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New Mexico – A Conspiracy Theorists Dream

For those that believe in the hard to believe, New Mexico is the epicenter for all that is considered anomalous as well as the heart of many cover-ups, black budget programs and conspiracies. For anyone with even a passing interest in the paranormal, UFO’s or clandestine government programs, many of the places you’ve undoubtedly heard and read about reside within its borders. With many strange locations, government installations and things that just don’t quite add up, New Mexico is geographically located in the perfect place in regards to unusual happenings and overt cover-ups. Tucked away in the SE section of the Four Corners region, it’s just out-of-the-way enough (and sparsely populated enough) to fly under the radar. Ranked 36th in population size with just over 2 million people, and nicknamed the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico is the perfect storm. The majority of the population resides in Albuquerque and Santa […]

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It’s Not That I’m Ignoring You

I left Portland for Illinois on April 17th of 2012. I arrived at my parents house in a small town in order to help them move and tried to make the best of being there. At the time I left Portland, the daily levels of paranormal activity around me were bordering on ridiculous. A day without something compelling taking place was the exception. I was seeing entities, hearing entities, I was being touched, things were being moved, people I know were being visited, it was literally getting to a point where it was almost silly. Just prior to leaving Portland, I had been spending a lot of time alone in the basement of Kenton Station. Like a lot of time. I spent more time down there at night communicating with spirits than I did interacting with the living during the day. So it makes sense that everywhere I went was […]

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A Paranormal State of Confusion

Paranormal researchers are serious about the tools that they use. Many rely on specific pieces of equipment to provide them the necessary data in gathering information for research that proves to be valuable. The problem is, technology keeps changing, it’s expensive, and worst of all, it can be very confusing. This article is going to attempt just a sampling of the technology that’s out there. This is to include devices that we currently use, have used, or plan to use. We will also discuss what is being used by other research teams and why. It should be understood that in order to conduct effective scientific research during an investigation, it is necessary to know what to use, when to use it, and most important, how to use it. Knowing what’s out there will help you to be better able to determine what is a natural occurrence and what could be […]

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The Camera Design

There are two basic body types of camera construction : the all-inclusive box design created by the introduction in 1900 of the first Brownie camera from Kodak, followed by the SLR (single lens reflex) design by Nikon in 1948 with a design for looking specifically through the lens, which introduced new technology for better focusing and aperture control in photography. Then, in 1991, Leaf introduced the world’s first digital camera call the “Brick.” Leaf was a small company later purchased by Kodak , and once again, it was a “box” design, although thinner, sleeker, and easier to carry. The technology of digital wizardry includes a different methodology for recording an image in what is actually a series of dots (called pixels), not much different from the methodology in which photographs are printed in newspapers, or a television displays an image on a cathode ray tube (CRT). Now you may ask […]

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The Orb Myth

I’m sorry I don’t have an orb photo of my own to use on this article but the truth is I’ve never taken one. This one is really straight forward. We’ve all seen the photos showing supposed orbs posted by countless paranormal groups as evidence of the presence of spirit activity. Most investigators should know by now that these photos contain nothing more than dust, moisture, pollen, pet dander or insects reflecting off a camera flash. Why they continue to be posted as evidence is simple: Anyone can get these photos. It’s the low-hanging fruit that is easy to insert in place of actual evidence. It’s how many groups justify not only the reason they should be investigating your place but also proof that you made a wise choice in selecting them to do so. You have ghosts. According to some of their photos, you have hundreds of ghosts, all […]

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Is Time of Day Relevant?

I previously wrote about why most research is conducted in the middle of the night. The main reasons center around the lack of light and sound. Creating an atmosphere where there is no light to cast shadows and less ambient noise to contaminate audio is ideal to eliminate as many possibilities for what you see and hear as possible. The purpose of this article is to show that spirits are able to communicate with us and don’t just come out to play at night. In order to reduce noise I conducted most of the research inside a vehicle parked at a cemetery I had visited previously. The idea was to show that spirit communication was possible at any hour, however attempts to eliminate noise (and light if possible) should still be taken. I conducted three consecutive visits to the cemetery. One in the daytime, another in the daytime approximately two […]

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2012 Portland Ghosts 2nd Anniversary Videos

The following are two videos I made in 2012 for the 2nd Anniversary of Portland Ghosts, my original research project. Videos were shot in Portland, Oregon – Vancouver, Washington – Scappoose, Oregon – St. Helens, Oregon – Rock Falls, Illinois and Moline, Illinois

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Equipment – Part I

Between Jari and myself we easily have enough technical equipment to support several research teams. I would, however, estimate that overall we use maybe 5% of this on a regular basis. When I first started out I trucked the majority of my things with me to investigations but realized a couple of things over time. For starters, I was spending a ridiculous amount of time going over all the data compiled by all these different devices. So much so that at one point I was having someone sit and stare at my DVR monitor in an isolated area and jot down times and camera numbers every time they thought they may have seen something while I was in a different location doing my thing. I still had to go over every piece of video they marked as well as randomly reviewing the rest of it anyway so overall I wasn’t […]

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Demonologists and Their Demons

As a paranormal researcher and investigator for over the last fifty years of my life, and long before it was ever popular, I have always been aghast at mankind’s traditional beliefs in “Angels” and “Demons.” Believe it or not, even today if you believe in science and technology the church will still label you a heretic…only today they do not have the power to send you to an inquisition or burn you at the stake for questioning the deeply rooted religious views of ages past. But I guess that depends on your own personal beliefs and values that are often influenced by modern cultures and religions, not by science and technology. Throughout history science has tried to understand, analyze and explain many myths over the centuries regarding our deep-rooted belief in angels and demons. All of which having originated through a need for a theological development of humanity (or lack thereof) that has become […]

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Intent – Part III

Quite possibly the biggest obstacle for those serious about paranormal research is distancing yourself from the television emulating ghost hunters. For me, researching is about quality over quantity. I’d rather find one active location with spirits willing to work with me and focus all my time and energy there than to spend one night only at 30 different places a year. If that location just so happens to be my own home then all the better. Many teams however are more interested in the volume of locations they can get into rather than the quality of what actually takes place once they get there. The place I learned the most at (and spent the majority of my time) almost never happened. I tried for quite some time to get into Kenton Station and kept running into major resistance. At first I didn’t completely understand this as the owner was not […]