Sunday, May 17, 2015

Second Investigation at the Eldon Hotel

I was delighted to be asked by Cork Supernatural Society to join them on an investigation of the Eldon Hotel. The first time I investigated there I felt that there might be something worth revisiting. We set up our equipment in Room 28 and began to call out asking if there was anyone who wanted to make contact with us. After a short time I noticed that there were sparkling pin pricks of light above one of the K11 meters. I mentioned this and it was immediately corroborated by one of the other investigators. Neither of the other two investigators saw this. I was standing between an armchair and a wardrobe. I had placed my K11 on the arm of the chair and suddenly one of the investigators asked if I was somehow moving it. I replied that I wasn't close enough to it and that I thought it was still in the same place. She said that perhaps she had imagined it but she thought she had seen it moving along the chair a few inches. We continued to call out asking for signs of any presence. It was cold in the room and I had begun taking temperature readings. There were a few cold spots but I felt they may have been caused by air currents or because the windows were not double glazed. One of the investigators, Matt, was calling out asking for anyone to make contact. I was leaning against the wardrobe when suddenly the wardrobe door flew open and crashed back against the side of the wardrobe. Despite repeated attempts to recreate this we were unable to get the door to open on its own again. We noted that the door swung slowly closed when it was opened but did not move in the other direction unless we physically moved it. Several of us, myself included, saw unexplained shadows dart across the open doorway and move along the corridor. We could hear noises suggesting that someone was hovering just outside the open room door but there was no one in the corridor when we checked on this. We moved to another part of the hotel. It had been used as a Halloween attraction a few weeks before this and some of the props were still in place. While we were calling out in the next area we all heard a chain rattle as if someone had brushed against it. We noted a light chain suspended from a wooden partition from where a Halloween prop had been removed. This chain was swinging gently although none of us was anywhere near it. We went to a downstairs area and clearly heard a loud bang. One of the investigators was just ahead of me and he saw a Bible fall off a window ledge as he approached it. We tried to recreate this as we thought it might have been a loose floorboard or panel that caused it to fall, but we were unable to do so. I left in the early hours of the morning and the rest of the team stayed in the Hotel. The next day they told me that they had been disturbed during the night by a male voice downstairs and a dragging noise in the corridor outside their room.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mediums - Real or Fake?

Do Ghosts really exist? Are Spirits around us? Can Demons possess humans?

If you are interested in the Paranormal then like me, you will find questions like these fascinating and need answers to the unknown.

How do we go about looking for these answers?

Ghost Hunters or Paranormal Investigators use tools to help uncover anomalies and to provide some evidence of phenomena experienced by both themselves and others.

Mediums or sensitives claim to have a gift. Some of them are very convincing and do indeed, seem to be able to perceive things outside the scope of most people. Unfortunately, as there is no way they can directly prove that what they see or feel is true, most mediums are treated with disbelief or skepticism.

This is where the tools come in.

Mediums can guide investigators so that the tools can be used to corroborate their findings. For example, people often complain that they suddenly feel cold. Temperature checks can be carried out and if there is a large unexplained difference in temperature around that person then it can be documented.

Similarly, voices or other sounds unheard by most of the team, can sometimes be heard on recording devices thus backing up a personal experience.

It is very important when on an investigation, to always mention out loud, any feelings, sounds, touches or any other abnormal experiences, as they occur. This way, when the evidence is downloaded and checked, it is easy to cross reference any paranormal incidents.

As with all aspects of Paranormal Investigation, it is impossible to say for sure whether mediums are real or fake. The most important thing is to keep an open mind. Just because you don't hear or see something yourself, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

Until we have the answers, I guess we'll just have to keep on using the tools, documenting the evidence and having fun!

Sitting Room of Deserted Farmhouse

Monday, August 4, 2014

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Becoming a Ghost Hunter FAQ

You've read the books, listened to the stories and heard things going bump in the night, so what happens next? How do you become a Ghost Hunter or Paranormal Investigator?

Q. Is it expensive to become an investigator?
A. It depends on how you intend to operate. If you simply want to follow your instincts and feelings then all you need is a way to get to the location. If however, you want to collect data and record your findings so that you can analyze the results later, you will need to invest in some equipment. You can start with the basics and build up your collection as you go.
A K11 meter, thermometer and some form of digital audio recorder cover most of the basics that will get you started. Later you can add a full spectrum camera, night vision camcorder, trigger camera and other items like a thermal imaging camera, laser array and anything else you feel would help you in your research.

Q. How will I find locations?
A. Start local. Ask friends and family if they have any strange stories about local places or if they know anyone who has experienced something they couldn't explain. Talk to everyone. You can also research historic building or ruins near you. Find out if you need permission to enter these and if anyone has any tales about them. As you gain experience and become known people will happily talk to you about possible locations.

Q. Is it safe to investigate alone?
A. I would never recommend investigating alone. Some of the locations can be dangerous and accidents can happen. It is always safer to have other people with you. Even simply hearing or seeing something unexpected may frighten you and you could lose balance or stumble in the dark.

Q. Is it true that mobile phones can distort findings and that they should not be brought into the location.
A. Always bring your mobile phone with you. In the event of an accident you need to be able to get help quickly. It is true that K11 meters are affected by mobile phone signals but you can switch off the phone. If you need to have your phone switched on, do not put it on silent and if the K11 meters are showing a lot of activity, monitor the phone and check if it is going in and out of coverage as this too will affect the readings.

Q. How do I know if something is paranormal?
A. Always work on the assumption that everything is normal. Try to debunk everything. Recreate the scene or setting to see if you can find a normal explanation. Rule out contamination by yourself, other investigators, animals, weather or any other relevant sources. If you can rule out all of these then what you are left with might be paranormal.

The most important things to remember are to take safety precautions, never go out alone, have a charged mobile phone with you and only enter property where it is permitted to do so.

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