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Diablo Magazine

Posted by Sommer on November 17, 2014 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Check out an article on our team in the October 2014 Diablo Magazine


http://www.diablomag.com/October-2014/Ghost-Hunter/

Whats the latest with APR

Posted by Sommer on September 4, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey guys!

It's been a while since our last blog post so just wanted to update you on what the heck has been happening with us.  We have been so busy that it has been hard to keep up with.  Earlier this year in February we hosted the second annual Grey Ghost Paranormal conference aboard the USS Hornet Museum.  It was a ton of fun and we had some great celebs come out including Fact or Faked's Ben Hansen and Bill Murphy, Roy Wooley from FaceOff, Robert Salas  and Ruben Uriarte - UFO experts, Dustin Pari from Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures Aaron Goodwin's sister Amy Goodwin and a whole lot more. A memorable weekend for sure!


In May we helped our buddies The G.H.O.S.T. Files with their paranormal event at the Old Washoe Club.  The weekend was filled with some really scary paranormal moments and we can't wait to put our experiences there into a short film that we will show soon!


In June we were lucky enough to participate in a paranormal panel at the Phoenix ComiCon alongside our friends ParanormalEXP, SAGAPS, and the Dead Explorer.  We spoke about our brief encounters with paranormal television.  It was a blast and we hope to make it out there again!


In July we worked with our favorite explorer the "Dead Explorer" Alejandro Dominguez to be the first paranormal all star team to investigate the USS Lexington.  You can catch the episode on his YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOz_uR1ndnI" target="_blank"> DeadExplorer


In August we were asked to help out on an upcoming paranormal documentary titled "A Brush with Evil."  The film takes place in Iowa and Missouri. We are still trying to wrap our brains around what exactly happened while we were there.


This fall we have a lot coming up.  September we are doing a taping of a paranormal based show that should air sometime later this fall.  Details on that soon.  In October we have a ton of public ghost hunt events we are helping with.  First up is the Oct 4th Buffalo Terminal Haunting in Buffalo, NY.  You can find info and tickets at our events page or www.ghosthuntus.com then Oct 11th is our second annual Mare Island Preserve ghost hunt and Oct 24th is the Ship of Spirits event at the USS Hornet Museum.  We will be speaking at all of these events and will continue to add more to the calendar.


Hope to see you out there!


Happy Hunting!


-Team APR

On the Road - Tahoe Ouija Experience

Posted by Sommer on May 6, 2013 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

 

This past weekend team APR with the help of guest investigators Ying and Brendan took a trip to Lake Tahoe. There we explored the ghost stories of the Cal Neva resort, the legend of the lake monster "Tessie," and the native legend of "water babies." Our conclusions at this point are that most of these claims and legends are simply stories. The Cal Neva has an incredible history and is a fun location to explore with its underground tunnels and casino. I recommend taking a visit, staying the night, and enjoying the nearby waters of the lake. If you are looking for the ghost of Marilyn Monroe you might want to try another location for that as she seems to be on hiatus from the Cal Neva. The claims at the Cal Neva rely heavily on orb theories and our experiences there did not prove much in terms of paranormal activity. The locations on the property that are orb infested are (not) surprisingly dust infested as well. We are not saying there is a complete lack of paranormal activity; it just didn't seem to be active any of the times we visited. Maybe we are just an unlucky bunch.


Additionally, we had an incredible time talking with the native Paiute people about the legend of Tahoe Tessie and water babies. Most of the people that spoke to us about them essentially said they were made up stories to scare children into being good. I think European cultures have similar stories. Do you remember being afraid of the Boogie man as a kid? Unfortunately, we were not witness to the creatures of either Lake Tahoe or Pyramid Lake but regardless it was a lot of fun trying.


Moreover, to wrap up our weekend in Tahoe we decided to do an experiment proving the Ouija board is nothing but a fuel for paranormal fantasy. It is common for people to sit around the Ouija board trying to communicate with the dead. By placing their hands on a planchette they are often excited by the movements of the marker that is seemingly controlled from the other side. So here are the questions we asked ourselves, first, if the Ouija is really a tool for communicating with the dead then it should work anywhere right? Second, what happens when you deprive the participants of their sight? Third, what happens when you deprive a participant of sight and sound? To prove that the Ouija is not just a tool to feed the flames of the ideomotor effect, (the ideomotor effect refers to the influence of suggestion or expectation on involuntary and unconscious motor behavior) we took away the two things that would provide the involuntary or voluntary (if your partners are untrustworthy) suggestive behavior, in this case, sight and sound. By removing sight from the equation the participants cannot know where to place the marker. My removing sound, the participants cannot hear the question to formulate an answer or know where to place the marker.


Here is the breakdown of our experiment:


1. One person was fully enveloped in the Ganzfeld effect (complete sensory deprivation). They were deprived of sight and sound while touching the marker of the Ouija board.


2. Two people were deprived of sight only while touching the marker so that they could ask the questions during the experiment.


3. Three people observed, monitored, and participated mentally in the experiment but did not touch the marker.


4. Our location has never been known to be haunted. This is our “control “in the experiment. If a place is already haunted how do you know if you brought in your dead Uncle to talk with you? Couldn’t it be another spirit “pretending?” Could it be a demon? Lets remove those unknowns in the equation (as best we can) and start with a blank slate.


Results:

Over the course of the evening the marker did not move other than when the participants shifted their bodies after holding their positions for long periods of time. There were no portals to hell opened; there were no strange occurrence’s, just silence and nothingness. Now, some might argue that the spirits were just not ready to speak with us. So for those that swear the Ouija is real, I recommend they conduct similar experiments where sight and sound are removed.


One final question for the believers out there, if the spirits or demons or whoever are controlling the marker then why do you need to even be touching it?




Why Spirit Photography Gives Me A Headache

Posted by Sommer on April 22, 2013 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Ever taken a photo outside and noticed a bizarre ghostly mist?  When you took it, where you standing in the middle of a graveyard and thought “oh my goodness!”  Have you posted said photos to your paranormal blog, website, facebook, twitter, etc page?  Before you do so you should consider the following:

 

·      What time of year, time of day was the picture taken?

o   If it was the middle of January, outside, it is in all likelihood your breath reflecting off the flash of the camera.  They way to know for sure is when you take a photo take 3-5 consecutive pictures on a tripod with a remote so your finger, your breath, and you are not contaminating the photo.

 

·      When was the last time you cleaned your lens with a good lens cleaner?

 

o   The most common reason for weird anomalies in photos are simply because your lens has a finger print or some dust on it.  If you want to be credible with your paranormal evidence you have to look for all of the reason why things are NOT paranormal.  Then figure out what you are left with.

 

o   Make sure to get your image sensor professionally cleaned at least once per year.

 

·      Use lower apertures (if you can). Dust particles really show up when you use apertures between F11 and F22. I’m not saying you should avoid these apertures entirely. If you’re taking a landscape photo, and you need a very large depth of field, by all means use a higher-valued aperture.

 

o   Consider using lenses with a bigger focal range. If your quiver of lenses is full of single focal length (prime) lenses that cannot zoom in and out, you are going to be changing your lenses much more than someone who owns a few good zooms. Every time you change your lens, you give dust a chance to break in. Some people take this tip to the extreme and purchase two cameras – one for a wide angle/normal lens, and one that can zoom in. Do what’s best for you.

Grey Ghost Para Con

Posted by Sommer on October 4, 2012 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We are very pleased to announce that we along with the USS Hornet Musuem will be putting on our first ever Paranormal Conference.  The event will be held Saturday February 2nd 2013 aboard the USS Hornet located in the San Francisco Bay.  This years event will feature some of the best names in the paranormal field including celebrity speakers Bill Murphy from SyFy's Fact or Faked and Paul Bradford from SyFy's Ghost Hunters International.  For all the info please visit http://www.greyghostparacon.com


Alameda Haunt Your House

Posted by Sommer on September 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This year our founder is going to be one of the judges for the annual "Alameda Haunt Your House" house decorating contest and canned food drive.  We are very excited to be apart of such a cool event and a great cause! 



Live Investigation Party Event

Posted by Sommer on September 23, 2012 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Join us for a pre-live investigation party at the White Horse Inn located in Oakland, CA on October 25th 2012!

On the Road with APR Vol. 2

Posted by Sommer on May 31, 2012 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)


The Whaley House


Located at 2476 San Diego Avenue in historic Old Town San Diego, the Whaley House stands today as a classic example of mid-nineteenth century Greek Revival architecture. Formally dedicated as a historic house museum on May 25, 1960 and open to the public ever since, it is one of southern California's most popular visitor destinations. Over 100,000 people visit the Whaley House annually, with guests traveling from across the globe to experience this world-renowned museum.


Members of APR visited this location earlier this year to give you a realistic report on whether you should make the trip to Old Town or save your money for something else.


When we arrived at the location for our investigation we were shocked at what we found.  The historic home is situated in one of the most popular nightlife areas in all of San Diego.  Tons of restaurants and bars line the very block that the Whaley House sits on.  Essentially any recording device, audio or visual, is useless in this location.  Any EVP's you capture are likely voices from nearby bar patrons who had a little too much sangria and any growling sounds are likely from the stomaches of the hungry restaurant goers nearby.  Any video captured would be useless due to all the shadow play and lights from the busy street outside. There was so much contamination from outside sources that the investigation was over before it started.


While the Whaley House does have great historical significance, when it comes to anything paranormal, this place is not worth a dime.  Save your money and take one of their fun, short, daytime tours and enjoy some great spirits next door at one of the local watering holes.

On the Road with APR

Posted by Sommer on April 10, 2012 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

On the Road with APR

 

After seeing many paranormal hotspots on ghost related TV shows, people may be planning on visiting said locations to get a similar experience as what they witnessed by their favoriteTV Ghost hunting crews.  APR travels to many of the “as seen on TV” locations and will give an honest review so you know if it is worth your time or not worth a dime.  These are our opinions so take them for what they are, just an opinion.  Our hope is to save you time and money!

 

Many locations have terrific history and could be worth a visit but for some don’t expect the place to be crawling with any type of true paranormal activity. Sadly, many locations are not what they seem.

 

First stop, Winchester Mysteryhouse located in San Jose, CA.  Many people have taken the infamous tours that claim Sarah Winchester was haunted by the spirits of the people killed by Winchester Rifles.  The house itself has many architectural curiosities like doors that lead to nowhere and a bizarre fascination with the number 13 (ex: 13-bathrooms).  But was Sarah really tormented by ghosts and did she really have séances every night to keep them satisfied?  Is the Winchester house cloaked in mystery or was Sarah L. Winchester just living in misery after the death of her husband and daughter?

 

All stories true or false aside, the home itself is nearly impossible to have a true paranormal investigation.  Each room is sealed off so you may only look from a distance and some areas are protected by a piece of glass that you may not go behind.  You are not allowed to touch any “artifacts” and most recently they have decided to not allow any photography or recording devices. Here is the most outrageous part, the cost! 

 

From the Winchester House:

 

“Paranormal research may be done during ournormal operating hours (9am to 5pm) for $1,000/hour, and must work around ourongoing public tours. For private after hours (night) investigations, the costis $2,000/hour. Research activity must be concluded no later than 1am. Noovernight stays are permitted.

The investigating party must also provide a certificate of insurance, showing$1,000,000 general liability coverage, with the Winchester Mystery House® listed as additionally insured.

Unfortunately, no photography or videography is permitted inside the mansion.Your investigative equipment would have to be limited to devices that do notrecord images.”


It is clear by the outrageous cost of conducting any type of paranormal investigation that the Winchester House is not paranormal investigator friendly.  Any location that has a TV show ghost hunting team coming in to summon ghosts from another paranormal spot across the country essentially proves there is nothing to investigate there.

 

In short, the Winchester house is not worth a dime when it comes to anything paranormal.  It is however, a great location to visit to see some odd architecture and look at some old Winchester Rifles in their museum.

 


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