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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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Where to Begin?

New Mexico has been described by some as the desert that needs to be seen to be enjoyed. With all the scientific research and the ability to produce tons of minerals for export around the world every year, it has certainly built a reputation for itself. It’s often referred to as the state that embodies everything the southwest was, complete with its high deserts to low deserts and in all their exotic beauty. From Carlsbad Caverns, to its old settlement forts and its monuments to Native American history, people from all over the world flock to New Mexico to experience what was once the old west. But that’s not all people travel to New Mexico for and for many, it is not what they may think. Although Roswell is just the beginning, this state has its hauntings nearly everywhere you go. Here we’ve tried to define what are believed to be the […]

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When a Child Feels Haunted

When a child first enters into this world, they are far more sensitive to the five senses, for them everything is heightened, everything is new, and everything is experienced. Their undeveloped brains do not fully mature until they reach their late teens. Their eyes are so much more sensitive to light, that researchers believe they can see into a spectrum of light that far exceeds that of an adult. Their hearing much more acute, picking up the faintest of sounds, in frequencies beyond that of their parents, but like their parents, they too will also lose all these highly sensitive abilities as they age . . . Or will they? TEST YOUR HEARING RANGE As children grow, they are often open to new and wonderful things, including the paranormal. They will begin to become inquisitive, asking questions, yearning for answers. They will not be able to escape the barrage of […]

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What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Many paranormal researchers and investigators have been in the field for many years, and ten times that many are novices. Beware of who you connect with as a client, or when joining a team, and you won’t get hurt. But that’s a lot easier said than done. First of all we must understand the ‘human condition,’ both of the living and the dead. Seasoned investigators have learned and fully understand that ‘our basic human emotions’ are what makes us all unique individuals. From a very early age we begin to define values and belief systems. We all go through life with a strong desire to succeed, with family, and develop a sense ‘of belonging.’ We all come from diverse backgrounds and we all value life differently, we all deal with race and prejudice, we’re all classified by color or ethnicity, we all live in social structures established by government intervention, […]

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The Road to Santa Fe

Two paranormal investigative researchers and colleagues, Jari Mikkola and Kurt Page, have developed an unusual professional friendship over the years centered around the world of anything anomalous and paranormal. This passion has become the catalyst that prompts this duo to relocate to one of the world’s foremost UFO and Paranormal hot spots—the four-corners region of the United States* —to do what they love doing most; research, investigate, identify and document purported cases. And their city of choice? Santa Fe, New Mexico, of course. While their move to the Santa Fe region of New Mexico is already in full swing, Desert Highlands Paranormal Research was created to announce their arrival and the reason for this post, on this new website to announce their arrival. Their objective: to develop “a more distinctive and highly focused research, investigation and development profile that complements and enhances the fundamental ‘status quo’ most popular, and not so […]