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Here is a link that does a pretty good job explaining what ghost hunting is:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_hunting

EMF meter user

Proper Use of White Noise

One of the ways to use White Noise Properly:

By: Dennis Batchelor

Simple, to start off with you’ll want to begin taking base EMF (Electro Magnetic Field) readings.

Carry along a “Boom Box” that can play CD’s and has replay. You’ll want to place it in a room that is centrally located in the home or structure and then on the CD player press the loop or re-play button so that at the end of the CD it automatically starts over.

Place the CD in containing White Noise and push play. Once it begins set the volume so that at 10 feet away you can barely hear it…This would be a starting point.

Begin taking static EMF readings again, this time noting if there are any changes and or fluctuations from the base readings taken prior to the introduction of White Noise.

If you see noticeable changes in a relative short period of time, say 5 minutes you may want to leave it set or you may want to increase it  slightly.

You may want to do this several times but beware and DO NOT raise the volume too loud as to create negative effects on you or your team members.

If nothing seems to happen it may be there is nothing paranormal at that location, but don’t give up try it again at the next location by all indications I’ve found this technique works.
*** Also Worth Noting ***

The use of White noise has been used with success in outdoor locations as well. Set it up just like described above and see if it works for you…

Paranormal Investigation Check List

This list is by Beverly Hill

When searching for indisputable proof of the paranormal, it’s important to follow certain procedures in collecting the data. The following guideline aims to do just that.

Coming back with hard proof of a haunting or other supernatural event is the holy grail for paranormal investigators. But if a ghost or entity puts in its appearance and someone forgot to put batteries in the equipment, there’s not going to be any evidence to produce.

The best way to avoid this is by having a good checklist to go over beforehand. Approach the investigation as scientifically as possible. It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of the hunt, but it will be more rewarding if everything is done by the book and hard evidence is collected.

Going Over the Basics

  • Ensure that all devices are undamaged, properly operating, and have fully charged batteries.
  • Pack spare batteries.
  • Clean camera lenses.
  • Make sure there is film or memory cards in all cameras.
  • Have a pen and pencil for note taking. Don’t rely on PDAs in case of a malfunction or battery drain.
  • Carry a watch for noting times of occurrences and specific details.
  • Use walkie-talkies to keep in touch with other team members.
  • Bring a flashlight. Again, check the batteries.
  • Have a first-aid kit on hand for emergencies.

Before Heading Out

  • Note weather details such as temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, and wind direction & speed.
  • Note solar and geomagnetic activity. Studies have shown that both have an effect on the earth’s own magnetic field.
  • If possible, research geological information about the location. There is speculation that areas high in magnetism can trigger psychic and paranormal experiences.
  • Note the lunar phase. Lunar phases also effect the earth’s magnetic field.

On-site Inspection

  • Give the outside of the house a thorough once-over. Note any bushes or tree limbs that have contact with the house and could cause banging or scraping noises. Look for visibly loose boards, siding, shingles, rain gutters, or shutters.
  • While outside, stand in several different locations and observe if there are any sound amplification points. House angles, trees, and terrain changes can effect how sound travels.
  • Indoors, check all windows and doors for drafts. Don’t forget to check attic and basement access points.
  • Rooms containing fireplaces should also be examined closely. Is the flue open or closed? Are there any animals nesting in the chimney that may be causing unexplained noises?

The Investigation

  • Safety first. If a structure or area looks dangerous, avoid it. Don’t climb rickety ladders, unstable staircases. Don’t walk on rotted floorboards or wade into half-flooded basements. Don’t touch bare wires. A trip to the hospital can ruin an investigation.
  • When placing equipment, make sure it’s away from electrical and magnetic sources such as breaker boxes or stereo speakers.
  • Try to get double coverage on a room or specific location: two cameras, two audio recording devices, one of each, etc.
  • When experiencing something, it’s good to expose another investigator to it, but without revealing anything in particular to them. Some people are very susceptible to the power of suggestion and could easily be influenced.
  • If something unusual happens that causes an investigator to feel that they should immediately leave an area, NEVER run, as this can lead to more confusion and result in an accident. CALMLY leave the area as quickly and as safely possible.
  • Turn off cell phones while conducting an investigation.
  • There should be no smoking allowed in or near the investigation area, as smoke can be mistaken for apparitions in photographs or video, and can mask odors associated with the investigation.

 Good EVP Questions

Is there anyone in the room with me?
If anyone is here please say your name.
When is your birthday?
How long have you been here?
Are you dead? (some ghost don’t know they are dead so saying “when did you die?” might upset them)
When were you born?
Are you here alone?
Do you know what day it is?
Do you know what year it is?
Are you here often?

Where is this place? (they might see the room or surroundings differently than you)

16 Signs That Your House is Haunted

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How do you know if that persistent rapping on your walls is bad plumbing or a mischievous spirit? Here are some of the signs of a haunting

You hear heavy footsteps in the upstairs hallway when you know no one is up there. Doors slam unaccountably. Commonly used items disappear and reappear without cause. The kitchen light turns on by itself. There’s the unmistakable scent of a strange perfume in the air.

These may be indications that your house is haunted. True hauntings are rare occurrences, and it may be difficult to determine whether or not any strange phenomena you are experiencing in your home might be due to a haunting. For one thing, no one really knows what a “real” haunting is – what causes it or why it starts. There are many theories, of course, which we have discussed in this space in the article “Ghosts: What Are They?” But if you think your house may really be haunted, what can you do about it?

THE SIGNS OF A HAUNTING

The first step is to determine, as best you can, whether or not you truly have a legitimate case of a haunting. Not all hauntings are alike, and they may exhibit a variety of phenomena. Some hauntings feature a single phenomenon – such as a particular door slamming shut that occurs repeatedly – while others consist of many different phenomena, ranging from odd noises to full-blown apparitions.

Here’s a partial list of phenomena that might indicate that your house is haunted:

  • Unexplained noises – footsteps; knocks, banging, rapping; scratching sounds; sounds of something being dropped. Sometimes these noises can be subtle and other times they can be quite loud.
  • Doors, cabinets and cupboards opening and closing – most often, these phenomena are not seen directly. The experiencer either hears the distinct sounds of the doors opening and closing (homeowners get to know quite well the distinctive sounds their houses make) or the experiencer will return to a room to find a door open or closed when they are certain that it was left in the opposite position. Sometimes furniture, like kitchen chairs, are perceived to have been moved. Very rarely will the experiencer actually witness the phenomenon taking place.
  • Lights turning off and on – likewise, these events are seldom seen actually occurring, but the lights are switched on or off when the experiencer knows they were not left that way. This can also happen with TVs, radios and other electrically powered items.
  • Items disappearing and reappearing – this phenomenon, which we have dubbed “the DOPler Effect” (DOP = Disappearing Object Phenomenon), has been examined in the article “The DOPler Effect.” Others have called this “the borrowers” phenomenon, and it’s the familiar experience of not being able to find a regularly used item – say, your set of car keys – which you believe you placed in a spot you routinely place them. But they’re gone and you look high and low for them with no success. Some time later, the keys are found – in exactly the place you normally put them. It’s as if the object was borrowed by someone or something for a short time, then returned. Sometimes they are not returned for days or even weeks, but when they are, it’s in an obvious place that could not have been missed by even a casual search.
  • Unexplained shadows – the sighting of fleeting shapes and shadows, usually seen out of the corner of the eye. This phenomenon has also been discussed in some detail in “Shadow People.” Many times, the shadows have vaguely human forms, while other times they are less distinguishable or smaller.
  • Strange animal behavior – a dog, cat or other pet behaves strangely. Dogs may bark at something unseen, cower without apparent reason or refuse to enter a room they normally do. Cats may seem to be “watching” something cross a room. Animals have sharper senses than humans, and many researchers think their psychic abilities might be more finely tuned also. (See “Animals and Ghosts” )
  • Feelings of being watched – this is not an uncommon feeling and can be attributed to many things, but it could have a paranormal source if the feeling consistently occurs in a particular part of the house at a particular time.

Those are some of the most common experiences of those who think their houses are haunted. Yet even stranger things can happen…

STRONGER EVIDENCEThe following phenomena are more rare, but could be stronger evidence of a haunting:

  • Mild psychokinetic phenomena – hearing a door open or close is one thing. Actually seeing it happen is quite another. Similarly, actually seeing a light go on or off by itself is greater proof that something unexplained is happening. Do you see the TV or radio turn on? Or perhaps you’re present when a child’s powered toy begins to operate on its own. Doors and windows are locked or unlocked. Some people report that when they are in bed they can feel and/or hear something sitting on the bed.
  • Feelings of being touched – the feeling of being watched is one thing, and actually feeling like you are being touched is quite another. Some people feel something brush past them, something touching their hair or “a hand” on the shoulder. Some feel a gentle poke, push or nudge.
  • Cries and whispers – on occasion, muffled voices, whispering and crying can be heard. Sometimes it’s music from some unknown source. People hear their names being said. This phenomenon, as is true for the one above, gains more credibility if more than one person hears or sees the same thing at the same time.
  • Cold or hot spots – cold spots are classic haunting symptoms, but any instance of a noticeable variance in temperature without a discernable cause could be evidence.
  • Unexplained smells – the distinct fragrance of a perfume or cologne that you do not have in your house. This phenomenon comes and goes without any apparent cause and may accompany other phenomena, such as shadows, voices or psychokinetic phenomena. Foul odors can happen in the same way.

Rarer still are more extreme phenomena, some of which have been called poltergeist phenomena, and can be quite strong evidence of a true haunting:

  • Moving or levitating objects (severe psychokinetic phenomena) – dinner plates sliding across the table; pictures flying off walls; doors slamming shut with great force; furniture sliding across the floor.
  • Physical assault – scratches, slaps and hard shoves. This kind of personal assault is extremely rare, but obviously highly disturbing.
  • Other physical evidence – unexplained writing on paper or walls; handprints and footprints.
  • Apparitions – physical manifestation of a spirit or entity. These phenomena are also very rare and can take many forms: human-shaped mists or forming mists of some indistinguishable shape; transparent human forms that disappear quickly; and most rarely, human forms that look as real and solid as any living person, but that disappear into a room or even while being viewed.

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