Four paranormal teams from around the state continue to answer questions based on their group’s research and beliefs. To clarify some of the answers, EVP stands for electronic voice phenomena and is generally classified as type A, B, or C. Class A is a clearly understood audio impression, Class B is heard generally as a whisper, but may be interpreted differently by investigators and Class C is when we know there was something recorded that shouldn’t be there, but just can’t understand what is being said or heard.
Question: What scientific tools/equipment do you find most helpful? Do you think any one of them can offer proof for ghosts?
UROPA (John): I really like audio recorders. There is just something about capturing a Class A EVP that really turns me on….If there are two people in a room of an alleged haunted location and only one is asking a series of questions; then upon review a second voice is heard clearly, is it “proof” of ghosts? People need to keep in mind that there is no piece of equipment that can undeniably capture “proof” of ghosts, only environmental conditions. As UROPA is not about proving or disproving, we will gather/collect any possible evidence we can and welcome others to decide for themselves.
PI Team of Utah (Jennifer): Ninety percent of all evidence that we gather during investigations is audio captured on our digital voice recorders. The other 10% of evidence collected is from video and still cameras. I don’t think any of our tools can offer definitive proof of the existence of ghosts, but I think that if they are used correctly (and you can rule out all natural explantions for any evidence collected), it definitely can leave you thinking, well, where did that come from?
KEY2RIP (Amber and Michelle): In our experience, the most useful tools seem to be the most basic of ghost hunting essentials. The majority of our evidence is found on basic voice recorders and digital cameras.
CPRS (Kevin): We use a variety of tools in an investigation. Equipment like audio and video recording devices are used regularly, as well as electromagnetic meters (EMF), electrostatic detectors, anemometers, barometic pressure devices and temperature gauges. Personally, I do not feel they offer proof of paranormal activity, but they do add data points and can help support other findings such as, personal experiences, audio and video data. I believe it takes more than one point of data over an extended period of time to label a location as paranormally active. On-going research supported by evidence collected over a period of time is the measuring stick we use.
To be continued