Divine Intervention: Using Divining Rods to Communicate with the Dead


By Tony Harrington

dowsing rodsAs with most paranormal tech, divining rods, commonly known as dowsing rods, have their beginnings outside the realm of paranormal investigations.

Prior to being adapted and implemented by ghost hunters within their investigations, dowsing rods were simply a means by which individuals once searched for elements buried within the ground. These elements ranged from water to iron, from gold and silver to petroleum. How the process works is unknown and there has never been scientific evidence to substantiate accuracy. 

As with modern tech such as EMF detectors and thermal cameras being adapted for use within paranormal investigations, so too did this early form of detecting energy.

The theory is that the rods act as a conductor of hidden energy sources, and that spirits reside within these fields and draw upon the energy to manifest themselves. Because spirits are intricately connected to energy fields then they could, in theory, manipulate the rods to respond to yes or no questions.

Dowsing for water sources and precious metals dates back to the 15th century. In fact, it was then considered an act of occultism and declared by Martin Luther to break the first Commandment. The late 1600’s found the act of dowsing to be considered satanic but oddly enough, the 1700’s found the rods being employed in the first “paranormal” means of tracking and indicating witches and occultists.

Abuse and deliberate misuse of the rods to wrongly convict individuals led to a decree forbidding the use of the rods for the purposes of justice. [Thomas Fiddick (2011), Dowsing: With an Account of Some Original Experiments, Sheffield, United Kingdom: The Cornovia Press, p. 3,ISBN 978-0-9522064-8-4]

Modern rods are typically made of metals such as iron or copper or other conductive metals. In the early days the rods were created from porous woods so that they could bend at the presence of moving water.

In recent times the act of dowsing has been all but discredited through various experiments and tests suggesting that dowsing is the equivalent of a random guess. A study conducted in Munich, Germany over the course of two years in the 80’s found that of forty-three test subjects skilled in dowsing, only six of those individuals were able to accurately determine the course of running water under a barn, with the flow of water being controlled by third parties who could randomly switch the direction of the flow using a buried pipe system. Of those six, even the best dowser was only demonstrating a 0.0004% advantage over a mid-line guess.

Despite evidence to the contrary, many individuals within paranormal groups will turn to the rods as a means of communicating with any spirits that may be present.

The act of dowsing is rather simple. The rods are held firmly in each hand and do not themselves move. Instead, the rods are embedded into the handles on a pivot allowing the rods to swivel. The handles are held closely to the chest or abdomen of the dowser to prevent accidental manipulation of the rods, the dowser’s legs are spread shoulder width to ensure a stable stance void of swaying.

Instructions are announced to any spirit present on how the rods are to be used. Ground rules are established in how the questions are to be answered. Typically, crossed rods indicate an answer in the positive. After each question the spirit should be asked to uncross the rods. A negative response is typically indicated by the lack of manipulation. Because of this you will want to periodically ask the spirit if they are still there to gauge whether the lack of response is a negative response to a question or because the spirit has departed the scene.

The downside to using the rods is that the information you glean is often limited and unless you have prior knowledge of events surrounding the spirit or the alleged haunting, it could be an effort in futility determining just with whom you are in contact.

Some questions you can ask to determine the nature of the presence:

1) Are you male?

2) Are you female?

3) Are you a child?

4) Are you an adult?

5) Were you human?

6) Did you die here?

7) Were you murdered?

8) Did you die of natural causes?

Obviously if you know details about the case you are investigating you can ask more targeted questions and perhaps receive better results.

Additionally, some investigators ask the spirit to manipulate the rods to point the group to important areas within an investigation scene, using the rods as a sort of lead.

Dowsers will often caution those just starting out that the act of carrying on a session with a spirit can cause fatigue and nausea/disorientation as the spirit is supposedly using the energy of the dowser to manipulate the rods.

The Spirit Seekers have used the rods during investigations to varying degrees. More times than not though the results are inconclusive and make no sense in relation to the investigation.

So just who is moving the rods? Many believe that the movement is caused by subconscious muscle movement of the person holding the rods, similar to the belief that the moving planchette of a Ouija board is nothing more than subconscious movement of the participants. Others believe that the rods move on their own but that the movements have a more earthly explanation; that the rods are conductors for magnetic fields, water, and other elements and the interference is causing the rods to cross and uncross.

Whatever the reason, the rods have been in use for centuries and many people believe in their power. Be it finding underground wells or communicating with the dead, the rods are destined to be a part of paranormal history well into the future, and something with that kind of staying power is nothing to shake a stick at.

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Affordable Full Spectrum Camcorder/Still Camera


by Tony Harrington

“Ghost Hunters” seems to set the trend for the must have gadgets in the paranormal investigations field. So, when they introduced the “Full Spectrum” camera/camcorder, it was only a matter of time before the market became flooded with high-priced variations on the technology.  The saddest part of all was the price-tag on many of the devices which were simply your garden variety electronic devices modified by having their ultra violet and infrared filters removed by some guy with a screwdriver set.

It seemed that full spectrum was the new “Thermal Camera”, with many people realizing that thermal cameras will forever be out of their budget. So began the selling of modified cameras and camcorders for a grand a piece.  Unlike their thermal counterparts though, over the course of a few years, the steep price attached to full spectrum devices began to come down as cheaper cameras hit the market.

With the HD boom in full swing, the market now has plenty of camcorders capable of recording in full 1080p High definition and presents consumers the ability to do so on a budget.

Seven years ago when I purchased my first camcorder with Nightshot I was ahead of the technology curve, but the camera recorded to film, the advent of recording to a flash drive was just around the corner but unbeknownst to many. So I had a camera that could see in the dark but over time the trade off of having to purchase tapes became burdensome. This coupled with the fact that the images just weren’t up to snuff when it came to clarity in today’s HD era left me feeling inadequate. So the search for a replacement camera was underway.

After some research and review reading, I heard rumor of an affordable HD camcorder that filmed in complete darkness with the aid of an IR lamp (which I already had), recorded to a removable SD card, and was also modified to record in full spectrum. When i found the item listed on eBay through A1 Supershops I was skeptical.  It was only $169.00 and had free shipping, a free bracket to mount an IR/UV lamp and came with a free 4 GB SD card which allows for 2 hours recording time.  It was exactly what I was looking for and the reviews were overall positive and the seller had high marks as a seller.

Considering the low cost of the camera and the free shipping and the additional goodies tossed in at no charge I bit the bullet and paid my money. Two business days later I had in my hand the Aluratek Cinecam modified video camera. And I have to say, this is a powerful little beast that delivers pristine clarity, full spectrum range, high definition video and 12MP full spectrum still shots.

Here are just some of the features that you get with the camera:

Compact Design: This camera is small and lightweight, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that it is poor quality. From what I have experienced just by playing around with it, it is a powerhouse for its size.

Free 4GB SDHC Class 4 Memory Card (supports up to  32GB SDHC Card)

3″ Flip Out LCD Screen

HDMI Cable To Attach To Your HDTV

Runs On Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack

Comes With All Cables Including HDMI Cable, Wrist Strap, Software, Camera Case and Power Adapter / Charger.

Download to Your Computer With Included USB Cable

The camera comes with a full 30-day warranty by the seller. The original manufacturers warranty has been voided because of the modification to see in the full spectrum, but the modifications have actually made this a better product than the unmodified version. The focus works faster and returns sharper images than the unmodified  version. The guys at A1 know their stuff and their feedback rating of 100% positive speaks volumes.

These guys are actually Northern Michigan Paranormal and use the very cameras and equipment sold through the shop. Their name is on the line and they take their products seriously.

Of course if you purchase the camera you will want to pony up another 60 bucks for an IR/UV lamp attachment that is designed specifically for the modified Aluratek Cinecam. The lamp is a beast with 5 IR bulbs and 4 UV bulbs that creates the full-spectrum and night vision combination that allows for full spectrum recording in complete darkness.

The lamp is designed by Coparatech out of Colorado and they too ship fast and have outstanding seller feedback.

I have not yet used this camera on investigations as it is brand new, but just by playing around with it at my house I have to say, I am impressed.

The recording time seems to be around 2 hours continuous use which seems relatively short, but, if you have a power outlet, you can easily charge the camera and it will be ready to go shortly. Additionally, the camera is modified so if you are recording outside, everything takes on a pinkish/magenta hue. This camera is designed for paranormal investigations and seeing the full spectrum of light from IR to UV and everything in between, so do not think you can use this to record a day at the park and expect to see green grass, blooming flowers, and tall green trees. You won’t, you will see a strange color palate that comes from having filters blocking IR and UV light removed.

The only downside I can see to the quality of the camera is that when recording in full 1080P, panning or moving the camera creates excessive jitter. Downgrading the picture quality to 720p from the settings menu fixes this issue. 1080P is fine for mounted cameras that will be stationary on a tripod though.

Speaking of the menu, the navigation between menus and features takes some getting used to. the LCD is not touch screen and toggling back and forth between settings can become infuriating until you get the hang of it. Expect to fumble a recording once or twice in the beginning and chalk it up as a learning curve.

Lastly, the zoom is a nice feature, but image quality deteriorates quickly as you zoom in on objects so use it fleetingly or not at all if you can help it.

They say you get what you pay for, but in the case of A1 Supershops and their fine modified HD camcorder, you get so much more.  A great device, a plethora of accessories, a 30-day warranty, and a true HD experience in full-spectrum that eliminates the need for bulky camcorders and clumsy video tape.

Where Can You Buy the Camera: http://myworld.ebay.com/a1supershops/?_trksid=p4340.l2559

Where Can You Buy the Lamp: http://myworld.ebay.com/coparatech/?_trksid=p4340.l2559

Video Courtesy of A1 Supershops (This is legitimate, the quality is this good in real life and in complete darkness. I just haven’t posted my own video yet so I am using the sales video as an example here.)

Tech Review: Paranormal State EMF Detector iPhone App


by Cindy Riley Parker

In this day and age, thanks to the popularity of paranormal programming such as “Ghost Hunters” and “Paranormal State”, mainstream America has become obsessed with the spirit world around us.

In keeping the finger on the pulse of the paranormal bubble most shows offer multimedia tie-ins ranging from magazines, books, DVD collections and more merchandise than you can shake a dowsing rod at. Included in the marketplace are the ever-increasing in popularity “iPhone Apps” which are cheap to make, cheap to buy and easy to use. It is into this market place that apps like the popular (and previously reviewed) Ghost Radar and the new “Paranormal State” branded EMF detector app for iPhone fall.

The main question on everyone’s mind is “Does it work?”

Well, the answer is not quite as simple as yes or no. Mostly because the meter does fluctuate and blip and beep accordingly and acts in a manner similar to EMF detectors found on the market today and implemented by many paranormal groups around the globe. So in that sense, it does seem to function the way an EMF meter should.

There is one caveat to this claim though…the actions of the meter are completely random and don’t seem to recognize EMF generating appliances.

I loaded up the meter on my phone and held it in one hand as I moved it over the surface of my computer tower which typically sends the needle on a traditional EMF through the roof. Here on the “Paranormal State” app, the needle barely registered any recognizable movement. As I moved it way from the computer and toward the monitor it went crazy, blipping and bleeping and the needle shot up to the 55 mark indicating a high level of EMF.  I then tested the monitor on a traditional detector and while there was a jump to about 22 it was nowhere near as high as the “Paranormal State” EMF meter indicated.

More interestingly, when I retested the same monitor with the app, seconds after testing it the first time, the needle didn’t budge.

It also didn’t move when I held it near an electrical outlet that is known to have a leak, but the physical meter jumped like a Mexican bean.

The app meter jumped sporadically and inconsistently.  Spots that spiked one moment were eerily quiet the next indicating that the meter is nothing more than a random noise generator designed for amusement rather than scientific evidence.

The validity of the app is brought into question with the ability to “Scare your friends” by switching to a manual mode where you can cause the meter to jump and beep simply by sliding your finger across a green bar on the screen.

More importantly, if the developers are so sure of their software and product, why is the app not in use by the very investigators who endorse the app by allowing their name to be associated with it? “Paranormal State” EMF Detector is a cute gimmick at best and a frustrating exercise in paranormal investigation evidence collection at worst. The app is free so it is unfair to say that it is a rip-off, but it is not worth the loss of hard drive space it takes up on your phone.

If you are a serious paranormal investigator, spend the 50-150 bucks required to equip yourself with real tools of the trade and stay away from gimmicks that are meant to amuse.

The Well Equipped Hunter


by Tony Harrington

During our recent monthly meeting we discussed the importance of being well-equipped for your ghost hunt.

This is not to say that you need to own every piece of equipment on the market, doing so is a sure-fire way to break the bank. Unless you are an absolute tech-junkie, you can typically get by on the basics.  But unless you know what to look for, the basics can cost you a pretty penny and cost you even more in frustration and heartache.

One of the first things you should know is that there is a huge market out there for ghost hunting equipment, and just like their contemporary counterparts some outfitters are not as reputable as others. Price jacking is all too common. Take the Electromagnetic Field reader for instance. The K-II meter once ran for around twenty-five dollars. The minute it was used on “Ghost Hunters” the price skyrocketed to over sixty dollars with some outfitters charging as much as one-hundred fifteen dollars.

Another thing several companies do is take regular over the counter items like digital cameras and slap labels on them like “Ghost Cam”, or “Spirit Lens” or brand it with the name of a popular ghost hunting television show and charge exorbitant amounts for you to possess the item in your arsenal.

While I am not a fan of single shopping sites, I prefer to obtain my gear from more traditional outlets like Best Buy and Wal-Mart, there are great sites out there that charge respectable prices for top-notch gear and offer an assortment of similar items for every price-range.

One of these sites is Static Zone.  The guys at Static Zone seem to run a tight ship and have a large stock of items from which to choose. Search for EMF and you get a results page with six items and an “add to cart” button. Each item contains a brief description that may put unfamiliar users at a disadvantage. It truly helps to know what you are looking for when looking up items on this site.

For example, I know from searching other sites that my preferred choice for a K-II meter is actually not made by K-II at all but by Mel. I know that I am interested in the Mel-KII HYBRID Meter and I know that three other stores were selling this item for$186.00 plus shipping. The folks at Static Zone are selling the item for a few dollars cheaper at $179.00 plush shipping. Obviously this item is a little on the steep side but it combines several items into one. It is a red flashlight which wont interfere with IR extenders and lights on cameras/camcorders, it also is a digital thermometer to capture temperature readings, it is an EMF detector which shows on a backlit digital readout. This unit also mimics the popular K-II with red yellow and green lights across the top of the unit.

For my particular tastes, this unit is worth the near 200 dollar price tag. For those just starting out and in need of a good EMF detector, there is the “The Ghost Meter” which will set you back approximately thirty to forty dollars. The display is not backlit so you will need a flashlight in the dark to see the readings. The device does light up and beep when high EMF is detected.

For those who want to carry camcorders in an attempt to capture ghostly phenomena (Know that this is extremely rare and the cost may not be worth the frustration) it is highly recommended that you invest in a camera that is labeled either has having IR Night Vision or Night Shot.  Most camcorders today have opted to go the route of low light recording which is not the same as night vision. The infrared aspect of night vision on camcorders was looked down upon when it was discovered that the use of IR lights enabled the camera’s lens to see through certain clothing types. As a result, most manufacturers have eliminated this feature all together from their camera models. So look for zero light, IR, or night vision models. Low light is NOT the same. You can start by doing a simple internet search; there are plenty of places out there to find great camcorders with the night vision feature at various price points. Just remember, you get what you pay for and of course buyer beware. Read user reviews, see buyer feedback and always review the return policy if there is one.

Digital cameras are the preferred choice of visual capture. Gone are the days of carrying film, loading cameras, and waiting for the development process. Almost every modern digital camera has a backlit LCD preview screen which allows you to see your picture immediately. You should find a camera that best suits you. I prefer a camera with some weight to it, a metal casing preferred. I have ten megapixel, unless you are printing your pictures anything over eight megapixel doesn’t matter.

Point and click cameras are preferred over cameras that require changing out of lenses such as professional grade DSLR cameras. Point and clicks are less expensive which counts considering the environments you are entering could be dangerous for fancy cameras. They could be dangerous for point and click cameras as well but because they are cheaper the cost to replace a broken one is not as heartbreaking.

Digital voice recorders are another piece of equipment you will want to pick up. This piece of equipment is what you will use to capture EVPs. You will want something functional and easy to use. Make sure your purchase includes a USB adapter to transfer your files to a computer. As far as versatility and affordability goes you can’t do much better than the RCA VR 5220 series. Great sound quality, picks up noise from a good distance with the conference setting, and has a built in USB connector that attaches instantly to any computer with a USB and automatically installs the required software for playback.

Additionally, some other good things to carry are:

A good old-fashioned flashlight. You might want to geek it up a notch and invest in a head lamp, the kind spelunkers wear. This will allow you the convenience of a flashlight without having to carry it in your hands, leaving them free to hold a camera or other handheld device.

A notepad and pen:  That’s right, the analog writing implements. Use the pen and paper to log personal experiences, exceptions such as you sneezing or coughing or making some other noise that could be misconstrued as paranormal when others listen back tot heir recordings, and other important information such as base readings for EMF. I am a firm believer that a notebook and a pen is the most essential of all items you need on an investigation.

Ghost hunting can be an expensive adventure. The items add up quickly and therefore itg is imperative that you buy quality items that are built to last. You can buy cheaper items but you may very well end up replacing them with more frequency than those around you who invested in the more costly and more durable items.  Just make sure it is costly because it is of solid stock and not simply because the manufacturer or supplier is fleecing you.

What items do you feel are essential for a paranormal investigation? Share with us what you and your group brings on-site  by responding to this post.

Until next time, happy hunting!

NEW TECH ALERT: GHOST RADAR


by Tony Harrington

I am always a bit skeptical when it comes to new technology used to detect the presence of paranormal energies.

The Frank’s Box was one that cycles through random frequencies and allegedly allows spirits to manipulate said frequencies so that certain broadcasted words can be used to respond to questions.  We covered the Frank’s Box in a previous article and having seen it in action I can’t say that there is much happening here other than random words that may or may not be relevant to a posed question.

The Ghost Radar is the newest of these gadgets to make their way to the public for mass consumption.  For a few bucks anyone with an Android phone, iPhone, iPad, and BlackBerry devices can get an ad free version of the software.  I am not going to bother explaining how it works, as I am not sure it even does.  I have used it in places where no known activity is said to exist and I still get random words spoken and ghostly blips on the radar.  These random words could mean something to someoneone and if you were to listen with a group of friends there is bound to be more relevant “hits”.

The interesting part is that when investigating an allegedly haunted location, the words spoken tend to take on more meaningful logic.

During a recent investigation at Historic Fort Morgan we heard some words spoken that were VERY relevant if the spirit of someone who had been stationed at the previous fort that stood on the spot of Fort Morgan was hanging around with us. Fort Bowyer guarded Mobile Bay prior to the erection of Fort Morgan.  It was taken by the British during the war of 1812. The sad part is that this battle as well as the Battle of New Orleans should never have happened because the Treaty of Ghent had been signed the previous Christmas Eve and the war had officially ended. Because of the difficulty getting communications to these points neither side was aware the war had ended.  Two battles raged after the war had ended and lives were pointlessly lost.

Obviously, U.S. Soldiers who lost the fort in the War of 1812 had very strong feelings about these Europeans.  As evidenced by the responses we got on the ghost radar. Someone Doesn’t Like Europeans

We also had a female investigator present and the application pointed out the fact that she was in a Fort where women were not allowed by saying “Female”.  We assume that’s what it meant, it could have just been a random word.  During another session with the Ghost Radar the word “melted” was spoken which could have been completely random if there had not been a fire at the fort in the enlisted men’s quarters, roughly in the spot where we were sitting.  The main problem I have with this software is that it speaks ALL THE TIME.  Granted, it became much more accurate in a place suspected of having paranormal activity and the words spoken were very relevant to the history of the fort.  Or, they were just random words generated by a silly cellphone application and we inflated the importance of these spoken words so that they fit within the context of our investigation.

The application did not allow the words to respond directly to us, not that we experienced anyway. We would ask questions and there would be words spoken that seemed relevant to our surroundings but did not answer our questions directly. Reviews on the company’s site indicate that others have had moderate success with spirits using the software to directly interact with them, this group however was not so fortunate.

As with any tech, the jury is out on this tool. We will use it a few more times to determine if it provides any value whatsoever.  I am not comfortable using this tool as “evidence” when there is no proof of its scientific value, but it does add an interesting dimension to those slow investigations where you feel like you are simply entertaining yourself.  The name of the application again is Ghost Radar and the maker of the application is Spud Pickles.

To learn more about how this application works simply visit the official site by clicking here.


K-2 METER


Over the past few years, and due largely in part to the success of shows like “Ghost Hunters” and other paranormal themed entertainment programs, the use of conventional electronics for unconventional means has become the norm.

When electricians first started using K2 meters to discover spikes in electromagnetic fields, I am sure they never thought that the very equipment they held would soon be used to search for spirits that roam the earth.

K-II Meter

Let’s clarify one thing. K2 is a brand, similar to the way that Band-Aid and Q-tips are nothing more than adhesive bandages and cotton swabs respectively. The average K2 meter used to run between fifteen and twenty-five dollars and were available at any hardware/electronics store.

Because of the surge in popularity, the garden variety from K2 will now run you over fifty dollars. The ease of use and easy to ready color light display versus a moving needle on competitor models made the K2 the model of choice for paranormal investigators.

Enthusiasts have augmented the devices to include on/off switches versus using your thumb or a coin to hold down the “Take reading” button on the top of the device. It was thought that having to continually press a button to take a reading was causing false-positives as pressure on the button waned as thumbs grew tired.

The theory behind its use is that spirits are of composed of energy. In order to manifest they must draw more energy from a room. As they draw in more energy to do whatever it is they intend to do (show themselves, make a noise, move something, touch someone…) they increase in energy and therefore should cause a measurable spike which would be recognized by the K2 meter.

The higher the energy mass the higher the spike would register on the device.

The flip side of the coin is that if energy is being pulled from the room by the spirit and the spirit is assuming that energy then there should not be a spike because the energy has not been displaced or increased. It is the same science behind ice cubes melting in a full glass. As the ice melts, the beverage level does not increase because nothing was added. The energy level should remain the same regardless of from where the energy is emanating. No new energy was created to cause a spike.

That, of course, is working under the assumption that ghosts are present all the time and their energy is a natural part of the environment.

However, if the spirit itself gives off energy of its own as many paranormal investigators believe, then that energy on top of the existing energy in a room would indeed cause a spike.

In theory, a self-aware ghost could use its energy level to manipulate the lights on the detector to interact with the living. However we must also know that there are naturally occurring fluctuations in the electromagnetic field which could result in false-positives.

Shows like “Ghost Hunters” have a high success rate with the K2 meter, but fail to take into consideration that the stars of the show are mic’d, they have walkie talkies on, cell phones, camera equipment, boom mics and a myriad of other external stimuli that could easily cause the spikes that are passed off as paranormal evidence.

In actuality, there are more times where the K2 is unresponsive or too erratic to be considered paranormal than an actual instances of “ghostly interaction”. Because of its unreliability we have to discount a majority of the evidence collected.

It’s best suited to be used in accompaniment with others investigative means such as getting baseline readings of investigation sites to ensure that the owners of the site are not experiencing EMF sensitivity versus an actual haunting. Few and far between are the instances of interaction with the spirit world through the K2 meter.

Some of the best equipment you can bring on an investigation is a pad and pen(cil), a voice recorder and something used to measure external temps. (Do not bring your thermometer from your medicine cabinet, this will do you no good unless you are running a fever.) A camera, camcorder with night shot if possible, and a flashlight should also be a part of your equipment musts.

The SPIRIT Seekers utilize a myriad of EMF detectors and we have our fans of the K2 amongst us. It is a matter of professional preference and knowledge of the equipment you are using. Obviously, people who assume every noise, glitch, movement, or fluctuation in temp or EMF is a sure sign of a ghost should stay away from the K2 meter.

THE FRANKS BOX


Over the past couple of years a new device has taken the paranormal studies field by storm. The “Franks Box”, or the more commonly accepted “Ghost Box” was created by Frank Sumption in the late 2000’s after he became interested in the collection and analysis of EVP’s, or “Electronic Voice Phenomenon”.

AKA Franks Box

The Ghost Box, is it real or fake?

EVP is the process by which the voices of the dead can be captured on tape or digital audio in response to questions asked by the living. The phenomenon garnered mass attention and subsequent scrutiny with the release of the 2005 Universal Film “White Noise”.

As with any paranormal evidence, EVP’s have often been discounted as scientific proof with the theory that radio frequencies, ambient noise, and the common psychological phenomenon known as pareodalia contribute to what paranormal investigators claim to be the disembodied voices of those who have crossed over into the spirit realm.

The box itself is nothing more than a random frequency scanner. Unlike using the frequency scanner on your car radio, this device does not lock on to a frequency as it passes. It continues to cycle through the frequencies up and down the dial.

The theory is that spirits can manipulate the frequencies and grab random broadcast words and use them to answer your questions. Does it work?

We have used the Franks Box on several investigations, more out of curiosity than to use any responses as a guaranteed proof of a haunting. There is simply no way we can say for certain that the responses we get are nothing more than random words passing through a small window of opportunity before the scanner skips to the next frequency.

One one particular investigation we were using the box and the words “shut up” kept coming across. I asked, “Do you want us to shut up?” and the response was clear.

Franks Box Responds

We asked if there was anyone present who wanted to speak with us and we heard the words “Hey guys” greet us jovially.

A few moments later, one of the investigators asked any spirit present if it knew the names of anyone in our group. One member of our team, John, must have been shocked to hear his name come across the scanner.

Do you know someone’s name?

These three examples were garnered from about 20-minutes worth of recording with the ghost box. Whether or not there is something to the box or if every answer was simply a perfectly timed coincidence, I have no clue.

The jury is still out on the validity of the “Franks Box” but I am sure we will continue to use it just for the fun of seeing what we can capture with it.