Co-Founder and Lead Investigator NorCal Paranormal Investigators,
Shane Thornton is the co-founder and lead investigator of the San
Francisco Bay Area based group, NorCal Paranormal Investigators, Inc.
(NPI for short) www.norcalghosthunters.com. Besides being a major
part of NPI, Shane also co-host “NorCal Ghost Talk” on
www.BlogTalkRadio.com along with NPI founder and president Douglas
M. Carnahan, Sunday evenings 6pm pst. Shane is originally from the
Inland Empire in Southern California. “I have now found a new
home here in the San Francisco Bay Area“. Shane has always had
a strong interest in the unknown and the paranormal. “Being
part of NorCal Paranormal Investigators Inc. is a godsend for me.
I have the opportunity to do two things I love: 1.) Investigate and
explore the unknown and 2.) Have a chance to help people”.
At a very young age, Shane was intrigued with the strange and unknown.
He also started experiencing different things like dark shadows going
down the hallway. “I can’t count how many times I’ve
woken up in the middle of the night feeling a strange presence hovering
over me and then disappearing. I was too young to understand then,
but my desire to learn and know what was happening lead me to studying
paranormal psychology in college“. This also connected Shane
closer to other family members who he learned were also sensitive
to the paranormal and had the same thirst for knowledge.
In addition to the paranormal, Shane also has a keen interest in
the special effects industry. “I found it valuable when investigating
a case to have the knowledge of how special effects works when debunking
a haunting or certain situations“. Shane has a passion and compassion
for helping and understanding people. “I’m so excited
about my involvement in NorCal Paranormal Investigators Inc. There’s
a big need for a group like ours out there and I look forward to helping
and assisting those who find they need our special services.
Npi Team Mebers are: Cat Guillermo Case/Corporate Manager, Doug Carnahan
Founder/President-Lead Investigator, Shane Thornton Lead Investigator,
Alberto De La Cruz Investigator/Tech Manager, Deborah Bondoc Sensitive-Investigator,
Lisa Carmody Researcher/Investigator in Trainning, Teresa Dell Psychic
Medium, Bridget LaFont Paranormal Investigator.
“NorCal Ghost Talk”
20 Questions With Shane
1. Where do you see ghost hunting and Paranormal groups like your
own in 10 years?
In the next ten years I see alot more awareness and interest in
the paranormal. In recent years we have already seen a large new found
interest in the field due to the entertainment industry. With all
the movies and TV shows out there right now, it is making alot of
people open up their minds and to feel much more comfortable with
2. What would you personally consider to be the definitive proof
that ghosts are real?
I personally believe that ghost and spirits do exists as we at NPI
deal with them everyday. It’s funny that the surveys say 80%
of the people in the world believe that ghost exists, but proof is
what everyone wants and needs. I would say a full body apparition
catch on film with backed up evidence would be considered the holy
grail to show the world.
3. What is the most real evidence you personally have uncovered so
Fortunately, I have been real lucky in the evidence I have found.
Even when ghost hunting by myself and now with my group NPI there
has been a lot of good documentation. From great chilling EVP’s
to video evidence that just can’t be explained away. One of
my favorite pieces of evidence is when my partner and NPI’s
cofounder Douglas M. Carnahan and I went to the Brookdale Lodge in
the Northern California’s Santa Cruz Mountains for a paranormal
convention. We set up a HI8 inferred camera in our room as we went
out for dinner. With lights out and no one in the room we let the
camera roll for a couple of hours. Days later when we went through
the tape we found something very amazing and unexpected. There were
2-3 energy orbs following each other like they were playing tag or
hide and seek. You can check out the video for yourself if you like
by going to our web-site at www.norcalghosthunters.com
4. Are you skeptical of the claims other make of their findings?
I think any true paranormal investigator has to be somewhat skeptical
to a degree. It’s in our nature to question and seek the answers
to those questions. I have a passion to unearth the unknown. So yes,
when people make claims of findings and have nothing to back up their
claims I have no choice but to question them.
5. If you could investigate your "Dream Haunted Hot Spot"
where would it be?
Wonderful question, I have been thinking about that for some time
because there are so many amazing places. Probably the most fun place
for me would be the battle fields of Gettysburg. I love the history
of the Civil War and heard so many eerie stories of that place, it
would be a great experience.
6. What was your first Paranormal encounter?
When I was 8 or 9 years old I was woken up from a dead sleep around
3am to the sound of music and then it was gone. I looked through my
open bedroom door to my parents bedroom. I saw a large black figure
coming through their door. I kept watching to see if it was my parents
but it just disappeared and I did not see it after that. In the morning
I asked my parents if they were up that late last night and they said
no. A couple days later my father experienced the same big black figure
in the house. That is my first paranormal experience I could recall.
7. What scares you about Ghost Hunting or Paranormal Investigations?
What scare me is the possability of bringing home a hitch hiker spirit
from one of the investigations we conduct at NorCal Paranormal Investigations,
Inc. It’s not so much the hitch hiker itself, but the fact my
girlfriend would kill me if I brought home any uninvited guest. So
when leaving an investigation it’s really important to say a
couple cleansing prayers.
8. If you could work side by side with one of the Paranormal Investigator
greats, who would it be?
It would have to be Dr. Barry Taft. I first saw him in a Haunted Hollywood
TV special when I was young. I later found out he was one of the original
investigators of the now famous “Entity” investigation
in Southern California where a woman was repeatedly attacked for years
by an unknown entity. From that point on I was totally intrigued by
Paranormal Investigators, so I would have to credit Dr. Taft and thank
him for getting me into this line of work. So joining him on an investigation
would be something to remember.
9. Read any good Paranormal Books lately?
Right now I have not had the time to really sit down and enjoy a good
book, but the two I’m constantly skimming through and use as
a reference is “True Tales of Ghostly Encounters” by Andrew
Honigman and “How to be a Ghost Hunter” by Richard Southall.
10. What Question do people ask you most when you tell them your
a paranormal investigator?
So you’re a Ghost Buster? And I reply Yes, we came, we saw,
we kicked it’s … well you know the rest. But all joking
aside, people are interested in knowing about what we have found in
our investigations. I often direct them to our web-site www.norcalghosthunters.com
and also invite them to join us on our radio show, “NorCal Ghost
Talk” every Sunday evening 6pm Pacific time and 9pm Eastern
time on www.blogtalkradio.com.
11. In your opinion, Where is the most Haunted city in America?
Wow, another good question, with so many to choose from. But through
alot of stories and accounts I have heard probably.. Atlanta, Georgia.
There is so much history that was make there.
12. Do you feel more people should get involved with Ghost hunting
or Paranormal Investigation?
Yes, but those are two different animals right there. Ghost hunting
is like doing a ghost tour in a town or city. Which is really alot
of fun with very little effort and minimal cost, Support your local
Ghost/Haunted Tours, it’s also good for the local economy. Now,
Paranormal Investigation is a big step up and only for those who have
a passion and dedication to invest the time and energy that is demanded
when conducting a full scale investigation. If people cannot conduct
their investigations in an honest, creditable and professional manner
they are only bringing discredit to themselves and others in the field
and should stick with the guided tours. Besides do the ‘want
to be’ investigators really think they are fooling others in
the Paranormal field? If they are it’s not for long.
13. What does the future hold for you?
I wish I had the answer to that question, but with the help of my
partner and NorCal Paranormal Investigators, Inc. co-founder Douglas
M. Carnahan and our wonderful hand picked NPI Team the sky is the
limit for us. We have numerous investigations in the works and always
open to more of them. We have our BlogTalkRadio show every Sunday
evening “NorCal Ghost Talk” at 6pm Pacific time and 9pm
Eastern time. We encourage people to check it out and call into the
show with questions and comments. What’s really cool is on BlogTalkRadio
we are not limited to just the local area, but because it is broadcasted
via the internet we are heard World Wide. We film and document our
larger investigations and are working on editing them for DVD’s
for others to experience. There is some interest on having the NPI
Team doing something on TV and others have shown alot of interest
having myself and co-founder Doug doing so lectures in the very near
future. Sounds like a great time and very exciting.
14. Paranormal Conventions do you see them growing? And which ones
are the Must go to ones?
Of course, with so much interest in the industry right now you are
going to see alot of growth in this arena. I think Las Vegas is the
one you can’t miss if you are truly interested in learning and
meeting others within the field. But if you can’t make that
one, check around for what’s going on in your local area. You
don’t have to travel 1000 miles to meet some wonderful people
who share the same passion for the Paranormal as you do.
15. What is your most favored tool of the trade?
I would have to say Electronic Voice Phenomena or “EVPs”
would have to be my favorite paranormal phenomena. There is something
exciting about sitting in a room all alone asking questions and later
when checking the recorder for evidence you come across a voice answering
you back. Puts a chill up my spine everytime I capture one.
16. Tell us about your best moment in investigating ghost for you?
Well there are so many memberful moments investigating that it’s
really hard to pinpoint just one. I would have to say one that comes
to mind right now would be when Doug ( NPI President ) and I were
on the great ship the USS Hornet docked in Alameda, California. We
were deep in the bowels of the ship filming and doing some EVP work.
After we were done with the investigation and checking for evidence
we checked the recorder out. Out of nowhere came a voice telling us
to “Get The F… Out” We both looked at each other
and just said “Wow“!! That is one I will never forget.
If anyone would like to check it out for themselves they can go to
our web-site at www.norcalghosthunters.com Click onto the EVP link
and look for the USS Hornet. There are other interesting EVPs from
that investigation you can listen to.
17. What is the hardest part about being a paranormal Radio talk
Well, I don’t really see myself as a personality right now.
I mean Shane Thornton isn’t a household name just yet. But you
never know… maybe one day it will be. NorCal Paranormal Investigators,
Inc is fast becoming very well-known as a very trusted and creditable
and professional group. Our clients quickly learn “we are here
to help,” protect and serve. People are also recognizing me
for our BlogTalkRadio show “NorCal Ghost Talk” Sunday
evenings at 6pm pacific time. We have alot of fun with the show and
have some wonderful guests join us at times.
18. How do you prepare for a haunted or paranormal investigation?
What I do to prepare for an investigation is review accounts of activity
the client has supplied us along with their concerns. I like to also
research the history or the area and the location of the possible
haunting. I like to make sure all the equipment needed for the investigation
is packed and ready which includes extra batteries and etc. Then I
want to make sure that before the investigation I get a lot of good
rest and sleep so that I can be up and ready. Investigations can take
a lot of energy out of you so rest is key to being able to be awake
and fresh at 3am when a lot of things are known to have happen.
19. Have you ever taken a ghost Tour?
Yes, I went on a ghost tour in the little Northern California town
of Clayton on Halloween one year. It was fun and entertaining but
there were alot of people talking over the tour guide and the taking
photos with alot of camera flashes that kind of killed the mood for
20. What in the field of ghost hunting and Paranormal Investigating
needs the most attention?
The truth behind the evidence needs great attention. There are far
too many people and so-called paranormal groups who are trying to
catch a ride on the glory train to fame. They are conjuring up falsified
evidence or writing numerous ghost stories about people, places and
things that don’t even exists other than in their mind, then
trying to come across as fact. These fakes and phonies are the main
reason why the honesty and creditable of the field is so in question
and looked down upon. These people are really making it difficult
for the legitimate professional paranormal investigators to help people
who really need our help. They are becoming a danger to the field
of paranormal investigation, themselves and people seeking true help
with a haunting or troubled spirit.