Ghost Hunting Tips: II
People consistently exposed to high levels of electromagnetic field radiation may sometimes develop a variety of physical and mental symptoms that could cause them to believe that something paranormal is taking place in their home or place of work. These symptoms may include nausea, dizziness, headaches, and the frightening feeling that there's an unknown presence in the room with you.
During paranormal investigations, ghost researchers should routinely take readings with an EMF meter to pinpoint sources of high radiation.
If the EMF reading is steady on the meter, the source is most probably manmade due to unshielded wiring or a particular appliance. Digital clocks and clock radios emit high EMF.
Notice in the photo on the left that the digital clock is positioned right next to the pillow. We discovered this at a private residence after the owner called us in to investigate suspected paranormal events. The woman who routinely slept on that pillow often had the unpleasant feeling that there was some malevolent entity in the room with her. Our EMF meter demonstrated to her that her clock was generating extremely high EMF radiation. Moving it to the other end of the night table was enough to eliminate the threat.
Variable readings on a stationary EMF meter could signal radiation emitted by certain types of appliances-- fans, microwaves, cellphones, etc. However, if such devices are not operational or present in the area the source may very well be paranormal! This could be confirmed by supportive photo, video, and EVP evidence.
Attracting and Detecting Ghosts with Strobe Lights
One of the most enjoyable aspects of paranormal research is to conduct experiments that are tailored to attain certain investigative objectives. SCOPE NJ is currently trying to determine if strobe lights can help attract ghosts and also serve as a means to detect them. The strobe instruments we are employing easily may be obtained in Halloween or party supplies stores.
The photo to the right shows two strobe light generators. One of them is a battery-operated string of individual strobe lights that can be configured at a given location in a variety of ways. It is sold under the "Home Accents" with the title "Halloween Strobe Light String." It also comes with a bold warning that "Strobe lights have been known to trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy." It also cautions "The light is very bright. Do not shine directly into eyes." These warnings should also be applied to the other self-contained strobe source also featured in our photograph. That unit plugs into an AC socket and boasts a knob for adjusting the flickering rate.
As of this writing, we have not as yet started our experiments with the strobe units. However, we plan to get started on this in the near future. We will share any findings with our website visitors in the coming months. If any visitors to our site elect to pursue these experiments on their own, we would be most anxious to hear from you. However, please remember to HEED THE WARNINGS associated with strobe light use if you decide to proceed. SCOPE NJ assumes no responsibility or liability regarding the experimental use of strobe lighting on the part of our website visitors.
Strobe Lights: Left - Self-Contained AC unit with bracket and knob on back of case for adjustment: Right- Battery-operated multi-strobe light string.
Top left to right:
TriField Model 100XE; TriField Natural EM; Mel 8704R-REM-ATDD
Bottom left to right:
Dr. Gauss; K2; EMF 822A
Almost all paranormal research groups/ghosthunting groups utilize EMF meters in their work. This probably was the result of field research pointing to a correlation between the presence of ghosts and their influence on EMF detectors. In fact, ghosts are suspected of generating their own electromagnetic fields and are thought to absorb electrical energy from other sources including appliances, batteries, and even living organisms--including people. It is believed that ghosts require energy in order to visually appear (manifest) or interact with humans and the environment. This is a major reason why ghosthunters like to bring EMF pumps to investigation sites as a means for attracting the attention of the spirits there.
EMF is usually measured in Gauss or Tesla units, with Gauss being the preferred scale for paranormal research. The EMF radiation is usually registered in milligauss. Steady readings above .1 mg. are considered suspect and are usually attributible to 110 volt house current. Ghosthunters are more interested in variable readings that may be more indicative of spirit presence.
Before any investigation, it's advisable to get a profile of the EMF present in the various rooms of the structure. Room I.D. and readings should be noted on a clipboard. Usually, the wiring in the walls and electrical outlets will produce EMF. Later, when you're investigating the rooms, you'll be able to call upon this baseline data you've retrieved earlier to see if there are any EMF anomalies.
EMF meters differ somewhat in their detection capabilities. For example, the TriField 100XE is a triaxial meter that will pickup EMF from its total surroundings whereas other meters must be directed to the area you're testing. I wouldn't use the Trifield meter for baseline data as it is omni-directional. The Dr. Gauss, K2, EMF 822A, and Mel meter are directional and can better pinpoint locational sources of EMF.
The Natural EM Meter does not register readings of AC energy sources in its "magnetic" mode. Accordingly, any readings achieved could quite possible point to paranormal sources. However, it's so sensitive that it can pick up variations in the earth's geomagnetic field as well as the radiation from people and other animals. It is best used as a stationary detector in a room. It's a great partner for EVP work as it has a knob for establishing a baseline field so that anything above that level (like a visiting spirit) would trigger an alarm. We've had great success in using it as well as the 100XE for getting responses to our EVP questions.
Note: The Mel 870R-REM-ATDD featured in the photo also has a built-in thermistor to detect cold spots as well an EMF generator for attracting ghosts or for attaching to metal trigger objects.
We also have a K2 with a thermistor that has been a valuable asset in many of our investigations.
Homemade Coin Movement Indicator (CMI)
Sometimes during an interview, prospective clients will report that certain objects in their houses either disappear or are moved to different locations. Other unexplained events over time often lead them to rule out a human cause for these phenomena. Accordingly, I have developed a simple Coin Movement Indicator (CMI) to employ in homes in order to confirm that paranormal forces may be at work.
The CMI consists of a plain piece of paper wherein a number of exact-sized circles were drawn around different denominations of coins. Each circle was coded to match the denomination and each respective coin's placement on the paper. As you can see in the photo, coins 1A, 25B, and 5B have been moved in this example.
I prepared several sheets for future investigations by scanning the original form. This enables me to just pull a sheet from a folder and to place the coins without the bother of drawing new circles.
Often, things are reported missing or moved in a kitchen, garage, bedroom, or cellar and the CMI could be set up in one of these rooms. However, there are a few procedures that must be followed:
1. Place the CMI on a stable surface free of any vibrations such as a sturdy table.
2. Exactly place the coins so that they fit perfectly within the prescribed circles. Make note of the time.
3. Secure the room or location so that no one (including pets) can enter. A simple sign "Do Not Enter!" may be attached to the door, and make sure everyone in the house is aware of it until you have cleared the site for use.
A piece of black string secretly and inconspicuously affixed to the door seam with Scotch tape can reveal unauthorized entry.
4. It would be a good idea to position an infrared CCTV camera or camcorder on the CMI to further reinforce any evidence of coin movement.
5. When the CMI is checked after a designated interval of time, note the time on the sheet as well as the codes for any coins that appear to have been moved partially or totally outside of their assigned circles.
I would love to hear from anyone who experiments with this device. Your comments would be most welcome!
Specialized Lighting for Digital Video and Still Cameras
Steve, our Tech Manager, holds a Sony DCR-DVD-810 camcorder attached to a bracket that holds 2 IR Ghost Hunting Lights that we obtained from GhostWare Pro (See our Links page). Each light has 48 IR LEDs that together can provide substantial IR light to illuminate the darkest rooms and larger areas. The 810 has a Nightshot feature that's perfectly suited for this use and offers a choice of internal memory, DVDs, or Sony Memory Stick PRO Duo chips.
Left to right: Vortex Ghost Gear Full Spectrum Light unit; Phantom Lite Full Spectrum Camera mounted on an SVP Cybersnap-901 Full Spectrum Camera; Polaroid (36 IR LED) unit mounted on our trusty Sony DSC-V1 camera with Nightshot feature.
Trying to get good digital video or still pictures in very dim or pitch black locations requires the paranormal researcher to utilize IR or Full Spectrum cameras and specialized lighting. Here are some fine examples of both.
IR photo taken in darkened room of Burlington Library with a DSC-V1 camera with Nightshot.