Investigating the paranormal has been a hobby of mine since 2017 but my interest stems from early childhood. I joined Tri-C Ghost Hunters of Ohio in January of 2022 and I'm so excited to take this journey and passion to the next level.

We offer investigation of businesses or homes at no cost to the client as well as guided tours, and both public and/or private investigations at one of our partnered locations including the historic Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio

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Getting Started

These are some "must haves" in equipment for every investigator.

 

Hot Tip: Set your budget for your equipment and make sure you STICK TO IT. There is a LOT out there and it's very easy to get a little overly excited when stocking your arsenal. Focus on the essentials, and then make a wish list for the future.  This isn't worth draining your savings on. Investigating is all about the senses and personal experiences. The more "fancy toys" that are involved, the more volatile your credibility can become.

The Essentials

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Digital Recorder - Important for gathering audio evidence such as EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomenon), as well as aiding in either reinforcing or debunking possible evidence on other devices.

The EVISTR 16GB Digital Voice Recorder is an affordable and compact option that is great for any investigator.

EMF or Mel Meter -  I use the ERICKHILL EMF Meter mostly for debunking and safety. Electro Magnetic Fields are caused by anything that uses electricity for power. In high doses, EMF can cause a plethora of health issues and symptoms that could be mistaken for paranormal activity. It is theorized that entities also give off EMF, but the evidence around this theory doesn't provide enough confidence for me personally to rely on it as stand alone proof of paranormal.

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The Canon XA11 Compact Full HD Camcorder has a higher end price tag but is worth the money if you are interested in investigation for the long term. Visual evidence can sometimes be the deciding factor on whether or not your proof will be "seen" as credible..pun intended.

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Experimental Equipment

There have been leaps and bounds made in the paranormal communities when it comes to investigative equipment. Everything from cat toys, to modified video game consoles and beyond. When it comes to these more "experimental" approaches, tread lightly.  All paranormal evidence will be disputable in some way. The more we involve things like technology, theoretical practices, gimmicks, and theatre, the more we invite bias scrutiny and dismissive speculation. However, I list these items as experimental very intentionally, because at the end of the day, there is a level of discovery, learning, and critical observation that could make these very tools indisputable in the future.

Paranormal at it's core means, Beyond Normal, and what we do is definitely that.

The SB7 Spirit Box - A VERY popular piece of equipment made commonplace in paranormal investigation by the Ghost Adventure's crew. It's theorized that entities or spirits can communicate with us within the rolling noise of the radio waves. There is a LOT of controversial opinion around this item and a lot of different variations of this idea. See what works for you, and try different methods of using it!

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Mini Mag Flashlight - This simple piece of equipment is a favorite of mine. Not only is it important to have a flashlight, especially if you're investigating a location without electricity, but it can double as a possible communication device... with some conditions. Theoretically, if you twist the flashlight so that it is barely off, spirits/entities can use their energy to complete the connection when touching it and manipulate the power, thus using the light to communicate. Although this can be a very exciting concept, it has it's margin for error. I highly recommend working with multiple flashlights when gathering evidence with this experiment. If you're finding manipulation is happening on command with three or four different lights, you're more likely to be able to convince others of your contact!

REM Pod (Radiating ElectroMagnetic Pod) - Another Ghost Adventure Fan Favorite. REM Pods emit a small EM field and will alert you to any changed in it's surrounding field. This seems like a full proof way to detect activity in areas where you can't be present. However, there has been a lot of research around the validity of these devices and the findings have shows the pods being triggered by things such as; high humidity, florescent lights, and walkie talkies.

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