Question: When did you all start this adventure?
Answer: Stephen and Charles started exploring the legends, history, and the paranormal in the New England area starting in November of 2008. Heidi officially joined the group in January of 2011. We also have Andrew Coles, a friend and member of the group who lives in Cirencester, England who joined in on the fun May of 2012.
Question: What are these "short history" pictures?
Answer: One thing we consider lacking in the paranormal field is the importance of history, with it taking a back seat to paranormal claims or sensationalism. On most paranormal sites, if you are looking for historical facts, you will come up short. Most groups are "cut and paste" paranormal groups, which are those who just cut and paste basic information from other paranormal sites without doing further research. This has led to groups posting false or misleading historic information. Another problem is that groups tend to focus on exploitation such as witchcraft, Satanic rituals, brutal crimes, folklore, and demons. While this can be part of the history of a location, there is more to a place than just that (and often times, they are just false legends or over exaggerations). "Short History" was created to present brief historical facts on individuals, events, and folklore. Each piece of history we present has to do with a location we explored or investigated. With these, we hope to showcase our fond interests in history and teach people some historic facts.
Question: Who is Cthulhu?
He is our unofficial mascot. He is a literary cosmic entity created by horror writer HP Lovecraft that resembles something like a cross between a dragon and a squid. A common saying found in Lovecraft's writings is "In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming." Charles is a fan of HP Lovecraft, and being that Lovecraft lived and died in Rhode Island, the group thought it be fun to have this entity as their mascot.
Question: Do you charge a fee for an investigation?
Answer: No. In fact, we warn anyone seeking an investigation to avoid any and all groups that ask for a fee. Beware of those who charge for "classes" or "certification" as the vast majority of what investigators do are not very hard at all and does not require a lot of learning, just common sense and basic understanding.
Question: Is the Paranormal a science?
Answer: No. Paranormal Investigation is not a science nor are the investigators scientist. The reason being is that the paranormal investigations do not follow the proper scientific method and there is a lack of peer review. Most paranormal people that talk about "facts" or "theories" are misusing the terms since everything paranormal related is subjective and based on belief rather than hardcore fact and evidence. Any "evidence" collected is not proof that the paranormal exist, but it's subjective data. Scientific proof of ghosts or the afterlife is currently beyond reach. When "Creepy Places" do investigations with a client, we often try to use terms like "personal belief" or "what others believe" while trying to emphasize that none of this is backed-up by science. We do keep an open mind to all things, but we also accept that what we do is not a science.
Question: Are you a Paranormal team?
Answer: Sort of. We embrace paranormal research and have conducted many investigations, but we are more like a travel/adventure team with a paranormal slant to it. With the web series, we want to showcase interesting locations with fantastic, weird, or unique history and/or legends. Sometimes, we do not conduct an investigation at all (such as Pilgrim Monument and The Roman Baths ). If we go to a location, conduct an investigation, and don't collect any unusual data, we are perfectly happy since we still got to explore a very cool place. It is a lot like urban exploring.
Question: What is urban exploring?
Answer: It is the exploration of man-made structures , usually ones that are abandoned. Besides ghost hunters , urban exploring is also popular among historians, preservationists, and archaeologists. In fact, the paranormal and urban exploring don't have to go together. Our best examples of urban explorations are Rutland Prison Camp & the Sunrise Resort Part 1 and Part 2.
Question: Do you investigate private residences?
Answer: Yes. While we have been involved in private home cases, our main focus is the exploring of historic locations. Additionally, evidence from a private case is never revealed to the public.
Question: Have you investigated with other teams?
Answer : YES! Here are the name of the groups, and what place we got to investigated with them:
Question: What is the biggest challenge in the Paranormal Community?
Answer: There are many. In fact, there are too many to list. One is ego, which often ruins the paranormal social experience and hinders progress. When one enters the paranormal community, you are going to witness the backstabbing, jealousy, and name calling. One person will talk great in front of you but then talks smack when your back is turned. Many groups are very territorial over haunted locations that they see as theirs. There are also the "know it alls" who hold on to long debunked ideas (such as orbs), look down upon newbies, not interested in new ideas, and ignore historic fact in favor of shock. We personally have experienced it, but also have had been blessed in meeting many kind and smart people.
Question: Are EVPs found on a recorder and those heard from a Ghost Box the same?
Answer: No, we do not consider them the same. An EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) is typically found on recording devices, such as a voice recorder or a video camera, since it is commonly believed that if a "spirit" communicates, it does so by using a different frequency that a human cannot hear but can be captured on a voice recorder. The Ghost Box, however, it is believed the "spirits" manipulates the radio frequencies and on-air programs to produce live communications. Both are subjective to the listener, but the ghost box is frequently plagued by people passing off voices from the box as spirits when in reality it is just radio programs coming through (though newer ones tend to do better). Overall, spirit box responses are much more subjective and are victims to regular interference than an EVP from a recorder. While we do present data from a ghost box, we typically find that we hardly get anything that is worth presenting. In the end, one can see similarities between the two but the method in which the "spirit" communicates is different. Additionally, relaying on ghost box responses only for an investigation is both ill-conceived and lazy.