don’t place it on the floor unless there is absolutely no movement. If you’re walking around that can absolutely set it off which then makes it impossible to say if it was paranormal or not.
- Make sure if you’re in a room with recorders to always announce yourself or if you made a noise. It never fails to have someone who’s stomach likes to growl and gurgle.
- Remove the antenna from your SB7 Spirit Box. You’ll get far less radio garble.
- Never trust apps. Some people swear by a select few, but I really, really do not trust them ever.
When it comes to audio and video review, it’s also extremely important to try and find logical explanations. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten SO excited over something, only to figure out it was nothing.
- Here’s a great example. In this photo, initially I thought I caught a full body apparition in the mirror at Trans Allegheny. I thought I was alone, but one of my teammates had snuck in by accident during set up. I would have been so mortified if I’d posted this as evidence.
- Audio is even harder sometimes because you can’t see what is making the sounds, but please always use your best discretion when claiming something to be paranormal. One of the best things to do it to share it with your team! Get opinions and discuss because maybe sometimes another person has an explanation.
- If you’re hearing lots of banging noises, then that’s probably the building. You guys know as well as I do, often times we end up places that are on the…older side!
What did I miss? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what YOU think is most important!