2011
07.06

I know its been a long time since our last post so I wanted to fill everyone in on what PPS is up to. We have been meeting with potential clients on preliminary investigations and reviewing A LOT of audio over the past 6 months. Unfortunately some of the prelims yielded little or no evidence and did not warrant a full investigation, but that’s why we conduct preliminaries. We do have a few cases that do require full investigations coming up shortly so keep checking back for our findings.

In the mean time check out our new Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/PasadenaParanormalSociety where I will be posing some questions about paranormal theory, beliefs and investigation tactics to all who read(including many other paranormal groups). Once I have enough answers to a poll I will post the results on this page along with the official PPS stance. If you have any topics you would like to see covered or have any questions you would like answered please add a comment to this post.

PPS will also be conducting another one of our experiments in the next month, details will be revealed soon.

2011
03.30

My Ghost Story-Air Date

In 2009 we were contacted about a possible haunting in Pasadena, now 2 years later that case will be featured on a segment of the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story.

When we first read the claims that Stacey and Marcie detailed in their haunting report we approached it with our usual skepticism and open mindedness. We did not expect to experience one of the more active homes that we have ever encountered. During our first visit we learned of all of their experiences since moving into the house and were able watch something they caught on their video camera. The video that they captured was unbelievable to the point where our jaws dropped. We asked for a copy to analyze and see if we could lighten it up any and what we found was more amazing than what even Stacey and Marcie were expecting. Our analysis turned up a second instance where an unseen force seems to jump across the bed and then materializes as it leaps off to the side.  This allowed us to proceed with a full investigation of the property and then a follow up a few months later. Unfortunately neither of our investigations turned up anything on video, but we were able to capture some impressive EVPs.

Somewhere in between our 2 investigations we decided to bring Stacey on as an investigator and she will be taking her first lead assignment on a case coming up in the next few months.

In December Stacey and Marcie traveled to Hollywood to tell their story to the Biography Channel. Our founder, Dave, went to tell the investigator’s side.  The episode will air this Saturday, April 2nd at 10:00pm EDT. You can view all of the case details here and for the follow up investigation here.

2011
03.19

Super Moon?

Today the moon will pass closer to the Earth than it has been in almost 2 decades. At 3pm EST the moon will pass through its closest point of 221,565 miles which may make it appear larger in the sky leading some to label it a “Super Moon”.  According to scientists the moon at its peak today may appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal. There are those who claim that  super moons are responsible for causing natural disasters, such as the earthquake in Japan but  according to seismologist “you see a less-than-1-percent increase in earthquake activity, and a slightly higher response in volcanoes.”  Scientists from the US Geological Survey noted that the earthquake in Japan happened 1 week before the “super” full moon and nearly 1 week after the new moon, new and full moons being the times when the moon’s gravitational pull have the greatest effect on Earth. The earthquake happened when the gravitational pull on earth was at its weakest providing the best piece of evidence that the two events are unrelated.

You may be asking yourself why I am posting this as Pasadena Paranormal has never posted anything related to astrology, geology, weather patterns or psychic predictions. Well the truth is that there are several theories, some good some bad, about paranormal activity in relation to the phases of the moon.  As a young group we have not had the chance to study the effects extensively enough to come to any sort of conclusion. But I can confirm that we have seen a recent increase in reported hauntings over the past month which is unusual for this time of year, normally we see more in the summer and fall months than in the spring. What do you think is it possible that this so called super moon could have an effect on the level of paranormal activity?

2011
03.12

Orbs-again

Anybody who has visited our site knows how much we at PPS love those little circular objects that show up in photos called “ORBS”. In case you are new to the site and could not tell by the italicized word love, I was being sarcastic, see my post from last may to learn more. Today while checking the PPS  facebook page I saw a status update from someone showing several pictures with “orbs” in them. I was going to send a friendly comment explaining how his photos were created and a link to the ASSAP site but then I started reading some of the other comments and decided it was just not worth it. In one of the shots is a blue “orb” and the comments ranged from what does it mean to “It’s like this one was a beauty queen while the others were average people”(this was a direct quote).  When if they took the time to do a simple web search they would find out that it is actually the ghost of a smurf, just kidding. A blue colored  circular anomaly is caused by an incorrect white balance, which is very common in low light, it can cause a blue hue on certain objects since there is no natural white in the frame and the camera is overcompensating.  The topper though was a comment from a woman to a link with this picture

Unfortunately people who make up things like this give the rest of us believers a bad name. Let me know what you think.

2011
02.03

Why did you join Pasadena Paranormal?
I have always had an interest in the paranormal, long before reality television brought the subject into our living rooms with the plethora of shows about ghost hunting. Ghost stories have always captured my interest and since I recently moved to Pasadena a few years ago, Pasadena Paranormal seemed a good choice. After lurking through their website and realizing that this group is more about helping those experiencing the paranormal then thrill seeking, I decided I would like to be a member of this group.

Have you ever had a paranormal experience before joining PPS?

Once on a ghost tour in Williamsburg, Virginia, I experienced what felt like someone touching and tickling my ear. It was a very strange sensation and no logical reason since no one was behind me to do so. Not sure if it was paranormal or not but certainly strange.

What do you hope the group achieves?
My hope for the group is to continue to help those who may be experiencing difficulties in their life because of possible paranormal activity and to possibly provide some answers to the questions surrounding this topic.

What do you hope to achieve for yourself?

My goal is also to help others in my community and possibly answer the questions I have about the paranormal.

Other biographical information:

Avid motorcyclist and sci-fi fan.

2011
01.06

The Discovery Channel is developing a new show which will follow actual stories of  hauntings and possessions. I know what you are thinking, “oh great, another ghost-hunter type show” but there is a different twist on this, the Vatican will be providing the case files and the priests that will be performing the exorcisms. According to the Discovery Channel the show will recreate some stories based on case files from the Vatican archives as well as interviews with the Catholic church’s top experts on the subject.  “The Vatican is an extraordinarily hard place to get access to, but we explained we’re not going to try to tell people what to think,” says Discovery president and GM Clark Bunting.The network hopes that if the first season is a success, it will allow for an expansion in which it will follow the church’s investigators as they look into new cases.

I would like to hear some opinions on this, do you think this could shed some new light on how the Catholic church handles reports of demonic possession? or will this just be another breeding ground for the crazies who want their fifteen minutes of fame?

The show is set to premier this Spring.

===UPDATE===

It has been brought to my attention by one of our readers that the Discovery Channel has revised their initial statement regarding the partnership with the Vatican saying “To ensure the accuracy and integrity of our content, we did meet in an unofficial capacity with individual members of the Vatican staff. We didn’t intend to imply that we had a ‘sanctioned’ partnership.”

2010
12.04

My Ghost Story

Dave and Stacey are in Los Angeles today filming an interview for an upcoming episode of Biography Channel’s My Ghost story. The episode will contain the story of Stacey’s house and her experiences since moving in. Dave will be interviewed to talk about Pasadena Paranormal’s involvement and what we found on our 2 investigations here and here. We will keep you up to date as to when the episode will air, in the mean time check out some of their other episodes here.

2010
10.26

East Pasadena Case

All of the information from our East Pasadena, Maryland case has been added to the investigation/evidence sections of the site. See here for full details about the investigation or here to get directly to the EVPs.

2010
09.16

Meet the investigators: Rex

Why did you join Pasadena Paranormal?

A lot of people say they join a paranormal group because they’ve always had an interest in the field and I am no different. Where I differ is the reason for my interest. Most people, I’ve found, are looking for some kind of spiritual confirmation or to indulge some personal curiosity. I am the type of person who needs to know how things work and this field is no different. I have always believed in the existence of ghosts but I could never understand how, beyond all scientific explanation, they do exist. Most “real” scientists simply refuse to accept their existence even with the mountains of evidence that suggests otherwise. I wanted to change how people look at the field and present hard evidence backed with enough data that will hopefully show some kind of trend that can be recreated. This is why I joined a paranormal group, the reason I chose Pasadena Paranormal is because I wanted to belong to a group that didn’t jump to conclusions.

There are a lot of groups out there and a large number of those groups are either thrill seekers or TAPS imitators, they believe that anything that happens when they are in a supposedly haunted location is paranormal without any other investigation. Groups like this tend to brag about the famous haunted locations that they paid to visit and talk about their experiences, which is usually an account that no one else can verify. The evidence they present are usually some low quality evps or my favorite, ORBS!

PPS is different, we tend to focus on helping homeowners understand the things that are happening to them. We record lots of data that we can analyze and look for trends, we also have a pretty meticulous way of determining what evidence we present to the clients and on the web. We will list personal experiences that team members had at a site but will NEVER use that when making a determination about its level of activity. But most importantly PPS has a great group of team members who have the same view of what a paranormal group should be.

Have you ever had a paranormal experience before joining PPS?

Yes. I had several experiences in the house I grew up in. One night while lying wide awake in my bed I witnessed an apparition, the way my bed was positioned I could look out my bedroom door and see directly into my parents room. At this time they were still downstairs watching tv, I remember looking into their room and seeing movement then I saw what I can only describe as a red translucent mass that hovered about a foot off the ground. It went from my vantage point right to left and then back, this happened several times and then it disappeared into my parents closet. Needless to say I had an even harder time sleeping after that, after all I was very young at the time. I never saw the figure again, but I never will forget how it looked. Shortly after this other things started happening around the house, objects would move on their own including one instance where a glass tipped on its side and balanced on an angle for a few seconds before returning to its base. An interesting side note, the house I currently live in is in the same neighborhood and we have had some experiences here.

What do you hope the group achieves?

I feel like PPS has achieved a lot since it was founded and has helped many people understand and accept what is happening in their homes. I want to continue this and help as many people as possible but I would also like to see this group take paranormal investigation to a different level. The main goal would be to show the scientific community that the paranormal can be studied.

What do you hope to achieve for yourself?

I have accepted that I may not ever find out every answer to every question I have about life, the universe and everything else because I know that with every answer comes more questions and the paranormal field is no different. What I do hope to accomplish is to contribute enough to the field so that we can begin asking new questions rather than the same ones we’ve always asked.

Other biographical information:

Profession: Software engineer

Other interests besides ghosts:

When I’m not working or chasing ghosts I spend the majority of my time with my wife and kids. We love the beach, so we take quite a few trips to Ocean City during the summer. I’m also kind of a tech geek, I’ve designed and maintain this website along with some experimental new equipment for paranormal research.

2010
09.04

Why did you join Pasadena Paranormal?

I joined PPS because I have a lot of lingering questions about some very personal experiences I had as a child. No one believed me about what I had seen. I have spent most of my adult life trying to get answers about what I had experienced. I found PPS on the WEB one day, while doing some research on local groups. Having grown up in the Pasadena area it was an immediate draw. After my first interview with Dave, Scott and Rex I knew that PPS was the group that would be the real deal.

What do you hope the group achieves?

I hope that we are able to answer questions that clients have. Hopefully we can bring some peace of mind, so people don’t feel alienated or alone. Lastly, I hope we are able to present evidence and theories that can help further the paranormal research field.

What do you hope to achieve for yourself?

I would like to answer at least one of those lingering questions I have. Also, I hope to help a lot of people to feel more comfortable, and understand the paranormal more.

Other biographical information:

I’ve worked in retail for 16 years and I’m currently a PC Tech by day and a cook by night. I’m currently applying to become a Big Brother. I really want to help steer the younger generation in a better path then i had growing up.

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