ATLANTA - Dressing up in costumes, pumpkin carving, and ghost hunting is what you might expect around Halloween.
For paranormal investigators Clint Brownlee, Heather Dobson, and Kyl Cobb Jr. encounters with ghosts are a common occurrence all year round.
The group is constantly getting videos and e-mails from people who think they may have something paranormal in their home or business.
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“It gets pretty crazy. We have to limit ourselves to two investigations a month,” said Brownlee. “We use all our own funding and we fill up every month.”
One of the reasons the group offers their time is because they want to help people overcome their fears.
Cobb has been studying paranormal activity for over 30 years.
He doesn’t really get scared, as much as he gets shocked by what he sees.
“You never know what you are going to get.” Every investigation is totally different,” he explained.
He has also worked on local poltergeist cases in Atlanta.
“The first time you see a ball thrown across a room, or a voice with no one there, those are all amazing thing,” said Cobb.
“It’s like fishing, we go out and try to find the evidence,” he explained. “Then we review it over and over again.”
His team was one of the first to investigate Atlanta’s Masquerade.
The venue has a history of many people dying, but that never happened. People were injured, but only one death is on record.
Ghosts can be perceived by the living in a number of ways through sight, sound, smell, and touch.
This is why both groups bring equipment along to each investigation.
Investigation tools Include:
Infrared Cameras allow them to monitor our surroundings through a level of light that our naked eyes cannot see during the dark/nighttime hours.
Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) enable investigators to simultaneously monitor and record multiple cameras throughout the investigation.
Electromagnetic Field Meters (EMF) allows them to look for natural and unnatural fluctuations in the electromagnetic field in the surrounding areas.
Digital Voice Recorders are used to capture EVP’s (Electronic Voice Phenomena) said to be the disembodied voices of spirits/residual energy.
It’s important to know, paranormal groups should never charge you for an investigation.
“Anyone who charges you for an investigation is putting on entertainment,” warns Cobb.
If you are looking to scope out locations famous for activity, be sure to check out Oakland Cemetery, Roswell’s historic homes, and The Ellis Hotel, formerly known as the Winecoff Hotel.
If you have any questions, don’t be scared to reach out to the investigators.
Click here for the PGI website.
Click here for the GASP website.