Beginning An Investigation
Belief is not necessary, but negativity
CAN affect the area. Negative energy may deter your subjects from making
an appearance. Keep your thoughts on your task and enjoy your work.
Always obey the local laws. Venturing
into a cemetery after dark, trespassing on private property and taking
photos when not authorized will only serve to get you and your team into
trouble. Best to get permissions ahead of time.
ALWAYS search the history of the site
before beginning an investigation. Search the local Land and Trust
offices, local library and area newspaper morgues for information or
history on the site.
Never go to an investigation site under
the influence. This can impair judgment and discredit your findings.
Never go to the site alone. This point
has a two-fold effect. First, corroborating your findings with another
investigator is always a good idea. Second, no investigator should go
into the field alone. Often, haunted areas can be dangerous due to age,
decay or abandonment. ALWAYS let another know where you will be and what
time you will return.
Always be prepared. Set aside a
backpack (hands-free shoulder straps) to hold your equipment and record
Not every investigation attempt is
going to succeed in photos or findings. Try again, perhaps at another
phase in the moon, different weather patterns, time of day, etc.
35 MM Camera/digital camera - 400 film
speed or greater
EMF Meter - will read the electromagnetic fields in an area
video camera (optional)
thermometers for temp change at a site
notebook and pens (more than one pen)
tape recorder with additional blank tapes
bandages and antiseptic in case of emergencies
appropriate clothing and footwear
extra batteries, film and tapes
maps or other instructions for the site
written permissions in case you need proof of entry
pocket recorder (notebook as backup)
identification (always a good idea)
flashlight (extra batteries)
watch for record of event occurrences