Who are you?
My name is Michael Carroll and I am the founder of the New England Spiritual Team. We are a paranormal/historical research and investigative group, based out of Pawcatuck, CT. We scour the New England regions and beyond for claims of haunted/paranormal activity. We never charge for anything that we do or say…EVER!!
Explain your Methodology?
Unlike a lot of other groups, we don’t solely focus on equipment and “evidence”. We have a psychologist on staff and use her to figure out if there are any disorders that may be affecting the client, hence giving the impression upon them that there is paranormal activity going on. We do use digital cameras, digital voice recorders, K2 meters, digital thermometers, etc to try to document anything of interest. Upon checking out the “evidence” for just that, we really try to dissect it as much as possible. The simplest piece of evidence could just be a bug or mist and we are well aware of all possibilities.
Our favorite locale is The Emporium, in Mystic, CT. We have been going there for well over a year now. While we haven’t always found activity with each visit, the experience of being there is far and away enough to satisfy us and keep us coming back for more. This location is full of history, dating back to the Civil War, and of course, paranormal activity. We are the sole paranormal advisers for the client(s), meaning we check out groups/people interested in investigating there and let the client(s) know our thoughts on them, letting them in or not.
While in The Emporium about 2 weeks ago, me and one of my members, Melanie were in one room. 2 other members, Kat and Hailey, as well as a colleague, Mike, were in another room directly next to us. No one was on the floor below us and the only person on the floor above us was the client. While conducting “quiet time” in which we sit down and don’t speak or move for about 10 minutes (opening us to our surroundings), me and Melanie heard footsteps going down the hallway to the left of us, going into another room in front of us. Hailey, Kat, and Mike were in the room behind us and heard the same footsteps thinking it was me or Melanie about to come in the room. We asked the client to walk around upstairs to try to recreate it but we didn’t hear her at all, nor did the equipment pick it up either. However, the equipment and video did pick up the footsteps heard, meaning they were right there and not upstairs. Plus, the client advised us there was a wall upstairs above where we heard the footsteps turn into the other room. So, unless she walked through a wall, there was no way it came from her.
Why did you get into the Paranormal?
My brother, Christopher, passed away a day before my birthday in 1983. We were 10 months apart. Granted, I was still 2 years old but that event has always haunted me, no pun intended. I have seen him and even spoken to him growing up. Many people told me that I was imagining it but I knew better. The desire to research and find truth behind it has lead me to forming my own group and finding comfort in others who know who I experienced was the truth and not imagination.
The sky is the limit. We have grown so much as a group and have so much more to do and achieve. Like mentioned before, we don’t charge ever and never will. We have merely spent and spent…and spent. I’m not ashamed of it nor do I regret it. the travels are amazing, the people are so nice, and the experiences are memorable. What we always say is “It is not just about the paranormal; but about the experiences as a whole”. I fully intend to have my son/daughter, when I have one that is, to run this ship into the future and beyond.
Any place. We have no clear favorite. Private clients are great because we get the chance to help people in their homes and that is rewarding enough to us.
Name some Random Facts about you?
I am online researching and more roughly 10-15 hours per day..well, I don’t really have any more random facts..I’m open so just ask!
Do you think that paranormal shows (radio/TV/Internet) gives groups a bad reputation?
No. Jealousy and jealous people give the paranormal a bad name. If they just stopped whining and trying to bring others down because they can’t do it on their own, the para world would be better for it. I use that negativity as motivation to never let them stop me.
Who is the person in the paranormal field you look up to the most or want to be like?
Author Thomas D’Agostino. That guy is a solid friend of ours and my mentor. He is the coolest cat I know and I’d give anything to be like him. I have read all of his books and try my hardest to soak up all of his knowledge.
Have you made a page on www.paranormaldictionary.com?
I think but I’m on so many things, I’m not sure lol.
Are you a skeptic or a believer?
Oh geez. If you are not a believer, then what are you doing here? You have to be a little bit of both in order to function correctly in this field. I’m a believer, btw.