Anoka Paranormal Investigations

By Carrie Mitchell
Thursday, September 27, 2018

October is here, and it's time to think all things spooky. It's not a difficult thing to do when you belong to a paranormal group whose home base is the official Halloween Capital of the World. For us Halloween is an everyday occurrence, and lo and behold it just so happens to be my favorite holiday of all time!

But how and where did Halloween originate? Let's take a look at some of the history behind this spooktacular day...

Halloween's origins date back to the tenth century when ancient Celtic Pagans and Druids celebrated a day called Samhain (pronounced sah-win or sow-wen). A Gaelic word meaning "All Hallows Eve". It was a time when the veil between worlds was the thinnest, and they would invite the spirits of dearly departed loved ones to celebrate life, pray for their souls, and give thanks for a bountiful harvest. It was also one of the four major holidays that segmented the calendar year. Samhain was the biggest and most sacred holiday in that it marked the beginning of winter or "new year". It signaled the end of another cycle wherein a new cycle would begin.

Many times Pagan rituals were performed. During these rituals they were known to leap high into the air with broomsticks as they danced around a bonfire to simulate the height of the crops that they desired next year. Thus the idea of witches riding broomsticks emerged. The bonfire itself was traditional in that it provided a beacon of light in which spirits of their dearly departed could follow. Today candles are lit and placed in windows as beacons to follow.  Feasting was common where foods made from the final harvest were consumed. Offerings of food were given to the visiting spirits of loved ones passed as well as to

 the Harvest Gods in exchange for future fruitful crops. Horn of plenty anyone? Or perhaps we'll just stick to apple crisp and rice crispy treats.

Another tradition that is still performed today is the art of carving pumpkins. The original Jack 'O Lanterns were carved from various gourds and used in Pagan rituals. Many were created and placed around the celebration space as a way to keep evil spirits at bay to protect the living. Today we place these pumpkins by our front doors to ward away those evil spirits, and prevent them from entering our homes.

Most rituals and celebrations also included "masking" or "guising", what we know today as dressing in costume. "Masking" was a way to ward off, trick, or appease evil spirits that would cross the veil with our departed loved ones. The practice of dressing in costume and going door to door began in the middle ages. Then it was called "souling" or "mumming" where the poor would go door to door receiving food in exchange for prayers for the dead on Hallowmas (November 1st). Today we know this tradition better by the title "trick or treating", only the Americanized version today depicts the theology of giving treats to prevent "tricks" or "pranks" from happening at all. A little blackmail say you?

Contrary to some radical Christian beliefs, Halloween is not the Devils birthday, or Devils night. In fact ancient Pagans and Druids as well as Neopagans today don't hold any belief in any such being. New Religion Missionaries during the conversion branded the Old [Pagan] Religion's supernatural deities as evil, and thus associated them with the Devil. And since Paganism was now the rival religion of Christianity, Pagans were vilified as being worshippers of a demon (or false) God. The Pagan's version of the underworld then inevitably became known as the Christian Hell. But that's a story for another time...

The point is that the traditions of the holiday of Samhain or Halloween as we call it today, never died out. All of the holiday's traditions and mysterious customs have roots within our religious history. Each can be traced through the lineage of spiritual beliefs, and handed down through the centuries. Though Halloween has gone through a metamorphosis and changed throughout time, many people today still celebrate the ancient traditions (with variations I might add) all while embracing the new traditions associated with the holiday. And why not? It's a day we can all come together as one and be anything or anyone we wish to be, and add some mystery and magic to our technologically filled lives. And in doing so, together we reaffirm that death is a natural and inevitable part of life, to celebrate the cycles on a wonderfully sacred and magical night!

Happy Haunting Everyone!

Until next time...


By Carrie Mitchell
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Something that not everyone realizes the importance of is grounding and protecting yourself before and after an investigation. This is something that can even be done on any normal given day that one may feel the extra need for. But what does it do?

Grounding allows us to:


            Being grounded means that you're present in your body and connected with the earth, allowing you to feel centred and balanced no matter what's going on around you.


            First of all, there are so many ways that this can be done. It's only a matter of what works for you, so don't let anyone tell you that you're doing it wrong. It just takes practice and a couple of minutes out of your day. Here are just a couple of ways that have worked for me, but feel free to explore other options as well...


            Walk on the Earth
            Take off your shoes and walk on the Earth.  Not the concrete.  Find some actual Earth.  Run through the grass, take a stroll along the sandy beach, wade through the mud. The Earth carries an energy that nourishes your energetic body. But when you wear shoes and walk on concrete you don’t get to absorb that energy. So, get back to nature and let Mother Earth ground and restore your energy. Again, catalog how that grass, sand or mud feels on the bottom of your foot; how does it make your spirit feel? Just thinking about it makes my energy soar. Focus on the surface of the earth so this walk doesn't become a mindless stroll down the street.


            Another earthly grounding technique is to find a beautiful old oak tree. Place your hands on her trunk, and feel your energy enter the trunk, circle around, and then flow back into you. Its more than just touching the tree, place both palms on the bark, close your eyes, and make it real. You are the tree and she is you. Just make sure to thank the oak tree for the gift she just gave you.


            Sit in hot water
            A hot bath or a dip in the Jacuzzi isn’t just relaxing, it’s cleansing.  Take a hot bath with some salt mixed into the water. Water is purifying. Sitting in a warm tub of water will slough off any negative energy that’s sticking to you.  The shower is okay if you don’t have a tub, but while you’re in the shower, you want to imagine all the yucky energy peeling off your body and going down the drain.  Sometimes other people’s energies can stick to us.  You may come home from work with other people’s problems attached to you.  Water will clear that right up!


Protecting yourself...


            Grounding to Source.

             It is important to ground to source as well. Just like you visualize the flow of energy going to the earth and back to you, you will visualize the flow leaving your crown chakra to source and coming back to you. See yourself reaching up to the sky into the heavens, grabbing onto that divine white light, and pulling it down in through your crown chakra, filling your body with the purity of spirit. This process will purify and protect.


            The Bubble Affect

            In the moment of fear, you can visualize yourself within the protective confines of an iridescent bubble in a color of your choosing. Just make sure when you do this make that bubble move with you as you go about your daily business. It works in the moment, and when done correctly will block any negative outside influences from entering your aura.

By Anoka Paranormal Investigations
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

An Ethnographic Study of Paranormal Investigation

By Abbey Fluke


I gently took the small, polished hematite stone from Carrie’s hand as she huddled the

team together for a grounding prayer. I ran my fingers around the dark grey, metallic stone as

everyone wrapped their arms around one another. Carrie, the case’s lead investigator, blessed the

team as a cold winter breeze swept over us. A deathly silence ensued as we entered the old,

1930s house together, already mentally prepared for the night’s investigation. Another

investigator, Mike, set up the team’s equipment and handed me a K2 meter, so I too could

measure the amount of energy around me when traveling throughout the venerable house. While

exploring the basement - which had been a particularly active part of the house - my K2 meter

would occasionally flare past the average level of the house’s energy. As I stood completely still

in one of the basement rooms, the energy would spike, hold, then falter. The homeowners had

five dogs (one dog was wasn’t theirs and was being puppy-sat for the weekend), which were

loose and roaming around the house. All night long they followed the investigators playfully.

Except, when the team went downstairs to investigate further only the dog who had been at the

home for less than a day followed us down. Once Mike pointed out the only dog downstairs

chills ran down the back of my neck. I had immediately thought back to when Carrie explained

to me how, “Animals and young children are known to be able to see and feel different

paranormal sensations, largely due to their innocence”. As the night wore out, the team gradually

gathered together to wrap up the investigation. We soon found ourselves back in the frigid night

air. Before leaving the team I reached over to give Carrie her stone back. She insisted that I keep

it, and told me that hematite stones are spiritually known for grounding and protecting

individuals from negative energies. I thanked her graciously, as we walked back to our cars.

“You’re welcome!”, she replied. “ I just don’t want anything to happen to you…”


Paranormal entities have always fascinated me because I’ve always been curious as to

what happens after someone passes away. I had never experienced any concrete encounters

myself - that is, up until meeting my microcultural group. For the longest time I had only known

what highly dramatic blockbusters and television shows portrayed to me about the world of

paranormal investigation. The stereotypes surrounding the topic seemed endless since

paranormal investigation has always been a more controversial topic. People have created the

illusion that everything exciting during an investigation all happens in an hour, largely due to the

over-produced shows and movies about paranormal investigation that are available for them to

watch. Investigators are seen as entertainers, because some of the investigations broadcast on

television are completely staged and shown only to get views for the television networks. Real,

professional investigators within our normal society feel the need to re-educate the public about

the world of the paranormal, since some individual’s ideas of ghost hunting are so skewed. I,

myself, even found a new understanding for the work of paranormal investigators when I was

able to first meet with my microcultural group. I realized shortly after getting to know the team,

that everything I had ever previously watched, known, or been told, about the world of the

paranormal had been completely misinterpreted.



I was so excited to find a legitimate paranormal investigation group that I began

searching for a team the night the paper was assigned. I found many different teams on a

“Paranormal Investigation Groups In Minnesota” online database, but decided to contact Anoka

Paranormal Investigations LLC immediately, “cold-turkey”, because of how they were based out

of The Halloween Capital Of The World - Anoka, MN! Not knowing anything about the team,

except the fact that they specialize in paranormal investigation, I crossed my fingers and waited

eagerly for a response from an investigator. Ross Beard, the founder of Anoka Paranormal

Investigations LLC (API), answered my message only hours later.


API is a group of professional investigators who have been exploring and researching

paranormal activity around the metro area since 2009. All members strive to help their

community become properly educated on the correct methods of paranormal investigation, and

also to assist anyone who might be having some trouble with paranormal entities. API, currently,

is made up of 11 members, three of which are paranormal sensitives who each have their own

unique gift for connecting with the paranormal. Ross Beard, as stated before, is the founder of

API and a lead investigator - also, my main informant. Mike Fredrick is another lead

investigator. Linette Robillard is a paranormal sensitive on the team who can connect with

paranormal presences while on investigations, and even throughout her daily life. Carrie Mitchell

is another one of the team’s paranormal sensitives who has full sleeves of colorful tattoos on her

arms. Char Savoie is the last of the team’s sensitives and her psychic gift allows her to recite the

correct names of people who have passed when reading individuals. Katie and Steve Lind are a

married couple, and both are investigators for API. Bonnie and Carl Friedrich are also a married

couple, and are currently investigators-in-training. Sean Lydon is a lead investigator, but

specializes in the analysis of the team’s photo evidence from each investigation. Harry Hurley is

the last of the team’s investigators, and he is also the team’s case manager. He deals with

contacting the homeowners and API about the dates and details of possible investigations. A

majority the members have full-time jobs, and all pour hours of work and thousands of dollars

into supporting API. Carrie has even written a book titled; Paving The Paranormal Path;

Haunted Minnesota, which covers her paranormal experiences, involvement in API, and what it

is like being a paranormal sensitive. She personally gave me a signed copy, which had helped me

tremendously while writing this paper.


I first met with the API on Saturday, January 27th from 9:00 am to 11:05am. I observed

the group’s monthly team meeting. They were gearing up for a big investigation around

mid-March, which Ross really wanted me to be be apart of. Unfortunately, the paper needed to

be done by the time of the big investigation date, and I told the team I should probably join in on

a different investigation just to be safe. Carrie immediately invited me to an investigation that

night, 6:45 pm, at a house in Anoka. Carrie and Mike lead the investigation, while Bonnie, Carl,

and I joined them. It wrapped up around 9:30 pm.


I met up with the group again at Billy’s Bar and Grill in Anoka, on Tuesday, February

13th from 6:45 to 9:00pm. The team was hosting their monthly Tell Us Your Ghost Stories

(TUYGS) event where they meet with the public, and everyone who wants to share their own

ghost stories can in a safe, supporting environment.


My second investigation with the group was at a house in Blaine, at around 6:45pm

again, and went until about 10 pm on Saturday, February 17th. Mike lead this time, and Sean,

Steve, Linette, and I were present.


I also went to a gallery reading on February 20th at Billy’s from 6:30pm to 9:30pm,

where only the psychics from the team were present. They hosted a group psychic reading event,

and read most of the people in attendance, including me even.


I visited with the group for the last time on Saturday morning, February 24th at their next

monthly team meeting from 9:00 am to 11:25am. I asked the whole team some questions about

API, and thanked everyone for allowing me such great opportunities.


Since gathering my observations and interviews of API’s paranormal investigators, I have

found that their main cultural characteristics are; commitment, community involvement,

protection of one another, and awareness of their surroundings.



Within the first ten minutes of observing the team, they had mentioned majority of the

events coming up in the next month and how everything would need be handled. I could already

tell commitment is a key characteristic of API. Each member of API has a full-time job, on top

of their involvement with the team. Besides weekly investigations - usually on Saturday nights

and can last from 2-3 hours - the team makes additional follow ups to specific residents who

request spiritual cleansings and blessings. “We got so many requests for cleansings last year, I

actually had to go out and buy more sage”, Mike jokingly told me after my first investigation. He

further explained how the team uses sage, holy water, salt, and specific spiritual candles to

perform cleansings. The team also has to pay for the supplies themselves, because API never

charges for their services. Ross had expanded on this topic during the first team meeting when he

stated, “About ¼ of the cases we investigated last year, we had to go back and cleanse the house

for the owners”. The team can visit the same location upwards of 3-4 separate times on top of the

initial investigation to perform cleansings or smudgings. Having so many extra visits per client

can eat away at the team’s time to conduct other investigations and work on their paranormal

research. However, the team is more than happy to help out clients - no matter how many trips

back it takes.


The team meets towards the end of every month, roughly for 2 hours, and most members

are assigned a task during the time in between meetings to discuss at the current meet up.

Whether it be evidence reviews, additional client contact, or writing stories/updating the team

website, each individual has a job. On top of meeting homework, some members have specific

jobs they do for the team. Carrie is in charge of the API website’s email, and she also

hand writes all of the notes at team meetings. Harry is API’s case manager, and presents new

cases each meeting. Ross runs and updates the team Facebook page. These members take time

out of their day to make sure the team is functioning properly, and all three individuals

voluntarily stepped up to take on the responsibilities. The entire team has access to all forms of

the team’s public communication as so members can write and post whatever they like to share

about the group.


Not all of the present members were apart of the original team established back in 2009,

but some members have been apart of API for 4 years, to 6 years, to all 9 years - keep in mind, while still maintaining a unaffiliated, full-time day job as well. All the investigators are not

directly compensated for their work within the team, but rather do it because they, “absolutely

love it”, as Carrie says. “If I could I would definitely do it full-time”, she shared at my first

meeting with the team, as many other members shook their heads in agreement.


The team also reviews hours upon hours of evidence throughout the month too. For each

investigation a different team member will step up to help review the evidence for that specific

case. Bonnie shared a some of the evidence she had found during a recent investigation with the

team during the last team meeting I was at. I asked her just how long it took her to review the

material, and her response was utterly impressive. “Just for the 2 DVRs [recordings] it was 4

hours of pure listening, but then I have to go back and recheck everything and mark to make sure

it is legitimate EVPs. I also like to organize and categorize each clip I find, and that can take up

to another 5 hours - depending on the length of the original tapes ”. Char also added how

“everything is doubled” when reviewing evidence. Bonnie pretty much confirmed Char’s point

when she shared that it took her almost 9 hours total to review the 4 hours of audio recordings.

It’s because of the patience API’s team members, like Bonnie, - who is able to listen and sort

through hours worth of evidence - have that makes being apart of this team such a big

commitment. Some investigations have fewer hours of audio and visual recordings to examine,

but still, everything gets analyzed. Ross shared how the team didn’t collect and review evidence

just so that they can keep it for themselves (like many other paranormal groups do). “These are

real people who need real help... and we want to help them”, He explained to me. This

consideration towards their clients that the team has can be seen throughout their commitment to

reviewing evidence. Each investigation’s recordings are reviewed and any evidence found is sent

to the homeowner as well, so they can analyze it too and maybe find some validation from the



The group also hosts countless community events every month that are time consuming,

but always well worth it.


Community Involvement

During the first meeting with the team I recognized how much the team valued

community involvement and interaction. Since the team is so involved with the general public,

community involvement is a significant characteristic of API. Ross mentioned how, “This group

is setting bars... We are the first team to add classes to our repertoire”. This is a big thing for the

team to be proud of since many paranormal groups just strictly investigate locations. API is set

on raising the bar higher and higher for the world of the paranormal. When I asked the team

about what drove them to teach the public in the first place, Carrie immediately replied, “all the

crap on T.V.”, which is completely understandable. Before meeting this group all I had known

about paranormal investigation came from shows like, “Ghost Adventures” or “Ghost Hunters”.

The team is working to educate society about the proper ways to deal with and investigate the

paranormal, because as Mike put it, “there’s a lack of true education” towards the understanding

of paranormal investigation.


API also discussed the dates for their next cycle of Paranormal Investigating (101

through 105) classes to begin at the first meeting. I learned that the team puts on live, and

webinar style, classes about how to properly investigate ghosts. At these classes average people

from around the community who have a passion for the paranormal can learn the correct

methods of paranormal investigation. Ross explained how API works with both the Anoka

Hennepin and St. Francis community education offices to provide these monthly classes to the

general public. API also discussed future dates for their Intuition classes, which teach the public

how to strengthen their intuition and recognize the forms of energy around them. Both types of

classes cost $35 to join, and are how the team makes a majority of their money to help fund

API’s work. Due to the fact that API never charges homeowners and clients for their services

they earn a majority of their money through teaching community education classes.


Aside from classes, the group puts on casual get togethers within their community, like

their popular Tell Us Your Ghost Stories (TUYGS) event hosted in the haunted basement of

Billy’s Bar and Grill in Anoka. Anyone can sign up and join the team for a fun night full of ghost

stories. Team members typically tell a few of their own experiences, but the public is free to

share some of their own as well. Another event the team hosts is Gallery Readings at Billy’s with

the team’s psychics, Char, Linette, and Carrie. The event has a limited number of people allowed

per event and costs $20 to attend. The psychics were able to tell individuals in attendance things

about their passed family members and personal lives that no stranger could ever know. The

event was very emotional, and tissues were always readily available on the tables. I was able to

go one night, and it was amazingly, life changing.


Linette, one of API’s psychics, was able to tell me all about my grandmother who had

passed away a few years ago. Ever since she has passed, I’ve felt a looming presence while in

my room alone - especially while working on homework late at night or right before I’m about to

fall asleep - which has scared me periodically over the last few months. I would tell my family,

but they would write it off as me just overacting. However, I had never mentioned my deceased

grandmother while with Linette, or around API even. I finally got validation while being read by

Linette, when she told me, “Your grandmother wants you to know that she’s with you, and is in

your room. Sometimes you can feel her, and it’s okay to just say “Hey Grandma!”. You know…

She also tends to move things around, but that’s just to let you know that she’s there”.

Immediately after her reading I had began to cry, not because I was sad about her bringing up my

grandmother’s death, but because after all these months of feeling this presence around me I now

know I wasn’t imagining it. I’m not scared any longer either since I finally know who it is,

thanks to Linette.


Protection of One Another

I clearly realized how important protecting one another was to the team after my first

investigation with them. I hadn’t even know Carrie for more than a day, yet she insisted that I

keep the spiritual hematite stone she had given me as my own form of protection and grounding

throughout my first investigation. Her care and concern towards my well-being before and after

the investigation has really stuck with me. I admired how she “didn’t want anything to happen to

me” after the investigation wrapped. I also noticed how all members who attended the Anoka

investigation had hematite and other spiritual stones with them as well. Also, while at the Blaine

investigation, Linette took the time to bless me individually after that night’s investigation. She

hadn’t know me for more than a few hours at that point, yet she personally made sure I was safe

to go home. I really appreciated the respect and care both women treated me with, considering

they didn’t know me that well yet.


For both investigations the team performed a grounding before entering and leaving the

investigations. “We always ground ourselves before and after each investigation”, Carrie

explained at the first team meeting, “since we never want to bring anything [negative] back

 [home] with us”. It just goes to show how seriously the team takes each investigation and how

important is it for them to protect their well beings.


API also “follows the buddy rule” as Ross says, on each investigation. No matter where

they go or who is available the team travels together in twos. No one ever goes somewhere

alone. I saw this first hand on both investigations I joined API on. Carl and Bonnie, and Mike

and Carrie paired up with one another on the Anoka investigation, while Steve and Sean, and

Mike and Linette buddied together during the Blaine investigation. I would typically join one of

the established pairs myself, but at one point during the Blaine investigation I paired up with

Linette who had invited me to join her on a EVP session in one of the rooms. It was really cool

to get to work one on one with Linette and truly see how a secluded EVP session works.

It is also very important that the homeowner(s) are present and included at each of the

team’s investigations as well. “Liability is huge”, Ross exclaimed at the first team meeting, “the

team always has the homeowners with us. We have had cases where we left right then and there

because the homeowner didn’t want to participate. We do this because if we are sued, all they

[the court] can take is our equipment, but we remain a team”. By having the homeowners with

the team during an investigation API is protecting both themselves and the homeowners from

potential conflicts involving miscommunications during an investigation.


API also stresses how important it is to protect yourself as well while dabbling into the

world of the paranormal. Steve mentioned at the second investigation how all too often people

have the wrong intentions when exploring different aspects of the paranormal, like playing with

Ouija boards or other paranormal games that test spirits. “Your intentions are extremely

important when dealing with the world of the paranormal. If you open yourself up to the

possibility of connecting with the paranormal you need to be ready for what is about to come

through. It’s like if you leave your front door open... you don’t know who will walk through,

well same with Ouija boards or during investigations. If you intend to summon spirits you don’t

know who it will be”. For these reasons the team makes sure to ground themselves before and

after each investigation and to have good intentions while conducting investigations.


Awareness of Their Surroundings

Having a good grip on their surroundings and a keen sense of hearing is common

characteristic of API’s investigators. I witnessed this first hand during both investigations. The

team’s psychics especially, rely on what they are feeling and what the atmosphere around them is

like. The investigators are aware of what is happening around them and are able to adapt better to

their surroundings. At one point during the first investigation I went on, the team had walked

back into a room they had just left for a little while because they were baselining another section

of the house. When walking back into the room Carrie said, “It feels heavier in here, doesn’t it?”,

and the team strongly agreed. I understood what she was saying, but couldn’t really feel the

room’s weight myself. However, during my second investigation, when Mike, Linette and I all

went to check out the downstairs of the home, Linette stated, “I’m getting a lighter feeling down

here. It’s not as dark as upstairs”. Mike agreed, and said he felt that as well. I too could now feel

what Linette was expressing. The atmosphere around me did feel lighter. I really had to hone in

on my surroundings and what the energy felt like around me. I wasn’t as open and aware during

the first investigation as I was at the second. Being that the investigators on API have conducted

countless investigations themselves, they are all very familiar with changes in their surroundings.


The team members also have great senses of hearing, since they have learned how to

drown out background noise to get to the real sounds they’re looking for. While at the second

team meeting, API had done a evidence review session with the EVP (electronic voice

phenomena) evidence Bonnie had found on the voice recorders from a recent investigation. Each

team member took the headphones provided by Bonnie and listened to the EVPs through her

computer. Many of the members picked up on the EVPs right away, and they only had some

trouble trying to figure out what was really being said. I listened to the recordings as well, but

had trouble just initially hearing the EVPs due to excess background noise. Ross brought out

some stereo speakers so the team could review the evidence together after each individual had

heard it already by themselves. Once we ran through the recordings a few times together, each

member wrote down what they thought was being said on a separate piece of paper. Nobody

verbally shared ideas until everyone had something wrote down. I was amazed at how close a lot

of the member’s answers were to each others. It just proved how well they have trained their ears

to block out the unnecessary surrounding sounds and strictly focus on the right noises.



After visiting the team six separate times, and spending almost 15 full hours with them I

was able to concluded that their main cultural characteristics are; commitment, community

involvement, protection of one another, and awareness of their surroundings. API is dedicated to

helping people around the community solve their paranormal problems, and each member spends

hundreds of hours of their own time doing so. The team works together and has each others

backs throughout every investigation. API’s investigators make sure they are aware of what is

happening around them, whatever the situation, as well as keeping themselves grounded and

focused throughout the countless number of investigations they conduct annually.

When I asked the team what they thought made a good investigator, Ross confidently

stated, “They question everything”, while adding the point that the team is always “skeptics

first”. He explained how it is important for the investigator’s on API to try and debunk whatever

they can so when time comes to present what they’ve found to the client, proper validation or

further involvement with the case can be decided. Char also added how a good investigator,

“Never loses the fear”. She explained how important for the team members to keep themselves

safe, while simultaneously making sure they know their own boundaries when dealing with the



Not everyone has the guts to explore an alternate world like how the investigators on API

do almost weekly. Relying too heavily on highly dramatic blockbusters and over-produced

television shows to give you adequate information on the subject of paranormal investigation is

terribly misleading. “Don’t let Hollywood fool you”, is what Carrie told me while out on my first

investigation with the group. Since then I have learned what it is like to be apart of a legitimate,

professional paranormal team, and how to drown out the stereotypical “crap” on television and in

movies. API is not a form of entertainment like a vast majority of media based on paranormal

investigation strives to be. The team isn’t worried about box office reviews, or how many

viewers tune in each week, rather they focus their energy on helping and educating their

community about the real world of the paranormal. As Ross perfectly stated during the last team

meeting I attended, “The difference between us [API] and Holly weird is... We aren’t

entertainment”, and I couldn’t agree more.


Before starting this assignment I had trouble looking people in they eyes and clearly

communicating my thoughts and ideas. After meeting API and practically being forced to step

out of my comfort zone, I have become more confident with myself and how to communicate

with complete strangers. A special thank you goes to investigators of API, for being extremely

supportive of me and going out of their ways to help me with this assignment. Because of API I

have not only learned how to properly investigate paranormally active locations, but also how to

not be so afraid of people - living or dead. I can also say that after meeting and getting to spend

time with the team on several different occasions that I now 100% believe in the existence of

paranormal spirits and entities.