National Paranormal Society NPS FOCUS June 2016 - Page 11

3 Towers prides itself on being analytical; looking for a natural explanation for claims and never assuming paranormal before exploring all other avenues. While they do have a member who is described as a sensitive, this information would be considered as personal experience unless corroborated by other scientific evidence. Randy and Casey explained their stance on personal experience as exciting, and making great stories, similar to those you feel going through a haunted house attraction at Halloween. They are only fun experiences unless they can be backed by at least two other forms of evidence, for example audio and video.

Similar to selecting new members, the team uses a thorough vetting process to prepare for cases referred to them. Potential clients are also asked to complete a three page questionnaire followed by an interview which may last 2 hours or more. These cover such items as type of dwelling, number of residents, number of houses on the property, deaths on the property, and history of the property if known. In addition to what claims are experienced, they ask how many and which residents experienced them, and where in the home. Religious belief systems, aspects of clients’ upbringing, any past house

after an investigation. They are careful to let the client know that they will never leave them hanging. They are always a phone call away. The client is made to feel included, always knowing what to expect. Randy pointed out that spirits, if they are present, do not act on command, and follow up visits are often needed. They recommend that clients keep a journal of what is experienced, when, where and by whom. They do realize, however, that all clients are different, and that while measures are taken to make them feel more at ease, some will conversely become hyper-vigilant. The team recently was called to rectify a case where a team had investigated a home, told the client that they had a demon, but left it at that, with no support and no follow up, leaving the client terrified. 3 Towers’ implemented their process to assist this family and assure them that they will continue to assist them as needed. No further details will be diclosed due to confidentiality.

Equipment and techniques used was of course a lengthy portion of our discussion. 3 Towers does not send members out alone; always at least in pairs for safety. Walkie-Talkies are used to communicate between teams to verify whereabouts, should

blessings/investigations, use of Ouija and similar items can help to get a feel for the potential clients’ objectivity, likelihood of demon claims, and many other aspects. A topic which is approached in a more delicate manner is history of psychiatric issues. At times, answers to these questions come out indirectly. The team asks potential clients about their viewing of paranormal television shows, as this often impacts a person’s readiness to jump to a paranormal cause. Also, clients at times feel if they mention that children are involved this will “bump them up” the list, as this is common on para-TV. If children are brought up, Randy states that they attempt to discuss what they experience, as often their take on what is occurring can be quite revealing. As 3 Towers has a psychiatric nurse on the team, she is called upon to review information gathered to look for red flags. Whether a home visit is scheduled is determined by the information vetted through this questionnaire and interview. Examples of red flag items include having a pastor out multiple times; claims of urine coming out of faucets but no acceptance of possibility of pipe issues; claims of pictures of scratches and shadows but refusal to share them with team, etc.

3 Towers makes several visits

to the site prior to, during and