It’s been a little over two years now since I started the West Coast Ghost and Paranormal Society. We have come a long way since the beginning. I still remember holding the first meeting in a small Water & Ice store in Tempe, AZ. When I look back on it all, it makes me laugh. Training at that first meeting consisted of the only piece of equipment we had, old Sony Hi8 camcorder with nightvision. I’m proud to say that we still have some of the orginal members and some great new ones in the group. We don’t always agree, but we enjoy what we do.
I wasn’t interested in starting a group, but when looking around to find another group that shares the same philosophy and goals, I came up short. So in fall of 2007 I gave up my search and put an ad out for people who wanted to become paranormal investigators. Many people ask us if there is a difference between a paranormal investigator and a ghost hunter. The answer is yes. A ghost hunter is someone who looks for paranormal activity from a subjective point of view. WCGAPS are paranormal investigators who collect data objectively by investigating claims using scientific methods and works to disprove or debunk a claim. By eliminating the reasonable, we are either left with nothing or something that can’t be explained, thus beyond normal logic or in other words “paranormal”.
In two years we have conducted 31 fascinating investigations. For everyone who isn’t part of a paranormal group, that is quite a bit. Since we do this on our own dime and are all volunteers, this can be very time consuming. We all have a passion and love for investigating and that is what drives us. So many opportunities are coming up in the near future and it makes me proud to say that I’m a member of one of the best paranormal investigating teams in the United States. I’m looking forward to a great event at the Gilbert Historical Museum this Saturday. Halloween is one of my favorite times of year.