Who are you?
My name is Brooke Haramija and I have been the Case Manager for SCARED! since February, 2009.
Explain your Methodology?
Once you determine a new place to investigate, it is best to find out as much history as you can about the location before you get there. This may give you a better understanding of why certain activity may be occurring there. I prefer to personally do a walk through of a location by myself after the official “tour” before the investigation begins to see if I pick up on any vibes without any external influences or distraction. After that, I use a blend of using my five senses and basic pieces of equipment to determine if there is paranormal activity there. I don’t like to use “fancy” pieces of equipment with lots of lights or buttons because I feel like if you are paying too much attention to calibrating or tweaking your gadgets it may take away from your concentration of what could be going on right around you.
I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for The Grand Midway Hotel in Windber, PA. A unique place so unlike all the others; it is a place that is off the typical beaten path. No other team had officially investigated there before we did, and we found it to be surprisingly rich both in history and paranormal activity. We go back and visit the owners as often as we can; it almost feels like a second home to me. They always make us feel very welcome.
I had some personal experiences after my grandfather passed away back in 2001. Bathroom lights blinking in patterns after we mentioned his name, weird phone calls that showed odd numbers on the Caller ID and when you picked up the phone, it sounded like wind, to more recent experiences in my apartment of TV’s and laptops turning on and off, cold spots and the feeling of a female presence near my bed.
Why did you get into the Paranormal?
My background is in Meteorology, and I’ve long understood how powerful the energy in the environment can be. Having a scientific mind, I like to try and “prove” things through fact. Since it has been proven that energy cannot be created nor destroyed, that means it must stick around somewhere. I believe that spirits can use the energy that has been left behind to communicate with us in several different ways, including the manipulation of several electronic devices. It wasn’t too much of a stretch, then, to apply the methods of what I had learned over the years to what I do now in the paranormal field.
I would love to travel internationally one day and get the chance to investigate an old castle in Ireland or a place such as Poveglia Island in Italy. I’d love to experience different types of paranormal activity in lots of different places.
Do you think that paranormal shows gives groups a bad reputation?
For the most part, yes. The paranormal shows you see on TV are generally put there simply to provide entertainment to their viewing audience. The paranormal investigations we go on are designed to either help people in need or help us learn things about a field we don’t fully understand. The multiple shows that have popped up on TV have, in my opinion, added a lot of “hype” and exaggeration to an otherwise serious and professional discipline.
Name some Random Facts about you?
In addition to the work I do for SCARED!, I work full time at an oil company. I am also a writer, actress, official collector of vintage Fisher Price toys and a flea market aficionado.
Are you a skeptic or a believer?
I’ve never had a paranormal experience that “floored” me. Yet. I have, however, had enough smaller experiences to make me believe that there is definitely something paranormal going on. Too many things to consider them, simply, “coincidence”. So, I do consider myself a believer; but I am still very skeptical when it comes to accepting possible evidence as fact. I don’t nearly believe everything I see or hear, especially if it is not something I have not captured myself.