Local team studies paranormal activityWritten by Jason Mack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The season for haunted houses wraps up this week, but for the members of Lake Erie Paranormal, it’s a year-round activity.
Paranormal investigation teams are common — several have their own TV shows. What makes Lake Erie Paranormal unique is that the members go into each investigation as skeptics.
“We don’t go into an investigation because somebody calls us saying their doors close or they hear creaks and assume it’s ghosts,” lead investigator Jason Schneider said. “We try to prove why the door is closing on its own or what the creaks are. We don’t go into any investigation thinking there’s activity. We do our investigation then conclude with what we have. Ninety percent of the time there is a logical explanation for what is happening.”
“Jason is the worst skeptic in the world,” investigator Vicki Schramm said. “When we get something and he believes that we got something, then you know we got something.”
Another unique fact is all the members, except for medium Dani Wurzell, are in law enforcement. Schneider, founder Steve Rogers, team leader Shawn McMahon, tech manager Dan Hannon and Dave Howell are all sheriff’s deputies. Schramm and Todd Althouse are former police officers.
“Being a police officer, I was skeptical on a lot of things,” Schramm said. “That’s just the way we’re taught. You have to work it out and figure what is truth and what isn’t before you make a conclusion.”
Schramm and Schneider both said they joined the team to overcome fears.
“I never believed in paranormal stuff,” Schramm said. “My father committed suicide in our house, and I went into the Air Force after he passed away. My mom kept writing me letters and telling me that my dad was there and things were happening. When I got out of the service, I bought the house. There was a lot of activity. We’d come and lights would be on. If we’d lose something, it would appear on a bed. I think it was for him to remind us he was there. That’s when I started believing and reading about it.”
Lake Erie Paranormal is a nonprofit group, and Schneider said a true paranormal team never charges for an investigation.
“We started this group to help people,” he said. “We’re all in law enforcement, so we want to give back and help people with these problems. People don’t feel comfortable and think people will think they are crazy. There are a lot of people that have experiences and keep them bottled up. I stay in contact with the people we help to make sure there is no activity. We build a bond with our clients.”
The team has been around for two years and does two or three investigations per month using equipment such as night vision cameras, temperature gauges, voice recorders and electromagnetic field detectors. The voice recorders yield the most evidence, picking up voices that Schneider said operate on a different frequency than we are able to hear.
“We’ve been doing this for two years, and when I get one it’s like the first time,” he said. “It’s still neat to catch it.”
The voices captured are often just responding yes or no to a question, but sometimes they capture full phrases. A few notable captures are “Help me,” “You afraid?” “Hi, Mom” and “Hey motherf—er, come and get me.”
The team has been much more selective with its visual evidence, posting one video in two years.
“It has to be something that we can’t explain,” Schneider said. “We’ve gone over every possible explanation for it. We know where everyone is at in the building. You see a shadow or something go across, and we know it’s nobody else.”
The posted video is from an investigation of a house where a 9-year-old boy said he had been followed by a ghost called Doc since he was two.
“We were setting up in the kitchen, and Vicki saw something go down the hallway,” Schneider said. “I marked the time. We didn’t see anything in the hallway on video, but in the room there’s a little ball of light by the side of his bed. As it goes toward the headboard, it gets bigger then shoots straight back. There was nothing in that room that would cause the light to do that. Nobody has been able to figure it out.”
The group has several other notable incidents, including an investigation of the Old South Hospital in Pittsburg, Tenn., where a sock monkey was moved around at the nurse’s station in the pediatric ward. Another was at Prospect Place Mansion in Trinway, Ohio, where members got sick.
“We were up on the third floor asking a lot of questions and asking for activity,” Schneider said. “It got real hot and real hard to breathe. It was an unpleasant experience, but an experience nonetheless. We all left, and as soon as we got outside it all went away.”
Visit LakeErieParanormal.net to see the evidence. Contact LakeErieParanormal@gmail.com to inquire about potential investigations.