Great People Like You Are Why I Do What I Do!
I never saw the need to have a website, and was very content for two decades, quietly conducting paranormal investigations through referrals and word-of-mouth. I've always considered (and still do) the privacy and welfare of my clients to be my first priority, and preferred to be more invisible and anonymous than even the ghosts I was chasing. However, I believed the misinformation, ridiculous nonsense and 'me too' ghost hunter websites all over the Internet had the potential for causing much more harm than good. Not to mention that I got very weary of answering the question, "Why don't you do it like those guys on TV?". I decided to answer once and for all in August, 2011 when I created my site and this blog. I wanted to give straightforward, no-nonsense thought, opinion and observation about the nature of the paranormal and its investigation. There had to be somewhere online that people could turn when having a possible paranormal problem without wading through all the TV ghost hunter crap. Those sites are virtually everywhere, started by groups that are here one day and gone the next. When many groups realize that real paranormal investigation doesn't resemble a one-hour edited show with a spooky soundtrack, they quickly get bored and become history. Since I've been around long-before those shows were even a thought in a TV producer's mind, I considered creating a website and said, "Okay, let's do this".
On the Ghost Hunting Questions page of my site, I used the iconic line from one of my favorite movies, Field of Dreams, "If you build it, they will come". My thoughts always were that, if I created a website that was unique and had something new to say concerning the paranormal, people interested in the subject or having a problem would eventually find it and, hopefully, find it helpful and informative. I've been amazed how the site and this blog have taken on a life of their own, with hundreds of daily visits from all corners of the world. Even with very little optimization and in a relatively short time, the site is now ranked #1 on virtually all Internet search engines for its intended search phrase. And do you know who's responsible for that? You. You found my site and, yes, you did come. In droves. Thank you so much! I've never charged for an investigation and, in over 20 years, have never made a penny doing this. But continue, I will, and sincerely hope that my website and blog continue to help those who have nowhere else to turn, and continues to be an island of paranormal sanity in a sea of ghost hunter sludge.
Exciting news in the New England paranormal field! Let me introduce you to two of the consultants that I work with on many investigations. Both have always resisted having their photos and information on the site, much preferring to stay out of the spotlight. However, with a lot of persuasion and arm twisting, they've finally relented. There's no way I can do it all on my own; a combination of time, logistics, knowledge and abilities (some of which I don't possess) go into any given investigation, and some are way over the level of which I'm individually capable. While I consult with a variety of different individuals on a case-by-case basis, these guys are my 'go to' core group:
In my experience, the vast majority of psychic mediums, sensitives...whatever you choose to call them...really can't do what they claim. And it's not always because they're dishonest; many honestly do believe they can dial-in and get somebody to pick up the phone on the other side. Subconsciously, they're doing the equivalent of 'cold reading'. Cold reading involves asking leading questions to a stranger, picking up clues and narrowing down the possibilities with each successive question until you obtain the information you need to make a very informed guess. At that point, the stranger, usually a member of the audience on a TV show, starts to tear-up and someone in the studio hands them a Kleenex. We've all seen it, and there are some very famous (and profitable!) "psychic mediums" that I believe are nothing more than extremely talented cold readers. Then, on the other hand, there's Welton Arcos...
More educated than any one person has a right to be and fluent in twelve languages, Welton can not only make the "I see dead people" claim, but the "I can hear dead people" and "I can talk with dead people" claims as well. However, unlike many who make those claims, he never charges for his services, working on a strictly donation-only basis. He doesn't work from home with a red neon sign in his window that screams, "Psychic Readings. Walk In". And no, he has never worn a brightly-colored scarf around his head (as far as I know!). Yes, I was extremely skeptical at first, but after years of working with him on investigations, I know he's the real deal. Actually, on some investigations he takes the lead, and I'm relegated to the sidelines. Affectionately known as "Zelda" around here, after the late, great but vertically-challenged actress Zelda Rubinstein of Poltergeist fame, my high-tech equipment is usually no match for his abilities. Some in the paranormal field (or more accurately, the amateur ghost hunters and groups) may snicker and roll their eyes at the thought of using a psychic medium, as it's an assault to their "scientific methodology". You can check out my Ghost Hunting Myths and Ghost Hunting Questions pages for my answers to them.
Jason J. Gagnon
Wicked 'smaht' and blessed with perfect eyebrows (I mean, look at them!), Jay's the 'UFO/USO/Everything in the sky that's not supposed to be there' guy. While ghosts far outnumber aliens as the topic of inquiries I receive, if you tell me that something unknown has just landed in your backyard or you suspect someone other than your doctor has been probing your nether regions (without your consent, of course), here's the guy I'm gonna call to help me make sense of it all.
Seriously though, Jay is incredibly compassionate and knowledgeable. The UFO phenomenon is far less accepted by the general public than are ghosts and hauntings. Why is that? I'm not certain, but probably because far fewer people have had an encounter. However, if you have, you can be shaken to your very core. If you believe you have actually been abducted, things can be even worse. Please be assured that contacting me will be a judgment-free experience, so never hesitate to do so.
Keepin' it Weird
Turning in a completely different direction, I'd like to take a moment to thank Dave Hurwitz from the Unregular Radio show Keepin' it Weird for having me on. Check it out every Sunday, 2:00-3:00 pm EST...it's well worth your time! Here's the link to the podcast when I was his guest.
That's it for the February, 2013 edition of The Booo! Blog. I promise to keep the website and blog a living, breathing BEAST!
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