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Paranormal Investigating
     To those that have been involved in a paranormal investigation, you know how things work. The time involved in setting up and breaking down, not to mention all the time spent in the review mode. And we do it without thinking much about it, it just come naturally. But there are many who only know how things are done based on what they see on television. And those of us involved in this field know how like TV our jobs really are. 
     So this is what this page is dedicated to: to the "hows" of investigating, and to some point, the "how nots" of the job. These are the things that I-MET does before, during, and after an investigation. These will vary slightly depending on the needs of the client, the size of the building, the location of the investigation site, and the number of investigators present. But we try to keep as close to this as possible. 
     This only reflects how Il-Mo Entity Trackers preforms an investigation, and does not make any comments towards the way other teams conduct their investigations.  Each team builds upon what they have done in the past, discards what doesn't work, adds to things that might work with what does, and this forms the basis of their investigations.
      Most of the time, our investigations start with a telephone call, an email, or direct face-to-face contact from the potential client. They tell us what has been happening, how it has been affecting their lives, and what they would like to have as an outcome to an investigation. Once we have answered all the questions we can, and the client would like an investigation, we move to the next step.
     Gathering of facts: This step can change based on how much someone knows about their home or business. We conduct an interview with the client for more additional information. We try to get as much information about the grounds as possible, if they have any history of their buildings.
          If possible, we try to research the grounds and buildings. We gather as much information as possible from the courthouse records, the library, newspaper articles, and any other sources we are able to tap into which will help us understand previous happenings at the location.
    Once we have arrived at the location, we greet the client and see if there is additional activity for them to report. We do a walk-through of the building with the client, to get a lay of the land and a better understanding of the location of encountered activity.
     The team has a quick meeting about where to place equipment, and what equipment will be used. In locations with limited access to power, we may elect to not run our DVR. If it is a small location, we may elect to reduce the number of cameras used, to help reduce reflections or IR meeting IR, which will only give you a white blob on the recording. We decide what equipment will be carried, and who will be recording video on this particular investigation.  We discuss the plan for the investigation, and if necessary, break into teams.
     The equipment is set up as we discussed. Audio recorders are all started at the same time, to make review easier. Recorders are often started as we are setting up the rest of the equipment, cause you never know what you will hear when you least expect it!
     The investigation proceeds, and often is altered based on what is happening at that time. If we are getting responses from the Spirit Box, or Ovilus, we may stay in one area longer, if less is happening we may move forward. We often decide on the next area based on a feeling that one team member is getting, or the lack of sensations noted. Sometimes the teams mix up members, to see if a different combination works better. Each person takes pictures from different angles, and often just for random reasons. 
     The investigation ends when it seems that we have exhausted all potentials, or at a pre-determined time, based on the wishes of the client. Equipment is gathered, packed away, and loaded in the vehicles. We speak with the client, if they are still present, to give them a quick debriefing of the investigation. As always, we express our appreciation to the client for allowing us to visit their location. If the client is not home, we make sure that all doors and windows are secured before we leave the premises.
     Once we return home, and catch some zzzzs, we start the sometimes mind-blowing task of review of evidence. We run multiple recorders during an investigation, and these can have 6-12 hours of evidence per recorder. Several of our members have 4 recorders that they listen to from one investigation. So it is time to put on the headphones and start listening for what doesn't fit in the conversation. If we find something, we make a clip of it, and continue listening. While we do this, most team members are reviewing up to 100 photos from multiple cameras, looking for something that does stands out, which should not be there. 
     The review of the video usually comes next. Each video clip is watched, and listened to, for something that does not work with what we are doing. Maybe a shadow, or a sound, or hopefully a darkness that fits a human form. If we see anything, we make a clip of it and continue our review. And if the DVR was used, this is reviewed, watching the camera play back what was recorded during the investigation. Sometimes we use a camera connected to a laptop, if it is an area we really want to focus on, or maybe no power source was there and we recorded using the battery on the laptop. Again, clips are made that we want to review even further.
     After all evidence is reviewed, it is time to gather the team for review. This is often done by putting all clips in the same location, where everyone can go to review. We use Skydrive, where we store our findings "in the cloud" and each team member can go upload to their own folder, download the clips from other team members folders to review. 
     Once all are reviewed, we kick out anything we can debunk, remove all "well, that might be" or "I'm not sure" clips, and look once again at those things we can not determine. We compare recorders against each other, and than against the video footage, and anything we can not remove, we place in a folder of our findings.
    Once we have finished our review, we place all information collected onto a disc for the client. This will include any information gathered from our research, and try to present a document from this information as well. We prepare a document which includes information of the investigation, including where equipment was located, the course of the investigation, and any experiences the team members had during the investigation. We select photos which either have something in them, which show locations of equipment, shows the team members during the investigation, or just photos which we think show the location at its best. We include a document of the contents of the disc, including all the audio/video, and photos, where each was taken, and where the oddity can be found on the audio/video clip.
     We set up a time to meet with the client, and present this disc to them. We go over all evidence captured, getting the client's understanding of what is heard or seen before giving them our take on the clip. We don't want them to be influenced on our thoughts. And sometimes, listening to what they hear, we than are able to make sense of what previously did not mesh. We answer all questions the client may have, and remind the client that we will always be available if they have further need.
     After the reveal is completed, based on the client's wishes, we complete the webpage and publish the results for everyone to review. We welcome your input on our evidence, and are always open to discussion. We never include our thoughts on what we hear, because we want you to make up your own mind. 
What We Try To Do And Not Do 
     Obey all laws, obtain permission to be in the area from the clients (signed permission form), notify law enforcement if we  are going to be in an area past the "closing time."
     Always have at least 2 investigators present at all times.
     Turn off all cell phones, or leave them in the vehicles. Cell phones looking for signals can set off some of our equipment, and that contaminates the evidence.
     Act professional. We are not only representing ourselves, but all teams. One bad team hurts the field so much more than one good team can help. We dress, act, speak, and conduct ourselves as professionals at all times while in the client's home or business.
     Take plenty of batteries for the cameras, and extra recording drives for the video cameras. Nothing worse than having your batteries all go down and have no back-ups. Or finding out that you left the extra card for the cameras at home on the desk.
     Dress appropriate for the weather. If the building is not heated, and the temperatures are cold, it will often be colder inside than it is out. Nothing is worse than leaving early because everyone is now frozen. Gloves and hats will work well too, at times.
      Take plenty of water to drink. We usually have at least 1 cooler with water and drinks, for all team members to use. Necessary in winter as well as in summer. Investigations often last a long time, and in buildings in the summer, you can sweat a lot, so fill up on water at every break.
     Don't forget the flashlight, and extra batteries for it as well. And an extra flashlight is always welcome too!
     Tag as we are conducting the investigation. We might think that we will remember kicking that chair, but during review that event just might flee our memory, leading to a false piece of evidence. So sometimes our review includes all the tagged tummy growls we hear..but better that than thinking we have a monster with us all night.
     Protect yourself. We try to take whatever precautions we can to protect ourselves during the investigation. This may include protection stones, or prayer before and after the investigation. It won't hurt, and you just don't know how much it might help. 
Do Not:
     Whisper...this is sometimes the hardest thing to not do. Speaking in a normal voice will help to eliminate tainted evidence, as we have come to know each others voices. 
     Provoke...we do not provoke. We are respectful to the entity that may reside there. Our goal is to obtain evidence, not injury from the investigation.
     Leave trash behind. All empty bottles and bags are returned to our vehicles and taken home. It is a privilege to investigate someone else's home or business. Taking our trash back home is simple respect.
     Run....nope, we want to confront what might be there, not run from it. And running in the dark, in a strange place, not exactly a smart move. You might get hurt in more ways than you thought if you trip and fall down that long stairway. And calling 911 to an investigation is just not the way to end the night.
     Smoke. No one smokes inside the location during an investigation. If a team member needs a cigarette, it is done outside, near the vehicles so the smoke does not become evidence, such as a mist.
     Eat during the investigation. We all get hungry, and it seems that an investigation can burn more calories than normal. Or it might be a longer than normal investigation. So snacks are usually present, but they are not eaten during the investigation, but during a break. Nothing like listening to munching when you are trying to review evidence. 
     Alcohol and drugs....are just no win situations. They not only alter a person's ability to conduct an investigation, but using during an investigation shows vast disrespect both to the team as well as to the client. And this is something we just do not tolerate.
     Wear heavy perfumes or deodorants...the smell can interfere with us picking up an odor during the investigation. And if it is really hot, well, we can shower when we get home. 
     Again, we want to state that this is our method of investigation. Many teams will have a similiar style, but some will vary greatly. No team has the perfect format, but trial and error will determine what is best for each team. Our goal is to help the client the best way we know, and to work to help make the field of paranormal research and investigation a more defined science.
"The Night Beckons"
Midnight Syndicate 
From the CD: "Out Of The Darkness" 2006
Used with permission of Midnight Syndicate
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