PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION IN HAMPSHIRE AND SOUTHERN ENGLAND

Are you at a haunted location, or are you aware of one with a high level of recent paranormal activity? Do you have a location that requires a paranormal investigation ? I am currently in Hampshire, Southern England, but I am willing to travel throughout the U.K or Europe. 

At your request I will conduct a professional objective paranormal investigation. There is no charge for this service. I will never reveal the exact location or names of people involved unless given express permission. I employ a combination of high tech equipment, research, and most importantly knowledge and experience. Paranormal Investigation In Hampshire And Southern England by someone with over 20 years of experience

I do not attempt to prove or disprove a haunting, but to collect and assess information and provide an explanation based not on belief but on evidence and apply critical thinking to my paranormal research.  

Please e mail me at info@chasingmidnight.com so we can discuss matters further. I will respond within 24 hours. I am based in Hampshire, but I can travel throughout Southern England, London, Surrey, Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire or further afield to conduct a paranormal investigation. 

Tony Hart-Wilden

 

 

The three rules of paranormal investigation

1) Unexplained just means unexplained, it doesn’t mean paranormal unless you have proof that the two are linked 

2) It’s not sufficient just to present evidence without validation, you must be able to explain WHY your claim is legitimate  

3) It’s better to have no evidence then false evidence 

 

Primary objective

To use scientific methodology to provide credible evidence of a haunting, specifically that of a conscious entity that has survived physical death

 

Additional objective

To dispel the myths, misinformation and erroneous evidence pertaining to the investigation of haunting’s and the paranormal

These include

Unjustifiable claims resulting from the use of electronic monitoring equipment

False photographic anomalies

False E.V.Ps

Unverified Psychic claims

Separation of spiritual investigation from scientific based paranormal research

To assist through education

No legitimate paranormal investigator will claim to be able to remove spirits should evidence of one be found. Assistance is only provided in the form of helping to validate and understand your experience and to educate as to the true nature of paranormal phenomena and hauntings

8 step investigative process

Establish a reason to instigate an investigation

What is the nature of the occurrence?

What is its frequency?

What do the witnesses believe it is?

Did they have a interest in the paranormal before the incident occurred?

Are they aware if the previous occupants of the location experienced the same occurrences?

Do they watch television shows about the paranormal?

Are they aware of the history of the property?

Is there any physical proof?

What does the client expect as a result of the investigation?

Does the client have an ulterior motive for wanting a location to be haunted such Paranormal research should involve scientific methodology as a financial incentive if it is a commercial property?

2) Research location

Research the property based on the information already provided  

Verify this information through independent means and expand on it

Research immediate vicinity of location and determine if there is any historical, geographical or geological relevance

Determine if they are any myths, or legends associated with the location or its vicinity and if they have any factual basis

3) Physical investigation

Interview witnesses

Determine locations of maximum activity

Identify and record potential physical causes for paranormal phenomena or hauntings

Attempt to recreate evidence that has been reported as paranormal prior to investigation.

Record general physical conditions for future evidence assessment

Take base line readings with electronic monitoring devices to establish conditions prior to commencement of investigation

Take base line photographs to establish conditions prior to commencement of investigation

Secure location against physical contamination

Set up audio, video and monitoring equipment

Attempt to recreate potential evidence that was identified during investigation

Take base line photographs to establish conditions at termination of investigation

4) Undertake further research based on information provided

Undertake additional research, based on client interview or any additional information obtained during investigation

5) Assess evidence

Determine legitimacy of witness statements by cross checking with known facts, and any independently obtained information provided by other witnesses

Assess evidence collected during physical investigation to determine its legitimacy and weather further investigation is required

Determine legitimacy of any photographic or audio evidence obtained during investigation

Attempt to recreate evidence through explainable means 

Assess how comparable conditions of recreation are to original conditions. Unless identical this may preclude legitimacy of recreation

Determine if recreation discredits the evidence

6) Present client with information

Present client with results of investigation

Provide client with overview of how evidence was assessed

If necessary attempt to further recreate evidence in original environment

7) Document for peer review

If approved by client make evidence from investigation available for peer review

If as a result of peer review validity of evidence is compromised, update client with outcome

8) Establish ongoing contact with client

Follow up with client periodically to determine if further investigation is warranted

Terminology

Definition of a haunting in this context

A haunting refers to evidence of conscious entity that has survived physical death, commonly referred to as an apparition.   

Definition of Paranormal in this context

The paranormal refers to unexplained phenomena currently beyond the understanding of conventional science. Specific paranormal phenomena could be considered a haunting when a definitive link has been established between the two.  

A hypothesis of a haunting – Asking a question

1) Do ghosts exist ?

2) If ghosts exist are they physical manifestations or mental projections ? 

3) Are there specific physical conditions that cause ghosts to manifest ? 

4) Are there specific psychological conditions that cause ghosts to manifest ? 

5) Why is it that not every location where people died is haunted ? 

6) Why do some ghosts appear to interact with us, and others don’t ?

7) Why do some ghosts appear to be performing the same tasks at the same locations not others ?

8) Why can some ghosts appear on photographs although they were not visible to the naked eye ? 

9) Why are there no ghost’s of caveman, do all ghosts eventually disappear ?

10) Are ghosts always present but we can only see them at certain times ?

11) Why is it that someone can see a ghost at the same time and location that someone else can’t ?

12) Why do ghosts appear to be attached to objects and physical locations ?

13) Do ghosts exist in our universe, or in a parallel one that we occasionally glimpse ?

14) What value does the equipment used in paranormal investigation have, if any ? 

15) Are ghosts evidence of survival after death ?

16) Do ghosts exist in the same time or physical space that we do ? 

17) How can inanimate objects such as cars or houses appear as “ghosts” ?

18) How is it possible that ghosts of living people have been reported ? 

19) How much does the physiology of an individual determine their ability to see ghosts ? 

20) How can ghosts move objects ?

21) Do ghosts age over the years ?

22) Why do ghosts sometimes appear to be a different age to the age when they died ? 

23) Does the manifestation of a ghost cause a change in environmental conditions ?

24) Can I prove there is a link between any unexplained phenomena I encounter to a “spirit” ?

The paranormal doesn’t automatically have any connection to a haunting or survival after to death. An incident that is considered paranormal may have relevance to physics, astronomy or biology and may just be a natural process that is as yet unexplained by one of theses sciences. In order for paranormal phenomena to be classified as a haunting a definitive link must be established between the two.

Credible evidence

The single most credible evidence in paranormal field research apart from a reproducible lab experiment is video footage from multiple cameras that capture the same image. It is a common misconception that being able to recreate a photograph or video invalidates it.

Recreation is not photo analysis. Just as a crime scene investigator wouldn’t dismiss evidence on the basis of being able to recreate it neither should anyone involved in paranormal research.

Being able to determine the validity of a photograph or video is a specialized process. I have many years experience both in photography and video, but in the event of an exceptional piece of evidence such as the recording of a full apparition I would pass such evidence on to a professional analyst.

Obtaining credible evidence of the paranormal should involve research and peer review It is always preferable to get multiple forms of evidence that validate each other, but many forms of evidence have no significance on a standalone basis. Photographic evidence is a format that does. 

The second most credible piece of evidence could potentially be that of an audio recording, but this is only under a very, very specific conditions. And that would be that the recording could be verified to be that of a dead person. 

There are other forms of research into the survival of consciousness after physical death. These include near death experience and the controlled use of psychics.  In most circumstances these are not practical avenues that can be pursued in field research.

 

Scientific method in the context of paranormal Investigation

1) Define the Question 

To provide evidence of a of conscious entity that has survived physical death

2) Gather information

Research possible explanations for the cause, origin and true nature of a haunting or paranormal occurrence.  

3) Form a Hypotheses

What are the expected results based on the information that has been gathered.

4) Perform experiment  

Physical investigation of a location.

5) Analyze data

Examine the evidence, to see if the experiment has met the hypotheses.

6) Peer review

Allow your evidence, methodology, and theory to be reviewed by others.

7) Retest and refine

Repeat the process.

8) Establish a theory

From the evidence that has been gathered provide an answer to the question that has been posed.

Defining the source, the quest for credible evidence

The most valid evidence is that which has multiple collaborative sources. But while some forms or evidence will stand alone, there are many examples which independently have little or no validity. Evidence cannot become valid because of an association with a location or event, association is not a scientific protocol because it is not a definitive link. There is no one piece of evidence that can provide absolute proof, but the type of evidence presented can range from highly credible, to false.

The issue with any evidence in regard to the paranormal or haunting’s is defining its source. Some of the evidence that is most commonly presented is changes in temperature and fluctuations from E.M.F meters. But it is only referenced because they occurred in a haunted location. This is an association, not proof of relevance. There are numerous other possibilities for these occurrences, but because people are hunting for ghosts at somewhere supposedly haunted they chose to select that as an explanation. In addition to a haunting there are other origins that can’t be dismissed and if you can’t dismiss them you cannot have a definitive source.

A) The origin could be a psychic imprint from a living person either the client that is being investigated or the investigator themselves.

B) It could be an unexplained natural source.

C) It could be an unexplained man-made source.

If you cannot eliminate these then the evidence is purely circumstantial. The job of an investigator is not to prove a haunting and it’s not to disprove a haunting, either one injects what is referred to as the experimenter effect. This is a bias towards a predetermined outcome instead of an evaluation of the evidence resulting from the investigation process.

If your objectives are to find credible evidence of survival after death then you have to be able to eliminate the possibility of conscious or subconscious psychic intervention, by a living person. Although this in itself may be considered paranormal it can’t be considered evidence of a haunting if its source is not from someone that is known to be dead.

The possibility of psychic intervention from the living has to be considered as a possibility in all forms of evidence in regard to a haunting, including, E.V.P’s, photographs, E.M.F readings, and the movement of objects. Although this may seem improbable it is less improbable then the origins being from someone that is dead.

In the case of a reading from an E.M.F meter or a digital thermometer to have a definitive link with an apparition it would have to be beyond chance. If in a haunted location a E.M.F meter went off 49 times and on the 50th time, it went off at exactly the same time that an apparition appeared this still doesn’t prove that there is a connection between the two. It would just mean that the meter kept going off until an apparition appeared, not that it went off when an apparition appeared. These are two completely different scenarios, and they could also apply to temperature readings, and numerous other evidence presented as being proof of a haunting.

You are taking a vast leap from the source originating from the living to it originating from the dead. That is why the highest level evidence is that in which you can both narrow its origin and establish a link with your objective. Scientists don’t conclude that the ultra violet light spectrum that originates from the sun comes from there purely on the basis that the sun happened to be in the sky at the time they were doing their research. By the same token if you research a haunted house and find that someone died there you can’t you automatically assume that any unexplained phenomena is due to a dead person unless you can prove there is a connection. Geographical association is not proof. 

EVP can only be classified as evidence if you trace its source to a spirit

Scale of potential evidence 

1) Interacting full apparition caught on multiple video cameras, dead person, and unknown to person filming it

2) Interacting full apparition caught on single video camera, dead person, and unknown to person filming it

3) Interacting full apparition caught on video camera, dead person, and known to person filming it

4) Interacting full apparition caught on digital film, dead person, and unknown to person filming it

5) Non interacting full apparition caught on video, dead person, unknown to person filming it

6) Non interacting full apparition caught on video, dead person, known to person filming it

7) Non interacting full apparition caught on digital film dead person, known to person filming it

8) Object being moved, in presence of apparition 

9) E.V.P, with verifiable verbal incantations of a dead person, message received contains information not known to person doing the recording

10) E.V.P, with verifiable verbal incantations of a dead person, message received contains information known to person doing the recording 

11) E.V.P, message received contains information not known to person doing the recording

12) E.V.P, message received that is response to a specific question

13) E.V.P, message received contains information that person doing recording did know

14) Physical object appearing and disappearing capturing on video

15) Non physical object appearing and disappearing captured on video

16) Object being moved when requested, and also recorded on video

17) Object being moved and also recorded on videoEvidence of ghosts or spirits captured on multiple cameras is the ultimate goal

18) Physical object appearing and disappearing

19) Object being moved when requested

20) Object being moved

21) Unexplained sounds heard and also picked up on recording device

22) Unexplained sounds heard but not picked up on recording device

23) Multiple first hand witness accounts of an apparition

24) Unexplained mist seen inside location

25) Unexplained odor with link to dead person  

26) Unexplained odors

27) Single first hand witness account of an apparition

28) Individuals experiencing physical manifestations such as being touched

29) Individual psychic impressions without controlled test conditions

30) Individual’s experiencing the feeling of being watched

31) Individuals experiencing physical symptoms such as nausea

32) Individuals experiencing unexplained feelings of being hot or cold

33) Unexplained mist seen outside

34) Animal reacting strangely in haunted location

35) Unexplained electrical disturbances

36) Photographic or video evidence of orbs, streaks of light, mists or other false anomalies

37) Rise or fall in temperature drop with no collaborating phenomena

38) Rise or fall in E.M.F reading with no collaborating phenomena

39) Battery drain with no collaborating phenomena

40) Claims made by self proclaimed psychics in controlled test conditions

 

Techniques For Paranormal Investigation – A.S.S.A.P

Ghost Teams In Your Area – Ghoststop 

Find a Paranormal Investigation Team In The U.K – British Paranormal Association 

Ghost Hunting Groups – Paranormal Societies 

A Skeptical Look At The Unexplained  – I Am Kenny Biddle 

Paranormal Investigation In Hampshire And Southern England  – Paranormal Adventures