One of the most time consuming tasks you will have to do as a paranormal investigator is reviewing hours of video and audio recordings. Then add the digging through hundreds of photos taken during an investigation. Collecting the evidence to review is the fun and exciting part of being a paranormal investigator.
Investigators research and find locations that have history, reports of paranormal occurrences and at the request of home owners in need of an explanation. Then they go investigate, making recordings, shooting photographs and finding explanations to debunk a majority of the claims. So many ways to collect the evidence you will have to spend quality time sorting through.
There are many different tools you can use to collect, Bill Payne, founder of Hopkins County Paranormal Society prefers to use his own senses. His own body. “I have to be in control of my surroundings and senses,” he said. “I have to trust my instincts and emotions.”
Your body is your best tool when investigating. It reacts to your surroundings through all of your senses. You are able to detect temperature changes, feel when something touches you, hear voices and other noises and smell odors in the air. Though you may not want to lick the floor or wall during an investigation, I am sure there is a way to detect paranormal activity through your sense of taste. (Just saying.)
Payne’s second favorite piece of equipment to use is the digital voice recorder. Investigators use the digital recorder to document noises, voices and sounds they may not hear during the course of an investigation. That is when hours of reviewing it becomes the important part. The digital voice recorded is also a great way to document what you are seeing, feeling and hearing. Though you cannot see when investigating in the dark, you can voice these items and document them without stopping the investigation.
Another favorite tool of Payne’s is the EMF detector. This device measures the electromagnetic field in an area. It is believed that ghosts can manipulate the device by getting closer to it. The higher the meter reads, the closer ghosts are to you.
Finally, his fourth favorite piece of equipment is the video recorder, which he has used to collect a variety of different pieces of paranormal evidence.
By using the tools listed above, Payne has collected a variety of paranormal evidence, including his favorite piece captured at an old jail. (See video.) During an investigation, his team had covered up a window to keep the IR light fro reflecting off of it. During the video you can see it being pulled to one side, as if someone is looking out the window. Then it is suddenly they pull it hard and down from the window.
His other favorite piece of evidence is an EVP, electronic voice phenomenon, also captured at the jail. It said, “Do not scare Bill.”
Payne is the founder of Hopkins County Paranormal Society in Nortonville, Kentucky. It is a non-profit organization he started five years ago to help others suffering from the unknown. His paranormal group believes in debunking claims before claiming it is paranormal. “Most times if you can find a logical explanation of why they may be having the experiences, it makes them more at ease,” he added.