Why you should ALWAYS research a location before a paranormal investigation
Many paranormal investigators will tell you that you should never do any background research on a supposedly haunted place before you visit so that it doesn’t influence the investigation, but this approach is wrong.
The idea of going blind is that if you discover a name, date or important information during your investigation, you know that you have not been influenced by information you have already read on the venue.
The approach doesn’t really make sense. Any investigation, whether paranormal or not, should always be based on initial research, if not, you don’t know where to start and what methods to use.
Finding a location ahead of time lets you apply for necessary permits, plan for emergencies, and even manage things like on-site parking and restrooms.
Being informed gives you the opportunity to consider the type of haunting and activity experienced there and shape your investigation around that. This can help with everything from determining which parts of the location to focus on, what equipment to use, which team members to take, and what methods you use.
For example, if disembodied voices are frequently heard, you might want to set up audio recording equipment around the location, if it’s light anomalies or apparitions, a video camera would be better.
If you’ve been called into a family home to investigate ghostly happenings in their basement, know that it’s the basement they think is haunted, otherwise you could be wasting all your time chasing ghosts all over the place. the parts of the house, with the exception of the basement.
Likewise, a property may be haunted by the ghost of children. If you know ahead of time, you can call in a way that appeals to children or use trigger objects that might be appealing to children.
Perhaps the phenomenon occurs at very specific times or on certain days of the month, or even exclusively during the day. Knowing this in advance would be essential in planning when to visit.
Not knowing about a haunting before you investigate is like taking your car to the garage and the mechanic saying, “No, don’t tell me what’s wrong.” I don’t want to be swayed before checking out the car. myself.”
When it comes to researching a haunted place, there are many options, including searching the internet or reading local history books. You can also look up information at your local reference library, town hall, or local historical society. It is also common to question witnesses.
It is said that most hauntings occur at the site of a historical tragedy, whether it be a murder, suicide, untimely death due to illness, or an accident such as a car accident, drowning or a fatal fall. The tragedy may even predate the property, perhaps it is built on an old battlefield, a plague pit or an old cemetery.
For this reason, in order to get the complete picture, you should research the history of not only the property you are investigating, but also the immediate area around the property and the former land uses.
By finding out who owned, lived and died in the property before the current owners and in the land in the past, you can come up with a list of questions best suited to the location and use those questions to call and attempt to make a contact.
Another important form of research to do in advance is a first walk around the property. This will give you invaluable insight into the building and later help you rule out any normally occurring sounds or experiences that could be mistaken for paranormal activity.
Since it is obvious that nothing should be overlooked when researching the history of a place, why do some investigators promote the idea of going blind?
These investigators will tell you that if a name or information comes out during an investigation that you knew in advance, you may have unknowingly influenced the session or experience, discrediting the evidence.
However, the truth is that if your method of contact or experience is open to subconscious influence, then any evidence obtained is already weak and should be discredited.
Paranormal investigators often talk about listening for intelligent responses through devices like Spirit Boxes, but unless you know what to listen for, it’s impossible to infer whether a heard word or phrase is intelligent or not.
You might hear George’s name spoken through the device, it might just be a random noise that sounded like George, but because you don’t know if George is relevant to the location or not, you assume he’s This is a smart answer. You could then spend the rest of the night asking George to communicate with you when no such spirit is haunting the building.
It is best to ask the spirit for its name knowing what the answer should be. If he answers clearly with a name that you have already researched, this allows you to ask the spirit to confirm it and say his name again. Repeatable evidence is always much more solid and believable.
Of course, if you know the names and location details, you might think you’ve heard those words while conducting experiments, when in fact that’s not what is being said at all. It’s pareidolia, the human tendency to perceive meaningful patterns in random information, it can be visual or audible.
The problem here is not so much that your prior knowledge increases the possibility that you can imagine hearing something that doesn’t really exist, but rather that you are conducting an experiment open to interpretation.
For example, asking a spirit to spell its name on a Ouija board is open to subconscious manipulation if those with their finger on the planchette know the name beforehand, but even if the participants do not know the name of mind, they still can’t rule out the fact that they don’t unconsciously move the planchette based on the first name that comes to mind.
Alternatively, you can use a method such as tapping and asking the simple question, “is your name George?” And encourage the spirit to tap once to indicate “no” and twice to indicate “yes”. In this experiment, you should get a clear and definite answer of yes or no, whether you know the name beforehand or not.
Obviously being forewarned with location details in this type of experience is extremely beneficial as you will know immediately if the spirit has responded as intended, the response must back up and verify building related claims, and the response will allow you to formulate meaningful follow-up questions.