To Report or Not to Report

June 30, 2011 on 4:48 pm | In Article | 3 Comments

You hear a noise that you can not explain.  It sounds like a woman’s voice, but you are just not sure what you heard.  The question arises “do I report this event for the Ghost Log”?  Many times as the years have gone by I have been asked this question.  My answer yes, report it anyway. 

The Ghost Log is a record, a log, of any unexplained occurrences’.  So if you are to have this happen to you,  I ask you to record it as soon as possible and notify one of the staff or myself.  By keeping good records we are able to get a more accurate overview of the date, time, and location of each event.  In time we hope to be able to create a detailed report so we might have the ability to make predictions for our Ghost Hunts and Ghost Walks.  By reporting as soon as possible, you more likely to report the event more accurately.

Many of the Ghost Log and High Spirits: Ghost Log Blog readers are very intrigued as to how this all works.  We receive repeated questions as to “Where is the most haunted spot in the library?” or “Does it matter what time of year this happens?” or “Do more things happen during bad weather?” These are all very valid points.  So as you may have deduced we can not answer these questions accurately without you input. 

Please do not come in and tell a long story and just leave.  We will accept an oral report, but we prefer a written one.  Please  take the time to write it down or email it in.  So much can be lost in translation.  A “first-person” telling is so much more accurate.  We do want to hear it in your words.  Your reports are very important to us and we hope you will help us by reporting to us. 

Here are a few examples for your use:

Example #1: “Me and Tim came in the library and heard a guy’s voice.  We got scared and left.”

Example #2: “Tim and I came in the library on Saturday April 2, 2011.  It was about 11:15 am.  We were working on homework in the Young Adult area.  It was very quiet and then we heard a man’s voice say something.  There was no one close enough to us to be heard this clear.  We got up, looked around saw no one.  We got scared and left.

Example #2 at gives us a much better overview of what happened.  By using this information we can log where, when, and by whom.  Please remember, any extensive information you may share will be of value.  We accept written reports, audio, photos, video, drawings, etc. If you have a report to make and have questions please ask for Ellie or Micki and we will be glad to help you with a report. 

The Ghost Log is always kept at the Front Desk at the Sweetwater County Library.  Anyone may view it, but it does not check out.  Please ask before making copies on reports.  Contact information is also available on each of the Professional Ghost Hunting Groups.  If you need this information please ask for Micki. 

As always, you input is important to us. 

Using Dogs as Paranormal Investigators? by Jennifer Doane of PI-Team of Utah

June 15, 2011 on 9:55 am | In Article | 8 Comments
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It’s long been said that animals are able to sense paranormal activity sooner and to a higher degree than humans can.  In fact, one of our questions when we’re interviewing people that have asked us to investigate their house is whether or not they’ve noticed their pets acting strangely or reacting to unseen things.
Many times we’ve been by told by a client that their dog will not go in a certain part of the house, or their cat will arch its back and hiss at something they cannot see.  This not only increases the client’s sense of unease but it also causes them to worry about what is frightening their pets.
One of the newest “tools” in paranormal research is the use of dogs to help pinpoint hotspots of paranormal activity.  You may have seen that TAPS has introduced Maddie on the Ghost Hunters TV series.  I know when I first heard about it I didn’t really see how a dog could be used on an investigation. I will be honest that I thought it was just a gimmick, which unfortunately the paranormal field is full of. But after doing a little research on the subject I became fascinated and we decided as a team to look into it a little further.
We determined that one of the most important aspects of using a dog to help investigate haunted locations has nothing to do with what it’s able to see,  and everything to do with what it can smell.
Here are some facts about a dog’s sense of smell:
  • It is approximately 100,000 times better than that of a human
  • Dog’s can smell fear
  • Dog’s can smell human fingerprints that are a week old
  • Dog’s can smell electricity
  • Dog’s can detect certain types of cancer with an accuracy rate of 88-97%
The fact that dog’s can literally smell fear and electricity is what really made me think that TAPS was onto something good.  One of the main pieces of equipment that paranormal investigators use is an EMF detector.  EMF stands for electromagnetic field.  This field is usually put out by electronics such as microwaves, refrigerators, TV’s, etc.  However, it has also been found during paranormal activity, which is why we use the EMF detectors.  While investigating, we look for sharp increases in the EMF field, and these are especially important if they correlate with other activity such as shadow movement, odd sounds, etc. In fact we experienced this phenomenon when we investigated the Sweetwater County Library.
If dog’s can smell electricity they can be trained to sense when there is a higher EMF level.  The paranormal investigators can use this to find the EMF hot spots in a location.  They can then determine if there is a natural cause for the higher EMF or not.  The investigators can also observe the dog as they do a walkthrough of the location to see if there are any areas that the dog does not want to go, and they can observe any changes in the dog, such as cowering or growling.
We don’t feel that a paranormal team should rely solely on how the dog behaves, or the areas it might react to, but we do believe it’s another tool that an investigation team could have at their disposal.
The Paranormal Investigations Team of Utah is lucky enough to have a member who is not only fascinated by the paranormal, but is also a very good dog trainer.  He has brought with him, The Captain, who I’m proud to say is our newest paranormal investigator.  We invite you to find out more about The Captain and follow his training progress on our website, at www.piteamofutah.com.
Jennifer Doane
The Paranormal Investigations Team of Utah

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