Paranormal Patrol - Part One
Are strange things happening in your house? Lights turning off and on by themselves? Or are you hearing voices in the basement? We're bringing you Part 1 of a special series about a team of Northlanders that help homeowners get answers by questioning the dead.
Beyond the snow-covered land and breath-taking views, FOX 21 found some special investigators who believe certain things are lurking in the shadows of the Northland.
Sightings of ghosts, souls or spirits returning after death is a belief that traces back thousands of years.
"They could have unfinished business, they could be attached to objects,” Duluth Paranormal Society lead investigator Andrew Paszak said. “They could be what's called a residual haunting where it's just they're repeating the time that they were on the earth."
Getting to the bottom of odd noises in the basement, or other strange experiences, is the primary goal of the Duluth Paranormal Society.
"I always like to tell people we're the people that don't think you're crazy because everybody thinks they're crazy when they hear things in their house," Duluth Paranormal Society co-founder Amanda Paszak said.
They work regular jobs during the day and hunt ghosts at night.
"We try to figure out what the claims are what's causing it which many or may not be paranormal," said Andrew.
"Honestly, I go into a house thinking that I can prove everything wrong,” said Amanda. “I can prove that there is a logical explanation."
The Duluth Paranormal Society formed more than two years ago with the Paszaks.
"I do it because I had a personal experience when I was little,” said Amanda. “I've been fascinated with the paranormal."
It has grown to more than 10 investigators with a wide range of talents.
"We have one that's in client relations there as like an emotional support,” said Andrew. “We have one that does research.”
They have had what they consider spooky experiences with the dead in people’s homes, reported FOX 21's Maya Holmes.
"We've had voices that we can't explain that we caught on recording,” said Andrew. “Just our last investigation, I had breathing in my ear."
They believe they have communicated with spirits in some Northland landmarks like the William A. Irvin.
"One of our investigators Ryan did the shave a haircut knock where he knocked and got a response that showed up in recording and video later," said Andrew.
While investigating, the team uses equipment to detect paranormal activity and temperature.
"This is just a video camera with night vision capabilities and a light to help us see at night," said Andrew. "This is just your basic audio recorder so you can try to catch voices."
With equipment in hand, they comb through what they think are haunted dwellings trying to get to know ghosts inside.
These paranormal investigators also try to physically communicate spirits. But this is just the beginning of a long night of trying to help a homeowner make sense of the unexplained.
Tune in Wednesday at 9 p.m. for the rest of the adventure where the team steps inside a home where they say a ghost has gotten physical and may smoke cigarettes.