|Types of Haunts
|Ghost vs. Spirit
The theory and studies of Ghosts vs. Spirits over the years by scientists and paranormal investigators have determined they are not the same thing.
Many are not aware of this theory and use them both with the same definition. It is important for it to be known that a spirit is not the same thing as a
ghost based on research, studies and theories in this field.
A ghost is a residual energy of a person or animal. There is no life force left; a ghost simply plays the same scene over and over again. Usually, if a
person has performed a repetitious act for a long time, he, she or it will leave a psychic impression in that area. This imprint may stay in that area long
after the person or animal has moved or passed. A commonly known example of a ghost, also referred to as (residual - see Residual Haunt under types
of haunts at the top of this page) can be found on battlegrounds such as Gettysburg.
A spirit is the actual presence, or soul, of an individual(s) who have remained in the material world after their physical body has died. There are many
different theories of why a spirit stays behind after death.
*The spirit does not realize his or her own death
*The spirit has unfinished business in the material world
*The spirit simply stays behind to say goodbye to a loved one - this is usually the shortest in duration of all encounters
*The spirit wishes to offer guidance to a loved one
Many investigators have different opinions of this anomaly. No one has the true answer as to what orbs are however; there are many theories.
For one example, It is believed that orbs are balls of energy that are transferred from a source; batteries, power lines, static electricity etc. So a
spirit can manifest itself.
We believe much data needs to be collected and broken down to support the claim before we call it paranormal.
In our experiences, we have determined that most "orbs" are quite simply microscopic particles that cross the path of light from a camera flash or a light
from a video camera. Examples are dust, bugs, lint, moisture droplets, pollen, insulation,etc. Light will reflect off of these items. However, we will not
dismiss any claims of orb activity unless we can recreate the orb or find a logical explanation.
Many people get offended if we are able to debunk what may be thought of as a "ghostly light". Please keep in mind, we are in this field to prove
paranormal activity or a haunting. If we are able to dismiss it, we will. If the source is unknown or cannot be recreated, we will further investigate to make
Electronic Voice Phenomena
EVPs are disembodied voices or sounds imprinted on audio recording devices and captured during paranormal investigations.
The practice of purposefully listening for disembodied voices to communicate with deceased loved ones originates in seances of the late nineteenth
century and early twentieth century. Many scientists have studied this phenomenon and have yet to figure it out. ABE Paranormal captures more evp's
than any other phenomenon and in our opinion is the easiest to catch when performing an investigation in a claimed haunted location. Every location we
investigate with claims do not always produce evp's however; if there is a presence and it wants to make itself known or at least has enough energy to
communicate audibly it can be and has been recorded.
These classifications are broken down based on clarity and quality. ABE Paranormal, unless other wise noted will only post class A and in some
cases class B on our website
A clear or distinct voice or sound that is accepted universally and understood by anyone who is listening to it. Class A does not require editing or
This is the most common class of evp and can be heard by most people; especially after being told what to listen for. These recordings may require
some editing or cleaning to pull out what is being said.
Sounds or voices that can barely be heard. They are usually indecipherable and unintelligible. Most paranormal investigators will not submit this
classification as evidence.
If you would like to hear some of the evp's that were captured by ABE Paranormal go to our investigations page and click on the cases.
|Ouija boards were invented back in the 1890’s as a tool for spirit communication. ABE Paranormal does not use the Ouija board and we do not
recommend it. There are many personal beliefs and theories that the Ouija Board is a portal to the darker side of spiritualism and if not used properly
can bring in evil spirits.
ABE Paranormal has not experimented with this theory and do not plan to, however; it is our belief that you should not use a Ouija board without doing
some research on the tool first.