INFORMATION FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN AN INVESTIGATION OF THEIR SITE:
The Paranormal Housewives: What to Expect from an Investigation
(Frequently Asked Questions)
- What do you do in an investigation, and what are you looking for?
We use a combined approach to paranormal investigation: we are not exclusively “sensitives”, psychics or mediums, nor are we entirely wedded to technology. We feel the best approach to the paranormal is to employ as many different methods as possible. Paranormal events cannot be researched effectively by ignoring one’s psychic impressions (which we have all honed over many years of personal experiences) or by relying exclusively on audio, K-2 meters, ITC devices, video and other technologies. Therefore, we pay attention both to what our members feel and sense as well as what we hear during audio playback. The goal is to find convergence: if what we sense, see or intuit is validated by audio, video, digital photography or ITC, then we have a stronger case for making claims regarding the “paranormality” of an incident, or for deciding that a location is “haunted”.
We are not looking for anything in particular. A location is active, or it is not; we take our direction from what finds us, not what we are seeking.
- What do you do with the data you collect?
We will first make sure that the majority of the team agrees that any evidence collected points to the paranormal before we show it to you. You will be presented with what we consider paranormal, and you are free to make up your own mind regarding what you are hearing/seeing. We will never try to convince you that your location is haunted. We can give you our opinion based on the data. The rest is up to you.
If you would like to keep the information we collect confidential, we are happy to respect your wishes. We can also post the results of the investigation without revealing your location. If you would like a full report posted on our website, we are happy to do that as well. The decision is yours to make. Many hotels, theaters, restaurants and historic locations find that a haunting is good for business! Never underestimate the popularity of ghosts among the general public.
- How long does an investigation take?
The length of time depends on the size and activity of a particular location. Usually, we need at least three hours to cover a location. We may also need to visit the site multiple times if we suspect that there is paranormal activity there.
- Do you need to investigate only at night?
No. Spirit activity or paranormal events can occur at any time of day or night. There are typically reports of activity at a location during certain hours—we try to investigate during the times when the most activity has been reported.
- Do you find demons or negative spirits?
We typically do not interpret voices on audio as demonic, as we do not specialize in that area of inquiry. We are not exorcists, demonologists, or experts in religion. The energy at a location can be negative, but that does not necessarily mean that it is demonic. If we suspect that we are encountering something inhuman or very negative, we refer it to other specialists in the area for their insight and analysis.
- Do you charge for your investigations?
We never charge money for an investigation. We are a non-profit group. We often make donations to historic sites or come to an agreement on a fee for use of the location. Often a site decides that the positive publicity on our website is worth the time it takes to conduct an investigation.
- Can I be involved in any way?
Anyone who wishes to sit in on our investigation is more than welcome. We depend on you for background information on the location, any reports of paranormal activity, and the history of the site.
- Where can I get more information?
Visit our website: paranormalhousewives.com (and if you are reading this here, you obviously found our website!). You can also reach us firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook.
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This photo was taken by Kirsten at an undisclosed location. The person on the left is Marsha. However, we don’t know who is to the right of her. No one was there at the time. This investigation did not include all the Paranormal Housewives, and this photo has not been declared paranormal by all of us–I include it here for the readers to decide what these images mean. Marsha is convinced that this photo has definitely captured something unexplained and strange. What do you think?
Undisclosed location: October 2010
AMARGOSA MAID’S QUARTERS EVPs: SEPTEMBER 25th, 2010
Amargosa High Voice After John coughs, there is a voice that sounds like a child. Can you make out what she is saying? It’s not one of us.
Amargosa Maria This clip speaks for itself.
Amargosa What the Hell Three of us like this a lot and think it’s mysterious. One of us says it’s the Ghost Meter making the noise. What do you think?
Amargosa Short Clip 11 32 We didn’t really know what to do with this clip. We can’t debunk it, but we can’t verify it. I include it only to see if anyone can make out what this male voice might be saying.
The first two clips were unanimous. We all agreed that they could represent something paranormal. The last two had some support, but not enough for the PHW to stand behind them as evidence of spirit activity.
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Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center–EVPs
***Note: Electronic Voice Phenomena captured on digital audio is not always easy to hear. There are different “classes” of EVPs–Class A, Class B, and Class C. It is very difficult to catch “Class A” EVPs, which are easily heard by almost everyone, and there is a general consensus as far as the interpretation of what is heard. We do not claim that everyone will be able to hear the following EVPs, which are probably in the “Class B” category, meaning that most people with the right headphones and speakers should be able to hear the voices or noises, but there will not be widespread agreement on the interpretation of the content. Listen and decide for yourself–we encourage you to leave comments or questions.
–Kirsten A. Thorne
THE WAGON WHEEL: OXNARD, CA (July 2010)
The kitchen and bar area are the most “haunted” places on the property–here the atmosphere is so thick that it is very difficult to spend much time there. It feels as if you need to move on quickly. The entire time I was wandering through this particular area, I was sure that someone was following me. I looked behind me again and again, and I was completely alone.
The main changing rooms for the pool. Sadly, the graffiti and general state of the place indicate that taggers have had there way with what remains of what was, not so long ago, a family vacation destination.
I hope you enjoyed this tribute to the Wagon Wheel. Although we didn’t conduct a formal investigation, we hope to do so in the near future. I have no doubt that this entire area is filled with the energy of previous occupants. I wish it had a future, but for now we content ourselves with piecing together the Wagon Wheel’s past.
—Kirsten A. Thorne
Linda Vista: June 17th, 2010.
The investigation took place during the day–a first for us all. That did not mean, however, that there was a loss of “atmosphere”; the hospital was as foreboding, if not more so, than it is at 2:00 am. We started our investigation in the Surgical Suite, where we have encountered the infamous “humming child” so many times. We were not disappointed, even though she did not make her presence as obvious as she has in the past. Our EVP session was characterized by movement: shuffling in the hallway and in the room next door; unexplained movement of the plastic covering the windows, when there was absolutely no breeze; and small noises that shifted location, keeping us dashing from one area to the next.
Video footage did not pick up anything extraordinary; but audio did. During our EVP session on the third floor (where a “Dr. Edward” is claimed to roam) there was constant whispering under our voices. Sometimes we heard and commented on these quiet conversations, sometimes we didn’t hear them–but audio revealed that someone, or various people (souls, spirits, what?) were talking almost the entire time we were on that floor. We heard the voices of children that did not come from outside, and there were responsive noises to some of our questions. In one particularly great clip, a child’s laugh is very clear (watch for that under “evidence,” as soon as we figure out how to upload audio to WordPress!).
Although the above is not a “paranormal” picture of Erin, (it’s the result of low light, a manual setting, and movement) I had to include it because it is so . . . creepy, and a good example of what some sites post as supernatural. This was taken in the Surgical Suite, where I am attempting to capture us in action without using flash. Very difficult to do, as it turns out. Photos from the investigation did not turn up anything unusual.
The old elevator by the original morgue still works. It took us to the fifth floor, where we stayed for a grand total of . . . 10 minutes. The reason? See below:
The entire floor is so dilapidated and horrifyingly filthy that not even the intrepid PHWs could stomach it. The fifth floor represents the decay and sadness of Linda Vista. It’s hard to remember, sometimes, that this was a working hospital where the drama of life and death played itself out every day. Now, it’s a haven for movies, music videos and ghost hunters, but at one time the stakes were high and patients clung to life.
What does it mean for a place to be haunted? Linda Vista defines the term. A place can be overwhelmed by emotion, trauma, loss, terror and loneliness. A building can absorb only so much of that energy before it throws it back into the atmosphere, creating and recreating scenes that ended years, decades ago.
Many people still occupy this hospital, carrying on conversations that should have faded long ago. We walk the halls, sometimes frightened, sometimes intrigued, sometimes sad . . . but always curious. Who are you? What happened to you? Will we ever know?