1. Where do you see ghost hunting and Paranormal groups, web sites
or Ghost information, tours, Books Paranormal Radio and Television
in 10 years?
I think that the ghost hunting craze is at a fever pitch right now,
and knowing how people like to ride the wave of the "new and
popular" I would have to say I see some of it's popularity beginning
to decline. I think it is great that there is a new realization that
paranormal investigations have brought about, and I think that will
stay with us for a very long time. There have been some great questions
asked, and many answers still to be found. In 10 years, the people
that are in this field for the right reasons will still be around,
and those that aren't will have some great memories to take with them
on their next journey into pop culture.
2. What would you personally consider to be the definitive proof that
ghosts are real?
Wow, now here is a question for the ages. A solid, mass sighting
caught on some type of recording media would sure catch my attention...
but it really depends on who you are trying to convince. I have been
hunting ghosts for nearly 10 years, and I believe them to be real.
But that's not to say that what has convinced me would convince others;
even with my realization, it took more than one event to solidify
it. For the diehard sceptics, there will probably never be enough
evidence... and a healthy skepticism is a good thing! It keeps us
3. What is the most real evidence you personally have uncovered so
I would have to say that would be the EVP we have gotten over the
years. We have a pretty good collection, and all of them have been
verified to be out of human hearing range. It still amazes me every,
single time I play a recording back and hear those voices... voices
of something that you didn't see but that was very near and very real.
Some sounding heartbreakingly forlorn, some sounding angry, some even
singing. It's quite humbling, to be honest.
4. Are you skeptical of the claims other make of their findings?
Well, that depends. I try to keep an open mind regarding the paranormal,
but I don't want to be anyone's rube either. When I am presented with
what someone would consider evidence of the paranormal, I speak with
them about the encounter and try to determine the conditions in which
it occurred. I think that a lot of what folks believe to be evidence
can be explained away, but that happens mostly when dealing with inexperienced
researchers. I don't necessarily think there are researchers (not
many anyway) who fake evidence, most just misunderstand it... and
then again, it's always open to personal interpretation.
5. If you could investigate your "Dream Haunted Hot Spot"
where would it be?
Ireland, hands down. I wish I could take several months to do just
that. Ireland is a beautiful place, and so rich in history and folklore...
it's at the very top of my investigation wish list.
6. What was your first Paranormal encounter?
I actually had quite a few when I was a child, but I didn't actually
realize at the time that they were ghosts. My most vivid recollection
from that time was seeing what I thought was my Uncle crossing through
the door and walking across the living room just to my right, but
when I turned to face him there was no one there. I remember being
very confused, not scared in the slightest. I guess my young mind
just didn't grasp exactly what had happened till some years later.
Now, my first encounter that actually chilled me to the bone happened
late at night a few years ago. I was working late in my office at
home when I felt a hand on my shoulder, and I mean I really felt it...
the warm, the weight. When I turned around, fully expecting to see
my husband standing there, there was no one to be seen but the spookiest
part was I could still feel the warmth of the touch lingering on my
7. What scares you about Ghost Hunting or Paranormal Investigations?
People, not the dead ones but the living ones. I have been on a good
many investigations where we have had to leave due to the actions
of people who we're invited. I can't even begin to tell you how many
of those times the actions were related to intoxication... we even
had one incident just a week ago where we were in a State Park (with
permission) and there were two other groups who just showed up without
permission. They were driving their cars and trucks offroad on park
grounds, some were intoxicated. Two of them actually tried to sneak
up on us to give us a scare while we were doing an EVP session. I
have always believed we have much more to worry about from the living
rather than the dead.
8. If you could work side by side with one of the Paranormal Investigator
greats, who would it be?
I reckon that depends on who one considers "one of the greats".
I have had the pleasure to work with some great investigators, none
historically known. I guess I would have to say maybe Edgar Cayce,
even though he wasn't really a ghost hunter. I would have loved to
have at least met him.
9. Read any good Paranormal Books lately?
Yes, David Domine's "PHANTOMS OF OLD LOUISVILLE: Ghostly Tales
from America's Most Haunted Neighborhood" I was fortunate to
meet David during his research for the book, and even have him participate
in one of our investigations. The book is a great read!
10. What Question do people ask you most when you tell them your a
paranormal investigator, Personality?
Everywhere I go we always hear "don't you get scared?"
and I always answer it the same way... well, sometimes, yes! I'd be
daft if I didn't. I enjoy the "jump factor" in ghost hunting,
it's what makes the hunt so enticing.
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11. In your opinion, Where is the most Haunted city in America?
My guess, I'd say New Orleans. Just look at it's history! Voodoo,
smugglers, natural disasters, the cultural melting pot, scandalous
behavior on a major scale... what's not to love!
12. Do you feel more people should get involved with Ghost hunting
or Paranormal Investigation?
If they have an interest in finding answers, absolutely. This field
can use all the serious researchers we can get. What we can do less
with are groups or individuals that call themselves ghost hunters
and are in it strictly to have fun. I have run into many roadblocks
in our area because groups like this have gone before us somewhere
and caused problems by acting like it was a social event. Investigators
need to always remember that we, as a ghost hunting community, are
often judged on the actions of a few.
13. What does the future hold for you?
I plan to stick around and keep searching for that elusive beyond-the-shadow-of-a-doubt
evidence. It's my Holy Grail and my passion. I would love to be able
to do more traveling to investigate more places in other states, see
all there is to see. And then of course, there is always Ireland...
14. Paranormal Conventions do you see them growing? And which ones
are the Must go to ones?
Well-planned ones, yes. I believe there are many worthwhile conferences
to attend. I prefer the more "regional" conferences to the
"mega" conferences... I go to learn, not so much to listen
to people talk. Check out the web, you can find a one near you, I'm
sure. My advice, check out the group to make sure they've been around
for awhile before committing to anything.
15. What is your most favored tool of the trade?
My recorders, and my dowsing rods. I love to use my rods to find
areas of spirit energy and then set up for EVP sessions. It has worked
very well for us and I have been asked to teach dowsing at conferences
across the country. Some are open to it and others aren't. I don't
push it on anyone, but I believe it to be a great aid in ghost hunting.
16. Tell us about your best moment in investigating or conference
attending for you?
I would have to say that my both could be covered in one conference
that I attended in San Antonio, Texas. I was fortunate to be asked
to come teach at the "Ghosts of Frontier Texas" conference,
and has some great times there. The other speakers where wonderful,
and we had the privilege of investigating a hotel which had been closed
to the public for over 20 years. In the chapel of this hotel, our
group experienced some phenomena that was nothing short of awesome.
The first encounter was about 10 minutes after arriving in the chapel,
I was sitting on the back pew and the others were still standing,
when a loud BANG came from the pew directly in front of me. It sounded
like someone had thrown a large phone book down on it, and it just
reverberated in the tiny chapel. The next thing we noticed was that
one of the ceiling fans had begun to turn, had actually been turned
on. After checking it out we learned that the only way to turn them
on was to climb up on the back of the pew and physically pull the
chain... no small feat considering the high vaulted ceilings... plus,
we would have noticed if one of our small group had done that. The
next occurrence was a french door swinging shut, hard enough to knock
the two girls standing in the doorway to the floor. And right after
that by just seconds we watched as the large chandelier in the foyer
began to, well for lack of a better word, JUMP... it was actually
going up and down as if in a bouncing motion, the movement was well
over a foot and repeated several times. It was simply spectacular,
and of course very little of it was caught of video because of all
that was happening in different areas... now that would have been
something to show the grandkids!
17. What is the hardest part about being a paranormal investigator?
Dealing with ignorant people. By ignorant, I mean people who consider
us "unbalanced", "wicked", "evil" or
"abominations" because of what we do. Don't get me wrong,
everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I have had more than
enough conversations with folks who think that what we do is morally
wrong. I was called "an abomination to God" by the Bishop
of my church just over a year ago, and threatened with excommunication
because of his interpretation of scripture. He was not open to hearing
my reasons, he just kept thumping that bible. It's this kind of ignorance
that I find reprehensible.
18. How do you document your investigations?
I usually document things using a recorder, then I transfer it to
an investigation report on our computer later on. I used to take pad
and pen with us, but it just wasn't convenient to whip out a flashlight
to make notes every couple of minutes. Plus with a recorder you can
actually hear the emotion that goes along with the encounter, and
hopefully even capture the encounter itself.
19. Have you ever taken a ghost Tour? And, What about it did you not
I have taken many ghost tours. I enjoy them, for the most part. What
I don't like about them is when you get negative people in your group,
and you are trying to honestly have a good experience but they just
suck all the fun out of it by complaining constantly. I really don't
understand why people feel the need to do act that way. If you aren't
into ghosts or the paranormal, why come to events such as these in
the first place?
20. What in the field of ghost hunting and Paranormal Investigating
needs the most attention.
I actually have two thoughts on this. 1) Share our information with
others, and 2) Stop all the backstabbing, name calling and childishness.
If we are ever to be taken seriously as a valid field of research,
we need to strengthen our research and/or evidence by sharing information
and findings with other groups. There is no room in this field for
jealousy. If another researcher has a great find, congratulate them!
I hear so many negative things being said about other groups, and
I have even received some nasty emails myself... why is there a need
to berate others to make oneself feel superior? Don't let your emotions
get the best of you, take the higher road. Given, not everyone out
there is trustworthy, that's true in any field of research, but let's
not add to the spectacle by acting like children fighting over the
monkey bars during recess. There is enough playground for all of us.
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