Paranormal Q&A with Sarah Mack-Shotts (Chapter 2)

Sarah Mack-Shotts at Sach's bridge in Gettysburg, PA
Sarah Mack-Shotts at Sach’s bridge in Gettysburg, PA

Who are you?

I am the founder, lead investigator and group empath.

Do you believe in Reincarnation? Who do you think you were in your past life (or lives)?

I do believe in Reincarnation and I believe that I was a nurse in Gettysburg.

What are your thoughts on Para Unity?

I am completely for Para Unity as I don’t believe that this is a competition. I am always happy when other teams find evidence that I did or did not find at a location that I was at. There are plenty of activity around for everyone. What I can not stand are the people that scream that they are all about Para Unity and are the biggest LIARS out there.

Have you ever investigated a Church? What are your thoughts on this?

I have not investigated a church but if the situation arises, I will be all over it.

When having a joint investigation with another team(s), how do you select the team(s) or members of other teams that you invite?

Shotts In The Dark Paranormal has not done this as of yet. However, we have offered a few opportunities to other teams and they have declined (thus the reason for the whole Para Unity comes into play) and I simply won’t ask them again in the future.

What do you tell someone looking to join a team, what should they look for or ask?

Before I give them advice about what they should look for or ask, I make sure that they understand EXACTLY what is being expected of them. We aren’t ‘SCOOBY-DOOING’ it out on investigations. The individual needs to understand that there is A LOT that goes with it including times when evidence won’t be found in places that are ‘sworn to be haunted’, equipment does not always function correctly, the hours can be long, there isn’t any pay associated etc. I also explain that there must be a passion and form of dedication. After that, if they are still around then I go into other details.

Any advice to a group just starting out?

I would say patience is key.

Do you think it’s important to share findings with others in the paranormal community?

I share our findings. There is always going to be a hater in the crowd. It is also hard to believe someone that there is paranormal activity in the image or footage if you were in fact NOT there.

You run across a team that you feel gives a bad name to the field. How do you handle the situation? Do you confront them about it?

No. I don’t have time to point fingers and make accusations. If they are a ‘bad name’ to the field, Karma will get them in the end. It is not my place to play Paranormal Police.

Do you feel it is important to do a background investigation on the location (land/building) that you’re going to investigate?

Yes, I do. However, I typically don’t want it until AFTER the investigation so that there isn’t any association with what is going on automatically to the history of the home.