Pete Haviland's Lone Star Spirits is one of Texas' oldest paranormal teams, having been formed in 1997 and gained a web presence starting in 1998. Their work has been documented in many books, magazines, local and national TV shows and local, national and internet radio interviews since 1997. As Far As Texas is concerned this is the most knowledgeable group on all the Texas ghost , haunting's and stories you could ever hope to find.
Lone Star Spirits are available for classes, investigations, speaking engagements, as well as, consultations for television projects. Lone Star Spirits uses high tech equipment like thermal imaging cameras, surveillance equipment, motion triggered cameras, triggered ir cameras, as well as many hand held apparatus( EMF,Trifield Naturals, Anemometers, Air Ion Counters and on Site weather stations) to detect the atmospheric changes during an event and the causes of experiences reported in homes and commercial properties.... With a mixture of this technical data along with Parapsychology principles, and some mediumistic work, Lone Star will get to the cause of your problem. We have consulted, researched, and were part of a few pilots, as well as been on some shows, and use the exposure to promote our investigative work, train, and offer classes. The research is our primary objective. Lone Star has a team of investigators, with many varied backgrounds, and professions that can offer their expertise, advice and opinion on what is happening at your location. Feel free to contact us for your home issues, commercial issues, or if you need a consultant on your project(s). Haviland also appeaars as a co-host weekly on Parahub Radio (Parahub.org) The shows focus on guest concering Paranormal investigations and music the shows also feature Paranormal news and reports.
At an early age Peter began his paranormal journey through the visitation of his deceased grandfather and through the years has studied the information of the likes of Harry Price, Hans Holzer, D.Scott Rogo, Loyd Auerbach, Troy Taylor and the list goes on. He now has over 20 years of experience in the field of ghost research.
Pete Haviland, Lone Star's lead investigator and President, is an Advanced Certified Clinical Hypnotist. He has had success with clients in haunting cases in removing fears, anxieties, and psychological triggers that have caused either possible poltergeist activity, or hypersensitivity, due to subconscious triggering mechanisms. He is also a Forensic Hypnotist that can consult on police cases as well as private case work.
Pete is a co-founding member of Paranormal Research Organization (PRO) with Loyd Auerbach, and an investigator with the Office of Paranormal Investigatons, American Ghost Society Area Representative for NW Texas, amateur parapsychologist and Parahub Radio Co-Host.
Peter has been invited to speak at local colleges, libraries, business events and conferences on the paranormal, and also teaches classes on the subject. With his conversational style, high energy and humor, he has always been a hit. If you would like to book Pete for your next engagement, please call Todayl: 281-446-2276 for 24 hour availability. Pete Haviland is always glad to answer all your Ghost or Paranormal Questions!
20 Questions Peter Haviland
1. Where do you see ghost hunting and Paranormal groups, web sites or Ghost information, tours, lecturers Books like your own in 10 years?
Well unless we have a sharing of data to progress the study and work on New Technologies, I see things about the same. There has to be a mass focus and a honing down of what is important vs. the misunderstanding and misrepresentation of data. Field research is not only tedious sometimes, but it’s also not the 1 hour show getting evidence so quickly. With the large amount of reality shows and enthusiasts, there has to be a point of when time in the field and a background of working with clients should come into effect. Just because someone has an interest and has read a book, does not make them qualified to work with a client. If one goes into a home and gives the wrong information, or creates fear, you not only jeopardize the family but also their investment in their home. When it come to a team that has no experience ,then you need to have someone to either refer to, consult with ,or work with you so you can not only get the correct info to the client, but maintain a calmness so the client is asses correctly, the phenomena is diagnosed well, and the outcome is correct. With this in place and a teamwork environment, I see some major breakthroughs ahead.
2. What would you personally consider to be the definitive proof that ghosts are real?
Proof and evidence are 2 different terms really, proof is something tangible, and evidence is showing that an occurrence happened. One can have a picture of Bigfoot, as evidence it was there, but to haul out the body would be proof that it exists. So the evidence that has been gathered and gone over with a fine tooth comb, shows that an occurrence or event happened, and there have been some very unexplainable shots I have seen, but until we can capture a ghost somehow, the proof will be elusive. Ghosts can be many things really, Place memory, PK energy brought on by stress or displaced emotion manifesting in almost any form, and there is the times that you can be in the presence of a spiritual energy that has intelligence. So one would have to say its really a case by case basis, but I DO believe folks are experiencing something.
3. What is the most real evidence you personally have uncovered so far?
Being an advanced certified clinical hypnotist, I have seen hauntings cease, due to removing links to subconscious events that caused stressful events that might have either caused PK or hypersensitivity in a client’s home, so with this in mind, I can say that some hauntings are created by people. I have seen it first hand.
4. Are you skeptical of the claims others make of their findings?
If one does ask about findings, then how do you know? I am not saying GRILL everyone you see, because honestly you were not their when the event happened, but you can ask about the circumstances and clarification on evidence presented. It also comes down to the integrity and ethics of the team or person involved when looking at evidence captured. If its thorough, then you might not ask as many questions or may even take it at face value, and if its hap hazard, then one might ask more. No one likes to be asked or questioned about their work, but it’s a necessary step in evidence gathering, and saying I do not know, is not a crime.
5. If you could investigate your "Dream Haunted Hot Spot" where would it be?
I would say Ellis Island, The Alamo, and The Queen Mary.
6. What was your first Paranormal encounter?
I was 12 and watching Frankenstein with my dog when the room went cold and my dog alerted. Her hair stood up and she turned and just stared up my parents stairs. It was then when I saw my grandfather walk down the stairs in a solid form, but with no sound. You see my grandfather had passed at least a year before. I was not scared of him in life so strangely I had no fear now. He walked down the stairs and into a closet. I got up and walked over to that closet, and really not thinking I would see him, but not knowing what I would see, I opened the door. Of course he was not in there, but I did see a bronze plaque that he had in 3 of his homes that he had built in New York. I then thought that he walked in their because this was a possession that he brought back from Italy, and it was some type of identifying point….It just grew from there.
7. What scares you about Ghost Hunting or Paranormal Investigations?
I rarely am scared, but the living worries me more than the dead. The dead usually want help, or to tell their story, the living can have personal agendas sometimes that you have to look out for. Like maybe a failing B&B claims a haunting and you end up finding it’s a hoax, or maybe even a unfound mental illness or medicinal issue might cloud a case. There is just so many scenarios.
8. If you could work side by side with one of the Paranormal Investigator greats, who would it be?
Loyd Auerbach, Peter James, Dr. Pam Heath and Al Rauber to name a few.
9. Read any good Paranormal Books lately other then your own?
I am reading The PK Zone by Dr. Pamela Heath right now.
10. What Question do people ask you most when you tell them your a paranormal investigator, writer?
Either have a seen a ghost or how do I become one?
11. In your opinion, Where is the most Haunted city in the world?
Galveston (1900 Storm, Civil War, Pirates, Kawakawa Indians )
12. Do you feel more people should get involved with Ghost hunting or Paranormal Investigation?
I feel there are a lot in the field now, I just would like everyone to hone their skills and do the right things. Its more of an evidence gathering at this point to see where we are at as a study now….We need to move to the next step……
13. What does the future hold for you?
I do not know, always has been an adventure…..
14. Paranormal Conventions, conferences do you see them growing? And which ones are the Must go to ones?
As long as there are people interested, sure! Any one where you can learn more about the study….
15. What is your most favored tool of the trade?
My Mind first, then I would say anything that would confirm an event!
16. Tell us about your best moment in investigating or conference attending for you?
As far as conferences, I really enjoy the time afterwards when people ask questions and you have a chance to help out folks, and as far as investigations, when you remove that fear in a client’s home, then I feel great!
17. What is the hardest part about being a paranormal writer?
Probably to focus down on the information you want to talk about. So many things lead to so many topics…..My current book is about halfway done, and I think will help out.
18. How do you document your investigations?
Background searches, Client assessment, Surveillance of the area with devices that measure atmospheric change (Like EMF, Temps, Motion Cameras, Thermal Imaging Cameras, and so forth) and a medium to see if I can get Names dates places and events that will not only confirm client interviews, but also any research of past owners events and the area.
19. Have you ever taken a ghost Tour? And, What about it did you not like?
Ghost tours of Galveston Island, History and Haunting tour of New Orleans, San Francisco’s Ghost walk…..Always like the history!
20. What in the field of ghost hunting and Paranormal Investigating needs the most attention.
Training of investigators and the need for a data collection point maintained and used by trained people to preserve data integrity……