As a paranormal investigator I am occasionally asked if I believe in UFOs, although my specific field of research is in life after death survival, I am however still an investigator of strange phenomena. I do believe there is something going on; be it aliens, beings from another dimension or humans coming back from our future to correct another scientific mess, I am unsure. What I do know is history rarely lies so as an investigator that is where I look for truth. After I was asked this question I took one event out of history to examine, that incident was the reported crash of an alien space craft in Roswell New Mexico in 1947. I skimmed over the testimony of many people who all say they saw things, heard things and examined artifacts that couldn’t be explained. I was extremely curious about Major Jesse Marcel who was the 509 bomb groups intelligence officer for the only air base in the world which held nuclear weapons and was the stand in to fly The Enola Gay, the B-29 Super fortress bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb, code-named “Little Boy” on Hiroshima, Japan on 6 August 1945, you would think a man with his credentials would know about top secret equipment and should be able to tell a weather balloon from a spaceship. However I allowed the skeptics a reprieve for a moment and agreed that yes over time people forget, they remember things incorrectly. That doesn’t explain the Major’s testimony in the news paper the day after the event. However in all fairness I agreed the argument could go either way. That is why I look to history, somewhere in history there is information that will either back up this testimony or it will not.
Extremely patient, always watchful and faster than a heart beat the Grim Reaper has his eye on each one of us, he knows we will all have a turn at shaking his hand as he leads us to the river one day, after all there is no cheating death.
The Reaper is as old if not older than human kind, he has been assigned by the guy riding the pale horse to collect and guide us as we shed our physical selves.
He is not alone but one of an army of Reapers working just beyond our perception, shadowed in mystery and symbolism.
It was not until the 15th century that we started to paint a terrifying picture of what the Reaper has become known as, a skeletal figure in a long black cloak carrying a scythe and sometimes an hour glass, all symbolic of death and our own mortality. The skeletal image comes from a time when the plague ate its way through Europe and people associated death with rotting bodies, the cloak represents an air of mystery as death could come unnoticed at any time, the scythe to assist in reaping the souls for death’s harvest, and the hour glass shows us that our time here is finite and will with all certainty run out.
But are they out there?
How do you know you have a ghost?
If you suspect your home to be haunted, it is either because someone has told you that it was when you moved in or you have started to notice strange occurrences such as sounds, voices, things moving, unexplainable odors and waking up at odd times without reason. If you are experiencing strange phenomena the first thing you need to do is to start a occurrence diary and write down every thing that you notice in as much detail as you can including dates and times when they happen. It is also important to note where they occur, i.e. kitchen, bedroom, bathroom. Start an investigation, talk to people in you neighborhood and see if they have heard anything about your home. Find out who lived there previously and search their names to see if and when they died and if anything out of the ordinary has happened in the home. Speak to your landlord if renting or your realtor about the history of the place. Get a second opinion, have a friend stay over and see if they notice anything strange. Use a tape recorder with a new tape. Load the tape, turn the volume to maximum and push record, once it starts to record it is important that everyone is out of the house, which includes you for the duration of the recording session. This ensures that no one is influencing the tape recorder and allows whatever might be there the opportunity to move around freely. If you have pets this becomes difficult as when you later review the tape you will not know if the sounds are paranormal or pet normal. If you can take them with you for the 30 minutes or the hour depending on the duration of the tape then all the better. Make sure prior to starting tape that all radios, televisions are off, all windows are closed and try to locate the tape recorder in a central location like on your stairs to either the basement or to the second floor or in a hallway. When you review the tape you will have to listen very carefully as you will have a great deal of static on the tape, this is called white noise produced by the value being turned to the max when recording, white noise allows spirits to communicate easier. Listen for whispers or voices and odd sounds.
Ask for a formal investigation by a local paranormal investigation group. Check their background to ensure they are reputable and trustworthy. You if have concerns over media attention or any publicity request a non disclosure agreement first. And remember reputable groups will not charge money to do an investigation.