There are those of us who have been out trampling through cold and damp derelict buildings, crumbling cemeteries, and old battlefields for many years in search of the paranormal. Some are in it for answers, some out of curiosity. Often, the term “Paranormal Investigator” or “Ghost Hunter” are synonymous; especially if there’s a lot history behind us. For others, the gap is as wide as the Grand Canyon. The In the Shadows Paranormal Project team uses a methodology that may offer a distinction to the semantics between the two descriptive names. On many occasions for example, ITSPP has followed behind other teams that had completed an investigation with a disgruntled client; and were never seen or heard of again after they did it. Some clients even paid for their services, for which they may have received a few photographs (of which nearly all contained ‘orbs’, while others were just inconclusive), a maybe a few sound recordings of level 3 EVPs, or at best or ‘null’ recordings of indistinguishable or insignificant sounds. But few, if any, left any documentation of their investigation, and those that did provide feedback only gave the client verbal reveal regarding their investigation. But none gave the client any peace of mind, which is why we were called in. Tagging your team as ‘Paranormal Investigators’ or ‘Ghost Hunters’ may be considered splitting hairs, however for this exercise we’ll try to offer some distinction and you decide. We believe ‘Paranormal Investigators’ to be individuals investigates, and reports on, purported paranormal activity in a scientific and methodical manner. Basically as an ‘Anomalous Research Scientist ‘ in a controlled manner, seeking out and attempting to record the purported paranormal events. They review and research for data and information from various resources, before making the decision to investigate, and then formulate a hypothesis regarding any evidence that may have been captured, document it, and report it back to the client with all the data gathered and offer them a written report of their findings (or lack thereof) based on facts regarding the case. On the other hand, ‘Ghost Hunters’ is a individuals who may have a plan, but usually gather little, if any information about the case or client, other than what the client provides them. They too may have a lot of experience and understand much about the paranormal, while other are simply seeking a few thrills with a camera in hand and attempt to gather evidence of EVPs or photograph apparitions or other supernatural activity, with no intention of doing anything else with the evidence they may have gathered. This accounts for most of the paranormal teams out there – who don’t really know how gather reliable evidence, are very subjective, and often see a ‘demon’ in every corner. Much less offer an objective case to their client, whose life has only been disrupted for a night or two, and still has a problem. Now before you write to the Dimension Zone, you know these types of groups are out there! Which is precisely why many paranormal groups have now chosen to call themselves ‘Investigators’ and ‘Researchers.’ In the Shadows Paranormal Project has long believed that each client should have a written case report submitted by the Investigation Team Lead, and each member of the investigative team needs to file a report and all evidence gathered, for the entire team to review. Especially if you are as serious about research, processes, and procedures as we are. And which is why you have probably read this far without getting pissed off, or pissed off enough to change the way you look at what we do. It’s by sharing this methodology with the general public and the paranormal research community, we hope to you to know that there are those of us who truly care about the client and what they’re experiencing. Nor do we charge a single cent for doing what we do or our years of experience and knowledge. As the ITSPP ideology, evidence, and objectivity, has stood up well against scrutiny, and we’ve been well respected by other ‘professional’ organization and paranormal groups. As all we really trying to accomplish is bring legitimacy to this ‘Anomalous Science’ and find some answers as to why things go bump in the night like they do! What Defines the Team The Objective of Reporting By each person documenting what they did during an official client investigations as professional paranormal investigators we hope that all our hard work, dedication and commitment will help open eyes to those that may have never witnessed paranormal phenomena in their life and provide answers to those of us who have. It is therefore imperative that everything we do as individual team members of the In the Shadows Paranormal Project be submitted within 48 hours after the investigation. This allows recalling the events as accurately as possible, from memory, and therefore be more factual with the information we provide, by knowing it is as honest and accurate as possible. This way we can rest assured as a team that we have represented the client's case results in an honest straightforward manner with integrity, and hopefully by so doing some peace of mind too.. Now we're getting into the 'meat and potatoes' of documenting your experience and objective perceptions of the investigation, including what processes your team partner used during the client investigation. Basically, this is where you tell us what happened, and what you may have experienced during the investigation, if anything. Be as precise and factual as possible in your report. In telling your experience, try not to use conjecture (make assumptions without the evidence, or provide subjective experiences), by simply stating why, who, where, when, why, and what you did during the investigation. Describe what equipment you may have used, when you used it, and how you used it. State your hypothesis of the readings you got, and what your experience was during any events.  And by all means, please tell us how you personally felt before, during, and after the each event, as objectively as possible. How you feel during the event, and after it was over, and why you may have felt that way. Hint: Try to describe the investigative processes you followed and how you were able to gather any evidence you may have documented. Be as brief and precise as possible in your descriptions. Filling Out the Report The Form and Directions The Report Paranormal Teamwork A Step by Step Methodology
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