It’s All about Approach
1428 Elm: We saw the premiere episode and everyone works so well together. During the course of your investigations this season, did any of you disagree on how to approach a particular case?
DM: Yes, we all have our own opinions but we all get along amazingly. It’s like we’ve worked together for 20 years or more. Everyone on the team is open to trying one another’s experiments when investigating. This allows us to learn from each other and that’s why we’re so damn good. That’s why we’re on Ghost Hunters.
KL: We may have different opinions sometimes on how to go about a case or the meaning behind the evidence we’ve collected, but that’s what is so great about this team! We are open to listening to each other and supporting each other. Honestly, I really don’t believe we could produce good work if we all had the same opinion.
Looking at a case from another perspective can only make you a better investigator and that much closer to finding the truth. Other team members suggestions inspire me to come up with other/better theories. I think what matters most is that we all come from a good place with a good heart and a deeper desire to help others. When you are surrounded by people like that you can’t go wrong.
1428 Elm: Without giving away any spoilers can either of you tease a case that had the most impact on you?
KL: We went into one case thinking that we were there to make contact with a particular entity when another came through. One that was a lot “closer to home” than us or our client expected. It was very moving and we were all in happy tears including the client at the end.
DM: I think one case sticks out more to me than any. It’s when I stayed in a cabin in the woods away from the rest of the group for almost 5 days. I caught some amazing experiences and had some crazy personal experiences. I guess you have to watch the episode to see what happened.
1428 Elm: If someone that watches the series wants to become a paranormal investigator what training can you suggest for them? Any advice?
DM: Yes, I would first ask if they want to hunt ghost or be a paranormal investigator? Those are two different things all together. Hunting ghost, you go to the local haunted house with a ghost box and some flashy equipment and find ghosts if you’re lucky. Paranormal investigators help people such as home owners or business owners and explain and help them cope with their paranormal experiences.
That’s the difference. Neither is right or wrong. Both can be fun and exciting. We choose to help people and leave them in a better place than we found them.
Equipment wise, just get a good audio recorder and camera to start, find a haunted location you can legally get into to investigate and just have fun with it. Make sure you always show respect for the spirits and the location. If you do that, you’re well on your way to becoming a Ghost Hunter.
KL: Lead with your heart. Whomever you are trying to reach out to may be confused, afraid, frustrated etc. We believe that “ghosts” are people who have just taken on another form so treat them like that.
Educate yourself. Learn about theories and “misperceptions” so you are prepared to go into any supposedly haunted location with the right mental tools.
A very big thank you to Daryl and Kristen for taking time out of their busy schedules to chat with us. Tune in to A&E tonight at 9 p.m. to see the Ghost Hunters team look for answers as to why a school in Pocatello, Idaho is being haunted.
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