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By Linda Emley
There’s been a lot of activity on the hill lately and it’s the “Paranormal” kind.
Paranormal Research Investigators – also known as the Law and Order-sounding PRI – have visited the Ray County Museum on several occasions to document activity and validate claims of something unearthly happening here.
Dr. Nick Spantgos, founder of PRI, takes paranormal research to a whole new level. This team’s approach is “Logic First, Paranormal Last,” so they take their investigations very seriously.
Nick and Keith Ross founded PRI in April of 2007. Their team has investigated over 360 locations and only found potential evidence of the paranormal at 60 of these locations.
They say their mission is to advance the field of paranormal research through systematic, logical, and thorough investigations while maintaining the highest standards of integrity and quality. They are very critical when reviewing evidence, and only say a location is potentially haunted when there is absolutely no other possible explanation.
The PRI team has held several public events on the hill, including a paranormal 101 class. This class explains the scientific approach to investigating, while sharing experiences and educates the public about the paranormal. It also explains how to have a good time while exploring the paranormal. Nick explains,“Our goal for public events at places like the Ray County Museum is to help secure donations for the historic preservation of these buildings and bring awareness to the history of local business.”
Nick is currently in the process of filming several documentary films including one about PRI’s time at the Ray County Museum and the Belvoir Winery in Liberty.
He wants people to know that real Paranormal Research is not like what you see on TV because it takes many hours to conduct an investigation.
One of the most common misperceptions is that ghosts will perform on command and you should be able to document their presence in an hour, which simply is not true. Generally an investigation will last 5 to 8 hours, Spantgos says, and every single piece of equipment is recording data during that time.
If you have 10 digital voice recorders, five night-vision camcorders, a full spectrum camera, a regular digital camera and a thermal imager all running at the same time, that’s 18 pieces of equipment. For an eight-hour investigation., that means it takes approximately 144 hours to review all the data from those 18 pieces of equipment.
So if you think paranormal investigating is a piece of cake, think again. For those that are truly serious and have a passion for discovering the truth, it’s a quest for unraveling the past.