Who Are You?
My name’s Mindy, I’m a co-founder of PA Paranormal Association, based in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
What are your thoughts on networking with other teams or investigators?
I think it’s great. We all don’t have to agree, but we can all learn from each other as long as there’s respect. Aren’t there enough ghosts to go around?
Hunter, Investigator, Researcher – What do you want to be referred to and why?
We have used all of the above at one point or another, but mainly focus on Investigator. Hunter sounds slightly negative, like we’re going after ghosts to attack and while Researcher does describe us, it’s not only research that we do.
What is your most memorable paranormal experience?
Probably when I was touched. I felt a complete hand on my shoulder for several seconds when there was no one and nothing near me. It didn’t feel like it brushed my shirt or might have been a breeze, I could feel individual fingers. It took my breath away and was one of the coolest (and slightly creepiest) moments in this field.
Have you ever had an experience where you’ve crossed a spirit over?
I’m not “in tune” to spirits well enough to know if I was successful in assisting them in crossing over, but we’ve attempted that in most locations. Obviously, we’re there to research and learn and try to find evidence of the paranormal, but these were people who were alive like you and me and it would be wrong to want to keep them stuck here just so we can “play.”
Did you have experiences while growing up?
I did have many experiences growing up, some of which I don’t remember, I was just told about, of seeing, hearing, feeling, dreaming, you name it.
What is your favorite Paranormal Show (TV/Internet/Radio?
I don’t watch any reality paranormal shows. I’ll watch some fiction shows sometimes, just for entertainment.
What are your thoughts about Provoking?
I disagree with it. First I believe we should respect the spirits, but also feel that you don’t know (no matter how much research you’ve done or how religious you are) what you’re provoking or what you’re going to get yourself or others into.
What are your thoughts about Orbs? Dust or spirit? How do you tell the difference?
I believe orbs have the potential to be spirits, however I believe over 99% of orbs captured are not paranormal. We will very rarely even give an orb a second look because even if it might be paranormal, if there’s a possibility of dust/bug we will throw it out.
Would you ever use a Medium or Psychic on your team?
We have and do use people with gifts when we feel it’s necessary, may be helpful or if the client requests it, however we rarely use anything from them as actual evidence.