Paranormal Q&A with Katrina Weidman


I had the pleasure to have first met Katrina Weidman in person at the historic Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 2011.  Before that of course I had seen her on Paranormal State and thought it was interesting she was a Bucks County native (I myself am from Bucks county and thought wow someone from my area is famous!) Upon meeting her I found her to be the nicest and coolest para-celebs I have ever met – very sweet as well as down to earth.  I’ve had the pleasure to have a conversation with her about the paranormal world as well as her new show with Nick Groff only on Destination America. “Paranormal Lockdown” can be seen on Fridays, starting March 4th at 10pm Est. Now to the Q&A!

“How did Paranormal Lockdown come about?”

Katrina: “Nick Groff contacted about a new me and wanted to know if I wanted to be involved.  It just took off from there, we’ve known each for years from the [paranormal] field.  It was the do you want to work with me? Sure!”

“Any guests showing up on this new show?”

Katrina: “We do bring in some guests, they come in do their thing and leave but it’s mostly just Nick & I at a location for 72 hours the whole time.  We don’t leave.”

“There is going to be comparisons obviously with Ghost Adventures because Nick  is involved, so do you think being there for 3 days is better for capturing something on these investigations?”

Katrina: “Absolutely.  I noticed that, not even doing the show, but doing this for 10 years. The longer you spend in a location the more things happen to you, because your embedding yourself in that environment. Essentially we don’t know what the paranormal is.  We have a definition what a shadow person, what a ghost is, but it can turn out those things we’ve defined are inaccurate. What we do know is that people have experiences in the these environments and we don’t know why certain people have those experiences – is it the person in that environment? Is it that environment effecting other people.  So what Nick and I do is go to places that are notoriously haunted and we either set up camp. A lot like camping, but scarier! And we say give us what you got! Let’s see what we capture, gather evidence, and try to figure out what this stuff is that we’ve seen. Nick and I both have experiences.  He’s been doing it 15 years, and I’ve been doing it for 10 years.  We’ve both have had experiences far beyond that.  How can we take it to the next level? And I think the thing is we do this as paranormal investigators, and you know this as an investigator: you go in for a night, gather all this evidence and you leave.  You have to come back multiple times or  come back.  Nick and I are like why aren’t people doing this for TV? This is what we really do.”

“You cut out all the return trips and do it all in one shot than.”

Katrina: “Right! That’s the thing that is missing.  I think for whatever reason, even when I was with PRS we’d stay a couple days and investigate. It’s the same when I do events, the longer you are in a location I feel like the paranormal entities or whatever take the first night to check you out or its your energies or going into the environment changing things. The place is shaken up a bit and needs time to settle. I’ve noticed second night is always without fail if something is going to happen, it will happen on the second night.”

“It’s amazing how that organic conversation created what’s next (Paranormal Lockdown)”

Katrina: “It’s funny Nick and I say all the time I’m the little sister he never had and he’s big brother I never had.  We had an instant friendship and feel we were meant to work together on this project, because where we both were in our private and professional lives – it just lined up. He (Nick) came up with the concept and contacted me. I loved it. It’s so true to what we do as investigators. I never been on a case where I just go in for a couple of hours and leave. Paranormal investigators are always shown as really exciting and it can be, like us when you get into it – it’s a long process.”

“It can be a boring process.”

Katrina: “It’s like watching paint dry at times, because it doesn’t happen like ‘ghost show me what you got’ and stuff flies off the wall.  It doesn’t happen that way. I think that’s what is so good about what Nick and I are doing is we are there for so long that we almost ready at any moment for if anything decides to communicate with us. The longer we are there the better chance we have of capturing something.  We have personal cameras and stationary ones.  We also have 6k cameras for the crew. They are really cool, the image is much better then ones 10 years ago.  Technology is catching up to what we do as investigators. All these experiences ‘OMG, I just saw a shadow’ we wouldn’t be able to capture on camera, maybe with the cameras now we can catch that stuff.

“Would you agree that your personal experiences are the best ones not captured on video or audio, etc.?”

Katrina: “Absolutely! We talk about that a lot.  It’s funny because we are trying to be objective.  Your body is your best instrument, and it gets good picking up on changes.  Something is different also psychologically fear jumps in.  I always find that is the best precursor to where you need to be in a location. You have to pay attention to your body and personal experiences at the time – that’s not scientific at all, but maybe one day that will be. We’ll be able to test that. That’s what I go off of.  I don’t use equipment on investigations I find it distracts me, which is good on a lockdown.”

“Do you find  going with skepticism, that people go to far in using the equipment or not?”

Katrina: “I think everything life you have to have a balance. I have my own paranormal team as well. My specialty is interviews and research – that’s where I feel I can contribute most to an investigation. One of my co-founders is an engineer so he handles all the tech stuff and I focus on research getting ready for an investigation. I think you need that balance in a team, especially a paranormal team. You should have specialists in tech, research, interviews, etc. or your be an unbalanced team and that won’t help furthering what we are trying to do in the community by not being a pseudoscience.”

“What’s your favorite place to investigate? Have you gotten there yet?”

Katrina: “Hard to say… I get so sentimental about places I’ve been, there’s always something I love about each location.  Nick and I have been to some crazy scary places for Paranormal Lockdown. It truly is hard for me to say this is my #1 favorite location.

“I agree so many places have their own personality.”

Katrina: “They totally do. I love history and research.  I think a place  even if it doesn’t get the best evidence, I fall in love with it – the history and the story I take away from it.”

“Pennhurst is a great example of places that have their own personality.”

Katrina: “Pennhurst is cool. I told Timothy (owner) every time I come back here, I feel less and less unafraid.  It’s like whatever is there remembers you, oh hey its Katrina she ok. Don’t scare her.  For me I don’t always feel that way in places I’ve been too.  Your right Pennhurst is a very special place, very haunted, but also almost as a person it’s charged or alive.  So much energy. … As I tell people at lectures and when it gets asked paranormal experiences are a mixture of totally be scared and excitement of something that happened with not rational way to explain this.  What just happened and the scarier question of what just did that because we really don’t know.  It’s exciting because not everyone experiences this stuff and when you do I don’t know if  beautiful is the word, since not every experience is happy or good especially when clients have demonic hauntings and I don’t want to lessen their experience since it’s a terrifying thing. It’s like exciting something that we can’t explain yet, something otherworldly just came into my world or I came into their world for a brief moment in time we made communication with each other. It totally takes you out of it, people think I don’t get scared anymore because I’ve been doing it for so long, but honestly if i’m alone or Nick isn’t by my side or anyone it creeps in.  It blows your mind still even after all these years.”

“What’s you favorite experience you’ve ever had?”

Katrina: “Tune in for Paranormal Lockdown, all I can! There was some crazy stuff during our investigations.  Past ones I can talk about was a residential house near Pittsburgh was personal experience nothing captured on film.  Up to that point I’ve seen apparition before but it was always out the corner of your eye and could be explained away logically. This house was so boring I was in a bedroom with two other investigators and a camera operator.  I looked up saw this woman’s arm reach around his back to his shoulder, with her hand touching his shoulder and it was straight on. It went from her hand to her elbow, it was a greenish grayish blueish glow you could see through almost a fog.  I saw it and I remember in my head my brain doing mental gymnastics to put this together. What is this? Am I seeing this? This isn’t happening.  Then it disappeared and I didn’t a big no, no in paranormal investigating by not saying anything to anyone. I literally thought I lost my mind, or hallucinated, even though I was in a haunted house looking for ghosts. I still didn’t believe what I just saw.  the next night I was on sound patrol while others were inside doing the investigation making sure no noises where coming from outside had a walkie-talkie with me. I heard Shaw got touched they were somebody with us on the investigation.  We had camera setup throughout the house, like 16 of them we have him sitting in same stairwell where the camera operator was the night before.  His shoulder just goes down and he freaks out. We asked him what happened he said it felt like a woman just pushed down on his shoulder, for me that was totally confirmation that what i saw was real. I didn’t tell anyone, and here is somebody having this experience of what I saw last night.  That is probably my favorite experience. Apparitions don’t happen all the time, something that people don’t realize. It’s really rare.”

“Can you sum up Paranormal Lockdown Experiences?”

Katrina: “The stuff I’ve experienced on Paranormal Lockdown has been the most intense experiences I’ve had, and some of the stuff I’ve never saw before. Ever in my 10 year career.”

 

I’d like to thank Katrina for her time, and as a reader if there is someone else that you want us to interview let us know!

Paranormal Lockdown” can be seen on Fridays, starting March 4th at 10 pm Est. on Destination America! For more information visit: www.destinationamerica.com!

Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman from Paranormal Lockdown - Outside Location

Paranormal Q&A with Marc Arvilla and Lauren Sheridan

FB_IMG_1426293951960Marc Arvilla and Lauren Sheridan are leaders of a team called Mass. Ghost Hunters Paranormal Society out of Gloucester Mass. They are holding an event in Salem this April referred to as SalemCon.  They also have a radio show on www.dtmwickedradio.com

 

Tell our readers about your team.

Marc – Mass Ghost Hunters Paranormal Society or MGHPS was started in early 2010 by me and a couple of friends. We had done a lot of research and reading before we decided to start investigating. At first we would only investigate public places until we were comfortable enough in our techniques that we could begin assisting people in their homes. Our group never charges for our services and we take great care in everything we do. MGHPS now has 3 to 4 active investigators and we are more than willing to work with other groups when necessary.

When did you become interested in the Paranormal and why?

Lauren – I became interested in the paranormal at a young age after having a personal experience during which I believe that a recently deceased relative was attempting to comfort me. It wasn’t until I had the chance to meet paranormal investigators and celebrities at Para History Con 1 that I discovered the depth of my interest in the paranormal.
Marc – Like Lauren, my interest also began at a young age. My most memorable experience was from my teenage years. I was home alone, with my dog, watching TV one night. It was winter so all of the windows were closed. As we sat watching TV my parent’s bedroom door slammed shut down the hall. I ran outside as fast as I could. I stood in my backyard until I could muster up the courage to go back inside. Once I did, I reluctantly went down the hall, checked on the room and found nothing. It wasn’t until shows like “Ghost Hunters” came on that I revisited my childhood curiosities and here I am today.

What is your favorite public place to investigate?

Lauren – Though the list of paranormal locations that I’ve investigated is quite small and not very diverse, I’d have to say that it’s a tie between Fort William Henry (Lake George, NY) and the now closed Irish Mist Bar & Restaurant (Troy, NY). These are 2 locations in which my paranormal experiences were the most intense, consistent, and fascinating.
Marc – Hands down my favorite location to investigate is Houghton Mansion in North Adams Mass. Every time that I have visited this building we have come away with evidence. I really feel drawn to Houghton and have a real need to investigate it several times a year. There is a connection that I cannot explain.

What do you find is the hardest thing in running a team and or investigating the Paranormal?

Marc – I believe that the hardest thing about running a team is maintaining a good reputation. So many people want to knock the next group down or shoot holes in what the other guy is doing. I don’t know why this has to be about being “the best”. This field started as a way to help people and find answers for the unexplained. Now it has become more of a battle of “my evidence is better than your evidence”. This goes along with what the most difficult part about investigating is; locations are becoming attractions, like Disney World. It’s more difficult to get into locations that we would like to “recreationally” investigate because it is either too expensive or claimed as someone else’s ”turf”.

Does your team hold any events, fundraisers and/or public investigations? If so tell us about them?

Marc – MGHPS has recently begun holding public events. Last year we conducted a small overnight investigation at the Lizzie Borden bed and Breakfast and everyone had a blast. The reviews were so good that we decided to have a second event, this one held at Venfort Hall in Lenox Ma. That too was a success so this time we decided to go big. On April 10th and 11th we will be hosting Salem Con 2015 at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Ma. Salem Con is huge. We have several big name celebs that will be in attendance including John Zaffis, Brian Cano, Dustin Pari, Tim Weisberg, Jeff Belanger, John Tobin, and Scott Gruenwald. There will be a VIP party on Friday night, a vendor conference and lecture series on Saturday, and “Ghost Hunts’ on Saturday night. Tickets are still available on our website www.mghparanormal.com.

Experienced investigators state a newbie in the field should have a mentor? Did you have any mentors in the field and if so what is one thing you learned from them?

Lauren – I’ve been lucky enough to have more than 1 mentor in the field and I’m extremely grateful for each one individually. John Tobin introduced me to the paranormal field when he invited me join The Glory Haunt Hounds and it’s because of him that I’ve met so many wonderfully talented and genuinely friendly people, and also experienced the paranormal event/fundraiser aspect. Marc Arvilla took me under his wing almost immediately and has taught me the fundamentals of paranormal investigating. I wouldn’t want to investigate a location without him because I consider his knowledge and insight to be irreplaceable. Brian Cano has taught me how to investigate using critical thinking skills and common sense approached. His knowledge is invaluable as well.
Marc – I agree with this statement 100%. When getting involved in this field I read many books and took time to watch and learn from some pretty knowledgeable folks. If I had to choose one or two people that I could call a mentor I would say it is Joe Chin and his sister Christine Downes. Joe and Christine have taught me so much about technique, communication, and patience. Patience is so important.

Speaking of newbies what is the one piece of advice you could give someone starting out in the field and why?

Lauren –Maintain professionalism, Keep an open mind, Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and READ! Books are the most valuable sources of information available to us as investigators and researchers. We can only become better investigators by studying and learning from the experiences of the ‘Paranormal Pioneers’; an elite list that includes Ed and Lorraine Warren, Hans Holzer and Harry Price. The internet is OK for general information but not solid evidence or stone cold fact. If you want to be successful and respected in this field you’ve got to know your stuff.

Marc – One piece of advice that I would tell someone new to the field is DON’T EAT SPICY FOOD BEFORE AN INVESTIGATION. I’m kidding, but don’t. Seriously though, I would say find that mentor. Having someone with experience who can teach you the dos and don’ts is so important. This doesn’t mean that you can’t be an individual or have your own technique it means that you will learn how to apply your own style properly. Investigating is not what you see on TV. There is a lot of work that goes into each investigation whether you capture evidence or debunk everything. Knowing how to do it properly so no one gets hurt, and giving a client the best service possible is priority.

Who do you admire the most in the paranormal field?

Lauren –I think this is an unfair question because my list and reasons would be pages long however, I will say that I admire those who work hard, are modest, lead by example and through experience, and never stop learning because they think they know it all. People like John Zaffis, Jeff Mudgett, Marc Arvilla, Dominic Bouchard.
Marc – There are many people in this field that I admire. I don’t think that I can pick one person but I will say this: If you are willing to step into this field and push the envelope, maintain professionalism, and be yourself, I admire that.

What is favorite piece of paranormal equipment you could never leave home without and why?

Lauren –Because I’m incredibly clumsy I keep the equipment that I carry around to a minimum. I ‘d say, a digital recorder.
Marc – My favorite piece of equipment that I must have with me on every investigation is my digital recorder. Your body is the best tool you have and you need to listen to what it’s telling you. But, a digital recorder will sometimes take you into another world and someone else’s thoughts.

If you could investigate any place in the world where would it be and why?

Lauren –The Roman Forum, the Colosseum, or the Agora in Athens. The histories of these locations span thousands of years and include periods of brutality, political upheaval, and Stoic philosophy.
Marc – If I could investigate anywhere in the world It would have to be the Catacombs under Paris. I want to know who they are and what their stories are.

People say the paranormal field is dying off. Do you think that is true? Is there a future for the paranormal? What do you see and/or hope in the future for in this field?

Marc – I would not say that the paranormal field is dying off. The TV shows are running their cycle and are beginning to wane in popularity but the field is stronger than ever. There are more people investigating now than at any other point in history. There is a lack of direction at the moment but that will change. I hope that the future of this field finds teams cooperating and working toward a common goal. We do not need to all get along but we do need to work toward the same outcome.

If one of your friends described your team’s style of investigating what would they say?

Marc – I would hope that if someone were to describe our team they would say that we are professional, respectful, and honest.

You also have a talk radio show on DTM Wicked Radio. Tell us about it and how did you come up with the name? It is quite charming name and rolls off the tongue.

Marc – Lauren and I do have a show on DTM Wicked radio as well. We talked about many different names and what we could possibly call the show and ultimately the Paranormal Hangover name stuck with us. We felt that there were so many other shows out there that we wanted to be different and talk about the stuff other shows do not. We have all experienced the Paranormal Hangover from investigating into all hours of the night in dark and sometimes dangerous places. The effects can last for days, weeks, sometimes even months. That is what we what our show to do. We want our conversations to linger on in your mind.

What is the scariest public place you have ever investigated and why?

Lauren –The Irish Mist (Troy, NY). Every single person on our team was physically and mentally affected by the spirit activity and spirit energy during that investigation. Quite incredible.
Marc – I have to agree with Lauren again. The scariest place that I personally have ever investigated was the Irish Mist Pub in Troy, NY. The atmosphere became very charged at the end of the investigation and each person that was present was physically scratched. I also had a very emotional encounter with a child spirit on the 3rd floor of the warehouse portion of the building. I will never forget the Mist.

So many teams come and go from this field. Why do you think this happens?

Marc – I feel the biggest reason for the turnaround in our field is that people come in expecting it to be like the TV shows. They expect Portals, and poltergeists, and demons. It’s not usually like that and they do not want to put in the time and hard work. You sometimes can sit in a room for hours and hours and come away with nothing. Then they expect when they do capture something that a TV network will come knocking on their door with contract in hand. When this doesn’t happen the thrill has been had and it’s on to the next.

What does the future hold for M.G.H.P.S and Paranormal Hangover? Where do you see yourselves in five years?

Marc – I haven’t really given much thought to the future. I am happy to be where we are right now. If I were to hope for anything it’s that we are a respected team that people can come to with questions or for advice.

You can find their team at www.mghparanormal.com

or their show,  Paranormal Hangover at www.dtmwickedradio.com

Paranormal Q&A with D.T.M. Wicked Radio

D.T.M. Wicked RadioDenny and Tiffani Gager are the owners/managers of DTM Wicked Productions, LLC and DTM Wicked Radio. DTM Wicked Productions is a network created to bring the world of entertainment together. It was formed in May 2013. DTM’s goal is to give each listener an opportunity to interact with the talk show host and guests.

Denny Gager is an author of children’s books, co-owner/manager of DTM Wicked Productions and a paranormal investigator. His wife Tiffani Gager is a singer, co-owner/manager of DTM Wicked Productions, psychology student, talk show host of Wicked Edge on DTM and a paranormal investigator. They reside in the southern tier of New York State with several rescued fur babies. They are previous founders of their own paranormal team and big animal advocates.

How did you get started owning a network?

We had an internet radio show on a previous network. We loved doing radio and being able to talk to all the different people.  After a few differences of opinion we had with the previous network we decided “hey wouldn’t it be great to continue doing a radio show but on a network we own??” Thus the birth DTM WICKED PRODUCTIONS, LLC and DTM Wicked Radio Network.

What type of shows does your network carry and where can people find your network?

We have a very diverse network with a variety of shows to feed everyone’s entertainment hunger. We have the Wicked Edge which has on authors, musicians, other podcasters, comedians, actors A list celebs and a plethora of many other guests.  We also have music shows for example one by the bassist of a System of A Down – Sgavo Odadjian called iHeartShavo. He has A list musicians, independent musicians and A list actors on his show. He is very funny open and down to earth show. We have shows on a variety of subjects such as weather, animal rescue, LGBT Diversity, women issues, sex and other controversial topics.  We are constantly adding all different types of shows.  For example, we are adding a metal music show hosted by women.   We can be heard on www.dtmwickedradio.com, IHeartradio.com Twitter, Podbean, Videobash, Freedom Talk Radio and I few other I can’t remember…..sorry!

What do you find the hardest thing about running a network?

The hardest thing about running a network is making sure everything runs smoothly such as making sure all your sponsors are happy. Making sure your hosts are following network contracts and are happy as well trying to maintain a personal and family life outside the paranormal field and network. Holding on to your sanity or what sanity you have left. It’s a balancing act that not many would understand.

As a couple do you find it hard to run a business together?

Mmmmm, sometimes. We can butt heads sometimes and disagree. I (Tiffani) can be headstrong and stubborn when I believe something isn’t right or should be confronted and handled a certain way. Denny is a little more laid back. But at the same time it’s nice to have a relationship where you can work together because then you understand each other’s ups/ downs and frustrations. It is also nice because we support and encourage each other.

Who is the most interesting person you ever interviewed on your show?

Oh boy that’s a touchy one. We have interviewed so many wonderful interesting and fun people it’s hard to choose. I loved interviewing William Shatner, Doris Roberts, Bruce Boxlietner Tim Reid and they were all very interesting and insightful. I have also interviewed authors who I will never forget. One of my favorite gusts to interview though was Mike Sciabarrasi of Deftone Pictures. He is such a kind, warm and funny guy. We just love mike every time he is on Wicked Edge.

Why should people tune into the DTM Network?

BECAUSE WE’RE AWESOME!! HELLO!! Lol People should listen to  DTM because we have fun amazing shows with interesting hosts that talk about a  wide range of subjects….you are never bored listening to ANY show on DTM Wicked Radio Network.

You are paranormal investigators. What does a paranormal investigator mean to you?

It means helping someone who feels they have unexplained activity.  Who needs a “sort” of confirmation and/or helping what/who is responsible for the activity to move on and giving the clients comfort.

Why did you become paranormal investigators?

To seek answers to questions of the supernatural and to help others.

Tell us your approach to investigating?

Calm, skepticism and compassionate.

You have been in the field for a while and you have seen people come and go in the paranormal field …why do you think this happens?

Everyone has their own reasons so it varies….but what I have observed is a lot of people leave the para field because sometimes they feel targeted by those who feel they are “paranormal martyrs”.  These people feel they have the right to “expose” people for God knows what reason when in reality they are just bullying them. I mean who wants to put up with that? Others leave I believe because they probably didn’t think “Ghost hunting” or Investigating required alot of time, effort and work.  Others simply didn’t get the attention or fame they thought they would have after seeing all the para shows.

Tiffani, you are working on a degree in psychology do you think knowledge in psychology or human services can help you in your business and the Paranormal field? If so please elaborate?

That’s a very big YES.  With both the investigating and the network it helps me read people and understand people.  It also helps me analyze people (investigators and clients) so I can make the best judgment calls on how safe it would be to have someone on our team investigate a client’s home.

Denny, you have written a series of children’s books. Why children’s books and what made you want to become an author?

English was my favorite subject. I have always liked kids. I wanted to write children’s books to view everything through the eyes of a child again,. Leave the troubles of the world behind while I write the stories.

What is the toughest thing about being a paranormal investigator?

Putting up with criticism from those who do not understand what we do and why. Having to explain to “potential” team members why we don’t have a camera crew following us and why we don’t have a show. Also, why we don’t always pick up activity on every investigation.  Determining who really needs our help and the ones who just want to be on TV.

There are lot of paranormal bullies out there. Why do you think this occurs. Why do you think paranormal people feel the need to attack others in the field?

There is absolutely no one reason why anyone should attack anyone. I understand people can disagree and people can have a different way of doing things. However there is a time and place for everything which you can always be professional.  You can also handle any issue you have with anyone with integrity and respect. Those who bully are egotistical and narcissistic. They feel they have impress upon the world their superiority by “intimidation”.

What would you tell a newbie who wants to get into the paranormal field?

The para community is smaller than you think. It’s more involved and complicated than it looks. The people within the para field (clients included) are more intense regarding inner family dynamic and relationships.  The actual investigation is complicated. You are working with people who may have a variety of issues and problems going on in their life.  Not everything is haunted or demonic. If you are looking for fame and fortune than you are in the wrong field for many reasons.

Where would you like to see your network and team within the next five years?

As for DTM Paranormal Investigations we have dissolved our team. Other than investigating with trusted teams when asked to or a public investigation we just don’t have the time to dedicate to it  We are  so busy with the network. As far as DTM WICKED PRODUCTIONS, LLC and DTM Wicked Radio Network…..the sky is the limit and we are reaching for the stars and beyond. We hope one day for the DTM name to be on everyone’s tongues and a fixture in everyone’s ears!

One last question.. tell us one thing about yourselves that people don’t know about you?

Denny is a nerd at heart. GO MARVEL!

Tiffani-Beth  I got so nervous before interviewing Bruce Boxleitner I almost hyperventilated.

You can find DTM Wicked Radio at www.dtmickedradio.com or on Facebook.