Paranormal Q&A with Joe Kline (Chapter 1)

Joe Kline

Who are you?

I’m Joe Kline, one of the founding members of the Paranormal Encounter Documentation and Research Organization, or P.E.D.R.O. for short.

Explain your Methodology?

We try our best to remain scientific while not taking ourselves too seriously. We investigate because it’s something we enjoy doing and we do our best not to forget that.

Favorite Haunts?

The Villisca Axe Murder House in Villiasca, Iowa; The Belvoir Winery in Liberty, Missouri; The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri; Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky; and the entire town of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, especially The Elms Resort & Spa

Personal Experiences?

The strangest one for me was being straddled by something invisible in an old brothel we were investigating, although in all fairness I kinda asked for it since I had thrown down some money as a trigger object.

Why did you get into the Paranormal?

I had an intense paranormal experience at a young age. Myself and three others witnessed a full torso entity in broad daylight, it frightened the others, but I was intrigued and began getting every bit of info about the paranormal I could get my hands on to understand what it was that I saw.

What’s next?

We’re definitely going to be doing investigations for a while. We’re working on our second book and setting up more public investigations for the future.

Do you think that paranormal shows (radio/TV/Internet) give groups a bad reputation?

Yes and No. While the popularity of these shows has made it easier for people to understand what we do, it also sets up some high expectations. The shows don’t tend to show the fact that a lot of the time nothing happens. In all fairness, I think the fiction stuff, like Paranormal Activity, is probably the worst offender in this department.

Who is the person in the paranormal field you look up to the most or want to be like?

For most of us in the group it’s probably Tory Taylor, head of the American Ghost Society.

Have you made a page on www.paranormaldictionary.com?

No, not yet.

Name some Random Facts about you?

At 25, I’m probably one of the youngest people that does this professionally, and I’ve been doing it for over ten years. I love doing this kind of work, especially the public investigations where we get to share the experience with other people.

Are you a skeptic or a believer?

I’m kind of both, as odd as that sounds. I believe, but at the same time I try to be analytical about things. I want to know that any evidence I present is authentic and I have ruled out every other possibility beforehand.

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