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Is there really such a
thing as paranormal experts in this haunted
by Mark Goldberg, Art by Ricardo Pustanio
Thursday April 26, 2007
The Real Ghost Hunters
When all else fails they say call in
the experts. If your haunting has gone
all out of control or you need some serious
validation to the strange supernatural
or paranormal occurrences that are happening
to you then seeking expert help is your
only solution. Published authors, lecturers,
radio and television hosts, and more are
all considered part of the ever growing
field of research. Some do not claim to
be experts in the paranormal, as no experts
really exist when it comes to the supernatural,
It's all just gathering information and
experience things on a first hand basis.
Many believe their personal quest is
to just seek out, allegedly haunted locations,
authenticate evidence of ghosts, research
ghost stories, sightings and conduct investigations
into paranormal activity. Much of this
is self proof.
Ghostbusters is a 1984 sci-fi comedy
film about three eccentric New York City
parapsychologists. After they are fired
from a university, they start their own
business investigating and capturing ghosts.
The concept was inspired by Aykroyd's
own fascination with the paranormal, and
it was conceived by Aykroyd as a vehicle
for himself and friend and fellow Saturday
Night Live alum John Belushi.
Ghostbusters was released in the United
States on June 8, 1984, starring Bill
Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick
Moranis, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts
and Ernie Hudson. The film grossed approximately
USD$240 million in the U.S. and over $50
million abroad during its theatrical run,
more than the second "Indiana Jones"
installment, making it easily the most
successful film of that year, and the
most successful comedy of the 1980s.
The first film sparked the catchphrases
"Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!"
and "I ain't 'fraid of no ghost(s)."
Both came from the hit theme song written
and performed by Ray Parker, Jr. The song
was a huge hit, staying #1 for three weeks
on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and #1 for
two weeks on the Black Singles chart.
The song earned Parker an Academy Awards
nomination for "Best Song,"
losing to Stevie Wonder's "I Just
Called to Say I Love You" for the
film The Woman In Red.
In 2000, readers of Total Film magazine
voted Ghostbusters the 44th greatest comedy
film of all time. Many believe this was
the start to all the paranormal wonderment
that television and the world knows today
as professional ghost hunting.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE REAL
GHOSTBUSTERS IN THIS WORLD, WHO ARE THEY?
"The God Father of the Paranormal"
is Professor Hans Holzer, Ph.D., Writer
of 138 books on the supernatural and occult
for the popular market as well as several
plays, musicals, films, and documentaries
and has hosted a television show. His
extensive involvement in researching the
supernatural has included investigating
The Amityville Horror and some of the
most prominent haunted locations around
the world. He has also worked with well-known
trance mediums such as Ethel Johnson-Meyers,
Sybil Leek, Trixie Allingham. Holzer,
is a leading authority in the field of
the paranormal. He has earned his Ph.D.
from the London College of Applied Science.
He was a writer/producer and on camera
personality on the popular NBC series
"In Search Of..." as well as
several other documentaries on the paranormal.
Holzer a professional spiritual intuitive,
writer and teacher; who lives in New York
City. She comes from a long lineage of
practicing Celtic psychics and healers.
Her web site is a regularly updated resource
of Holistic information concerning the
development of the intuitive faculties.
Merryn is also the editor and publisher
of online Merlian News Magazine. America's
leading full-time Parapsychologist.
According to the Parapsychological Association,
parapsychology is the scientific study
of certain types of paranormal phenomena,
or of phenomena which appear to be paranormal.
The term is based on the Greek para (beside/beyond),
psyche (soul/mind), and logos (account/explanation)
and was coined by psychologist Max Dessoir
in or before 1889. Its first appearance
was in an article by Dessoir in the June
1889 issue of the German publication Sphinx.
J. B. Rhine later popularized "parapsychology"
as a replacement for the earlier term
"psychical research", during
a shift in methodologies which brought
experimental methods to the study of psychic
phenomena. In contemporary research, the
term 'parapsychology' refers to the study
of psi, a general blanket term used by
academic parapsychologists to denote anomalous
processes or outcomes
The scientific reality of parapsychological
phenomena and the validity of scientific
parapsychological research is a matter
of frequent dispute and criticism. The
field is regarded by critics as a pseudoscience.
Parapsychologists, in turn, say that parapsychological
research is scientifically rigorous. Despite
criticisms, a number of academic institutions
now conduct research on the topic, employing
laboratory methodologies and statistical
techniques, such as meta-analysis.[citation
needed] The Parapsychological Association
is the leading association for parapsychologists
and has been a member of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science
The Parapsychological Association was
formed in 1957 as a professional society
for parapsychologists following an initiative
by J.B. Rhine. Its purpose has been "to
advance parapsychology as a science, to
disseminate knowledge of the field, and
to integrate the findings with those of
other branches of science." It holds
annual conventions, which is reported
in its Proceedings, and the proceedings
of which are published annually as Research
In 1969 the Association took a giant
step in advancing the field by affiliating
with the American Association for the
Advancement of Science. The work of the
association is a reported in the Journal
of Parapsychology and the Journal of the
American Society for Psychical Research.
Its first president was R. A. McConnell,
then of the Biophysics Department, University
of Pittsburgh, and the first vice-president
was Gertrude R. Schmeidler of the Department
of Psychology, City College of New York.
Rhea White was named Secretary Treasurer.
Four others were elected to the Council,
bringing the total to seven: Margaret
Anderson, Remi Cadoret, Karlis Osis, and
W. G. Roll.
Some ghost hunters call themselves professionals,
some experts and still others the ever
learning students in this very haunted
world. Here is a list of the very best
in the world. Click on the one you wish
to contact and go directly to their official
or personal web site to contact them directly.
Before there was SciFi reality-TV series,
Ghost Hunters, the “real”
Hans HolzerThe Warrens,Christopher Chacon,
Loyd Auerbach, John Zaffis Jr. and William
Roll were each, independently, conducting
their own extraordinary research into
all things considered paranormal such
as ghosts and poltergeistsm possession
and the otherworlds.
As a result of television shows about
the “paranormal”, many new
self-proclaimed paranormal investigators
and research groups have sprouted up all
over the world. But make no mistake, today’s
so-called paranormal researchers still
cannot hold a candle to to the select
few other world-renowned veteran paranormal
experts that have been conducting field
and laboratory investigations long before
reality TV cast a spotlight into the otherside.
William Roll was born July 3, 1926 in
Bremen, Germany, where his father was
American Vice-Consul. His mother was Danish
and Roll attended Holte Gymnasium in Denmark.
He enrolled at the University of California,
Berkeley in 1947, and received the BA
in 1949, majoring in philosophy and psychology.
After a year of graduate work in sociology,
Roll went to Oxford University, to do
research in parapsychology under Professor
H.H. rice until 1957. He received the
M. Litt. degree for a thesis entitled
"Theory and Experiment in Psychical
Research," and was president of the
Oxford University Society for Psychical
Research. In 1957, Roll joined the staff
of the Parapsychology Laboratory, Duke
University, working under Dr. J.B. Rhine
until 1964. During this period he made
his first RSPK and haunt investigations,
was appointed project director of the
Psychical Research Foundation (PRF), and
elected president of the Parapsychological
After Rhine's retirement from Duke in
1964, the PRF became a sponsored program
at the Department of Electrical Engineering.
In 1986, Roll was appointed Professor
of Psychical Research and Psychology at
West Georgia College (now the State University
of West Georgia) with funding from the
PRF. In 1989, he received the Ph.D. from
Lund University, Sweden, for a thesis
entitled "This World or That: An
Examination of Parapsychological Findings
Suggestive of the Survival of Human Personality
After Death." Since 1990, Roll has
been teaching parapsychology at the University
as an adjunct professor.
Roll has written more than 100 scientific
papers, several articles for anthologies,
edited 11 volumes of Research in Parapsychology,
and written four books, The Poltergeist
(1972), Theory and Experiment in Psychical
Research (1975, his M.Litt. thesis), Psychic
Connections (1995, with Lois Duncan),
and Unleashed (2004, with Valerie Storey).
In 1996 he received the Parapsychological
Association's award for a Distinguished
Career in Parapsychology. In 2002 he was
awarded the Dinsdale Memorial Award by
the Society for Scientific Investigation
for his RSPK studies.
Roll, W. G. (1968). Some physical and
psychological aspects of a series of poltergeist
phenomena. Journal of the American Society
for Psychical Research, 62, 263-308.
Roll, W.G. (1969). The Newark disturbances.
Journal of the American Society for Psychical
Research, 63, 123-174.
Roll, W.G. (1970). Poltergeist phenomena
and interpersonal relations. Journal of
the American Society for Psychical Research,
Roll, W.G. (2003). Poltergeists, electromagnetism
and consciousness. Journal of Scientific
Exploration, 17, 75-86.
Roll, W.G. (2004). The Poltergeist. New
York: Paraview (reprint of 1979 edition).
Roll, W.G. (1993). The question of RSPK
vs. fraud in the case of Tina Resch. Proceedings
of Presented Papers: The Parapsychological
Association 36th Annual Convention, 456-482.
Roll, W.G. (2000). Poltergeist and space-time:
A contemplation on Hans Bender's Ideas
About RSPK. The Parapsychological Association,
43rd Annual Convention, Proceedings of
Presented Papers, August 17-20, 316-332.
Roll, W.G., Burdick, D., & Joines,
W.T. (1973). Radial and tangential forces
in the Miami poltergeist. Journal of the
American Society for Psychical Research,
Roll, W.G., Burdick, D., & Joines,
W.T. (1974). The rotating beam theory
and the Olive Hill poltergeist. In W.G.
Roll, RL. Morris & J. Morris (Eds.),
Research in Parapsychology, 1973, (pp.
64-67). Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow.
Roll, W.G., & Gearhart, L. (1974).
Geomagnetic perturbations and RSPK. In
W.G. Roll, RL. Morris & J. Morris
(Eds.), Research in Parapsychology, 1973,
(pp. 44-46). Metuchen, N.J: Scarecrow.
Roll, W.G., Maher, M., & Brown, B.
(1992). An investigation of reported haunting
occurrences in a Japanese restaurant in
Georgia. The Parapsychological Association
35th Annual Convention, Proceedings of
Presented Papers, August 9-13, 151-168.
Roll, W.G., Moody, R, & Radin, D.
(1996). Reports of hauntings at Dragsholm
Castle, Denmark, and Engso Castle, Sweden.
The Parapsychological Association, 39th
Annual Convention, Proceedings of Presented
Papers, August 17-19, 253-270.
Roll, W.G. & Nichols, A. (1999).
A haunting at an Army post. The Parapsychological
Association 42nd Annual Convention, Proceedings
of Presented Papers, August 4-8, 253-270.
Roll, W.G. & Nichols, A. (2000).
Psychological and electromagnetic aspects
of haunts. The Parapsychological Association
43rd Annual Convention, Proceedings of
Presented Papers, August 17-20, 364-378.
Roll, W.G. & Persinger, M.A. (1998).
Poltergeist and nonlocality: Energetic
aspects of RSPK. Proceedings of Presented
Papers: The Parapsychological Association
41st Annual Convention, August 6-9, 1998,
Roll, W.G., & Pratt, J.G. (1971).
The Miami disturbances. Journal of the
American Society for Psychical Research,
Roll, W.G., Sheehan, L.C., Persinger,
M.A., & Glass, A.Y. (1996). The haunting
of White Ranch. The Parapsychological
Association Annual Convention, Proceedings
of Presented Papers, August, 17-20, 279-294.
Roll, W.G., & Stump, J. (1969). The
Olive Hill poltergeist. Proceedings of
the Parapsychological Association 6, 57-58.
Stewart, J.L., Roll, W.G., & Baumann,
S. (1987). Hypnotic suggestion and RSPK.
In D.H. Weiner & RD. Nelson (Eds.),
Research in Parapsychology, 1986, (pp.
30-35). Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow.
Christopher Chacon is considered a prominent
authority on paranormal and supernatural
phenomena, anomalies, metaphysics and
the occult. In addition, he is a writer,
director and executive producer for television,
film, theatre and live-event attractions,
as well as an author and performance artist,
having begun his career in entertainment
as a master illusionist/magician.
A former field operative of The Office
of Scientific Investigation and Research
(O.S.I.R.), Chacon has traveled the world,
investigating and researching thousands
of cases of every type of paranormal phenomena,
including haunts and poltergeists, UFO
close encounters, possessions/ exorcisms,
miracles and divine intervention, all
types of psychic/parapsychological phenomena,
encounters with strange creatures and
unexplainable anomalous phenomena.
In entertainment, Chacon’s most
notable creation is the dramatic-adventure
TV series, "PSI Factor: Chronicles
of the Paranormal", starring Dan
Aykroyd, Michael Moriarity and Matt Frewer.
As writer, creator/executive producer
and director of this TV series, Chacon
produced 88 episodes that are currently
seen in over 30 countriesIn the early
1980’s, Chacon teamed up with Parapsychologist
Loyd Auerbach and together formed a research
team to investigate parapsychological
and psychic phenomena.
In 1989, Chacon was recruited by The
Office of Scientific Investigation and
Research (O.S.I.R.), a well-funded private
scientific organization with the sole
purpose of assessing parapsychological
and paranormal phenomena worldwide. It
was O.S.I.R.’s advanced scientific
training that additionally equipped Chacon
with the skills to explore the vast amount
of psychic and parapsychological phenomena
he would encounter.
Chacon travelled the world investigating
and researching thousands of cases dealing
with altered-states of consciousness and
parapsychological and psychic phenomena,
including; clairvoyance, psychokinesis,
near death experiences, reincarnation,
precognition, psychometry, remote-viewing,
bi-location, channelling, mediumship and
astral projection. He has also investigated
thousands of cases of supernatural phenomena,
including; possessions and exorcisms,
haunts and poltergeists, miracles and
manifestations of divine intervention.
Additionally, Chacon has ventured on many
expeditions, archaeological explorations
and field research in various parts of
the world involving ancient mysticism,
metaphysical archaeological finds and
obscure supernatural/occult practices.
Because of Chacon’s experience
in confidentially investigating and researching
psychic phenomena, he continues to be
inundated with requests for help and assistance
from private individuals of all walks
of life, celebrities, dignitaries, government
agencies, corporations and high-ranking
officials from all religions.
Recognized as an authority, Chacon has
been featured on countless TV and radio
shows, including, "Unsolved Mysteries",
"National Geographic Explorer",
"The Other Side", "Eye
to Eye with Connie Chung", "Discovery
Channel", "The Tom Snyder Show",
"20/20", "NBC, FOX, ABC,
BBC and Japan’s Nippon Network News".
Chacon was additionally a member of The
American Society of Psychical Research,
The American Association for the Advancement
of Science, The Society for Scientific
Exploration, Federation of American Scientists,
The New York Academy of Sciences and The
Center for Science Education.
Besides his work in parapsychology and
psychic research, Chacon makes his living
as a Creator/Writer, Director, Executive
Producer and Performer for television,
motion pictures and live-stage theatrical
productions. When not working in entertainment
or parapsychology, Chacon is involved
with several humanitarian and environmental
causes. He currently resides along California’s
In research for his books, Mark Nesbitt
collected hundreds of these tales of the
unexplainable sightings, entity activity
or those strange echoes from a time long
gone that can mean only one thing: Gettysburg
may very well be, acre for acre, the most
haunted place in America.
A professional Necromancer and founder
of the Sorcerers Guild of greater Houston,
Texas. Waugh has been practicing and conducting
rituals for many paranormal investigators
for over 20 years. Waugh also paints many
spiritual and common murals and lives
in a small Texas town with her three dogs.
She also over the years makes ceremonial
candles and is active in ghost hunting
in the deep South. Summoning the dead
to communicate with the living is a natural
daily occurrence for Waugh. "I have
been doing this since I was a child."
" When I lived in Galveston, Texas
about 15 years ago, I was introduced to
the ancient rights of ceremonial Necromancy
as a ritual by a great shaman called Freebird,
and because of him and his diligence to
the art, I still practice it until this
day." "However, if a spirit
has something vital to impart to you,
they will call upon you, not vice-versa
and no ritual is needed".
America is not
without its share of historic disasters,
hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, and
fires from which restless spirits are
said to linger. What makes many a ghost
walking tour fun is learning about the
local history in a way that is also
entertaining — and scary.
Remember research is the key to your
first steps. And of course contacting
the owners of properties and local authorities
can save you a lot of headaches and
Always research for a ghost hunt. Even
if taken a ghost tour is the way to
discover more about your cities history
and possible other sites for hauntings
not on the tour.
books on ghost hunting and on your areas
history. Research things to the max. Never
just go by a persons word. experience
and first hand investigating is the key.
Her are just a few of the best out there
today in the way of ghost hunting books.
HUNTING SAFETY GUIDE:
to hunt for ghosts the safe way: Safety
tips from different ghost hunter groups,
web sites and authors and paranormal investigators.
Ghost hunting can be an expensive or
inexpensive endeavor. It all depends how
much you want to spend. Many professional
and novice Investigators have shown significant
results with equipment which is very affordable,
so don't let pricing discourage you. Also
visit our Paranormal Detection Equipment
Shop Paranormal Detection Equipment, Electronic
Ghost Hunting Detectors. The equipment
lost below are an essential guide to paranormal
research and the perfect addition to any
ghost hunters bag of tricks.
An ancient ghost detection device."
Essentially, it's feathers in a box, the
purpose of the box being to prevent a
breeze from moving the feathers. If the
feathers are moved then you know you have
a ghost in your midst.
In 2005 GhostRadar was launched and
claims to be very accurate. It uses
the body’s chemicals and senses
to detect ghosts.
Modern day ghost hunting is a gadget packed
hobby that often costs the enthusiast
thousands of dollars. No self respecting
ghost hunter is without an EMF Detector
which identifies static electricity, the
alleged causes of ghostly manifestations.
Another piece of equipment is the digital
thermometer, used to detect fluctuations
in temperature in a location. Just before
ghost activity there are sharp, unexplained
drops in temperature so an accurate thermometer
is important. A ghost hunter will also
carry sound, humidity and light meters
to monitor the location during their investigations.
Good recording equipment
is essential, so tape recorders and Dictaphones
should be used. The higher the quality
of equipment the better the chance that
of future analysis of any evidence recorded.
Most researchers use infrared cameras
during their investigations. These are
particularly good for picking up mists
and light anomalies.
such as radiation detectors and thermocameras
can also be purchased but could cost huge
amounts of money. The famous ghost hunter
Peter Greenwood once commented that he
had seen ghost hunters with cars full
of equipment and yet it is the man with
just a tape recorder that gets the evidence.
You can document
and detect ghosts and spirits with a variety
of items. Of course the more you have
the better, but everyone needs to start
somewhere. Here are a few of what should
be on top of your haunted Christmas, birthday
or anytime of the year Wish List!
The following are must
have items. All inexpensive and all should
be part of your ghost hunting pack.
Colleagues: Don't ever investigate alone.
Safety in numbers.
Baby powder: We call
this the drug-store motion detector. Its
rare, but it can be sprinkled and used
in rooms to record footprints or movement.
versions with clips that can be attached
to your clothing are the best. And remember,
bring several. Some may fail. You can
also mute strong lights when you need
less light by using thin fabric or colored
Candles: Can all your
batteries fail? Oh yeah! You can also
use smoke in air tight rooms to record
odd air movements.
Batteries: As previously
mentioned, batteries tend to drain. So
take as many as you can.
Chalk: Mark evidence
and also mark trees and other areas where
you might have ventured to help get back.
If you are exploring, never contaminate
an area with a mark that can't be later
removed. If you have to permanently document
it, take a picture.
Watches: Record when
events happen and coordinate your efforts.
Suggest you have two: one wind-up type
and one battery powered.
Notebook: Make sure
you have organized notes and bring a cheap
book light so you can write easily.
Cell phone: If you are
in any remote area, make sure to have
an emergency link to home. Also, make
sure that someone knows where you have
gone and when you will return for your
safety (although you should never hunt
you would like to buy a very quick digital
outdoor detector so you can find cold
spots as they happen. Normal thermometer
are too slow and won't produce any results.
If you are in a room that you know has
no drafts, you can detect paranormal movement
by suspending tissue paper or very thin
cloth in air tight areas. You can even
very the thickness in areas as a test
The methods of conducting a ghost hunt
EXCERPT TALEN FROM The Ghost Hunter's
Excerpt from the "What Ghost Hunter's
Should Know" Chapter
Conducting Cemetery and Haunted House
Arrive early with your necessary ghost
hunting equipment and give yourself plenty
of time to set everything up. Here is
a quick list of some equipment you may
wish to use: a video camera, EMF detectors,
35 mm cameras loaded with brand new film
and thermometers. Always remember to bring
along plenty of flashlights. Don't forget
to bring along some patience. Conducting
a ghost hunt is a lot like fishing. You
have to use patience.
Start by selecting a private room or
a general location for a main base of
operations. This base is where all monitoring
should be done. It should not be an area
where ghost activity is high. After the
base has been selected, do a complete
walk through of the general area. Check
out every room, and in graveyards, walk
around the tombstones in a 50-yard radius.
Videotape the walk through if you are
using video cameras. Make sure that you
know the layout before you begin the ghost
hunt. Get used to the location. The ghost
hunt will go much better if everyone feels
comfortable with the surroundings.
Use the EMF detectors to search for anything
out of the ordinary. If you do pick up
EMF distortions or if you feel that there
is an unearthly presence nearby, take
more photos. Just be aware that in cemeteries
smooth glossy tombstone faces will reflect
light from the flashlights or the camera
flash that could create strange light
patterns in the pictures. Glass objects
and mirrors will reflect light inside
During the initial walk through or at
any other time during the ghost hunt,
try not to unnecessarily touch or move
objects. You should leave the natural
environment alone. As you are doing the
walk through in haunted houses, hang up
ghost catchers in doorways, between rooms,
or on staircases. If a ghost passes near
the ghost catcher, they will chime alerting
anyone nearby. A lightweight wind chime
If there are objects or pieces of furniture
that have been reported to move, put a
chalk line or sticker on the floor next
to these objects. That way, if the objects
happen to move, you have a marker to judge
and measure the exact distance.
Everyone participating in a ghost hunt
should always know where everyone else
is to avoid confusion and misinterpretations.
Sometimes handheld or headset radio communicators
are good devices to stay in contact with
the other ghost hunting members.
Always log every event that seems out
of the ordinary, (doors that lock, electrical
problems, swaying chandeliers, strange
lights, etc). Videotape everything for
You can attach glow-in-the-dark or reflective
tape to objects to help you with the layout
and to mark special locations. The tape
will make it much easier to see dangerous
objects in the dark. You don't need to
turn off the lights inside of the haunted
house to have ghosts appear unless it
is vital to the appearance of that particular
ghost. Even then, leave some lights on
for personal safety. Always have a couple
of mini spotlights ready for outside ghost
hunts in case something happens and you
need light fast.
Do not be afraid to experiment on ghost
hunts. Ask the ghosts to appear. Put the
video cameras on different settings. Try
the EVP audio taping methods. Use anything
that you think might have an effect on
the ghosts. If nothing seems to be happening,
you might try to shake things up by playing
religious or music that would be familiar
to the ghost.
On any ghost hunt, make sure to have
packed plenty of snacks, drinks, and maybe
a board game. Ghost hunts can be long
and tedious. You may have to spend several
weeks inside at a haunted location before
you experience anything strange.
Introductory to Ghost Hunting
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
"Introductory to Ghost Hunting"
Recommended for adults age 18 years and
Do you think your house is haunted or
know of someone's home that is haunted?
Would you like to have your questions
answered about the Spirit realm? Find
out about the Spirits of the dead or why
paranormal events are happening to you.
Learn about these things and more from
certified ghost hunter Patti Starr.
"Introductory to Ghost Hunting"
Instructor, Patti Starr, Author, Certified
June 11, Monday and June 18, 2007 Monday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
All of this and more presented by Satellite
Instructors and Certified Ghost Hunters
Stacey Allen McGee, CGH and Founder and
Director of The ARC ~ Alternate Realities
Center ~ www.AppalachianGhosts.com, and
Michael W Combs, CGH who will offer you
over 13 years of field investigations
experience during the course of the class...
The purpose of this course is to present
an overview of research into ghosts and
hauntings. The course is designed for
anyone with the desire to learn about,
find and document paranormal activity
of ghosts. The book used in this course
was written by Patti Starr, “Ghost
Hunting in Kentucky and Beyond”
and it is the same book she uses in teaching
her two courses, “Introductory to
Ghost Hunting” and “Advanced
Ghost Hunting” at the LCC. It details
a comprehensive coverage in such areas
as, understanding ghosts and possible
explanations why they are earthbound,
the nature of configuration of ghostly
energy patterns, where and how to find
ghosts, and most important, how to conduct
a successful ghost investigation...
Both Stacey Allen McGee and Michael W.
Combs are very active as ghost researchers,
lecturers, consultants, dowsers, and teachers.
They refer to this study course of certified
ghost hunter as a practical, “how-to-guide”
for serious ghost hunting. “Once
certified, you will be amazed at the opportunities
that will become available to you in this
field.” Patti Starr
We conduct the course from the JF Toney
Memorial Library located in Erwin, TN
every January through March of each year.
We will be your coach through your first
three investigations. After completing
your assignments you will be given a test
and once you pass the exam you will be
given a diploma of graduation for “Certified
Ghost Hunter” upon completing a
two hour field assignment presented during
the course as a group. The course adds
up to approximately 14 hours of class
time and 9 hours of field time...
The course materials include:
1) Book, “Ghost Hunting in Kentucky
and Beyond” (a practical guide to
ghost hunting with actual accounts of
ghost hunting investigations.)
2) Video, “How to Dowse for Ghosts,”
with Patti Starr, Video 55 minutes
3) A set of “Brass Dowsing Rods,”
designed and balanced for ghost hunting
by Patti Starr.
4) “Voices from Beyond the Grave”
by Patti Starr, CD, 23 tracks. (EVPs Patti
has captured in the investigations presented
in her book, “Ghost Hunting in Kentucky
5) Investigative forms used to interview
witnesses, record investigations, and
to document usage of equipment.
6) Personal experience and support from
your satellite instructors, Stacey Allen
McGee and Michael W. Combs, through assignment
of three field investigations. (Help with
use of equipment such as cameras, recorders,
7) Completed assignments and exam for
Certification will result in receiving
a diploma of graduation as “Certified
Subjects covered in the course:
1) The different types of hauntings
2) Ghosts and Spiritualism
3) Difference between ghosts and spirits
4) Sleep paralysis
5) Where to find ghosts
6) How weather affect an investigation
7) How to conduct a successful ghost investigation
and correct protocol
8) Ghost hunting tool kit
9) How to interview a witness
10) How to research haunted history
11) Learn how to see ghosts
12) How to use dowsing rods to find ghosts
13) How to record voices of ghosts
14) How to use an EMF meter
15) Different ways to do a ghost clearing
16) What to look for in ghost photography
17) Ghost hunting terminology
18) How moon cycles affect ghost hunting
The cost for a single individual is just
$199.00 plus shipping and tax; the cost
for two people is $299.00; and if you
have a group of 3, or more, the cost is
$199 for the first person and $50 for
each additional person in your group.
Single person's can enroll here on our
Ghost Hunter Store, but couples and groups
should call (423) 743-WALK (9255) to sign
up for the class and obtain group enrollment
details. Prices do not include a stay
at your choice of haunted accommodations,
or optional ghost hunting equipment, not
required for the class...
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