T.H.O.R. investigates paranormal activityWritten by Mighty Wyte (Matt Feher) | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo Haunted Occurrences Research, or T.H.O.R., is a local paranormal investigative team that has earned national attention as a result of seven years worth of investigations in Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia and as far away as Puerto Rico. Separating T.H.O.R. from the likes of the ‘investigative’ teams seen on television as of late is its obedience to scientific method.
“We don’t use gimmicky tools in our investigations” said lead investigator Bryan Sayre. “For example, you’ll see a lot of investigators on T.V. using the K2, that’s because it lights up and looks good on T.V. However, we’ve learned that it’s easily influenced by outside sources and it’s not reliable in the search for the paranormal.”
T.H.O.R. has investigated over 40 active locations and approaches each investigation with respectful skepticism. The members of T.H.O.R. believe it’s their job to find better supporting evidence for ‘standard’ paranormal investigative methods, and to take the field itself in new directions. “What we’re doing is taking all the best parts of other investigative methods, and making a hybrid investigative method.” said Sayre.
The paranormal research team also separates itself from what many of us have seen on T.V. by investigating other variables that may indicate the presence of ghosts or spirits. According to T.H.O.R.’s other lead investigator Ross Carr, “We don’t provoke or ‘call out’ the ghosts.” This investigative team in fact tries to use more subtle methods of detection and takes very seriously, both objective and subjective evidence.
During an investigation the three-person team, which includes Metaphysicist Lucy Black, measures electromagnetic fields, humidity and temperature. However, their measurements do not stop at quantitative data. “We also value the subjective evidence” said Sayer, “Just because the trifield doesn’t detect anything, or relative humidity stays the same, doesn’t mean that what you are hearing, seeing or feeling isn’t there.”
T.H.O.R. is also very thorough when preparing for an investigation. Quick to locate sources of temperature or electromagnetic disturbances both Carr and Sayre take measurements in every location to rule out environmental interference.
Once baseline measurements are obtained, the team will typically investigate for 4-6 hours. “If there is activity, you don’t need to be locked in somewhere for 12 hours” said Sayre. According to Carr, “The real work begins after the investigation. It will take two of us 40 hours each to go over all of the video and audio that we gather from an investigation.”
Visit toledohauntedoccurrencesresearch.com for video, pictures and audio from past investigations.