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Live Radio Ghost Hunts

by on Oct.13, 2010, under Investigations

Last year, I was lucky to be a part of TSI and their live radio ghost hunts. We did three ghost hunts in coordination with a local radio station here in Missoula. It was a blast, and I was looking forward to our hunts for 2010. But unfortunately, I heard that this will not be happening this year. Frankly, I was pretty surprised since last year’s was such a success.

So far, there are no future hunts scheduled, and there are no nerd-projects on the bench related to paranormal investigating.  I have a feeling things… need to change. Sometimes self-motivation leads to production. Anyone have any project ideas I should look into??

It’s cool that the EMF Pump Phase 2 article has received a few comments. Unfortunately, my EMF pump overheated and died. Might be the next project to build a more efficient pump, but I would like to look for something different.

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EVP/Voice using Ghost Box on latest investigation

by on Jan.26, 2010, under Evidence, Investigations

So Tortured Souls Investigations out of Missoula Montana was able to investigate a legendary house with a interesting and disturbing history. We came into this location with incredibly high hopes. The house was beautifully restored and was surprised that there has been very little activity since the owners purchased and restored the house a few years ago. One of the things they did was create a small ‘spirit house’ to give a home to the potentially restless spirits there. Maybe it worked.

This night we thought we would give my Shack Hack Ghost Box another try. I’m still really on the fence with this device and technique, but I wanted to stay open with it. We did happen to hear a voice that caught our attention. Please view the video below:

The flashing light in the video is a IR strobe beacon I created. Basically, it’s a bike light. I removed the white LEDs and replaced them with IR LEDs.

To see additional footage (some orbs were captured with a video camera), please check out the Tortured Souls Investigation’s YouTube Channel.

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Upcoming New Investigations

by on Jan.20, 2010, under Equipment, Investigations

I’m very excited about 2010. The group which I’m a member of, Tortured Souls Investigations, has some great investigations lined up for Spring 2010, which the potential of more local locations. This weekend we kick off 2010 with a great location with lots of local history, so I can’t wait!

I have some plans for new ‘gadgets’ for 2010 as well. Side note, I hate it when people call them ‘gadgets’ or ‘toys’. Can’t we call it equipment?? Not sure why you don’t hear them be referred as ‘toys’ on TAPS or Ghost Lab, etc. Maybe I need to make them to look more like ‘equipment’. Heavy, metal, something with ‘authority’ might be needed. EMF detectors that you need to wheel in with a hand truck.. no we’re talking!

Seriously, I’m interested in making a EMF pump this year as well as some better ghost beacons and illuminators. Along with building some new projects, I’m starting to assemble a little wish list of equipment to purchase. Mel Meters, Data Recorders, etc.

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Interesting hits on the KII during the last investigation

by on Oct.31, 2009, under Equipment, Investigations

The last 107.5 ghost hunt was Thursday (I’ll be writing something about that later), and we did have some interesting things happen throughout the night. One of the oddest things was related to KII hits during a live EVP session in one of the basement rooms. I’ve used the KII EMF meter on a lot of recent investigations with not a lot happening with it. I did have a unexplained spike at Rankin Hall, but other than that, they’ve all been associated with areas with high EMF (circuit boxes, etc). During that EVP session we did experience flickering and spikes, and we tried to debunk the situation. We took a base of EMF in the area, and all was low, but we were reminded how cell phones could trigger the KII. We did a few tests, and one of the things that we noticed during the live EVP session (which was done via cellphone) was that that the lights would flicker as the investigator would talk in the phone. We were able to see how ringing could affect the KII with a phone being closer than 2′ away.

Today, I wanted to do some research on another EMF gauge (Mel 8704R) and found a great video demonstrating the sensitivity the KII has with phones and 2-way walkies.

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Rankin Hall Media Coverage

by on Oct.29, 2009, under Investigations

The KPAX news crew was at the Rankin Hall investigation with us, but I never knew what came of that as far as coverage.  Googling around today, I found that there was a news story on line “University of Montana campus ghost hunt“, which goes in to the hunt, as well as a video segment.

It’s pretty cool to get some exposure, I hope it helps our group find some more locations!

Looking forward to the finale of Missoula ZooFM 107.5 ghost hunts tonight. I’m still in the dark on the location, but it’s sounding like it’ll be a new location.

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Rankin Hall Investigation

by on Oct.09, 2009, under Evidence, Investigations

So I was able to attend a interesting event here in Missoula. 107.5FM are having a ‘ghost hunt’ every Thursday for the month of October. Apparently, the first week was a ghost hunt ‘simulation’, I wasn’t aware of this.. or what was involved, but the public was invited and were participating in a contest to attend a ‘real’ ghost hunt the following Thursday(s).

I was contacted by my group (Tortured Souls Investigation – TSI) to see if I would be able to attend the upcoming ghost hunt. 107.5 was planning to have two paranormal investigation teams (TSI and GIG – Girls Investigation Ghosts) take the winners from last weeks simulation. The crowd consisted of about 20 people (which is large for a investigation in my opinion). Going into this I was VERY weary of participating. I was worried it was going to be too much of a media circus and I was also unsure if the people involved would take this seriously, or mock our efforts.

There was media and there was a lot of hype involved, but I was really impressed with the participants. Quickly it was obvious that the people who were there were into it.. with respect and seriousness.

Rankin Hall consists of three floors and is one of the oldest buildings on the University of Montana campus. The first team had the main floor and the upper floor. The second team (TSI) started in the basement. After a hour and half or so, the teams swapped locations. KPAX, one of the local news stations, also attended and stayed for the majority of the hunt as well.

I was particularly excited to use a few pieces of new equipment. It was a great opportunity to use the GeoPhone, but we had no interesting results from it. I also used the Moultry game camera in hand-held mode. Normally, I use the game camera with stationed on a tri-pod, but wanted to give this a shot. I feel like I need to work on my aim a bit, and be just touch more still. I was also able to use my digital camera converted to IR during low light. I had to use my flashlight IR illuminators to light the room prior to shooting any photos.

I noticed that my flashlights are too focused, and I need to figure out how to disperse the light a bit and create a more wash/flood. If anyone has any suggestions on how to do this.. please let me know.

I was hoping to use the ShackHack ghost box, but the opportunity did not present itself during this investigation, but it could be possible for next week’s hunt.

Overall, the Rankin Hall investigation provided low activity. There seems to have been a few personal experiences, but no real ‘hard’ evidence, but it was great to make some new local friends interested in the paranormal.

You can see photos from the Moultry game camera and the digital still IR shots in my Flickr Gallery.

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