Paraex Research Foundation Case Model
The following information is intended to inform potential clients and fellow researchers about the way in which Paraex Research Foundation will conduct their investigations. Keep in mind that the following model is ideal for us, however depending on circumstances, could change per case. Here is a step by step chronology of our process:
Initially, a concerned individual or group will contact us via our web site inquiring about investigative help. Depending on how backed up we are with other cases and with our personal lives, we try to respond to these inquiries within 48 hours to a week at the most. The investigation request comes to us via a submit form on the help page of this web site.
After receiving the request from a potential client, we carefully review all submission provided. There are certain criteria that must be made in order for us to consider a request:
There is also a ceratin way in which we select cases to accept, speaking in order of acceptance. We will put cases involving children first and foremost. Our number one priority is to provide answers to the parents of children who are claiming to experience paranormal happenings. We also place locations in the closest proximity to central Ohio in high priority. Requests coming from the border regions of the state will have the lowest priority, however will receive the standard and requisette initial contact from us. Regardless of location, every request is responded to.
After we accept your case and warrant time to investigate the claims provided, we move onto the next phase by making a follow up contact.
Date / Time Negotiation
Once accepting a case, we contact the client and verify that they are still further interested in having us in their home or business. We will work with the client to come up with a suitable date and time for the initial interview and investigation. Investigations normally occur on Friday or Saturday nights between the hours of 7PM and 4AM, ideally, depending on circumstances. Once an intial date is set, we move on to the first part of the physical investigation.
Interview / Initial Investigation
Upon arriving to a case location (home or business), we immediate arrange for a sit down, relaxed interview with either the requesting individual, appointed representitive or entire amount of occupants. Since the investigation phase is very important in itelligence gathering for the case, we may spend the entire time this visit simply talking about the case and getting a feel for our clients. There are times when little regard is given to the site during this phase. We are more interested in the client and what they have to say about their experiences.
However typically, we request at the very least, a tour of the home, business or property. We may or may not take photographs or record video during this process. The client will visually show us where we are permitted on the property and where we are not permitted. The client will also point out the places within the home that they consider to be 'hot spots' for our reference.
Depending on the distance of the location to central Ohio, we may or may not deploy actual investigation techniques, instrumentation set-ups and NOP (Nocturnal Observation Period) surveillances on this trip. If the location is fairly distant from Central Ohio, we may elect to perform our initial investigation during this trip. Ideally however, this initial trip is for tour / interviewing purposes only.
It is our first and foremost duty to commit to our client, for an indefinite amount of time. We do not put time limits or constraints on how long a case stays 'open'. We will not be finding 'nothing' and not returning. This isn't the way investigations should be handled. The client, if wished and agreed upon, can expect numerous visits from us in the near future. Some clients have retained us for many years in order to piece together their paranormal puzzles. Bottom line: We stay commited. Clients of Paraex Research Foundation will not be limited to the typical one-day, 3-4 hour investigation that a lot of groups provide. Paraex clients can expect to stay informed and in the loop with our findings, thoughts and feelings about their case.
The vast majority of our cases our performed remotely. In other words, we will investigate onsite, from a remote location away from key areas or 'hotspots'. We want the home, business or property to remain as natural as possible while we are present. A lot of fad, 'fly-by-night' enthusiast groups will send 5 or more investigators into a home or business with no consideration to contamination or the size of the building/property. We do not work this way. Not entirely.
There will be certain times (especially during setup) that our investigators will need to access the off-limits or common areas of the property/dwelling. This may be to respond to alarms or investigate origins of sensor or alarm triggering. Overall our presence in the target areas of the location will be extremely limited.
In most cases, we will ask the client to go about their typical habits within the home or business as they normally would. Literally, we ask to be ignored as we observe the home or businesses natural environment. We want to simply be a fly on the wall. Watching and waiting. We will be monitoring an array of computers, hooked up to remote wired/wireless sensors, video cameras, audio levels, vibration detectos and many more remotely accessable technologies.
Video - We will use high resolution stationary surveillance cameras operating at 420 t.v. lines under auto-detecting IR CCD's. We do not employ the use of handheld Sony Nightshot cameras, manned by investigators. All video cameras are ran remotely to the target location via wires and the live video feed is monitored at a 'base station'. We will normally select two or more locations within a home or business for live monitoring.
Video Recording Method
All video recorded on cases go directly to VHS and not via digital to DVR or DVD. Recording onto digital media such as multiplexed quad/splitters DVR's significantly reduces the quality of the video collected. We record onto 4 head VCR's with top quality, brand new VHS tapes. Only after we find something of unexplainable interest to us or the client, will we transfer the clip(s) to digital media (i.e. mpeg, avi, ram wmv etc..).
EMF Monitoring - Instead of the normal investigator walking around with a little EMF meter saying "point one, point five" while aiming the meter at electrical outlets, we take a different approach. We also remotely monitor key / target areas of the home or business using custom EMF sensors wired to our computers. We simply watch the screens of our computers while up to 20 sensors throughout the home/business monitor EMF levels. The information is datalogged thoughout the evening onto our computer hard drives fur further review. Few groups employ this technique.
Audio / EVP Monitoring
As with our EMF collection efforts, we also remotely monitor the audio levels of the location via computer. Professional, high-gain microphones are deployed throughout the location and are linked to our computers. The software we use shows us a graphical SPECTRAL interface display of what is going on in the audio spectrum. A lot of times, we can actually SEE EVP samples as they happen. All EVP efforts are wired and not wireless reducing the potential for RF interference.
Sensor Monitoring - Throughout the property, we will set up numerous pressure sensors, vibration sensors, motion detectors, proximity arrays and more. We will monitor the status of these sensors remotely by watching for the LED indicators of these devices to visually indicate a trigger. We can see the LED's on these devices from our live video monitoring efforts.