Lake Erie Paranormal performs investigations in NW Ohio and SE MichiganWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lake Erie Paranormal (LEP), a nonprofit paranormal investigative team, seeks to explain the unknown. The team investigates unexplainable occurrences in businesses, homes and public spaces throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
“Nine times out of 10 there are reasonable explanations for what our clients are experiencing. Whether it is the house settling, for noises, or doors that aren’t on all the way swing back and forth on their own,” said Steve Rogers, LEP founder.
What the team considers to be paranormal activity are things it cannot logically explain after going through its investigation material, he said.
Each investigation usually takes four investigators and between four to six hours to compete.
During an investigation the team uses several night vision cameras, digital cameras and voice recorders as well electromagnetic field detectors and temperature gauges in an attempt to verify a client’s claims.
After going through its evidence several times, the team presents its findings to the client. There have been many times where clients have been shocked or scared by findings, especially when presenting electric voice phenomena (EVP), said Jason Schneider, lead investigator.
“[People are scared] because it’s the unknown and fear of the unknown. A lot of the time you can’t see [the spirits] or hear them, but then you get this contact with them and we play ii for the people that are living in a home and it can be an experience for the home-owner as well,” he said.
EVPs are voices caught by electronic voice recorders. The theory behind EVPs is spirits can manipulate the noise generated through a recorder and say whatever they want, Rogers said.
One of the team’s most active investigations was at a converted school house in Southeast Michigan, where it gathered a number of high quality EVPs.
“My favorite evidence that we can collect during an investigation are EVPs. When we’re setting up and they’re commenting on what we’re doing, it is one of the most exciting pieces of evidence we can get,” Schneider said.
At the schoolhouse, the team experienced several incidents of EVPs commenting on what was going on during the investigation, Schneider said.
“Shawn and I were upstairs in the middle of setting up and there was a black spider on the ceiling. When we do our investigations it’s in complete darkness and we’re both babies and I kept saying we needed to do something with the spider before we start,” he said. “He and I are talking about how we’re going to knock it down and there’s a voice on the recording that says ‘You afraid?’”
At the same location voice recordings of males, females and children were all found.
The LEP team helps homeowners and businesses with paranormal experiences anyway it can.
The group works with a medium who has helped spirits cross at certain locations, Rogers said.
At one location, a dark shadow was bothering two young children. After investigating the house multiple times the team brought a medium with them and the family hasn’t experienced problems since, said investigator Shawn McMahon.
“That’s why we do what we do — to make people more comfortable. Hopefully, we can explain something to make them feel more comfortable in their surroundings,” he said. “The end thing is it’s their home. It’s not the entity’s home.”
LEP investigations are free, as the team does its investigating on a volunteer basis. Members of the investigation team all work for the Lucas County Sheriff’s office, giving them more credibility when entering an investigation, Rogers said.
“We approach everything in a professional manner, but we all have daytime jobs,” Schneider said.
In the future, the group is hoping to investigate areas around the state and put together footage of the most haunted places in Ohio.
“We really have quite a few [paranormal] locations within driving distance where the public can go and investigate,” Rogers said.
Rogers said the now-abandoned Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, where “The “Shawshank Redemption” was filmed, is a great place for paranormal investigations.
Those experiencing unexplained activity can e-mail LEP at
email@example.com to arrange an investigation.
Visit the group online at www.lakeerieparanormal.net.