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Copyright Tracy DeVore

When you started your group, it was likely either you by yourself, or you and one other person. You talked, you shared common interests and beliefs, and you decided to become co-investigators of the paranormal. Some people are content to leave it at that, but others would like to expand not only their knowledge and equipment, but their group.

Maybe you’re looking for some diversity, people with different talents who can add their own insight to investigations. You might be looking for a particular type of person, perhaps someone with some camera or other technical experience, or even someone with psychic abilities.

The first thing you’ll want to do is put some “feelers” out for people who might be interested (expect a lot of response to this query). Once you’ve got some names and contact information, the next step is to send out a questionnaire, something to give you an idea of the person’s background and strengths. A sample form might be something like this (with any other questions you might add that are specific to your group or needs):

Paranormal Investigator Application




Telephone Number(s) __________________________________________________________

E-Mail Address _______________________________________________________________

How did you find out about our group? ______________________________________________



What qualifications do you have to be an Investigator?





What, if any, investigative equipment (digital or analog recorder, camera, flashlight, etc.) are you most comfortable working with?




What, if any, investigative equipment (digital or analog recorder, camera, flashlight, etc.) do you now own?




What are your religious beliefs? Are you practicing?


Are you interested in the occult (Ouija board, séances, psychics, spells)?


If so, when have you used a Ouija board, been part of a séance, seen a psychic, or performed any


Have you had any personal paranormal experiences? If so, describe.





Do you routinely experience paranormal events or consider yourself psychic? If so, explain.





In the event you become a team member or meet our members for an investigation, would you be comfortable following our protocol (a copy is attached)?


Additional Comments:













Once you’ve received and reviewed all the questionnaires, you then narrow the applicants down to the select few who interest you. Then you’ll want to schedule a “live” interview, including everyone currently in your group, to see how each of you meshes with the new prospect.

Of course, the real test will be in the field, where you will then be able to distinguish between those you’re comfortable working with and those you aren’t. In any event, you’ll have the opportunity to meet many people who share your interests, and hopefully learn something new.


Copyright Tracy DeVore

Hannah House, Indianapolis, Indiana
Whether people believe in ghosts or not, most of them enjoy getting frightened out of their wits during Halloween at all the set-up haunted houses. But what about when “real” haunted houses are used in this capacity?

The thrill of seeing an actual ghost or experiencing paranormal activity draws more people every year. You then have a paranormally active building filled with unsuspecting, unprepared and quite a few underage people who might well become sweet fodder for some resident spirits.

A truly haunted building could be host not only to ghosts, but poltergeists or malevolent entities. These spirits seem to feed on the life force of young people and even babies in utero. The potential for having “something” attach to a person and accompany him or her home is not too far-fetched. At the very least, this could be stressful to children and pregnant women.

Aside from the dangers a casual visitor could encounter, the idea of using authentic haunted buildings for the Halloween crowd is somewhat vexing to serious investigators. Places that are already paranormally active tend to retain energy from everyone who visits, and this can confound equipment later with residual evp’s, among other things.

That being said, if you still plan to visit a “real” haunted house this year, following are links to a few of the more popular ones, if you’re in our area. It also wouldn’t hurt to say an opening and closing prayer. Just in case…


Alton Hauntings Ghost Tour, Alton, Illinois
The Avon Theater, Decatur, Illinois
Hartford Castle, Hartford, Illinois
The McPike Mansion, Alton, Illinois
Statesville Haunted Prison, Crest Hill, Illinois
Weird Chicago: The Ultimate Tour of Chicago’s Ghosts, Gangsters and Ghouls

If you’d like to schedule a group tour with our own team, contact us at for more information.

For more listings, visit Haunted

Copyright Tracy DeVore

Fr. David Price is an Old Catholic Priest in Louisville, Kentucky. He was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, converted to Catholicism at the age of 16 years, and was ordained as a Catholic Priest on August 11, 2007. He currently serves as associate pastor at St. Christopher’s Old Catholic church.

Tracy DeVore: You refer to yourself as an “Old Catholic Priest.” You obviously aren’t “old” so I assume you’re referring to the religion itself? Does this mean you study the “old ways” of the church?

Father David: That is correct, the Old Catholic Church branched off from the Roman Catholic Church in the late 1800s over the declaration of papal infallibility in Vatican I. We hold that the pope is not infallible, meaning without error. We do therefore view him as the Bishop of Rome, not as the head of the Church. The Old Catholic Church has since started an independent movement that can be a wonderful blessing or quite the opposite. With no central governance, there are only Bishops. Most have no formal training for their priest, but some do. Some are extremely liberal, others are extremely conservative.

The Roman Catholic Church does view the Old Catholic Church’s sacraments as valid. We are the United States Old Catholic Church. We have quite an extensive seminary program for our clergy, and kind of fall in the middle between liberalism and conservatism.

TD: Did you already have an interest in the paranormal before becoming a priest?

FrD: Yes, I did have an interest before becoming a priest, but I was called to the priesthood from a young age. I grew up a Jehovah’s Witness and looking back, I was called to the priesthood ever since I was little, whether I knew it or not. It wasn’t until I converted to Catholicism that I started to volunteer at Waverly Hills Sanatorium. That is where my interest in the paranormal began.

TD: Did your interest in the paranormal have any bearing on your conversion from being raised a Jehovah’s Witness to Catholicism?

FrD: No, but my converting to Catholicism long before I was ordained did indeed have an influence on my interest in the paranormal.

TD: What sort of feedback, positive or negative, do you receive from your parishioners regarding your involvement with the paranormal?

FrD: I am lucky in that a lot of my parishioners are paranormal investigators, but those who are not are generally supportive.

TD: I see you study demonology. Has anyone ever called on you to identify or expel a demon from their home or business?

FrD: Yes, many times. Keep in mind I am a Demonologist, not an Exorcist. I investigate and can perform the Minor Rite of Exorcism on a place, but not a person. If someone is allegedly possessed and the investigation, physical report and psychological evaluation confirm, then my Bishop would get involved. As far as specific cases, I apologize I cannot go into details.

TD: Your web site states you work very closely with a paranormal investigation group in your area. Do you actively participate in investigations, or are you mainly called in under special circumstances?

FrD: Yes, we work very closely with After Dark Paranormal Investigations. We have trained them to look for what could potentially be demonic. On a typical case, they would do the preliminary investigation and if they believe it could be a demonic infestation or something along those lines, I will get involved to verify, perform the Minor Rite, bless the home/property or gather evidence to present to my Bishop.

TD: Do other groups contact you for your advice or insight?

FrD: Yes, in fact, so much so, we started the Paranormal Clergy Institute. When we began this ministry, we had no intention of getting involved in the paranormal. But, we had such a large amount of requests for help from within the paranormal, my Bishop founded the Paranormal Clergy Institute so that those looking for help in the field had access to clergy who were trained in demonology, and could offer the help they or their clients really needed.

It should be noted that their are many in the paranormal field who claim to be demonologists, but demonology is not paranormal, it is theological. A demonologist is a properly and validly ordained clergy member who is appointed to serve as a Demonologist under an Exorcist.

TD: If someone wants to contact you, what is the best way to do that?

FrD: Through our website at

TD: Thanks again, Fr. David, for the opportunity to interview you.

Copyright Tracy DeVore

Few paranormal teams dispute the validity of psychics, and many take advantage of their insight. But what about having a psychic on board during all investigations? Is it more of a benefit or a hindrance?

A true psychic on your team can seem to give you an added edge during an investigation. They are able to “feel” things nobody else does, and sometimes even pick up names and details you weren’t aware of before the investigation began.

But, how do you know what they’re saying is correct? Sometimes you can look up the history of a place and see if the names and other details match the psychic’s information, but in most cases, you can neither confirm nor deny their findings.

So, what do you do? Does your team just blindly follow the psychic’s intuition, information, or possible misinformation, when the facts might or might not substantiate their claims? Taking that route could potentially lead your team in a wrong direction, jeopardizing the entire investigation. On the other hand, if your psychic is so in tune with a place that he or she is getting facts that couldn’t be acquired by any other means, your chances of “connecting” with the other side could be greatly enhanced with the psychic’s assistance.

A good rule of thumb might be to conduct your investigation initially without a psychic along, and see what you’re able to pick up on your own with no outside influence. You might later want or need a psychic to help you “talk” to an entity or spirit to see if additional information can be gathered, or even to aid you in getting a spirit to leave a place, or cross over.

Whatever you and your team decide to do, if you want to be taken seriously, you must always be sure to cement your findings in fact and not in feeling or intuition alone (though sensitive people can be very powerful in aiding an investigation).

Please comment below with your take on psychics and their use in paranormal investigation. Meanwhile, Happy Hunting!

Copyright Tracy DeVore

A lot of things can go bump in the night and we get used to the sounds of a particular house or neighborhood. But, what if you’re hearing sounds or even voices that don’t belong? Does the hair on the back of your neck stand up for no reason, as if someone is watching you? Do you feel like you’re never really alone in your house? Are objects moving without any assistance? Are lights turning off and on? Do doors or cabinets open and close on their own?

Try to approach things calmly and scientifically. Keep a pen and paper handy at all times and record every unusual sound, feeling, smell, cold area, or occurrence that seems out of place. Write the date and time, what room you’re in, who witnessed the event, and what other activity was occurring at the same time (were you sleeping or watching television, cooking, showering, etc.). Were there any outside noises, such as a jet flying over or a train passing by? What was the weather like? All of this data will be very helpful in analyzing whether the event is something natural (such as an animal in the attic or old plumbing) or paranormal, and predicting when another event might occur.

If possible, take several still shots with your camera aimed into the darkness (use your flash setting), or set up a video camera to record any unusual activity. You might be surprised what you find in these images. Watch your pets, if you have any. Animals seem to have a sixth sense and are usually very in tune with anything out of place in their environment.

Go to the library and research your property. The research librarian is always a great help in tracking down records on a house or piece of land. If you can, contact previous occupants of the house. Maybe they can tell you stories about the property that aren’t available at the library. Are they aware of any violence or death occurring in the house? Did they experience anything similar to what you’re experiencing? If so, how did they handle it?

If you are convinced your house is haunted, you need to decide how you want to deal with it. Do you feel threatened by the spirit or entity? Do you believe it is a true haunting (a spirit existing in the same time frame) or a residual haunting (a spirit living in its own time, simultaneous with yours and possibly oblivious to your existence)? The odds are, the spirit is not malevolent. Some people are comfortable trying to communicate with the entity in their house. If you feel you’re able to do this, encourage it to move on, people are waiting for it on the other side.

Finally, call a group that specializes in paranormal investigation. As a rule, these groups do not charge anything to come to your home and investigate. They will use the most sophisticated equipment available and will share all their findings with you. They are usually discreet and professional, and will keep your personal information confidential, though might request permission to share photographic, video or sound evidence that doesn’t disclose the identity of you or your property.

In the east-Central Illinois area, Parallel Realmz Investigations (P.R.I.) is a group with an excellent “track record” and plenty of references, but there are reputable groups available in most all areas. Any of these groups should be able to assist you in dealing with your paranormal activity to a satisfactory conclusion.

Copyright Tracy DeVore

An EMF meter measures electromagnetic field radiation levels and can be very useful in paranormal investigation. Though many things give readings on an EMF meter, investigators look for abnormal readings that have no apparent source.

Let’s look at the structure of the electromagnetic field. First, it is sometimes described as the combination of an electric field (produced by a stationary charge) and a magnetic field (produced by currents). It is an invisible area created by electrically charged objects, including but not limited to ceiling fans, electrical wiring, microwave ovens and other appliances…the list goes on and on. The EMF field of any of these objects can affect area in the vicinity of the field and create a fluctuation in frequency. Radio waves or infrared lights might create a low frequency in the field, while x-rays, gamma rays, etc., will create a higher frequency.

It is generally accepted in the paranormal community that an entity must gather energy from its surroundings in order to manifest itself. This seems to hold true when fresh batteries lose all power when a spirit is suspected to be nearby. The fluctuations in frequency are what investigators look for when using EMF meters during paranormal investigations. When the EMF readings spike or dip, it alerts the investigator to a change in the immediate area. Since a steady reading is usually a good indicator of an artificially created field such as from wiring behind a wall, one thing to watch for is if the reading changes several times in one spot.

High energy readings can usually be followed to their source, and teams will seek out explanations for the readings before deeming them paranormal.

Once all artificial possibilities are exhausted, the investigator might then “follow” a moving spirit around by using the EMF meter’s readings as a guide. The meters are commonly used by paranormal groups as a means of ruling out other sources and pinpointing what they consider to be genuine paranormal activity.

Copyright Tracy DeVore

Many people never heard the word poltergeist before the 1982 release of the movie “Poltergeist” (co-produced by Steven Spielberg). Following that and even to this day, people will still use the terms “ghost” and “poltergeist” interchangeably.

Though there are some definite similarities (the main one being they both belong to the spirit world), there are many differences.

Poltergeist is a German word, meaning noisy (polter) spirit (geist). It is called this because it tends to cause disturbances and likes to make its presence known, such as by slamming doors or moving objects. One might not always “see” a poltergeist, but will almost always “hear” it. On the other hand, a ghost presence tends to be more elusive and rarely disturbs its surroundings. One might never “hear” a ghost, but will only catch glimpses of it manifesting, usually in a mist or fog.

A poltergeist might physically touch a person, thereby making its presence nearly impossible to deny. You might only be aware of a ghost because of a sudden whiff of perfume or pipe tobacco.

Ghosts are deceased spirits of humans or sometimes pets and are most often trapped in the houses they lived or died in or another place of comfort or violence that occurred in their lives. Poltergeists are sometimes linked to demons, though some theorize poltergeist energy is unintentionally created by people as a result of severe physical or psychological trauma. Poltergeists are commonly linked to a person or people or even an object.

Ghosts tend to remain unchangeable and appear in places familiar to the person in life and generally remain there, while poltergeists seem to be free to journey anywhere and gain strength by gathering energy from various sources.

While ghosts aren’t physically violent as a rule and cause more mental anguish than anything else, poltergeists can become dangerous to the living, capable of inflicting physical harm.

If you suspect you have poltergeist activity, seek help from a local church leader or paranormal investigation group. If it is determined that the entity is attached to an object, the object will need to be cleansed and disposed of. At the very least, a cleansing of your home will need to be conducted and the entity encouraged to move along.

Do not attempt to confront a malevolent entity on your own or try to ignore it because you’re worried people won’t believe you. There are many groups and organizations at your disposal willing to assist.

Copyright Tracy DeVore

Lincoln Crisler is a husband, a father and a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army,
currently serving his third deployment overseas. He is also an author, published in horror, science fiction and fantasy.

Tracy DeVore: Hi Lincoln. You say you were introduced to the occult when you were around eleven years old. How exactly did that happen?

Lincoln Crisler: My mother is a Witch, and says she has been all her life. Since I was a little kid, she’d always had spell books around, a couple of handwritten binders, herbs, candles…all that good stuff. Quite fascinating to any child, but I hadn’t discovered religion of any sort until about a year before that, when my mother decided to start going to Catholic Church again after my father left.

Being introduced to religion for the first time at an age when a kid asks a lot of questions…well, I did a lot of exploring, and my mother taught me a few things, [such as] meditation and a little candle magick, mostly. She did forbid me to read the books, but they were out in the open and I snuck them into my room while she was sleeping. Most of them were pretty tame, Gerald Gardner-influenced Wicca and the like. She had lots of friends who practiced magick, too, so even though I didn’t take part in most of their workings, I saw a lot of things and heard them talk about even more.

TD: Tell me about the “demonic possession” you witnessed. What happened, what role did you play, if any, and what made you believe that it was actually a demonic possession?

LC: I was in my room reading a book, because my mother and some of her friends were doing some kind of meditation or spirit walk in the living room and asked me to leave. About half an hour or so into it, I heard screaming and what sounded like a fight. I ran out into my living room, and two strong dudes were fighting as hard as they could to pin down a third guy’s struggling, screaming, hundred-pound-soaking-wet girlfriend. Those dudes were giving it all they had and were barely controlling her. She just freaked out in the middle of whatever they were doing and went after her boyfriend. Her voice didn’t sound like her own. My mother told me they had it under control, and the girl did start to calm down after a minute or two, so I went back to my room. Later on, the girl said she had no memory of any of it.

Now, I wouldn’t put my hand on a stack of Bibles and swear to Sweet Baby Jesus that this was a demonic possession, but my mother and her friends said it was, so at the very least it was the closest thing they could relate it to. I’d seen my mom and one of her friends go into trances and talk with other voices on more than one occasion, but this was so radically different, what with the violence and memory loss. I’m the most skeptical believer on the face of the Earth, but what I can tell you is that whatever it was, it would have scared the hell out of anyone.

TD: You read auras as a child. How did you discover you had this ability? Can you explain how you started the readings and why you stopped?

LC: My mother showed me how. She had me look at people and then close my eyes and visualize them. Sometimes, I could see a glow around their image and my mother had a list of colors and meanings in one of her books. I wasn’t exceptionally talented at it, but it was fun and I was right more often than I was wrong. I guess I stopped doing it because I was more interested in other things, like spells, crystals and tarot cards.

TD: Were you embarrassed to tell your school-aged peers about your ability?

LC: Oh, no. I talked about Witchcraft with my friends, I had crystal and stone pendants that I wore to school. When I was older, I brought Witchcraft books to school. I attended a Catholic high school for my freshman year and was ‘invited not to come back next year.’ I had a few friends that were into the occult as well, but I also caught a healthy dose of crap for being a ‘weirdo’ too.

TD: As a teenager, you used Tarot cards. Was this for your personal use or did you offer readings to others? How successful was this and why did you stop?

LC: I did Tarot for myself and others for a few years, from the time I was in high school until shortly before my second marriage. I’ve always viewed magick in terms of science, and the tarot in particular as a tool by which the subconscious can communicate with the conscious mind through symbology. Reading for myself was always a huge pain, because I didn’t trust myself to be objective in my interpretations, but I’d do it if I didn’t have another reader to help me, and I got pretty good results.

When I was deployed to Iraq, I did a lot of Tarot. I ran an eclectic open circle on my Forward Operating Base that included people of my skill level or better plus some brand new people, so I did readings for others and taught people how to read.

When I read for someone else, I sat them down, had them shuffle the deck, and did my reading one of three ways: the traditional Celtic Cross, the three-card Past/Present/Future spread, or I’d just flip over and read cards one at a time until I felt blocked or the other person had the answers they were looking for. It got to the point where people were pulling me aside when I was off shift and asking me to sit with them for an hour and read their Tarot because they had a problem. I was pretty much doubling as a counselor at times. I felt really good about it, and some people were really amazed at the insight I had.

I stopped because it just kind of phased itself out of my life. My wife doesn’t read, none of our friends do and I moved to another duty station away from the open circle I used to attend. I gave up the Witchcraft and started going to church again in 2005, and while I can reconcile reading cards with my faith (remember, to me it’s science, not magick!), I just haven’t run with the same crowd. I kind of miss reading Tarot, the intimacy of it and how good I was at helping people, and I might get into it again sometime.

TD: What do you feel was your main psychic strength? Do you believe you still have that ability, or do you believe time and non-use have diluted it?

LC: My main psychic strengths have always been meditation and probably Tarot reading. I think I still probably have it. I was good at both of those things right from the get-go, practicing and teaching, so it’d probably be like riding a bike.

TD: What advice would you give others who think they might have psychic abilities? Would you give different advice to children than adults?

LC: Overall advice: If you think you have psychic abilities, try and get in touch with someone who can help you, and do a little research in the local community before deciding on a teacher. I had one friend who wanted me to meet this ‘High Priest’ she’d hooked up with. Turned out his main interest was in naked chicks, not the occult. Take heed – there are a lot of decent people in the paranormal community, but just like any other, there’s scum, too.

Don’t let anyone tell you you’re a freak, or that you’re evil. If the voices in your head are telling you to shoot the president or rob a bank then yeah, get some help. But if you’re talking to spirits or doing remarkable things with a set of runes or a deck of cards, there’s nothing inherently evil about that. I’m a Christian and I’ll tell you that I don’t think there’s anything Satanic about it, unless you’re into that sort of thing and make it part of a satanic rite or something. You’ve got that gift for a reason. Maybe it really is a message from the other side, maybe you’re just really in tune with your subconscious mind. Either way, that sounds like an exciting adventure to me, as well as a good chance to explore and learn more about yourself.

Especially for children, but for adults who are new to their abilities as well: Don’t try and learn too much by yourself, and don’t just sit in your room doing random stuff because it sounds fun. A little Tarot never hurt anyone, but as I’ve indicated earlier in this interview, some things can just get out of hand. If you really just want to be a solitary practitioner, for your own sake, wait until you’re competent and mature and even then, have a couple of people you can talk to if something happens that you’re not sure about.

TD: Thank you, Lincoln.

If you’d like to learn more about Lincoln Crisler, visit his website at