Living In A Paranormal World-Part Two
Adele Marie Park
In this article, I am talking with Jayne Mortimore who is a paranormal investigator in Paranormal Voice based in the UK. She will give insight into what a paranormal investigator does, why she personally chose to be one and exactly what the dangers are associated with this choice.
Welcome Jayne, thank you for agreeing to be interviewed.
Can you explain to our readers what a paranormal investigator is, please?
A Paranormal Investigator is someone who investigates, pushes the barriers of research and communication with all types of phenomena. That could be the afterlife, aliens, cryptozoology and any form of supernatural happenings outside of the boundaries of ‘normal’.
For me and the Paranormal Voice team, we choose to study and document the afterlife and especially keen in communication with the Spirit World.
Thank you and how does a paranormal investigator work? What sort of tools do they use?
Assuming we are tools for finding Spirit, there are some which are widely used however, none have given concrete and definitive evidence of the afterlife to say this other realm truly exists. We know it exists but in the eyes of science because it can’t be measured, it can’t be proven.
There are many EMF devices that are commonly used as Spirits are thought to hold electromagnetic energy and these handheld gadgets can measure localised EMF changes. There are several reasons for and against using such devices. Most do not offer stable readings and pick up all sorts of stray signals that can interfere with readings. To use an EMF Meter there must be long periods of baseline testing before use. These are not a form of communication and should only be used to detect the electromagnetic fluctuations in the atmosphere.
Voice recorders and commonly used to try to capture EVP – Electronic Voice Phenomena. It’s thought Spirit can imprint voices on to recordings, though sometimes they with pick up the disembodied voices heard by the human ear too.
Ghost/Spirit Boxes are very controversial. A Ghost Box is a device using radio frequency. It is essentially a radio that continually scans the band, whether FM or AM. It’s said Spirit use the white noise to imprint their voices/vocals into this noise. It’s my belief that Spirit will use all snippets of a scanning radio to make voices and sentences.
I am a huge fan of the Ghost Box and have had far too much personal proof to suggest its legitimacy but there are others who think that any voices/noises coming through are no more than coincidental synchronicity. Personally, I only look for intelligent responses, requested repeated words and sentences.
Paranormal Voice has had incredible responses where we have been able to find records of the deceased person or situation.
There are many more paranormal gadgets but these are just basic electronic tools. Some investigators will only use more traditional tools – pen and paper, Ouija board etc.
An investigators technique will vary from person to person or team to team. The basics are to call out for Spirit and hope for some type of response.
When did you realise you wanted to be a paranormal investigator and was there a personal experience that drew you towards this?
I was always interested in out of the norm stuff. When most teens were reading books about their pop idols, I was reading books on ghosts and UFOs. I had some experiences as a child, of the Spirit world. One of the most memorable was seeing a full apparition of my grandfather a few days after he passed away. I was 15 and the house was quite somber, I turned and saw him standing in the doorway, a solid figure just looking at me and smiling. Wasn’t frightening at all. Becoming an investigator was a natural progression after being invited to an investigation with some friends. That was 15 years ago now.
Please tell our readers, if there is such a thing as a normal investigation, what an investigation usually entails.
There is no normal investigation. Each location is different, each alleged haunting individual. A lot has to be considered for an investigation… location hire, insurance, team safety, equipment, team rolls, travel, what type of ways to try to coax activity etc.
For us, we do a lot of video recordings as we find this the best form of documenting the investigation be any response. There is far more work after the actual investigation with footage and audio review plus historical and haunting research before and after each location to bring together the final investigation report.
Thank you. Now, Jayne, I know there are dangers you encounter in being a paranormal investigator, but some of these are not of the paranormal persuasion. Can you tell us first, about the dangers one might encounter in an investigation?
There are many physical dangers involved in an investigation. Dependent on how you investigate, the most common is being in the dark. ALWAYS carry a torch. For us, this isn’t so much of a problem as we investigate during daytime hours whenever we can.
Dependent on your location dodgy flooring, trip hazards, crumbling buildings need to be assessed before starting an investigation.
Also, consider investigating with two or more people and never give out your location publicly before you go there. There are a lot of weirdos around. Always remember to let someone you trust know where you are going and what time to expect you back.
Always go with extra layers too. The temperature has a habit of changing fast as the sun goes down…
Do you believe or have had any experience of a negative spiritual kind during investigating and how can you protect yourself against those dangers?
Definitely, have had negative spiritual encounters. Most memorable ones being at the Ancient Ram Inn and Bodmin Jail. Sadly both too long to explain here.
In my opinion, I believe spiritual protection is a must. There are many forms of protection and I’d recommend looking over YouTube to find the best type to suit you.
Some use white light, crystals, rituals, herbs and many other things. Personally, I believe your protection is as strong as your belief in it.
Lots of people in the paranormal field work with Ouija boards what are your views regarding this?
I have no problems with Ouija boards if used correctly. They always need to be used with someone experienced but I think that regardless of whether an Ouija board or Spirit Box, you are opening the same type of connection. Caution and awareness need to be used in any form of spiritual communication.
Now, I know that the equipment you use is expensive. Have you ever gone old school? e.g. Talcum powder on the floor to catch footprints or string with bells on it?
Yep, we use trigger objects and more simplistic forms of tools. Just a simple marble or an object laid on a piece of paper which has been drawn around to see if said object moved.
The problem with talc is the inability to clean it up if it is spilled. Most historical locations wouldn’t be too happy to get powder in an antique rug or white lines in original floorboards.
My latest item is a fidget spinner. Laid on its side, it’s easy to move because it rests on ball bearings. Not had any results but hope Spirit will try to move it when asked. Can only hope…
A loaded question this one: What do you personally think of the Conjuring movie franchise? The first two being based on true cases, investigated by Ed and Lorraine Warren.
As a non-movie type, I’ve never watched and know very little about these cases. No doubt the films dramatised and exaggerated from the original cases. All movies do that, that’s what makes them fun.
Thanks for having me. Enjoyed answering the questions, it’s been fun.
Thank you, Jayne, for agreeing to this interview.
Paranormal Voice UK has a FaceBook page if you want to know more and also a YouTube channel Paranormal Voice UK.