The Thrill of the Hunt

On January 22nd at exactly 9:27 p.m., I began my very first haunted site investigation. And I had an absolute blast!

After much thought, I recently joined a local paranormal investigation group. I’ve always been fascinated with the paranormal, as evidence in the DVR being chock-full of previous episodes of Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State, and other TV programs that delved in the paranormal and unexplained– as well as previous blog entries– and I thought what better way to fully get my paranormal fix than to actually go ghost hunting.

White Eagle HotelLast night, we were at Portland’s Legendary White Eagle Rock ‘N Roll Hotel, a local favorite among paranormal enthusiasts for its alleged ghostly encounters, with rooms #2, #3, and #5 being the most “active” rooms. Naturally, our team rented rooms #3 and #5 for the evening. Both would be eventual sleeping quarters for a couple of the team members. But first, we had to do some ghost hunting.

Now, although I believe in the supernatural because of my very own personal experience in the past, there is a very small skeptical part of me that has been dying to get some sort of proof. Paranormal investigation groups rely on tools of the trade– such as the K-II meter, EMF detectors, infrared cameras, digital audio recorders, etc.–inasmuch as personal experiences when they conduct investigations. I’d never used any of the equipment, having only seen them in action on certain paranormal TV shows, so I found the opportunity to actually use them first-hand very exciting.

A senior member of the team partnered with me during my first two EVP sessions, making sure to point how to use the equipment, what to look for, and what questions to ask. We were getting some activity in the form of flashing lights on the K-II meter, but I still wasn’t convinced we were actually communicating with spirits. They asked me to do an EVP session inside Room #3’s closet, which has been dubbed the “Gateway to Hell” because of multiple phenomena experienced by many other investigators in the past. The team leader recounted his own personal experience, which should’ve been enough to dissuade me, but I braved on and decided to do the EVP session by myself.

I sat in the corner of the dark closet, turned on the K-II meter and the digital recorder, and started my EVP session. Spirits are said to interact with the K-II meter by making its lights flash. From the get go, the first three lights on the meter were steady on. I implored whatever spirits were in the closet with me to make the lights flash. Ten minutes went on without any activity, and I started getting restless.

Against my better judgment– and after being warned by the senior members to use it only as a last resort– I began to taunt whatever spirits were in there with me. I started to call one of them by name– Sam, one of the two allegedly most active spirits in the place– and dared him to do something to prove to me that he existed. I continued taunting Sam for several minutes, telling him he wasn’t a tough guy after all, and that I wasn’t impressed with his ability to manifest. When I said something like, “Ah, you probably don’t exist,” it was when the K-II meter briefly spiked up, illuminating the two remaining red lights. That actually freaked me out a little bit, but I had to be convinced that it wasn’t a fluke, so I dared Sam (or whichever spirit was actually in the closet with me) to do it again. Repeatedly, I urged it, but the last two red lights on the K-II meter never flickered again.

Finally, I told the spirit something like, “So, I guess you’re just a fluke. You can’t even make this machine light up again. Maybe you can give me some other sign to prove that you’re here.” That was when the old knob on the closet door clicked, as if someone was trying to open it. That startled me. I got up, opened the door, and checked if there was anyone on the other side, and sure enough I was alone. By then, I was really starting to get creeped-out, but I plugged along. I ended the EVP session after 27 minutes.

Later in the evening, we decided to review my audio recording, and we were thrilled when the digital recording device clearly picked up the sound of the doorknob clicking. Was it truly paranormal? We don’t know. It was an old building after all, with old, warped wood that tend to settle. But that the phenomenon occurred after a direct provocation fascinated us.

I did several other EVP sessions by myself, two of which were in Room #5 where we had an IR camera recording all evening. I believe I had a couple of encounters and I can’t find out if anything showed up on the IR camera’s footage. I also can’t wait to hear if anything came up on any of my EVP sessions.

Overall, it was an amazing first investigation for me. I had the chance to use some nifty equipment, and believed to have had some personal experiences. I’m looking forward to the next investigations, and hope to hone my skills. Who knows? I may one day be a member of the T.A.P.S. family.

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1 Response to “The Thrill of the Hunt”


  1. 1 jwdoom January 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    You did THIS instead of hanging out with us? Fail. So much fail.


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