Ghost And Demon Smells: How Is This Possible?

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Oftentimes during a paranormal investigation a phantom smell will waft across the nose of a team member or perhaps you have caught a whiff of something out of the ordinary in your home. Detecting an unusual odor isn’t always a sure sign of a spirit’s presence, but in certain instances, it is. Some of the more familiar smells are perfumes that were worn by the lady of the house when she was alive or, in the case of a smoker, pockets of cigarette or cigar smoke will mysteriously appear. These scents are generally harmless to a resident or investigator – as they are intended to be either an attempt at communication, a comforting sign to let a loved one know they are nearby or they will suggest the presence of a spirit who coincidentally is within your vicinity. There are certain odors, however, that everyone should be gravely concerned about because they are a pretension that an evil entity is in the room with you.

In certain extreme cases, smells can signify a negative presence which either resides on the property or is passing through to another destination. In some instances, there is an open portal nearby which is allowing the passage of a spirit to wander as it sees fit. The strong odors of decaying flesh and decomposition are telltale signs that this foul entity is nearby. In the town of Union, Missouri, located about 50 miles south of St. Louis, there is a house where these types of disgusting smells have been detected on multiple occasions.

Author and Radio host Steven LaChance is a haunted survivor and has written two books where he retells his incredible story. In his first publication, The Uninvited, he graphically recounts what happened when he and his children rent and move into a home owned by a mysterious landlord. Shortly after they move into the residence, a wide range of paranormal activity begins. Paintings fall off of the walls, incredibly loud banging is heard upstairs, doors slam shut (once locking his daughter in a room), dark and full-body apparitions appear throughout the home, and the horrible smells of rotting flesh and sulfur were noticed, mainly in the living room area. One entity in particular could harvest enough energy to manifest as a black, smoky apparition and even physically attack the family. In one attack, the entity slammed shut a door with Steve’s daughter trapped inside. Steve is a big dude and, despite slamming his shoulder against the door until it was bruised, he was unable to get inside. Finally the door unlocked and she escaped, rushing out the front door with her dad to her grandparent’s house. In another instance, the demon jumped from a second-story window into a tree in the front yard, pursuing Steven outside of the home. Later on this powerful entity attacked a woman who had moved into the home after Steve’s family had left. Her attack was sexually heinous and resulted in a full-blown possession.

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The Union Screaming House is quite unusual and unbelievably traumatic, however, these types of activities do occur and paranormal investigators should be aware of them. In the Union house case, three portals were found on the property, possibly linked to voodoo and certain dark practices performed in the basement. The smell of rotting flesh was experienced on multiple occasions, even by independent paranormal investigators who were called to the home. So, in order to gain a better understanding of this phenomenon, we can ask a couple questions – what exactly are these putrid odors and how is it possible that decomposition smells can be experienced on a site by residents and paranormal investigators?

“In the early stages of death, cellular metabolism slows as the internal systems begin to break down. Lack of oxygen in the tissues an explosive growth of bacteria, which feed on the body’s proteins, carbohydrates and fats, producing gases that cause the body to smell and to swell.” – Jonathan Hayes, senior forensic pathologist, New York City Medical Examiner’s Office

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In the natural process quoted above, body decomposition produces several gases, one of the most common is called cadaverine. This gas is a hydrogen-nitrogen gas which has a pentane chemical structure and is predominately responsible for the horrific smell decaying flesh and is partly responsible for the distinctive odor of urine. Pentanes have five carbon atoms in their chemical formula and they are similar to a gas we use every day (if you’re a smoker) – butane. I’m not sure if pentagrams and pentanes can have anything in common in the realm of evil, but they do share the number 5. Coincidence?

Cadaverine was first described in 1885 by the Berlin physician Ludwig Brieger, who was a bacteriologist largely known for his uses of hydrotherapy. Cadaverine and the substance sulfur, which is that nasty egg smell, have been associated with zombies in the world of fiction and, more importantly in the spirit world, the presence of a powerful demon.

Most of the time foul paranormal odors are associated with cold spots, shadow play, and apparition manifestations. The entities emitting the odors can be very aggressive and usually are connected with intelligent hauntings. These demonic creatures have chosen lives which have plunged them into the deepest and darkest realms in the parallel universes that coexist with ours. Their existence in “hell” fuels evil intentions as they completely disregard human life – making them very dangerous entities. Their extreme malevolence is the source of these horrible smells which manifests itself through the death process of decomposition. Paranormal investigators who happen upon sites with these entities should be very cautious – even a devoted priest performing holy rituals in these places may have little effect on these types of demons. In Steven’s story, the demons were not banished by a priest and, in fact, followed him to other peoples’ houses. The extreme activity eventually drove him into a deep oppression, bordering on possession. Steve and his family are lucky to have made it out with just mental scars.

Now that you have gotten a whiff of the worst aspect of paranormal smells, let’s waft over to some positive odors and try to understand what they are and how they can be experienced. There seems to be a universal truth in the spirit realm and it is the fact that however a person was in life, so shall they be in the afterlife. If a person was kind and caring in this life, then they carry that personality with them when they cross over to the other side. Habits, as well, are taken with us when we leave this world, ingrained into our souls as we continue to experience the next stage of our spiritual journey.

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On numerous occasions my wife and I have smelled tobacco smoke in our home. Her father was a smoker, and we know from experience that he likes to make frequent appearances (a medium had told her this was the case… but that is another article). An old friend of mine, who was a chain smoker, passed away about a decade ago. I believe that he too will come and pay a visit because I know this is something he would have done in life. The scent of burning tobacco was always his constant companion, and so I expect that any of his visits would warrant this odor.

Aromatherapy works wonders in our everyday lives, rejuvenating the mind by causing a rush of endorphins and positive memories, bringing a sense of happiness and reducing stress. Perfumes have always been very common for ladies of all ages to spritz upon their necks. I have noticed that among the older generations, women will pick a certain scent and that is the one they stick with each day. My mother and grandmother have very distinct perfumes they wear and, whenever they are in the room, I know it before I see them. Interestingly, perfumes work much the same way in the afterlife. These perfumes can carry over with them and whenever a loved one is under great stress or in a time of trouble, a spirit is able to exude this scent into the environment to trigger comforting memories. Comforting scents have been known to take on a wide variety of forms – from the smell of fresh bread, recently cooked bacon, various types of flowers, and even the smell of old books. It is also claimed that certain fairies emit a mushroom-like scent when they are nearby.

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There are many locations throughout the world where the presence of odors has been verified by multiple sources. It is, perhaps, one of the most difficult aspects of paranormal investigating because this type of evidence is contingent upon the person who is experiencing the odor. Some people do not have the brain wiring to detect certain smells and sometimes what smells like lavender flowers to one person may smell completely different to another person. There is also no way to effectively record and analyze this data as you would with EVP recordings or video footage of shadow and light movement. The best acquired information in regards to paranormal odors may lie solely in many people over an extended period of time experiencing the same scents.

The Tower of London is just such a place located in Nottinghamshire, England. This site is over 900 years old and boasts of a myriad of hauntings that stems back to Thomas Á Beckett, who has been seen peering out of the windows of this tower. The site is also where the illegitimate princes, Edward V and Richard, were held confined to these grounds and then never seen again. Henry VII’s wife Queen Anne Boleyn was beheaded in the Tower Green and her apparition has been seen walking the hallways, a headless corpse. It is in the White Tower where the White Lady has not only been seen, but more so smelled:

“Her true identity unknown, the woman’s perfume is said to be overpowering, and has made many people gag around St John’s Chapel. One visitor felt tapping on her shoulder, although could not see who could have been responsible.” https://www.paranormaldatabase.com/hotspots/EC3.php

In the case of the White Lady, the overpowering scent remains a mystery of how it can be possible for a spirit to emit such a strong odor. In the case of demon entities, the smell has its origins in the lower realms of hell where, in the Bible, there is “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 24:51). The odors of cadaverine and sulfur that the negative spirit emanated from the Union house comes from the lifestyle of the entity. The horrible odors from demons and the mushroom-like smell from fairies make sense – they exude from the spiritual body very much like human pheromones. Even in the case of flowers, the scents may originate from some sort of ethereal plant source. However, in order to explain the smells derived from daily habits, there must be some physical laws that apply in the spirit realm. For the scent of tobacco to occur, would the spirit need to be smoking? And, if so, where do the cigarettes or cigars come from? With perfume scents, are there Sephora stores in the afterlife where a lady can obtain the alluring oils she once used in life? What do you think?

Communicating With Ghost Children

DSC00504Truth be told, the thought of ghost children or the spirits of dead children is unsettling. We often see children as the epitome of innocence and love, and death is wrongly perceived as anything related to love, warmth, and care. But, as sad as it is, children do die far too early. What can be seen as sadder is that they are reported to be haunting various locations. When a haunted location announces that they are haunted by children, ghost hunters will flock to the location with toys as trigger objects. They may sing a few songs, or ask a few questions, talking in a baby voice, etc. But there are other effective ways of establishing communication with ghost children.

From my experience as a teacher and as a paranormal investigator, I’ve learned the following things about communicating with deceased children and pre-teens.

  1. Research child development: A child who is five years old will act very differently from a child who is nine. The first decade of a child’s life is crucial in their social and academic development. What I typically find in investigations involving children is that ghost hunters will streamline and treat the children all the same regardless of age. What results is talking to a ghost child as if they are several years younger than what they were when they died. Now, I don’t know if deceased children still grow and mature in the afterlife, but talking to a child like they’re younger is insulting to them, and they won’t want to talk with you. So, essentially, know your audience.
  2. Keep in mind of attention spans and trigger objects: This is both for the investigator and the ghost children. If you’re a teacher or have children of your own, you’re probably aware that a kid will only play with a toy for so long before they get bored and find something else more exciting. Or, if they’re not interested in talking to you anymore, they will simply walk away. You have to figure out what will keep the young one engage. So this means you might need to bring multiple toys, books, music, and different things to talk about.
  3. Let them show off: If you’re reading a book or singing a song, don’t finish the last word or two and let the kids fill in the blanks. Not only will you possibly have some interesting EVP’s, but you’re also creating an effective rapport with the child and gaining their trust. Kids love to show off their knowledge and abilities, especially to adults. Create an environment that allows them to do so, and your data collection will be very interesting!
  4. Practice: If you’re a teacher or have kids of your own, then you have an idea on how to talk to children. If you don’t encounter kids on a regular basis, consider babysitting or volunteering for an organization. I’ve learned that kids can smell hesitation and fear from a mile away and can take advantage of it. If you’re struggling with connecting with a child (and no, baby talk doesn’t count), practice by interacting with kids in your free time.
  5. Know Children Through History: Kids from the early 1900’s obviously lived different lives than children in the 21st century. The childhoods from the past had more responsibility where they might have even worked to help support their families when they were only 6 years old. This is much different from today’s child where they have preschool and modern technology to entertain them. For example, if you’re dealing with a ghost child from the Industrial Revolution, then they child most likely had a job. Knowing tidbits such as these will help you in your questions.
  6. All They Need is Love: From my experience of interacting with children, both living and dead, young and old, they crave love and attention in some from. If they are deceased, there is a good chance that they miss having physical contact such as hugs and lap sitting. This is why, especially at places like the Orphanage in Gettysburg, people will feel kids climbing into their laps and touching their hands. If you find yourself having this kind of experience, embrace it. You’re helping that child get the emotional attention that they need that will hopefully bring their souls at peace. Obviously set your boundaries if you don’t want that child going home with you.

With these tips in mind, you should be able to create a productive and rewarding communication session with the child. Communicating with young ghosts is much different than interacting with adults. Effectively communication is key in gathering information, and you might make a positive impact on not only your team and the location, but also for the child that you’re talking to. These deceased kiddos are more than a spooky story, they were once real people and souls that need some sort of resolution. Remember that, and you’ll make positive waves in the field.

The Mystery of Witch Burials: A Paranormal Investigation in Missouri

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The history of graves and cemeteries in European America since the Colonial period is a very fascinating study. Generally, before the 17th century, family and friends were placed in a simple hole dug by a living relative. A wooden marker with the deceased name carved or burned upon it or a piece of stone crudely etched was the only reminder that a soul was buried on a property. Many times these markers eroded away or were destroyed by nature. It wasn’t until the 18th century, when churches began to be erected throughout the country that the concept of a cemetery was born. The earliest graveyards were located right next to the local church. In the New England areas, this practice remained a standard practice into the 20th century. The only exception was the Puritans, who believed any such Church affiliations were idolatrous and breeched the boundaries of heresy. They were the first to set aside land used as a common ground for burials. They rejected the formal Church iconography on the headstones and preferred instead to use images like skulls to represent the secular fate of all humans.

After westward expansion moved the settlements across the Mississippi River, traditions of church graveyards began to change in the Midwest and the South. In very small towns where a church was present, a graveyard may have existed, but for the most part this practice became very impractical. Farms and plantations were built to accommodate the large scale cash crops and so having the traditional churchyard was too far away for landowners to travel with their dead. Transportation was very difficult in those days and so family cemeteries were purposely situated on a high point of land, away from the fears of flood, and were usually enclosed with some sort gate, fence or wall. There are many of these cemeteries scattered throughout southeastern Missouri, many of them erected by German immigrants. Over the past few years my wife and I have had opportunities to experience paranormal activity associated with two of them. Our latest investigation was very eye-opening.

Hermann Cemetery sits on the eastern slope of the bowl-shaped town that is located right on the Missouri River. Hermann itself is full of paranormal activity, as it has a very rich history. As any paranormal investigator knows, we understand that it is the history of a site which determines the intensity of the activity.

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The history of the cemetery itself has a fascinating and mysterious past. Many of the tombstones have actual portraits of the deceased on the headstone, which makes standing over their bodies a rather creepy experience. Another distinguishing feature, which is common in the German tradition of “green living”, is the prevalence of raised concrete landscape beds that are planted right on top of the deceased individual. Here in Hermann, these once beautiful flowerbeds look like slabs of dominoes collapsing onto themselves and sliding down the hilly slope where the cemetery was built.

Our investigation of this site was done during the day, about two hours before dusk. Normally we would do our investigations at night, as orbs and shadow figures tend to be more prominent when the sun isn’t shining. This time we were adopting a different approach to this reportedly very haunted location.

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It is rumored throughout the town and by some visitors that the Hermann Cemetery was once used as witchcraft ritual grounds. Although we have not been able to find any documentation of this rumor, we did discover some things during our investigation that have us scratching our heads and pondering the possibility.

It is generally known that during the 18th and 19th centuries witches, pirates, and other people who were perceived by society to be of ill-repute, were buried on the corners of cemeteries without any inscriptions of who they were. In the two far western corners of Hermann Cemetery all we found were modern grave sites, however, as we walked up the hill to the two top eastern corners, we did find several tombstones that fit the description perfectly, aligned in three short rows. HPIM7367Although most were smooth and with no inscriptions, there were a couple headstones emblazoned with skulls, bones, and similar engravings. Each one was mottled with a type of yellow mossy growth. These headstones had more Puritan-type symbols sculpted on them, much like the witch’s grave seen in the first picture of this article. Judging by the erosion and by comparing them to adjacent grave sites, they would seem to be dated back to the very early 1800’s.

The area of the “witch’s corner” felt very uneasy and, as we walked further south, we came across the isolated grave of George F. Bayer, the builder and founder of Hermann, Missouri. His story is rather lengthy, but to give you the meat and potatoes of it, it is important to note is that he died rather tragically and with a broken heart. His great ambitions for purchasing and literally building the town of Hermann HPIM7373by himself were stripped from him by the German government, due to complaints that his work was not progressing in an appropriate manner. As a result of harsh political decisions, George was banished from society and this drove him to an early death. He was buried near the witch’s corner and no one was allowed to be buried within 75 feet of his grave. It is suspected that George still roams this cemetery and the town which once shunned him, carrying with him a very heavy heart.

After reviewing the dozens of photos we took of the Hermann Cemetery, we have not yet found any evidence to suggest paranormal activity… at least not in the main area where all of the gravestones lie. What we did find was discovered while we walked down the final gravel pathway of our investigation. Here, we turned and began shooting photos in the wooded area. All throughout our spectral investigation my wife and I felt there was something peculiar about this area, almost as if something or someone was watching us.

HPIM7421In the top corner of the woods we peered through the outside limbs and brush and noticed just inside the foliage that it was exceptionally dark. This immediately struck us as very unusual because upon looking up at the canopy, we saw that the tree cover was not very dense. Why would the sunlight be literally sucked out of this area? As we traveled along the pathway a few feet further down, the wooded area was lit up as it would be expected normally. What phenomenon could be occurring in this corner of the woods and is it possible that it may have some connection to the rumored witchcraft practices?

The lack of sunlight is not the only thing that drew our suspicion. We were only able to capture two photos of the wooded area because it was in that moment the batteries in our digital camera went dead. We were also walking with an ASR Voice Recorder app on my Android phone that was continuously running throughout our investigation. Right around 41:00 we lost all audio – no just once, but six times! Each time was very brief, perhaps a second or two, and the dead time showed up as white areas in amongst the black lines of recording on the phone screen. I have not been able to figure out or debunk how this was able to happen. I tried covering up all speakers and receivers with my hand to see if any zero reading would occur, which it does not. Air movement does not seem to be a factor because a steady light wind was present throughout our entire investigation and the audio is not affected anywhere else. Somehow the audible energy from the atmosphere was sucked out in short increments. What logical explanation can be derived from multiple energy sources being expended so mysteriously?

We have one last piece of evidence to offer you that comes from a very unusual source, but one my wife and I are very familiar with using. It is called Zillow. Yes, it is the real estate website. Many of us have used this resource to either find our dream home or one we can actually afford. And yes, it is a wonderful tool for finding paranormal activity.

In our research of searching for homes for sale around Hermann Cemetery, we found one whose property line lies very close to the cemetery grounds. We suspected that if this graveyard were truly haunted then any homes for sale around it should have paranormal activity in them as well. We had found other sites in the Hermann area which have apparent fairy activity in the woods and, in this case, Zillow did not disappoint us. The 3 photos below are taken from the Zillow site.

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In this photo you will see an orb right in front of the blue chair. Perhaps this is an entity taking a load off her feet by relaxing in the plush chair?

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Here is another orb closer to the ceiling but still quite defined.

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In this bathroom photo you can see at least one orb reflected in the mirror. Could this possibly be one of the witch’s admiring herself?

All of these questions tied to the photos are simply conjecture, however, it is rather interesting that a home right on the edge of Hermann Cemetery has so many light anomalies in it. And so now we sit back and reflect upon the history of cemeteries in America, the possible roles witches had on their plot corners, and the evidence we gathered at Hermann cemetery. We ask ourselves – what are the possibilities that, with further investigation and more equipment, we may be able to verify the rumors that witchcraft was performed in this cemetery at one time? We definitely believe there is something very odd happening on this site because it drained sunlight, audio waves, and lithium battery energy right before our eyes. Hermann Cemetery has provided evidence that there is something unusual going on with this site and that perhaps some the legendary rumors are, in fact, true.

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