There may be simple, ordinary reasons for the happenings in your home. Try to look for logical reasons behind knocking, banging, hot spots, cold spots, voices etc.
Q: Where is SPR based?
A: We are based in the Monroe County area (Tennessee)
Q: I think my property is haunted, will you come and investigate?
A: Yes, All our investigations are based on having a meeting with you first to assess your case, and to firstly help rule out possible natural causes for the phenomena reported. If we find that we cannot rationally explain what is happening in your property, we will then carry out a full investigation for you. Please feel free to contact us and discuss your ghostly activity.
Q: Will you get rid of my ghost(s)?
A: We do not get rid of your ghost(s), we are purely here as an investigation team looking at the paranormal field in an attempt to learn and understand more about this subject and to gather evidence for or against its existence. Although we will offer you advice and help.
Q: What sort of equipment do you use?
A: We use many different types of scientific equipment to aid us in our research including EMF meters, temperature sensors, humidity sensors, motion sensors, digital audio recording equipment, digital / film still cameras and night vision video cameras. We occasionally use traditional equipment and methods purely for research and experimental purpose.
Q: If I contact you is all the information kept confidential?
A: Yes, All of our investigations are kept confidential, unless permission is given from you to publicize our findings on our website, but we will still keep location details and names totally confidential.
Q: Do you charge for your work?
A: No, we are a non profit making organization, we base our investigations on science and research. Our mission is one of learning, and understanding more about the paranormal field.
Q: Some pages on your website do not have much content?
A: We are continually adding more and more content to our website as we progress with our research.
Q: I live in the area, Can I get involved?
A: Currently no (sorry!), but please keep watching our website, Facebook, Myspace in the future, positions may become available as we expand.
Q: Are all your members genuine?
A: All are members are 100% genuine and are fully committed to the groups activities and do not pretend to be taken over by spirits or falsely claim to have seen activity.
Q: If you come to my house, can I stay and watch and join in with the investigation.
A: Certainly, although we would prefer that you do not have a house full of guests as it just to noisy and also we don't like doing an investigation with children in the house.
Q: What do you do when you see/hear something?
A: We don't run, but we investigate further quickly to try and find a rational explanation.
Q: Can spirits follow you?
A: It is believed that they can, they may be attached to you or something that you have lean object.
Q: Can children see spirits?
A: Children are more open minded; therefore, they might not know if what they are seeing is a spirit. They are not preconditioned to ignore the unexplainable and really don't understand the statement “there are no such thing as ghosts”. Also keep in mind that fact and fiction are blurred in a child's mind, so use your best judgment when trying to decide if your child has had a legitimate paranormal experience.
Q: What is so bad about the Ouija board?
A: You are giving something beyond our realm control of your motor functions. You are allowing yourself to be manipulated by something you don’t know. It’s not the board itself, you can make a spirit board out of anything, it’s the practice of using it as a vehicle to lower your will.
Q: I was sleeping and I couldn’t move, something was pushing on me what was it?
A: Could have been sleep paralysis. What happens is your body temporarily paralyzes itself during sleep to prevent you from enacting everything that you are dreaming about. Sometimes your body is awake but your mind is asleep and you end up sleepwalking. Other times it works the other way around, your mind is awake but your body is sleeping and you cannot move. This can leave you delusional as, while you panic, your breathing and heart rate does not increase to compensate, so eventually you fallback asleep and all is well.
Common side effects are feelings of being held down, shortness of breath, inability to speak.
Q: How do I get rid of an unwanted spirit?
A: Well, hopefully, with the right knowledge, you won't feel threatened by its presence, but if you are truly uncomfortable with the fact you may have a spirit, and it is the right type of spirit, you can ask it to leave. As a family you need to tell it to leave, to move on. This may take several tries, however it is your home and you need to take charge. Simply say “we do not want you here, it is time you moved on”.
Q: Why do spirits move things?
A: We cannot interview a spirit to find out for sure, but we guess that they may want to let you know they are there. Simple daily tasks that we perform without even a thought may take a spirit some time to accomplish. You may wake up to a cup being a few feet from where you left it. That may be their way of telling you “hey I’m here”. The important thing to do is to try and find the sense in the activity in an attempt to figure out what they are trying to accomplish.
Q: How much weight can a spirit move?
A: In our experience we've found that what we label as an intelligent spirit doesn't seem to move objects more than around 10 pounds in weight. This can actually work out to be quite a shove or a grab. A demonic or inhuman entity, appears to be able to move much more than that.
Q: What is a demonic or inhuman?
A: A demonic or inhuman is a classification we use to describe an entity that has never walked the earth in a human corporeal form. Ther are many different types; demons, elementals, angels, etc.
Q: How come I keep seeing a shadow figure out of the corner of my eye, but when I look at it it’s gone?
A: Basically, light entering from the corner of the eye is distorted more than the light that enters the eye from straight on. What you see out of the corner of your eye is simply your mind's best guess at what you would see if you were to look straight at it. Therefore, you cannot be too sure of what you see through the corner of your eye.
Q: Why do you investigate at night?
A: One theory is that if an entity, while manifesting itself, causes any light at all, you will see it better at night with infrared cameras. Yet, if an entity, while manifesting itself, does not cause light, then you will see it at night with infrared cameras. If you were to do this during the day, you wouldn't catch that bit of light, should there be one. For example: if you turn on a flashlight outside on a sunny day it's not going to be discernable at all. But if you turn on the dimmest of all flashlight in the darkness, you will see it very clearly. Also, sound travels further at night do to a phenomenon called sound refraction. Most of all, that is when the reported activity almost always is reported to happen. And, that is when we aren't all working at our jobs, lol.
Q: Can spirits travel from place to place?
A: We don't see why not. They seem to have the ability to move at their will.
Q: Why can spirits travel through walls?
A: One theory is that they are made up of energy and as you know energy is not solid, giving them the ability to travel through a wall. Another one is that if it is a residual haunting, the entity is oblivious to a newly constructed wall etc. Others say, that the spirit is made of fine matter which is less dense than that of a wall.
Q: Sometimes I can sense things and I don’t know where it comes from, what is it?
A: Indigestion. Seriously, you may be sensitive, meaning that you have a great ability to see things that others can not. It is not something to be afraid of, it’s a gift that you can use to your advantage. We recommend, if this is happening to you, that you us to help you determine if you truly are or not.
Q: Can young children be present during the investigation?
A: For reasons of safety and because of the sensitive nature of the case, we need to look after the wellbeing of minors, sorry but we cannot allow anyone under the age of 15yrs to attend. We hope you can understand this. All private home investigations we attend that have youngsters in the household we will ask that the clients make prior arrangements for the children to be taken away for a couple of hours by a family member or neighbor for the duration of the investigation.
Q: Do you use psychics or mediums?
A: We are looking for scientific evidence, we are not against anyone that is a psychic or a medium, however we cannot base the conclusion of a case on the feelings of a psychic or a medium. A feeling is not solid proof. We do have members who are very sensitive, but we use them as a tool, almost like a bloodhound, not as evidence.
Q: Will I be expected to pay a fee for a SPR investigation?
A: No, we do not charge for any investigations.
Q: Do I get to keep any evidence you may get?
A. Yes! We will make out a full written report plus a DVD of the outcome whether or not we find anything, we can then deliver it to you personally or it can be arranged to be sent off to you via post.
Q: Am I allowed to smoke or drink during an investigation?
A: For reasons of health and safety we would ask the client to please refrain from these activities. Drinking alcohol is not allowed during an investigation by anyone while we are there for obvious safety reasons.
Q: How long does an investigation last?
A: Usually about 3 hours depending on the size of the location. The bigger the location obviously the more equipment we will need to set up. We usually allow ourselves 1 hour at the most to have everything in place ready to start.
Q: Will I be allowed to help using SPR`s equipment?
A: Yes! Under supervision of a team member you can if you wish.
Q: Does SPR use Ouija Boards and mediums?