Intelligent & Residual Hauntings: What Are They?

(Originally published on August 3, 2014)

 

Ok, everyone’s heard of Casper the Friendly Ghost, right? You know, the cute transparent guy who floats around through walls? If all the hauntings were as adorable as him, then that would be pretty amazing and all the little kiddies wouldn’t be so afraid of the things that go bump in the night.

Well, let’s take a step back and face reality here. Some hauntings can be pretty frightening and down right mind-numbing. Did you know that there are actually two known types of hauntings? Yes, intelligent and residual…

An intelligent haunting is when the spirits can interact with the living, a type of energy that DOES have consciousness. These spirits may find ways of communication much like the ways discussed in my previous blog titled, The Afterlife ~ A Corporeal’s Transition, or the spirits can often communicate through the use of a voice box; a tool that is used to collect electronic voice phenomena (EVPs). Spirits of intelligent hauntings are known to interact with the living by attempting physical contact as well. For instance, spirits can be playful in nature and a person may feel their hair being pulled or a gentle touch when no one else is to blame for the action. However, other spirits of intelligent hauntings may not be as friendly and the living can experience a sense of malevolence and often these types of spirits are more negative with their contact and might even try to inflict harm upon the living. Many people do try to provoke this type of haunting and I strongly recommend using extreme caution because one never knows what can happen. So, be wise and be careful.

The second type of haunting is known as a residual haunting. It’s more like a supernatural experience that resembles a recording of past energy. For instance, like hearing footsteps walking down an empty hallway when no one is there. It’s believed that in a location where someone has released a large amount of energy or heightened emotions were experienced and the energy attaches or “imprints” itself. As a result of the abiding energy, individuals in the future may get to experience seeing a type of “recording” of these events. Some signs of a residual haunting may be the absence of interaction from the spirit. As if the spirit doesn’t acknowledge the presence of the living person. The spirit will almost seem totally oblivious to anything that’s occurring in it’s presence.

Another sign of a residual haunting is the energy that is felt can often be quite intense for the individual experiencing it, but this isn’t anything that should be feared. The energy can also be the result of the interruptions to electricity and electrical appliances. It’s also very possible for things in the immediate area to change. For example, doors opening and shutting. Once again, this is simply energy. The spirit is completely not applying any conscious effort to these activities.

Throughout the years, I have experienced both types of hauntings. They were very mild in nature and I never felt threatened. I’ve heard footsteps jaunting down an empty hallway and creaking down an old set of stairs. I’ve seen electrical disturbances when there was no accountable reasoning for anything else. I have even experienced the gentle touches from spirits on several occasions.

So, now you know there are two kinds of hauntings. If you’ve had any experiences, please feel free to comment and share! 🙂

 

 

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Interview with paranormal investigator, Elizabeth Saint

Today I’m welcoming paranormal investigator, Elizabeth Saint from Destination America’s television series, Ghosts of Shepherdstown. Thank you, Elizabeth for stopping by!

 

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a big daydreamer with a lot of imagination. As a child, I’d say the one way people would use to describe me was weird. And I was, but weird in a way I just want to make you smile kind of way. However, the response was often “Ewww!” or, again, “You’re weird.” I really thought I’d be an astronaut one day or astronomer, but I had my magician, geologist, and government spy period in there as well. Whenever we took trips to the library I was always reading about ghosts, dinosaurs or outer space. I’m a tomboy and played a lot of sports and video games growing up. However, as much as I was active and social, I was always a bit of a loner. The paranormal experiences I had as a child I think contributed to that even more so as I didn’t feel as if I had anyone to talk to about them. My very first computer was a Macintosh 512Ke. It had the black and white graphics with a floppy disk drive. I would definitely contribute that and those Coleco games from back in the 80s (like Pac Man and Football) to my beginning fascination of technology. To this day, I’m a lover of science, the unexplained and the arts. I can’t imagine my life without one of them.

 

 

You’re a model, a paranormal investigator, an electrical engineer and also an actress. How do you find time to balance everything? And how did all this get started for you?

It all started after High School. I never imagined my life would have simultaneously gone so many different ways. It was a classic case of not really knowing what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be. I started the college journey like most do. I was actually an Art major as I always had a strong background in graphic design, and it seemed like at least a good thing to start out with. About a month in, I received an opportunity to sign with a modeling agency in New York after taking a day trip with my roommate to Manhattan. With my parents blessing, I made the decision to withdrawal from classes that semester and take a chance on something I, quite frankly, wasn’t even sure I would be interested in. I remember going to my professors to have them sign off on my release, and what caught me by surprise was how emotional I was through the process. I knew I was about to start my adult life in a very unconventional way, and there was something scary yet refreshing about that. After a few years, I felt as though something was still missing in my life so I thought well maybe I should at least go back to school and see if that path is any better. I chose to enroll as a Computer Science major knowing it would be something I was good at. It was required as part of the curriculum to take an Introductory Electronic Circuits course, and after the first class I just fell in love with it! So, I immediately switched my major to pursue degrees in both Engineering and Electronic Engineering Technology. In that, I received a lot of wonderful professional opportunities in the field; even living out a lifelong dream I had working on a project at NASA via their reduced-gravity aircraft. Ultimately, I ended up taking a DoD Engineering job down in the DC area, and I’d say that is when a lot really changed for me. I began having a lot more paranormal experiences in the apartment I had just moved into to the point where I couldn’t ignore it anymore. I joined a paranormal team, Maryland Paranormal Research, which was definitely one of the best decisions I had made in my life as it helped opened up a part of me I had kept private for so many years. Short after, I started getting involved in local film projects, as a creative outlet, that quickly evolved to a part of my life I am very passionate about. Honestly, it’s always been a difficult thing to balance life between family and my passions. I’ve been guilty many times in the past of spreading myself too thin.

 

 

What’s it like being a paranormal investigator on Destination America’s television series, Ghosts of Shepherdstown?

Being an investigator for so many years prior to Ghosts of Shepherdstown, my favorite parts of being on the show would definitely be the history and collaboration. It’s rare on residential investigations to get the full picture of a haunting. You can do some research on the land and typically only get a night to investigate the location. Those nights are usually a hit or miss. On the show, we really immersed ourselves in the town for an extended period of time giving us lots of opportunities to collect really good evidence. With the help of Dana Mitchell, Chief Mike King, and Lorie Johnson, we were really able to paint a story of these spirits that we contacted during our investigations that helped create these beautiful period reenactments. Putting the show aside, it was a truly amazing experience to not only work with both Bill and Nick, but share the history of the people that once lived in Shepherdstown.

 

 

Tell us about Ghostly Gadgets and your engineered designs.

When we were filming Ghosts of Shepherdstown, Nick was talking to me about this show he would be filming that fall called Paranormal Lockdown. With my Engineering background, he asked if I’d be interested in making him something for the show. That something ended up being the E-Box they used on the Franklin Castle episode in Season 1. From there, I started making more designs, and that’s when Ghostly Gadgets was born. It’s been an incredible way to combine two of my passions in life, and hopefully contribute to moving the field forward in terms of utilizing technology to capture our subjective experiences.

 

 

Prior to conducting a paranormal investigation, how do you prepare yourself mentally for what you may encounter? Do you practice a certain routine?

It’s important throughout the process to remember why you are there. I find the desire to help someone, including spirits, with whatever is going on in their life or in their home trumps whatever feelings I might personally have on an investigation. So for me it was never really a mental thing. However, I have learned I do have to physically protect myself in preparing for an investigation. My best friend, who is a really talented artist, started making me protection bracelets years ago made of different stones that really help. When I didn’t do this, I found investigations left me very drained and, in extreme cases, would make me quite sick.

 

 

You’re also a sensitive. How would you describe that and when did you first realize that you had this ability?

My earliest memories of being visited by spirits go back to when I was about 4 years old. I think all kids experience these things to an extent. However, over time we are constantly told it doesn’t exist or just our imagination, and I think we just lose that part of ourselves. I wouldn’t say really it was any kind of an ability, but by not talking about it I believe, inevitably, those experiences just continued as I got older. I can’t tell you how many people, both friends and family, when the show came out said to me “I didn’t even know you were into the paranormal!” For me, I feel like a mutt in describing my experiences – a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Depending on the location, sometimes I can hear or see spirits, and other times I am just picking up on their mannerisms and emotions. Because of that, I think saying I’m sensitive to the paranormal makes more sense. A common misconception I think is that I’m some sort of psychic or medium. I know a lot of people would argue by saying, “Well, we can all say we are sensitive and have had sensitive experiences.” I absolutely agree! That’s why the majority of us have developed some interest in the field. After all the inexplainable phenomena I’ve experienced in my life, the true battle for myself is remaining open to receiving these experiences while combating the Engineer inside me constantly demanding scientific explanation or evidence. So much of science, however, is based off of observations rather than what we can physically see. I think if we keep that in mind, we can all get to a place where we are mentally willing enough to be “sensitive” on a more consistent basis.

 

 

As an actress, what kind of roles do you play and is there a favorite one so far?

They always tend to be rather dramatic roles. Not to sound extreme, but for some reason my characters are always either killing people or dying. My favorite role so far has been a recent one shot in England this past year for a horror film called “Howling” by Steven M. Smith to be released on Netflix in the spring. It was the first time I’ve had prosthetic work done to my face, and the transformation my character underwent both physically and emotionally was just an amazing experience.

 

 

Any upcoming projects?

Nothing I can announce yet, but it seems like 2017 is gearing up to be a busy year!

 

 

Where can fans follow you?

If you have Facebook you can go to Facebook.com/OfficialElizabethSaint. Twitter and Instagram are both @ElizabethSaint_. And my websites are ElizabethSaint.com and GhostlyGadgets.com.

 

 

Any words of advice?

Love what you do. My father always stressed that to me over the years, and I’ve found that simple mantra has allowed me to not only discover but fully explore my true passions in life.

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Lee Roberts

Today I’m welcoming Lee Roberts, executive producer and presenter of #haun7edLIVE. Thank you, Lee for stopping by!

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Lee Roberts, I’ve been a Paranormal investigator for over 20 years now. I’ve ran private teams investigating private homes and local properties. Worked on a few TV shows including Mindscape, Ghost Attacks in the USA and worked with the Most Haunted team. I now run Haunted Events UK, write for Haunted Magazine and present #haun7edLIVE via my Facebook page.

I used to be a police officer but left that role under a black cloud leading me to spend time in jail. That was the lowest part of my life but made me who I am today, I never regret anything in life.

 

 

You’re the owner of the paranormal events company, Haunted Events UK. Share with everyone what your company’s about.

I love meeting new people and sharing my experiences with others. I was asked around 8 years ago to run events exclusively for a location called Wollaton Hall, which was used to film Batman – Dark Knight Rises in 2011, the events were so popular Newstead abbey, Nottingham Castle and Sherwood Forest all asked me to do the same on an exclusive basis.. Haunted Events UK was born. I now also manage the bookings at a location called The Village in Mansfield, AMAZING location full of activity.

 

 

Why the paranormal? Was it a personal experience that started it all for you?

I was 6 years old, I was on a school trip at Newstead Abbey, a location I now work with. They were telling us the Ghost story of the white lady when my best friend collapsed. He said he felt like someone was pulling him into the ground. From that point I was hooked on the paranormal and began looking into all kinds of Ghost stories. It also coincided with the release of the original Ghostbusters film which was another reason.

 

 

What’s your most frightening encounter with the ghostly realm?

I was the main investigator at The Clifton Hall Hauntings back in 2008. The place was like the twilight zone, crazy activity, a room full of bees! Team mates collapsing and crying uncontrollably, dark figures showing themselves and more.

 

 

You’re also the executive producer and presenter of #haun7edLIVE. Tell us about that.

#haun7edLIVE came from a TV idea we had, the LIVE was supposed to be a spin off on Facebook but became bigger than we imagined. It’s basically 7 friends, all different backgrounds, abilities and experiences, what we all have in common is the love for the paranormal and enjoy having a laughs with it.

The team consists of Paul Stevenson editor of Haunted Magazine, Jason Wall, Pete Cox, Simon Powell, James Pykett & Andy Soar who is the designer for Haunted Magazine.
We do LIVE Facebook broadcasts via my page www.facebook.com/officialleeroberts
We average around 1.5 million viewers at the moment and growing.

 

 

Being a paranormal investigator, do you follow a certain routine while investigating and how do you protect yourself from anything negative?

I like to go in blind, not know too much and start with a sweep of the full property. I never put any protection up. I’m very scientific minded and don’t believe in protection. If there are Spirits around us then they are there all the time, just because we are Ghost Hunting doesn’t make them any better or worse to require protection.

 

 

Do you feel that all spirits are bad?

Not at all, spirits were once living people, so you treat them as that. Some are good, some bad, some just grumpy old sods. Demonic entities are a different thing altogether. They were never living and are all bad. I still wouldn’t protect myself from them, but treat differently in my approach.

 

 

Do you have any upcoming projects that you’d like to share with everyone?

We have a Spirits of Winter special coming up, more on that will be announced soon.
Also 2017 events are now on sale and selling very fast.

 

 

Where can fans find updates about your shows and events?

For the LIVE shows go to www.facebook.com/officailleeroberts for all updates and to watch live.
For the events go to www.hauntedeventsuk.com

 

 

Any words of wisdom?

Never live your life for others, don’t worry what others think. Believe in yourself and tell yourself you will be successful, believe that with all your heart and it will happen, you have to believe it for others, too.
Paranormal wise, have fun, don’t take it too seriously and enjoy.
Most of all don’t be normal – BE PARANORMAL

 

 

 

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Year 2 and it’s ALL about YOU!

Wow, can you believe it?! It’s been 2 amazing years since I created this blog and I owe it all to each and every single one of you!

The topics discussed here are always open for your interactions. Many of you have shared so much and I, along with everyone else, have truly enjoyed every moment! If I could hug each of you, I honestly would because you mean that much to me!

So…. A BIG INTERNET AIR HUG to you ALL!!!

Much love and light,                                                                                                                 ~ Sheila

 

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Interview with Blaine Duncan

Today I’m welcoming Blaine Duncan, director of the upcoming film, The Paranormal Diaries: A Documentary Film. Thank you, Blaine for stopping by!

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I grew up in a very small, rural community about 45 minutes west of Minneapolis, Minnesota where I lived with my family. This is a small town that’s filled with a few farms, a bar, a church, a small Catholic school and not much more. It’s very much your typical small, Midwest community that you see in the movies and on TV. The house I grew up in always had some strange things going on inside of it. Things would disappear. Lights would turn on and off by themselves. There would even appear this strange smell of cigarette smoke that would fill the air out of nowhere. And this wasn’t like a cigarette that you would smell out at the bar on a Saturday night, this was the smell of distinct, old tobacco. My brother Austin, who is actually out filming with me this summer, had an incredibly scary experience when he was only four or five years old that involved a door slamming shut and a disembodied voice telling him to “be quiet”. So there were some really scary things that were happening all around me and to family living there. As a kid, even from a small age, I was very interested in the paranormal. So interested in fact that the only paranormal book that was in my school’s library was removed from school because some of the nuns felt that I was reading it too much. Pretty funny stuff. But as the only person in my family at the time who was into the paranormal, and even the only one who believed in the paranormal to a degree, nothing ever happened to me outside of smelling the old cigarette smoke. I wanted to interact with whatever was there so bad that I went as far as playing with the ouija board by myself, but again, nothing ever came of it. It was like whatever was there knew I was onto it and it wanted to stay clear of me. So then fast forward 20 or so years and here I am now, still interested in the paranormal. I’ve since then had several paranormal experiences myself at other locations and finally had that moment where I could no longer question whether or not the paranormal was real. I became very interested in filmmaking growing up which has led me to the point I’m at now shooting my own film documenting the paranormal. In a way I kind of feel like whatever it was that avoided me as a kid in my own home has driven me to want to discover the paranormal in every corner of the world.

 

 

You’re currently working on the film titled, The Paranormal Diaries: A Documentary Film. What is your film about?

The Paranormal Diaries: A Documentary Film is exactly what the title describes it as, and that’s a video diary about my road trip across America in search of some of the most haunted locations I can find. The idea for the film started back in 2009 or 2010 when I decided I wanted to create my own film on the subject. I’d always been into the paranormal and I really began to develop a love for independent filmmaking. So it took me from 2009 up until this point to really play around with the idea and get everything in line exactly the way I wanted, and I’m finally at the point now where I’ve gathered my equipment and have taken the steps needed to turn this idea into reality. We’re really hitting the back roads of America and finding these unknown locations that most people have never heard of when it comes to paranormal investigating. When we think about the paranormal we automatically think about places like Amityville and The Stanley Hotel, but what people have to realize is that there are just as active of locations as Amityville and the Stanley out there, they’re just completely undiscovered yet. So by us grabbing our film equipment and hitting the road, we’re stopping at any location we can come across, sometimes in these small, rural towns that are barely a blip on the radar. You’d be really surprised at the amount of places that we have stopped at where people will gladly point to a creepy house on the corner in town and say, “go talk to them about their house”. And then we do and find all kinds of crazy things are going on there, but it’s been so hush-hush in the community that no one has ever investigated it. So we’re really excited to have the opportunity to be the first ones into a lot of these places. We’ve had some really positive experiences so far and we’ve also collected some really great evidence along the way.

 

 

What has been the driving force behind creating such a production?

My driving force is, and always will be, my passion for the subject of the paranormal and filmmaking. In my opinion when a spirit gives me a really great EVP or a really great visual piece of evidence, the best thing I can do is to present that to the world. I mean when you sit back and think about it, how cool is it that we are actually communicating with people that are no longer living? It’s sad that they’re no longer living, sure, but that is just the unfortunate truth about life. But if I’m given undeniable proof of the existence of the paranormal, I believe it’s my job to pass that along and show that to the world. So my driving force will always be my love for this subject, my passion for filmmaking and of course my desire to present the best possible evidence to the world.

 

 

What are your views regarding the ghostly realm?

That’s a really great question and I think it’s such a deep and intense question that I don’t know that I can truly answer it entirely for you. There’s no doubt in my mind life after death. We all know that we’re made up of energy. It’s a scientific fact. And it’s also a scientific fact that you can’t destroy energy. So where does that energy go once we die? That’s what I’m trying to figure out. I believe there are probably spirits around us in many places throughout our lives, but we just don’t have the ability to interact with them. I believe there is such a thing as residual ghost activity and that some of the spirits that still walk this planet may not realize that they’re even dead. This could be in many cases those spirits who lost their life suddenly like in a car accident or a murder, something along those lines. But then I think there are other times when spirits are fully well aware that they are no longer alive and they are here for one reason or another. Maybe unfinished business, who knows? Maybe they feel such a strong desire to watch over their loved ones that they can’t pass over. I look at the steps that have been taken scientifically over the last two decades in regards to documenting paranormal activity, and the leaps and bounds we’ve taken to document proof of the afterlife. I truly believe we are on the cusp of revealing to world the most scientific research that proves ghosts are real. And I also believe my film will support that.

 

 

When will The Paranormal Diaries: A Documentary Film be released for all to see?

We are out filming right now, this summer, across the country. We should wrap up filming in late August and will take the fall and winter to edit and focus on marketing. Hopefully by early spring we can start a few screenings and feel out how receptive people are to it, make any changes that are needed and then have the official release date be sometime next summer. I’ve been telling people August of 2017 is what we’re aiming for, but that also gives us a little wiggle room in there for any unpredicted roadblocks. But I wouldn’t be surprised if you see it before then.

 

 

You’ve recently launched an Indiegogo page. Share with us where people can find your Indiegogo page so they can help take your project to the next level.

Yes! I launched an Indiegogo campaign a few weeks back to help support the film financially. For those who are not familiar with Indiegogo or crowdfunding in general, it’s really become the new way to get a lot of projects completed on the independent circuit. Initially when I first began filming, this was going to be 100% out of pocket and I didn’t want to rely on anyone else to fund the film. Well, a few weeks out on the road made me realize that in order to accomplish what I want to get done in a timely manner, there is really no way I can continue at my current pace to support the film entirely by myself. So I started my Indiegogo campaign and am trying to raise $15,000 for the film. This will cover travel expenses, filming costs, equipment costs, those kinds of things. For anyone who knows anything about independent filmmaking, $15,000 is really not a lot of money. In some locations we’re going to film at, they want over $1,000 just to film there. So any little money that people are willing to give would greatly be appreciated. If you go to http://www.indiegogo.com and type in The Paranormal Diaries, our page will pop up and you can read through it. And people should also know that with each donation you give you can get different perks ranging from a signed promotional card all the way up to credited as an associate producer in the film, which you’ll actually be allowed to partake in conversations down the road and make some production decisions with the rest of the team. I keep saying that this film is being done by paranormal enthusiasts, for paranormal enthusiasts, so for anyone who is interested in donating to the film, I promise you that you’ll get every dime of your money back with the finished product.

 

 

Where can paranormal enthusiasts get updates about this exciting film?

We’re currently working on launching a website for the film, but for the time being they can track me down on Facebook or do a search for The Paranormal Diaries film on Facebook. Feel free to send us any messages you have whether that be comments on the film or ideas for locations to investigate. We’re always open to suggestions and love being able to interact with people who are interested in the film.

 

 

What’s next for Blaine Duncan?

That’s a great question. This film will get finished by me one way or another. Sure, I’m hoping I can get some money to help financially support the film, but even if I can’t, I care so much about it and my passion for the paranormal that it’s going to be released one way or another. So hopefully next summer you see us release the film to the world and it can gain exposure through social media and we can travel around and show it off. This whole project has really been a dream come true for me and I hope I can keep it up for years to come. Who knows, maybe we’ll do another film and travel around Europe doing the same thing? I’m just happy to have the opportunity to expose my work to the world, and hopefully people will enjoy it and it will give them something to talk about. It seems the paranormal community in general has been at odds with each other, so maybe my film can be something that can bring everyone back together.

 

 

Any positive words of advice? 

I would tell anyone out there who is reading this to stay focused on whatever your goals and dreams are. If you want to be a professional NFL quarterback, get out there and start throwing some footballs. If you want to be a rock star and make your own music, grab a guitar and start practicing. I wanted to make a paranormal documentary that would be different from anything that had ever been done before. It was my dream to do that and I’ve finally gotten the opportunity to take this head on. My passion and drive to see this thing come to fruition is beyond anything I’ve ever done before. The only person out there who can stop you is you, so don’t be your own worst enemy and make whatever goals you have happen.

 

 

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Shadow People

What exactly is a shadow person? Well, there are actually several different theories to this alleged paranormal entity.

One is shared by skeptics. They believe that shadow people are a type of hallucination where the subject perceives a patch of shadow in their peripheral vision to be a living, human-like figure or possibly creating shadow people with an over-active imagination. For instance, skeptics think that the shadows are created by our minds playing tricks on us, illusions conceived by real shadows of actual moving objects and such.

Then there’s the perspective of many theorists. They claim that shadow people are really time travelers from our own future stepping back in time to observe us. While other theorists suggest that shadow people are possibly interdimensional beings that are very close to our own dimension.

However, many people in fact, do believe that there is a sinister side to shadow people. Their view is that shadow people are demonic in nature because of the malevolent feeling (a negative feeling) associated when encountering them. Or that shadow people are spawned from deep negative emotions that may plague a severely depressed person.

Have I ever had any experiences with these so-called beings? The answer is yes, but unlike several others who felt a sense of malevolence, I didn’t feel anything negative at all. With each encounter that I had (and I’ve had quite a few), I felt perfectly fine. The shadow people’s manifestations were always extremely brief before vanishing. I didn’t fear them nor did they try to intimidate me. They were a little taller than me in stature (I’m 5’4″), but they weren’t massive in size. Their form wasn’t well-defined either, just an obscured image of a darkened silhouette.

Does everyone have the same kind of experience that I’ve had? Of course not because there wouldn’t be so many different theories regarding the shadow people’s existence if they did. What do I believe that they are or even “who” they are? I honestly can’t say. All I know is from my own alert and sober-minded experiences that shadow people do exist. We as individuals have our own views and perspectives on how we see things. Some people are a little more frightened by the unknown than other people are and the level of each one of our fears is something that can’t be measured. But as in any setting, I highly recommend that if a person does have an encounter with a shadow person and they do feel a sense of uneasiness, then do not provoke the situation. I firmly believe in following your intuition and trusting that inner voice. You never want to place yourself in a predicament that may cause you harm.

 

 

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Interview with Aaron Hunter

Today I’m welcoming Aaron Hunter, producer of the hit show, Real Paranormal Activity – The Podcast. Thank you, Aaron for stopping by!

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

“Sure, my profession is in the IT Industry and I support Financial Solution Software that have been developed “in house” at these tech companies in Chicago. I live in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. I have been here for 12 years. It’s funny about life and it’s true how the saying goes, what you do in college may not end up what you’ll be doing. I wanted to be an artist and a writer of fine novels! So, my first two years I took a lot of artsy courses. Including writing and ancient history. Then I started taking more history courses. I was fascinated about our human history! Now at this point I started to doubt my interest in writing fine novels and painting exotic beautiful women! At this point though I was playing a lot of video games. You see, my father was a Systems Engineer with IBM and he bought me my first computer back in the mid 80’s around 13 (dating myself). And that is when I started programming in Basic. I was enjoying this machine. So, back to college and my gaming habits. I soon realized that I could combine my love for being an artist and technology! Become a 3D Computer Animator! And also at the same time I didn’t think a scholar with a background in history would allow me to go where I wanted to go in the world. Third year I made my major to be 3D Animation and Graphics. This was hot stuff back then like it is now! Everyone wanted to make the next hot game or make movies. I didn’t care. I would do either, because this stuff was fun. One thing….. colleges never tell you HOW to get the job. So, after graduation I found out us computer graphic guys needed Agents. And at that time there were very little animation houses. Most were out in California. Like Electronic Arts. AND seeing as you didn’t have a good professional portfolio you normally were paid much lower wages, shorter contract time and did simple modeling, texturing or made a ball bounce. Just really amateur. And of course the pros that has been in it for years that had the six figure salary and longer contracts were not just going to move out of your way. So, I think it was three years that went by and I was working temp jobs. And then I saw this entry level tech position at this large corporation. I applied and the interview went well. They liked my background in computers and early programming. I got it! Not a bad starting salary either for Chicago area. And I was to learn their new piece of software that they were developing. I was housed at their corporate office and rubbing shoulders with the VPs and President. They had classrooms that I went to learn the software. And that’s how my dream died and started my new career! Funny how things work out. I liked the money and benefits though. Oh, I’m a Foody. I like trying new foods. I really like food from India and Poland. I also love to travel and just get lost. Movies are one of my vices as well.”

 

 

Why the paranormal and what was the driving force behind creating your own show, Real Paranormal Activity – The Podcast?

“Well, here’s long story number two! Let’s make this clear. I never had any belief in the paranormal or supernatural due to my background, obviously. It doesn’t make sense. Things moving around in thin air. Wizardry, Sorcery and magical stuff, man! So, I met this woman and it was a long distance relationship. I would fly out of Chicago to Minneapolis and vise versa. Round trip was only $114 and it was an hour trip one way. Very doable, adventurous and fun! We had a great time! And she rented this two-story Farmhouse out in the country. Very peaceful that sat on a large lot of land. It has this large fast flowing creek or small river going through the front lawn. You could fish in it. And a wooded area behind the home. I saw the stars for the first time in many years. I was always in populated areas if I traveled for business. I was also amazed at how freaking dark it was out there! So, when I visited and if we stayed at her place (sometimes we would travel to a festival nearby) it would be over the weekend or sometimes I would take a couple days off and stay for four days. All wood floors. It had a big unfinished basement and with these dark Cherry Wood paneled walls, beautiful! The thing is when the first few times I started coming over she began to tell me these “stories” about the house. She’s lived there for around a year and half before I came around. Anywhere from a male voice to footsteps upstairs to one of the owners seeing what they thought was their dead brother walking behind the house. At first it concerned me. She’s nuts! Then I just blew it off, because she is more educated than I am with her Masters. She was in the Army and is now a state agent. A Cop. So, there might be some truth to these things or she is doing a psych test on me. Cops are crafty that way! I ended up getting laid-off in 2010 with this whole financial turmoil the country was in and decided to stay out there while looking for a job. Never stayed out there for as long as I was about to. After about three-weeks to a month “things” started happening. Just loud noises in the middle of the day or at night. One night there was a “crash” downstairs so I went to look and door to the home was wide open! I bolt lock that thing every night, because it’s more dangerous out there than in Chicago. In Chicago I’m in a secure building in a good area. People everywhere. Out there, however it’s a different story. So, I’m doing these experiments to try to figure out what’s going on. And it seemed to be escalating! At one point (even though I had no proof) I thought that perhaps this house was unstable. Ha! I think it was the fourth event that really shook me and I left the next day to speak with my father about it and I wasn’t about to stay there. I’ll leave it at that, because there is a lot going on here. I tell the whole story in great detail at the show site. It’s Episode 42 and it’s two and a half hours long. We’ll get to all that information further down. So, I became FASCINATED with the paranormal. In Sept of that year (2010) I went back to Chicago, because I landed a job. And every since 2010 I’ve been reading and researching everything I can get my hands on about the paranormal. I already knew there is a lot of false claims, but I’m pretty good at catching them. I’m an academic. I don’t go looking for these things. I just research. And man there are some nasty stuff you can find, but they are pretty rare. There is a reason people don’t see these things or die without ever experiencing anything. My girlfriend and I split in 2012 and I continued on. I began getting into these files called “Podcasts”. Basically a MP3 file, but Apple started to provide a way for people to submit their own MP3 file and sell them or give them away. What happened is people just bought a mic and started recording what they wanted to talk about and also other things. Homemade Radio Shows! In January of 2015 my tech friend Brit and I sat down and started talking about making a little info type of show on the paranormal. Perhaps, ask people if they had any experiences and if they would send them in for us to read. So, we bought some equipment. Got the website established. Got some stock music. And KA-POW! Real Paranormal Activity – The Podcast (RPA) was born! We are now in Season 2!”

 

 

What are your beliefs regarding the paranormal?

“I answered some of that on the above question, but I firmly believe people won’t talk about it because it’s crazy stuff and they can’t even prove what they experienced or thought they experienced. And that’s one of the main reasons of the creation of the show. To provide an outlet for people. To provide answers. To provide a “family” of sorts. To provide perhaps some sort of therapy? So, we’ve had a GREAT response with the show’s fans. They ask for help. And sometimes thanks us for reading their story, because it helped them. I also believe as I said in the previous question you may not find anything. And most things can be debunked, but then again…. some things DO happen. I know that myself. If I never sat foot into that crazy house I would still be laughing at people instead of trying to provide an outlet. Be the solution not the problem, man! I do laugh at the paranormal shows. It’s entertainment. One thing. I would have the lights on to get clear video and to see where you’re going. Trust me. These things are not scared of lights. Things happened at the house during the day. And if they are afraid of light. We’ll there’s your solution. Always have light inside your home. Ha!”

 

 

What kind of guests do you have on your show? 

“Wow, good question. All kinds from professionals to non-professionals that have experienced something. We have Psychics, Mediums, Empaths, Investigators, Authors and even a guy who produced a paranormal movie. And you have your own episode on the show as well. Episode 18 where we speak about your book. I had fun by the way. You were very easy to speak to!”

 

 

Care to tell us one of the scariest ghost stories shared by a guest?

“In another interview I was asked that and it stumped me, because I’ve been reading stories and books since 2010. So many! Since then I thought about it just in case I was asked that question again. There was this family that moved into a Farmhouse. What’s with these farmhouses? Anyway it was the father, mother and daughter. And that first night the daughter woke up to a scream and talking from her parent’s room. The next day she asked about it and nothing much was said. The daughter always had an odd feeling about her parents room. As time went on the parents divorced and the daughter went with her mother to live. The father stayed in the house. When the daughter would stay at her father’s house. She would stay at her parents old bedroom. She felt scared and moody while in that room. Finally she decided to ask her mother what happened that first night when they stayed there. Her mother told her she woke up and felt being watched. Moonlight streamed in through the windows. She glanced around the room. Something was wrong. Her eyes fell upon the open closet door. Inside the closet…swinging back and forth was a hanging man! Neck broken to the side with these eyes glaring right at her. She then screamed and woke-up her husband. She told her husband what she saw and they soon started arguing, because the father didn’t believe in such junk!

 

 

Where can listeners find your show, Real Paranormal Activity – The Podcast? And what is the show’s schedule?

“Oh man, we’re all over the place now! Two places we would recommend. First, use your mobile device and use a podcast app. Then do a search for us and then you can download the episodes for free. And listen to us anywhere! Second, go to the website at www.RealParanormalActivity.com . We release a new episode every Monday! And also throughout the year we do bonus episodes for Christmas, Halloween or when I may mess up and be late for a Monday release. So, I do my best to make it up to you guys. Because without our audience we wouldn’t have a show. Just talking to air. And we’re flattered that we even have fans, because we’re no one. Thanks for listening guys!”

 

 

What would you say to a non-believer if they were to question you about the paranormal?

“That’s good! You should question me, because what I just told you is crazy. And you questioning me means that you are a logical and critical thinker!”

 

 

What’s next for Aaron Hunter and Real Paranormal Activity – The Podcast?

“Secret plans to take out the competition! No, we are expanding onto other networks and into other market places. So, we will continue to do that and grow the show. Brit and I have talked about adding a new section to the show. Something a little different. Nothing will change with the current show. Just additional content. I also spoke about a idea that I think is really amazing back earlier this year. And I said I thought it would be implemented sometime in March. That time has passed and life keeps us busy. We are still very interested in doing it, but need to speak with another party. I think it’s something no other podcast has done and we like that. Don’t keep doing the same stuff guys! Be creative and take the complaints. People will come around if it’s truly a good idea. And there is a reason I’m being very vague. Don’t want to give away too much.”

 

 

Any words of wisdom you’d care to share?

“Be kind.”