I believe you will find this website very different from those of other New England paranormal investigators and ghost hunting groups. If you dislike strong opinion, fresh ideas and independent thought, this site will not be for you. Please consider yourself forewarned...
My name is Anthony Duda, a paranormal investigator based in historic and haunted Boston, Massachusetts. I conduct investigations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, as well as other regions of the United States and worldwide on a case-by-case basis. As a medical professional and former law enforcement officer, my experience is much broader than most, and I bring that knowledge, dedication and investigational expertise to Ghosts and Hauntings, EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon), UFO/USO phenomenon and Cryptozoology in this epicenter of strangeness we call New England.
I am not simply another ghost hunter, having actively investigated the paranormal for over 20 years, with an intense interest that began in the 1960s. I have preferred to work on a referral basis to ensure the privacy of clients, and am extremely proud to have remained independent, and not associated or affiliated with any amateur television ghost hunting organization. That is entertainment, and has little to do with real paranormal investigation. Whether a possible haunting or other issue in the paranormal realm, it has allowed me the freedom and ability to tailor an investigation to the individual circumstances and needs of the client, and not take the 'one size fits all' approach that has become all too common in this field. Using multidisciplinary methods, along with the most extensive and diverse arsenal of technology of any paranormal investigator or group in New England and quite possibly the United States, I may be able to assist you in identifying your problem and offer a possible solution. In my experience, authentic ghosts and hauntings are relatively uncommon. There really isn't a ghost around every corner and in every home, contrary to what many would lead you to believe. In fact, the vast majority of 'hauntings' have mundane and very rational explanations.
Fame and Filler and Fluff. Oh My!
I have been increasingly troubled by the growing number of inexperienced ghost hunting groups in New England. Masquerading as seasoned paranormal investigators, they dispense unsubstantiated theories as scientific fact and potentially harmful advice without caution. While there are some well-established and very reputable groups, it is often difficult to distinguish the good from the bad. Slick, visually impressive websites, dubious affiliations and meaningless awards are certainly not accurate indicators.
Cast a wary eye on individuals or groups whose websites are devoted to marketing and media self-promotion. They can be easily identified by the prominent placement of self-serving industry advertising and even presumptuous 'talent' agency booking information. In my opinion, we have the unfortunate distinction of having one of the worst offenders
here in the Boston area: New England Paranormal Research
. Devoting large chunks of website real estate to the promotion of industry-organized and expensive ghost hunts, conventions and other moneymaking endeavors should beg you to question, if not their motivation, at least their priorities. One must entertain the possibilities of why any individual or group claiming to have your best interests in mind would feature such marketing front and center on their site's homepage, arguably the most important page of any website. Ask yourself, "What information could they have put in that space that would have helped me
paranormal problem?". A homepage can speak volumes; it is a first impression, just as when you meet someone for the first time. It sets the foundation and direction for the rest of the site, and offers extremely clear insight into what an individual or group deems important. While I do not personally
have an issue with any individual or group, such websites are textbook examples of why the field of paranormal investigation has a credibility crisis, and only serve to make everyone look bad in the eyes of the public. The paranormal has become big business and, while your goal is to seek discreet help with your paranormal problem, theirs is to attract national attention, or at least to achieve a level of regional notoriety. Notice the group and individual photos on many of these sites. Look familiar? Of course, as they are attempting to slavishly emulate their TV ghost hunting heroes: The poses. The angles. The ridiculously somber expressions. Sometimes even the black vehicles! Often the true agenda of the group's founder or leader is not to be in your home, but to be in millions of homes every week. While anxiously awaiting their big break, these 'wannabe celebrities' are much more interested in hawking their books, promoting their web series and advertising their convention appearances than honestly helping the public, regardless of their stated
intentions. Steer clear.
Does a group display a "TAPS Family Member" (The Atlantic Paranormal Society a.k.a. Ghost Hunters) or "GAC" (Ghost Adventures Crew) seal on their website? Run! They are simply amateur ghost clubs, not serious paranormal investigators, and are attempting to ride the coattails of a TV show. It is truly puzzling why any group wanting to foster an image of legitimacy and professionalism would choose to affiliate with an organization based on entertainment television, not real paranormal investigation. In terms of fun and ghost hunts, there is a place for that Scooby Doo-type of investigation. However, if you suspect that you may have a serious paranormal problem, your home is not one of them.
Has their website been regularly updated and maintained? Check the dates. If it has been a while since an individual or group has bothered to add new information to their site or blog, ask yourself, "How committed can they be?".
Does a site appear better suited for a Halloween haunted house attraction than a serious paranormal investigative team, cluttered with floating ghosts, flapping bats and all the rest? Move on. That effort and technology could have been utilized and put to much better use helping the widest range of people to understand and get the most out of their site. I have instead employed technology to provide synthesized text audio in the two predominant languages spoken in the United States for visitors diagnosed with low vision or who are otherwise visually impaired, as well as the use of Google Translate to easily translate the text to a visitor's native language. Controls can be found at the top of each page of this website.
Additionally, be aware of fluff articles in local newspapers and community guides featuring any particular ghost hunting group. Many times a member of the group will know someone on the staff, or the group will contact the publication to offer their story. During an off-season time of year, those articles are used as filler. Also, as Halloween approaches, you will see such articles more frequently. It's free publicity and not inherently bad, but offers little insight in to the quality or abilities of any group.
Okay, so what's the flip side to that 'dark' side?
While the waters have definitely become murky over the past several years in New England, it's not all doom and gloom. Real
paranormal investigation can still be found without the circus and drama coming to town...and into your home. How? Just conduct a little paranormal investigation of your own! Using the information supplied, research some of the ghost hunter and paranormal investigator websites in your area; the information (and the problems) are not
exclusive to New England. Make some calls. Do some digging. Personalities and style differ, and no group or individual (myself included) is perfect in every respect. Not every issue listed above is a deal breaker. Some are relatively minor but others, such as the "I wannabe a paranormal star!" websites, are best avoided. In fact, if the choice were to deal with one of those pompous paranormal 'divas' and their hyper-inflated egos or
contract bubonic plague, I'd opt for the latter. And, yes, I'd be happy to help you with your paranormal problem; please never hesitate to contact me
. My only purpose is to assist you, the client, in getting the help you need while avoiding the bullshit that you, most certainly, would otherwise encounter. Yes, I would
like you to contact me should the need arise. However, unlike some, I've never viewed paranormal investigation as a competition. I neither recommend
contacting any particular individual or group, but am happy to suggest
others who are excellent in the immediate Boston area
should you contact me and, by chance, my schedule and timetable do not coincide with yours:
Please Note: Omission does not imply a negative opinion, and there are some good groups and individuals outside the immediate Boston area.
My goal is to make this the most useful, unique and honest paranormal website on the Internet. It will not remain static, but dynamic, updated and always relevant. I will sometimes be blunt, often opinionated, and maybe just a bit sarcastic. My purpose is not to try to convince you of the paranormal, as no scientific proof exists, regardless of what some may claim. My hope is to clarify and help you negotiate what has become a minefield of misguided information and blatant attempts to deceive. I've left the amateur ghost hunter websites to others. Here you will find substance. Here you will find experience. And yes, here you will find answers.
Truth is spookier than fiction...
So, sit by the warm fire with your hot chocolate (or something a bit stronger) and your dog sleeping at your feet. Curl up in bed with your cat and your comfy pajamas (the ones you would never let your boyfriend see you in) ...and read on. The ghosts, monsters and aliens are outside, but you're cozy and safe in here. Maybe.
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