We have seen many paranormal investigation teams crop up in the last few years in Utah; a couple that have been here longer. Each team has their own techniques and ideas they use in the field. Four teams were interviewed and have answered several questions based on their research and beliefs. The answers are in their own words. The teams are: Utah Researchers of Paranormal Activity (UROPA), Paranormal Investigations Team of Utah, Cache Paranormal Research Society (CPRS) and Research Investigation of the Paranormal (KEY2RIP).
Question: What prompted you to start a paranormal research team?
UROPA (John): My oldest daughter and I used to watch a show called “A Haunting” on a regular basis. Although very dramatic, it was entertaining. It was at this time that my daughter suggested that I (kinda jokingly) should “hunt” ghosts. I knew from an early age that something was out there and had my own experiences, but my daughter planted the seed for me to begin really seeking out the possiblity of hauntings. I remember getting together a few people with the same interest and we went on a public ghost hunt here in Utah, hosted by a paranormal investigation team. Although I was new to the field, I quickly realized that it was a big show more than it was an actual investigation and I was very disappointed. It was such a joke. I knew then and there how my team would not be and the foundation for UROPA was put in place.
PI Team of Utah (Jennifer): I moved to Utah from Phoenix in 2007. The paranormal was something that had always fascinated me, ever since I was a kid. I couldn’t get enough! I would read all the ghost and haunting books I could get my hands on. I went on a ghost tour in Tombstone, Arizona, shortly before moving and I was hooked. After we got settled in Utah I tried to find a local team I could join, but I just couldn’t find one that was accepting new people and viewed paranormal research/investigation the same way that I did. Finally, I figured that since I had such strong beliefs in how I thought a team should be run, I decided to start my own team and see what happens. I founded the Northern Utah Paranormal Society in July 2007 and we merged with the Paranormal Investigations Team of Utah in October 2010.
KEY2RIP (Amber, Michelle): RIP started out as a group of friends interested in exploring ghost towns around the state. While exploring these sites, some unexplainable events took place. This, in turn, snowballed into investigating the paranormal.
CPRS (Kevin): The reason I started a paranormal research group was primarily to conduct investigations and research in a fashion that portrayed the methods I wanted to incorporate. I noticed in the paranormal field that each group had their own way of doing things. Some groups I agreed with, others I did not. I formed our group as a collective unit under the same mindset: evidence-based, reality-based, scientific-based and non-profit. I found team members that were like-minded and have since found other groups that view things the same.
(To be continued)