Robert Veach is passionate about the paranormal. That’s why he founded Vparanormal with his son, Stephen T. Veach. Soon after, his brother-in-law, Art Brendel, enthusiastically joined the team. This small group, based in the Chicago area, has quickly become known for their technical competence and for the original equipment Robert specifically designs for use in paranormal investigations. Their videos (available on their website) offer extensive instruction on common types of equipment used in the paranormal field, and also provide demonstrations of new devices and prototypes. Additionally, full episodes of their investigations are available for viewing. Vparanormal has also experimented with 3D photos and video on certain investigations (see Bachelor's Grove investigation) and plans to continue researching how 3D technology can enhance the field of paranormal research.
It’s not surprising that technology is one of their core competencies. Robert has over 30 years of experience as an electrical and mechanical engineer and is a former Bell Laboratories employee. An expert in robotics, he’s also a successful entrepreneur who founded his own company, Chicago Animatronics/Jefferson Graveyard. A sample of the equipment Vparanormal has invented includes:
• Custom Designed Para-Barometer™ to detect minute changes in barometric pressure and show these changes using a green laser.
• Custom Designed Para-Touch™ touch detection device to detect extremely small changes in vibration and show these changes using a green laser.
• Custom Designed EMF Para-Mic™ Device for converting EMF signals into sounds
• Custom Designed Delta-Temp Para-Detector™ for visually and audibly showing changes in room temperatures between two points in space
• Custom Designed Para-Shadow™ Portable Schlieren Optical Imaging Device for producing a Real-time shadowgraph to reveal density variations of the air
• Custom Designed Para-Field™ Device for Capturing EVPs with an adjustable stereo field mic
Although not sold commercially, some of Vparanormal's equipment is already in demand. Recently, a modified microphone known as a Konstantine Microphone, built by Robert, was featured on the Travel Channel's “Ghost Adventures” show.
Vparanormal's cutting edge investigation approach, in which traditional ghost hunting devices are utilized in conjunction with innovative prototypes, has produced compelling results. The Para-Field Device's stereo field microphone has allowed for the acquisition of audio positional information, which is crucial in identifying the validity of suspected EVP evidence by digitally comparing the audio data in question to the natural, environmental noise of the location. Additionally, Vparanormal's unique implementation of utilizing digital audio editing software during the investigation in real time to gather EVPs has proven to be very effective. Using this approach, investigators are made aware visually when unseen entities may be communicating through a USB stereo microphone, via audio peak graphs, ultimately giving EVP evidence both a visual and auditory component.
Additionally, the “Para-Shadow” device that Vparanormal built after consulting with “Paranormal Cops” founder, Ron Fabiani, is now being used in several Vparanormal investigations. It’s a device that uses a breakthrough, lightweight, portable parabolic mirror. The parabolic mirror is 22 inches in diameter and is mounted on a tripod. This device operates by shooting a micro-LED white light into the center of the parabolic mirror, acting as the point source, and then the light reflects into the camera lens, which can then show heat and cold density variations of anything in front of the mirror. Unlike infrared temperature meters often utilized by ghost hunters, the “Para-Shadow” can theoretically show the actual shape and dimensions of an entity in real time, and the whole event is recorded in HD video.
Robert describes himself as a “skeptic at heart” and says that Vparanormal tosses a great deal of what is initially considered potential evidence. “We just don’t want to release anything that we can’t prove is valid,” he explains. However, as a former resident of a haunted home, Robert knows that there is much that cannot be explained logically. “At our old house, we often heard voices and footsteps, doors opening and closing on their own, and other types of phenomena,” he said. “So, I understand that the paranormal exists. I want to be able to explain it, though, and unlock its secrets.”
Vparanormal, a family-based research team, is stronger than ever, investigating more locations every year. The team has officially added two more recurring members to investigations, brother Stephen F. Veach and father-in-law Dr. Walter Tuchman, who both serve as debunkers both on investigations and during discussions and review of evidence.
The video featured here was shot at a senior services building located in Illinois that exhibits extensive paranormal activity. The Vparanormal team will be returning to conduct a second investigation soon, as they feel there is much more information yet to be revealed about the identities of those haunting this particular location.