Paranormal Q&A with Jon Bolton

John Cannon

Who are you?

I am Jon Bolton, one of the original members of the Midnight Watchmen.

Explain your Methodology?

My methodology is simple…find the truth. I know it sounds very X Files like, but its just that simple. We investigate, I set-up my experiments and test to see what I can find. If I find something then I will obsess over it till I figure out who it can be explained by science or logical thinking. If I exhaust all my options then I will set it aside think about it some more and then come back to it. If I can’t figure out some sort of an occurrence within a week then in my opinion I rank it up there with unexplained. Yet it does not mean I won’t go back every now and then to try and explain it. I am always reading and learning new crafts to apply to the explanation of the paranormal so with that new knowledge I will go back and try to figure it out. It may sound tedious or monotonous, but it’s the only real way to find out the truth.

Favorite Haunts?

To date my favorite haunts would be Eastern State Penitentiary, due to my first encounter with something that I could not explain and that would be followed closely by a hunt done over in England for Jack the Ripper.

Personal Experiences:

I have experienced a number of events, but only some I would categorize as legitimate and unexplainable. Eastern State Penitentiary would be the best example of such an event. From seeing a greenish floating apparition without an identifiable light source to the smell and movements heard up in Cell Block 12. It was an experience that still ranks high on my items of things I still cannot explain. I did have a recent experience in which we were visiting the Lake House and I managed to capture a shadow person in the old run down bar and I was the only one there. I tried for a week to figure it out as well as send it to others who might be able to explain it and in the end we had to conclude it was a possible shadow person caught on film.

Why did you get into paranormal?

As far back as I can remember I have always been intrigued by the unexplained whether it be the paranormal, cryptozoology, UFOs or anything else unexplainable. My great grandmother was apparently heavily involved into and I had never met here before she passed away, but my entire family says she is my guardian angel as she and I are so much alike. I enjoy exploring the unexplored, maybe that’s why I enjoy scuba diving so much because the lakes & oceans are yet to fully be explored and explained.

What’s Next?

Who knows? The world of the unexplained and paranormal is a strange one; you never know what is around the next turn. And I like it that way. However I have some in the works that will make a lot of ghost hunting groups very unhappy with me. It will truly test whether those groups are true investigators looking for the truth or cowboys trying to play a game they are not good at.

Dream Case/Investigation?

My dream case would have to be Independence Hall, Valley Forge National Park or Arlington National Cemetery. I am a huge fan of history and learning about it, plus the amount of energy associated with those places based upon what happened there would be off the charts in my opinion.

Do you think that paranormal shows gives groups a bad reputation?

I think certain paranormal shows give groups bad reputations and I am not afraid to call them out…Ghost Hunters, Paranormal state and Ghost Adventures…not a fan of. Ghost labs however truly try and research without turning it into a sideshow or frat party. At the same time though ghost groups in general give other groups a bad name. There are so many out there who are completely unprofessional and if the wind blows they claim paranormal. You want to be taken seriously then act it, you can have fun, but then when you act stupid don’t be surprised when people look at you like a joke. I have worked with a number of other groups here and overseas and I have seen some really good groups out there too bad they are outnumbered by useless unprofessional groups.

Name some Random Facts about you?

Well some of the more interesting facts would be that I am an avid scuba diver going for my Dive Master Certification. I have been a professional wrestler, like the stuff you see on TV, for over 11 years now and have been all over the world with it. As well I am an amateur magician and always trying to learn new illusions and tricks which believe it or not helps in the debunking of a lot of paranormal stuff both with things that I have found and things posted by other groups as “evidence”.

Are you a skeptic or a believer?

I am both, I want to believe that there is something out there yet my skeptical side keeps me from falling into the trap that so many people seem to fall into. They so desperately want to find something that they will jump at the chance to call anything paranormal. The copper pipes creak due to heating and cooling yet there are those that will claim paranormal rather than try to figure it out. I walk into an investigation with the attitude of if something is there then it better materialize in my face and slap me or I am calling bullshit on the whole thing. Some may think it’s the wrong approach, but its mine and that’s what makes a true paranormal team, different views and attitudes. If you have a diverse mix of people then you should be able to find the truth…the REAL truth.