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Audio Evidence:

 

Alaska Ghost Hunting uses digital audio recorders and video cameras that also record audio. We try our best to have 1 audio and 1 video recorder in each area of the location being investigated. This is very imporatant because when we are reviewing everything it gives us a not only a second audio recording and video to confirm or debunk potential evidence.

As we are reviewing the audio recordings we will find unexplainable noises and voices which are called EVP’s which is the acronym for “Electronic Voice Phenomenon”. All our audio/video recordings have a timcodes/timestamps so that we can tell exactly what time it was recorded down to the second. The exact time of these EVP’s is written down so that we can look for them on all the other audio and video recordings made during the Investigation. At least 75% of all potential evidence is ruled out because after reviewing another recording the noise or voice was something explainable.

It is rare that EVP’s can be heard with the naked ear for two reasons. The first is that the typical human voice is spoken at 45 to 60 decibles. The second reason is that it takes a lot of energy for a Spirit to produce any sounds at all so what they do produce is simply too faint to hear but can be recorded and amplified later to hear them. A lot of other research groups will “enhance” the EVP using software to adjust the tones, etc so they can hear it better. Alaska Ghost Hunting will never “enhance” them in any other way, the only modification we will make to the original file is to amplify and sometimes filter out some of the background noise. It is amazing how much the squeak of a hinge or a stomach growl can sound like a voice if it’s manipulated enough.

Paranormal researchers have come up with four classifications of EVPs. Theses classes are A, B, C, and R.

Class A EVP’s are those that are so clear that everyone who listens to it agrees on what is being said. Class A EVPs are the best recorded voices of the dead and are very rare. In most cases these are also heard by the Investigators as it’s being recoded.

Class B EVP’s are those that may not not be understood by everyone who listens to it. One person may think it says something completely different than another person does. One thing that can be agreed upon is that it is clearly a voice. Many times amplifying the voice will make it clearer. Class B EVP’s are the most common type recorded.

Class C EVP’s are the worst quality voices captured. It is nearly impossible to understand what is recorded without the help of computer enhancement which Alaska Ghost Hunting is completely against. Often these EVP’s are just whispers, mumbling, accented speach. Alaska Ghost Hunting will often not even classify these voices because the recorders we use are very, very sensitive and what may sound like a voice can be explained away by any number of things such as wind, or even an investigators stomach growling.

Class R EVP’s are those that must be played in reverse for anybody to hear what’s being said. Although many Investigative teams will classify some EVP’s as R, Alaska Ghost Hunting will not classify any of our EVP’s as Class R until someone can provide us with enough evidence that some Spirits speak backwards.

 

Visual Evidence:

  It is rare to capture a Spirit on video for a couple reasons. First is that they don’t have a physical body so they cannot be seen with the naked eye. Second is that in most cases any form that a Spirit can manifest themselves as is not usually a solid form so light will pass right through them.

Spirits if they have enough energy can manifest themselves into soemthing we call a Apparition. An Apparition can be anything from a full body which looks like a living person, a partial figure which can be seen through, or a fog like mist.

Alaska Ghost Hunting uses high-definition full spectrum camcorders which work very well in complete darkness. The way these camcorders
work is that we try our best to block out all visible light during an Investigation then use special infrared & ultraviolet lights (these colors of light cannot be seen by the human eye) to light up the area as little as possible for the camcorders to record a good image. The idea here is that the camcorder will record not only any movement in the room but also record an Apparition because the light levels are so low.

Another thing that can be reorded on video besides things being moved or Apparitions is Orbs. An Orb is a transparent ball of light which vary in size. Some researchers believe that an Orb is the way a Spirit travels, other researchers believe Orbs are simply balls of energy created from any of several possible sources including powerlines, batteries, motors, transformers, or static electicity. The Laws of Physics does proove that energy does travel in spherical form through the atmosphere so we do know that Orbs exist.

A lot of amateur investigators that believe every ball of light they see in either a still photo or a video is an Orb. In most cases what they are looking at is an out of focus raindrop, bug, speck of dust, or lens flare.

A true Orb of energy although usually invisible to the human
eye produces it’s own light which let’s us take pictures and record them on video. When viewing any Orb on video we look hard to see if it’s producing it’s own light which can be proven if it’s a different color or if it creates shodows or reflections as it’s passing objects in the room. Another thing we look for is if it is moving in a stright line or if it is moving with intelligence behind it.

     

EMF Evidence:

  EMF (Electromagnetic Field) is radiation that is created by anything electical and is measurable. Please read the article on EMF in our FAQ section for a more detailed explanation.

Because Spirits are made of energy they can be detected using devices which are built for electricians to troubleshoot bad wiring and appliances. During the initial stages of an Investigation we go into every room to get a “baseline” reading and to unplug any device that is creating EMF. Quite often when a Spirit is attempting to communicate the readings on these devices will vary for no reason past the baseline readings we’ve already recorded.

Alaska Ghost Hunting does not believe that unexplained fluctuations in EMF readings is enough evidence to proove that a Spirit is active at that location but it can be supporting evidence to any audio or visual evidence.

     

Temperature Evidence:

  Spirit’s need energy to do interact with the living world. In most places there is usually enough ambient energy in places that they can absorb (ie food/calories) to do what they need to do. If for whatever reason they require more energy to perform a task such as interacting with the living through voice, movement, or becoming an Apparition they can remove the energy in the warm air which will create what we call a “cold spot”. These spots usually range in size from that of a softball to the size of a human body.

These cold spots can simply disappear after a few seconds or minutes. The thought behind this is that the Spirit has simply “changed their mind” about what they were trying to do or simply moved to another source of energy.

When a Spirit touches a living person the person can feel it as either cold or warm. Some Investigators believe that warm spots are evidence of Poltergeist activity while others believe that the Spirit has enough energy to do what it’s wanting to do.

     

Personal Experiences as Evidence:

  Investigators sometimes experience the feeling of being watched, touched, grabbed. They can also experience smells or see things out of the corner of their eye. These are recorded as “Personal Experiences” because they cannot be replayed for later review. The human brain is known to take information from it’s senses that doesn’t recognise and create something quite different (this is commonly referred to as matrixing).

Smells are very tough for us to consider as evidence of Spiritual activity. Investigators will sometimes smell unexplained perfume, cigarette/pipe smoke but we believe those come from either a room being saturated with that smell over years or the smell coming from air leak around a window or door or through the ventilation system.

Touching can sometimes be recorded by seeing the temperature change with the Thermal Imaging Camera. Skin irritation and scratches can also be recorded with a still or video camera.