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How to Conduct a Paranormal Investigation

If your home seems to have more than just your own family in residence, conduct your own paranormal investigation and figure out who -- or what -- is crashing at your pad.


  • Step 1: Think logically Think logically about the situation. If you heard a crash in the basement, could it be the cat? Is your house settling? Did your water heater just take a giant gulp? If you can't seen to find a logical answer for the activity, begin your investigation.
  • Step 2: Research Research the activity, as well as the area where the activity is taking place.
  • TIP: Your local library will most likely have some great historical information about your house, who has lived there, the lot, and the area of the town where you live.
  • Step 3: Conduct interviews Conduct interviews with potential witnesses, previous house residents, neighbors, and local historians. Be careful not to lead the interview subject into saying what you want them to say.
  • Step 4: Gather your equipment Gather the equipment you will need to conduct an investigation. You will need a camera, a video camera, an electromagnetic field, or EMF detector, an audio recording device, and flashlights.
  • TIP: Make sure you are familiar with the equipment and know its capabilities. Digital cameras may create orbs or an audio recorder could producing popping and hissing noises, invalidating your evidence. If you know this in advance, it will save you time.
  • Step 5: Conduct a walk-through Conduct a walk-through prior to the actual investigation. Get everyone together to walk through the environment and talk about what they see. Make sure everyone is comfortable and ready for the actual investigation.
  • Step 6: Prepare for the investigation Prepare for the investigation on the date planned. Get all of your equipment together and gather everyone together.
  • Step 7: Record everything Record everything during your investigation: meter readings, curtains blowing, investigator reactions, shadows, equipment malfunctions -- everything. It's hard to prove something without cold, hard evidence.
  • Step 8: Respect your subjects Respect the paranormal. If you believe this is a ghost or spirit of some kind, it's best to be respectful.
  • Step 9: Compile the evidence Compile the evidence after the investigation and try to use it to come to a solid conclusion about the event. Keeping the evidence organized is crucial to a successful investigation. If you're prepared, cautious, organized and respectful, chances are you'll get to the bottom of things!
  • FACT: Since 1536 the ghost of the infamous Queen of England and second wife of King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, has been spotted 30,000 times in 120 locations, gaining her the title of most sighted ghost.

You Will Need

  • Witnesses
  • Camera
  • Video camera
  • EMF detector
  • Audio recording device
  • Flashlights
  • Local library (optional)

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