Kim Kowalczyk (A.K.A. Alex
Kim Kowalczyk is a retired detective, a retired career Soldier (RA)
one of 4 generations of soldiers & Sailors (since WWI) includehis
older sons. He went to Military School in the 60's. And quite disciplined
in his work as well his my life.
He was born and raised on Staten Island NY. And now lives in New Jersey. Kowalczyk has had paranormal experiences since he was a little boy even before he knew what they were. Almost all of his haunted amd paranormal experiences have been good. Kowalczyk has been lucky many times as has been in the company of at least one other person during my experience. This has lent credibility to what he saw and helped him decide to put my skills to investigating the paranormal. Also Kowalczyk has never felt scared by what he has experienced. Which is probably why he believe ghosts/spirits are harmless and aren't scary.
Kowalczyk's two older sons (John & Joe) make up GhostBreakers. Kowalczyk oldest is currently a police officer and his younger son is a former corrections officer. So the Kowalczyk's are very qualified to investigate and disciplined in what they do. GhostBreakers is based in New Jersey and the Pocono's Pa.
Kowalczyk has lived a lot of places in his life to include Europe. NYC has to be the most haunted of all the places he has been.
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"Though my life will end in Darkness... I shall rise into the Light... I have loved the stars too Fondly... To be fearful of the Night"
Kim Kowalczyk 20 Questions
1. Where do you see ghost hunting and Paranormal groups, web sites or Ghost information, tours, Books Paranormal Radio and Television in 10 years?
With the media coverage and the popularity of the Paranormal Community being what it is today, it may fade away in 10 years. The commercialism, TV, etc., has made the field popular as entertainment and something that is entertaining fades with time or gets pushed aside when the next popular fad is born.
I think the serious side of the Paranormal Community, needs to band together. Not the authors, TV personalities or those who's priority is to make a living or become famous. But those who are doing serious work so the others can write books and make TV shows. They need to get the public to take a hard look at what is seriously being done. Where we are going and where we WANT to be, rather than where we think we will be because of the fields recent popularity. Getting the public to take the Paranormal Researcher seriously.
Many, many people are doing good hard work in this field but are going unrecognized. The field of Paranormal investigation needs to be standardized. ( I find this statement tends to make a lot of notables, nervous. I wonder why?) Also, there has to be some distance made between the curious people and the serious investigator. (No offense to those who want to play. That's fine. We just need to show the difference)
2. What would you personally consider to be the definitive proof that ghosts are real?
Definitive proof for me would be audio & video taken by me personally of a whole paranormal experience. (Not just an apparition) However, for it to be accepted by the scientific community I think the experience must be repeatable on queue at any given time and not identical incidents. Not necessarily under any specific scientific conditions but you would have to be able to make contact at anyone's request and have constant intelligible communication of a different conversation each time.
3. What is the most real evidence you personally have uncovered so far?
As with most people, personal experience is the most common. Although, I was accompanied by others who also experienced the same thing. But, all that affords me is the story. On an investigation I have encountered sounds, voices and the physical moving of objects. I have recorded voices and doors opening. However, when you look at these thing seriously they bring up more questions than answers and is why the serious investigator continues.
4. Are you skeptical of the claims other make of their findings?
No. Not really and certainly not the serious claims. Now, I don't mean the healthy dose of skepticism which is good and we all have. Even of our own findings. Though I am skeptical of those claims made by people whose main goal is to get themselves noticed at the expense of the serious Paranormal Investigator. TV and books being at the top of the list. However, I am not against the entertainment. I have great respect for the hard work in writing a book or producing a TV show and congratulate them on their success. I only take issue with those whose main goal is their personal popularity and bank account by capitalizing on the work of the serious.
5. If you could investigate your "Dream Haunted Hot Spot" where would it be?
That would be the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.
Not only because of it's age, number of people or the fact that it's the biggest cemetery I know of. As a rule I never investigate cemeteries. Logically it doesn't make sense to me for an intelligent spirit to go where it spent it's whole life trying to avoid.
The reason I believe the Valley of the Kings is probably the most haunted place in the world is because of what they believed as a culture and strived to accomplish. Most bury or dispose of their dead in some fashion. Humans for the most part celebrate the passing of another as the end. The Ancient Egyptians prepared their dead for another LIFE! More to it than that but you get the idea.
6. What was your first Paranormal encounter?
The first encounter that got me started on the path of Paranormal Investigation would have to be the Lady in Blue at our train station.
(I believe the story was published on Haunted America Tours.com for you to read.) My very first encounter would have to be at my Aunts house when I was 4. BUT, I didn't know then what was going on but I remember the person I saw.
7. What scares you about Ghost Hunting or Paranormal Investigations?
Nothing. I don't believe ghosts/spirits (I believe there is a difference) are intentionally frightening. Frightening is what Hollywood portrays spirits as. I have never had a frightening experience. If there were one thing that scares me. It would have to be someone faking an incident well enough to get me to investigate it.
8. If you could work side by side with one of the Paranormal Investigator greats, who would it be?
After careful thought, I believe I may just work with any of them (but not for them) I have some different ideas on how things work, how to do things, how to investigate and several other things that don't fall in with the main stream. The "GREATS" or "EXPERTS" as they have become known is debatable. Sometimes people, when they have made a name for themselves, tend to think their way is the right way and some the only way. And also tend to be offended at ideas others have because they think they are the experts. My take is that there are no experts in this field. No matter how much schooling they have. Of course, those who have been doing it longer have more experience and should be considered the tops in their field. But not experts. I believe all of us are explorers in an unproven field. We all need each other and must keep open minds to everything no matter how much or little experience someone has. I like being an individual however for this reason. I obviously am striving to find definitive evidence. If I find it within a group we all get the credit. But, when I fail, it also reflects on the whole group and they don't deserve that. Remember, IF YOU " Share VICTORY!" you also "Share DEFEAT."
9. Read any good Paranormal Books lately?
No. I have read many but not in a great while. I think the last one was "Breakthrough" by Konstatin Raudive. For me, one seems to tell the same things the next one does. Just in a different way. Some of the many I have read in the past tend to just capitalize on other peoples stories or work, edited to make it look original to the author. Sorry everybody, but I am not pointing fingers. Just my opinion.
10. What Question do people ask you most when you tell them your a paranormal investigator or personality?
It is always the same. I wear a shirt with one of my logos most everywhere I go and everyone asks, "Did you ever see a Ghost"? My answer is always YES. Then they don't know what to say. However, I find that many more than not are seriously interested in the paranormal than there were 30 years ago. This is probably due to TV and the recent popularity bring them "out of the closet", so to speak. People these days don't fear the ridicule they did 30 years ago because of the recent popularity and we do have the TV shows to thank for that.
11. In your opinion, Where is the most Haunted city in America?
I have said New York City in the past. I would have to expand that to the East Coast and New England in particular. Places where, people worked, fought and died, with the intention of trying to make this land a country. Like Boston.
I believe these places if approached correctly would show it. Maybe Plymouth, Mass. and Jamestown, Va. would be the most Haunted.
12. Do you feel more people should get involved with Ghost hunting or Paranormal Investigation?
Yes, more people should but, we need standardization to distinguish the serious from the curious. However, we should never shun the little guy with only a camera as someone who isn't serious. Not everyone out there has a TV show or successful Authors budget. Yet history shows that many very important finds were made by a mistake of the little guy who most often goes unnoticed.
13. What does the future hold for you?
Continued hard work, investigations, and research. Also I hope for some luck in finding what we are all looking for. Maybe a little recognition for my efforts but, I don't need to be famous. A pat on the back now and then for something I have contributed to the efforts of Paranormal Investigation is fine.
14. Paranormal Conventions do you see them growing? And which ones are the Must go to ones?
This answer has changed for me over time. All Paranormal Conventions aren't the same. These are great money makers for the sponsors. The people putting them on make money. The guests make money. The people giving workshops make money. The vendors make money and the Hotel or Convention center makes money. All at the expense of the guy that has no clue and is looking for some guidance. With that said, I must clarify that I am in total understanding of the cost there is to rent convention halls and that this is how the speakers/guests make their living, etc. However, the great expense for the average person not only for the convention but I haven't even seen a $50. hotel room for 20 years. I think that if the guests and sponsors of these events would lower their expected profit margins it would allow for more convention goers. Therefore their profits would not suffer. Simple math. Drop your price. Double your customers. Your profit remains the same or better.
As far as which is the best. All seem to be the same for me. If you have seen one you have seen them all. If I could afford it I would sponsor events in all major cities throughout the year with the same guests. Then change the guest list each year. This way the Paranormal Community is all on the same page and can plan far in advance for the next event. Also, the place for the convention is the most important. If the town/city has no interest for the Paranormal Community then it won't draw. Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, and place like that.
15. What is your most favored paranormal phenomena or subject?
Ghosts & Spirits. (I classify the entities in two separate categories) My personal theories bring the scientific and paranormal together making it more interesting much broader area to study. I coined the phrase "Parascientific" to describe it.
16. Tell us about your best moment in investigating for you?
All my investigations offer me about the same thing. Nothing has frightened me but the most interesting thing that has happened was on my way to an investigation. About 1/2 mile before the home of a recently deceased person. In total darkness (except for my head lights. There, in the middle of the road was a beam of light. Several feet off the ground and about 10 feet tall, shining vertical. It was bowed (thicker) in the middle and kind of looks like a transporter beam you would see on Star Trek.
It remained there until I drove through it, then disappeared. My son saw it also. When we looked back it was totally dark. We went back during the day to check for any reflective surfaces. Nothing but road and bushes. Can't explain that one but it rates way up there on my best experiences.
17. What is the hardest part about being a paranormal personality?
Since I have never been on TV or written a book, I wouldn't consider myself a "Paranormal Personality." But, because I do have a mostly logical approach to what I do, it tends to make people feel comfortable with approaching me with questions. The hardest part is making them understand that what I give is advice based on my personal experiences and opinions. I am flattered that they feel I have some answers but I find myself constantly reminding people that although there are a lot of good theories, there is still no definitive proof and that they could be the person that may come up with that evidence.
18. How do prepare for a ghost hunt?
I like to refer to my work as Paranormal Investigation rather than Ghost Hunt. I have accredited education and formal training as an investigator and spent a lot of years investigating. I now am using that education and training for investigating the paranormal. I approach each investigation as I did when I was a detective. It makes it more involved than most of the other investigators but it is good for me. I prepare by a doing preliminary daytime walk through. (I also do daytime investigations as I don't see a reason for ONLY doing investigations at night.) Any equipment is determined before hand. (I don't bring all my equipment to every investigation as sometimes it is unnecessary) I take statements from the observers and offer the owner to come along but most times they don't.
After I leave a site, my investigation doesn't end like the most. I continue my investigation until I think has been thoroughly covered. Then I file everything until the next time or for reference for other cases.
19. Have you ever taken a ghost Tour? And, What about it did you not like?
Yes, I have take some in Gettysburg, Plymouth Mass. and a few others. Some are very historically interesting. What I don't like about most is they seem to poke fun at or make light of the Paranormal Community. I understand they are for entertainment but am a little put off by some and how they portray the whole Ghost Tour thing. Only my opinion.
20. What in the field of ghost hunting and Paranormal Investigating needs the most attention?
Standardization. Rules for the serious investigator to go by. Then a set scientific standard for investigating to follow. Now you have a gaggle of people who call themselves investigators doing whatever. There has to be a set standard for the serious Paranormal Investigator. This is not to stop people from trying new ideas or approaches. It is to set guidelines to follow so everyone is on the same page. If someone comes up with a new idea that is acceptable and logical. It can be added to the standards.
There also must be separation between the serious and the curious.
(like I said earlier). What we really need is someone to champion
the cause. However, it will be met with a lot of opposition. There
are those out there that are afraid of this because it threatens their
livelihood. Unfortunately there are those out there that use this
field just for their own selfish gains.