Friday, March 13, 2009
7 News Features: Search for the Supernatural
There's a group of ordinary men and women who brave the dead of night to investigate hauntings all over South Florida. Tonight, in a special assignment report, Seven's Louis Aguirre takes us on the Search for the Supernatural.
WSVN -- Their day jobs probably wouldn't make you blink an eye. It's what these men and women do at night that will send chills down your spine.
Ghost Hunter in closet: "Whatever is in here is not good!"
Meet the League of Paranormal Investigators, South Florida's own ghost hunters.
Terri Powell, League of Paranormal Investigators: "I happened to be looking on Craig's List of all things, and I saw this ad, 'Would you like to be in a paranormal group?' And I thought, why not?"
In the dead of night, this group works to uncover the truth behind claims of hauntings.
Atena Komar, League of Paranormal Investigators: "We try to disprove whatever is happening, to find other non-paranormal reasons for things going on."
Some league members have no paranormal experience at all, just a simple curiosity about the things that go bump in the night, but a few believe they have special abilities to connect with the spiritual world.
Nidia de la Cruz, medium: "I am clairvoyant. I help the team by understanding why the ghosts are here. I see them, I hear them."
One of the league's first calls for help came from the Singer family.
Mitch Singer: "My wife and I were just falling asleep, two or three in the morning, and we heard a loud shrill type of a scream coming from the kitchen. We didn't see anything, but it was quite startling."
Soon after, the family says, appliances started breaking, items went missing.
Mitch Singer: "We do feel like we're being messed with. We feel presences. We see them."
The ghost hunters arrive around nine that night. This pair first prays for protection before entering.
Mitch Singer: "Lord, I am putting on your armor to protect me from the evil one."
Once inside, the hunt for the haunting is on using modern technology. The investigators take digital pictures. They set up infrared video cameras and voice recorders, hoping to hear the spirits speak.
League of Paranormal Investigator: "We'd like to know who's in here with us. We have a voice recorder on top of the table, feel free to speak into it."
This device tests for temperature changes. Cold spots, they say, could signal an energy or spirit hanging around. Over the course of the night, the team tries to interact and talk with the ghosts.
Tatiana: "OK, something just pushed me."
Finally, in the family bedroom, another psychic feels something she claims is evil.
Nidia de la Cruz: "Whatever is in here is not good. Wow. I must back off."
At the end of the long night, the team leaves to analyze their data. They return a few days later for the big reveal.
Atena Komar: "There is a high amount of paranormal activity here."
First, this strange floating apparition caught on video. Also caught on tape, an unexplainable light that passes quickly over the front door. The family is told there are several ghosts hanging around, the house most of them friendly, but they're also warned of a negative entity roaming the home.
Atena Komar: "I would recommend to remove this entity from your house. You don't want it here."
Thanks to the ghost hunters the, family says, their next call will be to some ghost busters.
Mitch Singer: "Anything positive is welcome in our house, anything with negative is not. Anything negative has to go!"
The League of Paranormal Investigators does not charge for their work. They won't cleanse a place, but they'll help guide you to the best person for that job.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
League of Paranormal Investigators
Public Relations Director, Terri Powell - (305) 301-5592
For help in Spanish, please call (786) 395-5397
3109 Grand Ave. 195
Miami, FL 33133