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Summer 2017
Anything Can Happen on a Paranormal Investigation: Get Ready to be Surprised!
If you've been investigating the paranormal for some time, you know that gathering evidence at a suspected haunted site often can be very disappointing. You flood the place with your equipment in the hopes of picking up some convincing video, still photos, EVPs, or other data that will support the client's claim that his house is haunted. You spend several hours moving about the site waiting for something to happen, something that will perhaps excite you and your dedicated team of researchers, something that will bring your investigation to a thrilling conclusion and prove that the place undoubtedly is haunted. But, very often you discover that those strange noises the client reported in the attic are nothing more than nesting squirrels or the mysterious attic door that seemingly opens by itself has a defective lock mechanism and the change of air pressure in the attic sometimes causes the door to pop open. Perhaps there's a daughter in the household who often experiences dizziness, nausea, and the constant feeling of not being alone in her bedroom. But your trimeter detects a consistently high level of EMF caused by a defect in the electrical wiring inside a wall behind the bed where the innocent victim sleeps. Yes, many times natural causes are discovered by astute investigators for the anomalies reported by the client and other witnesses.
Ah! But then there are the memorable occasions when something happens to arouse your sensibility. Perhaps it's an EVP that corresponds to a former owner of the house who died many years ago or an eerie stealthy shadow that breaks the laser matrix you set up in the cellar and is captured for posterity on video. How about the nervous racket generated by the REM Pod you placed in the livingroom where grandma passed away two years ago and the CCTV camera you set up in the room shows a white misty form taking shape as the REM Pod announces the ghostly presence. Like a boy scout, you must be prepared for these things and take the time to relish the adventure, the excitement, and grandeur of what just took place.
Reflected IR image of a shadowy figure captured by a Sony DSC-V1 Nightshot camera on the 2nd floor of the Jennie Wade House in Gettysburg, PA
Photo by Tom Petuskey
Autumn 2017
Use Trigger Objects to Evoke a Ghost to Manifest
     If you read my Autumn Blog (2017) that reviewed Dr. J.C. Knight's book,"Ghost Physics," you'll obtain a better understanding of why trigger objects work. He says that among other things, a spirit possesses an emotional component in its massless conscious energy that can be aroused with the judicious use these devices . Typically, you can employ toys to spur a child ghost's interest or other objects that would evoke an adult spirit's sense of pleasure or satisfaction.
     Dr. Knight says that since the Higgs Boson facilitates the transition of mass to energy when a person dies, it can also reverse the process to a degree that may allow a spirit to manifest by temporarily converting some of its energy back to mass. Since photons have a duality and exist as both waves and particles of mass, the photon particles can be reflected off the spirit and back to the observer who can then visibly perceive the entity. However, remember that a manifestation or ghostly presence also can take on auditory, kinesthetic and olfactory forms of expression as EVPs, unexplained sounds, or certain odors like perfume or tobacco smoke.
    To sum up this approach, try to find something that may be directed at a spirit's emotional energy, but be sure that you have your cameras and other equipment ready to record any evidence that results from your efforts.
     In closing, I would not attempt to upset a ghost through insult or some other form of verbal abuse. This approach may only have negative results for the paranormal researcher. Practice "positive provoking" instead.
    The photo at right shows a partial manifestation in a jail cell captured by SCOPE NJ at the Burlington County Jail Museum, March 2011.
Photo by Tom Petuskey