The first step is to determine, as best you can, whether or not you truly have a legitimate case of a haunting. Not all hauntings are alike, and they may exhibit a variety of phenomena. Some hauntings feature a single phenomenon - such as a particular door slamming shut that occurs repeatedly - while others consist of many different phenomena, ranging from odd noises to full-blown apparitions.

Here's a partial list of phenomena that might indicate that your house is haunted:

Unexplained noises - footsteps; knocks, banging, rapping; scratching sounds; sounds of something being dropped. Sometimes these noises can be subtle and other times they can be quite loud.

Doors, cabinets and cupboards opening and closing - most often, these phenomena are not seen directly. The experiencer either hears the distinct sounds of the doors opening and closing (homeowners get to know quite well the distinctive sounds their houses make) or the experiencer will return to a room to find a door open or closed when they are certain that it was left in the opposite position. Sometimes furniture, like kitchen chairs, are perceived to have been moved. Very rarely will the experiencer actually witness the phenomenon taking place.

Lights turning off and on - likewise, these events are seldom seen actually occurring, but the lights are switched on or off when the experiencer knows they were not left that way. This can also happen with TVs, radios and other electrically powered items.

Items disappearing and reappearing - this phenomenon, which we have dubbed "The DOPler Effect" (DOP = Disappearing Object Phenomenon), has been examined in the article "The DOPler Effect." Others have called this "the borrowers" phenomenon, and it's the familiar experience of not being able to find a regularly used item - say, your set of car keys - which you believe you placed in a spot you routinely place them. But they're gone and you look high and low for them with no success. Some time later, the keys are found - in exactly the place you normally put them. It's as if the object was borrowed by someone or something for a short time, then returned. Sometimes they are not returned for days or even weeks, but when they are, it's in an obvious place that could not have been missed by even a casual search.

Unexplained shadows - the sighting of fleeting shapes and shadows, usually seen out of the corner of the eye. This phenomenon has also been discussed in some detail in "Shadow People." Many times, the shadows have vaguely human forms, while other times they are less distinguishable or smaller.

Strange animal behavior - a dog, cat or other pet behaves strangely. Dogs may bark at something unseen, cower without apparent reason or refuse to enter a room they normally do. Cats may seem to be "watching" something cross a room. Animals have sharper senses than humans, and many researchers think their psychic abilities might be more finely tuned also. (See "Animals and Ghosts" )

Feelings of being watched - this is not an uncommon feeling and can be attributed to many things, but it could have a paranormal source if the feeling consistently occurs in a particular part of the house at a particular time.

Those are some of the most common experiences of those who think their houses are haunted. Yet even stranger things can happen...

According to Webster's dictionary the word "haunting" is defined as:

1: to visit often, or to continually seek the company of


2: to have a disquieting or harmful effect on, or to linger.  

From this definition we can see what a ghost 'does' but it does not help tell us what it is.

We can therefore determine that a "haunting" is simply repeated unwanted visits that disturb or harm.  

Visits from who or what though???

The term "spirit" is defined as a supernatural being. Although I believe that there is nothing "SUPER" natural about spirits. They are simply natural occurrences that surround us every day, everywhere.   For the great majority of us we function completely oblivious to their existence, this creates for us a "comfort zone" about ghosts.   This comfort zone is disturbed or completely undone when we are unexpectedly required to meet and deal with these spirit forms. Nothing on earth will convert a skeptic quicker than having a ghostly encounter.


All religious philosophies aside, the "essence" that makes us human is the "energy" that some call a soul.   One of the basic concepts in science is that "energy" cannot be destroyed, it only changes form. With that fact in mind we will explore the realm of spirits. I would like to say here that I cannot present to you all that my studies and experiences have taught me, only that I will try to cover the highlights and most frequently asked questions. Also, I do not have all the answers, but am willing to work with you as an individual to find whatever information that will help. Further, I will not enter into a religious debate or philosophical discussions. It has been my experience that ones religious foundation will color attitudes and beliefs until the day you die, rather I will stick to practical, helpful activities that will guide you through your encounters. 

                  The Six Types of Haunting Activities

The following article is the sole opinion of the author Paul Dale Roberts and does not reflect the views of LIPI (Lincoln Illinois Paranormal Investigations)

  1. Residual Haunting Activity:

Residual haunting activity can occur when something traumatic/stressful occurs, such as a murder or a rape. Negative energy is literally blasted into the atmosphere, causing the atmosphere to imprint or record the events. Like a recording tape, it will play the events over and over again. The entities involved in this residual haunting activity are unaware of their surroundings. This is not an intelligent haunting, there is no interaction between you and the entity.

Residual haunting activity can also be caused by positive energy blasted into the atmosphere. Many times you have heard ghost stories, where people can hear the sounds of a party. They hear music, singing, dancing, laughter and when they enter the room where they hear the party, there is no one there. Residual haunting activity can be the specters of living beings. (Here is a good example of a Residual Haunting - Haunted House for Sale

The husband and wife move out of the apartment and the new renters see residual haunting activity in which the previous owners are involved in a domestic dispute, they appear to be specters. The new renters are able to identify the faces of the specters. When they go to a neighborhood barbecue, they see a neighborhood get-together photograph and identify a man and woman as being the specters they see in their apartment. They discover that their specters are still living, but are now divorced. Their specters were the previous renters who were always quarreling in that apartment.

Residual haunting activity can be caused by agitated nervousness, such as a new politician that is nervous about talking in front of a crowd of people. The speech by this politician is played back over and over again as a residual haunting effect.

Poltergeist Activity:

Poltergeist activity is usually caused by an adolescent teenage girl going through puberty stages. During this stage of development, a young girl can harbor an extreme amount of inner energy. This energy can be projected by the mind, which can cause tapping sounds, the movement of objects, lights flickering off and on. Poltergeist activity usually originates from a human being.

  1. Demon Activity:

Demons are entities that never had a mortal human form. Origins: Extraterrestrial. Why? If you believe that God and his angels are from the 'heavens', that would make them extraterrestrial. If Satan and 1/3 of the angels rebelled against God's Kingdom, then Satan and 1/3 of the angels that became demons are also extraterrestrial. That is why they never had a mortal human form. Einstein said that E = MC2. Energy can be converted into matter and matter into energy. Demons are pure energy entities. They are described in three different ways.

1. As angelic, a being of beauty that will manipulate the person to commit something that is sinful or out of the ordinary.

2. Horrific, evil looking. Some people claim, they have seen demons that are incredibly hideous to look at. I believe demons do this for a scare effect, they know what we fear and this is not their true appearance.

3. Black mist, black fog, black shadow, black smoke. Most demonic hauntings, the occupants claim to be followed by black mist or black fog.

Demons can travel from San Francisco to Hong Kong in a blink of an eye. The demons main purpose is to cause chaos and havoc upon mankind. Demons are deceivers and they manipulate our society towards social upheaval. Demons seek out our destruction. Demon cases are extremely rare. To handle demonic cases, it is essential that a blessing of the purest kind is conducted on the person or home. Consult your clergyman, priest or Demonologist.

Intelligent/Interactive Activity:

Back to Einstein's theory. As matter beings, we are all energy beings on the quantum level. We are made up of atoms and neutrons. As matter/energy beings we have intelligence. While we live, we have an energy aura that surrounds our living bodies. This aura is created by the millions of electrical currents that are created through our bodies. Our brains creates brain waves, a form of pure energy that is transmitting our thoughts, what we see, what we feel, etc.

When our mortal form dies, the aura that constantly surrounds our bodies, leaves our bodies. We lose 6 ounces on the instance of death. What is this 6 ounces? Perhaps it is energy leaving our body. Our soul. This energy, the aura, or you may even call it your soul, is carrying the information of what we used to be. If it can do this, then why couldn't it also carry our intelligence? If it can carry our former intelligence of our previous life, then it should be able to interact with us intelligently. When we see this aura, we call it a ghost.

If this spirit is able to interact with us, is aware of us, can touch us, can communicate with us, then this is an intelligent/interactive haunting.

Shadow People or Shadow Creatures Activity:

This is a type of haunting activity that has no real explanation. They are different from ghosts. They are usually shapeless dark masses. Mostly seen with your peripheral vision. They are known to do things that are different from ghosts. They can move between walls, they have no human features, they wear no clothes (except for the hat man/hooded figure shadow creatures). People who encounter them, have a feeling of dread. Clairvoyants that encounter Shadow People, say they do not feel they are human and consider them non-human.

Shadow People have no discernible mouth, noses or facial expressions. Some are seen as child sized dark humanoids. Some people say they seem to be made up of dark smoke or dark steam. At times when they move, they appear to be moving on an invisible track from one place to another, such as a toy train on a small scale railroad track. They have been seen to hop or what appears to be a strange dance. They are known to stare at the floor.

Two common types of Shadow People are the 'hat man', that looks like he or she is wearing a 1930s fedora hat and the 'hooded figure', which looks like the shadow person has a hood over their head. The hood and hat stand out as clothing, but otherwise, they are not wearing any clothing at all. There are also reports of shadow animals, such as a shadow in the form of a cat, with no discernible mouth, nose or eyes.

Doppelganger Haunting Activity:

Extremely rare and Not a lot of information

The Doppelganger haunting activity is considered the evil twin, the harbinger of misfortune, the omen of death.

In most cases, the victim of this haunting activity is in danger with her immediate surroundings, her family or in some cases the victim themselves are in grave danger of illness or death. 
Why are Children more sensitive to the paranormal than Adults?
The following is a study conducted by Nicole Leader

Research Summary
Listed on this page is a brief summary of the study conducted, its findings and conclusions. This however, is not the actual detailed report. For that you will need to view this entire document at

This research study was conducted in order to better understand the abilities children have to see and hear ghosts.  The study was based on children from the age of newborn all the way up to 11 years old.  The child study was conducted so that we can better understand the abilities to communicate with ghosts, that several children possess.  When researching this subject several different aspects were taken into consideration in order to study children how see and hear beings from the other side.  These different view points included looking at the ages of which children begin seeing or hearing ghosts as well as taking a looking at what age they begin losing that ability or developing it further.  In some cases children do not lose the ability to communicate with ghosts, but they continue expanding their abilities as they get older.  In others, the child completely loses their abilities due to many key factors that come into play in the child’s life.   Also in a majority of the cases children are seeing full body apparitions in human form and typically the family begins noticing this when the child begins learning how to walk/speak.   In the end I found that most commonly children are seeing and communicating with deceased loved ones and the abilities seem to dissipate around the age of five. 

Why do Haunting's occur?

Haunting's occur for one reason, that the essence/spirit of a human is bound to this plane.
What causes a spirit to remain earth bound? This question is a rather complex one, and the answer varies according to the spirits personality in life. Some reasons that are commonly accepted are:   

  • Unfinished Business, the spirit feels that he/she has something important to accomplish before moving on.     

  • Attachment to another person, the spirit is unwilling to leave this plane of existence because of his/her love for another. 

  • Material Attachment, the spirit is unwilling to leave earthly possessions. 

  • Protector, the spirit feels it is necessary to remain as a guardian over another. 

  • Confusion, the spirit may have had an unexpected traumatic death and is unaware that he/she is now on the other side. 

Although there may be be some other individual reason the spirit remains, most can be classified into one of these categories.

Why me, why my house?

Don't take it personally! In about 99.9% of the cases of haunting's, it is a spirit that you do not know, for reasons you will most likely never figure out. 

Are these haunting's random?

There is no solid answer to that question. Some haunting's may be based on the actual site, in other words the spirit may have an attachment to the spot your house sits on.   In a few cases though people have done something to "invite" a ghost in.  

Why do Haunting's occur?

Haunting's occur for one reason, that the essence/spirit of a human is bound to this plane.
What causes a spirit to remain earth bound? This question is a rather complex one, and the answer varies according to the spirits personality in life. Some reasons that are commonly accepted are:   

  • Unfinished Business, the spirit feels that he/she has something important to accomplish before moving on.     

  • Attachment to another person, the spirit is unwilling to leave this plane of existence because of his/her love for another. 

  • Material Attachment, the spirit is unwilling to leave earthly possessions. 

  • Protector, the spirit feels it is necessary to remain as a guardian over another. 

  • Confusion, the spirit may have had an unexpected traumatic death and is unaware that he/she is now on the other side. 

Although there may be some other individual reason the spirit remains, most can be classified into one of these categories.

Can I get rid of them?

Truthfully, that depends. There are no sure fire methods or rites that will guarantee you can remove unwanted entities from your home. Keeping in mind that entities have individual personalities - just like their human counterparts, some may not want to go, regardless of how persuasive and/or forceful you may be.They may go, or again they may return. It also depends very much on the "type" of spirit you are dealing with. This not said to discourage you, I have found for the most part that they will leave upon request and no special ceremony is required. 



For the most part, demons are known by their “function names.” The function name will tell you what the demon specializes in once he becomes attached to a person, whether it be on the outside of the person or on the inside of the person.

For instance, a spirit of lust will specialize in transmitting lust onto the person they are attached to. Once they transmit that feeling of lust onto this person, they will then try and get the person to act out on it. This is how many people end up engaging in fornication, adultery, or pornography. This is what you call a person coming under “direct demonic influence.”

Most of these cases are not full possession type cases, so God will still hold the person completely responsible for their actions, even if a demon is sliming them with this lustful feeling, along with providing them with the actual compulsion to try and act out on it. God still held both Adam and Eve totally responsible for their actions in the Garden of Eden, even though it was the devil himself who tempted Eve to eat the fruit off that forbidden tree, and then Eve persuaded Adam to do the same thing.

Satan still has not changed his tactics and strategies, and he still uses both demons and other people to try to get us to fall into various types of sins. But whether we are coming under any kind of direct influence from demons or other people, the choice will always remain with us as to whether or not we will fall for the temptation to sin directly against the Lord.

All demons can do is try and make you do bad and evil things. And unless you are dealing with a case of temporary possession, or someone who has become mentally ill in some way, most of the time the person will have all of his senses fully intact enough to know right from wrong, and will know what the full consequences of their acts will be if they decide to go all the way through with it.

A good example of this are the people who murder their loved ones in a fit of rage and jealousy. Many of the times, these crimes are premeditated, which means the person is actually thinking about it and planning on how to do it.

Once they go into this kind of a planning stage, the demons will then keep the pressure on from the back end to try and get them to follow all the way through it. But the person can still stop it and call it off anytime they want to. They know full well what the consequences are going to be if they get caught – life imprisonment or the death penalty. But in many of these cases, they will still follow all the way through with it and actually kill their spouse or whoever else they have targeted.

Demons with function names of murder, rage, and hate are many of the times the driving force behind these types of horrible crimes. But again, the person is still fully cooperating with these demons with their free will and as a result, they will be held totally accountable and responsible by both the law if they are ever caught, and by God Himself once they die and cross over to face Him head on for their own personal judgment.

Most of the time people have no idea that it really is demons who are operating behind the scenes providing more fuel to their fires with what they specialize in, such as spirits of hate, murder, jealousy, rage, anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness. Once a group of these types of demons attach to a person who may have been really hurt in a love affair, or a spouse being divorced by the other spouse, or a spouse catching another spouse in an adulterous love affair, they will then try and do everything they can to slime the person with what they specialize in so as to try and get them to act out on these negative feelings and emotions.

This is why it will really help everyone if they knew what some of the basic function names ofthe demons were, so they can then immediately spot their negative influence when they do try and move in for an attack on someone who may be open to their negative and evil influence.

The first basic rule of any type of warfare, whether it be spiritual warfare or natural warfare, is to know your enemy. And knowing the basic functionnames of the demons who are out there will give you a good head start, as their function names will tell you how they are “playing” that person, along with providing you with clues as to what their legal rights may be on that person.


  • Compass

The compass point is affected by magnetic fields. The range of the compass is from your location to the magnetic north pole. Any magnetic fields surrounding the location could alter the direction of the needle. A normal reading is always north. Possible paranormal activity is when the compass is reading the wrong direction or if it begins to spin.

  • Digital Audio Recorder

In theory a spirit/ghost may communicate with you through electronic voice phenomenon (EVP). EVP is picked up through an audio recording device. You cannot hear EVPs while they are happening. When you play the audio recording back, you will be able to hear them. The first thing you need to do is turn on the device and set up a pre-wrap by saying your name, date, time, and location. While investigating ask EVP questions leaving a 20 to 30 second gap between each question. Make sure your recorder is on and recording the entire duration of the investigation so we don’t miss anything. Slide the hold switch to ensure you don’t pause the recorder by mistake. When the investigation is complete, do a post wrap on the recorder re-stating the time, date, and indicate that the investigation is complete. You will need to put the hold switch back to its original position to stop the recording.

  • Digital Camera

When taking a picture of an area, you may capture a spirit/ghost on a photograph. The flash and the optics of the camera are able to amplify an object that you cannot see with the naked eye. For example: You can take a picture in a room and you cannot see the dust particles in the air, but when you look at the photograph you can see transparent circles, which is the dust caught on film. When analyzing the photographs you are looking for any type of anomalies in the photos that cannot be explained. When using a digital camera there will be many times that you get orbs in your photos. Because the digital camera is a higher quality than the 35mm camera, it will pick up more objects in the air such as water vapor and dust particles. Some of the things you are looking for when analyzing photographs are: orbs, mistsstreaksapparitions, etc.

  • Digital EMF Meter (Electro Magnetic Field)

EMF meters detect electromagnetic fields. The unit of measurement for this EMF meter is milligaus or mg. The range on the meter is 0mg to 199.9mg. The range from the meter to the active field is 0 to 8 feet, depending on how strong the electromagnetic field is. Normal readings are from 0mg to 1.5mg. Paranormal readings are from 1.5mg to 8mg. Paranormal activity can occur lower than 1.5mg if the base is low. For example, if you are getting a base reading of .1mg to .3mg, and then the meter jumps to 1.2mg, then this may be paranormal activity.

  • Digital Thermometer

The digital thermometer detects ambient temperatures in Fahrenheit or Celsius. The range of the cord with the probe is 10 feet. The range from the probe to the active field is 0 to 1 foot. A normal reading is usually a 5-degree difference from your base reading. Typically a paranormal reading has a minimum of a 10-degree increase/decrease from your base reading. If you get a drop in temperature, the drop is called a cold spot. You may also get an increase in temperature, which would then be called a hot spot. Hot spots are rare but they do occur.

  • DVR (Digital Video Recorder)

The objective of the DVR System is to try and capture paranormal activity, such as a ghost or an apparition on video. By using the DVR system, this enhances your chance of capturing something on video because you can use up to 4 cameras, at different locations, at a time.

  • Flash Lights

We use flashlights for many reasons. One of the reasons is to see where we are going in the dark, and so we can see what the readings are on our equipment. If we don’t split up into groups during an investigation then we should have at least 4 flashlights. When using a flashlight you should not point it at the lenses of a digital camera, any of the handheld video cameras, and/or DVR cameras, because it may cause damage to the lens.


This is the classic of ghost hunting equipment. A step up from the ELF Zone in sensitivity, this little meter offers an easy to read gauge, unique built-in audio signal and auto shut-off make it simple to use and a great way to find magnetic fields. Handheld, lightweight and durable, with two easy to read scales (0-1 mg, & 0-10 mg), and dramatic audio signal. Our favorite meter for demonstrating the presence of paranormal activity to others. Uses a 9V battery (not included). Calibrated at 50-60 Hz. Also goes by the name "Dr. Gauss." Includes instructions on performing ELF magnetic field surveys.


The CEM IR Thermometer detects surface temperatures in Fahrenheit or Celsius. IR stands for Infrared. The thermometer shoots out an infrared beam hitting a surface and relaying the temperature of the surface back to you. A normal reading is usually a 5-degree difference from your base reading. Typically a paranormal reading has a minimum of a 10-degree increase/decrease from your base reading. If you get a drop in temperature, the drop is called a cold spot. You may also get an increase in temperature, which would then be called a hot spot. Hot spots are rare but they do occur.

  • K-2 Meter (K2, K-II)

EMF meters detect electromagnetic fields. The range on this EMF meter is 1mg to 20+mg. The range from the meter to the active field is 0 to 6 feet. The unit of measurement of all EMF meters is milligauss (mg). Normal activity through this meter is 0mg to 2mg. Paranormal activity occurs between 2.5mg to 10mg. Any readings above 10mg is probably non paranormal. There are many things that can throw off EMF readings, such as speakers, electrical wires, television sets, computers, appliances, electrical outlets, Romex cable, power lines etc., So be aware of your surroundings. The readings for theory # 2 is that the LED lights will blink twice for yes, and once for no.

  • Walkie-talkie 2-Way Radios

In theory a ghost/spirit may communicate with you through the walkie-talkies. We use walkie-talkies to communicate with other members in our group. The first thing you should do is pick a band number to communicate on. Then press the PTT button, which means “Push To Talk.” Press down and hold the PTT button in order to relay a message. To receive a message, just listen.

  • Wireless Motion Sensor

 A motion sensor will pick up any kind of movement that passes in front of the sensor. In theory, after a spirit/ghost has manifested and is moving around, it may pass in front of a motion sensor causing the unit to sound.


Is a pen like laser that shows several dots in the area that its pointed. Theory is when a spirit moves it will show in the grid. Some lasers are green or blue, using a green light shows up on night vision cameras, a blue light doesn’t.


EM Pumps will create low level magnetic fields as well as a slight white noise. Best uses for this is during EVP sessions, photo and video. Is also said to act as the sacrificial battery.


Paranormal phenomena are known to cause the surrounding air to ionize. This handheld air ion counter possesses the same sensitivity (down to 10 ions/cm²) as meters costing far more. Fully electrostatically shielded, with a fan throughput of 200 cm³/sec, it can make accurate readings even in adverse conditions. This meter can be adjusted to measure positive or negative ions separately. (Negative ions are associated with paranormal phenomena.) Like Gauss meters, negative ions in the air are thought to indicate "spirit energy." This device is sensitive to natural effects like radiation and electrical storms but is not influenced by AC power sources.


A parabolic microphone is a microphone that uses a parabolic reflector to collect and focus sound waves onto a receiver, in much the same way that a satellite dish (e.g. - A parabolic antenna) does with radio waves. This unusually focused front sensitivity and can pick up the faintest sounds from many meters away and amplify them. This type of microphone is said to have actually been designed for espionage because of the ability to specify direction as well as amplification.


The concept behind the ghost box is quite simple: a normal transistor radio is modified so it rapidly sweeps the stations on either the AM or FM band instead of remaining on one station. This creates a field of white noise. Investigators hypothesize spirits may be able to use this for communication.


This is a Stereo Ultrasonic Sensor. It not only will detect an object up to 4 feet away with an LCD display on the front, but it will tell you if the object is on the left or the right of the unit. Extremely Sensitive detection of an object similar to Radar or Sonar.  The same technology used in Back-up Sensor's for vehicles, but re-calibrated and designed based off results from over 50 Paranormal investigations. If an object gets close to the right or left side of the pyramid, The LCD display will let the user know which side the object is on, and how far away it is. It will also send out an audible alarm as well if you're not watching it. 

                                                 EVP CLASSIFICATIONS

The follow is the classifications of EVPs that are generally accepted and used by paranormal researchers and investigators:

Class A - This type of EVP is loud, clear and of very high quality. The voice is easily understandable and does not need enhancement or amplification. Class A EVPs are also often (but not always) in direct response to a question being asked.

Class B - This is the most common type of EVP. This type of EVP is of somewhat lower quality and clarity than a Class A EVP but still very audible. Class B EVPs often do need some amount of enhancement or amplification to be heard clearer. The voice may not be clear enough to be totally understood or there may be disagreement as to what it is saying. Class B EVPs are often not in direct response to a question.

Class C - This is the lowest quality EVP. With a Class C EVP even the best enhancement and amplification may not be sufficient to make the voice audible or clear. There may even be debate whether or not an EVP is actually present.

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