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Hi just reading through your comments on paranormal groups.
I started a team in 2004, there are only 4 of us and we all come from different walks of life. We also have different thoughts on cause and effect. Although none of us even after nearly 5 years could say that we have witnessed a paranormal event.
We have of course had strange things happen, things that can be explained by natural phenomena and others that can not.
We do however offer all our reports for peer review and forward anything we have found interesting onto experts in the field.
We don't claim to be anything other than what we are, a team of friends who investigate reported and non reported venues for paranormal activity.
We have turned down private residences, after initial visits to find that owners have recently had deaths in the family and are looking for someone to tell them that their loved ones are there for them and are still around. That isn't our "bag" so to speak yet their our plenty of groups out there that would "cash in" on something like this.
We don't do what we do for gain or fame - far from it.
Sounds like a good balanced group Kim :)
For the last few years I've found people who have very keen to get involved and join a group, only to become disillusioned when they don't see a ghost, have to spend time interviewing and doing historical research. It's almost as if they just want the thrill of an overnight investigation without putting in the background work. It makes me wonder with all these new groups beng created how long they will survive.
We have seen so many pop up, stay a few months and then disappear.
Most are in it for the price of a ticket, this has never interested us.
When we first began we found it difficult to gain entry to larger venues and found ourselves taking guests to pay for the venue. However this didn't work for us, investigating took a back seat as we were running around looking after guests.
So from that time we decided it would be just us 4.
We enjoy the research and interviews it's all part and parcel of what goes into the investigations.
We have met some great people along the way and have been privy to some great venues - free of charge too!
I think I have only ever paid once, maybe twice to do an investigation and that wasn't a case we were involved, in fact I was just there to help out another group.
As I am sure you agree, there is very little you can learn by just doing an overnight vigil. A case takes a lot more work than that and if your willing to put that work in, a location shouldn't really be expecting to charge you.
I agree Ian
We have two case studies at the moment.
The first one has been running over a year, the second has been running 6 months.
Whilst trawling through Facebook I often come across people asking each other "Have you done.......Bodmin Gaol.......Chillingham Castle......etc etc" It will be unpopular but dare I say just spending a night at a venue is not really investigating it.
Sounds just a little like train spotting, Ian ...
I once knew a bus spotter who volunteered at the local bus depot. He could name a type of bus (pronounced buzz in Oldham) by the sound of it's engine and had a series of photographs charting buses as they were sold on too new company's and repainted.
I would say I was fascinated.........but I don't lie.
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